How he got there, or, The pluckiest boy of them all


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How he got there, or, The pluckiest boy of them all

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How he got there, or, The pluckiest boy of them all
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Ne22 STORIES OF BOYS 5 CENTS. WHO MAKE MONE.Y. DR.THE PLUCKIEST BOY DF THEM ALL. d.Y 7f $ELF-/Jf/l"OE /Jf/IN. . "This time, young man, I think I've got you dead to rights," said the Spaniard, with a look of gratified malice. "In less than five minutes those oil-soaked'portier.es will be a mass of flame. Where then will you be?'

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Fame and Weekly I ' STORIES OF. BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Issued Weekl11-B11 Subacription 12.50 per year. Entered according to A.ct of Congress, in the year 190tl, in the ojflce of the Librarian of Cong1'ess, Wahington, D. C., b11 Frank Touse11, Publishe1., 24 Union Square, New York, I. N o 22 NEW YORK, MARCH 2, 1906. P ric e 5 C ents fio.tLt fie Got TfiE BOY Op Al.ill. By A S ELF=MADE M A N CHAPTER I. THE :M:AN WITH THE BLACK BEARD and its owner, noticing the direction of his gaze, frowned, while a malignant gleam leaped into his eyes, but it was gone in a moment. "Yes, sir," replied Lee, with his customary politeness. "Is Mr. Scott in?" "If you will take a seat I will tell Mr Scott you wish to Lee Templeton, a bright-looking boy of seventeen, mes-see him. Will you me with your name?" senger and clerk for Rutherford B. Scott, dealer in stocks "Manuel Suarez." ancl bonds, on the ground floor of No. Wall Street, was Lee entered Mr. Scott's private office and, after laying crossing the small reception-room from the little countingthe papers on his employer's desk, announced the visitor. room to his employer's private office, with a bundle of pa pers in his hand, when he was saluted with the foregoing "Tell him to walk in," said the broker. The Spaniard entered the inner room. question. "iWr. Scott, I believe?" he said, seating himself beside The person who addressed him was a well-dressed, darkthe desk. featured man of perhaps thirty yeal'S, with piercing, jet black eyes, and a small, silky black moustache, who had just entered the office. The boy took him to be a well-to-do Spaniard. "Yes, sir In what way can I serve you?" "You purchase bonds, I think?" "I do." "I wish to sell fifteen Reading $1,000 first mortgage 5's, He carried a small satchel in his right hand, and upon market value $1,170, in all $17,550." the little finger Lee noticed a heavy gold, black-enameled The Spaniard opened his satchel, produced the bond s a ring, the design of which was a coiled snaJrn, a big diamond and laid them on the desk. l being imbedded in its flat head. l Mr. Scott took them up, one by ODJl, and looked them The flash of the diamond attracted the boy's attention, over carefully.

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HOW H E GOT THE R E ---._ They appeared to be gentiine to hi s e xperienced eye, bu t 1 H e d i dn' t not i c c t h e appro a ching projectil e until too late as the ttmol:lht was largll, arid hi s visitot a p c tfed strange r, .1 to avoid c ont ac t with S am. it wa s his invarlnbl e rule in s uch c a s e s to re quest that t he The result was, h e w as b o wl ed over with hi s l egs and secmities be l eft with him a short tim e for v e rificati on arms sprea d t o all point s of the compa ss, a n d ali ghte d, H e s o inform e d his vi s itor, who s miled and nodd e d a s -k e rfl o p on the poJi s hed marbl e floor, ju s t a s Hawki.Qs s ent. fet c h e d up a g ain s t the wall. "I will giv e you a receipt, full y sp e cifying the bonds s aid the broker. "Call about two o clock." Ml'. Scott immediately rang for Lee, and the Spaniard passed him on hi s way out. Suare z stepp e d into a cab that wa s waiting for him and drov e off. "Lee," said Mr. Scott, when the lad ente red his pre s enc e," take these securities, fifteen $1,000 Reading first mortgage 5's, down to Blank & Hooley, attorneys for the road, and hav e them certified." "I b eg y our pardon, sir," gurgled Sam, realizing the mi s chi e f h e had done. The lank y individu a l glare d a t him. "Tho u nr t a s on o f B e lia}, and w ilt come fo the g allow s on e of t h ese d ays, he an s w e r e d an g ril y The n h e pi c k e d himsel f up recover e d his s ub s cription book and hurrie d from the building. "What a r e you laughing at?" Sam demanded, as I..ee, grinnin g all ove r hi s face, came up and his hand to ass i s t him to hi s f ee t. "Yes sir." "I wa s laughing at y our imitation of an animated can 'I'he boy took the bonds into the counting-room, put non-b a ll. You didn't do a thing to that collector for the th e m into a s mall leather handba g the mo{1th of whi c h f ore i gn missionar y fund." was secured b y a strap running through a s e ries of m etal "How d o you know he' s a collector for the foreign rings and started on his errand. mi ssio n s ?" Lee Templeton was an unusually smart boy for his "He w a s in our office a w hile ago s oliciting subscriptions y e ars. for t h e b e ni g hted pickaninnies of the Congo." He had been wbrking in Wall Street now for about two "I think he 's a fraud. H e c all e d me a son of somebod y years, and enjoyed the confidence and est e em of hi s e mand sa i d I'd com e t o the ga llow s Joot a s if I could h elp pla yer Mr. Scott. r u nnin g against him. Wh y didn't he look out where h e He lived with his widowed moth e r and pretty s i s t e r, w as going?" May, in a mode s t flat in Harle m. Wh y did n t you l ook ou t whe re you w e r e g oing awhile T11e family being in moderat e circum s tan ces, M ay also ago and no t bump into and la y him out?" was a bread-winner. I didn't see him till I wa s on top of him grinne d Sh e w a s ver y proud of her s talwart broth er, whil e Le e Sam. was quite certain there wasn't another girl in the world "Well l e t it g o at that. Wh e n I t e ll M ay to-night the who could hold a candle to hi s s i s t e r way y ou g li de d ove r this corridor s he ll have a fit," There wns als o another per s on who ente rtain e d the s a m e c hu ckle
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HOW HE 9-0T THERE. 3 where the boy entered; which looked like the one in which laying the boy down on his ]Jack, when. a door was opimed the Spl\Jliard was driven .way from }4r. Scott's office. anQ. closed ill thi:: adjoining corriqQr llnll fQ\ltsteps B<>'llnded Lee entered on.e of the elevators, "On which floor are Blank & Hooley's offices? he asked the elevator man. "Eighth. '"!'hen j'\lst drop me .off there, will you?" The elevator stopped at the eight4 floor. I "Straight ahead, fil'St corridor to the right, then to the left," said the man, as Lee out, "Thanks, old man, I'll remember you in my will," Lee replied, as the door was shut with a bang and the elevator shot skyward. Then the boy started down the main corridor. He darted around the first turn to the right and-found himself suddenly gripped by the thrnat by a dark-featured man with a heavy black beard, who hissed through his teeth: "Drop that bag or I'll choke the life out of you!" CHAPTER IL THE BLA C K-ENAMELED SERPENT RING. on the stone flooring. They were appioiwhing, and discovery wllS iw:rninent . But the stranger found that t}le boy hacl a death like grip on his fingers. With an oath and a fierce wrench he tore hands free, not noticing in the hurry of the moment that tl:fe heavy ring he wore on his little finger remained in the u nconscious bqy's grasp Grabbing up the bag, he sprang a.round the corner irito the ma.in corridor, and darted toward the sta.il'Way beside the elevators, just as the persons who had distulbed him came into view of the scene of the crime. "Hello!" exclahned one of the well-dressed gent l emen who were on their way to the e l evators. "What's this? A boy has fallen in a fit. Here, Williams, help me take him back to the o ffice." The other gentleman assisted in raising Lee and su p porting his unconscious form back the way the two had come. They carried hi;m into an office, the door 0 which was marked private, and laid him upon a leather lounge "Get some w'ater and a towel, Bailey," said Williams "I've got a flas k 0 brandy in my desk. I'll run and fetch Lee dropped the bag, not because he had been ordered to it. I'm afraid the lad is in a bad way. Look at his do so, but because he could not help it. clenched handti,.and the froth on his lips." His hands instinctively went up to his throat in an e-The two gentlemen hastily worked over Lee, at first fort to tear away the strange man;s grasp upon his windwithout any encouraging results, but after Williams had pipe. succeeded in forcing a portion of brandy between his teeth, The effort was a vain .one. The vise-like grip only tightened around his neck lik e the coils of an anaconda, and he gasped frantically for air. the boy began to show signs of returning animation. At len g th he opened his eyes, with a fluttering sigh, and his hands mechanically went to his throat, while a spasm His eyes bulged from their sockets. of pain swept his features. A red mist gathered before them, but through it be saw Then he struggled to a sitting posture and gazed about the baleful gleam of a pair of black, glowing eyes, like him in a bewildered manner. those of the basilisk, glowering into his very brain. "Where I?" he gasped, huskily. For an instant th e thought occurre d to him that he had "You'll J:>e all right in a moment, my lad," said Bai ley, seen those eyes before, then the agony of suffocation drov e encouragingly. all thought from him. Something dropped from his fingers to the ca1:pet. He struggled desperately, as a strong boy will for hi s Williams pi cked it up and looked at it. life, ancl nearly succeeded in fre e ing himself. It a heavy gold, black-enamelecl ring, macle to r e -But his str e ngth too badly handicapped by the res emble a coiled snake, and in its repulsive-looking flat head l e ntless pressure on his throat, he gradually sue-was sunk a fnll carat diamond for an eye. cumbed. "A curious and valuable ring, Bailey," said Willia.ms, His tongue protrud e d from his mouth, his face turned s howing it to his partner. a livid gray, anc1 then his head dropped over on hi s "It is, indeed. Quite 9dd, upon my word., Came off the shoulder. boy's finger, eh? 'Must be an heirloom As he lost consciousness the stranger in the bfo.ck bea.rd "Something has happened to me," said Lee at last" ils released the pressure of his fingers, and was in the act of his senses reasserted themselves; "Ah, I wa8 choked!"

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4 HOW HE GOT THERE. "Choked!" exclaimed the two gentlemen, in surprise He had caught the Spaniard's eye, too, as he answered "Yes. I was set upon suddenly by a black-bearded man his question, and now it dawned upon the boy that' the as I turned out of the main corridor Where's my bag?" eyes of Manuel Suarez were very like the fierce orbs which he asked, staiting to his feet and looking about him. had burned themselves into his brain as the cruel fingers "Your bag?" asked Bailey. "I didn't see any. Did you were choking the breath out of his body. notice one; Williams?" Was there any connection between the. two men? "No; there was none in the corridor. Of that I am If there was, then he had a clew to the thief who had certain assaulted him and taken the bag containing the bonds. ml'hen I have been robbeu !'' cried Lee, almost frantically At that moment Bailey re entered the room. "Robbed!" "I have communicated with Scott. He will be here Yrs. I had a small leather bag with me. It held fif -right away,'' he said. teen Rearling $1,000 bonds I was taking to Blank & "'l'he boy says that ring isn't his property," said WilHooley's office. I must find the thief. How long have I Iiams. been here?" "No?" replied Bailey, lifting his eyebrows in some sur. "We found you about seven or eight minutes ago u n prise. conscious in the side corridor, and brought you in here "No," said Lee; "it must bel ong to the man who robbed to revive you, thinking you had a fit." me." "I had no fit. I was choked almost to death by a dark-"Do you really think so?" asked Bailey, with sudden featured man with a black beard. It must have been he interest. "In that case may prove a valuable clew in who took the bag." "1 am afraid this is a serious case," .said Bailey to his associate, Williams. "Who is your employer, my lad'? I'll ring him up on my 'phone, and give him warning of the situation." "I. work for Rutherford B. Scott, No. Wall Street." "Ali right. Just wait a moment." running the rascal down." "I believe it will," answered Lee, wh. o thought he saw a way to that end. "How does your throat feel now?" inquired Williams. "Kind o.f rocky; but it is gradually getting better." "While we're waiting for your employer, you'd better go over to that sink and rub it well with brandy, slightly "The man who robbed you has doubtless made his e&' diluted-that will help 'it some," said Bailey. cape from the building by this time," said Williams, after Lee followed his advice, and had just finish .eel the operahis partner had disappeared into the next room. tion when Mr. Scott made his appearance. "I am afraid he has," admitted Lee, in a dejected tone. "What does this all mean, Lee?" asked the broker, turn" You say you have lost fifteen $1,000 Reading Railroad ing to his messenger, whose pale face and shaky appearbonds?" "Yes, sir." "That's a serious loss, my lad," said Williams, sympa thetically. "But I dare say your employer has a memoran dum of their numbers, and he will be able to take measures to prevent the thief from realizing on his plunder. By the way, this is your ring, I believe. It dropped off your fin ger just as you revived. It's an bit of jew elry in its way." "That i1m't my ring," ,
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HOW HE GOT THERE. Di s guised ? I don t und e r s tand y ou." Because, sir, there i s a peculiar thing about this out rag e." "Explain." Did you notice that the Spaniard who left the bond s with you wore a big ring of enameled gold, in design a coiled snake with a diamond for an eye, on the little finger of his right hand?" "I did. Its oddness rather struck me." "Would you know it again, sir?" "I certainly would." "Does this look like it?" and Lee handed him the ring which had come into his possession in such a peculiar way. "It i s the very ring cried the astonished "Or at lea s t its mate. How came you to get this, Lee?" CHAPTER III. FIGURING ON THE CASE. I have no recollection of how it came into my hands, Mr. S cott, replied Lee; "but thi s gentleman," indicating Williams, ''says he saw it drop out of my fingers as I was coming to my s en s e s on that loun ge and as the last thing I recall during my struggle with the black-b e arded man was a d e sperat e g rip I had upon his fing er s in a fruitless effort to tear them awa y from m y throat, I believe it mu s t have s lipped off h is finger unnoti ced by him when he was relea s ing hi s hand s aft e r I had become uncons ciou s." "That s oun ds rea s onabl e," nodded the broker. "It seem s a remarkable coin c id e nce t h at both the s e men hap-' p e ned to wear a ring of s uch an unusual des ign." "Almo s t to,o remarkable I should say spoke up Wil liams, dril y ing the bonds out to be verified before you made such a large purchase from a s tranger, and laid his plans accord ingly. The fact that he lay in wait for your messenger on this floor, in the very corridor through which the boy had to pass to reach the offices of Blank & Hooley, shows that he had informed himself in advance of the most likely place the bonds would be sent." "Your reasoning seems quite sound," admitted Mr. . Scott. "On that the scheme thus far has been suc ces sful," went on Bailey. "It now remains for the rascal to reap the fruit of his criine if he can. To do that he mu s t present the receipt and request either the return of the bonds or their value in money." "Will he dare do that after los ing his ring?" asked Lee, With much int e re s t. "Will he take the chance of its figuring again.st him?" "'l'hat will depend, I should imagine, upon his nerve. H e m ay his ring did not attract any particular atte ntion whe n h e was in the office negotiating for the sale of the bond s ." "No," an s wered Lee, shaking his head, "he noticed that I looked at it, for I saw him and change the posi t ion of hi s hand on the s atchel." "Tha t make s ; a diff e rence, certainl y," said Bailey: "He may d e la y presenting the receipt until he can get a new \ ring made. That will greatly complicate matters. Should h e make thi s move y ou will undoubtedly have considerable I difficult y in try ing to connect him with the assault in this building. ,. "But s uch d e lay would cast suspicion on him, wouldn't it?" a s ked Lee. "A clever man can readily invent a plausible excuse for hi s inabin'ty to call according to appointment. I advise you to call a detective into the case at once, Mr. Scott. You know a s well a s I do that the theft of the securities "I hav e a s tron g s u s p i cion that a deliberate attempt to dooo not relieve you of your responsibility to the Spaniard, d e fraud y ou out of the value of tho s e bond s is on foot who may be innocent of any connection with the sir, said Bailey wagging hi s head sagel y and looking at the broker. "I h .ave known of such a thing to worked s uccessfully." "I am beginning to think s o myself," replied Mr. Scott. "The. Spania.td who left the bonds in yom.: h1mds got your receipt for them of course?" continued "Certainl y." "What is their market value?" --' .... .. \,. ' 1 -"Seventeen thousand five hundred and fifty dolla.i;s." "Quite a respectable amount . If my idea is right one, I take it that the man Suarez :figured upon your senddark s ide of the affair." Mr. S cott. nodded, s howing that he appreciated the force of Bailey 's argument. "You seem . to have a very clear idea of the situation, sir," he s aid "and : I -thank you for the interest you ha-ve sho'_Vll in I am also very much obliged to -you both, gentlemen for your attention to my messenger You will confer an_gther favor by not saying a w-0rd to any one else about th.js -unfortunate occurrence, as it might defeat the ends of if the .facts were published in the newspapers in their present incomplete form."

