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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Fame and fortune weekly : stories of boys who make money
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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,


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY luued Weekl11-B11 Subacription 1 2.50 per 11ear. Entered according to Act of Congreu, in t h e year 1906, in the of!Lu o f the Librarian of Congse11, Wa.hington, D. C., b11 F1ank T?usev, Publi1her, 24 Union Square, New Yo1io, No 1 6 NEW YORK, JANUARY 19, 1906. 5 Cents H Good Thing; I OB, Tt.1E BOY WfiO ffiAOE A / By A SELF -MADE MAN. CHAPTER I. RUINED. There was a panic on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A prominent railroad stock, which for many days had been boosted from 110 to 160 by the efforts of a big bull clique had suddenly gone to pie ces under a combined at tack of the bears. It was making drop s of one and two per cent and no one could tell where it would stop 1 The incessant, strident uproar, aggressive and irritating, which arose from the lungs of a small army of brokers, was suddenly intruded upon by the chairman s gavel, which rang out several times like the clang of a bell. The noise and fury of the raging combat ceas; d relu c t antly as the members saw that the chairman had a paper in his hand which he was about to read. The silence which fell upon the assembly was oppressive after the clamor that preceded it, and the voice of the offi cial-clear, sonorous and penetrating-filled every nook and corner of the big room. "Gentlemen," he saiq, I am req u ested to read to you the foll o wing c o mm uni cati on: "'New York, June 13, 190-. '''Chairman N. Y. Stock Exchange: 'Dear Sir.-I regret to be compe lled to inform you that I am unabl e to meet my engagement s You will please notify the member s of the Exchange that they are author to clos e out all contracts with me, either under the rule or at private sale, and oblige, 'Xours respectfully, 'EDW .A.RD HARLOW.' The moment the reading of this announ c ement of disas ter was ended, the maddenin g babel of voices began again, just as the roar of the tempe s t continues a fter a good ship has been engulfed in a s tormy sea. One block away Edward Harlow a fine-looking ma.n of close on to sixty years, was 'sitting, with a daze d look upon his aristocra t ic features, in his elegantly furnithed private office overlooking Wall Street. he mttered "irretrievabl y ruined! Not only every dollar of my own money is gone. but, what is far the whole of my nephew's fortune c onfided to my five years ago, and whic h I used to s tay the tide of disaster today, has been swept away and the boy, like my self, is penniless I was mad to risk the lad s patrimony. A h Few know to what lengths men will go i n the strni


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.


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.


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?


A GOOD THING. 5 CHAPTER Ii!. DARED DEATH FOR GLORY. Aliout that time a big delegation of High School boys came marching down the road from Middlebrook. They were in a hilarious humor. They had come to view the letter M, their own honored initial, and incidentally crow over any of the academyites they found within hail. Naturally, there was lots doing around the neighborhood of the ledge within the next fifteen minutes. Finally the indignant military students got their dander up and chased the High School bunch ha1f way to Middle bro6k. Had the rival forces been more equalized a mix-up would have been the inevitable result. Although the Highs had to retreat, nevertheless they car ried with them the delightful consciousness that they were the people, all right. The academy boys returned to the school and organized a big meeting to consider the question of getting square with the Highs. Scouts 'were out to hunt up Bruce Hardy and Joe Ramsay, but those lads being in the village at that moment, could not be found. Their absence 1was a serious drawback to the meeting, which was being held in the big gymnasium. When the dinner-bell at noon broke up the gathering, nothing had been accomplished. An unusual air of gloom hung over the refectory dur ing the meal Hardy and Ramsay were still absent, and there was some conjecture as to where they had betaken themselves. They appeared in time, however, to avoid losing their dinner altogether. After the midday meal the school battalion as usual, though it was Saturday holiday, for an hour's mili tary exercises. This routine, together with the morning inspect'on and the six o'clock dress parade, was never omitted m the opening to the close of the term. When the battalion wa dismissed all the boys, excepting the sentries, who were relieved every two hours, adjourned to the baseball grounds to take part in and wit"njlSS a game between the regular nine and the scrubs. The academy team had already played four games with the High School representatives this season, honors being even, and the final game was to come -off on the following Saturday, the last day of 'the term. After evening parade and supper the boys resumed discus s ion of ways and means of getting back at the Highs for playing a march on them with the letter M, but nothing came of it, and at nine o'clock taps were sounded, when all lights had to be put out and the students, with the excep tion of the night sen tries, were presumed to be in bed. The room occupied by Bruce Hardy and Joe Ramsay was as dark as the re st one minute after nine, but the two boys were not in bed, or even on the road there, by a long chalk. They were posted in the shadow of the open window, carrying on a conversation in low tones. The sky was clear as a bell and bright with stars, but the full moon had not yet made its appearance. : "You say Al Smith is sentry at the gymnasium for the next two hours?" said Bruce "Yes," answered Joe. "Have you tipped them off?" "Yes; it's all right. He'll be as blind as a ba.t when we give an owl's hoot." "Good enough. We'll get all right We'll make a start about te:U.n "The moon ought to be up by half an hour later. It's an ideal night for the job. It will be almost as light as day." The two adventurous boys who had decided to engage upon the perilous undertaking of branding the face of Dead Man 's Ledge with a double H above the High Schoo1's letter M, continued to talk on various subjects until the academy clock str uck the hour of ten by a patent bell at tachment which carried the sound to the four quarters of the grounds. "Time," said Bruce, rising and stretching himself. His chum followed suit. They left their room like a couple of shadows in their stocking-feet, traversed the long hall and desce nded the stairs to the c rridor of the classrooms below. The key in the outer door was in the lock, but they made no attempt to take advantage of this circumstance. Tlrey entered one of the classrooms overlooking the gymnasium building and noiselessly opened one of the windows The n the hoot of an owl floated mournfully out on the nigl1t air. This was thrice repeated. The11, after a pause, Bruce dropped out of the window to the ground outside, and he was quickly by his chum. They crossed to the gymnasium, and, hugging the shadow cast by the building, moved confidently forward. Turning the corner the sentry was nowhere to be seen. "The coast is clear," said Bruce. "Correct," replied Joe. "Al has a.round on the other side. We must c:noss to the bushes now, where we left the poi of paint and brush." "Corne on, then." Noiseless as two Indians on the war-path the boys glided out into the open space beyond the gymnasium building and were presently within the shelter of the thick bushes a hundred yards away. The can of paint and the brush had not been disturbe d Bruce took one, Joe the other, and off they started for the ledge by a roundabout way. The moon was rising about the distant treetops when they reached the foot of the towering rock.


