## Making his mark, or, The boy who became president

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Making his mark, or, The boy who became president
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A masked man, with a revolver in his hand, came down the steps. "Ahal" he exclaimed, w ith a smothered imprecation. "I've caught you, have I?" Mrs. Tarbox uttered a cry of dismay, while Johnny looked the picture of terror.

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2 MAKING HIS MARK. signs or developing into a small gale. "Let's run over to the mill and get in out of the wet." Vic gave a hurried backward glance at the threatening sky and concluded to follow his companion's suggestion 'I'he inill in q uestion was a relict of RevolutiCl'l1ary days, and had long since been abanc1onec1 to idleness and the en croachments of time. It is no longer in existence. It was situated on a small watercour s e which was as dry as a salt herring for nine or t e n month s of the year, but during ::\Iarch and April comeyed a s hallow contribution of the spring rains into the c reek. The great, ungain l y water-wheel s till poised its elf, all r otten and moss-grown, orcr this dried up waterway A small portion of the wooden chute which had orig i n ally carried the water from the clam to the wheel could ye t be seen poking its useless nos e out of a mass of rank vegetation that fringed \\hat once had been the edge of the dam. The mill itself, ith its foundations of s olid stone, and its upper rorks of good lire oak, hacl withstood the storm s of more than a century in pre .tty good s hape. Like maiv other ancient edifices it had acquired the r e p utation of being haunted by the ghost of the original miller who, tradition said, was a pre tty bad sort of fellow. Tradition also asserted that h e h M 1 in a most mysterious manner one ni ght, after beat ing his wife and a.busing hi s chilrlren. As he never turned up again it 1rns bP li eved by the farmers who patronized th e mill th:it Old had carried him off. Howerer that may be, his spirit was to cling to his old work s hop, and his puni s hm ent brlicvccl to b e the eternal g rin cling of ima gi nary g r a in ; nto imisib l e :A our. Vi cto r B e ll \ras familiar with a 11 thE>se ghostly s tories, but took no stock in them; whil e Johnny Tarbox's eage r ness to seek shelter in the old builrlin g tha t spook stories had not formed a part bf his E>du ('ati o n It was a lu c ky thing for the boys that the ancient mill \\'as at hand, for b are l y h ad thr.1 da $hc;ke." "T 1rn11ldn't if I was yon," repli e d J ohnny, n e rvou s ly. "D0Y might kic k dE' stnffin out of you. "I think I see them doing it," ansll'ered Vic, with a grin; 0onfidcnt in hi s mu scular ab ilit ies "It would take more than one to handl e me." "Dcrc might be a whole m o b down below Vi c was w illin g to believe there might b e seve r a l hobos in the cell a r and possibly it occurred to him that it was a PAGE 4 HIS MARK. r eckless action on his part to them; but his curios ity was aroused as to the cause of the st range rumbling and t humping whic h was going on below, and he decid e d to make a cautious investigation. "You s tay here, Johnny, while I go and see wha.t I can see." 'Better take dat piece of wood dere to defend yourself wit'," suggested the youth, pointing at a object which lay against one of the walls. Vic picked it up and started for the door where the ap parition, if such it was, 4111:1 appeared. At that moment the sounds below ceased as suddenly as they began, and not a sound was to be heard to disturb the death-like stillness of the place, save the occasional crash of the thunder without the wild sweep of the wind, and the rain beating against the sides and roof of the mill Vio came to a pause at the door and looked into the dense darkness beyond. The stoppage of the myste rious noise below, and the in tense stillness which ensued, rather disconcerted him. He li s tened for it to go on again; but it didn't. He wonder e d if the persons below who had been making th e noise, as he figmed the matter out, had in som e way bec ome aware that he was about to make an investigation into it, and were l y ing in wait in the aarkness to g ive him an unexpected and warm reception. That wasn't a comfortable r eflectio n and he began to entertain some doubts as to the wisdom of venturing clown into the depths all alone. All of a sudden, while h e stood there undecided he had best do, there smote upon his ear, as well as John ny 's, a most unearthly cry, which seeme d to pen etrate every nook and corner of the old building. It died away in a solemn wail, and all was s ilent antl deathlike as l;iefore. To say that Vic wasn't startled would hardly b e telling the truth. clank made by chains, till it reached the door, then it en tered the room. The "spook" wa.s a large, broad-shouldered man, all covered with dust and flour. He wore a loose, smock-frock, which reached below his waist, but what struck the sharp -eyed Vio was that this ghost of a hundred years back wore a modern pair of trou sers and shoes to match. He carried a lantern modern, too, in one hand, and a lot of chain in the other which h e clanked as he walked. Aft e r he had entered the room he h e ld up the lantern so its light should s hine on his face, and a truly horrible countenance it was-ghastly white, with one eye gouged out and blotches of red streaked over it. It was enough to send a timorous person into a fit. Swinging the lantern and s haking his ohain, the ghost of the mille'r started direct for Johnny, apparently unaware that Victor Bell stood in the shadows six feet behind him. Maste r Tarbox didn't wa.it for any closer acquaintance, but with a yell of fright, he darted out into the tail end of the storm, and made for the creek as fast as his legs could carry him. The "ghost" went to the door, waved his lantern aloft and shook hi s chain. Then he turned about with a sardonical laugh and-re moved his face. That is, he took off the papier-mache mask which had covered his real human countenance, revealing himself to be a plain, everyday mortal. Tucking it under hi s arm, h e walked to the door by which he had entered, withou t observing that he had frightened away only one of the two intruders, and Vic soon heard him descending to the cellar beneath. CHAPTER II. He was startled, though not convinced that the cry was IN THE CELLAR OF THE OLD MILL. the result of any supernatural agency. As for Johnny, he l eane d up against the wall near the "That seems to be a very human ghost after all," door, {l. very badly frightened boy. chuckled Vic, after the spook had r eti red to the d e pths A heavy clap of the recedin g thunder now shook the whence he came. "Poor Johnny! He was horribly scared," building. and the boy s nick ere d again "He'll have a wonderful As it died away in the distance the unearthl y cry rose tale to tell his mother when he gets home. If I don't fol again, louder than before, succeeded by other c ries, follow-low him soon, he'll be willing to swear that I have been ing one another in rapid succession, till the place seemed car ried off by the g ho s t. How easily some people can be alive with moans and echoes of strange voices some pitiful, frightened! Tbat imitation ghost never noticed me at all. as if in the agony of death; others screeching aloud in fiend-I'll bet he thought I h ad li g hted out at the first alarm. ish mirth for the blood and bones of mortal men to be Now I wonder what his little game i s ? He certainly has bonne down into the depths of the infernal regions. some object in scar ing persons away from this mill He These various sounds gradually died away and ceased probab l y has one or more companions with him in the for awhile, and all was still again for severa l minutes. cellar, for I am s ure I re cognize d mor e than one voice in Vic drew back i nto the corner away from th e door, while those soreec hes. I'll bet my spare change that there is Johnny began to s hiv er as with the ague, and his eyes stuck something c rook e d goi n g on below. That fellow didn't out like a lobster's as some one began to mount the stai rs. look at all like a tramp. This place may be the The "ghost" came on with a thump-thump and clank-, place for a gang of ': thieves; and probably they keep their PAGE 5 . 4 MAKING HIS MARK. booty here. I'm going to look into this thing. If my idea hidden by a black mask similar to those worn by crooks is correct it will be a feather in my hat to furnish the in-when they wieh to conceal their identity. formation that will lead to the capture of a gang of crooks. Upon the table in front of him lay several steel plates, I might get a reward out of it. That would suit me all one of which he had apparently been examining with a right." magnifying glass that now stood beside it. Vic removed his shoes, and, leaving them near the door, Through an open door in the partition beyond the men started to feel his way along the dark passage to the stairs. Vic could see a bench littered with engraving tools used As soon as he located them he began, with -extreme cauin fine metal work, and va. rious pieces of thin, flat metal. tion, to descend. Close to the bench stood a machine that resembled a They were pretty solid steps, considering their age, but Washington hand printing pre!ls, such as is used in large the boy found several that were loose and creaked under printing offices for pulling proofs of engravings. his tread. "I wonder what kind of business these chaps are carry-In a few minutes he reached the foot of the flight. ing on here?" Vic asked himself, as his eyes took in everyA moldy smell greeted his nostrils, not unlike that from thing within his range of vision. "It can't be anything an old vault. honest, or the workers wouldn't carry it on in the seclusion He did not dare strike a match, less the momentary glare of this dismal cellar, and then work a fake spook business should betray his presence there. to scare off intruders. Perhaps they are bank-no1'.e So he felt about ti.JI his hand rested on a rough board terfeiters. That man at the table seems to have an partition. graved plate just the size of a bank-note before him. That He followed this slowly along till he came to where it press yonder may be used to print them. I think the Gov branched off, then he saw a bright light shining through a ernment authorities ought to be notified about this plant on knothole. general principles." Applying his eye to the opening, Vic looked in upon an While Vic was examining the rooms with his eyes, his enclosed space in the cellar ears were also taking in the conversation going on be-Above were the flooring and under beams of the mill, tween the :ien. almost completely covered by long, pendant, dirty spiders' "W 11,, 'd th th k "d"d f ht n . e sai e man m e mas i you ng e webs, while on one side was the high, stone wall that com-th h' ff?" posed the foundation of the buiiding, the other three sides baptsiod'd. 1,, h kl d h' "I'll t e I c uc e is companion. warran bemg constructed of comparatively new boards. I I ed th k"d t f th Th th h . scar e I ou o a year s gro,w e o er c ap, In one corner stood a rude kmd of machme, like a large I f fl h t t thl h ancy, ew on earmg our pa en unear y screec grmdstone, whose long handle showed that it was worked "Y . t th b th "" by hand. ou are cer am ey are o gone r It was attached to a pulley on a small shaft above, close "Sure as death Both of them are sure to spread the to the ceiling, by a narrow belt, and belting ran to other news of what they saw, and the old legend of the miller's wheels on a counter-shaft. ghost will be renewed with sufficient force to keep all stragglers away from here in future. I wouldn't be prised if an account of this haunted mill got into the Sunday newspapers, with appropriate iHustrations. That machine in the corner gives a first-class imitation of the rumbling of mill machinery in motion. It was a great idea of mine, wasn't it?" Vic, who had a good idea of the uses of machinery in general, examined it narrowly, but could not see what func tion it was intended to perform, beyond making the wheels on the shaft and counter-shaft go round In another was a bunk provided with a pair of blankets and a mattress, which showed that some one slept in the room. Further was a small cookstove, while several pans hung from nails driven into the wall. There was also an open cupboard with three shelves in which reposed a few plates, a cup and saucer, knives, forks, spoons, and other articles of a similar nature. An ordinary kitchen table stood in the center of the enclosure On it was a lamp, provided with an Argand burner that threw a brilliant light; a black bottle with a whisky label, a small jug and two common glasses, each partly filled with an amber-colored liquor. At this table were seated two men-one of whom was the individual who had just been impersonating the "mill er's ghost," while the other was a tall, stalwart man, with a heavy, dark beard, the upper pa;i:t of his face being "It was pretty clever," nodded the man, who seemed to be the head and front of whatever enterprise was carried on in the cellar of the mill. "Now, look here, Bender, as the object of this plant