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) ssued Weekly By Subscription $2.s o p e r y ear. En t e r e d as Sec ond Class M atter at New Y ork P ost Office b y STREET & SMITH, z38 William St., N. Y. No. 33. I J /, I Price, Five Cents. "YES, I AM JESSE JAMES, THE MAN WHO SAVED YOUR MISERABLE LIFE, SHAW MORGAN I" SAID THE DISGUISED OUTLAW TO Tl'l''D.T'T"?T '"'n r :ro')c:"'!"!";:. ( CTL\ !".'.:' !iL 1 PAGE 2 55C A WECKLT DeAL.lffG WITH THE-DETECTIOft Of CR1f1E I ssued Wukly. By Sub scn"Rtion$2.50 per year. E1
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2 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. vVest street apparently deserted as pass down it, for the hour is late. E leven o'clock has just been rung by church bells ne a r by-that is, they sound but VI/ est street, running along the great river probably the toughest of the tough in these latter days, knows no church. These haunts of crime are as well known to me as a book re-read a dozen times. I have engaged in many a hot chase Stfter criminals in different sections of the city, and know their ways pretty well. At five minntes after ele ven I reach a corner of the street-across the way the great black hull of ::i. transatlantic steamer stands up against the stardecked heavens, and I can faintly trace her masts and spars. Up to this time I have seen few persons on the street; once or twice a shirking form avoids me and goes skulking pas t and when I cross the ferry street, a party of early birds from some theatre go chattering past. A well-dressed man or a sailor half-seas-over could not go one block along West street at this hour o f the night without meeting with trouble, being garroted or sandbagged and robbed. My actions are such that these prowlers take me for one of themselves. On this particttlar corner I pause. Here I have appointed a rendezvo us, and look around for my man. I forget that I am disguised and may excite s us picion, but the recollection comes to me, and I give a signal agreed on. A figure immediately adva nces from a doorway; I am standing directly under the dim street lamp, and can readily be seen. As the man walks up I recogni z e him. "Peterman?" I say. "Here, sir.' Another moment and he is at my side. This man is one whom I have often employed to do work for me. He is a rough, honest waterman-a Swede by birth-stalwart, bright, and quick to learn. Already I have put him upon certain ca s es, and found th a t when once started he can follow a trail with as keen a scent as a bloodhound. It is a far different purpose that brings about our meeting on this night. I mean to put his muscles to ..i g-ood use ; to depe nd upon his daring skill as a waterman, but not to call on his brain for much service. "Is the boat ready, Peterman?" "Close by, sir." Vv e pass out upon a dock. It takes some stretch of the imagin a t io n to make out the boat resting on the black waters of the slip. "Let us embark," I say. "Come down caref ully, s ir. A bath in this gre a sy water i s n t very pleasant, and u n le s s I'm m i s t a ken the air will grow chilly soon. I am very careful, and succeed in de r o s i ting my agile self in the stern of the small but ser v ic ea b l e boat Peterman h as here. Now w e are off. \ CHAPTER C L VII. A SPY ON BOARD THE S TEAM YACHT My miss ion on the river i s one tha t may be full o f danger-excitem ent there is abou t it without doubt -but this is a n old story wi t h me, and I do not bothe r my .hea d about s u c h matters We are now very clo s e to th e vess e l up o n whose riggin g hangs the r iding lig ht p r e s cri bed by la w as a necessity, a n d w ithout which no s hip a t anchor c a n r ecover damages in ca s e of bein g run clow n b y a v es sel on the m ove I can hear the tide gurg lin g over her cable at the bo\v-of course, t he s tern i s up stream, and, as w e aim for that port, we mus t pa ss al ong h e r s id e in order to reach it. Peterman knows his bu siness-no m a n could have
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THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. th a t man-look at me in the eyes, Jack Ralston, and see if you remember." T he other bends forward-a look of horror creeps over hi s face-his eyes are distended, and it is evident that he has now recognized the man who hunts him so closely-he cries in a hoarse whisper: '"Yes-I know you now-you are Jesse James." CHAPTER CLIX. THE GREAT PLOT FOR A ?.ULLION. I g i ve a start. The rumor I heard, then, is true. And thi s m an, standing there, is the outlaw him self. The papers for two years and more have ever and anon g i ven long accounts of so me daring crime corn111itted by this land pirate of Missouri. Jess e James and his followers have stopped railroa d train robb ed banks, a nd made their names 3. terror to all wealthy corporations. For the space of a full minute not a word is passed be twee n them. They sit and stare. One i s m ocki ngl y cool, the other reel in the fac e confused overwhelmed. Jes se Jam es takes a pull at his cigar, but puffs the s mok e quickly to one s ide. He does not w 2 n t to put a cur t ai n between him self and thi s man jus t now. It is too c ritical a time. Beers bre aks the silence with one of his dry, nervous latwh s : he has evidently see n that he is in a corner, a nd decides to make the most of a bad busines s in which h e s hows hi s wisdom. "Jesse, thi s t hin g h as floored me. To think I clidn"t kno w you-that's the strange part of it." Other pe o ple haYe passed m e by, J a ck ." 