The chance of his life, or, The young pilot of Crystal Lake

The chance of his life, or, The young pilot of Crystal Lake

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The g:r;eatest excitement now ensued on board the steamer. A:irshe lost head way and swung around broadside onto the sinking girl, Dick Hadley quickly tied the end of a rope around his waist and sprang overboard to Hattie's assistance.


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Iuued Weekl11-B11 Subscription 12.50 per Entered according to A.ct of Congreas, in the year 1!KJIJ, in the oJflce of the Librarian of ConDreBB, WarhinDton, D. C., by Frank Touse11, Publiahe1-, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 42 NEW YORK, JULY 20, 1906. Price 5 Cents TH.E CHANCE OF H I S LIFE; OR, THE Y OUNG PILOT OF CRYSTAL LAK E. By A S E LF -MADE MAN . CHAPTER I. THE LAST DOLLAR. "I really don't know what we are going to do, dear," said Mrs. Hadley, a sweet-looking little woman of perhaps thirty-eight, in a hopeless tone, as she gazed earnestly at her son through a mist of tears she had vainly tried to repress. Dick Hadley, a stalwart, goodlooking boy of about six teen, who had just finished a rather meager breakfast, looked up in a startled kind of way. "Mother What do you mean?" he exclaimed, in sur prise. "I mean that we are almost penniless," replied Mrs. Hadley, bursting into a :flood of "This is the last dollar I have in the house, and I don't kn o w when I shall get another." "The last dollar, mother!" cried the boy, springing to his feet and going to his mother, threw his arms, with loving tenderness, about her neck. "Yes, my son," she sobbed. "The very last." The ann01mcement was clearly a great surprise to the boy. -"Don't cry, mother," he said, kissing her fondly. "I thought you had some money left out of father's life in surance." "It is all gone-every cent. It only amounted to five hundred dollars, and more than half of it went to defray the funeral expenses and the doctor's bill." "But you had a little money in the bank, too, didn't you, mother?" asked Dick, gently. "Yes. A little over a hundred dollars. But' I had to pay the interest on the mortgage which Mr. Barton holds on this cottage shortly after your father's death." "I forgot that, mother." "And the rest, with what I have been able to earn at dressmaking, has been used up in living expenses, and the expenses attending Jessie's illness." "And now the money is all gone?" "All but this dollar. I have kept the knowledge of our circumstances from you as long as I could, but it is im possible to do so any longer." She began to cry again, and Dick endeavored to comfort her. ''Why did not you tell me this before, mother?" "I did not wish to worry you, dear. Besides--" "You wished me not to leave school until the end of the term. Is that it, mother?"


I THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. "Yes, dear I knew you were ambitious to learn all "Well, mother, don't let us try to cross the bridge before you c

THE CIIAKCE OF HIS LIFE. 3 --. ---------------::; He lived with his widowed mother and sister Jessie, The train was not yet in when Dick reached the land who was one year his junor, in a neat cottage on the lake 11 ing, boanled the boat, and hurried to the captain's cabin front just outside of the town limits. to see his friend Captain Gage. His father, late pilot of the Crystal Stream steamboat, j ___ belonging to the Crystal Lake Navigation Co., had been 1 dead about seven months. CHAPTER II. Dick ha.d been attending the .Glendale High School, which closed for the term the day previous to the opening of this story. / It had been his, as well as his parents' ambition, that he should stay at this school until he graduated. His father then intended to take him on the boat as assistant pilot, with the idea of eventually resigning the position to him as soon as he passed his examination and obtained his licen se, for Mr. Hadley had business pros pects in view of a much more profitable nature than his situation as pilot, which would keep him permanently in Glendale. His unexpected death, however, shattered the bright prospects of the Hadley family. Another pilot, of course, had to be employed by the navigation company, and thus the boy was deprived of his cherished opportunity in life. Although reduced to somewhat straitened circum stances, Mrs. Hadley insisted that Dick should remain at the High School, he was very popular among his schoolmates, and a great favorite with his teacher. The little widow resumed her old vocation o.f dressmaker, which she had abandoned at the time of her marriage, and with her meager savings, and the remnants of her hus band's li.fe insurance, endeavored to make ends meet. She probably would have succeeded but that her daugh ter Jessie was stricken with typhoid fever, and the neces sity of attending wholly to her compelled her to give up her work. This unfortunate circ ums tance cut off her only source of income, and the extra outlay caused by the girl's illness used up all her available funds. The family was therefore brought face to face with the wolf at the door. DICK SECL'RES A JOB AS DECK-HAND ON THE CRYSTAL STREAM:. Crystal Lake a splendid body of water and was a popular resort. From Glendale on the southern shore, to Lakeport, on the northern shore, was exactly 24 miles, as the crow flies The lake would have been almost round but for the fa.ct that the western shore line projected out into it to the very center of the circle like a great tongue, thereby con verting its shape into a kind of exaggerated painter's palette. From the end of this oblong point of land a rocky shoal, barely covered by the water, extended about eight miles further out into the lake, due east. This shoal, which was of an average width of four miles, seriously interfered with the navigation of the la!e, ina3mu c h as the steamer Crystal Stream, after going dir ect to Islington, a flourishing town on the southeastern point. of the Tongue, as it was called, te:ti miles from Glendale, had to follow an eighteen-mile course around the shoal before she could make her landing at Riverdale, a town only five miles across the neck of the Tongue from Isling ton. This obstruction compelled the boat to steam ten mile3 further than would otherwise have been necessary, anrl prevented her from making connection at Lakeport with the 11.45 express over the N. Y., B & C. trunk line for points east and south. The necessity for making such connection led to building of the Lakeshore Railroad, from Glendale around the southern arm of the lake to Islington, and thence across the Tongue to Riverdale, whence Lakeport, twelve miles across on the opposite shore, was reached by a third rate steamboat, which the railroad company had bought Mrs. Hadley bore up bravely under the strain until cheap. Jessie became convalescent and Dick's school term was The railroad made stops at Lakeview, Sidney and Isling ended when, as we have seen, she was obliged at last to ton, reaching Riverdale, after a run of 41 miles, in one confess the true state of affairs to her son hour and eighteen minutes, while it took the Crystal Stream, When Dick left the house he made -straight for the a really first-class boat, two hours to make the landing at wharf of the Crystal Lake Navigation Company, fully the same town. resolved to try and get a job as a deck-hand on the steamer The railroad boat, however, consumed an hour and seven if there was an opening for him. minutes, a ccording to schedule, ill crossing over to Lake -He was well known to, and on the friendliest of terms port, while the navigation company's boat made the twelve with, the captain and mate of the Crystal Stream, as well miles in three-quarters of an hour. as with all the old deck-hands, and he felt confiden t that if I But the handicap of rounding the shoal prevented there was a chance at a ll he would get it. Crystal Stream from landing her passengers in Lakeport The steamer was advertised to leave her wharf for Lake-1 before noon, or about twenty minutes later than the rail .. port, via Islington and Riverdale, at 9 a. m., sharp, or :i road, even with its poor steamboat servjce between River few minutes after the arrival of the morning westbound I dale and I ... akeport could do. and so the Lakeshore road express over the Erie Railfoad, which stopped at Glendale., got the cream of the business, except, perhaps, ill. the


THE CHANCE} OF HIS LIFE. I mer, when the trip by water was fened. more generally pre$500 insurance, and the expenses of his short illness and When Di c k Had ley kno c ke d at the door Captain Gage's offic ial quar te r s on boar d of the Cry s tal Shearn, a hearty voice told him to. w a lk in. f The c aptain, who was bus y looking ove r some documents connected with the boa t, looked up to see who his visitor was. "Why, h e llo, Dic k come ri ght in !" he said, in friendly welcom e a s the boy appeared in the oifen doorway "I'm glad to see you, up o n m y s oul I am! I guess this is the fir s t time you 've bee n aboard the boat since your father died." "Yes, sir, repli e d Di c k, s hakihg the s kipper by hand. "Sit down and mak e your s elf at home. Going up the l ake? "That d e p ends, s miled the la d. "On what? "Whe th e r I can g e t a job on the boat." "A j o b on this boat!" exclaimed Captain Gage, in evident s urpri se. sir." ''So y ou are looking for work, eh?" I am." "I a m alraid there i sn't anything s uitable I could offer y o u Di ck." I don t care what it is, sir. I'll take anything at all, for it i s abs olut e ly neces s ary that I s hould make some m oney. I'm r e ady to go a s a deck-hand if you will give m e th e c han c e." 1 "A deck-hand! Wh y Dick you can dSo1 much better th an t ha t b y stay ing ashore in Glendal e With your education a nd gi;neral abilit y you ou ght to be able to pick I up a posi t ion a t an y wher e fr o m $6 to $8 a week. Have y ou g iven up s chool for good?" the funeral took the most of that." "I see," replied the captain, in a sympathetic tone. "Well, Dick, I have a vacancy for a new hand on deck, a s one of my men left last night, and as you are a strong looking boy, and familiar with the boat, I'll give you the job." "Thank you, sir," answered the boy, gratefully. "That's all right. I am very happy to be able to put something in your way. When you :find something more suitable to your talents just give me a day's notice if you can, so that I can fill your place." "Yes, sir "By the way, Dick, Ii:ave you given up all idea. of ta.king the examination fol' a pilot's license? Froin what I have seen of your performance under your father on board this steamer it's my opinion you would have no difficult y in passing and getting a certificate. As far a s this lake i s concerned, you are fully as capabl e a s teamboat pilot as was yom father, and he was certainly a first-cla ss man." "No, sir. I intend to take the examination at the fir s t chance. I think I would prefer to be a steamboat pilot to anything else I know of "I am glad to hear it. Between you and I, you mi ght get a chance on this line bye and bye. The compan y I understand, is going to build another boat, s maller than this one, for excursion business around the lake in the summer. I sliould take great pleasure in recommending you to Senator Bellwood when the time comes." "I am very much obliged to you, Captain Gage. Nothing would please me better than to b e come pilot of a steam boat on this lake." "'.rhen get out your license as soon as you can, my lad, so that there may be no hitch when the opportunity pre sents itself." "I will, sir." "Yes, sir." "Now come with me and I'll turn you over to Mr. Jen How i s your mother getting on? And your s i s ter, how kins, the mate. You know him a s well a s you do m e, I i3 s h e? guess." ":.lfy s i ste r ha s been very ill with t y phoid f e ver, and is "Yes, sir. Mr. Jenkins and I are well acquainted with onl y j us t recovering r e plied the boy, answering his second each other." q uest i o n fir s t. They found the mate on the wharf, directing the load" I am ver y s orr y to hear that Miss Jessie has been sick, ing of the last of the and e qually g lad t o learn that she is better." He was glad to see Dick and shook hands with him in a M o th e r i s not g etting on very well. J es.sie's illness hearty manner. ha s c o s t con s ider able money. If I had known before how He expressed his surprise, however, when Captain Gage t h i ngs g o in g with u s I should have insisted on leavtold him that for a while at lea s t the boy would be em in g school b e for e the end of the term and going to work. ployed as a deck hand on board the Crystal Stream. But mother would not tell me, because she wanted me to "Why, your place is in the wheel-house if anywheTe, fini s h the year. I hope you will give me a job as deckyoung man," he remarked. han d until I can find s omething better, for we really need "So I told him," said the captain. "But as that i s out mon e y at once." of the question just now, and he says that it is necessary "I am sorry to hear that you are in such poor that he make a few dollars as soon as he can, why, put stances. I thought your father owned his cottage, and that him to work, Mr. Jenkins your mother got some life in s urance." "Very well, sir," replied the Mate. "We do own the cottage but it is mortgaged for $1,200, About all of the passengers that were going up the lak e and .we have $60 annual interest to pay. Father had only I on the steamer that morning were now on board, and the


THE-CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. I laBt bell was ringing its warning notes for any stragglers \ friendly terms -i:intil the judge secured his railroad fran-to hurry up. chise and built the road from Glendale to Riverdal e The captain hurried away to take his post on the upper The _success of the road and the injury it inflicted on deck by the wheel-house, and Dick turned to Mr. Jenkins the prosperity of the navigation company was the cause of for instructions. a coolness between them, which was brought tO a focus "There will be nothing for you to do until we haul in at when the judge entered the senatorial list against Senator I slington," s aid the mate "Just hang around here until Bellwood, who was a candidate for r e-ele ction. we get off, when I'll have one of the hands pr6vide you with The signa l defeat of the judge was a s ource of great a suit of working togs. You can then give a hand at loadsatisfaction to the president of the steam boat company, ing the trucks at Islington." but it widened the breach between the two gentlemen, so "All right, sir," answered Dick, perfectly satisfied now that they did not even bow now when they happened to that he had something to do that would bring him in meet. money, little as the pay was. The judge had an only son named Herbert, who was The last truckload of freight was rushed on board, and very like his father in many respects. the pilot let off three Jong screeches from the whistle. In fact, the boy, who was sixteen, was firmly of the "All aboard that's going shouted the mate of the Crys. opinion that his father was the greatest man in the county, tal Stream and that by reason of being the son of his father he came "Haul in the planks and caat off the fasts I" called down next in the order of precedence. Captain Gage to the hands who were in readiness to dis-' Senator Bellwood had a daughter, an only child, named charge this duty. Hattie. The engine-room bell clanged, and the wheels of the She was n$3al'ly fifteen and was as lovely a little fairy as steamer began to revolve as she moved away from the one would wish to see. wharf, swung around to the northwestward, and then She had wavy golden hair, sapphire-blue eyes, and a headed for her fir s t stopp in g place-Islington. sylph-lik e figure. CHAPTER III. DICK GOES OVERBOARD TO SAVE HATTIE BELLWOOD. one of the deck-hands named Parker, with whom Dick was w.ell acquainted, came up to the boy soon after the steamer left Glenda le. "Hello, Hadley, glad to see you!" he said, with a cheer ful grin, holding out one 0 his knotty hands to Dick. "I hear you re goin' to be one of us for a while." "That's right," answered Dick, pleasantly. "Well, come along. The mate told me to fit you out for the rough work you've got before you. I can get you an old pair of trousers and a blue shirt. They'll fit you all right, for you're a big boy for your age." Dick was soon dressed in his borrowed togs, and re turned to the forward deck to wait until the bnat reached Islington. There were a number of handsome residences along the lake shore in the neighborhood of Islington, and one of the finest of these belonged to Senator Bellwood, who rep resented the district in the Legislature at Albany. He was the president of, and the principal stockholder in, the Crystal Lake Navigatio n Company. He was a much more popular man in the county than was Judge Benton whose home adjoined the Senator's, and who was the president and chief owner of the Lake shore Railroad Co. Judge Benton, whose title was only a local one, had run against Senator Bellwood at the last election, and been overwhelmingly defeated at the polls. The two gentlemen had apparently always been on She was proud of her father, not because he was a prominent man in politics and wealth, but because, as she often said, he was the best father in the world. Although her position in society was full y as exclusive as that of Herbert Benton their nearest neighbor, she did not put on the airs he did, nor Jntimate, as he did, that she regarded herself as s uperior to everybody else in the county. In fact, she was a very nice and lovable girl, indeed, not too proud to visit a poor family on an errand of char ity, or to speak politely to a common lab<>rer if the oc casion arose. Consequently she was just as popular as was her father, while the judge and hi s consequential son were equally as unpopular. Now, Herbert Benton was greatly attracted by the per sona l charms or this little beauty, and he so far relaxed his exclusiveness as to make friends with her. He admitted to himself that she hadn't her match in the neighborhood, and he thought he would honor her by appropriating as much of her society as possible. Miss Hattie, however, was not particularly impressed with Herbert Benton. While she did not object to his society, exactly, she was far from falling down on her knees before him, so to speak, a a Herbert rather expected she ought to do when he was around. Although the fathers of the two yotmg people did not speak now, when they passed by, Herbert and Hattie con tinued on the customary friendly terms. On the morning that Dick Hadley went to work f<>r the first time in his life as a deck-hand on the steamer Crystal Stream; Herbert came over to the Bellwood man-