is now practical1y accomplished, you will, of course, see the necessity of getting rid of every bit of evidence that might subsequently involve either of us in trouble The plates,'1 continued the masked man, tapping those on the table, "are all in good condition, and it may be advantageous to preserve them. So just fetch that strong -box from the inner room and place them in it for safe-keeping." "All right, sir," replied the other, respectfully, rising from his stool and entering the far room. He presently returned, an oblong oak box, ornamented with heavy brass corner pieces, and studded with a great number of brass headed nails. = 0 v b I .i PAGE 6 He threw up the cover and took out a number of pieces of chamois skin. . Then lifting the plates one by one from the table he wrapped them in the soft chamois and packed them in the bottom of the box "Now," said the masked individual, reaching down and picking up a good-sized package from the floor at his feet, "here are the original treasury bonds of the Duplex .Ilfanu facturing Company, bearing the real official signaturesthe bogus ones, with the counterfeit signatures are now in the company's safe, and in a day or two will be sent to Wall Street to be sold, in pursuance of the resolution of the board of directors their last meeting, autl10rizing the sale of the balance of the$250,000 of Issue A in order to realize $150,000 needed to enlarge their plant and market a newly invented machine, the patent of which they have just acquired." "I suppose you want to place them in this box, too, until you are ready to dispose of them?" said his associate. "Precisely," replied the other, handing him the package, which the man immediately deposited in the box, nearly :filling it. "Now," went on the masked man, taking a small packet from an inside pocket, "I have here$50,000 in good Ameri can which the president of the company deposited in the office safe this afternoon. His intention is to use it to morrow to pay for a plot of land he bought a month ago. I'm afraid, however, that he will be disappointed," and something very like a chuckle issued from his beardetl mouth. The speaker opened the packet and exhibited several lay ers of bills just as they had come from the bank. "I am now in a position to pay you the $5,000 I agreed to give you for your skilled labor in this scheme. As, how ever, I don't wish to lose sight of you for a little while, yet I have decided to pay you only$1,000 on account at pres ent, and hand you the balance later on." His companion looked disappointed at this announce ment. "You needn't feel put out, Bender. You know our understanding was you were not to be paid until I began to r ealize on the bonds." "That's true, sir; but that was because you did not see your way toward raising the money any other way. Now that you have come unexpectedly into possession of a big sum like $50,000, you can afford to settle up on the nail. In fact, you ought to act liberal in this matter and double the$5,000." "Why should I?" asked the masked man, coldly. "Because you yourself have admitted that my work has surpassed your expectations." "That is true, Bender. I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll give you a bonus of $2,000, and pay it now. "The$5,000 I'll pay you later." "Make it $3,000," said the other, smacking his lips at the sight of the money. "You are greedy, Bender," objected the bearded man,. 5 ----------"and I Jo1d E<.:C why I should lrnmor yot!. Ho\Ycvcr, un <.ler the circumstances, I am disposed to be generous, so I'll make it$3,000." Thus speaking, the head schemer counted out six $500 bills and 'passed them over to his companion "There, now," he said, rewrapping the packet, "you have$3,000 more than you expected to get "But not more than I have earned," returned the man, quickly. "Practically, I have been taking all the risk and inconvenience of this forgery job. I have lived down in this filthy hole for three months past, working at those plates under artificial light. I have been forced to live on a very meager diet, while you-" "Pshaw! what's the use of kicking now, Bender That's all past. You have more money now in your clothes than you have owned in :years. Be happy "I'm not kicking, sir. I was mere l y trying to justify my right to that extra compensation. I wanted you to un derstand I have earned every dollar of it." "All right, Bender," replied the masked man, impa tiently, "we won't argue the matter. You have the money, with $5,000 more to come in the near future. "I'm satisfied, sir." "Very well," said the other, bending down, placing the packet of money in the box and l ocking it. "Now he l p me to place this out of harm's way." The bearded man seized the lamp in one hand, and one of the handles of the box in the other, while Bender grabbed the other handle, then they started for a door in the parti tion behind which Vic was concealed. CHAPTER III. ONE OF T!IE WAYS BY WHICH VICTOil BKLL EXPECTED TO MA.KE HIS MARK, Vjc saw them coming and hastily struck a match in order to :find some place where he could conceal himself. Close to the stairs stood a number of empty barrels Into one of them he popped himself, just in the nick of time. The door in the partition flew open and the two men, with the la.mp and box, came out into the wide passageway The man with the mask led the way to a spot midwci_I' between the stone walls, and not far from the row of barrels. Here they paused and put clown the box. "You have a rope inside, Bender," said the beardc.l man ; "go back and bring it." While his associate was gone the masked man put clO\rn the lamp, and, running his fingers over the floor, something and lifted a trapdoor, which opened up on hinges. Then he waited for his companion to return. Be.nder sooti reappeared with several yards of stou t rope PAGE 7 6 IIIS MARK. I The other man took it from him, wound one end of it mustache. The he's a gentleman and would brice around t4e box, and tlien they both lowered it into not be guilty of a crooked act. I ll have to give it up. I the hole can't place Mr. I'll have to leave that cheerThe masked man the light of the lamp down to ful duty to the police. Now, let tne consider what I'd betsee that everything was all right, and then let the trap ter do. The genuine bonds and most of the stolen money door fa ll back into place, where it fitted so snugly that no are in that box under yonder trap. Why shouldn't I take one not aware of its existence would have noticed it. possession of the box myself and turn it over to the pre:;iVic, who was watching the proceedings with due caution dent of the company for examination? 'I'he police cm1ldn1t 01er the rim of the barrel, noted the spot, with an eye to do much more than that if I la id my information before future developments. them, and they'd probably get most o{ the credit that ought "Now, Bender," said the bearded man "I, am going to belong to me. That box contains at t,11is moment nearly home. Your type cases and printing material, which you$200,000 worth of the company's property. It ought to be purchased as a b l ind to account for the presence of the worth pretty tidy reward to restore it. If any one is press, you had better leave just as they are. Anybody inentitled to a reward it should be me. Of course, I couldn't vestigating this cellar later on will then surmise that it recover that box and carry it away fropi here alone. Who was utilized by some poor hermit-printer, who carried on a shall I get to help me? That's the qllestion. It must be desultory business in tJ:iis building. To further carry out somebody I have confidence in, and who will be contented idea, don't fail to leave your printed samples scat with a resonable compensation out of what I get myself. tcred about You'd better dismantel that grindstone ar Johnny is a s tout kid, but whether he'll come back to the rangement of yours, too. There will be no further need of mill with me after what has happened is a matter of doubt. ghostly manifestations on our part!' Maybe he would if his mother came along too. She d do "All right, sir. Whatever you say gQes." a nything for me Johnny has got a good stout oart that "You'll carry your tools away with you, of course, and would be just the thing to carry the box to the house. I'll bury any tell tale evidence that you leave behind. Lock just hu s tle home and lay my project before them I needn't the place up as securely as you can-that will be a bar to go into any particulars about what the bo4 contains. I'll any ordi n ary curiosity -hunters-and take up your resijust tell them it was stolen from the Duplex Manufacturing dence for the present at the hotel. I will call or send for Company's offices. That's all that is necessary This will you if I want to see you. be a chance to distinguish myself in the company's services V ery well, sir Kind of show my zeal in its interests Mr. Blake, the "That's all, I guess. Good night." manager, told Ele the other day that I was a smart boy, "Good night, sir." and that some day I'd make my mark. Here's a chance to '.I'he bearded man handed the lamp to Bender, ascended make it, or at least the first impression of it. I'm in luck. the steps and left the mill, while the other returned inside I wonder how much the board of directors will vote me for t he enclosure and bolted the door, leaving Victor B e ll saving $200,000 wortl 1 of their property? It ought to be outside in the dark. something worth while. Before I go I'll take a peep at that "Well, if this doesn't bent the Dutch!" exclaimed Vic, chap inside and see what he is doi ng. I'd l ike to get a as he climbed out of the barrel. "I seem to have acciline on him and see when he's going to d u s t out. It won't dentally got on to a pretty foxy sch eme, I wonder who do to come back after that box while he is on tl{e premises." that ma sked chap it? Hi s voice sound s a bit familiar to Vic went to his former peep hole an d l ooked thro ugh the me, as if I had heard it more than once before. Why did partition he keep mas ked in the presence 0 his companion, who eviThe middle enclosure was shrouded in gloom. dently knows who he i s? There seems to be an e l e ment of The lamp stood on the bench in the far room, and Vic myste ry in this affair. The big fellow has not only de-could see Bender packing up his tools. posited$150,000 worth of bogus bonds of the Duplex "He ought to be away inside of an hour," thought the Manufacturing Compm1y in the company's vault in place boy. "I wonder what time it is?" of a similar amoimt 0 genuine ones, but he has also stolen He couldn't te ll as he did not carry a watc h. $50 000 in money from the office safe. He must be em However, it wasn't a matter of any great importl:\.nce. ployed by the company in some capacity to enable him to He watched Bender awhile, and, believing he would be do this in such a slick manner. Now, what officer or emr eady to leave the place soon, he crept back to the ground ploye of the company do I know who is in the position to floor of the mill, put on his shoes, and started for the accompli s h such a trick that looks like this chap?" creek road. Vic cudgled his recollection, but couldn't find an answer The night had cleared off as fine as silk, stars were to th e query. out in a ll their glory, and a cool breeze was blowing from "I don t know of any one who wears a heavy, dark beard. the northwest. The head bookkeepe r is a man of hi s build, but he has a In fifteen minutes Victor Bell was at the door of Mrs. smooth face. The cashier i s a small man. Th e vice-presiTarbox's cottage. dent is about the bookkeeper's size, but he has only a That good woman had heard her son Johnny's highly PAGE 8 M AKIN G H I S MARK. ., ================================================================---varnished account of the ghost of the mill, in which, being a p e r s on of good, common sense, s he p u t li t tlfi. cr e d e nce, and was frying to e Mast e r John to return to the so-called haunted with her, in quest of Vic, o f whom she thought a great deal, when the subject of their thoughts opened the door and presented himself before them. "Ho, Vic!" roared Johnny, as soon as he saw our hero, "I thought the ghost had you for sure. How did you g e t away?" "You're dreaming, Johnny," chuckled Vic. wasn t any ghost." "There "That's just what I thought,'' spoke up Mrs. Tarbox, with a confident shake of her head. "Wasn't any ghost!" cried Johnny, inc\-edulously. "Didn't I see it wit' me two eyes?" "What you saw was a man playing off that he was a spook. That horrible looking face was only a mask he had on ove r his real countenan c e." "Aw, get out!" retorted the Tarbox kid. "Dat was the real ghost of the miller. Do you t'ink I ain't got no eyes? Didn t I see the flour on his jacket? And den w'at about dem awfui yells? You heard the spook machinery goin', too, didn t you? Now you say dat dere wasn't no ghost. W'at you take me for?" "I thought you didn't believe iD spooks ; .Tohn n:v ? lauged Vic. "When we went into the mill at fust, and I remarked that it was fine night for the old Dutch miller to wander about, you said that was all rot." "I've chang e d me mind r e plied the youth. "You'd have changed back again if you'd waited and seen what I saw." "W'at did