A sure winner, or, The boy who went out with a circus

A sure winner, or, The boy who went out with a circus

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NS29 STORIES OF Boys Wtto MAKE MONEY. The lion sprang back with a smothered growl, and seemed as if about to leap upon his aggressor; but the lad, undaunted by the peril he was facing, followed up his first advantage, and literally drove Rajah back to his cage.


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY lasued Weekl11-B11Subscription1 2 .60 per 11ear. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the 11ear 190S in the otflce o f the Libraria n of Congress, Wa.hington, D. C., b11 Frank 7'ouse11, Publisher, 24 Union Square, NeUJ York, No. 29 NEW YORK, APRIL 20, 1906. Pr i ce 5 Cents OR, The Boy Who Went' Out With a Circus. By A SELF .. MADE rIAN CHAPTER I. IN WHICH LUKE BAGLEY YIELDS TO TEMPTATION. "See here, Niclt, where are you gain'?" asked Luke Bag ley, a big, lazy-looking boy of fifteen, with a sallow complexion, protruding, lobster-like eyes, and a turned-up nose of scant proportions, of a bright, red-che eked laq of four teen, attired in shabby garments that did not fit his s upple, well-knit frame. "I'm going int. o the field to hoe potatoes," answered Nick Long, without pausing in his walk. He had a long hoe in his band, and brown curly hair was covered by an ancient broad-brimmed stra w hat as a protection against the s umm er sun. "Well, I'm goin' fishin', and I want you to go into the garden and dig some worms for bait. Do you understand?" said Luke, in a comma nding tone. "You'll have to dig your own worms this time, Luke. Your father told me to go into the field right away "Never mind what my father told you. Do as I tell you. Y ou can go to the field afterward." "I've got to obey your father, Luke," replied Nick, paus ing fo o.pen a gate leading into the lane. "Do you mean to say you won't do as I tell you ?" cried Luke Bagley, advanci ng upon hi s father's hired boy in a threatening manner. "If I don't do as your father tells me, you know he'll take a cowhide to me." "That. ain't my business," grinned the big boy, mali ciously. "Well, it's my business," replied Nick, resolutely open ing the gate "Here, stop Come back and dig those worms for me There's a can," and Luke tossed an old tomato can toward Nick. "Can't do it," replied the hired boy, pulling the gate io after him "I'll pay you up for this, see'if J don't," snarled Luke, in a fit of anger at the boy's refusal to obey him. Nick Long paid no further attention to him, but went on hi s way toward the potato field. He was getting tired of Luk e Bagley 's overbearing and tyrannical behavior toward him. He would hav e resented it long before but for the fact that Luke was always s u stained by his mother, a sharp penurious woman, with a disposition resembling vinegar, who thought her only son was about as perfect as boys come. :M:r. Bagley also backed his son up, as a rule, when ever


A SURE WIN I ER. i t waa a. question of veracity between his spoiled heir and the hired boy. 'l'his Wes tern farmer, who was an obstinate, not over i ntelligent man, had taken Nick from the poor farm when t he boy was ten and had treated him more less as a 13lave ever since he had been on the farm. He grudging l y permitted Nick to attend school during the winter months, because thpt was one of th e conditioni] of the contract, and because work about the place was nat urally slack at that season. In this way Nick managed to get nearly six months' tui tion al the district school every year, whil e Luke received the benefit of the full t erm-from the beginning of Sep tember to the encl of Mll-Y As Luke was not over bright, and was inclined to shirk his studies, the hired boy learned as much as he did in twothirds of the time This fact was one reason why Luke hated Nick and tried to make life unbearable for him. table, and, skimpy as it was, Nick invariably came in for lhe short end. Occasionally when the minister called and stay ed to tea, or they had other company, which wasn't often, Mrs. Bag ley baked an extra pie or cake and pan of biscuits; then Xiok managed to have almo st enough to eat. One member of the hous e hold succeeded in getting_ about all he wanted in the eating line, and that, as the reader may suppose, was Luke. If 'there was a deficiency on his side of th e house at any time, h e set up a stre nuous kick, with the result that some body else had to suffer, and it is hardly necessary to men tion who the chief suffere r was. When Nick entered the kitchen, after washing up at the pump, he found the family already at the table. There was a small piece of meat on his plate, about two bites, and a hunk of s tale bread bes ide it, with a full glass of milk. Luk e had already consumed his allowance, and had just mam igec;l to secure half of the hired boy's share; that wa s Th e re were plenty of other reasons also, to keep alive l:J\ck had so little with which to trv and s atisfy a thi s n?t the. least of which was that 'rho knew 1ck liked him, becanse h e was naturall y polite : 1 He thought of rai s ing an objection to the meager and even-tempered, while Mr. Ba g ley's son was j1.1st the r{0ss fare. opposite have been looked upon as rank r e b e llion to Nick was a very indu s trious and conscien t iou s worker on the estab li s hed c u stom of the house, and he would probably the but he did not get any credit for it, jus t the same hav e been deprived of the little there was as a fit punish. When the busy times were on h e was driven hard and rnent for such presumption on his part. got roundly abused, into the bargain, when farmer I "ra," Luke, gobbling down an apple turnover that looked about for some one on whom to vent hlS 111-hmp.or. \ had been specia lly cooked for him, "there's a circus in About once in fifty time s the boy might hav e deserved Brentville to-day." a Light calling down, but he had grown accustomed to Brentville was a big town on the railroad, about six miles being bullyragged by the whol e family, whether h e deserved from the farm. the lnyout or pot and had grown c11ll01.is to it, in a way, "Humph!" g runted Mr. Bagley. though none the less the fojustice of it all out him to the "I want to go." ver.v soiil. "I hain't got no time or money to waste on circuses," All Nick knew about his parentage was what the overseer replied the farmer, ung raciou s ly, for his best horse had informed him the clay he was apprenticed to Mr B ag ley. gon e lame that morning, and in consequence he was in He was born in Salem village, his moth er, who was a bad humor. Rtranger to the place, dying almo s t imm e diat e ly after hi s WM a, can' t I go?" persisted Luke. birth, of an epidemic. ".I ain't got nuthin' to say," she answered. A s there was no olue to his mothe1 1 s id entity, she was "It'll only cost me fifty cents." buried in the village cemetery, in a sunny corner of the lot, "Fifty cents i s a lot of money," said Mrs. Bagley. :md the infant was taken to the poor farm, where it thrived Nick, wh9 was quietly listening to the conversation, and grew into a bright and intelligent lad agreed with the lady of the house This was the sum and total of Nick' s history. Fifty qents was a lot of money in his eyes, for he had What his real name ought to have been was a mystery, never owned that muoh in hi s life. but the omission was supplied by the overseer of the poor "I can't afford no fifty cents," said Mr. Bagley, setting fa11m, ancl i.mrler the name of Nick Long the lad was bound his teetli. firmly tog et her. "I've got to buy some tobacker ont to William Bagley. and one thing and another I need at the store, this after-Tt 'l 'as hot work hoeing potatoes on that July morning noon." and Jick was glad when he heard the horn sound for din Luke saw it was useless to press the matter, and h e ner. scowl ed across the table at Nick as if he was the cause of Not that he had any great anticipations of a bountiful the disappointment. repast awaiting him in the kitchen of the farmhouse, Just the n there were the sounds of wago!l wheels in the though he was h ungry enough to do justice to a big, square yard, and Mrs. Bagley rose hastily and looked out through meal. the window. T he fact of the matte r was, Mrs. Bag ley set a very mean 1'There's the butcher," she said. "We must get a nice


A SURE WINNER. ' "' juic y piece off the roupd, a s the minis t e r i s comin to supThe n he refill e d his glass from the milk pitoher and p e r this e v enin' G i ve m e s ome mon ey, pa." has til y s wallowed the last of the bread, after he had lil;ler. "How muc h do you wapt ?" a a k e d the of the ally buttered it. hou s e reluCtantly putting his hand ipto his pocke\; for The milk followed the bread, a.nd he even hf\d the hardisuch stray coin s as he carried there. hood to taka what was left in the pitchElr on top of that. "Half a doll::ir will do." As the table no w quite b11re of eyerythipg iP the eat" I don t s ee no se nae bi1yip' s o much me[J.t," objected able line, Nick wiped his mouth 1111d started for the 9arn, Mr. Bagl ey. almost running into Mrs, Bagley1 who was preccign an .1 have frustrated it, but just now his thoughts w e r e whoHy absorbed witli the circi1s, From where he sat he ca11ght the glitter of the fifty-cen t piece where it repo se d on the corner of the kitchen dresser l:}nd t he sight of it Jflade his :rno11th wat e r. Finally a de sperate plan came into his hea,d. He wa,s ju s t crnzy to g o to the cirCl1s, &nd h e was ready to take s ome ch&nces in ord e:r to gratify his 1011g ing. He left his chair s udd e nly, went to the door leading into the yard and looked out. His mother W!\!3 talking to the butcher be s ide the wp.g on. Then he look e d bi+ck and saw 'Nitck r e aching for the slice of bre ad. Ins t e ad of y e llin g at the hire d boy, a s he naturl:}ll y wou1cl hav e clone h e s impl y grinne d, and, t i ptoeing t o w ard the dresse r, rea c h e d ou t his hand and g r abbe d the piece of mon ey. A s h e did s o Nic k look e d around quickl y t o see if Lllk c had r e ally g o ne and he was inten!lel y snrprised to observ e the theft. A f ter securin g the Luke walk e d in an ilPcon cern e d wa y to the door and w ent out s ide, ":M:y gracioi1s !" e j ac iilat e d Nick agh::is t at the a ct ioP of the s on 0 t h!l ho1111e, "he's s tol e p the money to go to the circ u s." If he hadn' t l:ieen so hungry he would probably have rus h e d 01. 1 t afte r Lukfl to r emo:ostrate with the boy, ::is h e possesfled very rigid id('la1;1 a s to the heinou sne ss of s u c h an offe n se H e decid a d to t11ke Luke to task about the ma.tt e r later on a;ncl m11ke him di s gorge, I OHAPTEJR II. .'T \'," JlT o n T r m HERO OF THIS STORY FINDS HIMSELF IN A GRAVE PREDICAMENT. "Give me back that money, ,you beggar!" cried Luke, furiou s ly. H e had recovered himself on seeing it WM only the hire d boy, and the latte r's nerve in taking possession of t h e wecious coin made him wild with anger 11Y011 stol e tha.t mon e y from the kitchen dresser," replief! N i c k accu s in gly. H T d idn' t do no suc}1 thing. Hanel it over." HI sa w you take it not more than five minutes ago.I' 11Y01i' r e a liar!" "Yon know I am telling the truth, J_.uke. It is an awful t hin g to rob y o 11r moth er." "I n cYel'. took the rno!ley," sn&rled Luke, viciously. "It b e longs to me and I want you to give it up, "I am going to return it to your rrmther,'' ''You ain t g oing to clo no suoh thing,'' oried L11ke, !LP p:1lled at th e ide a of pot only losing the nioney, but l;leillg branded a s a thief a s well. "" "Yes, I a.m, Lake." "I'll kill you if you dare clo such a thing," exclaiTiled the s poiled b o y, rushing at Nick and trying to kicl): him iii s hins. The hirorl boy was mucl1 stro11ger th&p he loolrn,l tro nger in fa ct, than hi13 older and heavier opponent, and h e managed to hold him off. '"Give me that money, I say,'' screamed Lu1'e, almost foaming at the mouth with rage.


4 A SURE WINNER. "No/' replied Nick, decidedly. "It belongs to your "Yes. Where is that half-dollar you stole from the mother." kitchen dresser?" Luke around for a s tone, but, not seeing one, he Nick was fli.irly paralyzed at the accusation. was about to make another mad ru sh, when his eye lighted Luke heard his mother's words and hi s little brain saw a, on a cowhide whip hanging again s t the side of the barn. way out of his dilemma . He snatched it down from the nail and, das hing a.t Nick, "He's got it in his pocket, ma," he cried, eagerly. brutally struck him across the shoulder s an cl neck. "Got it in his pocket, has he? I dare say. Give it up, "Don't you do that again, Luke," cried the hired boy, you viper!" aroused by the sting of the heavy whip-lash. "Luke took that _money," said Nick, desperately. "And But Luke intended to do it again, and rai sed the whip J took it away from him, intending to return it to you." on high for that puTpose. "Don't you believe him, ma. I didn't do no such thing." Nick, however, had srood as much as he was going to "Of course you didn't, my precious one. You wouldn't stand. do such a thing." He dod.ged q_uickly, rushed in under his enemy's arm "No, I wouldn't, ma. I wouldn't steal from you." and, reach ing up, snatched the cowhide from his "How dare you accuse my innocent boy of such a crime, Luke gave him a vicious kick in the leg. you pauper!" cried Mrs. Bagley, advancing on Nick with "I'll have to teach you manners,'r cried Nick, givihg him upraised whip a smart lash about the legs. The hired boy retreated before her. L11ke roared like a wounded bull. At this point Mr. Bagley got a bright idea into his head. Mrs. Bagley had run down to the barn after the hired He was only :fiddle where he was, so he b d t h h b d t f th b .1d. withdrew from his position, ran around the barn and, ap-oy, an me er us an commg ou o e ui mg "Wh t' th tt s h ?" k d th f t 1 pearing at the other side, dashed out at Nick and caught a s e ma er, ara as e e armer, no icmg1 h t d 1 him by the arms, makmg him a prisoner. er exc1 e manner m some surprise. . f B f h Id h th th h d L k 1 l N1ck struggled desperately to escape, but the farmer was e ore s e cou open er mou ey ear u e roar I f b h d th b d b th h d t h t th a strong man, and he soon found that he was helpless. rom e in e arn, an o ;rus e o see w a was e . ,, . . tt "th th b Thats nght, William, sru.d his wife. approvmgly. ma er wi eir precious oy. Th d th f t bl t N" k d Now put your hand into his pocket and get that money ey appeare on e scene o rou e JUS as ic raise h t 1 ,, the whip again on pretense of giving the boy another taste e s 0 e. of its tickling qualities. "I'll give it to you if you'll let me," cried Nick. "No, you won't," said Mr Bagley, grimly. "I can help "You villain!" screamed Mrs. Bagley; ruiiing at the myself without any assistance from you." hired boy like a wildcat. "Are you tryin' to murder my son?" / He dived his hand into one of Nick's trousers pockets and brought up the money. She snatched the whip from hi.m and brought it down "There it is, Sarah,'' he said, exhibiting the silver piece. with all her mi:ght on Nick's back. "The little thief!" ejaculated Mrs. Bagley. "To think With a gasp of pain, Nick jumped back out of reach of we've / been a-warmin' a viper in our bosoms all these the infuriated woman, and began rubbing his bruised arm years!" where part of the blow had landed. "I didn't take that money, ma'am," persisted Nick. "Save me, mother!" cried Iiuke. "He wants to kill me." "Your son took it off the dresser, and I came out here after The enormity of the offense fairly staggered Mr Bagley, him to make him give it up." and he simply stood back and gazed at his .hired boy with "Oh, ma, that's an awful lie!" chipped in Luke, hastily. a look of horror. Tried to kill my son, did you, you wretch cried Mrs. Bagley, threatening Nick with the whip. "What is the world comin' to, I wonder?' "I didn't hurt him any," replied the hired boy, doggedly. ."Didn't hurt him, you villain l Don't tell me that l Didn't we hear the poor boy cry out as if he was bein' mur dered?" "He struck me with all his might, ma," whimpered Luke, trying to create sympathy for himself. "Where did he hit you? Not in a vital spot, i hope?" anxiously. "Yes, he did, ma," cried Luke, eagerly. "He hit me in a vital spot, and maybe I won't recover." "Oh, you snake in the grass! You thief, you!" screamed the angry woman. "Thief!" g?sped Nick. I Of course it's a lie!" agreed his mother, darting & hard look at the hired boy. "Will you stand for havin' your only son falsely accused, William Bagley?" she added, addressing her husband in forcible tones. "That boy deserves a horse-whippfn'." "And he's goin' to get it, too," replied the farmer, giv ing the luckless youth a severe shaking. "That's right, pa. Give him a good one. He meant ta kill me. I'm sore all over where he hit me," and the little hypocrite began to feel of his legs and arms and body in a tenderly suggestive way, in order to incite his against Nick and make his whipping the more severe. He knew he had been euchered out of the circus, but if he could have the satisfaction of either seeing or hearing the hired boy get the licking of his life he felt that would be a partial compensation for the loss he suffered. "I'll lick him till he can't stand up,'' said Mr. Bagley,


