Dick Hadley's mine, or, The boy gold diggers of Mexico

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' Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY lined Weekl11 -B11 :Subscription 12.50 per year Entered according to Act of Cong r ess in t h e ge a r 1908, in the ojflc:e o f the Librarian of Congres s JVashing ton, D C., blf Frank '.I'ou sey, Publis hel', 24 Union S quaru, Ne w Y ork. No. 137. NEW YORK, MAY 15, 1908. PRICE 5 CENTS,. OR, By A SELF .. MADE MAN CHAPTER I. SENORITA PEPITA GONZALES. "I'm afraid w e' re in a bad fix, fellows," said Dick Hadley, as he stopped and looked a.round: "Looks as if we're lost, for fair," remarked Sam Swift. "11lrn.t's what it does," chimed in Charley Ross. Dick, Sam, and Charley, were three good -lo oking and un commonly bright American boys. But it is a strange place we find them in on this hot July afternoon. They were on the soil of northern Mexico,.in the west ern part of the State of Chihuahua, hundreds of miles away from their native stamping-gTounds-good old New York, where they were born ant brought up. The landscape surround ing them was hard and moun tainous, and lonesome enough to satisfy any hermit who delighted in isolating him self from the haunts of man kind. Two the high school they attended closed for the long summer vacation, and the three boys proceeded to carry out a plan already cut and dried b etween them. This was to join Sam Swift's father, who was a civil engineer and railroad contractor in Chihuahua, Mexico, where he was superintending the con structio n of a branch line of the Mexican Central, the most important railroad company in the r e public. This branch was surveyed from the ca. pita of the St.a.te westward into the Sierra Madre Range, and beyond. About fifty miles of the road had alrea
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2 DICK HADLEY'S MINE. After spending another hour looking in vain for the de file, Dick Hadley, the most manly-looking of the three boys, made the remark with which our story opens. "We must ha .ve passed the blamed old place," cjd Sam. "Then we'd better go back and look more carefully," said Dick. "I don't see how we could have, missed it," growled Charley . "Well, I do," replied Sam. "We have come acroos half a dozen blind breaks in the range that look exactly like the entrance to the ravine. Tf we're going to get out 0 here before dark we'll ha .ve to hustle." "Nice kind of weather t&1 hustle in," said Charley, mop ping the perspiration from his forehead. "It's as hot as blue blazes." "It's hot enough, all right," grinned Dick, who seemed the least affected by the sun, "but you must expect that. in Mexico." "I ain't kicking so much about the J1eat itself as at the idea of hustling,'' grunted Charley. "I simply can't hus tle I'm going to Lake a rest under this tree, if we never get out of the range "The trouble with you, Charley," said Sam, "is that you were born lazy." "I deny it," protested Ross. "I'm no lazier than you are, but I've got more fat on my bones. I expect by the time we're ready to go home there'll be nothing but a grease spot left of me." "Don't worry, Charley. You are getting yourself into condition for winter football. You'll be able to run a hun dred yards in something like record time, which you've never been able to accomplish before. This Mexican tri1' will ni.a.ke a man of you," chuckled Sam. "Say !-cut it out, will you? Your remarks make me weary!" The boys fanned themselves with their hats, and finally stretched themselves out on the patch of green under the big tree. Fifteen minutes passed, and the sultriness of the 1air was making the boys drowsy, when the tinkle, tinkle of a number of silvery toned bells reached their ears. "Heflo What's that?" exclaimed Dick, sitting up and looking in the direction of the sound. Sam partly himself on his elbow, while Charley mei:ely rolled over on his side, as if the exertion of getting up was too much for him. Coming toward them, up the edge of the vaUey, \Vere two burros On Le one in advance a dark, handsome Senorita, of about sixteen years, was perched with ca. reless ease. A broadbrimmed,. steeple-crowned hat was set jauntily u pon her raven b l ack hai r which fl.owed, unrestrained, down h er back. A uavyblue Eton waist, with sleeves that reached only to he r e l bows, but partly concealed the bosom of her white gown, which was encircled at the waist by a brilliant-hued scarf, and reached just to the tops of her long, dainty boo tees On the burro behind her was mounted a long limbed Mexican peoo, in na.tive attire. "Gee! She's a bea u t said Sam, with n ot a little i n te r est in his tones "Yes, she's as pretty as a peach,'' said Dick. "I must stop them; and see if I can find out where we a.re at." "What's the use?" replied Sam. "You can't speak the Mexican or Spanish lingo How are you going to make yourself understood?" "Maybe she can speak Englis h "I doubt it," said Sam. "No harm in trying, at any rate. We want to find our way out of this valley." The girl observed the three boys under the tree, and looked at them with considerable curiosity. Dick got on his feet and walked to head off the burros. The Senorita, seeing that he wanted to address her, drew rein and waited for him to come up, and the peon behind also came to a stop. "Good-afterno on, miss," said Dick, r aising his hat po-litely. I 'l'he girl smiled in a coquettish way. "Americano ?" she replied, in silvery accents. ''Yes, we're Americans, all right," he answered. "Do you speak English?" "l\Iuy poco; pero lo entiendo bast.ante," she replied, in Spanish, which mightbe translated: "Very little; but I understand it pretty well." However, her answer was pure Greek to Dick, and his countenance showed it. "Ah, Senor, you not understand?" she said, with a cap tivating smile "Not a word," replied Dick, shaking his head Whether she understood his words or not, she easily guessed their meaning, and smiled again. "What you do here, Senor?" she asked him. "We have lost our way, miss,'' he replied. She looked puzzled for a moment, and then up. "Si! You have l ose yourselves? Where you come from?" "Railroad," responde d the boy, thinking she might understand the word. Evidently she did, fo r sh e repeated the word and pointed. south Dick nodded. Sam and Charley were watching the interview with some interest, and seemed to think that their companion was getting on mimmingly. The Senorita hardly took her eyes off Dick's :face. The young American was also much impr:essed with the Mexican beauty "'We want to find the r avine that will take us out of thjs valley," said Dick. The Senorita, although she h ad c l aime d t o understand English pretty well, did n ot seem to grasp his meaning, "What is Senor's name?" s h e asked "My name is Dick Hadley." The girl repeated the name twice, and then said: "My name Senorita P epita Gonzal es Dick bowed, an d sai d h e w as please d to m ake her acquaintance. She laughed g ail y "The Seno r and s he waved her a.rm at Dick's com p amo n s f riend,s will come to mi padre' s hacienda?" \

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DICK HADLEY'S MINE. 3 Dick understood this to be an invitation to visit the home of her father. He decided to accept it, as anything was preferable to remaining where they were, with a dubious chance of getting out of the valley before dark. So he nodded his head. The Senorita seemed pleased, and favored him with one of her most coquettish glances. "Come on, fellows! Fall in with the procession!" said Dick to his friends. Sam and Charley rose to their feet. "Is the young lady going to show us the way to the ravine?" asked Sam. 9 "No. She's given us an in'V'itation to visit her home," replied Dick. "Where does she live?" "Blessed if I know ; but we'll soon find out. Where is your padre's hacienda, Senorita?" he asked the girl. She waved her arm toward the other side of the valley. "She lives somewhere over yonder," said Dick to his companions. "If we go over there we'll never get back to the ra ilroa.d without a guide," said Sam. "And not before long after dark, any way." "What's the difference?" said Dick. "They'll proba bly ask us to stay all night. Then in the morning somebody will show us the way back." "But my governor will be in a ?tew over our not turning up. He'll think we're lost, and will send out men to hunt for us," said Sam. "Well, I don't see how we can help going with young lady. She understands that wf!ve lost our way, and that we came from the railroad, but I can't make her under stand that we are looking for the ravine that leads out of the valley." "Gee! It's tough to be lost in a land where a fellow has got to ha .ve an interpreter to make himself understood," growled Sam. "If we could speak a little Spanish we'd be all right." "Shoot the Spanish If she could speak English it would be better." "She speaks sortle English, which is much better than if she didn't speak any at all. Come on! I'll introduce you to her." Dick brought his friends up to the Senorita and presented them to her. "Senorita Gonzales, this is my friend, Sam Swift." The girl smiled sweetly and nodded. :Oick went through the same ceremony with Charley Ross. "Senor Dick Hadley, you will walk with me," sa.id Pepita, with a look that showed she preferred his company. She touched up her burro, and the party started across the valley, Dick walking by the girl's side, while Sam and Charley fell in behind between her and the mounted peon who acted as her attendant. CHAPT'ER IL AT THE OLD HACIENDA. The Senorita started to chat in a viw..cious way with Dick, correcting herself when she lapsed into Spanish, as she frequently did, in moments of forgetfulness. The boy found her English sufficiently understandable for him to make fairly good headway with her. 1 She pointed out various objects around the valley, and alled them by their Spanish names, and Dick repeated them after her till he got the sound in his head. Sometimes she laughed at his mispronunciation, and sometimes she didn't. One thing seemed to be certain: she had evidently taken a great fancy to him, and was using all her feminine arts to fascinate him. It was impossible for Dick to be insensible of her many charms, and it looked as if it was becorhing a case of "spoons" between them. The valley was not so very wide at this point, and the party came to a under a clump of trees among the foothills of the western spur of the range. Sam and Charley were glad o f the chance to get out of the sun again, and they threw themselves upon the ground to take things easy. Dick did not desert the fair Senorita's side, but remained. talking with her. They were beginning to understand ea.ch othe.r pretty well by this time, and were quite content to be together. The peon dismounted from his burro and let the beast wander about, nibbling the grass, while he seated himself under a tree, rolled a cigarette, and began to smoke, in the indolent way characteristic of his race. The sun disappeared behind t11e range in the west, but that fact didn't make the air any less sultry "Dick seems to be st uck on Miss Gonzales," grinned Sam to Cha. rley. "'Well, she seems to be mashed on him, too," replied Sam. "She's a swell-looking girl, all right," said Sam, g lancing over at the Senorita. "And she thinks a whole lot of herself, bet your life!" "Pretty girls generally do." "I'll bet a dollar she'.s laying herself out to get Dick clean gone on her and then to-morrow she' ll give him the cold drop." "What's the odds? We're not going to remain lon g in this neighborhood, so it won't do either of them any good to fall in love." "He's liable to talk of no. thing but her all the way back to New York." "Oh, I don't know. He'll forget her after he's Sffill the last of her." At that moment Pepita spoke to the peon in Spanish. Her attendant, whose name was Manuel, got up, ca\]ght and mounted his burro. "Come on, fellows cried Dick. "Get a move on We're going to start on!" Sam and Charley obeyed rather reluctantly, for the shade of the trees suited them best. The procession followed a we-11-bea.ten track in among the foothills, and the valley was soon lost sight of. After a while they came to a long defile which wound in and out through the range, and finally landed them in another valley, much smaller than the one they had left and full of vegetation and trees. In the distance they saw a cluster of houses, chiefly built of cane, with sides not over four feet high, and roofs ris ing to an altitude of anywhere from ten to twenty feet. 1 ""I .1

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.. I 4l DICK HADLEY' S MINE. The y w e r e som etimes a l m o s t h idde n a m i d s t coffee bushes, ti.11 mango trees, and plants c overed with flowers of eveTy hue. It seemed to b e a small v'illage Towering above the hou ses rose t h e stone front of an ancient-looking c hurch. It looked qui te imposin g from a distan ce, with its b e lfry rising above the entra nce. The boys subsequently d iscovere d t h a t the chur c h itself was but a mi serab l e adobe edifice, roofe d in wit h t he same material with which t h e roofs of the c o ttages were com posed The sto ne front was m ere l y a. bluff t o catc h the eye, but in tha t respect did n o t great l y d iffer fro m hun d r e d s of s imilar reli gious bui ldings scatte red thro u g hout M exic o m a ny o.f whic h are severa l hundre d years old Half a mil e to the ri ght was a long cactus gro ve, and toward tha t Pe p ita turned h e r burro "My fath e r 's haci e nda,'' sai d the S e nori Ja, w a vin g h e r hand toward the grov e Dick looked in that direcii o n but didn t see any s ign of a habitation. "I don't see it," he said to h e r. "Beyond the cactus," she r e plied. A s they p assed alon g th e boys saw brown wome n bu s y with their household tas ks, and brown c hildr en pla y ing around the stragg lin g cottages. Brown men were workin g in th e coffee g rove, and in the other fields, or driving burro s lad e n with bags 'fille d with some kind of pro d uc e The nativ es regruded the boys with some c uriosit y as they pass e d along, while the boys themselves rega. rded the natives and their habitations with interes t As they drew near the cactus g rov e o n e of the M e xican priests sudd e nly appeared from b e hind the sin g ul a r-looking plants He wore a br o ad-brimmed, low-crowned hat, much like those worn by Quakers, and a long black gown. His walk was slow and s edate. Pepita who h a d been c h a ttering like a magpie, oblivious of the fact that Dick could hardl y keep track of th e drift of her ta lk, became sil e n t and d e mure the moment s he caught s i ght of the rever end fath e r. The padre ma.de a sli ght moti o n with hi s hand as he passed, at the same time r ega rdin g Dick and his compan ions with a keen loo k a nd P e pita a nd Manu e l b o we<.1 their heads with deep resp e ct. Th e boys recognized the man a{l a Catholic priest and when Sam and Charley saw Dick raise his hat respectfully, they did likewise. "When y ou re in Rome you mus t d o a s the Romans do," grinn e d Sam, a f te r the p a dre had passed. They were now dos e to the grov e It was truly a formidable kind of wall that cut off the front view of the hacienda. The cactus bore a tre e-like form in whic h the thick stem sustain e d a head of branches, and r e a c h e d between 30 and 40 fee t from the ground. They w e re cove red with thick, sharp spears, that were capable of inflicting an ugly wound on man or beast who monkeyed with them A lane through the g rove admitted the p arty into an open s pace beyond, where the boys saw t he hacien d a before them. It consisted of a long, low pile of b u il d ings, bearin g a faded and ancient appearance, a s if the y had been c onstruc t e d in the time of the Flo o d as Sam remarked to Gharley. As a matt;er of fact, those buildings w e re over 400 yea rs old, and the chur c h in the little village beyond was jus t as old. Befor e reaching the hacienda Pepita ext ende d her hand to D ick and l e aped lightly from h e r sad dl e M a n el the n took cha r g e of the burro and led hi m off to one s ide. "So this i s where you live, Senorita?" said Dick, gazing a t the rambling structure. "Si, S e nor Dick. You may call me Pepita if you wis h s he s aid, with a languishing glance into hi s s unburn e d and manly face. Dick flushed under h e r gaze, but made no rem a rk. The g irl was uncon s ciously s p oiling h e r c h a nces with the y oun g Ame rican. Had s he been s h y in her m a nn er u sing onl y h e r eyes to entrap the boy, Dic k would have bee n h o p e lessl y in love with her by that time, and would hav e mov e d heaven an d earth to mak e himself s olid wit h h er; but t o see h e r throw in g hers elf at him rather c h e ap e n e d h e r in hi s eyes, tho u g h he wa s greatly taken with h e r ju s t th e sa.me A swarthy-iooking Mexi can, close on t o fif ty yea rs of age, came out of the main entrance, ancl P e pit a in t r o duced him to Di c k a s her father, and afterw a rd to S am ancl C har ley. He w e l c omed the boys in a hospitabl e way, for h e s poke good En g li s h ancl invit ed the m insid e wh e r e t hey wer e made a cqua .inted with Senora Gonzales, a stout littl e an, somewhat resembling h e r d a u g hter. Dick e x pl a in e d bow they cam e to b e in Mexi c o as g uests of Engineer Swift who was buildin g t11e Mexican C entra l branch, and how they had ente r e d the long valley earl y that afternoon and couldn t get o ut a g ain. S e nor Gonzales smiled, and s aid h e was g l a d his dau g h t er had brought them to the ha c i enda., a s i t woul d give h i m muc h pleasure to offer th e m the freedom of hi s h o m e for as lon g a tim e as they cared to s tay. "Oh, w e' ll have to g e t ha. ck a s soon a s pos s ible," r e plied Dick aft e r thanking him for his gen e r o u s offe r, "for Mr Swift has no idea where we are, and will be worri e d over our absence." "Make y ourselves easy on that score," s aid S e nor Gon zales. "I will send one of m y m e n ri ght away to th e pla c e whe re the railroad is b e ing built, to t e ll S e nor Swift that you will remain here a s my guest s for a week at least." "A week exolaimed Dick. you want us to stay so long a s that?" "You are welcome to rem ain a month if y ou choose," repli e d th e U exic an, in so hea.rty a t o n e iha t the lad s w e re willin g to b e lieve tha t he was in e arnest. The b oys found that, out s ide of the furniture, which was plain and substantial, the r e w as little in th e way of o rnam enta tion to the rooms. A religious picture or two was all th a t set off the walls of the rooms they had access to during their visit. '

