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In the land of gold, or, The young castaways of the mystic isle
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As the two natives lifted Jack into the stone sarcophagus that was to be his grave, Kittie Ra:v mond uttered a scream and attempted to rush over to him, but was prevented by the crossed. spears of the Aztec-looking warriors.


r :/ .Fame and Fortune Weekly '\ STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY luveci W e e kl11-B11Sub script i o n 12.50 p e r y ear. Ente1e d a c c o r d i n g to Act o f Qvngre s a in t h e yeai 1909, in t he oJ!lce of the Librariala of C o n g r es s Wa.hin gt on, D. C., b11 Frank 1'ouse11, Publ1'her, 24 Union Squar New York No. 1 71. NEW YORK, JANUARY 8 190 9 PRICE 5 CENTS IN THE LAND OF fiOLD OR, THE YOUN6 CASTAWAYS OF THE. MYSTI C ISLE By A SELF-MAD E MAN CHAPT E R I. THE UNEXPEC TED LETTER. Esquire Poundexter Academy, Seab r ook, La.,' i n big, round letter s The doc. held the lett e r so lon g in h i s fingers that I not iced the pos tmark, New Or l eans 2 1 P M May 12.' "The re s a letter for you in to -night' s mai l Jack," s aid "That's to day B e nny Day, th e porter of the Pounde xter Academy for "Sure as y ou li ve." Boys, whi c h was s ituated on th e shore of Lak e Pontchar "I suppo s e I'll get it at t ea time and then I'll know who tra in on the out s kirt s of Seabrook, a small ham l et on the it's from." N 0. & N E Railroad, about five miles from t h e cit y of "Maybe you won't get it at a ll," s aid Benny, with a n N e w Orl e an s e xpres s ive w i nk "A letter for m e!" e xclaim e d Jac k Cart e r in surprise, "Why, won't I, if it's addr e s s ed to me?" for that was a lu x u r y that onl y cam e h is way onc e a mont h "Becau se, O ld Pickle s don t giv e out e ver y lette r t h a t wh e n he received a short and cold comm un i cati on from his c ome s h e re to the boys. I thou ght you knew that." only r e lative, his uncle, L eonard Cart e r, of Mobi l e inquir"I've h eard some thin g to that effec t, but it's again s t ing as to t h e s ta te of his h ea lth and h i s prog re8s in h i s t h e law i sn't it, t o hold bac k a pe rson 's l etter s ?" s tudies, inv a riably c oncluding with the ster e otyp e d s e n "What's th e l a w got to do with it? The doc. goes b y tence, "Your aunt send s her lov e and hopes you are a g ood the r e gu l ation s of the whi c h h e mad e himself, and boy." the s e g i v e h im th e ri ght to r e ad any l etfe r that h e thinks H e h a d rec eive d a l ette r from h i s uncle a week pre v io u s ain't from a f e ll o w 's par ents or g u ardian." and did not look for another for t h ree weeks more. I call t h a t an outrag e If a ch a p h a s a c hum o r a "Yes, r e plied Benny, i n a n swer to hi s e xclamation g i r l or s omebod y e lse who wr ites to him the doc to r a s sum e s "City postmark." th e right_ to r e ad h i s pri vate correspond e nc e eh?" "City po stmark!" e j a c u late d Jack, evide n t l y more a s "That's wha t he does. I know h e thou g h t y our l ette r toni s h ed. "Why, I don t know an y one in New Orl e a ns. l o oked s u s p i c iou s because h e laid it a s ide 'rith a c oup l e of Sure it's for m e ?" o t h e r s whi c h h e inte nd s to r e ad at hi s l e isur e "Pos itiv e I was standing b y the doctor' s des k whil e h e "Whe r e did he put m y l etter?" was s ortin g the ma il over. Whe n h e cam e t o y onr l ett e r "Your l ette r and three oth e rs h e put in the top righth e s t o pp e d and l ooke d a t it mi ghty bard, as if i t wa s som e hand draw e r of his des k, and the re they' ll s t a y till h e g e t s kind o f c urio sity." r e ady to rea d th e m. If h e ain t s ati sfie d with wha t 's i n I d o n t wond e r c hu c kl e d Jac k y our letter, h e' ll burn it or t ear it Uf'. A s I had my doubt s "The n I saw that it was addressed to you, J ack Carte r about you e v e r seei n g it, I tho ught I'd tell y o u about it s o


2 \ IN THE LAND OF GOLD. you'd know a letter had come for you which Old Pickles "I did. I want to ask you a question. Have you an woul dn't let you see," said Benny acquaintance in the city?" Thus speaking, Benny walked away toward the kitchen. "No, sir." "I think Dr. Poundexter has a big nerve to hold baek The doctor pursed his lips and looked sharply at the boy. and read any letter he chooses that comes through the mail "You are quite sure of that, are you?" to us, and a bigger nerve to destroy afterward, any letter "Yes, sir I don't know a soul in New Orleans, that is, that doesn't suit his fancy," muttered J aek Carter, digging unless some friend of mine from Mobile has come thete his heel discontentedly into the gmvel. "I don't know who unknown to me." has written to me from N ew O rleans, but I'd lik to know "Hem! Well, I perceived among the evening's mail, a the worst way, and I slia'n' t be satisfied till I find out." letter addressed to you bearing the city postmark. The Jack finally walke d away, but his fertile mind was busy rules of my establishment, as you are aware, permit me with several plans l ooking to the recovery of his l etter i to hold back and examine any letter addressed to a pupil the doctor held it out that does not appear to have come from his parents or At length, the tea bell rang, the fifty odd boys formed in guardian As I regarded this letter addressed to you from line along the porch outside of th e refectory, and when the city 'vith suspicion, I opened and refl:d it. In my the word was given by one of the tutors, they marched inopinion, its contents are hardly calculated to do you any side and took their places at the tables. good. I li::JYe therefore, decided not to give it to you, The meal proceeded as us u a l under the -eye of the tutor hut mail it to your uncle with my reasons for withholding in charge, who sat at one end of the room on a raised platit. form This was not a plearnnt bit of news for Jack. Before tea was quite over, Benny, as usual, marched in He believed that he was rightfully entitled to that l etter. with the mail that was to be distributed to the "cholars Whether he "as or not, there seemed to be little chance He l aid it on the tutor's table and retired. of his ever getting it. Whe n the half hour allotted to the meal was up the If he coulcbi't get the letter, the doctor might at tuto r to u ched a bell, then he called out thenames of those tell him who Jris unknown correspondent was, so he asked for whom he had letters and other mail-matter, and each him for that infom1ation boy went up to the desk in turn, and received what was Dr. Pouncl exte r after considering a moment, declined coming to him. to enlighten him on the s ubject. On this particular -evening, about ten boys were called "'l'hat is all, Carter," he added. "You may go." up. As Jack turned away, his eyes rested on the doctor's The expectant Jack was not called, so he understood that waste-paper ba s ket. his l etter was held back by Dr. Poundexter. There, with its face turned up, lay an envelope addressed He bit his lip angTily, for he deeply resented the doc-to Jack Carter, care of the Poundexter Academy. tor's line of action. One end was torn off, revealing a small part of the en -As the bell tapped for the boys to stand up, before leav closure. ing the tables, Benny re-entered the refectory, and walking The handwriting looked familiar to the boy, but he up to the tutor, said something to him. couldn t place it, at the moment "Jack Carter," said the tutor. This was clearly the letter the doctor had held back, and "Yes, sir," replied Jack, promptly. whrich he said he intended to mail to Jack's uncle "Step this way p lease. From its presence in the waste-paper basket, it looked Jack walked to the desk, and stood waiting the tutor's to the boy as if the letter was going into the fire instead pleasure. of to his uncle. That gent l eman tapped the bell twice, which was the If he could have secured that letter without attracting signal for the boys to file out into the p l ayground and dis the doctor's notice, he would have done so in a moment; perse for an hour's play, before the bell rang for them to but he couldn't, and reluctantly left the room go to the study hall for night study. On his way back to the playground, that letter lying in While the boys were passing out of the refectory, the the waste-paper basket haunted Jack's mind. tutor turned to Jack Wasn't there any way that he could get that letter? "Dr. Poundexter wishes to see you in his study, right He c1i:dgeled his brains for some plan that would solve away the problem. Jack bowed and left the refectory by a side door, that led Suddenly, he thought of Benny. into a hall connecting with the part of the house in which It was his duty to empty that basket every morning. the doctor and his wife lived Perhaps he couid persuade the young porter to attend Half way down the hall was the door of Dr. Poun -to the basket that evening. d exter's study. Then it would be a simple matter for the l ad to take The word "Office" was painted in small letters on the possession of the letter and hand it to Jack before the study ground glass pane which formed the upper half of the door. bell rang. J ack knocked, and was bidden to enter. He decided to hunt Benny up, and propose the matter The doctor was Seated at his desk, writing. to him. ''You sent for me, Dr. Poundexter," said Jack, in a re He founa the lad in an outhouse, cutting up wood for s p ectful tone. kindling.


( IN THE LAND OF GOLD. "Benny I want you to do me a g r e at favor and I'll make it all ri ght with you a t th e fir s t chanc e," said Jack. "What's th e favor? asked th e y oung port er. "The l ette r you told m e c ame for m e in to-ni ght's mail, is now lying in the doctor's was te-paper basket in his stud y I want you to g et it for m e "How do you know it's in the bask et?" asked Benny, much surprised. "Because, I saw it there." "Did Old P i ckles send for you, to speak about that l etter?" "Yes." "He told you that you couldn't have it, I suppo se?" "That's ri g ht. H e told m e that h e intend e d to mail it to my uncle, but as I saw it lying in th e basket, I eel sure th a t he re a ll y int e nd s to have it burned up in th e ki t chen fire You always e mpt y t4e bas k e t in th e mornin g What' s }he matt e r with you e mpt y in g it to-ni g ht, in s t e ad? Then you can g e t that l ette r and bring it to me, and I ehall be und e r e v e rla s ting obligations to you. "I needn't e mpt y it, to get you the letter. The doctor is pr o babl y r at s upp e r b y this time. I'll s lip into th e s tudy, pi c k the l etter out 0 th e bas k e t, and brin g it to you. Jus t wait here till I get bac k." B e nny dropp e d th e h a tchet, and was off like a s hot. In less than five minut e s he was back, with a triumphant grin on hi s freckled fac e "There 's your let t er," he s aid, holding it out. "By George You re a bri c k," c ri e d J a ck, as he took i t. At th at moment t he bell r a ng, calling the s tud ents t o the s tudy h all. As Jack had onl y time to reach his place in the line, he put th e letter in his pocket and left the outhouse on the run. CHAPTER II. PAYING THE PIPER. At nine o'clock, evening study came to an end, and the students were di s mi s s e d to go to their sleeping rooms. Jack occ upied a room w ith three oth e r boys. It adjoin e d a much smaller one allotted to a single youth named Walt er: Pendleton, who had the reputation of being the s neak of the school. At any rate he was the most unpopular scholar at the acad e m y The boys w e re allow e d fift e en minutes in which to un dress and g e t into b ed, at the end of which time all lights had to be out in the s leepin g rooms. This was one of the mos t stringent rules of the academy and was alway s obeyed, but s ometimes, ater the insp e ct ing tutor h a d gon e his round s candle s were lighted in more than one room for r e a sons known only to the boys themselves. On this particular night, a fter the tutor had made his rounds, Jack s prang out of hi s bed and lit a small bit of candle. "What's up?" asked one of the other three. "I'm up for one thing," chuckled Jack. "Any fool can s e e that," growled ifile other. "What did you light the candle for?" "I've got a l e tter I want to read. You chaps can turn over and go to sleep. There is nothing doing that will intere s t y ou." "Whe n did you g e t the letter?" asked the other boy. "You wasn't called up to-night when the mail was dis t r ibut e d." "Oh, thi s cam e by s pecial delivery, later on," laughed Jack, tearing off the end of the envelope and pulling out th e enclosure. The l ette r was a s hort one, a nd the first thing Jack did w,as t o g lance at the s ignature to learn who hi s conespond ent was H e almo s t gave a whoop of delight wlien he saw the nam e of Tom L a nston s igned to it in bold characters. Toni was an old1Mobile chum of hi s who had gone to sea a year s ince, and who h e h a d almo s t forgotten in the whirl 0 succeeding events. Tom had promised to write to him as often as he could, but if h e had done so his uncle had never forwarded the l ette r s to the academy, therefor e Jack was ignorant of.his wher e abouts, and what had happened to him, since they part ed. This was the first letter he had ever got from him, and it ran as follows: "PALMETTO HOUSE, 60 D-St., "NEw ORLEANS, May 12. "DEAR OLD CHUM: What in thunder is the matter with you old c hap? I've written s i x l ette r s to you, and neve r a one have you sent m e in r e ply, th o u g h I told you when and where you c ould a d dress m e with th e cer t a int y of me get ting you r l ette r I've jus t h e ard from B o b Raker, that you are a t the P o undext e r Academy, Seabro o k n e ar thi s city, s o maybe you never got m y l ette r s whi c h w ere all addressed to your home in Mobile, though I should im a g in e that your uncle would h ave sent them on to you. The brig has bee n here over two weeks, and we are n .ow taking on board an a s sorted cargo for Vera Cruz, for which pprt we e x pect to sail in a few days. Now that I've located you so clos e to the city, I want you to try and get per mission to come in and see me, if only for an hour or two, and I'll spin you some yarns that will make your hair curl. You'll find me at the Palmetto on Duguerre Street, No. 60, where I'm s topping while the brig's in port. A change from th e fok's l and the s hip's grub, is a luxury to be appreciated by your s truly, though the Palmetto isn't a swell joint b y any means-just a saloon and sailors' boarding-house. Come any afternoon this week. I'll be on the lookout for you, and I'll give you a royal welcome: "Yours as ever, "TOM LANSTON." "Dear old Tom, just as breezy as ever," breathed Jack, after reading the l e tter over twi ce. "I must try and man a g e to see him somehow, though how I'm going to do it is a poser, for I'm sure Pound exte r will never let me go to the cit y I'v e a great mind to slip away to-morrow after dinner spend the aft e rnoon with Tom, and then come back and tak e my m e di c ine." 'As Jack g a z ed reflectively at the envelope to which he had r e turned th e letter, the door s uddenly opened, and Dr. Pounde x ter s uddenly s trode into the room. "What does this mean, Jack Carter?" he said, sternly. "Why are you out of bed at this hour, with a lighted candle


