Out for business, or, The smartest boy in town


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Out for business, or, The smartest boy in town

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Out for business, or, The smartest boy in town
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WHO MAKE . 9MONE.Yo As Joe produced. pocke.t-book the looking woman and !1er .shifty-eyed came forward, as if m obedience to some signal. Then the dealer himself sprang at the l;loy and tried to wrest the wallet from his grasp.

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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES, OF BOYS WHO MAKE M ONEY -. ZUtUd Wu1d11-B11 Subacrip!ion 1 2.50 per.11ear. Entered according to Act of 9cmgreas, in. the 11ear 190#I, in the o1flce of the Librarian of Oongreu, Wiuhin.gton, D. C., b11 Frank Touse1l, Publuher, :U. Union Square, NeUJ York, No. 44. NEW YORK, AUGUST 3, 1906. Price 5 Cents. OUT FOR BUSINESS on., The Smartest Boy 10 Town CHAPTER I. By A SELFarlAD E rlAN "Phew! Is that so?" ejaculated Joe, with a doleful expression that was almost comical in its intensity "Did Major Pond really say that?" PLAYING WITH FIRE. "He did. Tutor Applegate, however, talked so strongly in your favor that the majo r reluctantly agreed to give "You'll have to haul in your horses, Joe," said Bob you anoti1e r chance-positively the very last, he said." Stewart, shaking his head in a decided way. "Applegate is all to the mustard." "What do you mean, Bob?" asked his companion, a bright-eyed, curly-headed boy of sixteen, with a whimsical "He certainly i s All the fellows like him. You've grin. made things a little warm for him, too; but he doesn't "Oh, you know what I mean well enough. You've got seem to hold an y hard feelings against you. to put on the brakes, or something will drop, and I know "I'm glad that the major changed his mind/' what that something is." "So am I for I woulan't like to see you leave. You're "Oh, pshaw!" replied Joe Fanwood. "Major Pond is the life of the academy. Every' one of us would have the a crank." blues for a month if you had to go. But, honestly, '"No, isn't a crank. The major is all right-in bis you do carry thing s too far. It may be awfully funny to way. But there's a limit to everything. You've stretched us, but Major Pond has a different way of looking at1 that limit to the breaking point. Better heed my warning, things He has outlived his bubbling clays." Joe. Hal Fairweather told me a little while ago that he "I should think he had. Why, I heard that he was the overheard the major talking to Tutor Applegate last evenliveliest fellow that West Point ever had, and narrowly ing about you. Applegate defended you the best he could, escaped being fired from that academy more than once. but Pond is dead sore over that rainbow decoration "That was ever so many years ago. 1 The regular army of the statue of Belvidere on the lawn, which he said he toned him down, and made a martinet of him. He's seen had traced to you: He s
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OUT FOR BUSINESS. "Oh, come off, Bob, re torted Fanwood in some confuyielded to hi s head tutor's persuasions to give the favorite s1on. / of the school a n other chance. "No, I won't come off. You know it's so," grinned ob. Perhaps a lingering recollection of his old days at West Joe flushed up and began digging his heels in the Point, when he was someth ing of a madcap himself, had ground. a good bit to do with bis decision, and perhaps a certain The two boys, who were students of the Maplewood liking he had for the bright, honest, sturdily-built boy; Military Academy, were standing under a spreading oak who had not a mean streak in his nature, was at the bot tree near the limits of the grounds in the direction of the tom of it; at any rate, the matter was permitted to drop. town. A rumor, h owever, got abroad that Miss Bessie Pond, Joe Fanwood, who had been at the school since the prethe major's fifteen-year-old daughter, had seen the statue cedi.JJ.g September, when the term opened, was decidedly in all the glory of Joe's brilliant handiwork, and, report first favorite at the academy. said she had laughed herself neai:ly sick over it. Generous im ulsive, all fun and dash, he won hearts At any rate, there was a suspicious twinkle in her eyes by m11gic. for a week whenever she heard Fanwood's name men -But unfortunately lre was a reckless practical joker. tioned That spoiled all his good qualities with Major Pond, "I guess your guardian would have haul ed you over the principal and owner of the academy, who had from the coals if Major Pond bad asked him to take you away," beginning taken a great fancy to the boy. said Bob Stewart. At first he let Joe off with reprimands, of v:arying de"He'd have done more than that," replied Joe, a bit grees of severity, even when he had previously decided to soberly punish him severely, for the boy had such an ingenuous, "What else could he have done?" taking way with him, that hi s very manner seemed to "Bounced me out on the cold worlcl." hypnotize the major when the two came together. "Not quite so bad as that, Joe." But at last Major Pond asserted himself, and every "Yes, just as bad as that. He told me when he sent scholar in the school knew what tlfot meant. me to tlrn academy that h e was giving me my la st chance Joe was sentenced to various kinds of punishments, the If he had to take me away, or I was he would worst of which was solitary con:finemen,t dn a bread and1rush his hands of me forever." water diet for a week. "Did he acttrn ll y say that?" Thi s subdued him for ten days, and the major was be"He actually said that." giIJ.ning to have hopes of a cure when Joe experienced a "Then you're taking more desperate chances than I relapse. thought," said Bob, regarding his companion with a sober A choice marble statue of Apollo Belvidere, which orna countenance. "Why don't you switch off?" rnented the lawn approach to the front door of the acad"I wish I could," answered Joe, with a half seri6us, emy, was discovered one morning highly decorated with half comic expression different color ed paints, which had been abstracted during "Do you mean to say you can't if yo-ii were to try hard the night from the tool house. enough?" Th e effect was stunning, and a mob of delighted stu"I don't know," returned Joe, doubtfully "I guess I dents soon gathered about it to admire the results produced must have been born that way." by a paint brush in the hands of a 'Skilful artist. "You have the greatest imagination for getting 'Up Of course this act of desecration reported to the ridiculous schemes I eve r hea .rd of. What ever induced major, and he visited the statue to view with hi s own eyes you to paint that statue in all the colors of the rainbow? what had happened to his Apollo And how could you do it in so artistic a way? It took one of the school factotems a whole day to reany l essons in water colors?" move the paint and restore the statue to its pristine white "No. I jus t decorated him in comic opera style ness. "Well, I don't think a regular artist could have done The major was as mad as a hornet. it in better slrnpe if he had tried his best You seem to Th e first thing be did to send for Joe Fanwood and be a regular genius at whatever you undertake You a re ask him if 110 had perpetrated the joke. the best all-around athlete in the school, whether at basc-He acknowledged his guilt without hesitation, though ball, football, rowing, swimming, in foe gymnasium, or with no air of bravado, for the boy scorned a lie a the what not. I tell you, Joe, you must haul in your horn s a meanest kind of an evasion ; bit, for we can't afford to lose you We look to you to "You may go, sir," said the major, stern ly, and that pull our ball team through this spring. You're the only was all Joe he'ard of the matter until his particular friend, pitcher the academy has ever had who could hold the Bob Stewart, brought it up in the present conversation Maplewood semi -professionals down In the one game between them. I you pitched against them last fall they made only two Apparently Major Pond had determined to ask Joe's j hits, and one of them was a scratch. We never would guardian to recall him from the academy, and had only have been in it but for you. The Maplewood Highs have

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OUT FOR BUSINESS. always given us a tight rub. Now, with you in the box woods had smothered the academy boys by the score 0 this year, we expect to dO" them up in both games. You 16 to 0. 11ef1 now how much depends on you." Late in the all the Maplewoods had consented to a "You've given me quite a lecture, Bob," grinned Joe. return game, and from the confident way they came o n "I'm not lecturing you-only trying to bring you to the :field on that occasion any one could see that rur sensqs, that's all." expected to wipe the earth with the academy nine. "I v hink you've enjoyed my jokes as well as anybody, But to every one's surprise, and their own discomfitu r e, Bob they didn't. "I know I have. I like fun as well as the next fellow; Maplewood Academy presented a new ,;pitche r in the but wl1en it gets to be so serious as to threaten the smartperson 0 Joe Fanwood, a late arrival at the school. est and most popular boy in the school with the G. B., I N o't a Maplewood professional got nearer than ninety think we cmght all go slow, espe9ially yourself." feet of the plate .that day. "So you wish me to believe that I'm th'e. smartest and Only thirty batters faced him. most popular boy in the academy. You say that very well, Of these twelve retired to the benc h1on strikes, one got Bob, but' I guess there are others." a three-base drive and was marooned on the bag, anothe r "There may be others, but they are not in your class. got a base on balls, while a third put a slow ball toward You stand all by yourself. I a vote was taken on fbe shortstop which counted as a hit, though the runner got question 'Who is King of the School,' you'd get away with first only by an eyelash the election, hands down." When the game was over the score stood 1 to 0 in the "Better change the subject, Bob, or I may get a swelled academy's favor head." As a matter 0 course the school boys were jubilant, an d this spring their manager arranged a date with the pro"No ear 0 that. You're not built that way. fessionals just previous to the opening 0 the interstate "All ri!ht. Have it your way. But to get back to the season. old subject. You think I am out of danger or awhile? That game attracted a tremendous crowd, whic h over 'l'hat Major Pond has given up the idea of writing to Mr. Jessup, my guardian?" flowed the fine ac:ademy grounds. Major Pond, his wife and daughter and some iriends "Yes. judge from what Hal said that you're safe occupied the private box in the center 0 the grandstand enough if you quit your practical jokes; but i you Just before the game commenced Bessie Pond sent Joe dont--" Fanwood, to whom she had never spoken, as the major did "My name will be Tim Flynn," snickered Joe. not permit his students to be on intimate terms with his "It certa0ly will-or Mud-take your choice daughter, a true lover's bow knot 0 baby b l ue ribbon to "I'll try to be good-that is, if no temptation comes my pin on l1is breast way-for I don't want to be turned loose; but it's second She had an idea perhaps that this littl e token would nature with. me to take advantage o f my opportunities." inspire him to do his very best that afternoon, for hatu A burnt child generally dreads the fire, you don't rally she wanted the academy to win. seem to worry over a scorching. How many schools have Joe intended to do his best anyway or the honor of the you been politely requested to leave?" school, .but when he received the bow knot with Bessie's "Half a dozen or more," chuckled Joe compliments, he resolved to go a shade better or her sake "Well you are a peach and no mistake." if the thing was possible. CHAPTER II. WINNING HIS OWN G.A.ME. The Maplewoods went to the bat first, and when the major's daughter, whose bright eyes were evident l y o n the lookout, saw Joe walk confident l y to the pitcher's position and stand there in reailiness to let drile his first curve, she thought him the handsomest, manliest boy she had ever seen, and her young heart fluttered and her ace grew rosy as she saw her bunch 0 rib b on It was a great day at the Maplewood Military Academy. hanging just over his heart. The baseball nine, under Captain Joe Fanwood, was Joe pitched just thl'ee balls the first inning playing the Maplewoods, 0 the League-prac-The first batter up pushed a daisy cutter to short an d tically a team 0 professional ball playersJ or every mem found the ball at the initial ahead of him; the second bcr drew a salary. batter ballooned to Hal Fairweather in left garden, and The bail won the interstate championship the third batter hit a liner to Bailey at second, held last year by a goon margin of victories, and the team exl on to it like gi:itn death, and the professionals took the pected. to repeat the performance this season, as it had field with a zero to their credit, while the assembled acad been strengthened in the pitching box. emy boys and their sympathizers made the welkin ring. In its practice games the previous season the Maple ; With two out and two strikes called on him, Joe pushed

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4 OUT FOR BUSINESS. a s ingle to left in the opening inning amid great applause, Joe slid for the rubber in a little cloud of dust as the but h e got no fur t her than first, as Bailey, the next batter, ball struck the catcher's glove. put up a high foul which was captured after a hard run As the catcher reached to tag him, the ball slipped from l>y the third baseman of the oppos ing team. his fingers and the young captain of the academy nine was Th e profe s sionals second inning was productive of no safe. results a s the firs t man s truck out the second bunted and Well, say, perhaps there wasn't pandemo nium for sev\ ras thrown out by Joe, while the third boosted a high one eral minutes. to and was a victim. Bailey then stmck out and three runs went up on the Thomp s on, the academy s right-fielder, led off with a score board. clea n sin g l e to left, and was then thrown out tryina to The Maplewood batters were easy victims in the next s t e al second. 0 two innings, and so were the academy boys, for that mat. The n ext two batters were easy outs. ter. Th e Maplewoods came to bat the third time with blood In the sixth, however, Maplewood got down to business in their e yes. \ / by hitting Joe for three singles, which, with a base on Th e y were anxious to do Joe up. balls and an error, netted them three runs, evening up The best they could accomplish was three successive I the score. flies to the outfield, and the academy boys came up to the I Fairweather led off the sixth for the academy by strikplate to try their luck again. \ ing out. With two out, Barry, the chunky th i rd-baseman, got his i Joe was presented with his base. bas e on an e rror ; Fairw e ath e r s oak e d a sting e r at the : Baile y put a neat single in right, advancing Joe by pitc her whic h climbed all over him, and b y t he time he sharp running to third. I got his hand s on the ball the runner roos ting at first, I Thi s was encouraging, for there was only one out, so while Barry was dancing around second. I\ the academy rooters got noisy a.nd hilarious again. Ami d gr eat applau s e Joe came up to the plate. Thompson had made a hit already, and another was H e glan c ed at the private box and was rev.rarded with a looked for from him, but he ignominiousl y fanned flutt e ring handk e rchief in Bess ie's hand. Bailey, however, dashed the academy hopes to the "Line her out, Joe!" groun,d by being caught trying to purloin second. "Soak it in the solar plexus!" Maplewood opened the ninth with the score still 3 to 3. "Put it over the fence!" An error by shortstop gave the first batter a life. These and s imilar cries came from his s choolmates. Th e n another fumble by Barry at third allowed the The Maplewood pitcher grinned sardonically. s econd batter to reach the first bag. "One stri k e !" cried the umpir e a s Joe swung at the "Butter fingers!" howled a young Maplewood sympasphe re and missed it. thizer in glee. H e's goin ter kill dat ball, I don t t'ink jeered a To cap the climax the third batter put a high one back )faplewood youth, who had crawl e d over the fence and of second and Bailey' dropped it. thu s s a v ed the price of admission. "We got 'em on the run now," grinned the fourth bat" Strike two!" from the umpire and a bunch of sar-ter as he came to the plate. "!Just watch me put it over castic crie s rose from the crowd who favored the the fence." sionals. It was hard luck for Joe. Three ball s were fhen called. Three chances for outs had been given and every one The ne x t was the critical one, and silence expectamissed. tion hovered over the s pectators 1 If the game was lost he couldn t be blamed. Cra c k! Joe glanced at the private box and saw Bessie wave her The ball s ailed toward center like a bird, while a fierce hand to him. roar of enthu s iasm broke from the academy benches. 1 That put him on his mettle and he struck out the batter, Barry and Fairweather started for the plate like winged who had said he was going to put the ball over the fence. without a gl ance at the ball, for two men were With the bases all occupied and only one man out, the out, and Joe dug out for first like a good one. prospect was still ';'ery blue for the academy team. Th e Mapl ewood centre-fielder was after the ball as it But ,Toe fooled the next man into biting at three wide cir c l e d above him. ones, and the academy crowd cheered lustily. Could he get it? A few moments later the next batter up failed to locate The acad e m y boys were shrieking like young fiends, and Joe's deceptive delivery, and the boy received a tremen-the uproar c ould e a s il y lie heard a block away. dous ovation, !or he had squeezed the team out of a very Th e b all was s till in the air when ;foe turned second, J tight hole. but it was b e yond the fielder's reach anyway, for a moment Joe had to lift bis cap again .as he came up to lead off late r it hit the fence, was picked up and fired !the ninth inning. toward the plate to catch Joe. He was frantically beseached to soak it out of the lot.

