All to the good, or, From call boy to manager

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<> 21 STORIES _OP . BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY. Estelle, unfortunately, stood directly in line with the descending curtain. In another instant she would have been dashed to "the stage, when Charlie, seeing her peril from the wings, darted forward, seized her around the waist, and dragged her back.


Fame and Fortune ieckly STORIES OF BOYS WHO 'MAKE MONEY I.sued Weekl r-Bll Subscription 1 2 .50 per 11ear. Entered according to Act of Congre .. in the year 1906, in the oJflce of the Libraria11 of Congress Washing ton, D 0 b'JI Fr?nk '.l'ouse11, Publisher, 24 Union.Sguare, New York. No 21 NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 23, 1906. From By A SELF=MADE MAN. CHAPTER I. INTRODUCES THE HERO A.ND HIS FRIEKD, BILLY DUAN E. "Charlie! Charlie Unger! Where the dicken s is that boy?" "Here I am, sir!" A cheerful looking, well built lad suddenly popped out from behind a pile of faded sce nery that stoo d against the whitewashed brick wall near the property-room .. of the : Metropolitan thPater. As a temple of the drama the Metropolitan was on its last legs. It was one of the old guard, so lo s peak. Its former glory wa s hoary and mildewed. Its patronage had gone lo the dogs, though occasionally it had s pas ms of prosperity. One of tho se s pa s m s was on now, but the impre ssi on pre vailed that it wal' giving its last kick. "Do you kno'1". young man, that I sung out three time:; for you?" said :Mr. Chips, the property-man "Yes, sir." replied Charlie, truthfully. "Then why didn' t you come sooner? Were you taking bath. or getting your hair curled?" added Mr. Chips, sa r castical ly. "Neither, sir. I was only showing Billy Duane how to do the broad s word combat properly." "What the dicken s ha Billy D11an<', or you, to do with the broadsword combat? P erhaps you that the distinguished traged ian who appears b re for the first time this evening will ask you to act as 1is understudy." This remark of the property-man was, of purely ironical. "Well," repli ed nger, i>er enel.r, e11w mighf do .. "If you haven t a gall!" exc laimed l\Ir. Chips, regard ing the bright boy in' a s tonishment. "I beli eve have, sir," answere d d harlie, d e murely. "l heard a do tor once s ay that-eYerybocl.Y ha s got it." "Got what?" asked the puzzled property-man. "Gall, si r." .Hr. Cl1ips shied the goblet he held in his hand at Gharlie's head ; but UngPr, eYirlent1y expecting some rnch demonstration on the prop e rty-ma.n's part, dodged in the nick o time. "Piel: up that gp blet, young scamp, and come into the property-room." "Yes, sh," replied the boy, obeyi11g the order. He anil. Mr. "rrr good on thr whole, oll'ing 1o his flow of s pirits, he occa sionally :;orcly tried the man's patience.


ALL TO THE GOOD. ---There was nothing malicious a.bout Ynger's nature. mortal Forrest. So you see our family is connected with As a smart clear-headed and ambitious boy, he was all the profession from way back." to the good. "That's true enough, if you put it that way," said Mr. But you could not tread on Charlie 's toes without finding Chips, as he sat down on the repaired "bank," for he was out he was alive, and very much alive, at that. tire d after a hard afternoon's work. Unger's father was a member of the orchestra of the But he sprang up a.gain with a promptness that would Metropolitan. have made an eyewitness believe that he was accustomed to His mother, who once upon a time had been a tightresting himself on the wing. rope dancer, and a great favorite in her day, kept a the-"Great Scott!" he howled, tenderly caressing with one atrical boarding-house; and Charlie said more than once hand the seat of his trousers. "What in thunder was that he had accumulated a good deal of muscle by poundthat?" ing chuck steak into the juicy tenderness to which the "What's the matter, Mr. Chips?" inquired Charlie, approfession is accustomed. parently astonished at the sudden agility displayed by the When Unger graduated from the public school he was property-man. introduced into the mystery of the region behind the foot"Look here, Unger, did you leave your needle in that lights--in other words, he was made a call-boy and an assistant to the property-man, his wages being collected "Why, no, sir; here is the one I was working with." regularly by his mother at the same time that she drew ''Well, something stung me worse than a hornet's tail. her husband's pay, when business was sufficiently flourishPerhaps it was a bent pin," and the speaker eyed Charlie ing for the "ghost"* to walk. with a strong suspicion. Charlie yearned to be something better than a call-boy. "I've heard of such things," replied Unger, innocently, No, he did not wa9t to be an actor, though h e b e lieved looking closely at the middle of the "bank.'1 "No, sir," he could do a few stunts in that line if it came to a pinch. he a.dded ; "no such thing as a bent pin here. There is His great ambition was to some day manage a show. s omething, though. P e rhaps if you look you can tell what Not a bum show, if he could help it, but something it is." worth while. Mr. Chips first felt of the obstruction, and then exam There's a barr e l of money in it," h e oft e n said to hi s ined it. friend Billy Duane, "if you know how to handle thing s "Jumping Jehoshaphat! If it ain't a big thorn! I'd like and have ordinary lu c k." to know how it to get in that bank." So with that end in view h kept his eyes and well "I s hould think it was the proper place to find such a employed, learning all the in s and outs of the bu s iness, thing, Mr. Chips,'' said Charlie, edgi n g toward the door. especially that end which deals with the front of the "How do you make that out?" growled the property"house." man, with a gusty look. "By the way, Charlie,'' remarked Mr. Chips1 after the "Why, sir, you'll often find thorns growing on the banks boy had been indu s triously helpin g him fix the r e nts in of streams." the green cover of a property piece, which was to be used Mr. Chips caught up a papier-mache flagon and flung to repres ent part of the bank of a sylvan str13am, "do you i t wrath at Unger, bllt it onl.v hit the c losed door of really think you would ever rnake'\an actor?" the pro-perty-room, for the boy had skilfully put himself "Well, sir, I can't say that I'm p::irlicularly te> on the other side of it, and was has t e ning away to find his be one. The ghost doesn't seem to walk as regula rly in friend Billy Duane. the profession as I would like Billy was on the scene painte!s staging, up in the "True enough,'' s ighed Mr. Chips, who had a larg e "flies." family to support. He was busy applying a coat of sizi n g with a wide brush "Still, I might do worse, as the man remarked when to the canvas surface of a. pair of old "wings,"* which were about to marry his oook." to be repaint e d with a fresh subject. The property-man grinned. "He llo, Billy," sajd Charlie, after dodging about among "You see," continued the boy, "I belong to a theatrical a perfect maze of ro-pes and pulleys and :finally swinging family, so there's no telling but I may become a second himself upon the scaffold; "that's a pretty good-sized Booth." wing you are at work npon." ''I never heard that any of your folks were actors," said "It will be when 'I'm through with it,'' answered his Mr. Chips, with some curiosity. friend, with a grin, blurring out a Gothic window with a "I didn't say they were acto rs. Mam "Qsed to trip the coup le of swipes of the brush, for he saw throug? the pun light fantastic on the tight rope; pop, you know, rasps the at once. big fiddle in the orche stra; my grandfather was a famous Then Unger told Bill y about the thorn incident. 'supel in his day at the old Bowery in New York whil e "There n e Y e r was a without a thorn,'' he concluded. my grandmother I've heard nsed to wasl1 for the irn. . ' 1 Narrow s id e pieces, matchmg the bac k scene, h e ld rn place b y *Among theatrical people the "ghost" walks when salaries a r e wooden grooves, top and bottom, which prevent the audience frqm paid. seeing the space behind the stage proper


ALL TO THE GOOD. 3 "What do you mean by tha.t ?" asked Duane, pausing in the act of glazing over a mimic coat-of-arms. "Why, when Mr. Chips sat down upon the thdtn he rose quickly. See the point?" "Old Chips felt the point, I'll bet/' snickered Billy. "So he did; but I'm sorry Mr. Chips discovered that thorn." "Sorry exclaimed his com pan ion, surprised. "Didn't you put it there for him to sit upon it?'' "That thorn," exclaimed Charlie, with a wink, "was in tended to awaken in the mighty brain of McKean Ranter, the eminent tragedian who opens here to-night, a sehse of the unexpected. That green-covered bank makes its appearance in the third act, and 1\fr. Ranter sits 11po11 it to soliloquize. He has a long speech, a:nd I thought a little of the spectacular wot1lc1 ac1d to the interest of the scene." "That would be great," chuckled Billy. "But now the whole thing is spoiled, because Mr. Chips selected that particular spot to rest himself." ''"What's the matter with pt1tting another thorn, or a bent pin, into the old thing and let her rip?" "No, Billy. Mr. Chip is on to it, and I might get the bounce. I'm afraid the eminent tragedian has missed the 9pportunity of his life." '"1'here are more ways than one of killing a cat," sug gested Billy. (I So I've heard," replied Charlie, thoughtfully. "How ever, it's time you qt1it work. I'm going to supper." "Your tna has a fu 11 house hasn't she?" "Yes, she's d

-""' TO THE UOOD. been engaged, and Charlie had manufactured a lot of little white paper bags, which he filled with flour, for them to throw al one :motlier, ac-cordi11g to :-;tagc direct.ion;;. "Hello, Charlie,'' cried Billy, rnnning against Pnger as he wa::; carrying n tray Ju 11 of the bags to circulate among the male anJ female populace of Venice, who were dressed autl ready for the openi11g scene. "What you got there?" "Can't you see wha.t J've got, you thick-headed donkey?" cxe:laimed Charlie. you're one of the mob; take yonr pick." "I won't do a thing to the,'' grinned Billy, grabbing rnore than his :;hare. ' \Vho you goin' to give that big bag to yon'Ye got on your arm?" Don't yon \\'OJT.Y about that big bag," replied Unger. Thafll make it's first appearance on any stage in the second scene." "The second :;;ccne !"ejaculated Billy. "Why, the A.our is only used in thr fir;;t." "\\'ho told yon tlrnt !-" an;; we red Charlie, with a chuck le. "Don' t yon s'pose I know all ab\fifteen tQinutes later when the !rnni scpne was drawn up. lf eh.can Ha11tl'r was received 1rit11 a l.lnrst oi: applause. He ll'as matelle Vance shared the honor of a curtain call with him at the close of the third act, and that did not iinprove his feelings toward the girl. \ s soon as they came off he insulted her by s ome rema .rk intencled as a reflection on her ability as an actress. Unger clitl not know of this, but he saw she was dis turbed and excited, ancl that there were tears in her eyes when he met her crn her way to her dressing-room. "You are doing fine to-night, Miss Vance," he said to her, thinking she was a bit rattled by the s uccess she was making in her part. ''Thank you, Charlie," :;;he replied, with a grateful smile, for !'he knew that he wa8 thoroughly sincere in hi s congratul ations. "Don't mention it. I knew you'd get there if you got the chance." The indignant flush Ranter brought to her face died a\vay at these words. "You are very good to encourage me Charlie. I shan't forgrt it." and she passed on. 'She's a fine little girl, all right," said the boy to him-


' ALL TO THE GOOD. 6 self, as his eyes followed her sylph-like figure till she tripped up a short flight of steps leading to a tier of dress ing-rooms. The climax of the play in the fourth act, and had Mr. Ranter really been the eminent tragedian he assumed to be, the honors would have been fully divided between the star and the leading lady, for 'Estelle Vance came out strong in the emotional pa:i;t. As it was, however, McKean Ranter was not in it a little bit with the brilliant young girl, who astonished the company well as the management by her wonderful power when it came to the test. Charlie watched her whenever he got the chance, and felt a personal satisfaction in the hit she was making. "She's great, isn't she, Billy?" he said to his friend Diiane, as they stood in the wings while the act was draw ing to a close. "Well, I should warble," replied Billy, enthusiastically. ":::>he can give cards and spades to Lillian Burr, who used to do the leads I didn't think she had it in her." "Didn't you? Well, I did; I know talent when I see it." "How could you tell, when she never played a responsible part till now?" "Ho She showed what she was capable of by the way f'he handled the small characters. She's a real natural born actress. None of your imitation fakirs who put up a big bluff and then fall down when you put it up to them." "She's all right. Look at the way she's laying it over Ranter now. That's acting, all right." "Bet your whiskers it is Ranter looks as mad as a hornet." The girl's splendid acting took the house by storm, and the act ended with a quick drop. Estelle, unfortunately, stood directly in line with the descending curtain. In another instant she would have been dashed to the stage, when Charlie, seeing her peril from the wings, darted forward, seized her round the waist, and dragged her back. Then the heavy piece of wood which held the bottom of the curtain taut fell with a dull thud. CHAPTER III. fTOW CHARLIE GETS SQUARF. WITH TT-IE LOIY The audience saw and understood the danger Estelle Vance was in at the moment the call-boy rushed to her rescue, and when he pulled her clear, and the curtain shut the from their view, a roar of applause went up, from the orchestra to the gallery. The principal performers, the "eminent tragedian" ex cepted, crowded about the now half-fainting girl, held on l1er feet by Charlie, and congra.tulated her on her escape, for every one knew what a blow on the head from the cur-' tain pole meant. They al8o complimented Unger on his presence of mind. ''Both of you will have to go in front," said the stage manager, coming up. "Do you hear that ovation out there? Nothing but a sight of you two will satisfy them." "Ho, don't ring me in this! That demonstration is in tended for Miss Vance," said Charlie, as he released the little actress. Estelle had now recovere

'6 ALL TO THE GOOD. '============================================================== I "You got off eru;y, for Briggs, the stage manager, gave night, Unger;" he began, with an en c ouraging grin, as if him an awful jawing after the show. 1 heard him say he was in direct sympathy with the boy. that Ohubb, the low comedian, told him that he was sute But Charlie was not deceived for one moment. you were at thll bottom of the nffair." "I don't see what makes you think I did that trick, Mr. 1 "Very kind of Chubb. I shan't forget him." Chubb," replied the boy, with a guilele s s look. "Mr. Ran-, "I wouldn't. He isn't any friend 0 yollrs, if he does tel' is a grlla t actor, and I wouldn't do a thing to him." board at your ma's." "Of course you wouldn't," answered Chubb, sarcastically. "We do the same piece to-night, don't we, Billy?li "You aren't built that way, are you? All the same, you "Yep." did it, my mocking-bird. Come, now,'' insinuatingly, "tell "Chubb, in the part of Gull, is stipposed to get a ducktne how you managed it. I won't give you away." ing in the fourth act, isn't he?" Charlie did not bite worth a ce11t, and after several "He gets his duckin' in the cnnal, not in the fourth act," fruitless endeavors to draw the boy out the low comedian grinned Billy. in great disgust, plumped himself down in the ducal chair, "Doh't be funny, please. He comes on in the third which stood invitingly at hand, and began to abuse Unger scene without hat or coat, shivering as if he was wet and roundly. cold." "I wouldn't sit on that chair if I was you," said Charlie "That's what he does." quietly, but with a twinkle in his eye. "Well he doesn't do it natural enough to suit tne. He "I'll sit where I choose, young man. Do you -understand might a hit with the oallety if he did it the right that ?'1 replied Chubb, loftily. way. I'll see what J can do f0 help him." "All right; I thought I'd warn you, that's all." "'What are you goin' to do to him?" asked Billy, in ''.What do you mean by that?" asked the comedian, sus quisitively. p1c10usly. "Nothing much," answered the boy, coolly, "only I JUSt "You want to know too much all at once. I owe Chubb something, anyway, or trying to hang up ma for last week's board when he had the price, all right. Chubb is two f'aced, and I don't like that kind of person. So just keep your eyes skinned, and perhaps you'll see an improvement in his acting to-night." Charlie 1hcn recollected that he had some business in the rropc rty-roorn to attend to, and walked off. "Do you sec that ducal chair the re ?7' s aid Mr. as unger entered the room. "Sure thing.'' "Give the seat of it a coat of green paint, so it wlll be dry for to-night." "Yes, sir," and Charlie got the pot of color, added a small quantity of turps, and was soon carrying out his instructions. "Now you can va.rnish this jewel-box,'' said the propertyman when Unger had finished with the chair, "and put it on yonder shelf to dry." "All right, sir." In a few minutes Mr. Chips went out of the room. He had not been gone more than a moment before Chubb, the low comedian, sauntered in. If Chubb had not been an actor he probably would have been a detective. put a coat of green paint on the seat, and--" Chubb sprang up as i propelled through a vampire trap.* The comedian had on a brand new pair of light-colored trousers that morning, and he soon discovered that they were completely spoiled "You young villain, you've ruined my pants!" he cried furiously, making a rush at the boy. He was so mad that he did not notice that Charlie, as he slipped to one side, kicked the pot of green paint directly in his The result was that Chubb tripped over it, and as the paint spread in the same direction the comedian went floun dering, the actor was spotted from head to foot with big dabs of the brightest emerald tint. When Chubb recovered his feet and saw the condition he was in he would have killed Unger if he could have laid his hands on the boy. He had to go through rehearsal that morning in a pair of dirty overalls, which made him the butt of the whole company, and, what was worse, an object of scorn to the soubrette, on whom he was mashed. There was another good house that evening, attracted rather by the reports of Estelle Vance's remarkable acting than by a desire to see the "eminent tragedian," who was He imagined he was an ideal sleuth. looked upon as a failure. He did not like Charlie Unger, and his object in coming Everything went on swimmingly until the third scene int_ o the property room was to worm himself into the boy's of the fourth act, in which a silly character called Gull, confidence and get him to confess that he was guilty of the represented by Chubb, is carried off the stage kicking by flour bag trick. a party of villagers, who intend ducking him in the canal. Then he meant to carry his knowledge to Briggs, the Shortly afterward he re-enters, apparentlv water-soakeJ. stage manager, hoping he would bounce the call-boy. --.A-ro-u-nd-trap in the stage, resembling a pi e cut in six sections, There was nothing mean about Chubb--of course not-each working upwatd on a hinge, and through which demons and but Charlie was dead on to him, all right. such supernatural characters in spectacular plays and pantomimes 1 are propelled with great speed from beneath the stage by means of "That was a smart trick you worked on Ranter ast powerful mechanism.


