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No. 51. THE 01' Dy OLU SLEU'l'll. A SERIES OF THE MOST THRILLING DETECTIVE STORIES EVER PUBLISHED j SINCLE l l NUMBER. f GEORGE MgNRO'S SONS, PUBLISHERS, 17 TO Z'l VANDEWATER ST., NEW YoRJt. 5 PRICE l 15 CENTS.5 Old Sleuth Library, IBSued Ouartetly.-By .Subscription, 25 ceuts per Annum. Entered at the Post Omce at New York at Second ClaAA Rates.-December Z'l, 1890. Oopyrighted in 1689, by Georite Munro. Vol. III: THE DUKE OF NEW YORK;_ OR, THE WONDERFUL CAREER OF AN ORPHAN BOY. :SY OL:C SL::El"O"TE:. NEW YORK: GEORGE .MUNRO'S SONS PUBLISBE.HS, 17 TO 27,YANDEWATER STREET.


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TBE lly 01,U SLEUTH. A SERIES OF THE MOST THRILLING DETECTIVE STORIES EVER PUBLISHED. No. 51. j SINCLE t l NUMBER. f GEORGE MUNRO'S SONS, PUBLISHERS, 1 7 T O 27 V .&NnEW _A_!lt R !'IT. NJCw Y on1t. 5 PRICE '5 CENTS.S Vol. III. Old Sleuth Library, Issued Ouarterly.-By Subscription, 25 cents per Annum. Eotered at the Poet Oftlce at New York at Second CIAAA Rates.-December 27, 1890. Copyrighted in 1689, by George Munro. THE DUKE OF NEW YOR K ; THE I CHAPTER I. .. Tuzrue will be lots of fun in the game to-y." "WhyY" The Duke is going to pitch." In the northern part of Massachusetts is a famous seminary We will not indicate exact)y where, or name the institution, as we are to deal with incidents in our narrative that will be too well remembered by several who figured in the occurrences we shall record. It was a cold, crisp September morning when two students met, and one of them made the announcement with which we open our story. "The Duke will pitch, eh?" Yes. ' Then it is a cold day for Rolando and his crowd." You bet! I tell you there will be fun day-heaps of fun, and I will be glad to see the Rolandos beaten, and it will come all the )under on their captain as he hates Tommy Weir and doesn't know that Tommy's a pitcher; but I tell you he can bother the best professional tea;m in the country He is a wonder, he is; yes sirree. He is Tommy the phenomenon, 'when it comes to ball tossing." A.bout six months previous to the opening of our narrative the stage arrived from the rail road station, about four miles distant from the eeat of the academy, bearing a solitary passen ger, and this same passenger was a lithe, hand some-faced, blue-eyed lad of sixteen or seven teen Several students were standing around when the youth alighted and followed his single trunk Jnto the hotel. This same trunk was a plain and small affair, and was not at all suggestive of an overatocked outfit of clothes or other con veniences. I reckon he's a nice sort of fellow," said cne of the students, "and he's a handsome chap." "Milk and water. He's a sawney," said Ralph Rolando. "He don't look like it; there's resolution gleaming in his eyes." "Bahl How can you tell? You haven't fairly seen him yet." "I' ve seen as much of him as you have, Ralph, and I caught his glance as he shot a fle8zlDg look over our crowd." OR, OF AN EY OLD SLEUT:::a:. Ralph Rolando was a Cuban-American. He was the son of a: rich merchant-a petted only son, who had been humored until his natural Imperiousness of temperament led him to im agine that he was a little king. He had plenty of money, and ever since his first arrival at the school he had set himself up as a leader, and as he had, as has been stated, plenty of money, the position was yielded to him. Ralph Rolando unhappily, was not a good tempered fellow, save when he had his own way in everything. He was what boys call a bull dozer-a jealous fellow, loved only himself, and was capable of hatipg most bitterly everything and everybody inimical to his own pride and vanity. The new student remained in his room until the seminary bell for prayers sounded, when he issued forth and reported to the president of the academy. After prayers an examination followed, and Tommy Weir was assigned to the several classes his proficiency entitled him to enter, and he settled at once right down to the routine of a student At the close of the school a young fellow named Perkins-Hiram our hero as he came forth from the seminary, and advancing toward him, said : Welcome to the school, my fellow-student." Thank you," said Tommy, as a gleam shone in his eye You are very kind to come and speak to me." Oh I want you to feel at home. I was a stranger here a year ago, and I think I shall like you." "Thank you; I hope you will like me. But I am here to study." Will you come and take a stroll?" "Yes, I will be glad to go; I like walking." The two lads started off together, and Hiram Perkins said: "You are from New York?" "Yes; I am the Duke of New York," came the startling answer. "You are the Duke of New York?" ex claimed Perkins. "Yes." "Well, you are a distinguished person. I'm glad I am the 11.rat to make your acquaintance." Poaibly you will not be so glad when I tell you how I came to bear iM UUe." Let'il hear." I'm an orphan." "ls that so? I'm sorry for you." "Yes; and I may ae well tell you my 11tory. You see, somebody put me In a nunery, as far as I can learn, and afterward I was put in a regular orphan asylum, and when I go& older I was adopted by a farmer. He was a good kind man, but he died when I was aboat twelve years of age, and as I thought I couldn't find as a friend in the countey I started for New 'York, l\Ild I became a bootblack." L You were once a bootblack?" exclaimed .Perkins, in astonishment. Yes. I am bound to tell you the truth. I am not going to travel under false colors." '' But you found your father and moUs since?" "No." Then how is it you are able to come here to this expensive school?" I'll tell you about that; but may be 1911 do not wish to hear since you know I am oa1J ex-bootblack?" "See here, what's your name?" "Tommy Weir." "ls that your real name?" "Yes. It must it was the name wJ&. ten on the card that was pinned to my elo&la when I was left at the nursery." Excuse me; but you are what they cal a foundling?" Yes I suppose I am." Well, Tommy Weir, I want to teB JOU right here, if you are a good, true fellow l'JD going to be your friend, I don't care if you aae a foundling!" Thank you. I guess you will find I am a good fellow; and I am a gentleman, awn U I was a bootblack, and I reckon my parents wae good pie." makes you think sot" Because I've the natural lnstinct.s of a aan tleman. I know I have; and I had all ._ feelings when I was running around for a job to black boots." lf your parents were good people, why dlll the! desert you?" I can't t.ell, but I've always tmaglneU&\W for some good reason." Well, Tomm7, I'll stick to you." Thank yoli.'


4 THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. I'm only a farmer's son; and to tell you the vuth, some of the students here carry their heads very high-carry them over me-and the;y: won't look at you." They are welcome to look the other way; 1 can take care of myself." Btlt tell me, how came you to be called the Duke of New Yorli.f" CHAPTER II. 'How much for knocking the mud off?' adopted yon. AB I told you, I'm a lawyer, 'Nothing, sir. We get it good and bad, and I'm the executor of my cousin's estate, and and charge only one price.' when we opened his will we found that he hacf "'What' s your name sonny?' he asked bequeathed one hundred and twenty-five dol- 'I'm the Duke of New York,' I answered. lars a year to support you at school until yo11 'Eh,' he cried, opening his eyes wide. are twenty-one. He also left the sum of twe 'You are the Duke of New York?' hundred dollars as an outfit, so you see he did Yes sir not forget you.' "'Bub, what's your real name?' "Wasn't tha t all very romantic and luck1 "'Tommy Weir, sir,' says I. for you!" cried Perkins. Eh! he ejaculated again. You bet it was! for do you know it has THERE followed a moment s silence as Tom 'Yes, sir,' says I. been my greatest ambition to secure a good edu my Weir laugh e d, and then said: "'Your name is Tommy Weir?' cation, and I've been attending night schools in "You will laugh when I tell you how I be "'Yes, sir.' New York, and studying and studying all the came the Duke of New York." "'Who was your father?' time Yes, and when the good old man told "Go ahead. I like to laugh.'' "'I never had a father, sir, that I know of.' me that I burst rd'. ht out crving-I could not "Do you? "'Well, who brought you up?' 1 d J Yes .. I d .dli h he p it-an he sai : was raise m a .oun ng ome, Bll'.' Come, come, lad! what are you crying "So do I. You see, as I was only a found-"'You were?' about?' ling, when any one asked me who I was I al" 'Yes, sir.' "I told him all-told him how I had studied ways said for short, Oh I'm the Duke of New Where did you go when you got out of in night schools, and he said : York,' and the boys took it up, and from that the foundling home?' Well, well, I'm delighted! My cousin time I was known as the Duke. "'I was adopted, sir.' knew what he was about, after all, and now "Do you want me to keep it a secret-all "'You were adopted?' you are to come witl,i. me.' you have told me?" "'Yes, sir.' "I will, sir, after Jl bit.' No " Who adopted you?' Where are you going?' "I rather think you had better do so." 'A farmer.' going to toss my box into the liver. "No, no! I'm a queer fellow. I think a What was his name?' Oh no no!' great deal, and I've taken a photographic view Briggs, sir.' no more use for it. .of the circum s t a nces attendingJD.y career. I'm What was his full name?' Then sell it. not respon s ible for the fact that I am an oprhan Silas Briggs.' Sell it, sir? and founrlling, and I've made up my mind to Where is he now? ,Why did you leave start right out and make a corner for myself." him?' "'Yes; some of the boys may wau.t to buy There s one I know who will never notice 'He died, sir.' it.' you." He died, eh?' "'I thank you, sir,' says I; 'and now I see "Who is that?" "Yes.' how wrong I was. I will not sell it-I'll give it away.' "His name is Ralph Rolando, the dark-faced 'What did you do then?' "You' d better sell it.' fellow who was standing around with us when :: ; the night after the funeral.' .. No, sfr; I'll give it away.' the arrived. He set you down for a "I started to II'Jve away when he called me greeny. "'I wanttid to come to New York.' "Did he?" Why did you want to come to New York?' back and said: Yes " I to work my own way in the Hold on, Tommy, there's something in W ll h 'd b tt t f world you, and you may be a great man some day.' D r;rr eeney."' e e er no run up ag a mst me or I will, sir,' I answered, if I live.' y "'Tommy Weir, I've b e en looking for you.' "Keep the box. 'Oh, h e w o n t noti c e y ou at all; but if he "'You've been looking for me, sir?' ",Why?' does y ou h a d bet ter p a y no a ttention to him." Yes.' Why not ?" Well, here I am, sir.' When you are a rich man you can alway He's the bully of the school." I'm a lawyer,' said he. have it to look at as a reminder of your first be" He is eh ? "All right, sir, I'm not afraid of you if you ginning and to what heights even a bootblack "Y11S, 'and h e is a stron g ablebodied fellow, are a lawyer.' may attain.' I'll keep it, sit,' I said. a good athl e t e a nd awfully domineering and "'You were a little fool to run away.' ... Well, come along with me.',, aristo c r a tic But you will be beneath his notice I didn ; t think so, sir.' and attenti o n so he will not interfere with "'You were.' "Have you got the box, Tommy?" you." That's all right.' Yes; it's in my trunk, and I'm glad l kept He'd b e tter not," said Tommy, in an un 'If you hadn t run away you would have it. And to-day I would not take anything for der-tone. saved me a great deal of trouble.' it." "Hallool a re you a fighter?" "'Saved you a great deal of trouble, sir?' "Bullyboy!" cried Hiram. "I admire your Well I r e ckon I can take care of myself." Yes, and expense.' pluck; but go on with your story-it beats any" But you can't get aw a y with Ralph. He's "'I don't see what you're getting at, sir,' thing I ever heard." too stron g a n d he knows it. All the students says I Mt. Briggs took me to his hotel-a little are a fr a i d o f him wh e n his temper is up." Well, well; there's one thing I've got to place down by Washington Market-and when. I am not afra id of any one. I attend to my tell you, my boy: I'll have to charge you for all we reached his room he took out a pencil and own affairs ; but other people had better let me my traveling expenses yes, sir, charge you paper and figured up. I had Men away three alone even if they are as big as a house and as every penny. But I've traveled as cheaply as years and over, and had not drawn upon the stronl? as Samson." I could and that'!! very lucky for you.' fund, and that amount with interest was to my "Id advi s e you to keep out of Rolando's "'I don't understand you, sir,' says I. credit, together with the two hundred that had way, all the same. " 'Well, I suppose you don't; but it's lucky been bequeathed as an outfitting sum He fig-" I s hall not put myself in his way; but he I've found you for now I've saved all the ex. ured it all up, charged against it his expenses, must not interfere with me, that' s all." pense of advertising l:redited tne with the full interest, and thea Tommy Weir took Hiram Perkins further \"I see it all!" cried Hiram, interruptinghim. said: into his confiden c e; indeed, he did not appear What do you see?" 'Tommy, this sum I will hold to your at all desirous of conce a ling any fact concern" The farmer left you his fortune." credit.' Ing himself. "Well, you were a lucky fellow, all thingl If you were a bootblack," said Hiram, considered." "how did you mana ge to come to school here?" CHAPTER III. "Yes, I was a lucky fellow. You see, he I'll t e ll y ou a bout that-it's a very romantic AGAIN Tommy Weirlaughed, and said: took me and bought me some good clothes, and et.ory. You se e I told you how I was adopted "You're not quite right; but let me tell you then took me up to his house in the country, by a f a rmer, a nd how he died Well, the day the story.'' and put me into ihe academy in the adjoining aft e r his fnneral I skipped.'" Yes, go ahead! I'm deeply interested. I town. I remained there nine months, and ihen "You s kipped ?" can see it's a weird romance." he wrote to the trustees of the institution up "Yes-I ran off without any one. "Not very weird, but rather romantic. Yes, here I am the Duke of New York, the found I went to New York and became a little boot and a good thing for me as it turned out. You ling, the exbootblack, and as ambitious a lad black, and I h a d knock e d about for three years see, I was all adrift. I did not kno w what the as ever had a good start in the world on the or so, when one day I got a job to black the man meant all the timei but he got down to an road to carve out his own fortune." boots of a queer-looking countryman. I explanation after awhile. When he said to "I am glad you made a. confidant of me, couldn't tell wh e ther he was a clergyman or a me, I've saved all the expense of advertising,' Tommy." school-teacher. He was an odd-looking man, I I asked: "So am I. Will you like me and associate tell you, but he was as honest as the day is long, "'What were you going to advertise about, with me?" and he has a heart in him as big as a bull. I sir?' "Yes, I will, and I will be glad to do ao thought he was a 'coon I could have some fun 'I was going to advertise to find you; yes, And now I desire to give you some advice." with, and I commenced to 'rig' him on his lit and I was going to offer a small reward, and "Go ahead.'' tle feet while, in fact, they were trunks, and now I've found you I've saved that too.' Do not tell your story to any one else.' the mud on them was an inch thick. It took "'Well, here I am, sir, safe and sound,' I "Why not?" me ten minutes, I should say, to get the mud said "The boys will conceive a prejudice against off beforeI could begin to blacken up his old "'Yes; and now tell me what you've been you.'' clogs, but he was a better man than he lookea, doing "There. is something in what you advise." and as keen-witted a gentleman as I ever met. "I've been blacking boots, sir,' I said. "I know there is.'' I finished his boots, made them shine like a "'How old are you?' he asked. "The boys will find out my hittorJ some black mirror, and when I got through he asked: 'About fifteen,' I answered. dav, however." "'Well, sonny, how much?' "'Well, Tommy.' said he, 'my name is 1 Not necessarilr,." "' i-i1'e <:e11ts, sir.' said I. Briggs. I'm a cousin of the farmer who "Ah, they will! ...,,.... _..,"fl lo ..&Of Cl/ fft the V-JM, 1>J1 CilllOllGll Mvuo, '" UM q#lof Cl/ tM .l.Ulrclrlan Cl/ WatMt1gfcm, D. C.


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. 5 lt'1 time enough when they do ; but I like ':.hat title-the Duke of New.York." It's high enough, I re c kon. "If you've nt> objectjon I will give you that title am o ng the boys without any explanation?" "All ri g ht, just as you please. You seem to be a good level beaded fellow." "We ll I've been through the mill Most of the fellows here are ri c h men's sons. I am only the son of a farmer, and they look down on me; but if you will let me we' ll have some fun. Now I will gi ve it out you are called the Duke of New York, and some day we can make an explanation if we choo s e "That's all right I a m ready to please you but I tell you it will not be long before the true atory will come out" "Not unless you tell it. "I wili not t ell it; but you say the boys look down on you?" Y es; all on account of that fellow Ralph Rolando. "He don t like you, el1?" "No; he is an aristocratic fellow, and he will put on airs to you " Airs don't hurt." He may try to impose upon you and insult you. " He had better not try, came the answer, in a meaning tone. CHAPTER IV. B EFORE the two new fri e nds separated Hiram Perkins se c ured a promi s e from Tom Weir that he would not unde r any circumstances, reveal his true hi s tory until such time as he had been consulted about the matter I am sorry to be put under a promise," he said. I want you to promise on my account." "Why?" t e ll you : this fellow Ralph Rolando has insulted me s ev eral tim es, and I wish to get 1quare with him." How can you get square with him on my "I can; and you must promise me faithfully. " I like to be obliging." You will oblige me very much." Very well; I will promise." "Now, rememberi no matter what you hear or what attentions you you are not to reveal anythinlf or deny anything; you are merely to say it s nobody'S' business about your "You're up to some game, Hiram "Yes, I am; and we'll have lots of fun, may be, unlelill Ralph s hould set to do you harm." "Arc you afraid be may do me harm?" "He may. "What can he do?" He may provoke you to a quarrel and then give you a trouncing. It's blS game; he s an awful mean fellow. " He may provoke me to a quarrel?" "Yes.,, "And than give me a trouncing. Is that his way?" '' Y cs, be is really such a sneak. He will not come right out and whale a fellow, but be worries him into an assault and then gives it to him "That' s his way, eh?" ''Yes.' "Hiram, let me t e ll you som e thing: if this fellow, Ralph R o lando as you call him, comes any of hi s gum g am e s O'l"er me he will get the wor s t of it. " Will you down him with a s tone?" "Down him with a s tone? No ; but he'll think he was hit by a stone if he ever molests me "Ob, you ca n't s tand up agains\ him " I c an t, c h "No.'' "Wha t m a kes you think so?" "He i s as s tron()' as a mule, a nd you are only a 111ig ht-built lad-rathe r d elic at e I should Y" That's your id ea. e h ?" One can see yo u are not s tron g "I d o n t l ook strong? There c am e n peculi a r look to Tommy's face M h e h e l d o u t hi s arm a nd laying his hand on his musc le. sai d : :Vccl th e re. Hiram pl ac ed hie. hand as directed, and as he telt a great he a p of muscle, exclaimed: !fy goodiaeas I" "How is that?" demanded Tom. "My goodness gracious! agsin ejaculated Hiram. Tom held back his leg and said, as he clapped his hand on the calf: Feel there." Hiram did feel, and again he uttered a cry of amazement. Do you think I am a delicate little fellow now?" I never saw anything like it. You are a Utt le giant. " I am giant enough for any fellow in this academy who tries to impose upon me, that' s all." Can you spar? "Can I?" Yes, can you?" Well it' s just a natural accompli s hment of mine; and now, see here Hiram, you needn t fear any fellow around here will impose upon you or myself We ll just take care of them." How did you raise such a muscle-you look so slender?" It came by nature, I reckon, and a little practice helped along; but it takes a good fel low to impose upon me I am not quarrelsome, but you see I've had to take care of my s elf for three years, and there are a pretty rough set of lads around New York, and then I've rowed and played foot-ball and base-ball and every thing else. I've wrestled and sparred and been knocked around in all kinds of shapes, so I reckon I'm all right." Can you row well?" "I can " And play ball?" "You bet!" What position lio you play?" I'm a pitcher "Is that so?" "You bet!" Well, this is just jolly. I can see there will be trouble between you and Rolando." There will be, ch?" "Yes. 11 "Why?" He is the best rower in the academy; he is captain and pitcher of the academy ball nine; in fact, he is way ahead of all the other boys in evcrvthing, and it's funny too. " What is funny?" He seemed to discern something from real instinct." What do you mean?" He. took a prejudice against you at first sight." He did, eh?" "Yes; when you first arrived this morning I could see he bad conceived a dislike for you He may have felt it In his bones, or may be he on you because you're so good-look -f?. Good-lookin!f?" Yes. There s one thing certain : you will take with the girls, and that will make Rolando mad. He is a great girls' fellow, he is, and you being handsomer than he will make bim down on !ou." I don't care much for girls, so he will be all right there." "But you haven't seen her yet." "Who?" "Myra Hubbard, the belle of the village, and the handsomest and smartest .girl in the world." "She won't notice a bootbl ack." But no one wfll know you were a bootblack." They will find it out some day." "Not if you follow m y advice. It' s nobody s business what you were, and you are a young gentleman now.'' "Ralph can have MiRS Hubbard All I want is a c han c e to study and ge t ah ea d in the s c hool. l hope to go t;> college if the mon ey holds out, and then I will be re a dy to s t art out in life." The two lads were walkin g alon g and w e re met by two girls and one of th e girl s who had a v e il over her face, s ta red at the n e w student as sh e passed him, and the next mom e nt Hiram e x c l a im e d : The re! I thou ght so. The r e ll b e fun you b e t a n d w on t it b e jolly to see th a t fellow Ro lando lai d out!" Wh a t do you m ea n Hiram ? " That w as M y ra Hubba rd who just passed. "Whic h one?" The girl behiad the veil." "Well?" "She looked right at you; yes she's struck. I knew she would be, and she is the loveliest girl in America. Wait until you see her face. Our hero did feel a thrill as he lllt..S tO Hiram's words. CHAPTER V. HmAM chanced to look around, and he u"Well, well! who would have thought ot it?" "Well, what do you mean11ow?" "Myra is going to have a second look at you. See, the girls have crossed the road and are hurrying down on the other side. Let us walk slow, and they will cross and meet us again. She's gone on you at first sight, by jiminyf But won t Ralph Rolando be wild! He' ll find it out. She will show her liking, and he ll go for you. " I wis h she would let me see her face. I don t care a cent for this fellow Rolando!" The lad s w alke d s lowly and the girls re cros s ed, and a second time passed our two friends Myra raised her veil, and Tom caught a pas s ing glimp s e of her face. and he was really charmed It wa s indeed a beautiful face-<>ne of the swe e test he had ever seen-and she ap peared to be as merry and blithesome as a bird. Sh e 's gone!" said Hiram. She s a pretty girl, remarked Tom; ancl he added : "But I don t care; she will not care for me when she finds out I am only an ex bootbl a ck. " She need not find it out." I wouldn t let her be deceived for the world!" "Hallool" cried Hiram, in a significant tone. "What now?" "I see-" "What?" "You're gone also; it's love at first sight!" "Nonsense; you're way off!" We shall see That same afternoon Hiram met Ralph Ro lando, and the latter, hailing him, said : ' I see you've got acquainted with the new student .'' "Yes." "Who is heT" "He is the Duke of New York. "The Duke of New York?" "Yes." Why do you call him the Duke of New York? There are no dukes in this country." That' s what they call him-so I've beeD told." "He told you himself, I suppose?" I guess not." Who did tell you?" ,,. "Well, I met a man who knows him. Wllea I asked him if he was the Duke, he wanted te deny it. " Why do they call him the Duke?" Because he is so handsome, so rich, and so smart He met Myra Hubbard while J was with him, and she is dead gone on him at first sight." "Bah! you are 11one, Hiram Perkins. Yo11 always were a fool! "You may call me a fool, but you had better not call the Duke a fool." If he gets in my way I'll call him a fool quick enough." Take my advice, and don't do it, that'a all." "What do I care for a milk-and water saw nev like him?" r. You may find out he is not a sawney; and I tell you, t a ke my advice and don't go fooling around him, that's all " I've a mind to give you a cuff!" Wha t for ? " four impudence. " You won' t do much cuffing around here, I re c kon, if the D uke once g ets at you Hiram moved away after his words of warn in g and the C uban marched off in quite a sulk ing mood. The truth is he had recognized that our hero w11s a singularly handsome you th, and he h a d c o nceived a g r ea t di s like for him from th e firs t mom e nt be b e held him. Hiram was perfe c tl y c orrect in his suspicions, a nd Rol a ndo w as p a rti c ul a rly worked up by th e wor ds, Myra Hubbard is cl e an gone on him alrea dy." "I'll dri v e th a t fellow away from her e mighty qui c k," was Rajph' s muttered exclamation, 11 he w a lk e d aw a y That e vening th e re was to be a country dance at the tavern, and quite a number of the stu dents were on h a nd to sec the fun. They were not permitted to take part in the dance, but they were on-looks, and among those taking'


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. peep were Ralph Rolando, Hiram Perkins, and our hero, Tom Weir. The boys were crowding around the door. Rolando came in rather late, and he commenced 1o elbow hi s way through the group, and finally he came to where our hero was standing, and he shoved the latter aside in a rough manner and without any ceremon;v-. Tom's blood was up m a moment, and he pushed the Cubj\n back, and angrily demanded; Who are you pushing?" I'm pushing yon." "Well, don't do it again." Who are you, any way?" came the de mand. It don't matter who I am. One thing is certain: I don't mean to be knocked around by you." The boys spoke in. a loud tone, and the keeper of the tavern, overhe a ring loud t a lking, appeared on the scene, and commanded silence. The lads olieyed, as they feared being ordered out, but Tom and Ralph eyed each other after the manner of angry boys who have had a dis. agreem ent. After watching the dance awhile, Tom and Hiram walked away, and a few moments later were followed by Ralph and a friend. Ralph, when once outside, came toward Tom, and said: "Now we are outside, what have you got to say?" "I've got as much to say as you have!" came the answer. "You daren't come down to the barn!" I dare go anywhere I choose!" retorted Tom. The barn was a building where the lads had fitted up a gymn a s ium, and where they had sparring and wrestling bouts and.the like. "Well, come along," said Ralph, and he walked away. Hiram caught Tom by the arm, nnd said: Don't go." "Why not?" He wants to fight you Good enough! I'll give him all the fight he wants. Let's go to the barn " Can you beat him?" Can't tell until I try. I'll try, though I Come, let's go to the barn. CHAPTER VI. HIRAM PERKINS felt a little shaky. He knew that Ralph was a much larger and stouter lad than Tom, and he feared the result. "Don't go, Tom," he said, catching hold of .him. .... "Why not?" "He wants to fight." "All right; he can have all the fight he wants. "But don't go to-night.'' Why not to-night?" "We ain't sure, you know." "Sure of what?" He may brain you. We had better make aure." "Oh, nonsense! You need not fear for me; I can ta'te care of him." Are you sure?" "Yes, I am." "Well, I don't know about it." I do, though. That fellow came right there to insult me, and he followed me out, and now he's invited me to come to the barn. I guess g_o, and won't back out, even though I were sure he would knock me all to pieces. -No, sir, I am with him for one run in,' anyhow." The two lads started for the barn, and as they walked along they saw Ralph and his friend just entering the building ahead of them. "I didn't think it would come so soon," said Hiram. As good now as any other time," remarked Tom, and he straightened up and braced him self for a lively tussle. "By George!" said Hiram, "I do hope you w:ill get the better of him and serve him out well if it comes to a tussle. If he downs you it 'Will be bad." "Why?" He will make it uncomfortable for you dur i:lg your whole stay at the school, and for me also, I reckon." "How can he do that?" You have not had any experience at .an academy yet " Oh, yes; I :had a little up in the country." ' Then you should know how it is." Well, yes; but the boot was on the other leg there." "How so?" "' I was the champion, and I will be here. I am sorry there is such a fellow as this Ralph Rolando around. It makes it unpleasant, but a fellow like him must not be permitted to im pose upon others." He does all the time." All right. He may learn something new to-night." As Tom spoke the last words he and his friend reached the barn. They entered, and found Ralph and his friend waiting. The lat ter had lighted the lamps, and there was a leer on his face as he scanned our hero over and over Ralph walked up to Tom and said: You got mad to-night." "Did!?" Yes, you did." "You're mistaken. A fellow like you couldn't make me mad." "Oh! you're high toned, eh?" "Well, I'm too high-toned to be knocked around by a fellow like you." ''You're sassy for a new-comer." "Am I?" Yes, you are." "Well?" I don't want to hurt you, but I'm going to teach you a lesson." I came here to learn. " Did vou ?" "Yes.r' Well, you'll get some knowledge you didn t bargain for. I take it, you want to fight me. " Do you take it that way?" "Ye:>, I do." I guess you are giving me credit for your own feelings; but I don't care." I've a good mind to give you a sound trouncing-you deserve it." "Do I?" "Yes; for a fresh student you have started in to put on airs, but I'll take the airs all out of you. You are such a pretty boy I'll only .drub you." Thank you for your kindness and con .' sideration." You talk rather boldly." "Do I?" "Yes." "Well?" Do you want to put on the gloves with me?" I don't mind." Seeing the barn lighted up, a number of stu dents strolled down to learn what was going on, and there was quite an assemblage of lads pres ent when Ralph extended his invitation. Ralph's friend, with a sardonic leer upon his face, got down the sparring gloves, and as he handed them to the Cuban, the latter spoke again, addressing our hero: "I suppose you know our rules?" "No; I run a new arrival, as you know." A fellow who gets trounced and enters a complaint or squeals will be ignored by every lad In the school." That's all right." "You're not a tell-tale?" ''No." "You will take what you get and be silent?" I will, certainly." "Now, see here, if you will ask my pardon I will let you off." "You are very kind!" Will you beg mv pardon?" Why should !?'1 "To save yourself a good drubbing "I'd rather take the drubbing." You will have to apologize in the end." Will I?" Yes, or take the greatest whaling you ever suffered in your life." I'll take the whaling." "Just as you please. I've given you a chance." The other boys stood around with wonder depicted upon their faces. Ralph was known to be such an expert, strong and agile, and so much larger than Tom that one of the lads stepped up to our hero and said: You had better apologize." "Why?" He will pound you unmercifully." "Will he?" Yes; he is the best fighter and the strong06lt boy in the school. You can be no match for him.'' l' can stand a drubbing." I fear you can not stand the knocking JM will give you. Take my advice: apologize, and let it all end in good part." It will enrl all right," said Tom. It was evident that Ralph was getting a Httlt uneasy. He did not like the coolness and in., difference of the ew-comer, and he had muc; at stake-mpre than Tom. He bad his su. premacy to maintain, and a downing would b6 bad. He did not exactly fear getting worsted, but he did feel a little uneasy. There is some thing very depressing in standing before a per son of nerve and coolness under the circum stances that had led the two youths to confront each .other. . See here," said Ralph, I will not exact a regular apology. If you will say you are sorry I will let you off." Will you?" "Yes." '' Well, I am not sorry. You deliberately set to annoy me; you renewed th_ e annoyance after we had come out on the road; you invited me down here, and I am on deck. I never apolo gize unless I am in the wrong: I never say I am sorry unless I am sorry-and I've done nothing to be sorry for. I came here a stranger; I had done nothing to annoy you; but, for some rea son, you set upon me from the start. You in vited me to spar with you; I accepted your in vitation. This quarrel is not of my seeking, but yours. I will not apologize, and you can save time. I am ready." CHAPTER VII. TOM had won the good will of many of the boys bf his show of good sense and courage. One thrng was certain: he may have been a little undersized, but be was game, and evi dently not afraid of his larger antagonist. Ralph, meantime, had become more and more uncomfortable. The eye is a powerful factor, an immense weapon in certain circum stances, and there wns what the lads call blood in Tom Wejr's eyes He had a gleam in them that was wicked in a non-malignant sense, a sort of playful viciousness that was very unnerving to the other party. So you're bound to take the drubbing?" said Ralph. I am if you can give it to me." "Do you think you can best me?" "We can tell better when we get through. Let him boast hknself that taketh off his armor.'" "Halloo! you're a Sunday-school boy, eh?" "We'll see. I may go over Sunday, and knock you into the middle of rlext week." The boys all laughed, and the laugh proved that Ralph was not really liked, and that the majority of the boys would gladly see worsted. The laugh riled Ralph, and he said: All right I'll give you every chance." Thank you," came the answer. Get yourself ready," said Ralpb. I am ready." Ralph took off his coat, but Tom did not. and one of the bolos advised him to strip. "I'm all right, 'answered Tom. "You don't mean to box me after all," said Ralph. I guess I'll give you a good mill.' The two boys had put on the gloves two other lads were selected as seconds, a third one was deputed to act as referee, and then the two antagonists faced each other, and it was won derful how suddenly the delicate-16oking Tom swelled to larger proportions the moment he put up his hands; and Ralph discovered also how he had grown. T!).ere was no awkward ness in his posture or movements, and a chill went through Ralph as he suddenly realized that he was to face a good match. The two lads sparred and feinted a half minute, and then Ralph suddenly hit out with his right, when, without any seeming effort, Tom sent forth his le.ft hand and Master Ralph keeled over and went to the floor as easily as though he had slipped upon a piece of orange peel. There was blood in his eye as he rose and made a rush at Tom; but he received soma short-arm punching that staggered and bliQded him, and he would have got another sockdola ger in all probability if at that inopportune mo ment the barn door had not opened and one of the preceptors appeared. "Here, here! What's going on?" Ralph at once remove4 his glove111. He fOI one was ilad of the interru_ption; bui he .....