7 I' 4 IN THE LAND OF GOLD. which is strictly against the rules? What are you reading? A letter! Let me see it, sir." Jack was so astonished and taken aback by tP.e doctor's unexpected appearance, which was decidedly unusual, that Dr. Poundext e r snatched Torn Lan s ton' s letter out of his hand befor e he could make a move to hid e it. Had Jack been able to pierc e the gloom of the corridor out s ide, he would have seen Walter Pendleton standing there fully dressed, and that would have accounted for th e doctor's pre s ence on the scene Pendleton, whose spying propen s ities w ere s uspected his companions, had peeked through th e keyhole of the door, and seeing Jack r e ading a lett e r beside a lighted candle, had at once consid e red it his duty to notify Dr. Poundexter. At any rate, Jack was caught redhanded, as it were, and he realiz e d that he was up against it .. Dr. Poundexter glanced at the envelope, thinking it be some communication which the boy had received in a surreptitious manner, e ith e r ove r the wall, or through the connivance of one of the servants. The moment his eyes re sted on the superscription, with its stamp and city postmark, he recogniz e d it as the letter he had held b ack from Jack, and which he had thrown into his waste basket to be burned up. His brow grew as black as a thunder gust "How did you get this letter, Carter?" he demanded, sternly. "It came out of your waste ba s k e t, sir," replied Jack, who scorned to either prevaricate or tell a direct lie. "Then you saw it in the basket when you were in my study, this evening?" "I did." "And you took it out?" "No, sir." '.'How then did you get possession of it?" "I must decline to answer that question," replieEI J ack, firmly. "I insist that you answer it, sh," said the doctor, harshly "I am sorry, sir, but I cannot." The other three boys in the room were awake by this time, and they list e ned to what was going on with no little s urprise. They sympa thized with Jack, but that was all they could do under the circumstances. "Dress yourself at onc e and follow me," said the doctor. Jack obeyed, s atisfied that h e was in for a severe punish ment. Dr. Poundext e r led the way to hi s study. "Now, sir," said the doctor, I ask you once more to te ll me how you got that l etter." "I can't tell y ou, Dr. Pound e xter." "Why not?" "I have my reasons." "What are y our reasons?". Jack remained silent. "Ans wer me," cried the doctor, furi o u s ly. "I do not feel as if I can explain t hem." "You must, or I will puni sh yo:u., severe l y." "I can't help it, sir." "Very well. You s hall be confined in the black hole, to-night. You will have an opportunit y to reflect in s olitude a nd discomfort. In the morning if you s till per s i s t in your refusal to explain how you got that l e tter, I.., s hall cane you in the presence o f the whole school. If that does not break down your obstinacy you will be de pri ved of your noon playhour for the next thirty days. The four Saturdays of th'at time you will spe nd in the st ud y hall by yourself, and that the time may not be wasted you s h a ll copy the history of Rome from the reign of Augustus Omsar to the fall of the empire, as set forth in your modern history. Now, follow me." The doctor led the way to a bare windowless compart ment in the basement of th e school building. The only piece of furniture it contained was a s ma ll three-legged stool. "Enter," s aid the doctor, sternly. "Your breakfast will be bread and water He locked the door on Jack and went away. CHAPTER III. BILL BR OWN. "So I'm to be made an example of befor e the whole school to-morrow, because I refuse to tell how I got hold of that letter. Well, I don't mean to give Benny away, neither do I intend to s ubmit to a caning if I can help myself. That is a little beyond the limit, at my age. I consider it a degradation I'll run away, b e for e I'll s tand for it, no matter wha.t the consequences may be, after ward." That's the way Jack argued as he walked up and down the narrow confines of the cell known as th e "black hol e," in which only very refractory boys had heretofore. been con fined. It was situated at the corner of the school building. The rest of the cellar was filled with wood and coa 1 bins, miscellaneous truck, and the heating apparatus, which was seldom used. The pitch darkness of the black hole was not pleasant to Jack, so he pulled out bis match safe and s truck 1 a lucifer. As he looke d around the cheerless c ell, h e s pied a s mall piece of candle that a former o c c up ant had left th e r e H e lighted it, but the gleam hardl y sufficed to more than make the darkness visible, as the saying i s Although Jack had been at the school nearl y a yea r, this was hi s first acquaintance with the bl ack h o le. Examining it with some curiosity he found that i t was roughly con s truct e d of plain boards, which formed the front and one s ide, th e oth e r two sides bein g th e corn er of the building. The door, which hung on two big hinges, was also made of boards, h e ld together by thre e braces in the form of a fapital Z. The lock was on the inside, and fully exposed. Four screws held it in place, and a sma ll screwdrive r would soon hav e removed it, as J ack perceived whil e look ing at it. He had a jackknife in hi s pocket, with a sma ll screw driver attachment at the encl of the handle.' He d ecide d to see if b e could make any impression o n the screws with it. Th e fir s t screw he tackled r eadily yiel d ed, and he kept o n till the lock fell off in his hand.


--._,-----IN THE LAND OF G O L D. ==============================r============================:.'All he had to do then, was to push the door open and saw a policeman, and asked him where D--Street walk out was. "Gee! That was easy," he chuckled. "The doctor 'fhe officer looked at him sharply. would have a fit if he knew how simple it is to get "Are you going there at this hour of the night?" he in. of that place.'; quired He replaced the lock, leaving the door open "Yes," replied Jack. "I've got a friend stopping .at a Then he walked to the cellar stairs, and was soon stand sailors' boarding-house called the Palmetto House, and I'm ing in an entry above. going to stay all night with him." "I:f I go to my room and turn in, I'll only catch it worse, .Tack's answer was enough, but it struck the though a chap might as well be hung for a sheep as n lamb. officer as rather odd that a well-dressed boy should he goi n g I think the punishment the doctor has promised me is beto the region of the clocks at that late hour to sleep wit h a yond reason. Instead of submitting to it, I think now, friend in a rough boarding-house. that I've the chance, I'll slip awa:v to the city, hunt Tom The policeman knew nothipg :'.!-bout the Palmetto Hous e up at the Palmetto House, No. 60 D--Street, and stay but he did know that D-Street was a tough locality, all night and all to-morrow with him. If in the c>nd, I've right in the midst of one of the worst sections of lhe. town, got to take a caning, I1might as well do something to de-so he deemed it his duty to post Jack, and advise him to serve it. After I've had my swing, it won't be so bad to postpone his visit until daytime. take my medicine." Jack, however, had no other place to go, unless he wen t The idea of going to the city, and having a corking time to a hotel and put up, and he didn't care to do that with his old chum, Tom Lanston, appealed so strong to Being a fearless lad he was not frightened at the p rosJ ack that he determined to carry the plan out. pect ahead.of him, as sketched by the policeman. "No bread and water for me, to-morrow morning, and He believed he could reach the Palmetto House all right, no caning either. I wonder what my uncle will say when if he could get a correct line on its situation, so he tol d Dr. Poundexter writes him an account of my rni>ideeds? the officer that he was going there if it took him half the The doctor might consider my running away to New night to reach his destination. Orleans as a sufficient cause to expel me. Well, who cares? The policeman then asked him his name, and wher e he This isn't the only academy in the South, thank goodness lived. Jack, having decided on his course of action, lost no time Jack gave a fictitious name and address, and after he in carrying it into effect. had noted it down in his memorandum -book, the policema n First, it was necessary for him to go to his room for his gave him general directions, advising him to inquire for hat. definite guidance of an officer when he got nearer the r iver He found his three roommates fast asleep, as he exThe boy said he would, and passed on. pected. 'I'he closer he got to the Mississippi, the more lonesome He opened his trunk, and took out the few dollars and deserted the streets had saved up, and then softly leaving the room, deecendecl It was now after midnight, and pedestrians were few the stairs and let himself out into the pla:vground through and far between. a window. Jack's experience with the policeman on Claiborne He crossed the yard, mounted the wall with the help of a Avenue made him rather wary of having any dealings with plank, and dropped into the shore path that led to 8ea another one. brook. He decided to make his future inquiries at other sources. The hamlet was only half a mile away .. and he soon As Jack walked down a tough looking, narrow street, reached it. he saw a stalwart man stagger out of a groggery and start Following the only street in the p lace, he was presently across the thoroughfare in the road leading to the city At that moment, a rapidly driven hack, coming from the When he passed the open doorway of a small drinking direction of the river, dashed around the corner. house, he noted that the hour was half-past ten. Jack saw the man's danger and ran forward, shouting "It;s early, yet," he said to himself. "If nothing to him. happens to detain me, I should reach the city in ::rn hour, The offhorse struck the big chap and h'Tiocked him down and I hope to find my way to the Palmetto Honse by mid and but for the boy's timely interference, one of the wheels night." of the vehicle must have passed over his legs. To an athletic youth like Jack Carter, a fivemile walk The driver reined in, as Jack tried to raise the man up. was a mere bagatelle. He seemed to be a sailor, and was somewhat under the In fifteen minutes he saw the l ights of the suburbs far influence of liquor. ahead of 11im. It was the first time Jack had ever been called on to An hour later, he was on St. Bernard Aven ue, wal king enact the part of a good Samaritan. straight for the river. W ith the assistance of the hackman, who descended from Jack wa not very well acquainted with New O rleans. his perch to lend a hand, the half-drunken man was carr i ed He hadn't the least idea. where D--Street was, but to the walk. judged that it was somewhere near the river, for the Pal There were two persons in the hack. metto House bei ng a sailors' boarding-house, acco.rding to One of them, who looked lilte a swell, stuck h is hea d out Tom Lanston, it was likely to be near the water. .of the window and asked, with some impatience, what the When Jack reached the corner of Claibo rn e A ir.en ue h e trouble was.


6 IN THE LAND OF GOLD. "Nearly ran a drunken sailor down, sir," replied the j ehu. "Why couldn't you look out where you're going?" said the gentleman, angrily. "He staggered right in front of the horses, before I could turn out "Is he badly hurt?" "I don't believe he's hurt at all. This boy saved him." Jack looked up at that. The light from a gas-lamp illuminated the gentleman's face, and showed the boy that he certainly belonged to the upper grade of society "Well, get up and drive on then," growled the gentle man. The driver obeyed, and the hack rattled off, leaving Jack alone with the sailor. 'l'he boy now had a good look at the fellow, under the glare of the gas light, and his appearance was not reassur ing. He was a model of brutB st rength, not a little resembling some shaggy bison. His proportions were herculean; his chest wide and deep, his arms long and sinewy, and covered with hair. CHAPTER IV. JN THE "FOUL ANCHOR" DIVE. As the ill-assorted pair walked along, gradually ap' proaching the region of the docks, Bill Brown seemed to grow more sober It might have been the fresh breeze from the river, or the exercise, which seemed to clear his brain. At any rate, he ceased to stagger, and grew more and more inquisitive as to the boy's business in D-Street at that hom, for he easily saw that Jack was seveeal pegs aboye the social status of the slums. "What Jer goin to the Palmetto House for?" he inquired. "I'm gO"ing to call on a friend of mine." "A fri e nds of yours, eh? What might his name be?" "It might be 'l'om Jones," replied Jack; "but it isn't," he added under his breath. "Tom Jones? Don't know him. Is he a sailor?" "Yes." "What craft does he belong to?" As Tom Lanston had neglected to insert in his letter the name of the brig he was connected with, Jack couldn't have told Bill Brown if he had been so inclined. His blue, sailor's Guernsey shirt was wide open at the neck, revealing his broad chest, on which was tattooed figure of a three-masted, full-rigged bark. "I don't know her name," he answered. His head, close set down on his huge shoulders, was "Ye don't look lik e a chap that's hail-fellow-well-met large and covered with a shock of rusty-red hair; his eyes with the sailor man," said Bill Brown, suspiciously "Who were of a greenish hue, and glared from beneath heavy, be ye, anyway?" bushy brows, while his face was heavily tanned and dis"I'm a boy." figured from the smallpox. "I kin see that with half an eye, my hearty. What's On the whole, he looked savage, unta.mable and dangeryer name?" ous. "Jack Carter." Jack didn't care for the championship of this gormalike individual, and would have left him sitting on the curb, but for the fact that one of the fellow's great, horny hands had clutched him by the arm. Whether the sailor recognized the boy as his preserver, or whether he was actuated by some other motive, he did not seem disposed to part company with the lad. 'You're all right now," said Jack, anxious to get away from him "I reckon I'm always all right, my hearty," replied the sailor, staggering on his feE'.t and at the same time main taining his grip on the boy. "Who are you, youngster? Yer done me a favor, and Bill Brown ain't one to forget it." I "That's all right. You're welcome, Mr. Brown. 'As I'm in a hurry, I'd like to get on." "Mr. Brown!" roared the oo.ilor, peering curiously at Jack. "Don't put no handle to my name. I'm Bill Brown, d'ye under stand?" Jack und erstood, for the fellow put emphasis enough on the words. "Say, where yer goin' ?" added the sailor "Palmetto House, D-Street," replied the boy. "I'm goin' there myself, so we'll sail along together, my Thus speaking, Bill Brown hooked him by the arm, and J, to his great disgust, felt obliged to accompany the villainous looking seaman. "What e:r want to see Tom ;Tones at this here hour, for?" 'Cause he's an old friend of mine." "Ain't yer afeard of bein' down 'round the docks at this time of night?" "No, I'm : not." The 1 tone in which Jack uttered the words, seemed to make an imp1ession on the sailor, for he slapped the boy familiarly on the back, and said : "It's my 'pinion -ye are the right stuff, my hearty. I don't take much stock in boys tucked out like ye br, but I reckon ye are kinder diff'rent from the ord'nary run. Ye done me a good turn, anyway, and Bill Brown kin remem ber that as wll as he kin remember a chap that turns a trick agin' him. It ain't well for no man to cut up nasty with me, let me tell yer. I've done up more'n one feller in my time, and I j est as soon do it ag'in as not," said the j sailor, wtih an imprecation. Jack believed him, for he looked capable of anything. "How much. further is it to D-Street?" Jack asked. "Don't ye know where the street is, yerself ?" asked Brown, with a leer. "No, I was never in it." "Then it's lucky for ye, I've got yer in tow. Ye fnight have run into trouble a dozen times afore ye reached it, for the chaps dow-n here wouldn't like the cut of yer jib Ye are too swell lookin for this here locality, and them what look s as if they're out of their reck'nin' is apt to run into trouble.'' i


e t t 0 s r, i.s 0 y I I r e a.a ty er lit it, b. m lll ) f IN THE LAND OF GOLD. "I'm not looking for trouble, but I can defend if attacked." "What a little fightin' cock ye be," cried the sailor, bursting into a roar of laughter, and fetching Jack another crack on the back which almost knocked the breath out of him. "So ye kin fight, eh? Are ye heeled?" "What do you mean by that?" "Have ye a knife or a gun?" "Neither." -"And ye talk of fightin' people what has, ye popinjay. Blame me, if ye ain't as good as a circus." Bill Brown laughed again. "You didn't tell me whether we are near D-Street or not/' said Jack. "We'll come to it pretty soon. Can't ye smell the river?" Jack knew they were close to the Mississippi, but he couldn't smell it in the literal sense. He could smell a number of villainous odors from the locality they were threading though. Every fourth or fifth house seerned to have a saloon on the ground floor, and they were in full blast. Hard-looking men stood at the bar, 8at at the tables, and hung around outside. Jack clearly aroused the attention of the latter, but he was not interfered with because he was under the convoy of such a tough-looking giant us Bill Brown, and Bill had a reputation in that neighborhood that the ordinary fry felt bound to respect. It was no secret among them, that Brown had stabbed two men the night befoTC in a brawl, and the papers said that one of hem was" dead at the hospital, and the other not expected to live. Several detectives were lookin g for Big Bill., as he was called, but no one lmew better than the y that they had a contract on their hands to arrest him in his own stamping grounds. He was a match for any four men himself, and he could count on help from the tough denize11s of the vicinity, who would stand by hrm on general principles whether they liked him individually or not, for the police were re garded as the common enemy Conscious of his great strength, Brown refused to go in hiding; but this was really mere bravado on his p art, for if the sailor had one great weakness, it was to be admired for his nerve. He was willing to take chances iR order to make good his bluff, but for all that the ruffian held the po1ice in dread, though he was prepared to fight a dozen of them at a moment's notice. As they moved down a dark s ide street, Jack noticed a figure glide out from behind a scaffo kliFig in front of a building that was being r epa ired, artd :follow them In a moment or two he turned his head to look back .. at this person, but the man, whoever he was, slipped behind a cask and remained unseen. Jack looked back again and fancied he saw two men this time, behind them, but they vanished so quickly that he wasn't sure he had seen aright. It gave the boy an unpleasant sensation to feel that they were being dogged, notwithstanding that he felt his com panion was an ugly customer to tackle They were now among a colony oJ high, squalid houses, the abodes of the lowest class of dock laborers, w h ich a r e a different type in New Orleans than elsewhere. "Where are you going, now?" ask ed Jack, hanging back, as Brown turned into a dark, reeking court. "I'm goin' to get a bite to eat, my hearty. If ye are hungry ye kin eat, too, at my expense.i' "I'm not hungry. It must be after one, and I'd like to get to tlte Palmetto House as soon as possible," protested Jack. "Ye'd never get there without me. Ye'd be cleaned out and dumped into the river in no time at all, notwith standin' ye think yer a fighter. A blow on the back of the head with a stick or a stone would soon knock all the fight out of yer. Ye don't want to lose me if ye lmow what's good for yer." The sailor pulled Jack along w!th him, and the boy had to go wh ethe r he wanted to or not. They ente red an out of-the way groggery and eating houee that stood at the end of the court, with a dull, red lamp, upon which was painted a foul anchor, similar to that worn on the shoulder straps of the officers of the navy, over the nal'l'ow door. The house was known as the "Four Anchor," and was a dive, pure and simple, the 1wper floors of which were rented to roomers. Meals could be hacl at this place at any hour of the clay or night, at a long table running crosswise at the back part of the room. The front part occupied by a bar and a number of round tables. There was quite a crowd of habitues in the place, which resounded with boisterous conversation and coarse laughter. Every eye in the room focused itself on J a ck, for he was decidedly out of the swim there, as he followed along side of Bill Brown: Everybody knew Bill, and they w he was "wanted," too. Whether they liked him or not, they adm i red his nerve in defying the detectives, several of whom were known t o be looking around for the big sailor. Brown fraternized with a number of sailors in the room, and compared notes with them, talking freely about the scrap in which he had done up the two men Jack, who stood by, listening for want of any better occupation, thus learned with a feeling of repu l sion and horror, that the man he had saved from being run down by the hack, was to all intents and purposes, a murdere r "Come, my cockatoo," said Brown"' at last, to the boy, "we'll tackle a bit of grub. Sit ye down at this here tab l e Jack sat down, but kept as far from the sailor as he could now, and Brown rapped on the table for some o n e to take their orders Presently a low-bred Frenchman came from the kitchen "So eet ees you, Bi.11 Brown? Mon Dieu What a nerve you got wiz ze police on ze lookout for you They been here four, five time to day, all disguise as longsho r e men, but they cannot pull ze sheep's wool ovaire my eyes Non, non; Pierre J acquarcl was not b orn yesterday. Wha t you vill have, to-night? Eggs and baco n o u i ?" "And coffee," said Brown


