Striving for fortune, or, From bell-boy to millionaire

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Striving for fortune, or, From bell-boy to millionaire
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Fame and fortune weekly : stories of boys who make money
A self-made man (J. Perkins Tracy)
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AT243. A D E STORI S DP BOYS WHD 'MAKE MONEY. FOR DR fRDM BELL-BDYTD MILLIONAIRE. I e:fY9' J!ELF ,4///L/E Fred thought it was high time for him to take a hand in the proceedings, !JO he crawled out from under the bed and, covering the rascal with his revolver, cried: "Drop that coat and money-quick!"


FameandFortuneWcekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY lNued Weekl11-B11 Subacription 1 2.50 p e r y ear. E nte,-ed according to Act of C o n gr ess, in t h e year 19<, i n the offi ce o f t h e Librarian o f Cong reH, W arhing ton D. C., b11 Frank Towey, Publi she1-, 2 4 Union Square, New York. No 43. NEW Y O RK, JULY 27, 19 0 6 Price 5 C ents. STRIVING FOR FORTUNE O R, From Bell=Boy to Millionaire By A SELF-rtADE MAN CHAPTER I. INTRO D UCES THE HERO. There 's a letter for me, i s n't t here ? It was Mis s Pillsberry, a spinste r l a d y of uncer tai n age, s poke, and he r q uestion was add r esse d to F r ed Bow e r s a bright-eyed, curly headed, good-looking boy of four t e en, who was perched upon a worn and ricketty s tool be hind the counter of the o n e general store and postoffice of the village at Alton, in the Cats kill s The store was owne d by Nathan Gardner, a tall, thin, vinegary-looking man of forty, whos e mean and grasping nature was in full accord with hi s per s ona l app e arance Mr Gardner was a widower, and his sis t e r, Miss Min erva Gardner, two year s hi s j u nior, who in many respects was not unlike her brother, kept house for him He had one s on named Tom, a freckle faced sandy haired and s all o w featured boy of fifteen, who was not a whit more popular amo n g the boys o f the vill age t h a n his father was wit h the grow n-u p folks. The other member of the fami l y was Fred Bowers. He was eonsidered a dependent, and came in for t he s hort end of ever y thing. Thi s kind of treatment might have sou red the disposi t i o n of s ome boys, but it had no suc h effect upon Fred. It was not because he was a meek or s piritless boy tha t Fred Bower s put up with the unfai r conditio n s by which 110 was rnrrou nd ed. Xot at a l l. Fred was a s s punky and i ndep e n d en t as boys come, e u d owed with true c ourage, which l acked o nly the occa s ion to devel op. ) The fact was the boy was b l e ssed with a sunny n a tu re, a nd though he was o f t e n depres s ed for the moment, and o n the edg e of revolt, whe n particularl y hard-p ressed by either Na t h an, Tom o r M iss Min e rva, or all three t o gether; a s often happ e n e d, hi s s pirit s i n s t a ntl y r e bounded, with the elasti c ity o f a rubb e r ball, when the di s a g reeable condition s w e re remqved. Everybocfy in the village and for mile s arou n d kn e w how the G a rdner s treat e d Fre d Bowers and they sympa thized with hi s pos ition The boys wonde r e d why h e didn t 1 un awa y, whil e the girl s o f t e n h e ld s m a ll ind i g nation meet ings on th e sub ject, for Fred was th e b est -lik ed l a d i n Alto n a n d vic inity. For the gr ea t e r part o f th e year the vill age l e d a 'sort of Rip Van Winkl e exi s t e nce, a s if the spi r i t of tha t n ote d charact e r brood e d ove r the p l ace. But during the s ummer it woke u p an d was endowe d with r e al l ife, for half of the p eop l e too.I< in boar d e rs, probably in more s en s e s than one, and an influx of c ity folk s made the quiet lanes and woods and b y -ways hum after a fa s hion. It was about the middle of May and a v e r y fine morn ing, that Miss Pill s berry came into the Gar d n e r s t o re to ask for a l e tter she had b e en impatiently expec tin g for two or three days She h ad called the d a y b efo r e in r espe ct to it and had been disappointed, Evi d e n t l y fro m the ton e of h e r v oice on this occ::i.s ion


2 STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. --------------.. --------------. fohe seemed to entertain no doubt but that the letter was it, Miss Pillsberry. Mr. Gardner wouldn't like to hear snugly sandwiched between others in the box, and only that I intend to leave him, and it would make trouble awaited the ready fingers of Fred Bowers to come forth. for me.'-' "Good morning, Miss Pillsberry," said Fred, pleasant"Oh, I won't say a word about it, you may depend." ly, jumping down from his stool to wait on her. "I will "Thank you, Miss Pillsberry." look and see. "What a nice, polite boy he is,'' thought the spinster as Miss Pillsberry was not in the most cheerful of moods she left the store. just then, but in spite of that fact she managed to bestow As Fred was mounting his stool again a very pretty a smile upon the village favorite. red-cheeked girl came into the place. She looked a bit anxious, in spite o.f her confi-Her name was Kittie Redwood, and her father owned a <'ence that her letter was there as Freel the bunch of small farm near Alton r envelopes from the box and began to sort them over. The Redwoods took summer boarders to help out their .\t length he reached the last one. scanty income, and consequently Miss Kittie was kept There was no l etter for Miss Pillsberry, and he told pretty busy helping her mother to wait upon them during her so. the season "Are you sure there isn't?" she persisted, almost She w;s about thirteen years old, as bright as a new penny, and as as a young col t "I will go over them again, Miss Pillsberry,'' Fred said, She and Fred were the very best of friends, and they good-naturedly, though he was certain there was no letter were always glad to see each other for her. "Are you expecting a particular letter?" "Hello, Kittie!" exclaimed Freel, delightedly "What "Yes I am going to visit my brother at Charlestown, brings yo.u to the village" and a week ago I received a letter from him in which he "Why, pa's light wagon brought me,'' she giggled. said he would send me fifty dollars by mail on the follow"Oh, say, Kittie, you're too smart this morning. Did ing Thursday to pay my expenses . I ought to have got you come in here to see me or to buy something?" that l etter last night, or at, the latest in this morning's "Both/' mail. Are you sure it hasn't been put in one of your other "Well, I'm g l ad to see you all What can I do for boxes by mistake?" you?" I don't think so. If tl1ere is money in it it will proba "Here's a list of the things we want Mother wrote it b l y ge registered I don't see any registered letters on out You want to have the blindle ready when pa calls hand However, I will look over the others." around with the wagon "Yo u are very obliging, Fred Bowers,'' replied Miss "I'll see that it's ready, Kittie P:Jlsberry, gratefully "Tom Gardner waited on me last "Are you all alone this morning?" n i g ht, and lrn wasn't at all nice He wouldn't go over the "Looks as if I was, doesn't it?" letters even when I told him that letter was very "Yes. Where is Tom Gardner?" i mportant to me because it had the fifty dollars in it I "Gone fishing r":1s l ooking for "Do you ever go fishing?" Fred carefully examined the superscription of every "Not if Mr. Gardner has anything to say about it, and in the pigeon hole case, but there was none address-he generally does." cL1 to the anxious maiden lady "I think it's a shame that you don't get recrea I really don't kno.w what I shall do if it doesn t come,'' tion." she said, with a troubled look "I will have to give up my "What's the use of kicking against a stone wall?" trip. I do want to see my brother so much. I haven t "I shouldn't put up with it if I was ypu,'' replied Kitsccn him since he was married, six years ago." tie, spiritedly Fred silently sympathized with her in her disappoint"I don't mean to long." mcnt "What are you going to do?" she asked curiously "Probably it will come in this evening's mail. I will be "I'm going to out for New York on the lookout for it. If it comes, and Mr. Gardner does "Do you mean that?" she asked with a grave face. not object, I will bring it over to your house "I certainly do. I've tried hard to do the right thing "Thank you. You are such a different boy from Tom by Mr. Gardner and the family, but they don't seem to Gardner I often wonder why you stay here when you are appreciate my efforts." so unkindly treated as I have heard. I think most "That's what everybody says." woul d want to make a change." "So as soon as I get enough saved up to take me down "I think I shall soon, Miss Pillsberny," replied Fred, the river and keep me a week or two in the city I'm going quietly. to make a start. "Do you really mean that?" she said quickly. "I shall be sorry to have you go, Fred," said Kittie, "Yes, ma'am. I am onl y wai ting to get money enough swinging her sunbonnet to and fro. "Very, very sorry to pay my way to New York. I hope you won't mention "Why, Kittie?"


STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. a "Oh, becau se--" "Because what ? him back the slip Kittie had brought, with the cost of each ite m marked against it. "Because I like you, Fred. There now, I've said it," and she looked covertly at him from under her long lashes. "And I l ike you, too, Kittie. I ll wri te to y ou when I get to the city and tell you how I get on." "Will you?" she asked eage rly. "Sure I will. Will you write to me, too?" 11Yes, if you want me to." "That: s a bargain now." Fred had been taking down from the shelves the vario u s articles enumerated on the l ist, and after he had checked them off he began to make a bundle of them. "I suppo s e you're going to take boarders this summe r, as u s ual, aren't you?" asked the boy. "Oh, yes. Pa has built an addition to the house, so that we'll be able to acc ommodate four or five more." "It makes a good deal of work for you and your mothet I should think." "It does that; but we need the money." "I g u e s s I have the exact change," said Mr. Redwood, after dumping the contents of the pur s e on the counter, and separating two one dollar bills and thirty-five cents, which he pushed over to the boy. "That's correct, Mr. Redwood," said Fred, putting the money in the tilJ.. "Come along, Kittie," sai d her father. "Your mother said I should hurry back." "'Good-by, Fred. Remember you mustn't leave Alton without s e eing me." "I won' t, Kittie. I eouldn't think of doing that. Good by." The boy mounted the stool once more and took up the old copy of a New York paper he had been reading when Miss Pillsberry entered the store. "That' s what they all say," lau ghed Fred. "The Chil-CHAPTER II. ton Farm is beginning early. They've got one boarder there already." THE MEETING IN THE GORGE. "So I've heard. We' ll hav e two a week from now and six by the first of June." Mr. Gardner returned from a neighboring village about "Those are the ear l y birds." half -pa st eleven, and soon after his sister thrust her head "They're going to stay all summer: By the way, didn't in at the r e ar door and called out: I see Miss Pillsberry l eaving the store just before I came?" Bowers, come out in the kitchen and fetch me a "Yes She was after a letter which she said contained pail of water." fifty dollars from her brother. It hasn't got here yet, and The boy obeyed with his customary promptness, but in she was disappointed. She told me that she was going Miss Minerva's eyes he had l ead on his feet. to visit her brother at 9hestertown The money she ex "It' s a wond e r you wouldn't move around more lively," pects is to pay her traveling expenses ." she said sharply, as he placed the pail on the floor near "It will be a new thing for her to go traveling. She the sink. hasn t away from the village as long as I can remem-Fre d made no reply. ber." He was quite used to Miss Gardner's way, and had "That's right. She ha sn't b een out of Alton in fifteen learned from expe r ie nce that it was better to say nothing years at least." when the spinster wagged her tongue. At this juncture Mr. Redwood entered the store. "Come now, don't stand there gawking at me. Take "The bundle is all ready, pa," said ltittie, pointing that pan of potatoes and peel 'em See that you don t to it. i.ake all day about it either," she snapped The farmer nodded pleasantly to Fred Fre d got a knife and started in. "I suppose Kittie has been talking you deaf. dumb and "I hain t seen Tom since breakfast," she remarked after blind," he grinned awhile "Do you know where he is?" "Why, pa, the idea!" "Gone fishing, I believe." "Not at all, Mr. Redwood. I was very glad to see "Who was that ga l talkin' with you in the store awhile Kitty. I like to talk to her." ago?" a s ked Miss Gardner. "Seems to me you might "Oh, you do, eh? We find her a great chatterbox at better be 'tendin' to business than wastin' your time gallihome," laughed the farmer. ., vantin' "Aren't. you just horrid, pa !" "That was Kittie Redwood," replied Fred. "I'll trouble you for a pacl,}age of snioking tobacco, "Huh!" s niffed the l ady "What did she have to say?" Fred," sai d Mr. Redwood, ha111ing out a long buck s kin "She was' talking about the boarders they're going to Pl!r se. have this summer, for one thing." The boy got the tobacco. "SO'me people will do most anythin' for a dollar," snort"What's the damage?" asked the farmer, puttin g the ad Miss G a rdner. packa g e in his pocket. Just then Tom Gardner appeared at the door with half "Altogether you owe us $2.35," replied Fred, h anding. a dozen very sma ll fish str un g on a st ring.


' STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. "I want them for dinner," he said, dropping the fish trian at night in the gorge; so that he never looked for on the table. any. "I don't see how I kin cook 'em, Thomas," replied his On this occasion, however, he was a bit startled to see aunt. a solitary figure sitting on a decaying tree trunk in the "Wli!ll, you want to find a way," he said in a surly tone middle of the plateau . "That ain't no way to speak to me, Thomas," she re-At the moment the moo n was just peeping above one of rli cd, sharply 11.he distant peaks, and its rays falling upon the motiontook n o noti:e, but walked on -through into the j figure, his shadow half way across the road. s tore. Who the dickens can tliat be?" Fred asked him s elf Fred was busy at one thing or another until dinner as he looked at the strange apparition. was ready, when he was sent into the store to call Mr. The so J f th h f t d th f th . unn o e orse s ee an e rmg o e wagon Gardner and his precious son to the meal. whe 1 a d tl h h e s rouse 1e man, w oever e was. As for himself, he never had the honor of eating with 1 H t t d t F d d h" f t th f .1 t S d 1 e s ar e across a re an is rig or a momen e ami Y excep on un ay. then got up and staggered in a kind of uncertain tipsy He was expected to remain in the store until the others way toward the road. had finished, and then he was called to the table himself. I Wl t 1 ft d d d h f h" I Fred reined in and waited for him to come up. 1a was e was cons1 ere goo enoug or im. "Sh . . Sometimes there wasn't enough of that to more than, ay, boy," he said m an l lf t f h" h lth t"t d h his hands on the shaft to steady himself; gomg to (hie) 1a sa is y is ea y appe I e, an as a consequence e Alt t h 1 on, aren't you?" wen ungry. I Tom aot his fish that day as he knew he would though I am," replied Fred, looking closely at the man, who his aunt cooked them much' aaainst her will I was well dressed and of rather fine appearance. "Are F th t h F d0 t th t. bl h f d I y ou stopping in the neighborhood of the village?" h e add or a r e ason w en re came o e a e e oun . t 1 bl t f f d t h f h. h 1 ed, wondermg if this was the early boarder at Chilton a o era e a.moun o oo awa1 mg 1m, or w ic unex pected blessing he was truly thankful. Farm, about whom he had heard "If you are, I'll" be After supper Fred was sent as usual in the wagon to the glad to give you a lift to your boarding place:" railroad station, six miles away, for the mail, and of "Just what 'bout to ask you to do, young man. course if he found any express package there intended for Been out wal kmg for my health Got lost somehow, and Alt"on, or any supplies ordered by Mr. Gardner, he brought !want to (hie) get back. Live at Chilton Farm, but don't them back with him want to go back there at this hour looking like this -you The to the station was a wild and romantic one understand, young man. I'm couple sheets in the wind. through the mountains, which Fred found particularly 'l'ook a drop of something strong to keep the cold off. dreary in winter and early spring. But people don't understand that. Sure to say I'm 'toxi-It was dark when the boy reached Undercliff Station cated. Give me hard name Hurt my reputation. U.nThe train had arrived and passed on half an hour beclerstand? Won't do 'tall. People see me this way, sure fore, and he found the mail bag waiting for him. to talk. Then news get into papers. Senator Smith He left the bag that was to go down to Kingston by the drunk. Bad sign. Won't do. Now do me the favor to morning train, and after a few minutes' conversation with take me to inn at Alton. Proprietor friend of mine. the station agent, who was on very friendly teri;ns with talk Everything all right-see?" him, he started to return to town. Fred saw what the gentleman was gettmg at, and of Half way back along the road he entered a gloomy course was perfectly willing to help him out of his digorge, where the hills towered all about him. lemma It broadened out in one spot into a wide plateau, and He got down and with considerable difficulty assisted frnmmer visitors w e re often told that this was the spot the man to get up on the seat where Rip Van Winkle had played the famous game of The Senator had S-O little control over his limbs that he ten pins with the mountain dwarfs. l would have got a nasty tumble only that the boy's strong A ghostly-looking tree was also pointed out as the iden1 arms upheld bim tical place where Rip had passed his twenty years of re1 At last he got his passenger seated and drove o n at a pose among its roots. slow trot. None of the people who lived in the neighborhood beI "Shay boy, what name?'' lieved the story, of course? but nevertheless of them j "You want-to know my name, sir? had a sneaking idea that the gorge was_ haunted. I "Zat's right." Fortunately Fred was not troubled with any nervous I "My name is Fred Bowers." fancies of this kind, for he had to traverse the gorge twice J "Bowers! Knew a man named Bowers once. Shaved a day for four months of the year, and once during the ; him from long term in State prison. Fine man, but he other eight months, whether he liked to or not. I had close call. You look like fine boy. How old?" He rarely met a vehicle, and still more rarely a pedes "Fourteen --..... ,._,,..... ----____ ,.. ________ ...


STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. "Don't shay B ig for (hie) age. Old 'nougb to keep -"What kept you so long away?" demanded the storesecret, ain't you?" keeper, wrathfully. The Senator looked anxiou s ly at Fred. The boy was about to explain about his meeting with "What kind of secret?' Senator Smith and bow he had brou ght him to the village "What kind secret? Why, finding me two or three and helped get him up to a room in the Stag Inn when it sheets in wind down in gorge Understand?" occurred to him that he had promised to ,say nothing about "Yes, s ir. You don't want the fact known?" the matter; so he remained si lent. "Zat's right. Smart boy. Remember what I said while "I asked you what kept you s o long away. Haverr't you back. Won't do to hav e name in papers with disagreeable got a tongue in your head?" roared Mr. Gardner, grabfacts Understand?" bing Fred by the arm and s haking him in a savage way. "I understand, sir." "I don't think I've been any longer than u s ual," replied "Bright boy! Lik e to reward sen sib le boy. Here, take Fred, doggedly. this," and he offered Fred a sma ll roll of bills. "You don't think!" howled the st orekeeper. "How "No, sir. I don t want pay for doing you a favor." dare you say that, y-0u young jackanape s You've been "Nonsense! Put it in your pocket. Plenty more wltere half an hour longer than usual. People have been h e r e zat came from." lookin' for their mail, and have gone away First thing "I'd rather not take it," protested Fred. I know there'll be complaint s ag'in me F,-e a good mind "Why not?" to give you the blamedest lickin' you' ever had in your life. "I don't want to be paid for helping you out of your I s'pose you stood around chinin' to the sta tion agent, you troubl e I am quit e willing to do that for nothing." lazy young villain!" Senator Smith s cratched his h ead and looked hard at To this Fred made :o.o reply. the young driver: "Why don't you answer me?" cri ed the exasperated Apparently it was a ;new sensatio n for him to find anypostmaster. one who was satisfied to do something for nothing "What's the use? You won't believe me," replied Fred. He was afraid Fred's words covered some other motive, Mr Gardner glared at his boy viciou s ly. and the very idea made 11im uneasy. Then he picked the mail bag out of the wagon and gave Maybe the boy intended to make sometbillg by sending Fred a rude push. the news of his condition to the newspapers "Take the rig and put it up. If you're over five minWhile he was considering the matte r Fred drove up to lutes doin' it I'll skin you alive." the door of the Stag Inn at Alton. Fred led the horse and wagon around into the yard, and "Here we are, sir, at the Stag Inn. That's where you unharnessing the animal put him into his stall. wanted to go, isn't it? I'll call Mr Drew, the landlord." Then he reappeared before the store and began to t ake "Wait a moment. Promise me you'll keep secret, young tbe boxes and other articles exp osed outside into the place. man." Mr. Gardner was behind the counter sorting the mail "I promise you on my word of honor," rep lied Fred. "Good boy! Call landlord." As Fred sta rted to alight the Senator dropped the wad of money into his pocket "Got him (hie) zat time," chuckled Senator Smith, as Fred entered the small hotel. "Can't shay now I didn't rew ard him in suitable (hie) manner." Landlord Drew came outside and sized up tbe situation iI! a moment. With Fred's assistance, he guided the Senator upstairs to a room and he,ped him into bed, while the boy drove on down the street to Mr. Gardner 's store. CHAPTER III. FRED HAS A RUN-IN WITH TOl\1 GARDNER. into the pigeon -boles. Tom was seate d on a soap box smoking a cigarette. He did not offer to help Fred move a single article. In fact, it gave him great satiafactio n to see the drudge Of the family work Tbe more work Fred had to do the better it pleased him. Finally, when Fred had about finished, Tom slyly kick ed over a small box filled with new potatoes. "What did you do that for?" demanded Fred, who had seen the mean act. "What are you talkin' about?" brin ned Tom, insol ently. "You kicked that box of potatoes over." "Kicked nothin' over. fell o ver itself. You can pick 'em up now and put 'em back." "Pick them up y ourself." "If you don't pick 'em up I'll tell dad." "Tell him if you wish to I'll tell hitn I saw you it over." When Fred drove up to the store with the wagon Mr. "He won't believe you," sn ick e red Tom. 1 Gardner was s tanding in front of the door looking as dark! "I won't pick them up, if he kills me, and, further ; as a thundergust. walking up to Tom with a re s olute air, "if you don't pick


6 STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. those potatoes up right away I'll knock the head off of you right here in the store." Tom shrank away from him in alarm. He was a big coward, and, although Fred had never struck him in his life, he was afraid of the stout boy, and not without reason, for Fred could have handled. him with one hand. Tom was thoroughly startled by the look on the other's face, which showed that be meant business, so he jumped up ancl fl.eel behinel the counter for safety. Freel, however, was after him in an instant, undeterred by the presence of Mr. Gardner or the half a dozen vil lagers present. Tom set up a roar when Fred grasped him by the collar. "Let me alone, will you?" be cried, kicking out at the determined boy. "You're a little liar!" snarled the storekeeper "Leave Tom alone, and pick them potatoes up or I'll skin you alive." "I won't pick one of them up/' replied Fred, defiantly; "not if I was to be killed for it." "What!" roared Mr. Gardner, aghast at this evidence-of rebellion on the part of his drudge. "Tom upset them. Make him pick them up." The storekeepe! tried to get at Fred again, but the vil lager prevented him. The boy then dropped Tom and walked away from the crowd, seating himself on a sugar barrel at the end of the store. Tom got up, gave the pile of potatoes a vicious kick, scattering them about and :i;an out of the store. But Fred's blood was up. Mr. Gardner shook his fist at Fred, and, with a mutHe had been angered by the reception he had tered threat of what he would do to him later on, returned received from Mr. Gardner and he was ripe for rebellion. behind the counter Utterly regardless of the consequences, he dragged the People came and went for the next hour, some of them struggling and howling son of the storekeeper from his after mail and some after tobacco and sundry articles. place of refuge over to the pile of scattered potatoes, and, Fred sat on the barrel and nursed his indignation for pushing him down on his knees, said: half an hour, after which he deliberately walked up to his "Pick them up, or I'll make you dance for it!" room, leaving Mr. Gardner to close the store himself. The uproar, of course, had attracted general notice. The boy had reached the last straw of his patience, and Mr. Gardner came from behind the counter, and as soon was determined to leave the Gardners for good .that night. as he realized that Tom was in Fred's clutebes be attacked He packed up' his few articles of personal property in the boy savagely. an old grip he had acquired, and taking the five odd dol" How dare you lay your hands on my son, you reptile 1" 11ars he had saved almost penny by penny in the last two he roared, belaboring : Fred over the head with his fist. years from under the corner of the old rag carpet where One of the villagers interfered and dragged him away. ho had kept it concealed, put it into his pocket. "Do you want to kill the boy?" he said, keeping between them. Then he sat down by the window to wait until the house was quiet. Fred, nothing daunted, maintained his hold on Tom. After Mr. Gardner had closed the hunted up "Pick up those potatoes, do you hear me?" he demanded with :flushed face. a stout rawhide, and, burning' "'.ith resentment against the "H 1 d d h 1 1,, h 1 d T boy, softly mounted the stairs to his room with the intene p, a e p. ow e om. t f t' f h' f l' "L h' 1,, cl M G d 1 "Wh ion o sa is ymg is ee mgs. et me at im. crie r. ar ner, angri y y do you interfere?" had anticipated some such on the "L h b :fi ht th tt t b t th 1 ,, I keepers part, and ha el not only locked his door, but barr1-et t e oys g e ma er ou e ween emse ves, . 'd h .11 "I th h 1 th' y caded it with a heavy dresser that formed part of the fursai t e v1 ager. saw e w o e mg. our son is t f th lttl h bb m ure o e i e s a y room. in the wrong. He kicked over that box of potatoes on purpose to make Fred pick them up." "I don't believe it," snar led the storekeeper. Mr. Gardner swore when he found that he was balked in his amiable intentions. "I saw him do it," replied the villager, coolly. He had some idea of breaking the door down, but he was The people in the store were gathered about the afraid that while he was engaged in doing it the boy would scene of the trouble. escape by the window, which overlooked the roof of the "Did you upset that box of potatoes, To;rn ?" asked his kitchen addition, so he refrained from carrying the idea "Didn't do no s uch thing. It fell over accidentally." "There," cried Mr. Gardner, triumphantly. "I knew he didn't do it." Then he thought of getting a ladder and climbing upon the kitchen roof and entering the room by the window, but :finally concluded to wait until morning, and then give Fred a double dose of the rawhide. "He did do it," now asserted Fred. "He it on purpose to give me the work of picking them up, just as pleasant anticipations of what he would do to if I didn't have enough to do without that/' cried the boy, the boy in the morning, he retired to his own room and indignantly. went to be .d.


S TRIVING FOR FO RTUNE. CHAPTE R IV. I if only to the storekeeper's son f:tom doing some thi ng he woul d afterward have reason to regret. 1 Although Tom had never treated him with the l east de-THE ROBBERY OF THE MAIL. gree of kindness or consideration, and bad that very even-. ing given an exhibition of the petty malice he bore agai n s t Fred heard Mr. Gardner come upstairs and try h i s door, him, still be had no hard feelings against his you ng enemy and he guessed what the storekeeper's object was. and woul d have been r eady t o do him a favor as soon as He until he was satisfied that the head of the not Gardner household had gone to his room, then he reJrred couldn't help s u specting that Tom was bent o n moved the barricade from the door and sat down to wait some mischief for another hour to pass. Not unlikely he bore a grudge aga inst the per son t o When he the clock in the room underneath ,strike whom the letter was addressed, and he was now eleven he decided that it was safe to make a move, so he some sneaking scheme to satisfy his spite. unlocked his door, thrust his head out and l istened i n "I should like to find out to whom that letter belongs tently and then I would try to put him on bis guard against the The house seemed to be wrapped in silence and g loom. Removing his shoes and taking them in one hand and his grip in the other, he cautiously made his way along the corridor and descended the stairs, intending to leave the house by the kitchen door. He meant to walk nine miles to the station below the one at which he had been accustomed to get the mail, and where people alighted who were coming to Alton and the immediate vicinity of the village. he reached the foot of the stairs, however, he was somewhat startled to see a light in tho far encl of the store He knew no light was burned in the store a .fter Mr. Gardner retired for the night, and his curiosity induced him to tiptoe his way to the door of the passage and glance in to see why the light was burning. His impression was that the storeke0eper had come down stairs toJSet something he wanted, though that was a most unusual hour for him to do any such thing. The light, a dim one, proceeded from a candle on the counter behind the letter boxes, and Fred was amazed to see Tom Gardner looking over a bunch of letters he had taken from one of the pigeon-holes "What is he up to?" Fred asked himself, as he stood and watched his movements He saw the boy take one l(}!;tcr from the bunch, lay i t upon the counter, after carefully examining the address and weighing it in his fingers, and then r et urn t he others to the hole whence he had taken them Tom acted as if he was doing somethi n g he knew to be wrong, for he looked all around the store, and especially to the open doorway, in the shadow of w h i c h F red stood) before he made another move. Apparently reassured, he took a knife from his pocket and began to slit open the envelope he had laid aside. "This doesn't look just right to me," mused Freel "He seems to he opening: a letter that does not bel ong to him. Whose letter can it be, and what does Tom want t o find out?" trap, whatever it is," tho ught Fred, as he watched Tom's actions Tom opened the letter and took out the enclosure. "My gracious!" exclaimed Fred "That looks like money." The boy tossed the envelope and what seemed to be a letter on the counter and then, after a n other ca.tio u s look about the store, he began to count what Fred was confi dent was a small wad of money Tom put the money in his pocket t h en took up the letter and deliberately burned it in the flame of the candle, to Fred's intense amazement He was proceeding to do the same with the enve lope when Fred's grip slipped out of his hand and struck the floor with a bang Tom started as though stung by some poisonous insect, uttered a ory of dismay, and upset t h e candle on the floor The store was plunged into intense darkness, a n d a tillness like death fell upon the p lace. Tom, almost ftightened out of bis senses, didn't dare to move for the moment, lest he betray his presence where he had no right to be at that hour He imagined that his father was coming into the store, and he knew that if he was caught there he could give but a lame explanation, which would tell blackly against hi rn when an investigation was started about the missing l etter he bad just been fel oniously handling. A vision of the village lock up, and something worse beyond, flitted across his terrified b r ai n and he fairly trembled in his shoes Fred, on the contrary, was won de rin g what h e o u gh t t o do. He was a bit alarmed, lest the noise might have awak ened Mr Gardner, and he more than half-expected to hea r him coming downstairs at any 1)10ment. His first plan was to retreat by the kitchen door, accord ing to his original plan, while he had yet time; but that would be to leave 'rom in possession of his money. At the distance he was away from the spot where Tom Small as had been Fred's opinion of Tom Gardner, he stood he could form no idea of the real meaning of affairs, never dreamed the boy was capab l e of committing suc h a and he began to consider the advisability of getting clo ser, daring theft as that which he had just witnessed


STRlVING FOR-FORTU E. He was awareJ;hat Tom was a rank coward, s o he det e r"Say, Fred, don't say anythin' about this and I'll g ive mined to work on his fears and make him confess to whom you haLf the money he said eage l'ly, diving one hand into the money belonged, as well as compel him to give up his his trou s ers pocket and bringing up the money which had spoils bee n sent to Mis s Pills berry. With this idea before him he put down the grip, whi c h 'Well, y ou re a nice little scamp to make s u ch a propo he had snatched up again, and soft l y adyanced into the sition to m e Jus t a s ii I would accept a penny of money store, his stocking feet making no sound. tha t didn t belon g to me." He knew where there was a match safe, so reaching for "No one will know nothin' about it. There's fifty dola matc h he struck it, and as it flared Tom gave a lars in this roll. I'll give you twenty-five. You can buy a sc:eam of fright and ducked under the lot of things with that." Fred walked forward, pi cked up the candle from the "If this was daytime I'd give you a li cking mysel for floor lit it. such a thing to me. I'm not a thief, Tom On the counter lay the ashes of the burned note, and Gardn er." beside them the partly consumed enve l ope "Ho!" sneered Tom. "You needn't be so stuck up He looked at the s uper scription and was s taggered to about it. I'll bet you'd copper the whole thing if you had discover that the envelope was addressed to Miss Tabitha gol: first shy at it. Pillsberry. "You littl e l ying rascal, how dare you say that?" cried The l etter had arrived by that mail, then, and Fred, angri ly. it had not been regi s tered. "Do you mean to give me away, after all?" a sked the Like a fl.ash, h e remember ed that the spin ster had told s toreke e per's son, with a snarl. "You ll wish you hadn't, him s he had mentioned to Tom, the afternoon before, that that 's all." she expected a letter containing $50. "Wili I?" So the young rascal had been on the watch for it with siniste r intentions. He put the mutilated envelope in his pocket, and, lean ing over the counter, said: "Come out of there, Tom. I know you're ther e for I saw you dive under a moment ago. Show your s elf, or I'll call your father." 1 That threat was merely a bluff, a s Fred, from motives of pqlicy, had no intention of arousing Mr Gardn e r It had its effect, howevro-, for Tom Gardner, with a chalky countena n c e and widely di s tended eyes, e merged from his place of concealment. "So, Tom, I never thought you had the wickedn e s s and nerve to rob the mail," said Fred, sternly "Who says I robbed the mail?" gasped rrom. "It's a lie! I didn't do no s u ch thing." "It won't do, Tom. I saw you. I was watching you all the time from the entry doorway. I saw y ou take the bunch of letter s out of a box, examine them, s elect the one addressed to. Miss Tabitha Pillsberry, open it, take a wad of money from it, which you put in your pock e t, and then burn the letter and start to burn the e nvelope when I dropped my g rip which started you so that you up set the candle. I s n t that the truth?" "Ye s, you will," doggedly. "I guess not. Yo u don't seem to realize what a serious thin g you've clone. The government will take this thing in hand and make you s weat pretty lively for what you've done." Tom turned l ivid with appl'ehension. "Don' t say nothin' about it and I'll put the money bac k." "Back where?" "Into the envelope, and I'll put the e nvelop e back in the pigeon -h ole. Tom looked ha s tily around for the envelope, but couldn' t see it. ... Then he looked on the floor behind the counter, and on th e other s id e of the counter, but could not see a sign of it. ",Where i s it? I didn t burn it. Only started to do so." "I've got it in my pocket," replied Fred, who had been watching the s cared boy with a curiou s grin "Give it to me, then," cried Tom, holding out his hand for it. "It wouldn't do you any good, for it was partly burned anyway." Tom, realizing that he had been detected in the act, "I don't believe it." had nothing to say in his own defence. "Then I'll s how you," said Fred, putting his hand in "Now, then," went on Fred, "what are you going to do his poc ket and pulling it out to s how the boy. about it?" Som ething els e came out with it and dropped on the "If you tell d ad he'll lick me," whimpered the convicted counter youth, in great terror. That s omething els e was the roll of bills Senator Smith "I guess you deserve a first-class whaling for what had dropped into his pocket out s ide of the inn that evenyou 've done," replied Fred, having no sympathy for the 1 in g unknown to him littl e rascal. j Torn Gardn er's s harp eyes lit upon the bills at once, Suddenly a happy struck Tom and his counte land be uttere d an exclamat ion of surp ri se nance bright e ned up. Then a crafty expression came into his s h ifty eyes.


