Rising in the world, or, From factory boy to manager

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Rising in the world, or, From factory boy to manager
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Fame and fortune weekly : stories of boys who make money
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/V!2 6/. STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY. Jack noose over the thf'ef's -head, and it-felCaroundhis arm. Seizing the other end :of tbe line, he it taut, draWing Dean up to the screen a prisoner. "Helpl" yelled the boy, :and in rushed1the crowd.


F a m e and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAK E MONEY l11ued Weekl11-B11 S u bscriptio n 1 2 50 per year Entered accor d i n g to Act of Con g ress, in the y e a r 1 90tl i n t h e o ffic e of the L ibrarian of C o ngress, Wa,.h ington, D. C b11 Fran k T o use11, Publ iah er, 2 4 U nion Square New Y o1k. No. 61. NEW YORK, NOVEMBE R 3 0 1906. PRICE 5 in The Worr1 d OR, BOY TO By A SELF-MADE MAN CHAPTER I. HOW JA'CK CL Y D E SAVES BERTH.A GARLAND. h e woul d hold the g ate ope n until the tardy on e was almost up to i t and th e n sudde nly close it in her face with a cliu c kl e of d e l ig h t. .. Bertha Gar l and, the pret tiest working girl in No rth-T h e n h e would pee k thro u g h a h o l e a t the d is may e d one bridge, was walking r a pidl y d own the street toward the on the out s ide, and rnb hi s hands in g reat g l ee. cotton mill w h e n the seven o clo c k whi stle bl e w shrilly u pon This mornin g h e not e d the fac t tha t B ertha Garland had the balmy morning a ir. not arrived whe n the whistl e bl ew. "Oh, dear she excl a i m e d in a t on e of g r e a t v ex ation He was a h i t surpris ed at this for s he was u s ually o n e of as well as concern, I s h a ll be s hu t out I k now I s hall. th e e arl y birds Inn't it too provoking for a n ything whe n the bevy of g irl s wh o arr ived at the l ast minute Seeing quite a bunc h of g irls, the l ast i n s i ght, en t ering had filed in to the ya rd h e l ook e d out and saw Bertha com ihe nearby gate at that mom ent, B e rth a cau ght u p h e r s k i r ts ing h ot foot for th e gate ancl made a clash for the goa l in hop e that by s h e er g ood Wi t h a grin h e pull e d the gate shut and fa s t e n e d i t. luck i:;he might be abl e to get i nto t h e yard. But h e did n o t a c tuall y intend to ke e p the pretty mill 8he was just a mome n t too l a te. h a nd o ut. 'The f!ate slif l ac roi;R t h e op e n ing a lmos t in h e r -r1ce and H ad it been a n y oth e r girl h e w o uld h ave been deaf t o left her on the wrong side. h e r entreati es; but it was d iff erent wit h B e rl.ha. "Oh, Mr. Dean !" he cr i e d loud l y, pound ing on the g a te. M orris w as s weet on Miss G a r l and and trie d in ever y "Won't you p l ease l et m e in?" w ay t o m a ke him s elf solid w ith h e r. Morris Dean, a sallo w -complexion e d young man 0 n i n e -In th e present case h e saw a c h ance t o do h e r a f a vor for teen, whose i ncipien t m o u stac h e was a s tanding j oke with it was the rule o f th e est a bli s hm e n t t hat once th e gate was the girl s 0 t h e Northbridge C otton Mill, officiate d a s time shut it mus t n o t b e op e n e d a gai n t o admit a l ate comer. keeper So whe n B eTtha r a pp0cl o n th e gate an d made the appea l He had made himRelf ver y unpopular with the hands b y Morri s was l ooking for h e an s w e r e d t hrou g h hi s peep hole: his promptn ess i n shutting th e gate t h e fir s t toot of the "Is that r e al l y you, Mis s B ertha? whiRtle "Yes yes," s h e cried eagerly. "It's reall y me You ll Fmthcrmore, i t was hi s h abit to glance up and down t h e l e t m e in, won t you?" street at the momen t t h e whi s tl e ble w whe n hi.s i.imcs heet j "It' s agai n s t the rules, Mi ss B e r t h a h e r e pli e d, a s if noted an absentee, a nd if h e saw th e d e linquent app r oac h ing h e s itating.


2 RISING IN THE WORLD. "But I was right here when you shut the gate." "Well, I'll l et you in this tim e," he an s wered, opening the gate so she could pass through; "but I wouldn t do it for any one e lse." "Aren't you good," s h e cried with a smile as she darte d off towar d the entra nce door of the big brick bui lding. Morris rubbed his thin hand s together with satisfaction as he wat c hed the lovel y :fifteen-year-old miss skip grace fully across tl1e yard. "That's the only g irl out of the bunch I'd put myself out for, and there isn't anything I wouldn't do for her. Slrn's as sweet as a June rose, and as pretty a s a picture. I've been itchin g to do her a favor, and now I hop e she' ll be grate ful to me. I can't und ers t a nd what s he can sec in that common factory boy-Jack Clyde-to be on s uch familiar terms with him, when she could associate with a gentleman like me. I could give h e r a swell time if s h e'd cotton to me, while Jack Clyde-bah! I h ate him! All the girls says he's the best lookin g chap in Northbridge. H e is I don't think. I'd like to know wher e I come i n whe n I've g ot my good duds on. He doesn't mak e enough to afford a d ecent s uit, the beggar! And what schooling ha s he had alongside of me? He ha s'nt even a decent comrno nschool education, while I-I've been throngh the high schoo l. Why he isn't in my class a little bit, and yet he h as the nerve to make up to the prettie s t girl in the mill. He makes me sick." Morris gathered up his times hee1> and walk e d into the office,. where, as it was too early yet for the other clerks to c jJl':ear he spread the morning paper out on the top of hi s iall desk and began to r ead the sportin g inte lligence. when Bertha Garland stepped into th e e l evato r whi c h "'oulcl take her to tlle fourth floor where the loom she worked at stoo d in the midst of a forest of similar ma c hines, came face to face with Jack Clyde, who had a wicker basket full of fluffy cotton on his shoulder. "Good morning, Jack," she said with a bright smile. "Good morning, Bertha," he replied with a cheerful Rrnile. "You're late How did you manage to pass Morris Dean? You must hav e a pull with him." "I guess not," s he replied with a toss of the head, for she did not like the time-keeper a bit better than any other girl in the mill. "Maybe you hypnotized him, for I notice he's never so h appy as when he can shut out one or more of the girls in the morning," chuckled Jack. Bertha lau ghed. "Perhaps I did, for he actually opened the gate after he had c l osed it and let me in." "Diel he r e ally?" he asked in some s urprise. "It isn't lik e him to do that." She nodded with a laughing look in her eyes. "He said he wouldn't have clone it for any one else." "Then I guess Andy Blossom is right." "About what?" s h e asked "He told me Morris Dean was dead gone on you." "'l'he idea "I don't blame him Aren't you the nicest girl in the mill?" At that moment the e l evator s topp e d at the fourth floor, and Bertha, fla>

RISING IN THE WORLD. 3 For a seconJ Jack's h eaJ:t s tood still, then, with the inthough delighted that he h a d been: able to r ende r h e r s o stinctive idea that one of the gii-ls had been caught in the sig nal a senice, h e would haYe preferred to h ave h a d her machin ery, the boy sprang al. ihe h a ndle of the throw off, pos tpone h e r p r otestations of gratitude which hung within a yarcl of the cool e r, and contro ll e d the But as h e h a d been sent for h e couldnt very well e vade powe r on tbat floor, and flung it oYer. the interview, so h e presente d himself b efo re her. Jn a moment ihe main sha [t ccaf'cd to revolve and every "Jack Cly d e,'' she h o ldin g out h e r hand to him, machin e on the floor sinppeJ "you s nved my life and I sh a'nt for get you as long a s I A scene of excitement ensued. live Section foremen and hoy;; 11er e seen running toward a "Don't mention it, B ertha,'' he iepliecl. "I' m g lad I certain point and .Taek started in the same ilirec tion. thought of doing the right thing at the right mom ent." A g i r l was S URpcn