.. We are only exercising in fun." THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. T 1 dent-you must not tell them the part of your ball, caught it on the end of his bat, and sen& But are :you young gentlemen aware after hours? U is history that you told me." the ball flying over the outfielders' heads, and. I am not ashamed of my history. I was amid a tempest of applause, made a clean home never a thief, and I am not responsible for the run, and won the game. The boys all protested that they had not heard the bell. Get away to your rooms as quickly as you ean, and I will say nothing about it,'' kindly hinted the preceptor. The latter was the most popular teacher in lhe school, and the boys scattered and started oft to their rooms, excitedly discussing the in terrupted mill." Ralph and his friend were the last to get out of the barn, and as they: wandered forth Nelson Ward, his comr4de, said: .. By ginger, Ralph! it was lucky." "What was lucky?" "The appearance of the teacher." fact that I was a foundling, as they call it." Tom felt that Ralph had done well, and he '' But you must keep your secret." shouted and applauded loudly with the others. May be I will." He was an ardent lover of the game, a good You must promise me." player, and generous in his instincts, and waa I will say nothing about it for the present prepared to give full credit where it was due. -I will promise you tbat." The visiting team was quite a crack nine. They On the day following the incidents we have were older and larger men, as a rule, th. an the recorded, after the school sessions, the students students, and they felt very sore over their de were out in the campus scattered in feat. One of their number was a very violent; and the subject of discussion on every side was fellow-a chap who had no control over himself the mill that had taken place down in the barn. -and he ):>itterly felt the defeat, as he bad made "Why?" He would have knocked you out. wonder! '! 'Phere was a natural prejudice against the new some bets with outsiders, and he was very wroth student, and a large majority of the boys sided at his losing his money as well as the credit of with Ralph Rolando and believed the statevictory. He had looked upon the game as a ments that Nelson Ward made-that Rolando soft thing, and after the crowd had gone awa1 He's a was not well, and that he had slipped down he waited to meet Ralph, and began asserting when he appeared to be knocked over. that the decisions had been unfair. Ralph pro-"Is he?" "Yes, he is. "You're a fool! Don't you know I was only playing a waiting game-finding him out? 1 was just ready to go in. and floor him when the preceptor came in." "Were you really &'oing to lay him out?" "You bet I was l>orn? to lay him out. I was only fooling with hun.' Nelson Ward did not dissent from his friend s declaration but in his own mind he thought much. Ward was an impecunious fellow who lived off Ralph '\nd toadied to him for favors. lie was a sort of Uriah Heep, but no fool. "He's a good one," said Ward. "No; he doesn t amount to anything." "What made you let him down you?" "That was an accident. You see, I did not expect there was anything in him, and he caught me napping; but what a whaling I would have given him!" "You won' t get mad, Ralph?" "Go ahead!" "Take my advice." .. Well?" .Re's a low fellow." Yes_" '}on t notice him in future; don't favor him by knocking him out He will consider that au honor." "I've been thinking of that; but, hang it I'd rather have had about two minutes more with him." I know that. I could see y.ou were going 1or him-there was mischief in your eye; but that fellow is beneath you. I wouldn't notice him." I must give him one good drubbing." I wouldn't if I were you." "He'll crow over me il I don't warm him." "That won't hurt you half as much as to honor him with a second meeting." Nelse Ward was a cunning fellow, as we have laid. He was no fool. He did not dare tell Ra:lph that Tom would have pulverized him in about three minutes; but he did wish to recon cile his comrade to the event and soothe him into safety, for Ward knew that the reign of Ralph as a leader was over the moment he was downed What will the boys say if I don't meet him ?" said Ralph. "Oh, I can fix that all right!" they saw him knock me down." I can explain all that." "You can?" "Yes." So they will see how it happened?" .. Yes.,, "But I'd like to meet him again, and, hang it! I will." No, no; you must not!" .. l"ll think it over." "And you will take my ad I know," flaid Ward. CHAPTER VIII. MEANTIME our hero and Hiram walked away and the latter remarked: Tom, you are a remarkable fellow. Oh, ginger l how big you did grow when you stood up to knock him out!" "Bahl it is no trouble to knock him out." "I'm rather sorry this has occurred so soon. "Why?" "You have made an enemy. That fellow ')Vill be against you, and he will make up 'in the ttrength and vigor of his tongue what he lacks fn the muscles on his arm. On no account ro-.ll of MY 9ther etu Tbat same evening Ralph gave a little entertested, and, in bis enthusiasm, Tom Weir tainment at his rooms in the tavern. He did stepped forward and took part in the contro not lodge at the school as did a majority of the versy. Our hero claimed that the decisions had students, but had a suite of rooms at the little been fair and just, and that the visiting nine hotel, while Tom had been compelled to take bad been squarely beaten on their merits. I lod gi ngs in the building and get his meals outThe fellow turned on Tom, and demanded: side at a boarding-house What have you got to say about it, yo11 Neither Tom nor Hiram was invited to the white-faced dude?" entertainment, and Ralph, who had plenty of "I've got as mu c h to sa1 about it as any one, money, gave a goodly number of the lads a and I say the academy mne beat you fair and good tre a t and during the evening no allusion square, and they can do it again." was m ad e to our hero or the little bout that had What tlo you know about the game?" occurred. "Enough to know that you're no good," After the entertainment Nelson Ward re-came the answer mained witlt bis friends, and Rolando asked: Tom was a little riled at the fellow's insult.. 'What do the boys say?" ing manner, especially as his remarks were made Oh, I h ave fixed that all right; but there is in the presence of all the students, who were one fellow who is doing a good deal of loud gathered around. There was blood in the eye talking." of the other fellow when Tom spoke out as he Who is that?" did. Hiram Perkins He says bis friend, the Duke of New York, as he calls him, would have knocked you into if it had not been for the appearance of Hamilton,the tutor." That fellow has a good deal to say, anyhow." Yes, he has." I'll give him a drubbing some day." "It would be a good thing." "Ana I'll drub the Duke also some .day." You had better not tackle him." Oh, I know all aoout him. He is a good opener but when it comes to a rough-and tumble I'll fix him." Don't seek any trouble with him." "Wh1?" He IS a dangerous fellow-you can see that. We will get him out of the school-get him sent away." How can we do that?" He is a pretender." "He is?" "Yes." "How?" He has come here pretending to be very rich, but I don't believe his folks have got a cent." What makes you think so?" Look at his clothes; they are of the cheap est sort. A fellow who bas plenty of money would dress better than he does "That's so, and we will get him away from here; but I'll give him a good drubbing first. It won't do to let the boys think he can get away with me." They don't think so. I've taken care of that, and as long as you keep out of his way it will be all right." I'll fix that Hiram, though !" "You must be careful about that. But I do wish he could be made to keep his mouth shut." He'll keep it shut." On the day f(;)Jlowing came a half holiday, aud the boys were to play a match game of ball. The academy students had a team and Ralph Rolando was Its captain, and there was a team coming from a neighboring town in response to a challenge. Half the village and about all the students turned out to see the match, and among the spectators was our hero and his new friend, Hiram Perkins. The game commenced, and it was a well played game of ball. The academy boys were victors, and to Ralph Rolando was due the full credit of the victory. Up to the last half of the ninth inning the game was a tie, aud Ralph was the last man at the bat. Two were out, and all depended upon him. He faced a good CHAPTER IX. THE captain of the visiting nine lost his tem per entirely, and, advancing to Tom, said, al he shook his fist in the latter's face: "You're too fresh; no one asked your opinion." I've as good a right to express ml. opinioa as any one else; it was an open game. "Well,you shut up!" "No, I won't shut up." You won't?" "No." "I'll make you." "No, you won't." The ball player lost his temper absolutely, and with an oath he made a vicious pass ali Tom, and the next moment he went rolling iii the grass, knocked over by as pretty a blow aa ever downed a bully. At once there was a rush The friends of the ball player ran to his assistance, and all bands set to terminate the fight, and Hiram Per kins sought to draw Tom away, but Tom would not move. He asi!erted: The fellow attempted to strike me. I only expressed my opinion." The ball men knew that their companion was in the wrong, and dragged him away, and the truth is the fellow was but a bully after all, and although he struggled and made a gi:eU pretense of returning and renewing the contest, he submitted just sufficiently to be led off That evening Ward and his friend Rolando were together, and Ward said: By George! it's just as I told you. Thali fellow is a terror! Did you see :h.ow easily he downed that fellow to-day?" "Yes; but if the other fellow had come at him again he would have hurt him." I must give him the credit @f saying I don't believe it. Hang it! he is bound to become the hero of the school. The boys are beginning to say he's a dandy, you see. He's such a hand some fellow, and doh't look like a smasher, he seems to have the pluck of the devil. Why, it looked as though the other fellow would an nihil a te him. He don't appear to fear au.y thing." I wish he had never come here." So do I, because some of the fellows ani really beginning to like him, and the girls ant all about him. I heard Myra Hub!lanl say, 'Isn t he handsome and brave!' " Did she say that?" "Yes." "He ain't handsome ; he's too pale." Well, yes; but he s got such handsome eyes, the girls are sure te like him He's just the sort ot fellow they admire, and if he prov.


8 THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. himself a hero, they'll go wild over him; and that fellow Perkins is talking him up all the time." "I'll warm that fellow Perkins! "It won't do." "What won't do?" You must not harm Perkins." "Why not?" "If you do Tom Weir will take it up for llim." "Let him." "That won't do; but we can manage it." Manage what?" Mana!?e Perkins." "How?' "Get him away from this fellow." How can we do it?" I'll tell you: Perkins is jealous; you have not noticed him." I hate him." "That's all ril?ht; but you mus t pretend to like him, and well get him away from Weir, and get him with us, and I think he knows all about this Duke of New York, and can tell us eomething we'd like to know. I can manage it." "How? " Leave it to me." What will you do?" If you consent, I'll invite him down here to-morrow, and we'll flatter him, and get everything out of him." All right; you manage it." I will." On the following day Nelson Ward did make up to Hiram Perkins, and said: "Say, Hiram, you're a good ball player." How do you know I am?" "Ralph saw you tossing with the boys the other day." "Did he?" Yes; and he wants to have a talk with you. He thinks of putting you on the nine to cover left field." Hiram Perkins was really flattered. He was a good ball player, and the left field was his position, and he bad often wished to play on the nine. He knew he could do better than the young fellow who was playing the posi tion. WIB you come down and see Ralph?" "Does he want to see me?" "Yes; he asked me io invite you down to his rooms to-night." May be I'll come." "You must come, for we have the return match next Wednesday afternoon, and Ralph wants to hold the lead for the academy." I'll come down, because I want the academy boys to win." Hiram walked on in a thoughtful mood. He was a little perplexed ; he did not understand it at all. As has been stated he had long desired to be upon the nine, and there were other boys In the academy 'l'l"ho would have considered it a high honor. Hiram, however, was a pretty smart fellow, and a8 he thought the matter over, be muttered : "Tbcre's something in this . Ralph don't like me :He hates me; I know it; and he'd al most rather lose the game than let me get any credit.'! . Hiram continued to thin)l: the matter over, and the more he thought the greater the light that was let in upon his mind, and at length be muttered: "I see; it Is a flank movement. They want to get me away from Tom Weir. All right I'll go down there to Ralph's room but he won't get me away from my friend Tom-you can bet they won't. No, no; Tom is true blue! Later on Hiram went to Tom's room and eaid: Well, the queerest thing has happened." What is that?" Rolando has sent for me." Sent for you?" "Yes.'' "What does he want?" wants to put me on the nine." Can you play?" 0 Yes "Well, go on; it's an honor. I wish I cm the nine myself." That night Hiram did go down to Rolando's :room. and the cat was l et out of the bag. CHAPTER X. Te Hiram Perkins's surprise Rolando was ftry cordial and ple11Sant, and expressed ire&t hopes of :putting Hiram on the nine, and the boys fell mto a talk on base ball in general. Then Ralph cruelly produced a treacherous wine which he called a harmless syrup, and he persuaded Hiram to drink. Hiram Perkins had never tasted liquor in his life The wine was thick and sweet, and did taste like a harmless syrup, but in reality it was a mo st powerful liquor, -and its insidious fumes soon ascended to Hiram's he ad. He became boastful and talkative, as ofttimes will those more experienced in the use of liquors. There came a glitter into Ralph Rolando's eyes. He knew how powerful was the drug, and Nelson Ward also smiled in a malignant manner as he appreciated how readily poor Hiram b ad fallen into the trap. The latter tasted several times of the fatal drug. It was sweet to the taste, and soon all his good s en s e vanished. He became more and more talkative and Rolando said: I like you, Perkins-I .always diet like you; but somehow you have always kept aloof from me." "Do you re a lly like me?" "Yes, I do.'' I thought you hated me." Wbat made you think so?" "I thought you showed it in your eye.' "Ah! how sadly mistaken you were. Here's myhand, old fellow You and I must be good fnends, and we will have the best ball nine in America." Of course we will." We may be brin1ring in your new friend.'' My new friend?''!' ''Yes.'' Which friend?" "The Duke of New York, as they call Iiim." Oh, he is a splendid fellow, he is! I'm sorry you two had trouble; but it can be made all straight." "Why do they 9flll him the Duke?" "Don't you know?" There are several stories going around." I know all about him." The liquor had complete possession of the wits of the poor fellow Perkins. Had he been himself, he would have been as true as steel, but his wits were out. He was under the dominion of liquor, and for the time being he was a chattering idiot. "You know all about him?" "Yes." "Well, tell us why they call him the Duke.'' I will not.'' "You won't tell?" Certainly not. It's a secret "That's all right." "He told everything to me.'' He seems a nice fellow." He is a splendid fellow, although he was a bootblack once." ''A what?'' ejaculated both Ralph and Nel son. A b9otblack.'' Do you mean to tell us he was once a boot black?" "Yes; but you must not tell. I just let you know it in confidence, you know Nelson Ward and Ralph RQ}ando exchanged glances. Tell us all about it," said Ward. Hiram Perkins got mixed. Ht: tolo a con nected story, but did not confine himself to the real facts. He said that Tom Weir had really been a bootblack, but be bad been found by a relative of his adopted father, and it came out that he was heir to a big fortune. The fir s t part of the statement was true, as our read(lrs know; I he latter part was an unin tention a l exaggeration. When the two schemers bad pumped Hiram dry their manner changed, and Rolando said: 1 am sorry yo u told us what you did." "Why?" "We can't have him in the nine, and I'm very much obli_ged to you for coming down to see me and now you must go." Poor Perkins! He was really intoxicated and noisy, and Nelson Ward feared exposure, and said he would accompany to his room Our hero bad secure d a room next to the one occupied by .Hiram, and he was waiting for bis friend when he heard a noise in the hall. He looked out and saw Ward sustaining Perkins as he helped him along to bis room Here, take care of your friend," said Ward, addressing Tom Weir. Where bas he been?" asked Tom, who recognized at a glance the real condition of atrairs. "I don t know wherll he has been," llal4 Nelson Ward. "I found him walking lll'OUIMl and I thought I would bring him to his room. I've been down to Ralph Rolando's," cried Hiram, "and he's put me on the nine, and he going to put you there soon.'' He has not been near Rolando's rooms tonight," said Ward. '"Now, take care of him." Ward let go his bold upon Hiram, and wu going away, when Tom said : Hold on, don't go." "I must hurry to my room "You must conic into Hiram's room." "I must?" "Yes." What no you mean? Do you know who you are talking to, you bootblack?" Tom's eyes flashed as be advanced toward Ward. The latter would have but our hero had caught him by the arm. "I want you to come Into Hiram's room. "You do?" "Yes." What for?" I'll tell you when you get there." I won't go." It will be better for you if yon come." 1 I won't.'' "You won't?" "No. " care. I warn you." "You warn me?" "Yes." How dare you warn me?" "You will find out if ;v-ou don't come, ud it will be better for your friend '8olando.'' I won't go; I must hasten to m7 OWll room.'' "You shall go!" I shall?" "Yes." "Who'll make me go?" "I will." "How dare you?" See here, you brought Hiram here in Ulla condition Come into his room, and notldnc shall be said about it; go away and I will report the whole matter." What do I care what you report?" "You will care.'' "I will?" "Yes.'' "Why?" "Because I know who gave Hiram ta.. liquor." CHAPTER XI. NELSON WARD looked confused for a .m(>o ment. The giving of liquor by one student to another was a very senous offense, and tlMt taking of liquor also, and the chances faToreci immediate expulsion in the latter case, and cer tain expulsion in the former; and the clrcum stances under which the liquor had been ad ministered to Perkins were very aggravating. When Hiram came to his senses, if exposure followed, he would tell the whole story, and not only would Ralph Rolando be in.volyed, '6ut Ward also; and as Ward thought the matter over q uic1dy he tlte actual situation. He and Ralph had not calculated the chances when they plied Hiram with the treacherous wine; but when Tom Weir said, in his singu larly significant manner, I know who gave Hiram the liquor,'' the aspect changed immedi ately, and he, as stilted, was suddenly con fronted with the possible consequences. But after a moment's thought he determined to play off from the start, and he said: I suppose you know Hiram was dowa te Rolando's room?" "Yes, I know it.'' "Well what of it?" You 'know as well as I do." ' But do you know he came there in this co11dition ?" "He did eh?" Yes; we kept him down there awhile and tried to sober him up, and then I brought him over to his room, and this is the thanks I get for it." "It is unfair if what you say is true, and you had better come into Hiram's room and we will talk the matter over." Nelson \Vard entered Perkins's room, assured that he had struck the right defense, and as sumed a swagger as he did so; bui the moment he was in the room and the door was closed he: got a shot that staggered him, as Tom W said:


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. "Nelson Ward, this is a piece of mean and dirty business " I'o back and tell your friend that if one word u; revealed about me I will expose fOUr whole game." What do we care about you?" .. You will care something about me before you get through. You addressed me as a bootblaclt. I see you desire to start a slander coneeming me Look out what you say, that's all! Ky advtce to you both is to keep your mouths ehut. Now you can go, as I have let you understad the situation, and you will hear from me again Nelson Ward sneaked out of the room, and Tom Weir prepared to put Hiram into his cot. The lad was already in a maudlin slumber, and Tom determined to remain with him ovef!light. Meantime, Nelson Ward retired to Ralph Rolaado's rooms. The latter was laughing and m high glee; but when he saw the lugubrious look upon Nelson's face, his own suddenly aa-11Umed a grave expression. "What is up?' he asked. .. I fear we are in a scrape." In a 1erape?" .. Yes." .. How can we be in a acrap,et" .. It's known what we did. .. It's known what we did!" repee&ed Ralph. ... Yes." "' What is known T" "Our trick. Yes, sir, that fellow Tom Weir i.a got on to us, and he has threateoed &o ex ,: .. Expose us!" Yes "'What can he expose!" '"' You know what we d!d. '' What did we do!" .. We got Hiram Perkins dnmk." ... Nonsense! How could we ge& him drank!'' "We gave him the liquor." _..Who knows it?" ,. Tom Weir knows it." .. That's all noneenaef" .. It is true.'' .. We can deny it." .. No, we can not. He has the proofs, and if '8 blows oo us you and I will be Upelled from the academy aa sure as our names are Ward and Rolando!" "That's all nonsense!" "No, it is oot all noneeuse." They would not dare expel me." "They wouldn t, ehf I tell you they would expel the son of the President of the United States under the same circumstances." Rolando began to look rather blue, and asked: "Has he threatened to expose us?" Nelson Ward related all that had occurred, and Ralph listened attentively, and when the story was ended he said: By George! that sneak has laid for us." He did that's certain." "And what will we dot" "We can wait, but we can not lose the information we received." But you did lose it." "Just once; and I got the waming." What can we do nowt" "We will wait until the whole matter blows over and then we can go for him." CHAPTER XII. I DON'T see what we will gain by waiting," said P.alph, in an anxious tone. Oh, yes : after a few weeks he would not dare revive the affair-It would be called a con splracy He would know that, and he would not dare tell the story after an interval, 80 all we have to do is lay low, and then we can give him all the bootb"Iack he needs." "We can tell it around now." "No, not for the world. I will tell him to morrow we will keep mum,' and make him promise to do 80, and then in good time we will let the thing go." On the day following the incidents we have recorded, Nelson Ward met Tom Weir, and actually begged him not to report the affair "You are a mean fellow, Ward; but I will promise not to say anything about it. " And we will promise not to say anything about what Hiram Perkins told us." Tom really did not care if they did part with ihe information: but still he accepted their promise of silence. The meeting had taken place early in the morning, and Tom retired to the room where Hiram still slept and, after thinking the matter over, he determined to awake his friend. When Hiram unclosed his eyes he looked around in a dazed manll8l', and Ulen asked: Where am I?" You are in your bed." "Where have I been!" Do you remember where you were last?" Let me see-yes; I was down to Rolando's rooms. But where have I been in the mean time? I feel so queer!" "Do you?" "Yes; my head la as light as a feather. Have I been sick?" Yes, a little sick. "Have I been out of my head!" "Yes, you have been a little delirious." How long have I been sick!" I will tell you all about it later on; in the meanlime, what do you remember?" "I don't remember anything." I mean, what do you remember up to the time the accident happened?" Did an accident happen to me!" "Yes. " Tell me aJl about it." You will tell me first what you remember." Hiram thought a few moments, and then, u his thoughts became clearer, he said: '' l remember being down in Ralph's room." "And what happened there?" He talked about putting me on the nine." "Well?" '' And he was very good, and he aafd he might put you on also." "And he gave you some lemonadetodrink!" No. Let me aee-not lemonade, but some cordial or syrup-something they make down in Cuba." And what did he call it?" He called it a syrup." "Was it nice?" Oh, I remember now-It wu And you drank a good deal of it! "Yes, I did." Hiram," said Tom, all the accident that happened to you is you have been dnmk." I've been drunk?" Yes-dead drunk." "What do you mean!" You were tricked." Tricked!" "Yes.,, Who tricked me?" Rolando and Ward." "Tell me just what you mean?" That syrup was really liquor." Liquor?" "Yes.', "Nonsense! I never drank a drop of llqaor in my life." And that is why you proved such an f!1111!1 victim. I tell you that you were dellberatiell How tricked .?" They made you arunk." "Who made me drunkt" Ronaldo and Ward made you drunk. 0.. you not understand t" I can not." "Just think now, and, mark my worda. had a design They got you down to the romm on purpose to play a trick on you. They you what they called a syrup, but it wu NillJ a stronp; liquor." Is that true?" ' Yes." "And when did this happen?" Last night " And how did I reach home?" Ward brought you home and I bed, and I have slept here in your room wlll you " They made me drunk?" .. Yes." "And Ward brought me home!'' "Yes." What was their purpose!' Can you not discern?" .. I think I can. "Well, what do you suspect?" Thev wanted to get me expelled. "No.1 Do you know the r purpose!" "Yes." "What was it?" "They wanted to make you talt.'0 .. Make me talk?" 0Yes." "How talk?" They wanted rou to tell your aecre&." What secret?' "What you know about me. if you got drunk you would tell all you bi9 about me." "That was their design, eht" "Yes." They failed." They did?" ''Yes." Why do you say so!" "Because I knew better than &o WOl'ill. .. "You did?" "Yes." Poor fellow! You do not know wlla& ,_ did; you were too far "Too far gone!" "Yee." .. How?" "Your wits were all blinded-yoawaredlmll with liquor." But I would know better than to talk." On the contrary, you told them all they .. sired to know. Their trick was auccellfial far." I told them all they desired to lmcnr!"' "Yee." .. Nonsense!" "You did." "What did I tell them?" "You told them I was once .. that is what they desired to find out." It's false!" Walt, and I will prove it Is a fllC&." CHAPTER XIII. "Hm.&.x," said Tom, "this who:h, ..__ what we caJl in New York amoog the boJea put-up job.' That fellow never lilld Uf of putting you on the nine; they: ftatt.ered ,om to get you down there, and then they plied with wine, calling it a harmlel!ll conHal. a went to your head; you lost your wlta and tiokt them all they desired, and they intended SO hM9 a laugh on you, but I rather think 1'1'1 ptllla check on them for theJ>!686nt." I told them everytll1Dg?" "Yee." It can not be." .. It is true." I must have been mad!" You were wildly iatoDcMld..,


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. "A-re T,6U sure I told them all!" tired manufacturer, a gentleman of immense "Yes. wealth. He was what is termed a self-made "How did you find it out?" man. He had started in life as the son of a Tom related what had escaped Nelson poor mill hand, and had become the owner, after Ward's lips when he met him in the hall. many years of the mill where he started as a Hiram was thoughtful a moment and then lad in the meanest capacity and, as is commontaid: ly the case, he was a man who later in life de" Tom, I will never forgive myself." veloped a fine literary taste. Myra was his only "My dear fellow, it's all right. You need child, and it was well known that she would JlOt think anything about it They are two some day be the rich est young lady in the state mean schemers. They have set out to make This fact alone would have made her very war against me, and under all the circumstances popular, but when it is stated that she was sin-ven the disgrace of your condition last night gularly beautiful and strangely unassuming as -I am glad the thing bas occurred; but it is far as wealth 11nd 'position were concerned, htir more disgraceful to them than to you. We claim to popularity can well be understood. know now exactly where they stand and some From the very first moment after his 'meeti_ng day their meanness will come home to them. with Myra, Ralph Rolando had been, as thii We will have trouble with those fellows boys, say, "clean gone on her," and it was I wish I were as strong and courageous as rumored also that Myra was not averse to his you are Tom." attentions and Ralph had received favors from Why?" Mr. Hubbard that h a d been accorded to 'but few \ I'd thrash this Ralph Rolando." student.q, and, as the founder of the academy, I reckon he ll get a thrashing before he Mr. Hubbard w a s a powerful man in all the through. Now, let me tell you somethmg. affairs of the institution You keep away from those fellows. They will Tom Weir had learned all these facts, but he combine together put up some job, but if gave them but little thought. He was more they get best of me in the end it will be bethan modest as far as society was concerned, cause l l!n asleep that' s all.'.' and besides, he was very ambitious and deter.. But they will report me, and have me exmined to devote himself strictly to study. pelled." "Not this trip. "Wh y not?" Because I am on to their game They dare aot report you and will be more anxious to keep the matter quiet than we are But they will seek to harm us some way; but I will have an eye on them, and they will run up agaiost a llllag in the end and don't you forget it, chummiel" Tom got Hiram in shape, and the lad took his place in the classes during the day. He ap peared timid and shamefaced ; but as no one outside of those mentioned knew oj his esca pade, he escaped all criticism. Aftt:r school Ward approached him, and said: Hiram, Ralph Rolando is very sorry for 'What occurred last night." He should be." He made a mistake.,. It was a mean thing." It would have been had he intended to fool you; but he really did a mistake. He thought he was giving you a cordial .. and did not learn until too late that he bad made a blunder." He will never convince me it was a blun-der." "You lnust believe my word." "We will say no more about it." Ralph will try hard to put you on the lline " I will not go on the nine ; I will go on the new nine." "The new nine?" "Yes." "ls there to be another nine?" You wait and s ee." That same afternoon Tom Weir went down to the pond to skate. There had come up a sadden cold snap, and the s hallo:w ponds around had been frozen over. Our hero was a splendid During his stay up in the country he had learned to skate, and he was one of those )ads wbo excel in most everything they under take. There are many just such bright fellows to be met with-boys who are naturally so smart lbat they appear to possess great accomplish ments in every direction. Nearly all the students were down on the ice, and amang them R alph Ronaldo and his friend !lelson Ward an d a l a rge number of the girls were also on the ice Myra Hubba rd was the queen of the l ady skaters She was a native of the town, and had been a skater ever since s he had been large enough to put on the steels. Until the appearance of Tom, Ralph Rolando bMl been the champion among the students. j'l'he Cub&n-Americaii, like our hero, was natu-1 nlly a very bright fellow-just the sort to excel ID &Jmost anything he undertook-and as he rgllded o:lf on the glittering ice, in the presence Of all the merry girls, he felt that there was one accomplishment in which he could not be sur Tam did not put on his immediat.ely, Ila& stood a long while watching the others, and )18 perceived that Ralph was an excellent skater, 8lld he also admired the gmooful skill of _Myra Hubbard, and quite natuially Myra and Ralph ekaied together, and all hands ad.mired their wfll state, was tAe daup&er oi a ze. CHAPTER XIV. WREN Tom saw Myra and Ralph gliding along over the ice a little spark of envy did arise in his heart, He was a lad of warm and ardeztt impulses, and Myra was so beautiful and so merry and looked so charming her blue eyes shining like stars and her cheeks like roses un der the excitement of the delightful exercise, Indeed, so charmed was our hero he stood a long time lost In admiration. Meantime Ralph and Myra glided along here and there over the glassy surface. "Have you made the acquaintance of the new student yet?" asked Myra, as the two glided near the spot :where Tom stood, "No, and I do not care to make his acquaint ance" "Why not?" "I have my reasons." I should think you would be proud to make his acquaintance." "Why?" He is surely a handsome fellow, and they say he is so manly and brave." Ralph flushed with anger. He would given almost anything to have known that Myra had thus expressed herself concerning himself and he hated our "hero all the more upon hear ing such encomiums falling from such lovely lips. I wish you would not talk to me about that fellow, Myra," said Ralph. "Why not\" Do not ask me," Is there any reason why you do not wish to speak of him?" es ; there is good reason why I do not wish to speak of him," Myra was an aggravating little beauty, and bold and free s poken, and she asked: Are you really jealous of him?" "Jealous of him ? repeated Ralph, in a disdainful tone-. "No; I am not." It would appear so," "Why should I be je a lov.s?" He is so hand s ome and brave, and I wish he would put on his skates, I shouldn't be surprised if he was a splendid skater." "Wha t makes you think so?" He looks like one of those boys who is an expert at everything " But he dare not put on his skates. I'll bet you he is very awkward At that moment they were passing near our hero again and it was ob s erved that he had commenced to on his skates There!" said Myra, he is going to skate." Good! I'll be glad to see hfm!" Ralph was really an expert, and was really glad that Tom was to go on the ice as the Cuban-American did not believe it possible that there was a lad in the state who could excel him. The two glided off to a remot.e corner of the pond or lake, and Myra said : I should think you would be glad to wel come this y:oung student, Ralph." Myra, I do not want to say anYt1!fng." Ralph spoke in a significant and meaning tone. Myra was a very bright and discerning girl, and a at ODCe inquired: Do you know anything against him!" "Don't compel me to speak!" Yes, I want you to speak." "Why?" I don t care if I tell you right out." "Yes, do." "I admire him very much, and I WOllld Hke to make his acquaintance 1 '' I'll tell you, then, but you must not tell one else," "Tell me," "You promise?" Yes I promise." "He is a very low fellow. You know I lfve in New York when I am at home. This fellow is an orphan, he is a 1sort of charity student, sent here by some rich man who took pity on him." ' Is that all there is against him?" demanded Myra, quickly. "Is not that enougl}?" I should think if I were a rich boy like yon I'd right up with a young lad like that and encourage him." You forge that I have a social position to maintain. And nowagaln I ask/ou to promise not to reveal what I say and will tell yo11 more." I wtll keep your secret.' "He was once a bootblack m New Yort yes, a bootblack on the streets." There came a troubled look to Myra's face, and she said, after an interval: Is that really a fact?" Yes; and now you know why I do not take to him " I do not see as that is any reasdn why yH should refuse to encourage him-but I am really surprised He does not look like an exboot black-he looks more like a prince. Do yo11 know I think he is the handsomest lloy l ever saw " Well, yea, he has a handsome face. I will admit that.'' He has such delicate features, such beautt. ful eyes, and such a nice expression,.. "Ah, there's the trouble-his looks are deceiving." His looks are deceiving?" Yes; if it was only that he was Qnce a boot:Dlack I would not mind it, but he iii a low, vfI.. clous fellow, a quarrelsome boy, awfull:r ha ful." He does not look so; hi& e:zpression itl awfully sweet "You will find him out some day. He wants to fight every one, He has already sought t& quarrel with me. l wanted to be kind to him, but he is so envious. He recei:ved my advance& in an insultin!f manner, and. Ji was QOmpelled te let him alone. You surprise me; but I would not be en. couraged-he may be sensitive.'' "He is ugly, that's what's the matter with him He is naturally ugly.'' "Does h" know that you possess his secret?" I suspect he thinks I know all about him." And you will not tell any one what you have told me?" Certainly not. I'll throw over him the charity of silence ' That is real gqod of you, Ralph I am really sorry for him, and I hope you will try and be friends with him, and you may do him much good.'' You ask me to perform a very disagreeabl e task " But you may accomplish a great deal o t good "I'd do almost anything to oblige-" "Look there!" suddenly cried Myra. Tom Weir bad struck off over the ice. CHAl>TER XV. THE very moinent Ralph's eyes fell on Tom there arose in his heart a feeling of intense bit terness. He is an elegant skater," cried Myra, &lid I thought so." He is a good straight-away skater," said Ralph Tom glided away tO w)lere there was a clear spot, and he commenced to perform various evolutions, and soon skaters from all over the pond glided over to see his performances. Let' s izo and see him!" said Myra. "I don1 care to go." "Nonsense! Come along, Rali>li Do :not be jealous; you can beat hlm. No one CBD skat.e like you; but he may show you some D8W figures. Come and.learn."


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. 11 "'I d0n't eare to. go." I'll go," cried Myra, and she glided away 11>ward the circle that surrounded Tom. Our hero was not a boy to show off, and the moment he discovered how much attention he was attracting he started to skate o:II; but one of the tutors, Mr. Hamilton, who was quite an expert, arrived at that moment, and asked Tom to show them some figures. Tom was an fellow, and did lead off with several very difficult feats. Several of the boys with Mr. Hamilton tried them, but all failed or made but sorry attempts, and, still encouraged, Tom performed some still more difficult feats, and one of the boys called out: Where's Ralph Rolando?" Nelson Ward had been among the lads, and when the inquiry came he started o:II to where Ralph was gliding around in a circle, and upon reaching his friend he exclaimed: Have vou seen that fellow skate?" "Who. ?1 The bootblack." "Hold on, Nelson; you must not give that away." Onlv to you. But have you seen him?" "No.1 By George! he's a wonder! To tell the truth, you're nowhere; and they are shouting for you." "I tell you she shows her admiration right out.,, 1 "Shut up, Nelse." "It's true, and if I were you I'd tell everybody the truth." "I can't." "You can't?" "No. "Why notY" I've promised not to tell." But what odds does that make? Let's tell and take the chances. We can deny the other thing." "But I've promised some one else." "You've prolllised some one else?" "Yes." "Who?" Some one." N else was silent 1 a moment, and then cried out, as an idea struck him: Did Myra make you pro:o::ise?" ''Yes." "The girl's a fool!" She made me promise." "I wouldn't have promised." She made me." "Hang it! We'll have to drown that fel low!" "Yes, we will, Nelse. We'll do something to get him out of the way," said Ralph. "Shouting for me?" Yes CHAPTER XVI. "Who?" NELSON WARD and Ralph Rolando were two Some of the boys ; they want you to try mad and disgruntled youths. The new student some of his figures. But don't you go there; appeared to be their bite noire at everything-he he can beat you all to bottom." appeared to excel in everything he undertook, Hang him! I wish he'd never come here." and this last exhibition of his marvelous skill as "So do I. Myra Hubbard is there and loud a skater, to use a boy's term, completely" broke in her praise. I heard her say she wished you them up." would come over. She thinks you can beat Meantime our hero completed his exhibition. him, but I know better. Don't you go." He had shown a reluctance in giving it, but Mr. Some of the lads were glancing over toward Hamilton had led him on, and when Tom finally Ralph, and Nelson Ward said: skated away he was greeted with a round of ap.. Take off your' skates, and that will be an plause. excuse. Do not let that fellow beat you." Later on in the evening nothing else was talked Ralph was glad to take the hint, and he started about save the wonderful skill of the new stufor the shore just as some of the students came dent. up. In the evening Perkins entered our hero's "Come over, Ralph!" they cried. room, and said: "Where?" "Well, you've been at it again." "lfo see this new fellow skate-he's a won"How?" derl" I have heard you drove Ralph Rolando off "I'm tired; I fear I've caught a cold." the lake." You should come over and skate against I did not drive him o1f the lake." bim. You can take him down!" said oneofl Theboyssayyoudid." &be boys. I did not intend to do SQ." "I can't go now." Did you know that Rolando was considered "Y.oli should come arii take the airs all out the best skater in the state?" of him." 1 Possibly he is." Some other time." "No, no; the boys say you beat him all hol" You can beat him." low. You beat him at every:hing, and I tell Another boy, however, retorted: you he will hate you, and an idea has just come "No, Ralph can't beat him. He's the best to me. ,tmter in the school-that's certain. Yes, he s "Well?" &be best skater I have ever seen." That fellow bas Spanish blood in him." Ralph glided over toward the shore and com"He is a Cuban, I believe." menced removing his skates, and Nelson Ward "His father was a Cuban; but he was born accompanied him, and also removed his skates, in New York, snd today I heard something, and as the two walked away Nelse said: and if he calls you bootblack we can get back That fellow is a nuisance Hang it! he will on him." carry the boys all with him if we don't look How? .. oot. I've a good mind to tell the truth about Perkins hesitated, but after a moment said: him at once." Mind, I do not vouch tor the truth of what "No; you must keep silent." I say." "Bqt it makes me mad to see Myra Hubbard No." 90 earned away with him. You ou5ht to tell "You have seen the blacksmith of the vilber." la!!:e?" "Wllat good would that do?" "'Yes. It would open her eyes." He is a bitter fellow." Do you think so?" Well?" Yes." He does not like Rolando; and today I But ;rou say she is applauding him." heard him say, I'll bet a big apple there is "Yes, she is; and cries 'splendid' louder negro blood in that fellow Rolando. dum any one else." "It was a mean thing to say." "She does?" "I know it; but he is going to say mean Yes." things_ about you." Ralph was thoughtful and silent, and Nelson What he may say about me might be trne." .W: 1 And it may be the truth wh..'\t die black" I'd tell her if I were you." smith said." Would you really?" I do not believe it." Yes, I would." Roland<> is very dark." I did tell her Bahl I will not listen to any such sJaoder; You did?'' and if you wish tO remain a friend of mine you "Yes." must not on any account repeat what you have Xelee stared in amazement. said to me." "Did l,OU tell her allY" "But suppose he slanders you?" "Yes. "No matter what he may: do to me, I can That he is an ex-bootblack?" take care of myself; but I Will never recognize "Yes." who circulates such a vile slaDder about U! the gfri is she lsalls-ef' h Rolando." o; WW do you mee.o!" he made frlmdl with JOGf' "No, and I do nc..l.:bellen be eTer will." Winter passed, and during that time the i!ltU dents were all kept pretty: steadily at their books; but at the end of each week there CJlme iw:egular hbliday, and a chalieng11 bad been senl"'out br the regular nine to play a scrub nine a game of ball. A nine had been hastily organized; eight men were secured, and a ninth was needed. The eight were holding a meeting and discal!l& ing the securing of the ninth man, when Hima Pe' rkins said: I know a good player." "What's his The Duke of New York." You mean the new stuct,nt?" "Yes. "'-" Can be play be.II?" He can do anything." "I'd er get some one else," said the cap. tain of the new nine. "Why?" '' There is a prejudice against this Tom Weir." Several of the other lads at once cried out: "We want to win, don't we?" "Yes, we do." "I'll tell you what I've heard: theyare bet ting that the regular'1ine will beat us m one in ning" "I know something else," said another boy; some of the girls are offering to bet bouqueta and boxes of candy that Rolando's nine will beat us three to one." I suppase they will!" came the answer from the captam. We have no right to hope to beat a nine that is so well organized, and where the players work so well together as a team." 1f Tom Weir plays I think we can beM them," said Hiram. "Is he such a good player?" He is a splendid player." What position does he play?" He plays any position." "How do you know?" "Never mind; you can take my word for it." Let's ask him to play," came a chorus ol voices. All right," at length assented the captain. Henry Hurlburt, the captain of the nine, in his heart disliked Ralph Rolando, but he was afraid of the popular student. Hurlburt was a reticent sort of fellow, TerJ deep and cunning. He really desired to wiri, and really qesired to secure Tom Weir for hifl nine, but he was playing off, as the boys say, leaving a loop-hole-reserving a chance to de clare that be had opposed putting the new stu dent on the nine. We have a second statement to make as con cerns this Henr,Y Hurlburt. He was, like Raipb Rolando, m love with :(\iyra Hubbard, but he did not dare betray his admiration. Be worshiped her from a distance. He had rarely spoken to her. He did not dare trust himseff to do so-he feared he might betray himself, While pretending to like RalP.h Rolando as a friend, the real truth was he hated the tall Ca ban-American with an intensity that was de vouring him, and yet he feared him. Henry Hurlburt, like Hiram Perkins, was the son of a poor farmer, and he stood in-awe of the son of the millionaire Cuban. had several times snubbed Hurlburt. but the latter bad thought it best not to notice these sneers, but he treasurerl a memory of them in his heart all the same, and made up his mind that some day he would get square. Rolando's team was the pride of the village. The sporting men of the town had"'won many bets on the college team, and its captain waa a hero with them. Ralph was really a g08f! player. He was what is called an all-rolJDll man, and he was especially strong as a Ptt.cber. and it was his skillful handling of the b&ll 11& had gained the high reputation for his nine. It was finally decided that Tom Weir should be invited to join the nine, and when the IJOJ9 separated Henry Hurlburt walked awaf wlll Perkins. The captain had a sclale In 1*' mind. CHAPl'ER XVll. WHEK the two boys were alone, BearJ cad: Hiram, the bo_J'S apJlOinted me a <.'OOM'll!IW of one to see this Tom Weir." "Yes?" 1 want you to act for me." But you are BOt acqoafnt.ed with 11111. That is the reeson I want you to &Cl..,. WhJ IMM 1168 him JOWlllfT"