6 A GOOD THING. Bitting \ov on the grass they removed their shoes. "All ready?" Bruce. t'Yes/' Joe, the pftiitt pot. "Then follow me, and watch pretty close where you step. If YAll put yo1nweight pn a loose stpn\:) anywhere you're liable to get it in ;hf) 11eck, f.\t\d then Ol\l' wquld end in in this manner covered the next twenty-five feet and reached the narrow ledge on which the venturesome Highs had stood while they painted the lett er M. "Well, here we are as far as we can go," said Bruce. 'l'he ledge was much wider than they had supposed, and Joe fetched a sigh of relief as he noted that fact, for the feat before them was a hard one. "Never say die, old ma.. Don't wo,rry abo1:1t me, I'll take The big black letter M was facing them, and they concare qf mysiilf.' Ju&t loM: out for Np,., 1, nnd we'll get there templated it for a minute or two. all right." Then they proceedoo to business. So they started, Bruce, with the brush, leading the way. To paint a double H above the M the only possible way Like a couple of shadows they began the ascent of tho tp do it w&s for Bruce, who was to the job, to mount ledge. on his companion's shoulders. It was slow and cautious work after they had got above Talk about cool nerve, well, that was an exhibition of it the first fifty-foot roosting place. for fair. The moonshine made every crag and projection clear to r Bruce unwound the line from his body and tied end them, but there were spots where there did not appear to to, the paint pot and the other end to the brush. be a solitary foothold, and they had to crawl back a.nd Then Joe braced himself and Bruce nimbly crawled up forth along the dizzy height till they found holes and the face of the rock, boosted and supported by his chum. crevices to help them on the .ir way upward. Securing a foothold on Joe's broad shoulders, while But tl10y stuck to their work like heroes, while the perRamsay grasped his calves in regulation circus fashion, spi:tlltion oozed down their heated cheeks. Bruce pulled up first the brush, then the pot, and com-'f N' ow give ,me your hand, Joe," said Bruce at one pa .r-menced his work backward, Joe cautiously moving sideticularly difficult place. 'ivays at the word of command. "Do you think you have purchase enough to pull me up?' Hardy could only manage to paint the upper half of a asked his friend as he contemplated the feat before him. five-foot letter in that position. "Sure I have, or I wouldn't take the chi:i.nce,'' answered Having accomplished the work of marking out the top Hardy. sections of two broad H's, Bruce cried: Joe, with faith in his chum's judgment, ex-"Now, Joe, I've got half O'f the job finished. Just squat tended his arm. down, will you, so I can complete the letters.'" Tiruce grasped fingers i11 a vise-like grip. Joe squatted. "rJ ow," lw sajcl, and his muscles stood out on his right Bruce then worked ahead at a rapid rate, 1 and after what Arm ?S the of his friend tested their strength. seemed an age to Joe, finished the job. Joe dug his toes into the almost bare face of tlie rock am1 "'rhere, old man, what do you think of that for artistic presently stoo.d besiqe his chum on a narrow ledge 175 feet work under difficulties?" Hardy asked his friend, after he above the road. had stepped back onto the ledge. With their faces to the rock, grasping the tenacious "It's the finest ever," replied Joe, regarding the initials bery a1,ounq t]1em and br!'lathing heavily, they stood there with unbounded admiration. "You can make them oui five minutes and rested. from acros s the river. 'rhey're not only higher, but bigger "I think those Highs must have discovered an easier than the M.' Yes, sir, they're all to the mustard." route," grunted Joe. "This is far worse even than I "A your shoulders sore?" asked Hardy. thought it was. How in thunder are we ever going to get "Not a bit." down "You were as steady as a stone wall, Joe. I knew you'd "We might roll down if it comes to the worst," snick-be, that's why I was willing to take the risk." ere.d Bruce, who was as cool as a lump of ice. "I had to be. I knew your life depended on my stability. "You've got more nerve than I have to joke like that up But I hope, Bruce, you won't ask me to do anything lik e here." that again. It's enough to take the starch out of any "Are you sorry you came?" "N-o !" replied Ramsay, with the slightest hesitation his voice. "I do:p.'t think we'll meet with anything worse than thiti," aI\swerecl "As to getting down, I've a stout lino wo1llld around my body, as you .b.."'Ilow, which may come in handy. Let's go on AnP, on they vent, a couple Qf :ionstrous flies, ing desperately to every available bush or jagged stone, and fellow." "But not out of you, old chap," replied Bruce, patting him on the shoulder. They rested for a good twenty minutes, and then lea v ing the paint pot and brush behind started to make their way down. Fortunately, they found an easier way to qtricate themselves than the route by which they had come, and reached the foot of the ledge in half an hour.


A GOOD THING. ,., Resuming their shoes, they started for the academy, hav ing, in the space of three hours, accomplished one of the nerviest feats for amateurs on record. C HAPT.ER IV. TIIE REGIS'.l'EHED LETTER. Next morning it was whispered throughout the that a double H had been painted above the High School letter M, far up on Dead Man's Ledge. The very idea that such a feat had been accomplished by one of their number set the boY.. wild with enthusiasm, though more than h alf of them doubted the truth of the report. Such good luc"k didn't seem possible At any rate, just as soon as breakfast was over and morn ing inspection finished, a dozen groups sta rte d for the big rock to verify the statement The white double H in big outline was there, s ure e nou g h, and it entirely overshadowed the M. The boys simply shouted themselves hoarse with glee Who had done it? How had they managed to do it? II'h e heroes who had, at the peri l of their lives, acco m p li shed this g loriou s a c t, must n ot be allowed to remain unknown "I'll bet lt was Bruce Hardy," exclaimed a boy, know ingly. "It's just like him. I don t believe there's a nother boy in the academy would dare attempt such a thing." "Ay, ay !" chorused several, grasprtig at the suggestio n "it must have been Bruce At any rate, with one accord they cheered for Bruc e Hardy on general principles Such undue excitement and noise on a Sunday morn in g naturally attracted the attention o.f the passers-by along the road. Somebody asked the reason for it, and thus the news reached town, and by and by was hea. rd by a Hig h Schoo l who hastened to tell a friend, and then the tw. o of them came out to the big rock to investigate N eeclless to say they found what ga.ve tlltm an awful shock-the l arge double H above their own beloved M. As soon as the mob of academy ites who had been to the ledge returned to the campus, sea r c h was in stantly mad e for Bruce Hardy He &nd Joe were easi l y found, sunning themselves on the grounds. "Are you guilty or are you Hardy?' asked the spokesman of the committee sent out to find him "Of what?" grinned the boy. "Painting that doube H on Dead Man's Ledge." "Ask J oc here "Bruce did the deed all right," admitted Ramsay, enthusiastically, "and I had the honor of participating in the crime Yes, boys, Bruce and l climbed the ro c k last night and, with the aid of the moonli ght, wipecl out the disgrace the Highs inflicted on us when they put their letter on record up there." "Hurrah!" yelled the committee, and forthwith Bruce and Joe were s urrounded, lifted upon willing shoulders, ancl marched back to where the bulk of the school had assembled The appearance of Hardy and Ramsay in s uch an ele vated pos i ti on 'ms token en ough for the schoo l that the h eroes of the double H had been discovered, and such a s hout went up as caused Dr. Parkway to st i c k his bald head out of the windbw of his room to see what on earth was the matter on the campus. A procession was immediat e ly formed, and Bruce and hi s chum were carried around the entire limits of the g round s before thp were r e leased and cheered once more to the echo. The news ere long r eached the ears of the faculty, ev eraJ of whom made it their business to go clown to the ledge an d view the fruit of the preceding ni ght's work. The peri l of the undertaking, as w e ll as the breach of academy discipl i ne was s o evident, that it was decided to call the principal's attention to th e feats. Bruce and Joe were s ummon e d b efore Dr. Parkway. "I und e rstand th a t some time between sundown yester day and daylight this morning you two boys the dan gero us feat df ascending Dead Man's L e dge to a point some 200 feet above the level of the road, and while the r e painted the initials of your school ou the rock. Have I been rightfully infor med?" "Yes, sir," answered Bruce, r espectfu lly. 'l'he doctor frowned. "Please s tate the exact time when you left the acad e m y for that purpose. "At ten o'clock, sir." "How did you ma nage to pass the sentries? "We manag e d it, sir." "At what point did you feave th e g rounds?" "I should like t o be excused from ans w e ring that qL:c:;tion." "But I can not excuse you. You both have commi tted a. very serious brea c h of discipline by l eaving your room ailcr tap s and must expect to be sever e l y punished for it. You col1ld not have cr.ossed the campus, or any part of the g rounds, without detection, unless ther e was collusion, or oToss lack of watchfulness on the part of on e or more of the 0 sent ries'. I therefore r e quire you to answer my question," "I will have to decline, sir, and accept the consequence s." The doctor pursed his lips, and repeated his que stio n to Joe, who gave a simila r reply. "Very well, y oung ge ntlemen. Please report yourselvet> und e r arrest to t h e officer of the day." They did so, and were escorted to the guard-house b y the entire school, who gave three rou s ing cheers before they di spe r sed


' 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.


' 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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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?"


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

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

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.