4 RISING IN THE WORLD. Although he hadn't actually clone an heroic action h r was neverthe l ess, vot e d a hero by the fair ones, most of whom envied Bertha Garland for havin g ihe ins id e track with th e most popular boy in Northbridge. The re wa s one girl, Flora Watson b y name, who hate d Bertha for quit e a diff erent reason.: s lrn was about the only mill who r ega rded Morri s Dean in a favorable light. Morris had taken a fancy to her at first and bestowe d considerable attention on h e r, whi c h s he had accepted with great s ati s fa ct ion, for she r ega rd e d young Dean as much supe rior in th e sca l e to Jack Clyde, or any of the com mon mill boys, as s he cons id e red t.hem. Morris, however, practically dropped h e r a s soon a s h e got on speaJdng terms with B ertha Garland, and Mis s Wat s on was not lon g in ferreting out the c ause. He had, for reasons he bes t knew, ananged to meet young Dean at an old deserte d shanty on the outskirts of the town in s t e ad of at tb e billiard parlor R arnl pay ove r to him hi s share of the winnin gs Morri s ate hi s supper in a state of supp ressed excitement and s atisfaction at the enchanting pro s pect of r e c e iving a consid e rable sum of cash that evenin g from hi s friend Nelson Spavinger. H e had cut from the evening paper a li s t of mos t of the winning horse s at the Springfield race track, and the bal ance h e had taken from th e ticker at the billiard parlor on his way home. A s the cantious Mr. Spavin gc r had not s upplied him with any data, he could not, of course, say for sure that the s aid winners were the horses on which the sporting gent had laid hi s money, but he entertained littl e doubt on that head, since he had every confidence in Mr. Spavinger' s hon es ty and abilit y to pick a winn e r. The r e fore h e los t no time in makin g hi s way after dark to the dilapidated shack where h e expected to meet the knowing gentleman. He canied an umbrella with him, for the sky had a Flora Watson was undoubtedly a good lookin g brune tte, threatening and water y look. but h e r di sp o s ition was not in keeping with h e r face. As a con seque nce she became desperat e ly j ea lous of Bertha ima g inin g that th e pretty 1nill hand was really setting h er cap as the saying is, at Morris, whe n the truth of th e matte r wa s Bertha thou ght mor e of Jack Clyde' s little finger than the whole of Morris Dean 's better dressed self. B e fore he got th e re it began to rain h eavi l y, which made She was selfish, inclined to b e haughty, though her cir cumsta nces did not justify the afrs put on, spiteful to him fear that Mi;. Spavinger might fail to keep the appoint ment. a degree, and, when her jealousy was arous e d, revengeful. . . To what extent the latter controlled her this story will About the time Morns left h1s hom e, J ack Clyde left his show. a1mt's cottage en route for B ertha Garland's abode. Morris Dean was something of a sport. H e was seldom to be found at home of an evening, but any one who wanted to see him after he had fini s hed his supper could n ear ly always depend on locating him at the Northbridge Billiard and Pool Parlors on Main Street. H e re he read the sporting papers, made small bets on baseball, and oth e r events with the frequenters of the place, and fla s hed his money about a s if he had plenty of it. He was naturally fair prey for s harpers, and one of that gentry s ucceeded in winnin g hi s confidence This individual' s name was Nelson Spavinger. He was a s e c ond-rate sport, dressed rather conspicuously, especially in the way of cheap but expansive jewelry, and in sinuated broadly that he was one of the knowing ones. A s soon a s h e size d Morri s up he cottoned to him at once, and young Dean was flattered by the preference he showed for his society. It was the evening of the clay on which the accident had happened to Bertha Garland. Mr. Spavinger had gone to the Springfi eld race s that clay and had carried with him e very cent of money that Morris Dean owned in the world, beside a small sum he had borrowed of the propri'etor of the billiard parlors to invest on certain sure tips which the sporty gentleman assured Morri s he had acquired. He had r efu sed to enlighten the young man as to th<' horses he intended to bac k lest, a s he s aid, Morris might inadvert ently impart the knowledge to a third p e r s on. Jack also noted the unpropitiou s appearance of the sky, but not possessing an umbr e lla, or bein g afraid of a chance wetting, he kept on his way. Before he got half way to his destina t ion the rain com m e nced to fall. It soon came down so fast that Jack look ed around for shelter, and his eyes lighted on the rams h ackle story and-a half building toward whi c h Morris D'ean was bending his steps. The ancient was partly a.jar, and so Jack pushed his way inside and took his stand b esi d e the window which afforded him a view of the wet and lone some road. As the rain let up to a drizzle and h e began to think o f r e suming his walk, he noticed a young man coming along at a smart pace with an umbr e lla. To Jack's surprise this p e rson turne d in at the broken clown gate and came up to the building. He cl id not immediat ely. enter, but stood outside l ooking up a nd clown th e road with s ome evidence of impatience. Jack recognized him at once as M orris D ea n and won d e red what had brought him to that sectio n of the town s o far from his customary haunts. Presently another person came walkin g up the ro!td. To Jack's astonishment he too, turne d in at the gate and walked llp to Morris. This was Mr. Nelson Spa.vinger. "He looks like a sport," thought Jack. "I wonder who he i s ? He seems to know Morris pretty well."


RISING IN THE WORLD. 5 At that moment the rain resumed its heavy pattering on the roof. "They're coming in h ere," breathec1 Jack. "I'Il let them have this room all to themselves, as Morris Dean is no friend 0 mine, and I am not anxious to maJce the acquaint ance 0 his companion." So Jack quietly withdrew to the rear room, taJdng hi s seat on an empty cand l e box he found there, just in time to escape the notice of the newcomers, as they walked into the front apartment. CHAPTER III. clividual, "that things didn't pan out just the way I ex pected to see th e m do." "What do you mean?" a l most gasped Morris. "Didn't the horses you picked out win?" "Not on your lif e they didn't. A scr e w worked lose somewh e re in my calculations, ancl all our good money went to swell the bookmakers' profits." t Judging from Nelson Spavinger' s voice and manner he was a good loser. "Great Scott l" groaned Morris. "Didn't w e win a thing?" "Not a soumarkee." "Then I'm ruined ans wered De a n, dismally. NELSON SP.AVINGER AND HIS DUPE. "Ruined!" echoed Mr. Spavinger cheerfully. Rot. "It's a di sag r eeable night, young gent," r ema rked Mr. "Thertl's no rot about it. I gave you every cent I posSpavinger, as he l e d the way into the room. "I wouldn't sessed, incl udin g fifteen dollars I bonowed from Mr. have come out h e re only I didn't want to disappoint you. Bishop." I make it a point always to keep my engagements." "What of it?" "I don't see why we couldn't have come together in a "What of it? Why I'm busted, can't you see?" pri vate room at Bishop's Parlors just as well?" repli e d "Well, so am I," replied Mr. Spavinger as coolly as M o rris. "It would have been much handi er, and a good though such a thing was an everyday occurrence with him. bit more comfortable." "I'm not kicking B etter luck n ext tim e." "There are reasons, Master Dean, which I might explain "But I won't be able to lay anothe r bet for some time if I cared to, why I preferred to come here. We will throw to come. a light on the s ubject if you don't mind." "Why not? You've got y our wages coming, ain't you." It was soon apparent that Mr. Spavinger was not un"vVhat's ten plunks when I 've got to pay five of it into familiar with the interior of the old shanty, for he went to the hous e?" a closet, took out a box and placed it near the to "What's the matter with owing the five for awhile?" was the room where Jack sat in the gloom, an unsuspected Mr. Spavinger's cheerful a.n,swer. intruder "It won't do. M y father would want to know what I was Then he produced a whiskey bottle with a bit of candle doing with my money th at I couldn't pony up. If he got stuck into its neck, and placed it on the box. suspicio u s it would be all day with me at the Parlor s." Striking a match he lit the candle, diffusing a dim and "You don't mean it, said Mr. Spavinger somewhat inuncerlain light arou n d that end of the room. credulously, blowing a few rings of tobacco smoke into the Then he brought forth two smal ler boxes, which he placed air. on eithe r side of the large box. "I do mean it," replied Morris, with some energy. "Be seated," he said to Morris, pointing at one of the "Well I'm blowed." impromptu chairs, and taking possession of the other him-"The first thing l've got to do is to stand off Mr. Bishop. self; "we might as well make ourselves comfortable." I promisei! to return that money tonight, but now that's He took a cigar from hi s vest pocket and lit it at the imposRible. It will take all of a month for me to squ a re candle. myself with him, and I'll hardly have more than cigarette From his hip pocket he next brought out a suspicious money l eft I'm in a deuce 0 a hole. I've promised to looking flat flask. I take a girl to the sho w at the Opera House on Friday night, "You don't imbibe strong liquors, I believe," he said, and now I haven't the price. I'll have to sta nd her off, too, unscrewing the metal cap and putting the mouth 0 the ann I don't know how ;I:'m goin g to get around it, or she' s bott l e to his lip s "It's very h andy to have a pocket pistol a reg ular spit fire when she's mad. I've been trying to shake like this," he g rinned, "on a wet night. Takes the chill her or some time, becausz I'm making up to another one out 0 your blood." of the factory girls, but she w o n't be s hook." "Well, Mr. Spavinger," said Morris, impatiently not to Mr Spavinge r didn't seem particularly intere sted in say anxiously, "what luck today? I s uppose you collared Dean's femini n e affairs. quite a tidy sum off the bookmakers." I He took another drink and continued to smoke with one Nelson Spavinger did no t hurry himself to an s w e r the eye cocked meditatively at the ceilh1g. question. "You make a lot of fuss over a capful of illw ind," h e He calml y h e lped hims< to as much of the spirits as he remarked with a perceptible sneer. wanted and then laid the flask with some deliberation on "A capul. !" cried Morris, a Jrnost angrily, "yon mean the hox bes ide the candle holder .. 1 an overwhelming blast-a hurricane that has compl e t ely "I'm s orry to say, young gent," the turfy in-wrecked me."


