Tons of luck, or, The boy of many good fortunes

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No. 1 525 NEW YORK AUGUST 24, 1927 Price 8 Cents


PLUCK. AND LUCK 1asued Weekly-Subscription price, $4 .IJO per year; Canadian, $4.50; Foreign, $5.00. Copyright, Uln, b7 Westbury l'ublishing Co., Inc., 140 Cedar Street, New York, N. Y Entered as Second Class Matt11r Dec. 8, 1911, at the l'ost-UtHce at New ll'.o rk, N. Y., under the Act of March a, l!IW No. 1525 NEW YORK, AUGUST 24, 1927 Price 8 Cents. TONS OF LUCK OR, THE BOY OF MANY. GOOD FORTUNES ( By ALLYN DRAPER CHAPTER !.-Dick Arrives in the City. The early morning train was pulling slowly through Jersey City. A bright-looking, but coun trified youth, of fifteen or sixteen years, was seated in the first coach back of the smoker. One could see that the young traveler was poor, his clothes being patched in many places. They were clean, however, and their was healthylooking and strongly 1rnilt, while his open counte nance, frank, honest look, and manly bearing, were indicative of a strong character and a willingness to work and make his own way. A man who occupied the seat just the "boy had been watching the young traveler for some time. Presently he leaned forward and touched the youth on the shoulder. "Going to the city?" he asked, as the boy looked back. "Yes, sir," was the reply. "Never been there before, I judge?" "No, sir. This is the first time I have ever been out of Middlesex County, where I have lived all my life.'' "So I thought," muttered the man. "That's good. I am glad to know it.'' Then aloud he said: "What is your name?" "Dick Parton." "Are your folks living?" "No, s ir. I ant alone in the world. Father died when I was sm a ll, and mother died two.years ago. Since then I have lived with Deacon Stubbs, an old friend of father's. The deacon is very poor, how ever, and did not have enough work for me, and so I made up my mind to come on to the city to--" "To se ek your fortune, eh?" laughingly. "Yes, sir," he said,..soberly. "I hope to rise in the world. Thq say lots of poor have be com e rich men m New York." "Tr ue," acqui e sced the stranger. "I am glad to see you have ambition, Dick. I may call you that? I have no doubt you will succeed. Haveer-have you any friends in the city?" "No, sir. I have a letter, however, to Mr. Al fred Stubbs, a nephew of the deacon, who has a store on Broadway, near Fortieth Street. The deacon thought he might give me a J>lace in the store." "H'm, .there?" yes, perhaps Are you going straight I I "I think not," he said. "I believe I will to a cheap hote l and was h up a bit. I feel ag if I were awfully dirty." "Just what I was going to the man said. This suited him exactly, for we m ight as well tell the reader that he was a rJOted New York confidence man and all-round rogue. He had made up his mind to rob Dick. Of course the bo)' could not have much J!IOne y, the villain reasoned. but just at that time he was in rather straighteneD circumstances financially, and all was fish that came to his net. "My name i s Hart, Thomas Hart,'' the schemer continued. "I am a merchant, from Havensville, Pa. and I am coming to the city to buy a new stock of goods I was in New York only once, .a number of years ago, but I have a good memory, and will have no trouble in finding my way about. I know a nice, quiet hotel we can go to, where can attend to our toilet and get a good breakfast. You stay by me, and you'll be all right;'' Of course, Di c k was glad to consent to this. He had nev e r been in a large city, and already a queer feeling of fear had taken hold upon him. The roar and bustle of even Jersey City was be wildering to the country boy, and when i he train came to a stop in the grand depot, and he alighted. Dick acknowledgea to himself that he would hardly have known which way to turn had he been alone. His companion knew the way, however, and led Dick through ihe depot to the ferry. When the boat reached the New York side Dick and the man passed through the depot and emerged upon Cortlandt Street. A queer thrill passed through the boy. had heard and read much about the great city, had longed to see it, and now he was here. He said nothing, however, and walked along beside his companion until Broadway, three blocks distant, was reached. "Come on." s aid the confidence man. "Tl1ere a good, cheap hotel up here a couple of blocks.'"' And taking hold of Dick's arm, they madei their way slowly northward. "There's a hotel up the street, yonder, where they only charge two dollars,'' said Hart. "'We'll go there." They did so. It did not take long fo wash, comb and brush up, and then they descended tc the dining-room, which was on the ground floor the office being one flight up, and partook 18. hearty breakfast. Dick, with his healthy


2 TONS OF LUCK ''"id appetite, did especial justke to the meal, and and had to be assisted to the platform when the the waiter to stare in surprise. The boy cars stopped. found time to look about him, however, and was "ls he badly hurt?" wonder-stricken to see so many people all eating "That boy is a hero!" at oncP.. "The bravest deed I ever saw!" The two finished breakfast and paid their score Such were the exclamations, .and Dick mig-ht at the desk, arid then-Hart turned to Dick. have felt proud, only he was too shaken up and "What are you going to do now?" he asked. bewildered to comprehend what was being said or "Why not t a ke a look at some of the sights?. You done. have all day to look up your friend, Stubbs. He "Oh! Where is he? Where is the brave boy who will probably give you a job, and if you go right saved my child?" to work you will have no chance to sec anything. All made way for the .beautiful lady, who utAt least, not soon. Now I !;ave nothing special to tered these words as she.approached Dick, arid tne do, and will be show you What .. ne;::t moment she had the boy in her arm!!. / dp you say? There is lots to see--Central Park. Heaven bless and reward you, my brave 'the Brooklyn Bridge, the large ocean-goi!}g J>.oy_ ''. she exclaimed her voice trembling with sels-,. 9oney Island, and so on. ad: infinitum . ,How emotioI_l, .her eyEll'! full of tears. "Yo u have saved ::: does .it strik-e you?" . "' ,. to' me my dearest treasure--niy daughter! Thank !'I sbotild like it. first rate," :Agnes!" . are very kind to .offer to go with me.'' "I do thank Jiim, mamma," S!lid tile -little girl, A few minutes"more and .they were at en-. "'';i.nd I''m going .to. do ino"re than that-..:.....I'm 'going ; tran<'.e tOthe greatbridge . to hug him!" And she leaNd into Dick's a 'rms, Hart led the way upstairs, and th_ey boarded t}\e threw her arms about his neck, !!_nd 'kissed liim. ,.car,s, theconfidence man. paying the three eents . Dick bl1,1slied, and put the-girl away. for ;fare. The train soon started and, they . "I didn't do any-thing, _ma'am,'! he stammered. : stood o.n .t4e rear -platform-with the guard. l'he ; "'Dhat is, I-anybody else.would have done Uie view obtained while crossing the bridge was same." l grand, an? Dick was delighte!1. "I do not think so," said the lady. "I am. corlalighted stopped. ti.dent that but for yo u my darling child woutd Let s ;walk back, said Dick. . now be a man-U I cannot bear to think of "All nght,". Hart, absent-mmdedly. it!" -pondermlffe the best means of possessAt 'this moment-Ufok felt a hand on his of shoulder, and he tu.rned to see a policeman. Ill soon have. it, he thought, "I have you no'lll!le-, you young thief !" the officer whe n they were m a crowd, he heavil y cried "Come along with me, now. I'm _going to agamst the bo_y, caiight hold of him, as i:f run you in.'' : to keep .from At the moment he Uft is not true!" he cried. "I have not stolen .. .t deftl_Y Dick's wallet out of his and anything I am not a thief." _put it m his own, the boy neYer suspectmg it. "Oh, no, of course not," said the policeman, CHAPTER IL-Dick's Brave Act. At this instant Dick uttered a cry of horror, which was echoed by a number of people near them. A beautiful girl o f4about ten years was stand ing beside a lady evidently her mother. Both were close to the edge of the platform, and they were evidently waiting to take a train across to the city. Suddenly, just as the train was coming up, and only a few yards distant, the little girl, not thinking, stepped backward off from the platform, and fell to the track, right in front. of the advancing train. "Good heavens!" "She will be killed!" the crowd yelled . And she would havebeen but for Dick. Simul taneously with the exclamations, and his own cry of horror, he leaped to the track beside the child, seized her, threw her back upon the platform, into her mother' s arms and then, having no time to leap up after h er, the cars being upon, he_ made a grab for the upright rods on the platform of the car, seized them, and, throwing him self backward at the, same time, was dragged along for sevl!ral yards, hi s feet and body being under ti).e end of the car. Had it not peen that the c ars were slackening s peed when he grabbed the upright, he could not have held on, and would have been killed. As it was, he was badly shaken up, sneeringly. "You're a regular little cherub, you are. You wouldn't steal anything, oh, no!" "No, I wouldn't!" said Dick with spirit. "Wait a moment," cried the mother of Agn" es, and the policeman halted. "Here," she continued, handing Dick a card, "is my husband's address. I really hope, my boy, that you will be able to clear yourself of this charge, -and if you do, call at the address on the .card, and my husband will do something for you.'' . Dick took the card mechanically and placed it in his pocket without looking at it. The policeman took Dick to the station house, and-brought the boy before the sergeant in charge. "What i s your name?" the sergeant a s ked. "Dick Parton, sir," the boy replied. "You don't look like a bad boy," the sergeant s aid, kindly. "What is the charge against him Callahan ? "Pocket picking," the policeman answered. "Explain, Callahan,'' said the sergeant. "Wl:l..ere is the boy's accuser?" The officer looked all about the room, and s eem e d slightly uneasy. He began to fear that he h a d overreached himself. . "F-he promised to appear here,'' the office r stamme red. "He said the boy picked hi s pocket, and o r dered me to take him in charge.'' Sud denly Dick started . He had thought of his companion, 'Th_ omas Hart. -The excitem ent attendant upon his res cue of the little girl and hi s arrest, had caused him to forget all about his friend, I


/ TONS OF LUCK 3 : but now he thought of him, and with the thought Mr. Norwood was rather a good-looking man of came the fear: .. about forty years but he seemed to be rather out Might he not prove to be the man who had of sorts. Something had disturbed -.him, and he caused his arrest? And if so, .was it not' problooked up almost angrily at Dick as he entere

4 TONS OF LUCK aloud "Here I am, a stranger in this great city, with no work in sight, and o.nly two, dollars and.iorty c ents in money." ,, "Why, that's a fortune!" s aid a l aughing voice behind Dick, a nd turning, he saw a ragged, but. bright-looking boy of hi s own age. E,vidently he was a n e w s bo y for he had a bundle of papers under hi s a rm. W h o are you?" a s ked D i ck. "Oh, I m onl y Mill i on aire A stor," s a id the boy, laughing. I o w n t h a t big hotel Astor Hou s e . It w a s n a med after me, you know.' "Don' t t r y t n guy m e ,'' said Dick. "I am from the country, I know, and can't be expected to know a s much about city life a s one who has always liv e d here but I'm not a fool by any means. The n e w s bo y so bered instantly. "That's all right, he said. "I didn't mean anything-was only jokin g My name is Curtis, and I'm a n e wsboy. Wha t's your name? "Dick Parton.' "And you r e fro m the country?" "Yes From Cranbury, New Jersey. That's about a hundre d mil e s from here.'' "Phew! That's a long w a ys from here, i sn't it? I was nev e r out o f New York except once, when I went over to Jersey City on an errand for a fellow." "This is my first trip to the. city," said Dick. ''I only got h ere this morning." "What d i d you exp ect to do here?" asked.Bob. "I expecte d to g e t a place in the store of a neph e w of the m a n I liv e d with at Grant>ury.'' "But you c an't get it?" "No. He faile d a nd another man is running the store." A n d t he n a bright thought struck him. "Ma ybe I could s e ll p apers," he s aid. "How much d o you make at it?" Bob shrugged hi s s houlder s "Oh, s om etimes more, sometimes less," he said : "I'm 'mo s t too big for the biz. People like to buy papers of little kids. I s 'pose I make sixty or seventy cents a day on the average, though." "I might try it anyhow," said Dick. "I've got to do something. What's bothering me mo s t now, though, i s wh ere I can stay for a while ; I can't pay board at a hotel." "I'll tell you what you can do, Dick," said Bob. "You can come home with ;me. I live in a tenement over near the East River, .with my mother. I kinder like your looks, and well pool issues work together. What do you say?" This suited Dick first rate, and he thanked Bob gratefully. "You shan't lose by this, Bob," he said. "But maybe your mother will object to the addition to the family." Bob laughed. "Not much," he said. "I've got jest the be s t mother you ever Sl!-W, Dick. Whatever I say She'll be glad to have you come.'' "I'm glad of that. But where will I find you in an hour or so, Bob? I've got to go to a hotel downtown to get my valise." "Oh, I'll go down with you. That's my regular stamping grom;1.d. I c .o.J.l'le up. here o n Lan. errand, and thought I might s ell some papers gomg and coniing; s' brought tlfeni ,alo,n.g. .Will we walk?" IJ'. ..,.i.'V "No. Let's go on the cars," said Dick. "I'll pay for both." "All right, Dick. You're a trump. Here comes a car. Let's get on.'' 'J.'he boys the car, the conductor; who knew Bob, looked surprised to see the newsboy riding. 'l'he boys got off at..City Hall Park. "I'll t ell you what. to do," said Bob. 1'1 don't go home till evening, so you may as well leave yuur: vali s e at the hotel till we are ready to go. You can help me s e ll p aper<>. Take part of these, and do as I do. Don't be afraid to sing out loud. It's rather late in the forenoon to sell papers, but I've only got ten l eft, and I think w e can get rjd :of the m between us.'' The boys were standing on the corner, by the po s t office, jus t after Bob had s o ld his last paper,. whe n a gust.of wind caught the hat of a passerby, and sent it flying out intp the middle of the street. The owner of the hat stood s till and stared after: hi s headgear in dismay, but Dick Parton sprang into the roadway, and, running to where the hat lay snatched it ':from under the feet of" a team of horse s. The hat was a valuable silk one, and but for the boy's prompt act would have been hope lessly wrecked by the iron-shod hoofs of the horses. "Many thanks, my young friend," said the man, as Dick, with a smile, handed him his hat. "I should have been sorry to lose my hat, as I value it highly, it being a present from a friend. Here; accept this, with my thanks,'' and he pressed a i::ilver dollar into Dick's hand and started on, carefully brushiJ\g the hat with a silk handkerchief. Bob was, if anything, better pleased at his friend's good luck than he would have been had it been his own. They could not do much until the three o clock editions of the papers were out, but from that time up till s e ven o'clock they were busy a s bees and Dick proved himself a v ery good salesman. At s even o'clock Dick secure d his valise from the hote l, and accompanied Bob to his home. He found the news boy's m other a very pleasant otd lady, and was well pleased that he had found s uch g ood quarters. Dick s oon got used to his new life, altd quickly bec a me as profiCient in selling p apers as his friend and partner, Bob Curtis On the third day after going into partnership with Bob, as they were standing on the corner .by the Astor Hou s e, a youth came along whom Dick knew. His name was Guy Fairchild; and he was foppis h not to say dudish in tires s, and affected in manner. He and his mother had visite. d Cranbury one summer, and Dick hii.d made Guy's acquaintance. The youth did not see Dick until the latter' called out: "How do y.ou do, Guy?'> He then: stopped and around at Dick. "Did you-aw.,..-speak to .. me?" he asked, look, ing at Dick with an unrecognizable stare. replied Dick, l aughing. "I said do you do?" "Pretty w e ll,'' was the reply. "But who are you? I don't-aw-just pla.ce you.'' .. Guy adjusted his. gold-rimmed eyeglasses, an.i at J?ick with rat:\ler 11; supercilious ai,r . "I am Dick Parton, of New .. _.. ..... ....., ....... ..... ..... -"' ...... .... _.. ......


