Through thick and thin, or, The adventures of a smart boy

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The masked men were taken completely by surprise when Bob Ford suddenly appeared at the cel lar window and turned a jet of boiling hot water fU.11 upon them, pepper,ing them and the fire they had started with equal impartiality.

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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Iuuecl Wee1d 11-Bt1 Subacription $ 2.50 per 11ear Entered accorclinj, to 4ct of Congreai, fa the 11ear 190tl, in the o l!lce o f fhe Librarian of Congreu, Wcuhington, D. C., b11 Frank Touse11, Publiaher, 24 Union Square, New York, No. 4 6 NEW YORK, AUGUST 17, 190 6 Price 5 Cenis. I Through Thick and Thin ... OR, The Adventures of a Smart Boy By A SELFMADE MAN CHAPTER I. CAST ON THE WORLD. "Where have yer been all day?" asked Mr Maddox, taking his pipe from his mouth and regarding with an ugly frown a bright-looking, but poorly dressed boy of fifteen who had just entered the shabby room where the man was sitting with his dirty shoes perched upon the sill of one of the ;windows overlooking the river which ran past the busy town of Factoryville Looking for work," replied Bob Ford, rather d o gged ly, for he had little respect for the man who stood in the relation of a half-uncle to him. Lookin' for work!" sneered W illjam Maddox, in a nasty tone, habitual with him wlien he out of humor, which was about four-fifths of t he time. Yer alwuz lookin' for it, but yer don't seem t o fin d it. Yer don t want to find it, roared the man with an oatli, smiting the arm of bis chair. "If yer did yer'd find it soon enough I'll bet I could find work in five minits if I wuz to try. Ye're a lazy, good-for-nothin' kid, that's what yer are! The boy looked at the great husky man in the chai r and won' dered why he didn't go to work himself if he thought it was so easy to find something to do that would bring in the money so sadly needed in the Maddox home. No one, however, could accuse Mr. Maddox of h u rting 'himself with hard work. Once upon a time he had been a fairly industrious me chanic-that was when he married Susan Gray, a hal:f sister of Bob's mother, and before he made the unpleasan t discovery that the world wasn't giving him a square deal. Owing to a strike for higher wages and shorter hours, which in the end was unsuccessful, Maddox, six years before the opening of our story, had lost his in the shop where he was employed He attended the strikers' meetings with his fellow workmen, listened to the arguments of plausible orators, and soon became thJroughly dissatisfied with the condi tion of things generally. A few moneyed men, who resided in sumptuous resi dences the suburbs of Factoryville, seemed t o be get ting richer and richer every day on the sweat and labor of the less fortunate majority. They and their families rode about in their carriages, and on the fat of the land, while William Maddox and his associates worked ten solid hours a day in their factories and. workshops, f o r what 'they c o nsidered a mere pittance. It wasn t fair It was an outrage. That s the way a ll the speakers put tlie matter, and Maddox and his fellow-workmen applauded the sentiment, and agreed that things must be changed to suit them. But all the same things weren't changed. Strike-breakers were imported to Factoryville, there

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2 THROUGH 'I'HICK AND THIN. were endless scraps, one establishment was burned down his feet to the floor and wheeling his chair about. "Where thro Jgh incendiarism, and in the end the s trike failed. yer goin' ?" The men went back to work at the old wages, and the "To the kitchen." srme old hours-that is, those whose places had not al"Well, there ain't no call for yer to go in the kitchin'. re:ady been :filled by outside labor. Them as don't earp their vit'als in this house ain't got Maddox was one of those who decided that he had been no right to eat." r. slave long enough. "I guess I've earned more than I ever got here," r etortHe was disgusted with the existing order of things, but ed Bob, defiantly. mstead of moving away from Factoryville, and trying to "What's that demanded Mr. Maddox, furiously. better his condition elsewhere, he stayed in kwn and Bob saw that Maddox was in an especially bad humor, adopted the hazardous experiment of trying to live withand apparently 100,king for trouble, so he made no reply, out worrying himself about where the necessary money but opened the door and entered the kitchen. was to come from. The man, with an oath, kicked over his chair and folThat, as we have said, was six years ago. lowed him. Mr Maddox soon used up all his savings, and then he Mrs. Maddox, who felt thoroughly grateful to Bob for and his wife began to slip down the toboggan toward absohis efforts in their interest, and always treated him as lute poverty. kindly as circumstances permitted, had kept warming on How they managed to exist after the first year of this the stove the meager remains she saved for him from experience no one outside of themselves knew. their dinner. Four years elapsed, and they still managed to keep the A plate and a cup and saucer stood on the kitchen table roof of the shabby little cottage over their heads. in readiness for him when he appeared. Then something happened that gave them a slight lift "Well, Aunt Susan,'' said Bob, "I haven't had any betin the world. ter lu ck to-day than usual. I tried hard to get some work Bob Ford's mother, hi s only surviving parent, died, and at Wade & Butcher's, but--" tTlC boy was thrown upon the world at his thirteenth year. "You're a liar!" roared Mr. Maddox, now making hi s When this news reached the ears of Mr. Maddox a brilappearance with a oountenance as dark as a black squa ll. liant idea occufred to him. "Yer ain t tried to get nothin'. Yer don't want to work. He would offer the shelter of his home at Factoryville to Yer want to live off of me. Well, I won't have it. I told ,lrn lad, see to it that he got work in town, and then he yer this mornin' that if yer didn't get somethin' to do to and his wife would enjoy the fruits of their philanthropy. day yer could get out." It was a great scheme, and it worked very nicely for two "Now, William," protested his wife, in a conciliatory years. tone, "Bob has tried, I am quite sure---" Now, however, a second st rike had demoralized the in. "Shut up!" snarled Mr. Maddox. "What do you know dustrial conditions of the town, and this was followed by about it? Did yer follow him around to see what he was a lockout on the part of the factory and shop-owners, so doin' with himself all day? Of course yer didn't. He that there was scarcely any work to be got in Factoryville ain't done b11t three or four days' work in six weeks. t hese days. That's enough to show me that he want to work, And these conditions had been in force for several and I've got no use for anybody that won't work." weeks. "But Bob always did work faithfully until thestrike Mr. Maddox didn't reli s h the situation for a cent, be-and lockout came," said Mrs. Maddox, feeling that it was cause his young breadwinner had been thrown -out with her duty as well as her inclination to defend the boy, be the others. tween whom and herself there existed a strong sympathy As there wasn't a lazy bone in Bob's body, and because "S'pose he did; that ain't no reason why he should let hefelt a gieat sympathy for the unhapp y lot of his mothup now." er's half-sister, tied as she was to a man who made life mis"I am sure he be glad to work if he could get it." erable for her, he tried hard to get work. "He can get it fast enough if he'd look for it. But he Because he couldn't get work to speak of, Mr. Maddox hangs around strike headquarters, listenin' to them tom vented a portion of his ugly humor on the boy, and Bob, fool speakers, and expects he'll get fed when he comes who di'dn't consider himself under any obligations whathome. Well, I won't stand for it, see? Tb is is my house, ever to him was getting tired of being browbeaten. Mrs. Maddox, and I'm goin' to run it to suit myself. I "I said yer wuz a lazy, good-for-nothin' kid, d'ye underwon't have no loafers around it, so you'd better get yer stand?" snarled Maddox, blowing a cloud of smoke from duds together and hook it right away, Bob Ford, or I'll his mouth freshen your way with the toe of my boot, d'ye under "! heard you," replied Bob, starting : the little kitstand?" chen in the rear of the house where he guessed he would "William!" exclaimed Mrs.' Maddox. "You shan't treat find his Aunt Susan, as he called her. Bob this way." "Yer heard me, did yer?" snorted the man, dropping "I won't, eh?" he glared at her, lik e an angry beast.

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'l'HROUGH THICK AN D THIN. 3 "We'll see if I wo:p.'t. Go and get yer things and clear Factoryville's popu lation l in ing t h at par t o f the river out at once!" he roared at the boy. not far from the sil ent four and five sto r y buildin gs w hich "Don't yqu stir, Bob," said the jVOmflJl, with a flush of before the strike and locl}out h ad eac h been a bu s y hiv e o f iI)dignation industry Mr. Maddo x, with a howl of rage, s prang at his wife, Dirty and half naked chi l d r en wer e a b 9ut and raising his arm, struck fiercely at her dismal-look i ng, ill-kept yards fl,nd the du s t y and She was entirely un_prepared for this exhibition of uncoarse-featured women were sitti n g u p on the doo r s teps governable temper on the part of her husband, and woul d 1 in the .shade, inha l ing the air from t he river. have suffered a serious injury but for Bob's promptness rrheir husbands were probab l y gathered outs icle of t h e in s pringing forward and warding off the blow hall where t h e strike-c o mm i t tee h eld or w e r e drip.k-Wild with anger, Maddox turned upon the boy and en ing and C!lnvassi ng the situatio n in som e saloon nearby, deavor-ed to strike him down. Bob kept on past these cottages, w hi c h were about 01:i' Bob was too active for him, and easi l y escaped his fist. par with the Maddox one, except t hat M r s M;iddo+ kep t The man followed him up so hard that he had ... to run her yard neat and tidy, and the inte ri or a s cle an a s ? con out into the yard. stant applic9tiop. of a broom as well as soap aI)q )l'ate r There Bob dogged him at will, until Maddox in his rage could make it. seized q billet of wood and threw it at Bob's head. He soon left the111 be h ind, nd stro lled b y p l o t s o f Had -it taken effect the boy's cal'eer of useful ness in the proved ground till h!l came to t h e more p r etentio u s dwell world wonk! probably have COP10 to an abn1pt termination ings of the middle class of Factoryville's It missed him by a ha i r, apd s mashed the top off one of Leaving t hese well kept homes in his rea r h.e 11ow the weath er-s tained pickets in its fli ght. approp.ched tirn ar i stocrat i c su burbs, whe r e l arge and fin!! "This is getting too warm for me," thought Bob, as dwellings rnse am i d h andsome & nd1 p r o Mr. Maddox reached for another billet "The next one claimed that here was t h e abode of lx ury, may knock me silly." nev e r invaded by the gaunt wol, f o f wan t and penury. Sp, prudence the bEitter part of viilor, the boy The river road at t h is point was kept in fine c ondition; darted. through the gate out on to the river rofl.d. great shade trees rose at i nterva l s a l o n g t h e b a n}r, w 4 e re Mr Maddo4 came to the gate and shook his fist at him the soft, hrnuriant grass was kept short b y the regul a r a l'"If I ketch yer around this place ag i n I'll be the death plication of a mower, and pri va t e dock s out into of you," he snorted the water for the accommodat ion of boats Hop saw his Aunt S11sap at the kitdien dopr '\Vith the From one of these clocks, as Beb a pp roac h e d a SIJl{lll corneP of her a:pron over her eyes, ftnd he fe l t a strong rowboat, p11t off with a l ittle girl in the s t e rn a bo;Y regret at being obliged to leave her; b11t for her he would of twelve at the oars have felt happy at the thought of cutting loose from the The chi l d was exqu i site l y d resse d in a white fro c k with s o c iety of her shiftless hus band. a pink sash about her wais t. Hpwever, the die seemed to be cast anyway. Her golden ringlets hung about h e r shou ld ers in g r e at Mr. Maddox practically fired him from the cotprofusion, and a neck lace of brill ia nts hun g ? b o u t h e r tage, so there was nothing left for him to do but to shift throat, catching and reta i ning t h e pri sma ti c hues of t h e for himself setting sun "Good-by, Aunt Susan,'' he shouted to the only relative "She's as pretty as a p i dure," thoug h t t h e weary boy, he had in the world, waving hi s hand toward her in farethrowing himse l f down at the roots of o n e of t h e big t rees well. to watch the gir l and her welldressed companion "Don't go, Bob," s he begged, s tarting for the gate tmrnrd the center of the smooth l y flowing r iver. H e r husband turned around, and seizing her by the Bob soon saw that the boy had very littl e knowl e dge of arms, forced h e r back into the house, slamming the door boats, for he handled the oars awkwa r d ly, a nd cfl.u ght m o r e aft e r him. than one "crab" in his efforts to p ropel the boa t for.ward. Then Bob s lowly turned around, and, h u ngry and tired The little girl laughed at h i m frequent ly, as i f s he as he was, walked away from the cottage. thought bis exertions very fu nn y indeed. From the expression of the boy's f ace Bob ji1dge d tha t CHAPTER II. h e r mirtJ1 j ; mecl l1pon his fee l i ngs. A GALLANT RESCUE. At any rate, he seemed to be doing h is best to mak e the -J Bob hadn't th e s li g hte s t idea where he should go. boat go. The world was b efore him but it looked like a very col d Sudden l y he los t his ba l ance by m issin g t h e wat e r with and unfriendly pla c e at that mom e nt. the blades of both oars, and .tu m bled ba c k w arq int9 th e He walked away from the cottage at random, not toward bottom of the boat. the heart of the town but away from it. / \ One of the oars escaped hi1:1 gras p and began t o fl.oat The decl!ning sun was flushing with a r uddy g low the away, whi l e the b l a d e of t h e o t h e r rose s hining into the windows of the cheap habitations of the poorer class of 1 air

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I I 4 THROUGH THICK fo.ND THIN. The girl clapped her hands with and her silvery Oh, she is so white and still! What will inamma and papa laugh rippled along the shore. say?" The boy quickly recovered his seat, and then made a She wrung her hands in a paroxysm of grief. grab for the truant oar. "Your sister isn't dead, ;miss," replied Bob, soothingly. The light boat dipped suddenly. "She'll be all right in a little while. I reached her just in As the little girl had bent over to watch him pick up the time." ?ar, she was thrown off her balance, and fell with a splash 1 ':Are y_ou sure? Oh, are you sure she'll live?" mto the water. Certamly I am. Open the gate please so I can carry The bubbling water closed over her face, stifling the her through." shriek that rose to her lips, while her companion, paying I "1ou are a brave boy!" cried the elder girl, fervently. no urther attention to the floating gazed helplessly : "You have saved my sister. I shall love you as long as I at the spot where she had disappeared. live," she added impulsively. Bob Ford sprang to his feet, rushed down the and Their approach was observed from the veranda of the out on the wharf. It.mansion, and some commotion ensued there a t once. As he did so a shriek from behind him told that another A bare headed lad 1 d 'ink . -y, ca m a p summer gown, w1_tnessed tlhe acc1d_enlt. h d b sprang down the steps, followed by a fine-looking c i s sISter, a ovely gir of thirteen, a een man, and rushed to meet them. standmg at the gate of the fence which surrounded a spa1 11 k t d th t f h" h t d Myrtle, what has happened to Edith? Heavens, what c1ous we -ep groun s m e cen er o w ic s oo a l d .d t h" th t 1 has happened to her?" cried the lady, her face suddenly sp en i mansion, wa c mg e wo younger peop e m . lttl t th b t a d f th h 1 gomg white as she saw her youngest child lying still and some i e anx1e y, as e oa rece e rom e s ore. i 1 d d . Sh h d f t 1 t a th h f all" pa e an rippmg m the boys arms. "Oh, Father of e rus e :an ic y owar e w ar c mg upon M h h th t tl d b h h ad a F ad t ercy, s e as been m the water! My darling! My dare s ar e oy, w om s e a resse as re y, o save 1 . ,, . h t Ed"th j mg! she cried hystencally, as she snatched Edith from er sis er i Bob. "Look up and speak to mamma.. Speak to me or I shall go mad!" But Freddy was utterly unequal to the emergency. He simply sat like a graven image and watched his late companion rise to the surface a yard away, struggle for a worry, said Bob. "She'll come arom.id moment or two and then sink for the second time. all right. Carry her mto the house, undress her, and give Bob, satisfied that. the little girl would be drowned I her a good ru?bi1!,(' . unless he was able to reach her in time threw off his hat The well-mgh distracted mother rushed away with her jacket, and shoes, and sprang into the c.hild, paying no attention to her husband, who tried to reHe was a splendid swimmer, fortunately, and cut lieve her of her burden. through the water like a fish. He followed in his anxiety, and so did the child's sister, But it was quite impossible for him to cover the distance leaving Bob to himself. between the wharf and the scene of the accident before "I'm in a pretty state to continue my tramp," said Bob little Edith disappeared the second time. to himself. "I suppose these people will let me dry my In a moment or two she came up again. clothes, and maybe they'll give me something to eat. Well, Bob saw the glint of the waning sunlight on her neck-I'll go back to the wharf for my jacket, hat, and shoes." lace, am:l made a dash in that direction. Bob returned to the wharf for his things just in time to He reached her just as the w:ater was closing over her see a boat from another dock put out to the rescue of unconscious form for the third time. Fi;eddy, who could do nothing at all with one oar, and but Grasping her firmly by one arm, he struck out the for this timely assistance must have gone floating down shore with the other. the river. The girl on the wharf watched their approach with a While Bob was watching the rescue of Master Freddie, tearful, earnest gaze, her hands clasped prayfully across 1 he was hailed from behind by a man's voice. her breast. He turned around and saw a person, who proved to be Bob urged himself through the water as though it was the gardener of the place, shouting and beckoning to him. his natural element. Bob made his way to the gate. He held the child's face well above the surface, so that "Mr. Hastings wishes to see you," said the man, openthere was no danger of water entering through her halfing the gate. parted lips. "All right," replied the boy. "But I'm all wet. I In this way he soon reached the beach formation of the should like a chance to dry my clothes." b ank, and when his feet touched bottom he gathered the "You'll have plenty of chance to do that, young man, little girl in his arms and walked ashore. I before you leave here, I'm thinking. You saved Miss Her sister flew to his side as he ascended to the road. Edith's life, and you'll find that Mr. Ha:stings will do the "My darling sister!" she cried, the tears streaming from I right thing by you." her beautiful eyes. "Don't say she is dead! Don't, pleaset' "Well, if he gives me something to eat, and a place to

