Frank Merriwell's death shot; or, Roughing it in Australia

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Frank Merriwell's death shot; or, Roughing it in Australia

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Frank Merriwell's death shot; or, Roughing it in Australia
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AS FRANK FIRED THERE WAS A SHRILL SCREAM, AND THE KANGAROO LEAPED INTO THE Am,

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TIP ToP LIBRA RY. r .. tv. d lVeek!y -lly Subsertptwn lfi.Supt'l' !/<(t1 .JiJnfet et f :ot O.fllce STREET & SMITH, 29 .Roae St., N. l l!. 'nlel;e d AcllQ? 'a'nq ll>-..11.<1 of Oml/'ess, i n the Y ea 1896, ; the (JJle< of the Libt'tl1't<'" of Oongres g W
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2 FRANK M ERIUWELL'S DEATH SHOT. d "My name is Morga n,'' s aid tlre man was nearly fifty years of a ge, an was a handsome man, in a rough way, b e ing with the belt as he stood with a glass o f t w hisky in his hand, gazing at the e ager superbly built, app arently poss e ss mggrea who accepted his inv itastrength and energy. He reminded Frank tion a.nd gathered round to h ave a drink. of a lion. k h all there i s to it-just plain In some respects this man wa!> l1 e t e J.J typical Western adventurer o f the United Morgan_ If I ever had any fro n t n ame or .other side attachme nts, I have forgotStates. A'Tound his w aist h e wore a wide and teu all it. E very body drink with bulging leatber belt. When F rank first Morgan. entered the man's coat was bl!i:t o ned, so ''It is e v i den t that you are bent on get the oould not be seen, but h e was ting loaded," tbought the boy. "Ten to and it was long before he one you will be robbed if you have any seemed .to get warm, upon which he un-thing left a bout you that is worth taking. buttoned his coat and flung it back, exIt's strange bow a man wi-th good horse posing the belt. sense can be a fool But lots of them If 1he man had n o t betrayed by his do .it." dress and appearance that he did not be"Some time," continue<} Morgan in l o n g in 1he city no one would h a ve rea n oracular manner, "Austr alia will mained ft>Jlg in doubt on tqa t p o int: Jor sh<>w the world what she is made of. he drank freely arid talked s till 'Jll<)re S ome time she will h e r self to suit freely. Herself, without any dictations from a "This is first Jime I been .in government thousands of miles away. Sydney for eighteen mon.t;.hs, he sa1d, Oh I am a loya l subject of the queen, leaning h i s back against the bar, upon t yOY. forg e t that; but I can see what which his elbows rested. "Sydney i s a i s coming I h ave an eye for the future. great place-she grows and she booms. A ''Any man with s n a p and grit can man who is away a yea r and a half and make money in this country. Lots of comes .back is bound .to : see the 'em bas picked up a fortune in a day or. dlfleren9 e q,mck enough. This IS a great so. -The ground is full of it. You fellows country, qn face of who hang aro und here can't make a big the earth. raise here strike You want to, get out int<> ,the gold from potatoes to pmeapples, chickens to districts and see what you can do." ostriches, sheep to mastadons. And the c 'Are you from the gold d istric ts?" ground is stuffed full of mineral wealth. asked one. All .you've' got to do i s to go out a n d find it Gold is more pl entiful in A u s tralla than gravel is in som e countrie s. Everybody come up and take a drink with me.'' u oh, been there,,' was the reply, his hand r estil'\g care lessl y on his broad helt. "I've been altnost everywhere in this country." Frank smiled to himself. He h ad heard "Did you ever stumble over a bus h e l men like this one in the U nited States. of gold -that you could pick up and carry They were to be found all over the West, off f o r the t ro ubl e of doing so?" and they could boast about the r esoJlrces D i d I? Well, say, Johnny I have of particular sectioi't of the country f ound luts of things in my life that I in language that was wildly extri riag .ant never told anybod y abo u t sometimes sttongly impressing those who The man who asked the ques tio n pro were not accustomed to tha t sort of thing. tested that he "di dn't mea11 a nything,"

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MERRIWELL'S'DEATH SHOT. I and assured him that i}-was all think I will be in tnis," muttered right. Fran-k Merriwell as he left his seat and Tlfen Frank, who had leaned followed them. close to the screen, heard the two men in the corrier speaking Qf .the belt the CHAPTER It stranger wore about his waist. \ Frank had not taken a seat there to FRANK'S LI'fTLE Q-AME. play the eavesdropper, but distinctly Frank knew it would not do to go, beard the conversation &_iven at the be-straight up to Morgan and warn him 'of ginning of t!_Iis chapter. his peril.. The chances were that the man '"'It is pretty sure these fellows will at-would not believe. or, angered by such tempt to relieve M;r. Morgan of his belt," exposure, the two ruffians might call on thought the lad. ''He rriust be warned. the :otbers, and the whole gang attack He ought not to take another ,dTink," man and boy. Frank was trying to devise a plan to_ Frank had arrived at a belief tbat there warn Morgan, when something the plot-was a qu9Iter :Of ydney fully as low and ters,were saying caused him to hold his depraved as the East End of London. breath and listen once more In London he bad been appalled by the "How shall we go about the job, vice and crime which was to be found 'in certain and it seemed that this "Sa!lle 9ld way." great Australian city was not far behind '..Drusr him ?ll London,. or was actually in ore depraved, "Yes." C
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4 FRANK DEATH SHOT. men who. knew t,he -city kep_ t as far away The man was naturally a crimi-as possibl e. nal, but at the same time he .was a Frank had beard about this section of coward. He would not have the reckless the city, and, his usual daring and ness to plunge headlong into anythfng natural curiosity to see such things thatwithout counting the and therefore most travelers would not bother to look Bill was the most dangerous. at he had vehtured into the outskirts of "Fill up! fill up!" cried the man with the region where no honest man liv ed, the belt of _gold as the loafers about the and where all the wretched creatures who ptace crowded about the bar. "Everybody lived there their daily bread by in the place have a drink with me!" crimi-nal acts. Frank had noticed that there was a To this section sailors we;e often ensmall_ pitcher of water set out for those ticed, plied with drugged liquor and who wished a "chaser, after drinking, robbed, To this .section came t'he and the boy resolved on a scheme. miner :who had tossed aside the pick and He called for gin, pretending to turn shovel for the time and was _bent on ])av some in a glass and mix it with water. ing "a lark." Often the miner was In fact, he took all water, and not a .drop strangely missing: and, the secret of an-of gin, and as both liquids were color other crime was known alone to. a few less lie was not detected. "the Rocks. '' Bill pretended to be drunk already, and Frank was plainly, almost. wqghly, Jack took a position close to Morgan, dressed, and there was no dlspl ay of whi<.h the others readily made for him. jewelry anywhereabout his person. While Frank Merriwell was close to this he looked respectable, he would not have group, with his eyes open andhis wits been selected,as 4 pcrson on whom a working., large sum of money coul-d b<:. found. 'MM t-1 d B'll 1 I h . r. organ, cne 1 s app1ng n some t mgs the boy was cautious. th t tl h 1d '' . e s ranger on 1e s ou er, you're a He seldom (!aXned much mon1!-y about b k 1 G' h d h h' d nc tve us your an wtt 101, an be bever dtsplayed what A d th h t h ld f he had. Under his. arms, within the linh dn den e ?0 0 0 the man's an an wrung It earnestly. 1-ng. of hts coat, were secret pockets, in I tl t' J k d c1 which he might stow away in n le tme ac. roppe some.1 b'Il d th. h thmg from hts fing ers mto the glass of arge 1 s, an ere was n .ot one c ance . in a hundred that any searching him whisky that bad been poured for Morgan. could find it. The men turned to take up their glasses. The hoy looked the two olotters over keenly as he advanced toward the bar. Frank saw that he must work quickly, Although the. one called Jack was certf tainly familiar with _the city and seemed "Hold on P' cr-ied a voice that seemed to be leader for the: time, Frank de-to copte from a .distant corner of the cided tha-t his companion was the most room. "Why don't you fellows wait for Bill was a big fellow, with a bull-do g Every !nan turned to see who had jaw and a drooping mustache. He look e d spoken. like a man of 'iome but it seemed that he had fallen into criminal ways by force of circumstances ins te ad of by natural inclination. In a twinkling Frank changed the glasses, so that Bill would receive the drugged liquqr. 'To the-surprise of the men about. the