. TONS OF .LUCK 5 Don't you remember You were there yeaTS "Whenidirrou -the-city?" two. danger of .odrowrung. Dick threw off his coat nd >vest,:okicbd off his. shoes, an-d; -,springing inter water, -to:w.ard the old man. HFour. days "Andwhat rare youaw--doing? Selling papers?" "Yes, and-running errands, and so forth." ""Aw, yes.' I suppose you don't make much at it?" "No," said Dick. "Not as much as I would like. I hnpe to get into something better later on, howe11er." .. lik ely," said Guy, supe rciliou s ly. "You would doubtles s have done better to have sta y e d in the c ouRtry. N o w, I've got a place in a store at se v e n doll a r s a we ek, with a chance of promo. ti'on -at an e arly day. My uncle is head sales man, and he will look out for me; a11d push' me forward." "I wish I could g et a place in a store," said Dick "Do you think I would stand a chance where you work?" "No ; none at all," Guy h aste ned to s ay. "My employer doesn't want any more b

6 (, ': TONS OF vycK And he did. They righted the boat, secui ed the oars, and were soon head_ ed acros lr the riJ.,'er, rowihg and the old man -steering: :Ile gujdeii the boat diagonally across, tl;te prow being tu'rnetl slightly up the river, and twenty minutes later the boat was under the orow of the Palisades. Presently an opening was seen, and into this the old man steered the bdat. The channel was nar row and tortuous, there being just room to work the oars, but in a few moments ._they. emerged into a small basin, perhaps 'two acres in extent. Of this abot half w_as water, the other half b e fog sandy land, sloping up so that thre seemed to be no danger of its being flol>ded, even at high tide; On this little patch of land was an old tumbledown building that at one time had been a fairly respectable house. They ste pped ashore, and, after tying the boat 'so it could not drift away, the old man led the way to the house, and, unlocking and throwing open the door, step-ped to one side. . -They jocated in a town in Montana. In. three years a son was born to them. A year afterw.artL my brother died, and I have heard no word of the mother and child since. Tnat 'brings me back to the starting point, Dick;" t}).e old man "I old ; I hve many years longer. I am ich, and have no one to leave my wealrn to . Now I would not leave it' to the woman: who treate_ d me so cruelly, under any circumsta nces; 'but the boy-I havl(l often thought of him. It might be, if he is alive, that. he is an honest, worthy boy. I have of it, and hoped that it was so. If it is, I will leave the bulk of my' wealth to him. It will be necessary to find out whether this is true or nnt, however, and Dick, that is the task I am gomg to ask you to undertake for me. If you will do it, I will pay all y our expenses, and reward you liberally beside s W ill you attempt it! Do no t answer hastily. Study the matter over a little first." . "There is no necessity of studying .over the "Enter," he said. "You will be the first person other than myself to enter tms house since I have been living here." D ick stepped through the open doorway into the old hermit's He was surprise to find that the fm; .nishings, chairs, carpets, etc.,. eluding a sofa, were of the finest. The old man seated him se lf, and regarded Dick. steadily for a'-few minutes. Dick met gaze unflinchingly', matter, sir," he said, quietly. "I. would be glad to do as you wish. The only question in my mind is, regarding my. ability to do what yo11 wish don e successfully. Aren't you afraid to trust a boy like me. Mr. Romayne?" and Mr. Romayne seemed satisfied. "Dick," he said, slowly, and witli deliberation, "I have brought you here for a purpose, and I am now going to tell you what that pur. pose is." D.ick regarded the speaker attentively, and the --old man went on: "I am going to tell you a true story. Twenty years ago there lived in a small town in central Wisconsin a sober, steady, industrious man, who shall be nameless. He was fifty years old, and uximarried; but in an evil hour h e_ fell in _love With a beautiful, but worldly woman twenty-five years his junior. This woman p rofessed to return the man's love-promised to b e come his wife, in fact, and the day for the wedding was set. "About this time the only r emaining parent of this man-his mother-died, and his _brether, and only living relative, a young m a n of twentyeight, came out from New York State where. they had lived, and took up hii; abode in the vil lage. He was young, gay, and handsome; was, of course, introduced to his brother's intended wife, and-well, to cut a long stor_y woman proved faithless. She fell m love with the youngei:. brother, he with her, and one night they fled together, and were married. rt was a severe blow to the elder brother, for he had loved the woman, unworthy though she wa. s, and, unwilling t o remain, he had experienced such sorrow, he left the v1llage_and went .. ; to California. He was fortunate, amassmg a fortune in five year.s, at the end of which time he returned to the East,, for I am "'the elder brother, Dick," the old man finished, sadly. . "I am sorry," said Dick He wisheq to ex-. press" his sympathy, and, knew of nothing else to Say. . r The old man remained' silent ,for s.ome moment. and then continued: ' "I heard of the erring couple several times. "Not at all. I am a goo d judge of human nature, and I am confident you are the very person above all others that I need for this work. I am willing and -glad to trust you. If you say you will do the work, we will consider the matter settled." "Very well, then," said Dick, "you may so consider it. I will undertake the work." "G:xxi And now I will give you the name of the town in Montana you will have. to go to, and will give you full instructfons. You will have no dllf1culty in following them out, I am confident." He 'did so, and at the end ,of an hour, Dick arose to depart, having secured a perfect understanding of what was expected of him. The old man took a roll of bills from his pocket, and selecting five, handed them to Dick. "There is dollars," he said. "When you return to the' city go to a clothing store and get a suit of clothes and come back to me as. soon as you earl conveniently. Traveling in public, as you will be, you wish to look well. Don't fail to' come here in the morning, early. I will then give.. you money to pay your traveling expenses, and your final instructions. You can do this and re turn to the city in plenty of time to catch the ten o'clock westbound train for Chicago." . Dick thanked Mr. Romayne as he accepted the money, and then, promising to be on hand bright and early in the morning, he took hiz departure, crossing ,the river in the old man's boat. .CHAPTER V.-Dick Surprises Guy. .Arriving at the other side,, Dick tied the boat securely, and then, going across to Ninth Avenue, he took the elevated for downtoWII. When .the train reached Fourteenth Street, Dick arose and left the car. He had been struck with an idea, and he to as he made. his way; across Broadway. : "I'll just surprise Guy Fairchild a bit,,'' he saicl


..... TONS OF LUCK 7 I to himself. "Mr. Norwood keeps clothing and Dick, have y o u fell heir to a fortune? Ha3 -furnishing goods. I'll buy my suit there. Guy some rich old man adopted you, or what? Tell wiH see ror himself that 1 am not so poor and a fellow, c a n t you? I'm dying to know." insignificant 'a:s he think,s:" "Of course, I'll tell you," said Dick; smiling.' Dick was soon in front of Mr. N,orwood's store.. "It is very_ simple. A.fter I left you yesterday Entering, 'the first' perso n he saw was Gy. afternoon -a gentleman sent me away up to the "You here!" the youth ci;i.ed. 'thought I end _of isla_nd on an errand. Not being in anyi told you not to call on me duri;ng busi-ness hours. special hurr. y to come back, I went across to the I"i:an't give you any of my time!" river front, and seating myself on the wharf, be"Oh, I .haven't asked you to," said. Dlck quietly. gan reading. I was arouse d by a cry for help, "I have no desire to talk to you or take up your a nd saw an old man struggling in the-water, I valuable time. I wish to purchase a suit of sa,ved him from drowning, and he gave me the clothe s." monev.'' "'What, you!" sneeringly. "How could you buy "My, but you were in luck, Dick!" Bob.' a s u it of clo thes? You have no money, I'll wager, "The old fellow must be rich. Wlio is he?" and you canno t g a t credit." "He is rich," declared Dick, "and he is known "I shall pay for what I buy. I have the money as the Hermit of the Palisades. He lives over -see?" and D i ck may be pardoned if he enjoyed tl1ere." the look .of env:y and ch a g rin that appeared on Bob was g reatly intereste d. Guy's face when he saw the roll of bills Dick "Did you go there with him?" he asked. drew from hi s pock e t. "Yes. He wanted me to row h i m across, and A salesman-no ne other than Guy's uncle, in I did so." . fact-appeared at this instant, and Dick was . "How much money did he give you?" soon fitte d out. He cho s e a neat-fitting sack suit,, "Fifty dollars. But I don't want you to think gra y in color; a black derby hat, a p air of conI acc epted the money for saving his life. It was gress shoes., four white shirts, three suits of my duty. to do tha t, and I would not have accept underwear, and some handkerchiefs, ties and ed pay for it. under any circumstances. I have e<>llars. entered his employ, and the mon e y was given me "What is t!ie bill?" he a s ked, when the goods as a sort of advanc e payment." had b e en done up in two n eat p a rcels ""But what did the old man hire you to do?" "Thirty-s ev e n doll ars," rep l ie d the sal e sman. Bob asked, a moment later. "What. work could Dick quietly se lected four ten-dollar bills and he have for a boy?" .:.1 handed them ove r receiving tllree dollars back. "I am going away on a journey on business "Thank you," said the obs equious salesman, for him," said Dick. politely. "Call again wh e n you are wishing. any"On a journey? Wh ere to?'' thing in our line. Be glad to wait on you, I Bob was greatly. interested. assure you "To Montana." "I may do so," replied Dick, "though I u sually "Montana. That's away out West,' isn't it?". do my trading. wherever I happen to be when in "Yes. West" of the rv,iississippi River." need of anything. Good day." And he marched "That's a long ways, isn't it?"said Bob. "I out with his packages under his arm, followed wis h I could go with you." by the angry, not to say envious, looks of Guy "When do you start?" asked Mrs. Curtis. Fairchild. -. .. ."This mot'ning, o n the ten o'clock train." Dick took a Bro?-dway car, and palf an hpur ."So, soon!" cri e d Mrs. Curtis. "His business later was in his room at Mrs. Curtis'. Boh had must be very urgent." not come home yet, and rs. Curtis had not "It is," assented Dick. "And tllat reminds meJ seen Dick come in, so he said n othing about his I .must be .going assoon as I eat breakfast . 1 good luck that evening, but put his purchases have to go and see my empfoyer before I go." -away and waited till morning. Dick waited next -After bre'akfast Dick set out, and at the end morning till Bob had arisen and left the bedroom .. of .three-quarters of an hour was at Mr. R

TONS OF LUCK f "'.ar of he knew not what, passed over him. He was sta1ted on his long Western trip. . CHAl>TER VI.-Wreck!!d and Robbed. For it sieemed to Dick, at any rate. Dick was feeling well, however, and as he leaned back in the luxurious chair, and watched the beautiful panorama Jr fleeting landscapes, his spirits rose. "This is nice," he said to himself. "I am going to enjoy myself, or know the reason why. I almost wish I might go on this way forever." But riding in the cars, even on the smooth, rock-ballast continuous-rail roads of the East be comes monotonous after a time, though Dick would have hardly believed it just then. Wearying finally, of gazing out of the window, Dick took a look at the passengers within the car. Presently a man who sat one seat in front, folded up a paper he had been readi:rf'g, put it in his pocket, and half turning, gave Dick a glance. "Nice country," he remarked, with a glance out of the window. "Yes," replied Dick, almost coldly. He remembered his experience of only a few days ago with Thomas Hart, the confidence man, .and he thought it would do no harm to be careful. He would not make friends with every one that came along, he told himself. Yet this man appeared to be all right. He was of middle age, very respectable-looking, and seemed to be a gentleman. "H'm!" he said. "Going far?" Dick hesitated a moment. He almost decided -to :Qve an evasive reply, and then the thought struck him, what could it matter? T here could certainly be no harm in answering the man's question. "I go to Chicago," he said. "To Chicago?" the man repe ated. "Good! I go there, too. Atn bound fo r t he World's Fair. We will be traveling Going to see the fair, I suppose?" "No, sir; on business." "Ah! On busines s I suppose you will look in on the fair, though" / "Oh, yes. I shall spend three or four days sig}lt seeing whe n I coine back through the city." . "Ah! Then you go still farther West?" / "Yes, sir. To Montana." "Exactly. Well, I am glad I spoke to you. It is so much more pleasant to have some one to talk to when traveling. By the way, I haven't learned your "1ame." "Dick Parton." "Ah, yes. Mine is August Belmont. Have a eigar, Mr. I!-arton?" "Thanks," he said, "but I do not smoke." "That is good luck, for my boy," approvingly. "Wish .I had never contracted the habit." "It costs quite a good deal in the course of a r,ear, does it not?" 'You are right. It is an expensive habit. It t>nsts me more than my clothing." -0 "Why don't you quit it, then?" "Easier said than done, Dick, my boy," he said . ''It is like liquor, once it gets its grip on you. Keep clear of them both, if fou know when you are well off." "'I shall Clo so." Mr. Belmont subsided again. The day passed without incident. Pittsburg_ was reached in the evening, and then the train went on into the, all on looking forward to reaching Chicago early m the mornmg. Late at night, when rounding a curve at a high rate of speed, the,-train was derailtld, and rolled over and over down a steep embankment. In an instant cries and shrieks of terror and pain. arose on the night air.. It was terrible. Soimthing struck Dick on the head, but he remained conscious long enough know that his traveling companion dragged him out of the car and away from the train. Then he felt Belmont'.s finger's in his pockets felt him extract his wallet from his inside vest pocket: though to himself in a listless sort of way, that the man was robbing him, and then relapsed into unconsciousness. Dick remained unconscious only a few minutes, for when he opened his eyes, and sat up, the excitement upon the wrecking of the train was at its height. Cries of pain and screams of terror arose on. every hand, and, unmindful of himself, Dick struggled to his feet and hastened to lend assistance to those who were endeavoring to rescue the seriously\ injured from their perilous positions amid the ruins of the coaches. Suddenly it was noticed that one of the coaches was on fire. Efforts were made to' put the fire out, but it could not be accomplished, and then all worked to get the injured passengers out of this coach, before the fire should make it impos sible. It was thought they had been successful until a cry from an old gentleman startled all. "My granddaughter! She is in the car yeti Oh! Who will save her?" The old gentleman was wringing hands in agony, and Dick was greatly affected. ."I will try, sir," he said. "I will save her, if I can." And 'he sprang forward and disappeared through the broken window of the burning coach. The fire was under full headway, and it seemed foolhardy to venture within the coach, but Dick did not stop to t hink of that. A life was at stake. The smoke was so thick that the boy could not see, so he went along slowly, feeling in every berth. Presently, his hand came in contact with the girl's form, and lifting her out, Dick struggled toward the window. For a few moments he thought he would be unable to reach it. He was gasping for breath. His lungs were filled with smoke, and seemed on fire. He staggered. The girl's body seemed to weigh a ton. But suddenly he caught a breath of fresh air. He had reached the window. He had enough strength left to push the girl up through the opening, but sank helpless to the floor. He would have perished there, had not one of the passengers sprung down and lifted him out. A cheer went up when Dick and the girl he had saved were brought safely away. from the vicinity of the fire, and an examination of the girl's condition was made at once by a physician, one of the passengers. The physician administered re storatives, and announced that she would be all right in a few minutes. "Thank heavens!" cried the old gentleman. "We1owe it to you, my brave boy," he said turning to Dick, who had fully recovered from t he effects of the smoke. "How can we ever thank you?''


J TONS OF LUCK The girl came to at that moment, and the old gentleman turned his attention to her. As soon as she had fully recovered ihe called Dick and introduced him. Dick .accepted the dainty hand which the girl extended, but when she began to praise his br.avery, and thank him for risking his life to save hers, he drew back. All the injured passengers had been taken to neighboring farm houses to be taken care of, while three who ltad met their death in the crash were laid out for burial. The wreck had been cleared up as !best it could, and when finally the train arrived that had b een telegraphed for the uninjured pas sengers hastened to get aboard. The train started presently, and then, for the first time, Dick became conscious of the fact that his head was aching. The excitement of the half hour preceding had been so great that he had not realized his own condition. He took off his hat and felt of his head. When he drew his hand away it was covered with blood. "Excuse me," ihe said, politely, to Mr. Overton and Ethel, and started to rise, intending to go to the end of the car and wash his wound, but Ethel was too quick for. him. She had seen the blood, and she placed her hand On his shoulder, detaining him. "Wait," she said. "You are wounded. You bave been working like a Trojan to save others, myself among them, nqw it is my turn. I am going to see how badly hurt you are, and then dress your wound. Sit still," as Dick made a motion to rise. "I am going to have my way, and you may as well make up your mind to that. at once," and she arose and began an examination of Dick's injury. Dick made no further objections, and Ethel's deft fingers parted the hair aw.ay from the wound, which was a cut in the scalp a couple of inches in length . It was not dangerous, but rather pain ful, and when the girl washed the wound carefully, and bound it with ope of her own handkerchiefs, Dick felt much better, the pain being con siderably allayed. The old gentleman had re mained silent so far, but when .Ethel had seated lierself he began: "How old are you, :Oick?" "Sixteen, sir." "You are going to Chicago, you say?! "Yes, sir." "Do you live there?" "No, sir, I live in New York." "Parents -are alive, I suppose?" "My parents are dead." "You are like Ethel, here," Mr. Overton said. "'She is an orphan, the only child of my only son and child. We have no relatives, only each other, and we would die if it were not for each other, would we not, Ethel?" The girl reached up and gave the old gentleman a kiss. "Indeed we would, grandpa," she said. it is, we get lonesome sometimes," Mr. Overton continued : "We live in a big house on Fifth Avenue-for I am very rich, Dick-and I bow Ethel often longs for companions of her I wish-what do you do in New York, Dick? What is your business?" "I have been there only a few days," said Dick. -I came from Cranbury, New Jersey. I am a poor boy, and until yesterday, when I started on 'this journey, I had lived by sellinJt papers, running errands, and doing odd jobs.' The old -gentleman loeked surprised. "But you do not look like a poor boy," he said. "Y<>u are well dressed, and see;m to have been well educated. Then, too, poor boys do not make long railway journeys. It costs too much money." "True," said Dick, smiling. And then he explained all to Mr. Overton-how he was going West on business for an old gentleman in New York, who paid his expepses, and who furnished1 the money to buy new clothes." Mr. Overton wa s silent for a few moments, then he asked, abruptly: "When will you be back in New York, Dick?" "I don't know, sir. Perhaps in a week, per1haps not for two weeks." The old gentleman drew a ca'?'d from his pocket, bearing his name and address, and handed it to Dick. "When you return to the cjty come at once to see me," he said. "I will be there. Ethel and I are going to remain only .a week in Chicago." Dick's intention was to go straight on to Montana, but when he felt in his inside pocket for his wallet he found it gone. Then, and then only, did he remember the occurrence of the night of 0 the railway accident, when his traveling com panion, August Belmont, dragged him out of the coach and to the side of the track, only to rob him and leave him to his fate. "Goodness! I had forgotten about that," said '' Dick to himself, in dismay. "I have no mone)' ;dJ with which to buy a ticket. I could have bor47 rowed of Mr. Overton had I thought of it, but he is gone, and I don't know what hotel they will put up at. It would l:)e like hunting for a needle in a haystack to look for them in this great city. What shall I do?" Then a thought struck Dick. "They came here to see the World's Fair," he said. "They will be there tomorrow sure. I will remain and go out to the grounds myself. Per!haps I may run across them. If I can do that I will be all i:ight.'' He was up bright and early next morning and soon after breakfast left the hotel. He went to the foot of Van Buren Street and went aboard a World's Fair grounds steamer. He enjoyed the trip down the lake to Jackson Park, seven mil e s distant very much. When he had reached the "' park, however, and entered the .grounds was wh e n he opened his eyes. He had never e x pected to see .anything like this. It was far and away more magnificent tha n his wildest imaginings had pictured it. Dick was. unsucc essful in his sea rch for Mr. Overto;p and Ethel, but about the middle of the afternoo n he was electrified by c aming face to face with-August Belmont 1 \ CHAPTER VII.-Trapped. Dick's fellow traveler was walking along, his liands in his pockets, a cigar in his mouth, and a supremely contended look on his face. Wh3n hiii. eyes fell upon Dick, however, his expression ch!nged. He stopped suddenly, his underjaw dropped, while his countenance took on a sickly look of dismay and terror. His looks betrayed his guilt. In an instant 'he recovered himself.. /


