The road to success, or, The career of a fortunate boy


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The road to success, or, The career of a fortunate boy

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The road to success, or, The career of a fortunate boy
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STORl!S OF DYS WHO MAKE MONEY Joe raised the lid of the box, there sounded a quick footfall behind the boys. Glancing up, they saw the mysterious Frenchmanwith a heavy cane in his hand. Pointing at tbe box, he exclaimed, harshly: "'l'hat ee's mine!"

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Fame andFortuncWcckly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE M ONEY I11vecl Weeklf(-Bll Subscription 12.fio per 11ear. Enterecl accorclittg to A.ct of' Cong rua, in the year 190IJ, in the ojflce o f the Librarian of Congreu, Wa.hington, D. C., bu Frank Tovsev, Publiah.er1 24 Unio n Square, NetD Y01<, No. 59. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 16, 1906. PRICE 5 CEN'l'S. The Road to Suc3eess OR, THE C AREER OF A FORTUNATE BOY By A SELF-MADE MAN CHAP'rER I. THE MYSTERIOUS l!'RENCHMAN. I the Page farmhouse, whic h stood back some distance from the country road. Both were uncommonly br ight-looking boys, about six teen years of age, without a speck of hayseed in their make" Look yonder, Sam," cried Joe Page, suddenly clutchup, although they had been raised on Ulster County farms. ing his companion by the arm and pointing at the wreck The Page farm was situated about a mile from Pemof an old stone hou.se which loomed up grim and ghostly brook village in the pale moonlight in tbf adjoining field; "there it is It comprised about ninety acres, of which s}xty were again-the same light I saw moving around there l ast suitable for tillage, the remainder being about equally night from the window of my room when I was going to divided between woodland and pasture. bed." Joe, with the assistance of a hired man named John "I see it, replied hi s friend, Sam Parsons "There's Jones, ran the farm for his mother) who was a widow. s omebody nosing around that old building with a lantern. He had three sisters-nice, industrious girls-who were Do you think it can be John, your hired man, looking f o r a great help about the place, especially in the summer, some thing he's lost?" when Mrs. Page took a few boarders from New York City. "Ko, aru;wered Joe, in a decided tone "it isn t John, Sam Parsons, Joe's particular crony, lived half a mile for I spoke to him this morning about the light I saw there further out along the road. last night and a s ked him if it was he that was poking He had a father, mother and one sister, and his folks around the old ruin, and he s aid no." also took in boarders during the summer "Then who can it be? No stranger has any right on The Page property had once upon a time been two sepa y our property. Then what object could any stranger have rate farms, divided by a rail fence. in pryin g around an old, dilapidated building like that, Farmer Page, a year before his death, bought ad espec i a ll y at thi s hour of the night?" joining farm on which stood an olcl s tone house, a. relic "As k me some thing e asier Sam Let's go over and see of Revolutionary days, for :fiity dollars an acre, or seven-who it'is anyway teen h1mdred and fifty for the thirty -five acres, pay"I'm with you. We'd better carry a club apiece to proing five hundred and fifty dollars cash and giving a flat t e ct ourselve s in cas e the s tranger should turn out to be mortgage on the combined property for twelve hundred some pugnaciou s tramp inclined to resent our interference." dollars to Squire Dalton, the village lawye r The two boys were leaning over the side veranda rail of The stone in question, which stood near the divid-

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THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. I in g fence, was little better than an antique ruin, and within "He look s like a Frenchman," said Sam, under his the l ast week or two Joe and John Jones had been pulling breath. a portion of it down. "He for fair, and a most mysterious-looking one, They wanted the stone to build a substantial wall along at that," replied Joe "I'd give something to know what the road in front.of the farmhouse in place of the dilapihis game is." dated, worm eaten fence that had stood there for an in "It's up to you to ask him why he's trespassing on your definite number of years, and which, in Joe's opinion, at property l east, was a disgrnce to the property ''He might have a revolver, and he looks ugly enough to On the previous evening Joe hau seen a light moving shoo t without much provocation." about in the old stone house, and he supposed at the time "Are you going to let him pull the building down?" that John Jones was out there for some purpose. grinned Sam. John, on being questioned in the morning, denied that "If that was all he was up to, I shouldn't stop him. It he had been there at the hour mentioned, and so the boy would save John and me the trouble of doing it ourselves wondered who the nighf visitor was. We'll just watch him and see what he is trying to accomThe matter slipped from his mind until Sam and he plish." were sitting together at the end nf the front veranda that evening, soon after dark, when he told his friend about the circumstauce. He harl scarcely finished his story when his s harp eye discovered the same light again, moving around the par tia ll y dismantled floor of the ancient edifice; and h e called his companion's attention to i t with the words that open thi s story 1 Having decided to investigate the matter, the two boys went to the barn, got a stout cudgel each, and start e d for the stone house. They approached the building with due caution, though they failed to see the light any more, and finally reached window, bereft of sash, on the ground floor. L ooking through this, they beheld a man of average height kneeling in one corner of the room bus il y e n g a ged with a trowel in detaching one of the flagstones that formed the floor The lantern stood between him and the wall, and con sequently his body cut off the reflection of the li g ht. The intruder wore a wide-brimmed f elt hat, had a s hort eape over his shoulders, and his frock coat was button e d c lose about him What the dickens is he up to?" whispered'. J o e t o hi s companion. "Trying to lift one of thise stones out of the floor, I g<.rnss," responded Sam "What does he want to do that for?" "Search me," replied his friend. "Mighty funny piece of business, don't you think?" "Rather. He nnist be hunting for something." "Why, what could he be hunting for in this old hou se?" "You've got me. Hadn't we better ask him?" "I don't like his appearance any more than I do his ac tions," said Joe. Just then the intruder dropped his trowel ahd straight ened up to wipe his face with his handkerchief, when the bo.Ys caught a fair view 0 his countenance. lt particularly reassuring. Hi s .fe atures were dark and saturnine, their expression rath e r fierce. He had a long, stiff mustache and an imperial. The mysterious Frenchman continued to dig the crum bling cement from around the stone with the most indu s trious perseverance Whatever he was trying to get at, he was thoroughly in earnest about it. He paused now and again for a rest, but on the hole he wasted very little time. At last he loosened the stone to su c h an extent that ith the aid of a small bar of steel he pried it up and lifted it out 0 its receptacle. Then he bent eagerly down, and the boys heard him utter an imprecation in a foreign tongue. When he s traightened up again his fa c e was full of wrath a nd cliE:appointment. He took a paper from his pocket and consulted it by the aid of the lantern light. Apparently he was puzzled He rose to his feet, muttering incoherent expressions between his teeth "He looks as mad as a chuckled Sam, nudging his companion. "You mean a whole nest of grinned Joe. "He to find something under that ston e and it isn't there," said Sam. "I don't see what he could expect to find," repliecl Joe, puzzled. "That paper he's got in his hand looks like a clue." The Frenchman crumpled up the paper and flung it on the floor in a rage. Th e n he kicked at it with great fury. 'rhe pap e r being light, flew up into the air; the man's foot followed it s o high that he overbalanced himself and came down on the floor with a thud that sent his hat flying from his head. "Sacre bleu !" he roared. The effe ct was so comical that Sam uttered a load guffaw and Joe snickered gleefully. The Frenchman heard the laugh and turned a startled fa c e toward the window, but Joe ducked hi s head and pull e d his companion away jus t in time to escape observa tion.

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.. THE ROAD TO SUCCESS 3 "He heard you," whispered Joe. "Come hide behind that pile of stone They had concea l ed themselves before the for eigner's face appeared at the window. H e looked a ll around, but saw nobody. Presently he l eft the window, and in a few minutes the boys saw him leave the building, with the lantern, out, in his hand, and take h is way acro ss the :fields toward the road. They waited till he was out of sight before leaving their hiding-place. "Let' s go inside and see what we can see," said Joe. "All right," repli ed Sam, and inside the building they went. Striking a match, they looked around and saw that a s tone, at a certain distance from each of the four corners, had been removed from the flooring. The earth beneath was. pretty solid and had the severa l attempts of the Frenchman to make much of an im pression in it with his trowel. "I guEls that' fellow was cra7.y," chuckl e d Joe. "The idea of digging up those two stones l What coul d he haYe bee n hunting for?" "Hunting for gold, maybe," replied Sam with a la.ugh. "Say, that was the funniest fa ll I ever saw a man get in my life. Wasn't he mad at that piece of paper ?" Sam roared again as he thought of the ludicrou s picture the mysterious Frenchman had cut when his foot went above the lev e l of his head. "There's the piece of paper now," said Joe, walking over and picking it up. "I wonder what is on it?" He smoo thed it out, then li ghted a match and proceeded to examine it, Sam, with some curiosity, looking over his soo ulder. There were severa l lines of writing on it, but the words were unintelligible to the boys. "That mi:ist be French," remarked Sam. "It certainly isn't English,'' answered Joe. "I'd like to know what it means." "I don't see how you're going to :find out." "I know what I'll do. I'll take it down to that professor who's stopping at the inn in the village. Maybe he'll b e able to translate it." "That isn't a bad idea. I'm curious myself to learn what it means. It must amount to something, and have connection with this old building, judgin g from the Frenchman's act ion s." They returned to the farmhouse, and soon afterward Sam Parsons started for his home. CHAPTER IL WHAT WAS WRITTEN ON THE PAPER. Joe Page was more intere.(3ted in that bit of paper thrown away by the"'mysterious Frenchman than he cared to let on to his friend Sam Parsons. He believed there was so mething in it, even if it had fooled the foreigner. As he couldn't translate it himself, he intended to get Professor Burgesl:l, a learned gentleman who had come to the village for his health, to do it for him, provided, of course, that the Professor could read French. So immediately after breakfast he started for the vil lage. Professor Burgess was on the point of setting out for a walk when Joe reached the inn. He had a s li ght acq uaintance with the Professor, having met him one day along the road, and got in conversation with him as they walked a long together. On the strength of this he took the liberty of addressing the learned gentleman, who sho0f hands with him and seemed quite pleased to see the lad again. "Do you understand French, Professor Burgess?" asked Joe, corning to the point as soon as possible. The Professor replied that he did. "Then you would do me a great favor by translating a few lines in that language for me," said the boy, taking the paper discarded by the Frenchman out of his pocket and handing it to the gent leman. "I am very anxious to learn the meaning of that writing.'l "I will turn it into English for you with pleasure," said Pr. ofessor Burgess, after glancing over the paper. "Come into the Joe followed him into the inn. The Professor seated himself a.t one of the tables, and, taking a sheet of note paper, wrote out the following words, which1 he to Joe: Old stone house, near road, about one mile west of Pembrook village, Ulster County, New York State, U.S. A." "Ground floor, J?tchen, northwest corner, third slab di agonally southwest Joe read the trarnilation s lowly, and was rather disap pointed at the result. "Is that the whole thing, sir?" he asked. "That's right. There's some mystery in this matter that "Yes. That's all that's on the paper. Can you underI shou ld like to unravel. No sane man would come dig stand what it mean s now?" ging and hunting around an old abandoned house like this "Not alto g eth e r, sir; but I may be able to get at th e one unless he had some definite obje c t in view." meaning aft e r I study it a while. Seems like directions "Whatever the object was, the Frenchman seem s to have for di scove rin g something, doesn't it, sir?" failed in hi s quest. l don't suppose you'll see or hear from "You might tak e it a s such. Jn w h i c h case the him again." to be recover e d s e ems. to be under the third slab in a diag Maybe not, but you can't tell," replied Joe, putting the onal direction from the northwest corner of the kitchen on paper in his pock e t. "Let's get out of here." the ground floor of a certain stone house, n ear a road, one

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THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. I mile west of this village Do you know of such a house in "I beg your pardon," apologized Joe, hastily. "I didn't this vicinity?" see your leg. I hope I didn't hurt you, sir." "Yes, sir. The only stone house that I know of in this "Bahl" retorted the foreigner, turning his back on the county is on our property, which is just about a mile west boy and stalking off. of the village." "He's a fierce rooster," muttered Joe, l ooking after him. "Indeed? It must be the one indicated in this paper, "I wonder why he was lying .around in these bushes? He then. All you will have to do. is to follow these directions, must be half-cracked." lift the slab in question, and see if there is anything under As the farmer lad turned to go on h e noticecl something it. That ought to be easy for you:" glistening on the ground. "It would, sir, if the house wasn't a wreck, with nothing He reached down and picked it up. to show which room was the kitchen. I've already pulled It proved to be a sterling silver box, gold lined, partly one side of the building to pieces to get stone to build a filled with a fine brown powder which proved to be snuff wall along the front of a portion of our property." 1 On the cover was an engraved in scription in Fre nch, the "How did you crne in possession of this paper, and why only words of which Joe could und erstand were "J11le:i do you imagine that it has any special significance?" Glorieux" and "Bordeaux." Joe told him about the -mys terious Frenchman's two vis "This must be the property of that crazy Frenchman. its to the ruins of the old stone house, and how the man's Where has he gone to?" conduct had aroused his curiosity The boy looked around the hut he coult1 see no Rign "If this pap e r means anything, the Frenchman mus t of the foreigner. have been himting in the wrong room," said Professor Bur"He disappeared mighty quick. H e is a mysterious gess. "I presume you have no idea what he was looking chap, if I ever heard of one." for?" After hesitating a moment or two, ,Toe finally walkrrl "No, s ir. .Judging from his actions and persi s tency, I on toward home, with the snuffbox in hi hand. should think it was imporhmt,'' replied the boy. He had hardly reached the fence facing the country roacl, "How m n c h of the building i s st ill standing?" across which was the gate leading to the Page farmhoul;i.C, "About two-third s ." when he heard hasty steps behind 11im. "Well, if you have the time, and think it worth your He turned around ancl gave a ga sp-the mysteTious while, you might look the ground floor of the house over Frenchman was approaching him at a rapid gait, and with in connection with these directions and see what you can' eyes that seemed to flash fire. make of It is not improbable but you might come "C'est un brigand-ma chere tabatiere !" he roared, upon some hidden treasure-trove, as it were. Money as making a snatch at the snuffbox, which Joe held in his well as other valuables have occasionally been found hidhand. "By gar! You are von t'ief !" den away in old dwellings. These directions seem to point "What's the with you?" retorted the boy. "I at some such conclusion with reference to the ancient buildfound it on the ground." ing on your mother 's property. At any rate, I think it "You found him, eh? It ces mine, comprenez vous? wo.rth an effort on your part. You have nothing to lose You hand him ovair." but your time, and possibly something to gain, by looking "Sure thing. I guess it's yours, all right. Your name into the matter. I advise you to do it. If you are fortuis Jules Glorieux?" nate in making a discovery, I should be glad to have you "Oui," and he snatched the box out of J oe's hand. "Aha! l et me know about it, so that I may congra.tula.te you." C'est inestimable. I could not part wi dis for nossing. "Thank you, sir. I will certainly do so, if I find anyAllez !" waving his arm to the boy, at the same time turn-thing; but I have not great hopes of any such luck." ing quickly around and returning in the direction he came. "'l'hen you will not be greatly disappointed if nothing Joe didn't und e rstand what "allez" (go) meant, but, as comes of it," laughed the Professor. "That will be some the Frenchman glared at when he said it, he judged satisfaction, at any rate." that it was a kind of curt dismissal. "That's right, sir," replied Joe, as he raised his hat and John Jones, who was working on the stone wall, told walked away, while Professor Burgess started off in the him that Sam Parsons had just gone up t-0 the house to oppo site direction. wait for him, and so Joe hurried on to meet his friend. As Joe drew near home he took n s hort cut across an "Well," said Sam, "did you out tl1e meaning of that adjacent field. paper?" Passing close to a clump of bushes, he suddenly tripped "I've got a translation of it," hi s friend replied over what he at first imagined to be a log, but instead of "Have you?" eagerly. "What does it say?" a log it proved to be a leg. "Read it for'yomself," replied Joe taking the Engli s h Then, to the boy's consternation, the mysteriou s French-copy made by Professor Burgess from his pocket and hanr1-man s prang up with a. fierce imprecation. ing it to Sam. "Ah, cochon !" he exclaimed, shaking a big walking-stic* "Is that all it amounts to?" asked Sam, in a tone of
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,THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. I "'That's all." "It wasn t worth the trouble of having it translated." "How do you know it wasn't?" "Well, I don't see anything in it." "1 don't s ay there's anything in it now, so far as th e paper directions go, but I've an id ea, just the same, that there is s omething of value buried somewhere under th e foundation of building. As soon as I get it all pulled down I'm going to plough up the ground and see what I can find." I "That's a good plan. Still if we knew which room was originally u s ed a s the kitchen of the old house, we might make a search first." "The room whe re the Frenchman dug up the slabs doesn't look a s if it had ever been as a kitchen, but, jus t the s ame, it is the only one that is paved with slabs. That's why he tackled it, I gu e s s By the wa y what do y ou think? I came acros s that mysteriou s Fren c hman a little while ago and had a run-in with him," Joe a grin. "You did? Where did y 8 u meet him ?" a sked Sam, with a look of intere s t. "In that field down yonder." "You don t say? What was h e doing the re ?" "He didn t seem to be doing anything but lying in the bushes. Taking a re s t or a snooze, ma ybe. I f e ll o ver one of his leg s and the wa y h e w eqt at m e in Ftench was a c aution," chuckled Joe. "He callecl me a clums y p e eg." "Ha, ha, ha I" roared Sam. "What did you say to that?" "I apologized for tripping over him. He said, 'Bah I' and "I wish I'd been there," snickered Sam. "After he'd gone I found a silver snuffbox on the ground that he'd dropped. It had his name engraved on it, with the word 'Bordeaux' and something else in French that I couldn't read." "Let me see it,'' said Sam, holding out hi s hand. "Sorry, but he discovered hi s loss and chased afte r me. He called me a brigand and a thief and snatched the box out of my han4." The two boys then went to the barn to harness a horse to the drag. -I CHAPTER III. THE BRASS-BOUND BOX. l!'or the re s t of the morning the boys worked like beavers loaaing s tone taken from the demolished walls of the old hous e to to the drag ancl hauling it down to the road where John was working on the new wall. At noon Joe called a halt when one of his sisters rang a big bell at the kitchen door announcing that dinner was ready. After the meal the boys returned to the work. It was about four o clock that they were clearing away th e last of the debris from a corner of the dismantled part of the stone house, when Joe noticed a slab sunk a little way in the ground. It had not formed part of the original flooring of the room, now almost completely demolished, but had evidently been under Merely by accident had Joe observed it, for it waa thickly coated with dirt and therefore resembled the hard ground all around it. The boy looked at it with some curiosity, wondering what it wlls doing there. Sam was just then returning .. with the drag, and Joe, picking up a crowbar andmotioning to the otlier bar that lay on the ground, called his companion to help him dig the slab up. They set to work at once to pry it out of the ground "Is this slab part of the old floor?" asked Sam. "No," replied Joe. 'way below the level of the old floor." "Then why is it imbedded in the ground? Looks as if it had been there some time." "I haven't any why it's there," replied Joe. ''From the trouble we're having to loosen it, I should say it was put there to stay." "Do you think there's anything under it?" asked Sam suddenly, pausing in his work and his friend with a look of interest. "Why, what should be under it?" "It just struck me that this might be the slab the "Wha.t is the chap's name, if you know it?" Frenchman was trying to find." He did?" Joe nodded. "Jules Glori eux." "By George! I plumb forgot all about that. Maybe it "That sounds Frenehy enough, at any Tate. I s'pose he is," added Joe, in some excitement. "Let's get a hustle on hails from Bordeaux." and see if there is anything under it." "Very likely. He ought to go back and stay there." Sam ne e ded no further encouragement; but sinking his "Look s as if be was s till hanging around intendin g to crowbar under t.he edge of the slab began to bear down with revisit the old building to-night. Perhap s he means to do all his might. some more digging." Joe jammed hi!l bar alongside of Sam's and added his "I s houldn't be s urprised. We must keep a wat c h on weight to try and overcome the resistance offered by the him and see what he accompli s hes. Now, Sam, if you've imbedded stone. nothing on hand thi s morning y ou give me a lift Slowly it began to yield to their uniteil efforts and moYed moving some of that stone clown to the road ;whe re .Tohn is upward a fraction of an inch at a time. building the wall. It will be a great help to me. , "It's a mighty tough proposition, all right," said Sam, "All right, Joe. I'm willing to make myself useful." to wipe his perspiring for.ehead. )