you see ?1' a s k e d Johnny, with great interest. "As soon as you skipped out the spook took off his fa ce--" "Took off his' face!" exclaimed the lad, with a look of horror. "His mask, I mean, and laughed at the fright he had cauRed you." "He clicl ?" "He rlicl. That gave him d e ad away though I was cerb in anyway that he was not a real ghost." did he do den?" ""rent b a ck into the celJar." \ nd w'at did you do?" "T followed him. "Into the cellar?" "Yes." "W'at did you see clere ?" "I saw the ghost talkin g i:o another man, who had a mask on hi s fac e like a crook." "Did dey see you?" Vic shook his head "I found out thflt the man with the mask was up to a crooked game against the company I w ork for." him to wor k the Echeme. They p l aye d the gho s t d odg e to keep ii;iquisitiYe persons an d stragg l e r s away fr o m the mill." "W'a t for?" "Becaus e they've got a box of stolen stuff belonging to th e Duplex Company hidden there." "Is data fact?" asked Johnny, with open mouth. "It' s a fact. Now, I mean to recoYer that box for the company if you and your mother will help m e do it." "Of course, Johnny and I will help you, Vi e t.or," sa i d Mrs. Tarbox. "W'at you want us to do?" asked the youth, cautiously. '"I want you to get that cart of your s and the n we' ll all go to the mill--" "Nixy. No mill for me," replied Johnny, in an em phatic i:one. Vic assured Johnny that he had no cause to be afraid of revisiting the old mill, as there was not the slighte s t danger of his seeing a spook of any kind. Mrs. Tarbox :l.ls o insisted that her son must go a1ong and help drag the box from the cellar, and the cart a fte rwar ,1. Finally Johnny yield e d a reluctant assent after Vic a s sur e d him he would giYe him a small part of any reward he got from the company. "How much will you give me--a dollar?" "Yes, I'll see you get a dollar, all right." "De n I'll go along wit' you and ma." He got hi s cart from the woodshed, into which Vic placed a s mall kerosene lamp i:o throw light on their labors, and then the party of thre e set out for the old mill. CHAPTER IV. HOW vrc's PLANS WERE BLOCKED. The ni ght was so fine that none of the party bothercrl takin g any head-gear along. They followed the creek road, Johnny dragging his cart, and thinking about how he would spend the expected dollar wh e n h e g ot it. When the y turne d up toward the tnill, which looked rathe r g host-lik e in the starli ght, Johnny beg an fallirfg furthe r and further in the rear, for now that he had rea c hed the of action hi s form e r fears assailed him bnce mor e Vic had to g o hack and urg e him forward. "I want you tw o to remain here outside the door unti l I g o down into the cellar and see if the coast is cl ear," s aid B e ll whe n they reached the mill. He r e mov e d hi s s hoes and made his way below like a s hadow All was dark and s il ent down there, for Bendet had got throu g h with his work and g one. Sa t i sfie d that the place was deserted, Vic returned t o Mrs Tarb o x and Johnny. "Come along," he s aid. "Haul your cart inside, J ohnny. "'fhe Duplex <; PAGE 9 8 MAKING HIS MARK. Vic took the lamp out of the cart, li g hted it, and led the way to the cella r, followed by Mrs. Tarbox, with kid bringing up the rear. "W'at's behind dat partition?" asked Johnny. Don t you worry about what's in there,'' replied Vic, loo king for the handle of the tra p-door. "There's no spooks there at any rate." "Dat suits me if d e re ain't,'' grinned the youth, who seeme d to have recovered a porti on of his courage. "Here it is," ejaculated Vic, putting down the lamp, grasping an iron ring, and giving a tug lif te d the trap. He flashed the light down and there, sure enough, lay the brass-bound oak box, just as the masked man had left it, rope and all. The hole was probably a yard deep. Vic jumped into it, grabbed the rope and tossed the loose end up to the boy. "Now, Johnny, you and your moth e r, catch hold and haul away, while I shove from down here." They followed his directions. Vic had just succeeded, with the help of Mrs. Tarbo x and Johnny, in landing the heavy box on the floor of the cellar when they were treated to an unpleasant surprise. A masked man, with a revolver in his hand, came down the steps. "Aha!" he exclaimed, with a smothered oath, "I've caught y ou, have I?" Mrs. Tarbox utter e d a cry of dismay, whil e J ohnny looked the picture of terror. As for Vic, he recognized the intrud er m an instant, and his cha grin was intense. His brilliant plan for recovering the. company's property was clearly bloeked. Well, what have you people got to say for yourselves?" demanded the bearded man. "You ought to answer that question your self,'' repl ied Vic, fearlessly, l e aping from the hole. "What do you mean by that?" thundered the man, g l ar ing at h i m through his mask "I mean that you are a for g er and a thief, and the proof s are in this box. The rascal was staggered by the boy's words. He recovered himself almost instantly. "How dare you address such lan guage to me, you young whelp?" h e cri ed, nervously fingering his weapon, as if he had half a mind to use it on the boy. "You know whether you d eserve it or not,'' replied Vic, who was a n g r y clear throu g h and perhaps a bit reck less, on account of his failure to get away with the box. "I've a great mind to s hoot you, you young monkey!" retorted the furious man. "'And add murder to your other crimes,'' answered Vic, desperately. "Get out of this cellar all of you!" ordered the rasca.1, threatening them with hi s revolver 'rhere was nothing to do but o bey, for it was impossible to say how far the man's patienc e would la st. Mrs Tarbox and Johnny w ere only too glad to get away now., but Vic followed them grudgingly 'rhe masked .man, however, de the lad, as he put his foot on the steps "How did y o u find out that box was in that hol e and what do you know about its contents?" he hissed. "I'm not telling everythi n g I know," answered Vic, in dependently With a snarl of rage the masked stran ger reversed his r e volver and struck the brave boy a stunni ng blow on the head with the butt. Vic dropped on the stai r s like an ox stricken in the shambles and lay there unconscious. The man looked at him a moment, then catching him in his arms carried him to the opposite side of the cellar and laid him upon the floor. Then he went upstairs and saw that Mrs. Tarbo x and Johnny were waiting outside of the mill for Vic. "Leave that wagon and go home," he cried, sternly. Johnny dropped the handle of his ca.rt as though it had suddenly become redhot. "We are waitin&: for Victor Bell,'' said Mrs. ;rarbox. "You needn't wait for him," replied the man, brusquely. "Go !" They went. The masked man seized the cart and drew it inside. "I'll have to remove that box from this place now," be muttered "I cannot understand how that young Bell managed to find out so much. He called me a forger and a thief Evidently he knows someth i ng about this bond scheme of mine Hom could he have got hold of his information? I don't like the looks of this at all. I can' see that he has not recognized me, but a prematu r e expose of the counterfeit bonds would block me at every point, and render all my plotting useless. The H.J.se b o nds would be destroyed, and an _entire new series would be :issu e d to re place them, while those of Series A already sold would be called in and exchanged for simi l ar bonds of the new s erie s s o that the original blanks now in that box would b ecome abs olutely valueless, in spite of the fact that they were signed by the officers of the company." The bearded man swore roundly as he cons idered the critical outlook of the situation . It was clear to him that something must be done, and that at once, to prevent his plans going astray. "That boy is sure to go to the p resident of the com pany to-morrow morning and tell all lie knows I must prevent him doing that at any cost. How s hall I mana ge it? I can't detain him a prisone r in the mill here, for when he doesn't return to l\frs. Tarbo x's, that woman will be sure to go to the police and have this building searched. I'll have to consult with Bender." The masked man returned to the cellar where the lam still glowed brightly. He took the rope off the box and with it tied the unconscious Vic hand and foot so that he could not get away of bis own accord. Then he shut down the trap drew the brass-bound box I PAGE 10 MAKING HIS MARK. 9 under the stairs and covered it with one of the empty barrels. He turned the out and left the mill, heading straight for Kingsbr1 after removing the mask from his face and putti'ng it in his pocket. A half-hour s walk brought him to the Kingsbridg e Hotel. Going to the desk of this sma ll he asked the night clerk if Adam Bender was stopping there. "Yes. He registered an hour or so ago and was shown to a room on the second floor. "I want to see him on urgent business,'; said the bearded man. "Do you wish to go to his room?" "Yes." The clerk called the night porter and told him to show the gentleman to room 29 on the second floor. On reaching the room the beaTded man rapped loudly on the door. "Who's there?" Bender. thing to handle," said the man with the beard. "That boy fetched a small cart for the purpose of carrying it away and I took possession of it or a like purpose." "Where are you going to take it to?" asked Bender. Instead of answering the question, his companion uttered an exclamation of surprise and anger. ""What's the matter?" inquired Bender. "The cart is gone." "Gone!" "Yes. I left it here in the passage-way, and it is not there now." . The speaker flashed a match, but the passage-way was quite empty. "Then somebody has been here while you were away," said Bender. The other rushed down-stairs to 'the. cellar and struck another match. His worst fears were realized His prisoner was gone, and not even the rope with which he had been bound was left behind. "Duplex,". was the reply, in tones the skilled graver and printer recognized at once. en\ Theelamp was gone, too. He was in bed, but he got up quickly, for he was greatly surprised at this unexpected from his employer. It seemed to indicate that something was wrong. "Come in," he said, opening the door. The bearded man entered and closed the door. "Don't light up, but put on your clothes and come with me." "Anything wrong?" asked Bender. "Yes, and I want you to help me correct it," replied the visitor shortly. CHAPTER V. vro TURNS THE TABLES ON THE MASKED MAN. "That woman aud her son must have come back and released him," snarled the big rascal "And have they taken the box?" asked Bender. The bearded man went to the barrel under which he had. l eft the brass-bound box and to his rage found that gone also. "I left that cub bound and insensible, and I hid the box under this barrel. It seems to me that the disappear ance of the box is tnore mysterious than that of the boy, for I am sure no one was arnund when I stowed it under that barrel." "Whoever liberated the boy brought him to his senses, and then he searched the passage here on the chance that you concealed the box in a new place. That's my idea of the way he found the box The two men examined the stairs closely and found On their way back to the old mill the bearded man exmarks that showed the box had been pushed or dragged up plained to his accomplice what had occurred. to the floor above. "Do you know of any place in this vicinity where that Then they saw where the cart had been brought to the boy can be safely kept a prisoner until I shall have dishead of the flight for the purpose, of course, of loading posed of the bolids in the market?" he asked Bender. the heavy box upon it. "The cellar of the mill is the best place I know of," reThe track of the wheels could be plainly seen in the dust. plied his companion. They followed these tracks to the door, and down the "That won't do. The police will be sure to search the grassy lane to the road, for the recent heavy rain had made mill when the boy fails to turn up at his home, for that the earth soft and yielding, and capable of receiving any Mrs. T'arbox will tell all she knows." impression. "Then you'd better get him away from thi'S neighborhood 'rhe weight of the box made the track of the wheels so altogether," replied Bender. plain, that the two men had no difficulty in seeing where "That's easier proposed than carried out," said the it had turned into the creek road in the direction of bearded man. bridge. Bender suggested several other wills of keeping Victor They were able to 'follow the narrow wheel-marks ri .crlit Bell in subjection for a short period of time, none of which along down the road, till they noted where they turned however, met with his employer's approbation off 11p a side street. By that time they arrived at the mill and entered the Here they almost lost sight of them, but by patient building. scrutiny they recovered the track, and with some diffi"I'.ve got to remove the box, too, and it's a pretty heavy 1 culty traced them directly to the Widow Tarbox'e house. PAGE 11 10 ::.IAKI X G HIS ::IIARK. "Well, we'v e got the box located a t any ra te,'' s aid the bearded man. "The next thing will ue Lo recover it. 