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The way to success, or, The boy who got there
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. .::.::::. .... ( t)MONEY. The flames were already reaching for them. He tied the rope securely a.round 'his waist, stepped out on the sill. and measured with his eye the distance he proposed to jump. Then, nerving himself for the effort, he leaped upward


I Fameand Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY llSued Wee1'l11-B11 Subscription 1 2.60 per 11ear Entered according to Act of Congress, in t h e 11ear in the o.J1lce of the Librarian of Conwesa, Wcuhington, D. C., b11 F rank Touse11, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Yo1k, No. 26 NEW Y O RK, MARCH 30, 1906. Price 5 Cents The Way to Sueeess; OR Tt{E BOY WfiO GOT B y A SELF .. MADE rl A N. C HAPTER t. INTBODUOES JAOK FROS'r AND THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHIOH HE LIVES. "SUPPER is ready, Jack," said a pleasant-faced little woman of perhaps five-and-thirty years, standing in the kitchen doorway of a sma ll, neat-looking farmhouse, to a i;;trong, good-looking boy who had just driven a light wagon into the yard. "All right, auntie," replied the boy, in the cheery tone habitual with him, "I'll be ready just as soon as I put the horse in the stable." T!1e lad continued on to the barn, unharnessed the a.nimal, and led her to her stall. "You look a bit heated, old girl," he said, patting her affectionately on her sleek neck. "I guess I won't feed you until after I've had my supper." Then he went to the wagon, took out an armful of pack ages, crossed the yard and entered the house. Jack Frost was an orphan and just sixteen years of age. Born and educated in the East, the sudden and tragic death of both his parents in a steamboat disaster on Long Island Sound threw him, on the eve of his fifteenth birth day, practically penniless upon his own resources. In this strait he gladly accepted an invitation :from his mother's only sister, Lucy, who, years before, married an enterprising man named Frank Harper, and moved out West, to come to Wisconsin and make their farm his home. He had been there but a coupl e of months, and was fast learning to make himself useful, when Mr. Harper caught a severe cold, which developed into pneum-0nia and carried him to his grave. In this emergency Jack came to the front, and proved himself a bulwark of strength and consolation to his bereaved aunt. With a degree of confidence unusual in one so young he took the management of the farm entirely upon his young should e rs, hired a competent and trustworthy assistant, and, much to the surprise of the neighboring agricultur ists, carried the work on in as good shape as it had ever been conducted by Mr. Harper. The property was located on a shallow stream, one of the tributaries of the Chippewa River, in the western part 0 Wisconsin, and the chief product of the farm, some two thousand bushels of wheat, had just been hariested Mrs. Harper largely depended on this crop to pay off a two thousand dollar mortgage owing to one Nathan Plun kett, the postmaste1' and a prosperous storekeeper of Eden, the nearest town, which was sit uated five miles distant, at


2 'l'HE WAY TO SUCCESS. the junction of the Chippewa River and the stream which "I don't see why the fact that he holds a mortgage on :flowed by the farm. this place for two thousand dollars makes it necessary that "I had a visitor this afternoon, Jack," said his aunt, he should be so much in evidence. The farm isn't going after the hired man had left the table to attend to his to run away." chores around the barn . "It isn't the mortgage that brings him here. That is "Who was it, auntie?" he asked, curiously. amply secured by this property. The farm was appraised "Na than Plunkett 1 at four thousand dollars when Frank borrowed the money A cloud gathered on the boy's brow, for he didn't like of him three years ago. It is easily worth five thousand Mr. Plunkett for a cent, nor, we may say, did the Eden dollars to-day." siorekeeper regard Jack Frost with a friendly eye. "All of that, auntie," replied Jack, nodding his head Mr. Plunkett was a widower of about fifty, and had a positively. "Ii heard Mr. Greene, who owns the place ad son named Felix, who in many ways was very like his joining on the east, you know, say so, and he has a prett y fathe r. c lear idea of the value of property in this neighborhood." For some reason not quite clear to Jack Frost the post"I can well believe that," Mrs. Harper answered. "Now1 master's son entertained a strong dislike for him,_ and never Jack, there is no reason why I should keep anything from failed to show it when the two boys met you. You have been a son and a protector to me ever since Nathan Plunkett himself was not, on the whole, a popuFrank died." Her voice broke in a sob and her handsome Jar man. eyes filled with tears. "I don't really know what I should That fact, however, did not seem to worry him greatly. have done without you." He was the political mogul of Eden, and well enough in "I have done the best I could for you, Aunt Lucy," the this world's goods to apparently disregard private preju-boy sa id earnestly, rising, putting his arms protectingly dices. abou t her, and kissing her gently on the cheek. "What did he want?" asked Jack, a bit brusquely, when "You have done1nobly, dear," she replied, drawing his l\Irs. Harper named her visitor head down and imprinting a kiss on his forehead. "How "He wanted t o know if we had :finished harvesting our sh all I ever thank you enopgh ?" wheat." "I don't want you to thank m e, auntie. I am only doing "Oh, he did?" my duty by you. You may depend that I will contj.nue to "Yes I told him we had it all housed in our big barn." Jo that as long as I remain with you "He seems to be very much inter ested in our affairs," "I hope that will be a long time, Jack," she said, with a replied the rboy, sarcastically. caress. "He wished to know if we intended to ship it soon." "I hope so, too, auntie." "What for?" said Jack, in some surprise. "As I was going to say, I have no wish to have any se"He wants to buy it." crets from you, so I want to explain the real cause of Mr. "Wants to buy it?" Plunkett's visits. He wants to marry me "He offered me seventy-five cents a bushel for it as it "Marry-you!" gasped the boy, starting back in the stands, cash." gre)ltest amaiement "Why, auntie, wheat is selling for a dollar, and is ex"Yes, Jack. He had the assurance last week to ask me to pected to go still higher be his wife." "But it must be delivered at Chicago, St. Loui s or some "Great Cresar And what did you say to him?" other grain center to realize that. When you come to :figure "I was dumbfounded." on the expense of getting it down to Eden, the nearest "I s hould think you would be." point on the railroad, and then add freight rates and com"I told him, in great indignation, that he ought to be mission charges, it will make quite a hole in the difference ashamed to make such a proposal to me when he knew my "I admit all that, auntie, but M:r. Plunkett wouldn't dear husband had not been a year in his grave make you an offer if he didn't see his way clear to making "And what did he say to that?" a good profit on the transaction "He said he did nof expect that I would marry him at "I dare say that is true, Jack. once. What he wanted was my promise that I would marry "Either he has found out in some way that wheat has him after a time." just gone up a point or two, or is about to do so, or else "Well, auntie?" there is something else in the background." I said I had no intention of ever marrying again ': "What could be in the background?" "0 course you did." "I am sure I couldn't tell you, auntie, as I'm not a mind"He said that was a very foolish decision. That I could reader You ought to know M:r. Plunkett better than I." not expect to carry on this farm successf ully as matters "I wish I didn't know him quite as well as I do." stood." "He comes around here often enough. 01 course, it's "Ho!" exclaimed Jack. "You might have told him that none of my business. He doesn't come to see me." the farm was thriving without any outside assistance." "He c9mes to see me, I regret to say," replied Mrs M:arl "I did. I told him you were conducting the p1ace to my per, with a troubled lC!ok. en.tire satisfaction."


THE WAY TO SUCCESS. / \ '1"hat cl id he say to that?" He s ai d that my assertion was ridiculou s : That. you w e r e a m e r e boy, without agricultural experience That you Vl:er c bound to run the farm into the ground, involve me in financial embarrassmen t s, and in the end cause me to los e the property." "Ve ry kind of him," lau ghed the boy. "I gu ess, OJ.1 the contrary, I've harvested a crop of wheat that will relieve you of the embarrassment of owing Mr. Plunkett the sum of two thousand dollars." "I told him so very plainly." "I'll bet he didn't like it." "He certainly did not, for he laughed in an unpleasant way and remarked that there was many a slip between the cup and the lip." "What did he mean by that?" asked the boy, "I am s ure I don't know, J ack." "Nothing good, I'll bet," replied the y oun g farmer soberly and thoughtfully. "He couldn't have meant me any harm, or he wouldn't have come around to-day and offered to buy the wheat from me. Even at seventy-five cents a bushel that would amount to enough to clear off the mortgage when it comes due a month from now." "It certainly woul d, and leave something over. But I hope you won't accept his offer." "I told him I had to consult you before I could give him an answer." "I'll wager he didn't like that, either," chuckl ed J ack "I knew he didn't from the express ion of his face," s a id Mrs. Harper. "He smiled unpleasantly-I didn't lik e his smi le, J a 'ck, for there seemed to be something menacing behind it-and replied that I could s end him word Then he took his leave, but I saw him talking to John in the yard, and afterward they both went to the big barn." "Wanted to see how much wheat we really had, eh?" "I presume so." "I have no doubt that1he is fully satisfied we have enough to lo osen his grip on the farm. Do you know auntie, it has been my opinion from 0the start that he figured on get ting pos session of this place through foreclosure proceed in gs That is, ever since Uncl e Frank died. He did not believe would be abl e to run the farm succe s sfully this year, especially as luck was against Uncle Frank the last two years or mo1:e. Besides, no one expected wheat woul d fetch more than :fifty cents a bushel, or sixty at the most, which has been about the figure for the past five years But Jordan, the great Chicag o Board of Trnde operator, is working to corner the product, and that has sent the price of grain s oaring It is hardly likely that h e will succeed, though the y say the people supporting him are worth mi l lions. Were he1 successfu l it would mean from $1.50 to $2 wheat, something unprecedented for the farmer, but rather hard on the consumer-the poor, particularly." "Yes. Frank never dreamed of g etting a dollar for this year's wheat," said Mrs. Harper, mournfully. "He counted on paying about one-half of the mort g age and g etting a renewal for another year He believed there would be no difficulty in making suc h arrangements, as the security had increased twenty per cent. in value." "Well, I have very little confidence in Mr. Plunkett. I wouldn't trust him any further than I could see him. I am fully satisfied that he has been counting on becoming the owner of this farm at a bargain. He is !mown as a hard man to deal with when the advantage is on his side. That's his record in Eden. I hadn't been a month in the county before I h eard e nough about him to fill a book." "I hope he won't come hire again until the mo rtgage is due and he comes for his money," said Mr s Harper. "You don't hope it any more than I do, for be looks de cided ly out of place in this neighborhood, and his room is better than his company. Be sides, I don't want you to be annoyed by his unw elcome attentions." "I certainly to ld him in unm:istakab le language tha t there wasn't the least chance that I sho uld reconsic;ler my stan d in respect to his proposal of marriage." "I am glad you made that plain to him, auntie. He had an nerve to think you would accept the attentions of any man so soon after Uncle Frank's death." "But what about selling the wheat, Jack? You know:, I shall need the money in a month to settle the mortgage." "If you w ill c onfide the matter to my judgment, auntie, I think you w ill find that you will come out all right. I have a plan for shipping it to St. Louis by water which, if I can carry it out s ucces s fully, will save you all freight charges and bring you in a net result of at least one dollar a bushel." "Why, Jack, you astonish me! What is this plan?" "I'd rather say nothing about it just now," said the boy, with a smile. And with that the little woman had to be content. CHAPTER U. A CRUISE I N THE SWAMP. ON the foll owing morning at half-past five Jack Frost and his partic ular friend Joe B easeley, who worked for Farmer Greene, met by appo intm en t at the end of the bne between the two farms where it faced up9n the creek It was the first day of September, and the sun was just rising above the distant landsca pe into a perf e ctly clear sky. "Well, Jack, where are we bound for?" asked Beaseley, curiously. "We're bound for the s wamp, was the prompt reply. Half a mile from where the boys stood was a narrow and deep stream which flowed into the creek. It formed the boundary of the Harper property on the west. This branch r an through a smal l but d e nse swamp. In the ear l y spring its s urface was overflQwed with water. /


THE WAY TO SUCCESS It was covered with a thick growth of trees, and the "We're mak i ng this trip to procure the material with place was dark and dismal. which to build the boat," replied Jack. Hardly any one ever visited the swamp except Jack "Are you going to cut down some of these trees? I see Fro st. you brought an axe and a coil of rope with you." He was rather fond of exp l oring out-of-the-way places, "Cut down nothing," answered Frost "I expect to find and this deep and dark morass had early attracted his atthe stuff I want already prepared for us to use." tentio n. "You don't say! repiied Joe, in some surprise J u st befor e his uncle died he had made a s mall raft and "I do say so, and you' ll say so, too, when I show you threaded its gloomy recesses, and the two boys when they what we've come after." reached the edge of the swamp that morning, found the rB;ft "You saw the stuff when you were here before?" floating in the very spot Jack had left it months before, "I did. How e l s e should l know it is to be got?" with its long pole l ying undisturb e d among the bushes. "That's right," admitted Beaseley. "If it' s all ready to "I'll bet there ha sn't been any one here s ince you tied cut down, it will save us powerful lot of labor.'' that raft to that s tump," s aid Joe, in a pos itiv e ton e "I wish we could build a boat big enough to take 1\fr "Doesn't look as if there had b e en, that' s a fact." Greene' s grain, too We could make quite a little s um out "How long ago was that?" of the freight. But that's out of the question "Last spring." "I r e ckon it i s Do you know how much wheat Mr. "You say we're going right through th e s wamp, eh?" Greene has got .in his barns altogether?" "That's what we "Five or s ix thou s and bus hel s ." "Will this blamed old raft hold togeth e r, do you think ? "Se v e n thou s and scant "Sure. -Why not? Can t you see that I put it tog e ther "'rha t 's a lot," s aid Jack. "I wis h we had as much to last? I didn t propose to have it come apart u p in th a t "Your farm is less tJ:;an half the size of our s,'' replied morass and dump me out where I couldn't e xtricat e my-Joe . self, and nobody would hear my shouts for a ssis tance. Not "I kn o w it. vYe've done as well as could be expected, I'm much,Joe B easeley," and Jack wagged hi s head s a g a c iou sly. s ur e ." "What sort of an e xploring expedition a r e we going on?" ":Mr. G1: cene says you're a wonder, Jack He can't get asked Beaseley, when they had push e d off fro m s hore, i t through hi s head that you never were on a fa1m befor e Jack manipulating the pole in a ski1ul mann e r you came out here "None whatev er,'' r e plied Frost "Well, I never wa s." "Well, what's in the wind, anyway?" p e r s i s ted Joe con"I don t see, either, how you could take hold of your s umed by curiosity as to the obj e ct o f the watery jaunt. aunt s place and make things pan out the way you have. "Bus ines s," replied Jack, laconically I've been on a farm ever since I was knee high to a grass"Bu s ine s s ?" ejaculated Bease ley, in astoni s hment hopper, and blame me i I have the nerve to atteinpt to run Jus t s o.'' a plac e like you do." "What kind of business?" "You forget I have John Gray, who i s an e;xperienc e d "I told you I was thinking of building a kind of house man, at my back. I depend a lot on bis advice." boat to float our wheat down the creek to the Chippewa, "That's a ll right He's a good wor ker and understand s down the Chippewa to the Mississippi, and down the Mishis bus iness from A to z, but just the same he hasn't g o t sissipp i to St. Louis, didn't I?" the head to run a farm successfully. If he had he wouldn't be working for you to day He's failed as an independent "Sure you d id It's the finest scheme I ever heard of. It w ill be a j i m-dandy trip, and you promi s ed to take me armer and l o s t all his money at it." "It seems to come natural to me to do the right thin!!' along with you if I'd help you build the boat and assist in and make the most out of my opportunities jus t as soon a s navigating i t afterward." I see my way clear. When I figured up the trouble and "You've got it all right," grinned Jack, working the raft expense of carting our wheat to Eden, loading it on th e so as to avoid a sunken log whose nose was just on the leve l with the water. cars there, paying freight to Chicago and other necessary expenses, I began to consider, since we have a continuo u s "You can just bet I'll help you build the old Noah's wat e rway from the farm Tight to the St. Louis e levator s Ark, and I'm ready to do my s hare toward seeing that it if I couldn't manage to float the grain down there on a reaches St. Louis, too. I wouldn t miss it if Mr. Green e boat that I could build mys elf with your help." was to promise me a whole acre of his farm for myself i "And you decided you could?" I'd agree to stay back here and let somebody else take my "I did.'' place. No, sir; not for Joe.'' "I wouldn't have thought of such a thing in a coon's "I thought I could depend on you, Joe." age," said Beaseley, looking at his companion admiri.Ilgl y "You bet your boots you can. But what has that to do "And if I had, I sholl.ldn't have known how to go to work with this here trip up into the swamp?" to bring it about "Everything "I d t th t' h was goo a ma ema. ws at sc 001," replied Jack. "I "How so?" c alculated the size and c u bical capacity necessary in a