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6 HOW HE GOT THEREl. The two gentlemen assured the broker they would keep amination. When a person is being choked into insensibilsilent a.bout the case, ity he is hardly in a condition to take an accurate observa"Thank replied Mr. Scott. "Now, Lee, ;ve will make a call on Blank & Hooley, and notify them of thi;i loss of tha bonds; I have a, memorandum of the mhnbers with me;" The o.ffices of the Reading Company's attomeys were only a few steps away. Mr. Hooley was in, and was greatly astonished to leam of the outrage which had been perpetrated so close to their door. He also f\,dvised that a detective be immediately employed on the case. One of his clerks was requested to take a copy of the. broker's memorandum, "I will communicate at once with the secretary of the tion of his surroundings." "I should know those eyes again if I lived to be one hundred," mafotained Lee. ''They were as much the Spapia.rcl's a.a that ring." "The difficulty will be to prove that fact to the satisfac tion of a jury," replied the detective. "By the way, Mr. Scott, did you examine tho:;;e bonds carefully before you sent them out of' your hands?" "I did." "Your chief business, I believe, is buying and selling securities." "Yes, sir." "Then, in your opinion, the bonds were genuine?" "Such was my belief." company in respect to the stolen securities, and measures "And yet they may have been cleverly forged ones," in will at once be taken to prevent the thief from realizing timated Mr. Johnson, with a shrewd glance at the broker. upon them." "I have not heard of any Reading bonds having been The first thing the broker did when he and Lee returned forged." to the office was to call up a well-known detective agency, "Perhaps not. These may have been the fir st pre sente d." whose specialty was Wall Street cases. "If spurious, the fact would almost certainly have been The manager promised to send one of his best men detected at Blank & Hooley's. Mr. Suarez must have around right away. known before offering them for sale that no broker would In a short time the office boy announced "Mr. Johnson." buy them until satisfied of their genuiness." The visitor was an. alert-looking person ; attired in a neat business suit and a brown derby hat. "Well, wouldn't this account for the bold and success ful attempt made to prevent the bonds from reaching His age was perhaps thirty-five and he .was smoothBlank & Hooley's ?" shaven. "I don't quite catch your meaning, Mr. Johnson." He was one of the shrewdest detective s in the financial "Assume they were forged-the work was done clever district enough to deceive you and secure a receipt for genuLee was called into the conference and told his story in ine bonds. '.J.'hat was all the man wanted Then he proa clear, concise way. "It is a plant, without a doubt," said the detective, when all the facts were in his possession. "You are both prepared to take oath, I pres ume, that this ring," . holding up the snake circlet, "or at least one resemblin g it, was on the finger of the gentleman. who called here with the bonds for sale?" "Yes, sir," replied Lee, an.cl Mr. Scott nodded. "Very good; that's something to begin with." "I can swear that the black-bearded man. had the eyes and complexion of the Spaniard who his name as Manuel Suarez," added Lee. "How about his clothes ?" asked Mr. Johnson, sharply. "I could not identify his dress, as he 9ttme upon me so ,, suddenly. However, I am sure he had a soft hat verv like ) l. the one worn by the Spaniard." The detective shook his head. ft ,, '( c -"I doubt if your evidence would hold under cross-exceeded to recover the securities, in order to wipe out all evi dence pointing toward '"their spuriousness. He succeeded. Very good. He now holds your receipt for $17,550 worth of supposedly real bonds. What are you going to do about it?" "I see," admitted the broker. "As the case stands, it can make no difference whether the bonds were genuine or not. I am responsible for the amount of the receipt." the game exactly. I am the bonds were forged. We have had several cases of late of forged bonds having been successfully worked off on credulous buyer s not all of them brokers by any means. In some case3 gpuri 'ous have been found to have been substi tuted for the genuine ones through the connivance of crookeil who have vanished before their operation s were d e tected. The Government Secret Service people are hunting for the g1111g at the back of these operatior:s. This .r Spaniard may be one of the crooks."

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HOW HE GOT THERE. ======================-=========================t:==============-========= "Well," said the broker, "I leave this matter in your hands. This is due to call at three." "I will be on hand to meet him, but I don't think he will come to-day." "Because he has lost the ring?" "Yes. He will take no chances until he shall have had a duplicate made." "And then?" "We will try and attend to his case," said the detective, rising. "I shall now continue my investigations at No. 1 Broadway. I Good day." At three exactly Mr Scott's telephone rang and, putting the receiver to his ear, he was astonished to find that some one purporting to be Manuel Suarez was at the other end of the wire The Spaniard said it was impossible for him to call according to arrangement, as important business demanded his immediate presence in Philadelphia; but he would pre sent himself as soon as he had retumed, probably by the end of the week. "He is making a colossal bluff to gain time," commented Mr. Sc. ott, as he hung up the receiver. CHAPTER IV. IN THE HANDS OF THE ENEMY. He followed Lee up the avenue to 128th Street anu S:'\V him enter a plain-looking flat-house. Taking a note of the building, the man with the side whiskers walked to a neighboring drugstore which hall a pay-telephone booth, and called up somebody on the wi1e. Then he strolled down to 125th Street and entered a restaurant Twenty minutes later he came out on the sidewalk a choice cigar between his teeth, strolled across the street and entered the "Penny Hippodrome," where he spent half an hour among the phonographs and moving-picture boxes. Just as he came out at the Lenox Avenue entrance a cab drove up and stopped close to the curb. The man with the whiskers deliberately walked over tu it. Somebody inside opened the door then the man to the driver and got in. The vehicle turned and slowly rolled up to 128th Street, turned the corner and came to a stop before the flat where the Templetons lived The man who had come in the cab--a short, thick-set in dividual, smooth-shaven, alighted-entered the vestibule of the ft.at, located and ran g the Templeton bell. The door was opened, but the man continued to push the button until Lee came downstairs to see what was the matter. "Is your name Templeton?" asked the man "Yes," replied Lee. "You are wanted at the 125th Street Poli,ce Station." "What for?" asked the boy, in surprise. "To id entify a man arrested for assaulting you and get When Lee Templeton le.ft the office for home late that ting away with a bag containing Heading bonds this morn afternoon, and started down Wall Street to take a subway train at the Hanover Square station, a man, who had been tanding well back in the shadow of the entrance of the building oppo s ite, came out, crossed the street, and fol lowed a short di st ance behind him. He was a dark-complexioned, foreign -l ooking individual, ing at No. 1 Broadway." "Oh All right," replied the unsuspecting lad. "Wait till I get my coat and hat. I'll be back in two minutes Lee told his mother where he was bound, and then hurried downstairs. dressed like a petty steamship officer. "I've brought a cab," said the stoc1'7 man, as soon as A pair of sharp, black eyes gleamed from l:)eneath his the boy appeared. "We'll be over there in a jiffy." "Whereabouts on 125th Street is the station?" asked blue cloth cap, while the g reater part of his face was cov-. ered with a plentiful growth of side whiskers. Lee He trailed after Lee down the subway stairs, was right "Near Amsterdam Avenue. All right," he said to the behind the boy when ho bought his ticket, and followed driver, as he stepped in after Lee, who had already found him into the same car. another person in the vehicle, Lee changed to a Lmox Avenue express at the Brooklyn The jehu whipped up his horses and turned up Lenox Bridge s tation, and the man with the side whiskers did the Avenue, instead of down. 11 same, boarding the same car, as before. "You're going in the wrong direction," exclaimed the The boy got out at 125th Street, and the party with the boy. side whiskers did likewise. "I guess you're dreaming," said the man, ru dely.

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8 HOW HE GOT THERE. ''Well, you're not going toward 125th Street." lqng gravel path to the house, Lee noted that they were in "You needn't worry." a very thinly-settled section of the Bronx "But I thought you said--" The big mansion look ed ghostly and uninviting in the .You shut up," cried the man with the side whiskers, gloom of a dark night. drawing a revolver and pressing it against his temple. "If you utter another word I'll blow the top of your head Lee as thoroughly startled, as any boy of his age would be, at the sudden change in the situation. Witl1 Lhe cold muzzle of a revolver pressing against his What had once been a spacious lawn was now overgrown with weeds and tangled shrubbery . In fact, the whole place wore a look of utter I\eglect, and was running to seed. The man with the side pulled a bell-knob, and head, he decided that it would be the part of prudence to a harsh jangle sounded somewhere in the depths of the submit as gracefully as he could. Two men and a gun presented odds against which he dared not rebel. So he subsided into silence and inactivity. house. Presently steps were heard inside, then the stout door was unlocked and opened a few inches, as far as a big chain-guard would permit. 1 That's right," grunted the man with the side whiskers, ''Who's there?" asked a voice from the darkness. approvingly. "I see you're a sensible boy. No harm will "The Captain," replied the 'man with the side whiskers. come to you, so long as you do as you are told." The chain was unhooked, an'd they entered the mansion. :Kothing more was said, and the cab rolled straight on Lee found himself in utter darkness, piloted along what 11p the avenue toward the Harlem River, while the boy did he judged to be a wide hall by the stocky man, who had a lot of thinking. never once released his grip on his arm. Who were these men who had inveigled him from his Then a door was opened ahead, and the three paused in a dimly-lighted entry, with a pair of uncai:peted stairs h o me, and what purpose was behind it all? He had never seen them before, so far as his recollection served. Whither were they taking him? Surely some mistake was being committed. He wanted to cry out and demand an explanation,. but the menacing attitude of the revolver overawed him. Reaching l..J.5tJ1 Street the cab was driven as far west leading to the floor above. "Now, Mattocks," said the man with the whiskers, "take the bqy up s tairs and loc k him in the room over the kitchen." "I should like to know why I have been brought to this place?" asked Lee of the speaker. "You will learn in good time," replied the man, sharply, to the stairs. "Step lively," said Mattocks, urging Lee toward the as Seventh Avenue, into which it turned and continued stairs. on, circling the little park at the junction of 155th Street Lee felt obliged to obey the comn:iand. viaduct and Central Bridge, and. crossing the bridge over the river into Jerome Avenue. For perhaps two miles the cab followed the avenue, then it turned up a dark, cross street, unpaved and with only an apology for a sidewalk, flnally coming to a halt befor e an old-time and seemingly deserted mansion standing a 'hundred feet back from the street line. The stocky man got out of the vehicle first. "Come," he said, gruffiy, gripping Lee tightly by the arm, "get out." The boy obeyed. The man with the side whiskers followed. He handed a pill to the driver, who immediately whipped up his horses and drove back toward Jerome Avenue. then, step out, young man," he J s 'aid', sharply, in the tone of one used to command and accustomed to be With Mattocks close at his back, he ascended one flight. "Turn to your left," ordered his conductor. 'l'he boy turned as directed. "Straight ahead." He walked forward about a dozen feet, like a prisoner being led to a cell. "Open the door on your left," said Mattocks. Lee turned the handle, the door yielded and the man pushed him into a room, the floor of which creaked and re sounded to their tread, for it was without covering of any sort. Mattocks struck a match, dimly revealing a compara tively bare, square apartment. . A common, round-bellied lamp stood on a small deal table in the center of the room. The man lighted it, and after a sharp glance at the win' l .... obeyed. dows, where the wooden outside shutters were closed in As they passed through the gateway and walked up the and barred, he turned on his heel and left.