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FRANK M ERRIWELL' S DEA'fH SHOT. 5 bar, they see no one who,had called r F r ank once more takin g water instead of to theti:! from the rear of the g itl ''Some fellow must be under a table," The boy was we_ll satisfied with what said one. ''If he's gbt such a load that he acCOIPplishea;--and he awaited develophe, can'.t get 'ont, let him '' see that Bill was-be-' _l Well1 'sto the man under the 1 gtnnmg .. to get d rowsy already. table," cried Morgan as he cau-ght up a To the boy;s the 11quoi glass of whisky and tossed it off a"t a did not seem to -have any farther effect swa l low o..n Mor gan; and it be<:ame evident that The o thers all. dran k and Frank swal..he could aarry off a amount of the lowed his water. stuff, vile th,pugh it was. "Now,'" 'said Bill, "everybody have 'to t alk. He leaned on the bar me. I've got coin. F ill and di r e cted his at Morgan. up., Jack l eaned on the bar and Once more he attracte d Morgan's at Frank Merriwell, smiling to himself, talking earnestly to Jrim, while stood kept Jtis eyes op eti . Jack agai n dropped some thin g in the A$ the m'9me nts passed, Bill grew in ore man's. glass: and more sleepy and Jack -ru-bbed his '' h . own eyes. M .organ was as Ifvely as ever. "'Yes, ,:.:Cried Bill; t! ts 1s a greaL The two plott_ers looked at each other. country. Gold-why, there s plenty of1 w h -s;r -t B'll b -.L.mut-. ck d 1t a great enol: 1 racc-lr up, 1t. J a an _me are gomg prospectu1g f. ld h J k?" tettng: a ter go ; e ac "D ......A.. t :.the matter with me. 11 o h 1 L. 1 d' th tl.nDO w ua S we may,, repte e more cau, I 1...-:... d C h dl k 1 seem to uc use 'Up. an ar y eep tlous rasca T I th" k " 11 my eyes open. 1n Were gomg !., B11l. We \_'f:' He mumbled an9 stopped speaking. g.o!rg to s,t;art at once he b-raced up again, glared at Well, sa1d Morgan, turnmg to the hi!{compalrlon and snarled : b "h' I k t H ar, ere s uc 0 you. "Ja_ck yo-u're a: blundering fool r I'm As h e reached f?r his glassthe' -done uplll ous was agam heard to .cry: Then he staggered to a cha1r, into "Hold <;m! This'1s call which he dropped, letting his arms fall fellow I am fhoking -for a drink!" on the table before him ana his bead fall All turned t oward fhe: point from .on. his arms. In a moment he was asleep. whence the voice seemed t() and Jack stared sullenly at 'M9rgan. All at again Frank changed the glasses, this once he snatched out a knife made titpe giving drugge
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FRA.NK M.ER RIWELL'S DEATH SHO . CHAPTER III. Have o!le more drink with me, and then we will go. What do you take?" FRANK E X PLA_ l N S I have had quite enough, thank Morgan, the man w ith t h e belt of j'OU. d1d not fully realize what h appen ed. "Oh, one more will not hurt you. G ive He looked sharply at Frank and asked: him the same." "What made you hit that man?" But Frank had accomplished his object "He attempted to d rive a knife into in pretendin g to drink liquor a t the bar, your back, sir," said the lad, quietly a n d he now firm l y refused t o take any"' And you prevented it by k nocking him over? Why, you're o n l y Frank flushed. -He was growing t i red of being called "only aboy. n -"What-if I am a he said "You are only a man. "Hey-bo_!'' cried MO-rgan, obser ving the flush on the 1 ad+scheeks. "Don't thing more. "You are righ t," sai d Morgan aft er he had stared at the lad a moment. "My surprise is that a lad like you should drink at al1." :fra n k smile d, but did not tell him the n that j!e had t o uched nothing bnt water mind what I said. If you are 'only a boy,' "'h b d h k b t th -.... e ummers au s ar s a ou e y ou have the nerve of a man. . F k 1 t d th 1th. place dtd -not wtsh to see a man hke ran was st en a n e man w the belt of gold suddenly held out a I Morgan taken away _so soo n !hey hand; crowded about him, trymg t o take ht s at-: "By lightning!" he. cried, "I want to from 'the boy. One of t hem shook shake your fin, lad l Put itt here T hat's Jack and Bill, t ryi n g te awake n the foiled right 1 Yours for ninety days!,, r ascals, but suc.h e fforts were fruit less. Frank allowed to be 'Crushed remamed clo s e _by Morgan hts in Morgan's rough clasp. wtde for .he w a s aware that saved my life, my boy!" said w e r e m the tntdst o f a d esperate the man, who .beginning t o rea liz e gang. Had they been deeper towa r d the the extent of tii e boy's service, ".and hearr of the section known as "the Morga11 is not the man to fprget an ything R ocks, 1 it is quite certain they could not like that. What can I do for you?" have escaped without f arther trouble. Frank bad bee.n wondering how he The boy was afraid M o rgan would re-could get the man out of that q uarter, a t the bat and continue to drink; and at this question be quickly t hought but as soon as he had treat e d all roun d of a scheme. once more and settle d his scor e the man "I am a stranger in t h e city," h e said, straigbtehe d up, saying: "and I came in here to a s k the way to. ''Come o n, la d Now we '11 slide out for the Royal George Hotel." the Royal G e o r g e. "Thunder and but th i s is. a In vaiitt he rascals clung to the m a n, strange place and a strange quarter f o r a one of them wishing to treat anot 6 er boy like you I You are entire l y out of having a good story to tell, and yet an Y?ur element. The.Royal George is i n a other. offerin g to accompany the boy to dtstant part of the City:" the b_otel if Morgan would stay. you tC? do me a favor-in return The man with the belt of gold flung for the one I d1d you, you m a y show me lthe m all off with a sweep of his powerfu l the way there." arms. ''By the -etern al I'll do it, boy. '"Get out of my way!" he -cried. u r

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FRANK MERRIWELL"'S DEA 'rn SHOT:7 have stayed here too lorig, and now -I am "I am travelin g alone at p res ent; J! going with the boy;'l The man with the belt of .gold Frank was weJl satisfied by this, but he whil)tled softly, and Frank he was kept
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.. -8 FRANK MERRIW.ELL'S DEATH SHOT. 'But you came up to the bar and you Morgan grasped Frftnk's hand and prete1]ded to drink.'' gave it a hearty, grateful grip. up to -the b a r to see if I could ''All men are fools,'' be said. "Some not save ,.o u ftom being drugged and are bigger fools than others. I was a fool robbed. succeeded. to go down there with this stuff about Now Morgan was s u rprised me, but I arrived iu Sidney too late to "Drugged and robbed?" be echoed dispose -Qf it to-night. It has been more "Yon saved me from bing stabbed in the than a year since I was here last, aud I back, and you sn ail be well repaid. 1 fdt like having a time. Like a fool, I l1av e gold-'--" took to drinking. It is a wonder I am "Ten thousand dollars' w orth of it in alive now. I have you to thank for it, the belt about your waist," said Frank, boy. He was sincere in his gratitude. All The man wheel e d and clutche d the at once a thought came to him, and he boy with both hands. peered .sharply at Frank through the "How do you blo w that 7n he h oa rsel y darkness. demanded. struck those two rascals that "I ain_ not the only one who knew it they -were knocked out so quickly?" he iri that div e aske d "By lightning! this is interesting "They were struck by their own Who else knew it?" knock-out drops,;, laughed Frank. "How was that?1 "The man who tri e d to drivea knife into your bac..k." drank the liquor that was doc-'' I} nd that was why h e tqed the t rick to red for you, sir.'' was it?" "How did they happen to drink it?" "You have guessed it.,, I chqnged the glasses after the stuff "Eternal stars1 .... how do you know so had been put into the liquor." much : ? H "Yo u did?" "Th ''Sure.'' ere was y et another who knew ali it.':" "How cou ld ifbe done without detec"Who ?" ti o n ?" "The one who 1irst fell asleep at the "Do you remember the mysterious table." voice?'' ''Yes.'' "I$ that straight i" ''it is. "Well, everybody turned from the bar "And they pals?" whe n that voice. was heard." "Yes, sir., "They did." "i see their ganie! But how d]d y ou ''That was my time." know the}' knew so much?, "Boy, you are a cooler! You are ahead "I heard them plQttrng to drug of anything of your age in boots! But and rob you of yo_ ur b e lt. H y ou h o w did it haJll>eft that the voice "B h _eard at exactfy the right oy, yop are a brickl You h e a r d time?" moment each the plot and resolved to help me out of , I d -a bad hole. That was nerve. Yoh ma e It h:ard then. the trick all Giv did You made lt heard? How could ""!""' e u s y our ha n d (10 tlJat ?'' J again f Put It there for a hltn d d years I" re 'I'hat was dead easy,-" laughed Frank something of a ventriloquist, and

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... FRANK MERRIWELL'S DEA'fH SHOT. Jt the mysferious voicc;_came from my own downward, and the stohe barely escaped tliro at, that_ is-all.'' his head; but it struck in the breast' a man behind him, 1;1nd dpwn that man went. CHAPT_!j:R IV. Frank was armed, but he did not like to use unless forced \o<:lo -So. A .STRUGGLE AGAINST OJ?DS Morgan ga:ve a roar Hke a lion, dashed Thi man with the belt of gold was bis hat to tile gtourid, and niet the first more amazed than ever. ruffian squarely. amf just beginning to understand The ruffian had a knife, but it did what yqu have me to..-n.ight," he not reach Morgan,... who caught the assaid. ''It remarkable.''. sailant's wrist, held him fast, wrenched ':Oh1 it wasn't-tpuch," said Frank, tbe lrfade away, an9. swung the man Jitto modestly. "lt was .dea_d .'-easy, a9.-d I the air. found .:it fun to fo_ql t1ie fellows." As .the -next ru:ffian eame on his t.om-nlVI;j boy, yo-n hav:e made the'.bit of paniQn was dashed against him, and he your life to.-night. I'll mak ; e you 1:ich for went down with the .fellow -on top of -this work!" him. f'dorgan spoke a:s if tboro _ughly iJ:l. ear.: "Eterna-l stars--f"' ; roared Morgan..Frank .:Could not 'doubt 'that t'Her. e where we show our mettle. he meant wlfat .he Sail into Frank and we do not a rewardfor doing any. will flyirlg. ') tliln.g .like that;" said the lad. "It-is No need ttJ:tell,Frank to sail in. The mote thati any honest person -should dQ boy was at it, and he was for ano.ther. 1 did not dare go stFaight to having great success. y ou an _g.ctell that I knew -you werf Having,__ knocked over one man with itt deadly d-anger. You WeR-d:r)nking. the paving stone, Frank saw the other it sometimes is not eas_..y to leap orwa-rd from a croucllitJg positiob, with a 1nan who has taketCc6nsiderable; his hand uplifted. liquor.'' The bify as if to,; meet the fel. "Whi<;h shows -you are shrewd as low, but ody plunged the glancing back, we have no_t..been ruffian, falling headlong upon the followed al!d attacked. I expected_: ground, he lay for _a. moment, Look o.ud Here they come" somewhat stm:Jned. He-na:d cat:!.ght a glimpse of dark fi-Ji:-was:-hp.like a cat, and he saw ures skulking At the otlrers CQJning on. same moment ot -hef dark figures came for another paving !" he down a ..side street and cut-them off in muttered. .. --. advance, so they were in. A sharp whistle c _ut air, and the ruffians closed i.n. Fran"k .'felt. a loose paving stone ben-eath his feet. He stc>o,ped and caught it .._up-. As the neares! ruffian came on, the boy raised the stone with -bodr hands and hurled it at t}le man. T-he dodg-ed But there was no stone ready for his hand, and. another assailant was on hfm before he could draw his revolv .er. This man tried to clutch the bQy, and he lifted something like a sand bag, with which he struck viciously at Franks head Ri-ght under the man's uplif-ted arm

