The Boy of Donnybrook, or, A lord for a year : (A story of Ireland)

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The Boy of Donnybrook, or, A lord for a year : (A story of Ireland)

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The Boy of Donnybrook, or, A lord for a year : (A story of Ireland)
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Cap't. Tho's. H. Wilson
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PLUCJ< }\]'I D LUC}< Stories of Adventure 1sauc1l Weekly-By $2.50 pe r year. Jilnte1 ed aa Second-Olasa Matter February to, 1918, at the Post Office at Ne10 Yori:, N. Y., imde1 act of 11/arch a, 1879. Entered acco 1tling to A.ot of Congress. tn the year l9U, in the office of tho Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C., b11 li'rank Touse11, Publisher, 168 West 23d St., New York. No. 819. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 11, 1914. Price 5 Cents. The Boy o f Donnybrook ORA LORD FOR A YEAR (A STORY OF ffiELAND) '" B y A L LYN D RAPER CHAPTER I. ..1. STRANGE COMBAT. It all happened in the Emerald Isle about sixty years ago. There were wild lads In that country in those days, and they had their full fling at dueling, horseraclng, fighting with blackthorns, and other pleasant diversions. Who has not heard of Donnybrook Fair, where the boys 01' Dublin and the surrounding country had a splendid time for a week or so every year, and where unbounded merriment was the order of the hour? On a certain night In the spring of t)Je year, a young gen tleman ran out of a grand old mansion situated not very far froII1 Donnybrook, and he then darted across the lawn as If Inspired 1by some crazy Impulse. Having reached the deep wood at the end of the lawn, the half-crazed young man kept on at headlong speed until he reached the bank of a deep flowing river. Without a moment's hesitation, and without uttering a single word, the young fellow plunged In headforemost, and he soon disappeared in the dark water. Very few moments elapsed before a head arose above the water again, while Its owner beat about wildly with his arms, as he yelled aloud, ln frantic tones: "Help, help, or I'll drown. Oh, save me, save me, as I have changed my mind and I don't want to die no_w!" The cry for help was scarcely r alse(l when a rugged form darted out of the wood and then plunged In to the rescue of the drowning man, while a merry voice rang out, crying: "Thunder and turf, if it Is not Lord Craven!" The last speaker had scarcely plunged In, when a large, shaggy dog darted Into the water after him, uttering a friendly salute. In less than two minutes after the two men and the dog were safe on the bank, and they were all panting f r om th,eir exertions. 'l'he young man who had attempted suicide did not offer to thank his rescuers when he recovered his breath, but he flung himself on the ground, as he groaned aloud: "Oh, Dan; Dan, why did you save me, as I wanted to die so much?" The rough-looking customer cast a scornful glance down a t the young lord, as he asked, In droll tones: "Then why in the mischief didn't you die In peace w h ile you were about it, and not call on any one for help?" The dog gave a savage growl at the thankless fellow on the ground and then made a snap at one of his legs With a yell of rage and pain the prostrate youth sprang to his feet, and darted behind the animal's master, crying: "Death and furies, are you going to let him tear me to pieces?" Making a motion to his dog to keep of!', the roughfellow turned on tbe youn5 as he demanded: I "What alls you anyhow, Lord Craven?" -The miserable young man put his hands to his eyes, as he sobbed aloud: "Oh, Dan., Dan, I am the most wretched being on earth to-day, and I wish I were dead." Dan caught the young fellow by the shoulders and dragged him towards the edge of the water, as he cried: "That is easily settled. Keep back, Raun, as I can settle with him." Lord Craven struggled as well as he could, as he cried in tremulous tones: "what do you mean to do, Dan?" "Fling you Into the river again, of course. 'Ti1< a pity not to let such a poor fellow as you not have your way, and on my conscience I'll not wet my clothes for such a cur again." With a violent effort Lord Craven broke away from his droll friend, as he cried: "Don't be a fool, Dan. Oh, if you only knew thP trouble I am In to-night." Drawing a flask from his pocket Dan handed it to the young lord, saying: "Take a drain of that and then tell me what ails you, ye born fool." The young lord did take a drain out of 'the flask .and then handed it back to his friend, saying: "I am awful thankful, Dan: Oh, if I had only your pluck what a happy man I would be." The half-ragged fellow before him shrugged his shoulders as he took a drain from the flask and then said, in sarcastic tones: "On my soul, you are to be pitied, my fine lord. Take it easy now, and tell me what is troubling you at all." "Oh, I'm in such a lot of horrible scrapes, I don't know where to begin to teU you. They tnean to murder me, and I know it too well." Dan sneered at the coward before him, as he asked: "Who means to murder you?" "Lady Craven and her friends." "Then why don't you turn them all out, box and dice?" The young lord groaned again ere he responded in piteous tones: "Do you know how I am situated up at the hall, Dan?" "I don't know much about you only from what I can hear, and that isn't to your advantage." "What do you hear, then?" "I hear that you lire an impudent puppy and a tyrant to the poor servants and stableboys. I hear that you are led by the nose by your step-mother, Lady Craven. I hear that you are bullied and browbeaten by your equals and by your step-brother, Dick Craven." Young Lord Craven made a motion as If to stop the cata-


2 THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. logue of bis failings, but bis rough friend sl!ook his band in "The black horse may do it, as be Is the best jumper in the his face as be continued: country, but I could never sit on his back while he was facing "Don't stop me or 1'11 break your face. In one word, you at it. The truth of the matter is, Dau, that there is a conare a mean hound in every sense of tlle meaning. You haYe spiracy on foot to put me out of the way. Then there is the not a spark of decency in you, except when you are drunk, desperate steeplechase over the worst jumps and water leaps and then you are a boastful, bullying, lying scoundrel, and iu the whole country set clown for Monday next, and fo_r two you cringe out of all the promises and boasts you make thousand pounds a side at that. If I should have t1le goo d when you get sober. Dare you look me in the face and say luck to escape them all, they will put up other games on me, I am uttering a word of a lie?" or have me shot from behind a hedge before long. Oh, Dan, "I fear it is all true, .Dan, but I am such a miserable wretch Dan, you are the only friend I have in the world! Save me! that you ought to pity me, and you my half-brother." save me! and I'll swear to do full justice to you when I be" Your half-brother, am I? Faith, it's the first time in four come of age." long years that you even spoke a civil word to me, you miser"Slfut up, bad cess to you, as I have something to offer tllat able, mean hound. It is true that yout father was my father will save you." also, and while he lived he did not forget that I was allve, "Ob, can you save me, Dan?" but--" "I can, and I will if you will do as I say." "Ob, Dan, Dan, I will not :(orget you hereafter! It was all "I will do anything In the world you say, Dan, only get my step-mother's doings, as she would not allow any assist-me out of the terrible scrapes I am in." ance to be given to you." "There is only one way to save you that I can see, and that "Who asked her or you for assistance? While my father is to let me ta]\e your for one year." lived, although be hadn't the manhood to marry 1my poor "You are humbugging, Dan. How in the mischief could dead mother, he treated me half like a son. He gave me a you take my place for a year, I would like to know?" fair allowance, a good education, and he had always a kindly "Easy enough. Let me fix up in your clothes, shave this word for me. But how has it been since he died?" rough beard off my face, and I'll bet my life that I'll pass "It was all my step-mother's doings." for you any day: Don't you remember when your father "Go to thunder, you cringing cur. was it your steplived, and I was better clothed than I am now, how often'it mother hindered you from giving me a civil word or nod was remarked that we look alike?" when we met on the road.or at the fair. Have you not lash"I du-I do, Dan," eagerly replied the young lord. "I am ings of money at your command, and did you ever offer the wil'l.ingto be a chimney sweep for a if I can only have .Boy of Donnybrook a pound or a penny? Did you not know an easy mind," eagerly replied the young lord, his eyes brightthat I was often dry and hungry, while the same blood was ening on the moment. in our veins, and did you ever ask me up to the "Then solemnly that you will my P.lace a kitchen or the hall to satisfy my hunger? Did you not know and _that you TIIll let me take yours without mterfermg that I got into a few scrapes with the police through my wild with me lil any way." pranks and did you ever offer your influence to "et me out "I solemnly swear to do as you ask, my brother, and that of "' I will not interfere with you in any way at all." "It is all my step-mother's fault." Dan cast a pitying glance at the miserable young wretch before him as he continued: "Now tell me quietly what made you try to take your. own life to-night." I "Why, Dan, my life is threatened on all sides. You know that I will not be of age for one year yet. and my step-mother CHAPTER II. COJIIMENCING HIS NEW CAREER. is. my If I put out of tlie way ller son Dick j After discussing the change for a little while the two young w:;.11 be entitled to my title ai::d my estates. At the presei;it men started through the wood toward Craven Hall, when the moment she bas s_et two fighting .fien?s at me, and I am m big dog suddenly darted forward and ci!ught a rabbit, which for a duel, a desperate leap over the iron gate, and a break-I he at once placed at the feet of his master. neck steeplechase." Lord Craven looked at the dog and then attempted to pat "A. duel, a leap an gate, a breakneck steeple, him on bis bead, but the fierce animal gave a snarl and made chase. 'Vh:1'" man alive, if. I w:is ,,111 your place those are,. a snap at him, while Dan cried, placing his hand on his thtl very thmgs I would dellght m. brother's shoulder at the same time: "But you are sucll a brave Dan. Every _one knows I "Be quiet, Raun. This is a +riend of mine, and be is going that you not your equal m courage _and darmg around to be your master for a while, too." here,. Oh, if co,;1tc1 ouly fight my cousm, Jack Burke, for I "Raun, Raun," repeated Lord Craven. "What a queer name me m the mornmg. your clog has, Dan. Do you think the dog will follow me "Then you are engaged to fight the fire-eater, Jack Burke, hereafter?" in the morning?" tlsked the Boy of Donnybrook, eagerly. "I am sure he will when I give him a little friendly advice. "That I am. We bad .a quariel to-night after supper and Let us get into your private rooms now as quick as you he fi:-ing a glass of 111 my face. Then I flung a decanter In less than half an hour afterwards the change was effected at him and him down, and before I kne:v where I in the private apartment of the young .lord. was ';!duel with was all arranged for daylight In Taking the razor which he had used in shaving himself, mornmg .. I !mow I w1_1l be shot-; and say that drownmg the Boy of Donnybrook cut a slight gash W bis band. Is the easiest death gomg. Oh, why d1dn t you let me drown Seizin er the hand of his brother who trembled for the time while I was about lt'I" be also drew the blood therefrom'. "There is nobody hindering you. now. But just tell me the Then clasping the bleeding bands together, Dan held them of .your tr?ubles before you Jump in." ,, to the nose of the sagacious dog as lle said, patting the ani I will, I will, Dan. Do you know Captam Slasher? mal on the head at the same time: "Do you mean the English gentleman jockey who rode at 1 "Now, Raun, my good boy, I want you to follow him until the Ourragh last year?" I I call you again, and be true to l!im as you were to me." "That's the man. To-night, before the quarrel came off, The dog smelled at the hands, looked up at his old master's and I was excited with wine at tlle time, I swore that I llad face, and then planted one paw on the breast of his new a horse in my stable that could J;>eat any other animal in the master, and wagged his tuil in approval. 'world at a high jump. Captain Slasher took me up and I I The ne.w lord then pointed to the door as he said, in im was in for it. '.!'he other villains at the table urged us on, perious tones. and it was agreed that we should jump over the iron gate I "It is time for you to be off now. I wlll show you to the leading from the stable out on the lawn on the day after toj back door, and the dog will lead you to tile hut iu tlle wood morrow." j where I have lived for four years." "Do you go over the gate together?" The two brothers then slipped down a private stairs, and "Not at all, and that is the worst of it. It was agreed that Raun was soon leading his new master to the miserable little we should toss for the lead, ancl I must make the venture first. but in t'l!e wood. If I fail Captain Slasher wins the bet, which is for one thouI Lord Craven, as we will hereafter call him, then flung him sand pounds eacJ:\." I self on the bed as If ovelpowerecl by wine, and he was soon "I think the black horse Fairplay can do it, although it is in a sound slumbor. a very ticklish leap .. It seemed to him that he bad not slept ten minutes, whef


THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. 8 a rough voice fell on his ear while a rougher hand shook him Starting up for a moment and forgetting where he was, After breakfast was over the young lord strolled out Into the stable-yard, and putting on insolent airs to the men there h e ordered them to saddle Fairplay and bring him forth. Lord Craven cried: "What in thunder is the matter now? Sure the fight ls not to cqme off until to-morrow." A rough, black-bearded man was standing at his bedside, and he replied: "You are mistaken, my lord. It is for daybreak this morn ing, and you have scarcely a minute to spare." Another glance of Lord Craven at the man, and the former :pot only recognized his position, but the person at his beside as well. It was Captain Slasher, a somewhat famous sporting gen tleml\,Il who did not bear a very gooa reputation on th,e turf. As Lord Craven made no effort to rise, Captain Slasher seized him again and dragged him from the bed, crying: "Take a little brandy and soda to steady your nerv-es, and let us hasten down to the grove. I see that you are a little shaky." He knew that his brother was an awkward rider, and he imitated him as he rod e across the lawn and away out of sight over the hill. Haying measured the high iron gate with his eye, the brave fellow rode into a deserted spot and commenced to try the powers of the horse at some high leaps. Fairplay was a noble animal, and the yonng man was thoroughly satisfi e d with bis performances. As he rode back toward the hall he chuckled to himself again, as he muttered: / "By all that is meny, but I am commencing well. but I must keep back and play the game with great caution." CHAPTER III. THE PROGRESS OF THE YOUNG LORD. "Oh, Slasher, good Captain Slasher, Is there no way out of this horrid affair?" "By Jove, no: you will have to fight, and I am sorry to Durlng the whole day the young lord kept up the game in say that Jack Burke is the best shot I ever met. But brace the best manner possible. up and Q.i.'ink this. You have about one chance In a hundred During his movements through the hall he had noticed a of escaping, but you may be a lucky dog, after all." pretty country girl who was acting as a waiting maid to Rose Carrying out the imitatiqn to perfection, the young man Dashwood, and whose name was Sally Malone. staggered downstairs with his second. and then he was fairly Meeting Sally in one of the upper halls in the dusk of the. dragged through the wood to the dueling ground, which was evening, the young man spoke to her in a friendly manner, not more than a mile away. stole his arm around her waist, and gave her a sly kiss in the When they arrived on the spot a dozen spectators awaited bargain. them. all of whom were i ecognized by the present Craven as The young girl started as if shocked at the salute, and she friends of his step-mother. then bounded away, crying: When the pistol was placed in his hand, and. he saw his "What is coming into the young lord at all? Why, he never opponent before him, the cowardly lord appeared to be seized looked straight at me before in his 11fe." with the courage of desperation, as he grasped the weapon There were several visitors at the house at the time, and with a firm hand and cried: among them was Captain Dashwood. "If r must die I'll do my best to hit him, anyway.,, The captain appeared to be a special favorite with Lady Dan knew that he was a splendid shot with the pistol, and Craven, and It was whispered In the nelghbor!food that the gay widow had her eye on him as her second husband. he had no more fear of the result of the duel than If en-While over their wine that night, the young lord noticed gaged in a bout with the firsts with some village opponent. that Captain Slaj!her was very impertinent In his remarks His opponent was a. noted fire-eater and a crack shot, who to him, and that he kept harping and sneering about the had been engaged in several affairs of the kind. duel and the great jumping match which was to take place The word was at length given. Both of the plsto1s went on the following day. off at the same instant, and each. of the men fell to the While pretending to drink freely of the wine, the young r ground. lord kept his senses about him, but he soon commenced to Jack Burke gave a yell of pain, uttering a fearful impre-bluster and brag in the most furious manner. cation at the same time, and clapped his hands to his leg, Dick Oraven sneered at him all the while, also as if anxyelling: loue to provoke him to a fistic encounter on the spot. "Blast the fool he has winged me." The young lord's heart was throbbing to meet the pair o! Lord Craven groaned as If in his dying agony as he moaned them, but he felt that he must act In a cautious manner, and forth: he waited until he had time, as It were, to get uproariously "Oh, mercy, mercy, I am a dead man. Heaven have mercy drunk, and then he commenced to play bis game. on my soul" He knew that his cowardly brother would fight when mad The surgeons present then hastened to make the usual exwith wine; and he resented a remark made to him by Dick aminations, with the following results: with a stinging blow between the eyes that sent him reeling Fighting Jack Burke had received a wound in the right to the floor. which would make him a cripple for life. Dick sprang to his feet crying, In a fearful rage: Craven had not been hit at all. "You must have it out with me on the spot, and no cringThe young lord laughed in his sleeve as he received the Ing out of tt as you did before." congratulations of his pretended friends, some of whom deThe young lord raved and blustered and declared that he clared that he stood fire like an old veteran. was ready to have It out on the spot. Among those who congratulated him was bis step-brother, A ring was soon formed and at It the two brothers went Dick Craven, a sly young fellow of eighteen, who wu noted with all the fury of rival boxers. among his companions as a splendid boxer. In less than five minutes Dick Craven was badly beaten, Although Dick was two years younger than his step-brother, while his tace was so disfigured with cuts and bruises that be was fully as tall and as strpng, and possessing considereven his own mother could not recognize him at the moment. able courage, be often thrashed the young lord. While some of the guests were applying raw meat to the When Dick approached the duelist there WILi! a sneer on face of the def.eated youth, the young lord kept on bluster-bis face, as he said: Ing, and. drlnkmg wine at the same time." 'Pon my honor you surprise me! I thought at one time He then turned to Oaptaln Slasher, holding a glass of wine that you would fall in a faint before you It must have in Ws hand, as be cried: been a chance shot." "Confound you for a cheat and a humbug, you have been 'l.'he young lord felt like having it out then and there with insulting me all the night, also, and take that." the bully, but he reasoned that it would not be well to rush And the apparently infuriated young man dashed the wine matters, and he replied: on the face of the gallant captain, following it up with a "Let me alone, as I have bad enough 01' fighting for one rattling blow between the eyes. day. I am sure." Some of the guests sprang between them, while one or When he arrived at the hall for breakfast hl8 step-mother more cried: received him as if rejoiced at his escape. "Another meeting, tby At the breakfast-table he notlc ed a charming young ladiY The young lord blustered more and more, and then cried( who treat(ld him with the utmost scorn, and he knew that "Yes, yes, let us have another fight with the pistols. I'll the proud damsel was Lady Craven's niece, whose name was fight him across the table if he likei;i, for my blood la up now1 Rose Dashwood. hani him!" \


THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. At thnt moment La.dy Craven burst into the room, crying: "What Ji.; all thiil turmoil about in here'?" Then het f'ye fell on the battered face of her son and she sprang toward him, crying: "What brute did this?" Dick Craven pointed to tbe young lord, saying: "It wns he who did it." 'l'he lnfnrlnted lady then turneu on h<'r stepson as if she would spriugat him anu tPar his eyes out, wllen be darted to the other side of the tnble, crying: "How often did 'he beat me, and you never said a word against It. I tell you I will not stand any more of this nonsense in my own house, even if l am not of age. You all treat me here as a cowardly child and I wo.n't have it any longer." As the young Lord Cra1en spoke he seized a chair, dashed o'"ti.t the candles with it, and then commenced laying about him right and l eft with the greatest fury. Lady Craveu was the first to dash out of the room, as she exclaimed: "The boy Is mad, and we will have to put him in a stralght ja.cket." The young lord did not stop 1':iis work with the chair until it was smashed into pieces. and all his guests were either stretched on the floor or flying in dire dismay. He then slipped quietly up to his bedroom, and his chuckle was deeper and merrier thau ever. After safely securing his door and placing a pair of pistols under his pillow, the Boy of Donnybrook stretched himself to sleep agaiu, little f earing any molestation during the night. CHAPTER IV. THE LEAPING MATCH. After n. late breakfast at Craven Hall a private consultation wa;-; held regarding the extraordinary conduct of the young lord. Lady Craven presided at the meeting, and. Captain Slasher ar1ed as her general advis. er. Dick Crnven was there also, his face presenting a very bPautifnl picture for a drawing-room, indeed. Captain Slasher's e_vps were also highly embellished, and hi::; largf' nose had a lump on it just where the eyebrows met. ThP only other per1<011 present nt the consultation was the fil'e-eating Jack P.urke, who was stretched on a bed, while thr others were gathered around him. \ftrr discussing the matter nnd rrcelving several propo stdR. Craven, as the leading_ Apil'it, said: 'V\That iR the uRe in talking, gentlemen. there is a frarful clrnng-e for the WOL'Re in th0 yonng wretch, and I cannot un derstand It." Get him drunk and let him break hi::; neck in trying to leap the black hors"' oYer the gate," suggested Captain Slasher, "and then I'll win a thousand pounds besides." Lady Crayen hesitated a moment as if in deep thought, and then responded: "Well, well. I suppose ""P will have to let him try the jump. If he is tipsy when he rides at the gate he will be certain to clear it." Captain Slasher then winked at Dick Craven as he remarked in a low voice: "If the puppy is drunk enough to make the venture over the gate, we can find some means of balking the horse at the jump." At th0 hour of noon Lord CravPn did not show up at the hall, anc! his enemies were mor13 puzzler} than ever. It wanted but a quarter of an hour of the appointed time, when the young lord emt'rg-ecl from the wood, crosse of the hall Lady Cra 1en, Rose Dashwood, and the female servants looked out at the thrilling scene. and more than one fair eye was closed as the brave horse rushed forward at a gallop, while the pretty walting maiu who lwtl received her first kiss from the young man on the previous night gasped forth: "It is a mortal shame to let him try it." Still S\Vaying a Uttle, in his saddle. hut with hiR hands and knees firmly pressed at the proper places, the gallant rider rushed at th1> fearful leap. At it they went with a fiery rush, up in the air went horse and rider, 1uHl then clear 01er the hlg-hest spike they flew \Vlthout touching a hair on brave Fairplay. 1\'ild and loud were the shouts that then rang out. caps and hats wPre tosseu in the air, blackthorns were flourished with a yengeance. while the girls in the windows danced with joy as they cheer0d their young lord for the first time in their lives. '!'he judge advanced a step or two toward Captain Slasher when the excitement had subsided a little and said: "It Is your tul'n now, Captain Slasher." Before the captain c:ould make any reply the young lord


THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. 5 appeared on his black horse outside the gate, and raising his cap as if to command attention, he cried aloud: "I'll wager you another thousand pounds we will dear it back again, Captain Slashel'." "No, no," cried the judge. "The contest must go on accordlng to the rules. Captain Slasher will now clear the gate, and then be will lead you where he pleases." Captain Slasher drew his horse back to the spot from whence the young lord had started, and he then started for ward at a hard gallop. The excitement grew intense when they reached the proper rising point, and then a yell of disgust burst from the Boy of Donnybrook's friends. The bright bay had balked, refusing to take t:1e leap at the signal from its rider. The judge stepped forward at the moment, crying aloud: "Lorcl Craen has won his wager In splendid style, and you are defeated. Captain Slasher." The young lord rode up to the gate again, and llftlng his cap, he cried: "Clear the way inside there and we will jump back to claim the stakes." Riding his horse back on the lawn, the daring fellow faced the iron gate again, and over they went in gallant Style, while the shouts that rang out were re-echoed through the deep woods beyond. Lord Craven then walked over to Captain Slasher, who had also dismounted, and reaching out his hand, cried: "I'll thank you for that thousand pounds, Slasher." 'lhe captain ground his teeth as he drew out the crisp bills and handed them over to the victor, saying: "I'll double the stakes on the steeplechase with you." "I'll take you at that," was the prompt response. "And I'll bet you a thousand more that you will not take Fairplay now and clear that .gate. The captain grew red In the face, and then stammered forth: "I never rode the horse before, and I wlll not venture the leap." '.rhe new Boy of Donnybrook witnessed the whole scene in silence, while his cowardly heart was palpitating with intense excitement. As his half-brother turned to enter the stable with the young men he bad lately engaged, the miserable fellow turned away with a groan as he muttered to himself: "Oh, what a cowardly dog I am! If I had only half his courage I would be the happiest man in Ireland to-day, and I would snap my finger at the fiends In the house." CHAPTER V. CONS'l.'ERNA.TION AT CRAVEN HA.LL. was worse than consternation among the beads of the $fuse, according to the servants, and especially the female of them, who highly enjoyed the great change going on. Before the day closed the young lord had asserted himself ln such a manner as to astonish all the inmates from the kitchen to the upper stories. Night bad scarcely set In when another solemn conclave was held in the bedroom of the wounded man, and pale was the face of Lady Craven as she presided over the meeting. Addressing her wounded cousin, the Indignant lady com menced by saying: "Have you heard about the goings on of the tipsy puppy; my dear John?" Jack Burke groaned and cast an eye down at his bandaged leg, as he replied: "Yes, 1 heard something about him. What the mischief has got into the fellow?" "He bas sold himself to the fiend, I think," answered Cap tain Slasher. "None but :the Evil One could have rode as he did to-day." "It is the drink that ls doing It all," protested Dick Craven. "It ls not the drink altogether, and he ha.a bad dealings with a human fiend, who must be put out of the way at once." "Who do you mean, cousin?,. asked Jack Burke. "I mean that scamp Dan r Ian, the Boy of Donnybrook, who bas been about with him all the aiternoon." The wounded man started a little as he asked: "You don't mean to say that that harum-scarum scoundrel bas been, around here all the afternoOJ;!?" Great was tile indignation on Lady's Cravens face as she replied: "I tell you he has. That wretch of a stepson of mine in vite d all the scamps of the Yil!age into the kitchen after the jumping match. and he maue the i;;ervaut girls furnish them with food and drink until they were scarcely able to stand." "Wbl're d o es 1;he Boy of Donnybrook live?" Captain Slasher. [ will tell you." answered Diek C raven. "He spends most of his time when :i.slee p in a hut u l the end of the wood." "Well, Ye must attem.l to him to-night," said Lady Craven. Before another word could be utte red the doot was flung open and the young lord staggered into tile room; crying: "Hello, Cousin Jack Burke, I came in to see !low you are getting along after that slight scratch you g o t. You must hurry up. man, and get well, till I have another crack at you, as none of the cowardly dogs around h ere have pluck enough to stand up before me since I winge d the Galway crack shot." Lady Craven and her friends who could use their limbs sprang to their feet in the utmost consternation at the appearance of the young lord, but the lady was too confounded to utter a word. Lady Craven was recovering her prese nce of mind, when she happened to cast a glance at the door, and two objects standing there caused her to utter an indignant cry, and she then exclaimed: "You audacious wretch, how dare you bring that scoundrel and his dog in here?" The young lord turned to greet the new Boy of Donnybrook and his dog, who were standing at the door, as he cried: "Don't be afraid, Dan, as I will stand to you. Why shotildn't I bring my own brothe r where I please? You kept me away from him too long, but I won't stand It any more, and he will come here as often as ever I please." Lady Craven fairly foamed with rage, and she then turned to, Captain Slasher and her son, crying, "Will you have those brutes put out of here?" The young lord put himself in a boxing attitude on the instant, and faced his two foes as he cried: "Come on, ana I'll whale the pair of you If you try to touch Dan. Back me, old fellow. and we'll thrash the pair of them within an inch of their lives." Seeing that his foes were not approaching to the attack, the young lord cried: "Why don't you come at it? Why don't you ring for your servants, and see if they are able to put my friend and his dog out? I have stout servants at my back now, and hang me if I don't bundle every one of you out of the house, i.C you attempt to cut any more capers with me." "The wretch Is beastly drunk," cried Lady Craven. "Drunk or sober, I will be master In my own house, as I have found out that you are only my guardian In name." Lady Craven winced, as she knew that she had been play ing without much authority, as she had really very little control over the young lord save what she ha cl assumed for her own purposes. She was a brave woman, however, and she at once. ex claimed: "If you do not behave yourself I will have you put in the mad-house." "I don't care that for all the mad-houses in Ireland. Just try to send the keepers after me, and I'll get the brave boys at my back to flay them alive and duck them in tbe pond after." Then turning away from his step-mother, the young lord addressed Captain Slasher, crying: "I want you to leave my house on the instant, Slasher. I know you to be a cheat and a rogue and I don't want such fellows as you here at all Wlll you go?" The young lord paused a moment or two for a reply, and then clapped his hands, crying: "In here, boys, and out with that sharper. Kick him out on the lawn whe1'e his horse and Ws men are awaiting Wm, and I will stand to your back. Five or six fellows sprang into the room on the instant, armed with blackthorns, and they darted at Captain Slasher, seized him without any ceremony, and dragged him out of 1 the room, while Lady Craven screamed with terror. Dick Craven did attempt to protect his friend, but the young lord dealt him a crack on the nose that sent him reeling into a corner. Still screaming with terror, Lady Craven darted out of the room, crying: "The boy ls mad."


6 THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. "I'll show you how mad I am before long," cried the young lord. as he turned to the bedside of the wounded man, as he continued: "See here, Jack Burke, you are not a bad fellow at heart, but the others got you to set on me, and I had to wing you. Be friends with me, and I will always treat you like a man and a couf!'!n. What say you, old fellow?" The young lord reached out his hand to the wounded man, who grasped It warmly as he responded: "May I never mount a horse again, my lord, if you don't beat all I ever saw. Hang me, but the -shot you gave me has opened my eyes, and I see that you are right. Yes, I'll be friends with you, and I'll stand to you through thlck and thin." Pressing the hand of his cousin again, Lord Craven hastened out of the room, followed by the Boy of Donnybrook and his dog. Cries arose on the lawn below, and when the young man hastened out through the front door he found the friends of the Boy of Donnybrook engaged in / a hot struggle with Cap tain Slasher and his grooms and stablemen, all of whom had been making themselves at home at Craven. Hall for some weeks past. In less than five minutes Captain Slasher and.his friends were driven off the grounds and along the road, the victors allowing them to, bear their horses along with them. Raun was not an idle spectator of the scene, as more than one leg had felt his fangs, and it required several calls on the part of his old master to keep the savage dog from making some subjects for a -coroner's Inquest. On returning in triumph to the hall the young lord was met by Rose Dashwood, who approached Wm in a timid manner, saying: "Dear cousin, what ls the meaning of all tWs violence'/" The young man cast an Indifferent glance on the fair girl, as he retored: "Dear cousin, Indeed! lt was only yesterday that you called me an Impertinent puppy, and so on, when I attempted to say a few civil things to you." Rose cast an inquiring glance up at the :flushed face, as she replied: "I am sure, my lord, I will not so oft' end you again. In the morning will leave your house, and you will never be troubled with my presence here again." ".Just as you please about that, Miss Dash wood." when he reached his-own room Lord Craven :flung himself on a chair and held his sides whlh) he burst out laughing, as-he exclaimed: "Oh, holy smoke, If this keeps on much longer I w!ll fairly die with happiness! I may !l<>t be courting the girl rlgbt, but hang me if I don't think it better than to be fawning on ber as Harry was doing.,. Having got his house in order, as it were, for the night, the new lord was about to retire to bis bed at eleven o'clock, when a famlllar bark <>ut on the lawn attracted bis attention. Without hesitating a moment he seized Ws pistols and a heavy stick, and hastened out into the stables, where he was soon followed by Raun. One glance at the dog showed him that the IJ-001' fellow bad received rough usage at the hands of some rascals, but a hasty examination told him that the 8-!J.imal was not seriously injured. Arousing some of the men be had eniaged in the afternoon, and feeling that his brother was in trouble, the young lord hastened away with them toward the but in the wood, the dog leading the way. When they reached the hut they found 1t empty, and there was every indication that a struggle bad taken place there re cently. The )lew lord then addressed his followers, saying: "My brave b<>ys, I think that the Boy of Donnybrook bas met with some foul play. Are you men enough to come with me on the track of the rascals who came here to-night to waylay him, and the gocid dog here will lead us'/" "To be sure," was the ready response from his old friends. "We are all ready and w!llip.g to die for the brave Boy of Donnybrook." With the dog leading the way, they were soon out In the wood again, while the new lord said to himself: "If the;1' have not killed or hurt him badly, tlrere won't be much harm done, providing that he has sense enough to hold his tongue and not betray us." CHAPTER VI. THE NEW BOY OF DONNYBROOK IN TROUBLE Lady Craven was not the woman to rest easy while her domestic throne was being assailed. Before tlre new lord had returned to the hall after his battl e with Oaptain Slasher's forces she held an important consultation with her son, and that young man soon rode away to meet the gallant captain. The defeated sportsman and his followers had stopped at the le'ading tavern in the village of Donnybrook, and when Dick Oraven arrived there he found Oaptain Slasher engaged in plastering the cuts he had received at the hands of the young lord, and most of his men were similarly engaged. While thus smarting under his wounds, Dick Ci;aven found Captain Slasher ready for the plot whic h his mother had suggested against the Boy of Donnybrook. The new Boy of Donnybrook was weary enough after the exertions of the day and he was sound asleep in the little hut when the loud of the big dog aroused him. Before he could well understand the situation or realize his danger however the door of the hut was burst In by five men wearing black. over their faces who assailed the dog and himself with large clubs in the most vigorous manner. The cowardly Boy of Donnybrook yelled with terror as he was dragged from the hut, while the brave dog fought in his defense until he was stretched apparently lifeless. on the ground. The masked men then placed a gag on the lad's mouth and_ dragged him away through the woods while they heapell blows and cuffs on him without mercy. On reaching the roadside, the prisoner was placed. in a cab two of his captors entering with him, and the vehicle up the mountain road, two horsemen riding behind it. When they had reached a certain point on the mountain the prisoner was dragged from the cab again, and then led into a hunting lodge, which belol}ged to. the of the young lorci. The Boy of Donnybrook was then surrounded by the masked men, and Dick Graven addressed him in fierce tones, disguising his voice, as he cried: -"Dan Dolan, you infernal rascal, we have brought 'you here to put you to death. How dare you appear at Craven Hall to lead the young lord astray?" "I didn't lead the young lord astray, gentlemen. Sure it was he invited me to join him against those who are trying to rob him out of house and home." "None of your lying to us," continued Dick Craven. "Didn't yo1i bring all the scamps in the village to the ball to-day to raise a riot?" "He asked me to bring him a lot of the boys to show him fair play, and how could I refuse him'/" "We will take gooo care of you now," cried Dick Oraven, as we are going to put you out <>f harm's way, confound you. Get the rope, and we will give him five minutes to say his prayers before we strlpg him up." One of the men produced a rope with a loop one end of It, and It was flung over the neck of the unfortunate lad, while he fell on his knees, crying: "For mercy sake, gentlemen, my life, as I am not fit to die at all. Let me go, and I w!ll clear away never to show my face In the neighborhood again." "We will teach yon to meddle bis a.tra!rs," replied Dick Craven. At a signal from young Craven the wretched Boy of Donny brook was dragged out of the lodge with the rope around his neck, and then bustled toward the stable. The poor fellow was trembling in every limb, when his tormentors ftung one end of the rope over the hoisting beam jutting <>ut over the stable door, and Dick Craven cried: "Up with the rascal!" The poor fellow was already raised from the ground, when a female form dashed out of tl;le lodge, -and an indignant voice rang out, crying: "This farce has gone far enough! Dick Craven, you should be ashamed of yourself!" The young man turned, and uttered an exclamation of surprise when he recognized bis cousin, Rose Dnshwood, who was arrayed in a. riding-habit, and whose bright eyes were :flashing with scornful indignation. The men holding the end of the rope dropped it on the instant, and the poor lad fell gasping on the ground.-Pushing his tormentors aside, Rose Dashwood sprang t<> the side of the poor fellow as she exclaimed:


THE BOY OF DOKNYBROOK. 7 "You have murdered him as it is, you wretches, and I willl "It is true enough, cousin. I suppose I mnst have had the denoEnce you!" stuff in me, but my courage was asleep, as it were, until One o,f the men sprang for a bowl of water, and the young he aroused me to action. Strange as it may appear, I was the girl dashrd it into the face of the insensible Boy of Donnybigg-est co,;ard In the world hefore. but now, even when he brook. whilr she continued: is not near me a.nd without any help from liquor, I feel as "I knew what you were about to-night. and I rode up 1iere brave as a lion." ahPad of you to pre;ent murder, but I am afraid I am too Before they reached Craven Hall Rose Dashwood became late." an ally of her young cousin, and she agreed to uphold him "The rascal is only shamming." cried Dick Craven. against his enemies, providing he kept in proper bounds. The lad opened his eyes at the moment, and"glared up at As the new Boy of Donnybrook had received several sore the young girl as he muttered aloud: bruises at the handR of his assailants In the hut, the young "Is it In heaven or the other place I am at all?" lord offered him a bed in his own private apartments that Cries of joy burst from Dick Craven and his friends. all night. of whom were still wearing the black masks over their faces, Before r etiring to bed, and after over the !nas they witnessed the revival of their intended victim. c!dents of the past tew days, the new lord made up his mind The Boy of Donnybrook had scarcel;11 recovered his senses as to his course of action for the future. as he felt that he wllen he recognized Rose Dashwood and took in the situation would have to be very careful, not only in his actions, but !n in a few moments. controlling his cowardly brother in orde r to prevent an ex Springing to his feet, and flinging the rope from around his posure. neck. be made a dash at Dick Craven, as he cried: "So _you would murder me, ,would yon? If there ls any law in tJie ,land you will all suffer for this." Di'ck Crhven knew that the Boy of Donnybrook was one of the bravest lads \n the neighborhood, as well as a furious boxer, and he retreated in great haste, crying: ;'Let us get away, friends." Captain Slasher and his friends sprang on their horses at the same time, and the "hole party hastened ,away from the loilge, leaving Rose Dashwood and the Boy of Donnybrook alone together. T -he conspirators did not take the direct road back to the valley, but hastened away over the mountain so as to reach Donnybrook by another route. .,., 'l'he young girl cast several inquisitive glances at t1ie Boy of Donnybrook, who was still trembling with excitement, ere she :tddre8sed him, saying: "I believe you are connected with Lord Craven in some way." The cowardly fellow was sick of the part he was playing, and he was a bout to declare himself to his cousin, when the loud b11.1kiug of a dog was heard on the mountain road below, and the young girl cried: "Here are some others coming up." Then a loud voice below rang out, crying: 'Have your guns ready, boys, and we will pepper the ras cals in fine style." "It Is Lord Craven," cried Rose Dash wood. The big dog soon dashed into the yard, followed by the young lord and his friends, while the new Boy of Donnybrook cried: "If you came here to save me you would have been late only for this young lady." The disguised lord stared at the young lady tn surprise, and then be said to her: "I am surprised to see you up here, Rose. Is It possible that you take part !n such work?" The young lady did not reply to the young lord, but turned toward the stable in an indignant manner. The new lord then drew the Boy of Donnybrook aside and eagerly inquired: ''.Did you betray yourself? What has happened to you at all? where are ,the others?" The cowardly fellow's courage revived In the presence of his brave brother and his followers. and he hastened to give an accom;1t of his adventures, dwelling in particular on his rescue by Rose Dashwood. Just as the narrative was concluded Rose Dashwood led her horse out of the stable, and the young lord sprang to her side iu a gallant manner as he cried, falling on his knees at the same time: "On my bended knees, good cousin, do I crave your pardon ,,to even dream that The young girl t'Clented a little as she remembered that the mistake on her cousin's part was quite natural. On the way down the mountain road the young lord and Ws cous.ln became quite confidential. The young girl cast a glance back at the Boy of Donny brook, who was walking after them with his friends, .and she asked: "Is !t really true that It was the Boy of Donnybrook who Inspired you with courage to fight a duel, to beat your step brother, to leap over iron gates and to play the desperado in l!:eneral 7" OH.APTER VII. THE YOUNG LORD IN TRDUBLE. According to the will of her late husband Lady Craven and her young son were entitled to a home at Craven Hall. and a certain annual sum from the estate until the marriage of the young lord. 'l'be cunning woman had also certain control over the estate and the actions of the young lord until he beC'ame of age, but she could not touch the revenues in the hands of the trustees except with the consent of her step-son. If young Lord Craven should die her sou would then be come lord and master of the eRtates as next of kin, and that was the crowning ambition of the proud woman. While the young lord acted the part of a coward, ancl while he appeared to be a mere straw in her hands, Lady Craven hoped to get rid of him without resorting to open warfare or deadly intrigue. On the following morning the uei1ignin1r womnn held a private Interview with Rose Dashwoocl, when Rose dedared that she would denounce and condemn any further assaults on the young lord ancl his friend the Boy of Donnybrook, de claring at the same time that she would keep i;;ilent regarding the outrageo1rn assault on the previons night. Iri a word Rose Dashwood declared that Rhe wonld upbo1d young Lord Craven In all bis just tights and privile ges, Rnd that she was pleased to that he had acquired courage enough to make a proper stand in his o'wn house. D1ck Craven returned to the hall in the morning, and on consulting with bis mother it was agreed that they would remain quiet for the time and watch the actions of the young lord. Early on the same morning the young lord 'l'as out In the stables in company with the Boy of Donnybrook, and he then gave out that his half:brother "l'f'as to reside with him thereafter !n the hall, and that he would have full carge of the hunters and racers !n the stable. On and after that day the Boy of Donnybrook became the constant companion of the young master of Craven Hall. Weeks and months went by, and young Lord Craven con tinued to be master of his own house. He was growing more popular 'vitb h!s neighbors and tenants each day, while his character for true courage and manliness became fully lished. The Boy of Donnybrook was never seen abroad save in the company of the young lord, whom he often induced to visit the old haunts In the village with him. In the meantime. Lady Craven and her son left the hall to pay their usual v Jslt to a summer watering place In England, and they took Rose Dashwood with them. While the first dark days of the agreement were passing, the cowardly Boy of Donnybrook felt greatly rel!eved at the thought of his brave brother assuming all the dangers to be encountered in the prize ring, on. 'the race-course, and at the hands of Dick Craven and his w!ly mother. As the time passed along, however, and the mean rascal perceived that the new lord had fought and shaped his course lpto apparently smooth water, he began to kick !n the traces and longed to play lord of the ball again. As the cowardly young hound was !n love with Rose Dash wood In his own selfish way, !t galled him to see his gallant brother on excellent terms with the lovely girl who had treated himself with so much scorn. Wben he retired to the sleeping rooms with his itallant