'yes but I 'v e got such good ca u s e to remember y ou ; I've s een y ou day and nig-ht in my mind ever s ince I played you that miserable trick." "\\ell, Jack, yo u heard my demand." "You w a nt h alf of th a t plunder I got away with?" "vV hat about thi s game of yours Let me hear of it and perhaps we may m ake a barg ain." "I h a e learned some things since last you saw me. Jes se J a mes." "Yes-I h ea rd that they kept yo u in the s hoe department up th e river, and tha t you did pretty good work before yo u came out." AP-ain that cackling laugh. "Have your j oke old man. He lau g hs longest w ho lau g h s last, yo u know " \i\T ell, I'll t a ke good care tha t you don't have that opportun i ty. Once is all any m an tampers with Jesse James. Try that dodge again and lightning wouldn't fall on you quicker than I will. That's my way of doing things." "I'm square as a die now. v V h a t I meant by learning something new was thi s : The dodges we used to work in Missouri won't stand the racket in the East. There men make fortunes in another way altogether." "Yes," said Jesse James, quietly; "we wreck a sin gle train to rob it-in \!Vall Street men wreck a whole railroad to line their pockets "You are right, and that was what gave me my brilliant idea." "Indeed!" The Missouri outlaw is interes ted. When there is a scheme for making money in the wind, it generally catches his eye I bide my time. The suspicions that have been imparted to me will soon assume a definite shape. A little patience i s needed, a nd. fortnnatcly, my stock of that is good. Long practice has tai1ght m e that to the man wh o waits all will be g i ven-many a g r a nd game is ruin e d by impatience "I soon took hold of the Eastern idea-not that I dabbled in Wall Street, for I'm not fool enough to do that, but I've picked up numberless ideas ahont making money, and now I really believe I'm on to the greates t scheme that ever v.ras broached by a living being." "You fairly stagger me, Jack. "\Vait till yo u hear it m an and I imagine i t \viii yo u as a stunner. Perhaps you'll ieel like going in with me, too." "Go on. "Fir s t of all, look here." Jumping up. he opens a door. Beyond i s clisclosecl a s m all cabin. tastefully and neatly funii s hed. It look s very attractiYe to my eye, wh a t I can see of it and, somehow, I quite envy thi s smart ras cal the pos sess i o n of such a yacht. I a m e ve n inclin ed to g rumble at the s low pay v ir t ure recei ves. while un s crupul ous men like t he se be fore m e r eyeJ in the fat o f th e l and. \Vh a t do you think of that?" "Very fine, indee d." "Yon wouldn't belie ve t h a t is meant for a prison cell but the bull's-eye window i s too snnll for a man to crawl throug h, and this do o r is stout." "It wou ld m a ke a good pri so n." "I expect it to have an occupant befo r e l o n g ." "Ah, yes; yo u mean to kidnap some one. A nod answers. "And hold him for a ran som?" "Yes; a million dollars." Jesse Jam es gives vent to a whistle. "The deuce! You play hig-h. J ack A cool mil lion in the pot. Who is it-the President?" A negative shake and a laugh.

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THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 1 Let the plotters commune. I will prove to them tha t there 1s a wiser head tha n theirs combined 01i. the case. Jay Morton can sleep in peace. If he minds my warning he will not fall into this de v ili s h trap set for him. The Wizard of Wall Street has always been a mark for envious eyes. A t times he has been compelled to hire a detective to shadow him. I had the honor once, and was remarkably well p a id for my services, so that now I am delighted at the chance of seeing him again. I am in my profession, because I believe I am suited to it, and it pays me, not because I love to hunt men to the earth. H a vin g decided to call a halt on my ardor at thi3 s t a g e of the game, I begin to back out. It i s hard t o t ear m y eyes away from those t\vo men. They seem to fascinate me. P a rticul a rly is this the case with Jesse James. He seems like a walking for tune to me, if I can only apprehend him. I'll do it. Duty calls. I reac h the. companionway. Luck h a s favored me thus far. I hav e not met a single s ailor. All the s ame, I keep my eyes well about me, as I on ce more r each for the deck. I lo o k around to see if any sailors are near-the ow n e r o f the yacht h a s said his crew really consists Qf e i g h t men a nti it \voulcl prove \'ery unfortunate for m e i f b y ch a nc e I run across one of them now. The m a n o n the w atch is still forw ard; I can get a \\'h iff o f his p ipe b orne on the wind. H o w about P e t erman? Has h e b e e n a bl e to maintain hi s position all this wh i le, a n d ke e p t h e s k iff from banging into the stern of the yacht? 'vVllat if s o me a cc ident has occurred? H e m a y hav e b een forced to leave his position by s o m e s udd e n e m e rgenc y. L o sing no ti me, I creep fo wa r d the stern in the d arkne ss . r\s I reac h it I run into a s ailor crouching there. H e t a k e me for one of hi s comrades. "There' s a boat yonderI had a glimpse of it, mate. Stay here till I wake the captain up. Some de viltry afloat I bet; these harbor pirates would s t e a l the copper s he a thing off a vcs s e i." With thes e words he g l id e s away That i what I call a narrow esc a pe. I giv e t h e s i g n al. .. Putting m y hand
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THE JESSE JJ\MES STORIESo and who must be troubled with all sorts of parties. I give him my card. ''It may be a matter of life and death to Mr. Morton, I s ay very quietly. This settl e s the business. I will take it to him mys elf," he says. In two minutes he appears again. ' F ollow me, sir. I sp e edil y find m yself in the presence of the wizard of the stock market. I h a ve see n Mr. forton before, and at one or two tim e s h av e done a little work for him. He is seated at his desk. I n s pit e of t he furor out on the street, hardly a trace of anxiety can be detected on his face. I se e won de r there. M y note h a s asto ni s h e d him. H e nods to a chair ; the clerk has gone out, and we a re alone in his private room, the place where this great fina ncier has laid hi s plans to sweep many a snu g f o rtnn e to his sid e o f the table. Now, Mr. Bl a ck, what does this mean?" "Exa ctly what I stated in my note, Mr. Morton. You are in danger; a tremendous plot has been arranged to kidnap yon." He drums with his finger s on the desk; his dark eyes a r e b ent o n me with a powerful gaze. This i s not the fir st time he Ins been threatened from e\ il and envi o us sources, as I have good reas o n to kn o w but his coolness is s imply wonderful u nde r th e circ u ms t a nces. "Ex pl a in yours elf ." "Ho w l ong can y o u give me, sir?" "Hali-an -hour a t t he outs ide." "It v.rill b e mor e th a n sufficient." 