Pushing it through, or, The fate of a lucky boy

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5 CE:NTS. The fellow. finding abuse ineffectual, became aggressive. "I'll fix you! ' he snarled, raising his broom in a threatening way. This was too much for Haverstraw. He launched the contents of his wooden shovel full in the m a n s face.

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Fame and Fortune Weekly OF. BOYS WHO MONEY Issued Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per year. Ente1 :ed according to Act of Congress, in the year 190tl in the ojfl.ce of the Librarian of Congress, fVarhtngton, D. C., b11 Frank Tous e y Publiaher, 24 Union Square, New Yo1k, No. 24 NEW YORK MARCH 16, 1906. Pri c e 5 Cents Pushing It Thttough; OR, TfiE FATE op A eov. By A SELF .. M A D E M A N. CHAPTER I. JASPER HAVERSTRAW MAKES TWO ENEMIES AND A FRIEND. "What yer doin here?" snarled an unpl e a sant voice in Jasper Haverstraw s ear. The boy, pleasant-featured and s talwart in build, rathe r poorly attired, was in the act of lifting a shove lful of snow from the lower s tep of a highs tooped privat e house. H e paused turned around and regard e d his que s tion e r in s urprise. The fellow was a husky-looking chap, appar e ntly of the tramp order, and he carried a well-worn broom in his hands. He was accompanied by a companion, s everal degrees s habbier and more disreputable than himself. "Ye's ain t got no right here, so git!" continued the tou g h individual, in a threatening tone. "What' s the matter with you?" replied Haverstraw c oolly not in the least intimidated by the other's aggres s ive attitude. "I'll show you what's the matter with me," snorted the ruffian angrily, "if you don't slide out, d'ye hear?" "I don't understand what you are driving at," replied the boy, leaning on his shovel, and at the same time keep ing a wary eye on the two men. "Oh, you don't, don't you? I told you t.o move o n, didn t I?" "I h e ard y ou say so, and I want you to explain why you did s o "I don t know as it's nece s sary to explain nothin' if we don t feel li k e it, my hearty. However, I don't mind tellin' y er w e've g ot thE! contract for
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2 PUSHING 'IT THROUGH. "Are you goin' to get out of here, you measly young cub?'" demanded Snorker, advancing a foot nearer. The boy made no answer to this tequest, but discharged the snow, with a sweep of the shovel, into the street, and .took up another shovelful. The fellow, :finding abuse ineffectual, became aggressive. "I'll fix you!" he s narled, raising.his broom in a threat ening way. This was too much for Haverstraw. He launched the contents of his wooden shovel full in the man's face. Snork e r fell back sputterin'g and swearing He hadn t been prepared for such an offensive move on the boy's pa.rt, and he was thoroughly surprised The fellow, called Huskey, half-started forward, as if about to take a hand in the proceedings. The boy turned quickly upon him with a look which pJajnly sajd tha t he was prepared to defend himself, and the fellow stopped where he was. Snorker, however, was furious, and as soon as he wiped the moist snow from his eyes, he picked up broom and made a rush for Haverstraw. "I'll smash yer inter the middle of next week, yer little villain!" he yelled, bringing the broom down on the boy's head. At least that was his intention, but Jasper ducked nim bly to one side, seized the descending weapon and wrenched it from the man'.'s hapcls. "Now, get out of both of you; do you understand?" he cried, in tones that showed he nteant to be obeyed. "I won't stand any more of your abuse. You've no right to interf ere with me I've been hired to clean this walk and "You did that fellow up in good shape," he said, with a grin. "Don't you think he deserved all th.at he got?" asked Haverstraw, eyeing the other critically, and noting that he seemed to be s u ffering from the same kind of hard luck as hims elf "I do, and more, too. 'l'hose chaps had an awful nerve to tackle you in that way. If they wanted work there's load s \>f it around here." "They don't seem to want it bad enough to ask for it elsewhere," as Snorker and his companion disappeared around the corper of the street. "That's right. It's funny they wanted your job. Ever see them before?" "Never." "One would think they had a personal grudge against you." "That can hardly be." "If that other chap had taken a hand in the scrap I should have batted him over the head with my shovel. I meant to see that you had fair play." "Thanks. I appreciate your kindness," replied Jasper, gratefully. "Oh, that's all right," answered the other boy, in a. friendly way. "By the way, you seem to be like me, in hard luck. A fellow doesn't hire out to shove l snow unless he needs the price badly." "You've hit it. I the money." "What's your name?" "Jasper Haverstraw," replied the lad who had rather taken a liking for the other, who seemed to be an honest, manly kind of ehap "And yours?" "Oh, my name is Dan-Dan Tucker." stoop, and I'm going to do it. Go somewhere else, if you "I'm glad to now you, Tucker," said Jasper, holding out 'Vant to get busy. 'rhere 's lots of snow around here that's his hand waiting to b e re:riovea.. I don't know why this house in"Same here," grasping his hand and giving it a hea1ty tcrests you . shake "Where do you hang out?" moment it looked as 1f Snorker mtendcd to resume Jasper's brow clouded. hostilities. "I live in Jessup Street, with some distant relatives." He doubled up his fists and glared vindictively at the "Well, if you don't object, I'd like to lmow you better, plucky boy. Haverstraw. I'm living at the Anchor 'In:ri., down on the Then he thought bett er of it. lak e front. You'll come and see me, won't you?" "All right, my hearty," he gritted through his teeth. "I will. What do you usually do for a living?" "You've got the bestof us jest now, but mebbe we'll get "'Most anything that's honest. Last summer I was u a chance at yer some day. Come on, Huskey."
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PUSHING IT. THEOUGH. The boys didn't speak again 11ntil they had finished their work in a thoroughly efficient shape. "That's half a dollar well earned," said Dan Tucker, re garding the appearance of the front of the house with sat isfaction. "That's what it i s," agreed J aspe r. "It'll be dark be for long. We better coll ect our money now, and then I'll walk part of th e way to the }akle with you." Haverstraw went to tho area gate and rang the bell. I A servan t admitted him and showed him where to put the shovel and the old broom he ha.d 11sed. Then she asked him to enter the lritchen. 'rhe lad y of the house W!Ul there, with a very pretty young miss of fifteen, who called her Jasper r emoved his cap politely. "You have made a very neat job of it," said the lady, with a smile, "and I think you deserve an extra quarter." She hand ed him cents. "I am very m11ph obliged to yo11, ma'am," replied Ha. ver straw, accepting the coins. "Perhaps you'd lik e to have something ta eat," said the lady, pleased "ith hi s gentlemanly ways. "Jane will make you a clp of coffee, and give you sorp.e cold meat and bread." : "Tha:iik you, Tfla'am; but I don't wish to put you to any tro uble. You hav e already paid me well fm the work." Isn't he a nice young man?" whispered the g irl. It was a rather l oud stage whisper, and J asper heard it and g lan ced at the gold en-haired gir l with a look of evi dent admiration. She detected the look r.nd smi led at him. "You don't seem u sed to doing common labor of this kind, though you look strong and healthy," said the l ady of the house, in a tone of some interest:-"Your speech and manners are much above your apparent calliJ'.lg. You seem to have been well educated." "I was grad u ated at a Philadelphia pl.1.blic school, ma'am, and afterward went to an academy for a year and a half. Then :my father died, l eaving his affairs so inv o l ved that I had to g ive up schoo l :,ind strike out in the world for my self My mo ther died many years ago." The lad y and her niece their sympat hy. "I came to Erie," Jasper continued, "at the invitation O'f a relative of my mother's." "Indeed," said the l ady, in s ome surprise, notig again the boy's somewhat shabby clothes. "How lon g have you 11een livin g with them?" "About s ix weeks, ma'am." "Y 011 have not been fortuna .te in securin g employment, I shou l d judge. Couldn't yom relative get you someth ing to do?" "He i s not steadily employed him self He is a dock laborer." "I should think you would be fitted to fill a c l er k ship If you will give me your name and address I will speak to my husband, who is a vessel agent, and has a large ac quaintance among the business men downtown, about get ting you someth ing to do. Mabel, run and get a pencil md a piece of paper." "Thank you, ma 'am; you are very kind to interest your self in me." "Don't mention it. Sit u:p to t]1e table now." "Jasper Haverstraw," read Miss Mabel, from the slip of pa.per the boy ha:i:1ded her with the p e ncil. "'rhat hm't a common name, i s it auntie?" she wh ispered, as they turned to leq,ve the room. "Where is Jessup Stri;tet ?" "Down near the water front." "It isn't a nice neighborhood, is it?" "No, my dear. Very poor people live there." They walked into the dining-room, leaving ,Ja s per 4> his meal. He hun'ied through with it, feeling sure Dan Tucker was waiting outsiqe for him to appear. "Good-by,' said the golden-haired miss as Jaspe r the open door o: his way out. "Good-by, Miss--" "My name is Mabel Channing," she said, a smile. "l hope I s hall see 7ou some ti:rne." "Thank you, Miss Ch;umi:p.g"; and tlwn he pas&ed out at the area door. "What a p.ice, gentlemanly boy!" she mused, as she watcl1ed him leave the house. CHAPTER IL OUT ON THE STREETS. I Jasper Haver s traw walked as far as Street with his new-found friend, :Pan Tucker, and there took leave of him, promising to call upon him at the Anchor I:qn on the following day. Then he walked down the narrow, snow-blocked street toward the t enernet where he had been living since he ca.me to Erie six weeks before. It was a disreputable neighborhood. The male were mos tly coal shovelers ap.J dock laborers of every type, who lived with their large families in all degrees of poverty. Jim a ne'er-do-well cousin of Jasper's mother, had enticed the boy from Philadelphia for t]le purpose of ma king him help su pport the family, as Craddock hated to work any more than he could help. He much preferred to hang around the docks in the sun and chin to a select crowd of similarlx dispose(\ to shirk the n ecessity of earning an honest living. Jasper was lnuch surprised on his arrival in Erie t.o find the Craddocks living in such miserable quip ters. Mr. Craddock had a tale of hard luck ready to win his SJlnpaj; hy. Mrs. Cradqock, who was inthe plot to make the poy use ful to them tearfully describ e d how. they haq always been u sed to better quarters, but her husband's long illness-a ple asan t hit of fiction, by the way-and yatious other un-

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4 PUSHING IT THROUGH. fortunate matters, had lat.ely compelled them to econo mize. As Jas per listened to her tale be wondered why they had sent for him, for until he secured work he would, of neces sity, prove a drawback to their already limited resources. Their mode of living was thoroughly di s ta ste ful for him, but he didn't feel as if he could break away from them abruptly. Besides he felt, away out there, like a cat in a s trange garret. And to add to hi s helples sness he had landed in Erie without funds. Mr. Craddock s ugge s ted a.s delicat.ely as he could, that J ::fsper hustle around for a job, and to this the boy immc diately agreed, much to his relative' s satisfaction, who fore saw a life of comparative idleness for himself in the per specti ve. But a job such as Jasper believed himself fitted fer was not easily found in Erie, and as the days Pfssed and noth ing in that line materialized, Mr. Cracl,dock, who had been obliged to exert himself more than u s ual to keep the pot boiling, began to express hi s dissatisfaction. Tlien Jasper, who felt he was idle through no fault of his own, suggested that he withdraw him self from tlie Crad dock family circle in order to save them the expense of supporting him. He had no idea where he should go, and the necess ity of begging a t.emporary subsistence at the hand of charity was particularly disheartening, but still he did not feel as if he could remain where he was, under the circum stances. Mr. Craddock, taking alarm at this resolution on the boy's part, went into his little den of a room that night, af ter he was asleep, and took possession of the two s uits of good clothes Jasper owned, substituting a si ngle s habby suit which he had obtained, with some cash to boot, from a slop shop in the neighborhood. N atura.lly, Jasper put up a kick next morning, but Mrs. Craddock insisted tha.t the premises ha.d been robbed dur ing the night, and, to carry the story out, bewailed the loss of sundry finery of her own and her husband 's. Jasper, feeling that his personal appearance no longer warrant.ed his looking for a suitable position, was now will ing to take anything that came his way, resolving to break away from the Craddocks at the first chance. From this time his rela ti ves became more insistent that he get work, and more abusive when he failed to find it, though he tried hard enough to get it. Though naturally plucky and self reliant, Jasper felt much disheartened under the circumstances which sur rounded him, but he hoped, as soon as the milder days of spring came on, tha.t something would turn up. On the day we introduce him to our readers the recent heavy snow storm sugg(\Sted a way of picking up a dollar perhaps in removing the snow, as he had often seen poor men do, and he started out with that end in sight. He found some difficulty 'in getting such a job at first, as he was ashamed to present himself at the best houses in his shabby appa rel, and when he finally mustered up the courage to do so, he was turned down so often and with such scant ceremony that it took some of the starch out of him. Finally he cleaned one place for thirty cents, another for twenty, and then secured the job where he was at tacked by t)le two tramps. As we have said, Jaspet walked slowly down Jess up Street through the accumulated snow which was never re moved until the s un got busy with the work. He paused before the door of one of the miserable houses, which had not been painted in the recollection of the oldest inhabitant of tJ1e neighborhood; but then its neighbors had not fa.red any better in that He turned the knob of the s treet door and admitt)d him self into a s mall, dingy-looking hall, where a disreputable staircase pointed the way to another tenement above. The Cra.ddock apartm(mts were on the gro und floor, and consist.eel of two fairly large rooms-the front one over looking the s treet b e ing utilized as a bedroom for Mr. and Mr s Craddock, the second as a sitti ng-room dining-room and kitch e n combi11ed-and a s mall room, not much bigger tlrnn a large-sized closet, in the rear in which !asper had the honor of s leeping in company with a yellow mongiel pup who, when awake, bossed the house and the neighbor hood as well. The smoky hall lamp had not yet been lighted, and the hall was as dark a.t that hour as it well could be. But that fact didn't bother Jasper, who knew his way by intuition, and he presently reached a door knob of th e living-room and entered. Some of the dampness of the snowstorm had penetrated the room, for the ....walls were to an extent that left the original tint doubtful. One window, overlooking a dirty ya.rd, admitted light and air . In this comfortless apartment, which was destitut e of everything but the commonest and most necessary articles of furniture, a man and a woman, both of middle age, were sitting on either side of a table, on which stood part of a loaf of bread some. streaky-looking butter on a plat.e, a small piece of fried ham on another plate, and three cracked cups and saucers. The teapot stocid on the stove, in which a brisk coal fire was glowing, while the kettle had found a temporary rest ing place in the small sink. Mr. and Mrs. Craddock just finishing their meagre supper. Evidently they \ hadn't considered it at all necessary to wait for Jasper. Mr. Craddock, a heavy beetle browed man, with lar ge projecting ears, had just lighted. a short, black pipe; and Mr s Craddock, who had lost all traces of her early gooll looks, if she ha.d ever possessed any, was lingering over her third cup of tea. Both regarded Jasper with an unpleasant stare. "Well," s aid Mrs. Craddock, after drinking the remain-