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10 ,... FRANK MERRIWELL'S DEATH SHOT. da'tted the lad whirled like a cat, and fast to, and that is right. I am somewhat h 'd e the fellow a ter-of a fighter myself, and you make a good as e came roun gav mate." rific blow behind the ear. d "Oh, I am a hot cake of ice," was the Down dropped the ruffian, an a seed th d merry retort "But it might be a gooe ond later Frank bad secure e san scheme to get out of this while we have bag. That was the very weapon he and he turned to see h _ow the man with :the belt.of gold was faring. Twice as many ruffians bad set upon the man as upon the boy, and Morgan had placed his back against a w.all, while he was using his heavy fi:;;ts to-beat off. Crack t crack! the blows fell thick and fast; Men reeled back bejore them, but leaped forward again, like fa.tl,lished tigers. "Hurrah P' shouted Merriwell, seeming to" enjoy the battle. "Give it to them, Morgan-! am with you '' Then he came upon the ruffians from behind. Smash! the sand bag fell with stunning force, anq a man dropped. Smash! again the boy brought the weapon down, and another man felL "By lightning!" cried Morgan as he planted his fist with force enough to send yet another to the ground. "We are good the entire gang, boy f' The ruffians had not expected such a receptioa, and they could not stand it long. T4ey had hoped and belie ved that they would take the two intended vic tims by surprise and overcome them easily. Frank continued to wield the sand bag, and Morgan became aggressj.ve. Then the bruised and battered gang gave up and took to flight, skulking away in the darkness. Frank Merriwelllaughed as if he had been highly entertained. a chance . '' "That is true. Although I doubt it, it is possible those rascals may come back to look for us again. Come, boy." They hastened onward. CHAPTER V. GOLD FEVER. Leaving the dangerous quarter of the city, the man and the boy were soon seated -in a tram car that was carrying them towqrd the Royal George-Frank Merriwell wondered not a little at the mode of street conveyance in use upon many of the principal streets of Syd ney, for two cars were coupled together, and these were drawn by noisy, smlilke dispensing little locomotives. It seemed that accidents must be fre quent, but_Frank had been told that they rarely happened. Then he thought of the numbers ofpersonsmaimed and killed by th-e electric and cable cars in America and was silent. The street cars of Sydney stopped at certain designated points, and flagmen were placed at what were considered ex tra-hazardous crossings. othing but an accident could stop the cars at any but the regular places, which were sepfirated by a general distance of about two blocks. "It was easy," he eried. a regular snap." Morgan became silent and grave after tliey were seated in the car. Once in a while he looked searchingly at the and what he saw seemed to satisfy him, judging by the expression on his face. "Wh 't S h y, 1 was uc an adventure as they had passed "Boy," said Morgan, who was breathing heavily, "you are the kind to through would have unnerved many lads, but Merriwell seemed as cool and uncon cerned as if nothing serious had happened.

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FRANK MERRIWELL'S DEA.TH SHOT. 11 -"He -is made 9f the right stuff," he -opened one end of the belt, turning thought the man with the belt of gold. out a flap of leather, upon which he "I'll square-my account with him., poured some of-the contents of the belt. At last, a:fter leaving the car and walk-It was gold stfrt! enough__:_dull yellow, ing a block, they came to the hotel, and' gold, in fine griins and small lJUggets Frank took Morgan up to his room. abotJt the size df peas. "There,'' said the boy, "make yourself "It is the genuine stuff," declareatne at home. The thugs of 'the Rocks' will owner of the belt. "H9w lon g do you follow us here." think it took me _to get tl1is amount?" "By lightning!" exclaimed Morgan, "A year, perhaps., ''I scan:ely think they will--care to follQw Morga!! smiled. us anywhere. I am a g1eat fighter, boy, "It took me ju_st four days," he as and you are not yourself. Together serted. "I how much the we will make a fast team.'' co.ntet: ts of this belt will come to, but I Frank smiled. shail know in the morning. Why, the "We ought to be able to take care of earth where I stru k this stuff is full of ourselves,'' he said. it. J believe there ough of it to make Morgan flung his hat intit a corner and a hundred men ric deposited himself on a comfortable chair. There was a an'sweatherH: took out a a ?lug of at Wtth a long bnght kmfe Iie wl11ttled the plj;Je--;" 1t'-had gone pieces off the tobacco.: out smoke. "I might have used this toad sticker,'' rari'f to grow excited. he said, "but I don't like tQ do it. I hav .-sensation in his seen such things used to9 much-in 1" _that ran all over him. time. 1Z. H "' q:ujckly and his temples A cloud came to his rugged face, as 1 robg@.; <' he ight of the yellow stuff he had been assailed by a I'ecolle<:tion that Jji'm lli touch of the gold fever. was far from pleasant. ) had )oy," said Mor-score. Day after to-morrow .l start tor the gan when Frank had finished. "Do you mountains and you shall go with wan t to make a fortune?'' me if yon want to." "Of course I do." "Are you sure you can return to the Morgan un buck1ed his belt and passed spot where you found this gold?'' it to Frank. "Sure 1 Look HFeel 'tlie weight of that, "'be directed. Morgan took out a leather c-ase, from Frank took it in his band, expecting it which he extracted a sheet of paper. would be heavy, but he was astonished by Whett' the paper was spread out, it was Morgan laughed as he took seen that therewas a map, or chart, the belt back. Then, after some trouble, drawn upon it.

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1 2 .._ FUANK M ERRIWELL'S D E ATH SHOT. "H 'd M pointi n g with "Talk of Monte Cristo!" laughed Mer-ere, sa1 organ, h 1 d 1 h t f h the Alpine r ange gan "Why, I'll be 1s some ay. t e s em o 1s p1pe, 1s / : and there are the Blue Mountains." I dtdn 't come to thts country because I I see. wanted to, and when I leave it I will ''Do you see that .river?'' lt>ok for some people I used to know. I "Yes., t<>ld them they would hear: from me again it did not run there once. some day, and they wiii." There was a time when it ran alon g th-is Let's see," said the boy; "the Blue dotted line." Mountains cannot be far from Kanack "Its course h a s chan g e d greatly." L a n d ?H Right there at that p oi n t w : here UNo, they are just beyond Kanack it makes a sudden bend the old c hannel Land." was choked, and the river was turned so "! -have intended all along to visit it made this wide d e t 6ur .
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FRANK MERRIWELL'S DEATH SHOT. 13 nearly fifty, although he was straight and square shouldered, while the other was a beardless boy in bis teens. There wa $ a look of relief and satisfac tlon on the faces of both, who were our friends Morgan and Merriwell. "There, boy," the. man, 'lthat must be the :ranch of Mark Bentley, and we have found if at last." "But we-have had no little trouble locating it/,-declared Frank. "I:had be to believe we had been directed wrong. 'l -"I thought so myself. The buildings are sheltered so that a good view of them may be obtained only from the south, and that is. why we failed to see them in the first plac_e, '' I wonder how we shall be received i" specu1ated the la_d; '!M r. Bentley has never seen me, but he was ofie of iny father's schoolday chums. "You needn't worry about our re-eeption,, declared Morgan. "If we were utter strangers we would be taken in and treated like honored -It's the way of the ranchers in this country. They. never turn a stranger away." "Well, then, lose no tiine in getting to the rancl1, for 1 am about played dre5sep, unshaved, ang had the ance of one used to outdoor life. "Ho, strangers I" he cheerfully called "whither bound?" "We are making for tl.}e ranch 'Y-Onder about as fast as we can," answered gan. u noe5 Mark 13entley live ?H "He does. we liave'$truck the place we -are looking for.-a "Yes, this is Bentley's ranch,'' assured the man, Hand 1 am Bentley. Can I do anything in pal!ticular for yol?'' "Mr. B!ntley, n Frank, llave come to see yQu, and I have taken the liherty to bring my friend, Mr. Morgan." Bentley held out :his hand and grasped Mo.rgan's, giving it a hearty shake. re-I anr glad tO' see you both," he darea. ''-We don't hqve manyhere, but we wel_come all come. -How are you{ my boy ? You say you have come to see me. W-ho are you?'? .Frank Merriwell. u "Frank Merriwell "Yes, sir Son of with-whom you were at "Great Christopher I Is it possible? Wlty, I haven't beard from Charlie in twenty And you are his son? Re tilmable-! By jin-ks! you resemble 'him, .. __ .. JJri-\\::-I I()ok -at you. Boy, I am more than They rode .At thelr glad fo see "'ou I right into t)1e out. wereslung nfl.es, and their house, both of you. I'll have your critters lo:hesr f_ro!ll,theu to_ taken care of: Coine in, Frank .erri: "were made for -Be-wentI waht you to tell me all about I hnf d the1r. saddles sma1-l your:_father., packs, wbtch .contained picks_, shovels, Be!ltley was delighted. His manner paps,and untensJls, such as they was rather rough; but it was most hospitabsolutely requued. able. He put his hands to his .mouth and In the valley great herds of sheep were gave a Cf!.ll which brought a "blackfel grazing. N'ear _the low ranch were corrals low" running around the house from the and outbuildings. A stream flowed away rear, and this fellow took the horses in to the south:-To the west, in the blue charge. clistance!.-were mountains. Then Frank and Morgan fo11owed the As they' came nearer to the they sheep .raiser into house, which saw moying about, apd a man ran a broad veranda. OtJt to-meet them. He was rongl1ly As Frank ascended the steps he caught