ALL TO 'l'HE GOOD. ====================---=--=--:;::-=============;:::::===============._:======================= exclaiming: "A double plague on all knaves! I carry half the water of the canal in my pockets," etc In due course Chubb was bundled off the stage in great shape, \ rhile the gallery roared its approval in its usual hilarious fashion The comedian removed a part of his costume in the wings and then waited for his cue to re-enter In a few moments he got it. Then something unexpected happened. Somebody had hung one of the fire pails from a stout nail in the wing. It was full of water. Of course that was no place for it, but it was there, just the same. By some mysterious means the bottom of that pail wai> jerked up, and its contents descended in a shower bath on the actor just as he sta rted forward, so that his appearance before the audience on this occasion was sufficiently rea listic to please the most critical observer. And while he Rhivered-with no fictitious shiver-on the stage Charlie Unger and Billy Duane were hugging them selves with glee away up in the flie's. "That was the finest snap yet," chuckled Billy. "Oh, he'R easy. People who hunt for trouble generally find it," replied Unger / "You're all io the goocl, Charlie. old boy!" "I manage to get there with both feet when I set out to do anything, bet your whiskers!" "There goes the curtain signal," said Billy a few mo ments later. "We'd better get back to the stage." And they did. CHAPTER IV. IN WHICH CHARLIE IS ENGAGED FOR A ROAD COMPANY. On the following evening Mrs. McKean Ranter was able to appear, and consequently Estelle Vance was out of the cast, much to the "eminent tragedian's" satisfaction. The public did not fancy the change and stayed away. The consequence was the star and the company played to empty benches. On Thursday night the bill was changed "Hamlet," with Mr. Ranter as the melancholy Dane and Mrs. Ranter as Ophelia. "She's a healthy-looking Ophelia," snickered Billy to Charlie, as they in the wings watching the final rehearsal. Truly she was, for she weighed two hundred and fifty pounds. "Ho," replied Unger in disgust, "Miss Vance is the one who could play that part way up in G.". "I guess she could. She'd look the part, all right." "Ranter is making a big mistake in insisting that his wife appear as Ophelia. There won't be a corporal's guard here to-night. It looks as if it will be a thin ghost that will walk on Monday, if it materializes at all." Unger was right. There were not fifty people m the house, and manager a:nd company, not to speak of the star and his wife, felt pretty blue. "Richard Ill." was announced for the next (Friday) night. Estelle Vance appeared in the cast, but secondary to the ponderous Mrs. Ranter. When the curtain rose there were four hundred people in the house. A little over half were students of a nearby college, who attended in a body and took possession of the family circle. Every one of the students brought a bulging paper bag Before the show was half the contents of the bags had found tlwjr way to the stage, and McKean Ranter was in a wild rage, for one of his eyes had been closed by an overripe egg. Estelle Vance and a few of the other members of the company were tumultuously appla.uded whenever they ap peared, but the star and his wife were received in solemn silence, and when Ranter was alone on the stage he had to dodge a sh01rer of vege tables. The duty to gather up the product of the green grocer's fell to Billy Duane. "There's enough vegetables here to l ast your mother for a month," grinned Bjlly as he showed the pile to Unger. "I don't think oi.u: boarders will be st uck on such a diet after to-night," answered Charlie, laughing. "They ought to be thankful to get any old thing to ea t, for I don ) t b e lieve the treasurer will have enough dough to go round." "You're right, Billy. lt will be a case of snowballs next week, for I don't think the Metropolitan season will last over to-morrow night." And it did not. McK.ean Rant er and his wife disappeared, and the mem bers of the company found themselves out of a job "I hear Mr. Rickaby, the late manager of the 11.fotro politan, is gettin' up a company for the road," said Billy Duane, meeting his friend on the street one day during the following week. "ls that so?" replied Charlie, with some interest ".Yep. He's engaged Miss Vance, Tillie Jacob s and Mrs. Benson; also Dudley Tripp, Howard Austin, Chubb-" "What, that--" "Yep. He's a pretty good comedian, even if he is meaner than dirt by nature." "Who else?" "Chips is goin' along." "Where do we come in?" "I give it up." "I'm going to see Rickaby. If I don't get out of town with the show ma will put me at some trade I don't care a brace of shakes for." "See that you put in a good word for me, Charlie. I can fill in at 'most any olc1 thiJ:lg." "I won't forget you, Billy." Unger was not able to locate the manager that morning, but when he arrived home a.bout lunch time his father,


8 ALL TO THE GOOD. who was helping about the kitchen, told him .Jir. Rickaby r \\" ell, n1 give you a chance. Do }OU know any bright ha "master of properties'' under the hea.cling "Exccu ti rn Staff As the compa n y was mo stly playing one-night it was a case of hu stle day after day. "I guess you have. Briggs, who oul 1rith has kept an rye on you, and he rcrommcnrlcd yon to me. Do you think you can double in parts r" The moment the s how was over at night everything hall to be picked up and packed, in rcadinc:;:; fol lhc ex pre:;:;sir. I'm ready to make mpelf u::;eful in any wa.y." "You're prepared to are you?" sir." "YoH won't have an easy snap-it's a of keeping on the mow. You'll be the la"'t to get to brd a fler the s how and the first up next morni1ng." "I' m not looking for i\11. [{" .-,aid Unger, resolutelv. r expect to work." *A moneyed Individual who backs a show. man to ('art it to the railroad Etation. As ,;oon a .. the propertie;; were t aken c:ar e of it was the scenery that had lo be got ready for Rhipment It \rm; gcneraJly one or lwo in the morning when Charlie and Billy turned in for their wel l -earned rest, and they had to be up agairr early to see that everything was go t oil' all righl. Charlie had determined to make goo d a nfi Manager lfa: kaby \\a,; satisfied he was a ll r i ghl, especially a.-; he paid him only hall' 1rha1 he would have been obliged to give an experienced man lik e Chips. ..,


.. : ... ... ALL TO THE GOOD. Unger became a general favorite with everybody in the He was a good-looking fellow, with light curly hair, and company, except the comedian, and Dudley Tripp, his appearance on the street usually raised something of the leading man. a flutter among the young ladies of the town who chanced 'rhey sneered at his efforts to please, and took care to to catch sight of him. put as much work as they could in hi s way. Dudley had an exalted opinion of hims elf. Then they found all the fault th e y could with him, and He posed as a sort of "matinee idol," and was much were continually kicking to the stage manag e r because he g frcn to mashing-an indiscretion that Manager Riekab y did not do this or that thing to their satisfaction. set hi s face against. Briggs, however, knew Unger was doing eren more than On this orcasion DucJley walked up Main street, swinghis duty called for, and cons equently he had more word s ing a littl e rattan cane anc1 s moking a choice cigar, looking of praise than blame for the young mast e r of prop e rties. for all the world ac; if he owned the town. Of course Charlie and Estelle Vance who was playing Not far ahea<1 was a mu s i c and s tationery s tore in the the leading part in "Fighting Fate," were the best of windows of wl1ich the advance man had secured the privi friends, and sought many opportunities to be in each other's l egc of exhibiting a serieR of photographs of the members company. of the "Metropolitan Stock and a couple of "Say, Cha.rlie," remarked Billy, one afternoon wlien they striking scenes from "F'ighting Fate." had finished setting the stage for the firRt act of that night's Two young ladi es, one of whom, a brunette, was performance in a small town dmrn on the map as Middlethe daughter of the i1rnyor of the town, came out of the burg, "Dudley Tripp is getting pretty sweet on MiRs Vance, Btore just as Dudley Tripp came abrca;;:t of it. clont yon think?" 'l'h ey stopped to look at the photographs, and the actor, "Ho! What of it? She doesn't care anything for him," much impm;;sed by the beauty of the dark girl, stepped up replied Unger, confidently. alongRicle of them. "I should hope not," an s wered Billy diving into his "I. n t he lianclsome ?') exclaimed the mayor's pocket for a cigarette. "He puts on altogether too many to her companion, pointing to the photo of Tripp, which, airs to suit me It's get off the earth when h e's about . I wit11 that of E telle Vance, occupiecJ the center of the wonder he's so chummy with Chubb." frame. "I don't wonder. They're bird s of a feather.'' "Yes, but i sn't 1\fiss Vance just too lovely for nny. "They're a pair of knockers, that's what they are," sa id thing?'' r emar k ed the other young enthusiastically. Billy, nodding his head and then striking a match on the "I am glad you admire the photoR. young ladies," spoke sole of his shoe. up Dudl ey, with a smirk of gratification. "'They're that, all right. Chubb, for instance i s dead The girl s looked at the s peaker in startled s urprise. Rore on Jenkins, becau se Jenk does a s trong e r specia lty than Du.clley raised hi s hat politely. he. It catches on ewrywhere and Chubb is jealous." "I am one the--" he continued, with his mo s t faR-" I know. I heard him running Jenkins clown to Briggs cinatin g 1 nnile, when the dark beauty cut him short. yesterday." "I think you are very impertinent; si r she said icily, "It doesn t do llim any good. Brigg s ha s n. J eye J h ead with an indignant flash in her handsom e eyes. : mcl knows what' s wh. at. He know s Jenkins can put it all Dudley was rathe r taken aback as he was not accus oYer Chubb and not turn n; hair. He's the finest Dul;i:!h tamed to b e in g rebuffed in s o decided a way by the fair sex; comedian. I ever s aw." but his nerve was equal to the occasion. "Yep. He's .a good one. HowcYCl', to get back at what "I beg your pardon, miss. No offence wa s intended I started with. Dudley, Tripp :ls pretty fre s h with Miss You passed a complimentary remark on my photograph Vance, and if I was you I'd keep an eye on him You are that's my pictllre ne x t to Mi ss Va11ce's-and I was going her particular friend :md I don't think you'll stand to to offer you a couple of pa sses for to-night's show. I hope have her am10yed by that dude." you will accept them," producin g two s lip s of paper marked "I should say not replied Charlie resolutely. "Estelle and s igned by Manager Rickaby "It will Yance is one of the nice s t little girls in the world-too giye me the g r eatest pleasure if you will--" nice to be knocking around the country on one-night s tands. 'The mayor's dau ghte r turned her back sq uarely on the Her place is with a. good city s tock or with some reliable leading man and, her friend by the arm, walked company playing the larger towns." away; leavin g the h a nd some actor dnmfounded "She'll get there in time," observed Billy, crunchin g the C harl ie and Billy witneRRed Dudley Tripp's cliRcomfiture, butt of hi s cigarett.e under his heel. and were much amn:;ed. The boys left by the st11--ge door together, and st.rolled up Billy was so tickled that he laughed out aloud. the main street toward the hotel. Tripp heard him a:nd turned around. Dudley Tripp came out of a barber shop just ahead of "What are you laughing at, you little monkey?" he them, and turned in the same direction they were going. exclaimed angrily. recog11izing the pair. Manager Rickaby in s isted that all his people sho uld be "Nothing," retorted Billy, sa ucily; good dressers, but Mr. Tripp carried the mandate to the Dudley reached forward, caught him by the ear, jerked extreme. him forward, and gave him a slap on the face.


10 ALL TO 'THE GOOD. "There; how do you like that?" "What did you do that for?" cried Billy, mad as hornet, kicking out and landing on the actor's shins. I get into trouble because you knocked that presuming fel a low down." "You villain!" roared Dudley, making a dash at the boy. But Charlie interfered. "Leave him alone," he said coolly. "How dare you put your oar in, you whipper-snapper!" cried Tripp, furiously. He gave Unger a push. "Don't you do that again; Mr. Tripp/' said Charlie, resolutely. "What's that?" "I said, don't you put your hand s on me that way "I'll knock the stuffing out of you, you measly little puppy," gritted the l eading man, in a rage, aiming a blow at the young master of ptoperties. The boy ducked and then struck out himself. His hard fist caught Dudley uncler the ear. The actor staggered and then fell to the sidewalk "Come on, Billy;'' said Charlie, quietly, "let's go on. This affair is attracting attention "I'd like to punch him in the eye myself," mutteted his assistant, as the two moved away . The two young ladies had pa used a little distance away, and observed the proceedings with quiet satisfaction. Char1ie raised his hat to them, and was passing on, when the dark girl spoke: "You treated him to what he deserved, and I am very much obliged to you." "He certainly had no right to address youJ bliss/' he answered politely "I am sorry to say he is a rhertlbet of our company, and r hope you will permit me to apologize for him." "Are you ah actor, too?" she asked, slnilingly. "Hardly that, though I play a small pa11 in the piece. I am the property maii of the company." "Property man?" she exclaimed, in sotrle petpletity. "1\Iay I ask what--?" "Certainly," replied Charlie, courteously, and he pro ceeded to explain in a general way what his duties were. "You are very kind, and much more of a gent leman than that other person." "'!'hank you, miss. I hope you will come to the show thi s evening It is a good one." "I think I will ask my father to take me,'' she replied, with a smile. "He is the mayor of this town "Then I've had the honor of talking to--" "Miss Jennie Ripley. Allow me to introduce my friend, Miss Bates." "Pleased to make your acquaintance, Miss Bates; and you, too, Miss Ripley. This is my friend, William Duane. He is also connected with the show." "But you haven't told me your name," Miss Ripley said, l aughingly. "Charles Unger." "Thank you. I will look for you on the programme if I attend the performance this evening. I hope you won't "I'm not worrying about it, .i\Iiss Hipley. Here is our hotel, so I wish you good-afternoon, la

