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''I met Kelso," saici Don "This wound is a gentle reminder of his presence and amiable intentions toward me. "Good heavens! That fellow has a nerve!" said Gil. The Italians, led by Sinkey, scaled the rocks like so many monkeys.


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Iuued Wee7d11-B11 Subscription #2.50 per 11ear. Entered according to A.ct of Congress, in the year 1905, in the oJ!lce of the Librarian of Congress, Wiuhington, D. C., by Frank, Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Yok, No. 6 NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 10, 1905. Price 5 Cer.ts BUILDING A RAILROAD; OR, The Young Contractors of Lakeview. I :-'ti I By A SELF=MADE rtAN. ., CH.AP'TER I. THE RAILROAD CONTRACT. "Well, bon," said Gilford Winthrop a bright-eyed, earnest -l ooking lad of eighteen years, as hi s twin brother, Donald, entered the office of "John Winthrop, General Contractor,'' on Main in the town of Lak eview, does the contract stand.!" There was a shade of anx i ety in hi s voice, while his hazel eyes searched his brother 's face as if he would r e ad the answer in hi s expressive features. "Yes, Gil," replied Don, in cheery tones, "everything is s!ltisfactorily arranged Mr. Presc: ott, the c hief engineer of the D. P. & Q., assured me that the original bond is holding on the work, and so far as the railroad company's concerned, father's death will make no difference with re spect to the contract." "Good!" exclaimed Gil, with sparkling eyes. ".Andr e w Newman was present, and he made a bi g fight to freeze us out. H e said a ll manneT of uncomplim e ntary things about you and I; but it did not do him any good, just the same." "I'm glad the matter is se ttled, Don," said Gil with an air of reli ef. "I was afraid that Newman would get the inside track of us. He's an old and experienced contractor, you know. .He exp ected to get this contract, in the first place, and was as mad as a hornet when it was awarded to father The day it was signed Jim Kelso, Newman's confident ial foreman, "ho was und er the in uence of liquor at the time, swore ihat father never would c ompl ete the work within the stipu lated tim e Do you think we may look for trouble from the Newman crowd?" "It i s quite possible they will try to annoy us a ll they can. We must be on our guard. It is up to us, Gil, to build the road within the time limit, not only for the honor of the thing, but to save forfeiture of the securi ty bond, whic h you are aware amount s lo twenty per cent of the approximate cost of the cont11.d. No excuses for-the non-fulfilment of the agreement \':ill go with the railroad company." Dqn walked over to the safe, took therefrom the blue prints and a copy of the general specifications for buili. ing the lin e of road covered by the contra.ct 'The two boys sat down to a table and, with a pile of m e moranda prepared by their fath e r before he died, they were soon engrossed in a s tud y of the situation. The lat e John Winthrop had contracted to build a branc h lin e for the D P. & Q. railroad from Lakeview to the main lin e at Gle ndal e a di s tance of about twenty miles.


BUILDIXG A RAILROAD. As this was not the first contract of the kind he had in addition thereto had had two years' practical experi undertaken, he was well provided with the necessary facili-i once under their father's eye. ties for the prosecution of such work. For Mr. Winthrop's intention had been to eventually His steam sho,el outfit had a capacity of 2,500 cubic take his boys into partnership. yards in ten hours, an d it handled all kinds 0 material With a valuable contract at their disposal, and all the from the softest earth to sha le rock, large boulders, tree' neces s ary means at hand to carry out the work outlined, stumps, etc., ancl performed all the work of loosening and 1 it would have been a foolish move to dispose of the busiloacling. ness, even at a fair price. As the economical \Vorking of the sho el required that 'And JI.Ir. Newman's offer could s carcely have been called the material should be Jiauled away as fast as it was loaded, a fair one. Mr. Winthrop had provided some thirty dirt cars, which, He believed the Winthrop business was at his mercy. when the distance to the dump was short, were hauled by For Don and Gil he had nothing but conterript. otherwise they "ere made up in two trains and He looked on them merely as boys. lianclled by a couple of narrow-gauge locomotives. Not for a moment did he belieYe they would attempt The steam shovel was indispensable on the present job, to carry out the contract for grading the twenty mires as the survey carried the line through a spur of the footof roadbed between Lakeview and. Glendale. hills, where a cut half a mile or more long would have He was unpleasantly surprised when he discovered that to be excavated. such was really their intention. A short tunnel had to be cut through a cliff projecting "Ridiculous!" he exclaimed to his man Kelso, and his into the lake. But by far the greater part of the roadbed chief assistant, of course, agl"eed that the idea was pre would lie along a fiat, comparatively level district bordering on the lake which gave its name to the town with "I shall see the chief engineer of the D. P. & Q. about which railroad connection was to be made. it," he said angrily. An arm of this body of water ran close into the spur And he dicl. of the hill where the principal excavation was to be made, He fou1\d Don Winthrop m consultation with Mr. and l\fr. Winthrop counted on this as a great advantage Prescott. him, as the fifty horse-power non-condensing engine He was admitted to the conference, and he used every employed to operate the steam shoYel used so. much water argument in his power to convince the engineer that it that the cost of water supply, which was a serious matter \rnnkl h e folly to allow the Wint.ltrop estate to carry e>n to him when water as not readily obtainable, was rethe contract with two such boys as Don and Gil in charge. duced to a minimum. But Mr. Prescott had the records of the young fellows John Winthrop had only one competitor for the railbefore him, and he saw no reason why the contract should road contract. not stancl The boys were fully prepared and apparently This was Andrew Newman, a man by no means popula1' qualified to carry out the work, and the surety bond was in that neighborhood, where he had done a g r eat deal 0 good road building for the county. So Andrew Newman was disappointed in his effo1t to Kewman wanted this particular contract badly, and he attain the object sought after. tried his level best to get it, making use of questionable The contract was to stand, and he was out of it. methods. But possession of the proper plant e nabled Win We are 8orry to say that the big contractor used some throp to underbid him, and Newman felt very bitter toward very strong language to relieve his feelings after he left his successful rival. the engin e er's office. Winthrop had got things almost in shape for beginning Tf he had been disgruntled by losing the contract origi. the work, when one morning he was found dead in his nally to John Winthrop, he was twice as much put out to chair in his private office. be euchred by that gentleman's sons. The physician called in declired that he had died of "I'll get square with those cubs for daring to beard heart failure. The case, therefore, did not. go to the corome to my face. So they think they can build this branch ner, and in clue time all that was mortal of John Winthrop line, do they?" was laid away in the town burying-ground. He laughed sardonically as he walked along the 5treet A few days after the funeral K ewman called on i)frs. to\rnri1 his own office. "\Yfothrop and made her an offer for the business and plant "They think they can do the work on time, eh? With as it &tood, \rhich, of carried with it the railroad a half-mile spur to be cut through in the hills and the contract. tunnel at the cliff to blast out. Oh, yes; they'll do it. The offer was not at all satisfacto ry. :N"ot if Andrew Newman knows it they won't, and I guess Be sides, her two stalwart sons, Donald and Gilford, had he'll keep track of what they do. 1 swore their father determined to carry on their father's business. shou l rln't make a success of this work, and I meant it. They belieYed themselves fully competent to do so. Both I -ucss he was a bigger proposition than they" had taken a three years' course of civil enginering, and He stopped at a saloon to get a drink, a frequent habit


BUILDING A RAILROAD. 3 of his, and found his confidential foreman, Jim Kelso, lined up with a couple of cronies against the ba1" Jim was not in the least abashed when his boss surprised him in this position. Kelso had a habit of doing pretty much as he pleased when business was not rushing, and Andrew Newman's affairs were somewhat slack just then. He had only one contract on hand. It was a matter of road building on the other side of the, and Kelso's assistant, Mike Mullen, was looking after that. Newman called for a whisky, and, having drank it, he motioned Kelso to follow him outside. "The railroad contract has been transferred to those boys in spite of everything I could do to the contrary," said Newman, gloweringly. "Has it?" replied Kelso, with an unpleasant grin "They've got a cast-iron nerve to think they'll be able to put such an undertaking through in anything like the time stipulated." "Failure to do it '11 cost 'em a pretty penny, I'm thinkin'," said Kelso, with another of his cheerful grins. "Mebbe they will. But I reckon we ought to help 'em along in that direction." "'I'tey won't need any assistance. I'm willing to bet a thousand dollars that they'll be all tangled up in less than a month." They'll regret the day they measured strength with An drew Newman." "Now yf!re talkin'. And ye kin depend on me helpin' ye do it. I'm down on that fellow Don. He butted in 'tween my son Jerry and that there gal of mine, who thinks 'cause she's blind she kin do as she pleases . But I reckon I won't stand no sicb nonsense." "Where did you come to get hold of that girl, Jim? She isn t your "i\ ever mind bow I come to get her. I ain't tellin' everythin' I know. She belongs to me, and that's enough said," retorted Kelso doggedly. "Well, it's none of my business. Your a.ffairs are your own. So long as you stand by me I'm your friend. If you hate one of the Winthrop cubs, so much the better. You ll take a greater relish in doing them up, and the worse they're done up the more satisfied I'll feel. Come into the office and we'll go over the matter and see how we'll go to work about the thing." And thus, while Don Winthrop and bis brother were arranging the final details for starting the grading of the railroad right of way, Andrew Newman and his assistant Jim Kelso were putting their beads together three blocks away, laying plan s to defeat the efforts of the two bright young fellows to carry the work to a successfu l end CHAPTER II. BLIND NELLIE. "Don't be so sure of that, Mr. Newman," answered the foreman, with a sage wag of his head. "Them boys un derstand their business." Although Don and Gil Winthrop were twins, and of "Who says they do?'' demanded the contractor angrily. course of the same age, Don took the lead in everything "I say so. If ye want to know my opinion, it's jest this: without hesitation, and his brother instinctively accorded Them two lads are smarter'n chain lightnin'." him first place and was content to follow at his dictation. "What are you giving me, Jim Kelso?" growled Mr. Gil was inore like his mother, who was of a gentle, yield N ewman, with a lowering brow. "Nothin' what I can't prove. If ye want to do them ing disposition; while Don seemed to be the counterpart of hi s father, who had been a man of action, perseveranc e two boys up ye've got ter get right clown ter business. Ye don't want ter take no chances. They may have bitten and uncommon energy. The boys had never had a quarrel in their lives, and the -0ff more'n they kin chew with this railroad job; but ye'll possibility of a serious disagreement between them seemed be kinder surpri1>ed, mark my words, to see the way they'll go at it. Them boys ain't no kid-glove dudes You'd very remote indeed. So whE'J). the railroad contract was fairly started Don know it by this time if ye'd paid any attention to 'em, took the entire supervision of t11e job on his shoulders, which I guess ye haven't." and Gil was satisfied to pass the larger portion of bis This plain statement on the part of his foreman was news, and not pl easant news, to Andrew Newman. time in the neighborhood of the big steam shovel, whi ch He \vanted to a.i8credit it, for he despised everything hac1 begun to eat its way into that particular spur of the foothills which stood in the path of the projected roadbed that bore the name of Winthrop; but he was keen enough to understand that there must be wme ground for Kelso's A temporary track had been laid down for something like a mile a.nd a half to the outskirts of Lakeview for

4 BUILDING A RAILROAD. the new railway line, and he had made overtures to them on the subject, with every prospect of completing the deal in time. Later on Don proposed to fill in a certain part of the lake shore within half a mile of the cut, which he and his brother had also acquired by purchase. On this made land they proposed to bui1d a summer hotel, with tennis ground, bathing pavilion, and other modern improvements .. It was a warm spring day, ancl everything wrus pro gressing favorably with the grading work of the new rail road line. Don had three gangs at work. At the cut there five Italian laborers under Joe Sinkey, the foreman. This gang was emp loyed in shirting the steam shovel when necessary, taking up and relaying the tracks for the cars, shift ing and unloaded cttrs, etc Bes i rles the : e men there was the engineer of the sta tionary engine, the fireman and the c ranesman. The wages and other expenses of the outfit was about $150 per week. Besides, there were the engineers of the two locomo tiv e s and a dumping gang at the other end of the track. 'The third gang, which was the largest, was working between the cut and the Lakeview terminal, along fairly level gro und. Don was here, there and everywhere where work was in progress. After dinner on this particular day he was out at the cut giving sundry in str uction s to his br0ther, who for the present was anchored at that locality. Then, feeling that he had a respite for awhile, he .strolled over the foothills toward the cliff abutting on the lake. This cliff had to be tunneled at a certain point for the hacks to pass through. This was th e most delicate and diffklt part of the contract, but it was a piece of work that appealed to Don's engineering tastes. He was really very enthusiastic over the prospect of successfully piercing that wall of rock. When Don reached the cliff he seated himself on a boulder in a nook among the ro rks, and began to study the face of the projection which was to be penetrated by the Jrills. He wondered how much labor and how many po-qnds of tiynamite would be required to do the work properly within the line s of excavation as indicated by the plans "It will be a nice piece of work," he mused, as his eyes roved up and down the bare cliff. "Drilling and blasting must be conducted with all possible ca:r;e to prevent shat tering the roof and sides beyond the section lines." Undoubtedly this was the most fascinating part of the contract for Don. Fifty feet above where he sat the cliff projected in half arch fashion over the surface of the lake. Up there it was covered with a struggling mass of early vegetat ion, which shone brightly green in the after noon :5unligM. A rough, irregular pathway pursued its sinuous course from the shore line to the top of the cliff. One hundred feet from the edge of that airy height Don. could just make out the roof of Jim Kelso's humb l e cottage. The only sign of life in that vicinity was the wisp of hazy-looking smoke, which floated straight up in the air from the red brick chimney at the back of the house. But as Don looked upward a sunbonnet came into view, and then by degrees the figure of a young girl in a check gown approached the edge of the cliff, standing there in the full glory of the sunshine. "Good gracious!" gasped Don "That's little blind Nel lie. A step or two more and she will p l unge to certain death among the rocks down here. How can I warp her?" and the boy stood up in great excitement But his anxious solicitude for the girl was really thrown away. Nellie knew exactly where she was, although to her eyes the world was a blank. Her senses of touch and of hearing were marvelous. She knew every foot of the ground and the exact con tour of the landscape for miles around the Kelso c.ottage boy understood something about Nellie's remark able perceptive faculties, but for all that he was startled by her apparent peril. "Nellie," he shouted eagerly, "go back; you are on the very edge of the cliff The girl easily heard and recognized the voice as it was wafted up to her She looked down at him and smiled as though she really saw him. "What are you doing down there, Donald Winthrop?" she asked, taking off her bonnet and swinging it lazily to and fro by one of its str:ings. "I'm coming up to talk to you a moment," he said, suiting the action to the word, for it made him nervous to see her standing in so dangerous a spot. "No, please don't," she replied, in a tone that brought him to a full pause all at once. "And why not?" asked Don impetuously, for since the day, three months before, he had thrashed Jerry Kelso for striking her in the face-a cowardly act that had made his blood boil at the time-he had often thought of the blind girl. Her unfortunate condition ai;; the of the Kelsos appealed to his chivalry, and he had looked forward to another meeting with her as a matter <>f great pleasure. The girl turned toward the cot t age before answering Then she said : "I'll come down." With the fearlessness of one s ur e of her way, Nellie walked a dozen yards back along the edge of the cliff till s he came to the beginning of the roughly-hewn pathway, which she to recognize without difficulty, and then started to descend the face of the rock. No one watching her movements! which were as light