THE WAY TO SUCCESS. house-boat capable of carrying, say, three thousand bushels of wheat in perfect safety down a river like the 1\fississipp i, as well as making allowance for a small living compartment for the navigators themselves." "Gee You're as good1 as a schoo l-t eacher." "Of course, I don't mean to attempt to build a real boat. I'm not a naval architect, nor a ship-bui ld er My idea is to construct a serviceable raft first as the foundation for the house in which I expect to store the grain in transit." "I'll bet you'll do it a ll right," answered Beaseley, con fidently. "Whatever you set out to do I guess you accom plish, or know the reason why." "You seem to have a pretty good opinion of my abilities, "You can bet your boots I have; but I know one chap who hasn't," grinned Joe. "Do you mean Felix Plunkett?" "I do that. That fellow gives me a pain with his dandi fied airs. He thinks because his old man is the boss store keeper and the postmaster of Eden that he's It. Well, he isn't by a long shot He's jealous of you. It's like waving a red flag before a wild bull to mention your name before him. He can't say anything too mean about you And what good does it do hi.m? The little fool can't see that nobody takes any stock in what he says against you." "I certainly try to do the right thing by everybody," said Jack. "Of course you do. You're the most popular fe llow in the county, bar none." "Come off, Joe "I won't come off. I'm telling you the cold fact. All the boys like you and speak well of you, except Plunkett and two or three of his cronies, who side in with him because it's to their interest to do so. As for the girls Well, say! You're first favorite from the fall of the flag.'' "Aren't you trying to get me stuck on myself?" grinne d Frost. "Ho! You aren't built that way, J ack," and Beaseley wagged his head in a conclusive kind of way. "You can't tell me you aren't the real persimmons. Is there a social gathering for miles around where us young folks a r e in the majority that is considered complete without you? No, siree That voice of yours, and the way you make your fingers prance over the strin gs of your banjo, wins every time." "The n my popularity, as you call it, is really due to the fact that I possess the ability to entertain an audience. I s that it? You might give Plunkett the tip, then, if he has the grit, he might learn to play the instrument, and thus acquire the ascendancy he is so eager to possess." "Pooh! He'd make a fine banjo player, I don't think. B esides, he can't sing worth sour apples. Even if he could play and sing as well as you it wouldn't make him really popular. Just the same, if you lost your voice and a finger or two, so you couldn't sing or play any more, you wouldn't be liked a wee bit less. It's the boy himself, and not what he can do in the entertainment line, whic h counts. Do you want to know the real reason why Felix Plunkett is dead nuts on you ?" "Oh, I'm not particularly replied Jack, lessly. "I'm going to tell you, anyway. It's because you've cut him out with Virginia Earle." Miss Earle was the eldest daughter of Gordon Earle, cashier of the Eden N a.tional Bank. "Nonsense!" exclaimed Jack, flushing through the tan of his countenance. "Is that so ? I'm giving it to you straight, J You only met her once, I know, at that party she attended at Carden's farm. Carden is her uncle. Plunkett was there, too, and you ought to remember how mad he was all the evening because you danced three times with Virginia and took her in to supper. All the boys said you were mashed on her." Jack kept h is head turned away while Joe was speaking. "Well, she's been ju st crazy to meet you again." "What are you giving me, Joe Beaseley?" ashd Jack, in some confusion. "I'm giving you the truth. You ought to feel good over it, for Virginia Earle is called the prettiest girl in Eden County." Jack made no reply. "Felix is plumb gone on her, and it exasperates him to know that she tIG.nks so much of you and doesn t seem the least bit interested in him. He persists in forcing his at tentions upon her, though the fellows tell me she hands him out plain hints enough to settle any other boy; but he's too thick to tumble to the truth." "I'm not surp rised," replied Jack. "But here we are at the end of our cruise. What do you think of that?" and the boy pointed at a bend in the stream which ran into the marsh. CHAPTER III. HARVESTING THE TIMBER. PILED up before them the boys saw a heap of logs, planks, boards and other fugitive lumber which had come down from the saw-mills, miles up the country. One en d of a big log had been driven ashore by the cur rent and had jammed itself between two trees. All the rest of the boards, planks and timbers had rested upon this one, and being driven in by the sweep of the st r eam at the bend, had been entangled .and held by it. "Gracious!" exclaimed Joe Beaseley, in no little astoni s hment, "what a lot of wood is there." "I should sa y there is. Enough to build several rafts." "With a hou s e on each of them." "Per hap s It would all depend on the size of the rafts and the houses." "Oh, I meant small ones." "We s hall be doing the neighborhood a service by remov ing this wood."


6 THE WAY TO SUCCESS "How so?" Joe followed the directions to' the l e tter, and then stood "Can't you see that it is gradually choking the up?" stream up, watching to see what was going to occur. "Sure thing. A blind man could see that." "Why, how could a blind man see that, or anything else?" asked Jack, looking inquiringly at his companion. "Oh, you know what I mean. I meant a man must be b l ind who couldn't see it. "That's more like it. If that heap isn't cleared away the whole course of the stream will be choked by it in time. Then, when the snow melts next spring our farms, and many others in this vieinity, will be overflowed by the high water, and there would be the dickens to pay." "I guess there would be," admitted Joe. "We don't need all that lumber for our raft," said Jack, as he scanned the pile critically, "but it would be a pity not to save it, though it would cost a good deal of hard l abor It would come in handy in a good many ways .'' "I'm willing to help you save it," said Joe. "I don't mind a little hard work, for I'm used to it. "Well, we'll consider that later on "You're not going to build the raft up here, are you?" "Of course not." "Going to let the stuff float down through the swamp, eh?" "That's my idea. The current will cany it to the You may not have noticed, but the swing of the current where it empties into the creek sets right in to a bit of ground at the extreme point of our farm. I have driven several poles down into the bottom at a certain point, leav ing the ends sticking several fee t above the water. They'll catch the first logs we send clown, and the rest will pile on top or jam up against them A few may escape into the creek, but not many "You've got t a great head, Jack" "There's nothing particularly smart about that. It's merely an illustration of cause and effect-the same princip1e which has caused this accidental dam here." "I suppose we may as well sta .rt in to throw these p l anks and boards into the current. It'll take some 'time, you know," viewing the amount of labor involved somewhat doubtfully < "Is that the way you'd engineer the job, Joe?" laughed Frost. "Why, how else would you do it?" "There's an easier and much better way." "If there is I want to know it," said Joe. "I'm not anxiou s to do any more work tlian is necessary." "What do you suppose I brought that rope for?" "You've got me. I'm not bright at guessing riddles." "Well, I'll show you. Just make a sliding loop at that encl, will yo??" "Sure," and Beaseley hastened to comply with this re quest "There you are." "Now crawl out onto that lumber, reach down over the end and hook the loop over the nose of that mischievous log which has cansed all this trouble." "Do you want to get a good sousing and some heavy c racks on the head?" shouted Frost at him "Not on your life I don't,'' returned Bea s eley, not moving, however "Then come back here "What for? This is a nice, airy spot where I am." "Is it?" l aughed Jack. "1 the foundation was to come away from underneath your all of a sudden you' d think difl'erently." "Any danger of it doing that?" asked Joe, in some alarm, hastily moving toward where his companion stood on a projecting point of the shore. "Not until you give me the benefit of your muscles." "What are you going to do?" "I'm going to yank the key log out from under that pile after I cut away a part of the end here whe:re it's caught in this tree." "Oh, I see. That'll let the whole pile of shrli down with a rush," replied Joe, who could see through a millstone when the hole was pointed out to him "I rather think it will Then the surplus water above ill follow and push the lumber and logs before it. There's only one obstacle which may temporarily disarrange my project." "What is that?" "The timber may get caught at some point in the swamp and pile up again." "We can easily set them free again," replied Joe, confidently "Can we? I don't know about that," answered Jack, doubtfully. "Why not?" asked Beaseley, in surprise "It may get jammed where we couldn't reach it on the raft." "What would you do in that case?" "I don't propose to cross a bridge until I come to it. In other words, I'm not going to worry about such a thing until it actually takes place." "That's right I agree with y0u there. Do you want me to do the chopping here?" "You can begin if you're anxious for the exercise. When you get tired I'll lend a hand Beaseley took the hatchet and began at the job. The log proved to be a more stubborn proposition than they had calculated on. Joe backed away for a quarter of an hour, and then J relieved him. In the course of half an hour, however, they weakened the log to such an extent that Frost believed their muscles would do the rest. So they got hold of the rope and began to exert themselves. Inch by inch the key of the lumber structure began to yield. Planks and slabs and timber occasH>nally disengaged


THE WAY TO S UCOESS. ==================================================--==============:::;::::==== th e m selves from the mass and started with the stream down thro ugh the swamp. "Once more, old man," cried Jack, bracing himself for a mig hty effort. Joe put his foot against a convenient tree and then both pulled away for all they were worth Then something happened The key log suddenly came away with a rush, and Joe and Jack went heels over head backward, Beaseley narrowly escaping a ducking in the swamp. "Wow!" howled Joe, sitting up and rubbing the dirt out of his eyes. "Ha, ha, ha!" laughed Jack, who was the first to pick himself up. "I don't see anything funny about that," grumbled Beaseley, feeling his back and other parts of his body, to make sure he was still whole. "I nearly busted my back." "A miss is as good as a mile, old fellow," grinned Frost "You wouldn't say that if you'd got the whack in the ja,w I caught," objected his companion "Get up and watch the lumber shoot Joe got up and looked. "It's a regular mill-stream now, isn't it?" "That won't last long." "Do we go back on the raft?" "Of course. I want to see that the channel through the I swamp keeps clear. If it chokes up we've got td assist things if we can." "Suppose we get stuck ourselves in the heart of the old morass?" "Oh, don't begin supposing trouble is going to occur. You might hoodoo the whole scheme." ''I wouldn't like to do that," replied Joe, so seriously that Jack had to laugh at him. "If you're ready we'll go afloat. It's breakfast time by now, and I'm beginning to g et hungry," he said, stepping onto the raft. "Same here," replied Joe, following him with alacrity. They cast off, the raft into the current and then allowed things to take their course, which they did in a very satisfactory manner. Wherever they came across logs or pieces of timber caught in the projections of the swamp they pushed them clear. In thi s way they continued on down through the morass toward the creek, preceded, surrounded and followed: by a great company of fugitive timber. Fortunately no serious difficulty was encountered during the trip, which was a great deal shorter than when they had to pole the raft up stream. CHAPTER IV. A LEAP FOR LIFE. AFTER breakfast Bcaseley returned to the Greene farm to attend to certain chores about the place, while Jack employed himself in a similax way around his own place At one o'clock the two boys met again at the bight of land near the creek, and during the rest of the afternoon busied themselves hauling the fugitive timber onto dry land and separating it into individual piles, ready for busine3s. This work took up all of their spare time for several days At length they had sorted out as much timber as Jack calculated he could use in the construction of the raft, which, owing to the weight it would have to sustain, was designed to be quite a ponderous affair, so far as its founda tion was concerned "We'll leave the rest of the stuff for future considera tion," remarked Jack, as the two boys sat on an old log, resting, and watched the sun setting in all its glory in the west. "I haven't any kick coming," grinned Joe, as he mopped the perspiration from his freckled forehead "You don't feel like backing out of the rest of the busi ness, do you?" asked Frost, with a cheerful smile. "I should say not. The most disagreeable and least in teresting part is over. I'm just tickled to take hold of what is to come." "You won't find it all fun "Oh, I don't know. that." I'm willing to take chances on "I hope I won't make any mistakes in my calculations," said Jack. "If I do, we won't be able to carry all the wheat down the river, which would be a great pity a.Ila a big disappointment to me." "Oh, I guess you'll come out all right," said Joe,' reas suringly. "There must be no guesswork about it," asserted Frost "'I'he moment such a thing as that enters into the scheme we'll be all at sea." "If it was my wheat I'd be willing to take chances on you making a success of your plan." "Much obliged, Joe. You seem to put lots of confidence in me." "Sure. Why not?" replied Beaseley, stoutly. "Well, the proof of the pudding is in the ea ting," replied Jack, rising. "To-morrow morning I'm going to town to purchase the necessary hardware with which to begi+i oper ations Want to come along?" "Of course I do." "All right 1 I'll have the mare harnessed up ready to start about nine o'clock. I'll look for you about that time." They arrived at length at their destination, where they The boys started off and separated in the Harfound the advance lumber anchored to the obstructing poles per farmyard, Joe proceeding on tbrough the gate, down placed at the point of the bight by Jack. the lane, and, vaulting the first fence he came to, cut across "The whole collection will be here in an hour," said the fields to the Greene farm. Frost. "If it's all the E;ame to you, Joe, we'll go to b r eak Next morning he was on hand in plenty of time, and fast now. You eat with me, of course helped Jack harness up his favorite roadster.