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THROUGH THICK AND THIN. 6 sleep to-night, he'll do the right thing, and I shall be "And I presume lack of work is the cause of your leavmuch pbliged to him." ing your home?" "It seems to ine, young fellow, that you don't realize "It is one of the reasons-probably the chief one that you have done a big thing for yourself," said the gar"It will not be necessary for you to leave for that reason dener, as they walked toward the house. now. I will see to it that you get immediate employment." "I don't know as I have done more than my duty. You "I am much obliged to you, sir; but I would prefer not don't suppose that I was going to look on and see that litto return to Factoryville for the present at l east." tle girl drown befor e my eyes when I can swim like a fish, "Come with me and I will talk with you urther after do you?" you have taken off your damp clothes You have had "I suppose not. Still, some people would think twice your supper, I suppose?" over the matter. Here comes Mr. Hastings. I will leavEJ, "No, sir. I have had nothing to eat since this morning." you to introduce yourself." "You astonish me. Then you shall have your dinner with us. I think I will be able to fit you out temp?rarily CHAPTER III. with some clothes. My gardener has a son of about your BOB LANDS IN EASY STREET. age." Mr. Warren Hastings, who now came forward with Mr. H,i:i,stings rang for a servant and gave him certain gratitude in his heart to greet Bob Ford, was the most orders. prominent busine.ss man in Factoryville. In a short time he returned with a burtdle of clothes to He was president of the Factoryville Woollen Mills, the room into which the owner of the mansion had intro the largest establishment in the town, and it was his mills duced Bob. which had initiated the lockout immediately after his six "Now, my lad, take off your sodden garments and put hundred employees struck for )ligher wages and shorter on these." hours. Bob hastened to do so. As the other mills in the place had followed his example, "Now, Robert, do you care to tell me your reasons for he was the most unpopular man among the working class not wishing to return to town?" in that section of the State. "Well, sir, I am sorry to say that it is on account of my He was also accounted the wealthiest man in FactoryAunt Susan's husband, Mr Maddox . This evening he orville. dered me out of his cottage, though my.aunt begged him At any rate, he bad the finest residence in the neighbor-1 to let me stay.'" hood, and the Hastings lived in a style that only a fat "Why should he deal so harshly with you?" asked Mr. income could afford Hastings, in some surprise He took Bob by both hands and shook them warmly. "Because my inability to get work prevented me from "You have placed me under an obligation thilt I never earning the money he looked for can repay, my lad. You have saved the life of our little Bob further explained the character of the man he had Edith. I want to know your name first of all, and then been living with since he came to Factoryville, and told you must your wet clothes so that they can be Mr. Hastings how sorry he was that his Aunt Susan was dried." bound for life to such a disreputable person. "My name is Robert Ford." "It is certainly a very sad case, but I do not think hers "You live in Factoryville, or in the immediate neighboris t?e only example of the kind in Factoryville. Now, hood, I suppose." Robert, I should not feel easy unless I did something for "I did live in town until an hour ago." you. Y,ou must let me testify my gratitude in some sub"Until an hour ago? You were leaving the neighborstantial way. You are rather young to embark upon the hood, then, to go elsewhere?" world on your own resources. Let me give you a nominal "Yes, sir." situation on my grounds here, say as assistant to my gar "How long have you lived in Factoryville?" dener, and then when the High School opens in town you "About two years, sir." shall attend it. You will continue to live on these prem"Your father and mother--" ises, and attend to such odd Jobs as your time will permit "Are both dead." of. What do you say?" "With whom were you living?" Bob was delighted with this proposal, and eagerly ac"My mother's half-sister." cepted it, much to the satisfaction of Mr. Hastings; but "Were you working at one of the mills before they shut unfortunately for Bob events soon tra.nspire d which broke down?" up this pleasing arrangement. "Yes, sir." However, at that moment the boy had no idea of what "At which one, may I ask?" fate held in store for him, and consequently he was over" At the Empire State." joyed at the good luck which had now fallen to his lot. "Ah! My own mill, eh?" -As soon as he was dressed Mr. Hastings took him down"Yes, sir." stairs and presented him to his wife and daughter Myrtle

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' THJ1QUGH THICK AND THIN . who both pr.ised his prave:ry and presence of mind in warm terms, and fittingly expressed the gratitude they felt toward him :for the life of their little Edith. Bob dined witli the family that evening, and proved himself a very bright and entertailling guest. He was assigned to a p.eat $pare room in the loft over the stable and carriage-horise where the coachman and footma slept, and next :rorni:qg was p-11t in the gardener's charge. That afternoon Mr. Hastings simt out tq him il:P excel \ lent working suit; and a fine best suit, with an amp,11'! supply of llllderwear, aJ:ld such otlwr t}jings as he would naturally Bob fond his new position in life very s11tisfactory. The family treated him with every consideration, both Myrtle iind lookeq on him more as a friend than an employee of the house. He took girls out rowipg nearly every evening before dinner, sometimes going a disi;&nce either up or down the river, and Mrs. Hastings, in spite of her recent scare, felt no uneasiness about her daughters as long as she knew they were in Bob's care. In addition to the outfit of and other necessary articles furnished the boy by Mr. Hastings, p.e was also the recipient of an elegant little gold watch apd chain presented by Mrs. Hastings, and two handsorpe a:P.d valu able scaxf-pins from Edith and Myrtle respectively. f'lt's better to be porn lucky than {ich," griJ:i:ped BolJ to himself, a week after he had been installed in the Has tings' household. "If I haven't landed in Easy street it must be next door to it." He had never been so happy and contented before in his young life, and it was just as well he couldn't look ahead and $ee what was before him. CHAPTER IV. tioJ:l, and so Bo-.., was satisfied the coast would be clear for a couple of hours at least. He adyanced boldly p the Httle yafd to the kitchen door and Mrs. Maddox answered the s:qnp.ons and was both i\Urprised and delighted to see Bob standing there on the step. 13he drew him iJ:iside, him, and after bolting door, led him into the meagerly-furnished sitting-room. "Mr. Maddox has been a bear ever since you went away," said the patient little wom1m, putting the corner of her apron to her eyes. "He is yery angry with you, and swears that if he ever meets you again he will half kill you." "It wouldn't he healthy for him to touch me now, I can tell you that, Aiint Sue. I've got friends who would make it pretty hot for him if he laid his hands on me." "Why, Bob, what do yoi.i mean? Tell me what has occurred since you, left us a week go." "That's what I carpe here for, auntie. You will be sur prised to learn that I am now living abot a mile from here, on the river road, at the home of Mr. Warren Has tings, president of the Empire State Woollen Mills." "Is .that possible!" exclaimed his in great aston ishment. "Yes, auntie; and this is how it happened." Whereupon Bob gave his only relative a faithful account of his adventure that night on the river which led up to the establishment of si.ich stiafactary relations between himself and the Hastipgs "I am so glad you have been so fortate, Bob," said Mrs. Maddox, .in a tone which left'no doubt as to the sin cerity of, her words. have been very much worried about you since Mr. Maddox forced yo to leave the cot tage, but paw I shall be quite easy in mY mind as ta your present a"Qd future. TP.e only thing that troubles me is that Mr. Maddox, as soon as he learns how fortunately you BOB OVERHEARS A PLOT. are situated, may take it into his head to an:qoy you unless Bob haf been a week at the Hastings' home yvhen lie you give him some money." d ecide\l he would pay a visit to his Au:pt Susan, and let her "I wouldn't advise him to do so. Whatever money I know about hi& good luck. may have to give away $hall come to you, Ant Sue; for He was sure the news would please her very much inyou need it badly, and I hope you won't allow Mr Maddox deed. to bulldoze you out of any of it to spend at the saloon," Of coi.irse, he had some misgivings about rpeeting Mr. "I shall never tell him that I have any," she Maddox, lest that indiyidal should endeavor to make :firmly. things hot for him if Ite caught him at his but "You will find it hard to close his eyes to that fact. He ai; he was no longer a member of the Maddox household will want to know how you supply the house when he has he did not see that his aunt's husband hd 1my right to n't given you anything." interfere with him under the altered circlllstances. "His curiosity will have to go unsatisfied." He chose his hour for calling soon after dark, when "I'm afraid that will only lead to trouble., for you know Mr. Madqox was acci.istomed to go to a :Qeighboring saloon what Mr. Maddox is when aro-1.1sed. Tell him I sent it to to pass some time in the society of congenial spirits. you, but don't give up a cent if you can avoid it in any As he approached the cottage whose roof had sheltered I way." him for the last two years he saw Mr. Maddox come out "I will do as you say." of the door, walk. down the road a short distance, and then "Then here is a $5 hill to commence with said 'Bob, turn up a side street. forcing it into her hand. The nearest saloon ,vas two blocks away in that direc"You are a dear, good boy, Bob," said his aunt grate-

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THROUGH THICK AND THIN. 1 fully, throwing her arms around his neck and him. hugging them accursed sharks .that are always takin' the b read out A.t that moment the knob of the kitchen ) door was rat tled violently, and then several heavy thumps came upon it. "My gracious!" exclaimed Mrs. Maddox, all of a trem ble. "That is my husband He mustn't find you here I don't know what brought him back so soon." "Maybe he wants something and will go away "Then you had better get into that closet, and I will try and get him out again as soon as I can." "A.11 right, auntie," replied the boy, retreating to the closet in question. The thumping on the kitchen door was repeated with more persistence and vigor, showing that Mr Maddox was evidently growing impatient at the delay "Why didn't yer let me in at once?" demanded M r Maddox, when his wife opened the door. "I came as soon as I could,'' replied the little woman, with a look 6f uneasiness when she found that her husband was accompanied with a visitor "Then go upstairs and go to bed," growled the boss of the cottage in a surly tone, pushing her ahead. of him. "But I am not through with my work yet,'' she protest ed. o f the workin' people's mouths "A.in't that what I a lways said, Bill?" said his associate, complacently "Sure yer have We might have won that strike six years ago if the fools hadn't give in to the bosses. Well, what did they get by it? A.in't they had to strike agin? Now they can't go back, 'cause the bosses have locked 'em out. Serve 'em right for a parcel of mealy-mouthed d on keys "So say I. You and me ain't got no cause to kick our selves. We didn't go back to work at starvation wages "I should think not Ketch me workin' .for such wages." Mr .. Maddox's tone seemed to indicate indigna tion In a moment or two he went into the kitchen and re turned with the steaming kettle. Then he poure
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8 THROUGH THICK AND THIN. "But if the;e's money in it, too?" suggested his com-1 "There's a d 'oor down a flight of stone steps if the winpanio:q, with another wink. der gives u s trouble," said Rolfe. "I've got the tools "Money!" exclaimed Mr. Maddox, with a look of inter-that' ll make it open as s lick as a whistle." est. "Now ye're talkin'. Is there any money in it?" "Well, if we get in what then?" "There is." "What then? Why, we'll start a nice little fire that'll "How much?" soon spread all over the cellar, and after it gets good head"Three hundred doll ars if we burn down the Hastings' way tl:ie house will go up like a tinder-bo;x." house to begin with "But them cellars are stone, they?" "Three hundred dollars!" cried Maddox, his lips work"What of it? The roofs are wood, and the Hastings' ing greedily. cellar I know is full of boxes and barrels that'll burn first" Three hundred dollars," repeated Rolfe. class. They keep a tank of kerosene down there, too. We "Who's goin' to pay it?" can drew off the oil and soak the stuff well with it, then a "The committee match and some paper will do the rest. We couldn't make "What committee?" $300 easier if we tried." "Oh, a certain of course." "And I get half of that," said Maddox, smacking his "You're sure of that?" lips at the mention of the' money. I> "Dead sure." "Of course you get half." "Ho, do you know that?" "It look s rather risky S'pose we wuz to get caught?" "I'm on the inside, and I know all about the matter. "We mustn't suppose any such thing. If we go to It's on the quiet, as a matter of course It 'vouldn't do for work about the matter right we won't get caught." such a thing as this to leak out among the people, 'cause Mr. Maddox, however, had his doubts, though they we don't know who might turn traitor for the sake of were rather weakened by the whisky he had drunk, makin' somethin' by warnin' the bosses." had also insti1led a false kind of courage int-o his veins. "That's right,'' nodded Maddox. Jim Rolte was a specious talker, and he easily met every "I promised to .see to it that the good work is started argument advanced by his associate, and went several I can't do it alone, so as you're an old chum of mine I sepoints better, so that he finally convinced Maddox, who l ected you. I believe I kin trust yer." was hot afth tbe $150, that they had an "Of course you kin game before them. "I know $150 would come handy to you." It was ten o'clock by the time the two rascals finally "Bet yer life it would I ain't seen that much money in came to an agreement to carry out their plans that night years." some time after midnight. "Then you'll go in with me?" And during it all Bob Ford stood like a statue in the "I will, if it's safe closet, an interested listep.er to the plot and all the details "It's as safe as anythin' can be.;' thereof. "Well, let's hear the partic'lars," said Mr. Maddox, The disclosure had certainly startled him very much starting to mix the third hot whisky more especially as Mr. Maddox was connected with it. CHAPTER V. He had long recognized the fact that his aunt's husband was a worthless and disagreeable man, but he had had no MR. MADDOX AND HIS FRIE.ND ROLFE FIND THEMSELVES IN idea that he was a rascal at heart. HOT WATER. "Ever since the scheme of gettin' back at some of these money-bags was brought up and figgered on by the com mittee I've been hangin' around them fine houses tryin' to see how the game could be worked, for I wanted to get my flukes on that there money myself." Maddox nodded ;nd sipped his toddy. 1 Now that the truth was out he felt a great sympathy in his heart for Aunt Sue; as well as an intense indignation against Mr. Maddox. "It's a good thing that I came to-night," he thought. "Those rascals have certainly laid their plans well, and they might have succeeded had their scheme not come to my ears. fi..s it is I'll see that they get it where the chicken got the ax. I fancy they'll cool their heels in jail for some months for this outrage." "I've got into the grounds one way or another. Once on a grocery waggin, agin on a waggin that fetched some cases of champ'agne-any old way, in fact, that I could. I kept my weather eye liftin', you kin believe, when I got there, and I've discovered how we kin get into the cellar of two or three of the houses The Hastings' cellar is the easiest of the lot, for it's got a big winder that ought to be as easy as piecrust to force." "S'pose it's bolted and barred from the inside-how are yer goin' to force it?" asked Mr. Maddox, finishing his glass and pouring out a fourth dram. Maddox and his friend Rolfe being now of one mind on the project oi burning down the home of Warren Hasti ngs that night, they finished the whisky, which seemed to have no more effect on them than so much water, put on their hats, and prepar:ed to leave the house Mad .dox was to accompany Rolfe home so that the latter could get the tools he needed for the enterprise; then they were to make their way at their leisure to the scene of operations, and put the scheme into force some time after

