Jesse James' exploits

Jesse James' exploits

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Jesse James' exploits
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Jesse James Stories
Lawson, W. B.
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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

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES., 3 I creep to the companionway. I am not sailorbred, and hardly know ;vhether I call things by their proper names" but when it comes to getting there I a m on deck every time. Seein g my way clear, I pass below. The cab ins are clo se by. I pass the hanging lantern, which I take to be the binnacle lig ht. Then, to my satisfaction, I hear voices, and see a lioht just beyo nd, coming from the cabin, the door of wh ic h stan ds ajar. It could n o t have been better, even had the arrangement of things been given to myself. I glide fo rw a rd reach ihe door, and proceed to take a ca utious observation. T o m e n are in the cabin which is 1uxuriously furnished, showing that the owner of the Clytie must be a man of considerable mea ns. That person is present. He l ays back in an easy-chair and puffs away at a fin e H avana cigar ; his le g s are crossed, and as he talks h e pats the arm of his ch a ir, as though keepin g time with his words. R aymond Beer s i s a m a n between forty and fifty years of age. N o one see m s to know where he came from, but he has wea lth, and the m anners of a gentle man. His companion i s a r ather tall spare man, neatly dresse d, we aring a Prince Albert coat, and showing n o s u pe r fluo u s j ewelry, though in his scarf he wears a mag nificent diamond. The bearin g o f this man interes ts me from the start. I am a good reader of faces, and know he is n o ordin a r y character. Such a m a n may be cruel, and even bloodthirsty, but h e pos sesses all the ele ments for strategy. I know he w ill give me a strong pull yet-something in my b o nes tells m e so. As this i s m y favo rite h ol d, I am anxious for the game to begin. This man wea r s a full bea rd, but it is evidently of but a few weeks' g rowth. Without i t his face is thin. I a m particular about describing him, as he is b ound to fig ure con sp icu o u s l y in our yarn. His eyes attr a ct m e a t once. H e too, s i ts in an attitude tlnt betokens coolness and c a r elessness. H e has straddled a chair, and le a ns his arms upon the back. Listening, I h ear Raymond Beers speak, after he has sent sev e ral delicat e rings of smoke curlin g up to t h e roof of the snug c abin-a performance that seem s to giv e him a considerable amount of satisfac tion. "Your b usi n ess i s important, then?" "Yes. It depends a good deal on one man." "Tha t 's bad-yo u may :niss him." "I know where to find him. I am talking to him now." "Meaning me, Caldwell?" "Meaning you." CHAPTER CL VIII. HUNTED DOWN. The owner of the luxurious Clytic takes a sudden new interest in his companion; he s its up in his chair and ceases to blow rings of smoke from his cigar, while he bends a look upon Caldwell, as though he would read the other's actual meaning with his eyes. No one can do that. I do not remember ever seeing a face that portray-> less emotion than that of the man whose folded arms rest on the back of his chair. He may pass through stormy scenes where bullets whistle all around, and yet present the same sphinxlike demeanor. I understand the man better later on. "Your business concerns me, Caldwell-that is a singular assertion to make. How the deuce can that be, man?" Caldwell rema ins cool and d eiiberate. "I am delighted to hea r you say you fancy me, Beers It makes my task easier." "Task-what task?" "YOU and I could do busines s well together. Vv e possess qualifications, unless I am mistaken, that would work together in harmony." "Business! I am ir;. no business, my dear N ormau, unle ss you call running this pleasure boat such. My business is principally devoted to the pleasant task of spending my income." "In \Yhich I \\'Oulcl be happy to assist you. At this Beers laughs and puffs at his weed. "No doubt; many would join you at that." "But I purpose to join you; it would be a terrible thin g to let that interest m ount up." "I keep it pretty well down, my boy," replies the yacht owner, at the same time looking suspiciously out o f the corner of his eyes at the other. He canno t yet see the drift of these remarks, and does not know whether they are meant as a joke, or in a serious frame of mind. "Nevertheless, I desire to be taken in as a full partner, Beers, with equal rights .'' "vV ell," with a dry little laugh, I suppos e yott have a snug sum to back against my pile \Vhat will you put into the common fund?" "My secret." Hae! a rattlesnake given its dreadful note of warning near Beers just then. he could not show greater consternatio n. Just in the act of restoring his Ha,ana to his mouth, his hand pauses in midair, and his eyes are


4 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. glued 011 C a l d well, who sends a cloud of smoke be t w een t hem with as little apparent concern as though he \Yere talking about the coming yacht races. ''Your secret, man! What in the deuce has that to d o with me?" "Everything. Let me change the wording, and call it your secret." This shot g o es to the bull's-eye. I can see the yacht-owner's hand holding the cigar tremble like an aspen. Raymond Beers lays his cigar upon the table, and bends another piercing look on his companion. "You astonish me, man. See here, Caldwell, have we ever met before?" Yes." l\-Iore than once I have seen something about you that seemed. familiar, but when I came to place you, for the life of me I could not. Was it in Boston or Montreal we met?" C a ld well shakes hi s head, and slowly whiffs at his cigar, which he holds between his teeth. "It will all come to you before we have finished this interview, and I expect that you will acknowledge me as half-owner in all you possess "You have London assurance, man." "No; American cheek goes better. But I am not unreasonable in my demands, as I expect to prove to you presently. I spoke of a secret; let me explain. ' With this he tosses something on the table. It is a small locket. Beers picks it up, presses the spring, and one side flies open, disclosing a small photograph of a man's smooth face. The glance I get of it is unsatisfactory, so I watch to see what effect it will have on the man who sports the luxuriant whiskers. He shows surprise, consternation, and then recovers his self-possession. "Don't know him. Is this great secret you speak of connected with this man?" "When a man repudiates his own likeness, it is 1 time something was lobked into." "Bah! My dear fellow, do you mean to give me to understand that this is a picture of myself? A mistake! You're barking up the wrong tree, I assure you." "That picture was taken in Springfield, Missouri." "Never was in Missouri in my life." The other smiles; he is n ot at all disconcerted, but proceeds with his attack. "The name may interest you; out in that region the man is known as Jack Ralston." "You d on't say! \IV ell, for forty-three years I ha v e been known as Raymond Beers." ''This Jack Ralston left Missouri five years ago, after a great train robbery had taken place, in which he was concerned." "Look here! you are getting too confounded per sonal, Caldwell." "Hits home, eh?" "I don't mind being taken for some one else-ac cidents will happen, you know; but when I say J am not that person, it ought to settle it. You, how ever, insist that you are right, and not only that, but declare that I am some sort of a train robber, driven out of the \Vest. That is hardly a gentlemanly way of treating your host." Still the other. is unmoved, though his lip curls as if in disdain. "You say you are not Jack Ralston?" I "Certainly." l "Will you prove it?" "To please you, my friend ye s." "Good! This J a ck Ralston, train-robbe r and border bravo, was marked for life. Raymond Beers starts as if shot. "Upon his left arm, just below the elb o w w a s a white cross, made by the scars of two wounds re ceived while he was a young m an-a guerill a in Quantrell's band of border riders during the w ar. "If you are not Ralston, you will dra w up the s leeve of your coat and show me your arm, b are to the elbow; then I will believe." The lower jaw of Beers drops at this. "What are your demands ?" "Half of all you own." "You are mad." "I am as sane as any man you ever saw. Bes ides, I have more of a claim upon a good portion o f your fortune than you suspect." Beers gazes at the other as if fascinated. He has met his m aster. This man handl e s him without glo v es and h e f ee l s like a mere puppet in his hands. "You come from the \i\l est, Caldwell?" he s a ys, at length, as though he find s it n e cessary to utter some sounds to break the dreadful silence. "I do." "Suppose that I admitted that all this rubbish you have been giving me was true, for the sake of argu-ment, would you mind answering me a questio n?" "Not at all." "Then who and what arc you?" This stri kes home to me-I am very nearl y as much interested in the reply as Beers c a n be so I hold my breath and listen. I will answer that b y asking another-wha t do you think I am?" "A detective ,' comes the unhesitating rep ly. t "'vV rong. Guess again." I cannot imagine any one else hunting me. "Think-look back. You wrong ed a m a n yean ago-a man who trusted you -vvith his life-a m a n who had ridden beside you in Quantrell's band, and stood up beside you when lead fell like hail. I am


