A gold brick, or, The boy who could not be downed

A gold brick, or, The boy who could not be downed

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. J 'ONEY The talon-like fingers of the schemer closed about Joe's neck, and were fast choking the life out of the boy, when the door was suddenly burst open, and Dan Beard, closely followed by Katie Todd, dashed into the room.


Faille and Fortune.Weekly STORIES OF BOYS woo MAKE Iuued Wee1d11-B11 Subscription 12.5(} per y ear. E n t ee d according to Act o f Congr es s, i n the year 1905, in the office of the Librarian of C ong res s, Wa.hing t on, D C b11 Frank 1'ou ey, P u b l ish.e r 24 Union Square, N e w Yor k. No. 14 NEW YORK J ANUA RY 5 1906 PriCe 5 Cents . A GOLD BRICK; ,. I \ OR, ohe Boy Who Could Not Be Downed. I By A SELF= MADE MAN. CHAPTER I. INTRODUCES JOE VICKERS, AND SHOWS HOW HE SAVED THE LIFE OF HIS ENEMY. "Get out of my way, boy!" The speake r was a large and pompous-looking man. His name as Godfrey Chase, and he was reputed to be the richest, as in his own opinion he was the most important, man in Pandora. He was of the Nimrod & Pandora Railroad Company, whose gene ral offices were at Pandora. This road consisted of two divisions-one branching Pandora, via Nimrod, to Grand J unction, on the Rock Island system; the other, called the mountain divi s ion, westward, over a Col ora d o range to Palmyra, and thence to Trinidad, the terminal. The boy, who had accidentally obstructed his way in the railroad yard, \Vas a bright, curly-headed l ad of sixteen years, whose name was Joe Vickers He was the son of a widow in very moderate circ umstances, who lived about a mile from the rai l road yard, and he was employed in the roundhouse as a wiper and machin ist's assistant. His father, on e of the c r ack engineers in the company's .. employ, had lost his l ife in an accident o n tbe roa.d, three years before. Joe had been working for nearly a year at the yard, a:nd, being an observant and ambitious youth, had become fa miliar with ail the ou t ward and parts of a locomo tive, for he had plenty of opportunities to see t hem taken to pieces by the mechanics. His genial manners, and ;illingness to make himself generally useful, had made him a favorite in the yard, es pecially among the machinists and wipers with w hom he was brought into dai l y contact Even Gosport, the foreman, a man noted for his taci turnity, often had a pleasant word for the boy. This might have been due to the fact that he and Joe's father had been warm friends. While he did not seem to pay much attentio n to t h e boy, he really was him closely; and it did not take him long to discover that"the boy was bui l t of the right material, and, therefore, though Joe did not know i t, he gave him a11 sorts of opportunities to learn things It was rather an u nusua l circumstance for the p resid ent of the road to, be seen in the track spanned and car-enc um bered yard, but Joe, i n his greasy check jumper and gr im y overalls, hastened to get out of the magnate's way, and t h e n kept right on toward the rpundhouse, t hi nking wha t a fine


2 A GOLD BRICK. thing it waB to be a rich man as well as the official head of "I'll get square with the young villain," he muttered, a railroad company. thickly. "I'll do him up or my name isn't Abel Hyde.'"' En lering tlie roundhouse, the boy walked over to one side Then he staggered off to hunt up the foreman and enter oJ the building, where a big locomotive was jacked up and a protest ..i machinist was waiting for the casting which was to reHe found Gosport somewhere about the yard. place the broken one lying on the ground. "I want that boy taken off my engine, do you undcrJ oe assisted the machinist to put the center casting in stand?" he cried, angrily, laying his hand on the foreman's place nd bolt it securely arm. "I won't have him do no more cleaning around 44.'' The engine was then let down on the track and shortly "What are you talking about?" growled Gosport, shaking afterward was run out on the turntable and switched to off the engineer's grasp. the proper track in the yard. "I'm talking about Joe Vickers, that's who I'm talking Another engine ran in on the table outside, some wipers about." swung it around and it was then backed into the house "What about him?" demanded the foreman, impatiently The foreman set Joe at work cleaning her. "I want you to put another wiper on 44 next time she In the course of his work he discovered a cracked ec-comes in. That young imp reported a broken eccentric on centric stra'p and reported the fact to Mr. Gosport. my engine this afternoon." Some engineers 1'!ave the wipers to look out for breaks on "I examined the locomotive and found that the report the locomotives, others take a closer interest in their en-was. correct,'' replied the foreman shortly, for he didn't gines, and no wiper ever finds a broken lever, spring or relish such argument from Hyde, or any one else about lrnnger after them. the yard. In <;lue time a machinist came around and repaired the "Well, if you found it he done it himself somehow, and dama ge, but the circumstance reached the ears of Abel tried to sneak out of it.'' de, the engineer of 44, who boarded not far from the '"That's all nonsense, Hyde You know the boy couldn't and he came round to see about it. break that strap himself. You're always so careful with He had long prided himself on the fact that nothing ever your engine it's a wonder you didn't notice it yourself." went wrong with his locomotive that he didn t find out for "I say there wasn't no such thing the matter with 44 himself. when I left the house." He was one of the best engineers on the road, but a man "Well, I'm not going to argue the matter with you,'' said with a nasty dispositi'f, who drank a great deal, and was the foreman, turning away. ready to quarrel on the s lightest pretext. "I don't care whether you want to or not. All I want you "Look here,'' be said, coming up to 1.oe, who was just to do is to put another wiper on my engine." putting the finishing touches to 44, ">V'hat do you mean, "Joe understands his business as well as any wiper in the you ytJUng monkey, by reporting a break on my engine?" yard." He bad evidently been filling up on something stronger "I say be doesn't. He's a fool, and I won't have him than water, and looked ugly and sullen. plugging round 44 "Because J found your eccentric strap cracked, and it "You've been drinking, Hydes, and. you clon't know what was my duty to report it to the foreman,'' replied Joe, reyou're talking about." spectfully. "S'posing I have been drinking? It ain't none 0 your He knew the man he had to deal with and wasn't anxious blame business Are you going to give me a new wiper, that's for a scrap. "You broke that yourself, you little whippersnapper!" snarled the engineer. "You know better than that, Mr. Hyde." "Do you mean to tell me I lie?" roared the engineer, furiously. "No, sir, I do not," returned the boy, getting on bis feet and backing out of range of the angry man's fists; "but the Ftrap was broken all the same when the engine backed into the house what I want to know?" "No. "All right,'' he snarled. Y ou'll be responsible if any thing happens to my engine. I'll get square with that young monkey, see if I don't." "You'd better leave him alone unless you want to have a run-in me," said Gosport, in a hard voice. "You're all right, Hyde, when you're sober, but when 3"0U get a drink or two aboard you're uglier than sin. Go home, now, and don't let me hea,r you open your face on this subject "You're a little liar, and I'm going to take satisfaction I again." out of your skin." The engineer made a dash for the boy, but Joe, as With that Gosport walked away, leaving the engineer nimble as a monkey on his feet, mounted into the cab at glowering after him, and swearing under his breath like a a bound and dropped down on the other side before Hyde trooper. got a footing on the tender "So,. Joe Vickers is a :fav'rit e of yours, is he?" muttered When the engineer got down on the other side, Joe was Hyde, still following the retreating form of the foreman just disappearing around a nearby and all j with bis coal-black eyes. "And I mustn't touch him, eh? Hyde could do was to shake his fist menacingly' after him. What do you s'pose I care fo r you, Steve Gosport. I'll do


A GOLD BRICK. s as I please. I'll lick that boy within an inch of his life the first chance I get." He started to walk away, but rage and the fumes of liquor in his brain made his steps uncertain. "Mebbe 111 find him at the roundhouse now." He staggered against a switch and bruised his forehead so that a tiny streak of b}ood oozed down his forehead anu alongside of his nose. "I mustn't touch him," he snarled, maliciously. "Of course not. I won't do a thing. to the cantankerous ittle monkey. He won't wipe my engine no more, I'll bet on that. S posen there was a break, what right has he to report it to the foreman, when he could have come anu told me. No, but he must go and show me up. I'll fix CHAPTER II. KATIE TODD AND TROUBLE Probably a dozen persons in the immediate vicinity w i t nessed the rescue, and several came running up to fin d out if Hyde had actually escaped scot free. Joe assisted the man to his feet, and the thanks h e got, as soon as Hyde recognized him, was a severe clout along side of the head. "What did you do that for?" cried the boy, indignantly "It ain't half what I'm going to do to you in about three shakes of a lamb's tail," snarled the ungrateful engineer. him!" h t d "Here, what in thunder are you up to, Hyde?" s ou e Hvde's nature was cruel and revengeful. one of the yard hands, seizing him by the arm "Don't you D;ink churned up all that was bad in the man and made know that boy saved your life just now?" blind to reason. "Saved nothing!" yelled the engineer "I came over Th h pe d rumor afloat that he had once 1 ere was a w is. re . here to lick and I'm going to do it." killed a comrade durmg a drunken ma distant "I guess not," replied the yardman, "unless you w:,mt of the country, but no one could say positively that story to have a mix-up with me. What ldnd of man are yoti., was true. As a matter of course, he was not popular about the yard. Had he not been an uncommonly skilled engineer he would long since have lost his job on the road. Just now it suited his humor to find Joe and him. He calculated on doing this in spite of the foreman's warning. As he was approaching the r9undhouse a locomotive came out of one of the doors. He didn't know it, but Joe, the object of his attention, was only a few yards away, coming toward him from an other building. As the engine came along, Hyde started to cross the track in front of her. H!s feet got in his way and he tripped over the near rail, measuring his length on the ground, between the tracks. The fireman of the locomotive who was running her out saw Hydtgo down and threw.back the le-fer, although he realized it was too late to save the man by his efforts to stop the engine. It would have been all up with Hyde but for Joe Vickers, whose eyes were on him when he went down. The boy sprang forward, grasped the engineer by his jacket, and, exerting all of his strength, pulled him clear of the pilot of the oncoming locomotive just in the nick of time "By, George! that was a mighty close call," ejaculated the yardmaster, who happened to step out of his office at the moment, as the engine passed on. "Who is that plucky boy?" The words were addressed to a switchman who knew the lad well. "That's Joe Vickers, one of the wipers at the roundhouse." anyway?" "Mind your own business, will you?" snarled Hyde. "Well this is mv business Besides, the yardmaste r JS looking you, had better sneak, quick.'> "Shut up!" 1 "You're drunk, that's what's the matter with you," sai4 the yardman, in a tone of disgust. "That's my affair." "What's the trouble?" asked Mr. Radway, the yardmas ter, coming up. "Nothing, sir," the yardman, not wishing to get the engineer in trouble. "I saw him strike young Vickers, afte r the boy had pulled him off the track from in front of 66," persisted Radway, who was a man with a sharp eye and not easi l y hoodwinked "Didn't know what he was doing, I guess, sir." "What are you doing here anyway, Hyde?" asked yardmaster .suspiciously. "You're off duty the He saw that' the engineer was under the i nfluence of liquor Hyde growled out something under his breath and started to walk away. After watching the engineer a moment, the yardmaster turned to Joe. "That was a nervy act, young man; and I'm obliged to vou for saving me the trouble of having to report a fatal in the yard. Why did he strike?" "I think he wasn't aware of what he was doing, sir," said the boy generously. "Maybe so," replied Mr. Radway, apparently satisfied. "The man is very drunk." He knew Hyde's failing, but as the engineer always turned up in proper condition to take his engine out, he didn't feel called upon to notice it.


A GOLD BRICK. So he returned to his office. As they started to cross one of the streets an automobile "What's the trouble between you and Hyde?" asked the came around the corner with a rush yardman of Joe. / It happened to be a close shave for the party, and the The boy explai1)..ed the origin of Hyde's ugliness in the girl s screamed and sprang back, Katie s lipping down. roundhouse. A boy of sixteen was driving the machine, he looked "Yon were in the right, of course,'' said the other. "All around and laughed heartily, as if he thought the affair a the same you want to keep your eye skinned for Hyde He's huge joke. meaner than dirt, and as dangerous as a snake. Like as "That was Herbert Chase, the son of the president of the not he'll try to get at you in the dark-hit you from be-railroad,'' said Joe, as h e assisted the frightened Katie on hind. Ji.lSt watch out that he doesn't turn the trick on her feet and brushed off her dress. you He's capable of doing you a bodily injury as not." "He ought to be ashamed of himself,'' cried the girl in"l'll be on my guard against him. Any man, even half dignantly. "He might have run over us, especially me." drunk as he is, that would turn on a fellow after he has "That's what he ought," exclaimed one of the other girls saved his life, is pretty low down." angrily. don't think I ever had such a fright in my "That's right,'' agreed the yardman, and then the group life. broke up. "He's very reckless, I must say," admitted Joe, who Joe left the yard about six o'clock for home. privately thought Herbert had done the act on purpose just A bloc k away he passed a paper box factory. to scare them. Thirty or forty girls worked there and most of them were It was very like him at any rate. flocking out at that hour. He was a spoiled boy, and was accustomed to do pretty Among them was a pretty little miss with blonde hair and. much as he pleased. a creamy complexion He knew Joe well by sight, and had even spoken to him This was Katie Todd, who liv ed nearly opposite Joe's in an insulting way on several occasions when he chanced home. to meet him. She and the young wiper great friends, and she He despised the engine wiper because the boy was poor usually went home with him nights. and was forced to work at a dirty business to support hiR Her home surroundings were not of the best. mother. Her father was a lazy, intemperate man, who beat his wife when the humor was on him, and didn't spare the girl, either. :!\!rs. Todd did odd jobs of washing for people in the neighborhood, but the support of the family largely de on Katie herself. 'l'herc were two smaller children who went to school. Once in a while Michael Todd, the father, would take a notion to go to work, but he seldom turned any of his wages into the house. He was an experienced section foreman and the railroad company would have kept him continuously employed if he cared to be industrious. But he didn't. He preferred to hang around the same saloon where Hyde got his liquor, and the two were sort of boon com paniom in their cups. "Good evening, Katie,'' said Joe in his cheerful, breezy way. "Good evening, Joe. I've been waiting for you." "Not long, I hope." "N:o, only a moment or two." "Can "t we go with you, too, Joe ?1 asked another girl with a laugh, advancing with a companion "Sure thing," grinned the boy. "The more the merrier." "That's real nice of you. I didn't know but you wanted Katie all to yourself." "The idea !" laughed Katie. "Just as if he would." The four walked up the street together, chatting and laughing merrily. In fact Herbert had no use for anybody who didn't move in the same grade of society as himself. "Say, Joe," asked the girl who had just spoken, "why are those numbers put on that auto-210 ?" "You mean those figures swinging from the rear axle?" "Yes." "That's Herbert's score,'' replied Joe with a grin. "What do you mean by that?" "It shows how many !Jereons he's run over or frighten'ed up to this time. He'll add us four to that to:night when he puts his machine away." Does it really?" "Don't you believe that, Maggie," cried Katie, who was better on the subject "Joe is fooling you. That's the registered number of that machine. It's always the same." "Aren't you mean!" cried Maggie, giving the boy a play ful slap on the arm. At the next corner Joe and Katie parted from Miss Maggie and her friend. "There's father," said Katie suddenly, with a little start of apprehension, for her quick eye noticed that Michael Todd was a little unsteady on his legs, and this fact prom ised unfortunate results at home. "I see him,'' observed Joe. "He's been drinking I'm afraid," fluttered from the girl's lips. "That's evident,'' admitted the boy. "It's too bad that a strong and hearty man like he is wlll throw away oppor tunities to better his condition."