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THROUGH THICK AND THIN. 9 midnight, at which hour they judged the coast would be fully. "They must be desperate fellows to undertake such clear for them to work without discovery. a thing as incendiar ism merely to gratify their hatred for As soon as the two men left the house, Bob came out of Mr. Hastings." the closet. "They're to receive $300 from some committee." "I mustn't breathe a word of what I overheard to Aunt "Are you sure of that?" asked the amazed gardener. Sue," he said to himself. "When Mr. Maddox is provided "That's the bait one of them used to persuade the other for by the authorities she'll be able to get along in much to go in with him." better shape than she has these six years back. She will "And do you think there is any truth in it?" probably have to move to another town on account of the "I have very little doubt about it." di s grace of the affair, but on the whole it is worth all that "And those two men are coming here to-night?" to be well rid of such a man." "They are." Mrs. Maddox, who had been waiting and watching up-"At what time?" stairs for her husband and his companion to leave the "Between twelve and one." house-with her heart in her mouth lest some incautious "We had better call up the police : movement on Bob's part should betray his presence in the "No. I have an, idea. I'll call the coachman and footdown as soon as she heard the kitchen 1 man. They have revolvers?" door bang. "Yes. I have a revolver, too." "Oh, Bol;>!" she exclaimed, she eptered the sitting"So much the better. Now, my plan is this: You three room and saw the boy seated in the chair recently vacated will conceal yourselves in the cellar, in readiness to rush I by Mr. Maddox. "How ever did you manage to stand it so upon them when I give the signal. We'll leave the cellar long in that closet. They were in the house over two I window unfastened so they can get inside. My idea is to hours. I was in constant fear that my husband might disi catch them in the act of setting the place on fire. I'll have cover your presence." I the hose in readiness for instant action. I'm going to "I stood it all right, Aunt Sue. As Mr. Maddox seemed attach it to the hot-water boiler in the washroom, which to have no occasion to go to the closet, why, I was in no is right over the window. At the right moment I'll let particular danger of discovery." them have a dose of the scalding stuff. That will t):irow "Thank heaven that it turned out so well," she said, I them into confusion. Then you three can rush out and se-ervently. : cure them before they can recover themselves." Bob only stayed a few minutes longer at the cottage, as "That's a fine idea," grinned the gardener. "It will be he was anxious to get back and tell Mr. Hastings was just the thing. Give them a good scalding while you're on the tapis. about it. It will be a lesson to them, and the police will On reaching the house, however, he found only the attend to their cast gardener stirring around the premises. Bob and the gardener went to the coach-house and stable, The family had retired for the night, as had also the awoke the coachman and footman, who slept in rooms adservants. joining :Bob's, and they were soon in possession of all the The gardener told him that Mr. Hastings had received a particulars of the plot to burn the mansion and the boy's -telegram from New York, and had taken a late train or scheme to outwit them. the metropolis. Both of the men were tickled with Bob's plan, and im. "That's too bad," said Bob, scratching his head. mediately agreed to do their part to put it into successful "Too bad! Why, what do you mean?" asked the surexecution. prised gardener. One end was attached to the boiler in the washroom, and "The fact is he ought to be here to-night. An attempt the rest of it was coiled inside under the window, so that is going to be made to burn this house." all Bob had to do was to get in at the window, which was "Burn this hou s e!" gasped the man. left unlocked, throw out the hose, turn on the hot water, "Yes. !"overheard the whole plot." dash open the cellar window, and play upon the rascals. "My gracious! Tell me about it." By the time these arrangements had been made it was Bob, without mentioning names or stating where he had close cin to midnight. been concealed, gave the facts as he knew them to the gar"Get down into the cellar now, unfasten the window, dener. and hide yourselves. I'll keep out of sight and watch "This looks like a serious piece of business," safd the for the coming of those scamps," said Bob. man, Accordingly the three men let themselves into the cel"It is serious." lar through the rd.oar, and Bob took up a commanding posi"Then the police must be notified. There is a telephone tion in the shadow of the carriage-house. in Mr. Ha1stings' library." It was a gloomy night, the sky being overcast and threat"! think you, I the coachman and the footman can ening rain. manage these rascals without calling in the police." These conditions were favorable for the plan of Maddox "I don't know about that," replied the gardener, doubtand Rolfe, and had without doubt been duly considered

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10 THROUGH THICK AND THIN. by the rascals when they selected that night for their operations. .\n hour passed away on leaden wings, and Bob was beginning to wonder whether Maddox and his pal had given up their scheme for that night, when two shadows sud denly appeared in the yard "'rl1ey're here at last," the boy, his nerves be ginning to tingle with excitement. The shadows advanced noiselessly toward the cella r win dow, the location of which Rolfe bad made himself acquainted with. The rascals came to a pause before it; Rolfe knelt down and tried it. He uttered an exclamation bf satisfaction when he found that it was not fastened This ought to have struck him as rath er a s u spic iou s circumstance, or an insttance of gross care l essness o n the part' of the servants However, neither of the rascals stopped t o consider the matter at all, so eager were they to get inside Bob saw them both disappear within, and c lose the win dow after themselves. After waiting a few minutes to give them time to look around and get started on their crooked game, Bob ran lightly over to the window, pulled it open a trifle, and looked down i nto the cella r Rolfe and Maddox, now disguised by masks, had lighted a candle, and were moving around the place, examining the interior The boy began to fear that they might discover the p resence of the gardener and his two companions. I n order to be prepared for emergencies, he brought a short ladder under the washroom wfudow, mounted it, threw up the window softly, got inside, and lowered the hose outside. Then he took another peek at the rascals. Maddox was piling paper around a pair of empty flour barrels, not far from the window, while Rolfe was drawing a quart measure of oil from the metal tank contailling the kerosene. Rolfe poured the oil over the paper and barrels, a n d then refilled the can. He distributed the oil over all the wooden boxes, and other inflammable material in the cellar. All being in readiness, the rascal knelt down, and with the candle flame lighted the paper, which at once burst into a ruddy flame, throwing out a considerable quantity of smoke. As the tiny jets of fire began to creep up the outside barrel Bob concluded it was high tirie for him t o act. He dashed up the ladder into the washroom, t u rned on t h e boi l ing water, and then hurried back to the cellar window. Throwing it open with a whoop that would have put an I ndian to shame, he stepped in on a packing case whic h stoed under it, and dragged the nozzle of tbe hose afte r h im. -=================================== The masked men were taken completely by surprise when Bob Ford suddenly appeared at the window and turned a jet of boiling hot water full upon them, pepper ing them and the :fire they had started with equal im partiality. Maddox turned his head away, and threw up his arms to ward off the pitiless shower, while Rolfe fell forward on his hands and knees, completely dazed by the scalding spray. While they were thus thrown into complete confusion, the gardener and his companions issued from the places of concealment and dashed upon them. Their capture was so easy as to be almost ludicrous, and while the men were tying their discom:fitted prisoners, Bob, by a well-directed stream, soon put the :fire out altogether. CHAPTER VI. ABDUCTED By the time the fire was out the liose had become a pretty hard proposition for Bob to handle, as the boiling water passing through had heated it almost red hot, so the boy was mighty glad to drop it, scurry up the ladder, and turn off the flow at the boiler. When he came down the ladder, after closing the window, he found the gardener and his companions had marched the two rascals up out of thecellar. Their arms were tightly bound behind their backs, their masks were off, and they looked the picture of hard luck. Maddox had not yet recognized Bob, as his senses had been in such a state of confusion and dismay' at the une:x pected conclusion of the enterprise in which he was en gaged; but when the coachman brought a lantern and held it up so that the faces of the whole party were more or less illuminated, the shiftless husband of Mrs. Sue Maddox uttered an exclamation of dismay as his eyes reste.d on the face of the boy he had thrown out upon the world a week previous. "I see you know me, Mr Maddox," said Bob, in a cold tone. "I am sorry to see you engaged in an affair that is likely to land you in the State prison for many years "What are you doing !).ere?" cried the rascal in an ugly voice "Considering that I belong on these premises, 'there is nothing surprising in the fact that you see me here." "What do you mean by that?" snarled Maddox. "I mean that I'm one of Mr. Hastings' employees Maddox uttered an oath and was then silent. "You'd better harness one of the horses to the light wngon, William," said Bob to the coachman "We'll take our prisoners to the police station at once." "All right," replied William "I think that is the proller thing to c\o." So he and the footman proceeded to get tlie team ready, while Bob and the gardener stood guard over Maddox and Rolfe In ten minutes the enti re party sta.rted ior the town. They didn't take the River road, but the street above.

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THROUGH THICK AND THIN. 11 It was half-past one in the morning, and there was a drizzle in the air. I T h e r e were no lights along the street until they struck the town proper, then the gleam of the gas-lamps threw a fitfu l wate r y look a round at half-block intervals; Not a s olitary pedestrian was met until they got well into Fa ctoryvill e and within a few blocks of the station. F inall y the r e d and green lamp that glowed above police he a d q uarter s c ame into s ight, and they drove up to the door and stopp ed. The were yai;i.ked out of the wagon with very littl e cer emony a nd mar c h e d into the station, where they w e r e hand e d ove r to the poli c e on the charge of incen diari sm. Bob and the other s told their s tories, promised to appear nex t d a y at t h e exa mination in the ma g i s trate's court, and th e n drov e back h ome, while the pri s oners were locked up for the ni ght in cell s below the sidewalk. The morn i ng n e w s pap e r s had an account of the affair, and whe n t h e pri s oners were called to the bar at ten o' cloc k Ui.e..cour t w as jammed with s pectators, the strikers of the mill s pr e dominating. On the evid e nc e g iven by Bob and hi s fellow employees in t h e Hastings service Mr. Maddox and his pal Rolfe w e r e h e ld for trial. Afte r the proceeding s were over, Bob called on his Aunt Sue, tol d h e r the who l e s tory of her husband's rascality, and sym pa thized with h e r the bes t he could. I don't blam e you, Bob," s he s obbed. "But it's dread ful to t h ink t hat i s in jail on s o seriou s a charge, which w ill p r o babl y send him to the p enite ntiary." I r e all y don t se e how you could cling to such a man for so many years Aunt Sue. You did every thin g a true and h o n est w ife c o uld do for a man, and I don't b e lieve he a p p r ecia t e d your kindness in the l e a s t. For my part, now that he is in pri son I think it is about time that you call e d a hal t You mu s t g e t away from Fac toryville, and start a p.ew lif e somewhe re else. I will help you all I can "You ar e a good boy, B o b. I know you are advising me f o r t h e b est but William is my hu s band, and I cannot __ ,, She burs t into t ears and s obbed pathetically. B o b di d all he could to comfort her, and soon afterward took hi s leave. Whe n Mr Has tin gs return e d from New York he was mu c h asto ni s he d to l e arn about the bold attempt made to d e s t roy hi s house. H e t hank e d B o b and his a llies of tha t ni ght for the servic e they ha d re nd e r e d h i m and at the boy' s earnest re q uest he prom ised to assi s t Mr s Maddo x A s a further evid e nce o f hi s g r a titud e h e presented the b rave boy w ith a c he c k f o r $ 500, whi c h Bob pla ced to hi s cr e dit in a savings b a nk and h e gave eac h of his other three e mpl oyees $100 e ach Mr. H a stings publicl y announ c ed his intention of prosecuting to the full extent of the law the two rascals who had tried to burn his house. He also became very active in probing the complicity of the committee, whom Bob's evidence implicated in the affair. The committee being thus personally interested in the outcome of the trial of Maddox and Rolfe, which was s et down for the first week in September, decided to sec r e tly assi s t the two men. \ So the y hired lawyers in a roundabout way, and privately voted funds for the defense of the pri s oners. As Bob Ford was the principal witness for the prosecu tion, the committee re s olved that the boy must be spirit e d out of the neighborhood befor e the trial. Two m e n w e r e selected to carr y out thi s purpose. They were sworn to secrecy and promi sed $500 each if they successfully acc ompli s h e d this des i g n. With the persistency of the red s kin of old following a trail, these two men kept a keen eye on Bob' s move ment s ever on the alert for a favorable opportunit y to carry out the mandate o f the org anization. The bo y -of course ; was unaware that he was being watch ed, ancl the r e fore adopted no unusual precautions for his own saf e ty. Circum s tances, howe ver b e friend e d him in a variety of ways, ancl pre vented th e carrying out of the plot against him until within a week of the trial. One e v e nin g a man appeared on the Hastings' grounds an d ask e d to see Bob. Th e boy was hunte d up and notified about the visitor. The man was s tandin g jus t in s ide of the gate opening on the bac k stre et. B o b d idn't recogniz e him, and what he wanted. "Mrs Maddo x ha s m e t with a s erious accident, and she s ent m e out here to brin g you to her. "Wha t kind of a n accid ent?" a sked the boy, in great concern. "We ll h e r clothes c au ght fir e at the stove thi s eve nin' whe n s h e was c ookin' h e r s upp e r and if it hadn't bee n that I was jus t passin' the hou s e s he might have been burned to death r e pli e d the man glibly. Bob b e lieved hi s story and said he would acc ompany hrm to hi s aunt' s c ottage. H e left word whe re h e w a s going, and the cause that call e d him away, and th e n s tarted off with the man. The y had pro ceede d p e rhap s a of a mile along the street which was always lone some in that neighbor hood aft e r ni g htfall when another man approached them and a sked'. for a mat ch. Bob's companion s aid f e had none, and turned to the boy. . A s Bob began to searc h hi s poc k e t s for a l11cifer he was suddenly seiz ed and overthrown b y the two men. A gag was thrus t int o hi s m o uth and hi s arm s bound behind his back. A li ght wag on which had been s tanding at the junc tion of a side str e et now driv e n up b y one of the men.

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THROUGH THICK AND THIN. There was a long covered box in it. Bob was lifted into the wagon, the cover of the box was taken off, the boy deposited inside, and the cover, which was perforated with a dozen auger holes, was replaced and screwed down by four Then the wagon was driven up the street in a direction which would take it away from Factoryville. CHAPTER VII. DOWN THE RIVER. The wagon kept steadily along the road for several hours, the driver and his companion talking earnestly to gether, and occasionally filling their pipes and smoking. It was after eleven o'clock when they entered the out skirts of a good-sized town, located, like Factoryville, on the river.' The men drove down to one of the wharves, at that hour silent and deserted, at the end of which lay a small schoon er loaded with shingles. Her hold was quite full, and bundles of the shingles were stacked in a double row on either side of her deck. The stops were off her sails, and the upper booms raised a foot or two, showing that she was on the eve of sailing In fact, her captain and owner ,was only waiting for the flood tide to get under way down the river. The wagon was evidently expected, for a couple of men stepped ashore and approached the vehicle to lend a hand in getting the box on board the schooner. The driver and his companion, however, took the job upon themselves of transfering the box to the vessel, and placing it on deck between the two masts where 'they were directed to put it. Flask s of liquor were produced by the men who came with the box, and all hands drank in turn until the con tent& of the flasks were exhausted: About this time the captain came on deck and had a short conversation with one of the newcomers, who finally passed him a $50 bill. The master of the schooner then looked over the vessel's side, and announced that it was time to get nder way. The driver of the light wagon, after a brief talk wit;h his companion, went ashore, mounted to the seat and drove away, while the other man sat down on the lid of the box, took out his pipe and began to smoke. The crew of the schooner hoisted the sails, cast loose from the wharf, and presently under a light breeze the craft was moving down the river. In a short time two of the three men the crew went below, the third remaining at the helm. The man in charge of the then unscrewed the cover, and took a look at his prisoner. He found Bob unconscious, and removed the gag from his mouth so he could get .more air. It was an hour or more before the boy recovered his senses. As he lay in his narrow quarters, gazing up at the starry heaven, he where he was and what had happened to him. At length he remembered how he had been and made a prisoner by two men he never remembered having seen before in his life. He had an indistinct recollection of being driven off in a wagon after the men had placed him in the box, and now as his eyes rested on the broad sail above his head, felt the motion of the vessel, and heard the faint hum of the wind on the sail, he knew he was on a fore-and-aft craft of some kind which was bearing him either up or down the river. Presently the face of the guardian of the box looked down at him. "So you've come to your senses, have your" said a grufi voice. Bob studied the man's features in the darkness as well as he could before he opened his mouth, and was satis fied this was the man who had called at the Hastings' place and told him, what was evidently a false story, that his aunt had met with an accident, and had sent him to bring him to her. "What is the meaning of this outrage?" the boy asked at length. The man blew a whiff of smoke from his lips, and ma'de no reply. "What are you going to do with me?" "I'm not going to hurt you if you remain quiet." ''Where are you taking me?" "Down the river." "What for?" "Because you're not wanted in Factoryville any longer." As Bob saw no reason why anyone should object to his remaining in Factoryville this reply rather astonished him. "I don't understand you," replied Bob. "And I don't understand why I have been so roughly handled." It doesn't make any difference to me whether you un derstand it or not." "I can't see what you or anybody else is going to gain by carrying me off in this way," said the puzzled boy. "Then I advise you not to bother your head about it," growled the man. "But I want to know what it all means," persisted Bob. "I'll never tell you. I'm only carrying out my orders." "And what are your orders?" "To take you down the river and see that you don't get back to Factoryville in a hurry." "Who gave you those orders?" "Say, young feller, you want to know altogether too much." "You won't tell me, then?" "No, I won't." "But you haven't told me where you are taking me," said Bob, after a pause. "I told you down the river." "Whereabouts down the river?"