A SURE W INNER. I who, as we have a l ready mentioned, was not in a good L uke, w h o was curious to.learn what the stranger wanted, humor, and he inte n ded to relieve his feelings by maki n g followed him to t h e hou se. his hired boy s uffer the keenest anguis h he coul d i nfli ct Thus Nick, for t h e tim e being, w a s left alone. upon him H i s t hou g h ts wer e not pl e asant ones, you may w e ll be-Nick, in the course of his four years of servitude, had lieve, b u t how diffe r e n t t hey would have been h a d he known received severa l whippings at the.farmer's hands, but had w hat was t r ans pirin g i n th e sitti n g -r oom of the farmhou s e managed to evade the worst part of them by breaking away whi the r t h e visito r had been i n v ited. and getting out of range. How couldth e guess t h a t fo rtun e at last was about to Still, he had acquired evidence enough that Mr. Bag ley smi l e on h i m! c o uld wield a cowhide with stinging effect. On the contrary, he c oul d see not h ing but t h e da. r k est Owing to the serio u sness of ti1e present s i t u ation, as well of s hadows lowerin g a bout him. as t h e farmer's crossness, he was afraid Mr .. Bag ley woul d H e expected n o th i n g e lse than t h a t Mr. Bagley would take p ai n s t o prevent h im from esca pi ng t h e f ull penalty half k ill him o n h is r eturn to the ba.rn. thi s time. "If I could onl y m anage t o get ri d of t hi s strap tha,t His fears were realized when Bagley said, grimly : holds me I'd nm away. I woul d n t care i f I starved. I'll! "I'm goin' to tie you up to a post i!). the barn, you Iitt l e half starved, as i t is, anyway. I'm t reate d as if I were a scamp, and when I get thro u gh with you you ll w i sh you'd s lave. I don't see w h y I have s tood i t so long. Any other never been born boy woul d have r un away l o n g ago. W e ll, I guess I've "Can I see you do it, pa?" asked Luke, wit h sparkling reached the l imit It'll be th e last w hippin g he ll eve r give eyes, l icking h i s chops in anticipation of the g l orious me, but I do wish I could avoid it som ehow. It's pre tty chance to g l oat over the squirming hired boy. ... J rr' tough to stand a cowhid ing. Nobody but a coward. w ould "No, you can't," snapped his parent, much treat a boy of my age so c ru e ll y Mr. Bagley is only a d isappointment {c 1 brute, anyway, and as for Lu ke---" "Never mind," he whispered to himself "l'lJj"ctawl\' Crack! under the barn and l isten to the fun Won't ihl;ie just The stra p confini n g hi s ar ms had sudd e nly given way, g l o r ious for while he was mutte rin g t h e for e g o ing he had been Mrs. B agley, after receiving back the half dollar, had straining hard at his bond s withdrawn from the scene to settle with the butcher, who Thank goodness, I'm free!" h e e jacul ated. had been impatiently awaiting her reappearance. Picking up the brok en s t rap, he look e d at it. So her husband, gripping his victim tighter, to be sure The old t hin g was rotten It's a lu cky thi:qg for ml? he wouldn't get away, dragged the ;unfortunate boy aroU:Ud that Mr. Bagley is too mean to p rovid e himself w ith d e cent into the barn and tied him up _to a convenient post. harness 'rhe first thi n g I'm goin g t o d o i s to put that "Here's the whip, pa," grinned Luke, appearing at the horsewhip out of his reach." door with the instrument of torture. Mr Bagley was preparing to shut the door in his grace less son's face, when a carriage drove into the yard and a stra n ger, alighting from it, presented himself a t t h e kitchen door Mrs Bagley. received him with company manners, and, l earning that the gentleman had caJled to see he r husband o n particular business, called out to Luke : T e ll your pa to come to the house righ t away." There was a big k n othole in the :flooring, an d Nick thrust the rawhide it, a n d it fell somewh ere o u t of sig h t "The next thing is to escape t h e barn, and after that from t his neighborhood. I've ha d a ll want o f M r Bagley I've earned my b oar d an d secon d -r a t e clot hes several times over s ince I've been h e r e I t's about t ime I earned a d o ll a r or two in money for myself. I'd like to go to school a whi l e l o n ger, b u t I suppose I'll have to give that u p now. Probabl y I'll get a c hance to s tud y evenings when my time i s my own. The fac t t hat M r. Bagley h a d secure d th e big barn doo r CHAPTER III. when h e went up t o t h e house did n o t g r ea tl y dist urb Ni ck. He k new t h ere were tw o closed window opening s--one in I N WHICH OUR HERO COMES FA.OE TO FACE WITH A R EAL the back th roug!i w hi c h m anur e was tossed, and one in the CIRCUS FOR THE TIME. "I'll attend to your case when I return," said Mr Bag ley to Nick, throwing the whip on the barn floor "It will do you good to think over what going to get I'm going to take the hide off your back this time," he gro w l e d menacingly "I'm just in the hutnor for it. I'll b et," darkly, "you'll never forget this l ickin' as l ong as you l ive W i th that he left the bar n securing the big door b ehin d him side of the ba rn. He c ould pu t hi s h a nd on e ither in the dark, conse q u ently it w as an easy m atte r for him to find one of them now. He unbarre d the r ear one, g lanced out to see if the coast was clear, and findin g t ha t it was, he jumped out As a precautionary measure h e looked a round the corner o.f t h e barn in the d i rect i on o f t h e fa rmhouse. "Gracious he exclaime d wit h a q ui e t chuckl e "I got out just in the nick of time, for h e r e comes Mr. Bagle;:


6 A SURE WINNER. now. I wonder what he'll say when he I have cut come when h.e would have the price that would admit him my stick?" to tha wo. ndrous ishow of which this was a type Ahl Young Niok Long! 1 you had 'kn,9w wh&t Mr. For the time being he.forgot the cravings of an Bagley wanted you for now you would have rushed to meet stomach, as well as the weariness which a six-mile walk him, instead of flying for the nearest and vaulting E\long the dusty roads had prought to his limbs. it, and then running across the meadows as fast as you He w&S gazing upon t;h.e ot1tside of a real circus, and that could go. Wtiij enough for the present. Nick was making the mistake of his life t just then, but At last he paused in front of the tent. as he didn't know it, why, it didn't trouble him. !fore a row of huge banners pictured by word and lirush A11d it was several years before he found out how Dame the wild man, the midget, the knife-throwers, the fortune Fortune had rolled his way on her wheel thiit bright July tellers, the isuake oharrner, the fat woman, the living skele afternoon, and how, just as she had stretched out her hand ton, and others who made up the collection of oddities. to seize him, he had eluded her. 111 front of the side-show entrance stood a pli!-tform, Well, such is life, iifter all. known in showmen's parlance as a "bally-hoo stage,1' where, 1 this wasn't a true story-a few pages out of the life as promised the multit]lde, certilln free exhibitions are of one of the brightest young men for a time connected given to capture the attention of the spectators with the circus profession-why-but what's the use saying While Nick was lookh1g at it and wondering what it was anything about it? used for, a man came up behind him and, after a. covert It wasn't because there was a circus at Brentville that smile 11-t the quaintness of the boy's attire, said: Nick directed his steps in that direction. "Say, s<>nny, how W01lld you like to have a joli for the A battered dime was the extent of his finances, and that evening? was w'holly inadequate ro pay his way inside the "big top," I as it is called, where tb.e glories of spangles and sawdust are displayed before the admiring gaze of a delighted mul-J 1 r !>tf titude. CHAPTER IV. No; it was because Brentville was a good-sized town on the railroad, and he hoped to pick up a job therei tha Nick aimed for it. IN WHIC:r! OUR HEltO ,JOINS THE ornous. It was about six o'clock when Nick approached the outNick was a bit startled by l:)eing addressed ao suddenly skirts of the town, and, as luck would have it, almost the from pehind, for he had ,been under the impression that first thing he spied was the circus tent, it was only a he was quite alone. single-ring affair, with its group of smaller canvas tops He turneq around quickly, IUld saw that the person who strung about under its lee. had spoken to him was a shrewd-looking, sandy-complexThe afternoon performance was over some time ago, and ioned man of middle age, dressed in a plain suit of the there wasn't a spectator in sight pepper-an-salt Vll-fiety. Even the small boy who, gorged with happi"Do you want a job?" repeated the man, eying the boy ness, had kept pace with the parade earlier in the day, had keel}ly. ''I'll give you a quarter if you ll help me sell gone home to eat, preparatory to a return to the scene when candy, peanuts and lemonade in the tent to-night. My reg the excitement was renewed under the glare of the flaring ular help was taken sick at Benton, our last stop, and he naphtha torches. was sent to the hospital, so, you see, I'm sh0ort-handed As Nick stood with arms thrown over the top of the far Here was an unexpected chance to earn something that fence, gazing with a kind of wondrous awe upon the sunNick feli.he couldn't afford to let get by him, so he an ki ssed tents, with their waving flags and streamers hanging swered : listles sly in the calm air, the quiet of a Sabbath afternoon "Yes, sir." seemed to rest upon the field. "Good," replied the candy butcher. "Live 'round the Finally the boy got over the fence and crossed the field neighborhood?" toward the tents. "No, sir," answered Nick, shaking his head dolefully. Evidently he wanted a closer view of a scene that was "I thought you did," said the man, in some \ surprise. new and novel to him. "Might I ask where you do live?" The performers had had their evening meal, and some of "Nowhere," returned Nick, with a melancholy look. them were gathered on the g:ieensward back of the tents. "Nowhere I" ejac'Qlated the candy man. The women were busy with fancy work and sewing; the Then he looked the boy over sharply. men talking over the gossip of the ring. "You look as if yo'Q'd come off some farm where they Inside the "big top'" the long stretch.es of seats barren were mighty spiiring of clothes. Those trousers aeem to fit of spectators, the equestrian director was disciplining an yo1l too quick," he went on with a grin. obstinate horse. qY!ls, sir These are some of Luke Bagley's cast-off duds. No one paid any attention to Nick as he walked slowiy Those are the only kind of clothes I've ever ltad since I left around the canvas walls and wondered when the time would the poor farm."


/ A SURE WINNER. 7 ==================================================-================== "\Y110 is Luke Bagley?" aske_ d the man, curiously "Do you suppose I could get something to eat before I ":Jlr. Bagley's son. He's bigger and older than I." started in?" "'I should imagine he was. WJ::m is Mr. Bagley-a "Haven't had your supper, then?" farmer?" "No, sir I wouldn't care if I'd had a good dinner. But "Yes, sir." the Bagleys don't spread much of a table, and half the tim'.! "Have you run away from him?" Luke got away with part of my share before I reached the "Yes, sir." kitchen. Then I walked six miles or more this afternoon." "What for? Thought you'd try and join the circus?" "There isn't any chance of you getting supper now, Nick. with another grin. However, I'll see if I can get you a couple of sandwiches. "No, sir. Didn't think of such a thing That'll do for the present, won't it?" "Didn't, eh? Why are you hanging 'round the lot, "Yes, sir." then?" So Nick was escorted to the outside booth and introduced "Because I just happened to come across the tenti;, sir." to Mr. Hanks' partner, Andy Tooker, a young man of about "That was it, eh?" said the man, who had his doubts on twenty-five, who had all the ear marks of a born hustler, the subject. "Are you an honest and was dressed in a rather loud suit of clothes, with a "I hope I am, sir," replied Nick, earnestly. large imitation diamond in his broad-striped shirt -front. "Well, you've got an honest faqe, at any rate; but Darkness was now beginning to blot out the ling ering pearances aren't to be depended on, aii a general thing At twilight, and swift shadows moved the big tent and least, I've found it so. Maybe you'd like a steady job with hung about the lot. me? I'm on the lookout for a bright, active boy, but he's A light breeze, long clcsird and gratefu l, began to ruffie got to be a hustler. Understand?" 6.:i. 'l ') the folds of the flags and streamers "Yes, sir." Then attendants went around planting the naphtha "Are you a hustler?" I torche s in position, and the advance guard of the evenin 6 "If you mean can I work hard, I'll say yes. I haven't crowd made their appearance in the vicinity done anything else for the last four years, except on Sun.. The men in the ticket wagon lifted up its end and got days and in the winter, when I went to school." ready for the night' s work. The candy butcher, whose name was Hiram Hanks, was When the doors of the big tent opened and the people rath e r favorably impressed by Nick's talk and manner, and began to crowd in, Andy Tooker, who had been keeping he concluded to give the boy a trial. Nick well employed on the outside, told the boy that it "I'll tell you what I'll do," he said. 'II'll take you on was tim e for him to go into the tent and help his partner. to-night, as I've got to have a bo}"right away. If I find Nick found that his chief duty was to perambulate the you do all right I'll hire you steady at one dollaF and a half seats, first with boxes of candy, then bags of peanuts, and per wee k and your board. You'll travel with the show free, finally with a tray filled with glasses of a rose-colored of course." liriuor supposed to be lemonade. "All right, sir." Each time he made his round he carried a different arti" Any -chance of your late master turning up hl'!re to-cle, beginning with candy again as soon as he had exhausted night and making things unpleasant P" with a keen look. the immediate demand for l emonade. "He won't spend fifty cents visiting a circus I heard At the start he found it a hard job to open his mouth him say so to-day." to advertise his wares. "Say, what was the reason you left him, anyway?" He imagined everybody was looking at him, and he was '"l'he principal reason was that he inteJ:\ded to beat the alarmed lest some of the people who lived in Salem and that life out of me with a rawhide." vicinity would recognize him, and consequently report his "What for? Been up to some monkey-shines?" occupation and whereabouts to Mr. Bagley "No, sir," and then Nick related the events of the after-It happened, however, that the Salem people hr.cl patronnoon to his new employer. ized the show, and so Nick escaped discovery. The boy spoke with such sincerity that Mr. Hanks was As this was what is called a wagon show, the active preppersuaded to believe him. arations that mark the departure from town of the big "You were lucky to escape with a whole skin, my lad." modern three ring circus did not begiri. in this case with, or "Just what I think, sir I meant to try and get a job before, the opening of the evening performance. in Brentville here, but I'd just as soon go with a circus as A short time, however, after the1performance had begun not. I'd like to see something of the world ." the canvasmen began to get busy. "Well, it's getting late. The people are beginning to The ropes and stakes holding in position the come around, so it's time we got busy. By the way, I fortent were loosened, ood the doorkeeper moved to the open got to ask your name." fly of the big tent. -.. "Nick Long." Then cages were closed, horses hitched, side walls low"My name is Hanks. My sid e-partner, who 'tends the (lred, and the caravan paESed out into the night to take up outside booth, is Andy Tooker. Now come on-I'll introtheir position at a distance until the entire show was sub-duce you to him." sequently ready to move on to the next destination