BUILDING A RAILROAD. and graceful as a fawn, would for a single moment have supposed her to be blind. Don, too impatient to await her coming, sprang forward to meet her, and thp girl knew he was coming from the moment he took his first step. "Donald Winthrop, what an impetuous boy you are!" she exclaimed, with a winsome smile that lighted up as lovely a countenance as any painter could wish to trans fer to canvas. A sudden draught of air whistling about the cliff caught and blew out the unconfined tresses of her beautiful hair, and the sunlight transformed it into a mass of living, burnished gold. "Impetuous, am I?" laughed Don, as he continued to advance to meet her. "To te11 the truth, it gives me a chill to see you coming down this path in such a reckless manner." "Why, there isn't any danger," replied the girl, in a tone of surprise. "Isn't there? Well, I don't know about that. How can you know but the heavy rain of yesterday morning may have loosened a rock here and there?" "I} .ut I am always very careful where I trust my feet, Don Winthrop," she said "I should judge by your movements that you are not half as careful as you ought to be." "That' s because you don't know me," she answered with a smile, as she placed her hand in his confidingly when she felt he was near to her. "You are a truly wonderful girl, Nellie," said Don, with a sympathetic, almost tender, look down into her sightless eyes. "Surely you have not always been blind?" "No," she replied sadly. "I had a fall which injured the optic nerve, that I gradually lost my sight a few years ago." She suffered him to seat her on the boulder which he had just vacated, and she sat there in silence for a ma. ment or two, with her face turned toward the lake, while he sat by her side and studied tl1e beautiful face in its frame of golden hair. "If Mother Kelso or Jerry should chance to see us to gether I'm afraid there would be trouble," she said at length. "Yon are sure we are alone?" 'i Yes, Nellie, quite alone," replied the boy, after a rapid glance around the lonesome spot. "I am glad," she continued in an eager voice. "l wanted so much to see you, Donald Winthrop. You are building a railroad near here, are you not-you and your brother?" ''Yes, Nellie." "And that is why you came here, I suppose--to look around?" "Yes. We are going to blast a tunnel through the base of this cliff by and by, and I came over to study the looks of the place." "Mr. Andrew Newman-that's the man Mr. Kelso works for-wanted to build this r o ad, didn't he?" "Yes," answered Don, rather surprised at her remark. "I heard Mr. Kelso talking about it at tbe cottage. Mr. Newman is Yery angry b ecause you got the contract, and" --.she grasped Don s hand, while a little shudder agitated her-"l'm afraiil you'll have trouble over the work. Mr. Kelso frightened me with the threats he used against you particularly." "Why me in particular ? "Because," and the boy saw the tears start in her beau tiful eyes, "he hates you bitterly. He says he means to get square with you for taking my part that day Jerry struck me. And I-I haYe n e v e r had the chance to thank you sufficiently for your courage in coming to my assist ance. But now I am sorry you did--so sorry-because Mr. Kelso is a harsh and unreasonable man, and I dread lest he do you an injury, and all on my account." "Nonsense, Nellie! I can take care of myself. I don't fear Jim Kelso a little bit. And if I hear of Jerry Kelso abusing you again I'll give him another dressing-down, one that he won' t soon forget "No, no; you mustn't," she said earnestly. "You don't know these people. They are very vindictive." "I shall keep a brjght lookout against any of their little tricks," answered Don, resolutely. "I hope you will," she said, with evident anxiety, "for I am sure they mean you harm, Donald Winthrop. I heard Mr. Kelso say you had a gang of men excavating the hill yonder," and Nellie waved her hand in the direc tion of the cut. "He told Mother Kelso meant to do something in that direction that would knock your opera tions out for awhile. You have an Italian there named Mike Rossi. You ought to watch him, for I am sure he is a very bad man. He used to work for Mr. Kelso. He was sent over to your place to get employment, and for no good purpose." "I am much obliged to you, N e llie, for this warning," said Don gratefully. "I am looking for trouble from the Newman people, but of. course cannot tell in what shape it is likely to come. I shall have this Rossi spotted, and if we catch him up to any funny business I'll have him in jail so quick that it'll lllc ake hi s h ea d swim." "I'm so glad of tills chance to tell you these things," said the blind girl, looking up in Don's face. "I should feel very miserable if any harm happened to-you." "And I am very grateful to you for interesting your s elf in my behalf replied the.handsome young contractor. "I wish I could do something for you in return. I can't understand why a girl of your gentle nature is willing to put up with the life you lead with the Kelsos. You ought to leave them. My mother would be glad to offer you a home, while I--" "No, no,'' replied the girl, with a frightened look. "I dare not leave them." "Dare not!" exclaimed Don1 impetuou sly. "Why?" The girl looked at him a:r.peallngly. "Tell me,'' ru:gea' the boy, e arnestly, "has this Jini' Kelso any claim upon you?" "You must not ask me-indeed you must no.ti" she cried with a look of fear.


6 BUILDING A RAILROAD. Are you a relative of his?" "No," she answered reluctantly. "Then what possible J10ld can he have on you?" Xellie only bent her head, and Don could see the tears slea.ling down her cheeks. The sympathy he had all along felt for this gentle crea ture came to the surfac e with great warmth. He bent over her and seized her little hands. "There"s some mystery in this, little girl. Why will you not trust me? I will be your friend. Tell me what the trouble is. Nellie, I insist on knowing sprang up with a suppressed scream and clung to Don's arm. The boy turned quickly about, to find Jim Kelso stand ing within a few feet of them, regarding him with a look as black as thundergm;t. sassy to him, and I want ye to understand that I don't care for ye to repeat it," and Kelso nodded his head in a significant manner. "I struck your son because he behaving like a brute and refused to desist when I asked him to He's big and husky enough to defend himself without calling on you That was quite true, although Jerry Kelso was but sev enteen; but, like most bullies, he was a rank coward, and Don knew it. "vYhat was that gal sayin' to ye when I came up?" asked Kelso, changing tlrn subject "Why do you want to know?" replied Don, looking him squarely in the .eye. 'Cause I reckon it's my business to know," answered the foreman doggedly. "Well, you won't learn from me." CHAPTER III. "Then I'll make her tell me," said Kelso, with an ugly THE FIGHT AT THE FOOT OJ,' THE CLIFF. scowl. "\Vell," said Don, with a dignity that was natural to "And suppose she won't-what then?" him, "what have you got to say about this matter, a.ny"Don't you worry; I'll find a way to open her mouth," way?" he said significantly ''What have I got to say?" said Kelso, with a sneer. "Look here, Jim Kelso," said Don, walking squarely up "l \ea good bit to say. Go home, gal," he added fiercely, to him; "do you know what I think of you?" turning to Nellie. "If I ketch you talkin' to this chap "No, nor I don't keer." a gin it won t be good for ye-understand?" "Don't you? Well, I've just got one word to say to "Good-by, Don Winthrop,'' said Nellie, giving him her you on that subject, and if you know when you're well hand, which trembled visibly in his grasp. off you'll heed what I say. Don't Jet me hear of you lay ,, Good-by, Nellie," Don answered, without making any ing the weight of your hand on that girl. I mean it. Fo r attempt to detain her, which he judged wo uld have brought as sure as there is a heaven above I'll teach you a lesson down on her gentle head the anger of her tyrants. you won't forget as long as you live." 'The blind girl tmned slowly away and began the ascent "You'll do what?" roared the foreman, doubling up his of the cliff, passing within arm s length of Kelso. brawny fist. Don watched the man like a hawk, fearing he would "I'll take it out of your hide, i f plain enough strike the girl. English." Had he done so, and his eyes seemed to indicate such an "Why, I kin eat you up, you soft-faced d ude!" ejacuintention, there would have bee n trouble; Don was in no lated Kelso furiously. "Do ye see thet a.rm?" and he rolled moocl to stand for such an exhibition of brutality. up the sleeve of his red flanne l shirt, exposing a great, hairy But Jim Kelso allowed Nellie to pass him unharmed. arm, which bristled with muscle and sinew. "If I hit ye It is possible he scented danger in the young engineer's with that you'd be a fit subject fer the coroner, d'ye un face and preferred not to provoke a quarrel, strong and derstand ?11 rugged as he undoubtedly was. If Jim Kelso thought this display of his strength would the man was not looking for a personal enintimidate Don Winthrop he was greatly mistaken counter at that moment. ''I see you've been drinking," said Don, coolly, "and "X ow you kin go," he said, turning a malevolent look I prefer not to have any trouble with you; but--" on the boy. "What if I have been drinkin'? Thet's my bizness. If "Can I?" replied Don, with a short laugh, which in its I go up yonder an' kick the head off'n thet gal if she way was a sort of danger signal. ''Since when have you won't open her face when I ask her a question, thet's my constituted yourself the arbiter of my movements?" bizness, too," snarled the foreman, squirting a stream of "None of your blamed business! I don't want ye hangtobacco juice within an inch of the young engineer's shoe. ing round here chinnin' to that there gal; do you under"You'll find out that I'll make it my business if I hear stand?" of you doing any harm to her. Why, nobody but a brute "I wam't aware that you had any control over this would raise his hand against any woman, let alone a little gTound," replied Don sarcastically blind girl like Nellie." "I have control over that gal, and I won't stand for "Yah !"snarled Kelso, showing his tobacco stained teeth / a gent like you puttin' any nonsensl'.! into her head-that's like a famished hyena "I've a mind to smash your face v.-hat I mean. You struck my son Jerry three weeks ago for you." because he gave the gal a tap on the cheek for taikin J "I've dealt with brutes like yon before, so I wouldn't


BUILDING A RAILROAD. 7 adrise you to try it," said the boy, with exasperating coolness. "Curse you!" cried the man, flaring up like a flash of g unpowder and thrusting his rough fist within an' inch of Don 's face, "if ye git me goin' I'll wipe the earth with ye till there won t be enough left of ye to make a re spec t able funeral." "Take yom hand away cried Don sharply, without moving a muscle. The ruffian half complied, and then, as though ashamed of his action, he suddenly slapped the boy across the mouth, making the remark: "Take that for--" But he got no farther. With a spring Don planted his fist squarely between the man's eyes, and the fellow fell bark in a heap among the rocks. In a moment he sat up and looked around in a dazed sort of way. Then, with an oath, he sprang to his feet His face was distorted with passion, and blood was trickling from a cut behind his ear, where his head had come in contact with a rock. "I'll kill you for that!" he shouted hoarsely, rus hing at Don, his face convulsed with all the evil instincts of his nature. Smash! 'The boy leaped aside with the agility of a cat, and at the same time planted a swift hook under the ras ca l's jaw which sent his head back with a snap and rattled every tooth in his jaws The blow stopped him for a second; then he came at Don like a whirlwind, evidently intending to annihilate him on the spot. But the boy, who was as cool as an iceberg ducked with wonderful quickness, and as Kel:so's :fist shot past into empty air, throwing him partly off his balance, Don turned and hit him a swinging blow under the left ear, sending the brawny fellow staggering away. No one but an adept at the science of sparring could have hanilled the muscular foreman with the ease and precision the young engineer displayed. "Ye kin fight, kin ye!" gritted Jim Kelso, now thor oughly aroused to. the work cut out for him. "Let me hit ye one blow, an' I'll knock it all out of you quickerin' greased lightnin'. '' This time he came at the b.oy more caution; but his blows were parried with wonderful skill, and he got a couple of smashes in the face, either of 'vhich would have floored an ordinary man. But in his case ,they merely stoppeil him for a moment. In the mix-up which followed Don received one glancing blow, while he pummeled his opponent right and left in the face and chest Kelso, now bleeding from a cut on the mouth, looked l ike a savage as he advanced again, this time fully de termined to have his revenge for the punishment he had received. ''I' ll have no mercy on ye if I once git ye into my clutches!" he smn lecl, with a grim ferocity which boded i ll for the boy unless he cou ld keep the ruffian off. Don again cleYerly ducked a straight one aimed at his head. Biff He opened a second cut on Kelso's lip. with an oath the foreman recoYered himself and struck the boy a staggering blow on the chest that sen t him a yard or two. "Y ah X ow I hav e ye!'' roared the niffian with a tri umphant grin, following up his adrnntage with a blind rush and swing of his arms But Don was r.ot "here Kelso thought he was Smash Crash The larl's hard knuckles rat1.led his again, and the foreman turned fairly liYid with disappointed rage. For the next fire minutes the rnung engineer seemed to hit the rascal where he pleas;d withol;t receiving a scratch in return, though the fellow tri e d his prettiest to land a knockout and todk his punishment in grim silence. Kelso's countenance was batter e d and bloody by this time, but this was no new experience for him He was as fit to continue the fight as if he had never been struck. Don, too, was in prime condition. He scarcely seemecl to be breathing of the ordinary, in spite of his rec en t exertions. But his blood was thoroughly up by this time. He also realized that he had a hard proposition on his hand s "I've fooled with him lon g enough," he muttered under his breath. "It's time I polished him off if I'm ever going to do it. 'IYith this resolve he now assumed the aggressive and went at Kelso li-ke a young cyclone. This change in tactics astonished and confounded the foreman, whose defence "is feeble and ineffective He was staggered by the s wing s cuts and hooks, which seemed to strike him like lightning flashes. Kelso, in his blind fur_y, tried to land an effective blow, but not one seemed to reach. Smash! This time Don caught him plumb m the left eye. Thud! The boy's left bruised his fiat nose. Biff Straight from the shoulder Don landed on the point of the rascal's jaw. This was what he had been aiming for Jim Kelso went do\rn like an ox undar the sledge hammer. It was a clean knockout, and the foreman had no fu r the r interest in the p roceedi ngs "vVell, he's got his medicine at last," said the stalwart young engineer, ca lmly wipin g the blood from his bleed ing knuckles while he looked down on his semi-consciom1 adversary. "And it serves you well right, you brute Let


8 BUILDING A RAILROAD. me hear of you touching a hair of Nellie 's bright little head and I'll not leave a feature on your ugly face for your wife to recognize you by!" Thus speaking, Don turned on his heel and left the foreman lying where he had fallen, to recover at his own sweet convenience. CHAPTER IV. AN ALARM OVER Tl-IE TELEPHONE. "What's the matter with your hands, Don?" asked his brother Gil, as the young engineer at the cut after more than an hour s absence. "I met .Jim Kelso and had a little argument with him. I rather guess he came in for the short end of it," re plied the boy grimly. Gil looked surprised, but said nothing further on the subject. "The shove l seems t o be doing its duty well," said Don, after watching the machine and its work for a few minutes. "Yes, it's a dandy, all right. By the way, we came near having an accident soon after you left--One that would have delayed us awhile." "How was that?" "One of the fishplates on the track here worked loose, and, oddly enough, the spikes that should have been placed in to hold that particular were found to be missing. The locomotive would have been derailed when she started ahead with the loaded cars had not Sinkey fortunately detected the trouble in time." "It didn't strike you that this thing might have been done designedly by one of the Italians when this section of was relaid this morning, e}l ?" Gil looked at his brother in a startled way. "Why, of course not," he said. "What put that idea into your head?" "I believe there's a man named Mike Rossi working in this gang, isn't there?" said Don, regarding his brother intently. "Yes. Sinkey employed him a day or two ago to re place one of the Italians who left rather suddenly and without giving notice." "Very well. You want to have Rossi closely watched from this out." "Do you suspect-" began Gil. "I have information to the effect that he was sent here by Newman to do as much damage to us as he could with out getting caught at it." "Hadn't he better be discharged at once?" "No. I an object in keeping him. Of course he doesn't know that we're on to him, and it is J>robable that we shall be able to spot him at some of his funny business. It is more than likely that he is res ponsible for the loosen ing of the fishpfate and the absence of the spikes." "I'll have a talk with Sinkey on the subject," said Gil. "He's got a pretty sharp eye. There isn't much that escapes him "All right; I'll leave the matter with you. I'm going down to insp e ct what Al Boggs and his men are doing." Soon after work stopped for the day Gil walked into the office on Main street, and found his brother clicking a letter off on tlie typewriter. "Gee! I'm tired, all right," said the boy, throwing himself on one of the leather covered chairs with a sigh of satisfaction. "Nothing fresh to report, I suppose?" said Don, with out stopping the deft movement of his fingers, which were now puffed up and swollen after the fight under the shadow of the cliff. "No. Sinkey has got a man he can trust to keep tab on Rossi's movements during the day, while Mike Doyle, our watchman, will have a.Ii eye out for him after dark." "That's right," nodded the real head of the firm, as he drew the finished let t er out of the machine and glanced over it before affixing his signature "Tomorrow is our first payday on the work, and I'm bound to say I feel enconraged wit h the way the job is progressing," said Gil with a lazy smile. "Yes, everything is running nicely," admitted Don, as he folded the letter and enclosed it in the addressed enve lope. "By the way, here is a letter from the carriage company. One of their representatives will be over to morrow to inspect the site I have offered them." "It will be some time before it's filled in." "That doesn't cut any ice They want to see how far it is from the proposed freight yard. 'I"hen the vicepresi dent is going to interview the genera l manager of the D. P & Q. with reference to the laying down of a spur track into the property. They want to ship dirtct from ihe new factory to the cars." "I guess they'll get what they want if their business jus tifies it." "Well, I understand it's the biggest carriage works in the State." "We ought to make a good thing out 0 that deal if it goes through.". "I' can't see any reason why it shouldn't go through. It's an ideal spot for their business "It was a bright idea of yours to buy that ground, which did not look to be good for anything. Newman won't be pleased to hear 0 this little coup." "Newman won't be pleased with a good many things before we get through with the railroad contract," said Don grimly "I'm sure he calculates on doing us up. He was stand ing at the door of his office as I came along, and he favored me with one of his sarcastic smiles that mean a heap in their way. f heard he is preparing to put in a bid on the new sewer authorized at a recent meeting of the town council." "He's welcome to it. He needs the work, if he can get it. All I ask of him is to keep his hands off our affairs If he should have any dirty trick brought home to him he's likely to find himself behind the bars. I'm going to take every precaution to head off any crooked work on


