Won by pluck, or, The boys who ran a railroad

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Won by pluck, or, The boys who ran a railroad
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/Y9J58 A D 5TCRIES !SOYS WHOM Undismayed, Hastings advanced and faced the threatening mob, .A chorus of hoots and angry ejac ulations was hurled at him, while one of the men raised the heavy hammer he carried and started forward as if he meant to strike the boy.

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Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS. WHO MAKE MONEY Iuued Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.6() per 11ear. Entered according to Act o1 Congress, in the year llJOll, in the ojflce of the Librarian of Congresa, Wcuhington, D. C., b11 Frank Xouse11, Pub'lither, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 36 NEW YORK, JUNE 8, 1906. P r i c e 5 Cents I I Won by Luck; OR, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. By A SELF -MADE rIA N CHAPTER I. INTRODUCES HARRY HASTINGS AND FLORENCE ASHLEY. "Why, Harry Has tings, this is indeed a s urprise!" ex claimed Florence Ashley, a pretty, girl of fifteen, daughter of one of the lestl!ng merchants of Ru sh ville, who had jus t boarded at Bro?kport the through north bound afternoon accommodation train on the Lakeshore Railroad, and taking a vacant seat near the door of the car, found herself face to face with a handsome, well dressed boy of eighteen, who also lived in Rushville. "I'm delighted to meet you, Miss Ashley," said Harry, with a pleased smile, raising bis bat and taking the little gloved hand which she extended to him. He and Florence were the very best of friends. In fact be thought there wasn't another girl in the world who could compare with Miss Ashley. What she thought about Harry Hastings was one of the secrets she wasn't giving away "Why, how far down the road have you been, Mr Hast ings ?" she asked, the train began to pull out of the station "I've been to Delhi Junction.'; "Indeed! So far as that?" she said, in some surprise. "'Why, that's not so very far. Only seventy miles from here." "I suppose it seems lon ger to me than it' does to you, as I have never been there. What kind of a place is it?" "It's quite a bustling, good-sized town. 'l'hat's where this road connects with the D. W. & P. for points east, west and south." "Yes, I know," s he replied. "By the way, why is the train so late to-day? I've been waiting more than a half hour at the station. I heard a mat say that this is becom ing a common occurrence, while another remarked that be guessed the Lakeshore Road is going to the dogs, as he called it." "Re;:i.lly I couldn't say why the train is late.. It left Delhi Junction on time, but it stopped ten minutes at Ty rone Village, on the other side of the bridge, and then after passing the down accommodation at the siding four miles this side of Tyrone Bridge, it stopped again for sev eral minutes. I believe a gang of section men were doing something to the track. The road has certainly been run ning on a sort of go-as -you-please principle for many weeks," he added, with a look of annoyance on his well bred features; "but," significantly, ''there is likely to b e a change for the better before long."

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' 2 WON BY LUCX:. "I hope so," she said, earnestly. "Papa is simply dieGeorge Hastings, Harry's father, was the of gusted with the way things are running. He says the the Lakeshore Railroad, the principal stockholder, and the entire policy of the road has been changed since your father president. died and Parsons Thorndyke was elected to fill his place When he died, one year prev!ous, Parsons Thorndyke was as president." elected by the Board of Directors to fill his place. "There seems to be no question a bout that fact, I am The road then was on the highway of prosperity, and sorry to say," replied the boy. paying semi annual dividends of three per cent. .. "Papa says that if things don't improve, the company Now, just twelve months later, it was in a bad way. may some day default on the semi-annual interest of its For this remarkable change in the road's prospects the First Mortgage bonds, in which case it will go into the Rushville and Brookport newspapers roasted Parsons hands of a receiver." Thorndyke, while many of the stockholders put up a big "I hope the road never come to that," replied Harry, kick. soberly. "At least it won't if I can manage to prevent it. But in spite of adverse criticism things went on just My whole fortune is invested in the 25,000 shares of stock the same left to me by my father, the voting power of which is con-As the time for the annual meeting drew near, Harry trolled by my mother as my guardian. Then my particuHastings, Walter Whipple and Lawrence Hawks, the larglar friends, Walter Whipple and Harry Hawks, have each est stockholders, all about the same age, got together and 10,000 shares. So you see, between the three of us we hold decided that there would have to be a change in the manwithin 5,000 shares of a controlling interest in the road." agement. "Then you ought to insist on having some change made In fact, they resolved to run the road themselves. in the way the road is being run at present." They were careful, however, not to let their plans get "That's just what we're going to do. When father died out. this road had the Brookport Navigation Company, which They meant to give Parsons Thorndyke the surprise of used to control the freight and passenger traffic on the lake his life, for that gentleman fully expected to be re-elected between Rushville and Brookport beaten to a standstill. on the board and also to the presidency. Ever since Mr. Thorndyke assumed the management of the Being an old friend of Mrs. Hastings, he relied on her company the steamboat people have been recovering by de-support to overcome all opposition. grees their lost ground. 'l'he trains have beHe never considered her son Harry as a factor in the come so irregular in their running that lots of people situation, and that was where he made a fatal mistake. traveling between Rushville and Brookport are patronizing While Harry Hastings and Florence Ashley were con.the boats as of old, before the railroad was built; and in versing the train was approaching the town of Paradise. :;tddition to that, some of the heaviest local shippers have It was running at a good clip, too, as if the engineer transferred their freight patronage to the Navigation Comwas trying to make up for lost time. pany. Thus we have lost a lot of revenue which, together Suddenly something happened. \,it h the expense of building the branch line from BrookWithout the least warning the car in which Harry and port to Loon River, compelled the Board of Directors to Florence were seated was lifted bodily from the track and pass the semi-annual dividend on the first of the yen.r. hurleil down the embankment toward the lake, while the There is very little chance of any dividend being declared car behind piled on top of it, reducing it to almost a shapeon the first of this coming July, either. This is a very less wreck. serious matter, not only for me, but for Walt Whipple and Larry Hawks. We are, of course, the heaviest losers, that's why there's going to be something doing at the annual meeting next week." 1 The Lakeshore Railroad, to which this conversation re ferred, was a double-track line ninety-five miles in length, running almost due south from Rushville, a thrifty little city of thirty thousand inha bitants, on the D. P. & Q. trunk line, to Delhi Junction, on the D. W. & P. .Rushville was situated at the head of Lake Cahoosa, and the railroad followed the shore line to Brookport, an im p1rta.nt town at the other end of the lake, twenty-five miles a wn.y. CHAPTER II. THE WRECK ON THE LAKESHORE RAILROAD. When Harry H recovered his scattered senses he found himself pinned down under a mass of broken and twis ted debris. The car had been literally wrenched to pieces, and the passengers were buried beneath the fragments Harry was stunned by the shock, and made giddy by the wild vaulting of the car as it leaped down the to destruction. He was bruised and lacerated, but he was not seriously injured. A s,teatn boat line, known as the Brookport Navigation Company, also plied between Rushville and Brookport and intermediate towns on the lake. He did not make the mistake which many persons do under such trying circumstances, of believing that they are steamboat killed; or, if their senses belie that impression, that they j shall die within a short time. When the rJlilroad went into operation the line took a back seat.

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/ WON BY LUCK. 3 Harry Hastings was endowed with a remarkable degree of self-possession, and never gave up anything as long as there was any chance of holding on. His thoughts, and even his vitality, to be sus pended for an instant; then nature reasserted itself, and he made a strenuous effort to free himself from his perilous situation. At first this seemed to be an utter impooibility, but Harry finally succeeded in struggling from beneath the wreck which had overwhelmed him. His first consideration, after he had assured himself that h e was comparatively uninjured, was for his companion, Florence Ashley. All around him men and women were disengaging them selves, and being assisted, from the shapeless rubbish. He did not see Florence among those who were strug gling to escape. "My heaven!" he groaned. "Is it possible she's buried under this mass of wreckage-dead may be?;, This terrible suggestion fairly staggered him, for he thought the world of the lovely girl, and he couldn't bear the idea that she might have been killed. Standing on the very edge of the lake, he gazed wildly upon the chaos of splintered wood and twisted iron before him. "She was either pinned in her seat or thrown into a heap near where I found myself at first," he breathed, anxiously. A portion of the top of the car lay near him, which he raised by a great erffort. There, underneath, the heavy fragment crowding out her young life, lay Florence Ashley, her eyes closed and her marble c_heek stained with blood. The sight roused all his energies, and with desperate eagerness he fairly tore the great piece of wood away, so that she was released from its cruel pressure. Raising her senseless form in his arms, he tenderly car rie4 it away from the scattered fragments of the car and laid it gently down at the foot of the embankment. He was unwilling to believe that Florence was dead, though as far as he could determine she showed no signs of life. It seemed too hard and cruel that one so young and fair should be thus rudely hurried out of existence. He dented in the crown of the soft hat he wore and filled the space with water from the lake. He sprinkled her face, rubbed her temples, and exerted himself to the best of his knowledge and ability to awaken some signs of life. The task seemed hopeless, and he was on the verge of despair, when an almost imperceptible sigh gladdened his heart, and caused him to renew his exertions with greater vigor than ever. his handkerchief he washed away the blood stains and found that she was only slightly cut above the ear. He continued to bathe her face and chafe her hands till the girl opened her eyes. Her bewildered gaze rested on his face. "Why, where am I, and what has happened?" she whis"The car we were aboard left the track, tumbled down the embankment, and the last car was flung on top of it, crushing it like an eggshell. How do you feel? I hope you are n?t injured." "I don't know," she replied, faintly. "I. don't feel any pain, but I seem to be very weak. You have been bathin,g my face and trying to help me all you could, haven't you?." "Yes. I wouldn't have any harm happen to you for the world," he said, so earnestly that a faint blush of cofor momentarily tinged her cheeks. "You are very good," she answered, gratefully, giving him a look that sent his blood coursing through his veins. "Do you think you can stand up if I support you?" he asked, eagerly. "I wiJl try," she replied. He helped her up, and leaning against him she walked the length of a car. For the first time Harry looked about him to ascertain the extent of the calamity. He saw the engin e, with the forward part of the trai, backing down the track. Only the two rear cars had been precipitated over the embankment, the accident having been caused by the break ing of an axle on the car in which he and Florence had been seated. The coupling connecting this car with the one ahead had given way, and the broken car had jumped the rails, carrying the rear one with it, while the rest of the train dashed on toward Paradise, half a mile away. "I guess you haven't suffered any serious injury," sai4 as they came to a standstill, and Florep.ce bega:J?. to show some interest in what was going on around them. 111 am beginning to feel very much better," she with a little smile. "You had a very narrow escape," he said. "I found you pinned under a big piece of the car roof." "ls it p9ssible !" she cried, with a shudder. "Come I will show it to you." He led her back to the spot where the debris lay in hope less confusion at the water's edge, and pointed out the par ticular bit of wreckage to which he had referred. "Did you really lift that all by yourself?" she asked, in astonishment. "I did." "I don't see how you ever did it," glancing admir!ngly at his stalwart form. "Nor I, now I look at it again. I must have been very much excited and upset when I saw you lying it. I think I should have tried to move the whole car under the circumstances. I was awfully afraid that you had been killed, you looked so white and silent, with a streak of blood on your I don't know what I shoulcl have doneif you had really been fatally injured." Florence saw the tell-tale moisture in his eyes, and she

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11 WON BY LUCK. felt that she had never liked the boy half so much as she The next day he called at Mr. Ashley's place of business aid at that moment. and had a long talk with him about the Lakeshore Rail" I am very grateful to you," she said, with a quiver in road, in which Mr. Ashley was a stockholder to the extent her voice. "I believe you have really saved my life. Papa of three thousand shares. and mamma .will never be able to thank you half enough." Harry outlined the plans he and his young friends had "Oh, I don't want any thanks," he answered, hastily. decided upon, and easily persuaded Florence's father to "I didn't do any more than I ought to under the circum pledge his support at the coming annual meeting. stances. I am very gl1;1.d I was able to do so much." "That settles the business," said Harry to himself, after "It isn't everybody that would have done so much for he had left Mr. store. "Mr. Ashley will back us, me, and I appreciate it." and with the proxies I have secured from those who can.Florence now felt so much recovered from the shock not be present at the meeting, we will be able to elect our she had sustained that she was able to ascend the embank-own Board of Directors and take the control of the road ment to the track. out of hands o-f Parsons Thorndyke." TM conductor of the train was now going around among the passengers of the wrecked cars taking notes of the in juries the different persons had sustained. The most wonderful part of it all was that nobody had either been .killed or even seriously hurt, in spite of the appalling nature of the accident. This seemed almost incredible after you had taken a look at the splintered car which had caused the trouble. However, such was the fortunate result of the derail ment, and though several ladies had fainted, they were now revived sufficiently to be assisted on board of the wait i ng train. Harry found a double seat for himself and Florence, and then the train proceeded on to its destination. Of course, when the news of the accident reached Rush ville by telegraph, and was pos ted up on the newspaper bulletin boards, it created a good deal of excitement in town. The words, "No one seriously injured,'' was hailed with a feeling e>f relief, but the wreck added another black mark against the ruling management <;>f the Lakeshore Hhilroad. Many indignant townspeople declared that they had ex pected something like this would happen on the road owing to the way things were being run, while others said nothing would indut!e them to patronize the line when they could get to the other end of the lake by boat. Finally the train ran into the depot, and a big crowd was on hand to sympathize with the passengers who had been on the ili fated cars. Harry insisted on seeing Florence safely home in an electric car, and then she insisted that he should come in and explain everything to her mother. ; Of course, Mrs. Ashley was horrified at the peril through which her ooly child had passed, and was proportionately grateful to Harry for what he had done. Before Harry took his leave Mr. Ashley came home, and the boy hail to go all over his story again. "I hope you understand that we are all deeply grateful to you for helping Florence," said Mr. Ashley, with great emotion. "We shall never forget it as long as we live." We need hardly say that Florence accompanied Harry to the door to say the last word to hi:m. Whatever it was, it is certain he went away feeling very happy indeed CH APTER III. THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE STOCKHOLDERS OF THE LAKESHORE RAILROAD. The general offices of the Lakeshoce Railroad were in Rushville, and in the board room, on the second floor of the building, the stockholders of the company gathered one sunshiny afternoon to attend the annual meeting. The absence of Mrs. Hastings, as well as the presence of Harry Hastings, was noted by Mr. Thorndyke, and he asked the boy if his mother had sent him to act for her i:n her capacity of guardian. "Yes, sir," replied Harry, politely. "Then you have her voting proxy in your possession?'" "I have." The gentleman was satisfied, for he had not the slighte.,,-1; suspicion that Harry was the head and front o f the opposition. He was satisfied Mrs. Hastings had instructed her son to cast the weight of his 25,000 shares of stock in favor of the existing board. Had he leamed the truth at that moment he would have had a fit He and his associates noticed the s ubdued air of expecta tion among the other stockholder s as the room filled up. This warned them that there was s omething unusual in the wind; but confident that they controlled enough sto c k to win, they were prepared to face the music. At three o'clock, when Pars ons Thorndyke called th e meeting to order, every stockholder, or his representative was present. The secretary opened the pr9ceedings by calling the roll. Harry Hastings practically represented hims elf, whil e Alonzo Gray s tood in that capacity for Walter Whip p l e's interest.s, and Jared Hawk s a lawyer, was there to loo k after Lawrence Hawks' rights, When the name of John Baxter, of Delhi Junction was called, Harry got up and said that he had been empowered to represent gentleman, and that he had his proxy to vote for him in his pocket. M'r. Thorndyke smiled at this, for he believed Mr. Bax ter's shares would now be voted for him and his friend s