8 IN THE LA1'lD OF GOLD. ''And mon e nfant," said Jacquard turning to Jack. "You.-vill have ze same ?" "Sure," s aid Brown. "He takes what I t a k e G e t a move on, mon s oo." Th e Frenchman grinn e d and r et u rned t o th e kit c h e n, from which Jack soon cau ght th e sound s and odor 0 f ry ing eggs and bacon In a s hort tim e the meal w a s b efo r e them, and th e s a ilor pitch e d in lik e a hungr y m a n Jack had an app e ti te, though h e was not particularl y an x iou s to e a t in tha t d e n. A s they fini s h e d their coffee and Brown pulled out a short pip e or a s mok e th e clock b e hind the bar s truck two. The sailor called for a g lass 0 rum and to Jack s di s gust, seemed to be anchored there for an ind e finite tim e "It will be day light b y th e time I find the P a lm e tto House," h e mutte red. "If I hadn't met thi s ras cal, I would probably be snug in bed with Tom long before this." At this moment, two men in the attire o f long s horem e n s tagger e d into th e room and up to the bar t o which they clung and looked sleepil y around, as i f threequart e r s "shot." Their eyes re s ted for an in stant on Bill Brown in hi s swagger attitude, and the n the ir h e ad s fell together and they s o r e main e d for a few minut e s Then one of them reel e d to th e door, and ell out into th e c ourt in th e mos t natural m a nner in t h e world. He picked hims e lf up a nd di s appe a red in the darkness. The other man called for gin, but wasted the bulk 0 it i n try ing apparently to g e t it down his throat. The crowd was too familiar with men in hi s condition to pay any particular attention t o th e i;eemin g l y drunk e n lon g shor e man and s o he clung around th e bar a s if it was his only hope. Jack was the onl y one who s e emed to take a n y p ar ticu lar n otic e 0 the y n ken long s hor e man. His actions were as good a s a p lay to him Te n minut e s might have elap s ed while the n ewcomer h ugged the bar in a most affec tionate way when his com pa n ion came stagger in g i n again, followed b y two com panions They w ent to the bar and ordered drinks, and whil e they were waiting for th e barke e per to serve the first man reeled away from the bar toward the back of the room where Bill and Jack still sat at the long table Brow n glanced at him w ith. a furtive, s uspic i ous glare a s he came up H e staggered against the tab l e and fell over J ack, then straighten e d up ; and putting his hand on the boy's s h o ul der looked hard at him in an apparentl y silly way "Lave the boy alone gr o wled Brown, shoving the man away with a force that ent h i m s tagg e ring again s t the wall. As h e recove r e d himself with s eeming difficulty, the oth e r tipsy fellow, followed by hi s two companion s made their way to the rear. Brown didn't seem to l ike their appearance somehow, and J ack saw him p u t h is hand to his hip The act i o n was a signal for a thrilling sensation The two appare n tly d r unk e n men b e came s ober m a moment, and a r evolver appear e d in the h a nd of ea c h, s up pl e m ente d wit h w e apon s in the h a nd s o f the other two. "Throw up y dur hands, Bill Brown,'' cri e d one, sternly "You're pinch e d With a roa r of fury, Brown jumped to his feet and a wic k e d -l ookin g knife hed in the gaslight. l In a moment the room was in confu s ion, and a dozen revolvers w e r e drawn. "I' ll n o t b e tak e n alive!" s creamed the h e r c u l e an sailor. A s h e s pok e th e light went out, and the room was en v e loped in pitchy darkness. C H APTE R V. THE EBO.A.PE FRO M THE "FOUL ANCHO R Jack wa s fair l y staggered by what had happened so s ud denl y The tabl e au his eyes reste d o n befor e th e bart e nd e r t urn e d the gas off at t h e m e ter, was a thrilling one Bill Brown was s tanding drawn up at bis full height, li k e a giganti c wild man at bay, hi s fac e convulsed with a nger a nd f e r ocity, whil e he h e ld the gleaming knife r e ady for in s tant act ion. Surroundin g him in a semi circle, w e re the four men in rou g h, longshor e men's duds, now r e v eale d as office r s o f the law, with th e ir revolvers poi n ted at his breast Ba c k of th e m were twos c ore o f habitu e s who had drawn weapons and looke d des perate en o ugh or an y thing The youn g s choolbo y expe c t e d nothing short of blood s h e d whe n the light went out. A terrib l e uproar succeeded the extingui s hing of the gas 1 The four det ectives flung th e mselves on Bill Brown and pinned him backwa r d ove r th e tabl e Jack, in fear of bis life, sprang up and jumped agains t the wall. The sail o r swore, and fought d e sp erate ly ag a in s t the de tectives. Some body crept u p to the scene of the f ray a n d fir e d his gun at random \ Th e h illuminated the bunch 0 strugglin g m e n. Two oth e r revol v e r s crack e d immediatel y aft e r, and o n e of th e officers fell to th e floor, cr y ing out that he was s hot. Bill Brown took advantage of the moment to e x ert a ll hi s g r e at stre ngth. He s wept the thre e d e t e ctives back as if the y w e r e chil dr e n and s pran g on to the tabl e out of their reach. 'rhe tabl e was not des ign e d to s tand the s hock 0 his weight, and it went down with a c ra s h. Jack conclud e d that things w e r e altog e ther too hot for him whe n anoth e r pi stol cracked, a n d a bullet struck the wall close to hi s e ar. He made a dash for the door of the kit c h e n, and ga i ned it jus t a s Bill Brown came ru s hin g in aft e r him. The Fre nch cook bad alr e ad y fle d through the rear e n trance into a foul s m e lling and nan-ow y ard leaving the door open 'rhrough thi s exit Jac k ru s h e d followed b y th e big s ailor. In s pit e of hi s e xcit e ment, Brown r ecog nized the boy and g rabbed him b y the arm "'I'hi s way, my h e art y,'' h e s aid, pu s hing Jack toward an open door at the end of the yard :


.. IN THE LAND OF GOLD. 9 The uproar behind them was something terrific, for a tremendous fight was going on between the detectives and the crowd. Both parties were using their weapon s the officers with deadly effect, for their lives depended on routing the enemy. The fusilade hastened the movements of )3rown, Jack had to keep up with him. They da s hed through a narrow hall or entry from one end of the rear building to the other, thence down a short flight of stairs into a cellar, the odors of which were something horrible to the boy's unaccustomed sense of smell, through a door into another opening between two rookeries that could not be c alled a yard, and up three rickety steps into another building. Brown dragged Jack through another hallway, and out into a dirty, narrow court, surrounded by filthy ten e m e nts that looked as if they were on the point of toppling over on one another. Here they found the Frenchmau jabbering to a country man of his. "Aha, Bill Brown!" he exclaimed. "So you give ze officer ze slip Bon You are ze grand wonder." The sailor made no reply to this speech, but made off down the court, hauling the reluctant boy with him. "I say, I've had enough of this," objected Jack, when they sallied forth into a na rrow street. "I want to go on to the Palmetto House." "Don't yer worry about the Palmetto House, my hearty," growled the sailor. "Ye are goin' with me." "I don't see what good I'm doing you," protested Jack. "Ye ain't doin' me no good, but I'm doin' ye a favor, my popinjay." "How are you?" "The detectives have spotted ye in my company, and they'd know yer face ag'in in a minute. Ye' d be pinched the moment they caught sight of yer, and ye wouldn't get less'n ten year he -said, with a hoarse chuckle. Brown's words greatly startled Jack. He remembered that just before the trouble began, one of the disguised detectives had looked him straight in the face after falling against him, and he was sure the officer, if he ese'Uped from the "Foul Anchor" dive, would know him again on sight. Brown noticed his look of consternation, and chuckled again. "Ye stick by me, youngster, and I'll see yer through," he said. "Are you going to the Palmetto House now?" asked Jack. "Not on yer life, my popinjay. We've got to go m hidin' after to-night's work." "Go in hiding gasped Jack. Big Bill made no reply, but taking care to maintain a firm grip on the boy's arm, he hurried him to the water front, and then began to follow the course of the river in a direction that would take them away from the city. They met only a few nighthawks abroad at that early hour, and they paid attention to the burly sailor and his well-dressed compamon. It was a long tramp the boy had to take, and as Bill Brown ceased to be communicative, Jack was thrown back on his own thoughts, which were not of a pleasant kind. ---------He heartily wished himself back a prisoner in the black hole of the academy, for he realiz e d that. he had only jumped from the frying-pan into the fire. "I'm getting paid up for my folly of running away in the middle of the night," he muttered, disconsolately. "How this adventure of mine is going to end I haven't any idea, but from the present outlook, the prospect is not encouraging." It was the darkest houl""before the dawn, and Jack's feel ings were as gloomy as the scene around liim and his companion. He was in the clutches of a rascal who was wanted for murder, and if they were captured together he felt tha.t whatever explanation he might make, w.oulc1 be regarded with suspicion by the authorities. 'They were now hurrying along an open part of the river beyond the city limits. Day was breaking in the east. Jack was weary after his all night experiences, and longed for a chance to turn in somewhere. He asked Brown how much further they were going to walk, but got no answer Daylight grew apace, and they still plodded along. They met early workers on their way to their employ ment, and saw smoke ascending from a score of chimneys At length, an hour after sunrise they reached their destination-a waterside tavern, frequented by freshwater sailors, with a sprinkling of saltwater ones. Brown was evidently known to the propr i etor, for they exchanged cordial salutations .. After a conference, the sailor and Jack were shown two separate rooms to sleep off their fatigue. The boy was,so dead beat that he didn't notice that the key was turned on him, and _that he was virtually a prisoner. He turned into bed, and i n five minutes was sound asleep. Early in the afternoon the proprietor of the tavern, whose name was Wood, looked in on him, and finding that he was still sleeping soundly, relocked the door and went away. CHAPTER VI. KIDNAPPED. Jack slept like a top till close on to dark, when he awoke feeling like his old self once more His first impression was one of surprise, on finding him self in a strange room, but he immediately recollected the events of the night, and his spirits fell a bit. "I'm in a bad scrape, right up to my neck," he mut tered. "The only thing I can do is to give this rascally sailor the slip, make my way back to the academy, and fake whatever is coming to me. I was a fool to try and find the Palmetto House at such a late hour, aiter the policeman warned me of low character of the neigh borhood I'd have to pass through to reach it. Well, we all learn by experience, and I sha'n't forget what I've been through, in a hurry." He got up, dressed himself, and took a good wash. While he was combing his hair, the door opened, and Bill Brown walked in.


10 lN THE LAND OF G_OLD. "Hello, my hearty," he said, cheerfully, "how do yer feel now?" "Pretty good," answered Jack, a bit coldly, for the less he had to do with the herculean sailor, the better satisfied he would be. "I reckon yer feel like havin' a bite of somethin', don t yer ?" Jack hadn't thought about his stomach till the sailor suggested eating, and then he woke up to the fact that he had a appetite that called for attention. ''Yes, I'm ready to tackle a squdre meal if I can get it." "Ye'll get it, my popinjay. It's waitin for u s now, downstairs." Five minutes later, they were sitting together at a table in a back room overlooking the river with an appetizing spread before them. Neither spoke during the meal, and after it was over, Brown lighted his pipe and began to smoke. "How would ye like to go to sea, my hearty?" asked the sailor, after blowing out a cloud of smol{c. "Wouldn't like it at all," replied Jack, s hortly. "I thought all boys were stuck on gettin' out into blue water." "I'm not." "Ye said yer name was Jack Carter, didn't ycr ?" "I did." "What part of the city d'ye live in?" "Don't live in the city." "Where then?" asked the sailor, star ing at him curiously. "I'm going to school at an academy on the e hore of Lake Pontchartrain." The sailor chuckled. "Why were ye lookin' for the Palmetto House, s o late last night?" "I want ed to meet a friend of mine who belongs to a brig that's loading for Vera Cruz." "Very Cruz, eh ? It ain't the Shootin' Star, is it?" "I don't know the name of hi G vessel." "Ye said yer friend's name was Tom Jones, didn't yer ?" said Brown, with a leer. "Not Tom Jones, but Tom Lan s ton." "Ye don't m ean it," chuckled Brown, taking his pipe out of his mouth and blinking at Jack. "So Tom Lan ston is a friend of yours?" "Do you know him?" a ske d the boy, with a show of interest. "Do I know him? I reckon I do. He belongs tQ the Shootin' Star, and so do I." Jack was astonished. "I suppose I won't be able to see him now, the way things have turned out." "Maybe yer will. I reckon I kin fix it. Ye stay here with nie. Next Monday I expect the brig to urop down the river and anchor off this here place for a few hours. That'U give yer a chance to see yer friend." "Oh, I can't hang around here till Monday. I've got to get back to school right away," said Jac k, quickly. "Sony to disapp'int yer, but ye can't leave here till I do." "Why not?" objected Jack, aggressively. "'Vv ell, yer see it wouldn't be safe for me to let yer go." : "Why wo11ldn't it?" "The police would be likely to nab yer, and then ye'd give 'em a clue to where I m hidin'.'' "The police won't cateh me before I get back to the school, and they'd never think of lookin' there for me." "Ye think so, do yer? Jest read that there article in the afternoon paper. Maybe ye'll have another think comin'," replied Brown, dryly. He took a folded newspaper from his pocket, pointed at a certain place, and handed the paper to Jack. The boy read the ,story. It was an account of the affair at the "Foul Anchor" diYe, in the small hours o:f the morning. It detailed how four detectives had spotted Bill Brown, a sailor, wanted for murdeT, in the dive, and had tried to get him but failed, o'ving i:o the lights being put out and the interferenc2 of the habitue s of the place. r In the light that ensueu, the sailor escnped, while two detectives were badly wounded, and three of the toughs were killed, and five woundd by the Qfficers. The only thing that savetl the detectives from annihila tion, was the sudaen appearance of a force of police, who captured two-thirds of those present, including the pro prietor. The article went on to stiate that a curious thing noted by the detectives was the fact that the big sailor had for a compa nion a well-dres sed, good-looking and apparently re spec table boy. The boy disappeared with the sailor during the scrim mage. "The police believe they know who the boy is," went on the article. "A lad named Jack Carter, who answers the description of the -youth seen in Bill Brown's company, was reported at police headquarters early this forenoon, as missing from the Poundexier Academy near Seabrook. The evidence points to the fact that he ran away from the school la s t night, and Dr. Poundcxter believes he came to the city to meet a young sailor named Tom Lanston, who is stopping at the sailors' boarding-house known as the Palmetto House, at No. G(]t D-Street. A detective on this clue hunted up Lanston, but the young seaman de clares that he hasn't seen Jaek Carter for a year. He said he wrote to Carter, inYiting him to call on him any afternoon of this week. He didn't think it at ap probable that hi,s friend would pay his visit after dark, and .didn't expec t such a thing. He rjdi.culed the idea that Cartel' could be in Bill Brown's company. He said it didn't stand to reason. A general alarm has been sent out among the patrolmen to watch for Jack Carter, and as he is sup posed to have very little money in his possession, it is ex pected that he'll s oon be rounde d up." "Ye see now, the police all over town is on the lookout for yer They've got yer description so ye wouldn't be able to escape 'em. There hain't nothin' for yer to do but stay here with me till the brig comes down the river. At any rate, I can't afford to let'yer go, so ye might as well consider yerself a fixture here till Monday ; d'ye under stand?" Bill Brown spoke in a tone that showed Jack, the sailor didn't mean to part company with him if he could help it, and that fact, taken in connection with bis early morn ing's adventures, made him feel quite deprnssed. He noticed that the sailor kept a close watch on h'im all I the aga1 up, kne' A mor F con : tic a was sail I to tav ] a s un1 am Sh da: wa Wl RJ W! ab th rE w 0 g