8 THE WAY TO SUCCESS. Then they started for Eden in high spirits. "I couldn't tell you. Stand back, please." They drove into town as the clocks were striking ten. The boy, in some excit e ment, slipped away and addressed Nathan Plunkett kept all the articles in his store that the same qu e stion to two or three of the spectators in turn, Jack expected to purchase, but somehow or another the boy hut they could give him no information. didn't care to trade with him as lonl? as there were other Further on he tackled another policeman, but the man, stores in town that could supply his wants. in s tead of an s w e ring his que s tion, pushed him roughly back He stopped in front of Josiah Allen s store, Mr. Pluninto the crowd of curious onlookers. kett's most successful business opponent, and the postmas-At this juncture the crowd exhibited a sudden spasm of ter, who happened to be looking out of his window at the e xcitement. time, took note of the fact, and the circumstance did not Jack looked toward the scene of the fire and saw the form make Nathan feel any better disposed toward the boy h e of a girl, which, even at that distance, his sharp eyes rec cordially detested, and on whom he hop e d s ome day in the ognized a s Virginia Earle, l e aning out of a s ide window on near future to have full satisfaction. the third floor, toward the rear of the house, where it Jack purchased nails of two or three sizes, a s mall keg joined a thre e s tory brick structure. of spikes, a new saw, a stout hatchet and sundry other artiThe s moke was sifting out of the window all around her, cles of hardware. and h e r pos ition was appar ently one of great p e ril. "Going to build a house?" asked the clerk, with a grin. Ev e n as the boy looked she was joined by a little, golden" Sure," replied Jack. "I'm thinking of getting marri e d hair e d cr e ature, whom Jack knew to be Virginia's sis ter. and setting up housekeeping." The eight of the girl, who had occupied a gr eat share of "Don't forget to invite me to the wedding." his thoughts ever since, he was t? he: some six "I'll keep you in mind. Here, Joe, carry these package s wee k s at Ca:den s farm, standmg. m dan out to the wagon and watch the team. I'm going over to ger_ of losmg h e r hfe with no one gomg to her the postoffice to see if there's any mail for us." assi s tanc e aroused Jack to a fever of excitement. There was a letter for his aunt which Felix Plunkett H e bur s t through the crowd, eluded the policeman who handed out to him in an way, as if it went to s t ay hi s c our s e dashed across the _and, against his grain to wait on Frost. sprmg m g up th e front s tep s of the Earle dwe11mg di s ap-nrhi"le he wa th t f tt" "t h" k t th pear e d in s ide the house, battling his way upward through n s m e ac o pu mg i m i s pac e e . fire alarm bell ra d F 1 It d th t the s m o ke, which was fillmg every nook and corner m a ng, an e ix vau e over e coun e r . and ran to the door. franti c e ffort to rea c h the third floor and the imperiled g irl s in the rear. A few moments later one of the :fire engines, a s teamer lately imported from Chicago, dashed b y with a jingle of Wh e h he arrived at the s econd floor landing he saw that th e room s in the b a ck were blazing :furiously indicating that the fir e had originated in this part of the house Jack left the store in a hurry and cro s sed over to hi s team. "Drive ahead, J'oe. Let's see where the fire i s." Beaseley kept the engine in sight until he saw it draw up near a :fire-plug on a corner a dozen block s fro)ll; where they started. They were now in the residential section of Eden, where many of the better-class citizens of the town had their homes. Jack r e alized that Virginia and her little si ster w e re s tand i n g right over this sea of flame, whicli a'f any moment might bur s t through the ceiling and cut tliem off :from all hop e of rescue. It was slow and s uffocating work for him to make his wa y to the landin g of the third floor through the choking smoke, whic h mad e his eyes .run water and hi s lungs pant for a br e ath of fresh air. But h e p e r s e v e r e d, for he knew the live s of the two girh; A crowd was already gathering in the vicinity of a prewere at s take and might d e pend entirely upon hi s per s onal tentiol:ls looking three story dwelling; from nearly every e ffort s one of the front windows smoke was issuing, though not H e r e a c h e d the upper landing at la s t rus hed to a fron t densely. window,whe re he l e aned ciut, dizzy and half-choked, and Joe drew the mare up near the off curb and then directed dre w in c opiou s draught s of air, until h e felt in a measure his attention toward the imperiled house. r e cover e d "Good gracious!" he suddenly exclaimed . "That's GorThe c rowd in front saw him and set up a shout. don Earle's house." The boy did not seem to h ear or notice them and s oon "You don't mean Virginia Earle's--" withdrew from th e wind o w and beg an fig hting hi s way to "Yes, I do. That's Virginia Earle's home. Hey, where th e r ear: arc you going, Jack?" Alr e ad y th e flames w e r e eatin g their way Lbroug h the Frost had sprung to the s treet and was running toward flooTing o f t h e passa ge, a nd h e c ould see the glare from the burning house. o th e r fla mes beyond throu g h the duncolored s moke. "Has the family got out?" a s ked Jack of a policem a n 'I'o proceed slowly and cauti o u s l y an y l011ge r in thi R dir c c -who was endeavoring to establish a fire line in that dire c 1 !io n Jack saw wa s folly; he would o nly be ove rcome by the tion. l smoke.


THE WAY TO SUC'CESS. 9 He must make a bold dash for the room where Virginia and her sister had taken r efuge And he did, stumbling and reeling like a drunken man in. to the chamber where, through the misty cloud of smoke, he saw the shadowy forms of the two gir l s at the window. In anothe r moment he was standing by their side, and Virginia, who had a short l ength of stout clothesline in her hand, recognized him with a glad cry. Jack you will save us, will you not?" she exclaimed, almost piteously. "I will," he replied, gamely, "or perish with you in the flames." H e looked out of the window to see what the firemen were doing to effect the rescue of the girls. There were a number of them in the yard below, some carrying in a line of hose, others yelling and gest i c ulating violently to the hook-and-ladder people, who had just ar-rived, to bring on their ladders. t' Oh, heavens!" cried Virginia, throwing one of' her arms around Jack's neck in a spasm of terror. "The room is fill ing with :fire!" Her little sister seemed stricken speechless with fear, for she never uttered a sound The flames were encroaching so fast upon them from be. hind that Frost saw that their position would be absolutely untenable before the firemen could get a ladder up to the windo w. "Great Scott!" he exclaimed "Something must be or we three will surely be sacrifi ced." He glanced down at the ground, forty feet below, and 1.hen at the roof, close at hand, of the adjoining building. In a moment he had made up hismind what he would do. It was a desperate expedient, but necessity knows no law. He removed his jacket and threw it far out into the yard; then he snatched the short clothesline from Virginia's grasp and hurriedly made one end fast to the leg of the single bed, the head of which stoo d near the window. "I'm going to try t,o reach yonder roof by springing to it from the sill outside. If I am successful, quickly un fasten the end of the line I have tied to the bed and fasten it aro und your sister under her arms, and I'll draw her llp there After that I'll the rope back to you, and you must tie yourself in a similar manner. Do you under stand?" She a terrified way. There was no time to be lost if he hoped to carry his plan to a successful issue. The flames were already reaching for them. He tied the rope secure l y around his waist, stepped out on the sill and measured with his eyes the distance he pro posed to jump. Then, nerving himself for the effort, he l eaped upward. CHAPTER V. OOMMENCING OPERATIONS . A HUNDRED pair Of eyes were on Jack Frost when he made his thrilling spring for the ad joining roof, and a great cheer broke from as many throats when it was seen that h e had ca ught onto the leqge hung there for a moment dangling in mid-air. Then his muscles of stee l came into full play. He drew himself up until his chin rested on the coping, and then with a mighty effort he swung his legs outward and upward and landed upon the edge of the cornice. It was comparatively easy for him to scramble to the roof. "Quick, Virginia he cried to the girl, who had watched his risky feat with di s tended eyes. "Unfasten the rope and put it about your sister." The girl seemed to wake from her trance and hastened to obey his order. As soon as s h e had tied the line properly under the child's arms s he lifted her onto the window-sill. "Swing off, little one," cried Jack, pulling upon her and dislodging her from her foothold. The little girl utter e d a thrilling s cream for s he thought she was falling. But she wasn't. She was sailing up through the air as fast as the boy could work his arms. In a moment or two h e had her safe on the roof and was unfastening the line. "Catch shouted J, throwing the ropeend back to Virginia. The girl caught it and began at onc e to tie it arouw1 herself. Then she bravely s tepped out on the sill. And it was high time that she did, for her dress was already smoking, and the fire was creeping up all about the spot she had but just left. "Now swing off I" cried Jack, bracing himself to meet her weight. -i1. She obeyed him and he started to pull like a good fellow. As she came within arm's reach of the coping she grasped Jack seized her by the arms and pulled her over onto the roof. "Thank heaven! You are safe!" said the boy, fervently. Virginia gave a little gasp as she looked into his eyes, realized that her danger was over, and then the reaction overcame her and she fainted dead away. At that moment the scuttle in the roof, a little distance away, was thrown back and a couple of firemen appeared. They were surprised to find Frost and the two girls up there, for they hadn't seen Jack's l eap, nor the rescu e which followed "How did you get here?" one asked the boy . "I jumped for this roof, was lucky to reach the cdping, and then with this line I pulled the girls up." "Well, you're a nervy c hap," replied the fireman, admir ingly. "Oh, I don't lrr}ow," answered Joe, lightly. "It was neck or nothing with the three of us, and when one's life is in danger nothing is too ri sky to attempt." "This girl seems to have fainted," said the man, noticing \


10 THE WAY TO SUCCESS. the limp form of Virginia lying in Jack's arms. "We'll take her down to the street." "I wish you would,'J replied the boy. Frost followed in the rear of the procession, and in. a couple of minutes the two daughters of the bank cashier were carried into a residence on the other side of the rear street. Jack thought it time to get back to Joe and his team. He was elated, because not only had he done his duty nobly, but had saved the lives of two helpless girls, one of whom he liked better any one e lse in this world, not excepting his Aunt Lucy, and that was saying a great deal. First, however, he had to recover his jacket, which he had removed just before making his great leap for the roof, and which he had cast into the yard as far as pos&iblc from the blazing building, now a mass of flames from the first floor to the roof. He found that one of the firemen had carried his jacket outside and placed it on the hook-and-ladder truck so it would be out of harm's way. He put it on, pushed his way through the crowd, avoiding a local reporter who was after him, and reached his wagon, where Joe was watching the flames and wondering what had become of his companion. Beaseley did not witness Frost's rescue of the two girls, as the wagon was too far away, and did not dream that Jack was otherwise employed than as a front row spectator of the conflagration. "Jumping Christopher! What's the matter with your 1 face?" exclaimed Joe, when his friend c limbed up on the seat beside him. "You're like a srrioked ham. You must have been pretty close t6 the :fire." "I was," grinned Jack, who, now that he was out of all clanger and the girls were safe, was disposed to make light of his thrilling adventure 1 "Where were you? I suppose the Earles all got out safely?" "They got out all right." "Did you see any of them?" "I saw Miss Virginia and her littl e sister." "They must feel all cut up over the loss of their home The place seems to be completely gutted out." ''It certainly is. The house caught fire in the rear." "In the kitchen, I suppose?" ''No. Upstairs on the second floor." "vVcll, it's too bad. What was all that s houting about a little while ago? There seemed to be excitement to burn. I thought probably some of the Earle family were being re scued from the building by the firemen with their lad der s." "The cause of the excitement," replied Jack, s lowly, "was due to the fact that Miss Virginia and her sister were cut off by the flames from escape through the front of the hou e, and were assisted from the window of a room where they bad taken refuge to the roof of the adjoining building." "I think we've wasted time enough here, Joe," said Frost, taking up the reins and turning the mare's head down the street. "I've got a few more things to buy, and then we'll start for home." They reached the farm about one o'clock, deposited / their purchases in the small barn and went in to dinner. After the meal they loaded on a barrow such implements as they needed to begin work with a.nd wheeled them down to the scene of their operations. The aiternoon was employed in cutting down six stout trees, which provided foem wiih foundation logs thirty feet long, which they carefu,lly trimmed. In each of these they chopped out wide notches, exactly two feet apart, and of a depth sufficient to receive and hold the twelve-foot stout s labs they proposed to spike into place next morning Prompt\y at sunrise the boys were on hand to resume work upon the craft Jack put so nrnch dependence on. "We'll take om morning bath first," remarked Frost, getting out of his clothes Rs fnflt as he could, and his ex amp le was quickly followed by .Joe. After they had disported themselves for ten minutes in the basin Jack said : "We'll begin the framework of the raft before we dress, as we've got to put it together on the water. Fetch a couple of those slabs while I get the sma ll s ledgehammer and a h andfu l of spikes." Then they placed two of the logs side by side, close to the s]10re. Jack spiked eac h end of the two slabs to the inner log, at the extremities of it. Then he ancl Joe rolled the outer log away from the other until the two were twelve feet apart, and the other end of each slab was spiked to it, thns form ing the shape of a raft-thirty feet long and twelve feet wide. "Now, Joe we'll push each of the other logs one by one into place and spike the s labs to them." This work was immediately carried out, and thus the six foundation logs were secured in place at equal distances apart. "Now for the balance of the Rlabs," said Frost. The thirteen remaining slabs were spiked into the notches which had been provided to reC'C'ive them, and the boys con cluded they had done enough m1til after brea kfast. They re sumed their c lothes and viewed "ith a great c1eal o-f satisfaction the stout framework on which they were to build the upper works of their novel craft. Then they went to breakfast. CHAPTER VI. BUILDING TUE RAFT. "Gee whiz!" exclaimed Joe, in some "I wish AT nine o'clock the boys were back ugain at the I had seen' that." full of enthusiasm for the work in hand.


THE WAY TO SUC'CESS. "I see wheat is a dollar and ten," said Jack. "Old man it is not so easy to find a "job in a big city, where there are Fogarty told my aunt so this morning." a dozen applicants for each position open. I have heard "That's good. Perhaps it will be a dollar and a quarter it said that there are one hundred and fifty thousand people by the time we have this raft completed. I wish I had a continuously idle in New York City, and not necessarily :few thousand bushels to sell," he added, with a cheerful through their own fault, either. grin. "Now, Joe, there's a log that is too long. Just measure "What do you think? Nathan Plunkett offered us sevoff twelve feet with that two-foot rule and then saw the enty-five cents a bushel for it nearly a week ago, when the surplus length off." papers quoted the price at the grain -centers as one dollar." Beaseley proceeded to follow orders, while Jack began "Plunkett wants the earth." to shave down to a flat surface one side of each end of the "Well, he was prepared to pay cash for it just as it stood logs they had hauled ashore. in our barn. It would have cost him something to ship After the necessary number of logs had been prepared and sell it. But I am sure he had a pretty good idea that the boys rolled them one by one onto the raft and spiked it would go up. At any rate, he expected us to hold it for them into place. him for two weeks, at any rate, perha'.ps longer, which would "That raft as it is now ought to sustain a pretty heavy give him the benefit of the expected rise." weight," remarked Joe, looking at it critically. "Well, if he offered you a dollar now for it just as it "It will; but it isn't near buoyant enough to hold sixtydands, would you take it and give up the raft scheme?" odd tons of wheat." "I would not. I am satisfied wheat is going higher. It "Will the wheat weigh as much as that?" asked Beaseley. might even go to one dollar and fifty cents, though I hardly "Yes. I have estimated that we have easily a big freightthink so. Still, there is always a chance of such a figure car load and a half. The new cars are said to have a capac when these big grain operators of the Chicago Board of ity of eighty thousand pounds. Our wheat, therefore, Tracle try to corner the product 0 the country." weighs, told, one hundred and twenty thousand' pounds." "It's a fine thing for the big wheat growers out West "And you think we'll be able to carry all that on this raft here when the price does get to soaring." to St. Louis?" "That's what is is. Come now, get busy; we've lots of "Sure as you live, Joe, if my constructive ideas pa? out work on our hands to-day." correctly." 1 "I'm ready. What'll I do first?" "All right. I m ready to take your word for it," replied "There are a lot 0 large logs that came down with the Joe, cheerfully. rest of the stuff." "Now, Joe, we'll nail some more slabs iengthwise; any "I see them." old size will do, so that they don't overlap the water too far "We must get enough of them ashore to fit in between at the ends. Leave sufficient space between the layers or those slabs ahd make a solid foundation for the next tier another tier of logs, which, of course, may also be of varyto rest on." ing sizes. Understand?" "We can do ihat all right," said Joe, with alacrity. "Sure thing," replied Beaseley, going to work laying the "We only want to use those that are about twelve foot slabs into place, with Jack helping him. and over in length. Where they are too long we'll cut them When the requisite number of slabs had been nailed down down. I suppose you like to saw?" with a grin. on the logs, Frost put a few more spikes into the first tier "Oh, I'm dead stuck on it." to make sure that everything would hold together, even "You will have lots of practice, then, before we have under trying circumstances, and then he 1 and Joe set to done with the raft.'' wor. k to spike down the second tier. "Fetch along your log and your saw and see me go "This is the highest raft I ever saw," said Beaseley, when through it like greased lightning." they paused for a brief rest. "You tell it well, Joe, but you'll sing another song when because there's no weight on it yet to push it the perspiration begins to come." clown into the water. Just wait till we begin to load the "Ho! You haven't seen me work yet." wheat on board and you'll see it sink." "Haven't I? I thought you put in some pretty good "It looks stable enough to float a loaded freight car." strokes yesterday afternoon. If. you can improve on that "Don't you believe it. I've arranged for a number of you're all to the good, old man," empty barrels I'm going to attach around on both sides. "Mr. Greene says I'm the best worker on the farm." That will give me the real buoyancy I'm after." "I'm glad to hear it. It does you credit. 'rhe world has "Well, well; what a head you've got, J aek !" no use for lazy people these days. I've seen a lot of them "That's as old as the hills." in the city, sitting on the benches in the parks, or gathering "I know that, but I never would have thought of putting about open lots where excavation was g<>ing on. However, them into use." I don't mean to say all these people were naturally lazy "You want to. think when you start to plan a thing. or shirked work. Some of them, no doubt, would gladly That's what your brains were made for. Come now, you're have gone to work if they could have found the work to do. cool enough, and the afternoon is getting on. We will put Unless a man is a skilled worker at some prosperous trade a layer of planks down