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THROUGH THICK AND THIN. 13 "You'll learn when you get there." for Bob saw a shadow tll across several of the holes in the "You're taking me to New York, axen't you?" lid and a voice came down to him. "Mebbe I am." "You're awake, are you?" "I believe you are. What are you going to do with me "Yes," replied the boy. when you reach the city?" "See that you keep quiet then, and nothin' '11 happen to "You'll find that out in good time." you," said the voice "That isn't very satisfactory." Then the shadow was lifted, which Bob that the "It's all the satisfaction I can give you." man had drawn back again. "You won't tell me why I have been carried away An hour or two passed very monotonously to the boy, from Factoryville?" who employed the time in trying to conjecture the reason "No, I won't." for his abduction from Factoryville." "Well, I think this is a great outrage." Finally he arrived at the conclusion that some friends "You can think what you please. This is a free counof Maddox and Rolfe had taken this means to remove the try," chuckled the man.. most important witness for the prosecution. Bob saw there wasn't any information to be gotten out "I don't see that it will save them from conviction, as of the man who had assisted in his capture, and was now there are three other eye-witnesses to their attempted evidently in charge of him, so he said nothing more. crime," he mused. At that moment eight bells were sounded. Bob didn't quite hit the mark, but came as near it as "Do you want me to gag you again?" asked the nuw, \he could reasonably be expected, since he was entirely unleaning down and speaking in a hoarse whisper. awai:e that the evidence he was expected to furnish against "No," replied the boy. the secret committee was the true cause of his present un"Will you promise not to make any disturbance while fortunate situation the helm is being relieved?" By and by he felt hungry and thirsty, and then he ate "I replied Bob, seeing there was no help for the sandwiches and drank the water. it. After that he felt better, and began to look upon his "All right. I'll take your word,'' said the man. situation in a more philosophical light. He took up the cover of the box, and placed it in posiThe schooner arrived within sight of Manhattan Island tion on top of the box, shutting the boy in again. about noon. Then he took his seat on top of it cnce more and waited. Another hour or more was consumed in sailing down the A sailor came out of the forecastle, exchanged a word west shore of the i s land, rounding the Battery, and workwith him as he passed, and went to the wheel. ing her way up the East River to the wharf which she Tli'e man who had been at the helm since the schooner was to make fast to. left her wharf at midnight passed him if the other direc-It was about three o'clock when Bob felt the box in tion going forward to turn in. which he was confined lifted with some care and carried The fellow in charge of the box then lifted off the cover from the schooner to the dock; where it was loaded on an again. "Now you can swallow all the air you want till four bells-that is six o'clock. It will be daylight then, and I'll have to screw you up once more till I get you ashore." Bob, however, lulled by the splash of the river against the schooner's sides, fell asleep in half an hour, and when he came to his senses again the cover was on the box, and the light of morning was filtering throug h the auger boles. CHAPTER VITI. A NEW YORK DEN. There was now a heavier slant of wind on, and the schooner was making better speed down the. river. She was so heavily loaded that she leaned only slightly to the breeze. Bob was presently aware that his arms were free, and that a small package of something lay on his chest. Curiosity induced him to investigate its contents, he found it contained two meat sandwiches and a fl.ask full of water. The fl.as k however, smelled abominably of whisky. The guardian of the box evidently heard him stirring, express wagon. The vehicle started off at once, turned into South street, and was driven for some di s tance with several turnings until it came to a halt in an obscure neighborhood that was not regarded with much respect by the police. The box was lifted out of the wagon and carried under a low archway, with a strong smelling gr,og-shop on one side, and a still more odorant old clothes' shop on the other. Up the brick-paved and filthy lane, turning now to the right and then to the left, the box was conveyed until the bearers reached an old half-dilapidated house, through the doorless entrance of which they passed and took their way down a long, reeking hallway until they arrived at a closed door. The guardian of the box, who was in front, knocked in a peculiar way on the resonant panel, and after a delay of some minutes the door was unbarred, unlocked, and thrown open. A cadaverous, hollow-eyed, and unshaven man of sinister aspect received them, and motioned to a spot on the floor for them to la down the box.

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114 THROUGH THICK AND THIN. "I thought yer'd given up yer plan," he grinned, when "Oh, yer ain't, eh? Think it ain't good enough for yer! .the door closed behind the expressman, and he had secured Been used to better!" snarled the cadaverous rascal. "If it once more against the intrusion of unwelcome visitor s you try to put on any airs with me I'll twist yer neck for "Yer were so long puttin' it into execution." yer-d'ye understand?" "Last night was the first chance we got for puttin' our He spoke so savagely that Bob experienced a shiver of hooks onto the kid," explained the man who had charge of dread for the future. the box. "Now get in there, and stay there till I l et yer out," "Better late than never, Weaver," replied the sardonic continued the fellow, with an oath, seizing the boy by the grin "Help yerself to a drink," and he pointed to a bottle arm, and pushing him forwal'd into the dark hole, which which stood on the dirty table. was not much larger than a good-sized closet. The man addressed as Weaver did not require a secBob heard a key turned in the lock a"fter the door had ond invitation to make free with the villainous compound closed behind him, and he knew he was a prisoner in the which went by the name of whisky in that locality. place. "I'll let the boy out now," he said, smacking his lips He pulled his match-safe from litis pocket, and cautiousover the dram. "He's stout young :fellow, and I've I ly struck a light in order to discover what sort of place he taken the cords off his arms that we bound him with at was in. first, but I guess we can handle him all right if he tries It was a box-like room about four feet by six. to cut up any didos." The walls, ceiling and floor were black with grime. "This will settle him if he acts ugly," said the cadaver-A dirty mattress and filthy blanket occupied the greater ous man, pulling a slungshot out of his hip pocket. "Now part of the floor space yer kin take off the lid." There was also a ricketty stool on which stood a candleWeaver unscrewed the cover and threw it off. st ick with a bit of candle stuck in it, and covered with "You can get out now, young :feller, and stretch yergrease and blue mold. self, but I warn you not to get too gay or somethin' might The confined atmosphere reeked with a combination of hai:ipen you wouldn't like." vile odors such as the boy had never smelt before, and Bob took advantage of this permission to get out of the which almost turned his stomach. box and look around. The match expired in his fingers, leaving him once more He found himself in a small, dirty, and sparse ly furni sh-\ in the dark. 'ea room, the only window of wliich looked, out on a mis-He could hear the two men talking together in the erable narrow space which could not possibly be called other room, and he put his ear to a crack in the door and either a yard nor an alley, and was closed in by the walls tried to make out what they were saying. of adjacent buildings whose height shut out every vestige They spoke too low, however, for him to distinguish of sunlight, and only admitted a kind of twilight at midmore than a word 9ere and there. day. He could see them as they sat about the table helping The squalor and misery o:f one 9f the lowest district s of themselves to the contents of the bottle. New York City was everywhere apparent on the outside. Finally the man who had brought the box pulled a couThrough an open window opposite Bob caught a mo-ple of bills from his vest pocket, and handed them to the mentary glimpse of several low-browed, sullen, dirty men, j cadaverous ruffian. and blear-eyed, pallid women, while on a narrow fire-1' The fellow received them with a grunt of satisfaction, escape above he saw three half-naked children engaged in and stowed them away somewhere in his clothes a scrap. Then the men got up, put on their hats, and after the Then he turned and looked at the cadaverous scamp who occupant o:f the premises had unbarred the door, they presided over room to which he had been brought and went out together. the look of cunning and crime which was stamped on his hard :features did not tend to reassure the boy. "Yer'll know me when yer me agin, I s'pose," grin-. ned the rascal, as he observed the penetrating look of the boy. "Since yer have come here to lodge for awhile I daresay yer would like to see yer bedroom eh?" This ghastly bit of humor seemed to afford the two men much enjoyment, for they chuckled over it with much zest before the cadaverous man walked over to a door in the wall and threw it open. "There's yer I:f it ain't so swell as what yer' d find at th.e Waldorf-Astoria, it's better'n some places I know of. Come here and look at it." "I'm not curious to in spec t it," said Bob, shortly. I CHAPTER IX. SENT TO SEA "I wonder what's going to lJe the encl o.f this thing?" Bob asked himself, as he removed the candlestick and seated himself on the stool. "I don't think could be in a much worse scrape. I have been brought to some low den, in a vile neighborhood o.f New York, for a purpose. I Now, what can that purpose be?" Bob racked his brains in vain for a plausible answer to that que s tion, but he could not think of a satisfactory one. An hour e l apsed before the cadaverou s man returned. 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THROUGH THICK AND THIN. llS Then he took a cracked jug and went to a faucet in the locked up in his little den every time his jailer went out space between the buildings and filled it with water or had visitors, Placing it beside the food, he unlocked the of the It was grow ing dark once more whe n the cadaverous small room, and let Bob out. rascal brought Bob his supper and released him from tlre "Yer hungry, I s'pose,'' he said "Sit up to that table dismal inner room to eat it. and eat what yer see This time, instead of cold food and water, a tray of Bob was both hungry and thirsty, and he availed himcheap restaurant food with a cup of hot coffee stood on the self of this chance to get rid of both of those sensations. table awaiting the boy. The cadaverous man lit his pipe, sat down on the second Bob was hungry enough eat most anything, and when chair, and eyed the boy while h e consumed the food the man told him to pitch in and eat his fill, he didn't wait "How would yer lik e to go to sea?" he asked Bob, after to be asked twice. an interval of sil ence He cleaned up everything in sight, including the coffee, "I'm not anxious to go," replied the boy. which he thought tasted rather queer,' especially the last "Ain't yer? It's the best thing yer could do,'' said the of it. man, with a grin. Hardly had he finished before a sen sation of drowsiness "I'd much rather go back to Factoryville Perhaps you began to stea l over him. know why I was carried off from there?" said Bob, giving The feelin g was so strange that he tried to throw it off. his jailer a sharp g lanc e His efforts to rise from the chair were failures, how"Mebbe I do,'' an wered the ruffian, with a stolid look. ever. "Then I wish you'd tell me." His eyelids felt heavy, and would close in spite of every"Yer wuz carried off because you know'd too much." thing he could do to keep them open, while the e.xpres"Because I was the chief witness against Maddox and sion of his face took on a foolish, inert look, very different Rolfe, charged with incendiarisrn, I suppose you mean?" from the bright, smart expression whieh u s ually was seen "I don't know nothin' about that. All I know is that there. yer dangerous to certain parties. up the river, and ver Although the boy didn't seem to realize what was actuhad to be got out'r the way," ally the matter with him, the fact of the matter was he "And I'm to be kept here, I suppose?" had been drugged. "Yer stay here till yer go somewhere else." Knock-out drops had been conveyed to him in the cof"But I'd like to know--" fee, and in a very shor t time he was under the influence of "Yer needn't ask no more questions, 'caUlje I shan't a deadly stupor. answer 'em,'' replied the ruffian abruptly "Are yef done "He's safe enough now," grinned the ruffian, who had ea tin'?" been watching the insidious effect of the drug from the "Yes." start, as Bob's head fell forward on his arm. "He won't "Then yer kin get back in yer hole." come to hi s senses afore to-morrer mornin', and by that "Can't I stay in this room?" time he'll be a long way from New York. "That's what I "No, yer can't. I'm goin' out, and I couldn't take no call ma kin' easy money." chances allowin' yer ter run loose in this room. Yer might The rascal s moked on till he finished his pipe, then he get out somehow, and then I'd be in a pickle, for I've put on hi s hat and left the room. been paid to keep my eye on you until I kin get yer of About midnight he returned with a low-browed cab the city." driver, whose vehicle was standing near the cur b in front Whereupon the speaker took the boy by the shou lder of the archway. and shoved him toward the little room where he had preBetween them they carried the insensible boy to the viously been confined, and willing or not Bob had to go street, ancl lifted him into the cab back and submit to be locked in as before. The ruffian got in also, while the cabma n mounted to Having secured his prisoner to his satisfactio n, the rufhi s seat and drove away. :fi.an put on his hat and left the place. The vehicle finally turned into South stree t, and then How long he was gone thi s time Bob never knew, as the kept on s trai ght ahead Ell it came to a wharf not far from darkness and closeness of the small room in which he was, South Ferry. I locked up, coupled with many hours of s leep lost on the IIere a boat was in waiting manned by seve ral sailors. previous night, had their effect on the boy, who was un-In the bottom lay three drunken seame n with their used to such cramped quarters, and he fell into a heavy dunnag e beside them. sleep, from which he did not awake until after daylight Bob was stowed into a convenient space, and then the next rnornjng. boat pushed off from the landing and was soon lost in the W]fen the ruffian let him out to eat an hour l ater Bob gloom of the night. noticed that the box in which he had to the Just beyond the far entrance to Buttermilk Channel a city was missing from the room. weather beaten brig lay at anchor. 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THROUGH. THICK AND THIN. with an assorted cargo, much of it according to her mani1 "On deck!" gasped Bob, in a puzzled tone. "Why, what fest of a valuable character, and in consequence heavily 1 do you mean?" . insured. "That's what I mean," exclaimed the mate, snatchmg She would sail with the first of the flood tide-that is, I up a piece of rope and belaboring the boy's back and shoulabout two o'clock. I ders. The boat containing Bob Ford and the three drunken 1 Bob tried to the punishment by dodging, but sailors as passengers came alongside this vessel about one 11 his foot caught in a cleat, and he pitched forward on his o'clock in the morning. face. The hoisting tackle from a. pair of vacant was at\ The mate swooped down on him and laid the rope untached to her, and she was hfted to her place JUSt above sparingly all over his body. the bulwarks and secured. I "Get up, you young monkey, or I'll cut you into rib-The four unconscious persons on board of 'her were bons!" he shouted. l taken into the forecastle and dropped into separate bunks Bob scrambled to his feet, and in his efforts to get awr.y to come to their senses at leisure. I from the instrument of torture he ran against the sbort At half-past the captam came aboard, and half an ladder leading to the forecastle deck. hour later the tide turned. I Running up this he found himself in the open air, on Just on the stroke of two a tug came nlongslde, maife the deck of a vessel, with nothing around but water and fast, and waited till the brig's anchor }-,ad broken gro1mcl. '. the sky. As soon as the anchor was clear of the bottom the tug I "Good gracious!" as the truth da'Yned upon his brain. gave a couple of screeches, and started for the Narrows "I'm out at sea!" with the brig in tow T h t f 11 d hi d k A 1 1 'l t th b E d 1 e ma e o owe m on ec n hour later, with al p am sai se e ng u ora "N 1 bb t b 1,, h d l b 1 h f tl B b ow, you u er, ge usy. e roare was headmg out to sea, w u e e ow m t e orecas e o "I' t .1 ,, t t d th d' h t d b 1 er m no a sa1 or, pro es e e is ear ene oy. Ford lay hke a log, utterly oblivious to he -chan0e wlnch "Oh 't h? Th h t did h' b d th' . . you am e en w a you s ip a oar is was takmg place m his surroundmgs. b f ?" th t 1 d ng or. e ma e g are CHAPTER x. "I didn't ship. I don't know how it is I am here." WHAT BOB FOUND Hll\ISELF UP AGAINST ON THE EUDORA. With a snarl of rage the chief mate raised the rope to Shortly after six o'clock the chief mate of the brig Eu-1 bring it down on Bob's already and tingling back when dora went into the forecastle to rouse up the four hands the second.;n.ate came up and said who bad been brouaht aboard in an unconscious condition cap'n wants that boy sent aft." before the vessel sailed. The chief mate paused with the rope's end in the air. The brig was now many miles at sea, entirely out of sight of land, and bowling along southward under a smacking wind. Two of the three seamen were still 'so drunk that the mate let them lie where they were, and turned his atten tion to Bob Ford, who was now beginning to recover from his stupor. A lively shaking brought the boy to his senses, and the realization that something new and strange had happened to him over-night. "Tumble out, you lubber, and get on deck, d'ye hear?" roared the chief mate of the Eudora, yanking Bob un ceremoniously out of the bunk on to the deck of the fore castle. The boy's head struck on the hard boards, and he saw numberless stars. It woke him up to the fact that something was doing, however. "Why, what's the matter? Where am I?" he blurted ant, as he noticed how different were his surroundings to those of his last recollection. The mate twisted his fingers into the collar of his jacket and pulled him to his feet. "On deck with you, or I'll knock the daylights out of you!" he crilld, in a menacing tone. He looked aft and saw the skipper of the brig on the poop looking toward them. 1 "All right," he growled. "Take him along. I'll attend to him later on." So Bob was hustled along the deck, past the morning watch, who eyed the boy with curious glances, for they detected the landlubber in his every move, and was finally pushed up the poop ladder into the presence of the cap tain. Jabez Green, the master of the Eudora, was a big, stock ily built man, who had been at sea from his youth up, serv ing in every capacity from green hand Ito his present ex alted situation. His was not a pleasant face to look upon, for it told its own story of harshness and an ungovernable temper. He was a man that was not to be trifled with. The top of his head looked like a mop o:f a brick-Ted hue, while his countenance was as thickly over-run with hair of the same color as the face o:f a Skye-terrier-and neither showed the civilizing influence of either comb or brush. Where the skin showed on his low :forehead, and in small patches under his heavy set eyes, it was to the color of mahogany, while his nose was swollen and covered with rum blossoms.

