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Winning his way, or, The youngest editor in Green River
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Fame and fortune weekly : stories of boys who make money
A self-made man (J. Perkins Tracy)
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l lf .,. !ii 5 'CENTS. l Theil the concealed "Ghosts" rushed out from either side of the road and seized both .horse and rider. This was no joke, and Frank put up a lusty resistance, striking out with both of his fists. One blow took Edwards in the eye.


I Fame and Fortune Weekly I STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY \ Issu e d W eeklt1-BY S ubscription 12 50 pe r year. Entered according t6 Act of Congress, in the year 1905, in the offi c e o f the L ibraria n o f Congress Wcuhington, D. C ., b y Frank Tousey, PubliBhe1, 24 Union Square, New York No. 7 NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 17, 1905. Price 5 Cents OR The Yo1ungest EditoP in G11een CHAPTER I. IN WHICH FRANK MORRIS BECOMES THE YOUNGEST EDITOU I:N GHE.BN lU \"ER. I know you are bright and ambitious, Frank; but--" and Mrs. Morris look ed lovingly, but somewhat doubtfully, at the eager face of the handsome, manly boy who sat facing h e r in the bay window of their pretty Queen Anne cottage overlooking a reach of the Green River in the suburbs of the thrifty town of the same name I feel sure, mother, I can make the paper pay," replied the boy, confidently. "l!'ather gave me a good education at the grammar and high schoo l s here, and had he liv ed I was to have attended the Michigan College, beginning with this fall. But that is out of the question now. I have acquired considerable insight into the m a nagement of the Argus, for, of course, father intended that eventually I should succeed him, and I would have learned much more but for fatJ1er's l ong illness, for Mr. J ebb, whom he hired to run the paper, has persistently to ltllow me to lend a helping hand." "But, my son, Mr. Jebb, who is an experienced n e wspa:cer man, says that it will take quite a bit of money to put the Argus on its feet again, and since your faiher has left us little more than this cottage, on which there is still a bal ance due on the mortgage, he advises me by all means to q,ceept Squire Roach's offer of eight hundred dollars fo r the pap e r "Eight hundred dollars !" exclajmed Frank Morris, in dignantly. "Why, mother, that is sheer robb ery Father paid over $2,000 for the Argus years ago when Green Ri\er was a mere village--now it is a thriving town of over 20,000 inhabitants." "I know, Frank; but the Argus isn't what it was when your father was able to look after its interests." "I know it isn't, mother It has gone s teadily backward since father got Mr. Jebb to run it for him. He may be an experienced newspaper man, but he hasn't giYen much evi dence of the fact since he took charge of the paper." "I do not remember ever bearing your father say that Mr. Jebb was not competent "I don't believe father knew the true state of affai rn. Several times when I wanted to call his,-attention to matters connected with the paper which I felt sure he would not approve of-especially when Dan Harwood, our best COill positor anil local reporter, was summarily discharged by Mr. Jebb for no good reason that I could understand-yon headed me off, because the doctor sfild father ought not lo be worried by business matters." "I did what I thought was best," sfild Mrs. l\forris, beginning to cry again as thoughts 0 her cleacl husband, who


2 HIS WAY. hacl been a kind and gener'!us protector, forced themselves on her mind. "I'm not blaming you, mother, dear," said the boy, getting up and putting his arm around her neck in sympa thetic tendefness "But the fact remains that Mr. Jebb hns Bimply run the Argus into the ground Before' he came here the paper, I've heard father say, paid handsomely. Look at it now. It has dwindled in circulation ancl reputation under his management. \Ye have lost our best advcr tisin; patronage, as well as a large part of om job printing. ,\ncl n01r }fr. Jebb adriscs you to sell ihe Argus to Squire Roach for $800, just the amount of the balance "e owe him on the mortgage n-hiGJ1 he holds on this cottage, and which will run ont on the first of next vcar. Mother, I don't like the look of things I ha1e often thought our editor was on uncommonly familiar terms with the squire, who is no particular friend of ours, you have said "Squire Iloach is a proud man, and being accounted rich, he and M:rs. Roach never quite considered your father and myself on the sanrn leYel with themselves." 'And Duncan Roach their son, seems to have copied after his parents, for he ne1er regarded me as good enough to be clecrntly familiar with. I'm had the satisfaction, how cnr, of keeping ahead of him at school. I'Ye beaten him out at all the sports in which we both took part, and," with a gTim smile, "I gave him a good thrashing two months ago fOT persistently annoying Elsie Gray, ,Farmer Gray's daughter." "I'm sorry you fought with him, Frank.' I told you at the time I feared you had made an enemy of him.'' "I don't think I shall lose any sleep over that fact, mother. He never was a friend of mine Re always seemed to hate me because I did things better than he could do. He's about as mean a fellow as I have ever heard about, for all his wealthy prospects and position in Green River He isn't paTticularly popular among the boys. The few who do toady to him have a purpose in view, I'll bet. His own particular set feel they are just as good or better than he, and they don't take their hats off to him worth a cent." "To return to the subject of the Argus, my son, I must decide now what is best for me to do. Considering the pres ent reduced income of the paper, I do not see that I can afford to keep Mr. Jebb at the salary he is receiving." "I should say not," said her son, decidedly. "If he goes I must either sell the paper or--" "Let me run it for you, mother." "I'm afraid the responsibility would be too great for you, FTank." "Why do you say that? I must make a living for us both at sornething-wliy not with this paper? I now stand in my father's place towards you-your protector and provider-and I will do my duty toward you, mother, if I live." "My dear, generous-hearted boy!" sobbed the sweet, gentle widow, whose life companion, Reginald Morris, had been l aid to re s t in the cemetery of Green River but a week before. "Let me at least try, mother. If I should fail-and I don't recognize the word-it will not be for want of confi dence and hard work. I may be only a boy, but the boy of to-day is in many \'/ays smarter and more upto-elate than the boy of twenty years ago We are better equipped by euucation and observation to tackle the stern realities of life: At any rate, I feel as if I could do as well as most men under the same circumstances I do not claim to know it all; but I have the will to succeed-the capacity for hard work, which a \niter once said was the real essence of genius. I am open to conviction. I have ideas There is no good reason why I should not be. able to recover lost ground and place the Argus not only where it was when fathrr was taken sick, but seYeral notches higher. I only a;;k for the chance to show what I cap. clo, mother, for your sake as well as my own." "But I cannot spare you any money to speak of, Frank," she said, anxiously "I do not ask you for a dollar, mother." "But . Jebb told me---" "::'\'eyer mind what Mr. Jebb said. I am satisfied he is capable of saying a good many things not to you r advantage I don't his advice to sell the Argus to Squire Roach was disinterested It is reasonable to suppose that having squeezed us dry, as he thinks, .he would be able to get em ployment under the squire, who is not himself a newspaper man, and would have to employ a managing editor to run his paper I guess l\1r. Jebb knows what he is doing, and with the squire at hand to watch him his methods would probably be different to what they have been with us. Therefore, mother, with your permission, we will let Mr. Jebb return to Chicago, whence he came "But, Frank, you will have Mr. Robinson, the reporter and sub editor, to pay; also Mr. Billings, the foreman, as well as young l\1iggles, the girls, and Gibson, the press1nan." "Mother, the working force of the Argus will be reor ganized if I take hol

WINNING HIS WAY. he's promised to stand by me and the Argus if he breaks a leg in doing so. I don't need a better assistant. He can handle the locals bett e r than any new man. Ever since he went over to the 'l'imes that paper has been looking up, while the Argus, without his services, has been pointing the other way. Now, mother am I to run the paper on trial for, say, three months?" "Yes, Frank, you may do so; m1d may God bless your efforts and make you successful." "A mother 's prayer to that effect will certainly be an s ered,'' said the boy, putting hi s arms around her n eck and kissing her. "If you only h."ll.ew it, I believe you ar e giving me the chance of my life. I will now go to the office and have e. heart-to-heart talk with Mr.Jebb." CHAPTER II. IN WHICH FRANK OF THE PERFIDY OF :M:R. JEBB. Green River, the s cene of this story, was a wideawake town situated about fifty miles northwest of Chicago, on a river of the same name, and within five miles of"'tl e west ern shore of Lake Twelve years before it had consisted of one factory and perhaps fifty houses. Now it was a great bustling town, with its banks, its hotels, its dozen churches, and its noi sy streets. Probably in a year or two it would become a city. Already there were many hmdsome resid e nces along the upper river front of the residentia1 section, the finest of which belonged to Squire Roach, president of the First N ahonal Bank_, and one of the trustee s of the Park Avenue Methodist Church. His son, Duncan, was, in hi s own opinion, the most aristocratic young man about town. At any rate, he wore more expensive dothes than any boy of his acquaintance, and he only associated on term s of equality with the young people whose parent s were well-todo. He had no use for boys who had to work for a living, and particularly he had no use for Frank }forris, who was his superior in every way but from a social standpoint. He cordially disliked Frank, and nerer failed to meer at him both in public and private. Latterly, since the da.y Frank had gircn him the dress ing-down for insulting Elsie Gra:-, he actually hated the young fellow, md his constant desire 1 ras for m1 opporhmity to get even with him. When Frank approach eel the office of the Argus on l\Iain street he passed Duncan Roach talking on the corner of the street with a crony Duncan favored him with a malicious gla nce of ill-dis disguised satisfaction, and said something to hi s corn panion, who looked after Frank and laughed jeeringly. Frank saw the look and heard the sneering laugh, but of course paid no attention to either. When he reached the Argus office, the outer room, answered for a business office, and was provided \\ith two desks and chairs, cut off by a railing, \\'U S Yacant. The door l ea ding into the combined composing-'room and press-room was open, and glancing in Frank saw Billing s the foreman, standing negligently beside the quarter medium Gordon jobber, smoking a fat cigar, and talking to Gibson, the pressman, who was making a job ready on the machine. Billy Miggles was feeding the small Gordon, while four bright-looking girls wer e setting type at their respective frames. Nobody seemed to notice the appearance of Frank on the scene. "Mr. Billings seems to be taking things easy," muttered the boy. "Well, this is pay-day. I guess I'll get along with out him heieafter." He heard a collection of voices engaged in conversation in the inner room, his father's editorial sanctum, now, of course, appropriated by lVIr. Jebb "Seems to be more talk than business going on in there," thought Frank, "and this is our busy day, too No wonder the Argus is on the toboggan, when the heads of the de partments are working on the go-as-you-please principle." The door was slightly ajar, and as boy stood close to it, considering how he would open his interview with the editor and manager of the paper, he plainly overheard the conversation g?ing on within. He recognized the ponderous voice of Squire Roach, then the smooth, oily tones of Mr. Jebb, and at intervals the falsetto of Robinson, the new reporter. "You think there will be no difficulty, then, in my getting possession of the Argus for the smn I offered Mrs. Morris?" asked the squire. "I think not,'' replied Mr. Jebb. "I have strongly ad vised her to accept your offer. Billings and I figured the price low in your inte rest. The big prees alone is worth more than $1,000. Gibson said it cost $2,500 second ha!).d. The n there are two Gordon jobbers, the paper cutter, a good assortment of job letters, ancl the paper outfit The steam engine belongs to the owner of the building." "I don't know anything about the value of the presses and printing material. I rely on your judgm ent and that of Foreman Billin gs who is a practical man, for that," said Squire Roach. "Of course I want to get it as cheap as possible." "Certainly you do, squire," said Mr Jebb, lighting a. fresh c igar, "ancl I have to that part of the mat ter for you. The Argus establislunent is easily worth $3, 000 as it stands; isn't that a fact, Robinson?" "Cert," replied that dapper individual, nonchalantly puffing at a cigarette. "Of course, the paper itself was a much more valuable asset when I took charge of it, and but for our little ar rangement it would still be what it then was-the leading Republican newspaper of the county." "Well," admitted the banker, "you certainly have hurt its reputation and commercial value to a co.nsiderable ex tent." "That was what you expected of me, wa: ,n't i t "Ye,_ .Jlr Morris and myself never were on best 0


I 4 WINNING HIS WAY terms. I believe I have already intimated to you that I have political ambitions?" Mr . Jeb'b nodded. "I tried to get the nomination for the Legislature last fall, but Morris killed my chances. He supported Farmer Gray, who, by the way, was the only man elected on the Republican ticket from this county When Morris took sick just before Christmas, and employed you to take charge of Argus during his absence,'1 thought I saw a chance to get back at the man who had me turned down." "I see," murmured Mr Jebb. "I made your acquaintance, and by degrees approached you with a proposition to work in my interest. My idea was to wreck the Argus, if while was out of the way, and then start a new paper, placing you at its head." "Exactly," nodded Mr. Jebb again "Your offer was too good to be turned down, since I figured that my position here was merely temporary. Morris was nothing to me, so we came to terms. I saw I could do very little as long as young Harwood was in the way; he was as stanch as steel to the Morris interests, so I got rid of him, hired Billings, an old time "comp" to look after the mechanical end, and se;nt for my friend Robinson, who happened to be out of a job I knew I could depend on Robinson." "That's what," chirruped Robinson, lighting a fresh cigarette I "Between us we cooked up a plan to p11t the Argus under an eclipse, didn't we, Robinson?" "We did that," responded the reporter, with a grin "We mixed things up pretty well with the Republican. party, and as a consequence our subscription list fell away and our advertising columns suffered. Then Robinson and Billings, between them, managed to put the job printing on the hog At this point, seeing that Morris was s l ated for the graveyard, and that it was only a question of a short time before he would die, I suggested that there would probably be an opportunity for you to buy the Argus out, which would be much more advisable than starting an entirely new paper. We calculated you would be able to secure it at a bargain after Morris's death Then Robinson and I would get a hustle on and would build it up for you again I think the fruit 0 our endeavors is now sufficiently ripe to drop into your hands." "You have managed very well, indeed, Mr Jebb," said the banker, approvingly, "and your reward will be the edi toria l and business control of the Argus as. soon as it comes into my posRession, and it shall be yours as long as you choose to retain it, provided," and here the squire punc tuated his remarks with a thump of his cane on the floor, "that you undo the damage you have done at my dictation and build the paper up again. to its former position in Green River." "Don't worry about that, Squire Roach. Robinson and I will attend to that, won't we, Ajax?" "'I'hat's what we will, Amos. I've only to whistle _a,nd t h e adv rtisements will return." "You hear, squire? The Argus will regain its lost influence in time to support you at the next election." "'l'hat's what I want," said the great man, in a tone of satisfaction. "What you want you shall have. Remember, your n ame at the head of the editorial page will add immense prestige to the paper, squire," said the astute Mr. Jebb, playing upon the man's weak point-his vanity. "You are the most important as well as the most popula,r man in town." "Hem!" murmured the squire, who wasn't quite sure of the latter point, although he had long since persuaded himself of the truth of the former. "It is, perhaps, fortunate that I hold a mortgage on fue Morris cottage for a matter of $800. This fact is bound to influence the widow in this transaction. On the whole, I think I can afford to be a bit more liberal and offer her $1,000; that will give her $200 over and above the mort gage, and it is not to be sneezed at by a woman in her circumstances." "Even at $1,000 you will be getting this property dirt cheap. All I have been afraid of is that her son, who is a pretty1 shrewd boy, I have discovered, might prevail on her not to sell the paper at that figure. I am bound to say that if she advertised it in the proper way she could get very much better offers than this one of yours." "I think I had better run over and see her, and try to bring the sale to a focus before she gets any such idea into her head," said the squire, with precipitation. "I think you h&d myself. Don't let a bargain like this get away from you for want of prompt attention. I advise you even to go as high as $1,500 sooner than any chances of losing it altogether," said Mr. Jebb, who felt it was to his interest that the big man should get hold of the paper as soon as possible. "You've got the right man when you've got Mr. Jebb," chipped in Robinson, who felt that he couldn't do better than support his friend at every emergency. Whereupon the two friends looked across at one another and winked slyly, a little bit of pantomime which quite escaped Squire Roach's observation "Yes, I will call on Mrs. Morris at once," said the nabob of Green River, rising from his chair, a signal that the interview was at an end. "And when I see you again," sajd Mr. Jebb, also rising from his editorial chair, "I hope the matter will have been finally settled to our mutual advantage." "I think you may rely upon that, Mr. Jebb," replied the squire, condescendingly. Then Robinson opened the door and the three walked out find, much to their surprise, Frank Morris established at his ease in a chair in the outer office. Mr. Jebb wondered, with some uneasiness, if the boy had overheard any of their conversation. CHAPTER III. IN WIIICH FRANK ASSUMES CONTROL OF TIIE GREEN RIVER ARGUS. Squire Roach nodded superciliously at Frank as h e passed out of office, but the boy ack""Il.owledged it with his usual politeness "1 ai r p (j