12 THE WAY TO SUCCESS. "That's where 1 spread myself," grinned Beaseley. we rebuild the old site. As soon as we move in, which will "Is it? that you do yourself proud, then." be some time next week, you n:iust come and spend a whole "You just watch me. I'm a born carpenter. Mr. Greene afternoon and evening." gets me to do all the jobbing around the place. I wouldn't "I shall be very glad to do so, Miss Earle." be surprised if he had me build him a new farm-house." "I s hall hold you to your word, remember," she said, The sound of the dinner-horn in the distance, however, with a winsome s mile. "Now speak to Jes sie. The poor put a stop to work foc the time being, and Joe reluctantly chi ld is just dying to say something to you." dropped the first board he was hauling on board of the raft. 'l'he Earles accepted an invitation to stay to dinner. A s-urprisc awaited Jack when he went into the house, all Virginia was placed next to Jack, and she had lots to flushed from his strenuous labor of the morning. say to him during the meal. He had noticed a buggy standing in the yard, and won-Frost thought he had never met so pretty and sprightly

THE WAY TO SUCCESS. bis jacket "Sor ry I was b e hind time, but my aunt had visito r s a nd I c ouldn t g e t away." T he boys worked away so diligently that by sundown t h e y h a d th e raft about half finished, and a very substan tial-looking c1:aft it was even this stage. CHAPTER VII. A PLOT AGAINST THE WHEAT. MRS. HARPER knew that her nephew and his friend Beasel e y w e re engaged upon some e nterprise in which they t ook an unu s ual interest, but a s Jack s aid to her about the na ture of the w9rk s he made no inquiries, being full y s a t i sfie d tha t whatever the boy gave hi s time to was a ll right, and that he would no doubt tell h e r all about it in good time. Th a t e v e ning s he m e ntioned the s ubject of the s hipm ent of t h e wheat. "The re i s no hurry, auntie," Jack told her. "Wheat is g o in g up e v e r y da y You know, Mr. Fogarty told you it was one dollar and ten c cnls thi s morning." Yes Jack ; but, y ou know, I s hall s o o n need the money t o t ak e up the mortgage." "Tha t will be all right. You have four weeks yet to provid e f o r it. Even if y ou d i dn t s hip it, and the pri c e cont inued to ri se, you c ould eas ily get a loan on it that woul d see you throu gh. I a m arranging now to s hip the g r a in in s ide o f th e next t e n days, unle s s it s hould b e conside red advi sable to h o ld on long e r for a high e r price." "Do a s you think best, Jack. I r ely entirely on you." "I s h a n t fail you, you may depend." Jack and Joe returned to the construction of the raft next morning at s unri se, worked like Trojan s all day, and whe n they finally knocked off they had th e sati s faction of know ing that the raft its elf was :finished. It o nl y r e main e d to build the super s tructure or hou s e in which Jac k expected to carry his aunt' s wheat to the elevat o r a t St. Louis. T h i s was th e mos t pl e asing part of the job b e cause it pr omised to b e the mos t difficult of accompli s hment Th e stn1c ture was to be a s ort of Noah's :Ark in appear a nce, and w a s to o ccupy a space ten feet by twe nty-five, and to be high enough to accommodate the cargo without b e in g top-heavy The dec k of the raft h ad b e en extended a foot and a h alf beyond the hull part on the sides, making the width :fiftee n f e et, and had been rounded out five additional feet f o rward and the same amount aft, making the l e n gth over all forty feet. A small light addition was to be built onto the after part of the cargo-house to serve as sleeping quarters. They expected to cook and eat in the open air weather permitting> using a s mall stove imbedded in a sand-box. Jac k had hi s plan s down fine and Joe f e ll in with them as t hough the y were manufactur e d to his order. Th e ne::rt day was Sunclay , and of cour se, nothing was done on the r a ft, thoug h b oth Jac k and Joe vis ited the basin to see that e v e r y thing was ju s t as th e y had left them the previous everiing. Th e boys as u s ual, to meeting at tlw little brick church at the cross-road s and afterward attended Sundayschool. Then tpey parted for dinner. Joe s p ent th e aft e rnoon 'vith Jack, and the boys talked e nthus i astically abo11t the good time e x pected to have navigating the Chippewa and MississiRpi Rivers. "And what will you do with th e raft aft e r you are done with it? Seems a pity to let it go for firewood, after all th e trouble we will h ave gone to, aft e r it's completed." "It wouldn't pay to have it towed 'way back up here," repli e d Jack. "I may be able to s ell it as a marine curi o s ity." "It will be that all right when we are done witli it," sni c k e r e d B e aseley. "I say, what 's th e matter with our a dverti s in g h e r in the St. Loui s papers as the Qnly and original Noah 's Ark, on exhibition at such a place, general admis sion one ni c kel?" "We ll Joe, y ou have t4ought up an OTiginal idea at last, h a v e n t you? "Oh you d o n t know m e yet, Jack. M y head is choekfull of the bri ghtest t hin g s und e r the s un, only I can't always fis h them out when they're wanted." "I sympathize with you, old man. Come, let's go to s upper, th e n we'll go over and see Will Benson and s e e if we can't make life miserable for him for an hour or two.'' Will Benson was a mutual friend who lived a mile and a half from the Harper farm ,, and, as he had a couple of in teresting sisters, to one of whom Joe Beaseley was somewhat partial, the boys often found it to their taste to go over to the Ben s on farm and spend an evening. The y had their usual good ti,me on this occasion, and left the Benson a little after nine to return to their home s Th e w e ather looke d threatening and there was every indi c ation that it would r ain b e fore morning. This was not a d e sirable outlook for Jack and Joe, as it would interfer e with the raft ente rprise, and Jack especiall y was anxious to get the craft :finished as soon as pos sible. I "It will be fierce if it rains to-morrow," said Beaseley, casting a doubtful glance at the sky "I should say it would," replied Jack, finding little consolation in the stormy aspect of the heavens. "However, it may rain during the night and clear off by the morning." "That wouldn't be so bad; but I'm afraid we can't expect any such good luck. That sky looks as if it was getHng ready for a week's business." "A week! I should hope not. That would give us an awful setback." "Well, you can't put any dependence at all in the weather. If it starts in to rain to-night, it is liable to keep


14 THE WiAY TO SUCCESS. ========================================--=--=-==-=-==-=-==-========-======== it up for twenty-four hours, or forty-eight, for that mat-few from the ground Kind of helps to keep the stuff ter. I wouldn't be surprised if it acted that way just to dry It'll make a pretty bon:fire, I reckon," and the wonspite us." dering boys heard the fellow chuckle. Something damp and clinging struck Jack on the nose They couldn't understand what he meant, but they were at that moment. not long kept in the dark as to the intentions of the two He held out hjs hand, and pri:isently another drop of men. water fell on it. "I hope it will," almost hissed Mr. Plunkett. "At the "It's beginning to rain already," he said, gloomily. "I see it is," coincided Beaseley. They hastened their step. for they had their good clothes on and didn't want to get them wet. But the rain had very little consideration for them, and came down faster and faster, and pretty big drops at that. "I guess we're in for a good soaking all right," grumbled Joe. "I don't like this even a little bit." "Nor I, either," agreed Jack. "But we can take refuge in that old tumble-down shack on the other side of those trees until this downpour blows over. It won't hwt long, judging from the way it is starting to come down." "I'm ready to put in anywhere there's a roof to keep off the moisture." "Let's run, then," said Jack, starting off at a rapid pace. And B!laseley didn't lose a moment in following his lead. They reached the shanty in, good time to escape the worst of the shower, which begari to beat upon. the roof of the ruin at a smart rate as soon as tlley got under cover. "We're lucky," chuckled Jack. "If we were out in that we'd soon be a sight for sore eyes." "0 Lor'!" exclaimed Joe, suddenly, making a quick move to one side. "What's the matter?" asked Frost. "Something must have given away on the roof," grum bled Beaseley; "for a stream of water struck me on the back of the neck just now and soaked me to the waist." Jacked laughed, and then, feaTing he might come in for a similar kind of bath, suggested that they get away back in a corner. Hru:dly had they taken up their new position when they heard a noise outside and two men ran into the shanty. "I wonder how long this is go in' to last, Plunkett?" said one of the newcomers, in surly tones. "Oh, we've lots of time," replied his companion, in a voice familiar to Frost as belonging to the postmaster and storekeeper of Eden. The boy, surprised to encounter Mr. Plunkett so far away from his usual stamping grounds, pressed Joe's arm and whispered in his ear to be as quiet as a mouse. "Supposin' it keeps up all night, what then?" growled the :first speaker. it won't keep up. It's early yet, and we might be,t tcr be here than hugging a hedge," said the postmaster. "I don't know but you're right, Plunkett. How far from here is the Harper farm?" half a mile across the meadows." "And where is the ba.rn located that holds that there wheat?" "Perhaps four hundred Y!ll'ds back of the house." "Most of them kind of barns are raised on stilts like, a price wheat is going these days those two bushels 1rill save the farm to the widow and do me out of a good thing, unless we send it up in :fire and smoke to-night." "Ain't that what we're goin' to do? We didn't come away out here from town for nothin', I reckon." "I should hope not. With the wheat lost to her, and no possibility of paying the mortgage, which comes due next month, I guess Mrs. Harper will be glad to listen to my terms if she wishes to keep a roof over her head," said Mr. Plunkett. "And do you really mean to marry her?" "That is my intention. She's a fine-looking little woman, not yet forty, and she just suits my idea of a sec ond Mrs. Plunkett." "And how do you think you suit her, eh?" said the post master's companion, with another chuckle. "I reckon she ain't exactly ready to take you for better or worse, or you wouldn't be so anxious to destroy her two thousand bushels of one-dollar -and-fi fteen-cent wheat. It seems like an awful waste of good money, Plunkett; but I s'pose you've got to turn the screws on her, or she and the farm, too, will slip out of your grasp You're a hard man, Plunkett, to run up against. I w9uldn't like ro owe you money I couldn't pay when the time came around." "Don't get so gay, Monks," objected the Eden store keeper. "I'm going to pay you well for this night's work, so you haven't any right to amuse yourself at my expense." "Touchy, are you?" lau ghed the man called Monks. "I like to have my little joke, Plunkett. Kind of keeps me in good humor, I reckon. I see the rain is easing up a bit. What time' do you s'pose it is?" The postmaster pulled out his wa.tch and then lit a match to consult it. As the match flared up the boys held their breath and sat like two statues, for the light, while it lasted, plainly revealed their presence in the shanty. But the backs of the two men were turned squarely upon them, and, as they did not turn around, having no sus picion that any one but their own two selves were in the place, Jack and Joe escaped their observation "Ten o'clock," reported Mr. Plunkett. "I s'pose we'd better not make a move for an hour yet. to make sure. Most of the people hereabout turn in about nine, and eleven is a good time to get busy. Has Mrs. Harper got a dog about the place?" "Yes, but we ought to be able to avoid it. You have the tools with you, haven't you, to force an entrance through the back door?" "I reckon I have. I ain't a professional house-breaker, you know, but I can open a door or window or stab a lock


THE WAY TO SUOOE SS. 15 with the best of them The hack comes natural to me. I was alway s cl e ver at gettin g a t the ins ide of things." Well, it isn't a hard job to get in s ide a barn, Monk s and this barn isn t any different t o s p e ak of from any oth e r in the county. They're all bi1ilt o n t h e same plan Once we're in s ide we'll have the game in our hand s Insid e oi' te n minutes we'll have fire d it in a dozen places. Mr s Harper will c;e1l no w hea t this year, and b e for e Chri s tma s s he ll be Mrs. Plunkett, o r th e farm will have a ne w tenant. In any case, it will have bec ome m y p roperty, and that youn g cub, Jack Frost, will have t o look for a living else whe r e." Mr. Phmkett wound up his little speech with a venomous inte n s ity that showed he meant every woTd of it. At that moment something e x traordin a r y happened. The old, ri c k et y box on which Jack an d Joe were s eated rndd enly gave w a y without w ar ning, precip i tatin g th o two boy;:; backward a ga in s t the wall of the shack with a loud c ra s h \ They s truck the time-worn boards with a sh o ck that s h ook the shanty The woocl, b e ing rotten a nd in s ecurely h e ld by the rusty D;ails, y iel ded in turn, and the boys fell out s id e in a heap and did not stop rolling until they butt e d up a ga in s t the trees at the foot of the inc line back of the old shack. 1 "Gee whiz!" exclaimed Beaseley, scrambling to his feet. "W n s that an earthquake?" laughed Frost, spitting out a mouthful of moi s t earth. "Then what happened?" "Why, don't you know?" S omething gave away all at once. Maybe the shanty collap s ed." No. You can see it standing there in the same old pla c e." "Then I give it up." "Why, the box gave way under us, we fell throu g h the back of the shanty and rolled down h e re a dozen feet away. I wonde r what Mr. Plunkett and hi s fri e nd M onk s tho u ght a b out it. We mu st lmve giv e n the m a g reat s hock anc1 the boy c hu ckle d a s he p i ctured in hi s mind the con s t e rn a tion of the two rascal s CHAPTER VIII. ON GUARD. "Let's get back among the trees here, so they won't dis c over u s,' s1.1gges ted Jack, and that plan was adopted. It. had almost s topped raining, but that fact didn't in t e rest t h e boys as much as it had done previous to their h:nnblo Th eir g arments were a sight, and would to be renovated b e fore they could hope to put them on again; so a lit t le superabunc1ru1ce of mois ture didn't matter much now. "Isn' t that Nathan Plunkett an old scoundrel?" said Joe, when the y hacl retir e d within the shelter of the little wood. "I should say he answered Jack. "I never liked him, h1;it I did not believe him to be so bad as to originate s uch a das tardly scheme as burning down our barn so ::ts to des troy the two thousand bushels of wheat stored there and thus get my aunt's property completely in his clut ches. H e 's a double-dyed rascal, if there ever was one." "It' s a mighty good thing we overheard those two s kunks talking. Now we can put a spoke into their wheels. We'd better s tart right off for your barn and stand watch around the plac e If we can catch old Plunkett at this little game I g uess he s tands a pretty good chance of going to jail." j "I s hould think he would," replied Jack, earnestly. "He i s n t very s weet on you, by the way he talks," snick ered J oe. I've known that for some tim e He's down on me be caus e I'm making the farm pay. Be had the idea at first tha t I would run it into the ground and thus tighten his grip on the prop erty As soon as he found out we were harvestin g s uch a fin e c r o p o f wheat it broke him all up. H e' s been d e ad sore on m e ever since." "Maybe he'll be afraid to attempt to carry out his plan to-ni g ht, after wha t h a s happened," said Beaseley, as they were approaching th e rear of th() big barn where Mrs. per' s g rain was s tored. "He must suspect that somebody was in th e s hant y all the time he and his companion were talkin g and, of c ourse, ove rheard their conversation. I'll b e t h e's in a blue funk over it." "Well, I'm not going to ta.-!rn any chances, if I have to s t a y up a ll ni ght and watch," replied Jack, in a determined tone. "I wouldn't e ither It's b etter to be sure than sorry," a g reed Joe "I'm willing to keep you company." "I'm much oblig ed, Joe ; but this i sn't your funeral, and I h ave no right to a s k y ou to lo s e your night's r,est." "Ho Don't you s'po s e I've got an interest in your wheat, too?' I've put n e arly three days of good, solid work on that raft because I e x pect to have a high old time sail ing down the riv e r s on it. If that wheat should happ e n "Oun clothes in a nicesstate," grumbled B e aseley, to be destro y ed, all my labor and a ll my prospects of the picking off bits of damp s oil from the front of his jack e t g ood time I've b e en dr ea ming over would go up with it. a s w e ll as he in the dark. No, s iree bob! I can t afford to get it in the neck that way. D on't mention it, J o e," r e plied Jack ruefully. "And I feel just lik e givin g Mr. Plunkett one, two, three on the they're our g o-to-meeting togs at th at.'I nut for contemplating such a rascally scheme," squaring "Hush!" whi s pered his companion. rascally off at an ima ginary anta g oni s t. Plunk et t and hi s a s o c i a te are investi ga t i n g the cause o f "We 'll give him wors e than that if we catch him at the our mishap I sa' v t h e flash of a match in the hole we tric k nodded Jack, in a. which meant no good to punctured in the shack." l the pos tmaster.