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WON BY LUCK. I After the rollc all th e minutes of the previous meeting were r e a a ancl approved. Some routine busine s s was disposed of, and then the pre s ident aro s e and -read his annual report. It was observed that Jared Hawks and others made notes as Parsons Thorndyke proceeded. When he had :finished, Mr. Hawks got up and asked the to explain quite a number of points in his report, which Mr. 'J;horndyke did with great suaveness. As soon as he had :finished questioning the president, Jared Hawks took up a paper and began a speech, in which he referred to the steadily decreasing business of the Lake shore Railroad; to the careless way in which trains were being run, without the slightest regard for the feel ings of the public; to the ridiculous economies practiced by Cyrus Gates, the new superintendent, and to a dozen other things which reflected on the present management. went on to say that in his opinion the president's re port was far from satisfactory; that it omitted, or glossed over, important facts which the stockho lders ought to know and understand. He had asked the president to expl ain these things, and the explanation had been very unsatisfactory. He said he would submit to the meeting a few glaring errors on the part of the management which he had recently found out. Whereupon he read out all that Harry Hastings had dis covered during his qui.et investigation of the company's affairs. The disclosure carried surprise and indignation to the ranks of the opposition and consternation to Parsons Thorn dy1rn and his allies. They could not imagine how the s e points could have l e aked out while Thorndyke himself was at his wit's end how to answer them. He was quite warm under the collar when Jared Hawks sat down, and he arose to defend himself from this ava lanche of charges. As a matter of fact, he bad no real a'efense, and in place of it put up a big bluff. But bluffs didn't ,go with the present temper of the op position. They wanted honest explanations, and as they couldn't get them, several of the more indignant ones got up in turn ij.Ild vigorously attacked the president and his administra tion. Parsons Thorndyke and his associates were stunned by the rough manner in which the speakers handled the pres ent management, and severa l of them got up and e11deav ored to refute the arguments brought forward. The opposition, however, had all the logic on their side, and all the facts, too. They demanded a new Board of Directors, and were ;r&pared to put their own ticket in the :fieJd. It was clearly a fight to the finish. The Thorrn ; lyke crowd were willing to accept the gage of battle, for they felt sure of victory. But what a surprise was in store for them. And it was a pretty rough jolt, too. Parsons Thorndyke handed the secretary the regula r ticket to read. out. It contained the names of all the present directors, and no others. Then Jared Hawks got up and handed in the opposition ticket. The first name on the list caused the secretary to rub his eyes with s urprise. The second and third likewise. "I beg your pardon, Mr Hawks," he said, after wiping his glasses. "Am I to understand that is your ticket? Surely it i s a joke, is it not?" "That is our ticket, sir," replied Mr. Hawks. "And I think you will find that it is no joke. We propose to. elect that ticket if we have votes enough, and it is my impres sion that we have." "Read the ticket, Mr. Jones," said Parsons Thorndyke, wondering there was about opposition ticket which hi:td g iven rise to the secretary's remarks. He was not long kept in ignorance. "Gentlemen/' said Mr. Jones rising, "I will read the ticket submitted b y Mr. Hawks, and yqu will take st'ch action in reference to it as you think it deserves." There was a s li ght tinge of sarcasm in his tones, which was not lost on the stockholders. "Harry Hastings," began the secretary. "What's that?" gasped Parsons Thorndyke, jumping to his feet "Read that name again if you please!" The secretary did so. "Mr. Hawks," glared the angry president, "whaj is the m e aning of this? Are you making game of this meeting that you head your ticket with the name of a boy?" "No, s ir;'' replied Jared Hawks. "This matter is altogether too serious for vou to s uppose s uch a thing. Harry Ha s tings is our firs t choice for one o.f the directors o:f this road. He i s entitled td a s eat on the Board, provided he can sec1ue a majority o:I' the votes to be cast at this :meet ing, as he is the large s t stockholder in the road." "But, sir, I object to his name being put forward in such a connection," cried Mr. :l'uriously. "On what ground, sir?" demanded Mr. Hawks. "Because he is under a ge, is legally represented by his mother, and consequently has no right to vot.e his stock himself." "Your points are not well tal{en. Yr. TliorndyK:e. Harry Hastings is not representing himself in a legal sense at this meeting. He is representing himself only through his mother, who i s not present. He holds her proxy to vote as she has directed him to vote. As he heads the oppoJ sition ticket decided upon many days ago with the full concurrence of Mrs. Hastings he will naturally vt>t.e his 25,000 shares against the regular ticket." The Thorndyke were stagge red. "I shall contes t this election in the courts," thundered Mr. Thorndyke.

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6 WON BY LUCK. "That is your privilege," replied Jared Hawks, quietly. "But let me warn you right here, sir, that if the election goes against you, and you bring the matter into the courts, we will hand in to the newspapers a full account of the inner workings of your management of the road, which we now hold in our possession. Furthermore, we will bring legal proceedings against you in that connection, and you will he required to make explicit explanations that you do not seem willing or able to make to this meeting. You will be compelled to bring the books of the comyany into court, and we will compel Cyrus Gage to go on the stand and answer for every order he has issued since he became superintendent of this company. Now, sir, you under stand the position we have taken. The Lakeshore Railroad has be.en grossly mismanaged since the death of George your predecefisor, and the time has come when this-thing has got to be stopped, or the road will pass into the hands of a receiver-a situation that we look upon as entirely unnecessary." Jared Hawks sat down. Parsons Thorndyke, white with rage, endeavored to make a sea.thing reply, but the intensity of his feelings prevented him from uttering a word, and he collapsed li}\e a broken reed. The seGretary then went on to read the other names, whick included Walter Whipple and Lawrence Hawks. Two tellers were appointed to take the votes and count them. Then the election of a Board of Directors proceeded. When the votes were all in they were canvassed, and the result announced as follows: The Regular ticket received 35,000 votes, the Oppo:sition 65,000. The Thorndyke faction had been ignoininiously defeated. CHAPTER IV. HARRY HASTINGS AND HIS ASSOCIATES ST.A.RT IN TO RUN THE LAKESHORE RAILROAD. Exactly one week from the election of the new Board of Directors the Thorndyke regime came to an end, and the day before that happy event occurred the new Board met at the residence of Jared Hawks and elected Harry Hast ings president, Walter Whipple and Law rence Hawks secretary and treasurer of the road. At ten o'clock on the second morning thereafter the three boys met together in the new president's private office, which adjoined the Board room. "It seems strange to think that we have actually in to run the Lakeshore Railroad ourselves," said Walt Whipple, with a rather sober face, for the responsibility de vol vi11:g on their three young heads was beginning to dawn upon his mind. "I hope you aren't getting worried over the situation al ready," laughed Harry. "We have assumed a great responsibility," replied Walt, regarding his friend earnestly. "Of course we have, and like bright American boys I trust we shall be l)qual. to the emergency. We've put our shoulders to the wheel, and we've got to make good The public may have their doubts at first, but we must brush those doubts aside. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and after we have that this road can keep all its agreements, both with passengers and freight, an important consideration wilfully neglectecl by the late management, I guess we shall secure and hold the confi dence of the community." "I shall do my share to attain that end," said Walt, ener getically. "And you may count on me for all I'm worth," put in Larry Hawks. "I know that I can count on both of you. Certainly it is to our individual interests to put the Lakeshore on a dividend-paying basis again; and I see no reason why it flhould not be done. That will make us solid with our stockholders., two-thirds of whom voted us into power." "We only required the votes of 5,100 outside shares to elect us, and yet we received 20,000," said Walt. "Theopposition stockholders were anxious to get rid of the Thorndyke push at any price, and were willing to take chances on us, in preference to permitting the old Board to continue their ruinous management." "Well/' said Larr.y Haw!s, "I guess we can't get down to business any too soon. What is going to be your :first official act, Harry?" "Call in my stenographer, and I'll show you." A pretty miss of seventeen entered the president's office. "Miss Wagner, you know me in a general way pretty well, I guess," said Hastings. The young lady smiled and said she did. "I wish to notify yoi! officially that I have been elected president of the Lakeshore Railroad." Miss Wagner was evidently surprised at the news. She knew there had been a change in the management of the road, but did not expect to see a boy in the president's chair. She bowed and said nothing. "Allow me to introduce you to Walter Whipple, the new vice-president." She bowed to Walt, and he returned it politely. "And this is our new secretary a'.nd treasurer, Lawrence Hawks." The introduction was acknowledged by both. "Now, Miss Wagner, while you are my personal sten ographer, you will also render a similar service to these gentlemen, also. I see you have your note-book with you. I wish you to take down some dictation at once." Miss Wagner opened her book and got ready for busi ness. '!'he :first official act of the new president was to dictate a letter to Cyrus Gage, asking for his ii;nmediate resigna tion as superintendent of the road. "Who are you going to have for superintendent?" asked Walt.

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WON BY LUCK. ,., I "I'm going to put Alston Brown back in his old job," re plied Harry. "That's first clas s," said Walt, "but are you sure you can get him back? He's general manager of the Davis Construction Company now, you know." "I've had several talks with him on the subject," an swered Harry, "and he has agreed to return to the Lake shore on the first of next year ."Six months from now." "Yes; but in the meantime I'll have ro have another man. Now I have decided ro ask you to accept the position, Walt." "I'm afraid I don't know enough about railroading to fill such a responsible position even temporarily." "Oh, you'll manage it. Mr. Brown has agreed to post you, and maintain constant communication with you, so that when you want advice all you have to do will be to call on him, or ring him up on the 'phone, state your difficulty, and he ll straighten it out." "All right, I ll take hold, then. You can bet your life I'll. see that train s run on time after this, and that freight get s through according to agreement." "That's what we want," said Harry, energetically. "Why did Thorndyke discharge Mr. Brown?" asked L ar ry Hawks. "On the score of economy." "Ho! I don't believe that,.'' said Walt. "N either do I," remarked Harry. "The real reason was he wanted a man like Cyrus Gage in the place--a man. who would carry out his schemes 1p the letter Gage has done that, and the present condition of the road is the result." Harry then dictated a letter to Moses Goodfellow, a per s onal friend of Parsons Thorm:lyke, who was attorney for the company, asking him to resign at once. He then appointed Jared Hawks in Mr. Goodfellow's place, the appointment to go into effect as soon as the re s ignation of the latter was in his hands Mr. Aus tin, the general pas s enger and freight agent, was notifi e d that hi s services would be dispensed with at the end of the month, and Harry then dictated an offer of the position to a man recommended by Alston Brown The master mechanic, trainmaster, and one or two other minor officials were informed that the Lakeshore Railroad would have no further use for them at the end of the month, and letters were dictated to available men also recommend ed by Mr. Brown. "That will be all for the prel'lent, Miss Wagner," said Harry, with a smile, and the girl withdrew. "Gee whiz! You are making a clean sweep after a fash ion, aren't you?" grinned Walt. "There are lots more to go yet," replied Hil.stings, "but they are small fry." "There'll be a ruction on the road, I'm thinking,". said Hawks. "I'm not worrying myself about what disgnmtled employes may think," remarked the new president. "I havQ consulted with Mr. Brown, and, acting on his advice, have decided on my policy. I am going over the road this after noon on the 1.15, due at Delhi Junetfon at 4.15. I think you had better accompany me, Walt. As for you, Larry, you have lots to do getting yourself familiar with the duties heretofore performed by your predecessor. You have a nice and comfortable office on this floor, and I advise you to get to work." '-"That's a pretty good hint," laughed Hawks "Well, a nod is as good as a wink to a b lind horse grinned Harry "All right. I'll take my departure." "Wait a moment, Larry I want you ro prepare and send out a circular letter to all the employes of the road, notifying them offigially of the change in the management, and what will be expected o.f them in the future. Make it short, sweet, and to the point." "I'll do it. Anything else?" "I have here a new time-table, corresponding with the changes lately announced in the running time of the D. \V. & P. and the P. D. & Q. It was prepared by Mr. Brown Send it t,o the printer right away, as this schedule will go into effect in three days, when the changes occur in tha arrivals and departures of the Atlantic and Pacific e.x presses a t Delhi Junction, and the summer ser'1ce begins on the P D. & Q. You can prepare and have a suitable advertisement inserted in the papers notifying the public of the change in our running time after next Sunday "I'll attend to it." "I want you also to send letters to the general passenger and freight agents of the two trunk lines with which \Ve do businei;;s notifying them that here:;i.fter all passenger connections will surely be made on time; also that all freight will be promptly and expeditiously handled both ways between Pelhi Junction and Rushville "All right, Harry '" "Put an advertisement in the Rushville and Brookport papers to the effect that an improved freight and passenger service will go into immediate effect between those two places, and that hereafter there will be no delay in transit Understand?" "Perfectly." "There are a lot of othei= I want you ro attend to, but I guess that will keep you ptetty busy until you sec me again to morrow morning." "I guess you're going to make Larry hustle," laughed Walt / "We've all got to hustle, Walt It's no fool job running a railroad, e pecially one that has been almost run into the ground by what I call nothing else than rascf\lly man agement You lmow as well as I do that Parsons Thorn dyke would have contested our election if he wasn't afraid of having the inner workings of his management of this road brought to light and sifted by the courts. He went out of office like a lamb because he knew that he was guilty of acts that would not stand investigation. But I am no t

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WON BY LUCK. . sure but we may expect to hear from him in some way we J joke, and .was rather taken aback when Hastings produc ed sha'n't like before long." I his documents. '' Wha.t can he do?" The boys inspected the company's property at Sweet" Lots of things that will have a tendency to hurt the briar, and made the acquaintance of their superintendent road if we don't meet them promptly." of construction, who had his office there. ''Name one, for instance." He invited them to go down the road ai; far as the track "He may circulate reports about the youthfulness and was laid, on a handcar, and they went. inexperience of,,the new officers of the road. Insinuate that 'Ihe track was being put down fom miles west of Sweet passengers ought not to trust their lives to a railroad run briar, and it was expected that trains would be running to by boys. Sneer at the ability of young fellows like us being Loon River within s ix weeks. able safely from Delhi Junction to The boys retumed to Brookport, had supper there, 3.nd and Rinds of calculated to shake took the north-bound express which left Delhi Junction m the at 7 P. M., and made its only stop at Brookport at 8.35, It ,: be. well for. hi1:'1 if we caught him at that arriving at Ru s hville thirty minutes later, in time to tran.skmd of work, said Walt, mdignantly. fer through passengers to the east-bound night express on "He's too old a bird to allow himself to.be caught within the P. D. & Q. the meshes of the law," replied Hastings. "He'll do it, if he does it at all, in an underhanded way that will make it difficu)t to trace the libel to his door. We must keep our ears and eye,s peeled for trouble of that sort, and then meet it with arguments-acts will be better-that will brand su.ch statements as malicious lies." ''I think we can depend on the papers giving us a fair show to prove what we can do," said Walt. "That seems to be the tone of their remarks on the new situation so far." "I think we can, too. They've roasted Thorndyke :for months past, and he gave them the merry ha! ha! Now they will be glad to get square by praising the new man1 agement, if the new management deserves it. Well, let' s go to dinner. We've got to take the 1.15 train for Delhi Junction, you know, and we want to be on time." Harry signed the bunch of letters Miss Wagner brought in to and then putting on his hat left the office with Walt Whipple. C:ijAPTER V. PREPARED FOR TROUBLE. The conductor of the 1.15 P. M. accommodation, south bound, was rather surprised when Harry Ha sti ngs intro duced himself as the new president of the road and Walt Whipple as the new vice-president. In fact he was rather incredulous, until Harry showed him documents e.stablishing the fact that he was not only but general manager as well. The !?an was clearly astonished, but he immediately treated the boys with all the respect their positions called for. He was one of the old conductors that had not been su perseded by Cyrus Gage, and Harry believed he was a thor oughly competent official. The train reached Brookport on schedule time, and Hast ings and Whipple got off and took the branch line to Sweet briar. The conducto1 of thi.s train seemed to regard Harry's statement that he was the president of the road as a huge For the balance of the week the three boys had their hands full getting the road into proper shape for the new schedule which was to go into effect on Monday. Walt Whipple performed the duties of superintendent, frequently consulting Alston Brown over the telephone, and acting on his advice. Hastings had spotted a number of Gage's employes while engaged upon his investigation of the road's affairs, two months before the election, and he handed his list to Walt, with the recommendation that the men be discharged. The acting superintendent. fired them off-hand, and as a consequence some threats were made against the road and its new officers. The young president put it squarely up to Walt to see that the n'ew schedule was lived up to, and that all freight, both local and through, w as put through without unneces sary delay. As a consequence, Walt, who had a good bit of bulldog grit in his make-up, soon made his presence felt all along the line, and it was astonishing how Cijfferently things moved now to what they did under Cyrus Gage. The first of the month soon came around, and then quite a number of new faces made their on the roa.c1; among these were a new trainmaster and a new master mechanic. That morning Whipple walked into the pres.ident's office. "Hello, Walt! exclaimed Harry, wheeling about in his chair. "I see you're keeping things up to the mark." "Bet your life I am. Did y.ou see what the Rushville Mercury said this morning about the road?" "No. We don't take the Mercury . What was it?" "I've got it 'vith me-I mean the clipping. Read it for yourself." Walt-took out his pocketbook, picked something out of it and handed it to the young president. Harry read it with a smile. "Highly complimentary, isn't it?" he said. It was indeed. The article spoke about the greatly improved service