8 THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. brother one night he flung himself on a chair in a sulky man ner. as he grumbled forth:. "I can't stand this any lcinger, Dan Dolan. You are mak ing dead love to Rose to-night, and I can s e e that she ls getting fond of you also." "Hang your eyes, am I not making love to her for you? Do you think, if you take your own place to-morrow, that you could make headway with her?" "I am sure I could." A dark frown appeared on the face of the brave young man as he scowled at his brother, saying: "You are the meanest hound unhung to-day. Do you for get your solemn compact with me?" "It wae a foolish compact, and It will not hold good In law." The scowl on the face of the old Boy of Donnybrook grew darker and darker, and he drew a small document from his vest pocket and handed It to the other, as he fairly hissed forth: ":Maybe this will hold good in law." The new Boy of Donnybrook only glanced at the paper, when his fa e wore an alarmed expression, and he gasped forth: "Where did you find that? "In our father's old desk." As acting lord spoke he snatched the Important docu ment from his treacherous brother's hand. "You can't come that dodge on me, Dan Dolan, as I am certain that is a forgery." "It ls not a forgery, yon lying dog! This paper proves that my father married my poor mother before he ever met your mother or the present Lady Oraven. My mother was the real Lady Oraven; I am the lord and heir to this estate, and you are not entitled to any claim, as your father com mitted bigamy when he married your mother, as his first wife was then alive. You are the real Boy of Donnybrook, with out courage or honor, and I am the true lord and master of Oraven Hall." Tl!-e cowardly fellow was thoroughly scared at. the an nouncement thus made to him, and he fell on his knees In the most abject manner as he pleaded forth: "Oh, Dan, Dan, you wlli not take advantage of that docu ment and rob me of my name and fortune!" A scornful smile passed over the face of the old Boy of Donnybrook as he retorted: "Go to bed now, and beware how you act hereafter. Not another word on the subject until I speak to you, and heaven help yon if you otter to betray me In any manner or form, for I know that you are capable of It, and I will keep my eye on you." The miserable boy for the time being did sneak ott to bed, but he did not sleep a wink that night, as he lay awake think ing of his new position, and plotting in his mind against the brave fellow who had fought his battles. Before the day dawned the cowardly wretch had made up his mind to get rid of his brave brother by joining ,In a plot against him with Lady Craven and her son, and without ex posing the secret compact On the following morning, while the acting lord was away at a hunt, the new Boy of Donnybrook threw himself in the way of Dick Craven and commenced the negotiation. Dick Craven soon consulted with his mother, and the keen witted woman held an interview with the rascally Boy of Donnybrook, which en!jed in forming a. deadly plot against the young Lord Craven. 1 Soon after the last consultation was ended Dick Craven rode away to Dublin to consult with Captain Slasher and Jack Burke. The Galway Blazer had recovered from his wound, lbut when he found that he was lame for life he became fearfully embittered against the young lord of Craven Hall, and he mentally vowed that he would never rest until he had an other shot at the lucky duelist, or avail himself of some pther means taking revenge. A.t the time of which we write three highwaymen infested the roads around Dubin, and several of the country gentle men had been assaulted and robbed while returning to their homes at night On the night after Dick Craven paid his visit to Dublln the Boy of Donnybrook rode up to Craven Hall in a state of great excitement, crying: "Murder! murder! The villains of robbers set on us down by the woods, and they have kll!ed Lord Craven." Rose Dashwood was standing at the w4J:dow at the time. and the young girl's face grew deadly pale, while she al most fainted on hearing the announcement. Recovering her presence of mind, however, the good girl hastened down with Lady Craven, and they found the Boy of Donnybrook surrounded by the stablemen and servants, as he was giving a thrilling account of the attack made on him self and the young lord by three masked robbers on the lonely road leading from the vll!age of Donnybrook. Calling on the stablemen to bring forth horses and a car riage, Rose cried: "He may not be dead, and we must hasten down to him." As no one doubted the truth or courage of the Boy of Don nybrook, his story was believed by all. except Rose Dash wood, who disliked lll;ld suspected the fellow ever since he had appeared at the hall. The impatient young girl was the first to spring on a horse and dash down the avenue, but she had only reached the large gate when she met two gentlemen bearing the sense less form of the young lord toward the hall. A cry of agony burst from the young girl as she clasped the hand of the luckless youth, but that hopeless expression soon gave way to one of joy as she felt a slight pressure in return, which denoted that the young lord had life in him still. CHAPTER VIII. RA.UN SHOWS ms TEETH. It was soon reported that the lord of Craven Hall was ly ing insensible in his bedroom, and that he wa.s certain to die from the wound received at .the hands of the highway robbers. La<.ly, Craven and her son pretended to be dreadfully shocked over the incident, but very few believed that their grief was real. Dan Dolan, the Boy of Donnybrook, was in a fearful state of anguish when he learned from the doctors that his noble half brother was certain to die of his wound without Tecovering his s.:!nses. Rose Dashwood .was the only member of thfi) family who honestly deplored the coming death of her cousin. After the surgeons retired from the bedside of the wounded man Rcse Dashwood took her place by his side, and con tinued to watch and wait on him during the llvelong night The Boy of Donnybrook also watched by the side of his patron for some hours, the big dog also remained In the room. Toward morning the selfish Boy of Donnybrook declared that he was dying for want of sleep, and he retired to the next room, calling the dog with him. Raun would not stir from the bedside of his bld master, however. Orf the following day Rose Dashwood sent a private mes sage to one of the most eminent su. rgeons in Dublin, requesting him to hasten to Craven Hall. The surgeon was a young man who was well acquaihted with the young lady and her father, and he was only too glad to obey the summons. Rose led the young surgeon to the bedside of the wounded man, saying: "Good doctor, the others say that it ls impossible for him to recover, yet I feel in my heart that he will not die if he is properly cared for." "While there is life there is hope, Miss Dashwood. It you w!ll retire I wi!l give you my opinion in half an hour." The young girl did retire from the sick chamber, and the young surgeon joined her again at the appointed time, say ing in cheerful tones: "There is hope, Miss Dashwood, but the young gentleman wlll require the utmost care and attention." After a very serious conversation with the young surgeon Rose decided that either the Boy of Donnybrook or herself should always remaip in the room with tlie lnvalld, while the young doctor declared that he would visit his patient at least twice a day. when Lady Oraven was informed that there was some hope for the recovery of the young lord she appeared to be deliglited. Being very weary after the long night Of watching, as well as the day of anxiety, Rose Dashwood did retire to rest on the second night, and Lady Craven and the Boy of Donnybrook kept watch over the invalid.


THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. The big dog had disappeared during the day, and his new master could not find him. The treacherous Boy of Donnybrook had held :mother conversation with Lady Craven and her son, when it was de cided, among other things, that Ra.un should be put out of the way by poison. About ten o'clock that Lady Craven and the Boy of Donnybrook. were watching over the inSeIJ-Sible young man, when her son and Captain Slasher stole into the room. The four conspirators then withdrew into a corner, when Captain Slasher asked, in whispered tones: "Is the young beast alive yet?" Lady Craven frowned in a fearful maiiner, and glared at the bed as she replied: "Yes, he is alive, and that meddlesome puppy from Dublin declares that he wiil live if he receives proper care and attention." "He must die this night!" hissed Dick Craven. "To be sure he must," said the cowardly Boy of Donnybrook. "I am almost sure he notice d my trick the shot was fired." Captain Slasher then turned on the treacherous Boy of Don nybrook and pointed to the bed as he whispered forth: "You must finish him, then, yon rascal. Yoi.1 got the spoils 'without much trouble, and you must now finish the job for us." The cowardly Boy of Donnybrook saw that he was caught in a nice trap, and he groaned in agony as he gasped forth: "What can I do?" Lady Craven pointed to the insensible man as she replied, In cautious tones: "Yo\l have only to remove the bandage from the wound for a few minutes, and then put it on again. The surgeon from Dublin said that he would recover his senses in the morning, and if he does he will denounce you." The wretched lad cast another glance a:t the insensible young man on the bed, and he then braced himself, saying: "I'll do it." The wretch then moved slowly toward the bed, leaving The y w ere all startled at the movement of the wounded mau, and Rose sprang to his side as she cried, in joyous tones: D ear cousin, you must not excite yourself. I will promise you that. no one will touch the dog." "Raun i s not mad, and no one will dare touch him while I live. I want all of you to leave here at once except my brothe r Dan and my cousin Rose." A s the young lord uttered the last words he cast a furious glance on Lady Craven and her son who were still standing at the door with a group of male servants tlehlnd him. Lady Craven and her son retired with scowling faces, and the Boy of Donnybrook arose to his feet, as If about to follow them, as he groaned forth: I must go and have my arm dressed, or I will be sure_ to go mad." "Remain h e r e!" commanded Lord Craven. "Rose, lock that door, and take one of the pistols you will find in the bureau." 1 The young girl sprang to the door and turne d the key. When Ros e had secured the pistol she advanced to the bedside again, saying: ""What am I to do with this, cousin?" "You are to watch over me with it, dear Rose, I deal with this fellow. When I tell you it is a matter of life and death for me, do not attempt to stop me. I know what I'm about, and I have had my senses longer than you think." The cowardly Boy of 'Donnybrook could not meet the gaze of his brother. but he managed to gasp forth: "My arm-my arm! I can't imagine why Raun turned on me as he did: "I can imagine it," answered the wounded y9uth. "Raun is a faithful dog, and he could not keep quiet when he saw that you meant to take my life. Rose, that wretch wants to murder mt>. Point the pistol at his head, and shoot him if he stirs until l am through with h1m." CHAPTER IX. the others standing near the door, while he said to himself: nosE HEARS SOME SECRETS. "I don't want to do this, but won't I fix them hereafter for making me do it." When the young girl heard the fearful denunciation she The unnatural scoundrel was then in the act of seizing the turned her tlashing eyes on the trembling Boy of Donnybandage on the insensil;lle young man's head, when a fearful brook and pointed the pistol at his head as she said: growl arrested bis attention, and the next moment Rann "You miserable wretch, I knew that the dog would not sprang mt from under the bed and seized his arm with spring at you unless you were at s ome mischief." his large fangs. The Boy of Donnybrook fell on his knees before the noble Dick Craven and Captain Slasher 'made a forward move-girl and hPlcl up his hands in an imploring Jllanner as he ment as _if about to aid their fellow-conspirator, when Lady g a sped forth: Craven seized each of them the arm and drew them 'back, "It was all a mistake, Miss Rose. On my sacred honor, as she hissed into their ears: I clidrl't _mean any wrong ,at all." "Out with you_ at once or we will be betrayed, as the "You rfre a miserable fiar," said the wounded youth, in house will be alarmed by the cries." his clear, calm tones. "Stand up like a man and listen to The powerful animal the n forced the murderous wretch wha t I lJa to say to y ou." to the floor, while Lady Craven opene d the door and called The wretch clicl stand up, while Rose kept the pistol pointed aloud for assistance. at his head as the wounded man coi1tinn ed: At that moment Rose Dash\\'ood iushed into the room, "'Yhel'e is tbat paper you took from my pocket after I anu when she saw the dog str, ugglfng with tbe Boy of D onny-_ was sho t on the roadside?" brook she instantly cri.eq: "I have it here all safe. I kept it for you, fear. Ing that it "Raun, I-taun, good clog, come off and don't be so wicked." might fall into wrong The faithful clog rec ognized ht>r voice on the instant, and T e s, I know you k ept it safe for me. Just hand it out he released his grasp on the rascal's arm. now arnl g ive it to the young lady, or I will order her to Giving -,ent to a joyous bark, the animal wagged hiR tail shoot you like a clog, as you are." at the young lady and then turned to lick the hand of his The, miserable Boy of Donnybrook drew the paper from old master. his pocket and handed it to Rose, as he said: Rose. Dashwood glared down at the prostrate scoundrel "lam glad it is out of my.hands." and then at the dog, as she demanded: "Read it. Ro s e," said the wounded man. '''Vhat were you doing that the dog made at yon?" Tlle youug girl opene d the paper and read it carefully ere "I was not doing anything, miss," replied the lyiug ras cal. sbe .glanced a t young Lord Craven, as she asked, in agitated "I was sitting there on the chair with Lnd;r Craven when tones : the mad beast sprang out at me from nude r the b e d, and -n Thnt do c s thi s mean, cousin?" caught me by the arm. is gone mad, and he ought to be A peculiar smileplay\lcl over the face of the wounded youth shot at once." as he r e pli ed: And the miserable wretch groaned in agony as he glared It m enus clear Rose, that I am an imp'o stor, and that there at his bleeding arm. Rtands the r eal lord of Craven Hall. It means that Dan Lad:v Craven advanced to the door at the moment a s she Dolan, the Boy of Donnybrook, is lord and master here by cried ;lloud: right of birth, as hi:> m othe r was my_ father's first and lawful "'l'he brute is mad, as be tlew at the young man without wife, and I am by rig!Jt the real Boy of Donnybrook." any cause. Stand asi\)e, Rose, so that the servants may shoot 1 'he young g i rl was astounde d at the announcement thus the brute." made, and the trembling wretch before her was equally dum'.rhe wounded man raised his head from the pillow at the founded, as he coulntl his brother' s object for moment and glared around the room, as he cried: the moment. "\Vho talks of shooting the dog?" Rose kept staring from one to the other for some mo-


10 THE BOY OF DOXXYBROOK. ments, until she at length exclaimed, glancing at the cer' After p artnking of some nourishment, the woum1ecl man tificate of the marriage: f e ll into a sounu sle e p, nnd iJ.e ,yas watehed oYer by the "ls it possible that this miserable wretch is the real lord of faithful dog and tbe trut>ted men whom he had summoned. Craven Hall"!" 1 1Vitlin a week after L ord Craven was up and around again, ''Yes, Rose, that is the real lord of Craven Hall, and I to the joy of his followers in the stable, and to the great dis am only an impostor. Just listen patiently while I tell you appointment aud const ernation of Lady Craven am! hH a short story." frieuds. The honest fellow went on to tell of his own early life, \ One day Lord Ci aven !llade a public announcement that giving a bri e f sketch of his career as the real Boy of Donnyhe was going out in quest of the higlnrny robbers, and tlun brook until the night when he rescued his cowardly brother he would not return to Crave n Hull until he. bad punishe d from the river. 1 the wretches who bad made the cowardly assault on him. He then told of the compact made between them, and of On that same nigbt Dick Ci-aven and his mother starte d his baving agreed ,to change pluces with the coward and for Dublin, and they were soon in consultation with Captain fight bis l.Jattles "ith his enemies for one year. Slasher and Jack Burke. 'Yben the wounded youth reached the point where he In the meantime, the authorities in Dublin were on the found his own motber's certificate of marriage in his fathel's alert, and a large reward was offered for the capture of the old desk. the young girl clasped her hands joyously, as sbe. higllwaymen wllo had infested the neighborhood. ex<:Iaimed: I Young Lord Cim-en did not ride further than the illage '""lly dear cousin, this is the certificate of your mother's of Donnybrook that night, as he stopped at the l eading tavern and you are the real lord of Craven Hall after to join in a carouse with some of the leading young spoits or all." I the neighborllood. "Ko no Rose. A compact !s a compact with me. That It \\as after el even when he left tlle tavern, and he stng cowardly dog saw flt to get tired of his part before the time, gcre d in a stupid manner as he mounted his horse to ride was up, and he turned on me in a treacherous manner." J home alone. The cunning rascal thus accused had recovered a little of The young man was still swaying to and fro wben he his wit&, and he growled forth: i the dark wo?d where the had assailed "I didn't turn on you, Dan, until you threatened to take luru, yet was his eye and steady :was the hand on the my piace for good and all." \pistol \\lule he peered around, muttermg: 1 "l neYer threatened any such thing, you miserable dog, "I, am c_ertain the rascals will be_ at ,!11e again to-night, and until you wanted to break the compact. Vi'hat did you pro1 wont I give them a warm reception! pose to do with that paper when you stole it from me last Tl.le muttered words were scarcely uttered when three night, thinking tbat I was dead?" men on horseback dashed out of the wood, crying: was certain the highwaymen shot you, and I wanted "Stand and deliver! Your money or your life!" the paper to prove that I, as the Boy of Donnybrook, was the lord of Craven Hall, so that I could get the best of Dick Craven and his mother." CHAPTER X. IN THE DARK WOOD OF DONNYBROOK. "Get the best of Dick Craven and his mother!" sneered the wounded youth. "Why, you cowardly dog, they would have only child s play in getting rid of you in short order. The three riders had scarcely dashed out of the wood wllcn lf I bad not taken your place when I did you would be lying young Lord Craven fell forward on his horse's neck, as if cold in your grave now." overcome by the llquor he had taken. '!'be young oirl cast another scornful glance at the miserhorse at the same moment, but the rid_er dung to bis back, while the three rascals who were wearmg dark able CO\\ aIC1 l.Jefor_e he! 8;lld placed the important paper masks dis charged their pistols at the apparently helpless man, Ju h e r pocket as sne said m decided tones: I one of them crying 1:1Il not by any _oath or promise, and I will see "That will fix tJ:.:t is doue. 1 will declare the truth this very "While the smoke from the pistol was still enshrouding the .. robbers young Lord Craven sat erect in his sn.ddle, with a '.'. young gul s hand and drew pistol in each hand, and fierce was his voice as it rang out, lnm as he rephecl. 1 crying: You do ai:iythmg of the kmd, Rose. I hav:e tofd I "1;11 have at you now, you scoundrels!" ou mJ sec_iet m confide_nce, a;;d I beg of you not to disclose The n out rang his pistol-shots, and one of the robbers fell it I you permission. from bis horse with a cry of agony, while anotber swayed But this wretch here may murder you in the meantime," to and fro as he cried out: "I am hit Jn the shoulder!" protested the young girl. The third robber turned his horse as he saw their in"He wi!l not attempt that .again. If I will give tended victim aiming another weapon at him, and he bent you full liberty to. denounce him. You wUl _retain that paper down in bis saddleas he galloped off, crying: !n your safe k eepmg until the year has expired. If that fol-"Cut for It!" low becomes a man by that time, he will take his place here The wounded man then turned his horse on the Instant and again, and I will return to my old life. If he makes the he rode away after the other as another bullet wbistle1d by slightest attempt on me again in the meantime, I give you bis ear. liberty to denounce him." The young lord spurred on for a short distance in pursuit, 'J::lle young girl asked: as he yelled: ''\Yhat was be doing when the dog sprang at him?" "Stand and fight me, you cowardly dogs!" 'He was doing something that he never will attempt again. After riding a little way the brave young fellow pulled up How long hns UaptainSlasher been in this house?" as he said to himself: r was not aware that he was here at alL" "One will suit me to-njght, and I can bag the otbers here"Ile is here, but it does not mutter," said the wounded after." youth. T hen be said to the Boy of Donnybrook: "You can Galloping back to where the fallen man was lying on the go now :rn d have your bite dressed, but send two of the .Jllen road, he sprang from his horse and advanced toward him, from tl!c stu ble up here to me at once." pistol -in hand, as he cried: 'l'be Boy uf Donnybrook turned from the bed and left the "We will have a look at yon, my friend." room without uttering a word, while the acting lord ad-The man 'Yas lying on the flat of his back, and apparently dressed Uo:>e m mo1.e earnest tones, saying: insensible, when the young man stooped down and tore tbe ''You will promise me to keep silent, Rose, as it is very im-mask from his face, striking a light with the match at the poitant to me, indeed." same time. When the match was burning he held It before the face I will promise if you so request it, but I fear that my siof the prostrate robber for a molllent or so ere be exclaimed, Jenee may lead to evil hereafter." in lllerry tones: ''I muilt rit:>k tilat, as I have laid out a course that I must "Captain Slasher, by all that is wicked! Well, well, who would think that the great jockey had taken to the road!" "\VJ.Jen the two men he had summoned entered the room The sound of carriage wheels could be heard at the motl!e young man and Rose had decided un their future course, meut, and the young lord raised his olce, crying: of action. 1 Hello there, help!"


THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. 11 ; Til e c:irriai;c was rnon e n the spot, and the driver pulled Lady Craven pressed her hands to her brow and pondered t:p, cryircg: some moments ere she remarked: .. IVII:1t's wrong the re, my l ord?" "Yes, th11t will be best. Of course you wm keep silent as "l::; that :rou, ;\turphJ?'' a m:wered the young lord, as he to your companions?" rrc0gniz ctl the driY c r of the c oach, who was one of his own I The gallant captain caught the lady by the arm and pressed nwn. it as he repl!ed: ''It is me, lord. YVho is that lying on the ground the re, "That w!ll depend on the reward I get." sir?" "What reward do you seek, Captain Slasher?" ''Only a highway ro b ber. Who have you got In the car-"Your band In marriage, a.s you promised. I will fty to riage, .:Hurpby?"' England. and you will join me there In a week or so, when "Lady Craven, m y l ord.'' we will become man and wife." The young lord at o nec spr 1 c g to the door of the carriage B e fore the gallant captain could say any more, young Lord and op ened it, as h e crie d : Craven put his b ead in at the carriage window, crying: "Please step ou t, Lady Crave n, as there ls a friend of "Here we are at the ball. Captain Slasher, I have a propoyonrs out here in great troublr." s!tlon to make to you before I publicly denounce you." ::\'ening herself with an effort, and shuddering the while, "Let us hear what It ls?" asked the captain. slw sprang out ol' the carriage, crying: "Tell me who were your companions to-night, and I pledge "'1.l!at has happe n e d Lord Craven?" you my honor to set you free." b, no thing muc h, my lady .rl1ree rascals In masks set "I will not," was the blunt reply. on me as I rode throug h the w ood just now, and I shot a I "Then I will be compelled to denounce you at once, and couple of them. The othe r f e ll o w got of!' free, but I'll catch have you placed under arrest." him before h e is many days old e r The n cnlllng on his faithful stablemen, the young lord The trembling woman advance d to tbe side of the prostrate pointed to the carriage, as he cried: man. while the young lord cried to the driver: good lads, I was attacked again by Wgbwaymen to" F e t c h your l antern down h e re, Murphy, till we see it we night. I shot one of them, and he ls in that carriage now. can r e cogniz e the rascal." Take him out and guard him well, while some of you ride The wounde d r obber was :,!roaning in agony as the driver off for the officers of the law and the doctor. I don't think descende d Eroru the carr i a g e with a lantern. while Lady he is as badly hurt as he pretends, but treat Wm kindly for Cra,en tremble d fro m h ead, to f oot as she prepared to gaze all that. If he escapes from you, J will whale the life out on the upturne d face. of every one of you." \Vhen the light did fall on the features of her admirer, she vVhll e the stablemen were dragging the prisoner away the pre s sed her bands to Ile r breast and stag g ered back, as she young lord seized bis step-mother by the arm and drew her forth: aside on the lawn as be said to her, in low and stern tones: ''Good heavens, it ls Captain Slasher! It ls impossible "Lady Craven, do you propose to keep on wllh this fight that he could be a highwayman." until I kill your son?" 'l'be gay young lord then turned on the prostrate young The venomous woman wns bolling with rage and fear, yet man and gave him another touch of the sharp sp-qr on the she .glared boldly at the face of the speaker as she demanded: ll'g, as he criefl: "Why do you allude to my son, sir? Do you dare intimate "\Yherr are you hit, Slasher?" that he was with Captain Slasher to-night?" "In the ri ght breast," groaned the fellow. "Ob, Lady The young lord chuckled again as he replied: <'raven. it was nil a mistake. For mercy's sake bear me to "My suspici ons turn that way, but I wlll be convinced on tltP hall anrl Rend for a surgeon." the subjec t before I say more. One word I will say, howThe wounded m a n groaned fearfully as they placed him eve r and that !&-b eware!" in the carrbize, while Lady Craven whispere d into his ear: Having uttered the warning the young lord turned and en" Have courage and keep silent, and all will be well." terc d the ball whistling a lively air. The wounde d man l)ressed her hand as if to signify his Rose Dashwood soon rushed downstairs to meet him crying a.ssent. and they w ere soon moving on toward the hall. in excite d tone s: As the carriage roll e d quietly on to the house, Lady Craven "'1'hat ls this I hear. cousin? Is it true that you were whispered to h e r admi r e r, saying: attacked by highwaymen again to-night?" "Are you badly wounderl ?.' "It ls true but don't be alarmed, Rose." "Not as badly as I preten d, I think, but Is not this an in-The young lord then gave a lively account of his adventures fernal scrape?" In the d a rk-wood e d road, and be concluded by saying, In sub"Keep courage, and It wlll not be as bad as it seems. dued tones: '1'hat of the others?" j "So you s e e that the. highwaymen, or one of them, at least, ."Burke got a shot in the shoulder, I believe, but the cowls an old friend of mine. If I mistake not, the other two ardly cads rode away and left me in the lurch." are even blood r elations of mine." "Is Dick injured at all?" The y ou n11: lafly clasp e d her cousin by the arm a s she "I think not, as the young coward dashe d away at the first aske d ln agitated tones: fire of the enemy." "'Vi bo are thev? Lady Craven frowned on her admirer, and pre ssed his arm "I cannot and w!ll not ans w e r you at present. Rose, as I as she retorted: have made up my mind not to make any accusations unless I "Dick is not a coward, but that young scoundre l bas the I am firmly convinced of their truth. If I mistake not another fortune of a fiend. Did you all fir e at him as quickly as you attempt will be made on my life this very night. Fear not, could?" 1 however, as I am on my guard, and the good dog and the Boy "Yes, we all blazed away at the moment w e dashed out of of Donnybrook will s leep in the r o om with me." the wood. I watc h e d him as h e rode away from the tavern "But can you trust that miserable rascal, my dear cousin?" !n the village, and the cunning fox pretende d to be as drunk "Yes. I think I can trust him now. The rascal bas a mortal as an owl. How am I to escape out of his clutches?" terror of me and of the dog, a:S he knows that Raun would "Leave that to me, dear captain," cried Lady Craven, as fly at him If he makes the least move against me again. she caressed the wounded man. " you certain that your Here Ile comes now with the dog, and I want to have a few wound ls not serious?" I words with him." Captain Slasher f elt bis right side for a moment or so ere h e The fnit!JfUl dog flew to embrace his young master, while replied: I he a scende d the as he said to the Boy of Donnybrook: "The ball struc k me on the rib and knocked me from the I "Follow me, as I want to h a v e a few words with you." horse, but I don't think Is much damage done. I was The young lord led the way up to bis own bedroom, folwatching. my chance to el!Cape from the young rnscal when lowed by the dog and the Bo y of Donnybrook. you came along." I 'Vhen he bad secured the door of his bedroom be turned 0 "You must not attempt to escape now, dear captain. You abruptly on his half-brother, saying: must brazen it out, and swear it was only intende d for a "I hav e jus t s ho t Captain Sla s h e r down by the wood and practical joke, in order to put his courage to the test." I wounde d ano the r o f the rascals at the snrpe time. He has The gallant captain shrugged bis sho uld ers a s he r e plied confess e d that bi s two c ompanions were Dick CraYen and with a groan: .Tack Bur ke, and that you "ere in the plot to murde r me the "Nonsense, Lady Craven. That game would not work a o t h e r night. Confes s. you tr2 ncherous hound, or I'll strangle moment. I must escape from his clutche s, and g e t out of you wll e r0 you stand!" the country." "Forgive m e brother, as the rascals forced me into the


12 THE BOY OF DONKYBilOOK. W!cked plot. On my solemn 011th, I have bad nothing to do with them or their wic-ked work since that nlo-bt." "I thong-ht :is much. Now. you miserable dog, beware how you act her<"after, or I will flay you alive with my own hands. I w111 m ak<> ::i man of you, or I will kill you!" "I b<'gin to imaglne that your gallant cousin is in league. with 1 he highwaymen. "\\'hat do you mean, aunt?" '"I mean thnt it is very cnrious that he should defeat three armr d men, and thnt one of the m should turn out to be Cap tain SlasheL". Ha, ha, ha! what an id e a! It is ridiculous to i magine that Captain Slasher would turn highwayman." CHAPTER XI. The young woman laughe d merri!J in turn as she reANOTRE R CIIANGE. sponcl ed: "V.'bat am l to d o ?" a sked th e Boy of Donnybrook as be Y e s, aunt. I think Slashrr will cut a > ery riclil'ulous figure saw that his half-brothe r lrnd something important to prowhen he gral" e s the gallows. Lord Cra>en feels assured that poRe to him. be will so o n take the others, and I only wish in my heart that he "You will takr your O\Yn pla cC' ngain." "Do you mean It, Dan?" And Rose Dashwood retreated up the stairs to her own "I do mean lt, and h e r e are my reasons for the change. bedroom. Jn nghing merrily the while. Two attempts hn> e b een made on my l i f e within a V<'ry short Afte r looking for the Boy of Donnybrook for some time, tlme, and the third will b e attempte d ere long." Larly Craven encountererl liim ln the bade hallway as be He interrupted, Raying: "Tbr n you want m e to be killed in was hastening out to the stnbles with bis big dog, 'and she your place, s o tha t you can com e forward with the paper and salute d him in cautious tones, saying: take your stand against the othe rs?'" "I w:wt to speak with you." "And }"hat IC I should? Have I not braved enough already "\Yitbout waiting for a reply. the woman hastened to her for a co'Warclly rur who is base enough to intrigue with his sitting-room, and the Boy of Donnybrook and the dog fol-own sworn en(}lnles against m e ?" low e d her. The cowardly rascal wa trembling with apprehension. as 'Vhen the old Boy of Donnybrook entered the room with his he felt certain that bis braY e brother was about to place him dog, be fonnd Dick Craven lolling i!l a chair. while bis mother In a dangernus poRiFon, and h e could only gasp forth: took a seat beside him, mying: "Go on Dan; but for goocln e s :>' sake remember that I can "Dolan, y o u have heard about the second attempt on Lord nrver be as bra Ye as you are. Craven. I presume?" "Yon may be yt:>t. What J want to tell yon now ls this. The o f Donnybrook fui:i1bled with hifi hat and rubbed As I said, two b o ld attempts baYc been made 011 my life, and th_e fa1tuful dog on t1:J.e bead m a nervous manner, as he rP one more will b e 1rad e before long. I am not afraid for myplied: self, hut I am for ,\ou." ro be sure, "'.l'hen why e you. If you falte r for a moment, heaven help you is with your friends." all I can f'ay." The old Boy of Donnybrook pretended to l>e fearfully terriWith the aid of a few glasse s of brandy the old Boy of fied, and he gas ped forth: Donnybrook n e rvrcl his rowardly brother for the roming ""71rnt am I to do at all, Latly Craven? Sul'e, the young struggle. 101cl threatens 1 o take my life if J; turn on him agn in, and yon In the meantimC' Dick Craven had returned to the hall threaten me with the gallows 1f I don't, ancl l>rtween you all In a secret manner, and he was then consulting with bis my life is a torment to me." venomous mother. A \Yickrd smile played on the fnce of the cunning woman, Tbebopeful :l'"oung rascal was > N T muc h discouragrcl over as she responded: their second failure, and h e was f earful that Captain Slasher "Then you should be true to those who ha,-e the will and would compromise with thP young lord and betray bis ac the power to serve and protect you. v\'b e re were yon going complices. when I saw you?" "I tell yon what It Is, mother," he sald, "that Slasher is a "I was going out to the stable to look after Captain Slasher, cad, and b e wlll be certain to inform on us If he has to face Lady Craven." the music." "That is well \Yhere is the young"lorrl at present? The cunning woman frowned ns she repli ed: "He Is sound nl'.leep up in llls bed, ma'am, and he seems to "Nonsense, Dif'k The gallant captain has behaved like a be worn out after the night." hero so ful', and he will braze n it ont if h e must, but we must ""-hat instructions have you received about Captain ald him in Slasher from rour master'!" "How is that to be done. mother?" The old Boy of Donnybrook hesitated to answer, and the "Through the Boy of Donnybrook." lady continued in threatening tones: "Then why rtot take him in hands, mother? Now is just "If you do not answer me freely and aid us also, you will the time we want I:tim. Get him on our side, by book or be publicly denounced and sent to prison, and I am certain crook, and we wlll soon rescue Slasher and get Craven out of that Lord Craven cannot save your neck. Now tell us what the yvay foreve1 ." your instructions are." The cunning woman over the proposition 'for The Boy of Donnybrook tremhlr d while the lady was speak-some moments ere s he rep lled: ing. and he replied In nervous tones: "I w!ll take the fellow in hands. .Just wait. here a few '"I am ordered to watch over Captain Slasher until morni:pinutes untll I s e e If I can fi:1d. lliD?." ing, ma'am, with two other lads, and to give him up to the Mother and son had b ee n s1ttmg m Lady Craven's pnvate police then." room. and she then slipped out to make some inquiries about Lady CraY e n arose on the instant and wen1: to a cupboard, the Boy of while her son addressed the Boy of Donnybrook, saying: On reachmg the roam ball the cuunmg woman encountered "Do :ron know. Dolan, that you were never so near death Rose Dasbwood. who said to her: as were last night'?" "Aunt, have you he:ird that Cousin Craven was attacked "You don't say so, sir'!" gasped the Boy of Donnybrook. again to-night by the highwaymen'!" "How is that at all?" Lady Craven laughed in an ironlcal manner as she replied, ''Do you remember when you out in the woods with ln sneering tones: your dog?"


THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. 13 "That I do, sir." "Well. then, two friends of mine had their guns pointed at you at the time, and you would have been riddled with duck shot were It not for me. If you do not stand by your bargain with us I will not spare you much longer." The old Boy of Donnybrook trembled all over again as he gasped forth: "'Vhat a narrow escape I had, sir. Ob, Master Dick, keep them from killing me, and I will do anything you say." Lndy Craven advanced from the cupboard at the moment holding a large black bottle in her hand, as she said: "If you want to live do what I tell you now." "'l'o be sure, I will, ma'am." '"l'hen tnke this bottle of brandy out to the stables with you aild share it with the two rascals who are going to keep watch over Captnln Slasher with you. Do you understand me, Dolan?" "To be sure. ma'am." "Then do as I tell you, or your life will not be spared an other day. Captain Slasher must be rescued to-night, or he will be certain to denounce you and your associates before the mnglstrate in the morning." The Boy of Donnybrook seized the bottle eagerly and put It In his pocket, as be responded: "I'll do what you ask me, ma'am, and no mistake. Captain Slasher will soon have a chance to be off with himself, and bad luck to him." Lady Craven then gave some explicit instructions to the Boy of Donnybrook, and the sly rog\le soon retreated to the stables with his dog as be said to himself: "I knew what they would be up to, and they would have worked It, too, if I had not thought of this game, as that cur above has not the pluck of a calf." Lady Craven and her son remained In the sitting-room anx iously awaiting the result of the Boy of Donnybrook's work, while the other members of the family had retired to rest for the night. About half an hour after the departure of the Boy of Don n3'brook for the stables, stealthy footsteps could be beard In the ball, and Lady Craven moved to open the door as she said in joyous tones: "Here they are." Captain Slasher, with the Boy of Donnybrook and his dog, soon slipped Into the room, and Lady Craven greeted them in subdued tones, saying: "This is excellent. Now, Captain Slasher, we must Q:Iake a final effort to crush the reptile who threatens to destroy you." The gallant captain appeared to be In high glee over bis escape but when he heard the words thus uttered and noticed the glare In the eyes of the vindictive woman, he drew back saying: "The deuce take me, La y Craven, If I have not tlad enough of fighting against that young fellow's luck, and I mean to clear off for England at once." A fierce and scornful smile appeared on the woman's face as she retorted, In bitter tones: "You are a coward, Captain Slasher, and I regret the promise I made you. As if is, you must stand and stay by us until the struggle Is over." "What do you mean; Lady Craven?" "My meaning is very plain, sir. You would fly like a cow ard when we have given you your liberty, and leave us alone to deal with the young serpent who would have crushed you to the dust were it not for us." The gay captain shrugged his shoulders, as he retorted: "Gad, Lady Craven, the fellow has crushed me very much as It Is. He has ruined me on the turf, and I am all but a beggar. If I do not make ot'f, he will send me to prison In the morning, and then I will have the ugly gallows staring me in the face. i must be ot'f." The vindictive woman drew a pistol and aimed It at the brerurt of her late admirer, as she hissed forth, In venomous tones: "You will not be ofr, Captain Slasher. Do you suppose that I do not know your game? If we did not rescue you, you were prepared to denounce us to Lord Craven In the morn ing so as to save your own wretched neck." The gallant Captain quailed before the furious woman as he stammered forth: "What would you have me do, then?" "I would have you act the part of a man and stand by your friends. Lord Craven must be put out of the way to-night, and you must aid us. This fellow here will serve us also. Will you not, Dolan?" I The Boy of Donnybrook hesitated a little before he replied, in trembl!ng tones: "I suppose I must now, ma'am." "What do you say, Captain Slusher?" lleman, but he did not anticipate that the bold woman would try to put her design into effect that night. Having gained Captain Slasher and the old Boy of Donny brook to engage in the new plot the bold woman said: "You will all perceive that we cannot dally with the young rascal auy longer, or he will destroy us all. Captain Slasher has been already denounced as one of the highwaymen who attacked him to-night, and I am certain that he suspects Jack Burke, my son here, and the Boy of Donnybrook also. lt ls therefore to your interest to put a stop to all the proceedings that he may take against you." "How are we to get him out of the way, then, Lady Craven?" 11.s.ked the gallant captain. "He sleeps with one eye open and pistols under his pil low," said Dick Craven. The wicked woman bent her eyes on the Boy of Donny brook as she asked: "Are you not In his full confidence again?" "That is more than I can tell you, ma'am. I can't make him out at all since the night the dog here caught me by the arm." The faithful dog licked his master's hand at the moment, and the 'keen woman noticed the movement as she re marked: "But I see that the dog is very much attached to you now and I cannot understand why he should fly at you as he did that night." Dick Craven scowled at the animal as he said: "That brute should be put out of the way altogether be fore we attempt anything against the cad up-stairs again." Lady Craven fl ed her piercing eyes on the Boy of Donny brook as she said In subdued tones: "Why can't we bribe those fellows whom you brought. here to serve your heartless half-brother?" "That would be a ha.rd matter to do, ma'am. Whatever the young lord may have been some time ago he has been very kind and free to the boys around him of late and they are all ready to d'l.e for him." "Hang the fellow, that is what I can't understand," said Dick Craven. "Before you came around here with those fellows from the village he was the most cowardly cad In Ireland, and almost too mean to live, but ever since then he has been generous and brave." "That is not the question," Interrupted Lady Craven. "We discussed the subject before, and we agreed that the cun ning wretch had been playing a part for years past. He must be put out of the way and you are the one to do It." As the vindictive woman spoke she clapped her hands on the Boy of Donnybrook's shoulder, while the fellow drew back as he replied: "Sure, Lady Craven, how am I to do it when three men with pistols failed in two attempts?" Lady Craven stepped at once to the closet and drew forth a small flask which she handed to the Boy of Donnybrook, saying:


14 THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. "Manage to give him as much of that as you gave .to one of the men in the stable to-night, and he will then be at our mercy." As the woman spoke she forced the drug into the hands of the unwilling Boy of Donnybrook. "You give him the drug," '!;aid Lady Craven, "and leave the rest to us." In the meautime the cowl\rdly young man upstairs was ln a fearful state of nervous excitement after the real Boy of DounylJrook left him in bis bedroom. While the young fellow could not be contented In his humble position for one short year, he had no sooner been reinst1:1.ted in his old position when fresh terror seized him. The mere fact that Dan Dolan insisted on h_ls taking his old position again made him suspicious of the old Boy of Donnybrook, and he said to himself: ''Why does he want me to take my place again if he did not fear that he would be killed himself if he kept on. Now he wants me to be killed, and then he will step forward with the marriage certificate, denounce my murderers, and take my place forever. That is his game, if I am fool enough to let him play it, but I am not." Although the cowardly rascal was trembling with excitement hi! soon made up his mind as to his course of actlon,1 and that was to fly from the hall, throw himself on the protection of the police, and denounce all who had been intriguing against him, including the Boy of Donnybrook himself aruong the number. Having thus made up his mind, the mean hound surveyed himself in the mirror, and he thought of Rose Dashwood while he said to himself: "I wonder if she would recognize the change now. Hang me if I \lon't see her, late as it is, and secure the marriage, certificate which Dan Dolan gave her to keep for him. Late as it is Rose may be up yet a,fter the excitement of the night." With that purpose In view the cunning rascal secured all the money he could lay his hands on, and stole from the room in quest of Rose, as he said to himself: "She will not know me in the dark, anyway, and Dolan coulcl not have told her of the change yet. If I get the cer tificate I will defy the Boy of Donnybrook, or make him crush all lily enemies for me." Stealing downstairs to the room occupied by Rose Dashwood tlle cunning rascal knocked gently at the door. After a sligllt delay a soft voice inquired: "\Vho is there?" "It is me, cout;iu Rose. I want to see you to-night on very important business." The sly rascal was not a bad actor, and he managed to mimic the voice of his brave half-brother in a manner that w011ld deceive most people. The young girl had not yet retired to bed, and believing tliat the brave Boy of Donnybrook and true lord desired to consult with her about tlle murderous attack committed on him that night she at once answered: ''I wi)l be out with you in a few moments, cousin." When the young girl did appear in the hp.llway the false rascal drew her into a dark corner, saying: "Dear Rose, I am compelled to go off to-night on the hunt for one of the ruscals who shot at me. As I fear that my sneaking half-brother may get possession of that paper I ga>e you, 1 concluded that it is best to put it In keeping of a lawyer in Dublin. \Viii you please give It to me if it is lla.tldy at all." The young girl was not at all suspicious at the moment and she promptly answered: cousin. Wait here and I will hasten into the room for It. But tell me one thing." "\Vhat is that, Rose?" "Are you certain about those who attacked you to-night?" "I am very certain." "Can you tell me who they are? I know that Captaln Slasher was one of them." "Tllere is no doubt of that, Rose. And I am almost cer taln that Dick Craven and Jack Burke were the others, but I do not want to accuse them of the crime until Slasher con fesses." "Then who' do you tixpect to arrest to-night?" "Jack Burke. Now hasten, like a good girl, and give me the document, as I must hurry away Olf the sly as I fear that miserable brother of mine is In with my enemies again and on t.he watch for me." The young girl hastened into the bedroom on the Instant, and she was soon back with the precious paper In her hand as she said in low tones: "l only hope, dear cousin, that you will soon defeat all your enemies and take your proper place in society for ever." Tlie sly rascal attempted to put his arm around her waist as he ask ell in tender tones: "Will you become my wife when I do, Rose?" Now it so happened that the brave Boy of Donnybrook in all his dealings with the young girl had never made any ten der advances, as he felt that it would not. be honorable to do so while acting in a false position. The important paper was already in the grasp of the cun nlng rogue when the words and actions just described aroused Rose's suspicions, and she at once snatch_ed it a way from him and then pushed him rudely away as she replied: "I detect your voice now, you wretch, but I will baffle your vile scheme." The desperate fellow became at once alarmed, fearing that the young girl would expose him to the old Boy of Donnybrook, and he at once spi:ang at her and seized her by the throat as he. hisl:!ed into her ear: "I am 'the true and original Lord Craven, and I wiil have the paper. I am compelled to fly for my life to-night, as the cowardly Boy of Donnybrook hati broken. his bargain with me and went over to my enemies. Give me the paper that I may defy him to do his, worst." .As the rude rascal spoke he endeavored to force the paper from the young girl's hand, but 13he resisted bravely, as she gasped back: "I will die ere I give you the paper, you mean wretch. Take your hands off me, or I will scream. aloud for help," During the struggle that then took place the active girl drew the ra!!cal towaru the door of her bedroom, but she was not able to speak a loud word or utter a single scream, as he prest1ed his hand closer on her throat, while he replied: "I will have that paper if' I have to choke the breath out of your body." While thus speaking the fa. lse lord drew the brave girl into her bedroom, while he continued to choke her until she was purple in the face. Rose Dashwood continued to struggle as if for dear life. but the wicked rascal secured the paper at length, flung her fainting on 'llie ftoor, and dashed out into the hallway, as he said to him,self: "I will defy them all now." CHAPTER XIII. THE STRIIfE OF THE irALF-BUOTHERS. When the old Boy of Donnybrook released CapJ:afn Slasher and pretended to go Into the plot against the young lord, his main object was to get Into the confidence of Lady Craven, so that he coold expose her at an early day. He had no Intention of letting the prisoner escape that night, however, unltss he felt assured he C(}Uld soon lay his hands on him agaln. Hav g pretended to work in harness with the plotters, the old oy of Donnybrook arid bis faithful dog retreated up stairs to bis brother's room, and great was his surprise to finfl that the rascal had flown. After looking around the Old Boy of Donnybrook also found that his pistols and ready money were gone, and he stood in perplexity for a moment as he said to himself: "What can the fellow be up to now? I suppose he thought his life was in danger to-night, and he has made off to hide somewheres." At that moment a faint tap was heard at the door, while the faithful dog gave a friendly salutation at the same time. On hastening to open th!;) door Dan Dolan was surprised to see Rose Dashwood standing there and looking very pale and excited as 'she said, gazing intently into his face the while: "Are you not the real Dan Dolan?" The Boy of Donnybrook saw that something out of the way had occurred to the gentle girl, but he at once answered: "To be sure, miss. What wrong with you at all, what can I do for you T' Rose drew him out into the hallway without the slightest hesitation and proceeded at once to give an account of the cowardly trick which had been played upon her by the false youn g lord.


THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. 15 The Boy of Donnybrook ground his teeth with rage and clenched his hand, as he said: "Never mind about the loss of the paper, miss, as I don't care for that at all, but won't I pay that miserable rascal for daring to choke you." "But I clo mind about the paper!" replied the young girl, "as I fear that he has already destroyed it. Why did you change places with him to-night?" "In order to save his life, and he is not worth it. The rascal thinks tllat I wanted to rob him, and that I was up to some game against him, but I'll ma'.ke him suffer for this night's work to you." "He told 'me that he was hastening away to Dublin, and I believe him. Could not you hasten after him and secure the paper if he has not destroyed it, as I can never be happy again if I am the means of depriving you of your birth right." '.l'he excited youth grasped the young girl's hand and pressed it warmly, as he said: ,."As heaven is my jul was retreating back toward the Boy of Donnybrook, while his pursuers kept blazing a way at him, as one of them cried: "Stand and deliver!" The fugitive did not turn to resist, but kept spurring his horse as he yelled for mercy, and Dan soon recognized the voice. It was that of his miserable b1other, who was flying from one danger only to incur another. .Tust as the Boy of Donnybrook was within about twenty yards of his brother the horse of the latter received a shot in one of the hind legs, and he fell heavily to the ground, fiingiug hls rider over into the ditch, Fortunately for Dan Dolan the highwaymen had fired their weapons at the time, wh!le he rode at them, crying: "Fair play forever, and two against one will never do at all." '.!'he two highwayiuen made at Dan with great vigor, using their pistols as clubs, but he used his riding whip with so much force as to send them sprawling on the ground in very short order, the dog helping him. One of the men sprang to his feet again, and darted away across the field, crying: "Come on, Foxey." The highwayman's horse obeyed the cljlll and bqunded after his master, while the Boy of Donnybrook belabored the other fellow until he yelled for mercy, crying: "Don't pound me to death, and I will surrender." The Boy of Donnybrook laughed at the fellow for a mo ment, while .his cowardly brother had risen from the ditch and was watching the scene without saying a word, Lord Craven had recognized the Boy of Donnybrook, and he trembled more at his appearance than he did at the assault of the two highwaymen. Having punished the highwaymen enough the Boy of Donnybrook darted suddenly on his half-brother, seized his weapons and placed them in his own pocket, while he cried to the highwayman: "If you offer to budge, my fine fellow, I'll put a bullet in your back very soon." And then, without giving the cowardly lord the least warning, he commenced to lash him with the whip in the most unmerciful manner as he cried: "You know what this is for, you hound. I'll teach you to choke young ladies, you miserable spalpeen. It is your lift'! I ought to take this very night." 'lfhe cowardly lord fell on his knees and begged for mercy, while the highwayman kept staring at the pair as he watched his chance for making an attempt to escape with his h()rse. The excited Boy of Donnybrook kept his eye on the robbe1:, however, while he belabored his cringing brother until he was tired; 1 Turning to the highwayman then, and pointing a pistol at him,' the Boy of Donnybrook said: "Now you march on before us and you take his horse, you mean hound." The Boy of Donnybrook sprang on his own good steed at the same time and pointed back to the village of Donny brook. The miserable lord mounted the htghwayman's horse, and the two brothers rode on together, while the Boy of Donny brook addressed the highwayman on foot, crying: "Walk on ahead of us, 11.nd if you offer to run, the dog will be at heels." Raun had taken an active part in the fray, as he had caught one of the men by the legs at the first onset of his ma$ter and pulled him ,from his horse When the Boy of Donnybrook turned on his half-brother, however, the fa1thful animal was inclined to spring at tne wretch also, but his master kept him back, crying: "Be quiet, Rann, and watch the other fellow." As the half-brothers were riding along together the BOY.


16 THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. of Donnybrook turned to the crestfallen rascal beside him, saying: what were you up to now?" "I was going to place myself under the protection of the police," was the sullen reply, "as you all want to murder me." 'l'he two young men spoke in such low tones that the highwayman could not overhear them, while the Boy of Donny brook rejoined: "You must be very much afraid of murder when you tried your hand at It yourself to-night, you cowardly scamp. l should stretch you lifeless on the ground only that would be too easy a death for you. Now, listen to me, and I will tell you what I want." 'l'he dastardly lord glared at hls brave brother, as he grumbled forth: "I am sick and tired of living as I do, and I won't stand it any longer." "Just hand over that paper to me before you die then." "What paper do you mean?" "No humbugging with me, as you know what I mean wl!ll enough, you sly rogue Out with it or I'll on to you with the whip again." As the Boy of Donnybrook spoke, be raised the lash in a threatening manner, wWle the fierce dog also made a bound at the treacherous young rascal. "Down Raun, down Raun," cried the Boy of Donnybrook, "and keep a watch on that other chap t ahead." '. The dog did bound on after the hignwayman, whlle the brave fellow addressed his brother again, saying: "Out with that paper!" The cowardly rascal at once set the spurs to his horse and darted forward, crying: "I have lost the paper, and I won't stand here to be abused by you." The Boy of Donnybrook set the spurs to his horse also, and galloped after the fugitive, crying: "You can't get of! that way. Watch that fellow, good dog, and bring him along to the village." CB..A.PTEJR XIV. THE BOY OF DONNYREOOK IN FULL SWING. It did not take the Boy of Donnybrook very long to see that the horse on which his cowardly brother was mounted was very fast indeed. As a general thing highwaymen rode splendid steeds, and the one then In use by young Lord Craven was no excep tion to the rule. Realizing that the chase may be a long one, and caring very llttle about winnlng reputation as a thief-taker, Dan Dolan whistled to his fleet and faithful dog as he said to Wmself: "The mischief blow me if I don't let the poor fellow go. Maybe he ls not half as bad as the rascal I am after now." The Boy of Donnybrook had a good horse under him, but he was more fitted for a long steeplechase than for a short burst of speed, and the anxious fellow felt that the chase would be a long one if the horses were left to themselves. The Boy of Donnybrook did not intend to give his treacher ous brother full swing on the highwayman's horse, an\). for that r easo n he called on Raun to aid him In his pursuit. The faithful dog sprang after hlrn on the instant, leaving the highwayman happy at his own unexpected release. There was not a greyhound In the whole country able to outfoot Raun In a race after a hare, and the Boy of Donnybrook was well aware of the fact. The Intelligent animal would also obey his master as freely In hunting down a human being as In the pursuit of four legged game, while he seldom or ever failed in his object. The dog had no sooner reached his master's side at full speed than the Boy of Donnybrook cried: "After him, Rann, and stop him for me." At that moment young Lord Craven was urging the high wayman's horse to his utmost speed, and they were. dashing Into the village of Donnybrook. Fnst as the horse flew, however, the powerful dog gained on them at every stride, and as the young coward turned In his saddle he saw the large animal sweeping down on him like some wild beast. The cowardly rascal feared the dog in his rage almost as much as he did his master, and he urged on the horse the more as he yelled aloud: "Call him off, Dan, and I'll give in." "'T'bP. mischief thank you." yelled the Boy of Donn:vbrook. "Stop the horses, Raun, but don't hmt them." The dog flew ahead of the foremost horse, only to wheel around suddenly and p.lant himself in the middle of the road, while he commenced barking Jn the most furious manner. The young lord pulled up the horse as he cried: ., "I give in, Dan, and for heaven's sake don't murder me. 'l'hey were out on the other side of the village when the Boy of Donnybrook darted up beside his treacherous brother, and fierce were the tones of his voice as he aimed a pistol at his head crying: "Give me that paper, or--" One glance at the Boy of Donnybrook's eyes was sufficient to show his cowudly brother that further fooling would be more thnn dangerous. Putting his hand in his pocket he drew forth the marriage certificate as he said in the most cringing tones: :'Have meroy on me, Dan, as I did not know what I was doing to-night." The Boy of Donnybrook placed the paper in his own pocket as he merely replied: "Ride on, now." 'l'he two brothers did ride slowly on together, wl!ile the dog capered on ahead In a joyous manner, as if to say to his master: "I'll see that he will not play that game again." Trembling with apprehension, the young lord cast stealthy glances at the Boy of Donnybrook as he asked himself: "What is he up to now? Is it possible that he means to murdei: me in the dark road." When they did reach the dark-wooded road where the Boy of Donnybrook ha.d been twice assaulted by his treacherous enemies, Dan Dolan drew suddenly up, saying in calm, cold tones: "Now we wm have a last settlement." The young lord drew up at the same moment and gazed fearfully at his brother, as he wWned forth: "Oh, Dan, Dan, you don't mean to kill me!" "Don't you deserve it?" "Maybe I do; but I promise you that I'll do all you say after this, and that I'll never play you false In my whole llfe again if you wlll only spare my life." Bitter was the smile on the face of the Boy of Donnybrook as he retorted, saying: "l wouldn't trust you the length of my arm, and I won't. Now listen to me." "I am listening, Dan; tell me at once that you are not go ing to kill me." "'You are not worth killing, you rascal Now don't open your lips xcept to answer a question untu I am through with you." "I swear I won't, Dan." The Boy of Donnybrook turned his horse Into the wood as he said to the other: "Follow me in here a little, so that we may not be inter-rupted on the road.'' The young lord was more terrified still at the last order, but he did not dare offer resistance by word or action. When they had gained a secluded spot the Boy of Donny brook drew up again, saying: "Now we are going to have a final settlement for good or bad." "To be sure, Dan," resp.onded the coward, "and I am ready to do anything you say.'' "In the first place," commenced the Boy of Donnybrook. "what made you run away to-night?" "I was afraid that you meant to turn on me with the others, Dan, and I have not a bit of courage left in me.'' "You had courage enough to attack a helpless young lady, you miserable dog, and nearly choke her to death.'' "I tell you 1 was out of my mind with fear, Dan. Why did you get me to change places again?" "Because I knew that a crisis was coming. I knew that you would be called on as the Boy of Donnybrook, to play a part that you were not able for, and I am fully satisfied of the fact now. You infernal fool, what has led you to think that I would ever betray you?" The cowardly :Cellow held down h1s head as he stammered forth: "lI can't tell, Dan.'' "I can tell. You judge me by your own mean heart, and you thought that I would iO in with your enemies, as you did


THE BOY OF a g a i n s t me while yo u w e r e pla y in g the Boy of Donny b ro o k. Now let me t e ll yo u what has h appe n e d. The can di d fe ll ow th e n w e n t o n to t e ll his cowardly brothe r of tb e plot f o r med b y h i s e n em ies fo r conv e ying him to the mad-ho usC>, and h e contin u e d by sayin g : You sec n ow, yo u co w a r dly hound, hat I was driving at whe n I made the change ." "l <:an't s n y that 1 uo, Dan. I will tell you t hen. I f yo u had b ee n in my place with the m to.night you wo u l d haYe let t h em carry m e off to the mad-h o use, a n d then what a ni ce fix you would have b e n In as tlle Bo y of D on n yb rook. \ V hy, man alive, they would have turne d on yo u an

!S THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. Rose Dashwood was not aware of the full extent of the plot agalnst her cousin, but she had good reason to suspect that another movement would be made that night, and she was anxious for the result. She noticed during the afternoon the arrival of three rough looking fellows at the Hall, and soon after a grim-looking gentleman appeared there. If the young lord had desired to give his step-mother the full opportunity of treating him as a lunatic, he could not have acted in a more outrageous ma.nner than he did that evening on his return to the Hall. Even Rose Dasliwood was for a time puzzled to know whether he was really drunk and out of his mind, or only making a pretemte of insanity. In the first place he made for the stables, where he swore and raved at the men and boys, denounclng them all In furi ous terms for having permitted Captain Slasher to escape from him. While at supper he flung things around In the most out rageous manner, swearing at the servants, at his step-mother, and Dick Craven. but they all noticed that he treated Dashwood the utinost courtesy. Mother and son Interchanged peculiar glances during the meal, as they knew that observant eyes were on them, In the h(:)ads of witnesses who would be able to testify in their behalf thereafter. When mother and son were together again, the latter said: "What does he mean, mother? The infernal cad, if he does not Intend to drive us out of the house!" "That ls what he ls driving at, Richard, or else he must be furiously drunk. I'n any case, he Is playing into our hands very nicely." "Hang me, if I wouldn't like to give him a good horsewhip ping before they take him away." "Don't you attempt anything of the kind, my son. I notice that he has some other strange fellows out in the stable; and ther would be certain to rush to his assistance If there was any sort of a row. We must wait until. he ls affected by the drug, which the Boy of Donnybrook has promised to give him a.s soon as he gets a chance." Dick Craven shook his head, as he remarked: "See here, mother, I begin to agree with Slasher, that there 1B something wrong with the Boy of Donnybrook." "Nonsense, my son. Captain Slasher is afraid of his own shadow, and he would like to draw out. By the way, where Is he?" The mother and son were in the private apartment a.t the moment, and the woman was looking into a large ante-room, where the gallant soldier had been concealed during the day. Before the son coul<\ make any reply to "the question loud cries were heard out on the lawn,. among which they could distinguish the words: "We have got the rascal, my lord." ''Ire was t-rying to steal away, but we were too sharp for him, the rogue." ".A.nd we gave him a good drubbing in the bargain, as you tolg us, my lord." Mother and son both turned pale as they stared at each other, 11.s they realized at once that the cowardly captain had been caught by the young lord's followers while attempting to make his escape from the Hall. A sharp knock was heard at the room door at the moment, and the excited Bo;v of Donnybrook appeared before them, saying: "Thunder, my lady, that fiend of a Slasher was trying to sneak of!' and they nabbed him. What a murdering pity, juf'\t as I had the young lord and the dog nicely dosed out l.'n the b!lliard room." "Is he asleep there now?" demanded the bold woman. "As sound as a gravestone, ma'am." "Then all w!ll be well," she said, as her eyes flashed with animation. "You go out, Dan, and tell those fellows that Lord Craven Is at supper, that he has sent you ta hav'il the prisoner taken ,to the stable again. I will see to dealing with the young puppy." The new Boy of Donnybrook hastened away to obey, while Lady Craven and her son went to hold a brief consultation with the keeper of the ,madhouse. In the meantime young Lord Craven was sleeping away In an easy-chair in the billlard room, while the faithful dog lay stretched at his feet, as if also affected by a narcotic. Raun Uhed his head at the moment, .and he received a slight kick from his master, who spoke to him in lQW tones at the same time, "Didn't I tell you to play dead, you rascal? If you stir agal until I call you I'll kick the llfe out of you." And he did give the animal another harmless kick, as if to emphasize his command. The door was .then opened quietly, and Dick Craven put in his head for a moment, when he turned to address his mother, saying: "'.Ole safe now, and the dog is as drunk as his new master." Dady Craven stepped into the room with four men, and, pointing to the sleeper, she said: "There Is you patient." The dog raised his liead a little, but another slight kick from his master caused him to lower It again, while the old Boy of Donnybrook said to himself: "The fun Is commencing now in earnest." The four men stole over toward the sleeper, ! each grasp lng the chair, they lifted' him bodily in it and commenced to bear him from the room. At that moment Rose Dashwood sprung into the billiard room from another entrance, crying: "What Is the meaning of this, Aunt Craven?" The cunning woman at once faced her niece in a bold man ner, crying: "The meaning of It ls this,. Rose: that young wretch ls out of his mind and I, as his guardian, am consigning him to a lunatic asylum for the present." "Hold, hold, men," cried Rose, "as I can assure you that he Is not mad." "How can you say so, Rose?" cried her aunt, "when you saw the outrageous manner in which he acted this evening? A way w1th him, men." The keepers from 1the lunatic asylum had just reached the door with their burden when the young lord fell forwa\d out of the chair on the floor, while Rose sprang for a pitcher of water and dashed the contents In his. face, crying: "Arouse yourself.. cousin, and call for help. They must not bear you a Wl!Y if :I"' can help it." As the young girl spoke she sprang to one of the windows and called out, in thrilling tones: "Help! Murder! They're taking oft' Lord Craven to a mad house. Help-help!" Whether It was the cold water or the voice of the young girl that aroused the sleeper, none present could ever tell, but he did rub his eyes on the instant, and sprang to ,his feet, crying: "What Is the row' here?" 4-t the same moment six or seven stout fellow!;; dashed into the billiard room "with clubs In theil' hands, and set 6n the keepers with great fury, while the big dog sprang up also and made a dash among them, yelping and barking at a furious rate. The old Boy of Donnybroolc stared around for a moment and then commenced to strike out with the others, aiming first at Dick Craven, and then at the gentleman who was the owner of the madhouse, Lady Craven attempted to retreat from the scene while she cried out: "Murder! You wretches, what do you mean by this out rage on the officers of the law?" Rose Dashwood drew back out of .harm's way as she said to herself: "I think I see a little light now." The keepers and the owner of the asylum were pounded in an unmerciful manner, and they kept crying for quarter un til they were flung out on the lawn in the roughest way pos sible. The young lord kept pounding away at Dick Craven until the young man's mother and Rose Dashwood both caught his arm, the latter crying: "For mercy sake, don't kill him, cousin!" Dick Craven was yelling with rage and pain at the mo ment, as the big dog had fastened his fangs in his lel!s, and even when his brother stopped pounding him Raun still held on like grim death. Having a little mercy on the young rascal, the youn11: lord at last called the dog off, crying: "Let go, good dog, as I think you have given him a dose now that he won't. forget." Lady Craven was almost beside herself with rage and dis appointment, but the bold woman mastered her emotions a13 she turned on her supposed stepson, c,rylng: "What is the meaning of your attack on my son, you mad. wretch?"