20 A GOOD THING. Everything being in r!iadines s for their departure, Bru c e took the reins and s tarted the mul e for the canyon. They hadn t been gone mor e than a quarter of an hour before two men galloped up t0i the neighborhood dis mounted a short distance away, tied their hor s e s to tree s then advanced with some caution. One o f these men was Mr. Horace Brad s haw. The other was Buck Bromley, his partner in a big gamb ling establishment which formed an attractive feature of social Oro Grande. Hogan and Hughes heard the newcomers advancin g through the trees behind. They held their peace, ho\vever, until Bradshaw and hit> companion came out into the open. The four men recognized one another at once. Bradshaw and Bromley were not only astonished to find Hogan and Hughes at that spot, but more so to see thern bciunci ,' helpless prisoners, to trees. "Hello! exclaimed Bradshaw, "what happened to you chaps?" "Cut us loose, will you?" begged Hogan and his pal in a breath. "Of course," replied the promoter and gambler, taking out a jack-kni fe and severing their bond s "What's the trouble." "Trouble enough," growled Hughes with an oath. "Well, let us hear how you ca.me to be tied to tho s e I trees." "Didn't I tell you the biggest. one held us under the muzzle of rifle?' snarled Hogan. "What were you dreaming about that you let him get the drop on both of you ? "He got it all right, when we wasn' t expectin' anybody to show up. We thought we had the business dead to rights.'' .. That's jus t it. You fellows were too cocks ure and got taken down a peg or two. Well, I don't see as there's anyfor you to do but light out as Bromley suggested. The father of one of those boys is Major Ramsay, who' s off pros pecting just now. As soon as he gets back he ll waste no time in making the place too hot to hold you, mark my word s ," said Bradshaw significantly. "We can t do no migratin' the way we're fixed-half starved and without any guns," grumbled Hogan. "It's a long way from here to the next town, and it would be a case of hoofin/ it, seein' we hain't got no bosses No; Hughe s and me will make a bee-line for Parsons' ranch. He's a pard that'll help us out." With these words Hogan and his companion started for the road, while the two gamblers retUl'ned to where they had left their horses, mounted them and rode back toward Oro Grande. It \\;as getting dark when the two rnffians, a.fter a tramp of six miles, approached the neighborhood of the ranch they had set out to reach. Hogan told their story and cursed the of their Parsons's lay back among the hills about a mile from a predicament roundly. road, which connected at a certain point with the road lead"Then they've gone back to town," said Bradshaw with ing to Oro Grande. some disappointment. "Hello!" exclaimed Hogan, suddenly, "there's a wagon "That's what they have, replied Hogan, with a few more yonder in the hollow.'' choice expletives. "Looks as if it had broken down," replied Hughes. "That settles the business for the present," said the pro"That's just what it has. Say, if it ain't them pesky moter to his associate Bromley. boys!" he cried, grabbing his companion by the arm. "What, were you after them, too?" asked Hogan. "So 'tis. What they doin' 'round here--four miles from "We expected to do a little business with them," replied the Oro Grande road?" Bradshaw impassively. "It doesn't take much guessin' to see they've mistook "What kind of business?" inquired Hogan curiously. their way-them chaps are strangers in the district." "Look here, you're too inquisitive," interjected "That's it," answered Hughes, with a chuckle "They Bromley with a frown. "If you chaps will take our advice turned up this way at the Little Effie crossfo' 'stead of you'll make yourselves scarce if you don't 'rant to go to jail, keepin' to the main ro!'ld.'' for just as soon as the boys reach to" n they'll set the sheriff "That's what they've done, and their o l d shack hl}.S slipon to you for attempted robbery." I ped into a gully and busted a wheel." Evidently Hogan and Hughes thought so, too, for they "Let's get down behind them trees and watch 'em. at each other nervously: They've got them bAgs of quartz down there, and it a .in't I hate to let a of. kids them get the best of more'n a mile from here to Parsons's. Pard, we ought us," growled Hogan. If it hadn t been for the fellow, to be able to recover that stuff," said Hughes, with a grin of who 1rns away at the time we nabbed the other two, coming t t '. an icipa 10n. up with his nfl.e and gettmg the drop on us we'd have made d h 1 f h t T h h d 1 k,, "The only thing ag'm it is they've got a rifle and our two a goo au o nc quar z. never see sue ar uc guns" growled Horran. "They took our guns away from us, too," complamed 0 Hughes. "What of it? Ain't we a match for them boys? Cant "It looks funny to me that a pair of seasoned vets like we take 'em by surprise? I'll bet they ain't thin.kin' we're you, and both of you heeled, couldn't get away with three within miles of 'em bovs, on e of them a. mere kid at that/' said Bradshaw with "You're talkin' to the p'int, pard. We would be a pair a of fools to let that st uff get away from us under the cir-


A GOOD THING. '21' cumstances. Look around for somcthin' that' ll make a good club.. We'll sneak down there, rush out on 'em, and lay 'em out fl.atter'n a couple of pancake:;. The lit Uc kid won t count for nothin'." Jn pursuance oi Hogan 'ti :;uggcstion, they soon found a couple of stout tree branches which an:;wered for cudgels, then they advanced cautiously, aided by the dusk of the evening, until they had got, unobserved, quite close to the broken-down outfit Bruce Hardy and Joe Ramsay w.ere fixing a stout limb of a tree to the axle of the broken wheel, so as to support .the front part of the rickety wagon, that they might con tinue thei1; journey. They had turned the wagon around, intending to retrace their way, for the boys were now satisfied they had taken the wrong road. Jack was helping, too, as well as his strength would permit. Thus the three were gathered in a bunch favorable to the designs of their concealed enemies. The rifle a;nd the revolvers were under the wagon seat out of reach, for they were unsuspicious of any danger. Hogan and H.;;_ghes, with a chuckle of satisfaction, noted the situation. They felt the boys were at their mercy, and they lost no time in taking advantage of the fact. The first hint either Bruce or Joe had of impending dan ger was a sudden rush of two dark forms from the neigh boring hedge. Then the rude cudgels descended on them with a whack. Both received glancing blows, for they had instinctively ducked, but the shock was effective enough to stretch them stunned in the road. Then Hogan seized Jack fiercely by the collar. "If you utter a sound I'll brain you, you little imp!" T he two ruffians had triumphed again. CHAPT ER XII. PARSONS'S RANCH. Jack knew enough to keep quiet when he couldn't help himself, though we won't say but he was a well-scared boy. Hogan pulled a bit of cord from his pocket, tied the boy's hands behind him and then, lifting him up, tossed him into the wagon as if he were a small bag of ore. "We d better finish this job," said Hughes, pointing to the trussed-up axle. "What for? All we want is the two bags of quartz. We can carry 'em, can't we?" replied Hogan. "What about the boys?" "Let 'em lie there, of course. What do we want with em?" "You'r13 foolish," replied his companion. "The young un recognized us. Then these chaps will come to bimeby, ma,ke their way to Oro Grande 'tween this and mornin' and the sheriff will out after us with a posse." "What of it?" responded Hogan. "He won't find us. Parsons'll hidsl us till things get quiet ag'in." "I've got a better"plan than that." "Well, spit it out if you have." "I think we ought'r take the hull outfit, boys and all, over to Parsons's. There we can keep the boys hid away, that is, Parsons can, till we have time enough to ride across to Custer with the quartz and dispose of it. After that we'll go south." "That's your scheme, is it?" "Yes. It's a good sight safe'n leavin' that broken-down shack here in the road, and the boys to get off and set the law at our heels." "Well, mebb\ it is, Hughes. I guess Parsons won't ob ject to seein' us through this here affair." Hogan concluded to follow his companion's suggestion, so the two men repaired the wagon sufficiently to carry them as far as Parsons's, at any rate. Then they secured the unconscious lads and piled them with little ceremony onto the vehicle, which they turned about and started the mule ahead. A short distance away a trail led off toward the hills and the men turned the wagon into it, beating the mule at in tervals with their sticks to prevent him from falling asleep, as they said. In the course of twenty minutes they reached the foot hills, and presently came upon a long, rambling building, to which was attached a number of outhouses. This was Parsons's ranch. It was quite dark by this time. There were lights in several windows of the central building. ,.. Hogan, who seemed to be at home here, went up to the main door and pounded upon it lustily. It was opened by a heavily bearded man of perhaps fifty. "Hello, Hogan!" he ejaculated, with some surprise. "I thought you'd flown the district." "T hain't gone yet; but I expect to. I s'pose I can reckon on you doin' me a favor?" "I guess you can. Who's that with you?" "That's my pard, Hiram Hughes." "You're both welcome. Got a team, I see." "Not much of one. A broken-down shack and a lop eared mule." "I s'pose you want 'em put up till you're ready to light out again, eh?" "You'd better break the wagon up and turn the mule loose." "Why so?" asked ParsQns, for such was the identity of the individual to whom they were speaking, in surprise. 'Cause the outfit don't belong to us. We picked it up along the road yonder." "What did you bring it here for, then?" "Step this way and I'll tell you the hull story." Parsons walked' outside and listened to their yarn about the bags of quartz and the boys.