STRIVING FOR FORTUN E. I guess if i t comes t o that I ain't the on l y thief, after all. W here di d you get a ll that mon ey Fred Bowers?" CHA PTER V. ;i.'HE SPRINGING OF A TRAP Fred was n ever so surp r ised in his life at t h e une x pect e d appea r ance of that ro ll of bills from his pocket. H e stared at the wad as if it had bee n a sn ake or s ome thin g of that nature. If he h eard Tom's i ns ult ing words they made no im p r e ssio n on his senses a t the m o men t Tom, h owever, with a covetous e h uckle, grab b ed u p the roll and counted it in a twink l ing. "Fifty doll ars," he grinned. "Just the same as I got out of the letter," and he tossed it back, picking up the roll he had pilfe r red and holding it ti ght . "I gue s s you don t want none of mine. Any way you won't get none. If you tell on me I ll tell on you, see?" and hE\ chuckled with sati s faction, as i f he felt he had settled the difficult problem wit h which he had been confronted a moment before . Fred coul dn't he l p seeing t h a t things had take n a n u n p leas ant turn. How had that money got into bi s poc ket? And s uch a b i g sum, too, for he had mechanically watch ed Tom count i t o ver, and wh e n his young enemy an nounced the a.moun t he coul d hard l y believe the evidence of l1is e yes and All at once he r e member e d the ro ll which S e nator Smith had trie d to pres s upon him a s a bribe for hi s s il e nce as to the politician's con dition . "It must be the same," h e thought. "The Senator man aged in some way to drop it into my poc k e t Certainly that mu s t be the truth, for in no other way cou ld h e acc ount fpr the possess ion of s o mu c h money. Bu t Tom 's selfs ati sfie d grin and half s neering e x pre s s ion made him exceedin,gl:iz; an g ry He eas ily saw th a t the s torekeep e r's s on b e lieved he had obtain e d tha.t money in some underhand wa y "It's a bargain, i s n t it?" s aid Tom, with a maliciou s c hu c kle. "No, it i sn't a bargain,' cried Fred, indignant l y "Do you t hink I s tole .that money?" "Where would you g e t $ 5 0 a ll in a lump if you didn't s teal it? Y tiu've been robbing dad s till, I'll b et." "What!" g asped Fred, startl ed at suc h a s u gges tion "You needn't pret e nd you haven't. But I don't care whether you have or not He can s tand it. It' ll b e a good joke on him, for h e s clo.ser than a cla m s h e ll, and it'll do me good to s e e the fuss he'll mak e whe n he find s out th e money i s g one. H e' ll be s ure to say you took it s o if I was you I'd dus t o u t at once before he find s out he has bee n robbed." Clearly Tom Gar d ner was a m o d e l son . He had as muc h feel in g and res p e ct for his father a s a stone. Fred fou n d h i mself in a n embarrassi ng s ituation. He couldn' t make a n ex pl a n a tion to Tom, and even if he had felt free t6 do s o h e kn e w the s torekeeper's son wouldn t believe him He picked up the $50 w ad and put it in his pocket, fully determined to return i t to S e n a tor Smith a s soon as he could, thou g h when that o p ;portunity w ould occur he coul dn t say unless h e g ave up his proj e ct of leaving the vill age that night. "Ar e you goin g to that money to Miss Pills berry ?'"he asked Tom "Sure t h ing," gr inned the boy. "Just watch me do it." He picked up the e nvelope, put the fifty dollars into it and stowed it away in hi s poc k e t. "I'll carry it over to h e r i n t h e morning,'' he added. "But you' ll have to exp l a i n hew t he l ette r and the end of the envelope came to b e burn ed. How are you going to do that?" "Don't you w o r r y about tha t, chuc kl e d Tom. "She'll be glad to get t he m oney with out waitin' to kno w too much about what happene d to the res t i t." All right Fix the matter u p a ny way you think will l e t you out of the scrape and I'll be satisfied." Tom g r inned broad l y He felt that the fifty dollar s was a s good a s hi s own now. "Fred i s onl y putt in up a b luff," he s aid to him s elf. "He wants to hol d o n to that m o ney he' s s tolen from dad. I thought he was a chump b u t I g uess be' s i pretty slick, afte r all. G ee! W on't d a d b e w ild when he finds himself $ 5 0 out ? That reflection evidentl y tickleq him greatly, for he snickered loudly "I guess I'll g o to bed," h e said. "Say, how is it you ain't been in bed at a u yourse lf ?" The s u s picion had j ust struck him that Fred had come into the s tore to look a t t h e t ill and see if bis father had l eft any mon e y i n it overni g ht. Th. e fact that hi s fath e r was unc ommonl y careful with his money, an d never l ef t any a round loose, did not appe a r to s trik e him. "That's my bu s i n es s," r ep l ied Fred, in answer to hi s que s tion Tom chuck led as he m oved a round the end of the coun-ter. Fre d pick e d up t h e cand l e and followed him. Wh e n they reached t h e entry door h e blew it out. At that moment Tom stumb l e d over an obst a cle in hi s path and went down on his hand s and kne es. He put out hi s hand and fel t of the o b s t ru c tion. a v a li s e,'' he said l:o himself. Fre d 's vali se, too. I it by the brok e n ha n d l e So he's goin' to li ght out to-ni ght. That's why he ha sn't b e e n i n bed. I'm g lad of it. I hate him w o r s e'n p'i s e n. I hope I'll nev e r see him again."


10 STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. Tom decided not to let OD that he suspected Fred's inand some matches, and taking his sea t OD an empty tentions. cracker box just inside the store door, he lay in wait for He was afraid the boy might change his mind and postthe appearance of his victim. pone his project. A full hour passed and the sitting-room clock struck So he got up and began to tiptoe upstairs. one before anything happened. He resolved to watch, l:r'owever, to see if Fred really Then a door above was softly opened and closed and took his departure. the s tairs began to creak under the stocking feet of s ome-As for Fred, he did not dare remain downstairs under one descending. present circumstances. The storekeeper grinned savagely, and hi s :fingers work-That would be altogether too suspicious. ed in anticipation of the moment when he would pounce Therefore he followed Tom up to the passage above, upon the unsuspecting object of hi s wrath. leaving his shoes and valise near the entry door, and Whoever was coming down had now reached the foot of went to his room puce more, where he e : qiected to pa ss the staircase and had pau sed to li sten another 110ur until he was satisfied Tom had fallen asleep Then the ne\vcomer crept forward on his hands and and the coast was clear. knees a s if searching for something. Hardly had the two boys closed their room doors behind As soon a s his hands touched the valise he gave a grunt them than Mr. Gardner came out into the pa ssage in his of satisfaction. stocking feet, and leaning over the railing li s t ened in-At that instant, like a bolt of lightning from a clear tently. s k y Mr. Gardner sprang upon him. He had been aroused by the noise made by Tom sprawl-As hi s talon-like :fingers fastened on to t11e boy's jacket ing over Fred's valise. the youth uttered a cry of fright and commenced to Sitting up in bed, he had listened, not quite sure as to s truggl e what it was that had awakened him. "Ho, ho, you young villain!" roared the s torekeeper, Then he fancied he heard the stairs creak, whereupon with savage earnestness. "I've got you, have I? Goin' he jumped out of bed and opened hi s room door jus t a to s neak off in the dead of night, were you, thinkin' I moment too late to catch the two boys on the way to their wouldn't know nothin' about it. I'll :fix you, you pesti rooms. ferous little monkey! I'll warm your jacket nicely for "I wonder if anybody has broken into the store?" he you. When I've got through with you, you'll think you'd 1,sked himself, after listening for a full minute and hear-( been drawed through a knot-hole, and a mighty small one ing nothing. ; at that." .He determined to go down and see. He shook the boy as a cat might a mouse. Taking care to make as little sound as possible, he "Oh, oh, oh!" whimpered his victim. "You're hurtin' descended the staircase. me. Wha-t's the matter with you? I ain't Fred Bowers. Pausing at the foot, he listenedagain. I'm Tom." Not a suspicious sound reached his ears. "Tom!" gasped the storekeeper, relea sing his hold on Then he moved forward to the entry dodr leading into the boy "Is it really you, Tom?" the store. "Yes, it's me," replied his son, in a sulky tone "You He looked into the place, but it was as dark and silent most shook the breath out of my body. What did you as the grave. want to do? Kill me?" "Guess I must have been mistaken," he thought. Mr. Gardner struck a match to make sure that his ears "There hain't no one here." had not deceived him. He started to go back and he also tripped over Fred's Sure enough, there stood his son and heir, Tom Gardvalise. ner, half dressed, the picture of a very much rumpled boy. "What's that?" He investigated the object and found that it was a grip. His roving :fingers also discovered Fred's shoes "Oh, ho I begin to smell a mouse. That young rascal, Fred Bowers, is intending to give me the slip to-night. The villain! After all I've done for him. Kept him in vituals and clothes sinoe he was knee high to a grass hopper. If that hain't gratitood may. I be-Never mind I'll just keep quiet 'round here and watch for him to come from his room. I'll give him the surprise of his life, the :rponkey And to-morrow morning I'll lick him till he won't be able to sit down in a week." So, with the grim determination of wreaking a terrible vengeance on the hapless boy, he hunted up a bit of candle CHAPTER VI. FRED'S DEPARTURE FROM ALTON "What are you doin' here at this hour of the night?" asked his father in no little surprise, as he lit the piece of candle. "What are you doin' down here yourself?" replied his hopeful son, disrespectfully. "I heard a noise somewhere in the house, and I thought maybe someo ne had broken into the store, s o I came down


STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. ] I ==========================================================to look into it. I found them things yonder," pointing "I saw him countin' a roll of bills." at Fred's shoes and valise. "They ain't got no business "A roll of what?" gasped the storekeeper. tu be there, and they wasn t there when I went to bed. "A roll of money." So I just thought I'd set a trap and see what I'd ketch." "You must have been mistaken. Where would he g et "And you ketch e d me instead of the one you was watchany money?" in' for didn't you?" grinned Tom, as he began to compre"I wasn t mistaken, for I saw the money as plain as I hend his parent's error. ever seen anythin' in my life. It was a lot of mon ey, "I did, unfortunat e ly," admitted the postmaster, in a too. He must have found it, or maybe he stole it. You grumpy tone. "I thought I had hold of that pesky Fred ain t mis s ed any money, have you, dad?" Bower s That's his grip and them are his shoes. Any"No; but if that little villain has any money in hi s body with half an eye kin see that he's planned to run possession he must have taken it from the till, a dollar at away to-night. He knowed I intended to give him a a time, when pe got the chimce. He could do that onc e s ound lickin' in the morning', so he thought he'd play a and awhile without me knowin' anythin about it. The mar c h on me, the young rascal. Well, I've been waitin' thievin' little monkey! Just wait till I lay my hands on nigh on to an hour for him to come down after his things, him. I'll skin him alive." but he ain't showed up yet." "He put the money away in his pocket, and, while I "Better put out the light, dad, if you're thinkin' of was lookin' to see what he was goin' to do next, my foot ketchin him." slipped ag'in the door. He jumped up and I ian back to Mr. Gardn e r thought this advice good, and hastily blew my room. Then you came up and went to bed." out the candl e "You ought to have come and told me what you'd seen." "Now, Tom,'' s aid hi s father in a conciliatory tone, "I wanted to ketch him myself. After awhile I heard "you might tell me what woke you up and sent you down him go downstairs. I started to follow when he made a here. 'rher e hain t been no nois e that I know of, for I noise down here as if he d fallen over somethin' and bac k kept a s quiet a s a mous e." he came a g ain as fast as he could and r an into his room." Tom tried to think of some excuse to account for his "That mus t have been the noise I heard." act ions and remove any lingering suspicion in his father's "I wait ed for him to go down again, but I didn't h e ar mina. him. Then I went to his door and looked through the H e was not very successful, and was about to fall back keyhole once more. Everythin' was dark inside, and I on s ilence as his best defense, when suddenly a brilliant didn t see nothin'. I waited awhile longer, and the n I idea s truck him. came down here to see if he had sneaked without me Fred had $50 in his pocket, the exact amount that he hearin' him, when the first thing I knew you grabbed (Tom) had abstracted from Miss Pillsberry's letter. me." There was bound to be trouble about that letter in a "I reckon he hain't gone yet, for he wouldn't go without' day or two. his valise and shoes," said Mr. Gardner. "He's waitin' up While he really believed that Fred had stolen that in his room till he feels sure that there i sn't no danger of mone y maybe by piecemeal from his father, it would be his bein' ketch ed. I think the bes t think we kin do is ever s o much b e tter if he could make it appear that he to go up there softly and nab him where he is." had s tolen the spin s t e r s letter, for that would relieve him "All right, dad. You go and I'll follow." of any suspicion in the matter. The stor e k eepe r s tarted to lead the way, with his hope-He rathe r hoped Fred would get away, as that would ful son at his he els. simplify. affairs, but s till if he was caught with $50 in his Mr. Gardner chuckled to himself as he thought how poss ession, he would have a hard time trying to clear himsurprised Fred Bowers would be when they marched in self of the charge Tom intended should be brought against and pounced upon him. him. Unfortunately for the success of this artful design, "Well, dad," he s aid s lowly, "I had an idea that Fred Fred was too bright a boy to be caught napping. was going to run away to-night." While the foregoing conversation was proceeding in "Eh? What made you think s o?" the entry Fred, leaning over the railing of the passage "He act e d kind of s u s picious like to me." above, was an interested li s tener to it. "If you thou ght so why didn't you tell me?" And this was how he happened to get wise to the situa"I wasn't s ure about it, s o I thought I'd watch and tion: if he r e ally intended to do it." He had actually opened his door for his final trip down"Well ?" s aid h is father, impatiently. stairs after his !'iP and shoes when he heard Tom leave "When he went to his room I peeked through the keyhis own room. 1 hole, and what do you s'pose I saw?" went on Tom, mak-He wondered what was taking the storekeeper's son ing up his s tory as he went along. down the second time, and was much annoyed by the cir"How should I know what you saw?" growled his cumstance which offered another obstacle to his escape father. ftom the house.


12 STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. I Going to the head of the s tair s h e was astonished to is to hoof it through the mountains to Kingston. It'll lwtr the racket which took place when Mr. Gardner take time, but it' s safer." j ;>1mcec1 upon his son. decided on this course, Fred walked on till he As soon as he overheard Mr. Gardner's opening words came to another road that branched away from the rail h e realized .that Tom had inadvert ently saved him from I ro ad and into i t. . falling into 1 the trap which the storekeeper hacl l aid for I He got his brea'kfast at a farmhouse and paid for it. him, and he Couldn't help grinning at Tom's unfortunat e I His dinner, however, cost him nothing, as the farlll;er predic ament. I wouldn't accept .a cent from the boy. "If 'I'om had gone to bed, as I supposed he had, I should 1 He was ':'ell fagged out when he qame across have been caught sure a s I'm alive," he mused. "The i another farmhouse Just. before dark. noise made by Tom fallin over my o-rip must have awak Here he arranged with the owner of the place to s leep g b th b th" ened the old man. He went downstairs after we got into m e arn or no mg. our rooms to see what was the matter. He found the His supper and breakfast, however, cost bun :fifty cents valise and shoei;; and that aroused his suspic10ns He In he made way through the guessed I intended to run away, and he stayed down there mountams to the Hudson River, he to catch me when I came for my property. He's a foxy purchased a ticket for New York b y the Day Lme of old chap; but he got left this time all ri ght I wonder steamers, and .was landed at the Desbrosses street dock at what I shall do? I can't go without my shoes and grip, half-past five 1:0. the afternoon. and there seem to be muoh chance for me to get I them now. Hello! 'r11e old man is coming up with Tom. ---He thinks he ll catch me in my room. I'll have to skip out by the window just as I am. No, I won't," as a bril liant idea st ruck him at the moment. "I'll try and turn the tables on him, all, if I can." Fred r etired up the corridor and entered Tom's room, holding the door ajar. :Mr. Gardner and his son came swiftly up the staircase, and, going to Fred 's room, opened the door and The moment they did so Fred sprang noiselessly from his place of concealment, and, straddling the banister, slid down to the entry below. Feeling around on the floor where he expected to :find his valise and shoes he discovered them where he had left them. Slipping his shoes on, he grabbed the grip and rushed into the store CHAPTER VII. THE STIGMA OF GUJ:LT. When Nathan Gardner found that Fred Bowers had actually managed to get away, with his shoes and valise, too, he was the maddest man in Alton "It' s all your fault/' h,e raved at his son. "If you'd told me in time I could have nabbed him, and then I'd had the satisfaction of tannin' his l1ide this mornin'." "Well, why don t you chase after him and fetch hiin back?" s aid Tom, in a sulky tone "He's got $50 in his pocket. You'll los e that if he gets clear o:ff." The prospect of recovering $50, which the storekeeper felt sure Fred had abstracted in petty sums from his till, was sufficient inducement for him to make an extraordi nary effort to recapture the runaway and unboltin g the front door, he passed out side into the shady st r eet. He hitched up his rig before breakfast and started o:ff Crossing tlrn way, he passed up a lane between two for Undercliff Station, as Fred had surmised he would do. buildings and came out into the street beyond . He carried a pie c e of rope to tie the boy with, if he .Then h e sta:ted .or road that would take hnn. to caught him, as he fully expected he would, and the cowH1gh land Station, mne miles .away dowI1 mountams. I hide, also, as lie meant to administer a terrible whipping "I had a squeak it, bet life," he to Fred in some particularly lonesome spot on his way ed as he put best foot rorward, a miss is back to the village as good as a old rr:an 11 thmk Ive my AU the way to the station he comforted himself wit h escape by the wmdow till he discovers that the gnp and the thought of the punishment he meant to on the shoes are gone. Then perhaps he won't be mad as a nest hapless youth. of

STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. 13 Highland, though it only amounted to a quarter, but \ "'rliat letter contains $50 I'm looking for from my he didn't feel di sposed to leave his rig at Undercliff and brother." take the train he had to do it. "Fifty dollars!" exclaimed the postmaster. "Then it On the plea that Fred was running away with s tolen ought to have been registered." money in his possession, he reque s ted the station agent to "I don't know nothing about that," answered the maid capture the boy, detain him until the morning ti:ain up enlady. "All I know is that my brother wrote me some came along, and then send him to Undercliff in charge of ago that he was going to send me $50 to pay my way the conductor to Chestertown, where he lives. He said I ought to get it After the down train lfad passed Highland the agent by Thursday, and this is Saturday. If that money has wired back that the boy described had not appeared at the been lost I shan't be able to go. I think the mail ought station, but he said he would take him in charge if he to be responsible for it." turned up later on. government is only responsible for sent in Mr Ga. rdner waited at Undercliff for the up train, as registered letters or by money orders," replied Mr. Gard he bad to get the mail bag any way, and then he returned ner, who by this time had gone through all the boxes he to town in very bad humor indeed. thought might have contained Miss Pillsberry's letters, Tom, of course, was in charge of the store, and there and failed to find it. we. re a number of the villagers waiting for the morning "Then you're responsible for it, for you just told me mail. that it. had come, and that you put it into the pigeon hole Prominent among these was Miss Pillsberry, who seem yourself," replied Miss Pillsberry, with a sagacious wag eel to be greatly excited. of her head. She had already applied to Tom for her expected letter, and he, going over the bunch in the pigeon hole; had told her there was none for her. She wasn't satisfied, and while waiting for the return of Mr. Gardner she defi.ounced the mail service in no uncertain terms to the others present. When the p ostmaster entered the store with the mail bag he sent Tom to put the horse and wagon up. Miss Pillsberry concluded to until the letters were distributed in the pigeon-holes before making any scene, as it was quite possible her letter might be among those which had just arrived. She even had the patience to wait until the others had been attended to, then she stepped up to the counter and asked for her letter. "Why, yes," replied the postmaster. "I remember there was a letter in the mail last night for you. I put it with the others in the pigeon-hole." "I knew that it ought to be here," she said, triumphant ly. "Your son went ove:J$ the letters and said there wasn't any. His eyesight must be poor." 1 "I never heard that it was," replied Mr. Gardner, as he took the bunch of letters out of the box and started to sort them over. Miss Pillsberry watched him expectantly as he dropped letter after letter on the counter until he came to the last "That' s very funny," said Mr Gardner. "I know it's here, for I put it in the box myself." He went over the bunch again, more carefully than before There was no letter for Miss Pillsberry. The storekeeper scratched liis head dubiously. "Ain't it there? asked the spinster, anxiously. "No," replied Mr. Gardner. "Possibly I put it into the wrong bo'x," and he took the couple of envelopes out of the "R" box. "I hope _it_ up P illsberry. This put such an unpleasant look on the matter that Mr. Gardner, greatly disturbed by the possibility that he might be called upon to make good the $50 if it was proved that that amount had really been sent in the letter, went over every pigeon-hole in the oase, but without result. "Someone from your house must have come and got that letter this morning," said the puzzled storekeeper. "Nobody ever calls for my letters but myself," retorted Miss Pillsberry. "Maybe I made a mistake in thinking I saw a letter ifdressed to you. Mistakes will happen, you know," smiled the postmaster in a sickly way. "I don t believe it," snapped the lady. "There ain't nobody else in the village with a name like mine." 'fW ell, the letter don't seem to be here," replied Mr. Gardner, slowly. "Then you've got to find it, or I'll write to my brother, and he'll report the matter to the postmaster at Chester town," said Miss Pillsberry, decidedly. "Don't do that, Miss Pillsberr y," requested the post master in a panic "You'd get me into trouble "That isn't my lookotit I can't afford to lose $50." "Are you sure there was $50 in it?" asked Gardner, anxiously "Of course I am. My brother wrote me that he in tended to send me that amount I need it to go to Ches tertown." "I don't see why your brother didn't have the letter registered," said the s torekeeper, peevishly. "What's the difference as long as. the leHer got here?" That was a poser for Mr Gardner and he didn't rel ish it. Just then Tom entered the store. He had been up in Fred's room, where he had dropped the partly burned envelope on the floor, believing it would be perfectly safe to do so, as he felt sure the runaway had


14 STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. got clean off, and there was little danger of his turning j "Was there a letter in the envelope with the money?" up again. , Tom asked the lady. "Did you see a letter addressed to Miss Pillsberry last "There ought to have been," replied Miss Pillsberry. night?" asked bis father. "Then you'd better go up in Fred's room and see if you "I didn't see no letter addressed to her," replied the kin find that letter, dad," suggested Tom, artfully "Like you th, glibly. as not he throwed it away or bid it somewhere " I d on't know what's become of it. You must have Mr. Gardner thought that an excellent idea, so h e to ld handed it out by mistake to somebody this mornin'." his son to entertain Miss Pillsberry until he came back. D id n't. do no such thing," answered his son, positive l y Tom watched him go with a smothered grin of delight. "Miss Pillsberry says there was $50 in that letter." He knew his father was bound to find the envelope he "Fifty dollars!" exclaimed Tom, in apparent astonishhad dropped on the floor men t In a few minutes the postmaster came back with 11. face "That letter has got to be found or she'll hold me re-as black as a thundercloud spo ns ible for the money "What did I tell you, Miss Pillsberry ?" he exclaimed "Fi fty doll ars repeated Tom. The n as if struck by in a voice choked with rage, as he held up the ha l f burned a n i dea, he said: "Maybe that's the money I saw Fred envelope "That boy is a thief and I'm going to have him countin' over last n ight in h is room. I saw him pull i t followed up and arrested. That's the letter you we_ re ex out o f a n e nvel ope." pectin', and the one I put in the pigeon-hole last night. M r. Gard n e r jumped nearly a foot as the possibility I'll have to make good your loss, n.rn'am, as soon as you st ruck h im. write to your brother and find out if he sent you as much It was muoh more likely that the boy had taken the as $50; but I'll take every cent out of that boy's hide when money from the letter than stolen it by degrees from the I catch him, and send him to prison to boot. To think, till, for the storekeeper always kept a sharp eye upon his ma'am, that that boy would have stung the hand that m oney drawer, and generally knew exactly what was in it brought him up! It's almost pas\ believin'. B u t proof is at a ll times proof, and you hold it in your hand "Did you te ll Fred B owers that you expected to receive Miss Pillsberry was quite taken aback by this piece of $ 5 0 i n a l etter Miss Pillsberry ?" he asked the spinster. evl.dence against the boy for whom she bad a real liking, "I think I did What about it?" and she left the store presently feeling very sad ind eed H e r an away from the store last night, and Tom says though not thoroughly convinced of Fred's guil t h e saw a wad of money in his hands I don't see where he coul d have got so much money unless he stole your letter." I don't belie e he took it," replied Miss Pillsberr/, sto u tly "Fred Bowers is a good, honest boy." "I'm afraid you don't know him, ma'am," answered M r Gar dner, with a byppcritica l sigh. "'That boy h11s t urned out to be an artfu l little Just think of CHAPTER VIII. FRED BECOMES .A BELL B O Y him ru nnin' away in the middle of th_ e nigllt, after all I One of the deckhands on the day b?at referred Fred I a n d Miss Gardner has done for him We treated lum Bowers to a cheap but respectable lodgmg-house o n West ju st as good as we did Tom, and this is his gratitood. It I street near the dock of a big ocean liner, and after he had is a very wicked world, Miss Pillsberry You can't trust I his supper at a restaurant on the same street he went nobody these days. I expect we slmll find he's taken away there and secured a room. some of our best silver in his grip. Such ingratitood is Next morning Fred bought a newspaper and looke d eno u gh to make the angels weep, ma'am." over the "Help Wanted" columns If the storekeeper expected Miss Pillsberry to sympa Among the host of miscellaneous classified adve r tise thize with him over the presumed wickedness of his late ments he picked out several, either of which he t hough t d rudge he was disappointed he'd likE:) to secu re The maiden lady, while willing to believe that Fred had The one that most appealed to his fancy read as follows: ru n away from the Gardner household, did not for a mo ment think the boy a thief. She had always found Fred gentlemanly and obliging, and she knew he was as great a favorite in the village as the Gardners were the reverse. He went to church and Sunday sc11ool, which Tom did not . Wanted.-A bright, active youth as bell boy. App l y at Hotel DeLux, Thirty-fourth street near Broadway. "I think that job will suit me to t11e queen's taste," he said, after reading it over twice. "I'll go llP there, but if they should happen to want reference I guess I won't get In fact, if she entertained any suspicions at all, they on. pointed at the storekeeper's own son. Fred appeared at the Hote l DeLux prompt l y at ten


STRIVING FOH FORTUNE. 15 ====-===========:...--========.L.--o 'clocir, and found quite a number 0 applicants for the job already on hand. Each one was shown into the manager's ofi;ice, and for one rea s on or another were turned down in short order until it came Fred s turn. The mana g er look e d him over criti c ally, asked him seve ral questions, and finally said the job was his He sent for th e head bell boy and turned Fred over to him "You don't look like a city boy," he remarked to Fred, a s the y s tood out s ide "I've jus t come from the country "I thought s o," with a grin "Whereabouts in the c ountry do you hail from?" "Alton, in the Cat s kills." U p in the mountai;p.s, eh?" "Yes. "You've n e v e r worked in any kind of a hotel, have you ? "No," r e plied Fred, c h e erfully ; "but I guess I can hold my end up "Where are y ou stopping?" Fre d mentioned the pla c e on West street. "All right. You'll live h e r e with the rest of u s So g o g et your traps and r e port to me a s soon a s you come back. Und e r stand?" Fre d s aid he did and s tarted off for his grip, which held all of hi s worldly posse!lsions. When h e returned to th e hot e l the boss of the bell boy c ontingent s howed him where he would sleep and brought him a r e gulation uniform to try on. It fitt e d perfectl y much to the head bell boy's s ati s faction. "You' ll wear that when you're on duty. U n dersta nd? I s uppo s e you're ready to eat, a ren't you?" "Come along, then It's our dinner hour." He l ed him to the servants' hall, in the bas ement, near the big kitchen, and piloted him to a table where several other bell boys were g etting out s ide of their mid-day meal. "Sit down and pitch in," said his guide "Help your s elf to what you s ee, and don't be afraid to e at all y ou want. Aft e r dinn e r I'll in struct you in y our dutie s and giv e you a few point e rs you will do well to follow." One of the pointer s Fre d received was a sig nificant mandat e to divide all tips he rec eive d with his "bo s s." Failure to do this right up to the handle would lead to unpl e a sant consequences, s aid the h e ad b e ll boy. "That's my perquisite for putting you on to good thin gs see ?" said his in s tructor, with a grin "It' s one o f the rules of the house, and a boy who doesn t a nte up g e t s it whe re the chicken got the axe Some smart alecks, who thought they knew it all, tried to ring in their own bookkeeping on me, the chap whos e place you are going to fill was one of them; but there's on l y one s et of books kept i n be1ldom, and I keep that, so don't waste your efforts tryin g to get more than is coming to you unle s s you get tired of th e job Don't get the idea i n you r bea d eithe r tl1a t whe n I ain't around that I don t know a ll that's g oing on. Now that I've made you wise to a few thi n gs come upstairs and I'll show you where you sit. I ll l e t a little mor e light into your rnapsard roof ano t her time. Do the ri ght thing b y me and it's dollars to dou ghnuts that you' ll own a hotel lik e this some day yourself." "Do you e x p e ct to own one?" asked Fred, i nnocently "Sure I do. Every head bell boy expects to be h is own h ot el manager b e fore he begins to shed h i s secon d tee t h. It didn t take Freel l ong to get the h ang 0 h is du t ies and the run of a city hotelllike the D e Lu x Some boys natura ll y come t o the front a t on c e, and Fred was one of these. Before hi s firs t II).ont11 was up he had becom e the m o s t popular b e ll boy in' the hou se, and his services were in constant demand by the guests of the house Thi s of itself would ordinarily hiive give n r ise to a l o t of jealou s y among his ass ociate s and got him into no end of private squabble s but for two things One was that hi s g e nia l ways and abund a n t good nature won him the friend s hip of his companions, wh il e h is s trong physique and evident abi l ity to take care of himself compelled th eir respect. The other was his s tric t account in g of t he man y and fr e quent l y larg e tips 11C received from t h e gues t s to the head bell boy made him a cleciclecl favor ite w i t h t h a t p e r sonage who in became stro n gly biased in hi s fa v or, and h elpe d him along in many ways t ha t proved 0 g reat advanta g e to him in the l ong r un Thu s time s p e d away and Fred soon got accu s t o m e d to the way s of a big c i ty, and he l iked the l ife and n o ise Of New York fa r better than the old humd rum ex i s t e nce he had formerly led in Alton. After he had got w e ll sett l eq i n h i s job a t the Hote l DeLu x he wrote a l e tte r to Kittie Redwood, t e llin g ho w he had come to leave the Catskills so sudde nl y gi v in g h e r the full particular s of the situat ion he had o b t ain ed ; t e ll ing her how well he l iked New York, and how som e clay he meant to own j u s t such an hote l h imse lf. He ask e d her to write to him and let h i m have all the news from home Thi s letter, for some u nexp l ained r easo n, did not r e ach its des tination, and Freel waited in vai n for a n a nswer. H e thou ght a great dea l of Kittie, a n d h e r silence c au sed him to feel quite bad for a time "I guess s he doesn t think enough of me, afte r a ll, t o write," he s aid to himself some weeks afterward "Well I've don e my part. I promised to wrjte to h er an d I've done it. It's up to her now If she doesn' t care t o send me any word, why, I can't make he r that's all. I d id think lCitti liked me a good bit. She a lways acted a s if she did, at any rate I hate to have he r t hrow me down but what' s the use of kick ing?" H e was too proud to wr i te he r a sec9ncl l ette r and so Kitti e R edwood, w'ho was eagerly a n d impat i e ntl y waitin g


16 S'J!RIVING FOR FORTUNE. for Fred to write and let her know where he was, and what he was doing, felt sad on her part at his silence. She, in common with everybody else in that part of the had heard the story which Tom Gardner had industriously circulated about Fred's wickedness in rob bing the mail. Miss Pillsberry, to whom the postmaster had made good the $50 for that a complaint on her part would cause him to lose the postoffice, had nothing to say against the supposed culprit when questioned on the subject. Although there was no doubt at all that Fred had run away, ana_ that the $50 had ditiappeared at the same time, which was naturally a suspicious circumstance against the boy, she maintained the evidence against Fred was not conclusive. Other people, however, a:fter listening to Mr. Gardner's story, backed up by sundry details furnished by Tom, were oi a different opinion. In fact, about thl'l onl.Y persons who really appeared to believe in Fred's innocence were Miss Pillsberry and Kit tie Redwood. Tom lost no opportunity to make the situation as black as he could against the runaway, and his efforts in this direction were more or less successful. After a time it came to be noticed that the postmaster's s on was spending more money than he was ever known to s pend before. To account for this he gave out here and there that he was now chief clerk for his father and was iri receipt of a regular wage. His unusual liberality, however, did not increase his per s onal popularity, and when he found that fact out he began to s our on the village and asked hi s father to let him go to New York, where he felt sure he would be more appreciated. Mr. Gardner, however, strenuously to his de parture. Tom then grew cranky, and made himself quite objec tionable to the customers of the store. His father stood this until his patience gave out, and one night he gave his hopeful heir a sound beating. Tom went to bed vowing vengeance on his parent. Next morning he was missing, and so was a roll of note s :Mr. Gardner had placed the evening .before in bis bureau drawer. The inference was plain. Hi s fathe;r tried to locate him; and even went so far as to notify the police authorities of New York to be on the lookout for him, but nothing came of it. Tom, suspecting the tactics his parent might adopt, did not come to New York at that time, but hied himself to and so all of him was lost." CHAPTER IX. THE :MAN WITH THE OILY TONGUE; Fred had been attached to the bell boy staff of the Hotel D e Lux for about a year, and was now a fine, handsome boy of fifteen, when. he was sent one afternoon to Room 38, on the second floor, with a pitcher of ice water. Knocking at the door, he was told to come i'n. Entering, he place<:!. the pitcher on a small marble-top table. The occupant of the room was standing by one of the windows looking out on the street. He thrust his hand into his pocket and pulled out a quarter. "Here, boy," he holding out his hand. Fred advanced to receive it, and found himself face to face with Senator Smith. 'l'he Senator noticed his look of surprise and hesitation after he had accepted the money, and said: "Well, do you wish to say anything to me?" "You are Sena tor Smith, aren't you?" "That's my name." "I think you were stopping at the Chilton Farm, in the Catskills, near the vi'llage of Alton, this time last year, sir?" "I was," replied the Senator, in some surpritse, regard ing the boy searchingly. He did not recognize Fred, however, which is not singu lar, seeing it was at night he had caught his only glimpse oi the boy, and he was half drunk at the time. "You don t remember me," replied Fred; "but I recol lect you. I was living at that time Mr. Gardner, th0) postmaster. I was bringing the mail on our wagon from Undercliil' one night and I saw you sitting on an old decayed tree in the gorge. You said you had been taking a walk and had lost your way. You didn't want to return to the Chilton Farm that night, and you asked me to take you to the Stag Inn, in the village, which I did. I don't know whether you remember the circumstance or not, a s it took place about a year ago." Senator Smith looked intently at' Fred for a moment or two without speaking. "I recollect the circumstance to which you allude. You did me a great :favor, young man. I wanted see you again, but found you had left the village rather suddenly. Can I do anything for you now? If so, don't hesitate to speak out." "No, sir. But I wanted to call your attention to the fact that you dropped $50 in bill s into my pocket that night. Now, that is a lot o:f money for a per s on to pay or such a small service as I rendered you on that occa sion. Besides, I didn't want to be paid for doing you the favor. I don't think you were aware that you gave me so much money; therefore I wish you'd let me return it to you." "Return it to me!" in an astonished tone. "Yes, sir. I don't think I have a:hy right to keep it." "Look here, young ma.n, I gave you that $50 to keep mum about a certain matter. In plain words, you found me partly under the influence of liquor, and I didn't want that fact to leak out. I remember now that r put the'


STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. 17 money into y our ja c k e t pock e t becau s e you refused to ac" And I s uppo s e the Senator tips you liberally, doesn't cept it w h e n I offe r e d i t to you. he, Sallie?" I found it that ni g ht, and if I had not left the village "We ain't got no cause for complaint," replied Sallie. as s u dde nl y as I did, I s hould have called on you and "He s eems to c arry a lot of money around with him?" h anded it back. I s hould,lik e to do s o now." "He' s rather car e less with it. Nellie found a $10 bill "Nons en se I c ouldn t think of taking that money h eh.ind the table the other morning." ba ck. I have more mone y than I know \vhat to do with." Did s h e whack up with you?" "But, s ir, $ 5 0 i s a lot of money for you to--" "No. She r e turned it to him that afternoon." "Tut, tut! Don t s a y anoth e r word a bout the matter. "The deuce s he did! What did you let her do that Y o u earn ed the money all ri g h t I alway s try to pay in for? The S e nator never woultl have missed it." proport i o n t o th e ser v ice r e nd e red m e Fifty dollar s was "We ll he gave her $5 for her honesty, and s he gave me a mere baga t e lle-I s hould lik e d to have given you more-half of that." but i t h a ppen e d to b e all I had about m e at the time. If "Hones ty b e blowed !" growled the man. "Nobody you 'v e k ept tha t money ever sin c e for the purpo s e of regains anythin' by bein' :b.onest. I tried it for awhile and turning it whe n you meet m e you've done a very foolish came in for the s hort end of everythin'. Now, look here, thing The money i s abs olutely yours, s o don't worry Sallie, you want to keep in with me, don't you?" about it a ny more." "Of course I do." Wit h t hese word s the Sen a tor gently pushed Fred to"That's right. You're a fine girl, Sallie. I'm goin' to w a r d t he door. take you to the i sland next Sunday Th e r e was a s m a ll y ard behind the hotel, where the coveI"e d barrel s of r e fuse were kept, and whe re other odds and e nd s in the way of boxes and crates were stored pend ing remo v al. An alley l e d from one end of this yard into Twenty s e cond st reet. A few days later, about eight o'clock in the morning, Fre d who was off duty at that time, entered the yard and c r awled in a mon g a pile crate s clos e to the rear wall of t h e hot e l. "Do you mean that?" asked the girl in a delighted tone. "Sure I do. But I need the dough to give you a hang up time. I want you to show me up the back way to the second floor, and let me into Senator Smith's room this afternoon when h e 's out. I dare say there's some money to be found in his clothes. And maybe I could get a peep into his trunk w.ithout him ever :findin' it out. That'll put me in funds, Sallie, and there won't be nothin' too good for you on the island Sunday. What do you say?" "Oh, I don' t know, Jimmi e It's an awful risk," replied the girl doubtfully. O n e of the gue s ts on the sixth floor had accidentally "Risk be jiggered, Sallie. Besides, it won't be your dr oppe d a valu a bl e rin g out of her window and she had funeral if anythin happens. I'm as fly as they a s k ed the boy to try and find it. come, girli e and it won't be the :first time I've worked the F r e d hope d t o b e abl e to recov e r the ring, as it would game. Nor the s econd, either. You'll help me now, won't be a $10 bill in his pocket. you?" H e crawled around behind the crates, and felt as far "I'd like to, but--" und e r t h eir s ides and ends a s he could ins ert his fingers. "Oh, come now, Sallie, don t be squeamish. I could H e had about com e to the c onclu s ion that the ring had 'put my finger on several of the girls who would give their fall e n into o n e o f t h e excel s ior-filled crate s when, to his eye teeth for the chance to do me a favor like this. There's i n te nse sat i sfaction, he discover e d i t s nugly imbedded in a Annie Egan now--" s m a ll hole in th e flagg in g close. t o the hotel wall. "Don t mention that deceitful thing!" cried the girl, At that moment he heard the subdued ton es of a man angrily. "I hate her!" and woman in e a g er conversation within a foot or two of "She think s a heap of me, all right," chuckled Jimmie. whe r e h e kn elt. "Do you like her?" aske d Sallie, in a joyou s tone, tapH e w o uld ha v e thought nothing of this circumstance ping the pavement of the yard with the toe of h e r s hoe. but for th e fac t tha t h e heard the man m e ntion the name "Not a s well as I do you. Tou're a good deal better qf Se n a t o r Smith and a s k his companion what was the lookin' than she i s but s he d do most anythin' to get me numb e r of hi s r oom. away from you. She'd l e t me into an" room on her floor "It's 38, on the second floor," s he replied. if I asked her, and give mg full swing to pick up an y thin' And wha t floor do you work on, Sallie?" he inquired. I could find. But I'm givin' you the fir s t chance, Sallie. "The second." You s tand in with me and you can put it all over Annie "You ha v e a pa s s key for all the rooms on that floor, Egan. If I can make a haul out of the Senator I'll buy haven't you?" you some swell clothes, so that Annie won't be one, two, "For all on the s outh and west corridors." three in it with you." "Do you look afte r 38 ?" "I'd like to put her nose out of joint, the spiteful "Yes; Nellie Jone s anq I-the chambermaids work in thing !"cried Sallie, venomously. pair s-do up that room." "You kin all right by stickin' to me. If she sees


18 STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. you gain to t h e is l and with me next Sunday she'll be so mad that--" "I'll do anything to get the best 0 her," said Sallie, in a compressed voice. T h at's the way to talk, my charmer I've found out tha t the Senator is gain' to a caucus this aternoon at three. I'll be on han d here at that hour. You just take me u p t o his room and t r ust me, and I'll lit enough, either i n money-or somethin' else? to give you the time 0 your life and make a ll the other girls bite their tongues out e nvy. Is i t a go?" 'l'he girl tho u ght a mome nt, as i weighing the chances ; then s h e said : "I'll do it, J immie I'll do anything for you i you'll drop A nn ie Egan and l et me be your steady.'! "It's a bargain," replied Jimmie, promptly "Ater this you're the only pebble on the beach with me." The chambermaid permitted the sneakthie to kiss her, a n d t h en the tw o parted. "Gee whiz!" exclaimed Fred "That's a pretty slick rnscal. He's filled tha t girl clean up to the eyes with sot sol der. I don't believe h,e cares a rap for her outside what he can make through her help. There are some pretty tough specimens in New York, bet your lie It's -up t o me to queer his little game, and I'm going to do it a ll r igh t. I'll just hand him out the surprise 0 his Me." F r ed craw l ed out from behind the crates, went into the hote l and d u sted himself off, and then marched up to the s i xth floor to return the riJ?.g to its owner Fo r t his serv ice he received a reward 0 $20 One o'clock came and Fred hadn't got any nearer solv ing the problem of getting into room 38 on the quiet. As the clock struck the hour there was a call on the annunciator from room 38, and Fred was sent up to find out what Senator Smith wanted He had a visitor in his room and he wanted a bottle of a choice brand "0 w11isky, a siphon of seltzer and four glasses. Fred filled the order and got a quarter for himself. At two o'clock there was another call from room 38, which Freel answered. Senator Smith wanted a couple 0 cigars 0 the fifty cent brand, as l1is supply was exhausted . The boy noticed that both the Senator and his friend were pr0tty well corned and in quite a jovial mood. : Fred got the cigars, fetched the change for the $5 bill, and wati leaving the room wl1en the Senator called him back. He was hunting in his pocket for another tip, and not finding any loose change he pushed a $1 bill at Free l. "Never mind, Senator Smith, it's all right," the boy said, not wishing to accept such a large tip on top of the previous one for so small a ervice "Take it, young man," insisted the big politician "Be sides, I want you to do me a favor." "All right, sir," replied Fred, picking up the bill. "Get my gray suit from the closet and help me on with it." Freel had quite a job assisting the Senator to peel off: hrs brown suit and put on 11is gray garments. After he had got them on and looked at himself in the glass he changed his mind again and wanted to go back to the brown suit. CHAPTER X His friend, however, objected "It' s half-past two now," he said "You haven't time THE POINT OF THE PISTOL to make another change We must be off:, for we're due I at the Fifth Avenue at three sharp It was F r ed's p lain duty to notiy the manager 0 the "All right, old man," said the Senator, clapping his h o t e l 0 the conversation he had overheard, and let him visitor on the back "Come along. Here, young man," take measures to catch the sneakthie and deal with the to Fred, "lock my door and take the key to the desk . r b ambermaid as he thought best Understand?" The boy, on the contrary, thought that it woul d be a "Yes, sir," replied Fred, eagerly, grasping the key. 1-iig feathe r in his cap i he caught the man himsel As soon as the two gentlemen were out of the room he The question was how coul d he put his p l an into sue locked :lhe door and ollowecl them to the elevator, where execution. he. left them boarding the cage, and started apparently for H i s idea was to get into the Senator's room and l ay in the stairs. wait for the crook. He hung around the corridor for ten minutes, to make W h e n h e showed up he meant to capture him red sure that Senator Smith and his friend had gone; then he ha n ded, Vl'.ith the goods on him, and appropriate a ll the returned to room 38, unlocked the door, entered and re credit for t he per f ormance. r locked it ater him, taking the key out and putting it in Before he went on duty that aternoon Fred borrowed his pocket. a revolver from one 0 the porters "Now where shall I hide?" he asked himEel. "I wond e r how I'm going to get into room 38 when the He thought the closet would be a good place, but oii ti me comes for me to make a move? To get possession 0 second thought rejected it because the expected thief the key a te r S e n ator Smith has let it at the desk seems might come there first 0 all, and Fr_ ed wanted to allow t c be o u t 0 t h e q u estio n. I may have to tell the manager, him to get down to business before he interered ate r a ll." The only other availaPle hiding place was the bed, and


STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. 19 under that Fred crawled with the revolver in his han d, and then lay very still awaiting developments. Twenty minutes passed away on leaden wings to the concealed boy, and he was getting tired of his monotonous position when he heard a key rattle in the lock. A woman entered the room, cautiously followed by a smoothly-shaven youngish man, who snatched the bunch of keys from the lock, relocked the door on the inside and then glanced around the apartment witp a sharp eye to business Fred could only see the lower part of the woman's dress and the man's trousers from where he Iay. "Now do hurry, Jimmie," begged the chambermaid, whose voice the boy recognized as belonging to Sallie. "Don't you worry. No one will come here," he replied, sharply. "I watched Senator Smith and another gent board a downtown Broadway car He won't be back for a j couple of hours at least He glanced at the papers hurriedly and dropped them into a side pocket; then he turned his attention to t he notes "This is something like it," he said, with a g ri n of satisfaction, for be noticed that the upper bill was a yellow back with a big 50 on it. Fred thought it was high time for him o take a hand in the proceedings, so he crawled partially out from under the bed, and, covering the rascal with his revolver, criccl: "Drop that coat and money-quick!" The crook started back as though he had receive .c! i. galvanic shock, and glared savagely at the boy, l ike soa1c wild animal at bay, while the chambermaid threw u p her hands with a shriek of dismay and promp t ly fainted C H A PTER XI. "But I'm awfully nervous, Jimmie," protested Sallie I "Oh, brace UI! What's the matter with you? 1 thought I HOW lRED MOUNTS ANOTHER RUNG I N THE LADDER O F you had some spunk," said the young crook, contemptu -succEss ously . Fred worked himself forward so as to bring his face The thief mechanically dropped the c oat but hi s t a l o n near the edge of the bed, and, judging their posi-1 like fingers held on to the bills tions that not looking in his direction, he As Fred wormed himself out from u n d e r the b e d his tured to stick his head out and take a look at the m attention was for a moment distracted from the crook truders I The fellow made instant use of his momen ta ry a d v anThe Sallie he recognized as a trim, tage by thrusting the money into his pocket an d sp ringing good-lookmg young woman with whom he had often exfor the door. changed words when they met in the hotel basement. Before he could touch the bunch of keys h a nging in the She had been employed in the house about eight lock Fred shouted: months. Her compan'ion was a squarely built man of perhaps thirty years. He was fairly well dressed, his sack coat being buttoned up to his throat His movements were quick and to the point. At the moment Fred glanced out from under the bed ke was taking up the Senator's trousers from the chair where the boy had 'laid He ran his left fingers into the pockets, but found noth ing. He cast the pants over the back of the chair, with a smothered imprecation, and then turned his attention to the coat. The outside pockets yielded nothing, and again he swore under his breath, while his fair confederate looked on with some trepidation, for, being new to this kind of business, she was clearly very much frightened lest some accident should reveal their presence and purpose in the room. ."Stop where you a r e or I'll s hoot y ou a s s ure as your name is Jimmie!" The rascal paused Jow back away from t hat door," ordered the bell boy, sternly. The sneakthief hesita t ed. "Do as I tell you, or I'll p u t a b a ll into you. Thi s i s the last time I'll warn you," sai d F r e d, in a tone that showed he meant business The crook concluded it was the p art of iJru d e nce to obey this command, but he did it wit h ver y ill g race. Fred backed up to the wall where the elect ric b u tto n communicating with the office was, and p u s h ed it. "Get into the cente r of the room, M.ister J im mie," said the boy, as he moved over to the door, steppi n g across the unconscious chambermaid to reach it, keepi n g bot h hi s eye and the muzzle of his revolver o n t h e s n e a kifilief. The rascal had no alternative but to obey i f h e did n t wish to risk stopping a bullet. Fred unlocked the door and waited. Holding up the coat, which was a handsomely made garment lined with silk, the crook thrust his long slender In a few moments a knock came at room 38. hand into an inside pocket Fred openea the door and found one of his compa ni o n s InS'l:antly a different expression came over the man's there. face, and he' drew out a package of papers and a crumple d I The b o y ga p e d in a st on is h me n t as h e g l ance d i nto the r oll of bills. I room


20 STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. "Is the manager in his office?" asked Fred. I "I don't know," answered the other bell boy, with a startled look as his eye roved from Fred's revolver to the motionless girl on the floor. His impression was that his associate had shot her, and h0 began to back away in great alarm. "Send the manager up here, Billy,'' said Fred, sharply. "Or if he's out tell the head clerk to come up." Billy was off like a shot, and he flew down the stairway to the office as if a mad dog was at his heels. He certainly delivered Fred's message after his own fasliion, for not only the manager, but the head elerk and the proprietor as well, came rushing up to room 38. "What's happened here?" demanded the manager. Fred explained the situation in a very few words. c1 Go down and send our detective up here,'' said the manager to the head clerk. "I give in,'' spoke up the crook, as the clerk left the room. "Then put the money and those papers you have your pocket on that table,'' ordered Fred. The thief obeyed. The manager advanced and took charge of Senator Smith's property In a moment or two the hotel detective appeared, and the manager ordered him to take the crook to the Tender loin station, on West Thirtieth street, and make the proper charge against him. "Now, Bowers," said the manager, "you've done the hcuse a good service, and I'll see that you're suitably re warded for your zeal." Both he and the proprietor shook hands with the boy and complimented him on his pluck. "'Now, go and bring the housekeeper here Fred found that lady up in the linen-room, and she promptly obeyed the manager's summons. "Br ing that young woman to her senses, and then lock her up in her room," said the manager "When our de tective from the station he will have a talk with her " I suppose I may now return to my regular duties, sir," said Fred, looking at the manager. That gentleman nodded, and the bell boy went down stairs and took his accustomed seat as if nothing had occurred. The other bell boys were in a fever of excitement> and the moment Fred appeared they began to question him with t'he greatest eagerness. "She had fainted "But what made her faint?" persisted Billy. "Yes, what was the matter with her?" chorused the othe r boys. "Oh, you fellows want to know too much," grinned Fred. "Ain't you going to tell us?" they asked in a disap pointed tone "I don't believe the manager would care for me to say anything more about iliis affair, just now at any rate." 'fhat's all Fred would say, and they had to make the most of it. As soon as Senator Smith returned to the hotel and heard what had happened in his room, he sent for Fred. "You seem to be always doing something for me, young man. You saved $600 of my money and a package of negotiable securities, I was so careless as to leave in my clothes, worth $10,000. I shall divide the money with you," and he handed Fred $300 in bills. The boy knew there was. no use of refusing the present, so he took it, and thanked the big politician. "Tut, tut! I don't want any thanks. You've fairly ea-,rned all I have given you. I am going to keep my eye on you, Bowe'.rs. y OU seem to be as smart as boys come. I may be able to put something in your way yet that will be better than your present job. I like to help boys of your calibre to get on. Next morning the manager called Fred into his office and presented him with $250 as an evidence of the pro prietor's appreciation of his services. ., "I'm not

STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. ready to swear by him and s tick by him through thick and thin. Fred's bank account g rew more rapidly than ever now that he was promoted to the important position of head bell boy, and befor e the holidays came around his balance Jiad risen to four figures, which was a very comfortable refl ection fo1 a boy not yet s ixte e n, who had passed most of his life as a thankless and unpaid drudge in a country store. ---. CHAPTER XII. "It is sure to be advertised for in the 'Lost and Found' column of some paper. If I should miss it through that I'll advertise it myself in a way that only the owner will identify it." "You ought to rake in a big reward. it was me I wouldn t give it up unless the geezer who was so careless as to lose it came down with a good wad." "Billy, that wouldn't be a square deal. A man's prop erty is his property, and there isn't any la.w compelling a per son to reward the finder of a lost article." "S'posen there isn't. He ought to do it just the same The chances are that anybody but you wouldn't give that badge up unless he saw something at the other end." "I shan't refuse a reward if it's offered; but I'm not going to hold the owner up for it, even if I had the cha:i;we On New Year's e v e Fred Bower s and Billy Butler went 1 to do s o." to a pop.ular to see a production which I "Huh!" grunted Billy, as they walked on down Broad-KITTIE REDWOOD. was havmg a big run. . I way toward their hotel. "I.t's the finest show on Billy, em Next morning .a notice, describing the lost badge, apphatically, when they came out mto the mght at the close lpeared in a mormng's paper. of the show. A s uitabl e reward" was offered for its return. "It's all right. Fulger i s a peach, isn't he?" remarked Billy Butler saw it first,. as he was on the lookout for it. Fred. . I "I wonder what that geezer means by a suitable re"Bet your he is . t that s ong, with I ward?" he sniffed. "A fiver, perhaps. I'll that badge the human ram bow behmd lum, great? i G worth $1 000 if it's worth a cent. That diamond alone h b B n ?" "What do. you mean by the uman ram ow, 1 Y in the tiger's mouth ought to be worth $500, not to menasked Fred, in astonisl1ment. tion the other thirty-five, and the rubies, which are woi'th "Why, thcJEe gir ls, of course. What else s hould I mean? as much as diamond s A feller who can afford to sport Don't you remember, blue calc ium lights ':e re on such a thing as that ml!-st be well heeled, :ind should come one row, red on another, green on a third, pmk on a up with the dust." fourth, and so on. There must have been more'n a hun-He showed the advertisement to Fred. dred girls on the stage when they. came to the last "There you are now. The chap who lost the badge lin e of the chor us, and with Fulger m. the lead, offe rs a suitable reward," with a grin. "I don't take any danced simply swell How the house did come down stock in suitable rewards. I like a feller to come out and Hello! What are you l ooking at?" say what h e's willing to give. You ought to get $100. Fred had stopped suddenly on the edge of the gutter, It's worth every nickel of it." where the snow lay in patches, and was gazing down at Fred re!).d the advertisement. some object which glistened in the gaslig ht. It was signed "George Wakeley, Hotel Balmoral, BroadHe bent down and picked it up. way and __ street." It was a magnificent gold badge, stu dd e d with "I'll call on Mr. Wakeley this a,fternoon, and return thirty -five diamonds. him his badge, after he has properly identified it," said Suspended from it by two tiny gold chains of exquisite Fred; cutting out the advertisement and putting it in his workmanship was a tiger's head, whose mouth held a large k t . f bl poc e and whose eyes were formed by a pair o azmg \ Fred. stepped up to the desk at the Hotel Balmoral at ru b1es. h lf t f 1 k h fi d I" d B'll "I'll bet that's a -pas our 0 c oc Gee W at a n ,, gaspe i Y Mr. w akeley in?" he inquired. worth a thousand dolll}rs. . The clerk looked at the key boxes, and then said : "It seems to be very valuable," said Fre.d, holdmg it "I reall couldn't say if Mr. Wakeley himself is in his so that the light of a street l amp could shme full upon it. J t t t Wh t ou name? Does ,, room s us wai a momen a is y r "Watch those diamonds sparkle u W k 1 k ?n t th 11. h. h t a e ey now you. "I'll bet the gazabo that los at is pu mg is air ou by the roots by this time," sai d Billy rath e r envious of "My name is Fred I am not with his companion's good fortune. "What are you going to Mr. Wakeley. I came m reference to his do with it?" Se ll it?" about a badge he lost." "Not on your life. I'm g oing to try to find the owner." "Oh, yes. He'll be glad to see you." . "You are!" exclaimed Billy. "How are you going to The clerk made a memorandum on a card and sent it by do it?" a bell 9oy to Mr. Wakeley's rooms .