."!'S THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. ,r--=i======:c::==;:==========:::;;;;;;r============= I will later on." But you must know him " you can introduce me." .. IJlill do it now "NO; you must introduce me on the 11.eld." Hiram did not get on to the scheme, as the avtng goes, and answered: "'-All right" Perkins had no difficulty in finding Tom Weir. The latter spent much time in his IOOms. He was a genuine student, and, like the busy bee, was improving every shining !lour a "Hallool Tom, can I come inf" "Yes, old in." Hiram entered our hero's room and said: I'm a committee of one to tell you somelbfng, and bear you an "Go ahead, old f e llow." There is to b_e a ball match " So l have h eard." .. Between the reg ulars and a selected nine." "Yes, I ha v e heard a bout it. "You have been selected to play on the picked nine " I have been se lected?" ,. Ye s." "Who selected me ? " The captain.'' "Who is the captain?" "Henry Hurlburt." How did he come to select me? I do not know him to speak to him." "Well, the boys d e manded your selection.'' They did ?" Yes." How did they happen to demand it?" .. You must a s k them " No, I prefer to ask you." "Oh, non se n se!" "You propos e d my name!" I' II tell you." "Yes do " You see they were stuck-they did not have a ninth man, and I merely suggested your name, and it was received with acclamation." "It was?" "Yes." What do they know about me?" Probably they suppose that as you are so good at ev e rything el o e they ima g ine as a mat of course you are a 11:reat ball player." "I'd rather not play .,.' "Why?" I want my time." It will cause great disappointment ff you do not play." I can not aid the nine much." l know you are a good player." "You do?" "Yes." How is it you know so much about a new man!" .. Well, you are." See here, Hiram, i t isn't good judgment for me to play." "Why not?" .. I do not desire to provoke this fellow Rolando more tha11 is necessary." You ought to down him whenever you can." He ma1 make it unpleasant for your friend Burlbu!'t.' "How!" He may object to me as a /player." He can not object, and I want you to pl&, .lj tell you I will not help the nine much." I want you to play, anyhow." "Why ate you so anxious?" I'll tell you: our nine Is looked upon with eo much contempt." "It Is?" "Yes. "Why!" They are betting against us and Jaughing at " Who?" Almost 6Ve"!Y the girls." "The wrist" "Yes. ''What do they know about base-ball!" "They have all the p()ints down, you bet, and I am told that Myra Hubbard is sa:Ying that we will be beaten in one inning, and some of &be girls are to bet bouquets and boxes of candy lbat we will be beaten three to one." That would be a bad beating." "Yes.'' "Why dii DOt Hurlburt come and aak me blmaelft" I .. BecAle he Jid not know you well enough." You could have introduced me." "I will." "When?" On the field." Why did.he not come and. be introduced to da ?" !. He is busy getting ready for the match." I'll play, Hiram, but I do wish I had not been put on the nine. That same afternoon it went abroad that the Duke of 'New York was to play on the team, and the news reached Nelson Ward, who ran to talk the news over with Ralph, and when he met the latter he asked: "Have you heard the news?" What news? " That fellow is to)lay on the selected nine "Weir? "Yes." Who ask e d him to play?" Hurlburt, I s uppose." "Hang him! "But 1 am glad he is going to play.'( "Why?" "You a re pitcher ? "Yes.,, You can m a ke a show of him " The r e m a y b e somethin g in that." "Yo u bet; thi s is your opportunit y Han g him h e c a n n o t be the best a t e ve r y thing and jus t on ce w e'v e got him. " Po ss ibly y ou 're ri ght. I'll bother him, a nd if he make11 a base hit off me I'll eat the b all." CHAPTER XVIII. TH E base-ball match w as the talk not only of the town but the surrounding country. Old and y oun g women and men, were all more or less interestE'. d in the mat c h. Ralph Rolando s r e gular seminary nine had won a great reput a tion, and R a lph Yas recog nized as what is known as a pitcher. He pitched a wonderfully swift ball. and was also master of all the curve trick s a nd besides, he was recognized as a p,itcher what is called a good head. He was cool m crit ical emergencies, and his popularity as the cap tain of the nine was great. He w a s ' in the swim," as far as popularitr, goes, a nd those who did not lfdmire him were silent, while those who did were loud in their laudations of his skill. As stated, when it became known that there was to be a second seminary nine the excite ment became great, and the adherents of the two nines began to range themselves on sides. The large majqrity were enthusiastic over the first nine, and the others were silently hope ful as concerned the sec-0nd nine; but there were visitors from nei g hboring towns, and the ma jority of the latter were ranged against Rolan do's nine. Their own nines 1iad been beaten by the seminary nine, and hoped to see them taken into camp. So upon the day when th e match was to take place there was a large assemblage present, and the excitement was at fever heat. At length the two nines appeared upon the field. The scrub nine were sent first to the field for the preliminary practice. They were greeted with applause as they advanced to their several positions, attired in brand-new uni forms. Tom Weir had been assigned to center field. He had not been consulted as to his choice of position, and went to the one assigned without a word Just before entering the field Hiram and Tom exchanged a few words. "You must not lose your bead, Tom, ff they guy you a little " You need not fear for me, Hiram, my boy." "I've a suspicion that they have set two or three parties to do so." So much the worse for them, I reckon." "You must not lose your temper, Tom." "Never fear. You look out for yourself. I'll do well enough." The lads opened up well. The hall was sent out to the field, returned, and passed rapidly from base to base, and then sent home, and the cro wd cheered and applauded in a hearty man ner A" stinger" was sent to center field. There was some excitement. The eyes of all the stu dents were fix ed on the n e w player, Tom Weir. The latter let the ball pass through his fingers, and there followed a laugh 11.nd many com ments. Nelson Ward and Ralph Rolando were stand Ing together and both eag e rly watched the ball as it went sailing out toward the person they so cordially hated, and wheu thJ! b&ll glided be tween his fingers and wen\ sailing over Ids bea they laughed with the others, &Dd NeJ.on Ward Wh18pered: He's no good. I thought IO. We'll tend him leather-hunting, you bet." "And I'll bother him when Ile comes to bat," whispered Ralph back to his friend. Myra Hubbard was standing near by, and Ward walked over to her and said: They counted a good deal on that new plarer, but he's no good." How do you know?" asked Myra. He missed an easy baJI." He may be a II tile nervous." M y ra, by her answer, showed how well sna was up in the game." "Good players don t get nervous." "I've. seen you miss a ball Nelson Ward." "And you think it was an accident!" "It may have been." Well, there goes another for him-& regular fungo. Let's see what he ll do now." Even as Ward spoke the ball went skimming up in the a ir, and fell right in Tom's hands; but he fa iled to hold it, and again there fol lowed a l a ugh. "What did I tell you?" said Ward, aga1o. a ddr e s s ing Myra Wait till the g ame commences,'' said the g irl. Henry Hurlburt had been watching the play of hi s nine. and he sought an opportunity to say to Hiram P e rkins: "We're to be weak in center field. Y our friend Weir i s no g ood " He may be a little n e rvous Hiram h a d seen Tom miss the two files," and he felt disappointed. If he i s nervous in practice he'll go all to pieces when the game commences I've a mind to send in th e substitute. "Take my advice and don t do it. " But the other fellows are playing so wel we may win the game if we have a good ceow fielder. " Weir will be all right, you mark my words." A third ball was sent to Tom, and for U. third time he let it pass through his fingers. By ginger! that won t do at all said Hurl bu rt. At this moment the signal was given for the regular seminary nine to take their places for practice, and they walked on the field under a perfect ov a tion of applause, and they looked like chllDlpions When the ball was pUBeli round they ar, ted like men who thought they had what the boys call" a soft thing." "I'll change Weir," said Hurlburt. "Don' t you do it, Hurlburt." But we 11 Jose the game through him.'' Give him a chance, and if he falls yo11 cm change him later on. I'll give him the tip get hurt," It may be too late." But it will be a disgrace to change h1a without a chance." "Not so much a disgrace as to change him afterward." He may deserve It then, he does not now." All ri*ht, I'll let him play; but we'll loee the game. The regulars played nicely during their prao tice Ralph went to center field and took set eral balls that were sent out to him, and Wanl walked over to Myra, and said: There s a player for you-nothing through hie hands Henry Hurlburt was standing near by and overheard the remark, and it stung him. He was jealous of Ralph in just that direction, and he again resolved to change Tom Weir oft the nine Meantime Kyra had remarked: You wait until the regular game commences." "Nonsense!" retorted Ward. "Rolando' team will annihilate them. I doubt if they will get a run." I'll bet you a box of candy the acrub Diiie wins," pluckily cried :Myra. CHAPTER XIX. HENRY HunLBURT overheard the o1fer of the wage_r and so did Tom Weir, and there caae a strange look in his eyes and a fiush to his faoa. I don't want to make a bet with a lady," said Nelson Ward. "You dare not!" camf the taunting The chances are dead against you. ru t.a you what I will do, Myra: I'll bet yo the regulars beat these fellows iR one inDiag. ..


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. 11 Bow do you mean!" I mean the regulars wll1 make more runs kl one inning than the others make in the whole game." "That is what you call giving odds?" "Yes. "I don't care for any advantage; I'll bet you I first proposed." "l will not bet you, Myra; it would not be fair." "If ;rou won't bet, don't talk!" said the bea utiful girl, with a merry laugh. Henry tlurlburt Hiram Perkins. His heart was wildly. Hiram," he said. I'd like to talk a few moments to Weir; will you bring him to me?" Are you going to change him?" I onlv want to talk to him." Hlram went to Tom and said: "Tom, you had b&d luck." "Did U" "Yes." "How?" You missed three balls in succession." Tom laughed in a significant manner but made no reply. Hurlburt wants to speak to you." All right." He may ask you to let the substitute play in your place." "Well?" "What do you think?" "How do you want me to take it?" "Have you confidence in yourself?" I reckon I have." Then don't agree to rfO ofl." Can he order me off? "l don't know; I think not, as the names bave been passed to the umpire "He will be compelled to let me play?" "Yes, I think so; although if you ask to go off the other 'Captain may consent to the change." We will see what our captain has to say." Hiram led Tom over and introduced him to Henry, and the latter said: "Weir, it was hardly fair to ask you to play." "Why?" "You are a new-comer, and naturally very nervous.'' I think I can get along well enough." "I'd like to win the game." "I'd like to !lee you win." "Would you, really?" "Yes.'' Would you be willing to let me send in a 8Ubstitute?" "Yes-certainly." You will not be offended?" Not afall." Hiram protested. "I don't think it's right, 'Henry." Your friend is willing." Certainly I am, said Tom. And you will not feel bad?" "No; I think it's the best thing to do." I will have to get Rolando's consent," said Henry. "And now let us understand each ether You are perfectly content?" "I am; yes, certainly." Henry walked away, and Hiram said to Tom: I'm real mad." "Why?" "I wanted you to play." "I'll play." But you told him you would go off." I know it; and I knew just what was about." But if you consent to go off, how can you la !" laughed, and winked, and said: It will be all right." "I'll be shot if I can understand what you M'eUD to!" play, Hiram." But vou eaid you would go off." "Yes.1 Then how will you play?" "Roiando must consent to the change." Of course." He never will.:' "By jingo! I did not think of that." "He would not consent to a change for a thousand dollars." "You're right See, he is shaking his head negatively now, and Henry is urging him." "Of course; and, don't you see, I've shown the proper accommodating spirit to Henrr,, and I'll play all the same, thanks to Rolando. it will be better, all, if you not play.1 "Why?" You are not in good form." A!!'Bln there came a twinkle to Tom's eyes. "'Tu;Jando will have the laugh on you, and when you come up to the bat he will make a show of you." "Will he?" Yes, and he is laying for the .chance." All right, I can stand it." e Hiram observed at length a singular confi dence in his friend, and he said: "You're up to something." "Oh, no; but I'll be all right, and don't you forget it!" If you ain't nervous you may come out all right." My nerve is all right." "Well, you know." "I do." While the above conversation was in progress Henry Hurlburt had been to Ralph. He approached the opposing capta:m, and said: Ralph, I want to ask a favor." Go ahead." I want to change one of my players." "Which one'/" "Tom Weir." "Why did you put him on?" I was asked to do so." It's too late to make a change." "Why?" The names of the players, in their order, have been given to the umpire." '' We can make the change if you consent.'' "I can not consent." "Why not?" It would not be right." Why not, I'rl like to know?" "I can't do it." "You ought to be glad to win on your merits.,, That's all right; but you knew what you were about when you put that fellow on." "And you refuse to permit the change?" "Yes, I do." CHAPTER XX. HENRY HURLBURT was mad .He considered Ralph had acted real mean, and it was true un der all the circumstances Rolando had acted mean, and yet the young fellow could not let go the opportunity of triu!Ilphing over the new student, who had excelled htm in several other directions "I'll make a show of him!'t he muttered, and when Ward came along the latter said: "What's up?" "Henry: wants to take the fellow Weir off his team and put ib the substitute." You did not consent?" "No." "You're right; you would have been a goose. That fellow's no good, and you can make a show of him." You bet I will." "And I've set the boys up to' guv' him." "That's We may give lilm such a showing u.p as will cause him to git.' "It would be just jolly if we could.'' "Do you know Myra Hubbard offered to bet me the scrub nine would win?" What's she thinking of, I'd like to know?" I <:an tell you.'' "Well?" She's gone on the handsome face of that fellow "Hang the fellow!" She makes excuses for his blunders." "She does, eh?" "Yes." Well, she will have to make a good many before this game is ended to-day." "You bet! Oh golly! won t I enjoy seeing you 'show him up.' " I ll make him appear like a fool. It was cheek for him to eqter the other nine, but he's got cheek. He thin'ks he's something big, but we'll take him down a peg.'' Henry Hurlburt meantime, was very_ sore. He really believed his nine could win if 1t were not fo'r his Jonah. Hang it!" he muttered, "I must take him, and it would be a joke if he were to make the winning run I wish he could, but then he's no pl a yer, and he'll swamp us. I must get him to pretend he s injured in the first inning, and the umpire will order him off, and let me put on a substitute." Henry approached Hiram and Tom and said: "You'll have to play, Weir." .. Wby?" "Rolando won't let you off." "Why not?" "I'll tell you, he wants to win." He does, eh?" "Yes." And thinks I'll lose the game!" Yes; and now we can fix him yet." "How?" You can manage to get hurt in the firs& m. ning " Well?" And then the umpire will let me put ma substitute." "Not in the first inning." Oh, yes, if you manage to get hurt bad." v-i Tom smiled, and said: You leave it to me." Can you do it?" You shall not lose this game through me.,. Henry understood Tom to mean that he would. follow instructions about getting hurt. and said: "You are a good fellow, Weir, and I'll never forget this good turn." You are very anxious to win?" "Yes, especially since Ralph has acted ao meanly." "He'll be sorry," said Tom, in a quiet toue. "Yes; we can fool him yet." "You bet we will!" said Tom. "I'm your friend, Tom Weir." Thank you." Henry walked away-, and Hiram said: What are you gomg to do, Tom?" "Oh, I'll do what is right." "And will you get hurt?" ' You wait and see.'' I wouldn't do it in the first inning." "Why not?" "You may get your nerve back and play good game." That's so." "Then you wo't get hurt at first?" May be not." ''I'd like to see you play through the game,.,. Would you?" "I would. I'd rather go off the nine my self." '' But you 're a good player." "We can't beat those fellows, but I'd lite te give them a close game." "You think we can't beat them?" "I do." Why not?" They are all in good form, and I will ., that Rolando is a dandy pitcher. He's hard to beat." Who pitches for our side?" "Henry." "How is he?" He is a good, steady pitcher, and has plentf of nerve." "How was it he wasn't on the regular nine?,. ' Rolando is jealous of him. I think he fears him." And you would really like to see our aide win?" "I'd go hungry for a month." And if we wm ?" "A.h, we can't!" "We can't, eh?" "No, it is impossible "What makes you think so?" They're too heavy for us. "You think so?" "Yes.'' "We've got the best catcher." How do you know?" I watched our man, and I've been wafdt. the other fellow." And ours i s the better?" Yes ; and) Hiram, you will see some fUll before this game is over." CHAPTER XXI. "You'RE a queer fellow, Tom," said Hiram. Tom again smiled in a pleasant manner and said: There s a dead-set against me, but it will come out all right." Tom Weir walked away, and was passing a group of g irls, whe n to his utter amaimment one of the stepped forward and addressed him. The girl who thus came forward was l!f119 Hubbard. '' Excuse me,'' she sai

THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. "You are very ll..ind," again said Tom. "I want to tell you not to be nervous. It's 911 right, even if you do lose." "And you would like to see our nine win?" "Yes-I'd be clelighted." May I ask why?" Myra blushed and hesitated. "Please tell me why you would like to see oar team win?" "You won t repeat what I say?" Certainly not." "Well, I do not like their air of confidence and the supercilious remarks they have made about your nine." "They think they can beat us,. I believe?" "Yes; and the chances are they will But I want you to play your best." "You are very kind." Don' t be afraid ; go right in." Myra spoke in an impetuous and energetic manner, and pantomimed with her pretty little hand when she said, Go right in." If you won't tell, I'll let you into a secret," eaid Tom. Thank you." "You won't tell?" "No." "We'll beat them!" You will beat them?" Yes-we'll win." How dolou know?" I've size both nines "What is that? "I'll explain : I've watched all the players, and the two nines are more evenly matched than some people think. The advantage is a little with the regulars, because they have been used to team work: hut they are going in with overconfidence, and when we give them a good showing they will seek to secure the game, and will try too hard, and will become r-ilttled, and we will win tbe game." "You have studied it closely "Yes, I have." I hope you are right." I will promise you that we will win the pme." "You will promise me?" "Yes." "You must have great confidence in yourself!" I've seen a many games played. I am capable of judgrng. It's pretty an even game under any circumstances The facts I have revealed are as I say. You will find they get rattled and go wild. Yes, I will promJae 1ou that we will win." I hope you will.'' At this moment the signal was sounded, calllng"the regu hrrs ftom practice, and Tom said : "You will not repeat what I have said either before or after the e;ame?" Why not after the i;amjl?" n may make enemies for me:" I see; I will be silent." Tom raised his hat and walked away. Henry Hurlburt again approached Ralph and said: Do lou still refuse to let me make a change!' "Yes, I do." Some day you may ask a favor of me." Refuse it." I will remember to-day's treatment most eertainly." ) "That will be all right. Your men go to the bat. I wo11 the toss and choice." "And you still refuse?" "!do." As Ralph spoke he walked off toward the field to take his position as pitcher. Henry Hurlburt was the first man to the bat. He elected to go first to the bat in order to give greater confidence to his team. He was a good batter, but he was angry and discouraged because of Rolando's meanness. The game was called, and a stillness settled over the field, and all was expectancy. T.he .first ball was wide and a ball was called. The second went over the plate, and a strike 'WAS called. The third was again wide The fourth Henry struck .at, and cut the air for an other strike. The fifth was wide, and the sixth was missed, and Henry was out, and the pitcher received the usual applause. The second man to the bat also struck out, and also the third man, and the scrub nine had score a goose egg," and the applause for the regulars was simply terrific. The first man of the regulars went to the bat and tipped out on the first ball, and Henry :received a small round of applause. The 118COud mu at \M bat for the regulars made a clean base hit, and the applause was deafening, and the friends of the regulars were frenzied with delight as the gained his base. The third batter of the regulars, however, raised a ball in the air; it was taken by the shortstop, who threw to first, catching the run ner, and the rerrulars also retired, having scored a" goose The scrublt>atters went out in their order; not a base hit was scored, and the regulars again came to the plate. The first batter forthe regulars made a scratch hit and gained his base through a fumble," and the laughter at the blunder and the applause for the batter and successful runner were min gled. The man on first ran to second on the first ball pitched and succeeded in gaining his ba s e on another fumble, and the remark was heard : The regulars will wipe the field with them." But the next batter struck out, and so did the succeeding one, and it was two out a p d one man on base. The next batter, however, scored a hit, and the first runner was advanced to third, and the second gained his first base, and the game stood: two men out and two men on bases when Ralph Rolando stepped to the plate. CHAPTER XXII. was flying over his head. It wu a dmpeniil chase. The ball was descendl11g; k wu beyoa. his reach, as it appeared. But no. SuddenlJ turning, he reached up with one hand. Thert was a hush, and then a shout as the umpire di" clared: Batter out." It was a wonderful catch, one of the most ex traordinary catches, under all the circumstances, ever seen upon that particular field. The twe runners had crossed the plate, and Ralph had almost made the circuit of the bases when the decision came, Batter out." A madder youth never stood and looked back over a field, and the shouts of the on-lookel'I maddened him all the more, as they were shouts of approval of the lloy he hated. A ball crowd is usually impartial and always ready to applaud a good play, and Tom's play was what is called a phenomenal one. It waa indeed a marvelous catch, and it ended the inning and surell saved three runs. Rolando's side was out, and the scrub boys walked in toward the plate as the regulars went to the field, and as Tom came in he was greeted with a fresh outburst of applause. Nelson Ward, as he passed to his position, walked near to Ralph, and whispered: Curse that fellow!" "Was it a good catch?" asked Ralph. "A wonderful catch!" FoR an instant there was a dead stillness, Only a scratch, I reckon." when Ralph, with a confident air and a look of "Don't send your next ball in his direction." determination, took his position. He went "Yes, I' will." the usual motions of a batsman who at "You will?" a crit.Jcal moment was determined to do or die. Yes." He rapped his bat on the plate to try its s ound" Why?" n ess; he grasped it firmly1mcl then ran his hand "He'll miss the next one, and then he'll get over it, and finally settled into a position of what he deserves." grace a nd readine ss. "I don t know, Ralph; I'm afraid he's a The words passed from lip to lip : daisy, and a deceiver." "Now he's got 'em! It's two runs this time, "You mean he was playing off in the prac certain. The men on first and third will come tice?" in," "That's my: idea." There was a determined look also on the face "Wait until he comes to the bat . of Henry Hurlburt. He showed that he knew "He goes to the plate first man this inhlng." it was a critical moment, and he set himself for Good! I'll make a show. of him." a fine exhibition of hard pitching As Tom met the captain of his nine, the latter Amid alml'St deathless silence the first ball said: was delivered. It was a wild ball, and the um"That was a bully catch, Weir." pi re called out ball against the pitQher, and then was a lucky one." the murmured words were passed from mouth "You did well ; you saved three runs." to mouth: ... .. If we mind ourselves, we'll win," said He will give him a base; he dare not give Tom. him a good ball." Do you think we can?" The catcher returned the ball to the pitcher; Yes." andthe suppressed excitement was as great as "Batter up! came the command from the though a hundred lives depended upon the umpire, and amid breathless Hi!enee Tom, walked to the plate. The pitcher gazed around upon the basemen The first ball was wide and called aiiiinst th and the outfielders and then fixed his eagle pitcher; the second went over the plate, and glance on the base runners, and then quickly caught the batter" napping, and there arose a turning delivered the second ball. murmur of applause for Ralph. The third ball Again the decision of the umpire was against went over the plate and a second time Wa.\l the him. batter caught napping," and again there arose "Two balls," called the official of the day. a little applause. The fourth ball went fair. "I knew it-I, knew it," repeated the wise Tom struck; cut the air; the ball went into the ones. "He dare not give Ralph a ball; he's catcher's hands. The umpire called out. afraid of him. He'd rather give him a base." Tom walked away from the plate as the 'nen What s ucreeded rather encouraged the idea batter faced the pitcher : that the batter had reached the same conclu-As our hero took his seat among the boys Oil sion, for Henry sent in a swift curve over the the bench Hiram said to him: plate,--and the umpire called: "I was in hopes you'd get on to him, Tom." One strike " It's all right." A murmur arose from the assemblage, and a He fooled you?" little cheer followed from the friends of the Yes." scrub nine. "1lt would have been bully if you had sent a The fourth ball was delivered, and the desoc1'lolager after your catch." cision came: The ain't over " Three balls " They ll go for us soon, you bet." Again came the wiseacres with their com -"They won yet." ments. They'll do so, but we've given 'em a good He daren t give him a ball . fight." Ilenry settled himself in the box and Ralpl i They will find the worst part of the battle braced himself at the plate. It was business is to come yet," remarked Tom, in a quiet, COil One strike and three balls was the i:ecord. One fident tone. more ball, and Ralph would take his pase. The crowd awaited anxiously. Henry was very de liberate. l,[e proved himself a pitcher of mettle. It was evident that he was determined not to be come flurried. The next ball went humming through the air. It was a fair ball. Ralph was ready for it. He caught the curving sphere on the end of his bat. He gave it a ripper, and away it flew out over the field. A great shout arose Men, women, boys and girls became frantic with excitement as the shout went up: A home run, and all in But wait. Tom Weir was after the ball. He was on the run, his back to the Aeld. The hall CHAPTER xxm. THE immediate result hardly justified Tom's prediction, as the two batters following him went out on strikes, and Ralph had scored a high honor in striking out three batters succes sively, and as he walked in from the box h& was greeted with applause, and he had well earneil the enthusiastic recognition; but im mediately after Henry Hurlburt won the same distinction, for he struck out three successive batters of the regulars. and he, too, reeeived aa enthusiastic recogmtion. The assemblage, meantime, had come to real ize that they were witnessing a magniJlce1Jtt;10Qo


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. 15 test, and the regulars .had also come to feel thas 6ey had no "walk-over." They lost their cont Ment air, and as they took their position ahowed that they to appreciat.e the situa tion. They had no' easy thing of it; indeed, defeat or a draw game was among the possi bilities if the scrub nine keP.t up their style of playing ; and a defeat or even a draw game would be what the boys call a black eye for the regulars. Again Ward approached Ralph and held a whispered talk. "We must rattle 'em, Ralph." It's all luck on their part. They'll go to pieces pretty soon " Oh, we'll heat 'em, of course; but I wanted *<>make a show of 'em." .. So we will. in the end. "You are confident?" Certainly; they've had good luck." "And we ve had b a d luck. "Yes; tha t fellow on to that ball of mine w as nothing but luck. Hiram again app ro a ched Tom, and they were joined by H enry Hurlburt. "We're doing pretty, boys, after all," said tile captain of the SC. rubs. That's the way to do it, old man I'm to the bat, and I'll start the streak.'' "Yes, do it.'' Ward kept his word ; he did knock out a safe hit and secured his base; but he died there, for the next three batters went out-one on a fiy, the other on an infield hit to Henry Hurlburt, and the last man became dazed, struck wildly three times, and -vyas retired. The scrub nine did no better, and still the score stood nothing to nothing, and an inning in favor of the regulars It was a good game, however ; indeed thus far it had been one of the best games ever played on the ground s The scrub boys were rising. in the estimation of the on-lookers, and the students generally be gan to realize that the y had two good teams, and the remark was pa s s e d a round : "It' s a close after a ll ; I thought the regulars would annihilate them.'' The r e gulars a ga in fa c ed H enry's pitching, and the first m a n went out, thll second secured his bas e on a bad fumble b y the s hortstop, and he gained second b as e on a good run. A man on second and on:y one man out was the score. CHAPTER XXlV. "We' ll be a t 'em," s aid Tom. "Do y ou think so?" "Yes." THE regulars bec a me very confident, and the I hardly dare h> hope for such good luck." scrubs wer e correspondingly depressed. Things I'll give you a 'pointer.' looked bad a s the boys say. Go it." Hiram called to Tom : "Rola ndo is a good strong batter, "We' re g one, old man!" but h e s g ot one fault.'' N ot ye t, my de a r. " What i s it? " They' ll m a ke a run, s ure "He' s inclin e d to a fungo. But give him a One run don't win a ga ipe." ehance the ne x t time he comes to the bat He' ll ' Onr boys will be c ome rattled raise the b a ll and 1'11 get him again." No, no Jus t wait; it' s a ll right." "It m a y not to you." The r e gulars n ext b a tter s ent a ball to Your other fielders are all right, and it will fie ld. Ae;a in it a ppeared like a sure hit. The be an easy b a ll you bet m a n on se cond received o rders to run in. It I'll try it once did not seem po s sibl e that the ball could be "No risk secured when again Tom made a wonderful "I did intend to give him a base ii I got away catch away down near the fence. A shout witll the other batters.'' arose, 'and the man who had run in started to "Don't do it, '8s it will be a triumph over return to his ba se, but Tom made a splendid As it stands, the batting record is about throw, and the ball went straight into the hands ..,f\...J. The crowd will get on to it, and will say of the man on second b a se jus t in time, and the you -.ere afraid to give him a ball, and Ralph umpire de c lared batter and runner out. will v<>me out ahead. Let him hit, and take the A second time Tom had s aved the game, and