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.


l'HE JESSE JAMES STORIES. "Then the Governor, surely." Another rebuff. "Speak out, man; who is to be your guest?" Raymond Beers leans forward, and in a low, but distinct tone says: "Jay Morton, the prince of Wall Street!" CHAPTER CLX. THE PRINCE OF WALL STREET. The mention of that name is no surprise to me, for I have been expecting it all the time. It makes something of a sensation with the other man, : owever; Jesse Jam es looks at his former comrade as if hardly able to believe his senses. "Jack, bless my soul if you ain't a genius, after all! A great scheme-a stupendous idea! If it can be carried out it will make us both rich for life." "You'll go into it with me, then?" "I've a good notion to. Such big game strike5 me square in the heart." "You've wrecked more than one of Morton's trains, Jesse-now try your hand on him." "Let me hear more of the plot-how are you to get him aboard?" "He's coming himself, on my invitation to dine with me and see something of the yacht. You know he s interested in such matters. "Once Mr. Morton i s aboard he does not leave here until he has placed a million dollars ._in my hands. I shall, of cpurse, go out of New York Bay, and stand to the south, bringing up somewhere be low the cape, perhaps in the Delaware, or else in Chesapeake Bay. "All arrangements will have been made before h a nd, so that the money can be secured, and Mr. Morton will find that if his is the master-mind on Wall Street, there are others besides himself in the world who can plot for a fortune. "I tell you, Jes se James, onc.e Jay Morton sets his aristocratic foot on the deck of this yacht-, the million is as good as ours." "And he has accepted your invitation?" "Oh, yes: I arranged it so that his <;.uriosity is ex cited. He believes I am a member of the Boston Yacht Club and .a very wealthy gentleman seeking large investments. \i\Then I talked with him I spoke quietly, and not in a boastful way, about having several million invested in certain foreign enterprises, which I thought ought to be bringing me in more than a beggarly three per cent., and he quite agreed with me." "Your men are all tried and true?" "I only have six besides the captain and steward. The two latter are my slaves-they would do anything under heaven for me.' "Then, my good man, you have a chance of sueceeding. Let me think it o ver to-ni g ht, and I will tell you my decision in the morning." "Good! for I am sure reflection will fill you with enthusiasm for my project.", "You know of old J, I don' t jump h as tily but once my mind is made up, I get the re. "Even if it docs take five years nearly to do it in, remarked Beers. "Exactly. Are you prepared for a voyage? "Provisioned for a month; every detail h a s b ee n looked after, for h a d this scheme on my m ind for some time past." Success to you, Jack. When you come to it the game is Greek against Greek. May the be s t man win in the end." Jesse James looks about him curious ly. "\,Yho'd have thought th e re was s o much roo m below the deck here," he s ays. "It's a bully boat, and will win me a fortune They sit down again. Beers proposes a g a me of c ards, but hi s compan i o n declares he does not ca re to p lay The la rger game already occupies his t houghts I have seen and hear d all I ca r e a b o ut. Success has been v e r y flattering thus far and I do not care to overdo the matter. Suppose I retreat. If I re ach the shore in s af e t y I ha v e do ne a good night's work. There is a temptation to linger. Thes e men may talk further up o n t hi s in teresti ng subject. They are sure t o, in fa c t but I d o n o t see that I can pick up any fur ther informa ti o n e ve n if I do stav. what if Jes se Jam e s d o es dec id e t o jo i n for ces with his old time compani o n on m a n y a wild r i d e ancl daring adventure! It simply makes it a littl e h a r de r for me, w hile, a t the same time, the aggregate r esult o f a g r a n d ha u l \Yill be enl arged by the g e n erous rewards offe red for his apprehension. Yes. I determine to Other reasons influence me. I cannot hope to remain in th e yac h t all 11ig h t. except as a pri soner, a conditi on that w o uld hardly b e atisfactory to me. A certain remark of Be e rs' g u es't attrac t s m y at tenti o n to the fact that th e yacl1t i s heav in g u p an d down much more tha n wh e n I bo a rded h e r. That means something The cloud s in the h a ve de ve l oped i n t o a storm, and this is now closing in. I remember Peterman. He is an old waterdog, but e ve n he will b e grow ing uneasy about me. Such a storm can kick up quite a sea o n th e broad North River, and small boats are swamped quite fr equently, in spite of good oarsmen.


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

8 THE JES SE JAMES STORIES. scu-.e r ooms that are my secret den, and in a short time I have found sleep. No matter what the late exdtement has been, I have mastered the situation so that I can go to sleep at will. When I awaken the morning has come. How vivid are the events of the pre.ceding night in my mind! I re aliz e tha t I have a great case on my hands, and e xult in the thought. It may yield me a small The rewards offered for the apprehension of the notorious outlaw are enough to make me put in my best licks on the case. Besides, there is a source of income from the great millionaire, against \Vhom these piratical sharks are plotting. It is my intention to call upon him during the morning at his \t\T all street office. He will see me. The Street can hold its breath and wait while the great operator holds a private talk with me. I run the whole business over in my mind, and even arrange plans of action, whic h may, of course, be changed under circumstances that will warrant such a thing. The prospect is favorable. I even map out a plan that for daring will far ex ceed anything I haYe ever attempted before, and I have the grit to carry it out. It entails ingenious work, some smart play, and '.t bold checkmate in the encl Patience! I will be g uided by many things that may happen in the near future. I eat my breakfast without hurry, k_nowing unless Mr. Morton has through some accident changed his hours, it will be impossible to see him until nearly eleven o'clock. A few things may be done before then, and, after finishing my meal, I set about them. I have a friend in the shipping line and I vi s it his o ffice for general information. He supplies the men for most of the pleasure boats around New York. Perhaps I may get some information here that will be of value. In deciding to visit his office I build better than [ have dreamed. They know Raymond Beers. He secured three men for his crew here . and, on consulting their books, it is found that there is .an order for two more, be brought in b y the follo wing day at the latest. When I hear this my heart nearly jumps up in my throat. I t i s pure luck. I am wiliing to accept it as an augury of all that is good-to believe fortune means to favor me in t hi s deal. As a favor I ask my friend to let m e send him the h v o men they have ordered to fill the complement, and he readily writes in hi s book that the two m e n for the Clytie will be forthcoming i n g ood time, armed vvith a note from Caleb B lack . That settle s it I have made a great stride t oward accomplishing my outlined p l an, and the fact that I do not have to buck against opposing fortune in the start m akes me feel quite happy. I have a lready picked out one of the t wo men I shall slip on the Clytie Peterman. A better man for the place could not well b e sec u red, and when it comes to a cri s is I am sure I can depend upon him to do my work. Time drags on. A t h a lf-past ten I start for Wall Street. It is eleven exactly vvhen I find myself a t the o f fices of the great operator. J\t this time Jay Morton was daily seen on the Street, and his power was far beyond that of all other operators com bin ed. \Vhcn he moved, a train o f smalle r bulls o r bears follow e d in his slndow, seekin g to share in the g r e a t profi ts t o be gleaned. Probably no m a n in New York has been feared more tha n this millionaire, who m a nipulated railroad stocks at his pleasure. vVhen he made a mov e it generall y meant a mi llion or so in his pocket. Men hated him, too, a s they always do t h e succes s ful man-men who went into the deal expectin()" to f m ake money out o it. Jay Morton had seen about as stormy a lif e as any living man. On the clay tha t I ente r Wall Street large deals are supposed to be the tapi s There is no panic. but messe nger s are fly in g this way and that in g re:it haste. CHAPTER CLXII. ALL DEPENDS ON JE!{RY. I make inquiries after Mr. Morton. A clerk informs m e that h e i s in his private office, but can only be disturbed upon the mos t important business. This i s ivhat I expect, and have come her e pre-pared to meet. S o I hand him a note in an en ve lo pe. "He will see me after reading tha t. The gentlemanly cl erk lo oks at me, as though to make up his mind whether i t will pay him to take the missive to his employer, whose minutes are so