ALL TO THE GOOD. 11 not any light to guide the boy; but that did not bother "Sure." Billy, as he had some matches in his pocket. "Unger and Duane put it together with bolts when they He slipped down the steps noiselessly, for his shoes were are setting the scene.1 well worn; and when he reached the foot of the stairs was "Well?" about to strike a light, when he heard the sound of voices, "If the bridge wasn't properly braced, the chances are which he recognized as Dudley Tripp's and Chubb's. -that it woulcl go down with Jenkins when he stepped He wondered what they were doing down there in the upon it." dark. "Oh, those boys look out for that. I've noticed they're "Up to no good, I'll bet," he muttered, bending his very careful to test it just before the curtain goes up on head forward in a listening attitude. the act." "I'd give something to get square with that infernal "Suppose, after they had tested it, somebody was to Unger," he heard Tripp say malevolently. loosen and remove the bolt" holding the braces in position Apparently Dudley had just been xehearsing his vexathere'd be an accident. .Tenkins might get hurt, but that tious encounter of the afternoon and was looking for wouldn't worry you any, I guess." comedian's sympathy. "Not in the least," replied Chubb, vindictively. "I hate "That oughtn't io be hard . Why don't you give him a the fellow. He thinks he is the whole show with that diagoocl licking to-night after the show? I'll stand by and lect song and dance of his, which catches the jays, but see you have a fair show at him," said Chubb. "He always would be a frost in town." has to stay back to pack up the stuff-he and that little "Well, such an accident would spoil the act, and, espe monkey of a Duane. I'll keep that little imp from shoving cially if Jenkins was injured, raise merry Old Briggs in his. oar, while you knock the stuffing out of Unger." would find on investigation that the bolts had apparently "No," objected Dudley, for reasons which h e diet n(}t been forgotten, and Unger and his pal would get it good seem to care to explain "I want to do better than and hard where the chicken got the ax,'' with a sardonic "What do you mean by better?" asked the chuckle. "I'd like to fix him some way that would bring about "That's a good scheme," admitted the envious comedian, his discharge. I hate the sight of the fellow." "but who's going to work the trick?" "Not more than I do. His mother froze on to my trunk "You might do it with a monkey wrench," suggested because I couldn't cough up the few measly plunks I owe Dudley, complacently. her. I had to fire my duds out of the window the night "Thanks. And if I was caught monkeying with the before we left town, or I shouldn't have had a thing to screws, what then?" replied Chubb, who had a healthy re wear. Then I owe him a grudge for spoi ling my new suit spect for his own little person. in the property-room at the Metropolitan. It would give "Pshaw! You don't want to get caught." me great pleasure to wring his beastly neck." "Well, it's your scheme; what's the matter with you "Well, I'm _glad you're down on him, too. Perhaps be-drawing the bolts yourself?" tween us we can hatch up something that will put him "I will if you haven't the nerve to take a chance. We'll out of business." both assume a part of the responsibility." "I only wish we could: He seems to have worked him"How?" self next to the soft side of Briggs, for all our kicking "You keep watch whjJe I do the job, and you can take against him hasn't a.mounted to a row of shucks. If he charge ef the bolts until you find a chance to get rid of only made some serious mistake we could catch him where them." his hair is short. I don't see how he gets along so well. "All right,'' agreed Chubb. "I won' t k eep 'em long, you He was only call-boy and assistant to Chips at the theater. may gamble on it." He had an awful nerve to apply for the job of property"Then we'll do it to-night. The sooner we get rid of man of this show." that upstart the better it'll suit me." "Rickaby must have been off his base to engage him,'' agreed Dudley, sneeringly. "Rickaby wanted to save the dough. Besides, I heard that Briggs recommended him." "vV ell, he's a ham at the business, and we ought to show him up,'' said the leading man, maliciously. "I'm ready to do my share toward the good work," chuckled Chubb, vindictively. "Look here, Chubb," said Dudley, suddenly, "I've an idea." "Have you? Spit it out, then." "You know, in the third act there's a set bridge across U. E., over which the Dutchman, Jenkins, flees from his pursuers." "Same 11ere." "Then I look to you to hand me the wrench. All you have to do is to notice where Unger puts it when he's through with the job of arranging the bridge. Get hold of it at once and bring it to me. I'll be on hand waiting for it. The moment Unger has tested the set-piece, and got away, we'll watch our chance and put in our work." "You've got a great head, Tripp,'' said Chubb, ad miringly. "I wouldn't have thought of that scheme in a coon's age." "Oh, I lmow a thing or two, I guess," replied the lead ing man, complacently. "Well, that's settled, then; so we'd better get up to our dressing-room and get into clothes."


12 .\LL Tv 'l'llE GOOD. Billy drew a:;ide in the darkness and let the rascally ac tors him. "1 thi:; i:mt the coolest piece of crooked work I ever l1eard of," muttered the boy, as he lit a match and looked for lhc shelf where the hammer and nails reposed. "It's mighty fortunate I had to come down here after this tool," as he grabbed the hammer and seYeral nails and started back to the above. "So those scallawags are go in' to try to do Charlie up to-night! Well, you can bet your life I'm going to be around when they try it on. If they get airnJ with the goods, I'll agree to eat snowballs for the rest of my life." He decided to say nothing to Unger about the matter, for the present at least; and then began to figure out how he not onl y woulcl head the rascals off, but prove them guilty before the whole company of a clespicable deed. "It wont be Charlie who.'11 get it in the neck, but some body else, and there'll be a pair of 'em," whereat he chuckled so loudly that Unger, who was standing near him at the moment, asked him what he was laughing at. "I'm thinkin' of somethin' funny that's goin' to happen to-night," grinned his assistant. "Let's hear about it," asked Unger curiously. "Not on your life. A good thing will ahrnys keep. 'l'hat's the 1ray you worked it on me at the Metropolitan 1rhcn you put those jobs up on, Ranter and Chubb. Yon told me to keep my eyes skinned and 1 1rnuld see what I would see. you do the same round the beginnin' o! the third ad r" "Corne off, Billy: it 1ron't do for you to work off any her<., "'I' here i,:n no monkey-shines in this, bet your life. It's rrul :;criom." -" : \Jl(l you wont give the tip?" "Not at thi:; stage of tl1e game." "Wrll. Billy, I hope it's all right. You know I've quit larking for good. \lso, plear;e don't forget the important fact that I am your bos;;. 80, if you do11't want to lwn' a run-in 1rith me, you've got to be good." CHAPTER YII. WHICH SHOWS now THE COXSl'IRACY FAILED. There was a good house that night, and the first and Sl'cond acts of "Fighting Fate" 1rent off as i

ALL TO THE GOOD. 13 ward, the end of the bridge would go down with a crash, and poor Jen kins would take a header through the upper entrance, at the imminent risk of a broken neck or broken bones. It was a dastardly scheme But the two jealous and disgruntled actors only cared to achieve their own mean ends, without any consideration for the damage incurred thereby. As they slipped away from the scene of their operations a small human being came shooting down a rope which hung from the staging in the flies. It was Billy Duane, who had been fl. silent witness above of the crooked work on the stage, and he landed squarely in L. U E. He darted down to the 0 P. proscenium entrance, where he saw Briggs standing Wking to Howard Austin, the first juvenile. "I want to speak to you a moment, Mr. Briggs," said the boy, in a low, hurried tone. The stage manager saw by the lad's face that something was in the wind, and he said : "Well, what is it, Billy?" "I want you to come with me, sir." Billy piloted him to L. U E. Chubb and Dudley Tripp were carelessly conversing in L. S .. E., and paid no attention to them. "Look here, Mr. Briggs,'' sajd Duane, pointing to the condition of the set rock. "If Jenkins was to cross the bridge now, what would happen?" Briggs looked, and a frown gathered on his brow. "How comes it in this s hape?" he asked sternly. "ls this the way Charlie and you attend to business?" "If we bungled things that way, you don't suppose I'd come and point it out to you, do you?" "I don't know what you're getting at, Billy; but one thing is certain-you've got to fix it up right away. Why, Jenkins might break his neck the way that rock is standing." "Sure he would. It was fixed on purpose so he would get a nasty fall, and Charlie and I would get blamed for it." "Fixed! What do you mean? Has any one touched those braces since you put them in place, as it was your business and Charlie's to do?" "Yes, sir." Briggs looked hard at the boy. That such an uncalled-for and reckless thing should be done by any one who had access to the stage seemed in credible. It was a nasty piece of business, and Briggs was getting hot under the collar. "Tell me wha,t you know about it," he said sharply. Without referring to the conversation he had overheard in the cellar, Billy said he happened to be up in the flies, and, looking down, saw Dudley Tripp and Chubb remove the bolts from the clamps. "I guess Chubb has the bolts in his pockets yet and I know he put the wrench behind this cloth." Billy pulled aside the end of the Lack scene, and there, sure enough, in the nanow space between the Tolle r and the brick wall lay the monkey wrench. Just then Billy's sharp eyes observed Chubb disappear behind a framed bit of scenery tilted against the side wall of the theater. "Chubb has walked under that garden piece just now, Mr. Briggs. I'll bet he's gone there to get rid of those bolts." Briggs,. without a word, darted over and looked i nto the space between the wall and the set piece. Chubb had his back to him and was pulling the bolts out of his pocket and laying them on the floor. The guilt of the comedian was beyond dispute, and Briggs, with a roar of anger, reached his arm in, l1ooked Chubb by the collar, and dragged h!m out. Two of the bolts were sti ll in his hand. What he said to the startled actor as he glared fiercely down at him would not bear repetition in print. Stage managers have the habit of expressing themselves pretty forcibly when things aren't coming their way, as many an actor and actress can testify; but ,when they are up against such a crooked game as Chubb and Tripp were engaged in, well-there aren't any words in the English language too strong to express their sentiments Dudley Tripp Howard Austin, Jenkins, and Mrs. Ben son, who played old woman parts, were attracted to the scene by the disturbance: Chubb was livid and trembling with fear. "What's the frouble, Briggs?" Jenkins, in great surprise. "Trouble!" rasped the stage manager, holding up the low comedian by the neck, in s pite of his squirming. "Go and look at what this s kunk and :Mr. Tripp have been doing in the bridge entrance. Then, if you want to knock the head off both of them, you've got my perrpission

H ALL TO THE GOOD. "Look at that," said Briggs, holding up one of Chubb's hands, the fingers of which still held two of the bolts, which he had seemed too paralyzed to drop. "Look at those bolts. The skunk took them out of the clamps that secured the braces of this end of the bridge. His object was to seri ously injure Jenkins, because," the stage manager jumped at the correct conclusion, "he's jealous of the hit Jenkins has made with the show. Go and hide your head till you are wanted," he exclaimed, snatching the bolts away and giving the comedian a push. Then he got the other bolts from behind the garden piece, carried them to where Billy was enlightening Jenkins as to the situation, and told the boy to refix the braces. Jenkins, when he understood the affair, was a mighty angry actor, and swore he'd take it out of Chubb's hide after the show. The other members of the company were so surprised at the developments that they were not convinced of the guilt of Chubb and Tripp until Billy told them his story at the end of the act After that the comedian and the leading man were studi ously avoided off the stage for the rest of the night. Billy told Charlie about the matter while they were clearing the stage and setting the next act, which was easy. Unger was almost paralyzed. "We'd been in a terrible scrape if you hadn't discovered their game," said Charlie, indignantly "I'll bet we would. Briggs would have believed we were careless, and ha.dn't bolted down those braces at all." "I might. have got fired "You'd have stood a good chance of it.'" That night, after the show, Briggs told Mr. Rickaby. The result was Chubbs and Tripp received notice to quit, and the manager telegraphed to town for two people to take their p l aces. CHAPTER VIII. HOW CHARLIE UNGEU FALLS IKTO THE HANDS OF' DUDLEY TRIPP AND CHUBB. I guess your nose is out of joint, Charlie," remarked B illy, orie day, with a grin, while they were hauling the trunks into the different dressing-rooms. "How is that?" "Why, Miss Vance seems to have taken a great shine to Frank Frost, our new leading man "Well, he's a nice fellow, all right," replied Charlie, in a resigned tone "He's a good actor, and he plays the B-fla.t cornet in the band to the queen's taste," said Billy, admiringly. "The new low comedian is a fine clarionet player. He told me he took a fancy to the instrument after faking it in an old-time farce called 'The Wandering Minstrel.'" "The cymbal;; and the bass drum is good enough for me,'' grinned Billy. "You're lucky you don't have to play in the band." "_\.s I can't perform on anything but a jew's-harp and a mouth harmonica, I wouldn't cut much of a figure in the musical bunch. Besides, I couldn't find time anyway. I am doing now as much as any ordinary full grown man \rould care to tackle at twice the salary. There's one sat isfaction, however, the 'ghost' walks regularly every Mon day, so there's no kick coming from my respected ma. She gets a postoffice order every week, and that helps keep the pot boiling." "How are the boarders?" "She's catching the vaudeville people now, and gets her money, I guess, without trouble It's the summer time that makes ma dizzy. Then good many hams come .around and try to stack her up for free grub; but she won t stand for that any more "I should say not," chuckled Billy. "The Metropolitan Stock Company" had been out about six weeks, and had played to very fair business since it Jeft town .$0 far the company had laid off only one day, being unable to get time for a certain night within its radius of operation, for Manager Rickaby didn't care to take the chances of a long jump. They were now in Sayville, which boasted two temples of amusement-the Opera House and Burt's Theatre. "The Metropolitan Stock" was to show in Burt's that night; but as the advance sale been pretty slim, owing to the superior features offered by the rival attraction at the Opera House, Manager Rickaby feared he would have a poor house. On their way back to the hotel Charlie and Billy passed the stage door to the Opera House. T\\ 1 0 men 9ame out and walked on ahead of them. "\Yell," gasped Duane, clutching hiR companion b,v the arm, "if there aren't Chubb and Dudley Tripp, I'm a liar! "I guess you're Billy. They must have got an engagement with the company that is playing the house "Looks that way, doesn't it? I s'pose we'll meet 'em at the hotel." they're not stopping at the Winston House "Must be. All the put up there." "We don't h;.ve to notice them." "Well, I should say not." "They're lucky chaps to catch on with that show. I hear it's a good one." "It's good enough to get on without a band "Where does it hail from. Did you hear?" "Chicago. Been out two months." "Chubb and Tripp are bound to crow over our people since they've got on to such a good thing. "Sure they will. It's like 'em to do just that." Manager Rickaby's fears were verified. There was a very thin house at Burt's Theatre that


ALL TO 'liHE GOOD. ercning, while, on the contrary, the Opera House was Then the wagon drove off. packed to the doors. The 'ratchman recharged his pipe and sat on his stoo l To make matters worse, the manager of the opposition to wait for Charlie5 who had started back into th: build wa an old busines.s riral of Rickaby:s. ing, to return with Estelle. Therefore, the head of the "Metropolitan Stock ComAt that moment two 8mooth ly shaven men, one tall and pany" felt decidedly sore \\'hen he counted the house that the other 8hort, walked in at the stage door, and as the night, after a report of his opponent's success had been watchman started to accost them they pounced upon him, brought to him bound and gagged him, and pushing him into a corner It \\'a:; the poorest business the actors had played to since of his litU e den, darted off down the passage toward the they left town, and it had a depressing effect on all hands. stage. After the show the performers resumetl their street at"We're in great luck," said the short man, whose voice tire, packctl their trunks, and returned to their hotel, l eav was the voice of Chubb, the comedian. "I was beginning ing Charlie and Billy, as usual, to attend tu the scenery to be afraid \re should not be able to bag onr game. Inand other property of the company. of going with the fruck he came back in here. Must 01ring to the fact that tlw theatrical expressmnn had hare forgotten something At any rate, he's played right certain arrangements with the opposition company, Charinto our hands." li e fonrnl that the scenery, trunks, etc would have to be "That's what he has," replied his companion, Dudley shippeL1 to the depot that night, and this meant an hour's Tripp. extra l abor for him and his assistant before they could "I wonder where he is," breathed Chubb, when they hop e to get to bed. entered on the dark stage. They worked lik e a pair of ucavers, however, and with "\Ve ll wait heTe till he starts to go out." the assistance of the theatre stage hamls, who gave them "I h e m him movfog about behind the wings. We'd beta generous lift, they got the stuff out of the house much ter tackle him at once." sooner than they had expected. "All right," agreed Tripp, and they started forward. While they were putting the la st of the scenery on the ChaTlie heard them coming, and thinking it was the truck, Charlie was astonished by the appearance of Estelle watchman, he called out: Vance at the stage door. "Is that you; Barney ?'i She was somewhat excited and out of breath. There was no reply; but sti ll the footsteps-and he no"Why, Miss Vance, what has brought you back?" he asked ticed there were more than one pair of feet-advanced. her in surprise. ""Wbo's there?" "I'm so glad," she said, with a little gasp, "that I've got Still no answer. here before you were gone, for we leave early (n the mornCharlie left his position at the foot of the stairwa.y, iug, and I was afraid I shouldn't get another chance." where he had been impatient1y awaiting Miss Vance's re" Another chance for" asked Charlie, wonderingly turn, and walked o the wings. "To go back to my Two figures, indistinct in the semi gloom, came suddenly "Why do you want to go back thel'e ?" upon him. "I left a ring that I prize verJ much-it was my mothBefore he had any idea what was going to happen he er's-on the shelf in front of the mirror I must get it." was seized, an uncorked bottle pressed und e r his nose, and "Well, it's all dark upstairs. If you'll wait a minute he found himself for the insta .nt helpless. I'll go up with you." A subtle essence nscended into his nostri l s and his head "Oh, it isn't necessary to trouble you. I'll take the began to swim. watchman's lnnt ern. I know the way, all right. I'll be He couldn't recognize his m1sailants, but a sense of dan do'rn in a minute." ger caused him to make a desperate strugg le to throw the "llrell, I 'll meet you on the stage at the foot of the men off. stairs," replied the boy, as the little actress seized the Ian-He was a strong boy, and very determined when aroused. tern from the shelf in the do01keeper's box and tripped off The men did not expect to find him so hard to manage, into the dark and silent theatre. and in the strugg l e the bottle was dashed to the floor antl Her onl.v guide was a dim wired gas jct at the end of smashed. the passage leading to the stage, and .another near the "Confusion!" exclaimed Dudley Tripp. "The bottle is stainra:v which lell to the ladies' dressing-rooms located gone!" up in the region of the flies. Chntlie knew his v'oi.ce in a moment. "Yon go on with the trurk, Billy," tlirrcted the young "Dudley Tripp!" he exclaimed, "what is the me aning master of properties. "I've got to sec Miss Vance back of this?" to the hotel." "Ha! You l mow me, eh?'' cried the actor, in some vyx" All right," returned his assistant, cheerfully, as the last ation. "Well, it does1it matter. We'll fix you, any way, set pirrr wa;;; put on the wagon and roped down to keep 1 in a coup l e of rninntcs,_,so you won't cross our path aga in, it in place. I I promise you."