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: [l e ) DICK HADLEY'S MINE. 5 The first meal they were treatf:ld to was supper, with a few extra dishes for their benefit, dinner being se:r.ved in the middle of the clay; When they were called to the dining-room, Pepita told Dick to take her in, and she saw to it that he had a seat beside her. Sam and Charley sat opposite them, and they sent many a sly grin across the table at their companion. As the boys were hungry after their afternoon's tramp, they got away with about everything set before and found that things tasted first rate. After supper all hands adjourned to the best room !n the house, the floor of which was covered b y shiny white iiles. Here, agafo, Pepita managed to have Dick by her side. When the moon rose above the range the Senorita en ticed Dick for a walk in the courtyard, or garden, and, as far as actions could go, she made love tb him When the hour for retiring came around the three boy s were shown to a large bedroom on the second floor, at the end of' the hacienda nearest the village. A cot had been pi:ovided in ad.dition w the bed, and Charley Ross elected to use it while Dick and Sam selected the bed. The boys, not feeling sleepy, sat'by the open window, in the ray s of the moonlight, talking a bout old times as well as the novelty of their .presen t position OHAPTER III. THR GHOSTLY BELLRINGER. The night was very quiet, not a sound of any kind breaking the stillness of the air. The villagers had gone to rest mor e than two hours be fore, and the family and servants of the hacienda were already asleep. As a matter of fact, there was hardly any one awake but the three boy s "Eleven o'clock," said Dick, after consulting his watch. "Let's turn in." His suggestion was about to be followed when suddenly, through the calm air, rang out the clang! clang! of the bell in the belfry of the c hurch. "Hello!" exclaimed Sam. "That's the church bell! Do they have religious at this hour?" They stood by the window a.nd listened to the sound, which was very irregular-sometimes a dozen strokes in rapid succession, then a pa use of uncerta .in duration, after which the b e ll would toll slowly and mournfully, as if for a funeral. "That's the oddest bell-tinging I ever listened to," said Charley Ross. "I'd like to go over to the village and see what's going on," said "So would I," answered Dick "I'd like to go, too. Couldn't we manage it some way?" said Charley. "There's a ladder standing over yonder One of us could jump down into the yard and place that ladder under this window; then, when we got back, we could return to the room without a.ny trouble." The id ea appealed to Sam and Dick, but the latter hesi tated about adopting it, as he had doubts as to the propriety __ ::_ --=--=--:::... -== of leaving the room in that fashion since they were guests of the house. In the meantime the bell continued to ring in a jerky fashion, as if the person who was operating the rope hU;d drunk a liberal quantity of something stronger than water Before the boys had decided whether to get out of the house or not, it became apparent to their ear s that there was a commotion in and about the hacienda. Everybody in the house had been aroused from their s leep by the bell, and the boys could see a number of the servants running toward the cactus grove. """Looks as if there might be something wrong," Dick. "Maybe one of the houses in the village is on fire," said Sain. "If it was, we'd see the blaze by this time, for this win dow faces the village." "Well, the peopl e of thi s place ha.ve been a wakened, and they" seem to be excited. There's something unusual going on, bet your l ife," said Charley, wagging his head "Looks that way. Here comes Senor Gonzales I'm go ing to ask him what is the matter," said Dick. Accordingly h e hail ed the proprietor of the hacienda., and inquired what the bell was rin g ing for. Senor Gonzales answered that it was a my stery to him, but h e was going to the village to inquire into the matter. "May we go with you?" asked Dick. Senor Gonzales said they could rome, if they wanted to .. "We'll get. out through this window. It's the quickest way," replied Dick. One after ai1other they dropped into the courtyard and joined the Senor. When they reached the outside of the grove they found all the women se rvants gathered. there, looking toward the which stood like a white SpBcter in the moonli g ht. The men folks were on their way toward the edifice. Already a considerable crowd of the were gath ered in front of the church looking up at the belfry. Apparently the ringing of the bell, which still at interyals, in a weird kind of fashion, puzzled excited them. when Senor Gonzales a.nd the boys reached church they found the whole village assembled in the square in front of the building, looking up at the belfry in an awe struc k way. The padre was there, too, and he seemed as much rattled as the crowd behind him. The bell, which had been silent for a while, now c&m- menced to peal solemnly forth once more, one clang a t a time, with an interval between, like a dirge for the dead. The v1llagers were satura ted with superstition, and as they knew the church door was locked, and the rear door of the sacristy, also, and that the sexton, who was the only one authorized to pull the bell -ro-pe, was standing alongside the priest, looking white and scared. they immediately con cluded that supernatural influences were at work within the church, and they were greatly disturbed a.t the idea. ;Never within the memory of the oldest hacl such a remarkable circumstance happened before, and all were fearful that it foreboded some great misfortune to the village. Every time the ghostly bellringer clanged the bell chills

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6 DICK HADLEY'S MINE. ran up and down the villagers' backs, and goose flesh rose on them. The church was dark; every door and window was closed t ight. Seemingly, no one had entered it, and yet the old bell continued to clang at irregular intervals. It was certainly grewsome. While Senor Gonzales went to the padre and talked with him, the boys pushed their way to the front of the crowd and gazed up at the belfry, like the rest. Although they did not comprehend the situation fully, they could easily see that there was some mystery about the ringing of the bell. <# The viI!agers looked frightened over it, and even the padre seemed at a loss to account for the phenomenon, and was actually afraid to investigate the matter. "Say! This beats the Dutch, doesn't it?" said Sam, wonderingly. "There must be somebody inside the church. The bell couldn't ring itself." "It's a wonder the padre wouldn't go in s ide and find out," said Gharley "He oughtn't to be afraid of anything connected with the church." "Let's go around to the rear of the building and see if we can get in and find out what the trouble is," suggested Dick. His companions agreed to go around to the back of the church, but were not quite sure tha t they wanted to enter edifice. When they reached the door of the sacristy and found it locked, they came back by the other side. Dick walked up to the main e ntrance and tried the door. It was secure, aII right. At that moment the b e ll donged out again. In the meantime, Senor Gonzales had been trying to pers ua .de the padre to unlock the front door. The priest finaIIy mustered up courage enough to con sent. He sent the sexton for a lantern. When that individual returned, with shaking ste ps, the priest walked up to the door, thrust the big iron key into the lock, d opened the door. The moonlight :flooded the vestibu l e of the church and fell against the curtajns hanging across the arched entrance i nto the body of the edifice The padre entered the building slowly and cautiously, followed by Senor Gonzales, and the sexton, with the light ed lantern. The three boys took the liberty of foI!owing them, for they were eager to discover the solution od' the mysterious beI!ringing, which they ascribed to some natural means-. The padre opened a side door into a small room, where the bell-rope hung, and, taking the lantern from the trem bling sexton's hand, flashed it in. The rope hung quite motionless, and the bell above wa,;; silent. A long ladder led upward through a hole in the ceiling. Suds1enly the rope moved of itself, and the bell tolled out twice. The sexton uttered a yell of teJTor and fled. The padre uttered a gasp, and looked livid, while the lantern fell from his nerve1ess grasp. Dick stepped forward, picked up the lantern and entered the small room. Clearly no human being was there; yet the three boys had seen the rope shake and mov-e up and down. "Whoever is ringing the bell is concealed in the lo.ft or in the belfry," said Dick to Sam, who had followed him in. "I dare you to accompany me up there." Sam scratched his head dubiously, and glanced up at the dark hole. "I'm going up, any way, whether you come or not," said the plucky boy. "I don't believe in ghostly bellringe.rs. 'l'here is a natural cause for every effect He put his foot on the fil'st round ancl started up. Sam, ashamed to let him go a lone, followed on behind. Charley concluded to be one of the procession, too. Up the three went, without hind:rahce from the padre or the Senor, who watched them disappear through the open ing into the loft. The padre was astonished at the nerve of the young grin goes, as he called tliem, while Gonzales admired their courage. Both awaited results in breathless suspense. When Dick poked the lantern, and then hi s head, through the. hole into the low loft, he saw at a glance that it was quite empty. "'l'here's no one in. this place," he said to Sam. "The intruder must be hiding in the belfry." He stepped into the loft and waited till his companions joined him. A short flight of steps pointed thB way to the open belfry above Sam and Charley waited for Dick to make the next move. To tell the truth, although t110 two boys were not cowards, neither of them was particularl y anxious to take the lea.cl. Dick laid hold of the hanging bell-rope. As he did so he felt it shiver in his grasp several times. Suddenly it was pulled upward a bit, then it s lipped back, and the bell tolled. Dick immediately sprang up the steps, holding the lan t ern in front of him. As his head and shoulders rose in the belfry s omething white, armed with claws, flew at the lantern and the bell toIIed agafo. Dick was startled, and feII back against Sam. The latter lost his balance, and toppled over upon Char ley, and with a crash the three boys landed on the floor of Uie loft in a heap. 'l'he noise reached the padre and Senor Gonzales, below, apd they looked upward in anxious suspense. They probably expected to see the three venturesome boys come tumbling down the ladder, but if so, they were disap pointed. "What did you upset me for?" growled Sam to Dick. "W'hat did you see?" "Oh, lor' My l eg is twisted!" groaned Charley, as the three pulled themselves apart. "Something white flew at me," replied Dick. "Something white?" said Sam. "Did it look like a ghost?" "A ghost! Nonsense! Whatever it was, it hit the lan tern a whack that made nh.e glass rattla I'm going back to see what it is," said Dick resolutely.

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DICK HADLEY' S 1 :riIINE. 7 This time he did not rush up the steps, but made his way to the belfry, with some caution. he poked the lantern and his head into the place nothing happened. The belfry was perfectly still, and lit up by the rays of the moon. Dick glanced at the bell, and then he saw a white object hanging to a loose strand of the bell-rope. It looked to be about two feet long, and it dangled from the rope like a wet rag. The boy flashed the light on it, and saw that it was a huge condor. The bircl had been caught by the strand of rope, frayed by long years of use. The strand was strong enough to holcl the great bird captive, and in its struggles to free itself it had rung the bell. The condor was quite dead now. In its attack on the lantern it had burst a blood-vessel. Dick laughed when he sa. w the explanation of the mystery before him, and called to Sam and Charley to come up and see the spook that had rung the bell. came, and were astonished at the sight of the huge dead bird. "So this is the mysterious bellringer ?" said Sam, as they examined the defunct bird with much interest. "That's right," replied Dick'. "He was a powerful bird. .Look at his wings and huge claws. Every time he made an effort to fly he pulled the bell-rope down and clanged the bell. When I came up here he was at his last gasp, but he liad strength e:riough left to make one final spring at the lantern." "What shall we do with him-leave him hanging here, :-is an object lesE
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8 DICK MINE. "That's so," admitted Charley. "You've got a great head, Dick." "Well, what are yod. going to do about it?" asked. Sam. "Nothing to-night. In the morning I'll show it to Senor Gonzales, and see what he says a.baut it. He is proba bly familia r with the range, and may be able to loca te the spot where this John Carden is. We can organize an expedi tion for the man's relief. It will be quit.e an adventure for the three of us.' "It will suit me, all right," said Sam, eagerly. "And me, too," chimed in Charley "Yes, we are looking for something to keep us alive down here in this beastly republic," said Dick. "That's right," nodded Sam. "We want to ha .ve a whole lot to tell the boys when we get back. The mo re adventumi we have down here the better it will be." "We want our trip to read like a story -book,:' grinned Charley. The condor was set aside, the important note put care fully away in Dick's wallet, and then they turned in for the night, and were soon asleep. Breakfast was on the table, waiting for them, when they walked downstairs next morning. Pepita had been dreaming about Dick all night, and she welcomed him with a warmth that somewhat embarrassed while it flattered him After the meal the girl wanted to take Dick oiff with her somewhere, but he asked to be excused, as h e had business with her father. She seemed a bit piqued at this, for she did not think that any business was important enough to stand between her and the boy she had taken a fancy to. Dick showed John Ca.rden's letter to Senor Gonzales and told him how he had found it under the wing of dead condor. 'l'he Senor could not make the writing out very well, so Dick read it to him. "liooks like a serious matter, doesn't it?" said the boy. Sepor Gonzales admitted that it had that look. "Where is the west.em spur of the range?" asked Dick. The Mexican totd him that the writ.er of the note probably referred to a certain spur of the mountain which pro j ected from the western line of the Sierra Madre He knew of such a spur about ninety miles to the north of the hacienda. "That must be the place, then," saiP. Dick. "Don't you think we had better get up a small expedition and go to this man's assistance ? J Senor Gonzales considered a moment, and then said he would send his overseer and another man to hunt Carden up and see what help .he needed. "We want to go along, too," said Dick. "It would be a rough journey for you through the molm tains," said the Senor. "I don't think you would like it." Dick insisted that he and his friends wo uld like it first rat.e "We came to Mexico to .see all we could of the country," he added, "and such a chance to explore the Sierra Madre Range we don't want to miss." Senor Gonzales shrugged his shoulders, and said they could go if they wanted to. "I will instruct Pedro to look out for you," he said. Then he sent for his overseer, whom he introduced to tho boys as Pedro Pacheco He transla.ted the gist of John Carden's letter to him, and said he was to make an effort to find the man. Pedro showed no indication as to whether he liked the job or not. He raised no objection to making the trip, at any rate, for he was accustomed to obeying all orders without ques tion that he received from the proprietor of the hacienda. Preparations were made at once for starting on the jour ney. As soon as Pepita heard of the proposed expedition she tried to persuade Dick to remain at tho hacienda with her and let his frii:mds accompany Pedro. Dick couldn't see it that way. Pepita and the hacienda were all right when there was nothing more exciting bn tt,ie program, but the girl's in fluence was not strong enough to make a !'lave of him. When she found that her hold on him was not strong enough to prevent him from embarking on the journey she got angry, and they had quite a quarrel. Then she asked her father if she couldn't go with the expedition. The Senor said no in a very decided way, and Pepita went to her room in a sulky mood. The boys didn't see her again until dinner time, when she appeared at the ta.ble, looking more bewitching than ever. She proceeded to make up with Dick, and treate d him in her most win1*ng way. Possibly she thought she might weaken his resolution at the last moment. If so, she was disappointed, for Dick was full of en thu sias m over the trip on which the party was to set out immediately after dinner. Half an hour after the meal was over Dick and his friends bacle Pepita and her father and mother a t e mporaJ)' goodbye, got astride of the burros provided for them by the owner of the hacienda, and followed Pecho Pacheco and a peon, who were similarly mounted up through a pocket of the little valley, toward the rise of the Sierra Madre Range. CHAPTER V. SEARCHING FOR JOHN CARDEN. They were soon in the mountains. the trail leading up ward through wild and picturesque ravines, by the side of turbulent streams that flowed over rocky beds, pa..oSing un der a cascade that looked like a sheet of shimmering glass, and anon skirting some projecting promonto1'Y bv a narrow and venturesome path, where a misstep by one of the burros would have pitched his rider to certain death, hundreds of feet below. "Tiiat's enough to give a fellow the" nightmare," said Sam, who was riding behind Dick, for they were proceeding in single file, as they circled one of the promontories men tioned. "S'pose one of our burros stumbled anywhere along that place--just think what would happen!" "Don't lose your n erve, Sam," said Dick, over his shoul der. "You may need it all before we reach the spur we're going to." "I'll bet your nerves tingled just now when we were on

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DICK HADLEYS MINE. 9 1.h:it narrow pa.th," retorted Sam. "I can stand as much a.; you." ''How did Charley get through the trip?" "Blessed if I know. I haven't heard a squeal put of him. I gues.s he kept his eyes shut so he wouldn't get rattled." The procession was led by Pedro, while the stolid-looking brown peon brought up in the rear, the three boys being be tween them. The scenery was not always such as commanded their pleased attention. Sometimes it was hard and mQIIlotonous, shrubs and trees only being met with at intervals. During these stages the sun beat down on them with an intensity that parched their throats, and the glare was unpleasant to their eyes. The trail they were following was perfectly familiar to Pedro, who had often been over it, and he thought nothing of its perils, nor e.ven of its beauties. They had ascended to a considerable elevation, and had covered many miles from the hacienda, when the sky took on a peculiar look. Clouds, gathering behind them, began a dvancing rap idly and spreading themselves over the heavens at a rapid rate. Pedro had noticed these unpropitious s igns, and hastened his pace, which the burros of the others at once fell into. ."Looks as if we were going to be caught in a storm," Dick said to Sam, who was close behind him . "That's what it does, and I don't fancy the idea of it. 'J;here seems to be thunder and lightning in those clouds. It WO lild be fieree to be ca.ught in such a storm up here where there seems to be no shelter of any kind," replied Sam. Fifteen minutes later the clouds had mounted as ar as the zenith, and the boys heard rumbling of the thunder quite clearly, and saw the opaque masses streaked here and there with lurid zigzag flashes of electricity. From the appearance of the atmosphere miles in their rear, it seemed to be raining cats and dogs in that quarter, and it was only a question of a little time before they would be treated to a similar ducking The worst feature of the approaching storm seemed to be the wind it was bringing with it. Judging from the speed of the clouds, it was evidently of a high velocity. To be caught in such a wind where they were was one of the most perilous features of mountain traveling for it was liable to sweep them, burros and all, down the slope that lay on one side of them. None knew this fact better than Pedro, and he was aim ing for a certain cavern, where he intended to halt for the evening meal and pass the night. Fortunately for the party, it was not far away, and the overseer got the bes t gait he could out of the animals in order to outstrip the storm. The burro:,, were sure-footed beasts, and whether they ambled along, or trotted at a quick pace, they never made a misstep. The storm was swooping down upon the party when a turn in the trail brought them in sight of the cavern, that looked like a black hole in the mountain side. The howling .ancl shrieking of the onrushing wind was in th e ears of the boys as Pedro dismounted from his burro outside the cave, and ordered the others to enter. Two minvtes later it seemed to the boys as if all nature had broken loose and was whooping things up like a partJ. of cowboys on a rampage. Although still an hour before sundown, the air had dark ened to a kind of adep twilight, but this gloom was almost continuaJly lit up by the terrifying flashes of li ghtning that kept the heavens ablaze like a gigantic conflagration. '"ralk about thunder," said Sam "I've ne.ver heard any thing like it in the worst thundersto rm I've ever seen. Seems as if the mountains were falling to pieces all around us." "Yes, it's pretty fierce," Dick admitted. "It will be something to talk about when we get home." "We'll n\'1 er be able to describe this sto11n," said Sam "It must be seen to be appreciated "What are you coking so solemn about, Charley?" asked Dio1c "Afraid of the thunder and lightning?" "Well, I don't like it," replied Ross, frankly. "Oh, Lor'! What a crash that was! Do you think we'll ever get out of this alive?" "Why not? We're safe enough, I guess, in this place." While the storm was at its height Pedro produced some of the provisions they had brought with them, and with a lantern to partially illuminate the back of the cave, they made a satisfactory meal. The storm was over in about two hours, and when the sky cleared moon rose over 'the summit of the east ern range, the party spread blankets on the stony floor of the cavern and turned in for the night. At the first blush of daylight Pedro aroused the boys, who found breakfast waiting for them. No time was lost in resuming the journey, as it was d e sirable to cover as much ground as possible in the cool of the early morning. Travel tha.t day was much easier than during the prct-eding afternoon, and they met with no particularly Cl::rngerous places. When riight overtook them once more they were within s ight of the western spur alluded to in the appealing lett er bf John Carden. They reached the spur next day, about noon, and then began the search for the particular spot where the man was pre su med to be, either dead or alive. l\Jany difficulties were now encountered. Pedro. had never been through this spur, and he had to feel his wav. "It's hunting for a needle in a haystack to find a lone man in this wilderness," said Dick. "'What do you suppose brought c:rden out to such a Lord-forsaken place as these mouptains ?"asked Sam. "I suppose he is a prospector, hunting for gold and sil ver," replied Dick. "I should think that was a mighty risky and uncertain business," interjected Charley. "It's a paying business if you make a lucky strike," said Dick. "I wouldn't mind finding a gold mine myself," grinned Sam. "What would you do with it if you did find such a thing?" asked Charley. "D. ig the gold out, of course."

