## A good thing, or, The boy who made a fortune

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A good thing, or, The boy who made a fortune
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CE.NTS. The scoundrels, having secured the results of the boys' morning's work, were about to beat & retreat, when Bruce Hardy, rUle in hand, suddenly appeared on the scene. He took in the situation at a glance, and prepared for action. I,

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2 A GOOD THING. ---=====:-==================== gles in Wall Street. 'How can I face him ? How confess to him the awful truth that 1, his uncle, in whom his father, my brother-in-law, placed the most implicit confidence, i!; an embezzler! A i:obber of the orplian Gracious heavern; To what pass um I reduced!" At that moment the office boy tapped on the ground glass door, and the broker, aroused .for the moment, bade him come in. "Mj. Henderson wishes i:o see you, sir." : "I will see him The vi:::itor was one who had had heavy dealings with Edward Harlow on the floor of the Stock Exchange that day, and had come for sett l ement. He was not yet aware that Harlow had failed. "I am sorry, Henderson," said the ruined broker, in quiet tones, "but I can do nothin g for you I have been forced to the wall by the raid on M. & N. I am cleaned out completely. I am unable to meet my engagements, and my letter to that effect i s in the hands of the chairman of the Exchange. Take whatever course you think 1) est under the -"I am sorry to hea.r it, Harlow," said Henderson, with n, feeling of sympathy for his debtor. "What are you going to do?" twelve years of age, rather young for the position; but for all that he was one of the brightest lads in Wall Street, thoroughly reliable and attentive to his duties. He lived with his parents in Harlem, and had got the situation through Bruce Hardy, Mr. Harlow's eighteenyear-old nephew. Bruce and he were excellent friends, though they saw very littl e of each other, as J -Iardy was attending a board ing school in New Jersey. JI.fr. Harlow, as we have said, sat silent and motionle8s before his desk for a full half hour. Then he aroused himself, went io a sma ll, private safe he hacl in the room, opened it and took a bundle of papers from it. He sorted them out till he found a particular one, which h e laid down beside him, after looking it over. After that he drew a pad toward him, and for a little while the on ly s ound in the room was the scratching of L..is pen. He read the l etter over carefu lly and then signed it with a steady hand. No one accustomed to the broker's signature would have thought the writer was .disturbed by such a thing as business revcrt:es. "Goodness only knows," r eplied Harlow, in a broken I He folded the l etter and put it, together with the docu-voice. ment from the bundle, and a check for the entire amount of "Oh, come, brace up! You're not the first, nor will yon l his bank balance--$400-into a \ l ong, yellow envelop8, be the last man ruin ed in Wall Street. It is a chance we 1 which he scaled and addressed in his usual clear style: are all taking. You are sti ll sound and hearty, Harlow. I "Master Br.nee Hardy, Hurricane Hall Military Acad You will recover yourself, after the0smoke of the wreck has I cmy, New Jersey." blown away and you see exactly where you I 'I'hcn he pushed the electric button on his desk and in Harlow shook his h ead sadly a moment .Tack appeared in answer to the cal l. "No," he said, "this is my finish----my Waterloo." "Take this letter to the posiofficc and register it." "}fonsense, man! Remember, there is a silver lin ing to "Yes, sir." C\'Cry cloucl." "You needn't return, it is already after three." "I th ank you for -your sympathy, Henderson. I wish I 1 '11hc boy got his hat and left the office. could see a single rift in the black sky which has over! A couple of hours afterward, when the janitor's assistant whdmecl me. But I cannot There is no future for me-came in to sweep up the office, Mr. Harlow was sti ll at his none whatever." desk, apparcntl:v busy. "You'll talk differently in a day or so from now," reThe man cleaned up the outside offices and then left the rponded his visitor cheerfully "Go home, man. private room for the morning. ro-.v you will be better able to grasp the situation." As it grew dark Wall Street became deserted. With these words Hend erson took his l eave. A few stragglers who had been working overtime, or an "To-morrow!" murmured Edward Harlow, despairingly. occasional pedestrian from below Pearl Street, alone awoke "Will there be any to-morrow for me?" an ech? upon the s idewalk. He turned to his desk and sat there like a statue for half As the shadows gathered in Mr. Harlow's private office he an hour. finally ceased whatever work he had been upon. Out side in the counting room the clerks practically quit He made no move to lea ve the office nor to turn on the work, gathered about the desk of the cashier, and talked to-electric light. gether in low tones As the Barkness closed: in around hi s figure the last move They had he ard about the slump in prices on the Exment he made was to open an upper drawer in his desk change, and the general impression prevailed that Ha.rlow and take something from it and la y it upon the desk. had been hit hard, but just how hard they could not tell. Whatever it .vas it seemed to be fairly heavy, and gave They feared the worst, however and wondered if they out a sharp click before the broker removed his :fingers wouldn't be looking for jobs elsewhere in a few days. from it. In the reception-room, Jack Egan, office boy and messen -For a June evening the weather without had turned ungcr, sat p erc hed upon his chair, l ooking out of the window. I u s u a lly chilly. He was not yet out of bis knickerbockers, being about The wind from the distant river soughed up the street. PAGE 4 A GOOD THING. and made little eddies of the dust heaps and paper collections gathered up by the "white wings" brigade. About nine o'clock q. policeman standing on the corncT of Wall and Broad he saw a sudden flash in one of the slcond-story offices on the other of Wall Street. It was not repeated. After he looked a minute or two steadily in that qirection he dismissed the idea from his mind. At that moment a dog somewhere in the neighborhood began to howl dismally. -When the janitor's assistant appeared in the mor!\ing to tidy up Mr. Harlow's p:i;ivate office he was startled to see the broker at his desk. He was bent forward, his head buried in his arms, ancl t]:ie man believed he was asleep. "I'll bet he hasn't been home all ni ght, the house employe to himself. "It's after eight now, so I'd better wake him up." He approached the desk for that purpose, then suddenly stopped and turned deathly pale. He h ad seen the glisten!ng barrel of a revolv er clutched in the broker's nerveless fingers. "It can't be that he---" The words froze on the speaker's lips. His horrified eyes re sted on a dark stai n which came from under one arm. Instinctively his gaze went to the carpet. A pool of half-dried blood lay between Mr. Harlew's feet. That was enough for the janitor's assistant. He didn't investigate further, but rushed downstairs with a white face to the superintendent of the building who had already arrived on the premises. The first editions of the afternoon papers had scare h ead ings and a short sto r y announcing the suicid e of Edward Harlow, stp(!k broker, wlio had s hot himself in the office the night pefore. 