'l'here's$47,000 colcl cash in it, besid e s tho s e bonds . If this bond sch eme is going to be a :failure a.ftcr all, I can t afford to lose that money, too." "You ought to have carried the mon e y home with you that time," said Bender. "I thought it was perfectly safe in the box fhad not the s light est susp i cion that a third party would discover tiny of our secrets "It seems funny how that boy came to get on to you." "It does that. I don t understand it." "Well, what are you going to do now ? The box is prob ably in that cottage. How are you goin g 1.o r e cover it?" "We mu s t wait for an hour or two and then force an en trance "That will be burglary," said Bend er "What of it? I must get posse ssion of that box at all hazard s." "How about the boy? He'll spoil the bond sche me in any case." wMaybe not, if I work quick. I can perhaps succeed in h ypothecating a large part of the bond s before the news leak s out." "It woul d be better if we could think of some scheme to entice him from the house b efore morning. In order to prev ent the failure of the bond m atter, you must keep him from telling what he knows about it." Bender's suggesti on struck his companion as being a good one, and they put their h e ads together to think out a p l an to accomp li s h their purpo se While they a r e thus engaged, we will explain how Vic got away from the mill during the absence of the c hi ef schemer, and how it happ e ned that the box vani shed with him. The crack that the boy got on hi s head from the butt of the bearclecl man's revolver was a h eavy one, and it send his brains wool-gathei;ing for awhile. H e was not unconsc ious as long as his enemy imagined, for when the ma;;ked man began bindin g his a rm s and le gs he was coming to. Whil e the rascal was putting the box und er the barrel, Vic hail r evived s ufficiently to see, in a dreamy kind of way, what the man 1rns doing. Then h e saw the villain blow out the light, and heard his heav y steps as he ascended the stairs to go to Kings bridge after Bender. Five minutes later Vic was once mor e in full possession o f his senses. It was then that he realized that he was bound hand and foot. 'rhe rop e however, was too large to thoroughly accom plifih the purpose it had been put to, and in a few minute s the boy wns abl e to wriggle out of his bonds. 'Jlhcn he stoo d up and began to consider the s ituation. The hiding of t he box under the barr e l the blowing out of the l amp and the retreat of the masked man now all cam e back to his mind. "By George! He l eft that box under one of those bar r els unless I dreamed that he did I ll soon find out." He struck a match, lit the la.mp the n starte d to examine the barrels He r e membered they had all stood mouth upward. Now one o f them was reversed. Lifting that barrel up the bra ss -bound box stood rev e aled. "That chap i sn't as smart a s he thought he was. I'll just s teal a march on him while he's away. When he gets back he ll find that not only have I flown the coop, but the box has gone, too. I 'll drag it up the stairs and conceal it somew here in the bu shes until to-morrow. I mu s t do it without leaving any tell-tale trac k s if I can." He tied the rope around the box once more and dragged it to the foot of the steps. Then the thought occurred to him to replace the barrel in the same pos ition in which it had been left by the masked man. After doing that he, with much labor, haule d the box up step by step until be r eac hed the p-assage above. He then went back for the lamp. As he placed it on the floor its light rev ea led Johnny's cart drawn up against the wall "Well, who would have thought of finding that here. Master Johnny must h ave abandoned it in his hurry to get away. It is just the thing I want. Instead of hiding the box around the outsi de of the mill as I intended, I can now carry it righf home along the road. Talk about luck! Things couldn't h ave turned out better." So Vic l oaded the box on the ca.rt and started for Kings bridge. He had on ly a third o:f a mile to go to rea.ch the Tarbox cottage, and i t didn't take him long to cover that distance. He found the widow an d her son waiting for him to re and grea t was their astonishment when tl10y found that he had not only brought back t h e cart but the box i tself as well. "However did you do it?" asked Mrs. Tarbox, while Johnny gazed a,t the box and wagon with clistended eyes. Vic to ld hi s s t ory briefly. "What do you suppose tha t man will do when he returrn; to the mill and finds that you have escaped car ri e d h e r off with vou ?" asked the widow. "I see that he can do anything now," replied the boy, w ith a grin. "He l ooks like a determined kind of man. H e mi ght trace you to this cottage." "That's right. He might. I didn't think 0 that," sai d Vic. "I believe he went to get his frieaj to h elp him di spose of the box. They won't give the matter up without a strugo-le, for the contents of that box i s too valuable " to the masked rascal, at any rate." "What's in it?" asked Johnny c uriously. "Money?" "Yes. There's a con s iderable sum of money in the box, but there's somet hing more valuable to that masked than money.''

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MAKING HIS MARK. 11 "What can be more valuable than' money?" J olumy wanted to know. "There are $150,000 worth of bonds that can be turned into money by a person who knows :gow to do it." "You don't say," gaped the 'farboxfboy. "I really don't think it is safe to keep this box in the house," went on Vic. "It is possible those ,chaps may be able to track me here. In that case the 'masked man is desperate enough to break in and try to recover the box, with the assistance of his partner. He's got a revolver, xou know, and I wouldn't like to run against it." "He might murder us all in our beds," said the widow fearsomely. "I don't think he'd go as far as that," replied Vic; "but one of us might get badly hurt, just the same, for I wouldn't let him get away with the box if I could help it." "You might put the box in the cellar and cover it up," said Mrs. Tarbox "That chap would search the house from cellar to garret to find it." "Then what do you think of doing with it?" "There's an old dry well at the end of your lot. It is almost entirely filled up with earth and rock. I thought I'd hide it there until the morning, when Johnny and I could haul it out again and wheel it over to the company's offices." "Dat would be a fine place," said Johnny enthusiasti cally. "No one ever goes down dere." "Get the lantern," said Vic, "and we'll take it to the old well." Johnny got the lantern and lighted it, then Vic opened the kitchen door and they both got hold of the wagon tongue and drew the cart into the yard. Across the yard they went, and thence through a gate that led into the .rea r of the lot which was used as a pasture for the widow's cow. The dry well was at the extreme end of this, and toward it the two boys walked, dragging the cart, quite unconscious that they were watched and followed in the gloom by the ,ery men they were trying to circumvent. CHAPTER VI. IN WHICH DA.ME :FORTUNE SIDES .A.GAINST VIC. "They' re up to something, those boys," he sa.id. "We must follow them." They jumped the fence into the adjoining lot and hurried forward till they got in line with the shadowy forms o{ the hoys, and then they kept pace with them. "I wonder if they've got the box in the cart?" said the chief rascal. "They seem to be dragging a load between them." "What can they be doing with it out here?" replied Ben der. "One would think they'd keep it in the house." "Well, they're dragging something in that cart, that's certain. And it is a weightX load, too. Maybe they intend to hide the box out here somewhere." "Seems kind of foolish for them to do that," replied Bender. "You can never tell what a boy will do," replied the other. "However, one thing is certain, that Victor Bell is walking right into our hands. I'll waITant he won't get away from me as easily as he did before. l they haven't the box in that cart I'll be much surprised. It would be great luck if we recover both the box and the boy at one sweep, and without all the trouble we anticipated." "They've stopped by a pile of stones near the corner of the fence," said Bender. The two men crept cautiously towards Vic and Johnny. Vic flashed the lantern down the dry well and saw that it was about seven feet deep. "Now, ;Johnny," he said, "we'll lower the box into this hole, cover it with those old boards and then return to the house." Placing the lantern on the ground, Vic grabbed hold of one end of the box and the Tarbox boy the other, and started to lift it from the cart. .Then it was that the two men sprang over the fence and rushed upon them. The arch -r ascal had resumed his mask again, and it was he that shoved his revolver into Vic's face and ordered him to give in, while Bender attended to the frightened Johnny Tarbox. Then the rascal jumpedupon him, turned the dazed boy over and bound his wrists together with his handkerchief. Bender tied Johnny in a similar way, dropped him into the dry well and placed theboards over the top to drown his cries Taking the loose end of the rnpe that was attached to the box, Bender tied it around Vic's body so that he The bearded man and his companion were leaning over couldn't get away. the corner of the front fence of Mrs. Tarbox's little prop"Now, :young man," said the masked man, ste rnly, "if figuring on how they could manage to entice Victor you utter a sound to attract any notice I'l knock the whole Bell from the cottage, when Bender's sharp eyes detected top of your head in with the butt of my revolver. I don't the flash of light on the flagging of the yard facing ti1c intend that you shaU escape me this time." kitchen when Vic opened the door so that he and Johnriy Then he told Bender to take a section of the fence down could drag the cart outside on the way to the dried-up well. so they could drag the cart through. "Look!" whispered Bender, "there's something going As soon as this was they started to move on over there." on, and Vic was obliged to accompany them. The bearded man recognized the two boys and the cart He would have put up a stiff kick against their aba.ndon-beore the widow closed the door behind them. ing Johnny in the dry well, but that he knew Mrs. Tarbox PAGE 13 12 MAKING HIS MARK. would come down there when they failed to return to the house within a reasonable time, and she would be sure to hea; her son's muffled cries for help. In ten minutes they reached the creek road and followed it toward the mill. It was now after midnight, and the late moon had risen in the sky. Its light illuminated the banks of the creek, and brought out many objects that before had been invisible. Among others, a good-sized rowboat that was tied to a stake in the bank. The sight of the boat suggested something to Bender, and he took his companion aside and held a consultation with him in tones too low to reach Vic's ears. The masked man agreed with whatever proposal it was that he advanced. Bender then stepped down to the edge of the creek, and, laying hold of the boat's painter, drew her close in. Vic judged that they intended to embark in the little craft. He was not wrong in this surmise, for Bender and the bearded man took hold of the brass-bound box, carried it down to the water's edge and put it on board of the boat; Vic, of course, being obliged to follow them as the rop e dragged him along. "Get in!" commanded the masked man to the boy, and Vic, seeing no way of avoiding the is sue, got in the boat. The two men followed him, and shoved off into the creek. They seized the two pairs of oars that lay in the bottom of the boat and began rowing up toward the Hudson River. They took things easy, and the boat went along s lowly. In three-quarters of an hour they reached ancl passed under the railroad bridge which spanned the mouth of the creek, and soon came out on the broad Hudson. They headed down stream, and, as the tide was on the ebb, the bowt made very fair progress . Vic wondered where they were aiming for. He could gather no information fro)ll their conversation, which was carried on in a desultory sort of way, and in low tones. They might have covered a mile in this way, keeping within the shadows of the shore, when a sma ll sailboat at anchor loomed up ahead. They were quite close to her before either of the men noticed her presence, though Vic had had his eye on her for some time. Bender stopped rqwing and said something to his com panion. The bearded man nodded, whereupon Bender headed for the sailboat. Rowing alongside of her, the engraver stepped on board. He saw that the slide which covered the entrance to the little cabin was padlocked. It was clear to Vic that his captor intended to take pos session of the cathoat. They did so by lifting the box into the cock-pit and or deri:qg Vic to follow. After securing the rowboat astern, Bender took the stops off the sail and hoisted it. Pushing the boom out to the leeward, Bender called the other to a ssis t him in getting up the a.n hor. As soon as it was'clear of the bottom, the boat began to move off sho re. When the anchor had been secured on deck, Bender, who appeared to be perfectly familiar with the