6 RISING IN THE WORLD. J "Pooh!" said the sport, emitting a cloud of smoke from I He turned the leaves over with great deliberation until his mouth. "Can't you borrow fifty cases from your he came to a certain page. broth er to square you rself?" "N 01r, young gent, first of all did you or did you not tell "My brother!" cried Morris. me to put ten dollars on the first race, me to select the "Sure. Didn't you tell me you had a brother who keeps hor se?" a store on Main Street?" "So i did; but he wouldn't give me a red," replied Dean, bitterly. ci He must be a funny kind of brother if he wouldn 't," said l\fr. Spavinger, looking keen l y at his victim. "He's a sneak," cried Morris, contracting his eyebrows wrathfully. "I hate him!" "What for?" "Because he's always talking to the old man about me It's a wonder he doesn't spy on me at the Parlors, and spoil me there. If it wasn't he had to be at the store evenings I dare say he would ." "He's as bad as that, i s he?" "Yes, he is," responded Morris, angri l y "Becaus e he's old er than me, and is making money, the old man takes stock of everything he says I believe there's nothing so bad he could say of me that the o l d man wouldn't believe." "Well, now," said Nelson Spavinger, chuck i ng the butt of his c i gal' on the floor and winking at his dupe in a sig nifi cant way, "I don't know but there may be some advan tage in that." "What do you mean?" asked Morris, in surprise "Why it may save the o ld gent the shock of a sudden "I did, and I gaye you the money." "Key-rect. Well, I picked 'I'am O'Shanter. He slipped a shoe and came in l ast, so yon lost. Secondly, did you ask me to pick a winner for the second race to the extent of another ten?" "Yes, and you got the money ior that, too." "Right you are I thought Jack-o'-Lantern a likel y horse to come in first He was a nose ahead in the home stretch and ought to have w.on." "Then why didn't he?" "Because he s lipp ed a cog and Tallyho beat him by a l ength. That di. poses of two counts. Thirdly, I said I had my eye on a l ong shot for the third race, and you told me io pnt up m1other ten on that race, didn't yon?" "Sure I did, and you--" the money? Of course I did. I slapped your ten on Bobo1ink, but unfortunately she lost and so you lost again." "I think I did." "Now we come to the fourth race the most important of all. I thought [ had a sure winner for that and you told me to go twenty-five cases on her, didn't you?" "Yes." surprise." "I don't see what you are trying to get at," Morris, evidently puzzled. "You don t ?" chuckled the sport, sard on ical ly. "The man who gave me the tip ran in a cold deck on me replied I am sorry to say. I put your money on Minnehaha for first place, and she lost by three lengths, coming in fourth. That was hard luck for it did you out of sevent y-five No, I don't." dolJa rs." "You say your brother couldn't te ll the old gent anyMorris macle no reply. thin g so bad of you that h e wouldn't believe?" He was thoroughl:v discouraged by his ill-luck. "That's what I sa id." "Now," went on Nelson Spavinger, after a pause, during "We ll that ought to be a load off y our mind." which he cast a sidelong glance at his dupe, "comes the fifth "Why ought it?" race." "Because, Master Dean, on your own s howing, somet hin g "I didn't put up any money on that race," cried Morris, a bit out of the ordinary will have to be done to get you back lookin g at the sport. on your pins." "I know you didn't," replied Mr. Spavinger, eoolly "That's a neat way of gett ing ba ck to business," l aughed "That's just what I was trying to get at. I suggested the young man uneasily. that you bark .Tim Dandy "Well, you see it's business that won't keep, young gent. "And I to1d yon I had no more money to put up," in D ebts of honor--" terruptcd Morris. "Oh, Bishop will w a it, I guess. H e knows I'm g .ood for "That's right," r eplied the sport pladdly. "And what that fifteen cases." did I say? "But how about me?" retorted Mr. Spavinger. "You said you'd 1cnc1 me a fiver if I wanted you to." "You!" exclaimed Morris, in astonishment. "I don'iJ You took me up and signed your fist to this owe you anything." I-0-U I have here, cli.cln't you?" "Oh, you don't?" replied Mr. Spavinger, calmly "What' "I did, but afterward T turned the bet clown and you a short memory you've got, Master Dean ."' threw the paper unc10r your chair." "I tell you I don't owe you a reel," shouted Morris I "I hate to dispute :vour word, young gent, but if I recol don't see how you make it out that I do." l ect the rna1ter right told me to make that fifty plunks Mr. Spavinger put his hand in hi s pocket and pulled out instead of J1Ye, nnd put it through, which I did." a memorandum book. "Fifty dollars!" exclaimed Morris, aghast, for he knew


RISING THE WORLD. that Jim Dandy did not come in one, fao or three in the la, t race. "You must be crazy." "Excuse me. I altered i.he five to fifty as you told me, put up the