'He a ssumes a n e as i e r attitude. I belie v e yo u h a ve an en gagement with a certain y a c h t sman R ay m o nd Bee rs to visit his steam yacht to m o r ro w afternoo n between three and four?" He noels. "That i s where th e plot comes in. You are to be dru;gecl, a nd forcibl y detai n ed o n board the Cl-ytie." '\I\ h a t! The n B e ers is in it ? th e head of it. ''He i s 110 gent leman." "He i s a villa in a man who five years ago was a comrad e o f th e infamous Jess e James." 'C onfu s i on!" 'He h a s s inc e served at Sing Sing under another n a me. Upo n regaining hi s freedom, he has unea r t h e d t r ea sure tlut h a s l a in buried, and splurged a s R aymond B e e rs. "The o l d s pirit o f e n v y is s till big \'Vithin him, and h e has a t la s t struc k upon a brilliant plan to gain a mill io n h e b eli eve s "You s ee the idea Morton-once you are safe aboard the C!ytie, s he will be gotten under way, and a message having been sent to your home, that you will take a little cruise with your friend, Raymond Beers, no alarm will be felt there. "They have their schemes for securing the million once you are away from New York. !t can be clone -I have heard their plans discnssed, and if yo u go aboar
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THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. "I gi1e yon full authority to deal with this matter a s you see best. \Vhen you have accomplished yoitr end, come and see me. Take this as a retainer in the meantime." I Qlance at the clock. .. e minutes of my h a lf -hour remain. "You must help me, sir." In what way? "First of all, tell everybody that to-morrow after noo11 expect to dine with your friend Beers on his steam yacht, and that it is even possible you may take a little run down the coast with h im." "Yon can count on that." "Then, again, you will leav e your office here at three in the afternoon?" yes." "Your coufJe or carriage calls for you?" "I have a vehicle." ''You will ride to a certaiH address I shall leave with you, and then go into an office, proceeding home later in another vehicle." "\Vhat becomes of my own?" "It will take vour double down to the ri\'Cr at the foot of street, where a boat from the Cl'j'tie wili be waiting." "All is clear now." "The yacht will leave N evv York that evening, sure. Of course, the more quiet you can keep for a few days after the better, but if you have any positively important engagements, fill them." "I can leave orders with my brokers that will cover that length of time." "So much the better, Mr. !vforton, .if you can remain quietly at home. Thes e rascals have a confederate, and when they reach Norfolk, or wherever they intend going, that party might make a break if he showed New Yark papers that told of your being on the Street when these men believed you to be safe on board the yacht." "I comprehend. Such desperate schemers must be foiled in the start, or they may go to even more troublesome methods." I have no more to say. Mr. 1Iorton knows all and is ready '.:o :-:o-operate with me in defeating the rascals. No doubt he is delighted at his narrow escape fr o m serious trouble. l Le rloes not say so. however. l t :s his way; he believes that actions speak louder ords, a nd when it comes to settling, the size of liis check will cover all else. 1 w i sh him good-morning, am accorded a shake of hi:; hand, and leave the private office well satis fi\'.d with my interview with the greatest wizard Wall S treet ever knew. Things are working well. l\tf y next step is to see Peterman. I seek \Vest street. It is from one extreme to the othe r. Truly, they say it i s but a step from poverty to wealth, and yet in N e w York City a wall divides the two that few ever climb over. Peterman is not at h is h o me. I manage to get an idea where I may find him, and. seek my man there. It is the dinner hour, and Peterman works as a longshoreman when the chances of work at forty cents an hour are good. I discover my man, seat e d by himself and di scuss ing his lunch. At sight of me he is visibl y pleased. v Vhen he hears my proposition h e accepts w i t h o u t even a question. I desire that he shall know all tha t is e x pecteci of him, and hence spin the yarn. "As to pay--" "Never mind that; you can settle later," he says, but I insi s t on settlin g the t erms "You are to have two dollars an hour, day and night, during all the time you are aboard the Clytie: do you hear that, Peterman, whether it i s ten h ours or three lnmdrecl.'' A t this the m a n i s overwhelme d ; it seems lik e a s o ft snap to him. He immediately throws up hi s j o b w i t h the steve dore, and accompanies me. We go direct to the office of m y friend, the s hip ping agent. Here we sign for the Clytie Peterman under his O\Yn name, while I assumed one. V I e were to go aboard b y noon of the followi n g d ay, certai n. So much for that bus in ess I part fr o m Peterman. Another task lies before me, one that i s apt to give some trouble. Where can I find the m a n who so much resembles Jay Morton? Will he undertake the job? I believe be i s daring enough, and fond of adventure in hi s way. But will he accept-can I find him? These things worry me a little a n d until the ques-tion is settled I will not f eel easy. I soo11 get upon h is track. He is a man called Jerry Gardner. In the past he has been a reporter upo n one of the morning papers, ancl is known as 2. reg ular Bohemian in hi s way. When he wears his beard he i s wonderfully like the grea t \tV all Street magnate, even t o the peculiarity of features. I wonder whether Jerry has shaved with the advent of warm weather-such a thing, although small in itself, would break up my plans altogether. Jerry is a hard man to corner.