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FRANK M E R!UWELL" S DEATH SHvT. 1 f tt 1 of e i gh teen them into the p arlor, which was t astily a g tm_pse o a pr.e y gu f 11 who slyly peeped-forth at the v i sitors from although not elab9rateli' ed. behin d the curtain s of a windQw. Every thing see m e d com orta e and thou ght the b o y "I wonder homelike. if she Mr.-,Be.ntl e y's daughte r ? She i s "It won't be long b e f ore supper will be rather good ]pokin g.' ':. sai d B entley. I have directed-"Look here, said Bentley as soon as that the fatte d calf s hould be killed, to t h e y were inside, want t o get the figurati vely. I'll give you just as dus t off. Con1e upstairs. I'll show you gd'Od a spr ead a.s I can, but you know we wnereyop.can was h. C harlie M erriwell 's d o n o t hav e all the delicacies he1e. We boy! W ell! well! w e ll t H o w in the w o r ld are too far fr;>m 'the markets. Sheep rais..-do 'you happen -t;o be in this part of the ing is not what it is cracked up to be. It's w orld? It is most rem arkable' a h e rmit's life,. bu t I am into 1t, a!ld it's They him 11psta irs, and he pretty hard gett ing out. S o m e day 1 mead' sh-owed them wh e re they could wash. to out an d go back t o United Wh'ile they were do ing so, he s:tt down Sta tes, the greatest grandest c oun try astride a chair and shot a 1-!und red ques-on the face of the earth '' tions at FranJr. Before the poy had com-,'Hold on!" e x cl a imed Morgan. I hi$ t oil e t yttbe sheepraiser had have neve r been in the United S tates, bnt learned. bow it .ha p p e ned that the son of I will not ..admit--that it is ahead of Aushis old schoolmate w a s the re, bad f ou n d tralia.,,.. ovt that Charles Merriwel l w a s s om e where "That' s beoou se y o u never been out West iir States, had in the Unite() S t ates, smile d the r ancher. learned that Asher Merriwe11r ..CharJes' I have-been in both cot -;n t r ies, and you brother, was dead, and. had ; left his must a.cknowlec;lge I've had the best op worldli' t o Frank, -and had. portunity to form a judgment." satisfied his dti fifty other poi n t s, ''Oh, well, if the United Sta t es is such at least. a wonderful country what made you come .. "Say, this is a re al pleasure!" he de-to Australia, Mr B entley?" dared. "Charlie's b oy Why it is a l mos t ''Easily a nswer e d, Mr. Mor g a n I came a s good as Charlie himself M y to Australia when there were g reat opporhouse belongs to y o u and Mr .Morgan as tunitie s for maki n g fortunes here. I am long as .yon stay here l I hayen 't got anypretty sure there were just as many op-" thing good enough Jor y o u { And you portunities in America but it is nat u ral must be hungry? Of .course you are! I'll for a man to overl ook the things near him gO "down and a square feed for you a1;1d go s _earcbin g for something at a dis without delay." tance That .explain s the whole matt e r Then th.ey heard him g<> .. down stairs '' muttering over and o.ver ; ''Well, I presume you have succeeded 'Charlie.,s Q<>y} ... Well! welll well!" pretty w ell here?" "There," said -Morga.n, with a faint "Yes, I'll conf ess that I h ave. I went smile, "you call't m ake a fuss <>ver -this into the s h eep-r aisin g business when there reception.. It ought to suit y o u n w a s far more money in i t than there is HOb, I'm kicking{" l a ugh e d to-da-y, and 'I haven't much to compla i n Frank. he W<>ul, d be so o f, except that ijving on a sheepranch pleased to see me ... : bas been, as I said, a hermit's life. I. have In a few minutes B entley returne d been forced to send my daughter to Syd-conducted them down s t airs H e took ney to be ed ucat e d and see something of

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FRANK DEATH SHOT. 15 society. A man with chHdren bas no black boy still writhed on the groun9., his right to Iiv: "\n such a place as this, that cries having changed to groans and sobs. is all." ''Why, hang tne'!" grated the man, This satisfied Prank that the girl he who did not observe Bentley and Morgan, had seen was Mr. Bentley's daughter. as they were behind him, "I know my In about half an hour a bell rang, and business, and I won't be inte;fered Bentley announced thatsupperwas ready, V{ith!" wherenpon tliey arose and followed him Wi.th.a quick movement he wrenched to the dining roonL his aim away, and agajn the whip rose in There they were introduced to Mrs. the air, for was about to continue the Bentley and to rancher's daughter, brutal punishment ol the black feilow. who was, indeed, a v:ery pretty and re-But the blow did not fall. --.. girl. Frank fancied there Frank gave the a thrust that sent was a sadnessin _her face and eyes, as if him reeling. she had experieneed deep sorrow, "'1You sh:dl not beat him any more!" but this look was vague and shadowy. resolutely declared the dauntless lad. "He A black girl waited on the table, and has been puni-shed too much a'lready." they sat d6wn tq a meal that delighted With a bitter curse, the man whirled and satisfied the half-famished travelers. andii-fted the whip to strike Frank, hut CHAPTER VII._ Mark Bentley forward and inter: fcired. "Hold on, Jones!)) cried the sheep THE KANACK. raiser. "You must not bit him." After supper Bentley showed tbem With difficulty the enraged man held about the t:anch.As they passed around his hand so that -he saved himself from one of the corrals the. sound of blows and striking Bentley cries of pain caused them to step quickly 'Stand away P' he grated. "I'll leave forward. a mark on his .face f H Frank was in advance, and he came "I tell yo\! that you must not hit him. upon a sight that aroused his warm blood Hold on!" in a moment. "He nit me." A nearly n _aked black boy was writhing hesimp1y gave you a push." on the ground, while a latge man lashed "That's enough." him fierce l y with a niw-hide whip. "He is my guest. You have been Like a flash the American _youth sprung drinking again, .Jones." forward1 and before he was aware of the J'What right had that kid to interfere presence of the white man fe-lt his with my wrist caught and held. Here Morgan broke in "I wouldn't hit him again, if I were Jl'RightP' he "By lightyou," said the boy, in a cold, hard tone. 'lling! any ;nan that _saw you cutting up "You have used him pretty rough al-the black fellow with that whip had a ready." right. I'm nqt in love with Kanacks, but "Who the devil are you?" snarleslthe they're human, and they didn't come to man with the whip. "What right this country of their own free will. Be: interfere with my business?" sides that, this one is ao m?re'n a boy. If 1The right that anyone has to prevent thisyotmgster hadn't held ye up, I'd been an act of cruelty." likely to have jumped in and kicked the The man with the whip glared, and the breath out of you, so you can set it

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1 6 FRANK M E RRIWELL' S DEATH SHOT. that you got off easy, and thank t he kid, of fear and hat red shot toward the foreas you called him." m an. Morgan was outspoken. When be ''Come here, my ,_poor fellow," invited thought a thing was rig hter wron g, he Frank. "Tell me what you had been do was pretty sure to expres:; l1is opinio n ing that )le was lashing you in such a aud He appeared rea d y to b ack up whatmanner." eve r he said. ""Me doing nothing," W{iS the as Bentley looked at his guests in mild boy lifted his head a bit haughtily. amazement. He. w as inclined to think H e kick me-tell me to move quick. i they were overstepping the bounds, btit tell him he have no right to kick me and s till they were his gues t s and he wis h e d spit on me, as he do often. Then he git to trea t them with the utmost c ourtesy. mad and whip me." At the same h ; felt like b acking his. why don't you leave here? foreman up, for the man with the whip What makes you St!!Y and work under foreman of the ranch. such a master?" ..-'{This is not tl'te first tinie J on e s has Leavejl" whispered the glancing had trouble with Gogo, '-' he explai ned. fearfully toward the spot where Bentley "The. Kan.ack is proud, and it takes con-and Jones were standing. -.''Where I siderable to break b i s spirit." g o?" "I never saw much ,good in Kanacks you came from when you came conessed Morgan; t'bu{ still, as I said here_." before, they're huti_!an. I d on-'t b e l ieve in The black boy wrung his hands and beating a human b eing like he was a his chin quivered. b east." "How I go?" he-...asked. Jones spat fiercely on tl1e ground and tosea. If I did git to th e n turned on Bentl ey. to sail in." '-'I can't git I got no boat HJs this what Pve got t o he "Boat? What do you want of a boat?., snar 1 ed. "If so, it ;;s .t
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E 'RANK DEA'.('H 'SHO"'f' 17 a ferm of yel\rs. You also know that they for that fellow, boy," warned Morgan. generally bee me slaves for the rest of "By lightning! he:.. looked ;.)S if .he'd like their lives, and that the nefarious business to eat you." went so far that vessrought here-fro;:n the "I, too, am sincerely sorry anytfiiug of Sandwich Is1ands and elsewhere. Not one the -kind took _place," f-ranldy aGknowlout_ of ten came _Clf own free will. edged Merriwe11. "But you can1t blame All have been told that they would be me;-:;: taken back home after a term of years, "I suppose not,.,.., came rather doubt--. but not one in a -ever gets back. fully from Once -hire they have fosfay :-Every black bow can you?_, impulsively fellow ktought here in that ---way is -cailed cried the '1\merican lad. ''He was beating a Kanack. '' this bhick boy in a most brutal manner, Frank's face bore an expr-esSion of and it was my dqty to interfere. 11 .ror and disgust: ''I shaU have to differ with you a "Why, it is slaveryP' he exclaimed. smiled the sheep-raiser. nThe slave trade .in the States bewas my place te interfere, if one fore the'w.ar was not worse I" di
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JS FRANK MERRrwELL' S DEATH SHOT f h t h a d ht Don l let He t urned and walked back to the or w a e co..,ns1 ere n g v e rand a this affai r w orry you, my lao." The. n the two men a n d the boy s t r o lled Tbe sun went down, and the stranger on together. --.... ca.me whistling aro-qnd the corner. He had a curling black mustache, and wore his w ide-brimmed hat canted over his left CHAPTER VIII. ear. He was handsome in a way, but the R u DoL :v H REYNoLDS boy instantly decided that his face was not From the veranda whe r e w a s s i tting that of a man who tould be trus t e d He Frank saw a horseman come over a dislooked as if he would consider his "word tant rise and bear do w n o n the ranch .. of honor" of little consequence. 'I:he fellow roqe with r e c k less ease, and -The man regarded Frank keenly with there was something dashing in his aphis b lac. k e y es. pearance, evep at a distance About his H ello you! he said,_ familiarly. n e c k was kotted a handker ch ief "You've got a nerve! and the last rays o f the settin g sun glit-Frank flushed ... but remained cool. b !red on the sil y er mountings of his rifie, -'I: Have I?" he said, quietly. I might saddle, stirrups, spurs. return the compliment. The horsewhich be rodewascoal black "Doutt doubt it," was the and spirited. The eyes of the boy on the acknowledgment. "But yo"u'rea mere k i d. veranda shone as be watched (be move-And Jones sa y s you braced u p to him like ments o f the handsome anima l. a rooster. Why he can eat you!'' , A creature wor th owning!" muttered '>The;e are various opinions about Frank. that."' Suddenly the horseman swerved aside "Well, I don't know. There can'-t. be a nd m ade towaru cue of the s t a bles. StiJl auy doubt about it. .If I'd been in Jones' :watching,-Frank saw Jones, tpe place, I'd spanked you." come out and meet the strang er. That was too much. Frank arose to his T h e horseman ll u11g his animal on its feet. haunches, leaped t o the ground, and "Just imagine yourself in Jon es' grasped Jones' han a. pl a ce, he urged. "You seem to be look" Those men are friendly," ing for trou ble thought the boy. man lau g hed and snapped his Leading his horse, the newcomer folfinger s lowed Jones, disappearing from view. "Jones says you're visiting here. So Frank waited a little, and thenr feeling am I Can't afford t o offend Bentley. somewhat uneasy, he started to stroll He's got a daughter, you know. Deucedly about. pretty girl." Behind the stable he Jones and the Somehow the fellow's manner was in -stranger standing, engaged in earnest con-sulting and insolent in the extreme, and versation. From their manner, it was grew angrier still. plain they did not care to be overheard. -If you wish to administ e r that spank "Pll wager something that they are ing, we'll just step out of sigh t behind both rascals," thought Frank. "If they some o f the buildi .ngs, and Mr. B entley are not plotting deviltry at this moment, will ktiow nothing about it u he sai d I greatly I'd give some'-'Whew 1u whi stled the fu 1lowing thmg to know JUst what sort of a scheme with a laugh. "You act as if you are in they are discussing. earnest.