8 A SURE WINNER. The order, "Lower away!" rang out s harply, and the menagerie tent dropped to the ground. The denuded center poles followed it, and the outfit was loaded upon its proper wagon andi sent ahead to join the first section Only the noisy "big top," glowing like a mammoth mushroom, and the side -show canvas, where the band thumps and the "barker" roars with tireless energy, re mained to mark thespot. The work of stripping the larger tent continued through out the performance. As fast as a performer finished his act his appliance was deftly conveyed to a waiting wagon. The entire arena was divested of its maze of apparatus before the audience had filed outside after the show. The side-show orator received the outgoing throng with renewed clamoring. To take this la st adv.antage, and let no chance for profit e scape, the tent had been kept open. j The freaks yawn with weariness and monotony of it all and eagerly await their last call to.the front. I Then begins a dash for the freedom and privacy denied them since morning. ; In the big tent the concert band is working away, whil e a serio-comic artist in skirts is trying to raise h e r voice above the noise of falling wood, as the unoccupied rows of seats are being taken apart. The side walls peel off as tlie last spectator emerge s and the performers hurry from their dressing-room. Then the thin white cloth room comes tumbling from aloft like a monster bird, and the circus in Brentville was aver for that season. CHAPTER V. IN WHICH THE CIRCUS ENTERS SIDNEY. \Vben the performance was nearly over Nick had to help the candy butchers ,in packing up, and by the tinie the last spectator had l eft the big tent the sto c k in trade of H11nks and Tooker was ready for removal, and then Nick was told that his time was his own until he should be called upon next morning to begin a fresh 4ay's labQr. "Hold on, Nick," cried Andy Tooker, as the boy was 1'auntering away to watch the. taking down of the "big top." You're hungry, I guess; aren't you?" "Well, some," replied the lad, in a tone which left little room for doubt but that he was in shape to masticate a. s mallsized elephant if nicely cooked. "Come with me, then." The light and airy Mr. Tooker guided Nick to a small booth, where a number of the performers and such other employers as were now a.t liberty, were partaking of a light repast of sandwiches and milk, provided by the proprietor of the show each night after the performance. "Help yourself to whatever you see," said the candy butcher, "and don t s tand on c e remony. You're welcome to eat all y ou can put under your jac ket." Ni c k was too raveneus to require a second invitation, but sailed in, sampling ham, tongue and chick e n in succession, and putting down two big glasses of milk before he paused to tak e a breathing s p e ll. "Who 's this you've got in tow, Tooker?" asked one of the acrobat s who was standing back with 'a glass o.f milk in one hand and a s andwich in the other. "New boy," replied the candy inan "He's taken Smith's place "Oh, I see. Looks like a bright fellow, but, Lord! where did he g e t the clothes? They fit him about as well as Lew Dockstader s stage dress suit does the minstrel." "He's been working on a farm in the neighborhood and getting the short end of everything. He ran away to -day. My partn e r came across him on the lot about sundown, and as we needed a boy badly, why, we hired him "Where do I sleep to-night, Mr. Tooker?" asked Nick, after they left the eating booth "In our wagon," replied the candy man. "Come with me, and I'll point it out to you." All through the night the procession of wagons, with their para phernalia and s lumbering occupant s lumbered al o ng the county road, and finally came to in a long line, drawn up by the s ide of the road, within a couple of miles o f the next big town at which the circus was billed to show that day and evening. I Nick being accustomed to turning out of bed at sunrise, he mechanically awoke about that time, and was a bit sur. prised to find that the vehicle was at rest. His companions, the two candy butchers and several c anvasmen, were sleeping peacefully about him At fir s t he was a bit daze d by his new surroundings, and wond e r e d if he was n t dreaming. But graduaJly the event s of the previous day and night unrolled thems e lv e s before his mind and he soon realized that he had actuall y embarked upon a new career in lifean atta che of the biggest wag on show in the United States. He lay a little while s peculating upon what the future had in s tore for him, and the n growing weary of the con finemen t of the close d wagon, he picked his way over the other s le e pers to the partly open door and jumped down into the road. It was a lo.vely cool morning and Nick felt like a top. "No potatoes to hoe to-day in the broiling s un, and then feed my stomach with anticipations as to whether Luke will have enough without making inroads on my s hare of the provender cried Nick, with a cheerful grin. "Mr. Tooker says we eat at the hotel s and that, if I'm on hand early when the grub i s r e ady, I needn't e x pect to go s h y of enough to fill my breadpan ri ght alon g . Gee! It's a satisfaction to work when you' r e gettin g enou g h to eat." Nick g lanced ahe ad alon g the lin e of waiting wagons the hor s e s s tanding with their head s down under the blan kets and the driver s curled up a s leep on the roofs "I wonder if we're near a town?" thought the boy. He mounted the wheels of the forward wagon and saw


A SU.RE WINNER. t in the distance the houses and some of the b ig building s of Sidney, with the rays of the early sun flashing upon windows and roofs. There was a small rivulet not far away, and thither Nick went to wash his face. "'I wish I had some decent clothes,'' he "I look }jke a guy in these. I'll have to work some time before I can get together tfnough to buy me a s u it." One of the younger performers connected with the show -a noted bareback rider-came up at this moment. "Hello!". said the newcomer, looking Nick over criti cally, "where did you s pring .. from? Work on a farm, I s'pose?" "Not now," r eplied Nick, wiping his face in his not over clean pockethandkerchief. "I belong to the circus." "You do? "replied the other, incredulously. '-'I don't remember seein g you before.'' "Only joined l ast night." "What are you doing? You're not a new freak in the 'kid show' (side-show), are you?" with a grin. "No," replied \ Nick,' shaking his. head good -n atmed ly. I suppose I look l ike a curiosity, as if I'd come. out of Noah's Ark. I'm working for Hanks & Tooker, candy, pea nuts and lemo)l ade." "Oh, I see. Fall en into Smith's shoes.' Well, I ,\rish you luck. I must say you've got pretty decent bosses, con sidering how they run." 1They've treated me a ll right so far." "You ought to have worked for some of the chaps I've known; then you'd be able to appreciate the snap you've got." "What was t h e matter with the chaps you knew?" "Oh, they were dead hard on their boys. Never satisfied with what they did. Roaster;l them right.along till they got tired of the li fe and ran away." "A kind of Mr. Bagley, I guess," replied Nick. "Mr. Bagley! Who's he?" "The farmer I worked for the last fou r years. He didn't do a thing but work me from daylight to dark. I never could do enough to satisfy him, so he scolded me right along, and when he wasn't feeling just right h e'd vary the performance by giv in g me a l icking. I got sick of it at la st and ran away from him for good." "That's how you came to hir e out to the candy butchers?" "Yes. Is that wha t you call them?" "That's the name in the business." "I thought all butchers sold ineat,'' Nick, inno cently. "Well, you've got another think coming, s o don't be a yap What's your name?" "Nick Long. What's yours?" "Allan Ramsay. "I'm a 'kinker.'" "What are you?" asked Nick, to whom circ u s phrase-ology was so much Greek. "I'm a performer-a bareback rider. J;>erformers are called "Oh!" ejaculated Nick, muchenlightened. "And what am I cal led ?" "Your bosses will d o all the calling that's if you don't toe the mark," grinned Ramsay "Say, t e ll me why we're waiting out on the road :i mile or two from town," asked Nick, eagerly. "We stay here until time to make the grand e ntree into the town. Th en every man, horse and wagon will be deck e d out in the most gorgeou s array. The band wagon will take the lead, and the parade will be on." Ram say took his leave, telling hi s new acquaintance he'd see him later. When Nick returned to the road again h e found everything changed. From one end of the long wagon train to the other was life and motion. Men were hurrying to and fro, while order s were being s houted in stentorian tones and rapidly excuted. Troops of horses were being groomed and attended to. The road was littered with saddles, flags and general decorat ion s The gi lded chariots were covered with mud-bespattered canvas, w hich was presently to be removed. The tired horses had not yet changed their old and dirty harness for the gaudy trappings they were to display in the parade. : The e lephants and camels looked dingy, dirty and far from attractive. How different everything looked at this hour to what it would a couple-of hours later. A "snack-stand," where a. hasty bite of food and a cup of.steaming coffee could be obtained by all hands, was beins put into working shape. When Nick r et urned to the vicinity of tbe wagon where h e h ad s lept h e found Mr. Tooker looking for him. "Where h ave you been, young man?" asked the junior boss, sharply. Nick hastened to explain. "Well, _you want to keep closer to business after this. Ther e's lot s for you to do. There's glas8es,. spoons, lmiveil and other utensi l s for you to scrub. Take that bucket and fill it at the spring. You'll find soap and towels in one of our boxes. Step liv e l y now. When you get things s hip shape you can go down to that st and and get a sandwich and a cup of coffee. That'll hav e to do you till you get your dinner at the-hot el." Nick didn't peed to be told to gef busy, and the wa;y h e went at hi s work met the unqualified approval of his two bosses. However, they didn't think it necessary to express to him their satisfaction. They didn't consider that policy. "He's a smart bQy," remarked Hanks to his partner. "I hope we'll be able to keep him." "I don't think you need worry," replied Tooker. "Just leave him. to me, and I guess he'll stick all right." Some time before the procession was ready to start, Nick had finished his work and was industriously getting on the


10 A SURE WINNER. outside of a huge mea:t sandwich and a cup of smoking coffee. The acrobat who had noticed him the night before at the "snack-stand" spoke to him when he r::aw him at the eating booth, and introduced him to a c0uple of other per formers who came up to sample the morning fare. Later on he was introduced to the clown, who in turn made him acquainted with his wife and daughter. The former was the "mother" of the.. show, while the latter, a pretty girl of twenty, was one of the star bare back riders, who did all kinds of stunts over banners and through tissue-covered hoops. At last everything was in readiness, and the procession, all gaudy with banners, streamers and flaas with the band 0 playing fortissimo, entered the streets of Sidney. The parade was preceded by the general manager on horseback. He had already been over the route once, noting its con ditions born of long experience. Sometimes his foresight bids him change the route, for at some points the road may be too rough, or a bridge may not look strong enough to bear an elephant, or perhaps the aelvance man did not appreciate that at a certain point the parade would "double" on itself. Through densely crowded streets the procession measured its gaudy passage. By the side of the band wagon a cloud of small boys kept tireles s pace all the way to the lot. The clown, disguised as a countryman, in a dilapidated wagon behind a wretched-looking horse, became involved in all kinds of plights that served to raise a laugh But long before the procession reached the lot, Nick was there helping to get the candy and peanut stands in shape, while the canvasmen were raising the tents into position. I CHAPTER VI. IN W.HICH OUR HERO TAKES IIIS FinST LESSON IN HORSEMANSHIP. Nick had to cut up lemons and assist in the compounding of that mysterious decoction called circus lemonade. He was called on to help lay out the various wares dis pensed by'"l:Ianks & Tooker in the booth .in the big tent and also in the booth on the outside. In the meantime the parade reached the lot, and soon the performers were resuming their every-day attire, in readiness to go to the hotel for dinner. Nick accompanied the first lot of them, 8.Ild secure d a place at the table with Allan Ramsay and several other performer<., to whom he was introduced. There wasn't much on the bill of fare he let escape him, and when he rose from the table he declared he felt as fQ.11 as a tick. "Wl1at kind of a tick?" l aughed Ramsay. "A bed-tick?" "Or a watch tick?" snickered another. "No," r!Jplied Nick, innocently. "I mean the insect you catch off the bushes, which screws its head into your flesh and sucks your blood." "A sort of bucholic bedbug, you mean," grinned a trapeze artist "A bucholic bedbug is good," chuckled Ramsay. Then the whole bunch left the table and returned to the lot. In. a short time the big tent began to fill up for the afternoon performance, and the indications showed that the sea.ting capacity would be taxed to its limit. Here's where the systematic thoroughness of the circus usber came into play in seating the big audience, for it was his business to see that no spectator took up more room than he was entitled to. Nick's experience that a fternoon was very similar to what it had been during the previous evening, and he was kept on the run until the performance was over, shortly before five o'clock. And so, for some weeks after that, there was scarcely any variation in the life led by Nick Long. Andy Tooker bought him a cheap but substantial suit of clothes during his first week and took the price out of his wages. Nick's engaging manners and wonderful good-nature, added to his good looks, soon made him a favorite among the performers, and eventually attracted the attention of the equestrian director. That gentleman looked him over critically, and finally asked him how he'd like to learn to ride a horse, with the ultimate purpose of becoming a bareback rider. "I don't believe I'd be able to learn, sir," replied Nick, Lloubtfully. "Nonsense!" answered the director. "You'd learn :fast enough under a competent It's my opinion you're cut out for the business. You're only wasting your peddling lemonade and candy around the 'big top.' What does Mr. Hanks pay you?" "One dollar and a half a week." "A paltry stipend," sniffed the equestrian director, "that any boy can earn after a day's practl:ce. As a rider you will have a far easier time of it during the show season, and you will be able to command a salary of from twentyfive dollar s upward, according to the skill you display in your act. Think it over, Master Long, and let me know in a day or two." "But who will teach me?" faltered Nick. "I haven't any money to pay for instruction, sir "Don't let that worry you, young man. Allan Ramsay told me he'd take you in hand and malrn you as good as himself It won't cost you a nickel." "Will Allan Ramsay really fry to teach me how to ride like he does?" exclaimed Nick, for he and Allen had got to be great friends." he will, and take great pleasure in doing so." "It's very kind of Allan," replied Nick, with a feeling of gratit ude toward his new friend . Yes, it was very kind of Allan Ramsay, of course


A SURE WINNER. u It would take a great deal of his time and patience to initiate Nick into the skilful line of business he himself followed for a living. But Ramsay had figured the matter all out, a.pd saw an excellent chance for a fine rake-off to come his way. He proposed to make an -agreement with Nick that would greatly redound to his own benefit when his young friend attained a proficiency which would enable him to go into the ring, and consequently upon the regular payroll. Ramsay had a great business head, and, being a favorite with the equestrian director, had talked the matter up with J;im and gained his consent to the arrangement. He proposed to begin operations at once and carry them on through at the winter quarters of the circus, so that when the show took the road again in the spring Nick Long should be a finished performer, if it was possible to make him one; and, havin g sized up Nick's capabilities, he was satisfied he was making no mistake. "Yo?'ve got it in you, Nick,'r he said, encouragingly, when he met the boy that night after the show at the snack stand "All you need is for some one to bring it out, and ;r'm the lad for that. I'll make a star of you before next spring." "Do you really think so?" asked Nick, anxiously. "Do I? Well, say, leave it to me. You don't suppose it Would pay IDE) to waste time on you if I wasn't cock-sure you'd pan ou do you?" with app a rent enthusiasm. "I shou ldn't think so, Allan," replied the boy, hi s heart going thump, thump at the very idea of qualifying himself for the ring. "Of course not," replied Ramsay, decidedly. "Mark my words, you're a comer." "I don't like the idea of having you go to all the trouble of teaching me for nothing, Allan. If you'll be satisfied to let me make it all right when I'm able to earn something as a rider, why--" "We'll talk about that some other time," said Ramsay, hastily, secretly delighted to see that the boy was playing into his hands. "It was my idea to help you along in the business, but, of course, if you insist on paying me some-. thing--" "I do," replied Nick, earnestly. "And I'm very grateful to you for the offer." "Don't mention it, my boy. I've taken a fancy to you, and when I cfi.um in with a fellow I'm willing to do most anything I can for him." "They've treated me pretty decent since I've been with them." "Of course they have. Why shouldn't they? You're the best boy they ever It's like throwing pearls before swine for you to be wasting your time carrying cmdy, pea nuts and lemonade around among the multitude for a case and a half per." "Well, I don't suppose I'll inconvenience them much, as I won't be able to go into the ring this season, will I ?" "No; I suppose not," admitted Ramsay. "I'll tell Mr. Hanks to-morrow that you're going to teach me how to ride, and if he kicks up a fuss perhaps you'll speak to him yourself?" "Sure I will, or 1\fr. Dickson, the director, will. They're not going to stand in your light, Nick-not if I know it," and he patted the boy encouragingly on the ba:clL Nick went to sleep that night with golden visions of the future dancing through his head. Next day he interviewed Mr. Hanks on the subject, and the candy butcher didn't like the plan worth a cent, for he and Mr. Tooker had already planned to keep Nick with them all winter down South, where they proposed continu ing qperations Messrs. Hanks & Tooker thought they .knew when they had a good thing, and it was their intention to nurse it for all it was worth. However, their desires in the matter ().id not prevail. The equestrian dire c tor curtly told the candy butchers that Nick Long would be taught to ride by .Allan Ramsay, and that was all there was to it. So that day, during the interval between dinner and the opening of the tent for the afternoon show, Nick received his first lesson in horsemanship. He accompanied Allan Ramsay into the ring, and a moment afterward an attendant led in a horse, with a broad wooden saddle. Then Nick noticed a curious piece of apparatus attached to the center pole of the tent. Re had never seen it before, and its presence excited his curio s ity "What's that?" he asked Ramsay, pointing at the wooden projection, which resembled nothing so much as a movable gallows. "That's the 'mechanique,'" he replied. "It is largely used by circus riders when training or learning new feats. It consisted of a belt which went around the waist of the performer, to which was attached a long, elastic rope, which _was again fastened to a wooden, gibbet-like arm. "I thank you very muck, Allan." "All right. We'll let it go at that. ready to begin?" When will you be "With that belt around you, you cannot possibly fall be"I'll have to speak to Mr. Hanks and Mr. Tooker about it," said Nick, with some doubts as to how his employers would look upon the subject, which would compel them to lose the use of his valuable service s for an hour each day. "Oh, bother Hanks and 'rooker," replied Ramsay, with a snap of his finger. "Who cares for them? fve only to speak to the equestrian director to make it all right." "But I wouldn't like to displease them,'' objected Nick. yond the length of the rope, apd no matter how many times you lose your footing on the pad, you cannot by any possi bility come to physical grief," explained Ramsay. "That ought to inspire you with confidence at the start off." Nick thought it would, and was exceedingly well pleased to have such protection against the tumbles his early awk-wardness would bring about. The use of this machine is objected to by some perform ers as reducing the nerve training to a minimum.