16 THE WAY TO SUCCESS. The boys took their position under the shadow of a small tool-house, where they commanded all approaches to the big barn, and patiently awaited developments Tli'ey conversed in low tones, while they kept their bright eyes wide opc}l for suspicious interlopers An hour passed away and nothing turned up. The rain-clouds were breaking up and passing awayto the westward. "There's the moon," exclaimed Joe, pointing to a ragged patch of the blue sky where the bright luminary was strug gling to show herself through the flying scud. "We'll have a clear day to-morrow, after all." "Looks like it," replied Jack, cheerfully. "Judging by the position of the moon, I should think it was getting on to midnight. I guess Mr. Plunkett has given up his project for to-night, possibly for good. If he believes that his plan was overheard at the old shanty, you may depend on it he'll be pretty shy of putting his head into a noose." They stuck it out another hour, and then both the boys began i.o feel decidedly sleepy. The croak of the frog, and other droning noises of the night, produced a s omnolent effect upon them, their heads clroppcll drowsily and in a very short time both wrrc sound asleep. Aud, while they slept, Mr. Plunkett and his companion, }.fu11ks, fully persuaded that there had been eavesdroppers i a t.lte old sh a ck while they were discussing their rascally ]Jlot, were beating it as fast as their legs could carry them to town. The boys, in spite of their uncomfortable condition, ;;]cpt right ou through the balance of the night, until John Gray, the hired hand, coming out at daybreak, found them there, much to his amazement. He woke them up and inquired why they had anchored themselves for the night in that spot instead of seeking their beds like all good Christians do. "Good, gracious! Is it morning already?" ejaculated .Tack, jumping to his feet in surprise. "We must have been asleep." "I should say you had been. I found you both as sound as a bell," said Gray. "And the barn!" almost gasped Frost, casting his eyes in the direction of the big granary. "What about the barn?" asked the hired man, in a puz zled tone. "'l'hank goodness! It is safe," cried Jack, fervently. "Safe! Y didn't think it was about to rmi a.way, did you?" said Gray, quizzically. "We were afraid it would do wor-se than that,'} inter jected Joe, solemnly. "O]l, come now, boys. You haven't got your eyes open yet, or your wits about you." "Haven't we? That's all you know about it," retorted Beaseley, in a nettled tone. "The fact of the matter is, we sat down here to watch the barn, because we had good reason to fear that it would be burned down last night, explained Jack. "Burned down!" exclaimed the hired man, in some as tonishment. "Impossible!" "Is that so?" Joe. Then Jack told Gray how they had overheard Nathan Plunkett and a companion, whom he called Monks, in the shanty on the eclge of the woods, where they had taken shelter from the rain on their way home, talking over their plan to destroy the granary. "You don't mean to say that you actually heard Mr. Plunkett discussing such a criminal project?" "That's just what I do mean to say," answered Jack, stoutly. "And I can prove it by Joe here." "Surely you must have dreamed it all," replied Gray, incredulously, who, though he had no especial liking for the postmaster of Eden, could hardly credit the news that the storekeeper would connect himself with such a dis creditable scheme. "No, we didn't dream it all," chipped in Beaseley. "I should stay we didn't. Whether you believe it or not, it's the fact You don't think we'd stand guard out here on a damp night just for the fun of the thing? Nathan Plm1kett is a rascal, and I'm going to let my aunt know just wbat sort of man he is. Come on, Joe." Mrs. Harper was very much astonished when Jack sub mitted to her at the breakfast table his report of Mr. Plunkett's character and his rascally intentions toward her. "It seems almost incredible," she, with a pained expression. "He seems determined to force you to marry him, and get the farm to boot, auntie." "I wouldn't marry Mr. Plunkett if he was the last man on earth," she answered, indignantly; "even if I had any idea of ever marrying again, which I haven't. I thought I made that fa.ct sufficiently plain to Mr. Plunkett when he proposed to me. 11 "Never mind, auntie," said Jack, reassuringly . "Don't let Mr. Plunkett worry you. I believe he'll keep ).ind of s hady for a while, as I guess we gave him a good scare last night. He can't have the least idea who was in the old shanty while he and Monks were there, and that fact will keep him guessing, and make him rather shy of showing his face in this neighborhood again." "I hope so. I never want to see his face a.gain. When the mortgage comes due I'm going to send the money to him by you." "All right, auntie. It wou l d do me lots of good to see how reluctant l y he will let go his hold on the farm." Jack got his hat, left the house and made a bee-line for the anchorage of the raft. CHAPTER IX. THE "GOLDEN HOPE. FRO S T founc1 Beaseley alread y a.t t h e basin waiting for hini.,


THE WAY TO SUCCESS. 17 "Well, I'm ready for b11siness," he said, with a cheerful Thursday was devoted to completing the roof, in which expression a big hole was left, to which a cover was fitted, for receiv" I see you are," replied Jack, producing a rude plan of ing their cargo of grain. the house they were to erect the raft. "We'll begin by Jack developed a simple but ingenious method for 1'1.akmeasuring off the dimensions upon the deck. ing the roof water-tight for a limited time-considerably They walked across the plank which connected the unlonger than they expected to have any occasion to use the wieldy-looking raft with the shore. boat Jack measured off ten feet from the extreme point of He applied the same process to the sides, thus :furnishing the rounded stern and made a cross on the boards with a a secure receptacle for the wheat in transit. piece of red chalk. On Friday they built the deck house, as Jack called ii-"Bring me that piece of scantling, Joe." a compartm ent five by twelve feet and eight feet high, with Beaseley brought it. an opening to be shut in, if necessary, by a piece of sai l -Jack laid it down across the deck, told his companion w cloth. hold one end in position, and then drew a straight line Next morning Jack drove in to Eden, paid a flying visit .from the starboard side of the raft to the port side, interto the Earles, and afterward purchased ten good-sized and secting the cross. stoutly hooped liquor barrels, which he brought back to the He then measured off a foot and a half at each end and farm. marked the spots". That afternoon he and Joe attached five of the barrel s "Come forward, Joe." securely on either s ide of the raft by means of stout ropes, The performance was repeated within five feet of the nailed into the casks to prevent them f.rom slipping. point of the bow. Before sundown the novel houseboat was completed and A line was then drawn fore and alt on either sicle of the ready to receive her cargo, now quoted at one dollar and deck, connecting the foot-and-a-half marks upon the crossthirty-five cents a bushel. line. Jack viewed it with pardonable pride, as the creation of The parallelogram thus outlined formed the exact di-his own intelligence, while Joe regarded it as the vehicle mensions of the proposed house. which was to provide them both with a fortnight or so of "Now we'll la. y down a new floor twelve by twenty -five rare good fun and adventure. feet," Jack. "It will be raised six inches above the "Now; let's christen it, .Jack," he cried, enthusiastically. deck. We'll use a double layer, crossed, of those slabs for "What shall we call it?" asked the chief constructor, the foundation and then board it over." thoughtfully. That prov.idecl a coup le of hours' work for them and "The 'Jack Frost.' How will that do?" grinned Joe they proceeded to get busy without loss of time. "Go on, you're foolish," replied his friend. "We'll caJl On account of the previous night's rain there was a good it the 'Golden Hope.' That will be somewhat appropriate." deal of moisture in the air-humidity, the scientists call "All right, let her go at that. Three cheers for the it, and the boys felt the effects of it, for they were soon per'Golden Hope,' he cried, flinging his ha.t into the air and spiring. cheering, in which performance he was joined, but in a "Gee whiz!" cried Joe, wipi:g his forehead, "it's blamed more dignified way, by Jack. hot this morning." "On Monday we'll pole the craft around to the little "No hotter than Saturday, old man, but we feel it more, wharf on the creek, and there we'll load her to the hatches, that's all." as the sailors say." "It's hot for the second week in September, if you want "And then we'll cut her loose from our moorings and to know." gently glide down stres,m, eh?" grinned Joe, in high glee. "Tf we're going to put this building through in record "Bet your life when we pass Ed e n we'll'be piped off to the time you don't want to let a little thing like that bother queen's taste." you," grinned Jack. "I've no doubt we'll be an object of interest to the "I can stand it as long as you can," retorted Joe, begincurious," laughed Jack. ning to nail down the planks like a good fellow. "You haven't given the snap away to your aunt, yet hav & There was plenty of lumber of the kind the boys wanted, you?" and more was coming all the time down the s tream which Jack shook his head. ran thro ugh the swamp. "No; I wanted to surprise her with the completed boat. The floor and the framework of the house. was completed "You'll surprise her all right. I hope she won't make that day, the skeleto n well secured and braced to the deck. a kick against trusting the grain aboard of her," said Joe, Next day the eides and ends were boarded up, leaving no getting solemn all of a si:idden, s uch aii alarming possibilopenings whatever in the str ucture. ity occurring to him now for the first time. On the ens uing day the skeleton of the sloping roof, ex"Don't worry about that," replied Jack, cheerfully tending a foot beyond the house line, so that when boarded "Auntie trusts me implicitly. If I say it's perfectly safe, over it would shed the rain, if they encountered any, was my )VOrd will go." put in place. "I'd have a .t H there should be any hitch at this stage


18 THE WAY TO SUCCESS. of the game," said Beaseley, so earnestly that Jack had to laugh at him. "There's no danger of the 'Golden Hope' floating away from her anchorage between this and Monday, is there?" asked Joe, anxiously. "Not a bit more than there was all along," answered Jack. "This stout rope holds the boat securely Besides, she's well inside the bight, and I don't believe wol1ld move to any extent until poled out into the current of the stream." glad to hear it. I wouldn't sleep a wink if I thought there was a chance of the craft getting adrift." After dinner next day Jack brought his aunt down to the basin to introduce her to the odd-looking boat, the history of which he had told her on the way to church, much to her astonishment. "And do you really think that boat is stable enough to carry our wheat all the way to St. Louis, J" Mrs. Harper asked, somewhat doubtfully, as she viewed the un wieldy marine contrivance. "As sure as you live, auntie. She'll carry every bushel with perfect safety, save you a good niany dollars in freight and furnish a couple of weeks' outing on the water Joe and L" Jack showed her over the craft, though there wasn't much to see, and she praised her nephew's ingenuity and pluck in putting the craft together. Later on Jack' brought John Gray down to look at the "Golden Hope." The hired man, who had had some experience in river craft of this -0rder, examined 'the raft-boat with much curiosity and interest. he said, after he had ascertained the object for which she was intended, "she's buoyant enough to carry the wheat to the Gulf, if necessary. You've got a great head to be able to build so substantial a craft out of fugi tive lumber in two weeks. If you are satisfied that you and your friend Beaseley can navigate the craft between you as well as you have put it together, you ought to be able to get your wheat to St. Louis freight free all right." "We can do that all right," replied the boy, confidently "It's something of a risk. I advise you to have your cargo insured before you sta .rt." "i mean to do it, if it doesn't cost too much. I don't think there's r1sk enough to warrant a high premium." "You can't tell. It's the unexpected which must be pro vided against, and the only way to offset that is by insur. ance. Then your mind will feel easier, and your aunt will be more satisfied." And Jack fully agreed with him. CHAPTER X. UNDESIRABLE VISITORS. ON Monday morning the "Golden Rope" was poled around to the wharf on the creek, two extra hands were hired and the loading of the wheat aboard of her begun. While this work was in pro g ress Jack and Joe rigged up a steering apparatus at the stern, which, when com pleted, was examined by John Gray, who declared it was ::;trong and serviceable enough to answer the purpose re quired. Stout scantlings, six feet long, were nailed at intervals along the projecting edge of the deck and bra.ced up against the superstructure, and to these uprigbtf:I a long length of clothesline was to form a kind of protecting rail ing all around ihe boat-raft, so the boys might pass from s tern to stem, on cilher s ide, without fear of falling into the water, 1m 1ess through carelessness. The cooking apparatuE<, a srpa.11 stove in a s hallow box of sand, was next provided Then Jack cl rove to Eden and purchaood the. provision s for the trip and !J. few cooking uten sils; the balance of the outfit was furnished by Mrs. Harper herself, who had begun to take a lively interest in the expedition. The raft-boa t stood the weight of her cargo in gre ,at shape, sinking gradually as ton after ton was shot into her big deck-house. Her buoyancy was carefu Uy investigated at intervals, and when half her load was aboard she bad still two inches of displacement to her credit, according to Jack' s calcu lations. At last the final bushel was aboard, and so closely had the bright boy figured that practically she was loaded clear up to her hatches. She rode the water three inches higher than Jack had expected, and that fact was a cause of much rejoicing all around. There was now no longer any doubt but she would bear the grain safely to her port of destination, accidents or mismanagement alone excepted. Jack made arrangements with an insurance agent to come out to the farm, view the boat and figure upon a two weeks' marine insurance. After the agent had cxaminerl the raft-boat and taken the testimony in the case he decided the risk was too great to accept at a sum which the assured would be willing to pay, and expressed himself to that effect, much to Mrs. Harper's disappointment. It is probable that the agent, when he returned to Eden, f\prcacl the intelligence about the "Golden Hope" about town, for quite a number of curious people drove out to the farm and asked permission to look at the craft. Among these was the assistant editor of 'the Eden "Daily News," and next day the whole town knew about Jack Frost's enterprise The, story, however, was highly complimentary of the hoy's ingenuity and enterprise, and the editor took occa sion also to refer to the lad's pluck and nerve as shown at the recent fire where he had saved the Earle girls from an awful death. This publicity was rather annoying than otherwise to .Jack Frost, but he had to put up with it, nevertheless. Ever since the had gone into commission Joe Beaseley slept on board of her.