BUILDING A RAILROAD. 9 the part of that crowd What I g ave Jim K e l s o to-da y is a sample of how I tre a t brutes of hi s caliber." "By the way, you hav en' t told me how you cam e to have the mix-up with him this afternoon." Whereupon Don told his brother the whole srory of his meeting with blind Nellie, h e r warning of premedita ted foul play on the part of the Newman crowd, K e l so's un expected appearance on the scene, and what led up to the row. "Such fellows as he are the scum of the earth," said Gi l "and I hop e d you knocked some sense into his thick hea.d." "I'm afraid he's a hop e l ess case You can't make a si lk purse out of a s win e s ear. He' ll nev e r be an y dif ferent than what he i s though he may haul in his horns more frequ e ntly than has b e en his custom." And it was clear that Don m eant. every word h e sa id. At that mom ent the telephone bell rang and Don walked over to the in strument. "Hello he said, putting the r eceive r to his ear. "Yes, h e added in reply to some guest ion. "What's that ?" he exclaimed a moment later, in some little excitement. "Well, do the best you can. I'll b e right out," and he hung up the receiver. What's the matter?" asked Gil. "One of the buildings out at the cut has caught fire," r ep lied Don hurriedly, "and Phil r:1:ead thinks it' s liabl e to prov e ser ious." But D on had se ized hi s hat and was half way across the stree t to the stab l e where he kept his horse. "He looks to me as i he posse:;sed a certain low cun -CHAPTER V. ning which finds its opportunity in the dark." MORE TROUBLE. "He certainly won't tac kle eithe r one of us hereafter in A f e w minutes l ater Don was das hin g down the street the op e n. His proper habitat i s the State prison, and it's on hi s way to the scene of the reported trouble. a wond e r to me he ha sn't fetched up there l o ng b e fore As soon as he cleared the rown h e made out a qua ntity this o f smoke ri sing into the air from the direction of the cut. "He'll get there if in the m e antime he doesn t do some He put his horse to his bes t pace and rapidly covered thing that' ll put his h ea d ins ide a noose." the three miles whic h interve n ed. "Do y ou know, Gil, tl].at I can't get that blind gi rl out "! this is a trick of the enemy," h e muttered b etwee n of my h e a d ? Strange, isn't it, that as lon g as she's lived his cl enched lip s, "there's going to be trouble for some clown yonder with the Kel sos I s h o uld only have seen her one." but once before yesterday, and both occas ions re s ulted in Before Don ha.d gone h alf the distance the smoke, which, a mus s with a member of tha t family." had been quite h eavy at first, b e gan to clear away. 'vVhy, I never seen h e r at all. They keep her pr etty As there was no sig n of flam e s the boy b ega n to feel close, I guess." e n couraged. "There's some myst e r y in it, you can take my word "I guess Mead and the Ita lian s have managed to gai n for it," remarked Don, nodding his he a d sagely c ontrol of the fire in time to save the building." "vYhat sort of a g irl is she?" asked his broth e r curiously. And s uch he found to b e the fact when he reached th e '\\'bat sort r" replied Don. "Any description I might gro und. give wouldn't do h e r justic e You know once on a time, "The labor e r s w e r e at s upp e r whe n I noticed a long a go, you a n d I u sed to spec ulat e on the p ersona lity suspic ious look i n g g l a r e through one of the upp er windows of the angel s as we saw them in religiou s pi ctures. They of the pla c e w h e re the men bunk," explained M e ad, the seem e d to be largely of the feminine g ender as I rememb e r man in char g e of the s tationary engine. "I hurried upit. W e lll Nellie is as close a r e alization of what an angel stairs and found one of the closets a ll abla z e and the fire is, or ought to be, as I could express the ide a." bre ak ing out through the roof. I pitc hed th e three hancl "You excite my curiosity, Don. 1 will certainly have exting ui shers that hung against the wall into the closet; to catch sight of her and see if we can a g re e on that p oint but there was some thin g wrong with two of th e m, for as w e d o on most everything e l se," smiled Gil. o nly one broke, and that had but a momentary effect o n "I'm afrai d you won't fin cl that an easy matte r Th e the fire. I then rus h ed for the metal ext ingui s h er down Kelsos hav e us marked. Besides, th ey' ll be s kitti s h lest the stairs routing out the men and forming them into a girl m ay hear so mething o f the schemes they propose to buck e t brigade on the way. A s matter s lo oked decidedly put in force against the n e w line imd find means of putshaky, I thought I'd try ancl reach you over the private ting u s on our guard against them." wir e if I could. I am g lad to say that the big exti n guishe r "I dare sa y you r e ri ght." and the lab o rers, who hustled for all they were wo rth, put "Wha teve r influ ence they bring to bear on the girl, it u s out of danger bef o r e matters go t beyond control. You'd seems c -:::c tiv e e nough to serve their purpose She clearly better go up and look at it. The r e's a hole in the roof s tanch ,1 grea t feaJ of them; otherwise, I'ri1 s ure s h e would as big as the h ead of a small tank, and you mi ght back hav e ;ivc n th e m the s lip l ong ago, since she needn' t go a freight car into th e upper north east corne r of the build ::-.:.:-;-(:_i'i;her than thi s town to find people whose sym paing if the hole were on the ground floor. th!.--, woul d ea s i ly be e nli s ted in h er behalf. It's a great D o n l ooked the damag e over a n d saw t11a t it could piLy : \ e's in th e ir clutches, I i:lhall n o t rest easy until be easily and q u ick l y put to right s again, and he felt I see if somethin ; ; can not be 2 to break the c onn e ction v e ry much r elieved to find that the trouble was no worse.


I HI BUILDING A RAILROAD. He tel e phoned the facts to his broth er and asked him to urrange to have a couple of carpenters and the neces sary materials out at the cut the first thing in the morning. They had their hats on ane to get them somehow. lucky I engage d Don then returned to Lak eview. twenty extra men yesterday from Pittsburg. Tlwy were That night Mike Doyle found an emp ty can hich had for the fonrth gang I intended to put to work beyond the u ndoubtedly rece1; tly held oiJ, n a clump of cut. I sent Joe Sinkey on to-night to meet them at Glen bushcs fifty feet from the laborers q1iart r and he reda l e He will have a couple of wagons and feteh them ported the fact to Gil \ Yinthrop when he appeared at the oYer the first thing in the morning. This will give us a cut in the morning, sLowing him th e can. lift; otherwise we should have come to a dead stop." "lt certainly points strongly to the fire being of in"I forgot all about the new men," said G il, br igh t ening cendiaTy origin," said Gil. "But it is a poor clew to deup. "Newman won't have s uch a laugh on us, after all." tect the rascal who brought it out her e." "Sit do. wn a moment. I'm going to call up Pittsburg Ev e rything "ent swimmingly for a week on the railroad on the Jong-distance 'phone and order another batch of job, antl payday came around again labor ers, if they are to be got If not I'll connect Rossi was observed to be pretty thic:k wit h the men, with that Italian paper in Jew York and put in another but beyond that there was no fault to be found with him. advertisement He was constantly shadowed, for Don Winthrop had re"I'c1 girn some thing to know what Newman is going solved to t ake no charn:es. to do with the crowd he took away from us to-night. I Most contrnctors would probably lrnve got rid of the hav en' t heard that he's started any fresh j ob." Italian on genera l principles, but Don had an idea that "He might put them to work on the road a.cross the if he caught tl1e fellow in any crooked work he might be lnk e," suggested Don while waiting for the connecti on to able to frighten him into a confession, which would impli -be made with Piti:sburg-, "and so hurry the job along." c:ate whoever was behind the man, thus striking an effective "\Yell, I'll bet this lmr-down trick will cost him some blow at the conspirators who were working against him thing in the way of a bonus. H e' ll haYe to make good in the dark. whatever Rossi held out to them, e lse you'll Gil paid off the men at the proper time There were see them trooping back and begging to be taken on a.gain." thir ty-six Itali ans in the differen t gangs, an d about the time Ten minutes later Don hung up the receiver with a he had finished all of them went into suppe r as u s ual. s i g h of satisfaction. Without the slig hte st s u spicio n that anything out of "Zotorello has promised to send on thirty-five additional th e ordinary was brewing the boy started back to town. l aborers a t once," he said to his brothe1'; "so we shall not He put up the horse and buggy and joined hi s brother I lose so very much over this wholesale desertion." at the office preparatory to going home for dinner 1 "Glad to hear it. I was afraid I shouldn't have any .. ,, I l I I c l s


BUILDING A RAILROAD. 11 appetite for my dinner," said Gil, with a cheerful smile. "On the whole, I'm glad to get rid of Ros si He's one of the slickest rascals I ever came across, and I never felt that things were exactly safe while he was about." "He hasn't done so much harm, when you come to look at it." "He was watched too close for that." ''I dare say he got on to that fact, ancl the Cdl'd he worked to-night was about the only safe trick he dared spring on us." "And that has practically failed of the desired result." "We shall know better about that in the morning." And the y did, for a.bout seven the next morning, while the boys were at breakfast, a despatch was delivered at the house from Joe Sinkey, who was in Glendale. It was to the effect that he had been arrested on the charge of I disorderly conduct just as the train came in, and was locked-up-evidently a putup job to corral the new la borers and spirit them away. "Well, that's tough," remarked Don, tossing the de spatch over to his brother. "It's plain I'll have to go to Glendale." CHAPTER VI. and prevent me finis ting it on time he's got an other think com,ing." ''His crowd have got away with tJie men, all rig ht," said Sinkey, dejectedly. "Fm go'ing to find out where they've gone," answered Don, in a de rmined tone. "I don't pro pose to stand for it i I can help it." He questioned the two drivers who had come over from Lakevi e w with Joe Sinke y They were hanging around the station awaiting dev-elopmenfa. "Quite a crowd of en got off on the platform as soon as the came in," spoke up one of the drivers. "They stood around chattering and gesticulating like a lot of cats in a strange gar et. lliiggs an me, of course, looked for Sinkey to round up, and load 'em aboard the But the first thing we knew three or four cha .ps came up spoke to 'em in their own lingo, and sta rted them in a proce ss ion down the track as soon as the train pull e d out That' s the last we've seen of 'em. "In wha t diTection ?" asked Don. "That way,' and the driver waved his hand toward the north end of the lake. The young engineer thought a moment; then he got busy. "You're acquainted in Glendale,'' he said to the foreBLOCKING THE ENEMY. man. "I s uppose you could drum up half a dozen stout Don Winthrop took the morning boat down the lake, chaps who wouldn't mind a little strenuous exercise if arriving at.Glendale about ten o'clock. paid 'for it?" He found Sinkey had just been discha.rged for lack of "I can get 'em in ten minutes," replied Sinkey. ;t": evidence. "Do so then." At the railroad station not one of the imported labor ers Within a quarter of an hour Joe returned with seven from Pittsburg was in stalwart fellows. "How did it happen?" asked the young engineer of his e lined them up before his boss, who made the m an foreman. offe r for their s ervices, and to them what might "I hardly know myself," explained Sinkey. "I r eached be expected of them in a:n emerge ncy. here last evening about nine with the wagons, and put up They accepted Don' s propo si tion with a.lacrity. at the Glendale House. I was called at 4.30, and had "Ge t aboard these wagons, then," ord e red the boy tersely. the wagons here waiting for the train due at 5.45. I They obeyed like a lot of youna colts. heard the whistle of the locomotive at Parson's bridge and Don the dTiver of the l eadi ng vehicle an diwalked forward to where I supposed the smoker would i:ected him to move down the road beside the track a t a pull up, when without warnin g I was suddenly surlively gait. rounded by at least a dozen men, and found myself hustl e d "They hav e four hours the sta .rt o'.f us, and wi l proboff the platform and down the street, the center of what ably have reached their destination before we can catch up appeared to be a free fight. Somebody fetched an officer, with them. 11 the same, there wm be something do ing and the crowd scattered like magic. The policemen arif I can l ocate them, even if I have to go into midst rested me, in spite of my urg ent protest, and I was locked of the enemy's camp," sa.i\ 1 he. up. The magistrate diAcharged m e as soon I was brought A l ong, dusty ride of two with nothing before him and had stated my side of the ca5e. He al110 to vary the monotony oi' the trip. reprimamled the officer for making the arrest. There is Then a s udden turn i the road brought them unexpect. not any doubt in my mind that the Newman crowd found edl y into the presence of a score of Ifalian lflJborers squatte d out we expected the Italians, and p11t up the job to euchre in the s hade of a line of trees. us out of them." Five men, not It.alianl'; were gat hered in a knot a little Don was evidently of the same opin ion. distance away, talking and smok'i;J.g, whi le a whisky flask His eyes flashed and he set his jaws together with a p;,ssed from mouth to mouth. snap. Apparently the :five were feeling uncommonly good. "Newman has scored a couple of points on me, but I'll "Those are our men for a ickel !" sa id Don turning give him all the fight he wants before I get through with in liis seat and shouting ack to Si.nfrey. him. If he imagines that he dan i;top me on this railroad "They look like the fellows I saw on the platform,"