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HOW HE GOT THERE. 9 :========================== ==================================== L e e heard him turn the k e y in the lock, then his heavy foot s tep s along th e corridor and died ':I-way down the s tair s "This is a nice pickle I'm in, I don't think," muttered r Templeton, looking about his prison. "What'll mother and s i s think when I don't return to the house? They' ll send to the police stat ion and find out I was not sent for, nor wanted there. Then they'll begin to worry. If I fail to turn up, they won' t sleep a wink all night. It' s a shame l I'd like to know. why I've been brought away out here." There were two chairs, one on either side of the table; a cot-bed that looked as if it was in use, a small cylinder stove with a coal-hod beside it, ai;i old-fashioned washstand with a tin basin and pitcher, and a plain-looking dress e r which supported a c ra cked mirror . Th ere was a closed door in one corner, which Lee guessed concealed a closet. That was all. "I might as well sit down a q not," thought T empleton, as cheerily as the circumstances would allow. "It is clear Something which betrayed the cold cruel, r e lentless na ture of the man himself. Something that said he would stop at nothing to achieve purpose. "Look here; Templeton," the words came s hort and snappy from his lips. "I'm a man of few words. Have you ever seen me before?" Lee was going to say "Yes," but concluded not to, so he remained silent. "Answer my question!" menacingly: "I don't see why I should," answered the boy, doggedly. "You are no friend of mine, or you and the man you call Mattocks would not have enticed me away from my home and brought me out here in the Bronx." "How do you know you're in the Bronx?" asked the man, sha rply. "I know we cr ossed the Harle m River by Central Bridge and came up J erome Avenue. I was :not asleep ." L ee's coolness seemed to disconcert his questioner some what. my name seems to be mud just now. I wonder what I'm "We brought you here for a purpose," said the man, af up against? Is the bond affair at the bottom of this? It ter a s light pause, during which he studied the boy' s fea must be. Something tells me that the man with the side tures attentively. "We believe you know more about certain whiskers is Manuel Suarez. I caught a gleam of a black things than is good for you to be acquainted with: We eye, though not e ry clearly. Perhaps he thinks I have the lieve you think the man who called at your employer's office ring in my poooession, and he is taking this method to reyesterday morning and left with him certain bonds for sale cover it. He will be disappointed." is the same man who afterward assaulted you on the eighth Lee, for want of something better to do, pulled open the floor of the Bro adway building and took those bonds from drawer of the table. you. Is not tha t the fact?" It was filled with a variety of odds and ends, among which h e noticed a wide chise l without a handle. The boy fumbled about among the things in an aimless way, while his thoughts were busy with the future. Finally he heard footsteps approachi ng along the cor ridor, the door was unlocked and opened, and the man. with the side whiskers entered the room. CHAPTER V. .. 1 WHO HOLDS THE ACE? The man advanced to the table with a soft, cat-like tread, sat down and fixed the boy with his eye. They were the eyes of Manuel Suarez. 'l ; Something lurked in their black depths that iHspirkd the boy with fear. "What makes you think so?" "You are not here to ask questions, but to answer them, do you understand?" The man with the whiskers smote the table angrily. "You can' t make me answer unless I choose to do so," replied Lee, st ubbornly "Can't I ?" There was a world of m e nace in those two words. They sent a thrill through the boy's nerves. He decided that it was a dang erous matter to fool with this man. "Well," h e said, grudgingly "it i s the fact." "I thought so. Do you know who I am?" "I think you are Manuel Suarez." "That is exactly who I am," and Suarez d eftly removed the false side "You recognize me now as the person who ca1. led at Scott's office yesterday morning. You saw me in the reception -room, didn't you?" "I did." .... ''), "You noticed the heav1 gold ring I wore on the little finger of my right hand?"

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10 HOW HE GOT THERE. Lee "Conspiracy to defraud, and murderous assault and robSuarez seemed to read his thol1ghts. bery." "I see that you did. That ring came into your posses"And the only evidence against me, you being out of the sion afterward in the Broadway building, didn't it?" way, is a ring which, given time, 1 can almost duplicate at "Yes." a jeweler's. 'l'ell Jne, my young friend, how long woulJ "You are quite satisfied I am the man 'who assaulted such a charge hold in court(" you?" There was a triumphant gleam in his black eyes which "If I wasn't before, the events of to-night have conbespoke the confidence he felt in his position. vinced n;ie that you are." Lee felt proportionately discouraged, for he read in the "I am not going to deny it," said.Suarez, with a peculiar smile. "Where is that ring now?" "It is safe." "I want a straight answer," demanded the Spaniard, with an ominous glitter in his eyes. "It is in the hands of a detective employed by "Mr. Scott.'' man's reply an indefinite imprisonment for himself, since the rascal's safety and success lay in his absolute disap pea.rance from the stage. Suarez's sharp eyes observed the lad's distress and easily read its meaning. His lips curled with an evil, satisfied smile. "Much good it will do him," with a sneer. "Unless he Then he left the room, locking the door after him, and has yotir evidence at his beck and call he can't prove tha.t his soft footfalls presently died away down the staircase. that ring ever worn by me." "Oh, yes, he can," replied Lee, triumphantly. Suarez looked a bit startled. "How can he?" "Mr. Scott noted that ring himself while you were in his private office. An ugly frown gathered on the Spaniard's countenance. "You are certain of that?" he hissed. Lee now regretted he had been so candid in his talk. "Are you going to answer me?" gritted Suarez, in a tone which admitted of no evasion. "I heard him say so," replied Lee, hesitatingly Evidently the Spaniard had not expected this revelation and was much djsturbcd by it. At that moment the bell jangled down in the k\tchen, and the sound came up quite plainly to their ears. Manuel Suarez got up and started for the door. "Mr. Suarez," said Lee. "Well," answered the Spaniard, pausing and regarding the boy fixedly. "Do you mean to keep me a prisoner in this place?" "Perhaps." "For how long?" "As long as I see fit "It is an outrage!" groaned the b<>y, indignantly. "You are the most important witness against me in this bond affair," replied Suarez, curtly. "With you out o f the wa.y, nothing can be proved against me." "Don't be so su1re of tl:iat. You can make nothing out of your crime, for the receipt you hold will :qot be recognized unless presented by you in person. If you appear at the office you will b e arrested." ; "On what charge?" sneered the Spaniara. For som.e minutes Lee sat like a statue in the chair, turn ing over in his mind the u npleasant conclusion which the interview with the Spaniard had given rise to. Argue the matter as he would, he saw he was clearly un der the thumb of a most inexorable and desperate villain. It was not alone the idea of a long imprisonment which confronted him. A far more dreadful thought confronted him. His life even might be in danger. Dead men tell no tales, while live ones may give no end of trouble. As soon as his absence was noted, and his mother had reported at the office the strange manner of his disappear ance, he knew Mr. Scott would leave no stone unturned to find him. Not only because he took a personal interest in him, but because there was the sum of $17,550 at stake. Detectives would be spurred to do their best b'y the prom ise of rewards. The result might be that Suarez, finding himself pushed into a tight place, would have him quietly disposed of in some effective way. It was a horrible thought, but one which the boy couldn't get away from. The newspapers were full of just such examples. In Boston a dismembered body had but recently been fished out of the bay. .! In Philadelphia a man's body had been found mangled on tracks of the Reading Railroad, under suspicious circumstances. In the eastern section of the Bronx a girl had been found strangled, after being hid a week in the bushes. There were dozen other instances he could recall, and

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HOW 1IE GOT THERE. h yet in every case the murderer ot murd e rers had not been di s covered Lee shuddered, or the eyes or the Spaniard were the eyes of a man capable of committing any crime in the calendar -a man subtle enough to reduce murder to a fine art. CHAPTER VI. THE MYSTERIOUS PI0'.tt1RE. Lee T!!mpleton, however, was not the kind or boy to be overcome by a discouraging out!ook. "I don't propose to sit still and be treated as a puppetto be kept a close prisoner, and in the end, perhaps, be done up, if s uch a course should seem advisable to Manuel Suarez-not if I can help myself. Artd I me!l.n to help myself. I read somewhere that God helps those who help themselves, and I mean to test the adage. The man or the boy who comes out on top are the ones who put their shoulders to the wheel. That1s my idea in business. All the more reason I should put it into practice now when my position is so desperate. Manuel Suarez hasn't a bit more conscience than a hungry snake. Supposing he wantecl the life of a boy who stood in his way as I do? He' d take it, with as little consideration or remorse as I would kill an obnoxious fly buzzing about my ears on a hot day. He's a bad man, and the sooner he and I part the better I for me." The fire of a new resolution came the boy's eyes. He pulled off his shoes, then rose from the chair and tried ehtly closed upon an article that ptoved to be a slung-shot. "l'hese evidentiy belong to a ptofessiotl'al ctook,'' mut tered Lee. "Well, this implement is a good article to defend one's life with at close quarters. I'll keep it," and he shoved 'it into his hip-pocket. "I shouldn't be surprised if this old house is the rendezvous of the countetfeiting gang Mr. J ohmion spoke about. If it is, then :Manuel Suatez is the king-pin, all right.H Lee concluded to leave the dark-lantern on the shelf for the present, after he had ascertained that it was ready for service. He closed the closet door and returned the chair to its former position. There was nothing else to look at but ah old-fashioned oil panel on the wall facing the table. Lee hadn't noticed it before, but now standing in front of it he saw it was the painting of a head. It was cov-ered with dust and not very distinct, but there was something abbut it which impressed him unpleasantly. Re couldn't tell what that was, but he felt that he didn't care to look at it. He sat down at the table and wondered what time of night it '\Vas. The hot1se was lls still as death. lfaving nothi ng to do, he began to be conscious of a nervous restlessness stealing upon him. Suddenly he found his eyes drawn involuntarily, as it Wfi)re, to the dusty panel on the wall facing him. Something like an electric shock ran through his body, followed by a sti'llnge tingling sensation. He stared at the pictu re as if fascinated. one of the windows. The lamplight threw a strong shadow all about the It wouldn't budge. panel, but at the same time illuminated the thin film of Then he saw it had been securely nailed up. dust which rested upon the picture itself. The othe r window was in the same condition. It seemed as if some strange and horrible face was staring "1:hat won't stop me if I can't find an easier way out," full u!Jo11 him from behind a thin veil-a face who!\e exhe grinned, grimly. pression was absolutely startling. He walked softly over to the door in the corner of the He could hardly persuade himself that it was not a real room and tried the knob. face thrusting itself out of the dark oaken panel. It yielded to his touch, and pulling it open he found, as he had supposed, that it communicated with a closet--an empty one. No, not quite empty. A second look showed him a dark-lantern on the upper "B'gee I can't stand this!" exclaimed Lee, fretfully. "I'm not su' perstitious, but I'm bound to say that picture, whatever H is, gives me a creepy feeling." l!e began to walk up and down the room in his stocking feet. shelf But the mysterious influence which oppressed him He brought a chai r over so that could r e ach 'it, he seemed rather to increase than diminish. thought it might prove useful. ' '' He had never so nervous in his life. As he took it down something else followed : ,q i:.r He could 'feel1 a clammy moisture breaking out in the : .i1'1f nr It was a black mask. palms of h1s hads and on his forehead. Feeling a1'ound the upper shelf with his fingers pres'l'he very sh;dows in the corners grew into life and mo

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12 HOW HE GOT THERE. tion under the flickering flame of the lamp w i c k and h e His firs t inte ntion was to try and s have the paint off the could almost imagine they were about to dart out and s e i z e wood and thu s destroy the design compl e tely. upon him. Th e n h e changed his mind and decided he would dig "Great Scott! This will never dp !"he cried at length. out the panel from the wall and put it into th e clos et. "If there's anything wrong about that picture I'm going to "It is probably a masterpiece in its way, so I ought not know it. The reflection of the light on the dust must be th e to destroy it." cause of all this." He b e gan operations at one corneJ; of the wood. He out his handkerchief and dragging a chair But he soon found tha.t he couldn t make any progres s over to the wall he mounted,' and resolutely, though with a at all. sensation of repugnance, brushed the dust from the pictur e The thing fitted so snugly that he couldn't possibly get Then he stepped down and looked at it squarely. t he point of the chisel under the wood. He could rep:r:ess a shudder as he gazed. After working away for a time he desisted almost in Evidently it was an old Italian masterpiece, truly horridespair. ble in its realism'. "I never saw such a cantankerous old thing in all my It represented a head just severed from the body. life," he said, in a vexed tone. The face protruded from a plain background in the Then his eyes light e d on the pictured face once more, strongest relief, and with wonderful truth of coloi:ing. and it seemed to him as if a sarcastic leer, a The expression was that of agony-the agony of inten s e of ferocious satisfaction, had gathered about the mouth of bodily pain, and its ghastliness was something weird and the painting, ju s t as if it e xulted at the failure of his effort s terrible. "Confound you!" cried I.iee, angrily, smiting the side Lee gazed upon it with a kind of fascination, which, of the panel with his fist, "you shan't the best of me if coupled with the intense stillness of the old house and the it takes all--" . r night, produced a chilling, creepy }nfl.uence that fairly H e stopp e d a nd stared, almost fell off the chair with sutturned his blood cold. prise and, we may say, consternation, for the panel had Although Lee had the reputation of being the pluckie s t moved of itself, and was slowly opening outward-inch boy in Wall Street, this picture quite unnerved him. by inch-as if it had suddenly become. possessed of life. At last he tore his eyes away from it, turned the lamp do.wn and went over and threw himself upon the bed. But in spite of all he ct:mld do he found himself looking in the direction of the picture, now lost in the s hadows, bu t which still seemed to follow him with its menacing and suf fering eyes. "This is something fierce!" he muttered, a s he tossed and twisted himself upon the bed, in his vain effort to blot th e CHAPTER VII. THE HOUSE OF MANY SECRE'rS. awful phantom from his mind. "It must be long past mid-Lee quickly recovered from his momentary alarm and night by now. I wish I could get asl e ep." wat c hed the slowly opening panel with a feeling of surprise. But he couldn't. Evidently thls was one of the secret s of the old house. At the end of half an hour he started up a s wide awake He had read about such things in s tories of ancient as he had ever been in his life. but neve r imagined a practical demonstration of "That picture is simply knocking me endwise he e x the fact would eve r occur to him claimed desperately. "I'll be a wreck in the morning if But h e r e h e was actuall y b e ing introd11ced to a secret cup I can't get rid of it somehow. By graciou s I'll di g it board, the exis tence of which was probably unknown to th e out of the wall and smas h j t to bits. The fellow that paint e d :a1esent oceupant a of the buildin g that must have done it in a fit of delir i um I n e v e r Th e door s wung out to a n an g l e of 45 d e grees a nd then Raw such a horrible painting in my life. I wouldn t hav e s topped. such a thing in my house for a farm "Ge e !" e xclaimed the boy "I don' t wonder th a t horrible Nerving himself for the task he had u eterminec1 on, he face was painted on thi s pan e l. That of its.elf was enough advanced to the table, turned up the light agai)l and pullto scare any one from attempting to investigate it close ing out the drawer he searched for and drew out the chisel. enough to s uspect that it cove red a secr e t closet If I With this he advanced upon the panel. i hadn t accidentally struc k the conceal e d sprin g which reoThe terrible face, as if it had divined his purpose, glar e d lea sed the c a t c h I n e v e r would hav e g ot on to it myself. down menacingly at him. I wonder if there 's an y thin g in the c upboard? It looks But Lee had keyed his courage up to the $ticking point, lar g e enough to hold a s mall b ed. I ll g et the lamp and for he was thoroughly resolved to do up tha.t pictur e a look." "I'll paralyze you. confound you!" he said shaking th e A s hE) gQt down froin tb'e chair it occurred to him that implement at the pan el. You've :&Fving m e the p erha p s t he. dark-lantern would do better, bein g easier to now I'll give a ta s t e of cold and see how I handl(t. .._ you Jitke it." : So he wen.t to th e 0closet and g ot it.