16 ALL TO THE GOOD. CHAPTER IX. IN WHICH CHARLIE UNGEH l'ROVES HIMSELF A HERO. "What do you mean?" demanded Unger, after they had comp l ete l y subdued him by their united stre n gth. "You'll find out what we mean in a jiffy. Won't he, Chubb?" "Well, I guess," replied the comedian, with a lau gh. "You're a nice pnir of 8Co1111clrcls, you arc," sa id Char lie, s cornfully. "You might a s 1rell i'pare your wor d s," replied Tripp, through his teeth. "lt won't do you any g ood. I'll hold on to him, Chubb, while you hunt a bit of rope up. You ought to be abl e to find R ome hanging a.bout." Ch 'ubb started off to look up the required art. lcle; and Charl i e heard him Rtrike s everal matchei;, one after an other, to aid him in hiR qnest. Dudley maintainrd a tight grip on the boy. Charlie had s topped strugg l i n g when he found his ef forts unavailin g nncl wai trd to r egn in hiR breath. Now that he was alone 1rith Dudl e y Tripp, he thought lie saw his nrlrnntag e and 11 a s preparing t o mak e a des perate attempt to free hirnRelf whrn a slight nois e followed by a low cry, ani1 then a l oud cra s h, came down from the "fli es." "What'i:; that?" exrlairnerl Tripp. c learly staJ't l ed. Charlie 1rns s ure s omething had happened to Este ll e Vance, and he tore him;:e] f from the a c tor's partially released gra sp. Pushin g Dudley back he dartecl for the stairs "He's got away!" cricrl the leadin g m:m .. tarting to fol low the boy. "Head him off, Chubb!" The comedim1, who had al s o been s tartl e d by lhe f\011nc1 from aboV(\ turned am] saw the point Dn g er waR making for He intercepted him ju,;t a s h e war; pnttinO' his feel on the s teps. "Stand back. yon villain!" c ried Charlie, aiming a blow at Chubb's face. The comedian dod g ed. :rncl then caught the boy about the wais t. The y sway e d bark and forth a long the wall. "Le t me g o will yon!" rnnrrd Fn'!er sirnggling '1ith all hi s might. "Not on your life! We've g ot vou now. aml w e're going to g ive you a rlre R sing rlown von won' t forget as lon g as you live "You cowar1ls 1"1 o tn onr '" "Shut up!" "Hold him ti ght, till J e :m g-et my arm s about him again i::ai1l Hurllev comin g np. nntl wntrhing hiR chance to g rab thf' swa. 1 in g form of the hoy. Charlie heard him. and lrnrw it '1'oulrl he ail up with him as ,..;oon a,; Tripp c011M gd. a fir1n holf! on him again So he made a desperate t'ffmt to R hake off Chubb. The result of it was thev tripped 11p and fell agai n s t a stack of old, musty wing s tilted a g ainst the wall. Locked in each other's arm s the y crn sl:c material started into a blaze. caught on the stairs which were like so much tinder, for the theatre was an old one-the fir s t which had been erected in the town-and in an incredib l y s hort. time that enc1 of the building was a seething mass of flames. "The place is afire!" cr ied C hubb in a terror-stricken voice: as h e scra mbled to hi s feet. "Curse the luck!" gritted Dudl ey, lettin g go of Unger "\Ye'l l haye to skip out if we want t o save ourse lves. This old barn will be on fire from cellar to roof in ten minutes "Look above yelled t h e comedia n with bu lging eyes and chattering teeth. "The 'flies' a r e o n fire too!" "Great h eaven nlmost screame d Charlie, a s the two actors, leaving the to hi s 0'1' n resources, started for the passage l eading out to the Rtage door. "Come ha. ck. If you are men you will h e lp me save Mi ss Vanqe !" "What's that?" r ep li e d Dudley pau sing half way to the door "Estell e Va.nee up in h e r dressing room. She will hr burned to death. For heaven's sake, do som ething to h e lp her!" And Cha rli e maJe a dash for the blazing stair way, but was s topp ed by the rush of the flame s whi c h the draft from the door, throug h which the frighte ned come dian had just fled, forced into his face. "Nons e ni:;e !" returned -Dudley "She mu s t h ave gone l ong ago. In fact. I saw her going up the street with Tillie Jacobs." "She ca m e back for something she forg ot in her room, an d hasn't come down yet."


d 1-y lS o 11 11 l-1. ;e 1 r : s l-h :n I. IS 0 p ,_ c 1, 1 .. ALL TO THE GOOD. l'l' Dudley hesitated. He had a sneaking regard for the beautiful and talented little leading woman, and the iaea that she was now in peril of her life appealed to his better nature. But when he glanced at the blazing stairway, through which it seemed impossible for anyone to force his way, and then took a look at the spreading flames in the .flies, the hopelessness of successful attempt to reach the dressing-rooms and return to the stage alive, as well as his personal regard for his own safety, overcame every con sideration for the girl's c1ef'peratc position. "No use," he replied to Charlie's entreaties. "If she's up there now, we can't do a thing for her. I'm off to give the alarm." He turned and disappeared through the passage, stop ping only long enough at the stage door to release the watchman and inform him that the theatre was on fire "Cowardly!" cried Unger, making another dash at the s tairs, in a mad attempt to ascend them, only to be driven back s corched and panting. The fire was now well under way, and the stage was filling with smoke, which caused the boy to cough and his eyes to smart. But not for one moment did he think of deserting Estelle Vance. Had he not been so excited he might have wondered why no sound came from the imperiled girl. Not a cry nor a scream had indicated that she knew of the danger which threatened her, ancl it seemed impos s ible she could not but be aware of the fact The only sound was the crackling of the fire and the dropping bits of blazing wood on the stage from above. Charlie as he glanced up, could see the lurid tongues of flame ea.ting their way among the, ropes and pu11eys and reaching out for the s ky borders. "I can't get up those stairs !" he cried, desperately. "She i s lost! She is lost!" The encl of a long rope, relea se d from above, struck the boy in the face a s it fell l\Iechanica.lly he gra bbed it, and as he did so a thrilling and desperate resolution flashed through his brain. He would climb up that rope and thus gain the burning re gio n abovr. by quick a ction he might reach and s ave the g irl yei.. He trs ted the rope and found the other end secure. Th e n without wasting a moment more than to tie his handkerchief' over hi s mouth and nostrils,. he began to hanl himself up hand ove r hand th1ongh the drifting s moke th a t was thickening th e atmosphere of the s tage and filtering out into the body of the housr Up and up he went with all the agility of a sailor. until he reachd a beam that afforded a foothold. The fire was spreading all around him It was a terrifying s pectacle, but C harlie dog ge dly bent on his purpose, regarded it not. Throwing himself on his hand s imd knees the boy crawled forward, half dizzy from the lack of pure afr. In spite -0f the smoke he could see fairly well up here, for the fire had got to the space above the proscenium arch, ove r the curtain, and was blazing hot and furiously amid the dry, tinder-like woodwork, throwing a bright glare over the upper regions of the stage. As he reached a spot half way between the painter's s taging and the top of the burning stairs he came suddenly on unconscious form of Estelle Vance, stretched out with one arm extended at full length. She hpd evidently missed her way in the gloom in spite of the lant ern s he had carried, and, making a misstep, had fallen s trikin g h e r head against a box used to simulate the sound of thunder The lantern had flown from her hand, s ma s hed a pile of painting material ancl ignited s ome of the in flammable Rtuff gathrrecl thnc. That was tlw origin of th e blaze above, the most. formidable of the two. E s t e ll e's face looked whitr a s death in the lurid g-lram of th e burn i ng s urroundin gs, nnd a tiny s tream of hloorl trickled from a slight 11ound over her temple. "l\Iy heavens!" gasped Charlir. "Sh e cnn t hr tJead '." That was no time to dec ide the cines tion. Every moment was preciou s He gatherecl the girl in hi s armR and s tarted for the rop e by wh\ c h he had come up. He jntencled to make a rapid s lide to th e s tnge with his burd en, and escape by th e s tage f loor. Bnt, to hi s h orror and despair, he found th e way to the rop e cut off, a nd evi:>n the beam to which th e rop e hung was on foe, and burning so furiou s ly that hacl lie been able to reach the rope t1tere was s mall chance the s upport would sta nd the clo11ble weight of himself hi,.; uncon scion s burd e n ''I n rn s t ha v e air ox [ hall drop !" h e g roan e d With desperate e u ergJ holding Miss Van cc firm I y a roirnd the waist, h e s taggered. over to the brick wall. The s l iding baT whic h held the shutte r,.; was rnst.y from di s use. Thi s :fact h e found out. whrn he raised th e lowe r of the] window. But two lives w e re nt, and th e boy tuggw l anJ pull ed till h e di s l o d ged t h e bar from it,.; iron Th e n h e threw all hi s force agairn;t th e They swtmg open with a har s h c lan g, and h e frll lintph across the s ill in full view of c rowd alreallY gnth e rl'J in the street below. CHAPTER X. WHERF.TN f'HATILIB AX O ESTJ U,LF. VA'.\"f'E ESCAPE \\'ITH 'l'JIETR Ll\'E:-;, A. hoar s e s hout o f and con ste111ation w ent np from the m o b of people whom the fire Imel, in spi le u[ the la.teness of thr h011r, collected arouml th e scene o f t!it' conflag raiion when t h e c l a n g of the iron shutte r s n r:1r


18 ALL TO THE GOOD the top of the brick wall clisch, ed the fact that there was a human being in the burning theatre. The flames then were rising high above the roof of the building, lighting up the neighborhood around about and casting a lurid glow into the h eavens that could be seen miles away. The fire engines were now arriving on the scene, and the policemen were beginning to drive the ear l y arrivab back to where a fire line ould be established. cakulated the ladder was long enough to span the gulf between. So, with plenty of help a.t their back, they shoved the ladder out, with a rope attached to the forward end, which they maJrngcd to toss to the firemen on the roof next to the theatre. 'rhe crowd of spectato rs, perceiving their object, raised a great shout of satisfactio n, and then became quiet and anxious once more. The occupants of the houses opposite, mostly floors let A fireman backed up against the side wall of the theatre, out to the workingmen of an adjacent factory, were in a anoLher climbed on his shoulders, and a thircl was boosted state of terror and confusion. up till he managed to shin up the body of the second man Some of them were looking at the blaze from the winand reached and pulled himself on top of the blazing build dows and the roofs, but the women were scurrying around inside gathering up their trinkets and rnluables in prepa'J'he rope attached i:o the end of the ladder was thrown ration for speedy departure if that became necessary. to him. Charlie Unger Breathed the pure air iuto his lung:,: and soon recovered f his coolness, which "as second nature with him in the face of danger. He stooped down, lifted Estelle in his arms, and laid her face down across the window sill. The crowd, which had become still after that fir s t out burst, and was watching his crery adion w ith the live lie st interest and anxiety, now roared again when they sa w that another person, and a woman at that, wa s up there in the doomed building. Every window in the apartments of t11e opposite houses was peopled at once Women gazed up at the imperiled paiT and turned faint, while ejaculations of pity and horror were to be heard on every side. "They're lost!" "Merciful heaven, have pity on them!'.' "Must they perish in that dreadful manner?n "Is there no way to save them?" These \rere some of the \rnrds that fell from ashen and tremblin g lips of both the men and wornen eyewitne sses. Some shouted for the hose, oth e r s fox ladd ers; oth e r s still, for ropes. The hook and ladder compan y ha c l an: i Yccl, and la d d e T s were being brought, but no s ingle ladd e r w o uld r e ach the imperi led one:,:, so the firemen set about joining the m. FiremEi.n also appeared on the roofs of t,he adjoining building s with hose and axes and pikes. The boy was thankful that Estelle was not conscious of h er awful position. The heat was now growing almost unbearable around him. The flames 1rere creeping toward him orcr the floor and on the beams above. as if eager for ilie prey that seemed unable to elude their blighting toueh. At this exciting point some men, who had been cool and wid e awake to the sit_nation, appeared on the roof with a lon g ladd er. The winrlow where Charlie and his helpless friend were la y on a level 1Yith this roof. The stree t was a nano\r one, and the w011ld-be rescu ers, a.fter measuring the intenening space with their eyes, H e carried i t around lo a point above the window whe re Charlie stood, and then :vrllcd to the men with the ladder to haul it back and cast off the rope. They obeyed, and the rope fell against the theatre wall, aud 1rithin reach of Unger, as a second fireman joinccl his eomracle on the roof. It seemed now as if the rescue would be effected, and another roar of satisfaction and encouragement rose from t h e crowd at both ends of the street. As Char ley reached for the rope a tremendous cloud of thick smoke came rolling out of the window, hiding him from the view of everybody. As it flo,atcd mray partially it was seen that the. boy and the yomlg woman had disappeared, and in their places came a lurid sheet of iiame, which lapped up the window frames. sills, and every inch of t h e woodwork, the crnck ing glaEs falling to the pavement in a showe r of glittering fragments. A groan of horror came from the crowd. "They arc gone!" Women covered their faces with their handsi ancl wept. '11he excit ement 'ras intense, and above it all came the roaring of the fire through the roof and within the theatre, the puffing of the s teamers at the corners, as they forced the water through the hose, and th e swi sh of the streams as they struck and played upon the blazing window where a moment before two human lives had mutely appealed for help. C lang! Ban g Another pair of shutters had opened further along the building, and Charlie appeared again before the public view A cheer of intense relief rang out upon the night air. The crowd \ra.s thrilled with delight and satisfac tion at his pTOvidcntial escape. X ow it was seen that the g irl had r ecove r e d her senses. Shr was e:l to Unger, as though terrified at her perilous poRiiion. 'l1l1c fircrnrn on the roof ma

T ALL TO THE GOOD. 19 encouragement. "The firemen are on the roof arnl will soon have you out by means of a rope." "Oh, it is dreadful she cried, shi rcring like a lea.E. "Yes, it's pretty tough. But l m satisfied if I gel you out of it all right. Here comes the rope!" He grabbed it, wound it twice about the girl's wai:;t and knotted it securely. "Now hold on tigl1t !" he and leaning out of the window, gave the firemen the signal to haul up. As the rope tightened he steadied her so that she swung clear all right. Then the big crowd roared its approval as the girl was drawn safely to the roof. "I hope they'll hurry," muttered Unger. "The fire is getting awful close. This is my last chance. Phew It's hot enough to roast an ox Down came the rope again. "Just in time!" he breathed, for the fire was burning the boards at his very feet, and as he finished attaching the rope under his arms his trousers caught, anc1 the crowd could see the cloth burning as he was pulled up to safety. The crowd cheered again, this time long and loud, for the flames had been cheated of their victims, who w e re being hurried from the burning roof by the firemen. Fifteen minutes later the roof fell in, and the flames and sparks rose a hundred feet into the air; but the two lives had been saved, and everybody was satisfied. CHAPTER XI. WHEREIN CHARLIE IS SLATED FOR AN IMPORTANT JOB. "Oh, Charlie, how shall I ever thank you enough for saving me from that fearful fire?" cried Estelle Vance, half an hour later, when they sat in the parlor of the hotel, three o'clock in the morning though it was, and the boy had finished telling her how he had climbed the rope to the "flies" in her behalf, and found her dead to all the world, as it were, upon the boards where she had fallen. "I am sufficiently repaid in knowing that I did save you, in spite of the difficulties I had to encounter to do it." "And you faced almost certain death just to save me?" "Why not? Arc you not worth it?" "You brave---brave, unselfish boy!" And then she impulsively threw her arms about his neck and kissed him twice upon the lips, and clung to him while she cried. "And may I kiss you once?" he asked, wistfully. "Why, of course you may. I shall love you as long as I live!" Did he kiss her? Of cours e Charli e 1rns tr1e hero of the company next Llay, and for many clays after. .Eyerybocly had s ern c thing nic e to s ay to him. Vng c rs stai c incnt to the t o wn au t horiti e s of the attack mad e upon him in th e theatre by Dudle.) Tripp and Chubb, as one of ihc c au s e s whi c h l e d to the de s truction of Burt's theatre, re s ulted in th e issuance of a wanant for the ar re;;t of th e t\\'o ador:o; but t hey, taking time by the fore lock, skipped out of 8ayYill c before morning, and their whereabouts could not be a s certained. \Vhen the company arrived at their next destination, about no011, the fir s t thing Miss Vance clicl was to go to a jewel e r,, and L11y him a ni c e liillc gold watch and chain. It took the biggei;t part of a w e ek's salary, but what did that matter? Money had no value in compari s on with her life, and the girl was truly grate ful. "You're all to the good, Charli e old boy," said Billy, that aftcrnooll. "I \vouldn t have gone through what you did for a gold min e." "I was n t thinking of gold mines; I was thinking of Este lle Vance." "You ou ght to marry her to make things come out like they do in the i;;tory books." "I wou d n 't-mincl, one of t h eRe clays, if I had the chance," r e plied Unger, t hinkin g of the two kisse s the girl had given him not to s p e ak of the three he had taken himself, and wonderin g ho v he had s ummoned up nerve enough to ask for them. I am afraid I am not in it. There is a big differ e nce b et w ee n a t al e nted young leading woman and a common ma s ter of properties like myself." .'Ho! I don t kno w You're as smart as they come, Charlie. You won't b e a proper t y man all your life, bet y:our boot I expect to s e e you the manager of a show yet." 'rrhat's what I'm aimin g for. I'm picking up experie nce ast, thankJ g oodness. mean to get there just as quick as the law will allow "Well," g r inne d Bil ly i f I get to be a manager, I g uess it won't b e a n y hi g h e r than a medicine show. "How abou t an Uncle Tom' s Cabin Combination?'" s miled Unger. "That would suit me all right. 'cl like to have Tillie Jacobs for Top s y." "So you re s weet on Tillie?" "Oh, I like her some. She's just my style, if you want to know." "Tillie is a bright little girl. "Bet your boots she i s !" "Anc1 a great friend of Estelle Vance's." "So much the better. It would be fine if you and me married the two of 'em." "Stranger thing s than that have happened, though I'm afraic1 th e re i sn't mucl1 clanger that we will connect in this c a s e." Well, say-he forgot he had asked only one, and in his confusion he.kissed her three time:::. "It was mig ht y lucky w e g ot the trunks and the other been j stuff 011 of the theatre b e for e the fire." He certainly had earned those kisses, for it hacl touch and go with them both. "You're right, it was


