Never say die, or, The young surveyor of Happy Valley

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Never say die, or, The young surveyor of Happy Valley

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Never say die, or, The young surveyor of Happy Valley
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N STORIES OF eoYs 5 cenJs. WHO MAKE MONEY. The sun was just setting behind' the distant hills when Fred and Bert came unexpectedly upon a I startling sight. Two weather-bleached corpses, with their arms bound together, lay as they had fallen on either side of a tree. .

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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Iuued Weekl11-B11 Subaeription IZ.50 per year. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 191111, in the ojJlce of the Librarian of Congreu, Waahington, D. C., b11 Frank Tousey, Publi1her, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 39. NEW YORK, JUNE 29, 1906. Price 5 Cents NEVER SAY 01E The Young Surveyor of Happy V alley By A SELF-MADE rlAN CHAPTER I. :MAKES THE READER ACQUAINTED WITH FRED STUART, DORA DARLING AND LUKE JENKINS. "Good afternoon, Mr. Stuart," said pretty Dora Darl ing, flashing a bewitching glance at a well-built, goodlooking boy of seventeen, who at that moment came out of the Brentwood postoffice. "How is your mother to-day?" "Much better, I thank you,'' replied the boy, raising his hat with a pleased smile. "It was very kind of you to call on her yesterday. She appreciates it ver_y much." "Don't mention it. If I can be of any service to her I hope you will let me know." "You are very good to say so," answered the boy, with a grateful look. "But I hope mother will be on her feet again in a day or two." "I hope she will for your sake," replied the girl. "You are acquainted with Luke Jenkins, are you not?" indi cating her escort, a stylishly dressed youth of sixteen, who gave every evidence of having a very high opinion of himself. "We have met," replied Fred Stuart, evasively. Luke Jenkins himself entirely ignored the remark, tap ping the toes of his patent leather shoes with the end of his natty rattan cane, as if impatient a.t the delay. Dora Darling gave a quick glance at both boys, and then, seeming to realize tbe situation, smiled and extended her hand to Fred, remarking: "We are going out for a sail on the river. Mr. Jenkins has a new boat, and he has honored me," laughingly, "with an invitation to take the first trip in her." "I hope you will have a pleasant time," he answered, with a wistful look at the charming girl. "Thank you, Mr. Stuart. I think I shall enjoy the sail very much, as I just dote on the water." "I think we had better be going on, Miss Darling," interru1Jted Luke Jenkins, with a gesture of impatience, at the same time casting a contemptuous look at the other boy, whose plain but neat garments showed that he was several degrees lower in the social scale than Master Jen-kins himself. "Don't let me detain you, Miss Dora," said Fred, with a polite bow. She smiled again, acknowledged his salute, and then the boy pas sed on his way. "I can't understand what you see in that fellow to waste your time on him," said Luke, in a discontented tone, as they resumed their walk toward the Jenkins's home by the river. "Why, what's the matter with Fred Stuart?" asked Dora, opening her pretty eyes in surprise. "Wl1Rt's the matter with him?" asked Luke, with a snort of disgust. "He isn't a fit person for you to be on familiar terms with." "Indeed!" replied the girl, with an indignant flush. "I think Fred Stuart the nicest and most gentlemanly boy in town." She spoke with so much spirit and decision that Luke was quite taken back. "I can't say that I admire your taste," he replied, with a sneer. "Fred Stuart is a poor boy, and has to work for bis living. You should consider social standing, Miss Darling. Your parents would not like to know that you receive such a fellow on terms of equality."

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NEVER SAY DIE. "I wish you to understand, Mr. Jenkins, that I asso-a millpond, except when ruffled by a lively breeze, for a ciate with nobody -whom iny parents do not approve of," mattea: of ten miles, when perhaps two score of bristling answered Dora, spiritedly. I black rocks, shooting their head s just above the surface, "Then I don't see why--" turned it into a dangerous stretch of rapids a mile below "My father and mother sanction my acquaintance .with Brentwood. Mr Stuart." Several of the well-to-do residents of the town, which "They do?" exclaimed Luke, with a gasp of diseom -was the county seat, had built their homes on the shelving :6.ture. Lank of the river, and this was the case with Abner Jen" Why should they not? He is a nice boy. I you knew kins, Luke's father. him better you would agree with me Mr. Jenkins was a prosperous lawyer. "I have no desire to know him bettet," replied Luke, He had got his start in life by manying an heiress, and scornfully "I don't care to have anything to do with i.his good fortune put him on easy street persons in his class. I consider myself a gentleman,'' He was a air lawy er, and gradually established himloftily. self in Brentwood as the foremost legal hm1inary in the "Then you don;t regard Fred Stuart as a gentleman?" town sh ip answered the girl, with a slight curl of her lip s He was now attorney for the Happy Valley Rapid I should say not," retorted Luke, emphatically. "He Transit Company, and his was the acknowledged is only a common working boy, while I am the son of a leader of Brentwood's exclusive set. rich man There is all the difference in the world beUr. Jenkins was a large, pompous-looking gentleman, tween us." 'rho never wrnt abroad without a heavy gold-headed cane "I don't admit the difference," replied Dora, stoutly in fair weather and a gold -handled silk umbrella when the "A boy may be poor, but he can still be a young gentle-sky looked threatening. man. Fred, Stuart is my ideal of what a gent l eman 011ght He held his head well up, as though he owned the town, to be. I have known him for some time, and his conduct and everybody else took from him their Tight to exist. has always been such as to entitle him to my respect and With such a shining example before him, it is small esteem. He is as good as gold to his mother, and any boy 1rondcr that his son Luke, who was very like him in many who treats his mother as he does is worthy of any one's ways, and like his moi.her in other thought himself the friendship king pin among the rising generation of Brentwood. Luke Jenkins was evidently not much' pleased with IJ e was inclined to patronize his social equals, look down Dora's defence of Fred Stuart. on those a peg or two below him, and despise the genera1 "Oh, he's all right, I diare say, in his way," he Teturned, run of the people, whom he called the "common herd." with ill grace; "but the barriers that divide our set from Dora Darling was the daughter of the cashier of i:he common herd must be maintained. My fatheT would Brentwood National Bank. not allow me to have anything to do with a pool' boy) and Her people were as nice and as much respected iis any my friends would be very much astonished if they saw me one in town, but still they did not move in the ".first on familiar terms with such a person as Fred Stuart." circles," socially considered. "You have a perfect right to select your associates, 1\Ir. Dora was considered the prettiest girl in :Brentwood, Jenkins. I believe I have the same privilege." and there.fore Luke Jcnki-ns was attracted to her. "Of course; but--" Privately he belicYed that he was honoring her with his "We will change the conversation, please," Dora said, 11otice, but he took care not to let her think so, foT he with dignity founcl her as spunky and independent as she was charm"Certainly What shall we talk about? 1\Iy new boat? ing, ancl he prderred heT society to that of any other girl She's a beauty I am sure you will admire heT wl10n you in the place. see her. My father gave her to me for a birthday present As soon as he found she was fascinated with -boat sailI was sixteen last Wednesday." ing, he induced his father to dispose of the ordinary sail "W ere you, indeed? Why, I didn't think you were more boat they had and have a new one built on lines of greater than fifteen," she said, with a spice of mischief in her beauty, comfort and safety tones, for the airs Luke habitually assumed greatly amused She arrived on his birthday, two days before, and he her. had in vi tec1 Dora to make the initial trip with him. "I assure you I am sixteen," he said, as he strutted She was delighted with the idea and expected that the along by heT side. gardener of the Jenkins establi hment, who was an old They now came in sight of the water, where the shady and experienced boatman, would manage the boat as he street ran gently down to the bank of Snake river. alwa,ys did the old one, in which she had made a couple of This stream, whose serpentine course had given it its i.rips. name, was swift and deep. Luke, however, had no intention of having a third party It took its Tise in the mountains which hedged in Happy\ on hoard. Valley on the nortl1, ran its sinuous course as smooth as "TheTc's a smacking breeze blowing," said Luke, as he

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NEVER SAY DIE. 3 opened the iron gate which admitted them to the spacious and well-kept grounds. "We shall have a bang-up sail." He led the way down to the sma ll wharf alongside of which the "Dora" was moored. "Isn't she a drel!).n !" exclaimed the girl, rapturously. "I should say she is. The finest that money could buy. The governor spread 11imseH when he gave the order to the builders, ancl they have turned. out a crackerjack." "She certainly is too lovely :for anything." "I had her named after you," said Luke, with a smirk, e xpecting that she would. feel sensible of the honor he had conferred on her. "I ... ook at the tern and you will see the word 'Dora' there in raised gilt letters." She flushed a bit at this, but whether she was pleased or not he couldn't tell from her face. "Step on board and I will show you into the cabin." She permitted him to hand her clown into the cockpit. Then he unlocked foe sliding panel and. stepped. clown two brass-bound steps into a snug little cabin, finished in white and gilt. "You have a splendid boat, Mr. Jenkins," she said, after she bad seen everything ancl stepped out into the cockpit again. "I'm glad you like her, Miss Darling. We will now test her sailing qualities, which the assured my father are tip-top," said Luke, beginning to remove the stops from the mainsail. "But you haven't your man here," she said, in some surprise "What do we want him for?" "\Vhy, to sail the boat, of course." "Oh, we don't need him. I can sail her all right my . elf," he said, proceeding with the work in liand. "I didn't know that you could sail a boat," she answered in wonder. "Sure I can. I took le ssons from William in the old boat while this one was building." "Are you sure that you know how to lrnndle a boat?" she asked, with some misgivings. "Of courEe I do," he replied, confidently. "My govC'l"nor wouldn't have bought her if he didn't know that I was learning the ropes." Notwithstanding this assurance, Dora was clearly dis quieted at the idea of trusting herself on the swift river with Luke alone. "Is that really and truly so?" she asked, with a look of relief. "It is. She wouldn't sink if slrn turned over, and I guess I'm not such a fool as to let her turn over." He spoke so sincerely that she felt obliged to believe him. "Where are those tanks?" "Two of them are under tl;ie deck here," and he stamp ed on the floor of the cockpit. "The other two are in the forward part of the cabin." She was satisfied and made no further opposition to his getting the sailboat under way. He hoisted the mainsail, ran up the jib, and then re leased the line which held her to the wharf. 'l'he boat at once shot out into the river. "Shall wo go up or down?" he asked, as he took his seat beside the tiller. "Either way suits me," she answered. "Then we'll go down," he said "Stoop as the boom swings over and seat yourself on this side She clid as directed, and a moment later the "Dora" was darting down the river like a skimming seagull. CHAPTER II. IN DIRE PERIL. When Freel Stuart left Dora Darling and her escort in front of the postoffice, he kept on cl.own :;\lain street till he came to a small frame building, over the door of which hung the sign "John Eisher, Architect ancl Surveyor." He entered and hung his bat on a convenient peg, thus showing that be was in some capacity connected with the office. Another boy of about his own age, freckled faced and sturdy, lmown as Bert Barlow, was seated at a with a blue print before him froni which he was laboriously making certain calculations on a Ebeet of white paper. The only desk in the place, an oak rolled-top one, stand ing near a window overlooking a side s treet, was closed. "Well, bow a.re you getting on?" asked Fred, in a cheery tone, glaneing at the other boy as he took his scat at another table, littered with plans. "I would prefer that you ask the man to go with us," "So so," replied the freckle-faced boy, with a comical said grimace, which seemed to imply that he wasn't making "Pshaw! I can sail her all right, Miss Darling." any progress to speak of. "But think J10w terrible it would be if we got a spill in "Can't you make those estimates?" the river," she said, anxiously. "Oh, I'll get there one of these clays." aDon't worry about that," he replied, seizing the sheets "Want me to show you anything?" preparatory to hauling up the mainsail. "In any case; awen, you might .figure those specifications out. It'll this boat couldn't sink even if we tried to make her." 'give me a lift." "Why not?" "All right. I'll clo that for you, Bert," said Fred, "Because the governor had air-tight tanks put into cheerfully. her. She's a regular lifeboat in that respect." There was silence in the office for a few minutes