12 A SURE WINNER. It is, however, in great favor by all whose nerves are already steadiea. by experi e nce and who are trying new tricks. In the case of women and children the"mecanique" is very employed. "Now, take off your shoes, c;oat and vest," sa id Ramsay. Nick obeyed. The horse was led up, and Nick s prang upon the pad without any assistance from his instructor. Ramsay nodded approvingly. "N ow,'J said th e bar eback rider, as he pulled down the belt which hung from the rope and fastened it around Nick's waist, "stand up and try to hold your balance Re-m e mber, you can't fall." rose to hi s feet, and the s ensation as the anima l moved off at a walk around the sawdust ring was the most curiou s he had ever experienced in his life. As he had a long bridl e to aid him in keeping his tooting, he had no difficulty in maintaining his :footing durin g the first circuit. "How does it feel?" asked bis friend, with a grin. "IGnd of funny,,,.r e plied the boy. "Now we'll g o a little faste r. Look out! your best to hold yourself upright." Ramsa y c racked the long whip he carried, and the horse broke into a gentle canter. The result was as Ram say expected. Nick almost imme diat e ly los t his balance the horse passed on from under him, and he was left dangling at the end of the rope likei a. mec hanical spid e r at the e nd of a long rubb er band. Ram say grinned as his pupil made swimmin g motions in the afr. Pre sent l y the horse came around again and was s topped long enough for Nick to recover hi s footing on the broad saddle. The boy thought he never would be able to l earn the diffi cult knack of standing on a hor se's back, but before the le&' son was over he managed to hold his own for one complete lap at a s traight canter. "Firs t-rat e," remark e d Ramsay, approvingly. "That will do for to-day. We'll try again to-morrow." The horse was led from the ring and Nick returned ro his regular duty. --' CHAPT ER VII. IN WHICH OUR HERO MAKES HIS DEBUT AS THE DASHING METEOR OF ,THE RING. Mr. Dickson, the equestrian director, occasionally came into the ring to watch the progress made by the boy, and one day he was accompanied by the proprietor of the show Both of tbesetgentlemen began to show considera .ble in terest in Nick's instruction from that time on. The young tyro was doing much better even than had been expected of him in so short a time. He took to the line of business like a duck does to water. He was eager tolearn ; and profited by the good aQ.vicc hand ed out to him by Ramsay. There wasn't a moment during his practice hour that he wasn't.doing-his lev e l best to master the art of trick riding. Hee no lon,ger had the slightest difficulty in standing erect.while his horseecircled the ring at his fastest pace. Of course, he hadn't yet learned to di s pense with the saddle It would take many weeks o f assiduous practice l>efore he could hope to mainta.in his balance on the bare, rosineJ back of a circus animal. "You're doing fine," remarked Dickson, at the end of the third week. "You'll soon be abl e to make your debut before.the publi c." "What does he mean by that?" asked Nick, nervously, Rarpsay, dui : ing a five-minutetbreathing spell. "Oh, he's got an idea in his head," replied Ramsay, care lessly. "He can't think of having me appear in the ring!" cried the boy, aghast "Don't worry. Re. won't ask that of you till you can do, credit to your instructor/' answered the performer, in an off-hand way. "I :=;hould hope not?' replied Nick, feeling much relieved, for the prospect of a public appearance in the immediate future dismayed him not a little. Just the same the equestrian director was figuring on that very thing. Re and the proprietor had put their heads together, and this was the result of the conference. One of the features of the show was an equestrian act performed by Mis s Bessie Abbott, d aughter of the lion George Abbott. Bessie was twe lve years of age, and was billed as M'lle from the Cirque Oriental, Paris. Her father was featured as Signor Alto, and h e did a series of remarkable stunts with his man-eating Nubian lion, Raj ah. The equestrian director and the owner of the circus decided to introduce a act, doui:lling Nick and Bessie in a hi g hsounding sensation, the details of which Mr. Dickson was evolving from his fertile brain. He had spoken to Ramsay about it, and Nick's instructor For three lessons only was the "mecanique" used to keep had fallen right in with the idea, :for it ensured him a Nick from falling, and then Ram say decided the boy was financial .revenue the boy's talents at an earlier date able to go it a.lone. than he had expected During the prog iess of the fourth lesson Nick frequently Consequent l y he was more assiduous in roundin g the lost his balance and fell to the sawdust; but in no instance bright boy into shape. ,, \1i:1s he hurt, and on the whole, he seemed to acquire addiNick had met Bessie, and the two had become tional confidence through the absence of the safety device. great friends, though they saw very little <;>f each other.


A SURE WINNER. 18 Bessi e was now encouraged to come into the ring when Xick was practicing, and s h e gave him many s ugge s tion s tha t were far mor e valuable and quicker to b e a c ted upon tha n those g iv e n b y Ram say him s elf. N i c k h a d been provided with trunk s and a suit of :fles h i ngs t o pr act ice in s imilar to thos e worn by the regular per form e r s in t he ring. One mornin g whe n Nick v a s about half through hi s ex e r c i s es, a s econd hor se, equipped with a pad, was led into t h e a r e na, and almo s t immediatel y after Bessie in her regu l ati.o n rin g costume-tights, fluffy shod s kirts and a s p a n g l e d b o di ce-c a me dancing in with the eques trian dir e c t or mu c h to th e boy' s s urprise. "Now, s aid D ic k son, in a bus iness-like way, taking the w hip from Ram say, "I'm going to s e e what you two can do togethe r R e hoi.ste d Bessie onto her pad wher e she sa t demurely, whil e the director b e gan to explain the firs t part o:f the act he had in hi s mind. Now, then g e t bus y," said Dick s on s harply. H e c rack e d t he whip and th e two horse s cantered off s ide b y s ide around the ring. Bessi e s prang gracefull y to her :fe et, with h e r littl e rib b o n-deck e d whip in her hand. "Good graciou s Bessi e !" e xclaim e d Nick th e per s pira t i o n g ath e ring on hi s :forehe ad. "What i s Mr. Dick s on up to? I won' t b e abl e to do a thing. I'm rattl e d completely." A littl e s ilv e r y laugh floated from the girl' s lips. Brace up Nick!" s he s aid c asting a saucy, rogui s h look upon him. "Jus t watch me and do a s I do." ."But I ca.n't, blurted the boy. "You're one o:f .the s t a rs, a n d I m only--" "Come now, you two; what are you wasting time :for?" s hout e d Dickson . "Get a move on." "Put your h a nd on my s houlder Ni c k the little lady s aid s weetly. "Now :follow m e," and s he raised one o:f her limb s and point e d outwa.rd at an ingle. Ni c k imit a ted her. The n s he lea ned :forward, pushing her foot out behind. N ic k f ollowe d s uit, and for an ins tant it looked as i:f he w e r e g oing to take a tumble; but he didn't :for hi s arm on h e r s hould e r s teadied him. A ll things cons idered, Nick did very well at this first r e h e ar s al anc1 was quite delighted to practice with the g raceful little equestrienne. "Well, l a u g h e d Ram s ay, a s he accompanied the boy bac k to the dressing-room, "how does the idea o:f making y our professional debut with Bes sie Abbott s trik e you?" "What !" ejac ulated the boy, s taring at him in amaze m e nt. "You mean to say that's what Mr. Dickson i s UJ1 to do y ou?" "You'v e guessed it. You've mad e s u c h progress since I took hold of you that th e ( main squeeze ha s decided to bring you before th e season end s in a brother and sister act, which ought to be effective, as Bessie i s one o:f the best rid e r s in th e busi1;1.e s s You're in great luck, my boy. Your s alary will b e rai sed, and you'll cut out lemonade and candy selling after that." "Do you think I'll be able tO make good?" he asked his t e a c her, anxiou sly. "Do I? Well, I guess yes," repli e d Ram say, confidently. "And s hall we practice together-Bessie and I-after this?" Ram say nodded. "That's the ope ning o:f your act you were doing to-day. You will go all over it again to-morrow, with s uch addi tions as Dick son t e ll s you. N e xt day, during the first half hour, Nick was taught t o j11mp through a nak e d hoop, and finaly wound up with a l eap throu g h the re g ulation tissu e one. Th e n Bessi e came on 'and the y practiced together. A week passed away, and then one morning Dick s on s topp e d Ni c k a s h e was about to l eave th e ring, after Bessie and he had gone entir e ly through th eir act without a hitch. "You and Bess ie will appea.i tog e ther in public in Lex ington, where we show next Monday," he said, brusquely. "Your costume will be here by Saturday, on the night of which you will seve r your connection with Hanks & Tooker. Your s alary will be paid to Allan Ram say, your instructor, for the balance of the sea son, and whatever money you may r e quir e h e will g iv e you. Under stand?" "Yes, sir, r e plied Nick, che erfully. "That's a11," an s w e r e d the equestrian director, walkin g off. The c ircu s entered Lexington Ky., during the early hour s of Sunday morning and proceeded directly to the lot: Soo n alter s unrise the big top and other tents were erect e d and a t eight o'clock the ent to the hot e l to br e akfa st. Th e was a day of re s t for all hands. Aft e r dinn e r Bes sie and Nick took a walk together through th e cit y Almos t the firs t thing the boy noticed was a long stand of cir c u s bills, and prominently among them was a new one printed in two colors, as follows : MADEMOISELLE CELESTINE, The Youngest and Most Daring Equestrienne in the World, From the Cirque Oriental, Paris, and HECTOR DE VRONDE, The Dashing M e teor of the Ring, From the Cirque Imperielle, Paris, In Their Marvelous, Thrilling and Soul-Stirring Act, Entitled THE FLIGHT OF VENUS AND ADONIS. A Fearless, Fearful Fascinating Feat. Never before ha s the s atiat e d publi c seen a pectacle to so s urel y stir their s luggi s h blood, arous e their admiration, e x c ite their enthu s iasm and command their applause. "Look a t that, B e s s i," cried Ni c k devouring the contents o:f the three-sheet bill the product of the press agent's exuberant fancy, with distended eyes.


14 A SUR E WINNER. I see it, r ep l ied the pretty golden -hai red miss, with a ripplin g laugh. "Isn't it just l ovely?" "But Hector de Vronde I don't understand--" "Why, that's you, you goose! she cried with a rog u ish smi l e cracked his whip at the legs of the clown, who uttered "Ouch!" as if in pain, and the crowd laughed. "What dan I do for you, mademoiselle?" Mked the ring master, po itely. Bessie made her request, the article was handed to her "Me! gasped Nick. by the clown, then the band started up and they were off O f cou rse." once more. \Vhy, my name is Nick Lo n g, and I n ever came from In an instant the great audience seemed to vanish from the Cirque I mperielle, Paris before Nick as the horses increased their speed to a mad "You.sill y boy I That's your professional name now." pace under the cracking of the ringmaster's whip and the "Oh That's it. But read what it says: 'In their increasing fortissimo and speed of the band vel ous, Th r illing and Sou lStirring Act What do you "Hoopla!" cried Bessie, excitedly, as the act drew near thi n k of t h a t ?" to its exciting termination "It's j ust spl e n did," she r eplied, enthusiastically. Nick straddled the two whirling horses-a foot on each 'A Fearless, Fearfu l FMcinating Feat,'" went on one-and seized her tightly by the waistband Nick "Oh, B essie!" Then she raised one foot to the boy's hip and sprang into "We ll isn't it? D on't you hold me aloft by the waist the air, bending forward in the attitude of a flying Mer w h i l e you sta nd on both h orses as we make the final round cury. o f the ring, I with one foot on your hip and the other pointAround the ring they went as fast as the excited animals ing b e h i n d, with my hands outstretched, the horses going could race, amid a pandemonium of noise and melody, the at t h e i r highest speed and the band playing like mad? great audience going wild with enthusiasm. Won t t hat sti r t h eir blood?" Nick's breath came thick and fast, and his eyes blazed "Yes, I guess it will,'' admitted Nick, his blood quickenwith a fierce excitement. i n g in his veins as he listened to her description. He lost all track of time and sp ace for the moment, and Monday afternoon came and an immense crowd was Bessie had to cry "Jump!" before he realized the finish present, for it was a beautiful October day was at hand. A t three o'clock Nick came from the men's dressing She dropped lightly io her horse's back, R.nd both sprang room attired in b l ue tru nks and pink fleshings, with a to the sawdust as the band came to a sudden stop. fancy whip in his hand They bowed and retired amid deafening applause. He was p resently joined by Bessie, in all the glory of a Hardly had they got inside the curtain when one of the brand-new spangled costume, that made her look, in Nick 's attendants called them to return to the ring again, where eyes, like a lovel y li ttle fa iry: they had to repeat the last part of their act Ra msay was on hand to give the boy a word of advice When they made their exeunt from the ring the second a n d encou r agement time Ramsay stepped up to