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' FRANK MERHIWE L f. / S DEATH_ SHOT. 20 b "If t: will not be asking too m uch, "GT"-eat Scott!" muttered the ?)' 1 I have you "known him?" "That fell?w. is .her lover' and lS a years l>r more.'' firsJ;-class villatn, tf I evc:r .s a w one. M' "Done much business with him?" The boy instantly -decided tha t tss n . d e r but he "Som e. h Bentley was 'fn a.ng l d PI ly B entley was wondenng w Y new, if she were in with Rey n o the was asking all these It would be n? easy thmg t o open ''I presume he is a good man to deal e yes to her penl. 'th'?'' "IfI bother around there, the chan ces WI d h' d' HHe has s eeme so, are that I will Jllyself thoro.ug IS-"Does he call here often?" ljked, and that 1sall the good 1t "Oh he comes around at irregular A girl iu lo' ve than a c r ;fzy t' Sometimes he is here for a day man. She can l t see tnto what dangeJ; s e tmes. th Then again he will b h or two every mon , may e rus tng. not show up for two o:i: three months. tha t he had Frank whistfed a little to himself evtdence. agamst R t ynolcl s H e d thoug h t over these answers. Somethmg ing a.gamst .save e a made him believe thar Mark Bentley co!lcetved a vwlent dish,ke.for htm at first knew ver y little about Rudolph Reynolds. sight. . He longed to ask farther A s remamed autstd e whe n felt that he must be regarded as first a rrived, he beard the m a n nent jf be did so and he refrained. and with Vauna However M;. Bentley volunteered Later b_e 'beard Reyn o i d s s m gmg some info rmat ion Reynolds. a sentimental. s o ng, accompamed b y the .'.'He is a lucky fellow;" declared the music of a gmtar. _, r anche r. "Makes money on whatever he Bentley, who had received his takes hold of-=.always has plenty of l atest visitor most.cordially, out money. He seems to be in business en smoked on the veranda, watchmg tirely fpr himself, as I have never ing moon. able to ]earn that he was connected with Frank wbo had strolled away fromthe a conce r n anywhere. He takes delight in bouse, c;me back after a time, and found op en-air life. You should him sh.oot. the sheep r a iser there.--_ H e i s one of the greatest nfle and p1stol They fe11 to 1 shots I ever saw. He is a perfect horse-The bo y Mr. Bentley muc:h .about man _and is alway_s in the best. of spirits. his travels, but did not tell anyth1flg th a t -His good spirits have made htm ":elcome was n o t called by the Ill a n, :who here at all times. He usually bnngs us seemed greatly inte-rested in the s on o f his some informat ion about the outside w&rld, former schoolmate. and he has been able to cheer up Vauna All this talk led u p to some things when she. was .downcast." which Fmn.k wis]Jed to know, and the Frank wondered if Reynolds boy finally began to ask questions him-were lover s, and Bentley was bhnd self enough not t o-d i s c e r n the fact. "Just who is this man who arr_ ived h ere After a while the rancher went back since Morgan and 1 came?" . into the house, and Frank strolled out "He is Rudolph Reynolds."' into the m oonlight once more. I know his name, wha t is The boy had not gone far before a dark his business?" figure suddenly arose from the ground '-'His business? Oh, he is a specu-near at hand. lator .. '' In a twinkli n g the boy's hand fell on "In what?" the butt .. of a r ev o lve r and he sharply "She-ep, wool, cattle_:_alm' ost any-said : h II 'nrT t mg. t h e re! vvho are you?n ''I infPtthat you know him very --Gogor was the reply, and he well ?'' recognized V9ice of the Kanack. "Quite well." '"What d o you want, Gogo?" _;;;._ _____

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FRANK MERitiWELL'S DEA'fH SHOT. 21 "Urn want to see you." "Miss Ben'ley have a lover, but what "-All right. Look at me." you .think hjm be.?" -"-Want to tell you something." ''.4baven 't the idea." "Diive away. t am listening." X M Kanack came close to Frank and The blaGk 'boy edged a little nearer, whispered: and then he huskily whispered: be brack ?" "Ole Jone he is bad man." nn ack ?" gasped the American lad in "I don't doubt 1t, Gogo. 71 astonishment. "Him hate you 'cause you didn't-Jet '-;Yes. 'Sh! 'sh! Oh, they kill me if him lick me:-' t he Mriow I tell. '' "Let him hate." "Wh.y, it is impossible. I can't under"You mus' look out sharp for him. stand it. She seems like a refined and Him be.after you." young lady) "After me?" h D t f II b b k tell you trut a e ow e rae H1'm m"d "'nough to kill you. B '1 .... \ but e no Kanack. He native. en try Heard him say so.'' him an' try to m.ake him like "You did hear him say so?, !,_ whit('}" man. Make him so him read ]:rooks, "Yes." dl.fess up, act jes' like white man. Ben 'ley "WhenJ" take .him when him be small bo.y, an' "W.hen that -odar bad man come. this h h Mi B '1 hitll g'l'ow up jn ouse wtt 'Ssen ey. afternoon." they come to. love." "What other bad man?" Frank Merriwdl w htstled. "Reyno!'" "But :where is this .fellow now?" "Why do you call him a bad man_? "Wangalee .him run 'way." What do you know about him?" ''Run ?n trade _in Him bring "Yes Gogo here ." ''-Wbat for?" "Really-! So that is a part of his busiI'Some of him people come 'long. Him ness?" ca:IJ. 't help it-.::have to go, same ;as Gogo "Yes." wantJ:o go back to him people. ''.Mr. Bentley did not tell me that,'' ''1)p you mean to say thatthlS. thought Frank. fancy ,that trading i!l fellow gave up the comforts of civthza Kanacks is not the most honorable bust-tion and the white girl he lo ved to go ness a man can engage i_n. 0 away with his wretched people ? "So you heard Jones tell Reynolds that IThat so," firmly declared the Kanack. he was mad enough to kill me?'' I can't understand that!'' "Yes. Hear him say be do it if he git can't?. That easy. What Wangood chance." galee c.are for wa5{ white man li ve? That "Well I shall look out for Mr. J nof.way his people live. care and f at'n m ,uch obliged to you, Gogo. 'bout books? Hjm people no read books. Now, I want you to tell me something What him care for clothes? _Him peopj e about Reynolds." no wear cfothes. They no live i n "Tell all I can." same as white man. It be not right "Is he the lover of Miss Bentley?'' for him to try to live like white m a ri. "No! no I She no care fot him. He All the time when they learn him to liv e cate for her pritty much, buU she no care that way he feel inside somewhere that it for nim. '' be not right for him. Bimeb y pritty soon -"Well, that is a sure sign that she's 'long come his people. Then what he well balanced." < feel inside is one great big want to go "''I tell you something-you never tell." 'way with 'em-live like 'ein. He have "Of course I will not tell. Go ahead, to o-ive up all him have here, an' have to Gogo. girl ; but him can't stop that what "If you tell, Gogo git worst licking of he.fed in him breast. That feel be so his life. '' strong it make him run -'way.'' "Don't let it worry you. I'll keep si-"I think I understand," said Frank, lent., slowly. "Nature and

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FRANK MERRIWELL'S DEAT H SHOT. asserted themsel ves, and h e was to r esi st. He gave u p everyth _mg here and fled back to the life that hts p eople ,, lived. B y J o v e l what a strange rom ance was-s o m e dista flce away, -and a broad strip of clear moo nlight lay b e t w e e n. "I'll have to chance it," d eci d e d the lad. Like a rabbit he r.an across the light;d space, feet seeming to make no nOISe on die g r ound CHAPTER X. A STARTLIN G DISCOVERY. Frank crouched 'in the shadow of the stable, li s tening and peering about There he remained for tw.o or three mm ute s when he bec a m e sat isfied that he night Ftan_k dre amed o f M i s s had not been seen. Bentley and Wan ga l ee. Their strange ro-. Arou nd th e stable he slipp ed, and then mance had impre ssed I1im so much that he found a line of other buildings and be thought of it until he fell asleep an d corrals so that he was abl e to keep in then he dr e amed about it. Some time in the nigh t be awok:. The the shadow n early all th..e hme. moonrwas high in the heav ens, and as The boy with c a u tion! for he he looked from the open window all the knew the re was danger of commg sud world seemed sleeping. Morgan breathed denly upon some one' b y whom he did not care t o be seen. He seemed to feel the heavily an.li l,'egularl y o n the bed. danger jn his bones. A w a y out a c r o ss the plain: sound e d a strange c:t;y. It wa s answered by a similar At l as t he fanci e d he could hear the" cry from near the farther corrals. murmur o f voices near one of the-sheep "Whatever can tha t mean?" specu-pens. H e had taken the utmost care lated the list ening boy. HSo mehow it d i d to frigb.ten t he sheep, for he knew their not seem that those cries came from the scampering might b e tray him. of b e asts. Then he ob s erved that within that at the window, listening sheep p e n the c r eatures were moving for the cl1\ to be r epeated. restlessly about. E v idently they had been J.n this he wa s djsapP<>inted, but he alarmed already was certain he heatd the houfbeats of Frank lay ftat o n the ground and horses coming n earer. an( l nearer The wohned his way forwa r d little,by little. horses seeemd to be behind the house, Thi s h e d id wifh the skill of an Indian out of his r911ge of vision. creeping u p o n a deadly foe. "Well, I am bound to know something In the cours e of ten miJ:!ut es he more about' this," muttered Frank as h e reached a point w here he could disti n ctly hastily slipped on.his clothes. hear voices in guarded c onversation He looked to h i s revolvers, then minute s later be was peeri n g at stepped lightly out through the open win-four men who w e r e t a lkin g in low tones, dow upon the sloping roof of the veas if they did not wish t o be oYerheard randa. Near t h e four men were two' s a d d l e d The eaves of the veranda were about nine feet_ from the ground: He swu .ng h .imself over and slid down one of the posts. 1 '-I'll find some way to get back," he thought. Then he passed round the house, hug ging close to the waHs, and thus keeping in the shadow. He paused to listen, but nG longer could he hear the sound of horses' feet. "Still I am sure I did not imagine he muttered. nearest one of the outbuilding? horses. Two of those men Frank Merri w ell quickly recognized. were Joh n Jones, the for em an, Rudolph R eynolds, the sp .. ><:u lator and Kanack trader. But who wer others? Frank askedJ'ilm the That tho se men for no g ood purpo s e th; was c onfi d ent. That. they were all r asca ls of the blackest dye he had not a doubt. And then, as he listened, he was cer tain he had heard the voices of the two