1\s hi s failure had been printed in the morning papers his death confirmed the rumor of his absolute ruin by the s lump in the previous day's market. II. THE LETTER M. floor. "And they hnve really done it at last, have they?" "That's what they have. I saw the letter up there my self So did Al Smit}\." "Tl\ey have made gopd their bpast, tqffil I :\'eallY diiln.' t think it was in tl\em." "Now, Bruce, are we goip.g to, let the Highs hq.ve the l a u gh on us ?" "I hope not." "But they're pound to unless we see the m a-p. go them a point better The news of their exploit I'll bet is all OV\!r town by this time Every time a Hi g h meets us after this he'll put his togue in his cheek aJ_ld wink his ey\!, exult antly. Why, just as soon as this wind through the academy there'll be the dickens to pay. I tell y ou, Bruc e something's got to be done. It must be done right away, too, for the term closes in a week, and it will never do for the honor of this school for the fellows to go home leaving that symbol of victory for the High s to flaunt unmolested all through the summer holidays." "You're right, Joe. There is only one way of wiping their triumph, and that i s for some of us to climb Dead l\fan's Ledge and paint a double H above the M." "That's what! But 1Vho's to do it?" "We must call for volunt eers." "You may put me right down now for one; and if I know Bruce Hardy, &nd I think I do, he will lead the way," said Joe, enthusiastically. ,. "You may d0pend I will, Joe, unless some other chap itisists on sharing the glory of s11ch an achievement, in which case I'll have to draw lots for the chance. As the honor of he academy i s involved, ever y student has au equal right to aspire to the honor of leading the way." "You won't find so many competito r s when it comes to the pinch, for it's an awful risky thing, climbing the ledg e It's liable to wind up in a tragedy. If Dr. Parkway gets an inkling of our purpose he' ll put the quietus upon the scheme." "He mustn't lmow until the thing has been clone." "Of course not. But in order to make s ure of that, the plan must be car ried out at once. "Sure thing. Let's go clown to the ledge and take a carefu l survey of the difficulties before us. I'm curious to see just how the Highs managed to do it." "Come on, then. A l Smith is spreading the news about the grounds I l eft him making a bee-line for the gym nasium, where half the fellow s are exercising this morning." "Say, Bruce, what do you think?" cried Joe Ramsay, a Bruce Rarely slapped on his hat and followed his c hum fine-looking, dark featured boy of seventeen, bursting, l ike to the academy Cfl.mpus. a small cyclone, into the room occupied by himself and his He ;yas q. splendid specimen of young American man chum, Bruce Hardy, at the Hurricane Hall Military Acad -hood-strong, alert and sinewy, with lfght curly hair aml emy, in Middlebrook, N J. "Some of the Highs have acfeatures. tually climbed Man's Ledge and painted a great big As a matter of fact, he was a born lead er, and the rest of capital M on the face of the rock nearly 200 feet above the the boys in the school recognized him as s uch the water line. Now, what do you think of that?" He was captain of the baseball and football teams, the "I think it was a rather; reckless feat," replied Bruce, most skilful rider in the cavalr y squad, the captain of Oom dropping his feet from their perch on the window-sill to the pany A, and the best military t11ctician in the academy. PAGE 5 4 A GOOD THING. In mathematics, in fact in all his studies, he stood at the head of his clas s Dr. Parkway, the principal, proudly pointed him out as an example of what Hurricane Hall produced. Bruce s mother died when he was ten y ears old, and hi s father, who left the boy a fortune of s omething like$80,000 in gilt-edged securiti es, five year s ago. His uncle, Edward Harlow, was appointed his guardian, I and had control of the lad s property. He had alway s taken a warm intere s t in Bruce, and the boy thought a great deal of him. As soon as Bruce graduated from a well-known private school in New Yoi;k Cit y Mr. H arlow s ent him to Hurri cane Hall Military Academy. Now, at eighteen, he was about to graduate and was s lat e d to comple te hi s edu c ation at Princeton Toe Ramsa y Bruce' s roommat e and c hum was not much b e hin d his companion in e ith e r plu ck, e ndurance, athletic e x e r c ises o r sch olas ti c routin e As a matt e r of fa c t the two boys were well matched. Jo e's fath e r was a wealth y mining promoter and s pent ::\. deal of hi.s t i m e ont West. \Vhc:>n the bro boys r e a c h e d th e c ampu s they s tarted off in a di rection whic h would bring th e m to the riv e r about midway betwe en the academy and the town of Middle brook "The least we can do is to try and outdo them. The lads who put that M up there have cut out our work for us all right If you will notice, they got up to the very highest point that it is possible to climb." t "That's so," admitted Joe, in a tone of disappointment. "I'm afraid we can't beat them without letting ourselve s down by a rope from above, and that wouldn't count against their method." "No, that' s barred. The thing must be done, if done at all, by climbing up from below." "But it's impossible for any one, even from that point to paint a letter higher than that M." "Impossible is a word that isn't in my dictionary," said Bruce, calmly. "Do you know of any way by which we can put a double H above that M ?" asked his companion, eagerly "I do, if you've got the nerve to back me. "I'll follow your lead anywhere, Bruce. You can. d e p e nd on 1'.le" "It's a bargain .Toe. You and I will discount that M .' "Tell me how, will you?" Bruce told him. Joe s tarted back aghast. "Will you dare do that?" "I mean to try with you to help me." "I don t know whether I ought to bac k you that far,'' replied Joe, doubtfully. Tl1e a c ad e m y was built on hig h ground whic h continued up ward with a g e ntl e slope till it attained a cons iderable eleva ti o n by th e riv e r. for the of old !lurricane Hall? Why, Th h 11 d t d b tl t t t Joe it will be somethmg worth wlnle to look back to year,; ese 1 g 1 an s i:: oppe a rup y a a cer am porn about a mil e from the town and their finis h was ma. rk e d from now. Out names will go thundering down through b y a tre a c h e rou s -looking towe rin g 1 ass of roclt partiall y t h e traditions of the academy. When we're married, and d e ta c h e d from th e main s e c tion, and with a sheer descent send our own kids here the y'll hear about what their fath-towarcl river a nd road of 300 ieet. er s did in the good old times .. Jt was c all e d Dead Man' s Ledge. "Ho You're looking some distance ahead, aren't you?" It was poss ible to c limb th e fac e of thi s rock, jus t as it i s poss ible to ascend th e famou s N a pes Nee dle in Winder m e re England but it was w e ll ni g h a s danger o u s Su c h a f e at had been the ambition of ever y d a ring boy in th a t n e ighborhood for y e ars, but it had never been acc omplished to any height until now, when some of the high s chool lad s of Middl e brook after boasting the y could and would put the initial o f th eir school a t an a ltitude whic h s hould make the militar y academy s tudent s look like two cents from s heer inabilit y to do a s well, s ucceeded in p ainti ng a big letter M nearly 200 feet above the river. The re, you c an see it now," s aid Joe Ramsay, pointing upward tow a rd th e dizzy s ummit of the l e dg e "That M rnu;:;t h e three f eet high." 1 r s a ll o { that," admitt e d Bruce looking at the big l e l tt>r cri t i call y "I give the Hi g h s a good deal of credit 'for that It was a ri s k y piece of work. Took nerve to stanci way up th ere a nd paint that. I admire rea:l pluck Toe, and that's a good exhibition of it. Small wonder if the High s feel in a crowing mood to-day. They've fairly oarne d the ri ght to hold their heads high." "That's all ri ght; but we've got to do better than that or ha u l i n our horn s good and tight." g rinned Joe "Come on. We'll go into town and purchdse a good s ized c an of white paint and a flat brush We won t sa y a thing t o the re s t of the boys, le s t the doc tor should g e t on to us. W e c an hide the s tuff in the bu s hes back of t h e gymna s ium. It's bound to be bright moonlight again tonight. W e c an s lip out of our room by way of the window after t e n s n e ak by the s entrie s and do the trick. The re ll be some pretty s or e High School boys around Middleb:roo k to-morrow I'm thinking." T )rns s peaking, Brnce led the way clown the road towa r d town. Hardly had the two di s appeared around the turn of th e road b e for e A l Smith appea1ed, leading a big mob of th e academy boys. A groan of dismay went up from them when Smith point e d out the big c apital M so prominently displayed far up on the face of the ledge. The y gather e d in little knots and canvassed the situation Cle&rly, their High School rival s had got the bulge upon them. The reflection was aggravating in the extreme. Well, what were they going to do about it?