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PUSHING IT THROUGH. der of her tea, "it is the old story, I s'pose. You have brought nothing home, and _you want your tea?" The boy, disgusted with the chilliness of his reception, remained silent. "So, you're gettin' sulky!" growled Mr. Craddock, look ing savagely at him. 'l'he head of the house had evidently been drinking more than was good for him, for he was in an unusually ugly humor. "How do you s'pose we're goin' to keep you, if you never bring any money hpme ?" snorted the amiable Mrs. Crad dock, discontentedly. "Yes; that's it, you lazy jackanapes !"roared the lady's husband, pounding the table with some violence. "Are we always to grub you, and lodge you, and clothe you, and get nothin' for it?" Jasper was astonished at the unpleasantness of his re ception. Clearly, they were dropping the ma!'lk at last, and were now expressing their true sentiments in a flat-footed man \ After the first feeling of surprise, the boy experienced a glow of indignation. "Why did you induce me to come to Erie?" he asked, with a rising color. "None of your sarse !" thundered Mr. Craddock. "We sent for you 'cause we thought you was an indus trious boy," said the lady, taking on herself to reply to the question. "That's right," snorted her husband, trying to fix J asper with his watery eye, but making a dismal failure of it. "We thought you was a worker, and we could depend on you. We find you're a lazy, gbOd-for-nothin' loafer, d'ye hear? You make us sibk with your du dish airs, and your eddication, and your what not. You ain't no good, and the sooner you git out the better." "Very well," answered the boy, quietly. "What d'ye mean by that?" snm:led Mr. offensively. 1 "I mean I will relieve you of my presence," said Jasper, sturdily. "I have no desire to stay where I'm not wanted.'' "You will relieve us of your presence," repeated the man, jeeringly. "Did you hear that, old woman? He will relieve us of his presence. There's dictionary talk for you! He can work his mouth to the queen's taste, but as for doin' any other kind of work-bah!" "I see now that you don't want me around,'' said J asper, calmly. "We don't; that's a fact. We're disapp'inted in you." "All right. I'll leave in the morning." "No, you won't,'' snarled the man. "You'll leave now, d'ye hear?" "But I don't know where to go at this hour,'' protested Jasper. "Go to blazes!" roared Mr. Craddock, bringing his fist down on the table again. ['hat was enough for the boy. He instantly turned on his heel and left the room and the house. In a moment he was a solitary unit among the 40,000 odd people of the city of Erie-homeless, friendless and penniless. CHAPTER UL JASPER FALLS IN'rO STRANGE QUARTERS. Sadly, wearily, and without aim or purpose, Jasper Haverstraw turned his back uppn the miserable quarters that for six weeks he had called home, and walked up the street in the snow and gloom of the early evening. It seemed to him that it had grown colder since he en tered the tenement fifteen minutes before. "Thank goodness!" he breathed. "I have the price of a lodging to-night : It would be awful to have to .tramp about the streets in this weather looking ior shelter. .But where I go?" He stepped into a doorway near tbe corner to consider. Then he recollected Dan 'I'ucker and the Anchor Inn. "It's somewhere along the lake front," he mused. "Dan said any one could tell me where it stood. Well, I'll in quire my 1rny nQw. If Dan can afford to stay there I guess it isn't too rich for my finances. It's mighty lucky I managed to pick up that $1.25 this afternoon-the fir6t money I've earned since I came to Erie." So Jasper started off at a brisk pace for the water front. The lake was not' so very far from Jessup Street, but every step the boy took it seemed to grow colder. 'rhe wind, blowing in from the big stretch of water, which Irivcd the frozen shore of Canada on the north, went through his not over-warm jacket like a knif ,e. Dim lights gleamed through the frost-bound windows of the many small st(>res in that neighborhood. He met quite a number of people on the frozen streets, but one and all seemed to be hurrying to places of shelter. After persistent inquiry he found himself at last in front of a dilapidated saloon which bore a sign on its big window-" Anchor Inn." It was one of the oldest houses in Erie, and was s.o loose in its joints that it made a crutch of its nearest neighbor. "Looks as if a good wind would bring it to the ground like a house built of cards," commented Jasper. Then he opened the main door and entered the barroom. The place was pleasantly to the chilled boy, or a big stove glowed in the center of the low-ceiled ro0m. The largest part of one side was devoted to a long bar, behind which a smooth-faced man was busily engaged mix ing hot drinks for a fair-sized crowd. The smoke from a score of clay pipes was rising to the ceiling, where it lay in palpitating folds, like a dim fog. Watching his chance, Jasper asked the barkeeper where he would be likely to find Dan Tucker. "He went in to supper a minute ago. Gothrough yon_

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6 PUSHING IT THROUGH. der door," he said, jerking his thumb over his right shoul der. Haverstraw followed directions and found himself in an other low room, in the center of which was a long table, flanked by a number of chairs. Several of these were occupied by roughly-dressed men eating. A young woman with hair was taking dishes to and from the room. Jasper's entrance attracted no attention. He paused close to the door and looked around for the face of his friend. Dan was seated by himself at the far end of the table. As soon as Jasper &pied him he walked over and sat down beside him. "Why, h ello; that you, Haverstraw?" exclaimed Dan, much su rprised. "I didn't expect to see you so soon. What's up?" "The unexpected. I'm out on the world," with a faint smile. "Out on the world? What do you mean?" "My relatives have given me the bounce out." "You don't say," whistled Dan, in some astonishment. "What for?" "They said they were tired of supporting me in luxuri ous idleness." "Luxurious idleness is good," laughed Tucker. "You'll room with me now, won't you?" "I dqn't know," rep!ied J asper, with some hesitation. "I've only got $1 .25." "Don't let that worry you. Turn here and have supper." "I had something to eat, you know, at that house on Blank Avenue." "Have some more . You only had a bite there." A plate of beef stew which the girl brought to Dan at that moment looked and smelled so good that Jasper was e;isily persu;i.ded to order a plate of the stew for himself. After the meal Dan arranged with the proprietor of the "Anchor Inn" for Jasper to occupy the same room with him and take his meals at the house till further notice. Then they went into the barroom, where it was warm, took seats in a corner away from the miscellaneous crowd of drinkers and smokers, and into a discussion about the future. .'I s'pose you haven't any prospects?" asked Dan. Haverstraw shook his head. "When the weather breaks up, there'll be a chance on the lake, if you'd care to go into that kind of work. It's rough, and hard in spells,. but it'll pan you over till some-thing else turns up," said Dan. "Come to think of it," said Jasper, recollecting. "The lady of the house I cleaned the snow from the front of this afternoon t:aid she'd speak to her husband about me. I gave her my name and my Jessup Street address. If n message should be sent taere for me the chances are I'd never hear about it now." "Then you'd better go up there to-morrow and tell her you've moved to the Anchor." "I guess I will," answered Jasper, who thought he might catch another glimpse of pretty Miss Channing, who inter ested him greatly, though he could hardly hope ever to be classed as one of her friends. "Even the ghost o f a chance for something to do is better than one at l'That's right. Never let &llything get PY you, that's my motto." 1 And mine, too." Just then the landlord of the establishment capie up to them and called Dan aside. "I've got to carry a message for Mr. Baxter," explained Dan to Jasper a moment later, as he put on his cap and buttoned his thick jactet close up about his throat. "You wait here in the corner till I get back. I shan't be gone more'n half hour." Jasper nodded, picked up a newspaper and began to read. The warmth of the room, the hum of conversation going on all ai:ound, and the added fact that he had not slept well the pre'cecling night, had their effect on the boy. His eyelids began to droop and the printed words be fore his eyes began to run together into an indistinguish able blur. He recognized the fact that he was falling asleep, got up and decided to take a short walk in the open air. The chill air without soon dispelled the sleep-benumbing influences that had attacked him in the warm barroom of the "Anchor Inn." He walked about a block up a side' street and then started back again. The cold wind from the lake induced him to hug pretty clos e to the sides of the buildings. Suddenly he stepped on a loose plank, fell against a door on his right, which gave ..a.way to his weight, and he was precipitated into a dark and noisome-smelling hallway as dark as pitch. Ria head caine into contact with the baluster of a stair case and he saw a goocl many stars. It was several moments before he picked himself up, and then he felt kind of dizzy and uncomfortable. He sat down on the lowest stair to recover himself. The street door had swung to again. He might have been there :five minutes before he felt ready to make a move. Just as he was about to rise, a door on his left was sud denly opened and a dim light shone into th,e hallway. Two rough-looking men came out and the door closed behind them. 'l'hey walked a step or two toward the street door and then came to a stop in the dark. "It's a mighty cold night, Huskey," remarked a :fa miliar voice, "but I guess it'll make folks sleep all the tighter." "I reckon it will, Snorker," replied the other man. Then there was a pause, in the midst of which Jasper heard the striking of a match.

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PUSHING I'l' THROUGH. 7 A bri ght g l o w sp,rang up in the pas s age as the man Sno r k c r proceede d to light hi s pipe. 'l he boy c au ght a side vi e w of their faces. H e h a r d l y r e quired that to i dentify them a s the two tramps h e had th e run-in with that afternoon on Blank Avenue It w as fortunate ,their back s were turneJ to him, for the flam e o f the match had al s o brought' his own figure and the l o w e r part o f the stairc a se out into Jim r e lief, and they mus t have notic e d him, had they been looking in his direction. The match out and all was dark again. J as p e r h eld his breath for f ear his pres e nce might becom e known to them for h e knew these men had no pleasant recoll ecti on s of him. H e r e aliz e d that he was at a decided disadvantage, and tha t if they caught him there it might go hard with him at t h eir hands So he waited impatientl: for them to leave the house. CHAPTER IV. IN THE HANDS OF THE ENEMY. Presently Snorker s poke again. "If it hadn' t been for that pesky young monkey who got ahe a d of u s thi s afte rnoon w e s hould have got a chance to 1'ee the l ay o f th e b ase m ent afte r w e'd cleaned up the snow. Now w e 've got to tru t to luc k J as p er e a s il y heard e very word, and wondered what the rascal was driving at. "Ob, w e kin ge t in all right, r e plied Hus key. "Don' t y ou worr y about that. I piped the place off through a hol e in the f e nce from the vacant lot in the rear. There's a g lass door and an out s ide wooden one, which is bolted at ni ght. The re are two bolt s one at the top and the oth e r at the b o ttom. We can e a s ily force 'em, Snorker. It's s o e a sy I c oulcl lau gh." "Well, yo u 've got a jimmy, Hus key; so I'll look to you to do the bus ine ss." "I'll clo it all right, you kin bet yer boots." "As Woodman i s awa y in Buffalo there ain't none but the wome n folk s-four of 'em-in the house. We ought. to be abl e to clean the place out. On s ich a night as this w e needn' t f ear that the cop on the beat i s goin' to give u s any troubl e Re)ll be snuggled up somewheres that''3 warm." "'That's what he will all right," acquiesced Huskey, s l apping his hand s against his thighs. "We ll, w e' ll g o down the s treet and put a couple of warm drinks into us, and then we'll make a start for that the re crib." "I'm with y ou Snorker," and the hoy h eard him smack J1is lips loudly at the alluring prospect of a couple of hot whi s kies. Snorker then pulled the door open and stepped outside, only to go down on his face. He had stepp e d on the same loos e board which had trippe d Jas per up, only it the opposite wary with him. The ruffian got up, swearing loudly over hi mishap. Hus key, howeYer, thought the matter a huge joke and made fun of his companion, whl.ch circum s tance didn' t in crea s e Snorker'sgooJ humor. The door bang e d to ifter them, to Jasper's great relief. 'l'he knowledge that the two rascals were going to b"Qrg larize the woodman house on Blank Avenue that night re mained with him and engaged his thoughts. It was certainl y his duty to prevent the crime. "I'll go up there at once, put Mrs. Woodman on her guard, and then notify the police. The rascals will prob ably Le cau g ht. That ought to make me solid enough to catch a job through Mr. Woodman." The prospect was so inviting .that the boy, after. peering out of the door to see if the enemy had clisa. ppeared, ancl finding that they had, starte d off up the s treet, quite unmindful of the bitter w e ather. He beli e vd he would have no difficulty in finding Bla .nk Avenue and s potting the house, the front of which he had cleaned of the snow that aternoon . He tied his handkerchief about his ears, and pulled his cap well down. Then with his hands in his pockets and his back to the wind, he trampe d shudily forward through the snow. After walking some di s tance in what he believed to be the right direction, he s topped at a corner drug store, saw it was after elev e n o clock, and a s ked his way to .Ave nue. "Keep straight on for five blo c k s and you will run into it," r e plied the clerk. Afte r walkin g two blo c k s the boy notic e d a reel stone buildin g h e had t a k e n note of on his way back to Jessup Stree t with Dan. "I know pretty near where I am n ow," he thought, and push e d ah e ad with added vigor. "I'll be the re now inside of t e n minutes." A f ter counting five block s he stopped at the next corner. "'l'his mus t be Blank Avenue. Too bad there isn't a sign on the lamp-po s t. Thes e side sheets look as much alike as peas in a pod to a s tranger like me." The re wasn't a s oul on the street he could inquire of to make s ure, s o he had to trus t to luck and the accuracy of the druggi st's direction s He turned and walked down the s treet for a couple of blocks, cxarnining the hou ses on the north side of the way car e full y as he proceeded, but the Woodman house wasn't among them. He k ept on for another block with no better result, and then began to feel bit discouraged. "This can't be the right street. I'll have to try the one beyond." He struggled forward along the partly-cleaned walk till he reached the next corner. There was a lamp-post there, but no sign on it. "It's a wonder they wouldn't have the name on the lamps

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8 PUSHINGIT. '.rHROUGH. as I've .seen elsewhe1:e. It would co;me in mighty handy, especially on a night like this." Jasper retraced his course to the west along thi s street lfor four blocks, but was soon satisfied that he was not on Blank Avenue. "This i s n t so easy a s I thought if was going to be,'.' he muttered. "I must be a 1couple of sti:eets out of the way. I'll go back a bit." While crossing the next street he saw two men coming toward him in the near distance. "I'll ask these persons where Blank Avenue is. They ought lo be able to direct me, for I'm sure it i s somewhere right about this neighborhood." So he waited near the corner house for them to come up. Their hats were drawn low over their eyes, their coat collars turned up and their heads down, with their hands in their "I say," said Jasper, accosting them, "can you tell me where--" The two men stopped antl their heads. Jasper almost dropped; He recognized the pedestrians a s Snorker and Hus k e y They knew the boy at once, and Snorker utter e d an oath. Then he grabbed the half-frozen lacl, forced him against the house, and held him there. "Get yer handkerchief out and tie hi s hands Huskey." As Jasper lrnd a stro:qg objection to being tied, he put up a big struggle, but Snorker had him at a disadv,an tage and he was obliged to submit to the inevitable. realiz e d that h e was c1irectly in th e r ea r o f the W ooclman house. "I missed Blank A venue by walking one bloc k too far to the north. Only for that unfortunate blunder I should have been able to block their gam e N O'\v, what am I to do? They seem to have me dead to rights. If the y reall y mean to l eave me here all night I'll freez e to d eath." Jasper made an imm e diate effort to try and free him self, but h e found they had tied him a s tight as it was pos sible for the m to do. "This i s an e 1 asperating s ituation to be in, after all m y good inte ntion s to outflank those scoundr e l s," he breathed. "My finger s are feeling numb alr e ady." He pulled and tugged on the handkerchi e f for several minutes, apparently to no good In hi s s truggle he s t e pped on a piece of i c e lost hi s foothold ancl for a mom ent hung by his wri s t s alone. He thought hi s wri s t s w e re brok e n s o tenible was the pain Then of a s udd e n the handker c hi e f s lipp e d down with hi s weight lmtil it ca11ght in a wid e indentation. in the pos t an d hi s knees tou c h e d the hard snow. N o w he noticed that the hanclker c hie f was quite loose Thi s fac t gave him n e w hope and whe n the pain in hi s wri s t s had s ub s id e d some what he found h e c ould easil y witbclr a w hi s hand s from hi s bond s He s tood up-free at last. CHAPTERV. A TIC KL T S H PIECE OF BUSINESS. "I wonder if thl:)y have got into the house by this time? h e asked him s elf, a s he came out from under the s id e walk, and looked across the vacant lot toward the thre e story brick dwelling which he judged to be the Woodman home. "I'll just take a look through the fence and see what I can s ee." He crossed the lot, discove red a convenient knot-hole and a good-sized fire to thaw him out in the mornin' when looked throu g h into the neatly-kppt yard b e yond. he's found." "1 reckon we've got yer where the hair is s hort, young feller," sajd Snorker, "We didn t expect to meet yer so soon ag'in, but s eein' as we have we'll jest -do you up a bit to square scores. Yer was as sassy and in dependent as a bog on ice thi s afternoon when yer re fused to move on after we asked yer to. I'll bet yer never expected see us no more. Yer see, yer was mistaken. Fetch him along, Huskey. We'll s tuff him und e r the s ide walk of the vacant lot at the ba.Qk. of the crib. It'll take "They've effected an entrance, all right," he said, no-It was only a few steps around the corner to the lot in ticing that the wooden s torm door of the basement was question. wide open, though the glass door was closed. They yanked Jasper with them as if he were a bag of Then he began to con s ider what he should do. meal, toppled him over into a pile of snow which almost He might go around to th e front of the hou se, ring the E:r;nothered him, and then hauled him under the sidewalk. b e ll violently and continuously, and by thi s means frighten 'l'hey tied him to one of the supports away back in a the rascals off and save the house from being robbed. corner. The rough treatment he had suffered at their hand s "I don't reckon you'll quite freeze to death in here," however, made him very desirous of having the scoundrels jeered SJ?.orker, "but you'll wish yer was up ag'in a good captured and put in jail. fire long a.fore mornin'. Next time a couple of gents like How could he, single-handed, exp ect to bring about such us orders you to do somthin' yer'll do it, I guess." a sati s factory result? Then they left him after Huskey had produced a small "I wonder if they're armed?" he thought. "I've a :fl.at bottle from his pocket, and they had mockingly drunk great miltd to enter the hou s e the same way they have his health. I clone. It looks as if they had left the way clear for a Jasper saw them start across the lot, and he immediately rapid retreat."