20 ALL TO THE GOOD. "If it hadn't been that the cxpressman couldn't haul 1 "Look here, Charlie," said Hickaby, "I'm thinking of it next morning in time for the train, owing to his ar-'. giving you a new job." rangernents with the Chicago company, we should have 1 "A new job!" exclaimed the boy, in some surprise. been a busted show about this time, and en route for "Yes. I've kept a line on you since you've been with 4:.own." the show, and am bound to say you're the hardest and Whether or not the fire was a bad omen, certain it is most conscientious worker we have. You've kept your word the company struck bad business in earnest after leaving to do your best, and Briggs says you've kept it clear up Sayville. to the handle, and even bey.and. He says you're all to The St. Louis aggregation-which filled the the good, and I agree with him. Nowl'm in a hole, and dc\tes on lhe :;ame route ahead of them, took all the money l'm going to look to yon to help pull me out of it." in sight leaving the pickings to Rickaby, and the pick"Well, if you think I can help you in any way, I'm ingFin question didn't amount to a hill of beans. ready to start in and--" W e're run of all-around hard luck," remarked "Hustle, eh?" Hilly, as he and Unger were doing their usual stunt with "Though I think I've been doing that right alpng." t lie trunks and properties of the company in the small "So you have. That's why I think you may answer tu1rn of Sabine. "I was around in front, and heard the at a pinch to go ahead of the show as advance agent." 11::1nager of ihe house tell Rickaby that they hadn't sold "Go ahead of tt.e show, sir'?" almost gasped Charlie. t11 seats in.advance." "Yes." "That isn't encouraging. I'm afraid the 'ghost' will "What's the matter with Bulgin?" 'oon forget to come our way, which will be a pretty bad "Taken down sick with pneumonia and sent to the hossign pital in Salamanca. I want you to take his place till he "I snicker. Do you think that fire queered us?" gets on his pins again. You're a smart, bright boy, and ""\\'Jw should it r" asked Charlie, in surpri se. a hustler from A to Z. Briggs and I will coach you right "That's Jenkins's opinion. and Barnum, the heavy man, away as to your duties, a.nd what you'll be up against. If agreed with him." you make good, maybe I'll keep you as my regular advance "All rot!" man, anyway, as I'm not particularly satisfied with Bul" That's what I think. But the profe s h is awful sufier gin's work. How does this strike you?" stiti ous Briggs carries a gold-mou11t e d rabb it's foot in "It strikes me just about right, sir, I'm on the lookout his pocket, aJJd Rickaby has got some; kind of folillh atto bette1 myself, and I think I'll take to aclvauce work like lad1ed to his watch chain. And clon 't s a y a wo;rd Tillie a duck to \Yater," sai d the boy, enthusiastically. Jacobs put her oiocking::i on ins id e out b y mi s take, in her "I hope you will. It'll put you ahead in the business." hurry to gd ha cl a horHe:ohoe nail e d to hi s lruuk. H was for lu<.:k." CHAPTER XII. "Surr il It didn t bring lii111 l)lu c h [fo was s o crooked that luck wonlchd s tilk lo rrc n 1ritlt Gia1Jt IN WlllCH ClLU!LIE GOES Alm.AD 01' THE SHOW. cement." Mr. Rickaby took Charlie into an unoccupied corner o:f "l 1ronder if that four-leaved clover pendant on M.iss tho rrading morn of the hotel and prncceded to give him Yance's watch chain is a charm, too?" the brnefit of his own many' experience as an advance "Cert. Just notice sometime at the table if you sec any agent. of 1.he compaJnspill thr salt. Whoever does it will take "You 'JI find what's left of Bulgin's outfit at the Spencer up the spilt grnins antl thro11' them over his right shoulder." House in Salamanca," he continued, puffing away at his "What clo they do that for?" j ciga.r "His route book, memorandum agreements with "T? avoid a with somebodY. Salt spilt at table managers, press notices to be inserted in the papers, cornis a 'rnrning of a quarrel." I plimcntar:'' passer;. etc. Our paper you'll find at the cx"I ini.1st spilt some salt the clar T had tl1e run-in press office. I will give you a written paper of general witli D11clley Tripp." grinned ('harlie, a;; he l aid down his inRtrnctiom, as you are liable to forget a part of my verba1 encl of the last trunk. oneR. Of course, I can't tell yon everything. A good deai "i'll bet yon did," replied Billy, taking out a cigarette will rlepencl on your own judgment. I want the towns and lighting it. thorough l y billed. In Salamanca there is a regular billWhen they reached the hotei they saw Manager Rickaby posting firm, but in most of the small towns, where we talking very earnestly with Manager Briggs have time, you'll find that the proprietor, or someone conBriggs motioned Unger to approach. nected with the theatre, has the bill-posting privilege. Whoe\ y< Il rr tl si F 0 '' t: \1 t c


0 rith and rord up l to and I'm ;wer e. hos l he and ight If mce Bulmut like :ss.'' I the lg in r of him mce ncer his with deal wns bill-we con oALL TO THE GOOD. 21 ever ii is, you'll have to arrange with him on the best terms you can make, leaving your signed order to collect on the night of the show. Get your lithos and photos into the most desirable stores. You ought to have some idea of their character, for you and Billy have collected the photo stands as we went a.long." "Yes, sir," replied Charlie, promptly "Well, that's all. You can go. and talk to Briggs now. He may be able to put you next to some points I have overlooked. You will start out with the theory of advance work. It's up to you to round it out by experience. I think in time you will make a good advance man." Briggs talked to him for half an hour, and then Charlie went in to supper. He found Billy waiting for him, for they always sat together at table. "What's in the wind, old man?" asked Duane, curi ously. "Oh, nothing much,'' grinned Cha.rlie, "except you are going to take my place as master of the properties." "Take your place!" gasped Billy; "and what are you I gomg to do?" "I'm going ahead in Bulgin's place." "You don't mean it!" "I do mean it. Everything is arranged. I leave in the morning for ca." While they were eating, Charlie gave his friend an out line of the situation. "I'm dead sorry to lose you, Charlie. I shail feel like a fish out of water. I don't know how I'm going to wrestle with the Rcenery a.nd other stuff all by my lonesome." "Briggs will arrange a ll that. Yon do your best. That's all that can be expected of you." 1 The members of the company, Estelle Vance in particu la;, expressed their regret at losing him. "I feel a::; if I were part,ing from the only true friend I ha, e," said the girl, soberly. "Oh, you have Mr. Frost, you know," replied Cha.rlie, with a little jealous pang. ":Jir. Frost is nothing to me, Charlie," she answered, earnestly. "Then you really think a little something of me, do you, Estelle?" "Of course I do," she said, with tears starting into her eyes. "Yon have saved my life twice in four months. Do you think I could for a moment be indifferent--" "Estelle!" cried the boy, eagerly, as he took her hand in his, "clo you know why I risked my life to save you from death in Burt's Theatre? It's because I think the world of you. I have to care for you as a dear sister-as more than a sister, even. I am only a boy yet, it is true, in years, but I feel like a man in energy, ambi tion and the will to succeed. It is also true that you are a year older than I. Will that be a bar to the hope I have of one day making you my wife?" "Charlie!" "I don't ask you to promise me now more than a fight ing chance to win you. Give me that and I shall go in and win out. When I am manage;r of a successful show, with you at the head of the cast, I want to marry you. I can't accomplish all that in a day, you know, but I am on the road to it now-I am going to succeed, mark my words, and I want you to share that success with me. Promise me you will give me the chance I ask for. That you will give me the opportunity to win you for myself." The girl bent her hea.d and murmured: "Yes, Charlie. I promise." On the following afternoon, late, Unger stepped off the eastbound express at the thriving town of Salamanca and went directly to the Spencer House. He presented Manager Rickaby's letter to the proprietor of the hotel and was put in possession of Bulgin's ef fects. He took charge of all the company's property, ahd the advance man's personal duds he locked up in his grip and sent to the hospital authorities, with a request to de liver it to Bulgin when that gentleman was discharged cured. Next morning Charlie went over to the Opera House and introduced himself to the local manager. He n;.ade all necessary arrangements for the company, filling out a contract in dupliciJ.te and substituting his own name for William Bulgin's printed at the -head of the paper. The manager was to furnish the Opera House (heated, lighted and cleaned), the license, orchestra., stage men, ushers, stage furniture, bill posting, newspaper advertise ments, ticket sellers, special police, reserved seat tickets, house programs, etc. A copy of the above memorandum agreement Charlie mailed to Mr. Rickaby, together with a memo. of the agreement with the hotel man, and such other information as he deemed necessary to communicate to the manager of the company. He found a C. 0. D. package at the express con' taining the paper to be billedi and otherwise distributed, and had it sent to the theatre. He hired a light rig and toured the tmrn, putting out his lithographs, and in certain prominent stores, where he obtained permission, tlfo photo stands. In every case he left one or more complimentary tickets as payment for the privilege extended. Then he visited the local paper offices and put it up to the editors in his most winning way, furnishing them with proofs of notices. He took occasion to call their attention to the beauty and great histrionic ability of Estelle Va.nee, and dwelt upon her recent wonderful escape from death in the burn ing theatre at Sayville, and he did not forget to ring in the curtain incident at the Metropolitan in town, but, of course, his own connection with the affair was kept strictly in the background. 'Fighting Fate,'" he said, glibly, "is the greatest melo drama on the road. It is full of thrilling situations and climaxes, and its comedy element is the best ever. There are specialties in it to burn, and we carry a carload of


22 ALL TO THE GOOD. special scenery painted expressly for this mammoth pro-f obnoxious bill, which represented a dashing young woman duction." I in rainbow-tinted skirts whirling about on the points of Charlie, on his own responsibility, had a transparency her toes, with the legend in big letters, "Dottie Dimple in paintcll, on which the name of the play and 1\Iiss Vance 'A Hot Old Time,'" "I'm up against it at last. This were specially featured. show is making a raft of money, while we are scratching He made an arrangement with an expressman to tour hard to make ends meet 'A Hot Old Time' seems to leave the main streets of the town with the transparency illuma frost in its wake. Bulgin couldn't make any headway inated, on t he two nights which intervened before the against it, and Bulgin is an advance man, company arrived, and gave him an order on Rickaby for while I-oh, well, I'm not going to get discouraged at the his money. first real snag I find in my way. The St. I,ouis company He also put into practice severa l other otiginal devices has the right to the billboards until nine o 'clock to-morrow of his own for arousing public attentio.n to hi s show, and night; that'll give us just twenty-four hours' billing, but when he finally shook the dust of Salamanca from his I can get my lithos, photos and small printing out, any shoes he was sati sfie d he had acquitted himself as well as way, also my newspaper advertising and notices into the could reasonably be cryected of one as inexperienced in papers. IThe great trouble is the people appear to talrn the business 'IS himself. kindly to th1s vaudeville rot. Probably it's the :first thing At any rate, he found the're was no kick corning after of the kind that's been through this section for some time, the company had played the town, for they had the first and it draws as a novelty. They don't know what they bang-up house-the Rtanding room only sign being dismiss when they turn clown "Fighting Fate.' played at the door a few minutes before eight-they had So Charlie got a move on. had in two weeks. He called on the local manager first thing and made In fact, Charlie received a brief congratulatory telehis arrangements gram from Manager Rickaby which concluded with the rrhen he got his paper from the express office and sent words: "You're all to the good." the posters to the man who did the bill sticking, who prom i se d to set his two men at work at nine o'clock next night. By the time he had made the rounds of the newspapers and looked in at a number of places to see that the man CHAPTER XIII. emp loy e d distributing his quarter-sheet hangers and other sma ll bills was attending to his work properly, it was time WHEREIN DUDLEY TRIPP AND CHUBB BOB UP SERENELY. for him to return to the hotel for lunch. T t took him the larger part of the afternoon to get his One morning Charlie Fngcr arrived at a large town wim1ow advertising about town, and he found he could get called Phalanx. his hthos in stores that wouldn't stand for the pictures of He registered at the leading hot e l and had brea1dast. "A Hot Old Time." Then he tarted out to do business. Bulgin had secured the same advantage, but it didn't The first thing he wanted to know was what ki11d of a offset to any extent the success reaped by the St. Louis show j:.y1mediately preceded his own company. show. The Opera House was only a block away, but before he "I wish I could think of some way to talrn the wind out reached it he noticed a familiar lithograph in a music store of the sails of this farce-comedy. It has had the inner window, and it didn't make him feel any too good to find track of us long enough, and it would be a big feather that he was up against the St. Louis aggregation once in my hat if I could fix things so as to draw a g0od house more. for Rickaby on top of 'A Hot Old Time.'" That company, which was presenting a musical farce So interested was he in the idea of doing up the oppocalled "A Hot Old Time," played the town on the folsition show if he could that he failed to notice two per lowing evening, the night before the "l\Ietropolitan Stock sons approaching along the sidewalk, until he actually Company" was to appear in "Fighting Fate. butter1 into them. It had been Tiickaby's experience, so far, that whereve r "What in thunder do you mean, fellow!" exclaimed a the St. Louis combination cut in immediat e ly ahead of voice, which sounded familiar to him. him lie came in for the short end of the receipts. "Yes, can't you look where you are walking?" cried the In fact, "A Hot Old Time," with its skirt dancers, songother man, angrily. and-dance artists, and utterly ridiculous had Then, as Charlie looked up, and began an apology, which, almost done VP the legitimate melodrama of "Fighting ns he r ecog nized Dudley Tripp and Chubb, the comedian, Fate." froze on hjs lips, the two actors simultaneous l y uttered exCharlie had ascribed a good deal of his luck in landin g cbmations of surprise and perhaps dismay. good houses for his manager to the fact that their dates, "You her e !" said the former leading man of the "Metrosince striking Salamanca, did not bring them into compepolitan Rtock Company." tition with their winning rival. J "Yes. And I see you're here, too-you and Mr. Chubb," "By George!" he ejaculated, as he stood and gazed at the replied Unger, coolly. / gnn a fr the re to ''I takii a co r yon! in t strm tone T. "r Dud '" us 11 give inte1 any face "' You lSSUI they "I ties till T HI in t be I 0 nam ca ls mus ably let c ters .A for bini F the v had