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

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.


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 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,


!2. THE JESSE JJ\MES STORIES. a ncl s ecs wha t a sen sation such a thing would make i f pu blis h ed From the s t art he was intens ely interested. A s 1 proceed with the details, he shows faint traces o f excitement althoug h by nature about as cool a m an as ] ay Morton him s elf. w hen t he s t o r y is finished, he reaches over and gra s ps my hand in a savage grip. "I r ep eat i t, fri e n d Caleb-count me in." "Then you are with me?" "Heart and soul." It's a great game. 'Suits m e to a dot. Depend on it, for once in my life I'll p l ay t he part of Jay Morton to a dot." ">To doubt o f it. There's one thing I neglected to ten y o n The man called Caldw e ll, who has gone in \ v i t h Beers o n thi s subject, is a man I have long d es ired to trap-a desperate outlaw from Missouri. ; 'Not J ess e James?" "The very m an." Jerry makes n o reply, but I am surprised to see his ra ce show s igns of ang er. Has h e m e t the notorious outlaw befm-e? "You kn o w him, Jerry?" I ask. "I have me t him some years 'back, when I was a smooth-faced youngster." A n d yo u have reason to dislike him?" "How do you knO\v that?" "Your fac e gives you away." "vVell I have met him, and have cause to hate him but it doesn't matter now." "At any rate, it won't cause you to draw out?" He laug hs bitterly. "On the contrary, I am all the more determined to stay in. R evenge is sweet, you know. This Jesse won before-it may be my turn now." I see that Jerry is settled there. No fear of his backing out, I guess. We talk on. It is a quarter to eight when the two rise, and, settling at the counter, pass out. Every thin g has been said. The detectiv e appoints a meeting at noon on the following d a y to have a last talk before he goes on board the Clv tie as one of the crew. P e rhaps l;e will get in hot water, because of his L l ck of kn owledge concerning things nautical, but h e k n o1\"S ho w to fix that. r\ b ri b e and a cock-and-a-bull story will blind t he c a pt a in of the yacht, and he will deal easy with til e i1c 11 until he can learn. Trust Ca l eb Black for knowing how to pull the \10 01 o ver a nother man's eyes. I:le is there e ve r y time-pardon the e g otism. S o J erry goes his way. My next move is to make a bee-line for my rooms. Reaching them, I throw myself on a cot, and for filil I know nothing. CHAPTE R C L XIV. A MORNING'S PLOTT ING. Af ter tha t comes b reak fa s t. T h e n I a m ready for the work of t h e day. Prepa r a tions are m ade. T get a sai lor's bag, and put some things into it. The n I hunt up m y c omrades o n the venture, a n d find them at the r e n d e zvo us. The whole story i s gone over with in d e tail s o that there will be no occasion for a mistak e At ele ven we separate. I d e p osit m y check in b ank, fix a f ew little matters, and make m y will for there c a n be no telli n g whether I will e ve r c o m e b ack alive. Thes e m e n are a s bad as t h e o ld p irat e s of t h e Spanis h Main, and if my id entity i s d i s covered, I look for no mercy. Such men as Jesse J a m e s clo not have s uc h a wo r d in their vocabula ry. A t len gth all i s r eady. I meet P e t erman at t h e place appointed. and we hea d for the pl a ce w h e re t h e b oat fro m the steam yacht w as t o be i 1 1 wait ing. A cting unde r my i n s t ru c t i o ns, Pet e rman had se cret l y armed h i m self. The r e w o uld b e three o f us, at l ea s t a n d w hen that number are untie d they can a cc o mpli s h w onders at times. Signals h av e been arranged where b y w e can c o mmunicate with each othe r when som e of the enemy are around. These thing s hav e b ee n settled in order to provide agains t emerg enci es 'vV e reach the dock. A small ceda r cra ft i s secured there and two s ailormen lounge about. There is no need of questions. At the bow and s te rn o f the cedar boat fl.oats a blue burgee, upon which in g o ld l etters I c a n easi l y discover the name, Cl-\'tie. A few words pa ss between u s. T h e n we drop into the boat, and as t he two men l e t fall and g i v e way w e s ll.oot o u t upon t h e bosom of the North River. T h e l ight c r af t speeds o ve r the w aves like a thing o f life, and presently w e a r e a t t he side of the steam yacht. I am r e m inded o f m y a d venture h e r e l ess t han forty h ours prev iou s Upon going forward, P e term a n a n d myself are sho wn our bunks. The captain, upon setting u s a t d iffe r ent t as k s soon discovers that I a m n o t p rofi ci e nt. :He sees me e ndeavor to d o m y best, but the bungling manne r in which I d o m y work .tells the s tory very quickly Black, come here," he sa y s, at le n g t h.