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' 8 A GOOD THING. "I gness we're in for a court-martial, old mali," re, from my s tandpoint. What do you :;ay? Will you come:' marked Joe, when the door had been locked upon them. I Your unc le will Jct you go all right, for he never refu,;m; "The offense is serious enough to warrant it, accordiug you anything." to the regulations," admitted Bruce. "I'd like to go," replied Bruce, with some enthusiasm. "Rather tough for the last week of the term," said Ram"I'll write to Ur. Harlow at once and ask him about it. I say. 1rouldn't be surprised if there is something in my letter "Discipline must be enforced; but I guess Dr. Parkway will fin d some way to let us off. We are about to graduatt:, you know. I'll bet we'll get off with a sharp reprimand." That afternoon a petition was drawn up by a special com mittee selected for the purpose, stating the facts of the cas e -;--how the High School boys had blazoned their initial high up on Dead Man's Ledge, thereby boosting themselves into popular notice at the expense of 1 the academy; and it about Loon Creek." "What makes you think so?" !l;Sked Joe, in tiOme surprise. "Because my uncle, for some reason which I presume his letter will explain, sent me this bill of sale for a mining claim at Loon Creek, acquired by my father before be died," and Bruce tossed the document to his chum, and turned his attention once more to his letter, which ran as follows: was to wipe out that triumph of their rivals, as well as to "New York, June 15, 190-. go them a point better, that Bruce Hardy and Joe Ramsay "My Dear Bruce-There was a crash on the Exchange had been guilty of a breach of discipline. to-day, and I was caught under the wheels of the stock jug-The petitioners expressed the llope that Dr. Parkway gernaut and financially crushed out of shape. ('Good grac would take into consideration the fact that the prisoners ious !' exclaimed Bruce to himself). I could stand the loss had been solely actuated by a desire to sustain the honor of of my whole fortune with a fair degree of equanimity if the academy, which naturally was a tender point with every that were the sum total of my misfortune to-day; but, ala s student. Rruce, there is worse, far worse, to tell. In the effort to The petition was signed by every boy in the school, and stem the current of disaster I used money that did not bewas then presented to the principal by the committee. long to me-in words, my boy, I hyWhile this was going on a belated mail was brougbt over pothecated the securities _representmg your entire property, to the academy fro!Il the postofficc, and among the letters 1 and the cash m my macl effort to Rave myself; was a registered one addressed to Bruce Hardy. but m varn. l have hcen overwhelmed by the break of the There was aJ.so a letter postmarked :Mac ka) Idaho for market and am rui11erl, and I have dragged you Joe. down with me in the wrc ck-i.bat ifi Lhe bittere s t pill of all. Both were delivered at the guard-houec. Bruce tore his open, wondering what its contents could be that caused it to be registered. A terrible shock awaited the boy. Out into bis hands dropped a letter a check for $400, and a folded document. I have irretricva bly wronged you. BBrncc, an cl in doing s 0 have betrayed the trust reposed in me by your father, who was a goocl fricncl to me. T uon't ask you to forgive me-I can never .fo1giYc rny1'el.f. 'L'o ruin I have added di sgrac e and iL i s fitting 1 should not live to fa c e your merited re proac)m;. \Vhen thiR letter reacher; you I will have pa sser] away from this world. Think of me as you will, I only "Uncle Edward is getting liberal," rcniarkecl the boy, a s k you to belicYc that nnLil this fatal week I have tried when he noticed the amount for which the c heck had been to do by you as J wouhl liacl you really been my own s on. dra1rn. "I wonder what this is?" he added, unfolding the J\iay heaYen have mercy on guilty s oul. document. It was a legally executed bill of sale for a mining claim out in Loon Creek, in the State of Idaho made out in 'Bruce's father's name. "Well, I never heard of that before. Why did Uncle Edward send it to me? His letter will explain it, I sup pose," and letting the other papers lie in his lap Bruce was about to begin his letter when Joe burst out with: "I say, old chap, this is great." "What's great?" asked Bruce, looking at him. "This letter. It's from my father. He's out in Idaho, so:me new mining properties at a place called Loon Creek." "Loon Creek!" exclaimed his chum, in a tone of great surprise. "Yes. Funny name, isn't it? He wants me to come out there and spend my vacation with him. Says I must per / suade you to go along for company. That it will be a change for us. I should think it would;wand a welcome one "Your uncle "EowAnD H .rnLow." "P. 8.-I enclo s e you a c heck for my entire bala11cc at the bank-it i s all I harn to giYc you. Also a mining claim which once belonged to your father. and which, naturally, reverts to you, It may be worth something some day. I achise you to hold on to it, as I have noticed there have been recent discoverie s of gold at Loon Creek." 'J'o s ay that this terrible letter s tagger e d Bruce would b e putting the thing very mildly indeed. It almost overwhelmed him. He wasn't thinking of his property loss-he wap think ing of the frightful' inference of sel.f-clestruction on hi s uncle's part, conveyed in the letter. "Why, what's the matter with you, Bruce?" cried J oc, in alarm, noticing his white, set face. "Arc you ill? I will call the guard,'' and he rose to do so. PAGE 10 ' I A GOOD THING. 9 "Don't" said Bruce, in a hollow voice, laying a detain ing grasp on his arm. "I am not sick." "Then, in heaven's name, what is the matter with you? Have you received bad news?" aYes," and the tears started into Hardy's eyes. "I am sorry to hear it," replied his friend, sympathetic n lly. "Has anything happened to your uncle?" "Yes; he iR financially ruined. But what is worse I fear--" with ashen lips. "You fear what?" "That he has killed himself l" cried the boy, with a groan. CHAPTER V. FROM NEW YORK TO LOON CREEK. "I shall order his immediate release from the guardhouse. I presume you will want to take the seven o'clock tratn for Jersey City, Bruce. You will need some money, I suppose." "No, sir. I have all that I require." "I hope you will return after the funeral, so that you may be present at the commehcement on Thursday to re ceive your graduating papers." "I may, sir. But I shall not go to Princeton now. I must go into the world as I am and earn my living." "It is very sad to think of. You are one of my bright est pupils, and I was looking forward to see you distin guish yourself at the university. Man proposes, but God disposes, my boy. We all must bow to the decrees of an All-wise Providence." The funeral of Edward Harlow took place on Monday afternoon, and Bruce, with a sore heart, returned to Hurricane Hall Academy for the last time on Wednesday morn ing. He had resolved to go West with Joe, not only because "This is a terrible thing," said Dr. Parkway, putting he was glad to accompany his chum into the great Northdown Bruce s letter on his desk after reading it, and rewest, but because it would give him an opportunity of look garding the boy sympathetically. ing into the mining claim, 'ivhich was all he had left iIJ Bruce nad ent a request from the guard-house to the the world of the property his father had left to him. principal requesting a special interview, on a matter of He had aranged for young Jack Egan to go with them, as vital importance, and it had been accorded him. now that Mr. Harlow's business was being wound up by his "Do you think, from the letter, that he really meant to creditors, Jack was out of a situation. kill himself?" asked the boy, anxiously. Bruce and Joe graduated in a class of sixteen, and after 'rlrn tone of the letter certainly impressed the doctor that the baseball game on Saturday, which was won by Bruce's way, but he didn't wish to confirm the idea in Bruce's mind, superior twirling in the box for the academy team, the s o he said, evasively: school broke up for the term, the students departing for "I wouldn't worry about it, Bruce, until we have some their various homes. better evidence than that. Had he committed suicide, I think I shol1ld have noticed tne fact in the pliper." The doctor forgot that he hadn't seen Saturday morn ing's New York papers. 