management of a sailboat, took the tiller a.nd steered for the center of the river CHAPTER VII. THE KEY OF '.rHE BRASS-BOUND BOX. There 'ms a very fair breeze on the river, and the cat boat glided along as if on greased ways. After a little while the masked man spied a short boat hool}: under the seat He picked it up and smashed the padlock which secured the cabin door. Opening the slide, he went inside and looked around. He li g hted a lantern that hung from a hook in the for ward end. There were two bunks in the cabin-one on eithe'l' side. The locker s contained various odds and ends, and among other things a bottle of whiskey, some glasses, and a box of crackers. The l)earded man brought the bottle and two of the glasses out into the cock-pit, filled out a good drink for himself and hi s accomplice, and the two (1.mnk to the success of their enterprise. Then the chief rascal removed the rope from the box, and, ordering Vic to hold the tiller steady, he and his asso ciate carried the box into the cabin. "Now, now, young man," he said to the boy, when they returned, "get into the cabin and s tay there. If you want to turn in on one of the bunks you are at liberty to do so." "Aren't you going to take that rope off me?" asked Vic. Without a word, the masked man relieved l;im of the rope. "How about my hands?" continued the boy. "If you'll promise to be reasonable, and not make any fuss, I'll untie your wrists," he replied "What can I do against you two and revolver?" was Vic's hnswer. "Not much," retorted the man, with a short laugh. Then he released th e boy, pu s hed him into the cabin, and closed the slide upon him. "This is pretty fierc e," muttered Vic, as he sat down on the edge of one of the bunk s and began to consider the situ ation. "Just to think, after getting hold of this box for the second time, those rascals should be hovering around at the very moment Johnny and I started out to 9onceal it in the dry well. It's a regular diamond-cut-diamond game between u s At the present moment the other side is Dn top. These rascals are heading down the river for the kee J do tire wit ] a.nc his OVE thE Jh1 "I Ull at: to th th to 01 te TE w a1 h Cl tl 0 l l t: '1 c .. PAGE 14 G HIS MARK. 13 the lower part of the island. I suppose thP-ir plan is to "That will do the business all right," he said, with a keep me aboard of this sailboat. Well, we'll see if they can look of satisfaction, dropping the envelope into the box, on do it." top of the package of bonds, closing the lid down, and lockVic, now that he had nothing to do, began to feel a bit ing it. tired from the exertions he undergone in corniection As he was about to remove the bra ,ss key from the lock, with the brass-bound box. he heard his companion outside give a loud shout, and he He stretched himself out on the bunk, to ease his limbs became aware that the sailboat was bobbing up and down on and to figure out some plan by which he might overreach a heavy surge. his captors Springing to his feet, he fell over on the bunk where Vic Before he had accomplished much in the latter line, sleep lay asleep, and the impact of his body awoke the boy. overcame him, and he was soon lost in deep slumber. Recovering himself, the masked man rushed into the He was in this condition when the bearded man entered cock-pit, to find out what was the cause of the trouble. the cabin half an hour later. He discovered that the sailboat had got caught between "He is safe enough for the balance of the night," thought a Fort Lee ferry-boat, which had just left her slip at the big rascal, rega : rding the boy with a look of satisfaction. One Hundred and Thirtieth Street, Manhattan, and a "I guess I'll have no great trouble, now, holding on to him string of carn; l-boats coming down the river, close in shore. until I have aisposed of those bonds. I must begin operThe ferry-boat stopped and backed just in the nick of ations at once. The Seaboard National I Bank has agreed time to avoid a collision with the catboat. to ma;ket for the Duplex Company the entire$150,000 of Th b .bl" f th 'lb t d d -.r t th e wo mg o e sa1 oa umpe v lC ou on e the treasury bonds, and to advance $100,000 on receipt of :floor, his face coming within a narrow margin of striking the s e curities I must now avail myself of this opportunity the brass-bound box. to get rid of the bonds in bulk, instead of following up my As he sat up, wondering what had happened, his eye original plan of disposing of the securities by degrees at inlighted on the key that still remained in the lock. tervals, as I saw the chance to do so. This course is now Glancing out into the cock-pit, he saw that both his cap rendered necessary by the complic11tions caused by this boy tors were looking toward the ferry-boa .t. who has, in some mysterious manner, become more or less H e re was an opportunity to get possession of the key of acquainted with the fact that the company's rese1;ve bonds the box and hide it. have bee n forged, and he either knows or suspects that the contents of the box will prove ,that the Duplex Company is That would put a difficulty in the rascal's way of open thc victim of a crooked game. Fortunately, I have a few ing it, causing delay that might possibly lead to some ad of the1 company's letter-heads in the bond package. I can vantage on Vic's side of the game. u s e one of them to provide myself with a proper autho rizaSo the boy snatched out the ke}', hid it under the inner tion, signed by the president, to complete the arrangement corner of the bunk's mattress, then lay down and awaited with the bank and get the$100,000 in cash, instead of by possible developments. / check." In a little while the bearded man, resuming his mask, re-The bearded man opened the box and got one o the entered the cabin and went to the box for the key. l e tter-heads in question. Not finding "it in the lock, he looked on the floor, then Under the lantern there was a shelf which worked on felt in his pockets, and then all over the cabin deck. hinges. Not seeing any trace if it, he regarded the motionless boy The ras cal raised it and secured it in a position to use with some suspicion. a s a writing-table. He watched Vic for several minutes, and then seemed Then, with a fountain -p en which he took from his vestsatisfied that his prisoner was still asleep. pock e t, he wrote a letter addressed to the president o the "Where could that key have gone?" he muttered, with an Seaboard National Bank, which authorized the bearer, impatient oath. "I thought I left it in the lock, but it Mark Manning, to receive from the bank an advance paymust have been in my fingers when the boat commenced to rent of $100,000 in cash on delivery 0$1.50,000 worth of jump up and down, and it flew s"mewhere." treasury stock, Series A, of the Duplex Manufacturing -He looked all over the bunk where Vic lay quietly enough Company, said stock to be marketed at par by the bank, in his assumed sleep, and then transferred his attention to and the balance due the company, less commission, interest the opposite bunk. on the $100 000, and other expenses connected with the There was no sign of the missing key. transaction, to be held on deposit by the bank, subject 'to After that there wasn't a nook or corner the maskea man the company's order dicln't look into in his search, but without success. The bearded man then forged the signature 0 Harley Vic heard him swear a good bit as lre fumbled around Sherwood, president of the Duplex Manufacturing Comwiih the lantern. pany, at the bottom of the writing. Finally he gave the matter lip, for the present at least, He then folded th e l e tter, placed it in one 0 the comand went out into the cock-pit to talk to his associate in pany's envelopes, sealed and addr e ssed it to the bank. villainy. PAGE 15 , 1 1 CHAPTER VIII. MAKING HIS MARK. He call e d B e nder inside, and between them they bound Vic' s hand s behind his bac k and tie d a handkerchief over his eyes and mouth. FORF.W A.RN E D I S FORE.A.RM ED. Then, after the bearded man had made a close seaxe h o f Yic chuckled to himself over the masked rascal's disapthe bunk for the missing key-not finding it, of course-p o inlment. Vic was pushed down on it, and the red curtains drawn i n ''He'll make another and more thorough s e arch by-andfront, entirely concealing his presence there. by, when he finds me awake, so I'll just hide that key in The bos s rascal then removed his mask and put it in his my shoe. :' pocket. The boy glanced out into the cock-pit, and, seeing that Then he and Bender went all over the cabin, in an effort the two men were conversing together, he cautiously re-to find the lost key. move d the bra s s key from the spot where he had hidden it The bearded man indulged in a good deal of profanity and s hoved it into his shoe, where, as it was small and when they finally gave up the job in disgust. fiat, like a Yale-lock key, it did not inconvenience him very r can t see where it could have got to," he said, moodily. much. "You might have dropped it out in cock-pit," sug Then he turned over and went to sleep again. gested B e n der. It was broad daylight when he woke up, much refreshed. "I don't think so, but there is no harm in looking." The bearded man was asleep on the opposite bunk, with The two men left the cabin, and drew the slide after his mask still over the upper half of his face them. Vic was curious about that mask which, as far as his Their search outside for the key was equally vain. experience went, the rascal wore continuousl y "I s'po s e I'll have to get a locksmith to open it," said "I wonder when he takes that thing off," the boy a sked the bearded man at length, testily. "I want to take those himself. "He certainly can't go about in the dayli g ht bonds up to Wall Street at eleven o'clock." where people can see him with that mas k on. Id' lik e t o "You c a n t bring a locksmith aboard with that boy in get a good, square look at his face, to see if I have ever see n the cabin." him before. At times his voice seems f a mili a r to me, but I ll fix him. You'd better go ashore and get your break that may be my imagination, or becau s e it resemble s the fa s t at a 'rest a urant. Take that small tin-pail with you and voice of some one I know." b rin g off some coffee and a couple of sandwiches for his Vic got up and stuck his head out of the cabin entranct b r e a kfast. Firs t go to a drug-store and get a small vial of The sailboat was lying at anchor in the neighborhood of t inetur e of opi um and some cotton-to reli eve a toothache, Pi e r I, North River. und e r sta nd? I'll dose his coffee with the laudanum. That A dam Bender was reclining in the cock-pit, smo1.ing a w ill s e nd him into a deep sleep for the rest of the day. By cig ar. t h e time he awakes, the both of us ought to be out of the H e saw the boy at once. r e a c h of dang e r "Go back!" he said, curtly, motioning him back, at "That's a good idea. I was wondering how you expected sarno i.ime significantly tapping the butt of his employer's to keep him quiet, unless you meant to keep him bound and r c rnlYer, which reposed in his pocket. gagge d as he is now." Vic didn't fear that the man had any intention of u s ing Vic had heard every word they said, for he had crawled th e weapo n in daylight and in that neig hborhood where out of the bunk as soon as he heard the slide close. to. any such demonstration would have been sure to attract "So that rascal is going to get a locksmith to open the a ttention. box, and, before he does that, he is going to drng me. PerIt flas hed through his mind that, by a bold effort, he haps he will, but I rather fancy, now that I a.m OD' to his \rnuld be able to make his escape; but if he succeeded in little game, that he won't. I wish I could get my arms doing s o he would probably lose sight of the rascals and free-I would try to work a little surprise on tho s e villains. the box, maybe for good, and that did not fit in with hi s Vic heard Bender draw the rowboat along s ide, get into pla ns, which were to recover the box and, if possible, have her and shove off. the two men arrested. "He'll be gone probably three-quarters of an hour," So he drew in his head and returned to hi s bunk. thought the boy. "What can I do in that time?" He wanted to impress the man with the idea that he was He d e termined to employ the time in trying to free his more or less cowed, and thus fool them into the belief that hands, if he was not interfered with . he was not dangerous. He soon found that they had bound him too securely to In a little while the beai;ded man awoke and got up. admit of that. "So you're awake, young man, are you?" he remarked. "I'll have to give it up," he said, in a discouraged tone. "'Yell, it's daylight now, and I ll have to re s trict your move "They've got me dead to rights this time. I must fall m e nts, otherwise you might give us a good deal of trouolc. bac k on strategy-that is, I must spill that drugged coffee If all goes well, I shall let you go this afternoon, so d rm't somehow while pretending to drink it, and then simulate grow impatient over a few hours' confinement." I uncon s ciou sness. If the game works, I may be able to do PAGE 16 MAKING HIS M.ARK. 15 something; if it