BUILDING A RAILROAD. inodded the driver. "But I am not sure, for all Italians alike to me." i All hands prepared for action, and as the wagons drew up before the outfit under the trees Sinkey's boys tumbled out into the road and awaited orders. "Hello! What's al this mean?" demanded the l ea der of the party, as Don s t e )ped down from his perch beside the driver. He knew well enough what it meant without asking, but of course he and his associates were prepared to re sist the efforts of the young engineer to recover his im ported laborers. "I came after these men," replied Don curtly, "and I'm going to take them back to Glendale with me." "You like fun returned the man insolently. "Well, you heard what I said," said Don, with fire in his eyes. "These Italians came down here to work on the railroad. I hired them in Pittsburg. You and your pals were sent to Glendale to steal them away, and you succeeded, after a fashion. Now I propose to recover them. Peaceably, if I can-by force if necessary." "You can t bulldoze me in that fashion snorted the leader 0f the opposition. Then he rushed to the Italians, but found Sinkey talk ing to the men in their native language. The foreigners were all on their feet, jabbering like a tree full of monkeys. They stared awkwardly about, not in the least comprehending the situation. Sinkey, however, was bringing order. out of chaos, when the other leader interfered and brought his own Italian. lingo into play. "Yah !" snarled Mullen, picking up a stone and ma.king a motion to fling it at the young engineer. Don was down in an instan.t. He walked straight up to the fellow, and looking him in the eye, said : "Maybe you've heard how I treated your friend Jim Kelso last week. That's how I deal with scum of your sort. Do you understand ? Put down that stone, or I won't leave a whole bone in your body!" Mullen drew back, thoroughly cowed. He had not heard anything about Kelso being knocked out by Don. Jim was not such a fool as to spread the news about. But Newman's confidential foreman bore signs, too evi d!mt to be mistaken, of having oeen through a serious scrap with somebody; and Mullen had heard more than once that Don Winthrop was a scientific slugger of no mean order. Where he would have called one of his own set a liar on the spot, he accepted the boy's statement without question. If this young engineer could whip Jim Kelso, he lrnew better than to invite a scra:e on his own account. So he turned on his heel with a smothered oath, and motioning to his companions, the crowd staxted off down the road. Then Don remounted the wagon, and the victorious party drove off in the direction of Glendale; where they arrived in time to catch the three o'clock boat for Lake view. CHAPTER VII. Sinkey ordered the laborers to get into the wagons, an.d STRUCK DOWN. some of them started to obey. Work was resumed next morning at the cut, an.d, in a Evid e ntly they were tired of walking, and a ride had small way, all along the line. its allurements. Don had already been advised that thirty-five laborers More followed, in spite of the protests of the opposition, had left Pittsburg en route for Lakeview. This time he and things seemed to be going Don's way. determined to take no chances with them, so he went over This ang e red the Irishman who was the emissary of to Glendale by boat and took an early afternoon train Andrew Newman, and he suddenly struck Sinkey and for Fairfax, where he expected to connect with the train knocked him down. c arrying the Italians . Toe jumped to his feet and went for him. They came through in a smoking car. 'rhe others came up to help their companion. Don's Don alternated between the platform and a seat near seven supporters headed them off, and a general mix-up the door. ensued, to the amusement of the laborers, all of whom He had to keep on watch, as the train, which was a local, had now obtained points of Yantage on the wagons. made frequent stops. He could not tell but an agent of The s crap was not of long duration, for the Newman Andrew Newman might make his appearance at any mocrowd were clearly outgeneraled and outnumbered. ment and try to coax the laborers to light out for parts "You hnven't heard the last of this!" roared the man unknown. who headed the opposition bunch, shaking his fist at Don However, nothing of that kind occurred during the run Winthrop when his adherents gave up the fight. to Glendale, and so Don got his men aboard the steamer "It's a poor rule that won't work both ways," replied and up to Lakeview all right. the boy, sententiously. "I know you're Mike Mullen, AnAnd now work progressed with more rapidity than ever ; drew N ewrmm's foreman on the road work, and I want you before. to tell your -boss that if he continues to look for trouble During the ensuing month great progress was made at in QUI' direction h e' ll get into it, right up to his neck." the cut and along the road between that point and LakeWith these words he mounted beside the driver of the view. first team. A new gang was put to work under a man named Far-


BUILDING A RAILROAD. 13 rell. 'I'hey were grading the line b etween the upper end of the spur of the hill and the cliff whe re the tunnel was to be bored. Everythin g was running smoothly, and Don had begun to hope that Newman had finally concluded to keep his hands off. "Nothing like handling men of his stamp without gloves," he said to his brother one day, when he felt in a particularly happy frame of mind oyer the situation. "That' s right," a g reed Gil, with a boyish grin. "Mr. Harley seems p erfe ctly satisfi e d with the work as far as it has gone said Don, in a contented tone. Mr. Harley was the engineer in charg e of the D. P. & Q., and he had just been o ver that part of the line under construction. Don had all his carts at work, eith e r clearing the land betw e en the right-of-way boundaries or carting the waste excavation ta.ken out above where the shov e l was employed in the cut. Trees and had to be cut close to the surface of the ground and then burned or otherwise dis posed of. The excavated soil was taken down to the lake and dumped in the sp o t vhere the boys proposed to build their summer hotel. "Next wee k," Don went on, "I'll have the drills down here, and we'll make a beg inning on th e cliff rock." Gil nodded, as the idea struck him favorably. He liked to see things humming at all points. "How about the factory people and the carriage site? We are filling in the ground fast now, and it is beginnin g to look something like a plot. I thought the vice-president was coming ove r this morning?" "Didn't I mention the fact to you? No? Well, he was at the office at eleven o' c lock, according to appointment. He handed me a che c k for $500 and took a sixty-day option on the property. It's practically a sale. We paid only $800 for the ground as it then stood. Our profit will be over $4,000 and we shall not have held it over four month s at the outside." Gil's eyes sparkled. "All things come to those who ha .ve long heads-meaning you, for I never would have thou ght of that sch e me." "Well it's all in the :firm, Gil," replied Don, pattin g his brother affectionately on the back. "By the way, hav e you managed to catch sight of Nellie yet?" Gil s hook his "No ; I was on the top of 'the cliff this morning, within a stone's throw of the Kelso cottage, but she was not to be seen." "I guessed as much said his brother, stroking hi s chin thou g htfully. "But I mu s t i

BUILDING A RAILROAD. "I'm going to send you a dozen more men to-morrow to push this thing along, for I'm going to get at. the cliff right away. Some of the men who deserted us a month ago have applied for work, and I'm going to take them on. The steam drill s and the boiler will be brought up by the end of the m::ek." "All right, sir." Don spent three-quarters of an hour with Farrell, by which time it was beginning to grow dark. "I'll be out here some time in the morning," said the young enginoor, as he rode off, ta.king the trail back the wr.y he came. The rain, which had held off during his stay with the upper gang, now began to come down in earnest "It's plain that I'll be soaked before I get back to the cut, soliloquized Don. He put the spurs to his horse and galloped along at a good pace. As the animal was taking the turn at. the point nearest to the lake he suddenly shied, almost throwing the boy. "Whoa, Prince!" he exclaimed soothingly. "Wha.t's the matter, old boy?" Then somebody sprang out of the gloom and seized the horse by the bridle. Two Italians appeared on the other side and grabbed hold of Don. "Hello! Wbat's this?" he exclaimed, striking at one 'lvith his short whip. Something very like a hig stone struck him on the head from behind, and he foll forward on his 110rse' s neck llll ccmscious. CHAPTER VIII. AT THE QUARRY JUMBO ISLAND. Don Winthrop was roughly pull e d out of the saddle, and while one of his assailants held up his limp form an other tied his hands behind his back. 'l'hen he was carried down to tbc water s edge and lifted into a boat which lay there. His horse was turned loose There were three men, two of whom were Italians, and a stout boy in the party. All E>mharkcd without delay :md the small craft was pushed off and headed out into the lake. "I reckon I've got him dead to rights at last," said the cearse voice of Jim Kelso from the stern of the boat "That's what you have, dad," sneered his estimable son Jerry, who sat straddle-legged above the unconscious prisoner. "You fixa him all right dissa time," spoke up one of the rowers, Tony Gulla by name, who wa.s a sort of under foreman in Andrew Newman's employ. "You kin jest bet I will," replied Kelso, with an oath. 'CWhen I get through with him hii:: name will be mud." "You maka him ea.ta cla humble pie, eh?" grinned Gulla. Kelso made no answer to this, nnd for a.while nothing was heard but the rumble of the oars in the locks and the swish of the rain as it was drjven against their u n protected persons by the wind. "Say, dad," chipped in Jerry, at last, "do I get a whack at him? I owe him one for the knockdown he gave me awhile back." "Dvat yon il'orry," growled his father; "he'll get all that's corning to him, and more, too!" The young ruffian grinned, and as a foretaste of what he meant to do when he got the chance he gave the sense less prisoner a sly kick in the ribs. There was a small island not far from the opposite shore of the lake, and the boat was being pulled toward it. Don recovered his senses about the time the craft grated its keel on the shingly beach. One of the Italians, who bore a strong resemblance to Mike Rossi, stepped into the water and pushed the boat furthe'l' in, and then the party disembarked. As Jim Kelso and Tony Gulla caught the young contractor b.y his pinioned arms to drag him out of the boat the boy sat up and gazed around him in a puzzled sort of way. "You've come to, have ye ? grow led the foreman. Then I reckon ye kin walk some, and save us the trouble of carryin' ye." They yanked the boy to his feet without ceremony and forced him ashore. "What's the meaning of this?" demanded Don, begin ning to realize that something decidedly wrong in his affairs. "Ye'll know in good time, Mr. Winthrop," said Kelso, moekingly. "So it's you, Jim Kelso, is it?" ejaculated Don, in some surpnse. "It's me, all right," replied the man, in 8.J1 unplea;iant tone. "Mebbe yer glad te'l' see me, and then, agin, mabbe ye ain't." "Look here, Jim Kelso! If this is some trick of yours or Mr. let me tell you you're ma.king a grave mistake. You ought to know by this time that I'm not one that will stand for any monkey business." "What are ye goin' ter do about it?" sneered the fore man, malevolently. "Well, for one thing, I'll have you in jail. You'll pay ,1early for this outrage, let me tell you And if your em ployer is at the back of this affair, as I more than half suspect, he won't :find it easy to avoid the responsibility." "Yah !" exclaimed Kelso savagely, releasing Don's arm and hitting the boy a clout in the face with the fl.a.t of his leathery hand that sent him staggering against the Ita.lia n Gulla. "Take that for yer answer, curse ye!" It was a cowardly blow, and Dori's eyes flashed fire as he recovered himself. He wrenched himself free from Gulla,'s clutches, and, bound as he was, he walked up to Kelso. The man shrank back instinctively, as if he expected a blow. "I shall not forget that, Jim Kelso," the boy said, with suppressed anger. "It's well for you that you took the precaution to tie my hands before you da red offer me


BUILDING A RAILROAD. 15 siwh an indignity. But, remember, I'll make it my busi-11f ye could, consarn ye!" anu he gave the fallen boy a ness to bring you uown on your knees for that blow. You kick in the ribs with the toe of his thick boots. haven t forgotten your experience imder the cliff, I'll warTony Gulla and Mike Rossi helped t)1e yoling engineer rant. I pity you the next time I get you within )'each to his feet. of my hands. You'll be glad to go to jail after it's over." At the command of their leader they started a head again It was too dark for Jim Kelso to see the expre.ssion with the prisoi:ier, while Jim and his son closed in on the young contractor's face, but he felt that the boy behind. meant it, just the same. The party proceelled hi. absolute silence UAtil they ar"Ye'll never git ther chance ter git at me, Mr. rived at the opening to one of the quarries. vVinthrop," he blurted out. "\Ve didn't talro all the trm1ble This was not being worked tJ.t the time. A rough shanty of fetr.hin' you over here just for the fljll of tl1e thing. had been bllilt in the center of the f:!4cavation. Ye've built all of that there railroad ye're goin' ter," Kelso kicked the door open and all hands eptered. "What do you mean?" ejaculated DOIJ, for the first time 'fhe building consisted of only one room, about eight beginning to look at his abduction jp a seriolls lig}Tt;. feet square with a window. "Never you mind what I :mean. You'll find that out The walls were quite bare and unfinished; the window by alld by," retorted Kelso, significa:ptly. "Fetch him had no sash, being a mere opening five feet or so from along, Gulla," and OJ:lCe more he grasped Don by his boud the floor, the latter being formed of rough two-inch arm, and witl1 the aid of his confederate hurried him toplank. ward the interior of the island. The furnishing consisted of a stove, the pipe from which Don Legan to feel somewhat apprehensive as to how this projected straight through the roof, a rude table and peradventure was going to end. h aps half a dozen stools. The sinister conduct of his captors was far from re-Jerry went to a shelf, found a bit of cancUe, and lit it. assuring. "Take da seat; you feela much bet'," said Gulla, pushwere they planning to murder him and his body ing Don toward one of the stools. somewhere in thts lon e ly locality, which he believed was a Although the boy resented the way in which the request deserted part of the .farther s hore, where he knew a crime was given, he saw no reason for refusing to accept it, so might easily be committed and all traces of it screened he sat down. from public observation? Jerry a nd the two Italians also s elected stools, and every-It had not occnrrecl to him that he had been brought thing seemed to hinge on the acti.on of Jim Kelso, who to the island where the stone quarries were located, and was cle arly boss ing the job. with whose situation he natnrally was familiar. -o The island was owned by Andrew Newman, and it was CHAPTER IX. from these quarries he obtained the broken shme he used FACE TO FACE WITH DEATH. in building the public roall.s, of whioh work he had long '1 I might as well tell, you that Newman hasn't any hand enjoyed a monopoly in these proceedings," began Jim Kelso, seating himself Don's thoughts were deoidedly unpleasant ones. on the corner of the. table and eyeing his victim with unHe believed Jim Kelso was capable of any desp erate disguised satisfaction. crime when his worst passions were aroused. "I'm glad to hear it," said Don Winthrop. "I'd hate And he judged that the ruffian hungered to get square to think that a man in his position would so degrade him with him for the beating he had aclmimsterecl fo him und e r self as to connive with such scum as yourself and your tht:l cliff. orowd in such a dirty trick." It was extremely 9 alling to his proud nature to be pushocl "Don't fool yerself. He's got it in for ye good and and ha.ule

16 BUILDING A RAILROAD. t.o do ye up in a way that'll settle all arguments on the subject hereafter." "You mean you've brought me over here to take it out of me with my hands tied so I can;t defend myself. It's what I might expect from such as you." "No, I don't mean Jil.O sich thing. I mean to make ye sweat in another way. Y e'll have jest long enough ter say yer prayers before wiped out for good an' ail do ye understand?" "Do you intend to murder me?" "Ye kin call it what ye like-I call it a short shift inter ther next world," and the foreman glared vindictively at him. "I suppo .se you lmow the consequences of such a crime?" said the boy, as coolly as couk! be cxpeeted under the cir c urru;tances. "I don't keer nothin' about no consequences. I don't reckon there'll be any. None of u s is goin' to lay his hands on ye. An accident will happen, that's all." "An accident?" repeated the boy. "That's what. You're in the disused quarry on Jumbo I s land. When the men knqcked off work to-day there was o ne can of nitro-glycerine left in the dynamite safe. I'm goin' to fetch that over here as company for ye after we leave. If it shou ld happen to take a notion to go off by itself, why ye'd go off with it, thet's all," and the rascal grinned sardonically. Don thought he saw through the fiendish scheme, and it made him shudder. It was as cold -blooded a crime as could well be imagined. "So ye see the consequences ye spoke about don't amount to nothin'. Ye'll be missed, thet's all. T'h.e papers'U have an account about an explosion at the quarry on Jumbo Island that blowed a shack of a house to little bits. New man'll come over and look the matter up to see who's ter blame. And I reckon thet's all there'll be to it." "And you're going to take my life this way simply be cause I whipped you in a fair, stand-up fight?" and the boy's lips curled contemptuo u sly. "Yes, and because ye've been tryin? ter get the inside track with that there ga l of mine, Nellie. She ain't the same as she was afore she c ome to know ye. Y e've changed her-do ye understand-and that'8 one goou reason why I intend to be rid of ye," and Jim Kelso showed his teeth with all the ferocity o.f a wild beast. "You' re a coward and a cur, Jjm Kelso. Mark my words the day will come when yo.u'll wish that this night's work was blotted from your memory." ' Don't ye believe it, Mr. WinthTOp. I shan't never feel sorry for wipin' ye off ther earth." With these words he s lipped o:ff the table and walked out the d oor He was gone a short time. When he returned he ad a hanuner, a smal l steel hook, and severa l yards of stout cord. He mounted the table, drove the hook into the ceiling, and then tried rt to see if it was .firm. "Fetch me a good-sized rdck," he said to his son, as he passed the cord over the hook. Jerry went outside and hunted UP, one which weighed about forty pounds. Jim tied one end of the cord securely about it, pulled it up to the ceiling, and securing the other end of the cord to a hook in the wall an inch or so above a small shelf, left the stone to dangle in the air. Don watched this performance with some curiosity. What did it mean? Kelso then held a whispered confab with the Italians. Then the three came over to the young engineer, seized him and bound him down on top of the table. While they were doing this Jerry brought in a stone and placed it directly under the rock which hung above. The table with the prisoner was turned on its side, and Don's body brought close to the flat stone. All hands then left the building, and when the sounds of their footsteps died away in the distance there was abso lute silence in and around the shanty, the rain having ceased entirely. Don turned his gaze at the hanging rock, then down at the fiat rock, and then at the end of the cord, alongside of which Kelso had placed the three-inch piece of candle. Whatever infernal arrangement this was he could n<>t understand it. If it was intended that the rock should fall in some way he could not see what damage that would do, beyond giv ing him a shake-up. Was this, after all, some practical joke on Jim KeLso's part? Did he imagine such a clumsy contrivance would create a mysterious fear in the young contractor's breast? Don almost smiled at such an idea. But hark! He heard footsteps again outside. Presently Jim Kelso entered the building, carrying with the utmost care a can which the boy instantly recognized as a r e ceptacle for nitro-glycerine. Instantly the meaning of all these preparations :fl.ashed through his brain, and the blood fafrly congealed aro1,llld his heart. The devilish ingenuity of the man was appalling. He placed the can softly on the floor, and after a glance at the candle on the shelf he spoke. "Y e've been long enough in the business ter recognize what this can contains," he said, with a horrid grin at Don. "I'm going to place. it on that flat stone within a foot of yer head-see? Ye'll have half an hour or so t e r live, Mr. Winthrop. By keepin' yer eye on that candle ye kin count yer s pan of life. As soon as the flam e touches the cord it'll begin to burn it. 'rhe weakenin' of mebbe a single strand will be enough to cause the weight of that hangin' stone to snap it short off. What then? I reckon I don't need t e r tell an eddicated feller like ye what'll take place when the rock hits the can of nitro-glycerine." "You're a fiend!" cried Don, the sweat gathering in big drops on his forehead. \ J