'rhrough some omission they hadn't been received at the academy. At that moment a Rervant entered with a telegram for the principal. He tore it open and read it with a corrugated brow. "Bruce," he said, after a moment's hesitation, "I have received a message from Mrs1 Robinson, your uncle's house keeper, requesting me to send you home." Bruce gave a gasp and turned white. "Then something has occurred, sir. My uncle--" "You have my heartfelt sympathy, my dear lad. It would not avail for me to withhold the truth now. Your uncle is dead." Hardy gave a low cry of grief and clutched at the desk. The tears welled into bis eyes and streamed down his cheeks. Then, stifling a sob, he pulled himself together. "Under the circumstances, the charge against you is dis missed," said the doctor. "But Joe Ramsay, sir--" began Bruce, thinlHng of his chum even in his grief. Away up in the Northwest, hemmed in by mountains on every side, lies the little State of Idaho. It stretches from Utah on the south to British Columbia on the north, from Montana on the east to Oregon and Washington on the west. It has been said, and that truly, that within the bordera of this State are hidden fortunes far greater than the world lias ever produced. While traveling by rail or stage, horseback or on footbe it east, west, north or south-you find traces of the wealth which lies hidden in the mountains and hills. Reader, we advise you to take a map of this empire and follow Bruce Hardy, Joe Ramsay and little Jack Egan by. rail and stage, to a country new to you, yet old to tlie hardy placer miner of thirty years ago-to Loon Creek, a etllllp where many millions have been washed from its sands, and where to-day the glittering gold can be seen, just as of yore. We will lead you into a country that is not hemmed ia eight months of the year by snow-clad mpuntains, but into a region that is easy of access, and where, to-day, discoveries are being made that will astound the financial world, and stir up such a rush of prospectors as will cause the rushelil of the past to fall into the background. PAGE 11 10 A GOOD THING The boys l eft New York Wedne s day morn i n g b y the 7.55 R e d Oliff w h ic h rose up t h o u sa nds o f fee t above the train. Chicago limited and were soon s peedin g throu g h J e rsey I see the m ,' r e plied Bruce. "How would you like to City, Newark, Ne w Brunswi c k an d the n throu g h Trenton, clim b u p t hat mou ntain?" across the D e l a war e to Phila d e lphia "Not o n your life. Dead Man's Rock, near the dear old A s hort s top and the n the y went whi rlin g al ong agai n academy, was q u i t e enough for me, thank you," replied to cat ch bri e f g limpses of Lan c a ste r Mid dl e to w n and Har-Joe risburgh, whe r e ano t h e r bri e f s top w as made, and th e n on Down dow n, down, into the Eagle River canyons they throu g h L ewis ton Hunting ton, T yr one, and up the moun -plunged o n the way to Grand Junction, whence they tain s to Altoona, whe re they viewe d (but for onl y a few speede d o n to Salt Lake City minutes) the great shops of the Bennsylvania Railr o a d A fter a change of motive power, and a r u n of 38 mi le::; sys tem. throug h the L and of Mil k and Honey," they were l anded Then th e train curved around the famous Horseshoe a t O gde n where thJy changed to the Oregon Short Lin e Bend, by and by reached Cresson, the g reat he alth resor t a nd t ravel e d due north to Pocate llo. and su m m e r pleasure grounds, and later descend e d a ncl From Bl ackfoot they rode westward to Mackay, 85 miles rus h e d throu g h John s town the Flo ocl C ity. away, wher e t hey expected to meet Joe's father Finally th e train entered the U ni o n Depot at Pitts burg, At t he Northern Hotel Joe found a letter awaiting him the g r e ate s t s te e l center in the world "The g o vemor has gone on to Loon Creek," he said to '' Hee!" exclaim e d Bruc e a s the y w e r e looking westwa r d B r uce, "and we a r e d i rected to follow by the Centra l ove r t he I don't see bow t h e peo p l e exi st h e r e," ,ancl Ida h o stage." he pointe d to th e pall of s moke whic h hung abo v e the roo-f "That s u its me all r i gh t r eplie d his c hu m I can' t tops. reach Loon C reek a n y to o soon. "Exc u s e me, I'd rather labor some where r e pli erl "Do you know it woul d be great fun for t he three of us to Joe. "It wouldn t soot me for a,, cent," he add ed, with a w o rk that claim of yours, there seems to be a fierce lot of snicker. gold i n sight in thfa State. Everybody hereabout s is talk "That's pretty bright-for you," nodd e d Bruce, a pprov-i n g abou t t h e prospects on Loon Creek.. If it's one half as ingly :fine as we hear i t isn't impossib l e but you may be able to "I w o uldn t remain bright for lon g if I tarried here,'' pull en o ug h dust out of your bit of property to recove r promptl y an s w e r e d the irrepressibl e Ram say. y our los t fort u ne," said Joe with some enthusiasm. 'I'h e n th o train starte d on onc e more, flittin g across the "I'm afraid too good to be realized-a kind of pipe Allegh e ny River into the S ewic kley valley, the hom e of d r eam Pi;, tsburg' s ari s tocracy; th e n c e on to B e aver Fall s acr oss "Oh, I don't know: Wait t ill we :find father. He's an the Ohio Hive r, throu g h Sal e m Alliance, M a ss illon, a nd exper t you know.> Maybe h e can give you a wrinkle about finall y ove r the bord e r into Indiana. y o u r claim." Fott Wayne was the ne x t s top a n d th e n again, in a W e ll, it's a ll I have in t he world If it's worth working jiffy, the boys were headed for C hica g o the m e tropolis of I'm goi ng to wor k it, unless I can se11 it to advantage." the West. "If you mean t o wor k i t, t hen Jack and I are going to After spending a few hours in the Windy City, our youn g he lp you ar e n t we, Jack?" travel!'!TS w e r e wafted on their journey ag a in, via the Bur"Yep," repli ed young Egan, qu ite deli ghted at the idea lin g ton Rout e of turning a r ea l m in er Across the State of Illinoi s th e y w e re ca rried a t break-N e.xt m o r n ing the three b oys boarde d t he stage for a ne c k s p .eecl, and soon reach e d th e Mississippi. spin across t h e s u m mit. Th e nce through the town of Osceola a c ross the Missouri F i n a ll y they r eache d t h e Sa l mon R iver, a n d followe d i ts into Plftttsmouth and Lincoln th e n wes tward a cross foe bank s to the juncti o n o f Ya n kee creek. plain s :finally reaching Denver. Away they wen t throug h the can yons a t a livel y r ate, :\ftc r a clay of s ightseeing they boarde d a train and w ere p a ssing throu g h the o l d p l acer workings of years ago, whi s ked southward over the world s scenic route-the Rio until they r eac h e d C u s t e r a typica l m i ning town Grande. From Custe r t hey embarked on a trip across the divide On th e Divide, at Palm e r s L a k e they got their fir s t Afte r passi n g t h e summit, another hour's ride brought sight of western mountain w ond e r s th e m to their destination Loon Creek. Un through canyon after c an yon along the Ark a n sas River hi g h e r and hi g her, t hrou g h Leadville up to Ten nessee Pass. From this point they g lid e d along the Eagle Riv e r, through ru gge d c an yons pa s t towering mountain pea k s; ove r m a dl y rn s hin g torr ents beautifi e d by cryst a l wate r fall s CHAPTER VI. A GLITTERING PROPOSITION. "Twig tho s e little cabin s up y ond er!" e ja c ulat e d Joe The s hlge stopped at the express office, a wooden building to th e miners huts p e r c h e d a m o n g the c rag s of adjo inin g the two-story frame edifice whose sign indicated PAGE 12 A GOOD THING. 11 that it was the Oro Grande H o te l an d th e boys di s mount e d I S p o s e w e find som, e of these tough citizen s hav e from their elevated perches on the roof jump ed my prop erty?" The town of Oro Grand e in the very m idst of t h e Lo o n "In tha t c ase my fath e r will make it pretty interesti ng Creek di s trict, con i s t e d of one mai n street, n o t a pav ed on e for t l\em. H e knows the ropes, don t you fr e t. Spent half at that, merely a fair l y level stretc h of gr o u nd, p e rhap s h is lif e in d i gg in g s jus t like this He made a sma ll forhalf a mile from end to e nd, an d bor d ere d o n e ith e r sid e tune y e ars a g o at Cripple Creek, and another in Goldfield, with one o r two story frame buil di n gs, occupi e d b y a ll s0r'vs and he s int e rest e d in the d e velopment work of Thun der of bu s ine s s from a resta urant t o a b a nk. Mountain up h e r e whe r e I g uess he counts on making a It was a I_1e w and interesting scen e t o the eyes o f Bruce round quart e r of a million when things g e t humming." H ardy and hi s compa nions, fre s h a s they w e r e from scenes "Well y our father und e r s tand s how to g e t in on the of up-to-date civil i zation g r o und floo r and then g et out at the right time." "This is a rough and-rea d y place for fa ir,'' r e m ar k e d Joe, ta.king the l ead "I'm anx i ous t o meet t h e governor, and g e t something to eat "The r e a.re no flies on the g overnor, bet y our suspenders," grinne d Joe. "Well if you chaps are ready we' ll move on to t h e p rovi s ion c ounter. What s ay?" "You needn t say it a gain, chum," an s wer e d Bruce bre e z ily "Jac k and I are in quick mar c hing ord e r and ready for the fray I woul dn t m ind a De l monic o s t e ak myself, g rinn e d Bruce, following his c h u m H o w d o y ou fee l around the wai s tband, Jac k? "You mean the fry doh t you, chuckl e d J o c l e ading That r e staurant s i gn over the r e look s th e w a y out of th e roorrl. I fee l hungry. g ood." The three enter e d t h e h ote l regi ste r ed, and th e n Joe a s k e d if Major Ramsay, h is fat h e r was about. "Major Ram say was unexpecte dl y called away o n a pros pectin g tour said the "Ile sta r ted off this morniu g and e xpe c t s to be gone a week maybe. A r e you hi s son?' "Yes." "He lef-t a l etter for you an d th e cler..k handed it out. "He expe c t e d you boys, ancl macle arr a n gemen t s for your stay at this house. H e re P ete show these youn g c h aps to No. 16. Wh e n you've h ad a was h u p you can go in t o s upp e r The dining room is r ight back of t he office h e r e Y o u ought to b e k i nd o. hung r y afte r your r i d e over from Ous t e r "I s hould smile, replied Joe, p a u s i ng in th e perus al o f his fathe r's brief note "W c can't get out s id e of your fod d e r an y too qui c k." rrh e man Pete showed them u p o n e flight to roo m Hi, whic h was in th e rear, and over looked a n un kcp t yard, am1 afford e d them glimp s e s of s tragg lin g h o use and t ents and ru g g e d g round in the dista nce, with abrupt elev ation s h e r e and there "This i s a pea c h of a h ote l," spoke up Joe, looking out at" the window. "We ll it i n't q u ite as swell a s the W a l dorf-As t o ria in N c w York I'm bound to admit," sn i c k e r e d Bruce. "Still it will do to keep the r ain oil'." "Wha t do the y c har g e here?" conti n u e d Jack c uriou s ly. "They c harge e nou g h don t you