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10 DICK HADLEY'S MINE. "A nice job you'd have doing it. Why, you couldn't tell a piece of gold quartz if you saw it," chuck l ed Char ley. "Couldn't I? That's as much as you know about it. I've seen gold quartz, and I know what it look s like." "All gold quartz doesn't look "What do you know about it?" I know that much." "You think you know a whole lot," sniffed Sam. "There's more silve r in this country than gold, any way. There are silver mines scattered all over Mexico, some of which are said to be the richest in the world." "There is plenty of gold, too," said Dick. "I've heard that it has been found chiefly on the w-est side of the Sierra Madre." "'J'hat's where we are now," said Charley. "I saw it stated in a newspaper article, once, tha.t until the discovery of go ld in Australia, Mexico's yield of the metal surpassed the product of any other part of the world. However, you're quite right in saying that more silver has been found in this country than gold, Charley. The pro portion, I believe, is about ninety per cent." "As gold is worth twice as much as silver, I'd sooner own a small gold mine than a big silver one," said Charley. "So you think this Carden we're in search of is a prospector?" said Sam. "I d,o; and I also think he's struck luck," replied Dick. "How so?" \ "He says in his note tha.t he has the means of rewardino any one generously who comes to his aid. That looks me as if he has rich ore out here in these wilds "Then, if "\\e find him, we all stand a chance of getting a bag full of gold or silver quartz-is that it?" asked Sam. "I couldn't sa y exactly," r e plied Dick, "but we'll no doubt get well paid for corning away out here, provided, of course, that we lfod John Carden." I'd s e ll my share 0 th e r e ward pretty cheap," said Sam, "for I don't see how w e 're going to find him, except by accident." The party stopped for rest and dinner at a. shady grove of trees on the s ide of the mountain. A fire was built and some coffee prepared. A number of potatoes w e re baked in their jackets, in the hot ashes, and this, with cold meat and a supply of fruit, constituted their al fresco meal. Pedro and the peon rolled cigarette-a and lighted them, while the boys stretched themselves out on the patch of soft turf. An hour passed, and then Dick awoke from a ca.t nap. His companions were asleep; so, also, were Pedro and the brown man. "I guess I'll take a look around and see what I can see," said Dick to himself. He got up, lazily stretched himself, and walked off. He not intend to go very far, for fear he might lose tra.ck of the party. He followed a path that he could easily retrace at any tima The general view from that altitude was one of rugged grandeur. A hundred yards took him otit of sigM of his sleeping companions, and then he founll hi m s elf alone. No matter where he looked, \ r hcth c r io t h e right or left, front, or back, or downward, there was nothing to be seen but Nature, in her.flost lonesome garb. Rocks, trees, shrubs, and mountainous elevations, there 'Were a-plenty, but a house, or even the rudest kind of shack, was not to be seen. There wasn't eve n an animal or bird of any kind, much less the figure of a man. "I wouldn't like to be lost out here," muttered the boy. "My n ame would be Tim Flynn, for fair. I'd never see good old.New York again, but some day my bones, and such bits of my clothing as were left, might be discovered by some wandering Greaser who happened to come this way." He stepped out to the edge of a narrow promontory, on which grew a lone tree, the better to look down into a gully that ran at an acute angle toward a deep break in the mountains. As he grasped the trunk of the tree and leaned forward the ground suddenly caved from under him, and he felt himself falling. He uttered an involuntary cry of terror, and threw botli anus around the tree to save himself. As his weight came upon the tree its roots began to yield, for they had been undermined by yea.rs of rainstonns. Dick struggled despera.tely to regain a footing on the top of the promontory again. The 111ore he exerted himself the lower the tree bent and shivered. Had the excited boy been a bit cooler he might have avoided the catastrophe whicl1 followed. But he bent all his energies on the tree, like a drowning man grasping at a small and unsubstantial boa.rd. The result \ras the tree could not stand the strain, and gave w11y, carrying Dick down with it into the gully. His vo1ce rang out shrill and clear on the still air, and reached the enr; ; of Pedro, who had just awakened from his siesta. But owing to the way the rocks deflected the sound, it seemed to come from a different direct.ion to what it really did. 'l1he Mexican sprang to his feet ancl listened, but the cry was not repeated. Then he glanced over where i:he boys lay, and saw that Dick Hadley was missing. CHAPTER VI. JOHN GARDEN'S HEIR. Fortunately for Dick, the tree swung around, and fell under instead of on top of him; and the branches helped, in a large way, to break his fall on striking the inclined gully The shock, however, dazed him, but did not shake off his convulsive hold on the trunk. The tree slid down the smooth side of the gully as if it was in a chute, and the boy went with it, clinging to it desperately, like some wild animal to its prey. The gully wound its circuitous way around the moun tain side, and the tree and boy followed its course At some points it was so steep that the tree atfained considerable speed, which carried it over level places on its route.

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DICK HADLEY-S MINE. 11 In this way Dick was borne a long distance down the mountain, until at last the gully ended a short distance bchinr1 a goo\l sized log house which was perched upon a low section of the range. T bcre were signs of much broken ground near it, and a hole of some little depth. These excavat ions had evidently been made by the hand of man, for the earth was thrO\rn up in heaps about them. The tree slid out of the gully on to level ground and came to rest. It mis severa l moments before Dick seemed to be con scious that he was no longer railroading it down the moun tain side: Finally he let go of the tree and sat up "Gee I wonder where I am?" he asked himself, as he began to look around. "It seems to me, after that fall, I had a mighty long slide clown the mountain. I wonder how far I could have come? I'm afra.id I'll never be able to find my way back to where I started frorn, in which case I'll be in a bad pickle. Pedro and the others may never be able to find me, and I stand a, good chance of starving to death out here in the 'V:ilderness That's a fierce pros pect. However, there is no use of moping over it. I must be up and I ought to be truly thankful that I am not injured in any way. If I had got a leg broken, or internal injuries, it would have been all up with me, for fair; but as nothing seems to be the matter with me, as far as I can see, I have a fighting chance to get out of my hole." Dick was a plucky chap, and never allowed himself to be cast clown by adverse circumstances. He got on his feet, and then the first thing his eyes rested on was the house. Much to his astonishment, a small American flag was waving in the breeze from a pole at the other end of the building. It looked rusty and weather stained, as if it had been there some time. "I guess I've lighted on my feet, after all!" ejaculated the boy, with a thrill of hope. "A house, especially one with a flag flying from it, looks like the presence of civili zation. An American flag, too !-means that one or more of my own countrymen are here. I shall have no trouble in explaining my situation, and will get food and shelter. This is certainly great luck." Dick started toward the house. Then he saw the piles of dirt, and the holes, with a shovel '1.1.d a pickaxe thrnwu caJ:elessly into one of them. "These people are miners, iha.t is clear. Perhaps they know something a.bout John Carden." As Dick uttered the man's name he stopped s hort, as if an idea had struck him. "Maybe this is John Cardert's stamping ground, and l shall find him in the ca.bin," he said. "It must be so. As Pedro and the rest of our party are so near, they will prob ably find this spot before long, and everything will be all right." As Dick looked more carefully around, the silence and general air of desolation began to impress him '"ith the idea that if this 'ms Carden
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, 12 DICK HADIJEY'S MINE. "There are some canned goods on yonder shelf which may be of use to you and your friends, but I ampast eat ing. I have only a few hours to live, at the outside, and shall want nothing but an occasional sup of whiskey to keep my strength up to the last." "You may not be as bad as you think," replied Dick, trying to encourage him. "There is no hope for me at all. I am as good as a dead man. But it is a satisfaction to me that some one has reached me before I Bring that log up and sit down. I want to talk to vou." Dick did as he requested. "My name is John Carden. I hail from Sackville, New York State. I am a prospector and mining man. I came into these mountajns six months ago, to follow up a clue I got from an old peon. With my knowledge of ore out croppings I succeeded in spotting a rich golden lode. I staked it out according to the laws of Mexico, and took title to the richest pa.rt bf this property on which this cabin stands Give me another drink, my lad. I feel faint." Dick poured more, whiskey into the cup and put it to his lips. His voice at once grew stronger and his eyes brighter. "The documents attesting my rights, and fully defining the area of the ground, a1e filed in the proper office at Chihuahua, and no one can legally deprive me of the fruits of my discovery. Death, however, has a claim that no man can evade, and the gold that I expected to possess can never be mine now. Another drink, boy." Dick supplied him with it. "What is your name, my lad? You are an American, I believe." "My name is Dick Hadley. I am an American, for I was born in New York City, and my home is there. I am spending my vacation down around the railroad with two of my friends and The father of one of them is the engi11eer \rho is building the new branch line of the Mexican Central. \Ye were at a ha c ienda among the foot hills of the Sierra spending a few days, when your l etter asking for help can1e into my hands in the most wonderful way." Dick, in as few words as possible, rehearsed the fate that had overtaken the condor that carried ihe prospector's note, and how he had got possession of the bird. "It \ras the will of Heav e n that I should not die utterly alone in the wilderness," said Carden. Dick then explained how th e party had set out for that section of the Sierra Madre iwo days since, and how he had come to meet with the acc ident that resulted in his ap pearance on the spot all by himself. "You had a remarkable escape from death," said the prospector "but it looks as if the hand of Providenre had guided you here before I died. I shall probably be dead before your companions reach this place, so what I have to do must be done now and through you. This mining prop erty is easily worth a million or more money. The only heir I have i s a nephew, who i s a great scamp,, and I have no wish that this discovery should re.wrt to him. The only way I can aYoid his ultimately getting possession of it is to deed it over to somebody else. The last time I was in Chihuahua I had a presentiment that something might hap pen to me, and to guard against my property going to my nephew I had a deed legally drawn up transferring all my rights in this property to any one I might deem worthy of the gift. I signed it in the presence of a n,otary, leaving the name of the recipient blank, to be filled in subsequently, if circumsta.nces rendered such a course necessary. That paper is with the copies of my other papers, in thoS saddle bags at the foot of my couch. Go to the bag, my lad, arid get it out, with a fountain pen you will also find there, and I will insert your name in the paper, and tlVs property will then become legally yours after you have filed the document in Chihuahua." "Do you mean to say that you actually intend making me a present of this gold mine you have discovered?" cried Dick in astonishment. "I do. Lose no time, but get the paper, so I can put your name in it, for I am growing much weaker, and soon I will be unable to hold the pen." Dick, almost dazed by his great luck, hunted for the indi cated document As soon as he found it, and got the stylographic pen holder, he propped Ca.rden up, and the prospector wrote Dick's name in the blank space with a trembling hand, but sufficiently clear to avoid any error. "There !-the mine is your property-Dick Hadley's mine from this out, and no longer John Ca.rden's. I con gratulate you, my lad, on the acquisition of such a valuable property. Heaven meant you should have it, or you had not teen guided here in such a wondedul way." Dick expressed his g\atitude for the favor whch the dying man had bestowed on him. "You are welcome to it, my boy. My message sent by the condor can1e into your hands in a way that assures me that you were selected to be my heir, and I have merely ca. rriecl out the will of a Supreme Intelligence who doubtless knows that you will make good use of the money this mine will ultimately yield you." After disposing of his min.ing property John Carden grew weaker as the moments passed, and after the lapse of an hour Dick saw that he could not live much longer. The whiskey ceased to ham much of a reviving effect upon him, for his vitality was now at a low ebb. Finally he became unconscious, and Dick left his side and went to the door to look out, in a faint hope that he might see the rest of his own party somewhere in the neigh borhood, looking for him As he ,;lood there, looking down the slwc, the sun van behind the distant mountain tops, and as it disap peared the breath left the body of John Carden. CHAPTER VII. TROUBLE. "It's over five hours since I f e ll down that gully," thought Dick. "I think it i s about time Pedro and th e others made some progress toward finding me. IL isn't the pleasantest thing in the world to 'have to remain all alone with a dead man in this lonesome spot, even if tJ1c dead man has made your fortune for you. Death is some thing that I don'-t like to be on close acquaintanceship \rith. It gives one a creepy feeling to watch over a corpse alone in a room in the midst of a busy city. It's a hundretl limes worse to the same duty out here in the silent wilds.

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DICK HADLEY'S MINE. It wm soon be dark now, and unless my party shows up promontory into the gully, and ho; the tree had borne him pretty soon I'll have to give up all hope o_f seeing any of down the mountain side. them till to-morrow." His friends thought he had had a pretty strenuous exAt that moment an idea struck Dick. perience. If his friends failed to show up before dark he would "This is the place we!ve been hunting for, fellows con-builcl a bonfire to try and attract their attention. eluded Dick. With this idea in his head, the boy began to gather a plle "You mean John Carden's hangout?" said Sam. of dry brush and branches of trees. "Yes \ When the heap was ready for lighting he kept on a.t the "And where 1s Carden?" work till he had secured a :consi(j.erable extra supply of "Dead." material to keep the fire going for a couple of hours. "Dead!" repeated Sam. "Then we have arrived too late By the time he had finished his labors he began to feel to be of any use to him." the gnawings of a healthy appetite, so he entered the cabin "You have; but I got here before he died." and inspected the supply of cannea provisions the dead man "Then he hasn't been dead long?" had not used. "About four hours. He died short ly b efore sundown." They were all American brands of preserved meats ancl "Where is the cabin?" vegetables, which Carden had bought in Chihuahua and "Yes." brought out to his mine. Dick managed to explain the situation to Pedro, and Dick selected a small tin of boned chicken, a couple of the e ntire party entered the house to look at the dead man. handfuls of crackers, and, ta1'ing the tin cup, went outside Afterward Dick took Sam and Charley aside and tolr1 to where a stream of pure water flowed down the rocks. them about the mine and how it had come into his posThere he sat on the ground and made a hearty meal of session. the provender. "Gee whiz So you're actually the owner of this gol
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/ 14 DICK HADLEY'S MINE. returned to the cabin, where they found Pedro and his companion already asleep on the floor. They followed the example of the :Mexicans, and did not awaken until they were aroused in the morning by the overseer, who told them breakfast was ready. After the meal Pedro went nosing about the place. He looked into the big hole dug by the dead prospector and afterward examined the specimens of ore in the cabin. He was about to investigate the of the saddle bags, when nick interfered, and told him that the dead man had given him all his property before he died. The Mexican grinned unpleasantly and walked off. He returned with the peon, and pointing to some empty bags, told the native to fill them with the gold ore in the corner. Dick said nothing till Pedro told the peon to take the bags outside; then he told the Mexican that the ore was his property and that he would make him a present of one of the ha.gs, but no more. Pedro regarded him with an ugly look and o]:dered the peon to proceed. Dick called Sam and Charley to his side, and told Pedro plainly enough that he would report him to Senor Gonzales if he didn't leave all but a single bag of the ore alone. Pedro half drew an ugly-looking knife from his belt, but after a moment's reflect.ion turned his back on the boys and went outside, calling the peon with him. The two retired to a short distance and had a talk. "Looks as if we're likely to have trouble with the over seer," Sam, apprehensively. Dick thought so, too. As they were unarmed, and both Mexicans had knives, it look ed as if the latter possessed a decided advantage over them. "If we only had a revolver or rlft e now, we could stand them off, in case it came to a scrap," said Sam "Didn't Cardrn have any weapons?" "I don't know," replied Dick. "Let's look and see, while those chaps are outside," sug gested Charley. They took up the saddle-bags, and found a holster with a brace of loaded revolvers in then' . "Now we're safe," said Sam, as he lifted the holster up. "Here's a gun," said Charley, pulling a magazine rifle of American make from under the bed, together with a car tridge belt fully supplied with cartridges. Dick took possession of the rifle and the other boys put a revolver apiece in their belts. "Now we are in a position to defend the ore;" said Sam. "Mr. Pedro will have to take a back seat." At this moment Pedro and the peon returned to the cabin. The l\Iexican looked primed for business. He gase Dick to understand that he clqirned the ore and was going to take it. Dick denied his right to it. Pedro grinned in a sinister way and tapped his knife. Dick then picked up the rifle, whereupon the Mexican started back with an ugly frown. For a moment the opposing sides appeared to be at a deadlock. "I settle for half," said Pedro, at l ength. "No," replied Dick. "I'll give you two ha.gs of ore and call it square." The Mexican was not inclined to accept that kind of com promise. He began to threaten Dick in Spanish. Although the boys did not understand his words, they easily understood his meaning. Dick showed by his plucky demeanor that he did not propose to be bulldozed. Finding that he was making no headway, Pedro went outside again with the peon, and they held another con sultation. Pedro then returned and demanded four bags, one of them for the peon. Dick said he could have three, but that was the limit. The Mexican seemed to give in, and ordered his com rade to remove three of the bags. "We come back presently and help bury man," said Pedro, as the peon carried out the last of the three bags. Dick nodded, and the boys began to converse together us to their future plans. "I wonder what's keeping those chaps so long," said Dick, at length. "Let's go out and see." 'The boys walked outside and discovered that Pedro, the peon, and the five burros bad vanished. CHAPTER VIII. A JEALOUS BEAUTY. "Looks as if they'd skipped out and left us to shift for ourselves," said Dick. "And taken the burros with them!" ejaculated Sam. "With the provisions!" gasped Charley. "We'll starve!" "No, we won't starve," replied is a supply of canned goods in the ca.bin." "Is there?" replied Charley, much relieved. "Well, let them go. We won't miss them," said Dfok. "'Vhen Pedro gets back to the hacienda without us he"ll have to give an explanation to Senor Gonzales. I guess he'll find out that he's up against it." "He'll say we got lost somewhere in the mountains," said Sam. "That he hunted for us and couldn't find us." "Then the senor will bring a party out to hunt ns up. He'll consider himself responsible for our safety, for we are his guests. He notified your father that we were going to remain at his place for a week or two," said Di.ck. Sam and Charley immediately recovered their spirits. "We can have a dandy time camping out here by our selves till Senor Gonzales after us," remarked Sam. "We can put in our time for gold," interjected Charley, enthusiastically. "The first thing we've got to do is to bury John Carden," Eaid Dick. "Let's do that right away," said Charley. "No, we won't do it till sundown," answered Dick. "We can make our preparations, however. We've got to dig the grave in a suitable spot, and we ought to make some kind of a coffin to put him in. There may be enough boards in the+.nmk to answer that purpose. Let's l,iunt up a burial spot first-some place where he is not likely to be disturbed. Up the mountain, for instance, under the trees."