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. HOW HE GO'l' 'l'HERE. 13 Lig hting it and opening the slide which covered the L ull\;eye he again mounted the chair, and dexterously p ulled himself up into the secret cupboard. At a first gla nce the place appeared to be empty, though 1 hickly incrusted with cobwebs and the dust of years. A fellow can almost stand up in this hole in the wall," he muttered. "I guess this must have taken the place of a safe in the good old times. It a bad place to stow away one's valuables when yo"Li come to look at it. In fact, I think it's better than a safe, for its existence would never be suspected by any one not in the secret. It's all to the good." l\.s Lee turned the lantern from point to point the flash ing circle of light restecT for a moment on what seemed to be a pile of dust on one of the shelves. "What s that?" mused the boy, looking closer. He put ms hand upon it. It was not dust but a solid substance. He picked it up and shook it. The dust fell away from it andtrevealed a small bundle carefully done up in brown wrapping paper a nd securely tied. It was not heavy. "I'd give something to know what's in this," Lee said to himself, \vith a good deal of curiosity. He debated whether to tear it open at once or not. He decided not to do so. "It will keep, for it's easy to cany." Thus speaking, he slipped it into his pocket and con tinued his investigations. I There was not another thing in the cupboard. "I wonder what that knob is for?" he said, observing a du s ty metallic button at one pide of a series of narrow shelves. He took hold of it and pulled, but with no result. -''Gee I thought maybe I was going to find another secret cupboard; but it.doesn't seem to be there for any purpo s e that I can see. It won't pull, twist or--" "Push," he was going to say, but didn't, because as he did happen to push something remarkable happened. The shelves folded up and the whole side of that por tion of the wall slid down out of sight, as if by magic, and a black void stared the boy in the face. "Jumping jew's-harps as Sam would say. this I'v e blundered on?" The glow of the bull's-eye revealed a flight of stairs, six of them, leading down to a passage which ap parently ran between the outer andlinner wall of that side of the house. "This seems to be a house of mysteries," ejaculated the a s toni s hed boy. "I am having adventures to burn. Well, I'm going to see where that leads to Maybe it, will en able me to get away from the clutches of Manuel Suarez." B e fore proceeding, he concluded it would be the part of wis dom to get his shoes. So he returned to the room and tossed them into the c.upboard. "I may as well take this chisel along. It might come in handy. I'll turn out the lamp. Then if Suarez comes back unexpectedly he may think I've turned in .on the bed, and will let things stand as they ar e till morning, by which time I hope to be miles from here." Before he touched the lamp he swung the panel pa< rtly back and took another look at the severed head. It had lost its terrors now for Lee: "You old nightmare," he said, g:tinning at it, "it is pos sible you've done me a good turn. If so, I shall always be grateful to you in spite of the touch of the horrors you gave me awhile ago." Then he put out the light, swung himself up into the recess in the wall and pulled the panel to. It shut with a sharp click. Lee ran the bull's-eye light up and down the inside edge of the closed panel, but coulft see no sign of a spring. The whole thing was as tight as a drum. "Say, this wouldn't be funny at all if l wanted to get back into that room once more. The passage may ha blocked, or if there is a secret panel or door at the other en d I may not be able to find the spring, then where would I be at? I would be in the c onsomme for fair." However, Lee didn t any reason for alarm at present. Picking up his shoes and the chisel he descended the short flight of steps and then proceeded along Pie na rrow passage beyond. At the encl of benty feet he came to a blank wall. At the same moment his sharp ears caught the sound of voices on his right. "There must be a room there," he musecl, running the light along the wall, which appearecl to be guite solid. "I'll bet that's Suarez and one C>f his associates, chinning. How I'd like to hear what they're saying!" But he couldn't understand a single word. All he could distinguish was an indistinct murmur of conversation. He walked forward and back to see if he could find a secret panel. There was no sign of one, yet he noticed that only in one spot could he hear the sounds from the next room. "The waJl is certainly thinner here than elsewhere," he argued. "There im1st be a difference in the thickness of the partition. That can only mean that tl1ere is a panel, These things are certainly cleverly arranged. They fit closer than a glove." He ran Iris hand up and down and across the smooth surface, but with no success. "This beats the Dutch!" he said at last. "I hate to let a thing Wrn this beat me. Besides, it may mean the only avenue of escape for me in the end." He began all but with more care, going over every inch of the \vall in that particular spot. Suddenly a click came to his ear and two feet of the wall slid n.Oiselessly out of sight somewhere, and he found himself [ fan ding in an opening looking into a big., square, elegantly furnished room.

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14 HOW HE GOT THERE. Lee gave a slight gasp of surprise and dismay, for at a table a few feet away sat Manuel Suarez in conversation with a well-dressed man, whose back was tu.med to him. Tarrytown. If you can't produce something better I won't touch it with a ten-foot pole." The boy instinctively started back, and as he did so the panel shot back into its place again. At least it would have done so, but Lee's right hand had 1 accidentally grasped one side of the opening and the panel came to a stop against his fingers, without, however, hurting him. This left a crack abo.ut three-quarters of an inch wide, through which shone the lamp light that illuminated the room. For a moment or two Lee stood fairly paralyzed by the quick change which had taken place in front of his eyes, then he began to realize the situation, and was q:ick to tak e advantage of it. "This is the gttlatest evet," he breathed. With a slight effort he fc.rund the panel could now be moved to admit of as large ot as small an opening as he del!ired. "It's a wonder Suarez didn't catch sight of me, for h e is facing this w11y,'' muttered Lee He applied one eye to the crack and looked into the room. The Spaniard and his companion wete in earnest con verse, and evety word come distinctly to the boy's ear. What tee overheard durifig th e next fifteen minutes sent a thrill of excitel:neht through every fiber his being. CHAPTER VIII. A POINTER WORTH A MILLION. "I tell you, Suarez, I've got the biggest thing that was ever given away in Wall Stli3et said the man whose fac e Lee couldn't see. "You tell it well, Fletcher,'' replied the Spaniard, rolling a cigarette between his fingers and then lighting it. Thete was a slight sneer in his tones, which the other was quick to catch on to. At the mention of the name Flet che r, Lee started slightly. He knew of one Fletcher in the financial district-Morr is Fletcher-bbt of course this man could not be he. \ That gentleman wag secretary of the Reading Coal & Iro n Co. aJ1d was considered eminently respectable Therefore, it was far from likely that he would be found i n the society of a crook like Manuel Suarez. "Ytm seem to doubt my word,'' said the person addressed as Fletcher, with a gesture of annoyance. "That was your own fault. I told you to buy M. & N. at 60." "I did so." "When the stock reached 85 I 'phoned you to sell. Did you? No. You held on for a higher figure, because the market looked bearish; and you, with the other lamb s who flock into the Street when the market is on the rise, be lieved the stock would go to par. That's where you fooled yourself. You may be as clever as they come in your line of business-I am willing to admit you are-but when you monkey with Wall Street you're out of your depth. Had you been guided by me you would have made a wad. You thought you knew it all, and you got left." Suarez .listened patiently to this call-down. Whether or not Ire was conscious that he deserved it he made no sign His face was as exp ressionless as that of a wooden Indian. "What is this pointer you are speaking of?" he asked, regarding Fletcher intently through hi s half-clo sed eye lids, a habit of his which put all who knew him well on thei r guard. "How am I to be compensated for it P" asked his com panion, cautiously. "How can I tell till I know what it is?" inquired the wary Spaniard. "And when I've told you it will be as much yours as mine." Suarez's eyes twinkled and s napped at this diamond cut diamond play, und l et out a few more perfect rings of blue smoke, which he watched float away. "What's the use of coming away out her e to see me at this hour of the night if you're not disposed to trust me?" he said, his lips curling into one of his curious smiles. "I came here because I've got the goods and can deliver them, and you are the only man I care to apply to who ha s got the money to push a good thing a.long." "How can you know if I have funds enough to meet your proposition?" "You ought to have, with the plant you have Upstairs for turning out g ilt-edge securities, and the success you have met with in your professional operatiohs." "Since you know so much about my affairs, Fletchet,'' repli e d Suarez, grim ly, "I wonder you don't call on the i;vperintendent of police. If I am not mi stake n, there ate tempt:lng rewards standing for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons who looted neighbors of Mr. Rockefeller at Tarrytown; also for the parties who broke into several brownstone fronts in the silkSuarez smiled sarcastically as he blew a cloud of smok e stocking district of Manhattan." / in rings from his lips. "This is a pointer that's worth a million to a man that's got good pluck and the money to back it up,'' said the well dressed man with some vehemence. "Your la s t tip, friend Fl e t cher, cost n\e every penny I reali1'ed from the series of well-engineered burglaries at "I am not an inform er," answered Fletcher. "No; is n ot a paying business where I am concerned," said Suarez, pointedly. "However, let us r eturn to the subject. You say you a good thing?" "Yes, a cha nce that only comes once in a lifetime, and I want to make the most I can out of i t."

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HOW HE GOT THERE. "Well, you can't make a cent out of it unless you trust ,.. some one, can you?" "No, I can't, curse the luck! I htwen't the money to put up." "Very gcod. Then if you don't think I'll do the right thing, go to soi:e one else," said Suarez, coolly, rolling a frosh cigarette "But I do, and I'm going to tell you, but you must ]mow beforehand that I want an even half of the profits." "You're quite modest in your demands, Fletcher, consid ering you wont me to advance the entire amount to swing your deal." Manuel Suarez uttered a little sarcastic laugh, which seemed to irritate his companion ''Why, man, I'm putting you in the way of making a fortune in one transaction, and I mean to make mine at the same time.'' Suarez twirled his dainty moustache and considered. ""\Vhat i;; it, anyway?" "Will you go halves?" "I suppose so. But mirn'l.you, Fletchel', if your informa tion isn't a Jead sure thing i won't go into it." "I'm not afraid of your backing me when I've told you about it. Are you prepared to go in heavy?" "What do you call heavy ?" "You must sell 30,000 shares short.'' "Of what?" "I know jt. Matthews, the president, has suoked it dry. I happen to know that he is enormously i:ihort, und his only interest now is to force it down. Mark my worda, Suarez, he will have a receiver appointed in less thun ten clays." 'I'he Spaniard's eyes snapped. "The stook declined on the market to-day beca.l1se short sales had been traced to Matthews. When the real atate of the case becomes known the bottom will drop out a.t once .. "Can I thoroughly rely on your information, Fletcher?'' "You can." "Very well. I will go into it. But, remember, jf thing;; do not turn out as you as!lert," Aaid the Spaniard, fiercely, "I advise you to take the first steamer for Europe, for if I should lay my hands upon "I'm not afraid," replied Fletcher, in a tone of confi dence, which reassured Suarez, "I am willing to riak m,y life on this tip I have9given you.'' "I'll take you at your word. But, remember, it is your lile agaim:t--" "A pointer worth a million." CHAPTER IX. O:N". 'fUE SCENT. "Reading Coal & Iron Co." Morris Fletcher pushed back his chair, took a cigar from Suarez dropped his cigarette, turned squarely around his pocket and lit it. and faced his companion "It will tak all 0 $150,000 to swing the dea1,1' he P-n i
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16 HOW HE GOT THERE. himself to a gla s s of a fine Tokay wine No on e sizing up this old rook e ry from the out s ide would drfi!a.m there were such expen sive appointm ents within i ts four walls," and Fletc her glanced around the e legantly furnis hed room, with its magni.fi .cen t portiere concealing the entrance to the Spaniard's s leeping quarter s "You didn t pay for all of this finery, did you?" "Hardly. Mos t of it c ame from a Sevent y s econd Street re s idence we dismantled this s ummer. The owner i s still in Europe with his family, and a s the r e i sn't e ven a visit ing caretaker, the loss ha s n t yet been "You are mysterious for fair. How many people have you in with you?" "Only ihree, and they are experts." "I suppose you have no f ear that one of your associates will ever go back on you, eh, Suarez?" "Not the slightest," r e plied the Spaniard, showing his teeth in an way, while his eyes hardened. "What guarantee have you of their fidelity? The large profits you have s o far managed to secure?" "They know me, and that' s enough. It pay any one of them to play traitor. He could not escape the penalty." "And that is---" "Death--swift and sure. I would reach him were he gua rded by the whole detective force of the city "How could you in case you were taken your self?" "That is my s ecret, Morris Fletcher The penalty would reach you a s well if you ever wer e s o indiscreet as to ex pose the knowledge you pos s e s s of my affair s." "Don't be afraid," s aid the sec reta ry, with a nervous laugh. "I'm not a fool." le a ving, admitted to himself that he nev e r would ha v e known him in his new make-up. Suarez was an e x pert in concealing his id entity "Well," mu s ed the boy, when the Spaniard h a d left the apartment, "I think I have been through a good deal since I was brought to this hou se. It's lucky for me tl1at I e s caped from that room. Suarez i s a pretty fierce propo s ition to be up again s t. So he and a couple of his pal s are goin g to rob a hou s e on Bos ton Road this morning? Their ab. $ ence will giv e me a fine chance t o get a.way. If I onl y knew what house they are going to operate on I might b e able to put the Bronx Eolice on to them and get the m pinched in the act. 'rhen I could furnish the information that would cause this house to be pulled and the dangerou s gang effectually broken up. That would be doing the com munity a real benefit, and, at the same time, afford me a heap of satisfaction for the rough treatment I've recei ved a t this Spaniard's hands. Besides, I ought to come in for s ome of tho s e rewards. As for Mr. Morri s Fle tcher, I'm thinking he ll find himself in a rather tight box when I've told all I know about him. There ll be an immediate va cancy in the secretaryship of tte Reading Coal & Iron Co., and I don' t .think he'll realize anything out of this 'short deal he s cooked up with Suarez, nor will the Spaniard, either, if I can put a spoke in his wheel." While these thoughts and resolutions were flashing through Lee's brain, he stood partly concealed by the half panel whi c h hid the sec ret pas s ag e He was cautious about leaving his secure r etreat until he could make sure that the way was clear b e fore him. It would be a serious matter for him if the Spaniard happened to return unexpect e dly and found him in that room. "I should hope not," replied the Spaniard, touching an electric button in the wall. While he was making up his mind on the subject he heard the front door downstair s shut with a bang that "After that awoke the of the old man s ion from basement t0 In a few minutes Matto c k s appeared. "Show thi s out s aid Suax ez. I want to see you." 'l'he Spaniard li ghte d a c i gare t te and walked up and down the apartm ent until hi s associat e r ea pp e ared. "Did you look in at the boy?" a s ked Suarez "Yes, Cap'n." "Well?" "I found the lamp ha.cl been put out and the room dark. He mu s t have turne d in on t h e b e d." "We will fit up a coop in the c ellar for him b y and b y Now, Mattocks call Spivin s and, ge t y our bag of tools. We 've got that Boston Road job to put through before daylight. It' s two o'clock now s o it's time _we made a start. I'll be read y in ten minute s." Mattock s retire d and the Spaniard began to make a ha sty change in hi s appearance He donned a. suit af old clothe s, which he took from a closet, put a bla c k mask into an inne r pO'c k et, a revolver into his hip-pocket and then adjus ted a heavly black b e ard ; a common, low-crowned s oft, workingman s hat compl e tin g his disguise. -, I1ee,, watching him a s h e turned down the elegant s wing ing brass lamp in the middle of the roorri, pre paxatory to roof. "I believe Suarez is off at last," he said. Springing out through the panel, which clos ed of its o w n accord, Lee ran to one of the windows overlooking the d e cayed lawn. Sure enough the Spaniard and his two pal s one of them carrying a heav y bag, were walking bri s kly down th e gra v e l walk. "If I could only get out in time to shadow them to that hou s e in Bos ton Road I might accompli s h their capture; but I am afraid by the I r e a c h the street they'll b e out of s ight. Well I'll do the bes t I can und e r t h e cir No doubt one of th e gan g ha s b e e n l ef t b e hind a n eye over the hou se, and l e t the m in whe n they retu rn, if they axe s o fortunap e enough a s to g e t back." With hi s s hoe s in on e hand and the dark lante rn in the other, jus t as he cam& out of the hidd e n pa s s a ge, L e e passed out into the wide, uncarpeted corridor and down the bare s taircase to the hall door. Htf:;;aw .that the heavy chain was in its place again a cross the q9or, which confirmed hi s beHef that one of the gang was in the man s ion.