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,.. THROUGH THICK AND THIN. Altogether he was a formidable-looking man, even when r meeting with no resistance carried his \ leg into the air, and at peace with himself. this overbalanced his body, and he came down sprawling on As a rule, however, he made Rome howl when he was the deck with a force that seemed to shake the brig. on deck, and when below his constant companion was a With a roar like a mad bull he scrambled to his feet and pot-bellied stone jug of Holland gin. glared around for the boy who had been the cause of his Captain Green looked Bob over from head to foot in a mishap. way that made the boy shiver in spite of his natural courHe was furious enough at that moment to have killed age. Bob on the spot. He put Bob in mind of an ogre he had once read about Bob, however, was out of sight. in a fairy story when he was very young. The captain's rage was diverted from him by seeing a "So you're the young imp Mulligan sent aboard, eh?" grin on the face of one of the sailors below. Bob hadn't the least idea who Mulligan was, though as He leaped forward at a bound, and rushing at the sea-a matter of fact Mulligan was the cadaverous ruffian to man dealt him a blow with his ponderous fist that stretch' whose tender mercies Weaver had resigned him the day ed him bleeding and unconscious on the deck. he brought the lad to New York. "You'll laugh at me, will you?" he roared, giving his vic-As Bob was ignorant of Mulligan's identity he said tim a kick in the ribs. "Get up or-" nothing. Then he saw that the sailor was senseless. The captain accepted his silence as a token of assent. He thereupon looked around for someone else on whom "You're a greenhorn, good for nothing but to feed to the to vent his temper, but the watch had prudently scattered, sharks," he grinned :fiendishly. "You're no better than a and he had to give up his amiable intention. stowaway, and when I catch one of them aboard my ship Fortunately for Bob, who was now in the pantry, he I make 'em wish they were dead a thousand times a day, had forgotten all about'him, and so the boy escape d that d'ye understand?" time. Bob looked the skipper, whom he rightly judged to be a tyrant, straight in the eye, and as this was a new sensation CHAPTER XI. for the man he ripped out a fearful oath and raised his WHAT' BOB OVERHEARD IN THE STOREROOM. huge hairy fist in a threatening manner. I The steward was a dark-skinned, snaky-looking litt l e "Don't look at me in that way, you scum of the sea! Do man of Hindu origin, who had sailed several voyages with you know I could kill you for sassin' me with your eyes, Captain Green. and nothin' would be said about it?" He was about the only person on board the Eudora who Bob was willing to believe that Captain Green was equal wasn't afraid of the skjpper. , to any outrage that a ruffianly nature might suggest, so Apparently the captain had alr'earl.y spoken to him about not wishing to aggravate the man further he looked down Bob, for he made no remark when the boy told him he had on the deck. been sent to him to be put to work. "Since you're no good as a sailor went on the skipper, He pointed to the plates and other dishes in their racks, "you can't expect to earn any wages. As long as you're the knives and forks in a covered box, and then told the aboard this brig you'll want to eat, of course. Then you'll boy to set the qabin table . have to earn your food.' ; Bob hastened to do it in the best shape he knew how, "I'm willing to make myself useful in any way now that and when he returned to the pantry the steward asked I'm here, but I didn't come here of my own accord." him his name. "Who the blazes ell.res whether you came of your own "Bob Ford." accord or not? You're here, and you've got to wor k, "My name is Singh Small," said the steward, showing a whether you're willin' or not. As you're good for nothinglittering row of perfectly white teeth. "S'pose cap'n else you must help the steward and keep the cabin shipbulldoze you, tell me. I no stand for it.'' shape, d'ye understa'.nd ?" Bob looked at his lithe, sinewy figure; his perfectly Bob understood. formed bands, as small as a woman's; and he wondered "Now go below and report to the steward, and if you what show he would stand against the burly skipper if the don't do things right up to the handle, I'll mash your head latter once got bis hands on him. in with a belayin'-pin." Jal;>ez Green, however, never attempted t o monkey with Captain Green raised his foot and made a kick at Bob his steward. to hasten his retreat. He wbuld curse everybody else in the brig, from the The boy, however, was too quick for him, and darted chief mate down, when his temper was upset,. but he neve r for the ladder. swore at Singh Small. As the skipper had calculated on boosting him along, The steward attended strictly to business, and when he thus furnishing himself with entertainment that jibed was through he would sit in the pa.ntry and smoke a pecu well with his ugly and had consequently put a good liar shaped pipe. deal of force into his leg, he came to grief, f?r his foot I In a short time the cook came aft with the cabin break -

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'18 THROUGH THICK AND THIN. --=================:--======================:fast; and the skipper and his chief mate went down to eat. m:edicine and said nothing about it even to Singh Small, D o b stood around and waited on them. who seemed to be the only friend he had on board. When they had finished the captain went to his stateThe captaiii and the chief mate both handled him withroom, and the first mate went' on deck and relieved the out gloves from that time on, though they didn;t actually second mate, who came to the table and had his meal. hurt him in any way. Bob carried the dirty dishes to the galley, and then he One afternoon when the brig was in the n e ighborhood and Singh Small partook of their breakfast in the pantry. of the Bahama Islands the steward sent Bob into the Bob helped the steward for awhile, and was then sent to storeroom for some canned goods that he wanted for suptidy things up in the cabin 'f>er. Later on the steward showed the boy where the vessel's He took one of the ship's lanterns, open e d the trapstores were kept in a small space aft between decks, enI door, went down, and closed it after him. trance to which was had through a trap-door. I He had hardly started to 'hunt for the case he was in After dinner Captain Green ordered Bob to black his 1 sea:r;ch of when light began to grow dim, presently boots, so the boy got the necessary materials, and set to I sputtered, and went out altogether, leaving him in the work. darkness. When his shOl:lS shone like a new silver dollar, he made 1 "I must taken a lantern that hadn't any oif in it," Bob bring him the jug of gin from his private locker, take muttered Bob. "I'll hav e to g o back and fill it." down a glass from the swinging tray under the sky-light, At that moment however, the tra p, some feet away, was and fetch out his box of strong cigars lifted, and a pair of legs, followed by a long body, appeared "Now tell 1\fr. Ruggles that I want to see him," the through the opening, and dropped into the skipper said, meaning his chief mate; "and don't you "Come on," said the newcomer, in the voice of the chief come in here no more till I send for you." mate, as he moved out of the way. Bob delivered ihe mes s age, and .then retired to the Another pair of leg s and a chunky body came down, pantry to scour up the knives, and attend to such other and the skipper of the brig l anded ill' the lazaretto. work as the steward laid out for him to do. "Close the trap," said Ruggles, shortly. Although our hero had never been out of sight of land The captain closed it. in his life before, there was little danger of his experienc Bob had no. wish for those two men to discover him down ing al).y of the unpleasant se,nsations of seasickness as long there, notwithsanding that he had business in the store. as the weather continued as fine as it was at present. room. There were two berths in the little room off the pantry He feared personal violence at their hands, for they where the stew ard and Singh Small told the boy to couldn't have a better chance to attack him than in that take possession of the upper one. closed space. Several days passed in this manner, the weather still So he s hrank back behind a pile of cases; and almo s t holding fine and the brig sailing on a s light angle to the held his breath. leeward. "What did you bring me Bown here for, Rug g le s ?" de. Bob ascertained that the Eudora was bound for Kingmandecl the skipper, in an ungraciou s tone. ston, Jamaica, direct, and would pass through the Wind"Because I wanted to talk to you without fear of being ward Passage. overheard." He )\!as_ pleased to know that he was not fated to under"Oh, you did," snar led the captain, an oath "It go a long foreign trip of many months' duration, and co1!-must be something mighty particular yoi.1 have to say." fidently expected that he would soon be able to return to "It is." the United States. "Well, spit it out quick. I don't care to stay in this hole Next day the weather turned dirty, and in the choppy 'ilny longer than I can help." sea which the brig ran into Bob got his first ac quaintance "I want to ask you a question or two," said Urn mate. in with seasickness. a pointed tone. 1 For the ensuing thirty-six houlf! he was a very miserable "Go on." boy. "This brig and her ca. rgo are heavily in s ured, aren't The captain would have made it a good deal more unthey?" pleasant for him but for the steward, who had a few l'ords "What business is that of yours?" roared Captain Green, to say on the snbject, with the result that Bob was not with a savage oath." interfered with. "It's my idea they are. It is also my rdea that the Eu. Captain Green had it in for though, as the boy dora is not expected by he1; owner s to reach port this judged from the unpleasant reception he got from the trip." skipper the moment he was able to resume his duties in With a roar like a mad bull the captain made a spr in g the cabin. at. his mate, but the man evidently ex12ect e d some s u c h But Bob had determined not to talk back to the great demonstration, for he sprang aside in the da1k, and easily moJrnl of the -nuder any circumstances, so he took his evaded skipper

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THROUGH THICK AND THIN. 11} ---::-:-=_:::-. = -=-=--=--=--=-=--=-=--= -_-.:c_ ____ :___:::::=.::::.-__ ..:..... -=----------------.. : .. :::____ -Captain Green swore like a trooper, and groped around "I'll do that willingly,'.' replied the mate, in an cxu:t trying to bis C?mpan' ion, but the attempt was fruit-ant tone. le ss. "Then it's a bargain Give me your hand on it." He soon exhausted himself, as. the mate surmised he The two men came together and shook hand s over t heir would, and came to a halt. criminal arrangement. "It won't do you any good to have a run-in with me," spoke up the mate coolly. "I'm on to the whole game, so CHAPTER XII. t we might just as well come to an understanding as not." 1 CAUGHT. The captain shot off anotheT volley of oaths. "Now,'' said the chief mate, "since we're hand-in gloye "I'll tell you bow I came to tumble to the I in this affair tell me .what scheme. you have in view for had charge, as you know, of the loading of the brig. Some losing the brig. I s'pose you mean to run her asho r e o n of the most valuable of the cargo, according to the billS' of one of the low sandy keys hereabouts, don't you?" lading, are stowed amidships. One day I accidentally dis"My plan was to scuttle brig within easy r e a c h o.,r covered that one of these cases contained nothing of more Cat Island, or Watling's The Eudora is an old vessel importance than old bits of broken iron. I didn't kno-w and who could say that the recent spell of dirty weat h e r w e what to make of the matter, but I am not a fool, and conbad might not have sprung a plank in h e r bottom ?" eluded to look further My investigations showed me tha t "That's right," grinned Ruggles. every one of those cases, supposed to contain high-priced After the water gained a good headway t h e pump s machinery, held nothing but useless truck. I was satis \vould not be able to save her, especial ly if it w a s found fied there was some deep game in the wind I kept my they were out of order eyes skinned, and found numerous other instances of grave "Q' uite correct," agreed the mate discrepancies between what the showed and what "Then she'd go to the bottom, a n d a ll evid e n c e a s to the the cargo actually was. I said nothing al:lout it at the true character of her cargo woul d be lost time A still tongue makes a wise head. I dete r mined to "That -plan is much safe r than running the bri g ashore, keep my own counsel until I had sounded you A man which I couldn\t very well have accomp l ished with y ou and who gets full of gin. like you do is easy game He lets Mr Bruce alternate l y on deck every night i n c h a r ge o f the out many things he ought not to Well, you have to l d me vessel's course." enough since we left port to put me next to the \ 1 "That's true. But now that I'm with i t w ould be a Captain Greeri uttered a round oath. I simple matter to put he r ash ore on o n e of t h e sma ll e r keys Ruggles laughed irritatingly. if you want to do so. "What's the use df cutting up rusty with me, Cap'n "But I don't want to do so. I wan t to p u t h e r out of Green? Nobody on the brig but you and I has any sus sight altogether, so that there w ill not be the rem ote s t picion of the true state of affairs. I'm ready to stand chance of any evidence turning up to q u eer th. e gam e of in with you on t_his thing You're going to get a round the owners, who rely upon me to see them throug h saf e l y." sum for running this brig a.sh.ore on one of the small sandy "Well, you are the doctor, and I stari.d ready t o g ive y ou keys of .the Bahamas, where she'l} go to pieces under the a helping hand in any way you may direct," said t h e m a te. fir s t gale that sweeps these seas I'll help you do it, and "I certainly look to you to do your share of the wor k, a s shut my eyes to the transaction, for one-lhird of what you I have promised you a third of the profits are to get; but you must deal fairly with me, or I'll blow, "As I attended to the loading of the g r eater pa r t of t he the whole thi:iig as sure as my name is Jim Ruggles brig's cargo, I don't see how you propose to ge t at the ves There was a short silence, anc1 .Bob heard the captain sel's bottom so as to bore the holes necessa.r y t o accompli s h breathing heavily at the foot of the steps that led out of your purpose the storeroom. "All that was provided for before a to n o f carg o was Evidently he was lath to come to any agreement with put into the brig,'' said the captain with a chuck l e his officer, and yet he could n-ot help seeing that the mate "In what way?"asked the mate, in an intereste d tone. had him cornered, and that there wasn't any hole he could "A dozen auger holes were partly bor ed thr oug h the botsqneeze out at. tom planks at different places along the run a n d wer e "Well, cap'n, is it' a bargain? You know you can't carry then plugged to guard against an accidenta l leakage this scheme out without I stand in with you. And you I There is sufficient space in the run between the p l a n ki n g know you can't land your cargo at Kingston and escape overhead which supports the first tier of freight and the detection. You're up against it any way you may look a t 1 keel for a man of my bui l d to crawl comfortab ly. I h ad a it." . trap cut in the flooring of this sto r e room, a n d a ladde r "I s'pose I'll have to agree," muttered Captain Gree n. built communicating with the run close to the rudder post, "But it's agin me to do it.'<'' so that I could enter the hold at any time without anyone "I'm to have an honest .. third of your share, am I ?" aboard becoming the wiser of the fact. I had calc u late d "Y c s ; and in return you agree to help me put t h e game on making my first trip down there to -i;i.ight, when I ex through ?" pected to finish the boring of the ho l ss, r eplugging them

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80 THROUGH THICK AND THIN. as I proceeded. When all wer, e finished I meant to knock blurted out Bob, thoroughly dismayed by the pickle he the plugs out one after the otlier, and make my escape found himself in. back to the cabin. It would be some time before the brig's "And how long have you been here, eh?" demanded the condition would be noticed in this weather. By that time captain violently. I believed the water would have made such progress that Bo.b did not know what reply to make to this question, with the demoralized condition of the pumps the vessel so he remained silent. could not be saved. At the proper moment I would aban"How long, you jackanapes?" thundered the skipper, don the brig to her fate, and in a sliort time she would with a gleam in his eyes. go to the bottom." "He must have been down here when we crune," said ''Your scheme is a first-class one," said the mate. the mate, hoarsely, "and he's heard everything that pass ed "It couldn't well be better. since I ha:ve had to between us." take you into my confidence I will turn the manual labor "You were down here when came, weren't you?" .of finishing the borings and the final removing of the plugs snarled Capfain Green, with a menacing shake of his head. o v er to you. We will go down into the hold now, with a "Yes," admitted Bob, who scorned teli a lie, even if lantern which is hanging ready for business in yonder such a subterfuge would have availed him any. corner, a.nd you can inspect the work that has been par"Then you heard every word of our conversation?" tially accomplished and figure upon what remains to be "Yes," answered Bob, doggedly. done to finish the job. When the first watch comes on duty The two men looked at each other, and wiped the perand Mr. Bruce takes charge of the deck, you can then go spiration from their foreheads. into the hold and attend to the work, notifying me as soon Evidently they were up against it hard, and the thought as you have finished it. We will then complete our arsimultaneously occurred to both that the only way out of rangements for abandoning the brig." . "All ht,, d th h" f t the difficulty was to silence the witness before he got a rig agree e c ie ma e. 1 chance to spread the news throughout the brig. The captam struck a match, and the gla re disclosed a "W 't let h' t ,, "d R 1 th e can rm ge away, sru ugg es, or e lantern ha.ngmg near the trapdoor. 1 "ll b "th ,, He took it down and lit it. game wi e up Wl us. Then he removed several small cases from one side of "When you saw us come down here why didn't you show the storeroom knelt down and feeling about on the floor yourself, instead of hiding behind those cases and listening seized a small brass ring 'in his fingers and pulled up a I to all we said?" demanded the skipper, in an ugly tone . trap-door disclosing a black void underneath. "Who told you to spy on our movements, eh?:' to Ruggles, the captitln flashed the light of "I was afraid to let you know I ':as here fear the lantern down into the depths, and the mate saw the w?uld attack me, as _you have }een m the habit of domg upper part of the ladder which led to the keel near the without any provocation at all. rudder post. "It would have been a deal better for had you made 'iThe auger is at the foot of this ladder," said the skipyour presence here known to us at the start-off, now we've per. "Follow me." got to take measures to protect ourselves against your He swung the lantern over his arm and started to detongue. You know too much for our good. You know scend, when a tremendous crash a few :feet away s-tartled our plans and purposes, and if we were to let you escape them both, the captain almost losing his balance on the top from here you'd put the brig's company up to what's going rung of the ladder. to happen, and we'd be in no end of trouble. Since you Recovering himself with a strong effort he raised the chose to put your head the lion's mouth you've got to lantern on high, and then the two men saw Bob Ford suffer the consequences. Grab him, Ruggles!" standing in the midst of the wreck of a pile of overturned The chief mate darted upon the boy arid seized him, cases of stores, his white :face gazing at them with a look while Captain Green, after putting the lantern down on 11f mingled horror and fear. one of the overtu!ned boxes, picked up a coil of thin rope Bob had been so overcome by the discovery of the viland prepared to take a hand in the proceedings himself. lainous design contemplated by Captain Green and his Bob put up a stout resistance, but he was no match for chief mate that in the confusion and excitement of his the two men. feelings he had leaned too hard against pile of boxes, They bound him hand and foot, and then glowered down and they had suddenly toppled over and thu s disclosed his upon his helplessness. presence in the storeroom at a most unfortunate moment "You 'know that we intend to scuttle tlie brig, don't for his own safety. you?" said the captain. With a terrible oath the skipper sprang at the boy, fol-Bob made no reply lowed by the somewhat unnerved mate. "You're welcome to the knowledge, for we mean tliat it "What are you doing down here, you infernal young shan't do you any good. We're going to take you down monkey?" he roared :fiercely. to the bottom of the hold with us, bind you to the lower "I came down to get some canned goods for supper," rungs of the ladder, and leave you to go down with the