8 RlSING IN THE WORLD. ber, I mu s t h a v e it thi s week. If you don't ant e up it will be my unpleasant duty to see the old g ent himself." "You needn't remind me again of that unpl e a s ant fact," said Morris, with a frown. "However, I think I see m y wa.y out of the scrape." Mr. Spavinger cocked up hi s ears and looked inte re s t ed. "The day alter to morrow is pay-day at the mill. It's a legal holiday, but owing to the rush of order s on d eck the mill hands have been notified that they will have to work. The bank won't be open that day, as a matter of cour se, and consequently the cashi e r will draw the pa y mon e y to-morrow afternoon and keep it over night in the office safe The combination has lately been chm1ged, and I've an idea that the cashier keeps a record of it on a slip of paper, with the key of the inner compartm ent in hi s drawer to refresh his memory with in case he s hould forg e t the figures . I carry the key to the office. Nothin g would be eas ier than for me to slip into the offic e pr o vided you would come to the gate and engage the attention of the watchman for say twenty minutes. If I find th e combination I can open the safe and then the re s t will be easy. I'll take enough to pay my d e bt s and l e ave m e with a s nu g sum of pock e t money in. my clothes bes ide s How does the idea strike you?" "It strikes me all right You've got more brain s than I gave you credit :for. You're going to do the job some time to morrow night, ain't you ?" "Yes Say about eleven o 'clock, when the neighborhood is quite deserted." "I'm ready to help you out, young gent W e 'll mee t a c cidental like at the Parlors, have a game or two of pool and then we'll go off together "All right. Now let's be off. I sec it ha s cleareJ up / Mr. Spavinger nodded, put the boxes back in the close t and blew out the light. Then the hardened old sinner, and the young one ju s t s tarting oi.1t on the broad road that l e ads to mor a l d e struction, picked up their umbrellas and left the s hant y "Well/' said Jack Clyde to him s elf as he was left alone in th e old shack, "if I haven't learned considerable thi s night about the inside character of Morris D e an I'm out o f my calculation. So he bets on the rac es, does he? Thi s time he seems to have caught it in the neck. If h e i sn't an easy bird to pluck I'm much mi s taken, that's all. The idea of his gi.ving his money to that skin to pi c k winner s for him Mr. Spavinger simply played him for a chump. I greatly doubt if he placed a single one of tho s e b e t s It was eas y for a man of his stamp to put Dean' s money in his pocket, and then come back and ha nd out a fak e story to Morris It was such a simple game that he mu s t have laughed in his sleeve more than onoe. And then the avaricious old rascal wasn't sati sfied at that but h e mu s t work a bit of bunco on top of it. Now to .,ex tricat e him s elf from his hole, Morris is going to try and rob the office safe at the mill He'll do it1 too, I don't think. I'm going to treat Morris Dean to the surpri s e of his life. I'll give him a shock that he won't :forget for a long tim e to come." Thu s s peaking, Jack walked to the :front window and look e d out. He saw Mr. Spavinger and Morri s Dean vani s hin g down th e road. "It's too l a t e for me to go on to Bertha Garland' s home now. It mu s t be past nine o 'clock. She'll think the rain s tood me off, s o I'll go back home." On his way home Jac k paused before neat white cot tag e that bor e a sign "For Sale." "I wond e r how lon g it will b e before I have money enoug h to buy s uch a li t tl e home a s that for aunt and s i s ? I am afraid it will b e a good m a n y y e ars y e t. It's tough to b e poor, and livin g from hand to mouth, but I don t mean to b e poor alwa y s I'm g oin g to leav e no s ton e unturne d to get ahead in the world. Ev e r y boy ha s hi s chance to ris e and make himself som e bod y-why not I? Th e manager of our mill was a poor boy once, and he work e d him s elf to the front by hi s own exertions alone. I guess I ca. n do the same. At any rate, it won't b e m y fa ult if I don't s ucceed. Some d a y I'll own a cotta ge as good a s this p e rhap s b etter." 1 J ack continu e d on his way and in ten reached the plain dwelling his aunt r e n ted for a few dollars a month. Pla in as it looked without, and humble its furn i shings within, it was the home of p e ace and c ont ent-happier than many a more pretentiou s one in th e town. "I did not e x pect you ba c k i:::o s oon, Jack smil e d hi s aunt Mr s Susan Fro s t. "How i s B ertha to-ni ght?" "I couldn't s ay, Aunt Su e I didn't g o to h e r h o use a f te r all. Th e r a i n held me up s o lon g in that old s h anty down the ro a d that I decid e d it was too late to call and so I c ame ba c k "Tha t was too bad a nd s h e was expectin g you, too." "Yes, T g uess s h e was; but it can't b e h e lp ed. Tha t s one of the di s advant ages of not owning an umbr e lla . Good nig ht, auntie, I'm going t o b e d." Next mornin g Jac k m e t hi s fri end Andy Blossom on th e corn e r a s llsual. "He llo Jack!" s aid Andy. "What clo you know this mornin g ?" "I kn o w s omething that'll make you s tare all right," re pli e d Jack. "Is that so?" a s k e d Andy with some intere s t. "What is it?" '.'I'm g oin g to t e ll you; but I want you to keep it to y our srlf." "I'll b e mum if you say s o," agreed Andy, on the tip-toe of c urio s i ty "It concerns :Morri s Dean." "Does it? I'll bet i t's nothin g to hi s credit," repli e d Andy w h o i n common w ith the oth e r mill hands, ha d a v e ry poor opinion of the tim e -keep e r. "What' s h e b een up to?" "I found out several thing s about him la s t night that


RISING IN THE WORLD. 9 rathe r opened my eyes. I never took muc h st o c k in him any way in s pite of the fac t tha t h e's e nj o y e d ad v antages tha t t h e rest of u s h a v e n t had ; but I'm bound to say I di d not s u s pe c t him, to be the reckless y oung rascal h e i s." "What did you :find out about him?" a s ked Andy, ea ge rly. "I' ll tell you the whole s t,ory and you crui judg e for y ourself w hat kind of a c hap h e really i s." Jac k then relat e d to Andy hi s a dventure of the preceding evening in the old s han iy o n K or t hb-ridge road. "And h e really m ea n s to rob 1.h c office s afe tu-night?" cried And y in a s toni s hm e nt. "Tha t seems to be his pro g ramme "What are you going to do? Tell the manager?" "I uppose that i s what I ought to do; but I've another plan "What is it?" "I propose to catch him in the act myself." "Ho w ar e y ou going to m a na ge it?" "Well help me." "I'll do i t ; 1let your b o otR. It would jus t suit me to h a v e a hand in s howing tha t c h a p up. He's been treating t h e g irl s m e aner than dirt s ince h e's bee n tim e -k e eper. I've got it in for him e s p ecially for th e s habby way h e's acted toward Martha Higgin s H e's shut her out s ix times in the la s t three months, and I've b e en looking for a chance to pay him up for it." :Martha Hig gin s was a s weet little orph a n tha t A ndy wa s paying a good d e al of atte ntion t o and it was quit e natural for him to resent any indignity offered her. "We' ll tak e s ay four of the m en-I'm going to pic k them out-and w e' ll c ome to the mill to-ni ght, put the watchman wise to the matter, and lay for him and Mr. Spavinger, his s porting friend, who is going to act as his accomplice I guess it will be a big surpri s e to them to find themselves cau ght in the act." "I'll b e t i t will grinne d Andy. "I've c o n c lud e d thi s wi.ll b e the best way to deal with them. If I was to tell the manager this morning h e might que stio n Morri s in his office about the nuttter. Dean would naturall:v den y the truth of my story, and his word would b e as g o o d a s mine; in fact b ette r for he would no doubt c a ll in J\'fr. Spavinger to b ack him llp. I haven t a ny witness to corroborate my state m e nt, a s I was alon e in the s hanty. So you can see h e'd have the be s t of m e Of course, afte r that Morris wouldn t think of carr:vin g out hi s pl a n n gains t ihe office safe, and as the r e w ou ld th e n b e no proof o f hi s alleged ra e:ality, th e chances arc a g o o d m a n y p e ople would think I reported the matte r s ol e ly to ge t him into a s crape." "Tha t s ri ght. The manager i s a frie nd of h is fath er's ancl g ave him the j o b in th e office. H e wou]cl h a t e to MoniK grt into trouble. Now if w e ca tch t h e c hap r edh ande d it will b e diff e r ent. It will ope n th e manager's e yes to Dean's real charact e r and l1e will b e oblig e d to take s u c h a ction as the ca s e demand s." Tha t end e d the discus ion for the present, as the two boys had arrived at the mill gate. 'l' h e y pa sse d Morris Dean without giving him a look, and the time-ke e per checked them off on his sheet. B ertha Garland did not appear that day and another girl was put on her loom. The mana g ement, however, did not dock her, as the ci r c um s t a nces e x c11sed her abs ence Whe n n o ontime came, Jack called a s ide four men in whom h e had e v e ry confid e nce, told them what Morri s Dean proposed to do in the offic e that ni ght, and they pledged themselve s to join in with Jack and Andy in his sch eme to catch the unpopu lar time keeper with the good s on. CH APTER V. CAUGHT WITH THE GOOD S ON. Aboi1t nine o'clock that night Jack and Andy met the four mill hand s at a certain corner not far from the mill, and the entire party started for the building. Arrived at their de s tination, Andy was boosted over the fence imcl s ent to find the watchman, and give him an inkling of the. s ituation He came to the gate ancl let the party inside. "Now, Jones," said Jack, who was the self-constit\1tec1 lead e r in th e proceedin&s, "you'd better be near the gate around e l e v e n o'clock. In fact, it would be a good idea if you op e n e d the gate and s tood there, smoking. You may e x pect to see this sporting gent, Mr Spavinger, come down the street If he carries out the programme agreed upon last night, l1e' ll stop and engage you in conversation. You mu s t get him in s ide the gate so he can't e s cape whe n we're read y to secure him. That' s your part of thi s job, and I expect you to carry it out in good shape Don t give him any reason to suspect you are on to the scheme." "All right, Clyde, you can depend on me. Whether I ge t him in s ide the fence or not, he won't dare to run whe n I pull m y six-shooter on him," r e plied th e watchman. Seein g th a t the watchman understood what was exp ecte d o f him Jack l e d his assi s tants into the ground floor of the mill and pos ted them in the entry between the office and th e mill proper. 'T'he n h e proceeded to make sundry preparations he had figllf c d on for catching Morris Dean at th e liight moment and Rhowing him for wha t he was-a ni ght th i e L His plan was quite original in its way, and was really not n ecess ary under the circum s tances, but it pl e a secl Jack to trap hi s man afte r hi s own ideas. IIe took a long, thin line and made a running noose at on e encl. L e avin g the noo s e lying on the floor of the office near th e s af e he p assed the other end through one of the s quare hole s i n th e brass top of the offic e partition and then a ynrc1 fro m that point he pas sed it back throu g h anoth e r s imilar hole, l e aving the end of the line dan g l in g 011 the ins ide of the partition. "That i sn't a bad thiefcatc h ing trap," he s aid, with a