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' HOW HE GO'r THERE. '17 The key of the front door wit.s in the lock. Putting down the lantern Lee cautiously let down the chain, unlocked the door an:d stepped out on the porch. Carefully closing the door he put on his shoes. Then avoiding the gravel path he ran down to the gate and glanced up the lonesome street. Suarez and his pals were just vanishing in the gloom ahead. "Maybe I can catch up with them before they turn .down one of the cross streets. I must be careful how I manage it. If I could only run across a policeman it would greatly simplify matters." It usually happens that when an officer is most wanted he fails to turn up. We do not say this is the fault of the .finest force in the world. It is simply hard luck. At any rate, whether this is the rule or not, it is true that no policeman hove in view while Lee was flhadowing Manuel Suarez and his two companions to Boston Road that eventful morning. The hour of three was sounding from the bell of a dis, tant institution when the boy saw the rascals stealth ily approach a handsome detached residence fronted by a well-kept lawn. A low iron fence separated the grounds from the side walk. After a careful survey of the neighborhood, during which Lee crouched down close to a wall on the opposite side of the road, Suarez and his pals vaulted the iron barrier, one 'by one, crossed the lawn and disappeared a round the house. CHAPTER X. CAUGHT. "Now what will I do?" breathed Lee. "I haven't the least idea where I could find the nearest police station, and the possibility of meeting with a policeman if I started to lpok pne up is rather doubtful. If I arouse the those chaps a're sure to take the alarm and escape. I have a personal interest in getting the Spaniard and his gang behind the bars of the Tombs. Now how am I to accom plish it?" Lee realized that he was up against a hard proposition ; but he was a plucky boy-" the pluckiest of them all," as a well-known W a11 Street broker remarked to a friend wlien Templeton, after an exciting chase and a hard scrap, Certainly he could not hope to a.chieve much by himself. His only weapon was the slung-slmt he had found in the closet of the ancient mansion. Of what avail was that against three powerful men, whJ doubtless were weil armed themselves? While the boy was scratching his hea.d for a bright ide:i, and wondering of what use. the officer on this post was if he was not to be found when his presence was s0 desirable at that moment, he heard the faint sound of rapid foot' steps approaching from the direction of Third Avenue. "By George! Here is somebody, at any rate. It isn't a cop, that's clear enough. No matter who it is, he appears in good time. Maybe he'll be able to tell me where the precinct station is, and, if not too far away, I'll make a break for it." \ Nearer and nearer came the footsteps, echoing upon the still morning air. At length an advancing shadow detached itself from the gloom on the other side of the road about half a block distant. Lee cut across the way to meet the stranger. The two came together a short distance from the house which was engaging the attention of the Spaniard and bi' s companions. The newcomer on the scene evidently looked upon Lee with suspicion, for he stopped short and puf his hand in his pocket, as if he had a weapon .of some kind there. "Hold on!" cried Lee. "I want to speak to you on urgent business." "What do you want?" asked the man, who had the ap pearance of a workingman of some kind dressed in his best clothes. "One of the houses on this side of the way has just been entered by three burglars, and--" "Which house?" asked the man, in such a sta rtled way that the boy guessed he had some interest in the matter. "The fifth house from here, which stands well in its own grounds." / "The fifth? That's Mr. Bond's, and I'm his gardener." "Then you haven't turned up any too soon if werc ta catch those rascals." "Who are you? And how do you know about this bmg lary business?" demanded the man, not quite sure but somJ trick was about to be worked o n him. "My name is Lee T empleton. I am a messenger fM Rutherford P. Scott, of -\"Vall Strc\:t. It is no time now for me to go into the details .of how I came to know tlic:-:<' crooks ha.cl designs on the mansion 'vhich you say is r. Bond's. How, far is the precinct station?" "Third A venue near 159th Street." downed antl captured a sneak thief who had tried to get "That must he all of a mile from here," replied I .. ee, ir_ away with a package of bonds from him six months a tone .. The incident was the talk of the Street at the time, and "It is fully t-h(!t if not more," said 1\Ir. Bond's ganl c ncr. the boy had been made quite a hero of. s . now assured thathe had nothing to fear from the boy who Lee was ready to go right in against the Suarez gang, had so unceremoniously accosted him. then and there, if he saw any reasonable chance of "I'm afra.ic1"itcwoulc1 be of no use to go that cliRta11c0 his game. with the expectation of bringing back officers in time to

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18 HOW HE GOT THERE. catch these villains. By the way, Mr. Bond and his fam He decid e d that Lee mus t be downed on the spot to pr e ily are in the house of course. If--" vent him from raisi n g an alarm and ups e tting their plans. "Mr. Bond has been away in the mining districts of' Then he went to the door and sa. w tluit Hurley had enPennslyvania for the la s t three months, though we tered the stable. him home to-morrow. He is chief engineer of the Reading Rightly presuming that the gardener slept in the build Coal & Iron Oo." ing, he hardly expect e d any trouble from that quarter. "You don't say?" answered Lee, surprised at the coin-He determined, however, to go upstairs and let his chief cidence. know what had occurred. He wondered for the moment if Morris Fletcher had Suarez and Mattocks were at work on a safe in the given Suarez a tip as to the apparently unprotected condilibrary. tion of the chief e'ngineer's home. Leaving his assistant to continue with his drilling, the He would naturally have some knowledge of that official's Spaniard followed Spivins down to the kitchen, movements. "He's only a boy," said the crook, half "Miss Loretta, Mr. Bond's daughter, and two servants "Where is he?" a sked Suarez. are in the house. The and myself sleep above the "Over in the CQrner, bound." stable." The Spaniard struck a match and flashed it in the face "I'll tell you what we'll do," said Lee, energetically. of the dazed lad. "Y-0u must go to the stable and arouse the coachman. A terrible curse escaped the chi e f crook's lips. Both of you have revolvers, I suppose?" He recognized Leo at once, and was s taggered to :find the "We have." boy here of all places, when he suppos e d that he was safel.>: "I'll wait outside near the back of the house till you two locked up in the old mansion near Jerome Avenue. join me. Then we'll go inside and tackle those chaps. I "What is the meaning of this?" he muttered. "How in suppose there is a telephone in the house?" the name oi thunder did he manage to make his escape? "There is one in Mr. Bond's library, on the second floor." And what brought him here? It doesn't seem possible that "If you can corner those rascals and hold them off with he could have got away without help. Who could have your revolvers while I telephone to the precinct station we helped him? Not Juggins (the other member of the gang ought to be to spoil their game." who had been left behind at their headquarters)-no, he "That's a good scheme," acquiesced the gardener. would not have dared, even if he had any interest in the "Then come along. We haven't any time to lose." boy, which he certainly has not. This chap must be They entered by a s mall iron gate, to which the gardener, smarter than I have given him credit for. He has worked who said his name was John Harl ey, had the k ey. his own way out in spite of my precautions. Well, he'3 While Harley went on to the stable, Lee cut across the altogether too dangerous to our intere s ts for me to take lawn the kitchen of the mansion. any more chance s with. There is only one safe course, He began at once to inve13tigate the premises, and soon and that js to put him out for g ood." saw how Suarez and his associates had forced an entrance. "Cap'n, look here!" exclaimed Spivins at this juncture, They had bored holes through the outside or iron storm in a tense tone. 1door of the kitchen and by this means had located and "What's the trouble?" lifted the bar inside. "Two men have come out of the stable and are coming The wooden inner door was easy for such experts to force. this way. One of them ha s a r evolver in his hand, so it's Lee softly opened the two doors which the rascals had evident they either know we ar e in the house or something closed after them. has aroused their suspicion s." Then he met with a sudden and unexpected surprise. A powerful arm reached out from the darkness of the kitchen, a hand grasped him by the collar, and he was yanked inside and then stunned by a blow in the face. He was dragged over to one side, and bound with a short length of clothesline. The man who had surprised h'm in this effectual way was Spivins, who had been left downstairs on the watch while uarez and Mattocks attended to the real business upstairs. This fellow had noted the arrival of Lee and the gard ener, and was 1on the point of giving warning to his a.sso ciates, when he saw the two separate and Lee approach th e kitchen door. Spivins had no knowledge of the boy's identity, not hav ing seen him at the old mansio11 so,, naturally, pre sumed by his ;presence here that he belonged to the house. CHAPTER XL IN THE GRASP OF THE FIRE FIEND. The Spaniard went to the door and looked out. "We'll let tl c s e chaps walk into a trap, Spivins," he said. '"ith grim ferocity. "Wh e n i.h e y come in here ru an s w er for the firs t one and you tackle th e other. W e mus t choke them into unconsciousness. Th e n w e 'll carry th e m down into th e cellar Thi s programme was carried out with g r c nt s u c ccs;.. Harley and th e c o achman, thou g h s tro ng m e n, were taken

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HOW HE GOT THERE. 19 by surprise, for they were not looking for danger in this' quarter, and became easy victims. "Now,'' said Suarez, after they had disposed of the two senseless employes of the house, "we'll tak e this boy up stairs. Lock both of those doors." By this time Lee had recovered fully from the stagger ing blow Spivins had dealt out to him. But he felt pretty blue 9ver the situation Once more he was in the power of the Spaniard, and h e didn't doubt but things would go hard with him. Just what disposition Suarez would make of him he was unable to guess He thought he would be taken back to the old mansion. The Spaniatd and Spivins seized him between them and carried him up to the library where Mattock s was still at work at the safe. He had finished the drilling and was inserting a small charge of some high explosive which would finish the job without too much noise. "Look hete, Mattocks, what do you think of this?" He pointed to Templeton, whom he and Spivins had propped against the wall. Mattocks took a hasty look, and then gasped in apiaze ment: "Wliy, how did he get here?" "That's a question I've got to inquire into," said the Spaniard, in a rather ugly tone. "Spivins caught him coming into the kitchen below, and laid him out." "I don't see how he could have escaped from that room," said Mattocks, scratching his head. "That's what puzzles me. You told me that you looked into the room after I was there and found the lamp tl1rned out, so you thought he had gone to sleep on the bed. The boy must have heard you coming, turned out the light and then crouched down in the dark near the door, waiting for you to open it. As soon as you did he quietly sljpped out in the dark and so--" "But I only pushed the door a little way open, just enough to poke my head in,'' asserte d Mattocks, positively. "He couldn't have got by me, I'm willin' to swear." "You are sure of that?" said Suarez, eyeing his asso ciate keenly. ."Yes." "You did not enter the room at all, not even for a mo ment?" "No." "Well, the fact re.ttlains that he did get out,'1 said the Spaniard, harsh ly. "See here, boy," turning to Lee, "I guess you recognize me, don't you?" A terrible look leaped into the Spaniard's eyes. He was not accustomed to be balked. "You refuse to tell me?" "I cl.o," said Lee, resolutely. He knew he was up against it hard, anyway, and determined not to gratify the Spaniard's curiosity. "Mattocks," commanded Suarez, "tear down those por tieres." He pointed to the draperies which divided the library from Mr. Bond s bedroom. The man obeyed. ".r ow you and Spivins tie the boy to one of those posts." He referred to the pair of white and gold columns which stood on either side of the arch Mattocks had just de. nuded of its drapery. The two rascals carried out hi s instructions to the letter "What are you. goin' to do with him, Cap'n ?" a s ked Mat tocks "We can't let him go-he knows too much." "He'll know less when I get throt1gh with hi:m," said the Spaniard in such a significant tone that Lee shivere
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2 0 HOW HE GOT THERE. lh; lieutenant s tripped the t\ro windows in a twinkling ,boded no good to the boy. "Now t e ll me wh y didn't y o u . Pile them around the boy' s legs." go home at once after securing your freedom?" \\ hile he was doing it, Spivins appeared with the can of n ; [ whici1 Suarez s sharp eyes had noticed when they enll!re ejaculated Suarez, in a tone of we are pla.ying for are high, therefore it were folly for some surprise. us to give you the slightest chance to queer us. You missed '"I'he picture is painted on a panel without a frame." your one opportunity this morning. You should have gone "Well?" to the police instead of taking the game into your own "The panel covers a secret recess in the wall." hands Still, I should have got you in the long run, un"What !" less my lucky star failed me." "It works on hi. nges and is operated by a concealed Lee made an effort to speak, but his tongue failed him. spring." He was overcome by the horror of his position. "Are you telling the truth?" "Mattocks, and you, Spivins, put a match to this stuff, "Absolutely." do you hear?" ordered Suarez. "Go on They heard and obeyed him without the slightest hesi" I discovered the spring accidentally, the panel opened tation. out and I sprang into the recess, which I found communi-Jn a few s econds tiny s hoot s oI flame began to s pread a passage between the walls of the house. r themselves over the crumpled rnas8 of material. inrnstigated further and fo11nc1 another panel which let Suarez raised his arm with a. menacing gesture. 111e out into aJ10ther room. Then I had no trouble in walk"'l'his time, young man, I think I've got you dead to ing down to the front door and Jetting rnyse.l;f out." rights;'r faid the Spaniard, with a look of satisfied malice. "That is the whole story?" asked the Spaniard. "In less than five minutes those oils oaked portieres will "That is exactly how I escaped." be a fbMS of flame. Where then will you be?" Suarez eyed the boy keenly while he his ex "Y 0\1 a villain, Manuel Suarez and will pay dearly pJanat ion. for crime," cried the lad, hoar s ely That there were panels and a secret passage in the old "Talk is cheap, young fellow. He laughs best who mansion was news to hiin. ,; ,F:;. > langh s la s t. I fancy I am laughing last.'-' .\t the same t im e it was welcome for his fertile H!;l to his pals. brain perceived how such things could "Be: tttilized to ad/, he said, peremptorily. "Grab your bags and Yanfaf!C in case the house was raided. 1 We have no further use for this place." "I accept yom: statement," he said, with a smile which 11tii'.ti6cks and Spivins shouldered their burdens, while