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PUSHING IT THROUGH. 9 He decided to do this She saw him standing there in the gloom, and s he It was a simple matter to climb over the fence. paused, held (o the spo t with s udden t er ror, which blan c hed Then he waded through the snow, which plainly showed her pretty face to the color of ivory. the tracks of the two men, up to the basement g lass door. The unexpected bad happened, and as the boy recovered Trying the knob, Jasper found, as he expected, tha.t the bis self-possession he expected every second that the girl door was unlocked. would utter a scream which could not ail of a.laJ'ming the So he passed into the hallway of the basement, and th e burglars in the parlors. warmth of the place was particularly gratefu l to his halfIt was up to him to prevent this, and a dozen methods benumbed limbs. flew through his brain in half that many seconds, so quick The kitchen door was open and he glanced in. do the mental faculties respond when'.' a sudden emergency The room was just as the cook had l ef t it when she spurs them to action. went to bed at the top of the house. Almost uncons c iously he ll'ttered the single word Jasper listened intently for some sound to guide him "Mabel." as to the whereabouts of the would-be burglars. The sound of her name seemed to partially reassure t4e He rightly j ud ged that it wouldn't be healthy for him girl, for a flash of color came into her face, she raised the to run foul of them. la.mp above her head, and peered sharply at the indistinct The dining-room door was shut, and he put his ear to figure stan ding within a yard of her. the keyhole. The light foll on the boy's face. Not a sound. "Jaspe r Haverstraw!" s he gasped, the color retreating "They must be upstairs;" he breathed. again from her face, and her hand going up to her bosom. Softly he mounted the basement stairs, the carpet dead"Hush!" he whispered, not daring to stir, lest such a ening his footsteps. movement might precipitate a scene. "Yes, I am Jasper The main hall was dimly illuminated by a light which Haverstraw, Miss Channing. Don't be frightened. I am filtered through a pink globe perched on an ornamental here to save the house from being robbed." brass pipe running up through the balustei:. "What do you mean?" she murmured. "Are you alone?" The doors of what Jasp er g uessed to be the back and "Yes. You W<\ll't scream if I iell you something. H front parlors were both closed. you do it will ruin everything." He li stened at the keyhole of each, but couldn't mak e She did not reply, only looked at him with a strange, out that any one was inside startled expression on her face, He debated with himself whether he ohou1d look insid e "May I come closer to you?" he asked, desperately. or not. "You can trust me." While he stood there und ecided, he heard something She opened her mouth to answer, but the s?und died on fall, and the sound was followed l:ly a smothered maledicher lips. tion. "Please go back to your room and I will come as far as "'Dhey're in there," he said, with a quickening of the the door." blood in his veins. "I'll go up stairs and wake Mrs. WoodShe seemed to under s tand him, hesitated a moment, and man up. I'm afraid it' ll be a ticklish job, for the sight then slowly backed into the room, still holding the lamp of me is bound to alarm her, and if she sh' ould make any on high. noise the fat wiU be in the fire. I wonder if there i s a He followed her to the door, partially closed it, so that revolver in the house? I hope there is, for with it I little more than hi s head was in the room, then he spoke. might be able to corner those rascals somehow." "Miss Channing, I want you to help me," he said, speakNot a little nervous over the outcome of his plan to ing rapidly, but low and distinctly. "I want you to wake arouse the lady of the house at that hour of the night, or your aunt up without the least noise, if that be possible." morning, for he knew it was some time after midnight, "Why?" she asked, lowering the lamp. Jasper mounted the heavily-carpeted stairs to the hallway She had recovered a good bit of her self-possession, and above. being naturally courageous, was now curious to know what "Now, which is Mrs. Woodman's room? It must be the this singular intrusion meant. front one," he concluded. How came this boy, who had occupied a considerable With his hand on the balustrade he wae in the act of s har e of her thoughts since s h e had m e t him for the first turning in that direction when suddenly, and without the time that afternoon, to b e in the hous e at that hour? least warning, the door facing the head of the stairs, and What was his purpo se? consequently within a few feet of where he stood, was Could it be possible she had been deceived by his honest, opened and a female, attired in a Japanese kimono, with a manly face? night l amp in her hand, appeared in the opening. Was he a thief? Jasper was struck motion less with surprise, not to say It was with deep anxi e ty she awaited his reply consternation. "Because there are two in the parlors below. But for all that he recognized the person as Mabel ChanI discovered their purpose of entering this place, and I ning. ca.me here to warn you all, but arrived too late to head the

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PUSHING IT 'l'HROUGH. 11 "They're in there, all right," he s aid, noticing the sub dued sound of desultory conversation, and perceiving the shaft of light which s hon e under the door. Placing his hand abol1t the knob he felt a key in the lock. With the utmo st caution he turned it by slow degrees, cutting off their exit in that direction. "I have them now, I guess," he breathed, with a grin of satisfac tion "These rascals are easy." ( He returned to the kitchen door, removed his shoes, opened the door s oftly and entered. 'I'he door leading to the dining -room was ajar Creeping up to it he was astonished to see Snorker and. Huskey seated at the table enjoyi'.ng themselves to the queen's taste A plate of cold meat, one of crackers, and a whiskey bot tle stood before them, to which they were helping them selves with great relish and sat isfaction, apparently dis turbed by no thought of danger. On the floor ba:iide each of them stood a large bundle, the appearance of which showed that it constituted their plunder from above. "Well, upon my word they've got a cool nerve after all,'' thought Jasper. "I never would have believed it of them. They must think they have a regular cinch here. They don't appear to think they're taking any chance at all. It's lucky for the house they're so confident. Otherwise it's clear they would have been gone by the time I got down here They workd pretty swiftly upstairs, I must say." Jasper, revolver in hand and ready for any emergency, silently watched them devour the meat and crackers and swallow several glasses of undiluted liquor. Even then they did not appear to be in any but leisurely lit their pipes and began to smoke as if such a thing as interference on the part of the occupants of the house was not to be feared. "I suppose they are banking on the supposition that women only are in the house. It would rather stagger them, I guess, if they discovered that I was quietly over looking their social "enjoyment with a loaded revolver in my hand." Jas per snickered to himself as he thought of the sur prise which awaited them as soon as they g o t r.eady to make a move. "I wonder how long before the police will show up?" he thought "I hope these chaps wiJl continue to enjoy them selves for some little time yet. It will save me a lot of trouble." At that moment Jasper felt a slight wuch on his shoul der. Although apprehending no danger from his rear, it came so unexpectedly that he could not help giving a start as he turned about to find Mabel Channing at his elbow. He drew back from the dooi and whispered to her to look into the dinin g -room. She did so, and was much astonished at what she saw there. Then he drew her out into the basement hall. "You have notified the police?" he asked her. "Yes." "And when do you think we may. expect them?" "In a very time." "Then I advise you to watch for their coming from the parlor windows, so as to admit them without noise "I mean to do so," she answered. "But some of the officers will approach from the back, s o the man who talked to me over the wire intimated." "They can't get in that way, as I have bolted both doors. I can't watch-'-" A movement in the din i ng -room at this j uncture cut him s hort. The boy judged that Snorker and his companion were preparing to depart "I guess they're about to make a move," he sa i d to Miss Channing "Run upstairs at once and leave me fo attend to them "You will be careful, won't you?" she begged, ea.rnestly, catching him by the hand. Jasper assured her that he would, thereupon she pressed l1is :fingers gently and hurried away. Haverstraw returned to the kitchen in time to see the two men pick up their bundles and, w i thout bothering to turn out the gas, start for the door. "Stop!" cried the boy, stepping from behind it and fac ing them with foe revolver in position for instant use. Snorker, who was in the lead, fell back as if he had been shot, such a startling effect did the unexpected chal lenge have upon him. As for Huskey, his dirty, unshaven face tumed livid with fear, and his knees sh ook under him. "Drop those bags!" was Jasper's next command. Huskey let his fall with a bang, and then craw led under the table, leaving his companion to :fight it out. $norker bad more nerve and held on to his bund le. Then he recognized the boy, and a curse slipped ,from his lips. His idea was that somebody had set the lad free, pos sibly a policeman, and he looked over Jasper's shoulder in the expectation of seeing this somebody. "Your little game is up, Mr Snorker,'' said Jasper, cooly. "Better yield quietly or you may get hurt." Snorker's face grew as black as a thunder cloud "I'll get squa,re with you for this, young 'feller!" he grated, making a menacing move forward. "Stop where you are or I'll shoot!" cried Jasper. At that moment a couple of policemen entered the kitchen, followed by Mabel. The boy stepped aside at their bidding, and within two minutes Snorker and his associate had handcuffs on thei r wrists CHAPTER VII. JASPER HAS AN IDEA FOR MAKING MONEY. "You are a brave boy, and I don't know how to thank you enough for what you have done for us," said Mrs.

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' 12 PUSHING IT THROUGH. Woodman to Jasper Haver s traw as the boy stood, cap in a spare rlrnrnber lip tairs which you may occupy. I shall hantrai1ger in Erie, ]t is a difficult matter to find a pos ition clothes, but the ladie s treateband not be back for several days," s aid then congratulated his companion on th e friends he had the lady, "you will let me advance you some money to made. carry you OYcr your present difficulties, will you not?" "I dare s ay you'll get a good job just as soon as Mr. "l \Yill accept it as a loan, to be repaid at some future Woodman r eturns from Buffalo. He's the most important time," replied Jasper. ship agent in Erie, and he'll be able to take care of you "Very well, if you insi:;t on having it that way, but T all right. I suppose th ere's no use asking you to take \ rould much rather you would take it as a present." the job I hav<;i found for you." She hancJed him twenty dollars from h e r pocketbook. "What i s it?" asked Jaspe r, with some curiosity . "Now, :you. muf)t not thin k of returning to the lake "The owneT of the Sally Ann bas secured another coal front at this hour or the morning, l\Ir. Haverstraw. I have charter-I don't know how many thousand tons this time

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PUSHING IT THROUGH. 13 -but J understand it'll take a good many trips acroos tho lake to Port Edward to the contract. He hired me right off the reel, and you also on my recommendation. It means i>t c ady work for several weeks for both of us; enough to irnt us on our pins again. But I may as well tell you it's hard and dirty work, labor you 've not been used Lo, and now that your prospects have brightened up I can hardly expect you will pard in with me. Sprry, for I've taken a liking to you, J as, and I hate to part from you." "Same here, Dan. What docs this job of yours pay?" Seventy-five cents a clay. There'll be five of us and the s kipper all told." "I'll tell you what, Dan, I've a great mind to go with you, only for the novelty of the thing. I've a!ways hacl a yearning for the water, and this will be a chance to gra.tiy it." "But, much as I'd like to have you with me, I'm bound to say that Mr. Woodman can easily get you a better joba position more suitable to your education and appearance." "No doubt of that, Dan; but I guess Woodman's influ ence will keep. I'd like to make one trip across the lake at least. I assure you I have no objection to roughing it. In fact, I think a little hard work would do me good after the lazy spell I've had." "Well, you're the doctor, Jas. 1 you want to give it up after a single trip it will be easy to find somebody to step into your shoes." "All right. Then we'll consider the matter settled." "Come down the street with me and I'll take you aboard the Sally Ann, and show you around the schooner." Jasper was willing, so the two boys left the. "Anchor Inn" and started for the wharf alongside which the Sally Ann was moored. She was a dirty little fore-and-after, of a carrying ca pacity of about 200 tons. The accommodations for both skippm: and cre,,w wern of the most meager kind and rather jarred upon Jasper's nerves, in spite of his avowed readiness to rough it. However, he determined not to back out just because things were not nice enough to suit his taste, though he help wondering what Mabel Channing would say if s he saw the surroundings he had elected to make his own even for the briefest period of time. "I'll stick it out one trip if I break a leg," he thought, grimly. t'rt will be a new experience for me, and I rather like new experiences. I don't believe that it will be any wor s e than what I hacl to put up with at the Craddocks'. I think that was about the worst ever. How I eveT man aged to stick .it out six weeks astonishes me, now, when I come to think of it." After Jasper had seen all he wanted of the Sally Ann, Dan took him up one of the adjacent streets to introduce. him to the owner. His name was Bimler, and he lived in a mode s t-looking two-story frame dwelling tha.t clidn't speak any too well 0 the owner's The trouble with Bimler was he lacked ambition. He might have kept the Sally Ann constantly employed if he had got a hustle on and looked up chances that were constantl,y happening. When he put in a successful bid for carrying a few thou sand tons of coal across to Port Edward, the Sally Ann al ways came bacl{ from her trips empty, when other craft in the business frequently secured a cargo of lumber on t,hc other side, and thus earned a double profit. The Sally Ann was always idle for awhile between char ters, too. One never followed on the heels of another. That would have been too much prosperity for Bimler. He was contented to take the world easy, and was satis-fied as long as he had .enough to live on. The idea of having a surplus in bank never occurred to him. All this Jasper lea rned from Dan on liis way to the owner's domicile "Well, if I owned the Sally Ann, as disreputable looking as she is, I'd keep her on the move, if I had to take a smaller profit at times in order to do so," remarked J asper. "Some people don't know enough to take advantage of their chances jn this world "That's right; and Bimler is one of them," replied Dan They found the owner all cramped up with rh e umatism, sitting by a window, through which the brigh t afternoon sun pourecl. "This is my friend, Ha verstraw," said Dan, by way of introduction. "Glad to know you, young man," said Bimler, hol ding out his hand. "Tucker said you was all right, and I guess you are by your looks. I've shipped you a.t his request The Sally Ann will sail some time on Saturday Tucker will show you the ropes, so by the time you've made you r first hip you'll be as good as aboard, I reckon The Sally will make about twenty trips this time before she takes anothei rest From which remark it was evident Bimler's contrac t called for the conveyance of about 4,000 tons from Erie to Port Edward. "Do you know, Dan, if I had a couple hundred of dol lars I'd try and go into the coal carrying business myself," said Jasper to Dan, with some enthusiasm, as they were ,;allcing back to the "Anchor Inn Tucker looked at his companion in surprise. "What put that idea into your head?" he asked. "Several things. wbat you told me about Bimler, for one, and what Bimler said about the profits he makes, for aqother. 'fhere must be money in it when such a fellow as Bimler makes a living out of it in his half shod way o.f doing business." "But Bimler has one advantage-he owns his vessel. It isn't easy to find an unemployed craft of her tonnage around the lake that you could snap up at a bargain. Then, again, you wouldn't be able to get a coal charter, even i you had the outfit, you were favorably known to some vessel agent." "What's the matter with Woodman? I'll bet I could