'd 1e le " 1, ; o d 0 S L 0 1-d a t s ' s 1 e ., s e e v e t I' l t t 1 .. IN TlIE LAND OF GOLD. 11 the evening, and when he r eturned to his room to turn in "Where's Tom Lanston?" asked the sa il or, of the only again, he found that the window had been secureh nailed occupant of the place. up, and so when he heard the key turned in the iock, he "Down in the forepeak, doin' a job," replied the man. .knew that he was a prisoner whether h e lik e d it or not This was a lie, of course but it was part of the game After that, the tim e that intervened before Monday to detai n Jack aboard. mornin g came around, passed very slowly with Jaek. The forepeak was a sma ll hold under the forecastle, used Re was satisfie d that his continued taken in for stowing spare sails, extra blocks, rop es and 1other nau connection with Bill Btown's disappearance, would practica l lumber. tica1ly confirm the impression, already suspected, that he It was entere d by a trap door, which was open at the wa s the boy reported by the detectives .as the rasca ll y present moment, and throu g h which shone the dim rays of sailor's companion. a lantern. Bill Brown had kept under cover, and Jack was. forced "Go down there and see yer fri end," said Brown, draw to do lik ewise, since the two had come to the waterside ing Jack over to th e trap. "I'll let you know when it's tavern. t im e to go ashor e." Both th e sai lor and the r,roprietor of the house h:ad kept The boy was a little dubious about venturing down into a sha rp look out on all st r angers who had come way, the forepeak, but as he supposed Tom Lanston was there, the id ea that they might be disguised detectives. he did not hold back. Nothing h appened, however, to great l y worry Brown, There wasn't any l adde r but the drop was onl y :five feet. and it was with great satisfaction, that he saw the brig, "Down with you, my hearty," said Brown. "You'll :find Shooting Star, drop down the river about ten o'clock MonTom somewhere about." day morning and he ave to, off the bend where the tavern J dropped, and as he began to look around for hi s was situated. friend Tom, the trap dropped above hi s head, and a sea chest was pulled upon it to keep it down. This unusua l act on the vessel s part was m accordance Th t 1 r f J k 0 t th t with an arrangement made wit h Bill Brown by Captain us, m a wm' mg 0 an eye, ac ar er, Wl ou 1 R cl . l cl d 't t t 1 h b bl d his own consent, entere d on a new c:areer that was to enc y e r'. 10 i n wan o ose 1.s i?, a e seaman, an in makinohis fortune. was willmg to run cons id erab l e n sk m order to giat Bill 0 aboard and out to sea As soon as the brig hove to a boat was sent ash01re for the sai l or. Brown, who had been on the lookout a ll morning, was r eady to embark the moment the boat reached the sma ll wharf in front of the tavern. Jack was with him, prepared to pay a short v i sit to his old chum, Tom Lanston, on board the brig. Bill Brown bad told him that the moment the vessel was ready to proceed on he way, he would be sent .ashore at lib erty, to go back to schoo l if b e wished J ack did not suspect that Brown had any motive in getting aboard the brig. Brown knew that if be let Jack go free, the police would l earn that he, Brown, bad sai l ed on the Shooting Star for Vera Cruz, and that the Mexican authorities would be asked to arrest him on his arrival, pending ex tradition proceedings. So the sai lor d e t erm ined that Jack go in the vessel with him. The un suspecting boy s tepp e d into the boat along with Brown, and both were row ed off to the brig. Brown had managed to communicate his purpose to Cap tain R yder a few days before the vessel pulled out of her dock, and the skipper was prepared to receive the boy. In order to prevent comp li cat i ons, as soon as the boat left for the s hore, the sk ipp er ca lled for Tom L anston, and sent him into the lazarette, the small hold under the )I cabin, where the brig's stores were kept, with orders to alter the position of certain boxes and packages. This would keep him employed some time. Whe n Brown and Jack came over the side, the sai lor bade th e boy wait till h e had a, talk with the captain The conference was brief, and the n Brown l e d Jack into the foreca st le. CHAPTER VII. THE M:EE'l'ING OF JACK AND TOM:. '11he s l amming clown of the trap above his head, and the rumble of the seachest as it was dragged across it, was the first intimation that Jack h ad that he was the victim of foul play. The idea was confirm e d when he saw by the light of the lantern, l eft below for his benefit, that the forepeak had no other occupant than himself. The moment he was satisfied be had been tricked for' some purpose, he reached up and began pounding l ustily on the bottom of the trap. Of course, no attention was paid to him In fact, no one was in the forecastle t o hear his racket, for as soon as the trap hacl been secure d, Brown and the other sailor went on deck. A few moments l ater the yards were brac e d around, and the Shooting .Star cont inued on h e r way to the Delta of the Missis s ippi. When Jack found that he couldn't bud ge t h e trap, and that his thumping produced no results, be desisted and sat down on a coil of rope. He then felt the mot ion of the brig as s he leaned over to the stiff bre.eze that swept clown. the river. It didn't take much thinking on hi s part, to understand that Jjle was being kidnapped to sea. "I'm up aga in st it, for fai r, he muttered, "and that blamed sa ilo r I saved from being run over by the back, is at the bottom of all my misfortunes. Thats a poor reward to receive for a humane act. If that rascal bad been knocked out he wouldn't have got any more than was coming to him and I would have escaped a whole lot of trouble. He evident ly wants to make a sailor of me i n sp it e of my objections. Well, jus t wait till I get out 'of


IN THE LAND OF GOLD. here and see Tom. He'll put my case before the captain, and then perhaps I ll get justice and be put ashore. I guess it's. against the law to carry a person off to sea against his will. If the skipper should refuse to listen to my protests, I don't see why I couldn't have him arrested and punished when we get back. For the present, I may as well take things philosophically, since there is nothing to be gained by butting my head against a stone wall." Jack blinked at the lantern ruefully, while his thoughts went back to the school which he had left so unexpectedly. "The boys are no doubt wondering what has become of me," he said to himself. "I'll bet the doctor keeps the wires hot between the academy and police headquarters, asking wh e ther any clue has been found to my where abouts. He's itching to give me that promised caning, but I don't think he'll be able to lay it on any harder than he iritended in the first place. If I have to go all the way to Vera Cruz and back, the performance will have to be postponed for some time." It was all of a hundred mile run down the river to the Delta, and as Bill Brown, with the skipper's permission, intended to keep Jack under hatc hes until the brig struck the Gulf of Mexico, the boy was up against a long spell of confinement. The vel'Jsel twenty miles below New Orleans when the mid-day meal was served out to the crew. About one o'clock, Bill Brown hauled the chest off the trap and opened it up. "Hello, my hearty, how are y15 feelin' below there?" he askea, with a malicious grin. Jack looked up from his seat on the rope coil. "How do you suppose I'm eeling ?" he asked, in no pleasant tone. "A nice trick you played on me I dare say you are carrying me to sea after promising me that I could return to school as soon as I had seen my friend Tom. A fine return I've got for helping you last night when that hack knocked you d.own; but I oughtn't to ex pect anything better from such a rascal as you are." Bill Brown chuckled. "I've brought yei; some dinner, my popinjay. plate of beef and potatoes, some soft tack and coffee. Reach up and get 'em," be sa id I Here's a a tin of "How lon g are you going to keep me a prisoner here?" asked Jack, as be accepted the food. "Till we're out of the river." "Where's Tom Lanston? Is be on board?" "He is." "Does he know I'm here?" "Not he. He won't know you're aboard till ye walk up and shake hands with him." "I guess the captain will have something to say about the way you've treated me, when I see him." The sailor grinned "When yer see the cap'n it'll be too late for him to do anythin' for yer Ye'll to go to Vern Cruz It will be a nice little v'yage for yer. Me and yer friend Tom'll show yer the ropes, and make a sa ilor of yer." "I have no wish to be a sa ilor." "Oh, ye'll change yer mind when yer get into the Gulf." "I think this is an outrage." "It's the best thing that ever happened to yer, my hearty." True things are often uttered in jest Bill Brown did not dream that his words were destined to have a prophetic fulfillment. He s lammed down the trap, replaced the chest, and went on deck. The long afternoon slipped s lowl y by to Jack, who had nothing but his thoughts to amuse himself with. He examined the confines of the forepeak hold with the assistance of the lan tern, and made himself familiar with its miscellaneous contents. By this time he was used to the smell of tarred rope, and the other odors of the place, and he did not notice them any more. He found that the r e was another trap le ading down into the forward hold. He pulled it up by the ring, and ft.ashed the lantern light upon a lot of bags sto wed tightly into the nose of the vessel. 1 Jus t before the men were called to their tea, Brown brought Jack his supper and a couple of blankets. ''Hand me the other dishes my young barnacle," he said, "and take yer s upper down. 1 As the brig is only half way down the river, ye'll have to spend the night where ye are, so here's a couple of blankets to serve ye for a bed." Brown shut the trap, yanked the chest on top of it and departed. At eight bells (eight o clock), when the first night watch went on duty, Jack heard a number of feet moving around above his head. It was the middle watch who went on duty at midnight, that were turning in for a four hours' sleep. When these men were called on deck, the brig was ap proaching quarantine at the head of the Delta passage s An hour later she entered the Southwest Pass that would take her straight into the Gulf. Long before that, Jack, rolled up in the blankets had become oblivious to his surroundings, and was dreaming that he was back at school. The morning watch was on duty when Bill Brown shoved the chest off the trap for the last time, and opened the trap. It was six o'clock, and broad daylight. No daylight penetrated the forepeak bold, and the lan tern had lon g since gone out. Jack was still s l eeping as calmly as if be was in bed at his room in the academy. "Ahoy, below, there, my hearty!" roared the herculean sailor. The hail awoke Jack and he sat up, looking around him ina bewildered way. "Come now, my popinjay, tumble up, and be lively about it," cried Brown. As Jack caught a dim view of his rascally countenance louking down at him, he recalled the disagreeable experience of the previous day. :!' "What do you want?" growled the boy. "Get up Toss them blankets up and foller yerself, d'ye hear Jack threw up the blankets, and then with the help of one of Brown's great paws, he emerged from the gloom of the hold. He found himself in the forecastle of the brig. j in th ID bl ca u : d tc d rr s1 0


IN THE LAND OF GOLD. 13 It was lighted by the dull glow of the slush-lamp, swinglearn the ropes befor e you c ould be of any use. By the ing from the c e iling, and the murky light that shone way, the papers said that a boy answering your descrip through the hatchway entrance which did not help things tion was with Brown in the 'Foul Anchor' dive last Tues much, as the sky wa s overca s t. day morning, when the detectives tried to capture him. The boy mad e out several sleeping forms str e tched upon Was it really you?" bunks against the curving sid e s of the brig. "I'm sorry to s a y, it was." "On deck with y er, now," said the big sailor, pushing "How came you to be with Brown in such a tough Jack toward the short ladder leading up to the entrance place?" -!Ito the "sailor s parlor." Before Jack could answer, the second mate, who was in Jack obeyed, and presently stood on the raised fore-1 charge of the deck, came up and ordered Tom to get a castle deck. move on, so Lanston had to walk off, and the explanation Anoth e r pair of st e ps pointed the way to the main deck. his friend was about to give him, was postponed until an "There' s the galley, yonder. Ye ll find a ba s in and water other time. in a barrel to s luice ye-r face with," said Brown. "Well, young f e llow," said the mate to Jack, "who are Jack proce e ded to the place indicated, and was soon inyou?" dulging in a wash-up. "My name i s Jack Carter. I was kidnapped aboard this Afte r dryin g his hand s and face in a not overclean vessel by one of y our sailors named Bill Brown. I want tow e l h e gazed around the deck of the brig. to see the captain about it," said Jack. The mornin g w atc h h a d jus t fini s h e d washing down the A s the two m a te s w e r e in the secret of Jack's presen c e deck, and w e r e putting away the hose and other impleaboard the brig the second officer wa s really not s urprised m e nts the y had u sed. when he saw the boy on d eck. One, a bright, stalwart-looking young chap, stopped and ''The cap'n ha sn't turned out y et," he replied. "You'll stared at Carter. have to wait till he does." J a ck s tared back at him. "What's hi s name?" 'rhe n th e y re c ognized ea c h other. "Ry d e r. H e 's a short, stout, red-faced man You'll see "Tom Lanston !" cried Jack,' joyfully, stepping forward. him on the poop afore long, and then you can go up there "Jack Carter! Is it possible it i s you?" ejaculat e d the and sp e ak to him." other in amazement. The poop was the roof of the cabin and aft e r the mate walk e d away, Jack kept his eyes in that dir e ction. CHAPTER VIII. The memb e rs of the watch ondeck e ed Jack, with sur-WRECKED. pri s e and curiosity. r With the exception of Bill they had been igno" Yes it's me, all right," replied Jack, with a rueful lo ok. rant of the boy's presence on board. The big sailor came over to our hero. "How and when did you come ahoard old man?" asked Tom. "Did you run away from school? There's been a lot about you in the papers last week." "I came aboard yesterday morning with a rascally chap called Bill Brown, who b e longs to this brig. He gave me to understand that the vessel was going to remain up the river at the place where we came off long enough for me to have a talk with you. Then I was to be sent ashore so I could go back to the academy." / "You came aboard yesterday morning!" ejaculated Tom, in surprise. 1Yes." I "This is the first time I've seen you Where have you been keeping yours elf?" "Brown took me into the forecastle and told me vou were down in the hold under the floor. I saw an open trap and a light shining up, so I believed him. He told me to jump down there and I'd find you. I did so, whereupon he slammed down the trap and made me a prisoner. I've been there up to a few minutes ago : "The dickens you say!" cried Tom "A plain case of kidnapping, for we're now well out in the Gulf and you can't get back. You ll have to go with us to Vera Cruz now." "I'll go, of course, if I can't help myself; but I think it's an outrage." "Of course, it is. I can't imagine why Brown enticed you on board. You're not a sailor, and would have to "Ye kin have a cup of coffee at the galley, my popin jay. It'll brace yer up while yer waitin' for breakfast, which won't be served awhile yet. Come over and I'll introjuce yer to the doc tor." Hooking Jack by the arm, he carried him to the galley, where a big negro was busy at the range. "Here, Johnson," said the sailor, "a tin of coffee for this young chap. He's goin' to Vera Cruz with us, though he hain't signed the brig's papers yet." The colored cook grinned, and handed Jack a tin cup of smoking hot coffee. Brown left him drinking it, at the galley door. Captain Ryder made his appearance on the poop, about seven o'clock. Jack, as soon as he saw the s kipper, started aft to enter his protest against the outrage to which he had been sub jected. The captain regarded him with some curiosity as he approached Jack introduced him s elf, and stated hi s ca se. The skipper pret e nded to sympathize with the boy, assur ing him that he would gladly put him ashore if the thfog was possible, but under the circumstances it wasn't, so he said Jack would have to go to ( Vera Cruz inaJ:ie brig. "You'll have to work your way there and back, so you might as well sign the articles and draw whatever wages I find you're said Captain Ryder.