r---10 TONS OF LUCK I however and-turning abruptly, would have slip"Thank you; I believe I shall do sO-:-when I get .ped away throug h the c r owd had not I)ick leaped my money." forward and seized him by the arm. ,. "To be sure, you will have to have the money '. "Wait, August Belmont!" Dick sai_d, first. Well, come with ro.e, and you will soon "Don't be in such a hurry. I have business with get it. I've about. all I care to for today, t.YOU. I want that money you took from my pocket anyway, and was just thinking of going back J the other night!" downtown." '_ "Money I took from .your pocket!" the-villain "I am ready'to go," said Dick, quietly." "Lead re,Peated, as if in surprise. .What do Y'>U mean, on and I will follow:'' Dick?" "All right; this-way, Dick,'' arid B elmol).t led "Just what I say, -and I don't want any-talk, the way'through the either!" in a dete 'rmined tone.-. !'You me trance to the" gro\mds. . night .beforerlast, after draggingme Out ,-Of -If was: slow '' work, -Jof an' immense coach in the railway acCident, aild J ._want my '.crowd; apq .they_ a hot1.r at 1ea!,!t i n money oack: ff y ou' don't hand it. ,getting. __ gate. Leav_ i;ng tb:s_ -an officer .anrl : you tr.ken m cust<>dy: boarded a of the Illinois Central-nailroa(l. Dick. _was iri Belmon\ BOO!). city 't !mew While hi s luc)c a ra't!l. : only-_woJ<: m oommg face ;w1th_h1s victun, he w _as Buren trying to thmk. 6! him ,_ Belm9n.t led I!iclt II)epy to' get out: 6-f -havmg -to gi'Vl'f the mo!J.e-f back'. to the streets of E:hica,go, gwng by gradual d(lgree!J : the boy for the -present, to finally escaJje the dfredfon o'f the tough '. quartei: -Of. the from him .:altOgether. Belmont 'city.' : : : . . '.c . : ; : ; wi'th the a dash escape began tO thfnk i t a .l<_>ng dii!tili:ice'-!i<> but several and the. hotel-, however, and was 3ust on the pomt of : Dtck woul d evidently make' sucfi _an -that saying so, when Belmont suddenly. said. : "Ah I :he would ca1>ture_d, so .to here we are!" and made hi. s way up, tI:ie. steps yiel d to. D _ick and tr1 to :0:f:-whlit be a hotel, Dick fol)owing. by the aid of cunmng, . The -buildingwas a large, rambling structure, "Don! t do: that, my'_boy; l.:-th1 s 1and-had only recently. been liberally bedaubed Js tl].e first ever a th1;,ig m ,my :with: paint. The __ sign o\rer the door, telling the _life. 1-1 do it. a t all, tqe passersby that -this. was the ."StaJldard scoundre1, who was-a passed _han, d was newly painted also, although Dick did across his .. _in. a n o t know it, this place, while in reality a hotel, "I am rich, Dick," he went on; have. all the had been -lifted up bycrooks for the accommoda-money I need, and more, and why I that tion of crooks during the time of the fair. It money from you is mo!e than I tell. It .. was a dangerous place, and woe to the must have been ,the exc1.t!'!ment--or p_erhaps the honest -man with money upon his person who en-jar and crash as the cars ".'ere un-. tered there. B e lmont advanced to the settled me mentally for the time bemg. desk : and, catching the clerk s eye gave him a "Well,'' said Dick quietly, "your story may wink. be true and then again it may not. I have_,.no "Carleton"' he said "I have a package in the me ans knowing whethe r it is or isn't, but I safe which i would like to have. You remember, am going to give you the benefit .of the doubt, I gave it to you last night to put in the safe?" if you will return to me the money you took 'fhen the clerk opened a door and passe d into I will ag. r-ee to let you go free." a little room which, presumably, contained a "Oh, I will do that willingly, gladly," said Bel-safe. Presently the clerk returned, b earing a mont. "I have wished that I might see you so small package, which he handed to Belmont. that I might :i:eturn your money to you." "Come up to my room. I don't wish to open "I am glad to heat say that, Mr. Belmont. this here.". over the money and Yrgot to the door!' "It i s no trouble at a ll for skillful pick-ste pp e d toward it as if to clo s e it. Instead of to g o thr ough the pockets of people. doing this, he su_ ddenly leaped thr oug h Knowing this I plac e d y our m o n e y and mo s ,t all the doo r way, Jerked doo r to and. turned t.11e my own in the hote l safe, and brought a k e y in the l o ck Dick l e ape?to his feet and few dollars in loose change with me. It is the sprang t ?ward _the door as it closed, was only safe way, and I snould advise yo to do too late. He s eLZe d the knoh and turn ed it, but the s;ame way/' the door would not open.


TONS ... QF LUCK 11 ... !-CHAPTER VIII.-Dick Makes Some Discoveries. Dick Parton was in a bad ;predicament. At any rate, that is the way he looked at it . He -tried the door once more, and rattled and. shook it 'vigorously, but it was solid, and he coula make no impression on it. Then he glanced above it to see if he might escape throug4 the transom, but there _was none there. Next he looked for the window, only to find that there was no win dow; it was an interior room. It really looked as if there as no c)iance of escape, save by the door and as he had tried that without avail, Dick, very much discouraged, threw himself down in -.the chair. Just then he glanced up at the ceilinir and an exclamation escaped him: "Great -Scott' There's a window in the ceil ing!" he cried, "and the light comes in through that. But what is up thel"e-:--an attic ro9m? My! I wish I could get up to it! I might be able to escape then." But how was he to reach the window in the ceiling? There was no furniture in the room, save a cQuple of rickety chairs, and if he were to stand on these and try to reach the window would be likely to fall-and break an arm, a leg or his neck. There was nothing else to do, how ever, so; laying one chair down on the floor, Dick placed the other carefully on -top of. it. Next he tried to climb up on top of these, but just as he thought he was going to succeed the chairs toppled and down he came with a thump. He alighted upon his feet, however, and carefully rearranging the chairs, tried again. This time he was successful 'and managed to keep his balance and reach the sash, .. which was a single one with four small panes of glass. The sash was hooked upon the under. side, and, unhooking it, Dick easily pushed the sash away. But now a .new difficulty confronted him. Dick's head did not reach the ceiling by a foot, at least and he could not jump in an. effort to get up through the opening for the reason that his footing was too frail. Any effort to teap upward would result in the collapsing of the chairs. There was only one thing to do and that was to draw himself up slowly, entirely by the strength of his fingers and arms, and as was nothing but a bare, smooth floor above, with_ no chance for obtaining a finger hold, thjs would be a very difficult feat indeed. It-was a terrible strain. The youth's face grew red and the veins stood out on his neck like whip cords, but slowly and surely he drew his body upward, until finally, by a quick twist of his a:nns, he changed the } fr'?m pulling to pushing downward, this bemg comparatively easy, and a few momehts later he was lying upon the :floor beside the opening, panting, almost gasping for breath, so great had been the exertion which he had put forth. But Dick had succeeded in escaping from the roo m below, and he was. happy. Presently, when he had rested sufficiently, Dick sat up and looked about him. he .sl!-w was an attic room about twenty feet square, with two windows at one side and one at .another. But what surprised him most was the contents of the room. Scattered here and there were articles of clothing, jewelry, !hardware, such as knives, razors, revolvers, etc., great piles of fine dres:; goods, such / as silks, satins, etc.;. :ih fact, a miscellaneous as sortment of valuable goods of all ki.nds. .,. "Myl" he-said to himself, "how the police would like to know of this! I I was out of here, I'd go and inform them of what I have discovered.". 1 r Dick went and look e d out. of the windows in turn. They overlooked an alley at the rear, but the descent was a s he e r one of sixty feet at least, with nothing to aid one in getting down. At one side of the room Dick found a door in the floor and, taking }iold of the leather strap which was naile d to the door, and evidently served for a handle, Dick carefully lifted the door. He did not know what he might see below and it behooved him to be cautious. A short steep pair. of, stairs was r e vealed, and, after a little hesitation, Dick ,began the descent. Slowly and with great care Dick m a de his way down the steps,.and when he r e ached the bottom he paused, and, standing perfectly s tilf, listen e d at the key hole of the door, there being merely a small land ing, with a door b e yond, at the bottom. Dick listened for a mil}ute, at least, but hearing noth ing, decided to proceed farther, if p os sibl e T a k ing hold .of the door knob, he turned it gently and pushed against the door. To his surpr i se foT he had not expected it, the d oor opened and Dick struck pead thr<_>ugh and to o k a su-zyey of the situation. There was not to see--merely a hall-and, as the coa s t was cle ar, D i ck ste pped through the doorway and moved slowly and cautiously along the hall. It was uncarpeted and hb had to exercise extreme care to keep from making a noise. By tiptoeing, however, he was reason ably successful and presently he reached another door at the end of the h a ll. B'eside s the door at the end, there wiis a door at the right hand and one at the le.ft hand, but Dick made no to open either one of the thre e just the n Instead, he stooped .with his ear to the ke y hole of t h e door -in front and listened. Two men w ere talkinc in a low tone, but were so Close to Dick, only the door 'Qeing between, that he could understand what they said. "What did you do with that cub you in a little while ago, old man'!" askeda voice. "Oh, I locked hiin up in a room," was the reply, in a voice Dick recognizea. "He jg a stranger in the city and I was afraid he might get lost. Hal Hal Hal" It was Belmont and some crony of like ilk. CHAPTER IX.-A Villainous Scheme. "Who and what was the kid, anyway, Belmont?" the voice asked. / "Oh, a green youngster :whose acquaintance I made on a as I was coming from New York. The train was ".\'recked and he got a clip on the head that knocked him sill y I dragged him out of the car to a place of safety and then relieved him of his wallet as, a remuneration for my labo1 and trouble.'' "Ha! Hal Ha! That must have beeD a shock, old man!" "Indeed it was. Well, I told him I had hiS money in tbe hotel down in the city, and if he would come along with me I'd give it to him._. He


12 TONS OF LUCK agreed, so I brought him here, and he's in a room on this floor, locked up tight and fast." : "What are you going to do with him?" "I haven't decided yet." "The boys said you mji!.de a winning last night." "Yes off t he m oney I got from the kid we were talking about." "How much did you win?" "Seven hundred." "Phew! Pre t t y g o od for one evening I Say, can' t you l end a f e llow twenty?" "Sm: e thing, old man! Here you are!" "Thanks. Whe n my ship comes in-you know what I m ean-I'll pay you back." "Oh, y es; I remember now. You wrote me that you had be e n in oontemplation of marrying a second or third cousin of yours who would be worth all kinds of money at her eighteenth birthday. How are you comin g on with your suit?" "Not the best in the world. I thought when I wrote you that I was going .to have the easiest kind of a .snap, but I've been forced, to change mY mind." "How was that?" "You see, it was .this way: The girl's folks live out in Montana. Her father owned a big cattle ranch, and was worth a lot of money. He was a widower and Lucy was his only child, and lived out there and kept house for him. But he died a month or so ago and he made Lucy promise to come to Chicago and get an education, as she had no advantage out there. So she wrote to my aunt, who is related to her on her father's side, and asked if she might come and live with her and go to school. Aunt didn't want to be bothered with her and said she would write and tell her so. I just happened to be calijng on my aunt that afternoon, and she wrote the letter at once and gave it to ID.!! to post. "Well, an idea struck me. Why could I not have the girl come to Chicago and the n marry her and get her property? It would be a great scheme, if I could work it, and I thought I could, so, instead of mailing aunt's letter, I took it to my roo m s and burned it; then wrote one myself and signed my aunt's name. "I mailed the letter and then I rented a house away out on the north side, hired a woman to represent my aunt, and when Lucy Hopper ar-' rived in.the city, I met her at the depot, told her I was sent by my aunt, arrd took her to the house and introduced her to the woman as my aunt. "Matters went swimmingly for a week, and then one evening she told 'rrie'that she had learned that hotel. She did not suspect me, and said 'vety well,' and I came d-0wn here as quickly as I coul'd and made arrangements to have her kept here; then I went back, and :w;hen shJ! was :re!J.dy, got a carriage and brought her and her trunk here. "Jcwe! What nerve!" said Belmont, admiringly. "Didn't she tumble to.the kind of place it was when you got out of the carriage?" "No, she is an innocent, unsophisticated something like your kid friend, and she never suspected a thing until after we got her into the room and then it was too late." "And she's in the building, now?'.' "Sure thing! But she's stubborn as a mule and says she will die before she will consent to marry .me. "Why don't you get some one to represent a minister and have a sham marriage?" "I've thought of it, and if she don't show signs of yielding before much longer, I shall do that very thing. She's a pretty thing, though, Bel mont, and I'd rather have a g enuine marriage, if I can bring it about. Then I'd rather be surer of getting hold of her p roperty." "By the way," continued the voice of Belmont's companion, "I_ have s.ome silk handkerchiefs and stuff on my person, ahd I guess I'll take them up and add them to my store in the attic. Will you go up?" "No, yonder's a vacant chair. I'll go over and have a hack at faro." Dick felt a cold chill go over him and then he caught hold of the knob on the door at the left, gave it a turn and pushed. Glory! The door opened! Dick h esitated only long enough to see that it was dark beyond and then he leaped through and closed the door, just as Belmont's friend opened the Then of a sudden the floor seemed to be sinking away beneath his f eet. Down, down he went, until finally the floor stoppe d a nd Dick felt all around for a door, but found none He found 'll sort of finger-hold in the wall at one side, however, and, giving a pull, a panel about two feet by four slid back, showing a well-furnished room beyond. Dick stooped and stepped through the o pening, to find h imself confronted by a pale but b eautiful girl of not more than seventeen years, who stared at him, eagerly, almost wildly. CHAPTER X.-An Arrant Scoundrel the woman was not her aunt, and said she was Dick stared in amazement. going to pack her traps -and get out." 'Who are you, miss?" he exclaimed. And then "W})at did you !lo?" the voice of Bela remembrance of the conversation he had just mont, who had been a -silent and evidently inter-heard between Belmont and his friend came to ested auditor, as had Dick, who clenchea his fists Dick, and he cried: 11s1ie thought 6f t})edartardly trick the scoundrel "You are Lucy Hopper!" }_lad played on theUnsuspecting girl. The girl, in her turn, look surprised. "Wliat did I do? Wliy, reasoned with her; told "You know my name?" she said. "Who are her she was mistaken and all that, but she would you?" not liSten to me'" She said she had it straight, : !'My na:tne is Dick Parton, miss," he said, "and ani:l there was no use of me wasting my breath; I, like yourself, am a prisone r in t