A GOLD BRICK. I ==========================================================================================::::o:f:::= "I hope he won't see us," said the factory girl lou sly. But as it happened the section foreman was not so drunk but he readily noticed what was going on about him, and his eyes soon lighted on his daughter.. and the young engine wiper. The sight seemed to arouse a sudde n anger in him' and he haste ned his steps. This wasn't the fir s t time by any means that he had seen Joe and Katie together, and their companionship had here tofore never aroused any opposition on his part. Their friend s hip appeared to be a matter of indifference to him. When sober he had been civil to Joe, when intoxicated, surly; but he had never interfered. Now, however, a change had sudden ly. come over hiR views. Hyde and he had been drinking together since the engi neer left the yard after his failure to inflict chastisement on the lad and Hyde had prejudiced him against young Vickers Michael Todd now felt an un exp lainable resentment against the boy, and it only need ed a very slight pretext to show itself. That pretext was supplied when he saw Joe coming down the stfeet with his daughter. He walked up and stop ped before them, barring their progress. His blood s hot eyes SD:apped and his whole attitude was menacing and threatened trouble. CHAPTER III. IN WHICH REFERENCE IS MADE TO Tlllt GOLD BRICK. I "You go home, gal!" he cried to Katie, catching her by the arm. "We're going home, father," replied the gir l in trembling tones "We ll go then," swinging her roughly aside "Go, d'ye hear?" Katie h eard and meekly obeyed. She knew well enough that in hi s present humor he would 'Ii.ave struck per down on the walk ha,9. s h e made the slight est opposition. "Now ye kin go yer way," he said, turning to Joe "This happens to be my way," replied the boy quietly. "No it ain't. At any rate ye don't live on this side of the live on the other." "Well, what if I do?" answered Joe, indignant at the man's nasty manner. "I can walk up this sid e if I choose, can't I?" "Not with my darter, ye can't," snarled Michael Todd with a vin d ictive look. "This isn't the first time I've done it, and I never heard you object before," protested t h e young railroad employe. "I know it ain t the first time, but it's goin' to be the la st, d'ye understand. I don't want ye hangin' 'round arter her any more." "What's the reason of this sudden--" "It ain't none of yer bizness what the reason is, or how sudden it is. I won't have ye walkin' w .ith Katie, and that's a ll there is to it." "It's a small thing to make a kick about," objected Joe, who didn't relish the idea of being cut off entirely from the society of the pretty Miss Todd. "Look here, Joe Vickers, I don t want any back sass from ye, filid what's more I won't take it. Ye're a Jittie too swift for yer circumstances. P haps ye think ye kin rub it into my friend, Hyde, but I reckon when he gets a good chance at ye ag'in h e' ll make ye sorry yer alive." "I understand now w h y you've taken thi s unaccountable dislike to me," replied Joe, coldly. "Mr. Hyde has been running me down to you." I guess he ain't sai d no more'n ye deserve." "I'll bet h e didn't tell yoi;i. how I saved him from being run down by an eng ine in the yard this afternoon For a moment Michael Todd opened hi s eyes very wide, for this was news to him; but the intelli gence didn t seem I to affect him very much. "I guess ye're dreamin'," he answered i.ncredulously. "He didn't say nothin' to me about it." "'l'hat's what I thought. Well, I'm g oin g home." "Go; and if I ye with Katie ag'in ther e's to be trouble." Joe made no further rem ark, but passed on, leaving Michael Todd sta ndin g in the middle of the s idewalk, sway ing tilightly to and fro, but following ihe1boy with hi s eyes. As for himself the lad didn't care a rap for the section foreman or his command to keep away from Katie; but for all that he realized that it would be well that their intimacy should be cut down for the gir l 's sake, since Michael Todd would vent his disp l easure on his daughter, and that, too in a way that wouldn't be p l easant to her. "This is H yde's doings," he muttered as he went along. "He's an ungrateful beast. He'll make it a point to injure me all he can after this. It's a pity such fellows as h e should be allowed at large. Their proper place is the peni tentiary, and I've no doubt but he'll get there yet." A few minutes later he reached his moth er's cottage. "You're late, Joe, to-night. Supp er has been ready for a quarte r of an hour." "Never mind, mother," he said, kissing her with filial "I'm hungry enough to eat my share in half the usual time." "You always have a good appetite, my boy," replied his mother with a cheerful smile. "That i s a bl't:!ssirig denied to many." "Hard work and plenty of it i s bound to give a fellow a n appetite," replied Joe cheerfully. "But here's somet hing that ought to give one an appetite if anything will," and the boy produced a small pocketbook and took an oblong slip of paper from it. "What is that, my son?" asked the little mother curiously. "That," said Joe, with a broad grin, "is the result of a little s tirring up of my gray matter," and the boy tapped hi s forehead proudly. -


' 6 A GOLD BRICK. "I don't quite unders,tand you, Joe," Mrs. Vickers said, somewhat mystified. "I have kept it as a secret u"ntil now, mother," went on the boy, "as I wanted to surprise you." "vVell,'' said his mother expectantly. "What does this paper lqok like?" "It might be a receipt,'' said Mrs. Vickers, who saw only the back of it. "That's true, mother, it might be, but it isn't. It happens to be a check." "A check? Money?" exclaimed the little woman in wonder. "Exactly. It represents money,'' "That's something that is always welcome. How much is it, and how did you manage to earn it?" "I'll bet you couldn't guess the amount, mother,'' he said mischievously. "No, I haven't the least idCf!. Is it ten dollars?" "If you had said fifty times ten you would have come closer to it." "Now Joe, that is simply ridiculous." "Is it? 'l'hen cast your eye upon it, mother, dear, and you will see that the Fi1st N atiorral Bank of Pandora is requested to pay to the order of J os,eph Vickers, that's yours truly, the sum of five hundred dollars. Signed, Harw per Fosdick. Mrs. Vickers flopped down in a convenient chair and stared at her son in sheer amazement. "W'bat does it all mean?" she gasped. "It means, mother;-\that I've figured out a new idea in automatic car couplers. I had no money to patent it, and I knew you could not afford to help me, so I hunted around till I found a man who haa some money, and whom I believed:'! could trust, and to him I explained the advan tages of my idea, and he has purchased a half interest in the invention for $500. He will have it patented, ancl when it shall have been introduced on the market we will divide the royalties between us." "What a head you've got, Joe I And what are you going to do with all that money?" "I think you could find use for it, couldn't you?" "I can get along very well with your regular wages, my son. You had better put that $500 in the bank for your own." "No, mother, $500 would do you more good than it would rr:e. / I am going to make a deal with you. I will give you this check for that 'gold brick' you have in the bureau drawer." "Gold brick! I don't understand what you mean?" re plied Mrs. Vickers in a perplexed tone. "Don't you? Well, I mean that deed to a certain plot of land located somewhere out in the wilderness, which father was persuaded to accept from Mr. Godfrey Chase more than ten years ago in full satisfaction for the sum of $2,500 which father had loaned him some months previously." "Why, Joe, that isn't worth anything like $500 Besides you know I couldn't trflllsfer that property to you as you're a minor." "You needn't transfer it to me until I reach the age of 21. I can trust you to hold it for me that long, can't I?" "But why are you so eager to give me $500 for that' property? You know I've tried many times to sell it, and the best offer I could get was $100, and then the gentleman made that offer said he wasn't sure it was worth while even as a specu lation of the future." ''Well, mother, Ym buying it from you chiefly to make you a present of this $500 check. As I'm satisfied, I think you ought to be. Is it a bargain?" "Of course, if you will have it that way." "All right, mother, here is the money,'' and he handed her the check. "I now consider the proRerty mine. You have realized something out of it after all. It was an out rageous on Mr. Chase's part to work that property off on father." "It was, indeed," sighed Mrs. Vickers. "Mr. Chase was in very moderate circumstances in those days, and he was very glad to borrow $2,500 from your father so he could pay for the house he was putting up. When the note be came due Mr. Chase was unable to pay cash, and to save his credit he offered that land which he represented to be worth more than $3,500. Of course before your father accepted the land he made an investigation as to its value. As it afterward turned out, the person to whom he ap plied for trustworthy information was an intimate associate of Mr. Chase. On the strength of this person's report, / which was most favorable, your father accepted the property and in return cancelled the note. Too late we dis covered that the property had little real value." "It seems to me, mother, that the scales of justice often tip the wrong way. Mr. Chase worked' this gold brick off on father, yet to-day he is a wealthy man and president of the railway in whose employ father lost his life, while we, who suffered at his hands, are comparatively poor, and dependent on the small salary I draw from the same company. That isn't right." "No, it doesn't seem so,'' admitted Mrs. Vickers, sadly. "When father found how he had been taken in didn't he make a kick with Mr. Chase over it?" "Yes, they had some words on the subject. Mr. Chase had inherited a le gacy which he invested in stock of th'e railroad company and had just been elected president of the road. He refused, however, to recompense your father for his loss. All he did was to get him a special increase of salary as engineer of the day express, and this, of course, did not come out of his pocket." "That was no favor,'' answered the boy. "Father had to earn every dollar he received from the company. He waB one of the best engineers on the road." "So I have always understood, yet when he received the injury which resulted in his death, the company refused to assuine any responsibility, on the ground that the accident was the result of carelessness on your poor fatl}er's part." "Mother; you know it was the fault of an old engine. You ought to have brought suit against the company for damages." "I had little money to spare for such a thing. The only


A GOLD BRICK. '1 two witnesses I could have depended on disappeared. l had no friends possessed of influence enough to bring the company to terms, and so I had to be content with Mr. Chase's proposal, which he said was entirely a vo'luntary one on the part of the company, and accepted a sum of money just large 'enough" to cover the expenses of the funeral." of his chances, and I am sure he was right. He also said that the success which came to many of our foremost men was due in a large measure to their having had good mothers, and I know I have one of the best mothers in the world." "Another gold briek, mother. It was an outrage. Had I beep. old enough I never would have consented to such a swindle." With those words Joe got up and kissed his mother goodnight, while Mrs. Vickers, with tears in her eyes, thanked God for having blessed her with such a brave and noble minded son. "It is to9 late now to worry ovet t4e matter. We should CHAP'rER IV. be thankful that this cottage is almost wholly our own, and IN WHICH JOE GETS A HEGULAR JOB :;ts FIREMAN ON TIIE that we both have our health and strength. We are not FREIGHT. so poor as many of our neighbors." Next morning Joe was coming out of the roundhouse "That true, mother. I ai)i sorry that the mortgage on when he was accosted by the foreman. this cottage is held by :Mr. Chase." "Here, Vickers, I want you to go over and fire 21. We're "I don't know as it makes much difference who holds it-short of firemen in the yard this morning. You'll find her it has got to be paid." yonder." "But a man, even if he be rich and powerful in bis way, "All right, sir," answered the boy, hastening to obey who would swindle an obliging friend out of the value of a orders just debt, and afterward defraud his widow of her just He was at the opportunity thus presented to rights, is not a person to be trusted. I hope he hasn't anlearn the ropes of a fireman's job, as it was a step on the other gold brick up his sleeve." road to his present ambition-to become a locomotive "I'm sure he couldn't think of harming us," replied Mrs. engineer. Vickers, regarding her son with some surprise. Engine 21 was used for switching purposes "I am afraid, mother, there is a slight difference of Joe found that the regular fireman had been suddenly opinion between us on that subject." taken ill, and there being no available man on hand, the Then he told her how rudelv he had been addressed in foreman, as was usual in such a case, picked out a wiper to th e railroad yard that afternood by the magnate. fill in the emergency, and his friendship for the boy in"He treated me as if I were the dirt under his feet, duced him to give Vickers the chance. though I a,m sure he recognized me. He might have acSo Joe swung up into the cab, where the engineer, one corded me the common politeness due even an humble Gautier, was waiting for him. employe. And it is the same way with his son Herbert. It was not the first time he had been on an engine. He seems to take an especial delight in noticing me, only He had often had opportunities to ride about the yard, to insult me." and on such occasions had carefully watched the work of "I am sorry to that," replied Mrs. Vickers in a both fireman and engineer with the view to future profit, pained tone. "When you and Herbert were very little boys for he knew the would come when he would be called you were great friends and always played together." upon to fill the farmer's job, though it might be but tem"I know it, mother. But that was when Godfrey Chase porarily, and upon his expertness would probably depend was poor himself, and my father was his his chance of becoming a regular fireman. /" equal in every r(;lspect. Now things are different. Herbert It was the policy of the road to advance its men as they goe s to the High School while I am only an engine wiper were found deserving. "' on the N. & P., of which road his father is the most import-An engine wiper had a chance to become a fireman, and ant figure." a fireman in time, if he was qualified, an engineer. "It's the way of the world, my son, and we must bow to some of the prominent officials of the road had risen the inevitable." from humble positions. "Well, I'm not kicking. I wouldn't change places with Thus every man on the road believed he stood in the line Herbert Chase for all his prospects. Some day I hope to be of promotion. as important as his father. Who knows?" And this fact was an incentive to faithful work. "I hope so," said Mrs. Vickers, with a proud glance at Joe had resolved to make good when the chance came her stalwart and handsome son. his way, and fortune always seems to favor those who aro "The only thing I'm really sorry for is that I haven't to win. got the same educational advantages as Herbert Chase. Gautier received the signal to go ahead, and glancing at As for the rest, any boy with good health and ambition can the gauge told the boy to ring the bell. make his way upward. I heard the minister say last SunJoe pulled the bell rope. day evening that this country offered boundless opportuniDing dong! Ding dong ties for success to the American boy who possessed the 'rhe engineer pulled on the throttle a little and l et off backbone and energy to grasp out for and make the most -the brake.