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THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 11 Now yo u thi n k you have him, and, then, like the Irishman s fl.ea, he isn t there. S eve ral times I get track of him, but as the after noon wears a way, I find, to my disgust, that he has not ye t turned up. This threatens to bring disaster on my game . I ca nnot see my way clear \Vithout Jerry. As approaches I resolve to make a su preme effort to corner my man. There is a cert ain restaurant in Park Row that he freque n ts-a cellar restaurant, which, modes t in ap pearance has gained a great reputation on account of Lile wo nderful coffe e s erved there. In these later days it i s known as a beanery, but ten years was dignified by the name of Hitchcock's. Here many newspaper men snatch their meals . day an d night, as it i s ne ve r closed. I have see n Jerry at thi s place. It is very possible I may find him here, and I determine to look. \i\Thile I e a t I \Vatch the doors, and see many men come d own, but for a long time my wait is fru it less. CHAPTER CLXIII. THE HOUR AND THE MAN. The clock on the wall shows just twelve minutes of seven whe n I f ee l a sudden sense of relief pass over me. My man has come in. I a m do u b l y plea s ed, for Jerry looks the same as of yo re. Evid e ntl y he enjoys th e sensati o n of being stared at on the street, and have people point him out as the g r eat operator o n \i\T all Street. This happ e n s half a score of times a clay as regula rl y as cloc k work. He is about t o p ass me by, when I catch hold of his a rm and detain h i m. I h av e a small table; there is just room for two, a nd. re c ognizing me, Jerry accepts. "So me t i m e s.inc e I saw you. Caleb," he says "Yes; I've b een in thi s place just an hour and eie-ht minutes, wa itin g for you." F o r me ? su rpri s ed. "Yes. \ he n you h e lped m e in that Harper matter, a year ago, Jerry, yo u made a deep impress i o n on m e I a l ways wondered why yo u didn't change off and play detective at time s It is a more profitabl e bus ine s s than newspaper work." This ;s a base piece of business. I am pla ying m y cards to g et Jerry in a good humor. and it i s no secret that t h e average m a n i.> susceptible t o flattery, just as much as a wom an. All yo u ha v e to do is to smooth his feathers the right way. Besides, few men can withstand being told that they would make good detectiv es for this, of course, implies deep cunning and penetration, besides a knowledge of human nature. Jerry grins, just as I expect. "I see what you're giving me, Caleb, but, when I think of it, I did do remarkably well on that myste rious Harper case, for a greenhorn." "No que!::>tion about it." "What ;::: e you up to now?" I me a n to be frank with Jerry. It is the best way with a man of h is style. I have a case on hand-a ve r y important one, indeed-and whether I can put it through or not de pends entirely on you." "On me! Why do you say that?" "Because I mean it." "Won't some other man do?" "I don't know of a living man who will answer my purpose but Jerry Gardner." This tickl es him still more. "I suppose, under these circumstances, I'll have to accept offha11d." I wish to bind him hand and foot, and take a rather singular way to do it Opposition sometimes cements where other ta. c tics would fail. "The work is a delicate piece of business. It would require great acting and no little bravery." "If you didn't think I was th<: man to suit, you'd ne ve r h av e hunted me up." "Jerry, you're right to a dot." "Now, since I've pledged m y services in this open manne r even before he a rin g what the la y is, sup po s e yo u tell me why I am the man." "Becau se of your mug." "\Vhat's my face got to do with it?" "Ever yt h i n g. It's your passport. You know you r esemb l e some o ne very much." "Jay Morton!" with a start. "Yes." "Is he interested in this deal?" "He is, decided ly ." "Then count me in. I've suffe r ed a good deal for his sake; met with all ki nds of adventures because I lcok l i ke him a n d p erhaps some of m y short com ings have be en laid on hi s s houl de rs. This is a good chance to even up. Yes, count me in." The next s tep i to tell h i m the game. \Ve chance to be in a corner of the ha s hery. T t can h::i.rclly be called that, either, for I have selected the table for a purpose. N n one i s near eno ugh to catch w hat we say, and, by leaning acros s t h e table as we eat, we can talk in a confidential \vav. So I tell Jerry. the story. He, being a r eporter, grasps the idea immediately,

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THE JESSE Jf\MES STORIES. ( I follow him to the bow, knowing what is coming; but I have n o fea r. The captain is just the man I can wind about my finger with a cock-and-bull story, especially when 1 o ney backs m e up. Being prepared for this emergency, I have no reaon to fear the result. "See here, Black; you shipped for a n able seaman, didn't yo u ? h e asks. I grln, an d answer respectfully. "'\i\Th a t do yo u mean b y it? Man alive, you know nothin g about your work." I admit i t, captain." "Th en expl ain why you are here." I omit the oath s wit h which thi s accomplished son of Neptune embellished his speech "Capt a in, I have a strange story to tell you. First pf all, accept thi s from me. I pl a ce d a double-eagle in his hand, at which he stares in amazement. "In the first place, I am a rich man, captain, an
