Frank Merriwell's ride for life, or, Foiling the train destroyers

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I.stJ<1 Weekly-By Subsciiptio $2.MI pe year. JiJ111., eA as Secold ::T & ;;,. ITH. April 24, 1897 Vo1. i. No. 54. Fi ve Cents. THE HORRIFIED BOY FELT THAT HE WAS DOOMED TO DESTRUCTION BY THE FALLING ROCK.


Read the Novel Premium Off er on Page 32. TIP TOP w EEKL Y. I"u'.d Wukly-By Subs01"iptwn r,J.50 pti year .En./Mea as Second Cl& Matte:t at the N. Y. Post OJ!U:e. STRE>.'T & S>l{lton, .D. 0. April 24, 1897. ./ ol. r. No. 54. Ptke Five.-Cents Contents of This Number. / FRANK MERRIWELL'S RIDE FOR LIFE GERMAN STUDENTS' DUELS WITHOUT THE AID OF A CillERA SPORTS AND PASTIMES (Bicycling) TALKS WITH TIP TOP READERS APPLAUSE Complete Story. Special Article. Specia,I Article. Department, De,Partment. Frank Merriwell' s Ride for Life OR, FOILINCi THE TR1'1N DESTROYERS. By the Author of "FRANK MERRIWELL." CHAPTER I. TWO BOYS, A DOG AND A MAN. A plank bridge spanned the mountain stream just above a deep pool. Astride the end of a plank that projected at least a foot and a half beyond the others sat a boy. The boy was fat and healthy in ap pearance. He was barefooted, and an old straw hat was planted on the back of his head. There was a hole in the crown of the hat, and through this hole protruded a wisp of yellow, straw-colored hair. He wore neither coat nor vest, and his tat tered trousers were supported by a single His pink print shirt, faded by sunshine an. d occasional washings, was open at the neck. The boy was fishing, having a twine r I line attached to the end of a rather crook ed willow pole. Apparently he had not been very successful, for there were no indications of a catch about him. Close beside the fat boy sat a fat dog, seeming to take a dull sort of interest in the employment of his master. In color the hair the dog was a match for the wisp of hair protruding from the hole in the boy's hat. Both boy and dog seemed completely contented in the warm sun shine which poured down into the valley. Around a sharp bend of the road that led down to the bridge flashed a lad on a bicycle, the nickel trimmings of the wheel glittering like polished silver in the sunlight. The bicyclist was taking it easy, with his feet resting on the coasters; but the


!l FHANK MERJUWELL'S RtDE FOR LIFE. moment he saw the boy and dog he ap plied the brake gently, gradually bringing the spinning wheel to a stop at the bridge. The boy who was fishing looked up with apathetic curiosity, and then bobbed his line "Hello, you P 1 called the lad who had dismounted from the bicycle. "Hello," said the fat boy, as if it cost him an effort. "What are you doing?'1 ''Fishing. 1 "Of course," laughed the young wheelman, who was dressed in a handsome suit, and had a blue sweater bound upon the by a "carrier.>' "Foolish question of mine. What are you catch ing?" "Nothing." "You do not seem to be having good luck." There was a moment of silence, and then, in a desperate effort to carry on the conver sation, the bicyclist observed: "Nice dog you have there. What's his name?" "Fish." "Fish? Well, I should call that a queer name for a dog. Why do you call him that?" q Because he won't bite." "Oh, say! that is good! Danny Gris wold should be here to hear that! Ha! ha! ha!" The young wheelman's merry, musical laugh rang out, whereupon both the fat boy and the fat dog turned and looked at him in a way that showed they were wondering what the matter could be. There was something so solemnly ludicrous about the appearance of the boy and the dog that the merriment of the other lad increased. The boy drew up his line and deliber ately began to wind it round the pole. ''What are you going to do now?'' asked the cyclist. "Goin' home." "What for?" '"Cause I kinder guess pap's 1ight." "A bout what?" "Fishing here." This did not seem to be very satis factory progress in the way of opening the conversation, but the bicyclist continued: "What did your father say about 'ish ing here?'' "Said there warn 't no fish, and every blamed fool that come along would laugh at me.'' ''And I am the first fool that has come along? Well, this is rich! How far do you live from here?" ''A bout two looks. '' "Two looks? How far is that?" "Well, you look up the road this way just as fur as you can see, and that's one look. When you git up there, you look just as fnr again as you can see, and there is the house where I live. Goin' that way?" "Yes.,, "Better wait long enough for me to git home before you do, if you're intendin' to ride that thing past the house.,, "Why should I wait?" "To give me time to do it." "Do it? Do what?" "Git mam down suller to look at the rat-trap an' pap out back of the house to ketch the ca-af." "Why should you do that?" So you can git past the house. If you hump along a good fast hitch, you'll be out of the way before the rest of the dren can holler pap and mam out after ye.'' "Why should your father and mother trouble me?" "Well, you see last summer was the first time we ever see anybody a-rid in' bisickles, and then two fellers rid right up inter our yard and calkd---tofJ'sotlle water. Mam was skeert tfa the child n was skeert. Mam she run in to the tea"ttle


FRANK i\IElUUWELL'S lUDE FOR LIFE. 3 and got a pail of hot water, and she give it to um. Cricky how they did holler when that water went all over um! Then they got out in the road and hollered some things at mam. By that time pap he had heard the row, and he came hippin' it into the house. When he found out what was up, he b'iled, and he just got down his gun and chased them fellers up the road a whole look. He didn't git near enough to shoot, and he wouldn't done any shootin' if he had, for t 'he gun wasn't loaded; but he's all harrered up about fellers that ride bisi ckles, and he's been waiting ever since to git a .good slam at um." The young cyclist whistled. "It is plain that your father is a good man to keep away from," he smiled. "What is his name?" "Jed Chubbs." "And your name is-what?" "Dud Chubbs." My name is Frank Merriwell, and I am with a party of bicyclists who are trflveling from New York to San Fran-take the train from Red Rock to Iron City." "I wouldn't do it if I was you." "Why not?" "They've been havin' piles of trouble. Iron City is where the car shops are, and there's a strike there, so pap says. They've been taking new men into the shops to fill the places of the old men, and the old men are raisin' pertic'ler jinks. They've dumped one train off the track, and killed the ingineer. Pap says he wouldn't ride on one of them trains now for two dollars, and when pap wouldn't do a thing for two dollars it's mighty dangerous." At this moment a horseman was seen descending the road to the bridge. He was a red-whiskered, rough-looking man. The horse he bestrode looked like a val uable animal. Even at a distance, Frank Merriwell took an instinctive dislike to the stranger. "Do you know that man?'' he asked. "Yep," nodded Dud Chubbs. "Who is he? cisco." "Bat Watkins." "Whee! Scissors! but that must be a "One of your neighbors?" long ways! 'Most as fur as from our "Nope. Dunno where he He to Stroudsburg, I expect. Where's kinder gallivants round from this place to the rest of your crowd?" t'other." "They will be coming along pretty "What is bis business?" soon. I pumped on ahead of them. These "He don't seem to have much of any mountain roads are not particularly fa-business, 'though he sometimes trades vorable to fast "travel. What is the bosses. Pap says he's no good." name of the nearest town?" The near approach of the horseman "Red Rock." checked further discussion of him. He "How far is it to Red Rock?" glared sullenly at the young bicyclist as "Well, it's more looks than I ever he approached, and drew rein within a counted." few feet of the"two boys, his horse shying "The railroad runs through Red Rock, a bit as if alarmed by the sight of Frank's doesn't it?" glittering wheel. "Yep. Railroad goes on to Iron City, "Looker here, you youngster," growled and that's a walloping big place." the man, still glaring at Frank, "what "How are the roads between Red Rock be you

' FRANK MERRIWELL'S RJDE FOU LIFE. Frank flushed a bit, somewhat aroused and-swack !-it coiled about the shoulby the stranger's insolent manner and ders of the dauntless lad. bullying tone. Again the whip was lifted, but it did "I did not suppose yonr horse would not descend the second time, for Frank be frightened if I were dismounted, sir," Merri well sprang up, caught the man he said. "And it strikes me that I have by the collar, and dragged him from the as much right on the public higwhay as saddle. you have.'' "What's that?" roared the red-whiskered man. "Darn my eyes! Do you dare sass me? Why, I'll git off my boss and wring your neck!" And he made a move to dismount. CHAPTER II. BLOW FOR BLOW. The man had a whip in his hand, and he gripped it in a significant manner as he swung his leg over the saddle-horn. "You'd better cut sticks!" whispered Dud Chubbs in Frank's ear. "He's ugly, for he's been drinkin'. They say he killed a man once when he'd been drinkin'." But Frank Merriwell displayed no intention of fleeing from the man. Instead of that, he calmly lay his bicycle down on its side, and then straightened up, facing Bat Watkins. The man seemed surprised by this action, and he stared at the lad, pausing as he sat sidewise on the horse. Then, of a sudden, as if struck by an idea, he swung his leg back, struck the horse a sharp cut with the whip, and rode straight at Frank, as if he would go over both boy and bicycle. Merriwell did not get out of the way, but he caught the horse the bit, and, with astonishing strength, fairly threw the animal back on its haunches. "Not so fast, sir!" he cried, clearly. "There is plenty of room for you to pass, without trying to ride over me." A grated exclamation of anger broke from the lips of Watkins. Swish !-the whip cut through the air, Bat Watkins was astounded by this dis play of strength from one whom he had considered a mere boy, but he sprang up, having struck in a sprawling position, and grappled with Frank. Then Watkir.s received another shock. He was one of the strongest men in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, and he expected to handle the youth with ease. Instead of that, before :1e could bring his lumbering strength into play, his feet were knocked from beneath him, and he landed with a thump upon his shoulders. In the mean time, the released horse had whirled about and galloped up the road a short distance, pausing to feed where there was a patch of grass. The breath was knocked from Bat Watkins' body, and he lay upon the bridge, staring straight up at the sky, and blinking his eyes in the bright sunshine. The fat boy gasped .for breath, and the fat dog wiggled his tail the least bit, in a manner that seemed to express satisfaction, as well as astonishment. He did not exert himself to bark, for all of what had taken place. "Scissors!" whispered Dud Chubbs, his eyes threatening to pop from his head. "Never saw anything like that! If pap knowed this, he'd hunt his hole and stay there till you got past, Mr: Merriwell. '' Frank stood with his hands on his hips, looking down at Watkins in a scornful manner, his eyes flashing. He did not offer to do tl1e man further injury, seeming to feel that he should not strike a foe that was down, even though that foe h,..1