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' PUSHING IT THHOUGH. -:.Ir:; Woodman to talk her husband over to helping 11.e out in rrneh a scheme. She's mighty eager to do some th ing for me since I saved her property from those burglnrs." "That's all right, Ja.s," said Dan. "But I'm afraid you COlllLln't make it pay without h aving some general insight in t o the busines<;." \ "Oh, I don't know/' replied Jasper, confidently. I rlont b elieve in wasting my time working for other people Ol'. a small salary when I see a' chance of pulling out good ffoucy as my own boss. I've got interested in this scheme. l"m going to see \rhat information I can find out about this c;harter business on this trip across the lake in the Sally ,\ nn. You've had a good bit of experience yourself, Dan, anrl ought to be able to put me next to the inside workings of it." "I'm ready to tell you all I know, if it will do you any good." "That's what I want you to tlo. Then I'll look into things over at Fort Edward, so that by the time we shall ha1c got back to Erie I may have a plan to set before Mr. Woodman." "Well, you seem to be out for business from the word go," remarked Dan, admiringly. '"T'hat's what I run." "And yesterday you were ready to take any old job, to put a dollar in your pocket." "That's right, too. But I'm looking at things differently just now. There are times when it's the correct thing to work for others, but yau can't expect to get ahead very fast that way. I b e li eve in keeping your eye always on the lookout for a chance to better yourself, and when the chance comes in sight to seize and push it through for all it's worth. Those are my sentiments." ,-CHAPTER VIL JASPER DECIDES TO GO INTO BUSINESS FOR HIMSELF. Jasper laid out half of the twenty dollars he got from Mrs." Woodman in a new suit of substantial ready-made clothes. / With a part of the balance he bought a new Iu1t and other needful articles. When dressed up, Haverstraw made a very creditable ap pearane:e. T n fact, he was qnite a handsome boy. recognize him, and showed him into the parlor, while she went llpstairs to announce his arriyal. l\Jabel rnshed down to greet him, and when she entered the parlor hardly knew him at first, so changed was he "What! don't you lmow me, Miss Mabel?" he said, com ing forward, as she stopped and looked at him with some hesitation in her manner. "Why, it is you, Jasper Haverstraw, isn't it?" she ex claimed, delightedly. "Do you know, for the moment I 'didn't recognize you." "Decent clothes do make a difference after all, don't they?" he said, with a laugh. "Yes," she admitted "They certainly make a great ehanga in the outward appearance of a person, but they don't a man a gentleman if he isn't one already by nntme anrl eclucation." "I won't clispnte that point with you, Miss Mabel." "Tt was very good of you to call so soon again. I hope vou mean to stay to tea?" "I conldn't refuRe Sllch an invitation from so charming a person as l\Iiss Channing," he replied, gallantly. "'Yell, upon rn:v worrl, you sairl that very nicely," she replied, with a blush. "Really, I think you are improving wonderfully." "You couldn't expect me to do1 otherwise under the influence of your fascinating presence, could you?'' "Dear me, what big words you are using!" she exclaimed. "You must have been reading a dictionary since I saw you last." "Hardly that," with a lallgh. "I haven't seen a dic tionary since I left the Academy ih Germantown." "Well, a'lmt1 will be c1e.lighted to see you. She went downtown to do some shopping I expect her back any moment now." "One of the reasons I called this afternoon was to tell your aunt that I shall be unable to come to dinner on Sunday as I promised to do." "Indeed! She will be soTry to hear that, as she wanted you to meet M:r. Woodman, who will be home Saturday. l\Iay I ask why you cannot come?" "Certainly. I have arranged to. leave Erie on. the schooner Sally Ann, Saturday, for Port Edward, in "Do you really mean that?" asked Mabe1, in a tone of evident disappointme11t. "Yes, but I'll be back again by the fi,tst of the ensuing week." "Oh!" she said, brightening up again. "I'll tell you how it came about." J!rs W ooc1ma.n invited him to take dinner on the corning f:hmclay, and Jasper accepted; but now since he engaged to leave Erie on the Sally Ann on Saturday he decided it would be the proper thing for him to visit the Woodman home and explain how circumstances would pre vent him from calling on Sunc1a.y as Whereupon he told her how his friend, Dan Tucker, had shipped him as a hand on the coalcarrying schooner with out his knowledge. "Dear me, I shouldn't think you'd like to go across the lake in a vessel carrying coal," sh!J said, with a little shrug of her pretty shoulders. "I have an objeot in it, Miss Mabel. Perhaps I'll tell you all about it when T come back next week." Wh,_n he rang the bell at the Blank Avenue house the servant, who had seen him only in his shabby attire, didn't "I hope you will, for I'm jnst dying to know what could

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PUSHING IT THROUGH. 15 induce you to ship as an ordinary sa ilor on a schooner 1 arrangements made Ly the Pennsylvania Coal C ompany. when you might do ever so mnch better on s hor e." There you have another of th e unforseen and unavoidable Jasper changed the conversation to other topics, and soon extras." afterward Mi;s. Woodman came home and greeted the boy "It's a wonder Bimler wonlcln't look for a lumber haul in the most friendly manner. back to Erie or v icinity. I s hould, if I were in his shoes." She, too, was surprised to l earn of his intended trip to "Bimler is an old fossil. Be s ides, he i s bun;sed up with Canada in the Sally Ann. the rheumatism "I'm afraid you won't lik e it," she remarked, with a "What if h e i s Collldn't he get a s hipping agent to do deprecatory sort of smi le. the busi14ess for hin1 ?" Jaspe r took his leave soon after tea, promising to call 1 "Sure he could; but he doesn't bother." and see l\1r. Woodman when he returned from Port Eel"Well, I just wish the Sally Ann belongec.l to me, that's warcl,in the schooner all I'd make her hum," s aid Jas per with an arnbitio11s When ,Jasper (in hi s old clothes) and Tucker reported glow in hi s eyes. / on board of the Sally Ann, Saturday morning, she was The wind began to r-$1.15 a ton, I think, and as we are carrying but "Something is up," remarked Dan who was sunning a fraction oyer 200 tons, that will give him say $18 0 out himself on the wharf beside Jaspe r of which to pay all expe n ses and make a profit." "What makes you think there is?" asked Haverstraw, in "Well, .he can make a fair p r ofit if luck favors him. On snrpr ise. this trip we'll lose because it's Sunday." "I can t ell by Brown's actions." "Why didn't he holcl back until Monday. It would have "What can it be?" saved him a day's expenses at leai;;t ?" "Oh, come now, I'm not gifted with secoiid sight A ll "It's lik e l y he had t'1 take hi s load to-day, owing to other 1 I can say is, somethi?g has upset the

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1G l'l' TflBOU UlT. ''It\; n o thin g to do with us, I g u ess,' said fo c i y mild aml th e wind fair b o th ways W e scarcel y had Pre tty soon Brown c ame up and halt e d in fron t of th e m. t o s t art a rop e." \Yhat do you think," he s aid. "Bimler has gone off "Wcre.n't you seas i c k at all?" a s k e d Mabel, ro g ui s hly. h i!'l hoo k s." "Oh, no. I e njoyed e very moment I was awa y Had the "Gone off hi s hook s !" repeat e d Jas per, somewhat my s tiw eathe r been ro : llgh I s uppose I s hould have a different tal e fie u b y th e emark. "What do you mean b y that?" to tell." \'\'hat tlo I mean? Why, that he s dead, of course "You w e re fortunate." "Co on!" Dan, with an incredulou s stare "Mr. Woodman was very much amused when I told him ' Ifs a fa c t. Th e rheumati s m went to hi s heart, and he y ou had gon e on s u c h a trip. He i s w e ll acquainted with turnrci up hi& toes Saturday night about dark." the class of vessels o:f which the Sall y Ann i s a type,'' said "Ge e whiz!" exclaimed Dan. Mrs. Woodman, with a s mile. "He thought a s ingle trip H e' ll be planted this morning." acro s s the lake in the s chooner would cure you of the de" And who g e ts the schooner-his nephew?" s ire to engage in such business The pay is ver y poor the "T reckon,'' nodd e d the skipper, going aboarQ. .to carry work rough and ofte n hard, and the association s v e r y much the n e'.1'S to the others b elow the level of an educated and progressive boy lik e "That settles it, said Dan, with a snort of disgust. I des crib e d you to be. He is an x ious to s e e you, and will "Things will go on the hog for fair." do all in his power to place you in a po s ition wher e y ou r "l fow i s that? a sked Jaspe r, with some intere s t. talent s will be appreciated and you will have th e opp or BPraus e Higging s--that's the chap's name--is n t worth tunity to ad v an c e in lif e." the powde r it wonld take to blow him up. H e's lazy and "I am very much oblig e d to y our hu s band :for bis goo d good-for-nothing. He could no more run the bu s iness than intent.ion s Mrs. Woodman," r e pli e d Jas p e r. "I may s a y lie c ould fly." that I called here this morning for the purpos e of meetin g "What will he do, then, do you think?" him, a s I have a bus iness propo s ition I want to s ubmit to "He'll rent the s chooner or put her up at auction and him." sell her see if he doesn't." "You will find him at hi s office, and you ma y b e sure "And what about the coal charter?" a sked Jas per, in h e will be very glad to see you. I will run upstairs and some excitement. telephone him that you are comin g down." ''He 'll it or let it go by the board Mrs. Woodman left the room. "He will?" "Now, Mr. Haverstraw,'1 said Mabel, "you I]lade a "IIe as sure as you're sitting there." promise to me before you went away. I want y ou to keep "Then I m going ta make it my"business to call on him it."
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PUSHING IT THROUGH. 17 site backing. It strikes me as a good money-making enter prise-much better, in fact, than working in an office for small wages. You see, I am ambitious to get abead, and from what I have learned about the possibilities of the business I am anxious to take a shy at it. It offers induce ments to a hustler with a little capita l. I haven't the little capital, it is true, but I had the idea that maybe Mr Wood man would not object to give me a lift. H e is thoroughly acquainted with the details of the bu s iness, a s he is a vessel agent and deals in charters. It i s a rather nervy thing for me to suggest to him, I am willing to admit, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, you know. It i s his privilege .to turn me down, of course, but at least I mean to lay the matter before him." "He won't turn you down, Mr. Haver straw, if your proposition is at all reasonable," assured Mabel. "Now, until this morning I wasn't quite s ure how I could present the rnbject in a that would e nlist his favorable consideration . But when the Sally Ann came into port this morning a surprise awaited all hand s." "A surprise?" "Yes. The schooner is owned by a man named Bimler who has maclc hi Ii ving by securing occasional contracts to carry a certain number of tons of coal from this city to Port Edward. His present charter calls for 4,00 0 tons, the first 200 of which we carrierl across the lake Saturday. Well, Mr Bimler died sud denl y Saturday night. He i s to be buried to -da y "Dear me." "His only heir is a nephew, a shif tless sort of fellow, I understand. He inherits the old man's cottage and the business, which means the Sally Ann and the present coal contra.ct. My friend Tucker, who worked for Bimler last fall and the early part of the winter, gave me a clear esti mate of this person's H e says he's not at all rapab l e of running the bus iness of his late uncle; in fact, he has no ambition in that lin e at all. His idea of perfect happiness is. to hang around the wharves and do nothing. He will probably sell or rent the schoon er, and live on the proceeds. I saw my opportunity at once. If Mr. Woodman will back me, I'll rent the Sally Ann, carry out Bimler's un completed cl1arter, and then bid for more business of the i;'ame kind. I am satisfied I can make a success of it." Mabel Channing looked at the enthusiastic face of their visitor and smiled encouragi ngly. "You are certainly the right kind of boy to succeed in whatever you may take hold of." "Thank you, Miss Mabel," h e ans.wcred, in a gratified tone. "Then you don't see anything ridiculous in my project?" "Certainly not," with an approving nod of her head. "I think you show yourself to be uncommonly smart, and," with a michievous littl e lau gh, "I do like smart boys." "From which I may infer that you lik e me?" he asked, boldly. "Of course I like you," s he admitted, with a rosy blush. "If I didn't--" "Well?" inquiringly. "'I'hat's all." "But you didn't finish your sentence," per s isted Jasper. '(It's a lady 's privilege to stop when she thinks proper, Mr Haverstraw." ".All right. Let it go at that. I'm pleased to know that you like me. I may say I entertain similar sentiments with regard to yourself. I may al s o add that you are the nicest girl I ever m et." "You certainly are not a bashful young ma.n.," pquted Mabel, with a pleased smile. "I can't help telling the truth." "I am s ure I ought to feel highly complimented." "I hop e we s hall always be good friends," he said, earn estly. "I am sure we shall." Mabel's aunt entered at this point in their tete-a tete "Mr. Wood.man will be glad to see you at the o.ffice any time to-day. I told him you would call." "I will go there at once," said Jasper, rising. "But you mustn't run away so quick. I want you to stay to lunch." "I hope you will excuse me thi s time he politel y I am anxious to see Mr. Woodman on important business." "Oh, then, w e will not detain you. But you must prom ise to call again soon. Mabel is--" "Now auntie!" exclaimed the pretty miss, blu s hing furiously. "I will call a s soon a s possible, with pleasure," said J a s per, glancing at Miss Channing. Then he took his leave Half an hour later he was admitted to Mr. Woodman's private office. That gentleman expressed the pleasure he felt in making Haver s traw's acquaintance, thanked him in unmistakable terms for the service he had rendered him in saving his property from the burglars and asked him what he could do for him to testify his appreciation of th e same. Jasper immediately laid his plan before him. "Well," said Mr. Woodman, "you certainly possess the courage of your convictions, and I see no reason why I s houldn't ass ist you in carrying out your plan. If you fail y ou will be no worse off than you are now, and it will be a bit of bus ines s experience for you. I knew Bimler well, though I have no acquaintance whatever with hi s nephew Bimler bid in that charter under the market price, and s hould at least have got a rate 'free in and out'-that is, no expense of either loading or unloading. As it s tands, the contract brings in onJ:v 90 cents a ton, and the Sally Ann has a capacity of only 200 tons. Biml er was a queer business man. I have always wondered how he managed to make a living. Well, I'll t e ll you what I'll do. I'll see what arrangements I can mak e for you with this man Rig g ing s He will probably want anywh e r e from $6 to $8 a day rent for the schooner, if h e doesn't intend to use her himself. The other running expenses will be---" I've found out all about that," said Haver s traw, eag erly. "Seventy-five cents a day for the men, and $1.25 for