THE WA TO SUCCESS. 19 In fact, he could hardly tear himself away from her to There was no moon to aid him, and the sky was overcas t go to his meals and gusty-looking. / Mr Greene allowed him a full month's vacation, and he However, he knew all his neighbors so well that he b e declared he was going to extract pleasure out of every minlieved he could identify the intruders if t hey came near ute of it, except, of course, when he was asleep enough' to him to affbrd him a good look. The loading of the wheat was finished late Wednesday The v9ices approached closer and closer an d t h e tones afternmortable room to go to, so he bade Joe good-night and Th e y soon rea c hed a decision, which evidently iqvolved started or the house, a third of a mile away. Beaseley, for they immediately pushed their way into the He had gone about half the distance when he thought little deck-house he heard voices. "They mean to do Joe up," breathed Jack "Ifs time He stopped and liste'\1-ed. or me to butt in." The wind made a good deal of noise through the t rees, He grabbed a s tout stick which lay close to him on the but at the same time it brought the sound down to him. ground and dashed on board the raft-boat. He was prl!sent l y aware tliat two men were approaching There was a strug:gle going on in the "cabin hin1, going in the direction of the creek where the raft-Jack could hear some pretty strong language being used boat was moored by the postmaster and Monks, but Joe didn't seem to be He didn't know of anybody that had a right to be 11:broad uttering a sound on their property at that hour of the night, so their pres-"I'm afraid they're getting the best of him," though t ence interested him considerably, and he determined to lie Frost, as he reached the deck-house entrance. "I wish i n wait or them and, if possible, see who they were and there was a light burning, so I cou l d see how t hings look find out what they were doing in that locality. inside." So be stepped back into the bushes and waited for the Evidently somebody else had the same desire to t hrow two men to come up. a light on the situation, for at that very moment a ma t c h I


20 THE WAY TO SUOCESS. ,ras ignited, and by its glare Jack saw that it was Plunkett "All right," replied the boy, cheerfully. "Do so, if you who had lit a lucifer and held it in his fingers, and he also think it will pay you. But I guess we'll have something to made out that the two men had Beaseley face cJown on the say about your designs on this cargo of wheat which will deck, the storekeeper kneeling on his back, while Monks, make ypu look like thirty cents, and maybe land you in a who was a smoothly shaven, youngish-looking man, had 'Cell." one of his hands over the boy's mouth. "How dare you talk that way to me?" sputtered Mr. As the match expired in the storekeeper's fingers Jack Plunkett. dashed in and struck him a stunning blow on the head with "You can't work any bluffs on me, Mr. Plunkett," said his cudgel. Jack, sternly. "We've caught you in a mighty small piece Plunkett fell half-dazed against the bunk out of which of business, and we also know what brought you and Mon.ks they had pulled J oc. a-round here a week ago Sunday night. Somebody heard Jack followed up his advantage by rapping l\Ionks in a all that passed between you and your companion that night siq1ilar manner, though the blow was not so effectual, in the old shanty, and you were both recognized. I have owing to the darkness. evidence enough to cause the arrest of both of you, and The fellow, however, was obliged to releaoo his grip on I guess I could make it pretty hot for you if I chose to Bcaseley. do so. If you know when you're well off you'll keep away Joe, finding he was no longer held at a serious disadfor good from this farm. When your mortgage falls due vantage, struggled to his feet, encouraged by Jack's vofoe, it will be paid in full; after that we don't want anything and the two boys attacked the intmders in right down to do with you. Let him go, Joe." earnest Both boys stepped aside so the postmaster of Eden could pass out of the deck-house. He never uttered a '".ord as he Look advantage of his opportunity. He was and beaten to a standstill, and he CHAPTER XI. knew it. OFF AT LAS'l'. '11HE scrimmage which ensued in the gloom of the con tracted deck-house was sharp, short and decisive. :Honks soon bad all be wanted of it. l\Ianaging to extricate himself, he .fled io the shore as fast as his legs could carry him and disappeared in the direction he and his companion had come. It was different with Plunkett. Jack's blow ha.d put him out of bu::;incss, an

THE WAY TO SUCCESS. 21 "Sure I d o I mean any old thing that fits into the situation. Ain t the r e an y thing for m e to do? Must I sta n d a r o un d with my hands in my pocke ts till my turn comes to steer?" I guess y ou can find s omething to do. You want to coil up those r o pes John tossed aboard and make things ship-' s hap e." "Aye aye Cap n Fro st," grinned Joe, and he s tarted to obey ord e r s at once. Jac k was pr e par e d to find that the raft-boat would dis play a st ron g t e nd e ncy to whirl around in the current of the creek, w hi c h was f airly rap id, and was now carrying the m dow n t o ward Ede n and the junction of the Chippewa a t a sa ti s f ac t o r y s peed. A lthou gh the young navigator had yet to learn even t h e art of m anaging a craft h e soon found that the diffic ul ty of keeping the craft head-on could readily be over come b y practice. A k ind o f crow's nest" had been built on top of the s mall deck-hou se, wher e the boys would have to take up their post, turn about in o rder to keep a lookout ahead. Joe was the fir s t, of c ourse, to mount to the "roost," as he c all e d it. He couldn t g e t lone some for he was within easy talking di st ance o f Jack. It was a nice air y s pot and a fforded an excellent view of t he s urrounding l a ndscape The r e was s mall dan g er of the raft meeting with any o t h e r c raf t, unless it might be a rowboat, on the creek. The s tream was fairly broad and deep all the way to its junc tion with the Chippewa, mile s away. "This is s im p l y great, Jack," cri e d Joe. "We're going down fas t e r than I thought w e would." "How do you like it up the r e ?" Fi n e I c an see a mile s traight ahead, and there isn't a thi n g in t h e way." "The creek runs nearly straight the entire way to Eden," r e pli e d Fro st. I kno w i t does.. I went down once about a year ago on a sa ilbo at." It was n e arl y seven o'clock when they approached the s teeples of Eden. As t hey floate d pa s t the town they became an object of in te rest and curio s ity to a good many people, especially t he boys of the n e ighborhood, who began to flock to the s hor e i n cons id e rable numb e r s as the news of the approach of the house-raf t spr e ad. "Gee whiz!" grinned J oe. "Thos e kids act as if they'd never seen anythin g lik e th i s b e fore in their live s." I don t b e li e v e they e ver have," laughed Jack. "Hi, hi hi!" came out hails 'from the water-front of Ede n from t h e y oungste rs, w ho were following the course of t h e taft a s they m i ght a s tre e t proces s ion. "The re ar e some g irl s waving their hands and handker chief s a t us," said Joe s tanding up and s aluting the fair ones w'ith hi s broad-brimm e d hat "I see them," an s w e red Frost, taking off his hat and bowing to the young ladies. "I tell you, this is all to the mu s tard," said Beaseley, tickled to death over the sensation their appearance cre ated. "Coone now, Joe," warned Jack. "You don t want to forget to attend to busines s We're s liding into the Chip p ewa, and we may run foul of something if you don't keep your weather eye lifting." "Nothing in the way, old man. We'll be in the river in a minute." Jack knew that from the swing of the raft. In spite of all he could do, the raft was getting around broad-on to the current where it emptied into the Chip pewa. "Come down and lend a hand, will you, Joe?" asked his assistant. "Sure I will," replied Beaseley, cheerfully. He descended from his perch and gave Frost the benefit of his powerful mu scles Together they managed to prevent the raft from turning completely around, as she surely otherwise would have done. In a few minutes the "Gold e n Hope" was fairly launched into the middle of the more rapidly flowing Chippewa, and the raft floated along at a fa s ter rate. "It's seven o'clock," said Jack. "You may take a spell a t the s t e ering g ear. You want to see that you keep her head pointed s traight down the riv e r. I'll kee p you posted. You won' t find the job very easy till you get some experi ence. He relinqui s hed the rudder pole to his companion and mounted himself to the lookout. Joe s firs t .efforts were s omewhat discouraging. "What's the matter with the blam e d old raft, anyway? I can fee l it trying to swing the wrong way every minute," grumbl e d B e a seley. Jack laughed, and then handed him down some &dvice based on the experience he had accumulated during the trip down the creek. "I guess it's harder down here on the Chippewa," mumbled Beaseley. At that moment Jack saw a rowboat, with a couple of g irls and a boy on board, put out from one of the small wharves and make directly for the raft-boat. CHAPTER XII. MISS VIRGINIA EARI1E VISITS THE "GOLDEN HOPE." "I WONDER who they are?" thought Frost. "They are rowing directly for us." As the rowboat came nearer, and the faces of the girls became plainer, Jack uttered an exclamation of surprise and pleasure. He recognized Virginia Earle and her sister Jessie. "Hello, Joe he cried.


THE WAY TO SUCCESS. yourself," replied the stout boy, whose attention j "Oh, yes, you can. Just give me your hand. It',s only fully occupied with his efforts to keep the raft straight. a short ladder, you see." "\\'e're going to have visitors Thus encouraged, she permitted the young navigator to "Visitors!" ejaculated Beaseley, in surprise, letting go help her up. or the rudder-pole and rushing to the starboard side of the "Isn't it grand !'1 she exclaimed, looking up and down craft. and across the river. "I should just love to stay here all "Here, here!" shouted Jack. "Get back to your post, morning. It's almost as nice as being on a So Joe, or we'll be stern-on in a moment you and Joe Beaseley actually built this boat between He jumped down to help his companion regain control you," she added, looking at' him admiringly. "Aren't you of the unwieldy boat. too smart fo11 anything ?'1 When this had been accomplished, he warned Beaseley "Now, Miss Earle--" protested Jack, though secretly against deserting the again, and then walked delighted at her commendation. over' to the side to welcome the Earle girls "I mean it," she insisted. "My fathet says you're the "Good morning, Miss Earle," he said, politely lifting smartest and bravest boy in Eden OoUl'lty, and I fully his hat. agree with him. I should be a most ungrateful girl if I "Good morning, Mr. Frost We've come out to see the didn't'1 she added, earnestlyi and with a look into the boy's 'Golde Hope,'" she laughed eyes which sent his blood leaping through his veins at a "Joe and myself the hono-r you have conferred great rate; "for you saved my life in the mo-st heroic man upon us by getting up so early to see us off. ner, as well as the life of my dear sister." "Do you?" "I can't deny that,'1 stammered Jack, finding that words "Sure we do," chipped in Beaseley, as the boat came very slow to him under the bewitching influence of close up to the raft's stern quarter her presence "All I can say is-what I think I have said "May we come aboard, Mr. Frost?" asked 'Virginia. two or three times before--that I a.m glad I was able to "Of cQurse you may, and stay as long as you choose." help you when you needed help I would do the same thing O b, we can only stay a few minutes We don't want again for you if that were necessary." to be carried too far down the river, you know." "Thank you,'1 she replied, casting down her eyes. "I J ack assisted the two girls to the deck, after he hf.l,d believe you." made the boat fast alongside by her paint e r, and the boy "I hope you will go out and call on my aunt while I am who had r owed them out stepped on boa1d without any away. She thinks you the nicest--r h e lp "Now you are getting complimentary," Virginia "This i s my cousin, Tom 'Waldron,'' said Virginia, in t r oducing their companion. "Glad to make your acquaintance, Tom. you known to my crew, Joe Beaseley '1 The two boys shook hands Let me make "Yo:u're going al l the way to St. Louis, aren)t you?" said W aldro n. laughed. "Oh, no," protested Jack. "Ifs the truth, because I think so, too," he added, desperately. She blu s hed up to her eyes and looked away. "You will promise me that you will call at the farm, won't you. ?" he insisted, capturing one of her hands. "Yes, since you wish it," she answered, in a low tone. "Thank you." "That's what we are," replied Jack. "I wish I were going along with you," wistfully. "How long do you expect to be away?" she asked, pres he answered, ently. "I wish you were, too," replied Frost, cheerfully. "I wouldn't mind taking such a trip myself," smiled Virginia. "I suppose you expect to have a fine time?'1 "I can't say exactly Probably two weeks or more." "Well, I shall expect to see you just as soon. as you get back. I shall want to hear all about your trip." "I will not to call," replied the boy. "We're going to have barrels of fun," grinned Beaseley. "I should be very much disa ppointed if you delayed yo'.lr "Boys do have such an advantage over us girls." visit too long "You see rfow you made a mistake by being born a "I wouldn't disappoint you for the world." girl," chuckled Joe. "Then I shall look to see you a day or two after you get "I'm afraid I didn't have any say in the matter," reback, remember," she said, archly. "Now, please help me plied Virginia, roguishly. down. We really must go ashore right away. We haven't "I'm glail I ain't a girl all right." bad our breakfast yet, and I know Tom will object to a long "Would you like to climb up to the crow's nest, Miss pull on an empty stomach." Earle?" asked Jack, pointing to the lookout platform. Jack assisted her to the deck with as much care as though "T'll help you up. You'll get a splendid view from there." she were a princess of royal blood. "Oh, my, is that what you call that place?" "Come, Tom, it's time we put out for the shore. ''Yes. That's where we keep our lookout ahead." We must be all of a half a mile below Eden." "I don't know if I can get up there or not," she replied, l They embarked, Jack doing the honors. d oubtfu ll y boys," cried ViTg inin, as her cousin, Tom


'fi-IE WAY TO SUCCESS. 23 Waldron, shoved the rowboat clear. a splendid time." "I hope you'll hav e the white light wa.s hung in the lookout station, exactly between the other lanterns. "Thanks, Miss Earle," replied Jack. "Good-bye, follows. I'm dead sorry I'm not with you," floated back from Waldron, as he headed the boat to the shore and bent to his oars in a sturdy fashion. Jack mounted once more to the lookout and noted that the river was clear as far ahead as he could see. At eight o'clock the boys changed places the ar rangement being one-hour spells for each alternately at the helm. At twelve o'clock, when Jack his turn at steering, Joe started in to cook a pot of coffee. An inverted box served them for a table, on which some meat sandwiches, a whole pie and other "fixings" were spread out. "Grub is ready," announcec1 Joe in twenty minutes. He squatted down on the deck, while Jack took his meal standing, as it was out of the question., to leave the helm to itself for any length o:f time. "This isn't s o bad," said Beaseley, cheerfully. "These ::>APdwi rhrs beat anything I've tasted in a dog's age." "The:v're all to the good, olcl man. Aunt Lucy has the knack of makfog the boss san dwiches on record. And her nieQ makes one's mouth water just to look at them." "Yoll bet they do, accn1iesced his companion. "This is fl nPArh niP. I guess. If there's one pie I like better than [lnnther it 'q T'"!lCb." "I tboup:ht mince was your favorite?" grinned Jack. "'I'hat's right. I forgot. Mince always goes to the right spo t "How about pumpkin? I heard you say once that pumpkin pies were first favorites with you." "Oh, come now, don't make me t11ink of all the delica cies tliat 1 like. Almo st a11 kinds of pie look alike to me when I come to eat them." "You'd make a good pie-rate, wouldn't you ?" l a u ghed Darkness gradually settled down deep and solemn over the face of the land scape and river. T here were many lights on either shore to guide them on their way. "We must be careful to keep to the middle of the stream, as near as we can g ue ss," sai d Jack, "or the first thing we know we may find ourselves ashore. If the tide hap pened to be high at the time we'd be in a pretty :fix, unl ess we s u cceeded in poling ourselves clea.r right away." "Get your banjo, Jack, and let's have some music," said Joe. So Frost got his in s trument out of the deck-house, tuned up, and presently the strains of a lively dance were floating on the st ill evening air. Then be sang several popular songs, Joe joining in on the chor us. "Better turn in now, Joe," said Jack, as he relieved his companion at the rudder. "We commence our four-hour watches now. I'll wake you at midnight. Then you are to call me at four." "I don't eel a bit sleepy. Guess I'll stay alVake a while lon ger." "You can do as you please, but it's your funeral, you know." At half-past e ight ley toqk possession of the one bunk and in five minutes was spund asleep. CHAPTER XIII. .t. ON THE MIGHTY Ml8$!ISSIPI. Jack. JACK FROST was now thoroughly skilled in steering the "Sure pop. We ought to have br o ught a black flag with ra ft-boat, and consequently found the work merely mechan a sku ll and cross-bones painted on it to hoist at our mastical. head." After Joe went to sleep Jack found time hung rather "What clo you call our masthead?" I s low on hi s bands. / "One of tho8C upri ghts on which we're going to display There wasn't a li ght anywhere on the river, which lay our colored lights when it grows dark." black and sil en t before him under a moonless sky. J oc c l eared away and the dishes, and then hied 'rhe sky, however, was lustrous with s tars, with only a him self up to the crow's n est, from which perch he chinned few fleecy c louds in sight. with Jack until his companion called him down to steer the hour s advanced the lights along the dark outlines for an hour. of the shores g rew ewer and farther apart, but there was "I guess I've got the hang of the thing now," said li ght eno ugh for .Tack to keep his course in the middle of Beaseley. "By the time we reach the Mississippi I'll be t h e Chippewa, which, if not near so wide as the mighty able to steer with my eyes shut." '.\[ississippi they were approaching, was still broad enough They passed river steamboat about thre e o'clock, but for every purpose of navigation. she was only a s mall affair, a freighter. There is very little excitement in steering a clumsy cra.H Altogether the river seemed to be singularly clear of like the "Golden Hope" all alone in the still hours of the boats or vessels of any description. night. The su n set about six, and short ly afterward Joe piped Jack :felt, too, that a heavy responsibility rested on him to suppe r. 1 in conveying two thousand bushels of wheat, worth one dolAt scycn the col o rccl li ghts were hoisted into pla.ce, l ar a;d forty cents a bushel at that moment, so many hun-