FRAJ\K MEHltlWELL'8 RIDE FOR LIFE. 5 assaulted him in a ruffianly. manner that was I cyclist, as he swung the whip aloft, clasping the handle with both hands. Bat Watkins sat up and stared at Merri well. "Did I fail? or was I pushed?" he mutterewung the weapon aloft. "Th twas one-this is the other!'' Watkins had turned upon his hands and knees, and was trying to get up. Down came the whip, striking him across the back, and curling about his body, seeming to cut 'wherever it touched. Down upon his face it drove him, bringing another and louder howl from his lips. Although the three persons on the bridge were not aware of it, fom boys had appeared far up the road down which Merriwe11 had coasted to the bridge. First came a jolly-faced lad, who was closely followed by a dark, handsome youth. Behind them were a rather muscular-appearing, but fleshy, youth, and a coal-black negro boy. They all were dressed in suits like that worn by Frank Merriwell, and were coasting down the road on handsome bicycles. These were the lads who made up Mer riwell 's party of bicycle tourists, and they were bound for San Francisco, having started from New York. Harry Rattleton was in advance, and he was followed by Jack Diamond, Bruce Browning and Toots, the colored boy. "Scrate Gott-I mean great Scott!" shouted Harry, as he caught sight of the party on the bridge. "There's rum kind bf a sumpus-no, some kind of a rumpus down there!" "That's right!" cried Diamond, in excitement. "Look! look !-Frank is :fight ing with a man!" "Land sakes to goose grease!" gurgled


6 FRANK MERHIWELL'S ltIDE FOR LIFE. Toots, his eyes bulging. "Dat is jes' lek Frank! Nebber seen de time

UFANK :\IEURlWELL'S RIDE FOR LIFE. 7 sort of a raision-I mean raising sort of a tuction. '' "What is the matter, any old how?'' asked Browning, with languid interest. "Oh, nothing much," smiled Merriwell; "only that brute tried to ride over me with his horse, and then, when I would not let him, he whacked me with his whip.'' "And you gave it to him in return!" flashed Diamond, with satisfaction. "That was right, Merry!" "1 gave him blow for blow," said Frank. "That wasn't enough; you should have given him three for one." "And he pulled a knife on you!" burst from Harry. 'That's why I ran the mis erable rascal down!" ''And he kicked my dog into the water," said Dud Chubbs, who was fondling Fish, the dog having returned to the bridge. Bat Watkins was groaning and cling_ ing to his side, where Rattleton 's knees had been planted with such force. "A ducking will do him good," laughed Frank. "Come on, fellows! let's drop him into the stream.'' "Hurrah!" shouted Harry, with delight. ''That is just the trick! Catch hold in a hurry, fellows." They made a rush for Bat Watkins, five strong, f.earless, resolute young lads, for Toots did not propose to miss the opportunity to Jilave a hand in the fun. Watkins had heard their words, and he tried to scramble up and get out of the way; but in this attempt he was not suc cessful. They grasped him by his legs and arms, despite his blows and kicks, and, lifting him from the ground, swiftly carried him to the side of the bridge. "Don't!" entreated the cowed ruffian, in a whine-"don 't throw me in there! I can't swim, an' I'll shure be drownded I I didn't mean to hurt anybody-I was only foolin' Don't ye dare throw me in!" "One!" counted Frank. "Swing him!" They lifted the ruffian and gave him a swing in the air. "Two !"-another swing. Watkins began to beg and rave at the same time. "Three !-let him go!" With a great surge, they sent the mis erable scoundrel flying throug:1 the air, gasping and trying to clutch at something to keep himself from dropping into the water. There was a great splash, and Bat Watkins disappeared from view beneath the surface of the water. CHAPTER III. JOLLY CYCLISTS. "Oh, scissors!" cried Dud Chubbs. "Never no such thing happened to him before this day!" Watkins' head appeared, and he coughed and strangled, vainly trying to climb right up into the air out of the water, which sent him back beneath the surface again. The yellow dog, dripping with water, sat down on the end of a plank, and serenely watched the struggles of the man, seeming to derive a large amount of satisfaction from the spectacle. "Oh, my! oh, my!" burst from Dus} Chubbs. "What will pap say when he hears of this!" Watkins' head bobbed up again. "Help!" he gurgled. "Pull me outough !-or I'll-spluggh !-drownd I can't swum!" "Well, stand up and wade ashore, you confounded jackass!" cried Harry Rattleton. "The water can't be more than four feet deep.'' Watkins heard and understood. He stood up, after a struggle, and the water did not come up to his armpits by at least


FRANK }lERRIWELL'S Rll'E FOR LIFE. six inches. As he stood there, thoroughly Laughing and joking, the boys watched soaked, spitting water and gurgling, he him while he did this. presented a most ludicrous spectacle. "I'll bet it is the first bath he has On the bridge six boys shouted with taken for a year,'' said Rattleton. laughter, for Dud Chubbs joined the "He should tender ns a vote of others, his sense of the ridiculous being thanks," drawled Browning. awakened at last. "He may intender," punned Harry. It seemed that even the dog grinned "By golly!" grinned Toots. "I bet dat somewhat, and it is certain that he baf is gwan to mek him sick! He done wagged his short tail in a manner that look po'erful pale roun' de gills." indicated genuine amusement. "From his general appearance," ob-The drenched and humiliated ruffian served Merriwell, "I should say that he coughed and snarled. Then he shook his has taken more water into his stomach toknobby fist at the boys on the bridge, and day than has passed down his throat be-ground forth: fore this during the present year.'' "Laugh, burn yer hides! I'll git even Watkins arose, gave them a mad look, with-the whole crowd! I'll make ye sorry and then turned his back upon them, and ye ever run acrost Bat Watkins!" made off up the road toward the sput "Better keep your threats bottled up, where his horse was still feeding. or we may take a notion to have some "Scissors!" came from Dud Chubbs, as more fun with you," advised Frank Mer-he gazed admiringly at Frank Merri well. riwell. "But you 're a great wrastler You "Oh, I'll have fun with you!'' mnm-th rowed Watkins down just as easy as bled the man in the water. "I'll have fun winking." that will make you sorry you was As Watkins walked slowly up the road, barned!" he was seen to cling to his side as if it "What's that?" demanded Frank. "I pained him. did not catch it. Please speak a little "You knocked him out with your louder." knees, Harry," said Diamond. "Go to blazes!" "Well, that was a kneesy job," Watkins waded to the shore, and came chuckled Rattleton, and then he moved forth on the side of the stream by which away, as if he feared some of the party he had approached the bridge. would hit him with something hard. "We'd better get his knife, so he will Bat Watkins did not find much trouble not find it and attempt to use it again," in capturing his horse, and he painfully said Diamond. swung into the saddle. Before riding Jack ran out to where the weapon had away, he turned toward the party on t!ie fallen, secured it, and then sent it spin-bridge, at whom he fiercely shook his fist. ning and glinting in the sunlight straight Then he urged his horse up the road. out into the water at the very centre of The boys watched him till he disap-the pool below the bridge. peared from view. Watkins saw all this, but be simply "I hope that's the last we see of him, ground his teeth and glared wickedly at but I doubt if it is," said Rattleton. the Virginian. "Oh, you'll see him ag'in," chuckled Sitting down on the rckky bank of the Dud Chubbs. "He's madder'n a whole stream, the man elevated first one foot nest of white-tailed hornets what has had and then the other, permitting the water a stone chucked right into the middle of to run out of his boots. um. He wasn't talkin' what he didn't


FHANK MERRIWELL' S ltIDE FOR LIFE. 9 mean when he said he'd git even with you Frank. "We will skim past bis house so c haps If I was in your places, I'd just quickly that we'll be gone before he gets turn right ronnd now and make back ready to kick-up a rumpus with us." tracks as fast as I couid hump them "In that case," said Chubbs, thrusting b isickles along." his hands into his pockets and standing To Dud's surprise, the bicycle boys with his bare feet wide apart, "pap'll laughed heartily at this, and Rattleton never know how nigh he bas been to an said: earthquake till I tell him what you done "I was hoping we would not see him all alone ter Bat Watkins. I dunno's I'll for his own good, for we are liable to use dast tell him either, for fear he'll think him much rougher than we did this time, I'm lyin' to him, and take me out in the if he bothers us any more." wood-shed and try to convince me of my "But-but he killed a man once errer. Pap has a very strikin' way of "Well, it's very likely he won't be in arguing such p'ints with me." condition to kill another man if we have The boys looked at him sharply, but another ruction with him." Dud seemed utterly unconscious of an at" No, for we won't leave him in the tempt to say anything funny. shape of anything human,'' came rather Frank bade the fat boy farewell, and savagely from Jack Diamond. then the little party mounted their wheels "Jee!" gasped Chubbs. "Where do you and started up the roa

10 FRANK MERRIWELL'S RIDE POR LU'E. mosquitoes. You set me itching every time you do it." "It was in Jersey that I ran over the deaf and dumb man," said Browning. "What did he do when you ran over him?" asked Diamond. "Why, he jumped up and called me every sort of a bard name he could lay his fingers to,,, answered Bruce, gravely. This caused the others to laugh again, and Toots roared with them, bis highpitched "coon" laugh awakening the echoes. "I don't see but we are getting along very well without Danny Griswold," Frank observed. "It seemed that he used to be the one of our crowd who was continually cracking jokes." "Danny was a comical chap," nodded Diamond. "Fun seemed to bubble spon taneously from him. He must have taken it from some of bis ancestors." "I suppose that is righti" said Brown ing. "Danny claimed that he clipped the most of bis jokes out of the funny papers, and his ancestors were handy with the shears. I believe that a long line of his ancestors were tailors. '' "That was sort of a clothes line, wasn't it?" chuckled Rattleton. "Yah yah yab !" whooped Toots, opening his mouth so wide that there seemed imminent danger that he might lose the upper half of.his head. "Nebber heared no such funny fellers as yo' chaps is! I jes' cayan't sleep nights 'cause I laff so much finkin' ober de jokes dat yo' chilluns git off durin' de days. An' I's laffed so much dat I's all sored up down roun' de wish-bone." They came to the top of the hill at last, and, a short distance beyond the crest of the rise they saw a man who was gathering up a large number of articles that seemed scattered all over the road. The man was carefully piling the articles into a pack that lay beside the road. "A peddler," said Frank. "He seems to have met with some misfortune," obsened Jack. "It is evident that his pack broke open," remarked Harry. "He is gathering up his goods." They mounted their wheels and coasted down toward the peddler. CHAPTER IV. DAN ROCKAWAY, THE SHERIFF. The moment he saw them, the peddler threw both hands above bis head and ran out of the road, wildly crying: "Moder uf Mosesh Ven I don'd ged me oudt uf der vay I been kildt der nexd dime!" It was plain from his appearance and his speech that he was a Jew. The boys applied their brakes, and gradually brought their bicycles to a stop near the spot where the old Jew was crouching beside his pack. "Hello!" cried Frank, cheerfully, as he sprang to the ground. "You seem to have met with an accident." "No, mine friendt," was the trembling reply; "I med vid der tervil himseluf Loog ad dall mine peautiful goats Yat vas scaddered der roat ofer Fater A praham Vat haf I tone to pring dis shudgment ubon me!" The old fe!low seemed afraid that the boys contemplated plundering him, and he clutched his pack in a nervous manner, his bands shaking and bis face seeming pale. ''Don't be alarmed,'' said Merri well, reassuringly. "There is no reason why you should fear us. We will not offer you any harm." At this the old man brightened up, but did not seem entirely satisfied, for he still clung to his pack. "Ven a Creestian dells a Chew anyding aboud nine dimes oud uf den he don'