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OUT FOR BUSINESS. I As he tapped the rubber he flashed a look at Bessie . She was' standing up glancing eagerly at him. The Maplewood pitcher leered as he let drive an in curve at the boy. Joe reached for it quick and the crack as his bat met the ball could be heard all over the ground. A cyclonic roar followed. The. ball was going toward the left-field fenee as if it haa seven-league boots on. Academy boys and their friends fell over one another, fired their hats into the air and acted generally as if they had gone crazy. Be.fore Joe reached second t4e ball was over the fence and the game won. He trotted to the plate ami,d a storm of" acclamations. But he had eyes for only one thing-the white hand kerchief waving in Bessie's hands and her shrieks of delight. The score was 4 to 3 in favor of the academy team, and Joe was carried off the field on the shoulders of his com rades. CHAPTER III. and; owing to his prying, sneaking habits, had become particularly obnoxious to the boys. The four members of the ball team stepped in front of him and the man came to a sudden stop, looking at them in a foolish, leering way. "Row are you, Mr. Flynn?" asked Joe, ironically. "How are you feeling this evening." "Faith, I'm falin' loike a bir-rd. Long loife to yez, gents. Will yez be afther tellin' where I'm at?" "Don't you know where you are, Mr. Flynn?" grinned Joe. "Shure I don't." "What have you got in _your coat tail pocket, Flynn?" asked Bailey. "In me pocket, is it?" cried the Irishman, grabbing first at one coat tail and then at the other, all the time maintaining his legs with the utmost difficulty. "Faith, don't say a wurrud. It's a flask of I've got. Will yez all drink wid "Don't you know that it's agauist the regulations to appear on the academy grounds with a bottle of whisky in your pocket?' ; said Joe, sternly. "Shure I do. Do yez mane to say that this js the academy?" LASHED. TO A GUN. . . "l do. e're on the parade ground." There was high Jmks the academy that "Howly Moses! I must get to me room to wanst. Will The usual hour at wh!ch the students retrted was be so good as to p'int out the way to the sthable ?" one so tha.t the b.oys could prolong ."Sure we will," said Joe, giving his companions the re301cmgs and give full expression to their enthusiasm wink. "Catch hold of his other arm Bob and we'll show over the great victory of their ball team. him the way." ' As for the team itself, Tutor Applegate, with Major Pond's permission, invited them to a dinner given in their honor by the under teachers, and they had a glorious old time at one of the tables in the refectory. '.I'he other scholars turned in at ten o'clock, but the ball players had the of remaining up half an hour later. Joe Fanwood, Bob Stewart, Hal Fairweather a_nd Dick Bailey were crossing a section of the parade ground at the rear of the main academy building when they saw a man staggering ahead of them in a very erratic fashion. "Who the dickens is that?" asked Joe. "Give it up," replied "but he looks as i he was full of booze." "He's blind, staggering drunk; that's what he is," said Bailey. "Must be one of the major's satellites," said Fairweather. "Well, let's see who he is," grinned Joe. "It's against all rules for anyone to appear on the grounds in that Fanwood and Stewart piloted the man over to fhe building and up :into the room where the f9ur chums bunked. "What are you going to do to him, Joe?" asked Fair weather, curiously. I going to do a thing to him," grinned Joe, as he induced Flynn to seat himself on a chair. "I merely thought I'd try to improve the looks of that ugly phiz of. hi s Bob, oblige me by pulverizing those two pieces of chalk. And you, Dick, take that cork on the win'dow sill and burn it in the flame of the gas." The two boys did as directed, and while they were thus employed Flynn went off into a drunken sleep, and began to snore with his mouth wide open. Joe took the pulverized chalk and rubb!)d it all over Flynn's face, except the 0fiery end of his nose, whose red ness was thus thrown into more conspicuous relief. On this white background the academy pitcher deftly sketched several crescents and other ornaments of a like condition." nature in burnt cork, drawing a kind of winged crocodile They hastened their steps and so came up with the in-on the Iris hman's forehead. toxicated individual, who was trying to walk an imaginary Then he soaped Flynn's moustache till it stuck out as chalk line with very poor success. i stiff as that of a French army dude, and on chin he "Why, it's Flynn," said Stewart, after peering into the made as good an imitation of a .goatee as he could draw fellow's face. with the cork. Pat Flynn was a man-c:if-all-work about the academy, ''There, how does he look now?" asked the young artist.

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OUT FOR BUSINESS. "Great!" roared his companions, laughing till thejr He shook Flynn into a maudlin wake fulne s s and t o l d sides ached. him he must go along with them. "What dp you call it, :roe?" asked Bob. The Irishman allowed the boys to lead him down s t a irs "This, fellows, is the only original what-is-it, now about on to the parade ground again but a s soon as the night to be put on exhibition for the first time for a limited air played around him he began to e x hibit a tendency to period." bois terousness. "What 'do you mean by 'about to be put on exhibi"'rhis won' t do at all," said Joe to his companion s tion ?' asked Bob. "We must shut him up or the fat will soon be in tb.e fire." "Jus t what I s aid. I am going to exhibit him presently As Flynn opened his mouth to utter a roar in public. 'I'his is only a private seance.'' clapped a handk e rchief into it and so gagged him for the "Exhibit him in public! How do y ou mean?" time being at any rate. "I s uppose you k_pow there are a couple of old field They march e d him around to the front of the academy, pieces on either side o:f the main entrance, don't you?" lifted him astride of the field gun, with his fa c e to .the "Sure I know it." vent, that stood almost under Major Pond's bedroom win. "Well, I propQse to mount Flynn astride of one of dows, and lashed him tight, in spite of his struggles, tak them, tie his legs together so he can't fall off and hurt ing oare to secure his hands behind his back. himself, and leave him there for the major to gaze upon "Now let's sneak," said Bob. when he opens lfis bedroom window in the morning for a "Good night, Mr. Flynn," said Joe taking off his :!ap whiff of fresh and making the fellow a mock bow. "Oh) rome noyv, Joe, this will get us a.U in trouble," "Good night," repeated the other three, also making objected Bob. low bows. "How is the major going to find out lashed Flynn Then the four boys withdrew a s noiselessly as so many to the gun ?11 shadows. "He's sure to start an investigation, and the truth is In a short time the moon rose high above the building bound to come out." and shone down full on the decorat e d features of Pat "What's the difference?" retorted Joe, recklessly. "You Flynn, who had been making inef1ectua1 efforts to get free know what Flynn is. 'He ought to be made an example from his disagreeable situation, of. There isn t a fellow in the academy but would be At last he succeeded in getting rid of the gag delighted to take advantage of this chance to get back at Finding he could use his tongue, he began to roaT at the rascal. He keeps us continually in hot water, one way the top of his voice. or another. Isn' t that so, Hal?" The major was awakened. and jumped from bis bed to "That' s right," nodded Fairweather. "I'll stand by see what caused the racket. you in this." As he slammed. up one of the windows Flynn started to "So will I," chipped in Dick Bailey s ing in maudlin tones. "All right," agreed Bob. "If all of you fellows are in Major Pond gazed down at the figure that bestrode the this thing I won't hold out. How are you going to do the field piece. trick?" Never in all his life had he seen such a queer looking wait till I go over to the toolhouse for a piece ol face, though he had run across many a grotesquely painted rope,'; replied Joe. Indian in his time out West. While he was gone Flynn snored on utterly oblivious of Flynn by this time had forgotten all about the circumthe fate in : store for him stances which had placed him in his present situation, and "Isn't he a beauty, the drunken scllllawag?" sneered had reached a kind of jovial stage of drunkenness. Bailey. "Who are you?" roared the major, angrily. "And what "What he needs is a pair of horns, and then he'd be are you doing astride that gun?" complete," laughed Hal. Flynn stopped singing and looked up at the principal "Let's ma .ke a pair and stick 'em on?'' said Bob. of the academy. "Go ahead and make them if you know how," encoTIHe did not recognize that important person, nor did he aged Bailey. appear to realize where he was. Bob got some cardboard, and with a pair of scissors and "Are yez spakin' to me, you ould orangoutang ?" he mucilage manufactured a tolerable pair of short replied, with a hiccough. horns, which he stuck on either side of Flynn's partially "So it's you, Patrick is it?" cried Major Pond, bald forehead. in some astonishment> as he recognized the man's voice. He blackened them well with burnt cork. "And you're drunk again, eh? Get down from that gun '(They look quite natl1ral," grinned Bailey. instantly and go to your quarters, sir. I'll atte'nd to you Joe thought so, too, when he returned with the rope to-morrow." and saw the additioh that had been made to the victim. "Go to blazes!" bowled the Irishman. "Who are yez

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OUT FOR BUSINESS. ,., anyway that presumes tO order me about? One woul d "Do you insist my answer i ng that Maj or think yez was ould Pond himself, bad luck to yez I" Pond?" "What!" gasped the enraged principal. "Do you dare "I do." talk to me in that way, you rascal?" "Then I am compelled to answe r yes." Flynn regarded the major with a leer for a moment; "Did you have any accomplices?" then he began bawling : "I had three "Arrah musha, McFadden was lazy and fat, and the "Mention their names, please hair of his head struck out through his hat. He weighed "I would like to be excused, Major Pond." forty three, if he weighed a .stun more, be jabbers I'm "I insist, sir,'' demanded the principal. thinkin' he'd weighed forty four. Hurrah!" "Then I will have to refuse to answer, because it would "Will you get off that gun1 you drunken villain?" be manifestly unfair for me to mention who they were shouted Major Pond. "I will give you the choice of telling me who they were "Get off what gun?" replied Flynn, insolently. "What or leaving the academy at once," said the principal, an are yez talkin' about? Be the poker I It's dru n k yez are grily. yerself." "I am very sorry, sir; but I cannot say who the boys Bang! were Down went the window, and in another moment Flynn "That is your decision, is it, Fanwood?" began to sing again, making the night air resound with a "Yes, ditty which aroused Tutor Applegate on the third floor "Very well. I dismiss you from tlie Maplewood Mili and brought him to his own window, where he gazed tary Academy because you are a confirmed practical joker down in astonishment at the weird figure u pon the :tield I have given you every chance to reform, but you seem to piece. be utterly heedless of the consequences I have stretched In ten minutes Major Pond, partially dressed and acdiscipline to the utmost in your favor; I have overlooked companied by one of the male servants in his shirt sleeves, matters in your case that I never before passed over, 110p appeared around the corner of the building and approaching that I might reclaim you, tor you possess many quali ed the mounted Irishman. ties that I admire; but I see no hope of reformation in "Pull the scoundrel off that field piece!" cried the your practical joking. It is a bad practice under any cir major to his companion. cumstances; but you carry .it to excess. Go to your room His s atellite started to obey, but found that for certain (and pack up Here are $10 for your eJ1.'}Jenses back to reasons he couldn't. your home. I will settle the rest with your guardian He reported that Flynn was securely lashed to the gun, Joe rose from his chair and looked at the major with a with his hands tied behind him. lump in his throat. Major Pond came forward and soon convinced himself i He seemed about to say somethi:hg1. that it was a fact . Then 11e pulled himself together, made the customary "Some of the boys are evidently at the bottom of this/' salute in true military style and marched out of the office. he remarked grimly. "Cut the fellow loose and take him Major PQnd watched him go with a solemn countenance to his quarters. What a face he's g6t This is Fanwood's "Too bad Too bad,'' he muttered. "He's a fine boy, handiwork. That boy is simply incorrigible but--" Flynn was relieved from his perch, but now showed a He turned to examine his morning's mail. disposition to fight. There came a knock on the door. Perceiving which in time, the other servant did not "Come in," said the major. loosen his arms, but half led, half dragged the Irishman Bessie Pond entered and danced up to her father's desk to his quarters, threw him on his bed just as he was, and "I'm going to town this morning, papa, on Dandy Is left him to sleep off the effects of his debauch there anything I can get for you?" she asked, twining an I CHAPTER IV. FOR LIFE OR DEATH. Next morning shortly after breakfast Major P ond sent for Joe Fanwood to come to his office. When the boy appeared he motioned him to a seat near his desk "Last night I found Patrick Flynn tied to one of the I field pieces directly under the windows of my sleeping apartment," began the major, severely. "His face was decorated in a fantastic manner with chalk and burnt cork. Were you implicated in the affair or not, sir ?'1 arm caressi n gly around the major's neck. "No, my darling," lie rep lied. "Be careful of self "Yes; papa." She kissed him and danced out of the office again In the meantime Joe walked solemnly across the parade ground to his quarters. The boys had j u st been marched into the differe n t c lai;s rooms for the work, and so Joe found fae grounds and the room vacant. He packed his trunk slowly, as if the job was distastef ul tv him, and the last few necessary articles he put i n to a. small handbag, which he s l ung his shoulders.

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8 OUT FOR BUSINESS. Long before he had :finished, to glance from t Joe saw that the pony had taken the bit in her teeth the window, he saw Patrick Flynn with a grip in his hand and was wholly unmanageable. walking su llenl y toward one of side gates which openThe boy had hopes that he would be able to catch up e'd upon road that led toward the distant town or with the little mare and stop her before she shook :Maplewood. off. He had been summarily discharged by the major. But he soon saw that he had a hard chase ahead of him. As the fellow passed the corner of the building where A stern chase is always a long one, and this was no the principal's office was, he shook his fist at the window, exception to the rule. a nd then went on his way. The question was could Joe hold out long enough to Joe was almo st to leave the room when he saw overtake the frantic pony. Bessie Pond, mounted on her pony Dandy, canter out at the front gate. The sight of the girl caused a spasm of regret to cross his handsome features, and he watched her until she was out of s ight down the road. Then he went to the storeroom adjoining the gymna' sium, v1here his bicycle 'vas kept, got it from the boy in charge, who looked at h]m in some surprise, but made no remark, and wheeling it outside, mounted it and started for the same gate through which Flyrin had taken his departure . Passing through he looked back at the academy, where he had spent some very happy hours, and the lump came into his throat again, and a suspicious moisture dimmed He put on steam in good earnest. Never before had he got such speed out of his wheel. As the early morning sunshine glistened on the steei they glowed like long needles of fire. He saw with satisfaction that he was steadily gaining on the pony, which, though unmanageable, was impeded by Bessie's tight hug about arching neck. Suddenly he heard the long shriek of a locomotive near at hand. iA.11 at once it came to his mind that foey were closing in on the railroad tracks of the D., P. & L. road, which passed by Maplewood. He rose a bit from his bent attitude and glanced away to the left. his fine eyes. A long freight train was coming down the line at a ten Good-by," he said in shaky tones. "Good-by forever. mile-an-hour clip. It's tough leaving you in this way, but it can't be helped. I couldn't have done different if ,my life depended on my Two problems instantly presented to his mind. actions. I wish-well, what's the odds? I'm done for in Would the pony reach the track in time to pass clear that direction, so what's the use of thinking about the of the train? matter any more?" He at a smart pace down the road, and soon a If so, would he be shut off himself by the cars, and thus grove of trees shut the military academy from his sight. give the animal a lead he could not expect to overcome ? After covering perhaps four miles he drew near a lane There was still another, and truly awfu'l, possibility that running up to a. somewhat pretentious mansion. the fleeing animal might reach the track only in time to Through the trees he saw a fluttE\r of white be dashed with her fair rider to their death against the mov1_ ng freight. the r?ad. In a few minutes he recognized Bessie Pond an\l her Joe's blood turned cold and the perspiration oozed out white pony Dandy. in great drops on his forehead as he thought of the last As they turned into the highway ahead of him a man contingency, which up with startling distinctness rose from the shrubbery, waved his hands and shouted before his eyes. wildly, and then threw a big stone at the pony. "I must catch Dandy before she reaches the track," he The animal shied violently, the saddle girth broke and breathed. "I've simply got to do it if I break a leg." the girl was unseated, and only saved herself from a nasty 1 Now they struck a slight declivity which ran down to fall by throwing her arms around the pony's neck, which the tracks-, dashed off down the road at a mad pace. The freight train was coming on fast. "Great Scott! She'll be killed!" cried Joe, starting Joe saw now that the pony would never be ablB to after her at full speed. clear it. As he passed the lane he gave a momentary glance at It was the question of life or death :for him to reach the the man, wJ:io was shrinking back among the bushes after fleeing little mare in a very few seconds and turn her aside accomplisl1ing his dastardly action. down the tracks. That one glimpse enabled Joe to recognize Patrick He made the wheel hum as it never hummed since it Flynn. came from the maker's. "The scoundrel!" gri.tted the boy, as he pedaled away Inch by inch he crept up on the terror-stricken animal for all he was worth. "He did that in revenge for his disNow he reach e d and was overlappi.ng its flanks. charge from the academy. If Bessie is hurt I'll see that Now up to where the sadd le girth had been: he gets what's coming to him." The engine was crossing tl10 roadway ahead, and it