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WON BY LUCK. on the Lak eshore since the new officers took charge of the because you, I and Larry owned something over two-fifths road. of this road between u s that it would be a smart business The editor said that the old go-a s you -please system had move to do u s out of it." been done entire l y away with, and that theroad was once "Oh, he isn t the only man in the world who tried more being run in the interest of the traveling public as to gobble up everything in s ight. That kind of sh arp praa well as to the satisfaction of the shippers and merchants of tice i s going on every day among our kings :finance." both Rushville and Brookport. "That's right," replied Walt. Rushville should be proud, he said, that it numbered "Now in respect to Thorndyke getting back at us for his three such smart and progressive boys among its residents late defeat, if he's really heavily interested in the steamas the new officers of the company. boat stock our cutting their business as we've started "I should say it is complimentary," replied Walt, smiling to do again is bound to rile him more than ever, and he broadly "But I guess we deserve it all right. Notices like would try in every way he can to head us off. If not by that will do us a heap of good. I know that we are carryfair means, it is possible he may resort to questionable ing more passengers to Brookport than we did a week ago, methods, under cover, of course." and that the Navigation Company is beginning to suffer "With the law on our side, he' ll be takfpg desperate in that direction. A man would sooner pay $1.25 for a chances to do anything of that kind." round-trip ticket taking him to Brookport in forty-five "Some men are willing to take desperate ?hances to minutes, with several chances to return the day, accomplish their ends." than pay the steamboat $1.00 for an excursion passage ny "lie'll never accomplish his ends, eitlier by fair means boat, taking one hour and forty-five minutes, and only one or foul-not while we are running this road, bet your life!" opportunity to return the same day." said Walt, with a determined air. "And our freight traffic to and from Brookfield is look"I'm not taking any chances in that respect," replied the ing up considerably also since I reduced the tariff to its young president. "When you dischargeQ. that bunch of former l evel," said 1Iarry, complacently. "We are getting workmen the other day, I heard that some of made back our old business rapidly, and before iong the N aviga threats against the road, so I hired a couple <>f good detect, tion people will be down to the bed rock, same as they were ives and sent one of them to Delhi Junction, while the when my father died." other i s now keeping track of things at Brookport. I have "Your prediction that we should probably !iear from received word from the latter that Cyrus Gage has been Parsons Thorndyke in a way not to our liking hasn't mateseen talking. to a number of our ex-employes, and the derialized," said Walt, with a grin. tective has also found out that Thorndyke meets Gage at "Oh, it isn't too late yet, by any means. He has probthe B rookport Hotel. This has a suspicious look, though ably been lying back on his oars, watching the trend of there may be nothing in it." events. I am satisfied he felt reasonab ly certain that we "I supp-OSe you haven't any idea what kind of a move would tangle the road all up in a week or two. As soon Thorndyke might make against us?" as he thoroughly realizes that the Lakeshore i s booming "If he can in any way shake the public confidence in oyr instead of going backward, I'll bet the old fox will set his line, he'll do it." wits to work to do us some nasty turn." "How can he do that? He dares not publish any false "Oh, he be hanged! He's done all the harm he'll ever reports, for these c ould probably be traced to him, and we do to the Lakeshore. He is on the outside now, and he'll could sue him for libel." stay there for good. We turned the tables on tha.t push "Well I'll tell you what I think he's up to now. Through very neatly, and we can snap our fingers at them." his confidential agents I believe he' s trying to stir up a "Don't be too sure of that, Walt. I was talking to Mr. wicked feeling among the men we discharged, and induce Brooke yesterday. He has given us back a ll his business them to do some de s perate act against the road in revenge you know. It is his opinion that P arsons Thornd yke is for los ing their jobs." largely interested in the Brookport Navigatio:q. Company. "Some desperate act!" exclaimed Walt, uneasily. He heard indirectly that Thorndyke obtained a controlling "Sure. They might set fire to our roundhouse at Brookinterest in thli! company about the time he became presiport, for instance; or they might destroy the bridge this dent of the La'Keshore. H e got the stock cheap as the rail-sfde of Tyrone and thus interrupt our traffic." road had about tun the navigation company into the soup. "What good would that do them? They'd be track e d Mr. Brooks thinks that Thornd yke's plan was to put the down and sent to State prison for some years." Lakeshore road into the hands of a receiver friendly to his "But Thorndyke, if he was at the boUom of the scheme, interests, who would so manipulate things that the road would have accomplished his purpose. It would be nothing would have to be sold in the interests of the bondhoJders. to him that the fools he used for catspaws were punished." The Navigation Company would become its purchaser, and "But sure l y we could bring out his connection with the the original stockholders be wiped out." affair at the trial of the men, don't you think?" "A man who would work such a game as that is a scoun "No, I don't He'll manage to keep safe enough in the drel !" cried Walt, indignantly. "I svppose he thought background. His agents could incite the dis sa tisfied m e n \

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10 WON BY LUCK. without actually directing them to do anything unlawful. for mischief against the company's property, and that they They could accomplish all they wanted by hints and guardwere plotting some act of destruction. She was unable to ed suggestions to men partly under the influence of liquor. overhear anything definite, but became so nervous that she Don't you fret but if anything like this takes place the started to walk to the siding three miles north of the bridge, real instigators will kee their skirts free of all complicity where she knew there was a switchman on duty, in order in the affair." to" tell him her fears. She met Pixley at the bridge, "You've shown a clear head by hiring those detectives, and finding out that he was an employe of the railroad Harry. We can't be any too careful. If traffic should be she told him her story. Pixley thinks that the men's obinterrupted it would cause us lots of trouble, a rid under jective point' is the bridge, and h e judge s that they may some circumstances might give the road a eye." make a. move in that direction before the arrival of north" That's how I figured. 'rhe bridge near 'l'yrone is now bound accommodation from Delhi which passes the bridge being watched night and day, and the day watchman is a at 1.30 P M. while this south-bound train is waiting at telegraph operator, who sleeps at a house less than the siding above for it to go by." half a mile away. He has instruments with him for send"Have you heard from Pixley si;nce that message came ing a message to our Brookport detective at the first sign over the wire?" of trouble." "I have called him up twice and he reports all well." "By the jumping spoon! You to be covering every "Well, cail him up again and see what he has to say. emergency, Harry pl Tell him that we will be down on No. 3, due at the siding "That's what J'm expected to do, isn't it?" at 1.30, with a bunch of men, but that the train will run At that moment Miss Wagner knocked at the door and ahead of its schedule time in order to reach the bridge by entered with a telegram addressed to Hastings. 1.20. That will allow time for the conductor fo back up It had come over the company's private wire from Brook-to the sidirig after he has left us at the bridge, and if port nothing has happened the line will be clear for No. 4 t.o Harry tore it open and read as follows: pass north." "Brookport, July 9, 19-: "All right, sir," replied the detective. "And now about "Mr. Harry Hastings, President Lakeshore Railroad. the men we're to take along.'1 "Dear Sir: Come on to Brookport at once. Fear trou"I'll attend to that right away," answered Hastings, ble Have just received a message f:i:om Pixley at Tyrone turning on his heel. Bridge that looks bad. Answer. JORDAN." He firs t hunted up the conductor of the waiting train Hastings looked at his watch. and told him that he might be. required to hold No. 3 a "I must take the 11.30 local for Brookport," he said, few minutes as he was going t.o take a number of men the dispatch to Walter, 'who read it, and whistled . to Tyrone Bridge. Harry drew a pad toward him an d scribbled a few lines Then he went to the yard master's office and told him "Get that off for me at once, Walt," he said, handing what he required the message to the acting superintendent. "I've just got Inside or ten minutes a dozen stout hands, each protime to make the train vided with a heavy wooden club, were marshalled before He grabbed his hat and walked hurriedly from his office. the young president, and Harry marched them on to the platform and into the smoker. CHAPTER VI. The engineer received his instructions, the train pulled SAVING THE BRIDGE AT TYRONE CREEK. out or Brookport on time, and was soon speeding south ward at a rate that would bring it to the bridge in threeHarry Ha sti ngs reached Brookport at 12.20 P. M. quarters of an hour, or ten minutes before the north-bound He found Jordan, the detective, standing on the plataccommodation was due there. form. The train was hardly clear of Brookport before an unThe train was a through accommodation to '.Delhi Juneexpected event happened tion. The conductor was suddenly taken ill. It stopped twenty minutes :in Brookport that the passenHarry sent the detective through the cars fo see if there gers might get a hurried meal at the station restaurant. was a physician on board. "Well Mr Jordan," said Harry, taking the detective A Rushville doctor was on the train, fortunately, and aside, "let me hear what's in the winc1." his services were called into requisition. "An hour ago I got a message from Pixley at Tyrone While he was attending to the sick man, Harry put on Bridge. He said a woman who lives in the village of Ty -the t:!Onductor's cap anc1 taking his punch went through rone, one mile south, brought him word of the prese:ce the cars on the usual ticket tour. in that place of a crowd 0 railroad men who were drinking "Nothing like making oneself useful in an emergen cy," in the rear of her husband's store. She said they were in he laughed when he rejoined the detective in the smoker. an ugly humor and were uttering all sorts of threats "Joyce looks like a pretty sick man. One or the against the Lakeshore Road She believed they were ripe men will have to take the train on to Delhi Junction."

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WON BY LUCK. 11 "What's the matter with him?" "An attack of heart failure." The train passed the siding at full speed after the engi neer had s ignalled the switchman for a clear track, and four minutes later approached the bridge. Harry and the detective went out on the platform and looked ahead. "By George!" cried Hastings, in a startled tone, "We haven't here a moment too soon." A crowd of rough looking men were gathered on that s ide of the bridge tearing up a section of the rails and ties, while others beyond them were piling brushwood and other inflammable material against the upper works of the wooden bridge which spanned Tyrone Creek. The engineer whistled down brakes, and brought the train to a stand-still. A good part of the crowd quit work and gathered in a hostile way around the locomotive. The young president of the road was the :first to swing himself to the ground. D e te c tive Jordan was at his heels. "Wait here and when you see me wave my hands, send the men up at double-quick," said the young head of the road, who was grit :from his feet up. "All right, sir," replied detective, stepping back on the platform to order the railroad men to hold themselves in readiness :for business. \ Undismayed Hastings advanced and faced the threat ening mob. A chorus of hoots and angry ejaculations was hurled at him, while one of the men raised the heavy hammer he carried and started forward as if he meant to strike the boy. "What is the meaning of this, you rascals?" cried Harry, sternly. The man with the hammer, who appeareil to be the lead er of the undisciplined crowd, regarded the lad with an insulting grin. "Well m y little cockchaffer, a re you one of the new con du c tor s on the Lakeshore ?" he said, insolently. "I don't wonder that when kids :fresh :from the nursery try to man age a railroad that they hire schoolboys like you to run the trains." The man's sarcastic remarks were greeted with a burst of rude laughter :from his companions. "You don't seem to realize the serious position you have placed yourselves in," answered Hastingsl with :flashing eyes. "You have wantonly torn up the tracks and are preparing to set fire to the bridge. This is a state prison offe n s e and you will all pay dearly :for your outrageous condu ct." "We will will we?" sneered the bearded leader, angrily. "vVho's goin' to put us in prison, I'd like to know?" "I'm going to do it," replied Harry, fearlessly. "You Jus t listen to_ the game cock crow." A chorus of hoots rose in the air. I "Yes. I'm going to put every one of you rascals in jail for this job," said the brave boy, unflinchingly. "My name is Hastings. I'm president of the Lakeshore Rail road. If you think because I'm a boy that I don't know how to treat such scum as you, you're mightily mistaken, as I'll show you i:n a few minutes." This plucky defiance not only astonished but thoroughly angered wreckers. They started toward the boy with upraised fists and such weapons as they carried in their hands apparently disposed to make short work of the young fellow who showed such nerve under their very noses. Harry saw that the crisis was at hand and he waved the signal to the detective who was watching for it. IR another moment the bunch of railroad men, led by Jordan, poured out of the smoker and came dashing to the front. At that moment came the shrill whistle of the north bound accommodation on the other side of the bridge, where the track had also been torn up to bring it to a 1 stop. The mob of rascals were taken completely by F,>urprise by the sudden appearance of the armed railroad yardmen who were coming a t them in a way that meant business. The wreckers began to waver, and show symptoms of scattering, but their burly leader yelled to them to stand firm and fight it out. Thus encouraged they lined up and met the attack with a desperate earnestness that told the railroad men that they had no easy job before them. But Harry and the detective didn't propose to give the scoundrels any chance to win out if they could help it. They were both armed with revolvers, and stepping to the front they drew their weapons and ordered the mob to throw up their hands. The leader made a vicious lunge at Harry with his ham mer, and the blow would probably have taken effect and laid him out, but for Jordan, who fired at the fellow's arm, shattering his wrist. The heavy hammer fell to the ground and the ruffian utj;ered a volley 0 yells. Harry thrust his revolver into the face of the nearest rascal in front and ordered him to surrender. His face turned a sickly white and he threw up his hands The young president marched him back to the baggage car and gave him in charge of the baggage man, rho bound his hands and pushed him down on a trunk. Harry then rushed back to the fray, where his men, under Jordan's leadership, had already taken half a dozen prisoners, including the husky leader, and had put the rest to flight across the bridge, where they were met and some of them stopped by the conductor and the tn1in crew of No. 4. The fight was over, a dozen prisoners were taken alto gether, and the bridge saved from destruction.