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DICK HADLEY'S MINE. 15 'I' hey a.,;cc:ncleli U1e moun lain behind the cabin, and final ly fouucl a place that appeared to be just right for the sol emn purpose. With the pickaxe and shovel which tl1ey had brought along they dng a hole six feet in length, two and one-half feet wide, and about five feet deep. Then. ihey returned to the cabin. Carden was lifted from the bunk and placed on the floor. Dick found a hatchet and a can of nails. Ile knocked the bunk to pieces and found it .would afford boards enough to make a suitable box for the corpse In half an hour the coffin was reaclv. Tt was lined with a blanket after rest had been put in to hold up the dearl prospect01"s head. Carden, who was as rigid as a board now, was lifted in. :\ large stone was then. brought in and one end of the box placed upon it, while the other end rested on the log of wood which the dead man had used for a chair 'iYe'll let him lie in state now till sundown," said Dick. The boys then went outside and inspected the hole qut of which Carden had dug his quartz. Afterward they found that the prospector had secured his nuggets and gold dust out of the bed of a stream below. The pan he ha,d used to wash out the pay "dirt" was found standing against a tree with a few gEttering specks still showing in the small quantity of sand that remain.eel in it. \ Sam and Charley were so anxious to get to work digging for gold quartz that they started in as soon as the had been looked over, and Dick contented himself sitting under a tree and watching them perspire at the laborious job. 'l'he two boys took turns in the hole, and each succeeded in getting out a small pile of the real stufl', much to their sntisfaction. For dinner the boys had canned corn beef crackers and water, and although thern was not variety to the meal they were just as satisfied as. though they had en joyed a regular table d'hote. Dick wasn't quite sure that Pedro had actually deserted He had a suspicion that the Mexican might be hiding a short distance away with the purpose of returning during the night when they were asleep, taking possession of their arms and the rest of the gold quartz. While Sam and Charley resumed their digging after din ner he was considering how they would be able to guanl against such a contingency. He dceicled to bury the quartz somewhere up in the woods for safety's sake. They couldn't take the stuff with them, anyway, on their first trip back, and it would be taking great chances of losing it by leaving it at the mercy of any wayfarer who might come that way while they were absent from the mine. The digging soon became too hot work for Sam and Charle)' to continue long at, and they sought the shelter of the trees for a long rest. t About three o'clock Dick took a look at Carden and saw that his body showed signs of rapid decomposition. He concluded that it was better to bury the prospector right away and not wait till sundown So he notified his friends that the interment had better be carried out immediately A second blanket was placed above the corpse and the cover nailed on 1.he box. They hacl quite a job carrying the box up to the grave, bnt they got it 1.herc at last, and with the aid of a board slid it down into its last resting place. Dick, as chief mourner, said an impromptu prayer, while Sam and Charley stood by with their hats off. As soon as the short service was over the hole was filled in and a mound raised on top. A stone was plaeecl at the foot of the grave, and a piece of board for a headstone on which Dick printed the name of "JOHN CARDEN" in big letters, with the words "SackYill,e, N. Y." under it. Dick then looked around for a suitable spot to bury the bags of gold quartz. He discovered a small cave in the rocks, and there the boys dug a hole deep enough to hide the bags, and covered them up, afterwards spreading a lot of brush over it to conceal the fact that an excaYation had been made there. Dick brought the saddlebags there, too, and covered them with brush. He also left the rifle and cartridge -b elt in the cave. "Now, if Pedro returns to-night, expecting to catch us napping, he won't get much for his trouble," said Dick, ill a tone of satisfaction. The boys decided to keep watch, anyway, for part of the night to guard against a possible surp:.ise They were not disturbed,_ however, and in the morning they concluded that Pedro had actually left them to their fnte. They decided to remain on the ground for a day or t\ro longer and then set out for the hacienda, where they in tend_ed to report to Senor Gonzales the treatment thty had received from Pedro. Sam and Charley did not do any more digging until the Rlm got low down in the heavens, and then Dick join ed them. Dick was turning over some of the ore his friends had lhrown out of the hole when the three were treated to a big surprise. A steeple-crowned hat and then the face and lit he fignre of Pepita Gonzales suddenly appeared up the slope in front of the cabin. The girl looked around and then spied Dick, shovel in hand, tossing the gold quartz into a pile. His back was towards her, but Sam, who rose out of the hole at that rnoment,.saw her, and uttered an aetoniehecl exclamation as the girl ran forward. She stoppetl a short distance off and looked at Dick with flashing eyes as he turned and recognized her. "Why, Pepita!" he ci"ied, in amazement. "You here!" "Si, Senor Dick. I am here," she said, in a passionate tone. "See what I found in your room when you had gone." She held up a photograph of a 101ely blonde of seventeen. It was the picture of Dick's girl in New York, which he had brought with him and had left it in the pocket of his light jack et at the hacienda, for the boys had startecl on their trip without their jackets, the warm weather rendering such a covering unnecessary.

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1 6 i DICK HADLEY'S MINE. Pepita, with feminine curiosity, had gone through Dick's jacket and found the photograph It was inscribed, "Yours lovingly, The Senorita, who was already madly infatuated with the young American, flew into a fit of jealous rage at the sight of the picture and the writing. Here was a rival, and evidently a favored one. And she realized that the girl was a beauty of an oppo s i te type to herself She had always hated blondes, anyway, and now to find t hat one of that class seerne\1 to have a hold on the boy of her choice made her simply furious. I Her first impulse was to throw the picture on the floor and crush it with her heel into a shapeless mass But she chang e d her mind like a flash. S h e determined to save it apd demand an explanation of D ick, forgetting that she had acquired no right to call him to task on such a subject. Her impatience was such that she could not wait Dick's return from his trip. Taking advantage of her father's unexpected absence to Chihuahua, she determined to l>!lt out with several peons to intercept Dick on his return from the western spur o f the Sierra Madre. She took this step unknown to her mother, who had very little control 01er her. Wilen she and her attendants reached the point in the range where the western spur jutted off, they camped to wait for P e dro and the to appear. 'T"o hou rs later the overseer and the peon came in sight with the five burros, three of them lad e ned with the bags of qua rtz ore. Pedro was taken aback when the daughter of his em ployer confronted him and demanded to know where the boys were. His explanation ,was so lame that Pepita's suspicions were arousE)d, and she went for him like a small wildcat. As a result Pedro admitted that he had left them at the cabin of the dead prospector, about twelve or fifteen hours' journey from that spot. Pepita ordered him to lead her there at once. As it was then growing dark, he agreed to set out on the trip next morning. The girl was so impatient that she didn t want to wait, but the overseer said he would not undertake the journey at night. Before beginning the trip he and the peon hid the bags of quartz in a cave n e ar the trail, an'tl then with the three burros in tow the party started for the location of the gold mine. As soon as they rea c h e d the :f'oot of the declivity Pepita handed her rifle to the oYerseer and ordered him and the rest of the party to r e main there until she should call to them to come forward. Then she rushed forward to have it out with Dick alone When .she flourished the photograph of Dick's New York sweetheart in the air, the boy was astonished both at her words and actions. The hot, jealous nature of the Mexican race blazed in the girl's eyes. There was no more reason in her at that moment than m ight be expected of a crazy person. She was a creature of impulse, accustomed to have h e r own way as a rule. She had determined to win Dick at any cost, and the discovery that she had a rival in his affections had made her so furious that she was capab l e of going to any extreme to accomplish her object. In fact, it is not un l ikely had her fair rival been within he r reach that she would not have hesitated to kill her. "W'ho is thi s girl ?" cried Pepita, fiercely. "Do you love he r ?" "Wily, what do you mean?" responded Dick, amazed at the girl's attitude "Do you love her?" screamed the enraged Senorita. "An swer me w ith an imperious stamp of her foot. Sam a n d Cha rley gazed at her in open-mouthed bewilder ment "Maybe I do," gri n ned Dick. "W'hat of it?" With a scream l i ke an enraged tigress the girl tore the photograph into small pieces and flung them at Dick. Then she stood g l ar in g at him and clutching at the bosom of her dress. "W'hy, Pepi ta, what is the matter with you?" the boy asked her. Pepita stamped he r foot angrily and uttered a shrill cry. Immediately Pedro Pacheco, gun in hand, followed by two other Mexicans, appeared over the brow of the em inence. "Seize that boy!" cried the girl in Spanish, pointin g at Dick. The over seer and the two peons advanced to do her bid ding. CHAPTER IX. DICK HADLEY FINDS HIMSELF IN A PICKLE. "Hold on there," cried Dick, raising the shovel and as suming a defensive attitude. "Why am I to be seized?" Pedro raised the rifle and covered him. Then he ordered the two pe'ons to secure Dick. "Here, I object to this kind of treatment," protested the boy. Sam and Charley drew their revolvers to protect their companion, but the overseer cowed them with the rifle while the peons sprang upon Dick and made him their prisoner. "Look here, Pepita, what is the meaning of this?" asked Dick, who could not help understanding that she was the cause of the trouble. The girl turned her back on and walked away. Pedro told the peons to lead the boy to the cabin. "You stay where you are!" he hissed to Sam and Charley. As soon as Dick had been brought to the house Pepita turned upon him in a rage. "You think to play with me, Senor Dick," she gritted. "You make love to me and yet you have another girl some where else that you say you love You think I stand that? No, 1 kill you :first!" "What the dickens i s the matter with you, Pepita? I never made love to you." "Madre de Dios Have not I ears and eyes?" she hissed. "You n'lake me think I am all the world to you, and I give yo11 my heart Now you say you never make love. You shall marry me, or I will fiix you. You think I will let

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JI DICK HADLEY'S MINE. 17' you go back to that other one-the girl with the-bah!light hair and fair face? Never Never shall you marry her l You belong to me, and I will have you or you shall die l Entiende ?" Dick was paralyzed. There wasn't the least doubt but that the Senorita was thoroughly in earnest. "You say I must marry you? You must be crazy I" said the boy. "You refuse?" she cried, with :fl.ashing eyes. "Why, of course, I refuse. 1 I'm only a boy yet. What do I want to get married for? I've never thought about such a thing." "Suppose I tell Pedro to shoot you if you will not marry me? he will do as I say." "You wouldn't tell him to do any such thing." "You do not know me, Senor Dick. You shall coilsen t to marry me or you will regret it. I would rather see-you dead than that any other girl should possess you." "Why, your father and mother wcmldn't let you marry me, anyway." "Suppose I tell them that I kill if I do not marry, you think you they would refuse me? They know better." "Why, you're too young to get married." "I am of the age that we get married in Mexico. We are not cold-blooded like your gringo girls that are content to wait till any time. You will make me your answer at once. You will say that you will marry me, or you shall repent it." I Dick had been temporary taken with Pepita on ac count of her beauty and fascinating ways, he was now quite cured of hi s liking for her by h er present deportment. H e r persistency in in s i st ing that he marry her whether he wanted to or not had a tendency to make him lose re spect for her. At any rate, he was not a boy who could be Bulldozed into doing what he didn't care to do. "I didn't come to Mexico to get married," he said, im patiently. "Why, I ain't done my schooling yet." "Will you marry me, or not?" she demanded, angrily. "No. I don't intend to marry you or anybody else for some years yet." She raised her hand as if about to strike him in the face, and then, changing her mind, she beckoned to Pedro, and they walked away a short distance. "Pedro," she said in Spani8h, "I m\ISt bring him to t erms. I am determined to make him my husband. You understand?" "Perfectly, Senorita. You wish my help?" "Yes. If you can make him do as I wish I will reward you." '-" "Then leave the matter in my hands. He shall marry you whenever you wis h him to, or I do not know what I am talking about," he replied, with a sinister smile. The wily Mexican saw the opportunity that the case pre sented for him to do a little stroke of busines s on his own account, and he did not intend to let it slip "How will you manage it?" she asked, eagerly. "Th' at is for me to contrive, Senorita." "Y GU must not injure him. He is mine, and I will not have him hurt," she cried, impetuously. "I will frighten him, that is all," replied the Mexican, evasively. "If anything to him it will be his own fault, not mine. I must use strong measures with him, for he is a boy of much pluck. He will not easily be brought to terms, but, depend on it, he will consent to do as you wish him to before I am done." "I should like to know what you intend to do," she asked. "That I cannot as yet say It will depend on circum stances. I know a cave where I mean to keep him a pris oner till he yields. I will leave him there with nothing to eat. Hunger will tame a wild animal, why not a gringo?" "You swear that he will come to no harm?" said Pepita. "I will swear that I will not lay a finger on him to his injury." The girl seemed satisfied with that assurance, and told Pedro that she depended on him to make things come around as she wished to have thE-m. Pedro, on the morning he and his companion deserteq the boys, had discovered a cave half a mile from that spot which had evidently once been the scene of a tragedy, for he had found a human skeleton in it. He believed he knew how the man had met his death, and he determined that Dick Hadley should have a chance of experiencing the same torture. His plan was to force the boy to give up all the gold quartz he had in his possession, and swear to keep away from the locality of the mine for good and all That was his main object in pretending 'to f'all in with Pepita's plans. He cared \ery little whether he helped the Senorita or not, for he had decided to leave her father's service and take possession of th e dead pro3pcctor's mine. As soon as his conference with the girl was ended he or dered his peon associate to bring up one of the burros. Dick's arms were bound behind him and he was placed astride the animal. The peon was directed to bring along the shovel the boy had been using at the time of his capture. Pedro walked ahead while the peon led the animal. Dick, astonished at the tm: n events had taken so unex pectedly, wondered where he was being taken to, and what purpose the overseer had in view. Sam and Charley had attempted to interfere in Dick's behalf, but Pepita, who hacl taken possession of her rifle again, overawed them, while her two peons jumped in, overpowered and disarmed them. They were forced up against a tree and tied to it, back to back, after which they were l eft to meditate over the extraordinaiy change in affairs. 1 Had this been Pedro's work a l one, they would not have been so surprised, since they had evidence that he coveted the gold quartz; but the appearance of Pepita on the scene, 110 far away from her home, and her crazy attitude toward Dick, fairly them. She did not seem to be the same girl at all. She had developed into a vengeful little spitfire. In the meanwhile, Pedro led the way down the valley to a cavernous opening in the mountain side. The burro was tied to a tree and Dick was lifted off his back by the peon and forced to enter the cave. This proved to be a sort of vestibule to an inner and larger cavern, lighted by a great jagged hole in the roof, through which the sunlight forced its way in a stragg ling