WINNING HIS WAY. 5 "Why, hello, Master Morris," said Mr Jebb, effusively, I therefore! have a right inquire into any matter "haven't kept you waiting, have I?" wlnch does not stnke me as the nght tlung." "No sir," answered Frank, quietly. "I do not recognize your authority, Frank Morris. If "How long have you been here?" continued the manager your mother will come here herself and tell me that she has and editor, a bit anxiously turned the paper over to you, why--" "Not very long," replied the boy, looking Mr. Jebb in "Here is her written order to that effect. Do you ques the eye in a way which somewhat discomposed that shrewd tion that?" and the boy flashed his authority under Mr .. individual. J ebb's eyes. "I'm glad to hear it," said Mr. Jebb, with a feeling of "Do I understand that your mother has reconsidered her r elief, as be took the other chair, while Robinson disapplan of selling this paper to Squire Roach, who has made peared into the composing room, where he lighted another her an offer for it?" cigarette and bega'.n to jolly the female compositors "The Argus is not for sale a.t present." His appearance there didn't seem to worry Billings in "As you seem to have taken charge here, I presume you t he l east, for he continued his conversation with Gibson li:xpect me to run this paper for you. Is that the idea?" just the same, which showed that the foreman felt certain "No, sir. I cannot afford to employ so expensive a man of his job under Mr. Jebb and his associate Robinson. as yourself, even if I was willing to continue you at the Evidently it was high time some change for the better head of affairs, which, after the chargfils I have made again t should be made if the plant was to be kept out of the you, would hardly strike you as probable. The Argus must sheriff's hands either reduce Hs running expenses or go under.'' "Did your mother send you with a message to me?" continued Mr. Jebb, eyeing the boy keenly "Or perhaps you have brought the money to pay off the force?" "Yes, Mr. Jebb, I have brought the money to pay off the employes of this paper "All right," said the manager, briskly, "I'll take it,'' and he stretched out his hands expectantly "As my mother has turned the management of the Argus over to me, beginning with to-day, I will pay off myself.'' '"Turned the management over to you?" gasped Mr. Jebb, as if he couldn't believe the evidence of his own ears. "Yes, sir," said Frank, with the greatest composmr; "and let me say it is quite time something was done to save the Argus from going to smash." "Young man," said Mr. Jebb, with an assumption of in j ured dignity, "are you aware that your remarks might be construed by me as an insult ? I "'as hired by your father to manage and edit this newspaper, and I flatter myself, from my long career as a journalist, that I understand my -business." "I will not question your ability, Mr. Jebb," said the boy, calmly, "but I do question your loyalty to my dead father and h i s family." "What do you mean?" asked Mr. Jebb, cle!'rrly startled. "I mean that you have not worked in our That you have betrayed the trust we reposed in you. In other words, I accuse you of having sol d yourself to Squire Roach, and i n order to accomplish his p lan of freezing my ntotheT out of the Argus you have deliberately conspired to partially r uin the paper, and you have practically succeeded." "Young man, you are dreaming," sneered Mr. Jebb, with a gui l ty flush on his face "Will you explain why you discharged Dan Harwood, w h o satisfactorily filled the duties of foreman and local r eporte r for my father?" asked Frank, firmly. "I don't see tha.t you have a right to question any of my official acts," replied Mr. Jebb, aggressively. I h ave just t old you that the Argus has passed into my "The most sensible thing for your mother to do would be to sell out,'' suggested Mr. Jebb, more than ever anxious that Squire Roa ch sho uld get the paper, for he began to see the possibility that his plans might, after all, go astray "That is where we differ, Mr. Jebb." "Might I inquire who is going to run this paper?" "I am going to try to." "You!-a boy!" and Mr. Jebb laughed sarcastica ll y "Come, now, you're joking, aren't you?" I "No, sir, I am not joking." "If you reall? mean that, all I have to say is this news paper will be in the sheriff's hands in less than a month, and the squire will be able to bid it in at a considerable saving over his present offer." "We will not argue the matter, Mr. Jebb. As no good can come of prolonging this conversation, I will settle with you for your services to date." Morris pulled a roll of money from his pocket, anfl. peeling off sundry bills, pushed them toward Mr. Jebb, together with a receipt which he requested him to sign. "All right,'' said the manager, with a sneer; "I presume I am to consider myself discharged; is that it?" "You may consider your connection with the Argus as severed," said the boy, calmly. "Oh, I'll be back again in a week or so," remarked Mr. Jebb, carelessly. "Just as soon as Squire Roach gets control." "I wouldn'-t rely too much on that idea," said Frank, grimly "I know what I'm talking about," said Mr. Jebb, rising to his feet, and regarding the new manager of the Argus with a. sarcastic smile. "Like all inexperienced boys, yo u have an expansive opinion of your own importance You fancy it is easy to run a newspaper. You will transfer a few of your school-boy compositions to the columns of the Argus and call 'em editorials. You will expect subscribers and advertisers to walk humbly into your office with the cash to pay your expenses. Oh, yes; I've met with a few of your kind before-college graduates, and all that, who


G WINNING HIS WAY. thought they knew it all. Well, go on, young man. Noth; "I think that is o\ll, Mr. Rob inson," said tJ:ie, boy, ing like a little experience to knock the nons ense out of smoot hly. youx shallow brains. I feel sorry for your mother, that"s "Oh, you do, eh? I think you're a stuck-up whipperall." s napper, do you know that? I'm going to see Mr. Jebb "She doesn t look for your sympathy, Mr. Jebb. You've about it," said Mr. Robinson, rising. done your best to depreciate her property while she was "You're at liberty to do so," replied the boy paying you for your best services. If you call that a manly "The idea of a kid like you trying to lord it over a attitude toward an inexperienced woman who trusted you, I gentleman like me. Well, you won't last long here, that's feel sorry for your sense of justice and honor. I'd hate to a comfort. Squire Roach will own the Argus before the tell you what I think of you. I lea .ve that to your own conmonth is out, and Mr. Jebb and myself will be back in our science if you possess one." old job s." Mr. Jebb :flus hed to the roots of his hair. Mr. Robin s on blew out a wreath of smoke as he walked He could not disguise the fact from hims elf that h e had nonchalantly out of the business office of the Argus. acted a most contemptible part. Billings was the next victim, and he took his discharge But to be brought to task for his conduct by a mere boy aggressively, like printers often do when they see a good made him angry. thing slipping away from them. It seems to be the way of the world that we dislike those "Mr. Jebb brought me here from Chicago and he prommost whom we have injured. ise d me a steady job." "All right, young man," he gritted between his te e th. "Well, he gave it to you as long as he could." "He laughs best who laughs last. You twig my meaning? "Has he left the office?" asked Billings, in surprise. Good afternoon, my little editor. I wish you all the luck "He is out of the Argus for good." you dserve," and he strode toward the door, after taking "He didn't tell me anything about it," said Billings, in his hat from a hook on the wall. an injured tone. "Who's going to run the composing" Thank you, Mr. Jebb," said Frank, smilingly. "At room and set the jobs and advertisements?" least you have made one sensible remark. All the luck I :'That needn t worry you, Mr. Billings." expect is what I shall deserve." "Say, are you the boss of this thing now?" But Mr. Jebb, with a sneering grunt, passed out into "I am in full charge." Main street and started to take a car for Squire Roach s "Well, what's the matter with keeping me? I've got the residence. lay of the office down fine, I have. If you'll keep me on I'll Frank then went to the door of the composing-room and work for a couple of dollars under the scale. How's that?" called in Mr. Robinson. "Sorry, Mr. Billings; but this office, if it is small, is "There is your money, Mr. Robinson. Please sign that going to be run on union principles. A few dollars one receipt Thank you. I am sorry, but I will have to disway or the other won't make or break the Argus. As there pense with your services after to-day." is no union in this town I s hall recognize an international "What!" exclaimed Mr. J ebb's associate. traveling card, and pay the scale when I wish to employ a "I won't be able to use you any longer," said Frank, printer. By the way, Mr. Billings, do you hold a card?" looking squarely at him. "I did once, but I got hard up and it ran out," admitted "Oh, indeed!" replied Robinson, sarcastically. "I like the man, sheepishly. that. Mr. Jebb hired me and I stay here as long as Mr. "I thought so, when you offered to work for less 'than the Jebb says so. Understand?" and the reporter produced rate." his cigarette box and took out a fresh "coffin nail." "Oh, a -foreman doesn t have to have a card," said Bil Mr. Jebb's connection with the Argus has already lings, glibly. ceased." "Excuse me, but I think you'll find they do have to have "Who says it has?" ejaculated Robinson, :flippantly. one. Well, tl1at's all, Mr. Billings.'' "I say so." you going to pay my faJ'e back to Chicago?" "Oh, you don t count." "No, s1r. If Mr. Jebb made any such arrangement with "Don't I?" answered the boy, cheerfully: "Just glance you you'll have to see him about it. Good-day." over that, please," and Frank handed him his mother's orBillings walked out very much disgruntled. der which established him in control of the Argus, com-Frank then paid off the rest of the hands, and sent Billy mencing with that date. Miggles over to the '.rimes office with a note to Dan Mr. Robinson was somewhat taken aback. Harwood. He certainly hadn't expected such a change in the aspect of affairs "What did Mr. Jebb have to say to that?" he inquired uneasily. "I will have to refer you to Mr. Jebb for the answer." "You're mighty sma;rt, aren t you?" said Robinson, with a aneer. CI!APTER IV. IN WHICH FRANK MORRIS AND DAN HARWOOD START THE BALL ROLLING. "Well, Dan,'' said Frank Morris to his friend Dan Harwood, when the two boys met by appointment after supper evening at the office of the_ Argus, "are you with me?"


WINNING HIS WAY. ----=--=--=--==:::::::::::: _________ -----================== ''Am I with you? \\'ell, say, you can just bank on it I am," said Dan, his frccklecl countenance expanding into one of his usual cheerful grins. "Did you resign from the Times?" "That's what I did, and you can bet your suspenders old Bentley was as mad as a hatter. He called me several things that I wouldn't dare repeat." "You're not under any obligations to him, arc you?" asked ]frank, anxiously. "I should t;ay not. I never could do enough for him while in his employ I wafo't his foreman, thank goodness-poor old Jinks has a hard time of it. I gave him a lift whenever I could at the stone and m;'Lke-up-you know I'm pretty rapid at that. I set half of the advertisements and most of the job work. However, I didn't leaye Bentley in a hole at all, for he hired your late foreman, Billings, who dropped in looking for work after I resigned." "I'm glad to hear he's got a person in your place," said Frank, with an air of relief. "I wouldn't like him to feel that I had put him at a disadvantage by taking you away." "Don't worry about that. Billings ought to be able to fill the bill." "He didn't do it here, but probably that's because Mr. Jebb let him do as he pleased. Well, Dan, I'll expect you to put your to the wheel." "That's what I'm here for, Frank. I guess you know whether or not you can depend on me. I learned the busi ness under your father, and he, I think, admitted that I panned out all right. "Yes, Dan, father always said you were the smartest printer, for your age, he ever saw, and my father was one of the best at the business himself years ago before he went into the publishing line Then you certainly have a wonderful knack at making interesting locals and spicy paragraphi::." "Kind of comes natural to me," said Dan, ith another "It i-cmains for you and I, Dan, to straighten things out." "Well, we'll do it, all right." "So far as you are concerned, it will be plain sailing, with some extra hard work at the start. But I'm up against it hard, Dan. I have had no real editorial experience, though I'm fairly familiar in a general way with news paper methods, owing to the many opportunities I hacl to put in my spare time under father's direction, both at the bu s iness desk and in reporting such events as came within my scope So you see I'm greatly handicapped." "Pooh 1 ou'll manage all right. You're a good writer. }lan_v a story of yours I've set up myself, Frank, and I'm bound to Ray you handled the subjects all right "vVhat I !ack in experience I'm going to make up by hard work and plenty of it. The paper is going down hill. We've got to put the brakes on, turn her around and pull her up again to "l'here she was before father took "All right, Frank. How docs the Argus stand for to morrow?" "Well, there are a lot of proofs here that ha1en't been read yet. I guess most of the copy is in type Whatever we lack you'll haYe to make up with plate matter. There seems to be several boxes of it on hand that haven't been used. Our advertisements look -kind of skimpy this week, I'm sorry to say. That's where it hits us on a tender spot. ewspapers can't be run on wind." "Hardly. The Times has got most of the business you've lost. It's up to you now to get it back again.i' "Well, Dan, iight up in the composing-room and take a look around and see what's to be done, while I read some of these proofs for you to correct. It looks as though we had a night's work before us." Dan did as directed, while Frank, pencil in hand, tackled the pile of proofs Mr Robinson should have attended to hours before Green River supported three newspapers. grin. The Times, Democratic organ, and the Argus, Republi"Well, let's get down to business, Dan. I'm sorry to say can ditto, both issued twice a week-Wednesdays and Satthe Argus is in a pretty bad way." urdays. Harwood showed no surpr e at this information, for The Record was an inuependent weekly, devoted largely Frank had consulted with him before on this subject, when to farming interests, but was inferior in circulation and he talked with him about Mr. Jebb's methods, and the loss influence to the other two. of prestige and income the paper wa.s suffering under that Politicq.lly the town was pretty evenly divided, though gentleman's peculiar management. if anything the Democrats had of late the better of the Now, Frank told him of the conversation he had oversituation. heard that afternoon between Mr Jebb and Squire Roach, At any rate, this party had won out at the last local elec which only went to confirm the suspicions the two boys had tion, and was in control of the leading offices, and conse already formed in their own minds days before. quently the Times enjoyed a monopoly of the public print"That man Jebb is a rascal," said Dan, vigorously, "and ing. it would give me great pleasure to knock him into the midMr. Morris had always vigorously supported the Repubdle of next week. "When he discharged me I demanded his lican cause, and when that party was in power had partici reason, but he refused to give me any satisfaction. Then pated in the fruits of its success. I told you about it, and you promised to have the matte1 When Mr. Jebb took charge of the Argus, about the first investigated, but of course your father's condition interof the year, it was expected he would carry out the policy fered with that, so when I saw a chance to go to work on of the paper on the same strict lines. the Times I accepted it until things got straightened out 'Ihe Republican managers, who had just lost the election, at the Argus _although Farmer Gray, who, through the influence of Mr.