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OUT FOR BUSINESS. -se emed as if nothing could avert a catastrophe that would involve even Joe himself in his headlong rush. Fairly dizzy from the terrible strain he had imposed on himself, he reached out one hand and grasped the .ponf s bridle as he leaped to the ground. Then he turned off to the right, dragging the animal around with him. Bessie just bumping into the cars bJ' a hair's breath. The pony tossed its wildly, but Joe held on for all he was worth. The boy was hanging back, throwing his weight upon Dandy. The engineer and fireman were looking back with start ing eyes at the s truggle bes ide the track, while the crew of the train at different points -apon the cars were also in tensely interested in the outcome of the affair. The animal had to slow down, whether she wanted t? or not. At la s t she came to a {lead stop. Joe rushed around to the terrified girl's aid. "Joe Fanwood!" she exclaimed, as she dimly recognized him. Then she slipped inertly into his waiting arms. She had fainted. CHAPTER V. JOE'S RESOLVE. "Do you feel better, Miss Bessie?" he asked eagerly. "Better!" she exclaimed wonderingly. "Why, what .is the matter with me? What has happened?" "Your pony was frightened and ran away with you, don't you remember? I chased you on my wheel, and only caught up in time to save Dandy from going head long against a freight train." "Oh she cried, as a look of terror flashed from her eyes. "I1 remember. Yes. It was dreadful. And yau saved my life, and Dandy's! How shall I ever thank you enough, Joe Fanwood? Papa will be so grateful to you. I am the only little girl he has. He will never, never for get what you have done for 111e as long as he lives. And I never will forget it either." "All right, Miss replied the boy, cheerfully. "I'm awfully glad I was able to do you thib" service." "Aren't you good? And so, so brave! Why" you risked your own life to sa_ye me." "Well, s'pose I did? It's all right. You're not hurt, and I'm perfectlysatisfied." "I am very, very grateful to you. You believe me, don't,you ?" "Sure I do, and if you're satisfied we'll let it go at that." "But I shall be grateful, Joe F:anwood. Always. I'm sure papa won't be able to do enough for you now." "Your father won't have much chance to do anything for me, Miss Bessie," said the boy, with a shade of emotion in his tones "Won't have a chance," she ejaculated, sitting up and trying to secure her hair. "Why not? What do you Joe laid Bessie Pond tenderly on the grass as the mean?" regarding him with a puzzled expression. caboose, the last car on the freight, flashed by them, with "Oh, nothing," replied Joe, gulping down his feelings. the conductor and another man standing at the doorway '"But I want to know," she persisted in her wilful way. looking back. "I don't think the matter would i11terest you, Miss Bes-He tied Dandy to the fence, picked up his wheel and sie." stood it against a tree, and then returned .to the uncon: "You talk so strangely. I've never spoken to you bescious girl. I fore, have I? And just to think you have saved my life I Taking her into his arms again he carried her to a little We must .be good friends after this," she concluded with .stream which ran through a culvert under the tracks. a shy eagerness that was very bewitching. Placing her on the ground, with her head on his knee, "I wish we could, but I'm afraid we can't." he began to sprinkle water on her face and to chafe her 1 "Why can't we? I know papa won't object after--" temples. I "The reason is because I probably won't see you again." Her golden hair had .its confining pins I "Won't see me again!" opening her eyes in great sur spread out in the sunshme like a mass of ghttermg prise. "I don't understand you." strands. I "I have left the academy." She was as pale as death, and the fluttering breath "You have-" came in little gasps between her pearly teeth that showed J She stopped and looked at him as if she could not be-through her parted lips. lieve the evidence of her ears. She was a beauty, and no mistake; but Joe wasn t think"Your father dismissed me this morning because-being of her good looks just then. cause I'm the worst boy in the school. That's about the All his thoughts were concentrated in the effort to bring size of it, though he didn't actually say so. From the way her back to her senses. he spoke I guess he meant it. So you see--" After a little while she uttered a sigh and opened her "My father dismi s sed you-you, Joe Fanwood! The eyes. brightest, smartest boy in the academy you who won Her gaze met Joe's and something 'like astonishment the ball game yesterday I can't, I really can't be'lieve came into her face. it." I

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1 0 OUT FOR BUSINESS. "I'm sorry to say it's a fact Well, it was my own fault. Joe unhitched the pony and gave tlle bridle to Bessie te I've played all s orts of jokes there. I nearly spoiled that l e ad him by, while he walked by her side, pu s hing his statue of Apollo. I--" wheel along. "Wasn t that the fonnie s t thing I eyer saw in all my 'l'he i;addle was found in the middle of the road, and life!" she cri e d, with a rippling l aug11, iis the recollection Joe manag e d to pat c h the girth so tl1at it promi sed to hold of ti1e figure in all its ridiculous decoration recurred to if the girl walked her animal to the academy her mind. "I never, never saw anything half so comical. "Allow me to help you up," he said, politely. What a genius you are!" adwiring1y "You will WTite me eoon, won't she asked, hold I may be a genius, but I gue s s your father think s I am ing him by the hand. a fool. At any rate,. what I anq three of m y friends did "Yes, Good-by, Miss Bessie la s t night to Pat Flynn, wl\o was employed about the "Good-by, Mr. Fanwood." stables, 1md whom we caught drunk on t11e para _de grounds The boy mounted his wheel and rode off foward Maple at half-pa s t t e n, settled me with Major Pond. I was called wood, Bes sie watching him until he was out o f sight. to hi s offic e this morning, and after I had admitted my ---guilt I was dismiss eq, you may as well call it expelled, CHAPTER VI. becau s e I ref psed to give the na { nes of my comrades in OUT FOR IIUfi!INESS. the affair. That' s all there is to it. Pm n ow no longer a Joe Fanwood hired a small furnislied room in Maplestud e nt. It's rather rough on me, but it's my own fault." wood, nrranged with an expressman to go 011t to the acad"It's too bad," said Bessie "But my father will over' cmy and bring in his trunk, and after eating hi s dinner at look eve rything :oow as soon as I tell him what you a re staurant' starte d out to take a survey of the busine s s have done for me." section of the town, "I'm afraid I couldn't go back, Miss Bessie As he passed a popular cafe he was buttonholed by Jake ".1. ot even for my sake?" she asked, earnestly Stebb i n s manager 0 the Maplewood, League ball team. "For. your s ake I'd do anything; but plea s e don t ask "He llo, Fanwood," he said. "What are you doing in me, I've made up my mind to start out in the world on town? Come in and have something." my own 11ook and see what I can do. ere I to return to "'rhanks, Mr Stebbins, 1mt I don't drink," replied Joe, the academy it only be a question of a short time pol itely before I got myself into some other scrape I've given I "Well, have a cigar, then." your father trouble erwugh He's been very lenient with "I don t smoke either me any way. You can't expect him to stand for every "Don't you? Well, I wish all the members of my team thing," were like you. I have to keep a mighty sharp look out on "But I don't want yoii to leave the academy," she !laiq, the boy s to prevent them from crooking tlrn elbow during poutingly the s eason. 'l'here's a heavy fine goes with the offense, "I have &lready left hut the lads are up to all sorts of tricks to evade it. Gos"You must go back with me," coaxi n g l y lin, my new pitcher, is the wors t offonder. I got him Joe shook his head from Kan. as City He's a fine s lab arti s t, but I find him "I'd like to, but--" pr etty unreliable The Western League let him go be"But what? cause they couldn't control his habits, I guess. "I' m too to return after having been disniissed "We didn't find him such an extraordinary puzzle yes"But papa will n1ake that all right." / terday," grinned Joe, forgetting that he was no longer a "I dare say that under the present circunistances he'd member of the academy nine "We made six hjts off. his be willing to stretch a point, But I don't care to ask Lim delivery, which was pretty gooJ, considering our tealll is to do so. I'm going to try my l uck in Maplewood H not in your claes." you 'll permit me to write to you I'll let you know how I "You made half the hits ;:ourself, Fanning-two am getting on Hustling for a living m&y cure me of mY homers and a single. You played the whole game. My tendency for practical joking. At any rate, I think I men only reached you in one inning If you hadn't b e en ought to give it a trial." in the game it woul d have bee n 11-f!"ce comedy. If I had "Well," replied Bessie, regretullf, "i you are dete r' you on my team I'd l e t G o sli s l ide; iipon my word I mined not to go back of course I can't persuade you to do would." so. I shall be glad if you will write to me, and I will "Much obliged for your go o d opinion of me, Mr Steb answer your letters i you enclose your address. l you bins." lilhould c4ange your m i nd about coming back to school you "Don't mentio n H. You deserve it rll right. By the can let me know." way, have you chaps a holiday to-day?" "I pron1ise to do so in that case," agreed Joe. Now I Why?" ba d better go back with you to t h e point where your "I d id n t know but y ou h ad, seeing yon in town. It c11me off, and fix i t on again somehow, so t hat. you c a n get i sn' t ofte n you l ads get ou tside your grounds during the home." t e rm

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OUT FOR BUSINESS. "No, not oft en." "Go t t im e to come out to the grounds this afternoov. ?" "I d o n t know," replied Joe, doubtfully. "Well, I 'll give you a pass t? the grand stand," said the manag e r, produ c ing his card and writing a few words on the bac k of it. "Drop qut if you can. We play the Ros lyns. Game b e gins at three. We open the regular season to-morrow at Ridgewood." The manag e r shook, with Joe and walked down the street, while the boy continued his stroll. Wh e n Joe got back to his lodging-house he' found that the exp:ressll?-an had COJ1le back without his trunk, but bad brought a note in place of it from Major Pond. The major wrote in very feeling terms of the obligation h e was und e r to the boy for saving his daughter s life, and urged him to : r eturn to the academy at once, a$ eve:rything would, be overlooked, anecution. Whil e he con s idered the important quosUon he ically turned into a side street off main business thor and presently saw a sign in a small 11tore wi{l dow which read: "Agent Wanted." Joe stopped and stu(lied the sign attentively. "M11ybe that would suit me if I could catch on. I'll go in and see what it a:ip.ountll to.'1 So he entered the store, which was filled with eamples of agricultural machinery, There were als o shelves loacled down with a lot of cellaneous truck. He asked for the proprietor, and a very small youth, who was dusting the articles on the l'eferred him to a s mall room at the ba c k of the s tore, where he found a wize ned little man reading the morning paper. "Are you the proprietor?" &!!lted J oe1 iu a like way. "Yes. What can I do for you?" asked the man, looking at the v isitor over his spectacles. "You have a sign in your window 'agent wanted.' I would like t<;> know what the bu s ine s s is,and whether I would fill the bill in case I found it suited me." The man look e d Joe all over before he replied. "Yes; I want an agent to sell agricultural machinery and. other things, but I hardly think you'd suit." "How do you know I wouldn't?" asked Joel politely but decisively. The proprietor of the e s tablishment seemed rather shuck by Fanwood' s reply. He put down the p aper and looked him over again more carefully than before. "Well," he said, with a slight smile, "you're a boy. What I want i s a man---:and a with experience." "I'm not a man, and I haven't any selling machill'ery or anything else; but I'm looking for work that has a future in it. I'm not afraid to hustle where there's anything in it for me. Perhaps it might pay to give me some idea what you expect your agent to do; what the prospects are for a good man, and other facts that would give me some idea of the business. Then if I thought I could do anything worth while in your line l'd like you to give me a chance at it." Evidently Joe 's words and manner produce'd a :favorable impression on the man, for he pointed to a ehair beside hi s dQsk and, asked hil)1 to sit down. "You are rather young to embark in this business; still if you have th. e right stuff in you there is no reason why you shouldn't in time make a first-class agent. What have you been doing?" "I've been at s chool until yesterday," replied Joe. "Then you are quite green in the ways of business," said the man, pur s ing up his lips, which the boy took to be an unfavorable sign. "I admit it. But the fact 'doesn't worry me in the least. I've got to learn to make my living, and the s ooner I begin tli.e better. I don't care w tie myself down to store or shop worl<. I wouldn't like it, and so it would be a clear waste of time and energy. I want to take up s omething in which I coulcl inteiest Something that offered encouragem ent for me to go at it for all I'm worth. I think I'd like to sell things to people. If an article struck me a s being good I am sure I would take an interest in convincing people in need of that article that they ought to buy it. Take thi s electric fan you have on your desk, for instance; there is something that everybody needs in summer. Of course persops without electric connections in their buildings could not use it; but wherever the facili ties exist to aupply it with power there it ought to be. If I had an office I wouldn't be without one myself -in the hot term." Joe spoke earnestly and animatedly, an'd the man smiled. "I am the general agent in Maplewood !or that machine/' he said. "How wo11ld you like to try you; hand

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12 OUT FOR BUSINESS. at selling them? A few days work about town canvassing encouragement, so I will make an exceptfon in your stores, of,fices and factories would probably give me a line favor." on your adaptabpity for selling merchandise." "No, sir I don't need any money to-day." "I would like to try it, sir." "Then I'll pay you the $4 .50 you earned to day to"Then you shall. I rather think you're cut ou:t or a morrow night." good. agent and canvasser You have a pleasing address, "All right, sir. That's satisfactory." a con,vincing manner, and you talk well as far as I can Next day was Friday and Joe sold six electric fans. determine at this short interview. Your youth and lack That night he wrote a letter to his guardian, telling of experience is all that to be against you. This him that he had severed his connection with the academy, electric fan is an entirely new article in this place, and I and the cau that had led to it. haven't started to introduce it yet. I will give you a He thanked Mr. Jessup or his kindnes s and considera bunch of the literature for you to reaQ. up and familiarize tion to him in the past, hoped that be would forgive his yourself with the advantages and good qualities of the delinquencies, and told him that he was now fully deter marhine. I have a perfect working model in miniature, mined to make his way in the world solely lly his own which you can carry around to make a practical demonefforts. stration with. You can leave some of the circulars and He mailed the letter in the morning enclosing his other printed matter wherever you call and keep a record Maplewood address, so that hi guardian could communi o:i' every place you visit, with an eye to calling later if you cate with him if,so disposed, and that day sold five more interest the party but he does not take a machine at once." of the fans, and every one to people who at first refused Mr. Jackson, that was the general agent's name, then to consider his proposition a:il only grudgingly allowed proceeded to give Joe an insight into the methods genhim to give a demonstration of their utility. erally followed by canvassing agents in their efforts to When he reached his lodgings that afternoon he found make a sale. that a messenger from the academy had been there and In his earlier days he had been a successful agent nimleft a note for him. self, and he made the boy wise to many points that would: It was a pressing invitation from Major Pond that he have taken him months to learn by experience. take dinner with himself and Bessie on Sunday afternoon After Joe l1ad studied up the electric fan literature he at three. felt fully prepared to go out and hu s tle, arld so, with his "We shall expect you, my dear boy, so don't fai l to pockets full of matter, and the model machine on come," the note concluded,. his arm, he started out for business :I'he prol!.Pect of seeing Bessie Pond again was an alluring one, and so Joe decided that he would accept the invitation. Accordingly he dressed himself with unusual care SunCHA PTER VII.
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OUT FOR BUSINESS. 13 "Why should he do that?" asked Bessie, in some sur prise "Well, I've given him a good deal 0 trouble, one way "I believe dinner is ready," remarked Major Pond. "So we will adjourn to the next room. You may take Bessie in." or the ?ther. He is in no way related to me, and only Joe offered his arm very politely to tlie young lady, arid a&re ed to take charge 0 me because my father was an old she laughingly accepted it. and valued friend 0 his. Under these circumstances I The dinner was an enjoyable affair, and Joe thought have decided to relieve him 0 the responsibility and hoe Bessie not only the most charming, but the brightest girl my own way mysel. I am not afraid but I can do it. In he had ever met. act, I never elt so independent and sel-reliant as since Through the windows he occasionally caught glimpses your father politely told me that the Maplewood Military of many o\ his old schoolmates wandering around the Academy would know me no more." parade ground, or perched about the doors, and at the "I hope you re not angry with papa or you. op' en windows 0 their quarters. You""know you told me that you elt you deserved it. At This sight of the boys made him eel a trifle homesick, any rate, papa would give a great to have you back and he almost regretted that he had refused the majo r's again." pressing invitation to return. "I have only the pleasantest eeling toward your father, However, he had put his shoulder to the wheel to make Miss Bessie, I assure you. I have no kick coming at all. his own way in the world, and he had no thought of backI think it will do me good to hustle a little for myself. I ill'g out. hope it will take the foolishnes s out 0 me. If a fellow Ater,, dinner Major Pond asked him to give his own has the right kind 0 ambition, it doesn't do him any good version of the capture of the runaway pony, which he did to have .things come his way too eai;y. Kinds of spoils with due modesty. him, don't you think?" "Bessie told me that she thought it was a tramp who -"I am sure I don't know. Papa will understand that had frightened Dandy." better than I. I only hope you will get along nicely what"No, Major Pond, it was not a trailllp, but Patrick ever you do." Flynn. He came out of the bushes by the side of the road "You are very good to say that, Miss Bessie,'' replied and deliberately stampeded the pony, up his Joe, gratefully. hands, hollering, and finally throwing a stone at the ani" Why shouldn t I wish you every good fortune ? Am ma 1." "11ot I under the greatest of obligations to you?" "The scoundrel!" exclaimed the major, angrily. "I H J wish you wouldn t mention that, Miss Bessie. I was ought to have the rascal arrested i I could lay my only too pleased to ha ..f e the opportunity to do you a on him." service." When the boys were marched into the reectory to sup'"rhank you, Mr. Fanwood,'' said Bessie, with a blush. per Bessie asked Joe i he would like to go out with her At this point Major Pond entered the room. on the river a little while in her own special boat. "I am very glad to see you, Fanwood,'' he said, taking He said be '.Vould be delighted to do so, and so they Joe by the hands. went. Then be proceeded to tell the boy how much he appreThey spent an hour on the placid bosom 0 the little ciated the nerve and courage he had displayed in saving river which flowed through Major Pond's property. his daughter's lie. The young people ound a great deal of pleasure in "It is, of course, impossible for me ever to repay the each other's society, and finally when it came time for debt I owe you," continued the major. "Such a service Joe to take his departure for Maplewood he said he hoped as that is beyond p t rice. I wish, however, to offer you a Bessie would permit him to visit her soon again. slight evidence 0 my appreciation, as well as a token of "I shall al!Vays be pleased to see you whenever you find remembrance, and so beg your acceptance 0 this watch it convenient to call,'' she replied, in a tone which left no and chain.'' doubt in his mind but that he would be welcome. He handed the boy a box which bore the imprint of the "Thank you, Miss Be s sie,'' he replied. "I will send you most prominent jeweler in Maplewood. word when you may expect me." Joe opened it and found an elegant gold watch an d With that he bade her good-by, receiving a gentle preschain, suitably inscribed on the case. sure from her hand, and started or the trolley road. "I thank you very much, Major Pon<\, for this valuable present, and it will give me great pleasure to wear it." "And I hope you will wear this also, as coming from me, Mr. Fanwood,'' said Bessie, stepping up and present ing him with a splendid tie held together with a diamond pin of considerable value. Joe accepted it with much pleasure and thanked her for it. CHAPTER VIII. EARLY SUCCESS. During the next week Joe worked with great zeal to introduce the electric fans into Maplewood, and succeeded so well that his commissions amounted to $25. On Saturday he received a letter from his