THE BOY OF DONJ\TYBROOK. ---19 The young lord smlled in a malicious manner, as he inquired: "What is the meaning of the late attack on me?" "My mean:lng is clear enough. You have been acting In such an outrageous manner lately that I have decided to put you under restraint. The gentleman whom your friends have treated in such a vile manner Is the owner of an asylum, and he holds the certificates of two respectable physicians pronouncing you insane." The young lord gave vent to a peculiar whistle and then ex claimed: "That ls the game, ls it? Well, it will take a good many keepers to take me, I warrant you." The new Boy of Donnybrook entered the room at the moment and cast a terrified glance at Lady Oraven and her son before he addressed his half-brother, saying: "lUy lord, some of the boys have taken the prisoner that escaped from the stable last night." The young lord clapped his hands in great glee and danced a little, as he cried: "That ls glorious news, Dan. Bring the rascal in here as I want to deal with him." The new Boy of Donnybrook cast another piteous glance on his late fellow-conspirators on leaving the room, as if he meant to say: "It is not my fault If it has turned out so." Lady Oraven was bathing the wound on her son's leg when the Boy of Donnybrook and two other fellows dragged Cap tain Slasher into the room. The gallant officer was' in a terrible condition, as his eyes were blackened, his outer garments almdst torn off his back, and he bore several marks of lll-usage on his face and body. The young lord sprung forward to salute the prisoner, crying: "What in the fury Is the matter with you, slasher, and why do you look so pale?" Oaptaln Slasher. was del\dly pale, indeed, and to add to his terror the man behind him slipped a rope around his neck at the moment. "They have been threatening to hang me after nearly mobbing me to death," he. gaspesI forth. "How is that, boys?" asked the young lord. "To be sure, sir," answered one. "Didn't :v,ou tell us to drub the life out of him and hang him up afterwards if we caught him after he escaped. We found him stealing down in the orchard .and we obeyed your orders, of course. Will we finish him at once?" The gallant soldier dropped on his knees and held up his hands to the young lord as he cried: "Oh, my lord, my lord, don't let the rascals murder me, and I will tell you something worth hearing, 'pon my soul I will." Dick Oraven groaned with pain and apprehension, while his bold mother cried: "You cowardly fool, don't you know that they dare not take the law In their own hands that way. Lord Craven, If you tolerate such an outrage I wlll denounce you 1,md bear witness against you." I The young lord did not appear to pay any attention to his step-mother but kept his eyes fixed on the prisoner In a threatenmg manner as he said: "You deserve death at my hands, and I h'a.Ve as much rigJ/t to take the law in my own hands as you and your friends had. Tell mewhat you have to say, and then I may your life." The man who had spoken before scowled fiercely at the prisoner, as he cried: "That is not fair to the lads, my lord, as you promised us that we could string him up If we caught him, and we ate bound to do It." "Murderous wretches!" exclaimed Lady Oraven, who feared tha't they would soon force her admirer Into making a full confession. "Keep your courage up, Slasher, as they can't hang you," cried Dick Craven. "Bring out the robbing scoundrel, till we stri_ng him up," yelled a fierce voice outside the window. And then a wild shout arose from the Boy of Donnybrook's followers outside, that caused Oaptaln Slasher to tremble in every limb. The young lord held up his hand, as he cried aloud: "Hold on awhile, boys, untll I hear the rascal's confes sion, and maybe we will show him a little mercy if he turns informer." "No, no," cried.JI. rough voice outside. "We don't want any Informers, and he don't deserve any mercy." "Spare my life, and I will confeBl! everything," groaned the prisoner. "Oh, Miss Dasli"wood, will you not plead to Lord Craven for my life?" Rose stepped forward at the moment and addressed the young lord In gentle. tones, saying: "This person may be guilty of attempting to take our lives, cousin, but I think you will not allow those men to take the law in their own hands, providing he will confess who his ac-complices were." / The prisoner cast one timid glance at Lady Craven as he responded: "I will confess all, Miss Dashwood. Oh, do let me nave a little brandy, as I am trembling from head to foot." Lady Oraven took the hint on the moment and sprang to the side table, as she cried: "Yes, give the poor man some brandy." Seizing the bottle which had been used to drug the young lord, as she supposed, the cunning woman poured a large portion of it into a glass and handed it to the prisoner, as she continued: "Drink that and it will give yon courage. Fear not that the wretches will you any more." The liquor was heavily drugged, but the young lad had not. touched a sup of it. Captain Slasher swallowed it eagerly, however, little caring as to the consequences. "Now for an open confession," cried the young lord as he raised his hand to still the commotion outside. Oaptain Slasher endeavored to raise himslllf from his kne!_ls, and had just gained his feet, when he staggered like a drunken man and fell back on the fioor, groaning forth: "I am dosed, and no mistake." CHAPTER XVL A. BOJ.Jl WOMAN'S DEFIANCJm. The dose which Lady Oraven had given to Oaptaln Slasher was enough to kill a man, and the wicked woman meant it to have that efi'ect. Her late cowardly admirer must be silenced forever at all hazards. Dick Oraven realized what his mother was about, and he trembled at the consequences. Young Lord Oraven was well aware that the contents of the bottle had bee: doctored by the woman before she had given it to the Boy of Donnybrook to be used on himself, and he also feared that the unfortunate man would suffer death at the bands of his fellow conspirator. The new Boy of Donnybrook trembled, also, for his own s afety, as he feared that the crime could be brought home to himself, from the fact that he had been a tool In the hands of the bold and cunning woman. Rose Dashwood and the others present did not suspect that the brandy had been dosed, and when the victim fell over in a -swoon they fancied that he. had been overcome by fear and the brandy combined. Lady-Craven }>retended to take the same view of the subject, as she assumed an indignant attitude on the inst.'1.nt, as she e'Xclalmed: "See, now, what your threats have done! Lord Craven, you and your fellows will have to answer the death of Captain Slusher. .A peculiar smile appeared on the face of the young lord as he responded: "I; he is dead, I know who will have to answer for it; but I trust that he isn't. Get me some hot water at once, will you, Dan, and you fellows help me to remove the captain. One of you will ride away for a doctoi as fust as a horse will go." The young lord gave some other orders in very decided tones, .totally ignoring the objections of ;Lady Oraven, who. feared that they would revive her intended Yictim. '!'he insensible man was removed to a bedroom and prompt measures were at once taken for counteracting the effect of the drug. The young lord also gave orders that Lady Craven and her son should not be permitted to go near the until after the arrival of the doctor. The doctor did arri1e within half an hour, and he at once set about treating the sick man as if working on a poisoning case.


20 THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. Lady Craven and her son retirea to a private apartment, and they were hoth in a very unpa11y state of mind, although the wicked woman i;till kept np a very bold front In face of all dangel'. After the a rrirnl of the docto1 Rose Dash wood hastened to seek her aunt and Diek Craven, to whom she said: "Thli< iR a very bad a l'fair, imnt "It is a. had affair, Rose." :inRwered the wicked woman, "and the wretches who caused the trouble must suffer for It if Captain Slasher dieR." "Why, aunt, they flay tlrnt lw is poisoned, and by that brandy you gave him." "Xonsense. girl. The captain was almost beaten to death when tlHy brought him tn. as you saw. and then they finished their work by thrPntening to hang him. The wretches must suffer for their crime.' Taking the cue from his mother, Dick Craven then said: "'Vhat nonRPnse it is for them to say that the brandy killed him; and if Lt did rti woma11 rast :i. signifil'nnt :::lance on tlle> Boy of Donny hrook n i:: she said to him: "That is so much the better for you, Dan. What did the doctor E

THE BOY OF DONNYBROOK. 21 "Your vile tool lies in his teeth, and I defy yon to prove the charge against me. I will not remal another moment In the house where I am thus insulted.'' And the defiant woman swept out of thP room in a most dignified manner, her son following her on the instant. while the young lord turned to the magistrate saying, In warning tones: "Keep silent I beg of yon. sir, and let her depart in peace. Let us now Ree what we can do for this unfortunate man." 'l'he do<'tor was again summoned. and he succeeded iu re storingCaptain :nasher to his senses again. 'l'he dying man then made a full confession before the magistrate and other witnesses, in which he rpvealed all the plots that had been formed against young Lord Craven by the am-bitious woman. The cunning Boy of Donnybrook, who feared that he would be implicated with the others, also confessC'd that he haf! acted _with the conspirators for the purpose of betraying them, and his generous half-brother bore him out In the assertion. In the meantime, Lady Craven with hf'r son and .Jack Burke hastened away from the mansion in a catriage, no attempt being made to arrest them at the time. Fearing pursu11., Dick Craven urgeed on the horses to such a speC'd that the carriage was overturned at a dangerous point on the road and they were all flung out into a quarry. Lady Craven never spoke another word after that night, and she died in an insensible state two days aftPr. Her son received some seriom; injuries, and Jack Burke had his right arm broken by the fall. As Captain Slasher died before morning, all the conspira tors WC're either disabled or removed forever, and .the acting young lord had a clean course before him until the expiration of the rear. CH.APTER XYIT. WHEN THE YEAR WAS UP. After the death of Captain Slasher and Lady Craven, Dick Craven and .Jack Burke fled from Ireland and they were never seen In that country afterward. The new Boy of Dom1ybrook was on thorns during the days and weeks that transpired until the year was up. In the meantime the young lord continued to manage the property and the people under him to. the utmost satisfac tion of all, while. he treatPd the acting Boy of Donnybrook as if he heartily despised him. On the eventful night in question Dan Dolan <'alled the acting Boy of Donnybrook into the library, -here Rose Dashwood was also seated. "The year agreed upon is.up to'night, and I desire to :isk you if I have fulfilled my part of the compact to the letter'?" The mean fellow stated at his half-brother and then at Rose Dashwood Pre he stammered forth: "To be sure you have." '.rhe old Boy of Donnybrook smiled as he continued: "Do you freely admit that I have tanght you how to act the manly part, not only with your deadly enemies, but with the people arountl you?" "I do admit it, Dan." "Then, you are willing, If I gave up the estate to you again, to follow the course I have laid out for you?" "Certainly I am. Do you mean to say that you will give up the estate without making any claim on me on account of that marriage paper?" The old Boy of Donnybrook drPw the paper from his pocket and held it between his fingers as he replied, in stern tones: "I would tear this paper up at once if I thought you would keep your word, but I do not believe you. I will keep my word, however, aml you can take your old place this very night." "But what will you do, Dan'!" "I may remain here in the neighborhood for the present to watch how :.-ou act. If you behave yourself like a true man, I will never trouble you again. If you go back to your old course, and act the part of a n;iean hound to every one around you, then I will step fol'.ward with this paper and other proofs that I possess, and turn you out without the least mercy. Be warned for the last time, as it is the only chance you will have." "How much will you take, Dan, to give up that paper and settle the business for good and all." "Rut won't It be hard on you to go and lhe in your old w:i.y again, Dan? I will give five tbouf.!" gat' a man, and you--" The young woru:i.n din ndt fin!Rh t11 lnrlignaut speech, but f!rpw her busbanll out of thC' room, leaving the cowardly young lord foaming with rage. Five :i.ftc acarriae;e rollC'd awny from the hall beariu; the young couple. And 1hP venomous young lord stared uftC'r them out of thP wirnlow wbiJp he mutterC'n to himself: "Hnng me if he hai:< not trickPcl roP after nil. ns Rose a.nd her fortune are worth more than nil I possess. To the mis chief I'll pitC'h his threMs and I'll go on here just ns I please. rn get that. rna rriage certificate by hook or by crook, B{Ild then I'll defy him to hi,; teeth. On the following day lt WAR announced Bose Da.shwood had manied the Bo:v of Donnybrook, and It wns also rumored that young Lonl Cra.ven had made a settlement with his half-brothe1', wlueh gave the latter two thousand pounds a year to Jhe on. 'L'he young C'ouple f"tarterl off on tbPir 'IYC'ddi11g tour hy tak ing the stPamer for New York. as the old Boy of Donnyl1rook declarPd that he would 8ettle in a free land, and invest all his wife's money in l merica n rNl 1 estate and securities. \Yhen the <'owardly ;ro'lng lord le:uned that bis brave brother was out of thC' way. hf' commPn<'ell a life of dissi pation and oppression, awl his poor tC'nants had soon reason to deplore the ahsC'nCC' of the old of Donnybrook. It was then rumorPcl nrounn that nan Dolan had intlu ence

II. PLUCK AND LUCK. CURRENT NEWS I"' '. -At almost every station on a German tailway the stanowadays to see a man p'.lrn the s'wects at dinner. On tion-master has a paITot so trained that whenever a train the other hand, since women baYe taken to serious an name of the station distinctly, and it continues doing so and pud

I'LUCK AND LUCI{. TATTERS on. THE BOY vVHO OWNED THE H0TEL DY J. P. RICHARDS. -{A Serlal Stot"y) OIL\I)TE11 XVI (Con tinucd) l\Ieanwhile he J'ound plenty to do in waiting upon his grandfather, who seemed to be very weak, so much so that he declared he was not able to get up. Tatters went down into the kitchen and had the old colored woman, whom he found cooking there,_ prepare a goo:l breakfast for the old gentleman, which he took up to Ii;s room and sencc1 to him in bed. His hotel experience told Tatters just what to do, and jmt how to do it. }fr. Knight declared that he was a b ette r rnlet in c-rnry way than Francois and he dr e w the bov clorn to him and him again before 'l'atters left room. I'm glad I've found you, Reginald," he said. "How rn.uch I have missed in not knowing you b e fore! :aut my "bole life has been a failure-that's the way it goes in this WOl'ld." Tatters C.iu not say much in answer to his, for he did not know what to say, but he le.ft the room more firmly de termined than ever to get the best of Slocum Sly, who seemed to have no suspicion of what was passing in his mind when they met at the table in the breakfast room. "'l'hat fellow Jake made an idiot of himself last night," "Yes, if you want to, but don't try to pass the gate, or there'll be trouble sure." Tatters went out, and, meeting Jake, went right up to him and bade the fellow good-morning. The answer was a surly growl, and Tatters walked on, Jake following him all over the grounds without saying a word. "He suspects me," thought 'ratters, as he re-entered the house. "Sly has tried to talk him out of it, but he knows blamed well that it .was I who tumbled him over last night." Jus t then a carriage came rattling up to the door, and a gentleman in black, carrying a little medicine case, jumped out. 'rhis, of course, was the doctor. The colored man who was in attendance downstairs admitted him, and showed him up to Mr. Knight's room. ratters closed the door behind him. "They mean to poison grandfather right now," he thought. "I must keep my eyes peeled." He slipped noiselessly into his own room and took up his position just inside the dividing door, which stood partly open. Through the crack he could see and hear all that was going on in the room beyond. CHAPTER XVII. T .\TTERS SEES IIIMSELF THE OWNER OF THE HOTEL, Sly said, after a few general remarks. "He must have Tatters did not learn anything by listening behind the dropped asleep and dreamed that some one came over the door. wall. Didn't you hear him firing his revolver and yelling Dr. Stonebridge-that was the name under which Sly burglars? It was just before I came into your room. That's introduced the man of medicine-examined Mr. Knight, what I meant by what I said hi you. Do you know, I and, telling him that he was only a little weak on account actually thought that you had been trying to escape?" of his long journey, left medicine and went downstairs "I sleep so sound that I scarcely ever hear anything," with Sly. replied Tatters, "but I'm pretty sure to wake up in a hurry Tatters immediately slipped into the room. if any one comes into my room as you did last night." "Did you want anything, grandfather?" be asked. "I think I'll have to shake Jake," said Sly. "Now, "Shan't I help you to dress?" yom1g fellow, we must get to work right away. I shall see "No, but I am glad you have come, Reginald," replied your grandfather about the will as soon as breakfast is Mr. Knight. "Do you suppose we shall be left alone here over. If I can prevail upon him to sign it to-day, why, for a few minutes; my boy? I've got' something I want to we can :finish the job right up. At ten o'clock the doctor ay to you-something very particular indeed." comes. I have sent for him because it will be a good job "I'm sure I can't tell. Mr. Sly is all over the house, for him to see your g:randfather before-well, you know sir." what." "You don't trust Mr. Sly, Reginald?" said the old man, Do you, grandfather?" "Before you begin to dose him, I suppose you mean," said Tatters. "Speak right out, l\'Ir. Sly. You needn't be afraid of me." "By Jove, you're a brick!" chuckled the villain. "I never worked with a fellow who entered iuto the scheme the way you do." "That'S' all right. If I undertake to do anything, I like to do it. Am I expected to give the dose, or do you attend to that end of the business yourself?" ":N" ever you mind about that; leave it all to me. Now, I'm going upstairs to have a talk with the old gent a.Lout the will, so you had better keep out oi the wr.y.'' "Can I walk out in the "I have trusted him for years, but--" "But you don't trust 11in1 now!'" "Loc k the door, Reginald. Ile wants me to make my will, and I have promised to do it, but before I do so, I want to say-confound the fellow! Here he is again!" 8ly's step was heard outsiae before Tatters could re.ach the tloor. ''Let him in,'' wlii s pereu }fr. Knight. "We will talk some other lime." Sly ca111c in smiling and showing his teeth, as he usually did. (To be continued).