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PUSHING IT TIIROUGH. B rown, the skipper Then provisions, tug and half He was told to bring the vessel aro1md to the chutes at a doz e n other items, amounting to about so much," con once. elu ded J asper, naming a gross sum. Accordingly, he gave Skipper Brown orders to that ef I see you know something about the business already," feet, and the schooner was worked up to the coal company's s aid M r W o o dman, a bit surprised. e ry much, indeed and I shall watch your progress, and his I'm going to make more than_ a mere living out do all I can tO assi s t you to the success I am sure you of it in my way The way to do that is to put your deserve." shon1der to the whee l. I'm going to hustle on the other "Thank y ou, sir." side for a return freight-either lumber, or merchandise, "You owe me no thanks. The boot is on the other leg or any old thing, in fact, that promises a profit This I will attend to your matter this afternoon Where is this coal contract is all very well in its way, but Bimler took it Rigg in gs to be fou nd?" in too low. Jordon, who runs the Medusa, is getting $1.25 J as p e r to lcl him that Bimler's nephew was likely to be a ton from the Pennsylvania people, with free loadi n g at found a t the cottage after the flllleral. both ends, that's 35 cents a ton better than me, ancl the V e r y well. Call here some time to-morrow morning Medusa carries over 300 at that. I'll have to make 19 In case R igg i ngs is prepared to make the cleal, I can easily more trips yet to close up the Bim l er contract. That'll have t he coal contract with the Pennsylvania Coal Com take time, and I'm going to fill in the chinks with some p a n y t r a nsfened regularly to you." thi11g else, i f it's to be got." Jaspe r the n retu rned to the schooner an cl found Dan "You're a hustling hairpin. for fair! hangi n g aro und the wharf waiting for him to show up. "Well, I t o l d you if I got holcl of the Sally Ann I'd make H e t o l d the boy what he had done, and Tucker gave a the fur :fly." whi stle o f as t o ni s h men t. "That's w hat you dill, and I hope you'll clo i t " So you may li ke l y become our boss, eh?" "Thank you, Dan. r know you're a good friencl .of mine, "I h o p e so." and you shan't lose anything it. As soon as I get on my "Well, you're a wonder, upon my soul you are feet I'm going to give you a small interest in the business." A r epresen t a t ive of Mr. Woodman's ca.llecl on Riggings "You don't mean it!" exrlaimed Tucker, hardly believ that afternoon and had no difficulty in putting the deal ing uch good lnck w oulcl come his way. through, Riggings agreeing to rent the Sally Ann for the "I clo mean it. I like you, Dan. You stood by me whe n sea s on f or $45 a month this to inc l ude the coal contract, T was put 011t or the house by the Craddocks, and I appre whi c h it i s p r obab l e he could not have disposed of anyway, ciate it. An honest, square friend is not to he found a s t h e rate had gone up. every day. Almost everybody in this world seems to be H a v e r stra w t h erefore came into possession of Bimler's cutting his neighbor's throat in the race for a l i v i ng. That bu siness, and it w as up to him to see what he could make isn't my way at present, and I trust i t may never be I out of it. mean to he l p you to rise in the world, a.ncl all I ask of you in return is a faithful regard for my i nterests CH.APTE R X O VERBOAR D. A s s oon a s all arrangements had been completed satis fac to r i ly by which Haverstraw came into Bimler's cargo con t racting business, the boy notified the Pennsylvania Coal C'>mpany that he was ready to take ano.(her load of coal o n board t h e Sally A n n. "'l'hen yon can depend on me every time, bcl your bottom dollar!" cried Dan, enthusiastically "I think I can. I feel sure there are l ots of ways you can help me out until T get the hang of the business, ancl I'm going to make it worth yonr while." When the loading of the Sally Ann had a l most been completecl, Skipper Brown came up to .Jasper and to l d him that two of the crew had lit out. "Well, we'll have to fill their places with others. What was the rease1n tlrey quit?" "Kicked at the ide11. of working for a young fellow like

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PUSHING IT THROUGH. 1 9 you, who a couple of days ago seemed to be no better than themselves." "That was it, eh? They were foolish Dan will get a of ne w hands up at the 'Anchor Inn,' I guess." He'd better get them, then, for we haven't any time to lose. 'yVc've got to haul out of the way here just as soon as the last ton of coal is aboard. That craft yonder, with the tug alongside, is waiting to come to the chutes "I expect Dan any minute. I sent him up the street for supp lie s for this trip." A few minutes l ater Jasper saw the skipper talking to a couple of bearded men on the wharf. Present l y he joined the young cargo contractor "There are two strong chaps yonder," he said "One of them ha s worked on the lake, and the other is willing to take hold and do hi s best I advise you to hire them ." "I'll leav e that to yolt i.f you think they're all right." "It won't do much harm trying them one trip, anyway. The weather promises well for the run across." "All right. Go ahead." Accordingly, Skipper Brown engaged the men who had been l oitering on the wharf for the last half hour, and they came aboa.rd. The taller one gave a start, and said something to his companion in a low tone as soon as his eyes lighted on Jasper They did not approach where the boy stood, but retired forward and awaited orders. Five minutes later Dan rame riding clown on a trades man's wagon, which carried the stuff the lad had purchased for the schooner. He and another hand carried the stuff aboard and into the galley half of the deck house. Ahout that time a tug, furnished by M:r. Woodman but charged to Haverstraw's account, according to ments, came alongside ancl a deck hand tos sed a small hawser aboard which was made fast forward. Just as soon as the chutes were hauled in, Brown gave the signa l to cast off. The tug tooted shrilly and started aheac1, hauling the Sally Ann clear of the
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20 PUSHING IT THROUGH. s ide talking aliont the future until cigliL o'clock, when the I lie ll'a:; bothered liy no more dreams, aml the next th in g watch was changed. he wa:; aware oI wai:; the hand oI Brown upon his shoulder , Jaspe r, Dan and th e S"ede w ere in one while shaking him. Brown and the two new hand:; constituted the other. "Twelve o'clock," said 1.he skipper, tersely. Haver s traw and the skip p e r lrnnk c d in th e cabin. Jaspe r turne d out at once and put his clothes on, .fol : it When Jas p e r turned in th e taller 0 the s tran g-was hii:; turn to s tand watch with Dan and the Swe. de till ers, who had given his name a s Buckley, was at the wheel, Iour in the morning. ancl he steered like an old-timer. r _rhc wind st ill blew from the same quaiter and the 'L'he voung cargo contractor ell a slee p almo s t a s soon schoon e r was humming on her course when he joined Dan a s his1 J{cad touched the pillow of hi s bunk, but strange to at the wheel. relate hi s sleep was troubled with u g l y dr e am s "We'll be well in to the Canadian shore when the other He thought he was walking along a lon esome road, bor watch comes on again," said Tuck er, in a hme of satis dcrcd with thick trees, through which the moonlight shone factioJli. "We are making a sp l end id run of it this trip. in patches. The old hook e r is re e ling off her ten knots in great . \ curious sensation, as if he was being dogged and If we don't lose any time in the ba sin you'll score a good watched, C['\me over him, yet he could see no one on either profit, Jas, s ure as you live." :;ide of the road. As Dan had remarked the s hore of Canada was broad Suddenly he came to a turn in the way and there, in the on the s tarboard bow at four a. m. when the mid-wat ch wa s foll glare of the moonshine, he sa w two familiar faces r e liev ed. the faces of Snorker and Huskey Jasper wasn't sony to get under the bedclothes once Their unshaven faces lookecl mor e repulsive than ever, more and he was soon fast asleep. a nd they glared at him in a parti c ularly vindictive. way. T he raw dawn of April 1 was jus t lighting up the eastTheir appearance gave him s u c h a s hock that he woke up e rn s.ky when Haverstraw was :rudely awakened. with a start ancl sat bolt upri ght in hi s bunk. A tall, bearded form oent over him in the g loom of the Something lik e a tall s h adow, whi c h seemed to have been rabin. hov e ring ovei the bunk, drew back smlclc nl y Then he became conscious tnat hi s arm s were Oolmilbe 'Then it passed quickly out cm to the deck. hind him, and a ha ndkerchie! covered bi's mouth .T a s per's senses were s omewhat confused by hi s abrupt As he tried to struggle, a hoarse s neering laugh via1ra k e ning and he didn't get a clea r view of the man, hrateil in his ear and a bi'ssirig voice sibi.latell: ll'hoever he was, who hacl been in the c abin a moment be"Your name is mud this time, young mian. You did u s fore, but a till he knew it wasn't the s kipper who was the up once, but it's our turn now. You'll be food for the only one beside himself who had any right there, because fis hes in about one minute." Brown was short and chunky. It was the voice of SnorR:er, but.tlie sna'dowy countenanc e The intruder was a tall man and it s tru ck Haver s traw that peered gloatingly foto 'his wa s the race or Buckley. that he had a full beard-in other words,. he was the He had little time to consider the matter, though for c ounterpart of Buckley. he was lifted bodily from the bed, carried Ol1t throu g h tho Jas per got up ancl look e d out a stern. door, and with a flee ting glimpse of another s hadow at th e 'l'hc other bearded man, who called himscl.f Cooper, was wheel, he was launch e d over the rail and f e ll with a splash at the wheel. into the cold wat ers of Lake Erfo The boy was on the point 0 ask in g him if he had seen an y one come out of the cabin, but on second th o u ght c on cluded not to. He went back, opened the door into the g alley, passed through that contracted room and looked out forward. He sa w a figure on the foreca s tle deck which h e recog nized as Brown, looking off to the northeast at a lake HtCamcr Which WaS Crossing their path a quart et of a mile ahead. 'rhe man Buckley he couldn't see at all. Jas per waited at the galley door until h e saw Brown start bac k along the deck then he discerned a long, mov ing s hadow, painted on the deck by the moonbeams, sliding forward over tho planks, and presently Bu c kley hove in -sight from b e hind the s h elte r of th e deck house, walk e d slowly to the foremast and s topped there. The young c argo contra cto r p o ndered a few minutes and then rdumcd to hi s bunk. It was some little time before he got to s leep again. CHAPTER XL SAVED. ) The shock c aused. by hi:; warm bod.v, attired only in his undergarments, c omin g in contact with the c hill water of the lake, made Jaspe r give a convulsive wrench of his arms. This movem ent s napp e d the half-rotten line which had bound hi s wri s t s togetl10r, ancl freed his Ile went many feet under the surface, ol' course, but soon came up lik e a cork . Fortunately, Jaspe r was somethi n g of an aquatic expert H e waR at h ome in the water . But the present conditions were rath e r unu s ual. He was not only chilled by hi s une x pected plunge, but he was some di s tance from the Canadian shore.

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PUSHING IT THROUGH. 21 '.Yhen he r e ached the surface he was thoroughly awake and alive to the seriousness of his situation. A light mist covered the waters of the lake, and through this foggy veil the boy caught a momentary view of the schoo ner"s vanishing stern,. Then a dark object floated in front of him as he ill s tinctively struck out with his arms, and he butted into a boat. The skiff had been towed behind a lake schooner and the painter had broken loose, leaving her adrift. H e reached up and caught the gunwhale, hung on for a moment or two while he relieved his mouth of the.handker chief bound about it, then scrambled into the boat. A pair of oars were lying across tlie seats, just as if placed there for his especial use. He seized them and began to row in the direction the Sally Ann had He rowed quick and vigorously at first to drive the chill out of his benumbed limbs. As soon as the perspiration began to appear on his fore head he reduced his stroke to a long, steady pull, such as he had been trained to in his academy boat's crew, of which he had been the stroke oarsman. By this time it was quite light. Though he could not see any signs of the Canada shore, owing to the mist, still he knew it could not be far away. As the first rays of the morning's sun began to gild the eastern sky, and pierce their glittering way through the mist, he heard the distant pulsations of a steamer approach ing him. It came on at a rapid rate. All at once the mist seemed to fold up and vanish like I a puff of white smoke, and there, less than a quarter of a mife away, heading directly for him, was a lake steamer, bound in for Port Edward, which was plainly to be seen now, a mile off. As soon as she had cut the space which between them down one-half, Jasper stood up and waved his oars. He was see n, and presently the engines stopped coughing, and the steamer glided down upon him like a black specter in the s un s hine. Resuming hi s oars he rowed toward her, and was soon clinging to a rope ladder cast down to him by an officer in a gold-banded cap. Abandoning the rowboat, to which he owed hi preser vation from death, he climbed quickly up the steamer's side stepped on deck as she again resumed her course s horeward. The officer regarded his half-clad figure in some aston i shmen t. "Well, young man," he said, ''how comes it that we find you in this s tate nearly a mile off shore? You look as if you'd been in the water, too." '.'I have. I'd consider it a great favor if you'd let me down in the boiler-room where I could dry these under clothes, and then loan me an old suit so I could get back to my schooner." "Certainly. I guess we can help you out. Here, San ders, take this boy down in stoke hole." Half an hour later the Dominion steamer St. John was at her wharf in Port Edward, and Jasper Haverstraw was explaining to the captain the circumstances which had brought him within the shadow of death. "You've had a lucky escape, my lad. You ought to be able to catch the scou ndrel who threw yorr overboard. The authorities will know how to deal with such villain." "I guess it will be something of a surprise for him to see me safe and sound after the bath he gave me. I should certainly have gone to the bottom and stayed there had not my hands, fortunately, come loose at the critical mo ment. Even that lucky circumstance would not have saved me but for the floating rowboat." As soon as he could get away Jasper left the steamer. As he could see no sign of the Sally Ann anywhere about he judged that she must have sailed on up to the coal dock in the basin. In that direction he bent his steps, though it was a good long walk he had before him. 1 It was after nine o'clock when he got his first view of the schooner hauled alongside of the wharf, with a dozen or more coal shovelers working away on board of her for dear life, tossing the cargo of black diamonds ashore. "Now I think I will rather astonish Mr. Snorker. I'll have him and his side partner, Cooper, who is surely Huskey in disguise, in jail in mighty short order. To think of those rascals shipping aboard my craft to get out of Erie!" No one who knew Jasper Haverstraw would have recog nized }fim in the shabby garments given him by the steam boat people as he walked down on the wharf and headed for the schooner. He lounged up behind a tall spile head and scanned the Sally Ann's deck for a sight of the disguised Snorker and Huskey, but neither was in sight. The Swede was at work in the galley, while Brown and Dan were in earne s t conversation near the wheel. Jasper waited a good quarter of an hour, but there was no sign of the r:>.scals on board. "They mus t have left immediately after the schooner hauled in to the dock," figured Jasper, with a sense of disappointment. "I shall not have the pleasure of putting them in jail after all." Satisfied this was the true cause of the absence of the villains from the Sally Ann's deck, Jasper waited no longer, but hurried aboard and walked up to Dan and Skipper Brown. "Jumping jewsharps !" exclaimed Tucker, in amaze ment, when he caught sight of Haverstraw. Then he rushed to him and, catching Jasper iu, h.is arms, gave him a: great hug. "Where in thunder have you been? We were sure you' Iii. fallen overboard somewhere off shore. We hunted every likely spot on the schooner for you. Where did you hide yourself? And wha.t did you do it for?" "I didn't hide myself anywhere. I haven't been aboard the Sally Ann since daylight."