10 RISING IN TIIE WORLD grin, surve y in g the arrangement with a critical eye "The next t hing will be to see if it works to suit my taste." He blew out the lamp and placed it on a n ea rby desk then h e went i.o the window overlooking the stre et to watch for the coming of Morri s Dean. Th e office clock st ru c k eleven before there was a s i g n of a human being on the st re e t then around the corner came two shadows that presently resolved themselves into Morri s an d hi s associate, Nelson Spa>inger. They paused within a few feet of the window whe r e Jac k was looking out, and h eld a final con s ultatio n, then th e sport continued on down the street and : Morri s watched him for a minute or two. H e saw the watchman step outside and stand in front of 1'.Ir. SpaYinge r, and that was his signa l to get busy. Jack, in the meanwhile, h a d tal: en up hi s post under the 11earest clcRk to the safe, whe nce he could keep a sharp eye on t he faithless clerk 's movem ents when he got down to business, and yet would be screenecl from observation by a couple of tall stools which he had axranged for that purpose. Presently a key rattled in the lock of the street door, which opened and then shut behind 1'.Iorris Dean. He walked quickly toward the end of the office where the s afe stood, s pi e d the lamp and lit it. Going to the cashier's tall desk, the very one unde r whi ch J ack was hiding, he tried a certain drawer, and found it loc ke d as he expected it would be. He was prepared for suc h an emergency Taking a piece of stee l from hi s poc ket he inserted it foto the crevice of the drawer, close to the lock, and exerted force enough to snap the l ock off. H e then opened the drawer, looked inside and took out a key and a s lip of paper. He exam in ed th e paper in the li ght of the lamp. Apparently sat isfied he had obtained what h e wanted, he placed the l amp on the floor near the safe so its ligh'; would shin e right on the combination, and then, with the contents of the paper for a guide, h e set to work to ope n the safe. Jack watched him closely as he worked, and at l e ngth saw Morris grasp the round s teel knob and s wing open the safe door. Then D ean sto pp e d and li ste ned attentively. Feeling r eassured, he applied the key h e had t ak e n from the cashier's drawer to the keyhole of the inn er stee l com p a rtrn en t where the money h e was afte r lay. It was but the work of a moment for him to open this d oor Then he gra bbed one of the packages of bills, exam ined th e d enom ination s and thrust it inio an inside pocket of hi s jack et . H c was a bout to c lose and lock the stee l inn er door, having secured as much money as he wanted, when the wat c h e r unde r the desk took a hand in the proceedings. C reeping softly as a s hado" from hi s hidin g place, the boy tip-toed over to the spot rhere the noose lay within a .foot or t \ro of the k neelin g clerk. Jack flun g the noose over t h e thief's head, and it fell around his arms. Seizing the other end of the lillE', he pulled it taut, drawin g Dean up to the screen a pri 'Oner. "Help!" yelled the 1.Joy, and in rushed the crowd Andy Blossom l ed the four mill hancls forward. "l\forris Dean!'' they cxcl:iimed in one voice, in apparent s urprise, whil e the captured ckrk, Hli uggling in vain to escape from the noose which held him in a vise-like grip, looked at t hem with a scared, white face "Here, Ancly," said Jack, "juioL hold this line and d on't l et it gi\ e a sing l e inch; I'm going to telephone to :Man ager Burnside. 'I'hree or you,'' to the men, "go out to the gate and secure Mr. Spavinger. Then bring him in h ere." Jack Tang up Mr. Burnside's home and conn ecte d with the mana ge r, who had gone to bed "Come over to the office, sir," said the boy. "A thi ef ha s broken into your office safe and we have nabbed him." "I'll come right over," replied t h e manager. "In the meantim e telephone for couple of policemen." "That's what I am going to do, sir Goodby." The n J ack rang up the police stat ion, tokl the person in charge to send two officer s to the mill to take chaxge of a detected thief and h is accomplice Hardly h ad h e hung up the Teceiver before there was a noise in the entry and present l y l\Ir. Spavinger was l ed into the office by the mill hands and the watc hman. H e protested l oud l y against such treatment, but nobody paid any attention to him. When his eyes Tested on l\Ior1;is Dean pinned up against the wire partition, hi s faced li ved with consternation at the pr ed icam e n t h e was in, the Aport's h eart fai l ed him. H e saw that a screw had worked looRe in the clerk's little scheme, and re a lized that the young man was in a serio u s scrape. Still h e diQ. not see how h e could be connected with the affair unless Morris had betrayed him. It str u ck him right away 1.hat the clerk must have im plicated him, otherwise why s hould these men have jumped on and secured him. He didn't relish the outlook at all, bnt determined to s wear himself out of it. B e lievin g Morris Dean h ad acted the part of a cm, he had no sympat h y fo1 the youlh he had driven to execute 1 the crime at which he hacl been caught. A s soon as Mr. Spavinger saw that J ack Clyde was run ning thin gs, he appealed to him. "Why am I treated in this high-hantled manner, young man?" he demanded, wiih an appearance of virtuous indignation. "Somebody will have to pay for this outrage." "You h ave been taken charge of because you are thiR c hap's accomplice in his attempt to rob the office safe of this mill," r e pli e d Jack.