IN THE LAND OF GOLD. As there didn't seem fo be any alternative, Jack agreed, 11.ncl wrote his name on the brig's articles. The skipper then called the second mate, and told him to fit Jack out with such duds and other things as he would need out of the brig's chest, and take him into his watch. Thus, by the time the men were called to breakfast, Jack, as far as outward appearances went, was as much a sailor as his chum, Tom Lanston. After breakfast the morning watch, to which Jack had been assigned, was off duty. Tom took him down into the forecastle, and asked him to tell all that had h appened to him since he left school. "Your letter was at the bottom of the whole thing," said Jack. "My letter How i s that?" asked Tom, in surprise. "Well, if you hadn't sent it, I wouldn't be aboard this brig now. Nevertheless, old man, you're not to blame for what has happened to me." Jack then proceeded to tell Tom how he had learned that a lett er bearing a New Orleans postmark had arrived at the school for him. He described how he got possession of 'l'om's lett e r after he found the doctor had held it back, probably meaning to destroy it. He went on to tell how Dr. Poundexter had surprised him reading it in his room when he was supposed to be in bed, and what followed. After that, h e told about l eaving the school with the intention of meeting 'l'om at his boarding-house on D-Street, explaining how he came across Bill Brown in one of the st r eets near tl1e and all that happened to him since that unfortunate meeting. "You had a tough time of tit, Jack," admit ted Tom. "And now v9u are making the best of a bad bargain, I see. You have signed for the trip to Vera Cruz and back Jack nodded. "Well, I'm glad to have you along. You won't find things so bad aboard this hooker, though Brown is a hard proposition, and a favorite of the skipper. I'll make a sailor of you before you get back to New Orleans, and maybe they'll kill the fatted calf for you when you return to the academy." "They will, like ftm," replied Jack "'Nhat I won't catch from the doctor is hardly worth mentioning." The boys spent the whole of the f ore noon watch below, talking together. When they were called on deck dinner was ready, and they ate it together. Th e weather had been changing for the worse ever since sunrise, and it was now blowing a half gal e Jack was soon as sick as a dog, and the second mate allowed him to go below. He turned in on a spare bunk, and tossed and for the rest of the afternoon. 'r11C weather kept on growing worse and worse, and by dark a h eavy gale was tossing the brig about on a heavy sea. As the captain was unable to take his sights that day at noon, the vcsoel was run on a dcacl reckoning. Jack passed a tcrriLlc night, u1ring lilllr 1rhcther the brig went to the bottom or not, so miserable was he. The s torm was worse, if anything, next day, the skip per declaring that it was one of the heaviest he had ever faced in the Jack was not interfered with, and Tom condoled with and encourag ed him during the day, te lling him he would be all right before another morning dawned. About dark, Tom broughthim some broth that h e had prevailed on the cook to prepare for him, and though Jack declared he couldn't touch a mouthful, he was persuaded to try, and ended by drinking it all up. "You ought to feel better after that,'' said Tom. "I do," replied Jack. '"l'hen you'd better come on deck and get a whiff of the sea air. It will make vou feel a whole lot better Jack replied that he so weak, a.nd the brig rolled and pitched so much, that he wouldn't be able to keep his feet. Tom, however, got him to go on deck, and the change brought him around very fast. So much so indeed, that when he saw the crew at s upper, he felt uncommonly hungry himself, and got away with his share, much to Tom's satisfaction The brig was holding her course south by west, as near as the skipper could figure her position, hoping that the g:i.l e would break before morning Instead of breaking, the wind whipped around to another quarter, and blew worse than ever. The night as it advanced became so dark, that the brig seemed to b e sa iling through a dense, black chaos, the pall like obscurity of which was only relieved by the white crests of the waves, appearing here and there like spectra l figures The second mate's watch was on duty from midnight lmtil four. It was close on to the latter hour that the brig, under sca r cely any canvas, ran smack upon the dangerous reefs surrounding a small island known by the name of San Sebastian Thi s island lay about three hundred miles east of the Mexican coast. Captain Ryd e r supposed he was at least one hundred m iles east of this island, which was not inhabited, accord ing to common account. That showed how far out o{her right course the storm had blown the brig. No wooden vessel ever built, could survive the shock of contact with those reefs under similar circumstances As the Shooting Star was an old craft, her fate was sealed with surpr i sing quickness. She went to pieces like the collapsing of a house of cards, and every soul aboard of her was battJing for his life in side of a minute, after she struck The entire watch on deck was swept overboard by the first big sea. 'rhe mate and two of the men went down, and never came up again. The other three--Bill BTown, Torn and Jack-were more fortunate, for the time being, at any rate Each grasped a piece of wreckage with the tenacious grip of a drowning per&on, and were whisked away toward the island itself-t'flree atoms of lif e on a boiling and boisterous sea.


IN THE LAND OF GOLD. 15 CHAPTER IX. ASHORE ON THE MYSTIC ISLE. To his dying day, Jack never could tell how he man aged to cling to that piece of wreckage which the seas b"q:fl'eted about like a cork. He did hold on, however, or this story would never have been written. A person is capable of a whole lot under certain cir cumstances, even when in a semi conscious condition The shore of the island of San Sebastian is remarkable for its rocky and inhospitable character. It is almost entirely surrounded by a circle of the most dangerous reefs in the world. That is the reason why it is rarely visited by a vessel, and offers no inducement for any one to settle there. Only for a space of a hundred feet in one part of the eastern shore is there a break in its rocky walls. Through this hole runs a deep channel connecting with a landlocked ha\ en, not over a quarter of a mile in circumference. It was toward this opening that the three pieces of wreckage, with their living burdens were swept. Some special providence carried them through into the comparatively still water of the haven, where they were thrown upon the level, sanely beach At no other point in the whole circum ference of the island would Bill Brown, Jack and Tom have had the ghost of a chance for tlieir lives. The three survivors of the wreck were so exhausted by the time they were pitched on the beach, that they lay a long time without giving any sign of life The darkness was just as intense around them here, as it had been on the deck of the brig before she struck on the reef, and the roar of the gale outside, sounded like a pitched battle between l egions of fiends. Bill Brown, as might be expected of one of his herculean build, was the first to recover. Whether he was astonished to find himscl alive and Uli after what he had been through, we cannot' say. At any rate, he didn't think of thanking Heaven for his preservation, for there was nothing in common between himself and a Supreme Being He simply pulled himself together, looked around him in the gloom, and came to the conclusion that he was the only survivor of the wreck, or if there were others, they could shift for themselves as far as he was concerned. Every one for himself was hi s motto, and he held to that every time The beach presenting no attmctions for him, the big ., sailor walked away from it. While he couldn't but walk at random, luck directed his steps to the only opening in the wall of rock surrounding the little haven It was a pass not over :fifteen feet yet he went straight through it without knowing anything about its character, and was soon in an open valley beyond, where the vegetation grew wild and luxuriant to an ex traordin ary extent. On, on through the night he walked, looking for some trace;; of civi lization and there we will le;ive him and re-tum to the beach of the haven, to see how matters fared with Jack and his friend Tom. For some little time after the departure of Brown, the boys remained in their half conscious state, more dead apparently, than alive Then Torn sat up and look ed around The howl of the storm, and the roar of the surf on the rocks against the island's rocky barriers outside, met his ears, and he wondered where he was. The intense clarlmess prevented him seeing anything. He could feel that he was on a sanely shore, out of range of the surf. He then began to remember things, and his thoughts recurred to Jack. "He's lost, no doubt, poor old chap Old Nick must have been at my elbow, when I wrote that unfortunate letter which brought so nuich troubl e on Jack. I s hall never forgive myself for writing it, for it has made me the innocent cause of his death. It doesn't seem possible that I'm ashore on the Mexican coast, for the brig never could have reached it since we left the D e lta. We were five hundred miles to the north and east of it when the gale came on good and hard If I'm on an is l and, I haven't the faintest notion where it is, for there are b l amed few i slands in this part of the Gulf as far as I have any idea of. Well, I must look around and see what kind of place it is. Seems funny that the surf sounds so far away and that the wind is so light, when I can hear it r oaring above my head like fun. I wonder if I'm in some kind of a sea cave?" Torn started s lowly along the beach, for the gloom was s o thick that he .felt impelled to be cautious He had traveled about a dozen yards, when he tripped OYer a piece of wreckage and went clown on his hands and knees. "\Vho's that?" came a voice out of the darkness, a few feet away. With a thrill of joy, T'om recognized Jack's familiar tones. "Is that you, Jack?" he asked "iVhy, Torn, are you saved, too?" cried Jack, with a happy ring to his voice. "I'm alive, that's about all I can claim, at present," answered Torn, walking in the direction of his chum. In a moment they were together, shaking hands and congratu lating themselves that they had escaped from the greedy maw of the sea . "I suppose others of the crew have got ashore, too, and maybe the skipper and officers as well, though it hardly seems likely that many could have escaped," said Torn. "Seems to me I was hours tumbling about in the sea, till I finally realized that I was on the solid ground once more." "Say, where do you su]Jpose we are?" asked Jack. "It seems quite calm around us, though I can hear a great roaring of wind and water close by." "I haven't the l east idea where we are," replied Tom. "It's too dark to move around much. W e might walk a little way and see if we fetch up aga in st anything." They walked a hundred feet and came against a rock y barrier, which they followed for a short distance till they discovered that it ran into the water.


16 IN THE L.iND OF GOLD. "We can't go any further in this direction," said 'l'om. "We might as well squat down somewhere and wait till daylight. I don't believe we can S'ain much by stm'nbling about in the dark." Jac k agreed with his fri end, and so they sat down with their back s against the rock and put in t h e ir time talking about the past, present and future. The backbone of the storm was already broken, and it steadily d ecreased as daylight approac h ed The boys thought that night would never end, but at last the sky began to grow less g loomy, especia ll y in the east. Soon they c<;mld make out the rough outlines of the ro cks around them. When day finally broke, the scene lightened up rapidly. They saw that they w e re on the shore of a landlocked basin, s urrounded by rock. The water in this miniature harbor was only mod e ratel y agitated by the waves that d!shed in at the narrow e n trance: Through the opening they could see the turbulent waters of the Gull' rising and falling to the very limit of their VlSIOn. Besides themse lve s there was no s ign of life anywhere, that the y could see. "Looks as if we were the only ones who have come ashore, in this particular locality," said Tom. "We were uncom monly luck y to hit this place. There must be a strong dri!t in through that narrow pa ssage. "Say, isn t that a hut, yonder?" said Jack, pointing at a section of the curved beach. "By George, it is!" replied Tom. "Probably it was built out of wreckage by some castaways and deserted when they were taken off. Let 's go over and look at it. It would make a shelter for u s if w e have to s tay here any time." Accordingly, the boys walked along the shore till they came to the hut, the door of which was closed. Pushing the door open they entered. As they did so, an object star ted up from a couch of dried vegetation and gazed at them in a bewildered way. The boys uttered an e jaculation of surprise, for they saw that it was a g i rl. CHAPTER X THE GIRL CASTAWAY. The girl threw the long hair back from her face, and gazed intently at the young intruders. "Where did you come from?" she asked, eagerly. "From the sea, miss," repli e d Jack. "We were wrecked on this shore during the night." "Wrecked!" s he sa id, in a di sappo inted tone. "Yes. Our vessel, the brig Shooting Star, from New Orleans, struck on the rocks somew here yonder," said Jack, waving his in the dir ectio n he supposed the catastro phe had occurred. "Were you wrecked here, too, miss?" "Yes. Three weeks ago," s he replied "I was a pas senger in the ship Midnight, hound from Vera Cruz to Charleston, South Carolina. She went on the reef that's around this island in a storm and everybody was lost, save me." /"You don't say," said Tom. "Everybody lost but you, that was tough. How have you managed to live? Sure ly you build this hut all by yourself?" "No. I found this house just as you see it. As for l'iring, that was easy. The island is overrun with many varieties of tropical fruit, such as bananas, plantains, cocoa nuts, figs, oranges and so forth. Then there are lots of shell-fish to be found among the rocks at low water. And there is fish, too, but I had not means of catching any. 'I have livec1 chiefly on fruit and raw shell-fish. I have been hoping that some vessel would put in here and take me off, but though I have seen many ships in the dis tance, none ever came close enough to the island for me to make a s ignal ,that those on board would be able to distinguish." "I sHould think you would find this place awfully lone some if you are the only inhabitant," said Jack, who had not fai1ed to notice that the girl was particularly attractive both in face and figure. "I have found it so," she answered. "Is it a la-rge or small i sland?" "It's a sma ll one, and entire ly s urround ed by rocks. With the exception of a small valley filled with tropical trees, most of them bearing fruit, the rest of the island seems one mass of rock, rising into inaccessible heights." "Well, I suppose we ought to introduce ourselves, miss, seeing that we are companions in hard luck. My name is Jack Carter. This is my friend, Tom Lanston." The fair girl bowed and smiled. "My name is Kittie Raymond. I am an orphan. My father who was a railroad contractor in the employ of the Mexican Government, died six months ago, and I was on my way to Charleston to live with my a1i.nt when the vessel I sailed in was wrecked here Jack the:r:i explained how he had been a student at the Poundext er Academy unti l he ran up against hard luck which ended in his being kidnapped to sea and ship wrecked on the i s land. Tom then told her that he had been following the sea for his living for the past year, and his present misfor tune was his first during that time "I see you have a;.mpply of fruit in the hut. If you will let us sample it we will gather more to replace it," said Jack. "Help yourself to as much as you want," she answered. "There is an inexhaustible s upply within a s hort distance." "Then suppose we all sit down to bre akfast. I can't say that I fancy an all -fruit diet, but when that comprises the entire bill of fare, and I am hungry to boot, I am not going to kick. If we stay here long, I dare say I shall get used to taking things as they come Miss Ray mond excused herself till she could wash her face and fix her hair up a bit, u s ing her' hands for both comb and brush. vVhen she returned to the hut, the boys were piling into the fruit at a great rate. The girl ate her s hare the trio of unforhinates convers ing together liR:e old friends. When they had satisfied their appetites, they lef t the hut. It was now bright daylight and the sun was trying to force his way through the still overcast heavens. The wind had gone down conside r ably, and it was easy J


= y >r. .y 1->f' d fr ,_ Le ; o )d e ll d lS y e n .e k )a ll d t lS h ; o ; o : y IN THE LAND OF p.OLD. 17 to see that the gale of the past two days was practically other than their sheath knives such a s every sailor wears at over. Miss Raymond l ed the boys through the pass, trodden some hours before by Bill Brown, of whose escape the'boys had not the slightest knowledge, and int o the fertile tropical valley enclosed in a n amphitheater of rocks. An inaccessible wall of rock, rising a hundred feet in the air, ran dir ectly across the valley ancl, judging from a tall peak the y saw in the di stance, cut off the l arger part of the island. The curiosity of the boys was aroused as to what kind of landscape was beyond that rocky wall, but a curso ry ex amination of it indicated that it was absolutely impa s sable. The three walked around, insp ect in g the different varie ties of fruit growing on the i s land and the s ight made the mouths of the boys water. There was enough ripe fruit on the trees to feed a small army. After going ov. er a good part of the valley, they returned to the haven again. "I'm afraid lif e on this island i s pretty slow," sa id Jack. "I hav e n t seen the l east thing yet to1amuse a fellow." "'I'hat's right," nodded Tom, "it is as slow as thick molasses. In order to see the Gulf, even, you've got to climb among the rock s I hope we won't have to stay here long." The hut was large enough to be divided into two fair sized sections, so Jack and Tom decided to put up a par tition, which they could easily do as the beach of the haven was strewn with planks and other debris that had come ashore from the wreck. 'I'hey gathered a supply of t:\le planks, but before start ing in with tpe partition Jack and Tom went among the rocks and gathered a lot of shell-fish. Jack found that h e had quite a number of matches left in his match-sa.fe, which was practically water-tight, and s o he built a fire and they cooked the shell-fish among the embers. Tom added cooked plantains to the bill of fare, for it happened that he knew how to prepare them for the table, having often seen the cook of the Shooting Star do it. Miss Raymond and Jack both declared that the cooked fruit was delicious. In its raw state the girl had found the plantain uneat able. As matches were at a premium and driftwood at a dis count, it was decided to kee p the fire going after a fashion, so that they wouldn't have to relight it whe n they were ready to cook more s hell-fish and plantain for supper. This duty was assigned to the girl, while the boys got busy with the partition, which they finished in about an hour by digging a irench from the back of the hut nearly to the door, into which they stuck the ship's planks upright, and then filling in the trench as their work proceeded, pack ing the earth down solid. I'hey managed to run two horizontal planks across under the roof of the cabin to hold the upper ends of the par tition planks. When the job was completed, it was unanimously voted a very fair one, taking in consideration the rude method the boy's were forced to employ in the absence of any tools sea. 'I'he next thing Jack and Tom did was to remove their shoes and stock ing s and climb the arm of rock that made the haven landlocked. It was quite a task to r each th e summit of this barrier, although it was not much higher than forty feet on the average. from the beach, as it was difficult to scale. The view they secured from the top, embraced a wide expanse of the horizon. The water of the Gulf was still very rough. They could see the waves breaking over the sweeping line of reef which seemed to have no e nd in either direction. There wasn't a s ign of the wreck of the Shooting Star. The ill-fat ed craft h a d vanished into h e r watery grav e 'l'he s urf-la s hed rock s outside in the immediate vicinity of the haven were thickly st r ewn with flotsam from the lost 1 brig. Th e lighter portion s of her cargo were in e\ridence, eitheA bobbing about on the wat e rs, or stranded here and there in nooks and crannies of the shore. Among other thing s the boys dis covered a couple of sea chests wedged in a!hong tJ1e rocks, and they saw other boxes, the contents of which they thought might prove of xalue to them. The problem was how to get at these things. Tom solved it by pointing to a quantity of rope that had come into the haven. "We'll rig lines up and down on both sides of this rocky wall," he said. "Then w e will be able to ascend and de-.. scend without great difficulty." "You will, for you're a sailor," replied Jack; "but it won't come so easy for me to do the monkey act." "Well, you can remain up here while I do the strenuous part, then," replied Tom. "We'll get the rope, and after we get it secured in place b y attaching the ends to a couple of rocks up here, I'll see whether we can haul up any of the boxes with the aid of another r\}pe. If we can't, I'll break the boxes open somehow and rig some kind of an arrangement for sending up their contents in sections. We'll have to do that anyhow with the sea-chests, for it would not be possible for us to haul them up over these rocks." Tom's scheme being voted the proper caper, the boys set about getting the rope from the beach, and rigging the lines on the plan that life-lines are secured across the deck of a vessel before an approaching gale, only these lines ran up and down at a very acute angle. There was plenty of rope on the beaph to make one line reaching from the shore of the haven to the summit of he rocky barrier, and another from the top of the rocks to the surf line on the outside. There was more rope stranded on the rocks aqove the pressnt sea line. Jack remained on top of the rocks while Tom, being a spryer climber descended and brought the rope up Selecting a suitable projecting stone, the two lines were secured to it, and then Tom, the help of the outside rope, made his way down to the surf to get the rope that lay like a long sinuous snake among the rocks. Securing the guide line around his waist as a support and to leave his hands at liberty, he picked up the nearest