16 THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. "And I will make a friend of you?" CHAPTER XXVI. delivered. Ward made a terrible d.rfve at the "yqa will." Ali'TElt the usual wait following a decided sphere, but, alas! the Fates were a.mst him. I want a good friend crisis in a game, the second batsman of the He made a second tip and the baTI landed 1-"Ob, make a home run, and I'll be your scrubs went to the plate the grasp of the catcher. It was a woBderful brother!' Ralph Rolando was mad and gathering him catch, and the Inning was over. Hiram also took an opportunity to caution s elf for an effort, be sent three vicious balls Again the remark went around Tom. directly over the home plate, and the striker What awful luck!" "Look out, Tom." three times cut the air and was out. Our readers will remember that Tom Weir "Why?" Rolando s fine pitching won for him w e ll had remarked after the first inning that the "Rolando will make a clown of you if be merited applause, and the third batter faced him scrubs had the best catcher The latter, like can." h gain. Ralph settled down for a grand display our h ero, was a new-comer to the school, and it If he can," repeated Tom, in a significant of pitching but the batter caught with a was the first time he bad played on the grounds tone. But the ball did not go beyond the in a regular match and he had done well so "You lay for him for a good one." mfielders and two men were out. The fourth far. "What do you-want me to do?" batter stepped to the plate, and the crowd The game stood even innings and one rua "Sock it to her. cheered the pitcher He had indeed done well, each, and so the game went on until Ralph "Sock it to her, eh?" and had in part redeemed the one fatal ball that again went to the bat. He had learned a point "Yes." h a d yielded a home run, and when the fourth from Tom and he made use of his knowledge. "For one, two, or three bases? Or how will batter retired on a foul tip there arose an outHe caught Henry for a stinger and cleared the a home run do?" burst of approval. bases by a home run, thus maintaining ht. "Don't try for a home run." Again the game was even, as far as the score standing as against Weir. "Why not?" was concerned, with an inning to the credit of Never had such a game been played on the "You'll raise her up jn the air, and they have the regulars grounds. It appeared like a contest of giants. good fielders." Thus far it had been a magnificent game of "That wins the game!" was the comment, "What shall I do?" ball indeed. The excitement of thP. scene had and it did appear as though such would be thfl "If you get first, you're a dandy spread for many came to witness the game who result. "All right; we ll see." thought to find it would be a one sided affair Ward was again with the girls, and he ex Tom Weir was a dandy as a ball player. He Nearly all the under teachers were 00 the claimed as Ralph crossed the plate : had one of the longest beads for "points." He grounds, and, as far as it bad gone, it was the What did I tell you? Rolando is the boy! up to the plate, and there was dead most exciting contest that had ever been fought Now we've 'em, since they 11ill not make sllence. there. Even the two clergymen of the village another run m the game If it had not been for The first ball came wide and a ball was called had heard of the gr eat game and had hastened that lucky hit of the fellow from New' York on the pitcher. The second ball went over the to the field. we would have 'Chicagoed' them plate ,andTomstoodandletitgoby,astbough Meantime the game proceeded. Ralph bad "Wait until the Duke of NewYorkcomee he were afraid of it. He didn t make an at to the bat again," said Myra. tempt even to hit the b a ll. to each one of his men, had given them "He'll go out on strikes. Rolando will fix A second ball went over the plate, and he mstr,uctions, and had sought to encourage them him. You wait and see." stood like an idiot . to the best of bis ability He was proving himRolando's was the only run made that inning, The crowd commented and asked: self an excellent captain and well fitted for the and in the next inning for the scrubs Tom came "What's the matter with him? He is scared place. to the plate. out of. his wits." Nelson Ward, who was quite a ladies' man, There was great excitement and anticipatioa. Even Ralph laughed. He had a sure thing as the saying goes walked over to where Myra Tom was perfectly cool. One ball went wide-, He sent in a swift ball over the plate but failed stood in the midst of a 'firoup .of girls, and the the second over the plate, and a strike wa& to give the curve. Tom's bat came round, and merry beauties greeted Im with the discourcalled, the third ball our hero struck at andl lik te th b ll 1 ft th rl t 1 aging announcement: missed, and two strikes were called on the bale a me or e a c e e air an, wen sat .. You are going to be beaten irig over .. the heads of the fielders. The latter .. Not by a long shot!" ter. The next ball was wide and also the sucall a rush, but a bird couldn't have over .. 1 told;ou so,,, said Myrn. ceeding one, and the expectancy was great. taken that ball Ralph was cool and steady, and slow and sure Tom meantime ran like a deer, and amid a This told you is always an irritating he sent the deciding ball the plate taunt. shout sch as can only be heard on a ball field .. Wait and see," said Nelson reached the home plate before the ball was re .. You fellows thought you were going to turned even to the second baseman. i 1 -" walk right over your opponents." It was a magnincent ht-a c ean, swe, sure "So we will. Just wait until Rolando comes home run-there was no dispute, and Ralph to the bat again!" wasmad. Tom had fooled him. His seeming fear was "Yes, and wait until the Duke o( New York l"k d comes to the bat again!" returned Myra. a trick; his standing 1 e a ummy was a "That fellow has been lucky. It will run so "guy.:. Be was a good batter, and for the sometimes." third time he had won the honors of the day. The assemblage became frenzied, as a home Then you do not give him credit for good run is always greeted with enthusiasm, and plar!ng?" said one of the other girls. when it is the tying or winning run its impor' Oh, he has played well, but he is lucky tance is the greater an!l it receives the heartier "If you lose the game you will owe your de recognition . feat to the Duke. The scrub boys betrayed their delight. Hiram "No, we will owe it to luck. But, girls, we Perkins turned a handspring, and others sent will not lose the game. See that! our boys are iheir bats in the air, and when Tom walked going in now over towi-d the bench they all crowd around As Ward spoke, the first batter for the regu him with congratulations ; indeed, the event for lars sent a good safe hit over second base, and a few moments stopped the game. The regu the next batter took a crack at the first ball Jars were paralyzed and dazed. offered, and advan<'.ed the runner a base on an Ward walked in and asked: excellent sacrifice hit. "What was the matter with you, old man?"' "Our boys are down to business now," said "Cunie him!" Ward, in a triumphant tone. "That is onl.Y "What did he do?" the beginning; we'll make a show of them th!S "I'll tell you." inning-see if we don't." "Yes, do." The third batter for the regulars, however, "He fooled me." went out on strikes; and it was two men out. He did?" and one man on second. ... Yes." "Ward t Q the bat!" came the "How?" "Now, w a tch me! said Ward, as he walked I thought he was afraid of the ball and I away to take his position at the plate. put in a skimmer, but he was laying for it." The young fellow was in dead earnest and he And he got you good." made a desperate dash at the first ball. He made Yes, he did but the game is not over yet." a tip, but it was not held, a nd the remark passed Our boys are rattled though. I tell you around : they came on the field with too much c onfi Wha t luc k! If he had g ot that ball square dence, a''d this thing is playing them out." it would h ave be e n the bit of the day." "Wait until I go to the bat again; I've The s e cond b a ll w a s wide; the third went learned a point from that fellow." over the plate and cau ght Ward napping. A moment l a ter and the game was resumed There was a hush o f ex ci t e m e nt. A base hit Meantime Hiram h a d sa id to our hero: meant one run, and prob a bly the winnin g run "By ginger, Tom, that was a dandy!" of th e g ame. The b a tter h a d but one c hance, Henry Hurlburt came up, and said : however Henry Hurlburt was very deliber a te ; "You're my brother from this time out, it was a crisis in the ga me, and at such moments Weir. he was cool and steady Another ball was sent "I got him gogd," said Tom wide, and another, until it stood with but one Yes, you did." ball and one strike to the credit of the batter .. We'll win the game and pitcher. Again Henry delayed, and Ralph "We may.'' called to the man @n the base: "They're rattled now," Sa'ld ToDl. "Two men out Run,in on anything. " We will win if we can," wae the response, The last \Jall for the innin6t,. as it proved. was CHAPTER XXVII. RoLANDO took the fead in the honors of the game Tom cut the air and retired on strikes. and a wild shout greeted Rolando's victory. The remaining two batters were disposed of u they came to the plate. and the regulars had a. decided lead. The game stood two to one in. runs and an inning to the credit of the regulars. (l,Jld tlie comments went around: I knew it." I told you so." The boya are too much for any team that can be knocked together." .. It wilf be a bad lay out after all." Waft until Rolando get.a another crack at that balll" Ward walked in from the field with a swag. ger. He stepped over to the group of girls, ancl asked: What do you think of it now?" The game is not over yet." Myra was repeating Ward'.s .own words. "You appear io want to see us beatent' .. "I will see you beaten." And you will be glad?" "Yes, I will." .. Wh .. I tell you?" Yes, please." "I don't like the way your nine underratet the other players." "We have a right to underrate them. We can walk away with them." It did look as though Ward spoke truly, for two single base hits were made, and there was ll man each on first and second base, and it began to appear as though Henry had lost his head. "It's in the last inning when nerve tells," said Ward, "and Rolando bas to(> good a nerve: for Hurlburt. "I don't believe you will win the game . "We've won it already." "Wait till the Duke comes to the bat again .',_ Yes, and he'll be retired ; ag he was before : He'll never get another hit off Ralph." Wait and see. Aha! what's this? BulTy for our side!" Another base hit had beeD. made, and tllree men were on bases. "We'll annihila.tle them!" cried Ward It did look as though the scrubs had gone t. pieces, and again the co mments passed: I knew it." The regulars were only feol--


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. t'T with Ulem." "You'll see fun now." Yes, the game was even, and he had made last man was declared out and a runner wu left. "I.ook out for leather hunting l ' two '' homers '' in the game, a possible but rare on second base. The game was lost, the selected The fourth man came to the bat. He struck feat. nine-the scrubi-after a magnificently played out, and three men were on bases. He was the The scrubs were jubilant, and the regulars game, had beaten the regulars, and ,.,ith the 4rst maa out, and only a little hit over the in were cast down, and Ward and closing of the game there WW! a rusb teldera would have sent in at least two men, as Relando were particularly the run hail upon the field, and 'fom Weir, the hero of the the runner 9n. second base was stealing way up been made by the lad they so bitterly hated. day was surrounded and greeted with cheers alar';)!lt on to third base, taking advantage of the The next three men of the scrnbs went out in and, congratulations. > ft.(. l the infielders were way in to one-two-three ordt1r, and the game stood two to Rolando and Ward were sullen and black ward home baae, forming a httle half circle two with an inning to the credit of the regulars. with anger as their friends crowded arolllld around the pitcher, in order to prevent a run-in Three batters took positions and were them. from third base. retired, and the game was indeed a tie, and the "It was dumb luck!" was the remarltmostThe fifth man came to the bat, and be too cry went up a draw game. But no, neither ly offered. 11truck out, and there arose a groan all over the captain would have it, as there was plenty of "You can play them again and annibilat.e field time to play twq or three more innings if neceSthem.'' One who bas not witnessed such a crisis on a sary, and it was decided to have the game proIt was indeed a cold day for Rolando. He ball field can hardly appreciate the excitement ceerl. had lost on every side, and the boy who had of the affair at such a moment. A breathless Tlie scrubs went again to the bat. It was triumphed over him was the one, of all othel'Bt silence prevailed as the sixth batter werit to the Henry Hurlburt' s sttjke. He bad gained great he most hated. bat. As the first ball went over the plate a confidence and be sent a two-bagger, and made field was cleared. The lads had put off strike was called: the second ball went wide; his bases by running very cleverly. their ball clothes, and, followed by their frlenda. the third ball was a hit, and a shout arose. It The excitement became intense and the friends each nine retired from the grounds. was a good hit, right out over second base, but of the scrubs exclaimed: __ lo! wh a t is this ; a white-robed lithe figure was "If it was only the Duke at the bat the scrubs running in from center field; the ball was dewould have them." CHAPTER XXIX. scending like a shot, but alas! it never struck We will here i!ay that the appellation applied THAT night, as might be expected, the talk of the ground. Tom Weir was under it and the to Tom had been started on the field, and his the town was the game and our hero's name side was out. It was a wonderful run in, and fine play had fixed the pseudonym was discussed pro and eon, but he had leaped a most marvelous catch, a result that no one had The unexpected frequently happens on the into sudden fame, and many inquiries were anticipated. The crowd were stunned It was ball-field. The next man to the bat for the as to who he was where be came from. so unexpected the runners could not r e alize that scrubs made a base bit, and Henry was moved and why he was called the Duke of New York. the side was out, and stood and ga20d in amazeforward a base. The next ball was missed by Tha t same evening Ward and Rolando met. ment as the scrub players started to walk in the catcher-the excitement was too much for and they were two gloomy and discontented from the field him-and Hurlburt ran in and gained his r1, m, fellows. Ward was standing near the girls-when Tom and the game stood three to two in favor of the "By George! Ralph, but it was a bad dose made the catch and in the excitement of the scrubs and one inning still to the credit of the we got to-day, and that'fellow-that darn lJo'9 IIIDment a curse fell from his lips. regulars, and Rolando was the second man to black-is at the bottom of our mortification. A cheer greeted our hero. He had earned the the bat. An acCident bad occurred in running I'll bet he ls a r,rofessional llall player." applause and thev could not deny it to him. in to Henry Hurlburt. H e had slid to the plate He's a devil, that fellow!" said Ralph. The game proceeded without change until and bad injured bis arm. His pitching arm 1 J:>o you know, I Myra Hubbard ,.... the scrubs came to the bat for the ninth inning was weakened. He turned to Tom and said: really glad we lost the 11!'me?" and, as it was supposed, the last inning, audit "We' ll lose the game after all.'' "I know she is glad. stood two to one and Tom Weir at the bat. "Why?" "Did she telllou so?" ''This ends the game," was the comment. "My arm is badly hurt; I can not pitch," "Yes, she di and we bad a regular t0e. When Weir gets out the game is won." and tears came to the brave fellow's eyee. .. You did?" He may make another homer,' came the There followed a moment s silence, ud Tom .. Yes." remark. said: "What passed?" "No man makes two home runs in one "You go to center :field." "I Wl\S a fool." game was the answer. Eh?" But tell me what passed.'' Myra Hubba rd, in her excitement, walked "Yougotocenterfield." "Ai'terthegamelmetheronthewayhome, out from the group of girls and threw Tom a "And what will you do?" and I started to walk with her, and I said: flower. The act was greeted with laughter and "I will go to the pitcher's box." "We lost the game through the dumb Juct applause, and Myra rose in the estimation of "Can you pitch?" of that bootblack.'" the on-lookers, as It was supposed her sympa-"I have pitched, and I can do better than a Did ,you say that?" thies were with the regulars and her act was man with an injured arm." "Yes.' merely profnpted by kindness and a spirit of I can trust ydu anywhere after what you lam glad of it; it was just the righUblog." faimel!S. have done to-day. I will pitch for the first bat I got the worst of it, though. Tom walked from the plate and picked up the ter, and if I find can not hold them down I "How?" .. rose, and fastened it in his belt, and again the will let you eome to the box." Oh, she is a pert thing, and she B!lid: Tht& cr(jwd shouted All young gentleman may have once been a bootNever had a word passed between Ralph and The inmng ended without any more runs for black, but his qualities entitle him to be, called Tom during the game, and the two lads eyed the scrubs. But they were one run ahead, and He's a splendid fellow, and the be8' each other sharply. if they could retire the regulars in the next in ball player I ever saw on the field!' Rolando was mad, and he sent a vicious ball ning the game was won. "Ralph, I don't know, after ail, u St ,,.. e>ver the plate, and Tom let It go by. Henry went to the box. He pitched two wide just the right thing that you said," "The flower bas knocked hfm out and given balls. The batter fell to the fact of his weak "I know it wasn'.t.'' the game to the regulars," cried a who ness and caught the next ball and knocked out "I see now bow it is." was in sympathy with the scrubs. Yes, it a twobagger, and it was Rolando at the bat: "Well, what do you see, sharp fe nowt" was a trick be added, witlt. gleaming eyes of A shout arose and the word was pas8ed: "Your Myra's father wu a poor IDill-boy anger. ''The regulars will beat 'em yet," and it did once." The eecond ball went wide, but the third seem as though the prediction woura be veri So I've heard." came fair, and Tom cut the air for a strike in :tied; but lo! what does this mean? Henry "And her father is prond of it, they 111&y;and .favor of the pitcher. walked out of the pitcher's box and motions to he has taught his girl all the ridiculou lcJim the center fielder, and Toqi Weir starts to walk about merit as against birLI"" in. "That's il" CHAPTER XXVIII. 'TnRnre a murmur and a shout. Weir WBR the l11st hope of the friends of the scrubs, nd If be failed the game was set down as vlrtuatlv lo st. 'There followed n dead silence, and the pitcher lo another wid e ball, and again another, until it 11tood three balls against the pitcher and two 11trikes again s t the batter. One chance more for each. Roiando well understood the situation, and he wa s very wroth Should he give the batter -a ha;oe he woul 1 I be denounced as a coward. It 'WOuld be c111led I\ 11t o len game. Should he give hfm a foir ball there was a chance for a base hit >at 1east He determined to take the chances and send in a fair ball, but he determined it should be what the boys call a dandy. The ball was de livered Tom caught on, and away it went sa il Ing out to the field. There followed a moment of suRpense. The batter had started running like a deer to make the circuit of the bsses. The fielder could not gauge the ball; it went OYer bis head, and a great shout arose as Tom oa-"4e panting over the plate for a home run, ...i, what was more important, the tying run At once there was a great excitement, and "We'd better drop the bootblack buefnem for the word wa s the present. Don t you see she takes thoae ID-"The Duke is to pit ch!" nuendoes as a reliection upon her own fatberr The two players met and exchanged a few And I believe now that the real truth is her words. sympathy with that fellow all comes from tJie "Can you do him, Tom?'' fact that be was on c e a bootblack." "Leave it to me." "He is a smart fellow, Ward." "Don' t lol'e your hesd. He's a dandy hitter, "Yes, be is. No use talking, he's a pJa;rerf" and very tricky." "He' s a pitcher, too. I could see that by die I'll keep my eye on him. ball be sent me.'' There was a 1111 Tom took bis position "He isl" and prepared to in hi11 first ball and away "Henry Hurlburt is nowhere agrJnat him. It it went. 1rnrl it was wide; but the experts pres Henry hat.l not hurt hie arm, l:d have knocbd ent at once e xclaimed: out a home run and brought in two nma, and He s a pitcher!" one would have won the game." The lecoud h1l went wide, but the third "I was in hopes rou would do It." went over the plate 1rnd wos permitted lo pass. I might 'sock him after I got on to hi& The fo1:rth went over the plate aI!d Ronaldo cut pitching, but coming in at the JaSt thA air, The fifl h w eal over the plate and &2Sin was too much for me." Rolando cut the 11ir and ws11 declared out. Yes, "He wlll be popular with the boys sooo,, out on the Unke had actually struck you'll see out tl! e bHlter of the regulars the first clip, .. Yee, but I will never like him." ;rnd it was well under s tood by t hose who had "Nor I either," declared Ward. "l la watched many g ames that the effect would be him." very demora.!izi n g on the succeeding batters, I've been thinking ; Ward." and such prcved to be the fact, as the next two "Well?" batters fell easy victimB to the pitcher. The "You hate that fellow?"


18 THE DUKE OF NEW YORK uy-, Ide." What did he eTer do to you to cause you to Jlaie him?'' I hated him at sight. I've no great love for theae common !ellows, anyhow." And you 'really dislike him?" "Yes, I do." "And he will become very popular?" Yes, he will. The boys are talking about Mm now, and some of his friends are whooping Jdm up." I know it." "You heard 'em?" "Yes, I did." I suppose we will have to submit and have Shat fellow domineer over us?" "No, we won't." How will we help it? I. am afraid the bootblack business won't work." Why not?" Well, the fact is there are too many fe)lows bere w}j,o are low-bred themselves, when you eome right down to it." I told you I had been thinking?" ., Yes " That same idea struck me "Yes?" I have good reason to dislike that fellow." Yes, you have." , "You have observed, then?" "Yes, I have " He started rle:ht in to lord it oTer me." Yes, he did.,.,. "You noticed that?" Yes ,, .. He is a jealou s fellow." "You can see t}j,at. l , "He saw I was popular;'.' "Yes/' And he set to down me from the start." did." I felt right away that he was my enemy." Yes." .1 He commenced to make ;war on me in a Yes.1 He insulted me that first night." "Yes." What he did was intentional." "I saw that right away." "He's got the best of me so far." He has, that '11 sure.'' Now, what shall we do?" "Wbat do you propose to do?" How about my leavin* the schoolY" .. You leave the school? Yes .1.' NeTerl Will you let that fellow drive you ., .. There came a look upon Rolando's fiwe that Wll8 terrible to behold in a young fellow who WU still at his books. I was thinking," said RalP,h. .. What were you thinking? I must go away or down him, 'or he will down me." You are a smart fellow, Ralph." Am IT" .. Yes .. WellT" We can put up some trick on that low fellow." "Can we?" "Yes." .. How?" Some way." "What can we do?" Let's make up our minds to our heads and think out something. He is against us?" .. Yes." .. Well, then, we are right to start in against llhn. and we' ll down him yet.'' CHAPTER XXX. .. HA VE you got a plan?" asked Ward. Yes, I bave." .. Tell me what it is." Can I rely upon you?" "Yes." .. If you enr getmad at me and betray me I'll kill you I" There was a meaning glitter in Rolando s as he spoke. "You can always depend upon me.'' We will have to make friends with that fellow." I ll8Jl never make friend11 with him." "I mean we must pretend to make friends with him.'' Bu& he may not let ua do, ao." Yes, if we manage it right-to speak plain, we must make friends with him so we can be tray him.'' He should be betrayed, for he has betrayed us, or rather he would if he had a chance.'' '' Of course he would; but "'e will get ahead of him.'' ' Be may not be willing to make friends.'' Oh, yes; if we manage it right." "How can we manage it?" "We must go very slowly to 'W'.Ork-we must not rush in on him, but gradually win his confi dence, and then watch our, opportunity. We can send that fellow to j,ail some day if we work it right." Ward turned pale, and said : Will you go as far as that?" "We will bring him into disgrace. Now you and I must understand each other-there must be no trying to conceal our real purpose from each other, and we must stop at nothing-that's just how the matter stand s." Two lads better fitted for a gross conspiracy could not be found. Neither one of them possessed one real principle; indeed, it was a noto rious fact that Ward s father was an unbeliever and a sco ffer ; and .Rolando's paren,ts were mere people of the world, given only to show and fashion. The training of either boy.bad no t been what it should have been, and it was well known they avoided attendance at college prayers upon the slightest pretense. They were bad boys at heart, and it was their mutual badness that really formed the bond them. There was one difference between the lads. Rolando was physically a brave fellow and Ward was what is called a big coward. He was a bulldozer over little fellows, but when it came to the real encounter he had no sand in him at all. As stated, on the other hand, Ro lando was a really plucky fellow. He could stand a good beating and he would face any risk. He had done so on one occasion. He had laid out a rough fellow who had imposed upon one of the students and it had been a desperate battle,. won by Rolando. through sl,teer pluck, and pertinamtf. He had been terribly beaten before he had succeeded in breaking up his antagonist. . And upon another occasion when two little Tillage boys broke through the ice and were in danger of drowning, Rolando, at the risk of his nre, had saved them and these incidents had made him very popular among the students. He was also, in his way, generous in money alfairs. Of course he had plenty of money and he spent it freely. In one direction Ralph.bad not succeeded as well as he desired. AlthoJtl! be had received more attentions from Mr. 1Jtubb1nd and his daughter than any otl1er student h{l till .ha9 an inner consciousness that Myra did not thin)!: as much of him as he would have desireq to believe that she did, and when she, from the start, showed 1>uch a preference for Tom Weir all the venom in his nature was aroused. He had been to meals at the Hubbard mansion, a distinction t)lat had been on but few students; but it was a fact that Mr. Hubbard knew the elder Rolando, and haQ. been entertained by him, and the courtesies to the son were but a return for courtesies received Ralph and Wa.rd held a long consultatiqn, and the former said: "You must make up to him first, War!l. You must go slowly, as I said, or he will sus, pect our purpose." I can work through Perkins." "No; -9e will be against us. He is down on us.'' But we can bring him around." "Not now ; he is mortally offended. He be lieves we played him for a fool. Yes, he 'jVill be dead against us, and we must bring about a break between Weir and P e rkins." Tha t will be h a rd to do, I am afraid." You IIESt get a chance to speak very high ly of Weir's game of ball. Talk out loud, and what you say will be carried to him; and you can run in that I admire ,his game and attribute our defeat to his splendid play, and all that." It will be a :b.ard dose to praise him, for his game after all was nothing but dumb luck." "You' re mistaken. He is one offthe best players I ever saw, and I am afraid he is up in all other athletic games " Have you seen him down at the gymnasium?" "No; he has not been there since the night he knocked me out." Did he knock you out?" It looked as UlolJih he did." "And vou want to make friends with hla?" "Yes. ,r "And what will you do then?'" We will watch for a chance. But I wan& him to be on good terms with me and visit my rooms, and I want it to be thoght we are dlle best of friends." I tell you now I think it will be hard to bring it about." We can do it if we manage it righL" I will set to work at once, as I know some of the bo:ys are down at the barn." "All nght; go clown there." ,1 "Will you come?" No, not to-night; but we will down that fellow yeti" CHAPTER XXXI. A FEW days passed, and during those daya Nelson Ward on many occasions spoke very kigh ly of Tom Weir, and took particular paiDa to let the boys know how much Ralph Rolando admired the new scholar. Especially did Ward speak bis eulogiums in the of Hiram Perkins And one day Hil')lm said to our hero: "You have conquered Rolando." "Have I?" Yes." "How do you know?" He wants to be friends you." "Does he?" "Yes. : Does he really want to be friends with me!" "Yes.,, "What makesJou think so?'' He and War are very outspoken in your favor." Tom was silent and thouglitful a momea.t. and then he said: "Hiram, do vou really like me?' "'Yes, I do.'r -"And will you 'Qe true to me?" "Yes, I will. Why do you ask?" I have a bitter enemy in this !IChool." '' You did have, but l think you are the wm. ner ever since thai ball match. Ward has been blowing you up to the skies as one of the bel&' lads on the face of the earth.'' '' I know he has been speaking well of me, but did y-ou ever hear how the snake charms the bird he is preparing to strike?" 1 Perkins's eyes opened. "Rolando does not like me; he neve r like me. And now I will tell you something; he is a very dangerous foe. "You need nut fear him.'' "No, not in open combat; but he is a secret enemy." Then why do they pretend such friendship?" Those two fellows, Ward and Rolando, ha e deliberately conspired to ruin me. That fellow wjll f.ollow me through life." "Why should he?" "He has conceived a bitter hatred for me.'' "I think you are mistaktln." Oh no, I am not. I will tell you some I have had a great deal of experience, although I am not yet eighteen years of age; but since I first learned to talk I have OOeD thrown more or less upon my own resouroe1.. Wl}en a baby in the foundling asylum, I did not receive that attention which children receive in their own homes, and it was good luck and a naturally strong and vigorous con&titution that pulled me through; and then for three years, you will remember, I knocked aroimd the great city of New York, de.Pendent entirely upon my self 1 have slept in coal boxes on storm;r nights and, under the dock in the summer-time, with rats as companions during the long hours of the night. The result has been that I have learned to obse rve and study human nature, and I have become e keen reader. I know Ro lando and Ward like a book. I know their de signs; they intend to ruin me if they can." Ruin you?" "Yes." "But how can they do so?" 1 can not tell, but they may mark me for life. That fellow Rolando is capable of e&?Tf' ing out any evil design against a person he hatAis, and he hates me." But it is possible he may make friends wltb. you and learn to like you." "Never!" "And what will you do?" Avoid him." And that will excite his hatred the more." "Yes; but it is the aafer J?Olicy for me. 1 will have :ao\hiag to do with him; it ahall 11e


\ THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. -.en warfa1e between us or a truce I will never flower I could not do aught else but make a Jet him becme my friend." home run." will be known about him and then you will be sorry." "If I were you I'd leave the school." "And you did it well." Leave the srhool?" I am surprised," said Tom, that your There came a determined look to Myra's face, and she answered: "Yes." sympathies were with the scrub nine." "Be driven aw a y by such a fellow?" "Why?" When I am sorry I wi)l not come to yoa for sympathy." l would not remain where there was a per" It would be but natural that you should SOil bating me as you say Rolando hates you." desire the regular team to hold their suprem "I will never turn my back on him. No; I acy.". There came a terrible look in Rolando's eJ91 as he said: will remain in this s chool." My s_ympathies were with them until I be" Then there will be constant rivalry between held how confident they were and how they apyou and Rolando!' peared to despi s e their opponent s ; and then "You may come to me f6r SJ'mpathy whetb. er you want it or not; and I tell .you now I am ashamed of your infatuation." Myra's eyes flashed fire as she said: Yes; lilld I wi\l beat him every time." again, I heard of the other captain s meanness." A few days 'following the conversation re" Meanness?'.' corded as having oecurred between Hiram and "Yes." uur hero, Ralph Rolando gave a little entertain "To what do you allude?" "Be careful what you say, Mr. Rolando." R al_ph was mad with jealousy, and said: 1 ou will relfret dancing with that fellow, my words. ' ment in bis rooms, and he sent a note inviting "Henry Hurlburt was afraid could not You are insulting." Hiram and 1'om Weir. The latter immediately fill the position w e ll, and he asked to put in an wrote a note acknowled!Png the compliment, other man. The capt a in .of the tegulars refused but declining the invitat1oq on the ground of his request." I am only solicitous of your reputation. : " Hold!" came the declaration from Myra, a she turned and walked away her face scarle& with r close applicatio1;1 to study. "'I don't know as you can call that unfair The entertainment took place, but Tom Weir according to base ball rules. Henry had named was not present, neither did Hiram attent:. his nine, and under the rules Halph was right." CHAPTER XXXIII. It had been an exceptionally dry day when "Would y ou have decided the same way un tile game of b a ll h a d been played an9 althou g h der the circumstances?" FURIOUS was the anger that glo'Yed in Ralph the regul a11! , challeng e d the scrubs to a "Ah! there comes in the question of temRol a ndo's heart. He knew that he had been second mat c h, the weather was too unfavor a ble pera m e nt. I am speaking of the exact rules too impetuous; he knew he had not been wily for the playing of the g a me, and during the und e r the conditions." enough; but he was wildly, madly in love. n entertainment there was much discussion a mon g Had R o lando acceded to Henry's request he was a youth's fierce passion, and he lacked a tile boys as t o th e outcome wh e n the regul a r would have won the game man s discretion even though it can be said ball sea son should o peu. "You see m determined to glVe me a great that this same passion has made fools of men Ward and Ronaldo had little to say. They deal of credit." and heroes. arran g ed th e ent e rtainm e nt for the e xpress ',' Eve ry one admits you won the game for the Rolando decided not to dance. He made an purpose of se c uring Tom Weir s preseace, and sele c ted nine." excuse; he said his head ached. Ward found as he did not nu.end they were greatly disap The y are very kind." him st a nding in a corqer looking black -as any pointed. A t thi s moment the hostess came forward and thunder-cloud. Afte r the other boys h a d departed the said: "Wha t is the matter, Ralph?" echemers had a talk ".I am up partners for a german. "Have you heard the news?'' "I was afraid that. fellow would not come Will y o u d a nce with Mr. Weir, Myrar' "What news?" .said Ward. I sha ll be proud to dance with Mr. Weir,'' That fellow will lead the german with Myra And so wa s r. ,Haug him I only wis h I came the nrompt answer. Hubbard. could get him h e re just once or twice and I "And will you aud Mr. Weir lead?" :: f ::5!" would fix him! The sudd.e}l honot almost took Tom's breath "Would you quarrel with him?" away, and we will here reveal a sec ret Tom "Greflt guns! is the girl thinking off Is she mad?' "No." W eir had always been ambitious. He had al,, Yes ., About a week l a ter following all the incidents ways felt an inner consciousness that some day .. Why dido t you ask her!" we have de s cribed there came a week's holi -he would be quite a man ; and when he was at .. I di d ,, day. The seminary was closed and the m a the a c ademy up in the country he had traveled .. And refused to' dance with you 'Y." i jority of the students went to their eight miles two nights in the week to attend a Hiram Perkins remained in the v illage. and so dancin0u-school. "Dd his natural grace of move"She was already engaged to dance with tha\. ., fellow., did Rolando and W a rd, and as Tom Weir bad ment served him well and he had become what no home, he, as a matter of course, remained at the girls call a bjlautiful dancer. At the hotel "Hang it! I:ve 8 great mind to circulate the 1he school, and there was great joy among those he had danced the german sevel'al times, and truth about him, and all hands will refuse that remained when it WllS announced that an upon one occasion had been selected to lead it, "Yes, do it!' said Rolando. was to occur at the residence of so be was fully capable of maintaining his posi-Ward thought a moment, and then said d "You do it." . one of the townspeople, an quite a number of tion with Myra. tile older students were invited to attend. As it The latter, knowing he was from New York, "No, I can not do it." was a regular recess the authorities of the semiconcluded that as a matter of course he was a Ward did not dare do it. He was not brav. aary had no actual control over the doings of dancer, and she bad not for one moment believed enough. He knew that if it was done under the 1he students no more than if the lads were in the statement concerning our hero that had been circumstances he would b6 to alioultileir own homes. told by Rolando. Thedoung man was too well der all the responsibility. ; n d h d d The dance at length commenced, and' when Tom Weir and Hiram reeeived invitations, as bred aniaccomp she an too an some an Myra and Tom Weir went gliding about the did also Ward and Rolando, and it soon became graceful in all his movements ever to have been large old-fashioned parlor In the waltz they ex known to the students who were invited that a a bootblack, and the lovely girl had come to cited plaudits of admiration. They were a .number of the prettiest girls in town and from look upon the innuendo as a mean slander. handsome couple and good dancers. the surrounding towns 'nad been invited to be It was arranged that Tom and Myra were to Ward again sought Rolando, and said: present, and among others the beautiful Myra lead the dac_e. Dia you ever see anything like it-tb.t felwas to attend, and it also became known that The hostess a few moments later told Rolan-' low is abeautiful dancer!" &here would be dancing. Indeed, it was rumored do to choose a partner for the german, and Hang liim! he is a devil!" retorted Ro-that there would actually be a german. Ralph watched an opportunity to approach Iando. Ward and Rolando were talking the matter Myra, anc he asked her to dance with him. Ralph." said Ward, "'.I begin to thiflt over, and the former exclaimed: The girl immediatelJ> said: we ve been fooled!" "You will have the Duke this time!" "I am sorry, but I have a partner." "Fooled?" "How?" "Y.CJU have a partner?" "Yes." 1 ., "Can't you guess?" "Yes." "How?" "No." "With whom will you dance?" "Well, I've a suspicion." "An exbootblack won't know how to dance, "Mr. Weir." "Out with it." and there is where the true gentleman will Ralph started, and exclaimed: "I don't believe that :(eJlow ever wu a boot-come in. " W hy, Miss Hubbard!" black. I believe he told Hiram to tell us CIIAPTER XXXII. 'THE night of the entertainment arrived, and -at the proper hour there were gathered a gay company of young .and happy people and the most beautiful among all the girls wa s Myra Hubbard. She was simply dressed, and that is an advantage a really beautiful girl possesses She can shine, as a rule, even more resplendent ly in simple attire; her charms appear to greater -advantage-and Myra did look radiantly beau41ful. Rolando looked upon her with burning eyes. He was madly in love His passion fairly raged within his bosom, and he almost choked when <\he hostess led Tom Weir forward and intro duced him to the queen of beauty. A few moments' conversation passed b e tween Kyra and Tom. The former m21de an allusion *> the ball game and Tom said : Aft&you kindly encouraged me with that "Well, sir?" said Myra, in a sharp tone. lie. He is a wonderful fellow, and one of the "I most accomplished fellows I ever met. He is a :: millionaire, I'll bet a cookey, and he has given l out that story to get us in a hole. We'd better "Why, pray?" be careful, I think. He wants us to tell it on To think that ybu will dance with that felhim so that he can come out and disprove it, and low!" then show what a great fellow he really is. We Mr. Rolando, :your words are not very comhad better be carefnl!" plimentary to me!" The truth was, the same silspicion had passed "But you do not know!" through the mind of Ralph Rolando. It did "Know what?" not seem possible that an ex-bootblack could be Do you remember what I told you?" such an accomplished fellow. "I think you were misinformed." "We had better keep quiet," said Ward. "What I told 1ou is the truth. The fellow "We will wait and see," was the answer does not deny it. The german proceeded and w&i! a grand sue.. He is a gentleman!" cess. Tom Weir proved himself a splendid You can not afford to dance with him." leader, and at length there came the usual re-"I can not refuse, now lllaat I have agreed to cess, and the partners set off for the usual do so 1 promenade '' You can make 11\ 6%0Ute." It n very large mansion where the enter I do not cht>ose tc ac ::io." tainment had been given, and all the rooma I have one thin1 w Some day it wer1o ittrown open, and as the weather was lia