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FRANK MEURIWELL'S DEATR SHOT. '23 metywho were talki n g with Jones and was c erta i n he had distinctly heard the R eynolds. wor d "gold" spoken several times b y tlfe Those voices sounded fa.milia r del ecta ble revolver grasped in his fingers, In the course o ten or fifteen minutes Frank l a y there trying to overhear what J ack and Bill mou nted th eir horses,_ bade was being said. This h e soon found was Jo nes and good-by, and rode impossible, for although he catch away. a word or two occasionally, the men wer e Frank l ay 'in the shadow close to the speak i ng g uardedly, and he. could make corra ,l, and h e saw the forema11 and spec no sense of what tpey wer;:._saying. ulator turn and come directly toward .Frank longed to get nearer) but he saw him. ; that such' a thing would be impossible r'Here's where we have a scrimmage!" unless he ran -the risk of bei11gdetected as mentally decided the boy. so6n as .be tried to advaJJce. He hugged the ground and pressed his "Well," he thought, "I'll be sure of body against the corral. One t hing: Reynolds and Jones are plot-R eyno l ds was talking as they advanced. ting some kind of wickedness "I tell you to go slow, Jones," he was He remained there, watc hing and lissa,ying. "What's the to do up the t ening, and he finally was rewar ded for boy when it may spoil ever ything? The his patience. youn gster is Morgan's partner, that's One of the two men with' Jones and plain, and Morgan is taking him back to R eynolds thrust his broad-brimmed t he where_ the gold was found. If hat, and tbe moonlight fell full upon his the boy was killeh Morgan might take a face. fancy not to go there, and that wonld Frank came near uttering a cry of the -ruin ryezy thing." ... ,-;;--'; most profound asto nishment. "All right, n growled the forema'.i'\' i n The-man he had seen in the row grog-a "Surly manner. "I'll let the youngster gery of "the Rocks," in Sydney! alone for a little time-that is, if he It was the fellow known as Bill I keeps out of my way. But I mean to fin -Then the astonished boy looked sharply ish him some time." at the other man, and -he saw it was Jack, The men passed so near the boy that Bill's partner in the attemp t to. rob MorJones' foot almost touched .Fra nk's gan of his .belt of gold. elbow, but the lad remained perfectly" It took some little time for Frank to motionless, and he was not seen recover from his surprise, and then he When they had gone on a n d disap began to the probable cause peared, Frank sat up. of the presence of those two rascals. "Well, I must say that I have fonnd The more he considered the matter the out something of importance firmer beca ,me his conviction that those mut t ered "Morgan will be a trijle sur men had f o llowed Morgan from Sydney prised when I tell him." tq Ben tley's ranch. After a time he made his way back to Just how this had been accomprished the h ouse, climbed up to the roof of the Frank could not tell, but the. men were j veranda by aid of a brace that took the there! and_ somethi ng besides chance had, place of a bracket on one of the corner brought them to that spot. posts, re.entered the house by the win-It did not take Frank l ong to arrive a t dow, took off 'his' shoes and a r oused Mortbe belief that. Bill and Jack were track-gan < ing Morgan, with the b&pe that he would Whe n the boy had told the gold hunter lea d them to the place where he found jnst what he had seen and learne d Morgan the gold was ful1y awakened B y Jove!" tholJ,ght tbe boy. "They "By lightning! this is i nteres ting!" m u s t have skill as trailers} and 'it looks admitted as he found pipe and as if they would succeed ir so m ething is it. "Pll have t o -think it over a not done to t hrow t hem off the trail. '' httle. '' Now that he had seen these men, he Frank lay down on thebed and watched

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. FRANK MERRIWELL'S DEA T H SHUT. IM, the man, who was smoking and thinking. on a kid, Vauna? Are there not enough When Frank' fell asleep, Morgari was sti-ll men t o be found who are ready to throw smoking and thinking. themselves at your feet?" In the morning Morgan said:_ -"'there are men, but I do not care to "Perhaps we will fool those fellows, have any one throw himself at my feet, boy. We'll settle down stop a Mr. R ey nolds," sa_id the. girl rather while. They'll be tired of watching us baughtily as she arose and entere.d the after a while.'! house. So Morgan and Frank seemed to settle The trader whirled and clutched Frank down at Bentley's raneh as if their only b:y the collar. object in 'life was to visit "Keep away from her!" grated. Frank rode niu-ch ,vith Bentley to look you want to live, keep awayfrom about the and twE:Y days passed in-her P' tbi.s manner. The demon of jealous hatred g!in' ted Morgan seemed the most contente d from hisand his voice was not gold seeker any one could Ap.:_ steady. parently he had no farther care than "Take your liand.:.from my shoulder!" smoke and take }ife easy,. c&mmanded the 'boy. Reynolds was restless. Each day he J'hey stood there, face to face, eye to rode away andwas gone more than three eye. hours. Tak-e your hand from my While Reynolds was aw_ay Frank imReynOlds' band fell-away, not a little proved such opportunities as he obtained to his own astonis_hment. He was _sur to become better acquainted with Miss prised that he should obey the boy, but a Bentley, will other than his own seemed to force He found her well educated, r-efin.ed, him to do so. and pretty, a good talker, and something ''Curse ne hoarsely whispered. 'more than an ordinary musician and day I wt11 fix youso there will singer. Mark Bentley had obtained a b e no farther fear that _you will trouble piano for h.is daughter, and had i t m.e !'' brot;ght to his ranch at great expense; leave that to your friend Jones but Vaunapreferred,the guitar. ;,_or to Jack or Bill," said the boy as he It was the: secon9 evening after Frank's t!lrnee away. discovery, just related, that Frank and 'rJack-Bill! What do you mean? Vauna were sitting al'one on the veranWhat--" da,, the moon hav!rig risen in east. But Frank walked on and entered the Tfiey had b.een talking' o( many things, house without turning his head or pay: and at 1ast FrankJlSked Vanna to sing. ing the attention to the angry Sbe picked,_ up the gui.tar,. p1,1t it in tuneJ and ast{)nished SJ?eculator. played softl y a few-,moments, a._n
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FRANK MERRIWELL' S DEATH 25 ''W hat--do I know about h im?"he reI shall not him a criminal peat ed. "Notmuch.u and an outlaw till I r ece i ve absolute "You have not kno w n him long{" proo of it." "No." "The r i ght name of Brown Bob is Rob" You know notlung of his past?''-ert H awk i ns If you wish to be satisfied, "Nothing." he_ of 'tHe is a chance a cquaintance ?P kl.Ds. h1m 1f that ts hts name. I had the good for t pne to protect htm I wtll -l'llc look for htm now-at from a band o f robbers in S ydney, and ask hif!l. ' we became friends. He bad a bel t filled F rank proceeded to b unt up Morgan, with gold dust his waist, and the and fO-und him smok ing. .: w bb ers were tryi-ng to -get it . '' Withou t hesitation or dela y the boy "Whe re did he say he o .btained the put question to tlie man: gold?'"' D id you ever hear of Robert Haw-. rc A m o n g the Blue Mounta ins, for kins1n whic h weare ; The p ipe -fell from Morgan's teeth, a.rid "Frank, I want give iol:t some ad-he whirled like a panther, his hand going vi c e : You must h eed it.l into his bosom There was a sudden "GQ a head." dangero u s glare in his e y es, andhe "Have nothing more to do--with this snat l ed: Morgan .. '"{Eh? W hat's that?" "Why not, sir'? You must h?ve a good Frank repeated the ques tion. reason for giv1ng such advice." uHear of Rob Hawktns? Why, of 'u I have. ,.., course I have. '1 "What is your r e ason sir?" Morgan slowly, seeming to you ever: hea r o f Brown Bob'?" make an effort to recover from ...the agi"No', s ir." tationthat had overtaken hiin when the "Well, Brown Bob was o ]:iginally a questioJJ was put. c onv ict sent here from E n g l a nd H e was "Was he a convict?" a despera t e character. One n ight b e mur"Yes dere d his keeper an9 escaped He was ''Did you know him?" never recap t u red. "'es "Well sir?" MQ'rgan did not hesitate -about reply He is 1i_ving to-d ay ing / but his voice was harsh and un"Yes?" s teay, and he still seemed to fea;r an at"And he hasbecome the leader of the tack most notor ious gang of ruffians that ever Ffari k was astonishe_ d b y the man's cursed this cou ntry. Th ey have robbed and his ready The a n d murdered hundreds of people." poy faltered, and then he resolute l y de-"Well, r'fail to see what this has to do manded: with Morgan." 'Are you Rob Hawkins?" "Morga n is Brown Bob 1'1 "I seeJ:;emebody has told you every-F rattk Merrhye1 1 had been s hrewd t hing, P said Morgan, slowly and some enoug h to see what was coming, and he what sad ly. ,;.'The curse has f-ollowed me! did not betray any wond er. Instead, I did hope to e:Scap e it for a time. I see simply asked: it is impossible for me to do so. "How do you know this?" mind. I'll go on living the same old life. "I. have received p roo f of it, I'll-go back to it again! I wa s a foo l to my boy." think I CQUld get away from it! I don1t "What sort of proof?" b lame you, my boy. You are all right. It "Proof that cannot be controverted was an accident that. threw us together i n "Now, look here, Mr. Bentley I inay the first place, and i-t seemed so good to be entirely deceived in Morgan, b u t 1 behave one persbn in the world who treated lieve he is all right. I k.iww:he has ene-me as i f I were an honest man !" mies, and they have been working ag-ainst Frank Merriwell 's a s tonishm ent grew.