THE WAY TO SUCCESS. dreds of miles by water to the big, bustling city of St. Louis. It was the event of his young life. H anything went wrong, through his carelessness or that of his companion, for whose faithfulness he held himself responsible to his aunt, and a part or the whole of the cargo should thereby'be damagea or lost, he felt he would never forgive himself. Every little while he would go to the rope rail and glance ahead to make sure he was where he ought to be, and that there was no obstruction Q_f any kind ahead. .At midnight he woke Joe up. "You'll find it pretty work steering all by your self, Joe," he said. "Four hours will drag themselves in an endless way, but you must knuckle right down to busi ness and never forget for a moment that you have a val uable cargo depending on your watchfulness. If anything should happen to this wheat my aunt would lose her farm, and that would be too much satisfaction to hand out to that rascal Plunkett. Keep that fact before you, and do the very best that is in you." "Bet your boots I will," answered Beaseley. "I won't fail you, old chap." .And he didn't. He found considerable to interest him even in the gloom and solitude of that first night, or early morning, on the river, and he stuck faithfully to his work, like a sentry on duty in war-time, and called Jack promptly at four o'clock. .At sunrise Jack saw a: big tug pulling a huge flat-boat loaded with grain coming down astern. It was more than an hour before this outfit came abreast and passed the "Golden Hope." No one on board seemed to take particular notice of the raft-boat. Every kind of cra:{t is seen on the great western rivers, and none is so strange "as to excite a sensation in the mind of the beholder. They met many different kinds of boats that day, and passed two steamboats going up the river. Towns of various sizes loomed up at intervals on both of the stream. In fact, as they approached the junction with the Missis sippi they encountered life and traffic in increasing quan tity. "How soon do we strike the big river ? asked Joe, when they were eating supper. "Give .it up, but I should not be surprised i:f we entered it before dark." "I hope we do. Pm anxious to see what it looks like." "You'll have lots of opportunity for that during the next week." They did not reach .America's largest river until some hours after dark. In fact, they had been on it a full half hour before J awoke to the fact and called Joe's attention to it. The river was high, the current much stronger than it had been on the Chippewa, and the progres s of the "Golden Hope" was correspondingly increased. At ten o'clock a big steamer passed them a short distance away, and the swell she left behind her caused the raft boat to roll a bit for a few moments; but she was too solid and heavily laden to be greatly affected. .And so the wheat-boat went on down the mighty river. One day was very like the next day, and all days were very much alike. Sunday morning they drew near a big Iowa town, and, as the weather looked threatening, J decided to put in and moor his craft to a small vacant wharf he spied ahead. "I'll be glad to stretch my legs on dry land for an hour or so," said Joe: "Just for a change, you know." "Well, we need a few supplies for our larder," said Jack. "I'll appoint you commissary agent. But whether you'll be able to buy anything to-day or not must depend on chance. If you don't find any stores open, go to the hotel and see what you can skirmish up, and we'll haul in some where else to-morrow." The boys, as they approached the town, found that it was an easier matter to go a.head than it was to stop, for the raft-boat had got into the habit of doing so. The water was too deep to permit the use of poles, and so the "Golden Hope" was helplessly carried past the town It began to rain a little, too, and this made matters un comfortable for the helmsman, though J had provided a rain-coat for such an emergency. Under these disagreeable circumstances, and because both boys were vexed because they failed to run i shore clos e enough to bring the raft-boat to a wharf, the morning passed away disagreeably enough. "It isn't all fun, after all," Joe, as he peered out from the shelter of the deck-house onto the mi s ty looking river and the somber shores, that looked particu larly uninviting in their damp unpicturesqueness. Dinner was a failure that day, and scarce in quantity a s well as quality, for, to Beaseley's disgust, the supply of pie was wholly exhausted, and dinner without pie was to him like a desert without an oasis .Along in the afternoon, when the sky promised a st{ U heavier downpour, the young voyagers discovered another good-sized town ahead on the Iowa shore. Jack decided to make an effort to land here, if the thing was possible of accomplishment. He made his calculations in better season than before, and succeeded in steering the raft-boat into the shallow water, where they could use their poles. They struck the shore some little distance above the town; but Joe declared a walk of half a mile or more was just to his taste after his long confinement to the boat. But he found that the walk would have to be put off for a while, for hardly had they succeeded in mooring the craft securely when the heavens seemed to open, as it were, and a perfect deluge of rain descended, which drove them both under cover and kept them there for an hour. Then the weather cleared somewhat, and Beaseley, put ting on the raincoat to protect himself against another possible shower, stepped ashore and started for town. He was gone an hour and a in it was growing


THE WAY TO SUCCESS. 25 dark fast, and Jack was preparing the lamps for hoisting when he returned with his arms full of various kinds of provender, including several pies. They built a fire in the stove and enjoyed a corking supper-the best in several days. "We might as well stop here all night," said Jack. "It will be safer, and we can get a full night's rest apiece. I'll sleep on the floor, as we have only one bunk." "Pooh! Let me take the floor. You're the skipper, and are entitled to whatever luxury there is." They had some little argument over the matter, and finally Jack agreed to take the bunk. "Did you write and mail that letter to my aunt, as I asked you to?" he inquired. "Sure thing. You don't suppose I'd forget that, do you?" "No, I didn't suppose you would." "Say, old fellow, I've got a great idea. It's a wonder you didn't think about it," grinned Joe, who seemed full of some newly discovered scheme. "Well, what is it, Joe? Is it anything that will help us?" "Sure it will." "T1et's ha;e it, then."' "What's the matter with our rigging up a: s&iri>" "A sail! Oh, come off, Joe, we couldn't use a sail very wen on this craft. If such a thing had been feasible I should have borrowed one at Eden and fixed her up." "Is that so?" asked Beaseley, clearly dis&ppointed. "I thought we could it Oetween those two uprights we hang our lanterns to, and it would help us along a bit when the breezes came up." "Those uprights aren't strong enough for such a thing." <'We could make them stronger, couldn't we?" "We might brace them, it is true. However, we haven't the sail to experiment with." "I know where I could get an old patched one for half a dollar," said Joe, eagerly. "You seem to have been looking into the matter," smiled Jack. "No. The idea struck me as I came along the shore on my way back. I saw the sail hanging outside a boat-house about a quarter of a mile below here. I asked a man stand ing at the door if he wanted to sell it, and he said he did, and that I could have it for fifty cents, as he had no use for it." "Well, that's cheap enough. I'll tell you what we'll do we'll pole down to the place in the morning, buy the sail and see if we can get some rope to brace the uprights with. If I think the poles will stand the strain we'll give your plan a trial." Joe wa. s sure the scheme would work, but Jack was not so confident. Afte1'. they turned in the young skipper thought the matter over, and figured out how he believed it might be made to work, but before he finally arrived at a satisfactory con clusion he fell asleep. CHAPTER XIV. THE END OF THE TRIP. AFTER breakfast they unmoored and worked the" Golden Hope" down to the boat-house. The boys went ashore and found the man Joe had spoken to the previous afternoon. Jack had a talk with him, told him how he thought sail he wanted to sell might be made available, and the man went aboard the raft-boat and, after examining the sup ports, gave them the benefit of some valuable suggestions. He had some pulley-blocks and a quantity of stout line he was willing to sell them, so Jack made a bargain with him, and under his directions they went to work to carry out Joe's idea i: an effective manner. They braced the uprights in a satisfactory way, and to the top of each attached a pulley-block and rove a line through them. The man furnished a thin pole as a yard for the sail, and to each end of this pole they secured the small clothes line pulleys which they had previously used at the peaks of the uprights to hoist the lanterns with. The line was put through these pulleys, and thus, by pulling simultaneously on the line on each side of the boat, the sail could be raised about five feet above the sloping roof of tbe grain-house. A piece of line was fastened to each of the lower corners of the sail, by which it was secured to each of the uprights. As the sail could only be spread in one position, they could not hope to obtain the best results; but when the wind blew with a favorable slant Jack judged it was bound to accelerate their speed down the big river. And so it proved. That afternoon the wind came pretty fresh from the northwest. The boys hoisted the sail, and both were delighted with the satisfactory outcome of the experiment. "We must be making all of five miles an hour now," said Jack, at length. "Bet your boots we are," chuckled Joe. "I ain't such a lunkhead, after all, I guess." "I take my hat off to you, Beaseley," replied the young skipper, with a mock salute. "You're all to the good, old man." -"Sure I am. I'm the real persimmon, and don't you make any mistake about it. We're going to cut our trip down a couple of days." "I guess we will, if the wind blows fair for us." With the sail drawing well, they found that the labor of steering was reduced more than one-half. The raft-boat showed no tendency to whirl around, and it was really a pleasure to steer her, so Beaseley d99lared. Neither were they obliged to follow the current in broad sweeps around the bends of the river, and they saved many miles by taking short cuts. They gained still ¬her advantage.


26 THE WAY TO SUCCESS. The raft-boat was un de r better control when the sail was to that point, ancl that they ll'ere within a day and a half 's in operation, and, instead of being entirely at the mercy journey of St. Louis. of the current, they could go where they chose He purchased the chief daily of Hannibal and found that This enabled Jack to make frequent stops to provision wheat had risen to one dollar and fifty-fou r cents. up when there was any wind, and it came from the right They had .finished dinner next day, and Joe was washing direction, for he could make a landi ng when and. where he up the dishes, when they reached the mouth of the Mispleased, and with little difficulty. souri River. N _?w, with a good wind, they covered about a hundred Jack was first to notice that the river was widening out miles in twenty-four hours, while when they had to d epend to a great extent. npon the current they made but sixty. further they went on the further they seemed to About seven on the morning of the eighth d1y they get from either shore r eache d Hannibal, Missouri. In a very short time they appeared to have the center of As soon as Jack found out the name of t he big place on a g r ea t inland sea the western shore of the river h e was in high glee. "Gee whizz !" exclaimed Joe, after he had finished his "We have made much better time than I expected we work and had time to look about him at the changed su r would," he remarked to Joe. "Why, if we have the wind roundings. "Where have we got to? We must have passed with 'us we ought to reach St. Loui s to-morrow afternoon." St. Louis in the night and are heading out into the Gulf "You don't mean it," cried Beaseley, much astonished of Mexico." "Why, I thought we were good :for a week yet." "Go on, child,''. replied Jack, laughing. "What you see "No, sir. We're just about one hundred and fifty miles from our destination by water." "Glory! Who'd have thought it?" "Aren't you glad, Joe?" / "I don't know. I've had a fine time sai l ing down. I wouldn't care if we were going back the same way." "That's out of the que stion. "I suppose it is. But, to tell you the truth, I'm sorry to have to leave the old craft so soon: It took a lot of hard now is the mouth of the Missouri Rive:\. We're only a few miles above the city of 'St Louis. We'll be haul ed up alongside the levee before dark." Joe gazed open-mouthed around: They had grown accustomed to meet and pass lots of craft of all kinds of late, but the number they were now in the midst of cast the previous day's experiences alto gether in the shade. Great steamboats raced madly past the raft-boat, beside w9rk to build h e r, and we don't know if we can sell her for which the "Golden Hope" looked like a mere .c0>rk. anJthing more than :firewood." "Oh, you can't tell. I'll bet there are a good many people who would be glad to buy so substa ntial a craft if they could get her as cheap as we're willing to sell her. The trouble is to reach those people." '.'You might advertise her." "I'll consider the matt e r. Now, Joe, I'm going to put in here for a short tim e at one of the wharves. I want to foicl out the price of wheat. Two days ago it was one dol lar and forty-eight cents per bus h el. It ought to be one dolHuge :fiat-boats :floated l azily down the river, and the scene became more lively and exciting as they advanced. At last the metropolis of Missouri opened out before their eye&--their port of destination, with its dense mass of houses, its busy levee, its towering elevators, in which millions of bushels of grain were s tored at that moment, ancl its crowd of s teamboat s and other craft lined along the water-front. It was .a wondeTful scene to Joe Beascley, who was not used to city life, as was ack Frost. lar and fifty cents no.w." "Great Moses!" he exclaim ed. "This beats anything I "Your aunt is going to make good thing out her ever saw." grain this year." "Well, she n eeds to. You know, two thousand cold dol-. of it goes to Mr. Plunkett inside of two weeks." With the assistance of the sail they worked the "Golden At five they obtained a place to moor the boat tempoTarily, and then they went to a nearby restaurant and hacl supper They were both satisfied and happy, for they had sueHope" irito a va can t wharf, made fast, and Jack went cessfully accomplis h ed a somewhat remarkable feat-fl.oatashore ing a large quantity of wheat in a home-made craft from He bought some stat i onery, wrote and mailed a letter to Eden County, Wisconsin, to St. Louis, Mo. in nine days his aunt, telling her they and the wheat were all right UP. and a half.


THE WAY TO SUCCESS 27. CHAPTER XV. CONCLUSION. JACK made inquiries early next morning abou t wher e h e should find commission g r ain merchants, and was r ef e r r e d to the street where a great many of these merchants h ad their places oi busi nesfl. Wh e n he and Joe were on their way to the r estauran t at which they proposed to b r eakfast he bought a cou p l e of morning dailies from a newsboy. After giving thei r o rder at the table the firs t thing both the boys did was to look up the price o f wheat It was quoted at on e dollar an d sixty cents per bus h el. It did n't take m uch figur ing to show that t h eir l oa d would fetch s omet h ing over three t h o u sand two hundred dollars, less commiss i o n. "Hadn't we bette r hol d on a few days, J ack? It might rise t o o ne dollar and seventy -five cents, or even two dol l a r s." "No, Joe. T he p resen t price is good enough for me Aunt L ucy w ill clea r three thousand over all exp enses. That's a tho u san d doll ars more than she expecte d to get "All r igh t Jack. It's you r wheat "Su ppose it was y our s? "I'd wait two days m o r e at any r ate "I'm not taking any chances, Joe, now that I have ar rived o n the g r ound. Somet hing might happen to our c a rgo if I waited." "Why, what coul d h ap p e n to it now? We're mo9red to t h e levee, as they call it, are n t we?" O h, I don t mean to say t h a t I t h ink anyt h ing would h appen to it,_ but, you know, t h e u nexpected i s always l iab l e to happen." T he words were ha r dl y o u t of hi s mouth before he sud denly c l utched his companio:n's arm and l ooked over his shoulde r towar d the front of the resta u rant. "What's t h e matter?" asked Joe, a bit startled at bis manner "The u nexpe ct e d has h a pp e n e d Joe," he w h ispe red. Wha t d o y ou m ea n ? " D o n t look aro u nd when I te ll you." A ll right," repl ied Beaseley, beginning to get excited "Mr. P l unkett and h is friend Monks have just come into the restaurant and have take n the fir st table.'.' "Ge. e whiz T s that r e all y t h e fact ? "It is. "What the d euce a r e t hey doi n g i n St. L ouis?" "Ho How can t hey ?" "Now you 've got m e We mu st wait till they've gone then you must h urry back to the raft and stand watch ove r it whi l e I r u s h ofr and f e tch a commission man down to make the sa l e." They ate the meal s lowly, Jack keeping a sharp eye on t h e firs t tab le, whe r e hi s e nemy and Monks were apparently e njoy i ng t heir br e akfast. At l e n gt h the two men ro se, went to the counter, settl e d for the meal an d walked out on the street. "Keep y our eye on them, Joe, while I pay the s e checks I n h alf a mi nu te he rejoined his companion outside. \ Vhich way d id t hey go?" he asked. "Toward t h e levee," an s wered Joe. "They are o n t h e for the 'Golden Hope,' as sure as you're alive. No w hustle off with you and don't l et them see you. If t h e y s pot our craft, don't let them on t t" board, if you h av e t o s lug both of them to preven I "All r i ght, Jack I'll knock the daylights out o f them if they mon key wit h m e." They part ed at once, and Jack took li i s way to the district w h e r e t h e c ommission m e r chants b a d thei:i; stores. The boy select e d on e place a t r a ndom e n te red sto r e and aske d to see t h e h e ad of the hou se. He was d i recte d t o s t e p into the privgte office. He did so, and los t no t a moment in stating his business. I have t w o t housand bu s h e l s of wh eat alongside the lev e e at the foo t of Bl a nk Street. Do y ou want to buy it at the p r evai ling m a rket r ate?" sa id to the mer cha nt. "Whom do y ou repre s ent Mr Fro st?" d C W . f> "My au;nt, Mr s Harper, of E e n ounty isconsm. "Have you brought the w heat all the way from that State?" "Yes, sir; by water." "The w h ea t i s in bulk, of course?" "Yes, s ir. All r eady to g o to the e l evat o r." I w ill give you one dollar and s i x t y c ent s per bush e l for it." "It's your s sir," said Jack, promptly. "I'll s end a representative with you to e x amine the grain and, i f it i s in first-cla s s condition to close the d e al. "All right, sir." I n five minutes a bright youn g m a n was s umm o n e d and intr o duce d to Jack. The me r chant g ave him hi s ord e rs, and the yoillig man starte d f o r the le,vee with Jack. W h en t he y r e ached the foot of Bl a nk Street they found "I'm afraid t h ey've com e h e r e to try an d do u s up o n t h e a crowd gathe r e d about a certain part of the levee, just at w h eat." th e point where Jack knew the "Golden Hope" was tied u p.