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. 11 Tem waa a brave fellow, and as soon as he re9'>vered from the bewilderment he commenced a careful aearch in order to discover some clew as to the identity of his but owing to the darkness he could discover nothing, and after some time he muttered: "Why should I look? I know who struck that treiwherous blow. and the party really meant it to be a fatal blow." Our hero proceeded, and in due time reached his room. He was pretty well wet through, and there was quite a lump on the side of his head, and he knew that had the blow been about an inch higher it would have caught him across the temple, and would have killed him. Tom stepped to Hiram Perk.ins's room after he had changed his clothes, and as Hiram had not returned from the festival, Tom re-entered his own room and went to bed Upon the following morning Tom did not rise, and he waited for Hiram to come into his room Hiram did come but not until study hour, and then he inquired : "Halloo, Tomi are you in bed yet?" "Yes; I do not feel well and I want you to go to Mr. Hamilton and make an excuse for me.'' "Are you really sick?" Oh, I am not really very bad, but I will not attend the school sessions to-day." While talking to Hiram, Tom had kept his head buried in tbe pillows, so that Hiram could not see the lump on his head; but in the after noon, after the school hours had closed, Hiram again entered his room, anl,i asked: How do you feel, Tom?" "Hiruml" laid our hero, who had tho11ght the whole matter well over, I want tv teJl 7ou something, but you must keep my secret." Certainlr I will." I met with an accident last night." "You did?" "Yes; see here!" Tom showed the lump on his head. Who struck you?" Oh, I had a fall." That don't look like a !ump that came from a fall." "No, but I will explain. You see, I escorted Miss Hubbard home." "Yes, I know you did. Last night was a fresh triumph for you." After I left her at her home I started across the lots, and when I came to the little bridge across the creek in the woods I must have made a false step and fell, and as I fell I must have 1truck. a sharp stone; at any rate, I found myaelf in the water, and this morning I found this Jump on my head; but you must not say any thing about it." "That's all right; but you are telling me the ma! facts?" Don't you know I always tell the truth; and why shouldn't I tell you the real facts?" There is no reason why you should not, but it does look as you had received a thump on the head with a club." "You had a pleasant time at the german last Yes; although I was only a looker-on. You know I can't dance fancy dances ; but you took the cake, old man, and Ralph Rolando was mad, I tell you." Yes: I reckon he was mad, and that is why he left early " He didn't leave early." "He didn't?" "No." I thought he did " Why, no; I left before he did." "You did?" 1 Yes. "I thought I saw him go away." "No." He may have gone away and then returned." "No; he did not leave the house during the whole evening." "You sure of that?" "Yes; why do you ask?" "You didn t miss him at all?" "No." "Was be there when I left with Miss Hub-llard?" Yes, be was." "And 'Vard also?" "Yes; both of them were there. Now tell me why you ask." Ohl I have no particular reason for asking, ltut I thought he was so mad he went away." No; he remnlned there all the evening. and d'1fin g the last hour joined in the Virginia reel." Two days \)8'\Sed. and during those two days Tom kept up a continual thinking. We will here state that he looked upon Ralph as his as eailant; but if Ronaldo had remained at the dance, he certainly could not have been in the woods at the time Tom was knocked off the bridge. Mr. Hamilton visited Totn and bid him re main in bed a day or two, if necessary; and Tom did keep his room for two days and at the end of that time the lump on his head had be come considerably reduced Our hero had held several conversations with Hiram, and the result was, at length, that he reached the conclusion that his friend assumed considerable as concerned the continued pres ence of llolaodo at the dance. On the third day, when Tom came out, he met his foe in the hall of the building. The two did not speak, but Tom eyed his foe sharply. The latter, however, gave no sign, and Tom was compelled to mutter: It is possible I wrong that fellow. But me if I do not at the truth of this affaul If he didn't assail me, who did? That's the question!" "Well, ain't that all queer?" "Yes." Tom was talking as though he had no parUca lar interest in the affair, but later on he made a startling discovery. Indeed, he had thought he was the smart fellow of the dialogue, but he learned to the contrary, and he learned tut tbe farm-boy was quite a cunning little chap, and knew just all he was about during the whole time, and indeed the farm-boy was playing a part as well as our hero. So it was one of the studeuts who hougat the stick?" "Yes." And he afterward threw it away?" "Yes. u "You don't know why he bought it!" "Yes, I do." "Well, now!" Yes; he bought it to give some one a crack on the head." The fari;iib_oy lowered his voice and spoke m a very s1gmficant manner. "I'll bet you've got something to telil" remarked Tom. You know now that I've got something te CHAPTER XXXVI. tell." What makes you say that, boy?" ToM was a very cute and thoughtful youth, Because you are trying to find out eomeand he had enjoyed a great deal of experience thing. while knocking around New York picking up "I am?" a living as a bootblack. Indeed, upon one oc"Yes. casion he had been of great service to a detect" What am I trying to find out?" ive, and the latter had formed quite a friend" You are trying to find out who gave yoa ship for the boy, and had told him many stories, the crack on the head the night of the dance." and had also taught him many tricks as practiced Tom gave a start. He was beaten at his owa by these astute and daring men. There had been a time when it was the height gamHe. d k I of our hero's ambiti<;in to some day act as de-'' ow 0 you now a crack on the head?" tective, but later incidents in his career had I know you did.,, caused him to form a higher ambition. .. Suppose I did?" He had thought a great deal over the assault y find that had been committed upon him, but kept his ou are trymg to out who crackei own counsel. "You know?" There was something mysterious about the .. May be I do." whole affair. He had visited U1e little bridge .. Tell me.,, several times. He had looked for foot-prints and indices that might serve to unravel the mys" wm 7ou tell me what you are golag to do tefe, but he failed to make any progress until about it i I do tell you?" I will do nothing." at ength he determined to attempt a regular de.. You won't make a time over it?" tective campaign. "No. The lad went over to the house where the dance had been held He studied all the en-"You fromise that?" trances and exits, and was still looking around "Yes, will; but how did you know I ,... ceived a crack?" when he met one of the town boys I'l 11 I ld h k Our hero had read a great many detective l te you. so t e stic to the feiloW' stories, and determined to trr his hand as a who hit you I did not know why he wanted cross-examiner. lt was a triflmg little incident the stick when I sold i.t to him. But I followed ihat had led Tom to start in OD his questioning , him up, and I saw he rrve some one a crack on He noticed the fellow carried a club, an d he the heatl. I not' now who go t the crack: asked: until afterward, but I knew it was one of the students." Halloo, Johnny, where did you get that .. And how did you find out it was !?" club?" "I cut it down in the woods." "You were the lad who was laid up after "You cut it down in the woods, eh?" ward, and then I made up my mind who i*' "Yes." was.'' "What makes you carry it?" "Why didn't you come and tell me abou' I carry it for fun." it?" "It's a pretty stout stick." "I was afraid there would be trouble, and I "Yes." didn t like to get mixed up in it: but after twe-"How long have you owned .it?" or three days passed I thought I'd have a talk Why do vou want to know?" with you, so I just saw you come over here IUlcl For fun. r. I got the stick and showed up." The farm-boy was thoughtful a moment, and "What was your object?" then said: I wanted you to ask me some guestions, and That stick has a history." now that r.ou have done so may be I'll tell Y'1'& Yes? That's funny." all about it." I'll tell you about it if you won't say any. thing to any one." Certainly not." Do you remember the night they had a dance in the house?" "Yes." I sold that stick that night." "You did?" "Yes." Tom was all attention at once. "You sold it and bought it bacR: again, eh? Why didi;i't you cut another?" "That's where the fun comes in. I went over to the woods the next d a y to cut another, and I found my old stick ag11in." Somebody bought it and threw it away, eh?" "Yes." That's all very queer." "Yes, that's what I've thought." Did you know the party who bought the stick?" .. Yes. "Does he live in town?" "Yes; he is one ot tae 1tudmt1." CHAPTER XXXVII. Go on and tell me all about it." "I will." "Do so. "You're the JSd who won the ball game .fet the scrubs against the regulars." I did my pRrt." "Yes, you did, and I like you. I won 11. quarter on lhe game. I So much as that?" "Yes; a fc.l1,,w bet me a quarter to five cena the regulars would win, and I took the bet, and I like you." Go oa and tell me about the stick." .. "You remember the night of the dance?" "Yes." "Well, that night a young fellow came out of the house through the rear door. I met him just as he came down by the stables. I had tlrlal stick in my hand, and as he came along he 11111cl: Give me that stick?' 'I will for five cents,' I answered. Well, he went down in hia potb& q1lklk


to THE DUKE OF NEvV YORK. gutarly mild for the season of the year, the large inclosed piazzas also were utilized. Myra and Tom found a remote comer and t down for a long chat. "Were you ever in New York City?" JU!ked Kyra, when an opportunity in the co11versation offered. "I don't know," answered Tom, frankly. "You don't know?" came the answer. 'No." That is strange. Your father and mother Jive in New York, do they not?" "I don't know," came t4e answer, and a sad look settled upon Tom's face, and there fol lowed a moment of silence. It was Tom who broke the silence. He said: Miss Hubbard, you may be angry with me when I tell you the truth, but I will say I have never sought to conceal the facts of my his tory." I will be angry?" "Yes." "Why?" I have a confession to make. I have done wrong." "You have done wrong?" .. Yes;" "How?" I should not have accep,t.ed your invitation lo lead the dance with you. Are vou a criminal?" "No.'1 Did vou ever steal or commit a crime?" "No.'1 "Then what is the matter? You say you llave a confession to make?" "Yes." What confession?" "Mine is a strange history." At that moment the music struck up. You need not tell me your history'; you Med not make a confession to me.'' "Yes, I mtlst." "You musU" "Yes." "Why?" "There are reasons why I should.'' Do you really desire to tell me your his tery?" .. Yt>S." I do not ask vqu t.o do so.'' "I must do it.r' I can not see why." When lou have heard my story you will bow why should tell you." Then came a moll\ent's pause, and Tom said: Suppose I plead sicknes8 and go away, and let some one else finish the dance with you?" "No, you shall first dance with me, and I eball ask 7,0U to accompany me home, I have llO escort. I Do not ask me." Yes, I shall ask you. AB you desire to tell me your storr, you shall do so on the walk over to my home. . As you wish it, I will accept your invitation." . The two returned to the parlor and the dance proceeded. Meantime, the fellow Rolando had paBl!ed an nhappy time. He was mad with jealousy and Jie sought an 0pportunity to ask Myra for a single dance. She assented, and they glided about &he room. Ralph would have danced all night, BO intoxicated was he at the moment with de light and satisfaction, but Myra indicated that 1he desired to rest a moment .. "Can I see you home?" asked Ralph. I am sorry-'' You go home with that fellow as your es eort ?" "Yes" " ask" Mr. Rolando, you are dreadfully cross to ni htJ" 'With these words Myra skipped away. At. length dance came .to a close, and Myra made an excuse to proceed to her home luimediate'!y. She did not stay for the bounti ful supper that had been provided, and when abe and Tom passed out of the door a sinister pair of eyes was fixed upon them. I CHAPTER XXXIV As has been intimated, Tom weit was a lland11<>me fellow. He was not only singularly handsome, but a very manly fellow, and hap pily for him he possessed the bleSBed, quality of personal to a large degree. His 1eaiwea delicate and rerular, hi oom-plexion as clear as1 that of a babe. nnd his eyes were perfect models of expressiveness. -It was not at all strange thxt ;\'[yra Hubbard was pleased to make his acquaiut,.uce, and it is only fair to say that upon the eyentful night when the incidents transpired that we hav.e re corded, she was envied by all her friends and companions.' As Tom well knew, he had entered the semi nary to stuc;ly. and he Imagined he had time only for so doing; yet it must be confessed that ever sini:e the incident of the flower ; when he stood at tbe bat in the ball-field, a pict ure had constantly been presented to his imagi nation. He was not in love, but he was charmed, and certainly delighted in the society of the beauti ful girl, and under certain conditions he might have gone ,pn and permitted himself to be charmed, but there was a shadow over his life. He knew it, and he felt that it was wrong for him to permit false impressions to prevail con cerning himself. While Myra was preparing to go home Tom was left alone for a few moments, and had a chance to meditate, and the result was he mut tered to himself: "This will not do; I shall tell her all. It will be better for her, better for me. I am only Tom the bootblack after all." As stated, the two young people departed from the house together, and there was a pair of wicked eyes fixed upon them, and to the owner of the eyes there came a whisper: "She's dead gone on that fellow, Ralph.'' The whisperer was Nelson Ward. Ralph turned. His face was ghastly and his eyes gleamed with an angry light. "No, she does not care a 1lg for him. He is fooling her. That fellow is a magician-he is a devil!" '' He has charmed Myra, that ,fa certain." Rolando made no answer but walked away, and a moment later he passed from the house by a rear entrance and started to run swiftly across the fields, and the direction he pursued was toward the mansion where Myra Hubbard resided with her father. Meantime Tom and the lovely Jdrl were walk ing slowly along the road. They had been talk ing about the incidents of the when Tom suddenly said: MIBB Hubbard, it is only right that I should tell you my history." WhX are you so anxious to tell me your history? I wish you to know the truth.'' ls there something terrible in the account of your life?" "Yes.'' There followed a moment's silence, and it was Tom who broke the silence with the re mark: You asked me several commonplace ques tions to-night, and you did not know how much was really involved in your queries." If my questions annoyed you, I recall them." No; I am glad you did ask the questions, for It gives me an opportunity to tell YllU all the facts. You Illay think I am wealthy-or, rather, the son of wealthy parents-but such is not the fact. I am really a foundline." A foundling?" repeated Myra. What is a foundling?" "I will tell you : I was placed in a public in stitution, when an infant, by unknown parties. The institution is called a foubdliqg asylum. Sometimes infants are found on the street by the police, and they are carried to a foundling asylum. Whether I was found by an officer, or whether I was placed in t,he asylum by my relatives, I do not know. All I do know is, a card was attached to my clothiog on which was written: "' T.hi11 child's name is Thomas Weir. He has been baptized.' No n ame was signed t" the card, and no one ever came to inquire after the child." Myra listened a chill running through her veins, and in a low voice she said: Then you know nottiing about your par ents?" "No." Our hero proceeded with his history, and as he concluded the two arrived opposite the resi dence of Myra's father. The girl had remained silent, anrl Tom said: I it only fair to tell you my hiatory. I am no fool, and I know it is n* ricllt that{ou should notice me.'' am so sorry for you, Hr. Weir!" Batel Myra. I am grateful for your synipathy; but need not feel so very sorry, as I do noi care be cause I am a foundling, or because I was once a bootblack. I shall make my way In the world, and it will be all the more to my credit some day; but you must not notice me any more. I have enjoyed your society, but I am a penniless youth, with the world before met and my career to make." You need not tell your history to any one else." Oh, there is no need to conceal the facts, and, besides, there are many who already know of my former occupation." Why did you tell it?" I do not desire to sail under false colors." '' I was told you were once a bootblack, but l did not believe it." Who told you?" That fellow Rolando. He hates you." "Yes, I know he does; but I do not mind W. hatred." "Can I advise you?" "Certainly." I would go to another school." "Why?" I would r> where they knew nothing of your history.' They would soon know as much as they de here.'' But why should you make the facts pub lic ?" '' I'll tell you: I might go to some new school and I would win a friend, and-I would be bound to tell the truth to that friend, as I told it to Hiram Perkins, and as I have told it to you.'' But if you went tu another school you would not meet Rolando." I do not fear Rolando." He is a very vicious fellow, I think. I do not like him. My father appears to admire him, I do not. I think he is a very bad fellow a$ lleart." MiBB Hubbard, I can not run away from. here because of Rolando, and that fellow may really prove a benefit to me." Prove a benefit to you?" ''Yes.'' "How?" He has conceived a great dislike for me, and he will cause others to do the same, and the consequence will be that I will encounter leas temptations to neglect my studies. I am here to study. I naturally crave fun and excite ment, but this man's hatred will close manl. doors to me, and I will gaiIJ the time for 1tudy. But he may do you some harm.'' "Why should he?" I can not tell you exactty, but I fear i.. will.'' "You need not fear; and now, Miss Hui.. bard, I have told you my history, and I con sider it wiser that you forget that you ever mft me.'' Yes, it mny be for the bestl" came the an swer, supplemented with the word Good night." CHAPTER XXXV. ToM turned and walked away like one wko had been offered a precious gift and had been compelled to refuse it. He was indeed sad for a few moments, as there ran throuirh his mind that saddest of all sad refrains, What might have been." It was about two miles from Mr. Hubbard's house to the seminary, and by the road it was a roundabout walk, and Tom determined to make a short cut across tbe lots and through a copse of woods. Tom had pr-0ceeded along, and had reached the copse of woods, and was Jost in deep thought, walking with his head down and his eyes cast to the ground, and so deeply was he absorbed that he did not notice a figure spring from a clump of bushes and steal along after him. He was on the little rustic bridge crossing a muddy little streain when suddenly he receiVed a blow, and, reeling. fell over into the water. A moment he was unconscious but fortu nately revived in time to avoid being drowned. and he clambered from the water that was only about knee-deep. He looked around in every direction, bu.t did not discover the least sign of the preseoce of an7 one.


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. and gave me a ten-cept piece, and away he there came to his heart the sad refrain, "What "Yes; but do yo know she is Tery cool t. went. I saw that he was excited, and I was might have been." ward me?" .any right away that I had lef him have the Some months passed, the winter was over, She will get oveflhat. You were very rude club, and I said to myself, 'That fellow is up to and spring had come Little had occurred in to her, rou know one spell there, jullt after that 110metbing; I'll just follow him up and see what the school of particular moment. There had dance.' hJs game is.' I followed him, and he went over been no "run-ins" between Tom and Ralph [know, and she deserved it." "toward Mr. Hubbard's house, and then after Rolando. The two lads had avoided each other, "Then if you were down on her first you cu awhile I saw him go toward the woods, and and for reasons Tom had made few acquaintnot complain.'' I followed him. I lost sight of him for awhile, apces. He had not set himself up as a leader, "l wish that fellow would leave here." but came upon him just as he gave you that clip but had settled down to his studies ; indeed, he "Who?" as xou were in the middle of the bridge." had taken up several extra studies, and mingled "Weir." Did you recognize meY" but little with the other students, so that he was "I should think you would prefer to have "No, I did not; but I did recognize the fel on neither very nor bad terms with them. stay. You have taken all the starch out of low who hit yoe." During all this time, however, Rolamto had him. He is as quiet as a sick cat under a barn." "Why didn't you give an alarm?" maintained his position as a leader, and had also "Yes; but somehow I feel that he may come "l was afraid." retained his popularity. Ile had made extra to the front any day. One thing is certain: he "Why did you not come to my assistance?" efforts to do so and had succeeded well. is studying like the Old Boy, and he will carry "I was running to helplou, when I saw you Tom saw but little of Myra Hubbard. They off all the first honors at examination erawl out of the creek, an then I ran away." had ceased even to recognize each other, even in '"Let him; you will carry off the honors to" You ran away?" the most distant manner, and Ralph, having dis-morrow." "Yes. 1 covered this state of affairs, appeared to be well There was a great crowd present on the fo]-. .. Why?" satisfied. He believed in his heart that the revelowing afternoon to witness the great ball match, \ "I thought I might be accused of having hit lations he had made concerning Tom were at the and opinions were discussed as to the outcome you, so I ran and the next day I went '. college deuce." lucky the way it all turned out, but you bad nln.e in America. I wouldn't be afraid to play But there will have to be another game; it .better keep your eye on that fellow Will you the Yale or Havard teams. I've got what I stands one and one." let him know that you have foun.d out who hit wanted-some good batters, who are also first I know, and I shall let it stand that way. :fOU !" class all-round players Why, we'll surely make Our boys can't recover their confidence If we "No, I will not." a show of those fellows to-morrow!" had won to-day's game it would have been all Tom retired to his room, and he spen.t a long Hurlburt expects to win." right 1ime lost in deep thought. I know he does; but he'll be sick after the If you had beaten them they would have On the day following the incidents we have game. I don't like that fellow any way.' challen.ged you.'' -described our hero met Myra Hubbard down on "I don't see as you've got anything to com-"I know it." 1he lake. -She merely bowed to him coldly In plain of; you've knocked the Duke of New "Challengethemfortheodd game, old man." IO doing she was merely carrying out our hero's York all out.'' advice; but it cut him, all the same, for, despite How?" all his good resolutions, the fair girl had made Myra Hubbard don't notice him n.or speak a great impression upon him, and she was be about him, and she ls saying that your team "!"DARE not do it; this has been. a bad day lore bis imagination continually, and again will win.'.' for me.'' CHAPTER XXXIX. I


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. "Whyt' Henry Hurlburt went to center field; it W88 I calculated upon winning." ,,, only a fungo game, but he got the 'llatters to But it's a standoft'; you won one, and they send him a great many balls. woo one." ., ''I see the scheme," said Ward, who was I know it; and they shall not have the looking on with Ralph. cllance to win the odd game." "What is the scheme?" "Don't let them win it; win it yourself." " to pitch." No; they are too much for us. But do you How do you know?" bow that Roland is blowing around that he is "Don't you see Hurlburt Is practicing for only sorry you were not in our nine." center field?" He would Hke to have laid me out, eh?" That will suit me." That's it." I am sorrv." "Challenge them again." "You are?1 "Will you play?" "Yes." "Yes, I will, on one condition." "Why?" "Well?" "Well, it would be bettei: not to play the '.' Let me pitch." third game; everybody thinks now you can beat "Let you pitch?" 'em." "Yes." "So we can." "Certainly I will." "You know as well as I do that Weir is a "Yon will?" hummer." "I'll be glad to do it." "One man can not win a game." Let me pitch and we'll give them the same One pitcher can." dose they gave you to-day." "It will take a good one." "Can you do it?" "Remember, he pitched you out once." Yes; but you must not let on that I am to 1 '' Yes, and I want to get square with him." be in the game until the day before the match It would be hard to convey an idea of the ex. eomes oft'." citement following the announcement of the Why not?" probable playing of the third game, and at "I have my reasons." length, when on' the day before the battle Hiram And do you really think we can win?" announced the fact as deacribed in the opening "I will assure you a victory." paragraph of this story that the Duke of New "And that will give us the series?" Yotk was to pitch for the scrub nine the expect" Yes." ancy became intense. "B;r George! I'll send him a challenge at The opinion, however, prevailed that the once. regulars would win; but Hiram claimed that "Yes, do it; but keep mum about my playRolando would be knocked out, and Ward, lne:." hearing his declaration, said: ..,, I will, and Tom, if we beat them I'm your I'll make you a bet." brother for life." I am not a bettor." All right, we'll beat 'em. I wanted to see That's the way with you fellows; you talk them win the to-day." but you won't bet. You have no idea that the "You did?' second nine will win." "Yes." "Yes,.! have." "Why?" "You feel sure?" \ I wanted that fellow Rolando to talk and Yes." blow around-I knew he would." "Dead sure?" And it will be a worse come-down for him Yes." .. lf we win the odd game.'' You think because Weir is going to pitch Yes." v it's a sure thing?" Henry 't?ent away quite jubilant, called a "Yes." meeting of his nine, got them to consent to an"And you are dead sure?" other and a formal challenge was sent the Yes, I am." next day, and it soon became known in all quar"I'll tell you what I'll do with you." ters that the odd_game was to be played. "I won't bet." When Hiram Perkins hiiard of it he stopped "No, I only want t.o make an agreement." in Tom's room and said: "What is your agreement?" "Why, the second nine have challenged the "If the regulars win you shall hold your again. head under the school pump and ten boys select' I know it." ed by me will give you a douse. If the second "I won't play," said Hiram. nine wins l will let you douse me.'' "Why not?" "I don't want to f?.O into that agreement." "That fellow Rolando has had triumph "I know you don t; you're only a blower.'' enough. I will not be one to give him another. Ward spoke in a very tantalizing way, when Why, if we play another game the town won't another of the second nine said: hold him. That fellow is going round like a I'll make that wager with you." madman now.'' "No; I only want to make it with Perkins, He is eh ? t' he has been blowing so loud." Hang it! if you had played they would not Hiram was really irritated, and at length he have beaten us so badly; you would have got in said: least of one of your' homers.'" "You're as sure of winning as I am.'' "Do you think so?" Yes." "Don't you?" "I'll tell you what I'll do; if you'll go me Yes.'' two to one I'll bet you." "But now they will knock the 'stuffing' out "Two to one?" of us.'' "Yes.'' "Suppose I play in the next game?" "Name your bet." "Eh?" __ "Suppose I pla:y in the next game?" CHAPTER XL. Hiram's eyes brightened. Do you mean iU" HIRAM hesitated about making his offer, and "Cer'8inly I do, if you will promise not to Ward still gibed him, until finally Hiram said: say anything about it." You are not worth making a bet with; but Rolando received the challenge with delight. I'll make one with Rolando. Now go tell him." Be had become quite a hero, and he gloried in I will." his new distinction. He met his friend Ward Ward did tell Rolando but made the whole afand said: fairappear in a difierent light, and evilly disposed "We've got 'em now." Ralph thought be saw a chance to drive Tom "How's that?" Weir from the school. He thought it would be Hurlburt has sent 'llS a challenge for the the best joke in the world to have Tom under &bird game." the town pump, a nd he said to Ward: And will you play it?" You tell Hiram I'll make the wager with "Will !Y" retorted Ralph, with the usual his friend Weir." emphasis. Hiram would not repeat the challenge to Tom "You're foolish!" but Ward, who was as anxious as his friend Am I?" Rolando to see our hero humiliated, did go and Y make a formal challenge to Tom, and the latter "Why?" accepted the challenge; and when Hiram heard Th8t fellow, tii.e Duke, has been persuaded of the wager he was surprised beyond measure, k nlAy, I'll bet you a cookey." and he ran to Tom and protested. ,..That's just what I want.'' "Tom, you're a fool!" That same afternoon, in a practice game, "Am If' "Yes.,, "Why?" "It's a put-up scheme to humiliate yw.;; "But how about Rolando?" He will back out if he loses." ,''He Yes." ,) .. If we win that game he will be ducked under that pump as sure as your name ,is ffiraa Perkins." This will lead to trouble ,, Tom." "No; it's only a bit of fun." '' It will not be fun if Rolando loaes." "Not to hi.ID, but to us.'' He will be II "It's his own challenge; he sent it to me." ' They will beat us, Tom, and it would kill me to see you "You won't see me ducked; but you will 11ee Rolando under the pump ,as sure as that glml6 ever comes off!" The news of the strange wager spread all over town, and as it was looked upon as only a good joke, one way or the other, no opposition waa made to the carrying out of the scheme. Ward, 'however, began to feel shaky at the last, and he said to Ralph: I'd withdraw that bet if I were you." "What! and lose such a good chance? No, no!" It may lead to trouble." What care I? That fellow will go under that pump or leave town, or be branded as a liar and a sneak!" Oh, he won't back out!" Then it will do him good-and I know it will me.'' "But-" "But what?" Suppose they should win?" "Wm P" "Yes." "Those fellows beat us?" '' "Ye8, they did once, you remember,,,._ this fellow played." Oh, Y.ou've no heart; we will whitew&lll 'ein again:" "I think you will; but still there .ls the chance.'' "To lose?" "Yes." 1 "Never! It will be ihe softest w6 evs played. Those fellows are all scarea out of Weir wits. No, no; folly! but it will be a gay time for me to-morrow when we run that fellow io the pump. "1 .., "I am sorrj this bet was made. There fe bad feeling between you and this 1 : "So much the better. We'll wet up his fee&.. ings a little.'' But I fear." "What?" The .'' That they may win?" 11 Yes." "You need have no fear. are ht. better trim than ever. I've had plenty of prac tice, and that felJow will come in fresh. We. will annihilate them.'' He is not as. fresh RS you think. Ha has. been every day with Henry Hurl'>urt. anq Httrlburt is confident his nine wili win, and you kqow Hurlburt is a good player and hM plenty of nerve -"Bah! wait and see. You have no nerve.' I have in a game." "WelJ, be prepared to play your best, and then be ready to march to the pump and see ua christen a fellow who thinks so much of him self; and J say, Ward ; be stlre and let all the. girls know what is going to happen. I want; them all there, it will be such fun!" Yes if you win the game.'" "Nonsense! I tell you we can't lose.'' "But suppose you should?" "We can't.,, 11 The day at length dawned when the greai match was to take place, and the exciteID615 was as great as it had been on former occasiou, and, if possible, greater. At an early hour the people began to assem ble on the ball ground, and it w11s evident from the start that there would be gathered the largest crowd that had ever assembled there. When the two nines appeared upon the field the whole assemblage gave them a greeting. Ralph Ronaldo, however, was the hero of the day, and he felt as proud as the general of an army. The regulars went first to tield for practice, as taey were first at t,he bat. The \wo e&Pl8ial-


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. .had tOlled for choice, and Henry Hurlburt had 'Won. WhlJe the regulars were practicing, tae sec <0nd nine boys stood in a group, and Benry called our hero aside and said: .. You got us into this scrape, old man." "' Do you feel that way aoout It?" Those fellows are in fine form." So are your men." "You must pull 'us out-we depend upon TOU." T ou can." If we lose the game, I go home." And I go under the -pump," said Tom, with a laugh. That's so, and you will deserve it." If I go under that pump will leave here with you." It's a go." "But, Henry, don't lose heart." .. I'll do the best I can." YOU wHl ?" "Yes.'' Then as sure as your nam,e is Henry Hurlburt, Rolando goes under the pump!" .,,, CHAPTER XLI. WHEN it came to the turn of the second nine to take the field for practice, Tom, as he had ar mnged with Henry, went to center field. The movement was a blind, as Tom did not wish Rollllldo to know until the last moment that he was to take the pitcher's box. Our hero had not forgotten the fact that the fellow Rolando had dealt him that terrible blow with the club on the night of the dance, and al1hough Weir was a noble fellow, he was not altogether as perfect as some heroes in Sunday ilChool books, and a desire to get square some dal. lurked way down in hiJ heart. '.Jlallool" cried Ward, when he saw Tom go to Center field, that fcllow aill't going to pitch, after alJ." I reckon he's been tried and found wanting, and l'ip sorry." "Why?" "I would have enjoyed knocking him out of the boL" It 1i1&y oo better, after all. I tell you I 1!11&11 feel better when this game is won." "You will?" "Yes.'1 Y eu !ear we will not win?" I>o you see those fellows are playing with great confidence?" "Bahl they always r,ractice well; but when it comes to the game It would be terrl ble if you were compelled to iro under the pump." ,.,.I go "under the pump?" "Yes; the whole town knows about the wager, and every 6lne is waiting to see the fun." They shall see it." But if it is r_ou who r under?" "Ward, you re crazy! "I don't know Do you rememoor you said many times that fellow was the devi11" "The Duke of New York?" Yes.,, "We'll make a queer duke of him. Yes, the time has come to open up on that fellow. Hre will have to leave town after he goes under the pump. "He may le1we town before." "No, he will not. The boys are all posten't you see?" "'Weir is to pitch?" "Yea." .. I'm glad of it." "' I am not. I tell you now I'm afraid of that -L.11-. asuuW. The first man of the repars went to the bat and he struck out, and upon walking away he of the aecond nine knocked out a two-bagw, was met by Rolando, to whom the batter aaid: and the following batter a single, which 8IDi the That fellow is a terror! I never faced such other man home. balls." There rose a groan, and the commeat plllecl The man who had struck out was a good bataround: ter, and Ward said again: "Rolando is rattled!" "Just as I told you, Rolando!" The pitcher recovered his nerve in time. how "Bahl Wait until I get to the bat; I'll break ever, to prevent any more runs, and the game him up!" proceeded until Ralph again went to tile b&i. He'll just lay for you!" Ward had warned him to keep his temper and Will not to tantalize Tom, and Rolando called out: :: You;n see." ., "I'll give you one for the pump now." .. re a. cro,aker, Ward. "Will you? Well, ta-ta, this time," eried I 1\. Im scared. You heard what Tom, and be sent in a ball, and Rolando out the Cary said . air, although he made a desperate dort, and The next batter also cut the air three tunes; twice again he cut the air and retired and u he and he, too, as walked from the plate, met walked over to where Ward stood' the latter Rolando, and said: said "Hang tha: fellow, he's .a terror!" "We're gone." Rolando still kept up his courage, and said: Rolando's face was set I'll B the wager. I do uol fear him." them did raise a fungo hit which was taken by "Mr. Wt'ir. as a special favor to me-the the second baseman, and Rolando came to the only one I will ever ask-you will not enforce bat the rwnulty." There followed again a dead stillness. "Yo1111t.k a great deal," answered Tom. Weir was as cool as a cucumber and in a jok"l know it; but you will grant my request!" Ing way he said: How c1m. I?" You can't hit me bub!" Wlien the game Is qver go 1o him and ny: Tte fir s t ball weni wide; the second wo11 a Mr. Rolando, our wager was a joke. I teaSt>r and s lipped by the striker and was called know you would not demand its fulfillmen& the third ball went fair and Rolando from me ; I will not from you.'" ii: the fourth ball also was a fair bull, "I can not grant your request." and agnin H11lph cut the air, and with an oath Oh, yes, do! Bee his face-tiee how he aaf. lu. tlirew down the bat and retired from the fers. Your triumph is complete enough." plntt', and 1 l:e score stood two runs and an inning "But you do not know all." in fuvo r of the nine "All what?" It lookR bad was the remark made aloud All the circumstances." In. the crowd. But I know you." The 8C<'ond nine were retired without a run "You know me?" onrl s o 111 were the regulars, and so the "Yes, I are too kind and gene'"' proceeded unlil a second time Tom Weir stood under all thA circumstances, to enforce the peo-ul the pinto, but in band. alty attached to the wager." CHAPTER XLII. Tcm wns l a ughing as he took his position, and he called out In u tantalizing tone: Now give me one for the pump." 1'1ic taunt unmanned Rolando. He lost his temper and sent in a vicious ball; but it did not curve 1 ight. Tom caught it and knocked out a l'lenu home run, and there arose a tremendous 'rhe result broke Rolando all up, and bis de moralization was complete when the next batter "Miss Hubhard, you once did me a great honor; I can not refuse your request." And you will not enforce the wager?" "I will not." Thank you-thank you!" Tom walked away as the inning cloeed. The regulars went in for their last inning, and, as Intimated, failP.d t.o make a score, and when the game was all over there was a rush ha upon the field, and some of the village boys ahouted: "To the pump! to the pump!" Rolando stood pale and trembling, and Tom approached him. There was f!Uite a crowd


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. pressing t. upon tllem, and Tom in a clear, 1lfm \'Oice Mr. Rolando, I know tllat if you had won you would have been satisfied with the triumph of the game; so am I, and our bet fs oft'." A great shout greeted Tom's words, and the news spre&d that there was to be no douse at the pump. The crowd soon began to break away. It had been a long game, and there was laughing and talking and commenting on all sides Our hero went to the little building that was used as a dressing room, and after changing his clothes be came forth and started alone to go to the seminary. He bad proceeded but a short distance when he s aw Myra Hubbard pro c eeding alone just ahead of him. He slackened his J>&ee, but the girl cam e to a stop, and he saw that she desired to speak to him, and when he (lame near Myra said : "You acted nobly to-day. You are a true gentleman." Having thus spoken, she turned and walked rapidly away. CHAPTER XLIII THAT night there was a great rejoicing among the doms" of the seminary We mean by the doms the boys who were not among the chosen, but those who were looked upon as no good by the fellows who it may be naid were on top when it came to shaping affairs pertaining to the sports of the school. Our hero bad become quite a favorite. Every body w as talking of his superb play, and his magnanimity in waiving the bet also won him high plaudits Hiram and Tom were sitting in the latter's room, and the former said: This bas been a great day for you, Tom. ' Well, yes, I have enjoyed the d a y " You are the hero of three counties." Hiram," said Tom, it's a nice thing to win.', "Do you think so?" "Yes. " I not." "You did?" "Yes." "Wh f" .. weif. you appear to take the whole day's doings as a matter of course " You think so eh?" .. Yes .. . ''You're mistaken, Hiram. Thja has been a day of greater triumph than you think, and I enjoy my honors to the full. Yes, I am as proud as a peacock." "You have a strange way of showing your pride." S till water runs deep. Quiet people, who do not blow their own trumpets, are sometimes more egotistical at heart than others who eternally expatiating on their own merits. Yes, I am really proud of to-day's triumph-very proud." I am glad of it; and it was a nice thing for you to let that bet go by. I was disappointed at first, but I am lllad now." You are, eh ?''1 "Yes." .. Why?" It may make Rolando a friend of yours after all " That fellow will never be my friend." "He can not help it. You were very gener ous, and everybody is saying so." I a01 not entitled to much credit as may appear; l>ut we shall see One thing I can tell you: Rolando and I will never be friends That. fellow will always hate me; and, to tell the truth, I really wish I had never m e t him He will be a life enemy. "Bah! when you leave school you will for g et all about e a ch other, and after wha t h a s o c curred to-day, he certainly must pretend to be your friend " He will not. He will h a te me more bitt e r -ly than ever " I do not believe it." "Wait and see." While P erkins and Tom wer e t a lkin g to g ether, a conv e rs a tion wa s a l s o in pro gress b e twee n Ward and Rolando. The form e r said as he joined his friend: "Well, that bootblack has had a bi g triumph *'>-day." "Yes. " It has been a bad dal for us Rolando.' i'or me it has been.' Tba& fellow has won all the honors, and everybody is talking about his magnanimity, and I must say it was very of him." What was very generous?" His refusing to enforce the bet." "You think it was very generous?" "Yes. "You are a fool, Ward!" "I am?" .. Yes." Why do you say I am a fool?" "You can't see." "Well, what do I miss?" "That fellow is as cute as the devil. He isa devil, and his letting me up was the worst shot he could give me, and he knows it." You can never get the better of Ula& t.llO'IF -I tell you that." "Halloo! you have turned against me, Clht It's the old story, 'The king Is dead-Jone liYe the king.'" "No, I do not like that fellow; but !fear yoa are going too far for your own good. You ant rich; why don't you leave the school?" No, I'll not leave the school until he dOel!\, and then I'll leave to follow him. I'll follow him all his life until I get square CHAPTER XLIV. "Then you do not give him any credit?" A WEEK passed and during that week there "No. was a great deal of talk, and then it became '"' And you do not feel bound to be on friendrumored about tllat there was to be a reorganiza.. ly terms witl: nim ?" tion of the nine. Some of the second nine were I will follow that fellow the world over to be put on the regular nine, and it was pro-until I get square." posed that Tom Weir should be taken on as Off I fear yon are wrong." of the pitchers "But you don't know anything." The proposition was made to our hero, and he I will tell you something absolutely declined to go on the nine, and 119 Go ahead matters went on without the occurrence of any I think it will be good policy for you to incident of special interest until one night Tom make friends with him.'' Weir walked off for a stroll. He had WfLlked & "You do, eh? long distance and had remained out until a lat.e "Yes, I do." ( hour; indeed, he had tran s gressed the seminary "Ward, you can t see through a thin veil!" rules, and he knew he would be compelled t. "I can 't?" sne a k to his room to avoid censure on the part No." of the president of the seminary. Sing out your tenor, Ralph! Where am I Tom, as a student, had been a great success. blind?" aml a month later he knew he would pass hi& "You give him all the credit of the affair toexamination, when he proposed to enter college. dar, Great hopes were iu bis heart, and bright I was giving hi' the credit." dreams of a grand future were running through. ''You're praising the wrong party." his mind, and he was deeply absorbed, and had Explain." failed to observe that his steps were being I owe the thanks to Myra Hubbard for not dogged." It was a lonely part of the country going under the pump. where he had chosen to walk, and he had Get out!" reached the loneliest part of the road. There "It's true." was not a house within a mile in any direction, "Well, that's better yeti" and he had no idea of danger. As he proceeded Is it?" along, as stated, lost in deep and absorbing '' Yes." thought, he at length came to a part of the road "You're blind as a bat!" where a stone wall ran parallel with the high" But how do you know you owe the credit way, and suddenly he heard the sharp report of to her?" a pistol, and a bullet whistled over his head. I know ft well enough." Tom came to a stand-still for an instant. He But how do you know? It mar, be you was completely dazed, but he was a nerryfelonl! guess it, and you may be wrong. low and very quick witted. He had learned i. I do not guess it." have his wits about him always. There was n Let a fellow into your secret." moon, but the night was clear, and he saw a lit-"You saw that fellow and Myra talking to-tle cloud of smoke curl away from ilie atone gether?" wall at a point just opposite to where he stood Yes in the road She was asking him to waive the bet." Tom was unarmed, but he sprung toward the" She was?" wall, and there came a second shot, and, very "Yes." fortunately, again the markmanship was bad, "You onl1 suspect the fact." but one fact was fully assured : the shots were'' I know 1t is true.'' intended for him; indeed, there had been a de"Nonsense!" liberate attempt to muruer him. Our hero It is true." reached the wall undeterred by the second shot. "You are dead sure?" and as he leaped over a figure rose and con-.. I am." fronted him. Tom saw the gleaming barrel of "Did you overhear what passed?" a pistol leveled at him, and quick as thought he-"No; but some one else did-who, it does not leaped forward; an accident saved his life. The make any difference. That fellow WliS persuadhammer of the pistol closed doyn on '!In imper ed to let up on me, and it was Myra who interfeet cap, and Tom was upon his assailant, and ceded knocked the weapon from his grasp; at the same "By ginger! tha t s good news. It shows she instant he exclaimed: thinks more of you than you thought." Rolando, you have tried to murder me." But it proves that she merely pities me The two youths stood confronting each other. her! I'll learn to hate her some day. Tom had knocked the weapon from his assail' Her mterest was in that bootblack. She saw it ant's grasp, but Rolando still held a cane in his: would be a big thing for him-would make him hand. a hero. She was much smarter than he." Why have you sought to take my life?" There is something in what you say after Rolando's eyes glittered and snapped Ilka all.'' those of a basilisk. "I s hould say so." "I will kill you!" "What will you do?" "And why should you kill me?" Time will tell." For lying about me." "You will not make up with that fellow ? "Lying about you?" M a ke up with him ? I'll down him as sure Y e s." as my nam e is Ralph Rolando. I'll tell you / "You will never kill me, Rolando Y0u are' s om e thin g-these fe llow s her e think I'm a a miserable cowardly scoundrel. I knew that Cub a n I a m a littl e of ev e rything when it the first moment I s et eyes on you and this is. com e s to breed The re i s C o r s ican blood in the sec ond time you have made an attempt on. me; m y g ra ndp a rent s wer e Corsi ca.tis, and I in my life. h e r i t their t e mperament. I'll see the d a y wlien It's false." I will ge t sq u a r e with this fellow." "No, it i s not false, and you know it. You.<_ W a rd w as not a lto g ether a brute, a nd h e s a id ; sou ght to kiJl me the ni ght of the dance. " R a lph you a re ca rryin g this thing too far. And I will kill y ou I'd drop the whole m a tter if I were you. "No, you s hall not kill me " Drop it? "I will kill you to night. Yoll have liOOI Yes about me." When I drop that fellow will be on his I h a ve lied about you?" kne e s to m e." Yes." "I couldn't be as revengeful as you are." "To whom?" "Oh, no; :r,ou are not of my kin; but you "Myra Hubbard." wait and see. I never said one word agalmt Jft &o tW-