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DICK HADLEY'S MINE. fashion, as the opening was lined and arched over with bushes. Directly under the break in the roof was a hole in the floor of the cave, about seven feet deep and several yards in circumference. A stout limb of a tree, ten feet tall, shorn of its branches, stuck upright in the center of the hole. Hanging in a heap at the foot of this pole, sustained by of rotten rope, was the skeleton of a man, partially attired in the remnants of a thin suit of clothing. This grewsome object had evidently been in that pit for years. That he was a victim of some horrid cnme was suffi ciently clear. He had evidently been tied to the stake and then left to his fate. At first sight it would have struck a beholder that he had perished miserably of starvation, but Pedro had a different idea from the presence of a thin stream of water which flowed down the rocks and ran across the floor of the cave, disappearing through a narrow subterranean opening, together with his knowledge of what had happened to an other man under similar circumstances. Whether he was right or not in his surmise was imrnn terial, and did not particularlv interest him since the con ditions looked ripe for the he had own mind in connection with Dick Hadley. CHAPTER X. FACE TO FACE WITH A HORRIBLE DEATJI. "What did :vou bring me here for?" demanded Dick, whose eyes, not :vet accustorner1 to the part in I gloon1 of the cavern, had not made out the skeleton at the bottom of the hole. "To talk business," replied Pedro, significantlv. "WI rnt is the nature of your business?" "Pepita wishes that you n1arry her." "I can't help what she wishes." "You will not do it, eh?" "Not if I can help myself." "Suppose :vou can't help votHRelf-what then?" To this Dick made no reply. "Since you do not care to marry her there is a wav for you to not do it." The Mexican nonchalantly rolled a cigarette and it. "What do you mean?" "You are in my power," said Pedro, blowingout a few rings of smoke that curled upward toward the opening in the roof. and disappeared into the bushes. "Your friends cannot help you. If I choose to kill :vou in the way that I haYe selected no one will be the wiser." The cool, unconcerned way in which he uttered the last sentence gave the boy a chill. He bad evidence that the overseer was a rascal at heart, and he knew that a Mexican of that stamp was capable of going to any extreme to accomplish his purpose. He had been told that they valued life very Fghtly, and that the majority of the race had no great love for Ameri cans, whom they sneeringly called griugoes. Here he wa8, a hundred miles out in the heart of the Sierra Madre Range. It would be a simple matter for the Mexican to put him out of the way, throw his body into a nearby gully, and make off. There wasn't one chance in a thousand that his body would ever be found and the crime brought home to the overseer, notwithstanding the sinister circumstances con necting Pedro with his disappearance. His friends would, of course, report the facts to Mr. Swift, if they were allowed to go back to the railroad, and Pedro might be ultimately tracked down and arrested, but murder woulq have to be proved against him before he could be. subjected to the extreme penalty of the Mexican law-Besides, Dick had no more desire to die suddenly than any other healthy person who sees bright prospects ahead of him. "I suppose I've got to admit that I'm in your power," replied Dick; "but Senor Gonzales, as well as John Swift, contractor for the Mexican Central Railroad, will hold you responsilJle for any wrong may do me." "Bah!" ejaculated Pedro, contemptuously. "I care that for them," and the Mexican snapped his fingers and blew out more rings of smoke. "Now, attend to me, young Senor. These are my terms for yonr life: The whole of that gold quartz which the dead miner dug out, and 11ndis puted possession of the ground so that I may dig out as much more as I choose. You must swear to leave the country at once and never return, and yon must to hold your tongue. Pepita, who is love-sick oYer you, will forget you after you are gone. I will, as a con di ti on, see to it that she does not annoy you. These are not hard terms, since the gold quartz is not really yours. You took charge of it because the owner is dead. You could not.carry it away, anyway, and if you could of what arnil would it be to you? You would be cheated out of'rnosl of its value.'' "The gold quartz and the mine as well is my property." said Dick. "Your property!" cried Pedro, with ::i sarcastic smile. "Yes. John Carden deeded it to me a n hour before he died." "You have a paper signed Ly him, then?" said the Mexican, looking hard at the boy. "I have." "You will give me that paper, too." "I will not." "Ha! Then you refuse the conditions on which I offer you your life?" "I will consent to let you have all the quartz in sight on condition that you let me go." "It is not for you to make terms, young Senor. I hold the upper hand. You will do as I say or-you die." "You have no right to deprive me of the mine," protested Dick. "I make t11e right," answered Pedro, with an unpleasant smile, rolling a fresh cigarette. "Mendez," turning to the peon, "search the boy's pockets for a paper." "You wouldn't find any, for I haven't got it about me." "It is at the cabin, then?" "It is safe, where you never can :fin'd it,'' replied Dick, defiantly.

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DICK HADLEY'S MINE. 19 "You think to outwit me, eh?" said Ped_ro, lighting the drown, too. See that rill of water running down the wall? second cigarette. "It is not possible. You shall tell me It crosses this cave here and goes down a small ;hole in the where you have put that paper." rock yonder. It seems as nothing, but suppose I alter its "You can't make me do that." course so that it shall run into the hole where you are? It "No, yoirng Senor? We shall sec. I will show you what will take two or three days to rise to your mouth, but it will is your fate if you make trouble for me. Bring him forget there, and all the time you will feel its cold embrace as ward Mendez. Let him look in the hole." it rises inch by inch. You will suffer the tortures of hunDick was forced forward by the peon. ger first, and then you will be strangled so slowly that the He instinctively gazed down ip.to the excavation, which halter will be as nothing to it. Does the prospect please was of stone like the cave itself. you? Give me the clue to where I shall find that paper. Then he saw the crumbling skeleton with its few shreds Swear to leave the country. That is all I ask, then you will of clothing, and he could not repress a shudder at the sight. escape this trap you are in. Refuse, and we leave you not "That man was once alive and full of strength like to return." yourself, young Senor," said Pedro, in a crafty tone. "You "You would not return in any case," replied Dick. see he is bound to the stake, which shows that he was 1put "Caramba I say I would." there to die. Why? you ask. Who shall say?' Perhaps "I can't trust you." on account of a woman. Someone else also desired the "You must trus t me or die!" gritted the Mexican. woman, maybe, and he decoyed this man here and-well, "Will you let me go at once if I tell you?" you see the resu lt. Perhaps it was some other reason. That "No, the pap e r must first be in my hands." concerns us not. The man is dead long s ince. How would "If you cannot trust my word I certainly can't you like that you take his place?" yours." Dick made no reply. "I am making the terms, not you." "We will see how you will like it for the moment. Per"I l'efuse to agree to your terms." haps it will help you to decide quickly how you shall save "Then you shall die!" cried Pedro, fiercely. your life," said Pedro, with a cruel leer. "Mendez, jump "My death won't put the paper in your way." into that hole and kick those bones from the pole." "I care not. I will work the mine as I before The peon obeyed the overseer's command. you spoke of the paper." "So," said P e dro. "Come out. Lower the young Senor "The paper wouldn t do you any good. It's in my name." down and tie him tight to the same place." "That need not concern you. Once more I ask you if we It was useless for Dick to resist. are to come to terms?" His arms were bound and he was at the mercy of his "I will make no bargain with you," replied Dick, resocaptors. lutely. In two minutes he was in the hole and the peon, with With an imprecation, Pedro said something in Spanish fresh cord, was securing his chest to the pole. to Mendez. Pedro puffed his cigarette and looked maliciously down The peon took the shovel and went outside. at his victim Presently he with a spadeful of earth. "Kick those bones around his feet," he said to Mendez, He cast it over the channel of the rill and cut off its flow and the peon did so. toward its subterranean r etre at. "Now, you think it will feel nice to remain where you Then he got more earth till he had made a sma ll embankare till you become as that skeleton was, young Senor," ment that turn e d the cour s e of the water into the hole said the Mexican, with a sinister smile. Dick soon saw it running down the rocky side of the ex. "You are a cowardly villain to treat me this way," replied cavation in which he was held a prisoner. Djck, bitterly. "You would not dare give me a chance for It began to gather in a small pool not far from the pile my life on even terms." of bones around his feet. "Anr I not giving you a ll the chance you need?" grinned The pool grew stead ily larger and spread out toward him. Pedro. "Tell me where I am to find that paper you spoke Pedro wat c hed it with demoniacal satisfactio n. of, and swear you will leave this country without say ing a "You begin to under st and what your fate will be, young word about this matter, and you shall go free as the air. Senor," he Raid, with a c ruel laugh, as he rolled a third I will h e lp myself to the bags of quartz in the cabin withcigarette. "Yet you still have time to reconsider. Agree out your p e rmission." to my terms, and if I fin cl the paper, Mendez shall return "If I agreed to do as you want I have no guarantee that in less than an hour and release you, while the water shall you would keep your part of the agreement. You would resume its natural course at once." probably leave me here to perish, anyway, that you might. You have had my answer. .Once you had that paper make sure I would not afterward make trouble for you." in your hands you would not return I am sure of that. If "I swear by all the saints I will let you go as soon as the you leave me here to perish you will be a murderer, and paper is in my hands," replied Pedro. some da y will have to account for your crime. Thaf's all "The word/of a man capable of committing murder is I've got to say to you. Go, if you intend to. I will put not to be tnisted." my trust in Heaven and take my chances." The Mexican gritted his teeth at the boy's reply and "You are a fool!" gritted the Mexican. "I will leave you looked at him savagely. to your fate. Come, Mendez, let u s go." "You will agree to my terms or I shall leave you to your The two rascals immediately quitted the cave, and Dick fate," he hissed. "You shall not only starve, but you shall was left to the silence and solitude of the wilderness.

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20 DICK HADLEY'S MINE. CHAPTER XI. IN WHICH SAM AND CHARLEY DISCUSS THE SITUATION. It would not be easy to describe the sensations that filled the brain of Dick Hadley as the steps of the two rascals died away outside and he realized that he was alone and face to face with what appeared to be certain death. The tenor of his thoughts were certainly far froin pleas ant, and yet had the Mexican returned and offered him an9ther chance on the same terms his reply would have been' the same. 'To save his life he would have yielded up everything if he CJould have had faith in Pedro's word but he believed that it would be to the villain's to break his agreement than to keep it, and so he would not allow the man to have that better of him. And yet to die, at his age and under such horrible cir cumstances, was a prospect enough to have appalled the stoutest heart. He had time to consider the strange conduct of Pepita. If she loved him, as her words an.d actions seemed to imply, would she let him perish thus miserably without making a strong effort to save him? He did not think she would. She had come all that distance out into the heart of the Sierra Madre to demand that he marry her. He saw that the girl's hot, jealous nature had been stirred to its very depth s by the picture of his American sweetheart, and that she was capable of going to extremes in order to. carry her point. Whatever arrangement she had made with Pedro he felt sure it did not embrace his death, and he wondered what the girl would say to the overseer when he returned to the cabin without him. Then he wondered what Sam and Charley would do, pro vided they were free to act. He was satisfied they would try to hunt him up. This cavern was such a short distanc e from tl1c mine that it seemed to him if they managed to strike the right trail they were bound to investigate it in their efforts to find him. Dick began to notice that the cavern was growing more gloomy every moment. This fact told him that the sun was far down beyond the mountain tops and that the darkness of night was rapi
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lin g the in; hey ting d pr' the ginim ? him 11 at t h a t :urn 'his h e his 1 e i s 1me ire s atc h v i th his ta in v iec onwith look oiyb e t h e h of I I DICK HADLEY' S MINE. 21 Jess i e Millwood, Dic k's g irl, seems to have been1 the cause and as the mo me nts slipped awa y their hopes of turning the S enorita int o a r egular fir e -eater. Just think any supper began to grow beautifully less. of getting of her coming away out to this place, ninety miles from the haci enda to hav e it out with Dick "Ge e I'm glad she didn t fall in love with me. These Me x ican girls are altog ethe r too stre nuous to suit me." "I should say they are, when the y're jealous. I'd feel sorry for J ess i e if s h e were here at stage of the game. I don t think s h e' d e s cape alive." "I'd lik e to know where Pedro carried Dick off to, and what h e m e ans to do with. him if he hasn't already done som ething." So would I r e pli e d Sam, in an anxious tone "It was a n unluck y day that we got lost in thut valley and ran acro s s Pepita." "It wa s tha t I'm afraid this mine is not going to do Dic k any g ood." "No, nor us, either, which i s tough, after all our antici pation s of making a bank account out of it." '"l'his i s a rotte n country," said Sam, in a tone of dis gus t. "I don t see that we've had such a swell time since we came into it." "Oh, things w e r e going on all right 'up to this after noon," r e pli e d Charley. "They' r e pretty s haky just at pre s ent. I wonder how lon g w e are to r emain tie d up to this tree. Pepita doesn t take t h e l eas t notic e of us. She doesn t seem to con s ider our feelings at all." "If sh e fa i l s to have her way with Dic k she may take s a tisfa c tion out of u s." "I think s h e's taking it out of us an yway When I g e t b ack to my old man I b e t the r e' ll be something doing if the r e's an y law in M ex i c o "I ho pe so. I'd give a g ood d e al to b e within hailing dis tance of t h e r ai lro a d at this mom ent." "My fath e r has a pretty g ood pull with the official s of the M exican Centra l. H e' ll m a k e Rom e h o wl to ge t jus tice. P e pita comin g ou t h e re and r a i s in g all this racket i s g o i n g to ma k e t roub le for the S e no r h e r fath er." Y o u b e t y our life it i s." "The i d e a of h e r wanting. to force Dick to marry her against his will Wh a t would h e clo with a wif e, an y way? H e doesn't want on e any mor e than w c do. I wonder if all th e Mexi can g irl's a r e as hotb lood e d a s P epita If they are t hey must b e a d a n ge rou s propos ition to tac kl e If one of th e m m a d e a break fo r m e l ik e P epita has for Dick, it would b e me for t h e w o od s." Whil e the b oys w e r e talking the sun set and soon dark-ness fell upon the landscap e Pedro and Mende z were in the c abin getting supper ready. The s i ght o f s mok e issuing from the chimney made Sam r e m em b er that h e h a d a stomac h and h e and Charle y b e gan to s pecul ate as to the ch an ces of an ything in the edible line comin g their w ay / At l e ngth P e dro a pp eare d a t the door of the cabin and c a ll e d P e pita inside Th e two p eons who had come with the girl squatted out side and Men de z p resently brou ght_ the m a mess of som e thin g t o sat i s f y t h eir a pp etites. No on e seem e d to pay any attention to Sam and Cha;rley, CHAPTER XII. DICK MAKES HIS ES C APE FROM THE CAVERN. . It must not be suppo s ed that a plucky lad like Dick Hadley would y i eld passiveiy to the terrible fate that con fronted him. But as the water gathered around his feet, and he could feel it gradually rising up his bootl e gs, a fe eling of desper ation s eize d him and h e beg a n to strugg le with his bond s Although the cords s how e d no s i g n s of y ielding to any great ext ent, the pole lost its original firmnes s and moved about with the motion s of his body. He s oon notic e d this fac t and began to direct his e nergie s on it, movin g it back and forth and from s ide to s id e Finally it became s o loo s e tha t Dick grasping it with his hands, lifte d it entire ly out of the hol e A thrill of hope e ncoura ged him now, and he proceeded to s lowly pull up the pole, inch b y in c h, with his fingers. In half an hour h e g ot hold of the bottom of it, but then hi s e ffort s cam e to a s t ands till. He could not get it up any higher, owing to the fact t hat hi s a rm s w e re bound. The w e ight of the pole, how e ver, c aused it to sag over, and the mom ent he l e t go of the bottom end it fell over against the top o f the hol e in which h e wa s a pris oner. Di c k then trie d diff erent ta c tic s to ge t rid of it. He s toop e d down s lowl y ag ain and again in an effort to s lide out from unde r the pol e as the cords holding him to it were now fairl y loose. Unfortuna t e ly, the pol e followed the motions of his body and s tuck to him lik e a leech. Foil e d in his attempts t o ge t awa y from it, h e began turn in g around as r a pi d l y as he c ould, whi c h ca used the pole to swin g around in a circ l e brushing a g ain s t the edge of the hole. There was a bre ak in the rocky e d ge of the hole at one point. A s long as Di c k swung the p o l e wit h s om e rapidity it passed over this break but wh e n as h e g r e w exhaus ted by his e fforts, its s peed r e l axed to a spas modi c s win g, it s lipped into the brea k and ca u g ht. The ro c k y cl eft h e ld it with s uffi c i ent firmness for Dick to take advanta ge o f his chance to pull a w ay from the pole altog et h e r. Althou g h free of the pole, his po s ition was not greatly improved for hi s bound arms preven te d him from pulling h i mself o ut of.. t h e excavation. The onl y re a l adv antage h e h a d secur e d was ability to move a t will around the c ircum s crib e d s pace of the hol e Afte r r est ing himself from his late exe rtion s h e began to dev ote his entire atte ntion to the rope that s ecur e d his arms H e p ull e d and tugg ed at it in ever y imaginable way, but thou g h it gave s om e it did not become s ufficiently loo s e for him t o withdraw one of his arms Tha w ate r was no w a bout three inc hes deep in the hole, and D ick r ea l ized that fac t a s h e s pl as h e d about in it. with great pe r s i s t e ncy h e worked the fing e rs of one hand