8 A GOL)) BRICK. No. 21 began to move, dragging half a dozen loaded freight cars in its wake. "Keep the gauge about where she is now," said Gautier to bis new fireman. Joe nodded and kept his eye peeled. When the steam began to drop a little he slammed open the furnace door, seized the shovel,' and with a dextrous twist of the wrist scattered the coal over the glowing mas s withUi.. Though this was the fi_rst shovelful of coal he had ever flung into a locomotive furnace, he was careful to imitatr the method employed by the regular firemen, which was to distrib'1te the coal evenly about, and p.ot all in one which would have deadened the fire. Gautier, who knew the boy was inex_perienced, watched him with an approving nod. \ "I see you've got the knack, my lad. I s this the first time you've fired ?" "Yes, sir," replied Joe re spectfu lly, pleased with the engineer's approval. "How did you pick up the correct method?" "Simply by watching other firemen and taking note of how they worked." "Smart boy. You'll come out all right, I'll bet." "I mean to do my best to get there, sir." "That's the most that can be expected of any one. Stick to that principle, Vickers, and some day you' ll acquire the same skill your father had." "I hope so. All I ask is the chance to learn, and then the opportunity to put my knowledge to the test." For an hour or two the switch engine was busy pushing and hauling cars about the yard, and hauling them from one track to another. Joe's time was principally employed in ringing the bell and keeping steam up to the proper point. During dinner hour the boy sat in the cab and talked to Gautier while the two ate their meal out of their tin cans. The engineer showed some interest in the young fellow, and gave him many valuable hints, while he puffed away at his pipe. "Y on've got the theory of running an engine down fine, Vick ers, but what you need now is the practice." He knocked the ashes out of his pipe and both were ready to resume work. Jut.t then he got the signa l to switch to another track and run down to the extreme end of the yard for a solitary car. He opened up a bit, then reversed her, and 21 startea backward down the track. As s.an as they had hitched on to the car he said to Joe: "Now, then, see if ypu can run her up to yonder switch." Thus speaking he stepped away and gave up the lever to his new fireman. Joe felt decidedly nervous as he touched the throttle and felt the machine start ahead. The sensation was a peculiar one-a sort of stage fright. By the time they reached the switch, however, he was beginning to recover his nerve. "Reverse her," said Gautier, who was ringing \he beU with one eye on the boy. For a moment Joe was all up in the air, in spite of the fact that he knew exactly how the engine ought to be handled His hand was on the brake, then he recollected himself and grasped the reverse lever and moved it over and the locomotive answered like a boat to its helm. Several times that afternoon the engineer gave him chances to get familiar with the practical working of the engine, correcting him in a kindly way when he made a blunder, so that on the wholtl he made considerable head way, and, toward the encl, became quite cool and confident. "You'll do all right," nodded the engineer, after they returned to the roundhouse for the day. "Evidently you have used your eyes and ears to good advantage since you came to the yard. You" know more about a locomotive than most experienced firemen, and with practice you'll soon be able to run one without making mistakes." Joe expected to resume work as a ":iper again next morn ing, but Gautier's fireman was too ill to show up at the yard, so he was put on 21 again that day. And the boy took advaptage of every minute he was in the cab to familiarize himself with the new job, as well as to pick up any fresh kinks shown to him by the engineer. For the next two days Joe fired the switch engine and they went back to the roundhouse once more. Somehow or another h is old work of cleaning locomo tives semed irksome to him. He l0nged to be back in the cab with Gautier or some other engineer During the following week he got another chance on a switch engine for a day. In fact he got severa l chances during the month, which struck him as a favorable sign And so it was The foreman had kept tab on his work and found that he had proved himself capable and satisfactory to the various engineers 'Yith whom he had been assigned. Tlie result was that one warm June evening Gosport came to him as he was about leaving off work for the day and said: "Mr. Ditchett wishes to see you in his office right away, Vickers." "All right, sir," replied Joe, wondering what the.masteT mechanic wanted with him. He hastened to that official's office, entered and gave hi s name to an attendant He was requested to walk into an inner room, where Mr. Ditchett sat at his desk. The master mechanic looked his young visitor over critically before he spoke "How long have you been a wiper on this road, Vickers? "Eleven months, sir," answered the boy re spectfully "How old are you ?"


A GOLD BRICK. t ".i: early seventeen, sir The official pursed his lips and again looked the manly young fellow over as he stood in front of him, hat in hand. "You have been recommended to man for a regular job as fireman have you had for firing?" me as a competent What opportunities Joe detailed his experience about the yard. "Hum l What do you know about an engine?" The bo:y modestly explained his knowledge on the sub ject. "So you think you can. run one, after a fashlon, do you?" Joe intimated that Mr. Gautier said he only needed practice to be able to make good. The master mechanic asked the boy a score of question s about the different parts of a locomotive, and about han dling one, all of which Joe an s wered correctly. "You didn't pick all that information up about the yard, did you?" asked Mr. Dichett curiously. "No, sir; I've been studying a book on locomotive engi neering." "Hum! What you want to study now is the engine and let your book alone. Your father was an engineer on this road, I believe?" "Yes, sir." "You seem to know a good deal ab01d engineering for one so young. Well, I'm going to give you a trial as a regular fireman. If you make good you ll hold the job. You'll go out to-night on 13 with the nine o'clock freight. Report at the roundhouse in time to get your Jlngine ready for the trip. Understand?" ''Yes, sir," replied Joe, almost dazed at his promotion to the outgoing freight. "That is all," said the master mechanic wheeling around in his chair as a signal that the interview was at an end. CHAPTER V. THE 13TH OF JUNE. ''What's the matter, Joe?" asked Mrs. Vickers, noticing something strange in her son's manner as he sat down to supper that night. "Nothing, mother, only I've promoted." "Promoted !" she exclaimed in surprise "Yes. I'm a. fireman now. I make my first trip tonight. I go out with the nine o'clock freight." "To-night !" "Yes, mother "Over the mountain "Yes, mother, the run will take me as far as Trinidad." "And when will you back?" said the little mother, who to say the truth, though delighted at her boy's ad vancement, wa.s nothappy at the idea of his night's trip over the wilQ. a.nd lonesome reaches of the Colorado moun tain range. "Thursday morning." Joe answered her questions readily enough, for he was familiar with the schedules of the more important freight and passenger trains. Mother and son had a long talk together before the boy finally put his hat on and left the house. Joe arrived at the roundhouse in ample time to get his engine ready before the engineer appeared. It wanted a quarter of nine when a tall, thin man, with a saturnine .cast of countenance, appeared and climbed into the cab. This was Gregson, the engineer, who had just returned to the employ of the Nimrod & Pandora Company after an absence of three years. He gave Joe a searching glance, but said nothing. In due time Gregson got the signal to run out. He glanced at the gauge and then looked to see that everything 'Yas in place. The locomotive glided out of the roundhouse on to the turntable and was switched to the proper track. Then the engineer reversed her and she backed down the yard and was coupled to a long train of freight cars waiting under the shed in the gloom. A few moment later a swinging lantern signalled Gregson to go ahead. 'rhe steam began to hiss into the cylinders, ihe pondero u s wheels commenced to turn, and, with Joe looking out of the left hand window of the cab anQ. pulling the bell-rope with his right hand, the tr!in moved slowl:y eut of the yard. It was a new sensation to the boy} and we are bound to say he thoroughly enjoyed it. The train curved the suburbs of Pandora at a slow pace, Joe keeping the bell on It was a bright night, &nd trees and houses near the track thtew their dark shadows athwart the rail s Then the outskirts of the town were left behind and the train entered upon a long level stretch of farming land, fenced in on both sides of the track, except when an occasional road, its big white warning sign indi c ating a railroad crossing, stretched away on either side like a winding ribbon of dull yellow. "You're a new fireman, aren't you?" asked the engineer at last, when the train had reached. a speed of about fifteen miles an hour. "Yes, sir, answered Joe, with a glance at the gauge. "First trip, I s'pose." The boy nodded, then banged open the furnace door and applied himself to the work of distributing several shovels full of coal inside. "What's your name?" "Joe Vickers." The man started as if he had been stung. "Are you the son of Robert Vickers, who was killed in an accident at Black Rock siding?'' he asked, after a moment or two in a changed voice. "Yes, sir." The engineer looked out of the window and d idn't speak a.gain for several minutes.


10 A GOLD BRICK. "You hea,rd how the wreck was caused, I s pose," saiu Gregson, glaring at the lad in a strange way. "By an engine which should have been in the repair shop," said Joe, with a tr.ace of resentment in his voice. "It jumped the track at the switch on the down grade at high speed, tore the sides out of a dozen freight cars on the siding, piled the mail car on top of the tender, and telescoped two of the coaches behind. There were thirty peo1Jle killed and injured, and the company laid the blame o.f it all on my father," added the boy with a stifled sob. "He

A GOLD BRICK. 11 I swore to kill him And I kept my word-ha, ha, ha If others lost their lives at the same time I could not help it-I did not care. And now this night your father will have his revenge on me. He brought me here that I might die on the same spot where he died. I krlow it! 1 feel it here!" and the engineer thumped his forehead. "1 have seen him often, and told me I should come back here to die. And I have come. I could not help myself. And on the anniversary of his death, too. But I will not go a.lone. No, no! You, his son, shall go with me. Thus I will cheat him of his revenge. He may kill me, but he shall also kill you, too." "Great Scott!" muttered the boy. "He is as mad as a March hare. Thank heaveB we are near the siding." Through the gloom the unnerved boy could see the flicker of the switchman's lantern approaching the switch. Gregson muttered incoherently a moment or two, and then as the far-away screech of the night express, as the train passed the summit and started down grade toward Black Rock siding, struck upon their ears, the man uttered a hoarse, maniacal laugh which curdled Joe's blood. His hand went to the throttle and he shut off steam and applied the brake. Something instantly told the boy tha.t this was w;ong. The freight train would certaillly be brought to a stand still on the main line elose by the switch, and the track was only a single one over the mountains. What then could the engineer mean by his action? Joe was kept long in doubt as to Gregson's intentions. CHAPTER vr. THE STRUGGLE IN THE ENGINE CAB As the speed of the :keight gradually slae:kened, the engineer faced the boy with a smile of horrible meaning on his distorted face. "Now, boy," he said; with hoarse intensity, "in less than five minutes we die-you and I." ''What do you mean?" falterec! Joe. floating down to them as the express, running a.t a 50-mile an hour clip, passed a crossing a few miles away. "She will be here in three minutes more," laughed the maniac discordantly. "Three minutes! Ann then-Ha, ha, ha!" The distant whistle awoke Joe .to the terrible of the situation. There was only just time for the freight to run on to the siding before the express would be there. The train had almost come to a standstill. Their position was one of awful menace, not only themselves, but to the night express as well. "The man is stark, staring mad," said Joe to himself. "I must act myself." He' slipped around Gregson, who made no effort to stop him, and reached for the.-throttle. The moment, however, the mad engineer felt the sudden jerk the locomotive gave as the steam once more rushed into her cylinders, he gave an awful cry and sprang at the boy furiously . "Oome away!" he cried hoarsely, and he pulled Joe from the lever, swinging him around into the tender as if h_e had been a child. But the boy clung to his arm with the grasp of grim death. The train was gathering sufficient headway to carry it into the siding and the boy determined that Gregson should not shut off steam again if he could help it. The insane engineer seemed to comprehend that the plan he had aimed at ':'as qeing defeated, and he made a superhuman dfort1 to reach the throttle. Joe released his apn and seized hiJll around the waist. Bracing his feet against the engineer's seat and one end of the cab he pulled b ack as Gregson essayed to drag him forward. The crazy man tried to get at his throat, but he could not do it, for Joe had his head pressed against the small of his back. ''What do I mean? Ha, ha, ha! Haven't I told you? Yonder comes your father. He is drivip.g the eastbound "Ha, ha! I'll have you in a minute !" cried Gregson, mountain express to-night. He has ordered me to come to trying to squirm around in the lad's grasp. "I'll choke the a stop on the main track at Black Rock siding, so i;Qat he life out of you, and then--" may kill me as I killed him three years ago. I have got His very passion seemed to choke the rest of the sentence to do it, for I have no power to save myself. But I am back down his throat. going to trick him all the same. You, his son, sent to fire At this moment one of Joe's feet slipped and down they for me, shall share my fate. You shall die, too. We go went on the floor of the cab, Gregson on top together, so that when I meet him face to face beyond the Half stunned by the shock the young fireman's grasp grave I can laugh at him, and jibe at him, and--" on the mad engineer was released, and the man "Are you mad?" cried Joe. "Pull the train into the was quick to take advantage of the fact. siding or you will wreck not only the freight but the express He tore himself loose and dashed the lever again. also." But Joe with the energy of despair was after him again, "Ha, ha, ha! You say it well-it will be a beautiful and pulled him back as his fingers were closing about the wrf!ck," cried the crazy man, rubbing his grimy hands to throttle. gether. "The cars will pile up one on top of the other and Just then another whistle came from the down rushing then go whirling down the mountainside-down there, express boy, 1,000 feet to the river. It will be the greatest wreck of She was just a mile away and her speed had risen to a the year! Yes, yes, and you and I will be in it." mile a minute. At that. terrible momeJilt a. long, wailing shriek came Sixty seconds more and she would fl.ash past the siding


12 A GOLD BRICK. Joe heard the whistle, and at the same he felt the jolt of the engine as she took the siding. 1 "If I can hold him half a minute or so more we're safe,'' he muttered tensely between his set teeth. He braced one of his boots against the hot furnace door and the other against the seat again. The man struggled furiously. He tried to kick out, but could not do so effectively. .... "Curse you, boy !" he screamed "You shall not c sca.pc your fate." He did not realize that the freight was more than a third o.f the way up the siding. That whatever happened to the express and the rear end of the string of box cars with the caboose at the extremity, he and the boy at least were safe. But he did understand that he must get free and tlmt at once, or to his mind he alone would die. Exerting every ounce of power in his body he tore J oc away from his foothold and dashed him to the floor of the cab, where be lay helpless and half stunned. Then with a howl of malignant triumph he grabbed the throttle and shut off the steam. "Ha, ha, ha!" he shrieked, swinging himself far out of the cab with his frenzied eyes fastened upon the rapidly advancing glare of the headlight of the express. "Come on, Robert Vickers. We are waiting for you-your son and I. Ha, ha, ha! And the mountain express came on with a rush. Her headlight grew bigger and brighter each instant. The trembling rails hummed to the music of her ponder-ous driving wheels. But the freight at decreasing speed was crawling on to safety And the maniac in his frenzy never noticed that 13 was far up on the siding. He fairly shrieked with glee as he hung out and waved his hatat the approaching monster And now the express was upon them "Ha, ha, ha!" screamed Gregson with another wave oE his hat as the blazing headlight seemed to dart right at him, and then with a hoarse roar the heavy train swept past like some long, slender monster rushing through the night after its prey. That awful laugh was the last ever uttered by Gregson. The great suction of the fl.ashing train wound itself about him as if it had a hundred arms, and every arm a million feelers. He fell from his slight hold on the cab and rolled under the wheels, where his body was ground to shreds and tiny patches of flesh, and his blood splattered the wheels and axies of a big sleepe r The switchman, with his hair standing on end, his eyes starting from their sockets, had only just time to force the switch over and lock it after the caboose _of the freight slipped on to the siding, when the express flew by safely at l ightning speed As 13 came to a stop close to the west switch, Joe stag gered to l1is fee t : His forehead struck against a projecting bolt, anu blood from the wound was running down his cheek. Not seeing the mad engineer the boy wondered where he was. \ "He hae left the cab when we came to a stop. Thank heaven !" he added, as he glanced back down the siding,. "both trains are safe. What a terrible experience I've had!" 'l'he conductor now came running up. "What in thunder does this all mean !'" he exclaimed, his face still blanched from the slJ.ock of the narrowly averted disaster. "How came you to pull up back there on the main track with the express almost upon us? Why, where's Gregson?" "I don't know," answered Joe, "l guess he must h e jumped oil:. "Jumped off! What for? And what's the matter with you ? You look as if you'd been through a threshing machine." "Wait till I get a drink and I'll tell you all about it." can't listen now. We have to go on Where in thunder could Gregson have gone?" He looked down the track and saw three of the crew with lanterns gathered at a spot on the main line. "I wonder what they're looking at?" he muttered He jumped down and walked back to the group, leaving Joe to recover his energies an<;l freshen himself up a bit. Every moment the boy expected to see Gregson swing himself up into the cab, and he held himself on the alert for the engineer's sudden appearance. In the meanwhile the conductor reached the spot where the three brakemen were standing. "What's up?" he asked impati;ntly. "Look at that,'' said one of the men pointing. "Some one has been torn to bits by the express. That's fresh blood, and there are bits of flesh all over the track." The evidence before them was conclusive. The conductor made an investigation "Must have been a tramp,'' he remarked, when he found that the telegraph operator was at his post. He and the switchman were the only employes at the siding. "Haven't seen any tramp, or any one else, around here for hours,'' said the switchman, positively. "Well, a man has been ground up under the wheels of the express all right within .fifteen feet of where 13 is standing yonder. So somebody must have been on the track at the time the train passed." Then the conductor went back to the locomotive, expecting to find Gregson back in the cab by this time. But of be wasn't The conductor began to fume and to swear a little. Joe took of the chance to tell his story as briefly as possible. To say that the conductor was astonished would be put it quite mild. The result was be came to conclusion th1:1