STRIVING F0R FORTUNE. The boy returned with word that F(ed Bowers was I glad to meet such a one in this great city, where everyone cqme upstairs. is for himself without much thought for his neighbor. "The bell boy will show you to Mr. Wakeley's rooms," Were you born and brought New York?" said the clerk, and Fred followed him to the third floor "No, sir. I was born and brought up after a fashion front. in the Catskills." "Walk in," said a sonorous voice in answer to the boy's "Indeed!" exclaimed the gentleman, regarding the boy knock. with a fresh inte rest. "What part of the Catskills, may The b ell boy opened the door and F'red walked into a I ask?" splendidly furnished sitting-room. "A village called Alton, near the Cairo & Catskills He found himself in the presence of a finely-built man, Railroad." with a bronze d complexion, who looked as if he had spent "Alton!" cried Mr. Wakeley in surprise. t'Did you the greater part of his life in the open air and under a know the Redwoods that live on a farm a few miles out warm SUJl. of that village?" His face, which bore a hearty and genial expression, "I knew them very well, indeed, sir," replied Fred, attracted the boy at once. astonished in his turn. He had the swing and freedom of the untramelled wil"I am a first cousin of Mrs. Redwood," said Mr. Wake derness, yet at the same time the manners and polish of a ley. "Will you excuse me a moment?" perfect gentleman. "Yes, sir.'' "Your name is Fred Bower!!!, I believe?" he said, lookThe gentleman went into an inner room. ing at the pencilled card. In about five minutes the door was epened and a lovely "Yes, sir." little vision of chic beauty appeared in the opening. "Mine is George Wakeley. I am happy to know you. She looked rather doubtfully at Fred, who returned her Take a seat." gaze with interest. "I called in referenqe to your advertisement," began At first glance it had struck him that there was someFred, as he sat down. thing famili1tr about her. "Exactly. I lost a very valuable badge last evening on For a moment he could not say what it was. my way to this hotel from the Amsterdam Theatre. I set Then, as she shyly advanced into the room and cocked great store by it-;--in fact, I value it far beyond its intrin her pretty head to one side, as a Cfg'tain person used to do sic worth, which is conS.iderable-because it was presented of old, the scales dropped from his eyes and he recognized to me by the city of Santiago, Chili. I presume you found her. it, or represent the person who did so; therefore I will "Why, Kittie Redwood, is this reaUy you?" he cried, give you an exact description of it to establish my right to jumping from his chair and adva:p.cing to meet her. its ownership." He described the badge so correctly that Fred had no doubt that: it belonged to him. "I guess it's yours, all right, Mr. Wakeley," he said. "I found it half imbedded in the snow of the gutter about a CHAPTER XIII. block from the N:"ew Amsterdam. 1 shall take great pleas-MR. WAKELEY GIVES FRED A TOKEN OF HIS APPREOIATION. in returning it to you." 1 He got up, and taking the badge from his handed it to Mr. Wakeley. "I am very prnch obliged to you, young nian," said the gentleman,. evidently delighted to get his valuable trinket back. "You are welcome, sir," answered Fred, politely. "I said in my advertisement that I would give a suit able reward for the return of the badge," said Mr. Wake ley, putting his hand in his pocket. "I will not refuse any little acknowledgment you may wish to give me, sir; but I hope you will understand that I made no demana on you for any reward. The badge being your property, you are entitled to receive it back without feeling under any obligation to pay me for bring ing it to you. It is a satisfaction in itself to be able to return you so valuable 1tn article." "Yoll are evidently a very honest and conscientious boy," replied Mr. Wakeley in a pleased toI\e. HJ am very "Yes; but I'm not sure that I ought to have come in here to see you," she said with the same doubtful expres sion on her face. "Why not, Kittie? Aren't you glad to see me?" "Y-e-s; but I don't think you deserve--" She paused and looked down at the carpet. "Don't think I deserve what?" he asked in some astonishment. "You promised to call on me before you left Alton, and you didn't do it. Then you said you would write to me and you didn't--" "But I did write to you, Kittie," he said, eagerly. "I wrote to you before I was two weeks in this city, telling you why I was obliged to leave the village in such a hurry that it was impossible for me to see you." "Why I never go_t any letter from you," she exclaimed, looking at him with a different expression on her fe. "Did you really write?"


STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. 23 "I did, upon my honor, Kittie. I waited and waited fQr y ou to an swer it, and when you didn't I--" "How c ould I an s wer whe n I didn't get your letter, or know w h e r e to a ddr ess you?" "That the n a ccounts for your silence, and I thought you had depriv e d m e of your friend s hip for the future." "Jus t a s if I e v e r would hav e done that, Fred," she an s wered, reproachfully. "I did think it str&-nge that I didn't hear from you, when w e wer e s u c h g ood friend s in the village." "And I thou ght you had found s omebody you liked bet ter than poor me in the cit y," with a laugh and a blu s h. No, Kittie h e said, with a n honest ring in hi s voice, that a ss ured h e r tha t hi s w o rd s wer e sincer e "I hav e been ove r a year and a h alf in N e w York, e mployed in a bi g hot e l, whe re I see lot s of fine girl s and ye t I haven't seen on e tha t I could like b ette r than you." "Oh, Fre d, do y ou really mean that? Aren't you jollying me jus t a little? s h e a s k e d, with a pleased expressi o n. "I have n e v e r s aid an ythi n g to y ou y e t I didn t mean, and I don't think I will begi n now. W e used t o b e good frie n ds, a nd I h o p e you won' t think of s haking m e n o w tha t y ou h ave gr o w n s o big and pr etty and are d re ssed out s o fine Why, Kittie, what are you d o ing in, N e w Y ork a nywa y ? And y ou'r e s topping at one of the toniest hotel s in town too. I can t unde r s t and it." Sh e laug h e d m e rrily. "Why I am on a vi s it. I am s taying with Mr. Wak e ley and h is w ife. Mr. Wakeley i s mamma's cousin." "So he told me." "But how cam e you to know Mr. Wakeley, Fred?" s he a s k e d curi o u s l y "I never was s o surpris ed in my life as I was when h e c am e and told me the r e was a boy named Fre d Bower s in the s itting-room, who h a d come from Alton, and who s aid he knew our famil y I could hardly believe the evidence of my s en s e s He insisted tha t I come out and see y ou, so--" "You did," interrupte d Fred. "Well I'm :i;ight glad you di d for if there i s one girl in the world I mos t wanted to see it is you." "Oh, Fred," she answered, blu s hing ro s ily. "That's the truth," he s aid, nodding his head in a very posi tive fa s hion. "Are n t you glad? Own up now, Kit tie." "Well, ye s A1e you satisfied now?" "Certainly I am. How long do you expect to remain m Ne w York ? R eall y I am not sure. Probably a w e ek or so longer." "Then y ou'll let me come and see you again before you go back, won't you?" "I. should be glad to have you c a ll. But you didn't t e ll m e how y ou came to know Mr. Wakeley. He's only been 1>ix w ee k s in N e w York ; and b e fore he c ame h e re he spent s ix teen years in South Am e rica, in Chili. H e's a civil er.,gineer and i s qui te wealthy." "Well, Kittie, I haven't known Mr. Wakeley more than ten minut e s all together-that is, up to the time he went in yonder room to tell you I was here." "Why, how is that? How came you to call ?" Fred then proceeded to tell h'er how he found Mr. Wake ley s diamond presentation badge in a gutter on Forty second street; how he had seen Mr. Wakeley's advertise ment in th e morning paper, and how he had called at the Balmoral to return hill). his property. "And now," s aid Fred in a gallant way, "I feel I have bee n suffic i e ntly rewarded by having met you, Kittie, anu in having our little misunders tanding squared up. r felt s o happy in a dog's age." Kittie laughed in a joyous way, as though she, too, was well plea s ed with the way things had turned out. Jus t then Mr. Wakeley entered the sitti. ng-room with wife, to whom he introduced Fred. Afte r a s hort conversation the boy said he guessed he'd have to go. "You mu s t coml and see us again, Fre' d," said the civil e ngineer, h e artily. "Kittie will remain with us a couple o f w ee k s more, I gue ss, and I dare say you will enjoy seeing h e r a ga in, a s you two are such old friends," and he look e d quizzically at the boy. "Now I want you to take this," he add e d, Randing Fred an envelope. ":t)o not be afraid-it won't bite you. It's just a little token my appreciation of your kindness in so promptly returning my badge." Thus pressed, Fred accepted the envelope and put it in his poc k et. Whe n h e got back to his hotel and examined the contents of the envelope he found a $500 bill. "How much did you get for returning that badge?" a s k e d Billy Butler at the supper table that evening. "I got a bill," replied Fred with a grin. "Five or ten?" snickered Billy. "Neither." "Maybe it was twenty," hazarded his associate. Fre d shook his head. "Fifty, then? "No, Billy, it wasn't fifty, but if add another to it maybe you'll strike it." "Do you m e an to say you got $500 ?" gasped Billy. "I do." "Oh, come off! Show up and I'll believe you." Fred took out the envelope and showed him the bill. "Suffering grasshoppers! I didn t think you'd g e t more than a tenner. That chap is all to the mustard!" "He certainly is a fine man. I hope to know him better some da y." "Do you? Gee! I wish you'd give me an introduc tion." The boy s rose from the table and w ent upstairs to re lieve a pair of their comrades who. had the eve ning off.


24 STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. J CHAPTER XIV. ' FRED CLEARS THE CLOUD FROM HIS "I believe you, Fred; but I do wish :for your own s ake that youcould prove it. That would set you right again." "I can prove it, Kittie." "Oh, I'm s o glad," she said. "Senator Smith is stopping at the Hotel DeLux, where Pred saw Kittie Redwood once more be\ore she reI am employed, and he is a good friend of mine. I'll tell turned to her home in the Catskills, and at that interview him about this matter, and get him to give me a written she told him about the charge of robbing the mail which statement that he actually pre s ented JD with tha t $50 for had been brought again s t him by .Mr. Gardner and bis son a service, which n eed not be mention ed, of course. You immediately after hi s hasty departure from Alton. can take this back with you and show it to y our fath e r and The boy was naturally very indignant. tell him what I saw Tom do. In fa ct, I will make out a "Do you mean to say that Mr. Gardner actually accused sta.tement myself, in the :form of an affidavit, and swear me of taking Miss Pillsberry's letter?" he exclaimed w.ith to its truth before a notary That will be bett e r. Then a flushed face. your father can take both document s to Mr. Gardner and ayes, Fred, he did. He said he meant to have you ar-show them to him and also to others in the village. You rested and put in prison for it. He even hinted that he will do this :for me, won't you, Kittie?" sus pected you had also taken some of his own property Kittie assured Fred that she would be only too happy to also." help set him right at the villa ge, so Fred got the Sen a tor "If I had known that I should have returned to Alton to give him a s igned paper about the $ 5 0, and he made at once and faced him. Why, it's an .o-iftrage I T .om Gardout his own affidavit, charging Tom Gardner with the ner took the money out df that letter himself the night I theft of the letter in que s tion, detailing all the circumleft, for I caught him in the act of doing it." stances of the case, togethe r with the rea s on s which in"You did?" duced him to leave Alton in s uch a hurry. did. And he promised ifI would not say a word He took both these papers to Kittie at the Balmoral about it that he would take the money to Miss Pillsberry Hotel, but as she was out shopping Mr s Wakeley at in tlfe morning and make some explanation that would the time he did not see her before he left the city. get him out of the difficulty. So the little rascal kept the She got the papers all right, however, took them back money and the blame of the whole thing on me, did home with her, and her fath e r used them to s u c h good he? And here I've been ever since supposed to be a thief. advantage in Fred 's behalf that ev,en the pos tmast e r, who Oh, Kittie, this is terrible! What s hall I do? I'll have was still. rather bitter again s t hi s son for st e aling hi s to go back and try and straighten the matter out. I'll money, and from whom he had heard a word s in c e hi s make Tom confess, or I'll break his head." unc e remoniou s departure from town, admitt e d that Fre d "You can t do that now." Bowers might be innocent of the cha rge of s tealing Miss "Why can't I?" Pillsberry s "Because Tom Gardner ran away from Alton a year The maiden lady herself was delighted to learn that ago and has not been heard of since." Fred was able to prove that he had not taken h ei: lett e r,. "Ran away, did he?" and, as she had more than half s u s pect ed Tom to be the ''Yes; and it is believed that he took some of his fathguilty one all al1ong, she made it h e r bus iness to circulate er's money with him." the news'broadcast. "I don t doubt but he did. But, Kittie, I'li have to Kittie made Fred happy with a lett e r g iving him the square m y self somehow with the people who know .me at result s of her efforts with the paper s and t e llin g him that t11e ;illage I can:J; have s uch a charge as that hanging no one in Alton now had the l e a s t dou b t a s t o h is inno' bve:r, m y h eac1. Did Mis s Pillsberry believe I took her money?" "No, s he didn't believe that you did, though the evi dence was so s trong against you. Neither did I, Fred. Nobody c ould make me believe anything bad of you." "Thank you, Kittie. You're a true friend," replied Fre d with much emotion. "What was the evidence that Mr. Gardn e r and Tom brought again s t m e ?" Kittie told him that Tom ass erted that be had s een the sum of $ 50., th e e x ac t amount the letter was s uppo sed to contain, in hi s possession. '"That was true," replied Fred; "but I received t}lat money from Senator Smith, who was at that time stop ping at the Chilton f?r a s ervice I rendered him." cence in relation to Miss Pill s b erry's lette r. Senator Smith evid e ntly had tak e n a g r e at fancy to Fred, for whe n he was in. the cit y h e always inSisted tha t the hoy answer hi s attendance call s to hi s room. As lrn invariably tipped Fred mos t lib e rally, th e boy bad come to fook upon th e politi c ian a s a gilt-edge d c in c h One day when Fred brou ght him up a box of hi s par ticular grade of Havana cigar s he turned to him and s aid abruptl y : "How much money have you in the bank, Bowers?" "About $1 800, sir," replied "Pre tty good for a young fellow of your age. By the way, how old are you?." "Sixteen."


STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. "Well, I'm goin! to put you the way of a few pollars." "I'm very much obliged to you, sir." bran c h offices of leading broker s in the vicinity of the hotel and taking a shy at the bulls and bears. Prudence, however, prevented him, though he continued to make a st udy of Wall Street methods and talk an the subject with messenger boys and clerks who worked in the financial district. "Tut, tut You're welcome. Now listen to me. The has condemned the property the approaches to the new East River bridge. On Monday the buildings pn this ground will be sold at public auction. The tenants They often poured glowing stories into his ears, and pave been notified by the city a'1thorities to vacate at offered to double for him any money he had accumulated once. Now they won't, for they are being quietly tipped from his tips. 9ff that they can remain for tbree months by paying their But Fred didn't care to intrust any funds to a second re1it regularly. Only certain people on the inside know party in so precarious a game of chance. that the buildings need not be torn down for three "If I ever put my money up on stocks," he"Said to him months. These people, and I am one them, are going self one day, "I'll do it first hand. Then know where to attend the auction next Monday and bid in the best of I'm at even if I lose." these buildings, and afterwards, when the time i s up, we Fred had been a bell boy about two years when one day sell the buildings at private sale to building removal he was sent to answer a call at room 98, on the third floor, companies. Now, you had better that sale with, This was one of a suite occupied by William say, $1,500, and buy in two or three of them. You'll be Metcalf, a prominent Wall Street speculator, who had able to collect three months' rent, in addition to what only recently become a guest of the house. they will afterward fetch at private sale. All the money The broker sent the boy downstairs to bring drinks and you collect in rent.from a five-story tenement will be clear cigars for himself and two friends, and when Fred profit, and I venture to say not a building will fetch a turned with the order he got a fifty-cent tip. price equal to its actual value in old building material. During the afternoon, which was Saturday, Fred an You meet me on the spot at noon, and I'll see that your swered r,ings from room 98 half a dozen times, and every Lids get in on the gro und floor with those on the i,nside." time he was requested to fetch up drinks or cigars, or On the Monday in question Fred arranged so that he both. It was half-past four o'clock when Fred answered the seventh s ummon s from room 98. was able to get off work in time to meet Senator Smith on the ground where the sale was going to take place. TbP. Senator and his political friends bought in the bulk of the building s and three of them were assigned to Fred at an average cost of $400 each. The clique employed a man to collect the rents for the ensuing three months. "This is what I call a good thing," grinned the boy to himself, for each of bis trips to the broker's aparlments, after the first, had netted him a quarter as he took the elevator for the third floor. 1 He knocked on the door of room 98 and was told to enter. After hi s s hare of the expense had been deducted, Fred The three gentlemen s till sat around a marble-top table found that hi s s for rent on the three tenements in the center of the room, which was littered with papers amounted to about $ 550 per month. and cigar stumps. S enator Smtth sold Fred's three buildings with his own Their movements, Fred could not fail tc> observe, were to a company made a business of demolishing conver y hazy and uncertain. demned structures for their material at a further profit Evidently the drinks they had absorbed had affeeted. to the boy of $850, so that Fred cleared altogether on the their brains and j:!louded their thoughts. deal the sum of $2,500, which raised his capital to nearly "'I'be chambermaid will have a fit in 'the when $4,500. -r:,be sees this room," thought the bell boy, as he a CHAPTER XV. FRE'D GETS A TIP ON THE STOCK MARKET. With over $4,000 to his credit in the Dime Savings and Greenwich banks, Fred was eager to increase his financial standing, so that when he reached his majority he would be able to start in some business for himself if he felt so disposed. Re had heard a good deal about fortunes being won and lost, too, for that matter, in Wall Street in a day, and several times he had been tempted to go to one of the has ty glance aro.upd the apartment. "Look here, boy," s aid Mr. Metcalf, in a sleepy way, "I want you to go on an errand for me." "I can't leave the hotel for half an hour yet, sir. I'll call a messenger for you." "Call nothing," replied the broker, witp. a slight hic cough. "I want you to carry a message for me yourself1 Understand?" "Yes, sir. I'U-do it if you can wait half an hour. I'm off at five." Mr.' Metcalf seemed satisfied to wait tliat long, and as Fred was turning t? leave the ro?m he told him to fetch up some more cigars. Fred brought the cigars right away ana receive d his I


26 STlUVING .FOR FORTUNE. -====-=--=-----= s ixth quarter, making $2 in all he had received in tips that afternoon from the new guest. "Don't forget, boy, five o'clock sharp. Might as well bring up bottle seltzer with you when you come. Under sta nd ?" "Yes, sir." Promptl y at five Fred knocked again on the door of room 98. "Come in," spoke Mr. Metcalf's voice, in thick tones One of Mr. Metcalf's visitors seemed to be making a strong, but not very successful, effort to keep his eyes open, while the other, with a decidedly foolish look upon his face, was apparently trying to check off something with his fingers. Mr. Metcalf ,himself was reaching for a paper contain ing a lot of pencilled memorandums, which l1f1d slipped to the carpet just out of his reach. "Boy, piok up paper, will you?,,. Fred recovered it and handed it to him. The held it before his eyes and seemed to be studying it. Then he got up in an unsteacly way, took up a glass and started to fill it with seltzer from the siphon Fred lrncl pJ.lought with him, according to orders. Mr. Metcalf, quite uncqnscious of the force he was releasing, pressed the lever clown hard. The liquid struck the bottolil of the glass lik e a bullet from a pistol and an artificial geyser immediately resulted The stream of seltzer flew in the direction of the sleepy visitor and struck him full in the mouth The shock aroused him so suddenly that he tipped back ward, chair and all, and mea s ured his length on the carpet I Fred hastened at once to his assistance and h e lped him back on his chair, taking his handkerchi ef from hi s pocket and wiping away the moisture which had drenched his collar and n ecktie Mr. Metcalf looked astonished .at the ha:voc he had created, while the other gentleman laughed heartily, as if he thought the accident awfully funny-. The broker had dropped the memorandum on the floor again and was examining the metallic top of the siphon as if he thought it was out of order He saw the paper on the floor and once more asked Freel to pick it up, which the boy did. There was a sma ll fancy desk in a corner of the room, 'Mr. John Fisher, No. 128 West Got that?" "Yes, sir." street, city.' "'Buy P. & M Monday, without fail. Go your limit. No risk. Sure th1ng. Sure to go to par inside ten days.' Got .that down?" "Yes, sir." "Give me pen and l'H sig n it." rrhe broker spraw l ed his sig nature at the bottom of Fred's writing and then he told the bell boy to address an envelope to Mr. Fisher, put the note inside and seal it up Fred obeyed. "That's all," said Mr. Metcalf "Here's a dollar. Take i10te to Mr. Fisher right away." The boy went to his room, changed his uniform for his every-day clothes, and then started on his errand, jumping on board a Broadway car "I wonder what he meant by 'Buy P. & M., Monday, without fail?' mused tlrn boy. Then, like a fl.ash, the meaning of those words formecl itself in his brain. "Why, that must be a stock tip Mr. Metcalf is sending sonie friend or business associate P. & M are the initials o{ some railroad whose shares are about to advance in the market: Mr. Metcalf probably ha s inside information on the subject. By George! I'll bet I 've hit it. I'll just make a note of those initials. I would not be at all sur prised but I have got on to a good thing. The s to ck, ac cording to the broker, i s sure to go to par inside of ten days. I wonder what it is selling at now? I can find that out in the morning I think I see the chance to make a small wad myself." At l e ngth the st reet on which M!. Fisher l ived was r eached, and the boy left the car Fred found No. 128 to be a n imposing brownstone front. He mounted the steps, rang the bell and asked for :Mr. The gentleman was .in his library. Fred delivered the note into his hands, and a few min utes later was on his way back to the hotel. CHAPTER XVI. FROM BELLBOY TO MILLIONAIRE. and toward this Mr. Metcalf t u rned Next morning Fred looked up the market report of the He opened out the flap and seated himself before it. previous day's operation s at the Stock Exchange, and Taking a sheet of note paper, he started to write some found that P. & M. was ruling at 66. thing on it, efforts in this direction were not satis-11 "If see Senator _Smith to-da_y I'll ask his on factory to him. the subJect. If he thmks ,wdl of 1t, why he can go m, too, After spoiling a coupl e of sheets he turned around and and get a rake-off. He's been pretty good to me, and I'd to Fred. like to put someth ing in way." The boy went over to see what he wanted. After dinner he found that the politician was in his "Sit down and write few words for me, young man." morn, so he went up and at his door. Fred took the chair the broker vacated. I He was told to enter. "Write as I dictate." ''Yes, sir." I "He llo Bowers What can I do for you?" asked the Senator genia lly.


STRIVING FOR FORTUNE. 27 "I want to ask your advice about a little speculation rm thinking of going into." Senator Smith cleared $165,000 on the deal, and he in sisted on' Fred accepting $16,500 in return for the tip. "A speculation, eh? Let's hear what it is." "Mr. Metcalf, the broker, who has suite 98 and 99, on the floor above, sent a note by me to a friend yesterday afternoon advising him to buy a certain stock which he said would advance rapidly before the end of next week." Thus the bell boy found that he was worth about $41,000. It wasn't very long afterward before Fred overheard two real estate men talking about the land boom on Long Island. "That's it, eh?" said the Senator, becoming interested. "What was the name of the stock?" "P. & M., sir." "How came you to see the contents of the note?" "I wrote it for him." "We ought to make a good thing out of it,'' said one of the men. "It can be bought for 1ess than $1,000 an acre, and should net us five or six times that amount. We'll have to take the whole thirty-five acres." "Why didn't he write it himself?" "We can get it for a third down, I suppose?" remarked his companion. "He couldn't. He was not feeling well." "Who was this person, if it isn't a confidential "No. It's spot cash, but we can get a loan of $20;000 maton it." ter ?" They decided to try and raise enough money to buy the "I don't think I ought to mention names. He had knd, then form a company to get the necessary capital for promised the tip, and I guessed from his manner that he improvements, advertising and other expenses. was expecting it. At any rate, he seemed greatly pleased Fred had been thinking of investing his money in real when he read the note, and he told me td tell him he'd use estate, and he thought he would consult Senator Smith the tip.' He told him to go the limit on it." on the subject. "Look here, Bowers, this may be a good thing. If it He repeated to the politician the conversation he had is I'd advise you to see it through. You wait till to-moroverheard, and once more asked his advice. row night. I'll see what I can find out about that stock The Senator found that owing to the newly projected to-morrow. If it looks to be the correct thing I'll go transit facilities the property Fred had told him about long myself a few thousands and I'll give you ten per was almost certain to become very valuable in a few years, cent. of my winnings in acknowledgment of your letting $O he decided to take a thirty-day option on the land in me in on it. You can also put up all your pile on a ten his own name in the boy's interest, pending the necessary per cent. margin. But don't do a thing till you hear legal arrangements io have a guardian appointed for t:k11 from me." bell boy. "All right, sir. I'm much obliged." Before the time limit was up the Manhattan Trus ComN ext evening Senator Smith took Fred aside and told pany became Fred's guardian and purchased the property him to buy the stock. for him for $33,000. On Tuesday morning the boy, after figuring that he The company received an offer of $40,000 for the propwould require $3,960 to hold 600 shares of P. & M. on a erty inside of a month, but Fred had no idea of disposing margin of ten per cent., drew the money from his two of i1. 1 banks, took it around to the uptown office of Gage & Co., During the fall Fred paid a visit to Alton, or rather he stock brokers, and put it up on the stock with all the stopped with the Redwoods on their farm for two weeks nerve of an old-timer. and had the time of his life there. The Senator had informed him that he had purchased He told Mr. Redwood and Kittie how well he was mak5,000 shares for himself down in Wall Street. ing out in the world. Next day P. & M. went up to 68. "What will you ever do with so much money if you On Thursday the stock closed at 73. make it?" asked Kittie, with a smile, after her father bad Friday morning the stock began to attract such atten-left the room. tion at the Exchange that it went up with a rush to so "When I'm married I guess my wife will :find use for before closed for the day. some of it." Saturday morning it opened at 81 5-8 and closed at 90 1 "Married!" exclaimed the girl, her face changing. aL noon. "Have you a girl in view?" P. & M. reached par Tuesday morning and Fred rushed "I have," he replied promptly. over to Gage & Co. and ordered them to sell the stock. Miss Redwood became very sober and changed the oon-The clerk telephoned to the Exchange and in fifteen versation. minutes Fred was out of it and at liberty to figure up his "You haven't ask ed me who she is," said Fred, slyly. profits. "Some New York girl, I suppose," she replied, w'th a Next morning he got his statement and a check for slight toss of her head. something like $24,000, of which four-fifths represented "New York State girl-yes. But I'm not sure whether his profits. she'll have me when the time comes." ;,J,. '" \t


28 STRIVING FOR "Oh, I guess she will if you have plenty of money," ::'torted Kittie. "I had an idea, Kittie, that money wouldn't make any difference with you." "It won't. If I liked a man well enough to marry him I wouldn't care whether be was rich or not," she said in a tone which showed she meant.. it. "That's what I thought, Kittie. Now, supposing I tell you this girl's name, will you keep it quiet?" "I am not very curious on the subject," she replied, with a little frown. "Well, you said that pretty decidedly." "I meant it." Fred drew a pencil from his pocket and wrbte some thing on a card. "There's the only girl I care a cent for in this world, and she's the only girl I mean to marry. Read it." "No. I don't want to know anything about her." She threw the card on the table and walked over to the window. He foll9wed her after picking up the card. "Are you jealous, Kittie?" he asked, putting his arm around her waist. "No, I'm not jealous," she said, swinging away from him. "I don't care." "You're crying, Kittie," he said, softly. "I'm not." "Yes, you are. Why don't you read the card?" "Because I don't care to," with an angry sob. "Allow me to read it for you. The words on that card are 'Kittie Redwood, the sweetest girl in all the world.' She looked up in surprise. Then she snatched the card out of his hand and read it. "Kittie, will you marry me some day?" asked Fred, eagerly. "Do you mean that, Fred?" she said with swimming eyes. "I do." "Then my answer is-yes." "That is all I wanted to know, Kittie That is what hrought me to the Catskills." H,e pulled her head down on Ms shoulder and kissed her. A few months later Fred ceased to be a bell boy at the Hotel DeJ,ux. He was promoted behind the desk. On hil:l twentieth birthday he was formally accepted by lvlr. Redwood as his prospective son-in-law, and declared she was the happiest girl in the world. On Fred's return to New York he received through the trust company an offer of $75,000 for his Long Island property. He decided to accept it, and when the money was paid over he wrote Kittie that he was now worth over $100,000. About this time Mr. George Wakeley paid another visit to New York. His was to raise additional capital for the purpose of enlarging the operations of a gold and silver mine in Chili in which he had the controlJing interest. He learned that Kittie and Fred were engaged to be married, and he invited the boy, for whom he had a great liking, to dine with him at the Balmoral Hotel. Fred accepted, and after Mr. Wakeley had found out how successful Fred had been he offered the boy a half interest in the mine for his $100,000. Fred accepted his at once, and arrangements were set on foot to carry out Mr. Wakeley's plans. "I don't thank you a bit for taking Fred away from me, Cousin George," said Kittie tearfully, when Mr. Wakeley and Fred, who had resigned from the Hotel De Lux, much to the regret of the proprietor and permanent guests alike, paid a flying visit to the Redwood Farm pre vious to their departure for South America. "I dare say you are dreadfully down on me, Kittie," replied the gentleman, soothingly. "But I assure you both Clara and myself will take the best of care of him. Two years won't be lJmg for you to wait, little one. Then he will come after you. By that time he ought to be a very wealthy young man." "I don't care whether he's wealthy or Cousin George. I would marry Fred if he didn't have a dollar." Fred and Kittie had a very tender parting, and the girl cried for a whole week after he had gone back to New York. Then Wakeley and Fred sailed for Chili, remaining away two years, after which they came back, Fred having become a millionaire. It was a very pretty wedding that took place in the Alton Methodist Church, and iJ.nder a sunshiny sky Fred and Kittie became man anQ. wife. One of the first to wish the newly-wedded couple long life and happiness was Miss Tabitha Pillsberry, who sent Kittie a sofa pillow embroidered by her own hands. ; Senator Smith was also present, and acted as best man for Fred. He presented the bride with a necklace of pearls. On their wedding trip they sb'1Jped at the Hotel DeLux in New York. ( "In my striving for fortune, Kittie/' he said to his wife that night, "it seems to have been but a step that I took from bell boy to millionaire." THE END. Read "OU'f FOR BUSINESS; OR, THE SMARTEST BOY IN TOWN," which will be the next number (4.4) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE,1 NEW YORK, and you will receivfl the copies you order by return mail. )