A SURE WIN .r ER. 11 agents; car No. 1, carrying fifteen persons; first regular The second train carried the elephants, camels and their advertising No. 2, bearing the chief press agent, car keepers, performing, ring and baggage horses, seat and manager and fifteen men; car No: 3, with a dozen men; car stringer wagons, "property" wagons and all the appliances No. 4, carrying a specia l press agent, car manager and ten for the performers and their baggage. men, including "route riders" and special ticket agents; The third train carried more s leeping cars and all the next and finally the l ayer-out," who kept one day ahead cages. of the circus But to r eturn to our story. We haven't space h e r e to describe in detail t h e duties Th e "big top," which covered an immense o blong space of these people-their work was legion. enclosing the t hree rings, was rapidly filling with specWe will merely say that the railroad contractor was the tators for the afternoon show, and the performers were first man out, and. that his chief dt1ty was arranging for nearly all dre ssed and ready for the "grand ent r e e," when the transportation of the circus trains. a terrible roar, a resounding crash, followed almost imme Car No. 1 was professionally known as the "skirmishing diately by a thrilling scream from a woman's lips, echoed car." throughout the canvas structure and startled performers Attached to a passenger train, and about four weeks and spectators alike ahead of the show, came car No. 2, whose force of men Almost im mediate l y there followed a chorus of feminine billed a.nd lithographed for mileR around. sh rieks and men's voices rai sed in alarm, a s the crowd of The men on the two other cars saw to it that the. work visitors in the menagerie tent made a wild stampede to of their predecessors was followed up carefully. escape from the place. The last man, the "layer-out," inspected the lot, fixed "Great Scott!" exclaimed the equestrian director, who the route of the procession and performd a variety ci other happened at the moment to be talking to the principal clown final duties. near the curtain which opened on the ring nearest the scene The r eader w ill therefore understand that there i s a vast of the disturbance. "What has happened?" difference between the Great Occidental to-day and what it A number of the male performers ru s hed for the menag was when Nick Long, now widely known as Hect.or de erie tent, and as the foremost of them swept the canvas Vronde, joined his fortunes to it as an humble assistant covering aside a fearful sight met their gaze. to the candy butchers. Rajah, the big Nubian and one of the grea.t atHiram Hanks and Andy Tooker still run the candy and tractions of the show, had broken from his cage, struck other toothsome privileges, and Mr. Hanks is never tired down his trainer, George Abbott (Signor Alto on the bills), of telling how he introduced to the circus world the famous and now stood above his body, glaring down at the nncon bareback rider, Hector de Vronde, the star in his line of scions man, while he lashed the air savagely with his ponthe present show. derous tufted taiL B essie Abbott, now a love l y girl verging on sixteen years, Against one of the wheels of the cage containing the and her father, with his Nubian lion, the Rajah, are also Bengal tiger crouched the half-fainting form of Bessie with the Great Occidental this year, but there is scarcely Abbott. another face familiar to the old wagon show. At this thrilling moment, when it seemed that the fate It was the filth day of August. of the lion' s owner was surely sealed, a stalwart young a.thThe Great Occidenta l Circ u s had arrived ear l y that lete, in pink fleshings and dark blue trunks, appeared upon morning at Z anesvi lle, Ohio, had given its daily para,de, the scene. and the performers were in the dressing-rooms preparing It Nick Long, the champion bar e back rider of the for the afternoon performance Great Occidental Show. The peop le attached to the show no l onger patronized Taking in the sit uation at a glance, he looked hurriedly the hotels :for their meals, for a "cook tent," one of the arotmd for a serviceable weapon to meet the situation with. marvels of the modern circus, catered to their appetites A yard away stood a tinsmith's heater, with a big solderright on the lot. ing iron thru st among the liv e coals. "As the "cook tents" were the first to be raised in the The boy seized the glowing iron and, boldly approaching morning, so they were the :first to be level ed and packed the of the forest, thrust the heated point within a.way on the cars at night. half an inch of his nose. The last meal 'of the day was served at five o'clock in the The lion sprm1g back with a smot her e d growl a nd seemed afternoon, and two hours later there was no perceptible as if abo-u t to spri ng up his aggressor; but the lad, un t race of the improvised restaurant save the coals which danntell by the peril he was facing, followed up his first glowed in the tw ili ght n;dvantage and l itera ll y drov e Rajah back to his cage. Neither did the circus people s leep as best they might in Several attendants now rushed t1p with long poles armed the traveling vehicles formerly provided :for that purpose. with iron points, with w11ich they proposed to attack the Two sleeping cars now carried performers and business l ion ; but s uch a proceeding was no longer necessary, for staff in the first section, known as the "baggage train," Rajah seemed to ha .ve 'been cowed by Nick which also bore t h e paraphernalia necessary to the immeLong's vigorous and courageous action. diat e wants of the encarnpprnnt. I Th e broken door of the cage was ha s til y repaired by a


18 A SURE WINNER. c o uple of the blacksmith's assistants, the men with the poles standing ready to keep the lion off if he exhibited a ten dency to interfere with the work. In the meantime the general manager of the show had come upon the spot and was informed of all that had oc curred. He sent the equestrian director and the several ring masters info the rings to address and reas.sure the public. Then he pushed his away through the group of perform ers who had crowded about the unfortunate George Abbott, now coming to his senses under the combined efforts of hi!! daughter and Nick Long. "How is Abbott?" he asked. "Not badly hurt, I hope?" "His right arm seems to be broken, sir," replied Nick. "Any other injuries?" "I don't think so." "Have you sent for a physician?" "Yes, sir." 1 ''.From what I hear, Long, you performed a nervy action. Your presence of mind under such startling conditions is much to be commended. If that beast had got out among tHe spectators, good Lord the results would have been deplorable. I thank you in the name of the proprietors of the show, and will see that your gallant conduct is properly :represented to them." "Well, I did the best I could under the circumstances, Mr. Sheldon," replied Nick, modestly. "My dear fellow, you couldn't very well have done bet ter," answered the general manager, enthusiastically. "You certainly deserve a medal." And this also was the unanimous sentiment of all pres ent, many of whom had witnes.sed the affair and were eagerly spreading the story among those who had arrived later on the scene. At this point the doctor arrived and took the injured l ion trainer in hand. He found that the man's left arm was broken near the shoulder and he had 'received a severe blow on the head from the animal's paw, though the scalp showed little signs of injury. He set the broken arm and ordered that Abbott be moved to his berth in the sleeping car. His directions were carried out as the performers, in cluding Bessie, his daughter, and Nick Long, to whom he owed his life, scattered to take their places in the grand e n tree CHAPTER IX. IN WHICH OUR HERO RECEIVES A MUNIFICENT REWAR D The two had met on the way from their dressing-room to the eating tent. As it happened, this was the first opportunity they had had of exchanging a word since the beginning of the after noon "I ain sure you believe I am very grateful to you, Nick," she continued, earnestly. "I know you are, Bessie, so don't say another word about it." "Oh, but I will," she cried, with girlish persistency. "You always will have your own way," he laughed, look ing a bit tenderly at the pretty equestrienne. managed to boss me about ever since the day I made my first appearance in the ring, with you as the bright particu lar star "What nonsense!" she cried, with a little blush. "Just as if I could!" "Oh; you do it all right," he replied, nodding his head in a contented kind of way, as if to imply that he rather relished the air of proprietorship she exercised over him. "Well, I haven't any' kick coming, Bessie. You've made me what I am." "What a ridiculous assertion, Nick! You are the cham pion ba,;eback rider of the show, while I-I'm only the same Mademoiselle Celestine. Just a little bit older, you know, and consequently less interesting." "You never can be Jess interesting to me, Bessie," he said, gravely and earnestly "Oh, N:ick You are very good to say that, but--" She dropped her head and blushed. "But what, little girl? There's no buts in this thing at all. I'm sure if it hadn't been for your advice and encour agement I'd never have amounted to shucks a s a rider." "You know that isn't so, Nick. If you hadn't had the thing in you I never could have helped you even a tiny, weeny bit." "Well, there's something in that, of course; but, all the same it was really you who made me like the business." "I'm glad." "Are you really, Bessie?" "Why, of course I am." "Are you glad your father refused the offer to go out with 'The Greatest Show on Earth'? He'd have taken you with him, of course, and then--" "Yes. I'd rather be with the Great Occidental." "Would you? Why?" eagerly. "Because I've always been with it since it was a single ring wagon show, and it's like a n old friend." "Is that the only reason?" with a shade of disappoint ment in his voice. "Isn't that a good reason?" in surprise "Yes. It's a good reason all right. 0111-y I thought--" "What?" "Nick, you dear, good boy How shall I ever thank you enough for saving my dear father's life?" said Bessie, tears of gratitude shining in her lovely brown eyes. The boy paused, as they stood just outside of tp.e eating tent, toward whic h the performers were now all gravitating, and kicked his heels into the dirt, while he looked :fixedly 1 at one of rope stakes. "Don't mention it, Bessie. I'm only too happy to know that I was able to do your father a service." It wanted a few minutes o f five o'clock.


A SURE WINNER. 17 "Oh, nothing. It doesn't matter. Let's go in and he started ahead. Bessie looked at him and then laid a on his arm. "Now, what were you going to say? I want to know." There was something of the old imperious way in her manner which had always charmed the boy and made him her devoted slave. "It wouldn't interest you," he replied, without any life in his words. "How do you know it wouldn't?" "I don't know. I only think so." "Why do you think so?" she persisted. "Oh, because-" he blurted out, and then he stopped. "Because what? That's only a woman's reason." "Well," he replied, desperately, "what I was going to say is: I thought perhaps the reason why you were glad your father decided to stay with the Great Occidental was because we-you and I, you know-would be together with the same show. 1 But of course--" "Why, you &,_illy boy!" she answered, with heighteneil color. "You know I'm glad we're in the same show. I couldn't get along without you." "Why not? We each do our own turn these days. So far as you are concerned, I don't count any more." "Who said you didn't, Nick Long?" sh& asked, spiritedly. "I say so." "Don't be foolish. You always count-with me." She fl.ashed him a look that sent his blood racing through his veins, and then she darted into the tent, for they didn't sit at the same table. "I wonder if she meant that?" Nick asked himself, with a Jittle thrill of joy "Dear Bessie I I don't think I'd have the heart to work if she wasn't with u s I'm glad I was on hand to help her father to-day-he had a close call of it. Maybe-" He didn't get any further, for a hand was laid on his shoulder at that moment and the cheery voice of a brother performer came to his ears. "Hello, old chap. What's the matter with you? Aren't you going to eat?" "Sure thing," b e replied, as l1e recognized one of the star acrobats. "Let's go inside." Afte r the evening meal the performers had a couple of hours to themselves. 1 Bessie decided to utilize the time by visiting her father, as she was anxious to know how he was getting along. The railroad yard was not a great distance away, sn when she came out of the eating tent she waited till Nick made his appearance, when she went up to him and proposed that he accompany her. Of course he was delighted to do so. She hurried off to get her hat, a little g}rpsy straw, in which the boy said she looked real cute; and together they left the lot. They found George Abbott propped up in his bunk in the sleeper. He was very glad to see them, as the time had hung ter ribly slow on hi s hand s that afternoon. arm pained him a good" deal, and he said his head didn't feel just right after the blow the lion had gived him, but oth e rwise he was all right, and told theip the doctor had said he would around in a week or so, tho'!lgh it would be longer before h e could appear, a s he was adver tised to do, in the Rajah 's cage and put the unimal through bi's paces. "I shQn't forget what yo11 did for me, my lad," he said, earnestly, to Nick. "One of the men told me how yo11 drove lion off me and back into hi s cage with a hot soldering iron. It was a daring thing for you to do. It's a wonder Ra.jah stood for it. In ninety-nine cases out of a hundred he'd have laid you out like a pancake ) and chewed you up." Bessie E.huddered and laid her hand upon Nick's arm as her father spoke. Not' until this moment had she realfaecl the full extent of the peril which the brave boy had faced. She recalled now the innate ferocity of the Nubian beast, which long captivity had scarcely subdued. Her father was the only one the animal seemed to fear, and there bad been times when the beast, in a moment of sullen anger, had turned even upon him, and for minutes his life had trembled in the balance. "Well, Mr. Abbott," replied Nick, cheerfully. "I suppose he was more or less dazed at finding himsel outside of his cage, and, as I took him quick, before he had recovered himself I guess that's why I came off first best." "You've figured the thing out correctly. The manage ment has cause to be truly thankful to you. You averted not only a panic among the audience, but you've saved many a human life. Great heaven If Rajah had once taste\:l, aye, even smelled, human blood, nothing under heaven could have held him. His ten years of confinement would have s lipped from him like a mantle, and h e would have been as was the da y h e was captured in the j ung:1es of Nubia-a savage man-eater." The Zanesviile evening papers consideraple space to the lion &pisode, and all praised the courage and presence of mind of the famou s bareback rider, H ect or cle Vronde, who had in s uch a sig nal mnnner proved him s elf equal to the occasion. The story was telegraphed all over the c ountry by the Associated Press, and an item detailing the facts was printed in nearly every morning paper. It also appeared in condensed form in the New York "Clipper," and as a result every circus man in the United States read and commented upon it. We may add here that in time Abbott's arm got well a.nd he Fesumed his act as usual. Next day the show was in Freeport. The lion incident had been judiciou s ly advertised. so as to attract public attention to the hero of the occasion, a.nd that afternoon the immense tent was crammed to suffoca tion, every man, woman and child of whom awaited with


18 A SURE WINNER. fcvcri g h interest the appearance in the ring 0 the great bareback rider-Hector de Vronde. Needle s s to say he received an ovation second only to the one he had received the previous evening in Zanesville. The papers, too, had something to say about him person -.tly, and the articles bore the impress 0 the circus press 1gent's hand, for they bristled with facts that the news ':ditor would never have secured. That da y was pay-day for the performers (on Wednes luys, during the afternoon show, the long line 0 workmen recci ved their weekly wages), and they lin e d up before the pay wagon between the afternoon and evening perform ances. When Nick was handed his envelope he was told that the general manager wanted to see him. Wondering what the great mogul wanted with him, he presented himself before Mr. Sheldon, whom he found talk ing to one of the owners, who accompanied the circus in a private car attached tO the rear 0 the last train. "Mr. Long," said the general manager, in a genial voice, "I have sent for you to express to you the deep s ense 0 obligation the management feel under to you for your praiseworthy action yesterday afternoon in Zanesville when the lion escaped from his cage. There i s little doubt but your prompt and effective way-all the more commendable because adopted on the spur of the moment-of coming to the rescue at such a critical moment prevented a lamentable panic, which could only have resulted disastrously to the proprietors 0 this show. The management therefore eel that you deserve some substantial evidence 0 their grati tude for the service you have rendered them, so I have been instructed by Mr. Jackman here to pre s ent you with the company's check for the sum 0 one thou s and dollar s ." Thus speaking, Mr. Sheldon hand e d th e a s toni s hed Nick Long an oblong slip 0 paper, which bore a lithographed picture 0 a circus tent and the word s "Great Occidental Show" on the stub end, and represented an oi'der on the show's bankers to pay to the lad the sum mentioned in the currency 0 the country. Nick was certainly taken by s urpri se, or he had not expected to be rewarded for what he had done, unless it was with the smiles and grateful appr e ciation 0 pretty Bessie Abbott, which was more to him than all the money in the world. He accepted the check, however, as such a thing as a re fusal to do so would have both surprised and offended the nabobs 0 the show, and thanked the general.manager and Mr. Jackman in a somewhat confused way. Then the very first thing lie did was to run off and show it to Bessie, who congratulated him with sparkling eyes. CHAPTER X. IN WIIIC'H OUR HERO HAS AN MEETING WITH LUKE BAGLEY. Next day was Sunday, the circus man's day 0 rest and relaxation. start from the Sattlrday sto..nd i s always made the sam e ni g ht, and the Sabbath respi te i s improved for long rail r o a d run s 'fhe r oute i s s o pla nned in ad vance that on no one.night, except Saturda y i s the j ourne y s o long that, everything favorable, the r e will be tardy arrival. The usual run is eighty to ninety miles ; the trips 0 one hundr e d and fifty and two hundred mile s are re s erved for Saturday-night . Th e r e.fore whe n Nick, who was still a comparatively early riser for a professional, tumbl e d out 0 hi s bunk in the sleeper, he found the train s till on the move, with the0 s everal more hours in the cramped quarters 0 the car. Knowing from past experience that the re s ources 0 the train restaurant would be s orely taxed, for circus appetites are voracious in the morning, he had prudently laid in a supply 0 ruit and food the night b e fore, and placing a chair upon the car platform, for the day was wa1m and s unny, lie proceeded to make the bes t 0 the situation. Nick passe d a whole hour in s olitary contemplation of the shifting landscape, smiling under the morning sun, before any 0 hi s companions made their app e arance. He often thought 0 Allan Ram say, who had initiated him into the business, and incidentally pocketed seven e ighths 0 a six weeks' salary, and subs equently one-half 0 the following season's pay, in return or expendi ture 0 time and patience at the company's winter quarters. Nick never kicked, for the young man had practically made an arti s t 0 him. Now Ramsay was with the "Gre atest Show on Earth," and the boy at rare intervals re ceive d a letter from him. Nick's new chum was Arthur Dale, an a e rial artist, one 0 a trio called the "Rinaldo Farnil y"-two men and a w'lman-whose "gymnic gyration s sweeps, s wings and somersaults, altitudinous a scens ions and far flight s (according to the press agent) "kept the dizzy h e ight s 0 the canva s dome alive with activity." Arthur was a cle ver young f ellow 0 about Nick's own age, m1d the two w e re warm friend s.' He was the second p e rformer to turn out on this Sunday morning, and he came out on the platform a s the t rain slowed down at a ways ide station for the engine to take water. "How long have you been up, old man?" he inquireJ. "Oh,. about an hour," replied Nick, carele ssly. "You're always an early bird." "Sure thing. I was brought up to it, and I can't get it out 0 my bones," grinned Long. "I hate the morning," remark e d Dale. "I'm alway s as stiff a s a piece 0 new leather. Let' s get off-I s e e the train ha s come to a s top. I want to s tretch my limbs." "Sarne here," said Nick, leaping to the ground. His companion stepped down with painful slowness. "Funny, isn't it, we're always this way the morning after the show?" he said "That's right. You can always tell a performer from a