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OUT FOR BUSINESS. I guardian expressing surprise at the intelligence he had showed that he was delighted to meet a couple of his old received from Joe. chums again. While he admired the boy's pluck in facing the worlcl He did not introduce them to Bessie, believing Major on his own responsibility, which was very like his father, I'oncl would not approve of it, and the girl, understanding still he said he did not approve of the course he had taken the situation, walked on ahead. and strongly advised him to go back and finish the term "You don't mean to say that you've left us for good(" at the academy. .. asked Hal, anxiously. "I can't answer that question yet, Hal. I may come Lack next term and I may not. Just as I happen to feel on the subject when the time comes." He further said that he had received a letter from Major Pond containing a full explanation of the situation, in which he had referred to Joe's thrilling rescue of his daughter, and his earnest desire that Fan;.ood would come back to school. The letter enclosed a draft on the Maplewood National Bank for $50, payable to Joe's order .. He answered this letter immediately, thanking Mr. Jessup for his expressions of good will as well as for the draft, which he said he did not need, as Im was alrefldy making money selling electric fans in town, but would keep it lest 'he offend him, which he did not wish to do. As for returning to the academy he said he had made up his mind not to do so, and gave hls reasons for his c1ctermination. "Well, I hope you will come back. We all feel lost without you." "What are you doing anyway?" asked Bob, ourjous1y. "What am I d9ing?" grinned Joe. "Ob, I'm out foi; business." "Out for business!" cried both boys in surprise "That's it exactly. I'm hustling on my own hodk." "At what?" asked Fairweather. "At present I'm selling electric fans.'' "How are you mak.ing out?" from Bob. "Tiptop. Made $40 this week." "You don't say." "That's right. And Major Pond has just given me Rn order for a dozen fans for the academy that will be deThe following week usher ed in a warm wave, and this greatly assisted him in his electric fan sales, so that be livered to-morrow." cleared over $40 in the six days. On Sunpay he paid another visit to the academy, spend "Gee whiz!" exclaimed Bob. "You're doing all right." ing a very enjoyable afternoon and evening with Bessie, They had now reached one of the side gatqs, and after and taking tea with her and the major. a few :tnore words the boys parted, and Joe rejoined BesDuring his previous visit he bad explained to Major sie Pond what he was doing in Maplewood and had also told "When shall I see you again, Mr. Fanwood?" asked the Bessie something about his plans. girl as she was bidding him. good night at the gate a They were now both anxious to know how he was getcouple of hours later. 1.ing on. "Well, that will depend." "On what?" He gave them the full particulars of his success with "Whether you're very anxious to see me soon again or the fans 11p to elate, and received their congratulations. not." The major gave him an order for one dozen of the fans "Wh f I t t ,, h i l . h 1 y, o course wan o see you !lOon ag1nn, s e exor us sc oo 1 d "th l' ht bl h "H I c a1me w1 a s Ig us ave you any reason to Joe and Bessie went walking after tea, and on their doubt that?" ,ray back ran against Bob Stewart and Hal Fairweather. I "No; but I'd like to make a little bargain with you.,, Fanwood had already written to Bob a full explanation "A bargain?" of why be had left the academy so unceremoniously. "Yes. Would you ca;e to have me come every Sunday Stewart read the letter to his roommates, Fairweather afternoon?" and Bailey, and the true reason for Joe's mysterious dis"I should be delighted to have you do so," appearance was soon known all over the school. "Will your father be pleased?" One of the results of the letter was that Stewart, Fair"Yes; I think I can answer for papa." weather and Bailey appeared before Major Pond in his "Very well. If. you'll agree to drop calling me Mr. f'tudy and confessed that tlley were the ones who had been Fanwood, and just call me plain J oc when we're by our mixed up with Fanwood in the Pat Flynn affair. selves, and at the same time let me address you aa Bessie Tl1e principal accepted their statement, sentenced them without the formality of miss, wby, I'll not miss a Sunday to one week's confinement in the guard house, and then till you go away to the seaside or the mountains. A:m I 5uspended the punishment indefinitely. asking too much-Bessie?" "Hello, Joe," exclaimed Bob, in great surprise, graspShe looked down with a bright blush, and tapped the ing him by the hapd and shaking it violently, an example ground with the point of her dainty little shoe before immed.iately followed by Fairweather. "Awfully glad to making any reply. sec you. Are you. coining back to us to flnish the term?" "I haven't offended you, have I?" he asked, anxiously. "Xo," replied Fanwood, whose glowing countenance "No, Joe," she answered softly, looking up into his face

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OUT FOR BUSINESS. with her wonderfully expressive eyes "How could you ever offend me? I owe my life to you, and i shall never forget that as long as I live." The fourth week proved a banner one with Joe, for he succ1iedecl in placing the fans in many big offices, and colle cted nearly $50 in comm i ssions By this time h e had pretty well exhausted the available places in town, and so as he made only $15 on the fol lowing week he decided to drop the electric fan After paying all hi s expenses he found he had something over $200 depo sited in the Maplewood Saving s Bank, this was a. comforting reflection. The firm forwarded Joe several specimens with t hei r terms, and a letter expressing their hope that Fanwood wobld take up the business, which they represented as a very pTofita bl e one to a hustler. Aftel' figuring the matter out he concluded to give the work a trial, and sent them the necessary deposit to cover a complete line of samples, which amount was to be bursed when he sent in his first order. While waiting for his samp les Joe hired a small office in a bu siness block on the main street of Maplewood, started in to furnis:h it up in a style that his fancy. Joe, after a talk witb Mr. Jackson, and a study of agri CHAPTER IX. cultural machine literature, decided he would try his hand AT THE SECOND-HAND STORE. at it and see what he could dQ. Joe bought a sma ll desk, three chairs, a table on which If li.e had .any bu siuess worth mentioning his profits to display his samples when in the office, and an oblong would be mucli above what lrn had been reaping from the rug to take the place of a carpet. electric Then h e h ad a painter letter his name on the door, and at. the beginning of the following week he hired an on the directory down s tair s in the main corridor. automobile, took severa l lessuns in the manage'!llent of it, He left an order at a printer's for business cards, letter and then started out around the nearby country o:p. a visit h eads, enve lopes, and billheads. to the farmers. After that he provided himself with a book in which At the very first farm he struck he found that the owner to enter his orders, together with whatev e r statio nery he was preparing to visit Maplewood to buy a new reaper would need for the coming seaso n. "AU I need now is -a or two the walls," he Joe saw his chance to 'sell o ne, and he buzzed the farmer said to himself as he viewed his little den wit h a compla for aJ.! hour on the subject, showing him illustrations from cent eye. .'Then as soon as my samp les get here I'll start all points of view of a machine that Mr. Jackson was the out for business." agent for, and which lie claimed was superior: to any other Down a s ide sheet a few blocks away was a second-hand reaper for the price on the market. sto re-a sort of old curiosity shop-kept by an unpleasThe farmer finally agreed to visit Jackson's s tore qnd ant-looking Italian named Dominico Bosko. have a look at the real thing on exhibition there. Joe had passed the shop several times, and had s topJ oe carried him to town in his auto, showed him. the ped to gaze at the nondescript articles displaye d for sale in reaper, and finally talked him into buying it. the windows This sale added $100 to Fanwood's savings, and he was He rem e mbered tlrnt the last time he went by there was ticlded to death good luck. a str iking marine oil-pa inting of a yacht under fllll sail in During the re s t of the week he sold seve ral improved one o f the windows labe lled $3. plows, a barrow or two, and a number of other minor farmJoe had a weakness for nautical pictures, it occurred ing implements, netting altogether anot}1er $100 in com-to him that he would buy that picture if it had not been missions. sold. "I guess I'm doing pretty well for a beginner," he said So he started for the shop to Mr. Jackso n, when he collected what was coming to him On reaching the place he was much disappointed-to find at the close of the that the coveted picture had been removed from the win"You;re doing fine, Fanwood. I hadn't the s lightest dow. idea you would develop so quick. You've averaged about J suppose it has been sold," he muttered. "That's al$50 per week s ince you star ted in six weeks ago." ways the way. When you make up your mind to buy Joe now began to get the idea into hi s head that if hE something that's been hanging around for an age some do so well selling for Jackson, he ought to be able body else is sure to step in just before you and carry it to do still better if he worked direct for some big manuoff." facturin g house. He glanced in at the doorway, hesitating whether to enSo he opened a correspondence with severa l concerns in ter or not and inquire about the picture. differ ent parts of the country, with the view of acting as The proprietor, hi s wife, with a handkerchief tied over their sole agent in that locality. her head, and an overgrown boy, presumably their son, Only1 one house took up his proposition on the spot. were busy moving a heavy piece of furniture at the rear of That was a Cincinnati publishing and printing company the store whose speoialty was the manufaoture of elega.ntl.'f illumiJoe didn't like their looks for a cent nated advertising calendars. However, he was anxious to get that particular marine.

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16 OUT FOB l;.;;S5 painting if it was s till un sold, or one some thin g lik e it, a nd : eel them, though it did not begin to contain the1 money the y a s h e noticed a fram e d pi cture s tandin g on e nd again s t a thought it did, being bloated p with letter s and cir c ul a r s bookcase in the middle of the s tor e which struc k him a s h e had received from several firms he had communicated being the paintin g he was in s ear c h of, he walked into the with. to get a bette r look at it. Becau s e Fanwood was a boy Bosko fancied he would It proved to b e the identical picture, and while Fanwood prove an easy mark. was looking at it Dominico Bosko came forward, and with That's where he made a mistiike. a penetrating glan c e a s if he was s izing the boy up, asked Joe was strong, wiry, and quite an athlete. hini what he wanted. As soon as he saw the tactics of the enemy he began to "What do you want for this picture?" a s ked Joe, thinkback toward the door. ing from the careless way the painting was treated that h e might b e abl e to get it for even less than wha t it had bee n marked up at in the window. The s econd-hand man looked Fanwood all over again before he an s wered. The boy was well dressed and looked prosperous, so Bosko fixed his price accordingly. Nine dol'," he s aid, with a leer. "Ver' cheap." "What!" exclaimed the astonished young agent. "Nine dollar s !" "Nine-a dol'," repeated Bosko. "Not on your life, replied Joe. "I'll give you three." "T'ree-a dol'! No takea such small-a price." "All right. You're the doctor," answered Fanwood, turning to The Italian stopped him. "How much you give-a?" "I told you how much I'd give-three dollars. You har l it in the window a few day s ago marked $3." "Dis not-a da same pie'." \ The dealer, foreseeing trouble if he got away now, en deavored to detain him, and hurriedly uttered words in Italian to his wife, who hastened to block his exit. "What are you trying to do, anyway? Rob nie?" de manded Joe, breaking away from Bosko. He thrust the wallet into his pocket, artd pushing the woman back started for the front of the store. He didn't get there, however, for young Petro Bosko grabbed up a heavy bronze ornament and threw it at his head. Joe threw out his hands mechanically to save him"self. Then everything black before his eyes as his senses left him, and he fell at full length upon the floor unconscious. CHAPTER X. PLANNING A ROBBERY. Joe, however, knew better. "Well, three dollars is my limit. T k t t When Joe came to his senses again he found him.self a e i or no as you d k d .11 11. 1 m a ar an i -sme mg p ace. choose." "Make-a five dol'. I take-a. him." His limbs were not fettered in any way, but he soon found that his movements were cramped by the narrow No, you won't. At least, not from me. I won't give ness of his prison pen. a cent more than three dollars." "I tak-a four dol', den." "You'll take three or nothing if you want to do business with me,'' replied Joe, resolutely. "All-a right. I tak-a da t'ree." While this bargaining was going on the other two mem bers of the Bosko family were watching proceedings from the back of the store. As Joe produced his pocket-book, the villainous-looking woman and her shifty-eyed s on came forward, as if in obedience to some signal. Then the dealer himself sprang at the boy and tried to wrest the wallet from his grasp. Fanwood, however, was too quick or him, and threw his hand containing the pocketbook out at full length At the s ame time he gra s ped the Italian's arm and tried to push him away. While he was thus employed the woman endeavored to creep behind him for the purpose of reaching the wallet, while the hard-looking youngster came to his father' s It was some little time before he realized just what had happened to him. When he did he was thoroughly disgusted and angry over the situation. He examined his pockets and found that his wallet, and every penny of his loose change had been taken from him. "Jus t wait till I get out of this and I'll make it mighty hot for that scoundrel,'' he muttered between his teeth "What did he take me for? A stranger and an easy mark? I guess he imagines because I'm a boy tpat he isn't taking any great chances. He'll find out his mistake sooner than he bargained Joe found his match-safe in his pocket, and he lit a lucifer in order to examine his surroundings. It was evidently a boxed-off corner of a cellar, probably und e r the second-hand s tore. "Now that they've put me down here I wonder what they propose to do with me?" he said to himself. 1 Of course, he couldn't tell what their intentions were, assistance. but they couldn't be otherwise than hostile toward him-It was clear that the fat-looking pocketbook had tempts elf.