worr y," c hi p p e d i n Joe. "You n9edn t l et that affe c t your appetite, Jack th e gover n o r i s the damage s-' he .can well afl'or d it." "This is a s t r ange country," said Bruce, w i p ing hi s dri p pin g face on a crash towe l. I wonde r \whe 11e nij' clai1n i s situated?" W e 'll try and find out to-mor row, o l d ma n," atls w e r ecl Joe "The n w e' ll meander out there and t a k e a loo k around, W e 've got a w hole week to pu t in befor e m y dad will get b ack." W e leave th e k e y at the desk, I s pose said B ruce afte r h e bad loc k e d the door "Sure w e do./' The boys d idn t do a thing to the bill of fare wtlen they lin e d up a lon gs id e of one of the tablf!s in th e dinin g-room, a nd they found th e layout b e tt e r than they h a d wtic ipat ecl .. Th e r e w e r e quit e a numb e r of -othe r board ers present. All of the m natlually th 9 ught the three boy s were new com e r s to Lo o n Cr eek. On e tall d a rk featur e d mari, whose upp e r Ii p was a dorn e d with a g lossy bla c k mu s ta c he, and whos e e qua lly black eyes s napp e d in a way that s howed he wasn' t an iu dividual who l e t ab y chances get by him if he c ould help it, w a t t h e d th e boys with evid ent intere s t a s he ate his supper a t an a djacent table Wh e n h e h a d fini s h e d h e s troll e d out of the dinin g-ro o m a nd hun g a bout the foot-high veranda pic king hi s tccLlt with an i vor y toothpick, a b ig diamond ring flashing upon h is taperin g littl e finger. A s soon a s the boy s mad e th eir app e aranc e out side lie came up to the m and proceeded to introdu c e hi1melf. I obs e rv e d that you ar e strangers in Oro Grand e he began with a s111ile which displa y ed a shinin g row of whit e teeth a s even and perfe ct a s an y e ver e xhibit e d in a d e nti sfs s h o wcase. P ermit m e to mak e myself known to you. nam e i s H o race Bradshaw I have an office down the s tre e t a Way If you' ll step in that dir e ction I'll show it to you. Whom have I the plea sure of addressing?" H e looh d at Bruce, whom anybod y would have tak e n for th e l e ad e r of the party Thi s.Jell ow has a gre at nerve, I mu s t s ay," thought the hoy, "but' 1 suppo s e it i s the custom of the cotn1try. A t a n y rate dtle c an t find fault with his polit e ness." The n a loud h e r e plied to Mr Bradshaw. "My name is Bruce Hardy." "Happy to know y ou, Hardy said Brad s haw, extendi ng hi s s crupulou s ly c l e ah hand with the gra c e of a Ches terfie l d "This is my fri e nd Joe Ram s ay," continued Bruce. PAGE 13 12 A J GOOD THING. "Glad to meet you, Ram s ay," and the dark featured gen tleman shook Joe 's hand. "And this is Jack Egan-s mall but great." Bradshaw bowed to Jack and twirled his mustache like an army officer. "From the Eas t, of eour se," said Bradshaw, half clos ing his eyes. "Yes," replied Bruce. "We ll, you come to the right place if you want to make money, young men. This is the New Eldorado," he said, waving his arm so that it embraced half of the land"There's untold millions here almost in sight. Tliirty years ago thousa nds of men dug, panned and found riches here such as they had never dreamed of. fought for ten square feet of the richest placer grounds ever discovered. \ Teni vidi, vici !-they came, they saw, they conquered cried the well dressed gentleman grandilo quently "Then they left, as all good placer miners do. They didn t find i t all, and they didn't look for the re mainder. 'rhey left the mother lode." The boys c ould not help being impressed by the enthusi astic picture presented by their new acqua.ill.tarice. "Now, if you've brought some money with you to make an investment," Bradshaw, who had been sizing up the well dressed lad s with an eye to business, "you have been very fortunate 1in meeting with me before some of the sharks of Oro Grande succeeded in taking you into tow. Yes, young gentlemen, extremely fortunate," with the accent on the ex. "Before you are here a clay all kinds of investments will be brought to your attention. Mining stock by the at from 1 to 5 cents a share will be dangled under your noses, and you will be promised divi dends beside which the famous Monte Cristo will 1ook like two cents. Pay no attention to such bait. They are frauds -rank deceptions. Now come right down to my office and I will show you something worth your while." They went, and Mr. took them half a block down the thoroughfare until tp.ey reached an unpainted one story shanty, over the door of which was nailed a sign which read: "Horace Bradshaw, Promoter of Leases." "8tep right in, gentlemen," said their conductor glibly. Accordingly they stepped in, and found a small bare look ing room, furnished with a plain desk and four chairs, the only adornment on the walls being two or three diagram maps. "Make yourselves at home. You must excuse the absence of luxurio.us furnishings, but we have no use for such truck out in Loon Creek." 'rhe boys appropriated three c hair s while Mr. Bradshaw pro ceeded to light p.n oil lamp of a very ordi:r;iary.pattem, for it was growing dusk outside. Then Mr. Bradshaw sat down himself at his desk, and took a bunch of printed matter out of a drawer. "Then I will explain,'' said lighting a cigar ette and blo11ing a cloud of smoke from his lip s "By the way, do you smoke? and he offered a package or cigar ettes to the boys. "No; it's just as well-it's a bad prac tice. As I was about to say, the leasing system is just this: When a big Ihine is proved, instead of putting men to work on it, the company awards leases, either on certain level s or on certain claims, and the lessees hire miners and put them to work digging for the ore that contains the precioui; metal. In most cases the parent company takes 25 p e r cent of the proceeds, and the 75 per cent goes to the lessees, who must also pay the expense of mining out their shares. But think what 75 per cent means when$20,000 is to be taken out every day !" "It looks pretty good," admitted Bruce, in interested tones. "I wouldn't mind owning such a lease,'' grinned Joe. "Nothing easier," went on Mr. Bradshaw insinuatingly. "Let me give you an example: Not long ago a number of clerks in Ogden, Utah, formed what is known as the Ogden Leasing Company, and for every $50 they invested they have received$800." .. "You don't say !" ejaculated Joe. "That's coining money." "I shoul d say it is. A great deal better than sitting b e hind a high desk figuring up the profits of somebody ebc who pays you only $12 or$15 a week for it. It's better, too, than laboring on f or years without getting ahead. Or if you have money now, you ate not quite human if you don t want more. I want it. If that were not so, I would not have; brought you here to tell of the opportunitiC':< l have made for myself since I came to Loon Creek. I would simply go right ahead and take out the gold and say noth ing to anybody. But that requires money, and so I have organized a leasing corporation that will ma.ke money equally for all concerned in it. I have called it the Oro Grande Leasing Company, and I am going to take ov()r leases on some of the best and biggest mines in Loon Creek. Nearly 11;11 the share::; are sQlc1. I may say they went like hot cakes. Now if you young gentlemen would like to go in on the glound floor with myself and the other fortunate ones, I can let you have a few shares for $10 each, cash The stock is non-a ssessa ble and the shares are all com mon. Now is your chance--the opportunity of your lives," and the promoter flouri s hed the documents before their "You must come in now or never. What do you say?" "Well, if my governor don't object I'll take ten shares," said Joe, who was fascinated by the opportunity as pre sented. "Good," said Mr. Bradshaw,. with a smile of s atisfaction. "And how many / shares shall I reserve for you?" he asked, looking Bruce. "Young gentlemen I want to call your attention to the leasing system. Do you know what it is?" "I don't think I'll take any," am;wered Bruce. "I own a claim in the district myself.'' Bruce and Joe at once confessed their ignorance on the subj ect. ''And where might it be?" asked the promoter, regarding Bruce with fresh interest. PAGE 14 A GOOD THING. 13 I shall be better able to tell you when Major Ram say rehuns to thi s town. Major Ramsa y exclaimed l\Ir Bradshaw with a loo k of a nnoyance on hi s feature s I s h e a fri e nd of y our s." "Yes He i s my friend' s fath e r a nd Bruce laid hi s han d o n Joe s s hould e r. The dick e ns, you s ay! cried Mr. Brad s haw, with some t h i n g lik e a n oath "Young g en t l e m e n I think. we' ll adjo u r n t hi s mee tin g to anoth e r o ccas i o n. I wis h y ou a very good night. He arose abruptl y turned out the lamp led the way to t h e door, and left his vis itor s on the door s tep s without another riOrd. What 's s tntck him?" a s ked Joe, w'ith a look of wonder. A s k me s omething e a s i er," replied Bruce, 'as they t urn e d to r e tra c e their s tep s toward the hotel. CHAPTER VII. DIGGING FOR GOLD. Bru c e dec ided to consult with the proprietor of the hotel with referenc e to his mining claim. H e a s k e d for an intervi ew, which was readily granted told him what he wanted to know, and showed him the bill of s al e of the prop erty Why, this is the Golden Nugget claim," he exclaimed in great s urpri s e aft e r he had examined th e doc ument. "It i s r e gister e d h e r e all right and there ha s been no encl of s peculation, since the recent developments place in this region, a s to when the owner would turn up e ither Lo start a c ompan y to him s elf or to put it on the market. The Lost Packer people have been after it, but could not c onnect. So your father owns this property eh?" "My father is dead The claim belongs to me." W e ll said the