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NEVER SAY DIE. "Has Mr. Fisher been in?" asked Fred, as he handed j to sail the sun-kissed stream with the beautiful girl who, over the results of his calculations. to tell the honest truth, occupied a very large share of his "No. He went down to Jessup's." thoughts at times. "I how that. Anybody else been here?" The realization of such happiness as that seemed as far "Not a soul." away from him as the moon from the earth. "Here's the boss now," said Fred, a few minutes later, He was the only son of a widow in very ordina.cy eireun:l.as he glanced out of the front window. stances. Mr. Fisher opened the street door and entered. He had no rich father or influential friends to push him "Been to the postoffice yet, Fred?" he asked his chief ahead in the world. assistant. His future was in his own hands to make or mar by his "Yes, sir. There was nothing in your box." own efforts. The architect opened his desk and seated himself. But he possessed pluck, energy and ambition to make "Look here, Fred. I want you to take this blue print his own way in the world, and no boy thus equipped fo:-to the foreman at the creek right away." the battle of life need fear that he will not win success in "Yes, sir." th e end and a position far above common. "Tell him that the bridge extensions must be mDde to 'rhe river narrowed at the point where Fred stood, and conform to these alterations, and that he must hurry 1 the boy thought it was high time that Luke shifted his things along, as the contract calls for the completion of helm and came about on the opposite tack, for the light t11e structure next Wednesday." craft was drawing perilously near to the rapids. "All right, sir." "Ah, there goes his sheet at last," breathed Fred. "He The boy took the drawing, placed it carefully in hiR seems to have held on the last moment. He must have pocket, put on his hat and sta rted for Snake Creek, where great confidence in his-good gracious!" 114. Fisher was erecting a small bridge for the county 'rhe exclamation was drawn from Fred by a sudden The creek was an off-shoot of Snake river just above change in the aspect of affairs. the rapids. A sharp flaw from the other side of the river struck It was nearly two miles from the office, but he eould and careened 'the boat over as she came about. take a trolley car on the Happy Valley Traction line, The sheet attached to the end of the swinging boom wl1ich would land him within three-quarters of a mile of escaped from Luke's hand and the boom itself swung away his destination. out at right angles with the boat and began to thrash This Fred did, and reached the bridge about lialf-past about in the water. four. To a cool and competent boatman this of itself would He handed the blue print to the foreman of the job, have been no great misfortune, especially as the boat was together with the verbal instructions, and after watching unsinkable; but Luke was a mere novice at the busines the workmen for awhile, he decided to go down to the and he los t his head. river, a short distance away, and take that road J10me, for This, however, was not the worst of the present case. the office closed at five and he was not expected to return Something far more serious had occurred. tltere from the bridge. The sheet when it got away from Luke caught Dora The declining sun marked a golden pathway upon the around the arm as she s tarted to spring to the windward of the river, and in the midst of it he saw a jaunty side of the cockpit, and becoming e ntangled, the boom, as 'sa ilboat flying before the stiff breeze. it swnng outward, drew her in the twinkling of an eye out "That's Luke Jenkins' s new boat, as sure as anything. of the boat, and left her struggling in the swift embrace Yes, I can see him steering her, with Dora Darling on the of the river. other side of the tiller. That boat is a beauty, and no misLuke gazed after her with startled and distended eyes, take. What a lucky boy Luke is! With all his advantages but he seemed utterly unable to move a hand to save her one would think he'd be half way decent to those who are from ilie almost certain death which faced her. not so well-placed in the world. Instead of which, he For a few moments the sheet held her like a great fish treats mos t of us Brentville fellows as if we were the at the end of an angler's line, then it s lipped from her scum of the earth. I don't see what he gains by it. I I arm, and she was borne away on the stream toward the guess he's made himself the most unpopular boy in the rapids, a hart distance below . township. H he can stand it I s'pose it's nobody's busiHer aoom seemed certain, and yet at that moment a ness but his own." strong pair of arms were breasting the water to reach and Thu s mused Fred Stuart as he paused on the river bank save her if the feat were possible. and watched the graceful flight of the sailboat down the The moment Fred saw her drawn overboard by the acriver. tion of the boom he understood her great peril, and pre-Perhaps as he stood there and looked wistfully across pared to go to her rescue at any hazard. the water at the dainty form of Dora Darling, he wished He threw off his coat, hat and shoes and sprang into it were his luck to own such a handsome boat, and be abl e the water.

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6 NEVER SAY DIE. Her head lay baek on his shoulder, her eyes were dosed, and she was very cold and pale. Still he could see that she breathed, and he felt very much encouraged. From their wai s ts downward the white water churned itself around them, while the spray was blown into their faces "I must try and swim to the-bank," breathed Fred, as he felt his strength coming back. "It is getting on to sundown, and we must get out of this somehow before dark." At that moment Dora, with a little, fl.uttering sigh, openeJ her eyes. Naturally she was dazed by the situation she found her self in. She did not know where she was, nor understand the peril with which she was sm:rounded. A face sl1e see med to know was close to her's and a pair of hand s ome dark eyes were gazing down into her own. What did it all mean? to see him or his burden, for they were looking another way. He coufd not wave either arm, as they were fully em ployed in holding on to the rock and in s upporting Dora. "It is strange how they missed seeing us," thought Fred. He didn t reflect that the flying spray hid them every minute or two. At length the boat pulled off and headed up the river. They were abandoned to their fate. "It's up to me now to save you, Dora," he said, as he watched the sailboat recede in the distance. "And I will do it or perish with you." She had now come to realize the gravity of their situa tion, and knew that her only hope of ever seeing her dear parents again lay in the strong arm and courage of the brave boy who had already risked his life in her behalf. Her eyes were fastened on his a s he spoke. "What chance have we of reaching shore?" she said with a calmness that s urprised him. "Where am I?" she fl.uttered. "What has happened to "A fighting chance, r hope," he replied. me?" f l 1-' I you were alone you could sure y save yourse .i, "You fell overboard from Luke Jenkins's sai lboat," recculdn't you?" she asked. plied Fred, answering her la s t question first. "I was "I am not certain even of that." standing on the bank of the river at the time, saw you fall "B t t t t d. u m rymg o s ave me, oo, you are J eopar izmg into the water, and I did my to save you from getyourself." ting into the rapids. I did not succeed, so we are both in "Well, what of it? I came out to rescue you, and I'm a pretty bad pickle, but I hope to get you out of it in a going to do it if it can be done." few moments. I am going to save you or go down the "But if yon fail you may lose your own life, too." rapids with you." "I can't help that. You don't s uppose I would desEOrt She listened to him with dilated eyes, and see med to you, do you? I would be a contemptible coward for fair." understand the draft of his words. "FreJ Stuart, you are the noblest boy in the world," "Fred Stuart!" she murmured. "It it really you?" ccyr D .t ll I,, she said, fervently. "I always lik ed you; but never so es ora l lS rea y . . much as at tl11s moment." I remember now that I was drawn overboard from the "A d I 1 1 1.k d D y t . n iave a ways 1 e you, ora. ou are no sailboat. I thougM I was surely gomg to be drowned, for ff d d b I dd b fi t d . o en e ecause a ress you y your rs name un er the water closed over my head, and I felt myself smkmg I 1 t ?" t 1e c1rcums ances. Jown into the dark river," with a shudder. "And you have saved me, Fred Stuart?" "No," she answered gently. "Why should I be? To "I haven't saved you yet but I hope to do it" he reme you seem almost like a brother." ' "I wish I was your--" turned, encouragmgly. "Why, where are we? We are still in the water, aren't He was going to say "brother," but s uddenly checked ?" J himself. we. "We are on a rock in the midst of the rapids. We are Was_ it because he thought if he s ucce eded in her iu no immediate danger, but of course we can't remain 1 she might some day become even dearer to him than a here very long." sister? "Where is the sailboat?" "Well," he continued, abruptly, "are you read y to trust "I'm sure I don:'t know. I haven't thought about her. to my exertions to reach the shore? I am going to make I'll look about." the attempt now." He cast his eyes above the rapids and saw the boat sail"I am ready," she replied, bravely. ing across the river. "Then put your arms around my neck and hold on for Then he notfced that there were two men aboard of her your life." besides Luke. As soon as he saw she had the proper hold h e pushed They were searching with their eyes the troubled waters off into the water and struck out for the shore. of the rapids for some sign of Dora Darling. For the next ten minutes he had a desperate fight for Fred shouted to them, but the wind was against his their lives. voice and they did not hear him; neither did they seem The rushing tide swung them down among the foam -

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NEVER SAY DIE. crested rocks, but he kept his eyes on the shore and bat Dora made no objection to this arrangement, and Fred tled manfully against the stream picked up his jacket, hat and shoes, which he found where Foot by foot he made his way.nearer and nearer to the he had discarded them. bank, and after he had accomplished half the distance the They had to walk a quarter of a mile to a neat cottage scales began to turn in his favor. I close to the :i;iver, where the gir l was at oncs received and The worst part of the rapids had been passed, and the accoTded every attention that her condition required, trend of the river helped them shoreward while Fred went on toward Brentwood, walking at a bri::k Putting the remainder of his strength into a final effort, pace to keep his blood in circulation ancl ward off a possi he swam as he never swam before in his life, and ih three ble cold minutes he touched bottom, and in another he was drag"Why, Fred, where have you been?" exclaimed his ging Dora up on the shelving bank. mother, on catching sight of his bedraggled appearance The fight had been won, and with this knowledge to as 11e entered the house. comfort him he dropped exhausted on the solid ground "I've been in the river, mother," replied with a close to the river's edge. laugh, as he kissed her and thert backed away so that she might not come in contact with his wet clothes. Mrs. Stuart was just recov ering from a severe illness, and look ed somewhat pale and weak. CHAPTER IV. She was seated in a plain rocker by the window over looking the little garden which lay between their unpreFHED GOES HOME AND SUBSEQUENTLY V!SITS l\IRS DARLING. tentious cottage and the street In a few moments he was conscious that Dora was kneeling beside him! bad raised his head on her lap and was chafing his temples as if she thought he had fainted. He struggled to a sitting pos ture, deeply grateful to heaven that they had escaped alive from the river. "How do you feel, Dora?" he asked, a bit anxiously. "I feel dreaclfolly wet ancl uncomfortable," she r eplied with a faint Emile. "I also feel very, very grateful to you, Fred Stuart, for saving my life I shall never forget what JOU have done for me as long as I live. I know I can never repay you.'.' "Yes, you can," he said, unconsciously slipping one arm around her waist. "Do you want to?" "Wby, how can I?" she asked in surprise "By giving me just one kiss," he replied, boldly. A crimso n glow suffused her pale checks and she down much embarrassed. "You say I savecl your life Am I asking too great a reward? H l am, pardon me. I would not offend you for all the gold in tbe world," he said earnest ly. He looked at her a moment, and as she remained silent Fred had hired a little girl, a neighbor's daughter, to come in ancl attend to the hou sework and do such plain cooking as \raS necessary while his mother was und er the weather "In the river!" exclaimed Mrs. Stuart, "Yes, mother. Dora Darling was out sailing in Luke Jenkins's new boat. An accident happened, and she wa::i thrown into the water just above the rapids. I saw th e peril she was in, jumped into the river, and after a goocl deal of trouble succeeded in getting her out. I'll tell you the particulars later on, as I want to change my clothes now. Then I've got to go down to her home and tell her folks and take dry clothes to the cottage where I left her." "I hope you won't catch cold after your bath, my son," said his mother, anxiously. "Oh, I guess not, mother," replied Fred, with an air of confidence. "I kept on a kind of jog trot all the way up here, and my blood is all in a g low." "Tlrnn don't delay changing your garments Inside of ten minutes Fred came down stairs rigged out from head to foot in dry clothes. be was about to rise when he looked up and she said Then llis mother insisted that he have his supper before gently: he went over to the Darling home, a few blocks away. -"You may kiss me He didn't waste many minutes over it, for it was quite He put his arm around her again, drew her unresistdark now, and he guessed that Dora's parents must be ingly toward him and kissed her on the lips uneasy over her absence, for they h."1lew she left home with "May I call you Dora alter this?" the expectation of going on the rivet in the new sailboat, "Yes. though her mother never would have consented to the "And wlll you call inc Fred?" arrangement if she 11ac1 suspected Luke did not intend to "If you wi;;h me to." take his boatman with them "I do. Now 1 will take you to the nearest house. You I Mrs. Darling opened the front door herself. cannot go all the way home in this dripping state. You "Good evening, Mr. Stuart," she said with a pleasant can stay with the people until I can go home, change my I smile. "I thought it was Dora. Luke Jenkins persuaded clothes, go to your home ancl tell your mot11er what ochct to take a sail on the river in his new boat this after curred, ass ure her that you are safe and bring you dry I noon, and she hasn't got home yet. I am beginning to garments to put on." feel a little anxious about her, thoug11 I dare say that's