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6 THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. "It is that. Just jab away some more of the dirt from l "Bet your small change first, Sam. You're getting too that side while I do the same with this side. Maybe we'll\ reckless be able to hoist it out then,." "This is no fool of a job lifting this box out," said Sam, They dug the packed earth way until both side eclges were after they had tugged at it a.while, raising it a few inches exposed when they got busy once more with the crowbars. only to let it drop back again. The slab now moved with more freedom and the boys, ''If it hasn't got gold in it it must have lead," replied dropping the bars grabbed hold of the eclge and began to Joe, as they paused to taJrn a rest. pull it backward. "Lead! What would it be filled with lead for?" "There's a hole under it, I can see that," said Sam. "Yes, and there's something in the hole, too," cried Joe, when they had lifted it up at a right angle with the surface of the ground. "Now then, once more, all together They exerted all their strength upon it when it suddenly gave way and over it went ker chunk2 carrying both boys on their backs. ' ''Oh, Lor'! I hit my head on one of those stones," cried Sam, sitting up with a grimace and rubbing his skull with Jiis hand. J oc picked himself up \\ithout a word and crawled to the eclge of the hole to look into it. He uttered a loud shout. "There's a brass-bound box down here, Sam. Get 1.lp quick and help me pull it out," he cried excitedly. "A brass -bouncl box!" repeated Sam, stal'ing at his com-panion t Then he forgot all about his sore head and sprang to his feet, fully as excited as Joe Page. ''May I be jiggered if it isn't so," he said as soon as he gazed into the hole. "Looks as if it was a money box. I'll bet that's what the Frenchy was after." "I'm sure it is. Well, this is he gets left. At any ra.te it belongs fo me as it was found on our farm." "Jingo! I wish li was yon," said Sam, enviously. "Never mind, Sam, I sha'n't forget to do what's right if there's anything valuable in the box, for you're helping at the job "l that's full of money there must be a small fortune in it," said Sam. "Perhaps we'd better not crow till we're out of the wood. It may be full of old papers aud documents of no value, except to the man who hid them here." "Oh, come now, don't say that, .foe. I've made up my minr1 it's money, and if it turns out to be nothing but pa pers I'll have a fit," said Sam. "The quickest way to find out the truth is to get it up where we can break it open and have a look. Come now, lend a hand." They bent down and each seized one of the heavy tar ni,;hc wouldn't have lead in it. I'm inclined to think it may be filled with silver plate. Lota of people buried their plate while the Revolutionary War was in progress whenever the enemy was reported to be in the neighborhood." "But they took good care to dig it up again when the clanger was over." "Sure they did; but this may be a aase where the family was wiped out either by Indians or a band of villainous Tories." "That's right. There were lots of Indians up this way during the Revolutionary times, and later," said Sam, who had heard something about the early history of the county. "WeU, Sam, it's getting late, and if we're going to get the box out of this hole before sundown we want to get a move on." "Well, lift your encl and I'll jab the crowbar under it." This plan was executed, and foe other crowbar insertec1 under the box also. "Now we'll both get hold of the same handle and pull it up the inclined plane. Maybe we can get it out that way," said the resourceful Sam. Sam's scheme was adopted with ultimate success, and the brass-bound box landed on the ground. Joe first proposed to load the box on the drag and carry it over to the house just as it was, deferring the examina tion of its contents till he and Sam got it up to his room; but their eagerness to see what was in the box, and the fact that the heavy hasp holding the cover was loose decided J oc to break it open at once. He grasped a crowbar and smashed the hasp off with a single blow, then he dropped on his knees beside it and pro ceeded to lift the cover while Sam, his tanned countenance flushed wth excitement, leaned forward to get a closer look at the contents. Just as Joe raised the lid of the box there sounded a 'quick footfall behind the boys. Glancing up, they saw the mysterious Frenchman, with a heavy cane in his hand. Pointing at the box, he said harshly: "Dat ees mine!" CHAfTER IV. The order was easier uttered than executed, for the box was decidedly heavy. WHAT THE BOX CONTAINED. The boys were rather staggered by the unwelcome and unexpected a ppear!ijlce of the Frenchman, and Joe let the cover of the box drop back again. "'That doesn't feel like papers, old man," said Sam. "It's full of gold, bet your life." "How much will you bet on it?" laughed Joe. "I'll bet a clolla. r to a doughnut," grinned Sam. Both stared at the fierce-looking foreigner without say ing a word.

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THE ROAD TO SUC C ESS. ., "By ga r What are you doing wiz dat box?" he dem a nded. "Dat ees mine, comprenez vou s ? Eet ees what I have hunt for dese on e two, t'ree nights. Parbleu, I take him wiz me di s minute." in these ruin s an d that Frenchman st e pped up and claimed it. VVhy it's ,bee n buri e d here a hundred years I guess, so what right has he to it?" Hold on, mon s oo," s poke up Joe. "Don' t be so sure about it. Thi s property belongs to my mother, and conse qu e ntl y eve r y thing on it and in it is ours. You haven't the faintest cl aim to this box." "Nevair mind," put in Jules Glorieux at this point, per c e iving that he was at a great disadvantage. "Eet ees ze long lane dat ees not turned. Comprenez vous? I see you some ozzaire time." With those words he walked away. Aha! Vat e e s dat? Your muzair she own dees box?" They watched him climb the fence and take his way down "That's what he does," replied Joe. the road, and then Sam said: "By gar! You ar e fonee boy," answered the mysteriom "You came just in time, John, to make the odds too great Fren c hman, in a s arcastic tone "She has nossing to do for the Frenchy.'; wiz clees box. E e t e e s mine. I come all ze way from la "Where did you find the box, Joe?" asked the hired man. b e lle France to g e t eet. I had ze papier dat point out ze "In that hole und e rneath yonder slab. Sam and I h a
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I 'l'HE ROAD 'l'O :::>Li UU.E>::i:::l. "See what Sam and I found in the fou nda tion of the olLl slonc hou se yonder," said J oc, pointing a t lhe b :ix. "Oh, ruy," exclaimed Mildr ed, irlnt a Iunny looking uox. What's in it?" "Guess," said her brother. "Books?" "No. What do you think is in it, Fanny!'" "Old clothes." "You're away off. Now it's _i:our turn, Winnie." l\Iaybe it's full of money," laughed the youngest sister, though she didn't uelicYC it was. '"rhat's a good gue::;i;, Winnie," chuckletl J oc. How did you know?" "What is in it, Joe?" asked Winni e "Why you guessed it-money, and chock foll, to o "Nonsen se!" put in }lilclred. "Do tell us what's in it if you knmv. Oan't you see that our curiosity is aroused?" "'l'hen y ou don t b elieYe it's full of bags o f money?" "Of course I don t. That would be too ab surd." "All right. Now I'm g oing to ope n it and show you ho" close Winnie came to the truth. Are you all l ooking?" "Yes, yes, yeB," c ri ed the g irl s together. "'l'here you are," and Joe flung the cover ba ck. "Oh-o-o !'' screamed the girls, in great astonishment when they saw the bags. That those bags w e re full of real money seemed too good to be true, and Mildred had her s u s pi c ion s that Joe and Sam were playing a joke on them. "I don t believe that's money at all," she said, tossing her head. "You boys have made those bags and filled them full of something or another just to try and fool u s." Fanny, however, made a grab for one of the bags to test its weight probably, when the st ring that secure d its neck came untied and a stream of coin flowed out like a water fall, and danced and jingled all over the floor. The girls shrieked in real amazement now. Joe and Sam hastened to recover the coins an cl return them to the "My gracious! It is money-real new gold," cried Mil
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'IIiE ROAD T O SUCCESS. 9 for a s ingle night," ans wer e d hi s mothe r. "I sha' n t slee p a wink all night." "Neither will I," cri e d M ildred, with an anxious look. "Nor I," e xclaimed F ann y and Winifre d with one br eath. Oh, nonsen se !" laughed Joe "Who will know that we' v e got it? He had prudently r efrain e d from m e ntionin g the adven ture with the myst e riou s Fre nchman as h e kne w the recital would only serve to make his moth e r and s i sters e x tremely nervous "Sam Parsons will b e sure to t ell hi s folk s and then the news will get all about the n e i g hbo r hood," said Mildr e d "No he won t. I cautioned him again s t it, and he prom ised to be as mute as a mop s tick "But his father and mother will want to where he got the bag o:f s over e ign s you gave him for helping you get the box out of the hole and up to the house." "He i s n t going to s how i t t o th e m, at l e a s t not until we are ready to take the gold to Ne w York to exc hang e it for bank notes." "When are y ou goin g to do that? as k e d Mildr e d, ea r nestly. "Tomorrow for e noon." "You must take John with you as a guard," said mother. "I s hould think you d hav e a gr eat d e al of diffi culty in making the e xchange o f big sum o f Englis h money," said Mildred "I may and I may not. I'm goin g to ta':ke th e gold to a s afe dep o sit compan y fir s t for s afekeeping and c onsult with the pre sident of that institution a s to the bes t way to ex c hange it for bills." ."That's an ex ce llent idea, Joe," said hi s mother. "I was going to sug ges t s omething of that kind. It s e em s to me the only proper and busines s like wa y to conduct the matter." ."That's r ight, mothe r. I hav e an i dea t h a t the saf e d e po sit p e opl e will attend to tlie w hol e thing for m e for a c ommis s ion "How are y ou g oing to carr y the mon e y to N e w York?" a s k e d Fanny "In that box?" Oh, no, Fan; that w ould l ook too cons pi cuous I m e an to box i t u p i n tho e four small starc h b oxes w e hav e in t he cellar. It will look lik e o r dinary merc handi se the n " Ar e they s tron g e n o u g h ? It w o uld be d readful if the y b r o k e op e n in the handling." "I'll p revent tha t b y n a ilin g several j ro n band s around e a c h of th e m. They keep that s tuff o n a roll at the bi g s tore i n the villa g e and you can buy it b y th e y ard. You v e seen it nailed around the e d g e of c a ses, haven't you?" "I think I hav e an s w e r e d Fanny. "I h o pe y ou'll put pl enty of it about the m for y ou can t b e too care ful wi t h tha t money to purchase a liber al supp i y of t h e thin iron box b ind i ng, and whi l e he was away John J o nes was st afaone
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10 THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. "It will be a huge take down for him," thought the boy as he put out his light and jumped into bed. Then be began to think about next day'& journ e y to the metropolis -\vith .. his treasure boxe s in company with Sam Parsons. that he had dropped his stick and put., the knife between hia teeth so that he could have his hands free to seize him by the throat. Now the man bent over him and glared into his eyes, with a look of1 such malignant s atisfaction that the horror of it shot through his nerve s and awoke him. "After. we get through with the business end of the trip Sam and I'll have the time of our lives for a few days be fore coming back ho!ne. We'll take in all the sights, go to the theater, and enjoy every five minutes to the utmost. I tell you money mal
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THE ROAD T O SUCCESS. I 11 gagg e d and bound, chuckled to h i ms elf as h e thought he saw the ras cal s finish But he congratulated him s elf too soon Jules Glorieux was a man not ea s ily turne d from hi s p u rpose. While he was afraid s ome of t h e in.mate s of the house had been arou s ed from their s leep by the noise, he was prepared to take the bull by the horns He knew that if his present enterpri s e failed the c hance o f his ever g etting his hand1:1 on the tre a sure frflm the old stone house would be very s mall. He had alre ad y informed that wit h the e xce ption of the boy and the hire d ma n, he had no one to fear but four femal e s and h e did n o t a nticip a t e tha t they would defeat his plan Thfl two rascal s s tood a s silent as s tatue s waiting to see the outc ome of their mi s hap. Pres entl y thei'r al ert e ar s c au ght the sound of s om e on e a s cending the stairs in s lippers. Glorie u x said s omething to Gas ton in a whi s p e r an d the fellow g l ided to the door ran hi s hand ove r the wood a n d s hot the bol t he found there. The il c a me a knock on the door a n d the v o ice of Mrs P age was heard outside "J oe--J o e," she s aid. "What i s the matter?" Glorieu x tore the gag from Joe 's m outh and place d the knife at his throat. "Ans a i r Say dat y ou had ze nightmare and t a ke z e tumble out of ze bed." There was a murde rous l ook in the Frenchman 's eyes that intimidated the boy, and s o he did a s he wa s told. "Are y ou in bed now, Joe?" Mrs Pag e ask e d a s she tried the door and found it bolted, s omewhat to her surpris e for her s on was not in the habit of securin g the door again st intrus ion. "Did you bolt the door?" "Yes mother, I am in bed and I bolted the door. "Are you sure everything is all right, my son?" she asked anxiously. : "Yes mother," an s w e red Joe, with the glitterin g knife pricking the ski:a of his throat and threatening instant death i he h esitated or equivocated in his replies. It wa s a trying situation for Joe, but he coul dn' t h e lp himself Jules Glorieux evide n t l y meant busines s and t he ris k was too great for the lad to venture t o thwart him. I n thi s m a nner the cri s is was passed and the rascals averted di scov er y for Mrs Page turned awa y a s if satisfied, and her step s were s oon heard descending the stairs "It is well, s aid G l orieux to his companion in Frenc h, "gag him again. The towel wa s repla c ed about Joe's mouth a n d th e knife withdrawn from hi s th;oat. "The money has been r e moved from thi s c he s t con tinued the mysteriou s Frenchman, lifting o ne end of the box. He h a rdl y considered it nece s sary to lift the cover, but he did :so to fully convince, himse i f t h a t .the chest was empty. "Now where is the money? Ah, those boxes i n the cor n e r. This boy i s a shrewd one. He has lost n o time H e inte nd s to s hip the mon e y to New York it is likel y and th ere change it into tlie s cript of the country. We w ill sav e him the trouble, Ga s ton with a wicked grin. His companion nodd e d inte lli g ently "You a re sure these boxes contain the m o ney?" he s aid. "Lift one of the m and its wei ght ought to sati sfy you," r e pli e d Glori e ux "They were con c ealed u nde r these old clothes. I will take the ris k that the s e boxes hold the I mone y W e m u s t c arry the m awa y at once." "It will be a job an s wered hi s associate. "It s h a ll not b e s o diffic ult. You get o u t on the ladd er, the n I will hand y ou o n e of the boxe s on you r s hould e r. You will ca rry it down to the wagon in the road Wh e n you come back y ou will t a k e a second the s ame way. Ther e are but four of the m s o w e will make the la s t trip toget h er. A f e w hour s of fa.st dri v in g will c arry us t-0 the river w h ere our s l oop i s moored. Once w e ha v e the box eii board we w ill hoi s t the anchor and sa il for the city, where we ca n s hip them on the La Burgandie for Mar s e illes. She sai l s the day after to morrow, s o we have plenty time to secure 'a state room." This c onv e r s ation was c arried on : in a low t o n e a n d, of in Fre nch, s o it was impossib l e for Joe to either he a r or unde r stand a word that passed between t h e rascal s The pl a n a s outlin e d b y Glorieu x was immediate l y p u t into effect and poor Joe wa s in de spair when h e saw the iron bound boxes o f g old on which he had built s u c h gloriou s air c a stles, removed from the room one b y one un til the las t on e had vani s hed out of t h e window and the m ys terious Frenchman approached the bed for the las t time. There a l ook of triumphant s atisfact i o n in his eyes as he ga z e d d o wn on the helpless yout h. "In one leetl e mom ent I will sa y tq you ad i eux It i s necessaree that I fee x you s o dat y ou v ill not fall out o f ze bed and g ive z e new alarm I vill tie you r feet to ze po st, d e n you vill be--what you ca ll him ?-ah, ou i, a ll to ze bon, I mean ze good 'l'he Frenchman utte r e d a wic k e d c-huckle, and then pro ceeded to tie Joe's ankles s e c urely to the bed post "Now you are lik e z e c o chon-ze peeg w h e n we rake him to the marke t 'l' he ras cal c huckled a g ain . You hav e sa id adieu to ze monee I h o pe, for you will not see him a g ain I assure you The mysteriou s Frenc hman then made an e laborate and s arca s tic b o w to the unfortunate Joe, wa lked softly to the window and d isa pp e ar e d He did not take the troubl e t a clos e the window, or r e mov e the l a dd e r, but pi c king up the la.st box of English g old li f t ed i t hi s s ho u ld e r and started afte r his com panio n, who h a d already p reced e d him to the road. Gaston 1rns w a iting for him.