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THROUGH THICK AND THIN. vessel some hours hence-d'ye understand?" spoke up the He flashed his own lantern about the storeroom; and s kipper, with vindictive earnestness. finally behind the cases the skip per had moved out. Bob hardly realized at that moment the awful doom to His sharp eyes immediately detected the trapdoor. which these men proposed to consign him, so confused Evidently Bob or somebody else hag. moved those boxes was his senses in relation to the whole matter. to get at this trap. He could scarcely believe that Captain Green and his Singh Small never let anything get by him. chief mate were really in earnest about destroying the That trap-door had bee:Q. put there for some purpose, brig, notwithstanding the confidential nature of the coiland the steward was curious to learn what that purpose versation he ha.d so recently overheard. was. The wh?le thing seemed more likely an ugly dream than He opened it and looked down. an actual fact. It was as. dark as the of spades below, but the lanThe skipper of the Eudora and his rascally mate, howtern's gleam showed him the top of the ladder. ever, were in deadly earnest about the business in handCould Bob have gone down there? both with reference to the sinking of the vessel and the If he had, why had he done so, and why hadn't he taken utter wiping out of Bob Ford, who was now so dangerous to the lantern with him to light his way? their interests. Singh Small pondered ior a moment over the question, Captain Green took up the lantern again and began to then h!:l decided to go down himself and see what he could go down the ladder. find out below. The mate lowered the helpless boy down to him, and1 With the agility of a monkey the steward descended the then followed him.self, closing the trap after him. ladder, carrying his lantern in one hand. C;HAPTER XIII. LIKE RA.TS .IN .A TR.AP. The scoundrels and their victim hardly disappeared from the storeroom when the upper trap was lifted, a dark countenance was thrust down, and a pair of glittering eyes peered around into the darkness. "Bob-Bob Ford, where you got yourself to, eh?" asked the voice of Singh Small. The steward spoke impatiently;-and seemed surprised that he got no answer. "Where tha.t boy can be, I wonder?" he muttered. "He is not here, for he make no an s wer, and there is no light. Yet he did not.C't>me back with the stuff I sent him for. It is not like him to act this way. He is always quick to get what I want. Maybe something happen him. I will see." The steward went back to the pantry and lit a lantern. With that in his hands he returned to the storeroom to investigate. The first thing he saw was the overturned cases and the lantern Bob had taken from the pantry standing close to them without any light in it. Then he saw the cases that Captain Green had moved out from the bulkhead to get at the td.pdoor O:pflning into the hold. Singh Small thought this disarrangement of the stores very strange indeed, for he had been down there that morning, and then everything had been in good order. As nobody but he or Bob was supposed to go to the storeroom he attributed the disorder to the boy, and was puzzled to account for it. But the ma.ill' question that bothered the steward was where had Bob gone to?" Sin g h Small picked up the lant'3rn and looked at it. It was certainly the one the boy ha9. taken from the pantry. Reaching the hold he came with startling suddenness upon Bob Ford, securely bound to the lower rungs. Singh Small flashed the light all over the boy, and ut tered an exclamation of astonishment "What does this mean, eh? Who done this?" "Sh!" replied Bob, warningly. "The captain and tli'.e chief mate brought me down here andtied me to this ladder. They are now somewhere in the run under the cargo. They are going to scuttle the brig to-night and leave me here to perish with her. Cut me loose, quick, before they come back," he added, eagerly. "Why they want to scuttle the brig, eh?" "I'll tell you all about it when we get to the pantry," said Bob, impatient to get free from his desperate situa tion. "No, you tell me now," said the steward, his eyes sparkling strangely. "I'm afiraid they'll be back and surprise ut before I could tell you the story." "I no have a knife. You must stay here till I come-ba:ck by and by. Now tell me why-ah! I hear them. They are coming this way. I must be off. But do not be afraid. I am your friend. I will see that you get free after a With these words Singh Small darted up the ladder and disappeared. Five minutes later when. Ruggles passed the pantry the steward was very busy at his regular duties, but he gave the mate a look out of the corner of his little beady -eyes that meant the officer no good. A little later he entered the cabin to set Hie fable himself, and found Captain Green there with his gin jug. "You know where that boy Bob is?" he asked the skipper. The captain shook his head. "He should be here to set the table. I think he is get ting lazy," continued the steward. t

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THROUGH THICK AND THIN. Ordi-narily the captain would have sworn roundly at the He quickly removed them, threw open the trap, and deboy, and have ordered Singh Small to send a sailor to look scended into the hold. the lad up. As the light fl.ashed below him he saw there was all of Now, however, he hadn't a word to say on the matter, four feet of water at the foot of the ladder, and that it was but drank his gin with more than usual relish. nearly tip to Bob Ford's armpits. Night gradually fell, the lamps in the cabin were light"I bad almo s t given up hope," said the boy, in a hoarse, ed by the steward, and supper was served to the captain unnatural tone. "The water has been steadily creeping up and his chief mate. about me ever since the chief mate completed his job in Afterwards Ruggles went on deck and relieved the secthe run. The vessel i s scuttled and sinking. The pumps ond officer, as was his custom. have b een tampered with, and I guess she's sure to go down Four bells announced the end of the second dog watch in a few hours." at eight o'clock, and then the first watch went on duty, the While Bob was spe aking Singh Small was hurriedly cutsecond mate taking charge of the deck. ting him from the ladder It was a cloudy night, and a stiff breeze hummed "Cotne," said the steward when the boy was free ; "folthrough the brig's rigging. low me up. We talk in the pa.ntry. Then perhaps we The watch below had turned in, and everything was shipable to do someth in g ." shape for the night. Up darted the Hindu with Bob at his heels, and trul y Singh Small had cleaned up, put out the pantry light, thankfu l was the boy at having thus escaped the fate deand had apparently gone to rest, as he was accustoned to Figncd for him by the captain and the chief mate. do about that hOur. But when Singh Small was within a yard of the trap But never was the Hindu more wide awake in his life. the face of Ruggles suddenly appeared above, glaring He had taken his seat in the pantry whence, through a down at him, as he swung a lantern over the hole. crack in the door, he was able to view the cabin, where the "So, Singh Small," he cried maliciously, "you will butt captain wa.s drinking again, and the entrance to the pa s -in where you 're not want ed, eh? I suspected you, you sage, in the floor of which was the trap-door opening into smart Aleck of a Hindu, and I have kept my eyes skinned the storeroom. .for some move on your part. You're pretty s li ck, but not In a short time the chief mate appeared, spoke a few s lick enough to get the best of me-. You've cut the boy words to the skipper, and after looking cautiously around loose, I see. Well, you'll have to take a dose of his medito make sure he was not observed, h e went into the pascine, too. I've got you both like rats in a trap, and tosage, lifted the trap-door, and disappeared into the lazarget h er you'll drown with the other rats in the hold. Good-etto. by to you both, and good riddance." Singh Small grinned in a way peculiar to himself, and Bang went the cover, and from the noise that s ucceeded ater that watched the captain. both Bob ap.d the steward knew that the chief mate was That worthy appeared quite contented to repl enis h hi s piling the cases back on top of the trap. glass from the stone jug every time it became empty, and They were certainly in a desperate situation. _, puff at his big black cigar as though not a thing in the world troubled him. CHAPTER XIV. Two hours passed in this manner, with Singh Small as wide-awak e as ever. At last four bell s or ten o'clock, was struck by the second mate on deck. Hardly had the sound died away when Ruggles reap peared through the trapdoor in the passage. He came directly to the captain and engaged him in low conversation. In fift een minutes he r e tir ed to hi s cabin. Captain Green also got up from the table and taking the jug with him r et ired to bi s cabin. The steward made no move for perhaps twenty minutes, then, with a sharp knife in one hand and a li ghted lant ern in the other, he glided out into the cab in, li ste ned at the chief mate's door, then at the captain's, and feeling satisfied there was no fear of immediate interruption from them, he passed like a shadow into the pa.ssage, lifted the trap, and dropped noiselessly into the sto r e room. He saw that the boxes had been replaced on the trap door leading to the hold. .ASIIORE. Singh Smail uttered an exclamation in Hindostanese as the trap was s lammed clown almost in hi s face, while Bob Ford, who h ad caRily heard the vindictive words of the chief male, and r ealized their import, was thoroughly startled and dismayed by the un expec ted turn affairs had taken. "My gracio u s!" 'cri ed the boy in a dispirit e d tone. "What shall we do now?" The Hindu muttered something unintelligible to Bob, and tried to push up the trap, but the weight of the boxes that Ruggles had placed upon it defeated hi s efforts. Then he swung the limt e rn to the right and left of where he stoocl, as if seeking another outlet from the hole in which they were trapped. He knew that in the upper hold or 'tweend ecks, facing them a couple or feet of vacant space lay between the top tier of merchandise stowed on that deck and the of the brig's main deck. His object was to try a!ld his way with Bob into

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'l'HROU G H THICK A ND THIN. that space, traverse the top of the c argo for the entire I no appr e hension was felt by the sailors that t hey were l ength of t h e vesse l and the n by knocking against the placed in any unu s ua l p eri l by the sinki n g of t h e i r c raft. floor of the foreca s tle arou s e the attention of the watch The chief mate let it be generally known that in hiit below to the fact that there was something in the hold that o pini o n the vessel had sprung some of her timbers, w hi c h had no bu s iness to be the re, and thus cau s e an in vestiga,were old in the late gal e and as the cargo prevented t h e tion that would result in their liberation carp ente r fr o m ascertainin g ju s t where the i n j ury was and Nothing, however, me t his eye but the boards of the repairing the same, and as the pumps h a d gone back o n strong bulkhead which separated them from the main part the m at the critical moment, why, the fate O f the brig o f the hold see med to be cerlain The prosp e ct, ther e fore, of escaping the t e rrible f ate crew accept e d this view of t h e s i t ua tio n, as t hey all otted to them by Rugg les was far from encoura g ing. thou g h t the chief mate o ught to know w ha t h e w a s ta1kClinging to a ladder in the semi-darkness of th eir narin g about, and so t h e y went cheerfull y to work to wat e r row pri s on, with the lap of th e eve r-ri s in g wat e r below and provi s ion the boat s for what was understoo d to be a sounding in th eir e ar s and fore shadowing the ir doom, was short trip to the neares t l and not th e pl e a s ante s t s ituation in the worl d The m e n w e re k ept steadily at work at t h e p u m ps, and The g roanin g and thumping of the r u dder within a yard e ncouraged to do their best as Captain Gree n wante d it to ol the m s ounded preternat u rally l oud, and the s plashing s nbsequ e ntly1 appear that h e had don e his best to try and of the water, too, a s i t s t r uck a g ainst the brig' s s t ern out s ave hi s vessel. side. Whe n on cons ultation with Rugg les the captain was s atSingh Sma ll des cended to the depths to tak e notice how i sfie d tha t the brig go down wit hin an h o ur, h e gave fast the wat e r was acc:mulating in the hold, and his re ord e r s for th e m e n to tak e to the boat s w hi c h had ijeen port on his return a lot was not a cheerf ul one for poor Bob towing along s id e for some littl e tirue. to hear. Each man was p ermitte d to take a small q u a n t ity of hi s Thus two hours pa s sed away, and the hith e rto buoyant b e longing s with him, and the s kippet and hi s officers al s o motion of the brig was now a s l uggi s h roll and pit c h, owc arri e d with the m their mos t val uab l e possessio ns. ing to the weight of the water she had tak e n aboard All b e in g in r e adines s the three boats, each in charge A new sound now came to them of the captain o r one of the mates, pu s h e d off and laid It was t h e grat ing noise of the p um p s which j arred o n th eir c ourse for Watling' s Island the ir e ars N e ither the s e c ond mate, nor any o f the c r ew, had re : The fac t t hat the brig was leaking ha d come to the atmark e d the absen c e of Singh Sma ll the steward, or Bob tention of the secon d mate and t h e watch on deck o n the Ford, his assi stant; or i f he had h e n aturally s uppo sed eve of midnig h t these two p e r sons w e re i n one o f the o t h e r b oats The pumps, however, worke d h a rd, an d did not properly At any r a t e nothing was said about them, for the cap p e rform the i r duty tain was the la s t to l eave the brig, and when h e gave the In fact, one of them was found to be complet e l y out of o rd e r to abando n the fate d vesse l the inference w a s that b u s iness, while the other worked very badl y i ndeed he believ e d no one ha d been acc i de n tally left b e hind. So, when eight bell s was s ounded, which brought the It was hi s duty, at any rate, to see tha t all hi s hands watch b e low on deck, the other sai l ors thus relieved made w e r e taken off. n o attempt to go to rest a s the situation was seen to be And so the b o at s rowed away to the westward, leavin g alarming . the brig to purs u e h e r way aimlessly forward u n til s u c h The water gained stead ily, as the only availab l e pump moment a s s h e c ould go no furthe r, and the re l entless sea c ould not thrnw out o n e h alf of what was coming in claimed her for its prey. through the doze n hole s the chief mate h ad p u nched in And all this time Bob Ford and the Hindu s teward wer e the ves s el's bottom han g ing in h e lpl ess pro x imity to approaching death t o the After an hour' s work it s e e med to be a foregone c o n cl uladd e r in the narrow space b e tween the bulkhead wall o E sion that the brig's doom was sealed the hold and th e rudder s t e rnpo s t. The chi e f mat e who now h ad c h ar g e of the deck, ild Their onl y ave nue of e xit was b l ocked above the m, and the m e n to g e t the boats ready for abandonin g the bri g as the movement of the vessel g r e w more and more s lu g The captain was notified of the condition of the vesgis h, as the w a t e r ro s e hi g h e r and hig her in the bol d thei r sel ju s t as if he hadn't bee n waiting in the s eclusion of s piri ts sank lowe r and lowe r in t h ciT br e asts, for the y be.h i s s tateroom for the news lievcd that the bri g' s doom was th e irs a s w e ll T hen h e came on deck and b egan to superv i s e t he ar The clang of the pump to w hich they had bee n rangements s tarted by his a ll y for mor e than two hours ceased at la s t, and now the only As their course on the chart showe d that they were not sound s that came to the m w e r e th e swi s h of th e sea outs ide more than fifty or s ixty mile s to the eas tward of Watlin g s 1 again s t the s t ern and the ratt l e of th e rudd e r cha ins. I sland, wh e r e the r e was a s ettl e m ent at whi c h Cap ta in "It all up with u s," s aid Sing h Srr.all, breald n g a l o ng Gr ee n propo sed to stop fir s t aft e r abandonin g the brig, s il e nce. "The crew haYe now l e ave the brig. The y no