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THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 15 The e legant wi ne h e may drink with impunity, as h e mu s t play hi s part later, making out to be very sleepy. Bee r s now beckons to him. "Th e w ine!" h e says I pnt the salver b es ide me. "Mr. Morto n, this i s the fine s t liquid money can buy in t h e wor l d A thousand dollars a gallon coul aroume n t to the c ontra r y \ hen the wine h as been emptied, at the e arnest s olicitati on of his ho st, he has it replenished. Th conversation around the t a b l e all thi s t ime has b ee n of a nature. Of co u rse, Mr. Morton i s intere ste d in the steam yacht, and makes various i nq uiries about the v e s s el. show ing t hat he has a lr eady about ma de up his mind to have one for u se on the H ud so n and adjac ent w aters . They chat o f the int en ded crui s e Beers means to take a long t he coas t to the South. spe ndin g the win te r bet\\ ee n Pamlico Sound a n d the Florida coast. After a whil e ciga r s a re brought in. T h ese are fin e weeds Beers h as bought t he best money could purchase, and I rea lly enjoy the odor. I am pretending to clear awa y some of the things, but in reality, am de sirous of catching Jerry's eye ane at your se r v ice should you ever consent to sail with us on a pleasure trip." Acting in a half-silly manner, the fraudulent Jay Morton staggers after them. He hardly sees what he is about, apparently. . "Beautiful room-very inviting bunk; don' t know when I ever saw one more tempting." "Jus t try it, Mr. Morton. A patent affair; feels softer than any spring bed. a.>hore." "Just as you say." The accommodating wizard of Wall street crawls into the bunk. It acts like magic. 1 -Ie has no sooner stretched himself out along it tha n a p ea ceful look comes over his face. His breath c o mes regularly. The eye s assume a vacant expression and grad-uall y clo se altogether. H e sle eps Beers looks at Jesse James and both grin. Then they look back out of the c abin; the door: is gently closed and then locked. A fter that the two confederates shake hands. They believe they hav e as a prisorier on board the smartest, and one of the richest, men in Amerka. Already they seem to feel the milllon-dollar ransom which they mean to demand. I appear as sober as a judge, and attend to my du ti es q uietly, but that i s no reason that I am not laughing in m y sl eeve. The whole thing is like an immense joke to me, although it possesses elements of danger. Other things must be done.

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THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 17 It i s worth any amount of money to me at this p a rticular time t o ha v e rest. I s oon lose consciou s ness. The nig ht s lips away. I wak e up s e v eral times and think how strange my situation is, co oped up in a little bunk, and out at sea, t ossing up and clown. Slee p i s a factor that I have pretty good control over and h e n c e I make fine use of my time. M o rnin g com es. I get up and in fiv e minutes lean over the lee rail salu t ing old Neptune. After that I am all right. It s eem s that perhaps nature did intend me for a sailor a fter all. As th e da y g row s on apace I feel delighted and exhil a r a t e d ; the fac t th a t the little yacht plunges makes n o d iffer e nce t o me ; truth to tell I rather enjoy her wildes t flig h ts, a nd h o pe s he will take it into her h ea d t o do it again. P oor J erry i s as s ick a s a clog. I g o in t o see h i m a number of times. and do sev er al l i t tle things tor him. He l ies o n t h e won d e rfully ea s y co t with his face turned t o th e w all. ancl d oes not s eem to care whethe r sc h oo l ke e p s o r n ot. I recko n ju s t the n Jerry fee l s like ki c kin g himse l f for accepti n g my offer, ;rncl c o min g on this singular trip, but h e i s a n e \' .:spa p e r m a n and accustomed to b eing fom d in vari o u s pla c es for in these days of en terprise, a r epo r ter ha s to be equal to the c limbing o f t h e Matterhorn, t he voyage to the Arctic Seas, or a j o urney to the h eart of equatorial Africa. Let him s uffer., It will g i ve h i m a n e w experi e n ce. During t h e m o rnin g it clouds up. T h e atm os phere g row s heav y W hile i n th e c abin I s e e the skipper and owner con s ultin g the costl y b arometer. It appea r s t ha t t h e mercury has gone clo wn consid-erably, a nd i t i clos e t o twenty-nine. This me<:l.ns a storm. I listen eagerly. I t i s soon dec i decl th a t we mu s t nm for the Delaw a r e Break wate r n ea r Lewes T h ey h a d a good c h a nc e of reaching; it before the s t orm b roke, 'Nhile it would be utt erly impossible to fetc h N orfolk. T h e oi1l y ot h e r t h ing le ft would be to stand out to s e a, and i n s u c h a s mall cra ft this is something that eve n th e s kipper r\oes not like although he would d o it rather th a n ta k e an y chances upon that clreadf u l coast where s o many gallant barks have left their ribs. So w e head for Lewes. It is w ell o n to noon as we approach the gi-eat stone wall built by the government, and which, fin ished just about eighteen hundred and seventy-six, has been forty years in the course of building. CHAPTER CLXVII. PLAYED WELL. Our little yacht rides at her anchorage m perfect safety Even if the billows