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OUT FOR BUSINESS. ===-================ ============.:========--Lighting a second match he found there was a wooden door, s ecur e d by a hasp on the other side. There were several knot-holes through which he tried to see what the re s t of the cellar looked like, but was un able on account of the darkness which shrouded the place. He experimented with the hasp, but found that it appeared to be held bya padlock. There was no othe;r way of getting out of his pen unless he could kick the boards down, and they appeared to be too strong for him to accomplish that. So he sat down on the edge of the old mattress on which he had been lying to think things over. He noticed now that his head pained him a good bit, and putting up his hand found he had rnceived a jagged wound from some heavy, ragged object that had drawn th_ e blood which had dried around the cut. "The young chap must have done that to me," mused Joe. "I'd1like to have my hands on him now; I'd make him do a song-and-dance he wouldn't like." At this point in his meditations he heard a noise as if some person was coming into the cellar. He. listened, and found that there were two men de scendiD;g a short s tairway into the place. One carried a lighted ca:ndle in candlestick. Joe looked through a convenient knot-hole good view of ap.d got a The man w h,' had the candle in his fingers was short and thlck--set in stature, with a hard and villainous look on his coarse features. His companion, to Joe's great surprise, was Pat Flynn. He looked disreputable and dissipated, and his red eyes and washed-out look showed he had only just recovered from a debauch. "Come this way," said his associate roughly. The iellow led Flynn over to a corner near Joe's pen, and squatting down, laid the candlestick on the floor. "Sure, haven't I s een it whin I wint in to get me wages?" "What's the easiest way to get into the building?" "Througlr a little soide dure near the kitchen. I've got a kay to it." "You have, eh?" exclaimed the other, with a show of interest. "Faith, I have,'' with a cunning look. "How did you get hold of it??' ."I sthole it, so I did." "The major's office is on the first floor, I suppose?" "It is, nixt 'to the sittin'-room, and overlookin' the ade ground." "What else is there on that floor. ?" "Class-rooms." "Where does the major and his daughter live?" "On the second flure, above the sittin'-room and office1 at the kitchen i nd of the buildin'. The main stairs go up through the middle of the house. The class-rooms are all on one soide of the buildin'." "What rooms are above the major's apartments?" "Thim are the slapin' rooms of tlie tachers." "To get to the major's rooms you have to go up the main stairs1 don't you?" "No. There is a private back stairway to the dinin' -room where Major Pond and his daugnter ate. It runs out of the passage-\Vay :nixt the kitchen. It's the kay to the passage-way dure tho t I have." "Where do the boys sleep?" "In their quarters at the other soide of the parade ground." "Do they keep a sentry guard at night?" "No; but there's a wat c hman thot goes over the place every half-hour, and rings up an electric clock so as to show thot he's attendin' to his duty." "I guess we could muzzle him all right." "Shure, you could do thot aisy." "Sit down. We can talk here without anyone .hearing us." "If I go into this thing with you how do we divide? I should want two-thirds of the boodle, as you don't under Flynn complied with the other's request, but his eyes stand the business, while I do." roved restlessly around, as trying to pierce the darkness. "I'll agree to that. I'll be satisfied wid one-third and "Now, Flynn, let's talk business. You say you've got me revenge on the major for givin' me the bounce from the lay of Major Pond's apartments in the academy build, the place. I thried to do up his daughter the same day he ing, eh?" discharged me, but one of the b'ys came along on his "Yes, I have," replied Flynn, in a surly; tone. bicycle and s aved her." "Well and good. Now, what sort of stuff does he keep "What did you try to do to her?" it worth the risk of "I froightened her pony, and it ran away wid her. I Ell'CSure it is, :faith. He has a lot of bnckybrack that he picted the little mare would throw her, but she saved her thinks a heap of, s o he does. Then there' s the safe in his self by clingin' to her nick. Then the b'y, bad cess to him office .where he kapes his money. H you've the tools to for a butter-in! chased the animal and caught her down by open it wid, we ought to make a haul." the railroad jist as a thrain come along. It would have "He wouldn't be likely to keep much moneyaround the done me good if she'd broke her nick-not that I've anyhouse," said his companion. thin' ag'in her, do yez moind; but it would have hit lier "Thot may be roight, ginerally spakin'. But, faith, he ould man in a tinder place, arid I'd have had me revinge always has a wad around the first of the month-that's th.in." to-morrow-to pay off wid." His vindictive tone attracted the notice of even the rui "How do you know he has?" :fian by, his side, who remarked, with a short laugh:

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18 OUT FOR BUSD;rnss. "You seem to be a bad man to morikey with, Flynn." "I niver forgit an injury." .. J oc, listening to this conversation at a nearby knot-hole, s hook his fist at the Irish rascal. "It won't be my fault if I don't get you in jail before you're ma:Qy hours older, Mr. Flynn," he muttered. "Well, Flynn;" continued his companion, "as I've noth li'fted in New York and that neighborhood, sold to Bosko'$ will take the stqff off our hands at a fair valuation and ship it off to his brother in New York, so that none of. it will be found here. Bosko is a sly chap. Many a crook in these parts has cashed in his pickings at Bosko's, and no one has been the wiser The police haven't the least sus picions of the real character of curiosity shop." "You mane it's a fince, is thot it?" "That's what it is. Half the stuff he has for sale was lifted in New York and that neighborhood, so1d to Bosko's brother, who has just such another store on Third avenue, New York, and by him shipped out here to be disposed of. They play into each other's hands in great shape." "It's a wonaer the New York cl ap isn't caught, at any rate. They have some fly cops in that town." "I don't advise you to go to New York, Flynn. You're likely to find yom:self on the Island, if not up the river before you know what struck you. I stay away myself on general principles. Towns like Maplewood are easier to work, though they don't always pan out as well as a feller could wish. I hope the academy will meet my expecta tions, for I'd like to go to Chicago with somethin' in my clothes." "If" we kin get away wid all the stuff we'll foind there yez won't have any kick comin'." 1 "I have to take your word for that, Flynn; but I'll allow you ought to know somethin' about it. You meet me at the Pikers' Rest on the trolley road at nine to-night, and we'll star't the ball roliin'." 1 "Faith I'll be there widout fail," agreed the Irishman. 111'11 fetch my tools for goin' into the safe, and a couple of sacks to carry off the swag in. Rave you a barker?" "A barker is it? What's that?" Pat Flynn in some way had got acquainted with the crook Bagley, and had proposed the scheme of robbing Major Pond's at the academy. They had come down to the cellar to talk the matter over where th\:ly thought they would not be overheard, and within earshot of Joe had practically arranged to pull the affair off that night: How COl.lld he prevent them fro:o:1 carrying out their nefarious project? There was no possible way unless he could escape from the cellar, and there seemed ve:ry little chanc\:l of hie doing that. While he was thinking the matter over, he heard a noi se again on the s tairs in the corner. Looking through the knot-hole that comIT1anded the steps he saw the young Ifolian who had knocked him out coming dowr{ with a lighted candle in one hand a plate and jug in the other. His mission seemed tolerably flear. Joe decided to pretend he had not yet come to his senses, so lie threw himself on the mattress a:qd began to breathe hard. Petro Bos ko stopped at the do. or and, listened intently. Then h e opened a small slide and flashed the light inside. I Re saw Joe stretched out on the mattress, apparently unconscious. The sight reassured him,. He put' down the plate and jug, and turned hjs attention to the padlock, which he opened with the key he carried. While he was doing this Joe sprang from the mattress and crouched near the door ready to pounce upon him the moment the door was opened. He had not long to wait Petro pulled the door open about half way, then stooped to pick up the plate and jug. Before he c ouid do it Joe had him by the throat and pulled him t}\e sma ll pen where he forced him down upon the mattress, and stuffed his mouth full of straw when he opened it to give a yell. "A revolver, you chump." "No. I wish I had." "I'll get one for you from Bosko as we go out. charge it up to you." Pulling a red han. dkerchief from the young pocket he bound hi s bands securely behind his back, and He'll then tearing strips from the mattress, bound his leg s together, and gagged him more effectttally. "He's welcome to do thot," grinned the rascal. "Then come along. Let's be goin'." Bill Bagley took up the bit of candle, nearly burned out by this time, and led the way to the regions above, Flynn following close his heels. CHAPTER XI. Then, placing the plate of meat and and tqe jug of water, inside the pen, he shut the door, locked the pad lock, and put the key in bis pocket. ow to make my escape from this cellar," h e breath-ed. "I wish I could do it without going through the store and thus alarming Bo sko him s e lf. I don't want him to make his escape before I can warn the police of his true character, and have him arrested." HOW JOE GOT OUT OF THE CELLAR. For some moments after the departure of the Joe stood by the knot-hole like one in a dream. He tip-toed up the stairs and :found the door leading td the kitchen at the back of the living rooms in the rear rasca.is of the stor!l ajar. Th,ere was no one in the room. He was fairly staggered by what he had overheard. He glanced through the dirty window and saw that it

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I J, Ol?l' F OH 13 -sINESS. lt --+-was growing dark outside, from which circumstance he fore the police magistrate for examination. By that time knew he must have been several hours a prisoner in the I hope to be able to substantiate the evidence you will cellar. bring again t them. We will try to get them a long term He looked into the adjoining room it was used in the State prison." as a bedroom. "I'll eat at a restaurant on Decatur street, just around Crossing it, he found that the door communicated with the corner, l:lnd be bi.ick here in half en hour,'' said Joe, the store. rising from his chair. "And that reminds me that I hevtJLooking in he saw the elder Bosko sitting at the front n't a cent. The Boskos cleaned meout of about ten dol entrance smokipg, while his wife was seated opposite to I lars, all I had, so I shall have ask you to lend me him. a dollar Until I can retuJ,"n it to you." Aftei figuring on the situation, Joe eturned to the kit- "You're welcome to a dollar," said the officer in cbarg& chen, opened the door, and looked out into the yard-a of the station, handing a bill. small ai1d very dirty one. The boy thanked him for the loan and immediately 11he fence seemed to form part of a narrow alleyway, so to the restaurant he had mentioned, feeling the bby hastily i;caled it and dropped down on the other bl.).ngry enough to do justice to a reasonably square meal. side. ' "Free at last!" he exclaimed triumphantly. 1 CHAPTER XII. for the police tation." I TRAPPING A PA.IR OF RASO.A.:Ua Making .his way out into a back street, he proceeded to At eight o'clock Joe was back at the police station inquire his way to that bu1lding, which waa several I aw_aiting the pleasure of the officers in charge. away. The Boskos-father, mother end son-were already oc. Arriving there he told his story to th!l officer in charge, cupying a cell in the basement of the build ing, and Joe and handed over key to the pen in which he had been\ was informed of that fact. confined. At half-past eight two of the policemen who had offi,. 'fhree officers were at once detailed to arrest the whole ciated at the arrest of the Italian second.-hand dealer and Bosko family and close the sho)J. his interesting family were detailed to accompany F a n''.You'll notify the New York police by telegraph about woo' d to the academy: Bosko's brother and bis shop on Third avenue, won't They received their orders, Joe himself had a short talk you?" asked Joe. with the chief officer, and then the three left the station, "That will be done as soon as the charge you've made walked to the corner of the street, hailed a trolley going against Dominico Bosko is fully established, and we have in the direction they were bound, and boarding it, settled positive evidence to prove that bis shop has been used as them selves for a seven-mile ride. a blind to receive stolen goods." They reached their destination in :fifty minutes, after "Well, if you send officers to the Pilcers' Re t before walking a long block from the road traversed by the trol nine o'clock to-night and arrest that crook, who calls himley. 1 sell Bill Bagley, and his rascally associate, Pat Flynn, From the the academy looked to be wrapped in yo ought to be able to secure the evidence you want by silence and darkness turning the screws on Bagley. I guess he'll turn State's Even the tutors, who were not restricted as to their evidence against the Boskos to save himself." :Q.our of retirement, appeared to have gone to rest, for "We can only arrest them as suspicious characters as there was not a light in apy of their wind-ews. the case stands. Whafcver you may testify to in court The students, who were on the verge of examination will be denied by them, and without corroborative evi-week, and would soon be scattering to their various homes, dence the judge won't be able to hold them. Now I have were in bed, and, presumably, sound asleep. a better plan," said tbe officer. Up the gravel walk, and between the pair of frowning "What ii it?'' asked Joe field pieces, one of which had played so important a part "You say they have decided to burglarize the apart-in Fanwood's and Hostler Flynn's retirement from the men ts of the principal of the military academy P" school, walked Joo and the two policemen. "They have." The boy laid his hand on the electric button marked "Very good. I will send a couple 0 officers out there "Visitors' Bell" and pushed it. for the purpose of catching them in the act. I shall went A gong somewhere near the kitchen end of the building you to go with them, as you will be able to identify the responded. rascals." Major Pond was in his office at the time, arranging a "I'm willing to go." pile of examination papers, and the ring, so unusua l at "Then report. hero as soon as you've had something to that late hour, brO'Ught him to his feet eat. That will be about eight o'clock. I expect to have As the servants had all retired, he answered the sumthe Boskos brought here shortly, and will lock them np i rnons himself. until to-morrow morning, when they will be bropght beI He unbolted, unlocked and threw open the front door.

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20 OUT FOR BUSINESS. "Who is there?" he asked. I periences in the cellar, where he had overheard the two "It is I, Joe Fanwood," replied the boy, stepping into rascals discussing their burglarious project. the light of the hall gas jet, which the major had turned up. "Why, Fanwood!" exclaimed the astonished principal. "Is it really y ou, and at this hour o f the night? What's t be ? and his glance took in the uniformed officers of the law who s t ood at the lad s back. "We'll give you the full particulars J.1egarding our visit i f y o u will permit us to fofiow you to your office," replied Jee "Walk right in, then," invited the major, who, after th e ir e ntranc e relocked the dqor and led his three visitors 11Gw n a c orridor and u s h e red the m into his brightly lightC L 1 pri v a t e offic e on the ground floor. ])ke a s eat, g entl e men," he said, wav ing hi s hand w ar d c hair s "Now, Fanwood I am ready to learn the m ea 1 i n g of thi s rather s urpri s ing vis it. The preseiice of a .couple of policemen with you give s a seriou s look to it." Y e s sir. It certainly i s a seriou s matte r .that has brou ght u s down here. We are h e re to protect your property aga im ; t a couple of m e n who liav e planned to rob you to-ni ght and to capture the rascal s in the mid s t of their work." "What' s that?" exclaimed j;he amazed prin c ip al. Two men you s ay; have planned to rob me to-night ?" "Yes s ir. One of them you know, a s pe was for some time in your employ." "Indeed His name, please." "Patrick Flynn." "The scoundrel that nearly cau s ed m y daughters death!" ejaculated the major in an angry tone "Yes, sir." "If I can only lay my hands on him I'll make him pay "You had rather a strenuous time of it, Fanwood/' said Major Pond, with a s mile. "I'm not anxious to repeat it, sir/' grinned Joe . "Have those Italians been arrested?" "Yes, sir. They will be brought b e fore the police magistrate in the morning." "Goocl. They will probably get their just deserts." "I hope they will." "Now let us talk about our own bu s iness. When do you think these men will make their appearance out h ere?" "They were to meet at a drinking s aloon c alled the Pikers Rest, on the 'Trolley road, at nine o'clock. I shouldn t think they d come out here until after mid night." "If is now after ten. It is that they will com mence operations in this room where my safe1 is, so we had better arrange to capture them here." "Y.e s sir. Flynn told Bagley that y ou alway s had a considerable amount of cas h in the s afe around the first of the month to pa y off with." "If Flynn knew hi s prayer s a s well a s he profe sses to. be acqual.nted with my bu s iness he would be in l ess danger of spending a portion of life behind the prison bars," the major. "That's ri g ht, sir." "Well, officers, if you will permit me to offer you a gestion a s to plan for catch i ng tho s e rascals, I would s ay that that closet yonder offe r s an admirable place o f' con cealment for one of you. Then, b y c han g in g t h e position of my desk t e mporarily around in front of this window, a nook will b e made of s ufficient size to hold +,he o ther. Fanwood take this revolver, and when .the time come s dearly for that outrage." \ crawl under the lounge near the safe. A s for myself, I "We hope to catch him here to-night. H e ha s in his will get another r e volver that I kee p up s tairs, and keep possession a key to the ba c k entry of this building." somewhere in the background until the c r i ti c al mom ent "He has, eh? I remember now the key was mi s sed, and when I will take a hand in the affair and h e lp y ou s e c ure we had to replace it with a new one. So it seems the rasthe villain s ." cal took it for a "The lock itself was not changed, then, sir?" The major's su g gestions met with the a pprov a l of the "It was not." poli c emen, and were adopted later on when the light was "Then by using the stolen key Flynn and his companion extinguished and the trap set for the ras cals will be able to enter the building?" to walk into. "Certainly. If we don t prevent them." Joe kept watch from one of the kitchen window s for "Our in s tructions are to permit Flynn and the> other the approach of the men they were expecting chap, who is a professional crook named Bagley, to get This window commanded a view of the entry door to insid e without mole s tation. They are to be allowed to which Fly nn had the stolen key and whi c h na t urally comme nce th e ir work so that we can catc h them in a way would be the fir s t point aimed at by him and his comthat will est ablis h their guilt past any reasonable doubt." panion. "I s e e," n o dded the major. "Now, Fanwood will you One o'clo c k c himed from the mantel time-pie c e i n the e x plain to me how the knowled g e of this proposed bur1major's study, and s till there was no s i g n of the bur g lars. glary c ame to your attention and that of the Maplewood At quarter past one Joe caught s i ght of t w o s h adows police?" coming around the corner of the kitchen and s l o u ching "Certainly s ir replied Joe who immediately told toward the entry cloor. Major Pond of hi s adv e ntur e in Dominico Bosko's second"By Georg e .! l1e exclaimed. "Here the y come at la st." h an-J store on Bainbrid g e Rtreet, and his subsequent exH e into the office, gave the warning to Major