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8 NEVER SAY DIE of me, as she may have been invited to stay to tea "Don't mention it, Mrs. Darling. I don't think I did at the J enkinses Come in." any more than my duty." Fred entered the pleasant sitting -room. "You must be a good Sl"immer. I have always dreaded "You will probably be s urpri sed, Mrs. Darling, when I Snake river-the current is so swift Did you not say the tell you I 1iave come from your daughter with a message," accide n t happened near the rapids?" began Fred. "I did. It is a very dangerous locality "Indeed! It can't be that anything has happened to "It is incleed I am so thankful Dora escaped so easily. her," s he replied in some alarm. Sl1e ought not to have trusted herself in that boat without "There is no reason for you to be frightened, Mrs. the boatman was on board. Is Luke Jen.kins with her at Darlin g I assure you that, a side from a good d11cking the cottage?" ir. the river, s he is all right." "He is not. He went home in his sailboat soon after "Do you mean to tell me that Dora fell out of youn g the mishap Jenkin s's boat into the ri ver?" "When d0id it take place?" "I am sorry to say s he "About half-past four." Mr s Darling turned white. "Three hours ago. If he le.ft for his home so soon I "And where is Dora now?" she asked i'n nervous tones. wonder he clidn't come right over here and tell me all "At a small cottage near the riv er, about a mile and a about the affair. Surely he has had time enough to do so." half from here." "I guess he didn't have the courage to do it. He really "I must go to her at once," said the lady, rising in an doe n't know that Dora has been saved from the river." agitated way. "Doesn't know it!" almost gasped Mrs. Darling. "Why, "It is not necessary that you sho uld go, Mrs. Darling. what do you mean?" I will see that s h e gets hom e safe and sound. I will take "I'm afraid he believes Miss Dora was drowned." her a bundle of clry clothes if you will make it up for me, "Didn't he see you go to her assistance?" and as soon as she is dressed she will come back with me." "You are q u ite s ure s he escaped without injury?" "Yes, Mr s Darling." "Do you know how the accident happ ened? D id the boat u p::et ?" "The trouble occurred through Luke 's mismanagement a:; he started to alter the boat's course just above the rapids." "But he had the boatman with him, didn't he?" X o, h e did not. He told Miss Dora that he could sail th e craf t all right himself, and assured her that the b oat conl
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NEVER SAY DIE. 9 Both of them had a gieat many pleasant things to say about Fred's gallant conduct of the previous afternoon, and these things naturally pleased Mrs. Stuart, who thought no boy quite as good as her own. Before they left they hlsistecl that Fred and his mot h e r must dine with them on Sunday afternoon, a n d t his invi tation Mrs. Stuart accepted, her health permitting. Freel, when he got home after his clay's work at the office, was very much pleased with the arrangement, and he hoped nothing would interfere to prevent it from being carried out. Nothing did interfere, for whe n S u nday came Mrs. Stuart was very much better, so Freel and she set out for the Darling home at three o'clock. They were received with great cordiality, and enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon and evening. 'rhis was especially the case with Fred, wl10 monopo lized Dora 's socit:ty until it was time for them to go home Next morning soon sifter Fred began work at his tab l e i:Vlr. Fisher came in, and, calling him to 11is desk, to l d him that be had a job o:f surveying on hancl among the hills at the upper part of the valley. "I am satisfied tlrnt you are perfectly competent to do this work, Fred," he said. "You are thoroughly up i both the t11eory and practice of surveying Since you have been with me you have shown u ncommo n aptitude :for the business. I have watc h ed your w ork while you were out with me on our little expeditions, and have noted how easily you picked up all the details, and how correct you were in your calculations Therefore I am confident that you can do the work as well as I. This will permit me to attend to other matters with which you know I am crowded at the prese n t t i me. You w ill want an assistant, of course, so yo11 can take Bert with you I beli eve you know how to hand l e a sailbo a t, d o n't you?" "Yes, sir." "I thought so. You and Bert w ill t ake B arclay's cat boat, then, and go u p the river as fa r as Swa n creek Yo u can then follow tlrn ravine down to the vic ini ty of the l ak e Now I will give you your instr u ctio n s Half an hour l ater Fred, carrying the th e od o li te, and Bert burclencd with the rod, t arget, t ra n sit and c h a in s, started for Joe Barclay's boathouse o n the river They found the catboat a ll ready for them for Mr. Fisher had engaged it earl y that morning, s o a ll th ey had to do was to put their i n strumen t s abo a rd hoi s t sai l and start off. Fred sat at the tiller, for be was a fai rl y experie nc e d boatml\11. He had a natural liking for the wate r and ha d e n joyed many opportunities on 1.he rive r to m ake himself fami l ia r with both the tl1eory and practice of sai l ing sma ll boats. In the present instance his knowledge stood him in good stead, as it was much more convenient to reach th e locality he and his companion were bound for by way of the river than by the road, which did n ot .go a ll t he way to the l ak e but bran c hed off through the farming distri c t to the n o rthwest The n i t would tak e at l e a s t two days to c ompl e t e th e s u rvey, and consequ e ntly the boys expected t o use the cabin of the c atbo at a s a pla c e of s h elte r for on e ni ght at l east. S u fficient s upplies to la s t them for three clays if. necessary had been sent to th e boat by Mr. Fis h e r and Barclay had l oaned them a s mall cooking applian c e with whic h they cou l d cook a ny .fis h t h e y might c atch in th e lake, which was well stoc k e d with a certain s pecies of the finny tribe, as well as make a pot o f coffee. "We ought t o h ave a r attling good time on thi s trip Frcc1," said Bert, enth u s i astic all y "A h e ap s i ght b ettei than worki n g in t h e office lik e w e've been doing." "That depen d s on h o w well you lik e hard w o rk out-of doon Don't imag in e that s urveying i s s u c h a c in c h old man. 'rhere's l ots of l abor abo ut it, a s you ll find o u t before you' r e throug h." ''Well, it's a cha n ge at a ny r a t e I'm willing to put in my best licks for t h e fu n of c amping out for a c oupl e of days," replied Bert w i t h a g rin. "I only wis h it was to take two weeks i n s t e ad o f two day s." "Ever cam_ped out b e fore?" a s ke d Frec1. "Never. But I 've always a c hed for a chanc e to do so. It will be fun cook i n g our own m e al s." "Can you cook?" "Can I cook?" "That's what I aske d you. Bert scratche d his head and looked at hi s c ompanion with a dubious expressi on on hi s freckled fac e "I never h ave d o n e an y c ooking," h e admitt e d s l owly. "Mothe r an d the girls a l w ays look a f ter that at h o m e." "Then if you d o n t k n o w th e rs t thing about pr e par i n g a mea l how w o uld you e xpect to cook a mess of fis h, for i n sta n ce?" "Oh tha t w o uld be e asy, replied B e r t, c onfidently. "I'm g l ad t o hear i t laugh e d F r e d How w o u l d y ou set abou t it?" "Oh, I'd li g h t th e o il s tove put the pan on, the fish in t h e p a n and leav e 'e m th e r e till they got brown." "You woulcl ?" "Sure thing. Ain't I r e ad lot s of s torie s about fellows c ampin g out in the woods and that's th e way they d i d, onl y ins t e ad of a s tov e they had a fir e built on th e g round. " W oulclu t you open th e fis h and clean th e m fir st?" "Gee I n e v e r thou ght of that?" Woul d n t you put a b i t of butte r or lard on the pan befo r e you pu t in the fis h so that th e y wouldn't burn? And woul d yon t h ink of salting the m jus t e nough to m ake t h e m ?" sai d Freel, in an amused t o n e "Say, I guesR you k n o w h o w t o c o o k some, don' t you?" "A l i ttl e." "Well I don't know anythin g a t all s o suppo s e you attend oo the matte r ?

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10 NEVER SAY DIE. Wh y, I thought you said it would be easy? And if it's 1ye squeeze another day out of this job? The country is so easy you ought to do your share of it," laughed Fred. kind. of rough up in the hills, i sn't it?" Well, I thought it was easy. It always looks that way "I think it is." in story books. The boys seemed to have no trouble at all. "We could say that we coulcln't finish up in two clays They just shot a bird or two, plucked oft the feathers and owing to the condition of the surroundings." popped it rigl1t into a pan or a pot, generally a pot, I "We could say a good many things," replied Fred; "but thi nk, and then when somebocly saicl the birds were cooked I'm not going to make any false statements to Mr. :Fisher. to a turn they ate 'em up ancl seemed to enjoy their meal That wouldn't be the square thing to clo, Bert. Remember hugely." he is paying us for our time up here, ancl if we took a day "Well, you ought to know that the authors of the stories more than was actually necessary we s]10uld to all intents don't go into foe preliminaries It is taken for granted and purposes be defrauding him of jus t so much money. that the birds, or fish, or whatever it is they have for their I know you wouldn't knowingly do that, Bert." dinner, are properly cooked. vVhen you're reading a story "No; that's right. I didn't think of the thing in that you don t want to have to go into the dry details of the light. thing "That's right," assented Bert. "It isn't necessary to state how much coffee and how much boiling water it takes to make several cups of coffee, CHAPTER VI. nor mention the different stages through which fish or l!'ROM: SWAN CREEK TO CLEAR LAKE BY WAY OF TIIE RAVINE. fowl have to pass before they are turned out done to a tum, as the story writers term it. When a number of boys make up their minds to go out camping for a week or so, one of them at least will find it profitable to take a The wind was rather light, and as the river had a good many bends in it, it took the boys some time to reach Swan creek. :fow lessons in cookery from his mother or sister before "What time is it?" askccl Bert, after they had hauled hand Otherwise there'll be something doing when they down the sail and moored the catboat to the shore at the try to prepare a meal on the goas you-please principle." head of the creek. "I guess you're right, Fred. Fred l ooked at his watch "I don't profess to be any great shakes of a cook, but I "It is one o'clock," he said know enough to get up a half way decent meal. So you l "Hello! Where did you get that gold r:epeater ?" asked just watch me, when we reach the creek, and I'll give you Bert, opening his eyes as he noticed the fine gold self a few points on the art." winder that Fred displayed. "Bet your life I will. I'd like to know how to do it "Where did I get it?" myself." I "Y cs; where did you get it? I never saw you have "'\'\hat have we got aboard in the shape of eatables, anything but a silver watch before." anyway?" "Well, that timepiece was presented. to me yesterday." "I'll look," replied Bert. "The deuce you say. I wish somebody would present Ile went into the small cabin and investigated the con me with one tents of the boxes which stood on the floor "It's a fine one, isn't it?" "There's a lot of ham sandwiches to begin with and "Bet your life it is. Wlto was so good as to give you some hard-boiled eggs such. a valuable turnip?" "That's good So much cooking saved ;, 'l'bere's a dozen uncooked eggs and a couple of pounds o.f raw bacon." "First-class. We can have bacon and eggs for supper to-night." "Sure we can. That's my favorite dish. Then there's a package of coffee, a can of condensed milk already open cu, some butter, a loaf of bread and a number of other things, such as salt, pepper, etc "We re not likely to starve, even if we don't catch any fish." "I should say not. 1But have we got any .fish lines aboard?" "Yes. Mr. Barclay said there were two in the right-haud locker." "Then we're .fixed up in fine shape. Say, Fred, couldn't "Mr. and Mrs Darling. "Oh, I sec They garn it to you for pulling Dora Darl ing out of the rapids. Well, you earned it all right. I wouldn't take the risk you cl.id for a bushel of gold watches "Neither would I. I went into the water to save Dora from drowning. I d idn't look for nor expect a r eward for doing that." "But you got it just the same," grinned Bert. "I certainly couldn't refuse to acc ep t thi s tok en of her parents' gratitude when they hacl. bought it especially for me, could I?" "Well, hardly. It's a bully one all right. "I'm very much pleased with it," replied Freel, returning the elegant watch to his vest pocket "Now, old man, just carry that stove ashore and I'll start in and cook a

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NEVER SAY DIE. 11 pot of coffee. That, with some sandwiches and hard-I the shortest, or Mr. Fisher wouldn't have told me to boiled eggs, will answer for the present, I guess." take it." Bert watched Fred prepare the coffee with some inter"Was he ever up here?" est, and when it was ready he declared it was as good as "I couldn't tell you, but I think he surveyed the next he had ever drank at home. sect ion to the one we have to tackle, for he told me where "You're all to the good a s a cook, Freel," he said, en-to look for a stake from which to make our start." thusiastically. "What are we surveying this wilcl man's domain for, "Oh, come now, aren't you just a trifle too quick in anyway?" praising me? Maybe you'll feel like singing a different "Some capitalist has taken an option on a portion of tune when you taste my bacon and eggs." the property about the lake shore with the idea of buying "I'm' willing to take the chances," grinned Bert, as he it and putting up a summer hotel." finished his iast sandwich. "A summer hotel! Suffering jewsharps How are the "All right," replied Freel. "Let's get busy." guests going to get there? There isn't any road running He stepped aboard the catboat and got his theodolite, within two miles of the lake." leaving the r est of the implements to his assistant to "A road can be built, can't it? It is only a question of carry. time when one will be cut through, anyway." "Mr. Fisher told me to :follow the ravine to the lake," "Well, the nearest railroad town is four miles below remarked Fred, as he starte d off into the thicket. Brentwood on the river, and Brentwood is all of nine "Whe r e is the ravine?" asked Bert. miles in a straight line from the lake, so I've heard If "It must be somewhere about here." there was only a town in the neighborhood of the creek, They walked straight ahead at a venture, Fred in the people wishing to stop at a hotel on the lake could come lead, and before they knew they had entered the ravine up there by boat. Then a road could be built alongside they found themselves in a narrow gully-like enclosnre of this ravine-a nice shady road, for there are a heap of which seemed to answer to the description. trees around here, and the hotel man could bring the "We seem to have stnwk it all right," said Fred. people over in hi s stage." "I can't say that I'm dead stuck on it as a place to walk ." The trolle y is going to be extended to Taylorville, through with the load I have." four miles north of Brentwood, next spring. The turn"I thought you considered this all :.:in?" grinned his pike itself runs pa s t J ayburg, which lies two miles from the lak e and five miles northwest of Taylorville. A road built from J ayburg to the lake will afford direct com munication to and from Creston." companion "This part of it isn't fun," grunted Bert, as he stepped around a big rock. "The place is full of bru s h, decayed trees, rocks, and I don't know what. I'll need a new pair of shoes when I get back to Brentwood. Do you think there's any wild animals in these hills?" "No. What put that idea in your head?" asked Fred. "I thought there might be. This place looks like a wilderness. It's a wonder there wouldn't be a fow Indians about." "How would you like to meet one with his war paint on and a tomahawk in hi s hand, eh?" laughed Fred. "Not on your tintype. I like to read about 'em in stories, but that is a s far as my curiosity goes. Say, how much :further havs we got to go in this ravine?" "Ask me something easy, Bert. I never was here be fore." "Didn't Mr. Fisher tell you?" "He said the distance between the creek and the lake was about three miles." "I'd be willing to swear I've walked six already. Hold on, l et's take another rest." Fred was willing, for the afternoon was warm, and he admitted that the walking was anything but good. "I should think we might find a better way to go and come than this," said Bert as he mopped the perspiration from his brow. "We can look for a better way, but I guess this must be "Sure. But look at the distance-fifteen miles." "What's the odds? Guests will come to the lake early in s ummer and probably stay three months. They'll only have to travel the road once each way." "And s uppose they have a lot of trunks?" "The trolley will carry them to Taylorville as soon as it is built and goes into operation to that place'. That leaves only four miles for them to be carried the rest of the distance on a wagon." "But don't you think it would be ever so much better if there was a wharf at the creek and a road from the creek to the la' ke, and then, as I said before, the people could come up the river on a small steamboat." "There wouldn't be enough travel to pay for the coal used. Now if the river ran right through here in place of t11is ravine, and connected direct with the lake, the hotel man could provide himself with a steam launch to bring his guests and their baggage up from Creston with out change. Tl1en he could use the launch to take the people on short daily excursions around the lake." "That would be fine," cried Bert. "If the river only ran through here we wouldn't be compelled to take this long walk, but could come the whole way on our boat." "But the river doesn't run through here, so what's the use of talking about it?" "Well, all. I've got to say is that i:f the river had any