fails, I can't be any worse off than I am now." He cra.wl{!d jnto the qnk again, and was only just in time to avoid being discoverecl by the. bearde('l. mf)n, who the i;.lide and entered the cabin. Vic heard him moving about the place a little while, ;:iml then he went into the cock-pit again; leftving the slide open. Solnething over half ;m hour elapsed, and th e n Bender returned He brought the tinpail half full of coffee, a c4uple of meat sandwiches, and the vial of laudanum. The bearded man took the things from him, and enterecl t he cabin alo.ne. He removed the cover of the can, tasted the coffee, and, seeing that it was properly sweetened, he emptied half of the contents of the vial into it, stirring it well with a spoon he found i n the locker underneath the bunk. Then he pushed back the. curtain, after re s uming hi s mask, took the handkerchief from Vic's eyes, and untied his hands. "There's your breakfast," he said, grimly. "You see, we're not going to starve you Eat it up, and if you con tin1le to behave yourself you'll get some dinner later on." He handed the boy tne sandwiches and the tin-pail of coffee. Then he sat down on the opposite bunk; apparently in tending to watch Vic fall into the trap. in on that b1lnk," he added, l ie quiet, and I won" t tie }n hands." Yic, with a thrill of hope, obeyed with apparent meek1113ss, ;rnc1 his cgpfor drew the red curtains in front of him. "l-lis iclea is to give the d111g time to work He thinks I will be in a soun(:l stupor shortly. I wonder if I can. give a successfu l imitation of such a thing." He heard the chief rascal talking to his corppanion through the cabin opening, and he listened with all his cars. They were speaking in too low a tone for him to make out what they said. At length he heard the bearded man say: "He ought to be off by this time. I'll take a look at him The boy was now face to face with the ticklish opera! io.n of simulating a heavy slumber, and he succeeded in p er forming his part well enough to deceire the rascal. The man, feeling quite s ure that Vic was helpless for seyeral hours, removed his mask and announced to his com panion his intention of going ashore for fos own breakfast "I'll rehirn in about an hour," he said, "and will bring a locksmit h with me." "All ri ght," answered Bender The bearded man then left the catboat in the rowboat, after shutting the slide Qf the cabin, leaving Vic entire l y to hims e lf. for action!" cried boy, resolutely, sitting up on i'l1e bunk. "I've got about an to do somethfng, and I g uess I s han't need half of that time." CHAPTER IX. He s lipped oYer to the slide and pulled it open a trifle. Bender was in the act of lighting a fresh cigar, and VIC O N TOP ONCE MORE, AND WHAT HE FINDS ON THE RIVER. s eemed to be takingmatters pretty easy in the morning sun shi ne Vic began to eat one of the sandwiches, whi l e he held the "I'll giYe that bearded chap time enongh to get away tin of coffee in his other hand. from the clock," mused the boy, "then I'll work a surprise He stole a glance across at the bearded man, who sat a 15arty on Ur: Bender. I can hand l e him easi l y enough, and few feet away, and the ma.n's presence and evident watch-I'll bet I'll have him in jail before he's many hours older. fulness disconcerted him. As for the chief conspirator, I'll have to let the police at Under present conditions it wasn't possible to fool him, tend to him. I can't do everything single handed. If I and the boy began to fee l desperate. recover the company's property, and catch one of the c r imi -He determined not to drink the coffee under any circumnals, I think I am doing pretty well under the circum stances. stances." He had about concluded to let it slip, as if by accident, While waiting for the moment to act aggressively, Vic o u t of his fingers, and thus go to waste on the floor, when took the key from his shoe, and unlocked the brass bound a piece of good luck him. box. Bender suddenly called his employer out into the cock He wanted to make sure that the money, as well as the pit, and Vio took instant advantage of his teJDporary abbonds, was still in the box. sence to empty the entire contents of the tin can under the He found that it was, and then decided to remove it, mattress of the opposite bunk. stowing the bills away in the inner pockets of his jacket, He was :finishing his second sandwich when the bearded lest anything should happen to go wrong with his plan of man returned and noted, with satisfaction, the boy driUn operations. apparently the l ast of drugged coffee. P< By the time this wiis accomplished, he cop.eluded that Vic put down the empty can and wiped his lips with the it was safe to get busy. })a.ck of his hand His first idea was to fling back the slide sudden ly, rush "That was good coffee," he remarked, with a forced grin. out and overpower Bender in the cock.pit. "I'm glad you liked it," replied the man, dryly. "Turn He did not question his abi l ity to do this successfu ll y PAGE 17 16 MAKI N G HIS MARK. but he was afraid th e a c t would attra c t notic e and his scheme was to avoid such a thing, if possibl.:i. "Strategy i s always a winner," he s aid to himself, think ing how artfully he had befooled the head into the belief that he had s wallowed the drugged coffee and was, for a while, dead to the world. "If I can only get him to ent e r the cabin I'll have him dead to right s Now, how can I manage it?" He peered out at the man as he lay sprawled off in the sunshine, smoking his cigar Bender hadn't had any sleep the preceding night, and he looked I:ieavy about the eyes. This fact attracted Vic's notice. "That cllap looks half-a.sleep," said :Vic to himself. "I'm going to attract hi s atte ntion and see how it works." H e grabbed a blanket from the bunk, picked up the tiI1c an threw it against the roof of the cabin, and then c rou c hed down in a corner near the sliding-door. The c an m a d e a great racket when it fell back on the floor a nd roll e d !'lbot. The ru s e produced the desired effect. B e nd e r jumped up, ope ned the s lid e looked in, to see w h a t bad made the noi se. This was what Vic was waiting for. He ros e up s udd e nly, enveloped the man' s head in the blank e t, and yank e d him bodily into the' c abin. Th e n he sat upon him and proceed e d to s tifle him into in sens ibility with th e folds of the blank e t. Bender s tru g gled a s w e ll as he could und e r the di s ad vantageous circumstance s in whi c h he was placed, but the advantage was all with the boy, who could ot be dislodg e d The result was that the soon s uccumbed, and lay quite still. Vic lifted the endt1 of the blanket slowly and cautiou s ly. The man was unconscious. "I'll treat you to a dose of the same medicine you to deal out to me,'.' said Vic proceeding to bind Bend er's arms secur ely b e hind hi s back, and th e n to gag him with a handkerchief. "Now you can tak e a good res t in that bunk. You look a s thou g h you needed it," he grinned, picking the man up and placing him in the bunk he him self had only lately vacated. "Now, I'll get the boat under way for Spuyten Duyvil Creek and King s bridg e ." What Vic di PAGE 18 r 1 IIlS MARK. in this catLoat no\\", and I want you to run to ihe police statio n and fetch a cop Lack with you to take cha rg e of him." "I'll do d at, Vic. Where did you get dat boat?" Don "t ask questions, Johnny, but run along. I'm wait ing." The Tarbox youngster sta rted off at once. In a short time he re t urned with an officer. Yi c told the policeman the character of the man he had in the cabin. "\\'hat do you wish to see me about, young man?" he asked, a bit sha rply. "Two matters of grea t importance, sir," replier Vic, eage rly. "Name them, and make your communication as brief as possible." "Yes, sir," said the boy, re spect fully. "T wish to know, in the fir s t place, if you have missed a large s um of money from your safe?" Presid ent Sherwood sat back in his chair and stared at "You must come to the statio n and make a charge the boy in considerable s urprise. against him," said the officer. "Wh y do you ask that question?" he inquired with a "You take him along, and the Duplex Manufacturing keen g lance at Vic. Company will make the charge." "Because I hav e good r e a son to believe that the sum of The policeman said that the sergeant wouldn't hold the$50,000 was taken from the office-safe l ate yesterday after rnan unless a definite charge was made when he was brought noon, or, maybe, early in the evening, sir." to the station. "\Yliat has led you to form that beli e f ?" "All right, officer. I'll go with you. I'Ye got the evi"A conversa tion that I overhead in th e cellar of the old clence of his crime in a brass-bound Lox aboard the boal. mill o n the creek road last evening between two men, one I want you to give me a lift with it." of whom now i s in th e Kingsbridge Police Station on a The policeman consented to help Yic carry the box ashore Yery seri ous c harge which I have brought against him." and place it in Johnny's cart. "Indeed," replied Mr. Sherwood, knittin g hi s brows Then he went back and got his prisoner, who was now "May I ask you what you were doing in tha.t deserted fully conscious. bui ldin g la st night?" The procession took up its lin e of march for th e station, "I took r e fuge there with a young fri e nd of mine, named accompanied by a number of idle and curious people, in Johnny T a rbox, from the thunderstorm addition to a ll the boys' in the vicinity. "I see. How came you to overhear th e conversation At the statio n Vic charged the prisoner with the crime 1 which, I s hould imagine, was not inte nded for your ejlrs ?" of forgery-that is, the reproduction of facsimile plates, asked Mr. Sherwood, with som e intere s t. and printing from same a certain number of duplicate "I think you will und erstan d the m atter bettei if I be-copies of the First Mortgage Bonds Series A, of the Duplex g in at the beginning and tell you all I have been through Manufacturing Company, with intent to defraud both the and discovered. I think you will find that it affect s this company and the public. company to a very serious extent." "This man," said Vic, "is not th e chief offender in this "It certainly affects us to the ext ent of $50,000," an crime, but he i s jus t as g u ilty as his principal, who is s till swere d the president. at l arge The genuine bopds of the Duplex Company are "It concern s the company much more than that, sir," in that box, which I turn over to your char ge, ser gea nt. said Vic, with such a se riou s expression that Mr. Sherwood So, also, are the spuriou s plates. The forged bonds are in became deepl y inte r ested . the company's sa fe." "I am ready to hear your sto ry, young man," he said. The prisoner had no statement to make, so his pedigree "As for the$50,000," continued Vic, "I can reliev e your was taken, and he was lo c k e d-up in a cell. mind as to most of it. I ha.ve recover e d $47,000 of the Vic sen t Johnny home and started for the plant of the amount, and you ought to find the balanc e in the possession Du p lex Company, where he was e mployed as shipping-of the pri sone r, whose name is B ender, at the s tation-hou se, c l erk. for T saw him receive$3,000 from the man who He went direct to the offices, and a ske d if he could see that he h ad tak e n the money from the safe. Presid ent Harley Sherwood. Thus speaki ng, to Mr. Sherwood's great amazement, Vio Being asked to :me ntion the nature of his business with placed up on the president's desk the notes he had taken the head of the company, he stated that it was a matter of from the brass-bound box. the utmost importance. "How dicl you r ecover thi s money?" asked Mr. Sherwood Afte r s ome delay he was admitt e d to the p;esident's "It will all come out in my s tory, sir," replied Vic. office. "Very well. Proceed." That gentlema n looked very much worried. .Where u pon Vic told the complete sto ry of hi s adventures R e was, at that moment, investigating the disappearance during the la s t twelve hours, commencing from the moment of the enve lope containing the $50,000 which h e had placed h e and J o hnn y Tarbo x took r efuge in th e old mill from the in the office-safe the previous afternoon, and he was not thund e r sto rm until he r eturned to Kingsbridge a short time pleased to be di s turbed, especially by one of the minor em-ago and h a nded hi s prisoner over to the police ployees of the company. The robbery of the safe of the$50 000, however pale d