28 THE w AY TO SUCCEss: They pushed their way to the front, to find Mr. Plunkett to her credit in the Eden National Bank, while Jack and and Monks trying to effect a lodgment on the wheat-boat, while Joe Beaseley was standing them off with the short pole which had done service as a yard for their sail. Jack rushed to his friend's aid, and in the struggle which ensued Mr. Plunkett was tumbled into the river, from which he was rescued, a melancholy looking object, by a longshoreman. He and Monks retired from the scene much crestfallen and swearing to take vengeance on the spunky boy. Jack explained the cause of the scrimmage to the aston ished representative of the commission house, who declared the rascals ought to be arrested. He then examined the wheat, found it came up to all re quirements, and the deal was closed. Arrangements were at once made with the captain of a tug close by to tow the "Golden Hope" to Elevator D, belonging to a certain big firm, and the young man and the two boys went along. After the grain had been abs orbed and automatically measured by the elevator the boat was towed back to her former moorings and Jack went back to the store to get the money. The merchant kindly permitted his young man to accom pany Jack to the bank and procure for him a draft on the Eden National Bank for the three thousand odd dollars the wheat came to. When he returned to the boa.t he found Joe talking to a stranger. This man wanted to charter the raft-boat to take a load of lime down to a small town at the junction of the Ohio River, and after some convers ation Jack offered to deliver the stuff for a certain sum, which was accepted. "You'll have to cut a door in your deck-house in order to get your load aboard," said the man. "I'll have that arranged by the time you get your lime h e re." "I'll ha1e it here inside of two hours." It took the "Golden Hope" two days to deliver the lime at its destination. Th e n, while Jack was wondering what he was going to do 1Yith his craft, he received a satisfactory offer for her ana accepted it. Joe made a deposit on their own accounts of their indi vidual shares of the profits of the lime cargo from St. Louis to the Ohio River, as well as the amount realized from the sale of the boat-raft. Mrs. Harper insisted on presenting Jack with two hun dred and fifty dollars as a substantial recognition, in addi tion to his wages, of the interest he displayed in the welfare of the farm. Jack did not fail to call on Virginia Earle right a.way after his return, as he had promised to do, and was most graciously received not only by the young lady herself, .but by her family as well. He stayed to tea, of course, and after the meal Mr. Earle presented the boy, in behalf of himself and Mrs. Earle, with an elegant gold watch, and chain to match, in testi mony of their gratitude to him for saing the lives of their two daughters. In due time Jack Frost personally took up the mortgage on his aunt's farm and forever relieved her of any further connection with Mr. Nathan Plunkett. Under Jack's management the farm continued to pro duce successful cro ps and increase in value as agricultural property. When he reached his eighteenth year his aunt presented him with a half interest in the farm, assuring him that it would all bE! his at her death. At twenty-one Jack a.ttended his own wedding in the town of Eden, and the bride was Virginia Earle, just as everybody who had watched the course of events since young Frost returned from his trip to St. Louis in the "Golden Hope" said it would be. To-day Jack Frost is one of the most prosperous farmers of Western Wisconsin. And why should not he be so? He possesses the grit, energy and ambition that pave THE WAY TO SUCCESS. THE END. Read "STRUCK OIL; OR, THE BOY WHO MADE A MILLION," which will be the next number (27) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." That night he and Joe started by express for Eden, Wisconsin, where they arrived in due time, and hustled out at once for the farm. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail. Jack was received with open arms by, his aunt, who complimented him highly on the success of his trip. with the . wheat to St. Louis. The draft for three thousand dollars odd was deposited


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S ., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. No 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most 11.p proved methods of reading the lines on the hand, together with a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, and the key for t e lling character by the bumps on the head. B1 Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S. Fully illustrated. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. H O W TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and instr uctive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also explaining the most approved methods which are employed by the l eading hypnotists of the world. By Hugo Koch, A.C.S. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in s t r uctions about gtins, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26 HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. F ull instructions are given in this little book, together with in e t r uctions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE. A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses fo r business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for d iseases pecaliar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A bandy b ook for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes a nd the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By O. S tansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny; also the true meaning of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAl\lS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. '!'his little book g ives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky a nd unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of k now i ng what his future life will bring forth, whethe r happiness or misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little b ook Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell t he fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO '!'ELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lin es of the hand, cir the secret of palmistry. .Also the secret of telling future events b y aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By .A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN .ATHLETE.-Giving full instruction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy mus cle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can become s trong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained in this little book. No. 10 HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the dirf e rent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach 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. Embracihg thirty -five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and u se ful book. No. 34 HOW 'l'O FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsworJ; also instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best p ositions in fencing. .A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of t'he general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of prepared cards. B,y Professor Haffner. Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CA.RDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS. IJontaining deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurors and magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. ? HOW '1;'0 DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tricks, contaming full instruction on all the leading card tricks of the dl!.Y, also most popular magical illusions as performed by our leadmg magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as it will both amuse and instruct. No: 22. 'l' O DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight explamed b)'. his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how 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 BECOl\lEl A MAGICIAN.-Oontaining the grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW 'l' O DO CHEl\IICAL 'l'l-UCKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instruc tive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over of the latest and best tricks used by magi c ians. .Also containmg the secret of second sight. l!,ully illustrated. By A. Anderson . No., 70 HOW '.J.'O l\I-'\KE MAGIC ".FOYS.-Containing full dire ct ions for makmg. Magic 1'oys and devices of many kinds. By A. And e rson. Fully 1llustmted No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 75. HOW TO BECOME A CONJUROR. Containing tri_cks Domin?s, Dice Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing. th1rty-s1x 1llustrat1ons. By A. Anderson. No. 78. HOW 'l'O DO 1'IIE BLAOK ART.-Containing a com plete description of the myste ries of Magic and Sleight of Hand together with .many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL,t No. 29. HOW TO AN IN VENTOR.-Every boy should know how inventions originated. This book explains them all, examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. 1 lie most instl'Uctive book published. No. HOW TO .AN ENGINEEJR.-Containing full mstruct1ons how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en gi?eer; als o dir!'.cti.ons for building a model locomotive; togethe r with a full des cription of everything an engineer shoulcli know. No. 57. HOW 1'0 MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, JElolian Harp Xylo phone and other musical instruments; together with a brlef de scription of n early every musi ca l instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illu strated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald for twenty years bandmaster of the Hoyal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LAN'l'ERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions fo1 its use and for painting slides Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for p erforming over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. L ETTER WRITING. No. 11 HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LET1'ERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them, giving specimen lette rs for young and old. No. 12. IIOW 1'0 WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing let .ters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, note s and r equests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETl'rnRS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for in s tru<'tion. No. 53 HOW TO WRITE LE"l'TERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mo the r, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wisli to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land should havf' this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen letters.


'{HE STAGE. No. THE BOYS NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK. '-Containing a gre a t variety of t h e latest jokes used by the m

FRANK MANLEY'S WEEKLY STORIES OF YOUNG ATHLE'l'ESE:E:E:EEEEEEE (Formerly "THE YOUl'lG ATHLETE'S WEEKLY") BY "PHYSICAL DIRECTOR Issued every Friday A 3g.pAGE BOOK FOB 5 GENTS. Handsome Oolored Oovers. T hese i n tensely interesting stories d escribe the a d ventures or Frank Manley, a plu c k y y oung athle te, w h o tries to ex ce l in a ll kinds of games and pastim es. Each n umber contai n s a story of manly sports, repl ete with liv ely i ncidents, dramatic situations and a sparkle o f humo r. Every po pular ga m e w ill be feature d in the succeeding stories s uch as base ba ll ska ting, wre s tling, etc. .JC .JC .JC .JC .JC .JC .JC .JC .JC .JC .JC ,..oi .JC .JC .JC .JC .JC .JC .JC ,,i .JC .JC .JC .JC .JC ,.JC .JC .JC' .JC .JC .JC .JC .JC JI .JC, ALREADY PUBLISHED: 1 Frank Manl e y s R e al Fight; or, What the Push-Ball Game Brought About 2 !'rank Manl e y s Lightning Track; o r S p ee d s Part In a Great Criste. 3 F r a n k Manl e y s Amazing Vault; or, Pol e and B rains ln Deadl y Earnest. 4 Frank Manle y' s Gridiron Grill ; o r The Try-Ont for Football Grit. 5 Frank Manle y's Great Line-Up ; or, The Woodstock Ele v e n on the Jump. 6 Frank Ma nl e y's Prize Tac k l e ; or, The Football Tactics that Win. 7 l!'rank Manl e y s Mad S c l mmage ; o r The Trick that Daze d Bradford. 8 Frank Manley s Lion-Hearted Rush ; or, Staking Life on the Out come 9 F r a nk Manley's Mad Break Through ; or, Playing Halfbac k tor All I t l a Worth. 10 Frank Manley's Football Strategy; o r Beating Tod Owen's Fak e Ki c k 11 Frank Manley's Jap Ally ; or, How Sato Playe d the Gridiron Game. 12 F r ank Manl e y s Tande m Tric k ; or, How Hal Spoft'ord F oole d t h e Ene my 13 Frank l\Ianl e y s Whirling Ten-Miler ; or, Making Wind and Fortune Twine 14 Frank Manley's Sweetheart; or, Winning Ou t for Kitty Dunstan's Sake 15 Frar!. Manley's Prize Skati n g Squad ; or, Kee n Real Life on t h e 1 6 Frank Manl e y s Ch1lstmas Gift ; or, T h e Luc k t hat Ice H oc k ey Brought. 17 Frank Manley s Ice Carnival ; or, The Grandest Winte r W ee k on R ec o r d 18 Frank Manl e y s S t olen Goal ; or, The Newest Tric k In B aske t Ball. 19 Fra nk Manl e y's Ice Boat Regatta ; o r T h e Fellows Who Came In S econd Best 20 Frank Manley's Sw eeping Score; or, A W onde r ful Day at Curling 21 Frank Manley's S now-Shoe Sq u a d ; or, A Week o f Rousing Life In the Op e n. 22 Frank Manl e y s Ne w Game; or, The Hurdl e Race on Skates. 23 Frank Manley s Big Mistake; or, The Fearful C rash at Brad ford. 24 Frank Manley s Winter Camp; or, The Esqulmau Boys of W o o d -stoc k 26 Frank Manley a.t Ya.le; or, Ma.king the Sta.rt in Coll e11;e Athletics. 2 6 Frank Manley's Freshman Grit,;_ or Beating out a. Sophomore Bully. 2 7 Frank Manley' s Riva.I; or, The ::itruKgle for "Frat" M e mbership. 2 8 Frank M a nley a.nd the Hazers; or, Through a Tough Ordeal. 2 9 Frank Manley in Yale's Cage ; or, Working for t h e Freshma n Ball Nine. 3 O Frank Manley: o n the. Ya.le Track; or, Ma.king Time fur a Team Place. For sal e b y a ll n ewsdealers, o r will be sent to any add ress on receipt o f p r ic e, 6 ce nts per copy in money o r postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 24 Union Square, New Y ork. THE YOUNG ATHLETE'S WEEKLY BE STBOl'lG B y "PHYSICAL D I RE C TOR BE HEAL T H Y! LATEST ISSUES: 26 F r ank Manley's Substitute Nine ; or, A Game of Pure Gri t 2 7 Frank Manl e y's Longest Swim ; or, Battling w ith Bradford In the 1 9 Fran k l\!anley s Earned Ru n ; or, The Sprint That W o n a Cup. Water :i!O Fran k Manle y' s Triple Play; or, The Only Hope ot the Nine 28 Frank M anle y's Bunch of Hits; or, Breaking the Season s Batting :il l Frank Manl ey's Training Table ; or, Whipping the Nine Into S hape. R e cord. :il 2 Frank Manl e y s Coaching; or, The Great Gam e that "Jackets'" 29 Frank M a nley's Double Game; or, The Wonderf u l Four-Team Pitc h e d I Matc h 1l 3 Frank Manl ey' s First League Game ; or, The Fourth of July Battle 30 Frank Manl e y s Summer M ee t ; or, "Trying Out" the B radfords. With Bradford. 31 ?l4 Frank Manl e y s Match with Giants; or, The Great Game W ith the Frank Manle y at His Wits' End; or, Playing Against a B r ib e d Um Alt o n "Grown Ups plre. Fra nk Manley s Training Camp; or, Getting I n Trlm for the Great-32 Frank Manley' s Last Ball GBJDe; or, The Season' s Exci t ing Good -est Ball Game Bye t o the Diamond. For sale by all newsdea l ers, or will be s e n t to any address recei p t o f price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 24 Union S q u are, N. Y. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBE R S J O f our Libraries and c annot procure the m from n e wsdealers, they can b e obtained i rom this office dirert. Cut out and fill i n the followin g O rder Blank and send it to us with the p rice o f the b ooks you want and we will send them to you by return POSTAGE .STAnP.S TAKEN THE SAnE AS n ONEY o o o o o 0 o 0 0 O o 0 0 0 0 t 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 o 0 o o o o o 0 o o 0 0 o o o 0 0 o 0 0 o 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 o o o I 0 0 0 o 0 0 0 o 0 o o o o o o o o 0 0 0 0 0 I 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 FRANK 'I OUSEY Publi s her 2 4 Union Square, New York. ................... ... 190 DEAR SmEnclosed find ...... c ent s for whic h plea s e s end me : ... copies of vVORK AND WIN Nos .............. ................ ............ ..................... 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Fam. e and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A New One Issued Every Friday This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, 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 magazine for the home, although each number is replete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very best obtainable, the are by expert artists. and every effort is constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about it. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 117 King of the Market; or, The Youngest Trader in Wall 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. Street. 3 A Corner in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thou!iland. 4 A of Chance: or, The Boy Who Won Out. 119 A Rise in Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 5 Ha'.d .to Beat;. or, Cleverest Boy in Wall Street. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy in Wall Street. 6 a Railroad, or, The Young Contractors of Lake-21 All to the Good; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green 22 How He Got There; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them All. River. 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Rich. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made 24 Pushing It Through; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 9 Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 25 A Born Speculator; or, the Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 1& A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys WhoWorked a Deserted 26 The Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. Mine. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Brave Boys Start in Life. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. 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, by1 FBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, :New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to u s with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS 'l'HE SAME AS MO.NEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s her, 2-1 Union Square New York. .......................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents or which please send mee : . . copies of WORK AND 'VIN. Nos .............................................................. " WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ....................................................... " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ........................................ : ........ " PLUCK AND LUCK. Nos ................ : ..................... ...................... " SECRET SERYTCE Nos ........................................................... " FRANK MANLEY'S WEEKLY. .. " FAM:E AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. Nos ............................................... -" THE YOUNG WEEKLY, Nos .............................................. " Ten-Cent Hand Nos ....................................................... N arne .......................... Street and No .................... Town ......... State .......... -.--.


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