WORK AND W.JN. W'"eekly The Best Published. N"C'MB:ZBS AB:Z ALWAYS IN PBIN'l'. AL:t. 'l'H:Z READ ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM ALL. LATEST ISSUES: 361 Fred Fearnot's Search for Terry, and 'l'erry's Faith I n Him. and the Bank Messenger; or, T h e Boy Who Made 362 the Tempera nce Man; or, Putting Pown t h e 326 Fred Fearnot a Fortune. 327 Fred Fearnot and the Kentuc ky Moonshiners ; or, The "Bad" "363 J!lred Fearnot' s Fight for his Life ; or, The Cunning t hat Pulled Men of the Blue Grass Region Him Through. 328 Fred Fearnot the Boy Acrobat; or, Out With His Own 364 Fred Fllarnot and the Wild Beast Tamer; or, A Week With a Circus. Circus. 829 Fred Fearnot' s Great Crash; or, Losing His Fottune In Wall 365 Convention; or, The Mus i c that Street. 366 Fred E'earnot s Wall Street Game; or, Beating t h e Brokers. 880 Fred Fearnot's Return to Athletics; or, His Start to Rl!gal n a 367 Fred Fearnot and the Wild Mustang; or a C h ase of 'l'hlrty Fortune. Days. 831 Fencing Team ; or, Dereatlng the "Pride of Old 368 Fred Fearnot and the Boasting Cowboy ; or, Teaching a Brag332 Fred Fearnot's "Free For All"; or, His Great Indoor Meet. 369 gart a Lesson. 333 Fred F earnot and the Cabin Boy; or, Beating the Steamboa t Fred Fearnot and the School Boy; or, The Brightest Lad In New Sharpe rs. York. 334 Fred Fearnot and the Prize-Fighter; or, A Pugllist's Awfu l Mis 370 Fred Fearnot's Game Teamster; or, A Hot Time on the Plains. take. 371 Fred J ?earnot and the Renegade; or, The Man Who Defi e d Bull e ts. 335 Fred Fearnot's Office Boy; or, Making "Money In Wa ll Street. 372 Fred l 'earnot and the Poor .Boy; or, 'l'he Dime that Made a For -336 Fred Fearnot as a Fireman ; or, The Boy Her o of the !?la m e s tune. 337 Fred Fearnot and the Factory Boy; or, '.l'he Champion of t h e 373 Fred l ?earnot' s T reasure Hunt! or, After the Aztec's Gold. Town. 374 Fred Fearnot and the Cowboy King; or, Evelyn and the "Bad" 338 Fred Fearnot and the "Bad Man" ; or, The Bluff from Bitter Men. Creek 375 Fred Fearnot and "Ro ring Bill"; or, The Wickedest Boy In the 339 Fred Fearnot and the Shop Girl; or, The Plot Against A n OrWest phan. 376 Fred l <'earnot and the Boy Prospector ; or, The Secret Band of 340 Fred Fearnot Among the Mexicans ; or, Evelyn and the Brigand s Indian Gulch .341 Fred Fearnot and the Boy Engineer ; or, Beating the Train 377 F1 ed Fearnot and the Banker's Boy ; or, The Lad Who Cornere d Wreckers. the Market. 342 Fred Fearnot and the "Hornets" ; or, The League that Soug h t 378 Fred Fearnot and the Boy of Grit; or, Forcing His Way to t h e to Down Him. Top. 343 Fred Fearnot and the Cheeky Dude; or, A Shallow Youth from 379 Fred Fearnot and the Diamond Qu een; or, Helping t h e Treasury Brooklyn. Department. 844 Fred Fearnot In a Death Trap; or, Lost I n The Jllammoth Caves. 380 Fred l earnot and the White Masks; or, Chasing the C h ica go 345 Fred Fearnot and the Boy Rancher; or, 'l'he Gamest Lad in Strangl ers. Texas. 381 Fre d Fearnot at Sandy-Licks; or, Taming a "Bad" Man. 346 Fred Fearnot and the Stage Driver; or, The Man Who Understood 382 Fred U'earnot and the Drunkard' s Son; or, A Hot Fight Against Horses. Rum. 347 Fred Fearnot' s Change of Front; or, Staggering the Wall Street 383 Fred Fearnot and the Snake-Charmer; or, Out With t h e C i r cus Brokers. Fakirs. 348 Fre d Fearnot's New Ranch, And How H e and Terry Managed It 384 Fred F earnot's Pony Express; or, A Rough Ri d e In Texaa. 349 Fred Fearnot and the Lariat Thrower ; or, Beating the Champ i o n 385 Fred Featnot He l d Back ; or, The Time Terry Failed Hi m. of the West. 386 Fred l 'earnot and the Tough Trio; or, Keep i ng the Peace at Gold 350 Fre d Fearnot and the Swindling Trustee ; or, Saving a Wido w' s Bar. Little Fortune. 387 Fred Fearnot and "Nobodys Boy ; or, Helping Along an Orphan. 351 Fred Fearnot and the "Wild" Cowboys, And the Fun He Had With 388 Fre d Fearnot's Promise; or, Helping a Drunkard's B o y Them. 3 89 Fred I?earnot and the Hunte d Man; or, Solving a Queer Mystery 352 Fred Fearnot and the "Mo n e y Queen"; or, Exposing a Female 390 !<'re d F earnot and the Girl of Gold; or, The Female "Wizard o f Sharpe r. Wall Street. 353 Fred Fearnot's Boy Pard; or, Striking It Rich In the Hills. 391 Fred Fearnot and Uncl e Josh; or, Saving the Old Homestead. 354 Fred Fearnot and the Railroad Gang; or, A Desperate Fight for 3.92 Fred Fearnot and "Long Luke"; or, The Toughest Man I n Texas. Life. 393 Fred F earnot on the Diamond ; or, Playing Pennant Ball 355 Fred Fearnot and the Mad Miner; or, The Gold Thieves of t h e 394 !<'red Fearnot and the Silver Syndicate; or, Beating the Wall Rockies. Stree t Sharks. 356 Fred Fearnot In Trouble; or, Terry Olcott's Vow of Vengeance. 395 Fred Fearnot's Conqu ering Stroke; or, Winnin g the S liver Sculls. 357 Fred Fearnot and the Girl In White; or, The Mystery of t he 396 Fred Fearnot's Summ e r Camp; or, Hunting In the North Woo d s. Steamboat. 397 Fred F earnot's Ba se ball Boys; or, Playing In the L eague. 358 Fred Fearnot and the Boy Herder ; or, The Maske d Band o f the 398 Fred Fearnot and the "Wharf Rats" ; or, Solving a North R ivel" Plains. 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HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight o._ ._ '-';' TI ._onta1nmg va ua. e an Ill explain e d by his former assistant, Fre d Hunt, Jr. Explaining how mformatlon regardmg the scien,ce of hypnotism. .Also the secret dialogues were carrie AN boy civea the explanation to all kinds of together with lucky )!now how Th111 book explams them and unlucky Jays and "Napoleon's Orac ulum," the book of fate. all, Ill .magnetism, optics, No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of pneumatics, me c hamcs, etc. The mos t in struc tive book publish ed. knowinc what his future life will bring forth, wh ether happiness or No. HOW TO BECOM:m AN ENGINEER.-Containingfull misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little 11?-struct1ons t? proceed i..,n ?rder to be come a locomotive en book. Buy one and be co1winced. Tell your own fortune. Tell gi!leer; also for a locomotive; together the fortune of your friends. with a full of everythmg an engmeer should know. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND..No._57. HOW 'IO Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of liries of the hand, dire c t10ns how to a B.anJo, V1olm, Z1th e r, Harp? Xylo or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events and other musical together a deby aid of molea marks scars etc. Ill'ustrated. By A. Anderson. s c ription .of nearly ev ery .mus ical mstrument used m ancient or modern times. Profusely illustra ted. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald ATHLETIC. for twenty _Jfears bandmaster of the Ro yal Bengal Marines. No._ 6. HOW TO BECOME AN full inNo. HOW TO l\lAKE A MAGI C struct1on for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, a description of the lante rn, togeth e r wi t h its hi s tory and mvention. l)orizontal bara and various other methods of developing a good, Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can illustrated. By John Allen. bec ome strong and ihea.lthy by following the instructions contained No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing in this little book. complete instructions for p e rfo1ming ove1 sixty Mechanical Tricks No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the ditfer en t positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsworJ; also instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions in fencing. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CAR0S.-Containing explanations of the general principles of sleigh.t-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-hand; of tricks involving sl e ight-of-hand, or the use of specially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. lllustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com: plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them, giving specimen l e tters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing l etters to ladies on all subjects also letters of introduction. not e s and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects also giving sample l etters for instruc tion No. 53. HOW TO WRITE I...ETTERS.--A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father mother, sister, brother, employer; ana, in fact, everybody and body you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land should have this book No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters 011 almost any subject also rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen Jettera'.


THE STAGE. No. 41. THl.!J BOYS OF NEW YORK END M EN'S JOKE B OQK. Cootniniog a vari ety of the l a t es t j ok es used by the ID book of ins truc tions, by a practi cal professor (delight i ng multimaJs:in g all kinds of candX icec ream etc. t udes ev ery n i ght wi t h his w on d erful imitations), can maste r the No. l:H. HOW TO B.wCOMEJ AN' AUT.t:1.0R.-Containing full art, and c r eate any a mount of fu n for him se lf a nd fri e nd s It is t he info r matio n regardi n g c h o i c e of subj ects, the use of wo rd s and the greatest boo k !'ve r p u b l i s h e d and there's milli o n s (of fun) in it. m anne r of preparing a nd submitting manuscript. A l so containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valu a ble informati o n as to t h e n eatnes s l eg i bility and g e ne r a l com v ery valuable littl e book jus t publish e d A c oipl ete c omp e ndium posi t i o u of m a nu script, e ssential to a s u ccessful autho r. By Prince o f gam e s, s por ts card diver s i o n s com ic recitatio n s e t c., suitabl e Hilandi, . for parlb r or dra wing-room e n tertainment. It con tains more for the No. v8. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.L A won m oney than an:v book publi s h e d. d erful b o ok containing usefu l and practical information in. the No. 85. HOW TO PLAY GAi\iES.-A comp lete and usefu l little t r e a t m ent of ordinary d isea s es a nd ailm ents common to ev ery book, contai ning t he rule s and of billi a rd s bagatelle, family. Abounding in usefu l and effectiv e recip e s for general comb a c kgamro on, c roqu e t d o min oes, etc. plai nts. No 3 6 HOW '1' 0 SOLVE C O N UNDRT :\iS.-Containing a ll N @ 55 HOW TO COLL ECT STA MPS A.ND COIN S .-Con th e leading conundrums of the day, amus ing r iddl e s, curious catc h e s taining va l uab l e information r egardillllf the c ollec ting and arranging a nd witt y sa y ing s. of stamps and c o i ns. Handsomel y illustrated. No 52 HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A compl e te and h a ndy littl e No. 58. HOW TO BID A DETEOTIVE.-By Old King Brady, boo k Jivi ng t he r u l es and full direct i on s for pla y ing Euc h re, Cribthe world-known dete ctive. I o whic h he la ys down so m e vafoab le b age, Cas ino, F o r t y-Fiv e, Rounce, P edro Sanc ho, Draw Poker, and s e nsible rul es for b e g i nne rs, and also r elates some adventures Au c tio n Pitc h. All F ours and m an:v o t h e r p o pu lar g am e s o f cards and e xp e rien c e s of well known d etec tives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES. Contai niog ov e r three bu nNo. 60. HOW T O BECOMEJ A PHOTO GRAPHER.-Containdre d i nteres tin g puzz l P s and conundrums wi t h key t o s a m e A ing u s e fu l i nformatio n rega r d i ng t h e Cam era and how to work it; complete b o ok. Fully Illustrated By A And e r son also h ow to make Photogra p h ic Magic Lantern Slides and other ETIQUETTE. Hand some l y illustrated. By aptain W. Dew. No. 13 HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It No. -,. O W T O BECOME A W EST POIN T MILITARY is a great lif e sec r e t and one that e very young man desires to k n ow CADE'r.--.... ...,taining fu ll exp lanations h ow t o gain admittance, all about. The r e' s happiness in it. course of Study Examinations, Dut i es, Staff o f Officers P ost No. 33. HOW '1' 0 BERA VE.-CoIIta ining the rul es and etiquette Guard, Polic e R e gu l ations, F ire Department, a nd all a boy s hould of good so c i ety a nd the e a s iest and most a p prov e d m et hods of a p know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senareos, author pea ring to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, churc h, and of "How to Become a Naval Cadet. m t he d r awing-room No. 63 HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL A DET.-Co mplete in-structions of bow to gai n admission t o the Annapo lis Naval Ac a d e my. Al s o containing the course o f instruc tio n,. d escription of grounds and buildings histo ri ca l sketc h a nd everything a boy should know to beco m e a n officer in t h e U nited State s Navy. Com piled and wrltt<'n by Lu Senare n s, author of "How to Become DECLAMATION: No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. --Containing the most popular s e le(!tion s in u se, c omp r i s ing Dutch dialect, F r e n c h dialect, Yan k ee and Irish dialect piec e s, together with many standar d read i ngs. West Point Militar y Cad e t." t :.,. PRICE Address FRANK 10 CENTS EACH. OR 3 FOR 25 @ENTS. TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Square, New York.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. :t:t:t .... .. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band --'.'. American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number wi consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beauti ful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 225 The Liberty Boys at Hackensack ; or, Beating Back the British. 2:!6 'l' h e Liberty B oys' Keg of Gold; or, Captain Kidd' s Legacy. 2:!7 The Liberty Boys at Bordentown; or, Guarding the Stores. n s '!'he Liberty Boys' Best Act; or, The Capture of Carlisle. The Liberty Boys on the Delaware; or, Doing Daring Deeds '>30 Th e Liberty Boys Long Race ; or, Beating the Redcoats Out. 2a1 1'he Liberty Boys Deceived; or, Dick Slate1 's Double. 232 The Lib erty I;loys Boy Alli e s ; or, Young, But Dangerous. 233 The Liberty Boys' Bitter Cup ; or, Beaten Back at Brandywine. 234 'l'be Lib erty Boys Alllance; or, The R eds Who Helped 235 The Liberty Boys on the War-Path; or, After the Enemy. 236 The Liberty Boys After Cornwallls; or, Worrying the Earl. 237 The Liberty Boys and the Liberty Bell; or, How They Saved It. 238 The Liberty Boys and Lydia Darrah; or, A Wonderful Woman' Warning. 239 The Liberty Boys at Perth Amboy; or, Frankl!n' s Tory Son. 240 The Lib erty Boys and the "Midget" ; or, Good Goods In a Small Package. h "Q R 241 The Liberty Boys at Frankfort ; or, Routing t e ueen s ang-242 Boys and General Lacey ; or, Cornered at the "Crooked Billet." 243 The r ,lberty Boys at the Farewell Fete ; or, Frightening the British With Fire. 244 The Liberty B oys' Gloomy Time; or, Darkest Before Dawn. 245 The Lib erty Boys on the Neuse River; or, Campaigning In North Carolina. 246 The Liberty Boys and Benedict Arnold; or, Hot Work With a Traitor. 247 The Liberty Boys Excited; or, Doing Whirlwind Work. 248 The Liberty Boys Odd Recruit; or, The Boy Who Saw Fun In Everything. 249 The Liberty Boys Fair Friend; or, The Woman Who H e lped 250 The Liberty Boys "Stumped" ; or, The Big gest Puzzle of All. 2iil The Liberty. Boys In New York Bay; or, Diffi cult and Dangerou1 Work. 252 The Liberty Boys Own Mark ; or, Trouble for the Tories. 153 The Liberty Boy s at Newp o rt; or, The Rho d e I sland Campaign. 54 The Liberty Boys and "Blac k J oe" ; or, The Negro Who H e lped 5 5 The Liberty Boys Hard at Work ; or, Afte r the Marauders. 256 The Liberty Boys and the "Sblrtmen" ; or, Helping the Virginia Riftemen. 257 The Liberty Boys at Fort Nelson ; or, The Elizabeth River Campaign. 258 The Liberty B oys and Captain Betts ; or. Trying to Down Tryon. 259 The Liberty Boys at Bemis Heights ; or, Helping to Beat Bur 260 Boys and the "Little Rebels" ; or, The Boys Wbb Bothe r e d the British. 261 The Liberty Boys at New London ; or, The Fort Griswold Massacre. 262 The Liberty Boys and Thom8.d Jellerson; or, How They Saved the Governor. 263 The Liberty Boys Banished; or, S ent Away by Gen eral Howe. 264 The Liberty Boys at the State Line ; or, Desp erate Doings on the Dan River. 265 The Liberty Boys Terrible Trip; or, On Time In Spite of Every thing. 266 The Liberty Boys' Setback ; or, Bes e t by R edcoats, Redskins, and Tories. 267 The Liberty Boys and the Sw e d e ; or, The S candinavian Recruit. 268 The Liberty Boys' "Beet Li cks"; or, W orking Hard to Win. 269 The Liberty Boys at Rocky Mount ; o r, H elping G eneral Sumter. 270 The Liberty Boys and the Regulators; or, Running the Royalists to Cover. 271 The Liberty Boys after F enton ; or, The Tory D esperado. 272 The Liberty Boys and Captain Falls; or, The Battle of Ram-) sour' s Mills. 273 The Liberty Boys at Brier Cree k ; or, Chasing the Enemy. 274 The Libert y Boye and the Mysterious F r enchman; or, The Secret Messenger of King Louis. 275 The Liberty Boys after the "Pine Robbers" ; or, The Monmouth County Marauders. 276 The Liberty Boys and General Pickens; or, Chastising the Cherokees 277 The Liberty Boys at Blackstock's; orJ.. The Battle of Tyger River. 278 The Liberty Boys and the "Busy J::Sees" ; or, Lively Work all Round. 279 The Liber t y Boys and Emlly G e lg e r ; or, After the Tory Scouts. 280 The Liberty Boys' 200Mile Retr eat; or, Chase d from Catawba to Virginia. 281 The Liberty Boys' Secret Orders ; or, The Treason of Lee 282 The Liberty Boys and the Hidden Avenger ; or, The Masked Man ot Kipp s Bay. 283 The Liberty Boys at Spring Hill ; or, After Cluny the Traitor. 284 The Liberty Boys and Rebecca Mottes; or, Fighting With Fire Arrows. 285 The Liberty Boys' Gallant Charge; or, The Bayonet Fight at Old Tappan. 286 The Liberty Boys' Daring Raid; or, Hot Times at Verplanck' & Point. 287 The Lib erty Boys and Simon Kenton; or, Fighting the British on the Ohio 288 The Liberty Boys Beaten; or, Fighting at "Cock Hiii" Fort. 2 8 0 The Liberty Bo y s and Major Kelly ; or, The Brave Bridge-Cutter. 290 Boys' Deadshot Band; or, General Wayne and the\ For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt ot price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by F.RA1'TK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. 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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A NEW ONE ISSUED EVERY FRIIlAY PRICE ti OENTS A COPY This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who :win fame and fortune by their abil!ty to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. Every one of this series contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and Fortune Weekly" a magazine for the home, although each number is replete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very best obtainable, the illustrations are by expert artists. and every effort is constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about it. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. 3 A Corner in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick 4 A Game of Chance: or, The Boy Who Won Out. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy in Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lakeview. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made Boy. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys WhoWorked a Deserted Mine. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Brave Boys Start In Life. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 15 A StreaJl of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who Made a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Youngest Trader in Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. 19 A Rise in Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy in Wall Street. 21 All to the Good ; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 22 How He Got There; or, The Pluckiest Boy of 'Fhem All. 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Ric h. 24 Pushing It Through; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, the Young Sphinx of Wall 'street. 26 The Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. 27 Struck Oil ; or, The Boy Who Made a Million. 28 A Golden Risk; o., The Young IY.:iners of Della Cruz. 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. 30 Golden Fleece; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 31 A Mad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Island. 32 Adrift on the World; or, Working His Way to Fortune. 33 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Boy in Wall Street. 34 Tatters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 35 A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy in the World. 36 Won by Pluck; or, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. 37 Beating the Brokers; or, The Boy Who be Done." 38 A Rolling Stone; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 39 Never Say Die; or, The Young Surveyor Of Happy Valley. 40 Almost a Man; or, Winning His Way to the Top. 41 Boss of the Market; or, The Greatest Boy in Wall street. 42 The Chance of His Life; or, The Young Pilot of Crystal Lake. 43 Striving for Fortune; or, From B e ll-Bo y to Millionaire. 44 Out for Business; or. The Smartest Boy in Town. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy.-in money or postage stamps, by FBANX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and :ftll in the following Order Blank and send it to u s with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POS'J'AGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. e I FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. .... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me : .. copies of WORK AND WIN Nos .............................................. " WIDE Aw AKE WEEKLY, NOS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . '' '' WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ....................................................... " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos . ............................................ " PLUCK AND LUCK Nos ............................................... " SECRET SERVICE Nos ........................................................... " FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ................................... .......... -" Ten-Cent Hand Books Nos .............................. .................. Name .. : ....................... Street and No ................... Town ......... State ........ ...


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