A GOLD BRICK. 1 3 must either have fallen or thrown himself under the wheels of the express. ''Well, this is a nice scrape,'' he scratching his heacl in perplexity. "Here we are stalled half way up the moun tains,without an engineer. I'll have to telegraph for in structions." "I think I can help you out, sir,'' said Joe. "You?" "Send me a brakeman to fire, and I'll take the train through to Trinidad." "But you're not an engineer." "I can handle a locomotive all right, sir." "Maybe you can in the yard, but you've never been over the line, even as a fireman, before ." 1 "That's ight. All the same, I m confident I can run the train through with perfect safety." "Well, I'll telegraph the circumstances to Pandora, and mention that you claim to be competent to run this train through. The superintendent must decide the matter." "All right, sir." The message was dispatched, and in a short time word came back to go ahead After a delay of twenty minutes altogether, the freight, with Joe Vickers at the throttle, pulled out of the siding at Black Rock and headed westward UJ1 the steep grade, with an all-night run between that place and Trinidad. CHAPTER VII. HOW JOE SAVES THE LIFE OF FLORENCE VAN SLYCK. nance, for the recollection, especially its connection with his father's death, was far frotn pleasant. Of course he had not mentioned even a hint in his official report of Gregs0n's confession about how his father's death had been brought about. Nor had he confided the secret to the conductor of the train. And when he narrated hi s experience to Beard, that part was carefully kept in the background. He intended that the knowledge, which he did not doubt was true, should never pass his lips, not even to his mother, for he felt it would only serve to reopen a wound not yet healed by time. "You're just the kind of chap I should have chosen, if the preference had been left to me, for a cab partner," said Dan Beard, in his honest, hearty way which attracted Joe to him. "Thank you, Mr. Beard," replied the boy. "I migb'.t say the same of you." '

A GOLD BRICK. The freight, drawn by 13, passed through Palmyra, crossing a wooden bridge at the northern end of the town, about 10 :30, and then began its climb toward the summit, several thousand feet above. At 11 the freight ran on the siding at Lone Tree get out of the way of the eastbound night express, which passed that point at 11 :10, after which 13 and her thirty odd box cars continued on their way to the summit, where the train took the siding again for the westbound night freight. At seven o'clock next morning 13 was leading the way across the farming district toward Pandora at a merry clip. At the same hour Herbert Chase, with Miss Florence Van Slyck, daughter of Judge Van Slyck, and the prettiest girl in Pandora, as his companion, were taking an early spin in the Chase automobile along the county road. The train and the automobile reached the crossing at the same moment. , This was largely due to the fact that when Herbert had spied the freight coming along at a speed of nearly eighteen miles an hour, he decided upon the questionable experiment of beating the train and getting across first, as he was too impatient to wait for the long line of box cars to pass. At the last moment he realized he bad made a fatal mis take, and having an uncommon respect for his own eleiant little person he leaped out on the grass, accepting an un pleasant tumble and shaking up with the best grace he could, and left his machine with its fair passenger to their almost certain fate. and over on the grass by the roadside. "Serve him right if he's smashed into bits." But Herbert had luck on his side, and fetched up in a soft bit of ooze, near the fence, without sustaining any injury except to his summer suit of clothes. A second later the auto was under the headlight and Joe, reaching out as far as he could with his right arm, while he clung with the other to the curved bar in front of the boiler, he grasped Miss Van Slyck by the arm and fairly dragged her on to the iron platform on which he stood, just as the automobile was hurled; a mass of Wf'eckage, against the fence at the corner of the road. CHAPTER VIII. ONLY THE BRAVE DESERVE THE FAIR. J When the freight came to a stop, Joe carried Flor ence Van Slyck into the cab. Although she did not faint, nor give way to hysterics, she was a pretty badly frightened girl. "You had a very narrow escape, miss," said Pan Beard, as Joe handed the lovely miss a tin cup of water. "I should think I had," she replied, as she recovered her composure somewhat. "And to think Herbert Chase was the cause of it all, because he would insist on heading off the cars in spite of my remonstrances. was he hurt?" "I think not," answered Joe, drily. "He jumped out the locomotive struck the auto." "I know he did, and left me to be run down, the mean little coward!" Florence exclaimed, indignant07. "I'll never notice him again as long as I live." Migg Florence saw her danger and with a scream rose to her feet. / "He certainly ought W be ashamed of himself," inter. jected the engineer. "If he was responsible for the scrape The locomotive, however, was only a few yards away, and the least be should have done was to stick by you sink or there is no doubt that the girl would have been fatally swim." ' injured or instantly killed but for the presence of mind "f believe I would have been killed if it hadn't been for and courage of Joe Vickers. He was leaning out of the cab window ringing the bell when he saw the rapid approach of the automobile. "Great Scott!" he exclaimed, calling Beard's attention to the swiftly moving machine. "They're going to try to cross as sure as you live." Dan took iri the situation, whistled down brakes, pulled over the reverse lever, put on the locomotive brake, and let down sand on the tracks, but for all that the distance to the road was too short for these emergency efforts to be of much avail. / While the engineer was his level best to avert the impending catastrophe, Joe sprang out of the cab and ran along the engine foot-board till he reached the pilot. Here he saw that a collision was certain. Was it possible for liim to save the beautiful young girl at the moment the locomotive hit the auto? The chances were he could not. "At least I will make the effort," he breathed. It was at that thrilling moment that Herbert Chase showed the white feather and abandoned the vehicle and his gentle companion. "The coward!" gritted Joe, as he saw the boy roll over you," said Miss Van Slyck, looking gratefully at Joe. "I am sure I never can thank you sufficiently for your brayery." "I hope you won't let that fact worry you, Miss--" Joe paused and looked at her inquiringly. "Florence Van Slyck is my name," said the girl. "My father is Judge Van Slyck." Dan Beard knew that the judge was Pandora's most prominent lawyer, and one of the town's leading citizens. Joe al s o had a general idea that the judge was a man of even more local importance than Godfrey Chase, which waE' saying a great deal. In the meanwhile, ]?:erbert Chase bad picked himself ouf of the mud, and be presented rather a soru spectacle. His nice new light summer suit was ruined, for, besides the dirt and ooze which covered it, several bad rents were to be seen in his coat anq trousers. The automobile was in flames, what was left of it, as the ga.<:oline tank had exploded. There wasn't a particle of use in trying to put out the flames, as the machine was practically reduced to a mass of junk, anyway. "Didn't you hear the whistle and the bell.?" asked the


A GOLD BRICK conductor, when he came up. "What made you try to head the train when it was so close upon you?" "I thought I could beat it across," replied Herbert, in a crestfallen way. "It's justsuch recklessness that leads to s o many acci dents-many of them fatal. It's a wonder you were not killed. Have any one with you?" "Yes." "Who?" asked the conductor, looking around for Herbert's companion "A girl. Miss Florence Van Slyck." The official gave a startled whistle. "Great Moses!" he exclaimed "Do you mean the daugh ter of Judge Van Slyck?" Herbert nodded "Then, where is she? She must have been killed-buried in the ruins of that blazing wreck. Come on!" he cried, excitedly for he had a proper respect for wealth and in fluence, to the group of trainmen who stood around, "we must save the body at least!" At that moment Dan Beard signaled to the conductor While Herbert was occupying the attention of the con ductor and train crew, Miss Florence got her nerves into working shape again and insisted on saying all manner of complimentary things to Joe. "My father is a big stockholder in this railroad, and he will see that you are suitably rewarded for saving my life." "But I don't want to be rewarded," protested the ,boy, with some embarrassment. "Why not?" she asked, in some surprise. "Because I only did my duty, miss. And I am fully paid with the knowledge that I did save you." Miss Van Slyck opened her pretty eyes very wide and regarded the handsome young fireman with a new intere s t "But at least you will promi s e to call at our home and let my father and mother thank'you for the service you have rendered me. I am sure they will not be satisfied unles s you do." "I don't know," the boy answered, doubtfully, "for he had some idea what such an interview meant, and he didn't fancy the role of a hero. "Please do," pleaded the girl, earnestly. "Won't you oblige me?" What could Joe do under the circumstances? What would any boy have done in a similar position? Here was an uncommonly lovely gir l of fifteen, with fluffy golden hair and pleading, sapphire blue eyes, begging him to grant her the favo r she earnest ly wished for. Could he or any other boy refuse ? Well, hardly Joe, with some reluctance, promised to call at her home that afternoon' He realized the socia l gulf which lay between Judge Van Slyck's position and his own humble station in life. And this knowledge embanassed him, though it is quite true he hoped one day to rise to the same plane as the judge himself, for all things a r e possible in America for a boy who has the ambition to contrive and the will to carry out his views, but Joe felt that a long space of time lay between the anticipation and the wished-for realization. "I shall hold you to your promise," Florence said, with one of her captivating smi les that quite upset the boy, and caused him to wish after the unattainable. At this point the conductor came up. When his eyes light ed on Miss Van Slyck, seated con tentedly in the cab, he was a thoroughly surprised man. "Aren't you hurt at all?" he asked, hardly able to be lieve the evidence of his eyes . She shook her head and favored him with a saucy smile. "Well, well," with a lon g breath of relief, "how did you escape?" "This young man, Joseph Vickers," and she looked at Joe to make sure she had his name right, whereat he nodded, "pulled me right out of the automobile when the locomo tive shuck the machine." "Is it possible?" e jaculat ed the conductor. "Yes, sir," corroborated Dan Beard, "and it was the nerviest thing I ever saw done, and I've seen a few in my time." "Young man, you've done a big thing," said the eonduc tor, solemnly. "You've made a powerful friend, for Judge Van Sly ck is bound to recognize the obligation, -and that is everything these days." Joe couldn't help knowi:qg that he had done a big thing, as the wor ld looks at it, but he hoped Judge Van Slyck wouldn't put himself out about the matter. "Go ahead, Dan," said the conductor "You may ride in on the engine, Mis. s Van Slyck." "May I? I'm so g l a d I've just wanted to ride on an engine ever so bad," she replied, delight ed ly The engineer opened up slowly to give the conductor and the train crew time to get aboard, taking Herbert up into the caboose. This having been accompli s hed, Beard let old 13 out at her best speed to try and make up a part of the time lost. Joe sho\ved Florence how to pull the bell-rope as soon as they reached the outskirts o:f Pandora, and Dan slowed down to the regulation gait. "Isn't this fun!" she exclaimed, a s she worked her shapely little arm and the bell ding-donged away, ;many onlookers regarding the girl in the cab with wonder. And in this way the freight train pulled into the yard. When 13 was uncoupled, Florence was carried into the roundhouse, and when the locomotive came to her final rest, Joe politely assisted the girl to descend from her elevated perch. "How am I to get out?" she asked, in a mystified way. "I will pilot the way for you," replied the boy, gallantly. "Thank you: I'm ever so much obliged." "I think I had better take you over to the master me chanic's office," he said "Mr. Ditchett will see that you are sent home all right." "Just as you think best, Mr. Vickers," she answered, with a smile. "There's your friend, Herbert Chase," said Joe. if'I guess he's for you."


16 A GOLD BRICK. "I, don't want to see him," she said, with a di s dainful you as a coward in my eyes, and you have now toss of her h e ad. proved your s elf no gentleman by deliberately insulting this "I'm afraid you can t help yourself, as he is standing at boy in my presence. I wish ypu good-by. Will you show me the door of the office." into the office, Mr. Vickers?" She stopped s hort. Herbert stood rooted to the spot with rage and mortifica" Then I don t want to go there," she replied, firmly. tion. "But--" b_egan Joe, not knowing how to proceed. He had never experienced such a taking-aown in his life. Herbert, however, had caught sight of her and hastened And to think Florence Van Sly ck, the girl he thought to join her. the most of in town, was the one to ralrn him over the coals. "I'm so glad you escaped all right, Miss Florence," he Not only that, but she had degraded him before a comgushed, rushing forward and officiously interposing hims e H mon railroad employe between .Toe and the girl. "I will see you home at onc e.'' Wor s t of all, he knew in his inmo s t s oul that he deserved "I don t think you will, Herbert Cha s e," she replied, e very word of censure she had administered to him. drawin g back. "Our acquaintance ceases from this mo-That, however, make it any the more palatable. ment." Well, he would have revenge, at any rate. "Why, Mis s Florence---" Not on Miss Van Slyck, because that was out of the "That I'm not dead at this moment is no fault of question. she s napped angrily. "If it had not been for the bravery He would make Joe ViQkers suffer for it all. of this boy, Jos eph Vickers, I probably would have been "I'll tell father to fire him from the road,'' he He's a hero, while you-I've no words to express my opin unpleasantly. "That will take him down a peg or two, I ion of you. guess I'd like to see him in the poorhouse. I'll make it Herbert Chase was taken all aback, and he darted a bale-my bus ine s s to see that he doesn't get another job in Panful look at Joe, as if he held him responsible for trouble. dora, tl:!e stuck -up beggar Oh, how I hate him I So, I'm not in the same class with him I should think not. If CHAPTER IX. he's Miss Van Slyck's idea of a gentleman, I can't say much .A. NIGGER IN T}\E WOODPILE. for her taste." "I hope you don't compare me with a common engine Then his thought reverted to the condition of his clothes. wiper, Miss Florence," said Herbert, with a sneer. "I can't go through the streets looking like a tramp," "What do you mean by an engine wiper?" flashed.' Miss he growled "I'll have to go to Dobbin' s livery stable in Van Slyck. the next block and hire a rig. That reminds me, I haven't "That's what thi s fellow is. The lowe st, commonest pobreakfa s t yet, and it must be after nine o'clock. I sition in the railroad company." wond e r how I ll s quare myself with the governor for the Joe flushed to the roots of hi s hair at this i n s ult. los s of the auto?" he mus ed, as he s tarted out of the rail" I think you make a mistake, H e rbert Chase. A boy road yard. "Well, he's got load s of coin. Let him buy may be afl. engine wiper and be a gentleman, too. It i s another." honest wo'rk, and no one need be asham e d to e ngage in it. When Joe got home that 'morning he found his mother Mr. Ditchett, the master mechanic of thi s road was once anxiously awaiting his return. a wiper on thi s road. At any rate, I am no longer a wiper. "I've never bee n so lonely as during the interval you've I have bee n promoted. been away from home, Joe," she said, kissing him fondly. "You have bee n promoted I" e xclaimed Herbert, incredu "I'm soi:ry, mother," he answered; "but you know I can't lously. regulate my time," said the boy, as he sat down to his "Yes. I am a regular fireman on the freight." breakfast. \ "Well, that isn't s,o much. It's only a step above a "I am not complaining, my son. We must bow to the wiper regulations of the company. I wish, however, that you had "I think you asked me if I meant to c ompare you with a day run." this boy,'' said Fhrence, with flashing for she was "The night trips are the least desirable, and that is why thoroughly disgusted with Herbert 's conduct. "No. I the new hands get them, I suppose." shouldn't think of comparing you with him." "We must be satisfied with the reflection that you have "I should think not," said Herbert, complacently. been promoted to a better position. I am glad you are done "Becau s e," s he continued, cuttingly, "you're not his with engine wiping at last." equal in courage, in politene s s nor manline ss-in fact, "So am I, mother. My next step will probably be to fire you're n0t in his class at all. The only you a pasS-enger locomotive--maybe the expre ss. And then--" have ove r him is your father's money and influence. I wish "And then?" repeated Mrs Vickers, with a smile. you to 'under s tand that I am proud to know him, even if he "When fully competent I expect to become an engineer." was still an engine wiper, as you call it. As for you, I "Is that the height of yom' ambition, Joe?" don t care to know you any longer. And I am sure my "No, mother, far from it. Some day I mean to be genpa.rents will agree with my resolution when they learn how eral manager of the Nimrod & Pandora, or some other you acted in the hour of ciur mutual peril. That has road," he said, enthusiastically.