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12 WON BY LUCK. CHAPTER VII. HARRY HASTINGS CALLS ON MISS FLORENCE ASHLEY. Pixley, the telegraph operator and temporary watchman at Tyrone Bridge, was found bound 1Jind gagged in the I busiles. He explained that the rascal s had come upon him una wares, soon after he had received Jordan 's message from Brookport that a force of employees were coming to the spot on the down accommodation. The mob of wrecker s had started in at onc e to tear up the track on both sides of bridge, and to gather ma terial to set fire to the wooden s tructur e Pixley said he was comforted by the reflection that the railroad men would arrive in time to avert the carrying out of the nefarious project. Train No. 3, the one which had brought Harry, the de tective and the yardmen down from Brookport, was ordered back to the siding. The prisoners were marched across the bridge and bun dled into the baggage car of No. 4 to be carried to Ru s h ville and jailed there. Then the track was temporarily repaired and the north bound accommodation, with all hand s on board, resumed its interrupted trip. When it reached the siding whe re No. 3 was waiting for a clear track, it was brought to a stop whil e Hasting s took a look in at the stricken conductor. He found him greatly recovered, but still in no condition to resume the discharge of his duties, so the young presi dent put a brakeman in charge, and direct e d him what to do when the train reached Delhi Junction. No. 3 reached Brookport only five minute s behind its schedule time. The yardmen were dismissed to the regular duties with the promise from Harry that the company would reward the zeal they had displayed in its service A locomotive, one flatcar and sever al track hands were sent to thoroughl y repair th e track at Tyrone Bridge. Detective Jordan mounted g u ard t h e prisoners in the baggage car, and w ent on with them to Rushville. Three s tops w e re macle between Br ookport ancl Rush ville, th e town s being Paradi se, Lakeport ancl Waterloo. At the latter place, s ix miles sout h of Rushville, while the baggage man was putting off a trunk, the prisoners made an unexpected demon atratio n and rush for the door. Their hand s had been bound but two or three had man aged fo free themselves, and thou g h Jordan drew hi s re volver he was upset and thrown out upon the platform. Then a wild break was mad e b y them to escape Eight out of the twelve s ucceeded in getting clear off, and among the fortunate ones was the burly l eade r the most villainous of the lot, whose wrist had been badly injured by the bullet from the q e tectiv e's revolv er. of hi!l prisoners, and reported the. fact to Hastings in a rather shamefaced way. "Well, it can't be helped, I s uppo se," replied Harry, who, though manifestly much annoyed, did not call the man down for lack of vigilance. "I'll have to arrange with the police of Rushville to assist you in running the rascals down." "I blame myself or their getting away," replied Jordan, rather dejectedly. "I thought I had them well in hand. That they would make such a sudden break at a bustling place like Waterloo I never dreamed for a moment." "Such accidents will happen even to deteetives," replied Harry, with a covert smile. "You must remedy it by hustling out and trying to get them back where they won't be able to do any for some time to come." "I'll do that, sir," answered Jordan, readily, much re lieved because his employer did not haul him over the coals. "I'm spec ially anxious that you should catch that ringleader-the ruffian who tried to down me with the ham mer and who you shot in the wrist. I consider him the most-, dan_gerous fellow in the crowd." "He certain l y is," nodded the detective. "He's got a bad eye. I believe he's capable of committing any crime." The train reached Rushville at 3.15, on time, and the our prisoners remaining marched to the city prison and locked up. Then Harry accompanied Jordan to police headquarters where arrangements were soon made to send out several de tectives to assist the railroad in recapturing the es-caped prisoners. It was after our o'clock when the young president reached his office. He sent for Walt Whipple, and gave him the complete story of the day's events. "You seem to have had a liv e l y time of it while it last ed," said Walt with a grin. "You can just guess we did Those rascals are a tough set I doubt very much i halI of them ever wo rked on this road." "Do you think Parsons Thorndyke was behind this at tempt to destroy the b.ridge at Tyrone Creek?" asked Walt. 'iI am not prepared to assert that he WM; but the affair has a very suspicious look." "It cC'rtainly has. They timed the job so as to hold up both the and north-bound accommodations which meet at the siding four miles north of the bridge It evidently planned to demoralize the road." "It probably would have succeeded but for that Tyrone storekeeper's wife, who warned Pixley at the bridge that there was trouble in the air." "The reward her, Harry." 1 I will see that she's taken care of. She has proved herself a friend under trying circumstances, and is en titled to a suitable reward." Jordan was much cha.grined over the esca p e 0 so many "It's a pity so many of those rascals managed to

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WON BY LUCK. 13 escape from the baggage car at Waterloo. Jordan must have been off his guard at the time." anxious to sell his little block, and w;ll let it go cheap. H e says he has no use for a road that's run by boys." "Did he really say that?" opening her eyes. "I didn't see any use o:f pulling him over the coals for it," replied Hastings. "Whether he's to blame or not he certainly did great service at the bridge, and in addition to that he saved me getting a cracked head." "Such is the report. How true it is I am not willing to say That evening Harry dressed himself in his best suit and made a call on Florence Ashley. Her J;esidence was at a considerable distance from the Hastings's home, at the other end of town, in fact, and the quickest way to get there was by a trolley car which passed in :front o:f the Lakeshore Railroad depot. The freight yard, car shops and roundhouse adjoined the depot and backed upon the lake shore. Harry reached the Ashley residence about eight o'clock and was warmly welcomed by the :family, particularly by the young lady o:f the horuie. "Really," she said laughingly, "I consider it quite an honor :for you to call on me." "How is that?" asked Harry, with a smile "Why, aren't you a real, live railroad magnate?" "Hardly that," he answered, genially "I'm only the pre s ident of the Lakeshore Railroad-a company that hasn't paid a dividend for a whole y ear." "Oh1 but it's going to pay dividends right along now," she r e pli e d archly. "What makes you think it will?" "Because it's now in the hand s of a c apable and honest management." "You are v e r y complim e ntary, l\fil:\: Flor e nce. Permit m e t o thank you: a]:;o in b e half of m y able and hard work ing associat e Walt e r Whiprl e a n d Lawrence Hawks. Whe n I tell the m what you have said I am s eriously afraid they may drop dead from pure joy." "That would b e v e r y sacl, inde e d," r e pli e d the charm in g littl e miss, with a ripplin g laugh. "But honestly now, I don t think we quite deserve so mu c h c redit a s you s e e m inclined to lavish upon us. We've onl y ju s t started in to run .the road, and we may end up in the soup before our term of office shall have ex pired." "Impossible!" s he replie with a twinkle in her eye. "The re 's no such word a s 'fail' in the lexicon that you boys u se." "I hope there i sn't,'' an s wered Harry, earnestly. "And you are very h'ind to s ugge s t its absence. All I can say i s we mean to do our very best to put the .road back where it was when my :father was its president. I am satisfied it can be made to pay, and our aim is to make it a financial success." "Do you know, :M:r. Hastings, I am 'SO confident that you will s ucceed that if I had any money to inve s t I'd put eve r y cent o:f it into Lakeshore Railroad s tock and rest eas y a s to the re s ult." "We ll why don't you s crap e llp a few dollar s and buy out Pars ons Thorndyke. I heard this evening that he's "I'll tell papa. He has 5,000 shares already, and I guess he's willing to take chances on 5,000 more, i he can get them, judging by the way he talks:" "Your father helped vote us into office, Miss Florence, and 1 am very much obliged to hlm, notwithstanding the fact that we had enough votes already pledged to insure our winning. He was evidently not deterred by our youth from giving us that expression of his confidence." "Papa says you're the smartest boy in and," with a roguish glance, "I always think what papa thinks." "You do me proud, Miss Florence," said Harry, rising from the chair he was sitting in, and making her a low bow, "and now perhaps I ought to tell you what I think "Oh, do," she cried, clapping her hands, "I'm just dying to know what you are thinking about." "Then I will certainly oblige you. I think you are one 0. th e mos t charming young ladies I have ever met." "Oh!" s he s creamed, with a rosy blush. "That isn't fair." "Isn't it? _'J.1h c n let u s change the subject. Suppose you open tho piano ancl play one or two 0 your latest pieces for me." "Why c e rtainly. I believe I have one new piece that you havn't heard me play," she said, rising and going to the in s trument; "but I am afraid I shall not be able to do the composer jus tice." "You will permit me to judge of that, Miss Florence. From what I have heard of your execution I can honestly say that if I was a musical composer I should regard it a s a privilege to Mve you play my compositions." "No boquets, please, Mr. Hastings," she said, with a merry laugh. "This new piece is called 'The Maiden's Dream.'" It was a very pretty piece, and Harry said that he liked it very much indeed. "You might diversify the programme with a song," he added. 1 "l'm afraid I'm not a remal'kable success as a 'Singer," answered. "You mean you want me to coax you to sing-is that it?" he grinned . "Why, the idea! Coaxed, indeed! To punish you for that rema .rk I will sing now, and the consequences be on your own head. What shall I sing? 'Where Silv'ry Mo hawk Flow s ,' ol' 'Golden Autumn Time, Sweet E l aine' ? Take y our choice." "Perhaps you will sing them both?" "That will depend on whether you survive the first ordeal." "I'll take my chance on that," he laughed Miss Ashley sang the first sbng so very charmingly that

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WON BY LUCK. Harry said he could stand that kind of punishment all night. After she had sung the second one she asked him to oblige, which he did to her accompaniment, rendering "Milo" in great shape with her help in the chorus. In this manner the two young people passed a very plea
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Vi'O:N BY LUCK. him there, as the shed was too dark for them to see him, and he proposed to keep as quiet as a mouse. "What time was Donovan to be here with the cart ridg es?" asked one of the men. "He's due now," replied the ringleader, gruffly. "Well, I hope he won't disappoint us," growled the first speaker. "No fear of that," replied the bearded man, reassuring ly. "He'll be on hand all right." "But it's going on to twelve o'clock." "What of that? We have l ots of time before us. There's nothin much doin' in the roundhouse between twelve and four, and if we manage this thing right there won't be much left of the old place in an hour or so from how." "I hope there won't," snar l ed the first spokesman. "But we can't be too cautio u s Driscoll," to the ringleader. "There's half a dozen cops lookin' for us, and we can't tell just where they may happen to be at this moment." "Let 'em look," grunted Driscoll. "They'll never think of h1mtin' for us so c lose to the yards I ll bet they fancy we'll lay low for a spe ll after the jolt we got to-day. Bla s t that kid who said h e's president or the compa ny! lli's a tough er proposition than I took him to be. I'd have ma.shed his head in all right only for that detective who broke my wrist with a bullet. I only hope I meet that officer wher e I can get back at him for that. I'll make him a subject for a cor oner's jury, or my name ain't Dan Driscoll." The vindictive way the man spoke made Hastings shud der. He believed the fellow was quite capable of carrying out his threat. "I'll have to warn Jordan about this chap," he thought. "He's a dangerous rascal, and can't be arrested anv too soon. So they've got designs on our roundhouse h er;, eh? Intend to it, I suppose, if they can? It's lucky the rain drove me into this shed. I guess I'll be able to put a spo ke into their wheels. I hope I'll be abl e to get an insight into all their plans before they leave here. Then I'll be in a position to a c t with s ome purpose." "Are you sure Donovan has been able to get them cart ridge ?" asked the first speaker, after a pause. "Why not?" snarled Driscoll. "All he had to do was to go to the spot where I buried 'em, dig up half a dozen, an d fetch 'em here." "He seems to be takin' his time about it, grumb l ed the other. Mebbe he's afraid or gettin' a wettin'," sar castically. "It ain't rainin' now ,'r remark ed the one who stood near est to the door. "Hist!" cried the fourth man warningly. "I hear some one comin'.'r "It must be Dono van,'' said Driscoll in a hoarse whisper. A s il e nce fell upon the s h ed, ap.d then Harry distinctly h eard footsteps approaching the place. "It's Donovan," said the man who had called their at tention to his coming. In another moment a tall, husky looking fellow sfouched into the shan ty. "You've been a long time gettin' here,'' said the man \vho had been doing the ki c king. (,What the deuce de layed you?" "Well, one of the detectives that's after u s delayed me, if you want to know, Mulligan," responded the new ar rival. "I thought mebbe it was the rain,'' chuckled "The rain be ji gg ered! I was crossin' a lot half a mile below here, with these six cartridges nicely tucked under me arm, when a fellow suddenly came out of the darkness ancl asked me who I was and where was I goin' at that hour. I asked what right he had to que s tion me in that way, when he threw ope n hi s coat and showed me his shie ld. 'I'm a detective,' he says, 'and I want to know all about you before you take another s tep.' 'Well,' says I, 'tne name is Murphy, and I'm goin' home from me work at the foundry below h ere .' 'What is that you've got under your arm?' says h e 'Some things I'm bringin' home,' says L With that he felt of the bundle and I thought he was quite sa tisfied. 'Do y ou mind lettin' me look ill to it?'. s a ys he. '\Vhat for?' says I. 'You may be a. thief and that sto l en property for all I know to the contraty,' says he. 'Do I look like a thief?' says I, pretending to be indignant. 'Handsomer men than y ou are crooks,' says he. 'You cah't always go by looks. So just oblige me by lettin' me have a peep, or I'll run you in a s a suspicious character.' I knew it would be all up if he_ caught sight of them cartridges, so while makin' a pretense of doin' as he wanted, I suddenly hauled off and him in the :face with me fist. He foll to and th e n I danced upon him till he wall past all thinkin'. After that I tied his hands with his own handk erc hief, and filled his mouth full of wet dirt. 'The n I l ef t him." Thus speaking Donovan gently laid the bundle of <;:art. ridges behind one of the ponderous car wheels CHAPTER IX. DISCOVERED. "Now to business," said Driscoll, putting his pipe in his "We are all of one mind, we? and d eter mined to deal out justice to the railroa.d in our own way?" "Aye, aye,'' r espo nded the others as with one voice. "What else are we here for?" added Mulligan. "Good enou g h said Driscoll emphatically. "It has been decided to destroy the usefulness of yonder honse and the engines that's in it. You all understand that, I ?" "\,Ye und e rstand it all right,'' responded Donovan. "You brought six dynamite cartridges with you to attach to the locomotive s?" "I did "Now it won't do for all of us to go into the rouncl house. One or two at the most should be able to do the work while the re s t of u s stand watch outside