roll completely over the stone pile, we do not apprehend that we would lose our hold on the sand. Thus the afternoon is merged into night. Darkness comes much sooner than is its wont at this time of year, on account of the inky pall over our heads. During the night the storm keeps up, and when morning breaks I have not slept a great deal. The seas ha v e grown heavier and are even washing far over the stone pile. It seems as though t he storm had taken a new lease of life at daybreak. The capta in informs me that this is the center of the storm, and that during the clay it will gradually grow lighter. That means we must remain v\'here we are until t he next d ay fo'r the s ea will not be clown until then. Perha p s w e can wind up the whole business at this place. M uch depends on their plans. If they decide to force matters v:e may take a hand in that game ourselves. Two can work at it. I see Jerry from time to time. H e pla y s his part well. Had Jay Morton in person been there, and in that pos i t ion, he could not have been more natural. During the day they bring him on deck to look at the storm. vVhile there they watch him closely to make sure that he does not communicate with any neighborit)g craft. Evidently the captive millionaire realizes that he is in the hands of desperate men. He believes it policy not to anger them. As yet they have not declared their purpose to him only in hints wh i ch he cannot fail to understand, but he takes it all calmly. Coolness is supposed to be the main feature in the great stock speculator's makeup that has been his means of success. He never lets anything flurry him, and thus often wrings a victory out of a seeming defeat. Again the day closes. The storm is over. Blue skies take the place of the awful clouds, and the wind works into the southwest. In the morning there will be a grand exodus of

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THE JESSE JAMES 19 "Commodore be hanged! Gut in Missouri where I cam e f rom, when a man thinks he doesn't care to
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/. n a m e THE JESSE J /\M :: disco med his old pa rd, and2i: \ plagu e 011 th e lu c k that induce d me to use my clinging to him like a leech, much to the disgust of vn n a m e, b e l iev in g that no one concerned had ever your master. can\' it. I am here to trap Jes se James at the first oppor-: This scores one again s t me. tunity, and relieve Beers of his presence. Do you A f ew 1110 \ es lik e that and I will he cJ1eckmate
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THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. 23 f the evening g un at old Fortress :.\fonroe has long go been heard. Night is a t h a nd I am expecting somet hing, and standing where I an see Beers and his ally who are both on deck. I w atch them clo se l y They scan the shore. U n do u btedly they expect a boat to put out, for at J orfolk the agent sent on ahead, is to meet them ith the l atest news. They are anx ious .to know just what the world of ew York think s ovar the disappearance of the great all st re et operator. N o boat puts out. Turning t o t h e capt' ain, Beers hands him money, and des i res that he send a man ashore at once, to get all the papers he can. This Shackleford does. T h e darkness increases. whe n the man returns he brings several New York dailies w i t h him, \Yhic h Beers seizes upon in an eage r way Captain, I am expecting a11 agent to board us here. : w h e n he comes, inform m e." \\ i t h thi s h e makes for the c a bin follo we d b y J es e J ames, als o c urious to hear whethe r the affair h a s made any s en sation. I los e ius t abo u t a minute in entering the little room hare! by. A s I pee r through the peephole I se e each of the men-Bee rs i s sca nnin g the papers, while his comp anion lounges in a ch a ir and smokes 'I 've see n nothing so far; Morton's name i s menti oned, bu t only to say that his brokers are still in the ring after t h e smoke of the battle has clea;ed aw ay; h e w a s supposed to be a bear, and now hes a bull. Ha! h e r e we h av e it. Listen to this: 'Jay Morton was n o t on the str eet yesterday; he is be lie ved to have gone quite satisfied with havi n g pocketed a coo l million. or so in the flurry It is o nl y thos e who are born lucky or nch who c a n do this thing?' Jesse J a me s g ri ns. 'O ur million, h e says, i a conically. S o on to b e Who would think that you and I are the o n es to profit by all that great excitement in W all street. H a ha! Quite a j 0ke." "He's quite s a f e jerking hi s thumb toward the doo r o f the small cabin. Ce r ta inly, man. ' \iV ell, yo u know it would be a serious thing if he managed to escape while we Jay in port here." 1 N o clanger of t h at. From this little squib in the Times one would believe his familv received the message we sen t and do not feel worried." "Ever ything is working beautifully. 'vVe shall only have to k eep him here a couple of days." "I mus t start for New York." "In the morning; I will go with you. Tog"ether we will make our raid on fi, e banks, and, laden with the s poils, make for Europe." 