A GOOD THING. W e want you to stow these boys somewhere so they c a n t get away for a week. By that time we'll be out of t h e State, with the price of the quartz in our pockets." "Who are these boys?" I don't know much about 'em, e::rt:!ept that they were workin' the surface of the Golden Nugget for what they c o u l d find, just as if they owned the claim, which I don't i m agine they do," with a chuckle "They're strangers in the district. Hain't been here more'n a few days, so il ain't l ikely they'll be missed to any great extent I guess it's safe enough for you to keep 'em under cover for a week, then take 'e m among the hills some night and cast 'em adrift i'Let's take a look at them," said Parsons. "I'll get a light." ,, He r eturned itlto the house and soon reappeared with a l a n tern. \Vhile l1e was away, Hogan ahd Hughes pulled Bruce and Joe, still u11consciot1S, out of the wagcm, and then added J ack to the bunch. Parsons looked them over critical ly. T hey seem to be decent sort of chaps," he remarked. "You must have hit those two a ljtctty hard rap. \Vhat?s your name, yotmgster ?'' he asked of Jack, who had be, en s il ently w atching the course of events. "Jack Egan "Where do you hai l from?" "New Y or k." "Who are your compan i o ns?'' "B ruce H atdy alld joe Uamsay." The boys were taken to a roomy cellar in one of the out houses. "They'll be safe enough here," said Parsons, as he bolted the door on the outside. "I'll fetch them something to eat by by. 1 Hogan and Hughes seemed to be satisfied with the ar rangements, and went back to the house with their host, who introduced them to a well-supplied table, much to their satisfaction, for they hadn't enjoyed a square meal for several days. After the meal they went outside to remove the two bags of quartz from the wagon. They found their revolvers under the seat and took pos session of them, Hogan also appropriating Bruce's rifle, which was a fine weapon. The bags were placed in the outhouse and covered up, the wagon dragged out of the way, and the mu l e stab led for the present. Then Parsons adjourned with his visitors to the house again, and the three, together with several of the hired ranch men, proceeded to make merry over bottles of whiskey. C H A PTER XIII. THE ROAD TO FREEDOM: ( "What brought you to Looh Creek? Did you come The door had hardly more than closed upon the prisonalon e ?" ers b efore Bruce recovered his senses. Yes, we came a l one Bruce Hardy," arld Jack indicated H e at up, looked around in a kind of wonder and spied Bruce with his fin ger, ''owns the Golden Nugget claim--" Jack, who was standing near the lantern left behind by P arso n s gave a low whistle and looked harcl at Jack. Parson s "Tha t 's a ll guff," interr u pted I-logan. "I don't believe 1 "Hello, Jack! What's happened?" a wotd of i t "Those fellows who tied Joe and me up over at the claim "It's the fact," asserte d J ack, stoutly. has got holcl of llS again "Oh, bot tl e u p snar led Hogan "The idea that a kid "You don' t say! Why, what's the matter with Joe, any l ike him own s a claim rig h t in the gold belt All rot Well, way?" anxiously. Par sons, if you've seen enough of tl'iem chaps, I wish you'd "He got a rap over the head lik e yourself." t ake charge of 'em, and see to it they don't give you leg "I thought my head felt kind of funny. It's as sore bail." as a boil back of my left ear. So the rascals hit us, did "All right. Fetch t hem along, and I'll show you a safe they?" p lace to stow t h e m in. "That's what they did, Bruce," said Jack; "they knocked H ogan picked up Bruce, and Hughes, Joe, while Paryou out for fair." son s led t h e way wit h J ack. "Anrl where are we at now?" asked Bruce, glancing What are you goin g to do wit h us?" asked Jack of the around the cellar. boss of t h e ranch. "In the lower part of some building." "I'm not goin' to hurt you, sonny. You and yom friends "Then they carried us to town?" a r e goin' to stay a few days with me. You'll have plenty I "No, they didn't. We're somewhere in the hills to eat, a n d nothin' to do, so you ought to be satisfied. 1\Iost 1 "In the hills! How far did they bring us? You had boys woul d be. your senses and your eyes, didn't you?" a r e you goi ng to keep us for?" "They ti e d my hands and chucked me into the cart," "You ask too many question, youhg shaver. Talk is repli e d Jack "so I didn't see much till I got here. I c heap i but it's a waste of time. Say nothi'n' and saw wood,. know they turned the wagon around the way it was. facing and you' ll come out a ll right," said Parsons l first, uncl went on a short distance down the road, when they


A GOOD 'l'IIING. 23 turne d off into s ofter ground, and after a lot of jolting they sto pp e d b e fore a house." Thi s house, eh?" "No, not this house, but a bigger one. This is only a small b u ilding. 'rhere are a number of wagon s and farm ing implements upstairs." Thi s i s a farm, then?" "I don t know what it i s," s aid Jack, who then proceed e d to t e ll what occurred after the three of them 1vere yank e d out of the cart. "So they inte nd to keep us pri s oners h e re a while?" "Tha t 's what the three of them agreed upon. The two c hap s Joe tie d to the trees at your claim are going to take tho s e bag s of quartz to Custer and sell them. Then they're g oing s outh." "You h e ard th e m say that?" "I h e ard them plain enough." "I wond e r how they managed to free themselves so soon and get on our trail?" mu s ed Bruce, thought.fully. "I' m afr a id we' r e in a tight box," he add e d to Jack. "I hate to lose all that g old quartz aft e r the troubl e we had break in g i t out, though the re s plenty more where that came from. It g oes again s t my grain to know that a couple of infe rn a l s kunk s s hould g et the benefit of it." Just the n Joe stirred, turned partly over and sat up, blinkin g hi s eyes at the lantern. "Say, Bruce he a s ked, in a bewildered way, "what's up ? Did the wag on fall on me?" "Hardly old chappie. A good, stout bit of wood fell a g a in s t y our'head, and mine, too, and laid us both out." "It was n t a tree, was it?" "It w a s n t a tree. It was a club held by one of those ruffi a n s y ou ti e d up to the trees on my property." "You' r e foolin g aren't you?" "What does your head say about it?" a s ked Bruce, with a grim smil e "My head feels as if it was swelled up double its ordin ar y size. Come, now, give me the story straight, will .; you?" "Jack can tell you much better than I. I only came around myself a few moments ago." So Jac k w ent over the ground again for Joe's benefit. 0 h I s ay, this is tough ejaculated Joe, when Jack bad finis h e d his s tory. Yes, kind of hard luck," agreed Bruce. "What ar e we g oing to do about it?" "We' ll have to put on our thinking caps and consider. To begin with, Jack says we're locked in the cellar of a fa rm buildin g ." Jac k take the lantern and examine the premises. I've g ot a ripping heada c he, and don't feel equal to doing anythin g jus t now, said Joe. "Never mind Jack," said Bruce, getting on his feet, "I'll do the investigating." He took up the lantern and carefully examined all four s ides of the cellar. except by the door, and that' s on the outside," was Bruce' conclusions, after he finished his survey. "Then we' re like three mice in a trap," said Joe, with a s i c kly grin. "I won't answer for the mice, but the trap is plain enough." They talked in this way for a couple of hours, when they heard footsteps above, and presently the bolt of the c e llar door was drawn and a full-bearded man. appeared in the ope ning with a pitcher and a small basket of cold food, whi c h he put down near the door. He Bruce and Joe with some curiosity, and then, without a word, closed the door, rebolted it and left the building as he had come. "That's the man they called Parsons," said Jack. "I guells he's the boss of these diggings." "Well, there isn't much to chos!=J between him and the other two," remarked Joe. "The three of them look cap able of a good deal of mischief." After eating the provisions furnished them the boy& talked a while longer, and then stretched out and managed to g o to sleep, des pite the hardness of their bed. Sunda y morning dawned clear and fair. Bru c e was the first to open his eyes on a new day. It took him several min11tes to recall the incidents 0 the previous evening and to realize the situation. It was now broad daylight, but the cellar was just tlS dark a s if it was still night, or at least almost so. Ove r in a corner a couple of slanting gleams of sunshine made th eir way through cracks in the ceiling. Bruce, noti c in g that his companions were still asleep, went over to that corner and looked up. The ceilin g was low and came within reach of his band whe n ext e nded. "I b e lieve this is a trap-door," he said to himself, with interest in such a discovery. "I wonder if it is bolted on the upper side." Of course the only way to establish the fact one way or the oth e r was to inve s tigate, and Bruce, being of an inquir ing turn of mind just then, at any rate, put up his band and pressed again s t the supposed trap. To the boy's great delight the wood yielded at one end, and up went the flap on its hinges. A flood of light s hone into the cellar from an open window above, facing the east. The sudden transition from darlmess to bright sunlight naturally made blink for a minute two. Then he secured a grip on the dusty floor above and pull e d himself up-an easy gymna s tic feat for him, as he had pra c ti ced just such a thing hundreds of times in the g y mna s ium at Hurricane Hall. Holding his chin above the flooring he looked about and saw a number of farm implements close at hand, a couple of li ght spring wagons, and a variety of small articles used in the cultivation of the soil. "There doesn't seem to be any way of getting out of this. "I guess this is the outhouse of a farm, all right," he