\I I' 8 WINNING HIS WAY. Morris, had obtained the nomination to the State Legisla ture over Squire Roach, had been elec ted by a small plural ity, were not at all pleased to observe the lukewa1:m senti ments of the new eclitoL A comm,ittee was appointed to call on Mr Morris at his home and remonstrate. Mr. Morris lost no time in calling Mr. Jebb clown, and for a time the political tone of the Argus was restored, but this improvement lasted only so long as it seemed advisable to Mr. Jebb to continue it. A second committee was unable to see Mr. Morris on ac count of the state of his health, and the members trans ferred their attention to Mr. Jebb personally, but met with such little consideration that they retired in disgust. In consequence many of the Republicans withdrew their support from the Argus, several of the biggest advertisers going so far as to take their business announcements to the Times, while a few handed them in to the"Record. A great many subscriptions were temporarily cancelled for the purpose of bringing the editor of the Argus to terms. But this produced no results, as Mr. Jebb was acting un der instructions from Squire Roach, who at the same time was one of the most rabid of the Republican ld.ckers, and was doing his best to lay the whole blame for the back sliding of the Argus to the sick proprietor, who was un' aware of the tempest that was brewing through the treach ery of the man he had hired to fill his place. Frank Morris had thought proper to interview the chair man of the Republican organization and assure him of his father's loyalty to the party, and his belief that Mr Jebb was acting entirely on his own responsibility. The boy said that as soon as his father got better the trouble would be corrected. But Mr Morris didn't get better; on the contrary, he got worse and finally died, much to Squire Roach's satisfaction, who now thought he saw ms way clear to getting possession of the Argus from the widow. Such was the condition of things in respect to the Argus when Frank took charge, and one of his first acts was to kill an editorial of Mr. J ebb's on the Republican outlook for 190--, and rewrite it along the vigorous and outspoken lines formerly pursued by his father. There was nothing lukewarm about the leader when he had finished it. It was sharp, concise and to the point. "I want you to put this in type right away, Dan," he said, walking into the composing-room. "Double lead it and put it at the head of the second column on the editorial page "All right," said Dan, up a stick and going to a frame holding a pair of ten-point cases. Previous to this Dan had corrected a dozen proofs, up two pages of the paper, completed a third which Billings had left unfinished, and had commenced to s e t up' out of his head half a column of local paragraphs, most of which he had collected for the Times that clay, when Frank called him off to set up the eclitoTial. The young editor then prepared an article in which he stated that the policy of the paper would hereafter be ag gressively Republican, as in the days when his father was at the helm, and he appealed directly to the voters of the party to support his efforts in the way he hoped to deserve of them. He carried the copy to Dan, with instructions to doub l e lead it also, and insert it directly under the publication an in the first column of the editorial page. The two boys finished their labors shortly after three on Saturday morning, and 'fhen the pressman turned up at four o'clock he found the pair of chases, each containing two of the outside pages the inside four having been worked off Friday 0afternoon reacly to go to p ress. CHAPTER V IN WHICH DUNC.AN ROACH VISITS THE ARGUS OFFICE. The first issue Gf the Green River under the direc tion of Frank Morris appeared on time, notwithstanding the condition in which it had been left by Mr. Jebb and his associates, and the boy's political leader, backed up with his heart to-heart talk with his readers, created a favorable impression in town. Squire Roach had been much disappointed as well as disgusted by the refusal of Mrs. Morris to accept even $1,500 for the paper when he approached her on the subject the preceding aftemoon. \ His feelings were certainly not improved when Mr. Jebb called upon him later with the intelligence that he had been summarily dismissed as editor and manager of the Argus Later on he learned that Mr Robinson had also been dis charged, and that Foreman Billings had transferred his valuable services to the Times Under these circumstances he was disagreeably surprised to find his copy of the Argus lying his plate as usual Saturday morning when he entered the breakfast room It had bet!t his impression that the paper wouldn't be out till late in the day, if it came out at all-:a fact that was pretty certain to raise an indignant howl from its sub scribers. But there it was just as if frothing had occurred to inter fere with the internal workings of the Argus establishment. "Mr . Tebb must have left the paper all ready to be printed," was his private comment as he unfolded the sheet, and proceeded to look up the editorial written by his ready tool on lines suggested by himself, a proof of which he had already corrected. But lo the editorial was missing, while in its place he found Frank's vigorous contribution "Who in thunder wrote that! ejaculated, in a tone of strong disapproval "And where is the editorial I ordered put in?" "What's the matter, father?" asked Duncan, surprised by his parent's vehemence. "Matter!" exclaimed Squire Roach, "there is consider able the matter. Read that editorial, and let me know if you think that young monkey, Frank Morris, could have written it. I don't believe he has the


WINNING HIS WAY. 9 "Frank Morris write that!" said" D u ncan "Roach, aftel' h e had finished reading the leader "He did li ke fun! Wh a t makes you think he did?" "We ll 'I don't know who could have written itMr. Jebb wouldn't have presumed to do it, for it is against the p o l icy I mapped out for him to "What has Frank Morris got to do with the Argus, any way?" asked Duncan, for he had not heard of the cha nge w h ich had taken place in its management. "He seems to have a good deal to do with it," grunted th e s q u i re, in a vexed tone. "His mother has not on l y r efused to se ll me the paper, bl!t has actually turned it over to that young whippersnapper." "Turned the Argus over to Frank Morris?" exclaimed D uncan, greatly surp r ised "Yes And he has begun to run things with a high h and The first thing he did was to discharge Mr. Jebb." "Who's going to run the paper for him, then?" "He expects to do i t himself, so he told Mr Jebb "Ho! He run the Argus! Run it into the ground, maybe," said Duncan Roach, scornfully I"ye no doubt but he will do that. What can he expect t o do without experience?" ,"Well all I've got to say is he's got a cast-iron nerve," sneered. Duncan "He has certainly no l ack of assurance," coincided the squ ire. "He'll end in a bust up, that's some satisfaction." "I don't' see how he will be able to a.void it," said the Squire, recovering his good humor at this reflection "And then you'll be abl e to buy the paper at the sheriff's sale," grinned his son "I shall certainly try to purchase it if it goes under the hammer." "I'll be on h and when the beggar is sol.d out, and give h i m the grand l augh," said Duncan, maliciously. "Duncan, you must not express such uncharitable senti ments toward your neighbor," said the elder Roach, re p roving ly. H o snorted Duncan. "I hate the fellow!" D uncan, you surprise me." "How about that mortgage you hold on the Morris cot tage?" asked the boy "What about it?" "Maybe they won't be able to pay that when it comes due "The Arg u s ought to fetch enough to settle that, even a t forced sale. Mr. Morris was certainly ill-advised not to accept the $1,500 I offered her yesterday for the paper a s it stands I'm afraid she will have occasion to regret not h a vin g done so. I dare say ,she would have closed with me but f o r her son." "If she al lows that duffer Frank to run her affairs she can' t you for bidding in her property as cheap as possibl e when it comes to be sold out. " Certainly not," said Squire Roach, complacently. "I have made her a very fair proposition, and by refusing it she takes al l the risk on her own sho u lders." "Women are queer, anyway," remarked Duncan jeer ingly. This was more than his mother, who had been a quie t listener to the conversation, could stand. "Duncan, are you a ware what you are saying?'' she said, severely. "Oh, you know what I mean," replied the boy,. rathe r flippantly. "I don't wish to hear such a remark from you in the future. It is a reflection on me as well as the persons you have in your mind." i)uncan thought it advisable to keep quiet for a l ittle while, and wlien he opened his mouth again the conversa tion had turned into another channe l. "I'm glad I don't have to work for a living," he sai d t o himself, complacently, when an hour later he peered -in a t one of the street windows of the Argus composing room and obse ved Dan Harwood, stick in hand, hustling away ft>r dear life at a rush job which had just been received by Frank. Then he concluded he would enter the office and see how things were getting on without the talented Mr. Jebb, not withstanding the fact that he and Frank were not on good terms. "I'll make the beggar do a job for me," he said, thinking he saw a way to annoy the young editor of the Argus, quite overlooking the fa.ct that he would really be doing the establishment a small service. So in he walkerl, with a poor imitation (\f his father's ponderous strut and air of superiority. Frank, who was seated at the business desk, making out his advertising bills for that week, looked up and regarded his presencEfwith some surprise. "Hello, Morris," said Duncan, superciliously, "I hear you're the boss of this outfit now. As I like to encourage beginners, I thought I'd drop in and give you a job." "I'm 1m1ch obliged to you for thinking of me," replied Frank, with a queer little smile. "Small favors are thank fully received. What can I clo for you?" "I dare say you need all the work you can get to keep the place out of the hands of the sheriff," grinned young Roach, maliciously. "I don't think the sheriff will bother me," answered the young editor, quietly. "You don't expect to make the Argus pay, do you?" asked Duncan, in surprise "I see no reason why I shouldn't." "Ho!" snorted Duncan "My father says the paper was running at a loss even under Mr. Jebb, who is a first class newspaper man. You're only a boy, with no experience. How can you expect to do any better?" "By attending strictly to business, and doing the best I can," answered Frank, pleasantly. "What kind of a job do you want done?" "I want some visiting c:irds. I'd like to see some of your samples. I couldn't use anything common, you know, said young Roach, loftily. Frank took down a pasteboard box containing samp les of


' WINNING HIS WAY. card work exe cute d at the office, and p ick e d o u t seve ral wh e n Fra.nk Morris had found it neces s ary to interfere be specimens o f the bes t. ''That' s the b est wedding bri s tol, and will c ost you 50 cents for fifty, or 75 c ent s for 100." "Haven't you got anything better?" inquired Duncan. 'The specimen you haye in your band i s the best s tock in the market. You can see that was s e lected by Judge Smith." D o the Smiths have their printing done here?" a s ked the young in a tone of surp rise, for Mrs. Smith w .. s t he a c knowl e dg e d l eade r of Green Rirers mo3 t exclus i v e s e t. "Ce rtainly," said Frank, with an amused s mile. I a l w ays thought they had their work done in Chicago," rn'

1 I g S f, r r. l a WINNING HIS WAY. 11 Frank, going on with his work in such a way as to still hol d her attention and entertain her. "This isn't where you do your writing, is #. ?" she sAid, looking around the plainly furnished outer office. "Oh, no; not as a rule. Yonder is my sanctum, to which it will give me great pleasure to introduce you as soon as I shall have completed this little bit of routine work I deal;ng with the practical part of the establishment." "I suppose, now that you have taken charge of the Argus you will be a very busy boy henceforth, and I must not expect to see as much of you as usual?" "I certainly expect to have but very little time on my hands, for a while to come, at any rate. But I hope you will drop in here often and talk to. me, for I feel as if your presence will be something of an inspiration. toward better work." "Really, now, I ought to feel flattered at that," and the l ittle miss rose and dropped the young editor a most charm ing courtesy. Hardly had she sat down again, when the street door was darkened by a dapper looking man, dressed in a loud vest, acrO!j which hung a heavy gold chain. "I should like to see the editor of the Argus," he said, in a business-like tone. I am the ediror," said Frank, rising from his chair and coming to the rail. The visitor favored him with a comprehensive glance from head to foot, and then handed him a card, which read: "Dionysius Dabbleton, Advance Agent, On the Blink Combination." "Will you step into the inner office, Mr Dabbleron ?" said Frank. "Excuse me a few minutes, Miss Elsie The girl bowed, and the boy editor piloted his visitor into his sanctum_. "Has this paper changed hands, or are you a relative o f the party who conducted the Argus last fall, when I was in town with 'The Dancing Whirligigs'?" asked the theatrical agent, when he had taken his seat. I am Morris' son He is dead only a very short time," replied Frank. "Sorry to of your bereavement Nice gentleman, as I r emember him. And now I want this advertisement inserted in your next paper, together with this quarter colum n reading notice. I will give you an order on the tr easurer of the company for the bill, which you will pre s e nt a f ter nine o'clock at the box office on the night of th e s howthat is next Thursday Here are four tickets, and remember we expect a first-class notice. Send proofs of th e advertisement to me at the Neptune House before two o'clock this afternoon, and two copies of yom paper unde r personal cover to Ridgeville I shall not use the Times this trip, as that fellow Bentley did me dirt when I was ahead of 'The Whirligigs,' and no man rubs it into me twice, if I know it. I'm going over to the Record now, which comes out on Thursday, I believe. My paper* will Meaning the general printing, such as posters (st1ands of three sheets GI' mor e pasted up on walls and billboards), half and sheet long bllla, gutter snipes, lithographs for store windows, etc. be out Monday We have a twelve-sheet stand that's a honey cooler, and the lithos of 'On the Blink' are the finest going. Miss Pa. ttie Atherton, our star soubrette, was late l y robbed of nine solitaire diamond rings, presented by various friends since we opened in J ayville this spring. Don't for get to spread yourself on these little facts when you writ e y our notice. I won' t overlook it when I'm around this fall again." Mr. Dabbleton was clearly a man of action, for as soon as he had finished his business with the Argus he was on the move again. "Don't smoke, eh?" he said, as Frank declined a cigar. "Well, hand it to your foreman, or whoever smokes about your place Goodday, and don't forget those proofs by not later than two sharp." With a quick nod he passed rapidly out into. Main st r eet. "That was a theatrical advance agentr-the man ahead of the show," explained Frank to Miss Elsie. "The com pany will strike town some time Thursday The boy went into the composing room and handed the theatrical advertisements to Dan. "Proof wanted by two o'clock sharp. Don't fail. Send Billy with them up to the Neptune House. Here's the man's card. And, by the way, run off a hundred of these visiting cards some time this afternoon," and Frank handed Dan the copy for Duncan Roach's little job. Perhaps Harwood was not surprised at the order Elsie Gray spent a quarter of an hour in Frank's pri vate office, and then left to do some shopping, promising to drop in again at an early day She had not been gone over five minutes when Judge Smith, chairman of the Republican County Committee, came in, and the young editor ushered his distinguished visitor into his sanctum. "Young man," said Judge Smith, in his genial w-ay, I see you have taken charge of the Argus "Yes, sir. A radic al change was necessary, if we hoped to keep the paper in the family. I have put my shoulder to the wheel, and I mean to do my utmost to bring the Argus up to its former standing in Green River." "Judging by your first leader, which I assume is from your pen, since nothing so vigorous and to the point_has ap peared in the paper since your father was forced to reti r e from its conduct, I may say that you have once more brought the Argus in line with the real sentiments of the Republi can party. This is encouraging, and will certainly redound to your advantage. The policy persisted in by Mr. Jebb your father's editor, was simply sicidal; and I regret to say it was always my belief that it was inspired by some one whose object was not only to ruin the Argus, but to seriously cripple the prospects of the Republican party in this town. The conversation I had with you on a p r evious occasion leads me to believe that we can rely on you, as we always could on your father. Now, as you are young and inexperienced in politics-though I am bound to say your editorial shows great promise-it will give me pleasure to act as your political adviser, parti cularly-later on, when the


1 2 WINNING HIS WAY. .. work of the camp:i.,;n Lcgins. I will be glad to me e t you, either at my home or my office, at any time." "Thank you, Judge Smith. I will be pleased to avail myself of your invitation. I understand the responsibilities I have assumed, and it is my wish to acquit myself in such a way as will best satisfy the wishes of the communityat least that part of it to whom the Argus must look for support. I am only a boy, it is true, but I mean to do a man's part, even before I attain my majority." "I am glad to hear you talk this way, Frank Morrris, for it shows lhe sluff of which you are made. You arc very like your father, and had he lived, I am he would have lifted the Argus to a high pinna,cle of pros perity. Tl1ough the Argus has undoubtedly gone down hill during the last six months, and has lost the confidence of the Republican voters. of Gre9n River, still, that is no reason why you may not recover lost ground. Your father's policy was successful. Follow that, and improve upon it if you are able, and success is pretty certain to come to you." ((Thank you, sir. While I am in control of the Argus I mean it shall never disgrace the name of Morris." "Spoken like a man, Frank," said the judg_e, rising and slapping the boy encouragingly on the back. "I am satisfied that you will make your mark in time. I can see that you have your full share of the grit and perst'l,ver ance which land the American boy at the top of the heap. I wish you every success in your efforts as a young editor and newspaper man, and will watch your progress with satisfa c tion. Good-bye," and Judge Smith shook hands with Frank and passed out into the street. At two the proof of the theatrical advertisement was passed upon by Mr. Dabbleton, and the type was locked in the form for printing. When Frank presented his bill it was promptly paid. CHAPTER VII. IN WHICH FRANK GETS A LARGE CONTRACT FOR PRINTING FROM A LOCAL MANUFACTORY. On the foHowing morning Frank went to _church with his mother, as was their custom, and in the afternoon he attended the Sunday school, for be 1ras a memLer of the Bible class. As a matter of course, he met both Elsie Gray and Dun can Roach The latter wa,s both surprised and disgusted to hear that Frank and his mother had actually been asked to dine that aflernoon with Judge Smith and his family. "I don't see what Judge Smith can be thinking about, to ask such common people to his house," said Duncan to one of his cronies. When he went home he hastened to carry the news to his father. "The judge must have an ax to grind," saic1 Squire Roach, not at all plea s ed with the intelligence. "What kind of an ax?" aRlml his son, with a show of interest. "A political one, I prcrnmc," replied hi: father, in a disgruntled tone. what the squire really feared was that Judge Smith might throw his influence over to the Argus and thus help t.he' interests.if the Morris family So he determined to get busy at once and try to offset any such move. Mr. Jebb and his associate, Robinson, were boarding at the Neptune House at the squire's expense, for reasons that the rich man would not have to have generally known, and he concluded to call on the ex-editor of the Argus that evening and go over the situation with him. On Monday morning Frank Morris made a tour of the large business houses that had withdrawn their advertise ments from his paper. His bright and convincing manner attracted the atten tion of .the persons on whom he called, and he succeeded in recovering several of the paper's former patrons, and from others received promises of subsequent patronage. On the whole, he was satisfied with his morning's work. That afternoon he called on the manager of the Green River Lock and Bolt factory and made a bid for their new catalogue, whieh had to be delivered in time for the fall trade. Heretofore this work had been turned out in Chicago. It was a fair-sized job, as catalogues go, and very "fat," in printer's parlance, consisting l argely of cuts flanked by short price lists in six point type, with no display matter other than a heading on each page Judge Smith had told Frank what the company paid for the previous year's edition, and he and Dan figured that the Chicago printing house had had a "cinch. So Frank determined to put in an estimate for it at a slightly lower price "Have you ever done any work like this before?" inquired the manager of the bolt and nut works, after Frank had introduced the object of his visit. "No, sir," replied the boy, frankly. "How do you know then that you will be able to handle the job and get it out on time?" "The foreman of my composing-room assures me that, with the necessary help-which we can easily bring from Chicago-we can do the work." "What kind of six-point type have your" "Ronaldson face." "That's satisfactory. Is it in good condition?" "Brand new "You have never used it on the paper?" "No, sir. Father got about five hundred pounds of it dirt cheap at a sale in Chicago. He bought it with the intcntio:c. of bidding on the State report, but he was take n sick soon after, and the type is still in the original papers." "What presses have you-I mean large ones?" "One two-revolution Hoe, on which we print the Argus." "And do you expect to run off this catalogue on it-five thousand-impressions to each sixteen page form-and print the paper, too?" "I'll that, sir. If the paper interferes at any time I'll send it over to the Record pressroom." "I shall require a contract, on which you must furnish a gm paE wit tha giv wh 1nc do : in IDE hii sa; no ne le J in fir ar to Ji ID al It G Il< h1 T te st fc l e tl lI h1 tl w I g: fi l d :