-, bi.s TONS OF LUCK dreadfuJ. man., and has Jiau a:re I told you I would die ,before I eeremony whether I -am willing or not. That is would consent to marry you, and I meant every dreadful! Oh! -I escape from bere. Will of it! Go!" . you not---can you not .aid me to do so, Mr. With a sRarl of rage the infuriated man sprang Parton?" forward, and so confident was Dick that he would 111 like to miss" said Dick. "And I will this time strike the girl that he shoved. the pJlnel do so if I can, but'! am 'a prisoner, too, you-kiiow. back, and, leaping out into the room, confronted Perhaps we may be able to escape however." the Holloway. Then Dick tried the door; but it refused to be "Hold!" Dick cried. "Touch the lady at yo1ir "l '" opened, and the youth looked at the girl, and then pen glanced hesitatingly toward the elevator shaft. At this instant.footsteps were heard outside, and the girl became greatly excited . "Oh, someone is coming,'"she whispered. '.'W -hat shall we do?" "I'll get back in the shaft, here, and close the panel,'1 whispered Dick, "and then as soon as the person goes away I will come back." "Quick!" breathed the girl, as the key in the lock, and Dick sprang through the o.penmg and pushed the panel almost" shut, leaving a narrow slit through which he could peep. He had just got hiseyes to_ the crack when_ the door opened and admitted a man who looked to be about thirty years of age. -He would have been a very good-looking man but for a certain sinister cast to -his countenance. He smiled upon Lucy H,opper in a manner intended to be pleasing, but there was something wolfish even in the smile. "'Ah, Lucy! Glad to see you looking so well," he greeted. "And I hope I find you in a better frame of mind toward me?" he insiJluated, with another smile intended to be .pleasant. Then the fellow advanced closer and, in a voice intepdecl to be pleasing and wiruiing, said: "Come, Lucy; why not be sensible and agree to a marriage with me? I am determined you shall marry me, whether you wish or not, so why n-0t give your consent now and get away from this place. Surely it is not pleasant here?" "No, it isn't .pleasant here," she aclarowledged, ''liut I would live and die here rather than consent to marry such a scoundrel as you have proven yourself to be "So," he cried, "that is the way you look at it, eh? All right. Have your way about it; if you like; but I will wager a goodly sum that you will see the day, and soon, when you will wish had not talked to be in any such fashion!" "That is right, threaten me!" the girl said. "It is the unfailing resource bf a coward to thxeaten. You are safe in doing so, you know, as I am a helpless girl, while you are a great, big strong-no, hot a man, .brute!" "Blame you!" the fellow cried. "You had best be careful what you say! You have tried my patience quite enough and I am in no mood to listen to abuse, even from Y.OUr lips." The man made a quick step forward and half drew back a s if to strike the brave girl, who stood ii'.nd stared him straight in the face without flinch ing. But he did not strike, coward though he was, and it was lucky for either him or Dfok that he did not, for the youth had gathered himself together for action, and, with set teeth, was on the point of sliding the panel backward, ping CHAPTER XI.-The Escape. The man stopped and stood stark still, gazing at Dick with underjaw dropped, a perfect picture of petrified amazement. "W-who are you?" he gasped. "I am -0ne who will not stand by and see a lady struck by a brute!" replied Dick. . the man uttered' a curse and leaped at the youth. _ "I'll choke the life out of you!" -he cried, but with a dexterous side movement Dick evaded the clutch. At-the same time the thought flashed through Dick's mind. "He is a man stronger than I," and, realizing that he must resort to some -0ther means than mere strength of a1111s if he came off victor in an encounter, Dick tripped the ma1 throwing him to the floor, and then, with a inspiration, grabbed a coverlet from a -eot at one side of the room1 and, just as HoUoway wa-s .scrambling to his feet, cursing and threatening, threw it over his head. ..Round and. round :man'_s form Dick wrapped the coverlet, :and then, with a dexterous trip, threw him to the floor a time. "Please dock the door, miss, so no one can get in," said Dick, and the;girl quickly obeyed. "Now is there anything that will do to tie his hands with?" Dick asked. ..unless -it w-0uld be the sheet, torn into strips," was the reply. -."That, will do nicely, miss. Please tear it for me, and I tie this gentleman up and put a stop to his crooked work for a time at least." The gii:l hastened to obey, and it took her only a few minutes to reduce the sheet to strings, which, on bei'ng twisted, made very good substitutes for rapes. Then Dick tied these around the man's wrists as tightly as he could and when he had finished Hollow11y lay there, helpless. No r could he cry out, so as to be heard far, the coverlet effectually smotliering his voice. "There!" said Dick, with satisfact-ion, when t; had been accomplished. "I guess Mr. B-0lloway won't bother you for a whil e anyway." "No; thanks to you, Mr. Parton," the girl breathed, seizing Dick's hand and pressing it warmly. "Oh, I -thank you for yoirr kindness in risking so much for my sake; "It was nothing, miss/' the youth said. "I a;m only too glad to have been able to render yoii a service. And now if I can escape from this place and take you with me, I shall be happy. "Oh, if you -0n1Y: can," girl breathed, $sp-


. TONS OF LUCK ing. -her nervously. "Do you think "'.e stan:d a chance of escaping; Mr. Parton?" me Dick," said the youth. "I am not used to being called 'Mr. Parton.'" "Very welf-if. y-0u will call me Lucy." "All right, Lucy; it's a l_>ar&-ain.'' And he went . "I am going to go out the way Holloway came in and reconnoitre. If I find there is not a good to get out that way we'll try the elevator rouj;e. You won't be to stay" here with him, will you?" indicating Holloway. Then he unlocked -the door, and, openin g jt a few inches, looked cautiously out. All he could see was a which ex_tended }o right ;and and, o.penmg th,e door wrder, he .stepped cau tiously out and looked up and then down the hall. At the right hand it ended at a wall only a few yards distant, while to the left hand the hall ex-: tended quite a distance. . "This is clearly a basement," he thought, "and it is possible that we may be able to escape through it. I will go back and get Lucy and we'll try it, anyhow." He hastened back to the room. 'Come, Lucy," he said; "I have found a way that promises a chance of escape. Bring the lamp and come along The gii;l lifted the lamp, and then, pausing, she looked at the man lying muffled up on the floor. Dick closed and locked the door and then led the way along the hall to the door he had covered, and, opening it, he took the lamp and led the way thi:ough into the room beyond. He closed the door as soon as Lucy had followed him thrQugh the opening, and then he held the lamp up and looked about him with interest. "It is as I thought," he said, in a low tone. "This isthe basement, and is unused, probably, judging from the looks of it, although it is cut up with partitibns.'' At last they came to the end of the basement room and moved along the wall till they came to an opening which let them .through into the coalcellar under the. walk. There was no coal in there now, however, it being sum)Der, but there were a few empty boxes, though whether sufficient for his purpose or not Dick did not know. He set the lamp on the floor, however, and, one after another, brought the boxes and piled them under the coal-hole. Dick placed the largest one underneath and graduated them on up, the smallest being placed on the top. This done, Dick mounted to the top of the pyra m id of boxes, .and, reaching up, he pushed against the iron covering. It would not move, and the youth tried again, with no better succ e s s and he got down, looking disappointed. "There's another one yonder," sai d Lucy; and Dick moved his boxes and tried it, this time with success. Pushing the iron covering upward and to one side, Dick pulled himself up through the hole, to find that he was at the side of the btiild iiig instead of in front the "Standard Hotel" being on a corner. The eyed the curiously as he pulled himself up through the hole, and when he lay flat down upon his stomach a:nd reached down through theopening, sev 'eral per sons stopped to see what he g0ing to do. Dick paid no attention to them; but told Lucy to climb up on top of the boxes, which she did, and -: -. r then he her up-s _tretched hand ang .liftM qut thrpgh th. e . . . Just then 9J\e clapped Dick on the shouldflr and he. whirled .guickfy' in alarm, to see a liig policem an standing beside him: '. ; "Yez an' <;I.he grru1 are undher arristl" 'tli e p61.iceman sajd. -1 "Unaer arr,est! What for?" cried Dick. : "On Oi do b( t'ii\kiJ!.' .a,s how yez are sneak :thieves. Come along, new, widout inny fuss.'' . 1 . . . t .. CHAPTER Route for Bluefield. "What do you mean ?1 asked Dick. "You have no right to do this.'i '"Have no roight, is it, yez say? Begorra, whip. I see two people a-crawlin' out U'\I' a coal hole in broad daylight it'ix almost 'certain dhey have been up to some sneak thievin' buzness. Or t'ink dhey'll foind some !Jilver sphoons on yez. whun dhey s'arch ye.z at the sthation." It W\1-S only a couple of blocks to. the stati<;m, and the .-Officer led the two up before the police judge with quite an important air.. "Shure an' it's a coople av sneak thieves Oi .wur afther capturing, sur,''fle saidi touching his hat. "Dhey crawled out av a coa -hole by dhe Standard Hotil, sur, an' Oi _gathered thim in." The judge, who was a gray-haired, kinilly man, eyed Dick and Lucy searchingly. "I think you have made a mistake, Callahan," he said, quietly. "These young people are not thieves." "Indeed we 'are not, sir!" cried Dick, eagerly., "I would like to explain, sir, if you please." "I shall be glad to hear your explanation," the judge. said, kindly. "Please be seated,miss," to Lucy. .. The girl too1c a seat and tlien Dick went ahead and explained everything, telling all about his affair with Belmont, and then detailed the story of Hallway's persecution of Lucy. The judge listened attentively, and there was an eager look on his face and a nervous, half fright ened look on that of the policeman, .and when Dick had f].nished the judge looked at the officer and smiled. Then he asked: "You heard this young man's story?" "Yis, sor.'' "Well, how about it? Have you ev e r noticed any queer goings -on around the Standard Hotel?"' No, sor; Oi have seen no quare goin's on, sur, but Oi seen a great minny crooked fellys aroun' there-'.gamblers, 'con' men and the loike sur.'' 'Exactly. Well, '.I am confident this young man's story is straight, in which ease that hotel. is a regular thieves' rendezvous and gambling hou s e, and it must be raided at the earlies t po s sible moment, before the escape of these young people has been discovered. Telephone to the central station for a detail of 1'yenty officer s Cala,.han.'' The officer immediately called up headquarters 'and a squad of men went to the hotel. . It wm ( a successful raid, ii. number of crooks ahd gamblers having been captured, aqd a 1ot of go()ds recovered I and the prisoners were a:nd placed in jail, special charges having been pre-


TONS OF LUCK ferred agairist Belmont by Dick and Holloway by Lucy. : Then Dick : and Lucy were allowed to depart,. but were to'Jd that they muiit appear on tqe following .at one o'.clock ; as they were the main wit nesses against all the prisol}ers, and against Belniont and Hollow 'ay in particular. The matron at the station house, who had taken a liking to Lucy,. invited the girl to go home with her and spend the night, and Lucy did so, Dick re-turning to his hotel. -. Both were on hahd next day and the cases were tried that afternoon. The majority of the men who had been captured were fined as gamblers, bt Belmont and Holloway .were. each s entenced to five yean in the.penitentiary. Dick got his money back and felt much better, as he had found it an unpleasant experience to be in a large city with practically no money. There was no nece ssity of his finding Mr. Overton, : as he had plenty of money, and would not. have to borrow, and he decided to start that very evening for Blu e field, Montana. "What are you going to d o, Lucy?" he aske d, as they were leavin g the courtroom '!Are you going to stay in Chicago ? " "No, ind eed!" the girl replied, with a shudder. "I have had enough of Chicago. I am going back to Montana-back honie. "Say,". said Dick, eagerly, "why c a n t we go together? I'm g oin g to Montana and IJ.n thinking -of starting this e vening." thi)rt: l.w'uz 'tited iiv i packed up an' 'went. over inter: Duk6ty, whur et is ez flat ez e r pan-r : cake. I -thort' I : J:ied 'struck rich. Theer no hjlls nur m q un_tiiigs ter climb \ an' et wuz.-dead eazy g'i.ttfo' aroun'., but I 'wuzn t theer more'n i about two ip on .ths a : cyclone -kim erlong ; blowed ther ran' ch wlmr I wuz workin' over inter tfie next \ county' an! nigh about Skeer:ed me ter. 0 death. --Theer wuz Jiothin' .at an ter ho! ter' when '. I fold ther.folks I' guessed i ra g o t !lr :tiler inql:lntings wliur' ther wind ) didn t blow SEl hard, whur a feller c'd ketch holt: uv a M i>lin' ter save : himself in case et did blow . I'v;e be'n here 'ever sence an' heer I'll stay tm I kick tlier bucket fur good an' all. No more perary in mine, _thank'ye!" '"I have be!!n us. ed to a level country c .ompared : to tliis," he said, "and I fat:icy I should like the : mountains best; "I think uv livin' ennywhurs els e now, sonny. I've be'n heer to o long t e r think uv gittin' used t e r .ennythin' else but mountings. "How long do. e s it td rea ch Blue field?" "We air: du e inter Bluefield at s i x o 'clock." Dick con veTse d with' the 'driver and enjoyed : hearing the f e llow talk' so much that the time .fair: ly flew, a nd it was twelv e o'Clock and the y had reached C r uge r 's R a nch, where dinn e r was to be j eaten, almqst before the youtli krtew it. ;;. As soon as the. stage came to a s top in' front of. "What!" the girl cried. "Oh, I'm s o glad! '!'hen we can go together, can't w e?" the r a nch Piek } eaped to the ground and assistedc.J Lucy from the stage and conducted her into the' building, and 'they secured : seats at the table : amon g the first. "Indeed we can. Lucy. Nothing in the world could give me greater ple a sure than to have for a companion for the tri p ." "But i sn't it a strange coincidenc e our being for the sam e p l ace ? '' "Yes, but a pl e a sant one. W e ll, we will go to a hotel and get st'l.pper and tak' e a train out this evening." 1 They made their way to a good hotel arru had supper, and then they .. went. on to .. the depot, where Dick bought two tickets to Bluefield,. Montana, after which .tbP.y boa r d e d the Overland Express. :Thirty minutes later the lights ofChicago were disappearing behind them. : CHAPTER XIII.-"Red John and His Band." Bluefield, Montana, was not on the railroad, be ing thirty miles inland, and when Dick and Lucy reached Chinook, from which point a stage coach made three t;rips a week, they found they were just in time to catch the stage; which left at nine o'clock sharp. They. were the last ones to secure passage, however, and a s there was just ro om en ough in the stage for Lucy, it. became necessary for Dick to ride up on the f:i:ont seat, alongside the driver. "lfow ltages an' ef ther passengers sh.ells ou t prompt an" generous-like lie is, all peeches an' cream, but ef enny uv "em gits cvank-like an' shows signs u v balkin' he shows hi s teeth all similar ter a hyener. I reckon et hain' t ther best policy in ther world ter try enny funny. bizness with Red John." "Whereabouts on the road does he usually appe;u?" . "Oh, enny ole place. He owns ther hull blamed trail, an' i s liable ter pop up ennywhurs erlong ther line." "Oh, that is it, eh?" "Yep iDon't the passengers ever resist when these road agents put in an : is, I I !'Ef, th.ey be new tei: ther tired of. the 'scenery?". . "I got tired uv et wunst, yonker-:-th'et .. q oeo,{ .. q :, ill n {-'Ht fllJ w.i f' 1111 1 .:>.cJ:s::<,I !;)!'} k 't. l( J11a\1


16 TONS OF LUCK sometimes try ter resist," he said; "but et allus turns out bad fur 'em. Them road agents is mighty bad men ter fool, an' they would jes' ez leeve kill er man ez look at 'im." Half an hour more passed, and then the driver turned to Dick and said: "We're within six miles uv Bluefield. A mile furder on, an' five miles frum ther camp is a deep gorge, no wider'n ther st.age. Et's a quarter uv a mile long, an' theer is no sech thing ez gittin' away ef a gang wants ter stop us. Ef Red John intends ter hold us up this trip, he'll be apt ter do it theer, an' I advise ye, if ye wanter save yer spondulicks, ter hide most uv 'em." Dick thanked the driver, and, taking his wallet out of his pocket, took most of the money out and secreted it in his shoe. He left a few, dollars in the wallet, to throw off suspicion that he was holding back money. Then Dick watched eagerly for the gorge where, according to the driver, Red John was likely to put in an appearance. It was only about a fifteen minutes' drive, and then the Stage reached and entered the gorge. As the driver had said, it was at least a quarter of a mile long, very narrow, and the walls were i steep and very high, it being hundred feet to the top on either side. The stage moved through at a little faster pace, the. horses being urged to a trot, and tlie farther end of the gorge fjiad almost been reached and Dick was beginning 'to think they were to escape, when into the trail in front, from each side, at the end of the gorge, not more than thirty yards distant, suddenly rode at least a dozen horsemen, each and every one with a black mask over his face and with a Remington rifle in his hands; these being leveled at fhe stage. "Halt, driver!" came the stern command. ".,(_n other turn of the wheels and you .are a dead ,man!" "Red John a!>d his band!" the driver muttered to Dick, as he llrought the stage to a standstill with a powerful tug at the lines and e. vigorous "Whoa!" CHAPTER XIV.-The Battle Between the Road Agents and Passengers. "Halt,. et is, ole boss!" the driver cried! "I ruther reckin ez how I hain't in no pertickler hurry jest now!" "Which shows your sense!" the road agent chief said, he having ridden up close to the stage. many passengers, Jake?" "Eight--seven men and a womern." "Very good I Tell them to alight, Jake. Tell them in such a manner that they will not hesitate. Say to them that if they are not out of there in a hurry I will have my men riddle t_he old hearse witlr bullets!" "All right," and,. leaning over the edge of the coach, the driver cried out: "Ever'buddy roll out I Red John, the road agent, is heer, an' he a hurry. He sez ef ye don't tumble out lively he'll shoot the old box full uv holes. Better git out, an' quick at thet!" Instantly there w .as a confused murmur of dis may inside the coach, and then the door opened and Lucy Hopper got out. She quickly stepped tto the side of the road and began climbing the wall of the canyon, which, while ste' ep, was not so steeJl but that she could climb up ft. "Hold on, young lady! Where are you going?" the road agent chief cried. "Up out of the range of bullets, sir," the girl replied. "Out of the range of bullets? There will be no bullets." "Yes, there will be," was the reply from within the stage. "Thar's Seven uv us in heer, all armed ter ther teeth, an' we don't purpose ter allow ourselves ter be robbed ef we know ourselves, an' we think we do. Nor, siree! Ef yer want our wealth, jest come an' git et, ye pesky red-headed robber, ye!" "By jux I ther fellers in ther coach air goin' ter make a fight uv et!" the driver said. "Sech bein' the c ase, it becomes necessary fer me git outen harm's way. I sli'd advise ye ter do the same thing, younker. Ef ye stay up heer yer'll get filled plumb full of lead, I'm a-tellin yel Thar's a-goin' ter be a lively ole circus aroun' here mighty quick!" -"Will Red John attack the men in the coach, df> you think?" Dick asked, with interest. "Will he? Well, I sh'd .remark! He'll go fur 'em red-hot in a minnetl" Then the driver scrambled down from the seat and hastily unhitched the horses and led them back down the gulch a distance of a hundred yards or so. Dick hardly knew what to do. He looked up the gulch to where the road agents were, then down it to where the driver was standing, liolding the horses with one hand and beckoning to him with the other, and hesitated. that, if there Wl!.S to be' a fight, if the passengers were to make a stand against the road agents, it was his duty to help them all he could. He could not do much, as his only weapon was' a little thirty-two calibre revolver, but he could do some thing, and it was his duty, he felt, to do that something. Just