24 A GOOD 'l'HLNll. thought a s he l e t him s elf drop bac k into th e oollar again in order to rest bi s muscle&". In a few minutes h e pulle d hinrnclf' up a g ain this time b ent on getting up through th e trap if h e c ould A struggle or two and g ot his e lbow out on to the floor The se cond elbow followed ea s ier. Then he g ripped the spoke s of a wagon whe e l within bis reach ancl in a minute got one knee Qn the floor, and the rest was easy. The plac e was deserted at that hour. Bruc e walk e d about and took in the lay of the building. ,Then he mounted to the open window and glanced outside The undulating landscape in the direction of Oro Grande lay befor e him with the sun shining in hi s face. The town itsel.r was easily to be mad e out s ome six miles away Bruce cautiously s tuck his head out of the window and t o ok in the surroundings at that s ide. The ranc h hou s e lay two hundred yards to his left. Smoke was rising from one of its chimn eys, s howing t h a t some of ihc inmates were already astir. A ma n s uddenly hov e into view with a c ouple of pails of water. He walked toward a back door and di s app e ared ins ide. Then Bruc e sa.w three men come out of a noth e r s mall out lrnilding not far away. He recognized the man who had brought them the food on the previou s evening, and the two ras cal s who wer e the c au s e of all ihe trouble which had come to him s elf and companions. They appeared to be in earnest con s ultation Bruce thought it prudent to g e t out of sight. "Well, I've fo1md a road to freedom if nothing turns up to bloc k it, he muttered, in a ton e of s ati s fa c tion. H e looked about for something to render their exit from the c ellar eas ier, for he knew he would have to return b e low J'or a whil e :;i.t any rate, for ther e was no t e llin g whe n the b e ard e d man might visit them again. He found ,an oblong box, which h e dropped through the openin g and then he pulled the trap afte r him as he let him s elf down into the cellar CHAPTER XIV. A LUCKY CHANCE. Bruc e woke Joe up and told him how he had found a way out of their prison. Come, that's jolly! It doesn t look as if they'd keep us here a week, as they propose to do." "I should say not. But I'm afraid it won't be prudent for us to make such a move till night." "That fact doesn't worry me much," replied Joe, with a grin, which was lost in the gloom. "It worries m e this much: T110se rascal s ma y s t art oil thi s morning with our bag s of quartz Unless w e cou l d give the m imm edia t e c ha se the s tuff will pro b ably b e lost to u s." "That's true, too admitte d Joe, s crat ching his head in s ome perplexity "How a.re w e to know when they do start?" "By keeping a cautiou s wat c h from the window abov e o c cas ionally s aid Bruce. "Somebody will no d oubt bring u s something to eat b e fore long, then it i s prob able w e ma y not be mole s t e d again for s everal hours A s it i s Sunday, this building will not b e opened up, I s hould imagine That will afford u s the run of the place with v e r y small chance of dis covery. The window overlook s all the oth e r building s I gue ss. That gives u s a fair chance, i f we are s ufficiently watchful, to find out what goe s on in the immediat e vicinity." "Well, !?Uppos e we di s cover tho s e chap s g oing awa y with their plunder in broad daylight-what the n ? a s ked Joe. "Our c our se of a c tion mu s t ne cess aril y d e pend on cir cum stanc e s in that e v e nt. I am hoping they won t m a k e a start until dark. In whic h cas e it should b e easy for u s to drop out of the window and follow the m. Without w e apons?" queried J oe. "And tho se chaps armed ? Say what s how would w e have ?" '(Joe," replie

A GOOD THIN G "'l' h a nk s Joe yell e d after him a s th e d oor closed b e hinu the man "\V o n't lie b e m ad whe n h e comes her e late r on and finds w e 've fiown t h e coop ?" and the s peak e r c hu ckle d as h e pictur e d the man 's c on s t e rnati o n : A s Jack re a ched for a s li c e o.f home-made bread and one t h i rd of the bacon a nd eggs th e lant e rn, whi c h had bee n burn i ng dim for some tim e gave an expiring flas h and w ent out. "Dar's a dai:k man comin' wid a bundl e," sang Joe, fish in g for hi s s hare in t h e gloom. Here s hoping we eat at Stets on 's to-night for a c hange," h e c ontinued, lifting the ju g t o his lip s and t a king a long pull. After breakfa s t Bruc e l e d the way to the trap-door, lis ten e d c autiou s l y for a few moments, and then believing the coast was cl ear above, lifte d the flap. The box e nabled them to get out of the cellar with ease. "You' d better s tay near the trap, Jack, and the moment you h ear one of u s whistle, drop down out of sight," said Bruce. That was equivalent to an order for the boy, so he re mained with his legs dangling down the trap Bru c e and Joe took turns gazing from the window, con ver s in g together in low ton es, or one of them would go back an d keep Jack company for a time. So t h e morn i n g passed away, and the re was no sign of p r epa r a tion for d e partur e on th e part of Ho gan and H ug hes, w h o sat i n fro n t o f t h e s mall outhouse whe r e th e I bag s o f quartz had been d eposite d and s m o k e d th e i r pipes a lmost c ontinuou s ly \ p ar t o f the t im e t hey the soci ety of Parsous Finally a ll three w e n t int o th e house in a n s w e r to a c all to dinn e r "May b e they' ll m a k e a move afte r th e meal, whis pered Joe. H alf a n hour l a t e r Parsons came out with a bas k e t on hi s a.rm "Sneak!" s aid .Joe, "he r e comes o ur dinn e r In two minutes th e boys w ere in th e cellar aga in with the tra p close cl. P a rson s found t h e m t rctchecl out appar e ntl y asleep in t h e g l o o m H e to o k a way t h e extinguis hed l a nt e rn a nd l ef t a freshly l ighte d o n e in its place. Not a w o rd brhrecn P a r sons an cl his pri s oners. The boys ate th e ir dinn e r in a hurry and went above agai n. The a f ternoon was w arm, a nd as not hin g seemed to be doin g without th e dr o nin g o f th e insect s m a d e the boys drowsy. Joe a nd Jack bol:h w ent to s l eep, but Bruce was to o p r u d ent to follow t heir example A lon g about five o'c lock a coup l e o f s tou t mule s w ere s ad dled an d tied to t h e corn e r of the out-building, where the q u a rtz was. Aft e r a whil e Ho g an and Hu g hes app e ar e d with P a r s on s t h e b ags of s tol e n quart z w e r e fotc:h ccl out of t h e building and attac h e d to the mules, back of the s addles. rrhe n t h e l WO rascal s mount e d t h e an i m a l s bid Pars on:; good-by, and s l owly trott e d off down a trail w hich led w ell to th e s outh of Grande. "I'm afraid our name i s mud, s a i d Joe a s he and Bru c e watch e d the ras cal s depart, without seeing any way o f following them Fiv e minute s after they had di s appeared among the tre e s of a neighboring two horsem e n da s hed up from th e of Oro Grande di s mounted, and were warmly gre e ted by Parsons. A man led the hor ses some little di s tance awayto a gra ssy s pot and s taked them. "One of those newcome r s i s Mr Brad s h a w promoter of mining lea s e s," said Joe and Bruc e nodd ed, showing he, too had r e cognized the man The other was B;romley, hi s gambling partner but the boys had never seen him before. Pars on s led his visitors into hi s hoiise, the man who had staked the hor ses went away somewhere a.nd now there was nobody in sight. "He re s our chance, Joe," said Bru c e in s uppressed ex citem ent. "A little nerve, backed by a l i ttle luck, and those horses will b e our s I'll take Jack up behind." "Gee!" cried Joe, "I'm with you. If we're going to do it w e haven't a minute to lose." "Call J aclt then." Out of the window the y s lipped, one after the other, in a t winklin g and da s h e d for the grazing animals. They were not obs erved. In ano t h e r minut e the y were galloping across the grass toward the wood. CHAPTER XV. R EC OVERY OF THE QUARTZ. As the y passed into th e shelt e r of the trees, the boy s g l a n c e d back. The r e w a s n t a s ign that their daring move had bee n noticed b y a n y one about the ranch. "Gee g rinned Joe "there won' t be a thing doing her e in a little while." Bruce nodded and directed his animal into the trail tak e n b y Hogan and Hughes a quarter of an hour b e fore. F or a while they went ahead at a smart pace in s in g l e file, then Bruce saw, half a mile ahead, the two rascals who w e r e c arry ing away their quartz. Of c ourse, it wouldn t do to ride the fellow s down, as t hey w e r e a11med and the boys were not, so Bruce brought his horse to a walk. I 've jus t c aught a s ight of them s ome di s tance ahead h e s aid ovt)r hi s s hould e r to Joe. "What I propo s e to do i s t o s talk t hese c hap s i f w e c an. The y' re bound to make frequ ent s top s to rest their mules, for the animals are I e,arrying a hea v y loa.d. Our only chance to save follow-