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16 WON BY LUCK. ''I'm willin' to go in and plant the e x plosives/' said the man at the door. "Oh, you are, eh?!' replied Dri s coll, looking searchingly at the speaker, who s tood with hi s hands ih his pockets and his soft hat pulled well down about his eyes. "I am," returned the man promptly. "Your name is Snorkey, ain't it?" a sked the ringleader. "That's what it is." "You're one of us, of course, but I don't remember your face." "Oh, he's all right," put in Mullig!ID. "It wouldn't be well for him if he wasn't," answered Driscoll, significantly. "I didn't see you at the bridge to-day." "I was there. I got this clip on the head :from one of the railroad men," said Snorkey, pulling off his hat and showing his head bound up with a dirty red handker chief. 'Well, pl take your word for it. You were one of the lucky chaps who didn't get nabbed with the re s t of us." "That's right. I slipped off through the woods. I wouldn't have been here with you only I ran across Mulli gan, and he took me in tow." "I hold you responsible :for this man, Mulligan," said Driscoll, sharply. "All right. You don't s'pose I'd ha .ve brought him here if I didn't know he was a.ll right?" "No; I don't think you would. You're not takin' any more chances than we are. If we should happen to get caught at this night's work it's a good fifteen years we'd put in at. the State prison. That's the risk:: we've under taken to-night, and I hope you understand it. If any one of you want to back out of it, now is the time to do it,'' and he looked around in the gloom. "But if we carry the thing through without gettin' caught we'll have our revenge and a thousand dollars apiece to spend out of the State, for it wouldn't be whole some :for us to be seen in this neighborl1ooa after such a thing as blowin' up this here roundhouse," said Donovan. "You're sure the money part 0 it is all' right, Driscoll?" asked Mulligan, eagerly. "We're lookin' to you for that, you know. You won't tell us who the chap is that's puttin' up the dust, nor what his object is in payin' us for squarln' our account with the railroad." "If I told you you'd know as much as I do, and the gent ain't ta.kin' no chances with his name, for very good reasons that you may easily guess His name is a secret that gets no :further than me, see? That's my bargain with him, and I always keep my agreements. 'It's for you chaps to know that you get a thousand cases apiece when the job's done up to the handle. If we get caught, or the thing mis ses fire, we get nothin'. Consequently it's up to us to see that it goes through all right "You ain't said whether you want me to :fix thein cart ridges or not said the man in the doorway. "You're uncommonly eager to undertake the biggest part of the risk, y oung feller," said Dri s coll, SUBpiciously "Won t it suit you to sta.nd guard outside as well?" "Sure it will," replied the man, with a slight trace of di s appointment in his voice. "You re bossin' thi s job, I guess." "I reckon I am. This dynamite i s altogether too d e li cate stuff for any one to handle foat ain't u sed to it. Dono van and me is, so we're going to place the cartridge s se e ? The res t of you hav e got to keep a sharp watch atin awk ward interruptions." "You and Donovan i s welcome to the job," spoke up Mulligan. "I ain't hankerin' after such a thing as mon keyin' with dynamite cartridges. I'd sooner take a cha.nee of goin"to jail any day." "I believe you, Mulligan," replied Driscoll, with a grin. "Your skin is worth a good deal to you." "I guess we're all of one opinion on that head i+ it comes to tha.t," retorted the other, tartly. "How are you two goin' to get ip.to the roundhou se?" aske d the man at the door, curiou s ly. "Don't you worry about how we're goin' to get in, re plied Driscoll, sharply. "We'll get in all right. All we expect of y ou three is to keep your weather eye liftin' for the watchman or a straggler about the y ard, see?" "Ain't it mos t time that we got busy?" asked Mulli ga n. "We'll start in a minute, after the frei ght that l eaves at midnight gets out of the yard," s aid Driscoll. "I'm not go in' to sp'ile a good thing b y overdoin' it." The ringleader took out his pipe again charged it with some crumbs of tobacco he found in the corner of one of his pockets, and then struck a match. Donovan also took out his pipe and prepared to indulge in a s hort smoke. The others, save the man at the door, roosted on a wheel apiece, and prepared to pass away the moments till the freight appeared. Hastings had been an attentive and eager listener to this plot to blow up the engines in the roundhou se. He had been crouching in the same position he ass umed at first behind one of the big wheel s not daring to m ove a finger lest he should make a noise that would attract the atention oi the rascals to him. His position was not only awkward, but as time passed it became painful, his lower limbs being cramped up. Still it was out oi the question ior 1:iim to to alter his attitt1de until aiter these men had l eft the s h ef! . Unfortunately, however, one oi his ieet s lipped without any move on his pa.rt, and, though the noise was s light th e keen ears oi Driscoll, whose nerves were on edge with the risk they were running in the project on hand, noticed it. "What's that?" he exclaimed. "What do you mean?" asked Donovan .. "I heard a sound back there among the wheels." "I guess you're dreamin', Driscoll," said Mulli gan, incredulously. "No, I'm not dreamin'" snarled Dri scoll, angril y "May be there's some one at the back of the shed li s tenin' throu g h "'

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WON BY LUCK. 17 a kno thole. Snorkey, you re nearest to the door-go around and s ee." Snorkey hastened to obey, and Mulligan got up and fol lowed him out s ide. The y returned in a moment and reported that no one was in s ight. "Maybe it was a rat," suggested Donovan. Driscoll lighted a match and deliberately walked over to the place where Harry lay concealed. As the match flared up and lighted the spot the rascal plainly made out the form of the boy. He utwred a fierce imprecation. "By thunder I There 's a s py in the shed I" he cried reaching down and grabbing for Harry. Hastings realized that he was discovered and tried to to his feet, but the cramp in his limps prevented hrm from achieving his purpose, and before he could ex tricate him s elf from hi s he was in the ruffian's grasp. The other men sprang up, s tartled by their ringleader's e xclamation, and the air vibrated with smothered oaths as Dris coll dragged Hasting s forward into their midst. The one who appeared to be the least disturbed, though fully as much interested as his associates, was the man a.t the door. '"What are you doin' in here spyin' on us?" demanded Driscoll, furiously. "If you're one of them detectives that us, all I've got to say is you've put your foot in it good and hard. You'll never leave this shed alive, I can tell y ou that." "I'm not a detective," replied Harry, stoutly, though he could not conceal from himself that his situation was a des perate one. ''It's a boy, ain't it?" said Donovan. "I don't care if it is or not," cried Driscoll hoarsely. "H h es eard all of our plans, and it won't do to deal easy with him.'' "Strike a light and let's see what he looks like said Mulligan. Donovan flashed a match in Harry's face, and the man at the door ).lttered an exclamation of surprise, which, how ever, was unnoticed. Dri s coll was differently impressed. "It's the same feller that was at the bridge this after noon and helped to do us up. He said he was the presi d ent of the road." -"The pre s ident of the road!" exclaimed Donovan. "Are you Harry Ha s tings?" he demanded of the boy. "I am," replied Harry, :fearlessly. The answer fell like a thunderclap on the ears of the amazed ruffians. CHAPTER X. THE '!'UBE OF DEATH. "So you are Harry Hastings, the president of the Lake shore Railroad," srud Driscoll, in a compressed voice. 'Harry made no reply. "And you've been in here all this time to every word we said, too," went on the ringleader, in a tone full of menace. Hastings saw no use of making an a.ll.swer and so remained silent. ' "Well, I'm sorry for you, that's all. If yo-ii.'re smart enough to run a railroad you're smart enough to know what you're up against. You've recognized one or of us, at any rate, and we're certain to be pinched sooner or later if you got the chance to put the police on to us. It looks to me, young feller, that it's a question of your life or our goin' to the penitentiary. Now I'm not going to prison if I can help myself; and I don't think any of my pals is willin' to go there to help you out of a hole. So it's my opinion you'll soon draw your last breath." "You mean to murder me, do you?" said Harry, de fiantly. "That's an ugly word, young feller, but I'm a.fraid it fits the case exactly." "Well, I'm not goin' to be a party to it," said the man at the door, in ;i. tone of decisipn. "Then take your hook out of this, and leave more room for men who haven't got white livers and chicken hearts," cried Driscoll, turning fiercely on the objector, whom he hadn't fancied from the first. "There'll be more to divide when you are out of the way. Cut it!" "No, I'm not goin' away: either," replied the man, dog gedly, with his hands still in his pockets. "There isn't any call for killin' the boy. It would be the electric chair for all of us. He's got friends that wouldn't leave a stone unturned till they ran us down and brought us to trial." "How do you know that he has?" demanded Driscoll, with a scowl. "You seel?to know altogether too much, it strikes me. What do you know about this feller, anyway, Mulligan? You brought him here and said he was all right. Are you sure he's all right? Are you sure that he hasn't fooled y<>u? Are you sure he isn't a spy in dis guise? You're responsible for him, Mulligan, and by heavens! if you've made any mistake you'll have to reckon with me, d'ye understand?" "Snorkey was fired with me and another chap from the constrnction gang at Sweetbriar, and I've known him for a year," said Mulligan, in a sulky tone. "You've known him for a year, have you? You're sure this is the same man, eh? That it ain't no counterfeit? I didn't like the cut of his jib from the first, and I ain't no more satisfied than I was before." Mulligan was clearly startled at this suggestion, and he looked hard at the man at the door. "Hold this young feller," said Driscoll to Donovan, :who immediately grabbed Hastings by the two arms. Then the ringleader advanced upon the man who had caused the trouble. "Look here, I want you to show up that ugly mug of yours. Mulligan says :you're all right, and I'm goin' to make sure you are."

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18 WO N BY LUCK. He suddenly struck a match and held it so the glow against a couple of the engines and let them go -Up with fell upon the other's face. the buildin'." Then he knocked up his hat and said: "It's too much trouble and too much risk," said Dris"You're sure this is Snorkey, are you, Mulligan?" coll, after a moment's pause. "T'o carry them and the Mulligan advanced a pace or two and peered into the cartridges would take two trips, and I ain't in favor of it." man's fitce. "Well, what are you goin' to do, then?" said Mulligan. Then he uttered a cry. "I'll tell you what we'll do. We'll carry out your idea, "No, it isn't Snorkey," he cried; furiously. "It looks only instead of taking these fellers to the roundhouse we'll like him., but it isn't him. It must be one of them de-blow 'em up here in the shed. It'll take me and Donovan tectives who has pinched him and then made up to look about :fifteen minutes to :fix :five of them cartridges to the like him. Don't let him go, he's heard all our busiengines and then light the fuses. The other cartridge we'll uess." leave here between these chaps, with a thirty minute fuse Mulligan's outburst ca.used a thrill of consternation attached. The whole six will then go off about the same among the villains. time. There won' t be more than a minute's different be-The counterfeit Snorkey stepped back and drew out his tween this shed and the roundhouse. That'll save us hands with a brace of revolvers. blowin' these chaps' brains out and maybe a.ttractin' some "Throw up your hands, all of you, or I'll blow your one's notice." heads off I" "That'll do," agreed Mulligan. ti So let's get about it, But' Driscoll evidently had expected some demonstrafor there goes the freight now.'' tion of this kind and had his eye on the man. The unconscious presumed detective was propped up "You sneaking hound!" he exclaimed, dashing his big against one of the wheels, while Hastings was placed in a fist into the man's face a.Ila felling him stunned to the similar position against another. ground. "You shall pay for this with your life-you and Then the cartridges were produced, and the length of that other chap." the fuse recfoced one-half on five of them. Mulligan threw himself on the fictitious Snorkey and The thirty-minute fuse was placed between the prisoners, tore the revolvers from his nerveless hands. who were also secured to the axles, and lighted. Then they bound and gagged both of their prisoners with "Now, boys, we'd better be goin'," said Driscoll. "(food strands of Manila rope they found on the floor of the night, Mr. President, and a pleasant trip to the next world shed: for you both," he concluded mockingly. This accomplished, they consulted as to what way they The four men then hastily left the shed and started for would proceed to effectually put them out of the way. the roundhouse to complete their dastardly night's work. "Look here, mates, we're in this business together, sink Harry and his senseless companion were left alone in or swim. You understand that?" he sa.id, pausing and the deserted with the tube of death-dealing dynamite looking from one to the other. between them, and the slowly burning fuse gradually eat "Yes," replied Donovan. "Ha.If measures won't do now ing its way downward toward the explosive. at all." "Then you agree to stand by me and do what I say?" "We agree," said Mulligan. "Of course, I'm with you," saic1 the third man, whose name was Cartright; "but I don't much fancy the idea uf bloodshed. If you say it's got to be done, why of course Ws get to be, only I don't like it." "Are .you turning soft-hearted, ?" asked DriscoU, "neeringly. "Well, it's an awful thing to do a man in cold blood, especially a young chap that ain't out of his teens yet. Ain't there no other way?" "No, there ,isn't," replied Dr!scoll, shortly. "I've got an idea how to settle with these chaps without any one of us shedding their blood," said Mulligan. "Well, what's your idea? If it'ain't a sure one you might as well save your breath." "It's sure enough. We'll all be equally mixed up in it and yet none of us net!d touch a hair of their heads." "What is it?" asked Driscoll, impatiently. "We'll carry 'em with us over to the roundhouse, and when we've got the cartridges fixed, we'll prop these chaps CHAPTER XI. THE FAILURE OF THE VILLAINS' SCHEMES. It was a terrible moment for the young president of the ,, Lakeshore Railroad. Alone in the darkness and solitude of the shed with cleath at his elbow. He was young and vigorous, and love of life was Etro:p.g within him. Just on the threshold of a new and ambitious careerwith a loving mother to whom he was the apple of her eye; a luxurious home, where his slightest wish was law, and loyal friends ready to swear by him, is it strange that the very idea of being 'Separated forever from all these blessings, in a way most terrible to contemplate, for the moment unnerved him? But only for a moment, then his thought turned to the bare possibility of ma.king his escape from the awful fate before him. He had something less than thirty minutes to accompli s h

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WON BY LUCK. 19 his own rescue, and that of his companion, if the feat wa.s by this time, and wc must put out the fuses or engines possible. and the building will be ruined, and the road badly c r i pHe began to tug at his bonds with frantic earnestness. pled Come, let us not lose a moment." But, though he twisted his arms this way and that, and Harry Hastings and detective Jordan dashed across the worked his wrists in every direction till the perspiration vacant ground toward the roundhouse. poured down his cheeks, he could accomplish nothing. Moments were precious and they made the dirt fly. 'I'he ruffians had taken no chances with him, but had As they entered the yard from one point four sh:adowy made the knots as secure as their fingers could manage figures slouched hurriedly away from it at another to do. The villains had successfully attached the explosives and Thus nearly fifteen minutes elapsed in fruitless endeavor, lighted them and Harry saw with horror that the fuse was already half The yard was comparatively quiet at that hour way to the cartridge. Harry and his companion were soon inside the small "Must I die after all in this terrible manner?" he exroundhouse, which had been built to accommodate a dozen claimed. "Oh, heavens, it is more than I can bear !" locomotives. He made another desperate effort to release himself. There were half that number in it now, l ooming up in Snap the darkness of the place like gigantic monsters, grim and The cord that held his hands to the axle parted under silent. the strain. "Now where have they placed those cartridges?" asked Then he found that the strands about his wrists were Harry, with a nervous impatience. "We'll have to find out sufficiently loose to enable him to draw out his delicately mighty quick, or the chances are good that we'll lose o u r formed hands. lives in the wreck of the roundhouse." But his ankles were bound together, and the knots defied "'I see one," cried the detective . ''It's attached to the his best efforts to untie them. driving wheel of this locomotive. Look, and you will see What was he to do? the red glow of the fuse. Where the dickens is my knife? He had left his pocket knife in his other suit at home I had it in my pocket when--" Perhaps his unfortunate companion had one in his "I've got it. Go and .locate the next cartridge whil e I pocket. cut this one off. He dragged himself over to the man and thrust his hand It didn't take Harry many seconds to render the first i nto his trouser's pocket. cartridge inoperative for the purpose intended, and by His fingers closed upon a clasp-knife, and he felt l ike that time he heard Jordan calling out to him from t h e shouting hurrah. other side of the engine that the next cartridge was at-In half a minute he was free, and in another minute he tached to the adjoining locomotive. had freed his associate in peril. Harry immediately dashed around the tender and cut Then he turned his attention to the fuse, now grown off the lighted end of the seeond fuse. fearfully short, and be was about to clip it off, and thus They worked swiftly but thoroughly to avert the peril destroy its deadly power, when the idea struck him that that threatened the roundhouse, the detective going on he would let it explode, thus attracting attention to the ahead and spotting the cartridges, whil e Harry followed railroad yard. quickJy at his heels. But not there-not in the shed. When they reached the fifth, and presumably last, bomb He would remove it to a short distance, where it could they found the fuse burned down dangerously near to the do no damage, and he did. explosive; but Hastings killed it with a swift swish of the When he returned to the shed he found the fictitious knife blade. Snorkey sitting up and fumbling around in a dazed way "That's Number Five. I guess it's the last and the in the dark. danger is ov.er, thank heaven! They had but six cartridges "Come," he said, energetically, grasping the man by the altogether, and one of them they devoted to the exterminashoulder. "Get up and come with me to the roundhouse tion of ourselves." We've got to work lively if we're to save the building." The words were hardly out of his mouth when a terrific "Is that really you, Mr. Hastings?" the man asked, in report rang out on the night air, seeming to split the ver y some surprise. heavens with a deafening crash. His voice now seemed familiar to the boy. The earth shook under their feet, and they could feel "Yes. Who are you? A detective?" asked Harry the jar conveyed by the concussion to the roundhouse. "Why, don't you know me, sir? I'm Jordan." Harry shuddered "Jordan!" cried Hastings. "Is it possible!" "If that cord which held my arms to the axle of a pair "Yes, I'm Jordan, and--" of those car wheels had not parted I'm afraid that at thi s "No explanations now, please," said Harry, dragging moment there wouldn't be enough of you and me left to him out of the shed. "It is up to us to save the round make a funeral." house. 'rhere are five lighted dynamite cartridges in there "Why, what do you mean ?1 asked the detective, who was