hotel man drawing a long breath, '' l wouldn't be surprised but you have a good thing in that claim, young man. It i s situated down the can yon, jus t beyond the Lo s t Packer and not far from Thunder Moun tain. Both of these propertie s promise rich results, and the same quartz led g e on whi c h they rely at present may run through the Golden Nugget. Take my advice-don't make a move beyond looking your claim over till you have consulted with Major Ramsay. He is a thoroughly e xper ienced man and if the property is worth anything he'll fix you up all right. "Thank you, sir said Bruce, bidding him good night. The next morning the proprietor of the Oro Grande gave Bruce exact directions for finding his claim, s o after a good breakfast the three boys set out for the canyon. They met an occasional prospector or miner on the road, but did not stop to speak to them. A big white stone marked the lower limits of the Lost Packer and then they knew they were on the spot they sought. The ground c ompri s ing th e Golden Nugget was of an un dulating c hara c t e r, with m a n y full grown trees and plenty of bus hes. One of Lhe m a n y cre e k s1 of the di s trict ran through it n ear where its b o undar y lin e j o ined t,he Thunder Mountain pr o perty. "Gee! lt looks mighty lone s ome out here, does n t it, Joe?" said Bruce. Tha t's what itdoes all right." "We"re all of five or s ix mile s from town Puts on e in mind of the old placer di gg in gs of earl y California that we have seen in pictur e s \ "It does th a t c oincid e d Joe. l s there gold i n th e ground all around h e r e ? a sked Jac k E g an in wonde r. "I hope th e re i s that is gold quartz Whatever s urfa c e gold was here ha s probably been panned out y e ar s ago when the di strict was overrun by the original pro s pector s lf there' s any left it's along the c reek here." "I don t b e lie v e it was all found," said Joe. "I think while fath e r i s away we ought to put in our time digging around here and what we can turn up. The exercise would s uit me all right, and it ought to interest you, Bruce. A s for Jac k he can do a little hu s tling a s well as the next, c011 you, Jack?" "Sme I can. I'm ready to dig for gold any day. I call tha t fine fun." \ "Don' t b e s o cock s ure of that, Jack. You ll find it mighty h a rd work turning pp the dirt." "He n e edn t do th at," s aid Bruce. ''As we only propos e to do rnrface diggin g, we'll let Jack do the panning and was hing, after we show him how." "Why, d o you know yourself?" asked Joe, with a quizzical s mile. "W e can find out, can t we?" "I guess we can. When do we start in? To-morrow mornin g? "I s e e you want to do the rush a ct." "Sure. Wh y not? You oug htn "t to kick. Whatever i s found b e long s to you." "Nonsense! \V e'll divid e up, a s the labor will be equal ized." "No,' said Joe, s haking hi s head. "l've( got a bett e r idea." "What is it?" "We 'll organize the Golden Nugget Leasing Company," grinn e d Joe. "You tak e 2 5 per c e nt. of tli e gro s s results and the 75 per cent. remaining we' ll divide evenly How's that?" ,"I you have been taking lessons from Mr. Brad s haw." "Why not? His idea isn't patented. Come now; do we form the c ompany?" "Jus t a s y ou s ay," smiled Bruce, thinking the matter quite a joke "What do you say, Jack?" said Joe. PAGE 15 14 A GOOD THING. "Count me in if it doesn't cost anything," grinned Jack. "You know I m strapped." "There's no initiation fee," laughed Joe. "We're going to put up our labor against of what we are lucky enough to pull out. Th\t's settled, then, so three cheers for the Golden Nugget Leasing Company.') "Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!" cried the boys unanimously, with a "Tiger" from Jack Egan as he turned a hand spring expressive of delight at the prospect before them. They tramped over the claim till they got tired, and then started back to Oro Grande. "Of course we'll have to confine our efforts to the vi9inity o f the creek," said Bruce. "It seems to me it would be only a waste pf time to dig elsewhere." "I guess you're about right," agreed Joe. "The it is, then." "We must provide ourselves with a reguiar outfit: 1 guess \re can find things in plenty on Main street." "We'll get the laugh, I'm afraid, as there doesn't seem to be any surface mining going on around here now." "Well, I'll tell you what we'll do._ Buy our outfits, in cluding a tent and some blankets, hire a team and drive out here. We can bring enough provisions for a week. We'll just camp out here by ourselves. It will be no end of fun," cried Joe, eagerly. "Hurrah!" shouted Jack, trying to s tand on his head, but making a dismal failure of it. "I'm agreea ble," replied Bruce, who rather li:'ked the idea. So the matter was settled, and after they had had dinner at the hotel, Bruce informed the proprietor as to tHeir plans. He ridiculed the idea, and said they would get tired in less than twenty-four hours. "Don't you believe that, sir; we're not built that way," replied Bruce. "And you really expect to find gold on the surface of your claim," smiled the hotel man. "If it's there we're going to find it." The man shook his head after a conclusive fashion. "You won't find enough to pay you for the trouble. However, there won't be any harm done if you try, just for the fun of the thing. It will be exercise for you boys. I'll expect to see you back here in a day or two." "If you do I'll give you leave to charge us clou ble board for the time we've been away," laughed Bruce. That afternoon they made their purchases at a store recommended by the hotel man, who had been a placer miner himself in the good old clays as he called them. "At any rate, you boys have got the right !{incl of pluck, and if this wag a placer camp I'd back you to come out as "ell as the next. But it isn't, so you'll only have your labor for your pains," he remarked. suits will be so small you be apt to overlook them," he said. "We've got sharp eyes," said Bruce; "there"s nothing worth while going to get by us." "Well, I wish you good luck. I stand ready to buy your findings at current rates, then l 'll frame them and hang them over the har as a curiosity." 'rlie boys were up,. bright and early next morning and were the first at the breakfast table. Bruce had discarded bis ordinary clothes, and appeared in a rough pair of trousers, woolen shirt, soft hat and boots. He had also provided himself with a first-class rifle and ammunition, as a protection against any rough charac ters who might seek to annoy them, as well as for shooting certain sma ll game which was plentiful beyond the town limits. Bidding the hotel man a temporary good-by they started off down the road toward the canyon in a shaky kind of cart, drawn by a mule, which they bad hired for the trip. As soon as they reached the Golden Nugget claim they sta keel the mule out in an open space, unloaded their im plements and utensils, and set their tent up on a clear spot overlooking the creek, where they could keep an eye on it orcasionally while at work. The wagon was pushed out of sight among the trees. Theh, with the eagerness characteristic of boys, they took their shovels, and pick, and pans, went down near the level of the creek, and started in to \fig for gold .. CHAPTER VIII. A GOX,DEN NUGGET. 'l'he bed of the creek had changed its course in recent years, and it was along the line of its former course that Bruce and Joe began their mining operations. J a.ck provccl to be slow at the washing process, so that Bruce stopped digging and went over to give him further instructions. At la st quite a number of shining yellow particles began to show through the loose dirt still reniaining at the bot tom of the pan. "\Ve seem to have st ruck the metal at the start off !Ji exclaimed Bruce excitedly. "Come here, Joe." Joe went over "If that isn't gold what do you call it?' asked his chum eagerly. Then he gave the boys full instru ctions how to pan out the dirt. "It's gold, as sure as you live," declared Joe in great delight. "And Landlord Stetson was sure we wouldn't find any worth speaking of." "Whatever gold clu1.t you may happen to find will drop to the bottom when you stir the dirt up. I'm afraid the re"He's one of t;hose fellows who thinks he knows it all. PAGE 16 A GOOD THING. 15 I I'd give som ething if he was here now to take a look into this pan," s aid Joe. "Well, if we turn up all tho s e sparkler::: at the first panfu l of d irt, how muc h ought wc to wash out in the cour s e of a day?" "I haven t the time to figur e the matter out, Joe." Most of t h e stuff was pure gold, but there were two or three ver y small pieces o f q uartz in which they could see the yellow meta l imbed ded. Jack picked out the val uab l e particles and dropped them into a sma ll bag they had brought for the purpose, whik Bru c e and Joe returned to their digging with fresh zeal. As pan after pan t u rned4'!p many golden specks the boy. grew more and mor e excited over the prospect "It's evi dent the water of the creel< has broug h t a good b i t of gold from 1 somewhere and left i t oeh ind in t h e ooze when its course was altered." "Looks way," admitted Joe. "At that rate we ought to find it a ll a l ong h e re." "That seems reasonable "I think we s ha ll have the l augh on : M r. Ste t s on instead of he on u s." \Ye' ll make him fee l li ke two cent s," l aughed Joe. "He s aid h e' d frame whatever gold we found an d h a n g it up in his barroom as a curio s ity "He' s a funny man, is n t he?" "It isn t that. He hones tl y believes we w on t find e nou g h to make a s h owing," said B ruce. "Well, we' ll let a little light in on his gray matter be fore we' re many days older Hello! What's the matter with J ack now. He's coming thi s way on the hop, skip and jump What's troubling