6 THE CHANCE OF HlS LIFE. sion and invited Hattie to go out on the lake with him his new canoe. 'l'he girl had a strong liking for the water, and, feeling in the humor to gratify it that morning, accepted his in vitation. Herbert would have preferred to have taken his father's hanusome catboat, but Hattie wouldn't listen to such a proposition, as she had no great confidence in the boy's ability to handle the sailboat. So Herbert hnil to content him.self with the canoe. However, he was satisfied with any old thing as long as the little beauty went with him. It was a pleasant day, the water was pretty smooth; and as Hattie insisted that he shouldn't go too far from the shore, there didn't seem to be the slightest risk in the little excursion. As they put off from the Senator's private dock, Hattie noticed the Crystal Stream about a mile or more away, heading for Islington. H e rbert decided to paddle up toward that town, round a certnin small, green island, a quarter of a to the south of the place; and row back the way they came. The steamer. came down, hand-over-hand, aiter them as H erber t paddled lustily away in order to show his fair passenger how well he could maintain a strong and even stroke, and when they began to round the island the Crystal Stream was only a short distance off, coming on at full speed. The island shut the canoe out from the view of the steamboat's pilot, just as' it shut the steruner off from their view. The Crystal Stream's course always took her close in to the green island, where the water was very deep,and she was now headed as usual to shave the corner of it. Neither Herbert nor his fair companion dreamed of the danger that menaced them The morning sun glinted through the girl's golden hair as she reclined negligently in the stern of the canoe, with one of her shapely hands trailing in the

THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. wood would have been drowned but for his courage and presence of mind. Several ladies came forward and took charge of the drip ping girl as the boat was put on her course again "You've,. done a big thing, Dick,'' said brawny Dan Parker, slapping the new deck hand on the back. "You've saved the life of Senator Bellwood's little girl, and I gues s your fortune is as good as made." "You're a brave boy," chipped in one of the many pass engers who crowded around the lad. "He is, indeed He ought to have a medal," spoke up another -"He deserves it," said a third. Most of them wanted to shake hands with Dick, but the boy was rather modest and objected being made a hero of. "Come down to the boiler room, strip off your duds and put on your own clothes while these are being dried," in terposed Parker, hurrying him to a trap opening in the center of the boat near the engine room, where an iron ladder led down into the coal shovelers' department Dick was glad: to escape from the mob that tried to overwhelm him with their well-meant attentions. By the time the boat was making her landing at Isling ton the boy was as naked as the clay he was born while his clothes were being suspended about the stoke hold to dry. Parker soon brought him his own clothes, and then left to attend to his duties Hattie .Be1lwood was taken ashore at Islington and a carriage was obtained to carry her to her home Herbert Benton, who bad been taken off the little island in a boat from the steamer, also went ashore at the same time He had lost his hat and looked particularly unhappy. His cowardly conduct toward the girl had been observed by half of the passengers and was most unfavorably commented on. For that reason no one paid any attention to him after he was assisted on board of the steamer, and he had to stand in the back.ground like a half-drowned rat, while Dick Hadley was being praised to the skies as a young hero. A.fter the Crystal Stream started on her eighteen mile jaunt around the shoal, Jenkins, the mate, visited Dick in the stoke hole, praised him for his heroic act, and con gratulated him on having thus made a powerful friend in Senator Bellwood. "It isn't likely you'll have any need now of working as a deck-hand on this boat, my boy. The Senator will see that you get a good position ashore. I consider that you're as good as xed for life. Senator B ellwood has the repu tation of never forgetting a favor-that's one of the reasons he's so popular with his constituents-and you've done him the greatest favor that could possibly be rendered him, for you saved his daughter's life. He's just wrapped up in that little girl, and you'll nd that he won't be able to do enough for you Mark my words." Dick was just beginning to realize that he had done a big thing for himself but still he was one of those pushing, go-ahead boys who object to owe advancement in life to the assistance of any one but themselves. He was quite confident of his own ability to succeed if given a fair chance, and he didn't want to be deprived of the satisfaction which comes to all self -r eliant boys and men who carve out their own way in this bustling world. "Captain Gage wants to see you in his cabin as soon as you are in shape to go there," said the mate, as he turned to ascend the iron ladder. "All right, Mr. Jenkins. Tell him I will come up i.1 a little while. Just as soon as my underclothes are fit to put on." The boat was circling the outer edge of the shoaL when Dick made his exit from the boiler room, dressed as when he came on board the boat. On his way to the captain's cabin he was almost mobbed by the passengers, who insisted that he hold a levee, so they could tell him what a fine young lad they all thought he was. He managed to escape from them, and knocking on the door of the captain's cabin received permission to enter. "Dick, my lad," said Captain Gage, enthusiastically, "allow me to congratulate you on the showing you made m a moment of great emergency. I need hardly say that from this on you have an influential friend in Senator Bellwood, for the moment he learns the extent to which he is indebted to you, he won't rest until he shows his appreciation in some substantial way." "I hope Senator Bellwood won't put himself out to do me any special favor," replied Dick. "If he will give m the opportunity to make good as pilot of his new steamer when she is ready for service I shall be perfectly :;atisfied." "You may consider the job as good as yours," replied Captain Qage, nodding his head in a positive way. "But that steamer won't be ready to go into commission before late next Spring, and it will be necessary for you to be employed at something else until that time The Senator will provide you with a position suitable to your talents, never fear Under such circumstances it would be foolish for you to go to work, as you proposed to do, as a deck hand on this boat." "But I must earn some ready money right away My mother needs it," protested Dick. "You don't want to worry about that Senator Bellwood will advance you all the funds you will require to your family over present difficulties." "But I don't want Senator Bellwood, or anybody else, t0> loan me money. I want to earn the money myself as I go." "That's an excellent and manly way of looking at the matter; but ordinarily you can't hope to earn a very large amount at the s tart, no matter what you undertake to do, unless you allow tl\e Senator to procure a political sinecure for you, .as he probably would be able to do if you would let him "I'm not looking for a fat job. Such a position onl y spoi ls a fellow in the long run. He gets used to expecting


8 THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. I something for nothing. It knocks all the energy and am-! not sure of his bearings going around the shoal, so it bitiop out of him. And one of these days when he loses would be necessary for him to keep the boat further out his grip, where is he? In the soup for the rest of his days. in the lake and thus lengthen the trip over our schedule No, Captain Gage, I'm not built that way. I like to hustle. time. With you it is different. You can carry the steamer I like t.o feel alive. I believe there is a great satisfaction as close in as your father was accustomed to do; that is, if in pushing yourself ahead in the world. Once you get you haven't lost your cunning." the habit things are bound to come your way. The papers "1 haven't forgotten a single point in the course, Cap are full of stories of men now occupying responsible posl.tain Gage. It seems as if it was only yesterday that I tions who got there by their own efforts I heard my last steered this steamer, everything comes so vividly father say that Senator Bellwood was a poor boy once, who before me." pushed himself to the front by sheer energy and grit. Now The mate found a physician on board and brought him 100k at him, and he's not such an old man either." to the wheel-house. "That's right, Dick. The Senator was a poor boy He examined the 'Stricken pilot and ordered him to be when he started out in life. He worked in a big shoe taken down to a bunk. factory in Lynn, Mass., and then branched out into someThen he applied such emergency remedies as were at thing better, and so by degrees he got ahead. Finally he hand and brought the man to his senses. went into polit ics, and now he'.s a great man in these The doctor declared that the pilot would be in no conparts." dition to resume his duties that day. At that moment there came a knock on the door. When his decision was carried to the captain he ar" Come in!" cried the captain. ranged with Dick to take the pilot's plage umi'l the boat A deck hand, with a rather scared expression on his face, returned to Glendale that afternoon. appeared. in the doorway. "Mr. Jenkins wants to see you in the wheel-house at once, sir,'-' he said "What's the trouble?" asked the captain, noticing the i look on the man's face.

THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. 9 appointment. After what you have done for the Senator this morning there is little doubt but you :will get the situation hands down." "Much as I would like the position, Captain Gage, I should not care to take it away from Mr. Jones. No doubt he has a family depending on him for support." "I believe 1 your mother and sister are looking to your efforts for the present at any rate," replied the captain '"That is true; but I am young and strong, while Mr. Jones--" "Your feeling of generosity does you credit, Dick; but it is hardly likely your sentiments will have any bearing in the matter. Senator Bellwood will probably not turn Jones entirely adrift, as he has worked faithfully since he was employed by the company. That is not like the Sena tor. But he can hardly be expected to ri sk the boat in the hands of a man who may be stricken down at any moment. That isn't good business policy." Dick made no reply to this, and in a moment or two he got the signal to pull out from the wharf Two minutes later the Crystal Stream was headed for Lakeport. She arrived on time at 11.55 a. m. I \ The passengers gathered for a moment on the wharf, looked up at the wheel-house where they had l earned Dick was in charge, and gave him a round of cheers before the y moved off. 'l'he Crystal Stream remained two hours 'llnd thirty minutes at Lakeport, or until after the arrival of the after noon express from Albany ap.d New York. The Lakeshore train boat and the navigation company's steamer both pulled out at the same time, namely, 2.30 p. m. Passengers and freight going only as far as Riverdale always went by the Crystal Stream, as that fast and hand some boat reached the town from twenty-two to thirty minutes ahead of her competitor But there the rivalry ceased, for by the time the regular lake boat reached Islington, after its eighteen -1nile trip around the shoal, the railroad company, having only five miles to go across the neck to that town, had not only re covered the time l ost by its boat in crbssing from Lakeport to Riverdale, but had gone the navigation company forty minutes better. Dick had nothing to do during the interval the boat ,w:as tied up at her wharf but eat dinner with the captain and the mate on board. After the meal, the boy accompanied the captain as far as the office of the company's agent, at the head of the wharf, and then rambled arqund the water front taking in the sights, as he had often done when his father was alive. He returned to the boat at two o'clock a nd found the deck-hands busily employed loading a heavy consignment of freight billed to Riverdale. The mate was bossing operations, a-qd with him was an alert-looking young fellow of about twenty -two. As s oon a s Mr. Jenkins saw Dick he called him over. "Let me introduce you to Mr. Breeze, report er for the Lakeport Times. He wants to talk with you." As the reporter shook hands with Dick the mat e moved away. "I want your story of the rescue of Senator B e ll wood's daughter from the lalce near I s lington," sai d yo1mg Breeze, producing his note-book. "You've done a big thing, Had ley. I'd like to be in your shoes upon my I woulcl. The Senator will fix y ou up with a fine berth somewhere in recognition of your gallant rescue of his only child, and your path henceforth will be strewn with roses." "You think so?" laughed Dick. "Think so!" replied the repoi:ter, almost enviously. "I know so." "All right, I won't contradict you," grinned the boy; "but i t's possible you may be mistaken." "Mistaken Not on y our life, young man. I know Senator Bellwood. rd like to have the pull you ll hav e in a day or so. I'd give up hustling for a newspape r, at fifteen per, and turn my talents to something more profit able Now let's have the story." "But I haven't much to tell," protested Dick, who rather objected to ha ving his name printed in the daily press, not he cared so much about the Lakeport pap ers, but he knew if the Times over on this side of the lake found the matter o f sufficient importance to publish, yvhat would the I s lin g ton pap e rs, where the Senator livecl, and the Glendale papers not have to say? All Glendale, where he was so well : known, would sure l y be talking about him that evening, and he woulcl be afraiil. to show himself on the s treet s "Every littl e counts," grinned the reporter, "especially from you, who was the chief actor in the dra ma. Hatti e Bellwood is a pretty girl, i sn't she? Thi s ought to be the beginning of a romance that sh ould land you in Easy Street." Dick told his s tor y of the rescue of the girl in hi8 moclest way. The reporter took his words down in shor thand and then asked him if he would go to a n eigh boring cafe and have a drink or a smoke "I never drank any liquor in my life, nor do I smoke, either," replied Dick. "Not even cigarettes? The boy shook his head. "Well, come and have a glass of soda water, won't you, just to keep me in countenance?" "I don't care to go into a drinking sa loon," Dick replied, pol itely but firmly. "It is not a good practice even for men, and I am only a boy. My father .often told me to avoid taking my first drink. One drink, he sa id, fre quent l y led to another, and before a person was aware of the fact he would get un"der the influ ence of the intoxi cants Father used to say that strong drink debased a man more than anything else." "Upon my word, my youn g hero, you're reacling me quite a temperance l ecture, laughed the report e r.