c ii; WINKING HIS v1AY. 13 g u a r antee that you will send me proofs of at least eight pagc--that's twenty-five cents lo\rer than the figures of the pages a day until the composition is finished." Chicago lirrn-will foot up $612 for the composition The "I'll agree to that, if you'll promise t9 return proofs prei:;s1rork on twelve forms of sixteen pages, five thousand wit hin twenty-four hours after receipt by you." impressions, at fifiy cents a token, will amount to $ 120 "That's satisfacto r y Who do you offer as a guarantor or more T'otal, $792 for the job. The factory peop l e th a t you will fulfil you r part of the cont ract?" will furnish the paper. I have figured the ent i re ex'' Judge Smith. pense of producing the work to be less than $400, so I "If Judge Smith will guarantee its performance I will should nrnkc a fine profit." give you the work-and all our printing, for that ;:natter, Jinks went to work the next morning w h ich is considerable--for I am in favor of helping home It 1ras a busy day at the Argus office, for the paper came ind u stries, all things being even. The Times has been out early on Wednesday morning. do ing our small job work, but I have no particular interest Frank read all the proof, wrote a couple of editorial P in sending it to Bentley. I prefer to have one establishand about two columns of other matter. This latter in ment do al l our printing, if possible eluded a catchy announcement of the forthcoming show Frank picked up several news items on his way back to of the "On the Blink Company," billed at the opera house the office, where he found one of his father's old customers on T'hursday -one who had gone over to t h e Times-waiting to see His batch of exchanges furnished clippings for another jiim. two columns. "I've come back to the o l d ranch again, young man," Then Dan Harwood furnished a column and a half of sa i d the visitor his own spicy copy, which was one of the first things that "Glad to see you, Mr. "Williams, and I hope we shall most of the Green RiYer readers of the Argus had been not l ose you again The Argus establishment is now under accustomed to glance over \rhcn they opened their paper, new management, and I guess I can give yowsatisfaction." the absence of this matter alter Dan had been disch:irgcd Mr. Williams gave a small order for job printing and by Mr. Jebb being one of the causes of the decline in the l eft. circulation of the paper "Say, Frank, what do you think?" said Dan, corning Correspondence from the adjacent villages and various in from the composing room for a moment. "Bentley has other communications took up three more coh1mns, and fir e d Jinks from the Times office." the balance of i.he paper not occupied by adrertiscrnents No; is that a fact? Why, he's been there for years, was filled up with plate matter, furnished by the C:1 i r ago an d I understood he was a good printer. Xewspapcr 'Union, the cost of which was largely taken out "He's all right. It seems your man, Bill i ngs, who went in ad1' ertising space, which the company filled to suit to wor k there Saturrlay, made an offer to Bentley to take itself. Jinks' p l ace at two dollars a week less Jinks is a union Altogether, Mr. Jebb could not have improred on +he m a n and of course don't work under the scale, which. was Wednesday edition of the Argus, and many of Frank llfor a ll B e n tley gave h im as foreman, so he had to get out. ris' friends congratulated him upon the excellent start he It's a shame, for Jinks has a big family and is anchored in had made. r Green River." That afternoon he signed a contract with the Green River "It's a mean piece of business on Billings' part; but Bolt and Lock Company for their catalogue; and he sent nothing more than one might expect of him. Tell Jinks to Chicago for the surnlry printing material he would re he can come to work here three days a week for the present. quire to aid in getting it out. Th a t w ill h e l p you out, Dan, and give you a chance to atCHAPTER VIII. tend t o you r outside work. I'll be able to give Jinks a s tead y posit i on soon, as I am sure of g-etting that contract or the bol t and lock company's catalogue we'll want at IX WJIICTI FRANK PROPOSES A NEW SCHEME TO BOOM THE least four first c l ass a llaround jobbers. Jinks can go on ARGUS. the sto ne, and a regular feeder on the cylinder for Gibson." "Gee, Frank! I see you're going to wake the office up in great shape. Bentley will turn green with envy when he h ears you've got that job He's been wanting to do t hat catalogue himself; and he might haveo got it, only he too mean to buy the type." "It's lucky my father bought tlrnt six-point Uonal

14 WINNING HIS WAY. =====-------==== ---------captured the pr inti n g of ihc annual catalogue of the Green River Bolt and Nut Company. Billings, his new foreman, however, assured him that Frank .Morris must be crazy to bid for the work, as his fa c ilities were not equal to handling such a job "He'll find that he's only got himself in a hole . I guess I know what that office is capable of," said Billings, wag ging his head sagely. "You ought to, seeing you've worked there several months,'' replied Bentley. "What does kid know about printing, anyway?" said the foreman, with a sneer "Not much, I guess; but he's got y;ung Harwood at his back. I didn t want to lose that fellow,'' grumbled the owner of the Times "His loca l paragraphs were the best things I printed. People looked for 'errt. Why, I've got a dozen letters fro'm readers kicking because they are not in the Times any more. The circulation of my paper has bee n looking up ever since I put him to work he re. And now he's gone back to the Argus again to help that boy editor get his paper out." "What"s the odds? 'l' he Ar&;us won't last long unde r that young monkey; and then you will be able to get your man back again," said encouraging_ly. "I don't know but you may be right," sai d 'Bentley, fee l ing a trifle b ette r at this view of the situation "I don't see how a mere boy of eighteen can publish a paper capable oi holding its place against the Times. I've been an editor for twenty years, and what I don t know about running a paper isn't much "That's right,'' nodded Billing s who proposed to work hi s new job for all it was worth, and thought he under s tood the of his boss. Jebb said more than once in my hearing that the man who managea the Times knew his business from A to Z, and Mr. Jebb held the city desk on the Chicago Record before he came here. Wh e n Mr. Jebb says a man 's good, he is good." The satisfied smirk which came over Bentley 's face showed that he felt the implied flattery of Billing s' words. IIe offered the new foreman a cheap cigar--one of the brand he smoked himself-which was an unh e ard of piece of generosity on his part; for a nickel always looked as big as a cartwheel to him, notwithstanding the fa.ct that he made a very good income from the Times. While this conversation was in progress Frank Morris and Dan Harwood were also holding a pow-wow in the editorial sanctum of the Argus. "There doesn't seem to be anything the matter with this issue of the paper, the first one I may say I have handled a 11 by myself," said Frank, with a feeVing of pride. "I should think not,'' added Dan, vigorously. "I knew you were equal to the emergency, old f e llow." "Don't forget that much of the credit belongs to you -----------"You're a:l r:g L t, Dan. I wonlJ1d ::ts i' for a belt Jr assistant. Behreen us, l hope to accomplish all I starteq out to do." "We'll do it,' you b et your suspenders." "I've got a few of our advertisements back in to-day's issue; but to kep up the good work I've got to put fre s h blood into our subscription list. Our cir culatio n dropped away nearly one-third since fathe r had to up the management The best advertisers seem to know this, and I can't deny the truth, even to win a man's tom. It is up to me to get our old readers back, a n d as many new ones as I can. The question is, What is the quickest way to accomplish this? Mr. J ebb's methods per rnitted the Times to get the inside track of the Argus I must get out of the rut into which he pushed us Now, it struck me that, as that serial we've been using in p l a tes finished with this issue, I might write something in that line myself-a story, fo\, instance, that would attract at_ tention from the start and set readers to guessing as to what would appear in our next "That isn't such a bad idea," grinned Dan. "You might -open it with a murder mystery and offer a p r ize to the reader who would solve the problem before the last chapter was printed." "Or I might write a story without a title and offer one hundred dollars for the bes t one suggested by a borrafide subscriber, to be printed over the last instalment," sug gested Frank. "That would start a lot of people this way with their dollars on the chance of capturing the one hundred." "Sure thing," grinned DaJl. "You could anno unce the plan in Saturday's and several subsequent issues of the paper If I were you I would put a small advertisement in the Woman's Magazine and two or three other papers of that class, in order to catch the attention of the gene r al public. You'll find the rates high, as these month lies have an enormous circulation; but the investment ought t o be worth the money." "A year's subscription would be altogether too much to ask on your plan, Dan; so I'll make a three months' sub scription at fifty cents eligible to win the prize." "That's right. You'll have to start the ball rolling right away. Send )'Our advertisements o u t at once, an d begin the publication of the story as soon as r esults begin to materialize. If you start it too soon you won't be able to fill orders for the back numbers the will. call for. In any case, you will have to provide a supply of extra copies of the earlier issues. This scheme is go ing to cost you some money at the start, but I think it is worth the ri$." "So do I," said the young edito r who was growing enthusiastic over the plan. I don't believe I should have dared go into the thing if I had not been sure of your help." "Now, I've got an idea for Saturday's paper," said Dan, chuckling. "You know that old house down the river that's reput e d to be haunted?" "Oh, I'm not so much. I can write a little, and I can hustle l ike fun. That's about all I'm good grinned Harwood. "Yes," said Frank, turning an expectant eye on h is assistant. "Several people have t

that mysterious lights and noises liaYe bern seen and heard there of late. !''armer Jones had quite an experience on the road in front of it three nights ago. He says his horse was frightened anJ he himself nearly scared to death by a big white ghost that came out of the building and waved its bony arms at him. That's all bosh, yon know; but you want to get up a sensational story aLout the place and ring i.n all the imaginative freaks you can think of, mak ing the Jones incitlent very promin e nt. 'f'hrow in sundry mysterious hints, and say you think the case worthy of in vestigation Ly the Green River Psychological Society. I'll go down there to-night and see if I can pick up a few points for you." "It isn't a bad idea," laughed Frank. "It'll start people to talking, and it may sell a few extra copies of the Argus." "We want the people of this burg to understand that this paper is ali,e and kicking, in spite of I \[r. Jebb and his friend Robim;on, who certain'ly tried their best to put it asleep." "I see that those two gentlemen are still hanging around the Neptune Ilouse--in expectation, I suppose, that we will soon go out of bltsiness. Mr. Jebb h a d the nerre to te ll me that, in his opinion, I wouldn t last long." "What else could you expect from him? If they're look in g to see the red flag hung out our window, they'll have a l ong wait on their hanc1a. "You wouldn't think a man of Squire Roach's standing i n the community would be guilty of such a conspiracy as he tried to work on the Argus." "He's what you call a good hater. He couldn't forgive your father for giYing his support to Farmer Gray last fall He wants to be the whole thing in this town, but there happen to be others who stand on their own rights. "If it was possible to bring the plot home to him, and s how him up before the people as he deserves, the exposure w o u ld be a salutary le.son for him." "If you could do that he'd find it benefic-ial to move to fresh pastures, I guess. The town would be too hot for h im even if he is a rich man and the president of the First National Bank." "It woul d take Duncan down a peg or two, also. He p u ts on more airs than an:r boy in town." I was surprised to see him give you that order for visiting cards last Saturday," remarked Dan, who, of course, did not dream of Duncan's motive. "He did it in a patronizing kind of way, to let me see how important he considered himself and how m u ch su perior socially he is to me "Oh, that was it, eh? Well, I must get a move on, or my joints will get rusty. Jinks is pann:ng out a ll right i n the composing-room, and expresses himself as being gratefu l to you for even three days' work a week. He's j ust the man to help me handle that catalogue when we get started with it. He's had considerable experience in th a t line in the best offices in Chicago. I consider him a valuabl'e man." 15 ian who could nurse a job better than he. I've no use for a printer of that stamp Gibson told me that he had a lot of trouble with his forms. Type was conti n ually pulling out and the leads showing up." "You don't find anything l ike that after me," said Dan, earnestly "Nor after Jinks, either. It's j ust as easy to do things right, if you underdand your business, as to do them wrong. Nobody but a blacksmith slights his wor k." "1Iy sentiments exactly, Dan," said Frank. "Now I wish you'd go up to l<'oxglove & Towe l erash and see if they will gi \ e you the copy for that half-column advertise ment they promised me for Saturday's paper "All right," said Fj:arwood, with alacrity, and he left the inner roo1tJ. as though he had springs attached to his feet, whi l e Frank drew a pad of manila paper toward h im and started to turn out a batch of copy fo r the gi rls. CHAPTER IX. lN WHICH FRANK RECEIVES A NOTE BEARING THE SIGNA 'rURE OF A YOUNG LADY IN WHOM HE I S GREATLY INTERESTED. "The Mystery of the Benso n Ho u se" was the heading of Frank Morris' story of_ the sfrange developments in the history of the reputed haunted mansion, which stood clos e to a bend in the Green Rive r three miles above the out skirts of the town The article attracted a grea.t cleal of n otice, a n d as a c onsequence there was an unu sual deman d for Saturday's Dlmcan Roach read the story through with a snee r "I'll bet Dan Harwood wrote that, or put Frank Mor ris up to it," he muttered. "I wonder if he has any sus picions about Benson's? I think it about time the ghos t s gave one or both of those fellows a roasting. It might take some of the freshness out of them," and D unca n grinned in a peculi:r r way, as if he knew more abou t the inside workings of t he haunted h ouse than appear e d i n the Arg us. Duncan met several of bis chums later on, and the b u nc h went into convulsions of mirth over ."The Myste r y of the Ben s on House." "The fellow who wrote that ought to be initiated into the society of the ghosts, clon t you think?" suggested Dun urn, mea.ning l y "Without actua ll y becoming one, you mea n don't yo u ? ;;aid the nephew of the cashier of the First Nati o nal B ank, an under sizell, d uc1ish boy named Peter Winch "Of course. The membeiship l ist of the Anc ient Orde r of Associated Ghosts is full, but the first degree m ight occasionally be worked to advantage on inquisitive ou t si ders "It would make t bem smart, at any r ate,'' spoke u p Luke Edwards, 1Yith a sneer Which sally ca11sed a roar of mirth. "I move that Franli: :Morris, the boy editor of the A r g u s, be invited to attend our next roas ting bee," said Du n c an "I'm glad we got him, then. I'd give something to know \Yith a grin. how Billings getting on at the Times. I never saw a 'econd the motion," chuckled \Yinch.