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HOW HE GOT THERE. 11 Suarez himself carried the suit-case, and in this order they left the room, the Spaniard pausing just a moment to cast one last look at his victim toward whose lower limbs the fire was beginning to spread with increasing intensity. CHAPTER XII. LORETTA BOND. "Heaven, must I die thus?" cried Lee, straining fiercely at his cords. It seemed as if he was doomed to a lingering torture, for his bonds held him firmly to the pillar in spite of the muscu lar effort he brought to bear on them. The oil-soaked draperies gave off a considerable amount of pungent smoke, and this floated toward the open door of the library and ascended to the upper stories. It penetrated to the room occupied by Loretta Bond, whose slumber had not been disturbed by the guarded move ments of the burglars while they were in the house. The strong odor of the burning astral oil awakened the s leeping girl. She sat up in bed with a start. "There is something burning!" she cried, in alann, leap ing from the bed. She opened the door on the hall, and the whiff of smoke which puffed into her face completed her consternation. "Oh, heaven!" she exclaimed, almost overcome for the moment by the thought. "The house is surely on fire." She rushed to the balusters and looked down. The gas which Suarez and his associates had left burn ing, shone through the library door. ''It is the library! Oh, if I can only reach the tele phone!" she exclaimed. She ran swiftly down the stairs, and as her white figure was framed in the doorway, Lee caught sight of her. "Help me, for heaven's sake!" he cried out to the startled girl. She saw the lad bound to the white pillar, the portieres gone from their accustomed place, and the creeping flames their way through a pile of material gathered around his feet. The picture thus unexpectedly presented to her was so strange and terrifying that she remained rqoted to the spot, as though she had suddenly been turned by some enchant ment into a graven image. "Save me! I am bound here and cannot move an jnch !" cried Lee, desperately. His frenzied appeal broke the spell which held her. in the doorway. She was a brave girl, and the sight of a human being in peril n e rved her to action. She rushed into the room, saw the fire was confined to that one place, and, with admirable presence of mind, ran 'l 1 to her father's b ed, tore off the spread and flung i t over the blazing heap of draperies. It smothered the fire at once, but not satisfied with that one effort she got a blanket and threw it the Then she placed a heavy chair on top of all, and the danger was over. "You are a brave girl," said Lee, who had watched her well-directed movements with admiration, as she paused panting in front of him. "You have saved my Hfe." "Who are you, and why are you here and in such a ter rible position? What has happened in this house?" Then as her eyes wandered around the two rooms, she turne d white. "Merciful heaven We have been robbed!" "If you will cut me loose I'll tell you all about it. You will find a knife in my pocket--the right one." Loretta d:i:ew out the pocket-knife and, with its sharp blade, set Lee free. "Thank you, miss," he said, gratefully, as he returned the knife tq his pocket. "You reached me in the nick of time. You had better return to your room and dress your self, or you will catch cold. While you are doing that I will go down to the cellar and release your coachman and gardener, who, like myself, were surprised by the burglars. :2ut, first of all, I will notify the police by telephone." When Loretta recollected that she was clad only in her nightgown, she blushed vividly and flew for the stairs. "You will.not go away," she cried, pausing a moment on the first step. "No," replied Lee. "Not till-I have seen you again and explained the situation." He called up the telephone branch office and asked to be connected with the precinct station. To the sergeant in charge he told what had occurred, described Suarez and his two companions, said they had left the house laden their booty only about :fifteen minutes before, and indicated the direction they had un doubtedly taken, not forgetting a description of the old mansion near Jerome Avenue, the exact location of which he could not state. "It is now up to the police to do something," said boy to himself. "If they rush a posse by patrol-wagon to the neighborhood of the ancient mansion they ought to be able to cut those villai'ns off and recover Mr. Bond' s prop erty." Then Lee descended to the kitchen, found and lighted a lamp, and went into the cellar. The coachman and the gardener, now conscious, were trussed together like a pair of fowl on the way to market. Templeton quickly cut them loose. "My heavens!" crie(l Harley. "Where have you been all this time ?" "In a worse scrape than yourselves. Come up to the second :floor and I will show you what I have been up against." The three walked up to the library. The gardener and the coachman were staggered by the evidences of pillage and ruin which the two rooms pre sented. Lee explained to them how the Spaniard had treated him, and said he owed his life to Miss Bond, who had, for-

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.. 22 HOW HE GOT THERE. tunately, appeared at the critical moment, put out the fire a'Ild released him from a perilous situation. I He did not consider it necessary to refer to his previous adventures in connection with Suarez and his gang, at least not to the gardener and the coachman. dHAPTER XIII. THE LOS'l' PACKAGE. He told the whole story, however, without reserve to It was after five o'clock when Lee reached home that Loretta Bond later on, when they sat together alone, after rooming. the two men had removed all traces of the fire from the As he naturally expected, he found his mother a n d sisplace ter in a state bordering on distraction over his prolonged His recital, however, was interrupted by a policeman and unexplained absence. from the station, sent bythe sergeant to find out the par They supposed, of course, that he had gone to the pre ticulars of the robbery and extent of the loss. cinct station on 125th Street, and when he did not return As soon as the officer had taken his departure, Lee fin-by eleven May took the car over to see what detained him. ii:l1Cc1 his story She was surprised an d worried to find out that he had "You have liad a most remarkable, as well as terrible, ex-not been there, nor had he been sent for by the officer in pcrience, Mr. Templeton,'' said Loretta, regarding the charge. young man with unfeigned interest. "It sounds almost Tho girl returned home, and neither she nor her mother l ikc a chapter from an exciting novel. And then, just to slept a wink that night. think, I have actually had a part in it myself." It was a long and exciting story Lee had to tell them "A part I shall never forget, Miss Bond, as long as I about his night's adventures, though in consideration for lire," said Lee, earnestly. their feelings he suppressed the most serious parts of the l\riss Loretta blushed and smiled. case. "I expect my back to-day/' she said. "He has He preferred they should not learn the real truth just been a,\ay three months on business for his company yet, until the Spaniard should have been arrested, l est they "The Heading Coal and Iron Company, you mean?" be worried for his future safety "Yes How did you know he was connected with that However, they looked upon the matter as sufficient l y se company ?" she asked, somewhat sm:prised. rious to entreat him to be very carefu l who m he tru sted "Your gardener told me that Mr Bond was the com-hereafter. pa.ny's chief engineer "You can bet youl' last nicke l I w on't take any tnore "That's right. As I was saying, I expect him home toe:hances after this," he assured them. "I've had experi day, which is fortunate under these distressing circumence enough to last me a lifetime." stances. I have not the slightest idea what our loss is, but "I should hope that you had," replied Mrs. Temp l eto n papa will know, of course, at once. J\.ll our silverware and, with a shudder. what is worse, poor dead mamma's jewels, which papa gave "vVhat a wonderful old house that must 15e to have se me, have been taken There were also many valuable se-cret panels and i1idden passages, just like what I have read curities in the safe. Then our most costly ornaments, about in the old houses and medireval cast les of Euro p e," were kept in these rooms, are gone. Altogether, we have said May, with a look of intense interest "Why, Lee, if l ost a great deal. I hope the police will be able to capture I had seen that painting of the severed head you described, the robbers and restore to us our property, much of which under the same circumstances, I should have fainted dead could not be replaced." away," she added, with a l ittle shiver. "I sincerely hope they may be arrested, for I myself "I haYe no doubt but you would," replied her brother shall not feel safe until Manuel Suarez has been put behind "And that reminds ine of the package I found all c o veted the bars," said Lee with dust in that closet behind the picture "\Ylrnt an awful wicked man he must be!" she cried. "A package!" she cried "Do let me see it." "He certainly is a thorough l y bad man "Sure," and Lee inserted his hand in the inside pocket Loretta accompanied Lee to the door. of his jacket, where he remembered having put it. "Why, "Father will wish to see and talk to you about this it can't be that I have lost it?" he added, when h e discov troubie," she said "Will it be possiQle for you, as a special ered the pocket to be empty. favor, to call on us this evening?" "Lost it!" exclaimed May. "How provoking -"I will make it a point to do so." He tried his other pockets, but there was n o sign o f the "Thank you. I am ever so much obliged brown paper package "Miss Bond, please don't put it that way. It is I who "Well, that's too bad. Where could it have got to?" um under the deepest obligations to you. I consider it I much disappointed. "Do you know, sis, I had an idea my duty to oblige you in every way possible." there was something valuable in it, on account of the care-' "You rire very kind to say so," she said; with a slight ful way it was done up, and the place I found it in." blush !'Isn't that mean?" said May, for her curiosity had been Then they shook hands like old friends, and Lee took! hi:; leave I "Well, it is mean, for a fact Maybe i t d r o pped out at

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HOW HE GOT THERE. Mr. Bond's. I took my coat off there, to see if it had been above Central Bridge. That is about as close as I can scorched." come to it, for I was taken there in the dark in a carriage. "Scorched! Why, what do you mean?" asked May, in The neighborhood is very thinly built up It is a large, surprise, for Lee had been careful not to mention the fire old-fashioned dwelling, standing back about one hundred incident. feet from the street line, and doesn't look as if it. 'Oh, nothing," rep l ied Lee, quick l y and with apparent occupied." carelessness. "It can be found enough," said the detective, con"What sort of package was it? How big?" fidently. "Suarez may have rented it; or the property may "About so big," and her b r other indicated its size and be involved in some interminable lawsuit, and the Spaniarci, shape getting wind of the .fact, took possession of it on the ql1iet, "Ho w thick?" as its lonesome situation would just suit his purposes As "I should say an inch." you say you put the Bronx police on the track of both the "It might have been money," cried May. "Yo u careless rascals and the mansion, it is probable they have taken boy, to go and lose it." charge of the place, even if they have failed to catch the "I hardly think it could have been money; yet that is crooks. Suarez is a mighty clever villain, and it is evident about the size of a package o f b ill s that this bond matter of yours," to Mr. Scott, "is but a O f course it is." drop in the bucket of his operations. This must be the "Well, what's the use o f crying o ver spilled m il k? It's very gang the Secret people are after." gone "I think I had better telephone to the Bronx station t hat "If I had found and then l ost such a package I should has the matter in hand and find out what developments i f have been just ready to c ry, for I should feel certain it any, have occurred was valuable "I wish you would," said the detective; "it will save me "That's the way with you girls Now, I think I'll tup1 the trouble of doing so." in for an hour. You must wake me up in time for a bite Mr. Scott pulled his desk 'phone towards him and opened and my usual train." up communication with the police station in questi on. Lee felt rather rocky when he started downtown to busiThe following particulars were learned : That Sua rez ness that morning. and his two pals had been overtaken that m o rning not far He wasn't used to being deprived of a night's rest. from the old house and put up a fight, when two o f the Jie missed his regular train by ten minutes, and Sam officers were wounded; one of the crooks, recognized as SpivHawkins didn't wait for him. ins, an old hand, captured and the property stolen from Having no one to talk to, he fell asleep before he reached the Bond residence recovered; the Spaniard and Mattocks llOth Street and did not wake till the guard, who knew eluded the police and escaped; the old house was s ubse him and his destination, yelled "Hanover Square!" in his quently taken possession of by the authorities ear "I think I see the finish of this gang, but that will not The walk from the station to the office brightened him be until Manuel Suarez has been put behind the bars Y o u up a bit, so that when he went to his desk he began to 'feel need have no-fear now, Mr Scott, that the receipt for those something like his old self again. $17,550 worth of Reading Railroad bonds will ever turn As soon as Mr Scott arrived, however, Lee went in to up. Suarez made an unlucky move when he broug h t those see him. bonds here for sale and then monkeyed with this messenger "Can r have your attention a little while, sir?" he asked of yours. I've seen some plucky lads in my time, b u t I his employer. "The matter is important and relates to feel no hesitation in saying this boy is the p luckiest of Manuel Suarez." them all. At any rate, he's the Spaniard's hoodoe>." "Certainly," said the broker, swinging around in his chair and facing him Lee then acquainted him with everything_ that had occurred to him on the preceding night, including the events o f the morning Mr. Scott was, naturally, very much astonished The boy had hardly finished his story, which he had made as brief as possible, when Mr. Johnson, the detective, was announced Of course Lee had to go all over his experiences again for the information of the sleuth. Johnson was much impressed by his narrative. "You seem to have had a tough time of it, my lad. This Spaniard is an out-and out scoundrel, and a particularly dangerous one Where is that old mansion situated?" "It is on a side street off Jerome A venue, about two miles CH A P TER X IV. M:.A.Y TEMPLETON HAS FUN AT HER BROTHER'S EXPEN SE. The interest Lee felt i n the capture of Manuel S u arez drove nll thoughts of Morris Fletcher and his oper ations from his hefd for the time being. As soon as possible he bought a copy of an early edition of an .afternoon paper and found the burglary at Mr. Bond's house duly reported, together with the i nformation that Mr. Scott had received o ver the wire, d resse d up i n the usual reportorial style Lee was disappointed n o t to find any l ate r developments