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

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. and the captain, taking my hint, has selected me to w;:it upu11 them. Be knows none of the other men are acquainted with the rudiments of such things, and will make a spectacle of themselves, so he is only too glad to let me ha \ e a chance to redeem myself. This suits me. I want to.give Jerry the tip, so that he can under-stancl what 11 e is to do. Nearer comes the boat. J\t length it comes alongside. The passeuge r draws himself aboard without any particular trouble. He is immediately met by Beers. on board, Mr. Morton"-shaking hands; "my friend, Commodore Dawson, of the Royal Yacht Club, of England." Jesse James bows gravely. "Charmed to meet you, Mr. Morton." They chat a few minutes. Then Beers suggested sho\ving his honored guest over the steam yacht. They move away. I finish my task and go off to dress as the captain has ordered me, so that I may wait upon them in the cabin. The co?k's acquaintance I have already made, and am wise enough to humor the old fellow, knowing how wise such a course is. To be on the right side of the cook during a voyage is one of the biggest bonanzas that can fall to a chap, for he is a greater man than the captain on board-every man yields him willing obedience, for has the power to cut their rations short at any time. They go over the whole boat. The man known as Jay Morton expresses the liveliest interest in everything, and asks numerous questions about things. At length they descend to the cabin. I have been there before them. It is a comfortable place, indeed, and a ravishing lunch has been brought on board for the occasion being prepared by 'Delmonico, though no one been kept to serve it, such being the wish of the yachtsman. Feeling that I have a minute or t;vo to spare, I bend over a silver tray on a sideboard fastened against the bulkhead. This salver bas a bottle of v;ir..e opened, and three very fine cut-glass goblets. what I heard, I glance into these glasses, and readily distinguish that one of them has a iew minute particles o( some white powder lying at the bottom. It would hardly be noticed ur:lcss attention were cspeci::i.lly called to it. Quick as thought I empty it out and wipe the gob let out immediately. This is not all. l I take a small pinch of powdered SLtgar fr o m thef bowl and drop i.t into the g la ss Thus Raymond Beers will continue to beli ev e that his plans are working well and if I c a n manage to signal to my ally, he can feign to have received the benefit of the drug without accepting its clemoraliz-1 ing influences. They soon come in. Now, I have never had the honor of s erving my country in the capacity of a w a it e r but I happe n ta be a man equal to anything. I have watched the members of the craft so often with admiration at the marvelous m anne r in which they perform their work that I belie v e I may do a little something that way myself. At any rate I am accustomed to the habits of good society, and quick to take a hint. Skipper Beers will no doubt, be glad to find he has such a handy man aboard. The cabins and staterooms now come in for their share of examination. Mr. Morton is not lavi s h in hi s praise-that i s no his style-but he says simply that he i s pleased, anc the men who know him are awar e that this means 2 great deal. Then Beers invites him to lun cheon-will take nc refusal, and they sit down. "VI/ e roving yachtsmen do not fare s o w e ll a s yov landsmen in the way of fine dinners, but we pos s e s appetites that never fail us, d eclares the yacht owner. I now find my duties begin. By watching Beers closel y I know what he me to handle. All the time m y eye s are open. \Vhatever they sa y I catch a n d remem b er. Before long B eers beg s h is il lustrious g u es t to a c company them on a short trip. To this Jay Morton replies tha t he would b e de lighted at any other time, but just n o w h e can harcl l J accept-the market is s tiil flurri e d a l t h oLwh i t h a c:i.lmed down considerably after the raid u por it by the big operato r s This settles one matte r. The powder will be u s ed. If Mr. Morton refuses to go willin g l y, then h r must be persuaded by other m e a ns. Trickery will come into pl ay . He_ may know all about th e various game s prac t1ced 111 \Vall Street. and yet be i g n orant o f the snak that lurks in the grass. I wait until Jerry catches my e y e Then I wink three times. He knows what that.. means, for we have arran<:TCj it all beforehand. 0


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.


16 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. !.gain the boat is sent ashore-this time with a t elegraphic message to be delivered at the home of Jay Morton, informing his wife that he has con cll!decl to make a little trip with a friend, and will not be at home immediately. \!Vhen the boat returns, evening is at hand. A lr ead y lights begin to appear about on the river as the shades of night settle down, and the time has come to leave New York Harbor. CHAPTER CLXVI. BOUND OUT TO SEA. H a d a good chance appeared whereby we might ha vc accomplished our work immediately, I would not ha ve waited days in order to do it1 for they would bring me many discomforts, as I was not built for a sailor Things at this time, however, are not in a condi tion for a general "rounding up." The crew are scattered about, and our forces far from being united. Peterman is forward at work, Jerry in a small cabin, locked in and supposed to be under the in flue nce of a drug, while I myself h av e duties that me away .from them both. Hence, I am not prepared to bring the affair to a sudden climax. To attempt it would bring ruin. Again we must wait The opportunity we long for will be placed in our hands before a great while and then a grand surprise Jesse James & Co. I pass on deck. When a thing is rendered impossible with me I never spend time in lamenting the fact. Such action is useless and fruitless. I look upon it as childish, and always endeavor to make the most of a bad bargain. So, having decided to defer my plans until we arc in a position to capture the wh o le lot at one fell swoop, I make up my mind to take the inevitable and enjoy things as they go along. While on deck I notice that the engineer has steal n up. The order comes to draw the iron tooth forward that connects us with the bottom of the North River, and aw a y we go merrily at the little windlass arranged near the bow. It is necessary, ho\vcvcr, to break out the anchor, so fast in the mud has it imbedded itself. This is done with case by the steam yacht, and soon the anchor is raised. We are off I What can be more pleasant than a ride down New York Bay during the evening? Pleasure boat s arc ::?"Oing and returning, for Coney Island at this time has sprung into quite a g r ea t resort during the heated term, while Long Branch and kindred Jersey seaside towns draw thousa nds on a hot day. Be s ides tugs flit about, f ei:ry b oa t s surge pa st, ships are seen at anchor, with h e re and there an English tramp steamer, ridin g at anchor to save wharfage dues, her cargo being brought out to her side on lighters. The scene is one to charm the eye. New York draws farther away Over on the port qu arter shines the lantern o f a lighthouse on Robbins' Reef-flashing out, the n alm os t diminishing, to warn in com in g or outgo in g m a riners of ugly shoals that mark the border of the ch a nnel. New York Harbor looks like a magnifi cent s h eet of water, but the upper bay i s very shoal in mos t places, and dece p tive. Dovvn the hay w e glide. Finally, supper is announced. I find that we are going to fare well o n the trip, and this reconciles me to many th ings. W h e n I sit down howeve r and get the smell of thin gs, I find that I am not so hungry. I am not sick-oh, no! but have j,ust l os t m y appe tite, you k n ow It is about nine o'clock when we p ass Sanely Hook, and plunge into the open sea. The little yacht ri ses to t he occasion, and clips to the s eas that meet her. I c a n only compa re her actions t o thos e of a duck, or a p elican, riding the w aves At first t h e motion is exhilarating Then it becomes monotonou s Finally, i;me grows to dislik e it exceedingly--es pecially a g r eenhorn. Turning to the port s ide, I see the gleam of m a ny lights there. That is Coney I sland. Almost dead ;_head i s Scotland Lightship, while we finally open up the Highland Light s on our s t a r bo ard quarter. Grad ua lly our course i s changed. 'vVe he a d dow n the co ast. This gives u s a rolling moti on I do not enjoy. T h e ground swell h as u s in i ts i ns i d i o us clu tches, and m eans to do us up. About ten o 'cloc k I m a k e up my mind t hat life is no longer worth liv ing. F a r away over th e port b ow we sec the lig h ts on the Jersey shore tha t mark Long Branch Oce an Grove, and kindred re so r ts above Barneg at. About thi s time I retire to my bunk. I have the captain's He i s de sirous of fav o rin g me, for I m anage t o sl i p another golden eagle into his itchingpalm.