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12 NEVER SAY DIE. )=. sense, it would not run this way, or send a fork through, if only to oblige us and the man who is going to build the hotel." "He may not b nild it, after all. It all depends on the survey, I guess." A short walk further and they ascended an elevation that brought them in sight of as pretty a body of water as any one could wish to see. CHAPTER VII A STARTLING SIGHT. Clear lake was situated in a hollow surrounded on every side by the wooded hills which marked the northern boun dary 0 Happy Valley. It ran in and out among the elevations which jutted into its waters like so many promontories. In some places it was wildly picturesque, in others serenely beautiful. As a whole, the spot needed only development to at tract attention "I'd like to camp out here for a month," cried Bert, wii.h great ardor. "So would I with a gun and rod," replied Fred. "ls there anything to shoot?" "I'll bet the underbrush is full of rabbits." "Say, what's the matter with our coming here when we get our vacation?" asked Bert, eagerly. "J\Ir. Fisher might not let us both off at the same time. He's very busy this year, and I expect things will be lively they had s taked off the hotel man s eighty acres, reaching from the lake back to a line beyond the crest o.f the hills. "Are we done now?" asked Bert in a tone oi di s ap pointment. HJ thought it would take all day to-morrow." "We're not done yet. We've only got the section di-vided off." "What else i s there to do?" "I've got to find a suitable site for the hotel buildings." "Ho! Can t he build the hotel anywhere within the eighty acres?" "Of .course. But the man wants to put the big build ing up at a reasonable cost. You must have noticed that this spot i s almost all rock. He doesn't want to pay out thousands of dollars on leveling and excavating." "Oh, I see." "If there' s no place near enough to the lake to build a hotel at a fair expenditure I suppose he'll give up the scheme.', "And it's up to you to pick out such a spot, eh?" "If it is here, yes." "And i it i sn't?" "That's not our funeral. All I have to do is to make my report to Mr. Fisher. If it is favorable I suppose the hotel will be put up. If it isn't--" "It won't,'' grinned Bert. "I'm getting hungry. My mouth is watering for fried bacon and eggs; but I hate to walk all the way back through that ravine. Can't we leave some of these things here?" "Yes, and Fred indicated what part of their outfit could be left in the hollow of a big tree near the lake. Then they took up their line of march for the ravine, and before it was dark reached the creek where the cat boat lay just as they had left her. all summer." "''r 11 t d fi t "th 1 h Fred cooked the bacon and eggs in wlmt Bert called e we can ry an x I w1 um some ow. ,, 1 "I h I 't b. t t k th bang-up sty e, and the two boys made a hearty meal. ope so. wou ctn o Jee o a wee up m is sec. t d t S t b ,, \ They sat m the cock-pit of the boat for an hour talking 10n, say urmg Augus or ep em er. "I'll 1 th tt f t Th b about what they would do if they spent a weeks vacation eave e ma er or you o arrange. e ass . . t} 1 1 t f d I k h. d up here m the wilcls, and then growmg sleepy they turned 1m
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NEVER SAY DIE. 13 "b thi:; the most suitable place m the whole eighty I "Why don't you find out who owns it, whether it's for acres?" sale, and what the lowest price is Ii it's low you might "Yes. "It's toug h if it won' t do," replied Bert. a swell place .for a hotel." borrow the money from M:r. Darling. He'd let you have "I think it's any reasonable sum, 1'11 bet, i.f he had it to spare." "There's a bett e r 8pot yonder; but that's sect ion." "No. When I go into any speculation it must be with outside this my own money. I don't want to be under obligatiom; to "Why don't you investigate it, then?" "Because we have nothing to
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.. 14 NEVER SAY DIE. The soft-crowne.d hat of one of the men lay on the "The other must be full of gold, too," said Bert, em-ground almost in reach of his hand. boldened to step forward and heft it. "Yes, it's heavy as "T'his looks mighty like a murder," breathed Fred, in a lead. Lor', what a :find!" solemn tone. "This is t4e strangest thing I ever saw or heard of. "That's what it does," admitted Bert, in shaky tones. 'l'he men couldn't have tied themselves. One would think "They were tied by both arms to that tree; and left that the villains who did the deed perpetrated it in order to perish of starvation in the most cruel manner," said to rob these chaps of this money. If that was their object Fred, his voice quivering with indignation as the terrible why should they go off and leave the money beside their fate of these poor fellows struck fully home to him. "The victims?" men. guilty of such an outrage must be pretty hard-heartFred scratched his head as if the problem was too deep ed. for even his bright brains to solve. Bert thought so, too, though he didn't say anything. "It's derncd furuny, isn't it?" said Be1i, hauling the Fred laid down his surveying instrument, and examined second bag in his direction, and regarding it with a long-the corpses closer. ing eye. "They've been here undiscovered a pretty long time," "It isn't funny at all-it's mighty mystifying, that's he went on. "They are reduced to dried skin and bone." what it is," returned the young surveyor. "That shows that people very seldom come into this "Well, what's the use trying to .find the reason. The locality." 'money is ours, isn't it, since we have found it. There "Oh, I don't know about We'd have passed them must be five or six thousand dollarsrin each of these bags. by if we'd gone a few yards in either direction. We'll You and I are Ti ch." have to report this to the head constable in town, though "I don't think we have a right to keep it," said Fred, I daresay the matter properly concerns the J ayburg audoubtfully. thorities, as that is the nearest town. However, we're not "Why not? Who has a better right?" going to tramp away up there at this hour. We'll put "These men may have wives and families somewhere. the information up to our constable, and let him attend to The money ought to go to them." this affair." "Ho! They look like tramps to me. Besides, there's no "I wonder what's in those bags?" asked Bert, curiously. way of identifying them. Do you mean you'd be such a "Some of their duds, I guess." chump as to turn that coin over to a constable? I should "They look kind of solid I hope not. I wouldn't, anyhow." Fred stooped down and started to lift the nearest one. r "Well, we can take it along with us, of course, and when "I should think this one was solid," he said, for he i we're satisfied that it belongs to us by right of discovery had to exert his strength to pick it up. "It must weigh we can use it in any way we see fit." seventy or eighty pounds." "Don't you worry about it not belonging to us. I've got "What can be in it?" cried Bert. my flukes on this bag, and it will take a team of horses to "I've a great mind to look," said Fred get it away from me." "Go on," encouraged his companion. "It's getting dark, so we'd better hurry alcng. Wait a "Seems a kind of uncanny thing to do," replied the moment till I tie my bag up again." young surveyor, doubtfully. It \ms nearly eight o'clock by Fred's watch when they Bert was much more willing for Fred to open the bag finally reached the creek. than to do it himself. Bert was so excited over the possession of so much In fact, if he had been there alone he neYer would have money which he considered as rightfully his own that he touched either of them, but would have le.rt the place in had very little appetite for supper, notwithstanding the short order tramping he had done that day, and the lightness of their "Suppose you open the other bag while I'm looking into lunch. this," suggested Fred. All the way back he could do nothing else but talk about "Nixy." what he was going to do with that money. "Well, here goes,'' said Fred, getting out his jack-knife. Fred's appetite, however, was not particularly affected He slit the cord which held the ends of the bag toby the bag of gold which had so unexpectedly come his gether way. The folds of cloth fell apart and revealed-a pile of dis-Ile simply dropped it into the locker under the bunk colored gold coin he had occupied, and taking the oil-stove ashore, started If a dozen snakes had jumped out of the bag the two in to fry the balance of the bacon and six of the remain-boys would have been less surprised. ing eggs, after he had :first made the coffee, and set it on They gazed at the money, dumfounded for a minute or the second bumer to keep warm_ two. "Why don't you eat, Bert?" he asked, when they sat "If this doesn't beat the Dutch," cried Fred. "A bag down to their evening meal, and his companion seemed to full of money." go to sleep over his portion.

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SAY DIE. 15 "I'm thinking about that money." "Are you? You haven't been doing anything else since we left the spot where we fonncl it. It isn't going to run away." iifteen minntci; hlld the dishes dry and clean on board the catboat again. "I don't suppose it is; but it's an awful lot of coin for a fellow like me to possess." Ten minutes later they sailed out of s,van creek in the moonlight, and set their coutse down the crooked river BrentwDod. "W-ell, what axe you going to do with it when you get back to town?" "What are you going to do with yours?" asked Bert, Yankee fashion. CHAPTER IX. "That isn't answering my question." BERT llIEETS WITH A TERRIBLE LOSS. "I'm going to take it home, of course What would you think I'd do with it? Leave it on the boat here for Bar! The catboat with Fred and Bert on board arrived at her clay to find?" I moorings at about eleven o'clock that night. "Hardly that." I Mr . Barclay, her owner, wasn't to be see n around, as "I've answered your question, now answer mine." I he had gone to bed a good two hours before, so Fred tied "I'm going to take my bag home, too; but I'm not going I her securely to the wharf and left her. to touch it till I find out something about it." 'Ihe boys, each with his bag of gold coin, and a part of "Then you won't touch it for a mighty long while," re-the surveying instruments under his other arm, set out for plied Bert, emphatically "You'll never learn anything their homes. about it." Fred put his bag of gold in what he considered a safe "How do you know I won't?" I place for the night, and on the following morning, on hi s urrhose men will be buried as soon as the authorities way to the office, he stopped at the home of the head con :find out the bodies are there 'l'hat'll be the end of them. stable of the town, and told him the story of the two dead They are a couple of tramps who found that n10ney men in the woods near Clear Lake. where, and that's all there is to it. T110 police official promised to attend to the case, and "Found it, eh? Why, where would they find so much Fred was satisfied. money? Stole it, you'd better say \Ve must investigate The young surveyor made his report to Mr Fisher as and see if we can find who it was who lost that money soon a s that gentleman appeared at the office. "Oh, I say, what do you want to do? What kind of a "You have done very well, Fid; very well, indeed. In chump are you?" fact, I felt confident that you would acquit yourself in a "No chump at all, Bert. But I believe honesty is the thoroughly satisfactory manner. Commencing with this best policy We have no right to keep that money if it week, I s hall add a couple of dollars more to your salary, turns out that we learn who it really belongs to." as an evidence of my appreciation of the growing value of "If we know who lost it I suppose we ought to give it yom services up. But to go around wasting a lot oJ'. good time trying to "Thank you, sir.') find a needle in a hay tack, when that money means so "You well deserve the increase, and I am glad to give it much to us, why, I don't believe ill! it at all,'' r etorted to you. We ar e to do the survey of the new trolley ex Bert, doggedly. tension to Taylorville thi s fall, and I s hall probably in"I don't mean to lose my time over it, because my time trnst the larger part of the work to you .'' largely belongs to Mr. Fisher, who pays me a salary for "I s hall do my best to satisfy you, Mr Fisher." eight hours work a day. What I mean .is we ought to "You needn't tell me that. I know that whateve r make inquiries throughout the Si.ate, without stating i.hat passes through your hancls will be done well.)' we had the money, in order to ftncl out if anybody lost }'red xeturned to his routine work, and Mr Fishe r went such a sum 11'. within a reasonable time we don't disout sho rtly afterward. cover any clue to ii.s rightful owner, then I am willing to "Did you hear the news, Fred?" asked Bert, as s oon as admit that we can honestly retain it.'' the boss had closed the office door behind him. "Well, I believe that findings is keepings. And I'm "What news?" willing to bet there isn't one man in a thousand who would "The Jenkins house was burglarized last night." under the circumstances worry himself about who had "Is that really a fact?" asked :Fred, with some interest. los t the coin." "Sure thing." "Your views are not exactly my views, Bert, so we won't "How came you to hear about it? I was at Constab le argue the question any lon ger I:f yo11've ate all you're Brown's this mori1ing, and he never aid a word about it.'' going to why just do your share of the kitchen work"I heaTC1 it up at the post-office. I guess everybody in that is, wash the dishes, while I put the stove on board, town !mows about it by this time." and get things in s hape for starting down the river." "I guess so. News of that nature flie s about fast in Bert had no objection to this divi s ion of labor, and in this town Did they lose much?"