FRANK MERRIWELL'S RIDE FOR LIFE. 11 "That is rather hard on the Christians," .;;aid Frank; "but I am afraid there is some truth in it, and that is why about ten times out of ten the Jew does not mean what he tells a Christian. Come, fellows, take hold here and help pick up this poor man's goods." "Don 'd you do id!" screamed the ped dler. "Uf you led 'em pe, I haf dem all. Uf you hick dem ub, maybe I don'd haf so many." It was some time before the boys could convince the peddler that they had no thought of robbing him, but he finally decided that they spoke the truth, and he was glad to have them assist him in gathering up the scattered articles. "How does it happen that they are scattered about in such a manner?" asked Frank, observing the manner in which the goods were strung along the road. "Vell, I dell you," answered the Jew, who had said that his name was Solomon Levi. "Id vas dis vay. I vas comin' ub der roat ven a man on a hawse vas com in' town. I durnt avay oudt, but ven he geds near me, he bulls der hawse ofer ad me und tries der run me town." "It :ovas that villain Bat Watkins!" cried Jack Diamond. "He was so infuriated that he tried to vent his spite on some one, and this poor old man was the :first person he came across." "I dried to ged out uf der vay," Levi went on, "bud I vasn't kveek enough, und der hawse sdrikes mine back und knocks me vlying. Dat preaks der back open und sbeels der goots aferyvare, vile id rool me ofer und ofer, und I shust ged out der vay der feed uf der horse from unter. Fater Apraham !" he cried, clasping his hands and rolling up his eyes; "dat vas near peen der death uf me!" "Did you observe if the man seemed to be dripping wet?'' "I pelief so." "It was Watkins. The miserable wretch should be tied to a whipping post anti lashed!" The boys aided Levi in getting his goods together and binding them into his pack, and he thanked them again and again. "You vas coot poys," he declared. "Uf id pe Chreestian or Heprew, Solo mon Le:fi don'd vorged anypoty vat vas kindt to heem." "Oh, it didn't cost us anything to give you a helping hand," smiled Frank. "It is just about as easy to give anybody a lift as a push." "M3ype I couldt soldt you some dings," suggested Levi. "I haf der creat est pargains in eferyding vot I carry, und I make y ou a sbecial discound. '' Frank laughed as he noted the business eagerness of the old man suddenly develop. He assured the peddler that they were not in need of anything he had to sell. Just as they were preparing to go on their way, two horsemen were seen coming up the road at a gallop, the hoofs of the animals raising a cloud of dust. It seemed that the old Jew regarded the approach of the horsemen with nervousness, not to say alarm. He looked to the right and left of the road, as if contemplating flight, but seemed to decide that he could not get away, and so was shouldering his pack in a most natural manner when the horsemen callle clattering to the spot. One of the horsemen was a big, blackbearded man, broad-shouldered and powerful in appearance, while the other was a little hatchet-faced fellow, with restless, foxy eyes. As the big man brought his handsome black horse to a halt by flinging him back with a sharp, strong pull, he leaped from the saddle, and landed beside Solo mon Levi, his hand falling heavily on the shoulder of the cowering peddler. "You're ther very critter we're arter !'


12 FRANK MERNIWELL'S RIDE FOR LIFE. declared the big man, in a hoarse, heavy voice. "Yes, he's the very critter we're after," piped the hatchet-faced man, in a parrot-like manner. "You was makin' tracks purty fast, but you didn't git away," came harshly from the big man. "No, you didn't git away," parroted his companion. "Holy Mosesh !" quavered the peddler, in great terror. "Vat haf I done now dat I vas caught in dis vay ?" "You know well enough what you have done,'' was the harsh declaration. ''We're goin' ter ya.nk you right back ter Red Rock, and chuck ye inter jail." ''Sufferin' Repecca!" wailed tqe old Jew. "Ivasan honesd man! I don'd hurd nopody Dell me v'y I been put in chail." "I don't propose to waste no breath with you," came roughly from the big man. "That's it," agreed the man with the hatchet-face; "we don't propose to waste no time with you." "But uf you vas a Chreestian I peg you to dell me vat I haf tone dat I peen put indo chail, '' pleaded Levi. The men were not going to pay any heed to this appeal, but Frank Merriwell forward, calmly and distinctly saymg: "It seems to me that it is no more than fair that you should tell the man why he is to be thrown into jail, presuming that you have the right to take him back and put him there.'' The big man glared at Frank a moment, and then thundered: "Who questions Dan Rockaway's right to put any man in jail? I am the sheriff of this county, and I could put you all in jail if I wanted ter "Yes," echoed the little man, "he. is Dan Rockaway, the sheriff, and he could put you all in jail.'' "If you are the sheriff," said Merri well, not in the lea s t disconcerted, "I presume you have a right to make arrests; but it is no more than ju s t that you should let a man know wh y he is arrested." "Wal, dern me!" exploded Rockaway, staring at the beardless lad who dared so boldly face him. "And dern me, too!" squeaked the hatchet-faced man on the white horse, also staring at Frank. Merriwell carried a certain air of dignity, despite his years, and his manner impressed Dan Rockaway, who finally said: "Wal, I'll tell ye what this Jew critter done. He stole a watch from the house of Mr. Bramber Sykes, who accompanies me. The peddler called there, and the watch, which is an old and cherished heirloom of ther family, was a layin' on the centre table. When the Jew went away the watch went with him." "So hellup me Apraham, d 'at vas nod der truth!" cried Levi. "I nefer sdole anypody's vatch in all mein life!" "What proof have you that he took the watch?'' asked Frank. "Why, it was gone, an' that's proof enough." "H1irdly. You should have stronger proof than that." Rockaway glared, and then burst into coarse laughter. "Why, I kin arrest any critter on suspicion,'' he declared. "Where is your warrant?" "Right har !" Then the sheriff produced a big revolver, which he held in a most careless manner, with the muzzle pointing straight at Frank. CHAPTER V. THE JEW'S ESCAPE. "That certainly is rather convincing authority," admitted the boy, coolly. "That I can't deny. But I would suggest that you search this peddler. If he has the watch you will find it on his person. If you delay to search him he may find a way to get rid of it and thus destroy proof of his guilt." "Searge me!" cried Levi, eagerly. "I vas an innocend man! I vas glat to be searged. '' "It is a good idee," nodded Rockaway, restoring the revolver to its usual place of concealment. "I will do it.'' Then giving the Jew a stern look he said: ''Looker bar, you light-fingered Israel-


FRANK MERRlWELL'S RIDE FOR LIFE. 13 ite, if you try to run while I am about Wal, that's a good thing. Har, Sykes, this I'll fill your skin so full of holes it take charge of the critter's pack, an' I'll won't hold husks!" take charge of him." Then be began his search of the old Then the sheriff produced a stout rope, man's person. which he proceeded to tie about the waist In a very few minutes the sheriff drew of the Jew, who still protested that he from one of Levi's inner pockets an old-was innocent, "so bellup him Fater time watch and chain, uttering an excla-Apraham." mation of satisfaction as he beheld it. With a coarse command, Rockaway He turned and passed it to Bram her silenced the old pedJler. It did not take Sykes, saying: 'him long to arrange the tying to suit "Is that your watch an' chain Mr. him, and then be swung into the saddle. Sykes?" "Now, critter,'' he commanded, "just "It be!" cried the hatchet-faced man, you amble al

14 FRANK MERUIWELL' 8 HIDE FOR LlFE. back teeth, or anywhar roun' his pusson, dey say dat am ebidence ernough. Yah yah yah !' "But I do not believe that watch was placed in the old Jew's pocket by him self," asserted Frank. Diamond lifted his eyebrows, and looked surprised, while Harry laughed. "Well, it hakes a teep-I mean takes a heap to convince you. How did the watch happen to be in his pocket if he did not put it there?" "Some one else put it there." "Oh, nonsense! Why should anybody do such a thing?'' "That is a question I can't answer, but it is possible the Jew has an enemy or enemies who did the job." "It strikes me that you have allowed your sympathies to be aroused at the expense of your good judgment, Frank,'' said the Virginian, gravely. "All right, fellows," said Merri well; "have it to suit yourselves, and I will think as I like about it." For some time they lay on the ground beside the road, watching the two horsemen and their captive moving slowly on their way till they disappeared in the hollow. At last, they arose, mounted their wheels, and coasted down the road. In the hollow they pedaled past the old Jew and his captors, and made a brace to climb the next rise as far as possible. After climbing quite a distance, they dismounted and trundled their wheels till they came to a favorable strip of road Then they passed a house, which they were led to believe was the home of Dud Chubbs. Neither "Pap" Chubbs nor "Mam" Chubbs appeared, but there was a small regiment of rather dirty and ragged youngsters of various ages drawn up in front of the house, staring with popping eyes at the whirirng bicycles and their handsomely-dressed riders. At length, the boys stopped again, Harry having found it necessary to tighten bis saddle, which bad worked loose. Frank pumped a fresh supply of air into his tires, and, while they were thus employed, Rockaway and Sykes ap proached, still driving the Jew before them, as if be a dumb beast. Frank asked the boys to wait till the trio came up. His sympathy for Levi was fully awakened, and he resolved to ask the perldler some questions. As the trio approached, Frank was standing beside his handsome wheel at one side of the road. But he did not get an opportunity to ask any questions, for, at the very moment when the Jew was opposite the leader of the bicycle boys, something of a startling nature happened. With a lightning-like movement, Levi slipped out of the noose that bad been about his waist. One spring took him to Frank Merriwell's side. Then he snatched the wheel from the hands of the astonished boy, vaulted into the sa