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


18 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. vessels from the harbor Lehind the stone pile, each speeding upon the mis s ion that has been interrupted by the storm. Lights appear on board our yacht. \Ve ride easily on the tide and upon the night air come strains of music from several of the oyster boats, where the darky ci-ews make merry with the banjo over the coming of good weather_ Your genuine darky, is very mercurial, his spirits rising and falling with the barometer. From certain indications, I am of the opinion that the plotters mean to introduce the game to-night. They m a y fini s h it in Norfolk. Jay Morton eats supper with them. His appet ite is good, e ven if he is a prisoner held for ransom. Very little talking' is 'clone ft is busines s that attracts them now. I have made a discovery during the clay, which I mean to utilize. This i s it i s : Next to the cabin is a room u s ed for some purpcse, I know .not what, but it is kept locked by owner.. I make guarded inqui r ie s ancl find out that in it are kept a number of things the 0\Yller wishe s to hav e under lock and key, such as the cannon and ammunition with which salutes are fired, signal flags, and other articles. Upon examination, I find that this small den is only separated from the cabin by a thin partition, and I have an idea that any one in there may hear what passes beyond. At the first chance I get I try a skeleton key I have in the lock. The d.oor opel)s. I pass in, and gently close it. Already I have heard the cabin door shut, and the key turned in the lock. My first thought was of the skylight, but a glance had shown me that it was closed. Besides, some one would s ee me lying on deck near it, and suspect my intentions. I soon realize that I have done well. The partition is thin. I find that light comes through in several place 3 and while listening amuse myself by using my knife in e11larging a crack. This l can do without attracting attention, for I cut very gently, and there is always a certain amouni: of creaking about the timbers of a vessel at anchor where the tide runs. when I have the hole large enough, I see that Beers and Jesse Jam es are alone. They sit at er ta:ble The former has paper, pen and ink near at hand, and seems b .ent upon having some use made of them. "We wi.11 try it," he says, a moment after I clap my eye upon them, and :-.s he s p eaks he ri s e s to his feet. I understand what he means He walk s over to the little stateroom that has been given over to the use of their di s tinguished, though unwilling, guest. "Mr. Morton!" opening the door. "\Veil?" "You are wanted in the cabin." Perhaps the great capitalist i s not u se d to bein g addressed in this unceremonious manner, but unde r certain conditions e v en the haug hti es t o f men b o w to the inevitable, and kiss the rod. He comes out. \Vith his arms folded h e looks at the two m e n who are to be regarded as his enemies 'What is it you wish?" "Your signature, Mr. Morton." The firm lips come clo ser together. ''That is something you may ha v e troub l e i n getting, he replie s B eers smiles. Jesse James scowls. The latter has a way of hi s own for m ee t in g arg ument like this; he would co ver t he oth e r' s h ea d wi t h a revolver, and demand to know wh e t he r h e would rathe r write his name or lo s e hi s Beers has another wa y "You are mist a ken, l\irr. Morton. Y o u w ill cl') anything we ask, even to putting your priva t e m ark on the ch e cks you dra w." "You seem c onfident, Beers "I know y o u s ir, and I kno\\" our inten t i o n s Life is sweet to you-1,hat is a million i n compari s o n with it ? " A million? "Yes; that is t he amount w e a r e determin e d y o u shall pay for .your freedom." ''As you say, I am a reasona b l e and se n s i ble m a n You h a ve played a clever t r i c k and d e serve s u cce ss I can admire a bold game of this sort a s w ell as a ny body, even when it is pla y ed a t m y ow n e x p e n se." The two men l ook at each o t h e r They grin. Sure ly they will have no trou ble 111 get tin g what thev de s ire. 'But I im agine you have gone in to t h i s thing without due fore thought. "Not at all," s ays Beers. "You have not c o n s id e r e d that I h a v e fo r e seen some such thing as thi s long ago, and m a de cert ain preparations to prevent succ ess The Missouri outlaw can h o ld back n o l o nger. He believes he kno;vs the only way in w hi c h a m a n can be forced into doing wh a t he h as made up his mind not to accomplish. ''See here, Mr. l\ii:orton !" "Ah! commodore, what can I do for yo u ?"


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

20 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. honor the checks immediately-that your very life depends upon the matter. "That will excite suspicion-your messenger may be followed by a detective." "Let them follow These letters will only be used in case they refuse the checks. One or more may be deposited in my bank, and go through in the regular routine business." "Write the letters, Mr. Mortqn. We will take the chances of being followed," said Jesse Jam es. "Ah! you are to be the messenger?" "I reckon I'll be there when the money is handed over. I've trusted comrades before now and been de ceived, so I don't want to be left out in the cold in this handsome deal." "\,Yell, gentlemen, I have written the letters...c_ are you done with me now?" "For the present, yes." I warn you that some hitch may come up in this affair-you must not hold me responsible for it." Jesse James scowls. "We will hold you s trictly responsible for it Now is the time, if there is anything that can be clone to make the payment of these checks more certain, and it will pay you to attend to it, for if trouble comes it will fall on you. In the mercantile world and on Wall street, Mr. Morton, you may be a king, but when you are face to face with Jesse James, you are no better than any other man who draws breath, and more than one has dropped because he deceived me.'" Jerry smiles pleasantly. "You will have no occasion to drop me, Jesse James. I hope all will go well, and that you may succeed in your undertaking, since it is to my in terest that it goes off well." "Rightly spoken. I admire the spirit in which you take this thing, sir. It isn't many men who would laugh as you do when being squeezed for a million or "I've got used to being squeezed in the street. There we have no mercy on a man who is down on his luck. Besides, you know, there's many a slip between the cup and the lip. I atn in hopes that something will occur to soften your hearts, and that you will gladly put me ashore, even if you collect but a portion of the toll," and, with another peculiar smile the fraudul ent Jay Morton again enters his l ittle stateroom, leaving the conspirators. They examine the checks and the letters making comments on them, and dividing the plunder, one taking two that about make half the amount, the o th e r placing the remainingthree in his pocket. The n they talk for a while longer. I evidently seen all .that will be done this night, and might as well get out of the small apartment. This I do. Unfortunately my e x it is s een by one party whom I recognize at a glance. It is the captain. I make no attempt to lock the do o r, and pretend not to see him, but look around me in surprise Then, muttering at. my fooli s h ness, I open the cabin door, which has been unl ocke d m ea n whi le, a n d enter as though that h as b e en m y i nte n t i on, w h e n by mistake, I got in at the wrong d oo r. I make some excuse for my entrance b y asking if anything is needed, and then b a ck o ut "That new fellow is a fool ," I h ea r the man from Missouri say "But he knew how to w ait on tab le fir s t class," Beers remarks. I would like to hear more, but the opportunity is not given me. vVhen I am outs ide the cabin the c apta in i s l ying in wait for me. He pounces upon me at once. "A few words with you, Mr. Cal e b B l ack." He leads me to his own stateroo m. I '.Vill have to e x ercise m y ingenuity s till m o r e in order to get out of this me ss. If the skipper is still credulous I m ay s u ccee d m accomplishing it wit h flying c o lors. The captain close s the door and l oc k s it So small is the room that we a r e wit hin a few f ee t of each other when he sit s on the edge of the bunk and faces me. Now for the fun. "Mr. Black, it w a s a stra nge story you t old m e when you came aboard. "At the time I owned up to it ; i f yo u w a n t any proof, p erha ps I could gi v e it t o y ou." A t this he seems to be somewhat s e t b ac k and di s mis s es that part of the subj e ct. "Mr. Black, you have b ee n a b out thi s vess e l enough to know it, I should think.". At this I look confu s ed and laugh a little. I thought I did, captain, and y e t I wa lked into a clo s et of some sort a while b a ck fell ove r a little can non in there, and nearly broke m y neck befo r e I di s c .overed that it was not the c a bin ." Thus I take the wind out of hi s s a ils. He cannot explode his bomb un de r m y f eet. "I saw you come out." "Sorry for that, c aptain; I d o n't want to app ea r a fool in your eyes." "You might appea r worse," s i g ni fica n t ly. "How is that, captain?" "What if I accused you of b eing a sp y on board this vessel?" "I would indignantly deny the ac c u sation-re p e l it w ith deepest scorn. "That is well said, but it does not remov e my doubts. You are unfortunate, Mr. Black. "In what?" i ......