16 WINNING HIS WAY "Those in .favor o.f inviting the learned editor to our coming soiree will please signify it by saying aye," said Edwards, the self-constituted chairman of the crowd. "The motion is unanimous. The chief exeC'lltioner is instru c ted to see a real hot fire is provided for the occasion, in order that our distinguished visitor may have no cause to complain of a lack of warmth in his reception." This provoked another outburst of laughter. "As our expected guest is a member of the unbridled press, it will be the duty of the custodian of records to prepare a true and unvarnished account of the proceedings of the evening, and furnish same to the editor of the Green Hiver Times for publication, in order that the public may be further enlightened into the mysteries of the Benson house, which the Argus has seen fit to introduce to their attention this morning," said Walter Edwards, gran di"loquently. "Somebody will wish the re was snow on the ground before the initiation is concluded," said Duncan, s ignifi cantly. "Or that he could si t on a cake of ice for the sake of vari e ty," chimed in Ec1di Hicks. "Or take a swim in the rirnr,'' suggclcd another youth of high 8ocial standing "But I say," asked Pete r Winch, "s'pose he won't come?" "Els ie Gray li\(es a mile further a;ut that road/' sai d Duncan. "A note of in vitation from her 'rill fetch him every time." "How are you going to work that dodge? Elsie and you are on the outs." "Pete's sister could write it .. She isn"t too sweet on Elsie, and would ju st as soon s i gn her name to a note as not. Morris won't know the difference, I'll bet. We'll watch for him down the road and run him into Benson's in double-quick time. When we get thr0l1gh with him he won't be in the humor Jo write any mor e ghost stories_;, Peter Winch thought the idea a good one, and agreed to persuade his sister to help the good work along. On Monday afternoon of the ne},_'i week several letters were deliver ed by the postman at the Argus office. Most of them contained local subscriptions to the paper, and some of them requests for further information con cerning the new sto ry without a title, which had been an nounced in the Saturday issue as a forthcoming novelty. Judging from the first day's results, Frank Morris was encouraged to believe the new idea would prove a success The last letter he opened, addressed in a neat, girlish hand, read as follows : "Green Riv e r Farm, July 1, 190-. "Dear Mr. Morris: :M:y father having been called to Mar s hland, to be gone over night, mother and I would be happy to have you spend the evening at the Farm. I have special reasons for hoping you will not disappoint us Please do come. Yours sincerely, "ELSIE GRAY." 'Frank was not famiLar with Elsie's handwriting, never having received a note from her before, and therefore he had no suspicions of the gen uineness of that which he now held in his hand. "I was going to commence my serial to -night," he said to himself, "but I guess it will have to wait I couldn't think of disappointing Elsie for a great deal." Indeed, he was highly delighted with the invitation, the more so as it was so unexpected. was, to tell the hone s t truth, very much in Farmer Gray's only daughter, who by many people was called the belle of Green River She was an uncommonly winsome little creature, and her relations with Frank were of the most cordial nature He had been much flattered by her call at the office a week before, and this fresh evidence of her friendship quite tickled him. "Yes, I'll go, 'you bet your suspenders,' as Dan would say I wouldn't miss it .for a good deal." Frank was in high spirits tliat afternoon, anyway, for he had succeeded in talking a couple of good adver t isers into r et urning to the fold. Besides that, Dan Harwood had corraled three good ven due notices on the way to the Times and piloted them to the Argus. Added to which the job depal1tment was looking up in a way that put Dan and Jinks on their mettle to turn the stuff out on time. Altogether, this week's editions and the other work prom ised a profit, instead of the usual loss of many weeks back; so it was natural tha t the youngest editor in Green River s hould feel particularly jubilant over the outlook. "I shall not be back after supper to-night as I intended," sa id Frank to Dan, at closing-up time. "l'ID! going out to Farmer Gray's." "I knew there, must be some attraction to keep you away, bet your suspenders," grinned Dan, eyeing his friend quizzically Frank blushed in spite 0 him se lf. "If I had as pretty a girl as Elsie Gray on the string I'd feel like shirking work myself for an hour or two," con tinued Harwood. / "It happens to be a special invitation, which I can't very well turn down," explained Frank. "Sure!" chuckled Dan. "Don't you believe me? Read that,'' and Frank hande d him the note. "You're a solid man in that quarter, bet your sus penders," said Dan, returning the note "What nonsense!" "No nonsense at all. Her father owes his distinguishe d position as member from this county to the State Legis lature to your father's backing. She appreciates the factsee? You've got the inside track there. Hold on to it. Iler father is rich Green River Farm is the finest i n the county. Some day, perhaps-" "Dan,'' said Frank, with pretended severity, "it's time you went home. I'm going to supper." of pu '1 stm fill in of he u 0 en .E1 h g 1 f t i 1J t


WINNING HIS WAY. 17 a.ever Then the ghosts waited patiently for their victim to :e he CHAPTER X. appear now In five minutes they heard the ga llop of a horse along IN WHICH FRANK MORlUS GETS A ROASTING. the roadway, and presently a figure on h o r seback, which sai d The Ancient Order of Associated Ghosts was a secret they could not distinguish in the gloom, appea r ed around l dn t society lat e ly instituted by Duncan Roach and half a dozen the curve. of hi s friends a ll sons of well-to-do residents of Green As he appr o ache d at a rapid gallop Duncan s tarted into the Ri ver. the middle of the ro a d and threw up his hands. Th ey met several times a week at the Benson ho u se, the This startled the animal, who pulled up quickly and deserted and dilapidated building which had long enjoyed reared on his haunches. was the uDBavory reputation of being haunted, but which had "Whoa! Whoa, Beauty !" exclaimed the voice of Fra.nk no t e rror s for these young aristocrats. Morris, who was pot himself parti cu larly disturbed by the and T he objects of the organization were sever a l. One was ghost, whom he judged to be some practical jok e r. ;ure to pool thei r spare cash and play the Chicago races through Then the concealed ghosts rus h e d out from either s ide c e a a certai+J. well-known tipster; another was to raise Cain of the road and seized both horse and ride r. uite generally and throw the blame of their pranks on the reThis was no j oke, and Frank put up a lu sty re s i stance, put e d g ho sts of the Benson house. st riking out with both of hi s fists mld Thus the lights and noises which had of late One blow took Edwards in the eye, and he went down start l e d the nerves of timid people in the neighborhood as if a h orse h ad kicked him. Another land e d on Eddie for might b e accounted for. Hick's papier mache nose so hard as to partia ll y stu n him. ser s Farmer Jones' adventure had near l y ended in a seriou s But the odds were too great for Frank Morris to sucmi s h ap to t hat individual, but that circumstance did not cessfully cope aga in st enin the l east disturb the serenity nor interrupt the plans He was dragged from his stout pony's back; the an imal 1 to of the Ancient Order of GMsts was h eld by Duncan, who l ed her away and tie d her to a Even had the farmer been drowned in the river a fate post at the back of t h e house. n a h e barely missed-through the practica l joke they played When he had r eturned to the scene Frank was being the up on him, we doubt if it would have led these young thorbound hand and foot by the crowd. ou g hbred s to see the error of their ways. "What piece of nonsense i s this?" d emanded the young 1mThe initiation hinted at by Duncan Roach had no existeditor indignantly. ence in fact, but was a suggestion of the moment To this remark no attent i on whateve r was paid. ver His id ea was to kidnap, or otherwise get possession of The prisoner, now quite helpless, was li fted up and car-Frank Morris, and work some particularly painful and ried into a large bhck room i n the bui ldi ng. This room 1/' humiliating trick upon him in revenge for the various overlooked the river, and a fire which had been kindled in mt grudges he bore against the manly young fellow, particua big, open fireplace was burning bri,skly. l arly for the dressing-down Frank had administered to him The glare cast by the burning wood was the only illumi-ay, for in s u fting Elsie Gray. nation, and therefore added to the grotesqueness of the nd The scheme was practically unpremeditated up to the fantastic figures, who bega n a sort of wild Indian dance time of the appearance of the story of the haunted house about their victim as he lay upon the ba re floor. j n Saturday's A r gus "You don't imagine that you're goin g to frighte n me ng Th e first degree, or "roasting" ordea l, was an inven w ith such tomfoole r y as this, do you?" demanded Frank, 1n ti on of ,Duncan Roach's to be applied at some future and thorough l y disgusted with the proceedings. ind efinite occasion when an inquisitive visitor, not too l arge The dance stopped, and a ll the ghosts except Duncan ry to be safely tackled by the ghosts, was caught nosing about Roach drew back and ranged themselves in sol emn si l e nce th eir private stamping grounds. '\ against the wall. To roast Frank Morris, Duncan felt would be the great "Frank Morris," said Duncan, in an assumed voice, 'you est satisfaction of his life. are about to be initiated as a n honorable member o f the Th e members of the Ancient Order of Associated Ghosts Ancient Order of Associated Ghosts. This honor has been sm et on Monday evening at seven o'clock, at the r esidence tendered to you in consideration of the r emarkab le and of P eter Winch, and proceeded in a body to the Benson graphic story you wrote for and published in Argus last house. They arrived there about a quarte r of eight, and Saturday i d proce eded at don the regalia of the order a long "Associated d onkeys, you mean, I guess," repli e d Frank s white gown, a stiff, conical night-cap, and a ghastly papierangTily, for he did not relish his undignified pos ition. "I mache 1mask. adv ise you to go slow' if you don't want to get into trouble. t. Ther e were seven of them altogether. A joke is a joke, a nd I ca n take one a.s well as the next n Three hid themselves the house in the shadow of fe llo w; but I'm not feeling in the humor for horseplay an old walnut tree, three posted themselves behind a fence this evening. I 've got an engagement." e on the opposite side of the road, while Duncan Roach himAt this a roar of laugl;ter wen t up from t he assembled self stretched a lin e breast-high across the road. Ghosts


18 vVINNING HIS WAY. --================================== "Exactly," said Duncan, in hoarse tones; "you're keepI intensifying the pain the .young eclit c r wa.; alre<.tdy jng it now." ning to endure. c "Are you goir;_g to let me go?" demanded Frank. In spite of his best efforts, lte could not rcpre: ; s a groan "Sure; after you've been initiated," answered Duncan, of anguish who forgot himself and spoke in his natural tones, which "The guest of the evening is acknowledging the warmth Frank immediately recognized. of his reception," mocked Roach. "Oh, ho! You are Duncan Roach," he said. "Great Scott! Duncan Roach, you are burning me!,. l'he squire's son bit his lips with chagrin, as he had not exclaimed Frank, beads of perspiration standing out on his intended that .Morris should identify him. forehead. "Never mind who I am," he said, surlily "It won't "No; we are only roasting you You will soon be done do you any good to know. Associated Ghosts," addressing to a turn." 1 his companions, "are we all ready to proceed with the "Let me go, will you? This is pure torttue !" ancl Frank init.iation of the distinguished editor of the Green River strnggled harder than ever, the frame shaking beneath his A,.'SUS ?" desperate efforts to free himself. ''We are!" shouted the six as with one voice, in hollow "You are not browned yet You will need. tones "Is the fire hot?" As Duncan applied the boa1:cl again Frank uttered a "It is hot!" solemnly replied the Ghost who was attend thrilling cry, which startled the other Ghosts-but not i"g to it. Duncan, whose spite was urging him on "Let the guest of the eYening be bound to the g rid iron!" commanded Duncan, with a wave of his right arm A roughly-made wooden frame, oblong in shape, to which was nailed a dozen or more cross-pieceo, was brought forward. Frank was placed face down upon it and bound to the cross sections "Let the gridiron be in position ordered Duncan. The six ghosts raised the framework to a vertical posi tion and then advanced close to the fireplace, where the full glow of heat would strike on the victim 's back. Then they propped it up so that it would sta nd, a.nd returned to the wall as before. "Associated Ghosts, the Orcleal of the Roast has begun. We will sing a hymn of praise while the cook stirs the fire." "Let him go!" said Walt Edwards, a bit n e rvously. "Mind your own business, will you?" said Duncan, angrily "Yes, let up on him. He's been roasted enough,'' put in Eddie Hicks, who was of the opinion that matters had gone far enough. "Shut up!" growled Duncan, pressing the board again s t Frank's legs. "Oh, heavens!" cried the boy, in a spasm of agony. "I can't stand this!" He threw all his strength into a frantic effort to burst bis b_onds, but h_e was too firmly l ashed to framework to be able to help himself. The Ghosts were beginning to grow nervous over the situation, and two of them started forward to the boy'lil aid; but Duncan pushed them back. Walt Edwards, angry at the s,hove, Duncan square in the mask. A most unearthly chant was instantly bLgun, while all He. staggered against the frame, a.nd would have eyes were turned upon the boy, who was now beginning to been precipitated into the fire but for Ed\rnrds, who gave realize that his sjtuation was by no means a j-0ke, so for, it a quick push to one side at least, as he was concerned. It tilted over with Frank and fell cleur of the blaze, one "Do you mean to torture me, Duncan Roach?" h e deend of it sliding in front. of Duncan's feet, who tripped manded vehemently, as he felt the heat of the fire pene over it. trating his garments in a very unpleasant manner. iBefore a hm1d could be raised to save him he pitched rrhe chant continued. head-first into the fire, scattering the burning embers right "You boys can't be aware of what you are cloing," said and left. Frank, squirming uneasily as much as his boncls would Duncan gave a shriek of agony as hi s two arms were permit . thrust forward into the burning muss and hi s masked face "I he asked Duncan of Peter Winch, who was struck the hot hearthstone. attending to the fire. Winch, wjth great presence of mind, seized and dragged "Doing beautifully," was the reply. him from his dangerous position, but i!ot b e fore Duncan's "Does he want basting yet?" white gown had caught fire in several places. "I think he does." As it w5.s, he was sa dly burned abont the arms and his Duncan grabbitd a piece of board, which he placed face was painfully scorched against Frank's back and legs. moving it slowly up and In the meanwhile two of the ghosts were cnttiug Frank down, while a mali c ious s mil e spread over the freckled face loose. Hncler the mask. l He writhed about in intense pain as their hand s touched 'I'his caused the heat e d cloth to press closely on the flesh, his body, there was not an inch of his back 01 legs that d h t l f t


WINNING HIS \VAY. 19 did not smart anJ sting tlrcudfully after th e ordeal 1 But Frank was perfectly cool, and saw his danger in he had undergone. time to avoid it. The rest of the boys rushed to D'uncan to extinguish He held on to Duncan and began to push him shoreward, the fire, which was spreading over his white gown. the other boys continuing to follow them down the bank, But, with a shriek of pain and terror, he jumped to his keeping pace with the current which bore them away. feet, dashed open the back door, and sprang .down the bank Presently their attention was attracted by a sudden glare toward the water. behind. "Catch him!" shouted Edwards. drowned, for he can't swim CHAPTER XI. "The fool will be IN WHICH FRANK TAKES A MANLY REVENGE ON DUNCA'.'< ROACH. The whole crowd rshed out of the building after the frenzied Duncan, leaving Frank to his own devices. But that manly fellow had caught sight of his blazing enemy as he fled from the room, and, realizing that Dun can's was a critical one, he forgot all about his own pain !ind smarting, and followed the rest, with the idea of lending a helping hand, if necessary, to save the boy who had tortured him so severely. Duncan-had jumped into the river, the rapid current of which was carrying hi1; n away from the shore. His strangely attired companions shouted to him and gesticulated frantically; but not even Edwards, the coolest headed fellow in the party, made an effort to out to his aid. Every one of them knew that the river was dangerous at this point, and self-preservation was the first thought with Not so Frank Morris. It was the work of a moment to cast aside his jacket and shoes and plunge into the stream. Taking note of the position of Duncan, who appeared to be going under for the second time, he swam sturdily forward, breasting the water with sinews of steel. The other boys, many of whom had by this time dis carded their queer rig, encouraged him with shouts of ap probation. "Hi, hi! He's come up! A little bit further to the right, Morris!" cried Peter Winch. "Look out for tnat sunken rock out there, Morris!" shouted another, warningly. "You're a dandy, old chap!" "By George," exclaimed Walt Edwards, enthusiastically, "Frank :Morris is a fine fellow, after all! I feel meaner than dirt to think I've had a hand in his roasting." "Same here," said Eddie Hicks. "Duncan had so much to say against him that I thought he was a little prig. Now look at him! Going out yonder in his condition to save Roach from drowning!" "That's right!" chipped in Spencer Lickett. "If a fellow had served me as Duncan did, I'd think a long time before I'd risk my skin to pull him out of a hole." Duncan was going under for the fatal third time when Frank grasped him by the collar of his coat, where it showed through a hole in his robe, and the half drowned bo_y tried to seize him in his wild struggle for life. "Jumping Jupiter!" cried Winch. is on fire And so it was. "The Benson house The burning embers which had been scattered about the room when Duncan made his involuntary dive into the fireplace were producing unexpected results. The haunted house was evidently doomed. "Say," asked Edwards, "where did Duncan tie Morris' horse?" "Give it up!" answered Hicks, looking a bit startled. "It won't do to have the animal burned up, after what :Jlorris is doing for Duncan. I'm going back," and E(i wards started for the blazing build1ng. "I'll go with you," volunteered Hicks. They set off at a run, and presently arrived at the scene of the conflagration. The pony was standing where Duncan had secured her bridle to the post at the corner of the house, but was becoming restive, as if aware of her peril. It did not take more tha n the fraction of a minute for Edwards to unhitch and lead the horse out of harm's way. "That's the end of the haunted house," remarked Hicks, as they stood aloof and watched the flames eating through the dry timber. "And the last of the Ancient Order of Ghosts, too," said Walt. "Oh, I don't know about that," objected Hicks. "But I won't stand for any more roasting seances." "I should say not." "Duncan carried things a1together too far to-night. He has a personal grudge against Morris, and tried to get square with him. It was all very funny at first; but when I saw the fellow was actually suffering I thought it time to make a kick." "I supp0$e I'm responsible for this fire, as well as Roach's pickle." "How do you make that out?" asked Eddie. "If I hadn't hit him that time the trouble wouldn't have occmred. But he made me mad by the manner he pushed me out of the way when we stepped up to help }forris, just as if he was the whole thing and the rest of us so much dirt. He isn't so much, by a jugful, and I guess the fellows will be kind of shy of him after this." "I shouldn't be surprised. To tell you the honest truth, I'm of the frills he puts on. Frank Morris may not he our equal so cially, but he's the kind of fellow I'd like to cotton to. I've sided against him all along because I believed those yarns of Duncan' s But it's my opinion that he was lying right along." "I dare say Roach can twis t the truth to suit his pur'