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OUT FOR BUSINESS. Pond a nd tbe two policemen, and then, revolver in hand,, In the meantime Major Pond and the other officer cra w led und e r the lounge. easily overpowered Flynn in the passage, and the night's It seem e d scarcely any time after that when the soft work was practically take a much-needed rest. Whatever it was the chief officer of the Maplewood police said to Bagley next morning, certain it is he went on the stand and testified against Dominico Bosko when the Italians were brought up examination before the magistrate. Subsequently the Boskos were tried and got the full penalty of the law, and their shop was put out 0 business. Flynn was tried and convicted on the si'ngle count 0

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23 OUT FOR BUSINESS. burglary, iind Major Pond used his infhience to get him wg of three stories offering the for sale, subject the limit. ' to immediate removal, for $50. 'Ihc second charge against hii:n of a murderous attempt It i:itiuck him that here was a chance for a speculation. on Bessie Pond's life was held over Flynn's head until he I Accordingly M went O\lt and hunted up the owner of should be discharged from the State prison, when he was the house and offered him $10 on account, agreeing to to be at once rearrested and brought to book on that have the building taken down at once and the wood rerount. moved or forfeit the money. Bagley pleaded guilty, and, in consideration of turning Having secured this option, he went around to the State 's eviaence against the Boskos, was let off with a light builder 's office and told him that he had just bought an sentence. old house and that if the timber would answer his purBosko's brother in New York was arrested on evidence pose he would sell him. the house just it stood $100, furni s hed by the Maplewood police, his store was broken or he would have the house demolished at his own cost and up, ancl he was tried and sent to Sing Sing for a number deliver the wood wherever the builder wanted within the of years, town limits for $200. Thus the Bosko family's little game that they played "The latter is the only way I would clo b-Qsines& with upon Joe Fanwood had wide-spreading results, and the you, young man," said the builder. "I'll go around with community was greatly benefited thereby. you and size up your building. rt may or may n'Ot pay :qie ln the meantime Joe got his samples from Cincinnati to accept your offer." and stnrted. out to do business with them. So they went around to the house together. He 'succeeded very well from the start, as they were a After the builder had thoroug11ly examined the ijuilding novelty in Maplewood, and the result was he made good he told Joe he would close the bargain on his gua:rantei: money as the commission allowed was liberal. to deliver every foot of material, except the brick founda He liked this work so well that by the time he had tion, at a certain specified price. drummed up all the town paid visits to neighboring "l can use the doors and window frames, and fa towns, where he did quite as well. the chief reason I am willing to close with you. See that The academy vacation of ten weeks was now on, but the windows are not broken when taken O\lt or in transit, until Major Pond and Bessie left for their own outing at or I shall hold you responsible for any damage to them, the seashore, Joe was a more freq\lent visitor than ever at and will make a deduction from tb<:i agreed amount." the school. then paid Joe $50 on account, ancl the boy started With Bessie's departure Joe felt decidedly lonesome, to get men and a team to take ihe building down and cart and his work seemed harder. the material to the builder's. Still he had Bob Stewart's society as a partial compenAfter he had paid the owner the $4;0 thitt due him sation, fol' Bob's home was on the outskirts of Mapiewood, he started the men at work under his OWJl supervision and the two boys had many a good time together. pulling the building to father was the JllOSt proll_linent physician in that They began on the roof, of course, and woJ,'ked down neighborhood. ward. Joe wrote occasionally to his guardian, telling him how After demolishing the roof and the third story work well he was getting along at his business. i;topped for that day. Mr. Jessup alwayi; answered his letters, praising the boy To prevent the encroaches of mischievous boys or for his smartness, but never failed to wind up with the tramps Fanwood hired a man for $1.50 to :cemain on earne s t suggestion that Joe ought to return to the miliwatch until work was resumed next morning. tary when the next term commenced. Next day the second story was pulled to pieces. Fanwood never thought of practical joking these days, It was about eleven o'clock that OJle of the men began as he was too muoh interested in making money, and Bob ripping up the flooring in one corner of a l'OOm where a Stewart was chary about getting him started again at his closet had ju,st been removed. olcl tricks. Joe casually stepped over to see that he did not split Before he gave up the advertising Joe had his the boards, but took them up ;whole, hooks out for something else to .:ike its place. In the midst of his work the man we;nt downstairs to H e ha cl about $1,000 in the bank, all but the $50 sent get a drink of water, a11d Joe started in to take up a. few him by Mr. Jessup having been made by hi s own exerof the boards while he was absent. very fine showing by so young and inexperienced After detaching two boards the boy found several short a hoy. boards that were loose. One morning reading the Maplewood Record in He took hold of them, one after the other, 8.ll.d they his office before s tarting out for the day he noticed an came away easily in his hands. aovertisement of a certain builder calling for several thouUnderneath these boards, and between two of the heavy sana feet of second-hand boards. floor timbers, he saw a dust-covered baglying in the .. Only the day before Joe had seen a sign on an old b-nildcorner.

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OUT FOR EUSI.r ESS. He r eached clow l1is arm and lifted the bag out. It felt uncommonly heavy. I to the old house to see how his men were getting on. Shaking it, he heard a peculiar metallic sound. This his curiosity and he quickly untied mouth of the bag and then looked inside They were resting a;nd eating their dinners, for it was the between twelve and one. He saw that the bag was about two-thirds full of gold "I might as well eat, too," thought the boy; "though, to tell the truth, I think the discovery of all that mop,ey has taken my appetite away coins. He soi1ght a restaurant just the same, and managed fo CHAPTER XIV. worry down a pretty respectable meal. On returning to the building once more he found that HOW JOE ACCUMULATED $6,500 IN THREE MONTHS. the men lmd resumed work on the second floor, now nearly "Great Stars!" exclaimed Joe, staring at the money as pulled to pieoes. though hardly crediting the evidence of. his senses "ls The former owner was also standing around watching this real money or ia it--" the progress of operations He shoved his hand in and grasped a bunch of the stuff. He nodded to Joe. ".rt is real money as i;iure as I'm alive!" he cried, joy"What are you doing with all this material?" he asked, fully, as he examined the coins he drew out and then let curiously. . them trickle back among the rest "Gee whjz Wh _at a "I sold it to a builder on Dale find l Therf:l must be many hundred dollars' worth here. "How will you come out on your spec.?" It's better to be born lucky than rich anyhow." "I've got no kick coming," grinned the boy. The discovery of the bag of gold caused Joe to lose all "I guess you k,new what you were doing whe n yo1;1. interest in the demolition of th,e old building. the old rookery You look like a pretty smart Telling l1is men to work C<"ireully while he away, boy." he started for his office with his bag of treasure. "'1.'hanks. I generally know what I'm doing. By the Locking 11imself in his office, he dumped the money out way, who lived in that place last?" on his desk, and found that it. consisted of a mixture of "Who lived there? Nobody for several years It was $5, $10 and $20 gold pieces. vacant when I bought the building and ground three years From the condition of the bag and the moldy appear-ago. It was at one time known as the Paul Jones Tavern. ance of the edges of many of the coins, Joe judged that When busine8s moved up toward Perry and Decatur streets the bag of money must have remained untouched in that its former prosperity dwindled to the dogs That room hole a good many years on the second floor your men have just finished tearing "I wonder who it could .have belonged to?" he mused, out was for a long time occupied by a curious-looking as he stacked the coins up in piles according to their de-lit. tle old man, said to have been quite wealthy, named nomination, "He must be dead, or surely he wouldn't Andrew Davis. He was found dead in bed about five have left this money so long in that hiding place. At that years ago, and as nobody claimed his body, he was buried rate I made the speculation of my life when I bought that by the iown As he never received any letters, it is not ancient building for $50 The former owner would cerbelieved he had any relatives, at least any that the old tainly feel like kicking himself around the block if he man cared for. If he had money in bank, it will l ikely knew that I found all these coins in that house." remain there for all time now." Joe now proceeded to count the money, and the sum Thus speaking, the former owner strolled away in blisstotal of all the coins amounted to $5,375. ful ignorance of the :fact tlrnt the boy he was talking to "Well, if this isn't a dandy haul I don't know what a could have thrown a flood of light upon the finances of the dandy haul is, all," he breathed in great glee. "I'll dead Andrew Davis. have to start a new bank account, for the Maplewood SavNext day Joe completed the tearing down of the woodings won't accept an account of over $3,000. I'll just put en structure the ov:erplus into the New Era. He then sold the brick foundation, just as it stood, to He cleaned the mold off the tarnished coins, and, puta man for $15. ting $2,000 in one pocket, and the balance back into the His profit on the speculation was $125, p lu s $5,375 that bag, he started for the Maplewood Savings Bank. he found in the bag, making a total profit of $5,500, thm The $2,000 filled his limit at that bank, so as soon as raising his capital to $6,500. the entry hacl been made he went to the New Era in the That week ended his hu s tling for the Cincinnati firm, next block. and he then took up a new water-proof house paint, He discovered that the New Era's limit was also $3,000, To introduce this he was provided with a book of sam which left him with a balance of $375 ples showing the different colors as they looked upon This necessitated opening a third account, and the Bee various kinds of wood. Hive, on Decatur st reet, accommodated him. He didn't meet with much luck when he went around Having disposed of his money to his satisfaction, Joe among the paint stores, but he did much better soon as

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, OUT FOR BUSINESS. I he began to canvas the painters themselves, and subse"Look here, Bob, cap you keep a secret?" quently the farmers for miles around. "Sure I can." Joe for strong reasons wanted to stand well with the "Then I'll let a little light on the subject into your charming Bessie, and she had expressed a very decided brain pan. Did you ever hear of the Paul Jones Tav wish at their last interview that he should come back to ern?" the academy in the fall. H he did not do so he could at "Sure I did. It is down on Shipley street-a closed-up least live near it so he could see her often. 1 wq;:,ck. Went out of business about three years ago." He felt that she would be very much disappointed if "You've got it right except that it isn't there any he did not, and this fact had a great deal to do with his more." ultimate decision of staying near the academy. 1 "Isn't it? Torn down, eh?" One day about the middle of August Bob Stewart, who "Yes. I tore it down." had been away two weeks at a seaside resort, met Joe on "You? Oh, come off! What are you giving me?" the outskirts of the town with his .bundle of samples of "Facts. I bought the building for $50. It cost me pa.ints under his arm. about $40 to have it pulled apart. I s old the material to "Hello, old chap," he exclaimed, shaking him by the a builder for $200, and the brick foundation to another han,d, "what are you doing on the suburbs with that bundle man for $15, and cleared altogether, $5,500." on such a hot day?" "You cleared how much?" "Oh, I'm out tor business as usual," grinned Fanwood. "Five thousand, five hundred dollars." "You lo. ok it all right," laughed his friend, mopping "Say, Joe, you co"i1ld give Baron Munchausen points and his forehead. "You've been hustling for over three never turn a hair," grinned Bob. months now. Aren't you tired of it yet?" "How so?" "Not a little bit. I the fun of building up bank "Why,'you say you bought the building for $50, and it ac .G:ounts." cost you $40 to tear it down. That's $90. You sold the "How have you got now?" asked Stewart in a wood for $200 and the foundation for $15. That's $215. joking way. The difference between $90 and $215 is exactly $125, isn't '"rhree." it? Yet you say you cleared $5,500. How do you figure "Three! Oh, come now, you're giving me taffy." it out?" "Not a bit of it. I have accounts at the Maplewood, "That's the sectet I want you to keep." the New Era and the Bee Hive." "How can I keep it unless you tell it to me?" "The dickens you have. How much in each? A hun"I'm going to do.so. Listen." dred ?" Whereupon he confided to his chum his discovery of the "Yo. !l're a very poor guesser, Bob." bag of gold that he had found in the second-story room of "Well, $200 then?" the old tavern. "You' re away off." "Well, if that isn't hog luck I don't know what to call "Perhaps you wouldn't mind telling me yourself?" it," was Bob's comment. wouldn't believe me unless I showed you the pass books, and I haven't got them with me." "Oh, I'll believe you." "I'll see whether you will or not. I've $3,000 each in the Maplewood and New Era, and $725 in the Bee Hive." Bob stared fixedly at his chum. I "This isn't one of your old-time is it?" he asked, il)credulously. "No. I've given up joking for good. Making money is a serious business." "Do you mean to say that you've made all that yourself in three months? Why, my father don't make 'that in a year, I guess he makes more money than any other doctor in Maplewood." "Well, Bob, all I can say is that I had a $10 bill when I left the academy that morning and my guardian afterward sent me a draft for $50. The rest of the money I have .accumulated myself." don't see how you could make so much selling things on commission." "I didn't say that I made it all that way." "What other way could you make it?" persisted Bob. CHAPTER XV. BUSINESS AND PLEASURE. Bob invited Joe to take lunch with him that day, and he accepted the invitation. Dr. Stewart was present at the meal, and he asked Fan wood how he was getting on. "Fine," replied Joe. "I'm glad to hear it," replied the physician. "I like to see boys succeed in what they undertake. But aren't you going to finish your schooling before you get down to business for good?" "No, sir; I am through my schooling." "What have you been doing since you started out for yourself?" Joe gave him an outline of his operations. "You say you are selling waterproof paint now, eh?" "Yes, sir. Would you like to see my samples? I have them with me." "I should like to look at them ver.y much.'" After the meal Joe displayed his samples, and dis-

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.. OUT FOR BUSINESS. 25 c0ursed upon the superiority of the paint just as if he was trying to get a customer for them. "You can furni s h a guarantee from the manufacturer that the paint will do all that is claimed for it, can you?" "Yes, sir." "Very well. I am going to have my house painted. John, my gardener and man-of-a,11-work, is a good painter. le will do the work. I will buy t11e paint from you. Ceuld you form any idea how much paint I hall require to give the building two coats?" "Yes, sir. All I have to do is to take a few measure !llents, and make a calculation with the help of this table in the back o.f the book. That will give me the approxi mate amount you will need. All you will have to do is to the color that you prefer, and if the results are not thoroughly satisfactory you n!')edn't pay for the paint." "Well, that is fair enough," replied Dr. Stewart, with a smile. "I accept your terms. Go ahead and make your calculations and order the paint." The physician, after consulting with his out a certain color; and Joe registered the book'. wife, picked in his The paint was duly delivered, and applied by John to the house. It turned out to be quite satisfactory, and Joe received the doctor's check for the paint. Two weeks before the academy opened for the next term Major Pond and Bessie returned from the moun tains, where they had gone after a month's sojourn at the seashore. Joe had corresponded regularly with Miss Pon,d, and he knew the day they were to arrive at Maplewood, conse quently he was on hand when the tr, ain came in. "You're looking extremely well, Miss Bessie," exclaimed Joe, grasping the girl's hand as she stepped from the cars. "You're as brown as a berry." "Am I?" she laughed. "You look kind of dark your self." "Oh, I've been out in the sun a good deal during the hot spell<' "I suppose you have, you busy boy. Well, I'm awfully glad to s ee you again." "Same here, Bessie. You and your :father must dine with me at the Argyle." "At the Argyle, eh?" replied the major. "You've picked out the most expensive place in town, young man." "Well, sir, when I invite my friends to dine I like to take them to a nice place. The Argyle about fills the bill in my opinion. It is a select, quiet restaurant. I hope you will permit me the honor of entertaining you a nd Miss Bessie there, sir." "Certainly, if you insist, Fanwood. You have been doing pretty well, I believe, in your business." "First class." They took an electric car, which landed them in :front of the Argyle. During the meal Major Pond asked more particularly about Joe's short business ca1eer, and was much astonished at his success. "I always thought you was a smart boy, Fanwood, and now I'm sure you'll make your mark when you grow older." Joe staggered the major when he told him he had nearly $7,000 in bank. \ "Seven thous and dollars! how--" "Let me explain how I came by the bulk of it," said the boy, and he related how he had found the bag of money in the old tavern. .. Major Pond whistled. As for Bessie, she regarded Joe with pleased surprise. "Evidently you have landed in Lucky Street with both feet," said the major. "Are yo u coming back to see us at the academy when we open?" 1 "Yes, sir." "Good!" exclaimed the ex-army officer, in a pleased tone, while Bessie clapped her hands with delight, a-qd her eyes sparkled. "I was afraid your b usiness success might carry yo11 oft your feet. You have a good education now. It is a grave mistake for any boy to miss the advantages of a good education when the chance to get it is his. The better one is mentally equipped when he starts out in the world, the better his of success, other things being equal, of course. T hat's why you are succeeding." Major Pond invited Joe to dine with him and Bessie on the coming Sunday, and the boy gladly accepted the in vitation. On Friday morning he received a note from the major asking him to come out to the academy and bring his samples of paints him. "At the Argyle! My goodness! Aren't we tony!" she "I guess he's going to give me an order," chuckled the smiled. "You must have been making a lot of money." lad. "Sure I have. Loads of it," with a grin. He went out to the school about two o'clock, and was The major, who had rushed off to attend to the transshown into the office. portation of the trunks to the academy, now came up and "I'm going to repaint the dormitqry buildings, the stashook hands with Joe. ble, gymnasium, and other and if your paint "You don't look as if work disagreed with you, Fan. strikes my views I'll give you quite an order," said the wood," said Major Pond, looking the boy over critically. ex-army officer, "I hope not, s ir. At any rate, I feel like a bird." "I am sure you'll find it the best on the market," replied "Papa," interposed Bessie, with a mischievous laugh, Joe, unfolding his samples and proceeding to talk up the "Mr. Fam".ood wants us to dine with him a.t the Argyle. I adval\tages o:f the waterproof article in which he was inShall we accept?" terested