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' 241 THROUGH THICK AND THIN. more work the pump. The. vessel go down soon. We go He clambered through the opening with the lantern too. All over quick." hanging to his arm, and then bent down to help Bob out, Singh Small awaited death with a stolid indifference too. characteristic of his race: The flash of the light showed that all the stores were In the boy's mind, however, a score of conflicting emo-piled in great confusion to the port, many of the boxes tions ran riot. being broken and their contents scattered around. He was young and full of life, and death came hard to But the condition of the stores gave them no concern at him. that moment-their thoughts were bent on getting on At last, after an hour's interval, even he began to grow deck and seeing where they were. indifferent as to when their fate was to overtake them. There was little difficulty in accomplishing their exit Thus the Eudora sailed forward under a rising wind from the lazaretto, and they soon climbed the brass-bound which forced her somewhat faster ahead on her erratic steps in front of the binnacle, which held the compass, and stood up on the sloping poop-deck, supporting themselves She sank lower and lower in the sea, but still she man1 by. t?e of t.he wheel, with early morning aged to keep afloat. shmrng full m their faces, and the stiff sea breeze playmg At last, as the tropical sun was peeping above the watery through their hair and fanning their cheek!!. horizon, she ran smack upon the sandy shore of a small How glorious it was to be freel-free from the darkness key-one of the numerous islets of the Bahama group. and terroMof their late prison house. The shore being low and shelving she ran upon it for The Eudora had poked her nose high and dry on the something more than half her length, and then tilted over sand of the key, and then rolled over to port, as if exhaust on her beam ends. ed by her recent strenuous exertions to keep a.float with The shock of the vessel coming to a stop nearly shook so much salt water inside of her. Bob and the steward from their hold on the ladder. Apparently she had made up her mind to remain where They both thought the end had come as the brig ca-she was until a heavy blow forced her further ashore, or reened over on her port side. dragged her back into the sea that swirled about her partThere was a tremendous crash above them, as the cases ly submerged stern in disappointment at having lost such of stores in the lazaretto shifted and fell in a heap on the a delicious morsel. down side. "We safe at last, Bob," grinned Singh Small. "Cheat Then, like the calm that follows a heavy shock of earthCap'n Green and mate Ruggles. Make 'em sweat bimeby," quake, the brig lay quite -still, and naught was to be heard and his snaky eyes glittered ominously. but the gurgle of the swirling water about the stern. Bob, however, had no part in the revengeful feelings Bob was the first to recover his presence of mind. that moved the Hindu. Clearly some important change had come over the situa-He looked abroad at the little island on which the brig tion. had been cast. The vessel was quite stationary-showing no further tendency to go forward OB her undirected course, nor down into the depths. "It must mean," thought the boy, with a gleam of hope, "that the brig has run ashore somewhere." CHAPTER XV. THE IRON-llOUND CHEST. The steward realized the meaning of the situation as soon as the stupor cleared from his brain. He had been to sea long enough to know what the list ing of the vessel on her beam meant. "We no sink further at present," he said to the boy. "We ashore on some key-sandy island-plenty of such in this Now if find some way to get out we safe." "Try the trap again," suggested Bob, eagerly, for the crash he had heard over their heads, together wi.th the slant of the brig awa.y from the trap, gave him idea that the cases had fallen away from their former posi tion. Singh Small acted upon his words at once, and sure enough the trap easily yielded to his hand. "Good,". he cried, exultantly. "We get out." It was scarcely more than a third of a mile long., and probably not over half that across a t its widest part. fo the center, on a bit of rising soil, a cluster of plantain trees reared their long leafy heads to the breeze. There might have been a dozen of them in all, in the midst of a patch of tropical vegetation. There was nothing else on the little island but sand. Ordinarily it was not a desirable spot to be cast .away upon; but any port in. a storm is the mariner's adage, and Bob was grateful for that bleak patch of solid ground after his recent experiences. He and Singh Small left the stranded brig and walked o_.r to the plantain patch. There in the shade of their long, waving limbs they looked abroad the water that surrounded their little foothold in every direction. "How are we going to get away from this place?" asked Bob, as the important question presented itself to his mind. "How?" replied the steward. "Not so hard. We build raft. No sink. Then float to bigger island, or some vessel pick us up. Begin to make it soon as have something to eat. No tell how long calm last. P'haps only day or

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THROUGH THICK AND THIN. two, maybe two week. Maybe not twenty-four hour. No tell anything in this latitude." "All right," answered the boy, cheerfully. "You know more about it than I do. You've been at sea a long time, while this is my first trip." "I been down this way six times," nodded Singh Small, checking his Caribbean trips off on hi s :finger tips. "Bad place when wind blow h eavy and kick up nasty sea. No leave anything of brig after two or three hour. S'pose we not blow away, too, what we eat? Everything aboard vessel." "We ought to bi;ing some of the can ned stuff ashore and bury it in the sand. Then if a gale comes up unexpectedly we won't starve ." "Good plan," said the steward, n odding approvingly. "We do that bimeby, if weather look bad. No waste time if not." They r etu rned aboard of the brig, and Bob remained on the tilted deck while Singh Small got something to eat and drink for both. When they had finished their the steward got out a saw, hatchet, and other tools for the construction of the raft he had in view. Bob was satisfied to let the Hindu direct matters, since his nautical experience was now of great advantage to them. The brig had a couple of spare spars lashed forward, and these with Bob's help were soon cut loose and shoved over board with a mooring rope attached to each. Two sma ller spars were found secured on top of the galley-house. Singh Small proposed to fill them with canned goods, and such other provisions as would not be affecte d by salt water. Next morning the canned provisions were taken from the Eudora's s toreroom, and placed in the chests on the raft. Then, while the steward was putting up a kind of mast, with a cfoss-piece to support a small section of canvas to be used as a sail or an awning, as circumstances might dictate, Bob got a spade and started for the plantain grove to dig a s hallow trench in which he intended to stow away three small boxes of canned goods in case they would be needed by anybody cast away like them.selves. He selected an inviting space in the midst of the trees, and bega:p. to dig. He had turned up perhaps a dozen shovelsful _of when the edge of his spade struck something hard that gave out a metallic sound. Wondering what the obstruction could be, Bob cleared away the sand from the top 0 it, and then discovered that it was a small cedar chest of ancient manufacture, clamp ed with iron bands, an covered with numerous iron knobs. It had evidently been a very long time hidden in the san ds of the key, and looked for all the world like one of the old treasure chests of a century or two previous. "Gee whiz!" exclaimed Bob, in some excitement. "I wonder what's in it?" CHAPTER XVI. These were used as cross-pieces,' and under the steward's THE TREASURE TROVE. direction securely lashed with stout ropes at the ends 0 The discovery of the iron-bound chest in the sand of the long ones, forming a parallelogram, the base on which the key temporarily put to flight Bob's plan of burying the the raft was to be built. three cases of canned goods. IT'wo empty water casks were lashed, pne at each end, 0 "I wonder what's in it?" repeated Bob, half aloud, as he the raft, to give it buoyancy. knelt down, and with his :fingers scraped the sand away The doors of the four were unhinged and from the quaint-looking, old-fashioned lock. "From its securely' nailed across the rait to form the foundation 0 appearance it looks as if it held something of value." the deck. Resuming work around it with his shovel, he soon had it A portion of the galley was then taken apart, and the entirely uncovered. board s thu t obtained were used to raise the deck a foot When he tried to lift it out of its bed he found it alto-above the base. By this time a pretty substantia l raft had been con structed, but there was still considerable work to be done on it. Singh Small, however, said it was time to knock off for dinner, and Bob was glad to quit for awhile, as he was not used to laboring under a tropical sun. They did not resume work until five o'clock, when a fresh breeze sprang up and tempered the sultriness of the air. The stewa rd dumped out the contents of the carpenter's chest, and severa l of the chests in the forecastle that had nec essarily been abandoned by their owners when they quit the brig, and these were la s hed with ropes and also nailed around the outer edges of the raft. gether too heavy for him to move. "I must call Singh Small," he said. So he returned to where the steward was busily engaged upon the raft. "I have found something in the sand among those trees," he said to the Hindu. "What you found?" asked the steward, pausing in bis work. "An iron-bound chest." "I go look at 'it," said Singh Small. He accompanied Bob to the spot where the chest lay. He, too, te ste d the weight of it. "We break open a.nd see what's inside. Maybe money," he remarked with an avaricious gleam in his snaky eyes. "You wait here;} get some tools."

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26 THROUGH THICK AND THIN. Singh Small fetched a heavy hammer and a cold chisel, with which he attacked the brass-bound lock. It seemed to defy his best efforts. Not until he smashed in the woodwork around it did he get the chest lid to open. The sight that then met their astonished eyes almost took away their breath. The chest was chock full of old-fashioned jeweled watches, small silver and gel? enc1msted chm.ch ornaments, num erous gold snuff-lfoxes and s imilar articles, while un dern eath these was a thick layer of fat-looking bags which, on investigation, proved to be foll of Spanish gold pieces. Altogether the chest held a fortune. "You find, Bob, but me want half," said the Hindu, with gleaming eyes. "You no want all. No carry away without help. You find, me help carry away. Divide even. What you say?" "Sure," agreed Bob, who had no objection. to this ar rangement, though it wouldn't have made any difference if he had kicked. Singh Small would have taken alf anyway. It i s not improbable that if the Hindu had not taken a great likin g for the boy that he would have rapped Bob on the head then and there with the hammer, and taken possession of the entire find. "Look s like some piratical treasure-trove, doesn't it, Singh?" said Bob, his nerves tin g ling at the idea of possessing even one-half of so much wealth The steward agreed with him. "We divide now. Each take half," he said. "We can divide the money," said Bob, "but the other stuff-how can we tell its value?" "No matter about that. You take first pick, then I take piece. That good way. Both satisfied." Bob th.ought that was a good way out of the difficulty, so they proceeded to sort the different articles out as their judgment dictated. When the job was done the boy was of the opinion that he had the best of the bargain; still, he could not be cer tain about it. Bob suggested that they each get a small box and nail the stuff up in it. "Then, wken we leave the raft we can take them with us, and nobody will know what is in them," he added "You have good head, Bob,'' replied Singh Small, and the plan was accordingly carried out. The weather continued fine, and they were ready to l eave the key next morning "We'll take the brig's log with u s," said Bob, "as evidence that we belonged to the Eudora. We must make our statement a.t the first port we reach that has an Ameri can consul. Could you find out the position of this key with the brig's instruments? It will be necessary that an inv estigation be made into the character of the Eudora's cargo in order to substantiate our charges, and bring -Cap tain Green and his chief mate to justice." Singh Small's nautical education, however, did not ad mit of his accomplishing the object aimed at by Bob. "Unless we can determine the position of this little i s land it will be like looking for a needle in a haystack to find it again," said Bob, disappointedly. "Sorry, but can't help you out," replied the steward. "All I know is that Watling's I sland 1 is no great way from here." "But it may be north, south, east, or west from here." "Mo st likely southwest or west." "But there are lots of sma ll islands like this one in the Bahama group, aren't there?" Singh Small nodded "The sea full of little keys sa me a s this-nobody ever stop at them." The best that Bob could do was to draw a picture of the appearance of the key aud then mark its position in connection with the brig's compass. That showed that the island pointed northeast an(l southwest It was about noon when they pushed off, with their sai l set to catch the light breeze then blowing. In the course of an hour all they could see was the indis tinct form of the stranded brig, and this vanished in the waste of water within the next hour. A strong breeze spra ng up after sundown, and propelled the raft faster through the sea. This continued all night, but the weather dropped to a complete calm next morning, and all that day the raft lay apparently stat ionary upon the surface of the Caribbean Sea. They made some progress to the southeast that night und er a light wind, which next morning fined down to nothin g again, as another dead calm set in. That night they passed close to Mariguana-a good s ized knowing it, and were floating through Caicas Passage ne x t morning when the sun arose The current switched them around to the north of Lit tle Inagua I s land, and on the succeeding day they caught a distant view of Great Inag ua, which lie s about s ixty miles north o:f Cape ::M:aysi, the extreme e"lfstern point of Cuba They kept tho island in sight all day, saw several sail at a distance, but noiie came near enough to make them out, and once more night set in. Three da.ys later they were abreast of Cape Maysi, about twenty miles to the east and at the entrance to the Northwest Passage They sailed along the passage for many days, seein g many vessels, but none close enough :for them to s ignal. "I'd give somethi ng to know where we are," said Bob, one morning, while he and the s teward were eating their breakfast. "According to the compass we've been going to the southeast, sont h and southwest Where -do you suppose we'll fetch up?" Singh Small hadn't the l east idea. "We ought to run into eithe r Cuba or San Domingo in

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THROUGH'. THICK AND THIN. 1'1 ------, -------the course of time," Bob remarke(i. "They re so big that i such an honest an.d convincing way, while the greater I don't see how we can avoid either." 1 Pflrt of his narrative was corroborated by the fliudu stewBob, however, diqn't calcul&te on the Windward Pasard. sage betwee:p those two islands. I The consul i1(!companied them to the offices of the KingThe raft WflS now almost through it, probably seventy-, ston firm to whom tlie Euqora was consigned, and there five miles to tqe sqtheast of Cuba, and all of one h11ndred Bob told his story over again in almost the same words. to the of Dame the most westerly I ."We built a raft from material we found on the brig," poml of H&yh ou 1ts solfthern coast hue. 1 said Bob, "and thus made our escape from the little key At that nioment the raft was lieaded directly fo11 tlie on which we left the Eudora hard and qgro11 on nortqer: of Jamaica, one hundred nd fifty miles her beam ends. we were picked up yesterday dtei:poon sout4west, . J by a Wes t Indian craft bound for this town. If you Ofln That afternoon a long, rakish-loolqng West Indian poatj send a vcssei out, and the key can be fond, ypu w ill have hove jn sight, and was seen to be bearing down on them, j all the proof you want of the truth of our story and the "There's ohance us at last," said :Bob, as they I charncter of the real cargo of the brig." watched the cr&ft com111g ri.e&rer and nearer under the I The gentlemen held a consultation as to the best thjng in.ftuence of a smacking breeze. "I'm pretty nearly sick to be done. of this old raft, which is going goodness knows where." Singh Small grinned, for he recognized the character of the approaching boat. judged it was navigated by either Haytiens or J q maicans, or native West Indians of some kind, and as he was thoroughly familiar with their customs an,d dialect1 he figured that their tro-qbles wold soon be over. Two hours later, in obedience to the steward's signals, the strange craft hove to close aboard of the raft and sent a boat to them, Singh Small held a pow-wow with the black fellow in and learned their true position. An agreement was entered into by which the "\Vest In dian was to land them at whither he was bound, in exchange f o:r everything on 1 board the raft except the contents of the two treasure boxes, the character of which the Hindu was careful to keep a profound secret. Accordingly, the native boat came alongside and the transfer was made. After they had stripped the raft of everything that in terested them the West Indians cut lose from it, and re snmed their corse southward. CHAPTER XVII. Toward noo:q next day the craft entered the land-locked harbor of Kingston, for its size one of the best jn the world. The steward and Bob Ford went ashore just as soon as the boat made fast to her wha11f, and they secured a small native cart to ciUry the two heavy treqsure boxesto a small inn near the w11ter front. Leaving the boxes in ch&rge of the proprietor of the inn, who, of course, did not suspect the real nature of contents, Bob Ford and Singh Small proceeded to the office of the American consul. Here they told the story of the loss of the Eudora, and the villainy of the skipper and his chief mate-a story that seemed almost incredible to the consul. Re 'h11d. no reason, however, to doubt the frank state ment of the bright-looking American boy who spoke in The greatest difficulty in the way, of course, the inability of either Bob or Singh Small to locate the little island. Finally the consul decitled to pay a visit tp &American cruiser which was in the harbor, iid haye a conferenCB with her captain. He did this at once, ta.king the boy and the Hindu with him. The captain decided that the matter was of sufficient im portance for him to 11able N a:v;y Department for ill sti i uctions. By noon next day he was ordered to proceed north and try to locate the position of the strandeq brig, and secl1re the necessary evidence of this alleged crime on t4e high seas. Bob and Singh Small were requested to accompany the cruiser. Before they went they deposited the treasure boxes in the AnglQ.-Jamaican bank for safety. The ca. ptain of the cruiser sailed to a point that sponded nearly to the position of the Eudo11a on the night she was scuttled, as entered in the log by the second mate just before the brig was discovered to be sinking. Taking this as his base, and making allowances for the presumed distance covered by the sinking craft up to sun rise next morning when she went ashore on the key, the captain began his search for the island, which Bob said could easily be identified by the pnisence of the stranded brig, or the cluster of plantains in the center of its area. The cruiser lay to during the night after the searoh or the key began, so as not to pass it in the darkness, and continued her cruise with the first light of dawn. Luck assisted them, for at noon that day th!! island, with the wreck of the Eudora in plain yiew, was sighted. The executive officers accompanied Bob and Singh Small ashore. More than h111f of the auger holes completed by Ruggles were in plain view. The officer decided after a thorough e)fa.minatiQ that the brig could be got off and taken to port.