1 8 IN THE LAND OF GOLD. end of the rope and pulled the whole length of it till he had quite a coil at his feet. One of the sea-chests was close at hand. It was firmly wedged into a crevice that seeme d to have been made to receive it. Tom smashed the lid in with a s mall boulder and threw the fractured part up, revealing a lot of clothing and a hundred odds and ends, including a brace of revolvers and several boxes of cartridges. The chest had evidently been the property of Captain Rydet: While Tom was considering how he sho uld send the stuff up to Jack, he saw a large wicker basket with a narrow mouth tumbling about in the surf. "That's just the thing I want. Jack can haul the stuff \lp in that without much danger of it falling out," thought Tom. It proved to be no easy matter to secure the basket, and Tom got several good drenchings before he managed to catch hold of it, but in that hot climate a ducking didn't count for much. Tom carried one end of the hauling line up to Jack, and then slid down to the water Jin, again. As as Jack hauled up the basket full of stuff, he tossed the articles down on the hard beach of the haven. Kittie Raymond was called upon to pick them up and carry them to the cabin. She was very glad to help the boys in any way she could. When the chest had been emptied of its contents, Tom tied one of the boxes to the end of the rope and Jack pulled it up. He lowered it on the other side, and Kittie took charge of it. In this way a great many things were recovered before the lowness of the sun in the sky warned the boys to quit operations for the clay. More shell-fish and plantain were cooked in the glowing embers of the fire for supper, and the meal was hardly finished before night fell with tropical suddenness, only a short twilight intervening b et ween daylight and dark. After an hour spent in conversation, the boys declared that they were played out, and as Kittie was accustomed to going to roost early, all hands turned in and were soon asleep. CHAPTER XI. THE MAN WIIO VANISlIED. On the following morning the boys, after breakfast, J'esun'led their task of securing the strande d stuff on the out side of the rocky barrier. Inside of a couple of hours, they had stripped the surf line of everything that promised to be of any use to them. 'rhen they sorted the various articles over. The. contents of the two chests promised to be the most useful. The most valuable articles in the boys' eyes was a :fine fishing line, and a tin ca,e containing six dozen boxes of matches. The latter prize was hailed with great satisfaction, for it assured them of fire to cook the :fish they .might catch and the plantains. One of the boxes contained an assorted supply of pepper, salt, mustard and such things. 'rhe salt and pepper were considered great prizes. The boys gathered a fresh supply of fruit before dinner, and after the meal they spent the afternoon exploring the rocks in the vicinity of the haven. "Suppose a vessel heaves in sight and passes, say within a mile of the reef, how. are we to signal her?" asked Jack. "The only way I know of, would be for us to build a fire up here somewhere, and after it got started throw on a quantity of green branches so as to create a smoke, pro vided the wind was light so that the smoke would ascend into the air," replied Tom. "I don't see any suitable place for building such a fire," replied Jack. "It ought to be a good one in order to make smoke enough to attract attention. Even then, the people aboard the vessel might not take it for a signal, and our trouble would go for nothing." "'I'hat's the chance we've got to take, old man. This isn't an island that is likely to be visited often. It is prob ably understood to be uninhabited, and the reef makes it dangerous of approach. I'm willing to bet that the skippers of all craft sailing t\i.e Gulf, give this island a wide berth on general principles." "At that rate, we're liable to have to stay here for an indefinite time," replied Jack, in a gloomy tone. "I'm afraid that is about the size of it. We're about as bad off as Robinson Crusoe was, so far as a rescue is con cerned, from the looks of things." "I think that is fierce." "It might be worse, for we are not likely to starve here, if we have to remain a year." "A year! Holy smoke If I thought I had to stay a year in this place, I'd have a fit," said Jack. "I hope you won't have any such thing, for we haven't a.. doctor to attend to you," chuckled Tom. "Don't get funny. This position we're in, isn't any joke." "No, I don't think it is, but I don't see any use kicking over it." "There's a sail now," said Jack, pointing to a white speck miles away. "Do you think it's coming this way?" "No, the craft is heading east. She's as near to us now as she is lik e ly to be." "That settles it. Let's go down and talk to l\Iiss Ray mond. She must be getting lonesome, we've been so long away." "She was a deal more lonesome before we turned up, so we needn't worry about her." "She's a pretty girl, don't you think?" "She's pretty, all right. You seem to be kind of struck with her.' "Get out, you're dreaming," replied Jack, with a flush. 'I'om laughed tantalizingly, for he had noticed how at tentive his companion was to the fair castaway. While they were speaking they were descending the rocks, and in a few minutes were standing before the girl who greeted them with a smile. 'I'om noticed, without jealousy, that the smile was more for Jack than for himself. "Those two will be spooning before the week is up," he said to himself. "I'm glad that girls don't worry me." f; t \I g v I i


IN THE LA,ND OF GOLD. 19 He walked off down the beach, leaving.Jack and the girl "It's a wonder we didn't see him, too. You are sure together. it was a man?" I. Next morning the three castaways started after break"Positive He looked something like a Mexican peon." fast, to more fully explore the valley. "What's a Mexican peon?" asked J ack,"'curiously. The boys -each carried a revolver and 1 supply of car "Usually a servant, or native o_f low rank. 'l'hey worked tridges, not because they expected they would need the as laborers on the :railroad lines that my father built for weapons to defend themselves, but on what Jack called the Mexican Government." general principles, "because," he said, "you never can tell "I suppose you've seen lots of them?" what might happen." "Oh, yes. You meet with them everywhere in Mexico." The boys were eager to :find out whether or not they could "And this chap you say you saw yonder, looked like penetrate that remarkable wall of rock that ran across the one?" island, for the exploring fever was strong upon them, and "Yes." they wanted to know something about the other part of "Then we are likely to find more.than one of them on the i sland which seemed to be entirelv cut off from the this island. We might even :find a village full {)f them be fertile valley section. hind this wall. You say he went behind that ledge of seems to be a most astonishing kind of island," rock, yonder?" remarked Jack, as they walked along close to the wall of "Yes." rock. "Here's a shut -in valley, fairly overrun with the "There must be a pass there. Wherever he went, we choicest varieties of tropical fruit, while the rest of the can go, too." island appears to be a mass of bleak rock of no use what"Would it be safe to do it?" she asked, nervously. ever. Funny how nature runs things sometimes, isn't it?" "As Tom and I are armed with six shooters, I guess "I've heard the sailors aboard the Shooting Star tell there isn't any danger. It is a good thing we brought yarns about more curious places than this island, that the revolvers along, Tom. I told you that one never can they'd seen in their time," said Tom. "Nobody knows tell what may happen in this world." what's in this world till they get to knocking around it." "That's right; but I'm not looking for trouble, even if "If we could get on top of this wall of rock and build a I am heeled," said Tom. :fire there, I'll bet it would attract attention aboard any ves-"If we :find a passage in the rock, aren't you game to sel passing way," said Jack. follow it and see what it l eads to?" "That's right; but the people would probably think it "I'll go anywhere you go, but maybe Miss Raymond was a new volcano that was breaking and they wouldn't would not care to go on an exploring expedition, and it come close enough to investigate the matter," repli e d Tom. wouldn't be just the right thing for us to go off and leave "Even if we were to build a fire signal on the rooks her behind in the valle y." around the island, you say that the reef would prevent a "Oh, I'm willing to go wherever you boys go." . vessel coming close in." "There, rom, you see Miss Kittie has more pluck than "So it would. However, the cap'n could send a boat you gave her credit for," laughed J aok. if he thought there were castaways on this island, anxious "I see she has. If there is any exp loring to be done, to be taken off. Some skippers wouldn't take the trouble we:n all go togetl)-er." of doing it, for time is money these days, and castaways They hurried forward to the ledge of rook, and when are not usually overburdened with coin to pay their pasthey reached it the boys were disappointed to find no sign sage to port." of a pass or anything of the kind. "Do you mean to say that any captain would refuse to the man you saw, Miss Kittie, is not behind this take shipwrecked people off an island?" rock, he must have gone somewhere," said Jack. "The "Sure--lots of them. I have heard two skippers say question is, where did he go?" so." "He couldn't walk into the solid rook, nor vanish into "They ought to be put in jail," -repl ied Jack, indigthe air," said Tom, "therefore, it stands to reason the re nantly. .. must be a hole or passageway somewhere here." "There are a lot of people who deserve tc;i go -to jail, Jack and Miss agre e d with him, so the three but they don't get there just the same For instance, Bill looked carefully around for some kind of a break in the Brown managed to keep from getting behind the bars." 1 rock which the man must have vanid1ed "That's because he was born to be drowned." Their perplexity was great when they failed ,to find any. At that moment Kittie uttered a suppressed exclamation, "Are you sure that your eyes did not deceive you, Miss and grasped Jack by the arm. Kittie?" asked Jack. "What's the matter, Miss Kittie?" asked the boy. "Oh, I saw him as plain as I ever saw anything in my "I saw a curious-looking man walk out of that grove life," she assert e d, positively. yonder, and vanish behind that big rock you see down "Then I don't see where he went to." there," she said, pointing. "A curious-looking man!" exclaimed Jack. "Why, I thought the island was uninhabited. You've been here CHAPTER XII. three weeks and you said you uidn't see a aoul durin g that HOW J ACK 'l'O} l DISCOVER THE EXTHANCE THE time." w ALL OF ROCK. "I didn't see anybody till you and your friend came; but I saw a man just now as plainly as I see you both." The three castaways spent some time looking around and'. talking about the mysterious disappearan e of the native,


20 IN THE LAND OF GOLD. but they were no wiser on the subject at the end of an hour, "I'm with you if we can find a way of getting there,'' than when they first began their imestigations. answered Tom. Finally they gave the puzzling matter up, and continued "I'll tell you what we'll do. Let's go down into the on t h eir way. valley, creep up to where those fellows are the They foll1owed the wall of rock till it joined the rock y fruit, and follow them to the wall when they start off barrier that encircled the valley, and that settled their with their loads. Maybe we'll be able to get on to the hopes of finding a passage to the other par! of the i s land. manner in which they get thrpu g h the wall." From that point they returned the way they had come, Tom fell in with Jack's sugge s tion, and the two boys and paused again at the ledge behind which the native had lost no time in putting the plan in operntion. disappeared With great caution, they approached the spot where the The boys once more looked the rock very carefully oYer, four natives were gathering the plantains. but without result. The y were strong, wiry-looking young men, of a color The n party returned to the haven, carrying a fresh betwe e n copper and light bronze. supp l y of fruit. The ir features were fairly regular, though not parThe man who vanished, formed the chief subject of their ticularl y handsome. conversation till they began to prepare their midday meal, They had p erfec t teeth, glittering black eyes, and jctand th e n they began talking about something else. blac k h a ir. After dinn e r the two boys went up to the top of t h e Jack and Tom watched th e m with gieat curiosity, and rock s again. when finally up their bags and tbrcw them Tl l d th 1 fll th b t d over their s hould ers, with an ease that showed they poslefytphic rnll eu way a ong, 1 ey were a ou mi sessed great strength, the boys followed them as softly as way o e va ey. 'bl Then they sat clown to rest. posTsl1 ef. t' d t l t .for tl1c b1' fl: iockbe-Th f l G lf 11 d h h l'k le our na ives ma e s ra1g 1 e waters 0 be u spar' e 111 t e 1 e a hind which Kittie had seen one of the same race, vanish gently ruffled lake the afternoon breeze b e mg quite There were three sail in sight, but Yery far away to the north and west. that morning. Reaching it, the boys saw the foremo s t chap press one hand against the solid rock. "I wis h I was back at the academy, even with the pros-A section of the rock as large as an ordinary door swung pect of a good caning," 8aid Jack. "The more I see of inward as if on hinges, and through this opening the fom this i8lanc1 the less I like it; and the more I think about s il ently filed. chances of escape, th e worse the:v look. That reef As soon as the last one had passed through, the door onder seems to be a fatal obstacle to our hopes. I wonder closed again, leaving the rocky wall as before. r many yessels baYe been wrecked on some part of it, "Well, what do you think of that?" saicl Jack. since man first sai led these seas?" "I think it's blamed ocld for them to have a secret en" A good many, I guess," replied Tom. trance through that wall," replied Tom. "What do they "I think it's tough to-hello! Look yonder, Tom!" require it for, unless they have someth in g of great im cried Jack, gripping his companion by the arm with one portance that they wish to keep hidden, at all hazards? hand and pointing with the other in some excitement. People from the outside world, like ourselves, s<:;ldom come Tom turned his head and looked. to this island, and only, I guess, when they can't help it, He saw four dark-skinned men with smooth faces, aplike we did. Consequently, those chaps practically have parently between twenty and twenty -five years of age, the island to th emse lve s Blamed if I can understa nd why gathering fruit in big bags from a bunch of plantain trees. they nee d a secret door to the oth er side of the island Their only attire consisted of a pair of long trousers, of "There i s something queer about it, and I for one, am some white material. going to try find out what it means," said Jack. The sunshine glistened on their naked backs as if the "I'm with you, old man." skin had been oiled and then, l ike furniture, treated to a "Then let's go up to the wall and see if we can discover coat of French polish the location of that secret door." 1 "The island is inhabited, beyond any doubt,'' said Tom 1 They immediately walked up to the rocky Wllll where as the two boys, from th eir elevated position, watched th e they had seen the four natives enter through the door, and four natives picking the fruit. "It was one of those chaps looked closely at it. that Miss Raymond saw thi s morning. I ll bet there are '!.'her e wasn't the s ligbte st indication of a door. more of those fellows behind that wall of rock." The only thing that marred the smo oth face of the rock, "What gets me, is how in thunder do they get through was a rough ridge that ran perpendicularly up and down. the rock?" replied Jack "'11hey arc solid flesh and blood Jack pressed on one side of the ridge without result like you and I, and could np more pass through that wall When he exerted the same force on the other side, th e unless there was an opening in it, than we could I'll bet rock suddenly gave way and a huge s lab of stone swung they've got a secret door through which they come and go inward, revealing a dark pa ssage before them. at will, and it is so nicely cons tructed that we couldn't 'rhe moment the boy removed his hand from the slab, it d iscover any signs of it this mori1ing. There must be swung back into place again. some reason for such extreme secrecy, and I'm more curious Pressing on it once more, it opened as before, and seemed than ever t o find out is on the other side of the to be so perfectly poised that only a slight pressure was w a ll. required to keep it in any position with the h and f


24 IN THE LAND OF GOLD "If there is, it won"t c1o u s good," r e plied Tom. look out, and see whe ther the 1ray is clear in th e direction "What did they