A GOO D THING. ing them all the way to C u ste r is to surprise them d u r ing one o f their resting spells." \ "That's just my idea," coincided Joe. "'rhcy won't suspect they're being followed-least of all by us, whom they consider scooped up in that cellar. If wei succeed in nabbing them, won't it be great?" Two hours passed, the relative distance being maintained between pursuers and pursued, as the 1oys could tell by occasiona l sights of the rascals But now it began to grow dark and the difficulties at ten d ing the p u rsuit wer e bound to be greater. "How can we tell when they decide to rest their mules?" asked Joe. "The chances are we may come suddenly upon them without warning, and in that case our bread is likel.i to be a ll dough, they' ll be on their guard." "I've been thinking of that, Joe, and it is a serious mat ter I must admit. But I can't see how we're going to get arou n d it. It looked easy at the start to trai l these chaps, but a practical demo nstration puts quite a different face o n the matter I don't see but we must trust a good bit to luck T h ose rasca l s know the country, while we do not They may l eave the trail and thus give us the slip while we are b l indly followin g the beaten way. We don't even know the r oad to Custer It seems to me there are many chances in fayof of our being lost in the wilderness. We may rid e t wenty or thirty miles before we meet with a house The y seem to be few a n d fa1 between in this locality." The boys now proceeded with much caution, for they felt all a t sea, as it were. T hey h adn't met or seen a sign of any one, except distant g l impses of the men they were pursuing, since leaving Par sons's r anc h. T he country a ll around looked lonesome and bare. A nd no w that i t was dark the prospect was far .from in v iting. The h orses' hoofs made scarcely any noise along i the solt tra il, and th is was in their favor "Wh at's that?" asked Jack, who was mounted behin d Bruc e s u ddenly "What's w hat?" answered Bruce, half turning in hi s sadd l e I saw a flash of l ight replied Jack, pointing to a spot a shor t way ahead by the side of ihe trail. "What did it look l ike?" "It looked like-there it is again cried Jack. B ruce saw the gleam -among the trees. The light flashed up and died away several time s and then went o u t. "Those fellows have stopped to rest, and that's one of them l ighting his pipe," thought Bruce. He reined in and allowed Joe to come up alongside, when he told his chum what he and Jack had seen, and what he believed it meant. I saw it, too," saicl Joe "We'd better go forward and in vestiga1:e, letting Jack hold the horses here." "That's what we'll do," agreed Bruce, and the boys dismoun ted. "I don t see anything on the ground that would answ e r for a club," said Joe, peering around in the dark. "Pick up a good-sized stone, then," an s wered Bruce "We are pretty accurate throwers of a baseball, we ought to be able to make a stone hit its mark at short range.' Each found a suitable missile and then cautiously ad vanced in the gloom. Presently they heard voices ahead, and, following the sound, soon came upon Hogan and Hughes stretched out on the turf, while the mules were nibbling the grass close by. They were both smoking and taking things easy. The boys watched their indistinct figures, scarcely per ceptible even when the glow of their pipes threw a mo mentary radiance about their faces "Well, what are we going to do?" whispered Joe, in his friend's ear. Bruce didn't answer he was considering. "Where are them mules gettin' to?" said Hogan, sud denly, sitting up. The animals had been gradually moving further and fur ther away "They won't go far," replied Hughes, lazily, striking :t match after refilling his pipe. Bruce gripped his companion's arm "What's the matter?" asked Joe, softly. "That r ifle of mine is leaning against a tree close to Hogan, who just spoke." "How do you know ?" "Just saw it by the glare of the match. If I coul d get my hands on it we might be abl e to do something." "I'll tell you what You sneak up as close to the tree as you dare When I think you've had time enough to get into pos ition, I'll fire this stone at the rascals. That'll startle them, and in the confusion of the moment you can rnsh forward and grab the rifle, at the same time I'll l et them have the otbcr stone and try to do some execution with it." Bruce agreed to adopt Joe's plan, although it was pretty risky. Pressing his chum's hand and relinqui s hing the stone he held, he movecl away and vanished in the gloom. Joe waited several minutes to make sure that Bruce would have time e nough to crawl forward with the ncce:; sary caution, then he took aim as well as he could at the spot where the ruffians were lounging, and sent the stone through the air as though he were firing a baseball from short to first base. An awful howl came from the lips of Hogan as the stone landed

\ A GOOD THING. 27' The ball whizzed lmpleasantly close to Bruce's head, and he dropped down behind the bushes, cocking his gun as he ilidw. \ As Hughes l eaned forward, trying to make out who the intruder was who had so sudden l y appeared and the:q van ished just as quick, Joe launched the second stone at him. It struck him alsq o:p the shou ld er, but glancing upward spen.t the r est of its forc!J against hi s head. With a groan he down tn hi s tnicks a nd lay quite still. Hogan was alternately g roaning and cursing in a fright ful manner. Brucecrawled back to hi s chum "I thi:qk they're both knocked out," he said. "We'll jump in now and finish the job. If Hogan tries to shoot I'll put a ball into him." B11t Hogan had no power in hi s arm to draw his weapon when the boys advanced upon him. Hughes couldn't help him, for he was l ying senseless. So with scant ceremony Bruce poked the muzzle of his rifl e into Hogan's face and called on him to surrender. "Who the dickens are you, and what do you want?" demanded the ruffian, not recognizing hi s assailants in the dark. "We're the boys you robbed of our quartz, and we're going to take you back to Oro Grande ancl make an example of you," replied Bruce, sternly. Hogan was stupefied on hearin g this, and while he was glaring up at Bruce, Joe bent down and yanked his re volver out of his belt. "I'll bring Jack and the horses up," said Joe. While he was gone, Hogan uttered the most terrible threats against the two of them. "We were fools not.to have killed you two and settled you for good and all," he gritted. "we won't make that mistake again." "You won't get the chance again to t it on," replied Bruce, curtly. Joe brought Jack and the horses on the scene. Both of the ruffians were secure l y bound and tied upon the mul es' backs. "Now for Oro Grande," said Bruce, cheer fully. "That's right, provided we can find our way there," re plied Joe, doubtfully. At that moment three horsemen dashed up out of the gloom without the sligh te st warning and narrowly mi ssed a collision with the mules. "Hello Who's there?" cried one of the riders as the newcomers drew rein. CHAPTER XVI. CONCLUSION. The voice sounded reassuringly in the boys' ears, and Bruce answered : "We're three boys, strangers in this district, and we want to find our way back to Oro Grande. "All right; we're goi ng ther e You can follow us ""Wait a moment)" in terposed another voice, and the speaker walked his horse over towaid Bruce. "You say you are three boys? What are your names?" Before Bruce could answer Joe s hout e d : "I'm Joe Ramsay. I s that you, father?" "Why, Joe!" exclaimed the major, in genuine surprise. "What are you doing away out here?" He dismounted quickly, ru s hed up to his son and em braced him. "It's a long story, pop. I'll tell you on the way back," replied Joe, tickled to death at meeting his father, whom he hadn't seen for more than a year. "Hello!" spoke up a thir d m e mber of the new arrivals "What's the meaning of these two men being bound on these mules?" "They're a pair of r ascals who stole some of our prop erty and we tracked them out here and then surprised and took them prisoners," exp lained Bruce. ( "Well done, young man," said the gentleman., approv ingly. "''I admire you r nerve and courage." Joe introduced Bru