A SURE WINNER. 19 r workingman by the way he gets off the car I wonder "It'll interc::ii you all right when you hear about it," said what village that is yonder?" Luke, in so signifl.cant a way that Nick looked at him in "Don't ask me, Nick," answered Dale. "Better inq,uire surprise of the station agent, if he's about, if you want to knov' "What do you mean?" real bad." "Come up to the store and the o l d man will te ll you all Nick hadn't any great curiosity on the subject, and, ..ieabout it. sides, the station agent was in bed asleep at that moment "Sorry I can't oblige you," said Nick, "but I can't leave 1'1::.Bre was a big, freckle-faced boy standing on the platthis train form, however, who was gaping with all eyes at the circus "This i s the circus train, isn't it? The one that's billeJ train. to show in Peoria to-morrow?" His face seemed to be familiar to Nick as he drew near "You've got it right." to him, and he looked at him narrowly, but couldn t place "You don t mean to say you belong to the circus, do him. you?" replied Luke, in great astonishment. Suddenly the boy turned and looked him squarely in the "Yes; I'm with the show. face. "Why, what can you do ?" almost scornfully. His mouth opened and his protruding eyes opened wider. "Oh, I can ride a little," laughed Nick Like a flash Nick recognized him. "So can I, but that don't count much for a circ u s." "Luke Bagley, is that you?" "Not your si.ylc of riding, I guessY "Nick Long!" "I can ride as good as I ever seen you do," snorted L uke., "Right you are, Luke. What are you doing out this indignantly. way? How are things around Salem, eh?" "I'm not di s putin' that," replied Nick, pleasant l y Dunno. W o don't-tive at Salem no more "The n wha t are you talkin' a.bout? Are you a canvas"No ?" in some surprise. "No. Dad sold out and come here. We're keepin' a store." "In the village yo,ider ?" Luke Bagley nodded. "Say, what did you run away from u s for?" he asked, iri some little excitement. 1< And where have you been all thi s time?" "I guess you know why I ran away, Your father threat ened to give me the whipping of my li.fe, tied me up to a post in the barn to make sure r shouldn't get away, and 1 concluded not to stand for it, so I made tracks for Brentville "Well, you made the mistake of your life by doin' it," replied Luke, with a grin "I'm afraid there's a difference of opinion between us on the subject," laughed Nick. "That's because you don't know what you missed." "I know what I didn't miss," smiled the circus rider. "What's that?" "The whipping your father had laid out for me." "You wouldn't have got it." "Wouldn't I?" chuckled Nick, incredulously. "No." I "Why, if I rightly remember, you were as anxious as your father to see that I got it to the limit." "That hain't got nothin' to do with it. We changed our minds "Very kind of you, indeed," replied ick, s arcastically "Somethin' turned up that caused u s i.o," went on Luke. "Must have been very important to work such a s udden effect." "It was," grinned the boy, wagging hi s head in a positiV'e way. "I'm afraid it can't be of any intere s t to me now,, so we'll forget it." man?" Ni c k s hook his head . "Maybe you're one of the chaps that drive the wagons? curiou s ly. \ "You've got another guess coming, Luke," sai d Nic k in an amu sed tone "Well, what do you do, anyway?" "Would it really interest you to know?" "Sure it would "Well, then, I ride in the ring." "The deuce you do!" opening his bulging eyes ag ain "One o f the fellows in the grand entree, eh?" "Yes, I ride in the grand entree. We all do." "Gee! Couldn't you get me a job at that?" eage rl y "I'm s ick of the store, and I'd like to make a change. How much do you get for it?" "I'm afraid there isn't !!JlY opening at present, Luke." "Couldn't you let me know when there is?" "You're better off at home, Luke. Circus life isn't what it's cracked up to be." "I'd like to go along with one for a while. Say, you'd better come along with me and see the o l d ma n. Y ou c an go to Peoria by another train." "Couldn't think of it, Luke." "You don't know what you're missin', Nick L o n g." "Come, now, what are you driving at?" "The old man will tell you if you go and see him." "It's very important, I suppose," laughed Nick "I guess you'll find it so," nodded Luke. "Well, as you seem to know a good deal about it, wh.v don't you put me wise to it? The train will be going in minute." "You'v e got to see the old man. He lmows all the par ticulars. What I could tell you wouldn't do you no good." "T-oo t T-oo-t Two screeches from the locomotive warned Nick an d


20 A SURE WINNER. oth e rs belonging to the lrain whp had got off that tli.e ncer was on th e poinL o f s tartin g up a g ain ""Tell, I m off, Luke. If you p e opl e h a v e an y thing im portant Lo tell n11e you c an writ e me, c ar e of th e Great Oct i)cr followe d in clos e order. Few of the performer s or s taff m e mber s went to the lot for Sunday meal s although th e eating t ent awaited their presence. They r e gi H t e r e d at th e local hotel s and s p ent mich oi their time in writing and readi11g At the lol. the was on e of p e ace and qui et. rrhe can v a s of the "big" and oth e r "tops," whi c h had no"t been elevated lay passive on the g round r e ad y for th e men to 11aul them aloft at sunrise. Nick and Bessie genera.lly s pent th e cla,v in e a c h other' s company, eith e r at the car s or walking about town, '.lccord.ing to weather conditions. Nic k and Arthur Dale, in company with one or two other performer s walked out to the lot which was on the and then took a trolley ride to a small adjacent to'rn and back. Ou their return Arthur and the other s proceeded to a hotel to take dinner, whil e Ni c k k e pLon to the railroad y ard to mee t Bessie and dine with her at a big urant a few blocks distant. Af: .he approached tlie sleeper s he saw Bessie, with her lwt on, leaning from the platform of her car. 'l'hough some little di s tance off, he s ignaled to her witli his h a nd for he gues sed s he was on the lookout for him. She answered him, jUtJiped to the ground and started to walk toward him. .\t that moment a gymna s t nam e d Jac k son Parke, who had been s omewhat atte ntive to Bessie on the s ly, app e ar e d around the corner of an empty freight car _:._and confronted h e r. didn't like Jackson Parke and tried to avoid him, b11t was not f'uccessful. "Don' t be so coy, Miss Abbott," said Parke, with a ; mirk that was habitual with him. Y ou might p ermit me the pl e a s ur e of a few word s with y ou." Parke was a good-looking y oung f e llow and thought himself irresi s tible with the ladies. "You' ll have to excus e me, Mr. Parke/'' an s wered Bessie, whose mann e r toward him was not e n c our ag ing. "Why, what 's y our hurry?" h e a s ked barring her prog-ress. "I've got a n e n g a ge m ent," s h e r e pli e d coldly. "It will keep a little while I gue ss, h e s aid, coolly. "Will you please l e t me pass?" "Ce rtainly after you v e honor e d m e with your presen c e for a few mom ents," he an s w e r e d with an irritatin g s mile. "But I've no tim e to talk with you, Mr P a rke," p e r sis ted Bessie, fe e ling greatly provok ed. "Oh, but you can mak e a littl e time, y ou know. I h a ven't had a word with you .for three da ys, and that i s n t fair." "If you iue a g entle man, Mr. Parke, y ou will not d e tain me," cried Bessie, angrily, making another futil e effort t o get b y "Why, of cour s e I'm a gentl e man h e said twirlin g his s mall bla c k mu s tache. "Com e r e a s onable, Mi s s Bessi e I was going to a s k you to take dinne r with me. Will you honor me?" "No, sir She gave it to him s traight from the shoulder, for s he was very indignant over his conduct. "Why not?" "I wish you'd leave me alone, Mr. Parke. If you don 't--" "Well if I don't, what then?" h e l a ughed, tantalizingl y "I'll have to to Mr. Long "Indeed!" with a sneer. "I have no use for Mr. Long whatever." "'l'hank y ou, Mr. Parke s aid Nick who ove rhe1!'rd the remark as he stepped up. "It i s quite mutual." Jackson Parke swung around on his heel and fac e d the young equestrian, whose approach he had not h e ard. "What do you mean by that?" he d e manded, a ggres sively. "Nothing more than you meant by your r e mark Mr Parke," replied Nick, with mock politeness. "What do you mean by s tealing up b ehind me in that way?" angrily. "I wasn't aware that I stole up behind y ou. If you hadn't been so deeply engaged with Miss Abbott you might easily have heard my footsteps." "I don't care to talk with you, Nick Lon g." "You're not to, Mr. Parke. Come, Bessi e w e'll run along, if you s ay s o." She quickly brus hed b y th e handsom e a crobat, join e d Nick and then, without anoth e r word to Jackson Parke, they walked off up the railroad track s "I'm so glad ysiu came jus t when y ou did Nick s h e s aid earnestly. "Was Parke annoying you?" "Yes, indeed. He wouldn't let me by." "Why not?"


' A SURE WINNER. "He ins i ste d that I s hould s top and speak to him." Oh, did he ? l a u g h e d N ick. "Yes. A nd h e h ad t h e c heek to ask me to go to dinner with him," crie d Bessie, indignalltly. "You didn't seem to a ppreciate the honor very much," he g r inned, c h eer fully, for h e was r athe r t i c kl e d than otherwis e t o see Jackson Parke ta k e n dow n a peg. "Honor Indeed! wit h a toss of h e r pretty head. "Of course you c ouldn t accept for you had already p romised to go w ith m e." ".Tust as i f I'd go with him, a ny way. I don't like him o n e b i t "And h e's s uch a handsome f e llow, too with a tanta lizin g s mile. "Ar en' t you ju s t t o o provoking, Nick Long!" :fl.as hing a s a ucy look in his fa.ce. "Am I ? W e ll I'v e got t o get back at you once in a whil e." "Get back a t m e What do you mean?" "We ll you know you pu t it all ove r m e once in a while, when you h a pp e n t o b e in the mood. Come, now, own up I d o n t know what you' r e t a lking about/' s he with a pout D o n t you know that you tea s e the very life out of m e s o metimes?" D o I ?" "Yes, you do. Whenever I'm.in earnest with you that' s th e time you r o ast m e ) "The idea I did n t t h i nk you w e r e e ver in earnest about anyt h i n g except y our work "We ll I'm in ear nest a b out anot her thin g." "An d what i s i t, pray?" with a s ly glance in his face. "Haven t you the lea s t id ea? "Why, of course--not," rogui s hly "Do you w an t me to t e ll you. r e al bad?" "If you like." I have trie d to tell you a dozen times, but you always s idet rack m e." "Non sense " Bessie," he sai d tak in g t h e bull b y the horns, "do you like me well enou g h to prom ise t o be m y wif e som e day?" _That w a s com i n g to the point with a vengeance, 3.Jld the girl b l u s hed a deep c rim son and l ooked down on the ground. I w a n t an a nswer Bessie. I love t h e v e ry g round you walk on, and this s u s pe n s e i s w ea rin g on my nerve s Do y ou car e for me. a s I wan t you to ? Will you marry me one of the s e d a y s? What is i t, dear-yes o r no?" s h e a,nswer ed, in a low, s w e et tone. Bess ie, you've m ad e m e very,. v e r y happy." "Rave I ? Th e n I. am v e ry, ver y g l a d .I' A n d s o it was that, in s pit e of the-. f act that if there i s one t hin g frowned upon morethan a n other s in t e nted life it i s adven tu res o f t h e hear t, the seed s of 1 6ve sowe d three yea r s before, w h e n N ick' an d Bessi e mad e their tri ump h a l appe arance in t h e new ac t "The Fli ght of V e nu s a n d A doni s sproute d glorious l y in Illinoi s with the pro s p e ct of a g old e n h arvQs t in the near future. CHAPTER XII. I N WHIOH LUKE BAGLEY RECEIVES THE omous' THIRD DEGREE. Nick Long, or Hector de V rond e a s he was called in the b ill s was th e mos t brilliant and d a rin g bareback rid e r in t h e Gre at Occid enta.l Show, a nd under hi s skilful coachin g Bessi e Abbot t or M'lle Celestine, e clipsed all the lad y riders thi s season. She wa s now able to turn back s omer s ault s from the broad, ros ined haunch of her milk-white hors e 'E s meralda. Both she and Nick owne d their own animals, which they hac1 train e d down to a fine point. Ni c k's.wa s a sple ndid j e t blac k sta llion, with a white star in hi s for e h ea d who a n s w e r e d to th e nam e of Dandy. It is e a s y to b e li e v e that Nick and 'Bessie were uncom monly fond of their animals. Th e s harp li ttle vibrant "clu c k s with which Bessie command e d E s m e r a lda in the ring w e r e which the ani m a l under s tood as w e ll a s s h e did the s waying of the ring mast e r 's whip from left to right or th e pressure of the rid e r' s s lipper. On Monday morning aft e r the pa rade was over, an at, tach e of th e circ u s hunt e d up Nick Long a nd told him that a ver y pe r s i stent y oun g man w ith s andy ha.ir and bulging eyes, w ant e d to see him, and wouldn't take "no" for an a n swer. Of c our s e Nick immediately recogniz e d thi s person a'> Luke Ba g ley, and it annoyed him not a little to find that Luke was followin g him up. "Whe r e i s h e ?" h e a s ked of the attendant. "Outs ide, ba c k of the mena g eri e t e nt.'" "All right I'll .see what he wants Accordingl y Nick s trolled around to the indicated spot jus t a s soon as he had g ot into hi s e very-day clothes. "He llo, Nick,'' e x claimed Luke, in a familiar tone "I've come." . "I see you h a ve," i:eplie d the equestrian, not over-cor dially "I told and th e old man that I'd s een you, and d ad i s comin' over to the show to-night to have a talk with you." "He i s ?" cri e d Nick not at all plea sed at this piece of new s as he had no wis h to meet Mr. Bagley fo11 whom he o nly che rished unpl e a s ant recollection s "Yes,'' r e plied Luke nodding hi s s hock head vi gorou.i:;ly. "I'm afraid I'll have to di s appoint him,'' s aid Nick. "I wouldn't if I was you," an s wered Luke, with a mean ing leer. "It is one of the rules of the cir c u s thait none of the p e rformers are permitt e d to leave the tent until the show i s o v er." : 1'Then he'll wait till the show i s over.'J "Say, Luke, can't you tell me what your father wan.ts to see nie for?" Nope.'' "Why not?" impatiently.