TONS OF LUCK 17 whirled to meet his pursuer. Dick had been closer than the man thought, and as the fellow faced about-the youth was within arm's length of him, and his fist shot out, taking the scoundrel fairly between' the eyes, knocking him down. As the fellow fell some underbrush caught in his beard and, to the astonishment of both the youth .and Lucy, the beard came off. It was false! "Tom King?" the girl exclaimed, insurprise. "You know him, then?" Dick asked. "Yes,'' and then as the fellow, who was a y<0ung man of about twenty-three, leaped to his feet, she cried, "Look. out! He is a wicked fellow!" Dick had had his eye on the man, however, and dealt him another severe clip before he c-0uld get 1traightened up, knocking him d<0wn again. And just then the sound of shooting came up from lielow. "The road agents have attacked the passengers I" criedDick. "Oh, I hope the passengers will get the better of the fight." " I-look out!" As Lucy shrieked out the last two words she gave the fallen man's hand a kick, thus saving Dick's life, for the fellow had drawn a revolver and would have shot 'the youth dead while still lying where he had fallen when knocked down by the fist. The weapon was discharged, but the bullet went high above the youth's head, while the weapon itself flew out of the man's hand and several feet away, entirely out of his reach. Instantly the fellow gave a whirl of his body, and, rolling over and over, reached the edge Qf the steep side of the gulch. With another whirl f>f h!S body the man went over the edge, and went rolling down the sid. e of the canyon with great rapidity. W .hen down a score of yards llowever, the fellow managed to squi;rm around and stopped his descent sufficiently so t,hat he got to his feet, and then he continued on down, running in an upright position. They stepped to the edge of the descent and looked down. It was hard to say which side was likely to win. The road agebts were close up to the coach and were firmg into it at short range, while from the window of the coach came a cloud Gf smoke from the weapons of the passengers. Bang! Bang! Bang! went the weapons, and presently the road agents whirled horses and rode away at a gallop, several of their number reeling in their saddles like drunken men ; they were evidently badly wounded. Then out from the coach leaped the men, yelling m triumph, and they fired another volley at the fteeing road agents. Taking the girl's hand, Dick assisted her down the steep side of the gulch, reaching the coach just as the driver was hitching the horses to the vehicle. "The road agents got licked, after all, didn't tlley?" Dick cried, and the driver nodded assent. "They shorely did," he said. "Gol darned ef I 'xpected et, eether. I'm consarned glad uv et, though. Mebby the cusses'll let ther stages along fur a spell." "If they were to run up against a snag like this oftener it would be apt to put a stop to the business, wouldn't it?" "'Et would hev a discour,!!gin', effect, sonny,'' ,,_. the reply. "But wotever did thet cuss run up ther slope an' grab ther gal .. asked. "I don't know," replied Dick. "I simply k now he was one of the members of the road agent band. I saw him signal the rest." "Shci exclaimed the driver. "Is that so?" "It i s I think he wished to make the girl a prisoner and hold her. for ransom, as she is the owner of a valuable ranch a few miles from Blue field." "Jest ez like's not. Oh, them cusses is up ter all sorts uv games ter raise ther spondulicks." "They failed all around this time, however." "Thet's wot they did!" Then the driver, having finished hitching up, came around to inquire if any of the passengers were killed or badly wounded. He received the information that two were wounded, but' not severely, and that rio one had been kille.d, and with a "Thet's good luck!" he mounted to his seat, Dick sprang up beside him, and the coach rolled on its way toward Bluefield. CHAPTER XV.-Lucy at Home. "Thet's the furst time Red John ever' got th er wurst uv a fight on the trail,'' said the driver, after they had gone a ways. "Is that so?" remarked Dick. "Yes, an' I guess he wouldn't have got ther wurst uv et this time on'y fur thet cowboy in there. He is a holy terror ter fight." On rolled the stage, and feeling happy now that the road agents had been met and defeated and were no more to be feared, Dick enjoyed the ridJ immensely. When the stage had reached a point within a couple of miles of Bluefield Lucy stuck her head out of the window in the door of coach and cried: "Driver!" "Yes, miss. Wot is et, miss?" "Will you please stop and let me out here?" "Certainly, miss, but I thort--" "That I was going to Bluefield?" "Yes." "I did intend to do so, but have changed fI!Y mind. My ranch is only a mile from the trail and I can walk it easily. ,I am. so anxious to get home that I cannot bear to thmk of going past and on into the town." "Oh, all right, miss," the driver cried, and. leaping down, he opened the coach door. Dick was down in an instant, too" and assisted Lucy to alight. Then the driver lifted the girl's grip out and set it on the ground. "Et's .purty heavy, miss," he said. "It'll be a purty big load fur ye." "I will carry it," said Dick, quickly. "I am going to see you safely home, Lucy." "That will be asking too much of you, Dick," she said, "after all that you have already done for me." "Not a bit of it," the youth declared. "It will be a great pleasure, Lucy." "Ye kin bet et will, miss,'' the driver said with a grin and a sly wink at the inmates of the stage. "I really woufd injoy kerryin' yer grip twicet thet far myself, miss, et I didn't hev ter drive ther ole stage. Ye jest take ther younker up. at hia offer an' d1>n't fret erbout him at all!" "Very well, sir," Lucy said, smiling. "I shall be only too glad to. h,ave you go. with me, Dick."


18 TONS OF LUCK "All right; it's settled, then,'' said the youth, good-by, and then, saying s he had somethht.11: to picking up Lucy's grip, he and the girl{ after look after in the kitc!ten, hastened away, leaving i ;aymg "good-by,'' started to leave the trai to go tl!;e youth and the grrl m front room n the direction of ranch, when the driver Dick stepped forward and took Lucy's hand. : : ailed out: "l must go back East at once," h e said, rapid1 : "Wot erbout yer own grip, younker? Et's here ly,, "but I am coming West again, Lucy, just as vit." soon a s I can get things in sh.ape so that I can "Leave it with the )andlord of the hotel,'' the do so, if-if--" "I'll be there "If what, Dick?" the girl a s ked, looking up at" All right, .-and then the climbed up /the youth, her voice trembiing. .the seat, cracked his whip, and away th'e stage you say for me to do so, Lucy. Do you:_ r olled. say so?" There was a faint trail ieading away from the For an instant the girl looked down, blushing main. one at angles, and Dick and Lucy like a ros e, and then she looked shyly up at the followed this trail. yo th and said: 1 "It isn't more than a mile to the ranch house," "'I do say so, Dick!" the girl said, "and we will be on my land in a I:Ier form was trembling and her voice was,. short distance fartl!er. Oh, it seems so good to scarcely above a whisper, and, filled with a be back here once more." happiness, Dick Parton did what he, a bashful> "I should think it would,'' assented Dick, "after diffident boy as a rule had. never done before, he ': what you had to go through in Chicago." kissed Lucy again and again! "Yes, indeed! I shall never venture to a city Then, kissing the beautiful girl again, Dick said again unles s accompanied by some one amply good-by and hastened from the house. Mounting capable of protecting me. A simple country girl the horse, he waved his hand to Lucy, who was has no business in a great city." standing on the piazza, and was away at a gallop Presently they came out of. the rough ground with his cowboy companion Ther e was not a into the edge of a beautiful valley, seemingly five happier youth in all Montana that morning than or six miles 'long Dick Parton. "This is Pleasant Valley," Lucy said. "There are just six ranches in the valley. This one is mine and that hous e you see yonder is my home." The girl clasped her h'ahds; an. d, stopping, gazed a t the house with eyes sw imming in tears, yet with a happy light in their depths. "Home!" she breathed. "Home again! Oh, Dick, I am so glad to get back ,to my home!" CHAPTER XVl.-Dick Is Surprised. They walked quite Tapidly and fifteen .1 later reached the house and Lucy was clasped m the arms of the old hous e keeper, who .had been _. on reaching Bluefield, Dick went at once to the hotel. It transpired that the landlord of the hotel ; was one of the old settlers and not only knew : ev erybody who liv e d in the town now, but every. bQdy who had liv.ed there at any time within the'.': past. tWenty years. This was just what Dick wanted, and he a s k e d the landlord if he had ever known any one .named. Charles Romayne. like a mother to the girl for .many y ears. "Oh, ye poor, dear little girl! Where did you .come from, an' how did ye get here?" the woman asked, and then Lucy hastily explained, after which she introduced Dick, who was give11 a hos pitable welcome. "Any one who has been kind to Miss Lucy is sure of a w e lcome here!" she cried, and then neither she nor Lucy would hear -to Dick s going on to Blue field that evening. "You stay for supper .and ap night, tool" the woman cried. .. "Yes, and tP,en one of the boys will go on horseback with you in the morning,'.' Lucy added. "It is just as cheap to ride as to walk So Dick had to stay and, to tell the truth, he bad no desir e to hasten away. He was already looking forward to hi s parting with Lucy with feelings of sorrow, and a qu eer, tugging s ensa tion at the heart. Somehow the beautiful. girl into contact with whom he had been s o strangely t hrown had become dear. to him. Dick was only a youth, and he did not think of love, but "he k new that it was. going to be hard to have to go away and l e ave the girl, perhaps never to see her again. But would he never see her again? })ick made up hi s mind that he would. Dick remained at the ranch over night, and after break fast next morning he got ready to leave. A cow boy was out in front of the ranchhouse holding a couple of horses, and it only remained for the : outh to. say good-by. The with iare tact, shook hands with Dick and bade him "I remember Char lie Romanye well,'' he said. ": "He live d here seve ral year s." ."He died here, did he not?" . "Yes. J.,et m!) see ; itiias been sixteen years since he died" _. "Did he leave any chUdren ? "Yes; a boy-a bah!), one/ear old." "What became of,the chil and its mother? Do they live here. yet?" -"Lord bless you"-no That w pman, my boy, '. w:;!s not-the i:ight stripe. At any rate, I never liked her Within a week after her huS'band's d eath she packed up andleft town. 'Wasn't going to live in a little one-hqTse place like this I' she said. She was 'going back East.' And she did.'' you know the name of the town and State she went to?" Mathersville, Jersey." "Thank you," said Dick, and, having learned all he cared know, he was ready to get out of the town as quickly as pos s ible. Dick took the 10 :30 stage out of Bluefield ar!ived in Chicago two days aft!)r. He remained over night and spent the next day at the Fair. He felt, how e ver, that this was a s mucll time a s he could legitimately give to pleasure, and he took the night train for the East. He arrived at Trenton, New Jersey, the ne;xt afternoon. he .. changed cars and an hour later arrived a' Mathersville. at Bluefield, so was .it here. of h otel :Yhere Dick. sto_pped was old reside:rrt. Wlien Dick asked him lf he


TONS OF LUCK 19 bered a woman by the name of Romayne who fra!-ned. '.fhe things that, .'<8Jii:ied come to the sixteen years ago; he shook his .. stairs were all back ?n their accston.ied hc.:ad. .. places, and then Mrs. Curtis set about getting he slowly; and supper. Dick wC!lt out &;nd bought son;ie baker's then suddenly he started. . ,,. bread, some cookies, a mce steak. Some cheese "Why, yes, I remember her now," he said. and pickles, and when supper 'fas, ready they sat was a widow with one child-a boy a year old." down to a meal fit for a king. All did full justice "Yes?" assented Dick.' i"What became of h'.er? to Jt,. too, for they were hungry, and it was not Does she live here still?" .. often that 'Mrs.1Curtis and. Bob sat down to such The landl Mr. Romayne's house his father's, I should judge--that is, if his father Springing ashore, Dick tied the boat's painter to had any good traits of character.'' the stake driven thPre for that purpose, and, wallCDick was surprised almost beyond measure. He ing to the house, knocked on the door. The door w'as confident he had traced down the woman who was opened at once by the old man. There was a hiid proven false to her troth, plighted to Mr. look of anger on his but this gave way Romayne, and found her to l:Je no other than the -stantly to a look of delight as he saw who his Mrs. Fairchild he had become acquainted with at visitor was. . Cranbury, when she and Guy had spent the sum"What, you, Dick!" he cried. "Come in. Come mer tli'ere. One thing he could not understand, in. You don't know how glad I am to see you;" howevE!r; if they were the same, Guy's real name and he seized the boy's hand and shook it ener-was Romayne. Why had he changed it? There getically. was an evening train out of Mathersville and "Sit down," indicating a chair. "When did you Diek took it, arriving in New York City at six get back?" o'clock. He went direct to the home of Mrs. "'Last night," Dick replied, as he seated him. Curtis and found some men carrying the furniture self and removed his hat. "I did not reach the downstairs and depositing it on the sidewalk city until evening, so waited till this morning to while Mrs. Curtis stood by, sobbing. Bob was not come to you with my report." there, not having gotten in yet from his work. The old man nodded vigorously. "What does this mean, Mrs. Curtis?" Dick "Quite right," he said;' "quite right. And you-asked. "Why are they moving your furniture what succe s s qid you have? Did you learn the whereabouts of-the woman and my nephew? Are "Oh, Dick, I am so glad you have come!'' the they living?" p(ior woman cried. "I am sorry, though, that you The old gentleman was eager and excited. Dick find us in this plight. The owner of this tenement was sorry for him, a:s he knew that Guy was not ordered us to vacate and his men are moving our the boy his uncle would have him to be. He must things out because I owe him four dollars rent. tell the truth, however, I I -"'Is the landlord here?" asked the boy. "The y are both living," he replied. "Yes,'' and she pointed him out. "Did you see them. The boy-"my nephew; Dick went over to him; hande d the scoundrel what do you think of him?" eight"doUars, one month's rent in advance and told "I did not s ee the m while on my trip. But I him to put the furniture back in the room. have seen them often. They live in New York The owner of the building hesitated for a few City." m8ment s and then gave the order. The poor woThe old roan looked puzzled. m!n was profuse in her thanks. They had hardly "I don't unqerstand," he said. "If you knew go}.ten upstairs b efore Bob burst i1clto the room. them the n you knew them before you started o b Hello, Dick! Glad to see you back!" he greet-the trip. Why did you nbt tell me s o then? Want-ed Th'en to his mother: ed to take a trip, did you?" . hMother, what does this mean? Why is every-"You do me an injustice, sir. I did not know tht:fu!. torn up? What are our things doing down the woman and boy I am speaking of were the wo oii' t lie pavement?" mah and boy you wished to know the whereabouts !Mrs. Curtis told him, and a very angry boy of. until I returned. She had married again and Bcffr was when he knew all. He wanted to go her son had taken the name of her second hus do\Wi a:n.d give the landlord a "piece of his mind," band. Her name is Fairchild. now and your but, on the advice of his mother and Diolf, nephew's name is Guy.'"


,. 'o;:\ TONS OF LUCK The old.rmanextended hii;i hand, which Dick ac' tbe was with her -par.en ts. A queersensation -: :.: ; 1 theJ>oy11S heJooked at thegirl:who 'I.beg y-0ur pardon, 'my boy/! he .said. "I .am; ;:0wed him. so. much. -He wondered if she would glad my; :first -estimate Was-correct. -rwi; : 'l't!cognize'irim. -.He hardl:y'irnew -whether he 'Wishtoo hasty and am :very ,;sorry I 'S&id..::what I did." ed herrto or not. He did J}Ot feel like meeting her "That is all right/'"'Smiled Dick. " :father, the man who .had treated him so .crustily about it." . when. he called at the store, thinking to find Alfred "Very .well. Now, tell me about mr nephew . ls -Stubbs, the deacon's nephew; 'and feeling thus, he--does he take after. his mother?' he decided to make no sign. If the girl did not Dick hesitated.. recognize him, he wouldpot make himself known. "I really do not like to say, sir," he replied. "It But she recognized him. He saw her look at him would be better, I think;, as they are -so near, for ClJI'iously at first. T-hen she gave a start and you to make the acquaintance of Guy and.form_ looked at him searchingly. In an instant her face your own estimate. He works in a clothing store lighted up and Dick knew he was recognized, but on Broadway, near Tenth street." he was hardly prepared. for what followed. The old man smiled sadly. -"Oh, papal" she continued, pulling Dick for"Y our refusal to say anything is sufficient," he ward, "this is the boy who saved my life I Thank said. "I doubt not the boy is much like his mother. him, papa!" However, I will act on your suggestion. I will call Mr . Norwood looked at Dick closely and then at the store and make the young nian's acquaint-. started. anc;e. Give me the address. "I believe I have seen this boy befo1e," he said. Dick gave the number of .the store where Guy "Are you not e boy who called at my place of worked. and then arose. business a couple of weeks ago looking fbr work?" "I will go now, sir," he said. "I am that boy," replied Dick, with quiet dig "Wait," said the old .man, and he went.into an nity. He had not forgotten his treatment at the inner room. '"Returning a moment later, he -handgentleman's hands. ed Dick a roll of bills. "And you were at that time -the savior of my "There is a hundred dollars," he said. "That is daughter," Mr. Norwood went on. "Dick-I beto pay for your services." lieve you said your name was Dick?" "But you have .already paid Iffe," objected Dick. "Dick Parton-yes, sir." "Look at this suit of and then I have "Dick, I am going to apologize for the treatment more than ten dollars left of tne money you gave I .gave you at that time. Business troubles were me to pay the of my trip." w .orrying me. I owe a greater debt than I can "Keep that," quietly, "and take this aiso. What repay, but I shall do all I can. First, let me ask, you have done is worth it. I will ;not take a re-have you found employment?" fusal. You must take the money." -"Nothing permanent," said Dick. "I have.just Dick had been in such a hurry to report to Mr. returned from a trip to the West, but I have noth..: Romayne that he had thought of nothing else, but .ing special to do, except to seU papers and run now, while on his way aowntown, after cro,ssing errands." back to the island, he noted the absence of much'. "You are w.orth a great deal more than you can of the noise and confusion incident to the great earn in that way," dec!dedly. "How would you metropolis, and the thought came to him that it like a position in my store as salesman?" was. Sunday. It was a beautiful day, and, happy Dick's eyes brightened. in the possession of his hundred dollars, and feel"I should like it first rate, sir!" he said. ing at peace with all mankind, Dick decided to "Good! Then you may consider yourself in my celebrate his good fortune. .Aifter some deliberaemploy. Report for work at seven to-morrow tion Dick decided that a trip up the Hudson on morning. Your wages will be ten dollars a week." one of the palatial excursion steamers would be "I am afraid I cannot earn so much, sir," Dick about the proper thing. . demurred. "You had better not pay me so much "ButMrs. Curtis and Bob must go with me," until ypu have given me a trial and seen what I he said. to himself. "I'll go straight home and can do." make them get ready." "I should do that way in the majority of in-But Curtis would not consent to go. She stances,'' smiling, "but in your case it is different. had a natural fear of water and said shl\) would I know that you will have no difficulty in not go on boa:r::d a boat for anything in the world . your salary." "No, Dick," she said, "I will stay in the city anll Awed by the fine clothes and other evidences of go to church. Bob may go, however." wealth on the part of Dick's friends Bob kept 'Half an hour later the two boy s were at the away from them; nor did he rejoin Dic.k until North River pier and buying tickets-Dick pl;!-ying after Mr. an? Mrs. No!wood and Agnes. had for both-they went on board the boat. They w .ent the boat, which they did at Poughkeepsie where onto the uppe r deck and walked slowly forward. they were going to spend the time intervening As they did so Dick's eyes fell upon a familiar fore the return of the boat wtih friends. '.! face. True, he had seen the face only once, and then during a period of great excitement, yet it CHAPTER XVIII.-Bob Gets a Job. d had beeHI indelibly stampe d upon his memory and he would have recognized it anywhere. It wa& the The boy s now turned their attention to the er?r face of Agnes Norwood, the girl whom he had joyrne!1t of the present. The beautiful scener'1, saved from a horrible death beneath the cars .at changmg constantly, was ll. pleasure to look u pqn, the Brooklyn entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge, on while the music of the band and the joyous tall: the morning of the day he arrived in New York and laughter of the crowd made the boys feel City, two weeks before. A glance at her com-strangely nappy. They enjoyed themselves hugepal.\ions, a gentleman and lady, showed Diel! that ly, and by the trip, were almost