28 A GOOD THING. "Major Ramsay will go over the ground for you, and his verdict will establish a basis to work upon. Of course you will form a company under the major's direc tions. Who is your guardian?" ":My guardian, Edward Harlow, my mother's brother, died only a few days before I started West "'1,hen you will have to have another, as you a.re a minor. .Jiajor Ramsay will attend to that." It was after midnight when the party rocle up and dis m(}unted before the Oro Grande Hotel, and the appearance of the mules with their singular burdens created something of a sensation. "'rhese horses belong to a man named Horace Bradshaw and another man," said Bruce to Stetson, the hotel prop prietor. "I will consider it a favor if you see that they arc returned to their owners." Hogan and Hughes were turned over to the sheriff of the c fotri c t and were put into the town jail, pending their trial. Before that event came on the ruffians managed to effect th eir escape with assistance from the outside. For a while after their disappearance Bruce and Joe felt sQme uneasiness lest the rascals should make some des pcra te attempt to get back a.t them, but as time passed they accepted the general opinion in town that the villains had left Loon Creek for good. At anJ. rate, they never saw nor heard from them again. Major Ramsay accompanied Bru,pe and Joe to the Golden ugget claim next morning and went over the ground pretty thoroughly "You have a good thing here, Bruce," he said, finally. "This claim will turn 11p million s of the yellow s tuff." "I am glad to know that, Major Ramsay," replied the boy, with sparkling eyes. "And I am glad, too, that you have struck s uch luck,'' s aid .Toe, heartily. "'rhank you, old fellow. I mean that you and Jack abo shall have a share in the Golden Nugget." "='fot for nothing,'' replied "Father will buy me an int e rest in the company which, of cour se, will be form e d.'' I "Well, at any rate, you shall come in on the ground floor, .Tor Xow, Ramsay, I hope you will take charge of my inte rests." 'Why, of course he will. Won t you, father?" cried Joe. "Certainly. It will give me great pleasure to be of as to our young friend, Bruce." "Do y ou object to acting a s my guardian until I reach twenty-one, sir?'' asked Bruce. "I will do so. I will see a lawyer on the subject this afternoon." "Thank you, sir," replied Bruce, gratefully, for he felt sure his intere s t s would be s e c ur e in the hand s of Major Ram say. At the major's request, Sheriff Andrews went out to Par sons's ranch to arrest the owner for his share in the quartz conspiracy. But he did not find Parsons. Indeed, it was long before the ranch owner was seen in the di s trict again, when he managed to square himself by begging the boys pardon and s erving fifteen days in jail. As for Horace Bradshaw, promoter of leases and gam bler, whatever designs he had upon Bruce Hardy and the Golden Nugget claim, he prudently kept in the background as soon as he saw that Major Ramsay was in charge of the boy' s interests, for the major knew what a crook he was and they were sworn enemies anyway. In due time the Golden Nugget Gold Mining Compan y was formed. Major Ramsay became its president and manager, which office was eventually to revert to the real owner of the con trolling interest-Bruce Hardy. That fall the boys returned East, Bruce and Joe enter ing Princeton College, while Jack Egan was provided with a position in the financial distri ct. Jack was presented with enough shares in the Gold e n Nugget to assure him handsome dividends a year later. The western adventures of Bruce and his chum, as well as the fact that Bruce was certain to become a wealthy min e owner before his four years at the university wer e ove r, made both of the boys interesting figures at Princeton. They showed up strong in their studies and strong in th e college athletics. They bore their honors with due modesty. On the day both graduated, Bruce became president and Joe secretary of the Golden Nugget Company. "Well, old man," said Joe, while they were packing up their things in their room, preparatory to leaving Princeton for good, "that document you received in the guard-hou s e that Sunday at Hurricane Hall p1oved to be worth a for tune, didn't it?" "Yes," repli Bruce Hardy, bea.mingly "it was A Gooo THING." THE END. Read "KING OF THE MARKET; OR, THE YOUNGEST TRADER IN WALL S'IREET," which will be the next number (17) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly 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 b y mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICI'IiY.-A de scription of the wo11ue1fui uses of electricity and electro magnetism together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries' etc By George Trebe l A. M., M. D Containing over fifty lustrations. No. 64 HOW TO MAKE ELECTRIOAL MACHINES.-Conta!ning foll Jirections' for making electri c al mac hines, induction coils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67 H.OW '1'9 DO TRiyKS.-Co.ntaining a l arge collection of m struct1ve and highly amusmg electrica l tricks togethe r with illustrations. By A. Anderson. No: 31. H9W '1'9 .BECOME A SPEAKER.Cont a ining four teen 1llustrat1ons, g1vmg the ditfet'ent posit i ons requisite to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from a_ll the popular of prose and poetry, arranged i n the most simple and manner possible. No. 49. _HOW TO DElBA'.rE .-Giving r u l es for condu c ting de bates, outlmcs for debates, questions for discussion and the beat sources for procuring information on the questi on s giv en. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW T O FLIR'l'.-The arts and wil es offli rtation are fully by this little book. Besides t h e various meth o ds of ba.r.tlkerch1ef._ fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation it con a .full hst of the language a nd sentime n t o f flow e rs, w hich is to everybody, both o ld and young. Y ou canno t be ha p py without one. 4 H.OW .TO DANCE is the title of a ne,w and hand s ome httie book Just i ssued by Frank Tousey. It cont a inl!i full Instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-r oom a n d at p a r tie s how to dress, and full directions for c a lling off in all popular squa r e dances No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A comp lete g ui d e t o love court.ship and marriage, giving sensible a dvice, rules and etiquette to be observed, with many c u rious and inter esting t hinaa not g e nerally known. No. 1 i HOW .rO DRESS.C ontalnin g full in s truction in t h e art of dressing and appearing well at home and a b road giv i ng the selections of colors, material and how to h ave the m mad e u p. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL .-One of the brightest and most valuab l e little books eve r ghen to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautifu l both male and female '.rhe secret is simp le, and almost c o s tle11. Read this book and be convinced how to become beautif ul B IRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink. blackbird, paroquet, par r ot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEON S AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. H a nd s omely illua trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Incl udlng hlnt9 on h o w to catch mol es, weas e ls, otter, rats, squi r rel s and bird1. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustra ted. B y J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS A N D ANIMALS.-A: valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, prepar i ng mountin& and preserving birds, animals and insects. No 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete informa t ion as to the manner and method of raisi ng k e eping, taming, breeding, and manag i ng all kinds of pets; also g ivi ng full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twe n ty -eight illu s trations, making it the most comp l ete book o f the kind ever published. MIS C ELLANEOUS. No 8. HOW TO BFJCOi\iE A SCIENTIST.-'A uaeful and iD struc tive book, giv ing a compl ete tre atise on c h emistry; also exE NTE R T A IN M E NT. periments in a c oustics, mechani cs, mathematics, chemistry and dire c tions for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons Thia No. 9 HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harr:v book cannot b e equaled. Kennedy. The secret given away Every intelligent boy reading No. 14. HOW 'l'O MAKE OANDY .-A comp l e t e hand-book for this book of instructions, by a prac ti c al profes sor (delighting multimai;ing all kinds of candy, etc. tudes every .night wlth his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 84. ,IlOW TO BECOME Al'j AU'l'ttO R.-Contain l ng full art, and c reate any amount of fun for hims e lf and friends. It is the in.formation regarding cho.ice of subjects, the use o f words a nd the greatest book rver publish e d and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner of pre paring and submitting manuscr i pt. Also conta ining No 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatness, legibility and gene r a l com very little book just publi s hed. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential t o a successf u l a u tho r. By Prince of games, sports, card div e r s ions c omic reritations, etc., suitable Hiland. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN D O CTOR.-A won money than any book pub l ish ed. derful book. containing u s eful and practical informatio n in the No. 3:1. HOW 'tO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments commo n to every book, containing tbe mies and ri:lgulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective reci pe11 for g e n eral combaekgammon. c roquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CO:\IUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COIN S .-Con the leading conunrlrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the collecti n g and a r rangin1 and witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No 52. HOW TO PI,AY '1.\RDS.