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12 THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. He dumped the box fu.to the wagon up against the other three, and mounting to the seat alongside his associate, the rascally pair whipped up the horse and drove off down the county road toward the Hudson River at a rapid pace. he :finally heard iihe clock down stairs strike two, he got up and looked out of the window. He didn't do that because he expected to see anything. There wasn't much to be seen even in the daytime from his window, while at that hour of the morning the road and CHAPTER VII. the country side were absolutely d ead IN WHICH TUE MYSTERIOUS FRENCIIM:.A.N IS UP AGAINST It was therefore with considerable s urprise that Sam IT HARD. heard the rapid sound of wheels mingled with the chug, It was two o clock in the morning and Sam Parsons was chug of a horse's hoof on the still night air. standing at the window of his room looking into the He wonclwecl if it was the village doctor on an emergency bare and silent road which ran close by the house. erra nd. Sam had gone to bed as usual at nine o'clock, but someTh e vehicle soon came into view in the di st ance and Sam how or another he couldn't get to sleep. saw that it was an ordinary road wagon, with two men on That bag of English sovereigns which he had received the seat. from his chum Joe Page, and stowed away for safekeeping They seemed to be in a hurry for the driver frequently in an inside niche of the wide open fireplace his room, applied the whip to the horse. kept dancing through his head, setting the drowsy god, Before passing the Parsons' farmhouse the wagon had Morpheus, at defiance. to cross a short bridge which spanned a narrow but rather Sam had never owned :five whole dollars in his life, and deep creek. here he had suddenly become the possessor of the equivalent Just as the vehicle struck the bridge, after rushing down of $4,840, every penny of which was honestly his tlwtl propan incline, the rear right hand wheel came off and the erty. :J wagon dipped with a crash, as if heavily loaded at that encl, Why he was now worth almost if not quite as much, as and Sam heard a successio n of heavy smashes, as of weighty his own father, which was truly an astonishing stare of articles stri king the bridge, and then a similar number of affairs for him. !L. as if the said articles had continued their flight What boy under the circumstances would not have felt into the water. as Sam did tllat night? Sam col1ld also hear loud exclamations from the men, There was one drawback, ho.wever, t0 his happiness, and and saw the drivel pull in the horse. that what course would his father take wi.th reference I Both men dismounted and walked rapidly back to the to that bag of money as soon a.s he learned it was abso-bridge where they stood bv the rail and looked over into lutely the property of his son? the st;eam Wouldn't his parent demand its custody, and then use "Gee whiz!" exclaimed Sam. Whatever they had in half or more of it to put up a model farmhouse he had long the wagon has been clumped into the water. They'll have a had in mind, but the realization of which he had been nice time recovering it, for the water is all of eight feet obliged to defer for want of the necessary funds? d tl Th t ff t b h f th t d . eep 1ere. es n mus e eavy rom e nolBe. i ma e Sam was of the opm10n tha.t the chances were as 99 to 1 th b 'd th h th '11 t b bl t t . . on e n gc, so e c ances are ey no e a e o ge that !us $4 840 would go at once to his fathers credit m 't t f tl t 'tl t d t t dl l 1 i on o 1e s ream wi 1ou ropes an a s 011 wm ass. tie village bank, and that he woulcln t get a soiunarkee to 't t th t k f th b 1 f th ht f . H any ra e cy re s uc or e a ance o e rug or lay out on his own personal enJoyment. f ,, So Sam made up mind to say nothing to his folks air. . at all about his windfall. Sam saw one of the men pick up the wheel which had He had managed to secure permission to go to the 1 all the trouble_, and roll it up to the wagon, then the metropolis next morning with his friend Joe Page, and pan h eld a consultation. this was an extraordinary concession on his father's part. One of them, appearance Sam He had decided that after he got hgi money changed into 1 greatly, he put m mmd of the mystenous French bills he would open a savings bank account in Poughkeepsie j man, gesticulated violently. across the river, with $4,800, and hide the book and the "We've got stout ropes and a winch in the barn," said remaining $40 in the chimney. l Sam to himself. "I've a great mind to dress myself, go He could have a swell time out of that $40, which would I down and .::ee if I can't arrange a deal with those chaps. last him some time, and he would always have the satisfac-I'd just as soon earn another dollar as not." tion of knowing there was more to be had where that came As the boy never felt more wideawake in his life he defrom. cided to carry out his idea. All this planning and calculation helped to keep sleep He got into his clothes in short order, but instead of from Sam's eyes, and when he had settled everything to leaving the house by the front cloor and walking down the his own satisfaction he found he couldn't go to sleep any road, he left it by the kitchen door, and cut across a bit of way. pasture which would land him at the corner of the bridge. He turned and twisted in bed to no purpose, and when The line of heavy bushes g:i:owing beside the road fence

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,. THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. prevented the men from observing his approach, and, of all right. I wouldn't be surprised if they had stolen them course, he couldn't see them any better. from some place. That Jules Glorieux, of Bord ea ux, seem.; The loud and excited voice of one of the individual, how;. a sort of suspicious character to me. At any rate he tTied ever, served to guide the boy right to the part of the fence to do Joe out of that treasure chest yesterday afternoon. outside of which they were standing. Had the nerve to draw a revolver on us. We could have Although Sam was not a fraid to show himself still he him anested and put in the lock-up for that: Well, I'm concluded to take a s ight at them first. 1 coming down here the first thing after I get up to see if I Nothing like being on the safe side any way. can get a glimpse of those boxes." So Sam when he reached the bushes, pushed his head Thus speaking Sam started back for the house. through with as much caution as if he expected to find an Suddenly he stopped short as if a startling idea had enemy on the other side of the fence. struck him. The molllent his eyes took in the man who was doing the "Good graciou s !" he exclaimed. "l wonder if those talking he was glad he had not rushed things. rascals paid a visit to the Page house, and got away with It was for a fact the mjsterious Frenchman. Joe's money? He tokl me he was going to box it up in four And his companion was another, although not at all myssmall st{trch boxes so it could be the more easily handled terious looking. for shipment to New York this forenoon. The wagon came Monsieur Jules Glorieux was jabbering away to beat the up the road from the direction of Joe's plac e They were band, and gesticulating like a monkey on a hot stove. driving at breakneck speed at a suspiciously early. hour, Sam at once l ost all desire of proffering the services of and making for Highland. Gee whiz l It looks as if there the rope and winch at the barn. was something wrong for a fact. I've a great mind to run Had he been able to understand French be would have over to the Page farm, wake Joe up anci tell him what I've learned something that must have opened his eyes; but as seen." any other language than English was as pure Greek to him, Sam1 stood a few moments in an undecided way. their conversation was quite los t upon him. There might be nothing in the idea after all, and Joe He wondered where the man of mystery had picked up would give him the laugh for coming over at that hour in his companion, and why the y were driving up the road at the morning. race-horse speed at that hour in the morning. Yet the circumstances were sufficiently suspicious to de-He also wondered what was the character of the freigift mand notice. they had lost in the creek. The mysterious Frenchman had clearly s hown that his "It seems to be important whatever it is he said to object in coming to that part of the county was to get pos himself, "for Monsoo Glorieux, of Bordeaux, looks as if session of the treasure chest hidden in the foundation of he wanted to tear his hair out by the roots." the old stone house. In good truth the mysterious Frenchman was acting as When he discovered that the boys had found the ches t, if he was a candidate for a madhouse. and they bad refused to let hitn have it, he had: And with good reason, as the r eader will guess, for the doubtless spotted the place they had taken it to and thGn :four iron-bound boxes of English sovere igns they had taken made his plans to stea l it that morning. such risk and trouble to abstract from Joe Page's chamThat's the way Sam argued and, as the reader knows, he her, were now resting out of sight in the creek and Jules was right. Glorieux could see no immediate chance of recovering "He brought that other chap to help him do the busithem. ness," mused Sam, more and more c onvinced that he was CHAPTER VIII. SAM GETS JOE OUT Ol!' A PICKLE. The two Frenchmen went dowri to the water's edge and tried to make out where the boxes lay; but the water was too deep and dark, especially at that hour, for them to see anything in the depths of the creek. It was clear to the watchful Sam that they were at their wits end. Finally they gave the problem up and returned to the wagon, the rear axle ot which they found to be fractured. They put the wheel into the forward part of the vehicle, and mounting to the seat drove over slowly toward the vil lage of Highland four miles distant. "They'll be back in a few hours, I dare s a y," said Sam to himself, as he watched them depart. "I'd gire some thing to know what those .boxes contain. They were heavy on the right track. "They found that the money had been removed from the chest and nailed up in the s tarch boxes, so they carried off the boxes. No doubt they worked the game slick enough to avoid discovery. Well, I'm going over to Joe's anyway. If the money is safe there'll be no harm done." Having decided the matter, he pushed his way through the bushes, jumped the fence and started down the roaa toward the Page property. He walked fast and :fifteen minutes later he was march ing up the path that led to the front door. "Everything is quiet round here," mused Sam, beginning to think he was wrong in his s urmises after all. "It seems to me if those chaps had been here they must have awoke somebody in the house. It's no fool job to carry off several h eavy boxes without being detected in the act. I guess I've made a donkey of myself coming over here."

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14 THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. He stopped at the foot of the porch steps anc1 scratched hi s head. To pound on the door and arouse the Page family only to find out that nothing had happened would make him look foolish, and Sam dreaded holding himself up to ridicule I won't knock," he decided. "I'll go around on the side and fire pebbles at Joe's window. It won't do any harm to wake him up. If be chooses to give me the merry ha, ha, why I guess I can stand it." So he marched around to the ell, in the secon d story 0 As he turned the cotner the first thing he saw was the l adder standing under Joe's window, which was open to its wide s t extent Sam stepped into the room and walked up to Joe. "Why, you're bound up and gagged, and you're tied to the bed. My gracio"Qs what's happened?" as be tore the towel from Joe 's face. "Has that mysterious Frenchm an been here and got away with your money?" "Yes, yes!" gasped Joe "He has been here with an other man, and they've taken the four boxes with every coin. Did you ever hear of such fierce luck?" added Joe, the tear s coming into bis eyes. "Robbed by that villain! Help me get free, will you?" "Sure I will," replied Sam "Go on and tell me all about it." And while Sam labored to untie the knots Joe told him the whole story of the visit paid him by Jules Glorie u x and his companion, and how they stolen the four boxes containing the English sovereigns Sam bad him free before the story was finished, and Joe wound up his mournful tale while hprriedly dressing him self "Hopping toads! That doesn't look right," he cr ied, coming to a pause and staring hard at the ladder and the open window. "Joe wouldn't do anything like that-a clear invitation to any tramp in the neighborhood to walk into the hou se--even if he didn't have a dollar in the house "We must wake up John, get a horse put to the wagon He would certainly be crazy to stand a ladder under his and chase those rascals. It's the only thing I can do. I've window in this fashion with nearly $100,000 in his room, no doubt they went toward the river. We may find them or at lea st somewhere in the house. I am sure there bas at Highland waiting for an early train," said Joe, been something doing here all right, and I'm going to climb l "But tell me," he add_ed, almost wonderingly, "how that ladd er and wake Joe up." 1 i s it you came over here at this early hour? It is just three Sam didn't lose a moment making his way up the rungs, o'clock." a.i:d inside of a minute he had his head inside of the \ "I came over here because I got an idea into my wmdow. that s omething was wrong." "Joe, Joe," iie cried, "wake up." ''How could you get such an idea as thal?" asked Joe. There was a movement on the bed, and Joe Page, bound in some astonishment. "Had a bac1 dream?" and gagged as he sat up. ro. The fact is, I haven't been asleep to-night, and He could not get out of bed as his ankles were tied tight that's the luckiest thing for you that e,rer happened." to the bedpost. 1 "You h aven't been to s leep?" cried .Toe. As it was rather dark in the room, the moon having "Nary a wink." swung round, Sam did not at first notice bis chum's pre"Why, how was that?" dicament "Oh, I was too excited over that five thou. you gave me. He saw that he was awake, however, and that was enough I went to bed at nine, but when the clock struck two I was for him. awake I got up and looked out of my window, and "Say, old man," he said, "what is this ladder doing under your window at this hour ? Looks as if thieves had been around. Is your money all right?" what do you think I saw?" "How could I guess what you saw?" "I saw a horse and wagon coming at a red -h ot pace down the road from this direction. There were two men on the seat." Joe couldn't reply on account of the towel about his mouth, but he tried to attract Sam's attention to his help less condition. "What's the matter with you?" Sam, rather astonished at the dumbness of his friend. "Haven't you v,roke up enough to use your tongue?" Still no a'nswer from ioe-only a succession of odd jerks 0 the head and body. "Ob, come now, you know it's me. What are you giving i ue that dumb show for? What have you got around your ace, anyway? A towel?" as he looked more keenly. Got a toothache, eh. That's why you don't open your mouth. Well, you've my sympathy. A toothache is about the worst -hello what the dickens have you around your arms and chest?" "That must have been the wagon that was carrying ofl' the boxes, and the two Frenchmen." "That's right, it was," nodded Sam. "Did you recognize Jules Glorieux?" "Of Bordeaux?" grinned Sam. "Bet your life I did. "They were going toward the Hudson, as I thought." "As bard as they could put." "They must be there by this time," said Joe, dolefully. "Perhaps they are; but the boxes 0 sovereigns aren't with them." "Why, what do you mean?" "I mean the wagon met with an accident at the bridge near our place."