A GOLD BRICK. "You aie looking a long way ahead, are you not?" "Why not, mother? I think one ought to aim high, and then try to work up to it. It is no disgrace if you do not always hit the mark. At least it is a satisfaction to feel that one has done his best to get there." "You have more ambition than your poor father. He was content to be a good engineer. He never expected to rise higher than that." "Father was all right in his Vfay. I may never be able to get higher myself. But I think I will, if I live, for the young man has more opportunities to-day for advancement than ever before, and I don't mean to be left behind if I can help it." "Now, Joe, I have something to tell you that will surprise you." "What is it, mother?" asked the boy, curiously. "Mr. Chase called on me yesterday afternoon." "You don't mean that, do you?" pushing back his chair and looking at her. I "Yes." "I hope he hasn't any designs on this cottage, has he?" "Oh, no. How could he, as long as I pay the interest promptly?" "When is the balance of the principal due?" "Not for two years yet." "Well, that's a satisfaction. You have $500 in bank, and I expect to earn enough money to clear it off by that time," said Joe, confidently "I trust you will, my son, but I think it will not be necessary." "How so?" asked Joe, .in some surprise. "Mr. Chase has pointed out a way by which I can cancel the mortgage and have a sum of money to pJ.lt in the bank besides." "You don't say!" ejaculated the astonished boy. "Mr. Chase seems to have grown very considerate of us all of a sudden What's behind it?" "My son, you seem to be unreasonably suspicious of Mr. Chase." "Not unreasonably, mother. If I am mistaken in him I shall be only too willing to accord him the justice he may deserve. Tell me what he said to you.". "Well, he made me an offer to take back that parcel of land he deeded to your father in full payment his note of $2,500. He said the matter has weighed heavily on his conscience of late. He feels that he did your father an in justice. But he excused himself on the ground that he was short of money at the time." "That may be true enough But he hasn't been short o:f money these last ten years. Look at the value of his stock in the Nimrod & Pandora, which is selling 'way above par! Look at his elegant house on Riverside Drive! Well, what did he have to propose?" asked Joe, with considerable in terest. "He is willing to give us the, full $2,500, with interest to ate, for the return of that property." "Oh, he is?" said Joe, with a whistle of surprise. "Why, that would be something like $4,000, I should imagine." "He had it figured out. It was something like that." "And what did you say to it, mother?" "I was very much astonished at th offer, and very much delighted. Why, $4,000 is a pile of money." "To us, yes; but nothing to speak of to Mr. Godfrey Chase." "He wanted me to sign the deed which he had brought with him, but of course I would not do that without your consent, as the property is yours. He seemed to be much / disappointed, for he said he had brought the check with him-he showed it to me-and intimated that his time was very valuable. However, he said he would call again this afternoon." "Mother, you did quite right. The more I look at this man's sudden eagerness to get hold of the land now, the more I suspect that he has in some way discovered that it is much more than the $4,000 that he offers us for it. Maybe the gold brick he saddled on father has developed into a real, simon-p ure gold brick, 18 even 22-karats fine.' Who1knows!" Joe looked at his mother with shi;ning eyes. "How can we tell that, Joe pn she asked, doubtfully. "The only way to tell is to investigate." "And who will take the trouble to investigate this land for you?" "I think I know some one who will help me out. When Mr. Chase calls this afternoon, put him off. Give him any old excuse. I've got a dafe at Judge Van Slyck's this after noon, and I'll talk the thing over with him." "Why, what should take you to Judge Van Slyck's, Joe?'! asked his mother, in great surprise, for she was well aware of the social importance of the Van Slycks. "I promised Miss Florence Van Slyck that I would call." "What business can take you there?" "I will explain," he replied, with a breezy laugh. "I rendered Miss Van Slyck a service this morning, and she wouldn't take no for an answer, but I must call and see her father and mother this afternoon. I'm going to get into my Sunday togs and make my debut into the cream of Pandora society. It will be your turn next, mother," he added, gaily; "so you want to look up your finery when the time comes." Then Joe told his mother of his thrilling rescue of Flor ence that morning. Of course Mrs. Vickers felt very proud to learn that her dear boy had proved his courage in so signal a manner, though she could not repress a shudder when she thought of the risk he ran. "The Van Slycks are very nice people," she said; "lll;uch nicer, I think, than the Chases." "Well, I guess!" replied Joe, with some energy. "But you can hardly expect that you will be allowed to associate with Florence as an equal-the lines of society are too strongly drawn for that. They will no doubt treat you very kindly-that is to be expected under the unusual I hope, Joe, you will not impose on their friendship." "That's all right, mother. I'm only a fireman on the


18 A GOLD BRICK. road of which the judge is senior counsel. But I mean to consult him about that plot of land-father's gold brick." "I see no objectict1to that. He may be able to advise you as to its value." "Now, mother, I've more to tell you. I met with a singular and exciting experience on the engine last night. It's a wonder you didn t notice the story in the morning's pap er." "Why, what do you mean?" asked Mrs Vickers, some what disturbed. Joe at once rel ated what he had1 gone through with at the hand s of the crazy engineer of 13, but he was careful to hold back everything he had hen.rd from the frenzied lip s of Gregson, which affected his father's death and the causes leadin g up to it. "You had a very narrow escape, my boy," said Mrs. Vi ckers, tearfully. "And the man was really ground to death by the express?" she added, with a shudder. "Yes, mother, he was. And now 13 has a new engineerDan Beard. He's taken a great fancy to me, and I to him. I sm sure we shal l 9e great fr ie nds. Having thus reassured his mother, Joe went out to visit a friend. After dinner he got ready to call on the Van Slycks. "I don't lik e this offer of l\fr . Chase's for that property," he mused, as he dressed himself. "That man isn't to be trusted, wealthy as he is accounted to be. It's my. opinion there is a nigger in the woodpile, and I'm going to make it my business to bring him to the light." CHAPTER X. JOE CALLS AT JUDGE VAN SL YCK'S HOME. It was about three o'clock that Joe reached the residence of Judge Van Slyck, marched up the gravel path which led to the front door, and rang the bell. He gave his name to the maid, and was shown into the parlor. In a few minutes the maid returned and asked him to walk into the library. Judge Van Slyck rose from a big, leather-covered revolv ing chair in front of his desk, came forward and greeted his young visito r warmly. "I am very glad to make the acquaintance of so brave and manly a lad as you have proved yourself to be," said. "In saving the life of our only child, Florence, have placed us und er a debt of gratitude we can never repay." Joe was clearly embarrassed in the presence of so dignified and important a personage as Judge Van Slyck, and the lawyer, observing it, hastened to put him at his ease. "Sit down here, I would like to talk with you," and he led the boy to a seat beside his desk. "How long have you been in the company's employ?" "About a year, sir.,, "You began as a wiper in the roundhouse, I believe?" "Yes, sir." "And have been recently advanced to fireman?" "Yes, sir." "Your father and mother-may I ask if they are alive?" "My mother is. My father was engineer on the express for many years. He was killed in an accident at Black Rock siding, three years ago." "I recall the lam entable occurrence," said the judge. "I presume the company provided for your mother." "No, sir," replied Joe, with a trace of bitterness in his tone, "the company did nothing for mother beyond paying for father's funeral expenses." "You astonish me," and the judge looked it. "How was that?" Joe told him that his father had been held for the catastrophe "It was a false and cruel allegation," added the boy, re sentfully. "Until lately I believed it was the fault of the engine father had to take out that day, as he found something the matter with her, which he reported, but it was not attended to. But I believe now the accident was brought about by a switch which had been tampered with." "On what evidence do you mak' this assertion?" asked the amazed lawyer. Jo; rehearsed the events of his first trip up the moun tains with Gregson, the engineer who had unaccountably gone in sane during the run to Black Rock siding. The judge listened attentively, then shook his head. "The man was clearly mad," he said. "You ought not to place any dependence on his talk. Still," thoughtfully "there might have been something in it, if he really owed your father a grudge." "I believe he did." Joe then mentioned the attitude assumed at the time toward his mother by Godfrey Chase, the president of the road. "You say Mr. Chase was an old friend of your father's," remarked Judge Van Slyck. "Yes, sir; but when Mr. Chase grew rich and became a railroad magnate he ceased to have any further interest in us." Judge Van asked the boy many questions about his father's connection with the road, anJ afterward about his own plans and ambitions, and the lad's answers interested him greatly. Finally Joe spoke about the piece of property which Mr. Chase had worked off on his father, and now seemed so anxious to, recover. He showed the deed to the lawyer and asked him if he would interest himself in it so far as to ascertain what the property really was worth "I will do so with great pleasure," said Judge Van Slyck, taking the deed a11d making a note of the matter. At this point Mrs. Van Slyck entered the room, accom panied by her daughter Florence greeted Joe effusively. "Mother,'' she s aid, "this is Joseph Vickers, the bravest boy in Pandora." Mrs. Van Slyck expressed the pleasure she felt in meet ing the lad to whom she was indebted for the rescue of her dear child from a most perilous situation. "The judge and myself will never forget what we owe


A GOLD BRICK. 19 you, Mr. Vickers; and I hope you will look upon u s as your most sincere and gratefu l friends." Joe bowed, and said he believed that he had only dohe his duty. / His modest and gentlemanly manner favorab l y impressed the judge and his wife. / His good looks and manly way had their effect on Flor ence. "Aren't you glad to be the hero of a thrilling Mventure ?" asked the gi rl, roguishly, when they were left by themselves for a little whiile. "I don't know," repli ed Joe, s lightly embarrassed by her question. "I think you ought to be," she said, gaily. "It isn't every young man who gets the chance to save a young l ady's life at the risk of his own." "I'm afra id you exaggerate my share of the proceedings. I was fortunate in being able to catch you, Miss Van Slyck." "But you saved me, just the same, didn't you?" Joe had to admit that fact. "I think it just too delightful to be rescued by a nice young man." Joe blushed and said nothing. "I said you were a nice young man," repeated Florence, apparently enjoying his confusion; "and you don't seem to have a word to say." "I was paralyzed by the remark," blurted out the young :fireman. "Well, don't you think you are a nice young man?" per sisted his fair tormentor. "I haven't given the matter any thought," replied Joe, beginning to pluck up courage in his own defense. "It is rather a difficult question to answer," he added, growing bolder, "when such a pretty girl as your self insists on ::t reply." "Well," she said, with a littl e gasp and a rosy blush, "you certain l y are improving." I "I couldn't do otherwise under the cha rmin g influence of your presence," he said, gallantly. "Are you in the habit of reading novels, Mr. Vickers?" "No,_ Miss Van Slyck. "My time is otherwise em ployed." "Then you mus.t be a natural born hero. No doubt you have been lon ging for years for an opportunity to rescue some unfortunate young l ady from a situation similar to that which occurred this morning. Your patience h s at last been r ewarded, and I am the victim." "Then I am to infer that you would have preferred not to have been rescued? Is that it?" said Joe, with a grin. "Oh, dear, no!" she hastily replied. "I assure you I am qeeply grateful that you appeared at the nick of time, other wise I'm afraid I wouldn't be here now to en jo y myself at the expense of such a nice young man as yourself." "If I afford you that pleasure I am satisfied I have not lived in vain." "How delightfully you say that. I don't know .but, on the whole, I should congratu l ate myself on having been saved by such a nice---" "Please don't, Miss Van Slyck," protested Joe, rather ehjoying the girl's good-natur ed banter. Florence was simp ly overflowing with life and vivacious ness, and though she was deeply consciou s of the debt she owed the boy, and gratefu l to him, down to the very tom of her warm little heart, s he couldn't help acting as she did if she died for it. The entrance of Judge Van Slyck at this moment pre vented any further exhibition of the young lady 's antry, and Joe rose to take hi s l eave "Wait a moment," sai d the judge, and, going to his desk, took a sma ll pasteboard box from one of the pigeon-holes. "On behalf of Mrs. Van Slyck and myself I wish to present you with this slight token of our esteem and gratitude." Thus speaking, Judge Van Slyck opened the box, took out an elegant gold watch and chain and handed it to Joe. The boy was surprise d and overpowered by this testimonial of appreciation. He accepted it with a few words of thanks. "You must call on us soon again," said the judge, kindly. "Certainly you must," insisted Florence. "We didn t finish our conversation, you know," she added, with a win ning smi le. And Joe promised to call some evening soon. /--CHAPTER XI. JOE'S FIRST TRIP AS ENGINEER. Two weeks passed away, during which Joe made his regular trips on 13 Dan Beard, ove r the mountains, with the freight, between Pandora and Trinidad. Dan devoted his spare moments to the instruction of the boy, and allowed Joe frequently to take long spells at the throttle to familiarize himself thoroughly with the handling of a locomotive. Joe made rapid progress under the patronage of his new friend, and possessing the knack of picking things up fast, and having a strong sympathy with work, be was soon fairly competent to run an engi ne under all the circum stances he had faced thus far. "I happen to know that the road is short of engineers," Dan said to Joe, one morning, as they were running in to ward Pandora. "And it wouldn't s urprise me ih the least if you soon got a chance to show what you're made of in the engineering lin e ." I hardly think so," answered the boy, doubtfully; "that's a lmo st too _good to be true. I've only been firing three weeks, and whethe r I'm compet ent or not to fill the bill, Mr. Ditchett would hardly be able to form any idea as' to my ability as an engineer." "The master mechanic was speaki ng to me about you the day before yesterday He's keeping his eye on you, I am positive. You're bright and $mart, and the way you pick up things is a caution. The way you took place when the man went daft just before Re committed suicide, and carried the freigh t all the way to Trinidad