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DICK HADLEY'S MINE. up to the other arm until he succeeded in grasping one of thing just as he and his companions had left it, so he was the cords that bound him. satisfied that the quartz was still there. His object now was to try and work that cord down He returned to the back of the cabin and took fresh ob-his arm. servations. Fifteen minutes later his arms were free, and he gave After satisfying himself that no one was about on the a sigh of satisfaction. outside of the building, he cautiously approached the fnmt To escape from the excavation was not a difficul.t matter door. now. It stood half open. He pulled the pole down from where it was caught in the Dick got down on his hands and knees, and crawling up crcYice in the rocks, placed it at an angle against the side to the entrance looked in. of the hole and shinned up to the top. He could make out nothing, owing to the gloom which en Then he lost no time feeling his way out of. the cavern, veloped the room, but he heard the deep breathing of a and soon stood a free boy under the brilliant, star-lit number of sleepers. heavens. Removing his boots he entered the cabin in his stocking "Nobody can tell how good it feels to be boss of his own and soon located the positions of several of the actions till he has been through such a deal as I have just sleepers weathered. I thought at one time that it was all up with Mendez and the other two peons were curled up near me . I guess I had a close call, all rj.ght. If the three of the doorway. us get back to New York in good shape I'll have a story to Pepita, Pedro and his two friends he judg ed to be at the tell that would make a newspaper reporter gasp Now, the far end of the room. question is, what am I going to do? The mine is in posPassing the sleeping peons like a shadow, he found no session of that rascally Pedro and his villainous associate, difficulty in reaching the shelf where the canned stuff stood. Mendez. Sam and Charley may be prisoners As for PeSelecting the nearest three cans, he made his escape as pita and her peons, I must consider them my enemies, too, softly as he had entered. in spite of the fact that she claims to be dead gone on me. When he got outside he resumed his boots and retired up I'm as hungry as a hunter, and as Pedro and the others to the little cave. are in possession of the cabin where our provi s ions are, I Concealing two of the cans in the underbrush, he opened don't see how I'm going to feed. I can't live on air, so I'm the other with the aid of a stone and found it contained afraid I'm in a very serious scrape, any way, notwithstandcanned beef. ing the awful predicament from which I have just escaped." He got away with half of the contents of the can before He sat :for half an hour on a rock in the moonlight and his hunger was appeased. tried to figu:re out how he was going to get something to After washing his meal down with a drink of water, he eat, but he couldn't reach a solution of the difficulty. secured his rifle and the cartridge belt, and continued on up "Well, I must return to the mine and see how things are the mountain till he found a secluded spot among the trees. getting on there. I must take care that I'm not seen by the There he lay down and was soon asleep. enemy, or I'll surely be made a prisoner again, and it's pretty certain that Pedro would take special pains that I CHAPTER XIII. didn't escape a second time." So Dick started for the cabin, taking a roundabout course IN WHICH mcK PLAYS A MARCH ON PEDRO PACHECO'. that would bring him to the back of the building. When Dick awoke next morning it was broad daylight. When he reached the locality of the mine there was no He walked back to the cave and made his breakfast off sign of life in the neighborhood of the cabin. the remainder of the meat in the can he had opened the "Can it be that Pedro, Pepita and the rest have left the night before. taking Sam and Charley with them?" Dick asked Then he slipped down the mountain side to a point where hnnself, as he cautiou sly drew near the house. "Or are he could overlook the of the mine. they all asleep in the cabin?" Smoke was issuing from the chimney of the cabin, which .The latter idea seemed the more probable, for Dick told him that some cookin g was under way. scarce ly believed that Pedro would leave the mine so quick Pedro and Pepita were standing near the door talking. as that. Neither his friends nor the three peop s were in sight. On his return to the place after leaving Dick in the cavWhile he was watching the girl and the overseer, Mende11 ern, the boy judged that he had gone into cabin to take came to the door and said something to them. possession of the remainin g bag s of gold quartz. They broke off their conversation and entered the cabin. Of course he didn't find them, for, as the reader knows, "Gone in to eat, I guess," thought Dick. Dick and his friends had buried them in the little cave up While Dick was watching for further developments he the mountain side. saw Pepita's two peon$ appear, leading quite a bunch of "I'll bet when he found the quartz missing that he tried burros. to force Sam Charley to tell him where the bags were He counted them and found there were ten altogether. hidden," .said Dick, as he stood gazing at the cabin, which "Why, where did the two extra ones come from?" the looked silent and deserted in the moonlight. "The quesboy muttered. "We had five animals, then Pepita's party tion is, were they intimidated into telling him? I can find brought three, which makes eight. That's all that were that out by running up to the cave." around here yesterday afternoon. I don't see any strangers Dick made his way to the little cave and found everyon the scene to account for the other pair. By George! 'I C< h a : p q tl c: q '-' ,I t ] a c f I

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DICK HADLEY'S MINE. 23 Those Lwo must have belonged to Carden. I knew he couldn t be out here without one animal, at least. He must have had his burros staked somewhere that there's grass and water for them to subsist on. The peons found the place and tethered the other burros there, too. That seems quite clear." The peons tied the burros under a tree and then entered the cabin. After the lapse of perhaps a quarter of an hour Pedro came out of the house, followed by two of the peons leading Sam and Charley. They were marched over to a tree and tied up as before. The natives retired to a short distance, and throwing themselves on the ground, rolled and lighted cigarettes. Pedro remained with Sam and Charley, and was evi dently holding an argument with them Dick had a good view of the trio, and he wondered if the conversation related to the bags of gold quartz. As a matter of fact, that was what Pedro was question ing the two boys about. Neither Sam nor Charley would oblige aim with the in formation. The boys were game, however, and so the Mexican made no headway with them. Finally he quit them and started to look around on his own account. He particularly examined the ground at the back of the cabin to see if it showed signs of having been dug into. 'rhen he went into the house and looked the floor all over for similar signs. He was disappointed on all sides, and returned to where Sam and Charley were bound to the tree. "Look here, young Senors, if you refuse to tell me 'rhere those bags of quartz are hidden, I will leave you both bound to this tree when we go away. How will that suit you, eh?" "You wouldn't dare do that," replied Sam. "No?" replied the Mexican, with an unpleasant smile. "You try me too far and see what I dare do. Your com panion, Senor Dick, is now learning what I dare to do. He refused to accept my terms and is taking the consequences." "What did you do to him?" "No mattei:. That is only for him to :know. I did not myself lay a finger on him. I had sworn that I would not harm him," he said, with a malicious grin. "I put him where he could not get away. By and by I will see him again. Perhaps by that time he will consent to' change his mind and do as I want. If he does you shall all go free, but you must also leave the country with him and swear to hold your tongues." "Well, we're not going to tell you anything unless Dick says so. Take us to him and let him decide the matter. If he's willing to make a bargain with you to save us all from further trouble, we won't kick. He kllows where the quartz is hidden. As it belongs to him you must do busi ness with him. We're not going to give anything away without his knowledge and consent." "You talk very brave, young Senor," replied Pedro, with a sneer. "Before I turn the screw on you I will see Senor Dick and find if he is more reasonable this morning. If he says what I wish it will not be necessary that I hold further talk with you. If he still acts the fool-caramba I I fix all three of you so that you never leave these moun tains." Thus speaking, the overseer walked off rolling a cigarette, which he lighted and then approached Pepita. After a short talk with the girl three burros were detached from the bunch, the Senorita mounted one, Pedro and Mendez the other two, and the party set off down the declivity in the direction of the cavern where Dick had been left a prisoner. The two remaining peons continued to loll and smoke under the trees. Dick decided that now was the time for him to act while the enemy was divided. He came down the mountain side and suddenly appeared before Sam and Charley. The two boys were both astonished and delighted at his unexpected appearance. 'Vith his sharp jackknife he cut his companions free. The two peons were unsuspicious of what was going on so close at hand, and the three boys sought the shelter of the ba1:k of the cabin before they noticed that anything had happened. "Now," said Dick, in a business-like "the first thing we've got to do is to secure those two Greasers and tie them up so they'll be helpless. We'll work around behind the trees and take them by surprise." Dick had the rope in his hands with which Sam and Charley had been tied up, for he intended to use it for put ting the two peons in the same predicament. The boys approached the two Mexicans so cautiously that the men were not aware of their presence until Sam and Dick, each selecting a victim, sprang upon them. A struggle, of course, ensued, but the boys were strong and determined, and with the help of Charley soon had the peons gagged, bound and seemed to the tree under which they had been resting. "Now, then, Sam, go up to the cave where we buried the quartz and bring down the saddlebags. I'm not going to disturb the ore bags. They're safe enough where they are. While you're away Charley and I will get things ready for an immediate start." Sam started off to obey Dick's orders, while the latter led one of the burros up to the cabin door. 'I11ere still remained several empty bags in the house. Under Dick's directions Charley filled one of them with all the canned goods and crackers that remained. The bag was fastened on the burro's back. When Sam returned with Carden's saddlebags they were also added to the burro's load. "Now, we'll start off at once, fellows, and take a course to the south and westward, and feel our way out of the range as best we can. We've got grub enough to la s t us some time. It ma:y take us a or ten days even to find our way back to the railroad, but what's the difference, a> long as we get there?" said Dick. "Why not go back the way we came?" said Charley. "That would take us back to Lhe hacienda inside of three days." "If we knew the way as well as Pedro we might do it in that time; but we don't. We're just as liable t.o get lost in the range as not without a guide, and as Pedro and his party are sure to take that direction in an effort to re-

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DICK HADLEY'S :MINE. capture 11s as soon as they find we have escaped, why, it is much better for us to take an opposite road, eveh if it is roundabout. We'll get out of the range somehow." Accordingly, the little party, mounting three of the bur ros, and leading the loaded one, left the mining property without any further delay. CHAPTER XIV. TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE RANGE. Judging their course by the position of the sun, they rode as near due south as they could go. They were soon out of sight of the cabin, but Dick made notes of the landscape for future reference, for, of course, he intended to come back to his mine as soon as possible '\vith a suitable escort that would prevent any interference on the part of Senor Gonzale's overseer. The deed to the property was in the saddlebags, and as soon as he had had it recorded at Chihuahua no one could take the mine from him. He knew that Sam's father would see that he got his rights in the matter, and the chanoes were that gentleman would put the Mexican authorities on Pedro's trail with the view of having the rascal caught and punished. As for Pepita, Dick had no intention of having her prose cuted for the part her jealousy had induced her to under take. He told Sam and Charley that the Senorita must be left out of the story they had to tell. Dick then proceeded to tell his companions about the treatment he had received from Pedro and Mendez at the cavern. "What are you going to do about your mine, Dick?" asked Sam. "I'm going to look after it, don't you fret." "If you got up a company Charley and me I suppose )VOuld come in for a few of the shares," said Sam. "Sure, you would. I'd see you made a good thing as well as myself. We're chums, you know, and are roughing it together. If I sell the mine as it stands, after its value has been demonstrated to the satisfaction of the purchaser, you'll get a rakeoff. So you see, no matter what I may do, you'll be taken care of." After traveling some mi1es in a fairly straight direction, they got mixed up in a trackless part of the range, and it took them some hours to make any further headway worth mentioning. They camped beside a running stream and ate their din ner, after which they lay under the trees and rested for some time. After three o'clock they resumed their journey. Night found them in the midst of a long ravine. After stopping to eat supper, they continued on by th' e light of the stars. Later on the moon helped them out, and they did not pause for sleep until close on to midnight. They were up at sunrise and on their way again, looking for water. It was eleven o'clock before they came across a stream. Then they tethered the animals, ate their breakfast and turned in on the ground foi: and sleep. Only for the fact that getting out of the range seemed to be a serious business, l the boys would have felt as happy as larks over their adventure in the wilds of northwestern Mexico. It was late in the afternoon when they woke up and prepared to go on again. "I wonder where Pedro and his crowd are by this time?" Sam said. "Hunting for us, I suppose, over the track by which he brought us to these regions," replied Dick. "Hc'H find us, too-I guess nit," grinned Charley. "He won't dare go back to the hacienda after what has happened," remarked Sam. "No, I don't think he will. He'll try and dispose of the gold quartz I gave him at the nearest smelter, and prob ably return to the mine for more. I've got to get back as soon as I can and head him off." "We'll come back with you, of course," said Sam. "Sure thing, if your father has no objections." "He don't object to our keeping you company. He'll see that we're properly protected." The boys traveled well into the night again, as it was much pleasanter than under the hot sun, which had already made thc:tn as brown as berries. They spent the night in a small cave and awbke again at sunrise. The third day's journey was the slowest ancl most difficult they had yet experienced since leaving the mine. Their way led them through a deeply wooded, narrow canyon, almost impassable in places for the hardy little bnrros. 'l'hey were obliged to frequent rests, and the moon was shining when they finally camped for the ni,ght beside a stream that marked the end of the worst stage of the day's travel. Next day they ascended the mountains again and got a view of the plains beyond. "Hurrah!" cried Sam. "We'll soon be out of the range." Dick and Charley also felt like shouting their satisfac tion, but they refrained and contented themselves with gaz ing upon the landscape beyond the western spur of the Sierra Madre. Late that afternoon they descended to the plain and camped among the foothills. They saw a mountain stream a short distance away, but it was not practicable to reach it with the burros from where they were. While Dick was tethering the animals on the grass Sam and Charley took a couple of empty cans and started for the stream. Dick was opening e. can of corned beef for supper when he heard a shout in the direction taken by his companions, and then a pistol shot. "Great Cresar !" he cried, starting to his feet. "What does that mean?" A second shot awoke the echoes of the evening air, and Diclf saw the smoke curling up near the mountain stream. 'I'hen came a cry for help in tones that sounded like Charlev's voice. something wrong!" cried Dick, snatching up his rifle and starting for the scene of trouble. "Can it be that Pedro all?" He Pee of Mei on al The busheE He Pedro '"H( follow Sud pounc1 Jn of COJJ San blow i hold c ThE Wit aim n Die M:exic Sirr tered his ba T,P.c "(\ to see San port c "Sl revolv twice my tCi "N the fa same. who's The girl ai Ch2 "Le The (lrC'W Die witho1 stood The wen po Die He weapo liYes. The lip( Charl(

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DICK HADLEY'S MINE. 25 -------Pedro and his party have been following our trail after i The girl sa .id something to them in. Spanish, and they all ?" I undid the ropes that held the boy. He hustled forward and soon came in sight of the stream. Charley snatched up the revolver dropped by the woun d ed Peering through the bushes, he saw Charley in the hands Mendez and rushed over to his companions of Mendez and the other two peons, whi l e Pepita was seated "What about Pedro ?'r was the first thing he said on a burro near by "He's down and out with a bullet in his chest," said There were sounds of someone crashing through the Dick. "Sam, you and Charley go and fetch him over to bushes at Dick's left. his friends, a,nd let them see that he's out of business." He thought it was Sam, but a moment later he saw it was The two boys obeyed their young leader, and Pepita Pedro, with a revolver i,n his hand. uttered a low cry when she saw Pedro borne forward ap He's looking for Sam, who's got away," breath ed Dick, pa r ently dead following the Mexican's movements They l aid him under one of the trees and left him to be Sudnly the rascal gave a shout of exultation and attended bv his associates. ponnced clown upon an object concealed in the bushes "Well, Pepita," said Dick, walking up to her burro, "are In :mother moment he was dragging Sam from his place you st ill an enemy of mine?" of concealment. She covered her face with her hands and began to weep. Sam uttered a loud shout and struck Pedro a tremendous "There's my hand, Scno'rita," continued Dick. "I dont blow in the face, which caused the overseer to re l ease his bear you any hard feeling for the trouble you got us into. hold on him. Let us be friends again The boy darted into the bushes again. She seized his hand and carried it to her lips . With an Pedro raised his revolYer and took "I am very unhappy," she cried. "You do not care for aim .flt the fleeir:g b?Y me any more, and I don't care if I die.;' Dick raised his rifle quicker than a flash, cove r ed the "Don't talk about dving. Come with us and let us take Mexican and fired. you back to your Leave these fellows to look afte r CHAPTER XV. CONCLUSIO:N". themseh-es. Pedro is a big rascal and deserves all he got, while Mendez isn't much better. They left me bound i n a hole in a ca Ye to die, and I shou l d be there now, only luc k played in my favor." "I will come with you," said the girl, looking pretty badly broken up In fact, she was almost a wreck of her former dainty self. Simultaneous with the crack of Dick's rifle Pedro u t tered a hoarse cry, ai:d half turning around, fell forward on his back and lay quite still. A week's roughing among the mountains, while it hadn't forward hurt her, physically speaking, had demoralized her wom anl y charms to a considerable extent. Tbe revolver fell upon the ground . "Come back, Sam," shouted Dick, springing to see if he had really killed the Mexican. Sam recognized his friend's voice after hearing the re port of his weapon, and turned back. "Shot him, have you?" said Sam, picking up Pedro's reYolrnr. "Serves him right if you killed him. He fired twice at me, and I only escaped his bullets by the skin of my teeth." "No, be isn't dead," said Dick, who was kneeling beside the fallen rascal; "but I guess he's out for good, just the same. Come, we'll leave him here and rescue Charley, who's in the hands of Mendez and Pepita's satellites The two boys issued from the bushes into full view of the girl and the peons. Charlev was being bound to a tree. "Let him go!" cried Dick, covering Mendez with his rifle 'T'he rascal turned with a snarl, and, seeing the boys, (hew the revolver he had in his belt. Dick was not taking any chances with the Mexicans, so, with011t trying to parley further w ith peop l e who u nder stood little if any, English, he fired at Mendez's arm The rascal uttered a scream of pain and dropped the we11pon. Dick had broken his arm with the bu ll et. He and Sam then threatened the other two with their weapons, and they threw up their arms i n terror o f their liYes. The two bovs then advanced. 1'Pepita,;' s;id Dick, "tell those men of you rs to release Charley Ross." "Fill your cans with water," said Dick to Sam and Charley, "and follow us." He seized the burro by its rein and started by a roun d about course to regain their camping-ground. It took three quarters of an hour to reach their camp by a way practicable for Pepita's burro to follow. When they got there Dick heiped the Senorita to dis mount, and he treated her so kindly that she started to cry again, and :finally threw her arms around his neck and kissed him with all the ardor of her warm Mexican blood. The girl was now thoroughly repentant and Dick assured her that he forgave her, and would not tell her parents what she had been guilty of. They had their usual supper, in which Pepita partici pated She told Dick that she had never intended to have Pedro ill-treat him. I Her object in letting Pedro take charge of him was to frighten him into agreeing to marry her. Pedro had sworn not to injure him, and she had believed him He had broken his oaih, and she was glad he was now suffering the consequences. She said she hoped he would die, for if he recovered he would try to kill Dick out of revenge, and might succeed Then she asked Dick if he really loved the girl of the photograph, and intended to marry her. "No, I don't l ,ove any girl. She's just a dear frien d of