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P lJSHIXG IT 'I HRdUGH. "You haven't bee n a board.the Sally Ann s ince daylight," 1 caped ja ilbir d s S n orke r and Hus key-of who m h e was repeated Dan, with a inc redulou s s tar e "You d o n t mean able t o g ive a v e r y accurat e description. to say you jumped overboard and sw'am a s hore, two or Th e C an a dian police s ai d the y would mak e an e ffort to three miles at least, ju s t fol: the fun of the thing, do you? ca t c h th e two rascals and if they. succeed ed would hold 'l' hat yarn's a little too tough for eV'en s ailor s to s wallow." th e m p e n d ing extradition arrang e ments on the part of the "I didn't say I jumped overboard and swam ashore." Stat e of P e nnsylvania. "I know you didn't, b ut you said you hav e n t been on Jas p e r the n hunt e d up s everal Dominion. shipper s who board the schooner since daylight." had d e alings with the Unite d States, and told them he "That's right." was pr e pared to carry frei ght acro s s the lake to Buffalo, "At daylight we were all of three miles to the sou'e ast of Eri e and adjacent ports at a low rate and with despatch, Port Edward. How the dicken s could you hav e l eft the wind permitt i n g hooker without taking to the water? And you di dn t take Th e r e was nothin g doing, however, in hi s line jus t the n, the boat, either." at leas t nothing the s hipper s cared to put in hi s way "It does seem a mystery, doesn't it?" said Jasper, with H e the n went to the office of a paper, which circ ula ted a grin. amon g s hipp e r s gen e rally, and paid for an adv ertisem ent "Well, I should say!" t o b e inserted in the ne x t h alf dozen issues, giving th e ad" Before I explain the riddle, let me ask wher e are the dt:ess of a' local a g ent, who agreed to act tor him on the new metl.-Buckley and Cooper? I don't see them aboard c ommission b as i s the schooner." Th e n he returned on board the Sally Ann. "'I'hy went asl\ore as soon as we made fa s t to the dock, Jus t b e fore the s chooner was read y to leave the coal and I lfaven't seen them since," said Skipper Brown. dock a man came down on the wharf and asked for Hav e r" It's too bad they got away," replied Jasper, "for they'r e straw. C!s capM jail birds.'' Jaspe r was e atin g hi s dinn e r with Skipper Brown in the "The deuce you say I" almost gas ped Brown. "How do ca b i n and the s tranger was brought before him. you kntlw that?" M y n ame is Haver s traw s aid the young cargo con"They, or rather Buckley, took good c ar e I s hould know tra c tor, wh e n th e man had introdu ced himself as Mr. Cole it. Dan, those two chaps are none oth e r than Snork e r and propri e tor of the Vi c toria Saw Mm s Huskey in disguise." "You a r e takin g fr e i ght to Eri e and neighborin g places, "Get out! You're joking.1' I b e lie ve?" he s aid coming directly to the object of hi s "Am I? Well, listen to th'e story I've got to t e ll. visit. Snorker, alias Buckley, bound and gagged me in my. berth "Yes, s ir," replied Jasper, with alacrity, scenting a cargo this morning at daylight, and then pitc hed me over the in th e p e r s pectiv e stern of the Sally Ann, to what the scoundrel cons idered "I l1ave 1 000 bundles of shingles I want to s end to crertain death." Lak e p o rt, New York. What will you charge to take them ban was fairly staggered by Jasp er s statement. over?" His eyes stuck out like saucer s and he opened hi s mouth "Wh e r e am I to to pic k them up?" to say sdmething, but got no further than an inarti c ulat e L\t m y priv a t e wharf, about a mile from here." gurgle. "Up th e c an al?" As for Brown, he simpl y looked amazed, and awaited Th e s hipper nod d ed. :further particulars. "Free loading at thi s encl, I s uppose?" Thereupon Jasper told the s tory of hi s narrow escape Th e m a n nodded a gain. from death, and helw he had finally been pi c ked up by the "With imm e diate di s patch?" Dominion steamer and brought into Port Edward. A t h ird nod. "That beats any fairy tale I ever read," was Dan' s I ll d e liv e r them on the wharf at Lakeport if you comment. g uar an tee to make good an y loss of time s u s tained b y in" You must have been born with a caul, young man. a bili ty to secure immediate wharf age on th e other aide Your rescue is remarkable," said Skipper Brown. for-s o much and Jas pe r named a low figure. Th e man closed with him at once and w ent away. I Aft e r Jas per had fini s h e d hi s meal he sent Brown to for hi s c l e aranc e pap e r s and hurried into the canal office close b y and paid th e t o lls. CHAPTER XII. Th e n he notifi e d a custom house officer that he was g oin g up the canal, and the official came down to the schoon er, ASSAULTED IN THJl1 DARK. mad e a supe rfi c i a l examinn.tion of the boat, and ga v e him p e rmi ss i o n to rro a h e ad. Jas per res umed his own clothe s whic h had not been disA tu g was e n g aged to tow th e m up to th e Vi c toria mills, turbed in the cabin and then went ashore to notify the and s h e macle :fas t j u s t a s soon a s the last s hovelful o:f c o a l authmities of the presence in the neighborhood of the e s was o n the d o ck.

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PUSHING IT THROUGH. 23 It took about an hour to go up the canal, and the rest of the day and part of the evening to lo ad the shingles on board. When they got back to the harbor they found the water rough and the wind contrary for a propitious start across the la'ke. About two in the morning the wind changed in their favor, and a tug was sent for which towed them outside the lighthouse. A nasty sea was running, which caused the schooner to jump about like a frisky colt. Jasper was soon down on his back as sick as he could be. What with the loss of two hands, and the young contrac tor himself !mocked out, the Sally Ann was so short-han ded that the skipper, Dan and the Swede had to turn to and do double work under unfavorable circumstances at that. But the wind was in the right direction, though it blew half a gale, and the vessel buckled clown to her work nobly, riding the waves like a duck, and making excellent progress. The weather moderated with the rising of the sun, though the lake remained very rough all the way to Lakeport, where t hey arrived about noon, and were so fortunate as to find the wharf, to which they had been directed, ready to receive them. B y this time J -asper was on his pins again. He soon arrangcrl to have the shi n g les carri ed ashore at his expense, Dan, the S:wede, Brown and himself taking a hand in tl1e operation. R eceiving his delivery receipt from the firm which had contracted for the sl1ing les, ,T lost no time in putting ihe Sally Ann's heAd for Erie. Arriving in port, the schooner was h au l ed under the coal company's ch11tcs without delay, and while s h e was taking her l oad aboarrl Jasper called on Mr. Woodman and gave him an account of his first trip on his own acco unt. I "You've started in well, Mr. Haverstraw," said the ves-sel agent, approving ly. "According to your statement, I see you've made an initial profit of $HJO. Very goocl, in deed, especially at t h e rate you've been working on. But you can't e:qwct to do as well on every trip Luck has played right with you, eyen to the extent of saving your life when you went Have you notified the police here. yet about those rascals?" "No, sir; not yet." "You'd better do so at once, then." "That is my intention. Accord in g ly, when Jasper left Mr. Woodman's office he went direct to police headquarters and reported that he had unwittingly carried the two escaped jail-birds to Canada where, he believed, tl1ey were stil l at large. The information was in the Eric papers that afternoon, together with the account of his own thrilling ad venture; but by that time the Sally Aim was going out of the port in the wake of a tug, with her third cargo of coal aboard for Port Edward. For the next thirty days the schooner plied back and. forth, with varying degrees of prosperity,' and the young cargo contractor had more than one chance of finding out the unfavorable side of the bus iness. But, on the whole, the boy was satisfied with the gross results so far, though he picked up very little freight on the Canadian side, and more times than not he came back to Erie as empty a s a cockles hell. On arriving at Port Edward with his thirteenth load of coal one morning early in May, he found a telegram from Mr. Woodman awaitidg him. It read as follows : ''MR. JASPER HAVERSTRAW : "Have sec ured you lumber charter, half million feet, planed, from Dominion Mill, Clifton's Oreek, near Port Edward, to Hawkin's Dock, Buffalo, at $1 thou san d, fre e in and out, good dispatch both ends. "JoHN WoomuN." "By George this is fine!" exclaimed the boy, and he hastened to show the di s patch to Dan. Tucker congratulated him, but added: "You'll have to hustle for another coal contract, old man. Seven more trips will wind you -qp, and you don't want to have to cross light in order to carry out thi s lumb e r char ter, which you'll have to do next month unless you get anoth er coa l charter." "That's all right. Mr. W ooclman notified me yesterday morning, when I saw him, that h e as good a s hacl another one ready for me at an advanced rate, and free both e nd s at that." "If that's the case you r e all right," r ep li e d Dan, in a tone of sat i sfac ti on. "Well, I'm not l etting any grass grow under my feet, Dan. "I believe you. If more p eop l e had your amb ition there would be fewer human failures hanging around the ci ty parks and l odg in g houses." "If a .fellow doesn't learn to hus tl e whe n h e's the chances are he'll find the road hard to travel when the years., begin to accumulate upon hi s h ead." "The highway to the poorhouse is full of s u c h chaps as Hi()"ginCYS who owns this schoon er. I wouldn't be s ur"' t> prised if that's where h e will wind up hi s days." "There are others-Mr. Craddock, for example." "Yom Erie "Rxactly. He and honest labor are on bad t e rm s I wouldn't want to live lik e h e .does for any l e ngth of time for a fa.rm." "I should think not." "Now, Dan, h ave you any idea where Clifton's Creek i s where the Dominion Planing Mill i,., l ocated?" "Sure thing. Right over yonder, about three miles from here." "All right; I'll arrange with a tug to tow u s over to their wharf." Jasper attended to the matte r ri ght away, and then tele graphed to the m anager of the mill when the Sally Ann might be expected to arrive .

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24 PUSHING IT THROUGH. They started for the place about four o'clock in the after noon, and found the mill lay some di s tance up the crek in question It was dal'k when they arrived. The mill was erected in a clearing entirely surrounded by a thick wood which extendea some distance inland 'l'he wharf was at the head of the creek, which had been dredged fo obtain a depth of water sufficient to fl.oat the largest size of four and -aft craft. It was a lonesome spot, particularly after nightfall. On the evening of their there was no moon, the sky was overcast and threatened rain, and the wind soughed mournfully through the trees. "This is a peachy spot, isn't it?" Jasper remarked to Dan, as they were standing on deck, after the schooner had been made fast to the wharf, and they were waiting for the Swede cook to call them to supper. "That's what it is. I don't know of any place along shore on our side of the lake anywher e like it. It looks weird and spooky." "Canada isn't like the United States. There's lots more room h ere to move around." Then the evening meal was announced as ready, and the boys sought the deck house. After supper, Jasper went up to the manager's cottage to consult him on a connected with the lumber charter It only took a few minutes, then the gentleman insisted on introducing the boy to his wife and daughters. The girls played and sang, Jasper was induced to sing something, too, so that a eouple of hours flew by very pleas antly indeed. The little cuckoo clock on the parlor mantel chimed ten when Haverstraw finally got up and ba.de the hdspitable family good night He had to follow a path which led past the big mill b u ilding into the roadway communicating with the wharf. At the door of the engine room the sha.dowy form of a man was lighting his pipe This was the watchman Jasper stopped and spoke to him and then went on down the road. The wharf was piled high with planed lumber waiting to be shipped. There wasn't a soul in sight. The whole aspect of the place was drea ry and desolate, made more so by the mist, which blotted out the surface of the water, and the wind, which was steadily rising As Jasper turned into an opening left in the timber piles to walk aboard the schooner, two dark forms rose from a crouching attitude directly in his path. In a moment he was seized and borne to the dock CHAP'I'ER XIII. THE .fUiT IN THE WOODS. J as.per was bound hand and foot while one of the men held his hand over the boy's mouth to prevent him from making an OUtclY Then he was gagged, carried across to the other side of the wharf and dropped into a boat. The men got in, too, pushed off from the wharf and allowed the boat to drift a little distance away before one of them got out a pair of oars and began to row in a leisurely manner. Just then it began to rain. "Curse the weather!" growled the fellow at the oars, and Jasper was certain it was the voice of Snorker. The other man, who sat in the stern, and guided the bqat across the creek, quite wide at this point, said nothing. In a few minutes they reached the other bank and the men disembarked, taking the boy with them. They picked him up between them, as if he were a bun dle of merchandise, and started to penetrate the blackness of the wood by a winding path with which they seemed to be familiar. They went on this way for possibly a mile when they came out into a small clearing, in the center of which was a dark patch, which soon resolved itself into a miserable hovel. Entering the hut, they laid their burden upon the floor. One closed the door and propped it with a big stick, the other struck a match and lighted a bit of candle stuck into the neck of a bottle which stood on a weather beaten box in the middle of the hut. Jasper had a chance now to view his captors, and the suspicion he had formed of their identity was confirmed. No beards now disguised their vi1lainous countenances. They looked just as they did on the night they visited the Woodman home to rob the house, except a trifle more haggard and disreputable Snorker and Huskey, beyond a doubt. The former yanked their prisoner into a sitting posture and propped him up against one of the wa1ls' of the hovel. "You seem to have more lives than a cat, yonger," he said, with a malicious grin, as he remoyed the gag from .Jasper's mouth "How did yer manage to escape after I chucked yer overboard that mornin', three miles irom shore, with yer hands tied behind yer? Say, how did yer do it?" "It wouldn't interest you to know," r ep lied Haver s traw curtly, for he didn't mean to gratify Snorker' s curiosity. "How do you know it wouldn't?" The boy ma.de no reply. "Sulky, are yer?" replied the villain, angrily. "Well, don't flatter yerself yer'll escape again We're goin' to do yer np this time for keeps. Yer ain't got no more chance ag'in us than--" "Hush!" cried Huskey, in a hoarse whisper. "What's the matter with you?" growled Snorker turning his head and looking at his "I heard a noise outside." "Yer heard the wind or the rain, yer fool," s norted the other, impatiently. Huskey crept to the door and listened. Snorker, however, paid no further attention to him, but began to rifle Jasper's pockets.