i RISING IN THE WORLD .. 11 "Are you out of your senses, young man?" exclaimed Mr. Spavinger. "Who has said I am his accomplice?" "I say so," answered the boy, coolly. "You!" cried the sport, sarcastically "You do not seem to know \rho I am." "Oh, yes, I do. Your name i s Spavinger." Thi s reply rather staggered the turfy gentleman. "Do you mean to say that young rascal you have caught has connected me with his crime?" rnared Mr. Spavinger, wrathfully. "No; he hasn't uttered a word since he was pulled up again s t th a t partition." "Thrn I don't see on what ground--" "I wouldn't waste any more useless words on the sub ject, J\fr 8pavinger," replied Jack. "You will have the 1.o prove your innocence, if you can, to morrow before the magistrate." "Do mran to say I have got to go to jail to-night?" "T+ lookR that way "I shall sue the mill company for this outrage." "Maybe you will; bui I have my doubts At that juncture :Mr. Burnside, the manager, came in at the door. His brow clouded when he saw the open safe door "Well, ('l yde," he began, "how--" Then hi s eye reRted on the prisoner pinned to the parti tion. "l\Iorrit' Dean!" he exclaimed in utter amazem.ent "Why, what does this mean?" "It means, sir," replied Jack, "that we caught Dean in ihr arl of taking money from the safe." "lmposKihle !"gasped Mr. Burnside. "It is the fad, sir. He has a package of money on his person at this moment, which I saw him take from the inner compartment of the safe. Before he could get any more I flung a noose about him and yanked him up against the partition." "J\Iorris Dean," said the manager, walking up to him, "have you lakrn money from that safe to-night?" The unfortunate young man made no reply to this ques tion, but his face proclaimed his guilt, and l\fr. Burn side could only draw one conclusion-that the son of :Matthew Dean, one of the most respected of Northbridge's retired merchants, was indeed a detected thief. CHAPTER VI. MORRIS DEAN 4-ND MR. SPAVINGER ARE BOTH HELD FOR '.!.'RIAL. "Let him loose," said Mr. Burnside, with a sorrowful expre sion on his countenance, and Andy Blossom dropped ilw end o f the line. The rnanagc'r relieved 1'v1orri8 of the noose, put his hand into hi K in s ide pocket and drew out the package of bills. "I am trnly pained to find the son of Matthew Dean in such a compromising situation," he said, regretfully. "Have you any explanation to offer for your conduct?" "I needed the money," replied Morris, dogged l y "I needed it more than I ever wanted anything in my life before That's all there is to it." "Why should you commit a crime to get it when you might have asked your father for what you required?" "I am sorry now that I didn't, though it wouldn't h ave done me any goocl," replied the dejected clerk. "I am afraid you have got yourself into a very ser ious scrape, Morris. How you will be able to get oui of it I cannot even guess at this moment." Then turning to J ack he said: "Who is this other person? Is he imp l icated in this af fair, too?" "Yes, sir. He's Dean's.accomplice." "That's a lie!" exclaimed l\Ir. Spavinger, hotly "I had nothing to do with him whatever I was talking to the watchman of this mill at the yard gate when I was set upon in a most outrageous manner by those three men a11d d1;agged in here. I demand that I be releaECd, sir." "Do you know this man, Morr is?" asked the manager I "I do," replied the clerk. "What is his name?" Nels on Spa vinger." ".Is he connected with you in this affair?" Morris made no answer Mr. Burnside repeated the question with some sharpness "Yes, sir; h e's the whole cause of my being in this scrape," blurted out the young man. "You lying young villain!" ro ared the turfy gentleman, starting forward with the evident intention of striking the clerk in the face. Jack, who was sta nding near, interfer ed and grasped his upraised arm. At that moment the two police officers appeared at the door, and Mr. Spavinger considered it the part of pru dence to subs ide Mr. r e luc tan tl y ordered one of the officers to take charge of Morris, and then pointed out Mr. Spavinger to the other. "I give them both in charge," he said. "Take them to the station-ho use. I will follow presently and make the charge against them." The policemen slipped handcuffs on their pris oner s and led them away Mr. Burnside returned the money to the safe, relocked it and put the key in the inner compartment in his pocket. "I am at a loss to under stand how you and the othe r mill hands happen e d to be on hand here at the very mo ment you were needed to save the company's property," he said, turning to Jack. "I will give you the whole story on the way to the station house, sir," replied the boy. "Very well. I shall be g l ad to hear it." The four mill men were dismissed, with the manager's thanks for their services, the office was locked up, and then Mr. Burns ide, accompanied by Jack and Andy, starte d for the sta tion-house.


12 RISI NG I N THE W O RLD. O n t h e w ay J ack to l d the man ag e r about his adventure o.f the p r e viou s ni g h t at the o ld shanty. W h y did you not inform m e thi s m o rnin g a bout this matt-e r s o I coul d hav e t ake n m e a s ures to pre v ent this la mentab l e affair? B y taki ng t h i s thin g in l o your own hand s yon hav e r u in e d M o rri s D ean's li f c career. H e will c e r tain l y be sen t to i;ri son, as the e vid e nce a g ain s t him i s clear a s da ylig h t. "I a ct e d a s I thou g h t best in th e m atte r sir. H a d you taxed Dean w i th th e c ont e mplat e d c i ime h e w ou1c1 mos t certai n l y h ave d enie d it. ]\[_v un s upport e d won1 w o uld h ave g one for nothing. I n fac t, I thi n k I would h a 1 C been shown up i n a bad light myse lf. The onl y way that I cou l d see to pro ve my statement was to lay for hi m and catc h him i n the a c t. This I have done It i s Dean 's own f u neral not m i n e-that h e c h o s e to e n g a ge in s u c h a c rimi na l ente r pri sr "I don't see t h at h e s e n tit l ed to s ympath y a n y w ay," spoke up Andy. "He's set ever y e mployee in t h e m ill against h i m s inc e h e's been time-keep e r by his mean tactics at t h e gate " I don't under st an d you, sa id t h e m anager. '11hen A nd y procee d e d to e nl ighte n him concernin g Dea.n's que s tionab l e met h ods w i t h the girl s w h en they r e a c h e d the gat e a mome n t l ate "Why w asn t t hi s repo r te d to me?" a s k e d t h e mana g e r. B e c a use t h e r e i sn't a tal ebea r e r in the mill-tha t s why, sir r e p lied An d y p r o m ptly. 'The cha r ge was d ul y mad e by the manag e r a g ain s t Mor r is D e an and N e l son .Spav i nge r a n d t he pair were loc ked up i n sepa r ate c ells for the nig h t Th e re was a r epor ter at t h e station -h o u se at th e time and h e want e d to kno w the f u ll pa r t i c ul a r s of the attempted r o bbery a t the m ill. Andy to l d him all h e kn e w a b o u t th e matte r, and the rest of the fact s h e afte rwar d got from J a ck. T h e N or t h bridge D ai l y Times h ad t h e whol e s tor y in a prom i nent pa r t o f t he fir s t p age i n t h e morning and t he w h o l e town was talking a b o u t i t next morn i n g ove r their b r e ak fa s t tab l e s It woul d h ave been a terri b l e s h o c k for Matth e w Dean if h e h ad learned about the disgr ace of his you n g e s t son fro m t h e n e wspaper a s hi s a c quaint a nce d id M r B urn s i de, app reciating t h is, made it hi s bus i ness to go dire ct l y t o t h e D ea n hom e from the station-hous e a n d br e ak t h e n e w s as ge ntly a s he could to t h e you ng man's fath e r O f course ever y one in the mill knew i n the morni n g tha t Morris Dean was in the s t at ion-h o use for attempting to rob the office sa f e t h e ni ght b e fore, and everybo d y knew t h at Jack Cly d e was the c a use of hi s incarcer ation. Whil e the g irl s w e r e mor e or less s h ocked b y t h e inte lli gence, F l ora W atso n w a s the only on e r eal l y u ps e t by the fate whic h h a d over taken Morris D e an. T he police c our t was c r o wd ed that mornin g a s t he. D ea n fam il y was w ell known in Northbrid ge, an d they h ad a large circle of acquain t ance. After two or thre e minor cases h a d been c fo ; poscd of, Dean and S pa vinger w e r e brou ght into court lookin g c on side rabl y th e w o rse for their night's lod g in g in a common cell. Th e prison e r s b o th plead e d not guilty M o rri s doin g s o o n lhc advic e of \ h e l a wyer provid e d to look a fl e r his inle rcsl s b y hi s fath e r. J a ck Cly d e was, o.f course, the s ta r at the exam ination, and h e g ave hi s testimony in a clear and c on c i s e wa y And y Blossom, th e ni ght watc h man, and th e four mill hands, g a v e th eir e vid e nce in turn. Th e c ase a ga in s t Morri s wa s clear beyond a doubt, and he \\'as h e ld for trial at th e next term of th e c ir c uit court. Mr Sp a vingcr'R c onnection with th e atte mpted r obbe r y w ould hardly hav e been est a blished h a d n o t Morri s testi fied directl y ag ain s t him. The s p ort endeavor e d t o m ak e his dup e out a li a r but did not s u c ceed, and a s a consequ e nce h e was a l s o h elcl a s D ean' s acc ompli c e B ot h w e r e admitte d to b a il Mr. Spavinger 's b e ing placed a s low a s $1,000, but a s no one came forward to go hi s securit y l ie h a d to g o bac k to his cell w hil e M orris w ent free o n a bond s i g n e d b y his fathe r and another gent leman. A f e w days l ate r t h e Boru:d of Direct o r s o f th e N o rth b ri dg e Cotton Mill h eld a s pecia l meetin g, a t whic h Jac k Cl yde was vot e d the t h a nk s of the c omp a n y a nd th e s um of $1 000 for his services in pre v enting th e robber y of the sa f e and brin gi n g the c rimina l to jus tic e T h e fa ct that Morri s s w o r e at hi s exa min ati on that h e onl y inte nd e d tb take th e s in g l e pa c k ag e of bill s found o n h i s p e r son had v e r y little weight with th e mill c ompan y a s a m atte r o f fa c t n o t on e of the directors b elie v e d 1his s tat eme n t, a lthou g h it was reall y the truth. Afte r t h e meeting the man age r call e d Jack in t o hi s offic e and a f t e r informin g him of th e a c tion take n by th e com pany, presente d him with the $1,000 c heck. T he boy tha nk e d him for i t but it w as c l e ar t o him t hat Mr. Burns id e was sor e b eca use the mill boy h a d t aken th e aff air out of hi s hands, tl1er e b y pre ve ntin g h i m from s aving young D e an from th e consequ e nces of his rashness. Tha t fac t, how e v e r, d id not g r ea tl y worr y J a ck. He h a d the appro v a l o f his own consci e nce, and th e g e n e r al approb a tion of his ass o c iates in th e mill. Bu t thou g h h e was not awa r e of t h e fac t, h e had mad e a seriou s e n e m y of Flora W a t son, who hate d him for the trouble h e h a d brou ght on Morri s D e an. In h e r h eart s h e d e t e rmin e d to g e t s qu a r e with him, and she incl u ded Bertha Garland in the same p r oject of r e venge. CHAPTER VII. MAKING MONEY. Jack Clyde was the happiest boy in the m ill when he left the mana ger's office with the compa n y's c h e ck for $1,000 in his pocket