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NEVER SAY D::LR "I believe a great many things of value were taken away. Luke lost his gold watch and a five-dollar bill. The old man lost bis watch and a wallet full of bills. I believe some of 1\Irs. Jenkins' jewelry was taken, and a lot of sterling silver articles were also pinched. Jenkins, they say, has sent to Creston for a detective." Fred passed Luke Jenkins on the street that afternoon, and that young aristocrat didn't appear to be in an amiable frame of mind. He favored the young surveyor with a scowl. Luke was down on Fred more than ever since the brave boy pulled Dora Darling out o.f the rapids of Snake river. While it is true that Luke. was delighted to learn that the girl had escaped from drowning, he regarded it as a personal affront that she owed her life to the boy he dis1 ikcd so much. 1\s soon as he learned that Dora was all right, he had (ailed upon her to offer his congratulations, and to excuse hi s own conduct on that occasion. The servant carried his name upstairs, and then brought him word that the girl was not at home. Luke was as mad as a hornet, for he had reason to know that Dora was at home. He called on the following day, and got the same mes sage. He went off in a hufl', and when he saw her on the street that same afternoon, he wouldn't notice her, which just suited Dora, as she was determined to have nothing further to do with him. Luke's animosity toward him didn't worry Fred for a cent. The two had never been friend s at any time, and it didn't seem likely there would ever be any change in their present relationship. Before the local bank closed for the day Freel took a japanned box to Mr. Darling, and asked him to keep it for him in the bank vault. The $6,000 in gold coin "Which had been in the bag was in it, and the boy was resolved not to touch a penny of it until he was satisfied he might do !!O with justice to him self. Fred would have liked to have persuaded Bert to make a similar disposition of his share of the gold. but his office associate wouldn't listen to the suggestion even for a mo ment. He c1ung to his original argument that findings is keep ings, at least in that case, and he stowed the bag of money at the bottom of his trunk in his room, where he could look at and handle the eagles and double eagles whenever he was di posed. He had counted it, and found he had something over $5,000. The night following the robbery at the Jenkins' mansio1 he counted it over once more with immense satisfaction. Next morning he found his window open from the bot tom, and was rather surprised at the circumstance. After breakfast he had occasion to go to his trunk for something, and found its contents all topsy-turvy. With his heart in his throat he looked down in the cor' ner where be had stowed the bag of money. The bag with its preciou contents was missing. IIe threw everything out of his trunk in his frantic search for his treasure, but there was not a sign of it any where Bert wi-s so disheartened over bis loss that he scarcely had the courage to go to the office. He arrived half an hour late, and his face sho.wed that something had gone wrong with him. "What's the matter, Bert?" asked Fred. wondering what ailed him. "Nothing," replied the other, shortly. "Nothing, eh? Why, you look as if you'd lost your best friend." "I've lost something as good as that." "\Yhat did you lo e?" "I've lost that bag of money I brought from the hills." "You have!" whistled Fred. "I have, honor bright." "Why, how came you to lose it?" "Somebody entered my room last night, and went through my trunk. That's where I kept it, and this morn ing it wasn't there." "\\Tell, upon my word, that's hard luck. You haven't any suspicion as to the identity of the thief?" Bert, who felt like crying over his lo ss, shook his head dejectedly. "Tell me all the particulars," asked Fred. There wasn't much to tell, and Bert soon told all he knew. "Some person must have seen you through the window counting that money." "1\ly room is on the second floor, so I don't see how anyhody could have seen me." They talked the matter over for awhile, and then the subject was dropped. That night the Darling house was entered and plun dered of silveI"ware, jewelry, and pieces of valuable bric-a brac. CHAPTER X. THE NAPHTHA LAUNCH THA' VISITED BRENTWOOD. Two bold burglaries committed within three day s threw the good people of Brentwood into a fever of consterna tion. Until the Jen kins' home was entered and robbed such a crime hadn't been known in the town for years. The detective who came from Creston to aid the Brentwood constabulary declared that both jobs bad ben. done

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NEVER SAY DIE. -,.., j by a professional crook, possibly two, of more than ordi-1 located there, he was courteously received, and a llowrd to nary abqity inspect the homes of ma.uy of those who thought he might 'l'he residents cou ld talk of nothing else---morning, one day become a neighbor of theirs. noon, and night-but the robberies.. The gentlemen when on shore left the launch in charge Therefore when, on the night, the house oi of a stout, florid complexioned individual, who was pre l\fr. Starbuck, the wealthy president of the wagon works, sumed to be the navigator and general factotum on the was cleaned out of money, jewelry, and various small artiboat. cles. of considerable value, the feeling in town developed About eleven o'clock on the morning following the last foto a kind of panic, and the people began to ask one anburglary the launch left her anchorage and headed down other who would be the next victim. the river. Abner Jenkins announced a reward of $1,000 for the apprehension and conviction of the criminal or criminals. Mr. Starbuck also posted a reward of the same amount, while Mr. Darling and the town council each added $500. A second detective was called in, and the entire police department of Brentwood became active in the hope of earning the money and adding to their reputation as sleuths. A bright watch was kept in the neighborhood of the homes of the well-to-do r esidents, wher e another attempt was looked for, but it didn't come. The crook or crooks, eithe r satisfied for the present with the results obtained, or rendered wary by the vigilance of the officers of the law, made no :further effort to enrich themselves at the expe nse of the Brentwood people. The detectives followed up several clews that came their way but iu the end they amounted to nothing. During all this time a dainty-looking naphtha launch, which had come llp the river two days before the first bur glary, passing the rapids through the tortuous channel which alone permitted a safe pa ssage of that dangerous stretch of navigation, lay off BaTclay's wharf. A gentleman, with a profusion of glossy black whi s kers, who said his name was Redgrave, and announced himself as the owner of the pretty boat, was much in evi dence around town, looking at availdble sites for the erec tion of a bolt and nut works, which he said' a New York company was proposing to erect either at Creston or Brentwood. His presence excite d considerable interest among those who learned about hi s errand, as he hinted that in case the works were estab li she d at Brentwood the P. Y. & D. railroad, which passed through Creston, would build a branch to the former place, a proposition the company wa s known to have been considering for more than a year past, and had even gone so far as to have the proposed right of way surveyed This gentleman was accompanied by a bright-eyed, smoothly shaven man, whom he introduced as J\fr. Jax, who was to be manager of the proposed works. When they were not looking at vacant plots of ground they were wandering around the residence section of town where the better class houses were situated, apparently admiring the architectmal b eauties of the different resi dences. As the smooth-face d man intimated that he intended to build a handsome home in Brentwood if the works were One of the Creston detectives was on the wharf talking to Barclay at the time, but her departnre didn't see m to give him any concern. Evidently Messrs. Redgrave and Jax were above sns picion. Two hours later Fred S na.rt, accompanied by Dora Darlin g, came down to the same wharf, embarked on 1\fr Barclay's catboat, and also started down the river. Freel was going to Creston on husiness. for 1\Ir. Fisher, and for reasons of his own he chose to go by water instead of taking the convenient trolley. He had invited Dora to make the trip with him. Clearly both Dora and her mother placed a world of con fidence in the young surveyor when neither raised the slightest opposition to his proposal, though both knew the boat would have to essay the crooked channel in the rapids in making the journey. "Isn't it a delightful afternoon?" said Dora, enthusias tically. "It is, indeed," replied Fred. "You don't seem to be a bit nervous, though the la st time you were ont on the river you nearly lost your life." "Why should I be?" s he a sked with a smile "Aren't you with me?" Fred flushed with pleasure at her words. "1 am glad both you and your mother feel so confident of my ambility to take care of you," he said with a smi l e "I was almost afraid she would object to you going when I told her where I was bound." "We both felt that you would not have invited me i E you though I would be exposed to a ny real danger." "That's right, Dora. I know the c hann el through the rapids like a book, for I have been through there more than a dozen times. A cool head, a steady hand and prr fect knowledge of the navigation of the channel all thnt is necessary to carry a boat safe ly through. Still, en'n sA, I wouldn't take you along only that the day i s a feet one for the trip." "Yes, Fred, I know yon will take the best of care of me; so does mother. In fa ct, I have such confidence in you that I would even face a little risk under your p r otec, tion." "You make me feel very happy to hear you say that. You have bad some evidence wlrnt I am willing to gu through for your sake. I promise you that I s hall always be ready to stand by you under. any circumstances. More than couldn't say." ,,.

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18 NEYE11 SAY DIE. "You're the best boy in the world, Fred Stuart," sai
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NEVER SAY D I E. 19 --------=-:. ========== might go to the bottom any moment. It's a nasty spot, Jax, sharply. "If you will allow us to attach a rope around these rapids They spoil your river." that cleat on your tern mil, :Jlr Stuart, we will be glad to "They don't improve it, that's a fact," laughed Fred. have you try and pull us out 0 this fix. "We may have to ask you to take us down to Creston," "You may do so, 1\Ir.--" went on the bewhiskered man, with his eye on the girl. "Jax," replied that gentleman "I guess we can do that," answered Fred, politely. "Thank you Hand me the rope, si r, and I will make it "This boat will easily carry haH a dozen passengers fast." "We shall, of course, pay you for your trouble," said Illr "Yates," ordered Illr. Jax, in a tone which seemed to Redgrave, with a smile that displayed an even row of very J indicate that he was the real I\J.Ogul of the party, "make white and regular teeth. one end 0 that rope yonde r fast to this cleat h ere, and "I shouldn't accept a cent for any service I might be I then pass the other end to that young man." able to render you," replied Fred, decidedly. Yates obeyed this order with alacrity At this J"i.mcture the stout man returned from his in-After Freel had made his end fast to the cleat on the spection. catboat, he went forward and told Dora to return to the "She doesn't seem to be injured in the l east," he said cockpit "However, I'll glance into the run and see if she has Then he pulled in and recoiled the painter which the sprung a leak anywhere." gir l had thro1yn to )fr. Jax. He disappeared into the cabin. All was now ready for the attempt to dr w the naphtha "You have a handsome boat," said Fred. "It's a pity launch out of her dangerous situation you met with this accident Fred put the helm up, the boat swun g around into the "Jax and I bought her at a bargain,'' said Mr. Redgrave. wind, her sail bellied out, and s h e tried to dart off up the "She's Al launch, fitted up in fine shape, and i s worth river. quite a pretty figure. We expect to go way up the river in The stout rope which held the two boats together beher in a few days; that is, i we don't lose her here. Her came taut in a moment, and creaked and complained as if loss would be a serious matter to us." it would come asunder "You are the gentlemen who have been looking at It held, however, and the launch made a movement a s if building sites i:q Brentwood, I believe; with the view of she were about to leave her undesirable quarte r s ; but setting up a factory there," said Frec1, who had heard all nevertheless she didn't. about their presumed errand to the tow n. I The catboat strained and quivered :from end to end, but I The two men exchanged glances, and an a lm ost imper-her good offices were all in vain. ceptible grin came over their feai.ures a moment. The launch stuck as fast to the rocks a s a porou s p l aste r "Yes,'' replied Mr Redgrave, "we have been looking at to the human skin. several eligible building ites Evidently she had budged all she was going to do; or, "Have you yet decided whether Brentwood will suit rather, the rocks objected to parting with so charming a you?" bit of man's handiwork, so the attempt to fl.oat h e r free "It is not for us to decide that question, though our had to be reluctantly abandoned views will naturally greatly affect the ultimate result. We will make our report to the company, and then--" looking at Mr. Jax. "Exactly," coincided his companion. "We will make our report to the company, and the company will :finally pass on the matter." "Well, I hope your company will decide to build their factory in our town It would be of great benefit to u s if the railroad came to Brentwood." "I haYe no doubt it would," replied Mr. Redgrave, with a peculiar smile, while Mr. Jax turned his h ead away to hide a grin that he couldn't repress, but which he didn't want the boy to see Yates now came out of the cabin, and anno1mced that there was no water in the hold. "I'm glad to hear 'it," said Mr Jax. "Now, young man, what did you say your name was?" "Fred Stuart." "And the young lady's name?" asked Mr. Redgrave, throwing another of his admirin g glances in her direction "Never mind the young lady's name," interrupted Mr. CHAPTER XII. WHAT HAPPENED TO FRED STUART IN THE CABIN OF TIIE LAUNCH. "It's no go,' said Fred, at la st, throwing the catboat into the wind so that her sail shivered and she floated back again to her former position a long s ide the l aunch Messrs Jax and Redgrave were clearly much disap pointed with the unsatisfactory result, and they went for, ward and held a consultation in tones which did not rea c h the ears of those aboard the catboat laving reached some conclusion, they r e turned to the stern, and Mr. Jax said : "Young man, we sha ll have to ask you to take us off." "Then you have decided to abandon the launch?" asked Fred. "We can't help ourselves