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THROUGH THICK AND THIN. All the holes were found and plugged securely, a cab1e was then stretched from the cruiser to the Eudora's stern, and she was pulled into deep water. A considerable quantity of water still remained in her hold, but this was gradually got rid of on her way back to Kingston by a exercise of the damaged pump. The second pump could not be used, as it wouldn't work. When ,the brig was brought up alongside a wharf and unloaded the true character of the bulk of her cargo was revealed. In the meantime it was learned that Captain Green, his officers and crew had put in at Nassau, in New Provi dence Island, and from there had taken passage to the United States. When the exposure of the of the Eudora was made .at Kingston, the papers of New York had already noted the arrival of Captain Green and survivors of ihe supposedly lost brig, and had printed his story, which was corroborated by all hands. The owners presented their claims for the manne insur ance, supported by the sworn statements of the officers J a.nd crew. A private despatch detailing the ttue particulars of the case was sent to the Board of Marine Underwriters, and on the strength o! this Captain Green, chief mate Rug gles, and the owners of the Eudora were arrested by United States marshals and haled before the commissioner, who lield them pending further developments. Bob Ford and Singh Small, together with their treas ure boxes, were soon en route to New York, where they arrived a week later. Their appearance in court carried consternation to tb'e hearts of Captain Green and chief mate Ruggles; while their evidence, backed up by sworn documentary proof of the character of the Eudora's cargo, as discovered at Kingston, settled the fate of all the accused, who were immediately convicted and sent to prison for a long term of years. The Custom House had something to say about the con tents of the treasure boxes, and levied a duty on everything but the actual money. As Bob and the steward received a reward of $10,000 each for their exposure of the crime .of the Eudora., by which the insurance companies involved largely benefited, and as they also received a certain proportion of the sal vage money paid to the officers and crew of the American cruiser for saving the brig, they wera easily able to redeem their treasure trove. The Government purchased the old Spanish coins at their valu!J in gold, and the rest of the stuff ; with certain exceptions that Bob re s erved was sold at auction. All told Bob found himself worth something over $100,000, while Singh Small's share totaled up about $85,000. The steward decided he wouldn't go to sea \ any more, and as an earnest of that purpose he bought a good-sized hotel out on Long Island, and established himself as the proprietor thereof. As for Bob, he couldn't get back to Factoryville any too quick; and his appearance one morning, dressed like a magnate's son, at the front door of Warren Hastings' home, caused a great sensation to the family, who had all been at sea over his unexplained disappearance. He had a thrilling story to tell, which was listened to with breathless attention by Mr. Hastings and his family. Bob found that the difficulty between the factory own ers and their hands had been patched up, and that the mills were in full blast again. He also that William Maddox and his pal, Jim Rolfe, had been convicted without his evidence, and that they had been sent to prison for some years. The secret committee, however, had scored their point in getting the boy out of the way, and it was decided that they could not be arrested as inqividua ls and successfully prosecuted on Bob' s unsubstantiated testimony, so the matter against them was allowed to drop. As Bob Ford was now worth $100,000 at least, he was a boy entitled to some consideration, therefore when he asked Hastings if he would act as his guardian that gentleman promptly accepted the trust, and Bob was in vited to become one of the family. He gladly accepted, to the great joy of both Myrtle and Edith Hastings, who regarded him as a young hero and one of the nicest boys in the world. He at once attended the Factoryville High School. When he graduated he went to a well-known academy, and from there to O'ornell University, where he eventually graduated with high honors. A month after he received his degree he was married to Myrtle Hastings, and they went to the W.est Indies on their bridal trip. They received a good deal of social attention in King ston, after Bob introduced himself to the merchants who had acted as consignees for the brig Eudora on that ever to-be-remembered occasion. On their return to Factoryville, Warren Hastings t.ook Bob into his firm as a full partner, and there he is to day, with everything at his disposal to make life worth living, a living example of a boy who was successful Through Thick and Thin. THE END. Read "DOING HIS LEVEL BEST; OR, WORKING HIS WAY UP," which will be the next number ( 47) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cmnnot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or pos ta g e stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.

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'!'his little book gi ve s the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. Np. 28, HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or mi se ry, wea lth o r poverty You can tell by a g lance at this littl e book. :flllY on!! and l>e cpnvinced '!'ell your own fortune. Tell the f ortune of yo u r friends No. 76. now TO '!'ELL F ORTUNES 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 a i d o f moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. lly A .Anderson. ATHLETI C. No. 6. HOW T O BlilCO:\fE AN ATHLETE.-Giving full i n struction for the use of ;Y following the instructions cotitained in tqis little book. No. 1 0. IIOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Con t a in inrr over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and t h e ditfe r ent p ositions of a good boxer Every boy should obtain one of these u sefu l and instru ctive boo k s, as i t will teach you how to box w itho\l t an instrqctor. No. 25. HOW 'l'O TIECOUE A .GYM:NAST.-Containing full instructions for all kindq of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises Embracing thirty-five illustr ations. By Professor W Macdona ld. A bandy and us<:?ful book No. 34 HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fen ci ng and the use of the also instruction in archery. Des c r ibed with twenty-one practical illustrations, givi n g the best posi t ions i n fencing. A complete book. .., TRICKS WITH CARDS- No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS Wl'l.'H ex p lanations of t'be general principles of sleight-of-hand applirable to card triclts; pf card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sle i ghtof-hand ; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use o f 1pec i ally p r e p a r ed c ards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated. N<:>. 72 HOW TO D O SIXTY TUIOKS WITH OARDS.-Em braclllll' all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lustrations. By _A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS C ontainii;ill' decept i ve Card Tricks as performed by leading and mag1c1 ans. Anange d for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. ? HOW D O great book of magic and card tricks, contallllllg fu ll lllstruction on all the l eading card tricks of the 11-Jso most popular magical illusions as performed by our Ieadmg mag1c 1ans every boy ishould obtain a copy of this book as it will both amuse and instruct. . No .. 22 HO!V 'l'O DO SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ s i gh t exp lamed b_v: his for!Iler ass istant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carriecl. on between tile magician and the boy on .the stage; .also giving all the codes and signals. The only authenti c explanat10n of second sight. No. 43 HOW TO BECOME A l\fAGIOIAN.-Containin00 the gran!1est ?f magfca l illusions ever placed befor: the publlc. Also tricks with cards; incantations, etc. No. 68. TO DO .CHEl\lICAL 'l'J:UCKS.-Containing ove r one hundred highly amusmg aud instructive tricks with chemicals By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGH'!' OF IIAND.-Containing pve r ?tty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. .Also contain lllg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A .Anderson. No . 70 HOW ?'0 MAGIC 'l'OYS.-Containing full d 1 rect1ons for makmg l\Iag1c 'l'oys and devices of many kinds ay A. Anderson. Il'ully No. 73 . HOW. TO J:?O TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Sbowing many curious tncks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson Fully illustrated. .No. 7.5. HO\y TO A CONJUROR. Containillg tricks with Domlllos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By .A .Anderson No. 78. '1'0 DO 'l'HE .BLACK ART.-Containing a complete descr1pt1on of the mysteries l\Iagic and. Sleight of Hand together with many wonderfu l experiments. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy should know bow inventions originated. This book explains 'them all, in electricity, .magnetism, optics pneumatics, mechanics, etc. The most IIlStructive book published. No. 5?. HOW TO BECOM1Jl AN ENGINEER.-Containing full lllstructions bow to proceed Ill order to become a locomotive en ginee1; also directions for building a model locomotive togethe r with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO l\IAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions 'how to mako:; a B_anjo, Violin, Zither, 1Eolian Harp, Xylo phone and other musical mstruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every mu.sical instrument used in ancient or modern times Profusely Hlustrated. By Algernon S. l!'itzgerald for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 50. HOW TO llfAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. T No. 71. HOW '1'0 DO TRICKS.-Containing complete,.jnstrctions fo r performing over sixty Mechan ical Tricks. By A Anderson Fully .illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LE'I"l'ERS.-A most com p lete> little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LEJ!l'TERS TO LADIES.-'-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TD GENTLEM:IN. Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53 HOW TO WRITE LE'.FI'ERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you bow to write to yoQr sweetheart, your father mother, sister, brother, employer; anci, in fact, everybody and any: body yo wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land sbould h11ve this booj<. No. 74. HOW '1'0 WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.;_Containinll' full jnstructiQns fo r writin!{ il!tters Qil almost any subject a l s o rul es for p u nctua t ion and composition w ith specimen letters:

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: = =============i=== ==========::::::;:a;-" THE S TAGE. No. 41. TH).!} BOY S Ol! NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containin g a graat vai-i e t y of t h e lates t j okes used by the most fam o u s m e n No amateur m instre ls is comp l ete without this wo nd erful little book N o ._4?. THE O F NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKElR. a vane d a sso, r tn;ient of t>tump speec h e s, N e gro, Dutch and Irish Al so e nd m ens Jok e s Just the thing for home amuse ment and amateu r s h ows . No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE :AND JOKM n e w a;nd very _instructive. Eve ry boy. should ob tam this as it con tarns full mstructions for or gamzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe No. 65 M ULDOON' S JOKES. -This is one of the most original j oke e v e r and it is brimful of w i t and humor. It contaws a la r g e c ollection of song$, j o k es conundrnms, e tc., of Terre n c e Mul d o o n, the great wi t humoris t, and practical joke r of the ]jJve r;ir boy who can e njo y a good substantial joke shou l d >bta m a copy i m mecllatel y. No . 7 9 H9W TO BECOi\fE AN ACTOR.-Containing com J>lete rnstructi o n s ho w t o majce up for variou s c h a ract e r s on the stage ; with t h e du t i es of t h e Stage Manager Prompte r, Scemc Artist_and Pro p e rty MaQ. By a pro mirnmt S t age Manage r. 80 GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat est Jok e s, anecdotes and funny storie s of this w o rld-r enowne d ani;l e v e r p opula r CJerman com e dian. Sixty-four pages handsome c olored cover containing a h a lf-ton e photo of the H O USEKEEPING. 16. H!JW TO KEEP A WIND.OW GARDEN.-Containing full rn strnctwns for constructmg a wmdow garde n either in town o r country and the most approved m etho d s for raising beautiful fi ow ers at home. The most compl ete book o! the kind ever pub lishe d. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instruc tive books o n c o o king eve r publi s h e d. It. contains. r ec ip e s for c ooking m eats, fish, game and o ysters; als o pi e s, puddmg s cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand c oll ection of r ec ip e s by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for e ver.ybody, boys, girl s m e n and wom en; it will teach you how to make almost an.vt b i n g around th e h o u se, s uc h as parlor ornaments brackets, .A.eolia n harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRI C A L No. 46. HOW TO MAKE A D USE ELECTRICITY.-A de1cription of the wond erful use s of e l ectric ity a nd ele ctro magnetism together with full i nstructions for making E l e ctric Toys, Batteries: etc. By George Tre b e l, A. M., M. D. C o n taining over fifty il-lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining fnll dire ctions for making el ectrical machine s, induction c oils, d y namos. and many novel toys to be worked by elect r icity B y R. A. R B ennett. Fully illu strate d No. 67. HOW .l'O DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large colle ction of in structive and highly amusing electrical tricks, together with illustrations By A. Ande r s on. No. 3 1. H O W TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Con taining teen illustratious, giving the diff erent positions requ isite to be come a good l)pe aker, reader and elo cutionist Al s o containing g em s froDI ap the popular !luthors of prose and poetry, arranged i n t h e most simple and conc is e manne i' possible No. 49 _HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving rules fo r co nduct ing de bates, outline s for d eb ates, questions fo r discussion, and the belt sources fo r procuring information on t h e questions iti v en. SOCIETY No. 3 H O W T O FLIR'l'. .rhe arts and w il es of fli r tation are fully explaine d by this little boo k. B eside s the var ious methods of ba_Ldker c hi ef,_ fan, glove, paras ol window and hat flirtation, it con tams a full hst of the language and s entiment of flowers whic h ii in_teresting to everybody, both o l d and yo u ng. You cannot b e happy w ithout one No. 4. HOW 'l'O DANCE i s the title o f a n ew a n d h a ndsome littl e book just is s ued by .ll'rank Tousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of danc ing, etiquette in the ball-room 11.n d at parties, how to dress, and full di r ections for calling off in a H vopula1 square dance s . No. 5 HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to love courtship a n d marriage giving s e nsib l e advice ru l es and etiquette t o b e obs e rved, with many curious and interesting thi ngs ,not gen Hally known. No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Contairilng full instruction in the art of dressing and appearing w e ll at h o me and abroad g i ving the of colors, material. and how to have the m made u p. '10. 18. HOW TO BECOl\IE BEAUTIFUL O n e of th: brightest and most valuable li t tle books ev e r give n t o t h e world. Everybody wishe s to know how to b e come beauti fu l bot h male and femal e The s ec r e t is si m ple, and almo s t cost l ess. R ead this book and be convin ced how to b ecome beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7 HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomel y illu strated and con taining full instruc tions for the management and trai ni ng of the canary mo c kingbird, bobolink, bla c kbird, paroquet, parrot!.etc. N o 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, P IGEONS AND RABBITS.-A usefu l and instructive boo k. Hand som e l y illus trate d By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAP S -Inc l u d ing hint1 on how to catch mol e s, w e asels, otte r, rats, squirrel s a n d birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. B y J Hari:ington K ee ne. No. 50. HOW T O STUFF BIRDS A N D A N I MALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, p reparing mountins and p r eserving birds, animal s and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP .A.ND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com p lete informat ion a s to the manner and meth od of r a i sin g k eeping taming, bree ding, and managi ng a ll kinds of pets; als o g i ving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully ex plained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the m os t c o mpl e t e boo k of the kind ever published MISCELLANEOUS. 8 HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A u seful and in. structive book, giving a co mpl ete treati se on che mistry; also ex p eriments in a coustic s m ec hani c s, mathematics, chemistr y and di ENTERTAINMENT. rec t ions for making fir e works, colore d fire s a n d gas balloons Thi. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A Harr v b o ok cannot b e e qu a l e d K e 1'ne d y The sec r e t give n away Every in te lli i;ent boy reading No. 1 4 HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A comp lete han d book for this book of in struction s by a practi c a l professor (delighting multi-making all kinds of candX, etcu etc. t ud e s e v e r y night with his wond erful imi tations), can master the No. 84. HOW 'l'O B.wCOME AN AU.tuOR.Co ntaining full art, and c r eate a n y amount of fun for him se lf and frie nds. It is the information regarding c h o i c e of subjects, the use of wo r ds and t h e g reatest book t-v e r p ub l i s h e d and t h e r e s millions ( o f fun) iri it. m anne r of preparing and submitting manuscr ipt. A l so co ntai n ing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valua ble information as to the n eatnes s, l egibi lity and g ene r a l com very val uabl e li t tl e book jus t publi s h e d. A compl ete compend ium po s i t i on of m anuscript, essential t o a s u ccessful a uthor. B y Prince o f gam es, sports, card div e r s i o ns, c omic recita t ions, e tc., suitable Hila nd for parlor or drawingro o m entertainment. It contains more for the -No. 38. HOW TO B ECOME YOUR OWN D OCTOR.-A won m on e y than an:v book pu blis h e d d e r fu l b o ok c on taining u se ful and pra cti c a l i n formatio n in the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.A complete and u seful little tre a t m e n t of ordina ry dis e ases and ailments commo n to every b ook contain irlg th e rule s and r egu l ations of billi ards, bagatelle, famil y .A.bounding in u s eful and effect i ve r ec i pes for g e neral com b a c k gammo n cro qu e t. d o mino es, etc. plaints. No. 3 6 HOW TO SOLVEJ CONUNDRUl\fS.-Containing a ll Ns. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMP S AND COINS .-Con t he l eading conundrums of the day, amus ing riddl e s, curious catche s tainin g v a luable informa tion regardiq,g the collecti n g and arranging and witty s a y ing s of stamps an
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Fame and Fortune eekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Cov er s A NEW ONE ISSUED E V ERY FRIDAY PRICE 5 CENTS A COPY This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage o r passing opportunitie s. Some of these storie s are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made m e n, and show how a boy of pluc k, perseverance and brains c a n be come famous and wealthy. Every one of this series contains a good mora l tone whic h make s "Fame and Fortune Weekly" a magazine for the home, although each numbe r is r eplete with exciting adventure s. The storie s are the very b est obtainable, the illustrations are by expert artists. and every effort is constantly b eing madta to D;J.ake it the best w eekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about it. A L R E ADY PUBLIS H E D 1 A Lucky Deal ; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck; or, The Boy Who Suc ceed e d. 3 A Corne r i n Corn; or, How a Chi cago Boy Did the T rick 4 A Game of Chance: or, The .Boy Who Won Out. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy i n W a ll Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lakeview. 7 Winning His Way; or, The Youngest Editor in Green River. 8 The Whee l of Fortune; or, The Record of a Self-Made Boy. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wall Stree t. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys WhoWorke d a Deserted Mine. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 12 A Diamond in the Rough; or, A Brave Boys Start In Life. 13 Baiting the Bears; or. The N ervies t Boy in W all S t r ee t. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The B o y Who Cou l d Not be D owne d. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The B o y Who Feathered His Nest 1 6 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who M a de a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Youngest Trade r in Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. 19 A Rise in Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barre l of Mon ey; or, A B right Boy in W a ll Stree t. 21 All to the Good; or, From C a ll Bo y to M a n a g e r. 22 How He Got There; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them A ll 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; o r the Young Sphin x of Wall Street. 26 The Way to Success; o r, The Boy Who Got There 27 Struck Oil; or, The Boy Who Made a Million. 28 A Golden Risk; o., The Young l\Ciners of Della Cruz. 29 A Sure Winner; or, T h e Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. 30 Golden Fleec e; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 31 A Mad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters o f Cocos Island. 32-Adrift on the World; or, Working His Way to F o rtune. 3 3 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 Wor l d. 36 Won by Pluc k ; or, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. 3 7 Beating the Brokers; or, The Boy Who "Couldn't be Done." 38 A Rolling Stone; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 39 N ever Say Die; or, The Young Surveyor of Happy Valley. 40 Almos t a M a n ; or, Winning His Way to the Top. 41 Bes s of the Market; or, The Greatest Boy in Wall street. 42 The Chanc e of His Life; or, The Y oung Pilot of Crystal Lake. 43 Striving for Fortune; or, From Bell-Bo y to Millionair e 44 Out for Business; or, The Smartest Boy in Town. 45 A Favorite of Fortune; or, Striking i t Ric h in Wall Street. 46 Through Thick and Thin; or, The Adventure s of a Smart Boy. 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