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THE ROAD TO SUCCESS 15 "An accident?" ''Exactly. One of the hind whe e l s came off suddenly, and t h o s e boxes of mone y every one o f them, tumbled oyer into the creek." "Wl1at !"' almo s t s houted Joe "'rumbled into the creek?" "That's what the y did, and they're there at this mo ment. All w e've got to do i s to go down there and fish them out." "Sam Parson s a r e you t e llin g me the truth, or i s this on e of your jok es? "Nary joke. It's the s olemn truth. That's what caused me to come over h e re. Tho s e box e s having been in the hand s of the mys t e rious Fre n c hman, who l eft u s yesterday aft e rnoon with a threa t o n hi s lips, raised m y s u s picion s and I came her e to see if h e and hi s c ompanion had paid you a ni ght vis i t for the purp ose of gettingpossession of that money. I was ri ght, and I'm g l a d I c anie over." "If the boxes a re in th e c reek, a s y ou s a y w e' ll g et them out somehow, you may depe nd o n that," r eturne d Joe, en thu siastic all y "We mu s t look out for those Fre nchm e n. They a r e s u re to Tet urn a s soon a s t hey c an with r o pes and othe r m e ans t o try a nd recov e r the boxes. It's up to n s to g et ah e ad of the m.''. "If I was you, I'd se nd for the con stable an d have t hose c hap s arre s ted on the c har ge of burglar y a s soon a s the y showe d up at the creek." "That's ju s t what I mean to do." "I'll go for him if you want me to," volunteered hi s chum. "No. I'm going to wake John up now and s end him." '"I'he four of us ought to b e able to captur e those mon soos. we have them s afe in the loc k-up w e can tak e our time fishing up the boxes." "We' ll ne e d to rig a lift of s ome kind to rai s e them out of the bed of the creek." "We've got a good winch at our pla c e and plenty of rope. All we'll have to do is to rig up a stout pole with a block at the 1 end of it, through which we'll pas s a rope. The n we can take turns diving down to attach a sling around the boxes, one at a time." "You've got it down fine, Sam. That's the way we'll do. N O')V for John." Joe leftthe room to arouse the hired man, leaving Sam to complete in his mind his plans for getting the boxes of money out of the creek. CHAPTER IX. CAPTURE OF THE MYSTERIOUS FRENCHMAN AND HIS COMPANION. At sunrise Page Sam Parsons John Jones and Con stable Snodgrass were conceal e d in th e s hru b b e r y n e ar the creek bridge waiting for the two Frenchm e n to show up. The y had not been there more tha n fifteen minutes be for e th e.v h e ard the s ound of wheels come from the dir ection of Hi g hland. "I'll b e t that 's them s aid Sam, in some excitement. The other s s aid nothing but waited, Jones drawing out the Frenchman' s revolver to intimidate the rascals when the y came up. "This i s a dandy ambu s cad e grinned Sam. "We'll give those chaps the s urprise of their live s." Pretty soon the vehicle hove in sight, and sure enough the two foreigners were on the seat. 1 Joe, who '\vas peeping down the road, announced the fact. The wagon drew up nearly oppo s ite to them; then the Frenchmen got out, and the fir s t thing they did was to s cramble down tile bank of the creek to look into the water for some sign of the boxes A s the water was clear, they could now see them quite plainly eight feet below the surface. R e turning to the wagon, they busied themselves getting out ropes, with a pole and hoisting tackle which they had brou ght from their sloop anchored in the Hudson. They int e nd e d to ru s h things, for they couldn't tell when, as the y fig ured it, Joe would be discovered bound and gagge d in b e d and a pursuit started. Whi l e they were thus occupied, the constable and John J o nes, followed by the two boys, quietly made their ap pep.ra nce from the shrubbery. "Thro w up y our hands," ordered Constable Snodgrass, produ c in g hi s revolver. "Sacre !" exclaimed Jules Glorieux, starting back in s urpri se. H is c o mp ani o n s tarted to draw a revolver, but Jones ste pp e d u p and shoved hi s at foll cock, into his face. S ur re n de r you r a scal. I've got the drop on you,'' thun der e d the hire d man. "By g ar! Dees i s van o utrage," cried the mysterious Fre n c hman g larin g at the consta .ble. "I demand dat you g ive an explana s h e e on." "I place you both under arrest,''. said Constable Snod grass. "Comment!" (what!) exclaimed Glorieux. "You ar re s t us?" "I do-on the charge of burglary." "Burglaree Sare, you make one grand mistake." "Well, I s hall take you before the Squire, and if I have made a mi s take he will discharge you from custody," re plied the village officer. "But, sare, I have no desire to go bef o re ze-what you call him-Squire." "Sorry, monsoo; but I shall have to take you, whether y ou like it or not. Hold out your hands," and the con s table took a pair of handcuffs from his pocket. Jules Glorieux put up a b15 against the steel wrist lets, but he had to give in, for the officer was inexorable His companion's hands were bound with a rope. They were forced to get into the wagon, all hands fol lowed, and John Jones drove the rig into the village, where the Fre n c hmen wer e locked up pending t:aeir examination before the justice.

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16 THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. "Well, we've got them, all right," grinned Sam: "There's evidence enough against them to send them to the county seat for trial, s o they won' t bother us any more." "We might a s well go home for breakfa s t now," said Joe. "We'll have to walk, for Mr. Snodgrass bas taken charg.e of the Frenchmen 's outfit. That tackle in the wagon would be just the thing to haul tho s e boxes up wit4." "'['hen we must per s uade Snodgras s to let us have the usa of it/ sa.M Sam. "Well we won' t be able to make a move until after Squire Dalton bas had these chap s before him, for you .and I will be obliged to give our testimony at the examination," replied Joe. "I guess the boxes won't walk off, and the water won' t hurt the gold," said Sam. "It's a good thing you put pl e nty of iron band s around them, otherwise tbej'd have br0ken ope n and s pilled some of their valuable contents." '"rhey'd have got s ma s h e d more o r le ss, anyway, only e ach landed in a separat e s pot in the sand," an s wered Joe. "That saved them." Joe had a stirrin g s tory to tell his mother and sisters when h e got home for breakfast, and they were greatl y s tartled. He had to go into all the particular s about the move ments of the my s terious Fre nchman from the time he had fir s t s een the light in th e s ton e house. "Were y ou not dr e adfull y fri g htened when that man held th e knif e a t y our throat, Joe?" a sked Mildred, with a s hudd e r. Well, I di
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' l'Hl!J lWAD 'fO SUUUESS. 1'1 After dinner the b o ys, assisted b y John Jones, started in to rai s e the money b oxes. idly built chimneys of our granddaddies. 'l'hat house y o u live in must be one of the old guard." Inside o f a n h our t he y had them out o f the c reek and in the wag o n "lt's tough, rema rked Sam, "that wcive got to turn the s e over t o Snodg r ass, i s n t it? Are you going t.o tell him they're full of m oney?" "I'll have t o." "He'll want to know how y ou got all that gold." "We'll give him the w h o l e s to ry about our finding the treasure under the old stone h o u s e pl e d g e him to secrecy and the n get him to deposi t the boxes i n the village bank. That's the only way o u t of the d ifficult y that I can see." A n d s o that pl an was dul y and s uccessfully carried out. "It was built over eighty years ago." "Why don t your father t e ar it down and put up a n e w one?" "He would if he g ot hi s finger s on my five thousan d dollars." "He could put up a good house for half that mone y." "! s uppo s e when y our boxes of s overei g n s ar e r e l e ased you will m ake a model farm of y our p lace h e re. Y o u c ould eatiily build a place tha t w o uld make S qui re Dalton 's look lik e thi r t y cents. That's what I w oul d do if I was in your shoes." "The :first thing I m going t o do with that money, Sam is to give you anoth e r bag o f it f o r what you did for m e CHAPTER, X. yesterda y morning." JOE's BUSINESS SCHEME. "Anoth e r five thousand dollar s !" g asped Sam. "We ll," said Sam P arso ns, as h e and Joe Page sat on Yes. I m ight n e v e r have recove red those boxe s but for the veranda of the P age farm hous e on the following night you. I want you to und e r s tand th a t I a m g rateful to you. "I suppose our trip to New Yor k is i ndefinitely pos tI certainl y would have remai ned b o un d a nd g agged at least poned." three hour s lon g er if you hadn t c ome over here and re" Oh, I don't know," replie0d Joe. Y o u 've g ot a matter l eased me." of five thousand dollars worth of E n g l ish gold to change H o I didn t expect any pay for t h a t. W e're chums, into United States ban k bills, and th e s o o n e r you do it the a r e n t we? Well, I'd expect you to do t h e s ame thing for s ooner you'll feel like a n A m e rican capitali st." l me i f you thought an y thing was wron g in m y direction." "That's right," admitted Sam. I "An d I'd do it, Sam r eplies! Joe, promptl y "Five "You haven't told you r fol k s a b o u t that mone y ?" thous and i s little enou g h b y way of a present for saving "No. I don't feel like g i v in g i t up f o r that i s what I'd! m y money box es, and s o th a t 's what you' ll get. You can have to do if my father knew I h ad it." h and y our f a ther over half of it, if you want to, t.o build "He'd only take charge of it a s y our natural guardian a n e w hous e." 1to prevent you from maki n g a b a d use o f it. "I'd do it, if he wouldn't in s i s t on getting the other "That's ri ght, grinned Sam ; but I d never see it money. again, ju s t the same." W e ll Joe, I'll t e ll you how you c an find u s e for that "Why not? You'd get it w h e n y ou reac hed twenty-one, m o ney i n a w a y that I th in k \ rnul d s uit you." with the advantage of five yea r s' int e rest." H ow?" "Don' t y ou believe it. That mon ey would g o into the B y goin g into a b u siness par tn e r s hip with me." family pocketbook and wqul d s ta y ther e I know m y old "A b11siness p art n crship with you!" e xclaim e d Sam, in man b e tter than you do." s ur pri se'. "Well, what are you going to do wit h the mone y "Yes 1-'ve been ta l k i ng t h e matte r ove r with my you g et it c hanged into bills?" mother a n d s h e approves of t h e p r oject. "I'm going to put it into a savi ngs bank in "Doe s s h e? T he n it m u s t be a good ane." mysel f Then I'll be able to keep a lin e on i t I'm s i c k 1 th i nk it i s I 've h ad the idea in m y min d for n e arly o f far m ing. If I s hou l d see a chance to go i nto s ome kin d a year o f bus iness that would suit me bette r I'd hav e the mone y "Wha t i s it?" t o b a c k myself-s ee?" "The p roduce commission business i n N e w York." "I s e e ; but I'm afraid the possession o f so m u c h money "Gee th a t i s n t bad. W e both know s omething a.bout would be a t e mptation for y o u to emba rk in sch emes that th at." mi ght in the e nd Janel y o u on your upper s." "We o nl y know it from the producer's p oint of view in a "Do you take me for a chump?" practi cal sense; but I pick e d up th e who1e of th e "No, I hope not, Sam I'm onl y gi vin g y ou a slight c o mmission encl from a s m art young c ha p who boa1ded warning Where did y ou hide that bag of s overeigns--:in with u s a c o upl e of week s la s t s umm er As h e saw that y our trunk?" I was interested in the b u s iness, h e gave me poin ts to burn "No. I put it in a niche i ns ide that wide chimney in and I haven t a s i ng le o n e N o w that I s hall b e my room. If the house was to t ak e fire and burn down, the _able to h a ndl e a good bit of money, I'm goin g into it. Why, chimney woul d stand a n d the money would be a s secure with the capital I'll have I'll b e abl e t o m a k e the fur fly." a s if in a oafe "Any bu s iness you were in would s uit m e to the queen 's "Well, that's on e t he ad v antages of tho s e wide solta s te," s aid Sam, enthu s iastically. "I'd lik e you for a

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18 THE ROAD TO S U CCE S S. partner first rate. I wouldn't be afrai d of getting s kinned "No w S am, I prop o s e t o start i n the com mi ssi on bu s i out of my cas h. Come, now, t e ll m e s o m e thing about the ness on s tri ctly an hones t bas i s Dickson sa i d t here was commission end a good profi t on a fla t c omm ission of ten per cent. Of Joe at once explained to him how the bu s iness was con -cour se, t here are sometim e s c h arge s but the s e are the ex ducted in New York ception, n ot the r ul e w h e n the country p rodu cts ar e sh i pp ed The farmer s of New J e rsey and certain countie s of New i n proper s h ape If a farmer i s care l ess i n thi s r espec t he York sent their produce cons i g ned to different commi ssion is bound e d to b e a s uffere r and nobody i s t h en to blame hou ses located in the wholesal e provision west o f but hi m s elf." Hudson street and b elow Fourte enth street, New York "That's right," nodd e d S a m City. "We 'll open a n office in the right l oca tipn, pr il8 near it These s elling ag e nts in turn di sposed of the con s i gn -as w e c a n find a s ui table p l ace 'rhen we'll take turns ments to whole s a l e in lots to s ui t a t t h e best prices drummin g up the farme r s in differe n t s e c t i ons, assu r ing they c ould get, an f 1 dered sta t e m ents of the t r an s t h e m of fai r tre atme n t A s s oon as b u si n ess, begins to action s to the farni ... _._ come our way w e ll c a nvass the retai l dea l ers in the city, The nien who managed the N e w York end of the bu s iness the larger o nes per s ona ll y and t h e smal l fry by c i rc ul a r s in the interest of the c oun t r y pro d ucer s wer e s uppo seil .to Th e n, whe n thing s g et fair l y s tarted, we' ll t r y for the be content with a s traight c ommission f o r the i r s e rv ices. h ote l s-the .small er ones fir s t, and s o on up t h e l a d der I n That was a s impl e an d s traightfor w ard m et hod of doi M fact, I d o n t mean to s top at the ordinary produce bu s ithe business L ness I'm going into the c ann e d ind u stry as w e ll. W i t h The young man who had boarded at the P age farmhou s e my cap ital I'll be abl e t o hand l e l ar g e consignm e nts o f the early half of t h e precedin g Septembe r ass u red good s-outbid m any houses in our li n e whose capital i s Joe .that he knew, from per s onal e x per ience, t h a t the farm e ither limi te d or ti ecl np. Cash t alk s ever y d a y i n t h e who c ompell e d to truP-1: the commi ss ion peopl e week. If you 've got t h e mon e y to pa y clown o n the nail were the v1ct1ms of a s y s tema f Junco gam e t h e s tuff c o me s y ou r way e v ery tim e I s ha ll be abl e t o "He told me that the producers got i t in the neck all mak e contrac t s with s t eams hip compa nies and oth e r l ar g e the time," said Joe. in terests and d o a s w e ll bus i ness In fact, t hat is w h a t "How do ?" asked Sam much intere s ted. I'm out for Th e country produc e w ill be the opening "He says the commission m e n figure up an ki nd s of wedge. If t hrou g h honest d ea lin g and qui c k retu rns we charges again s t the consignme nts, in addition to their reg-can g e t contro l of a lal'g e p art of the farm e rs' bus i n e s s ular commis s ion an d that the balance rend e r e d in favor we'll be able to e s tab li s h a fine trad e and onc e we have of their custome r s l o o k s very dizzy after the h e ad book-secu red th e c on fidence ofthe prod ucer s we' ll be apl e t o h o lc1 keeper has foot e d i t up." i t a g ain s t all com ers What do you think of i t Sam?" "Is that a fact? "Fine!" c r ied hi s c hum enthu s iastica lly. "When are "It is, if Di c k son-that was the n a m e o f o u r b oar der-y o u goi n g to start in?" told the truth." ."Righ t away i f y ou d o n t mincl l ett i ng nie u s e your five "Why, that 's a swin dle cri e d Sam, indig n antl y t h ousand doll ars to s e t the ball r o lli n g until I can get con" Th t' h t t 1 k l"k I h" tro l of my own fm1 ds." a aw a 1 oo s I e. t mk the r e i s some t ruth in what he told me, for I hav e heard a numb e r o f fa rmers up "Let you use it? Well s ay, jus t freez e OI\ to every cent way complain o f the way they had been b y the of it. I'm with you i n t hi s t hi n g from the gro-qnd floor cc:rnmission hou s e s of N e w York. I know of fanners who up let lot s of fruit and veget a ble s go to waste b e cau s e the y "You'll nev er Tegret it, Sam. It will be a start in life said it didn't pay to ship it to the city for sale." for you a s w e ll as for m yself. B u t, rem e mber, it will be Gee I that's fierce. But I s hould think a farmer would a case of hu s tl e from the begi n n ing You c an t expect to shake a commi ssi on man afte r getting one or two ha.rel sit in a n office and l o ok for things to come yo-qr w ay We'll deals from him and try another." have t o g et out an d wor k li k e b e avers ear l y and late. One ''He does, naturally but it doesn't hel p him any." of these d ays w h e n w e've built up the business, we'll b e "Why not ? f ' able to t a k e things easi e r. But that won't be for a long "Beca use told me that the chief commission t im e." h o nses are banded together and ever y one worked alon g "I'll hu s tle, b e t your life Anything is be t ter than every the s ame lin es. The producer is up against the s ame s c al e day f a rming in New Y o r k State. I've had all I want o f of charges, no matter wh a t house he favors with his stu:ff, it, and I gues s y o u lmow a s well as I that there is no future and, in addition, is kept out of his money for an indefinite in it." t ime." "Well, it' s after nine o'clock, Sam. Time you were go "No wonder so many farmers cry poverty," said Sam . ing home. Fetch over tha t bag of sovereigns by eight in "I've heard my father squeal about the little pro.fit there the mornin g We'll take the 9.10 West Shore train at iji in h is fruit w h en he sends it to m!U'ket." Highland for Wee hawken.''