BUILDING A RAILROAD. 17 . "I see ye're beginnin' ter wilt already/' snickered the man. "That's where you're mistaken, Jim Kelso. I may have to die, but you'll never be able to say under any cir cumstances that I took water from such a reptile as you." "Yuh I I might have given ye a cha.nee for yer life but now---" "That's a lie, and you know it! You never intended to give me half a chance." "That's right, drat ye, I didn't. I hate ye so that I'd like to brain ye with a rock, if this wasn't more certain and'll leave no trace behind." The foreman, fairly livid with passion, shook his clenched fist at the pinioned boy. "And now good-night to ye. Here's yer through ticket ter perdition, with no stopover checks." Thus speaking, Jim Kelso cautiously placed the can of nitro-glyoerine on the flat rock, and then quickly retreated to the door. "Better begin' sayin' yer prayers, Mr. Winthrop," he said sneeringly, as he stood with one foot on the sill. "There ain't more'n half an inch of candle between ye and ther nitro-glycerine." Then he vanished into the darkness and the night, and Don heard the crunching of his thick boots on the gravel grow fainter and fainter, till at last the sound died away in the distance. Don Winthrop, the young contractor, was left alone with death! CHAPTER X. Outside the clouds had gone into the northwest and the full moon was out in all its glory. At this moment it was rising above the summit of the quarry, and its rays began t.o wine in at the open window, bathing the boy's head and shoulden; in a flood of light. Suddenly Don thought he heard the sound of a light footstep without. 'l'he tension of the situation had made his hea. ring un usually a.cute. Re listened with a desperate eagerness, mingled with a thrill of hOPJ3. The sound was repeated, this time nearer. The silence had hitherto been so profound that th e r e could be no mistake but that something or s ome one was moving about the quarry. Summoning all his energies, Don shouted: "Help! Help!" Instantly there was a quick pattering on the gravel and then the s light noise of something striking against the out sid e of the building. "Help! H elp!" repeated the young engineer, with a fearful glance up at the burning candle and the cord on which his life hung. Almost instantly a shadow cut off the ray of moonlight shining in at the door, and a soft voice which the boy readily recognized called out: "Don Winthrop, are you in there?" "Heaven s !" gasped Don. "It is Nellie!" ''Don-Don Winthrop I" "Quic k Nellie!" cried the boy, almo s t sharply. "If y<; m would save my life, come to me here. Follow the sound of my voice." SAVED DY LOVE. 'rhe blind girl entered the room and cam e t o ward him "Must I die like this?" groaned Don, as he strained as stra i ght as a die. unavailingly at the rope which held him with the grip of Don watc ped every step she took with the greatest of a vise to the table. anxiet y Then his eyes rested with a kind of fascination upon "Stop where you are!" he called p erempt.o rily. the sealed can of nitro-glycerine which stood within a foot The girl stopped as ordered. of his face. ''Adv anc e one step more," he said quickly. The contents of that can would easily blow the buildShe obeyed. ing and everything it contained to s mall fragments. "Kneel down!" he oxdered. And Don began to wonder if, after all, that would not She did so. be an easy death. "Stre tch out your right hand slowly-that's right. Move "I'll never know what hit me, at any rate. It will be it to the left till you feel a can that's standing th ere. all over in a flash." Grasp it by the handle and draw it toward you gently. Just the same, the very idea of such a death was truly For heaven's sake, don't let it jar against that rock, or horrible. even the boarcls of the floor-it c o ntains nitro-glycerine." It aroused him to make a fresh effort to free himself, "I 1."1low it," said the girl calmly. which proved just as ineffectual as tJ1e other. "You know it!" g asped Don, in astonishment. \Jim Kelso and the Italians had done their work only "Yes," she replied simply. "And I know there is a too well. rock sus pended from the ceiling above by a cord that the Alr e ady ten minutes of the fateful half hour estimated cord is attached to the wall, and that there is a lighted by Kelso as representing his span of life had pas.sed. away. candl e beside it. Am I not ri ght?" Don gJanced at the c andle on the shelf, which was lean"You are; but how in the name of all that's wond e rful ing slightly against the cord, and saw with a shudder that can you tell thes e things for y ou certainly cannot see the flame had drawn perceptibly nearer the strands, the them, unless you have recove r e d yonr sight in s o m e m iracu severance of which meant the end of all things, as far as lou.s manner." he was concerned. "No, I cannot see them; but I know about just


18 BUILDING A RAILROAD. the same. I'm going to t a k e this can outside," she said, rising to her feet and turning around. "Do I face toward the door?" "Almost. Just a s1iad.e to t he rigbt. Now be careful I and don't strike the c a n against the doorjamb. Go slowly. I am quite safe now. The ro c k may fall, but I need fear only its flying fragments." Nellie, with a that was truly marvelous, cax ried the can of de a dly explosiYe of the shanty and tl1en returned. The candle flame was now flick ering close to the cord. "Put your left hand on the wall, Nellie," directed the young contractor. "Now walk quickly along till I say 'stop.' She followed his order to the letter, and came to a halt within reach of the shelf. "Raise your hand higher, and you will feel a shelf. Right. Hemove the candle you find there." The flame blew across the cord as she took the candle a\\ay. "Now come here," he said, and t-ihe obeyed him, holding the lighted candle in her hand. "I am securely tied to a table which has been turned on its side Unless you haYe a knife you must burn the cord which holds me to the table." "I have not a lrnife," s he said, as she extended her dis engaged hand and felt for the rop e which had bee n passed a number of times a1oimc1 Don s body. Then sI1e carefully brought the flame of the candle to bear on the strarnls of the thin rope, and having severed. the line in one s h e dcx tron 8 1 y managed to release the boy from his bonds and he r o ll e d ove r on his ace. "My hands a Je tied separntely," h e s aid. Once more she brought the candl e' s flame to bear on ihe rope, whie:h she burnerl through without s o .much as scorching his skin. Don then shook himself free of his fette r s and, ri s ing to his knees, flung his arms about Uie blind girl and pressed to his breast. "Nellie, it is over! You have 8aved. my life!" The girl's head fell upon his, and she hung a limp, dead weight in his arms. He l ooked into her face. It wa>; as pale as marbl e and her eyes were closed. ''Great Scott!'' he e xclaimed. "Slte has fainted!" OHAP'rER XI. SEALED LIPS. Springing to his feet and taking N" ellie in his arms, Don hurried. outside. He soon found a pool of rain water, with which he to bathe the girl's face copiously, while he alternately cha.fed her hands and wrists. This rude method of bringing an unconscious person to their senses fortunately speedily prevailed in this in stance, a.nd Nellie opened her eyes ''Don Winthrop," she murmured. 'Yes, X ellie "You ate safe, are y6u not?" she said eagerly. ''Yes, thanks to you. X ow you must tell me how you oame to be here on Jumbo Island, a niile from the cliff where you live. I cannot how a blil).d girl like you could reach this spot all by yourself. l\nd it looks to me as if you knew was in trouble, and tl:!qt you came over to aid me." "Yes," she said, with a shudder. "I had r easpg to be lieve your life was in danger. I overheard Mr. 1md two Italians, named Gulla [j.lld Rossi, plan to cut Y91l. off this afternoon when you came out to the men ynu, have at the side of the hill where you are making the cut. You,r moyements ha.Ye been watched for days. They ha!l a boat in waiting to take you to the island after dark. I heftrd Mr. Kelso tell the others how he meant to the nitro glycerine trap so as to add acute torture to your lai>t while at the same time this would remove ever-:r o f the terrible crime they contemplated." "The scoundrel!" muttered Don. "No one could ever guess what I have suffered since this a\rful scheme impressed itself upon my mind. I was locked in my room-indeed, I have not been allowed to leave the house since that afternoon Mr. Kelso discovered us together at the foot of the cliff "Did the rascal dare ill-treat you on his return f.e. the cottage that day?" "He swore at and threatened me, and ordered Mother Kelso to lock me up and never let me out of her sight when I was not in my room." "Thank goodness, he's abused you for the last time. This job will place him, as well as his confederates, including his precious son, where they won't be able to trouble tl1e community for some time to come. Go on, Nellie." "This afternoon was selected because it was gloomy and threatened rain. Mr. Kelso said it would jllilt @wt his purpose. At four o'clock Gulla, who had been on the watch somewhere a.long the path which runs aroup.d the bills near the lal:e, came to the cottage and told Mr. Kelso that you had come out, and was talking to the foreman of the gang of workmen The three men, a.companied by Jerry, immediately left the house, and then I knew you were in great

BUILDIKG _\ RAILROAD. on the island at the moment of our arrival was a risk I 1110 hope of unraveling through her the secret which he had io face. I could only depend on Willie's watchfulness could not fathom. and my own sense of heaxing. Willie guided me to the "X ellic, yvu cnnnot guess l10w tl}.is ahswer of yours quarries. I tried this one first1 lea.Ying bim at the entrance pains me," he said sadly. to watch.H She took his hands confidingly in hers. "I shudder to think that you might have come just in "Do not be angry with me," she pleaded. "I have a time to share my fate. Do you realize the awful risk good reason for rny silence. Anotlwr s life dep e nds on it." you ran to save me? Do you understand that the mat-"Another's life?" r e peated the boy, in surprise ter of ten minutes would ham made all the difference in "Yes One I love dearer than all else in this world-th ld? S h 1 d bl' d my fat11e1." e wor uc courage as you, a mere gn an m at that, have exhibited fairly staggers me. And I am She bowed her head in her hands and the tears fl.owed almost a stranger to you." freely. "No, not a stranger," she said, placing her hand on his a.rm. "Don't say that," she added, with a.n earnestness almost mournful in its intensity. "Have you not brought all this trouble on yourself because you interfered in my behalf? I would rather have died here with you than not halfe made this effort to defea.t the terrible purpose of those wicked men." "Nellie," said Don, with great emotion, "what you have done for me to-night is quite beyond me ever fo repay. X.ou have won my lifelong gratitude, a.s wenas that of my mother and brother. You shall come to my motl1ei"s hons and lirn with us." "I cannot," she cried, with a little cry of despair. "Cannot! What do you mean? Don't you know that this attempted crime on the part of Jim Kelso "-ill land both him and his son in the State prison for a lons term? As to Mother Kelso, as you call her, you surely would not wish to return and experience further abu se at her hands?" Nellie buried her face in her hands sobbed bitterly. "I must go back," she said piteously. "I must . Don looked at her in astonishment. "Look here, Nellie; what's at the bottom of your con nection with these Kelsos ?" "Please don't ask me," she replied, pleadingly. "There; do not question me further. Letus go from here. Mr. Kelso may be on the watch and, not 11earing the explosion, he may return to sec what is the matter. Shoulrl he do so and find us on is land we could hardl y escape him." "Don't fear for me, Nellie. Now that my hands are free, I warrant :you that Jim Kelso and his cowardly Italians would think twice before tackling me. He had a lesson himself that he ha sn t forgo tten." At the entrance to the quarry they found young Meiggi;, who was thirteen years old, seated upon a rock with hi s face bocked toward the beach. They embarked in the boy's boa.t, and in twenty min utes Nellie and Don were landed at the foot of the cliff while the boy rowed homeward. "I hate to part with you, dear Jittle girl," said Don. "But, depend on, it, I will see you soon again. I will nev(ir feel satisfiecl until I have rescued you from the clutches of the Kelsos." ThenJ y ielding to a sudden impulse, he took her face between hi s hands and kissed her li-ps. She utter ed a little cry, and springing a.way, disappeared in the darkness. CIIAPTF1R XII. THE FACE OF JUI KELSO. With at sigh Don Winfhrop turned his steps t.oward Lakeview . "I wonder what those raPcals did with my horse?" he muttered. "Well, they've put their foot in it this time, and I guess Andrew Newman will have to look up an other foreman. J will put Jim Kelso thmugh to the limit. If he doesn't get twenty years, at least, for his attempt on my life I'll be grr,atly disappointed. He deserves a life sentence." "But I want to know," he insisted. "If ever a girl needed a good friend and protector I think you do at this moment. You have just saved my life, and the least I can do in return is to save you from the influences which ham hitherto surrounded you. vVith Jim Kelso and his son out of the way, what have you to fear? Mrs. Kelso could not make you return to her against your will. My mother, my brother and myself will protect you aga.inst any harm or trouble if you will only make your home with us in the future." He strurk the regula r trail around the hill and followed "I am very grateful to you, Don Winthrop," she an-it with a steady stride, which promised soon to land him swered. "It would make me very happy if I could accept at the cut where the labor ers' houses were. Here he would your offer; but--" be a ble to telephone to the office, for he knew his brother "But what?" asked the young engineer im]!latiently as mnst be anxious over his lengthened and unaccountable she paused. absence. "I cannot I must go back to :Jiother Kelso, no matter "I'll bet Gil has a party out searching for me and if what happens to :iYir. Kelso." they ran across the horse-well,, I'll oon be able to set She raised her tear-clirnmed eyes, which had no sign of the dear boy's mind a case.'' blindness in them, to his face, arnl her lips quivered. He pres ently pas sed the spot wh e re lie had been over" I must not," she answered, in a tone which left him powered by the villains.