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i6 OUT FOR BUSINESS. Major Pond was really ,anxious to do Fanwood a service, and as the paint seemed to be just what he wahted, he gave Joe the order Bessie came into the office while he was there, and after he had concluded his business with her father she took possession of him herself. "I want you to take me out on the river," she said. "It's a lovely day "You forget, Bessie, that Fanwood is out for business these days, and not for fun," smiled her father. "I think he might spare me an hour or two," she pouted, with a sidelong g lance at the boy that was perfectly irre sistible "It is after three o'clock now. He can't do any more business to-day, anyway." "How do you know he can't,' puss?' "I know he can't. Besides, I think he's done enough for to-clay, anyway. You've given him a good big order. He ought to be satisfied with that." "I guess I can spa:re the time to go on the river with you, Miss Bes sie," sai d Joe, with a smile "There now, papa, I knew h e could go," she cried, skip ping out after her hat. "Bessie will have her way," said the major, looking fondly after his only child. "I'm afraid I. have spoiled her." In a few minutes Be$sie returned with a little gypsy straw on her golden locks, and she and Joe started for the river "We'll go up the river as far as Hornby;" said Joe, "or further if you wish." "That will be nice," replied Bessie, leaning back on the cock-pit seat close to the boy whose hand guided the course of the boat. "I'm awiully glad you're back again, Bessie," said Joe, earnestly. ".Are you really?" she laughed. "Yes. I've felt pretty lonesome during the six weeks you were away." "What a fib!" she answered with a little blush. "Didn't you write me about the fine time you and Bob Stewart had together on two or three occasions?" "That's right," he admitted. "But Bob Stewart isn't you.'' "Why, I should imagine you could have a great deal better time with him than wl.th me. I'm only a girl, you know." "Well, :i ou see I don't think so much of him as I do of you, Bessie." The girl blushed rosy r ed, looked across the river, and allowed he'r fingers to trail in the water. "Don't you like me a little bit, too?" he asked, wist fully. "Why, of course I like you," she r esponde d. "Why shouldn't I?" "How much do you lik e me?" persisted Joe, shifting the rudder so as to weather a turn in the river. "Oh, I like you-lots. There now, are you satisfied?" "I suppose I ought to be .At any rate, I like to hear OH.APTER XVI. you say so." They were now passing Hornby, which lay about half a TIU VANISHED SAILBOAT mile from the ..river. Right ahead of them was a little wooded island, where "I think we'd better take the sailboat, Bessie," said Joe. many pretty wild flowers grew ill profusion. "There is a nice breeze, while rowing is pretty warm work, "Let's land on that island and get some of those flowand we couldn't go very far." ers?" suggested Bessie, eagerly. "I had much rather go in the sa ilboat, Joe," Bessie re"Certainly, if you would lik e to," agreed Joe, heading plied the sailboat into a small cove, and allowing her to push ".Are you willing to trust yourself in a sailboat with her nose up on the sand me?" He got out on the narrow beach, tied thr:i paitlter to a "Why not?" slie asked, opening her eyes very wide. convenient tree"and then offered his hand to help her out "I've never taken you out in it yet, so you don't know of the boat. whether I can handle the boat or not," he laughed. They wandered around the of the i sland, picking "You WC\Uldn't have suggested going out in her if you wild flowers and talking about this thing or that. were not confident you could sail all right." They seemed to be very happy in each other's society, "That's true enough," replied Joe; taking hold of the and' rather careless of the flight of time. boat's painter and hauling h e r in close to the boys' swim-The sun, which re sembled a great ball of fire, slowly ming stage. "Now, step aboard." descended the western sky, until it almost kisserl the horiHe followed her, hoisted the mainsail, cast off the paint-zon. er, and away they glided out into the riv.:ir whose water, "We'd better cut across the i s land and start back. don't slightly stirred by the light wind, glistened iri the after : you think, Bessie?" suggested Joe; noon sunshine "Yes," s he replied. The river was not very wide, and for some distance He gathered the flowers into two big bunches, and se ollowed a course almost parallel with the trolley road c ured each with a tendril of a creeping vine, then har.:ding which ran between Maplewood, Hornby, a mile roll} the her one they started across the narrow i s land hand in academy, and Cedarville hand

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OUT FOR BUSINESS. !7 "Good gracious! Where's r the boat?" ho exclaimed, as Joe started back in astonishment, for he immediately they came out into the cove where they had landed. recognized that villainous countenance. "Why, it's gone," she cried, nervously. It was the face of Patrick Flynn. "There's no doubt of that; but I can't see how she got loose,'' in a puzzled tone, "for I am sure I tied the painter CHAPTER XVII. tight enough to this tree." CONCLUSION. He looked up and down and across tho river for the As Flynn's eyes met those of the boy the ex1wessiou sailboat1 but there was no sign of her anywhere. of his countenance grew positively diabolical. He climbed on to a big stone to get a better view, but With a curse he started to spring out into the with no better re ult. At the same moment Joe pulled himself aboard the bout. He eX'amined the sand carefully near the mark whieh In another moment the two clinched and began a strnghad been made by 'the bow of the boat, and he soon degle for the mastery. tected the footmarks of a man. Bessie uttered a cry from the shore as she watched the "Look there, Bessie," pointing at the pTints. "Somedesperate fight now going on before her eyes. body was on the island we came ashore, and he has .As they staggered around the cockpit Joe all at once taken out boat." 1 slipped, and they both went down together, the Irishman The girl stared blankly at the footprints and then at her on top. companion. "Faith; I've got yez now, bad luck to yez!" cried Flynn, "How are we going to get back to the academy with-1triumphantly. out a boat?" The rascal had every advantage, fol' he had fasten ed "That's a difficult question for me to answer. It looks I one hand on Joe's throat, while with the other be reached as if we were marooned, and that isn't 1.t cheerful thing out and grabbed up a block of hard wood which he saw un to figure on." der the seat. "Oh, Joe, we may liave to stay here all night. Papa The glare of his eyes as he raised the wooden billet to won't know what bas become of us." smash it down on the boy's head was almost that of a "If I can't do any better I'll swim across to yonder bank maniac. end try to find a rowboat. There ought to be one up that Fanwood's life was in great danger, and he put up a c:.eek yonder." game fight to save himself if he could "But I should be afraid to stay here all by myself. SupIn spite of on his throat and the weight of pose that man who took tM boat was to come back?" the rascal's body upon him, he managed to squirm quickly "Let's walk to the other end of the i,<;land,'' said Joe. to one side. They laid the flowers, in which they had now lost all Bang! interest, down on the beach and started through the trees. I Th.e block of wood str.uck the floor of the cock-pit on the Before they had gone :far Bessie clutched the boy by the 1 very spot where Joe's head had been a moment before. arm and pointed through a break in the little wood. The blow would have smashed the boy's head prettY. "Isn't that our boat?" she excitedly I badly had it landed. Sure enough it was, with the sail partly lowered and I "Do you want to kill me, you rascal?" demanded Joe. the painter tied around a big stone that projected out of "Kill yez! Well, wait till I get another chance at yez, the water a yard or two from the shore. 1 and see,'' cried the infuriated man, reaching again The island curved in at this point, and that was the rea1 for the block of wood which had bounced just out of his son Joe had not detected its pre ence from the cove. I reach. "The tnan must have come ashore again,'' said Joe, see-\ Fanwood, surmising his purpose, grabbed bis extended ing no signs of the person who had removed the sailboat i arm, while .with bis other hand he hied tu tear away from its original mooring place. "Or perhaps he is con1 Flynn's fingers that were pressing into his windpipe. cealed in tbe cuddy. l see the slide is drawn back. Well, He could JJ.Ot do it. he bad a great to bring our boat around here. I'm J The fellow glared down upon him, and tried to saueeze going to wade out and regain possession of her." i his throat tighter. "Oh, Joe; do be careful, please." i Joe began to gasp for breath. ''Careful! We've got to have our boat, and if that chap j A multitude of colored lights began to dance before his interferes with me I'll punch his head." \ eyrs, over which a dark blur seemed to be forming. He picked up a stout branch as a weapon of defence,, He could no longer see Flynn's form distinctly and then out on the beach, followed by Bessie. I The rascal appeared to be hovering over him like some He pulled off. his shoes and stockings, rolled up bis i gigantic bird of prey, while between them sifted a blood-. trousers' legs, and waded into the water. I red haze through which the man's eyes shone like the di.sReaching the boat he lJlacea his hands on her gunwale taut headlights of twin lo, comotives. to himself into the cock]1it, when a face appeered in! The agony of those few moments was something awful the opening that communicated with the cuddy. to Joe, and yet through it all he kept his wits about'him

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< 28 OUT FOR But for all that he could not disengage the strangle hold Flynn had got upon his neck; and it was but the question of seconds before he would succumb to his desperate assailant. From the shore Bessie had seen them go down out of sight on the floor of the cock-pit, and she waited in vain for them to appear again. She heard the noise of the struggle, then she saw FlYDJI. raise the billet of wood and bring it down on the bottom of the boat with a bang. She gave a scream of terror, for she p!ctured the boy 'lying. senseless and bleeding in cock-pit. :. J,ooking about her in desperation, she spied a heavy slick upon the beach. Seizing it, she dashed right into the water and waded to boat . Looking in over 'the side she saw Flynn choking the life out of Joe. The boy's nerveless fingers were dropping away from their hold on the rascal. With a. howl of triumph Flynn managed to get hold of the block of wood to complete his fiendish work. .With a cry of horror and anger Bessie scrambled aboard, raised the stick in both her hands, brought it down on 'the villain as hard as she could. He dropped like a stricken ox, and his fingers relaxed from Joe's throat just at the critical moient. Kneeling beside Joe she raised .his white face in her and begged him to speak to her. "He is dead! Oh, heaven, he is dead!". she moaned, the tears streaming from her eyes. "Oh, Joe, Joe! Don't die! don't die! You must not. I love you, She kissed hi s lips and face passionately, callinghim a score of dear names. ,. "'Oi1, Joe, Joe, I can't let you die! Indeed, I can't." teP.rs falling upon the boy's face revived him, and -like in. a delicious dream he heard her voice speaking caressingly to him, and her hands tenderly fondling him. At last he opened his eyes, to :fiind her arms holding his head lovingly to her breast, and her lips pressed tenderly against his. "Bessie," he murmured. As her name fluttered from his lips Eihe uttered a little of joy. "Oh, Joe, Joe! You won't die, will you?" In that blissful momt all thoughts of Flynn and the horrible death he had escaped by a hair seemed to fade away, and he only seemed to know that Bessie really cared for him-really loved him with all her heart. "Bessie, do you love me?" he asked eagerly. "Yes, yes; I love you with all my heart." He pnt his arms around her, pulled her face down to his, ' and ki s sed her . Then he struggled up and saw the unconscious Flynn. "How is this, Bessie? You here and that rascal sense less! What does it mean?" "I struck him, Joe," and with that she told him how she had come to his rescue. "Bessie, you are a brave, nervy girl. You saved my life." He then told her how Flynn had got the best of him, and how his last recollection was that the rascal was surely doing him up. An hour later, with, Flynn a prisoner in the cuddy; the sailboat arrived at her anchorage off the academy. Joe told the story of their stirring adventure, and Major Pond's wrath and astonishment was very great. Neither he nor Joe could understand why ?he villain was at large when he was suppo s ed to be on his way to the State prison, a deputy sheriff having started to take him there that morning. It subsequently appeared he had taken advantage of his guard's momentary inattention, rushed out on the platform of the car, and jumped from th. e fast-moving train. He'had made his way to the river, and in some way got to the island, where he lay concealed when Joe and Bessie arrived there themselves. The police of Maplewood were speedily notified by tele phone of his *capture, and within two hours he was back in a prison cell, whence he was next aay removed to the, State prison. Joe de oted the remaining days that intervened before the academy ter:m began to winding up his waterproof paint business, as he now had something better on He enlarged his office, and added to his furniture and other belongings connected therewith. With almost $7,000 in the bank, he was satisfied that his business career had thus far been a great success, and he entertained flattering ideas of what he meant to ac complish whl'!n he entered the field of industry on a larger scale. It is needless to say that the boy su'Cceeded in his ventures, and finally built up a big business that made him rich. And he was not alone in this belief, for both Major Pond and Bessie believed he posses sed all the qualities that go to make up a successful business man. Bessie is now his wife, of course, and she often speaks of the days of Joe's business beginning, when she looked him as The Smartest Boy In Town. THE END. Read "A FAVORITE OF FORTUNT; OR, STRIK ING I';r RICH IN WALL STREET," which will be tlie next number (45) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." I SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from anv newsdealer, send the price in money postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, And you will receive the copies you order by retum mail . . I