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18 MAKING HIS MARK. into insi gnifi cance beside the bond forgery, of which Presi dent Sherwood had not the slightest suspicion, and Vic's statement of which thoroughly staggered him. He sent at once for 'the package of Treasury First Mort gage Bond s that were in the vault-the o nes that the bearded man had told his accomplice, in Vic's hearing, he had substituted for t h e genuine bonds.-and a close exami nation of these securities bore out the truth of the boy's story, for there was every evidence, under a microscope, that they were forgeries. This di scove ry g r eatly agitated Harley Sherwood, and he used som e very strong language on the subject "Victor B ell," he said, turning to the boyJ "you have rendered the company an extremely valuable service, and I can assure you that your zeal in our interest shall be re warded a s it deserves. I shall want you to write down the most accur ate description of the bearded and masked man Y9l\ are able to do, and I will senq it to the Headquarters of the Manhattan police. I have no doubt that they will be ble t o run the man down." I Vic was permitted to go off for the r est of the day HE;i went home at once to get something to eat, for he fE;iJt uncommonl y hungry, h avi n g had nothing to eat that day but the two sandwiches furnished to him by hjs cap tors that morning. A special meetiJ:1g of the Boarcl. of Directors of the Duplex Company was called for that evening, and the forgery of the treasury bonds was laid before them. Vic had bee n notifi e d to be in attendance, together with '.I.'arbox and her son, Johnny J'he Board was astounded by the revelation. Vic "'as calle\]. into the. room, and told his story in a clear and con cise way. His did not vary in the l east from the narra tive he laid before the president that afternoon. T a rbox and Johnny were ca ll ed upo n to corrobo r::i,te parts of Vic's as they figured in, and they did po without hesitation, though somewhat awed in the presence of the gentlemen who composed the B oard. "Madam," sajd Harley Sherwood, "we sha ll expect you to appear at the examination, to-morrow mornin g, of the Bender. I pre sume you will have no hesitation in repeatin g your story under oath." "No, sir," replied Mrs Tarbox. "Wh y should I?" "Thanl you, madam We arc very much obliged to you for coming b efore us this evening, to substantiate Victor B e ll' s story. You and your son may go now as we have h eard all that is necessary." Vic w e n t home with them, and the Board then summoned before them the cashier and bookkeepers of the establish ment. They were subjected to a rigid examination, but not the least thing could be found again s t them. The only other person who had access to the safe and vaults, inc ludin g, of course, the president, was Ralph Roundtree, the vice-president, and he was out of town with As neith er he nor the president were suspected of having any band in forging the company's bonds, the whole matter seem e d to be im:olYed in the deepest mystery It was unanimously decided to authorize 1\ir. She rwood to employ a s hrewd detective to imdertake the unravelvient of the tang l e The Board then adjourned, to meet at the pleasure. CHAPTER XI. VIC'S REWARD. Presid ent Sherwood telegraphed that night for a Pinker ton detective, and one of the best men attached to the New York agency r espo nd e d next morning to the call Victor Bell, who had resumed his duties in the shipping department, "as called to the president's office, and re peated his story to the detective. "You cou l d identify this r asca l if you saw him again, I suppose?" said the detective. "Not if I saw him without his mask. I have since thought that his beard might also have been a false one." "Well, I can help you some in case I niake an arrest. What kind of a beard did the man wear?" "A dark-brown one-about so long," and the boy indi cated the l ength. "I will procure such a beard and a black mask, in order to decorate any person we may h a .ve r eason to s u spect in this matte r," said the detective. "It may h e lp you to id en tify the right man. Describe this individual as fully as it is pos s ible for you to do under the circ um sta nces." Vic did so, and the detective made some notes in his book. On leaving the president's office Vic m e t the manager. "May I ask your advice on a little i'Uatter that has hap pened to me?" asked the boy. "Certainly, Vic," replied Manager Brown pleasantly. He had taken a great fancy to the lad, and it was h e who had to ld Vic that he was sure some day he would make his mark in life. The boy drew from his pocket the ring an<;l pocketbook he had found floating down the Hu'dson on the log. He handed both to Mr. Brown to look at, at the same time detailing the circ um stances under which they had coITJe into his possession. "I suppose I ought to try to find the owner, don't you think, sir?" said Vic "The ring seems to be a valuable one, and there is $124 in money in the pocketbook." "'' eU, it is only right you should make some e ffort to discover the person to whom they belong repli ed the man ager. I am not an expert judge of diamo nd s, Vic, put, comparing it with one my wife owns, I should think this ring was worth every cent of$500 or $60D." .hi s family on his annual vacation. "That's a lot of money, sir, to put into a ring." "That's nothing. There are rings whose value runs into tl lf w SC a a t s t PAGE 20 MAKIS G HIS MARK. the thouSllnds. .For instance, I have a friend who w ears a I secr eta r y o f the Board; second, to place in your hands this large ruby which cost him$:?;000. Flawles s rubies are c heck for $5,000, in aj!knowled g ment of your valuable ser worth &!most as mnch as dian1onds similar in weight." Yices in the compa'uy s interest; and, third, to inform you "Well, wha t shall I do? Advertise the ring and pocket that, beginning with this week, your wages will b e$15 inbook ?" stea d of $10, as heretofore." "I think you h a d b ette r. It wants Ui be carefully done, Vic had hoped to receive s omething from the company in so as not to give a hint that an unscrupulous person could the way of a present, but he had not expected to be so lib e r avail him self of to make a claim to the prop erty. If you a lly dealt with. will leave the matter with me I will attend to i t." As he accepted the envelope and check he could hardly "I shall be much obliged to you if you will, sir." find words to express his thanks for the company's gene r" In the meantime I will wrap the articles up in a packosity. age, and place it in the office-safe." "Don't say a word, Vic," said the manager, checking "Thank you, sir." him "You deserve all you have received. It i sn't neces-'rhat settled the matter for -the present, and Vic returned s ary to express any thanks to the shipping-room and resumed hi s work, which was "Still I s hould li ke the company to understand that I somewhat behind, owing to his having been away the day app r eciate this evi dence of its conside ra tion." before. "That's all ri g ht. I will inform Mr. Sherwood a s to H e hadn't more than got things in shape again, b e fore y our feeli ngs on the su bject. Now, that you have made the detective made his appe.arance and said he would have y ourself solid with the company, which, I may say is i n to accompany him to the police-court and give such evi creas in g in importance every day, it is up to you to make dence as would be r equired of him, to ensu r e that the prist h e most of you r opportunities. There is no reason that I oner be held for s ubsequent trial. can see why you sho uld not, in time, rise to the very post At the examination before the magistrate the prison e r deI fill at present When I was your age my chances were nied everything, but could not account for the$3,000 found not half as bright as yours are now." on his person when sea rched the da y b efor e at .the police"Well, sir," replied Vic, confidently. _"I certainly mean statio n immediately after his arr est. to do my b est. It is my ambition not only to become manN or would he offer any explanation about the kit of fine ager of this plant eventually, but I hop e to go a ste p higher engraving tools found in the r oom he had engaged at the and b ecome president of the company." hotel. "It is not impossib le, Vic," replieCl Mr. Brown, rather He also refused to disclose the identity of his associate amused at the lad's ambitious expectations; "but, in order of the night before, and was silent as to why he particito reach the presidency, you will have to save you r money pated in the assault on Vic, and afterward took part in that and buy a block of the stock. It is gen era ll y the man who lad's abduction. holds the controlling interest, either in per son or t hrough After all the testimon y was in, the justice decided to rehi s frie nd s that gets himself e l ecte d president of a cor mand him for trial on the charge of abduction, as there was pora tion. If y ou are serio u s in your p urpose I adv ise you not sufficient evi dence to show that he had act ually en to try and invest the amount of you r check in Dupl ex stock, g rav ed the plates found in the brass-bound box. if you can find any one willing to part with hi s holdings, or So the cha rge of forgery was temporarily abandoned a part thereof You can't get in any too quick, a s this i s a pending the efforts of the Pinkerton m a n to capture the close cor poration that, the s hares a r e held by probably .n:ot principal in the case. over a dozen men, and you would have to pay a good pre-At a s ub sequent me et ing of the directors of the Duplex mium if you found a stockholde r willing to l et you have Manufa cturing Company a resolution was introduced by any s hare s, which, I think, i s very doubtful. The chances the presid ent tendering Victor B ell a vote of thanks and a that any of the shares of this company will ever go on the reward of $5,000 for his s u ccess ful efforts in s aving the open market i s excee dingly s lim. The prospects of the com company from a very great financial loss. pany are too brilliant." The mana ger was al s o instructed to increase hi s pay from "Then my c hances ol ever becomin g pre si dent are slim,$10 to $15 per week, and to advance him in the company's too, I supp ose," r ep l ied Vic, regretfully employ as fast as c ircum stances permitted. "Ordinarily considered, I may s ay yes; but a thousand "I told yo u that you were bound to make your mark; things h appe n every day in this world that are unlooked Vi c," sai d Manager Brown afte r he had called the boy into for. In fa c t, it h as come to b e a say in g that 'it is the un his office, to acquaint him with his good fortune "You expected which always happens.' I b e lieve in a boy aiming seem to have s ucceed ed in that direction much faster than I high. If, in th e end, he be not fortunate enough to hit supposed you would with all your s martness. It gives me the bull's -eye, he i s almost s ure to come wit hin clos e r e la great pleasure to catry out the instructions of Pres id ent tionshi p to it. If you go ahead with the resolve that some Sherwood which are, fir s t to present you with this l etter" 1 day you hop e to b ecome president of thi s company, and, in handin g Vic an unseal ed e nvelope--"whi c h contains a vote i the end, you wind up as gen e rfil manager, will at l eas t of thank s from the directors, s i g ned by the pre s ident and I have the sat i s faction of kno win g that you have accom -\ PAGE 21 20 G HI3 -:\lAll K plisheJ a s mu c h as \\US possiiJle within your s ph e r e o f a c t:on . Wh e n Yic returned to the s hipping-room he coulcl n o t l 1 e lp pond ering over the manag er's word s "Well," he said to hims elf, "if I become the pres i d ent of this company, in the long run, I mean to becom e manager, anyway:. Howev e r, I'm going to make the big g est kind of fight to reach the pre s idency, whether I ever get there or not." CHAPTER XII. v rc' s R EAL E STATE DEAL. The clays p a sse d away pl e a s antl y enou g h for Vic afte r that. and the time set for the trial of Adam B ender drew near A s trong e ffort h a d been brought to bear on the man to induce him to confes s the identity of his principal, who was recognized by the company as a ver y astute and dan gerous man, but B ende r s e e med resigned to taking his m e dicine soon er than "peach" on his employer. It see med to be a cas e of honor among thieves Somebody hire d a di sting ui s h e d lawyer to d e f end B e n der a t his trial-who this p er s on w as the Pinkertp n Agency could not discover. The bes t e ffort s of the d e te c tive s failed to brin g to li g lit the man behind the attempte d for ge r y s o B e nd e r was trie d for abducting Victor B e ll from hi s home, a s th e Di strictA ttorney decided that the ch a r ge of for ge r y c ould no t b e proved. He was convicted anc 1 senten c ed to three yea r s in Sing Sing. The Pinkerton man vis ited him in hi s cell jus t b efore he was take n awa y ; and assure d him of a pardon, and com pl e te immunity from prosecution in the f orge ry matte r if h e would a g ree to furni s h th e evide nce tiha t would l e ad to the .arrest and conviction of the "man behind ; but he re fused. \ ll ri ght, replied the d e tectiv e y ou are the doct01'; lrnt l1on' t think you are out of the woo d s yet, in re s pect to ll1e for g er y of those bon PAGE 22 1' l MAKING HIS :MARIL 21 trust company. If you wish me to look into this matter for you I will do so. "Thank you, Mr. Brown, I wish you would But it must be done right away, or I shal l lose the chance of getting hold of that property." "I'll tell you what I'll do I'll go and look the property over, and if I think it is a bargain I'll secure a thirty-day option on it for you Then I'll go before the court and make application to have a certain trust company which I can recommend to you appointed your guardian. I can have the matter rushed through, 3lld