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TEE ROAD TO SUCCESS. 19. The boys parted for the night, Sam departing with his head 'full of visions of the future, and feeling as if he haJ suddenly become a full grown man He then gave an order to' a sign painter for a board sign to go over the door CHAPTER XI. "Page & Parsons, Commission Merchan ts,. w ill look fine, you bet your life," said Sam, enthusiastically, as the y l eft the painter's shop. PAGE & PARSONS, COMMISSION MERCHANTS. "It is the first step we are taking on ou r road to SUC When the boys reached lo. wer Broadway next morning cess," replied Joe, as they started across town t owar d after eleven o'clock Joe led the way to a well known trust Broadway. "Before we make our next move we mig h t a s and safe deposit company, to which he had been recomwell register at the Sinclair House, for we shan't l eave the mended by the president of the village bank. city for two or three days." He in his letter of introduction to the president and "That'll suit me all right," replied his companio n with was admitted to that gentleman's private office. a pleased chuckle . To him Joe, told his story of the finding of the twenty So they went straight to that hote l and engaged a room pounds of old English sovereigns under the foun"Now, Sam," said Joe, as they started uptow n along dat10n of the old stone house on his mother's property. Broadway to take in a few of the sights of the met ropo l is, recited the adventures he had had with the mys"the next thing we' ll haYe to do-and it is a m att e r re terious Frenchman, who had come all the wav from France quiring considerable judgment, is to secu re a by his own account, with a clue to the buried treasure and trustworthy man to help us launch this busi ness of had failed to locate it. ours properly. We want a man with p r actica l .exp e rience The president was very much interested in his story in the produce commission li ne a m a n who c an run the "Now," said Joe, "I have here a sample of the treasure city end of the concern while we are o u t in t h e country one of the bags which I gave my chum before I boxed drumming up trade." rest up. It contains one thousand pounds I want to ex"That's right," nodded Sam. "How are y ou g o i n g to h th t f Am Orret him?" c ange a or erican money. The n, as soon as the authorities release the four boxes after the trial of the two "I'm going to put an advertisement in one o f th e b ig Frenchmen, I want to sell the other nineteen thousand dailies stating just what we want, a n d then it w ill b e up pounds. Now will you undertake todo this for me for a to us to pick out the right man. We've got to b e ver y c ar e suitable compensation?" ful in making our selection, for a whole lot depends on our The president said the company would do that for him choice. We can't rely altogether on references, for nearly if the gold was genuine every applicant for the position will be prepared to furnish "This bag is an exact sample of the others, for my a bunch of. apparently gilt-edged ones. We must size our chum and myself have handled every coin when countman up from his shoes to his hat, take particu l a r n o te o f ing it." his manner in dealing with us, and try to form a c orrect The president examined the money closely and was satisopinion of his honesty and business abili ty. You see, a fied it was the real thing. great many sharp persons will be inclined to take adv antag e "Wasn't there any p.apers to give a clue to the original of the fact that 're are boys and fair game for them. If w e owners of this gold?" asked the gentleman. make the mistake of employing one of these k i n d of c haps "No," answered Joe. "There was not a thing in the we'll be apt to suffer for it. chest but the twenty bags, each one carefully tied at the Sam agreed with his chum that the problem w a s a serious mouth just as this one is." one. .. "And it was found on your mother's property?" Joe put his advertisement in the Heral d, t h e n they "Yes, sir I have brought a note to that effect from walked up Sixth avenue to Central Park and Epent an her/' and the boy showed it to the president of the trust hour there. company. They took a Broadway car back to their .hotel, had d i nThe gentleman sent the bag outside to the cashier to ner, and afterward went to the theater count it and compute its exact value in American money. They got a of answers next morn in g to the ir this formality had been completed, Joe was paid advertiJ>ement, one of them from a ma n who said he had about forty eight h1mdred dollars in bills, and took his de-been in the produce commission business severa l y ears, parture, promising to call later with the rest of the Engbut had been forced out of it because, as the boys learn e d at lish money. the interview Joe arranged w i th him, he had t r ied to run After a good lunch the two boys started for the whole the business on the very lines the two boys conte mplat e d sale provision district of the city to look the ground of their themselves. business venture well over "I did very well at the start," he w ent o n t o sa y "for They found a store for rent in the heart of the district, i the farmers were looking for a square man to do business with the partitio:i.standing, and Joe hired it at once ]with; but when the other commission men saw how thing s for a year, with the pnvilege of renewal at the same rent. were going they combined to me out of the district..

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20 THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. I was a thorn in the i r becaus e I was steadi l y making inroads on th eir trad e They sent out representatives to try and c ut off my cnt down their com mission to the fa nnc1 s and rnacle all kinds of temporary concessions in order l o 1ripc me ou!. Finally they resorted to many uuclerhanl l devices lhat hnrt me grea tly. In th e end they won out and I hail to ret i re from business Hi s name was William Bla ck, anq his manner and con versation ma1le a favorab l e impression on both boys Joe had a l ong ta lk with him, and was convinced he was in every respect a desirable perso n to engage. He to give the lad s the full benefit of his ex . c rienc e in th e busines s a nd t o tak e as much interest in ilR flevelopment as though it were his own. When h e found the proposed to run matters on th e same lines as he had tried to do himself he expressed a st rong doubt of their success; but Joe told him they would have capit a l to burn, and that thev intended to burn a good bit of it, if necessary, to force themselves to the front and fight the oppos ition. "We're going to win out, too, Mr. Black," said Joe, in a decided tone. "Sam and I are hustlers and fighter s from the basement up. W e're young, it i s true, but the oppos ition will find themselves badl y fooled if they fanc y we're going to be easy mark s We will have to depend on your experience to a cons iderable extent at the outset, a nd w e hope you will do the b est you can in our intere sts." "I certainly sha ll replied Mr. Black. "At any rate, thi s will give you the c hance to get bac k at the men who did you up. That ought to b e some satis faction, at any With our capital and energy, backed tip with your experience, we propose to make things hum in the pro duce dist ri ct. If you proYe sati sfacto ry as w e think you will you'll find that Sam and I will do the right thing by you Mr. Black 'vas engaged, and he s tarted at once to get things under way. He looked after all the ne c e ssary d e tail s made s ugges tions that the young firm adopted without question, and soon proved they had made no mistake in hiring him. "He's all to the mustard s aid Sam, as t hey were pre paring to return to Pembrook to make their final arrang e ments for an indefinite absence from their homes. "He's a good, conscientious man thoroughly up in the business, and will handle all the s tuff we can drum up in first class shape. We couldn't have landed a better man if we'd tried for a month." "That's right," replied Sam. "We were dead lucky to get him." The boys spent only a day or two at their homes, and th e n s tarted out to hu s tle among the f!ll'mers.' It was arran ged b etween them that Sam s hould work up agreements among the produce and fruit growers of mster, Orange and Rockland counties of New York State, whil e Joe devoted his energies to the farmers of New J ersey. It was a new experience for the two lads, but they had pluck, energy and ambition to burn, and both felt confident that they had started upon the road to success. CHAPTER XII. THE RESCUE ON THE LAKE. Before he st arted to work up the New Jersey trade Joe crossed the river and took a car down to his place of busi ness, on FO'urteenth street, west. Mr. Black was in the office, reading a newspap er. He was all ready to attend to bu s iness, but there was nothing doing a s yet. But, of course, this state of inaction was not expected to last very long. He confidently looked to see consignments of produce and fruits arrive in a few days, just as soon as the young pro prietors of the business secured a few patrons. Joe only stopped a short time, just long enough to have a talk with his manager-bookkeeper, and then he started fofthe Desbros s e s street ferry and was soon in Jersey City, where he took a train for the point he inten ded to begin operations. Both of the young partners of the firm of Page & Par sons met with success from the very start. Joe 's proposition of a flat ten per cent commission, with no bogu s charges tacked on to r e duce the farmer' s profits and a t e n day settlement, captured the producer off-hand and he readily agreed to sign an agreement to send all his s tuff to the new firm. Mos t of the farmers that the boys fir s t talked into s en-l ing introductor y consignments to Page & Parsons wer e inclined to think thi s new deal they were promi s ed was too good to be true. They soon discovered that the }1ous c whic h promis ecl them a "squar e deal was keeping its word to the letter and naturall y they were s o pleased that they made the fa c t public, and many producers that the boys had b e en unabl e to call on in their neighborhood tried ihe experiment al s o of sending their s tuff to the new commis s ion hou se. The result was that the old commission men began to notice a steady drop off in their business, and, looking around to discover the ca use of this, they saw that the firm of Page & Parsons, which had but late l y invad e d the di s trict, was gett in g business that by right, they argued, s hould
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THE ROAD TO SUCCESS The farm e r s who ha d alread y don e business with Page & Parsons were satisfied with the tr e atment they were now receiving, and the agen ts of the other commission houses found it a difficult job to make any of them return to the old fold. The fruit season was now commencing, and the very best of the early products found their way to the new house, s o that the wholesalers and stewards of the big hotels had to come and see Mr Black if they wanted any of this s tuff, which as a matter of course, thev did. There was one big and influential fruit in New Jersey that Joe tried to rea c h, but it was some little time befor e he was able to secure an interview. On account of his trade the old commission men had been in the habit of treating him pretty decent-each and every one of them that enjoyed the privilege of handling consignments from his great farm and orchards were only too eager to try and retain his good will. As soon as their early fruit business began to suffer from the e ncroachments made by Sam and Joe, the commission men who handled Mr. Walton's fruit got together and dis patch ed one of their brightest a g ents to his .head full of di strus t for any propo s ition submitted to him by Page & Parson s U n f ortunately this man reached his ear Joe was abl e to make hi s a c quaintance, and the re s ult was tlrnt the bri ght boy got a cool reception and a flat r e fu s al of business wh e n he did appear with a blank agreement to which he had hoped to s ecure Walton' s signature. Thi s was J oe's .rs t important s e tback, and he retired feelin g mu c h di s appointed. He r ecog nized that the o p p o s ition had got in ahead of him and that their repre s entative had lied about him; but he couldn't do an y thing, and had to accept his first signal defeat with the best grace possible. That, howev e r, was not the wor s t of it. Mr. Walton's neighbor s having great r e spe c t for hi s judgment, followed hi s l e ad in the matter of c ommission hou s e s a s in other matters, and Joe found hi s work cut out for him in that s ection of New J e rsey. It was a big card for the other houses to be able to con trol the Walton fruit, for it had a s tanding among the wholesale trade that put all similar fruit more or less in the s hade with the higher cla s s of customers. Walton fruit fetched the highe s t price s and sold right off the r e el on its arrival in New York. The oppo s ition therefore s cored an important point a g ain s t Pag e & Pars ons when they cut the new firm out o f the Walton bu s in ess. Joe was a bit discouraged to find that h e c ould not secure even a sing l e c u s tom e r in the Walton locality where the best fruit woul d come from a s the season advanced. "I hate to give the fight up here," he sai d to himself, "but I've don e the very best I could in this locality and I can't make the least headwa y." He was just coming awa y from the la s t fruit farm on his list in that neighborhood, after receiving the usuai turn-down. He started down the road on his bicycle toward the vil lage where he wa s stopping while he canvassed the district. He had to pass the Walton farm at the point where a lak e of some size bordered the road. As he drew near this body of water, which was ruffl e d by a stiff afternoon wind, he noti ced a pretty little sail in which was a lovely miss of perhaps fifteen and a w e ll-dressed boy a year older. The boy was s teering the boat and from the a c tion s of the small craft it s truck Joe, who knew something about boat sailing, that the lad was a novic e in the art of handling a sailboat. He kept his eye on the craft as he rode along. "That chap knows as muc} about sailing a boat a;; a donkey does about dancing. Ev e n if he did know some thing, it was rash in him to put out on the lake in this wind, especially with that girl for a passenger. :i shouldn't be at all surprised to see him capsize any moment." The words were scarcely out of his mouth before a sud den fl.aw s truck the sail. Not being a skillful boatman, the boy was wholly unpre pared for it, and the boat upset. Struggling in t e rror and confu s ion, the lad struck out for the nearest s hore, leavin g the screaming girl to her fate. She c ould not swim,, and the s uddenne s s of the catas trophe had unn e rved her. With a cry of di smay J o e s prang from his wheel and rush e d down to the s hore o f t.he lak e B y thi s time the girl had s unk out of vie w her natty straw liat al o ne floating upon the s urfa c e of the troubled water. uB y George!" breathed Joe, "I mu s t save her if I can, ,lJlut I'm afraid it's a case of touch and go." He was an e xcell ent swimmer fortunately. He kicked off his shoe s cast aside hi s ja c ket) and sprang into the lake. With s trong, sturdy strokes, hand-over-1?-and fashion, he worked his way out to the drownin g girl. "She's come up," he said. "I I can only reach her before she goes down again." The distance he had to cover was too far, however, and her struggling for;rn went unde r for the second befor" he got within a dozen yards of her. In the meantime the boy had reached shore and was running frantically toward a mansion not far away to get help. This mansion was the residence of Mr. Walton, and, M it happened, the girl who was now in such desperate peril was his only daughter, the pet of the household. Joe put on an extra spurt and reached the spot where Jessie Walton had gone down for the second time just as she reappeared in a semi-uncon s cious state on the surface. He grabbed her at once and skillfully lifted her head