/. 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

22 THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. "Every word, captain. I never say a thing I don't mean. You have your choice Take one side, and your arrest for {orgery perhaps something else, fol lows, for fuil particulars are given with the papers about my intended journey, and you will be held re sponsible for my safety. "On the other hand, if you decide to do as I wish, I will be your friend; you will not be held re sp onsible for the great crime which these men are plotting, and I will put in your hands the pa pers that hang over you. Now, once for all yonr course?" He is l os t in thong-ht. Of course, he is his chances. "Remember, a man can t serve two maters. You are either for or against me. Which shall it be? Youwill lqse nothing in pay I will see to it that your salary as the skipper of this craft goes on for the seas on just as L efore." This is the last s traw. It breaks the camel's back. There are too many advantages on one side for him to resi st. "Mr. Black I am yours." "Without reserve captain?" "You can count on me. I know \Yhich side of my bread is buttered, and, in this case, your pr9position takes me by storm. I will do all that you wish, and trust to your word." "It was never broken, Captain Shackelford. Yon will never regret it. Then I talk with him a little longer. He does not know the p l ans of the two men, although he can partly guess them. They shqulcl have taken him into their confidence, and he would not have been so read y to go back on his word. That is where the shoe pinches. All along he has felt sore about it and when placed in this dilemma he chooses the portion I offer, partly from pique. I give him a certain amount of information which both astonishes and pleases him, for he feels that he has a part in the game. Some men who cannot read human nature make mistakes by not trusting those who work for them, and the consequence is that the latter are held in restraint, and feel that they are suspected of inca pacity or treachery. The captain becomes e v en enthusiastic before I have finished. He realizes the good case I have. The fact that another has taken the place of the great wizard of Wall street, and that it is not Jay Morton at all whom the conspirators have trapped on board the C/.ytie appears most remarkable to him. "It is the most clever bit of work I ever knew,'' he declares, when I finish. I am po s itively sure of my man, or I would no trus t him thu s fa L At any rate, the condition i s one thrus t upon me by circum stances, and I have had lit t l e choice. We separate after a t ime When I run foul of Peterman I take occasion to i let him know all that h as occurred, for it is my de s ire to ha ve him keep an eye on t h e ca p t ain Though I feel reasonably s ure that the latt e r will stick to his contract, I am n o t the man to neglect any precautions that \vill render a safer. Peterman. of co u rse, knows what i s u p. He promises to keep an e ye open for sq u al ls, a nd content with thi s I seek my bunk. The night pa ss es away. There is no alarm. After the storm our little yacht rides easily, and we pass a pleasant When morning come s we expe ct to b e uncler way, but the waves are still ve ry hi g h and orders a:-e given to wait a few hours, in order that the g-reat seas may have a chance to subside. It is nearly noon before this condition is r eac h ed. Then w e plow through the waves, and passing out from behind t he breakwater, head south. Good time is made. The win d ha s changed to the northvvest and helps us alon g amazingly. vVe draw nea r Norfolk. I know full well that the drama in wh ich we are interested is so on to r eac h its culminating point. Here, before Norfolk, within sight of th e waters where, during the Civil Wa r th e famous battle be tween the Monitor and the J..1 crrimac took pl ace, our little engagement is to end. So far as I am concerned, I shall be perfectly sat isfied. It cannot come to a terminus too soo n for my fancy, and ye t I me a n to arrange for a fitting buria l service-everything-must be done in the proper manner. A little man e u ve rin g will do it. Pe.terman h a s his orders. I also manage to have a s h ort t alk in whispers vvith J crry, and find him wakeful r eady to do his part of tLe v:ork when the time comes. Now let the lio n s roar. \Ve are read y for the s h ow to begin. It is a pleasant summer evening whe n the Cly tie runs in and drops h e r an chor at the p l ace which Captain Shackleford has se lect ed A lre ady the stars beg-in to p 2 ep out above in the blue vault of heaven, while a young moon, born in the storm, looks down from the western sky. A peaceful hour. From the cit y come sounds, borne on t h e evening breeze, that proclaim the day of labor over. A few boats move about upon the water; the boom


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.


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

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

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,

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

28 . THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. pas t h a Y e b een many, and the G o,ernor of Missouri will be glad to receiv e him. A s for myself I feel a fat fee slipping away, from m y g rasp. It really means ten thousand dollars to me, if he escapes or is captured; that much will either grace my p ocket, or slip away. I a m alarmed. v Ve cannot break the door in hastily; it is well built, and w ill take five. minutes, even with an ax, to force it from it s hinges. All 'eem s sile n t b eyond. I m ake up m y mind. ''Peterman!" "Ye s s ir. "Do yon think yon could k eep these two men quiet a s h o r t time?'' He grins and liolds up the re,oher, ,,hich is kept in hi s hand, rea d y for u se. "No doubt of it, s ir. "That' s good; watch them well and at the least sign of treachery s h oot to kill. " I will sir," s a y s Peterman, looking .savage. He is generally a very peaceable man, but can assume a t errible expression a t \ viii. I wait no longer. Already I hav e c o n sumed too much time. Jes s e Jam es may be gone. Leaving the cabin, I rus h on deck with all the s peed poss ible. Here I find things jus t as I left them; the deck seems deserted, for the captain has seated hirnseif forward somewhere. I hear blows on the hatch. Some one of the men has found it closed, and, thinking a joke i s being played upon them by the watch, signals for c>,ssistance. As soon as I gair the deck I rush to the stern to s e e whethe r Jess e James i s climbing up from the bull'se y e window Just as I reach that place, the sound of oars comes to m y ears "Hello! boat ahoy!" N o answer c omes, save a low laugh. M y s u spicions are confirmed. This is the boat Burdsall u sed to reach the steam yacht; it lay against the stern and just about under the bull's-eye. window. Jesse James, intending to swim ashore, has hopped into this, and is off. Naturally, I am furious. I send a shot in the direction of the sound; by the flash I have a faint view of man and boat, and follow it up with others until my revolver is empty. Have I done any damage? The answer comes quickly. Then a flash a report, and a bullet whistles by in close proximity to r:ny head. Then a laugh follows over the water, I hear t1 .1e splash of oars again, gradually receding; Jesse Jame:; has e:;capecl. I know how to make the best of a bad bargain. a11d aC'cept the inevitable grimly. He has earned his liberty. Down in the cabin again, I write out a dispatch to !\fr. Morton in New York. A short note is also written to the chief of police of Norfolk, telling him that the notorious Missouri outlaw is in the city, and should be captured, but while writing it I know there is not one chance in a thousand that such a thing wi,11 be clone. I secure Beers in one stateroom and Burds all in another to wait for morning, when \Ve will :;ec what disposal Mr. Morton desires shall be made of them. They pass an uncomfortable night. \.\/hen morning comes, I receive instructions from New York. They are to be turned loose, after paying me for my services half of \Yhat I have lost in not securi11g Jesse James. B eers is only too happy. I do not consider it as co111poundi11g a fe .lony, for we would have had a hard time proving the case, and Mr. Morton did not wisb to bring hi> private ai fairs before the public, which takes more concern over the lives of noted men than is at all pleasant. So, when all has been adjusted, Peterma n and I go ashore, and in the meatitime the Clyti c moves off. Lucky, indeed, for us we left her. a s she has never been heard of, but is supposed to have foundered at sea in a terrible storm that swept the Florida coast early in August. Some weeks later I heard of Jesse James. He was back in Missouri and had just robbed a train on the Iron :Mountain Railroad._ TO Bt CONTINU!D.