20 A GOLD BRICK. "Gregson lost his life at Black Rock siding, and you ran without ever having been over the road before, was bound to attract attention to you. You were on time to the min ute, and the brakeman who fired for you reported that you went through your ticklish duty like an old hand. Abel Hyde has been on a spree ever since you saved him from being run over in the yard. Then Brice, one of the freight engineers, is down with malarial fever. And Judson, an other, broke his leg and is in the hospital." the freight the rest of the way to Trinidad, didn't you?" "The company seem.s to be having hard luck with their (mgineers." 11 Such things happen every in a while, and then some of the firemen get their chanct3 to step up another notch. If they make good, it usually leads to a steady job a.t. the throttle." "Of course I'd like to get a. chance, as firing is pretty hard work and often a thankless job; but to tell the truth, I'd hate to part from you." "Same here, my lad; but I'm afraid we sha'n't hang to gether as a team long, in any event." "Why not, :Mr. Beard?" asked the boy, not a little dis mayed at the idea of separation from his friend. "Well, I got a hint from the master mechanic that this might be my last trip on 13. He gave to understand that it was more than probable _I should get 44, Hyde's en gine, which takes out the day express." This was unpleasant infalligence for Joe, and for the rest of the way to town he looked as glum as he felt While attending to fus final duties in connection with 13 in the roundhouse, Beard walked in came up to him. "Well, Joe, we're both through with 13, I'm thi:king. At any rate, I am, for I go out with the express to-morrow morning. As for M:r. Ditchett told me to tell you to report at his office before you go home. Tha.t mean s there's something in the wind. He asked me a lot of questions as to your capability to handle an engine, from which I judge you are slated ftir promotion. It may be. only temporary to fill a gap, but it's up to you to make the most of the chance if it really comes your way." Joe's hea.rt gave a great bound'. Now that it was certain that he and Dan were no lon a cr 0 to pull together, he was simply delighted at the bare idea that he might be placed at the throttle. "Of course it will be a switch engine, if anything," he remarked. "That doesn't follow," replied1 Beard, with a smile. "But whatever you may get will mean a step forward, and that's \that you're looking for." In twenty minutes Joe sent his name into the master mechanic, and was asked to walk into the inner office. "I was told you wanted to see me, sir," said tlie boy, respectfully. "Yes, sir." "Baen firi!g for Beard \Ver since, I think." "I have." "Consider yourself capable of handling an engine, I suppose?' and Mr. Ditchett :fixed him with his sharp eyes. "Yes, sir," replied .Joe, confidently, but with becoming modesty. "Humph! How do you know?" sharply. Joe proceeded to give hit:; reasons, and refe:rTed the master mechanic to Dan Beard as authority for his statement. "Hum! I want a man to go down the road right away, about thirty miles, and bring up a coal train. Will you go?" "Yes, sir." "Haven't had your breakfast yet, have you?" "No, sir. I'd like to get a bite before I go out." "Very well. There's a restaurant outside. Take twenty minutes, and then report to Mr. Radway. That's all." Joe sent word to his mother that he wouldn't be able to get home for some hours, got outside of a cup of coffee and a small steak, and then returned to the yard. "The coal train is on a siding up Silver Bow Branch/' said the yardIJ:laster. "You waniJ. to get it here as soon as you can." "Very well, sir." "You will take No 15. She's waiting for you yonder." Joe walked ov'er to the locomotive and tender . A bright young wiper, who had been recently promoted, was going to fire :for him. Vickers climbed into the cab. "Hello, Oliver!" addressing his assist'ant, with whom he was well acquainted. "I see you've got a boostJ too." "Yep. I've been firing in the yard for a week. She's all ready to start. I've coaled, watered and oiled her up, so all you've to do is fo pull out." "All right. Ring." Joe felt like a king when he opened 15 up, glided on u; the main track and thence out of the yard. There were trains, of course, to be avoided on the road, but the boy ran down to Silver Bow Branch in good time and then up to the siding, where he found the coal cars already made up. He hiid nothing to do b,ut to couple on and start off, and he lost no time in doing so. had to hang up at one siding for the afternoon mail to pass, and she was six minutes behind. That took fifteen minutes, and half an hour more was consumed at another siding, while he waited for a couple of passenger trains, one either way, to go by. "Hum!" and Ditchett looked him over, much as he had done when Joe was first called before him, three week::; previous. "You fired f9r Gregson, I believe, on your first trip over the mountains?" said the master mechanic A last stop was made at Pagoda Junction to avoid the eastbound day express from Grand Junction, and for the rest of the v:ay in to Pandora, Joe had a clear track, and he made 15 hump herself. Finally he ran into the yard with his long train of coal cars, and shortly after, with a sigh of relief, he took 15 to the roundhouse and left her in charge of his fireman. abruptly. "Y cs, sir," replied Joe, promptly.


A GOLD BRICK. 2t CHAPTER XII. IN THE GRASP OF HIS ENEMIES. When Joe left the yard that afternoon for home, he had orQ.ers to report next morning for instructions. It was the talk of the yard that engineers were scarce just at the moment on the & Pandora road. The contributing reason for this state of affairs was that the general manager had been cutting down expenses and running everything close. The real rea s on was that just when spare men were at a premium, Hyde and two or three other competent engineers were put out by drink and siclmess, and that put the roacJ. in a bit of a hole, which it was necessary to fill, tempo rarily at any rate, from the firemen, w'hose places in turn were recruited from among the wipers. In addition, many of the engineers and firemen were over worked 1by being forced" to make extra trips, which is not an uncommon occurrence on some road s though a railroad alwa ys takes a risk when .it works its employes to death to save a few dollars. Joe reached home and found hi s mother somewhat wor ried over his prolonged ab ence, notwithstanding the text of the note he had sent her that morning, previous to his departure down the road after the coal train. She s tarted to get dinner right away, as he declared he was as hungry as a bear, which fact she didn't wonder at; and while thus employed, .Joe explained how he had been en gaged since he came in with the freight in the morning. 1 "Mr. Chase was here again this morning about that property." "Seems very anxious to sq_uare himself with us, doesn't he, mother?" "He does indeed." ' "This is the fifth time, I think, he has honored us with a call on the subject." "I haven't> kept count. I know he has called several times." "Now, mother, it i sn't at all like Godfrey Chase to put himself out to that extent merely to do us a favor, as he is it?" "He certainly hasn't noticeQ. us before in years." "Then I feel more certain t'Trnn <:)Ver that there is some thing in the background." "When do you expect to hear from Judge Van Slyck about the property?" "I am unable to say. He promised to attend to it, a.nd as it is a favor on his part, of course it is not for me to hurry him He is very busy man." "It would be well to have the matter settled one way or the other as soon 'a s possible, for Mr. Chase thinks it very strange that we hesitate over the reconveyance of the prop erty to him under such favorable terms as he bas proposed.'' "How did you manage to head him off to-day?" "I told him you had not come to a decision yet." "What did 11e say to that?" l't He rather bluntly called you a fool, and said that the property being in my name I ought not to be so foolish as to be guided by your ridiculous ideas when a matter oC $4,000 was to be so easily picked up." "I am much obliged to him for his fine opinion of me. It is nothing more than I might expect from hi1'i. I hope yon gave him to understand that the property was practically out of your hands. That I had bought it of you for $500." "I have already told him that twice, but be pooh-poohed at it. He said I was your natural guardian, which, of course, is true, and that whatever technically belonged to you was entirely under my control, and that I bad a per fectly legal right to sell the property, or anything else in that line to which you might lay claim, if I chose to do so. He said it was preposterous for me to defer to the opinion of a mere boy like you." "He handled .me without gloves, didn't he?" said J oc, with a grin. "Well, he said if you were his son he'd soon show you your place." "Oh, he r did? Well, he ought to practice a little bit on Herbert before he goes around handing out gratuitous ad vice to other parents. Herbert needs it." "He was very much annoyed, at any rate. He said he didn't know whether he should bother any more about the matter or not." "That was only a bluff, mother." "By the way, Katie Todd called this morning, early, be-fore she went to work." "Did she?" said Joe, with some interest. "What did she want? I haven't been able to see Katie for quite awhile." "She sai d s he wanted to see you very much. Seemed to be quite anxious over something. She left a note for you, which she asked me to be sure aild see that, you got as soon as possible." "Where is it, mother?" "On the mantel in the dining-room." Joe walked into hat room and got it. "I wonder what she has to say to me?'' mused the boy, as he tore the envelope open. It was written on a scrap of manila paper with a lead pencil, and was scrawled. It ran as follows : "DEAR JOEI want to warn you against that engineer with whom you had some trouble-Abel Hyde. He's up to some scheme to injure you, and I'm sorry to say father is helping him. I couldn't find out what ,it is, but I fear it is something serious. Father hasbeen drunk almost c

22 A GOLD BRICK. "There seems to be something doing," muttered Joe, as 1he refolded the note and put it in his pocket, "but this note doesn't throw any great light upon it. Joe ate his dinner and then went up to his room for a sleep, of which he felt greatly in need, for he hadn't closed his eyes since the previous day at Trinidad. It was nearly nine o'clock when he woke up, and he de cided, as the night was fine, he would go out and take a short walk, for he wanted to see one of his friends on a little matter of business. "I'll be back in an hour, mother," he said, as he put on his hat. "Very well," she answered. "I'll wait up for you, as I sha'n't care to got to bed before ten The evening was warm, for it was the first part of July. There was no moon, and as the sky was overcast; the streets in that locality, not any too well lighted, were rather dark and, at that hour, somewhat lonesome. Joe started up the street at a swinging stride, habitual with him and consequently did not observe the crouching :figure of a man who, a few minutes before, had slouched up against the fence which enclosed the neat little garden in front of his mother's cottage. ) The figure straightened up as Joe walked off, and stealth ily followed in his wake. At the corner he was joined by another person, and both sneaked along at the pace set by the boy, but kept as close 11s possible in the shadow of the houses. Joe turned down an adjacent street and his shadowers did likewise. Then he crossed over and continued along on the other side of a block and turned up a shady street. The fellows behind crossed at the corner and now rapidly c losed in on him. Half way up the block, and within two doors of his tination, his sharp ears detected the stealthy steps behind, an d he turned and looked back. He saw the indistinct forms of the two men coming quickly on. Supposing, naturally, they were men going home, he made no effort to avoid them In a moment or two they were up to him. Suddenly something soft and clinging was thrown over his head and he was pinned down to the walk, without the power to utter a cry for help. CHAP.TER XIII. IN WHICH KATIE TODD SHOWS WHAT SHE IS MADE OF. Of ;::ourse Joe, as soon as he realized what was happenipg to him, put up a hard struggle to free himself from the folds of the material which enveloped his head and shoul ders, but both 0 the men plumped themselves down on him and his arms to his side in such a way that he soon ound himself quite helpless. Then the air within the shawl was soon exhausted, and a sufficient of air not being obtainable, the boy quickly collapsed and lay quite still, whereupon the brace of ruffians, not meaning to do him up entirely there on the street, cautiously removed the covering from his head and permitted the atmosphere to circulate in his lungs again. They we\'e satisfied that they had accomplished their object, which was to render him insensible, so that they might be able to carry out the rest of the programme with outi, opposition on the boy's part. "He's quiet enough now," said the voice of Abel Hyde. "Pick him up by the heels and we'll carry him to the house." / The individual who had been requested to lift Joe's nether limbs ";ould easily have been recognized 11s Micha.el Todd by any one who knew him. Hyde took hold of the boy under his armpits, and thus the two men carried the young engineer along the shady and deserted street for several blocks without meeting a soul, not even a policeman, and Pandora was reputed to be fairly well picketed by the guardians of the peace. Finally they turned a corner, which brought them down by the railroad track. Alongside of the track they walked for some little dis tance until they came to a solitary, lonesome-looking two story dwelling, much in need of paint and repair, and which seemed to be uninhabited. Hyde and his companion laid the boy down, and the former produced a key from his pocket and opened the front door. Then they raised the unconscious boy between them, en tered the building and shut and lockea the door behind them Hardly had they disappeared with their prisoner before another figure came out of the gloom from the direction the men and their burden had come. It was a small figure, and it wore skirts and a hat not adapted to a man or a boy-therefore its sex could not be misunderstood. It was a girl, and a very determined little one at that, who, had she been asked by one entitled to an answer, would have said that her name was Katie Todd Half an hour before Katie had been looking out of her u?lit chamber window, which commanded a view of the Vickers cottage, diagonally across the street, when she saw two men, whom she ideltified as her father and Abel H yde, come up the road They separated in front of the house, one going on to the corner, while the other, Hyde, crossed over toward the Vickers house. At that moment Joe came out, and she saw the two men ollow him stealthily behind. That was enough for Katie. She knew they were up to some mischief directed at Joe Vickers, and she at once decided, like the brave little girl she was, that she would track the shadowers and try to get a chance to warn the boy. So she put on her hat and started forth into the night, undismayed by the lonesomeness of the streets and the si lence which reigned abroad at that hour. But she failed in her effort to intercept Joe, and almost


I A GOLD BRICK. 23 betrayed her presence by a scream when he was set upon ancl overpowered. When Hyde and Todd started to carry Joe away, Katie as silent and alert as an Indian on a trail, and she had now spotted the place appeared to be the tlestination of the two men. / Taking note of the building and its surroundings, Katie 'started off toward the distant railroad yard to get help to release Joe from his predicament. \ In the meantime, Hyde and his companion carried Joe upstairs to a rudely furnished room, and threw him on the bed. "It's about time he come to, ain't it?" said Michael Todd, looking down at the pale face of the still, inanimate lad, after his companion had lit a candle. "He'll come around presently, don't you fear," said Abel Hyde, drawing a short, black pipe from one pocket and a portion of a paper of smoking tobacco from another. Drawing a chair up near the door, which he closed, Hyde coolly filled his pipe, struck a match and, applying the light to the bowl, began to smoke. "Anythin' to d rink on the premises?" asked Todd, in an eager voice. Hyde nodded his head toward the bureau, which stood near the window. ,'.I'odd took the hint, opened the top drawer and swooped down upon a pint bottle of old rye, in which several good sized drinks still remained. After the section foreman had withdrawn the bottle from his lips there was a noticeable shrinkage of its con tents. 'l'he gurgle of the liquor awakened a kindrea desire on Hyde's paTt to sample the whiskey also, and aS' soon as the bottle came into his hands he drank down the remainder and tossed the bottle upon the floor behind him. "That's where my money goes," he remarked, with a sat isfied grin. "Mine, too," said Todd. "But this night's work ought to point the way to many more of them bottles," quoth Hyde, complacently. "That's wpat it ought," agreed his associate. A movement from the bed attracted Hyde's notice. "He's coming to his senses," the engineer remarked. "You'd better go downstairs and keep an eye out for trackwalker. As soon as he passes down, come up." Michael nodded and left the room. He went downstairs ti:> one of the lower rooms, overlook ing the track, and seated himself on a box by the window. The silence and the last dose of whiskey produced a somnolent effect upon him, and the result was his head soon fell upon his breast and he snored away to beat the band. Upstairs, Hyde watched Joe Vickers gradually come to consciousness. "Where am I?" muttered the boy, aloud, as he sat up in stupefied astonishment at his unusual surroundings. "Where I've been waiting to get you," said Hyde, and then Joe realized that he was not alone, but face to face with his enemy, the vindictive engineer. The boy felt he was in for it, but he didn't lose courage. "Why did you bring me here?" he asked, firmly. "To have a talk with you where there is no likelihood of interruption," replied the engineer, showing his teeth unpleasantly. ./ "I suppose I've got to listen to you." "I reckon you have, so we'll proceed to business. There's a little account to be settled between you a:p.d me, if you remember. I'm willing to let that go if you're disposed to be reasonable in the matter, which I am authorized to ar range with you. If you turn balky, why, all I've got to say is, there'll a freight along here in half an hour and you'll be tied to the track out yonder in a way that'll allow the wheels to make mincemeat of you/' "What do _you want of me?" asked Joe, with a shudder at the significant reference to the expected freight train. Abel Hyde rose, to a big table at one side of the room, and pulling out a drawer took therefrom a. small book and a pad of writing.:paper, together with a penholder and a bottle of ink. From his pocket he produced a folded legal document. "Write a note to your mother, telling her to sign thio; deed, which conveys a certain piece of property to Mr. God frey Chase, president of the N. & P. Tell her that business prevents your return to-night, and that she can take Mr. Chase's check to the bank to-morrow and have it cashed. Aftir you have done that you must take your solemn oath on this here Bible never to open your mouth about what has occurred here to-night, nor to make any fuss about the transfer of the property in question. If you agree to do this you'll be set free to-morrow morning in time to report for work at the yard. If you refuse, the freight will get you. I'll give you five minutes to make up your mind." "You must think I am a fool to agree to any such scheme as you propose. Mr. Chase has only defeated himself by employing such a tool as yourself to gain his ends," said Joe, stoutly. Abel Hyde laughed.sardonically. "You certainly are a greater fool than I took you to be, Joe Vickers. You must either do what I want or die a hor rible death. _If it must be the latter, your mother will gladly sign away that property in order to get money enough to bury what will be found of your remains and to save her cottage from ultimate foreclosure of the mortgage Mr. Chase holds upon it." "You are a scoundrel, Abel Hyde!" cried Joe, rising to his feet. ''-Hard words break no bones," grinned the engineer. "Then I'll see whetper this will make any impression on them!" cried Joe, rushing over and grabbing the chair, which he swung aloft with the evident intention of strik ing down the :case But Hyde was equal to the He jumped aside and evaded the descending chair, which slipped away from the lad's grasp. Then, with an oath, the engineer sprang upo?JJoe and bore him to the floor. The boy was strong as a young lion, and he knew the


