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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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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 PAGE 24 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- PAGE 25 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( PAGE 26 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 PAGE 27 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. PAGE 28 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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