<\<'nri in your exchange notices boys. We will publis h them all in a special "Exchange Department." Boys, turn to page 32 and see the announcement of the new Contest. It's going to be a ratt l e r like the one that has just closed. Everybody is to ha ve another try at the valuable prizes offered. Don'i miss this opportunity, but send in your artic;le at once. Foll owing are some of the best articles received during the week. Re a d th e m, and then send in your own! Abraham Lincoln. (By Frank J Holderith, Elizabeth, N J.) "Abe" Li11coln was born in a little old log cabin. Linco ln was from childhoo d a great lover of books of all ki11ds. When Linc oln was old enough his father sent him to what wa s known to be a backwoods school. He was ambitious iu his studies, thoug h he had very little schooling. When Linc oln got older he used to go out aud split rails for his nei g h bor in order to get his cloth ing. Lincoln als o for a time was a surveyor. When Lincoln g r e w up into manhood people began liking him. Slavery was adopted in all the Southern States, which Lincoln was very much opposed to. The p eople i11 the North soon saw Lincoln's ambitious ways and finally elected him Presideut. The South de clared itself out of the Union altogether after they saw Lincoln would free the slaves. The Nor th said the slaves mus t be free, the South said not. A terrib le w a r followed in which the South was beaten. The neg roes were now free. Lincoln was fairly wor shiped by the n eg roes for this kind dee d. My brother's father-in-law served in this war with brave General Madison Drake, commander of the first regiment, that enlisted i n New Jersey. After the war Liucoln was attending a theatre oue night when he was shot by Nathaniel Booth. Buffalo Bill's Rescue. (By William E. Doersein, Buffalo, N. Y.) I, being president of a club named. 'Street & Smith's Weekly Readers, was reques ted to write for the prize which you are giving away iu your J e s s e James Weekly. We had a m eeting la s t ni ght and twenty of our members said that Buffalo Bill was by far.the greatest hero of America. We read every one of tbe weeklies, aud we all like J esse James Weekly the bes t and have decide d to enter your contest. If we should win the prize will go to tbe club as a token. Buffalo Bill, or Hon. Wm. F. Cody, is the greatest and bravest man America has ever seen. From bo y hood he was brave, and was the b es t shbt with rifle, gun, or could use the knife as good as au Indian. He has saved more lives and done more braver acts than any man in. Americ_ a. He fought under nearly every general, and each has credit to give him. H e was feared by the In dians and also by the Western bandits. He had many nicknames. Some of them are: Prairie Pilot, Buffalo Hunter, and many others. He furnished many buffaloes to the men who built railroads through the West. One incident where he showed hi s bravery was this: One time he was scontiug, and he saw a lady alone on the plains, and the Indians were stampeding some buffaloes. The beasts were after the lady, lrnd if the h o r se should stumble she would b e crushed t o death. "I'll save lie r or die in the attempt," said Buffalo Bill, and save her he d id, for he galloped right in front of the herd and took tlie lady from her saddle and put her in his. It was done none too soon, for her horse stumbled and was crushed a minute after. Buffalo Bill drove the spurs in his steed and soon wa s out of the way of the herd. For this he received a breastpin which she told him to pin over his heart, aud this pin saved him many ti mes. (We are delighted to hear fro111 one of our readers' clubs i11 Buffalo. The story se11t in by your persident has been entered in the new contest.-Ed.) General Ulysses S. Grant. (By John Noon; Toledo, Ohio.) General Grant was one of the greatest, if not the greates t, character our country ever produced. Born of poor and obscure parents, h e rose, by perseverance.and pluck, to the highes t station in the land. He was a graduate of the West Point Military Acad emy, and when the Mexican War broke out, he was at once sent to our Southern border with his re,giment, where he distinguished himself by his bravery. When war was declared between the North and South, Grant. enlisted as colonel of an Illinois regiment. His advancement was rapid, and in 1863 he was commander of the Union forces in the siege of Vicksburg, The capture of the city of Vicksburg was one of Grant's greatest achievements, for by it he threw open to the Union forces the free navigation of the Missis sippi River for its entire length, a1id divided the Confed eracy into two parts. He soon af ,terward became con1mander-in-chief of the armies of the United States. Immediately upon his ap pointment to this command he engaged the army of General Lee in the great hattle of the Wilderness, and it was during this battle that he sent to the national government that famous dispatch, ''I propose to fight it out on this line i it takes all summer." He did fight it out on that line, and finally force

THE JESSE JAMES STORIES. the Unite d States armie s. h e saw that the only way to end the war w a s to d e al the Confederate s sharp and deci sive blo w s. It wa s in pursuance of this policy that he s ent Sherman on bis famous march to the sea, and him s e lf attacked L e e b efore Richmond. A more honest or determine d man than Grant neyer li v ed One needs but to look at bis picture to discover the s e characteristics pl a inl y written on his face. It is s a id that hi s houesty was som ething remarkable. His d e t erminatio n i s b e st shown iu the fact that within eight y ea rs he ro s e from comparativ e obscurity to the lJighest po sition in the Republic. A Great Man. ( B y Mich a el F. Gre en, Jr., Danbury, Conn.) \Vill iam McKinley, the twenty fifth President of the United States was born at Niles, Turnbnll County, Ohio, in r 844. B eing an ambitious boy, his parents kept young Willia m at school as lon g as p o s s ible. He was smart and de voted to his books and soou acquired suffici ent kuow l edge to becom e a t e ach e r i11 a uearby couutry town When the Civil War b ega n he laid his books a s ide and enlisted in the Twenty-third Ohio, afterward com m anded by Presideut Rutherford Haye s. McKinley promoted to the rank of major for gallantry at the b attle of Antieta m, Ope q u a n Fis h er's Hill and Cedar Creek. When the war was ende d McKinley r eturned home, but not to tea c h sch o ol. His aml.Jitions were higher, so he commeuc ed the study of law. Several years after ward h e was admitted to the bar and began his success ful career as a lawyer in Canton, Ohio. Lawyer McKinle y became quite popular, and soon was a leader i11 politics, being elected to several mi11or offices. He was then selected by the people as their r epresentative t o Congres s, and he continued to hold that office unti l he was el ected Governor of Ohio. It was ev i d ent to the Republican party that he was destine d to be their leader, and in 1896, when they wanted a capable man for the head of our Government chos e McKinle y, and the people of the United States willingly placed him in the Presidential chair. He w a s a m o del Christian, h e w a s fair in every thing, doing onl y what his con s cien c e justified and geuerous to all who appea led to him for help. In our dead President we find traits which few meu possess, wisdom, patience and fortitude When he entered the Presidential chair the wa y in which he managed the go\'ernment wo11 the good will and admiration of almost every one. He skillfull y m anag ed all qu estions that might lead to serious c onsequences by w eighiug them carefully, like the born diplomat that he w as He is to be classed with such men as Wa shington, Lincoln and Jefferson, three of the g reatest men that ever lived As he l i ved he di e d, and to his last breath he thought not of himself, but of hi s beloved wife, who, standing by the bedside, wa s awaiting the last gasp which would l a un c h him forth into another yet happier world. His name sta n d s fortb in the 1 ist of honored heroes, every lo yal citizen utters his name in reverence, and in future times, when the rising generations grow to be men they will read -with pleasure the brilliant exploits and unparalleled wisdom of William McKinley, scholar, soldier, statesman and President . How '' Stonewall Jackson Got to West Point. ( By E. S. Poore, Richmond, Va.) The Jackson family came from England to Virginia in the last century. John Jackson, the first of whom vve have mention, settled near Weston, in Lewis County, b eyond the Alleghanies, and his son Edward became county surveyor, and served in the Legislature. Jona than, the son of Edward Jackson, settled in the town of Clarksburg, in Harrison County, where he c ommenced the practice of law, and married Miss Neal of \\'.ood County Of his four children by this marriage two sons and two d aughters, Thomn s Jonathan Jackson, born at Clarksburg, Jauuary 21, i8z 4, was the youngest. When we nex t see Jackson it is at the age of sixteen, and up to this time the character of the boy seems to have been earnest and energetic. He had secured so high a reputation for intelligence and probity that the justi ces of the county court of Lewis elected him constable, the duties of which office he perform.ed with credit aud efficienc y It is probable, however, that the position did not please him, and bearing that there was a vacancy at West Point, he at once determined to apply for the appointment. So thus it is on a stormy November day, in the forties, we find two anxious-looking youug men sitting in the public sitting-room of the old Bailey House at 'vVeston, in what is now Lewis County, \Nest Virginia. ''You'll be the one, Tom," whispered one to the other, as a waiter entered bearing a letter in his band. "I am afraid not, Gib," was the reply, from a serious faced youth, who was large for his age, which was only seventeen. As the negro looked around Gib fairly trembled with eagerness, while 'fom's features settled iuto a sort of grim composure. "Mr. Gilbert Butcher," called the waiter. Gib sprang forward, seized the envelope, tore it open, and then waved it enthusiastically. "It's mine," he shouted, and then was about to fol low the assertion up with an old-fashioned yell, when the sigllt of his companion's face checked him. But space will not allow us to dwell on this scene longer. It is sufficient to say Gib Butcher went to West Point, but returned home after a month or two, for haz ing, discipline and militaries were more than Gib could stand. Gib had resigned. Tom hurried to his uncle, resigned his constableship, borrowed ten dollars, packed his sad dlebags and h e aded the gray mare toward Washington, over 300 miles away. In two weeks, be 'knew, the power of appointment would lapse into tbe hands of the Secretary of War. The winter roads were terrible. We will now have to close, but as the readers of this would perhaps like to kuow if Jackson got to Washington in time or not, we would say that bis applicatiou was successful, and on the first of July, in the year 1842, he was aaruit. ted a cadet at West Point.