T'.EIE CHANCID O F HIS LIFE. "I didn't intend to do such a thing," replied Dick, :flushiug. "You're right enough in the main," said the reporter. "But you see we reportern are under such a strain at timea that we to resort to stimulants to keep our energies up." ' I can't see why a young man like you, for instance, can't keep his energies alive without drinking liquor At any rate, I don't intend to drink if I can help myself, and I believe I can 'l'he reporter laughed, and in a few minutes took his leave. Dick watched him go up the street and saw him turn in at the first corner saloon. "I shall expect you to P.ilot the boat until further no tice, Dick," said Captain Gale, when the boy reported in his oflice as he had been requested to do after the trip. "Mr. Jones appears to be a very sick man. I have sent for a carriage to take him home In any event, he is in no shape to resume work this week, so I must rely upon you Be on hand a.t 8.45 to morrow morning." Dick promised, and started for home in a happy frame of mind. CHAPTER VI. DICK T ELLS THE STOHY OF IIlS ADVENTURES. "He didn't look as if his energies needed stimu l ating,'' When Dick reached the cottage he was delighted to l earn mused the young pilot. "I guess it's more of a habit that his sister was so much better that the doctor had given than anything else with him. I hope I shall never drink." her permission to s:it up for an hour that afternoon Passengers who intended to cross to Riverdale, or go the "That's good news, mother," said the boy, and then entire way by water to Islington or Glendale, now began he went into Jessie's bedroom to congratulate her. to make their appearance on the wharf She was propped up in bed eating her supper, which Dick stepped on board the boat and walked up to the consisted of a plate of dry toast and a cup of weak tea hurricane deck, where he sat down on a camp stool in the 1 "You'll soon be on your feet again, sis, won't you?" he s u n and waited until it was time for him to go into the said, cheerfully, as he kissed her affectionately. wheel house "I hope so, Diek,'' she answered, with a smile "I am Promptly at 2.30 the gangplanks were hauled in and the feeling ever so much better to-day fasts cast off from the spile heads "Of course you are It's only a question of time before 'l'hen Dick signalled the engineer to back the boat, then you'll be dancing about the house l ike Y?U used to." go ahead slowly, and :finally pulled the jangle bell for full "The doctor says I'll be able to sit out on the back speed porch in the sunshine in a few days, if the weather con The young p il ot, as he stood by the wheel, and elt the tinues :fine. Won' t that be l ovely!" t h rob of the engine and the jar of the boat under him, ex"I should say it will p erienced a feeling of supreme content "Well, brother, what have you been doing to day? The golden afternoon sunshine lay in a glittering path Muther says you left t his morning to look for a situation. across his course, always just the same distance ahead, We expected to see you home at noon, but you didn't come, as 'if it measured its progress by the steamer's speed so we thought maybe you had got work." As the boat advanced, the distant houses of Riverdale "I've got work for a few days, at any rate." grew more and more distinct, while the streets and bui l d "Mother will be g l ad to know that. Have you got a ings of Lakeport faded away behind, and the railroad com-position in 1l pany's steamer dropped further and further to the rear. ''No. But I've had the time of my life to day, all T h ere was so much freight to land at Riverdale on this right.'? trip that the boat lay over fifteen minutes at her wharf D o te ll me I'm just dying to know all about it." At last i;:he got under way again, and Dick headed her I don' t doubt that in the least Girls are the most d u e East, keeping as close in to the shoal as he dared c u rious creatures on the face of the earth,'' grinned Dick. As she drew further and further away from the poi.ut "Now aren't you just awful to say that! pouted Jessie. of the Tongue the hotels and summer cottages lining the "Honest Injun now, isn't that ,the truth?" Eastern shore of the lake began to come into view. "'l'he idea Just as if we were l Boys are every bit as T hey looked very pretty indeed with their background curious as girls of green trees, their velvety l awns, and the long strip "You're 'way off, sis At any rate, we can kee p a secret, of white beach in front, with rows and rows of bright and that's more than you.girls can." l ooking bathing houses. "Did you come in here just to tease roe?" Crystal Lake was an ideal spot for still water bathing, "Not at a ll I came in here to tell you all about what and hundreds of wealthy and well to-do people came there happened to me to day every summer to enjoy the pleasures the place afforded. "Then why don't you tell me?" The boat arrived at Islington at 4 35, time, and "I'm going to right away I think mother had better fifteen minutes later started upon her final stretch over to come in and listen, too, then one t e lling of the story will Glendale. where she was made fast to her wharf at ex answer for both of you. act l y half-past five. "Mother i s getti n g y our supper."


THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. 11 ::-::====================================-=---. Mrs. Hadley appeared at the door just then and said: off the town at about half-past nine this morning. At "Richard, your tea is ready." any rate, I'm sure it's in the Lakeport Times, for a re" All right, mother. I'll be there directly. Now, sis, i porter from that paper interviewed me about two o'clock." you'll have the patience to wait ,till I have had a bit.e you "Why, everybody will be talking about you, Dick!" said shall hear something that'll surprise you." Jessie, laughingly. "Dear me. I shall be on pins and needles till you come "Can't help it. It -isn't my fault. But you can't do back. Now don't tell mamma in advance You must tell anything out of the common these days but the papers us both together." get hold of it somehow and make life miserable for you." "I agree to that," replied Dick, laughingly, as he walked "Why, I should think it must be real nice to be made a out into the little dining-room. hero 0. At any rate, after what you did you deserve to There was a small piece 0 juicy steak, some fried po-be praised. I'm awfully proud of you, brother.'' tatoes, buttered toast and a cup of tea awaiting him. "A little of that kind of thing goes a good way with "I dare say you are hungry, dear," said his mother, as me. Why, you ought to see the the passengers act.eel. he sat down at the table. "I wish I had more or you, You'd think they were a lot of lunatics. They wanted but you will find that very tasty.'' me to make a speech, and every one of them, the ladies "Don't say a word, mother. This is a repast fit or a included, tried to shake hands with me. They said enough king, and I shall do ample justice to it, :for I am kind 0 things about me to turn any fellow's head. Then s harp set, though I did have a scrumptious meal at noon." when the y all went ashore at Lakeport the men gave me "Did you?" she exclaimed, in some surprise "I was three cheers as I stood on the hurricane deck, and the laaraid you had had nothing since morning.'' dies waved their handkerchiefs at me, just as if I was "That's where you were mistaken, mother. I had roast some political mogul, or the President of the United beef, mashed potatoes, spinach, green peas, lots of bread States." and butter, a heaping plate of rice pudding and a cup of "Wasn't that nice!" cried Jessie, clapping her hands. coffee.'' "I just wish I had been there to see it all." "You did very well indeed, my son," smi led the little Dick then went on with his story and told them how the woman. "Where did you get this feast?" pilot had been taken with a fit while the boat was off the "Call it a banquet, mother. It was clear out 0 sight. northern end of the shoal and how Captain Gage had asked Well, I got it on board the Crystal Stream." i him to take the wheel. "On board the Crystal Stream!" in astonishment. I "I carried the boat to Riverdale, and then on to Lake" Yes, mother. I dined with Captain Gage, and Mr. port, where I had my dinner, as I told you, mother." Jenkins, the mat.e, at Lakeport." "Tell your sister what a 8plendid meal you had," said "Is it possible!" Mrs. Hadley, with a smile "Sure thing. I'll tell you all about it as soon as I :finish "I'm afraid it will make your mouth water, sis. I had my supper. Jessie made me promise not to open my mouth all the delicacies of the season.t' till she could hear the story with you." "Did you have ice cream?" she asked, wistfully, for Mrs. Hadley smiled, and watched her boy get away with that was something she longed for at that moment. every morsel of the steak, clean up the plate of toast, put "No, I, didn't have ice cream. What do. you think? the potatoes out of sight, and drain his cup of tea. That the navigation company feeds its employes so swell "Now, mother, we'll adjourn to Jessie's room and you as that? No; I had just what father had every day when shall both hear the news." he was pilot, and what I had myself in those days when I Ile began by saying he had applied for the job of deckused to go on the boat; but it's so long ago that the repetiha:tid on the steamboat and got it. tion to-day seemed like a feast." Then he told abcmt how the boat had run the canoe down Then he enumerated the various dishes. with Senator Bellwood's daughter in her, and how he had "I brought the Crystal Stream back to Glendale at halfjumped overboard and saved the girl. past five, and I'm to go out on her to-morrow morning, "Oh, Dick!" cried his sister. "Did you really jump and maybe for the rest of the week. I hope so, at any rate, overboard?" for the job just suits me to a T. So you see, mother, I'm "'fhat's what I did. She went under and I had to dive not so useless after all. I'm making money for you alafter her, but I got her all right, and we were hauled ready." aboard the st.eamboat in short order." "Of course you are, my dear son,'' she said, putting her "Why you're quire a hero, aren't you?" she exclaimed, arms around his neck and kissing him. "How much do delightedly. "Your name will be in the Glendale papers you think you'll get for the time you're employed as to-morrow." pilot?" "I'll venture to say the story is in to-night's papers. "I ought to get the regular pay, the same as father got. I didn't buy a copy, but I'm going to, bye and bye, just to Captain Gage says that I am fully as good as father at the see what they have to say about the affair. It's in the busin'ess, and he said that he was a crack man.". Islington papers, of course, as the accident happened right "It was very nice of him to say that." )


THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. "Oh, he's a good friend of mine, but he wouldn't have said so if I didn't deserve it, for there is no room for sen timent in business these days." "It would be nice if you could get on the boat steady," said Mrs. Hadley. "It would be fine!" exclaimed Dick, with sparkling eyes. "But I'm afraid there is no such luck in store for me, though Captain Gage did say that if ;Mr. Jones was un able to resume, that he was sure Senator Bellwood would give me the position, on his assurance of my capability, in recognition of the fact that I saved his daughter's life." "Senator Bellwood will certainly do something nice for you," said Jessie. "I'm not currying favor," said Dick, independently: "But you deserve some reward for your brave act," she insisted. "Forget it, sis !" laughed the boy. At that moment there was a loud knock at the cottage door and Mrs. Hadley went to see who the visitor was. CHAPTER VII. SENATOR BELLWOOD CALLS AT THE HADLEY COTTAGE. A tall, fine-looking gentleman stood on the porch, and Mrs. Hadley guessed that he must have come in the car1iage which was drawn up close to the curb outside their gate. "Does Richard Hadley live here. madam?" he asked, inquiringly. "Yes, sir; I am his mother." The visitor bowed politely. "Would it be convenient for me to see him?" asked the gentleman. "Certainly, sir." she replied. "Will you walk in?" She showed him into the little front parlor, lighted the gas and went to Jessie's room to tell Dick that fl. gentle man had called to see him. Wondering who his visitor was, Dick entered the parlor. As the gentleman rose from his seat the boy recognized him at once as Senator Bellwood. "You are Richard Hadley, are you not?" asked the Senator. ''Yes, sir." 'fhe president of the i;;teamboat line immediately grasped the boy warmly by the hand. "I am glad to know you, young man. I have called to express my heartfelt thanks for the priceless service you rendered my daughter Hattie this morning when, at the Tisk of your own life, you saved her from drowning after the Crystal Stream mn down the canoe in which she had been cowardly abandoned by Judge Benton's son Her bert." "I am glad I was able to rescue her, siT," Teplied Dick, rather awed in the presence of the great man of the county, whorr. he had often seen before, but neveT spoken to. "You are a brave boy, Richard Hadley, and from what I have heard about you, an unusually smart one. It is a pleasure to know that you are the son of George Hadley who was so many years in the service of the Crystal Lake Navigation Company, of which I have the honor to be the president. He was a thoroughly capable pilot, and Captain Gage inf orrns me that you are almost equally as C'xpert at the At any rate, you took charge of the steamer to-day after Mr. Jones, your father's successor, was taken with an epileptic :fit, and you carried the boat to Lakeport and subsequently made the return trip to Glen dale with credit to yourself and to the unqualified satis faction of Captain Gage, who has recommended you to my attention." "I tried to do the best I could, sir," said Dick. "You couldn't have done better, young man. I am very much pleased with the report of your performance. Now I understand that you aspire to the position once held by your father on board the Crystal Stream. Am I right?" "Yes, sir; but-" "I know what you would say-that the position is held by Mr. Jones. It was held by Mr. Jones, but it is imP\?ssible that the company can continue him as pilot after what happened to-day. It would be too risky. The wel fare of our patrons, the must be considered. We are responsible for the safe conduct of our passengers while they are aboard our boat, and a serious accident might ruin the company. Now I intend to express in some substantial way the obligation I am under to you for sav ing my Hattie's life. W eTe I Teally to attempt to repay you for the service you have this day rendered me, my whole fortune wol,lld be insufficient to wipe out the debt I owe you. The most fitting way in which I can testify my gratitude is to assuTe you of my lasting friendship and :firm intention of henceforth ad:vancing your interest. As an earnest of what I mean eventually to do for you I have appointed you to the post of regular pilot of the Crystal Stream, and your pay, which will be the same as your father received, will begin with to-day." "I accept the place with pleasure, sir, and assure you that you may re\y upon me to fill the bill to the letter; but it will be necessary for me to pass the regular examination first, will it not, and get my certificate of proficiency?" "That need not interfere with your work on the boat. I will see that the opportunity is afforded you to present yourself for the examination of an evening. You will receive aue notice of place and date by mail." "I am much obliged to you, sir." "Not at all, Hadlay. The obligation is all on my side." "And 1\fr. Jones, sir? It will be Tather hard on him, won't it?" "I wilJ provide Mr. Jones with another position when he is well enough to fill it. Now, Hadley, I am also the bearer of a message from my daughter. She is very anx ious to meet you, so that she can express her gratitude to you in her own way. I shall expect you to visit my home to-morrow evening and take dinner with us. My naphtha launch will be at the steamboat wharl at :five-thirty, when


THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. the Crystal Stream gets in from her down trip. The launch will carry you right over to my private dock, and will sub sequently bring you back to town. You will come, will you not?" "Yes, sir; and I thank you fo.r the invitation." "Tut, tut! My daughter and myself will be more than happy to welcome you to our home, and number you hence forth among our esteemed friends "I would like to introduce you to my mother, Senator Bellwood," said Dick. "I shall be pleased to know her." The young piloi brought his mother into the parlor. "Mother," he said, "this is Senator Bellwood, president of the Crystal Lake Navigation Company." -"I am proud to know you, madam," said the great man, stepping forward and shaking hands with her. Mrs. Hadley bowed and expressed the p l easure she felt in meeting him. "Your deceased husband was a faithful and efficient em ploye of our company, Mrs. Hadley, and his loss has never been fully made up. We hope, however, that your son Richard, whom I have this evening appointed to the same position once filled by his father, will prove, as I haven't the least doubt, a worthy successo r to George Hadley." "I am sure that he will, Senator Bellwood," replied Mrs. Hadley, wit)1 shining eyes. "He is a good boy, and it is very kind of you to give him this opportunity to attain "the object of his own as well as his father's ambition." "Madam, it is the very l east I could do, as soon as I dis 'covered that he was capable of filling the duties of the post, after what he did for my daughter to-day. Gratitude, if nothing else, will make me take a strong personal in terest in your son's future career. I have already had a talk about him with Captain Gage, who is well acquainted with the boy's many sterling qualities, and have thus got s omething of an insight into his character. I am pleased to know that he i s ambitious and progressive-qualities I greatly admire in a boy. It would be an easy matter for me to procure him what is called a soft job, where the pay is out of proportion to the services rendered. But I have found that he is not looking for a sinecure. I am glad to hear that, for such a position would only result in ulti mately throttling his energies and reducing him to a mere machine. Your son is eviden tly a boy not only capable but desirous of making his own way in the world Such a boy is bound to succeed in time It will be my pleasant duty to give him every opportunity to get on. He certain l y w ill not be contented to act as a pilot all his life. That posi tion will, in his case, be merely a stepping stone to some thing higher. I hope to see him one day at the head of ihe navigation company, or some other position equally or more prominent." The Senator's words greatly pleased the little widow. In her inmost heart she felt s ure her brave boy would eventually attain all the honors and emoluments their dis tinguished visitor hinted at. And it was with a happy feeling that she ran in to tell .Tessie what the Senator had said as soon as that gentle man had taken his leave after once more expressing his gratitude to Dick, and telling him that both he and his daughter would expect to see him on the following even ing without fail. CHAPTER VIII. DICK IS REGULARLY INTROD UCED TO HATTIE BELLWOOD When Dick started for the steamer next morning he had his best suit of clothes on, fo.r he would have no time to go home and change his apparel after the boat got in that afternoon, as the launch would b e waiting for hi.In at the wharf to carry hi.m over to Senator Bellwood's home near Islington. Captain Gage and Mr. Jenkins, the mate, as soon as they saw him, congratulated him on his appointment as the regular pilot of the boat The news had also spread among the crew, and when thP, Crystal Stream reached Lakeport, at mid-day, deck-hand Parker took occasion to express his satisfaction that Dick had reached the goal of his present ambition. During the morning trip many of the passengers, who had read in the papers the story of the new pilot's expl oit of the day previous, visited the hurricane deck out of curi osity to see the boy who had saved Senator Bellwood 's daughter. Several ventured to compliment him on the presence of mind he had displayed, and to congratulate him on hav ing made a powerful friend in the popular Senator. ViThen the Crystal Stream reached her wharf at Glen dale at 5.30, Dick saw the Senator's launch waiting in readiness for him to go aboard. He los t no time in doing so, and the launch put off at once. Senator Bellwood was awaiting his arrival at his dock, and greeted the boy warmly. Hatti e Bellwood, looking as sweet as a June rose, was standing by the window of the back parlor overlooking the well kept grounds and the blue waters of tOO lake, and she smi led and shyly advanced to greet them as they entered the room. "My dau g hter Hattie," said the Senator, presenting the young pilot, who bowed and took the little lady's extended hand as her father completed the introduction by adding : "Hattie, this is Richard Hadley." "I am s o glad to know you, Mr Hadley,'' she said, win somely. "And I am glad to make your acquaintance, Miss Bell wood," replied Dick. "I hav e been waiting with the greatest impatience to thank you for saving my life yesterday morning when the canoe I was in was run down by the steamer," she said earnest l y and gratefully. "I am very happy to hav e been able to help you out of your trouble, Miss Bellwood answered Dick gal l antly


THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. "You were very brav e to do so. I shall never, never for get what I owe you." Dick bowed, with a heightened color. It was certainly very pleasant to know that he had won the grateful appreciation of such a lovely girl. "I will leave you to entertain our young friend for a few moments," said the Senator. "You will excuse me, Hadle y." "Certainly, sir." "Won't you come over and sit by the window, Mr. Hadiey ?" asked Hattie. "I shall be happy to do so," replied Dick, following and taking the chair at which she pointed. "We have a very fine view from this w indow, don't you think s o?" she said "Yes You can see clear across the lake." "I do love the water/' she said, enthusiastical l y "So do I," answered Dick. "I've spen t about two thirds of my time on the lake." "Have you, indeed? How nice!" "Yes i I wasn't out with my father on the steamboat, he was pilot 0 the Crystal Stream up to the time 0 his death, as I believe you know, I was sailing around on a catboat. I think I know as much about Crystal Lake as the next one." "Then you mus t be quite an expert at boat sailing," she said, with a smile I think I can handle a sa ilboat about as good as any one," replied Dick, modestly. "I certainly have had ex perience eno ugh to make me proficient." "Yi' e have a lovely sailboat, but we use it very little since father bought the launch. The launch is very convenient to go about the lak e in when there is no wind Still, on th e whole, I prefer to go out in the sailboat There is no one to take me now since our regular boatman left us, as J ohn, who looks after the laun ch, is but a poor hand on the sailboat." "It would give me great pleasure to take you out in your boat some evening, or 0 a Sunday afternoon, i f you wished me to, and your father was willing to trust y ou to my care." "Thank y ou ever so much: I should dearly like to go with you," she answered, with sparkling eyes. "I know I would be perfectly sae." "Then you had better speak to your father about it," he said, delighted with the idea of having her company on the lake. "I am employed every day but Sunday on the s t eame r so you see I wouldn't be able to go out on the boat dming week days. But the s ummer evenings we are beginning to have now are really better for boating than th e hot a fternoons, particularly when the moon is up." "A sail on the lake in the moonlight is just too lovely for anything," she exclaim ed, enthusiastically. "Father will be glad t o have you take me out, for he never refuses me anything in reason, and I know he has every confidence in you. It was quite different with Herbert Benton, who behaved so disgracefully toward me yesterday when he l eft me to drown and only thought 0 his own elegan t little self. Some boys are so selfish," she said, tossing her head, in dignantly. "I should certainly have perished if it had not been or you," flashing a bewitching glance at Dick, which almost took his breath away. ('Do you know I have such confidence in you that I could trus t myself with you anywhere." "Thank you, Miss Bellwood," blushed Dick. "Oh, don't cal l me Miss Bellwood. It's so formal, that is between you and I. It really seems as if we had known each other ever so long, isn't that funny, and we haven t been acquainted more than .teen IJ'.linutes yet?" Dick smiled and was quite pleased at the idea that this pretty miss didn't look upon him as a stranger. "I started to speak about Herbert B ento n. He is the son 0 Judge Benton, who owns the biggest part of the J_,akeshore Railroad. They live righ t near us, down the Lake Avenue. My ather and Judge Benton are not very good friends since the railroad was built a s an opp osition line to the steamboa t. Well, B enton and I were airly good friends until he treated me so shabb ily yes terday I shall never to or notice him again as as I live," the littl e lady said emphatically "Had he been a boy like you," with another winsome glance at Dick, "he would have tried to have saved me. It was his duty to hav e done something, for he invited me to go with him on the lake, and under such circumstances I was in his care. Don't you think he acted very cowardly?" "He certain ly didn't act as he shou ld have done. The passengers roasted him well ater he was taken on the boat, which showed that they did not approve 0 his conduct. I am bound to say, had I been in his place I sh ould have saved you or gone down with you." "I know you would have looked out for me," Hattie said, giving him a grateful look. "As it was, you came to my rescue anyway, and I was a complete stranger to you. I am sure I can never, n ever thank you ha1 enough." "'l'hen don't t ry Miss Bell--" "Hattie, you Il'.lean !" holding up her finger, roguishly. "Miss Hattie," continued Dick, hesitatingly, as if he felt he was making himsel too familiar in spite 0 her in junction. "The satisfaction of having save d you is reward enough for me." "Dear me, how nice you said that I" she laughed. "I am s ure we sha ll become great friends Don't you think so?" "I hope s o," replied Dick, eagerly "Then, 0 course we will It is just too romantic for anything to think that I should have been saved from a watery grave, like the heroine 0 a story, by such a nice boy as you." Dick blushed to his eyes as he li stene d to this gay re mark from the Senator's daughter. He 'Yondered whether the words were intended as a com pliment, or whether i;;he was making fun of him. He cast a furtive glance at her, but without solving thE> question, or Hattie, suddenly r ealizing the boldness 0 her words, blushed rosily and looked dow n at the carpet.


THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. lfi Though he did not solve that question, he did solve an other-that he was becoming deeply interested in the fu.iigirl before him. Perhaps this fact had something to do with the deep blush which suffused his cheeks. An awkward pause ensued, which was rather embarrass ing to both the young people. Fortunately, the appearance of the butler at the parlol' door to tell Miss Jessie that dinner was waiting, put an end to the situation. The daughter of the house immediately jumped up and laughingly said that she would allow Dick the honor o-f escorting her into the dining room, which he did with all the politeness of a young Chesterfield It was a very nice and entirely informal dinner that Dick Radley sat down to that evening. Hattie was bright and entertaining, and the Senator was jovial and extremely friendly to his young guest In fact, as Dick told his mother ancl sister when he got home at eleven o'clock, he never enjoyed himself better in his life. CHAPTER IX. THE PROBLEM OF THE SROA.L. The nove1ty of steering the Crystal Stream to and back gradually wore off as the days went by and the first of July approached, and Dick began to find that the most desirable job in the world often has its drawbacks. We don't mean to say that he was beginning to get the least bit dissatisfied with his splendid position Not at all. it suggested alarmtng possibilities of what was in store for any large craft that was so unfortunate as to get among its ragged teeth. At other times the water there looked as harmless as any other part of the lake, and Dick often thought it was a shame there was no channel through it, close to the point of the Tongue especially, so that the steamer could save that wasteful and tiresome trip of eighteen long miles. Dick did not know of his own knowledge that there no channel anywhere through the twenty five-square mile stretch of shoal, but he had heard his father, as well as other people, say so, and as they seemed to be in a position to know he accepted the fact as conclusive. He did ask his father once if the shoal had been soundecl all over, and his father had replied that he understood such had been the case. It was only reasonable to suppose that the steamboat people had investigated the problem thoxough l y in their own interest, for time and money would have beeen saved to them bad it been possible to find a clear channel any where within a reasonable distance of the point. One day late in June, after the boat had pulled out of Islington and Dick bad ti:trned her head to the eastward along the edge of the shoal, the boy brought up the of the absence of a channel across that spot, to Captain Gage, who was standing just outside of the wheel-house, with his arm resting on the open window sill. "I wish there was channel across there, Dick, i f only wide enough for the boat to slip through with safety; it would make a lot of difference to the Crysta l Lake N aviga tion Company," said the captain, looking out across the smiling surface of the lake, glistening in the sunshine, which rolled above the shoal. Only that which he had almost looked upon as play at "l should think that it would," replied Dick "We'd first was real downright work. save a lot of coal and other stuff that we use up in the As this was the boy's first situation it was natural for course of a month, not to spealc of the time we woul d him to :find it somewhat tedious to have to stick close to gain the wheel for three long hours, with only the "The time is the principal item, and covers all the rest. breaks at Islington and Riverdale, with his attention closely With thirty minutes cut off of our present schedule we fixed on the different by which he directed the could beat the Lakeshore Railroad into Lakeport, and make boat's course, coupled with the responsibility of knowing connection with the eastern expresa on the N. Y., B. & C that the safety of a hundred or more passengers daily, as road. But for our inability to cut our schedule to less than well as a valuable boat, depended upon the accuracy o.f three hours the Lakeshore never would have been built, and his eye and nerves. we should have retained the monopoly of the lake pa3sen It was not so much the straight runs between Glendale ger and freight traffic, which was ours for man:v years." and Islington and between Riverdale and Lakeport tha.t "I've been over the inner side of the shoal close to the were monotonous, but it was the eighteen-mile trip around point many a time in a catboat, and it always struck me the shoal that anrioyed him, and kept his attention clown that, barring one place, which I take to be the spine of the to business. shoal, there was a fairly good depth of water along shore." The shoal, as we have said before, was just under the "No doubt ifs that one place, the spine, as you call it, surface of the lake, and consequently not visible to the eye. which prevents a boat of this class frotn getting through It was about four miles wide by seven long. The depth of water varies unevenly all over 'the shoal, but The water was not broken here, except when he wind for the most part it is said to be quite shallow The deep blew unusually fresh from the northeast, then many of est spots, which might be called channels if you were to the ugly black rocks were uncovered just enough to show I follow their circuitous windings, are plante;cl with those that they were there. \ nee'Clle-pointed rocks one sees sometimes when the w i nd The shoal, then was not a pleasant stretch to view, for blows hard." )


16 THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. "Well, I'm coming out here Sunday to take a look at that inner passag e and parti c ularly the spine. If it is not t o o wide I s hould think it would pay to blaze a path acros s it with dynamite, provided the way is clear on both s id e s." "It might and it might not.. It_ would take an expert engineer to decide that question, I imagine. At any rate, it i sn't in my line, so I shan't worry my head over the problem." 'The captain walked away, while Dick now had to give hi s e ntire attention to the feat of rounding the outer edge of the s hoal to the best advantage. Captain Gage had noticed that his young pilot saved anywhere from three to five minutes over Mr. J ones's time in covering the run between Islington .and Riverdale. He could only do this by shaving the shoal pretty close. The captain, while pleased with his performance, thought it was his duty to caution the boy about taking any ri'ak in his eagerness to cut down the running time. So familiar, however, was Dick with the depth of water at the e xtremity of the shoal that he knew how close he c ould venture with safety as though he had been under the boat. Dick didn't investigate what he called the inner passage of the shoal on Sunday afternoon, as he had proposed doing, because it rained, and, like a sensible boy, he stayed in the house. Next da y was the first of July, and when he got home from his work his mother told him that Mr. Benton, the real e s tate agent who held the mortgage on the cottage, had called for his semi-annual interest. "I was compelled to ask him for a few days' time," she said, "which he very grudgingly allowed me. He said if I was pressed for money and wanted to s ell the property he would allow me $600 over the mortgage." "He said that, did he?" answered Dick, some in dignation. "He did." "I think he bas a great nerve. Six hundred dollars! Why, it's worth $1,800 over the mortgage, if it's worth a cent. What did you say to him, mother?" "I told him that I had no intention of disposing. of the place, ancl als o that I thought it was worth about $3,000." "And what dicl he say to that?" "He in s i s ted that the cottage and grounds were not worth ove r $2,000 at the outside. He said he ought to know, a s be was in the business." "In the busine s s to skin people, I guess he meant." "How are we to g e t the $30 interest in a few days, my son? You are drawing on your first month's wages now, thr o ugh the kindness O f Captain Gage, that we may live." I s uppose I'll have to try and borrow it. I could do that eas y enough if I was to strike Senator Bellwood, but I hate to a s k him. If it COJI\es to a pinch I guess you could get that much on our furniture on sixty days' time. Th e Shylock" does that kind of busines s in this town is a particular friend of Mr. Benton, for which reason it would be better for us to have nothing to do with him." "I shouldn't like to give a chattel mortgage on our fur niture." "I don't blame you. I don't fancy the idea myself. I hope if I can't borrow $30 that you will be able to stand Mr. Benton off awhile longer." While Dick was eating his supper a dainty note, with the initial "B" embosse d on the flap was delivered by the post man. It was addressed to "Mr. Richard Hadley, 36 Lake Road, Glendale," and bore the Islington postmark. Jessie, who was now fully recovered from her illness, took the note from the mail-carrier. She saw that the address was in a female hand, and the initial didn't escape her sharp eye, so she guessed the .note must be from Hattie Bellwood, whom Dick had a dozen times declared, since the evening he was introduced to her, was the loveliest girl he had ever seen. "So, brother I see you are corresponding with a young lady," she said, as she waltzed back to the dining room. "I guess you're mistaken, sis," replied Dick. "I hold the evidence in my hand," laughed Jessie. "Let me see the evidence," he asked, holding out his hand. "It ought to be worth something, bringing this preciou s note in to you." "Well, I'll give you a kiss. Hand it over.'' "Is that all you'll give?" "I might give you a nickle, too, only I'm bankrupt," grinned her brother. "What a ptty And you the pilot of the Crystal Stream, with a princely salary." "Princely salary good, Jessie. Where's the letter?" "In my hand," she said, holding both behind her ba ck. "Well, come up." "Guess wjch hand it's in and you can have it." "It's in tHe right hand." "No; it isn't!" cried the girl, gleefully. "Yes, it is. Whichever hand it's in must be the right one." "Aren't you smart,'" she replied, handing him over the letter. "Why, it must be from Miss Bellwood!" cried Dick. "It must be from Miss Bellwood,'' she mimicked. "Jus t as if you didn't know it was." "Upon my word I didn't. It must be something import ant for her to write me." "Two souls with but a single thought. Two hearts that beat as--" laughed Jessie. "Oh, quit your teasing, sis!" said Dick, opening the note. "What does she say, Dicky, dear?" asked hi s s ister curiously. "Come now, you want to know too much grinned Dick glancing over the few lines, which were signed, "Your sin cere friend, Hattie Bellwood."


THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. 17' you going to tell your own s i s t er?" "Since you r e so anxio u s to kn o w my business, Jessie, ju s t read it for yourself." "She wants you to take her out in their sailboat to morrow night," said his sister, after reading the note. "She' s going to send the l a unch for you at 5.30, and you' re to take dinner with th e m a g ain. Oh, my I Haven't we got swell friends Jessie pinched h e r broth er s c h eek and laughed .mis c hievous y "Well," she added, w i t h a s ly look "are you going to acc_ ept the inv i tati on ? "Like a bird," rep li e d Dick, folding up the note and putting i t i n h is poc k e t. CHAPTER X. DICK TAKES HATTIE B E LLWOOD FOR A MOONLIGHT SAIL. Dick would have bee n s omething different from average boy i f he had n o t waited impatiently for Wednes da y afternoon to come. He had t.aken care to r e pl y to Hattie 's note, saying that he would be pleased to come o v er to heD home on the date in ques tion and take he r out s ailing. r After dressi n g himself with unu s ual care Wednesday morning, for which h e h ad to pay the penalty of putting up with J essie's goodna tured badinage he found his work that day uncommo nl y l igh t and plea s ant for his thoughts were more or less mixed up with t he d e lightful prospect of a second meeting wit h the charming daughter of Sena tor Bellwood. The Senator' s l aunch was on hand waiting for him when th e Crystal Stream rea c hed her wharf at Glendale that afternoon, and you may well b e lieve t hat Dick didn't keep John, the man in cha rge o f her, waiting any longer than he could make his way down from the wheel-house to the deck of the li ttle c r aft. The launch s k i mme d t h e w a te r like a bird-she an unu s uall y fa s t craft-and landed Dick at his destination by half past six Miss Bellwood was on the dock herself this time and Di c k had no reason to compl ai n of the friendliness of her greetin g "Papa i s away," she s aid as the y wPJked up the lawn toward the house tog ether, "so we' ll have to dine tete-a-tete -that is, just by o urse lves." That suite d our hero i m mensely. "I think it will be a lovely evening for our sail," she He found out that the Senator had bee n called to Buffalo on some political busine ss, but that he expected to be back on the following day. After dinner the young people walked down to the pri vate dock, Hattie wearing a fascinating little gypsy hat, that set her peachy complexion ,and lovely eyes off to the very bes t advantage. A few yards out on the lake, anchored to a red-and-black buoy, was the Senator's small sloop-yacht, her beautifully proportioned white hull resting in the water like a drowsy swan. Her name, "Hattie Bellwood," was painted in a semi circle across her stern. The yacht's tender was secured ,by ita painter t.o a ring bolt at the end of the dock. Dick cast off the painter and drew the small boat along side of the wharf so they could step int.o her, 8.n.d then, standing up in her stern, he sculled her off t.o the yacht and handed Hattie into the cock-pit. He hauled the tender forward and tied her painter to the buoy. I Dick now proceeded to cast off. the stops which secured the main s ail to the boom. Then he laid hold of the halyards and hoisted the sail. His next job was to take the gaskets off the jib and haul up that triangular sail.' "Push the tiller to sta rboard, Miss Hattie," he called to her, motioning to the right, as the influence of the wind on the main s ail was swinging the boat's stern around in such a way as would have brought the boom aboard again and made the girl duck to e s cape a crack on the head. Hattie obeyed in s tantly, and the action of the rudder countera c t e d the swing long enough for Dick to cast off the y acht s buoy-line and run back to the cock-pit. The yacht was off on the port tack like a skimming gull, and Hattie uttered a little exclamation of delight. It was c e rtainly a fine night, and Cry s tal Lake fairly sparkl e d in th e s ilvery light of the rising moon as the sma c king breeze ki ssed countless wavelets into life and motion. "Isn' t it just too lovely for anything?" the little lady exclaimed rapturou s l y "It couldn't be bett e r if it had been made to our order," replied Di ck, who had s eated himself on the weather side of the tiller with his fair passenger beside him. "Now where do you want to go? I am here to obey your orders." "Oh, I'm not at all particular. Anywhere you w"ant to take me." said, with a s mile, don't y ou ? "Then suppose we go up the far as Goa.t Island?" Dick, naturall y agreed w ith her. "Very well." At any rate there was a good breeze blowin g then the "You're not afraid to trus t y our s elf so :far out on the sky was per f e ctl y clea. r, and th e moon, according to the lake as that with me, are you?" almanac, rose at 7.30 "Not in the least," s he answered with one of her charmThe sens ati o n of b e ing wai t e d on at table b y an ex. ing smiles. perienced butler was still a new thing to Dick, o:f course, "You seem to have perfect confidence in my abilitf as a bu t he rather en j o yed it. boatman."


18 THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. "I have. y ou tell me that you h ave spe n t half I "I never say anything but what I mean, Miss-that is, your t ime o n the l ake in a sai l boat?" Hattie. .Jessie is just wild to know you, and I was hop "That's right." "Besides, papa has inquired about your ability to hand l e a sai lboat. I to l d him that I wanted you to take me on the l ake, and that you had promised to do so with h i s per m 1ss10n. It was with his consent that I you that note, so you see both of us have perfect confidence in you r "Though I have never yet met with an accident afloat, such a thing is possible you know. Now ff this boat was to upset somewhere out in the lake, even though no fault o f my own, what would you do, then?" laughingly. "What would I do? Why, let you save me, of course." "I certainly wouldn't desert you even if I lost my own l ife in your behalf " I am sur e you w o uld n't," she replied, with a look of p erfec t tru s t in her eyes. "I feel entirely safe in your care-Dick. There, you see I have grown dreadfully fa miliar with you," she went on, with a rosy blush, "but really you mus t excuse me for I simply can't call you Mr Hadley." "I'll excuse you with pleas u re," replied the young pilot, wit h a thrill of satisfaction; "that is, provided I may call you Hattie when we're together." "Why, of course you may . There's n ot the least need o f ceremony between us "Th e hote l s are beginni n g to fill up rapidly now You c a n t ell that by the greater number of lights flashing from thei r windows "They look pretty, don't they, in the distance?'' "That's what they do. Just as if there were a myriad o f stars flashing along the horizon. This is a spl endid b reeze, Miss-I mean Hattie," laughingly. "It is, indeed It 1s so exhilarating to feel the boat flying along just l ike a race horse You've got the sails so nicely that she goes as smooth as if we were in a tro u gh. I think you're a fine boatman-Dick." "Thank you for the compliment, Hattie. At this rate i t won't be long before we shall reach Goat Island." "Our Sunday school will hold its annual picnic there next Wednesday. I do so wish you coul d come. "I'm afraid that is quite out of the question. I couldn't p ossibly leave the boat.1 "I s'pose not You don' t have any holidays, do you except Sundays?" "That's all. I went to several picnics last summer a t Goat Island, but my father was alive then Now I've got to support mother and Jessie." I should like to meet your sister very much. Couldn't you bring her over to our house the next time you come?" "Certain l y I could if you wish me to.. You'll lilre her firs tclass She's the nicest girl in the world-that is, next to your self," he said, rather audaciously "Dear me, I suppose I must take that as a compliment," answered Hattie, b l ushingly. "Or maybe you just mean t o flatter m e ing you might like to make her acquaintance She has been very ill with typhoid fever, but is now entirely well again I can assure you that you'll find her just to your taste." "Is she like you?" "Why?" "Because if she is we will certainly become the best of friends," she said, with an arch look. "You are very kind to say that, Hattie," he said, as he put the boat on the other tack whit-h would bring them abreast of Goat Is l and in a very few minutes "Oh, Dick, there's another boat right aliead of us l" cried Hattie at this moment. Dick had already seen her. "We are not the only ones enjoying the moonlight beau ties of the lake you see," he replied "Some people from one of the hotels, I suppose "Probably so." "They're heading for the island, too." "We'll overhaul them before they get there. This boat is a flyer." "Yes, papa said she was very fast for her size He had her built with a v:iew to speed, and he had the launch constructed on the same principles. She's the swiftest boat of her kind on the lake." "I guess she is. I was surprised how soon she carried me from the wharf at Glendale over to your dock." They were corning up, hand over hand, on the sailboat ahead "That isn't one of the catboats that take the hotel' peo ple sailing on the lake," said Dick. "That's a private yacht, very much like this boat." At that moment the other boat tacked across their course. "Why, it's Judge Benton's boat!" cried Hattie. "Her bert Benton teased me several times to go with him on her, but I was afraid to trust :qiyself to his uncertain skill "I don't blame you if you had any reason to doubt his ability to handle the yacht. I don't know anything about him, but I sh01;ild scarcely imagine he was an expert at boat sailing." "He isn't; but he think s he is." "Hello l 'rhere seems to be some trouble of the yacht . What can be the matter?" They were enough to see what appeared to be a free fight going on. CHAPTER XI. HERBERT BENTON IN TROUBLE "Oh, my l what are they doin g? exclaimed Hattie Bellwood, in some little excitement. "Are they r e ally :fight ing?" "If they're not they're up a very good imita -


THE CHANCE O F HIS LIFE. 19 tion of the article," replied Dick. "But it looks to me as if the racket was all one-sided. Two of the three on boar d appear to be beating the third." "Isn't that a shame!" cried the girl. Dick made no reply, but altered the yacht's course slightly s o as to bring them closer to the sailboat ahead-: They c o uld now plainly hear the cries of the pe rs o n wh o was bein g assaulted on boa.rd the other craft. He was a boy, while the other two were men "They are beating that boy!" cried Hattie, indignantly. ''On Judge Benton's boat, too. What can it all mean?" The "Hattie Bellwood," with "a bone in her teeth," as sailors call it, was tearing down on the "Lakebird," J udge Benton's boat, and bid fair to be abreast o f he r in a v e ry few moments The tw o men, who fairly respectabiel ooking p e r sons, could not help observing the close appr o ach o f Sen a tor Bellwood's yacht, and they s u ddenly stopped t heir assa ult o n their victim The boy took advantage of this to break awa y from his persecutors, jump out of the cCX!k-pit on top o f t he little cabin and ran forward. One of the men started after him, whereupon the boy began to shin up the mast in order to get out of his reach He succeeded for the moment in achieving his object, and then turning his white face toward the "Hattie Bell wood," cried: "Help! Help! Help "Why, it's Herbert Benton!" ejaculated Hattie, more ex c ited than ever "There must be something wron g." "Shut up, you young monkey!" cried the man who had chased him to the mast, but failed in laying hold of his legs, which the boy had closely drawn up under him "What's the matter aboard there?" asked D ick, guiding the yacht close in near the judge's boat "Veer off, will you!" returned the man who h e l d the tiller. "What are you doing to Judge Benton's son?" dema n ded Dick. "None of your blamed business! Keep off!" "Help! Help!" shouted Herbert, beseechingly "They are trying to murder me." "Who are you, and what are you doing on Judge B en ton's boat?" cried Dick, now sat isfied that things were n ot all right on the "Lakebird." "Keep off, I tell you, or it w ill be the w o rse for you!" roared the helm'Sman, in a menacing tone "I shan't keep off until I find out why y o u are abusing J udge Benton's son," replied Dick, in a resolute tone. "You will also have to explain why you are in possession of the judge's yacht." "Explain nothin';you young puppy!" roared the helms man, angrily. "If you make any furi;her attempt to butt in where you're not wanted you and your passenger will find yourselves in hot water Mind what I tell you!" The Senator's yacht was now runnin g by the other boat, and Dick was in a quandary how to act He saw clearly that matters were not right on the "Lakebird," but he did n't see exact l y what he could d o to cor rect them The judge's boat was i n possession of two men who were physically able to res i s t any interfe renc e on hi s part and their attitude as w ell as words s howed that the y might eve n become aggress ive in their turn D ick was a brav e boy with p r onounced ideas of duty in I an emergency \ No o ne could accuse him o f ever looking for trouble, but still he believed in buttin g in w here the occasion de ma n ded it. In this case, h o w e v e r, he was handicapped by the pres ence of Hattie B e ll wood. He had to con s ider her safety and peace of mind above everythi n g e lse. He was respo n sib l e for an yt hing that might happen to her while in his cha rge. Under these circ u mstances he swiftl y came to the con clusion that it would be impolitic f o r h i m to rus h into trouble, and so he reluctantly a,l.tered t he yacht's course so that she would keep further away fr o m t h e "Lak ebird. "Don't leave me! P lease don't leave me begged bert Benton, piteously, as soon as he saw tha t the S e na tor's boat was leaving the L akebir d b e hind. "These men are thieves They've robbed o u r hou'l!e and carried me off with them when I got in t heir way. They'll mur der me if you go off and leave me w i t h them." "Shut up, blame you!" shouted the man a t the h elm, who seemed to be the leading spiri t on b o ard. "Don' t p a y any attention to that l ittle monkey He's a barn liar. We came out sailin' with him. He got on his h i gh horse, and we've only been givi n him a dressin' down for bein' sassy." "I'm afraid that m a.n i s n t tellin g the truth, said Hat tie, in a low tone, as soon as the cut-water fell astern of their own yacht "I'm certain that he isn't, rep lied Dic k "But we can't ao anything, Hatti.e, except get back to Islington as quick as we can and tell what we've seen. They were now fully abreast of G oat I s land. Dick decided to keep on around the i s land as 'was his original intention ; and then h ead d irectly back to I s lington "If those men are rea ll y thieves t h e y may do Herbert Benton some serious i njury, Di c k," s h e said with a sympathet i c earnestness that was greatly to her credit a f ter the way the juage's son h ad trea ted her the day the steamboat ran clown the canoe "Oh, I clon't think they' ll da re injure him," replied Dick "I can't see what object t h e y could hav e in doin g so even if they are thieves who h ave robbe d the B e nton home. What we have just seen was pro bab l y the i r efforts to intimidate HerbeTt Benton with t h e view o f preventing him from disc l osing their tr;ue character as w e pa ssed b y However, they didn't succeed in bott li ng h i m up : "They are putting toward the i s l a nd," sa id Hattie.