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20 WON BY LUCK. ignorant of the method adopted by the four villains to send dastardly plot but of capturing the criminals as well. We them both out of the world. met Driscoll and Cartright in the bushes along the track "We ll now that it is all over, I may tell you that you're about a mile outside of Waterloo, and when the night a lucky man You were unconscious through it all, and freight bound for /Rushville came along we boarded one o:f thus escaped the mental torture I suffered for a good fifteen the flat cars, and rode as far as yonder lot, when Driscoll minutes before the cord snapped and let my arms loose." ordered us to get off, and then led the way to the hut where Then Harry went on and told Jordan all that had hap -you were hiding With the rest of the affair you are as pen.eel from the he had been struck down by D ris familiar as I am." coll, and the revolvers taken from him by Mulligan. "We have been very fortunate not only in saving our own It didn't take him more than two or three minutes to lives but the property of the company as well," said Harry. i do this, and by that time sever1:1l of the night employees "But here are the officers. We'll take them over to the of the company, with l anterns, appeared in the vicinity roundhouse and show them how those scoundrels tried to of the roundhouse accomplish their purpose Harry didn't care to enter into any expl anations with It was early in the morning when Hastings got to bed, his employees, so he simply told them that he and the but the wheels of justice were already in motiol'l to run tective were aware of the causes which had led to the ex-down D risco ll and his associates. plosion, and that no damage had been done. The residents of the neighborhood had been aroused, and, naturally, were very much disturbed; but few were courageous enough to make an investigation. Harry to t h e police that an attempt had been made to destroy the roundhouse and its contents, but that the pei'il had been averted. He said he coul d furnish accura t e descriptions of the four rascals engaged in the criminal enterprise, and asked that officers be sent down at once to view the evidence of the villains' work. While awaiting the policemen, Harry asked Jordan how happened to be in the company of Driscoll and his as sociates. I went to Waterloo with one of the city detectives to sec if we could get a line on our escaped prisoners." began Jordan. "From information furnished us by residents of the town we found that the rascals had sepa rated and gone in different directions. Finally we ran clown a couple of them. Snorkey was one. We pl1t tl10 screws on them, as we call it, at the sahle time promising to fleal easy with them if they put us on the track of Driscoll. was induced t o tell enough to convince me that Driscoll was, planning some fresh outrage in revenge for their re cent defeat at the bridge. Snorkey hinted that somebody, or whose identity he claimed to be ignorant, was at the back of these efforts to destroy the property of the rail road. He gave me the address 0 the meeting place agreed 11pO'l1 between the men before they separated. The other clrtccti,,e took Snorkey and his companion on to this place 1rhile I went to the house of one of our freight employees, borrowed a suit 0 11is working clothes, and made myself up to resemble Snorkey, wl10 is similar to me in build. Then I went to the saloon where the rascals were to meet, hut .uncl they had already been there and gone away again. I ran across Mulligan, whom I identified, on the street, and ll'ent up to him, passing off as Snorkey. As he is not a very sharp chap, the ruse succeeded. He and Snorkey had been quite chummy, and he invited me to take a hand in to-night's enterprise, which I a.greed to do, of course, for the purpose not only of putting a spoke in such a CHAPTER XU. I N THE HAN D S O F THE ENEM;Y W ithin the nex t few days several of the men who had escaped from the baggage car at Waterloo were ta.ken into custody and jailed at Rushville, but though Jordan and severa l o. the detectives hunted the immedia te country high and low for D riscoll and his three associates, no trace of their whereabou,ts was discovered. "It's too bad that we can't catch those chaps," remarked Harry on the third morning to Walter Whipple, as the latter was seated in the president's office. "That's what it is. The mad isn't safe while they're at large," answered Walt, earnestly. "Driscoll let out that some one is backing them to de our property. I we could only get a line on that scoundrel we'd make it mighty hot for him, even if he was as high in the social scale as Parsons Thorndyke." "I strongly suspect it is he who is really at the bottom of all our trouble "Well, until we can obtain some evidence connecting him with that face, we dare not breathe a word of our sus picions," replied Hastings. Of course he wouldn't be so foolish as to have any direct dealings with such a man as Driscoll. Cyrus Gage is doing his dirty work, and it is more than probable he is operating through some one else if he is doing business with Driscoll. As I told you once before, our real enemies are too clever to get caught at, anything crooked themselves." "Still the craftiest folks sometimes make mistakes, and silly ones at that, so I've heard, and maybe some little error on the part of those who are trying to do up the road will let a flood 0 light in upon them." "It is to be hoped such a fortunate thing will happen. I we can catch Driscoll we'll put him through the third clegree, as it is called, and see what comes of it. I doubt if there's any real hono r among thieves. Through him, under proper pressure, we may be able to reach 'the man higher up.' "We're getting about all the freight that's carried be-

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WON BY LUCK. 21 tween. her e and Brookport now," said Walt. "The steam ers are car r y ing v e r y littl e of an ything-either passengers o r merc handi se-in s pite of the fact that it's the middle of summer. Whe n winter comes if th e y run more th!ID o n e b oat, making jus t one round trip, I shall be surprised." Our new b r anch a s far a s Swee tbriar i s doing surprisi n g l y well don t you think Walt?" I do; but jus t y ou wait till it's fini s h e d to Loon Rive'I', whe r e it will connect with the M. & N That branch was one of your p e t id e a s and it's going to pan out just as. h e thou ght it would." I am satisfie d tha t it will. I notice that all the s tock h o ld e r s I hav e heard from are more than pleased with the way the Lakeshore i s coming to the front again. If we a s k e d for a v ote of_ confidence at this stage of the game we'd have no difficul ty in g etting it." "I'll b e t we wouldn t. The wa y you handled that Tyrone B r idge affair y esterda y is a feather in the management s cap. The paper s this morning gave you a splendid notice, bu t that will be nothing to what the afternoon editions will print about las t night' s -situation at the roundhou s e." Tha t afternoon Hastings pas sed Parsons Thornd yke and hi s s on Clar e nce on the street near the post-office, and they scowl e d at him "They look a s if they had jus t eaten something that dis agreed with the m -said Harry to him s eif smothering a grin -for h e e a s il y guessed it was the s ight of him which h ad g iven ri se to th eir billious look. 'The next moment he was face to face with Florence A sh ley. "Why, this i s an une xpec ted pleasure, Mr. Hastings," s h e sa id with a bri ght s mil e Y o u a.re looking unu s ually charming this afternoon Miss Flor e1;we," h e repli e d g allantly. "I'm afraid you' r e a great flatterer," she answered with a blush. "It's a lovely aft e rnoon, i sn't it?" "Tha t 's wha t it i s Ar e you out s hopping?" "I'm b u y in g a f e w thing s for mamma and taking in t h e w intlow di s play s." "You might buy a coupl e o f n e w s ong s while you're abou t i t for next W e dne s da y e v e ning. I s hall be up to see you without fai l if nothin g happ e n s to pr e vent me." D ea r me, I'm glad y ou r e mind e d m e I intended to call a t a m u sic s tore but would have forgotten all about it onl y for you "It i s fortun ate w e m e t the n grinne d Harry "I'm afraitl you will have to excuse me now, a s I have an im portant engage m ent." "You a r e a v e r y bus y y oung man since you became p resid ent o f the Lake s hore, ar e n t you?" s he s aid with a smi l e W e ll rath e r. I'm h a vin g all kind s of n e w experiences. Whe n you read the aft e rnoon pap e r you' ll find thtl I was u p ag a ins t a pretty tou g h thin g after leaving your home l ast evenin g." D e ar me, d o tell m e a b out it." "I'd b e g l ad t o oblige y ou, only I haven't the time now, l and it's quite a story. The n e wspaper, however, will give you an outline of it, and when I see you again I'll supply wha.tever points are missing." "Very well. I'll hold you to yo-r word." With that they parted, each going in an opposite direc. As Harry passed the offices of the Brookport Navigation Company he saw Cyrus Gage standing at the door talking to one of the minor politicians of Rushville. The looked up and favored th e boy with an insolent stare, not unmix e d with a look of h atred. "Gage seems to be down on me like a thousand bricks. W e ll, I sha'n't lose any sleep over that fact. H e only g ot what was coming to him when I let him down a nd out of the road. I'll bet he'd like to do me up out of r evenge for his bounce. He wouldn t put on quite such a front, I guess, if he knew I'm having him shadowed by a detective." A few days later Hastings took another trip to Brook port and thence up the branch to the point where the road was in course of construction to Loon River. The contractor wa.s now pu s hing work fr o m bot ends, and expected to pave his patt of th e j o b done in two w eeks. The company was la y ing its own rails under the direc tion of i ts s uperintendent of cons truction. The double track was down as far a s the east fork of the Loon River, a narrow s tream which took its ri s e among the mountains, around the base of which the branch line c ircled to what was known a s Rock Pass, where it passed through the range and acro s s the n ewl completed bridge ove r the eas t fork. The bridge was a single span steel girder resting on s tone b-qttresses. Its s ituation was wild and romantic, and represented the only difficult bit of engineering the whole length o f the branch line Harry's object was to take a look at thi s bridge, which had already been inspected and pas s ed upon by his super intendent of cons truction, who was al s o engin e er of the road. A hand c ar was called into with two Italians to work the lever, and ;Harry and the superintendent left Swe etbriar, for a twelve-mile run. The car came to a stop -at the entrance to the pa s s the Italians taking their dinner pails and sitting down by the s ide of the track while Hastings and the construction su p e rintend ent walked through the cut till they came to th e bridge. "It's a fine piece of work, Mr Nixon," said Harry, viewin g the s teel structure with an approving eye. "It cost a good bit of mon ey, but I judge its's worth every dollar we've s p ent on it." "It i s,'! r e plied Mr. Nixon. Th e east fork is rather a turbulent stream at this point.''

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22 WON BY LUCK. '"That's because this is the narrowest point and i,, all cut up with rocks." "It's the one picturesque spot on the line." "Well, it's certainly as lonesome looking and wild as if it was in the heart of the range. Why, hello! What does this mean?" 'l'.he astonished engineer pointed to a gaping hole in the masonry of one of the bridge supports. At that moment something came whizzing through the air. It was a jagged bit of rock. Barely missing Harry's face, it struck the engineer a glancing blow on the head, stretching him senseless on the ground. Hastings turned in a startled way to see whence the missile come, when a second stone struck his derby hat and sent it rolling into the rushing stream below. 'l'hen up from behind the rocks not far away rose the forms of Driscoll, Donovan, Cartright and Mulligan, look ing gaunt, haggard and villainous in the extreme. Donovan and Cartright launched two more rocks at the young president as the four rascals came rushing at him. of the stones hit Hari;y on the a;rm, the other on the shoulder, causing him to stagger back and grasp one of the bridge supports to save himself from plunging head fore most into the torrent. Before he could recover himself, Driscoll and Mulligan both had him by the arms and pinned against of the steel uprights of the bhdge, while their faces glowed with a malignant triumph that boded ill for the boy. CHAP'rER XIII. dent, and I never saw you, and another like you, attending properly to your business." "You seen a lot, you did," sneered Dris coll. "What do you hllow about railroading, I'd like to know?" "What I hllow about it needn't worry you, Dan Dris coll." "It doesn't worry me a cent. I'm goin' to let you do the wonyin'," with a short, significant laugh. "I'd better tie his h,ands and feet, hadn't I?" said Donovan, taking a couple of pieces of rope from his pocket. "Go ahead," said Mulligan. In a few minutes Hastings was quite helpless. "You've got a wad of oakum in your pocket, haven't you?" "Yes," replied Donovan. "Gag him with it." The big rascal forced Hany's jaws apart and stuffed the oakum into his mouth. "You make a purty picture now, you do. l{aw, haw, haw!" laughed Driscoll, insultingly, to the prisoner. "I hate young upstarts like you, and I like to take 'em down a peg or two. As for you, we're goin' to do you up for keeps, and we're goin' to make a sure job of it this time." He gava Harry an ugly, malicious look. The boy realized that he was in a tight box, but 9his courage didn't fail him just the same. "What'll we do with this other chap?" asked Donovan, noddi!l( toward the engineer of the road. "Toss him into the bushes," replied Driscoll, "so he'll be out of sight if them Italians take a notion to come this way." Donovan and Cartright raised the insensible Nixon and carried him to one side of the road and dropped him into a gulley. A NARROW SHAVE. "You go up the pass, Cartright, and keep watch, while "You dare to utter 11 sound, young feller, and I'll choke we finish this little job we had in hand before these chaps the breath out of you!" cried Driscoll, grasping Hastings' came this way," said Driscoll. "Now get to work," he throat in a way that showed he meant business. added to the other two, and Harry saw Donovan and MulliHarry saw that resistance was useless, so he submitted gan wade into a clump of bushes and presently reappear with the best grace he could. with a big hammer and a steel rod sharpened at one end. "You spoiled our plans other night by escaping in They descended the side of the bank till their heads were some way from the shed after we thought we had you dead below the level of the bridge, and presently the boy heard to rights. How did you do it?" the sound of the hammer striking blows upon a metallic "That's for you to find out," retorted the boy, coolly. substance. "Ol:i, it is, is it?" snarled the ringleader. "Well, I'll see Harry knew what they were doing. that you don't escape this time so easily." 'They were enlarging the hole in the masonry which the "What have I done to you that you are making such a engineer pointed out the moment before he had been struck dead set at me?" asked Harry. down. "Well, you caused our discharge from the road for one Their object W_!lS apparently to weaken the bridge supthing, see?" port, but Harry did not see how they could hope to ac" If you had done the right thing while in our employ complish much in the short time left to them before there you wouldn't have been discharged. You were lazy and would be a relay of men on the spot to begin laying an-half drunk most of the time, and under any one but Cyrus other ba\ch of rails. Gage and his appointees you wouldn't have lasted n, week." It would take day s of hard work with such tools to break "Yah !" cried Driscoll angrily. "What do y_ou know away enough of the rock and concrete to do any great damabout it ;myway ?" age. "I was over the line several times before I became presi-] After fifteen minutes Driscoll relieved Mulligan, and