24 A GOLD BRICK. \ situation was desperate, so he fought for his life, with every ounce of power he could bring to bear. had remained standing in the background, as his aid did not seem to be required. Hyde, however, was a man of iron muscle and dogged resolution, and proved to be more than his match. Over and over they rolled about the floor of the room, now one on top, then the other-each seeking to master the other. The table was overturned, the falling to the floor. The struggle soon had its effect on Joe, and with a feel ing of despair he felt himself growing weaker and Finally Hyde got him down and held him down. The talon-like fingers of the schemer closed about J oes neck, and were fast choking the life out of the boy, when the door was suddenly burst open and Dan Beard, closely followed by Katie Todd, dashed into the rooni. CHA PTER XIV. ow he came forward and said: "I he11rd somebody moving about downstairs just now. Perhaps it is the man you want." Beard agreed that it would be well to investigate, so he and the teamster left the room. "Now, Katie," said Joe, regarding the pretty factory girl with a look of great interest, "I want to hear how you and D:m discovered I had been brought here "It was just luck," she said, earnestly, "and I am so glad we got here in time to save you." Then she told Joe how she had seen the two men, one of whom was her father, from the window; how she had followed in their wake intent on warning him of his danger, and how, when this proved futile, she had gone in search of help, and been so fortunate as to find Dan Beard and a companion a few blocks away.' ABEL HYDE IS HELD FOR TRIAL. She knew Beard by sight, and when she had hurriedly Dan Beard sized up the' situation told her story, Dan and his friend accompanied her back He didn't lose a moment in grasping Abel Hyde by the to the building into which she had seen Joe carried. shoulders and yanking him off the prostrate boy. They had effected entrance through a rear window, Joe's big friend had the advantage of size and strength, which they lj.ad found unsecured, and the noise of the strug and being very much in earnest, he made short work of gle upstairs had guided them to the right spot Hyde. "'.I;'here, that's all," concluded the girl, with a note of He threw the man on the bed and sat on him excitement in her tones. Katie rushed to Joe and assisted him to rise. "Do you know; I believe you have saved my life toShe liad expected to find her father in the room a lso, and night, Katie," said Joe, with a look of mingled gratitude was thankful he was not, as his absence simplified .matters and admiration in his eyes, while he held her two brown greatly. little hands in his "Hyde swore he meant to tie me do'wn "That was a narrow shave I had," said the boy, rubbing to the track outside and let the incoming freight carve me his throat where he still could feel the unpleasant sensaup if I refused to do what he wanted." tion caused by Hyde's vise like grip. "How came yo{i here, "Qh !" shuddered the girl. "And did my father agree Katie? You and Dan?" to that awful--" "I can't tell you. yet. Mr Beard is calling you." Her eyes filled with tears of grief and shame. "Come here, Joe. I want you to tie this rascal while I Joe pitied her h o l d him!" cried Dan "That is a question which must remain unanswered, Joe was only too willing to take. a hand in putting his Katie," he said. l ate antagonist in a shape where he couldn't do any more "You wish to spare me the of knowing that harm. my father was in thought at least a--" Abel Hyde didn't take his defeat calrly, as may be Joe knew the dreadful word which fluttered on her supposed. trembling tongue, and he caught her in his arms as she He squirmed and kicked, and swore a trooper, while uttered a pathetic little cry, almost of despair Joe tore one of the dirty bed sheets into strips and tied Her head dropped on his shoulder, and she sobbed for a his arms and legs. few moments as if her heart would break. I Finally he was reduced to a helpless state Joe comforted her as best he how.I "Thi s is1''t the end of this matter by a long shot," he "I will make it as easy as possible for your fathE)r if he gritted, fiercely, regarding the boy with a malignant scowl. is arrested," he said, earnestly. "I'll get square with you yet if it t11kes me months or years Katie looked up at him gratefully. to reach you." "I know you mean it," she replied, "but the dreadful "Shut up, you cantankerous scoundrel!" exclaimed story will have to be told My own statement will be B eard, with some warmth "You'll harm nobody for some enough to convict my father of being an accomplice of a time to come, I'm thinking Wbere's your companion?" crime." "Find out!" growled Hyde. Dan Beard and his friend, the teamster, now returned, Beard and Katie had been accompanied by another man,, after an unsuccessful search for Michael Todd a stout teamster with whom Dan had been talking down The man had evidently taken alarm and fled by the corner of the railroad yard when Katie, in search of A heavy rumble and the strident puffing of a locomotive assistance, fortunately ran against them announced tne approach of the freight.


A GOLD BRICK. -25 The cars slowly rolled by the old house, causing the builuMichae l Todd had managed to evade captu11e and was ing to 'tremble down to its foundations still at large. "Well," said Dan, "we may as well get out 6. here. We may as well say here that he was never heard of agaiu. Come, now!" cutting the bonds whitlh had secured Hyde's Katie, her mother and the two little Todds found his legs, "get on to your feet. We're going to march you up absence from the family rooftree a great reli ef. jail.') Joe called on the Van Slycks once. Abel Hyde su ll e nly obeyed, for r esistance was of no avail. His purpose was to find out what news, if any, the Twenty minutes later Joe made his charge against the judge had for hi:QJ. in r eference to his "gold brick" property, scoundre ll y e n gi n eer, and the fellow was locked up, pend-as he called it. ing hi,> exami n ation in the police court in the morning. The reason why he had not heard from Judge Van Slyck Then the party separated, Joe seeing Katie home. was then apparent. It was after midnight when the 'boy knocked for ad, The judge had gone to Washington to attend to an immission at his home. portant l ega l matter, to which the Nimrod & Pandora R. R. "Why, Joe, I did not think you meant to stay out until was a party, and which had come up before the Supreme this hour," said his mother, whose face wore. an anxiom:i Court of the United States. look. His family could not say when he might be expected back. "Nor did I, mother. Come into the dining-room and I Joe was pisappointed, but there wasn't anything for him will tell you what detained me." to do but,make the bes t of it . Joe knew that he had to tell his story, though he hated to Godfrey Chase did not call again at the Vick e rs cottage, upset his mother. )Jut he wrote a letter to Joe 's mother, stating that whenSo he exp lained hi s adventure as gently as he c ould. e ver s h e was ready to transfe r the land h e would be pleased Of course the sto r y was a s hock to Mrs Vickers-how to see h e r a t his office, where the c ould be settled. could it be otherwise? o'ne morning when Joe came ip.to the yard, expecting You know how it is with mothers. take a train of empty coal

.26 A GOLD BRICK. :fired for him ever since he :first took charge of a locomotive, getting 31 in shape for her run to Grand Junction. Joe wrote a note to his mother notifying her of the change in his work, and that he would not be back to Pan dora until late that night. He sent it to the cottage by a special messenger, and then it was time for him to run out of. the roundhouse and back clown to the train-shed. Promptly on time, the through accommodation pulled out, and was switched on to the Nimrod main line. "I'm glad you've been promoted, Vickers," said Oliver, for the second time that morning, after the train had reached her schedule gait, "and that you managed to bring me with you. I'd much rather fire a decent engine likt;) this than the old hookers we've been up against of late. I notice the coal is good, for a wonder. That makes it easier for a fellow than when it's half mixed with slate as I have seen it sometimes. Then Old Nick himself might shovel the furnace full till his back ached and he couldn't keep the gauge from falling "That's no lie, Dick, I didn't fire long enough to run up against such hard luck." "This is a fine level country we'rfi> traveling over. I've been told there's no grades to speak of on this division." "So I understand. There's a long tunnel through the Round Top range, between here and Nimrod, and a steel girder bridge across the Lamar River, twenty miles or so this side of Grand Junction." It was a fine day, and Joe was feeling like a top. Everything went well with 31. During the entire trip to Grand Junction the indicator on the steam gauge did not vary to any great extent. It showed a strong and steady pressure that fully satisfied Joe I can go where I choose," replied Herbert, insolently. "I'd like to know how you come to be driving a passenger train, anyway, Joe Vickers? I thought you was a fireman on the freight. Father will 'have to hear of this, and then I guess there'll be something doing." He made another attempt to mount the iron steps, but Joe, :with as little show of force as was possible, prevented him. "vVhat do you mean by putting your greasy hands on my clothes, you beggar?" cried Herbert, furiously. "I haven't soiled your clothes," replied Joe. "If you're going to Pandora by this train you'd get back to the coaches, for I expect to get the signal to go ahead any moment." "I want you to understand that I'm going to ride to Pandora on this engine," persisted Herbert, with an air of importance. "Have you a signed permit from the proper authority?" asked Joe. "No, I haven't, but my father and several of the direc tors of the road are at Sidney, so I don't think you'll dare keep me off." "That doesn't make the least bit of difference. You can't ride without a permit and that's all there is fo it," said Joe, firmly. "Step back, please." Herbert fumed and sputtered, but the young engineer paid no further attention to him. He swung up into the cab and in a moment or two the conductor gave him the signal to start. As the driving-wheele began slowly to revolve, Herbert shook his fist at Joe in impotent rage, and then, fully de termined to have the young engineer discharged, he ran back and sprang aboard the :first coach . Therefore, he made all his stops on schedule time without CHAPTER XVI. the least difficulty, and finally arrived at Grauel Junction A RACE FOR Lnm-coNCLUSION. on time to the minute. "That was Chase's son, wasn't it?" asked Dick At five o'c lock he pulled out on his return trip to PanOliver, as the train gathered headway dora. "That's who it was," replied Joe. An hour later the' south-bound accommodation arrived "He's got a lot of nerve, all right. He ought to know at Nimrod. the regulations of the road as well as anybody." Here the conductor reeeived orders to pick up the direc"Herbert would like to have the regulations altered to tors' car, which was standing on. the siding at a small suit his convenience," returned the young engineer, who had station named Sidney, on the edge of the prairie, ten miles Master Chase down pretty fine. or so south of the long tunnel, and he notified Joe to that "I'll bet he'll try to make trouble for you." effect "It won't be the first time he's tried to make things hot While Joe was oiling the drivers and Dick Oliver waa for me; but, all the same, he hasn't sutceeded He has looking after the fire, a well-dressed yout);i walked down thP hated me ever since the day old 13 smashed up his father's platform and attempted to mount up into the cab. automobile and I saved Florence Van Slyck, who was riding Joe saw him_and quickly headed him off. with him at the time She hasn't noticed him since, and When he got close to him he saw it was Herbert Chase. he blames me for it." "You can't get up there," he said to the son of the ra.ilIt was a nine-mile run to the north end of the long tunroad magnate. nel, but it was dark when they reached that point, though "Why can't I?" retorted Herbert, with a frown. the sky had a strange glow above the top of the range. "It's against the regulations of the road, that is, unless "Something's wrong!" cried Oliver, with his head out you have a permit from the superintendent or the master of the cab window, "there is the danger signal displayed mechanic on the semaphore." "My father is one of the owners of this road, and I guess Joe's sharp eyes had already made out the bright red


A GOLD BRICK. light hanging pfteen feet or more in the air, in front of the telegraph b lock house He blew the whistle, reversed and put on the air brake s bringing the train to a full stop near the entrance to the tunnel. The conductor alighted from the baggage ca r and J pe saw the te l egraph operator meet him outside of the door of his b u ilding and hand him a paper, which he read by the light of his lant'ern "I wonder what's up?" said Oliver, in an interested tone. "Give it up," replied Joe, "but we're likely to know in a moment, for here comes the conductor." "Vickers," said the mogul of the train as soon as he reached the locomotive, "we have orders, you know, to pick up the directorJ;' car at Sidney The young engineer nodded. "Well, it appears the prairie is afire all around Sidney, and is spreading to the tracks President Chase and half a dozen of the directors are aboard of the car, and have tele graphed for help They can't be reached from the south, as a section of the track has been destroyed between Sidney and Overland, where the night express has been held up Uncouple your engine and tender and pull through to Sid ney and fetch the car away." "All right, sir. We'll get there if the track is all right "Make haste; there isn't a moment to be lost." Joe and his fireman leaped from the cab, and each tackled one of the air brake connections and disconnected them. Then the automatic coupler was detached, and the chains underneath unhitched While the boys were thus engaged the operator ran over with another dispatch he had just received from Sidney. "I telegraphed to Sidney that I have held up the five o'clock accommodation from Grand Junction, and would send the locomotive forward to bring them out. There are a dozen pe r sons, mostly employes of the road, there in ad dition to the president and directors. The operator there now tells me ihe wires are down south of them and that the fire is fast approaching the station He says it may reach them in less than twenty minutes, and their only chance is for the locomotive to get there within that time." "You hear that, Vickers? You haven't over twelve or fifteen minutes to pass through the tunnel and then cover the ten or eleven miles of prairie beyond. A matter of wenty lives depends on your speed, so drive her for all she's worth "I'm ready now. Come on, D ick Joe opened her up by degrees, and 31 was soon flying through the long, dark tunnel, out of the other end of which she soon darted, like a swaying meteor. And now the whole sky on this side of the range was lighted by a fearfu l conflagration The distant horizon l ooked like the edge of an ocea11 of fire. Even .at that distance great tongues of flame could be seen reaching out toward the far-off tracks Indeed, it looked .to Joe and his comp:;i,nions as if the fire h ad actually reached the line of rails. "We'll never be able to fetch Sidney cried O liver, huskily. "I'll wager we'll find the track afire mi les t his side of the station "We must reach there," said Joe, fir m l y, as he hooked her up another notch, wh_ile his assistant shovel ed the coal into the furnace as fast as he could work. The drivers of 31 were now flashing u p a n d down a t a lightning rate, while engine and tende r swayed like a heavy-laden barge in a cross sea. Joe reckoned they were making 70 mi les an hour. At this rate they would reach Sidney in less than te n minutes if the line was passab le. Every moment the fire grew brighte r and seemed nearer to the track. They could feel the breath of the conflag r ation on t hei r cheeks, although the flames were still miles away. The fire was spreading with great r apidity, an d was com, ing toward them. Joe, with his hand on the thrott le, and his body h alf out of the cab window, gazed down the line, fascinated by the mqrderous glare which appeared to be consumi n g bot h the earth and sky. The furnace door was kept open to create as muc h draught as possible, and within the fire roared like a vision or the infernal regions. The perspiration was pouring down Oliver's face, a nd the only rest he took was to bathe his forehead w i t h wat e r from the tank occasionally . And now they were drawing near Sidney. Joe could see the dark outline of the station si lhou ette d against the fiery background. He let off a long, shrill whistle to let the beleaguere d ones know help was almost at hand. They were now within a mile of their destinatio n an d the heat was something terrific. Joe began to ease 31 up by degrees, but for the ne xt half mile her speed hardly appeared to. diminish, owing to the momentum she had acquired. But he got her under control by the time she hi t the last stretch, and he whistled again. The roof of the station was smoking and some of the telegraph poles were on fire when he s lowed down and ap proached the siding. The switch was over and everything ready for him. t o bring the engine up against the soli tary car lying the r e on the side track. Something like a cheer greeted h is ar ri va l and r eady hands were soon busy coupling on 31. Just as the signal was given-" A ll right, go ahead !"-a blazing telegraph pole fell over upo n the car and crushed in the roof like an shell. As Joe pulled on the throttle, the car began to b laze, but a score of hands soon smothered the fire, and engine and car commenced their race against the conflagrati on rushing down to devour them The return trip was far more peri l ous than the other, f or the flames, racing along at an incredible speed, succee ded i n reaching the track in many spots ahead of them..