BUILDING A RAILROAD. "If they had not taken me unawares and struck me that cowardly .blow from behind I guess I should have made things inter est ing for them," he said grimly. The bright moonlight lighted his way. "Poor If I could only get at the bottom of the mystery which anchors her to th e Kelsos I might be able to help h e r. I mu s t help her somehow." When he arrived at the cut he found something doing. Mike Doyle the watchman, was the first to see him approaching. "Upon my word, Mr. Winthrop! Where have you been all this time? Your horse walk e d in here about five o'clock when the rain was coming down at a smart rate. Your brother sent out every blessed one of the Italians tq_ look for ye, thinking something had gone wrong; but not a sign of ye could they discover b e tween h e re and the cliff. Wh&n the hands knocked off and came in Sinkey and Boggs each head e d a searching party, and they came back an hour ago without finding a clew to your where abouts. Faith, ye look as if ye'd been having a rough time of it." "l' had a bit of adventure, that's all," s'aid Don care lessly. "Is m y brother out her e ?" "Yes, sir. He's in the office with Boggs and Sinke y." The office to which :Mike Doyle r e fened to was simply a small boarded-off section of the ground floor of one of ihe men's house s It was furnished with a table, at which Gil sat when he paid the laborers off. A couple of chair s and the tele phone complet e d the furnishings. Don walked in a s cool and c ollected as if nothing out of the ordinary had occurred. His unexpected appearance was as surprising as it was welcome, and Gil naturally wanted to know right away what had happ e ned to him. "I'll tell you all about it on th e way back," Don replied. "Have our horses brought up, will you, Sinkey?" It was nine by the clock, and the twenty odd Italians who h?-d been out with the two foremen beatin g up the hilh; for a trace of the young boss were now ea!ing their supper. From his brother Don kept nothing back. H e told Gil the whole story from start to finish. "Good heavens, Don! You had n close call," said Gil, with a thrill of horror. "And you really mean to say that the blind girl saved your life?" he added, in astonishment. "She most certainly did." "And where has she gone? Surely not back to the Kelso cottag e after that?" "She did g o back. Nothing I could say was of any avail to influen c e her to the contrary. Her actions are an enigma to me, almost." "What do you mean by 'almost'?" "Well, she gave me a slight hint on the subject, though it necessarily is incomprehensible to me." And Don to\d his brother of Nellie's single admission on the subject. "That scoundrel seems to hav e some terrible hold o n girl," said Gil. "After we land him in jail we may perhaps find out what it is." Don was not very sanguine that tile man's capture would afford the desired re8 ult. Mother Kelso seemed to exercise the same power of in timidation over Nellie. However, he hoped for the best, fully resolved to probe the mystery to its root. On reaching Lakeview Don immediately sought the chief of the local police and put the matter b e fore him. It was such a serious affair that officers were at once sent out to a rrest Jim and Jerry, as well as the two Italians, Gulla and Rossi, on sight. The young contractors then went home, expecting to hear in the morning that the villains had been landed in jail. But they were di s appointed. The officers scoured the country roundabout, the authori ties of the adjacent towns and villages were notified to be on the lookout for the fugitives, and finally the police of se\eral cities within a certain radius were communicated with. But jn the end nothing came of it. .. The two Kelsos, Tony Gulla and Mike Rossi had xan ished as completely a s though the earth had swallow .ed them up. Don hired two men to keep constant watch on the Kelso cottage on the cliff, night and day, with orders to notify him of every movement happening in that quarter. His chief object was to pre vent the spiriting away of the blind girl Nellie, which he feared might be con templated. Whether Mrs. Kelso discovered or suspected that she was under surveillance we cannot say, but she made no attempt to leave the locality. Nellie, however, was never seen out of doors. As days went by work on the railroad progressed rapidly. Don had all the men be could uRe with advantage, and he was perfectly Ratisfied with the results achieved. Drilling and blasting was under way at the base of the cliff, and at this point the young contractor spent a large part of his time. He made several attempts to get into communication with Nellie, but his efforts failed. She was too vigilantly guarded for that. Mrs. Kelso maintained a scornful and defiant attitude. How she managed to get her supplies no one could tell, for she was never absent from the cottage herself, and no one was seen to go there. / By the middle of summer the cut was finished and the steam shovel put out of c ommission. The grading of the line was practically finished to the s atisfaction of the railroad co. mpany from the outskirts of Lakeview to the mouth of the tunnel, which was now two thirds completed. The large forc e of laborers thus released was transferred to the other side of the wher e they had plain sailing almost all the way to Glendale. 'rhe filled-in site accepted by the carriage manufa.ctory


BUILDING A RAILROAD. 21 had paid for, and the young contractors had made a clear profit of $4,000 on this speculation. The site they had purchased for a summer hotel was rapidly being put inte shape for the foundation, and Don expected to have the carpenters at work within the next thirty days. Plans for this building had long since been drawn up, and Don had recently advertised a two' lease of the projected establishment. The building would be ready for occupancy the follow ing spring. "I received an answer to our advertisement this morning from a well known Chicago hotel man," said Don to hi8' brother one morning early ih July. "He's comi;g dmvn to inspect the location and go over the plans." "Glad to hear it. What are you going to place the rent at? There will be accommodations for three hundred guests, and this place is going to be the summer resort of northern New York in a very little time. As soon as tl is branch line is put in operation it will have every one could wish for." "I can't say yet what rent we will get for the hotel. I wi1l l]ave to consult experiencerl :persons on the subject before I can hit on a price; but you can rest easy, Gil; it will yield a handsome profit on our investment." "We have got one of the best locations o:p_ the lake, all right," said Gil. "You mustn't let that fact escape you when you are fixing the prioe." "Trust me for that, Gil. I'm out :for the dough as well as the next fellow." Then the two brothers, who had been standing outside the unfinished tunnel, separated, Gil retuming to the bore, while Don started to skirt the base of the cliff, where it was laved by the waters of the lake, in order to reach the scene of the railroad beyond the tunnel. As the lake was perfectly placid that afternoon it was an easy matter to step from rock to rock and thus gain the other side of the precipitous wall. When half way around Don paused and wiped the per spiration from hi s brow. It was decidedly hot in the.sun, and there was scarcely any breeze stirring. The surface of the water was as unruffied as the face of a mirror, glittering in the sunshine like a plate of burnished gold. As the boy stood there taking in the sweep of the water scape, there suddenly came a whiz through the air, as a big rock, apparently dislodged from above, descended obliquely toward his head. Fortunately, its aim was not true, and it passed an inch above the young engine er's shoulder, striking him a glancing blow on the head. This, however, was sufficient to stagger him and cut a jagged scalp wound. Recovering his balance, Don glanced up at the face of the rock mechanically, and there, more than half way up, peeri ng down at him with a look of calm ferocity, was the repulsive countenance o:f Jim Kelso. CHAPTER XIII. A STA,RTLING DISCOVERY. Don Winthrop was thunderstruck at tlie sight of his enemy, for whom the police of Lakeview and vicinity had in vain; :finally giving up the searc h in the belief that the man and his confederates had escaped from the State. "Jim Kelso-here!" gasped the boy, hardly believing the evid e nce of his eyes. Shaking off the feeling o:f dizziness which came over him :for a moment, he looked up again; but the rascal had disappeared. "The villain is crouching up there among the rocks," he muttered. "It was he who laun ched that rock down upon me, beyond a doubt. What an escape I've had! By George, I'll rout him out of there before he is five utes older!" He dashed back across the ro c ks as if it was the smooth est pathway in the world, and reappeared before t)le mouth of the tunnel just as Gil and Joe Sinkey came walking out. "Great Scott, Don! What's happened to you?" gasped Gil., observing the smear of blood on his brother's face and the red gash just above his right ear. Ignoring his brother's excited remaTk, Don seized Gil by the should er "Get your men out of here, quick!" he exclaimed sharply. Sinkey, being accustomed to obey the orders o:f his su periors without question, jumped back into the tunnel and shouted to tlie labor e rs, with such good effect that every man of them, except the men directing the operations of the steam cl.Tills, came rushing out. "Get around on the rocks, every one of you, and look for a chap that's hiding somewhere up on the cliff!" or dered Don. "It's Jim Kelso," he explained to his brother, as they followed in the wake of Joe Sinkey and his men. "What!" ejaculated Gil, in astonishment. "You don't mean you actually saw Kelso around here?" "I met Kelso," said Don. "This wound is a gentle re minder of his presence and his amiable intentions towa rd me." "Good h e avens! That fellow has lots of nerve!" said Gil. 'The ItaliaJlS led by Sinkey scaled the rocks like so many monkeys. The cliff was accessible about two-third s of the way up; beyond that, for a matter o:f twenty feet, it was like a smooth wall. fis far as the men could go the rocks were thoroughly overhauled, but they fo11nd not the slightest trace o:f Jim Kelso, nor of any one else. "He must have managed to get away during the min ute or two I lost in coming after the men," remarked Don regretfu lly. "Too bad!" responded Gilt. "It woulrl give me a heap of satisfaction to see that scoundrel in jail."


BUILDING A RAILROAD. "We'll get lum there yet," said Don, with a confident nod of his head. "I shall not feel easy until we do," replied his brother; "he's making most persistent attempts to do you up. He's a desperate scoundrel." "I wonder where he could have got in so short a time," said Don, scanning the face of the cliff intently. "He must have scrambled down and sneaked off around the rocks in an incredibly short space of time." "I su:rpose so. If there had been any hiding place up there the Italians would have found it, I imagine." Half an hour was wasted to no purpose over Jim Kelso, and then the laborers returned to their work. Don, with his head bound up, went on around the cliff, jumped on a hand-car, and was soon in specting the more advanced part of the railroad wo rk. Gil called up their bookkeeper and general office assist ant in Lakeview, and told him to notify the police that Jim KelRo had been seen in the vicinity of his cottage. 1A couple of officers came out late in the day and made a tour of the neighbo rhood, making another thorough search of the cottage; but efforts were not productive of results. One fact, however, was brought out, and it occasioned Don a good deal of concern. Nellie, the blind girl, was missing from the cottage. This, too, in the face of the constant watch that had been kept on the house on the cliff. How had it been managed? Don believed the night watchman must have fallen asleep at his post, and that this fact had become known and taken advantage of by Mrs. Kelso, who \vas about as artful as thty make them. In fact, after that day's adventm : e it was by no means certain that Jim Kelso had not been, in the neighborhood all the time search was being made for him and his com panions in guilt. It was quite possible he had a l1iding place which, so far, had defied detection. Don was not thoroughly satisfied with the exertions of the police. He and Gil talk ed the matter over, aJld that night after supper they rode out to the cut, left their horses in charge of Mike Doyle, and then walked on through the excavation, which was now completed and graded, ready for the perma nent sleepers and rails. 'l'he night was warm and still, but the sky was over cast with flashes of lightning in the distance. They passed through the cut and took their way over the hills beyond the rear of the Kelso cottage. In making this detour they purposely pursued the least frequented route, which took them down through a gully in the hills. "I think we made a mistake in taking this road," said Gil. "It'll take us all night to make our way through this bru sh." Jus t then a stout twig pierced Gil's light jacket and tore a big hole in it. "There now!" he ejaculated discontentedly; "a.t this rate I shall not have a stitch on my back when we come out at the other end." "Hush!" cried Don, in a sharp whisper at that moment. "What's the matter?" "I'm sure I heard voices." "What, down here?" "Yes; keep quiet and listen." Gil complied with this request, and strained his ears to catch any sound which might strike on the night air. "Now do you hear it?" whispered his brother Don, grip p+ng him by the arm. "I hear something," replied Gil, in similarly guarded tones. "Follow me, and don't make a sound if you can help it." Don parted the brush which lay in a dense mass in front of him, and carefully felt his way down the gully. The two boys a d vanced like slow-moving shadows, and with every step the sound of voices grew more distinct. At last they felt they were close upon the speakers. "We caJl't go more than a step or two further betraying our presence," Don whispered into Gil's ear. "They're just around this bend." 1W110 do you fancy tbey are?" asked his brother sbftly. "One of them I can almost swear to be ,Tim Kelso, and th,e other--" Here Don pushed his liead warily through the brush. He found himself looking into the pocket of a gully. A red glass lantern, similar to those used by railroad men or contracto:r:s, was standing on the ground in a small, cleared place. It gave out sufficient light for the boy to recognfae the two men seated on a section of a decayed tree, which had been rolled down into the gully. One of them, as he had surmised, was Jim Kelso. He looked thoroughly disreputable in his attire, as if he had sustained hard usage of late. His companion, who was stout and well dressed, was none other than Andrew New man. That these two persons should be found together in earnest consultation at such a place, and under the cir cumstanc e s that surrounded the ex-foreman, was a disquiet ing discovery for Don to make. The boy scented trouble. CHAPTER XIV. THE PROPOSITION JIM: KELSO MADE TO ANDREW NEWMAN. "I tell you, Jim, you've not only ruined yourself, but you've muddled up all my plans by your mad break against the life of Donald Winthrop at the quarry," Andrew New man was saying in a tone of plain dissatisfactio,n. "What in thunder have you got against the boy that you can run such a desperate risk in order to gratify your personal "Oh, there can't be mur;h of it," returned his brother anirn9sity ?" en: olll'agingly "I hate him!" hissed Kelso vindictively.


BUILDING A RAILROAD. 23 "Well I know you have had it in for him ever since he struck that boy of yours--" "Hittin' Jerry ain't got no thin' ter do with it." "No?" sa id Newman, blink in g at hi s l ate foreman curi ously. "You spoke once as if you had your knife int.G him for that." ''Well, I did; but it was on account of that gal of mine," said Kelso doggedly. "What about the girl? He was not try in g to make love to her, was he?" grinned the contractor tanti\,lizingly. "I shouldn't imagine a chap like Winthrop had any time to waste over a blind girl. "It don't make no diff'r e nce whether he had the time or not, he made it his bizness to interest himself too all fired much in her to suit me," le(j. Kelso. "How was that?" After that first time butted in 'tween h e r and J erry he came up to my place and wanted to see her; but my old woman sen t him about his bizness without much cere mony, you bet your life!" and the speaker grinned ma "But after he got gradin' tl1er road I saw him several times nosin' around the foot of the cliff about where the tunnel openin' is now. I reckon he tryin' to get sight of the gal; but the old woman wouldn't l et her o u tside One afternoon the gal gave her the slip, somehow, for I ketched her talkin' to him down nesr the water. I sneakecl. up behi11d him an' heard some thin' of what he was sayi n'. I liad an idea she might have heard me te ll the old woman what I intended to do ag 'in the new railroad, and that she would put him on his guard. But it appears he was tryin' to get h e r to give us the shake, which she knows better'n to do; and finally he tried to make her tell him what sort of a hold I had upon her." "Then you have a hold on the gir l eh?" said Newman, with some intere s t. I a lways tllought there was some thing queer about h e r connection with you Besides I couldn't understand why you wanted a blind girl around your premi ses, anywa .y." "It doesn't make no diff'renca. whether I've go t a hold on her or not, nor why I kept her around. That's my a ffair, and I wasn't goin' ter have this pesky young contra.ctor pokin' about tryin' ter find out what didn't con cern him." "You were afraid he might learn something about the girl which would upset your calculations, is that it?" asked the contractor, shrewdly "That's about the ticket, if ye want to knowt admitted Kelso, s urlily. "He didn't learn anything, did he?" No, he didn't. I told kim to g it, and if he'd done it and let ihe gal alone after that I reckon I shouldn't have tried to do him up. It ended in a scrap, and he l aid me out." "Laid you out?" said Andrew Newman in amazement. "Do y ou mean to say that boy whipped you with hi s fists?" "That's what he did. He's been and took l essons from some prizefighter, for I couldn't reach hi.ill nohow. You'd have thougl t I was a chicken tbe way h e handlea me, and tlmt"s why I hate him. He's the first fellow that eve r got the 'best of me, and I'Ye sworll, to sett le him for it." "And youve pnt i! a n ice hole trying to do it, Jiave n t you?" "I'll .reach him yet," gritted the rascal. I think you'v e done damage enough, both to yourself and me, by your reck l essness ou want to get out o f the State just as s oon as you can, or you' ll land behind the bars before you're many hours older." "Don't you worry you rself about : me, Mr. Newnmn," sa id the rascal with a hoarse chuckle. "I kin look out for myself. I reckon I've foo e d the perlice these three months. I haven't been out of sight of my house the whole time they were huntin' for me. They ain't goin' to get me so easy as you think." "\\'ell, you know your business. You sent for me to come out here to see y ou. I su ppo s e you want money. I brought you $100." "I want a good dea l more than $100," said Kelso, as he accepted the money; "but I stand ready to earn it." ""'hat do you mean by that?" "Ye said awhile ago that t e quarry affair ]).ad blocked your sc h emes for doin' up their railroad contract." "I did I depended upon you to queer them one way or another. Your recklessness simply killed my chances." "M:ebbe it did, and mebbe it didn't," retorted Kelso, doggec1ly. "They haverr't .finished the work yet." "Well it look s mighty like they werE) going to finis it o n time," sa id the contractor, gloomily. "I had no idea those boys ha d it in them " J Hebbe ye' ll I told y one day, jes afore they b e gan the job, that if ye expected to do 'em up ye'd have to get right down to bizness Ye see I was ight, tlon' t ye?" "I'm not denying but they've surpris.ed me," admitted the contractor. "But if you had simp ly looked s trictcy after my interests instead of y i elding to an insan e tempta tion to do up Donald Winthrop on your own account, it is no unlikel y I sho uld have be en able to put a spoke in iha t railroad contract." "I reckon I see a way to ut a mighty big spoke in it yet,';. said Kelso grimly. "In what way?" asked Andrew Newman, witl1 a s udden s how of interest. "What are you willing to stand, if I put it throu h ?" ''How can you do anything that'll inteT fe r with the building of the line now? You're a marked "man, certain to be arrested on sight," answered Andrew J ewman, in c redulously. "That hain't got nothin' ter do w i th it," said Jim Kelso, wagging his head confidently "I've got a p l an, andl: mean bizness I haven't been asleep while I've b een under. cover "Te ll me what your scheme is, and if I see an yth ing in )t I'll agree to ay yQu e y ery it's worth to me." "Will ye? Well, it's easi J:y worth $5,00 0 to ye." "That' s a good deal of money, Jim."