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THE ROAD TO S"]JOOESS. above the water-line, while he swam out with one h a nd but for your promptness and courage my child would prob for the keel of the overturned boat. ably have been drowned. You must come to my home at He reached it after a gr e at effor t a ncl, getting a good o nce, for you are drenched, and your clothes will have to hold on it, held the pallid and motionless girl as far out of b e dried. Besides, I could not of letting you depart the water as he could, while he rested hims e lf. in an off-hand way after what you have done for us." As the moments pas sed he found his situation growing "Very w e ll, sir," replied Joe. "It will, of course, be more and more uncomfortable, for he could only use one necessary for me to have my clothes dried, as this is the arm to hang on, while th e other was e mployed in supporting o nly s uit I have with me. I will get my coat and shoes the girl, who was g r adually rc g ajning'her s e nses. a nd m y bicycl e which are only a short distance away, and This brou ght a h c a vy and awkward s train on hi s left follo w you to the house." arm, and he a s a fra id he would soon ha v e to let go and Jo, no," r e plied Mr. Walton; "my gardener will get swim with hiti burden for the s hore. .vour thing s William, go for this young man's wheel and At this point howeve r, Mr. Walton and hi s gard e ner o th e r articles." came toward th e lake at a run, th e fath e r n e arlv franti c "I hope you are feeling better, Mis s Walton," said Joe with anxiety at th e thought that his b e loved child might t o the prett y but water-soaked miss, a s the three walked now be lying s tark and dead at th e bottom up toward the mansion. The gardener's s harp eyes mad e out Joe clinging to th a "Yes thank you," with a blu s h and a smile, iis she stole bottom of the s ailboat with Jes sie in hi s arm, and he called a sh y g l a nce into the face of the boy to whom she knew she l\lr. Walton's attention to the fac t. o wed h e r life. "I am very gr13,tefl to you," she added in There was a rowboat tied to th e s hore a s hort dis t a n c e a l o w voice. away, and to thi s both men repaired a s fas t as they c oul d I "Don t m e ntion it, Miss Walton. I am very happy I was get there. abl e to reach you in time to prevent you from sinking the They pushed off and the gardener pulled at the oar s third time." with all his energy. "Great hea ven!" exclaimed Mr., Walton, "was she so near The overturned craft with its living frei ght was bein g death a s that? blown further and further away from the s hore a fact th a t "I'm afraid s h e WflS, s ir. I wa s fully twenty feet away Joe soon woke up to. 1rom h e r whe n s he sank the s econd time. I bar e ly got "I'm afraid it's too long a distance to swim with thi s to h e r a s s h e rn s e once more to the s urface. However, a s girl," he said to himself. "I'll hav e to try and manage l ong as sh e i s s af e it doesn't matter how close she came to to get astride of the keel and haul her up alongs id e o f i t d r o w ning,'' said th e boy with a light laugh. "A miss, you Somebody will be sure to come out after u s befor e l o n g." know, i s good a s a mile." He was about to put this scheme into pra c tice whe n he "l\Iy youn g fri e nd, if you could r e alize how very dear heard the sound of oars and looking back across the wat e r m y moth e rless child is to me you would under s tand how saw the approaching boat. word s ail to expres s the gptih1de I feel toward you for s avin g h e r pre c iou s life, and I s hall not allow you to leave CHAPTER XIII. m y place unt i l I have testified my appreciation in some :fitJO'E CAPTURES A BIG CONTRACT. t ing manner." Shouting words of encouragement to Joe, and urging "I hop e y ou ar e not thinking of offering me any reward, his gardener to his bes t efforts with the oar s Mr. Walton sir, s aid Joe, ha s tily, "for if you are I must decline to stooll up in the boat with his anxious eyes fa s tened upon receive it." his slowly re v ivi!!g daughter. No, my lad, I am not thinking of doing that. It would At la s t aft e r what seemed an a g e to the distressed be utte rly out' of my powe r to pay you for a service that father, the boat shot within reach of the c ap s ized sailboat is beyond price. But I s hall insist that you accept some and l\Ir. Walton bent down and grasped' hi s child under littl e token as evidence of my esteem and friendship for the arms. you." Heaven! he breathed, as he drew h e r into the "You have already thanked me in a way that shows. your rowboat, "you are safe, my Jessie." g ratitude, and I think that covers the matter," replied Joe. "She murmured, "Father," and feebly tried to throw "I don't see that I have done more than my duty under her arms a: ound his neck the circum s tances. As long as I am a good swimmer, it In the meantime the gardener assisted Joe into the boat was up to me to do the bes t I could for the young lady. and then pulled out for the shore. I am s ure anybody equal to the emergency would have 1\Ir. Walton thought of nothing but hi s dau g hter unti l done ju s t a s I did." they were within reach of th e s olid g round whe n she was They had now rea c hed the house, and Mr. Walton turned so far recover e d as to be able to walk ashor e on I 1 i s arm. hi s dau ghte r o v er to the anxiou s -looking hou s ekeeper, who "Young man," said the big fruit grower "I am under 'hurrie d the girl to her room. the deepest of obligations to you for going to the assi s tance The grate ful father led Joe upstairs to a chamber and of my daughter when that sailboat upset. I feel sure that .. told the boy to undress.

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THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. 13 He brought him a suit of his own underclothes and a charge. We may be boys, but we're out for our rights, and pair of trousers. we're going to get them, i'u spite of every produce commis"Put these on for the present," he said. "I will have sion man in New York." your own clothes dried and pressed; but of course it will Joe looked fight all over, and Mr. Walton rather admired take a little while. You must consider yourself my guest his pluck. for the day, at least." "Well, my young friend," he said, "you ha .ve won my After he had carried Joe's wet things downstairs to the lifelong gratitude, and I am going to take advantage of laundry-room, where a servant was instructed to attend this opportunity to repay you in part for your invaluable to them, Mr. Walton returned to the boy and took him to services this . I will an agreement with you to his library. send you all my1 consignments hereafter, and take the "I think we have met before, have we not?" asked the of you doing as well by me as the other commission people." fruit grower. "You'll take no risk whatever, sir," replied Joe, prompt"Yes, sir," replied the young commission merchant. "I ly. "I we can't show as good results as the others, I'll called on you two days ago to secure1your fruit trade, but," tear up your contract and release you from any further with a smile, "I had very poor luck. I could not induce obligation to patronize us." you to even consider my proposition." "Well, that is certainly very fair on your part," smiled "Ah, yes, I remember. Your name is--" the fruit grower. "Now, have you done any business with "Page, Page, of the produce commission firm of my neighbors?" Page & Parsons, No. West Fburteenth street, New York. "No, sir. I haven't caught one. They all seem to fol M:y partner and I have only been in business a short time, low your lead, and what is good enough for you seems to but long enough to let the trade know that we're alive and suit them. I hope to have better luck with them when I hustling for our share of the fruit and produce that comes take your agreement around with me and show them." to the metropolis." "I think there is a better way than that." Mr. Walton smiled good-naturedly. "What is it, sir?" He now regarded ,Toe in an altogether different light "I you will remain all night with us here, I'll'
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THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. her fathe r, and h e was quite impresse d by the girl's good looks and viva c iousness. ShQ had not s uffer e d in any way from h e r involuntary bath, and h e votecLh cr the most c harming yonn g lady he had ever m e t. CHAPTER XIV. PAGE & PARSONS ON THE ROA D TO SUC C ES S. Joe found Jessie Walton veh entertaining both at din ner and in the parlor afterward She played quite brilliantly on the piano, and sang with bewitching effect o ne of the latest musical noveltie s Then she sat al ongs ide of him on a lounge and talked about the fine fruit farm her father owned, how he must go over it in the morning, and how very glad she was that he was in the c ommission bu s iness and able to handle the \Yalton brand whi c h s he had no he sitation in declaring the be s t on the marke t a s it undoubte dly was. "Your father's trad e will g ive m e a big boos t s aid Joe. "I ou ght to thank you for putting m e in the way of s ecur ing it. "'l'hank m e !" she exclaimed, opening her e y e s with sur prjse. "Why, I hail nothing to do with it. I didn't even know you were in the commission business until father told me he had signed an agreement to send you all of his fruit." "But if you hadn' t fallen into the water, and given m e the op portunity to pull y ou out, I s hould n e v e r have got the c ontract," he s aid smilingly "Oh!" she exclaimed archly. "Then I didn t get a duck ing in vain did I?". "It was a mighty ri s k y duc kin g Miss Jessi e and I wouldn t advi se you to repeat it." "I won t go out a g ain in that boat on the lake," s he s aid, with a positiv e nod of her head; "at least, not with Arc hie Da v i s He told m e h e c ould s ail the boat all right." "I am afraid h e ha s an ex a gge rated o pinion of hi s abil i ties in that direction r ep l ie d .Toe I w a watchin g th e b oat for some m in utes b e for e s h e upset and I a m bound t o he doesn't kn o w t he fir s t tliin g ab out it. It was v e ry fooli sh for him t o tr.v s u c h a dan gerous exp e rim ent on s o windy an {lftcrnoon.n "\\'e ll l j11s t d o t e on the wnt er; that's why T all o w rc1 him t o per1>11aclc rnc t o go 011t H e in s i t c d tha t it wa n t blowing t o o hard. I s hall give him a piece of m y mind when I sec him U c ought to have been a R liamcd t9 leave me to drown when h e can R wim. H e mi ght hav e h e lped n ie g et as far a s th e overturne d boat. The n w e both c ould held on till some o n e saw our predic ament. If it hacln been for you"-and she look e d g ratefully into Joe's face" l am sure I would never have come a shore:; alive." "Well you did ge t a s hore alive, s o we'il let the matter go at that. " .\nd y ou b elieve I am truly grate ful to y ou d on't you?" "8ure, I do." "I am so glad my father was ab l e to put something in your way You may be sure you have his custom for good as l ong as you are in the c ommis s ion bu s ine ss." "I am glad to hear that, of cour se; but w e expect to de s e rve it by handling it right up to the mark. If w e couldn t c1o that we woulc1 have no right to e xp ect to hold it, for busines s i s bu s ines s anc1 your father would s uffer in pock e t and reputation i f his fruit was not properly marketed." "Father hasn't any fear s of that. He told me y ou were the smart est boy he ever talke d to. ,' I am much obli g ed to your father for hi s good opinion. I hope to deserve it." I think you deserve it," she rep l ied, demure ly "You are v e r y kind to say so, Miss J e s s ie I al s o hop e to hold your friendship indefinitely, too." "There's no fear of that, either. I shall nev e r forget what you did for me as l ong as I live." Mr. Walton now came into the parlor and the c onversa t ion became genera l. Next morning after breakfa s t Joe wa s shown over the b i g fruit farm, and he was willing to b e lieve that it was the fin est in t h e State of New Jersey. Mr. Walton then took him around to hi s in h is autom o bile, a n d Joe soon had half a dozen signed agree ments in his possession. T hey returned. to the mansion in time for l unch, after whic h Joe said he m ust return to New York to make ar ra n gements for the reception of the big consigmpents that would be coming his way in a day or two He found Sam at the office when he got back "You didn't ilo s o bad in J ersey, J oe," s aid his partner, with a grin. "You don' t kno w yet how well I did," rep l ied Joe . "I know the r e' s a lot of produce coming in every day from that State, and it wouldn't have come to us unle s s y ou had been handing the farmer s out a pretty stiff game of talk." "I "dicl the best I know how in that d irection I find I'in not a bacl talker when I g e t down to bus iness. You didn' t do s o bad your s elf up-State." .!'I had to talk s ome of the p e opl e deaf, dumb and blind befor e I coulc1 make any impression on them. Some folk s are awfull y thick," remarked Sam. \ \fell, al:! long a s y ou got them in the encl, it didn't matt e r how 111ud1 troub l e you had. 'l'hey 'll stic k all the c loser to u s f or it." "I hope they will. W e ll, how about the Sunbury s e c tiOJJ? :M:r. Blac k s aid you made a break for the Walton Fruit Farm ancl nei ghboring plac e s How did you make out?" "What chan c e did Mr. Black seem to think I had?" a s ked Joe. "Very slim. Jackso n & Cornish, B ailey & Co. and Cooke & Denn ing have a mortgage on the who l e of that district. "Who said the y have?" "Why, Mr. Black of course." "I. won t deny that he had good reason for his opinion. It was the hardest proposition I've been up against. Yes-

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THE ROAD 'l'O :::lUOCESS. terday noon, after having talked to every grower in that "You bet," said Sam, emphatically. we're going section, I was ready to throw up my hands in disgust. The to stay at the front, too." other commission houses got a man down there before me and what he didn't say to queer us isn't worth mentioning." CHAPTER XV. "Is that a fact?" asked Sam, indignantly. PAGE & PARSONS BREAK INTO THE CANNED GOODS TRADE. "Yes; that's a fact. I had it from Mr. Walton's own If an earthquake shock had struck the wholesale prolips." vision district south of Fourteenth street it couldn't have "Then your trip was a failure?" said Sam, glumly. created greater consternation among the proclucc commis No, it wasn't. Something happened that changed the sion houses than when the fact became generally known whole complexion of matters." to the trade that Page & Parsons, the new firm of commis"What happened?" asked Sam, with a look of interest. sion merchants, had actually captured not only the Walton "Well, a very pretty girl tumbled into the lake adjoining Fruit Farm, but every other fruit grower in the Sunbury the Wal ton Farm just as I was passing by on my wheel. I district. jumped into the water and saved her life." What Jackson & Cornish had to say on subject would "The deuce you did I" hardly bear repetition in print. "I did for a fact." Bailey & Co. and Cooke & Denning were heard to "Gee! you are quite a hero," with a chuckle. "A pretty use language that was more forcible than polite. girl, too. I wouldn't mind saving the life of a pretty girl Then the trade made another discovery-that Page & myself. Is it a case of spoons?" Parsons were only boys not yet seventeen. "Nonsense I" Before they found that fact out they had imagined that "Well, what did that have to do with your business?" their old rival, William Black, who had been observed in "A great deal." charge of the new concern, was masquerading under a new "Oh, come, now, don't keep a :fellow on foe rack. How name. did the fact that you saved the girl help your business?" How two boys could start in the commisaion business an?'!-: "She happened to be the daughter o:f M:r. Walton." skirmish up such a good trade inside of a month was a "You don't say!" whistled Sam.' marvel to the men who had been in the trade for years. "Mr. Walton had turned our proposition down hard two It was gall and wormwood to the regular houses to see days before. He would hardly listen to me. After I saved the wholesalers rushing into Page & Parsons' in order to his daughter he couldn't do enough for me." fill their orders for stuff that the old-timers could not "I should think not." supply. "Well, he signed an agreement to send every crate of The clique of commission men realized that they were fruit and produce he ships hereafter clirect to us." going to lose a. whole lot of money during the coming sea "That's fine. He's a big shipper." son, now almost upon them, if something wasn't done to I "And that wasn't all he did for me." choke off Page & Parsons. "What else d.id he do?" So a conference was called to discuss the subject, and "Took me around in his auto to all the neighboring ways and means were proposed looking t.O the doing-up of farms and talked the proprietors into signing similar the boy firm. agreements." The young firm was now handling a remarkable amount "You don't mean it!" gasped Sam. of business, considering the short time Joe and Sam were "I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it." in the trade. "Holy smoke! There'll be war in the provision district After this Joe Page remained at the office, while Sam over this . Why, Jackson & Cornish, Bailey & Co., and took short trips throughout New Jersey drummhtg up adCooke & Denning will be wild. It won't be healthy for us ditional customers. to walk by their stores." Mr. Black had proved to be invaluable to them, and "Don't you worry about them. They tried to do us a. the firm raised his salary half as much again as had been mean trick in that district, and I'm glad they have got it originally agreed upon between them. in the neck. Some other firms I might mention will get Joe hadn't made any mistake in his early statement that get it in the neck, too, if they aren't careful." they intended to make things hum in the wholesale pro "I'll call Mr. Black in and you can tell him the good duce district. news," said Sam. 'rhe only trouble was they had made a host of enemies Mr. Black could hardly believe his ears wl1en Joe told of their business rivals, and whenever the boys passed the him that hereafter they had a steady customer in the Waloffices of the other commission men they were treated to ton Fruit Farm, and also that the six other Sunbury :farmblack looks, ancl muttered threat s followed their footsteps. er s had signed regular season agreement s But neither Sam nor Joe cared a snap for that; they "Young gentlemen," said their manager, "you haYe made were on the road to success, and that was satisfaction the greatest coup in the history of the commission business. enough .for them. Page & Parsons is bound to go right to the front." It was a.bout this time that the ,boys received a no.te from