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20 N 1YER SAY DlE. "Probably you ca n get a tug at l'reston to come up here and drag her off As l ong a s your boat is not injmed to :rny extent it will pay you." "We will conside r your suggestion," replied Mr. Jax. "ln the meantime--" "You want me to take ou and your associates down he r iver?" ] !;xactly." "Very well. Step aboard." "\\'c have some valuable ;;tuft that fer,'' Ur. Jax. II" c m als.o trans-"lJ' we can carry it I have no o bjcction." 'lcp a.board here and I will s ho\v il lo you," said the rnogul, g libl y "I don't like to l eave this boat, Jest by som e mishap it might--" ",'he won't run away. H lhc young lad y i:; afraid to rcmai n alone Redgrave here will keep her compa n y life, and 1 don't mean to I don't approve of the practice, especially in boys." "Oh, indeed," answered JUr. Jax, with a sneer. "Do yo u smoke?" he asked, as he helped himself to a glass full 0 the liquor. "I've get a box of fine Ilavanas here which reach the spot every time." "I do not smoke either," replied Fred, firmly. "Oh, you don't. Quite a model young man, aren't you," he said, with a disagreeable grin. Fred made no reply, though his looks plainly showed that he resented this kind of conduct on the man's part. Wl1ile they were talking, Yates was busily engaged in lifting bundles and packages from i.hc run or hold of the launch through a. trap or opening in the floor of the cabin which had been concea led under a heavy Ottoman rug. I<'red wondered at the quantity and variety of these packages, hich made a big pile on the .floor. "Put thal stuff into the cabin of the catboat," ordered Mr. Jax. "Certainly," said the rnanwith the bean], jump-ing into the cock-J_.Jit of the catboat without wailing for an "You eem to have quite a ca.rgo on board," said Fred. invitation from I<'red. "Y cs. 'rhcse are samp l es of work manufactured by the "It i sn't nece ssary for me to see what you want to transcompany," replied the mogul of the launch, glibly. s hip, I g u ess," replied the boy, l ooking at Jax. "You As he s poke, Yates, who h ad picked up as many of the can bring the stuff aboard." bundles as he could carry, accidentally dropped one. I would prefer that you s aw it," aid the mog ul of the The fa tenings came apart as it struck the floor, and an launch, in a tone which intimated that h e wouldn t take elegant s ilver waler pitcher, with the name "Darling,'' enno for an answer. graved upon it, lay exposed, while its cover flying open, a F d J. J t 1 ld b k b l fi 11 1 J a shower of silver spoons of different sizes flew over the rug.' re was c11 poseo o io ac u Illa y cone uoe . l Ilfr. Jax uttered an oath, and began hastily to recover that there wasn t much danger 0 luo; boat getting adnft. tl tt d d t th t h t h . . 1e sea ere spoons an re urn em o t e p1 c er. He was a bit cunou:; to sec the rntenor arrancre . . As for Fred he was fauly thunderstruck. ments of the handsome little launc h whteh he Judged H 'd th "tch f l t f . . e rccogmze e p1 er as one o tie rea surers o must be m keepmg with her extenor, so he steppe d on ti D 1 1 h' h h 1 b t 1 1 f h b d f h rn a r mg 10me w ic a( een s o en a coup e o n1g ts oar o er b efore with n. lot of other valuable property. Mr. Jax l ed the way to t h e cabin, into 1rhich Yates had Being a quick-witted boy, this discovery took his breath vrevio u:;ly disappeared in obedience to some private sig n a l away, and a terrible suspiciop of the true character of from him. these men took posse ssio n of Ms mind. Fred was duly impressed by the elegant surroundings he Mr.1 Jax cast a glance at the boy as he was rewrapping found below. the pitcher, and from the expre 1:iion of Fred's face he The cabin had been fitted up of cost There was every ima.gina ble convenience there, includ ing four berths, two on either side, 1rhich were built to :;hut up on the principle of sleeping-car berths. The inte rior decorations were in white and gold, and th ere was lots of what is ca ll ed gingerbread w o rk. In fact, the cabin would of itself have made a boudoir suitable for a lady of wealth and taste. "Sit do1rn, Stuart," said Mr. Jax, familiarly, pu::;hing the boy to,rard a luxurious loun ge, "and have a drink with me." I n e ver drink, thank you," replied a:; the man reached for a cut glass decanter, containing an ambercol ored liqu or, which stood in a s winging rack under the i;kylig ht. Don't drink!" excla im ed the mogul of the boat, looking I Mrcl at him. 'Xo, s ir. I have n eve r drank a drop of liquor in my deemed some explanation to be in order. "When I said these were all samples of our work I forgot that Redgrave has a quantity of his household silver on board," he sa id with a curious laugh. "This is some o.f it." That settled the matter for Fred, since he knew the man was deliberately lying. He rose to his feet with a .flu h of indignation on his acc. "Do you mean to tell me that that l:lilver pitcher belongs to Ur. Redgrave?" he said, facing Mr. ,Jax. "Uertainly it doe ," replied the man, as he tied the last knot. "How, then, is it that it i;; marked with the name 'Darling'?" "Ehl" exclaimed Mr. Jax, with a menacing look in his eyes "I s ay it i s engraved with the word 'Darling,'" replied

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NEVER SAY DIE. H the boy, stoutly "That is one of the pieces of silverware stolen the othe r night from the Darling residence in Brent wood." Mr Jax sprang to his feet and shook his fist in Fred's face. "Take care, young man, you are going too far." "I know what I am talking about. How came it to be in your possession?" The man's ans w e r was a qui ck blow which stretched the boy out on the floor. Before Fred could recover Mr. Jax was upon him like a tiger, and had a revolver pressed against his temple. "You appear to know too much for your own good," he said, in a tense tone. "I see it is necessary to teach you a lesson." At that moment Yates returned to the cabin. "Get me a piecel of rope, Bill," s aid the mogul of the launch "This young fellow appears too dangerous to our interests to be allowed too much scope of action." The rope was produced by Yates, and Mr. Jax bound Fred's arms tightly behind his back, and then secured him to one of the legs of the table. "'rhere, young man, I think you won't give us any fur ther trouble," said Mr./ax, grimly, as he rose to his feet. "You will stay there till the launch goes to piece s or someone comes from the shor e to take a look at the boat, which won't be soon, in my opinion." "So you and your companions are the mys teriou s thieves who have been robbing the people of our town? The law will soon put you where you b e long." "We're not worrying about the law," retorted Mr. Jax. "Before you get the chance to squeal, if you ever do, we'll be beyond the boundaries of this State. We've hood winked smarter s leuth s than any you can muster in this locality. Hurry the res t of the stuff on board the catboat, Yates Mr. Jax took a h an d himself at the work, and before many minutes had passed all of the stolen property, which amounted to a con sidera ble pile, had been tran s ferred to the sailboat The decanter of liquor and a number of other articles belonging to the launch, including the valuable rugs, were also taken away. "You'll pay dearly for this outrage," said Fied, as Mr. Jax paused in front of him. to say a final word. "Bah!" replied the man, contemptuously. "What do you mean to do with Miss Darling?" asked Fred, anxious l y "So her name i s Darling, eh?" "Yes." "She is a member of the family that you say was rob bed, is she? Very well. We'll look for her. Don't worry about her." The crook favored Fred with a significant smile "If any harm comes to her," cried the boy vehemently, "I'll never re s t till I bring you to justice." "Talk is cheap," sneered Mr. Jax. "You'll be lucky if you come out of this alive." He examined the fa s tenings which held the boy, and being satisfied with the inspection he made Fred an ironical bow and left the cabin, and a moment later the launch. "Great Scott! What will be the end of thi s ? And what will happen to Dora?" groaned the boy, struggl ing in vain to release himself. A half-suppressed s cream came to his ears from with out. "My heaven! That was Dora' s voice. What are they doing to her?" He writhed and squirmed desperately at his bonds, but there was no getting loose from them. He was simply frantic over the uniortunate s ituation of the girl. But he could do nothing, and from certain s ound s which presently ceased, h e knew the sailboat was leaving the s tranded launch and heading down the river. CHAPTER XIII. HOW BERT BARLOW TURNED UP ON THE LAUNCH. The r e ader can easier imagine tha n we can describe the feeling of Fred Stuart as he lay helpless in the cabin of the s tranded laun c h and realized that he had bee' n aban doned in a desperate situation. He knew only too well that the chance of an immediate rescue from the shore was s light. Th e banks of the river at thi s point were lonely and deserted. There was a creek, the one over which Mr. Fisher had built a bridge, lately completea, on the Brentwood side, and a narrow inlet on the other. But these little waterways were seldom navigated. Th e re was a mar s h below the inl et, where people went shooting in the fall and winter, but no one ever strolled there at this season of the year. The boy's only chance was that a boat from up or down the river might come along and their occupants board the stranded launch out of curiosity. His chief concern was for Dora Darling. He hoped the rascals would put her a s hore at Creston, whence she would be able to reach home by the trolley. But he was more than half afraid they would not. "I fear they will carry her some dis tance down the river till they think it safe to put her ashore and let her shift for herself. Those chaps won't take any chances by giving her an opportunity to set the officers on their trail. What a slick trio of rascals they are! To rob three of our best homes in Brentwood, carry their plunder aboard of this launch, and then walk around town afterward under the very noses of the constables and detective-e. That

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22 NEVER SAY DIE. shows their nerve and skill, and proves that they are old l away at the cords which secured his arms. "What brought and experienced hands at the business. They will not be you down the river this far?" easily caught. I'd give everything I own in the world if "I rowed down in one of Barclay's boats, intending to I hadn't invited Dora to come with me on this trip. Her :fi h up the creek. I saw this launch high and dry almost parent s will never forgive mo, and I am sure I'll never on the rocks, and came out to look it over." forgive myself if anything happens to her. It was dread"Mighty lucky thing for me that you turned up in this fully unfortunate." neighborhood," said Fred, shaking himseH free and stand-Half an hour passed away, during which Fred made ing up. "But I'm in a terrible scrape." many unavailing attempts to release himself, yet he was "You mean you were before I cut you loose," grinned not disposed to give up to de spai r as long as an ounce of Bert. strength remained in his arms. "No, I don't. I'm free, thank goodness, but I'm not While he was resting from a prolonged effort to slip out of the scrape by any means." one hand from the cord which held it to the table, he felt "You'll be out of it as oon as I take you to the shore." "No, I won't." something bump against the stern of the launch. "Help! Help! Hilloa!" he shouted as loud as he could. "Why not?" in some surprise. His back was to the cabin door, wl1ich Mr. Jax had "Just listen, and I'll tell you what the trouble is. You closed as a precautionary measure. know Mr. Fisher sent me on bu s iness to Creston?" He waited a moment or two, and then repeated the cry. He was sure now that somebody was walking about out side looking the boat over. "Surely he'll come into the cabin before he thinks of leaving the launch," thought Fred. He was quite right in thinking so. Anybody boarding a stranded boat in the situation of the launch would certainly take a peep into the cabin after satisfying hi s curiosity outside. That is just what the vistor in this instance dic1. He put his hand on the knob of the cabin door and opened it. Apparently the place was deserted, for Fred was out 0 sight behind the table cover. But the prisoner heard the door open, and he called out agam. "Help! Please come here and release me." The visitor was startled and hung back. He didn't know what to make out of it. He couldn't see the owner of the voice anywhere. "Are you going to help me out of this?" asked Fred, impatiently. "Who are you, and where are you?" inquired a voice, 1rhich the young surveyor instantly recognized, and with rnme astonishment, as belonging to Bert Barlow. "Sure. That's why I'm astonished to :find you here on the river. I supposed you'd taken the trolley down." "No. I came this far on Barclay's catboat "The dickens you did! Where is tqe catboat?" "Three scoundrels have gone off in her." "Three scoundrels !" "Yes. The crooks the police are looking for." "Do you mean those burglars?" "I do. They came to Brentwood in this launeh." "You don't mean it!" incredulously. "I do mean it. And you'll never guess who they are." "How could I?" "Two of them are the persons who have been in town for a week past pretending to look for a building site for a bogus New York company that expected to build a bolt and nut works either at Creston or Brentwood." "You're joking, ain't you?" "Not on your life! Their names are Jax and Red grave." "I've seen 'em. One had a big black beard, while the other was smooth shaven." "Those aie the chaps. They left town some time this morning, and-ran their boat on the rocks, ju s t as you see her. I left Barclay's wharf at one o'clock with Dora Darling." "With who?" "Is that you, Bert?" he said, eagerly. "Why, Fred, where are you?" returned the ncrt, now rea ssured, stepp ing into the cabin I "Dora Darling. airiazed the sail." She was going to Creston with me for "Tied to one of the leg s of the table." "Why, how came you to be aboard of this craft?" asked Berl, coming forward to the spot where his friend and associate sat bunched up on the floor. "My gracious! what has happened to you?" "Cut me loose and I'll tell you all a bout it, old chap But how happ,ens it that you're here and not at the office?" "The boss let me off for the half day, as there was a consultation seance at the office, and it wasn't large enough to hold us all conveniently." "That was it, eh?" replied Fred, as Bert began sawing "Where is she now, then ?" asked Bert, looking around as if he expected to see the girl somewhere about. "She'R in the hands of those villains. They carri'3d her off." "Good gracious!" "We found them here, and tried to help them out. of their scrape. We did not suspect that they were the bur glarR. The fellow Jax induced me to come aboard the launch to see some stuff he wanted to transfer to the sail boat after I had agreed to take them clown to Creston. I wouldn't have dreamed of their real identity even then if it hadn't been that one of tho packages came apart, and I