you now, Jack? Have you found s o mu c h gold you r e after a shove l to scoop it g r i n ned Joe Jack' s an swer was to hold up his hand. "Look at that," he c r ied They l ooked. I Jack had foujd a lu mp of pure gol d as l a rge as a small marb l a in the l ast pan of dirt he was washing "Gee whiz It' s coming our way for fair," exclaimed Ramsay. "Who says t h ere i sn't any surface gold a.round here? "Lots of peop l e say so, but i t's evid ent they don't know about the possibilities of the Gol den Nugg e t claim," said Bruce That' s ou r first nugget." "May the r e be ma n y mor e l ike it," put i n Joe, r ega r ding the find with g l istening eyes. "The G N Leas i ng Com pany i s cloing a rushing bus i ness They work e d steadi l y on ti ll t h e i r stomachs gave notice that dinn e r time was at hand Wher e upon the y reluctant l y knocked off and sat down under the s hade of t h e trees to eat half a dozen prepared s andwi c he s a w hole app l e pie, and drink the contents of a bottle of milk. T he bag containin g th e frui ts of t heir morning's work was pas sed a r ound and exami n ed wit h satisfactio n "How much do you think it is worth?" asked Joe. "I shoul d say the r e m u s t b e$15 worth the re if there i s :i cent." "That woul d g ive y ou $7.50 and Jack and I$3.50 apiece. That is n t ,so bad "If we d o as well a s this e v e ry da y--" "We'll soon be bloate d capitali sts gr i nned Joe. They di un t d o near as w e ll during the afternoon thoug h t hey work e d l o nger and birder. "Well I suppose we c an't expect t o get the earth all at once," was J oe's comm ent a s h e examined their pile aga i n whil e Bruce was getti n g suppe r over th eir camp fire. "Thi,; b ag doesn't seem t o have got mu c h h e avi e r since dinn e r ti me. Sure you di dn t l ose any, Jack? he aske d Egan ll'ith a s l y 'llink. "Not o n your l ife," r e pli e d J ack. "See t hat you don't, young f e llow." Befo r e they turne d in for the ni ght they dug a hol e in the ground in s id e the t ent and buried the bag con taining their :findi ngs. Soon after they got t o work n e xt morning they had a vis itor He was a typica l m i n e r uns haven with a dirty wool en shirt open at t h e t hro at, a nd hi s s oil e d trou s ers were stuck into his boots He hu n g a r o und w a t c hin g what the boys were doing w i t h s ome inte r est I wish he woul d m ove on mutte r e d Joe at l engt h giv ing hi s spade a viciou s d ig into the g round "So do I," agree d Bruce. "But w e can t make him." At that point t h e st ranger c hipp e d in. "Say, who gave you c haps p e rmission to w ork t h is claim?" "What do you want t o know for ?" asked Joe, s hort ly. "That's my b u siness." "Well, we' re n o t te ll i n g all we know "You haven' t got n o ri ght h e r e "How do you k now tha t ?" spoke up Bruce. "I know it." / "You'r e off you r perch/' p u t i n Joe "We r e present the Gol den Nugget Leasi ng Compa n y W e' r e working the s ur face dirt on s h ares with the owner's p e rmission I suppose you expect me to believe t h at?" a s k e d the vis itor sarca s t icall y I don't" car e w h e th e r y ou b e lieve it or not,'' answere d Joe, "it's t h e fac t just th e s am e "Who is t h e owne r of t h is c l a im? "If you're i n t e rest e d in th e m atte r real bad, a l etter ad dressed to M:r. H ardy, car e of the Or o G r a n d e Hote l, will reach him. I hope you r e sat i sfie d now." "I g uess you boys a r e g i v in' m e t affy," grow l ed the unwelcome v i sito r. "If you think we ai n't a ll ri ght, y ou had b etter ask M r Stetson, of the Or o G r a nde Ho tel. How e v e r your opinio n one way or anot h e r doesn t cut an y ice with u s T h e visito r flash e d a .loo k o f ange r at Joe and began to

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Iv A GOOD TIIIXG watch Jack pick a number of yellow particles out of the bot tom of the pan. "Say," said the man at length, appracbing Bruce, "do you want to let me in on this? I'll help you dig, and I won't say a word about what we find." "No," ieplied Bruce, firmly but politely, "we don't want another partner." "Oh, you don't, eh?' snarled the stranger aggreRsively. "Then you're goin' to regret it." "We'll take our chances at that. Since you talk that way I guess you might as well move on," said Bruce, looking him squarely in the eyes. The fellow uttered a suppressed oath, turned on his heel and disappeared among the trees. "'rhat chap looks as if he was one of the toughs of the district," remarked Joe, after he bad watched to see that their visitor didn't go near their tent. "It is possible he may try and make trouble for us," said Bruce, reflectively. "What can he do?" asked Joe. "You own this claim, and you've the papers to prove it. He"s a bum, that's what he is." "We are likely to have other visitors now." "Well, we'll have to grin and bear it. We can't build a high wall around the creek to hold interlopers at a dis tance." They added considerably to their bag of gold that day, and were not bothered by any more strangers. The third day of their gold seeking opened as usual bright and sunny, and the boys were up at five and at work by six. Bruce and Joe had acquired blisters on their hands from being unaccustomed to a continuous handling of the shovel and pick. Jack found his part of the business rather monotonous, but as there always were at least a few golden specks at the bottom of each panful of dirt that he washed, his enthus iasm was sufficiently sustained to prevent him from losing interest in the proceedings. Thus matters went on until about eleven o'clock when Bruce struck the pick into a fresh spot and unearthed what at first he thought was a stone, but which, on examination, proved to be a solid nugget of gold. He had struck what is known as a pocket in placer dig ging parlance-a spot where fine particles of gold, brought down by the stream for years and years, had gradually col lected and formed themselves into a concrete mass. A pocket was what the old-time miner was always on the lookout after, for it yiek\ed results at one swoop not to be obtained otherwise by weeks of washing. The value of Bruce's :find was about $500. "Gee whiz!" exclaimed Joe," in great enthusiasm, "look 2 t. the size of it! Who would have supposed we should strike such at this time?" The three gathered around alter the lump of virgin gold had been thoroughly cleansed in the stream and re garded its dull, yellow surface with great interest. CHAPTER IX. STRIKING A Vl!:IN OF RICH QUARTZ. While they were thus employed there was a fresh arrival on the scene whose approach they did not observe until he was right on them. It was r. Horace Bradshaw, as clean and well groomed as ever, and his snappy black eyes took in the golden nugget with some surprise. His well polished shoes showed he had ridden over from town, though bis horse was not in sight. Whether he knew the boys were there and intended tak ing them or his appearance was a matter of pure acciaent, could not be determined except by himself. "You seem to have struck lucK, boys," he remarked in hio cold, impassive tones, as he twirled his long mustache with one band. The boys were astonished and somewhat disturbed by his unexpected appearance. "Yes," replied Bruce laconically. "Come out to see us about that leasing company of yours?" grinned Joe, fot want of something else to say. "No," replied the promoter, with a sharp glance at the boy. "I was just taking a look around the country, and happening to spy you chaps I stepped down here to see what you were doing." Bruce and Joe both wondered if the man was telling the truth. "Well, you see what we're doing," said Joe, scratching his chin. "Have you authority for taking gold out of this claim?" asked Bradshaw deliberately. "The very best," answered Bruce, dropping the nugget into his trousers pocket. His answer was so straightforward its import was lost on the vistor. "You know the owner of the Golden Nugget, then?" "Intimately." "A relative, perhaps?" asked the promoter, fixing the boy with his black eyes. "Perhaps," replied Bruce. "Do you mind mentioning his name?'' "His name is Hardy." "Hum That is your name, I believe ? "It is." "Are you the owner?" short and sharp. "I am," answered Bruce, equally as direct. "You have papers to show your rights, I suppose?" "I have." "Do you want to sell the claim?" "I haven't thought about the matter." "Maybe I can arrange with you to lease the property, after you have demonstrated your right to enter into such an agreement?" PAGE 18 A GOOD 'rHING. You're too late," chirped Joe, with a grin. "It is al ready leased to the Golden Nugget Leasing Company." "Indeed," said Mr. Bradshaw calmly. "I haven't heard of such a company. Who are its representatives?" "We three." The promoter smiled unpleasantly. "That is a joke, I presume." "No, sir. It's a fact." "I'd like to s:peak with you a moment," said the visitor, turning to Bruce. "I will listen to you, sir." "Come a little distance away, if you please." "I have no secrets from my partnera, here," replied Bruce stoutly. Mr. Bradshaw smiled again. Joe afterward said that if a snake could grin it must be like Bradshaw's. "I would prefer not to say what I have to say before them," said the promoter Bruce hesitat.ed and then retired with Mr. Bradshaw a short distance away. The conversation between the two was short, Bruce evi dently not falling in with his visitor's views. "He wanted to see me at his office to talk the matter of selling or leasing this claim over," said Bruce, when he re joined his companions. "But I frankly told him I wasn't going to make any arrangements with any one until I had consulted with your father," to Joe. "He tried to persuade me to the contrary, but I wouldn't have it, so I guess he's gone off mad." B'ruce took the