) IN 'l'HE LAND OF GO.LD. 21 "You hold it, and I'll step in and take a look," said Jack. "All right," replied Tom, placing his back against the door. Jack stepped into the passage, and the :first thing he did was to feel along the inside of the slab. His :fingers encountered a metal ring, intended evidently to pull the door opcrn from the inside 1 Satisfied that he knew how the entrance worked, Jack walked forward through the passage. After he had gone a dozen feet in a winding direction, the passage widened out unexpectedly, and Jack struck a match to see where he was. He found himself in a small, natural cavern with a daTk hole on the opposite side. Jack crossed this cavern and entered another passage, which he ascertained by fl.ashing another match, was simply a fissure in the solid rock about four feet wide on the average. Jack followed its winding course for perhaps a hundred yards, when he saw a light ahead. Coming to the end of the passage, the boy looJrnd into another cavern with a wide entrap.ce, admitting the rays of the afternoon sun This cavern was untenanted, but it contained many aTticles, such as a species of wicker basket, and odd looking vessels made of a dull red pottery Gazing across the cavern and out thTough the entrance, J ack saw a collection of one-story stone buildings. A number of natives similar to those he and Tom had seen in the fruit valley, were walking about. Suddenly two stalwart men entered the cave, and Jack shrank back just in time to escape observation. They were attired in a closefitting tunic of some kind of cloth,. and a short skirt like a Highlander's kilt, reach ing nearly to the knees. They wore shoes similar to an Indian's moccasin, and a large headdress consisting of what appeared to be a band of burnished gold to which were attached perpendicular metallic feathers that reflected 1 the sunshine. Huge gold like bands encircled their arms midway be tween elbow and shoulder, and a large glittering ornament of th i n yellow overlapped circular mefal plates was at tached to the center of their tunics. They were magnificent looking men from a physical standpoint, and their color was a light copper. Each carried a spear, the head of which was made out of flin t. Afte r watching them for awhile, Jack retraced his steps throug h the two passages and rejoined his companion who was faithfu ll y standing with his back against the s lab of stone to keep the entrance open. CHAPTER XIII. THE STO""E 1BOX. "Well, what did you see?" asked Tom, wit h some eager ness. "Let go of the door and I'll tell you. We know where th e secret entrance is now, and will have no trouble find in g it again," replied Jack. "Let's go back to the haven and I'll make one story of it for you and Kittie." They found the girl readi n g a nove l that came asho r in one of the sea chests. "We've got something to tell you Kitti e said Jack; "What is it?" asked the gi r l. "We've discovered the place where t hat man y ou saw this morning, entered the wall of rock "Indeed," she replied, with a look of interest J then explained how he and Tom,. after they h a d gone upon the rocks, had seen the four natives gathering fruit in the valley. He told her how they had shadowed the natives to the ledge of rock behind which she had seen the man va'ni sh that morning, and saw the leader of the party push a k ind of door in the solid rock open, when the four passed through, the door closing after them "It didn't take us long to find that door after that," continued Jack, "though it is clever l y constructed I pushed it open and found a dark passage b eyond i t. Then he went on to state how he had entered the pas sage alone, followed it and what he had seen when he reached the big cave open to the air at the other side of the rocky wall. Both Tom and Kittie listened with eager interest to his brief story, and asked him a number of questions Then Tom declared that he and Jack must investigate the other side of the island next morning, a n d see what kind of strange people inhabited it. :J:(ittie then said that they must take her with them. "If there is any clanger, I want to face it with you she said. "Think how I should feel if you wen t on thi s adventure and never came back!" It was evident from the way she looked at J ack, tba.t_ she was chiefly concerned about him, and preferred to face peril in his company to remaining behind and worrying about what might happen to him The sun was now setting, so while the girl started t o build a fire, the boys went off to gather a supp l y of shell-fish. After supper they talked about w h at the nex t day's ad venture was likely to lead to, and by the time the full moon rose, they turned in They were up bright and ear l y on the follow in g m o rn ing, but it was after eight before they were ready t o start for the secret door. 1 It didn't take them l ong to reach i t. Jack pushed it open, and the three castaways entered t h e dark passage, Kittie with some misgivings as to what was before them. J l ed the way with his hand on h i s and they passed in single file through the first cavern, and on through the second passage, till they reached the open caYe, where they paused to look around bef ore discove r ing their presence to the strange inhabita n ts o f thi s par t 0 the island The open cave was vacant, a n d fin a ll y J ack said: "Are you ready to go on?" "Sure," replied Tom Accord i ngly, they cro ssed t h e cav e and issued int o t he open air They now found t hemselves at t h e head of a seco nd valley, a part of which was c o vered with o n e s t ory s ton e houses, and a pa r t u nder c ultivation in farm s t y l e


/ 22 IN THE LAND OF GOLD. ====================================================================================' The houses nearest the cave were sma ll and very ordinary. Then came a kind of small, square or open space, and from that on, the houses were much larger and of more careful architecture, though none were over one story in height, except a single building on one side of the square, facing the rising sun. This building was apparently of two stories, for it towered above all the rest. It was square and looked like a l arge block-house with its small narrow windows. A big doorway afforded entrance None of the houses had doors or window-sashes attached to the openings admitting light and air. All the roofs 'Seemed to be made of thatch, slightly peaked $0 that the rain would run off. A number of the dark-skinned natives were busy at work in the fields, and severa l women were moving from the fields to the houses with small wicker baskets on their heads. Copper-colored men in kilts and head-dresses, and spears in their hands, could be seen here and there, apparently directing operation s The three young" castaways advanced some way into this scene of lif e and actiYity, before their presence was noticed. One of the women coming to the door of a house was the first to discover them, and she regarded them with fear and amazement. Thrn she uttered a peculiar cry. Other women came rushing to the doors of their houses, more cries went up, and soon the entire rnlley was in a state of tumult and alarm. Jack, Tom and Kittie kept on, undismayed by this ex hibition of excitement their presence occasioned. By the they reached the square, people flocking from all directions almost surrounded them, but kept at a respectable distance, gazing at them as if they were inhabi tants of another world, and not to be approached with impunity. 'rhe three castaways were now close enough to the two story building to observe the extraordinary points of its construction. The doorway and windows were faced inside and out with a burnished yellow metal that looked like gold. The thick stone coping at the top was ornamented with a succession of characters all simi l ar, and like inverted capita l L's, of the Gothic type, and made of the same yellow metal. Strange hieroglyphic designs also of yellow metal. cov ered wall in profusion, and scintillated in the rays of the morning sunshine Altogether, the building was a most remarkable speci men of ancient architecture, and the three young people took particular notice oI it. "Gee! That building looks as if it was ornamented with gold," said Jack; "but, of course, that can't be. That's too ridiculous a supposition Gold is altogether too valuable to be wasted in that manner. Why, if that was pure gold it would represent enough money to more than pay the annual interest on the public debt of the United States." "Let's go in and see what it look s like :inside," suggested Tom "That will give us a chance to get away from the mob that is following us and looking at us as if we were natural curiosities They turned and walked toward the building. The thirty-odd native men and women who had been si lent up to that moment, now began to utter strange, un couth cries, and display signs of uneasiness. At that moment a dozen of the copper skinned, higher grade inhabitants came upon the scene, and lining up be fore the entrance to the building, presented their :in a hostile way. "That settles it; we can't go in there," sai d Jack, as the three castaways came to a halt within a few feet of the menacing spear line." "Let's go somewhere else." Accordingly, they turned away and continued their walk. They hadn't gone far before the natfres broke away from around them and gathered together in a bunch in their rear Then the young people saw a party of the copper ski nned people, some with spears and some without any kind of arms, approaching. Those without weapons seemed to be thehead men of the village, as the boys called the place, for they were; more splendidly attired than the spearmen, and carried them selves with greater dignity. They halted, with the spearmen on either side, and awaited 'the three young people to draw near. Recognizing their seeming importance, the young cast aways made them a polite bow on coming to a halt be:. fore them There were five men who carried no weapons, and one of the five in the center of the bunch, appeared to be the chief personage of the place. He was fairly covered with golden ornaments, and his tunic and kilt were of special richness. Jack and his two companions waited for him to make the :first advances. This he did by motioning one of his assoc.rntes t:::i ad vance. Then he said something to this man in a strange tongue. The man, taking Jack as the leader of his party, ad dressed him in Spanish. Jack didn't know a word of that language, and therefore did not understand what he said. Kittie, howev er, was well up in Spanish, and she said : "He wants to know where we came from." "Well, if you understand him, you'd better do the talk ing.'' replied Jack. So the girl told the man that they had been shipwrecke d on the island. He translated her answer to the head man. \ Probably a dozen -questions w e r e put to Kittie, many of which s h e translated to Jack, and he suggested the reply. Finally the conference came to an end, and after a con sultation between the :five men, the head one eaid something to the spearrnen, who immediate l y advanced and ranged thernsel vcs on either s ide and behind the thre e castaways Four of the head men walked away, l eaving the inter preter behind. He ordered the spearmen to march the three young


.. IN THE LAND OF GOLD. 23 people to a one-story, roofless building in the rear of the big, ornamented one. The building really consisted of simply four walls, pierced by the single doorway. There was nothing in this enclosure but a big stone box, covered with a great slab, ornamented with a hideous figure of a man with horns like a bull's, growing out of his head 'fhe interpreter motioned to the two boys to stand in the center of the space. Kittie was about to join them, when the interpreter in Spanish, ordered her to remain where she was. As the boys stood facing the interpreter, two natives entered' with ropes, and grasping the boys as if they were mere threw them on the ground and bound their arms to their bodies. The natives then went to the stone box, lifted the cover, and stood it against the wall. Then the interpreter raised his hand. In answer to the signal, the spearmen began to chant a weird dirge. In the midst of it, the interpreter made another sign, waving his hand at the box. As the two natives lifted Jack into the stone sarcophagus that was to be his grave, Kittie Raymond uttered a scream and < attempted to rush over to him, but was prevented by the crosseq Spears of the Aztec-looking warriors After the natives bad deposited Jack in the bottom of the box, they picked Tom up and laid him beside his chum Before either of the boys could grasp the meaning of the situation, the was placed above them, shutting out the light of clay and every sound of life. CHAPTER XIV. IN WHICH BILL BROWN TURNS UP IN THE NICK OF TIME. "Say, what are we up against?" asked Jack, of his com panion in misfortune. "Blessed if I know I don't like the looks of this, for a cent," replied 'I'om. "Neither do I. We are' evidently prisoners." "And this is a queer kind of cell they've put us in." "I wonder how lon.g they mean to keep us here?" "Not long, I hope, for this box seems air-tight. I don't believe we'd last more than half an hour in here. There isn't air enough." "Maybe they put us here to kill us in an easy way," said Jack, anxiously "An easy way! Great jibbooms It would be a hor rible death for us," answered Torn, beginning to shiver at the bare thought of such a thing. "It looks as if we made a mistalrn coming into this part of the island." "I'm afraid we did This is what we catch for being c urious "I wonder what they mean to do with Kittie?" said Jack. "I couldn't tell you All I'm sorry for now is, that we w eren't quick enough to use our revolvers on those rascals "We may have a chance to do that yet, for they didn't tak e them away from us." "I wouldn't give much for the chance if they don't re lease us from this tomb prctts soon." "Don't call it a tomb, Tom. You give me the col d shivers." "It looks like one, and may be intended for one. You can't tell what diabolical trick those rascals may not be capable of. It's all right to hope for the best, but I can't see anything but the worst before you and me I'm afraid our name is mud." "Great Scott! I can't die this way," cried Jack, des, perately. "If this is our fate, I don't see how we can get away from it." Jack remained silent, and for a few moments neither spoke. "Do you really believe that--" began Jack, when he was interrupted by a noise overhead. The cover of the sarcophagus was moving. "They're going to let us out," cried Jack; joyfully. A streak of light appeared at one end of the top of the box. This widened as the stone was moved further and further off the tomb. The boys could not see who was moving it, but the per son evidently found it quite an effort to master the job. Finally a big, bronzed and hairy hand got a good grip on the under part of the lid, then it rose up slowly, tilted over and slid to the ground behind the box. A bronzed and rather wicked-looking face gazed down at the boys, and then a well-known voice they thought stilled forever in the depths of the ocean, said: "Well, my hearties, how d'ye feel?" 0 With a gasp of astonishment, the two castaways recog nized the speaker as Bill Brown. "Hello, Bill, are you really alive?" asked Tom "Looks like it, doesn't it?" grinned the big sailor. I suppose you chaps would like me to cut you loose?" "I should say so. You can't do it any too quick to please us," replied Tom Brown yanked out his sheath-knife, leaned over and cut the thongs that bound the arms of the boys. "There yer are, my hearties. Now yer kin get out of yer own accord." They lost no time in doing so. "Where are those copper rascals who put us in here?" asked Tom "Gone about their business." "How did you know we were in that box?" "Seen 'em put yer there." "Where were you at the time?" "Lookin' out of a hole in the roof of the next buildin', where I've been kept a pl'isoner ever since I came ashore on this here island." "How came you to be taken a prisoner?" "Several of them chaps nabbed me under a tree at sunrise, and fetched me through a kind of tunne l into this place. I was brought before five fellers in fine clothes and golden ornyments and put through a course of sprouts in Spanish. Then I was put in a room in the buildin' next door, which is a treasure store-house, for it's full of gold ingots, food and one thing or another There's enough gold there to make each of us a millionaire."


IN 'l'HE LAND OF GOLD. 25 They came to a stop and the chanting ceased, when several natives stepped forward and explained what they had seen. The s lab b efore the entrance to the treasure 'st or e house, confirmed their story. A consultat i on of the five was held, and then the inte rpreter advanced to the bui l ding alone . H e stopped near the door, and hailed the castaways in Spanish. Bill B row n who could talk the lingo lik.:; a native, took Tom's place at the window and held a pow-wow with the man outside The interpreter demanded that they surrender. Brown refused to consider such a t hin g, telling the interpreter to go to thunder. The man rreturned to his associates and reported. Another consultation took place, the resnli. of which was that the natives were dismissed from the square which was taken possession of by the spearmen. Four of the h ead men retired, l eaving the interpr eter in cha rg e It was clear no w that the castaways were placed m a state of s iege. There wasn't a n y doubt that the enemy could hold out indefinitely. The question was, how lon g could the besieged hold the fort? The treasure storehouse cou ld withstand any kind of an assault with impunity from those outside, excep t an atta ck by way of i.he roof. That was the vulnerab l e point, though the enemy did not make any attempt to take advantage of it. "They may take it into their heads at any moment to at tack us that way," s aid Jack. "Once they got into the floor above, they'd have us, unless we can barricade the hole in the ceil ing at the head of the stone stairway How can we do that?" It was a problem that seemed beyond them "The food is a ll up there, too," said Brown. "What kind of food i s it?" "Dried maize, rice and dried fruits, principally." "We could throw a lot of it down here, Hi.en WB wouldn't starve for some time." "But is there any water?" asked Kittie. The big sailor uttered a fierce imprecation, while the boys looked at each other in consternation. Food there appeared to be plenty, according to Brown, who had seen it, but water-that was something they had not thought of-apparently, the r e wasn't a drop in the building. Tlieir fate now seemed seal ed for without water they could not hold out. What were they to do? "Let's investigate our resources, anyway," said Jack. He and Tom rushed to the floor above. With the exception of the two sma ll rooms in which Brown and Kittie had been confined, the floor cons i sted of one l arge room. Thi s was :filled with bins of maize, rice, dried fruit, and oth er i'oodstu:ff. Along one wall was ranged a score of large, red pots their mouths covered with thick cloth tied tight "What's in them?" asked Torn. Jack's answer was to pull out his and cut away the cloth from one of them. The vessel contained some kind of pleasant-smelling, light-colored liquor. Jack cautiously tasted it. "It's grape juice," he said, in a tone of satisfaction. "Hurrah!" cried Tom, "then we have somet hing to drink, after all." They reported their discovery to Kittie and the sa ilor. With Brown's help, all the jars were removed below, and then as much of the food as they :figured they would need. During this work, Kittie s tood on one of the ingot piles and watched the movements of the enemy By this time it was well along in the afternoon, and all hands were hu n g r y . They made a meal of dri ed fruit, which they was hed clown with grape juice. The re8t of the afternoon they spebt in making a bar ricade of golden ingots at the foot of the stairway, where they coul d command the opening above with their revolver s in case the enemy entered by way of the roof. The boys had p l enty of ammunition, and as lhe inhabi tants of the Yill age were not numerous, probab l y not over one hundred a ll told-men, women and children-they hoped to be able to stand them oil' successfully. About four o'clock the work was completed, a nd Brown and the boys sat down to rest. Suddenly, without the l east warnin g, a tremor shook the building, as if a big explosion h ad taken place some miles away. "What's that?" cried Jack. Before either of his companions could answer, the gro-und and building began to move to and :fro, from east to 'Yest. Cries of terror resounded witho ut in the valley. The air grew hazy and dark. "Great Scott! It's an eart hqu ake !" cried Jack, spring ing on his feet. The movement of the ground stopped with a sudden The four castaways were great l y start l e d for the peculiar sensation caused by the solid earth moving under one, can only be understood by one who has felt it. The air outside continued to grow darker, and the still ness was broken only by the excitement that reigned among the inhabitants of the valley outside :For thirty minutes nothing more happ e ned, and the be sieged thought that the eart h q uak e was over, when a loud exp losi on sounded 'way down in the bowels of the island somewhere, and the ground began to sway w o rse than' e ver A tremendous uproar arose a ll aro und Shrieks and cries resounded outside. Rocks began falling with tremendous c r ashes The building moved back and forth like a reed swayed by the wind. The upper walls fell both in ward and o utward, and a cloud of dust came :floating down the hole. A tremendous roar, more terrible than anything Brown or the young people ever dreamed of, now filled the air, which grew black and sultry With a cry of terror, the big sailor sprang to his feet,