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NEVER SAY DIE. 23 recognized some of the Darlings' stolen property. Then Jax, seeing that the cat was out of the bag, knocked me down and tied me up as you found me. After he hac1 clone so he ancl his associates put off in the catboat, on board of which Dora had remained all the time." "And they have actually carried her off?" "They have." "\Vhere to?" "'!'he Lord only knows. That's what worries me." "What are you going to do about it?" "We must go ashore right away and telegraph down the river." "If you could get this launch off the rocks we could give them a lively chase, and catch 'cm, too, for this boat will sail three feet to the catboat's one." "But she won't come off." "llov4 do you know she w'On't?" "Because I tried to pull her off with the sailboat." "You did?" "I did, and it wouldn't work." "That's too bad," said Bert. "Let's get out on deck and see if we can't do something to get her afloat She doesn't seem to be hurt at all "She isn't hurt. Hasn't even sprung aleak the least bit." "Then it's worth an effort to try and get her clear." "I don't see how we're going to do it." you run the engine if we got afloat?" "Yes. I've practiced on that small launch of Barclay's." The boys went up on deck. Fred thought the matter over a moment, then he said: "Come forward with me." He looked over the bows and thought the launch was not so badly wedged in as he had appeared to be at first. "I wonder if I couldu't pry her oft. She's light, and ought to move easily if the right purchase i s brought to bear. There's standing room on these rocks, so I'm going to s ee what I can do." Fred had noticed a long bar of steel in the cabin, and that had put the idea into his head of trying to use it on the launch. He went down and got it, then ]1e took oIT hi s shoes and stockings, and rolled his trou ers up above his knees. "Now, Bert, hand me th e end of that rope." He tied it securely under hi s armpits. "You hold on to this and s teady me, so the tide doem't carry me off my feet" "All right," replied Bert. Fred, grasping the lJar with one hand, stepped down on the rocks. Then he dug it into the rock and tried to work the launch backward. She didn't seem inclined to budge. In the midst of his operations a big piece o_f rock broke off. :Freel 11ersevered and another piece went. This exposed a couple of feet of the boat's. bow on that side, and then Fred saw that the {orce of the stream wa11 making the launch swerve around at the stern. That showed he had ,1-cakcnecl the grip of the rocks. He jumped on board, started the engine, and reversed the movement of the prope ller s To his great satisfaction in about two minutes the launch floated clear. CHAPTER XIV. ON THE TRAIL OF THE CATBOAT, yelled Bert, gleefully .. "We're afloat." Fred backed the launch into clear water, then sta rted her ahead and pointed her nose into the channel; down which she went kiting at an exhilarating rate. "llow much headway have those men got on us?" asked Bert. "Something less than an hour, I should think," replied Fred. "Then we ought to overtake them in another hour, don't you think?" "If they keep to the river. They may put in at Cres ton, let Dora go and take a train either east or west "T' hen we'll have to look for Barclay's boat at the wharves before we go further down the river." "It's my opinion, however, that they won't land at Creston, on account of the amount of plunder, which is considerable, they have aboard. The chances are they intend to strike one of the smaller towns further on through which the railroad passes, ocate the stuff, and ship it to some pface at a distance, where they will go them selves and dispose of the articles at their leisure." "If they keep on beyond Creston we'll overtake them "And suppose we do, what then?" "Wlrnt then?" in surprise "Exactly. Those fellows are armed. At least, Jax has a revolver, I know, for he drew it on me. There are three of them, and only two of us. How are we going to capture them, and get Dora. back?" Bert scratched his head in perplexity "The fact of the matter is we'll have to stop at Cres ton, go to the police stat ion, and tell our story That'll take time 1\Iaybe an hour. By the time we start again with a couple of officers on boand the rascals will be miles ahead." As soon as they had passed the rapids Fred asked Ber t to look after the engine, while he went into the cabin His object was to see if they couldn't find something that would serve them for effective weapons against the burglars. He didn't want to stop at Creston longer than was necess?ry to make sure whether or not the crooks had landed there if he could avoid it.

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\ NEVER SAY DIE. Fred hardly expected that the crooks had left anything of any worth behind them in the launch. He rummaged the lockers, and found canned meats, vegetables and fruits, together with two loaves of bread, and everything necessary to furn.ish meals for three for several days. "I wonder where they got hold of this launch?" he asked himself. "Of course, they must have stolen her somewhere. She was evidently the property of a wealthy man, for anyone can see that she cost a lot of money." Fred soon satisfied himself that the crooks hadn't left anything in the shape of a weapon behind them. "I don't see but that I'll have to put in at Creston and enlist the services of the police. It would be rank foolish ness to think of overhauling those rascals without 'having the ability to overcome them." As he was about to return on deck he noticed a long, thin, polished mahogany case running up one side of the cabin door. It seemed to have been put there to match the barom eter case on the opposite side. The cover worked on three hinges, and was held by a brass clasp and button. Curious to see what was inside, Freel opened it. He was astonished and delighted to find a splendid magazine rifle. He took it out of the case, examined it, and saw that it was loaded with ten cartridges. "By George!" he exclaimed. "I think this will just fill the bill. This ought to be enough to bring those ras cals to their knees. Well, I'm going to chance it, anyhow, if we overtake them on the river." He returned the rifle to its case until wanted, and then rejoined Bert on deck. Creston was now in full view on the right hand bank of the river, less than a mile away. The launch was steered close in to the wharves, and her speed reduced to a slow pace. "Keep your eyes well skinned for Barclay's boat," said Fred. The wharves were closely inspected as they passed by, but there was no sign of the catboat Katydid. "They've gone on 'down the river,'? said Bert, as they passed by the lowest wharf. "What are you going to do?" "Follow them," replied Fred tersely, as he headed the launch out into the center of the stream again and in creased her speed. "Then you've given up the idea of calling in the police to help you?" "I have. We've got to fight it out ourselves." "But you said a short time ago that it would be rank foolishness to--" "Tackle them without arms, eh?" "That's right." "Well, I discoveTed a loaded magazine rifle in the cabin, and I'm willing to take chances with that." "You did? Sure it's loaded?" "There are ten cartridges in it all ready for business, and so am I," returned Fred, in a determined tone They 11ad the river t o themselves, and they skimmeil along at a lively pace which promised soon to overhaul the Rail boat. 'rhe crooked course of the river prevented them from seeing very far ahead at any point, therefore they looked to come 10uddenly on their quarry. Fred brought the r:ifle on deck, and showed it to bis companion. "It's a beauty," remarked Bert, in a tone of admiration, as he looked it over. "It certainly is a fine gun, and an effective one, too." "If they won't give in when you order them to do so you mean to shoot them?" "I shall certainly shoot, though I don't mean to kill any one of them if I can avoid such a thing. But they've got to give up Dora, to begin with, and their plunder, too, and the sailboat also. If we can take them prison ers it'll be a feBther in our caps." They talked their plan of operations over until Bert suddenly said: "By the great horn! 'l'here's the boat now, ri ght ahead." FTed looked down the river, and recogniz ed Barclay's sailboat g liding along close inshore at a lively clip. 'I"he three men were seated in the cockpit, but there was no sign of Dora. "They've got her out of sight in the cabin," said Fred. "They are on to us now. The fellows are looking this way." The crooks could not help but recognize the approach ing launch, and this discovery seemea to produce some excitement among them. Evidently things were on the eve of a crisis. CHAPTER XV. FRED AND BERT COME OUT ON TOP. The laun c h was heacled for the sailboat, and the two boys soon saw that the burglars were prepared to make things lively for them. "Keep off or I'll shoot!" roared Jax, flourishing his re volver in a belligerent way. "The chap with the whiskers has a shooter, too," said Bert, who was getting nervous over the prospect of a bul let coming his way. "I see he has," answered Fred, coolly. "What are you going to do?" "My first move is to try and persuade them to give Dora up." "And suppose they won't?" "Then there'll be something doing, that's all," said Fred, grimly.

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NEYER SAY DIE. "Are y ou g oing to keep away or not?" demanded Jax. "I want you to put the y oung lady a s hore," replied Fred. ".Put noth in g a s hor e W e' ll let h e r go when we get good and ready. If you don't s heer o:II at once I'll shoot you. This is the la s t w a rning I'm going to give you, and when I shoot I'll s hoot to hit you, d 'ye under s tand?" Jax evide n t l y m eant bu s in ess from the tone of his voice and his actio ns. "You'd bet t e r g ive the young lady up if you know when you're well off," answered Fred, altering the launch's course to one pa r a ll e l with the s ailboat. Jax laughed i nsol ently "Have you got an y cops in the cabin, young man, that you carry s u c h a hig h t o n e ?" h e a s ked. "You got out or the scr ape we l ef t y ou in s ooner than we thought you would. A n d you man age d to get the launch off, too. Now, I'll make a ba r ga i n with y ou. I'll l e t yot1 have your boat and the youn g l ady back in exchang e for the launch, if you shut off p o w e r take to your rowboat, and let the launch d rit down to us." "I'll make no suc h arrangement with you," retorted Fred. I dou bt if y ou'd kee p y our part of the agreement once you got possess ion of the launch, and had us at dis advantage in the r o wboat." "We'll do the squar e thing all ri g ht. We have no use for the gir l w hil e the l a un c h would be of gr eat advantage to us "Put l\Iiss D a rl i ng a s hor e on the bank and maybe I'll conside r the matte r t h e n Jax turned to Redg rave, and s aid s omething to him. They talked tog e t h e r or a minute and then Jax s poke up again "We'll p u t t h e g irl ashor e if y ou ll set the launch adrift at the same time "No," rep l ied F r ed. "I'll t e ll you what I'll do with you. Work the sai lboat in s h o re, the three of you land, and set her adrift as h e is, and a s soon a s we get possess ion of her we'll run the laun c h close in and leave h e r. That's the only bargain I'll m a k e with y ou. I want Miss Darling and all the stuff you tol e from the houses in our town." Jax r ipped o u t a n oath at the coolness of Fred's proposi tion "What do you think w e a re ?" h e r o ar e d angrily. "Pull away now, or I ll put a bullet into you." "Get un d e r cove r," s aid Fre d to Bert. His compa nion b ent down out of s i g ht. You refuse to giv e up Miss Darling, do you?" Fred called out to Jax. The man's reply was t o pull the trigg e r of his revolver, and a ball w h is tl e d pa s t the boy' s head. Fred snatched up the rifle, and taking a quick aim at Jax fired. T he b a ll struc k th e c rook's hand that held the revolver, a nd the w eapo n f e ll into the wat e r with a s plash while the r asca l u ttered a h owl o f pain and a volley of curs e s His compa nion s w ere p a ralyzed for a moment with a s tonishment. Then both Redgrave and Yates dischaxged their revol vers at the intrepid boy on the launch. T'.heir aim was hurried, and neither bullet hit Fred. The boy, however, returned the fu s ilade with such good effect that both of the rascal s w e r e wound e d and fell to the floor of the cockpit, leaving the boat without a guiding hand. Cons equently she f e ll away, h e r sail s hiver e d and s he lost all headway. "Get up Bert!" cried Fre d "I've got them now 1rhere I want them. Steer the launch alongsid e the Katydid, and I'll make s hort work o f Jax if h e doesn t give in Bert obeyed order s Jax, however, was not conquered, by any means. With a face distorted with rage he picked up one of his companion s weapons with hi s left hand, and aimed it at Fred. The boy wasn't taking any more chanc e s than he could help, so he fired squarely at the rascal, who staggered back against the side of the little cabin with a rifle ball in his breast. The fight was over, and Fred was master of the situa tion. T'he launch was run alongside of the sailboat and made fast. "Keep an eye on those chap s," said the young surveyor, handing Bert the rifle. Fre d s t e pped into the cock-pit, and without paying any attention to the wounded burglar s he stuck his head in at the c a bin slide. "Dora,'' he said "are you th e r e ?" H e heard a s mothered exclamation, and entering the cabin found the terrified girl crou c hing in a corner. "Thank heaven I have recovered you at la s t, Dora!" he s aid, advancing to her. with a little s cr e am of joy s he s prang to her feeLand ru s hed into hi s arm s "Oh, Fred Fred!" s h e sobbed. "You a r e safe aren t you?" She impul s ively threw h e r arm s around hi s neck and kis s ed him and cried over him in a hysterical way. "I'm all right,'' he replied r e a s suringly, feeling very happy over her tumultuou s exhibition of regard for him. "I was so afraid those men had done s omething dreadful to you," s he cri ed, laying her head on his shoulder. "They left you on the launch, didn't they?" "Yes." "And how c1id you escape?" "I'll tell you all about it later on. All I can say now is that I owe my release to Bert Barlow." "What has happened to those men? I heard firing, and i t seem e d to me one or more of them were shot "The three of them were shot." A r e th e y dead?" she asked, with a little shudder. "No; but I couldn't say how badly they are injured. I didn t care much where I hit them when I fired."