FRANK MEitRIWELL'S RIDE FOR LIFE. 15 were escaping. But he will not get away. After him, boys, and recover my wheel!" "We'll do it!" was the cry. In a moment, Diamond and Rattleton were spinning along the road in pursuit of the fugitive, while Brnce Browning, more cumbersome in his movements, fol lowed them as closely as he could. Toots, the colored, boy was the only one who remained with Frank. Uttering language that cannot be re peated here, Dan Rockaway gave his black horse the spurs, and joined in the chase. CHAPTER VI. FRANK ARRESTED. "Well, there has been excitement enough to-day to keep a fellow's blood from stagnating," observed Frank, as he watched the bicyclists and the horsemen disappear from view in pursuit of the fly ing Jew. "By golly! dat am a fac'," grinned Toots. "Nebber seen nuffin' lek it in all mah bawn days. I done didn't run away from yeh, Marser Frank, fo' I kind ob thought yo'd want somebody teh stay an' keep yeb comp'ny." ''That was very thoughtful of you, Toots,'' said Frank. "Yo' jes' get right on mah bisuckle, Marser Frank. Toots kin hoof it along all right." Bramber Sykes had hurried his old horse along after the others, still clinging to the Jew's pack, so Frank and Toots were left alone. Frank mounted the darky's wheel and pedaled slowly along, while Toots kept at his side, trotting like a dog. They bad proceeded about }bree fourths of a mile when they came upon Bruce Browning, who was resting at the side of the road, while he wiped the perspiration from his flushed face. "It was no use, Merri well," puffed Bruce. "I couldn't keep up with the procession, and I had to quit the game." "Were the others gaining on the Jew when you stopped?'' asked Frank. "Well, I don't know, but I rather doubt it. Jupiter, but that old sinner can pump a wheel along to beat the band I didn't think it could be in his old hide. He is a wonder." Frank was not pleased, and still he felt a desire to know that the Jew had escaped from Rockaway. At the same time, he wished to recover his bicycle. When Bruce had recovered his wind, they mounted their wheels and continued on their way, Toots still trotting along with them. In this manner they proceeded till they came in sight of a small collection of houses that were huddled in a rocky notch amid the mountains. This collection of houses proved to be the village of Red Rock, taking its name from the big red bluffs back of the town. The railroad ran through Red Rock and continued on its way through the notch in the mountains. As the three boys pedaled into the vil lage they discovered signs of excitement. It was late in the afternoon, and the vil lagers were gathered in little knots upon the streets. "I wonder what can have become of Jack and Harry?" speculated Frank. "It can't be they chased the Jew through this Yillage." As they approached a building. which looked like a country tavern, the ques tion was answered by the appearance of the two boys. Frank immediately noted that both lads looked disappointed and crestfallen. "Hello!" he cheerfully called. "The old Jew gave you a hard pull before you overtook him, didn't he?" "Before we overtook him spluttered Rattleton. "Why, vill the old hanginI mean hang the old villain! we didn't overtake him.'' "Whew!" whistled Frank. "Do you mean to say that he escaped with my bicycle?" "That's just what he did," sheepishly nodded Harry. "I never saw an old man that could pedal a wheel like him," said Diamond. "He seemed to haye wings." "Did he get away from Rcckaway ?" ''Sure.'' "Well," said Frank, "that is the only satisfaction we can have-and that is rather small." "But Rockaway is boiling hot about it.)) ''Expected he would be.''


16 FRANK MERRIWELL'8 RID.I!: FOR LIFE. "He blames us." "What for?" "Levi's escape." "How is that?" "He says we aided him." "Aided him? Well, that is rich! He must think we have bicycles to give away! This little trick of Mr. Levi's pnts me in a bad box, unless I recover m y wheel some way, for I'll have to go on by rail to the next large town where they have bicycles for sale." "Well, Rockaway has been blowing around about it, and Bat Watkins is here in town. I got a glimpse of the ruffian, and he gave me a fierce look.'' The boys proceeded to the tavern, and Frank noted that the citizens of the place scowled at them in an unpleasant manner. Near the tavern Dan. Rockaway was talking earnestly to a small group of rough-looking men. As the boys approached, Rockaway suddenly left the group, and advanced to m.:et our friends. Frank saw that the big sheriff had singled him out, but he did not falter in the least. With utter fearlessness, be met Rockaway. "Wal, I'm glad ye come right along," declared the man, gruffly. "It saved me ther trouble of goin' arter yer." "Going after me? Why should you do that?" "Because I want yer. You're arrested!'' Rockaway gripped Frank's arm as he uttered the final astonishing declaration. "Arrested?" cried Merri well. "What for?" "Helpin' the Jew thief get away, for one thing.'' "For one thing!" scornfully echoed the boy. "What is the other thing, if there is another charge.?" "Wal, thar has been another attempt to wreck a train. It is kinder proved that the peddler was no peddler at all, but one of the gang of train-wreckers. That makes it seem that you must be connected with them, as long as you helped him to git erway." A scornful laugh broke from the boy's lips. "It seems that a11 the: proof you have against me is worthless,'' he exclaimed. "I was robbed of my bicycle by the ped dler, and yet I am arrested for helping him escape! That is justice-nit!" "Wal, you can't deny that you sympathized with ther ped

FRANK MERRIWELL'S RIDE FOR LIFE. 17 other boys instantly placed themselves by they were unable to avoid it, and so Merriwell 's side. Prank Merriwell was led away to the "Just say the word, old man," whis-lock-up, like a criminal. pered Rattleton, "and they':il never be ---able to take you!" CHAPTER VJI. The villagers were flotking around, at-1 N THE Lo c K -u P. tracted by the excitement. A. small wooden hut that stood near the "Steady," cautioned Merriwell. "It upper end of the town was the lock-up of won't do to try to jump them. They are Red Rock. too many for us." The interior of the but was divided "But you are in a bad scrape, oJd into two rooms one for the pris9ner or man," palpitated They w:ll prisoners, and the other for t?e ja!ler. believe this ruffian \Vatkrns, and he 11 At the time of Frank Mernwell s arrest swear you into a hole." it happened there was no ot_her person "I can prove that he lies." confined in the lock-up, so, with the ex" How?" ception of his jailer, the unlucky boy had "By the word of Dud Chubbs, the fat no one to whom he could talk. boy at the bridge. He was there when I Prank's friends had accompanied him reached the bridge, and he knows the Jew to the jail and they were followed by was not there. Keep cool, and this mat-nearly of the male population of ter will come out all right." Red Rock. Both Rattleton and Diamond were "We'll stand by you to the end, aroused, and, but for his better judgMerry," Jack Diamond had whispered. ment, Merriwell would have been de"You may depend on us." fiant. Something seemed to tell Frank Frank had given him a grateful smile that Rockaway would be pleased if they of thanks, and had received a warm handkicked up a difficulty, so he held them pressure from Jack, Har.ry, B:uce and in check. Toots in turn, before bemg taKen into Bruce Browning stood there awaiting the little building. orders, and Frank felt that the big felOn the way to the lock-up he had low wonld prove rather a bad man to learned that the peddler had given his tackle, despite the fact he. was over-pursuers the slip by leaving road and burdened with flesh. Cons1dermg everyconcealing himself in the ti.mber thina Merriwell could depend on being Red Rock was reached, for 1t was pos1defended in case a struggle tively declared that he had not passed came about, but he knew better than to throuah or entered the village. bring it on. "Well, this is a jolly place!'' ex" You'll have plenty of chance to clear claimed the boy, when he had yourself when you go up before the around the room in which he was a pnsjudge," growled Rockaway. oner. "In the mean time," said Frank, For furniture there was a bare bench "what do you propose to do with me?" and a rude bunk. Air and light entered "Take yer to the lockup." by an iron-barred window that was set in "How long am I to be kept there?'' the wall far beyond the reach of a man. "Till some time to-morrow, when In the door between the prisoner's you '11 be brought to trial." room and the room occupied by the jailer '"Well, this is agreeable!" exclaimed was a square opening, across which were Merriwell. more iron bars. Plainly this opening was "It is an outrage!" flared Diamond. intended for the purpose of enabling the "Somebody shall be sorry for this piece jailer to watch his captives. of work!'' Before being placed in c:mfinement, He gave Watkins a fierce look! the Frank had been searched by the sheriff red-whiskered ruffian returned 1t with a and the jailer, who had from triumphant smile that was not pleasant to his possession a pocket-kmfe-the t thina upon his person that could possibly w1 ness. h Jt did, indeed, seem an outrage, but 1 be designated as a deadly weapon.


18 FRANK MERRIWELL'S RIDE FOH LIFE. When he had looked about the room in Something like a grunt came from the which he was confined and had examined adjoining room. the bunk thoroughly enough to satisfy "It hit you somewhere, didn't it?,, himself that he did not care to attempt to laughed the boy prisoner. "What is the sleep upon it, showed unmistakable use to be so glum? If I've got to camp signs of being infested with vermin, he in this ranch to-riight, I'd like to talk to approached the opening in the door, and something besides the bedbugs. Some looked through into the jailer's part. how I never seemed to enjoy the comA glance showed him that the jailer pany of bedbugs a great lot. They seem had things more comfortable. He was to take to me all right, and they make provided with a chair, a bed, and a low me itch to get hold of them. Do they table, on which lay a short, double-barkeep any particular breed of bedbugs reled shotgun. here? From what I have seen, I should As the boy looked through the grating, imagine that you have been taking parthe man, who was smoking, picked up ticular pains to keep the blood pure, and the shotgun and pointed it toward the yet it is really difficult for them to keep opening in the door. from mixing the blood." "Git back!" he ordered. The face of the jailer appeared at the "Oh, say!" protested Frank. "What opening in the door. is the use to be so unsociable and rude. "Say,,, grunted the man, something of Now, if I were in your place--" a twinkle in his eyes, "you're the queer-''Git back!" est chap I ever see, by dad! Is your He did not dare disobey this second head all right? or is your brains kinder h slewed?'' command, for something about t e man's manner seemed to indicate that he might "Well, I don't know about that,,, conshoot without further warning. fessed the boy, frankly. "I'm not a "All right,,, said the boy, with resigspecialist on brain diseases. Maybe I'm nation, as he retreated from the window; a little off. If so, hadn't you better talk "I'll get back, but you might talk a lit-to me to keep me from going daffy while tle to a fellow, just to cheer him up. Do I am cooped up in this delightful place?" you know any good conundrums?" In this manner, Frank succeeded in No answer. inducing the jailer to enter into conversa"That's too bad," said Merriwell, afttion, and, before long, they were chater a few momepts of silence. ''I did ting away in the most agreeable manner hope you could think of a few. If you imaginable. don't mind, I'll give you one. Why is It seemed that the lad exercised some-it proper for a man who has lost his right thing like a hypnotic influence on the hand to shake hands with his left?" jailer, for, within half an hour, he was in The jailer continued to remain silent. the jailer's room, seated in the jailer's "Give it up?" asked Frank. comfortable chair, his feet resting on the Not a word. top of the table, while he continued to "Why, that's easy. You see if a man keep the man chuckling by telling him has lost his right hand, then his left hand stories that grew more and more laugh-must be all right." able as time progressed. After some moments of silence, the At last, when he had tired of telling boy captive called: stories, the boy began to ask questions. "Say, I've got a better one than that. "How long have you been jailer Why do some parrots use very long here?" he inquired. words? Will you give that up?'' "Only about a month. Jed Long was Still the man in the next room did not jailer before me." deign to break his silence. "Where has Jed gone." "It's this way," persisted Frank. "He's dead." "Some parrots use long words because it "Oh," said the boy, quick as a flash, is natural for them to talk in pollysylla"you don't know where he's gone." bles. If that doesn't knock your eye out, "I never see your beat!" laughed the I can't bit you with otte." man, who now seemed ready to roar at