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26 FRANK MERRIWELL'S DEATH SHOT, Morgan had seemed so dauntless and j there was no danger o f discove r y "And lio n like that it dazed the boy to see him it worked all r ight. We have pl aye d right show such ag itation and to hear him into the h a nds of these rascals. A n d Rey speak in a voice '.tha t trembled a nd broke. nolds will follow Morgah, while Jo ne!J All the swagger had g on e out of the keeps tra ck of me. Isthere a chanc e of man's man ner, and he seemed bowe d and overtaking M o rgan now? I'll make a crushed. S l o wly he picked u p pipe move t h ey are not l o o king for." and p laced it in his pockef. He lo s t no time in find i n g his horse and "I'll goQn," he mutte red, seeming to saddling tht! a nim al. As soon -as he could forget Fiank and speak to. him s elf::-"Pll get r eady he w a s off, and he was not dis go <:>'n aicme. yhe mountams will me covered until a long distance from the ,agam, and. I 11 become a hermit once ranch. He h ad not said f a r ewell to an y more. It will be five y ears mor e before I one. -.-come out to the world, and I may be s o Frank was a bl e to follow Morg-an':dr a il old then that no one will know me. It is into the mountains, but f o r all that he fats.l? Wit hou t anQthe r word he t u rned away. urge d his h o rse to' thE:; utmost, he did not overtake the man before nightfall His feet c1umped las he walked, a nd .the In the meantime he discovere d that he eJast i c i ty ,had gone out of hi s ste-p. He was fo ll owed. seemed to have taken on yeats age i n a minute. He h a d expected that R eyno l ds a,nd A feeling of pity bubbled up in the Jones w oul d come after him hot foot, but heait of the bo y Surely this man cou l d had antfcipated o vertaking M organ before n o t bt! so black as he was pai nted. And they could come up with him. still he had confessed. He w a s d isappointe d in overtaking tl'Je Pran k opened his lips to call to Mar-strange man, although he traced him into gan, but tbe man went on an4 the boy the foothills before nightfall. did not call. -' Near sunset, from the crest of a r idge, T w enty mi nutes later, the self -con-he looked back tow ard Bentley's ranch fesse
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FRANK MERRIWELL'S DEATH' bHOT. 27 Removing the saddle and 'blanket, the his way to a from which he could boy picketed his horse and the.n lay down peer down into the valley that led deeper to sleep. He lay \vith his ear close to the into the moQntains. gnund, and be felt certain that the apBarelry had he obtained a :pOsition proac;h of horses would awaken him. where he could look into the val1ey,. when Frank slept with his hand on a teady there was a clatter of hoofs, and_ two revolver. raced across a .strip of moon-For all of hjs strange position, slumlight, disappearing into the deeper bered so!lndly. shadows far up the_ valley The moon was high in the sky when The 1:0 a he awoke, but, as he had, planned, his huW! tn h1s arms. horse and himself were in the deep shadow .I beheve be was Reynp lds muttered of the hills. the boy up a:r;nid rocks. "Who was He listened but seemed to hear noth-with him r What was that he carried in 1 lfi<: a}1lls ?n t:ng. '"" ., "Strange that 1 awoke in this manner He listened,. The horsemen were faJ: if there was nothing to arouse me he away, the ho?fbeats of the. horses thou ht grew famter and fatnter. g . _.And tltrough the still 'night air, -!le contmued to hsten, a feehng of came a l-ong shrill cry that sounded like restlessness grew upon him, so that be an appeal for aid: finally sat up. . . The sound yf, that cry struck a chill to The horse, whtch had grazmg Frank Merriwell's heart. near at hand; seemed to be hstenmg also, "It did notseem like an animal he its head high in the air and its ears lllUUered. "And still it must have heen. pncked forward. It was surely a wail of distre.ss.'' "What is it, pony?" asked Frank in a He returned to the place where. his low tone. 1 Is there semething in -the horse waft picketed, but his slumber for wind '?" the remainder of the night was fitful and The horse snorted, as if alarmed, and broken. In his' dreams he seemed to hear that brought. tEe boy to his feet. that cry repeated over and over Stgain "I' know something is wJ;orig,"'' be nmt-and he awoke a .score of times, his rifle tered. "I am at a loss how to locate it. grasped in his hand, ready to defen d himAre my enemies ereeping upon -tne ?'' self. The thought that his foes might be ---lurking in the dark shadows of the great bowlders made him shiver. Then he CHAPTER XUI. crouched to the ground, grasped his rifle, and rested it across-his knee, ready to use THE ? E A!l' H sHOT. it in a moment if necessary. With the first signs of day Frank was With searching eyes he peered -into the ast' H t'll tr bl db th 1 h d h d h h 1 tr. e was s 1 ou e y e reco s a ows on every an more t an a lp t'on f th d h had h d d f fi le _...c I o e wetr cry e ear 1n to see tolilgue. o re ap tbi night.-. .. hear the repo_rt of a nfle and the -.Eating a hasty he made his wh-tstle. of a buliet. d N h ld h th. ti way own mto the valley and mounted :reth cou e hseed any sthrhis horse. Then he rode onward into thenng, u ere were s a amt e mountains. ..... 1 '"' that resembled crouchmg Frank began to feel that his quest for gs. . Morgan was a waste of-time and still he After some time he became satisfied did not wish to give it up. He felt tpat n? one was near. it was his
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28 FRANK MERRIWELL'S D EAT H SHOT. Brown Bob. But now he remembe:t:ed that One of. the-black f ellows, who seemed he had no t c harged the gold hunter with to be a leader among them, came f orward being the notorious outlaw. to meet Frank. "That was where I made a mistake.. I "Welcome!" he said, extending his do not bel i eve he isBrown Bob; I believe hand. he would have de nied that."' Frank took the offered hand, and the Frank kept o n into the mountain s tpl fire ligh t him that before him was near the middle of the day, when he dts-a young native who had a' decidedly in-coveredlhat h i s course was b l o cked and telligent face. he could advance no farther. "You say you are going to Bentley's This -discovery convinced 'him that he ranch ?11 questioned this native. was ent i r ely off the trail, and, quite dis"Yes; and you say you are bound heartened, he turned back. -there?'' } Fll go to Bentley's,''' he de-"We are. We are shearers." cided . During the middle of the d'ay,. having "Yes, sheep shearers. I am the boss found water and a p lace where his_horse and these are my men. We go from ranchcould feed, he_gave himsell and the ani-to ranch and shear sheep. 'the white mal a long of which both stood -Ut have done so and made money, now need. we black fellows are going to try it. We -Night came. down before be was fairly have done well so far. M y men are all out _of the )l]ou ntains. right and can work if they do not get Before the moon rose he detected a rum. If they get rum they are no good." _giimmet of light.1ow down on the plain, There was something honest and be made it, wondering what straightforward about the young fellow, it could be: who was dressed somewhat better than After a time he reached a-point where the others, and Frank immediately took a he found himself tiown toward an li.king:lo him. _.... encampment, in the midst of which a "How does it h-appen you are going to camp fire glimmered. He co .u1d see two Bentley's?" asked the boss of the covea:ed 'Wagons within the li.ght of the shearers. firer find discerned moving figures. "I have been stoppi:tlg there, but went Dismoun ting, Frank led his horse dow.n into the mountains on business, Frank toward tire camp. exp1ained. They were quite near when the animal "You have been stopping there?" cried suddenl y neighed the black youth, eagerly. The neighing of the horse produced a -"Yes." commntion in the and Frank saw "All well there?" som. e black fellows runn.ing about in an excited manner. Frank was struck by a sudden sus"Ob-ho the camp!'-' he immediately picion. ca1led. "My name is Frank Merriwell," "Oh-ho!" came back the answer. HWho said. "W4at is yours?" are yott?" "I am called Dick Williams now," was A traveler." the reply. time my name was Wan'1Wh-ere gol.n' ?"" galee." "To Bent ley's"tancl}." "I thoughtso!" "We're bOUn' there. Come on." "-You thought so? What do you know? He advanced seeing a number Did you ever hear of ine ?"' of. black men ra.nged to receive him. "Yes.,. Some Q-fthem were armed, but as he Bentley's?" came nearer he saw their weapons were 0Yes." old fashioned.and of li'ttk va1ue. "Not ftonfVauna-Miss Bentley?" In-vain 'he looked about for a single HNq_." wbite man. There was not one in the Wangalee seemed disappointed, still he camp. said:

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FUANK MERRIWELL'l:l DEA.':I)R SHO'r. 111 thought it could not be.. from her, and well. I have not and I am -sure it was not from her go back ; to Mr. Bentley's ranch, but now father.'' I can keep from there no longer, and we "You.-are right. 11 are going." boss of the shet;p. shearers was It was a most interesting stpry, and it eager to hear all about M1ss Bentley. He -gave Frank food for reflection. inv!ted Frank to come and sit by, the fire, Fran k ate with the black fel whlle one of the black fellows cared for nearly all of whom were ugly and the horse. repulsive, -appearing very little like WanNoticing the boy's hesitation, Wan-galee. galee proudly said: After supper he looked after his hQrse "You need have no fear. None of your and found anfn:at-all right. things will be stolen. If m y men woui,d The moon had r_1sen, and at dis steal, they cannot afford to dcz so. If a on plam _)he bo): dtscerned a white man steals, it ll)SY be forgotten; if mov1ug. obJect. He 1t closely for a black..tnan it isnever forgotten, SOllle time', and saw lt gradually draw and any one has itre right to kill him. nearer the camp .. The whi-te man wlll drive the black man Wa:ngalee's attention was drawn .to this out, and all the land will belong to the .too. .. 11 I see that it will come some It IS a kangaroo, he satd, time. I have. told my people that they Frank his rifle an? waited for mnst try to Hv'e like-the white man. It is the kangaroo to come a httle nearer, hard to make them see that .Jt-is, so. which it finall-y did. These who are with me know it.'' At last the boy. took quick but careful A short time later Frank wa.S seated !,lim at the animal and fired. tl:i.t fire, ba-tting with -Wangalee As he did so tliere was a shrill screa.ni, whose questions he answered. and t.he kangaroo leaped into the air, then Frank found-lhe black feU ow was in. 'fell to the ground. deed well educated and highly intelligent "Great Scott!" Frank. "Tbat being a ..great contrast to the was 1ike the: cry of a human being!" native. And Wan_galee was rather good He ran out t-o where the-creature was looking, being finely formed, in the moonlight. _!.s he bent "It will never be 1or 9-ll my it started back with an exclama-people to live like the white man,, Wantlon of horror. galee declared after they had talked a On.the groQnd a man who had been while. "!hey their way -of living, dlsgmsed by the sktri of a great kangaroc:! and . tbere ts about the life that He ,WJ:J.S. .not he flung the holds them, wretc-hed though .it is. I mal s astde,-as..if.lt smothered J::nm. have tried the white man's life. Mr. The face czxpqsed was that of John Bentley was kind to me. when Jones! som_ e of my people came along, I could CHAPTER XIV. MORGAN'S RETURN. not resist the desire to run away \vith them. I did run away, and for months I have lived with my people in theit. huts, naked, laz-y-a savage, fqr that ts what they caU us. Then my pride awoke again, and I ran away from my y{)u P1 huskiJy whispered th.e people. I was one of Mr. Bentley's nnserable wretch "you have fixed me 1 .and I_ went about eatn_ing my In that way you your life forI hvmg by sheanng sheep. _I found others to the camp I might of my who were do1ng so. They find an-.opportunity to finish you ;, haawh1te men bosses, and the white Wangalee came up behind and men were gettrng all the money they obtained a look at th f f h earned. I took them away from the white wounderl man A fe 0b tke d h Y. _Cr)' o surpr1se. ro e men, an now t ey work for me. Every from his lfps man gets moch be: earns each day, ,'.Iones1'-' he exclaimed. ''Ah! that is

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30 RANK MERRIWELL'S. DEATH SHO'l'. --one Iwas going back Bent"Oh, the worked all right Rey-ley's ranch. I was going to tell Mr. nolds thought It wouldn't." Bentley what I have learned about you "It was a Poor Morgan 1" since I have been .away." The wounded man had a severe fit of "So it is. you, you black snake!'' :Frank would hav e1exam panted the wounded man. ''Well, you ined his injury, but he .l>Darled: have come too late!',_ ''Let me alone! Y otl soaked me straight "Too late?" through t1ie body! It fixes mer I'm going "Yes.1 "' fast now1H "I'll not be too late to tell him what I "If there is anything we can do for learned about you. I'll not be too you--" late to tell him that his foreman is Brown "'The best doctor in the country can't Bob, on whose head there is a price." save me." ''Brown Bob 1' \cried Fratlk Merri well. "You may be wrong." "Is this man Brown Bob?')-"Yes, he is the worst outlaw in this "No, I know, for I've seen too many men hit this way. It is a finisher. But country. He has been pursued so closely one satisfaction. Reynolds did not that he was forced to adopt some ruse to fail_, and that black dog will'not find the escape capture. N'o one has suspected girl at that John Jones, foreman on Mark Bentley)s_ pirrch, could be Browl;l Bob, and so He glared at Wangalee, who cried: h f I d girl! Do yoti mean Miss Bente o0 e Four weeks ago I 1e ?" saw an officer who was searchingin the y mountains for the outlaw. He showed "Yes, I mean the fool girl who fell in his picture ;ind described him fully. I :if love you-you, a dirty black d o g doing su, be spoke of a peculiar hit o l You w11l at the ranch;" tattooing on Brown Bob's arm. I had, man I! vmce sunk. to a broken seen it once by .accident on the arm of w_htsper, and he seemed to ,he breathing this man. Here it is.', hts last. He grasped t_he w01:1nqed man's wrist Wangalee-was wildly e:xcifed. and thrust his sleeve back above his left "He must not die he tells what he elbow, exposing some. tattooin' g on the qy_ it;:' crie-d the native. ''Don't forearm, The tattooing was a skull ana let htm dte! cross surrounded by a wreath of i'Bring some water, dire. cted Frank. flowers: Beneath were the letters "R. One of the shearers hastened t o bring C.' _ a tin cup, and Fra-ak held "R. C. 11' said Frank, Merriwell. "What It--to the hps of the dying man. oo they s-tand for?" The outlaw succeeded in swallowing a "Robert Carter, Brown :aob's true little, and then he was easier. nam_e. 'l 7 "Thanks," he said, coolly. "I came '1: 'thought his true name was near slipping my wind that time. It's Robert Hawkins." pretty hard to be downed b y a kid Something like a gurgling laugh came "Tell panted Wangalee-"tdl from the wouncled man's lips me what you meant!" "Fool yeJ" he haskily whispered "When said you would arrive too "G t d h late?" o tue you .stopping at the ranc11. Wanted Morgan to go on so'-the "Yes1 yes! Is she married?" could follow him to place he "No, but she'd better be. Reynolds founQ his gold. Told Bentley his has her.. He has carried her off into too w_as Brown Bob. His name is Rob Hawand Bentley will never see kms, and he '!as a convict same time I -her agam." '!as, He serve out his cry came from Wangalee's lips, ti!fle.
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FRANK MERIUWELL'S DEATH SHO'f. 81 ley with her in his arms, and I heard her be del1vered to Morgan, in case the gold utter a cry of distress." hunter ever appeared. At this moment one of the black fel-Mr. Bentley and Vauna urged him to lows called attention to a horseman who stay loJjger. Gogo shed tears when he dewas bearing down upon the camp. parted. Wangalee grasped his hand and For the moment the dying man_ was said: forgotten, and all paid attention to the "It :iVuseless; the blood of the white horseman, who came straight onward, for man and the black is like water and oil. all of the challenge he received. The black man who tried to be like the The moonlight fell on his face, and whites is a fool. Good-by." showed that the horse bore a double b}HWhen Prank went away, Wangalee was den. still at the ranch, and the boy wondered "It's Morgan!" cried Frank, joxously. if there could be a union between him and "It's Morgan-and he has Miss Beu"tley Vauila Bentley at last. Somehow, from with him!" thos,e. final words of Wangalee; he was Morgan saw Frank and he lifted the to believe that the "black fellow" girl to the ground. knew it would not be right,. and woula "Take her back to Mark Bentley1 he away again when the right time said, uand tell him that Rob came. the convict, saved her from the worst [THE END.] fate that could befall her." "FRANK IN THE Sou T:a-... In a moment be had whirled about and SEAs; or, 'tHE CAST FOR LIFE," by the was riding away: In vain Frank called to author of ".Frank Merriwell," will be him; he kept on. Tbe boy rushed to his pu.blic;hedjn the next nutpber (38) of the own horse, mounted and pursued. As TIP ToP LIBRARY. well might be ha'l(e pursued the w.ind. GRAND RAPIDS, MrcH., Nov ; 16, 189if. Rours later he came riding back into the camp--alone. ..,.. Brown Bob was dead and Vauna Bentley was talking with Wangalee. Frank went alone by himself. He was and low spirited and longed to fly from Australia-to haSten back to * * * Mark Bentley's daughter was restored to him by Wangalee, but the "black fel low" claimed .none of the glory of her rescue. She told how Morgan had come on Reynolds and other ruffians like a whirlwind-how he bad fought them all and destroyed them one by one. She said he was a brave and noble man. "And"\o think I should drive him from my house by my accusations!" cried Mark Bentley, sorrowfully. "And to think I could believe him an and desperado!" exclaimed Frank MernweJL Frank remained at the ranch several days, vainly lwping that Morgan might appear. But Morgan did not come and Frank decided that he must go at When he departed, be left a Jetter to MESSRS. STREET & SH,ITH, TIP ToP LIBRARY, New York City. DEAR SIRS: I have been reading the TIP ToP ever S)nce It came out. I first got No. 11, and then I back numbel'>!, aurl 1 am still reading them. 1I think they are all right. The nante suits them to petfecl;ion. I am yours truly, HIRAM EscoTT. ANG_ELS' CAllP, Nov. 15, 1896. DEAR We want to tell you what we b oys of Angels' thmk of the TIP ToP stories. There are about five of us who read tbe adventures of Frank M erri well. WO}.hold our meeting fn a little bouse about fourteen feet We built our meeting house out of We meet every Saturday night. We all have either shotguns or rifles, and go hunting nearly every Hoping that your fine library will be con-tmued, We remain-yours truly, WILLIE L WATERMAN. G.EORGE M. KILBOURN, LAWRENCE B&M:ENDEI,tFER. GEORGE POSEY. HARRY W ALSH M BATON ROO'Gll, LA.' Oct. 29 1S06 ESSRS. STREET & SrtiiTH' D:IpAR SIRs: It is with such great pleasure that we l'eCeJve the story of _Frank Merriwell every Saturday that we have orgamzed a club which is called the Frank Me1Tiwell c .ub. We often go out camping und brav_e aud valiant captain, Mr. J. L. Young. IS JUst as. as ever Frank Merriwell daredbe. One of _prmc1pal of the cluh is Mr. J ;H. Aml!bL He bas never nussed a meeting. Our c1 b COnSists of about twenty members. 0 Yours respectfully, R. F. SeC. T S &s TICONDEROGA., N.Y., Nov. 22 1896 0 TREII:T JUTH' DEAR I been taking your TIP ToP LIBR:UY ever smce It has been printed, and fJnd it am 1 al_so take several other papers but tbey can t cut Ice With the TIP ToP. I recommend it to all as the best and only-run using paper printed. I remam, your obedient servant PA.irr. B. Rn.zr.

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