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26 THE ROAD TO SUCCESS. Constable Sncdgras s of Pembrook, notifying them that\ In fact, Page & Parc:ons proclaimed the fact broadca s t their presence-would be required at the trial of Jules Glo-, that the y made a specialty of rush orders, and this an rieux and his companion, Gaston, which was to take place two days later at Dexter, the county seat. So Joe telegraphed his mother to send John, the hired man, with a rig to meet Sam and him s elf at Highland on the arrival of a certain train over the West Shore Railroad. Everybody in Pembrook knew that Joe Page and Sam Parsons had gone into the produce oommis s ion business in New York C ity, and had 'heard they were doing well. There.fore when the bo.rs appeared in the village, in com pany with John, on their way to Dexter, the day after their r eturn home, they were object s of much inte rest The trial of the Frenchmen did not take Jong The y were defended by a town lawyer, but th e evidence against them was suffic i ent to s ecure their c onviction and they were sentenced to five years in the Auburn P e nit e n tiary. Joe then secured an order from the judge for the r eturn to him of the four boxes of English sovereign s whi c h had formed a sensational feature of the trial. Joe' s confession on the witness stand of th e c hara c ter of the content s of the boxes, as well as his s tory c orroborat e d lift Sam and John, of the :finding of the trea s nre chest under the foundation of the old stone house on his mother s prop arousecl a good deal of excitement in court. The news reached Pembrook ahead of them, and th e vil lager s almost mobbed the boys in an effort to find out addi tional particulars about the remarkable discovery For days aftei' that the vil l age was agog ove r th e event and it seemed as if half of the re s ident s v i site d the old s tone house to look at the hole, which s till r e main e d uncov ered, where so large an amount of Englis h golcl had r e mained for so long a time hidden and unthought of. Everybody who had the slightest acquaintance with Mrs. Pag e and her daught e rs, as well as many who did not know them at all, visited the Page home to congratulate them on their accession to wealth, and to try to find out what their plan s were for the future. Joe and Sam hurried the English money to N e w York, where they turned it over to the trust company, and the former received a check for something over ninety one thousand dollars. Sam received the .additional five thol1s and dollars his chum had promised him for his servi ces. the night the boxes were s tolen from the Page home, and he immediately turned it into the business Joe put in ten thousand dollars him s elf, whic h put the boys on an equal footing, with a capita l of twenty thousand Bollars. Joe now turned his attention to the handling of canned goods and laid in a big of Western goods nounc e nient brought a flood of orders for canned goods to the young firm when the first hot wave caused the hot e l propri e tors to clamor for instant delivery of extra supplies, which the wholesalers were unable to obtain in time from the commis s ion people th e y w e re accustomed to patronize. "I t e ll you, Joe, we're doing a bang -u p trade now, aren't we?" s aid Sam one morning, as he watched his partner g oing through the early mail. "I don't know as we have any cause to complain," replied Joe, "but I hope to e e it grow still better. In fact, I have alr e ady got my hook s out for sorne big contracts to supply ca nn e d goocls Th e re' s no rea s on why we shouldn't work up a v e r y lar g e business, for I have fifty thousand dollars in bank to loan the fir m at any moment." "We ll we can't do too much bus ines s to suit me," an swere d S a m mor e the merrier We've got several o f th e olcl produc e hom;es s kinned to death already. That private cle tecti v e we e mployed kind of discouraged the c rook e d work our rival s exp e cted to practice to put u s out of bus iness. I guess they arc s atisfied now that we are too s mart for them." "I h e ar some o.f them have adopted our square methed o f cloing bu s iness in an effor t to coax some of their old cus tom e r s bac k." "I'm not s urprised to hear that," replied Sam. "W turned the tid e pretty strong against the old method." "Want to see the plans for our new home up country, S am," s aid Joe taking down a roll of blue print that lay o n the t o p o f hi s desk. "We' re g oing to build it on the 35acre plot." "Sure I do, r e pli e d hi s chum eagerl y "The one where the old s tone hou s e i s eh?" Moth e r i s going to have a fine lawn all around the hou se. It will be one o.f the swell est residences in the county." W e ll you've got the stuff to make it so." "Mother is going to put it up herself with a part of thc $20,000 r,gave her." "How much did you give your sisters?" "Two thou s and a piece. That leaves me $50,000 in bank to meet any call for spot cash in our business. Some of these big contracts J am angling for now will Tequire a larg e t e mporary outlay at first if I succeed in landing them. That's th e advanta g e of ha ving money at one's back Lots of bus inesse s to-clay arc being nm at a disadvantage on account of the lack of capital or credit." At that moment Mr. Black opened the g l ass cloor. r "'I'here is a young lady in the s tore wishes to see y ou Mr. Page," he s aid. The firm then notified the wholesaler s who supplied the numerou s summer hotels, jus t opening up for the sea s on that it was in a position to supply the m with canned goods at the lo.west market figures and without delay 'Vi shes to see me, eh?" s aid Joe, jumping up from his desk ancl wondering who it could be. "I'll be back in a minute, Sam." Whe n he walked into the s tore he saw a hand somely dressed girl stand ing near the door.

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'l'Hrn ROAD TO SUCCESS. As he her she turned around and Joe, to his surprise, recognized Jessie Wal ton. "Why, Miss Walton I" he exclaimed, "this 1s an unex pected pleasure." $100,000 worth of the goods to be held or a certain time .subject to our order. This cost us $5,000. I've also spoken for the $50,000 worth provisionally." "Am I welcome?" she asked, laughingly. "As welcome as the flowers in May and the roses in June,'' he exclaimed. "Corne right into the office and I'll introduce you to my partner. He's been crazy to see the young lady I pulled out of the water." .Joe led the way inside. "Miss Walton, this is my chum and partner, Sam Par sons. Sam, this is Mr. Waltonis daughter." Sam bowed and motioned Jessie to take the chair bt]sjde the desk he had just vacated. Jessie stayed half. an hour and then declared she must take the Desbrosses Street ferry in order to catch a certain train for Sunbury. "She's a peach for fair/' remarked Sam after slie had taken her departure. would like to have the inside track with such a girl. I guess you're pretty solid with her. At any rate, you ought to be, after saving her life." "Oh, I dare say, she likes me well enough,'' replied Joe, in an off-hand way. "And how do you like her?" grinned his partner. "Come now, Sam, you want to know too much," repl ied Joe, flushing up. Sam chuckled gleefully, for he saw he had touched on a tender spot. CHAPTER XVI. CONCLUSION. A; the summer advanced, Page & Parsons had all they could do to handle the fruit and produce that came their way. On a conservative estimate about half 0 the New Jersey product that came to the city was consigned to them. Under such circumstances it goes without saying that the two boys were coining all kinds 0 money. Joe had an inborn knack of doing business just right. With his ambition, tact, energy and capital, there seemed to be no limit to the success the firm might in the course of time attain. "Say, Joe," said Sam, bursting into the office one morn ing at the end 0 the summer, "it looks like a sure thing that the United States is going to interfere in this Cuban mix-up. The paper is full 0 it this morning. Now, if the Government sends trOOJtS to the island there'll be a sudden call or canned meatc; and vegetables. How do we stand to fill a rush order in that direction if some contractor should happen to interview us on the subject?" "Well, Sam," replied his partner, "we can delivrr $100,000 worth 0 such stuff inside of twenty-four hours, and $50,000 worth more right on top 0 that." "How did you c;ome to do that?" "Soon after the first suggestion appeared in the papers that President Roosevelt might consider it necessary to shake th e 'big stick' over our sister Republic I found out that a certain contractor had received a tip from a big official that bids for commissary stores would soon be called for. On the strength of that I negotiated for the stuff I have mentioned and then put in an offer to the said con t'l:actor to supply him with $100,000 worth of goods at a figure that would give us a fair margin of profit. I a non-committal reply from him, but I concluded to risk $5,000 on the chance of getting th,e order. The goods are r eady to be shipped from the Middle West on a telegraphic notice, and arrangements can be made to send them on by fast freight if necessary. If the Government should make a quick demand for supplies I think we can meet the emer gency in shorter time than any one else in our line." "Joe, you've got a long head, upon my word, you have," said Sam, admiringly. "The times are so swift, Sam, a fellow has got to see some distance ahead or he isn't in the running." "That isn't any lie. the way, I see you've got your grip here this morning. Where are you going over Sun day? Home?" "No. Got an invitation out to Sunbury." "That's the third," snickered Sam. "Things are rush ing in that direction." 'What do you mean by said Joe, with a rather red face. "Nothing much. Miss Walton seems to be a strong at traction, that's all." "Oh, you get out. This invitation is from Mr. Walton." "Sure it is," laughed Sam. "Miss W a.lton hasn't the least idea you're coming. No, of course not. Won't be at the station to meet you in her pony phaeton, like she did on the other occasions. Ho, ho, Joe, you can't fool your old pard," and Sam walked chuckling out of the office. Joe took an early afternoon train for Sunbury and found Jessie Walton waiting for him at the station with her dogcart. She drove him to her home herself, as she was quite a whip in her way. He enjoyed himself immensely during his short stay, and was decidedly sorry when Monday morning came and he hac1 to leave for New York. "What do you think, Joe ?" said Sam, coming into the private office that afternoon; "Jackson & Cornish have gone into the canned goods business." "Whew!" whistled Sam. "Do you mean to say you have bought that much sh>ck? You couldn't have paid for it." "Who told you they had? It's the first I've heard of it." "Johnson, bookkeeper for Tibbetts & Co. He and I are kind of friendly. He. told me Jackson had nailed a big contract this morning, but he couldp't tell me any of the particulars." "I've bought it after a fashfon. That is, I've ordered

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28 THE : ROAD TO SUCCESS. W here did Johnson get his information from? Do you ing directly to the point. "Now, can ru deliver in Jersey think it's reliable?" City a pretty big order-say $100,000 worth of prime pre" He got a hint from one of Jackson's employees." served meats and vegetables-in twenty hours? If so, l e t Well, I suppose we shall find theni trying to cut into me have your price." our trade. They re pr e tty s ore over the way Mr. Walton "Who do you represent, Mr. Pratt?" asked Joe, curishook them for u s H they could turn the trick on us ously. once and awhile it would make them feel good." "That i s n t material," replied his caller. "I want your Half an hour later Joe was walking down the s treet and spot cash figure. Money talks, doesn t it?" he almost ran into Jac k son-. "It u s ually does r e plied Joe, who then quoted the man That gentleman favor e d him with a half s arca s tic, half a price which his vis itor acce pted conditional on the detriumphant s mil e liver y of the goods within twenty four hours at the outside, "Did you get that G o v ernment order you' re alte r yet?" but twenty if possible. he a sked s neeringl y "Here is a certified check for $10,000 on account," s aid The n h e pa ssed on, leaving Joe in a s tate of great astonthe man, "as a guarantee the goods will b e taken on arrival i s hm e nt, f or thi s w a s th e fir s t tim e Jack son had ever adwithin the s pecified time. Send your repre.sen'tative with dressed him. the docum e nt s to m y office to-morrow the mom ent y o u re" Ther e's som e thin g in t he wind," mu sed the young com-ceive word th e c ar s ar e in th e freight yard, and the balan c e mission m e r c hant. How did he know I was after the will be paid in bill s." Gover nm e n t c o ntraCt? There s been a leak somewhe r e The man took his d e par t ure, aft e r lay ing his card, on and I'd give some thing t o .Im.ow what he mea.nt by that Jo e's desk, and then the y oung commission merchant rang remark." up th e Dunde e conc ern on the long di s tance wire, and commorning th e pa p e r s had the news that certain ple ted his pur c ha s e of the $100,000 order, condit i onal on troop s of the D e partm ent of the Eas t had been ordered to arriYal of the goods at J ersey City within 22 hour s hold themselves in re adiness for a s udd e n departure for Nex t m o rning Joe learn e d that the canned goods Jacks on Cuba. & had ord e r e d from Chicago to fill their GovernTha.t meant, if true, that s upplies would be needed at m ent contra ct h a d gone to smas h in the Lake Shore freight once, s o J o e call e d u p th e c ontra c tor to whom h e had s ub-wreck a nd th e n he s m elt a mou se. mitted a bid and a s k e d for information. l Jac kson & C orni s h in a roundabout wa y had placed the The repl y came ba c k that a c ontract had been made s ame order with him to fill, s a c rificing their profit in order already with Jackson & Corni s h to furni s h all that would to be able to fill th e ir contract. be required. The goods arrived in time and Page & Parsons got their Thi s was a seve r e di s appointm ent t o t h e boy. money fol'th e m ancl the n the two young partner s had a "We ll, Sa m J ackson & Corn i s h have m a naged to get qni et l a u g h at the e xp e n s e of th eir rival s back at u s at l a st," h e s aid when his part n e r came i n t o th e A s thi s event h a pp e ned onl y the other da y we mu s t office later on. close our story at thi s p o int, leaving Joe Page and his "They ha ve?" criecl Sam, i n some ast o nishment. "How fri e nd Sam Parsons, in full swing on their road to su c is that? c e s s two of the s marte s t boys in the city of New York. Joe g ave h im th e parti c u lars a n d his c:hum was dis-W e ne e d only m e n t ion one more fact which Joe confid e d gu s t ed. to the author the other da y and that i s Jessie Walton had, "That's erce. S h a ll we lose that $5,000 ?" with lrer father s cons ent, promised to marry him when "It look s lik e it jus t now But don't w orry, we can s t ancl she reaches her eighteenth birthday. it. I took chances o n a lon g s h o t a n d a scre w w o rk e d lose With those words we close the career of a fortunate boy. somehow. That 's th e whole s tory." \ About two o'c lock a ne w sboy b rou ght an aft e rnoon pap e r (THE END.) in to the office. Joe picked it up and the fir s t thing h e noticed in big t ype was a railroad accid ent on th e Lake Shore Railroad. A fas t fre i ght had been d e rail e d e a s t of and about twent y c ar s hacl gon e down an e mbankment and been smashed into kindlin g wood. The accident had been caus ed b y a defective switch. The s tory had n o parti c ular s ignificance for Joe, and he soon tossed the pap e r a s ide. It was getting on to five o 'clock when a man he had never seen before was admitt e d to hi s room. 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Everything I .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA These Books Tell You Each book co n s ists of sixty-fou r pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, ill ustrated cover. Most of t h e bo o k s are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that any child. can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you.-wan1 to know anything about the subjedil mentioned. THES E BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL P.Ill SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICID ON RECEIPr OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY 1'HREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STA.MPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N .Y. MESMERISM rJ. 81. HOW TO MESMERn'.E.-Contain ing the most ap m etho d s of mes merism ; also how to cure all kinds of b y animal magneti sm, or, magnetic healing. By Prof. Leo H ugo K oc h A. C. S., a uthor of "How to Hypnotize, etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO D O P A L M ISTRY.-Containing the most aproved methods of reading t h e lines on the hand, together with at full exp l a nation o f their mean ing A l so explaining phrenol ogy, and the k e y for t e lli n g character by t he bumps o n the head. By L e o Hugo Koc h, A C S Fully illustrated. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO BYPNOTI ZE.-Contaitring valuabl e and instructiv e informat i o n r eg ardin g the science of hypnotism. Also explaining the most a pprove d methods whi c h are employ e d by the leading hypnotists of the wo rld. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. SPORTING. No. 21. BOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fis h i n g g u ide eve r p ublished. It contains full in structions about g uns, hunting d ogs, traps, t rapping and fishing, together w i t h description s o f game and fish. No. 2 6 HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully illustrate d E very bo y should know 'how to row s.nd sail a boat. Full instruc t ions are g ive n i n this little book'; together with i n structions on sw imming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO B REAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE. A compl ete treatise o n the horse. Dtscribing the most useful horse s for business, the b es t h orse s fo r the road ; also valuable recipes for diseases pe c.iliar to t h e h orse No. 48. BOW 1 0 B U I L D A N D SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for bo y s, contai n ing full direetions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfield H icks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK. Containing the g r ea t o r a c l e of huma n destiny ; also the trw mean ing of almo s t any kin d o f drea ms, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of car ds A complete book. No. 23. HOW 1'0 EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little c h ild t o the !!ged man and woman. This little book gives the e x plana tio n to a!I kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky J ays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what h is futur e life will bring forth, whether happi ness or mi se ry, w ea lth o r You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be co n vinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune o f your friends. No. 7 6 HOW TO '.rELL FORTUNES BY TIIEJ HAND.Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or the s ecre t of palmistry. A l so the secret of telling future events by aid of mol es marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BEJCOl\IE ANATHLETill.-Giving f ull in struction fo r the u se of dumb bells Indian clubs, parallel bars, horiz o n tal bars and various other methods of developing a good, h ealthy m uscle ; containing over sixty illu strations. Every boy can becom e str ong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained in t h i s little book. N o. 10 HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing o ver thirty illustrations of gu:irds b l ows, and the dirier ent posi tion s o f a good boxer. Ever y boy should obtain one of the se u sef.ul and instructive books, as it w ill teach you how to box without an instructo r. No. 2 5. HOW TO BECOME A GYl\1NAST.-Containfng full instructi on s fo r a ll ki nds of gymnastic sports and athletic ex e rcises. Emb t acin g thir ty-five ill ustrations. By Professo1 W. Macdonald. A h a n dy and usef ul boo k. N o HOW ro FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fen cing and the u se of t he broadsworJ; a l so instruction in archery. DescribPd with twenty-one practical ill ustrations, giving the best position s i n fencing. A comp lete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. N o. 5 1 HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing ex p l a nation s of rhe general princ iples of sleight-of-hand applicable to card trie};'ts; o f card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requi ring 1leight-of h and; of tri ck s i n vo l ving s l eight-of-hand, or the use of 1P41Cially prepare d cards B y Profes sor Haffner. Illustrated No. 72. BOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em b racing all of tbe lates t and most deceptive card tricks, with il lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77 HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading and mag1 c 1ans. Arranged fo r home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. BOW DO great boo k o f magic a n d card tric ks, conta1nmg full mstruction on all the leading card tricks of the day, also most popular magical illusions as performed by our. lea?mg mag1c1ans ; every boy should obtain a copy o f t h is boo k, as 1t will both amuse and instruc t. No: 22. HOW 'rO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight explamed by. his former assistant, Fred Bunt, Jr. Explaining ho.w the secret dialogues were canied on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The o nl y a u th entic explanation of se cond sight. No. 43. HOW '.I."O BECOl\IE A MAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the public Also tricks with cards. incantations etc Ko. 68. HOW TO DO CHEi\IICAL TlUCKS.-Containing o ve r one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HA 'D.-Cont11-ining o ve r of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also oontain mg .the s ecret of second sig ht. Fully illustrated. By A Anderson. No .. 70 HOW '.1'0 l\IAGIC TOYS.-Gontaining full direct10ns for makmg l\Iag1c 1'oys and devices o f many k inds By A Ande rson. Fully illustrnted. No. 73 .. l'IOW. TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many cu1ous with figures and the m agic of numbers. B y A. Ande4'so n Fully illustrated. .No. 7 5. HO\Y TO A CONJUROR. Containing tricks wit h Dommos, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats etc. Embracini: thirty-six illustrations. By A Ande rson. No. 78. '!lqW TO DO THE .BLACK ART.-Containing a com. plete descr1pt1on of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand together with maby wonder fu l exper i m e n ts. By A Ande r s on'. Illustrated. MECH ANICAL No. 29. B O W TO BECOME AN IN VENTOR.-Every bo y should know how inventions originated. This book explains them all, examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneun:at1cs, me chanics, etc. '!'be most instructive book published No. 5G. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER.-Containing full instructions bow to proceed in order to become a l ocomotive e n gin e er; also directions for building a model l ocomotive ; togethe r with a full description of everything an enginee1 shoul d know No. 57. HOW T.0 MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions 'how to makE; a Banjo, Violin, Zither, .2Eolian Harp, Xylo ph.,ne and other musical instruments; together with a brief d e of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient o r modern times. P1ofusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald for twenty years bandmaster of the Hoyal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKEJ A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, toge the r with its history and invention. Also fu ll directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty Meclianical Tri cks. By A Ander so n F u lly illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11 ROW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most rom plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-lette rs. and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and ol d. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTillRS 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 TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample l etters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LE'rTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you bow to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and anybody you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land should hav.this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing o n almost any subject; also rules for punctuation and com p o sition, with spec i m e n lette rs. ..