ALL TO THE GOOD. 2 3 "Sure we are," remarked the corned ian, with a ghastly (Opera House to a certain important fact in connecticn gnn. with the play of ''Fighting _Fate." "What are you doing in Phalanx?" asked Dudley, with t:;o he started off, grip in hand, to leave word at the box a. fro1rn. "'s barnstormers aren't in town. Has office. the combination gone up salt river?" As he was about to enter the theatre a smartlooking, "l might also ask what you two are doing in Phalanx," clapper-dressed man, who had been standing neg l igently at retorted the boy, without noticing the sneering innucrnlo .. one side of the entrance, looked at him sharply, thcu "Oh, it's a free country,'' answered Chubb, flippantly, I stepped fonrnr

24 ALL TO THE GOOD. 1t was a gallant act, and aroused the admiration of the bystanders and the people who stood in the stores and windows of the busiest street in Phalanx. Fortunately, Unger had secured a good grip upon the harness of the off horse, else he must have been thrown to the stree t and trampled on by the scared animals. A'\ it was, their progress seemed in no wise checked, for they sprang forward at increa sed speed, dragging the nervy lad with them. l'or severa l moments his position was one of extreme peril, but he clung desperately to his hold on the off horse iron muscles being equal to the strain. T hen watching hi s chance, he made a flying leap to the animal's back. Scizi ng both bridles, he cwriccl a]l his strength and pulled their hrads up and back. These tactics had the desired effect. The animals sn ort ed, and rearr<1 wildly, but Chariie gave them no relief. The only thing he feared was they might loRc their feet an c1 he 1rnuld he thrown h ead first in1o tl1P roa(l. Fortuna trly, this peril wa,; avoide d. '!'h e blundered on at grad uall y decreasing speed, until brought up stand ing by prdestrinm; who ruRhed into the slrc0t ancl Rtoppccl them. Chari i e dismounted, non e the worRc for hfa reckless rjde, and hegnn to pet and falk iooothingly to the quivering steeds. The lit1l e girl sat. palr and frightened, in the carrfage. A big rrowc1 began to gather and stare at the rig, and make remarks about the wond erful sense of the child, as well as tlw courage of the boy who had_ averted a fatal smas h-up ''You've don e a big thing, young n;ian," r emarke d a by sta nd e r, admiringly. ''You've saved t h e life of Ogd e n Burnett's little daughte r. He's the mayor of ihi s town, and the riche s t man in the county." An e l ectr i c car which h ad been racing down the street after the runaways came up at this moment and stop ped. A sto ut, hand s omely-dr essed gentleman stepped quickly from the platform and began to force his way through the crowd, which immediately made way for him. He was intensely excited. Final(v he reached the side of the carriage, and h eld out his arms to !h e little girl, who Rprnng up wlwn s he saw him, and jumped into his arms. "My darling, you are not hnrt, are yon?" "No. papa, but I'm dreadfully frightened." "Of course, you are. -The re, there you're quite Rafe no\Y. '' '"I'here i s the boy who s topped the hor ses, papa/' Rhe l'laicl, pointing to w'ho was still patting the now nlmost calmed animals. "'He did it all himself." Mr. Burnett. leacling -l1is daughter by the hand, s tepped llp to Unger. "Young man, I am deeply grateful to you for tl1e ser vice you have rendered rny little one. You have probably save d her life. l would be pleased to know your name.'' "Charles Unger, sir." "Do you belong in Phalanx?" "No, sir. I'm the advance agent of the 'Metropolitan Stock Company,' which appears at the Opera House in 'Fighting Fate,' Thursday evening,'' replied Charlie, think ing he might as well advertise the show while he was about it. Ogden Burnett was a warm patron of the drama, and was not at all displeased, as some narrow-minded people might have been, to find himself under strong obligations to a member of the theatrical profession. "Indeed Then, of course, you are a stranger to our Lown. I beg you will permit me lo offer you the hospital ity of my home while you remain here. lVIy name is Ogden Burnett. I am the mayor of Phalanx." "I am pleased to ]mow you, Mayor Burnett," said Char lie, lifting his hat respectfully. "1 am much obliged for your kind invitation, but I am jnst on the point of leaving for Pittsto n by the 5.55 local." "I'm afraid you have missed your train, as it is after six now. There's no oth e r train for Pittston till the morning on this line; but if it i::; absolutely necessary for you to reach that town to-night I can drive you over to Hayward .T unction, twelve mile s from here, where I can have the Atlantic Rxpres s flagged for you, and arrange with tlw conductor to stop at Pittston and let you off." "Never mind, sir. I'll wajt for the eight o'clock locnl in the morning." "Yery well. Then, of course, you'll stay with u s to night?" "Yes, sir, if you insist upon it." "After what you have done for my little girl, and con i::equently for myself and wife; I certainly want you to acc ept my invitation. Let us go now. The horses are a.II right a.gain. I cannot understand how they came to run away. They have ne:ver exhibited such a tendency before, though it is true they are spirited animals. Jump in, Mr. Unger." J\1ayor Bmnett lifted his daughter back into her old seat, got in himself, and drove off, the crowd giving him a rousing send-off. At Charlie's request they stopped at the Opera House, and he rushed to the box office to ask i !fr. Rex had handed in his grip. He had done so, and the boy recovered it. Then he left the message he had called to deliver, and returned to the carriage. :J[ayor Burnett was the president of the Phalanx Car riage & Wagon Works, and was considered the richest man in the county-at any rate, he was the most important. He lived in a handsome man s ion a mile outside of town on the road to Dundee. Charlie had never before been in such a fine house, and he was somewhat overpowered by its quiet magnificence. Mrs. Burnett, a cheerful, matronly little woman, who as,:rnmed no airs beca1rne of her exalted po s ition, made Charlie welcome, and when she learned of his brave conduct to te Of meal mid A it W e heh: AJ and "I that your migl1 "ith "I that lilJlll on n viceJ "j "] yo u cum some c of r to i they tan nexti lhe r\: con his age ity feel self, the ' den the go t


."' ALL TO THE GOOD. 25 duct in behalf of her only child she could not do cnougl1 to testify her gratitude tothe boy. Of course, Charlie had to have a second dinner, for the meal was waiting the return of the master of the house and little :Hiss Burnett. Mr. Burnett's coachman \vas orde.recl to drive Charlie to the station in he morning, and he got there in time to catch the 8.20 train. After billing I'itt9 hm, lrnrJic Rtartecl for the town of Jackson. A butler and a maid servant wajtcd on table, and .though it was an every -day meal, Unger thought it was i he bcRt he had ever been up against. Herc a startling smprisc awaited him at lhe hotel. It 1ras in the shape of a telegram, \Yhich the c lerk hamkJ Lo him <1$ soon as he had registered. After dinner Ogden Burnett took Charlie into library and asked him 1rhat he could do for him. Tearing it open, he read these 1ronls: "Return to Phalanx. :Ma1rnger Ilicka by dead.-Briggs." CHAPTER XV. "I am under such great obligations to you, Unger, that I shall not fel satisfied unless you will permit me to off!;)r you some substa ntial evidence of our appreciation of your courage and presence of mind, but which w0 might to-night ham been childless," said the rich man, with emotion. IN WHICH CHARLrn BECOMES 1IANAGEil CHARLES UNGER. "I couldn't think of accepting anything, Burnett, that would look like a reward for what I did. While I "Rickaby dead !" gasped Charlie, know I took a great risk to save your little child from office counter for support the shock injury, perhaps death, it was, of course, a voluntary act start lin g ( leaning against the was so sudden and on my part, and the knowledge that I was successful is It didn't see m pos sibl e the ne1rs could be true, for 1\Iansufficient reward in i.tself." ager Rickaby had always struck him as an uncommonly "Since you refuse to accept anything for your grea.t serl healthy man. vice, I hope you will at least look upon me as your friend." "l suppo s e it mu s t be true," he breathed, after he had "I shall be glad to do so, sir." recovered his self -po s s ession somewhat, "but I can't seem "I make one more stipulation, and that is, if I can help to realize it." you any way, either in or out of your profession, you will "Had bad news?" asked the clerk, curiously. promise to call upon me." "Yes. The manager of our show is dead." "I will agree to do that," said Charlie. "I am anxious "You don't say Rather sudden, isn't it?" to have a company of my own some day, and it is possible "Very," and Charlie turned away. "So I'm called back I might take advantage of your generous request if cir-to Phalanx, where the company is billed to play to-night. cumstances would seem to justify it." t s uppo s e that m e an s that the jig is up. We'll di s band "I shall feel much hurt if you do not. Now tell me and r eturn to town. Too bad, when thi11gs were brightcn something about yourself and your hopes and prospects." ing up afte r our nm of hard luck." Charlie had scarce ly started his story before a couple He went in and had hi breakfast, then he inquired when of report ers from the two daily papers of Phalanx called he cou ld c a t cl1 a for Phalanx. to interview him in respect to the runaway. "Half-pas t t e n, answ e r e d the clerk. Unger, with an eye lo business, tolc1 them that he hoped "'l'hat \Vill give m e time to Ree th e local manager aml they would work in his connection with the "1\Ietropoliexplain m atte rs,''. s aid the boy to himself. Stock Company," that was to show in town on the At two o cloc k that afternoon he R tcpped nfI tl1c train at next night but one, and he gave them a few pointers about Phalanx and made a bee-line for the hotel wher e the 'c:om-lhe combination which were new to the press. pany was 1:1topping. After the gentlemen of the quill had departed, Charlie rrhe fir s t per s on l1e ran again s t Wati Briggs, th e cont.inuecl his story of hi::: stage life, to which he added manager. his ambitious determination to some day become the man"Come in ltere, and I'll talk to you," s aid Brigg s draw-ager of a t:ihow himself. ing the boy into the reading-room. "Mr. Rickab.v i-,hot "You certainly give every eviuence of possessing the a!Jilhimself last night, in Eleria." ity which goes to the front and stayR there. When you "8hot himself!" exclaimed the boy, in pained s mprise. feel that the time has come for you to branch out for your"Ye,:, 'in a gambling joint." self, if you lack the capital to put your enterprise before "Good gracious!" the public, communicate with me, and I will be your "He was a confirmed gambler, but usually played in 'angel,' as 1 bcliern a theatrical backer is called," and Og-fair luck. La s t night the was rotten, and we den Burnett srnile d encouragingly. hacl a. poor house. The same conditiom ; held her e in Pha"I thank you for your offer, sir, and will remember it," lanx, and the 'A Hot Old Time' struck the worst busi i;aii Unger, :;ccrct ly delighted, for with such a wealthy ness they've been up against sinee they started out. Rickaby backer he felt f'Lll'C he could carry a dra mal it venture over went off a fter he bad settled with tbe local manager, and lhe shoals on which so many poorly financed organizations tried to recoup himself at a notoriou s place in Eleria. go to pieces. He was cleaned out to his last dollar. He woke me up


I 26 ALL TO THE GOOD. at four this morning to tell me he guessed the company w011lcl have to disband and get bac:k to iown as they C;ould. lt was raining like cats and dog" at that hom, amt ihe newspaper reports of the afternoon before had indicated a continuance of bad weather, so the prospects of another poor night in this town 1ras good. Hickuby handed me the tickets for this place, a circumstance 1rhich rather surprised me, then he went to his room, and at scYcn this morning I was awakened by the hotel clerk, who told me our manager was a su icicle. That's all there is to it. \Y e're here, but \rc're practically and that means bust. If the night turns out clear we may ha 1g a houl:le; otherwit.:c we wori"t show. It doesn't look cncomaging at this moment." The staga ma11agcr spoke trnly, for the rain mis beating l:c;:vily against the 1rim1ow:; of the reading-room, and the 011tside looked dreary and une:on1 fortablc. Cnlet:s the weather cleared there wa small pro:.:;pect that the pl'oplc of Phalanx 1rnulc1 care to Yrnturc: from their c:omJ'orb1IJ!c homes to wiinc::;s the finest ,;how 011 earth. "Pittston is billed," saicl Chcirlir, "hut, of comsc, I didn't clo anything at .f ackson. I told the local manager o. Rick aby's death, and reqnostcll hirn to l1old the date for us, if upplicd for, until Lo-night, and he promised o do so." "All right. By the way, Bulgin 1rns here when we ar ri1ccl, waiting to sec Rickaby abouL taking up his work again. The news was an m1plcasant surprise to him, for he hasn't a cent. I W?S thinki11g of rrorga izing on the commornrcaHh plan, all harn1;:; to ante 11p what they can afford to get a start; but this weather as kind of. discouraged us, arnl I clon't know ll'hdhcr l ll propose it to the others or not. H we coulcl only light on to an 'angel' with a few hundrccls I'd much prefer j t.,, Briggs had nothing more to say; in fact, tbe situation wa s too gloomy to dwell upon, s o Charlie ascertained the number of Estelle Vance's room arn went upstaiTs to call on her. The meeting was a distinct pleasure to both young people, and they had much to say to each other. Charlie told her about his four weeks' experience ahead of the show, and his story botl1 amused and interestecl her. "Well, it did me a power of good, Estelle," ho said. "I learned inore about the show business than I ever expected to pick up in so short a time. I 1ro11kln't be the least a.frairl to take a combination on the road on my own hook. if I had the capital. And that reminds me I haven't told you of my exciting experience right here in Phalanx." "What experience \ras that?" asked the girl, interest cdlY. "Don't say a word. It has made the mayor of this bmg, who is a very wealthy man, my particular friend." "Go on!" laughed the prettv leadi11g woman, incredu lon s l v. "Did YOU ever know me to an untruth, Estelle?" he asked, earnestly. "No, Charlie, I never did. Tl! cil lem1 l11e your pretty cars for a few minutes and I will a talc unfold that ought to please you.'' \\"hereupon, 1Inger told about how he had rescued little .J1iss Burnett and saved the mayor's team from a smashup; how ho had afterward been carried away by the grate ful father to his luxurious home on the Dundee how nicely 11e had been treated there by both Mr. Burnett and his wife, and finally how the gentleman had promised him a liberal financial backing whenever he went into the busi ness on his own hook. "Now," continued tho. boy, with animation, "what's the rnatter with my jumping into Mr. Rickaby's shoes, and saving the '1.Ietropolitan Stock Company' from going to pieces? Here's the whole show, complete, booked solid up to next :May, and all that's needed to keep things moving is a little money to meet our present obligations, and pro viclc against a possible streak of poor business during the lll'\t 1rcck. I've only to go to Mayor Burnett amr ask fo r the dough; and it's mine without qnestion. What do you sa.1, s 1rcetheart? Shall I do it, arid put my shoulder to tho \Yheel ?" Estelle blushed at the word '1 and did not immediately reply. Chm]ic waited patiently for her to say something, as he had great respect for .her aclvice. "It's wonderful to think that you havo a ready-made 'angel' waiting to be milked, as we people call it. If you think you can pull out anc1 make a success of the venture, 1 advise you by all means to take advantage of your oppor tunity." "You arc in favor of it, then?" said Unger, ii1 a pleased tone. "Conditionally I am. TJrnt i s, I mean if you really be licYe your ability is on a par with your confirlence. Other\\' i H e :ron will only throw away the.gentleman's good money without benefiting yonrse1. You have this advantage; the show is, as you have said, in full running shape. We are well booked for the whole route. It isn't as riskv as if Yon 1rere starting out new with an untried "'J'lrnt's right. W e ll, I'll make a call on Mr. Burnett anc1 talk the matter over with him. I'll put the conditions am1 prospects squarely before him, and let him decide 1rhcther he'll take the risk or not of backing me. If he yeF, I'll come back ano have a talk with Briggs, and make -the necessary arrangements for going on. Charlie was thoroughly enthused with the idea, and lost no time in going clown to the mayor's office, three blocks a\\'::!Y. and asking to see Mr. Burnett. That gentleman was just preparing to set out for his home. He was surprised, but nevertheless pleased, to see Unger, and rcaclih consented to spare him time for the interview he asked for. Then Charlie got right down to business. and laid his facts and figures before the great man of Phalanx. Mr. Burnett listened attentivel v, asked many and expresFcd himself satisfied that Charlie appeared to be equal to the emergency. b \\ a g ti n \\ 11 a tl tc fi a tl n a s1 n h tc 0 tl p I l g ii a p b: h U ] OJ \\"