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. W7, but.I will say she knew you than I what-a wret<;h you are, and I wlll aid you to so rooms, and that suddenly he beoome a n.i .dfd. She warned me against you." comider by cooling your heated hlood a little." hl!to In the eyes of the general public. Eftll &e did?" As Tom spoke he advanced toward the wretchHiram Perkins at J he last said one day to Qur "Yes, she did." ed youth, and Rolando sprung upon him. The hero "She warned you against me?" repeated two lads clinched and a short followed. Rolando is a good fellow at' heart, and if It >&lph. Tom proved his superiority in an mstant. He were not for th enmity between you two, I "Yes, she did." flung Rolando to the ground as though he had should be sorry he iS going away "It's false. been a mere infant, and pummeled him well, Tom made no answer. but he knew well that Rolando's uttemnce was choked with passion. and then dragged him toward the creek, and as there was no more undeserving wretch in the ll'be young fellow was. wild with anger and his he drew him along, Tom said: land than this same Ralph Rolando, and our bitter desire for veageance. Ypu once sent me into the creek. I'll send hero al s o knew th a t he and the fellow would be It Is true; and these two attempts to kill me you there to cool off sure to : meet again some day, and there would "Will prove how well she discerned your charRQ!ando cursed and raved, but he was too follow a terribl e rec koning between them. flCter. Just to think of it-you 1ue at heart a weak and e xhausted to make much resistance, Rol a ndo at len g th depart ed, and a few daya murierer. You have sought to kill one who and into the creek he went and the water was l a t e r there came an announcement that caused harmed you in any way -" up to his waist. H e floundered around a moeven greater surprise and regret. "You have harmed me." ment and then crawl e d out on the bank "How?" Tom stood to rec e ive him, and said: "I have told you how you came to harm me. "Rolaudo, we understand each other now. CHAPTER XLVI. 'You are a miserable, low-bred street gamin of Mark my words: I give you jus t one week to THE startling announcement wa s the fact that .New York, and you commenced lying about me invent some e xc use for l e aving thi s town. If Mr Hubbard had decided to g o to New York, and I shall kill you." you r e main aft e r that I will P .re.fef, charges to !es ide pemianently. The gentleman's health Listen to me, Ralph Rolando. As I said agamst you and have you sent to Jail. baa n o t been good for over a y ear end c hange before. this is the second time you ha v e s ought You will prefer charges again s t me?" a nd th e sci entifi\". treatment of New York phy s i 1o take my life. I c a n stand this no longer I will." cians had been recommend ed. You must leav e this town or I will prefer charges "What will th e y amount to now? Listen to Tom when he heard th e news, f elt b a dly, for against you, and you will go where you belong, me : I will not leave the school, and I will predespit e all his efforts to bani s h a recollect10n of and where you will eventually end your days, fer charges against you and prove them." the beautiful face of Myra from his mind he '8.IIY way." You can prove no charges against me." h a d failed She had enthroned h e rself as ) the Rol a ndo laughed, and said: "You shall see whether I can or not, hang day st a r of all his ambition s ; but when he b e ard "You will pref e r charges against me?" you! of her intended departure for New York he was .. Yes, I will "One word, you miser a ble cur. You know sad indeed, and he murmured: Who will believe charges?" I am not a liar, and you en v y me because I am "It is all over, and I was a fool ever to have "I can prove them. not I tell you I have a witness who saw you indulged a hope In New York she will rise to "'Yoo can prove them?" s trike me the night of the dance The fellow becom e an elegant young lady; she will meet Yes, I can." stand s ready to te s tify against you. He fully elegant gentlemen hand s ome accompli s hed, ... How? identifi ed{ou, and can establish his identmca -a nd wealthy ; she will forget that she ev e r met have a witness." tlon, and will keep my word You leave town the poor ex-bootblack." 'Rol a ndo lOQked around in a furtive manner, as I bid you, or by all that's true and honest, I The youth went off for a long walk, and he Qlld tken asked: will expose you and have you punished." carri e d a heavy heart in his bosom Never until "Where is your witness?" There followed a moment's silence, and then that moment had he re alized what an impres-., Qh, I do not need a witness to-night; but Rolando s aid : sion the girl had made upon his mind. He was then there was a witness to your former attempt "I have an offer to make past eighteen, and Myra was fifteen but she on my life." Proceed." was a very matured girl for her years. Men "There was, eh?" "I hate you." may form great ambitions but there are few Yes." I know it and I know also I have given you who can maintain their ambitions against the Who?" no cause to hate me." pleadings of a lovely face, and we are compelled ' I shall not tell you or you might attempt to I do hate you, all the same, and I do not to confess that at the last moment Tom di s covkill him ; but I have a witness, and I tell you wish to leave this town You are a poor miserered that he was madly and hopelessly in love now you will leave the semihary at once or you able cuss, and you need money. You are in And there are youths who at the age of eighteen will go to jail." my way. If you will leave the town I will give can become as madly and sincerely smitten as I will, eh?" you five hundred dollars, and forget I ever knew those of maturer years. "Yes; I shall make good my threat." you Poor Weir! A aadder being' at that time did You will?" "I would not leave town if you were to give not exist upon the face of the earth, and know" I will as I live. I wlll stand this no longer." me fifty thousand dollars-no, sir; but leave the he was unobserved he madly beat the air "You will never make charges against me!" town you D).USt or meet the consequences and, with his extended arms, and muttered and raved aid Rolando, and there followed a startling Income what may, if you do not go I will expose in a very dramatic manner, when suddenly he ddent. you; and now good -nl,ht." heard his name called. He looked up, and lo! Tom leaped the waU and started along the there stood the beautiful girl that had caused all road, and as he walked toward the village he hi!! wild gesticqlations. CHAPTER XLV. WE have said Rolando held a cane in his hand, and as he made the remark recorded at ihe cloee of our preceding chapter, he suddenly -drew a long blade from the cane and made a lunge at Tom. Weir was no ordinary youth, as has been in 'tfmated. There are those who really appear to bear charmed lives. Some men will fall victims >to the most trifling accident the first time en countered. There are othera who have passed through as many perils by land and sea as the Apostle Paul is said to have encountered, and 'they go through all these perils unscathed. It "' seemed to be the fate of our hero. During his short career he had met with many very thrilling and narrow escapes. Indeed, consider Jng the fact that he was a foundling his being in existence ai all was a marvel, and during our n.rrative we have recorded how he had been :stricken down once and twice shot at by Rolan do, and again, the fourth time, an attempt had been made upon bis life. As Rolando made the lunge his foot slipped. In his eagerness and blind rage he lost his footing. He fell forward, the blade was broken, and he lay a moment helpless at our hero's feet. It would have been a natural Impulse for Top:i to have set upon him; but he permitted his mcked and desperate assailant to arise, and again the two stood facing each other. Well," said Tom, in a tone of bitter sar casm, "you are a nice fellow!" "Hang you! I'll kill yo11 yeti" You will never kill me, Rolando-no, never! j bear a charmed life against you, and some day you may force me to send you where in my JJeart I fear yon de,;;erve to be. You are a mean, Sneaking impl--one of the most detestable and tiold blooded assassins in irant I ever met! But l will not serve you as you deserve now I will Wde m7 lime and give you a chance to consider muttered: "How do you do Mr. Weir?" "It does not seem possible that the fellow "How do you do?" returned Tom, in a mecould be such a rascal. I can hardly reali7.e chanically polite manner. myself that he really is a murderer at heart, but Are yoo practicing for some amateur theatas I live, four times he has actually attempted r1cais, or have you determined to become a real to murder me in cold blood." actor?" Tom reached his room but did not go to sleep. Tom looked at the lovely girl in a reproach-He could not sleep, and he paced the floor all ful manner, and handsome he looked as he did the night through, and in the morning Hiram eo. Those elei?ant eyes that tl.ashed from and entered his room. illumined his face never looked more beautiful What is the matter, Tom, you have not than at that moment, and there was sad reslept?" proach in his tone as he said: "No." I suppose an ex bootblack can not look What is the matter? ' 1 higher tbaa becoming in the near future a "Overstudv, I reckon." theatrical star?" "You were out late last night." "Here, here! What do you mean?" "How do you know?" "Yes, yes ; I know what I mean, and whai I was out. late myself, and when I came in you meant." I entered your room and I lay awake a long "Mr. Weir," said the girl "I am sorry for time and you were still absent." what I said; but you must be extremely sensi" Yes, I took a long walk to overcome my tive to place such an interpretation upon my restlessness bantering words. I had not the remotest Idea You must not study so hard of hurting your feelings or making any sinister I will look out. You are very kind to show suggesOons." such interest in me; but do not tell any one of "Forgive me, Miss Hubbard. I will admit I my condition am oversen s itive And, changing the subject, Rolando did not appear in school that day, Tom added : "It is rumored you are going te and it was slated that he was sick The days N e w York to reside. passed and he did not appear, and then it be"Yes." came rumored that he was very sick, and the "Will your father make New York his per rumor proved to be correct-the fellow had manent home?" taken a severe cold "Yes; I do not believe we will ever returnI Two weeks passed, and Rolando was confined except to visit.'' to his room, and at last came the announcement Are you pleased to leave the old tow. where that he was to leave the town and return to New you were born?" York. A day was set for his departure, and no "I am pleased-yes; but I do not feel good lad ever received such testimonials of good will at breaking up old associations. But I shall be as he received, and never was his popularity glad to live in great New York." made so patent as it was in the expressions of "You have been to New York?" general regret at his departure. "Yes, once or twice." All this time Tom had held his own counsel. And you think you will like to live in New He knew that bouquets were sent to Rol a ndo s York?


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK "Y. I shall be delighted to live there. Although I was born in the country, I have always pined for city life .. wm you not return here to school?" "No; I shall attend an academy in New York. And, upon the whole, you are pleased to :go?" "Yes." Then I must be glad, for your sake." "Thank you. But, Mr. Weir, I desire to ask you a qnesl!on. "I shall be glad to answer any question you mar ask:-'' ' Why did Ralph Rolando leav.e the semi nary?-" blushed and stammered, and the clear, sharp eyes of the girl were fixed upon him. "How should 1 know ? at last Tom sputtered out "I am not asking you how you should know; I am asking you if you do know." I suppose, sa id Tom, that it was owing to his lllness. " Did y o u warn him to leave the town?" Tom gaz e d in amazement, and for a moment did not an s wer. Will you answer me?" "Do not press that question "If your a nsw e r would not be yes, if spoken you would an s wer me readily." "Do you think so?" "I do." And do you want me to answer you?" I do." Tom was a proud fellow, and h e was not just himself at that moment, and he s aid: "Wby do you ask me that question? "I wiH tell you a ft e r you have answered it." And do you really desire that I should an-swer the question?" .. I do." I am sorry ; do not press ft." Yes; I want your answer." The day may come when you will regret ever having forced an answer from me "Your remark Is strange; but! still press the question "I did warn Ralph Rolando to leave the town." ,And did you threaten him if he did not leave the town?" Tom was in a desperate mood A certain sus plcion had risen in his mind,. and regardless of all colll!eq uences, and with a determination to make no explanations, he answered, in a severe .&one: I did threaten him. \ CHAPTER XL VII. Tlll!IRE came a troubled look to Myra s beaullful face as she said: '.'And did .you commit an assault upon him? i>ld you throw him iuto the creek? " Yes, I did," came the answer, in a sturdy lone. The troubled look deepened upon Myra's face, and in really anxious tones she asked: "Why did you throw him into the creek? and why did you threaten him and drive him awa;r from the town?" I have no explanations to offer." You will tell me why you threatened him?" I will not." Tom spoke in a tone of strong. determination. A certain suspicion flashed through the youth's mind and made him very angry. He placed a certain interpretation upon Myra's quesHons and a deeper meaning upon the anxiety so vivid ly expressed upon her beautiful face Please tell me," she pleaded. /'Excuse me, Miss Hubbard, but my reasons do m;,t concern you-they can not interest you " They do concern me and interest me more than you can understand," I am sorry." "Why?" .. Because I can make no explanations." 4 But you will .. I will not Tom spoke in an irritated tone, and the fair girl &tiH urged: Ob, yes, you will tell me." I will not." "You absolutely refuge?" "I do " Plense reconsider your determination." I will make n explanations." Do you know his life was in peril?" "'Howf" ... very near b&ving pneumonia." "So it was said, but I do not believe it." It is true .. aow do you know?" "I will be more frank than you have been: I asked the doctor." t And he told you Rolando's life was in peril?" "Yes." "You appear to have great interest in the matter?" "I did have." ''Your anxiety is over now, and I am glad for your sake." Thank you, bllt my anxiety is not over." You fear I may. still pursue him?" "Yes. '.'You need have no fear." "Did you not threaten to do so?" "No. " Please tell me why you threw him Into the creek and why you threatened and cassed him to leave town?" \ I will not." There came a harder look to Myra's lovely face. Your refusal leads me to suspect the worst.'' "You' may suspect what you choose." Tom had become really angry, and he spoke in a defiant tone. '. "Mr. Weir, we may never meet again." "You will be consoled," said Tom. One day Hiram came into his room, alli tbe latter said: Tom, there are hard stories llbout 1" p ing around." "What are the stories?" They say you drove Rall>h Rolando froa town "So I did." Did you assail him?" "Yes, I did." Did vou waylay him? "No.'1 Tell me all about it." I have nothing to say, Hiram." "You can tell me.'' "No; I can not." "Why not?"' I can tell no one." But you admit you assailed him T" I admit I threw him into the creek." "Well, if you did, I'll bet all I can raise you had good reasons.'' The idea flashed through Tom's' mind: My friend believes in me; Miss Hubbard did not. Yes. Hira m I had g ood r e asons." "If I were f.OU I'd make tb.e reasons public." I never will." :-" It is admitted you will take the highest honor s." I trust I will.' Myra did not discern the meaning of our ag CHAPTER XL VIII. gravated hero's remark, and she said: I did wish to hold you in better estima WHEN Tom had entered the seminary he tlon." 1 taken a position in the highest classes, as he "May I ask you one question?" only intended to t a ke a finishing course in order "Certainly." to enter college, and he had also taken additional How did you learn I threatened him?" lessons, and when Hiram alluded to his taking The doctor told me." the high e st honors he meant he would be the valedictorian. "And the doctor told you I threw him into "You will enter Yale?" said Hiram. the creek ? "No." Yes.,, "The doctor has told you so much he may "I.thought you intended to enter Yale.'' tell you why I did so.'' "No; I shall enter another college.'' He did." It is said Rolando will enter Yale.' So I have heard." "Will you tell me the reasons he gave for my "Ah! I see why you have changed your violence?" mind.'' I can not." "No? You refuse to tell me the real facts.,, The graduation day arrived au.d Tom, as hai 1 can tell you no more." been predicted, did take the highest honors, and "How did the doctor chance to tell you anyacquitted himself well. The time later on apthing?'" proached when he was to leave the town, and It was not throue:h chance ., the day }'receding his departure he called upon "You asked him?y, the president of the seminary, and the two held I did.,, a long talk, and Tom heard how deep was the Well, miss, it was all an unfortunate affair." prejudice agafnst him, as it appeared to be generally believed that he had done a great wrong "Then I was sure you would tell me all." to Ralph Rolando. "I shall tell you nothing." Tom, upon leaving the school, went direct to '.:YI refuse?" New York, and from there plf>Ceeded up to the country and visited his guarlllan,. and, alter a "Then I shall, as I said, be at liberty to form short visit, returned to New York. my own conclusions.'' Our hero's means were very limited; and he '' Certainly.'' took board in a very cheap pennon, and one day "I am sorry, Mr. Weir. I met you on pur-he went to walk in the park. He was crossing pose to afford you an opportunity to clear yourone of the roads when he heard a shout. He self; but I must now conclude that you can was warned just in time td avoid being run not.'' over. He leaped out of the way and looked up, "No, I can not. I did throw him in the and a sight met his gaze thartilled his soul witb. creek, and I did threaten him if he did not leave bitterness. An elegant equipage dashed by, but town he had time to recognize the occupants of the I am di8atJpointed. I thought-" vehicle, and his glance rested upon his bitter Myra did not complete the sentence. foe, Ralph Rolando, and beside the latter, all What did you think?"' asked Tom. smiles and pleasure, sat Myra Hubbard. "It does not matter. I will bid you good"It is as I thought, muttered Tom, as he day. gained the foot-walk and started afong through The girl started and walked away. We will the shrub-bordered path. here say it was very unfortunate that she did Indeed it was Myra and Ralph who occupied not complete the sentence she commenced; had the carriage, and both had recognized our hero sb,e done so tb.e chances are explanations might as tbe driver yelled to the former to look out" have followed "It is that fellow Weir," said Rolando. Tom stood and watched her graceful form as A. shadow had settled on Myra's beautiful she walked away along tb.e road, and he said : face. Sb.e had recognized Tom. "Ab, I am but a bootblack after all. "so the "By George! I wonder if that fellow has world goes. I see it all-even that beautiful come on here to murder me? What a vindictive girl is designing and deceitful. She merely rascal he is! and I never did that fellow any used me as a foil to play off on that fellow Ro-harm in my life." lando. Iler attentions at the dance were a fraud. I think his being here is only accidental," So let it be-pos sibly it is as well. My eyes are said Myra opened now. I have deceived myself, but I "I wish I could think so; but let him be will dismiss all recollections of her from my ware! I do not fear him. I have been very mind forever She has done me one service-I ,Patient with him; but let him beware! I will' will never put faith in a female again as long be ready for him if he assails me again." as I live. From this moment my mind shall be "I do not believe he will assail you." set upon my career." "Ah! you do not know what a low-bred rasTom did not see Miss Hubbard again during cal he is! I never toM you one half of that fel his school-days. A week or two following his low's insults to me, especially after you had talk with her on the road she left the town, and honored him so night of the german." a sadness came to our hero's heart. He bad said He is a strange, morbirl fel1ow; but I ca11 he would forget her. It was easy to say so, not believe he is really vindictive he found it dWl.cult to c:Mry out his determina" You would think him vindictive lif I were tion. tQ tell you of his 11S1ault upon me."


!8 THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. "Did he really assault yout" I am half inclined to tell you all the facts." Tell me the facts." "one night I was walking along the road and I came by a stone wall when suddenly I heard a report and a pistol ball whistled over my head." Myra turned deathly pale. Did he reallv seek to murder you?" "Yes, he And why did vou not have him arrested?" "I pitied him.'r I do not think you were justified in pitying an assassin.'' I had no witnesses; it would have been a terrible charge, and I could not prove it.'' "But you should have exposed him.'' "I had not the heart.'' But now, you see, he may yet carry out his design against you." No; he dare not." It is terrible to think how he pursues you. Do you know I 6nce thought him a very noble fellow?" I did at first, 1md now I must do myself justice. You t hought for a long time that I was unjust to him, and indulged a vile preju dice against him; but Nelson Ward could tell you facts that would astonish you. I did try at llrst to cultivate the fellow's good will, but he hated me from the start, and after he had made your acquaintance he seemed to hate me even more intensely, and three times he actually at tempted to take my life!" "I did not dream it harl gone so far.''. "Oh, he is a terrible fellow!" "You will avoid him, Mr. Rolando?" "Certainly, I shall; but you need not fear, he will D6'\Ter do me any harm." Do you reall;y; think he came purposely in your way to-day? I can hardly think so; but it is possible." We came very near running over hiin." I reckon that was all a little game. He was on the alert." The ride was completed, and Myra returned to her home; and the last words she said to Ro lando, when he assisted her up the steps of her father s elegant were: "You will avoid that fellow?" Ohl certainly; but you need not fear; I will be prepared for him." I can not think he really intended to meet 'BS to-day.'' "We will wait and see whether we meet him again." Myra, later on in her own room, sat down to think over the incidents of the day, and she kept repeati-.g: Can it be trJle that this Weir really sought to murder Rolando? I can not believe it possi ble, and yet he did admit to me that he had thrown his school-mate into the river and had threatened him.'' Tom, meanfme, returned to his humble room and spent bouts In thinking over the Incident of the and be muttered: "Hang it! I wish I had not seen her; but how I was deceived! I see it all now. I was a fool, and ihe has persuaded her father to live in New York so she can be near that fellow; and ahe/is happy now. Well, well, it ls strange and sad', for when she becomes his wife, as she will some of these days, she will be the wife of a vil lain. He will love her in his way for awhile, and then-well, well, he will make her life a hell.'' CHAPTER XLIX. THREE months passed and Tom entered col lege. He did not again see Myra or meet Ro lando during his stay in New York. At our hero set himself to study. A great ambition swellea in his heart, and he de voted every hour to study. He did not join the eollege ball team nor boat crew, but he did keep up constant exercise. The bulk of his time was devoted to study. He not only kept up with the regular studies of the college, but, as at the aeminary took additional lessons. Ile had a natural aptitude for the study of languages, and became a great linguist; and besides, he found t.ime for practice in manly accomplish ments. He became a fine horseman, swordsm1m, and pistol-shot. He was determined to make himself a very accomplished man in ever;v directioa-and he succeeded,111nd became, as it were, a veritable Monte-Cristo in all but the: pos leSl!ion of that extraordinary fellow's great wealth. A& .came graduation-day, and Tom car ried off. all the college honors,,las he had carried them at the seminary. Once during his college career he had seen Rolando. IDs enemy was a student at another college, and had become a member of the ball team. Indeed, he was famous as a college-team pitcher, and also as a general athlete. Tom went one day to see a match, and saw Rolando in the box as pitcher, and at the mo ment a strange faney entered our hero's mind. The game ended in a victory for Rolando's team, and thl\ credit for the victory was accord ed to the pitcher. After the game our hero watched his cl:!ance, and after the visiting nine had donned their citizens' dress he found an op portunity to speak to Rolando He advanced and touched his old-time foe on the shoulder. Rolando turned and recognized Tom at a glance, but did not seem to do so, and said: "Well, fellow, what do you want?" "You recognize me?" Who are you?" "Nonsense! you recognize me well enough." "Will you tell me your name?" Tom involuntarily said: My name is Tom Weir." "I do not recollect you, my good fellow." I'd like to speak a word with you "Go ahead!" While Tom was talking Rolando was taking his measure with his eyes The Cuban had de veloped into a great lusty fellow. He was taller than Tom by an mch, and his stature was larger and seemingly stronger by far. "We have not met for years.'' I do not remember ever j having met you." That is not true. But listen: I do not desire to claim your acquaintance, and I will never address you again, but I do wish to speak a few words." Go I wish that you would shake hands with me and promise to forget all that occurred in the past, as I will forget the same.'' "My dear fellow, I am perfectly willing to forget. I had already forgotten that we had ever met." "We mar, meet again, it will be a truce between us. As far as I am concerned you need have no fear; but I do not know why you think we may meet." "I shall reside in New York.'' Rolando laughed in a satirical manner, and asked: "Do you not think New York is large enough for you and I? Do you. want the earth?" "One word: the day may come when you will recall this scene; then you will remember my words: You have done me a great wrong." I have done you a great wrong?" "Yes" "Yo.; are crazy, I fear." "I am not crazy, and you know it. I will never cross your path, and I only ask you not to cross mine. All I ask is that if we ever meet we shall be strangers, and that in return for my silence you will be silent also." "You are talking in riddles to me.". All right. I have done my duty, and more. I have but one more word tp say: it will be bet ter for you if y-ou heed my words.'' My dear fellow, you need have no fear. I shall again, as I have for years, that you are in existence. Good-bye to you." Rolando walked off, and Tom retired to his room. As intimated in the preceding chapter, our hero carried off all the honor:i, and in good time returned to New York, and entered into a law office. Rolando did not graduate until one year later, and he, too, retired to New York, and the day of his retum1 was an eventful one to him ; as upon that day he received a revelation that caused his blood to run cold Tom had never met Myra since the day of the carriage incident in the park but he often heard of her. She had become a reigning belle She was acknowledged to be one of the most beauti ful young ladie s in New York, where there are so many beautiful girls, and be s ides, it was known that she was a great heiress. Her fa ther's wealth was computed at millions. One night Tom, who was very fond of music, went to the opera. His means were limited, and he secured a seat in the family circle, and being an old-time New Yorker he was well enough posted to go early in order to secure a front seat. He had been in the theater some time, when just 88 the curtain rose a gay party entered one of the boxea, and Tom's heart atood atill IDd his eyes beCame riveted upon one o! dae that had just entered. CHAPTER L. W ONDROUBL y beautiful was the fair girl upoa whose face our hero's were fixed, and that wondrously beautiful girl was none other than Myra Hubbard. Tom had hoped and believed that he had driven the image of that fair girl from his mem ory forever as a disturbing element, but as his glance fell upon her therjl came to him a wild longing-indeed, a rush o'f feeling streh as he had never before experienced in all his life. He sat like one dazed for an instant, ao greafl was the rush of feeling He seemed to look through a veil-the sudden attack upon his nervous system temporarilv blinded him-and when his vision cleared lie became conscioua that he was madly, wildly in love-ay, so mad ly In love that it had become a question of pos session or death. Our hero was a remarkably handsome fellow; indeed, he could safely be pronounced one C1f the handsomest men in New York, and be pos sessed powers of fascination if he desired to exert them that few women could withstand; and besides, he was splendidly educated and accomplished in other directions. / Myra was truly a beautiful girl, and as the conviction forced itself upon our hero s mind that all that beauty was destined for Ralph Ro lando, bitterness filled his heart. A few moments and Tom recovered his calm ness, and he sat and watched every movement of the beautiful girl; and as he watched many strange, wild thoughts floated through his mind. The opera proceeded, but Tom paid but little atteution to the incidents presented upon the stage ; his gaze was riveted upon Myra. One fact pleased him : Ralph Rolando was not one of the party, and Tom muttered : If she should love and marry any one but that murderous scoundrel, I would not say one word-I'd he resignetl; but to think of such youth and loveliness the prey-yes. the prey of that cold blooded villain-" Tom gazed and and suddenly one of those commonplace mcidents occurred that ota;. times result in the end in very serious conse quences. Myra, during an 1nterval when the curtain was down, raised her opera-glass to her eyes and swept witb a glan<',e the upper gallery. Suddenly her glance appeared to become fixed, and our hero knew that he had been seen and recognized. He looked away, tried to loek In:. different and unconcerned; but he knew that his features undet the powerful glass were fully revealed. At length the glance was withdrawn, and it became Tom's turn. He looked, and lo! a change had come over the face of the lovely girl; the smile had disappeared; a pallor supple mented the roses, and there came also a sad and troubled look. Great guns I what does that mean?" was the mental query presented to our hero's mind; "Bmi then there came a bitter and very aggravating solution, and he muttered: "l::!he fears for&:. lando. Well, well, for her sake, I'll nol harm him.'' Tom left the theater after awhile. He could not bear to sit there and gaze upon her to whom. he could not speak; but 88 he rose to depart he stole one more glal\ce, and saw that the glas was again leveled upon him. You need not fear, beautiful mademoiselle,'" he muttered. \ A long time passed and Tom did not see Myra again, but every wakin_g moment of his life her image was present to his milld.. Our hero, as has been stated, had entered a law office, and he was devotin,e: himself to study as assiduously as he had dooe when a student in the serminary and the college. As has been intimated, Ralph Rolando fin ished his college course and returned to New York; and as stated, the day following his re turn to the city he received a startling announce ment. The senior Rolando was the head partner jn a large concern doing busines s with South Ameri ca, and also with the West Indian Islands. He was supposed to be a very wealthy man, and lived not only in a magnificent residence, but. supported a grand style. Ralph was an only son, but he had two sla ters who were.very brilliant young ladies On the morning following his return from college Ralph's father summoned him into the. library There was a sad look UPOll Uie alder-


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. l\Oianlio's face, bwt the son was not prepared ior tbe question that greeted him. "My eon, I have called you here t.o talk with you about/our future. What profession have 10u electe to pursue?" "Profession, sir!" exclaimed Italph ., Yes.'' I haYe not thought of becoming a profeseional man, sir "What we. re your desires?" .. I supposed, as a matter of course, I would 'MID.e day succeed you in your business as head of tlle 11rm." That was your idea?" "Yes, sir." You will never succeed me in business." Have I offended you, sir, in any way?" "No." Did you not once speak as though I were t.o '8DQCeed you?" "I did "And why ha"Ve you changed your mind?" "We will talk a bout that later on. Let me uk you a question Have you been paying at &entlon;to Miss Hubbard, the beautiful heiress?" "Yes, sir." Are you engaged t.o her?" "No, sir." Have you ever had even an explicit under standing with that young lady?" .. Why do yon ask me these questions, sir?" I have a most excell ent reason in your in terests. Do you think you can win her?" It is strange, sir, you should talk in this Way? "You think it is stra nge ? .. Yes sir" she is an only child?" Yes, sir." That her father is a millionaire several iimes? " So it is said sir " And you think I am a millionaire?" "I have always supposed, sir, you were a -re!7 rich man.'' I am believed to be a very rich man, Ralph, but the time has come when I must reveal to you the real truth." Ralph turned deatllly pale, and a terrible sus picion flashed through his mind. Yes, my son, I a m about to reveal to you in eonfidence a startling fact. l am not really worth one cent. " Father!" ejaculated the young man, his lace assuming a ghastlr, hue. It is true, my son. I do not understand it, sir; you are merely trying me. I know I am trying you, for it is very try ing to me to make the announcement, but the time has arrived when it must be made. Yes, Ralph, what I have told you is absolutely true." CHAPTER LI. THERE followed a moment's silence, and then in a husky voice Ralph asked: "Father, can this be true?" It is true, my son." I do not understand It, sir." I will explain. Our firm bas met with losses in every direction. We are to-day insolvent, but our credit is good. We are running along and dlvidin!f between us, for living expenses, other peoples money. Some dal. the crash will oome. I am too old to recover. But can I not take hold of the business and veiU" How can you?". "Your estates in Cuba-" "Yes. .. Mortgage them." "Hy boy, they were mortgaired years ago. Jfo' a dollar can be raised on them. Indeed, they do not belong to me now. The party hold Jag the mortgage can foreclose and take the title mv day be ma:y choose." r. And there IS no hope?" "No hope, my son. We are hopelessly be .hindhand; we can not recover." My sisters?" Fortunately, both are to be married shortly and will be provided for; but you will have to go to a profession or marry an heiress, and you must act quickly, for at any moment the crash may come. Now tell me, what-are your chances with Miss Hubbard? Were you to marry her, JOU might raise capital and save the business; but it would require at least half a million, and &Den there might be a chance once again to make money. Now, what are your chances?" ":rMJaer, l do DOt know." "You have been visiting her for years?" "Yes." "She always appeared to show a preferenoo for your society?' "Ahl you do not understand." "Have you been proving a fainthearted lover? ' "No, sir." "What is the matter?" I do not know her feelings." You do not know her feelings?" No, sir." This is very strange. Are you a bom fool?'' "No, sir." Then will you explain?" I can not understand her, sir." Can not understand her?" "No, sir." Tell me all about It." !'During all these years that'! have been mad ly in love with her I have not been able to gain one indication that she loves me." You had better find out." I have sought to find out." "Have you ever told her of your love?" "No, sir." "Then you are a fool!" "No, sir, I am not. You can not fully un derstand "Understand what, my son?" What a peculiar person Miss-Hubbard really is.'' Ahl Do you suppose she would accept your, attentions all these years if she did not love you; and do you know it is generally sup posed that you two are engaged and that she is only waiting your return from college t.o an nounce the "I know this, sir, a nd the last time I saw her she gave me a hint." "She gave you a hint?" "Yes, sir." What hint?" I asked to write to her." "Well?" She forbid me." "And did you mind the "No, sir." "You did write to her?" "I did. "Well? " My letter was returned." "Your letter was returned?" "Yes." That is a strange incident." "Yes, sir; but I have an idea.". "What is your idea?" That she does not care a fig for me." Then why does she encourage your atten tions?" She onlr, t.olerates them for old acquaint ance's sake. Then, frankly, you no hopes in that direction?" "I have not given up all hope-no, sir." "Why not bring matters to a crisis?" I shall, sir. " You had better do so." "Yes, sir. You w'll find I am not a fool. She shall marry II).e!" "But suppose she refuses?" She shall marry me, all the same." ",I do not understand you." I claim she has given me encouragement." I shall demand that she become my wife." "Well?" "If she refuses I will make her my wife." You will?" "Yes." "How?" "I will not tell you how; but I will say that Miss Hubbard shall become Mrs. Rolando." There was a glitter in lhe fellow's eyes as he spoke. "Well," said the father, "you know what your prosnects are?" "I do.'1 Act then. I have nothing more to say; hut remember, there is no hope from our side as far as the business ls concerned. You are still looked upon as the heir of a millionaire, but you are the son of a ruined man. Make quick use of the present misapprehension, for neither of us knows at what moment the crash of exposure may come." Ralph left the presence of his father lost in deep thought. That same afternoon hf: called at the residence of Mr. Hubbard, but Myra was not at home. Two days followed and he had not seen her. On the evening of the third day he met her at a graRd coWlon party. He went forward and was coldly pved, and bhew glowed in his heart. He was determined, how. ever, not to be dropped so easily. He C0111d bide his time. He turned to walk back t.o the room reaerrecl for the gentlemen, when he suddenly came face t.o face with. Tom Weir. 'fhe two young gentlemen passed each Gtller without any signs of recognition; but as Rolan do walked on and started to pace the room, he muttered: I wonder what that means? Where did that fellow come from? Why is he here?" Later on Rolando met Myra, and he otrerecl her his arm .and requested a promenade. Myra accepted his arm. She had a purpose. as will be revealed as our story progreases. Al the two pa&sed from the crowd of revelers, Ralph said: At last, Myra, I have the pleasure of speak ing to you alone CHAPTER LII. MYRA laughed in an easy tone, and saW: Did you really desire to speak to me aloner Do I not al w a ys desire to speak to you-tire you not con s tantly in my thoughts;" "Am I ? "You are." "Well, how polite and complimentary y