'I 20. WINNING WAY pose. L et' s l ead t h e horse down aft e r the re s t of the push. harm me, and that most of what I suffere d is due to DunMorri s ought to have Dunc a n ashore by this time." can Roach As he has s uffer ed, and w ill suffe r more yet, Frank Morris brought t h e almost unconscious Duncan from the looks of his arms, I may riot let this thing go Roach to the river bank nearly half a mile below the Benany further; but you've got to promise me that you' ll quit son house, which was now on fire from cellar to roof, fur s u c h kind of l arks in the future. If I hear of any mor e nish in g a fin e bonfire, w hi c h illu minated the countryside I'll give you a ll a roast in the paper that you won't and attracted general attention in the town. "All right," said \Valt Edwards; "let it go at t h at. "Kneel down here, one of you fellows," said Frank ener Furthermore, I think it i s only right that of us ag ree getica lly, after Duncan had been lifted out of the water, to get you five subscribers and one good advertisement for "and the of you give him a roll. He may swal-the Argus, in recognition of the square way you are treat lowed some of the riv er water, and the quicker you get it ing u s If Dunc a n doesn't do twice as much for you afte r out of him the b ette r. what you've d0ne for him we'll cut him dead This s u ggestio n was at once carried out, aJl(l the luckless "No," said Fwrnk; "I won' t accept a favor from Dunh eir of the Roach estates was t r eated to a rough-and-ready c an Roach. He treated me like a savage to night, and I've shaking -up whi c h brought him to his senses after a" little got squa r e by savi n g hi s life. If the rest of you want to while. do as Walter Edwards has proposed, I'll accept it a s an It was a warm night, and the du cking did not greatly evid e nc e of your good will. That's all there is to it. Now inc opveni e nce Morris. He simp ly removed his garments, I'm going home. I thank you, Edwards, for me and, with the assistance of one of the boys, wrung t h e m put my pony. I wouldn't have had her injured for a farm. as dr y as possibl e and put them on again I wish you all good-night." "I' ll hav e to l et my engagement go to-night," said Frank. "I was going out to Farme r but you l ads have knock ed that in the head for me. I am sorry, as it means that I have to di sap point a young lady." "Don't worry about that," said Peter Winch, with a g rin. "That engagement was a put-up job on our part to decoy you out h e r e tonight. "'I got my sister to writ e the note you received with Elsie Gray's name tacked to it. She didn't know what I intend e d doing with it, so you can't blame her Duncan suggest ed the plan and I put it in force." '.'Kind of a mean trick a ll a r ound that you've pl aye d on me, don t you think?" said Franl), indignantl y "My ba ck feels as raw and sore as t h o u gh 'it were cover e d with boil s I don t exp ect to get over you r treatm ent for a w eek." "What's done can't be undone repli e d Winch, apo l o getically. "We didn't mean to carry matters s o far. Dun can kind of e n g ineered the r acket, for he' s had it in for you thi s l ong time The r est of us, I guess, are willing to mak e it up to you any way you say, if you won't g i ve the affair to th e public." "It's easy enou g h for you fellow s to apologize p o w You haven't any idea of the torment I suffe r ed during those last minutes, especially when your l eader pressed my clothes against my skin," and Frank s hudd ere d at the bare recol l ection. "It was simp l y t erri ble. I shall have some idea, after this, of the tortures of the Spanish Inqui sit ion." "Well, it's up to you to say what you're going to do about it, put in Walt Edwards, who, with Hicks, had just l ed up Frank's horse. "We're in it up to our necks, and you've r ecognized most of u s by this time If you press a c h a rge against u s we'll go to jail. It w ill serve u s right of course, but it will be rather hard on our folks, that's all." "Most anybody would make you sweat for the kind of treatment you've handed out to me," sai d Frank resolutely. "But I'm willing to believe you fellows didn't intend to CHAPTER XII. IN WHICH PROSPERITY BEGINS TO SET TOW ARD THE GREEN RIVER ARGUS Frank Morris' face wore a grim sm ile as he app r oac h ed the blazing ru i ns of the Benson house, which he had to pass nn his \ Ya}' back to Green River. Probably a dozen curious people had assemble d in bunches at a safe distance to view the conflagrat ion and specu l ate as to the cause of it. "This will make another good story for the A rgus," sai d a man who had r ecognized the young e ditor. "Being on the ground you r self, you will have the bulge on the Times." Frank nodd e d pleasantly as he reined in his pony and dismounted to ease the intense smarting of his thighs, whi ch the motion of ridi n g had increased to an a lmost un b ea rabl e degree. "Some tramp must have started the :fire unwittingly," remarked the man. "No," said another spectator, with a humorou s twinkle in hi s eyes, "the ghosts did it because the -Argu s s howed th e m up Saturday, and they wouldn't st and for it." "That's right said FrarV<, without a smi l e "The spooks who haunted yonder home l ately wer e known as the 'Anci ent Orde r of Associated Ghosts,' and while they were holding a kind of high-jinks here to-night they set t he place afire by accident Now they'll have to look up another haunted house. "Haw, haw, haw! laugh ed both m en "That's pretty good." "You spea k as if you knew a ll about it," grinned the first man who had addressed Frank. "I ought to, seeing they invi t ed me out here to report the proce e din gs for my paper "That's pretty good, too," sn ick ered the olhe r man. "What's pretty good?" inquired a third specta tor, j oin ing the little group


I WINNING HIS WAY. 21 The other repeated Frank's 0r emarks for his enlighten ment, and the newcomer said the yo1mg editor certainly ought to report the item in his best style. "I mean to," replied Morris. "Nothing of importance gets by me." "You young newspaper fellows have got great imagi nations," said the third man, with a grin, as he slapped Frank on the back. "Ouch!" shouted the boy, hoppin g almost a, foot and making half a dozen different kinds of faces. "What's the matter with you?" asked the man who had caused the trouble, while the other iwo looked ut Frank with surprise "Don't clo that again, plea se,'' said the boy, in unmis takably earnest tones. "If you had gon e through the roast i ng I did to-night at the hand s of the Associated Ghosts you'd kick yourself." "Associated humbug s !" retorted the other, contemptu ously. "You don't suppose :you can cram any such rot as that clown our throats, clo you?" "If you had my back you'd know whether it was rot or not." '"What's the matter with your back?" asked the man curiousiy. "Go over to that fire and stand there for ten minutes, and you'll know what's the matter with it." "I guess you're joking, young man "All right; have your own way,'' and the boy started to lead his horse homeward "If you want to learn all about this fire don't miss Wednesday's Argus." "I certainly will look to see something unusually funny on the subject,'' the man shouted after him. Hardly had Morris disappeared around the turn in the road whe n six boys came along, escorting a seventh, who looked as if he had been through a threshing machine "Hello!" said one of the three men. "Here's another chap that looks as if he'd been up against the 'Associated Ghosts,' as Morris calls thenf." The three spectators grinned broadly. "Who are you laughing at?" snarled Dun c an, who M ticed that the men were grinning "We were l a ughin g at you, if you want to know," said the third man, coolly. "Well, don't do i t Roach, feeling mad all over. "What do you take me for?" "We take you for a pretty badly bunged-up boy. W1rnt's happened to your face and hands? And you look as if you had been in the water, too "It's none of your business what's happened to me, or whether I've been in the wat e r or not," retorted Duncan, in the same ugly tone "It won't do you any good to get mad over it. We didn't know but the ghosts who set the haunted house afire had roasted you, too." The three men laughed again, and the six boys looked at each other in s urprise. "You go to grass!" growled Duncan, s tarting off down the road, his companions following "What the dickens could that fellow have meant?" asked Walt Edwards, looking at Eddie Hicks. "You've got me," replied h,is friend. "It was a funny remark to make, all the same," said Edwards, scratching his head. "One might almost imagine he knew something about what's been going on at Benson's before the old thing took fire.'> "Not likely," said Eddi e "Merely a chance remark." "T11ey riled Duncan, all right," snickered Spencer Lickett. "You don't blame him, do you? Think of the way he feels! I wouldn't have his dose for a farm. We'll have to steer him into a drug store and have him fixed up be fore we take him home." And they did as soon as they got to town. W edncsday's Ar'gus had a column and a half on the first page about the destruction of the haunted house on Mon day night, and the Order of Associated Ghosts received a humorous roasting, which, however, was only intelligible to the young fellows who had participated in the mad prank which led up to the fire. Frank was careful to cast the mantle of fiction about his story, so that no one not in the secret would suspe.ct the true facts in the case The young chaps themselves had got a hustle on, and had procured thirty new subscribers and six five-dollar ad vertisements for the Argus. This was as Walt Edwards had proposed, and Morris as1mred them that he entertained no hard feelings over the affair, though his poor back st ill gave him many a twinge as a reminder of the event ful occasion. D an Harwood 11ad set up a large handbill, and employed seYer a l sma ll boys to paste it on all the vacant walls and fences throughout the immediate neighborhood of G r een River. It read as follows: "Are you looking for easy money? Buy the Argus and see what a simple matter it is to make one hundred dollars Squire Roach saw it and sneered at it. So did Mr Jebb and his friend Robinson, who thought they knew how to make one hundred dollars easier than that. So did Bentley of the Times, and his foreman, Billings, who saw nothing good in anything that issued fr the Argus office. But hundreds of the good people of Green River read it, and many were impressed by it. Regular readers of the Argus were already on the tip toe of expectation about the advertised story without a title, and probably three quarters of them expected to make a try for that one hundred dollars. A title is such a simple thing, you know, that anybody thinks he can make one to t any story. And so he can, after a fashion. The problem is to make one which fits the subject like a glove.


WIN:N"ING HIS \VAY. And if it is a competition, like the Argus scheme, to maf

' I WINNING HIS WAY. 23 "It is possible there are a pair of us. yours-not mine. The induc e m ent was If I am a rascal, so are you." The scheme was wcfys and back streets, where he met nobody abroad at all on your side. that hour of the night. "How dare you talk to me in that strain w sputtered the squire, who saw he could not palliate the part he had taken in the conspiracy. "Because I don't recognize any difference between us, so far as this affair is concerned." "I regret having had any business dealings with a man of your stamp," said the big banker. "I have no doubt you do; but since you saw fit to inveigle me---'' "Inveigle you, sir?" "Precisely. Since you have done so, you will hav e to face the music. You will save a lot of unnecessary bother bJ signing a for six thousan d five hundred dollars now, and close up the transaction." Squire Roach's reply as he jumped tp his feet would scarcely bear printing. He shook his fist in the face of the imperturbable Mr. Jebb and flounced out of the hotel room where the interview had taken place. Mr. Jebb grinned placidly, threw the butt of his cigar out of the window, and went downstairs to find Robinson and engage in a game of billiards. Squire Hoach went home in no very amiable mood. He let himself in with his private latch-key and pro ceeded at once to his library. "The infernal rascal!" he muttered, as he threw him self into an easy chair. "He has me on the hip. I must either accede to his demand or face a public exposure. Is there not some way I can circumvent that rascal?" It was not a pleasant evening. It was intensely dark and gusty. The gloOJiY sky thre ate ned a fall of rain at any moment. It was a propitious night for dark enterprises, and perhaps it influenced the squire's subsequent actions. One by one the lights were extingu,ished in the mansion as the inmates severally retired to sleep, but still the dim glow of the brass lamp in the banker's study burned on. He had not moved apparently for an hour; but now, when the handsome orrnulu clock on the mantel struck mid night, he stirred and finally got up. For another hour he paced slowly and moodily up and down the velvet carpet, pausing occasionally by the window to look out into the dismal night. A few drops of rain pattered at intervals on the window panes, and every once in a while a big lilac bush which stood near the corner of the library would flop against the glass, and the sound would make the squire start nervously. One o'clock chimed from the clock. Squire Roach, as if actuated by a sudden resolve, walked over to a closet, from which he took an old coat and a soft brown hat. Donning these, he softly let himself out of the house and took his way in the direction of the Neptune House. He did not go along the regular thoroughfare, but by byCHAPTER XIV. IN WHICH MR. JEBB AND HIS FRIEND ROBINSON OWE THEIR LIVES TO FRANK MORRIS. It was nearly two o'clock that same night when Dan Har;vood finished making up, under Frank Morris' direc tions, the last form of the Argus, which had to go to pres s at four A couple of twists with the key to the Hemphill quoins and the job was done. '"' "We can go home now, Dan, and I'm mighty glad of it. What with the paper, a fair run of job work and that cata logue, we're having a lively time of it t4ese days "That's what we are," nodded Harwood, as he walked over to the sink to wash up. ""\Ve have quite a lot of advertisements in this issue,'7 remarked Frank. "Walt Edwards' father is getting to be a regular advertiser another of Bentley's customers we have got." "Spencer Lickett introduced me to his uncly this morn ing," Frank added, as Dan's face emerged from the towel. "He keeps a bi& hardware store on Norcross street. I had quite a talk with him, and he promised me his printing." "Who' s been doin g it-Bentley?" "No ; the Record office." "You want to look over your foundry specimen book and p ick out a few new faces. Now that we're doing the work, wc want to keep right up with the times. I don't mean the 'rimes paper," with a grin. "Bentley would have a fit if Billings asked him to invest in a new job series. You get a few up-to-date job letter s on top of what we've already got, a nd we'll soon have Bentley beaten to a standstill." "We've got him on the run as it is. He's reduced his p rices on job work twenty-fo e per cent, sa id Frank, as Dan locked the outside clo or a fter they had come out on the c heerless street "So I heard Jinks say. By the way, Bentley has been trying to get Jinks to go back t o liim. '' "Has he?" replied the young cdiior, as t he y walked up the street. "What does Jinks think about it?" "He hasn't any use for Bentley, after the Wf!-Y l 1 e was turned down. It was a scurvy trick of Bentley's, and Jinks 11on't forget it in a hurry.'' "I shouldn't want to lose him, as he's a good, faithful worker," said Frank. "No fear of you losing him. You treated him white when Bentley threw hill). out on his uppers, and Jinks ap preciates that, and will stick by you as long as you are willing to employ him He told me so." "You can tell him his job is steady." 'rhe boys turned up Edgecomb street, which led past the rear of the Neptune House This was a small, old-fashioned hostelry, built in Green River when it was a mere village, and was a straggling, two-story structure, various wings having been added as the patronage increased with the growth of the town.


241 WINNING HIS WAY. Mr. Jebb and his friend occupied an isolated rooni at the extreme end of the more ancient part. T'here were two windows in the room, one of which, di rectly above a tall, covered water-butt, was wide open, in spite of the threatening weather. "I wonder what that ladder is doing there on top of the water-butt? Anybody could get into the house that window with all the ease imaginable," said Frank, calling Dan's attention to the circumstance. "Sure they could; and anyb0dy who wanted to skip out without paying his bill could slip down that way without the least bother," grinned Harwood. Just at that moment a ponderous form appeared, back ing out of the window, which the softly shut and then descended to the water-butt. Removing the ladder, he let it slip to th0' ground, and thus completed the rest of his journey with ease "Well, bust my suspenders '1 exclaimed Dan, as the two boys came to a halt alongside the picket fence and watched the performance with not a iittle astonishment "Talk of Old Nick and you're almost,_ sure to catch sight of his horns." The big man who had emerged from Mr. Jebb's room in swh a clande s tine manner at that early hour in the morning stood for a moment while he shook his fist up at the window, and then hastily walked toward the back gate, near which the boys stood As he pushed it open Dan jumped forward and seized him by the arm. "What were you began the young printer, in a loud tone. But that was as far as he got. 'l'he stout man gave a violent start, turned full on Dan, and struck him a heavy blow in the fac e knocking tbe boy down. / he pushed the gate to with a bang ancl hurried up the street as fast as he could go. "Are you hurt, Dan?" asked Frank, assisting his friend to rise. Harwood seemed to be dazed, and he stood a moment looking blankly at Frank. "Who do you suppose that was?" he gasped out, in a jerky kili'd of way. "How s hould I know?" replied Morris. "I didn't get a square look at him. His hat was pulled down over his eyes and his coat was humped up about his ears." "Well, if Squire Roach hasn't got a double in this town, that was he, all right." /. "He's got away, whoever he i ," said Frank. "Where did he go?" "He cut around the corner as if he had wheels on his feet." "I've a great mind to chase 1he rascal, whoever he is," said Dan, doggedly At that moment Frank gave a gasp and clutched Harwood by the shoulder "Look there!" he exciaimed, pointing at the closed win-dow through which the man had just made his exit "I do believe the room is on fire." A bright, suspicious -l ooking glare shone through the panes. "The place is on fire, Dan!" cried Morris, excitedly. "Cut around the building and alarm the night clerk I'll get up there by means of that ladder and see if l ca n put it out." Harwood obeyed Frank's order, while Morris followed him inside the fence, got on to the water-butt, and pulling up the ladder, placed it under the window where they had first seen it. As soon as his face reached above the level of the sill he saw the flames creeping up the bed-clothes of both the beds, each of which had an occupant who lay as sti ll and unconscious of his danger as a log. Frank dashed the window up and shou eel loudly at the sleepers. I But not a move came from them-no more than if they had been dead. The fire, fanned by the draught, gained headway every instant, so Frank saw he would have to take more energetic action. He crawled in at the window, and shook :first one and then the other roughly. The clothes fell away from their faces. "Good gracious!" cried the boy. "It is Mr. Jebb and Mr. Robinson!" He shook them again. "Wake up! T'he room and beds are on fire!" Still they lay like mere inanimate images. "They can't be dead!" gasped the boy. "No; they are breathing I can't imagine what ails them I must get them out of this." First he grabbed Robinson, and pulled hiW over to the window. Then, after a deal of trouble, he got him down to the top of the water-butt. He rushed back for Mr. Jebb, who lay almost in a bed of fire by this time. He got him out the same way. By this time there were steps and voices in the passage outside the room The door was burst open, and then the alarm was given with a will. Guests began to turn out of their beds, and servants in all kinds of undress hurried out into the yard. Dan came out of a lower door and helped Frank land Messrs. Jebb and Robinson on the solid earth. They were just as unconscious as ever. "Can any one guess what's the matter with these men?" asked Frank, as a crowd gathered about them. Nobody could, but the yardman'.._who had managed to get into a pair of trousers before he left his room sug gested sending for the doctor who lived across the street The was aroused and brought to the scene just as one of the local fire companies dashed up.