FRANK MERRIWELL'S JUDE FOR LIFE. 19 anything. "I bet you'd joke if you was goin' to be hanged!" "I'd be hanged if I wonld !" Then Frank asked questions about Dan Rockaway. "He was 'lected sheriff becase he don't fear man ner devil," explained the jailer. "He never did have such a good recor

20 FRANK ME!UUWELL'S RIDE FO.R LIFE.} get oud uf Ret Rock shust as Merriwe11 gasped for breath. kveek ash you can make dat picygle "Well," he said, 1you certainly reg0. !) I t d t t h d sore o ex reme measures. W y id ''The bicycle-where is it?" you do anything like that?" '.Righd oudside der toor." "Pecause I don'd think uf no odder 1 '"But my friends-what about them?" vay to ged you oud, und you vas i-n a '"Don 'd you vorry apoud dem. Dey pad blace, so hellup me Mosesh !'' vas all righd. You dake der picygle und go sdraight on vor Iron Cidy. Don'd Frank could not help feeling that the you sdop ad dat blace, und don'd sdop had gone much too far in his action, ;pefore you ged to Ribbledon." but he knew he would seem ungrateful "Rippleton ?" if he expressed such conviction, and so "Yah, dat vas derblace. Id vas peyont he held his peace. der moundains. Ad dat blace you sdop Levi had been leading the way frnm till you hear vrom your frients.,, the vicinity of the lock-up, and they cam : e "But I don't like this idea of running to a dark spot beneath the shadow of a .away from my friends," protested tree. There was a moon, but it was Frank. "What will they think of me?" veiled by clouds, so a sort of thin, ghosth "Dey know all apoud dat alrety; I haf light straggled through and enabled the1;1 feexed id vid dem." to move along without hesitation, but not "How?" making :it sufficiently light to place them "I dell you dat after we ged oud. We in danger of detection. can't vast dime here, vor der chailer may As they paused beneath the tree, the com pack." Jew brought something forward, and Then Solomon Levi extinguished the then, with a throb of satisfaction, Frank light, and softly opened the door. A felt his hands fall on the handle-bars of moment later the man and boy hurried a bicylce. out into the night. "Is it mine?" he asked. The shouting was stilled now, but "You pet!" answered the Jew. "Und form the further end of the town came a id vas a tandy I vas aple to ged avay reddish glow that told the fire was doing vrom der sheriff vid id. Dit you thing I its work. vasn 't coin' to pring id pack? Vell, A strange chuckle came from the throat of_ the as be looked toward that crimson sign. "Id vas a coot thing I vas aple to vind a house vat nopoty vail lifin' in," said the man. "Uf I ditn't, I don'd know vat I coot tone to dake der chailer avay." This puzzled Frank a little, and he asked: Solomon Lefi vasn 't a thief uf der sheriff dit make pelif vind a sdolen vatch on him." "Solomon, you are all right!" declared Frank, enthusiastically. "Dankyer. Now, you voller me." The Jew led the way till they were on the road beyond the limits of the village. At last, be stopped, and said: did you "Now.' all you vant to do is chust ged on dot p1cygle und ged oud. Don 'd sdop Levi, pointing to-vor anyding till you ged to Ribbledon." ''What do you mean? What do?'' "See dat ?" asked ward the red glare. "Yes." "I tone id." "Done it? Why, Once more Frank felt that he was not doing right in deserting his friends in such a manner, and he said so, express do you mean that ing a belief that they might be accused you set the fire?" "You pet!" answered the peddler. "I vin

FRANK MERRIWELL'S RIDE FOR LIFE. 21 "And you are sure they will be able to join me in Rippleton ?11 ''You leaf dat to Solomon Lefi. He vasn1t somepoty1s canary pird I veex id all rigbd. Go, now.,, Merriwell grasped the hand of the singular Jew. "You are all right! declared the boy again. "I shall not forget this job.,, "Goot-py.,, "Good-by.,, Frank sprang into the saddle, and was soon pedaling swiftly along the road that led through the notch. He had not gone ten rods before there was a great outcry in the village, followed by the double report of a gun. "Ha!', exclaimed the escaping cyclist, as he leaned over the handle-bars and increased his speed. ''The jailer has dis covered that I am missing !>1 "Let them catch me now!',, he cried. Soon he came to where the road was ascending again, and it swiftly became so steep that he was forced to dismount and the bicycle. He looked back, but a bend in the pass had shut out anything like a view of the town, even if it bad been bright moonlight or broad day. However, there was a pink glow on the clouds at a certain spot, and he knew the fire was still burning. "A queer Jew," muttered Frank. "It was most remarkable that he should do such a thing." It was a long, toilsome ascent, and the road was very rough and rocky. He paused when be had reached the crest of the rise. Then it was that, away along the road toward Red Rock he heard a rattling, rhythmical clatter of horses' hoofs, com-CHAPTER IX. ing nearer and nearer, and growing more CAPTURED AGAIN. and more distinct with each moment. "Pursued t>1 he palpitated. "It must In the ni!2'ht it always seems that the J be they suspect I came this way." cyclist covers ground with the greatest And then he cried once more: speed and ease. He seems to skim over "Let them catch me now p, the surface oi the earth, almost without He leaped into the saddle and went touching it, and surely such a ride prok' duces a sensation that is akin to that exs unmmg down the road. After getting a his feet rose to the coasters, and perienced by a flying bird. At such a time it often seems as if the he allowed the bicycle to go it in a most reckless manner. bicycle itself possesses the power of see-ing, for it somehow avoids all the rougher It was a wild dash through the night, places on the road. Many a cyclist has with the wind humming past his ears. ridden, and without fall or injury of any Occasionally he pressed the brake as the sort, over a road in the darkness of the road seeme

FRANK MERRIWELL'S .RIDE FOU LIFE. Then the train crept round a bend and road from here to Iron City, and take all disappeared into the cut that led through you find." the notch. He remained under the bridge till the Down the road spun the boy, and he sounds of clattering hoofs had died out, was soon approaching the valley. Then and then he crept forth. But he left his it was that he seemed to hear another bicycle behind, for he had found a com sound before him. It was a dull, steady fortable little corner down there on the roar, and he wondered what it could be. rocks, and there he intended to remain It caused him to apply the brake, for he and mend his punctured tire. did not care to rush headlong upon some Frank's first task was to collect some unknown danger. dry pine wood, with which he could build All at once-pop !-there was an ex-a little fire. This he was able to do, and, plosive sound beneath him, and, a secwith the wood, he crept back beneath and later, Frank was on his feet beside the bridge. his wheel, filled with the utmost dismay. He waited till he felt sure thy horse" A puncture!" he gasped. "Great men were so far away that there was no Scott! that is bad! I have my repairing danger that they would look back and see kit, but how am I to mend the tire in the the light of the blaze, and then he lighted night?" the fire. With the aid of this, he heated the Then he remembered that he was purwire for burning out the proper shaped sued. He listened, and, far away behind him from the crest of the rise, seemed to found the puncture, and went to come the faint sound of galloping horses. "Oh, they are after me all right!" he In the repair kit were plugs of all sizes. muttered, as he ran forward beside his He selected one that he considered the wheel. "I can hear them, although the proper size, and tied a string around the roaring sound down here partly drowns small end. When the wire was heated, the souni!s of their horses' feet.,, ?e burned out h?le, afterward B th" f h h d d "d d th t th ing off fre bnrnea bits of rubber with a Y is ime e a eci e a e little benzine. This attended to, he roanng sound be that of a waterfall, took u the lu and doubled the flat and he soon discovered that he was p f ldp h h d h 1 ht H t th t t end m a o w ic e graspe wit t 1e ng. e came 0 e moun arn s ream, sharp-pointed pinchers. Then, with care which plunged .over the rock here, and skill, he forced the folded flat end saw that the bndge of the road was Just th h th h 1 d "thd th b 1 h f 11 roug e o e, an wi rew e e ow t e a s. pinchers leaving the plug inside the tire. Somewhat lower down he saw some Next he took hold of the string and trestle work that he knew must be the pulled upon it till the small end of the railroad bridge. plug was drawn through the hole. Hav I must conceal myself, and let my ing applied the nozzle to his tube of ce pursuers pass me here," thought Frank. ment, he forced it through the hole be-When he came to the bridge he looked side the plug and pressed out a quantity about for some place of hiding. In a of the sticky stuff. When he withdrew moment he lifted the bicycle to his shoul-the nozzle, he turned the wheel so the der, ahd, bearing it thus, left the road, puncture was on the lower side, and climbing down over some rocks, till he pulleci the plug out as far as it would found a place where he could creep un-come. Then he pumped air into the der one end of the bridge. tire, and fixed it so it would hang with He did not reach this place of hiiling the mended place on the lower side, too soon, for barely had he settled him-which kept the cement about the head of self therewhen he heard the near approach the plug. of galloping horses, and then they were At the end of ten minutes Frank made thundering over the bridge above his an examination, and he laughed his sat head He made out that there were three isfaction. of them, at least. "I rather fancy that is as solid as any "Go it!" laughed Frank. "Scour the part of the tire," he said. "If it leaks,