RISING 'l'HE WORLD. 13 The very first thing he did was to show it to B e rtha Garland, who had returned to h e r loom that day She congratula !cJ him upon hi s good fortune, and at the first chance she whispe r e d the news to the girl at the next loom. Inside of an hour the fact that Jac k Clyde had got a $1,000 check from the compa ny for catc hing Morri s Dean in the act of robbing the office safe was known from on e end of the floor to the other It also b ecame known that Andy Blosso;m and the four mill h ands who had helped Jack turn the trick had each been presented with $20. There was joy in the little cottage on the Northbridge r oad that night when om: young hero di s played the check before the wond e ring eyes of Aunt Sue a nd his cripple siste r Gert i e "What a r e you g oing to do with it, Jack?" asked G e rtie, with spark lin g eyes. "Put it in the bank?" "The bank i s a good p lace to keep one's superfluous money," nodded her brother, "but I think maybe I can do b ette r with it." "How, brother, dear?" "I migh t buy that cottage down the road that's for sale, and save auntie paying ;rent. The price I have been told is $1,200. Auntie would have to buy it in her name and give a mortgage for $200. It would be fine to own our own home, and that's a dandy little house and g rounds. I've h ad my eye on it ever since the sign went up. I wis h you and auntie would look it over to-morrow and see how you like it." "Of course we'll do so if you wish us to, replied hi s sister. Mr s Frost, on being consu lted, was quite pleased with the idea of taking the house, if it proved to be as satis factory as it looked. "I think it's a bargain, au ntie sai d Jack. "You couldn't buy the grou nd and build a hous e anywhere near as good as that for $1,200." "It's a wonder it has n't been s napped up b y somebody, then. Good things don't go begging lon g, as a rul e ." "Somet ime s they d o I'll tell you an instance. The r e was a fine place on Prescott Street tha t was in the market a whole yea r at $3,000. S ever al builders said it was dirt I cheap at that figure, and yet nobody seemed to want it. One day a man came along, looked the pluce over and bought it. 'T'he contra.ct had scarce l y been s igned before one of the very peop l e who had said it was dirt chea p at $3,000, made an offer to take it off his hand s at $500 ad vance He finally sold his option to this man for $1,000 Inside of two months the second buyer sold the house t o another man right in this town for $5,000. It was worth it, too. Yet the third buy er.could have saved that $2,000 any time within the year. That 's the way wit h some people. They won't take a thing at any pric e till some body else steps in and g rab s it, then they suddenly dis cover they wan t it bad, and are willing to raise the ante themselves." J ac:k, however, much to his aunt's su rprise, suddenl y decid e d not to buy the cottage-at least not right away. The fact of the m atte r was he h a d un expected ly dis covered a chanc e to make a s take by shrewd dealing. He had hca rd that a h a rdw are s lore on one of the most prominent corners of Main Street would soon b e f,or r e nt. Th e man who h a d run it for year s had l ately died and the widow was going to sell th e stock in trad e and .fixtures at a u c tion, ancl dispose of the lease, which had three years yet to run. This fact would h ave h ad no inte r est for Jac k but that he knew an agent of the Nationa l Tobacco Trus t was in town loo kin g for an eligib l e site to ope n a r etai l store, an d he judgecl the corne r in ques tion would suit him to a rr. So Jack mad e a break at once for the widow who helcl the l ease and asked her what she would take for it. Sh e told him $600 "I'll give you $25 for the r efusa l of it for two day s a t that figure," said J ack, promptly. Th e lady objected to such a s mall a.mount, but finally they compromi sed on $50 for a seven days' option The boy handed her the money and she signed the option. He ru s hed off at once to the hote l where the tobacco trus t 's agent was stopp ing, and found that the man was jus t goi n g to a show at the opera house that evening Jack los t no time in making him an offer of the lease of the hardwar e st ore. "Who do you represent?" a s ked the agent g rowin g in terested at once, for the corner was jus t what h e wanted. "I was not a ware that location was for Tent." "I represent mysel f," replied J ack, with som e dignity "I control the lease of the sto r e f or the n ext thre e years The rent i s $60 a month as it stands. I will sell you the lea s e for twelve hundred dollars cash, or I will s u b-let the st ore to you for one year at one hundred doll a r s a monlh with privilege of r e newal at the same r ent for the rest of the term cove red by the lease." "When will the store be vacant?" "You can hav e possession on the fir st of the month." "I'll give you one thousand dollars for the l ease," s aid the agent. Jack shook his head. "I can do b ette r than that with a man who wa. nts to establish a drug stor e on that corner." "I'll go down the re with you and look the store over." "All right," replied Jack. Th e agen t was pleased with the st ore and decided to h e ad off the dntggist by agreeing to the boy's term s Jac k gave him a writt e n agreement to turn the lease ove r to him on the following evening, and the agent paid him one hundr e d dollars on account. The man then went on to the Opera Hou s e while Jack paid a visit to the widow. He paid h er the s ix hundred dollars and she t r ans ferred the lease of the corner s tore to him. Next evening he met the agent at the a nd com-


14 RISING 'I'HE "WORLD. pleted the deal, pocketing a profit of si.x hundred dollars by the transac t ion. IIe was now prepared to buy the cottage and pay all the cm;h for it, which would l eave him four hundred dollars to put in the bank. It happened, however, that next morning he noticed a.n a(1rt. in the morning's paper of a mud1 better house, with more ground, that was offered at a bargain to close out an e state. 'I'he following day being Sunday he and his aunt went around and looked at it. It was a very desirable place, and dirt cheap at twenty five hundred dollars. ""We'd better take it, auntie," he said "It's too big for us, Jack," she objected. "Besides you've only got sixteen hundred dollars, and would be obliged to put a mortgage on it. 'I'hat would cost us fifty dollars a year in inte rest. Now the cottage on Northbridge road you could get free and clear and st ill have several hundred to draw interpst in the savings bank. This i s a very fine place, and I have no doubt it is cheap, but it i s foolish for you to buy it I think.'' "Auntie, I see a speculatioo in this," said Jack. "I'll bet I could resell this property at a profit before you even took title to it. This house is a snap at twenty -five hun dreL1 dollars It's worth four thousand dollars if it's worth a dollar. I don't believe in lo sing suc h a chance. Herc's a gentleman and lady coming to look at it now. We'll run around to the lawyer's house and tell him we'll liake the property. You can pay him one hundred dollars down. He'll gi\'e you a receipt dated yesterday to make it l egal. You can then sign the contract any day next week you like, and pay him four hundred more. It will take thirty days I guess to have the title passed. upon, and during that interval we may have an offer to take the contract off our hand s If not you can buy the property as soon a s the title is s hown to be all right, and then I'll advertise the place for sale at whatever price I think it ought to bring." Whatever Jack said always went with his aunt, for s he had the utmost confidence in his business sagaci! .boy thou g h he was, so they went around to call on the who had charge of the property. The lawyer accepted the one hundred dollars, gave his receipt therefor and promised to have the contract ready in a few days for Mrs. Frost to sign at his office. That evening a gentleman called at the Frost cottage Jack recognized him as the escort of the lady they had seen looking at the house just as they l eft for the l awyer's. He had called, he said, to see if Mrs. Frost wou l d tah five hundred dollars for her option on the property. "No, sir," replied Jack, speaking up, "we hav e a bargain in that property. It is easily worth four thousand dollars, ju st as it stands.'' r onsense exclaimed the visito r with a frown. "Very well, si r Then we won't argue the matter I wouldn't advise my aunt to take a cent less than twelve hundred dollars for her option." ========= ___ _____ ''Then we can't do lrnsin esF,'' sai