WINNING HIS WAY. 25 The room by time was a mass of flames, and the whole wing was threatened with destruction. The firemen got busy, assisted by some of the hotel help. Mr. Jebb and his friend Robinson, still unconscious, were carried across the street by the firemen's orders, and there the doctor examined them "There must be something the matter with them," said Frank, "or the hauling about I gave them would have brought them to their senses long ago." "There is," said the physician, in a serious voice; "these men have been drugged." CHAPTER XV. I N WHICH FRANK SCORES A "BEAT" ON THE TIMES AND HAS ANQTHER VISIT FROM ELSIE GRAY. From the fact that both Mr .,_Tebb and Mr. Robin son were undressed, and Frank Morris had found them in bed, it was evident that they had been chloroformed in their sleep. As the bed-clothes had been set on fire, it seemed to be a clear case of murd e r The unconsciou s newspaper men were taken into the phy sician's office to be revived By this time ihe fire department had turned a couple of streams on the burning section of the Neptune House, and before long the fire was under control. Frank J\forri s' heroic action in rescuing the two men from certain death was canvassed by the crowd of spectators who had gradually gathered in the neighborhood and from mouth to mouth. By d egrees the knowledge of the condition of the rescued men spread, and of comse this added an element of mystery to the affair. Neither Frank nor Dan said a word about what they had seen previous to the discovery of the :fire. That the big man, whom Harwood maintained to be the counterpart of Squire Roach, was at tile bottom of the crime, was the opinion of both boys. "We can't do any good here," whispered Frank to hi s associate Then, with the instinct of the born newspaper man, he add e d hurriedly : "We 'mu s t get back to the office at once and get this story into the paper. We have just time to do it." The gas once more flared up in the editor's sanctum and the of the Argus. "I'll leave you to get up a scare-head," said Frank, "while I get some copy under way." "All right," sai d Dan; "but, first of all, give me a lift on the stone with this form The s tory will go on the :first page, of course." "Certainly," said Frank, as Dan pushed the big chase toward him. The young editor gave his as s i stant the needed lift, and then hastened to get down to work; while Harwood seized a double-colull1Jl stick and s tarted to set up the sensational head that bad been determined upon. Ilaving finished this part of the work, he went inside and got the two pieces of copy already prepared by Frank, anu soon the type was dropping with a click into his thirteen-em stick. In half an hour Frank fini s heu the article a nd took up a stick-for he was a passabl e compositor himself-to help Dan out The proof was pulled, read, and corrected; and th e next thing was to get it into the form. While Harwood was unlocking the first page, "hich \1:as divided from the eighth-which contained only ad1crtise ments and some plate matter-by a cross-bar, Gibson, the pressman, came in. "You people seem to be behind this morning," h e re marked, with a grin "Don't you believe it," replied Dan. "We finished up two hours ago. But has a fire in the Neptune House -you'll find the particulars in that proof--:-and having such a 'beat' over the Times, of comse w e came back to work it into the paper." "Oh!" answered Gibson, taking up the proof-slip and reading it. The new matter was gauged, and Frank indi ca ted what to hold over and what to 'kill' in order to make room for it. "You had quite an adventure, didn't you?" said Gibson, putting clown the proof. "It seems to be a matter the police The big stranger you mention appears to be the gui lty party." "That's what he is," said Dan, as he lifted a handful of type into the form. There was a big run on the Argus that morning, in expectation of which Frank had ordered an extra large edition to be printed, all of which was exhauste d by noon. Everybody was talking about the fire at the Neptune House and the murd e rous attempt upon the lives of the two newspaper men who boarded there. Mr. Jebb and his friend Robinson had been brought out of their stu por by the vigorous efforts of the physician; and they wer e an astonished pair of individual s when they came to r ea lize the part they had played in the affair "You both owe your lives to the pluck and cool-headed ness of Frank Morris, the yotng edito r of the Argus, who happened to be passing at the time the fire broke out. Since you seem to have no idea how you came to be in the condition in which you were found and rescued, it look s as if a great crime had been contemplated. Hav e you any e nemy in town?" They s hook their heads in answer to the doctor's question Later on, when they read the Argus' account of the fire, and of the movements of the big, mysterious s tranger seen by the boys descending from the window of their room, a strong s uspicion as to the id entity of this person occurred to each. By this time Frank haq inte rviewed the police depart ment of Green Rircr. The town constables were no ti lied to keep their eyes skinned for a big man in a shabby overcoat and soft felt hat. This was' rather a vague des cription 9f the suspect, b u t


.. WINNING HIS WAY. it .was the only clew they had to wo1 : k on, for Morr i s did not consider it advisable to say that the big man re s emb led Squire P .oach Early t hat afternoon Mr. Jebb and his friend R o binson, attired in garmentE, call e d at the office of the Argus and asked to see Frank Morris. "He hasn't put in an appearance yet," said Jinks, who was in temporary charge of the estab li shment. "He and the fo r eman were up all night." Th:rc w as a hig mail awaiting the young editor of the \r:;11s 1rhe n he arrived a t the office at about four o'clock 1 h'.1: afte rn o on. Tic of fifty cent contrib ution s coming in from n: l p:r t s o E the country from persons whose inte r est had l :2 11 exrtted by the one hundred-dolfar prize offered in with the s t ory without a had only I: cor n r.c.;ce d t he week before-was very encouraging Frank h ad emplo yed a special assistant to attend to his s ubcri p tion department, as well as to perform such other duties as the growing demands of the paper required. The adnrtising columns of the Argus now showed that the yo11ng n e wspaper m .an had hustled to good advantage among the business firms of Green River Thecre was all the difference in the world between the Argus of to-day and the Argus of three months ago, when Mr. Jebb was running things. While Frank was goi n g through his mail a visitor wa s an nounced, in the person of the dainty Miss Elsie Gray, who loo!rnd, if anything, prettier than ever in a new fall cos tume. "Dear me, Frank Morris, you're up to you r eyes in busi ness, aren't you?" she said, taking a seat by the side of the editorial desk. "I was up all night, and this i s my first appearance at the office to-day; that s why all my work is ahead of me." "Then I'm afraid I have no bu s iness here taking up y 9ur tirne," sh e s ai d demur e l y Y o u are not dii;tmbing me i n the lea s t :Miss Elsie. I possetis the h a pp y facult y of L eing a ble to work and talk at the sa me time." "Reall y," s he repli e d, with a bewitching smil e "you are O'.\C o! the most won derful boy s I hav e ever m e t It is ( rui.te an h onor to be a cquainte(J. with you " T ho pe y on are not quizzing me now, lVIiss Elsie," he sn.iJ, b ac k at her. Oh, c iNtr no; I wouldn't think of rn ch a t hing. Papa was ? p eaking t his m orning of the r e markable improve mcn t i n the -1..rg us s ince you took hold o f it. H e s avs it i s altoget h e r a c iiff e r ent paper, fully a s g o od a s w hen ;our fat hf'r was at h i s best." "That is i n d e ed a very g;eat c ompliment,') s aid Frank, mu ch gratified. "And might I a sk your opinion, Els i e ? Your father is perhaps prejudiced in my favo r on account of political benefits rec e iv e d from my father. Now, your judgment ought to be di sinte re s ted." "I shouldn't like to e x pres s my opinion, lest it make you c once i t ed." "Oh, como now, :Jiiss Elsie," expostulated Frank. "That' s ri ght," she answered, fl.ashing a half-mi schi e v ous, half-defiant glance at him. "Do you know what brought me here to-day?" "I didn't know but what you came to see me," hazarded Frank. "Did you, indeed ?" she replied, coquettishly. "I came to enter my n,ame on your s ubscription li s t for a three months trial term," and she, extracted a silver half dollar from her purse and t ende r ed it to him. "I mean to try and win that o n e hundred-dollar prize." "But, Miss Elsie, yoh r father being a regular subscriber entitles any member of his family to compete in the contcs "I think I should prefer to havti you accept my personal s ub scription," sh e saicl, in a way which induced him to accept her money; and he pushed a blank toward her for her signature. "Are those all new subscriptions?" she asked, pointing to a pile of l etters, many of which she had seen him open and take therefrom stamps, a few coins and some money orde rs. "Yes." "\Vhere do they all come from? Surely pot from this neighborhood?" "From all over the United States." Elsie exp r essed h,er astonishment, and Frank told her how he had advertised his prize offer in seye ral of the largest cir c ulated monthUes, and that these lette rs repre s ented some of the res ults. The girl was very much impre sse d by his business sa gacity, and, as a matter of cour se he rose several de g rees in her estimation. "I shall be at home Sunday night," she said, as she r ose t o go, "and I shall be pl eased to have you,.call." "It will give me great pleasure to accept your invita tion," he answered, with a glow of p l eas ure. She held her daintily g loved hand out to h i m i:i.s they parted at the outer door, and the gentle pressure of her fingers thrilled him a s it had never done before. Certainly Frank Morris thought a great deal of Elsie G ray. CHAPTER XVI. IN WHICH IT IS TO BE HOPED EVERYTHING IS SETTLED TO THE READER S SATISFACTION. 'rhe day following the Neptune House fire Mr. Jebb and his friend Robinson called again at the Argus office. This time they found Frank in, and they hastened t o express their gratitude for the service he had rendered them on tlie p revious morning. "Don't m ention it," replied the boy; "I didn't_do any more for you than I should have done for any one placed in a similarly unfortunate position." "After this I trust there may be no hard feelings b e tween us on account of old scores," said Mr. Jebb, rising to go. "It is not my nature to hold a grudge against any man," said F rank, generously. "But of course you can hardly expect me to forget how you treated the confidence both


WINNING HIS WAY. my father and mother reposed in you when you were en trusted with the of the Argus." "I admit the delinquen c y of my conduct and ask your forgiveness," said the Chicago journalist. "\Vhat I did, I blush o admit, I did for money. I see the error of my ways, which I believe has acted as a sort of I have strong suspicions that the party who incited me to it is responsible for the Neptune House fire and all con n ecte d therewith "You' can't mean Squire--" began Frank, horrified at t he i d ea, which chimed in with Dan Harwood's oelief, p r i vately expressed to him. "No matter who I mean," said Mr. Jebb, grimly. "If I can b r ing the truth home to him a very respectable mem b er of the community will do time at the public's expense. believe we're agreed on that-are we not, Robinson?" "Well, I should warble," reptitd theirrepressible re porter. "It is quite possible you may see us again before we leave this b urg for our old stamping grounds," continued Mr. J ebb; "in which event we may furnish you with a story for your columns w h ich will startle Green River With these words M r Jebb and h i s friend Robinson took their departure. It was about this time that Duncan Roach left Green R iver to attend. the University of Michigan We a r e sorry to have to say that he went away without having thanked Frank Morris for his noble action in sav ing his life the night the Benson house was destroyed. Frank firrished the bolt and lock catalogue on t!me, and the job was pronounced by the manager of the manufactory to be fully up to the Chicago standard. He was a proud boy whe n he received the company's check for the work, and passed it over to his mother for endorsement, so he cou l d deposit it to her account in the Green Rive r bank He made a p r ofit of $410 on the job. A n d the business of the job-printing plant attached to the A r gus was increasing steadily week by week, in spite of t h e lower competitive prices advertised by Bentley of the T imes This was due not only to the high class of work Frank tu r ned out-made possible by workmen and by the i ntroduction of the most popular faces of job letter in gen e r al u se in the West-but by his genial manners as a can vasser for the trade of his townspeople, who one and all a d mired the hoy's grit and perseverance and felt disposed to encourage him with their patronage. Had the Times man used ordinary business judgment h e could have saved a l a r ge part of the trade which drifted t o t he Argus office. Most peop l e don't care to change, all things being equal. Bu t B entley's methods, never the best at any stage of his c a reer grew steadi l y rri.ore slip-shod under Billings, who was a n i n diffe rent workman, and his lack of mechanica l knowl edge was r eflected in the work he turned out for his boss. Billings, however, posses s ed a great gift of gab, and he made Bentley believe he wa!" the whole thing. Walt Edwal'cls had b e come a good fri.;ncl of Frank Mor ri s and his example was followed by Eddie H i cks, Peter Winch, Spencer Lickett, and oth e rs of tlieir set, so that the young edtior was gradually getting introduced into the best society of Green River. Judge Smith had practically taken him up, to 11Se the expression, and this added greatly to the young fellow's importance in the commun ity. '91ate.ver influence the Argus had lost under Mr. Jebb it had fully recovered by Frank's clear and undeviating course of action from the day he fiTst shaped its policy in conformity with his father's The Argus now had the entire confidence of the Repub lican County Committee, and Frank' s trenchant pen was expected to do much toward leading the party to victory at the forthcoming loca l elections in November Three-quarters of the people of the community were now taking the Argus-probably half of the number being di rectly in the outcome of the young editor's serial story without a title, the plot of wh:ich a .nd the incidents thereof he was handling with such skill as to attract the notice of many outof-town newspaper editors, thereby bringing him favorable criticisms, which he reprinted in the Argus He had long since exhausted his supply of specimen copies, and was compelled to reset the first chapters of the st o ry and print off several thousand copies of the same to fill the demands made upon him by the later subscribers, who continued to come in at the average of one hundred a day The success of the scheme was largely beyond his most sallz,