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WON BY LUCK. 23 after a similar lapse of tim e Mulligan returned and let Donovan up to rest. In this way they worked ahead for something like an hour, and every little while Hastings could hear bits of rock go tumbling down into the water below. Then Cartright came walking quickly back and said that the Italians were coming up the pass toward bridge. Evidently they had grown tired waiting for the chief of construction and his young companion to reappar, and were coming to see what was keeping them away so long. Driscoll, who was not working at the moment, called Donovan and Mulligan up. "Carry 'that young chap into the bushes. Those two Italians are coming this way, an'd they mustn't see us." A minute later the approach to the bridge was clear, and there was not a sign of a human being in the neigh borhood.. The Italians strolled up to the bridge and looked for the two passengers they had brought up on the hand car. Of course they didn't see them. They looked across the girders which composed the bridge, and up either side of the pass itself, but were no wiser than they ":'ere before. Evidently they were puzzled over the disappearance of the persons they were looking for. They had loitered around awhile, chattering to each other, and they slowly returned the way they had coine. The four scoundrels, from their place of concealment, watched every movement of the Italians, and as soon as they were well out of sight they returned to their unfinished job, at which they worked steadily, while Cartright kept watch as before. In about twenty minutes Driscoll pronounced the work satisfactory. "Get those two dynamite cartridges," he said to Don o'9'an. The man traveled up the face oi the hillside a little dis tance and soon came back with the explosives. Driscoll went down to the hole in the masonry and thrust the bombs one by one, with great care, into the opening. "Now fetch that boy," he said grimly. Harry was lying on his back in a gulley when Donovan and Mulligan came and lifted him up. They carried him to the edge of the embankment and lowered him down to DTiscoll. That ruffian called for another piece of ro-pe, which Don ovan supplied him with, and he proceeded to bind Harry's already bound arms to one of the stones they had left in a position to serve their purpose. "Now, young feller, we'll see if you can wriggle out of this scrape, like you did out of the other. There are two powerful dynamite cartridges in that hole behind you which kill two birds with one stone," and he grinned ferociously. Hastings could not reply to the villain's speech becau.Be his mouth was stuffed with oakum, but there was not a quiver of fear in the glance he returned his self-appointed executioner. "You'll have just ten minutes this time to settle up your earthly accounts," grinned Driscoll. ."That'll be long enough for us to get out of the way.'r He stood there a moment gloating over his young vic tim, then he waved his arm to Donovan and Mulligan above who were looking down at him, and struck a mat.ch to light the fuses. The two rascals started to get away from the danger zone. At the same moment a gust of wind sweeping up under the bridge extinguished the match. Driscoll uttered an oath and put his hand in his pocket for another. Harry had been thinking pretty rapidly since the mo ment he understood the diabolical object of the rascals. Glancing downward he saw the water rushing over and between the black rocks in the narrow channel of the river. He also saw that Driscoll had not a very strong footing as he stood close in front of him fumbling for the second match. If he could but release one hand he might strike him such an unexpected blow as to topple him over backward. But this was out of the question, fo-r his wrists Wre bound too securely for that. A!l Driscoll got out the match and leaned over to strike it on the steel stringer, like a fl.ash a plan occurred to the boy. Quickly he drew up ):iis bound legs and then suddenly shoved them forward right against the villain's knees, with all the strength he could bring to bear on them. Drisc9ll hadn't any such thing as this, and con sequently was entirely unprepared to meet it. His legs were dislodged from their foothold, he lost his balance and went downward like a shot. Throwing out his hands to save himself he caught the cord which bound the boy's legs together, and thus his whoie weight was thrown upon Harry. Hastings was dragged outward by the shock, which was no light one, as the man weighed all of 160 pounds. For a moment Driscoll hung suspended in the air, and then two sharp snaps occurred almost simultaneously. The rope about the lad's feet gave way, letting the rascal drop into the river, and the cord which held Harry's arms pinioned to the rock parted and he went down himself after Driscoll. CHAPTER XIV. HARRY HASTINGS MAKES AN IMPORTANT DISCOVERY. I'm goin' to light right away. They'll blow this bridge The scoundrel struck upon one of the rocks in his descent pier to smithereens and you with it, and that'll let the steel and was whirled off by the stream in a half stunned coDi framework down into the river, see? That's the way we'll dition.

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241 WON BY LUCK. Hastings was more fortunate. strike out for the cut when I left the vicinity of the He hit the water in an open spot and was not injured river, but I have certainly lost my bearings. If it wasn't at all. a cloudy afternoon the position of the sun would give me He rolled over on his back as the current caught him in some idea how to proceed, but as it is I seem to be comits embrace, but before he had gone very far he managed pletely lost in this dreary looking mountain district." to extricate his hands from the loosened strands, and There was nothing else for him to do than to keep on ing out among the rocks presently reached the shore. in the hope that he would come out somewhere in the He saw no sign of Driscoll anywhere in the yeasty water, course of time. nor clinging to a rock, so he guessed he must have been Finally he found himself in a deep ravine or gorge, where carried off down the stream. the sound of rushing water struck upon his ears. Looking upward toward the bridge he failed to make "Is that the river I've struck again?" he mused. out any trace of the other three rascals. He followed the gushing noise and soon came upon a Still he knew they must be hard by waiting for Driscoll waterfall. to join them. It was formed out of a dozen small streams rushing headThe boy's first thought was the safety of the bridge. long down a great height, joining in places and then sep"I must remove those two cartridges at any cost," he arated in parts by the projecting rocks, finally mingling said to himself, and with this purpose in his head he togetlier in a pool below, whence the water boiled among a criwled back over the rocks which lined the shore till he waste of rocks and ran on through the further end of the reached the place from where he had fallen. gorge in a tumbling torrent, that was pre,sently lost in an He found much difficulty in inaking his way up the abrupt turn. steep side of the bank, bui finally succeeded in reaching While the boy was admiring the wild grandeur of the the hole the rascals had dug out of the masonry. spot into which he had inadvertently ;strayed, he caught Rea. ching in his hand he grasped the first cartridge and sight of three saddle horses tied fo a tree. drew it carefully cmt. He walked toward them, and saw that they were sleek, He tossed it into the river as far from him as he could well-fed animals. propel it. On the saddle of one he saw the initials P. T. in German The second bomb shared the same fate, and then Hastsilver letters. ings breathed easier. "I've seen that horse before more than once," he breathed The bridge at least was safe. in some surprise. "If I had any doubts about it tho s e "I wonder where those other rascals are at this mo-plated initials are enough to dissipate them. That's Par ment ?" he thought, as he clung to his precarious footing sons Thorndyke's mare, sure enough. I never knew any on the side of the bank. "It won't be safe, I guess, for one to ride her but he, so, unless some one has stolen her, me to show myself at this point. I'll have to climb up which seems unlikely, Mr. Thorndyke must be in this neighsomewhere else. Those ahaps must be wondering what borhood. What could bring him up here in the moun delays Driscoll." tains, I'd like to know?' Surely not on a pleasure jaunt. Harry worked his way back again to the water's edge and It looks suspicious to me, considering that' Driscoll and started to pick a path for himself over the slippery rooks. his associates have been in hiding her.e, and were working In this way he proceeded for some distance until he to destrov that new steel bridge of ours. I'll just hide found a place where he could climb the bank with com-in among these bushes and se; what turns up." parative ease. Harry hadn't been squatted out of sight many minutes But this took him a considerable distance from the pass before he heard voices approaching, and presently Parsons up into the mountain, where his progress was impeded Thorndyke, Cyrus Gage ana the Rushville politician came by tangled shrubbery and huge rocks jutting out here and into view. there from the hillside. "Something must have preventea those rascals getting He lost sight of the river apd the railr9ad bridge in their work in on that bridge," said Thorndyke with every the maze of trees and rank vegetation through which he sign of impatience. "Your man. Driscoll seems fo oe ma:K was. forced to plunge. ing a failure of everything he undertake s," in a tone of His object was to work around and 'descend to the pass disgust. at some point where he hoped to escape observation from "It hasn't been his fault, I'll warrant," maintained. the Driscoll's associates. politician. "Luck has simply been against him." But the further he penetrated the mountain wilds the "Luck!" snorted Thorndyke. "This is the third attempt more mixed up. and bewildered he became in that trackless he's made against the railroad property, and it seems fo locality. be sharing the fate of the other two that mis sed re at "I wonder where I'm getting to, anyway?" he thought the last moment. If this one doesn't go, I'll wipe my ruefully, stopping and looking arond. "I believe I must hands of the whole business, for 'it' s getting altogether too be walking away from the pass. I can't make head or risky. The luck seems to be all on the side of the rail tail of my present situation. It looked easy enough to road and those three boys who undertoQk to run it. They

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WON BY LUCK. 25 come out ahead every time. Why, look how that Hastings : Parsons Thorndyke unhitched his horse, and Gage foland his detective escaped being blown up the other night. lowed suit. And in relation to that matter-I didn't expect any lives I "Then' you don't mean to wait any longer?" said Roach.' were to be sacrifice d to accomplish the end I am looking "No," returned Thorndyke. "It will be dark by the for. I've got no love for that boy, it is true, but I don't time we reach Brookport." want him killed, do you understand that, Roach?" "Well, I'll follow you after I take a look over in the "I understand," replied the politician. "But you see, pass and see how the job is getting on. P erhaps I shall those men caught him listening to their plan to destroy bring you word that the bridge has been blown up." the roundhouse, and they acted on the principle that dead "You'll find us at the Brookport House, where Gage and men tell no tales." I will stay to-night. We'll expect to hear something en"Well, I won't have any suc'h bu si ness as that,'' said couraging." Thorndyke, "I arranged with you through 'Thorndyke and Cyrus Gage then mounted their animal s Gage here to cripple the railroad, and I promised to pay and rode slowly away down the gorge, while Roach, leaving you $10,000 to see that some kind of job was put through his horse tied to the tree, started up the path by which th(l.t would answer the purpose, but it was that Harrv Hastings had entered the ravine, and disappeared. no lives were to be put in danger. The first thing your man waited a few minutes and then came from his Driscoll did was to move against the Tyrone Bridge. Now, placeof concealment. what I want to know is why he didn't succeed? He had a "Well," he "luck is certainly coming my way big crowd of men with him who seemed to be disgruntled in huge chunks. Not only have I escaped death by a. mira with the railroad, because they had been discharged by cle this ;fte'moon, but I have at last traced the conspiracy the new management. They had everything their own against the Lakeshore to the fountain head. It is just as way apparently, yet their movements leaked out somehow, I suspected. Parsons Thorndyke is the man behind it all." for the railroad people arrived on the ground in time to At that moment a hand was laid upon his shoulder. prevent. them carrying out their purpose. Then Driscoll :e_lanned to blow up the roundhouse at Rushville. He had in his favor, yet Hastings and one of the rail road detectives discovered the plot, and in spite of the fact that Driscoll caught them and tied them in the old shed back of the freight yards, !hey succeeded in getting away and saving the roundhouse after the bombs had been placed in position and the fuses lit." 1 "Well, wasn't that a clear case of hard luck against Dris coll?" asked Roach. "Didn't he and his men do all that any one could have done to blow up that roundhouse? Luck was simp ly with that boy and the detective. They escaped death by the skin of their teeth, and then had just time enough to queer Driscoll's well-laid scheme." "Well," admitted Thorndyke, "I'm willing to allow that that failure was not your man's fal1lt. But how about this steel bridge matter? You assured me that it would posi tively be blown up this afternoon, and here we've been waiting for some two hours fol,' the explosion to take place, and there doesn't seem to be anything doing." "It isn't too late yet, sir,." said Roach. "Driscoll is hold ing back to make a sure thing of it. He wants to get that $5,000 I've promised him, and doesn't care to spoil every thing by rushing matters." "He's had the best chance this afternoon he's likely to get again, as the company's supply of rails gave out yes terday, and there's no work on in the pass to-day, A con struction train is liable to be out here any time now-cer tainly not later than to morrow morning, and unless he gets in his work now he might as well give it up." "Oh, he'll succeed, don't you fear," replied the politician confidently. "Well. I hope he will," gruffly; "but I'm beginning to have my doubts about it." CHAPTER XV. THE PUZZLED RUFFIANS. Harry was much startled and turned around quickly, expecting to find himself face to face with his enemil!s. Instead of that he found a rough looking man standing just behind him indulging in a quiet chuckle. "Who are you?" demanded Hastings, rather abruptly, but m11ch relieved to find that his fears were groundless. "You don't recognize me?" said the stranger. "No, I do not." "My disguise must be pretty good then. I ai;n Jordan." Harr? peered sharply into his begrimed face. "By George!" he exclaimed in a pleased tone. "You are Jordan. I'm mighty glad to meet you here." "And I'm deuced surprised to. see you here in these mountainS'. Doing some detective work on your own ac count?" with a grin "Harclly. And yet I've made a great discovery quite by accident." "I know you have." "You know I have?" I saw you come into the pass a little while ago, look at those horses when the three were tied to that tree. Then you hid in the bushes just in time to hear Parsons Thorndyke give himself away." "And vou overheard him, too?" word. I've been watching the three of them ever since came into the mountains, and I've heard a good deal they said. I guess we've got them dead to rights now. Your evidence will corroborate mine in part, at any rate, and that is very important. Mr. Thorndyke, Cyrus Gage and John Roach will find that the law has a. long

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WON BY LUCK. reach, I'm thinking. I tracked the other chaps to this locality and then lost sight of them. I didn't get on to the fact that they had designs on the steel bridge. I should have fancied that was quite beyond their ability to cope with. I supposed they were simply hiding here from pur suit and capture. As it is, I guess we haven't any time to lose. If t.hose rascals are preparing to blow up the bridge it's a sign that they've got more dynamite in their pos session. Here, take on of these revolvers, and we'll go over to the pass a.nd try to put a spoke in their wheel." "I'll go over with you," replied Harry, accepting the re volver, "but I think the bridge is safe enough." "You do, after what you just heard?" said the detective in some surprise. "When you've heard what I have to tell you," replied the boy, "you c'an then form your own opinion on the matter." Harry then gave .Jordan a succinct account of his after noon's experiences at the bridge, and thus accounted or his presence in the gorge. "Gre.at Jerusalem l You had a narrow escape_, Mr. Hastings," said the detective. "I guess you've done for that rascal, Driscoll, though it's possible he may have got ashore somewhere down the river. He was the worst of the three scoundrels, and I hope he's out of the way for good." "I hate to be responsible for his death, in spite of what he has tried to do to me." "Selfpreservation is the first law of nature. It was a case of your life or his, and you have no call to regret what you did. You were a lucky boy to get off as well as you did." "I agree with you on that point," replied Hastings. "It was touch and go with me, and I hRd about concluded my last hour had come when the idea came into my head to use my feet against the fellow. If he hadn't been off his guard the plan would probably not have succeeded, and I should be a long way from here at this time." Jordan seemed to be fairly familiar with tbe rno)'lntain, and while they had been conversing he was piloting the way over to the pass At length they caught a view of the and that end of the cut through an opening among the trees. "We must move with more caution now," said Jordan, "as we don't want to run into those fellows unexpectedly." So they kept close to the bushes, using their eyes and ears to the best advantage as they slowly advanced down / the slope. They had covered the best part of the distance to the railroad tracks when the detective, who was in ad. vance, suddenly stopped and held up his hand warningly. "Hist!" he said. "I }\ear voices." They crept forward cautiously, and at length reached the edge of an open space. Here they saw Donovan, Mulligan and Cartright i'.11 a bunch talking to R.oach. The latter had evidently just joined them. Mulligan was telling him about the capture of Hastings and the superintendent of construction, and what had fol lowed, and had just reached the point where the boy had been tied to the month of the hole they had excavated in the masonry where he was to be blown up with the end of the bridge, when Harry and Jordan arrived within ear shot. "That was an hour ago," said Mulligan. "Everything was ready to touch the dynamite off, and Driscoll gave us the signal to get out of range. We skipped, of course, and came here. We expected Driscoll to join, us in two or three minutes. We waited for him, but he didn't come. We had our ears cocked for the explosion, but there wasn't any. After waitin' fifteen minutes we began to wonder what was the matter. We kept a bright lookout for Dris coll, but there wasn't no sign of him. We would have gone down then and investigated if we had dared. None of us would take the risk, as we couldn't say when that stuff would go off. At last, after waitin' half an hour, we crawled over yonder, where we could get a sight of the hole. There wasn't a sign of that boy that we saw Driscoll fast to the rock." "Nor a sign of Driscoll either anywhere," put in Dono van. "We didn't know what to make of it. We were sure that somethin' had gone wrong. At last, as there seemed to be no danger of a blow-up, Mulligan and me went down to the bridge and investigated. I looked into the hole where I Driscoll put the two dynamite cartridges just before we let the young feller down to him, and derned if there was one of them there. You might have knocked Mulligan and me down with a feather. Where had that gone to? And where had Driscoll and the boy gone to, too? That's what's been bothl:lrin' us since. We came back here to talk it over with Cartright, we can't make head or tail out of it. It wasn't possible or that boy, bound as he was, to do up Driscoll and then take the bombs out of the hole. Then how is it that the dynamite, and the boy, and Driscoll, too, have disappeared?" The speaker was clearly uneasy, and his companions shared that feeling. heard the particulars without saying a word, and when Donovan finished he admitted that it was very mys terious. "What became of that superintendent of construction? Are you sure he didn't have a hand in the affair?" said Roach. "No. He was lyin' in the gully a time ago where we put him. He hasn't come to his senses yet." "How long has he been lying there?" "More'n two hours." "Are you sure you didn't knock him out for good?" ''No fear of that," replied Mulligan. "Well, to tell you the truth, I don't like the looks of this thing myself," said Roach, in an anxious tone. "I never heard of such infernal hard luck as you chaps have had. This is the third attempt against the company which has failed. Have you got any of that dynamite left?"