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PUSHING IT THROUGH. , / 23 He found several American ba:nknotes, and some odd on his part snapped his bonds and his hands were free once change, mostly Canadian silver. Yer ain't got as much as I thought," he gro:vled, as he pocketed the spoils. "Yer must have made a good thing out'r ketchin' us that night on the avefiue, for yer runnin' a schooner on yer own hook, while before that there oc casion yer was scratchin' for a livin', or yer wouldn't have been goin' 'round cleanin' sidewalKs for the price of a meal and lodgin'." Huskey evidently concluded be had been mistaken about the noise, for he left the door, went to a shelf in a corner and brought a bottle and a couple of glasses to the box. He poured himself out a stiff dram, drank it, then filled and lit a dirty pipe. "I don't see why you two chaps are so sore on me that you're ready to' commit the crime of murder to satisfy your animosity," said Jasper, desperately. "Yer clone us up that night when but for yer we'd made an easy haul. Ain't that enough?" "What good will it do you to injure me? It won't put anything into your pockets." "We'll have the satisfaction what comes of gettin' square with yer." "And you are willing to risk the noose for such a thing as that?" "We ain't worryin' 'bout no noose. No one but ourselves will ever know what happened to yer." "You forget that there's a Power above that watches over the actions of men." "We don't take no stock in things," sneered "It's all bosh." Jasper made no reply, and the man seized the opportun ity to go to the bottle and take a drink. "Now," said Snorker, after he had drawn the sleeve of his coat across his lips, "we ale goin' to--" The piece of wood which Huskey had placed against the door suddenly slipped and fell to the floor with a Both men were startlec1, Huskey especially, for he upset the box. The bottle holding the candle rolled over against Jasper's leg. T}rn flame did not go out, bnt continued to burn up side ways, forming a pool of melted grease beside it. Snorker uttered a loud oath, rushed to the door, l mlled it open and, followed by his compa nion, dashed out into the night, evidently convinced somebody was outside. Quick as a flash a plan for freeing himself occurred to Haverstraw. He worked his body away from the wall and approached his bound wrists to the candle flame. / Though he scorched his flesh in the effort he did not pause till the burning wick was directly under the strands of thin rope. He was in a fever of excitement lest the rascals should re enter .the hut before he had time to accomplish his pur pose. Every second seemed' like an age, until the friendly flame so weakened the strands of the rope that a mighty wrench more. Turning quickly around he grasped the bottle and helJ the flame of the candle to the rope which secured his legs. All the time he heard the two men tramping around the shanty an(l beating the bushes at the back, under the im pression that some one was concealed there. "If foey'll only keep it up long enough," breathed Jasper, "I'll have a chance for my life." 'rwo minutes passed, which seemed of interminable length, when the last cord was snapped and Haverstraw. i;tood on his feet with a sigh of thankfulness, a free boy. But now he heard them coming back from their fruitless quest, Snorker swearing like a trooper. It was impossible for him to leave the hut before they would be at the door. Tlie urgency of the case made him think quicker than he had ever done before in his life. A plan of action, combining surprise, occurred to him dn the spur of the moment. He saw where the heavy bit of wood lay which had formed the door prop, the displacement of which had alarmed the i-ascals. He put out the candle, sprang forward and seized the piece of wood, and drew back in the darkness beside the cloor. Hardly1rncl he accomplished this move when Huskey en tered the hut. "The candle is out," he growled. Immediately behind him came the more dangerous scoun drel-Snorker. Jasper raised the weapon of wood he held and brought it down on the fellow's head with all his might. Snorker dropped like a stunned ox in the shambles, rolled over on his back, and lay quite still. "What's the matter?" gasped Huskey, in a frightened voice, for though he had not seen the shadowy action of the bdy in the gloom, he felt all was not right Jasper had no fear of him, for he believed him to be a rank coward. But he warn't taking any chances just then. He could not tell how badly crippled Snorker was, and he knew that to save himself he must act promptly. So he lifted the stick again, rushed at the spot when re came Huskey's voice, and struck downward. A terrible yell and a fall -showed he had hit his mark. Then he struck out a second time, and Huskey lay back on the floor, stunned "I hope I haven't killed 'or fatally hurt either of them, though heaven knows they deserve all I have given them," thought the brave boy, as he stood there in the darkness and listened in vain for some move on the part of the rascals. "They're safe for the present, I guess," he added "I'll light the candle." He walked over to the side of the shanty where he re membered setting down the bott l e after he had exti nguished the light.

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26 PUSHING l'.F THROUGH. Afte r fumblin g arou nd a bit he fou n d i t, a n d then he w ent t o th e s pot whe r e tl1e box had been overt u rned and f elt for the two matc hes which H u skey had l aid u pon it. It t o ok some littl e t ime and car e ful 'sear ching before h e finall y recov er e d on e of t h e matc hes. The n h e lit t he cahclle a nd surveyed t h e scene of s la u gh ter. S norker was b leedi ng fro m a n u g l y ga s h on his h e ad J a sper d id n o t b e lieve t h a t h e was serious l y inj u red so a s a w ise precautio n h e took some of the rope they bad e mployed to bin d him a n d ti ed t he rascal' s h ands good and ti ght b e hind him. A f t er t ha t h e secured hi s a nkles in th e same w a y. He had enou g h rope l ef t to t i e Hu skey's h ands and used it for that purpose "I'll pnt t h e l e n gth of the room b e tween t h e two r asca l s, then I'll try to .find m y w ay t o th e schoo n er and fe t ch t h e h a nds back w ith me t o t ak e c h arge of t h e villains. Once J get th e m on b o ard I'll see t hey get back to the other side of th e l a k e all ri ght, and save all ext r ad i tion red tape bus i ness. E:-,.tin g ui s hin g th e li ght o nce m ore h e l ef t t h e hut a n d th e un c onsciou s v illain s t o t aking t h e path he saw l e d t hrou g h the wood s, a n d followed it carefully till he rea c hed th e s hor e of t h e c r eek at the very spot the rascals had l a nd e d The boat was wh e r e they left i t am o n g t h e r eeds Jasper g ot i n an d r o wed t h ro u gh t he mist and drizzling min in th e directi o n h e g u essed the w harf to be. H e didn t g o f a r ou t of the way, striking the other side of th e c1eek above the w h arf. Lo c atin g th e S all y A nn h e ro w e d a l o n gsi d e and c l imbed on b o ard. H e at once a roused S k ip p er Brown and h u r r iedl y t old hi s s t o r y in outlin e Dan and the Swede w e r e awakened an d told what was befor e th e m. 'l'hep. th e party of four, g u ided by J asper, rowed across th e c reek mar c h ed t o the h u t and fou n d the ruffians still nnc onSClOUS. They w e r e ca r e full y b ound wit h fres h rop e and carried back to the schoon e r whe r e they w e r e d epos i ted for the ni ght in the main hold Th e n all h a nd s turne d in aga i n, J asper devoutly grateful t o heavcn f or h aving escap e d the fat e S nor ker and H u skey had designed for him / CHAP TER XIV. PUSHING IT T HROUGH. Ne x t mornin g a pri s on pen was fixed u p i n t h e h o ld 'for the s peci a l accommoda tion of S norke"r and Huskey, who were found to haw fu ll v recovered from the h ard blows dealt out to the m b y J as p e r iii the s h an.ty of the woods. The y were in.formed that they were to be trans ported ba c k to Eric, via U1c Buffalo authoritie s The y r e ci:iivccl the information with s ull e n indifference. The weath e r had cle ar e d off before s unri se, and the day promised to b e a fine on e The loading c omm cncell at s even o'clock, and b e for e noon the Sally Ann had a s many Icet of plan e d timber on board m; s he could s afely cany. Whil e all hand s w e r e e ating dinner the tug that was to tow them out of th e c re e k and down the harbor to an offing appeared. She made fa s t, the hore lines were ca s t off, and pre s entl y they were gliding clown the s.tream of water towiird the harbor. By two o'clock, with a fair slant of wind, the schoon e r parted from the tug aml pointed her no s e s outhea s t for Be i ng heavily laden, she proceeded at a much slowe r rate than was cu s tomary w ith her, for ordinarily the Sally Ann was a smart sailer. "At this rate it will take us nearly two day s to reach Buffalo, don't you t h ink Dan?" sai d J asper, when they were about five mile s off s h ore. "It all depends on whether the wind holds air all the way ovf'r, or w l 1cth e r it s hifts and heads us I n the latter cas e we' ll be obl i ged to tack often which mean s that we'll have to cover a great many extra mi les. That will l ength e n the tri p out, of course." Wh e n the sun went down the wind l o s t a good bit o f its w e ight, too and the Sally Ann moved more s l uggishly through the water 'T'his fact was particu l ar l y not i ceab l e when one of the Buffalo & Clev e land Trans portation Company's l>teamer s hove in sight, rapidly ove rhauled them, and went by a s if the s chooner was at anchor. The w ind continued to fine down as Jlarkness spread over the s urface of the lake, and w h en t h e moon peep e d above the watery horizon at nine o'clock the Sally Ann had scarce l y any h e adway on h e r. Jasper, witl1 Dan and the Swede, was in the wat c h be tween midni g h t and four in the mornin g rrhe boy had l earne d t o stand his t rick at the wheel, same a s the others. This night it was hi s turn to l ean off at the binnacle, and as ther e was ab ol u tc l y noth i ng to do, D an and the Swede l ay off on th e forecast l e deck a n d went t o sleep, thou gh it was their duty to keep awake. Jasper, h aving no one to talk to an cl scarce l y anything to engage his attention, began himself to nod over the wheel. There was a clear view to t h e hor izon all around the schooner, ancl on l y a s i ngle s ai l was i n view, mi les away, to the s outhwef't It was at thi s stage of the game that a h e ad was thru t up through the forward hatch, c l o s e to the foremast, which hacl been left u n covered to adm i t air to the prisoners below A ll a r ou n d this hatch seve r al thou sand fee t of l umber

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PUSHING I;l' THROUGH . filled the deck space betwen tho deck hou e aft and the small for ecastle hatc h clo se to the bowsprit. A b o d y followed the head and s oon the figure o. a man stood in the s hadow of the timb e r pile s In another moment a s e cond figure joined him from the d epths of the hold Cautiou s ly they crawled u pon the top of the timber and work e d th eir way forward on their s tomachs like a couple of snakes. As the moonli ght on their e vil looking ac es, any on e who had eve r s e e n the m b e for e would have reco g niz e d Snork e r and Hus k ey, who, in s om e unaccountabl e wa y had m anage d to escape from their pris on p e n in the hold They1 l oo k e d decid e dl y rlan g erou s a s they l eane d over the forward end of the lumbe r pile s and took note of the two s leeping m e mb e r s of the mid-w a t c h stre tch e d out n ear th e forecastle hatch. The rascal s con s ulted in low tones, the n s lipped down off the lumb e r, grabb e d the Swed e suddenly and thre w him bodil y down into the s hallow fore c a s tl e The s ho c k stunned him and h e made no outc r y Dan Tuc k e r was treate d to a s im i l a r bit of exp e ri e n ce, but a s h e f e ll on t o p o f hi R comr a d e h e esc ap e d wit hout a scratc h. A s s oon a s Snork e r and Hus key har1 di s po se d of the two m e mb e r s of t.he c r e w thry clapp e d the cove r on the hatc h and thre w a c oupl e of coils of the anchor chain upon it. They s tood awhil e watcl1in g the e ffort s of Dan, assi s ted b y on e of the watrh b e low, to lift the hatc h cove r Sati sfie d tho s e be low woul d not s u cceerl in di s p l a c in g it, the two scoundrel s climb e d upon the l umb e r a g a i n and made their way aft. Keepin g in the s hadow of t h e deck h o u se afte r l ea vin g the lumbe r they c r ept alon g until S n orke r who w as in advance poke d h ead a r ound the c orne;r of the c abin and got a s i ght of the man at the whe el. He utte r e d a l o w grunt of sa ti s fa c ti o n whe n h e saw it was Haverstraw, the one p e r s on on board he hate d with a malignant intensity He g rinned fiendishl y a s he obs erv e d the boy's half d row sy condition It see m e d a s if fate wa s pla ying into their hand s Snorke r turned back and held anoth e r whi s p e r e d con ver satio!1 with his pal. What e v e r plan they had in vi e w it probably carri e d with it the d eath of the y oung cargo contractor who had alr e ady twice egcaped their dead l y inte ntions At l e n gth Snorker ro se to his feet ancl afte r taking one m o r e l o ok at the boy, da shed out upon him from t h e sh elte r of the deck hou se Prov idence how e ver, was w atching oyc r Jas p e r H a v e r straw. So m e floa ting object it mi ght hav e been a w ate rs oaked lo g, Atruck the schooner' s iudd c r at that c ritical moment, and the whee] gave a vigorou s kick. This arou s ed the boy from the drowsy s pe ll creeping o ver hi s s enses He l ooked up in t im e to noti ce the figure that wa s springing upon h i m The glare of the moonl ig h t s h owed him to his intense surprise the murd e ro u s countenance o f Snorker and the equally ba l efu l face of Hus key d i r ect l y b e h i nd. Snork el' was r ight u po n h i m whe n J aspe r re al ized h is peril. The boy ducked to o n e side j ust i n t h e ni c k o f time to avoid the fe l low's impe t uous r u sh. Snorker' s ou tstretch ed h an d s miss:Qig thei r int en d e d ob j ect, clutched at the wheel t o racoYCI' his b a l ance But his fing e r s s l ippe d from the smou t h spokes, a s if the y were grea s ed and at the s ame time one of his fee t ca tching in the rudde r chain he pitched for w ard, with a hoar s e cry. It was the la s t he eve r uttered for tho n10inon t um o f his body carr ied hi m oyer t h e low r a il at t h e schoo,qcr 's s t ern, and h e fell wit h a l oud sp l ash into t h e wat e r l eaving an C \ e r -wiclen ing s uc c ession of c i rcles u pon the st1r:face above whe r e h e had gone down. H e 1m1s t hilYe sunk lik e a s tone, und l 'Cmained a t the b o t to m f o r that was the l ast ever seen of the scou:iidrel. 'I'h c \rnrld was wcl l r i d of h im A s -for Hni::k r:r. h e s topprd short, para l yzed liy the fate whi c h h acl oYertaken 1 1 is a.ssociate in g u i lt, a n d be for e h e reco1er e d J as p e r -floored him to the dec k w i t h a h e avy blow on the ja.w. "Don' t hit me again I give u p begge d the ras cal, as Jasp e r s tood over him with his fists clenc h ed. "Don' t yo u dare get up, then, t ill I give you Hmy cl id y ou two ge t ont of that pen we fixed u p fo r you?" S nork e r m a naged it by main stre ngth whined Hus k ey "I s uppo s e y ou intended to do me l t p then take to the boa t an c1 try to escap e Hus key wou ldn't ailm i t t h a t s u c h wer e their intentions hut wa::: confid e n t of i t jnR t t h e s ame. D an! Jansen'" called ou t Jasper. "It wouldn t do you no good t o call 'em interposed Hus k ey, s u l k i l y "What do y ou m e an by that?" a s ked the b o y in s ome surprise "Snorke r and m e found 'em as l eep fo r'ard, an d w e jest chucked 'e m down into the h atc h pl1t the on, and the anchor chain on top of that t o keer i t down." "You did that, eh?" "Yep." Jasper s tepped to t he cabin door aud a.rou sed S kipper Browp. "It ain't time to turn out, i s it?" a s ked J,3rown s leepil y No; but our pri s oner s have brok e n ont of the i r caboose,' and rve got one of them here I want you t o fetc h a piece of rop e to bind hi.s hands That piec e of news b r o ught the s kipp e r to h is sen ses, an(! prese ntly Hur;kcy w1:1s secured so he co\1ldn t ma k13 a ny mor e trouble "Wlwre's the othe r c h a p ?" B rqw n lookin g "Gon e r e pli e J terse iy.