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26 DICK HADLEY'S MI E. my sister's, and I like her a whole lot myself, but I never thought about marrying her. I'm too young to think about marrying for several years yet." Pepita seemed greatly comforted by Dick's assurance that he did not love nor intend to marry the original of the photograph. A ray of hope came inlo her heart that there was still a cliance for her to win this youpg American to whom she had surrendered her affections. After supper Dick said they would continue their jour ney, as he did not care to stay all night in the vicinity of the enemy, who, though they were not very formidable now, were still capable of giving them trouble. They continued on across the plain for several hours and iinally camped near a stream. TJ1e boys alternately kept watch during the night, but the party was not disturbed. Next day they reached a break in the lower part of the range through which Pepita said they could easily ride to the hacienda. Dick agreed to see that she got home before he and his friends went on to the railroad. Just at sundown they came in sight of the hacienda; and half an hour later they were at the front door. was embraced with joy by her anxious mother, wlule the boys were received with open arms for bringing her back. The Senorita's father and several of his hands were searching the range for her, and they had not returned when the boys took their leave next morning. Pepita had a tearful parting with Dick, who felt sorry for the girl. He promised that he would call at the hacienda later on and see her again, with which assurance the lovesick Senorita had to be content. A peon was sent with the boys to see that they reached the railroad all right. Mr. Swift received the boys back in a matter-of-fact way. He had not the least idea of the strenuous adventures through which his son and companions had passed since they left the railroad, but supposed they had been at the hacienda ever since he got word from Senor Gonzales that the lads were to spend a week or two at his home. His astonishment may be imagined when the boys told their story, which omitted any particular reference to Pepita. Ditk's statement about the gold mine that had come into his possession in so singular a manner amazed Mr. Swift, and it was not until the boy exhibited the papers from the saddlebags, and the bunch of golden nuggets, that he ac tually placed full credence in the story. Then Dick asked him for his advice and assistance in the matter. 'l'he engineer readily agreed to see him through, and se cure him the undisputed ownership of the valuable prop erty. Next day the three boys accompanied him to Chihuahua. John Carden's deed of conveyance was duly and legally registered, and then a mining expert was secured to visit the mine and pass upon its probable value. Mr. Swift accompanied the expedition to the western spur of the Sierra Madre and saw the property with his own eyes. Carclen's estimate of the mine was confirmed by the ex pert, who declared that the ore in sight furnished sufficient evidence for estimating the value of the property at several millions . On the return of the party to the railroad Mr. Swift ad vised the formation of a company for the purpose of work ing the mine. Dick agreed to anything that he advocated. Mr. Swift accordingly set the plan in motion. Several capitalists of Chihuahua were induced to take the matter up in return for a substantial interest in the mine. The company was duly formed and the engineer saw that the controlling interest was secured to Dick. The boy gave him a power -ofattorney to represent him, as he and his friends had to return north. Mr Swift, as Dick's representative, had himself elected president and general manager, and gave considerable of his attention to the development of the mine. 'I'he following summer the three boys revisited )lex ico and found the mine in full and paying operation Dick also found Pepita more attractive than ever and just as much devoted to him. In fact, she played her cards so well that before he re turned north he had, her parents' consent, agreed to marry her when he had completed his education Perhaps the fact that he was to become president and general manager of the mine himself at the end of his schooldays, which would necessitate him taking up his resi dence in the State of Chihuahua, had a good deal to do with Pepita's conquest. When he finally returned to Mexico to marry Pepita and take up his residence permanently at the old hacienda, Sam Swift went with him to live at Chihuahua as secretary the company. To-day Dick Hadley's mine is known as one of the richest in the western section of the Sierra Madre Range. It has already made Dick a wealthy man, while Sam Swift and Charley Ross are each drawing large incomes from their stock. A year or two ago Charley went to visit Dick on his own wedding trip, and then the three boys met together for the first time in five years. Dick and Sam had a whole lot to' tell Charley about the workings of the mine, and you may well believe that thc.v did not forget to talk over the time when for a brief interval they were boy gold diggers in Mexico. THE END. Read "A BOY STOCK .BROKER; OH, FRO:.r 'ER RAND BOY TO MILLION AIRE," which will be the next number (138) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer. send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and yo u will receive the copies you orc\er by r eturn mail.

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t 1 s Ll e c '! ll :ix:t ly 11y by IN ies ., FAMEAND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 21 Fame and Fortune Weekly NEW YORK, MAY 15, 1908. Terms to Subscribers. Single Coples :: :: ::::: :: :: ... : Oae Cop;r Oae Year ......... ........................... Postage Free. How To SEND MONEY. .05 Ccat.s .65 $1.25 :z.50 At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Registered Letter; re mittanoes in any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. When sending silver wrap the coin in a separate piece ot paper to avoid cutting the envelope. Write 11our name and address plainl11. Address lette1s to Frank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Sq., New York. GOOD p STORIES. Gamblers are notoriously superstitious, as all who have visited Monte Carlo know. There you will find a parasitic class, who live on the superstition of the frequenters of the tables. They are hunchbacks, and the gamblers imagine that they aie certain to have a run of luck after touching the humps of these unhappy wretches. Accordingly, one finds at each ntrance to the casino a row of waiting hunchbacks, ready to bring luck to anyone who will pay them. Each has his own list of patrons, and a very comfortable income some of them earn. Not a few of them are normal in every respect, their humps being simply padding a .nd framework, strapped upon their shoulders. One such was recently exposed, and pun ished summarily. A rumor had spread among the gaming fraternity that he was a fraud; so one of his patrons, instead of patting him gently on the back, as usual, gave him a resounding thwack, which effectually dislodged the bogus hump. Having thus effected a record quick cure, the gamesters de termined that their patient must also take the waters in the lake of the casino gardens in case he should have a relapse. After a lengthy dip he was so thoroughly cured that he left Monte Carlo, never to return. But there are still bogus mas cots at the doors of the gaming hall, and there always will be, till the foolish superstition dies out. In many churches of Provence and Italy, especially those near the sea, ex voto paintings placed on the walls, in accord ance with vows made by pilgrims in moments of danger, are often remarkable for their frames. Among the curiosities may be enumerated laths formed of splinters from ships that have been wrecked, also frames made of pieces of heavy cables, oc casionally painted bright hues, but sometimes left in their primitive gray color, splashed with 'ar. Nailed to the laths surroundlng a painting representing sailors fighting with fierce savages, may be seen African or Polynesian spears and darts, or swords made of hardwood, evidently mementos of terrible struggles. Sailors or landsmen who have made vows during times of peril at sea, and who have no trophies to display, will surround their paintings witll broad bands of wood heav1ly incrusted with shells and seaweed, not infrequently of rare and extremely beautiful kinds. Is it not a fact that men really spend in treating amounts that they would hesitate to give away, no matter how deserving the charity? It is a trait of human character that comes through this all-absorbing disposition to "hold your end up" when with a friend. Hundreds of men take thousands of drinks that they do not want, and other hundreds pay for thousands that are not desired. Two men meet, and one says: "Mighty glad to see you. Let's have something'." Nei ther, generally, needs, or even wants, a drink. But the ma.n who offers it wants to show that he is generous. He takes this method of proving that he is glad to meet his friend. The friend, after he has taken the drink that he did not want, to prove that he, too, is a good fellow, insists upon a second round. The German custom of entering a saloon, taking a drink, and paying for it, and for no others, if adopted in America, would prove a blessing. The Amer:ican custom of treating is de cidedly a curse. What we do for friendship's sake costs us many a dollar and many a pang. A Boston psychologist was recently reminded Qf the story of the Russian jailer, who, changing his occupation, found the chief interest of his leisure moments in catching birds, putting them in cages, and seiling them to the highest bidder. The scientist, having to attend a series of lectures in a large public hall, struck up acquaintance with the janitor of the building, and soon noted in him a suggestive bent of mind. The man seemed fond of counting the people, and would oc casionally report the exact number present. "We have 115 here to-night," he would say, or "Just 201 all told"; or, when the hall was crowded, "I make it 370." There was a prol.ilem in all this, but it to
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28 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. --.--.----=--==_ __ --:-:--===--======::=======-....::::. =:..-:::.:.__='.:.:: -A PACK PEDDLER'S ADVENTURE By Kit Klyde. "I have been a pack peddler for more than twenty years," said the old man, as he whiffed away at his pipe to get it alight, "and you may suppose I have met with some stirring adventures. I have traveled a great deal in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Minnesota, and for weeks and months I have been on the alert, not only to preserve the contents of my pack but to defend my life. My line of trade has been Yankee notions, with jewelry added. I have had with me at one time as much as $2,000 worth of gold and silver watches, earrings, finger-rings, etc. I have sat on a log beside a highway in Kansas and sold $400 worth of stock to three or four men, and I have disposed of $50 worth of ladies' jewelry at a pio neer cabin which had neither floors nor partitions. "On two different occasions I ate dinner at the cabin of old Bender, the Kansas fiend. On the first occasion the old man was away, and I saw only two women about the place. Six months later, when I called again, it about 11 o'clock in the forenoon. Then I saw old Bender for the first time. I had heard him described as a pleasant-faced old man, whom no one would suspect, but I tell you the very first look at him put me on my guard. For the first time in a year I felt that my life was in danger. The same two slatternly women were about the house, and there was a young man, whom I took to be old Bender's son. This young man soon after I arrived, but whether he hid >in the house or rode off across the prairie I never knew. Bender's women purchased about $2 worth of notions, and the old man dickered with me for an hour over a gold watc h. It seems he had but a smalL stock of cash, but he offered me personal property in exchange. He had two or three silver watches, all of which had been carried, twc or three revolvers, two bosom pins, made of lumps of pure gold, and three or four pairs of valuable cuff-buttons. We had nearly effected an exchange, when he suddenly decided to leave the matter open until after dinner. "Months afterward, when the discoveries of his crimes came out, I thought the matter over, and could remember just how nicely he played me. Without seeming to interrogate me for information, he asked how long a trip I had made, what suc cess I had met with, who I was, where I lived, and whom I \rnew in that locality. The old murderer was figuring up the chances of my being missed in case he put an end to me, and he had a curiosity to know beforehand what the harvest would be. While I told you that I did not like his looks, and that I had a creepy feeling in his presence, I had no id'ea of an attempt to murder by daylight, and in the manner he was planning for. I had a trusty revolver, and I had the courage to defend myself. Had I met him out on the prairie, or had we been jogging together along some lonely highway, I should have been prepared to pull my at his first movement. "Dinner was announced soon after 12 o'clock. I took my pack with me into the dining-room, where I found the table set for one. There were three rooms in the house. The front room was a general sitting-room and office combined. Bender kept a sort of tavern, you know, and travelers had this front room. The next room back was the dining-room and family room combined. There was a bedroom leading off. On the walls of this family-room were a few old-fashioned prints in old-fashioned frames, a shelf on which stood a clock, and a few scant evidences of women's presence. The back room was the kitchen. "I had my eyes wide open when I entered that dining-room, and the very first thing I noticed was that the table was set lengthwise of the room, and that my chair and plate had been so placed that my back woula be toward the kitchen door, which was not over five or six feet away. Had it been at the other end my back would have been toward the office door. The first move I made was to turn the chair around to the side and sit down. I now faced the bedroom door, and had the other doors to my right and left, while there was no win dow behind me. The younger woman was in the room, and she looked at me in a queer, strange way as I upset the arrangements she had perfected. Bender did not look into the room for two or three minutes, and then retired without speaking. A minute later he passed around the house and entered the kitchen by the back door. While I could not see him, I heard him and the woman whispering together, and I caught the words as spoken by her: "'I tell you he did it himself!' "I could not catch a word from him, and directly he went out and she came in with the rest of the eatatlles. Her face was flushed and her manner very nervous. She put on a plate of bread and a platter of meat, and then went out for the coffee. As she set the cup and saucer on the board she partly upset the cup and spilled half the contents on the table. 'Excuse me-I'm sorry,' she said, as I shoved back to keep the hot liquid from dripping on my legs. "'Never mind-no harm done,' I replied. 'It was so careless of me. You had better change your seat to the end while I sop it up.' "'Oh, don't mind. I'm not hungry, and sh.all eat but a few mouthfuls anyway. I forgot to tell you that I preferred water to coffee.' 'But-you-you--' 'I'm all right.' "She gave me one of the queerest looks I ever got, first flushing up and then turning pale. Spilling that coffee was a put-up job to get my back to the kitchen door. I suspected it then; a few months later I had plenty of horrible proofs. Before the meal was finished old Bender looked in from the kitchen door and drew back, and when I shoved away and entered the office he was not there, and did not show up for five minutes. When I went to dinner a double-barreled shot gun stood in the corner of the office. When I came out it was gone. The old man came in after a while, and it was easy to see that he had to force himself to converse. I paid him for the meal and was ready to go. It was a lonely road I had to travel, with no other house for miles, and it suddenly struck me that the younger man had gone on to lie in ambush and shoot me in case I escaped assassination at the house. For a minute or two I quite lost my sand, and you can judge what a relief it was to me to see a team drive up with three men in the vehicle, and room for one more. They stopped to water the horses and chat a few moments, and readily gave me a lift on my way. I did not impart my suspicions to them, and it was not until the horrible stories came out that I felt sure in my own mind what a close call I had had. "Do I know what became of old Bender and his family? You remember that they fled the country, or that the papers so reported, and for n10nths we used to hear from one locality and another of the fugitives being seen 01 captured. I have reason to believe that they never got out of the State, nor yet a hundred miles from that lone tavern on the prairie, with its horrible cellar underneath and its graveyard in the rear. Bands of men were riding in this or that direction, bent on vengeance, and one of these overhauled the party. I have been told this on the best authoritY,. As 'Bender had shown no mercy toward the unsuspecting travelers who were shot in the1 back from that kitchen door as they ate at his table, none was shown to him or his. They were wiped out, and planted where their bones will never be turned up to the light of day.'' THE LUMINOUS LIGHT "We see some queer sights," said a diver, who, rigged out in the submarine armor, all but the helmet, was waiting his turn to go down; "and, to tell the honest truth, I don't like the business. It's all right w .hen you are to examine a filled-in channel, or to lay the foundations of a pillar for a bridge, or the like of that, but we don't always have that kind of work. "I remember," continued the man, "a few years ago my boss, or the contractor I had engaged to work for for a year, got an order for a couple of divers to go to the south side of Cuba, near the Isle of Pines. We did not know what was wanted, but rather liked the job, never having been South before. ;rWe got the order by telegraph one night, and the next day sailed for Key West. In five days we were in Havana; then