TONS OF LUCK 21 sorry when ii was drawing to a close At Pough"Bob IW'ill work in the wholesale department," keepsie Mr. and Mrs . Norwood and Agne!!_ came' :"M:f. Notwood explained. '"' aboard the steamer and greeted Dick pleasantty. Mr. Norwood went to his private office, and Mr. you have a pleasant day, Dkk?" asked the Brewster conducted Dick to the sundries departgi.:fl. nient,-which' was fairly large ; ."Oh, very much, indeed," .the boy "I will start you in here," he said. "We need 11Bob and I have had a time." another salesman in this department. The articles. "Bob? Who is he?" are small and ea.Sily sold. You will :learn.' the "!_,forgot that you did not know him. He i s a rudimentsof the salesman's art here, andas you friend of mine. Bob is a good boy, I tell you. He learn I will advance you to the hat, shoe and lives with his. mother and works hard 'to help sup-. finally, perhaps; if you show exceptional ability, port her. I board witli them. to the clothing department. Ah, here comes Mr. "A good boy, eh? Those are the kind of boys I Saunders. He is at the head of this department. like to s ee Introduce him, Dick. I wish to be-He will instruct you in your duties." come .acquainted with him." Dick wa s introduced to' Mr. Saunders, who, im-Blushing' an_ d aw_kward-apl!earing, Bob was led p_ri;sseQ. by .the boy's took a forward by his friend and mtroduced. He got liking to hnn and put himself to considerable through the ordeal fairly well, though one coulii tr. ouble to instruct Dick in his work. see he was ill at ease. . Presently Guy Fairchild appeared. He came' "So you are Dick's friend, eh?" remarked Mr. sauntering along, as if h e liad all day to get to Norwood, shaking Boh's hand cordially. "I am his work. The fact that he was twenty minutes glad to know you." late did not seem to worry him a bit. . With all his backwardness,, Bob was. --intensely he .said, nodding 'care practical and -shr ewd enough. to take advantage lessly in the direction of the head ofthe depart;.. of favorable circumstances. His action dn this ment.. And then his eyes fell 'upon Dick and he Occasion proved that. . stopped and stared in astonishment. "I'm glad to know you, too, .sir," he said. And Guy," said Di:ck, pleasantly. thenhe continued: "You look surprised." "Dick tells me he's to work for you." . "What are you dojhg here?" he asked, without "Yes, I am glad to say he is. He begins in the answering Dick's greeting: . . "Can't you see?" laughedDick. "I'm working. I know 1t 'Ye was tallbng .about it. Say,.yo Mr. Norwood has given me a place." couldn t give"nle m your store, could '"I hope you didn't presume on you r acquaint you. Of I don t want "to be a salesman, ance with me to ask Mr. Norwood for a place n like Dick. I am't smart enough. But I'm a good he sa:id worker, and if_ you had any other kind of work . . I could do, I'd like it. I'd like to :work in the You may you_r of a-;;y samestore with Dick." on that. score, Dicksaid, qmetly .. I _got m:r Bob paused, exhausted by his long speech, and place ; yvithout even so much as mentionmg your smiling Mr. Norwood said: name. "I just such a boy. You can go to work "I .am glad of that," said Guy, with a distain-. in themorning, if you wish. You will work in the ful air.: wholesale department, and will have to help pack "No more so I am," retorted Dick. and unpack good s and such work as that. Your No morewas said; and some customers appearpay at first will be five dollars a week." mg, all' became busy. They were kept so "Oh, thank. you, sir!" cried Bob, delightedly. for some and nearly half the fo_renoon More was indulged in1 and then, g;one w.hen Dick was startled by hearmg a fami when the bo a t arrived at its landing, Dick and liar voice addressed toMr: Saunders the query : Boh parted from their friends and '\Vent straight ":i:>oes a boy named Gu .Y: Fairchild work" here?" home. Mrs. Curtis was delighted when she found Dick looked up and Mr: out of the boy's good fortune, and as a sort of mg befo .re the counter .. Dick was surprised. Mr. c;elebration 'they had an extra."good supper. Ro .mayne was dressed m an old thread.bare. suit / of cloth es, and had a generally dilapidate ---CHAPTER XIX.-Dick and Bob At Work. . Dlck and Bob were at Mr. Norwdod's establish ment at h alf-pas t six next morning. Mr. Nor wood arrived at seven, in ccmpany with the man. ager of the r etail department. "Ah! Good-morning, Dick. Good-:rp.orning, Bob," he s aid, cordially. "I glaci 'to seeyou 'here on time. Punctuality is a good trait; boys. rr. Brewster, let me make you acquainted 'with : my young friends : This is Dick Parton, boy who saved the life of my dalighter:_-you "heard me speak of it. He is -to be a salesman.! 1 place him under your charge. I want yob. to be. f riehds, Dick, with .Mr.-Brewstei:, who will' instruct y6u ii-. your duties;" " : -.' -. two shook hands and tlieh was -intrQ-:Jllice"d. . -Is -s .ta v a H $ 11!\' v11 l(' :>t .. u1<:? ance. "That is Mr. Fairchild yonder; answered Mr. -Saunder, indicating Guy, who stood near ApproachingGuy, he held out his hand.' "How do you do ; Guy," he said. "I am your uncle, the brother of1 yciur fathe:r." Gtiy JooRe( f atthe old man fn astonishment. He utterly ignored the .outstretched hand; . he ;said, 'with a scmewhatsuper cilious air and disdainful look at the old man's .ShabbY clOthing. .. . 'I .Perhaps you have: heard your mother speak of Thomas Romayne ?" 1Nev'er have,'" he "'Is that your name?" "It is! "Then how could you' be my .uncle?. My name is Fair.child." "You are, wrong," he said. "That .is the name you :have got b-Y,. sihce a cnild,' .but your real


TONS OF LUCK name is Romayne. You are t)'le son of a younger "Did he-:-did a man do that?" ijie .cried. brother of mine. Your mother hl!.S evidently kept "Yes. And he told me to ask you if you re-you fa ignorance if your own iqe:f!tity for eome membered Thomas Romayne." reason." .. "He did?" 1I don't believe you,'! he declared. "The name "How. old a man was he?" she asked. of Fairchild is good enough for me. I don't 1 think "Oh, I don't know. Sixty, I should say. Per( should like to change it for Romayne, especially hap,s mo re. His hair anti beard were gray." If I would have to claim relationship with you. How was he dressed-well ,or poorly?" If you were my uncle I shouldn ; t wish any one "H.e was dress ed shabJ>ily,'' Guy said. to know it.". "He did not look :as if. he were-well, proi;pe:t-"Perhaps,. if' you knew all, you might. not be s o OU$, then?" .. . , unwilling to acknowledge me as your .un.cle1 after ''.No," he said . "I.can't say that he did-that all,'' the old man said. "I certainly am satisfied, is; he didn't to-day.'! if you are.'' "What dO:. you mean?" quickly. "'What do mean?" Asked Guy, with a show ."Why, I mean that I don't believe he wore Ms of interest. best clothes to-day. In iact, he admitted as much "Oh, nothing," smiling. "By the way, if you do and intimated that his visit to me was simply to" / not believe my statement that I am your uncle, to h k" d { just speak to qour mother when you go home toup; see w at m 0 youth was, night. Ask her if' it is J;tOt true.'' 'The old gentleman was turning away when Guy, "He did!" exdtedly. "And how did you treat struck by a 'sudden thought, called to him to stop. 1!im? I hope you didn't do or say anything to "His story might be true," he said to himself. make. d!slike to you?" ., "IJe may be my uncle, and who knows -but he Guy flushed slightly. might be 'rich and would make me his heir? I've "Well, can't. say," .he said, half sU,lle:i;ily. He read of such things in stories." lo.oke<;l shabby and I didn't believe he was my' ., But the thought.had come too late.: His uncle so what could.. you expect? I didn't-make had seen him as he was, vain, proud, selfish. any very bad breaks, though." "Will you give me your address, sir?" Guy: "I am g.lad of that, for, Guy, that man is your asked, as the old man paused. He spoke :with a uncle. Your father wa4 his younger. brother and' respect <>ccasioned by the sttdden thought that your name is Guy nomayne." had come to him. "In case my mother verifies The wotiian sat down and wrote a long letter to what. you say, she might wish to communicate Mr. Romayne, asking hisforgiveness, protesting with you. that she had long since seen the wrong she bad "My address 1 It doesn't matter," he said "In committed that she had suffered terribly on ac case your mother wishes to communicate with me, count of it, and finished by begging him to call she can do so -through Dick, there,'' indicating our on her and have a talk. Guy was at his place hero. "Good-morning," and Mr. Romayne walked on time the following morning, much to Mr. SaUll out of the store, leaving Guy staring in openders' surprise.-He was unusually friendly to mouthed astonishment, first after him and then ward. bick,. too, and the latter was not surprised at Dick. when Guy drew a letter from his pocket. "Say," remarked Guy, presently, addressing -"My mother-wrote this last night,'' he said. "It Dick, "did you hear what he said?" is to my uncle. She said that she did not wish "I did," replied Dick, smiling. .to trouble you and that you might give me uncle's "Well, what I want to know,'' said Guy, half address so that I could deliver it myself" angrily, "is what do you know about that old "Oh, it will be no trouble,'' said Dick, 0smiling. man?" "I will take it to Mr. Romayne this evening after CHAPTER XX:.-Guy Learns the Truth. "I know this much about him," said Dick. "He ls your uncle More, however, I will not say.'' And, although Guy importuned him to tell more, Dick would not do so. He attended strictly to business and refused to talk. The first words Guy uttered. on reaching home that evening, and after having thrown himself at full}ength on a sofa, were: "Motner, is my name Romayne ?" "What do you meari ?" she asked. "What kind of nonsense are you talkingj" Guy looked at his mother in a knowing manner. "Is it nonsense?" he asked, half .insolently. "Of course it is. Your name is Fairchild-isn't it? Haven't you always been called by that name?" "Yes, I have always been called Guy Fairchild. But, if that is my name, what did that old codger who came into the store today mean by saying my n .ame was Romayne and that he was my uncle?" .Mrs. Faircbild became greatly excited. the. store closes.'' As soon as the store closed Dick set out for the home of Mr. Romayne. Half an hour later Dick arrived at Mr. Romayne's home. Knocking, he was admitted. "Ah, Die)_{,. I am glad to see you," Mr. Romayne greeted, shaking Dick's hand. "Be "I bring a letter for you/' said Dick, and he handed it to the old gentleman. "It is from Mrs. Fairchild.'' "I thought she would write," he said. Then, seating himself, he opened the letter and read it. Mr. Romayne studied for some time and then turned his eyes on his companion. "Dick," he said, "thanks to you, I have been e:a abled to see my nephew. That was all I wanteg_. I did not wish to see his mother; I do not now. I shall never see her again. Had Guy proved .to be a good, honest, comnionsense boy, like ycj\1, for instance, I should have made him my heirwould have made him rich-but he did not prOlfe such. He is just like his mother-vain, conceited, bigoted, avaricious. I shall do nothing for him. 1 I :want noth'.ing to do with either of them. w c f


1'. on TONS OF LUCK 23 -shall answer this letter to that effect, Dick, and There was silence for a few moments. Noland you sJrall deliver it for ine." was evidently pondering the subject. "Very well, sir." "Do you think he keeps his money at home?" Mr. Romayne got paper, pen and ink and be-the name a s ked presently. writing. He kept at it for twenty minutes, "I am sure he does." then he blotted the sheet, folded it, plac. ed it in "Is it share and share alike if I go in wit}l an envelope; then addressed it and gave it to you?" Dick. Dick left-the house and proceeded to his "Of course." boat. It was now nearly dark. Had it not been so "All right; it's settled, then. I'll go into the he would have seen a boat with one person in it thing. Whe n shall we do the job?" just entering the river through the little channel. would as goQn, : t4us trQub le arid of, out to a He '.\Yasin .the .habit.of in the basement; it bein g nice and quiet there. _.This basement was used as. a storage_ room for empty boxes and. odds and ends of all kinds. Down the centre' of the basement was piled a carload of wrapping-paper, the heavy bales being piled one on top of.the other until it was higher than one's head. Dick was seated on the farther side of this wall of paper eating hi s lunch when he . heard footsteps coming down the stairs leading _to the basement. Still he thought nothing strange of the affair until the steps came back into the basement to a point opposite him on the other side of the paper. Then he heard voices. Dick started. He recognized the voices as belonging to Martin Noland, Guy Fairchild's uncle on his mother's side, who was salesman of the notions department and Guy Fairchild. '"What I wanted to talk to you about was this," -said Guy. "You know I told you about that uncle of mine, who was in the store day before yester day." "Yes. Go on." "He lives in an old house in a little open place in the Palisades, across the iiver," Guy went on. "Martin, Uncle Romayne i s an immensely rich man." "He is?" "He is, but, Martin, he does not propose we shall have his money. Had I proven to b e a 'good honest boy like Dick Parton,' bitterly, "who evidently uncle's idol, he would have made me his heir, but since he has found me to be 'vain, arr? gant, se lfi sh, avaricious,' and so forth, to use his CJwn words, he will leave me nothing." 'l There was a moment's silence and then Guy itpoke again : ."Martin, we will never a cent of that money, unless--" J !"Unless what?" from his uncle. a"Unless," lowering his voice, but still not s o low that Dick could not.hear every word distinct q; "unless we go and take it!'' diaPTER xxi.-Dick' Mr. Romayne. : went home'with Bob, as usual. After &\Ul per'. he .put on his h .at, and, .going to. his room took.-a .small pocICet pistol out of. his trunk and jt in his pocket. Bob did not ask Dick where hewas going. He knew that if Dick wished him to know he would tell of his own accord. It :was quite dark when Dick arrived at the home oi< Mr. Romayne, but the old gentleman was not yet 'in bed. ."Why, Dick, my. boy ; is it you?" he exclaimed "'Come in. I'm glad to see you, but am surprised to see you here again so soon after your other -visit." came on important business," saidDick. And then Dick went on and told Mr. Romayne all. The old gentleman was astonished. "Well; thanks to your-warning, we will be ready for them." At eleven o'clock Mr. Romayne extinguished the light. 1 They sat there, silent for the most part, but conversing occasionally in whispers, until per haps three-quarters of an hour had pas sed, and then they heard a noise at one of the windows in the rear. The old man took hold of Dick's arm and silently pulled the boy across the room, where they took up their position against the wall, close to the door, and so that it-, in opening, be between them and the would-be robbers. Presently the knob turned ana the' door pushed open a few It remained thus for a few moments and then it was pushed still farther open. There was another short pause, and then, as if confident th.e coast was clear, the door was pushed wide open, and, lantern in hand, Martin Noland entered the room, closely followed by Guy Fair child. "Villains What are you doing here?" As Mr. Romayne gave utterance to these words, Noland s topped suddenly, as if shot at, while Guy Fairchild gave a cry of tenor. Then a s his eyes fell upon his uncle and Dick, holding the revolvers covering himself and partner in c r ime, Guy's nerves completely failed him. H e fell u pon his knees on the floor. "Oh, don't shoot!" he cried. "Oh, uncle, spare me! Have mercy on lne I didn't mean to till