FRANK MERRIWELL' S RIDE FOR LIFE. l!. J don't know how to mend a puncture.'' Then he cut off the protruding end of the plug close to the tire, pumped more air into the rubber tubing, and once more was readv for the road. When -he had put up his kit, he extinguished the little fire, and bore the wheel out from beneath the bridge. Barely did he reach the road, how ever, before dark forms rcise all around him, and a hoarse voice cried: "Jump him, boys! We have him solid!" CHAPTER X. 11! WILL FIND A WAY!'' Frank was surrounded, and his assail ants were on him in a moment. The bicycle seemed to be in his way, and, be fore he could make any kind of defense, so sudden was the attack, he was hurled violently to the ground. The shock of the fall stunned him, and he was pinned down by a big man, who harshly called: "Give me ther ropes, boys! I'll tie him up!" Merriwell had no chapce, and he found l1imself bound and helpless before he fully recovered from the shock of the sur-prise and the fall. "What'll we do with ther spy, boss?'' asked one of the men. "Shall we drownd him?'' "No," answered the big man, whose face was hidden by a mask. "We r'"1st git him away from here. Take hir to Furgeson's old hut and keep him 1 ere till we can decide what shall be dom vi th him. Two of you are enough to d .hat. Conk and Hod can look after him. One of you take his bisickle along." Then Frank was jerked to hjs feet, which had not been tied. His hands were bound helplessly to his sides, so there was no possibility that he could prove in the least troublesome to his captors, unless he should foolishly refuse to obey them. The two men selected to take charge of him stepped forward, and one of them said: ''If you try any tricks, young feller, you'll get yourself hurt so bad you'll never live to tell of it. I carry a pistol, and I shoot it off careless like wheu I shoots it. All I want of you is ter march straight on after Conk, as will lead the way with that there bisickle of yours. Du you understand?" "The question is quite unnecessary, sir," assured the b o y captive. "You spoke distinctly, and quite loud enough to enable any one but a deaf man to hear and understand." A growl came from the throat of the man with the pistol, v.hich he flourished under Frank's nose. "You're so flip with your talk that I kinder think yon fancy I'm foolin'. Wal, I ain't. But, if you really think I am, just start and see how many steps you can take before I get enough lead inter yer to trip yer up." "Never mind that," returned Merriwell. "We will omit it, as I am somewhat afraid the bullets might disagree with me.'' This sort of coolness was something the ruffians did not understand, and it seemed to arouse their fears. They spoke in low tones amung themselves, and then, after some moments, the boy was again ordered to follow the man with the bicycle. They crossed the bridge and passed over the railroad track. Beyond the rail road they came to ascending ground, up which they slowl y toiled. The two ruffians talked more or less, and, from their conversation, Frank learned that the light of his fire beneath the brid g e had been seen, for all of his precautions., and it had brought about his capture. This caused the boy to regret that he had not delayed mending the punctured tire till he found a spot where he could have been sure of escaping discovery. The road gradually wound round the side of a very high mountain, and it seemed to become rougher and tougher as they proceeded. For nearly an hour they toiled on, and then Frank saw they were making their way alung a strip of road that seemed to have been hewn from the solid rock of the mountain side. On one hand was a steep precipice that fell away toward the valley far below, while un the other hand was a bluff that was almost perpendicular in places. The boy thought it would be an easy


24 FRANK l\IERRIWELL'S RIDE FOR LIFE. task for his captors to dispose of him if 1 a voice that seemed familiar to his ears. they should choose to fling him from the The voice seemed close at hand, and, by road. Far down in the darkness of the a sudden exertion of will power, he kept valley he knew there must be trees and himself from opening his eyes. rocks. If he were cast over, he must be "Burn me if he ain't a cool one!" said dashed to pieces away down there. the voice. "He is sleepin' like a baby! Frank shivered a bit aud drew nearer Seems ter take things as they come. the face of the bluff. Wal, hold him tight and fast till after At last this dangerous strip of road was we have done ther job, an' then l '11 let passed, and the captive breathed easier. yer know what's best ter be done with On they tramped for at least another him hour. They turned from the regular road Throngh his eyelashes the boy saw a and made their way amid the rocks to a man who had opened the door and was dark hollow away up there amid the peering into the room. 'l'he face of the black peaks. man was hidden by a mask, but t1rnt was In that dark hollow was an old hut, not enough to keep Frank Merriwell and Frank knew they had brought him from recognizing Dan Rockaway, the to his place of imprisonment, at last. sheriff of Red Rock! The two men seemed relieved on reach-Despite bis astonishment, the boy did ing the spot, and, regardless of the fact not betray the fact that he was not that the captive displayed a desire to enasleep. The door closed, and Rockaway ter into conversation, they roughly was gone. bundled him into on'e of the two rooms "Great Scott!" whispered Frank. into which the hut was divided, closed "What is the sheriff doing with these and fastened the door, and left him there. ruffians? I believe I smell a mice! I do! "Well,,, thought Merriwell, with a He is hand-and-glove with them. The long breath, "this is not exactly pleas-jailer at Red Rock told me the sympaant, but I'll make the best of it. I won-thies of the people was with the traind e r what will come of this racket?" wreckers, and I believe Rockaway is one He could find no furniture in the room, of the gang!" and so he sat down on the floor, with his Outside Rockaway and the other back to the wall, and pondered 011 the ruffians were talking with less caution matte r for some time. than they would have taken had they He wondered what sort of a gang of known the captive was awake and trying ruffians it could be who had made him to hear what they were saying. captive the second time within an astoo-Listening closely, Frank heard enough ishingly brief space of time. to tell him that Rockaway, although he As he sat there, he heard the two men was not one of the striking workmen, talking outside the hut, where it seemed had a grudge against the railroad comthat they were seated on the ground. He pany, and it was his desire to work the crept along cautiously till he was as near concern as much injury as possible. He them as he could get, and paused there to was aiding the train-wreckers in order to listen. A smell of burning tobacco came revenge. through the chinks in the wall, and But Frank learned still more. The told him the men were smoking. train-wreckers were not composed entirely It was impossible for Frank to under-of strikers. The most of them were stand all they were saying, but he heard ruffians who were seeking to loot and enough to tell him they were train-plunder. Among them were two or three wreckers, and the band to which they be-strikers, but the honest laborers had not longed was contemplating some desperate turned their hands to the destruction of move. Just what this was he did not trains. learn, although he was anxious to do so. But what was most surprising of all to At last, the conversation of the ruffians the captive was that Dan Rockaway pro ceased, and, while he was thinking it nounced the Jew peddler, Solomon Levi, over, the captive fell asleep. a detecthe in the employ of the railroad Frank was awakened by the sound of company.


FH.A.NK H.IDE FOR LIFE. 25 ''He is Jack Suffern, or I'm a liar!" declared the sheriff. ''And he has been around har long enough ter spot every man of 11s. That's why I was fer nab bin' him. I'd held him if ther boy hadn't helped him ter git erway. Ther boys are huntin' everywhar fer him, an' they'll cook his goose if they find him.'' "A detective!" palpitated the captive lad, in blank amazement. "I never dreamed it! His disguise is perfect, and his Jewish accent and dialect is immense! Well, he is a dandy!" After a while, Rockaway left, his last words being a warning for the men to watch the boy closely. It was morning, and, about an hour after the sheriff's departure, cne of the men brought the captive some hard-bread and smoked beef. Frank's hands were re leased long enough for him to eat, while the man kept watch of him, with a re volver ready for use, as if the lad were a desperate character. When he had eaten all be desired, the man again tied him securely, and this time his feet were bound. The captive had contemplated making a desperate effort to get away when the time came to tie him, but the second ruffian had appe\red, and Frank was given no opportunity to make a break. All the long forenoon Merriwell lay there a captive in the old hut. About all he could do was to roll over on his stomach when his back ached so much that he could not remain in that position longer. He suffered the most excruciating torture, and groans were wrung from bis lips more than once. He struggled with his bonds, but they would not give sufficiently for him to ob tain his liberty. Although he called to guards time fter time, it was mid-afternoon before ne of them appeared again and brought im food and drink. By this time be as so desperate that he was determined o make an effort to get away as soon as e was released. But the men seemed to fathom his de "gn, for they did not set his hands free, cl one of them fed him, having propped im up against the wall. When they left him once more, Frank as more desperate than ever. He set to work straining at his bonds with a fierce strength that seemed to make them give bit by bit. "Ob, if I can get my hands free!" he thought. "They will have to kill me before they'll be able to take me again!" For at least two hours he labored, and success finally rewarded his efforts. He freed his hands, and then hastened to clear his feet. When this was done, he rose cautiously, stretching his cramped limbs. In the course of a few minutes he felt the numbness leave his arms and legs, and it seemed that he was ready to make a struggle for liberty. Slipping'along to a chink in the wall, he peered out. At this moment a horseman appeared, riding up a rocky trail toward the spot. Merriwell recognized the man as Bat Watkins. 'Watkins was greeted with some interest by the two guards as he dismounted. He showed signs of excitement, and the boy heard him say: "The very Old Nick is ter pay! That infernal detective has sent for a crew of officers to come to Iron City, and they're com in' on ther five-thirty train this after noon ; but that train 'll never reach Iron City. The boys are goin' to dump her at Fisher's Falls. They've spread the rails on the bridge so ther hull train will go off inter ther creek. It is bound ter be a big smash-up, and it's doubtful if any hody on that train escapes with his life. The boss sent me up har ter tell Conk not to come ter-night, as agreed on, butter keep away till ther excitement is over." "Fisher's Falls!" thought the boy in the hut. "That must be the place where I was captured last night. Is there no way I can reach Fisher's Falls in time to stop that train before it is sent to destruction from that bridge? I must find a way, for the lives of those on the train depend on my getting there! I will find a way!" ---CHAPTER XI. A DESPERATE BOY. The men fell to talking excitedly outside the hut, and within the hut was a boy whose heart was fluttering and throbbing with mingled hopes and fears