22 A SURE WINNER. "He told me not to open my face to you,'' grinned Luke, I ance comp.rised children under nine years of age, and who who prided himself on the amount of slang he used. paid the half-rate, i. e., 25 cents, it will be seen that some "Very well,Jhen, I won't see him." eleven thousand persons, including those with free tickets, You'll be sorry, all right, if you don't." had to pass the door each day before a dollar 's profit had "Oh, cut it out, Luke. You sang that song in severa l been yielded from this source for the management. keys yesterday morning. I'm sick of hearing it," said Nick, The Great Occidental's "big top" capacity was eight in a tone of disgust. thousand five hundred persons, or seventeen thousand for "All right, Nick. It's your funeral, not mine. .Now, the two daily shows, and it was no uncommon thing for let's ta lk of somethin' else.'7 the net revenue to be supplied entire ly by. side -show, pea"Well, make it short and to the point. I'm going to nute, popcorn, lemonade and other small dinner." "You seem to know all about it, Luke," replied Nick, "Where do you eat? At a hotel?" coldly_ "No. In a long tent on the other side of the big top." "Sure I do," in a confident tone. "Now, I want you to "What do you ciill the big top?" Mked Luke, who was introduce me to the boss of the shebang." unfamiliar with circus terms. Nick was on the point of curtly refusing his request, "The main tent, or auditorium, which covers the three when a brilliant plan of getting rid of his persevering visrings." itor occurred to him1 "Oh!" eja.Culated Luke, feeling much enlightened. "You It had been worked before, and there was no reason why call that the big top. Well, it's big enough, all right. You it wouldn't be just as effective with Luke Bagley. mu st occupy a ten-acre lot here." "I can't introduce you to the proprietor, Luke, but I'll I "About that. Anything of less area would mean cramped t e ll you what I'll do-I'll turn you over to the head clown quarters." a nd let him pass upon you." "Well, see here, Nick. I've come over to join this cir "All right," replied the gullible Luke, quite delighted at cus, and I want you to introduce me to the boss and put in the offer. a good word for me." "Come with me," said Nick,_ and Luke followed him 'fis that all you want me to do, Luke?" asked Ni ck, sararound to the other side of the big top. "Wait round here castica.lly, amazed at the nerve of his old tyrant. till dinner i s over and I'll do what I can for you." "If you can do any more I shan't forget it when pay-day Luke agreed oto wait, and then Nick, with a suppressed comes around," grinned young Bagley, condescendingly. grin, went into'the midday meal. "Thanks. There's nothing mean about you, is there, Dan Leno was the name of the head clown of the Great Luke?" Occide ntal Show, and Nick sought him out and told him "Not on your tintype,' there isn't. If you'll go over to he had a very persistent applicant for a circus job on his the corne:v-grocery yond!!r I'll blow you off now." hands, a boy who once upon a time had lorded it over him This was an uncommonly generous offer on Luke's part, to the top of his bent, and he asked the clown if he would and quite a safe one, as the peo. ple attached to a circus ar e take his former tyrant in hand. not permitted under any circumstances to indulge in stim "Sure I will," chuckled Leno, with alacrity. "Where i s ulants. 1'1.e ?" "I thought I told you yesterday morning that we had no "Come with me and I'll introduce you to him." opening for new peqple," said Nick, ignoring Luke's bibi. Nick easily found Luke hovering around the appointed lous invitation. rendezvous .. "I know you did, but I thought maybe you was foolin'," "This is Mr. Leno, our head clown, Luke. Mr. Leno, returned the aspirant. Luke Bagley." "I wasn't fooling. I stated the fact." "So you want to join the circua, do you, my lad?" asked "You have such a lot of people that one more can't make the clown, with a twinkle in his eye. much difference to the boss. Circuses coin money, you "That's what I do," replied Luke, airily. know." "Well, come with me and I'll see what's in you." Evidently Luke Bagley was laborin g under a popular Luke was escorted with great deference to the men's misapprehension regarding the profits of the circus busidressing -room, received by the performers, mos t of whom ness. had received the tip, with keen anticipatory delight, and As a matter of fact, some of the large organizations have ostentatiously welcomed to their ranks. continued in existence for periods of several years without "You will have to begin your career as a laugh-pro returning a cent on the investment, or at an actual opervoker,'' explained Leno, ''as tha.t is the only vacancy we ating loss. have at present.n The daily expenses of the Great Occidental Show were Luke was tickled to death at the idea of making his pla.ccd by the management at over four thousand dollars. debut as one of the clowns. when it is stated that the daily average free admissions, "Get into these," ordered Dan, producing a suit of largely tickets given for bill-posting privileges, amounted I tights to about one thousand, and that one-quarter of the attendLuke undressed and assumed the fleshings.


A SURE WINNER. 23. An old, grotesque, loose dress was handed to him, and he was requested to put it on. His hair w_as filled with powdered sawdust, his face was daubed with chalk and dye stuffs, and then Leno ordered him into the nearest ring. There the ringmaster, prepared to do his part, awaited him. Luke soon felt the sharp la sh of the wlup upon his naked legs, an(J. was put through a course of sprouts that took al l desire for a circus l ife 1 out of him. He finally left the dressing-room a sadder if not a wiser boy, and so disgusted was he that he didn t attend either the afternoon or even ing show, as had been his intention. CHAPTER XIII. IN WRICH OUR HERO OVERHEAI1ll A PLOT AGAINST HIS HORSE, DANDY. A .cloud y morning greeted the arrival of the Great Occi dental Show in Lincoln, Ill., and the chances of a disagree able rain before the day was over l ooked good There is nothing l ike a spe ll of rainy weathe r to. breed a feeling of despair in a showman, but it is inevitable that sometimes rain and mud a.nd wind be encounte red. So prepared was the Great Occidental for exigencies that nothing short of a flood would prevent unloading and the presentation of some sort of exhib ition. During the parade the sky g rew darker and darker and the prospect less favorable for a big crowd; but still no rain fell, which was fortunate for the li ghtly clad performers, as well as.for the gaudy trappings and gilded vehicles. Everything and everybody returned to the lot without mishap; t h en the people began to hustle into their regular togs to go to dinner. The elouds lowered over the land scape, a twilight air brooded upo:n the face of nature, and it soon began to rain. Nick was seized with a sudden d esire to enter the de serted menagerie tent and take a look at Rajah, the Nubian lion, in ponderous cage He had a curiosity to see whethar the beast was much affected by the change in the weather. while standing in the shadow of an adjacent cage he heard t .wo persc.ns enter the tent and stop within a few feet of him. He recognized them immediately by their voices One was Jackson Parke and the other the stud groom to whom he eonfided the care of his brilliant and intelligent stallion, Dandy. "Now I'll talk to you, Blickett," said Jackson Parke. "There's no one here, consequent l y we can converse without fear of being overheard. You say Long hauled you over the coals becallSe he ca ught you with a sma ll fl.ask of brandy in your possession?" 1 "Yes. And he threatened to report me to the management if the thing occurred again, curse him!" cried Blick ett, angrily. "Well, are you going to sta nd for that? From a mer e boy, too?" r emarke d Parke, in a taunting tone. "What can I do? He's got me dead. If he reported m e to the general manager my name would be Tim Flynn in no time." "What can you do? Why, get back at him, of course." "I would in a minute if I only knew how," grated the groom. "Do you mean that?" asked Jackson Parke, eagerly. "I do, so h e lp me bob!" hissed Blickett, his features working convulsively. "S'posi ng I show you a way?" "Say, Mr. P arke, what are you tryin' to do? Draw me out, and then--". "And then what?" "Give me away? If I thought so, I'd--" "Well, what would you do?" asked the acrobat, coolly. "I'd make you c_urse .the day you were born," glared the groom "Look here, Blickett, I'm not trying to do you. Why s hou l d I? On the contrary, I want to put you in the way of g etting square with Nick Long." "Why?" asked the groom, suspici ou s ly "Why! 'Cause I hate the fellow as J;iad ab you do, if not worse," cried Parke, a.nd, judging by the ton e of his voice, he meant it. "Why do you hate him? What have you ag'in him?" "He's cut me out with the gir l I'd give a year's sal. to win." "You mean Bessie Abbott, don't you?" grinned the groom. "I do." "You'll never get the inside track with her while Long's a round." "I know it. Tl:tat's why I want to do him." "How can you? If I knew of a sa"fe way, I'd--" "Try it, eh?" "I would." "Listen to me, then. I can show you a way that'll cut him to the quick." "You can?" hoarsely. "I can." "And is it safe?" "Perfectly." "What i s it?" "My scheme i s to strike him through hi s horse." "Through his horse?" "Yes. He thinks the world of the animal." "I don't wond er He's a dandy, both by name an d edu cation I ought to know, for I handle him." "That's just it. I can't reach him, but you ca.n." "What's your little game??' Jackson Parke put his hand in his pocke t and drew out a pill box. Taking off the cover be said : "Do you see that?"


24 A SURE WINNER. "I do. It's a bolus, i s n t it?" "Yes. I want you to put that into his mouth this after noon just before you lead him into the ring." "What will it do to him?" "Ten minutes or less after taking it the horse will drop in his t,racks; Nick Long will be pitched over his head, and _if he escapes without a broken neck I shall be surpri11ed. In any case the ho:r;se Dandy will be out of business for good." "Dead!" gasped the groom. "As a coffin nail," with a mirthless laugh. "I'll give you fifty dollars spot cash to turn the trick. "It's too risky," breathed the groom. "No risk at all." "How do you make that out?"' "In case of a post-mortem examination nothing will be found to show that he was given this bolus." "His stomach will show it, won't it?" "No." "Why not?" "It dissolves almost immediately through his blood. The symptoms are h eart disease." "How can you tell that?" "I've had proof of it." "I wish I was sure of that." "You've got to take my word for it, Blickett; but I swear to you what I am telling you is the truth." The groom s cratched his head and hesitated. "If this thing should happen to go wrong you know what would happen to me," he said, nervously. "It needn't go wrong if you've the sand to put it through right." "I've got the sand all right. What I mean is, if by any chance the truth came out any way." "There isn't the slightest chance," insisted Parke. Still the groom hesitated. It was a mighty risky thing for him to undertake. "I'll tell you what I'll do," said Jacks on Parke. "I hate the fellow so much that I'll raise the ante to seventy-five dollars, but you'll have to wait till Saturday for the other twenty-five dollars." The fifty per cent. raise in the price of the bit of villainy turned the scale in the acrobat's favor. "Give me the box. I'll chance it," said Blickett, with an evil glitter in his eye. "I hate to hurt the horse, but as there's no other way--" "'l'hat's the only chance you have to reach Long. Whether he 's hurt or not, it will queer his act for him to lose Dandy, and it will break his heart into the bargain." "Curse him!" muttered the groom. "I'd rather see him break his neck." "Let us hope he will," replied Jackson Parke, with a little, evil laugh. I'm going into dinner. Lord. how it rains! And how dark it is. in these tents You couldn't ask for a better day to do the job No one will see you put that pill into Dandy's mouth." "I hope not," retorted the groom, as they both walke d out of the menagerie tent. For a moment Nick Long, who had overheard every word of the scoundrelly deal behyeen the acrobat and Blickett, stood as if turned into stone, so paralyzed was he at the con spiracy against hi,m and his noble animal, Dandy. "Good Lord!" he gasped, at last. "What 3t pair of vil lains! And to think I've always treated Blickett in a par ticularly friendly way, and this is the way he turns on me because I s topped him from boozing on the quiet. I knew if the general manager heard that he carried a flask in his pocket he would have been thrown out of the lot in short order, and I didn't want to lose his services, as he seems to understand Dandy and the animal likes him. But, good gracious! This is the limit! I must find Mr. Sheldon at once and lay the case before him. That scoundrel Parke certainly hit on a plan that, were it successful, would hav e hurt me more than anything I know of short of the loss of Bessie herself. How any man could find it in his con science to deliberately plan the murder of an innocent horse gets me. But it looks as if some people didn't possess such a thing as a conscience.'' With this reflection Nick also left the menagerie tent and went in quest of the general manager of the show. CHAPTER XIV. IN WHICH JACKSON PARKE RETIRES FOREVER FROM THE RING. The weather cleared up during the dinner hour and the prospect s were brighter for a good afternoon crowd. The e l ectric cars passing by and in the neighborhood of the lot soon began to empty themselves of a horde of pas sengers who had been packed inside like sardi ne s in their box, and the stream of eager circus patrons headed for the show ground and s urged around the ticket wagon like breaker s beating against a big rock along shore. This was a satisfactory condition of affair s to Mr. Shel don, the general manager of the show, who was much in evidence in the hurry and excitement at the main entrance, but for all that a frown, not usual with him, re sted on hii:; face. The grave responsibilities of the circus were his and he was a man well fitted for the position, requiring peculi a r natural talents, wide experience, knowledge of law and logic ?nd familiarity with affairs in general. The hundred and one little annoyances with which he was continually beset never outwardly disturbed him there fore those attaches .who noticed his face this afternoon were that something out of the ordinary had occurred to ruffle the feelings of the general manager. And so there had: Nick Long had interviewed him, !hid the story he told rou sed Mr. Sheldon's astonishment and ire as few other matters connected with the show would have done. Although the information conveyed to him by the bright (Continued on page 26.)