( 24 TONS OF LUCK anything out of the way I I-it was Martin, here, my uncle--mother's brother. He put me up to it! I--" "Spare your words,'' Mr. Romayne said. "One i s as bad a s the other." An angr y, sullen look was on Noland's face. "I know that," he said. "I am to blame all right. I am sorry I went into the affair, now that It has gone wrong. But, now that you have u s what a r e you goin g to do with u s ?" Mr. Romayne p ondered a few m oment and de cided to let the two go. It might not be just the thing, he thought, but then again perhaps it would be a le s son and they would lead an honest life in the future. "Yes, as it is your first offense, I will let you go," said Mr. Romayne. "Keep clear of crime in the future. Mr. Romayne unlocked and opened the front door, and the crestfallen worthies pas. sed out of lhe house and into the darkness. Mr. Romayne watched them by the light of their own lantern until they passed through the channel into the river, and then he closed and locked the door. "You must stay all night with me, Dick,'' he s aid. Dick agr e e d and left early next morning._ He was at his place in the store on time next morning, but neither Guy n o r his uncle put in an appearance. About the middle of the forenoon an old gentleman and a young girl approached the counter and Dick started in surpris e, a s he recogniz e d hi s acquaintance s of the Western trip, Mr. Ov erton and granddaughter, Ethel. Ethel took Dick's hand and squeezed it in im pulsive, gir li s h fas hion. "I am glad to see you again, Dick," she said. "Do you work here?" "Yes. I have been working here since Monday. When did yo'I get back from Chicago?" ; "Oh, we have been back several days I have been hoping you would come and see us. You know promi s ed yqu would." "I will come," he said. "Where in the world did you become so well acquainted with those people?" asked the Mr. Saunders in surprise, when they had' gone. "Why that is M r Overton, one of the wealthie s t men in the city." "Yes, I know it,'' said Dick, and then he ex plained how he came to know them. CHAPTER Calls on His Fri ends. After supper that evening Dick put on his dre s s suit (he had one made by a B roadway tailor) and got ready to go and call on Mr. Overton and Ethel. After an half hour of general conversation, Mr. Overton turned it into pers onal chan nel s "Let me see,'' he remarked reflectively. "I be lieve you told me you were an orphan, did you not, Dick?" he asked. "I am an orphan," rep lied the "although I do not remember whether I told you of the fact or not. I have not a relative in the world tha t I know of." "Too bad,'' sympathetically. "We all like to have some one who is related to us by blood. You may have relatives somewhere, however. Wh a t was your mother's maiden name?" "Densmore, sir-Mary D ensmore." Mr. Overton started. l "Do you know the Christian names -of your mother' s parents?" Mr. Overton queried. "Yes, si-r. Grandfather's name was William and grandmother's Harriet." "Glory, hallelujah!" he cried. "Dic'k, my boy, you are not without relatives afteT all. You have them right here in Ethel and myself. Harriet Densmore was once Harrie t Overton and my sisten Sh e marrie d Den s more, your grandfather, and they went West--to Michigan. I came to New York, and, becoming immers e d in business, failed to keep track of them I remember now that in a letter from Harriet, the last she wrote to me, she stated that they were the parents of a fine baby girl whom they had named Mary." "My mother was born in Michigan," said Dick. "In Lansing." "That i s where they liv e d," a ssente d Mr. Over ton. "Dick there i s no doubt of it. Y o u are my great-nephew." One year has passed. Dick i s living at the home of Mr. Oyerton, and i s the hands ome, manly ', of old, with the added polil!h given by constant i?J tercourse with cultured people, with which class, as a relative of Mr. Overton, he i s thrown in con stant contact. Bob, Curtis, who, with hi s mother, '. live s with Mr. Romayne, has improve d greatly, too, and is an agreeable visitor at Mr. Overton's. Ethel and he are great friends. Mr. NonV"ood's home is in the vicinity, too, and as Ethel and Agnes are great .friends Dick sees a great deal of that lovable girl. But his heart i s UJ? in the moun tains of Montana, and they, haVIng regularl7 written to each other, decided to become engaged. When Dick is twenty-one he and Lucy will be mar ried, and he intends to go into bu siness in partnership with. Bob. Next week's issue will contain "DICK DARE ALL, THE YANKEE BOY SPY; o r YOUNG AMERICA IN THE PHILIPPINES." 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PLUCK AND LUCK 25 DEADSHOT DICK, THE BOY RIFLE KING -OR-. A TENDERFOOT AMONG THE COWBOYS By R. T. Bennett (A Serial Story) CHAPTER II. Making a Cowboy Dance. "Come into the store and I will te!l you," replied Bess, seizing his arm: "You can leave your mustang at the hitching bar at the door. I'm all alone in t}l.e place, for my father went to Santa Anna this afternoon to buy some stock, and he hasn't come back yet. If he had been here and saw what Cowboy Jack threatened to do to me he would have put a bullet in the big loafer. My goodness, what a lucky thing it was for you that none of that gang knew who you were I They are the very fellow s who are for you." "Indeed!" said the boy, as he led the mustang over to the store and tied him to the hitching rock. "I knew there was trouble of some kind going on at the ranch, and that' s why I came out here. It's pretty evident then that those villains knew I was coming." "Oh, yes, known for a been looking f o r you to arrive ever smce, rephed Bess a s she led him into a little room. "Perhaps they just recognized me, then?" "I don't know. They might. How did you happen to come here, anyway?" "Well," replie d the boy, "I 'iva s at a military academy. That's where I learned to shoot s o accurately with a rifle. My fathe r was a. busi ness man in New York. Just b efore he died he faile d in bus ines s and lost h e had ce p t the Big Horn ranch. It was m charge of Cowboy Jack, who acted as a sort of superintendent. As the returns from the ranc h have for some time past been getting smaller and smaller, my father suspected that the man he implicitly trusted was cheating him. He asked me to come out here and investigate matte rs. As I am not of age the property is being held in trust :for me by father's lawyer, a man named Penny--"Ah That. accounts for why Cowboy. Jack knew you were coming," cried Bess, excitedly. "Lawyer Penny was here a w ee k ago,. and he and the rascally superintendent of the Big Horn ranch were the one s heard plotting to rob .you of your inheritance. But there! I am interrupting you. Go on with your story, Dick." The boy glance d at her in a surprised way and said: "There isn't much more to tell. When my father died I got legal papers from the lawyer to prove my claim on the ranch and started for this place. At Santa Anna I bought that broncho :i,:1d came on overland. Now what in the world do you mean by saying Penny was here cooking up a plot with Cowboy Jack to do me up?" "I'll explain," replied the girl, quickly. "Every body in Gold Nugget knows that Cowboy Jack is a drunken loafer who spends most of his time at this camp with a gang of hi s cronies from your ranch. In the meantime the cattle on the ranges are being neglected. It's common talk here that the beasts are being stolen and sold right and left--" "Then, as I feared, the ranch is ruined?" "Not yet. But it will soon be if a check isn't put on Cowboy Jack pretty suddenly," answered the girl. "About a week ago I was out in the bushes just beyond the camp, berries, when Theard voices and saw two men sitting in a glen talking. One was Cowboy Jack and the other one I learned was a lawyer named Peter Penny. It seemed from what they said that there was crooked work going on at the ranch. Your father was being robbed by Jack and hie gang, and they were dividing the plunder with the lawyer.'! "Great Scott!" gasped Dick in startled tones. "Well, the girl went' on, "the lawyer offered Jack a large sum to put you out of the way when you arrived to manage the ranch, and the superintendent accepted. The plan is to let you come to the ranch, ;md at the first favorable chance Cowboy Jack and his gang are to' do you up." "That's pleasant. Did they say .why I am to be attacked?" "Yes, If you are dead, the lawyer has so arranged matters that the ranch is to fall into his hands." "I see,'' said the boy, nodding thoughtfully. "Go on.'' "I haven't much more to tell," replied Bess. "They went away, and I hurried home and told father. But we could not warn you of your danger because we didn't know where to find you. That's why I said it was lucky you fell in with me as you did." Dick gazed into the frank blue eyes of the pretty girl a moment and arose. "I'm going,'' said he. "It' s impos s ible for me to let you know how thankful I am to you for put ting me on my guard against these villains. I thought I.had a hard job ahead of me, but I've found it is much worse than I expected. But I ain't frightened a bit. I'm going out to the ranch to-morrow, and I'm going to fire out the whole crooked gang. They' ll find out that they can't handle me as if I were a helpless infant." out for yourself, Dick," begged Bessie, earnestly. "-Thos e men are bad all the way through and would not stop at murder if they found it to their interes t to beat you.'' ''Oh, I understand the risk," he replied, quietly, "but I guess a boy of nerve is good for an army of s uch big"bluff s as they are .'' "Will you come and s ee me again?" "Certainly I shall, for I've taken a great fancy to you, Bess.'' "And I like you too," s he admitted,-with charming candor. "I'm glad to hear that," he laughed. "Well, good -by." And politely bowing to her, he went out, unhitc he d his pony and led the beast over to the Ranche r s Roo st, and gave the animal to a stable b o y


26 PLUCK AND LUCK "l'ake good c.are of my nag,". said he to the me, landlord? .ai_n't particlar about the food or boy, as he g:ive him a dollar, 1'and have him ready bed." for m e at o'clock. tqmorrow mornirig.' "Yer riot 7 1 The bof no4ded, and. led the-animal .,:'No, Ra!f!t, l'd. be 'ldther:takih' yer aveii if I away. Dick tliHf' strolled intO the bar-room aiid had ter shlape on t!ier flure mese.lf," chuckled the. glanced careless! atmind. . f th I -h The place was filled wi .. th miners and cowb oys, owner o e P ace, w o was quite a respectable man. "But I won't have ter Ho that as it's wan the air was Jaden with smoke and a fat man, with good .room I have empty. 'Sure, an; Gold Nugget a face ; was behind the bar, just in would soon become a dacent place if ther Joikes av the act of Jack with a drink. Y!>U "'.UZ ter be callin' down all ther tough But earning in, -he let. go the bottle. and recoiled Jlmmies we hov floatm' arou nd here threadin' on from.the bar,. while his' hand flew to-the.butt of a tail of ivery wan's coat. An' what is yer name' big pistol ill the holster of his belt.' agm, me lad?" "Don't draw; you big bluff," laughed the boy. "I' 1 v "I ain't going to hurt you." .m -cal ed Dick," replied out hero, "Yer won't hurt me, hey?" evasively, for he dicf not yet want it known who "N he was. "I'm from New York on -business and L o, Diel!: in patronizing tones. "I e.xpect my business will keep me here some won't hurt you." time." "Why, yer measly lettle runt," he shouted in ex-asperated .tones, "who sez yer could hurt me even "Bedad, I'm glad ter hear it; .an' yer welcome if yer wanted ter? I've been a-tellin' my friends ter shtay at ther Ranchers' Roost as long as yer hyer as agoin' 'ter chaw yer up ther next in Gold Nl,lgget.'' time we met, an' now is.ther time fer me terstart The .bo:y; was anxious to get out of the noisy, in." t;nthus1astic crowd, and gladly passed into a cosy He began to swear out his revolver. little rear, room, where the proprietor's wife Bang! quickly serveq him with a good, substantial meal. T]le shot came from Dick's rifle . He then retired to a room to which he had been He had not even taken the trouble to raise and sent, and as he was tired out from his long a ride aimit, but so marvelous. was his skill with the. he went to bed. weapon that the bullet hit Jack's pistol and-sent it, The boy slept soundly until midnight, when he flying froi;n his h!md. was suddenly awakened by hearing his window "I. ain't got -another shooter!" he bellowed. "I being raised. quit!" . : It was a clear night, and in the moonlight that "Oh, do you?" sneered Dick. '!Well, I don't-streamed the room throt:g-h tbe window he see?" saw the upper part of a man's figure . "Don't kill a imnlored the ra scal; a cold "I'll give him a pleasant surprise," he muttered sweat bursting out on his forehead. "Yer wouldn't and reachin,g over to a corner of the room near shoot an unarmed man, would yer?" bed, he S!'!iz-ed his rifle and aimed it toward the "I'm going to show all your fri'ends what a big fellow wno was now climbing in the window. fool you are," ans:wered the, boy. I come in After a moment the man got into the room. here unarmed, you .would have made me do. the It was so dark, however, that he lit a match to tenderfoot dance. : Now :the tenderfoot is going to. see where he was going. reverse the tables and make you do the cowboy ; By the flame he saw Dick sitting up in bed, jig. Start up! Strike out with your feet, you aiming the rifle at him, and a yell of alarm burst mean-looking ruffian you, or: I'll plug your feet : from his !fps, and ht! suddenly dropped the match with lead!' Hey1 there!":he.added to a man who . and made a frantic rush for the-window to escape. had been a pialio at the' rear. of the But to Dick's surprise the match had shown him .' saloon. "Hammer out a reel on that: old tin-pan, that the prowler was Ting Ling,. the little China-and I'll sh,ow you what a jackass Cowboy Jack man; and he' shouted: looks Uke hopping tip and down." :."lfey! Stop, Ting! I'm not going to fire!" And bang! bang! b'ang! went Dick's rifle, every 'The frightened Mongolian paused suddenly and shot _the cowboy's big boots, and he flew : faced about. up in air, yelling: "You knowee me?" he asked in trembling : ")"es, yes! I'll Don't wjng me!" For tones. 1 few moments th'e barroom of the' Ranchers" Roost "Just recognized you in time to stOp a shot I was in a tremendous and the .fun might was going to give you. Come over here, you rasr have gone on for some time if the cowboy hadn't ca:l, and explain why you are sneaking into my tumbled down exhausted. ro_ om in. this fashiOn, or I'll shoot the pigtail off c Then Dick let up on him. your yellow head!" His friends rushed to ls aid, picked him up and "Me come to helpee you!" declared the China-dragged him out. man, eagerly. "You helpee me, so be, I helpee you, The crowd surrounded Dick in the barroom, Dickey," and he came over to the bedsiae. laughing heartily over the rough way he had Dick's interest was aroused, and he asked !lbhandled the big ran. chman, and every one JJatted ruptly: hitn on the back and praised his courage. "How did you know I was in this here room,?" "Waal, yer about ther slickest -tenderfoot wot "Mistler Barney O'Brien, de boss of hotel;oh.e ever struck Gold Nugget,'' one of them declared. tellee." "Have a drink with me.'' "And what is your mysterious errand hereW 1 "No," replied the boy, shaking his head. "I "Yo' knowee Cowboy Jack?" .. s : a .. never touch liquor. I c.ame .in to get my supper1 "I ought to." 2.:. '( .,,A lodgings 'overnight?Can vou accommodate (To be continiied) dJ ; o a ,' .. : d


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NO DINOSAUR EGGS! -.We will have to worr y along without dinosaur eggs this winte r. War i n China has prevented Roy Andrews Chapman and his fro!Il moving in on the w a s tes of the Gqbi des ert m search of fo ss il egg s and the b cgmnmgs of man, according to H. R B e ckw ith, one of the p arty which reached h e r e thi s w eek via the Ari zona Maru. The supplies and eg&' g athe:r:ing a p paratus have be e n lock e d uf) in P ekmg unde r the gns of the American fleet. ...._ 'I HUNT FOR MORE WINE FATAL During the cou r se of a dinner to se v eral friends recently Mr. Cledat, a printe r a t Nantes, France, iri a jovial mood, d eci d e d .th a t a c ouple o f bottle s more o f an a n cien t vintage were necessary for the party. Some gues t s wi t h difficult y m ade thei r w a y. to t he ce llar, but o n r e ach i n g the bottlei: ove:r,\ a p T he fla m es s t r u c k so m e g a solme spr!fad on the floo r and' qu i ckly to t a11ks t he garage. An ex p l o s i o n w reck e d the house to the s e cond s t ory. Two wo m e n we r e kill e d a n d t w o othe r s injured. iM. Cl e d a t has n o t y et b ee n foun? and he i s beto be dead b e neath the d ebris CHEERFU. L KITCHE N IS ESSENTIAL TO MODERN HOUSEWIFE An.y woma n w h() does h e r own work i s entitl e d to an< a t ti :active kitchen. It i s n o t easy t o k eep u p s uch a n i n te r es t d a y in and 'U a y out when the kitchen floor i s s o h ard and unyi elding that to stand or 'walk on it quickl)C tires on e ou t ; o r when the floor is a ?rab a n d shabby affair that. is an eyesore because it always looks dirty no matter how often it is cleaned. Nor la it easy to be cheerful and lighthearted ohe1s .in that i s lifeless, or all one colo r-all white, for example. More time is spent in the kitchen than in an:y other room-and the happiness of the whole fam ily. i s made or marred by the mo o d of the home maker:. It i's a simple matter these days for any woman, no matter how limited .her means, to have the satisfaction of working in a clean and sani tary, bright and cheerful kitchen. It calls only for' and blending colors. The expense is negligible. .A resilent comfortable floor, easy to clean must be the first consideration. The se of lino ieum in kitchens-where constant traffi c and the most severe tests of washing have p;roved conclu. s ivelv its value--has become a necessity .in guarding the happiness of the home-maker. In laid linoleum gives that lasting satisfaction that can come only through the choice of quality, a good pattern and pleasing' cOfors Solid color, clean-cut tile patterns are always appropriate. .,,.. LAUGHS "Warmer, with greater humidity," said the weather clerk. "You're giving u s hot air," grum bled the people, viewing him with distinct disfavor. Mrs. Avenue--My good woman, it would give us great pleasure to help to broaden your life. Do you believe in the club for women? Mrs Tenem ent-Sure, mum; the old rolling-pin -is easier to handle and yet a s good. sir," s aid Peckham, "I won't' accept that;. piCJ;ure. It doe sn't look like my wife at alL" "W, e ll, you ought to b e thankful for that/ replied the artis t, "but s ome men .are s o easily pleased that it's difficult to ple a s e the m "That young man stays until an unearthl y hour every night, Dori s," sai d a n irate father to hi s younge s t d a u ghter. "What d o es you r mother say about' it?" "We ll, d ad r e pli ed _Doris as sh e turne d to g o upstairs, s h e s a ys m e n h a v e n t alte r e d a bit." When I landed in Ch i cago," said t h e se l f -made m an, I d idn't have a c ent in my pocket." "Huh," i ejoi ne d the ord in a r y p e r son, "wh en I l a n ded in C h i cago I di dn' t h a ve eve n a poc ket. "Wh y how's that?' queried the party o f t h e prelu de. I was born here," explained the O_. P. Youn g Wife--I want y ou to pro m i se m e one thi n g If we wo ul d avoid trouble, we must li ve wi 'thin our me a n s, a n d to h e lp me i n d o in g this I w ant you r p r omise that you will n e v e r run in de b t. Young Husband-I will promi s e, my love; if I ever get in debt I'll let the other ;fello ws do the running. Mr . 'Si;iapp-We ll what are you going to do about it? Mrs Sriapp-Qh; don t be in such a hurry.. It takes me some time .to make up my mind. / Mr. Snapp-that's strange. You h a ven't much material to work with.