28 A GOLD BRICK. I At such places the blazing telegraph poles threatened to 1 Joe ran the train back to Nimrod, and when she reached topple over on to the rails, before 3 1 and her trailing coach there Godfrey Chase was dead. I could pass and s uch a catastrophe could only mean one As a matter of course, the young engineer's thrilling thing-instant destruction to all. rescue of the twenty lives, five of them directors of the Joe could see the ties smoking and even burning in spots. company, from the doomed station at Sidney, created in The car behind was also smoking from the intense heat, tense excitement af Nimrod, and the feat was telegraphed and there was every danger that it might catch into a blaze all over the country. at any moment, which, with the draught formed by a mile-Joe naturally became the hero of the hour, but that fact a-minute run, meant extinction in a brief time. didn t give him a big head. Oliver fearfully as he fed the furnace. The result of it all was that the directors held a special His eyes bulged, and his tongue lolled out of his mouth. meeting during the week at Pandora and voted the brave Joe, who felt as if the breath of the infernal regions was boy and his fireman $10,000 as evidence of their apprecia consuming him, glanced pityingly at his assistant, fearing tion. that he would collapse any moment. His skill as an engineer was so highly regarded that when The roar of that fearfu l fire, as it came swooping down an opening occurred, a few weeks later, he was pr9moted to after them, was like a great storm at sea-strident and the night express on the Nimrod division terrible. About this time Judge Van Slyck 's investigations in hi s But now they were drawing away from its outer edge, behalf confirmed the late Mr. Chase's statement concerning with the driving rods of 31 marking a pace of 60 miles an his property. hour. There were enough full-grown locust trees on the land to The mountain range was looming up ahead, with the furnish, at a rough guess, 100,000 telegraph pbles, worth black mouth of the tup.nel before them. $4 each, which meant $400,000, sufficient to provide jheir Two minutes more they would be there, and now that young owner with an income of $20,000 a year .they were comparativel:x safe, Joe shut off steam, allowing Joe's automatic coupler invention al s o proved a winner, the locomotive to proceed by her acquired velocity alone, and the firm of Fosdick & Vickers realize a large annual while Oliver dropped, fainting and exhausted, down on the income from the royalties . bottom of the tender amid the scattered chunks of coal. Joe, however, stuck to the railroad, and in a few years The race for life had been won, but the strain of it all rose to the coveted position of superintendent, and subse had been terrible. .. quently he became general manager. Five minutes later engine and car rolled out of the north Eventually he bought out all of the stock owned by the end of the tunnel and came to a stop !}ear the cars of the Chase estate, and was, at the next election thereafter, elected accommodation train. to the presidency of the N. & P. R. R. Althou gh Joe h ad heroically saved the twenty imperille d That occurred when he had reached the age of 25, but people who had been cut off at Sidney, it was found on some years before that he was married to Florence Van their arrival that death was hovering over the directors car. Slyck. The blazing telegraph pole which had smashed in the He is one of the best-known railroad men in the Wes t roof of the car just b e fore they started north had struck to-day, but for obvious reasons we did not use his right Chase and fatally injured him. name. :Ete was dying, and he knew it. And there is no doubt that he reached his high station "Let me shake the hand of the brave engineer who in life because he was ambitious and industrious-A Boy brought u s through this sea of fire he whispered to tho s e Who Could Not be Downed. around him, and Joe Vicker s wa s brought into the car. The dying magnate was fac e to face with the son of the man he had wronged in days gone by, and as he recognized Joe a spasm of remorse sw. ept over his features. He wa:ved the others away, and all withdrew but the boy. THE END. "I wronged your father, lad, as you know, and I have Read "A S!J'REAK OF LUCK; OR THE BOY WHO tried to cheat you, too, out of great wealth. T11e property FEATHERED HIS .r EST/' which will be the next I strove to regain fromyour mother, and which she told number (15) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." me now belongs, by right of purchase, to you, is of inestimable value by reason of its vast growth of locust trees, invaluable to this and other railroads for ties and telegraph poles, on account of their toughness and durability. There are, I have computed, half a million 1dollars' worth of lum ber there as it stands. You are rich, boy. All I ask now is that you forgive me for the past." "I do forgive you, sir, with all my heart, for I believe you are sincerely sorry for the wrong you did us." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or ostage stams by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE NEW. YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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ALL. \ LA'J'EST ISSUES 1 I 839 305 l 'red F ear.n o t and the "Cattle Qr;. ee n ; or, A Desperate Woman's 340 3il 306 Fre d F earnot and the Boom ers ; or, The Game that !<'aile d 307 F earnot and the "Tough" Boy ; or, Reforming a Vagran t 3U8 Fred Fearnot"s $10,000 Deal; or, Over the Continent on Horse 342 back 309 Fred l earnot and t h e Lasso Gang; or, Crooke d Work on the 343 Rai;c h :n o Fre d 1''earnot and the Wall Street Broker; Helping the Wld 344 ows and O rphans. 345 311 l' r e d l'earnot and the Cow Puncher; or, The Worst l\1an in Ari 346 zona. 312 Fred l 'earnot and the Fortu ne Teller ; or, 'l' he Gypsy s Double D eal 347 313 l 'red Fearnot's N ervy Deal ; o r T h e Unknown Fiend of W a ll 8treet. 348 314 I<'red and "Red Pete" ; or, 'l'he W i c k e dest Man in Arizona. 349 315 l<'r e d Fearnot and the Magnate s ; or, How he Bought a Railroad. 350 316 Fred Fearnot and ' Uncl e Pike"; or, A Slic k C hap from Warsaw. 317 F r ed Fearnot and Hi s H i ndo F r ien d ; or, Savi ng the Juggler' s 351 IAf c 318 F r ed Fearnot and the "Confi d ence Man"; or, The Grip t hat Held 352 Him F ust. 319 Fred Fearnot's Greatest Victory; or, The Longest Purse in Wall 353 Stre e t. 354 320 Fre d Fearnot and the Impostor ; or, Unmasking a Dang. e r o u s Fr11u4l. 355 321 Fred Fearnot i n the Wild W est; or, The Last Fight of the Ban356 322 Fred Fcarnot and the Girl Detective; or, Solving a Wall Street 357 My:Jtery 323 Fred Fearno t Am ong the Gold M iners; or, The Fight f o r a 358 Stolen C l aim. 324 F r e d Fearnot and the Broker' s Son; or, The Smartest B1o y in 359 Wall Street. 325 Fred l<'earnot and "Judge Lynch" ; or, Chasing the Horse 360 'l'h ic ves. 326 Fre d Fearnot and the Bank Messeng e r ; or, The Boy Who Mad e 361 a 1 ortun e . 362 Fred Fearnot and the S h op Girl ; or, Tlftl Plo t Against An Or phan. Fred Fearnot Among t'he M exicans ; or, Evelyn and the Brigan ds. Fred F earnot and the Boy Enginee r ; or, Beating the Train Wreck ers. Fre d F earriot and the "Hornets" ; or, The I League that Sought to Down Him. r Fred F earnot and the C h eeky Dude ; or, A Shallow Youth from Brooklyn. F re d F earnot in a D eath Trap ; or. Lost in The Mammoth Caves. Fre d F earnot a n d the B oy Rancher ; or, The Gamest Lad I n T exas. Fre d F earnot and the Stage D r iver; or, The Ma n Who Unde r s tood Horses. Fre d Fearnot's Change of Front; or, Staggering the Wall Street Brokers. Fred Fearnot' s New Ranch, And How He and Terry Managed It. Fre d F earnot and the Lariat Thrower ; or, Beating the Champion of the W est. Fre d Fearnot and t h e Sw i n dling Trustee; or, Savin g a Widow's Little Fortune. Fre d Fearnot and the "Wild Cowboys, An d the Fun He Had With 'h e m Fre d Fearnot and t h e "Mon ey Queen" ; or, Exposing a Female Sharper. Fre d Fearnot's Boy Pard; or, Striking It Rlch in the Hills. Fred F earnot and the Railroad Gang ; or, A D esperate Figh t for Life. Fre d Fearnot a n d the Mad "Inner ; or, T he' Gold Thieves of the Rockies Fre d Fearnot I n Trouble; or, T erry Olcott'! Vow of Vengeance. Fred F earnot and the Girl In White ; or, The Mystery of the Steamboat. Fre d Fearnot and the Boy H erder ; or, The Maske d Band of the Plains Fre d Fearnot I n Hard L u ck ; or, Roughing It In the Silver Dig gings. Fre d Fearnot and t h e I ndian Gulde ; or, The Abduction of a Beau tiful Girl. Fre d F earnot's Search for Terry, and Terry's Faith In Him Fre d Fearnot and the Temperance Man ; or, P utting Down t h e Rum Se llers. 327 Fre d Fearnot and the K entuc k y Moonshiners ; or, The "'Bad'" M e n of t h e Blue Grass R e gi o n. 328 Fre d Fearnot and the Boy Acrobat; or, Out With His Own Cir' us. 363 Fre d F earnot' s Figh t for his Life ; or, The Cunning that Pulled Him Through. 364 Fred Fearnot and t h e Wlld B east Tamer; or, A Week With a Circ us. 329 Fred Fearnot's Great Crash; rr, Losing H i s Fortune i n Wall Str : et. IOl30 Fearnot's Return to Athletics; or, His Start to Regai n a F01 tune. 331 FriJ1i .fea rnot"s l<'encing Team ; o r Defeating the "Pride of Old 332 F r e d Fearnot's "Free For A ll"; or, His Great Indoor Meet 333 F r e d Fearno t a ncl the Cabin Boy ; or, Beating the Steamboat Shai pers. 334 fld t h e Priz e-F ighter; or, A Pngilist' s Awful Mis 335 F r e d l'earnot' s Office Boy; or, Making Money in Wall Street. 336 F r e d Fearnot as a Fireman ; or, The B o y of the l<' lames 337 Fred l<'earnot and t h e Factory Boy ; or, The Champion of t h e To w n 338 F r e d Fearnot and the "Bad Man" ; o r, T h e Bl uff from Bitter Creek. 365 Fred Fearnot and the Fiddlers' Convention ; or, The Music that Puzzl e d the Musicians. 366 Fre d Fearnot's Wall Stree t Game; or, Beating the Brokers. 367 Fred Fearnot and the Wild Mustang ; or A. 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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE.MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers 1 .' A New One Issued Every Friday This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities Som e of the s e storie s are found e d on true incidents in the lives of our mo s t suc cessful s elf-made men, and show how a boy of plu c k p e rseverance and brains c a n be come famou s and wealthy. Every on e of this series contains a good moral tone whic h makes "Fame and Fortune W ee kly,. a m a g a zin e for the h o me although each numbe r is replete with exciting adventures. The stories a r e the v ery b est obtainable, the illustrations a.r e by expert artists, and every effort is constantly being m a d e to m a k e it the b est w ee kl y o n t h e n e ws stands. T e ll your friends about it. A L R EADY PUBLISH E D. 1 A Lu c ky D e al ; or The C utest B o y i n Wall Street. 9 N ip and Tuc k ; or The Youn g Br o k e r s of Wall Stree t. i Horn t o Good Luck; or The Boy Who Su ccee d e d 10 A Copp e r Harvest; or The Boys Who Worked a De-3 A C orn e r in Corn; or H o w a C hica g o Boy Did the sert e d Mine. Trick. 11 A Lu cky Penny ; or, The F ortune s of a Bos ton Boy. 4 A Game of Chan ce; oi The Boy Wh o Won Out. 1 2 A Di a mond in the R o u g h ; o r A Brav e Boy's Start in 5 Hard to B eat; o r '.12he C l e v e rest Boy in Wall Street. I Lif e 6 Buildin g a R a ilroad ; o r The Yo un g Con t ra c tor s of 1 3 B t th B Th N t B W 11 S L k a 1 m g e e ars; or e erv1e s o y m a t r eet. 7 W W Th r t Ed t G I 1 4 A Gold Bri c k ; or Th e Boy Wh o Cou ld Not b e D o w ned. mmn g i s a y ; or e .1. o un ges 1 o r m reen River 8 The Wh ee l of Fortun e; o r The R ecor d of a Boy. For sale by all newsdealers, or will b e sent to any addres s on receipt of price, 5 cents pe r c opy, in money or postage stamps, b y FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 24 Union Square, New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Librarie1 and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the fullowing Order Blank and send it tr us with the price of the books you want and we will send th e m to you by return mail. POST AGE ST A.MPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY ....................... ... ............. . . .. ........ .. .. ........................................... FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s her 24 Union Square, New York. .... .................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which plea s e send me: .... copies of WORK AND \.VIN, Nos .... ...................................................... ' '' F A l\fE AND FORTU N E WEEKLY, No s ................................................... " FRANK lvJ'ANI"EY' S WEEKLY, Nos .................................................... '' '' WILD WEST WEEKI..1Y Nos . .......................................................... " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Nos ............................................... '' '' PLUCK AND LUCK Nos .............................................................. " SECRET SERVICE, Nos ........................................................ "YOUNG ATHLETE Y S WEEKLY, Nos ................................................ " TEN-CENT HANDBOOKS Nos ..................................................... Nome ........................ Street and No ....... ............. Town .......... ..... State ...........


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