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A SURE WINNER. ( 0 on tinued f ram page 24.) boy seemed incredible, still the general manager believed him; at any 111te, he wasn't going to take any chances. "Don't worry about Dandy," he said, as he saw the trace of tears in the bqy'is eyes. "I'll see that nothing happe:Ils to your horse. I'm only sorry you have no corroboratory evidence against these men. Never mind. It is my purpose to catch Blickett in the act, if possible, with the poi soned pill in his possession, and then I'll force a confession from him that will probably implicate Mr. Parke enough to cause his sudden retirement from the show." Nick Long was and almost r e ady for his act in the middle ring, when Arthur Dale stepped up to him and put his hand. on his shoulder. "What's troubling you, Nick?" he asked, kindly. "Oh, nothing. What should trouble me?" he 1:swered, with a little nervous fo. ugh. "Come, now, old fellow, you can't stand me off in that way. I know something is the matter with you." "What makes you think so?" 'IYou show it in your face. I saw Parke looking at you a moment ago in a strange kind of way, and two or three of the people called my attention to you." "Pshaw!" cried Nick, with an that was new to him. "Cut it out. I'm all right." "You're not all right, and you can't malrn me b e lieve that you are. li"'or heaven's sake, man! you can't afford to lose your perve just before that act of yours. You need every ounce of it. If you're not well, you'd better see the director. take any chances of a broken n eck." "Who's speaking about a brok en neck?" said a voice behind them, and a sibilant laugh sounde!1 in their ears. Nick started as if he had received a shock from a power ful galvanic battery. He turned squarely around and faced Jackson Parke, whose handsome countenance wore an irritating sneer. "I was just saying--" began Dale, when Nick stopped him and, looking' Paxke in the face, said, hotly: "You're an infernal scoundrel "What's that?" cried the acrobot, in a rage, drawing back his clenched fist, while Dale, as well as others who were attracted by the sudden and unusual display of tem per on Nick's part, looked their astonishment. "I'll repeat the words, so there can be no mistake about them: You are a n infernal scoundrel!" "Curse you! Take that!" exclaimed Parke, furiously, making a pass at the boy's face. But he didn't catch Nick off his guard. The rider warded off his arm and then struck the acrobat with nll his force squarely on the chin, stretching him ut terly dazed upon the earth of the dressing-room. In 1:1. moment the place was in confusion. No one co'uld understand the cause of the scrap. Jackson Parke had apparently not said or done anything to provoke it. Evidently the reason for it dated back. 1'I'm afraid you're in for a big fine," said Dale, in a tone of some concern, to hi s friend. ""What the dickens did you go for him for?" "The whole circus will know in ten minutes," replied Nick, with heaving breast and fl.ashing eye. "I said he was a scoundrel, and so he is." "Explain. What has he done to you?" asked Arthur, eagerly. "Yes; tell us all about it," spoke up another perfor!fier, while two of the people weTe assisting Jackson Parke to his feet. "You'll learn soon enough without me telling you," re_ plied the boy, shortly At that moment he was summoned from the room by an atte ndant, as it was time for him to be on the alert for his music cue. Dandy was standing close behind the curtain, pawing the groimd with one foot and rubbing her nose against Blickett's hand. Nick could hardly hofd himself in check as his eye light e d on the rascal. He looked around, but there was no sign of the general manager, who had promised to be on hand-nor did the few grooms passing here anc1 there seem to have the least interest in Dandy and his attendant. Nick was in a high state of ten s ion and hardly knew what to do. Just at that moment the band blared for him. to make hi s entrance But the boy, who u sua lly dashed out at the first note! hesi fated. How could he leave his horse in that man's hands, know ing the rascal's aeadly intentions? A slight ru stle close at hand attracted his gaze. The face of Mr. Sheldon appeared above the straw of Dan Leno's donkey outfit. The general manager waved Nick to enter the ring. Thus reassured, the boy sprang through the folds of the curtain and was soon bowing before a portion of the big audience, who r eceived him with a burst of applause. A moment later Dandy came bounding ipto the ring alone, while, unknown to the people and those in the ring, a struggle was going on behind the curtain. Blickett, at the moment Nick vanished through the cur tain, put his hand in his pocket, and then, with a war y g lance about him, raised it to the horse's mouth: But his arm was seized and held in a vice-like grip, and, turning his head with a subdued oath, he found himself face to face with a big Irish groom; who yanked him away from the animal just as Mr. Sheldon came up. Da.ndy look e d wonderingly at the attendant, for the horse knew as well as ir he were a human being that he s hould have been led into the ring at his young master's heels. The general manager pulled the curtain aside and, slap ping the stal lion on its flank, cried, "Go!" and it darted out at once. "Now, you scoundrel!" cried to the trem bling groom, "what have you in your ?"


A SUR E W INNER. "NothiI\'," gaspe d Bl iokett, with a frightened look i n his eyes. "Open his :fingers, O B rien, and let me s ee if h e is telling the truth. Blickett's fingers wer e for ced apart and the deadly p ill fell to the ground Mr She l don picked i t u p and l ooked at it. "What doe s this me an Blick ett he demanded, sternly, Bnt the groom wa s too overpowered to make !UlY r e ply, All he coul d d o was to stare helpleasl y at the general manager "Call an officer," said Mr. Sh e ldon to an attendant, sev era l of whom, togethe r with a perform e r or two, had gath e r ed a.round, wondering what the troubl e w as about "Are you goi n g to own up Blickett ?" thundered the ge n eral manage r. I h ave b e en thorough l y posted about your da s tard l y intentio n to poi son Long' s va luf.l.bl e animal." I a l ie hissed the g r oom "We ll it's up to you to show that you are not guilty I'm going to have that pill examined b y a c h e mi s t. The conversation held b e tween you and one of the p e rformer s in the menagerie tent about n oon to-day was overheard you're in a bad way H you make a clean brea s t of the whol e cons piracy I may l et u p on you a bit, bu t. I won't make any p r omises." Bli ckett t u rned a gre e n ish yello w when the general man age r utter ed the foregoing words He real ized that the game was u p, and his craven soul sbught a l oopho l e for escape by exposing hls associate in guilt. "Jackso n P arke put m e up t o it, sir he replied sullenly. "Are you w ill i n g to swear to that ?" demanded Mr. Shel d on, sharp l y "Yes; I am." "You're an inferna l liar cried Parke who, with others, h ad been attracted to the s cene or the di s turbance, and he struck B lickett a staggering b low i n the mouth, cutting his li p open. The gro om u ttered a terrib l e oath tore himself away from O'Bri e n and rus hed upon Parke like a wild animal. "Look out, Parke I He's got a knife in hi s hand," warned a brother profe s sional. Bli c k ett had drawn and opened a nast y looking jack knife, an4 b e fore the acrobat could dodge the infuriated man had buried i t in h i s side . "I'm stabbed!" excla i med Par ke, with a gasping c ry, as h e sank to the floor at the instant O B rien got a f resh h o l d on the madde n ed g r oom An office r appear e d at this mome n t. "Take thi s fellow in charg e," ;;aid Mr. Sheldon "I'll y ou to the pol ice s tation a s s oon as I ca n g e t awa y You can hold him for murderou s a ssault as the ca se now stands." Blickett, su ll en and si l ent, was l e d away and a phy s ician was hurrie dl y summoned to attend to Jackson Parke, who seemed to have be.en des.pe r ate l y hurt. An d through :it\11 Long was goin g t h ro u gh h is .Jf'.8[' [).,(. wonde r fu l exhibiti on in t h e r i n g h ard by, a.mid the enthusi a stic plaudit s of the audience .He and his nobl e steed seemed as one, s o s trong was the s y mpathe t ic att achment the two. When the band s topped, a n d t h e anim a l ran out of the ring, while his accomp l is h e d mast e r bow ed his acknowledg m ents a g ain and again, J a.ckson P arke l ay white and un c onsciou s o n a ha.sti l y prep ar e d cou c h in t h e m en's dressing roorn, with a local doctor hen.d in g over him and s haking h is h e ad at the gravity of t h e wound. "He's bl e eding internally/' sai d t he physician to Mr. S h e ld o n "A l a rge artery h as been seve r e d and h e ca n liv e but a few moments 'I'he inte lligence was grave l y p assed :from lip to lip and the wome n perfo r mers wer e mo s t upset by the tragic occ urrence Nic k h eard abou t it t h e moment h e passed through the curtain and saw the li t tle g r oup of excite d peopl e canva ss-ing the affair. "Do you think he w ill die?" h e ask e d the anger he had f elt a g ain s t "Parke fadi n g from his m ind. ""Th e doctor says it i s onl y a queiition of a very little tim e It was at this mom ent t h e wm:indecl acrobat opened Pis e yes. "I feel awfu l bad," h e s aid faintly, to the phy sician. "Is th e wound ? < i I regret to say it is," r eplie d t h e doc tol' s o solemnly that Parke r e al i z ed that h e was in a b11cl w ay. "Do yoll ll\ea n to say I am g o irig to di e ?" he asked, e arne s tly. "You can on l y live a ve r y f e w minut e s You are bleed-ing inte rnally." "'I' h e re is no hope, t h en?" "None whateve r "Is the m a nager h e re?" "I am h e r e :Parke," sai d Mr, She l d on. "What can I do for you?" "I wis h to say I am guilty of the att empt to poi son Dandy. I furni s hed B l ick ett with the b olu s." "I a m s orry to know that, Parke,'' repli e d the ge n e ral manager grave l y H I am afrai d y ou are paying the p e n alty "I want to see Long." Word wa s passed fo:r: Nick I shou l d like to see B essie Abbott, too," s aid the dyin g man. She wa s imme d iate l y sen t for thou g h Mr. Sheldon won d e r e d in what way s h e figur e d in t he oase. "I want you to forgive me, L on g, gas p e d P arke I meant to kill y our horse and inj ure y ou beca u se--" A rus h of blood to his l ips stopped him "I for g i ve you free ly, P arke," s aid N i c k, And I hop e God will al s o forgive you." A t that moment Bessie appea r e d. S h e was white and n e r vous. "I a s k you r forgivep.ess, t oo, Bessie, for annoying and--"


28 A SURE WINNER. ==========================================-:::=========================== "I forgive you, Mr. Parke," she faltered, and then burst of one thousand dollars from the management, now you into tears. have disposed of your lots at an enormous profit. What He lifted her hand to his blood-stained lips, then there will it be ne:x:t ?" was a rattle in his throat, his nead fell back, and the soul "Next will be the profits of the firm pf Long & Tooker." of Jackson Parke stood before his Maker. "Well, I hope the profits will be, bigger than the peanuts." "What's the matter with the peanuts?" "They're very_ small." "Mr. Hanks bought them. Maybe we'll get bigger ones CHAPTER XV. IN WHICH OUR HERO MAKES THE DISCOVERY OF HIS LIFE. for next season." "Congratulate me, Bessie," said two days later, at Bloomington, Ill. "I've turned up trumps." "Then the is dreadfully watery," she said, with a covert smile. "Did you taste any?" "Not since I :first joined the show." "What do J-OU mean, Nick?" she asked, in great curi01'ity. "Then how do you know that the lemonade of Hanks & "I've just received word from my real estate broker in Tooker is watery?" New York that he has sold those lots in the Bronx for "It has that look." three thousand dollars each. I bought them two years ago at a bargain, paying only one hundred and fifty dollars apiece down and giving a mortgage for the other three hundred and fifty dollars." "You had five of them, didn't you ?" she asked, with sparkling eyes. "Yes. They cost me altogether two thousand five hun dred dollars; with interest and other expenses, say three thousand dollars. Now they have fetched :fifteen thousand dollars. Profit, twelve thousand dollars, less commission and maybe other small expenses." "I do congratulate you, Nick. I am awful glad to know "Circus caterers must be in the swim to make money. When our rich magnates a.re continually watering the stocks they put on the market, surely the circus man is entitled to water his stock in trade, too." Bessie laughed. Just then an attache stepped up and said that Long was wanted by Mr. Sheldon. "Mr. Long," said the general manager, with a peculiar look on his face, "you will step down the street to the Empire House. A gentleman by the name of Bagley is very anxious to see you." "I know Mr. Bagley, but I am not anxious to see him, you have done so well with that property, which some peosir," replied the boy. ple thought wasn't going to amount to much." "Well, I advise you to call at the hotel and see him "Of course you're glad, Bessie, for you've got a halfinterest coming in all I make." She blushed and pressed his hand. "What are you going to do witl). so much money, Nick?" "Well, with some of it I'm going to buy out Mr. Hiram Hanks' interest in the popcorn, peanut and other privi leges attached to this show." "You don't mean it!" she cried, epening her pretty eyes in surprise. "I do mean it, Bessie." "But you can't attend to it, Nick." "Mr. rooker and I have arranged that to our mutual satisfaction." now." "Why so, sir?" asked Nick, in much surprise.' "I can't explain, Nick, beyond telling you that it will be greatly to your advantage to do so." "Very well, sir." Nick Long immediately took a car for the Empire House. Arrived there, he was shown up to one of the best rooms in the house. Mr. Bagley, looking just as -iie always looked when he was in his Sunday clothes, answered his knock. "Come right in, Nicholas, my dear boy," he said, ef fusively. "How could you leave us in such an abrupt man ner? Here is Mr. Higgin.gs, overseer of the poor farm. "Are you sure that it won't interfere with your regular You remember him, of course?" work in the ring?" Nick remempered Mr. Riggings, and shook hands with "Quite certain, Bessie. Don't you worry. I'm ou.t for him. the dollars and dimes." "Is this the boy, sir?" asked a tall, dressed "They seem to be coming your way lately with surprisgentleman, with gray hair and gold-ri;m;med eyeglasses, ading haste," she replied, saucily. "First you get a present dressing the superintendent of SaJ.eni poor farm.


A SURE WINNER. 29 "Yes, sir ; this is the boy. I named him Nicholas Long, because no one knew his moth er's real name. She died, as I have already told you, five hours after his birth. Have no doubt, sir, this is really your son, since you have shown to my satisfaction that the lad's mother was your wife." Nick stared in wonderment while Mr. Riggings was speaking. He had not thought about the mY.stery w hich s hrouded his birth and identity .for a long time. In fact, he had long ago given up all hope of ever l earn ing who he really was. Now it looked as if the secret was about to be unraveled. It also brought certain advantages to Mr. Bagley and Mr. Riggings. They both departed from that afternoon with wads proportionate to the service s they had rendered in bringing Nick and his father together. Mr. Wheatstone, whether he was displeased or not to find his los t boy a circus professional, was too happy to find any fault with the stern fact. He was present t hat afternoon at the show and witnessed the wonderful bareback performance of Nick on Dandy, and fairly held hi s bTeath at the apparently reckless chances the boy took to win tlrn applause of the big audience. Nick never rode better than he did under his father's Was this fine, aristocratic -looking gentleman really hi s father? eye, and we are bound say George Wheatstone was proud He was not long kept in doubt, The gentleman got up and approl!-ched him with much emotion. "My dear boy," he began, "I know this is a great as well of him. After the performance Nick introduced his father to Bessie Abbott, who was amazed at the news that h er be trothed had actually found his father. Reader, my story i s finished. as unexpected surprise to you. Your dear mother, my wife, At the conclusion of the season Nick closed his connecwhile traveling through Ohio to the home of her only sis tion with the Great O ccide ntal Show, and with the circus ter, then at the point of death, was taken unexpectedly ill. world, too, forever, for his father was wealthy, and there She did not rally, and died in a fe1\7 hours, leaving you was no reason that he should follow his dangerous though behind This I believe you already have been told. I was in Europe on a protracted business at the time, and when I got back the shock of the intelligence of y our mother's death unhinged my reason, and I was taken to a private sanitarium, where I remained until nearly three years ago. Then I was pronounced well again. I at once started to find out all the particulars of my wife's with the determination to find her and bring her remains, so long forgotten in a country churchyard, to a New York cemetery. It was a difficult matter to follow up clues which time had faded, but I at l ength succeeded in locating the scene of her death at Salem. There I was to ld a son had been born, who had survived. I traced him to Mr. Bagley's far!D, where he had been bound out by Mr. Riggings. I arrived at the farm the very afternoo n you, my dear lad, for some reason I will not inquire into, ran away. I tried to trace your movements, but you had vanished as utterly as if you had dropped off the earth Not until the other day, when I received a te l egram from Mr. Bagley that he had got on your track, did I have the faintest hope of see ing &nd pressing to my heart my long-lost son." fascinating, calling a n y longer. Bessie also retired from spa ngle s and sawdust, and was received by George Wheatstone as his prospective daughter in-law. The da y Nick and Bessie were married he received a letter from Mr Sheldon, accompanying a present to the bride, the combined cont ribution from management and perform ers, them upon the happy culmination of the courtship. It wound up with these word s : t I "We hop e that as a benedict you will make as big a hit as you did with the Great Occidental Show, &mong whose attractions you were A SURE.WINNER." THE END. Read "GOLDEN FLEECE; OR, THE BOY BRO KERS OF WALL STREET," which will be the next num ber (30) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly "And you, sir, are really my father?" sai d Niel{, his heart warming toward the fine-looking stranger. are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any "Yes. My name is George Wheatstone. Your name, therefore, is Wheatstone." nght 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 We will draw thecurtain on what followed. It was a between father and son. you ord7r by return mail.


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HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and inexplamed b;: bis former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. }!J1".plaining bow structive information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also the secret dialogues were. c.arried on between tqe magician and the explaining the most approved methods which are emplo ye d by the boy on .the stage; .also ipvmg all the codes and signals. The only leading hypnotist& of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. authentic explanat10u of second sight. SPORTING. No. 43. HOW '1'0 BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containlng the No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete ?f magical illusions ever placed before the hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full inpublic. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. structions about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, No. 68. '1'0 DO .CHEMICAL TH.ICl{S.--()onta.i?ling over together with descriptions of game and fish. one hundre d highly amusmg and instructive tricks with chemicals. No. 26. 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