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WON BY LUCK 27 "Not a bit. Them was our last two cartridges," an swered Donovan. "We expected they'd do the business all right." "Maybe one of the detectives that's on your track was watching you fellows and stepped in at the last minute, pinched Driscoll, released young Hastings, and pitched the dynamite into the river," suggested Roach. "I don't see how he could have done it without our knowin' it," said Mulligan. "Driscoll had a gun, and isn't an easy customer to handle." "I:f the detective got the drop on him he'd have had to give in." "We wasn't so far away but we'd have got on to such a thing," said Donovan. "Well, what are you going to do about it?" a skecl Roach. "That's what bothers us. We don't know what to do. ."Now I'm off," he said. "Remember, get under cover as soon as you can, and while you have the chance." Thus speaking the Rushville politician turned a.round and left them to divide the money and take measures to secure their safety. CHAPTER XVI. CONCLUSION. "Now is your chance," said Detective Jordan. "We'll take them by surprise. I:f they don't give in at once we must wing them, understand? We can't afford to take any risk." "I'm with you," said Harry, drawing out the revolver J orclan had loaned him. Tlie detective, leading the way, stepped out of the shrubbery. We can't get off and leave Driscoll." "Throw up your hands, you rascals, or we'll shoot you ''.Then 7ou to sharp that pinched down in your tracks," he cried, sternly, while he and while re :vaitmg :for him to up, advisecl .Roach, Hastings covered the three villains :Vith their. revolvers. who didn t like the aspect o:f thmgs and was anx10us to After the :first sensation of surprise, Cartright threw himself. "I'm going to Brookport now to report up his arms in a panic, Donovan :followed his slowth1s thing to the party that stood ready to stump up the 1 and sullenly but Mulligan with an oath, thrust his hand money i! .Jou hadn't slipped up. It begins to look his hip p;cket for the he carried. as i:f yo'}, were nyver going to earn that five thousand." That movement was fatal to him, for Jordan, whose "We've tried hard enough to earn it; but .luck has been 1 nx e e was on him at the moment, fired at his arm. dead ag'in us :from the start. I don't see how we failed y Th/bullet instead of reaching the spot intended, entered to blow that roundhouse and them engines to pieces, when MulliO'an's side and he sank down on the ground. we left five lighted cartridges there to do the business with both of you!" roared the detective, with twelve-minute :fuses attached to 'em." his fin er on th: trigger. "You slipped up on that because Hastings and that deThe g faced about they were now thoroughly cowed tective got away :from the shed in time to prevent the bombs by th/fate which overtaken Mulligan,. who lay groanf ff rom gomg o ing piteously at their feet. "I don't see how they couJd have escaped," grunted Don"Here's some bits of cord, Mr. Hastings," said Jordan. ovan. "We tied 'em tight enough. I was willin' to swea. r "Tie the arms o:f those two rascals behind them. I:f they they didn't have the ghost of a show." make the slightest show o:f I'll shoot 'em down." "There ain't no use arguing about it. They did get This threat had the desired effect, and the ruffians subaway, and they saved the engines and the roundhouse. mitted to have their wrists secured, and :Mulligan was dis You'll find the same luck has stood by the boy this after::i.rmed. noon. I believe that railroad detective has been in these "The next question is to get away from this locality diggings watching you :fellows, and tha t he's at the bottom with our prisoners. How did you come here, Mr. Has o:f this :failure to-day. There qoesn't seem to be any other tings?" asked the detective. way o:f accounting :for your :failure. If you take my ad"Mr. Nixon and I came up on a hand car, worked by vice you'll cross the State line and lay low in Ohio until a couple of Italians. We left the outfit at the entrance to things quiet down again. I:f Driscoll hasn't been pinched the pass. They must be wondering what has become of us." he'll manage to communicate with me somehow, and I'll "Well, go back and bring them here. We want them to tell him you chaps are in hiding somewhere along the carry this wounded man to the car. Hello, there's some line o:f the M. & N., just over the State line. If he has body in the pass now." been arrested you'll hear o:f it through the papers, and "That's Mr. Nixon," said Harry, after a look in the di that will be a hint for you to keep away from this lorection indicated by the detective. "He must have just cality for good." come out of the bushes where these rascal::; stowed him "We can't travel far without money," growled Mulligan. away. I'll run down and meet him." "I'll let you have some to help you along. I' haven't It was some time after darkness had closed in on the much with me, but I guess I can scare up $50, which you landscape that the hand car rolled slowly in to Sweetbriar can divide among you." with the three prisoners on board. "Hand it over. It's better'n nothin'," said Donovan. Two days afterw.ard word was received :from Loon River l?.oach produced the bills and handed them to Donovan. that a body corresponding to Drjscoll's description had been

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!8 WON BY LUCK. picked up in the river a short distance brlow the town, the Brookport Navigation Co., and the general impression and on investigation it proved to be the corpse of the of the Board of Directors of the railroad company that scoundrel. he intended to acquire the Lakeshore for himself and his Harry Hastings called a special meeting of the Board friends was proven in court. of Directors and laid before them the full particulars of The result of the whole thing was that the conditions the three attempts to destroy the property of the company. were reversed, for the Lakeshore Railroad bought in the Detective Jordan was present, and gave his evidence. Brookport Navigation Company at public and thence" Gentlemen," said the young president, rising, "while forward the boats were run only in the summer time in the nominally guilty parties are safe in jail awaiting trial, direct connection with the trains and for the benefit of and the ringleader of the rascals has just been buried at passengers who enjoyed a sail up and down the picturesque Loon River, the chief CQil.spirator, as I call him, is at large. lake in the pleasant season of the year. It is our duty to proceed against and make an example of Under the able management of Harry Hastings and his this eminently respectable rascal, Parsons Thorndyke, and side partners, Walt Whitman and Lawrence Hawks, the his two agents, Cyrus Gage and John Roach, the well-known Lakeshore Railroad acquired an enviable reputation among political leader of the rowdy element of Rushville. It iS the short lines of the country, and the boys built up an my purpose to orCler their immediate arrest, and I think enormous business over the route, both in passengers and the evidence we have against them is strong enough to freight. secure their conviction." The stock of the railroad rose to many points above par, After this matter had been disposed of Hastings made and was hard to get at even that figure. a detailed report of the greatly increased business the LakeThus Harry's $2,500,000 worth of stock, which was at shore had been doing ever since the new managment took one time threatened with utter extinction, was increased to charge. a gilt security worth all of $3 000,000, and the stock "The company's revenue from passenger traffic has nearof his young friends, as well as that owned by of the ly been doubled, while the freight receipts are to-day as original investors in the road, increased in value in like three to one in comparison to what they were under the proportion. direction of Parsons Thorndyke," said the boy in concluAt the end of their term Harry Hastings, Walt Whipple sion. "The road is bound to resume the payment of diviand Lawrence HawK:s were unanimously re-elected to the dends this yea:r, and I think that wi11 be the best evidence Board, and also to their official positions. I can show of our new era of real prosperity. It only They are now in their third with every prospect goes to prove that the income of the road ought never to of continuing in the active management of the road in ha ve reached the 1ow ebb it did under the Thorndyke redefinitely. gime. Without a doubt Mr. Thorndyke me!lnt to ruin the Recently the wedding cards were issued for Harry's wed-Lakeshore, $0 that in time he and his friends could freeze ding, and the bride of the occasion is the most popular out all the other stockholders and annex the line to the young lady in Rushville society-Florence Ashley. Brookport Navigation .Company." Walt Whipple is to be the best man and Lawrence Hawks "I am perfectly satisfied that was his object," said Mr. chief usher. Ashley, Florence's father, "and we are also certain he Thus we take leave of the bright progressive lads who would have succeeded but for your aggressive activHy in proved their ability to take bold in a erisis and successfully .. forming a coalition against him and his associates, and run a railroad thus putting it out of his power to carry out his scheme to a finish." That afternoon Parsons Thorndyke was arrested at his home on a bench warrant, charging him with crimi:t1a! conspiracy against the Lakeshore Railroad. Cyrus Gage and John Roach were taken into custody in Brookport and brought on to Rushville. Then Mulligan, Donovan and Cartright were put on trial, and enough was brought out in court to weave a strong web around Roach, the politician. The three rascals got fifteen years each. Then Roach agreed to turn State's evidence against Thorndyke and Gage, and the District Attorney was in duced to accept 0his offer. 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'!'his little book gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlu c k y Jays, and "Napoleon s Oraculum the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowi ng w hat his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or m ise ry, wealth o r poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell you r own fortune. Tell the fo r t u ne of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO '.rELL FORTUNES B Y THE HAND.O ontaini n g rules fo r telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the band, or t he secret of palmistry. A l so the secret of telling future e vents 1;>1 aid of m ol es marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6 HOW TO BECOME AN A.THLE TE.-Giving full in struction fo r the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good h ealthy m uscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can b ecom e strong and hea l thy by follow i ng the i nstructions contained in this little book No. 10. HOW T O BOX.-The art of sel f-defense made easy Containing over thir ty illustrations of guards, blows, and the di!f e r ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of t hese useful a n d instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25 HOW TO BECOME A GYMNA.ST.-Containing full instru cti on s for a ll k inds of gymnasti c sports and athletic exercises. I L'mbracing thirty-five ill ustrations. B y Professo r W Macdonald. A handy and u sefu l book. No" 34 HOW ro FENCE.-Contain i n g 'full i nstruction for f e n cing and the use of the broadsword ; a l so instruction in arch ery. D escribed with twenty-one practical illust rati o n s, g i ving the b est posit ions in f encing. A co m plete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW T O D O TRICKS WITH CA.RDS.-Containing explanations of t'he general principles of s l eight-of -hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks wi t h ordinary cards, and not requiring aleigh tof -ha nd; o f t r i cks i n volv i ng sleight-of-hand, or the use o f mpecially prepa r ed cards. B,y Professor Haffner. Illustr a t ed. N?. 72. HOW TO DO S IXTY TRICKS W ITH CARDS.-Elm bracmg all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with illustr ations. By A. Anderson ., No .. 7_7. HOW .TO DO .FORTY TRICKS WITH CA.R D S. deceptive Ca1d Tricks as perfo r111ed by leadi n g conjurors and mag1c1ans. .Arranged for home amusement. Full y illustrated MAGIC. N o H O W TO DO T R ICKS.-Th e great book of magic and card tri cks, containing full instruction on a n the l eadi n g card tri cks of the also most popular magical illusions as performed by our. mag1c1ans ; every boy shou l d obtain a c opy o f thi s book, as 1t wi ll both amuse and instruc t. No . 22. TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second s igh t explained bJ'. his form e r Fre d Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on betw een the magician and the boy on _the stage ; .also giving all the codes and signal s. The onl y a uthenti c exp lanation of second sight. No. 43 HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the gran?est ?f magi cal illusions ever placed before t h e pubhc. Also tricks with cards. in cantations, etc No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL o ver one hund1-ed highly a musing and instruc tive trick11 with chemicals. By A. Anderson Handsomely illustrated. No. 69 HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Oontainmg o ve r of the latest and b est tric k s used by magicians. Also rcontainmg the _;;ecret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A .thiderson . No . tO. HOW ?'0 l\IA GIC full d1rect1ons for makmg Magic 'loys and devices of many kinds B y A. And e1son. Fully illust1 ate d No. 73 . HOW: TO J?O TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Sh o w i n g many curious tricks with figures and the m agic o f numbers B y A.. Anderson. Fully illustrat ed. _No. 7.5. IIO\y TO A CONJUROR. -Contain ing tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By A. And e rson. No. 78. TO DO 'rHE . BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete description of the m yste ries of Magic antl Sleight o f H a n d together with m a n y wonderful experiments. B y A.. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. H O W TO BECOME AN INVENTOREvery boy bow originated. T his book explai n s them all, examples_ m electricity, h y draulics, m a gnetism, optics, mechamcs, etc. The mo s t instruc tive book published. No. HOW TO BEOOl\:IE AN ENGINEER.-Oontaining full mstn,ict1ons how to proceed in order to become a locomotive engi?eer; al so for buildi_ng a model locomotive; together with a full description or an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW 'l'O MAKE J\IUSICAL INSTRUMEN'.rS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin Zither, 1Eolian Harp Xylo phone and othe r mu s i cal ins truments; together with a brief de scription of nearl y ev ery musi cal instrument u s ed in an cient o r modern times. Profuse ly illustrated. By Algernon S Fitzgerald for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal B e ngal Marine s. No. 59 HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LAN'.rERN.-Containing descrip t ion of the lantern, t o gether with its history and invention. A l so full dire c tions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsome l y illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Con t a lning complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanica l T r icks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11 H O W TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com p lete little book, containing full directions fo1 writing love-letters, and when to u s e them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12 HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all s ubjects; also letters of introduct ion note s and requests. No. 24 HOW TO WRITEJ LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN. Containing full directions for writing to ge n tlemen o n all s ubjects; also giving sample letters {or instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book telling you how to write to yoi1r sweetheart, your father, mother, s iste r, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wi s h to write to. Elvery young man and every young lady in the land s hould have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules f?r punctuation and comp o s i tion, with spe c imen letters.

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THE STAGE. No. 4 l THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK. -Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the mW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com plete mstru ct1ons how t o m a ke up for various c h a ract ers on the s,t age.; together with the du t i e s of t he Stag e l\Ianag e r Prompter, Scemc Artis t and Pro p erty Man. By a prominent S t age Manage r. N? 80. G U S WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-C on taining the lat est Jok e s, anecdote s and funny storie s of t h i s world-renowned and ever popular co m e dian. S ixty-four pages ; handsom e colored cover contammg a halftone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. NC?. 16. H9W TO WIND.OW GARDEN.-Containing full mstructions fo1 constructmg a wmdow g a rd e n e i t h e r in town or country, and the mos t appro v e d m et h o d s for r a i s ing b eautiful f!ow ers at home. The most complete book of the kind ev e r pu b lish e d. No. 3.0. HOW '1'0 COOK.-One of the mo s t instructive b o oks on cookmg eve r publish e d. It. con t a i n s r ecipes for co okin g meats, fis h, g a me and oysters; al s o p ies, p ud d m gs cak e s a n d all kinds of pastr y and a grand colle c tion of re c ip es b y on e of our m os t p opular cooks. No. W HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It con tains information fo r ever yboJly boys,, g i rl s me n and wom e n ; i t w ill teac h yo u h o w to make a\ln os t anythin g J!.rotmd t h e h o u se, suc h as pa1lor orn a me n ts, brac kets,cements, A e olian h arps a nd bird lime for catching bird s ELECT RICAL. . 46. HOW TO MAKE A N D USE ELECTRICITY.-'A de scription t h e w o 1
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