-.A. complete and handy little No 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-B y Ol d King Brady, book, giving tlre rul e s and f,. ''re ctions for play ing Euc hre, Cribthe world known detective. In which he l ays down some valu a ble bage, Casino, FortyFive, n.. ce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and s e nsible rules for beginners and also r elates so m e adven tures Auction Pit<'h. All Fours, and many oth e r popular games of cards and e xpe_rienres of well-known detectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO o;er three bunNo. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGR APHER.-Contain d red interesting puzzles and conundrums. with key to same. A ing useful information regarding the Camera and h ow to w ork it; co mp l ete book. Fully illustrated. By A Anderson. also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern S lides and o ther ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It is a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know all about. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BERA VE.-Containing th e rul e s and etiquette of good society and the easiest and mos t approv e d methods of ap pearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and in t h e drawingr oom Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W. Abney No. 62. 'HOW TO BECOME A WEST POIN T MILITARY full explanations how to gain a dmittance, <'OUr8t> of Stncly, Flxaminations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post Guard, Pol:<'P n('g:1lations, Fire Department, .and all a boy should know to he a C adet and written b y Lu Se n a rens aut hor of "How to BPcome a Naval Cadet.'.' No. 63. HOW '1'0 BECOME A NAVAL C AD ET.-Compl e t e in structione of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval D E CLAMATION. Ac a d e my. Als o containing the course of instr uction desc ri pti on No. 27. HOW TO RECI'PE AND BOOK OF RECITATI ONS. of grounds and buildings. historical sketch. and eve ryth i n g a b oy Containing the most popular sele".!tions in use, comprising Dutch s honld know to be<'ome an officer in the United States Navy Oom d ialect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dial ect pieces, together piled and wl'ittC'n by J,u author of "How to Become a with many standard readings. West Point Military Cadet. h PRICE 1 0 C E NTS EACH, O R 3 FOR 2 5 CENTS. Address FRAN K TOU SEY! Publisher9 24 Union Squa1e, New York.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their live s for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will comist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beauti ful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: l:J7 The Liberty Boye at Budd's Crossing; or, Hot Work In Cold Weather. 198 The Liberty Boys' Raft; or, Floating and Fighting. J 99 The Liberty Boys at Albany ; or, Saving General Schuyler 200 The Liberty Boys Good Fortune ; or, Sent on Secret Service. 201 '.rhe Liberty Boys at Johnson's Mill ; or, A Hard Grist to Grind. 202 The Liberty Boys Warning; or, A Tip that Came in Time. 203 The Liberty Boys 'l'l'.lth Washington; or, Hard Times at Valley Forge. 204 The Liberty Boys after Brant ; or, Chasing the Indian Raiders. 205 The Liberty Boys at Red Bank ; or, Routing the Hessians. 206 The Liberty Boys and the Riflemen ; or, Helping all '.rhey Could. 207 The Liberty Boys at the Mlschlanza ; or, Good-by to General Howe. 208 The Liberty Boys and Pulaski ; or, The Polish Patriot. 209 The Liberty Boys at Hanging Rock; or, The "Carolina Game Cock," 210 The Liberty Boys on the Pedee ; or, Maneuvering with Marion. 211 The Liberty Boys at Guilford Courthouse ; or, A Defeat that a Victory. 212 The Liberty Boys at Sanders' Creek ; or, The Error of General Gates. 213 The Liberty Boys on a Raid; or, Out .with Colonel Brown. 214 The Liberty Boys at Gowanus Creek ; or, For Libe1ty and Inde pendence 215 The Liberty Boys' Skirmish; or, At Green Spring Plantation. 216 The I Aberty Boys and the Governor; or, Tryon's Conspiracy. 2i 7 The Liberty Boys in Rhode Island: or, Doing Duty Down East. 2l8 The Liberty Boys After Tarleton ; or, Bothering the "Butcher." 219 The Liberty Boys' Daring Dash; or, Death Before Defeat. 220 The Boys and the Mutineers; or, Helping "Mad Anthony." 221 The Liberty Boys Out West; or, The Capture of Vincennes. 222 The Liberty Boys at Princeton; or, Washington's Narrow Escape. 223 The L iberty Boys Heartbroken ; or, The Desertion of Dick 224 The Liberty Boys in the Highlands; or, Working Along the Rud h 225 The Liberty Boys at Hackensack; or, Beating Back the Britts 226 The Liberty Boys' Keg of Gold; or, Captain Kidd' s Legacy. 227 The Liberty Boys at Bordentown ; or, Guarding the Stores. 228 The L iberty Boys Best Act; or, The Capture of Carlisle. 229 The r ,iberty Boys on the Delawars; or, Doing Daring Deeds 230 The Liberty Boys Long Race ; or, Beatln!f the Redcoats Out. 231 The Liberty Boys Deceived ; or, Dick Slater s Double 232 The Liberty Boys' Boy Allies; or, Young, But Dangerous. 233 The Liberty Boys' Bitter Cup; or, Beaten Back at Brandywine. 234 '.!;he Liberty Boys' Alllance; or, The Reds Who Helped. 235 The_ Liberty Boys on the War-Path; or, After the Enemy. 2<18 The Liberty Boys and Lydia 'Darrah; or, A Wonderful Woman's Warning. 239 The Liberty Boys at Perth Amboy; or, Franklin's Tory Son. 240 The Liberty Boys and the "Midget" ; or, Good Goods In a Small Package. 241 The Liberty Boys at Frankfort ; or, Routing the "Queen's Rangers." 242 The Liberiy Boys and General Lacey ; or, Cornered at the "Crooked Billet. 243 The Liberty Boys at the Farewell Fete; or, Frightening the British With Fire. 244 The Liberty Boys' Gloomy Time : or, Darkest Before Dawn. 245 The Liberty Boys on the Neuse River ; or, Campaigning In North Carolina. 246 The Liberty Boys and Benedict Arnold; or, Hot Work With a Traitor. 247 The Liberty Boys Excited; or, Doing Whirlwind Work. 248 The Liberty Boys' Odd Recruit ; or, The Boy Who Saw Fun In Everything. 249 The Liberty Boys' Fair Friend; or, The Woman Who Helped. 250 The Liberty Boys "Stumped" ; or, The Biggest Puzzle o! All 251 The Liberty Boys In New York Bay ; or, Dltl!cult and Dangerous Work. 252 The Liberty Boys' Own Mark: or, Trouble tor the Tories. 253 The Liberty Boys at Newport ; or, The Rhode Island Campaign. 254 The Liberty Boys and "Bi11ck Joe"; or, The Negro Who Helped. 255 The Liberty Boys Hard at Work; or, After the Marauders. 256 The Liberty Boys and the "Shirtmen" : or, Helplng the Virginia Riflemen 257 The Liberty Boys at Fort Nelson ; or, The Elizabeth River Cam paign. 258 The Liberty Boys and Captain Betta; or, Trying to Down Tryon. 259 The Liberty Boys at Bemis Heights; or, Helping to Beat Bur goyne. 260 The Liberty Boys and the "Little Rebels"; or, The Boys Who Bothered the British. 261 The Liberty Boys at New London ; or, The Fort Grl1wold Mas sacre. 262 The Liberty Boys and Thomas Jetrerson; or, How They Saved the Governor. 263 The Liberty Boys Banished; or, Sent Away by General Howe. 264 The Liberty Boys at the State Line ; or, Desperate Doings on the Dan River. 265 The Liberty Boys Terrible Trip; or, On Time In Spite of Every thing. 266 The Liberty Boys' Setback ; or, Beset by Redcoat1, Red1kln1, and Tories. 236 The Liberty Boys After Cornwallis; or, Worrying the Earl. 237 The Liberty Boys and the Liberty Bell ; or, How They Saved It. sale all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt or price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by !"BA.BB: TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. 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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN. 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers. 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 a nd wealthy. Every one of this series contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune Weekly" a magazine for the home, although each numb.ar is replete with exciting adventures. .The stories are the very best obtainable, the illustrations \I.r e 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 D ea l; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. 3 A Corner in Corn; or, How a C h icago Boy Did the 9 Nip and Tuck; or, rrhe Young Brokers of 'Yall Street. 10 A Copper Hanest; or, The Boys \\'ho \r or k cd a De serted Ji1ine. Trick. 11 4 A Game of Chance; or, The Boy Who Won Out. 12 5 Hard 1.o Beat; or, The C l everest Boy in Wall Street. I G Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of 13 Lakeview. / H 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green 1 River. 115 8 Th e Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-1\fade lG A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortune;; of a Boy. A Diamond in the Rough; o r A J\ra,c H oy\; Start in Life. Baiting the Bear s ; or The X erviest Bo:v in Wall Stre e t. A Gold Brick; or, rrhe Bo.1 \\ho Could Xot be IJ01rnecl. A Streak of Luck; o r The Boy Who Feathered His Nest. A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who M:acle 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 post.age stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 24 Union Square, New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libr aries and cannot procure them from ne wsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it tr us with the price of th e books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POST AGE ST A.MPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY . . . . . . FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Yo rk. .......................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .. .. c opies of 'VO RIC AND WIN, Nos ................................................................ ". AND FORTUNE '\r EEKI_jY, Nos ............................... .... ............. FRANIC MANijEY'S WEEI\:LY Nos ..... ............................................... '' '1VIJ_;D \VEST WEEKLY, NOS ................................ .. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ...................................................... PLUCK AND LUCK, No s .............................................................. SECRE':D SERVICE, Nos .................................... .' ....................... YOUNG ATHLETE'S WEEKLY, Nos .................................................... TEN-CENT HA1'TDBOOKS, Nos ........................ : ............................. Nome ......................... Street and No .................... Town .......... ..... State ..........


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