'Perhaps," said Jesse James. His thoughts go fo other scenes and if fortune ever plays her favors int0 his hands he will carry out his great ranch scheme under another name. "You have helped clean a bank before now, my friend?" says Beers, with a laugh. "Yes; but not in this \\av." ""With you revolvers a re trumps. In this case they have had no show in the game." "They may yet. It"s always my habit not 1 : 0 count a game won until the swaghas been pocketed. These checks are good things no doubt, but I'd seventy-tiyc cents on the dollar cold cash for my share just now. \Vhen I hear this. I set Jesse James dovvn as a remarkablv cle, er man. He \\ou.ld be "illing to take eYen le ss if he knew the actual s t a t e o f Thes e two \YOrthies \Yill, m doubt. be considerably surprised before th ey are much older, if I have my way about the matter. Captain Shackleford ha s said little to me during the day-he rather avoids me. in fact, but once he takes to assure me of his un 'changed mind. and that I can depend upon him when the time comes. I have the situation clearly marked out in my head-know jus t where every man is employed, and how the game must be played in order to win. There are fonr of us counting the captain, and X do not depend upon him to aid us; all I warit is that he remain nei1tral. By closing the men in the forecastle, I will be rid of all but the watch. He can be easily overpowered, and after that the coast is clear; all we have to figure on is the cabin people. I run the matter over in my mind. A good deal depends on the coming of the agent and the news he brings. If it is unimportant I can wait until my intended prey go to sleep, and then pounce upon them while thus off their gua rd. On the cbntrary, should his news be of a startling character, I will have to alter my plans, give the signal for Peterman, and get to work. Hence, my game just now is one of wait. It is an advantageous one, for-. I can see all that place, and be ready at any moment to put my oar 111. Fortunately, I have not long to hold back. There is a hail on deck; I can hear plainly as the little porthole is open. "Boat ahoy!" "What vessel is that?" comes from the water.

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24 THE JESSE JAMES STORIESo "Cl y ti e-steam yacht, from New York, bound dowp the coast, answers the captain. 'I want to come aboard!" The agent has arrived CHAPTER CLXX. JESSE JAMES AND HI::> REVOLVER. The two men in the cabin have heard what has passe to another of heavier caliber. "I did not expect this, Beers." "Indeed Why not?" "I presumed the affair was pu: off, o r that it harl proven a failure." Beers and hi s companion l ooke d at eac h other a n d then burst out laughing "So you doubted my a b ilit y, Burds all ? Well, a s yet I have never g-one i hto a1iy sche m e where the odds agains t m e without a ccomp lis h i n g m y purpose." "Then, you still hope to c arry thi s o ut?" "Hope!" with a puzzled l ook. I b e lieve the wors t part of the affair has a lready been m a d e a surety. You s ee m s k eptica l! ''Really, I hardly unde r s t and y o u. I t i s impossible that--" wait and s e c what i s imposs ibl e \Vith thes e words Bee r s strides over t o t h e door oi the little s t;:itcroom u sed a s a p rison, unlock s the door with a key he produces, and s t e p s inside. A minute la ter he comes out, h is arm lock e d w i th tha t o f the priso 1 ; er. Mr. Burdsall-M r. Jay Morton!" P oor Burdsall! I r e all y fear h e w ill drop, for i t lo o ks th ough the weight of a f eather woul d make him fall to the Aonr H i s eyes s t a r e, h is c hin fa l l s and he has the appea rance of a man in doub t as to whet h e r h e see s a gho3t o r a liv in g being. The clima x has a rri v ed. I slip to the door and see that it i s ajar, f o r w h e n I leav e that room it must be in a hurry. In a few s e c onds I am b ack again and by t h a t ti m e Mr. Burds all h as r e c o v e r e d hi s w i n d "Mr. Morton!" h e ej aculates. C e rtai n i y you doubted our abil i t y t o capture him-now vou see the r es ult. "Mr. J a y Morton!" agai n gasps Durclsall. Beers frmvns ''Come, Larry
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TiiE JESSE JJ\MES STORIES. 25 "Well h a rdly." "You admit t h at?" "It is a n undi sputed fact, onside the lines of modern spir itualism." How long has this gentleman been on board your vacht Beers?" "Since the h our we sa iled from New York." \ V ben w as th a t?" 'Evening of the seventeenth." "Two d a ys ago ?" "Yes "If he was with you when that big storm raged last r;ight, Mr. Morto n could hardly have been in the bosom-of hi s famil y." "\IVell, no." Read this please. It was mailed in New York early thi s morning. You know the writer, and would st ake anything on his accuracy. Read it aloud." He hand s a l et ter to Beers. The latter, his hand trembling a little, obeys: NEw YoRK CITY, July 18, 10 P M. L AWR E NCE B u RDSAI.L, Norfolk, Va. DEAR Sm :-I have jus t r eturned from Mr. Morton's house a! p er v o m orders, h a ving carried th e r e a fictitious me ssa ge, which wa s 'to be deli\'crc d into h i s hands alone if he wa s home. I ar ri \'ed in th e mi4 s t of the heavy storm that played such havoc, and i s s till roaring 2.S I w r i te. Of course I did not expe ct to see Mr. Morton, but wh en I had asked fo r him, I was shown into the library, an d fonnd my sel f face t o fa ce with Jay Morton, whom I know well by sig ht. F ortuna tel y my message was one that c o e mcd lo c o me from h i s brother and h e rec eived it in silence. I s w e