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24 HOW HE GOT THERE. Sam came into the offi.ce about one o'clock, looking for him to go to lunch, and they went around to Broad Street to ge ther. "Y 011 look as if you'd been up a ll night," remarked Sam, i nqui s itively "Had a toothache?" o," replied Lee. "Somebody sick in the family?" Templet011 s;hook his head. Be e n to the lodge?" grinned Sam. "What l0dge would I go to?" "Oh imy old thing. A wedding, birthday party, smoker, or such. Whatever it was, you're uncommonly close about it," grumbled his fat chum. "Don't get mad, Sam," replied Lee, soothingly. "You don't know but I was studying the stock reports for the week. "Oh, come, now, you can't put that down my sai d the fat boy, knowingly. "I guess you don't want to let on where you were last night. Isn' t that about the size of it?" "Well, to be hones t with you, that is the size of it. I have reasons for keeping my movements last night a secret even from you, Sam; but you shall know all about it in due time." "Must be something mighty important for yo to make so much mystery out of it," said Sam, curiously. "You shall judge of that yourself, after a while." "All right; let it go. at that," replied the fat boy, as they walked into their customary quick-lunch house. That afte rnoon Leenoticed an item in a financial jour nal to the effect that the output of the Reading Coal and Iron Company had been greatly below its usual average for the current year. The article also stated that the company was prospecting a new property which it had acquired in the spring, and hopes were entertained that coal could be found on i t. The company's stock had depreciated from 80 to 50 within a year and a half, and that unless there was a change for the better in its prospects a still further decline in its securities might be looked for. "The la st time I looked at the indicator it was quoted at 4 7," he mused, after reading the above. In another part of the same paper he saw the announce ment that the annual meeting of the board of directors would take place on Friday afternoon of that week. That put him in mind of Morris Fletcher and what he had said about the pra ctical bankruptcy of the company. "I guess your name will be mud, Mr: .-Fletcher, after I tell 1\1r. Bond to-night about the gaiile yo1t are up to and the elegant company you keep. As to your poi-nter, I guess it's worth a million, all right, to a11y Dianwith the cash to back it. I'll bet there are hundreds in the Street who would give a fat wad to know.t what I do about the Reading Coal and Iron Company . It's. no use to me, as I haven't any money to invest on the 's.t:fength of it, and I doubt if I could make anything out of1ttby to dis pose of the information, for I have-not-means of proving it. The only thing for me to do is tor go' over the matter with Mr Bond. I may be doing him a good turn by mak-ing him wise to the subject in which cas e he'll no doubt take a friendly interest in me, ai1d that would just suit me, for Miss Loretta i s a very pretty gi,rl and exactly my sty l e." After s upper Lee dressed himsl::llf in his best clothes and announced his intention of visiting the Bonds There was a provoking little smile on his sis t er's fac : as she remarked sweetly : "I suppose Mi ss Loretta Bond is the magnet which at tracts you to the Bronx. Is s he pretty? "Oh, come, now, sis, you want to know too much all at once," answered Lee, with a blush. "Why, what are you bln.shing for?" she a s ked with dancing eyes. "I'm not 'blushing," protested the boy, with an added flush. "Aren't you? Mother, look at Lee's face." Mrs. Templeton glanced at her manly-looking boy and smiled. "Don't worry about my face," said the lad. "I feel warm, that's all." "Oli, aren't we got up regardless to-night! I never saw you put on so many frills before, when you went out call ing. Why, I can smell th,e white rose perfume on your handkerchief from here." "That's the way with sisters," grinned Lee. "Always butting in. You don't hear me saying anything when you spend an hour or two over your twilight on those occasi ons when Harry Spencer i s expected to call here." "Oh, aren t you horrid!" cried May, blushing like a June ' # rose. "The idea! An hour or two at my toilet! It's no s uch thing. I have to make myself presentable." "I notice you don't take all that trouble when Sam Haw kins drops in. Any old thing seems good enough then." "Why, he doesn't come to see me, you good-for-nothing boy! He's your particular company." "What of it? He thinks you're the whole thing, all right." "Why, the idea!" and s he laughed heartily. "Does h e really?" "That's what he does. Told me so many times. You don't know what you're missing in Sam "Oh, I like Sam well enough," she said, with a smile. "But isn't he just dreadfully fat?" "Yes, he i s a trifle stout," Lee admitte d, with a chuckle. "A trifle stout. Ha, ha,' ha! Why, h e can hardly get in at that door." "Nonsense! There are a lot of girls would give eve:t3rthi'ng they possess, except their clothes, of course, to have Sam for a beau." "Dea:r me; ought to feel highly honor ed at hi s prefer ence;'" sne giggled: -, "1 should say you ought. Why Harry Spencer isn't in his class. He's a dude." did you hear that?" cried May. -"r('Y ou c mustn't tease your siste r, L ee," interposed their mother, reprovingly teasing her? I am only trying to make her see-"

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HOW HE GOT THERE. "Now, Lee, that's enough on the subject, plea s e," said :\Jay. "All ri gh t. If you won't list e n to reasop., I m off," and he grabbed hi s hat. "Lee," spoke up the little mother, "be home early You didn't s leep a wink last night, you h.-now, and I shall feel nervous if you are out late again." "All right, mother. I won't stay late. So long, sis." CHAPTER' XV. LEE CALLS ON LORETTA BOND AND HER FATHER. It was a little after eight when Lee rang the bell at the Bond residence on Boston Road. A maid opened the door, and Lee asked for Miss Loretta Bond. "Who shall I say? "asked the girl, as he stepped into the hall. "Lee Templeton." The maid showed him into the parlor and lit the gas. Then she went upstairs. In a moment or two Loretta, looking just too lovely for anything, so thought Lee, tripped down from above and e ntered the parlor It was clear she had been expecting Lee. "It is very kincl of you to call," she said, allowing her hand to re st in hi s for a moment. "Not at all," he replied, smiling. "You asked me to come, you know, and I wouldn't have disappointed you for the world." She blu s hed and smiled. "Come up to the library. Papa is there, and, of course, he wants to make acquaintance I suppose you have seen in the paper that we have recovered all of our prop erty, and that one 0 the thieves was arrested?" "Yes. I have received notice to appear at the Tombs Police Court to-morrow morning." "I am pleased to know you, l\fr. Templeton," said Mr. Bond, when Loretta presented J.;ee to her father. The chief engineer of the Reading Coal and Iron Com pany was a fine-looking gentleman of perhaps fifty years. wish to thank ;vou for the plucky effort which you made this morning to save my property. I am satisfied it was through no fault of yours that you did n:ot succeed. I deeply regret what you suffered at the hands of those ras cals in this room, and am thankful my daughter p;oved herself equal to the emergency." "I owe my life to her, Mr Bond. In my opinion; she is one girl in a thousand, and you must feel very proud of her. But for her the house might even have P een destroyed." Mr. Bond looked pleased as Lee praised his only,,cbild, whom he almost idolized; while Loretta blushed !]'une rose ... .. "According to the story you told my daughter, and which she has repeated to me, you have had a very thrilling chap ter of experiences with those scoundrels. If you have no / objection, I should like to listen to it again from your own lips_." J Lee was quite willing to oblige him, and began with the Spaniard's visit to Mr. Scott's office. 1 Both the chief engineer and l!is daughter were horrified with the lad's des
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26 HOW HE GOT TJ;IERE. "I am very glad to know that," said Lee. "Now I will go on with my story I have something w tell which I am sure will interest you, sir, as it directly concerns the intere sts of the Rea.ding Coal & Iron Co., of which you are the chief engineer and, as I understand, a large stockholder ." "Indeed! What is i_t ?" asked Mr Bond, in some sur prise. "I may say right here that my story will reflect strongly upon Mr Morris Fletcher, the company's secretary." "In what way?" .._ "You will have to take iny word for what I am going to repeat to you, l\1r. Bond, as I have no way of proving the matter My disclosure may seem incredible to you, sir, but I assure you on my word of honor that it is absolutely true." "Do I und erstand you to mean that your statement will connect Mr. Fletcher with some unworthy transaction?" "Yes, sir. He is on friendly terms with this very Span iard, Manuel Snarez, who attempted to do me up in con nection with the bonds and the robbery of this house." "Impossible!" exclaimeQ. Mr Bond, incredulously "I leave you to judge for yourself, sir." Whereupon I1ee gave the chief engineer a succinct account of the interview be had overheard in the old man sion between Suarez and Fletcher. Mr. Bond's intere st in the story grew as it proceeded. The boy's statement clearly bore the impress of truth, and greatl:y impressed his li stener. "Did you ever see Mr Fletcher before?" he asked. "No, sir." "Then, of course, you cannot be sure the person to whom you refer actually is our Morris Fletcher." "But he sai d he was secretary of the Reading Coal & Iron Company." "Describe his personal appearance as as you can." Lee did so, and Mr. Bond drew a long breath. "I Am afraid you are right after all, Mr. Templeton. You have described our secretary almost to a hair So the man is a rascal! And it appears Duncan Matthews, the president, is tarred with the same brush Well," grimly, "he has killed the goose to get its golden eggs. He been just a little too previous in his estimate of the future of the Reading Company Far from being bankrupt at this moment, the company never was in better shape to bring chased additional property in Pennsylvania, with the hope that coal might be discovered on it." "I saw a statement to that effect in a Wall Street journal to-day," said Lee. "Well, that expectation has just been realized. r have been conducting the surveys and prospecting for three months past. I have found coal, and a very extensive and valuable bed of it at that. I have returned to r eport in person to the board For more than a year the unstable outlook of the company has caused its securities to depre ciate in value. This discover_)', however, will transform them into the class known as gilt-edged In conclusion, I will say to you, young man, here is the opportunity for you to make a little f?Oney. If you can raise any funds a.t all invest it in R. C & I. Co. on a ten per cent. margin. It is now ruling at 47. Buy to-morrow You can take my word for it that the stock will not go below 45, and on Sat urdlly morning it will begin a boom which will carry it into the 80's, if not higher." 1 "I am much obliged to you for the tip, Mr. Bond," said Lee, gratefully. "You are welcome to it. All I request of you is not to confide this pointer to any one else. Use it yourself, if you can, but it must rest there "You may rely on me, sir." "I am sure I can, else I had not trusted you with the knowledge "Shall you want to use me as a witness against Mr Fletcher?" "I shall probably ask you to appear before a special meeting of a majority of the directors and tell them what you have told me. They will then decide what action to take against their unworthy secretary and president Lee then finished the story up to the moment he was saved by Loretta Bond. After that he spent a very pleasa .nt hour with the gen tleman and his love ly daughter. When he left, at a quarter to ten, he promised Loretta that he would call again a.t an early date. CHAPTER XVI. HOW HE GOT THERE. confusion into the ranks of its traducers." It may seem funny, but, as a matter of fact, Lee dicln't "But, Mr. Bond, .if the company defaults in the January think of that brown paper package Loretta had returned interest of its first mortgage bonds, will it not go into to him until he was in the act of retiring for the night. the hands of a receiver?" His thoughts had been engaged with the money-making "The company will not default When I appear before possibilities of the pointer confided to him by Mr. Bond. the board of directors next Friday afternoon I shall present "H I only had $5,000 now I could buy a. thousand shares facts and figures which will make all the difference in the of Reading Coal & Iron Co. stock on a ten per cent margin, world with the future prospects of the con1pany. What I and if it went up eventually to Sb, as Mr. Bond says it am telling you now, Mr. Templeton, is in strict confide.nee. surely willi as he is in the position to judge pretty acIt mnst go no do you understand? It must not curately, why, I'd clear $+0,000. Think of that! Ye reach the ears of Wall Street in advance of action on the gods I could buy a fine house for mother and sis to live part of the board Last spring the Reading Company purin. Unfortunately, I haven't got $5,000, nor the tenth