18 WINNING HIS WAY. "No!" exclaimed l\Iorris, swinging around and facing had received about five thousand dollars in trial sub Dan, for this news was a startler. "Dropped dead in the bank an hour ago in the midst of an interview with Mr. Jebb and his friend Robinson." "Well, this is sudtlen What's the cause-apoplexy ?" "Heart failure, the physician called it, induced by some intense emotion or excitement. The cashier, Mr. Winch, said that the interview between the squire and his visitors was particularly stormy I don't think it would be hard for you and I to surmise what took place at that interview." Frnnk always found it necessary to work late on the evening before publication day. That night when he returned to the office after supper he found a package on his desk which Wiggles, the boy, said had been left by a messenger from the Neptune House. Frank opened the package and found a bunch of copy in 1\fr. Jebb's handwriting The boy read it over carefully clown to the end of the last page, to which was attached an affidavit, signed and sworn to by Amos Jebb and Ajax Robinson, attesting the truth of the foregoing. A brief note accompanied the manuscript, which read as follows: "Here's where you get back at the man who hired me to 'clo' the Argus. To day we accidentally found the en closed watch seal, bearing the squire's initials, and which any acquaintance of that gentleman's will immediately recognize, under the window of the burned room where the attempt was made on my life and Mr. Robin son's With this in our poss ession we interviewed Squire Roach, with results not according to our expectations. We brought the crime home to him and-he collapsed. You are authorized to make whatever use of our sworn statement you see fit. You now hold the dead man's reputation in your haBds. Good-by, Frank Morris Robinson and myself are off for Chicago. A11ros JEBB." Just then Dan came in, and Frank handed him Mr. Jebb's manuscript without a word Harwood read it over frolJl beginning to end, also the l etter. "Well," he said, "what are you going to do with it? You won't publish it, surely?" "Publish that?" said boy, looking Dan square in the eye. "I'm not built that way. The squire is dead let him rest in peace. No act of mine shall bring disgrace to his m e mory Put the whole thing, affidavit and all, in the composing-room stove." Two months later the final instalment of Frank Morris' novelette without a title appeared in the Argus with the successful name attached The first prize was won by a young woman in St. Louis, the second by another woman of Oakland, Cal., and the third by a New Yorker. The booby p r ize was drawn by Peter Winch, of Green River, to the great amusement of that young ge n tleman's friends. Frank, in :figuring up :financial results, found that h e scriptions, and as much moTe from incTeased advertising patronage directly and indirectly traceable to his inflate d circulation. The scheme also proved of permanent va l ue to h i m, for he was able to hold the several thousand Green Rive r sub scribers after the story was :finished, and most of them thereafter renewed their patronage from year to year. The local elections, which took early in November, boosted the Republicans of qreen River into poweragain, and aftm. the fiTst of the ensuing year the young editor received his reward for his unswerving support of the party, when the Argus was made the official organ of the county in place of the Times On Christnias morning Frank was treated to a surpTise -he found a bill of sale of the Argus establishment, made out to himself, -and signed by his mother, in his stock ing, which she had persuaded him to hang to the mante l as in days of old.' Ile found something else, too, in his 'stocking, which almost pleased him as much whatever it was, it bore the compliments of the season from Elsie Gray . Frank figured up the pro.fits of his job-printing branch on thefirst of the year, and found it had cleared a profit of about fifteen hundred dollars since he took hold 0 i t. With increased facilities, new type and machinery, the boy expected to clear five thousand dollars during the com ing year, without considering the profits of the Argus, which would undoubtedly be large, as he had many othe r schemes to boom it to a higher plane Frank paid off the mortgage on the cottage when it be- came due, so that now his mother owned it free and clear Duncan Roach came home from college to spend the Christmas holidays; but his disposition was the same as ever, and he found, great l y to his disgust, that Frank Morris had supplanted him in the good graces of his own parti cular set, of which Walt Edwards and Eddie Hicks were the leaders. It is noticed that Frank finds occasion to visit the Gray farm very often, from fact the wise ones a r gue that it won't be so very long before Elsie Gray will take u p her permanent abode at the 1\10Tris cottage as Frank's wife. THE END Read "THE WHEEL OF' FORTUNE; O R, THE RECORD OF A SEI1F -:MADE BOY," which will be t he next number (8) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly SPECIAL N OTICE : A ll back numbe r s o f this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them fro m a n y newsdealer, send t he price in money or postage stam p s b y mai l to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 U NION SQUARE, _NEW YORK, a n d you w ill receive t he copi e s you order by r eturn mail. I


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Young Wild West and the Diamond Dagger; or, The l\Iexican 141 Young Wild West's Deadly Aim: or, Arietta's G reatest D ange r 142 Young Wild West at the Jumpin g 01r" P lace; o r 'l' h e Worst Camp in the "'est. 143 Young Wi!d \Yest and the "Mixed-Up" Mine; or, Arietta a W i n ner. 144 Young ".ild "'est's Ilundrcd l\Iile !face; or, Beating a Big Bunch. 145 Young ild West Daring the :panites; or, T h e Search f o r a Missing Girl. 146 Young Wild West' s L ively Time; o r The D andy Duc k of the Diggings. 147 Youug Wild West at Hold-Up Canyon; or, A r ietta's G reat Victory. 148 Young Wild West's Squar e Deal ; or, Making the B ad" Men Good. 149 Young Wild West Cowing the Cow boys; o r Ariet t a and the Prairie Fire. Girl' s Revenge. Yo ung Wild West at Silver Shine; or, A '.rown 150 Y oung \V i ld West and Navajo Ned ; or, T h e Hunt for the Half Run by "Tender-Bree d Hermit. feet." 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Ever:Ythingl COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! These Books Tell You Each book consists of sixty-four pages, 'printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover. Most of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that an,Y child. can thoroughly unde.rstand them. Look over the li!'lt as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjeclie mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO AN'Y ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON B.ECEIP1' OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREEJ BOOKS l<"OR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS T.AKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 U nion Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. No 81. IIOW TO l\lESMERIZEl.-Containing the most ap pro1ed methods of mesmerism ; also how to cure all kinds of dis e ases by animal rr>.agnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most ap methods of reading the lines on the hand, together with a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, ar1 -the key for telling character by the bumps on the head By Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S. Fully illustrated. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and in structive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also explaining the most approved methods which are employed by the ler_Jing hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in structions about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A ,BOAT.-Fully illustrated Every boy should know bow to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in structions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSEl. A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for diseases pecaliar to the horse. No. 48. HOW 'l'O BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.Containing the great oracle of human destiny ; also the true mean ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what bis future life will bring forth, whether happiness or mi sery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance this little book. Buy one and be convinced Tell your own fortune. 'l'ell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO 'l'ELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events DY aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full fo struction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing over s ixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained in this little liook. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-d efense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the clirfer ent positions ,of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOl\fE A GYMNAST.-Containing full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW ro FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fen c ing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. Describ ed with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions in fencing. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of the genera l principles of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-o f-hand; of tricks i!'.lvolving sleight-of-hand, or the u se of 11>eciall y prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated. N?. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracmg all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il-lustrations. By A. Ande1son. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARbS. deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurers and mag1c1ans. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction on all the l e ading card tricks of the day, also the most popular magical illusions as performed by our leading magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as it will both amuse and instruct. No: 22 HOW 'l'O DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight explamed bJ'. his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the frecret dialogues were carried on betw ee n the magician and the boy on the stage; also giv ing all the codes and signals. The only authentic e:i>planation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of magical illu s ions ever placed befo1e the public. A l so tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TlUCKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also contain m1,t.the secret of second sight. Fnlly illustrated. By A. Anderson. .No-. 70 HOW '.1'0 l\L\KE l\IAGIC ...-Ctintaining full directions for makmg Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully illustmted. No. 73 HOW TO DO THICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many cu rious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. .No. 7.5. Hmy TO !3EC01\1E A CONJUROR. -Containing tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracini thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand together with many wonderful experi ments. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy !'now how This book explains the m all, examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. The most instructive book published. No. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstruct1ons how to proceed m order to become a l ocomotive en gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive together with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to a B_anjo, Violin, Zither, 1Eolian Harp, phone and other musica l mstrnments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lal'lt ern, together with its histo ry and in vention Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing comp lete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRI'l'E LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Gi'ving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and reque sts. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53 HOW TO WRITE LE'l'TERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, eve r ybody and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every youni: lad y in the l and should haVf this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con tnining full instructions for writing letters on almost an:v subject; also rules fo r punctuation and composition, with specimen letters.


n d. :ig s; s; tle er, tY >D!1:; rs. ------THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS NEW YOllK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK .. -Containing a great variety of the la test jokes used by the most men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderfu l httle book. l\o._42. THE .J:lOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.C1,ua1nmg a vaned asso,rtn;ient of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing fo1 home amuse. ......... No: 31. HOW TO A SPEAKER.-Containing four teen illustrat1ous, g1vmg the different positions requi s ite to become a good speaker, reader and elocution ist. Also containing gems from aH the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the most simple and con cise manner possible. No. 49. _HOW TO DlilBATE.-Giving rules for conducting de bates, outhnes for debates, qu.estious for discussion, and the best sources for procurmg mformation on the questions gi ve n. meut and amateur shows No. 45. 'l'HE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE SOCIETY. AND JOKl!l new and very _instructive. Every No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts and wiles of flirtation are boy. obtam this book, as it con tams full instructions for orfully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods of gamzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. erchief fan. glove. parasol, wiudow and. hat flirtation it con No. 65 MULDOON'S JO.KES.-This is one of the most original a foll list of the language and sentiment of flowers, is Joke ever and it is bri!Dful of wit and humor. It m.terestmg to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy contams a large collett1on of .songs, Jokes, conundrums, etc., of without one. . T e r re n ce Muldoon, the great wit, hum orist, and practical joker of . 4. H_OW .'10 DANCE is the title of a new and handsome the Eve ry boy .who can enjoy a good substantial joke should h .tt1e .book Just by To1;1sey. It contain s full instruc ob tai n a copy 1mmediate lv. l10ns m the art of etiquette m the ball-room and at parties No 79. HQW 1'0 BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing comhow to dress, and full directions for calling off in all p opular plete ms[ruct10ns how to make up for various characters on the dances. s,tage.; wi t h the duties o f the Stage i\Ianag er, Prompter, N.o. HOW TO LOVJ!l.-A c?mplete guid e to Jove, l::lcemc Artist and Property Man. J!y a prominent Stage Manager. courtship and ma!iage, givmg. sensib l e advice, rule s and etiquette N? 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the l atto be obsened, with many cur10us and mterestmg things not g('Il est Jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and trally k!_!own. ev e r popular German comedian. Sixty-fou r pages; handsome No. 11 HOW ro DRESS.-Contaiuing full instruction in the colored cover containing a half-tone pho to of the author. art dressmg and appea'.mg we ll at home and abroad, g iving the HOUSEKEEPING 16. H9W TO KEEP A, WIND.OW GARDEN.-Containing full mstruct1ons for constructmg a wmdow garden e ither in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising b eautiful flowets at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished No. 30. HOW 'l'O OOOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recip es for cooking meats, fish, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kind s of pastry, and a gmnd collection of re cipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for ev e r ybody, boys, girls, m e n and women; it will teach you how to make almost auything around the honse, suc h as parior ornaments brac kets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' select ions of colors, material. and how to have them made up, No 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the brightest and. most valuable little books ever given to the world. lver.rl5ody wishes to know bow to become beautiful both male and female The srrret is simple, and a lmost costless. 'Read this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary. mockingbird, bobolink. blackbird, paroquet, parrot, :tc. No. :3tl. HOW TO RAISE DOGS', POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBI'fS.-A u sefu l and instructive book. Handsomely illus trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO i\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hints on h ow to catch moles, weasels, otter. rats, squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington ELECTRICAL. K eene. No. 46 HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A deNo 50 HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANii\IALS.-A scription of the wonderfu l uses of electricity and electro magnetism; va l uable book, giving instructions in preparing, mounting together with full iustructions for making Electric Toys, Batter ies, and prese rving birds animals and insects etc. By George Trebel, A.. M., M D. Containing over fifty iiNo. M. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com-lustrations. plete in!ormation as to the manner ltnd method of raising, keeping No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL l\IACHIXES.-Contaming, breed ing, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving fuli ta!ning fnJI Jirections for making electrical machines, induction !nstructi.ons for cages, etc Fully explained by twenty-eight coils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. 1llustrat1ons, makmg 1t the most complete book of the kind ever By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. publishea No. 67 HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a MISCELLANEOUS. la rge collection o f instructive nnd highly amusing electrical tricks No. 8. HOW TO Bl!:COi\IE A SCIENTIST.-A useful and intogether with illustrations. By A. Anderso n. structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex-E NTE RTA IN MIE NT. in acoustics, m ec hanics. mathematics, chemistry, and dir ect ions for makmg fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. This No. 9. HOW TO BE<;O;\IE A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equal ed. K e nn edy. The secret given away. Every inte lligent boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book for thi s book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi-making all liin d s of i ce-creall,!,,. esse nc es, etcu etc. tud es 'every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 8 4. HOW TO BJ!JCOME AN A.U'rtlOR.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the greatest book published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the nea t ne ss l egibility and genera l com very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, comic r ecitations, etc. suitable Hiland. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No 38. HOW TO BECO:\IE YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won m oney than any hook publi s h ed. derful book. containing u se ful and practical information in the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every book, containing the rules and r egu lations of billiards, bagatelle, fami ly. A.bounding in usefu l and effect ive recipes for general comba c k gammon, croquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36 HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Conthe leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, cu rious catches taining valuable information regarding the co ll ecting and arranging and witty sayings of stamps and coins. Handsomely No. 52. HOW TO PI,AY CARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King :Brady book, giving the rul e s and full directions for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known detectiYe. In w hich h e Jay s down some valuable bage, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poke r, and sensible rules for beginners. and also relates some adventures Auction P itch, All Fours, and many other popul a r games of cards. and expe riences of well-known detectives. No. 66 HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hunNo. 60. HOW TO BECO::'IIE A PIIOTOGRAPHER.-Containdred interesting puzzles and conundrums. with key to same. A ing usefu l information regarding the Camera and how to work it; complete bo?k Fully illustrated. By A Anderson. also how lo make Photographic Magic Lantern Slid es and other Transpare ncies. Handsomel y illustrated. By Captain W. De W Abney ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It is a great l ife secret, and one. that every yonng man desires to know all about There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BERAVE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of ap pearin g to good advantage at parties balls, the theatre, church, and m the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATION$. -Containing the most popular sele<::tions in use, comprising Dutch dialect Frenc h dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together No. 62. HOW TO BECOl\IE A WEST POINT MILITARY full explanations how to gain admittance, course of Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post Guard, Police Reg:1lations. Fire Department, and all a boy shoul d know to be a Cadet. anrl written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.Complete in structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval Academy. Also containing the cou r se of instruction, descriptio n of grounds and buildings. historical sketch. and everyth in g a boy. should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. Com piled and written hy Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become a West Point Military Cadet." 10 CENTS EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. with many standard r ead in gs. PRIOE Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Square, New York.


FRANK MANLEY'S WEEKLY -Good of Young Athletes (Formerly "THE YOUNG ATHLETE'S WEEKLY> BY "PHYSICAL DIRECTOR" A J2=PAGE BOOK FOR. 5 CENTS Issued Every Friday e e e I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I Handsome Colored Covers These intensely interesting stories describe the adventures of Frank Manley, a plucky young athlete, who tries to ex cel 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, wresiling, etc. Not only are these stories the very best, but they teach you how to become 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 athfotic subjects are cheerfully answered by the author "PHYSICAL DIRECTOR." $$$..,&C$$$$$.$$ No. 1 Frank Manley's Real Fight; or, What the Push-ball 1 No. 5 Frank Manley's Great Line-Up; or, the Woodstock Game Brought About. I Eleven on the Jump. 2 Frank Manley's Lightning Track; or, Speed's .fart in a No. 6 Frank Manley's Prize Tacklei or, The Football Tac-Great Crisis. j tics that Won. 3 Frank Manley's Amazing Vault; or, Pole and Brains No. 7 Frank Manley's Mad Scrimmage; or, The Trick that No. No. No. in Deadly Earnest. Dazed Bradford. 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 Squal,"e, New York. The Young Athlete's BE STRONG! By "PttY.;;ICAL DIRECTOR" BE HEALTHY! LATEST ISSUES: 8 Frank Manley's Human Ladder; or, '!.'he Quickest Climb on Record. 9 Frank Manley's or, Jack Winston, Great Little Athlete. 10 Frank Manley's Off Day; or, The Greatest Strain in His Career. 11 Frank Manl ey on Deck; or, At Work at Indoor Baseball. 12 Frank Manley At the Bat ; or, "The Up-and-at-'em Boys" on the Diamond. 18 Frank Manley's Hard Home Hit; or, The Play That Surprise d the Bradfords. 14 Frank Manley in the Box ; or, The Curve That Rattled Bradford. 15 Frank Manley's Scratch Hit; or, The Luck of "The Up-and-at-'em Boys." 22 Frank Manley's Coaching; or, The Great Game that "Jackets" Pitche d. 23 Frank Manley's First League Game ; or, The Fourth of July Battle With Bradford. 24 Frank Manl ey's Match with Giants; or, The Great Game With the Alton G rown-Ups. 25 Frank Man ley s Training Camp; or, Getting In Trim for the Gr'eat-est Ball Game I 26 Frank Manl ey's Substitute Nine; or, A Game of Pure 'Grit. 27 !!'rank l\Ianley s Longest Swim; or, Battling with Bradford In .the Water. 28 Frank Manley's Bunch of Hits; or, Breaking the Season's Batting R e cord. 29 Frank Manley's Double Game; or, The Wonderful Four-Team Match. 16 Frank Manley's Double Play; or, The Game That Brought Fortune. 17 Frank Manley's All-around Game; or, Playing All the Nine Positions. 18 Frank Manley's Eight-Oared Crew; or, Tod Owen's Decoration Day 30 Frank Manl ey's Summe r M eet; or, "Trying Out" the Bradfords. 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