within the time-limit you will become the owner of the property "I'll be much obliged to you, sir, if you will do this for me," replied Vic, in a tone that showed he meant business. Mr. Brown was as good as his word. He found that the widow of tl!e man who had owned the property had, as sole executrix of his will, made app l ication to the probate court for permission to se ll the property in question. She was willing to sell the property lower than its actual value, if she could get$12,000 spot cash right away. Mr. Brown found, on investigation, that the property ought to be worth all of $16,000, so he decided to take an option of thirty days, pending examination of title. He reported the facts to Vic, and the boy drew$1,000 from a Yonkers savings bank, to make good the option. Mr. Brown then lost no time in making application for a guardian for Vic. In two weeks a judge signed the necessary order appointing the Title Guarantee & Trust Company Vic's guardian, and the trust company, in anticipation of the order, had, in the meantime, been having its lawyers search the title of the property it was to purchase for its ward. When the thirty days expired, the trust company took title for Vic, itself advancing the $7,000 balance and taking a mortgage therefor on the property The deed had hardly been signed before the company receiYed an offer of$15,000 for the property, which was sub sequently increased to $17,000, Vic, however, on being consulted, refused to sell at that figure. "It's worth as much to me as to any one else," he re marked to Mr. Brown, one day. "The trust company has a tenant ready to take it as soon as certain repairs are made, and the property promises to yield six per cent. on$1B,000. So, you see tny judgment in this case wasn't so bad. I have really doubled my capital in this deal, besides having the prospect of clearing six per cent. on $11,000 and one per cent. on the$7,000 mortgage for which the trust is charging me five per cent. For this good luck I am indebted to you interesting yourself in my af fairs, Mr. Brown, and I am very grateful to you. You are certainly helping me to make my mark." "Don't mention it, Vic. I have merely done :for you what you couldn't do yourself. I am glad of the chance to help a bright boy like you have proved yourself to be." "Ir ell," mused Vic that night when he was preparing for "if I don't make my mark so plain that it can't be rubbed out, it won t be for want of trying. CHAPTER XIII. VIC PERFORMS .A GALLANT ACTION, The advertisement which Mr. Brown had inserte_d in the Herald and other papers, in the "Lost and Found" column, having reference to the pocketbook and ring Vic found :floating on the Hudson River, was productive of no results, although the notice was repeated severa l times "What shall we clo about them, Mr. Brown?" V i c asked, one morning "Advertising is expensive, and it doe. n't do any good, as far as I can see "I don't know that we earl do any better than to keep on advertising. There is money enough in the pocketbook to repay you for considerable outlay in that direction," re plied the manager. "All right, answered the boy. "I'm willing to be guided by whatever you say, sir." The next day was Saturday, and the last half-holiday of the season for the employees of the Duplex Manufacturing Company. Vic went down to the Yacht and Boat Club, on the Har lem River, peeled off his clothes and arrayed himself in the light and afry costume adopted by the members. when they went out for an afternoon spin in a shell. Then he and another member grabbed one of the light boats, carried it out of the building and deposited it in the water. There is a knack, of course, in getting into a shell in a graceful and apparently careless manner. Vic and his companion were adepts at this, acquired by long practice. They started off up the river at a swinging pace that sent the shell spinning along like a gull skimming the water. It a lovely afternoon, and the two boys were over flowing with health and spirits. They had gone a mile when they saw a launch approaching at a swift rate Between them and the launcb. was a small rowboat, pulled by a coatless gentleman. He had two passengers-a middle-aged lady, who sat :fac-' ing him, and a young who sat in the stern sheets, steer ing the boot The gentleman's back was toward the approaching launch. Vic and his companion had stopped for a breathing spell, and both turned to look 1 in the direction their shell was gliding now at reduced speed. At that moment, when the launch was close upon the row boat, the young girl at the helm become confused and pulled the wrong rope. ..

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24 MAKING HIS MARK. getting back as good as she gave, and it was rather a new interesting specimen. Collecting s hell s is a hobby of mine. sensation for her. I have a cabinet full of them, and it will give me great She did not mean to give up the battle, however, for she pleasure to show them to you when we go into the house. was a plucky girl. The shell took up my attention so much that when auntie "I presume you think you are an uncommonly smart and I rose to leave the spot I forgot all a.bout the ring and young man," she said, saucily. "It was you, wasn't it, who the pocketbook." s aved the DU:plex Manufacturing Company from a heavy "And the l-0g got loose and floated off down the river financial loss some weeks ago? Strange that I didn't recall with your property," said Vic, in some little excitement the fact until this moment. I now wish to apologize for "Why, yes; that is just what it did do," she answered, in saying that I thouglit fate had treated me unkindly in maksurprise. "How did you guess?" ing me a victim yesterday afternoon I have decided that "Oh, that was easy. Go on and tell me the rest." I ought to be truly thankful that the opportunity was min e "We had walked up the banks beyond the railroad some to have been resciied from a perilous situation by the smartlittle distance before I missed my ring and pocketbook. est young man in Kingsbridge." Then I remembered the circumstances. of the case and "Thank you, Miss Butterick," grinned Vic, \ho had now rushed back to get them. To my dismay I saw the log float lost all his reserve in the presence of the prettiest girl in the ing off quite a distance from the shore. I was greatly dis"you can say some very nice things yourself tressed. There was over $100 in money in my wallet, when you've the mind to." though I did not care so much for that as I did for my ring, "I hope you understand how highly I appreciate the which was priceless to me, because it came to me from my honor which has been conferred on me," she replied, demother when she died." And Vic saw the girl's handsome murely. "I remember now that I have been just dying to eyes fill with tears. make your acquaintance ever since papa spoke about your "What did you do to try to recover it?" he asked. brilliant feat of saving the money and the bonds of the "I. couldn't doanything. There wasn't a man nor a boat company, and actually capturing one of the men all by in sight. We followed the river for nearly a mile, when we yourself. Do you know, I think you are quite a prodigy." were blocked by a rocky projection behind which my lovely Vic grinned. ring and wallet vanished, Md I have never heard of them "Don't you think you are a prodigy?" s he persisted, with since." a winsome g lanc e "It was a great loss to you, wasn't it?" said Vic. "I haven't thought about the matter at all, Miss But-"I could hardly have suffered a more severe one!" she terick." replied "Haven't you? What a modest young man you are," she "Now, what would you g ive to l).ave that ring and pocketretorted. book come back to you in the same condition you lost "We all have our failings," he snickered. them?" "Certainly, bashfulness isn't o;ne of them she retorted. "What would I give?" she exclaimed "Everything I "I couldn't be bashful in the presence of such a Witty and possess in this world!" she cried, earnestly "But they lovely--" never will! Uncle has advertised a -.reward of$1,000 for "Come, now, Mr. Bell," she protested, with a rosy blush, them, but I'm afraid they lie at the bottom of the river!" "I think it's time to change the subject, don't you?" she concluded, mournfully. "I agree with you, Miss Butterick." "Don't be so sure of that, Miss Butterick," said Vic, with "Then I ll tell you a most remarkable incident that hapsparkling eyes. "Do you know that I am something of a pened to auntie and I up the river some weeks since," she magician?" continued, vivaciously. "You see, we were spending the "A magician!" she ejaculated, wonderingly. summer at West Point. One day auntie and I went down "Yes. I have the ability sometimes to recover lost propto the landing to meet some friends we expected by the Alerty." bany day boat. They did not come; and, after the boa "You are joking, aren't you?" she said, looking him went on her way, we walked some little distance down the straight in the face. river, and finally sat down to rest on a log close to the "N oLin this instance. Now, Miss Butterick, some day I water's edge. I took from my finger a valuable diamond ring might want you to bestow a favor on me. Will you promise that belonged to my mother, and attached it to the rubberto do it, or at least consider the matter favorably, if I put band around my pocketbook, laying the wallet beside me on my magical cap, and whistle back your ring and pocketon the log." book?" he asked, eagerly. At this point Vic grew uncommonly interested in her "Why, Mi:. Bell, how could you do such a thing as that?" sto ry. -' she asked, in astonishment. "The r eason I did this was because I saw what I took "Don't you worry about how I'm going to do it, s o long to be a very curious shell sticking out of the bank about a as you get your property back. Is it a bargain between us?" foot under the surface of the river, and I wanted to get it "I'd promise anything to get my ring back,," she cried; without wetting the ring. I got the shell, and it was a very "but I know that is quite out of question." ,.

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26 MAKING HIS MARK. He handed Vic a small package, asking him to sign for 11 Just the same they were hoggish in the matter, because it. they thought they had the in ide track. Vic went and looked the property over, and then offered the owner his price. "Whom do you represent?" asked the man, eager to close the deal. When our hero opened the packet he found an elegant gold watch. and chain, and an enameled diamond-encrusted charm, together with a short note from Jennie Butterick, in which she expressed her gratitude all over again in writirig, and begged him to accept the enclosed articles as a "How does the 'l'itle Guarantee & Trust Company strike slight testimonial 0 her appreciation 0 what she owed you?" a s ked Yic. him. "'They're good enough .for anybody," suicl the man. 0 course Vic accepted the and wrote the pretty "All right,'' replied the boy. "I'll give you a note to rnii;s a letter of acknowledgment and thanb. the prei;itlent. Take it clown to their offices on Broadway After that Vic became a regular caller at the Saunder8 to-morrow morning and the company will make arrange homc, and it was understood that Jennie Butterick was the ments with you." magnet which dre1r him there. Vie wrote a letter telling the company that he wanted to One afternoon Mr. Ralph Roundtree, tl}e vice-president inve s t the proceeds 0 the sale 0 his present property in 0 the company, walked j.nto the shipping-room to look the new deal, whi.ch involved a matter 0 $35,000. around. He wanted the company to advance him the amount necVic had seen him once or twice before, though ]lot for ess ary to secure an option on the new property, while they some weeks. investigated the title, and closed 011t his other realty. He was a fine-looking, stalwart man, with a black mous'-' His$13,000 interest in his present property was security tache and piercing black eyes. enough for the company to comply with his wishes, and the He walked about the room, examining the system Vic new deal was arranged. u secl for sending off the goods. When the speculators found out that they were dishe9 Finally he stopped before the boy, and asked him a trivial ont of the Janel they hac1 intended to cut up into building question. lots, improve and sell at a good price, they were madder At the sound of his voice Vic looked at sharply be-than hornets. fore he made any reply. But couldn't do a thing, except make a higher offer "Ah," he "now I know whos e mice it was that to tl1e trm;t company, whi.ch was refused. the masked man's resembled. :M:r. Roundtree has jn s t his In clue time Vic !'old his first real-estate investment and figure, too. It's a wonder the detectives were nev e r s uccessbecame owner of the $35,000 plot 0 land, on which the ful in rounding that rascal up!" trust company advanced the necessary$22,000 on a first Then 4e answered the vi.ce-presiclent'R question p o litely. After that h_e furtively watchecl ::\fr. Rouncltree while he remained in the shipping department and the lon g er he looked at him the more the gentleman remin
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