26 IN THE LAND OF GOLD. his eyes bulging with fright, and made a rush for the slab that covered the doorway. He seized it to push it aside, when theearth came to a rest with a heavy s hock. Instantly the stone stairs and front ceiling fell into the room with a crash, burying Bill Brown under several tons of stone, crushing his life out in a moment. The silence that succeeded was even more terrifying than what the castaways had passed through. Kittie clung convulsively to as if he was her only hope. The three scarcely moved or uttered a sound for half an hour, by which time the air began gradually to grow lighter. "Is it 9ver ?" whispered Kittie, fifteen minutes later. "What an awful experience!" "I hope so," repli e d Jack, releasing her. In a few minutes th e setting sun flashed out and lit up the ruins of the treasure storehouse. The sunshine put fresh courage into the hearts of the three. "Poor Brown; he's gone," said "Let's take a look at the damage out s ide." He and Jack made their way over the

' l j .. FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY 27 Fame and Fortune Weekly NEW YORK, JANUARY 8, 1909 Terms to Subscribers Single Copies ........................ . One Copy Three nonths ........................... One Copy Six nonths .................................... One Copy One Year ..................................... Postage Free. How 'l'o SEND MONE'Y. .05 Cents .65 .. $1.25 :a.50 At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Registered Letter; re mittances in any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamps s a m e as cash. When s ending silver wrap the coin in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envelope. Write 11our name and address plainly. Address lette1s to Frank Tousey, Publisher, 2-4 Union Sq., New York GOOD STORIES. Taxicabs in London, as in New York, are a marked success and the hansom is b eing crowded out. Although scarcely a year has passed since these swift-moving carriages appeared, the capital already invested in London taxicabs is $10,000,000 'l 'here are 758 taxicabs on the street, 2,600 taxicabs ready for engagements, and 1 ,700 licens ed drivers. Are billiards dying out, and are motoring and golf killing them? In 1894 the French Treasury returns noted 95,000 billiard tables in the country. This year the figure is only 89,000. The treasury laments the fact, not from any disinter ested Jove for the grand old game, but because every billiard table pays a heavy tax. Motoring of course contributes its full share to the inland revenue here as well as e l sewhere, but 'S'b far the royal and ancient pastime, which is quite new here, pays nothing to the state. However, that may co m e in due course, and golf cl ubs, balls, caddies and Jinks may be taxed to make up for the shrin\age in billiard tables. The most venerable rose tree in existence is said to bloom against the ancient church of Hildesheim, in Germany. heim has h a d a most eventful history. Notwithstanding the many parties which at different times have been in the as cendency, they all seem to have respected and tended the rose tree, which, it is said, was planted by Charlemagne. The trunk is now almost as big as a man's body. There are five principal limbs trained against the church, the tree being protected by iron railings inc losing an area of about twenty-six square feet. The rude G erma n soldiers in earl y ages tended the tree, Cath oli cs and Protestdnts, in turn masters of the town, drained the ground, the soldiers of Turenne faste n ed up the branches with clamps, and those of Napoleon a century and a half later erected the railings. test a red light of the same intensity will more than do so. It was found that the candle power of green light, which re mained visible at one, two, three and four miles, was two, fifteen, fif ty-one and one hundred and six, respectively. A neat little bungalow located in the outskirts of Long Beach, built by a pretty little woman, is attracting attention. The builder is Mrs Frank Nottingham, who is a prominent worker in thetY. W. C. A. Miss Gertrude Gilbert, matron for the Y. W. C. A., wanted a home, owned a lot and had about $120 with which to erect a house. She knew this would be if she were compelled to hire carpenters at $3 a day. Mrs. Nottingham talked the matter over with her and finally said she would undertake to build it and would not charge her a penny for .her labor. Though she had never built so much as a chicken house before, the plucky woman was con fident. Armed with a rusty saw, hatchet, plane and l eve l she started to work. She devoted exactly 100 hours to the under taking, and a short time ago turned the house over to its owner. The bungalow is 1 8 by 20 feet in dimensions and con tains seven windows and two doors. Mrs. Nottingham had no assistance, placing the big heavy rafters alone a-nd performing feats a carpente r"would shun. JOKES AND JESTSe Dumley-Say, you'd better take something for that c old, old man. Now--Wise-Don't offer me any more, please. I've taken too much already. Dumley-Too much what? Wise -Adv ice "Do you take any periodicals?" asked the new Clergyman on his first round of parish visits. "Well, I don't," replied the woman; "but my husband takes 'em frequent. I do wish you'd try to get him to sign the pledge." "I saw G . Whizz in his automobile yesterday, and it was actually creeping a long at a snail's pace." "Good gracious! Why, Whizz is one al. the most notorious speed maniacs in town. What do you suppose was the matter?" "He was go ing to see a dentist. The youl(g man who received the following note from his fiancee would have been better pleased if she had employed a comma or two. "Jack Huggard call ed yesterday. Jack couldn't have heard of our engagement, for before leaving he proposed. I to ld him I was sorry I was engaged to yo u." "These pianos look too cheap," said the young woman with the picture hat, her eyebrows contracting slightly. S ho w me some of the best you've got." "Yes, ma'am," said the sal esman. "May I ask you how high you'd like to go?" "Me? Oh, I only go to G, but I want one with all the octaves, just the same." I Mr. Browne-I regret to say, dear, that-er-concerning that birthday gift I promised you-er-diamonds are up in price now, higher than I can afford. Mrs. Browne-I'm so sorry, dear. Mr. Browne-Yes, it is disappointing--Mrs. Browne -Yes, it's too bad that you'll have to pay more than you can afford Germany and the Netherlands have been conducting together a series of experiments for the purpose of ascertaining how far certain c olors and powers of light can be seen. A light of one-candle power is plainly visible at one mile and one of three candle power at three miles. A ten-candle power light was seen with a binocular at four miles, one of twenty-nine at five The Bishop of London, at a dinner in Washington, told a miles though, faintly, and one of thirty.three-candle power at story as the cigars came on about one of his predecessors. the same distance without difficulty. On an exceptionally c lear "When Dr. Creighton was Bishop of London," he said, "he rod e night a white light df three and two-tenths-candle power could in a train one day with a small, meek curate. Dr. Creighton, be distinguishe d at three miles, one of five and six-tenths at an ardent Jover of tobacco, soon took out his cigar case, and four and one of seventeen and two -tenths at five miles. The with a smile he said: 'You don't mind my smok ing, I sup: experiments were made with green light, as it has been con pose?' The meek, pale little curate bowed and answered hum clusively proved that if a light of that color fills the require d bly: 'Not if your lordship doesn't mind my being sick.'


y -FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. WAS HE MAD? By John Sherman. "The vagaries of a di seased mind are oftentimes wonderful. I am n:{ore and more impressed with the belief that insanity is a disease which on people. From a small incident, or from a period of shock, insanity takes its start. Thus it was with Hugh Somers. Had he been surrounded with pleasant influences, had his mind been drawn off that horrible affair, be would have remained of sound mind, and his life would not have been placed in j eopardy. Was he mad? was the question in the trial." I read this indorsement on the back of one of my uncle's manuscripts, and, lighting a fresh cigar, drew the argand light nearer to my elbow, placed my feet on my desk at nearly a: level with my head, opened the manuscript, and soon every thing else was forgotten in the interest I felt in the solution of the query-"Was He Mad?" Captain Somers was descended from a proud and wealthy old family, and lived in elegant style at his country seat, known for miles around as Breeze Lawn. The captain's wife had been dead many years, and the family consisted of the captain and Hugh and the servants. There was another son, John Somers, older than Hugh, who had brought disgrace on the good old family name, and had been disinherited by his father. Captain Somers had driven him sternly forth, cursing the hour of his birth. Once qaptain Somers made up his mind was no such thing as relenting. Yet, stern though he was, he had a heart tender as a woman's where Hugh was con cerned, for on him he his whole afl'ection, which was returned by Hugh with interest. At Breeze Lawn everything moved along smoothly, happily, without jar or turmoil, until one nigit a servant, returning from the near-by village about nine o'clock, stumbled over the body of a man stretched across the path. His cries of alarm drew others from the house. A light was pro-;;ured, and their horror may be imagined when they made the discovery that it was the body of their master, cold in death, and besmeared with blood which had flowed from the fatal cut of the assassin. For a few hours the sight of Hugh's grief was fearful to look upon, and then he became calm and silent to a degree which was melancholy. Who had done the awful deed? This was the question which passed from mouth to mouth; a question which to this day has never been actually solved, although after circumstances enabled those who knew to make a shrewd guess. 'l'he murder was the usual nine days' wonder, and then it began to be gradually forgotten. Captain Somers was buried, and life at Breeze Lawn settled back into its old channel, save that one of their number was missing, and the other singularly silent and reserved. Hugh became more and more reserved a.s months rolled away, until finally he never spoke at all, save when irritated by one of the servants, whom he would discharge on the spot, and who would not be replaced. At last but one servant was left to inhabit the grand old house, and enjoy its old-fashioned chairs and antique fixtures. She at length was also found fault with and discharged, an.I Hugh was left alone. How be passed his time no one ever knew, for none ven tured near the house and its churlish master. And then a strange story began to fioat around. It was to T the effect that the house was haunted. Some treated the story with scorn, but were convinced wheh at night they saw a figure in white glide about the grounds or saw it appear and disappear at one of the windows. This continued for several months, and then one day the vil lage people were startled by the news that on the night before May Turner had disappeared from her father's house. Had any one seen her? This was the anxious query of the distressed father, of every one he met." At last an old farmer who knew May stated that he had seen her in the neighborhood of Breeze Lawn, about ten o'clock the night before. It had been moonlight, and he was sure it was she. In fact, he had spoken to her, but she had hurried on as if desirous of not being known. Seen near Breeze Lawn! Everybody knew \hat May and Hugh were lovers before that fatal day when the captain had been killed. Since that time, however, he had not been near To Breeze Lawn the anguished father hurried with some neighbors. The hall door was open and they entered the house. Tui;.n ing into one of the parlors, it was to be riven with anguish at the sight of his daughter stretched on the floor, dead. The story of the ghost was explained. The devoted girl had come to Breeze Lawn night after night to bring food to the man she loved, to care for him as well as she could. She had come silently, like a shadow, and had gone in the same way, and Hugh never once had seen her until the night before. They found him in another part of the how;;e, and bis cloth ing was speckled and daubed with May's life-blood. They took him in beside her body, but he evinced no emotion, no horror, at the sight. "Who is she?" he asked. But they thought him shamming. Insanity was an old dodge, it could not work with them. Hugh was arrested and taken to jail, and placed on trial for murder. It was then that I came upon the scene, being summoned as an expert in insanity, to state my belief as to Hugh's mental condition. Others differed from me. I said he was mad, others that he was sane. That he had struck down May Turner none doubted, but the trial resolved itself into-not whether he committed the murder, but-was he mag? Mad he was finally decided to be, through my exertions, and therefore not accountable for his actions. It was settled that he was to be taken to an insane asylum; in short, to the one I had charge of. During the trial he had not said a word-aye, yes, or no; although I had observed that he watched me closely. It was after the trial was finished that he surprised me by volun tarily opening a conversation with me. "You think I am mad?" he said. "A little unsettled in mind by your troubles," I answered. '"Wrong!" he exclaimed. "But I dare not speak for his sake." "For whose sake?" I inquired, opening my eyes. Was some body back of this? Somebody whom Hugh's supposed insanity was protecting? But he was as dumb as an oyster when I asked whom he meant. He did not speak to me again for hours, and then his eyes suddenly flashed as he blurted out: "He must be punished?" "He! Who?"


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 Again no reply. An hour later he as suddenly and unexpectedly spoke again. "There was a will! "Left by your father, you mean?" "Yes." "What of it?" "It has not been found." "Well?" "It must be!" '"Why?" "Never mind," and he shook his head knowingly, a cunning expression in his eyes, such as is never seen i_n those of a sane man. I was more deeply interested than ever in this strange case. "Are you afraid of me?" "No. Why?" I asked. "Because all the others seem to be," say you are going to take me away." "Yes." he answered. "They "Do you mind spending one night with me in Breeze Lawn?" "No; do you wish it?" "Yes." placing his hands -no, I want it all dark when he comes. A light might frighten flash. He had returned, humble, penitent, had begged for for giveness, for money. Captain Somers had sternly refused, and then had been stricken down by his outcast, desperate son. him away." I, however, would not think of spending the night with him in utter darkness, for, though not afraid of him, I knew not what vagary might cross his mind. At last I struck something which would answer nearly as well as a lamp; it was a torch of pitch pine. Hugh made no resistance when I lighted it, and I did not offer to stop him when he went about carefully the windows and stopping up the cracks of the doors, so that the rays of light should not be seen beyond the room. Then I sat down in an old-fashioned but comfortable arm chair and placed my hat on the table beside me. Hugh kept restlessly moving about, now examining his father's desk, and now some other articles of furniture, searching, I supposed, for the missing will. It was near the hour of midnight when I denly pause, and then, pricking his ears, listen. ( observed him sud bend his head to "He's coming! Hugh in an intense whisper. Presently I could make out the' sound of light footfalls. They drew nearer, their destination appearing to be the very room we in. Hugh glanced at me, then about the apartment, then darted away and stretched himself on the floor where he would be concealed by a large roll of carpet. Hardly had quietness settled down when I heard a hand touch the door-knob. It was slowly turned, and then the door was opened by a tall, thin-faced man, wearing a high hat. He started as if in alarm at sight of the light and myself. At first he seemed inclined to hastily retire, and then think ing better of it, he advanced within the room. "Who are you?" he hoarsely asked as he reached the table, I could do noth-ing, though I W\J.S harrowed to the soul by the sounds of the awful struggle going on within so few feet of me. It did not last long. In less than three mjnutEl,S' the last sound had ceased, and an silence had settled down. I struck a match and saw that both were lying silent on the floor. Having lighted the torch, I found that John Somers had fallen a victim to the fury of the madman, who lay unconscious beside the man he had killed. When he recovered consciousness I hurried him away from Breeze Law:n. A year's residence at the asylum, during which time he was kept employed in work which interested him, and his mind therefore kept off the terrible past, and I was able to pronounce him cured. His first sane question was regarding May Turner. I told him she was dead. He asked no more; and I did not tell him how she had died. He asked to see her grave, and I accompanied him to it. He bent and kiss.@d the mound over her loved form, and then turning to me, he said: "You may think all the dark past is forgotten. You are wrong! You have tried to conceal from me the knowledge that I have been in an insane asylum, but I know it perfectly well. My mind was diseased: of that I am equally aware. To you are my thanks due for restoring me, the methods of which restoration I now understand. But the fever is still in my blood; I did not kill May! What would you advise me to do?" "Sell Breeze Lawn and remain away from objects which serve to bring back the past." He followed my advice. Years afterward he returned from abroad, perfectly sound in mind, and little like one of whom could be asked; "Was he mad?"


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