80 THE DUKE. OF NEW YORK. I do not lt>ve y\ I can not become your Do not address me ever again as long as ysu wife Ii ve l "You are not in earnest; you are merely "Excuse me, ?rirra, I was wrong; I know tantalizing me?the charge is false.' "Nonsense, Mr. Rolando! you know I never Myra started to move away. Rolando seized loved you and I never gave you any reason to her arm and cried : appose that I did love yo." "You shall not go until you forgive me!" "And I have loved you all years." "Unhand me, sir!" "You were very dumb if you have really "Forgivfl me?" loved me, and you had better forget your fool"Will you release me?" llhnotion as soon as possible." "Myra, you must.forgive me!" "Forget my foolish notion?" "Never! I you are a sneak! I hold "Yes." sr.eaks in utter contempt!" "A:re you really in earnest?" There came a terrible look in Rolando s I am." malignant eyes, and he said: "It can not be possible." W11it: I cease to plead. I demand now that "Mr. Rolando, how ridiculous! You know you listen to me!" that I have never Joyed you. I have received You demand that I listen to you?" ;rou as a friend for old acquaintance's sake. I do You shall not throw me over in this I do not feel sorry for you, for you have know n way. You shall not drop me-after encouraging this all these years; otherwise you would not me all these years. You virtually promised to have waited until now to perpetrate this joke love me and become my wife years ago. You "Joke, Miss Hubbard?" have permitted me to go on loving you. You "Yes, under all the circumstances, I can not have been my day-star all these years. I h ave Jook up<1a your present prop<>sition as anything studied and hoped, and only looked forward to else but a joke." the time when you should redeem your "And are you in earnest?" promise!" If you I am." Myra did not attempt to flee away. She al-The glitter came again and the pallor, and lowed herself to be drawn back into the little Rolando said, in a husky voice: anteroom which the two had occupied alone. "Your treatment of me in cruel ; There was determination in her glance, resolu-.. Cruel?" tion in her manner, and she said: Yes." What do you mean?" "How?" "Just what I say." "If you are not blind and forgetful you know "Dare you say that I ever gave you encourhow." agement ?" I am not blind nor forgetful." It is true." All these years-" Dare you say that I ever confessed to lov" Well, what of all these years?" ini; you?" "You have given me encouragement." 'Not in so many words, but by every other I have, sir?" token. Yes, you led me on to love you, and "Yes, you have." gave me every reason to believe that I was lovet Mr. Rolando, I thought I could laugh you in return I am not a fool, and if you were I am not joking." It makes no difference; you may lie ... mentarily dazzled by another, but no one lhall win you away from me." "No one ce.n win me away fMm you becau. I never was in any way pledged to you, and I tell you now I will not become your wife. I am beginning to despise you. I never even ad mired you. 1 was particular only to hide from you that you were distasteful to me. I merely tolerated you, and took particular care not te encourage you." "You shall become my wife." "Never!" :Do not drive me to desperation." I do not care how desperate you may be come; and you may drive me to make a declara tion you will not like." '' I care not what declarations you may make, you shall become my wife." "Never!" We shall see." "And you persist?" Certainly I do." Then hear me: I am now convinced tbal this is a deliberate attempt on your part tD make it appear that I did encourage you. I believe you have deliberately decided as a last des perate resource to make this accusation, bot it will fail; you can not intimidate me into becom ini; the wife of a man whom I now despise!" You dare say you despise mer I say more: I al ways had to struggle against a sentiment of detestation, and now I do detest you!" I did not think, Myra, you would dare go so far." "No, you thought you could intimidate me, but you are sadly mistaken, and you have yet te learn how impossible it will be for you to in timidate me." "I see; you wish to dare all the consequences rather than make good your promise." out of this foolishness, but now you compel me merely coquetting it ill ;rour own fault. I shall to speak seriously." hold you to your promise." CHAPTER LIV. "Yes, speak seriously.' "My promise?" "I have never given you the least encourage" Yes, your promise." IT is impossible to describe the chanrmg ment ever since I have known you, and you "What promfae did I ever make to you?" pressions that passed ovllr Myra's lovely face. know it. I have only tolerated you, and you "You promised to become my wife." She was a wonderfully girl, however. koow it. My conduct to-night is no surprise "I promised to become your wife?" At first she had been surprised, and for a mo-to vou;lou did not expect anr, otlfer answer." Yes." ment did believe that the man was sincere, but 11 An you do not love me? When?" later on she came to perceive that the fellow wu "I do not." "During many years. You did not promise deliberately set to take advantage of their ac" And you never loved me?" in so many words; your promise was but a tacit quaintance to make it appear that he was de" I never did." intimation, but enough ceived. Then she thought it was all a bold "And you refuse to become my wife?" "Mr. Rolando, can it be possible you have so trick, and she became as indignant as the bold I would never think for one moment of bedeceived yourself?" ness of his scheme demanded. coming/our. wife." "I have not dec eived myself; I am not a "Consequences!" she repeated, in answer to "An you are speaking seriously?" fool; and if you have met some one who has the man's declaration as recorded at the close of "I am taken your fancy for the time being you shall our preceding chapter, what do you mean "I understand it all, Miss Hubbard; and now not throw me over in this manner." when you threaten consequences? I suppose listen to me: you did love me once." There followed a moment's silence, and Myra you will tell me that you will plunge into the "Did I?" appeared lost in deep thought, and at length in river, and all that nonsense!" You did." a changed tone she said: I will tell you nothing of the kind. I am "When?" ' Mr. Rolando, if you have made a sad misnot such a fool! I will not kill myself for a "I will tell you You loved me until that take I pity you and excuse your conduct; but if heartless and deceitful woman! No, no! but I tlootblack came to--, and from that moment you are seeking to make appear that which is will make you feel the consequences of your dethere was a change in your feelings toward me. not true I shall learn to detest you." ceit and treachery all the same!" You transferred your love to that assassin." "I have made no mistake, and you know it." "As this is the last time we will ever conThere came a glitter to Myra's eyes as she "And you deliberately charge me with de verse, I will let pass your insulting remarks and eaid: ceiving you?" charges, and I will merely, as a matter of curl "Only our long acquaintance permits you to "1 deliber a tely charge that you have encour o s ity, take what consequences I have to bear." talk to me in this manner." aged me to love you and led me to hope that I will proclaim your treachery to the world. "I have a right to talk to you in this manyou loved me in return, and held out to me I will let those know, who now think you a pure ner, and 1 am telling ;rou the truth." every possible index that you would become my woman, that you are really a false, designing All that you say IS nonsense." wife." coquette.'' "Is it?" If you really do love me; your love has Myra laughed, and said in a taunting tone: Yes." maddened and blinded you. Listen: I never Do you think that will harm me, coming Then how is it that fellow is here to-night?" loved you, and from the very first moment I from you!" met you I deliberately set to make it appear to I will follow you as long as you live! I you that I did not-that! could not-love you." will haunt you the world over! You have. "Oh, how well you play your part now!" ruined my happiness-I will be a shadow upon. CHAPTER Lill. "I will permit your insults to pass at this yours!" MYRA gave a start, and in a husky voice demoment, but you shall never have the chance to "And do you think you can coerce me by JDanded: insult me again." ' these threats?" "What do you mean?" "Myra, you shall become my wife; yes; I "We shall see. The day will come when The beautilul girl did not intend to betr11y will not thus, at one fell blow, permit the hopes you will r eg ret having fooled and deceived one. tmy emotion-it came involuntarily':# The anof my life to be dashed to atoms! No, no; you who loved as madly as I have loved you. Yes, aouncement of Rolando was a great surprise to did Jove me, and you taught me to love you, Myra, I love you as man never loved woman bilr. and you shall become my wife." before!" I Rolando upon beholding her emotion said: "I shall become your wife?" "You do?" Ahal I see it all, you have been carrying on '' Yes.'' Myra spoke in an aggravating tone and' with & secret affair with this fellow." what do you mean-do you threaten me?" satirical emphasis. Kyra started back; her eyes flashed, her You force me to threaten you." Yes, I do. And listen: become my wife, ae. llololn heaved, and her whole form quivered as I force you to threaten me?" you have promised-yes, as you have promised alle exclaimed: Yes; by your cruel conduct you force me -and I will devote myself to your happiness-" y' ou dastard, how dare you thus insult me?" to threaten you." I can and will make you happy; carry out your "Insult you, Myra?" repeated Rolando. "And if I refuse to become your wife, what treachery, and I will devote my life io veoge-1 The insult is a cowardly one. And now, will yon do?" ancel" sir, hear. me: I have tolerated you because when "You will not refuse io become my wife; "I'd rather trust your vengeance than yc>OI . we were boy and girl I knew you as a friend; you are but trying me. You always were fond love. This is not the age for such heroics. You 1116 from this hour forward we are &trall!er&I of these cruel jokel." are a mean, contemptible poltroon! And now,


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. * bear my words: I deepiae you and def.F you, an'd if you aare say aught against me I wffl pub licly ho1'86whip you! I will follow you, instead of you following me; I will proclaim you, in a&ead of you proclaiming me; I will drive you from respectable circles, and force you to take refuge among the bullies of whom you are one! Remember, I am a Yankee girl, and I have a Yankee girl's grit! The idea of such a miser able fellow as you daring to threaten me be cause I merely, against my inclination per mitted you to appear as an acquaintance! But from this hour you cease to beevenanacquaintance!" The man liatened in amazement. His face assumed a ghBBtly hue. He had not expected 1o be met in such a spirit. He had thought !O at least fri g hten Myra; indeed, his whole con duct was part of the game. Failing all else the ICOundrel desired to.establish a claim that would at least force her father to a mon e tary settle ment. He even was as mean as to think of such a scheme, and here he was met by defiance. His threats were confronted with counter threats. She did not appear to fear him at all. He did not think he would declare his threats )0 soon, but she had forced them from his lips, and then she had defied him. There followed a moment's s ilence. The two atood gazing into each other's eyes snd at that moment, by a strange and singular coincidence, Tom Weir entered the room. He had been lost in deep thought, and had not observed the presence of others in, the room, until he had ocossed the threshold. He at once fltarted to withdraw, when Myra exclaimed : "Why, Mr. Weir, are you here ? How glad I am to see you! The recognition and cordial greeting took our lero' s breath away. He stood amazed and dazed, and at this moment Rolando s nerve came 1o his rescue. He had not noticed our hero by the way of a greeting, but he did step f9rward and offer his arm to Myr.a, saying: I will escort you back to the parlor." I beg your pardon and thank you, but I have not seen Mr. Weir for years, and I shal! ult him to give me his arm Tom extended his arm instantly, and seizing it, Myra said: Come, we will go," and turning to Rolando, sbe added : Good-night, ?tfr. Rolando The fellow sprung forward, and seizing hold ol Myra, cried: "Hold! Come what may, I will not force )'OU ever for an instant to recognize this fellow. I will recall all I have said, but please let me ve you from this humiliation " I beg your pardon; I prefer the escort of this gentleman; and mark my words, sir, I do not ask recall anything you have said. I lball enjoy being denounced by you-your de aunciation will vindicate my past reco9nition of auch a mean and contemptible person. The last words were bitter, and they struck lwme and pierced the m a n to the heart, and he liood trembling with passion, and in a husky -.oice he said : I can not revenge myself upon you, Mis s Hubbard, but this street sw e eper shall answer 1o me for hi s intrusion into this room Myra drew Tom away and the moment she had escaped from Rolando s presence her cour age failed her, and in a trembling tone she said: Mr. Weir, I s hall ask a favor of you. " I will be more tha n happy to have Miss Hubbard ask a favor of me. " Will you accompany me to my home?" With pleasure; but the evening is not half over." I know it but I must go; that man has grossly insulted m e He is a man, ind I fear I invit e d him to wreak his vengeance upon you." CHAPTER LV. IT is impossible to describe Tom's feelings at that moment He was in heaven. It was a mo ment of delirious happiness He could not bring Jalmself to realize t h at it was not all a dream the happiness had come upon him so suddeuly 81ld so unexpectedly But he regained his nerve, and being 11. man of qui c k perception, he saw that something extraordinary had occurred, and decided that th e re was a resson for Myra s sud den condescension ; and it Clime to him that there had been a lover's quarrel, and that he was beln4t 11sed ss a foil. He was not loath t-0 be so ae was grateful for even 011e brief half hour of bll'sa upon any condions. He made no answer to Myra's immediate remarks, and she said: That man is a devil! He will wreak his vengeance upon you. I am sorry I invited the peril." Miss Hubbard said Tom I do not know what has occurred; I hardly'know what ;ou mean ; but one fact must be known to you: do not fear Rolando. He has always been my enemy, and I have encountered his attempts at ven g eance before." Myra flashed a strange look upon our hero, and exclaimed: What is that you said?" I said I did not fear Rolando." You said more "Did!?" "Yes." "What did I say?" T.Om was seeking to withdraw from his dec laration, which had been inadvertently made. "You said you had encountered his attempts at before." Did I s a y that?" "You did." I should not have made the remark." "One moment, Mr. Weir-understand me: there never has existed between Mr. Rolando and myself one sentiment beyond what waits upon acquaintanceship." There was no mistaking the intent of Myra's words. She was seeking to convey the informa tion that she and Rolando were not lovt6re, and never had been; they were two very bright young people. There followed an instant's silence, and Myra said : ' There may be much to explain between us as concerns this man, Mr. Weir. Will you call my carriage and be prepared to accompany me to my home?" Myra left our hero, and the latter summoned the Hubbard carriage, and wen i<> prepare him self to accompany her to her home. In the gen tlemen's room he met Rolando face to face. Where are you going, sir?" Are you my keeper, sir, thM I should report to you?" "One moment, Tom Wm, I have just one word to say to you: I never liked you; we were never friends, but I always did respect you. Yes, you are an honorabie fellow. I desire to make an appeal to you." Proceed, sir," said Tom, in a cold tone. I apologize for the epithet I used toward you." I have not asked 1ou to recall any epithet you adOled: until to-night that there was a tacit undentanding." Again our hero recalled Myra's words, other wise he would have yielded, and he said: "It is evident you have made a mistake, and Miss Hubbard does not desire your companr. To-night she has asked me to accompany her." "One moment. Tom Weir, you know me!" Yes, I have some knowledge of you." "It appears to be your fate to come between. me and the woman I love. This is not the first time you have crossed my path Step aside, or, as we live, I will remove you forever!" Rolando, you know I do not care the snap of my finger for your threats! Stand aside yourself!" CHAPTER L VI. RoLANDO's face was ghastly. His eyes gnt. tered like those of an excited cobra; but Tom Weir was not a man to scare, and he moved away without another 'word, but he heard a bit ter curse biased after him. Our hero found Myra had been ready some time, and as Tom jomed her he no ticed that her face was deathly pale. Tom offered her his arm and as she clasped it a thrfl of delight rushed through his veins. It was a moment of wild delirium!:....the happiest m<>meS of his life. As the two descended the stoop, Myra said: I am sorry I asked you to accompany me." Tom's blood ran cold in an instant; the a. tingle in his veins and tlie jo_yful throb bmgs of his heart ceased, and he said, in a cold,. stern tone : "MiBB Hubbard, it is not too late t.o withdraw your invitation. I will plaoe you in your oar riage and say good-night." "No; it is too late now. The mMcbW IB done " You speak in riddles." I will explain." But you do not desire my company. Lil me withdraw." '.:No-no; you must go with me. I wUl ec-plain." I will not demand an explanation. I will rest content with the brief honor of seeing you to your carriage." They were at the carriage door, and. In a quick and imperious tone, Myra said: "You must accompany me; I seek an ex planation on my own account." Tom assistlild the lovely girl into the and following her, took a seat at her side. "You kept me Mr. Weir." You will excuse me. Why did you do so?" Tom laughecl, and said: Do not compel me to answer." Yes, answer me." Then you compel me to c9nfess my_. liteness?" "I do " I met an acquaintance " A friend?" Again Tom laughed, and said: ' Plea s e excuse my having detained' yoo. antl do not press for an e x planation." But I have fromised you an explanation al a rude remark made; your explanation ... precede min e." It was merely an acquaintance I me&." "Not a friend?" ., No "An enemy?" Tom did not answer, and Myra said: "You met Mr. Rolando." "Did I?" "You did, and that is why I aafd IWU!'!'J' I had asked you to accompany me t.o my home. The meeting did not amount to anytbq.1 we merely exchanged a few words refeirlng ro old times "I fear I have made that man your...,,.. "Nonsense!" Tell me just what he said." I can not." Did he bind you 1o secrecy?'' "No." j Then tell me what he ,.kJ," __.(.


II THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. ill he hardly knew w:hat he said himtelf." He was anry because you were to accom pany me home? He would have preferred to have been your acort himself." And what did he aayt" .. Oh, what he said does not amouJlt to any 1hing." As a friend I demand that you repeat to me exactly what passed." "As a friend?" 0 Yes Can I really elaim that you and I are .friends?" ''Yes.'' . .. Thank you." Now tell me." Do not press me." I do; and I have excellent reasons for press .inf: you to answer." He asked to be permitted to accompany you home." How could he do that when I had invited J'OU?" Well, he desired the honor, and I do not blame him." "He must have presented some claim to the honor. Tell me plafnly what he said. You may as well do it, for l shall persist until you lell me all." He intiml\ted that you and he were en .. 'The villain I He to suggest a fact so false? Tell me all he said." Tom repeat e d the conversation that had ocimrred word for word, and when he had fin ished, Myra s aid: "Mr. Weir, there i s not one word Qf truth in .all he said I have merel,r tolerated that man's 11resence ; I never liked him, and I never found pleasure in his company There ls but one biog I regret ln asking you to accompany me Iiome, l have reawakened his enmity toward 7ou. "Reawakened his enmity?" ... Yes." "Is he my enemy?" You know he is your enemy, and I know It. Ti\e carriage at that moment came to a halt 1n front of Miss Hubbard's palatial home. "You mus t enter my home with me. This conversation must be continued. I have some 4uestlons to ask." Tom accompanied Myra within her home, and a moment later they were sitting side by side in &he grand parlor. Myra looked wondrously otiful. She was excited, and her eyes gleamed 'With a preternatural brightness; her cheeks were 11.ueheti, and indeed she presented a glorious -c::re:-yes, a ravishing one, in all her g orious "I:l.. Weir. : she said, "some years ago, up m the town of --, just before I came to reside m New York, I met you during a walk." I remember. I will never fOrget any incl dent connected with you .. That is a very handsome compliment, and if tilmcere I am very grateful." .. I mean just what l say." .. At the time alluded to I asked you a ques.don." .. I remember." .. I asked you if you had threatened Ralph :BolandoT" 1 remember." .. You said yeu had t" "Yes." I asked you if you had wamed him to leave 'lbetownT" .. Yes." I asked you if you had thrown him into the !Iver!" .. Yea, I remember." "Yoo admitted that you had done so?" "I did." .. Ever 'ince that moment I have thought a .great deal over that frank confession on your .. Tom remained silent, and continuing, Myra ..Ud: .. It has since struck me as very strange th 'at you should so frankly answer my questions and &dmti the grave accusations implied in them " l merely told you the truth." .. Y e11, and ft struck me as very strange that Ull to tkat moment I had never discovered any ming that sugirested such vindictiveness in your temperament. /1 I am not a vindictive man." Then I remembered that Ralph Rolando ,., a epiteful fellow, and I remembered that be I hat.ed you, and again it struck me a& strange that you should appear as the really revengeful one of the two. Will you tell me now why you threatened himt'' CHAPTER L VII. THERE followed a momept's silence, and strange, wild thoughts ran through oux: hero's mind; then there came a revulsion, and dark suspicions followed. He looked upon the love ly woman radiant in her rare beauty. Will you not answer, please?" Why do you ask me to do so?" "I have a most excellent reason." Will you name your reason?" Do not ask me to do so; accept my plain statement, please." I can not do it." Myra blushed to the eyes and said: I can not explain." "Then I can not give you the explanation." Again there followed an awkward silence, bui Myra was the first to speak. She said : You force me to a confession." Hold!" cried Tom ; "I will not. I have been rude and unfair and unmanly throughout. I will answer your question." A dark suspicion h a d fl.ashed through Tom s mind. He had come to believe that Myre really loved Rolando, and that she desired to satisfy herself on the one point He suspected an in ward struggle was going on in her heart, and he said : I him because I hated him." I do not believe it," came the frank declaration "You doubt my word Mis s Hubbard?" I do." Then you believe me to be a falsifterf" As concerns this matter I do." The situation was an awkward and startling one. Why should I make a false statement?" "You are hi boring und e r a misapprehension." I am?" "Yes." "In what respect!" You think I am a falslfter." "Miss Hubbard! ejaculated Tom. Yes, and dou force me to a declaration. I am determin e to know the truth. Heat me: I do not love Ralph Rolando; I never can love him. I am not seeking to vindicate him; I am seeking your vindication." The frank avowal almost took Tom's breath "I do." You kindly showed me particular Mteatlclll that evening, or you p,ermiued me to show you partic1:1l11r attention. I remember." I aacompanied you to your home that I remember." After I left you an attack was made upoll me; I was knocked down with a club." And Rolando was your assailant?" "Yes." Why did you not expose him?" "We will not discuss that part of the affair; but I dicl obtain ample proof of his identity u my assailant ; and later on he assaulted me agam -actually sought to murder me." Murder you?" ejaculated Myra. "Yes." Tom proct>eded and related the incidents of the night when Ralph really did attempt to kill him. Myra listened with distended eyes, and when Tom h a d concluded, she exclaimed: And during the last four years I have per mitted tha t ass a ssin to reckon himself among my fiiends Mr. Weir, you have done me a great wrong "How?0 "You should have exposed that man. Why did you deceive me?" I did not deceive vou " I asked you if you threatened him?" "You did." And you told me you had " Yes ; I threatened him with exposure unless he left the school. I did not think myself bound to live in constant peril of my life." "And why did you not nike this explana tion wh e n I asked you the question?" I did not wis h to blacken that man's char acter, although I knew he was my bitter enemy. "But-" Myra stopped short. "Well?" "Suppose I had liked him; see what an ... jury you would have done me." "All's well that ends well," said Tom, realJr feeling guilty as he spoke the adage Myra rose from her seat and paced the door a moment, and then she said as she came aacl stood before Tom : I now repeat I am sorry I asked you to ao company me home. 1 have invited for y:oa a great peril." CHAPTER LVIII. away ; his emotion and agitation at that moment TOH smiled, and said: were excessive. .. You need not fear for me, as I do D.o you understand-I do not seek his vinthat fellow. He can do me no harm." dication. I seek yours. Will you answer me "Alas! a tragedy has almost occurred al-now ? ready; and what will come? And these JJerill "J,et me think a moment, Miss Hubbard." have all come upon you through me. Rwu Do not think-do not waste time in arrangbecause you danced with me the night of U. Ing another evasion. I propose to have you teU $0rman, years ago, that he assaulted you, and me the truth, and I repeat my question: why now he will sure1y see.k your life again becauee did you threaten Ralph Rolando?" of my asking you to accompany me home this I may answer you; but let me first ask you night." a question." You need have no fear." Proceed Tom remained a few ;moments longer taJ.ldag From whom did you learn that I had threatwith Myra and then rose to depart ened him?" "I shall see you again, Mr. Weir!" said From the doctor who attended him." Myra. And how did he <:hance to tell you the Do you wish to see me?" facts?" If it were not for that man s utter ru.a.i I I was asking him concerning the condition should desire to have you call upon me." of Rolando, and incidentally he told me that And am I to be deprived of that pleume you were the cause of his illness, and then told because that man hates me?" me the facts. I did not believe his statement. I fear w lf at may happen." I sought you and you admitt.ed that the accusa" I do not wish to cause you alarm. I wfl tions were true; but later on I thought the not call until events shall occur that will remo'9 whole matter over, and I came to the concluall cause for alarm." sion that there was something behind it all that Tom did not dare trust himself to more. required explanation, and I then determined to and he bid Myra adieu seek the Once upon the street and on the war to lall You are very kind, and have been very conapartments, wild thoughtl puaecl siderate of my reputation through our hero s mind. He did not dare "I love the truth, and know that .fact. I entertain beyond an instant the bright and glenow expect you will tell me the truth." rious hopes that flitted across his brain, and be Remembei;, I have not volunteered this ex walked along deeply engrossed, when suddenly planation." he heard a cry of alarm. He tumed and aaw a No." man lying upon the sidewalk. He ran toward "Nor have Iled up to a demand from you for the man, and at the same instant the man agala an explanatloq." / in a wild tone shouted: "No." "Help! Help! Murder!" And you really declare that r.ou do not, and Our hero leaned over the poor fellow anii never can, regard Mr. Rolando?' recognized him. It was Rolando, and in..,. "I despise him! There, is that explicit prise our hero exclaimed: enough?" "Aha, Rolando! it's you?" I will tell you all." As the words escaped our hero's Upa a b1n7 Yes, do." hand was laid upon hia shoulder, and Toa,.. "You remember the Dilbt of the dmoeT" jerked to his feet


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. II BoW. lWa," said Rolando. He is my mmderer. His name is Thomas Weir. He eought to murder me in cold blood." The. policeman sounded an alarm and a sec-4Nld officer appeared on the scene. Tom was too surprised and dazed to realize at the moment just what w a s o ccuning, and when polic e man number two arriv ed officer number one bid hi!!l wmmon an ambul a nce. What has occurred ? asked officer number two. "A cold-blooded murder. I saw this fellow etrike that man to death." When Tom h ear d these words, he exclaimed' Officer you a re mistaken. I did not strike that man. I do not know how he became in '-1red." "That won t do said the officer in return. .. I've got you d e ad to ri g hts I was w a t ching 7ou. I sa w you following this g e ntl e man and I aaw you strik e him down. If he dies, you ll hang. For once we ve got an a s sassin dood to rights." The afternoon editions of the papers contained a still more detailed account of the attempted murder, and it had been worked into a first-class sensational romance A sketch of Tom's life was given, and many articles of bitter enmity that had existed between the two young men at school, and it was stated that upon two former occasions the ex-bootblack had sought to take the life of Rolando. It was made to appear as a terrible vendetta of the most approved Corsi can type. There was but one decent feature of the whole affair. It was stated that a be autiful lady was at the bottom of the case, and her name was withheld. 1'he latter fact was the only consolation our hero gathered of all the incidents connected with the affair . A week passed, and it became reported that the chances were favorable to the recovery of the bootblack's victim. In the meantime several friends had called upon Tom, but the latter had refused to speak about the case. He had told the truth to Mr. James, and saw that the latter doubted his ex planation, as intimated. To:n knew that Mr James was his friend, and when he doubted his statements it seemed useless to repeat the strange tale to any one else. Our hero fully realized that he was a doomed man. An ambulan c e arrived, and Tom was led away and placed in a cell, but before he was consigned to a dunge on he heard the officer s report to the sergeant in c harge, and the man gave a detnil e d a ccount as to how he had seen Tom follow the dead man, for the r e port had circulated that the injured man had died. The officer further stated that he had seen the mur derer strike the fatal blow, and had arrested llim just a s he w a s about to plunge the fatal CHAPTER LIX. knife once again in the victim s heart, and the AT the close of our preceding chapter we rebloody knife was handed to the sergeant at the corded that 1'om fully realiz e d that he was a desk. doomed man, and euch was the fact. He had I did not strike the man. I do not know thought over all the circumstances; he had who stabbed him!" de c lared our hero. studied all the a c counts in the papers; he had The s erg eant merely said: calmly dwelt upon every incident, and saw "You ne e d not make any statement to me; through the whO'le scheme, and at the same time you can reserve your story for the coroner." he realized how impossible it would be for him Tom, as stated, was placed in a cell, and then to prove his innocence The evidence pointing Ile had time to think the matter over c a lmly; to his guilt was not circumstantial but positive. Ills nerve had returned. and his blood ran cold There was not a flaw in the chain of evidence; u the true facts of the case and the possibilities it was absolute and dire c t and unanswerable, passed in review before his mind. and against it he had not one incident to present Upon the followiag morning our hero was in rebuttal. He almost regretted that Rolando &akerr before a magistrate on a charge of athad not died and made him appear as a success &empted murder, and then for the first time ful murderer facing the death penalty. The lince his incarceration Tom heard that Rolando penalty, as the facts stood, would be twenty years was not dead. at least in state prison at hard labor. and he was A preliminary examination was held The as certain to be called upon to meet the penalty victim of the assault could not be present, and as the sun would rise on the following day. 1he officer his testimony in brief, and Tom Tom meantime fully discerned the marvelous was committed to await the result of the inj.ury cunning of his enemy He saw that Rolando to Rolando. had struck the blow in his own bosom. He also We will not go into all the particulars of the harbored the suspicion that the fellow never examination, but our hero was not returned to intended it to be a fatal blow. He had driven the 1tation-house, but taken to the Tombs and the knife with the dead certainty that it would placed in a murderer's cell. not be a fatal wound-fatal only to the man he It was after his return to a cell that he manhated. aged to secure a morning paper, and there he Public opinion from the first was against our read a sensational account of a murder. hero. The wonnded man had made an ante-mortem As stated, over a week passed, and asa public lltatement, and in his account he positively iden sen sation the matter had ceased to be a daily tifted our hero as the would-be assassin and topic for the press, some later tragedy had sup assigned a motive for the crime, and a deplsnted it; but as far as the real actors were con &ailed account how upon former occasions Tom cerned, t:he interest became even more intense. had sought to take his life. Mr. James had e11lled daily upon our hero, Tom Weir read the account throue:h from the and no allusion had been again made to Tom's beginning to the end, and then calmly thought explanation. over the whole afiair, and reached a conc1u Mr. James said that at the proper time he .sion, and his conclusion presented one of the would secure a great criminal lawyer to act for most novel schemes of revenge ever perpetrated the defense, and also said he would do all that by an enemy upon his intended victim. he conscientiously could to aid the young man Tom reasoned that Rolando had determined concerning whom he had once indulged such upon suicide and had deliberately planned the high hopes. taking of his own life so it would appear that he During all this time one problem had con had b e en murdered, and by his death he would stantly presented itself to our hero's mindinflict the mo s t terrible vengeance upon the what would Myra think of the whole affair? man he hated. He had not heard a word from her, nor had Later in the day, the lawyer with whom Tom her namE ont:e been given to the public. He had read called upon him, and our hero made could not expect that s he would c ome n ea r him his statement, and when he had concluded his under all the circumstanc es, put he w as curiouR friend remarked : to know wha t she would think of the possibility The circumstances are very unfortunate, of his innocence or g uilt. Weir. You?' statement m a y be true, but true One day his cell do o r op e ned and a lady or false, if that man dies you wilJ hang, and he a vily veiled was admitt e d into his c e ll nothing on earth can save you." Tom stared in re a l w onderment as h e had no Tom knew that the l a wyer was his fri e nd, l ady friend s He coul d not c a ll Miss Hubbard and up to tha t moment h a d loved and respected a fri e nd ; his m e etin gs wi t h h e r h a d bee n mere him, but to his horror Tom a l s o reco g nize d tha t l y incide nt a l a nd p ec uli a r. and our r ea ders can his story wa s no t b e lieved, and after his friend judg e of hi s g rea t s urprise wh e n, a ft e r the de went away and our hero thou ght o ve r the m at-parture of the turnkey, a nd afte r s h e h a d b e en ter he realiz e d how utterly impossible it would Joc ked in the cell, th e lady dre w a s id e her v e il be under all the circumstan ces to con v in ce any and revealed the beautiful face of Myra Hub one that his statement was true and his conclu-bard lions correct. Tom was taken aJI aback, and his heart was Several reporters sought to interview our ia his throat, and it was in a choking voice that lero, but he declined to talk, under the advice he at length managed to say: of hi1 friend, Mr. Jamee, tlie lawyer, who had "It is very kind for you to come and see a caHed tlp(lll him. wreicll like me." You are not a wretch." "Thank you." I know you are an innocent man." Again I thank you, froin my lleatt. .. I should have come to see you sooner.,. "No, no; it is kind for you to come at all." "I would have come immediately, but 1 thought it better for you that I should waJ& until the excitement calmed down. That is the only reason I did not hasten here." "And why should you have come at all?" '' Because I am the cause of your being here ... "You? Oh no! "Listen: I know how generously you will excuse my conduct; but nothing you can say will excuse me in my own mind. What I feared has h a ppened You remember I w a rned you that trouble would come. 1 only blame myself. You are innocent-I know you are innocent!" "But, Mi s s Hubbard the circums t ances point to me as a g uilty man. The evidence is direct." I know that, but when the trial comes I will IJ.ave something to say." "Not one word." I beg your pardon, 1 shaJI tell my story the whole world, and my testimony will confirm yours. I have studied up this case " But have you observed how close and p01Ji. tive the testimony is against me?" I have; but only one side of the atory hM been told." '' I told my version to my best friends-a gen tleman who an hour before this terrible affair occurred would have tl).ken my word against the oaths of a dozen men-but he could not accepi my statement; and when he doubts, no jury can ever be sworn who will believe. No, I am a doomed man!" You are not, and you will have a friend at the proper moment who will bring to your aid every possible incident that will serve you. Yes,. you are not to suffer without a fight that will become m e morable "And who may this friend be?" "My father; he will throw himself on yov side " Why should your father identify himself with my afiairs?" I have told him all." "You have told him all?" repeated Tom. "Yes." What could you tell him?" "I have convinced him that indirectly I am responsible for this misfortune that has come te you." Miss Hubbard, you are a noble and generous girl; but, alas! it is not worth while that either you or your father should identify your selves with me Nothing can save me. My life is ruined. I am a doomed man! This fellow has played his cards too well. I do not desire to be saved. My life is blasted! I shall plead guilty. I will not permit any friends to identify themselves with me." Ah, I care not what you may decide; ;roa can be and you shall he saved!" And you really beliee I am innocent?' " I know you are innocent." "Why are you so positive?" ."I know as well as I live that you are inno-cent." I have not declared my innocence to [ou." It is not necessary that you should. know you struck that marl'. in self-defense, ad cir make it appear as an assault and that villain is taking advantage of the accidental circumstances that enable him to make it appear as an unprovoked a s sault a deliberate attempt at murder "And you think he provoked me?" I know he did. I know as well as I know that I li v e a t this moment that you struck that man in se lf def e n se." "Miss Hub bard, you are mistaken!" cam& the startling s t a tement from Tom Weir. CHAPTER LX. MYRA had seated herself on the stool in the cell, but wh e n Tom utte re d the words recorded at the clo s e of our precedin g chapter, she leaped to her feet her e y es bnl ge a and her beautiful face a ss um e d a g h astly hue. "You did not strik e him in self defenset she e j a culated in a husky voice. "I did not!" came the answer, in a calm tone There followed a moment's pause. Tom looked straightforward and spoke m calm toneB. It can not be poss!hle that you are guilty?' cried Myra I will not believe it, tltough Uae declaration comes from your own llpl. ..