I ,, .. J Huntir1g and Trapping Department. This department is brimful of information and ideas of interest to the young trapper and hunter. Write us if you hav e ar.y questions to ask concerning these subjects, and they will be answered in a special column. Address all communications to the "Hunting and Trapping Department." The Deadfall Trap. In s trolling throug h the woods and OJJ the banks of s t re a ms in the country it i s not an unco mmon thing to stum b l e agaiust a contriva nce resembling the "deadfall. This trap has always be en a most popular favorite a mon g trappers, young and old ; and the re is really no better ro ug h-andre ady trap for l a rge game. To entrap a fox by any device i s no easy rnatter; but the writer remembers one case where r ey nard was Ol1t witted and the hea\'y l og of the ' d eadfall'' put a speedy end to his exis t e nc e The trap was se t in a l oca lity wh e re the fox h ad made hims e lf a nuisance by r epea t ed 11octurna l inva si o ns am ong the poultry a nd the bai t was cleverly cal cula t e d to decoy him. A live duck was tied within the peu, and the mo rse l proved t o o t empting for him to resist. Thrusting his h e ad beneath the suspend e d log, i n order to re ac h his prey, he thus threw clown the slender fram ework of support ; and th e l og, falling across 'bis neck, put him to d eath. A pen of rough sticks i s first constructed h av in g an ope11 front. A Jog abou t seven or eight fee t in l e n gth, and five or six inches in d iameter, shoul d then be procured. A11 o rdinar y fe11ce rai l wi ll an::;wer the purpose v ery we ll although the l o g is p r efe rabl e. Its large e11d shoul d b e l aid a c ros s the front of the pen, and two stout sticks driven in t o the ground outside -of it, one 011 eac h side l eavi n g roo m for it t o ri se au d 'fall easily be tw ee n t h e m and the peu. A forked t wig, about a foot i11 length, a11swers for the baits ti ck T he l ower end should be poi n t ed, and the for k, wi t h i t s ba it, shoul d incl in e t o w a rd the ground, when se t. The upper e nd should be suppl ied with a n otch, sq u a re side clow11, an d directly abov e the branc h w h ic h holds th e bait. A n other straight stick, abou t fourteen iucl;es in l e n g th, should thet1 be cut. Make it quite flat o n each end. A s m a ll thin stone, chip of wood, or the like is the on l y remaining article required. N ow proce e d to raise th e Jog, pl ace one end of the s traight s tick b e n ea th i t, re st in g its tip on the flat top of the upright stick o n the outside of the Jog The baits ti ck s h o uld now b e pl a ced in p osition, res tin g the pointed end on the chip, aud securing the n o tch abo,e, b e ne ath the tip of t he flat stick. W h en this is done, the trap is seL but the r e are a few li t tl e lu1ts i11 r egard to s e tti11g it fin e ly-that i s, surely -which will be n ece::;sar y. It is very important to avoid bringing t oo muc h of the weight of the log on the flat stick, as this woul d, of course bear heavily ou the ..... bait-stick and render considerable force neces sary to spring the trap. The levera ge at the point where the log rests on the flat stick shollld be very slight, aud the log should be so placed tha t the u pr i ght shall sustain nearly a ll the weight. B y this m e th od, v ery little pressure is brought to bear on the bait-stick, aud a very slight twitch will throw it out of poise. The fork of the bait-stick should point to the side of the enclosure, as, in this case, wheu the bait .is seized by the unlucky intrude r, the ''ery turning of the fork forces the notch from beneath the horizontal stick, and throws the parts a s un der. If the trap is se t for muskrats, ,minks, skunks or animal s of similar size, the weight of the l o g wil l gener ally be found suff5cient to effect their death; but, if desired, a heavy s t o n e may be rested against it, or the raised e nd weighted with other lo g s to make sure. When for a coon or fox, this precau.tion is necessary. To guard against the c!muing which some animals possess, it is frequ en tly necessary to cover the top qf the pen with cross-sticks, a s there are numerous cases on record where the intended victims have climbed over the side of the enclosu re an d takeu the bait from the inside, thus k eep in g cl ear of the suspended log, and springihg the trap without harm to themse lves. A few sticks or branches l aid a cro ss th e top of the epclosnre will pre\'ent any suc h cap e rs, a11d the crafty anima ls w.ill eithe, r have to take the bait at the risk of their lives or leave it alone. For trapping the mnskrat the bait mGy consist of car rots, turnips, apples and the like. For the mink, a bird's h ead, or the h ea d of a fowl, is the. customary bait, and the skunk may u su ll y b e take n with sw ee t apples, m ea ts, or so m e .portion oL dead fowl. In the case of the fox, which we have m entione d; the s etting of t he trap was somewhat varie d, and in cas e our r e ade r s might. desire to try a similar experiment, we will de\'Ote a few lines to a description of it. In this inc stance, the flat stick which supported the log was not more than eight inches in' length; aud instead of the bait-stick a slight framework of slender branches was sllbstituted. This frame or lattice-work was just large' enough to fill the opening of the pen, and its upper end supported the flat stick. The duck was fasten e d to the b ack part o f the pen, which was also closed over the top. The quacking of the fowl attracted the fox; and as he thrust his head through the lattice to reach his prey, the frame was thrown out of balance and reynard paid the price of his greed and folly.


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

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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