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FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 across the island, and in less than two weeks were on the spo.t. "It seems that two weeks before there had been a terrible hurricane, and the country was torn up in a fearful way. Where there had been five feet of water at low tide the coral was piled up and ground together, making a regular wall around the whole reef. I remember hearing a gentleman say that if a thousand men had worked five years they couldn't have shown so much work as was done by the waves in ten hours. "The country was literally cleaned bare; trees blown com- pletely away; and they showed one brick or cement house that had been built alongside of a lumber yard, that was completely riddled by five-inch scantlings, so that th'e ranch looked like a porcupine with scantling spines all over it. "During the hurricane a big ship had been sunk, but. who she was, and where she cal)le from, no one knew-only the next morning after the gale the people saw the pieces of wreck along the shore, and a day or so afterward. a fisherman saw the hulk in a channel in about thirty feet of water. He marked the place, sold his claim to a wrecking company, and so we were sent for. "My partner and myself rowed out to her the night we got there. The water was just like glass, and you could see the smallest thing on the bottom. They had a big barrel moored over her, and there she lay, a big s}ljp, and not a mast, except one, in her. To get there she must have blown over a reef where you could wade along at low tide. "We found the place, and she had dug a regular canal as she thumped along, and started all her timbers, and when she reached deep water had settled. It looked like an easy job, and the next day w e had our fixings, pumps, etc., rigged on a fore-and-aft schooner, and were anchrred over her. "They hadn't found man, woman or child on the beach, so we made up our minds that something would be aboard of her, and concluded to go down together. It got on toward night hefore we struck the water, and when we reached the deck it was dark, so we had to feel our way about. She was a fine ship, every hatch battened d('lwn. The masts, all but one, were Short off; the galley, rails, house, even the cap stan and.davits, were swept away. "I dropped over her cutwater by the fore-chains, and found that it wouldn' t pay to try and raise her, as she was split, and started from stem to stern. The planks seemed to be bent and twisted, as if she had been struck by a ram. "Though she had only been down a short time, there were all sqrts of crabs and things clinging to her, and the strangest thing about it was, they all seemed to be afire. Some of the starfish looked like red-hot stars, and every time we moved great flames of light seemed to break out and spread, so that the water appeared to be in a continual blaze, that wasn't pleasant, to say the least. "We edged around the hull to the stern, hoping to be able to make out the name, but it was gone--scraped off, probably, as she came over the reef. "We then went to work on the cabin, climbing over the sides, and when we reached the deck the whole ship seemed lighted as if by electricity. It startled my partner so that he grabbed hold of me, nearly knocking me over. All arqund was the mysterious, sparkling light, like thousands of stars twinkling and blazing. "I had heard about the phosphorescence of the sea in these latitudes and concluded that was what it was. We found the cab in door battened down, or locked from the inside. We signaled for crowbars, and soon started a door. As it swung in, it seemed as if we were drawn irresistibly in, and almost before I knew it we landed on a table. "And such a sight! Eve:rything was torn to pieces. Books, shelves and chairs were floating about, and tied Ito one of the latter was a woman. The legs of the table were made fast to the body of a man, who had died hard, apparently. "The queer phosphorescence had floated in after us, and lighted up their faces with a ghostly glare. I tell you it was enough to make a man's hair rise, and I believe mine would if it hadn't been held down by my helmet. "Every motion of the water as we stumbled about flashes of light that played about the hair of the dead woman, and she seemed to be moving as if alive. We got them out, however, and sent them up, and soon found two more bodies in the state-room. They must have been grandees, as the room was fixed up in the most gorgeous manner. Old armor, that looked like silver, hung on the walls; the curtains were of velvet, and the box of jewels that we sent up must have been a fortune in itself, only we didn't know what it was then, or it might not have gone up. "We had our orders to send up the bodies first, and as soon as we sent up the last, went to work on the main hatch. I thought once or twice I had seen a big light moving about at a distance, but did not notice it particularly until we got the bar under .the combing of the hatch, when it came so plain that my mate stopped short. "The light looked like the headligh t of a locomotive, and came slowly on, moving this way and that, like some great bird. Nearer it came, and so great was its luminosity that it appeared like daylight all about. All at once we saw what it was-a luminous shark! "The same idea must have struck us both at once--foat was to get down the hatch. W e gave a big haul on the bar; there was a rush of water, and then, to our horror, black forms seemed to spring the hole all around us. The light fell on them so that they seemed like so many demons. "'l'he shark made a dash among them, and then I signaled, and was jerked t o the surface, my mate in my arms, for he'd fainted dead away. As I suppose you have surmised, the ship was a slaver, and as soon as we opened the hatch the poor fellqws that had been drowned fioate d out." "But how about the shark?" asked one of the listeners. "We caught it afterward, and for four hours after it died it gave out the phosphorescent light. They call them 'nurses' down there. But it's my turn to go down." The story of the shark told by the diver would almost seem an exaggeration were it not a fact well known to scie nce. The first luminous shark was caught by the well-known naturalist, Dr. Bennett, off the Australian coast. It was very similar to the nurse of the Florida reef, and it is a most remarkable sight, giving out a light, even when out of the water, that can be read by with perfect ease, and even beaming in ghostly radiance for four or five hours after the death of the shark. The alarming destruction of Texas trees, through the agency of the poisonous mistletoe, has induced M. B. Davis, secretary of the Texas Audubon Society, to sound a warning to those interested in trees, to destroy the mistletoe before it, in turn, denudes the State of its forests. "Every municipality in Texas is afflicted with the pest, and it has been stated by an authority that the life of a tree, when thoroughly inoculated with mistle toe poison, will terminate in about seven years," says Mr. Davis. "It is carried from one tree to another by certain birds feeding on the berries, and wherever it finds lodgment on trees susceptible to its deadly parasitic growth, its blight proves fatal in time, unless heroic treatment is applied. At the season when the evergreen parasite is clearly discernible upon the bare boughs, the work should be done. The Texas mistletoe ( Phoradendron fiavescens) differs materially from its kindred parasite evergreen of Europe (Viscum album), held in veneration by the Druids, which is kept in check in the Old World, but cultivated to some extent for winter decoration. The yariety in the cotton States is far more pernicious, and must be wholly exterminated, or the trees will all perish from its baleful bligltt. Any one may observe from car win dows that entire forests are being killed by Jllistletoe. It is a beautiful but horrible parasite, and can only be destroyed finally by cutting off the entire bough on which its growth ap pears. The hackberry, which is popular in the cities as a sE.ade tree, is one of the favorites of these poisonous {larasites, and in nearly every city in this State where hackberry trees have been planted, about 25 per cent. of them have already died from mistletoe poison."

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.,:f'hese Books Tell You Everything I .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Each book oonsists of sixty-four printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in ;Jn attractive, illustrated covet'. of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that al!.1' Suld. can thoroughly undetstand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjecliii mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL FE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIP'.r OF.PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY 'l'HREE BOOKS FOR '.rWENTY-FIVE POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 2-! Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. No. 81. HOW TO MESMERIZE.-Containing the most ap proved methods of mesmerism ; also bow to cure all kinds Of diseases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALl\flSTRY.-Containing the most ttP proved methods of reading the lines on the band, together with a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, and the key for telling character by the bumps on the head. B;r Leo Hugo Koch, A. O. S. Fully illustrated. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and instructive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also explaining the most approved methods which are employed by the leading hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full instructions about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW '.l'O ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in-1tructions on swimming and riding companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for diseases pecaliar to the hot-se. No. 48. HOW '.l'O BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A bandy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK. ontaining the great oracle of human destiny; also the true meaning of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAl\fS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book gives the explanation to all kinds o.f dreams, together with lucky end unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW '.rO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness o r misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this littl e book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO '.rELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND. Conta,ining rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated, By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full instruction for the use of dumb bells, Indian c lubs parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of ph .. ne and other musical instruments; together with a brief description of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algeri\on S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, toge1:her with its history and invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW '.l'O DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.--Conta!ninr complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. 1 LETTER WRITING. Nd. 11. HOW TO WRITEl LOVE-LETTERS.-A m<>11t COiii plete little book, containing full directions for love-letters, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW '.l'O WRITE LET'.l'ERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRl'.l'E LE'.rTERS TO GENTLEMEN. Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE r,ETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Contaiing full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen letters.

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t 'I e y e e ll d, n. !S, d. 111 n er lll tol e or I d, ng )n. ely nc ks. Di !r&, 1ld. ing ts; ts; tt1e ier, ny mg ion,ct; ers. 'L!:---THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOY S OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great varie ty of the latest jokes used by the most famous en d m e n No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful li ttle book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER -Containing a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro Dutch and Iris h. Al s o end men's jokes. Just the thing for home' amuse ment and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE :AND JOKI!J BOOK-Something new and very instructive. Every boy should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or canizing an amateur minstrel troupe No. 65 i\lULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original joke books ever puhlished, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contaius a large c ollection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terrence l\:Iuldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the day. Eve ry boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain a copy imm ediately. No .. 79 H<;:>W TO BECOME AN ACT9R.-Containing com plete mstruct 1ons how to make up for var10us characters on the stage_; wi t h the duties of the Stege Manager, Prompter, Scemc Artist .and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. No. 80. G t; S WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat est jokes, anec dot e s and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular Uerman com edian. Sixty-four pages; handsome colored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions for constructing a window garde n e i t h e r in t own or country, and the mo s t approved m e thod s for raising b eautiful flowers at home. '.rhe most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most Instructive books on cooking ev e r publis hed. It contains recip e s for cooking m e att; fish, game, and oysters; also pie s puddings, cakes and all kinds of past ry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-;It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almos t anything around the h o u se, su c h as parlor ornaments brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birdro.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO .MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-'.A: de scription of the wonderful u s es of electricity and electrO' magnetism; together with full ins tructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. No. 6ol. HOW TO M AKE E LECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining full uire ctions for m aking el ectrical machine s, induction coils, dynamos. ana many nov e l t o y s to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. B enne t t F u lly illus trated. No. 67. HOW 'l'O DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containlng a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 31. HOW TO B E CO:VIE A SPEAKER.-Containing f01ll" teen illustrations, gi v in g t he d ifferent positio n s requ is i t e to become a good speak e r, r eade r and elo cution i st. Al s o con tai ning gems from aH the popular '.luthors of and poetry, arranged in the molti simple and mannP r p ossih !c. (,il No. 49 _HOW TO DBB A l'E.-Glv i n g rule s for conducting bates, ontltne s for q u estio n s for d isc nssion and tbe b ... sources for procuring info r m a t i on on the given. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-T h e arts anct wiles or fiirtatlver pub lished. and there's millions (of fun) in it. manne r of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatnes s, l e gi bility and general com very valuable lit t le book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card div e rsions, comic recitations, etc., suitable -.Hiland. for parlor or drawing-ro om entertainment. It contains more for the No .. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won: money than any book published. derful book, cont'.lining and information in the No. 35. HOW 'l'O PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordmary diseases and ailments common to every book, containing the rule s and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effe c tive recipes for general com backgammon, <;roqu e t. domino e s, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO t:OLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Oon the leadii:ig conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regardin g the c o llecting and arranging and witty sayings. of stamps and coins. li!}ndsom e ly illu strated. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY C .l\RDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A E>ETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, book, giving the rule s a nd for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known detective. In which h e la y s down some bage Casino, Forty Five, ll'ce Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners and also relates some adventurea Auction Pitch. All Fours, and mlmy other popular games of cards. and experien c es of well-known d e t ec tives . No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun-No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contaln dred interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A ing useful information regarding the and how to work it; complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other ETIQUETTE. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De w. No. 13 HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-lt No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY le a great lif e s ec r e t, and one that every young man desires to know full explanations how to gain admittance, all about. The r e's h appiness in it. course of Study, Examii:iations Duties, Staff of Officers, Pott No. 33. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the mies and etiquette Guard, Police R e gul a tions. Fire D epartment, and all a boy should of good soc i e t y and the easiest and most approved methods of ap-know to be a Cade t. Ccmpil e d and written by Lu Senarens, author pee.ring to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and of "How to Beco m e a Naval Cadet." in the drawing-room. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL eADET.-Complete In \r structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the course of instructior:;, description 'No. 27. BOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF of grounds and buildings historieal sketch. and everything a boJ -Containing the most popular seledions in use, comprising Dutch should know to an offic e r in the United States Navy. Com atalect, French d i alect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together piled and writt m by I.ti Senarens, author of "How to Become a. With many standard readings. West Point Military Cadet." PRICE 10 CENTS, EACH. OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. _.A.ddrms FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union S9uare, New YorJr.

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,Dr Latest Issues -'911 ''WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY'' COLORED COVERS CoNTAINING STORIES OF Boy FIREMEN. 32 PAGES PRICE 5 CENTS 100 Young Wide Awake and the Blind Girl; or, The Fire at the Asylum. 101 Yotmg Wide Awake in a Snare; or, Putting Out a Dozen Fires. 102 Young Wide Awake at the Burning Bridges; or, Baffling the "Brotherhood of Vengeance." 103 Young Wide Awake Saving a Million Dollars; or, The Mystery of a Bank Blaze. 104 Young Wide Awake's Boy Helpers; or, The Young Volunteers of Belmont. "THE LIBERTY 105 Young Wide Awake's Terror; or, Brave Work in a Burning Cqal Mine. 106 Young Wide Awake's Race with Death; or, Battling with the Elements. 107 Young Wide Awake's Courage; or, The Capture of the "Norwich Six." 108 Young Wide Awake's Little Pard; or, The Boy Hero of the Flames. 109 :Young Wide Awake's Fiery Duel; or, Teaching the Nep tunes a Lesson. BOYS OF '76" CONTAINING REVOLUTIONARY STORIES UoLORED CovERs 32 PAGES PRICE 5 CENTS 374 Liberty Boys and the Dumb Messenger; or, Out with 380 The Liberty Boys' Countersign; or, Hot Work at the the Mountain Men. Forts. 375 The Liberty Boys' Cavalry Charge; or, Running Out the 381 The Liberty Boys' Gold Chest; or, The Old Tory's Secret. Skinners. 382 The Liberty Boys Helping Harden; or, Spy Against Spy. 376 The Liberty Boys' Secret; or, The Girl Spy of Brooklyn. 383 The tiberty Boys at Cherry Valley ; or, Battling with 377 The Liberty Boys in the Swamp; or, Fighting Along the Brant. Santee. 384 The Liberty Boys on Picket Duty; or, Facing the Worst of 378 The Liberty Boys' Compact; or, Bound by an Oath. Dangers. 379 The Liberty Boys' Hollow Square; or, Holding Off the 385 The Liberty Boys and the Queen's Rangers; or, Raiding the Hessians. Raiders. ' SECRET SERVICE'' COLORED COVERS OLD AND YOUNG RING BRADY, DETECTIVES 32 PAGES PRICE 5 CENTS 477 The Bradys in London; or, Solving the Whitechapel Mys tery. 478 The Bradys and the French Crooks; or, Detective Work in Paris. 479 The Bradys' After the Policy King; or, The Plot Against Captain Kane. 480 The Bradys and the Dynamite Gang; or, Ten Hours of Deadly Peril. 481 The Bradys and the Fan Tan Queen; or, Lost in the Heart of Chinatown. 482 The Bradys in the White Light District; or, Tracking the Broadway Sharpers. 483 The BradYoS' Lost Link; or, The Case that Was Never Finished. 484 The Bradys and the "Prince of Pittsburg"; or, A Mystery of the Blast Furnace. 485 The Bradys and the Silver Seal ; or, The Strangest of All Clews. 486 The Bradys Tracking "Joe the Ferret"; or, The Worst Crook in the World. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N. Y IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill Jn the following Order Bl!tnk and send it to us with the price of the weeklies you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ............. 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ......................................... '' '' WIDE AWAI-CE WEEKLY, Nos ........................................................ .. " WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos .......................................................... : " THE LIBERT' Y BOYS OF '76, Nos ................................. cs' PLUCK : AND LUCK, Nos ..................... " SECRET SERVICE, Nos ............................... ,... " FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ................................. ,, " Hand Books, Nos ........................................ ........................... and No ..... . ....... Town .... State ..... ....

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>-, t. STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONE'f:l By A SELF-MADE MAN COLORED COVERS PRICE 5 Cts ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY 32 PAGES This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart bo ys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of, our most su. ccessf ul self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become fam. ous a n d wealthy. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 59 Tbe Road to Success; or, Tbe Career of a Fortunate Boy. 60 Chasing Pointers; or, Tbe Luckiest Boy In Wall Street. 61 Hising in tbe World; or, J;'rom Factory Boy to l\Ianag&. 62 From Dark to Dawn; or, A Poor Boy'! Chance. 63 Out for Himself: or, Paving His Way to Fortune. 64 Diamond Cut Diamond; .or, Tbe Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 65 A S tart in Life: or, A Bright Boy's Ambition. 66 Out for a Million: or, The Young Midas of Wail Street. 67 "Bvery lncb a Boy; or, Doing His Level Best. 68 Money to Burn ; o r The Shrewdest Boy in Wail Street. 69 An Eye to Business: or, The Boy Who Was Not Asl ee p 70 Tipped by tbe Ticker: or, An Ambitious noy I n Wail Street. 71 On to Success: or. The Boy Wbo Got Ahead. 72 A Bid for a Fortune; or, A Country Boy in Wail Street. 7'3 Bound to Rise : or, Fighting His Way to Success. 74 Out for tbe Dollars; or, A Smart Boy in Wail Street 75 For Fame and Fortune; or, Tbe Boy Who Won Botb. 76 A Wail Street Winner; or, Making a Mint of Money. 77 Tbe Road to Wealth ; or, Tbe Boy Who Found It Out. 78 On tbe \Ying; or, Tbe Young l\Iercury' of Wail Street. 79 A Chase for a Fortune; or, Tbe Boy Wbo Hustle d. 80 Juggling Witb tbe Market; or, Tbe Boy \Ybo Made it Pay. 81 Gast Adrift; or, Tbe Luck of a Homeless Boy. 82 Pla:1 Game that Won. 13c On Pirate's Isle : o r. The Treasure of the Seven Craters. 136 A Wail Street Mystery: or. The Boy Who B eat t b e Syndicate. 137 Dick Hadley's '.\line: or. Tbe Boy Gold Digger s ot Mexi co 138 A Boy Stockbroker or, From Errand Boy to Miilionaire. (A Wail Street Story.) For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt o f price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY B .ACK .NUMBERS of our Weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdeal ers. they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank a n d send it to us with the p rice of the weeklies you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS T.AKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square New York. ................ 190 DEAR Srn-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ................................................................. '' '' WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos .......................................................... '' '' WILD ''7EST Nos .................................................... .. " " " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Neis ...................................................... '' PLUCI\:: AND LUCK, Nos ............................................................. ,, SECRET SERVICE, NOS ...... :" FAME .A.ND FORTUNE WERKLY, Nos ...... ........................................... 4 '' Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos .................... ................. ....................... . Name ............................ Street and No ........... ...... Town ......... State . ........... . ; t I


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