PLUCK AND LUCK. ITEMS OF/ .GENERAL INTEREST 'rhe yacht under construction at the Herreshoff yards, Bristol, R. I., by a syndicate of New York men as a can didate for the defense of the America's Cup will probably have a wooden mainmast of the "stave" variety. The new boat is not as large as the defenders Columbia and Reliance, which were equipped with steel masts. The attention of the builders at present is devoted principally to the completion of the bronze keel plate, which was cast recently. At tbe new works of the United Verde Copper Com pany, Jerome, Ariz., is building a steel smokestack that it said by the Engineering and Mining Journal to be the tallest in the world. The chimney is ao feet in diameter inside the brick lining, 30 feet 91/2 inches inside of the steel shell, and 400 feet 1 inch from top of foundation to top of steel. The unusual size of this structure, the connections for three flues, imd the protection of the steel plate from the flue gases, caused several interesting 'problems in the design. The diameter and height of the chimney were determined by the draught calculations; the diameter and height of bell were made one-eighth of the height of the chlJ:lney, or :fifty feet. The brick lining was supported on the legs of circular angles riveted to the inside of shell and spaced :fifteen feet apart. By this method, the bearing capacity of the brick is not exceeded and any section can be replaced without affecting the others. Emperor William has been sawing and splitting wood for some days with the day laborers on the imperial estate surrounding Sans Souci Palace. His physicians had advised him to do manual labor, and every forenoon he spends on the grounds worh.'"ing zealously with 1 one or another of the laborers. An experienced woodsman sets before him every morning a big pile of logs in a secluded part o:l' the grounds and the Emperor works four or :five hours, three hours before lunch'eon and one or two after ward. Sometimes he invites the woodsman to help him with a big double saw. His Majesty is said to take great pride in piling the fuel in neat heaps, which he then pre sents to tlie woodsman for use in his home. Those who have seen him at work say the Emperor wields the saw and axe with characteristic energy, while the Empress often looks on and jokingly checks the work he accom plishes. Aides-de-camp occasionally called upon to assist in the work. The town of Pretty Prairie, Reno County, Kans.. with 354 inhabitants, has an automobile to every family. It averages up that way. There are sixty-six automobiles in the town, and the same number of families: Pretty Prairie is a prosperous rural village, the centre of a rich farming country. It is by no means unusual for farmers whose acreage is in the suburbs, but who live in the town, to own two or three cars, a big touring car for the wife, a runabout for himself and an old car for hauling to and from the farm. There are 1,223 automobiles in Reno County. Of these 425 Oie owned by farmers residing outside of inc9rporated towns, besides many others owned by farmers who live in the towns. In Langdon, with 184 inhabitants, there are fifteen cars. Plevna, with 165 people, has twelve automobiles. In Sylvia there is a car to every three fam ilies, and the same ratio in Plevna. Hutchinson has 499 automobiles, averaging one to each seven families. This is not including 110 more owned by farmers on the rural routes accredited to Hutchinson. I The Poison Valley of Java receives its name from the deadly atmosphere which surrounds it. It is loaded with carbonic acid gas, and, although not at once fatal to human beings, proves so to either dogs or fowls. The val ley has seldom been explored much beyond the borders, as from there it is seen that the surface of the ground is strewn with the bones of tigers, deer, all kinds of birds, and also human beings. There is also a valley kn.own by a similar name in the county of Inyo, California, be tween the Paramint mountains and the Armargosa range. It is forty miles long by about eight miles broad, and its bed in the de e pest part lies one hundred and :fifty feet be low the level of the sea. Every part of the valley is deadly. Its topography and climate have never been accurately observed, for human beings cannot live long enough in its atmosphere to ascertain the needed facts. In the coolest and highest part the thermometer often stands at 125 de grees, so that the deadly quality of the air is perhaps only its intense htat. Still, it is surmised, as the valley is of volcanic formation, that deadly gases may be emitted from cracks in the rocks. The s even wonders of Corea are: ( 1) The marvefous Mmeral Spring of Kiushanto, one dip in which is a so> ere ign f!ure for all the ills that human flesh is heir to. (2) The double springs which though far apart, have a strange, mysterious affinity. According to Corean belief, there is a connection underground, through which water ebbs and flows like the waters of the ocean, in such a way that only one spring is full at a time. The water pos sesses a wonderful sweetening power, so that whatever is cooked therein becomes good and palatable. (3) The Cold Wind Cavern, whence comes a ne>er ceasing wind so pier cing that nothing can withstand it and so powerful that the strongest man cannot face it. ( 4) The inde structible Pine Forest, the trees of which grow up again as fast as they are cut clown. ( 5) The Floating Stone, a massive block that has no visible support, but, like Ma homet's coffin, remains suspended. ( 6) The Warm Stone, situated on the top of a hill and said to have the pe culiarity of spreading warmth and heat all round it. ( 7) A clrop of the Sweat of Buddha, for thirty paces round which no flower or vegetation will grow, nor will birds or other linng things pass oyer it.


PLUCK AND LUCK. WORKING .FOR WILL -ORTftE BOY WHO WOULD.NOT STAY DOWN By WILLIAM WADE. (A Serial Story) CHAPTER IX (Continued). Just then the sound of wheels was heard on the drive above, and the boys hurried upstairs expecting to see Mr. Eagleton's coachman and the livery team, but instead, there was Mr. Ransley and Lawyer Main, in the latter's buggy. "Hello, Will!" cried the genial manager, jumping out of the buggy, "thought I would come down and see how you are getting along." "It's all done, sir. I'm ready," replied Will, promptly; and he whispered to Harry: "Not a word about old Middleton. If we can only keep out of the cellar we are safe." "Well, you are prompt, boy," said Mr. Ransley. "Will is always prompt," said Law}rer Main, hitching the horse. "I want to say," added Will, "that I haven't had time to verify my figures yet, but I can show you just what ought to be done to carry out your ideas, and give you a general notion oi the cost.'' "Give iis the cost, first," said Mr. Ransley. "I'm afraid I shall frighten you, sir." "Try it on! Try it on, boy." "Four thousand dollars," said Will, quietly. "Phew! Pretty steep I" cried Mr. Ransley. "If I hadn't lost that grizzly bear I'd say yes, offhand, but it will cost me two thousand dollars to replace him, and--" "Well, you don't have to do that!" cried Harry, who never could keep his mouth shut. "Will caught the bear, and he is in the barn now." "What?" roared Mr. Ransley. "Sa.y that !" "Why, we did get the bear, sir," laughed Will, "and he is actually in the barn at the present moment, but that has nothing to do with this job." "It's got everything to do with it!" cried the circus manager.. "Say no more, Will Long, if you will accept the contract to put this house in thorough repair, according to the plan I sketched out for you, for $4,000, why, the job is yours!" CHAPTER X. WILL FINDS A NEW FRIEND. "Done," said Will. "I accept that offer." "You speak promptly! my boy. I don't want you to get stuck. I hope you know what you are about," the circus manager said. "Will always knows what he is about,'' said Mr. Main. "You needn't have any fears on that score." "I think I am all right, sir,'' added Will. "Of course_;'! don't pretend to have made this estimate myself. It has been done under my instructions, however, and by a man who thoroughly understands his business." "I guess I know who it is,'' laughed Mr. Main. "Old man Middleton." "It is no secret," said Will. "Mr. Middleton made the estimate. He will be my foreman if I do the job." "He is an A-1 mechanic if you can only keep him sober," said the l!lwyer. "That's the hardest part of the contract," sighed Will) "but I am not going to depend on him entirely. I shall bring a nian out from Boston, who will be equally good." "All right,'' said Mr. Ransley. 1 "Pitch in and see what you can do. Want any money?" "No, sir." "But you must need some. Here's two hundred dol lars for capturing the bear." "No, no I I won't tals:e it,'' said Will. "All I did was to shut the barn door on him," and he went on to tell the whole story, which greatly interested Mr. Ransley, of course. Then they went out and had a look at the bear through the window. "I'll get right back and send the keeper down with the bear van to get him," said the circus manager. "Suppose you boys will stay here till he comes?" "Certainly," replied Will, "but don't you want to go over the house and let me explain what I intend to do?" "Some other time. Can't rest till the bear is safe under our tent,'' replied Mr. Ransley. "Come on, Main." Then they got into the buggy and drove away. Ten minutes later, Mr. Eagleton's coachman brought back the carryall, but the boys had to wait nearly an hour for the bear van. When it came the keeper made short work of the busi ness. He was armed with a big club and he walked right into the barn, put a collar and a muzzle on the bear, led him out, and made him climb into the van. The grizzly did a little growling,. and got the club over his head twice, but on the whole there was no trouble, and the boys had the satisfaction oi seeing the van rattle away with the bear inside. "Now for our beast, Hal," said Will, "but first of all, I am going to stave in that whiskey cask." "Turn the spigot, that's all that's necessary," said Harry, and that is what the boys did when they got down the cellar. While the whiskey was running out on the ground, they dragged the old drunkard upstairs and with some difficulty got him into the carryall, setting him on the floor, so that his head rested on the seat. In this way they were able to drive him home, and then they had another job carrying him upstairs to the room where he alone, his wife having died years before. Her.a they tumbled him on the bed, and then returned the team to the livery stable, after which Harry went home, while Will went down to Blatchford's lumber yard at the wharf near the railroad bridge. Mr. Blatchford was in the office writing in his books. "Well, Will, what did you do?" he asked. "Got the job, sir," replied Will. (Tq be continued)_.


PLUCK AND LUCK. \ NEWS PARAGRAPiiS Maitress, the largest of the O'roup lvinO' mid-J 0 J b way between Jersey and Granville, has been let toO'ether with a military fort, for $250 a year. The Government originally offered the fort alone at an annual _rental of $30. 'l'he new lessee of the island is the well known French caricaturist Daniel Thouroude. Assays made upon samples of ore taken from the farm of John Stienbeck near Poplar, in Douglas county, Wis., have led the owner to believe that he has a gold and silver mine on his property. The values shown in the :first sa1ples are small, but Stienbeck says he has located a rocky ledge within six feet of the surface which he be lieves is rich in minerals. The Panama-Pacific Exposition is to be held in a plot of ground containing 625 acres in the "Harbor View'' section of San Francisco, overlooking San Francisco Bay and the "Golden Gate" entrance from the Pacific. This ground includes part of the United States military reservation-the Presidio on one end and Fort Mason on the other. .Just $797,900 was expended last year in construction by the seYen naval powers of the world, the United States standing second in the list with appropriations of $140,-800,643. Great Britain spent $235, 713,489, while Ger manv was not far behind the United States, with an ex penditure of $111,270,025. Japan took last place, having spent only $48,105,151. Great Britain held her place as the first naval power with 2,591,291 tonnage, allowing for the completion ofthe vessels now building. Germany ranks second, with a tonnage of 1,228,208; the United States is third, with 921,844 tons; France fourth, with 8'/6,155 tons, and Japan fifth, with 702,099 tons. employed Americans approached the Illn.lto fniit growers recently and demanded that the J apaneEe be discharged and that work be given to them. With the fmit gro,rers' refusal came threats of violence from the whites. Many of the growers armed their Japanese employees and placed guards ar0nnd their groves. A riot call was received and automobiles :filled with armed deputies were rushed to the scene. A telephone message received from the depu ties upon their arrival at Rialto was to the effect that the leaders threatened to attack the J apaneee and drive them from the ranches unless the growers discharged. the J ap anese and hired the Americans. Four leaders of the American rioters were placed under arrest. The Chinese are inveterate gamblers, and never lose an opportunity to bet, no matter how trivial the cause may be. One of their greatest institutions is cricket-fighting, the cricket.s being caught, fed and trained as carefully as a blooded horse. The:re is a :fixed diet for them, part of their food consisting of honey and boiled chestnuts. If they get sick ; they are fed with mosquitoes. Prior to fighting. their weight is ascertained and duly recorded, there being a :fixed as to their size and weight. On the door of the house in which the :fight is to take place, the of each cricket is pasted up and the owner of the winner gets ten per cent. of all the bets. The cricket pit is a low tub placed on the table, and, after weighing, the combatants are put in it and tickled with straws until they rush at each other with loud chirrups and :fight until one of them is killed. Good :fighting crickets are very and are often sold for large 1>ums. Arrowheads and beads and other trinkets which the Indians bury with their dead are in the possession of Frank Nelson, who found them along with three sk ele tons on his farm, between East Hampton and AmaganW ord has just reached Ottawa of a fierce battle with a sett, New York. The skeletons are undoubtedly those of pack of wolves, in which Peter Nigosh, an Indian trap-Indians who are believed to have been buried more than per, was killed on the Lake of the Wood country. The 250 years ago. The bodies were found four feet under encounter occurred near Warroad, on the Canadian North-. ground, with their heads pointing to the east. The arrowern Railway. Nigosh was returning from his traps, a heads and trinkets were at the side of each body. The few miles up the lake, when he was suddenly attacked by skeletons were apparently those of men of big frame. the wolves. He had not time to scale tbe nearest tree, That the three w ere found together is believed to indicate and had only a long hunting knife to protect him. The that they were slain in battle. Persons familiar with the pack closed in on him, and one after another he slew with history of East Hampton say they believe the bodies were his weapon until nine were dead at his feet. Then, exburied between 250 and 300 years ago. The history of hausted from his efforts, he fell an easy prey to the surthe village dates back to 250 years ago. At that time thA vivors of the pack. Relatives began a search, and they principal burial place of the Indians i:b. that part of Long discovered the spot where the battle took place, but the Island was at Montauk .;f'oint. There is no record of an only trace of the Indian was his bones, stripped clean of Indian burial place at East Hampton. For this teae"n it flesh. The nine dead wolves were partly devoured. is assumed the bodies must have been buried there before A race riot between Japanese fruit pickers and unem ployed Americans is imminent at Rialto, an orange grow ing centre near San Bernardino, Cal. Two hundred unthe Indians began pilgrimages with their dead to Mon ta:uk Point. Nielson came across the skeletons while he was digging a cellar for a chicken house. The bones of the jaw and the teeth are very well preserved.


I PLUCK AND LUCK. l'7 INTERESTING TOPICS ORAilS ROOT UP SAPLINGS. .Some inte rcstu1g fac t s respectin g the destruc tiveness of certain s pecies of c rabs in G ra u d Ca y m a n an i sland in th e Brit i s h \Vost Indies, app ear in a bulletin just issued fro m the Royal Botanic G a rdens a t Kew and written by '1'. 1\I. S. Englis h, who ha s lived the re thre e years. The edible c rab, h e say s g r ows to a considerable size an old male b eing sometimes si x inc hes acro s s and hav i n g i ts larger claw no les s than fourteen inch e s in length from its junction with the body to the end of its "jaws." The female has smaller claw s but apparently they are most destructive. They are great burrow e rs and cannibal s too. In place s wh e re they abound nothing is s afe from the m. The y will take into their holes things for which they c a nnot con ceivably find a use-a knife, for instance or a pocket com pass. 1'hey will eat the eg g s from under a sitting hen if not the hen herself as readily as the l e aves of seedlin g cocoanut trees, and of these from 6 to 10 p e r cent. hav e to be replaced if they are planted in newly cleared ground b e fore the crabs have been very thoroughly thinned out. They are responsible for frequent patches of bare soil in the ''bush," which become covered with veg etation when the crabs are gone. During the dner months of the early part of the y ear they go underground to change their shells and add to their destructiveness hy barricading the mouths of their holes with mll!!ses of sticks and rubbish like jackdaws' nest s nipping off or rooting up saplings a s much as three quarters of an inch in diameter for the purpose. SALTING A MINE. Salting mines is a practice that is not so common as it was twenty years ago, but it hao been done once or twice in Meixco and Alaska wifo great success even in recent years. The Engineeri.n( and Mining Journal tells of one such instance, the scene of which was near Juneau, Alaska. Three partners owned a ledge, but discovered that the ore was of too low grade to make it profitable to work. They, however, effected a sale on a basis of a total price of $450,000, of which 25 per cent. was to be paid if an assay of the ore turned out well. Two dlll'erent corps of engineers were sent to sample the ore. The owners got into their good graces and were permitted to a.ssist at the sampling, during which they salted the ore till it assayed $4 a ton. A third enugineer was sent out. He would have nothing to do with the own ers and required them to leave the island on which the mine was situated. He took two or three tons of samples in sacks to Juneau, where it lay for several days on the wharf awaiting a San Francisco boat and in charge of a watchman night and day. While the samples were on the wharf three fellows, dressed as travellers or tourists, with their little dude canes, strolling around, would come to these sacks, ask the watchman a lot of foolish questions a.bout them, and a ll the time th e y would be stabbing and punching the sacks with their dud e cane s whi c h were loaded with ch lori de o f gol d This W"aS rep e ated several times, each t im e changi n g t h e disguise. It was so well done that the third engineer s report was satisfactory and the sch e mer s recei v ed their first payment, all that they ex pect e d. About fiftee n years ago a property on Signal Hill, Crip ple C reek, within less than a mile from the town, was s a l ted by using chloride of gold in a shotgun, shooting it into the breasts of the drifts and bottom of the shaft. It was s o well done that the swindlers received the first p ayment, amounting to $10,000. SWISS FOREST PROTECTION. B eca use of the limited area of Switzerland and the fact that it is so mountainous, leaving only a small portion of the t e rritory available for cultivation, the conservation of the natural resources of the country is important. To this end both the Federal and cantonal governments give aid and encouragement in the way of subsidies, especially for the protection and con s ervation of the forests, which cov e r about one-fourth of the total area of the territory compris ing the confederation. In addition to the importance of the maintenance of forests as a c ommercial and economic que s tion is the pro te c tion of life and property in the villages and communitie s o f the mountai n ous districts from avalanches. The pines, firs larches, and other trees that grow in the h i g her altitudes and sterile soil of the mountains offer the only protection against avalanches and landslides, which not infrequently destroy whole villages and do great damage to communities in their devastating course. Only small tracts of the forests in Switzerland are denuded at one time, writes Consul General R. E. Mansfield, Zurich. The portions from which the timber is cut are immediate ly replanted, and by this process of removal and replanting the forest area is always covered with growing tre es. In 1814 the total forest area of Switzerland was 2,091,000 acres, representing slightly more than 20 per cent. of the total area. of the country. In_ 1911 the :forest acreage was 2,258,000, equal to nearly 22 per cent. of the area of the country, or a gain of 167,000 acres. Instead of being an expense, the forest areas of Switzer land are a source of profit to the Government. The meth od of cutting the timber is usually by contract with in di v iduals or corporations at a fixed price per acre for the timber, which includes clearing the land and replanting the trees. Of the total 2,258,000 acres of forest, covering nearly one-quarter of the Confederation's territory 1,679,000 acr e s are under Government control and protection. The itlcrease noted in the forest area of Switzerland in rece'nt years is due to the protective policy of the Federal and cantonal Governments in the conservation of the existing fore&ti! and j;he forestation teiTitory.


rLUCK A:\TD LUCK. A FEW GOOD ITEMS "HOW THE WORLD IS CHEATED." According to reports from Halle, Germany, the good citizens of a neighboring hamlet are still inclignai+t over an incident which occurred there recently. The entire vallage and surroUllding country were on the tiptoe of expectation to see the sensational drama "How the World Is Cheated," which huge yellow posters had announced would be given hy a theatricai troupe in a local temple of Thespis, a large hall over the village inn. In due course the troupe arrived and the actors were especially plensed to find the advance sale of tickets, at a quarter each, inrnred a full house and a snug sum in the box ofiice. The evening of the performance saw the house packed. The audience waited patiently for nearly an hour and then the males present lost patience and com menced to stamp and whistle. After a long delay the scarrd looking proprietor of the hall appeared ru.1d announced that the troupe had vanished with the box office receipts into the darkness and night, leaving behind them a placard on which was written "This is How the World Is Cheated." COVERS J 86 MILES A SECOND. A great deal of controversy has been waged about the structure and composition of the great spiral nebula in Andromeda, the most beautiful and striking apparition which celestial photography has revealed. It was sug gested some two years ago that the nebula was not gaseous, but was a lmiYerse of stars external to our own galaxy. This inference, made by V. M. Slipher, was based on the appearance of certain lhaunhofer lines in its light spectrum which were inconsistent with the idea that it was a gaseous nebula. The same observer by eA.amining the shift of the lines in its spectrum-from four good plates obtained some months ago-has calculated the speed at which the nebula is moving. He obtains the startling result that the nebula is approaching us at the rate of 186 miles a second. It is a little difficult to credit that such a vast object as this, wbicli at the ]east e timate must be. hundreds of millions of miles in diameter, could be moving at so great a speed. Moreover no movement sideways of the nebula has ever been detected, and therefore, since it does not seem probable that it can be coming toward our telescopes directly "head on," it must either be at a very great dis tance or else there jg something wrong in the observa tions. ARIZONA'S OSTRICH INDUSTRY. There are now about 6,000 birds on the ostrich farma of 'Arizona, and the industry is said to be but in its infancy. The present status of the industry is marked by a departure from the custom :first established of 'raising a.s many birds as possible, and the ostrich grower is scien tifically improving the quality of his stock and of the feathers, that are becoming more a.nd more valuable. South African experts and experts from the United States bureaus who have visited this section are convinced that the climate, food and market conditions are desimble for the profitable continuation of the industry, and they predict that the ostrich growers of the Salt River Valley have an opportunity to exceed all records in this line. There are fifteen ostrich ranches in the valley, and the industry bas become a leader. W. S. Pickerell of the Arizona Ostrich Company bas made a scientific study of the methods of incubating and treating eggs up to the batching stage.Growers have been unsuccessful in this feature of the industry and the rate of mortality has been exceptionally high. JI.Ir. Pickerell says that out of 120 eggs hatched he saved and raised 112 birds. Another time he hatched 275 eggs and saved 232 birds. J. G. Spangler of Mess, one of tp.e best-known bankers and ranchmen of the State, was elected President of the Arizona Ostrich Growers' Association; W. S. Pickerell of the Arizona Ostrich Company, the pioneer breeder of os triches in Arizona, wa,s elected vice-president, and C. B. Laird secretary and treasurer. AMERICAN BALLOONIST BATTLES WITH TIGER. A thrilling adventure of American balloonists with a tiger has just been reported at St. Petersburg. Accom panied by his fiancee Mr. Fobster, an American airman well known in Siberia, about a fortnight ago made an ascent from Vladivostok with the intention of reaching Khabarovsk, a town on the Amur. 'l'he balloon was a small one, unequipped with a ripping valve for easy descents. The weather, however, proved unfavorable, and the airman resolved to land. He accomplished the descent, and as the balloon neared the ground jumped out, holding the trail rope, intending to drag the balloon down to earth and assist the girl to descend. As soon as he bad jumped, however, he noticed a Siberian tiger, which jumped over the American, who had thrown himself on the ground, sprang at the car and remained hanging while the ballon reascended. Mr. Fobster had no weapon with him but a big knife, and it was out of the question to urge the girl to jump out, since she would have been killed on the spot. Shouting to the girl to keep quiet he grasped the end of the guide rope and ran to the river, 200 or 300 yards away. Meanwhile the tiger was making desperate efforts to climb into the car, and the airman, reaching the river, which happily was not very deep at that point, jumped in and then shouted to his fiancee to jump down. The girl hesitated, but at that very moment the tiger, struggling for life, made a last del.'lperate effort and climbed into the car. Then the girl took the leap. Mr. Fobster then let the guide rope go and swam to the rescue of his companion. At the same time the bal loon, lightened of the weight of the girl, rose quickly up with the amazed tiger in it. The couple were rescued by peasants.