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26 THE JESSE Ji\MES STORIES. "Gentlemen, you are talking Greek to me," returns the prisoner, calmly. "We'll make it Latin, then, or plain English. Let me manage this part of the business, comrades; I'll show you how we make a man squeal out in Mis souri, \.\"here the telegraph poles sometimes bear mighty queer fruit." ''Take hold, then, and get his confession, Jesse," says Beers, too rattled to object further. "I will,
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THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. -27 Has Jerr y fo und some way o f putting off the trag ic event, o r has t i m e gone s lower tha n m y e xcited ima g ination w o u ld s u g gest? I a m answered. The cl o c k begin s t o s t ri k e subdue d notes. \i\Th ile these s o unds a r e di stur b ing the silence, I v e n ture to turn t h e k nob, an
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THE "\.'.VINNERS All Aboard for the New Contest I IN THE PRIZE CHARACTER CONTEST.1 THE DEEDS Of FAMOUS --------. HERB IS THE PLAN: \Ve take grea t pleasure in announcing the winners in the contest jnst closed for the best articles about famous men. The contest was a big success from the word go; indeed, it was so popular that the new one has been started on similar lines. Look up what interesting facts you can about any famous American-living or dead. The entry li s t swelled up to many thousa nds, but the judges have succeeded in picking out the prize winners. I The two boys wbo turned in the best s tories, and who: are awarded the first prizes, consisting of Complete First-Class Cameras, are: George J\ltcr, 3195 Third St. "Philadelphia, Pa. Edward Flynn, 35 Mystic St., Everett, l\Iass. Chose anybody you please-Washington or Lincoln, Paul Revere, or General Grant," Bob" Evans or Admiral Sampson, or anybody else you want to write about. Then s i t down and write an article about him. 'ell all about him, the brave deeds he did, or the famous words he uttered, etc. All of the best articles will be published during the progress of the contest in a special department of the JESSE J AldES WEEKLY. No contribution must be longer tha n 500 words. REMEMBER: Whether ydur contribution wins a prize or not it stands a good c_hance of being published, together with t'he name of the wnter. The wiuners of the secoud prizes, who are each CAMERAS, M.AIC LANTERNS, PENKNIVES AND PUZZLES awarded a Sterling Magic Lau tern, complete, are: GIVSN AW A. Y: Edward Everson, 49 Burrows St., Providence, R. I. Herbert E. Sliter, Sliters, N. Y. Wendell Getty, Duluth, Minn. Edgar S. Poore, 307 Rescnoir St. Richmond, Va. George J\dams, 'l'atuarack St., Danbury, Conn. The winners of the third prizes, who are. each awarded a Handsome PeJrlH a n dleJ Penknife, are: Charles E. Bowers. Hanover, Pa Arthur Watt, Chicago, Ill. Martin G. Brownson, I
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I JESSE J!MES STORIES WE were the :first pub-lishers in the world to print the famous sto ries of the James Boys, written by that remarkable man, W. B. Lawson, w hose name is a watch word with our boys. We have had many imitators, Jesse James. and iu order that no one shall be deceived in accepting the spurious for the real, we are now publishing the best stories of the James Boys, by Mr. Lawson, in a New Library entitled" The Jesse James :"' Stories," one of our big :five-cent weeklies, and a sure winner with the boys. A number of issues have already appeared, and these which follow will be equally good; in fact, the best of their kind in the world. STREET & SMITH, Publishers, New York. BUFFALO BILL STORIES The only pu b l icati on authorized by the Hon. Wm. F. Cody ( Buffalo Bill) Buffalo Bill. WE were the publishers of the :first story eve written of the famous and world-renowned Buffalo Bill, the great h e ro whose life has been .,. one succesion of excitmg and thrilling inci-1it,, dents combined with great successes accomplishments, all of which will be told in a series of grand stories which we a e now placing before the American Boys. The popularity they have already obtaine'a shows what the boys want, and is very gratifying to the publishers. STREET & SMITH, Publishers, New York. NICK CARTER STORIES THE best known detective in the world is Nirk Carter. Stories by this noted sleuth are is sued regularly in "Nick Carter Weekly" (price :five cents), and all bis Nick Carter. work is written for us. It may interest the patrons and readers of the Nick Carter Series of Detective Stories to know that these famous stories will soon be produced upon the stage under unusually elaborate circumstances. Arrangements have just been completed between the publishers and Manager F. C. Whitney, to the entire set of Nick Carter stories in dramatic form. The :first play of the series will be brought out next fall STREET & SMITH, p?-blishers, NEW YORK. DIA.MONO DICK STORIES Diamond Dick. THE celebrated Diamond Dick stories can only be found in "Diamond Dick, Jr., the Boys' Best Weekly." Diamond Dick and his son Bertie are the most unique and fascinating heroes of Western romance. The scenes, and many of the incidents, in these exciting stories are taken from real life. Diamond Dick stories are conceded to be the best stories of the West, and are all copyrighted by us. The weekly is the same size and price as this publication, with hand some illuminated cover. Price, :five cents. STREET & SMITH, Publishers, New York.

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