... THE.DUKE OF NEW YORK. .. llllB Hubbard, on mr, honor I did not strike .._man in self-defense. .. H youf words are proved true I shall die!" the singalar and startling declaration. I did not strike him at all," said Tom. You did not strike him at all r ; .. ldld not Kpaglared. She was amazed beyond expreslbL I do not understand," she said A sllSplcion ran through her mind that Tom W lost his reason. ":Mias Hubbard, as true as I stand before you at this moment I am as innocent of that man's blood as a babe unborn!" And you did not strike him even In self-defense?'' -"I did not." "Thank Heaven!" came the ejaculation. Again there followed a moment's pause, and &hen Myra as ked: How did he receive his wound?" "As true a s you are a believer in my inno cence I sol e mnly d ecla re that I believe his wound was selfinflicted." Again I do not understa-qd Tom explained his theory, after having related all the circumstances attendin g the tragedy, and when h e h a d concluded, Myra s aid: I believe every word you h av e spoken." I thank y ou from the bottom of my heart!" Suddenly Myra exclaimed: I see it all now. Yes, yes, I remember!" Tom remained s ilent, and Myra appeared a moment lost in de e p thought, and finally she eaid: "Mr. Weir, I recall a very s i gnificant inci dent." "Indeed?" "Yes-one that fully confirms your theory." I feel that my theory is correct." Ralph Rolando once brought me a novel to tead. It was a French romance, and the whole story was founded upon an incident exactly aimilar to what has occurred. A Frenchman revenged himself upon an ene111y by committing .Weide in such a manner as to make it appear that his foe had struck the fatal blow, and I re member Rolando's comment. He said the sui cide fool; he should have wounded him1elf and have sent his enemy to the galleT,s, and til.en he could have enjoyed his revenge. This is a most remarkable confirmation, Hiss Hubbard. We can now see where this fel low got bis idea. for perpetrating this terrible .revenge upon me "Yes; but he shall not enjoy his revenge." .. .Alas! he can." "Never!" "You do not grasp the situation, Miss Hub-1Jard. Remember, I am a lawyer, only a young one, but I can see how it ls impossible to establish my innocence. Had I really struck this man down in self-defense then your evidence and other incidents might tell in my favor; but I did not strike him at all. My absolute lnno cence increases the difficulty of my defense. I tun a doomed man He has played bis cards 11.. . we. You shall not become his victim. I will force that man to confess." He will never confess I will buy his confession." A certain suspicion fl.ashed through Tom's mind, and he exclaimed: "No, you shall not! He may win a more terrible venf?eance than the one that he has al ready won.' "We shall wait. I promise you that sooner or later your innocence shall be established; that man shall not triumph over you " Miss Hubbard, I fear you are too self-aacri ftcin "fiow?" I fear/ou assume more resP6nsibility than you shoul in what has occurred." I feel that I am responsible for that man's making you his victim "Not at all! He hated me before I had ever eeen you. His hatred of me dates some time to the aggravation he received upon the night of the dance, so I have one favor to aak of you." "Name it." "You mus' promise to grant it?" 1 must first name your request." 'Tom was thoughtful a moment and then said: You can do me no service; it is enough that t know of your kindly interest in me. You sre a nob:e and generous girl, but you must lel!ve _.. to my fate, and forget that I ever lived.' A 1 aw DO' grant your request." You will!" "Never!" Listen: you can not aid me. "l "I can "No, you can not; but you may do me harm " What do you mean? How can I do you harm?" I will make a confession: I do not mean to submit to this man's devilish conspiracy." "No, no; you must not think of that "Of what?" I see your design." "You do?" "I do." What is my design?" Yon mean to escape through the grave.' Tom laughed, and answered: I mean no such thing That man has won only a temporary advantage. I will have to force him to acknowledge my innocence. No, I h ave no idea. of enacting the role of a coward." And what do you mean to do? " I have not matured my plans yet. All I a s k is that you do not identify yourself with me.'' "Will you r eveal your plan to me? " When I have de c ided upon it I will." Thank you." CHAPTER LXI. MYRA remained some time longer with our hero, but at length took her departure, and after she had g one Tom p a ced his cell to and fro a nd str a nge, wild r a n through his mind, a nd fina lly his medit ations found v oice in mutterings. What can it all mean ? he murmured "What must I conclude it is all so strange ? Dare I put one interpretation upon her interest in me?" A moment he was sil e nt, and then rn s umed: Love is a strange power. It acts oft times in a very mysteriou s way Yes I'll speak -it: Can it be possibl e that this wondrous ly true and beautiful woman loves the ex-boot black? Stranger incidents have occurred since history has become a record." Our hero thought over a. hundred little inci dents dating back to the time when he was a student at the s eminary. He remembered the night at the dance, arid he recalled certain words that had fallen from Myra's lips. He recalled the ball games and her deep interest in his suc cess, and he also recalled how she appeared to glory in his triumph beyond any one else, and again be summoned a recollection of the flower at the moment-the critical moment-,when the home run was needed, and still again he mut tered: Can it be possible that this fellow Rolando discovered her secret long ago, while I have been blind as a bat? Thrills of pleasure ran through bis veins, but suddenly his dreams changed, and his heart be came cold and heavy. No, no, it could not be He was a fool-he was deceiving himself-her interest in him arose from the knowledge that he was being pursued and persecuted by a man whom she hated. "I will not deceive myself," he muttered; I will not be a fool, nor will I permit her to become identified as my friend in this terrible matter, and I will not re.veal my plans to her. I will play my game alone-my prospects here abouts a re blasted. [ will not surrender and submit like a calf, nor wjll I flee away; I will not even escape through the gravel I will take my chances and face my fate like a man." Tom was still pacinl?, his c e ll when there came a visitor to him 1he latter was a strange looking man clad in a strange manner Upon being left alone with the former the visitor stood for a lon g time with his eyes fixed on our hero's face, and at leng th Tom asked: "Well, sir, ma y I ask who you are and why you have come here ?" I will tell ;y.ou who I am later on, and my reason for comrng here was to ask you a few questions Tom thought his vis itor was some crank who had gained admission to his presence, and he said: "You will please ask rour questions quickly aud leave me to myself. "I will not nsk: m1 questions quickly; I am here for a long talk.' I do not to be bothered, sir, and I shall summon one of the keepers and have you taken away." Be patient, YOUD&' man; you WU} be glad that I came. I am not here to ut Idle tioll.9. I believe I know more about you. lllla you know about yourself. Who were yoa1 parents?''. Tom gazed in amazement and looked mON particularly at his visitor. He detected that tlle latter was an elderly man, and he made a aeo ond very singular discovery. He perceived tha& his visitor was di s guised. His beard was cer tainly false, and the possibility existed that be was otherwise gotten up under cover. If you have really come here upon other than business you will excuse my rudeness, ab; you will understand that in my :vosition I caa not h ave patience with one who visits me from mere idle curiosity." I am not here from a desire to gratify mere idle curiosity, and I will tell you frankly I read about your case in the papers There were cer tain incidents in your career that led me to sua pec t that possibly I knew your parents. Thia is th e occasion of my visit, and I trust you will an s w e r my ques t ion s freely a nd frankly, as I may be of great service to you." "I will answer all your questions, sir." 1'hen tell me your history Tom told all the incidents of his ,life-only a ga rbl e d account had appeared in the papera a nd wh e n he h a d concluded his visitor advanced tow a rd him, and in tone s of deep emotion said: Tom Weir, h a d you ordered me from your pre senc e you would have sent away your own father! Tom gazed in amazement. "You are surprised." ( I am, sir; I do not really believe I under. s t a nd you." "My words are plain. You are my son." I am your son ?" Yes.'' If I am your son how is it I have been for gotten and neglected all these years?" I have a strange and remarkable story to nt late to you : I did not know you were in exist ence and let me say that you will have no need to be ashamed of your father. I am one of the best known gentlemen in the city of Philadel phia I will tell you further that I am .a maa of great wealth and you are my sole heir. Guilty or innocent, you are my son " You say guilty or innocent,' sir?" "Yes; I did not dare ask the question." "I am innocent !" You are innocent?" "I am." Tell me all the circumstances!" Our hero in giving a history of himself bad failed to relate his experience with Myra Hub bard and Ralph Rolando, and he amended his statement by giving his visitor an accouet of the incidents that led to the tragedy and the arrest, and when he had concluded the gentleman said: I am a happy man. All this has come i. me like a revelation from Heaven." I have given all the explanations, sir; will you now tell me your story and let me know how it happened that you permitted your son i. become a foundling?" "I will tell you all; my name ls Henry Weir Manders." "Judge Manders!" exclaimed Tom. "Yes, my son, I am Judge Manders." Tom stood and gazed like one transfixed. He knew Judge Manders by reputation. The latter was known as one of the greatest jurists in the State of Pennsylvania-a gentleman rec.ognized as one of the ablest JDen in the land. And you are my father, sir?" "Yes, you are my son." Is there not a possibility that there exiits a mistake in this matter?" "No, my son ; there is no mistake Of courae I will be compelled to verify your story, bt in my own mind I know you are my son; you are the count e rpart of your mother; the resemblance is marvelous. I would have recognized you liad I met y ou on the street without any previous in timation concernin g your identltt,. " This is all very strange, sir. "Yes, it is all very strange, but the explana tion will be complete, and my vindication also. I can see now that I am a fortunate man at pres ent I am d a zed ; indeed my talk to you la partly mechanical so great is my surprise and wonderment; but I am thankful for one the insane creature who robbed me of my infant son did leave one link for identification. My attention was called to you becoose of your name, Thomas Weir. Your real name is Thomas Wair Manders, and all shall be ex plained. It is a ;trange s>Iy I have to telL"


I THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. 85 CHAPTER LXII. br our narrative we are not seeking to de tcdbe the displays of emotion that were be &rayed by father and son, but we will say that lbe approaches to a revelation were accompanied exhibitions of great agitation on the part of 110th. Tom had told his father all the facts of his Jlftf. He had gone into the minutest details, and had convinced his father that in finding a son be had found one of whom he could be proud, "8&ve that at the moment he rested under the shadow of 11 grave accusation. The conversation between father and son at length led up to the subjoined narrative. Judge Manders was the son of a wealthy and "'ery avaricious man, who had accumulated great wealth, but who had co ncealed the fact, and had sent h'fs son at an early age into the world to make bis own way Mr. Manders, the father of Tom s father, lived to be a very old man. He had lived to see his son become a very succes s ful man, and when hedied the truth respectin g his wealth became known, and Judge Mander s found himself several times a million aire. Owing to his father's singular conduct, the judge had bee n compelled to make his way in the world, and had never felt w a rranted in t aking unto him se lf a wife and at the age of five and forty he was a ba c helor. He then went "to Europe, a nd in Switzerland met a lov e ly girl -a governess in a French family whose guest he wda The governess was a highly educated e;irl-a great lin&uist. Tl:te judge fell in love with her and marned her. and all the incidents connect ed with his marri a ge were commonplace and unromantic enou g h After a year' s travel in Europe Judge Man ders brought his wife home with' him to Ameri ca, and a year his return his son was born. A French woman was his wife 's attendant, and when the child was a few months old child and 'Durse suddenly disappeared The disappearance was one of the strangest and most startling incidents of the time But one conclusion could be reached-the nurse had stolen the child, and .it was not until months afterward that the mystery was ex plained Meantime the father of the stolen babe bad expended thousands and thousands of dol lars in order to discover the child-stealer, but all efforts failed. Meantime both parents were Mlllost distracted with grief, and one day after the expiration of.a year, the father and mother were seated togetber talking over their bereave ment, and the judge chanced to say : I did not know when I took you from your borne in Geneva that I was to be the innocent cause of bringing upon you so great a misery The judge had hardly uttered the words when his wife suddenlyfle aped to her feet, and thr-0wherself upon her husband's neck, exclaimed: The mystery is explained!" It was some moments before she recovered her composure sufficiently to state her conclu alons; and then she said Our child was stolen by Mademoiselle Dau. bet!" What do you mean?" demanded the husband. I will explain: from the first moment that the nurse who stole our child came into my presence I felt an aversion toward her, but as she had been recommended by our old family physician I said nothing: But a chill ran 1hrough my veins every time she came into my presence during the first week of her advent in -Our home. In time the feeling of aversion be came less strong, and as she appeared so skill ful she won my confidence But many times it struck me that there something familiar in the tones of her voice, and I discovered that her hair was dyed, and that in other she was disguised. I concluded her methodS were the result of vanity. I thought she was seeking w make herself appear younger but now I am stisfied she was seeking to make herself appear older Yes, it is strange I never suspected be fore, but it all comes to me now. I know why Mi:' voice seemed familiar. Yes, yes, she has carried out her threat-ahe has made good her declaration of vengeance!" "Her declaration of vengeance?" repeated lier husband. Did she threaten you with vengeance?" .. She did." "'' Hademoiaene Daubetf" "Ye&." ' Why should she threaten to be revenged upon you?" I will tell you a 1eeret: that woman loved you?" Loved me?" "Yes." "Nonsense!" It is true." I never paid her the least attention." I know 1t; but she was partly insane, and I never knew of her Jove for you until the day succeeding our marriage, and then she came to me and'declared that you were her affinity, that I had come between her and her love, that had it not been for my artful fascination you would have loved her, and then she said : I will be avenged; yes, some day when you do not look for me I will rob you as you have robbed me, and you shall suffer as I have suffqredl'" '!'his is a remarkable story,' said the judge. It is. Why did you not relate the facts to me be fore?" I did not think them worth relating I looked upon her threats as the meaningless say in9s of a demented woman." She is six or seven years older than you, my dear?' "Yes.,, And you are fully convinced of my idea tity?" : I am; but I shall visit the lying-lo. home where you were first consigned by that wicked and vengeful woman, and then we shall take measures to establish your innocence." That can never"be done." We will see about that." Upon the morning following the incidents W8 have described, Mr. Mandel'll again appeared a& the prison, and he toltl his son that he had ascer tained beyond all question that the child left a& the asylum was really Thomas Weir Manders. He said it was a fortunate circumstance that the mad woman who placed him there had pinned a part of the child's real name to his clothess but he had received information that had enabled him to secure the clothes the child wore wheo brought there-they having been safel1 by the matron in charge, and carefully ticketed with a little memorandum of the incidents con nected with the reception of that particular child, and the record of dates fully established a link, and the party leaving the child had give11 the exact date of the child's birth, which && corded with that of our hero. Mr Manders told his son that he had been 111 consultation with a great detective, and the lat ter had advised him to conceal all the facts. And she confessed to loving me?" 'Yes." And threatened you?' "Yes. " This officer," continued Mr. Manders, has already started on the case. He will investigate your record, and he has promised to establish your innocence. He is coming to consult with you." "When?' A.nd what do you now believe?" I believe she has stolen our child She said she would rob me, as I had robbed her " And she bribed our nurse to steal our child f l' "No." What then?" Can you not discern?" I can not." The nurse was Mademoiselle Daubet dis guised. She has made good her mad threat." CHAPTER WHEN Mr. Manders heard his wife's state ment he glared in horror, and when he sufll ciently recovered, exclaimed' What has she done with our child?" We can easily learn. "How?" "We will go to Bwitserland." In further talk with her husband, Mrs. Man ders explained ; "Mademoiselle Dau bet was a half-crazy wom an-indulged in all manner of fancies-and it was not strange that she should fall in love with you and concea.I her love until she revealed it to me in the singular manner I have related Mr Manders and his wife did go to Switzer land, and the astute lawyer. arranged his plans in such a manner that he fnghtened mademoi selle into a confession; but, afas! her confession contained the statement that the child had died the night fol!owing its abduction, and she went into full details of its death-told where it died, and named the undertaker who buried it-in fact, made a (ull confession, and upon the morn ing following her confession she was found dead in her room She had taken her own life, but she left a note reaffirming every incident related in her confession. Mr Manders and his wife returned to Ameri ca, and the former, though not doubting made moiselle's confession, started in to confirm it He found the undertaker, and an old man who distinctly recollected the burial of the child He said be recollected it because of the singular actions of the confessed mother He of course formed the most natural idea as to the circum stances, and he took Mr. Manders to the ceme tery and showed him what was still visible of the little grave. The above was the story told to our hero by the man who claimed to be his father, and a very remarkable statement it was. With a voice trembling with emotion Tom asked "My mother-does she &till live?' "Yes, my son, your mother lives; and again let me sa1 to you that your resemblance to your mother lS simply marvelous. Believing that you were dead, your mother in time partly re covered from the shock of her bereavement, but she had been: a sad woman ever since." "Does she know of your coming :to New York?" Of course; but she doea not know of my m!saion here." In a day or two, and in the mea{ltime yoQ must not say a word-neither will I, my son." But my mother?" : She must know abeut your discov ery until your innocence lS established. The shock of this new misfortune coming together with the joy of your discovery would kill her.,. Our hero's thoughts after the departure of his father it would be hard to portray; and he was still walking his cell when Myra Hubbard w1111 shown in as a visitor. It is kind of you to come here again to see me.'' I have a very startling revelation to make." Is Rolando dead?" No That would be a misfortune, for thoo your innocence could never be establishd; his lips would be closed forever. I pray that he may live. Let me tell you somethmg. I said I had a startling revelation to make; I will ac quaint you with it later on. But I have dlsoov ered why this man was so ari'xious to marry me' '' It is not strange he sho11ld be 10 andou to marry you." It is not strange?" "No,. A strange look came into Myra's eyes as she asked, archl.y "Why Is 1t not strange?" '" Shall I speak frankly: Certainly " You are one of the moat lovable WOIDID OD the face of the earth "Do you really think so?" "Ido" And you believe that?" I do, as I live!" It's strange." "What is strange?" There was a strange look came into Myra' face as, blushing to the eyes, she said: If that'is true, it is-strange you nev81' fell in love with me." Tom stood like a man paralyzed, but after a moment said: It is not strange." Myra turned deathly pale when Tom made the remark last quoted. It was a frank confes sion that he had not fallen in love with her, bt1t she did ask in a trembling voice: Why is it not strange after you have ad mitted I am such a lovable woman?'' I did not dare love you; I did not dare think of such a thin!!'." Why not?'l'' "You know my story: I was but a boo&black." My father was only a plowboy, and after ward a mill-boy." Tom was no fool. Myra's words were t.oo plain. There followed a moment's silence, broken by Myra, who asked: If you had not been afraid to think (If i&I .. "You will drive me mad, Miss Hubbud."' I will drive you mad Y" "Yea." ..


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. "Bow1" I dare not belie?e that I dare put the seem .,., .inference unon your words." -.;-, You may.'r. "I mav?" .. Yes.r ,. Tom trembled like an aspen leaf as he asked: Dare I tell you that I love you T" "Do you?" As man never so loved woman before!" are a noble girl, and I will have a revelaiion to make that will bring joy to your heart if you really love me." 1 do Jove you, Tom-I have loved you all these years." "Your father need not pay one cent; but I do think circumstances have turned in my favor, and the confession may be had." "My father will pay the money." But he need not.' Tom spoke in a peculiar tone, and Myra asked: CHAPTER LXIV. "Who will par. the money?" llYRA laughed merrily, and said: "My father will pay it." I knew you did all the time." Your father." "You knew 1 did?" "Yes." Certainly; and I have loved you since the Myra glared. ftrst hour I ever met you." "What do you mean, Tom?" Tom stood like one transfixed, but he could My father is several times a millionaire. not stand there thus like a statue, and he did Yes, Myra, I am an only child-I am the heir apring forward, clasp the beautiful girl in his to millions." arms, end imprinted a kiss upon her brow, and "Have you gone mad, Tom?" then the lovely girl said: "No.'' "There! that will do, we have no time to "What do you mean? Have you been ma ... make love now." querading all these years?" "Am I not dreaming?" muttered Tom. "No." "No, you are not dreaming." "Then you have certainly gone madl" If it is a dream may I never awake!" "No, I am perfectly sane; and what is more, .. Well, you shall awake." for the ofirst time in my life wildly and madly "But, Myra, we must face the truth. This happy-that is all." mutual confession is unfortunate. I will be a "But you said y'our father would pay the condemned criminal; you can never become my money wife; there exists an insurmountable barrier." "Yes; but you, my dearest, have opened up "You are mistaken, Tom Weir; your innothe way for the establishment of my innocence. eence must and shall be established.'' But my father will pay the money.'' "Never." "Your father?" "Leave that to me. I said this man sought "Yes, my father." my fortune." Who is your father?" But he is rich.'' "' One of the best and noblest of men.'" There is just where you are mistaken. This "Tom, explain all this to me?" very morning the failure of Rolando s father's "Will vou promise to keep my secret?" firm has been announced. All the partners yes. ,y have fled. The failure is one of the most disasTom told Myra the wonderful story of the trous stoppages that has occurred in New York discovery of his father. The beautiful girl list. for years. My father knew of their troubles enl!d with distended eyes, and when the won1Donths ago. Ile's a director in several banks, derful narrative was completed she exclaimed: as you know." What a marvelous story I What a roinance "But tell me, how will this failure affect your life bas been!" JDeT" "Yes; and after all how the shadows have "I will." rolled away, and what a glorious midday sun is "How?" now shining in upon my life!" "I can not tell vou now." "What shall be done; Toin?" .. Yes, tell me.'' "We will wait and see. Now you must It will lead to Ralph Rolando'S:confession." leave all to my father. He has employed emi.. Never!" nent counsel, and he will act on your plan "It will.'' "Tom, I feel assured that this man will con.. Why do you think so!" fess." My father knows how to bring it about." "My dear, I will ask one favor; do not come "Your father?" here again.'' .. Yes." "Why not?" "Does your father know of the "Wait until r come to you." Yes; I have confessed all to him, !ind he "How can you?" anything for the happiness of his only I assured that actinll on your plan my child. immediate liberty is assured.'!'' "I do not understand. You have confessed "Torn, 'I shall go wild.'' IO him?" "We will wait and see." "Yes.'' A few j momeQts later Myi"adeparted, and "What haTe you confessed?" Tom again commenced pacing his cell, one of .. All." the happiest men on the face of the earth, and "All?" repeated Tom. his :!Jliiless 1Vas greater because of facts that "Yes." we record in our next chapter. Your love?" asked our hero, In a MSltating IDM. "Yes." u To your father?" ., Yes." "And what does he sayf" ,. He ls delighted." "I am astounded!" My father knows all about you." "Knows all about me?" "Yes,. "How could he know all about me?" He has traced your career from the moment you were taken off the streets of New York, and he looks upon you as I do, as one of the grand.est young m e n he ever knew, and he 9proves of my choice." "Great mercy!" ejaculated Tom, "what can k bring forth?" My father has suggested a plan." "He has?" "Yes-to fully establish your innocence." "What is his plan?" "Ralpb Rolando is a beggar." "Well?" My father will pay him a large sum of money to tell the truth, and he will do it." A moment Tom was lost in deep thought, and lben there came a bright look to his handsome face, and he said: Tbe elouda are liftiDg at laat, Myra. You CHAPTER LXV. Two days passed, and during those two days our hero's father spent much time with him; and on the third day a gentleman was intro duced into the cell who proved to be a famous detective. The latter asked Tom a great many questions, and then in the presence of his father suggested the plan for establishing his inno cence. The detective thought awhile, and said : "Your plan can be carried out and it will succeed; but we must avoid all explanations or revelations. Just le ave this to me," and turn ing 10 Mr. Maude rs, he asked: What sum will you pay to establish your son's innocence?" sum to the amount of a million if nec essary.' The detective smiled, and said: It would not cost you half that sum to set tle a dozen cases like this." I desire 10 save my son at all hazards." Your son shall be saved." "You speak very confidently." "Yes." "Then you have a definite plan?" "I have "What is your plan?" I can not tell you at present. I fim deaire to have a talk with ihe other aide." The detective shortly after took Jlis deput. ure. He was a long headed man. He W'. thought over the whole matter, and hale to walk around, and he: rose from his cot and commenced to pace the: floor, and after a moment resumed bis solilo quy: "Hang it!" he said, "if the governor had only fixed me with a few thousands I'd have been all right ; I could have carried out a good scheme I bad in my head; but now I hardly know what to do." Rolando was still pacing the room when the detective was shown mto his The latter glanced at the invalid a momeot, and then said : How do you do, sir?" Rolando was a keen, cunning fellow, alld ... swered, in a slow, tone: I do not know you, sir.' The detective smiled, and answered: '' That is not strange, since you never s.w me before, to my knowledge." But you speak as though you knew me." "Wen, I've heard of you." As the detective spoke he paued Rolando a card. The latter glanced at it and read: "PIPER, DETECTIVE." A moment pwed and the two men a small private room. You are in a bad scrape, Mr . Rolando.' said the detective. Oh, no; my wound is healing rapidly.!' "Yes, so I've heard: and r,ou expect fG a few days to leave the hospital? I do, si r." Rolando was very wary. Do you know where you will go when yoc. leave here?" That is my business." "Ahl So it is mine, young man! You will go to prison-;" "To prison?" "Yes.'' How dare you?" Oh, I dare Why will I go to prison T" ' Because your dastardly scheme bu all beell disclosed. I have been on this case, and I have secured positive testimony, even 10 a witnese who saw you stab yourself. You are in a-bad scrape." "Bahl you can't frighten me!" "I am not here to frighten you; I am here to get you out of a scrape and save scandal to a reputable family." The reputable family must take it ae K comes." "Hardly. See here, I will pay you tweni, five thousand dollars to own up the truth-to confess and save trouble. You wil:k.,accept my offer or take the consequences My advice hU been to let you take the consequences, but othera prefer the plan I suggest." paced the floor a moment, and ho said: "I can not make a confessio11. I hllve already testified to the truth.'' Say, you,ng man, I can help Y,OU out of a bad scrape. I have a plan that will save you. and permit you to make it right where yon have committed a grievous wrong, and you can make: twenty five thousand dollars cash down.'' What is your plan?" The detective revealed his plan, and when he. had concluded, R-0lando thought silectly t.r a few moments, and then said: This ma,n sought to kill me, but he w. to escape the CODlelluences of his crime. I would do ri1ht to drive him to w wall, blll


THE DUKE OF NEW YORK. 3T ,_.. your ofl'er Mty thousand dollars and I will consider it." That will not do." "What do you want me to do?" Agree to the plan." And will you make it fifty thousand dol?" Yes, or. one condition." "Name the condition." "You shall leave New York and not return for ten years." I accept your proposition." There followed a moment's silence. The de tective's suspicions were aroused. It struck him that Rolando had very suddenly determined to accede to the terms. "I have aomething else to tell you, young .man." It Is. not necessary. We understand each .other." "Not fully, I fear." Yes, fully." "You have some scheme?" Yes; my scheme is to secure the fifty thou;1&11d dollars, that's all." But you will make this a clean and clear 11tatemen t?" Certainly; I can make it any war to suit _you, as I will perjure myself anyhow.' "You will?" "Yes." "How?" That man did attempt to take my life. He it was who assaulted me; but I will clear him for the amount named.'' CHAPTER LXVI. THE arrangements with Rolando were com pleted, and it was agreed that he should receive 1&he IJlOney immediately after the release of our hero, and he was to have ten days to complete his preparations for le aving New York. Having arranged m a tters with Rolando, the -detective appeared at the jail, and there met our .hero and his father, to whom he said: It's all right." "You have seen Rolando?" "I have " And he consents to confess the truth?" He consents to anything, and I have agreed to pay him fifty thousand dollars. TbJl money must be paid the moment your son is : 3lease d. And now I will tell you my sr.heme: I will have 1he judge summon your sou before him upon tb regular examination Rolando will appear u a witness, and will, after seeking to identify your son, swear that he was not his assailant. It will be a case of mistaken identification, and your son will be honorably acquitted and at the same time this fellow Rolando will be saved the .t.umiliation of an actual conf ession." The detective's plan was carried out just as be had arranged it. All the parties appeared in court, and Rol a ndo swore that Tom was not the man who assailed him. The policeman bad been seen, and was also a witness again, and upon the secoud examina tion admitted that he was mistaken when he ewore he had seen the blow struck. He said he had seen ooly the prisoner -present, but was de ceived when he im agined be had seen the fatal 1troke struck. The final result was that our hero was re leased-honorably acquitted. We will state here that the judge in his own mind believed that the case had been fixed up. Buch arrangements are of almost daily occur rence in the courts, but the judge, under the circumstance s, is powerless. He is compelled to render his judgments according to the evi dence; and when the wounded man positively awore that the prisoner was not his assailant, but one thing remained to be done, and that was to honorably discharge the accused and Tom Jett the court-room a free man Immediately after the proceedings in court Cbe detective met Rolando and paid over to him the lltipulated amount Ralph received the m a dazed manner, ai;id asked Who PRJ.:S the money?" '"What difference does it make to you?'' I only asked the question. It makes little difference so long as I am paid; but I tell you DOW that fellow did stab me." That's all right as far as you are concerned; bat don't you aay to any one else what you say tlD me. and what is more you be sure to fulfill and get, out of the United States Wfl&btD the given time, or it will go hard with .. Hubbard pays the money, I auppoeet" "No, Mr. Hubbard does not pay it." Who does?" The father of the young man whom you so wrongfully conspired to injure." His father?" "Yes. " Has he a father?" "Yes sir " And his father is a rich man?" Yes; and, young man, let me tell you something," added the detective. You are a smart fellow; you have a good start in life-a good education. Go to South America, Mexico, or some other place, lead au honest life, and be come a good, happy, and prosperous man." "Yes, I will followlour advice." The two parted, an Ralph-who stop ping at an hotel, having been dischargerl from the hospital-commenced to pace to and fro, and he muttered; "How things have changed! And that fel low is the son of a rich father, eh?-and Myra lo ves him, and he will make her his wife-and I become an outcast on the face of the earth. Well, we shall see( I am not downed quite so easily, nor will I surrender that girl without a struggle! I have one more card to play yet, and I will play it well. Let them wait and see!" Meantime, immediately after his release, our hero, Thomas Weir Manders, called at the house of Myra Hubbard, and the romance of his life was told to the lovely girl's father, and the two young people talked over certain plans for the future; and that same evening our hero started with his father for Philadelphia to meet that fond and faithful mother who had so long mourned him as dead. The meeting between mother and son we will not describe, but it was a strange meeting, and one distiuguished by a joy that can only come under circumstances so strange and weird as those we have pictured in our narrative few days passed, and one day our hero took up a New York paper and carelessly read item after item, until s uddenly he came upon an an nouncement that caused him to glare like a man suddenly brought face to face with threatened death. The item that arrested his attention was the announcement of the strange and mysterious disappearance of a young and beautiful heiress, and the name of the lady was given as Miss Myra Hubbard, the daughter of the retired mill ionaire manufacturer. CHAPTER LXVII. Wmm Tom Weir Mande!'s ::1shed reading the account there came a wild throbbing in his brain, and an hour later he was upon his way to New York. He reached the city and repaired direct to the house of Mr. Hubbard. He found that gentle man prostrated with grief and apprehension, and the appearance of our hero caused the old gentleman to exclaim: She's lost-she's lost!" You need have no fear, str," said Tom. I merely came here to reassure you and give you hope " But, my poor daughter! I fear she bas been murdered! Every minute I expect a sum mons to the morgue." "You fear she has been murdered?" "Yes." .. Whom do you suspect as the assassin?" I know not whom to suspect; but if my daughter were living she would not leave me fu suspense " My dear sir, your daughter Ures. Do you know where she iaf " I think I do "Wheref" 1 will say no more; I wfli hasten to Iler nis cue." Then yon admit she is In perilt " I believe she is in peril. Tell me what you suspecU" I will report to you before to-morrow's dawn I hope I may bring your daughter .back to yoia." Tom hastened from the house He consulted with no one, but proceeded direct to the hotel where Ralph Rolando had been known to stop since his release from the hospital. Tom set on foot some very pertinent inquiries, and learned facts that served him as a clew His directness seemed to be prompted by a weird inspiration. Having secured all the information he desired, he sought the detective who aided in the settle ment that freed Tom from jail. Tom imparted to the astute oftlcer the in formation he had received, and in a few moments the two were on their way to the riTer. A tug was secured, and the captain, under the imme diate instructions of our hero ran out on the river and shaped his course down the bay. Tom and the dete c tive were in the whe e l-house, and when off Staten Island our hero suddenly ex claimed : Thank Heaven, we are in time; t here's the yacht!" The captain of the tug received itpecific in structions, and soon ran alongside a yacht rid ing at anchor. Tom and the detective leaped aboard the sail ing cr6ft, and at the same instant a man came up from the cabin of the yacht, and a curse fell from his lips, for our hero l eaped forward to meet him, and greeted his old-time enemy with the words: "You villain! If any -harm has come to Mis& Hubbard, your life will answer for your vii lainy here and now." What do you mean?" demanded Ralph. Don't waste words! Where is Miss Hubbard?" How do I know anything about Miss Hubbard?" The members of the crew crowded around, when the detective, addressing them, said : "You men must not interfere here, or every man will be put on tioard the tug and carried ill irons to the city I" The crew held off, and Tom :Weir started to descend to the cabin. Rolando le aped forwanl to intercept him, when he received a blow from our hero's naked fist that sent him reeling to the deck, and Tom dashed down into the cabia. Rolando leaped to his feet, and would have fol lowed, but the detective covered him with the muzzle of a cocked pistol, and said; , Move one step, and you are a dead man!" Rolando did not move. The baffled villain knew that his game was up-that his last card harl proved a failure. Meantime our heto had reached the cabin, and a sight m et hi s gaze that caused his heart to bleed Lying upon a lounge was Myra. The fair girllooked as though she had been througa a long siege of illness. I am here, and just in time!" cried Tom, aa he sprung toward her. The girl uttered an exclamation of thankl, and Tom made the further discovery that she was bound hands and feet. It took but a mo ment to free her, and he said: Dearest we will not sto p for now. 1''e will-hasten to your father." Myra's attire was speedily found, and To Jed her to the deck, 11nd there stood Rolando u Tom led the rescued girl aboard the tug, and then he returned. Shan we lash him to the mast, and punisJa him as he deserves?" said Tom. "No," said the detective, in a low toM. "'All's well that ends well.' Thie is, after all, a fortunate occurrence. If this fellow eT shows hi s face in New York again we can send him to Sing Sing for life." The latter part of the detective's declaration was s poken in a louder tone, and was overheanl by every one on board the yacht. Tom and the detective retired to the tug, end the steamer was headed for the city, and ere they passed out of sight from the yacht those on the tug saw the sails of the other craft hoisted, and she glided away toward Sandy Hook. Tom and Myra were standing sjde by side, and the detective said: That fellow, like Monte-Cristo, will never be heard of around these quarters again." Myra s explanation was brief. She bad been met by a little child who had besought her te go with her a few steps. The petition of the chtld was merely a device to lure Miss Hubbard to a retired street where a carriage was in wait ing. anct two men seized anll gagged her and put her tn the carnage She was driven to the river side and placed on board the yacht, and for three days she had been a prisoner. For some reason or other, Rolando had not put. in an appearance until about half an hour previous to the arrival of Tom Weir. the very moment the tug was made fast to the yacht, Ralph was explaining hia plans and purposes. That same evening Myra was placed once again fn the arms of her father, one week later a marriage was announced as having been celebrated between Thomas Weir ot PhiladeJpbfa, and Miss .Myra Hubbard, et -"W York. TBB D'D.


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