r .. ALL TO '11JIE G OOD. 27 "How much money shall you r e quire?" he a s k c J t h e bo.)'. Charlie mentioned a moderate s11m, but sa id it 1ronld b e well for the success of the enterpris e if Mr. Burnett woulcl agree to stand for a touch in the event that the c o mpan y got up against hard luck when the tre asury was low. "My dear boy, nothing will give me greate r pleasure than to see you through this und e rtakin g whatever money yon may require at any time, telegraph m e and I will forward it to yon. I shall take a per s onal inte re s t in your show, and I expect to find that you will laml a winner. Here is my check for the s um you hav e asked me to start you with. N o\v good-b y I will b e at the Opera House to-night, if the weath e r p ermits." They shook hands warmly and parted, Charlie returning to the hotel in high spirits to consult with Bri ggs An hour later every memb e r of the compan y was fied that the show woilld g o on und e r n c11 m a na geme nt, and that they would be expected to s ign n e w c ontract s for the balance of the season with Charles Unger, late prop erty man and adva nce agent, who had tak e n owr eve r:vthin g and would be responsible for s alaries, whic h th e y wer e sured would be forthcoming re g ularly every Monday aft er noon, whether busine s s was g ood or otherwi se. "For heavenR sake, Charlie, who i s bac kin g yon, ancl how did you :find him?" a:.;kcd Billy Duane, the mos t astonished of all the memb e rs of the company. "Never mind, Billy. Just be thankful you ar e not out of a job, and that as long as your s truly i s at the h ead of things you will be well provided for." "Well, it seems too good to be true." And that was the opinion of every member of.the "Metro politan Stock Company." CHAPTER XVI. IN WHICH CHARLIE PROVES THAT AS A MANAGER HE IS ALL TO THE GOOD. "Our new manager says he's looking for experience," grinned Douglas Barnum to Frank Fro s t, the leadin g m a n, in their clresoing-room that night. "He ca. n get. lots of that, laughed the other; "but he' s a clever boy, all right, and I shouldn't be s urprised if he pulled out in good shape. Brigg say s h e s got a mon e y bag at his back-the swelleist kind of an 'angel. 'Vhat luck some people fall into!" "I'll bet the 'angel' gets his leg s tretched to the limit before the season is ornr," replied Barnum, with a s ne e r. "What do you care, as long as you get your money?" "Oh, I don t care." answer e d th e heavy man turning away and beginning to put on hi s make-up. "It's turned out lucky for Bulgin. He was fiat on hi s when he came out of the hos pit al. Unger sent him on to Jackson by the 5 .55 train, to take np the a ch-a nce \roik where he left off. And do you know, to giYe the old boy !Ji;; d ue, C h a rli e did goo worl{ alieaJ of the show. Yo u 1rould n t im ag in e he starteJ out a g reenhorn Take m y wor d for it, that boy i s a winn er-he's all to the good." Contrar y t o gen e r a l exp ecta tion, the w eathe r cleared off abo1tt dark. Bri ggs declar e d this was encouraging for the new manage r. You .see, Charlie, the hous e was dark Monday and Tuesda y anJ the s torm kept e v e rybody indoors last evening whe n Hot Old Time' played to rotte n business, so you ought to b e abl e to gather them in now that the atmos p h e r ic c onditi o n s are in our favor." "I' m l o okin g for a big crowd. I've billed this town rny;'elf y ou know, and have worked every kind of a device for gel tin g the pe ople interest e d in 'Fighting Fate.' I shall b e surprised if the re sults are not satisfactory." C harlie, o f comse, s t ood at the door himself, and thi:1 p e ople began c ornin g b e for e the doors were open. ' h e hou s e fill e d up rapidly, and by eight o'clock every decent sca t ha d been s old. It was abou; t}1is tilne that Mayor Burnett, his wife and littl e ila u ghte r, drove up, alighted and entered the O pera H oui::e I e'\Vas e c o gniz e d o f c ourse. Char l ie h ad rese r ved the bes t box for him, and had ins t n1ct e d t h e tick e t sell e r to refu s e pay for it; but the a)o r would n t h ave t way. H e i n s i s t e d o n :gl an kin g clow n his money like everybody e lse. W h en the cUTtain ros e a t 8".1 0 the "standin g room only" s i g n wa displayed a t t hEr entra11ce, al}cl. late arrivals, deter m i ned to 0 in, to co'ntent the m s elve s with positions at t h e back of th e e a r orch est ra and dress circle seats. Truly it a p acke d hou e-a thing that always brings jo y to t h e h earts o f t h e performer s and management alike. In time C h a rli e c ount e d the hou s e and settled with th e local m a nage r. "Yo u a r e havin g a sp l e n d i d send-off, young man," re marJrnd i h e propri e tor o f 'the Opera House, after he stacked a w ay in t h e offic e s afe lfr s har e of the receipt s of the night. "Con s id e r i n g we h,adn' t an y advance sale to s p e ak of, the c rowd is a1'1 m1c o 1 r w o n ly r e markable one. I'm afraid it mi ght haYe been di ffere n thou g h if last evening had been :fine-' A HotOl d 'I'im e would h a v e pull e d 'em in, for lots of our people ar e rip e for that kind of a s how." C h a rlie, with Ri c kab y s past exp e ri e nc e whe n up against th e St. Loui s c ombination in hi s mind, thought so., too. "I wonder wha t kind of a rabbit' s foot Unger has?" re m a rk e d Douglas Barnum to Frank Fro st, three weeks from the n ight they h ad Ehowe d in Phalanx The comp an y was in P e oria. 'l'he weath e r bad been b a d th e ni ght b e for e though fair in M ad i son, tw enty mi les a :iav, wh e re th e "Metropolitan S toc k C ompany" had played to a good hous e cons equently th e inhabit an t s o f P e oria flocked like geese to the Opera House, until t h e S. R. 0. sign had to be put out s id e before e i ght, and thi,; fac t had got around to the a c tors in th eir dressin g -rooms.


Everything! .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! These Bboks You Tell Each book consists of sixty-foul' pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive illustrated cover. M<;>st of the books are al$.:> profusely 1llustmted, and all ?f the treateii up.on a1 e C'xplained in snch a simple manner that any cb1ld. can thoroughly understand them. Look over the hst as classified and see 1f you want to know anything about the subject!S m ent10ned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALEHS OR WILL P.E SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON lUJCEil'T OF PRICFJ, TEN CENTt'l EACH, on ANY THREE BOOKS II'OR 'l'WEN'l'Y-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN 'l'HE SAME AS Add ress E'RANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. \ MESMERISM. No. 81. HOW TO l\lESi\lElUZE.-Containing the most approved methods of mesmerism; also bow to cure all kinds of dis eases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A U. S., author of "llow to Hypnotize," etc. No. 7 2. HOW TO DO SIXTY '!'RICKS WITH dARDS._:__Embracm&' all of the latest alH.l most deceptive card tricks, with illustrations. By A. Ande1son. PALMISTRY. No .. Ti. HOW TU DO l<'OlU'Y TRICKS WITH CARDS.Contaming deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurnrs and magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustmted. No. 82. IIOW TO DO the most apM A GIC. proved method s of readiug the lines on the band. together with No. ? HOW Tq DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and a fu! l explanation of theit meaning. Also explaining phrenology, tncks, contamlllg full instruction on a!J the leading card tricks and the key for telling character by the bumps on the bead. By of the day, also most popular magical illusions as performed by L eo llugo Koch, A. C. S. Fully illustrate d. leadlllg magicians; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, HYPNOTISM as it will both amuse and ii.:struct. No: 22. HO\V 'l'O DO SECO.ND SIGHT._:Heller's seconJ sight No. 83. HOW TO HYP:\'OTIZK-Containing valuabl e and in-explamed bJ'. bis former assistanf, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how structive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the explaining the most approved methods which are employed by the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. 'l.'he only lea ding hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. authentic explanation of second sight. SPORTING. No. 43. HOW 'l'O BECOi\lE A MAGICIAN.-Containing the No. 21. HOW TO HPNT AND FISH.-The most complete grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed hefo!'e the bunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full injJUbhc. Also tricks with cards. incantations etc. e trudio11s about gtins, bui1ting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, .No. 68. HO\V TO DO '1'1UCKS.-Containing over together with descriptions of game 11.nd fish. one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. No. 26 HOW 'l'O ROW, SAIL BUILD A BOAT.-Fully By A Anderson. illustrateJ. illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over Full instructions are given in this little book, together with infifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also oontainetructions on swimming and riding, com1mnion sports to boating. mg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No. 4 7. HOW TO BREAK; RIDE AND DlUVE A HORSE.. No .. 70. HOW 'l' O l\lAKEJ .l\lAGIC TOYS.-Containing full A comp lete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses directwns for makmg l\lagi c 'l'oys and devices of many kinds. By for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for A. Anderson. E'ully illustmted. diseases pecciliar to the horse. No. 73 .. HOW. TO J:?O TRICKS WITH NUl\IBERS.-Showing l\o. 48. HOW '1'0 BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy many curwus tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. bo ok for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes Ande;-son. illustrated. and the most popular manner of sai1ing them. Fully illustrated. No. 75. HOW TO BECOME A CONJUROR. Containing By c. Stansfield Hicks. tri.cks witl?-Domin?s, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embtacing thirty-six 1llL1strations. By A. Anderson. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 78. TO DO THE .BLACK ART.-Containing a com-No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULU.M AND DREAM BOOK.plete descr1pt1on of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand Containing the gl'eat oracle of human destiny; a),so the ttue mean-together with many wonderful experim()uests. No. :14. HOW 'l'O FENCE.-Containing full instruction for No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.fencing and the use of the broadswo!d; a lso instruction i n archery. Containing full directions fol' writing to gentlemen on all subjects; Described with twenty-one prnclical illustrations; giving the best also giving sample letters for instruC'tlon. positions in fencing. A complete book No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book. telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, TRICKS WITH CARDS. mother, sister. brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any-No. 51 HOW TO DO TRICKS WlTH CARDS.-Containing' hotly you wish to write to. young man and every young explanations of t'he general princip!Ps of sleight-of-hand applicable lady in the land shonld havf' this hook. } to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinar:v cards. and not requiring' No. 74. JTO\V 'l'O WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con sleight-of-hand; of tricks involving s l e ight-of-hand, or the use of I taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; speda lly prepared cards. By Professor Hafiner. Illustrated. also rules for punctuation and composition, with specimeH letters .J


'{HE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS 01!' NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER Contai!ling a varied asso,rtment of stump speec hes, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amusement and amateur shows. No. 45. 'l'lTE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKl!J Bcl. No. 67 HOW TO DO TTIICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tric k s, together with illustrations. By A. No: 31. H<_:JW 'l'O .BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing four teen 1llus t rat1ons, g1vmg the different positions requisite to becom e a good speaker, r eader and elo cutionist. Al s o containing gems from a.II the popular '.luthors of p rn s e and poetry, .arranged in the most simple and c on c is e m anne r p os i b le. No. 49 .. HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rule s for conducting de bates, outlines for debater, questious for dis<'u s sion and the sources for procuring info: mation on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLII-'1'.-1' hc arts and wil e s of Mrtati<. Ii are fully explained by this little book. B e sid e s the various methods of ha.Ldkerchief., fan. gloYe. p arasol, window a nd hat flirtation, it con !ams a .foll list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which is mterest1ng to everybos and conundrums. with key to same. A ing u s eful informatio n r egardin g the C amrn1 airl how to work it; complet e book. l!'ully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photoi','raphic l\Tagic Lantern Slides and other Transparencies. Hands om e ly illustra ted. lly Captain W. De W. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT: OR, BOOK OF FJTIQUETTFl-It is a great life :;eC'r et. and one that every young man desires to know all about. Tlwrr"s happinPs s in it. No. HOW 1'0 BEHAVI<: .-Containing the rnles and etiquette of good so<'iety and the ea s i es t and mo s t apprnv<>d methods of ap pearing to good advantage at partie s. balls, the theatre, church, and in the drawing-room DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. -Containing the most popular in u se, romprising Dutc h dial ect, FrenC'h dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pi e ces, together Abney. No. 62. HOW TO BFJOOl\IE A WE$T POI:\'T i\IILITARY CADE'L'. -Containing full explana tion s h o w to gain admittance, cours P of Duties Stnff o C Oflirers, Post Guard, Polire l'{e g11lati o11s D epartment. and all a boy shou ld know to be a C ade t. a wl writte n b y Lu S enarens, author of "How to RPr o me a ::-lnvn l Ca

=-----'(HE STAGE. N o. 41 THE BOYS 01!' NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE B OOK. --Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderfu l little book. No . THE J?OYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. a va n ed of stump spee c hes, N e gro, Dutch and I r i s h A l so end mens Jokes Just t h e thing for h ome amuse m e n t and amateur shows. No. 45. 'l'HFJ BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKl!J BOOK.-Something new and v e rv instructh e Eve ry /boy s h ould obtain this book. a s it contains fuli for orgamzmg an amatenr mmstre l troupe No. 65. :\Il:LDOON'S is one of the most original jok e eve r published, and it' is brimful of wit and hum or. It contams a large collection of songs jok es conundrums, e t c., of T e r re n ce ;\fo l doon, the great wit, humori s t, and practic al jok e r of the day. Every hoy who can enjoy a good substantial j ok e should o btai n !! <'OPY imm e d i atPly. 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HOW TO COOK.-One of the mo s t ins truc tive books on coo king ever publish e d It_ c ont a ins. r ec i pes for co o kin g meats fish, game, and oys t ers; also pi e s, puddmgs, ca k e s a nd all )du ds o f pastry, and a grand coll ec tion of re c ip e s by one of our m os t p opula r coo ks. No. 3 7. HOW TO KEEP HOt:"SE.-It <'ontains informatio n for everybody, boys, gir ls, m e n and women; it will t eac h you how to mak e almoRt an_ything around th e h o n se s u r h a s parlor orname nts brac kets cemenls, Aeolian h a rp s and bird lime fo r catching birds ELECTRICAL. No. 46. H O W T O MAKE AND USE ELEC'l'RICITY.-A d e scription of the wond erful u se s of e l ect ri c i t and e l ect ro magnetism toget h e r with full instructions for making 'Electric T oys B atte ri es' etc. By George T r e be l A. l\L, 1\1. D. Con taining ov e r fifty il'. lu strations. No. 64. H O W TO MAKE ELECTRICAL l\IA CHIN'ES.-Con tai ning fnll Jiredions for m aking e l ectrirnl machin es indu c tion coils, dynamos. and many 110\'P l t oys to be work e d b y e lectric ity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67 HOW TO DO ELECTIUCAT, TRICKS.-Conta i n in g a large collection o f instruc tiv e :i.nd highl,v amu s ing electrical tric k s tog ethe r wit h illustrations. By A. Andernon. No: 31. HOW '.l' O .BECO.'IIE A SPEAKER.-Containing four teen 11lustrat10ns, givm g t he d iffe r ent p os i t i ons requisite to become a good speak e r r e ader and e locuti onis t. Al s o containing g e ms fro m a.II the popul a r a u tho r s o f r r ose and po etry .arra ng e d in the wost simple and con c is2 ma n n e r pos s i ble No. 49 . HOW 'l'O l>hlB.A'l'E.-Giv ing rules for conducting d e bate s, out Im e s for. qu estio11s fo r di sc u s sion, and the besi sources for procunng on the que s t ions give n. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIIi'l'.-Thc a r ts and wil e s of i!i'rtat i d 1 are full y e xplain e d by t hi s li t tl e boo k Besid es t he various meth ods o f e rchi ef., fan. g J o ,e. parasol, w i ndow and hat flirtatio n, > t c o n a fllll lis t of th e l anguage and s e n t imP.ut of flow e rs whi c h i s mte r est1ng to e v e r.r bo. \'Ssen ces etc. tude s eve r y n ight with his \YO nderful imitations), ca n m us t e r th e .No 8-. HOW TO BECOME AN" A UTu.OR.-Uontaining full art, and create any amount of fun fo r him se lf and frie nds. It i s t h e info rmati o n regarding hoic e o ( s u bj ects, t h e u se o f w o nl s and th e greates t book a nd th e re s million s ( of fun) in i t manner o f preparing and su bmitting mann""'ipt. Al so conta inin g N o 20 HOW 'rO ENT)i]Il'l' AIN AN PAilTY.-A v a luabl e info r mati o n as to t he n e a t ne s s l e g i bil i ty and gen(ral com v e r y va l uable little book jnst p u blis hed. A complete co m pe ndi um position of manuscript, e ssential t o a succ essfu l aut hor. By Prince o f games sports, card dher s i o ns, <'om ic r e d t u t ion s et(' .. suitabl e Hi)!!n d. for p a rlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the N o 38. HOW T O BECO;\fE YO n. OW:\' D OCTOR.-A won m o n e y than any book pnhli s h e d. derful book, contai n ing u s e f u l anCl p r arl i ca l iufful lit t l e tre a tme n t of o r dinary d is ease s a n d ai l uwnts common to every book, containing the rul es and o f billiard s b agatelle family A bou nding i n useful and effective rec i p e s fo1 general co mba c k gammon. ('roqu e t d ominoeR, pt(' p l ainls N o 36 HOW '1'0 SOLVE all No. 55. H O W 'TO C OLLECT f'TAl\ IPS A i\' D COI:\'S.-Con the l eading conunrlrums of the day, amusing riddl e s, curious catc h e s tai n in g val u ab l e in fo rmati on r egar ding t h e <'ollcct i ng and arranging and w itty sayings of stamps anrl f'oins. i llust rn t 1 ,d N o 52. HOW T O PLAY n <\RD S .-A <'omple te and handy littl e N o. 58 HOW 'l'O BID A DETECTIYR-D.1 Ol c l King Brady, book g i vin g t h e ru l e s and f,. ;rec tion s fo1 p l a ying F.uehr e Cribthe w o rld kn own d ete('li Y C I n he l n y s dow n some v a luab le b age Casin o J't, ee. P edro Sanc ho, Draw Poke r and s e n s ibl e rule s fo r l wg i n n ers. ancl al s o r e lates som e adventur e s Au ctio n Pit ch, All F ours and m a ny othe r p o pnl a r g am es o f ca rds. and expc rien<'es o f w ell-know n detectivt' s No. 66. HOW TO DO ov e r thre e bun-No. liO. IIOW TO BECOME A PllOTOn1tAPi12It.-Containdre d interesting puzzl P s a nd conundrums. with k e y to same. A ing u se ful inform a ti o n r ega r ding t he ll'Hl how to w o rk i t ; complet e book. J!'ull y illustrated. By A Ande rson. a l s o how lo make l\l agic L ante rn Slid es a nd other Transpare nci e s Handsome ly illustrated. ily Captain W De W. E T IQUETTE No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTiil-It is a g reat l if e :;e<'re t, a nd one th a t e v e ry young m a n de sires t o know all about. Th0r<'' s happ in<'"S i n it. No. 33 HOVI' 1'0 REHA VE.-Containing the rnle s and e tiqu ette of good so c i e ty nnd the e a i es t a n d m o t approv<'d m e th o d s of a p pea r in g to good advantage at parties balls, the theatre, church, and in the drawi ng-room DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW 'l'O RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. Conta in i n g the most po p ul a r i n u se c o mp ri s ing Dutc h dial ect French dial ect, Y anke e and I r i s h dialec t p i ece s, t o g e th e r Abn ey. No. 62 HOW TO RF. C Ol\I E A WEST POI!\" T i\IILITA R Y full ex pl a nati o n s h ow to ga in admittance, eonrsP of l-Oxnmin a t io ns. Duti!'s Stnff of Oflkets Post Gu a r d P o l ire R eg\1lations. Fire D epa1trnenl. and all a boy sh o u ld know t o b e a Carle t. all' l w ritten b y Lu S cuare n s author of H ow t o Beco m P 9 .'lava! Cadet." No. 6 3. HO\Y '1'0 R l JCOHE A NAY A L C A DFJT .-Co mpl ete in struction s o f bow t o gai n adm i ss i o n t o t h e A nn a poli s Naval Acad e my. AJ, o ('Ontn i n i n g t h e cou r se o f instrn<'ti o n. d escription of g r ounds and b uildin gs l iisto ric a l ske t c h. and a b oy should kn ow t o b eco m e an oflicer i n t h e U ni te d Stat e s Navy. Com pi led a n d w r it t n h y r;,n Se naren 8 auth o r of "How to Become a West Point Cude t. with many standard rea