20 THE CHANCE OE HIS LIFE. "I see they are. Maybe their purpose is to maroon their "He will be mer e l y a passenger on this boat, and conprisoner." sequently will have no right to insist on our doing any"You mean, leave Herbert Benton on Goat Island?" thing we do not choose to do." "Exactly," Dick. they are really the "But how do you expect to take him off the i sland when crooks the judge's son said they were, it is only natural we are running away from the spot where you suppose would want to get rid of him at a spot where he will he is to be put on shore?" be unable to dq anything to interfere with their subse"I'm going to put in at the landing at the north end quent movements." of the island, just around yonder poi nt. We have lost "And what do you think they will do after they put him sight of the other boat now, so those m e n won't be able to on shore?" see what we're going to do. We' ll run alongside o f the "Most likely they will sail over to the outskirts of Lakesmall wharf where the excursion boats land and tie up. port, take their booty ashore, abandon the yacht and catch If the "Lakebird" keeps on toward Lak eport those men a night train on the N. Y., B. & C.-upposing, of course, won't notice this yacht 'way in that cove. While you re they are thieves, for which we have only Herbert Benton's main on board I'll run down the east shore of the island word and their own suspicious actions." till I :ffod Herbert Benton. Then I'll bring him back with "I am sure they mu s t be thieves," said Hattie, positively. me." "I think we may safely ass ume that they are." Hattie thought this a good p l an, s o as soon as. the point "Couldn't we sail over to l1akeport ahead of them and was weathered Dick steered the yacht into the mdentation notify the police? This boat is much faster than Judge ,where picnic parties from Lakeport always land ed, and Benton's, and we should get there some time before they soon had the boat moored of the wharf. could." Dick lowered the sai l s and secured them and then tell Of course we could do that, but I'm afraid there is one ing Hattie not to be n ervous while he was away, he started big objection to our gaining anything by s uch a course." off along the eastern shore of the island. "What is that?" "Those men must understand that we s u s pect they are not what the y should be-hones t men. As soon as they see us headed "in the direction of Lakeport they'll surmise that we are going to that town to lay information against CHAPTER XII. DICK OUTWITS THE ENEMY. them. As a matter of prudence they won't go to LakeDick had walked about half the di s tance he judged he port, but land somewhere else. That's the way I'd do were would have to cover before he expected to meet the judge's I in their shoes." son, when he heard a cry which seemed to indicate distress "Then we can't do anything to have them captured, I "That's his voice now he said to himself. "I wonder suppose?" what those rascal s are doing to him, now they have him "I'm afraid not, as thing s look. I ll tell you what we ashore?" can do if you are willing." He had no des ire to run foul of young Benton's cap"What is that?" asked Hattie, curiously. tors, as he reasoned it would not be well for him to do so. "We can take Herbert Benton off th e i s land after they They would r ecognize him at once as the boy they had leave him there, and carry him back with u s to Islington." latel y encountered on the yacht, and to whom Herbert Ben"I'll agree to anything that you think i s right," s he J ton had appealed for assistance and they would naturally answered. "But I shan't speak to him . I don't want anyform their own conclusions as to the reason of his pres thing more to do with him after the way he treated me," ence ashore at that spot. she concluded, decidedly. It was more than probable they would resent this inter" It will not be necessary for you even to notice him ference on his part, and try to make things warm for him. while he's on board. If he has anything to say he can say As there were two of them, and fairly muscular men it to me." at that, Dick decided that prudence on the present 0cca-" But he can be very disagreeable when he wants to be so, sion was the better generalship. and I don't believe he' will be in very good humor when he Herbert' s cry gave him his first clew to the pre8ent comes aboard." 1 situation of th e rascals and their victim. ,"You can lea-ve him to me to manage," replied Dick. It came from the wood a short distance from the shore. "We are simply going to do him a favor by re1ieving him As he hurried along in that dir ection he heard it re from an unpleasant s ituation and und e r s uch circumpeated somewhat louder and more distressful than before. stances he ought to be reasonable." With all his haste h e was just as cautious as before, "If you knew Herbert Benton as well as I do you would as he wished to obtai n a view of the situation without being find him the most unrea sonable boy you ever m et It i s seen himself. more than likely that he will in s i s t that you ought to chase A of" shr ill cries presently broke o n the night the men on his father's yacht, whether there is any chance au. of our catcning them or not." "I believe they are giving him a beating for exposing


THE CHANCE OF .HIS LIFE. 11 them to me," breathed Dick, young aristocrat. feeling very sorry for the I service of liberating him must be a hastened after Dick. Moving carefully forward through the trees, Dick soon gained a position where he obtain a full view of the scene. Herbert Benton, divested of his jacket, was tied to a tree, while the two men Dick had seen on the judge's yacht were each taking turns in applying a 1 stout stick to various parts of his body. The boy was squirming about in much pain and filling the air with his cries for mercy, which were not heeded in the least by his aggressors. Herbert Benton certainly looked like the very picture of hopeless misery. Dick felt that it was his duty to interfere to save the son of one of Islington's chief citizens from further tQrture and indignity at the hands of a pair of men whose actions stamped them as scoundrels: That was a generous and praiseworthy sentiment, but to carry out the idea was not such an easy proposition. Either of the two men was, as we have said before, a match for the young pilot, strong and stalwart a boy as he was. It was a serious problem for the brave boy to solve. He had no weapon on his person but a jack-knife, and the idea of using that upon the rascals was very far from his mind. Re decided, however, to try and frighten the men away from their victim, so with this object in view he ass-qmed as gruff a tone as possible and shouted: "Let that boy alone!" The men were clearly startled by the sound of his voice, and desisted from their occupation. Herbert Benton heard the voice, too, and, taking courage, screamed: "Help! Help! Save me! Save me I" The two men looked all around the edge of the little clearing whe;re they stood, evidently expecting to see the owner of the voice step out into view. Dick, however, was too prudent to show himself. Be also had the forethought to change his position, and move around toward the back of the tree to which Herbert Benton was bound. He als o resorted to the stratagem of hurling a stone to ward a certain point in the shrubbery in order to attract the attention of the rascals in that direction. They naturally looked where the stone shook the bushes, and having recovered from their temporru:y panic, bOth of them rushed over to the spot and began to hunt among the brushwood. Seeing them thus engaged, Dick whipped out his jack knife and cautiously drawing near to the prisoner he quickly s evered the s ingle cord that held the boy to the tr'ee. "Follow me," whispered the young pilot, as he jumped back out of s i ght among the trees. The judge' s son, finding himself free, and recognizing the fact that the person who had performed this friendly The two rascals, having failed to discover any sign of foe person whose voice had interrupted their cheerful recrea tion, turned around at that moment and were amazed to see that not only was their late prisoner free, but he was mak ing tracks for the shelter of the wood. The foremost of the two, the fellow who had steered the yacht to the island, uttered an oath that would have done credit to a pirate, and started after their victim. His companion hastily followed. Dick saw them coming, and grabbing Benton by the arm, said: "We haven't got out of this scrape yet. They're coming after us. Pick up a stick and keep close to me. If we have to fight them hand-to-hand, sail in for all you're worth, and don't mind a knock or two in return." This advice, however, was lost on Herbert Benton, for he was a big coward when danger threatened, and he thought more of trusting to his legs than anything else. Dick intenclecl to skirt the wood and try to shake the angry rascals off, after which he intended to guide his companion to the landing at the upper end of the island where he had left the Senator's yacht with Hattie on board. The two ruffians proved to be too spry to be easily i;haken off, and the boys found themselves in great danger of coming to close quarters with the enemy. The rascals finally got the boys in such a corner that they had to make a break for the shore to save themselves. Their course led them straight down to where the "Lakebird" was tied to the limb of a tree. A shout of triumph came from the men, who thought they haq the boys dead to rights now. Dick, however, shouted to Benton to jump on board the yacht, and hastily untying the boat's painter he pushed her off into the bay a_nd scrambled on to her deck himself, just as the foremost ruffian reached out his hands to seize him. In a moment the boat floated out of their reach and the wind, catching the mainsail, whicn had not been lowered, she rapidly receded from the shore. "Come back here, you young monkeys!" roared the dis comfited thieves. Of course, Dick paid no further attention to them, but after trimming the sail to the breeze, took the and headed the yacht for the point. Herbert Benton had thrown himself dowri, exhausted, on a seat in the cock-pit, and for five minutes he didn't utter a word. Dick remained silent, too, giving all bis attention to the sailing of the boat after casting a last glance at the two men who were watching the receding yacht with feelings better imagined than described. Instead of marooning Herbert Benton, as had been their intention, they were themselves marooned, with very little chance of getting away from Goat Island until the police of Islington assisted them to do so.


THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. CHAPTER XIII. HERBERT BENTON RATHER ASTONISHES DICK. "You've done me a good turn," said Herbert Benton at last, in a tone o:f voice very different :from his customary style o:f addressing his social inferiors. His manner was subdued and conciliatory as he looked at the young pilot. "You're welcome," replied Dick, in an off-hand way. "What is your name?" asked the budding aristocrat. "Dick Hadley." "You're the new pilot o:f the Crystal Stream, aren't you?" "I am." "You must be pretty smart to be able to hold such a job. Your father held that position for a good many years, didn't he?" "He did.'' "Are you the boy who jumped overboard and saved Miss Bellwood when the steamboat ran us down?'' "I am that boy." "You had her out in her father's yacht a little while ago. Where did you leave her and the boat? You couldn't have gone far and got back to the where those two thieves were whipping me." Instead of answering his question, Dick propounded one himself. "So those rascals are really thieves, are they?" "Yes. They stole a lot of stuff :from our House to night, and when I tried to stop them from getting away with it they gr&bbed me and carried me on board this which belongs to my :father." "Then their plunder is aboard this yacht, isn't it?" "It's in the cabin." "Good," replied Dick. "Your people haven't lost anything after all, while the thieves are trapped on the island." "My :father will pay well for saving our property." "I don't want any repHed Dick. "Why not?" "Just because r don't." "I want you to take it. You got me out of a bad fix, and I'm much obliged to you." Dick looked at Herbert Benton in some surprise. He had never actual ly come into contact with the judge's son before, but he had heard enough about his overbearing conduct toward other boys to fill a book. Yet here he was talking in a very :friendly, almost humble manner, with a boy who was obliged to work for a living. Such a circumstance had never happened before. It seemed almost incredible, and Dick was rather as tonished. Truly, there must have been some strange virtue in the whipping that Herbert Benton had just received. "I say, Dick I want you to accept whatever my father offers you," repeated young Benton, rather earnestly for him. "If you don't, I shan't like it." Dick made no reply to this. The yacht "Lakebird" was now off the point. "Look out,'' said the young pilot, warningly, "I'm going about on the port tack. Duck your head and come over on this side as the boom swings around." Herbert obeyed, then as the yacht filled away on the other tack the judgis son commenced :fumbling with his watch-chain. He soon had the fine chain and the elegant watch at tached to it in his hand. "Here, Dick Hadley," he said, holding out his hand, "I want you to take this." "What for?" asked the young pilot, wonderingly. "I want you to take this as a present from me," he said. "No," refuse<;l Pick. "That's altogether too valuable. Your father wouldn't like you to give that away." "My father has nothing to say about what I do with it. It's mine to do with as I please. He won't mind, anyway. He'll get me another." "Wbat do you want to give it to me :for?" "For saving me :from being murdered." "Nonsense! They didn't intend to murder you," laughed Dick. "How do you know they didn't?" "Why should they want to murder you?" "Because I shouted to you that time when you passed by in the boat that they were thieves." "They didn't intend to kill you for that. They were simply revenging their anger on yo11 in a cowardly way." "They hurt me a great deal, and they would have done worse if you hadn't come up and cut me loose. You did me a big favor and I want to pay you for it." "But I don't want any pay for helping you out of your scrape,'' protested Dick. "Are you too proud to accept it?" "No, it isn't that. I'm glad I was able to help you out of a tight flx. 'rhat is pay enough." "You're a curious boy. I never met one like you before. I rather think I should like you." Dick was still more astonished at this remark. What in the world had come over Herbert Benton ? "I won't pay you, then, for what you did,'' went on Her bert; "but I want you to accept this as a present," and he held out the watch and chain again. "Do you mean that, Herbert Benton?" "I do, and I shall be offended if you don't take it." "Well, since you put it that way I won't refu se. But i:f you should want it back again you can have it." "I s han't want it back again,'' he said, as Dick took the hand some tribute out of his hand. He was actually being thanked for a service by the most "I am much obliged to you," said the young pilot. "I e:x;clusive young aristocrat in Islington. hardly :feel, though, that I have earned it."


THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. 23 "Yes, you have. You risked a whipping, too, by inter fering in my behalf. Most fellows wouldn't have taken such a chance. I like a fellow with your courage. I'll be your friend if you want me to." "Thank you for saying so, Herbert Benton, but you for get I am a boy who bas to hustle to make a living for myself and my folks. I'm n6t in your class.'' "I don't care whether you're a working-boy or not." "But I thought you didn't care to associate with any body but the best boys in Islington?" "I don't. I can make an exception wheJ! I feel like it." "What would your friends say if they saw :you on fa miliar terms with me?" "I don't care what they'd say. My father is the most important person in Islington," said Herbert, with a touch of bis old pride. "If I choose to have you for a friend it's nobody's business but my own." "All right," replied Dick. "I shan't refuse your offer of friendship, Herbert Benton; but if after a day or so you should happen to change your mind I won't feel cut up about it." "I'm not going to change my mind. Where are you going now?" as Dick headed the "Lakebird" into the little cove where he had left the Senator's yacht with Hattie on board. The young pilot hastily hauled up the mainsail on the Senator's yacht, and then cast loose from the wharf. The "Jessie Bellwood" swung around, dragging the other yacht with her. 'l'he foremost ruffian made a leap for the "Lakebird's" cock-pit,. struck her rail instead and fell into the cove. The shock of his weight gave the boat such a tip that she not only took water in but pitched Herbert Benton, who was standi ng up, head-first overboard. CHAPTER XIV. THE END OF THE NIGHT'S ADVENTURES. "Good gracious!" exclaimed Dick, as he saw the man and then Herbert Benton plunge into the waters of the cove and disappear from -view. Hattie uttered a smothered scream and grabbed her companion's arm. Dick immediately altered the course of the yacht with the intention of picking up Herbert at any rate. The rascal who was the cause of all the trouble came to the surface first, and began floundering about in the wat er, making no effort to reach the wharf, which was only a short distance away. Either he could not swim or the sudden immersion had deprived him of all his presence of mind. A moment after Herbert came up and began to swim t blindly about, as if trying to make out the position of his "I don't want to meet Miss Bellwood," said Herbert, j boat. after a pause. I The two yachts had to make a sweeping circle in order "Senator Bellwood's yacht is moored there." to yonder wharf," replied Dick. "What for?" "You don't have to," Dick. "!ou can to reach the place where the man and the boy were trying aboard of your own boat. I 11 furl the sail and we 11 take keep their heads above the surface. you in tow." "Now, Hattie," said Dick, "I want you to help me at the Whether young Benton liked this arrangement or not tiller." he didn't say. "I'll do what I can, Dick." He remained silent, while Dick steered the "Lakebird" "I'll have Benton in a moment, if he doesn't go down. up astern of the other yacht. He seems to be exhausting himself in a fruitless to Hattie, who had been sitting in the cock-pit watching swim in every direction but the right one." for her companion to come bacl't the way he had gone, was As the yacht approached the young aristocrat, Dick greatly surprised to see him COil)ing into the cove in charge shouted to him to strike out in their direction, but he paid of the judge's yacht. no attention to the hail. "Why, Dick!" she exclaimed, "how did you manage to The young pilot saw his motions growing more feeble get possession of that boat?' every moment, and was somewhat afraid he would go under "I'll tell you bye and bye, Hattie." before he could reach him. He lowered the "Lakebird's" mainsail and tied it to the Resigning the tiller to Hattie, he picked up a small boat-boom, secured the end of the boom so it wouldn't swing hook from under the seat, and running forward along about, and then stepped into the "Hattie Bellwood" with the roof of the cabin, he leaned forward, and reaching out the end of her mooring-rope in his hand, which he fastthe implement, just managed to catch it in the nape of the ened to a cleat just back of the tiller. boy's jacket as he threw up his hands and began to sink. While he was thus engaged the two raScals who had looted Dick pulled him above the surface agrun, grasped him Judge Benton's house appeared from the shelter of the nuder the arm-pits, and landed him on board the yacht. trees. Bv this time the man had managed to get ashore on the As soon as they saw the boats alongside of the wharf 1 beach, where he was joined by his companion. they started on a run toward them. Dick shouted directions to Hattie, ancl she moved the Herbert Benton uttered a cry of warning and fear, which 1 [tlller so as to avoicl collision with the wharf . called Dick's attention to the situation He then helped the dripping Herbert down into the


THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. cock-pit and into the cabin, where he left him to recover his scattered while he took charge of the boat again. "He had a narrow escape, Dick," said Hattie, as her companion pointed the yacht off shore. I think he had myself," replied the young pilot. "For a boy who can swim as good as I understand he can, he acted very strangely.11 "He has you to thank for his lif e," continued the girl, as the boat cleared the mouth of the cove and Dick altered her course so as to take her around the west side of the island. "Well, I'm glad I was able to help him out of.this second scrape. I hope he won't get into a third one before he reaches home." Dick then related to Hattie all that had happened since he left her to go in search of the judge's son. "My goodness! you had quite an adventure, and you certainly did turn the tables on those men. You're an awfully courageous boy," she added, admiringly. "I don't think there are many boys who would have attempted to free Benton in the face of such odds." Dick showed her the watch and chain Herbert had pre sented him and told her the substance of the con versation which had passed between him and the young aristocrat. She expressed her surprise. "It isn't at all like him to talk that way," she said, with a twinkle in her eye. "I guess the whipping he received took all tJ1e starch out of him for the time being," grinned Dick. "It would seem so." "Probably he'll be as haughty as ever in a day or two from now. It isn't natural to expect such a radical change to la st." Herbert did not make his appearance from the cabin durihg the run back to Islington. When they drew close in to Judge Benton's private wharf, Dick notified him of the fact, and he came out into the cock-pit, where he stood a sheepish-looking object until Dick hooked on to the dock, when he stepped ashore. "I shan't forget what you've done for me, Dick Hadley," he said, holding out his hand, which the young pilot took, while Hattie looked on in an amused silence. whom Dick resigned the judge's yacht, and then headed the "Hattie Bellwood" for her buoy. Dick escorted Hattie up to the house, and she showed him into her father's library, where he called up the Isling ton police station and notified them of the robbery at Judge home, and told them that the stolen property had been recovered, but that the two thieves were at large on Goat faland, where they ought easily be qaptured if sought for at once. "I will now take my leave for home, Hattie," said Dick, after hanging up the telephone receiver. "I will send for John to cany you back in the launch," and she did so. "Our sail had a exciting termination," remarked the young pilot as the little lady of the house rejoined him; "but I hope you enjoyed yourself, notwithstanding." "Indeed, I had a splendid time, Dick, and I am very, very much obliged to you for coming over and giving me the sail. I appreciate your kindness more than I can ex press." "Don't mention it. Your company bas more than re paid me," he replied, gallantly, pressing her hand. "You are very kind to say so, Dick. I shall certainly tell father how nice you have behaved to me." Dick bowed. "I shall be delighted to take you out again whenever you feel disposed to go, Hattie." "Don't make any rash promises," she laughed. "I might hold you to your word." "I hope you will." "Since you are so reckless you must expect to pay the penalty; but next time I shall look for you to bring your sister." "I will do so with great pleasure." John now made his appearance and announced that the launch was ready to take him back to Glendale, so the young people said good night to each other, a .nd then Dick followed the man down to the wharf. CHAPTER XV. now JUDGE BENTON PRESENTS DICK WITH A TOKEN OF HIS APPRECIATION. "Don't worry about that," replied Dick. "We'll call When the Crystal Stream put in at Islington next morn the whole tbing s quare as it stands." ing, Judge Benton and his son stepped on board. "No, we won't. I ain't tprough with you yet. Besides, This was the first time that either had patronized the my father will have something to say himself." steamboat since the railroad went into operation, and Cap"Look here, Herbert, you'd better not stand talking to tain Gage, who noticed them walking up the gangplank, me, but get up to the house and change your clothes or was not a little surprised at their appearance. you'll be catching a cold. Before you do it, though, you He wondered what was in the wind, not knowing that had better send some of your people down to look after they had come on board on purpose to see his young pilot. your father's yacht and the property that is in her cabin. After the boat had left the wharf and was headed along I'll telephone the police about those two men we left on the edge of the shoal, the judge and Herb ert walked up to the island, from Senator Bellwoo..d's house." the hurricane deck and approached the wheel-house. Herbert at once started for his house, and in a few "Good morning, Dick Hadley," said Herbert, in a minutes severa l men servants came down to the wharf, to friendly way. "This i s my fath er, Judge Benton." I


THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. "P:rllased to know you, young man," said the judge, his portly. form blocking up the doorway, as Dick acknowl edged the introduction with a polite bow. The young pilot was rather astonished to see the politi enemy of Senator Bellwood on the boat. "You are holding a very responsible position for one so young," continued the judge. "From which I naturally infer that you are an unusually smart boy." "That's what he is, father," put in Herbert, as if hiEI endorsement clinched the matter beyond all doubt. "Young man," went on Judge Benton, in his ponderous tones, "you have rendered me a great service-I may say a very great service. You saved a considerable amount of my property-perhaps I should say my wife's property, for the best part of the plunder taken by those rascals, who are now happily in jail awaiting their_just deserts, were jewels and solid gold and silver ornaments belonging to Mrs. Benton, many of them heirlooms which could not have been replaced, and upon which she sets great value, far beyond their intrinsic worth. If this eyen was the extent of our obligation to you I should consider that I owed you a very substantial recognition for the part you have played in restoring them to us." The judge paused and regarded the young pilot benig nantly. "It is not all we owe you, young man," he went on, with solemn earnestness. "We--Mrs. Benton and myself -feel indebted to you for the two distinct services which you also rendered our son Herbert We have only one son, and we set great store by him. Anybody who is unfriendly to Herbert is unfriendly to us, and anybody who does him a favor practically does us the favor. I hope you follow me." Dick followed him all right, but thought, nevertheless, that the judge was making an unnecessarily long speech 'I"hat, however, was the judge's way when he had any thing important to say, and he felt that be had something unusually important to say just now. "My son has informed me that at great risk to yourself you saved him from being almost beaten to death by those ruffians who broke into our home and carried off our prop erty. In saving him from the painful indignity of a whip ping you also saved my yacht with the stolen articles on board. Furthermore," continued the judge, "when my son was knocked overboard from the yacht in the cove at Goat Island, and was in imminent danger of drowning, you saved him as he was going under the second time. That was probably the most important service of all. Young man, Mrs. Benton and myself wish you to understand that we are grateful to you for what you did last evening. My son very properly certified his appreciation as far as he was able to do so at that time by presenting you with his and chain. As for Mrs. Benton, it is impossible for us to adequately repay what we owe you. We can only offer you a slight testimonial of our gratitude. Mrs. Ben ton has requested me to present you with this diamond horseshoe scarf pin," and the judge handed the a stonished boy a magnificent pin, which glistened beautifully in the sun.shine. "I accept it with pleasure, Judge Benton," said Dick, regarding it admiringly; "but it is almost too valuable for a boy in my position to wear." "Not at all," replied the judge. "As for myself, I de sire to present you with something that will give you a start in life--namely, my check for $5,000 "Five thousand dollars !1 gasped Dick, in amazement "Precisely. Take it, young ma:O.. Remember, I am not paying you a dollar for what you e did f<;>r us. This is a small recognition, that's all," and he thrust the check into Dick's hand. "But, Judge Benton," began Dick; "this is--" "Tut, tut, y o ung man Put it into your pocket If at any time I can do you a favor don't fail to call on me. It will give me great pleasure to be of service to you. Good day," and the judge walked pompously away "You'd better put that horseshoe pin in your tie," said Herbert Benton, taking his father's place in the doorway of the pilot-house. "I'll do it for you if you want." "Thank you. I'll be much obliged to you if you will, said Dick, pleased with this evidence of Herbert's fri e nd li ness, and wondering hq.w long it would last. Herbert adjusted the pin in the most approved sty l e and ther'i. rem..arked that it gave Dick a tony look, which he was very willing to believe. "I should think you'd get tired steering the steamboat around this shoal twice a day," he said, with a grin "How do you get your bearings? By those two buoys yonder?" "No. They merely mark the extreme end of the shoal," replied Dick. "I steer eastward, the way wrire going now, by sundry landmarks on Goat Island. After rounding the buoys I lay my course my landmarks on the Tongue:" "If this shoal wasn't here you'd be able to get to Lake port as soon as the railroad In fact, there wouldn't have been any railroad built but. for this shoal," said Herbert. "The shoal gives us the best of the navigation c o mpany," with an air of great satisfaction. "Maybe some day we'll find or cut a passage acr9ss the shoal near the point of the Tongue, and then w e'll b e in a position to even things up," laughed Dick. "Ho! Don't you believe it. The navigation people would have done that long ago if they could have found a way." "That's true enough; but I'm in hopes 8l way will be found yet to shorten the course." "It can't be done," replied Herbert. "Maybe it can't; but I'm not so sure of thall fact." "Why aren't you sure?" "I really couldn't explain. It's just an idea I have." "I guess it will remain an idea for all the good it will do you or the navigation company," chuckled Herbert. When the Crystal Stream arrived at Riverdale, the judge and his son went ashore and returned to Isl ington by train.


26 THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. After the boat pulled o u t for Lakeport, Captain Gage icwhat are you talking about, Ri c h ard? a s k e d hie puz came to .the wheel-house. parent. "Judge Benton and his son were up here talking to you, I "The $5,000 check I ha've in m y pocket weren't they?" he asked of Dick. "Let me see the check!" cried Jessie. "Yes, sir "Sure. There it is," and Dick pull e d it out and s howed "It's funny they sho u ld merely take tlfe trip around the \ it to them. "Now will you b e good and believe me next s hoal. I wonde r-hello Where did you get that pin? I time?" he said, with a chuckle It's a beauty It looks valuable, too I didn't notice it Three day s later Mrs Hadle y much to Mr. Barton's suron you when you came aboard." prise and di s gust, called at his office, and after paying the "No, sir. I didn't have it then." $30 interest, requested a receipt in full for the amount of "Do you mean to say 1ou got it since you came aboard?" the mortgage "Yes, s i r Judge Benton presented i t t o me Dick himself deposited $3,000 of the $5,000 in a savings "The deuce you say!" exc l aimed the aston i shed captai n bank to his credit while the balance, after settling the ''What cl id he do that for?" mortgage, Mrs. Hadley put in the bank in her own name. I recovered some prope rty that was stolen from his resi dence last evening, and he gave me this pin as an evi dence of his appreciation oh that account." "It' s a fin e p i n, D ick. I should say it mus t wort h more than $100 "I hav en't any i dea what it's worth, but I gue,ss .it's a nic e ornament f01: one's s carf. Almost too nice for a boy like m e but I suppose I'll have to wear it, or J udge Benton might not like i t if he saw me without it." "Wear it by' a ll means It gives you a kind of swell l ook," laughed the captain D ick then t o Captain Gage the particular s of the s ail he h ad taken on t he lake with Hattie Bellwood the evening before, and the adventure it had led to. That night when he reached home, D i ck marched into t h e house l ike a l ord Of course h is sister spied the ha n daome pin the first thing, a n d he was obliged to exp l a i n how he had come by it. "Now, mother," sai d Dick "That isn't the only thing I got from the judge " vVhat e lse clid you get?" asked J e s s ie, curiou s ly "I got a chec k t hat put us on Easy ,Street from this "A c h eck cried Mrs Hadley, wondering ly. "Yes,. mother, a check on the Isl ington Nationa l Bank." "For how much?" "Guess, mother." "One hundred doll ars." "You're 'way o:fl'. You guess, sis "Five him d red dollars," l a u ghed his sister "Put another nough t to it and you' ll come nearer t he mark." < "Five tho us an d Why, D ick, how can you be so ridicu lous!" "Moth er, I'll indorse t h e check, a n d I wan t you t o t urn i t ove r to t h e Glendale N ationa1 Ban k for collect ion As soon a s the bank has received the mon ey take $1,230 of it a nd---" "Take wha t I cried his mother, looki n g a t him as if she t h o u ght he h ad gone o u t of h is mi n d, whil e Jessie broke out l aug hing as if she thought it a good joke "Take $ 1 ,230 of it, go to Mr. Barton, pay him hi s in tr:est and take u p the mortgage." CHAPTER XVI. DICK SOLVES TIIE PROBLEM OF THE SHOAL. A day or two Di c k received an invitation to a garden party given by Hattie B e llwood to h e r own par ticular set of young friends, and he was specially requested to bring his si ster with him The party was set for two o clock in the afternoon, but it was und e rstood that Dick couldn't be pre sent until after his duties were over for the day on the s t e amboat Dick arranged with his si s t e r to meet him at the wh_arf on the arrival of the boat at 5.30, and she was on time The launch was there al s o waiting for them, and' three quarters of an hour later they were landed at tlie Bellwood wharf. Hattie was there to meet them "Miss Bellwood, allow me to introduce to you my s i ster Jessie," said Dick. The two girl s s eemed to take to each other at on c e Hattie took Jes sie under her wing at once and intro duced her to a ll h e r frie nds She of course performed the s ame s ervice for Dick Shortly afterward dinner was announced, and the plac es of honor were re s erved for the young pilot and his pretty sist er; who were seated on eith e r s ide of their lovely ho s tess. They pas s ed a very pleasant eve ning, and about eleven o'clock Dick and Jessie r e turned to Glendale on the launch, but b e fore they left, Dick had promised to come over with his sister on Mon'clay evening of the following week if the weather was favorable, and go out s ailing with Hattie on her father's yacht. D uring Jul y and A u g ust i t became a regular thing for Dick to go over to the Bellwoocls with his sister to dinner and afterwards on the lake with Hattie The fir s t of September saw Dick's seventeenth birthday, and Jess ie arranged with Hattie. to give him a surprise party in the evening. The party, of cour se, off at the Hadley cottage, and for that reason only a few invitations were issued for the occasion


THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE, Dick, when he came home from the boat, was surprised I "It c e rtainly does, now that you mention it," replied to find what awaited him, but nevertheles s he was a much his companion. "When was the survey made ?" delighted. boy. Dick referred to the report and found that the work As soon as all had adjourned to tha parlor after supper, had been done at such and sueh a time. Hattie Bellwood took floor presented Dick with I "They bu.ilding the Lakeshore Railroad at that an elegant and valuable d1ai:nond rrng. time, I thrnk," said the other. She then handed the young pilot, as a present from her "Yes. At that date it was more than half finished to father, a deed conveying to Mrs. Hadley, in trust for him, Islington." hi s heirs and ass igns, all that parcel of property located "Well," said his friend, after thinking a moment, "you in Crystal Lake, known as Goat Island, with the buildings, don't suppose these experts were bribed by the railroad dance platforms, docks and other improvements thereon. people, do you?" That was the bigge s t surprise of the evening to the young "Great Scott I" exclaimed Dick, as the possibility of the pilot, who now actually found himself a landed proprietor. thing impressed ihielf on his mind. "Do you really think How he expressed his thanks he never recollected afterJudge Benton would have countenanced such a thing as ward, though sister assured him he had responded very that?" nicely. "I don't say that he would or did; but it is hard to say "I'll have to take your word for it, sis," he said, aftef" what game a corporation will not wink at in order to get he had returned from taking I;Iattie down to t4e the best of a rival 'l'he railroad was built solely because wharf at ten o'clock, where the launch awaited her, ''but I the people of Glendale and Islington wanted a shorter have an idea that I must have looked like a fool. I know route to Lakeport, and direct connection with the N. Y., I felt like one, for I was never so astonished at anything B. & C. Railroad, which the Crystal Lake Navigation Com in my life." pany could not furnish, even with their new and fast Dick had no idea of the value of the island, but he judged steamer, the Crystal Stream, because of the necessity of it must be worth considerable, as it was the regular picnic going around the shoal. That handi cap has cost them the resort during the season for the four towns on the lake, loss of two-thirds of the passenger and freight traffic across and it fetched in a good income during about half of the the lake." year. "That's what it has," admitted Dick, as he headed the A week or so after his birthday, Dick got his first chance catboat for Glendale. to carry out his wished-for investigations with regard to a "If a way had been found to take the steamboat across channel across the shoal close to the T'ongue. the shoal anywhere near the Tongue, especially at this point In company with a friend, to whom he confided his exwhere we have been soun ding, it would have seriously in pectations, he started for the Tongue in a sailboat at dayjured the new railroad." light on Sunday morning, the only day he had to himself. "Of course it would. The steamboat could in that case He had procured an improved apparatus for gauging the afford to reduce its rates to a point that would make it depth of the water and ascertaining the character of the impossible almost for the railroad to compete with profit." bottom at the shore end of the shoal. "The railroad company of course learned that this speDick had also provided him!>elf with a copy of the oricial survey of the shoal was a bout to be made. Wasn't ginal report made to the navigation company by the pera matter of business on their part to try and defeat it some. sons who had reported adversely upon the practicability of how?" cutting a channel across the shoal at a reasonable expense. "That's true; but to put up such a job as you suggest This report gave all the soundings obtained over the enthey would have to take the risk of a public expo!>ure, as tire length and breadth of the obstruction, and seemed to well as lay themselves open to the probable chance of being conclusively establi s h the of the experts who had proceeded against in the courts on a charge of criminal gone over the spot. conspiracy." \ Dick remarked, however, that they had only taken sound"Oh, I have heard that there are ways of doing these ings close to the Tongue at one point, and that was directly things that would puzzle a jury t0i place the guilt where 'it over the spine, which showed an average depth of only three really belonged. You don't want better evidence of that 'feet. than i.n the methods of our big trusts these days. They He found a channel of an almost uniform depth of twenty are responsible for some pretty crooked things, according feet on both sides of the spine, and the real shallow breadth to the newspapers, and yet you haven't hea rd that the offiof the obstruction was not more than 120 feet, or forty cers of those corpora.tions have got into State Prison as yards. yet." "It looks very singular to me that no soundings were The conversation then drifted into other topics until the taken, or at least reported., within 100 feet of the shore, boat reached her moorings, when the two boys went to except across the spine," he remarked to his friend. their homes. _;


28 THE CHANCE OF HIS LIFE. That gave her passengers about twenty-five minutes leeCHAPTER XVII. way to catch the eastern express over the N. Y., B. & C., which was more than enough for the purpose. CONCLUSION. Then Senator Bellwood put the on the opposition Dick wrote a letter to Senator Bellwood, requesting a by lowering his passenger and freight rates, with the re pri vate interview on a matter 0 business connected with sult that the navigation company recovered all its old busi the navigation company, and while waiting for an answer ness, and the railroad company got the short end of every he made out his report, embodying the resUlts of his careful thing beyond Sidney, the one important station ten miles soundings around the point 0 the Tongue. southeast of Islington. On Tuesday morning, when the boat reached Islington, The railroad ceased to be profitable John, the launch -mai;i, brought a note aboard. to Dick The company laid up its old boat and carried passengers It was from Senator Bellwood, appointing that evening and freight only as far as Riverdale, the terminus of the for the interview and invited the boy to c o me over to din road, barely paying expenses at that. ner as usual. The navigation company, at its regular annual meeting "Tell Senator Bellwood I will come over to nig h t, John. just before Christmas, passed a resolution praising its I suppose I'll see you at the landi n g with the launch young pilot or his zeal in the company's interest, and "Yes; sir," replied the man. voted him the sum 0 $5,000 as a reward for discoveri ng Dick arrived at the Senator's home at abou t 6.3 0 a n d the channel and suggesting the way or overcoming tlie diffirecei ved hi s customary warm greeting from Hattie, who Qulty 0 the spine. had grown to look upon the young pilot as her own par Dick Hadley is now twenty-one, and was recently proticular company moted to the general management of the Crystal Lake j\.fter dinner, Senator Bellwood took Dick i n to his Ii -Navigation Company. brary, and tpere the boy unfolded the object o f his visit, It is also generally understood that he is engaged to be and s ubmitted his written report 0 his recent investiga married to Senator Bellwood's daughter. tions at the shoal. As for Herbert Benton, we may say that he ha s continThe Senator listened with surprised interest ued on friendly terms with Dick Hadley from the night the Then he questioned the boy closely about the work he young pil o t saved him from the worst of the whipping at had "dqne. the hands 0 the tw o thieves who are still serving their The result 0 it all was that a first-class diver was time in prison. brought to the lake and was sent over the course indicated He is now in Harvard College, in his last year, and col by Dick, and the boy's conclusions were found to be corlegiate lie has made a much more reasonable being of him. rect in every instance. Dick's ambitions have by no means reached their limit, A contracting engineering firtn was then asked to fur-so it may confidently be expected that one 0 these days ni s h an estimate for clearing away an amount of rock at he will become president 0 the navigation company, and be the spine necess ary to give the required depth to that part in a position to furnish his bride-elect with almost as fine of the channel. a home on the lake shore as that belonging to her father: Their bid was accepted and the work was begun at once. Dick that the foundation of his success was laid The news that the navigation company was actually enthe day that he started in as a deck-hand on the Crystal gaged in opening a channel across the shore end of the Stream, when the opportunity came to him to save Hattie shoal carried consternation among the ranks of Judge Bellwood, and gave him THE CHANCE OF lI1s LIFE. Benton and his ass ociates. They could hardly believe that the report was true, but THE END. soon found out that it was a fact The work was pushed forward as fast as and finally accomplished. It was a red-letter day for D ick Had ley a n d the Cryst al Lake Navigation Company when t h e C ryst a l Stream made her first trip through the channel discovered by the young yiilot. Leaving Isljngton as usual at 9.50, she maded the run llround the Tongue in twenty -five minutes, reaching River dale at 10.15, or four minutes before the arriv al o f t he Lakeshore train, which had left Glenda l e at the same tim e the boat did, that is, 9 o'clock. That day, and every day afterward, according to the new schedule, the Crystal Stream reached Lakeport at 1 1.1 5, or forty -five minutes ahead o f her o l d run ning tim e Read "STRIVI NG FOR FORTUNE; OR, FROM BELLB O Y TO M ILLIONAIRE," which will be the next numbe r (43) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." 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HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.d e c e ptiv e Card Tric k s as perform e d by l e ading c onjurors and m ag1c1ans. Arranged for hom e amuse m ent. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No ? HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card trick s c ontaining full instruction on all the l e ading card tric ks of the al s o most popular mag i c al illu si ons a s p e rformed by oux: mag1c 1ans ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, a.s 1t will bot h amuse and instru c t No._ 22 TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sigh t explam e d b;: his form e r a s sistant, Fre d Hunt, Jr, Explaining h o w th e se c r e t dialogues were carrie d on b e tween the mag i cian and the b oy on the stage ; al s o giving all the cod e s and signals. The onl y authentic explanation of se c ond s ight . No. 43. HOW 'l'O BEJCOMEJ A MAGI OIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of magical illusion s ever placed before the pu b lic. Al!o tric k s with ca rd s in c anta tio ns, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO OHEl\HCAL 'l'l:UCKS.-Conta.ining over one hund1-ed highly amu s ing and in struc tive tricks with chemicals By A And e rson. Handsom ely illu strateJ. No 69 HOW 'l'O DO SLEIGHT OF IIAND.-Containing ove r :Qf the lates t and tricks used b y magi c ians Also con t ain m g the sec r e t of se c ond si g ht. Fully illustr a t e d : B y ,A. Anderson. No._ 70. HOW '.'0 l\IAGIC full dire c tions for makmg l\fog1c 'l'oys and devic e s of many kinds By A And e1son. Fully illustmtecl. No. 73 -HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figur e s and the magic of numbers. By A. Ander s on. Fully illustrated. .No 7 5 HO\Y TO A CONJUROR. Containing tr1.cks Dom1n?s, Dice, Cup s and Balls Hats, etc. Embracing th1r ty-s 1 x illustrations. By A. And e r s on. No 78. HOW TO DO '.rHE 'BLACK ART.-Containing a complete des c ription of the myst e ries of Ma g ic and Sleight o f Hand to ge t h e r with many wonderful experiments. B y A Anders on' Illustrated. MECHANICAL. N o 29. H O W '.f'O AN INVENTOR.-Every boy )!:now how or1gmated This book explains the m all, g1v11!g m electri c ity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics pneumatics, mechani cs etc. The most in struc tive book published. No. 5';>. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstructions how to proceed rn ord e r to b ec ome a locomotive e n gin eer; also directions for building a model locomotive together wit h a full d esc ription of eve rything an e ngineer shouldi know. No. 57 -HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMEJNTS.-Full directions how to a B_anjo, Violin, Zither, 1Eolian Harp, Xylo phone and oth e r musi cal mstruments; togethe1 with a brief de scription of nearly ev e ry mu s i cal instrument used in ancient o r mod ern tim e s. Prnfuse ly mustrated. By A l gernon S Fitzgerald for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal B e ngal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Contai nin g a d esc ription of the lantern, t ogether with its hi story and inv ention Also full directions fo r I ts use and for painting slides. Handsome ly illustrated By John All e n No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Trick.I. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated LETTE R WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most co m plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and wh e n to use them, gi v ing s p ec imen lette rs for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LA:PIES_-Giving complete in structions for writing l etters to l adies on a ll subjects ; also letters of introdu c tion, no te s and requ e sts. No. 24 HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.__. Containing full directions for writing to g e ntlemen on all subjects ; also giving s ample l e t te rs for instruction No. 53 HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful ltttle book, telling you how to write to yo u r sw eetheart, your father, mother, siste r, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybod y and any body you wi s h to write to. Every young man and every y oun g lad y in the land should have th i s book. No. 74 HOW TO WRITE LETTERS C0RRECTLY.--Oon taining full instructions for writing l ette r s on almost any subject also rul es for and c o mpositio n, with s p ecime n l ettere'.


THE STAGE. No. THEJ BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No .. 4f. THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.Contammg a varied assortment of tltump speeches Negro Dutch and Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home' amusement and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKE.l B\)OK.;--Somethini:: new a?d very _instructive. Every boy. obtam this as 1t contams full mstructions for or gamzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is on e of the most original joke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor It contains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc:, of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the Evcr;v boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtam a copy immediately. No .. 79. H9W TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing complete mstructions how to make up for various characters on the s ,tage_; with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, Scemc Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. N!J. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the latest Jokes, anecdote 1 and funny stories of this world-renowned' and ever popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages handsome colored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. NI? 16. H9W TO KEEP ':WIND.OW GARDEN.-Containing full mstruct1ons fo1 constructmg a wmdow garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats fish, game, and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEE.P HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MA.KE AND USE ELECTRIOITY.-.A: description of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism ; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty illustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINEJS.-Con full directions for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. :Sennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harrv Kennedy. The secret given away. Every inte lligent boy reading this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multitudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the I greatest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A very valuable little book just published. A complete compendi um of games, sports, card diversions, comic r ecitations, etc., suitable for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the money than any book published. No 35. HOW 'l'O PLAY GA.l\iES.-A complete and useful little book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon croqn t. d minoes, etc No. 36. HOW 0 ;:oLVEl CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all the leading conunrlrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches and witty sayings. No. 52. HOW 'l'O PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little book, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib bage Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poke r, Au ction Pitch; All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun dred interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ET(QUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It is a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know all about. There's happiness in it.. No. 33. HOW 'l'O BEJHAVE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and in the drawing-room. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containlng four teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from a!l the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the most simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. _HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Glving rules for conducting de bates, outlin es for debates, questions for discussion and the beat source:;i. for procuring information on the questions given. SOCIE:rY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'.r.-'.rhe arts and wiles of flirtation ar fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods of ha.Ldkerchief,_ fan, glove, parasol, window. and hat flirtation, it con ta1ns a full hst of the language and sentiment of flowers, which is in.teresting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsomo little book just is sued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at parties how to dress, and full directioos for calling off in all popular dances. No. HOW T_<;> LOVI!J.-A C?mplete guide to love courtsl11p and marriage, g1vmg sensible advice, rules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not gen erally known. No. 17. f!:OW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in the art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving the selections of colors, mliterial, and how to made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTI.1rUL.-One of the brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male and female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this book and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated iind containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mo ckingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illus trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-lncluding hints on how to cnkh moles, weasels, otte r rats, squirrels an. d birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Ke en e. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions iri co llecting, preparing, mounting and preserving birde, animals and insects. No. 54 HOW TO KEEP A.ND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeping, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-"A: useful and in structive book, giving a comp l ete treatise on chemistry; also ex periments in acoustics mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. This book cannot be equa l ed. No. 14. HOW 'l'O MAKE CA.NDY.-A complete hand-book for making _all kinds of cand,y" ice-creall:!.r.. esse nces. etcu etc. No. 84. HOW TO BECOME A1Y AUT.t:1.0R.-Containing full. \nformation regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing valuable information as to the neatness, legibility and general com position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince No. 38. HOW TO BEC'>ME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won derful book, containing usef:Jl and. practical information in the treatment of ordinary d iseases and ailments common to every family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com . No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con taining valuable information regard ng tl.e collecting and arranging of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrat.d. No. 58. HOW TO BE A. DETECTIVE.-By Oli: King Brady, the world-known detective In which he lays down some valuable and seusible rules for beginners, and also relates some ad11entures and experiences of uell-know n d e tectives. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contaili ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and othei; Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W. Abney No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A W.EST POINT MILITARY CADEJT.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittance, course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy should know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL eADET.-Complete in struction's of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, description No. 27. 'f!OW TO RECITE A.ND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. of grounds and buildings, historical sketch and everything a bo;y -Containing the most popular seledions in use, comprising Dutch should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. dialect, French dialect, Ys,nk ee and Irish dialect pieces, together plied and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become al with many standard readings. West Point MiHtary Cadet." PRICE 10 CENTS EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Address FRANK TOUSEY! Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York.


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