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HOW HE GOT THERE. part of that s um I have only $250 in the bank, and mighty lucky I am to have tha't." L e e had accumulated that modest amount by :fortuna t e investments on the market at v ariou s times. He put in much of his time s tud y in g Sto c k Exchan ge method s with a view to the future, whe n h e expect e d to b e in a better position to utilize hi s knowl e d ge And now he was s uddenly put in possess ion of a tip worth thousand s of dollars to any p e r s on with the capit a l to ba c k it. "I don t see how I can raise n. dolla r more than I've got," he mus e d, a s he r e moved his coat and hung it up. Then he began to figure on what he could accompli s h with his $250 "I can buy just 50 shares.. W e ll that's b etter than nothing I ought to realize $1, 500 on the m whe n R. 0. & I. Oq. gets up in the 80' s." It was when he was unloosening his necktie that he recol lect e d about the package. "Ge e I I wonder whe r e my wit s are goin g ? I'll jus t look into that thing now and s e e what it c ontains." He got it from his poc k e t and h eld it unde r the gas -j e t. "It i s done up care full y e nou g h g oodness lmows to warrant the s uppo s ition that it hold s some thing valuable. W e ll here goes I" and he took a pair of scissor s "Stop! I will make a wis h fir s t I'll imagine this i s Aladdin's Lamp and I wis h this ma y be worth-le t m e see, I ll put it low, $5,000 at lea s t The re now," he grinne d at the pa{!k age 'if you r e an y gooc1 a.t all you might at any rate do me that favor With con s ider:ible eag ern ess and curio sity Lee cut the string s tore the paper a sunde r and saw-we ll don t m en-. tion it !-a pile of bank bill s "Is this a dream?" h e almo s t s hout ed. No, he had nev e r been more w i d e awak e in hi s H e unpinned the slip which h e ld the m together and counted them. There were fifty of the m eve ry one s tamp e d $ 500-in all $ 2 5,000. "Say, this b e ats everything!" His joy was dampened by the r eflection whi c h soon came to him that th is mon e y did not r e ally to him "I s uppose I ll h ave to hunt up the owne r, for I couldn't thi nk of keepin g anoth e r p e r s on's pr operty I w as n t brought up that way. Howev e r, until the owne r does turn up the mon ey belongs to the find e r ; tha t 's what :M:r. B o nd s ays, and he s e e m s to know the law pretty Unde r the s e circumstances am I jus tifiable in u s in g thi s money for m y own profit b e for e a r eas onabl e t im e s h a ll h ave p assed? I am afraid not; bu t a s I h a v e a sur e t h i n g o n th e m a rket T t h i nk I ca n tak e the ri s k of st r etchi n g the point. I'll dream over i t." Lee w a s p ermitte d to s leep until n ea rly eight o 'clock next morning When he sat down to breakfa s t h e wa s feel i n g like a b i rd. He had d e cided to u s e the $25 ,000 to mak e his fortul). e in Wall Street, and a f t e r he had r e aliz e d on hi s qea l h e w o uld look up the owner of the brown paper pac ke t Sam was waiting for him at the s tation. As s oon a s an express cam e along they boarded it and were s oon b e ing whirl e d downtown. "Tha t was quit e a burglar y up at th e Bond residenc e in t h e Bronx r e m a rked Sam. "The y 've caught one of the crook s a nd got a.11 of the s tuff back." Lee didn t s ay anything, for he was reading the fuller acc ount of the a ffair in the morning paper. Hi s na me wasn't mention e d, nor anything about what h e h a d been throu g h That information had bee n sup by the Bonds, and Lee was tha nkful to avoid the pu b lici ty s u c h a sen s ation a l experi e nc e would have given him. H e grinne d a s h e li s tened to his chum's comments on the s tor y "The paper s these day s seem to print little e l se than the doin gs of criminal s," .said Sam, a s he folded up his p a p e r and put it in his pocket "I a s ke d my dad last night what c aused most o f the c rime in the world "What did h e s ay?" a s k e d Lee, with some interest "Dri nk. No w what both e r s me is what causes drink?" "That 's easy," g r inne d L ee. "Ho How is it easy ? What causes so many people to drink, you're so s mart?" s n orte d $am "Why thirst, s ni c k e r e d Lee. S a m wouldn t s p e ak to him for thre e minut e s after that. "I s ay, S a m, a s ked Le e at l e n g th, nud g in g hi s comp anion "do you think a man ou ght to b e c hloroformed at s i xty? "I think s ome boys who mak e funn y r e marks ought to b e c hloroform e d at once," grunted Sam. "Do n t you thi nk wome n ou ght to be c hloroformed a.t s i x t y as w e ll as m e n ? p e rsi s ted L ee. "I t hink any w o m a n who will admit being sixty ought t o b e c hlor o f 9 rmec1, growle d th e fat boy. "'l'hat i s n t s o b a d -for you lau g h e d I.iee. "Ho I Y ou re pr etty w e ll up in :financ ial s tatistics, aren't you ? grinne d Sam with a s u s picious twinkl e in his eye. "Wha t d o you w ant to know?" W h at's t h e fir s t m e ntion of a bankin g tra n sac tion in t h e hi sto r y of t h e world?" "No w you'v e g o t me, Sam. I c ouldn't t ell "I know." Yon kn ow!" said Lee, in some surprise. "We ll if you kno w l e t u s h ear a bout it. I hop e it's found e d on good a uthorit y." "The best--the Bible," s ni c k e r e d "The fir s t m e n tion o f a bankin g transac tion in the hi sto r y of t he w orlcl is whe n Pharao h receiv e d a c heck o n the ban k of t h e R d Sea H a, ha ha! This i s w h e r e I get ba{!k at you." "Sam y o u r e mi ghty brilliant thi s morni n g, r e to r t e d Lee, w il h ont a smil e "As you seem to know s o much a b o u t Pharao h and th e R eel Sea, will you t e ll m e why h e a n d all hi s army \re r e d r o w n e d in the R e d Sea when they w ere p u rs uin g t h e I sr aelit es? " Sure," c huckl e d the fat boy. "Bec a use they couldn't swim."

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28 HOW HE GOT THERE. "Hanover Square roared the guard at this interesting I point, and the two boys got out. Lee went to the Tombs police court at ten o'clock, where 1S pivins waived examination, and before he returned to the 'office he made a call at a big bank, which he knew had a department for buying stocks, and was shown into the little office of the gentleman who attended to that branch of its business. "I wish you to purchase for me 5,000 shares .of Reading Coal & Iron Co., on the usual margin, at the market price, which is 4.6 just now/' said Lee. "Who is the stock 1or ?" "For my own account." "What! You?" exclaimed the gentleman, surprised. ":Yes, sir," replied Lee, in a business-like way. "I am afraid I couldn't take such a large order from !l boy without knowing something about you." "My name i s Lee' Templeton. I live at No. West 128th Stre e t. I work for Rutherford P. Scott, of No. Wall Street, and I can refer you to Mr. George Bond, chief engineer of the Reading Coal & Iron Co., of No. Boston Road. You can communicate with him by tele phone, either at the company's offices or at his home." The gentleman was impressed by the lad's straightfor ward manner. "Wait a moment," he said, after making notes of what Lee had told him. He went to the bank telephone and up communi cation with Mr. Bond flrs t of all. He reached the e ngineer at the offices of the company, and what that gentleman said satisfied the bank official.. "I will take the order," he said when he ca.me back. "You are a large dealer for one so young." Lee paid him $23,000 in cash to secure the bank against loss, and the in st itution undertook to advance the differ ence' between that and the market value qf the stock $207,000. Then the boy returned to the office and went about his \vork as usual, just as if he wasn't interested in the biggest deal a boy of hi s years had ever engaged in in Wall 'Street. Friday afternoon, when the directors of the Reading Coal & Iron Co. met, Duncan Matthews, the president, and Morris Fletcher, the secretary, were treated to the surprise of their lives. Subsequently both Matthews and Fletcher were compelled to resign. Matthews himself became bankmpt through utter inabil ity to cover his "short" interests. Next morning the news that a great of coal had been made on the new property of -the Reading Com pany was known all over the Street and as a consequence there was a big scramble for the stock on the Exchange that day. When the Exchange closed at noon R. C. & I. had risen to 60. I On Monday the floor was in an uproar over the stock, and it rose in bounds of a point at a time, 75 before three o'clock. And you may be sure Lee kept track of it. At that figure he had a profit on paper of $145,000, which was enough to turn almost any person's head wild with happiness. But there wasn't a noticeable difference in Lee's demeanor. He accepted his wonderful good fortune with the sto icism of' fhe American Indian. As a matter of fact, it had come so quick that he hadn't had time to realize the sensation of sudden riches. Something happened that day, however, that gave him almost greater satisfaction than the money lie had made . That was the capture of Manuel Suarez and Mattocks by Mr. Johnson and a couple of the Secret Service men. At the trial of the crooks, which came off in due time, Lee's thrilling experiences came to light, and he be came famous in Wall Street in a day. Not only that, but the fact that he had cleared $225,000 by selling 5,000 shares of Reading Coal & Iron Co. at 91 5-8 a few days before the conviction of the burglars earned hlm the title on the Street of "The Boy Who Got There." The newspapers got hold of all this as a matter of course, and what they didn't do to Lee Templeton in the way of boosting him into temporary notoriety isn't worth mentioning. The day Suarez and his pals were sentenced to a 20-year term at' Sing Sing pri.son, Mr. Scott handed Lee a check for $500 in recognition of what he had suffered in the broker's interest in the bond affair. Lee also participated to the extent of $5,000 in the re wards paid for the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of the Tarrytown and other big robberies, as well as for certain forgeries of Government bonds To-day Lee is a most important factor in Wall Street, whose personality would be immediately recognized if we were permitted to print his real name. He lives on Boston Road, in the Bronx, and is acknowl edged to have the most charming wife-once Loretta Bond -in the borough. In all respects he is admitted to be a shining example of one who got there--THE PLUCKIEST Boy OF THEM ALL. THE END. Read "BOUND TO WIN; OR, THE BOY WHO GOT which will be the next number (23) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE. All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any .. nflwsc;l.ealer, sepd the price in money Of postage stamps by TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you by mail.

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WILD. WEST WEEKLY A magazine Containing Stoiries, Sketehes, ete., of lesteirn lllf e. ) B"Y" A.N" e>:c...:o soc>ti-r. 32 PAGES. PRICE 5 CENTS. 32 PAGES. EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED COVER . All of the s e exciting storie s are f ound e d on fac ts. Young Wild West is a hero with whom the author was acquainted His d e ed s and thrilling adventure s h ave n e v e r be e n s urp assed. They form the bas e o f the most dashing stories ever pub lis h ed. Read the f ollowing numb ers o f t h is most interesting m a gazine and be convinced : I LATEST ISSUES: (. 146 Youn g Wild West' s Lively Tim e ; or, The Dandy Duc k or Diggings. 113 Young Wild West and the Co w boy King; or, Taming a Texir s 147 Young Wild West at Hold-Up Can yo n ; Arletta' s G r eat V i c tory Terror. 1 48 Young Wild W est' s Square D eal; or, !\faking the "Bad Men 114 Young Wild West' s Pocket of Gol d ; or, Arlett a s Great Discov e r y. Good. 115 Young Wild West and "Shawnee Sam"; or, T h e HalfB r ee d s 149 Young Wild West Cowing the Cow b oy s ; o r Arletta and tile Treachery. Prairi e Fire. 116 Young Wild W est' s Cov e r e d Trall; or, Arletta and t h e Avala n che. 150 Young Wild West and N avajo Ne d ; or, '.rhe Hunt fo r the lia lt-117 Young Wlld W est and the Diamond Dagge r ; or, The M e x i can Breed Hermit. Girl's R e v enge. 151 Young Wil d West's Virgi n Vein; or, A riett a and the Cave-i n 118 Young Wild West at Sliver Shine; or, A Town Run by "'l'end e r 152 Young Wild Wes t s C owbo y C h ampions; or, The Trip to Kansas feet." City. 119 Young Wild W est Surrounde d by Sioux; or, Arietta and t h e 1 53 Young Wild West s Eve n Chance ; or, Arletta' s Presenc e o r Mind. Aeronaut. 154 Young W il d We s t and t h e F'la tten e d Bullet; or, T h e M a n Who 120 Young Wild W est and the "Puzzle of the Camp'' ; or, l h e Girl Would not Drop Who Owne d the Gulc h 155 Young Wild West' s Gol d Game; or, Ariet t a '11 Full Band. 121 Young Wild Wes t and the Musta n gers; or, The Bos s o f the Bron-156 Young Wild West's Cow b oy Scrimm a ge; or, Co ok ing a Crow d ot cho Busters. 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A rietta on Hand. Hl4 Y oung Wild W est at D eath Divide: o r Arletta's G r e a t IJ'lght. 131 Y oung Wild West and the 'l'en Terrors ; or, T h e Doom of Duhin1 lGG Y oung Wlld West and th, e S carl e t S even; or, Arletta's D a r ing Dan. Leap. 132 Young Wild W est' s Barrel o f "Dust"; or, Arletta' s Chanc e Shot. 1 6 6 Young Wil d W est's Mirror Shot; or, Rattling the Reneg a des. 133 Young Wild W est' s Triple Claim; or, Simpl e Sam, the Sun-167 Y oung Wil d W est and the Greaser Gang; or, Arletta as a S p y. downe r Hl 8 Y oung Wild W est l o s ing a Jllllllon; or, How Arletta. Help e d Him 134 Young Wild West's Curious Compact; or, Arletta as an Ave n ge r Ou t 135 Young Wild West' s Wampum Belt; or, Under the Ban of the Utea. I69 Young Wild West and the Railroad R o bbers ; or, Livel y Work I n 136 Young W il d W est and the Rio Grand e R u stlers; or, The B randing Utah. at Buckhorn Ranch. 170 Y oung Wild W est Corrallng the Cow -Punchers; or, Arl e t t a s Swi m 137 Young Wild W est and the Line Leagu e ; or, Arletta A mong t h e for Life. Smuggle r s. 171 Y oung Wild West "Fac i n g the l\IuilQ" ; or, The l\Ilstake t h e Lync h 138 Young Wild West's Silve r or, Fun at Fairplay Fair. .ers Made. 139 Young Wild West Among the Blackfeet; or, Arletta as a Sorceress. 172 Y oung Wild West and M ontana Mose" ; or, Arletta's Mes s enge r 140 Young Wild W est on the Yellowstone; or, 'l:he Secret of t!Je o f D eath. Hidde n C a ve. 173 Young Wild West at Grizzl y Gulch; or, The Shot that S a ve d the 141 Young Wild W est' s D eadly Alm ; or, Arletta's Greatest Danger. 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C o ntaining ove r thirty illustrations of guards blows, and the differLETTER WRITING. ent pos i tions of a good boxer Every boy shou l d obtain one of these u sefu l and instructive bo ok s, as it will teach you how to box No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LET'rERS.-A most com-witho u t an instructor. p lete littl e book, containing fu ll directions for writin g l ove -letters, No. 25. HOW TO BECOl\IE A GYMNAST.-(lontainiug fu ll and when to u s e them, giving specimen l ette rs for young and o ld instructions for all kinds of gymnas tic sports and athl etic exerc is es. No. 1 2. HOW TO WRI'.rE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giying Embrac ing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. comp lete instruc tions for writing letters to ladie s on all subjects ; A handy and u se fu l book. also letters of introduc tion, notes and r equests. No. 34. HOW 'l'O FENCE.-Containing full instructio n for No. 24. HOW 1'0 WRI'.rE LETTERS TO GJDNTLEMEN. ferr cing and tbe use of the broad sword; also instruction in arche ry i Conta.in.ing fu ll directions for writing to gentlem en on all subjects; D escribed with twentyone practical illustrations, giving the best I al s o givmg sample l etten for instructio n. positi o n s in fencing A complete book. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little T RI C K S W I T H CARDS book, tell ing yo u h ow to write to sweetheart, your father, mother, siste r brother, employ e r ; and, m fact, evecybody and any-N o. 51. HOW TO DO WITH CARDS.-C o ntai ni n g body you wish to write to. Every young man and every yo u n g ex p lanat ions of t'he general principl es of slei g h t -of -hand applicable lady in the land shou l d have this book. to .card tricks; of card tricks with ordinacy cards, and not requiring I No .. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-(lon sleig.ht-of-hand; o f tricks invo l ving sleight-of-hand, o r tbe use o f ,. t1tini'ng fu ll instructions for w riting letters o n a l most any subject llPl!Clally prepar e d c ards. By Professor Haffner. Illustr aterl also r u l es fo r punctuation and c om p o s ition, with SJ>e c i me n lette r s'.

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THE STAGE. No. 41. THJ!,l ;BOYS OF NJ!,lW YORK E)ND MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Contammg a great variety of the latest jokes used by the mutch dial ect, French dial ec t, Yankee and Irjsh dialect pieces, together with many standard readings. Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W. Abney. / No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY CADET.-Containi;ng full explanations how to gain admittance, course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of .Officers, Post Guard, Police R egu lations, Fire Department, and all a boy should know to be a Cadet. Ccmpiled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to B ecome a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete in structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, descriptio n of grounds and buildings historical s k etch. and everything a boy should know to beC'oJne a n officer in the United States Com piled and written J;l:Y I1u Senarens, author of "How to Become a West Point Military Cadet." PRICE 10 Address FU.ANK CENTS TOUSEY. EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 24 Union Squa1e, New York.

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