26 FRANK MERR.IWRLL S RIDE FOR LIFE. Still watching, he saw Watkins care gnage, but Frank silenced him with a for t h e horse, while the other man said word, and soon Bat had wp.lke.d up till something about signaling to the "hidehis nose was against the wall. out," and went away "Put your hands behind you." This was better fortune than Frank Watkins did so, and, with some of the had expected, audit filled him with fresh cord which lay near at hand, the lad ho pe He res o lved to make the attempt made the ruffian secure. to es cape while Hod and Conk were H aving tied Watkins' hands, Frank aw ay Still he felt tha t he mus t give cau s ed him to lie clow n on his face, and Watkins the slip, for it proba ble the then tied his feet. man carri e d :firearm s and he wm1ld not "I am very glad you came along jnst hesitate to shoot at Frank should he see you did," said the bey, "for you have the lad e s caping. given me some important information. I The bicycle lay on the ground down in am going to make an attempt to reach the hollow. Frank's e y es feasted on it Fisher's Falls in time to save that train. with e a gerness. Good-day, Mr. Bat Watkins.,, "Oh, to have it on a g:ood road and Then he was gone, leaving the ruffian get a start that would give me a fair to writhe and gnash his teeth with impo-show !,, h e whi s pered. tent rage. Then he tri e d the door. It was fas-Frank hurried to his bicycle, which tened on the outside, but, peeping throuh he hastily examined. To his relief, he a crack, he saw it was held by a clasp. could not see that it was damaged in any Then the boy searched till he found a way. Making sure the tire that had been bit of wood which he could sliv e r off with punctured was holding air all right, Merhis fingers. With this, he felt through riwell hastened down the path by which the crack and lifted the clasp. Then he Watkins had approached the spot. opened the door and stepped into the This path was too rough for Frank to other room. attempt to ride on his wheel, but he went In a moment, his eyes fell on a gun bounding and panting along, feeling that was standing in a corner. Just as he that every second was precious. He carsaw the gun, he heard a step approaching ried the bicycle as if it were a feather. the door, and he knew Watkins was com-Frank could not know how soon the ing. ruffians Conk and Hod would return to With a leap, the determined boy the hut, but he prayed that they might caught up the gun, whirling toward the not come back and find Watkins till it door at the very instant Bat Watkins was too late for them to overtake him or showed his ugly mug. prevent his reacliing Fisher1s Falls in any "Up with your hands!" sternly cried manner. Frank, pointing the gun at Bat, who Finally he heard a clatter of hoofs be-seemed utterly overcome with astonish-hind him, followed by a shout. ment. "Up with them, or by heaven Turning his head, he was astonished and earth, I'll shoot you dead in your to see Bat Watkins coming down the tracks!" rocky path at breakneck speed, mounted The manner in which he said it showed on his hor se. that he was in deadly earnest and, with Frank realized that Hod and Conk had a bitter snarl, the red-bearded ruffian ele-returned and let Watkins loose, or the vated his hands. m a n had succeeded in freeing himself "Come in!' ordered Frank, and Wat-from the cords. kins reluctantly obeyed. "If he can ride a horse down this path, Keeping the desperado covered, the I can try to rioe a bicycle!" came through boy commanded: the lad's set teeth. "Tnrn your face toward that wall-so. In a.nether moment he was mounted, Now walk straight ahead till I tell you and then the reckless flight began. Watto stop, and keep your hands up all the kins greeted his action with a howl, ancl time." 1 then-bang! bang! bang !-the man be-The ruffian began to use abusive Jan-j cza 1 shooting with a revolver.


FRANK MERRIWELL'S RJDE FOR LIFE. 27 Frank heard a bullet whistle past his the boy's ears, and he could not breathe 11ead, while another flattened against a without difficulty. It seemed that the rock close at hand. ground was running away beneath him "It is a ride for life!" he panted, as he and rocks and bluffs raced by in a blur. 1 sent the wheel spinning down the path. Then he came to the most danaerous ---portion of the road, and appli;d his CHAPTER XII. brake. His heart leaped into his mouth, THE RIDE FOR LIFE. for the brake refused to bring pressure Fortunately the young fugitive was on the tire! not far from the road, and still more for-The man who had been trying to ride tunately he managed by skill or sheer the wheel had damaged the brake so it luck to avoid the great stones that somewas useless! ti111es rose in his way. .It seemed that the bicycle gained speed Out upon the road shot the bicycle with each moment, and it whirled round and the rocks hid the boy tram his the dangerous place in the road, requiring suer's view for a moment. all the skill its rider could command to Instinct, more than anything else, keep it from leaping straight off over the caused Frank to turn the wheel in the precipice. nght direction. For a little, the road be-Then came a shout, and the boy looked fore him was descending, and he fairly up. Far up amid the rocks were the two made the bicycle fly along. ruffians, Hod and Conk, who had made A cry of rage broke from Bat Watkins some short cut and reached the vicinity of when he came out into the road and saw the road in advance of Frank. how much of a start the fugitive had ob-They were surging and pushing at a tained. With fierce fury he lashed and huge bowlder, and, as the boy looked up, spurred his horse in pursuit. the grea.t rock started on a downward Merriwell looked back, and saw Wat-plunge straight toward the road. kins coming. A spirit of reckless defiance Frank made a mental calculation and caused the boy to wave his hand and utter he saw that the bowlder was to a derisive yell. reach the road at the very moment when It seemed to Frank that he had ob-he was passing. tained his "second wind" already, and The horrified boy felt that he was never had the bicycle appeared to fly doomed to destruction by the rushing along so easily. rock. He came to rising ground, and sent the like a prayer sprang up wheel climbing the ascent with remark-from his heart, and he closed his eyes able speed. But he began to pant before leaning forward over the handle bars. the crest of the rise was reached, and he At the very moment when he expected saw that he could not stand many pulls at to be crushed out cf existence he seemed such a pressure. to feel something brush his shouler with Fortunate] no other hard pulis lay bea rush of wind, and still the bicycle flew fore him. The road ran downward and onward with its rider. 1t began to wind round the mountain. Frank.opened his eyes. The road lay the biuff and the precibefore him, and the danger point was p1ce which he had seen the previous past. night, but he also remembered that Wat-How had he escaped? kins was pursuing, and, getting a good He a5ked himself the question, for it start, he lifted his feet to the coasters seemed like a miracle. and let the go, depending on the The truth flashed throuah his brain brake to ease him round the dangerous like a shooting ray of light. 0 point. The great rock had bounded over him The wheel shot forward and down-as he sped past, and he had felt it brush ward, gaining speed with each moment. bis shoulder! It sped along with the swiftness of an ex-A prayer of gratitude came from Frank press train, and Watkins was hopelessly Merriwell's lips. left behind. The air whistled as it passed He felt that he must escape all impend-


28 FRANK MEH.RI\YELL'S RIDE .FOR LlFE. ing perils after being preserved from death in such a marvelous manner. With a firm and steady hand he held to the handle-bars, while the bicycle bore him down the mountain road with the Beside the track lay a boy who was utterly overcome by excitement and haustion, but he had foiled the train destroyers, and the express was saved speed of the wind. The track was found to be spread upon Soon the precipice lay behind him, and the bridge, so that the train must have then, from far away, he heard the wihstle plunged off the trestle if it had not been of a locomotive. stopped. The five-thirty train was coming! And. on that train were Jack Sufi';!rn, "Shall I reach the bridge in time?" he the detective, and the men whom he had panted. summoned to Iron City. Down and s611 down he was borne. When they heard Fra11k Merriwell's Again he heard the whistle, and soon he story they fu1ly realized what a remark reached a point where he could look into able thing the boy had done, anci they the valley. honored him as he deserved. The train was coming, but it was still Suffern was, in truth, "Solomon Levi, hidden in the notch toward Red Rock. the Jew." He had disguised himself as How could he stop the bicycle when a peddler, and found out the men who the valley was reached? were wrecking trains and trying to ruin He felt that he must do so some way. the railroad. Then, risking a fa]] that must have Suffern and his assistants made a num-meant broken limbs or sudden death, he ber of arrests at Red Rock and Iron City, did something he had not dared try as he Dan Rockaway, the sheriff, being taken was spinning along the road by the edge into custody. Later, they captured Bat of the precipice. Watkins and Bramber Sykes. He thrust one foot between the frame Before the bicycle boys left that vicinof the bicycle and the tire of the wheel, ity they saw Dnd Chubbs again, for he and used it as a brake. had come into Red Rock with his It was time that he did so, forthe val"pap." ley was close at hand. Dud looked Frank over in silence for At first he could not see that the speed some time, and then he observed: of the wheel was abated in the least, but "I knowed you'd do anything you he bore har