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NEVER SAY DIE. "Did you shoot them?" she a s ked opening her eyes very wide. "I did. I was determined to save you from a situation that I knew must be terrible to you. They refused to give you up pea ceab ly, and fired upon me first, so should their wounds have a fatal result their blood will be on their own heads." "Oh, why did they act that way toward us? What kind of men are they? I b egge d t hem to go back for you, but they only laughed at me, andsaid they'd put me ashore somewhere down the riv er at dark. I was so frightened. I could not understand their actions at all. I feared they might be crazy people who had escaped from some asylum." "They are not crazy, Dora, but very dangerous men. 'I'hey are the burglars who robbed your father's house, as w e ll as the J e nkin s and Starbuck residences." "Oh, F r ed, i s that true?" with a nervous glance at the cabin entrance, throug h which, now that she 1ras more composed, s h e could see the forms of two of the uncon scious rascals huddled up in the cockpit. ''Yes, it is true Come, let me take you on board the launch. I'm going to tow the sailb oat up to C'rc6ton, and the sooner we start the better. Don't be alarmed," as she hung back. "The danger is a ll over." "But I am afraid to pass those men,'' she Baicl. "Brace up, Dora. Nothing i s going to happen to yon while I am with you," he replied reassuringly. Then s h e allowed him to l ead her out into the cockp i t, where the crooks la y He lift ed her over into the l aunc h, ancl told her to nm into the cabin and stay there. Fre d t oid Bert to l ower the Katydid's mainsai l while he took a look at the wounded burglars. R e dgrav e was unconscious from the shock of a bullet which had ploughed a furrow above his temple, while Yate s' injury con s i sted of a broken collar-bone, the ball having passed out through the back part of his neck. J ax 's wound was apparently the most serious of the three s o far as Fred could see, for the bullet had passed completely through hi s c h est, coming out through t h e back of his coat. "I've got to get the boats underway. It's coming on dark, and we can.'t go on drifting down the river "Promise me that you will come back. I've something of great importance to tell you-something that I want you to do for me." Ilis tone was so earnest and insistent that Freel, some what against his inc lin ation, agreed to return after he had got the boats headed up the river. "Tell me one thing more-are Redgrave and Yates done up for good R(' "No. They arc unconscious, but not seriously wountlecl as far as I can see." "Did you intend to bring them in here?" "I'm going to carry them in right away." "Don't do it until after I have tolcl you what I have to say. It is a secret that mustn't reach their ears '"rhc:v ''"n t hear anything in their present condi tion." 'tThcy may rrcoYer t h eir senses at any moment. And \rlrnt 1 lrnYc 1.o tell iF not for them to know. You will say r
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NEVER SAY DIE. 1'7 "You won't lose anything by it, I can tell you that. I've got a wife and child, and an old mother in cw York City. They don't know that I am a professional crook. I wouldn't have them learn the truth for anything. I didn't leave them very well fixed, but J expecled 1.o reap enough on this trip north to place them forever above want I intended to hake old associations and become a square man once more, but fate has decided otherwise. I'll never live to see them again, and I want you to promise to do the s quar e thing by them if I tell you a secret that'll put a pile of money in your pocket." "A pile of money in my pocket!" exclaimed Fred, wondering if the man was growing li!t-headcd. "Is this the solemn truth?" he cried, a bloody fro t h ris ing to his lips. "It is the truth." "My heaven! I did not mean to kill them. I expec t e d they would be able to work themselves lose next day, an d make off with the shares of the money I left to them "Evidently you made too good a job of the tying, for they couldn't get loose. Otherwise we shouldn't have found their half-decayed corpses there. Nor the money, either." Jax was terribly overcome by the knowledge that he had unwittingly committed a double mmder. "No wonder I never got any good of the money, except the very small amount I carried away with me at the time. No wonder this trip has turned out as it has, and I have received my death wound. For me this gold was accursed But you, boy," he cried, with a feverish eagerness, "can go there and get it and turn it to good use I will tell you where I buried it. I ask is that you will swear to divide it fairly with .the only beings on earth I care for. Will you do this?" "I will, if you solemnly assure me that it is not stolen money." "It is not stolen nwney. It is a treasure trove It fairly belongs to me, as I found it." "If it belongs honestly to you then it all ought to go to your relatives." "I do not ask that. There is more there than they will ever need. I give you one-half of it-I will it to you by word of mouth-in consideration of your promise to go and get it and send my people the other half: Do you accept the trust?" "Yes a pile of money. All in good, yellow gold I've seen it with m.y own eyes, so I know what l'm talking about. It's a treasure trove that I and two companions discovered in the hills not so many miles from here about a year ago. We quarreled over the division of ii, and they attempted to do me out o.f my share o.f ii. But I fixed them-oh, yes, I fixed them all right. I got them drunk, tied them back to back to a tree, and le.f'.L them with a bag of gold a-piece in front of them, so that when they got sober, and freed themselves, they couldn't say I had clean e d them out completely. Then I removed the rest of the money and bmied it in another spot till I could bring a boat up the river and carry it away with me. But I didn't get the chance to do that till lately, and then my plan miscarried on account of Redgrave and Y ate who I had got acquainted with during a six-months' term on the Island. We three were freed on the same day, and i.hey stuck closer to me than brothers ever since. They planned the Brentwood burglaries, and persuaded me to join them, which I did rather against my will at first. But once I got started ."I do, and if what told me is the truth I \\"ill in my old work again I became as ini.erestcd as they. 1'.fy fai,:luully yol:r wJShes m plan was to shake them as soon as we had disposed of the That is all I wish to. know, sa.id the dymg man. swag, and then carry out my scheme to recover the buried I Light a candl.e or it is growmg I money which would have made me independent for life. want you to wnte down the I give you. No doubt I would have succeeded but for thoee unlucky Fred the lantern winch hung m a corner, and rocks in the rapids above here The strandin of the brought it to the locker where Jax lay. launch queered us for keeps, and you put the I "G.ive me another drink, for my strength is going fast," touch to it all." I he said. "D t t d t t k l<'red handed it to him, and then took out his notebook o you mean o say you 1e wo men to a ree bac to I cl .1 back in the hills surrounding Clear Lake, and--" an"\'\a/etncdi 0 ,.. F J E N . n c own Jn.rs. ranees ax, <. 21st street ew How do you know that. it was m. the hills York.' ,, Clear Lake?" asked Jax, mterruptmg him with feverish Fr d d"d intensity. e i so. "When you send the money give them no hint of my do I kn?w? Why, ?ecause a week ago I and my j true character, but say I died of heart diseaEe, or sornecompamon, who is now runnmg the launch, were up there thing of that sort, that I am buried out here, a!ld that the s urveying a plot of ground, and we came across two dead money belonged to me. wm you do that?" men in the position you describe, with a bag of gold "I will." along s ide each of them." "Now put your band in my inner vest pocket. You will "W:J.rnt!" almost shrieked Jex, glaring at Fred. "You find a paper. Take it out found two dead men-with the gold beside them?" Fred followed directions and brought forth the paper. "I did. One was on one side of the tree, his companion "That contains all the necessary directions to find the on the other. Their arms were tied at the elbows. It was spot where the money lies buried. Read it over, and Jet plain to be seen they had starved to death." me know if you thoroughly understand it.

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28 NEVER SAY DIE. Fred read it carefully over and said it was sufficiently plain. "Put it in your pocket and be careful of it. Recover the money as soon as you can, and carry out my wishes. Do youyromise me that on your word of honor?" "I do," replied Fred, earnestly, as he took J ax's hand in his. Just then Fred noticed that the sailboat had come to a rest, and he heard Bert calling to him. "I must leave you now, Mr. Jax," he said, in a sympa thetic voice. "Perhaps you will recover after all. A doc tor will be able to say when he examines you. At any rate I hope .you will, for I would prefer not to have your death on my hands." He gave the ma:p. another drink to revive him, anc1 then left the cabin, to find the boats close to one of the Creston wharves. Pulling on the tow-line he worked the Katydid up to the launch and boarded her. Then he took the launch alongside the nearest wharf and made her fast. "Bert, run up to the police station, and tell the officer in charge that we have the Brentwood burglars on board, ready to turn over to the authorities. Say they are all wounded, one perhaps fatally, and that they must send a wagon and a surgeon." Bert started off on his errand, leaving Fred and Dora together. "I hope you won't blame me too severely for getting you into this trouble, Dora," said the boy. "When I in vited you to take the sail I could not foresee the unfortu nate ending of the excursion." "Blame you, Fred!" she said, taking his hand in hers. ")fo. Why should I? You were not responsible for what has happened. Besides, did you not afterward risk your I ife to get me away from those men? Neither mother nor father will blame you, either. They will say you did all in your power to protect me. Then you have recovered all our property that was stolen, as well as the property taken from the homes of the J enkinses and the Star bucks. You have fairly earned the reward offered, and I congratulate you on winning it." In three-quarters of an hour Bert returned with a wagon containing three policemen and a physician. The doctor shook his head over Jax, and he was removed to the town hospital, while the other two were patched up and carried to the city lock-up. As soon as the prisoners were taken away Fred started the launch up the river toward Brentwood, with the sail boat in tow, passing the rapids :with the aid of the moon light. The launch was secured at Barclay's wharf, and then Fred took Dora home and told the thrilling story of their adventures during the afternoon. Next day Fred Stuart found himself a hero, as the news of his capture of the burglars and the recovery of their plunder spread all over town like wild.fire. Jax died in the Creslon hospital that afternoon the other two rascals recovered from the wounds, were tried in due course, convicted, and sent to the State prison for a term of years. The reward of $3,000 was divided between Fred and Bert, though the former got all the glory of the affair, which, as a matter of fact, he deserved. The day Bert put his $1,500 in the bank he discovered his lost bag of gold behind a small bookcase in his room. He had not the slightest idea how it got there, but Fred, when he heard about it, said Bert must have put it there in his sleep, notwithstanding that his friend asserted that never to his know ledge had he walked in his sleep in his life. A few days after the trial and conviction of the robbers Fred told Bert about the buried money, and asked him to help in its recovery and removal. They got a few da.ys' vacation for the purpose, took the launch up to Swan creek, went over to the lake, and dig ging at the spot described in the paper, found gold coin in bags to the value of $75,000. Fred kept perfect faith with the dead Jax, and sent his family in New York City exactly half of the amount re covered. With a part of his share he immediately purchased the property at the lake which had attracted him as a splendid hotel site. Soon afterward he made a deal with a well-known hotel man, and sold the property at a big advance on his original investment. Fred, during the following spring, surveyed the new tension of the trolley line to Taylorville, and thencefor ward took that branch of Mr. Fisher's business entirely off his hands Subsequently he became Mr. Fisher's partner in the en tire business, and not long afterward the accepted suitor for Dora Darling's han .d. On his twenty-second birthday they were married, and no happier couple than they reside in Brentwood, where he is still alluded to as the Young Surveyor of Happy Valley. THE END. Read "ALMOST A MAN; OR, WINNING HIS WAY TO THE TOP," which will be thE:, next number ( 40) oi "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly arc always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.

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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF_MAJ?E MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A -NEW ONE ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY pnrnE 5 CENTS A COPY This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage or passing opportunities. Some of these stories a r e founded on true incidents in the lives of our moH successful self-made m e n and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. Every one of this series contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune Weekly" a magazine for the home, although each is r ep lete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very best obtainable, the illustrations are by expert artists. and every effort is constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about it. ALREADY PDBLISIIED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. 3 A Corner in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick 4 A Game of Chance; or, The Boy Who Won Out. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy in Wall Street. 6 a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lakeview. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made Boy. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys WhoWorked a Deserted Mine. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Brave Boys Start in Life. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Youngest Trader in Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. 19 A Rise in Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy in Wall Street. 21 All to the Good; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 22 How He Got 'l'here; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them All. 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Rich. 24 Pushing It Through; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, the Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 26 The Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. 27 Struck Oil; or, The Boy Who Made a Million. 28 A Golden Risk; o.-, The Young Jlliners of Della Cruz. 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. 30 Golden Fleece; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 3 1 A Mad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos I sland. 32 Adrift on the World; or, Working His Way to Fortune. 33 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Boy in Wall 34 Tatters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 35 A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy in the World. 36 Wori by Pluck; or, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. 37 Beating the Brokers; or, The Boy Who "Couldn't be Done.' 38 A Rolling Stone; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 39 Never Say Die; or, The Young Surveyor of Happy Valley. 40 Almost a Man; or, Winning His Way to the Top. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be :;ent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and till in the following Order Blank and send it to u s with the price of the books you waut and we will send them to you by re-turn mail. POS'l'AGE STAMPS 'rARBN 'l'HE SAMN AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. .......... ............... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WOTIK AND WIN. Nos ............................................................. ... " THE WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos .............................. ............. ...... " 'VIT..iD ''7EST WEEKI ;)7 NOS .................. : ................................ " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7 6, Nos .................... '. ............................. . " PLUCK AND LUCK. Nos ................................................. ......... " SECRET SERVICE. NOS ............................................... . " FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos .. .' ... : ............... ..... .... .............. .. " 'l'en-Cent Hand Books, Nos ........................... .... ....................... N nme ...................... . Street and No ................... Town .......... State ...... ........


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