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His daring deeds and thrilling adventures have never been surpassed T h ey form the base of the most dashi n g stories ever published. the following numbers of this most interesting magazine and b e c o nvinced: LATEST ISSUES: "" 1146 Young Wild West's Lively Time; or, The Dandy Duck of the Diggings 113 Young Wild W es t and the Cowboy King; or, Taming a Texas 147 Young Wild West at Hol d-Up Canyon; or, Arletta's G reat Victory Terror. 148 Young Wild West' s Square Deal ; or, Making the "Bad Men 114 Young Wild \\"e$ts Pocket of Gold; or, Ariettas Great Discovery, Goo d 115 Young Wild West and "Shawnee Sam" ; or, The Hal f-Bree d s 149 Young Wild West Cowing the Cowboys; or, Arletta a n d t h e 'freachery. Prairie Fire. llG Young Wild West's Covered Trail; or, Arietta and the Avalanche. 150 You n g Wild West and Navajo Ned; or, The Hunt for t h e H al t -117 Young Wild West and the Diamond Dagger; or, The Mexican Y Breed" 'Hlledrmwlt. t' Vi , i A tt d th C Girl's Rev enge. a oung _es ,s rgm en; or, r1e a an e a ve-In. 118 Young Wild West at Silver Shine; or, A Town Run by "Tender152 Young Wild Wests Cow b oy Champions; or, The Trip to Kansas feet City. 119 Young Wild West Surrounded by Sioux ; or, Arietta and the 153 Young Wild We st's Even Chance; or, Arletta's Presen ce of Min d Aeronaut. 154 You ng Wild West and the Flattened Bullet; or, The Man Who 120 Young Wild West and the Puzzle of the Camp"; or, 'l'he Girl Woul d not Drop. Who Owned the Gul c h 155 Young Wild West:s Gold G ame; or, Arletta Hand 121 Young Wild West and the Mustangers; or, The Boss of the Bron-156 You n g Wil d Wests Cow b oy Scrimmage; or, Cookmg a Crowd o r cho Busters. Crooks . 122 Young Wild West after the Apaches ; or, Arietta's Arizona Adven-157 and the Arizona Athlete; or, The D uel that 123 Y ture. lid W t R t th R bb . Sa ng T 0 M ill"on 158 Young Wil d We s t and the Kansas Cowboys; or, Arietta's Cle a n oung es ou mg e o ers 01, v1 w 1 Score 124 West. at Rattlesnake Run; or, Arietta's Deal with 159 West Dou bling His Luck; or, The Mi n e that Made a 125 West' s Winning Streak; or, A Straight Trail to 160 West and the Loop o f Death ; or, A rletta s Gold 126 w t' LI ht L t. A etta and the Road 161 Young W ild We s t a t Boili n g Butte; o r Hop Wah and the High-oung i es s g n1ng aria or, ri binders. 127 Y Agentw8 .1d \\' t' R d H t nd P d b C h 162 Young Wil d West Paying the Pawnees; or, Arietta Hel d for oung es s e o i e; ursue y omanc es. Ranso m 128 Young Wild West and the Blaz e d Trail; or, Arletta as a Scout. 163 Young Wild West's S hooting Match or The "Show-Down" at 129 Yol!ng ":est s Four of a Kind: or, A Curl?us Combination. Shasta. ' 130 Young ",!id ";est Caught by the Crooks; or, Arietta on Hand. 164 Young Wil d West at Death Divide; or, Arletta's Great Fight. 1 3 1 Y oung \\ 1ld "est and the Ten Terrors; or, The Doom of Duhln s 165 Young Wild West a n d the Scarlet Seven; or, Arietta's Daring 132 Wild of J?ust" ; or, Arietta's C hance 166 West's Mirror S hot; or, Rattling the Renegades. 133 Young W!}d Wests Triple Claim; or, Simple Sam, the Sun167 Young Wild West and the Greaser Gang; or, Arietta as a Spy. d owner. 168 Young Wild West losing a Million; or, How Arletta Helped Him 134 Young Wild W est' s Curious Compact; or, Arietta as an Avenger Ou t 135 Young Wild West's Wampum Belt; or, Under the Ban of the Ute1 169 Young Wild West and the Railroad Ro bbers; or, Lively Work in 136 Young Wild West and the Rio Grande Rustlers; or, The Branding Utah. at Buckhorn Ranch. 170 Young Wild West Corraling the Cow-Pu nchers; or, Arietta's Swlm 137 Young Wild West and the Line League; or, Arietta Among t h e for Life. Smugglers. 171 Young Wild West "Facing the Mu11ic"; or, The Mistake the Lyncb-138 Young Wild West's Silv e r Spurs; or, Fun at Fairplay Fair. ers Made. 139 Young Wild West Among the Blackfeet ; or, Arietta as a Sorce r ess. 172 Young Wild West a n d "Montana Mose"; or, Arletta's Messe nger 140 Young Wild W est on the Yellowstone ; or, 'l"be S ecret of tile of Death. Hidden Cave. 173 Young Wild West at Grizzly Gulch; or, The Shot t hat Saved the 141 Young Wild West' s Deadly Aim; or, Arletta's Greatest Danger. Ca mp 142 Young Wil d West at the '-.lumping 01'1"' Place; or, The Worst 174 Young Wild West on. the Warpath; or, Arietta Among the Ara-Camp in the West. pahoea. 143 Young Wil d West and the "Mixed -Up" Mine; or, Arietta a Winner. 175 Young Wild West and "Nebraska Nick"; or, The Cattle Thieves 144 Young Wild West's Hundre d l\Iile Race; or, Beating a Big Bunch.' of t h e Platte. 145 Young Wild West Darin g the Danites; or, The Search for a 176 Young Wild West and the Magic Mi ne; or, How Arletta Solved A Missing Girl. Mystery. F o r sa l e b y a ll news d e a lers or will be sent t o any add r e s s on r ece i p t o f pri c e, 5 cents per c op y, i n mon ey o r postage stamp s, b y FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of o u r Librari es a n d ca nno t t h e m f ro m news d e al ers, they can b e obtained from this office direct. 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s SECRET SERVICE OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, 1'E'fECrl'I\'ES. PBICE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLORED COVERS. ISSUED WEEXL Y LA'J'EST I SSUES: :!38 The Bradys Diamond Syndicate; 01-, 'l'he Case of the "Marquis" of Wall Street. 304 The Bradys and "Pullman Pete" ; or, The Mystery of the Chicago 339 'he Bradys and the Seven Masks; or, Strange Doings at the Doctors ClulJ. Special. 305 The Bradys and the Wall the Brokers. Street Prince ; or, The Boy Who Broke 340 'l'he Bradys and the !'resident's 8pecial; or, '.l' !Je Plot o! the 1-2-;{. 306 The Bradys and the "Belle or Bolton"; or, 'he Search for the Lost 'Frisco Liner. 341 The Bradys and the .Russian Duke; or, The Case of the Woman l "rom \\'all Street. 307 The Bradys and the Bingo Boys; or, The Trail that Led to Hang town. 342 'l'he Bradys and the Mon e y .Makers; or, Afte1 the "Queen of the Queer." 308 The Bradys and the Broker's Club; or, Solving a Wall Street Mys tery. 343 '!'he Bradys and the Butte Boys; or, '!'he 'l'rail of the Ten '"!'errors." 344 and th" Wall Street "Widow" ; or, The Flurry in 309 The Bradys and "Bad Buzzard"; or, The Fight for the Five Fvrks Mine. 310 and the Chinese Prince; or, 'l'he Latest l\Iott Street 345 Chinese Mystery ; or, Called by the "King" of lllott 311 The Bradys and the Man From Tombstone; or, After the "King 346 'l'he Bradys and "Brazos Bill"; or, Hot \Yo1k on the Texas Hor-of Arizona." det 312 'he Bradys and Hop Toy; or, Working for the Mayor of China-347 '.l'he Bradys and Broker Black; or, 'rapping the 'l'appers of \\'all town. Street. 313 '!'he Bradys ,and the Copper !):Ing; or, The Mystery of the lllon348 The .Bradys at Big Boom City; or, Out for the Oregon Luna tague llline. 'l'h1eves. 314 The Bradys and "Bullion Bill"; or, 'he Mystery of i\lill l\o. 13. 349 ;i;he Brady!! and Corporal Tim; or. The Mystery of the Fort. 315 The Bradys in Joliet; or, The Strange Case of Jeweler ,James. 350 lhe Bradys' Banner Raid; or, '!'he White Boys of Whit'lwina 316 The Bradys and "Roaring Rnlte"; or, R ounding up the "Terror" Camp. of Ten Mile Creek. 351 'hE'. Bradys and the Safe Blowers; or, chasing t h e King or the 317 The Bradys and the Boss of Broad Street; or, 'l'lJe Case of the 1 eggmeu. "King of t!J e Curb." 352 '!'he Bradys at Gold Lake; or, Solving a Klondike lllystery. 318 The Bradys Desert 'l'rail; or, Lost on the Deadman's Run. 353 The Bradys and "Dr. Doo -Da-Day"; or, The lllan Who \\as Lost 319 The Bradys and the Opium Syndicate; or, After the "Marquis" on Mott Street. of Mott Street. 354 The Bradys' Tombsto. ne "Terror" ; or, After the Arizona Mine 320 The Bradys and "General Jinks" ; or, After the Cara cerooks of Wreckers. the "Katy Flyer." 355 The Bradys and the Witch Doctor; or, Mysterious Work in New 321 The Bradys and t!Je Man With the Barrel; or, Working for the Orleans. Prince of Wall Street. 356 The and Alderman Brown or After the Grafters or 322 The Bradys and "Bedrock Bill"; or, The "Deadmen" from Dead-Greenville. ' wood 357 The. Bradys in "Little Pekin"; or The Case of the Chinese Gold 323 The Bradys and the "King" of Chicago; or, The Man Who CorKtng. nered Corn. 358 Th.e Bradys and the Boston Special or The Man Who was Miss-324 '!'he Bradys and Admiral Brown; or, Working for the United 10g from Wall Street. ' States l\avy. 359 The Br.adys,and. the Club; or, The Secret Band of Seve n 325 The Bradys and "Madame lllillions"; or, The Case of the Wall 360 The Bradys Chmese Raid; or, After the Man-Hunters of Mon Street Queen. tana. 326 and the "Prince" of Pekin ; or, Called on a Chinese 361 and the B ankers' League ; or, Dark Doings in Wall 327 The Bradys ?acing Death; or, Trapped by a Clever Woman. 362 Call to Goldfields; or, Downing the "Knights o! 328 '!'he Bradys' Rio Grande Raid: or, Hot Work at Badman's Bend. 329 The Bradys' Madhouse Mystery ; or, The Search for llladame Mont-363 The Bradys and 'the Pit of Death or Trapped by a Fiend ford. 364 The Bradys and the Boston Broker or The Man Who Wok 330 The Bradys and the Swamp Rats; or, After the Georgia Moon-Wall Street. ' e up shiners. 365 The Bradys Sent to Sing Sing; or, After the Prison Plotters 331 The Bradys and "Handsome Hal" ; or, Duping the Duke of DaThe Bradys, and the \}rain Crooks; or, After the "King of Corn .. kota. 3 3 6681 TThhe &B.adys or, After the Colorado Cattle Theves 332 The Bradys and the Mad Financier ; or, Trailing the '"error" of e radys rn a Madhouse ; or, The Mystery of Dr Darke Wall Street. 369 The Bradys and the Chinese "Come-Oas" or Dark Doing' s I D 333 The Bradys and the Joplin Jays; or, Three "Badmen" from Doyers Street. ' Missouri. 3 70 dys and the Insurance Crooks; or, Trapping A Wall Stree 334 The Bradys and Capt. Klondike; or, The Man from the North Pole. 335 The Bradys and the Wall Street Club; or, 'hree Lost "Lambs." 336 'l'l>e Bradys' Lightning Raid; or, Chased Through the Hole in the Wall. I 337 'l'he Bradys and the Hip Sing Ling; or, After the Chinese Free Masons. 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STORIES 'OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter ... Handsome Colored Covers A New One Issued Every Friday This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and f ortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. Every one of this series contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune Weekly" a magazine for the home, although each number is replete with exciting adventures. The stories a r e the very best obtainable, the illustrations are by expert artists. and every effort is constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about It. ALREADY PUBLI.SHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Brave Boys Start In Life. 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who Succeeded 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 3 A Corner in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed 4 A Game of Chance; or, The Boy Who Won Out. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy in Wall Stree t. 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lake-17 King of the Market; or, The Y.oungest Trader in Wall view. Street. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. River. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Boy. Self-Made 19 A Rise in Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy in Wall Street. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 21 All to the Good; or, From C a ll Boy to Manager. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys WhoWorked a Deserted 22 How He Got There; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them Mine. 11 A Lucy Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 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, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS /. of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdeal e r s, they can be obtained from thi5 office direct. Cut out and fill in the follow ing Orde r Blank and send it to u s with the price of the books you want and w e will send them to you by turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAREN 'J'HE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TO USEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ......................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: ... copies of WORK AND WIN Nos ............................. .................................... '' '' 'VILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ......................................................... " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7'6, Nos ...................................................... " PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos ............................................ .......... : ...... " SECRET SERVICE, NOS .................. : ............................................. " RRANK MANLEY'S WEEKLY, Nos .... ..... ......................................... " FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ........................ .. ............ : ... ..... . "THE YOUNG ATHLETE'S WEEKLY, Nos ........... . ........... : ............... " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ..................................... ................... N nme .. .......... ............. Street and No .................... Town .. ........ St11fp ... .. .


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