f 28-\1: .. 1!.f<'i PLUCK AND LUCK f[.l'C .. ,. s . < that he -need not return to the country, es he Th-__ e _Fragm e n + __ .,.. 0 a-J.-:Bond ,._,,(J\11d-eome, home-by himself during the nut. :dat. -whose name, .by the way, was Au> gustus Walker, -had faithfully delivered the.mes-.., sage to Creigg and then returned home to the WelJ, ,yousee,"1-w1;ts coming down Main street house.on Grand Avenue. early that morning. Indeed, it -was .not eight Creigg had said that he should be obliged to o'clock when I left my rooms call th.ere in order to ca!'ry o.ut his employer's I had. no idea it was so early, and had hurried instructions, and about an hou later did so. He forth, supposing it to be quite late. remained in Mr. Whitelock's private room for Being set right by the clock in the tower of two h ours, and then l eft. Trinity Church, as I pas sed that ancient edifice, I After locking the doo r Walker, retired. The began to take it a little' more leisur.ely, well ... two f emale servants had already done so. Ing that Mr. Markham, our superintendem, of the three were in -a'ny way disturbed until wouldn't be in his office before nine, and that morning. r there was little I could do that day until after I A little before half-pas t Walker started. bad seen him. to put his master's private room in order. There, I was just thinking wha t a strange lull there upo n the floor, l a y his master, whom he had supwas in ou r busi ness, when I saw a man hurrying po se d 'to be fully forty miles away. along the street toward me. His clothing w a s t e r r ible disordered, and there He was about five feet six or seven high, well was a wound, extending from the front part of proportioned, clean sh a ven, h air thin on the top the h ead a own the foreh ead to near the bridge of of his head-this last I noticed as he took his the no s e hat to wipe his forehead with a large silk hand-In con sternation he call e d up the women ser-kerchief which he carried in his hand. v ants and, after con sulting them, hurried off to I had seen the man often before, but couldn t Mr. Creigg' s. cajl him by name. Creigg, after paying. a hurried visit to the "Oh I said he, grabbing me by the place went to the polic e station. arm, "have you heard the horrible news? I was Officers at once took possession of the house. just on my w a y to your lodgings I to -reIn one of the hands of the dead man there was tain you in this matter; and I want the whole found the merest fragment of paper, that ap thJng thol'Oughly sifted to the very bottom, yes, peared to have been torn from a greenback or a ev.en if I have to pay every cent of the expenses United States Governin ent bond. m;yself." I asked for that fragment. It was at once de"But you've forgot, si:r,'' said I, "that you livered to my keeping. Then, turning to the su-. haven't yet told me .what this horrible news i s -perintendent, I asked: I don't even know your name." "Who found this little piece of paper?" "0 f 'd h "th 'Twas Butle r that found it." I course--0. sa1 e, at s very "Please do not mention this to any one. I true; l!IY name IS Creigg-J ohn Creigg. I'm a-. would like, if possible, to keep thi s Clue all to :and ntYUse agent on State. And myself.''. ve no also heard Mr. White lock of l'Very proper," said the superintendent. avenue . WE:ll, las t mght he was foully, I went to work on the case, but a ,goed fact, most brutally murdered. It w:as only while w ith uoor r esults discovered half hour ago by his valet, Month s passed. l had had. a close watch kept who came direct to me . on Walker; but we never caught him tripping, At tha!_ moment a 1JOhceman came rumpng althoug h Creigg had seemed to lean to the opinup'"M F ,, 'd h t t d t , ion that he knew m ore of the matter than we ap-r ox, sa1 e an a e one, you re peared to see. wanted at office Thei:e s be e n The case was at this s t a nd, when suddenly one a mo s t horrible mur.. Oh as he notic e d _who merning Creigg burs t into my room before I was my companio n was. You know all about it, I dressed and in e a g e r haste cried: see "Walker's gon e He' s off!" 1> Y es," M i d I. "Gone where? Whe r e's h e off to?" I aske d. The pol iceman turne d awa y, and w e hurried to "To Europe-I'm s u r e of it," said my vi sitor. t he s t atio1l. L eaving Creigg seate d in t h e outer "All right; and if there's any oc c a s i o n for it, room, I eaa.tered t h e su perin t endent's private of-I'll go there too," I a n s wered. fic e Wit;'itin t e n m inutes I h a d all the facts "And if y ou g o I s h a ll go with y o u said k n ow n at U:le office at that time in m y posse s -Creigg ; "for, as I've always said, I'll se e -the oott o m o f this thing." b r M r White lock was a n ol d man-say s i xty-e i ght A s I entered the superintendent's office thht or seve nty. H e h a d survive d h is wife and chil-day h e look e d up, a n a w ith m o r e interest tha n uren b y som e years, a nd t h e o nly heir. t o hi s v a s t h e generally m anifes t e d, said: : 9 possessio n was a little gra nd so n, a s ickl y child O h Fox I suppos e y ou v e heard that W a lkeft s 1 who was n ow a t a p r ivate b oarding -hou se in the off?" l c o1.mtry "Yes heard it this morning,'' I repli ed, Mr. Whitelockhad b ee n to p a y a vi sit t o 4is then I a sked: '1:3 little grandson, and the d ay. be;fore this upon "Where has he g o n e to ? whi c h hi s body was di s covered h e had s ent his "Took a steamer fro m N e w Y ork to Liv erpool. servant b a ck t o tow n with an impo rtant me s s a g e What do you think of it?" fo r M r Creigg, a t the s ame time telling his valet "I don't like to say yet. Mr. Markham. if


PLUCK AND LUCK 29 you'll be so kind as not to press me," and then looking at him earnestly, I asked: "But w}).at do you think of doing?" "I want you to follow him by the next steam 1md so bring this matter to a said he, ''1'or to tell the truth, it's a disgrace to this of:fi.Ce." ful in suggesting definite -personality and seems to be an integral part of some happy circle's daily life. As a background for the American Colonial furniture, which is daily growing in popularity, the quaint scenic wallpapers are especially appropri ate, having been extensively used in Colonial times. Such a paper was used in the dining-room of the early American home recently furnished by James Mccreery & Co. at Hartsdale Fells. The : furniture u sed is sturdy' pine and maple, whose warm golden tints make a room sunny, a pleasant relief to eyes which are weary of dark colors. This room was more adapted to the genial group of intimate friends than to formal dinners and ceremonious entertaining. LONDON COMMUTERS TO EAT IN EASE IN MOTORING CAFE A restaurantmotorbus to accommodate thirty people, each provided with a separate seat and table, is nearing completion. It is designed -for service between London and Folkestone. A fea ture of the bus is that almost any form of refresh ment can be provided from rump steak or mutton chop with vegetables to a cup of tea. Un

so PLUCK AND LUCK I TIMELY TOPICS 'FAIL URE$ UP 3 PER CENT IN FIRST HALF .. OFYEAl? Failures in the United States during the first six montfts pf 1927 increased 3 percent in number over the same period last yea:r, a tabulatio' n released lately by Bradstreet's show s The number of was 1,9291 involvin.,. tOtal liabilities of $382,926, 738. The liabilities ilivolved showed an.increase of 27.5 'percent' over last y e::i,r. The failure record shows a decrease 12.'4 per cent in the number of bankruptcies, anrl of 3 percent in liabilities from 1922, the peak yea1 in failures. The peak yea1 in liabilities \ va5 1924 and from that year liabilities thi. s year show decrease of 13.5 percent. The feature of recent years' failure returns has been the relatively heavy number of large failures whether of banks or of other important enterprises which have sus-pe:nded, the agency finds. DOCTORS TO PASS ON IMMIGRANTS TO CANADA A more artful medical exammation is to be made in the British Isles and Continental Europe. of intending emigrants to Canada, and a staff of twenty-five qualified doctors, with differ ent grades of salaries, are being detailed for this duty over seas. lieretofore immigration inspectors abroad have given the emigrants "the once over" and generally have accepted local physicians certificates of physical fitness. The medical examinations have taken place at Quebec, St. John and Halifax. This has not worked with entire satisfa<:tion. It has been found necessary to -turn back considerable numbers, and, in consequ e nce. offi<:'ers of the health will now make the examinations before the parties leave. Any rejections will be made in Europe ,and the inspection at ports on this side will thus be modified. LONDON'S SMALLEST HUMAN BEING TAKES HEARTY MEALS FROM SPOON After being fed the first five days of her life with milk from a fountain pen filler, Alice Seabrook London" r smallest human being, i s now taking h earty meals from a s poon. When she was born, three weeks ago, Alice weighe d only one pound ten ounces, she is perfectlY. formed in body and h a s a particularly merry smil e. The t enth in her family, Alice do es not hold the r ecord for diminutiveness A baby boy was born in L ondon this year, who, it i s state d, weighed only one pound, and ,candidates from W e mbley, Lond o n and Auckland, New Zealand, weighed in a t on e p ound eight ounces, and one pound two and one-half ounces, respectively. The average weight of a new-born ba-by is about seven pounds, but s ize evidently isn't everything, as Sir Isaac Newton weighed less than two pou _nds at birth. GIRL HOLDS UP BANK B!cnde, bobbed haired and defiant, a nineteengirl i s being held at Saginaw, Mich. folowmg her unsuccessfol attempt to get $5,000 from the paying teller at the People's S>lvings Bank. . Coolly pointing an old revolver into the face of E. E. Speckhardt, at the baIJk, the : gi,rl a $51090 check "make it snappy" through wmdow and airily commanded the tel-ler to "give me and. m.ake it snappy.'.' -Speckhardt dropped to his knees behind the counter off a complicated burgla r alarm system. W1thm a few seconds a policeman SE;,V" era! hu_ndred pedestrians flocking at his heels the bank and disarmed the girl. She fell mtO the patrolman's arms and broke into tears.. The young woman gave her name as Viola Harns, of Flmt. She i s unknown in that city. "I needed the m'on e y to pay off a mortgage told police, ."and I thought that would be arI el\SJ' way to get it." -. . OLDTIME RADIATORS WERE EYESORES., IN HOUSEHOLD The ceiling, walls and floor should be painted same hue,. as iar as possible, the difference 'bemg only of brightness. Even the radiatofs, and pipes should be painted the ctilor of the immediate background. That i s if the wall of the radiator is painted Aiice blue the radiator should be painted likewise. Painting them a fraudulent gold bronze or silver makes the m inharmonious with' the general color and furthermore, thus painted they fa1l to tneir function properly be: cause they radiate less heat. The engineering deof the of Michigan and the Institute f/-. Industrial Research at W ashingtori have proved this to be a fact. In g eneral we are t9ld them tbat this metallic pigment, is used m bronze, reduces heat transmiss ion as much. as 2 per cent. PNEUMONIA LEADS DEATH RATE oN .. -EAST SIDE Pneumonia and pulmonary tuberculos is, att. d largely. to bad housing conditions, are the the first and third highest mor tality rates m the Mulberry district on thelower Side. Th.i s is. one o! the most conge sted sections of the city, m which a study covering ten years of population changes and vital statistics has just been completed by the New York Ass ociation for Improving the Condition of the Poor: heart disease is productive of the s.l!c ond 1!-1ghe15t d eath rate in the disti ict, says a P?rt recently by the society. Deaths in from accidents have increased steadily, smc e 1920, but the death rate from cancer ii:; low. The Mulberry district, bounded by Houston and Stree t s aiid the Bow ery and Broadway, c.on of the largest Italian populations in the city. The study was instigated in connection with a maternal and child health program undertaken by the society in May, 1918. It r eveals that .the Itali:in P

-. ' - 1 ,, f; PLUCK AND LUCK ITEMS OF INTER}:ST-USE FIRST GRADE LUMBER PROTECT YOUR HOME AGAINST Lumber is one of the most important materials POISONOUS INSECTS tliat goes into a home. On it depend s long life The air that brings the radio entertainment to' and staunchness-beauty of trim and finish-the your home can also transmit mes sengers of m lasting of doors and window s-the re-ome sults of paint and varnish-things that make for Science has traced much of the spread of tiis. '.'Pride and satisfaction. ease to germ-laden insects. The fly and mc:-squito FISH F LOOD VICTIMS To GET U . S. HELP are !l!Il?ng worst of disease germ-carryihg . . . pests.. And, hke the radio wave.'!, they are in the : The Bureau !)f -Fisheri_ es is pl.anmng to. rescue air-always about : mal\y millions.of fish i? sh. al!ow p.oo}s A singie fly may carry on its hairy body and the 'Yaters _of the rE;cedes. many-as 6,00_o,ooo tiny, deadly, ge:i;ms. Nt?rmalJy, the.z:e. is-, .1n. the -'.l'.:rvhoi. 4, dysentery a re among the of the Miss1ss1ppi keep,.popds (;hseases _which may be stalking through your .wit}). prevent 9f' .hut .this be r,acked aci:oss your food-in the .nar 1t is beh.eved much r.escue work will be neef-00tstoeps -of the promenading fly. His nath m ay essary. . be a veritable trail of death. -.. : Evei:Y : year, .the !i,igh water, Malarial'an'd other fevers are kn;"-n t 'ri be squads catch enormous o f y .oung fis h m : Vljyed .. l5y the mosquito ; . Rust-ffr 69f c9riper aiici nets a?. i:io. o ls 1!1 tJ:ie .upper of bro11ze screen keep the bars u -the -MiSSlSSlJ?Pl begm to qry up . rqe a,dult fish against the winged carriers of : disease and the p the.mam channels and m backwater(!. 'can "always be relied upon for' consti:nt As. high water recedes -milb6ns of young are seryice . :qiay and tear, but .left m .the. home equ1ppea with bronze screens is a borne UNUSUALLY ROOMY INTERIORS ARE. protected against insects. LAUDED IN WHIPPET-CARS The unusual roomy interior provided in the ._Whippet is one of the features in the. c).esign of this car that has; won for it a distinctive place in .the light four fie ld, according to Willys-Overland officials. It is Claimed that the Whippet, with a type of design that has been followed this year by many automobile manufacturers, not only has generous leg room, but that the space in the com _partments is greater than will be found in other cars of .its price class and equal to the roominess found in most light six cars. To provide plenty of room for driver and oc cupants was one Of the most artfully studied problems of the engineers for Willys-Overland when it was decided to produce an automobile of this type. GRAND TURK TO WED POOR GIRL, SO HE GIVES HER FATHER A JOB The Grand Turk is to take unto himself a wife. Not a surprising thing, one would say, for a fol lower of the polygamouus Prophet to do. Yet it is causing a lot of comment, particularly in view of the personality ,of thl' bride-apparent. Mustaplm Kemal, the President of the Ottoman Re public, recently met by chance at Broussa a Montenegrin who was in search of work and who was accompanied by his daughter, a girl of s even teen. S:tru.:k by the extraordinary beauty and grace of this child of the Black Mountain, Kemal sought her'acquaintance, fell in lov e with her and asked for >her hand and in marriage, off el'ing to defitay meanwhile the costs of providing her with an education i:)efitting the exalted place which she 'Wilboccupy a s his wife. His pr0po sal was ac-. cepted, and Angora is now anticipating the nup tials. Inci dentally, the girl's father has been pro'.'rided with a well-paying employment ATTR;\.CTIVE GARDEN FURNITURE ADDS BEAUTY AND VALUE TO HOME Twenty: five years ago a widow found herself with the responsibility of raising and educating a young daughter with a small residence a s her only capital. . She decided to sell her little home, to which she had so artistically added effective touche s of beauty, both inside and out of doors The suddenness with which her home was sold gave her an idea, and since then she has been building one home after another. She calls them homes, not houses, beause, she says, sh. e puts into them the touches of beauty that make the home and attract the buyer. This clever woman cannot speak too apprecia tively on the subject of garden furniture, garden fences, attractive trellises, garden seats, sand boxe s, bird houses and the mariy nieces that lend inviting notes to spots in her land-scapi ng. Much of the beauty and charm of a home lies in these "fixings," and today they are made up in such large quantities and can be s old reasonably because the small heme owne:!: is real izing the importance of beautifying his grounds as much as does the owner of large estates. The furniture, made of wood, always can be kept bright and new with a f!lesh coat of paint each season. and for that reason is most popular. Bird houses invite beautiful, musical guests to your yard. Trellise s are effective as adornment and encouragement the growth of flowers' or vines. The garden seat is a continual comfort from the time the flowers begin tc bloom until the frost turns them bfown. A sandbox with a canvas can opy makes a hom e of the, yard for your child, and of course the prettily designed garden fences are both useful and ornamental.


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