BUILDING A RAILROAD. "Isn't it worth that to bust this new firm up an' drive 'em out of bizness in these diggin's ?" "Will this plan of yours, if successful, have that effect?" asked the contractor, growing intere s ted in the proposition of his late foreman. "It'll go a long way toward it, I reckon." "Let's hear what it is, and then I'll be able to judge of it's value." "Suppose somethin' happened to that tunnel they're borin' through ther cliff? More'n h'alf the masonry is al ready in place. Wouldn't it kind of upset the time calcula tions of them boys?" "Do you mean t.o say that you can destr0y the WQlfk in that tunnel as it stands?" asked Andrew Newman, doubt fully. "Tnat's jest what I mean." "How are you going to manage it?" asked Mr. New man, in some excitement. ''That's my bizness. If you'll agree to pay me $5,000 when the job is done I'll put it through." "Of course you couldn't do any such thing without a lot of dynamite. Where do you expect to get it?" "Ye're askin' too many quesfaons, Mr. Newman," said Kelso, impatiently. "If ye want ther job done, say so." "Well, if the work were thoroughly done it would cer tainly cripple the Winthrops to a considerable extent," mused the big contractor, with some eagern ess of manner. "As this is their first big contract, it would hurt their repu tation, I guess. It might even prevent them finishing the work within the time. At any ra te, it would mean a big loss to them, and might leave me a clear field to scoop in the contract for the trolley line between Lakeview and Greenville, for which bids will soon be asked." Andrew Newman was hot after the contract to build the trolley in question, and it was no secret that the Win thiops would bid against him when the time came. Under these circumstances he could easily afford to throw a.way $5,000 if he could thereby eliminate them from the field. "Well, Jim, you go ahead antl. see what you can do. If you can make good in a. way that'll prove to be to my advantage I'll see that you get $5,000. I guess it'll be worth that to me." "Get your $5,000 ready, for the job will be finisMd be-fore mornin'." "Do you really mean that, .Jim?" "Did ye ever know meter say what I didn't mean?" "Very well; I'll get back to town now. As sbon as I learn that you have accomplished the work the money will be at your disposal.'' "I'll call for it myself to-morrow night at your house. Be on the watch for me." Andrew Newman stared at his former foreman. The fellow's assurance was amazing. "You seem to be certain of success," he said. "I reckon I am," replied Kelso, as he took up the lantern and started to lead the contractor from the scene of the confab. CHAPTER XV; THE CAR OF DEATH, There was evidently an outlet at the back of the pocket, for in that direction Jim Kelso piloted his late employer, and the two men almost immediately disappeared from view. Don Winthrop drew back his head and turned to his brother, who had been leaning aga.inst him during the en tire interview. "You heard all they said, didn't you, Gil?" he asked, in a guarded tone. "Every word, but I did not catch sight of either of them. What arc we going to do to defeat this piece of villainy? It's lucky we came out here to-night." "It was providential, Gil," replied his brother solemnly. "Whatever plans that scoundtel has for accomplishing his purpose, they seem to be well matured from the way he talked. His confidence staggers me. You may be sure he is not alone in this. Those two Italians and his son .Terry are with him han& and glove. How they have man aged to elude the police, who have been over every foot o f this ground, astonishes me. That they have managed to live three months under cover hereabouts shows that they have their allies on the outside. Now that we are forewarned as to their intentions we must round them up b e fore they can carry their dastardly scheme into execu tion. After that we will attend to Mr. N ewrnan, who has made himself an accessory before the fact, and to that extent he will come within the meshes of the law. Now, Gil, you get back to the cut as soon as you can. Rouse up a doz en of the Italians you can trust in this emergency and. get them over to the neighborhood at once. Keep well in the background until I join you, or you see the chance to get the drop on these raseals. I'll see what I can do to nip the scheme in the bud." "All right," said Gil, in a quiver of excitement. "But do be careful how you act, Don. You know what you're up against. Better the tunnel should be destroyed than that any harm come to you." "Don't worry about me, Gil. You do your part, and I'll warrant we'll catch Jim Kelso and his accomplices red handed." Gil pressed his brother's hand and hurried away on his mission, while Don cautiously entered the pocket of the gully and walked in the direction taken by Kelso and Andrew Newman. 'Ihe dynamite used in blwting the tunnel was sfored 'on the hillside in a hut a quarter of a mile from the tunnel. Two watchmen, in turn, the place night and day. A temporary track was built from the hut to the mouth of tJ1e tunnel, and the explosive, when needed, was car ried down in a handcar. Don guessed that Jim Kelso intended to get possession of the dynamite stored in the hut and use it to wreck the tunnel. ..


BUILDING A RAILROAD. 25 He d e termined to prevent thi s at any hazard. So when he made his wa y out of the series of g ullies in the hill s he directed his steps toward the hut. H e found the watchman on the alert. The man naturally wa.s surp rised to see him there at that hour. "Jennings," said Don, when be came up, "an attempt is to be made to-ni ght by a gang of K e lso, hi s son Jerry, and the two Italians, Gulla and Rossiwho have been concealed in thi s vicinity ever since the ;iuarry affair, to steal the dynamite we have on. hand and u se it to wreck the tunnel. I want you to run down and bring the tunnel watchman bac}\ with you. The three of u s ou ght to be able to stand them off with our revolv e r s ." "All right, sir," r e pli e d th,!J watchman, and he started down the declivity to carry out his order s Don s tood in the s hadow of the doorway and w aited On s uch a night, under a gloomy sky, it was a particu larl y dismal spot. lake looked like a vast blot on the surface of the lands c ape. The o nly light to be seen anywhere was th e solitar y gleam i ss uing from one of the windows of the cottage on the cliff. Five minute s passed s lowl y away, then t e n minutes, and still no sig n of the two watchmen "It's time those two fellows were here," muttered Don, impatientl y Unseen by the boy, two s hadow:;; crept up o n the hut from behind. They parted at the back of the building, where it was encased in its mound of ea rth, and each g lided up on op posite s ides. Only one stepped out in front, and the young e ngineer saw the figure at once. "Who's there?" he demanded, with his right hand on his revolver. "Don't move, or I'll drill a hole through ye," cried the voice of Jirrt Kelso, and Don bit hi s lip with vexation, for he saw the rascal had him covered with a pi stol. "Throw up y our hands!" commanded the exforeman peremptoril y Don determined to take a desperate risk. Making a feint to obey the order, he drew his O wn revolye r, and a flash had it pointed straight at the scoundrel. His intention had bee n to fire at once, and it would have gone hard with K e lso, but at the moment he pressed the trigg e r his arms were s uddenly caught from behind and th e bull e t went wide of its mark. "Who have ye got here, anyhow?" groiwled K e lso.. "He doesn't look lik e the watchman It was clear he had not recogniz e d Don in the dark. Tony Gulla, who had been lmee ling on the boy's back while he was tying hi s hands, turned the pri s oner over and thrust hi s ugly countenance close down to the young contra cto r 's face. "Gotta a a match boss? BeL ta one dol we g otta d a prize pack." "What do you mean by that ? grunte d 'Kel so, as he fumbled in hi s pockets for a lucifer "Strika da light you s e e whata maka y ou f e ela g o oda." Kelso found a match and lit it. He held it down toward the face of hi:s p r i s on e r an d started back with an oath. "Donald Winthrop!" "Whata I say?" grinned th e Italian. "We catch a d t boss of da j ob. Good a haul. N o expect ." Kelso was clearly surpr i s e d Don Winthrop was the l ast person h e expected to rnn across out there that night. A ll the same, he was none the l ess pl e ased to g e t Cle boy in his power again. The failure of his murde;:ous attempt on the y oung c o n -!_ tractor that afternoon had not improved his temper. He had cursed his lu c k at intervals ever si nce. But now fortune had turned most opportunely in hi s favor. "I've got ye agin where the shoo pinches, haven't I?" he said mocking l y .Ye couldn t have turned up at a better time. I was beginnin' to think ye had a char med life. I thought nothin' would etch ye: If ye're luck y enough to get away this time ye deserve a gold medal." Two mor e s hadows came out of the gloom in fro nt. A squeaking sound followed them. They proved to b e Jerry Kelso a nd Mike Rossi dragging up a han dcar. The procession came to a sto p a few feet away "We found two watchmen down yonder, dad, instead of one a s we s 'po s ed," sai d J el'L'y, wiping the perspiration from hi s foreh e ad. "You got 'em all right, did ye?" "Betcher life we did We left the m bound and gagged where they woul dn' t get hurt by the exp l osion W e brou g h t up some tools to break open the door of the hut with. l guess you kin, do that par t of the job better'n the rest of us." "I g uess I kin," s aid his father gruffly; "and while I'm doin' it ye might feast y e r eyes on ther gent Gulla and me got bold of a minute ago." "What, the watchman?" e jaculated his hopeful son, look ing carelessly down at Don as be lay on the g round, earn est l y praying for appearance of his brother on the scene w ith the much -ne e ded help at bis back. "No, not the watchman, vou idiot !" sna rled the elder Kelso. "The chap that we tried to do up at the sh ant y in the quarry and d i dn't." "Not Donald Winthrop!" fair l y gasped Jerry. "Ef ye don't believe me, look im over," said his father, taking up one of the tools ancl making an attack on the lock of the do01: "Well, powder me blue, who'd have thought it!" ex claimed .T e:Ty, aft e r he bad str uck a match and recognized the prisoner. "What are ye gain' ter do with him?


26 BUILDING A RAILROAD. ''I don't mean to do a thing to him. gaid the ras ca l sarcastically. Why should I?" "That's right," re turned Jerry, who thoroughly under s tood his father's humor. "I didn t know but you was goin' to give him a ricle on the dynamite," grinned the youth. "You're a good giresser, Jerry," replied his parent ap provingly, as he managed to snap the lock. "That's jest \\'hat I'm goin' ter do with him. There, the door's open. Gulla, you and Tiossi are llSed to han < lling dynamite. Jest fetch the stuff out and load it on the car. See that it's secured so it won't s lip off, none of it." The Italians got bnsy, and in fifteen minutes every porncl of the exp losive in the hut "as transferred and se emed to the handcar. "Now, l\fr. Winthrop, we'll pile you on top, and see if you can get away from it a.s easily as you clicl from the nitro-glycerine over at the shanty. Ye are boo ked straight for t.he mouth of the tunnel-ye and the dynamite. When the car strikes at the end of the route I reckon there'll be somethin' do in'." The ruffian's words s ent a chill of horror to Don s heart. He felt that he was doomed teahorrible cleatb. Apparently nothing could save him now. Like a flitting shadow it passed the startled gaze of a clozen men, headed by Gil, ho had just arrived on the scene "Whafs that?" e:.'iclaimed Gil to Mike Doyle, the night watchman at the cut, horn he had fetched along. "Sure, it's a handcar r unning wild, sir!" "A handcar--'' A crash and a trem endous explosion cut the words out of his mouth. The face of the cliff was lit up for a moment by the glare, and then darkness, rnore intense than ever, settled about the scene. "Great heavens!" exclaimed Oil. "We're too late. They have dynamited the tunnel!" The crowd of Italians, p:recedetl by the boy and the watchman, made a rush for the ;nmith of the tunnel. within twenty feet of it Doyle tripped upon a y i elding obstruction in his path, and went floundering on his hands and knees. "What the di_fkens--" he began, as he recovered him self anrl felt of the object. "Why, it's a man, as I'm a Christian!" The help that he knew was coming would arrive too "Is that you Doyle," sa id a strange voice, and the :figure late t-0 save him O r avert the catastrophe he had planned seemed struggling to si.t up. to prevent. "Bv all the ble.sid saints, it's never you, Mr. WinJim Kelso had adopted a different course to achieYe his throp: is it, sor ?" object from anything Don had expec:ted. "It isn't anvbodv else, :Mike," replied the recumbent ob v Such a plan as loading the dyna.mjte on a lrnndcaJ and ject. "Cut me loose if you've a knife handy." des patching it down the grade had not suggested itself to "Gee \Vhafs the matter with ye ?'r the boy. "l\I y hands i-e bound behind my back." But then it is often the unexpect e that occurs. "F ;ith, thafs rough. And ho w did ye come this way?" And this unfortunately was a cnse in point. asked Doyle, as he knelt beside hi8 boss and fished in his Gulla and Rossi lifted the young contractor from the pocket for the jackknife he always caJTied. ground and seemed him to the car as best they co.itld. "It's the work of Jim Kelso and hi s pals," answered At any rate, he seemed to be safe. enough for the sho rt Don, who hacl escaped from the handcar and certain de-trip. struction in the most remarkable manner "I'm pTetty "Ye kin say yer pra}1ers as ye go clown,'' said Kelso, badly s haken up You'll hardly believe me when I say brutally, and he gave the signal to start the car on its I was bom1d to a handcar l oaded with dynamite and sent fatal journ ey. clown the grade to what was appaiently my Thank The two Italians gave it a push, and the wheels began heavens, I have escaped; but I am afraid the scoundrel to turn. have succeeded in destroying our work in the tunnel." In a. moment or two it began to gather momentum and sLpvd away om their hands. Then it rnnishcu into the gloom of the night, ru1cl the f our villains wai t e d with strained attention for the ex plosion they looked for to follow. "Sent clown the grade on a car of dynamite, did ye say, sir? Sure, we heard the explosion a minute ago, and your brother, meself and the laborers were running down to see what damage had been clone when I tfipped over ye. How clid you happen to leave the car before she struck? Did ye roll off?" CHAPTER XVI. "They didn't mean that I should, for they tied me on," CONCLUSION. said the boy, getting on his feet and shaking himself, as Every second the speed of the handcar with its load of it were "I guess I'm all right, in spite of the fling I dynamite-enough to shatter the tunnel from foundation had. It all happened in a twinklin_g, Mike, I had given to roof-and its one liling pass e nger, hound to the side hope of ever seeing daylight again, but just as I made of the platform, increased as it ilas h e d clown the grade out the dark shadow of the cliff looming up before me, Half way down the wheels revolved lilO fast that the with the expectation of death in a c0uple of seconds more, hum of their revolution strnck on Don's ears with ri s ing I felt a sudden jolt, ancl the rope which held me to the distinctness. car parted with a snap-it must have been half rottenIt was the requiem of death. j and I was flung off like a stone from a catapult. As I