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2f' PUSHING I'_\' THROUGH. "You don't mean he's drowned?" "That's what I do mean," and he gave the skippei: an account of how the affair happened. "I guess he won't be missed any," commented Brown. "He was one of the hardest nuts I ever ran against, and I've seen some pretty tough ones." "I must go for'ard and liberate Dan an Jansen," said "What's the matter with them?" "Those chaps caught them napping, threw them down the forecastle hatch, put the cover on and secured it." 1 Haverstraw climbed over the lumber, remov.ed the coils of iron chain, and let out the mystified members of his watch. Jansen had recovered his senses, but he had a and painful lump on his forehead, and was mighty angry over the treatment he had received. After the cause of it all had beeri explained, he wanted to take satisfaction out of Huskey, but to this Jasper would not consent. The Sally Ann duly arrived at Buffalo, and while the lumber was being unloaded, a 'Couple of policemen came down on the wharf, in response to a telephone mesaage, and took Huskey into custody Next day he was taken back to Erie by a detective sent to Buffalo for that purpose, and in the course of time was tried for the Woodman house burglary, convicted and sent to State Prison for five years. From Buffalo the schooner returned light to Erie and proceeded to take on board heT fourteenth load of coal of the Bimler charter. When Jasper visited Mr. Woodman he found that gen tleman had secured for him a new contract to carry 20,000 tons across, free loading and discharging, at $1.25 per ton. This, of cour se, was bound to be much more profitable than his original charter, and he was naturally highly elated. The very first thing he did was to hurry up to the Blank Avenue house to acquaint Mabel Channing with the news of his good 'fortune. Of course, she was very glad to hear of his success, in"He thinks a great deal of our Mabel." "I've noticed that he does." "And she-well, I'm sure they'll make a match of it." "She couldn't marry a young fellow with brighter prospects," replied the vessel agent, nodding his head, sagely. Jasper averaged a profit of $150 a trip on the Bimler con tract, not including the profits of the lumber charter, which amounted to $75 more. When he began on his second coal contract of 20,000, his profits rose 35 cents per ton, or nearly $75 extra per trip from Erie to Port Edward. He closed his first season as a cargo contractor with a net profit of $3,400. He did even better on his second season and still better on his third, at the close of which he had nearly $20,000 to his credit in bank. He thought this a good foundation on which to start a home for himself, and easily per s uaded Mable Channing to go into a matrimonial pa.rtnersh ip with him. He began his fourth year with a brand n e w schooner of 350 tons, which Mrs.Haverstraw, at her hu s band's particu lar request, christened the Mabel Channing. To-day Jasper is regarded a s one of Eri e's first citizens and the handsome home in which he resides with his charm ing wife and children, speaks well for his solid fuiancial standing in the community. His career is only one of the many ins tances we could mention of American boys who started out in life with not a dollar to their name, but who, by their energy and ambition, succeeded in starting a business for themselves and then PUSHING IT THROUGH to success. THE END. Read "A BORN SPECULATOR; OR, THE YOUNG deed, she had come to feel a wonderfully strong interest in SPHINX OF W AI.iL STREET," which will be the next his affairs. As for Jasper Havertsraw, he had long since reached the number (25) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." conclusion that there wasn't another girl in the world like Mrs. Woodman's lovely niece. From this time on they were almost constantly in each other's company when Jasper was in Erie. "Don't you think Mr. Haverstraw is an uncommonly bright young man?" asked Mrs. Woodman of her husband one evening in the summer. SPECIAL NOTICE. All back numbers of this weekly "He certainly is," he replied, in a tone which ieft are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any doubt as to his meaning it. "He went into the cargo con tracting busin ess with a vim that surprised me, consider ing his agf!, and he has since pushed it through for all that newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION it's worth. He s making money fast, and there's no reason SQUARE, NEW YORK, you will receive the copies why he shouldn t be rich some day. He repaid me every cent he owed me." you order by return mail.

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HOW T O BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in struction for the use of dumb bells, Indian c lubs, parallel bars, ho rizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations Every boy ca n become strong and healthy by following the instructions contained i n this little book. No. IO. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the ditferent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of t hese useful and instructive books, as it will teac h you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for f encing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one prac tical illustrations, giving the best p ositions in fencing. A complete book. TRI CKS WITH CARDS. No. 5 1. H O W TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing e xp lanations of t'he general principl es of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring s leight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of 11PeCially prepared cards. Bl! Professor Haffner. Illustrated. N?. 72 . HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH C4.RDJ3.-Em bracmg all of the latest and most deceptive ca1d tl'ick11, with ii lustrations.. By .A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS. d ecept ive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurors and magicians. Arranged foi: home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of maric and card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks of the day, also the most popular magical illusions as performed by our: magicians; every boy s40 ld optain a copy ot this book, as it will both amuse and instruct. No .. 22. 'l'O DO SECOND SIGHT.-lleller's seconJ sight explamed b_v: his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. bow the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43 HOW TO BECOi\+Jll .A l\IA.GICI.t\.N.-Containing the grandest assortment of magical il!usioqs ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. TO DO CHEi\IIC.AL over one hundred highly amusing and tricks with chemicals By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGIIT OF HAND.-Containing over !ifty of the latest and best tricks used by magi c ians. Al!!o oontain mg the seciet of second sight. IJ'u lly illustrated. By A. Anderson. No .. 70. HOW i\I'\KE MAGIC '!-'OYS.-Containiqg full directions for makmg Magic 'l'oys and devices of many kinds By A .Anderson. IJ'.ully illustmted. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showipg many curious with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated .No. 7_5. HO\Y TO A CONJUROR. -Containing tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrations By A. Anderson. No. 78. 'l'O DO 'l'HE .BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete descrip t10n of the mysteries of and Sleight of 1Iand, togethe r with many WOI)derful experu:qents By A Ande r son. Illustrated. -MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOMEl AN IN VENTQR.-Every boy shou ld know how inventions originated. This book explains them all, examples -in electricity, h4'draulics, Jilagnetism optics, pueumat,1cs, mechanics, etc. 'l'he most instructive book No. HOW TO AN F;NGINEER.-Cqntainingfull 11;istruct10ns hrother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Flvery young man and every young lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS OORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters OI\ almost any subject also rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen letters'.

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THE STAGE. No. 41. THrn BOYS Ol!' NEW YORK END MElN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the m?st .famous men No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful httle book. No . THE NlDW YORK STUMP SP]J)AKER.Contammg a vaLed assortment of .stump speeches Negro Dutch a .nd Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home' amuse ment and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOK}j] Be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. -HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary. mockingbird, bobolink.;.. blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39 HOW TO RAISE uOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illus trate d. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO l\IAKEl AND SET TRAPS.-Including hints on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50 HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A: va lu able book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountinc and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. now TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeping, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; a l so giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO Bl!;COME A SCIENTIST.-"A useful and ill: structive book giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex periments in acoustics". mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di-E NTE RT A IN ME NT. re ctions for making fireworks, co l ored fires, and gas balloons. Thi1 No. 9. HOW TO BECO:.\IE A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equaled. Kennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading No. 14. now TO l\IAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book for this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multimall:ing all kinds of candy, ice-cr e am, etc. tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. l:l-. HOW 'l'O BECOME AN AU'l'J:1.0R.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the greatest book <'Ver publish e d. and there's mii lions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatness, l egibility and general com very valuable little hook just published. A complete C'ompend inm position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card div e r s ions, comic recitati ons, etc .. suitable Hiland. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won money than any book published. derful book containing useful and practical information in the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every book, containing the rules and o[ billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com backgammon. <-roquet. gnlations, Fire Department, and all a boy shoul d know to be a Cadet. Ccmpiled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to R ec ome a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NA VAL CADET.-Complete in, strnctions of how to gai n admission to the Annapolis Naval Academy. Al s o containing the course of instruction. description of grounds and buildings, historical sketch. and everything a boy should know to be<'ome an offic e r in the United States Navy. Com piled and writt<>n by fa1 Senarens, author of "How to Become a West Point Military Cadet." PRICE 10 Address FRANK CENTS TOUSEll'. EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Publisher! 24 Union Squa1e, New York.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A W eekly J lagazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. B y HARRY MOORE. 'l' hese s tories ar e based on act ual facts give a faithfu l account of lhe exciting adve ntures of a brave band o I America n youths who w ere a lways ready and will i n g to imperi l th e ir for th e s ak e o f helping along th e galla n t caus e of Ind e pende nce. Every n u mbe r will comi s t of 32 large page s of r eadin g m a tt e r, bound in a b e auti l\il colo re d c o ver LATEST ISSUES: 207 T h e L i b e rty Boys a t the M i s c hlanza; o r G o o d b Y t o General Howe. 208 .:!' b e Li b e r t y Bo y s a n d P ul aski; or. T h e Polish Patriot 2 09 T h e Li b e r t y Boys at Hanging R oc k ; o r The "Carolina Game Coc k 210 T h e L ib e rty Boys o n t h e P e dee; or, M a neuvering with Marion. 211 T h e L i berty B oy s at Guilford Court h o use; o r A Defeat that Pro e d a Victory. 212 The L i b erty Boys at Sanders' Cree k ; or, The Err o r of General G ates. 213 T h e Li b e rty Boys o n a Raid ; or, Out with Co l o n el Brown 214 T h e L i berty Boys at Gowanus Creek ; o r F o r L i berty and Inde pendence 215 The Li berty Boys' S kirmish : or, At Green Spring Plantation 216 T h e Li berty Boys and the Gov ernor: or, Tryon' s Co nspirac y 217 The Liberty Boys i n Rhode I s land: or, D oiug Duty Dow n East. 21 8 T h e Li berty Boys After T a rl eton: o r llo t h ering the "Butcher." 219 T h e Li b e rty Boys' Daring Dash: o r, D e a t h B e for e D efeat. 220 The Liberty Boy s a n d t h e Mutineers; or, llelping "l'IIad Anthon y .' 221 T h e Lib erty Boys Out o r The Capture of Vincenne s 222 T h e L i b e r t y B oys a t Pri n ce t o n ; o r. Washingto n s Narrow Esc a p e 223 T h e Liberty Boys H eartbroken; o r. The D esertion of Dick 224 T h e Libe rty Boys In t h e Highlands: or, o rking Alo n g the Hud225 T hse0't1 b erty Boys at Hac k ensac k ; or. Beating Back the British 226 T h e Liberty B oys' K e g o f Gold ; o r Captain Kidd's Legacy. 2 2 7 The L i be rty Boy s at Bordentown : or, Guarding the 228 The L i berty Boys' Best A r t : or, T h e Capture of <::arhs l e 229 'l' h e Liberty Boy s on the D elaware; or, Doing Darmg Dee d s. 230 The L i bert y Boys r_,oug Race : or, B eating the Redcoats O ut. 2 3 1 T h e Liberty Boys De c eive d ; or. Di c k Slate r s Double 23.:l T h e Li b e rty Boys' Boy A ll i e s ; o r Young, But Dangerous. 2 33 T h e Liberty Boys' Bitter Cup; or, Beaten Back at Bra n d ywme. 2 34 The Liberty Boys' A lliance: or. T h e Red s W h o H e l p e d 235 T h e Lib erty Boys on the War-Path ; or, After the Enemy. 236 T h e J .lberty Boys Alte r Cornwallis: or, Worrying the Ear l. 2 3 7 T h e Libert y Bo y s a n d t h e L i b erty B ell ; or, How They Saved It. 2 3 8 T h e L i be rty Boys and Ly dia Darr a h ; o r A Wo nderful Wom a n s Warning. 2 3 9 The L ibe rty Boys at P erth ; or, Franklin' s T?ry So n. 240 T h e Liberty Boys a n d the lll i dget ; or, Goo d Goo d s ID a Small Packag e 241 The L i berty Boy s at F'rankfort; or, Ro uting t h e Q uee n s Rangers. 242 The L i berty B oys and G e n eral Lac ey ; or, Corne r e d a t the "Crooked B illet" 2 4 3 The L i b e rty Boys a t the Farewe ll Fet e ; or, Frighten ing the British With Fire. 24.4 The L ib erty Boys' G l oo m y T i m e ; or, Darkest Before Daw n 245 The Liberty Boye on the Neus e Riv e r ; o r, Campaigning in North Car oli n a 2 4 6 T h e Li berty Boye and Benedict Arnold; or, Hot Work With a T raitor. 2 4 7 T h e Liberty B oys Excit e d ; or, Doing Whirlwind Work. T h e Liberty Boys'. Odd Recruit; or, The Boy Who Saw Fun In Everything. 240 Tho Li berty Boys' Fair Friend; or, The Woma n Who H e lp e d 250 The L i be rty Boys "Stumped" ; or, The Biggest Puzzle o f All. 251 T h e Liberty Boys i n New York Bay; or, Diffi cult and Dangerous Work. 2 5 2 T h e Liberty Boys' O w n Mark ; or, Trouble for the Tories. 253 T h e Liberty Boys at Newport; or, The Rhode I s l and Campaign. 254 The Liberty Boys and "Black Joe" ; or, The N e g r o Who H e lp e d 255 T h e L ib erty Boys Hard at Work; or, Afte r the Marauders. 256 T h e Liberty Boys and the "Shlrtmen" ; or, H e lp ing the Vir g inia Rlftemen. 257 The Liberty Boys at Fort N elson; or, The Elizabeth Ri ve r Cam palgn. 2 5 8 .rh e Libe rty Boys and Captain B etts ; o r, Trying to D o wn Tryon. 259 The Liberty Boys at Bemis Heights ; or, H elping to B eat Burg oyne. 260 The Liberty Boys and t h e "Little Rebels" ; or, The Boys Who Bothered t h e British 261 '.rhe Liberty Boys at New London ; or, Th!I Fort Griswold Massacre. 262 The L i be rty Bo y s and Thomas Jefferson; or, How They Saved t h e Governor. 263 T h e Liberty Boys Banished ; or, Sent Away by General Howe. 264 The Lib erty Boys at t h e State Line ; or, D esperate Doings on the Dan Rive r 265 The Liberty Boys' Terr i bl e Trip ; or, On '.l'im e in Spite of Every-. thing. 266 The Liberty Boys' Setback ; or, Beset by Red coats, Redskins, and Tories. 267 The Liberty Boys and t h e Swede ; or, The Scandinavian Recruit. 268 The Liberty Boys' ''B est Li cks; ; or, Working Hard to Wi n 269 The Liberty Boys at Rocky Mount; or, Helping G eneral Sumter. 270 The Liberty Boys and the Regulators; or, Running the Royalists to Cover. 271 T h e Liberty Boys after Fenton ; or, T h e Tory D esperado. 272 T h e Liberty Boys a n d Captain Falls; or, The Battie of Ram s o ur' s M ill s For sal e b y all newsdeal ers or w ill b e sent to any address on 1eceipt of price, 5 cents p e r c opy, i n mon e y or po stage stamps by FRAN K T OUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. 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F a me and Fortune Weekly STORIES. OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A S E LF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A New One Issued Every Friday This Weekly contains interesting of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage o: passing opportunities Some of these stories are founded on uue incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of plu c k, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. Every one of this series contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune weekly" a maga zine for the home, although each number is replete with exciting adventures. The stori. es are the very best obtainable, the illustrations a r e by expert artists. and every effort i s constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the riews stands. Tell your friends about it. ALREADY PUBLlSIIED. 1 A Lucky Deal ; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Brave Boys Start in Life. 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The B oy Who Succeeded. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 3 A Corne r in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Tric k H A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Cou :cl Not be Downed. 4 A Game of Chance; or, The Boy Who Won Out 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy in Wall Street. 15 A Strea k of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His N es t 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lake-17 King of the Market; or, The Youngest Trader in W alJ view. Street. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. River. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The R ecord of a Self-M a de 19 A Rise in Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. Boy. 20 A B arrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy in Wall Street. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 21 All to the Good ; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys WhoWorked a Deserted 22 How He Got There; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them All. Mine. 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Rich. 11 A Lucy P enny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 24 Pushing It Through; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, :New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS oi;. our Libraries and cannot procure them f rom newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and ftll i n the following Ord e r Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you waut and we will send them to you by turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS 'l'H.E SAlUE AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 2-! Union Square, New York. ................. : ...... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of 'VORK AND WIN Nos .................. 9 ........... ............................... " 'VILD WEST "\VEEI(LY, Nos ....................................................... " 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7 6, Nos .......... ....... .. ............................... " PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos ............................................................. " SE CRET SERVICE, Nos ............................................................... " FRANK MANLEY'S WEEKLY, Nos .................................................... " FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos .......... ........... .............. ............. .. "THE YOUNG ATHLETE'S WEEKLY, Nos .............................................. " Ten-Cent H an d Books, Nos ........................................................... Name .......................... Street and No ... .............. Town .......... S tate .. : . . .....


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