PLUCK AND LUOK. 29 PLUCK ANO LUCK NEW YORK, FEBHUARY 11, 1914 TERMS. TO S UBSCRIBERS Slni:. le Copies ................................. ......... One Copy Three Month ....................... ,. ..... One Copy Six Months .......................... ........ One Cop y One Year ..................................... Postage Free. 0 5 Centa .65 Cents $1.2 5 $2.50 HOW TO SEl'!IO MO;\IE Y -At our risk send l'. O Money O r de1, Check er Rog-istor o d Let. t a r : remittances in any otbor way are at your risk. we a ccept Postage Stamr the same as cash. Wht1n sending silver wrap the C oin i.n ll s eparate piece of paper to avoi d cutting the enYel ope. IVrde 11011,1 nam .. e c.m d lldn: ss plainl y Addres& letters to 'l'Ofl'IV.T 1 Pr'Hident } lit. li.t.OTlMCH1 l 'nuurer K. N l'J..LND1'&, SecrP.tar)' Frank Touse y Pub li sher l.68 Wes t 23d S t ., N. Y. B? IEF BUT POINTED ITEMS A defi has been i s su ed t o a t h letic womankind the world over by s e v e n te en-year-o1d I sabe ll e Lengel of Scranton, P a., whti c an lift si\'. t i mes her own weight without har ne3s. Miss L e n gel w e i g h s 117 p o und s and can lift <175 p ound s S he i s a pretty brunette, and her father has offe r e d to bac k her in a w eig ht-lifting contest against any girl of her age in tl i e world. She got her start in the high s c hool gy mna s ium, and takes her daily exercise with dumb-b e ll s weighing t wenty-five pounds each. y ou at e v e r y tnrn, n11til t11e visitor begins to feE:l that h e i s vis itin g t h e grou11c1s 0 s ome g reat hos pital afte r a great battle But the secr e t o f this strang e condition of the p o pulation is that n e ar Haz ardsville are the greatest pow d e r mills in the world, and! all the cripple s are those who have been maimed b y explo s i o n s During t h e da y the able bodied. citizens are at work in the mills and so only the cripples are to be seen in the streets. Strange to say, these p0or c r eatures seem very cheerful and happy, and often one comes upon a group of ten or tw e nty laughing and talking, as light-hearted and contented as if they pos sessed all the i r limb s One peculiarity will, however, strike the newcomer at once, and that is the extr e me care with which they move about, 8.1! if the,.force of habit ac quired in the powder mill still clings to them, eyen after they had been forced to leave their work. After robbin g the passengers in one of the cars of sev eral hundred dollars and wounding a deputy sheriff ,in IL pi s tol duel the other night, a lone bandit jumped from IL Western & Atlantic train bound .for Chattanooga and es caped The authorities arrested a man later said to an swer the des cription of the robber This train runs be tween Cha t tanooga and Atlanta, and most of the pas sengers were residents of Chattanooga and intermediate towns As the train pas s ed through Vinings shortly after 7 o'clock a man entered the chair car, drew a pistol and began to collect valuables from the passengers. He had A t the initia ti o n o f fed e ration the total population of robbed more than a sqore, wheTu C. C. Heard, an Atlanta Aust ralia was 3,764 3 39 On .Tune 30, 1913, it had I deputy sheriff, who was returning from Rome, Ga., opened r e R checl 4 8 ,01,9 4 6 or a gain of 1,036,607 in twelve and fire upon him. Half a dozen shots were exchanged, H ea r d a h a lf yea rs. The rate increase represented a gain of being wounded slightly by a bullet which iPassed through two p e r cen t. prr an n um, and, if maintained, will mean his cheek. The bandit then swung from the train as i t that the populati on w i ll d o uble i ts elf in about thirty-six s lowed down here and disappeared. The robber did not year s T he ratPs o f i nc r eas e per annum of England. and enter the e x press or mail cars. One passenger reporte d "'ales a T e 1 p er cent.; German y, 1% per cent.; United that he had given up $200 States 11/1 p e r cent. ; and Canada, 2%, per cent. Of -----, Au stralia's population eighty-three per cent. are Austra1 Yachting e x perts in London cannot believe the t ruth lian born Man y c iti e s of Franc e have begun to experience a minia ture famine, owing to the virtual stoppage of t raffic, raus e d by the heavy snowfall. At Perpignan, whi c h is completely snowbound, supplies of bread and fuel have fallen v e r y low most o f the provision merchants having sold out their s tocks. The is felt also at Nimes Pan, Toulous e and Toul o n Railway communication be tween Paris and Bord e aux haa come to a standstill, trains being stalled on opposite sides of Beziets, in the Depart ment of H erau lt. Branc h lines are blocked all over France, and at Cerb e re, on the Spanish frontier, where the snow has rea c hed a depth of forty inches, 1,200 t r avele r s are held up, and it is very difficult to find food and accom modations for them. Navigation of canals an d rivers has virtually ceased owing to the thick ice, as in some parts of the c ountry the temp e rature has fallen to zero. One of t h e s trange s t pla ces in the United States is the little cit v of Hazi;i.rclsville, Connecticut, for in this small place eve r y person one 'meets is a cripple. Men without arms and l e gs, or 1Yith badly scarred faces meet of the report that the America Cup challenger will h a v e a centreboard. At Southampton, where the is being built, the idea is laughed at as incredible. The W orld cor respondent there reports that it emanated :from the Times and the Daily Telegraph, which, presumably, are not publishing such s tatements lightl y The World cor respond ent at Glasgow says the e xperts unanim o usly fa vor a keel. Former Lqrd-P rov o s t .Bell, owner of the Thistle, told The World that w hen he challenged with the Thistle she had a ke e l, but sbe was beaten by tlie Vol unteer becau s e the latter was a bett e r boat; he believe s i n keels. Alfred M y in e the emj ent naval a r chite c t of the Northern Ya cht Club ai1c1 the Royal Clyde Ya cht Club, s aid the New Y ork Club rules e n c ourage keels and give no inducements for centr ebQRr d s Mr B a rnett, designe r 1 of the famou s y acht buildin g firm of G. L. Watson, wh o design e d four challengers sai d that in the ca s e of ex treme boats l ik e the c hall e nger the keel w a s t he only thing. He had heard rumor s that the d ef ender might be a centreboard, but c o n s idered it impossible. He recalled after the Valk y rie TI. raced the .Vigilant, which had a centreboard, \Vat s on predict e d that all future defend ers would be keeled.


80 PLUCK AND LUCK. THE NEWS IN StlORT A TIC LES ROMAN WOMEN BAR TANGO. A majority of the women of the Roman aristocra c y decided to conform to the instructions issued by Cardmal Bastilio Pompili, Vicar-General of Rome, and banish the tango from their salons and otherwise discourage the dance. Cardinal Pompili, representing Pope Pius, in a pastoral letter denounced the tango and declared it must be prohibited in the seat of the Roman Pontiff .. 'l'he Archbishop of Florence, the Most Rev. A. Mis trangelo, in a letter to the local diocesan newspaper, joins Cardinal Pompili in his condemnation of the tango. The Ar:chbishop inclosed in the letter a subscription for the printing of a pamphlet to fight the dance. LINED WITH $51,000. The Ward liner Monterey brought to port Louis Vigil, a Mexican jeweller, who decided several months ago the $51,000 in gold which he possessed was off m New York City unguarded than in the capital of the turbulent republic in which he lived. He brought the gold wjth him in a sort of coat, which was both especially and secretly made for him by a tailor in Mexico City. Vigil wore the coat aboard the steamship, and it wai! on his back when the Monterey docked. When his baggage was examined by the customs of ficials the man in the gold arm.or called a taxicab and hastened for a safe deposit vault which had been recom mended to him in Vera Oruz. control of his auto. M a chine hit tree I\Iast e r s on's ankle broken; boy's nose broken. Bec a use she killed ] ,365 cat erpillars in a single season, Mis.s Er1nie Burton, of Brew s ter, wins prize.' Mrs. Mary Poole, blind or gan grinder, sittmg m ram in YonJrnrs, arrested for g etting wet. Released. Striker arre s ted rec e ntly in demonstration against tow boat strikebreak e r when he pulled a revolver was released. Revolver was of glass. Sketch of a horse's :t;ee t and order :for shoes, came by mail from W to Henry Meyers, an Eltingville, S. I., blacksmith. Tramp wrapped hims elf in sheet, used for movmg pic ture scre e n, and went to sleep in Brewster church, cap tured by janitor. Plock of fifty chickens at Mahopac, N. Y., entered empty grain car on side track. Brakeman closed the door and train went on its way. One-armed beggar who whipped Newark policeman sent to the penitentiary for a year by Justice Hahn. Patrolman John Dornberg, tallest policeman in Jersey City, married. He is 6 feet 6%, inches tall and drum major of police band. Forty-seven deer that have run wild over Nyack estate have been captured and will be sent to Massachusetts. Edmund Kelly turned six out seven years ago and forty have been raised. Her husband having taken only three baths in eight years, Mrs. Liddy Moore, Paterson, mentioned it as one his cruelties. From a great uncle, whose name he had never heard, George, Paterson, inherited $27,000. BIRD CARRYING BELL 30 YEARS IS SEEN On Morgan's Beac.h, New B111Ilswick, :fishermen llnd AGAIN. baby whale, weight 500 pounds, stranded. A "belled buzzard," the jingle of whose bell was recently Mrs. Henry Pettit, celebrating her ninety-ninth birthheard in n.orth Georgia, and which is said to have been day at Rockville Centre, L. I., says she recalls when the 'Seen by a number of persons, is believed to be the same Merikoke Indians camped there. bird that was captured by three Tennesseeans near John Noon, having signed the pledge before Recorder sellville, in Hawkins County, in 1883. These men wued .Nott, East Orange, celebrated event by getting uproarious a bell to the buzzard's neck. For several years 1883 ly intoxicated. Arrested again. the jingle of the bell was heard around Russellville, but Mrs. Annie Rose, Hoboken, forty, sues Dr. Henry later the buzzard migrated, returning to its old haunts Rosinoff for $500 alleging his dental work 'makes her look occasionally, however. It is several years since the like sixty. of its bell has been heard in Tennessee, and the residents The Rev. Alexander Corson asks congregation of First of the Russellville community are convinced that the Methodist Church, Millville, to criticise. ''Your sermons "belled" buzzard seen in Georgia is the. Tennessee produ?t, too long," one wrote. and that it has been one of active members of Burglars ransack Whitestone Yacht Clubwith steward species all these If this is the same buzzard, and fa.mily asleep. Steal graphaphone, opera records, may now be considered upwards of 40 years old, for it seven-day clock, etc. was grown when captured. Alfred W. Meldon, lawyer, No. 24 Ackroyd avenue, QUEER HAPPENINGS. Jewelry worth $100 and supper for family to eat on returning from theatre burglars' haul in home of Herbert Will, Mamaroneck. Everrett Masterson, of Pawling, scuffling with boy, lost Jamaica, is considering offer of a phonograph concern t.o "can" songs which his dog, Caruso, sings to accomparu ment of piano. Michael Martin, Rockland Lake, declined anaesthetic and watched doctors amputate four fingers at Nyack Hos pital.


DELUSION TRICK. A magic !ltt.e box In three parts that 11 very mystify ing to those not In the trick. A coin placed on IL piece ot paper dlappeare by dropping a nickel ring around ft from the magic box. Made of hard wood two inches in diameter. Price, 12c. lll. V. GALLIGAN, '111 W. lilth at., N. Y. ITCH POWDER. Gee whiz What fun you can have with tbis stuff. Moisten tbe tip of your finger, tap it on the contents of the box, and a little \Jiit will stic k. Then sbake hands with your friend, or drop a speck down bis back. In a minute be w!!I feel as if he had the seven years' itch. Sure Fire Accuracy Penetration The World's Record Holders RemingtonUMC .22 cal, cartridges have broken two records in two years. ft1 l111l1i11HUllC c .... 1 b .. It w111 make him sqatch, rear, squirm and make faces. l:lut it is perfectly barmleas as it ls made from the seeds of wild rose s. The horrible itch stops in a few minutes, or can be checked immediately by rubbing the spot with a wet clotb. While It is working, you will be apt to laugh your suspender buttons oil'. '.fhe b est joke of all. Prlre 10 cents a The present world's lOOshot gallery 2484 ex 2500, held bf Arthur Hubalek was made with these hard hitting .22' They will help you, too, to break your best shooting record1. .. 29 w. 26th St., N. Y, Remington-UMC .22's are, made, too, with hollow point bulliit1. This increases their shocking and killing power. -;, OOMICAL RUBBER STAMPS. A complete set of ftve grotesque little people made of Indestructible rubber mounted on black walnut blocks. The figRemingtonUMC-the perfect ahootinfr comblnalloa REMINGTON ARMS-UNION METALLIC CARTRIDGE CO, ures consist o! Policeman. Chinaman, and iaughable figures as shown in pictures. As each ftgure is mounted on a eepara.te block, any boy can set up a regular parade or circus by print ing the figures In differJUM.PrNO CARD.-A pretty little trick, easy to perform. Effect: A select ed card returned to the deck jumps high Into the air at the performer's com ... mand. Pack Is held In one band. Price of apparatus, with enoug-h cards to per form the trick, lOc. lll. V. GALLIGA.1", 419 W. l>Gth St., N. Y. ent positions. With set of figures w& jjend a bottle of colored Ink, an Ink pad and full Children can stamp these pictures on their toys, picture books, writing paper and envelopes, and they are without doubt the most amusing and entertaining novelty gottc i up in years. Price ot the com ... plete set ot 'lubber Stamps, with Ink and ,1 CACHOO OB SNEEZING POWDEB. ink pad, only !Oc., 3 sets for 25c., one dozen 1 The greatest fun-m11oker of 90c., by mall postpaid. I them all. A a .mall amount H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St B'k17n, N. Y. I of this powder, when blown in a room, will ca.use JUMPING TEI.ESCOPE. everyone to sneeze without This Js an oblong anyone knowing where it tube in exact tn1t.. cotnes rrom. It is very light. will float in the ta.tion ct a air for Eome time, and penetrate every nook scope. By looking and corner ot a room. It is perfectly harmthrough it) leaL Cachoo is put up in bottles, and one one highly 1naguf... bottle contain:s enough to be used :from 10 to fted picture of s. 16 times. Price, by mail. lOc. each; S for 2Gc. I dancer or other WOLFF CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. subject. It conTRl

' GOOD Ltl'OI[ BA.ND. Orn&lUntal u well aa UH tu!. &4 of hlshl7 nlokeled bruL It hold just One Dol lar. When lilied It open ltHlf. Rema.Ina looked until reftlled. Can be uoed a a watchch&rm. Money refund ed If not Atl&Qed. Price, lOc. by mall. &. F. LANO, 18111 Oentre St., B'klYJl, N. Y. THE ELX BEAD PUZZLE. .lust out, &nd one of the moot fuclnatlns puzzlu on th market. The tunt la to aeparate the an tier and re join them. It looks easy, but try It and you will admit that ft la without exception the beat puzzle you have ever en. You can't leave It alone. of ollvered metal Price, 12c.J 8 for 80c., aent by mall, postpaid. H,. F. LANO, 11111 Oentre St., B'k1711, N. Y. THE FIGHTING BOOSTERS. A full blooded pa.Ir ot ftghtlns I' am e cock1. These llllputl&n ft1rh ten have re&! tea.there, yellow len and ftery red combs, their movements when ftghttns perfectly nat ural and lifelike, and the ecret ot their movements fl known only to the operator, who can cause them to battle with ea.oh other a1 often and as Ions a1 desired. Independent of their ftghtlnc procllvltle1 they very pretty mantel ornament1. Price for the pair In a 1trong box, lOc. J I pa.lr1 tor 211c. by maJI, poatpahL WOLFl<' NOVELTY CO., 21> W. 26th St., N. Y. GI.ANT SAV, PUZZLE. Thi pun! contain twenty-on. plecea ot wood nicely ftnlahed; take them apart and p u t them together am e aJ Illustrated. Everybody would like to try It, as It Is very tuclnatlnc. Price, by mall, postpaid, 2Gc. each. H. F. LANG, 18111 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. 'V ANJSHING ()JG&R. This little novelty creates a world of laughter. Its chle! attractlveneso Is that It takes a few seconds be fore leaping high In the air, so that when set, very inno ... cently a.long side or an unsusP.ectlng p erson. he Is ouddenly startled by the wonderful activity of this frog. Price, 15c. each by mail :;>ostpaid. H. F. LANG, 111111 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. TBl!I PEG JUMPER. A v '" r y elfect!va pocket trick, easlly pa.dd!e Is shown. Cen tral hole are drilled through It. A wooden peg 11 lnalde of the upper hole. Showing. now both 1ldee of the paddle, the performer causes, by almply breathing upon It, the peg to leave the upper hole, a.nd appear In the middle one. Then It jumps to the lower hole, to the middle one, and Ja1tly to the upy,er hole. Both 1ldea of paddle C. BEHR, 150 W. 62d St., New York City. MANY TOOL KEY BlNG. The wonder of the ase. The crea.t-' est 1mall tool In the world. In thla little Instrument you hav 1n combine.' tlon aeven uaetul tool embra.ctn& Key Rine, Pencil Sharpener, Nall Cutter and Cleaner, Wa.tch Opener, Clear y Clipper, Letter Opener and Screw Driver. It 11 not a toy, but a u1eful article, made ot cutlery steel, tem pered and hlshly nickeled. Therefore will cn.rry an edge the 1ame aa any t: :Price, Uc., malled, pootpaid. WOLI!'F NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. Tiil!: FLUTOPHONE. A new musical Instrument, producing the dulcet tones ot the t!ute. upper part of the Instrument Is placed in the mouth, the lips covering the openings tn the centre. 'rhen b; blowing gently upon 1t you can play any tune desired 8.8 as whistling. But little practice Is required to become a. finished player. It Is made entirely of metal, and will last a llfUme. Wt'! will aGnd full tnsnuctlou:t with each Instrument. Price 8 cent, by mall, postpaid A. A. WARF'ORD, 16 Hart St .. Brooklyn, N. 1'.. SPRING TOPS Something new tor the boys. A top you can epin without a string. Thia Is a decided nov elty. It Is of large aize, made ot brass, and ha'5 a heayy balance rhn. The shank con-/ ta.Ins a powerful spring and has an outer casing. Tho top or the shank has a mllled edge tor winding It up. When wound, you merely litt the outer cas ... Ing, and the top spins at such a rapid speed tha.t the balance rim keeps it going a long time. Without doubt the handsomest and best top >n the market. Price 12 cents, by mall, post-paid U. F. LANG, 18111 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. DEAD SHOT SQUIRT PISTOL. It you shoot a maa > with this "gun" he will be too mad to accept & f the ancient excus4'-"I didn't know It was loaded.'' It load eaauy wt th a full charge of water, and taking aim, pre the rubber bulb thing to do then Is to pocket your gun e.nd run. There are "loads of fun" In this wicked little joker, which looks like a real revolver, trigger, cock, chambers, barrel and all. Price only 7c.; tor 25c.; one dozen 60c. by mall poet paid. JI. J!'. LANG, 18111 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. Look! A CRAND PREMIUM Look! \ ', '',,,, ', Face '',, Premium',,'',,, Coupon \,, One of these :fine watches FREE to anyone sendfg us One-1 year's subscription at T wo-6 months' subscriptions at Four-3 months' subscriptions at $2.50 }.25 each 0.65 each For either of the following: "'Moving Picture Stories," "Happy Da)"6," ''Wild West Weekly,'' "Fame and Fortune Weekly," "The Liberty Boys of '76," "Se cret Service," ''Work and Win," or "Pluck and Luck." There ia only one condition-tend us the money and we will send you the watch, and any one of the above publicatiooe for the period 1t1becribed for. Description of the .Watch Date. ..... '',, It Is American-made, open face, stem wind 'and set, and will rnn from 30 to 36 hours '',,,, Tl11s coupon when with one winding. The movement Is the same size as an expensive railroad timepiece, properly filled out ',, absolute ly a,ccurute, and each one Is guaranteed. The cases are made in Gold Plate, and forwarded with ', Polished Nickel, Gun-metal with Gilt center and plain Gun-metaL subscription price en', titles the holder to Pre',, ............ A.ddres:i .................. ',,, ', City ......... State .......... ,.. ',,\ The design on the back case Is a fancy engraved scroll. J in Your Subscriptions Now to FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 168 West 23d St., N. Y. City


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