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These .Books .TellYou Eve rythir)gl..! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA I I . Eacti boo]t oonsists of sixty-four pages, on good paper, .IP clear type and neatly bound in 4n att,i:acti\Je, Illustrated Mc;>8t of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the sttbJccts treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that any child. can thoroug'hly underatand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjects mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL P.E SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN OEN.rs EACH, OR ANY 'l'HREE BOOKS FOR 'l'WEN'rY-FIVE POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MO:NEY. FRANK TOUSEY1 Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. I MESMERISM. '1':10. 81. HOW TO MESMERIZID.-Containing the most ap proved methods of mesmerism ; also how to cure a11 kinds of diseases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A.. C. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMJSTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most ap proved methods of reading the lines on the hand, together with a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, and the key for telling character by the bumps ou. the head. By Leo Hugo Koch, A. O. S. Fully illustrated. 1 HYPNOTISM. 1 No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and instructive Information regarding the science of hypnotism. Also explaining the most approved methods which are employed b the leading hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, .A..C.S. I SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full iu1tructions about guns, bunting dogs, tiaps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOA.T.-Fully illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full lnstructlona are given in this little book, together with instructions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most us e ful horses for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for disea1es j>ecaliar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes ud the moet popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By O. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. L NAPOLEON'S ORACUI.iUM AND DREAM BOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny ; also fhe true meaning of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. . No. 23. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. 'l'his little book 1ives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky ud ulilucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Qraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone Is desilous of knowinc what bis future life will bring forth, whether happiness or ml1ery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. your, own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO '.VELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles, matks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full inltruction' for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing II. good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Eve1-y boy cAn become strong anJ healthy by following the inst.ructions contained In this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the ditfer ent positions of a good boxer. Everr, boy. should obtain one of these useful and instructiw 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 ahd athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW .ro FENCE.-Containing full for fencing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in arc hery. "Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions in fencing. A comt>lete book. TRICKS WITH CARDSNo. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CAR'1S.-Contaii:iing explanatiOl).!! of t'he general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requil'ing 1leightof-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of 1pecially prepared cards. }3Y Haffner No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH OARDS.-Embracln!J all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lustratJons. By A. Anderson. ,, No .. 7.7. H@W TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH: CARDS.Uonta1nmg deceptive Card Tritks as performeCI by leading conjurors and magicians. Arranged for home amusement. b'ully illustrated. MAGIC. No. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tr1ch1 containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks of the also most popular magi cal illusloni; as performed by oui: leadmg mag1c1ans ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as 1t will both amuse and Instruct. No: 22. T<;> DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight explamed b)'. his form e r assistant, Fted Hunt, Jr. E,xplaining how the secret d111logues were carried. on between the magician .and the boy on the stage ; also glving all ihe codes and signals. The onl1 authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGtCIAN.-Containing the grandest f magica! illusions evet placed before the public. Also tricks with ca1'ds. mcantations, etc. No. 68. HOW DO CI-ll!JM!CAL TlHCKS.-Contalning owr one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with, chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW 'l'O DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Oontalnlng over fifty of the latest and pest tl"icks used by magicians. Also coutain ing _the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No. 70. HOW 'l'O MAKEl MAGid TOYS.-Containing full directions for making Magic 'l'oys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully 11lustrated. No. 73. HOW 'l'O bO '!'RICKS WI'I'H NUM:BERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully .No. 7_5. HO\y TO A CONJUROR. -Containing tricks with Dominos, Dice, Oups anJ Balls, l:Iats, etc. lllmbracing thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. TO DO '.rHE _BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete desc1ption of the mysteries of and Sleight of Hand, together w1tb. many wonderful experiments. B;y A. .A.aderson. IUustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW '.1'0 AN boy how o ri.gmated. book explains them all, m elect1,,1c1ty, hydrauhcs, magnetism, opti c s, pneumatics, mechamcs, etc The mo s t instruc tive book publish ed. No. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEJ!JR.-Contalning full m11truct1Q:ne how to proceed in order to become a locomotive en gineer; ais o directions for buildin&" a model locomoUve i toge.ther with a full description of fih engineer shouldi know. No. 57. HOW 'l'O MAKE MUSICAL INS'I'RUMENTS.-Full directions how to a B!1njo, Violin, Zither, 1Eolian Harp, Xylo phone and other musical mstruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical ihetrument used in anc ient or mo
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THE STAGE. Ko. 41. THlil BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Coutaining a variety of tbe latest jokes uiied by the m os t famou11 end men. No amateur minstrel is complete without this w o nd erful little book. N o . 42 THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.Conta1p.lng a varied ot speeche2, N e gro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse Jnent and amateur s hows. . No. 45. 'J,'BE BOYS OF YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKl!l BOOK.-Somethmg n e w and v ery Instructive. Every boy should o btain this book as it contains full instructions for or g anizing an amateur minstrel troupe No. 65 M ULDOON' S JOKES.-.Tbis is one of the most original Joke boo ks ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contains a large c olle ctio11 of sopg s jok es conndrnms, etc., of Terre nc e l\fulcloon, the great wit, humorist, and prac ti cal joker of the da y Eve t y boy who caq enjoy a good substantial joke should e>btain Ii. co p y imm e dia te ly ; No . 7 9 H<;>W TO BECOME AN ACT9R.-Containing com1>lete mstruc t1ons how t o m a ke up for variou s characters on the 11tage; togeth e r w i t h the du t i e s of the Stag e Manage r ProIQpt e r Sce ni c Artist_o.nd Property Man. By a _prominent Stage Manager'. No. 80. G u S WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat est jokes, anecdot es and funny storie s of this world-renown e d and e v e r popular IJerwan comei!ian. Sixty-tour pages; handsome col ored containioii a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEJEJP A WINDOW GARDEN,-Containing full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flow ers at home. The 111ost complete of the kind ever publi shed. No. 30. HOW 'l'O COOK.-One oflthe most instructive books cm cook ing e ver p u bli s h e d It contaiqi1 r ec ip e s for cooking meats fish, go.me, and o ysters; pi e s, puddings, c ak e s and all kinds of pastry, and n grand collection of recip e s by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE,-It contains information for e v er.y bod y boys girl s ni e n and women; it will teach yon how to make almo s t o.uytbing around the hous e suc h as parlor ornaments, b rackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELE'CTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE A N D USE,ELECTRICITY.-A de11cription of th e wonderful u se s of e l ectric ity and e lectro togeth e r wi t h full instructjons for making Ellectric Toys, e.tc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il-lustrations. No. 64 HOW TO MAKE ELEOTRIOAL MACHINES.-Con taining full dire ctions tor making e l ectrical machines, induction coili;, dynam os and many no ve l to y s to be worked by electricity. By R. A R. Bl3nnett. Fully illu strated'. No. 67. HOW '1' 0 DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of ins tnic tive nnd highly amusing electrical tricks, toiether with illustrations. By A. And e r s on. . No: 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containbg teeu tllustratlona giving the different positions requisite to b e come a good speaker, reader and elo c utionist. Also con taining gems fro!h a!l the popular !lutbors of prose and poetry, arranged in tho m cst simple and c oncise manner possible. No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for condu c ting de bates, outlines for d e bates, questions for discussion, and tile belt sources for procuring information on the questions SOCIETY. No. S. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-Thc arts and wil es of flirta tion ars fully explain e d by this little bo. ok. B e sid e s the various meth o d s oE har.dkerchief,. fan glove parasol, window and hut flirta t ion it c on tains a _full list of the languag e 'and sentiment of flow e r s -\yl:\ic h ie Interesting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot b(! 3:npv without one No. 4. HOW 'l'O DANCE is the title of a n e w and h nn d s o m A Iit tie _book jus t i ss ued by Frank Tousey It contain:: fnll'instrn.::: tions 111 the art of danc ing, etiquette in the ball room 11.nd l\t how to dr<'ss, and full directions for calling off in all 1pupub:dances No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A comple te t o and marri age, giving s e nsible advice, rules a nd et '.qt:ctte to be observ e d, with many curious and interesting n o t erally known. No. 17. TO DRESS.-Contaiuing full fostruction h i thn art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad giv i n g the sele c tions of colors, material. and how to have the m matlo u11 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One o'f thti c s mech a ni cs, mat hemati cs, ch e mistry, and di; ENTERTAINMENT, r ect ion s for making fireworks, color e d fires, and gas balloons. Tb14 No. 9. HOW TO A VENTRII; .oQt;rIST.-By Harry book cannot b e e qual e d. K e.' n e dy. Tpe s ec r e t given away. Every 1ntel)1gent bor reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete band-book for this boo k of instruc tions, l;>y a prac ti c al profe s sor (delightmg multimall:ing all kinds of c a ndJ,. i ce-c r eo.Il,!,,.,syrup!b.e ssences. etc. / etc, tud e s ev e r y night wlth his wond erful imitations), can master the .i::io. 84. HOW .ro BlliCOME A l'I AU'l'.tiOR.-Co nt1tining full art, and c reat e a n y amount of fun fo r him se lf and fri e nd s It is the information regarding c ho ic e of subj e cts, the nse of words and the gr eates t boo k ner publi11h e d and th e r e' s millions (of fun) in it. manne1 of preparing a nd submitting manuscript. .Also containing No. 20. HOW .ro ENTERTAIN !\N EVENING PARTY.-A valu1tbl e informat i o n as to tbe n eatness legibility lJ-nd gev.eral cem ver y v a luable lit tl e book jus t pu blis h ed. A complete comp e ndium pos ition of m!lnuscrip t essential to a s u ccessful author. By Prince of g a m es, s po r ts card di ve r s ion s, com i c reci t a t ions, etc., suitabl e Hiland. for parlor or drawingroom ente rtain)Dent It contains mQre. for the No. 38 HOW TO BECOl\fE YOUR OWN DOCTOTI ,-A won money t han a n:v boo k publi s h e d. d e r f ul book co ntaining u se ful and prac ti co.l information i n the No. 85. FJO\V TO PLAY GAMES.-A compl e t e and useful little t reatm e n t of ordi nary di sease s and ailments c o mmon to ev c : y book contain ing the rlll e s and r e gul atio ns of billiards, bagatelle, fa mil y .Abounding in us e ful and effective recipes for gen e ral con:backgammon cro q u e t. d o min oes, etc. plai n t s No. 36. HOW TO SOLYEl CONU DRUMS.-Containing all NG. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND the l e ading conu ndrums of the d a y, o.mus ing riddle13, curious catches taining valuable Information regardiQ,g t he collecting a n d arra1 :gin3 and witty s ayin gs. of stamps and coins. Hands omely illustra t e d. \ No. 52. HPW '.l'O PI. AY C;\.RDS.-A complete and handy little No, 58. HOW TO BE A DE'l'ECTIVE.-B:v Old Ki ng B;::to.f, book, iriv ing th e rule s a nd full direc tions for play ing Euchre; Cribthe world-known d e tective In whi c h h e lays d o wn som e :-.; al.:la bage Cas ino, F o r ty-Five, Rounce P edro Sanc ho, Draw Poker, and sensible rule s for beginn e rs, and also relates som e a dve n t t ;: e g Au c tion Pitch. All Fours, and m a n y othe r popular games of cards. and e:i:periert ce1! of w e ll-known d e te c tiv e s. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-C on taining ov e r three bunNo 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHE:R.-Cont a indred iptcrest i ng puzzl e s and conundrums. with key to same, A ing u se ful information r egarding the Cam era and h o w t o e rk it; complete book-. Fully illu strated. By A. And e rson. a l s o h o w to mak e Photographic l\fagic Lantern Sli
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '-76 A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY :m:oORE. MMMM!tlt These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large of reading mf.!,tter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 225 The Liberty Boys at' Hackensack; or, Beating Back the British. 226 -The Liberty Boys' Keg of Gold; or, .Captain Kldds Legacy. 227 The Liberty Boys at Bordentown ; or, Guarding the Stores. 228 The Liberty Boys' Best Act; .or, The Capture of Carlisle. 229 The Liberty Boys on the Delaware; or, Doing Daring Deeds. 230 The Liberty Boys' Long Race ; or, Beating the Redcoats Out. 231 The Liberty Boys Deceived; or, Dick Slater's Double. 232 The Liberty Boys' Boy Allies; or, Young, But Dangerous. 233 The Liberty Boys' Bitter Cup; or, Beaten Back at Brandywine. 234 The Liberty Boys' Alliance ; or, The Reds Who Helped. 235 The Liberty Boys on the War-Path; or, After the Enemy. 236 The Liberty Boys After Cornwallis; 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, Franklin's Tory Son. 240 The Liberty 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 anger" 242 The Liberty Boys and General Lacey ; or, Cornered at the "Crooked Billet." 243 The Liberty Boys at the Farewell Fete ; or, Frtghtenlng the British With Fire. 244 The Liberty Boys' Gloomy Time; or, Darkest Before Dawn. 245 The Liberty Boys on the Neuse River; or, Campaigning In North Carolina. 246 The Liberty Boys and Benedict Arnold; or, Bot Work With a Traitor. 247 The Liberty Boys Excited; or, Doing Whirlwind 248 The Liberty Boys' Odd Recruit,; or, The Boy Who Saw Fun In Everything. 249 The Liberty Boys' Fair Friend; or, The Woman Who Helped. 250 The Liberty Boys "Stumped" ; or, The Biggest Puzzle of All. 251 The Liberty Boys In New York Bay; or, Difficult and Dangerou1 Work. 252 The Liberty Boys' Own Mark; or, Trouble tor the Tories. i53 The Liberty Boys at Newport ; or, The Rhode Island Campaign. 54 The Liberty Boys and "Black Joe"; or, The Negro Who Helped. The Liberty Boys Hard at Work; or, Afte r the Marauders. 56 The Liberty Boys and the "Shirtmen"; or, Helping the Virginia Riflemen. 257 The 'Liberty Boys at Fort Nelson ; or, The Elizabeth River Campaign. 258 The Liberty Boys and Captain Betts ; or, Trying to Down ;rryon. 259 The Liberty Boys at Bemis Heights; or, Belplng to Beat Bur260 Boys and the "Little Rebels" ; or, The Boys Who Bothered the British. 261 The Liberty Boys at London or, The Fort Griswold Mas sacre. 262 The Liberty Boys and Thoma.:s Jetrerson; or, Bow They Saved tha Governor. 263 The Liberty Boys Banished; or, Sent Away by General Bowe. 264 at the State Line; or, Desperate Dplngs on the 265 The Liberty Boys' Terrible Trip; or, On Time In Spite of Everything. 266 The Liberty Boys' Setback ; or, Beset by Redcoats, Redskins, and Tories. 267 The Liberty Boys and the Swede ; or, The Scandinavian Recruit. 268 The Liberty Boys' "Beat Licks"; or, Working Bard to Win. 269 The Liberty Boys at Rocky Mount ; or, Helping General Sumter. '270 The Liberty Boys and Regulators; or, Running the Royalists to Cover. 271 The Liberty Boys after Fenton ; or, The Tory Desperado. 272 The Liberty Boys and Captain Falls ; or, The Battle of Ramsour'& Milla. 273 The Liberty Boys at Brier Creek ; or, Chasing the Enemy. 274 The Liberty Boys and the Mysterious Fx;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 l>ickens ; Olj, Chastising the Cherokees. 277 The Liberty Boys at Blackstock's ; or.:,. The Battle of Tyger River. 278 The Liberty Boys and the "Busy J:Sees"; or, Lively Work all Round. 279 The Liberty Boys and Emily Gelger ; or, After i!he Tory Scouts. 280 The Liberty Boys' 200-Mlle Retreat; or, Chasea from Catawba to Virginia. 281 The Liberty Boys' Secret Orders ; or, Tile Treason of Lee. 282 The Liberty Boys "and the Hidden Avenglr ; or, The Masked Man of Kipp's Bay. 288 The Liberty Boys at Spring Bill ; or, After Cluny the Traitor. 284 'he 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 Liberty Boys and Simon Kenton ; or, Fighting the British OD the Ohio. 288 The Liberty Boys Beaten ; or, Fighting at "Cock Bill" Fort. 289 The Liberty Boys and Major Kelly; or, The Brave Bridge-Cutter. 290 The Liberty Boys' Deadshot Band; or, General Wayne and the Mutineers. For sale by all newsdealers,' or will be sent to a'ny address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, bT. l'.BA N K TOUSEY, Publisher, 2 4 Union Square New York. / IF y ou w ANT ANY B A CK. NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, thby be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and till in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of'the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. le e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e J FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Unjon Square, New York. ...... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: : .. copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ................ ......... .............................. ; " WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos ................. ........................... " WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ............................................. . , . 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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE M A N 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A NEW ONE ISSUED EVE R Y F'RIDAY PRICE a CENTS A COPY This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage or passing opportunities. Some of these stories 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 numbar 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 Contractots 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; o.r, 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 Cou l d N o t be Downed. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest 16 A Good Thing; The Boy Who M a de a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Youngest Trader in Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, On e 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 Them All. 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Rich. 24 Pushing It Through; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, the Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 26 The Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. 27 Struck Oil; or, The Boy Who Made a Million. 21! A Golden Risk; o., The Young l\Ciners o f 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" Couldll't be Done." 38 A Rolling Stone; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 39 Never Say Die; or, The Young Surveyor of Happy Valley. 40 Almost a Man; or, Winning His Way to the Top. 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 Bell-Boy 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 FRANK T OU S EY, Publis her, 2 4 Union Squa.re, New York. I F Y O U WANT ANY B ACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out apd ftll in the following Order Blank and send it to u s with the price of the books you want a n d w e will send them io you by return mail. POS'l'AGE STAMPS TARU:N 'l'HE SAME AS lllO:NEY. ' ' I FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ..................... 190 DEAR Srn-Enclosed find ...... cents or which please sead me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN. Nos .............. ........................................... " "WIDE Aw AKE TEEKLY, NOS .... ; ............................................. '' '' WILD 'VEST WEEKLY, Nos ........ ... .............. ................... ; ............... " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7 6, Nos ..................................................... " PLUCK AND LUCK. Nos ............................................................. " SECRET SERVICE. NOS ................................................................ " FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ............ ................................... " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos .......................... ................................. N nme .......................... Street anti N n .............. Town ......... State. . . . ..


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