nugget from his pocket and dropped it into the bag. "Now, look out for that, Jack." "You bet I will," replied the boy, drawing the mouth of the bag tight and putting it into his pocket. The boys then continued their work. Bruce presently lmearthed several smaller nuggets from the same pocket, and soon after struck a ledge that prove PAGE 19 18 A GOOD THING. "All ri g ht, agre;d Joe. "H13re, Jack, you fetch the I "One question at a time, young fellow,'' growled the raspick and shovel." cal mockingly. "You'll sec in a few minutes what we want "This is a good lift," said Bruce, as he raised one of the and what we're going to get. Stand up, or I'll fill you full bags and started up the incli:e toward the trees. of lead." "Right you are,'' replied Jack, hefting the other, and Under the Joe felt he had to obey, though then with a grimace raising it to his s hould er and march-it went much against his g rain to yield ing after his chum. "There," h e said, casting it clown be"Here, Hughes,". ordered the leading ruffian, who side the other. "I wouldn't mind owning a hundred tons of seemed to be bossing the job. "Tie this c hap to that tree." that. I think I could afford to go to Europe and buy a The man Hughes, who looked every whit as big a castle or two on the Rhine or elsewhere." scoundrel as his companion, produced a piece of stout rope "Well, I'm off," said Bruce, shouldering his rifle. "Don't and pulling Joe's anus behind and around the trunk of the go to sleep and let somebody stea l those two bags of tree, tied them securely. quartz." Then he passed the balance of the rope around the boy's "Don't you worry; Jac k and I are going to play a game body, and tied him tight. of mumble-the-peg till you get back." Bruce laughed and disappeared among the bushes. OHAPTER X. THE HOLD UP. "Hold on, Jack," cri e d JDe an hour lat er, as they sat on the turf and played the littl e boys' ga...ne of mumble-the peg, "don't be s o previous. That isn't a miss." 'Sure it's a miss," asserted Jack stoutly. "You can't get your little finger under the handle." "Who says I demanded Joe with a grin "I say so. You can't bluff me, Joe Ramsay." "Well, you just watch me, will you?" said Joe, pushing Jack's outstretched hand away, and proceeding to illustrate how he could insert his little finger und er the handle of his knife which lay nearly fl.at with the ground. "Here, hold on there," remonstrat e d Jack. "That isn't fair." "What isn't fair?" "What you're doing. You're pushing your finger into the g'\'OUD.d." "Y (m'd better get a pair of spectacles, Jack," snicke red Joe. I "I can see as well as you can. I won't stand for that. It.'s my turn. I told you I'd beat you, smart Aleck "All right. Have your own way. I'm going t o get a 'lrink of water down at the creek." "I don't think you will, young fellow You're goin g to stay right where you are," cried a rough voice behind 'Both boys looked up startled to find a couple of roughly dressed fellows close behind covering them with a pair of six-shooters. \ They recognized the foremost, the fellow who had spoken, as their tough visitor of the day previous. What do you want?" asked Joe, recovering from his momentary panic at the sight of the revolv er aimed at his head. "What do you mean by pointing that shooting iron at me anyway?" "Now truss up the kid to the next tree," sa id the other, watching the proceedings with grim sa ti sfaction Hughes followed directions to the l etter "Now, then,'' said the man addressed as Hogan, to Joe, "where's your pal?" "I'll never tell you," answered the boy, resentfully. "Won't you?" snar led Hogan, yanking out his r evolve r again and pushing it into Joe's face. "Do you want me to blow the whole top of your head off?" "I don't know where He is," replied the boy doggedly. "You "No, I don't." "Well, where did he go?" "Hunting rabbits.' "How long has he been gone?" and Hogan jabbed his gun against the boy's temple menacingly. "'Bout an hour." "Where'.s that gold dust you fellows have washed out?" "I haven't got it." "Well, you know where it is." ":M:ebbe it's in one of them bags," s ugge s ted Hughes, making a move in their direction. "Look and see if it i s." "That's what I'm a-doiu:'." Hughes cut the string which secured the mouth of the first bag with an ugly-looking bowie-knife. He took out a.sample of the contents. "It's gold quartz," he said, "and richer'n thunder." "The deuce you say!" exclaimed Hogan eagerly He went over and took a look at the stuff. "Is it all like this?" he asked. "Can't tell unless we dump it out," replied Hughes. "Shake it up and try another samp le.)) Hughes shook the bag up and took out another specimen which proved to be fully as satisfactory as the first. "That'll do, Hughes. Tie it up. It's good enough for us. There's just two bags of it-one a-piece to carry." "How about the gold dust we came after?" asked Hughes. "I'll search the boy." He PAGE 20 A GOOD THING 19 Yet in Jack s pocket at that time was the$500 nugg e t and a few ounces of what is called gold dust The boys had forgotten to add it to the previous re s ults in the bag buried in the ground on which their tent stood. The two men) leaving the bags of quart7. where they ha<1 found them, went over to the cart under the trees and hunted every nook and corner of it, of course unsuccess fully. Then they went through the tent without avail. Such a barren result produced a good bit of swearing on their part. After making a general e:s:arnination of the locality they returned to the open space where they had left the boys bound. They consulted together, Hogan seemingly disposed to make another threatening move on Jack Ramsay, while HughesJ more p r udent, advised that they get away at once with the quartz Hughes finally prevailed. The scoundrels, having secured the result of the boys' morning's work, were about to beat a retreat when Bruce Hardy, rifle in hand, suddenly appeared on the He took the situation in at a glance and prepared for action CHAPTER XL THE SWTNG OF THE PENDUJ,UJllI. "What are you doing with those bags, you scou n drels?" cried Bruce, raising his rifle Hogan with a curse dropped his bag and reached for the pick used by the boys which lay on the ground near him. Hughes's hand went to his belt for his revolver Bruce detected the movement and instantly covered him with the muzzle of his gun "Drop that bag and throw up your hands, and you, too, Mister Man," addressing Hogan in turn, "or this gun of mine may go and I won't be responsible for the conse quences The rascals, outmaneuvered, sullenly obeyed. "Now march over to those trees," commanded Bruce, advancing. Keeping a wary eye on the two ruffians, :)3ruce went to Jack, anj; whipr,ing out his jack-knife, speedily released him. "Now, Jack," he said, handing the boy the knife, "cut Joe loose." "You're all to the good, Bruce," said Joe, as he shook himself clear of the tree "What's sauc.e for the goose ought to be sauce for the gander. We ought to tie these thieves up to the tree and l et them have a taste of their own medi cine "Well, I'll keep them covered while you do it," said Bruce. Joe pi c k e d up the rope, and with a grin of satisfacti on proceeded to can-y out his own idea of exact justice. Hogan and his pard, Hughes, scowled menacing l y at him as he advanced "Pooh!" said Joe, "I don't care a rap for y our frowns. The tables are turned on you, so you've to gri n a n d bear it.. We're not such fools as to let you g o afte r tlie way you've acted. r "I'll cut your heart out one o f t hese d ays," s n arled Hogan. "I don't think you will," rep l ied Joe c ooll y "At any rate rm taking all the chances I'll relieve you of y our g un as a little bit of precaution If you want i t a gain y ou can inquire for it at the Oro Grande Hotel." Joe took possession of Hogan's revo lver and then tie d the man to one of the trees. Then he took Hughes's shooter away and secu re d him to another tree. "If I had a camera here 'I'd take a snap s h ot a t y ou two," he snickered. "You'd make a beautifu l p ict u re It's a wonder you wouldn't get a shave once in a while. You need it." 'We won't do a thing to you i f we ever get our hand s on you," scowled Hogan. "You mean you didn't do a thing to the of u s a while ago; but you're getting it back now with interest Where did you expect to carry that quartz to?" "None of your pesky business," snarled Hoga n "Come here, Joe," said Bruce. "Hel p me get t h e wagon out from under the trees. Jack, run back yond er a nd f et ch those rabbits I shot. You'll find them n ear the bu s hes yonder While Ben and Joe were moving t h e wagon in t o the open and loading the two bags of quartz into it, J ack went for the dead rabbits and brought them u p "N O\'V lead the mule up," said Bruce. Joe obeyed, and they harnessed the anima l t o t h e s haf ts. Then they took down the tent and put all thei r thin g s into the wagon "Are you goin' to leave us tied up here?" demanded Hogan, when he saw that the boys were about to depart. \ "Didn't you intend to leave the kid and I tied he re?" answered Joe. ''VVe knew your pal was coming back. He'd te l.ease y ou." "Thanks for nothing. If you'd got the bulge on all three of us, it would have been the same thing. You'd have left us tied to the trees to get loose if we could, or starve if nobody happened to come to our rescue, which wasn't l ike l y seeing to-morrow is Sunday." "We hain't had nothing to eat since morning," whined Hughes "Well, here's part of a loaf for you. That must do you till we send somebody after you to take you to the town j a il, if there is such a place in Oro Grande," said Bruce, p ullin g out three-quarte.rs of a loaf of bread, it i n h a lf, and handing half to 1".!ach of the rascals after r e l easi n g one of their hands.

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