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The popular author of the "Frank Merriwell" seri es is still engaged on the "Prize Plot" story suggested by Mr. Barry S. Adair, the winner of the contest. The date of publication will shortly be announced. The following description of an incident in the life of the boy King of l::lpain, Alfonso XIII., will proLably prove interesting to Tiv Top Weekly readers. Despite bis exalted position be is very mucb of a boy at times. The King of Spain is very affectionate in bis disposition, although be bas a very firm will; and be tenaerly loves bis mother, whom he also greatly respects, and bis sisters, who are bis favorite playmates. He seems, as be grows older, however, to t>e perfect ly conscious of bis exalted position. He knows that he is the king, and in the official ceremonies at which hd bas to be present be rarely becomes impatient, how ever long and solemn they may be One of these rare occasions was ".luring a royal recep tion in the throne room. He was sitting at the right band of the queen, anrl all tbe bigb functioBaries and courtiers were flli11g past him, when be began to play with the white waud of office of the Duke of Medina Sidonia, a great officer of the palace. Suddenly leaving bis seat aud the wand of the duke, be ran down the steps of the throne, and mounted astride one of tbe bronze lions that stand on either side of it. The act w a s so entirely childlike and spontaneous, and was peiformecl with so much grace, that it gave every one present a sensation of real pleasure. Eyen tbe queen herself, w bile she regretted that the young king should have failed in the etiquette of the occasion, could not help smiling. On another occasion of a similar kind be amused himself greatly watching the Chinese diplomats, look ing with wonder and delight at their silk dresses, which be would touch from time to time with bis little bands. What most attracted bis attention, however, was the Chinese minister's pigtail. He waited a long time in vain for a chance to look at it from behind, for t h e Chinese are a very polite people, and the minister would never tbiuk of turning bis back upon the king. At last it occurred to Alphonso to run and bide himself in a co rner of the vast apartment and watch for bis opportunity, which be did. After a while the president of the cabinet, seeing him in t he corner, weut over to him, and said: "What is your majesty doiug here'" "Let me alone," answered the boy; "I am waiting for the Chinese minister to turn round so tha t I m a y steal up behind him and look at his pigtail." Correspondence. S. P., Galveston, Texas.-Tbey will run indefinitely. "Poly," Brooklyn, N. Y.-We do not know. S. K. V. W. B., Mt. Vernnn, Ind.-Yes. A. C. P. (San Antonio, Texas).-To make gum ara bic paste for artificial flowers and <>rnamental pasteboard work, take a common-sized teacup or cold soft water, and dissoh e in it a large teaspoonful of the best and cleanest powdered gum-arabic. 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30 TI.P TOP WEEKLY. GERMAN STUDENTS' DUELS. Dangerous but Seldom Deadly. nrnlel' the right arm, "hicb al'm is then fitted into a thick leather glo,e aud a silk sleeve. Then cornes a sleeve of quilted eanvas, about an iucb thick, au elbow Not loug ago the Emperor pad of leather, bound on "itb straps, anci a canvas William Wl'Ote a letter to the bandage oval' the whole. Tlrnse bandages are so thick deanof Heidelberg University that it is i111possible fol' the wearer's arm to haug hy iu which he declared that clue!his side. On this account, eacl.J combataut is proviried ing among German students witl.J an "untersteher," or supporter, whose dnty it is must be stopped. It is thought to support the arm of bis prindpal during the inter tbat he was led to take tbis course 11y tbeoutco111e of an vals. A thick quilted leatl.Jer apron protects tbe chest, encounter in wbicb a relative of Prince Hohenlobe had and reaches to the knees. Furtbermore, a strong pair been engaged. 'l'he wounded youth, who was uot at of il'on-rirnmed goggles is added to pl'otect the eyes. all populal', was marked in such a way as to disfignl'tl The seconds, who often corne in for stray blows, are him for life, and it is believed that this was doue pu1pl'aviried with leather arm protectors anri neck gnal'rls. posely. He was Ol'iginally blessed with au unusually But here come the fighters two I.Jig stl'apping follows, long proboscis, and eal's of equally all\'ple proportions. bundled up srimewhat like Tweedledum and 'l'weeclleWl.Jen be came out of the battle lie was rniuus the dee in "Through the Looking Glass." Tbe seconrls prospecting portion of his nose, aud both his aural ap-are 11lrE>ady in position, bending and whirling the 1011g pend ages were cruelly split. Now, if be one blariPs through the air to test tbe111. The swords used thing that a German student dotes on, it ts a scar re-are very large, something between a claymore and a ceived in a duel; but there are scars and scars. rapier. They are about three-quarters of an i11ch to Nevertheless, even the German e111peror is powerless a quarter of au inch wide at the point, and perfectly to stop the dueling, wbir.b bas beconre 11u integral foastraight. For about nine inches at the pniut they are ture of student life. It would be altogether extremely k!'0n, tbe rest of tbe blade being blunt. however, to suppose that the students take part 111 Tbe umpire cries, "Auf die Mansur!" that is, the these encounters solely because of their all-absorbiug trial or measure. Tl.Je antagonists advance and fare love of fighting. Far from it. each other. Another cry, "8ileutinm l" followPd l1y a 'l'he German student is, as a rule, exceptionally cour-sharp "Let loose!" and the figl.Jt has begun. At 01H'e teous, ancl avoids giving ofl'euse to any one: but he is tbeie is a trA111e11dous clasb of steel. Both mQn are quick to resent an insult, aud a m.,1 apology does not skilled fencers and as strong as giants; fearful blows pacify him. He disdains to stl'ike a man with bis fist. are discharged with lightning rapidity; and the hii::hly Blood, blood ouly, will satisfy au affront, no matter tempered 1.Jlarles flash streaks of fire as ti.Jay swish ho" slight. through the 11ir'. Tbe "mensur," as tbe duel is called, seems to have "Halt l" cries one of the seconds. His man bas riealt been got up for the puq)()se of giving the parhis adversary a tremendous blow over the shoulder ticipauts an opportumty of slashmg eacb other's f.aces which has bent his rapier. The surgeon looks at tbe in tbe most effective a!1d piC'turesque;iner al'm, says "Nothing!" a goblet or two of winE> and a A student face is a network of h v1d scars is al-111ew sword are brought aud the encounter begins ways looked upon with !lwe and adnli.ration. again. 111ost popular ur11vers1ty rn th!t of 'l'l.Je men, hotb veteran duelists, are now roused to H01dellierg; Here life flou.nsbes 1ts 1rre-the highest pitch. Occasionally you hear an pressible ngor, retammg the mteres.trng features tion from the excited spectators, such 11s-"That'st of the past and keeping well up with new ideas. -let him have it l" "What a splendid sl.!lsb 'l'he Scarcely bas a sturient become eurolled be re when be eye cannot follow the iuterlacecl tee] as the hail of blows finds it al111ost obligatory to enter one of the many grows more furious than ever. Suddenly, with" Halt!" corps OI' societies to .which 99 per cent: of the. students both the seconds spring forwa1ct auri strike up the beloug. The most 1mportaut anri ar1stocrat1c al-swords of the combatants One of them has receherl ways called corps, aud some of these arE'. exceedmgly two frightful gashes iu the cheek and forehead, while exclusive and of very limited membership. Tbe stuthe other has hart his chin alu1ot cut in t "'" The dents wear the colors and insignia of .their corps on all blood fairly st1eams from the first, wbo, teyoud him occasions, the most popular form takmg the sbapa of a self with rage, i11sists on continuing the fight. Rut colored baud round the cap, or a _neat button or rosette the surgeon declares his wounds too serious, anrl leads in the buttonhole. On gala occas1011s, when soma great him off while the other is taken away by his fellow dual is to be fought between the champions of two or corps-m'.eu. more factious, broad sashes in the corps colors are worn by all tbe members. Fairly launched as a full-fledged member of a corps, it does not take a stude11t long to get into a first-cl11ss duel, or half a do1en of ti.Jam if he exhiuits too much pugnacity. Most of the riC'her corps bave their owu rooms, one -of which is al ways very elaborately equipped for fighting. The freshmen, or' 'foxes," as they are called, are the more eager combatants, but they are not of much account, as they al'e unskilled iu of the heavy scblager, or As 11 typrnlll example of a riueling encounter, we may describe one that recently took place between two cha mpious of their respective corps. The cause of the fight appears to have been the disinclination of one of them to gr junge" and ssly for the purpose. 'l'be principals 11re soon in waiting, prepared for the fight witb an 11lmost anxious eare. Next to tbe skin each wears a coarse white linen shirt and a thick pact -o--SETTLED. Owing to the illness of bis regular boy, Dr. Joseph Marcus some weeks ago engaged a new lad named Tommy Joues. Tommy was a jewel, and when Joe, the first incumbent, was quite well again, the do<'tor was loath to let Tommy go. But Joe wanted to co111e back to his pleasant berth, and pleaded with his former employer. A way out of the dilemma seemed to present itself, for the doctor said : "Joe, if you can put the other boy out, you can get your job back." ''Do you mean that I must lick himP" "That's about the size of it." "All right." Wht>n Dr. Marcus returnlld to his surgery that night bE> met a sight be never bargained for. ThP glass in tl1e door was smashed into smithereens. A marule clock 011 the ma1telpiece was minus dial, gl11ss anri lurn," he said, with a grin. TOl\11\IY'S ANSWER. Uncle-"80 you go to school, do you, Bobby?" B"bby-' 'Yes, uncle.'' "Let me bear you spell bread." "B-r-e-d-e." "Webster spells it with an 'a,' Bobby." "Yes, uncle; but you diriu't ask me bow Webster spells it; you asked me I.Jaw I spelled it."


TIP TOP WEEKLY. 31 S t cl P t put the parts together. So mnC'h depends on tbe 9'"r S 1mS ad'us111ent of a wheel bei11g exactly right that it is t'\I wise to leave that 111atter to a thoroughly C'Om-petent persou. Pedal mounting is becoming more and CYCLING. more ccnm1on. It is a gOQd thing to avoid. It wrenches the wheel, and however <'arefully and strongly it may be made, sncC'essive shocks of that kirnl are "ertain to 1 make trouble later in the seasou. Uurb mounts are -I the best for the ., bee!. With o u t the o f a Camera. I To take portraits as the photog!apher does requires a ca111era and a number of chenncals of a troublesome I kind, but any one defiring to take simple photngrapbs of such things as the Jea,,.es of plants, or other flat ubjects, can do so with very little trouble and expense. A camera will not be needed, aud only a few common things will have to lie got. I A the druggist's get a few C'ents' worth of bicbro-Tandom equipped for a hunting and fishing trip. mate of potash, and at tbe gh1zier's hny two pieces of ___ window glass about eight or ten inches square. 1 d" i d f r Put about a pint of soft water in 11 glass IJottle, anrl The as 01 mari Y. use 0 pour into it a small spoonful of the r e d powder. Shake L every-da) gettmg about. sca.iC'ely tbe mixture "ell, and a rich orange-colored fluid will uggage co_ns1dered c_oi!'plete unless it is he obtained. This must be ponl'ed into a shallow clisb Carr ie r s J'Jtb th" te 1viceahle like a soup plate, and then a 11u111her of sheets of soft ust rn iow rna?y Jill m nt paper like drawing paper procu1 ed. Lay these in the owrng to lack of .au ange e ur yellow mixture till they are well soaked, a11d then flsh for se.curely attacb1111;l" a bnndle to the of yo them out one at a time b> the corners and ha11g them bicycle.. Of., m these days city nde.r up to dry in a dark place: ev.er3 thrng sent, .ge11el'ally speakmg, but tbei_e ai e The yellow hquid may then be 1,lSed to soak moi e still numerous ocC'asrnn.s when the persoual halldhng.of sheets till it is used up, and the dish mub t be carefully packages cannot be avoided. It may lie a bo?k too lai ge wafihed out with wan11 water. for t.he pocket, a bundle for th" laundry which man These sheets of paper are now sens1tvie to light and forgot to call for, all "rap or sometmng else. if brou nt into the sunliight they "m change color T.bose overlook the unportance of trhe luggag_e rai:-go alld finally quite dark. While they are" ner might n_ot suspect the fact, upon thinking it the dark they will uot change ancl can be kept till the ove.r they will find that for want of it they ofteu .lea>e opera.tor is ready to take the photographs. their "heels at home ".hen tl!ey would much To do this a oouple of newspapers w11nted, and 11 ri!" than walk .. Tbere is nothmg new or st8:rtlmg 10 I iece of dark-colored cloth of some kine!. Select a few this year's c11rners, althongb a number of show Eandsome leaves from the plants iu the "i11dow orne imp1:ove1.l and for rendermg the dried gmss or fto" ers, or even so111e handso111e or C'ai-rier inconspicuous wben not 1 n nse .. Almost any other flat objects that you wish to copy. of them i_1ow on tire will sa,e its .to Foliage makes the best pictures, and if the leaves are r1de1: many o"er 111 a smgle seas?11 "\ ei Y fe a1Tanged prettily the photographs will be all the more cyclists use their wheels for pleasure ndmg only. The 1 bl wheel perhaps fills its best purpose as an .aid to the j eiay one of the pie<"es of window glass which doing of yvbich m_ust be r, 1t I become quite dark. Do not be in baste to exaniine it. has already been shown by testrng that 1f there is the Leave it till it is well done e, en if it takes two hours. least hit of play in the joint tbe smooth surface of tbe When thA paper is well' C'olore

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