BUILDING A R.HLHOAD. 27 struck the ground and rolled over half stunned a roar sounded in my ears. I did not realize another thing until I heard your Yoice, inst antly recogniz ed. It seemed the sweetest sound at the mom ent T had ever heanl though I coul

28 BUILDING A RAILROAD. "The fa ll ing away of t he rock disclo sed a n o pening, f cornered in the woods fifteen mile s from Lakeview and wliich I dis c overe'a. thi morning. I found it led into a I taken prisoners h n c of passage and, c uriou s to gee where it went, I folThey wer e afterward o;n the charge of attempted k e d its c our se until I reach e d this cavern-like room and murder at the quarry on Jumbo Island, Jim Kelso getting found you a s leep on that cot. There; that's the who 1 le twenty years, the Italians fifteen years apiece, and Jerry s'.ory." sev e n years. ar11hen you can my father!" she exclaimed, in a The second indictment, covering the attempted destrucfcrn r of s u d d e n excite m ent, seizin g the young engineer by tion of the railroad tunnel at the high rock cliff, still th e arm. "You will save him, will y ou not, for my sake?" s tands against them, and when their terms are out each "Y onr father What do you mean? Where is he?" will have to face the certainty of another long term. cr i ed D on in aston i s hment. With the exit of the Kelso gang from the scene there J e is there, behind those boards," and she p o inted was no further trouble e ncountered by the Winthrop broth1rurcl a $ection of the cavern-like room which Don, for e rs with the railroad contra.ct, and the work was satis the first ti1; ne, noticed \ partitioned off from the r est factorily completed within the cootract limit. of the p1ace. "He has been a pri s on e r there for years." The two young contractors later on obtained the con" A vrisoner ?" said the young contractor in amazement. tract for building the trolley road from Green" she answered brokenly. "We were both trapped ville. here long ago by Mr. Kelso, who wanted to get possess ion They encountered no opposition from Andrew Newman, of an i nv e ntion of my father's-an au tomatic coupl e r for becau s e that gentleman had just been tried and sentenced freigh t car s which he had had pa tented :Mr. Kelso swore to five years imprisonment for complicity in the tunnel my father s hould neyer see the light of day until outrage. he assigned hi s rights to him, and thi s my father has Th boys' profit on the D. P. &. Q. brancli line was some.i, s teadfastly refus e d to do. I was ::;cldom permitted to see thing like $40,000 in all, and they made about half as him, put made to work for Mrs. Ke so as a servant; and much on the tr-0lley contract. '"' the threa t was h eld over my head that if I ever breathed The summer h.otel was duly erected on the selected site a word about my father's presence here his death would. along s ide of the beautiful lake, and prov e d to be a winner, instantly follow. I knew )\fr. Kelso was capa ble of s uch the three years' leas e arranged with the Chicago hotel man a crime, and I knew h e would not h e sitate to carry out bringing them in $10,000 per year. his threat as h e bitterly hated my father for hi s obstinacy The young contra.ctors have greatly extended the busi in_ r e fu .. si n g to do as h e wished him. He is t he direct caus e ness left by their father, and Don is now about to close a of my blindness, which was occasioned by a fall from the d e al for building a railroad in Mexico. r ocks which I s u stai n ed a.this hancls." He will be married in a few weeks to Nelli e Moore, the "The scoundrel!" said Don, c l e nching his fists. little girl who saved hi s life in such a wonderful way on "As l ong as my fatber v;ms in hi s power I was s il ent; Jumbo I s land. but ow that I see a way for his escap e I fear the K e lsos She is no longer blind no l onger, or I fee l you are my fri e n d-that you will pr? Money was no object to Don where she was concerned, t c t my fath er from that man once he is away from the and a great oculist succeede d in repairing the mischief place ca used by the "illainous Jim Kelso so many years ago. "}fav no f ear, Ne ll ie; J will stand by you and l\Ir Moore himself recovered his health, shatte red by father But t h e re i s little now to dread from tlrn l o n g confinement in the cavern uncler the Kel s o cottage, K ekos ']1 hey h ave run the l ength of their rope. I have and he realized a big fortune out of his automatic ceupler no d onbt lint .that it was h ere tl10se ra sca l s were concealed patent. ;:ll t11is time whi e the police were looking for them. In-With everything before them to make life happy, we bid s t rnfl o.f blo,ring up the tunnPl they on l y s uc ceede d in defarewell to the young contractors of Lakeview. s troying 1 eir own p lace of efuge. I s h a ll send my whole THE END. force of men in of them at once, and I'll wager J'll havi:; them in ja il beforp ni ght." Don had father, whose name he ascertained to lJc Edward Moore, r emove d ro m the underground cavern to 1i;; mother' s home and Nellie, o f course, went there with him. Read "WINNING HIS WAY; OR, THE YOUNGEST EDITOR IN GREEN RIVER/' which will be the next number (7) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." Both received welcome :from Mr s Winthrop, SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly naturall y attracted to the beautiful are always in print. n you cannot obtain them from any httle blmd gul. d news ealer, send the price m money or postage stamps by Mrs. K e lso was immedi ate ly arrested at the cottage on mail to FRANK TOUSEY PUBLISHER 24 trNION information. Don Winthr o p, and late that I SQUARE, NEW YORK, you will receive the copies afte rnoon Jim K e lso, his son, and the two Italians were you order by return mail.


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Handsomely illustiated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW 'l'O DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com pl ete little book, containing full directions for writing l oveletters, and when to use them, giving specimen lette rs for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTEJRS TO LADIES.-Giving complet e instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also l ette rs of introduction, note s and request s No. 24 HOW 'l'O WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; al so giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53 HOW TO WRITE LE'rTERS.-A wonderful little book telling you bow to write to your 6'lveetheart, your father, mother, siste r, brother, employer; and, i n fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Flvery young man and every young lady in the l a nd should havP this book No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writin g letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen letters.


THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS O!<' Nling all kinds of candy, i ce-cre am, syrups._<>sse n ces. etc. tudes ev ery night with his wonderful imitations). can master the :t\o. ti-. HOW '.fO BE<;JOl\1E AN AUTIIOR.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himse lf and friends. It is the information regarding cho1c of subjects, the little hook jus t publi s h ed. A compendium I position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversio ns, comic rPritations, etc .. suitable lliland for parlor or drawim:-room entertainment. It contains more for the N'o. 38. HOW TO BECO:.\IE YOt'H. DO TOH.-A wonmoney than any book published. derful book . containing useful and prnrtital information in the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAl\IES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary and ailrnents common to every book, containing the rules and r<>gulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and eflecfive r ecipes for general com -backgammon. M oquet. domino es etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLYE1 COXl'XDRl':'.IIS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLT,ECT RT:\MPS AND COTNS.-Conthe leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information rc ."arding the <'ollectiug ant! arranging and witty of s tamps a nd C'Oins. Hanusonwl> No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO DE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, book, the rules and full direc tion s for playing Euchre, Crib-thl' worlrl-known detectiw: 1n \Yhich he down so01e rnluable bage Casino, E'orty -Five, Rounce. P edro S a n c ho, Draw Poker, ancl sensil.Jle mies for beginners. anrl also relates some adventures Auction Pitch. All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. and C'XperiPmes of well-kn own cktertiqs. No. G6. HOW TO DO o>er three hun-No. t10. HOW TO B'ECO:IIE A f'ITOTOnRA PTlEll.-Containdred interesting pnzzlt>s and <'ommrlrums. with key to same. A ing u se ful information regardinr; the Camera how to work it; complete book Fully illustrate d. By A. Anderson. also how lo makP Photographi<' l\fagi c Slides a nd other Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. D e W. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR. BOOK OF ETIQTTETTE .-It is a great life 8ecret. and one that eve ry young man desires to know all nbout. Th('r<' s happinegs in it. No. 38. IIOW TO BFJHA YE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good so<'iet.v r1nrl the en,irst and most approvrcl methods of appearing to i;ood advantage at parties. balls, the theatre, church, and m the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. -Containing the most popular selertions in u sP, comprising Dutrh dialect, Freneh dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pi ece s, together Abn ey No. 62. HOW TO BEOO'.\fE A WEST ;E'OINT MILITARY CADET.-f'ontaining ful) exphnatiom;. h ow to gain admittance, conrse of Rtmly. F,xn.minations, Dnti('s. Rtaff of Offico r s, Pos t Guard, Pol:ce Tl'ire Drpn.1 rn(nt. and all a boy shonld know to he a Cndet. nn(] written by Lu ,, author of 'How to BPCome n Nnrnl Cnrl('t." No. 63. HOW TO RECO'.\IE A OADET.-Cemplct e instrnctions of bow to !!ain iJ.dLnision to the Annapolis Naval Acad e my. Alo cont'1ining the <11rsl' of in truction. description of gronn!ls an<) lrnilc1i ngs. rical RkptrlJ and ever;.tbing a boy s hould know to beC'omC' an '>fli e r in I-h e nited .States Navy. Com piled nnd h;. Ln R('JUr ns, autho1 of "How to Become a West Point Cnclct." with many standard readings. PRICE 10 CENTS TOUSEY, EACH. OR 3 FOR 25 f!ENTS. Address FRANK Publisher, 24 Union Sqna1e, New York.


FRANK MANLEY'S WEEKLY Good Stories of Young Athletes (Formerly "THE YOUNG ATHLETE'S WEEKLY> -.,BY "PHYSICAL DIRECTOR" ._ ... ,,. A J2=PAGE BOOK FOR. 5 CENTS ,..MM Issued Every Friday Handsome Colored Covers These intensely interesting stories describe the adventures of Frank Manley, a plucky young athlete, who tries to ex eel In all kinds of games and pastimes. Each number contains a story of manly sports, replete with lively incidents, dramatic situations and a sparkle of humor. Every popular game will be featured in the succeeding stories, such as baseball, skating, wrestling, etc. Not only are these stories the very best, but they teach you how to becom e strong and healthy. You can learn to become a trained athlete by reading the valuable information on physical culture they contain. From time to time the wonderful Japanese methods of self-protection, called Jiu-Jitsu, will be explained. A page is devoted to advice on healthy exercises, and questions on athletic subjects are cheerfully answered by the author "PHYSICAL DIRECTOR." JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC .JA JC JCJC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JC JI JC JC No. 1 Frank Manley's Real Fight; or, What the Push-ball No. 5 Frank Manley's Great Line-Up; or, tl\e Woodstock Game Brought About. I Eleven on the Jump. No. 2 Frank Manley's Lightning Track; or, Speed's Part in a No. 6 Frank Manley's Prize Tackle; or, The Football Tac-Great Crisis. I tics that Won. No. 3 Frank Manley's Amazing Vault; or, Pole and Brains No. 7 Frank Manley's Mad Scrimmage; or, The Trick that In Deadly Earnest. Dazed Bradford. No. 4 Frank Manley's Gridiron Grill; or, the Try-Out for Foot-No. 8 Frank Manley's Lion-Hearted Rush; or, Staking Life ball Grit. on the Outcome. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. J Young The Athlete's Weekly ll I By "PHYSICAL DIRECTOR" r BE STBONG I BE BEAL'l'BYl LATEST ISSUES: 8 Frank Manley's Human Ladder ; or, The Quickest Climb OD Record 9 Frank Manley s Protege; or, Jack Winston, Great Little Athlete. 10 Frank Manley's 011' Day; or, The Greatest Strain in His Career. 11 Frank Manley on Deck; or, At Work at Indoor Baseball. 12 Frank Manley At the Bat; or, "The Upandat-'em Boys" on the Diamond. 18 Frank Manley's Hard Home Hit; or, The Play That Surprised the Bradfords. 14 Frank Manley In the Box ; or, The Curve That Rattled Bradford. 15 Frank Manley's Scratch Hit; or, 'l'be Luck of "The U p-and -at-'em Boys." 22 Frank Manley's Coaching; or, The Great Game that "Jackets" Pitched. 23 Frank Manley's First League Game; pr, The Fourth of July Battle With Bradford. 24 Frank Manley s Match with Giants; or, The Great Game With the Alton "Grown-Ups.'' 25 Frank Manley's Training Camp; or, Getting In Trim for the Great est Ball Game. 26 Frank Manley's Substitute Nine; or, A Game of Pure Grit. 27 Frank Manley's Longest Swim; or, Battling with Bradford ID the Water. 28 Frank Manley's Bunch of Hits; or, Breaking the Season's Batting Record. 29 Frank Manley's Double Game; or, The Wonderful Four-Team Match. 111 Frank Manley's Double Play ; or, The Game That Brought Fortune. 17 Frank Manley's All-around Game ; or, Playing All the Nine Posl tlons. 11 Frank Manley's Eight-Oared Crew; or, Tod Owen s Decoration Day 30 Frank Manley's Summer Meet; or, "Trying Out" the Bradfords. Reratta. 31 Frank M!i.nley at His Wits' End ; or, Playing Against a Bribed Um 1t Frank Manley's Earned Run; or, The Sprint That Won a Cup plre. 20 Frank Manley's Triple Play; or, The Only Hope of the Nine. 32 Frank Manley's Last Ball Game; or, The Season's Exciting Good 21 Frank Manley's Training Table; or, Whipping the Nine Into Shape. Bye to the Diamond. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher. 24 Union Square. York. IF you w ANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure th em from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and flll In the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the book you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS 'rAKEN raE SA.ME AS MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY . ,. ., By A S E L F MADE MAN }" ... 32 Pages o f Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers _... PRICE 5 CENTS A COPY .._ A New One Issued Every Fri daY. .._ This Wee k ly contains interesting stories of swart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Som e of these s tori e s are founded on true in cidents in the liv e s of our most su cces sful se lf-mad e m e n, and show how a boy of plu ck, p erse v erance and brains can becom e fam o u s a nd w ealthy. E v e r y on e of this s eries c on t a in s a good moral ton e whi c h mak es F a m e and Fort un e vVeekly" a magazin e for the hom e, a l t h o u g h eac h numbe r i s r e p l e t e with e x citing :idv entures. Til e s t o ri es a r e the v e r y b est ob tainabl e the illustrations are b y e xp ert artis t s and eve r y e ffort i s c onstantly b e ing made to ma k e it th e b es t w ee k l y on the n e w s s t a nds. T e ll your fri e nd s abou t i t. THE FOLLOWINC IS A LIST OF THE FIRST EIGHT TITLES AND DATES OF ISSUE No. J --A Lucky Deal; or The Cutest Boy in Wall S treet Issued Oct. 6th 2.-Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who Succeeded " 13th 3.-A Corner in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy D i d t h e T rick " 20th 4 A G a me of Chance; or, The Boy Who Won Out " 27 t h .. ,, 5.-Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy in Wall Stree t Nov. 3rd 6.-Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of L a k eview ._..J...' " lOth 7.-Winnin g H i s Way; or, The Yo u ng e st Edi t o r i n Gr een R iver " 1 7th \1 8.-The Wheel of Fort une ; or, The R e cord o f a Self-Mad e B oy " 24th F o r sal e b y all newsdeal e r s o r will b e sent t o any address o n r eceip t of pric e 5 ce nt s p e r copy in m o n e y o r post ag e s t a mps, by FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher 24 Union Square. New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libr a rie s and can n ot procure them from newsdea l ers, they can be obtained from thi s o ffice dir e ct. Cut out and fill in the foll o wing Order Blank and s end it tr u s w ith the price of the book s y o u wa n t and we will s end the m to you by return mail. POST AGE S T A.MPS TAK.EN THE SAME AS MONEY FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s h e r, 24 Union Square, New York . ....................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ... .. cents for which plea s e s e nd me: ... c op ies of WORK AND WIN, No s ... . ......... .................. ........................... .... " F ..t.\.l\fE A N D FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos .... ..... ... ...................................... " FRA N l{ 'VEEI


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