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. T H E S T A G E. No. 41. THEl BOYS OF NElW YORK END MEN'S JOK E BOOK.-Contaitting a gt!lat vatiety of the latest jokes used by the m for o r gamzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original Joke books ever published, and i t is brimful of wit and humor It contains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc:, of Terrence l\Iuldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker o.f t he day. Bver;v boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain a copy imm ediate ly. No . 79. H9W TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com plete mstruct1ons how lo make up for various characters on the s,tage.; with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, Sce111c Art 1st. an\.RDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW '.fO BE A DETECTIVE.-B y Old King Brady, book, giving the rules and f>.. irections for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known detective In which he lays dow n some valuable b age, Casino, Forty-Five, ce, P edro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also r e lates so me adventures A uction Pitc h. All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bunNo 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPH ER.-Co n tain dred interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A ing useful information regarding the Camera a nd h ow to work it; c omplete book. Fully illustrated. By A .Anderson. also bow to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other ETIQUETTE. No. 13 HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It i s a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know all about. 'There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BIDHA VE.-Oontaining the rules and etiquette o f good society and the easiest and most approved m e thods of ap p earing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and m the drawing-room Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. B y Captain W. De W. Abney. No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY CADET.-Containing full e;xpianations h ow to gain a d mitt ance, course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff o f Officer s, Post Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a b oy s hould know to be a Cadet. -Ccmpiled and written b y Lu S e narens, author of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL C ADET.-Comple t e In strnctions of bow to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval DECLAMATION Academy. Also containing the course of instru ctio n description N o 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. of grounds and buildings, sketch. and everyth i ng a boy -Containing the most popular sele<:!tions in use, comprising Dutch should know to be<'ome an officer in the United States Navy Com French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together piled and writt<'n by l.\1 Srn::irens author o f "How to Become w ith many standard readings West Point Military Cadet. '' PRICE 10 CENTS EACH. OR 3 FOR 25 ,CENTS. Address FRANK Publisher 24: Union Squa1e, New York.

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WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY A COMPLETE STORY EVERY W"EEK Price 5 Cents BY THE BEST AUTHORS Price 5 Cents ltr HANDSOME ILLUSTRATED COVERS 32-PAGES OF READING MATTER ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY._ Interesting Stor.ies of Adventure in All Parts of the World I TAKE NOTICE! .._ This handsome weekly contains intensely interesting stories of adventure on a great vuiety of subjects Each numb er is replete with rousing situations and lively incidents. The heroes are bright, manly fellows, who overcome all obstacles by sheer force of brains and grit and win well mcrited success W e have secured a staff of new authors, who write thes e sto rie s in a manner which will be a source of pleasure and profit to the read e r Each number ha s a hand some col ored illustration made by the most expert artists. Large sums of money are being spent to make this one of the best weeklies ever published ..... Here is a List of Some of the Titles .... 1 Smashing. the Auto Record; or, Bart Wilson at the Spee d Lever. 17 The Keg ot Diamonds; or, After the Treasure of the Callplls. By l:ly Edward N Fox. Tom Dawson. 2 Otr the Ticker; or, Fate at a Moment's Notice. By Tom Dawson. 18 Sandow, Junior; or, The Boy Who Looked Puny. By Prof. Ollver 3 From Cadet to Captain; or, Dick Danford's West Point Nerve. By Owen& Lieut. J J Barry. 19 Won by Blutr; or.1. Jack Mason's Marble Face. By Frank Irving. 4 The Get-Tlwre Boys ; or, Making Things Hum In Honduras. By 20 On the Lobster i:shltt ; or, The Herald's Star Reporter. By A Fred Warbmton. Howard De Witt. I> or, The Skein Jack Barry Unravelled. By Prof. 21 Under the Vendetta's lilteel; or, A Yankee Boy In Corsica. By 6 G d B D I T h N B A H d Lieut. J J. Barry. oys; or, own n g a oug ame. Y owar 22 Too Green to Burn; or. The Luck ot Being a Boy. By Rbb Roy 7 Kicked otr the Earth; or, Ted Trlm's Hard Luck Cure. By Rob 23 In Fool' s Paradise; or, The Boy Who Had Things Easy. By Fred Roy. Warburton. 8 Doing it Quick; or, Ike Brown' s Rustle at Panama. By Captain 24 One Boy In a Million: or, 'l'he Trick That Paid. By Edward N Hawthorn, U .' S. N. Fo1. 9 In the 'Frisco Earthquake; or, Bob Brag's Day of Terror. By 25 In Spite of Himself: or, Serving the Russian Police. By Prof. Prof. Oliver Owens. Oliver Owens. 10 We, Us & Co. ; or, Seeing Life with a Vaudeville Show. By Ed 26 Kicked Into Luck; or, The Way Nate Got There. By Rob Roy. ward N Fox. 27 The Prince of Opals; or, The Man-Trap of Death Valley. By A 11 Cut Out tor an Officer; or, Corporal Ted In the Phlllpplnes. By Howard De Witt. Lieut. J J Barry. 28 Living In His Hat; or, The Wide World, Bis Home. By Edward 12 A Fool tor Luck; or, The Boy Who Turne d Iloss. By Fred War-N Fox. bu .rtou. 29 All tor President Diaz; or, A Hot Time In Mexico By Lieut. J. J 13 The Great Gaul or, Phil Winston's Start In Reporting. Barry. By,A. Howard De '\0Htt. 30 The Easiest Ever; or, How Tom Filled a Money Barrel. :By Capt. 14 Out tor Gold; or, '.rhe Boy Who Knew the Dltrerence. By Tom Hawthorn, U. S N. Dawson. 31 In the Sultan's Eye; or, Beating the Porte's Game. By 'il'om 15 The Boy Who Balked; or, Bob Brisbane's Big Kick. By Frank Dawson. Irving. 32 The Crater of Gold ; or, Dick Hope's Find In the Phlllpplne1. By 16 Slicker fhan Silk; or, The Smoothest Boy Alive. By Rob Roy Fred Warburton. For sale by all newsdealers, or wlll be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postag-e stamps, by PBANK. 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our libraries and can not procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following O r der Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by re-turn mail. STAMPS TAKEN '.rllE SAME AS MONEY . . . . . ..... ................................................. .................... ............. FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s her 24 Union Square, New York. ................ Hm D EAR SmEnclosed find. . . cents for wbieb please send me: ... copies of FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos .................. '' '' WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos ................................................ " WORK AND WIN, Nos .......................................... .......... " WILD WEST WEEKLY,' Nos ............................................. -. ......... " PLUCK AND LUCK. Nos .............................................................. I .. " SECRET SERVICE, Nos ............................................... u THE I1IBERTY BOYS OF '76, NOS ....................................... ., . . " 'J;'en-Cent Hand Books, Nos .......................................... -.,-. y.-.. Name .................. . . .. Street and No ................... Town .......... State ..... T..

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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Covers A new one issued every 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 or passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successfu l self-made m en, and show how a boy of plu c k, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. Every one of this serie,; contains a good moral tone which makes 'Fame and Fortune week ly a magazine for the home, although each numbi!r is replete with exciting adventures. The stori es are the very best obtainable, the illustrat10ns a r e by expert artists. and every effort is constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about it. ALREADY 1 UBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutfu BoJ in Wall Street. [ 33 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Boy In Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luc k : o r, 'l'he Boy Who Succeeded. 34 'l'atters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 3 A Corne r in Corn; o r How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick. 35 A Young Monte Cristo; o r The Richest Boy In t h e World. 4 A Game of Chance: o r, 'he Boy Who Won Out. 136 Won by P luck; or, 'he Boys \Yh o Ran a Railroad. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The C l eve rest Boy in W all Street. a-; Beating t h e Brokers; or, The Boy Who "Couldn't be Done." 6 Building a Railload: or, T h e Young Contractors of Lakevl}W. 3t< /I. Rolling Stone; or, The Brightest Boy on Record 7 Winning H i s "'ay; o r, The Youngest Editor in Green Rive r. 39 .Never Say Die; or, The Youni: Surveyor of Happy Valley. 8 The \Yheel of Fortune; or, The R ecord of a Self)lnde Boy. 40 Almost a Man; o r Winning" His Way to the Top. 9 Nip and Tuck: or, The Young Brokers of Wall Street. 41 l:kss of the Market: o r '.rue (freatest Boy in Wall Street. 10 A Copper Harvest: o r. h e Boys Who Worke d a Deserted M ine. 42 Tb.C h a n ce of His Life: or, The Young Pilot of 'rystal Lake. 11 A Lucky Penny: or, 'he l!'ortunes of a Boston Hoy. 43 Stnving for Fortune; or, From BellBoy to Millionaire. 12 A Diamond In the Rou g h ; OL'. A Brave Boy's Star t In Life. 44 Out !nr Business: o r The Smartest Boy in Town. 13 Baiting the Bears; o r, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 45 A Fa'i'nrite of Fortune: o r Striking It Ulc!l in W ai Stceet. H A Gold Brick: or, The Boy Who Could Not b e Down e d 46 Through Thick and 'bin: o r The Adventures of a Smart l.loy. Hi A Streak of Luck: or. The Boy Who H i s Nest. 47 Doing l:Jis Level Best: or, Working His \Yay Up. 16 A Good Thing; o r. The Boy Vl' h o i\lade a Fortune. 48 Always un Deck; or, The Boy Who :Made His i\lark. 1 i Kirg of the Market: o r The Y oung Trade r in Wall Street. 49 A )lmt uf )loney : or. The Young \\'all Street Broker. 18 Grit: or. One Boy in a Thousand. 50 The Ladder of Fame: 01'1 From Office Boy to Senator. Hl A Rise in Life: or, The Career of a Factor y Boy. 51 On t h e Square; or, The Success of an Ilonest no.v. 20 A Iianel of ?>lo n ey : or. A Bright Boy in "'all Street. 52 After a Fortune; or, The P luckiest Boy In the West. 21 All to t h e Good : o r From Call Boy to Manage r 5:l Winning t h e Dollars: o r. 'l'h e Young \Yonder of "'a ll Street. 22 now lle Got There: or, 'he Pluc k iest Boy of T h e m A ll. 54 Making His :Mark: or. The Bov Who Became President. 2:1 .Uoun d to \\'in: or. The Boy Who Got Ri c h. 55 H eir to a or, The Boy \\'ho Was Born Lucky. 2-! !'ush1ng I t Through: o r. The Fate of a Boy. 56 r.ost in the Andes: or. The Treasure of the Burled City. 2 3 A Born Speculator: or. The Young Sphinx of Wall ::>treet. 57 O n His M ettle: or, A Plncky Bo.v in 'Vall Street. 26 'l'hc Way to Success: o r. The Boy Who Got There. 58 A Luc ky C'hnnce ; or, Taking Fortune on the 'Ing. 2 7 Strnck Oil: Ol'. The Boy Who )fade a )!il!ion 159 The Ronrl 10 nccess: or. The ('areer of 11 l"ortunnte Boy. 28 A Golde n Risk; or. The Young )Iiners of Della Cruz. 60 Chnsing Pointers: or, The Luckiest Boy in Wall Street. 29 A Sure Winner: or. 'be Iloy Who Wenr Out With a Circus. ao Gold e'l F'Iee<'e : or. 'l"he Iloy Brokers cf "'all !"t ; e er. :n A )lad C>1p Scheme: or. The Boy Trensure Hunters of Cocos Island l 32 Adrift nn the World : or. Working His "'ay to Fortune \ For sale by all or will u., .,ent to auy address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Squa.re, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from n e wsdealers they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and till i n the following O rde r Blank and send it ro u s with the price of t h e books you waut a n d we will send them to you by return mail. POS'l'AUE STAMPS TAREN 'l'l-IE SA. tu}!] AS MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : FRANK TOUSEY, Publi she r, 24 Union Sf]uare, New X-ork. ......................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please me: ... copies of WORK AND WIN. Nos ... ...... ................................................... 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