RISING IN THE WORLD. 1;:; Nor that these two w e r e plotting to involve Jack Clyde in a pec k of t ro u b l e t h rou g h his c onnivance. F l ora n o w p e rmi t t e d Jobkin s to e s cort her home from w o r k m ost ever y nig ht. On one of these occas ions s he grew quite confidential with him. "Do y o u kn o w s he said, "I can't b ear that Jack Clyd e I can't und e r s t a nd wh a t th e g irl s see in him to rave about him as t hey d o T he y a c tu a ll y s a y h e s the best looking boy in town tossin g h e r head d is dainfully. "They're away off their p e r c h repli e d Job kin s "For. m y part I h a t e th e c ha p I wis h I could find some ex c use for g i vin' l1im t he b ounce." "I wis h you could, too. I'm tire d of seeing him aiound the mill," s h e sa id. "He doesn t g ive m e a c hance. He's too plagu e y correct in ever yt h i n h e does. And now t o mak e the matter mor e difficult, h e s m a d e himself solid with the company by showin' up th a t l o b s t e r 1\Iorri s Dean." If J obkin s h a d see n the look Flora flas h e d upon hi111 whe n he r e f erred s neering l y to Morris he wouldn't have felt quit e s o sure of the girl' s fee lin g s toward him. "Isn't th e re any way we could get him out of the mill?" s he a s ked. "Not that I know of he an s wered. "I've h e ard the re i s lik e ly to b e trouble at the mill over the n e w rules that go into effe ct n ext week," sh e said after a pau se. "I reckon there will b e," nodd e d Jobkin s s i g nificantly "The men are holdin g me et in gs on the s ubj e ct, I think, and are try in g to get the g irl s ove r on their side." right," admitt e d the foreman. "Do you think t h e r e's a n y possi b ili ty of a s trik e ?" "Yes I think there i s if the m anagement doesn't hau\ in its horns." "You can gamble on it that we'll fix him growle d Job kins. "And we' ll fix him for keeps too." "I hope you will, David," she s aid vindictiv e l y "for I hate him." This was the first time she had eve r addressed th e fore man by his Christian name, and he was ti c kl e d to d eath It was quite true that there was troubl e b rewin g i n the Northbrid g e Cotton Mill over the new and r a th e r s trin gent rules about to be introduced by the mana ge r. A committee had waited on I\'Ir. Burnsid e and objede'1 to them but the reply he made to the spokesman was b y 1 1 0 m e an s reassuring. About two-third s of the hand s w e r e dead a ga in s t t h e new arrangement whil e th e other third, c hi efly m e n with l arge families and girl s who w e re the m a in s up p ort of th eir parent s and brothers and s i s ters, object e d to takin g an y action that would interfe r e with their emp loym e nt. Jack and Andy, afte r stucly ing out th e n e w regulat i on s carefully, decided to st a nd by the company if the r e was trouble. On Friday night the kicking hand s h eld a meetin g to arrive at a final decision as to what they w e r e g o in g to do. After a stormy discussion it was v o t e d to send t h e manager an ultimatum in the morning gi vin g him to und e r s tand that if the new rules w e re to be e nforced they would quit work. As the company had more orders on hand than the y could fill with the whole forc e the kickers thought they had the company where the hair was short. But they made a mistake. M a nager Burnside handl e d the Ultimatum Committee without gloves. H e told th e m that eve ry employ e e who fail e d to report on l\fo nd a y morning without a valid excuse, mu s t cons i d er themselves discharged and that their places would imme diate l y be filled with outsider s "I h eard B ertha Garland s a y today that s he's opposed This s tand taken by the manager anger e d th e Jacke rs to havin g tro ubl e with the c ompa11y." and anoth e r meeting was called for that ni g h t "She is, eh?" r e plied Jobkin s "Do you think she'd turn At this mee ting inflammatory speeche s w e r e made and scab i f w e a ll w ent out?" the iiio+ion to stay away in a body on Monda y morni11g was "I think she's jus t that kind of a creature replied carri e d unanimousl y amid great enthusia sm. Flora, spiie fully. "And she i sn't the only one either that Somebody carried the n ews to Mr. Burn s id e that eve nwould do it." ing, and as he had been expectin g some su c h a ct i o n o n the "Who are the others?" part of the kickers he was fully prepared to c1e al with t h e Flora mention e d a score of names. situation. "Confound the women!" snarled Jobkin s "They are At half-past six M;onday morning Jack Cl yde and Andy alw ays for takin' the br e ad out of a man' s mouth." Blossom left their homes as u s ual to g o to th e mill. "It i s n t th e g irl s alon e we' ll h ave to fight a g ain s t From vVhen they reached th e corner o f t h e block i n '.rhich t l 1 wha t B ertha said Jac k Clyd e Andy Blossom, and a doze n mill was located they were s topped by two of the secc1<.: l at l eas t of th e m e n, are sure to stand by the company." hands who had been told off as pickets, and w h o askell th e m "The y will will they? hissed J obkins. "Le t them dar e to s t a nd by the ki c ker s and not go to the mill. do it and we'll fix them. If the r e s trouble ove r the rules The boys r e fused to join the strike rs, and a s l hey m o r J those who won't s t and b y the rest o f u s had b ette r look out on wer e call e d scabs b y their l a te associa tes. that's all said J o bkin s threatening ly. "We don t car e what y ou c all us," r etort e d Jack "It "Tha t i s ri ght," r e pli e d Flora. "If Jac k Clyd e s tand s l isn't a que s tion of wages or any uni o n princi p l e tha t' s out wit;1 th e oth e rs, it will g iv e an excuse to fix him s o involv e d in thi s Th e compan y ha s t h e r i gl'.t h e wont e Y e r get back t o the mill." ma k e n e w rules if it c h o oses, and s o lon g a s t h ey' r e withm


16 RISING IN THE \YOHLD. rea son I can't see why you fellows go to such an extreme as I overheard Jobk ins threaten to do up Jack Clyde at the first striking You're making a mistake His words wer e received with hoots, so he and Andy went on and repor ted at the gate. A numb e r of the girls had already arrived, among them B e rtha Garland. Altogether about two fifths of the hand s were regi s tered on the time-'sheet whe n the whistle blew. The manager was in his office, and as soon as he had examined the record of the arrival s he sent a telegram to Bos ton for a certain number of hancls, and these were sent to Northbridge by the n ext train. Mr Burn ide and several policemen met them on their arrival and escorted them to the factory, where they were imm ediate ly put to work in the places of the malcontent s Apparently the company had won the strugg l e at th e start off hands down. CHAPTER IX. WHAT BERTHA HHAHD IN THE SHANTY. Nearly all of ihe kickers assembled in th e n eig hborhood of the mill that morning and held a numb e r of impromplu m eetings at whic h t h e situat ion was canvassccl and a f e w speeches were made. 1\fost of the gir l s who had been induced to join the ran k s of th e malcontent s wer e discouraged Ly the ou1look. and a larg e proportion of them appli-ed at noon for their old jobs but were told th::it the company had all the help i.t wanted at present During the clay the manager secured lod gi ngs for the new hanes, evaclcd a n exp l anation of what had brought 11er to the cottage "He went back to the mill afte r supper," said Aunt Sue. "The mill i s not r u nning at night," replied B ertha in surprise "I know," answered Mrs. Frost; "but Manager Burnsid e wanted to see Jack in the office. I believe he intends to promote him to a higher position-in fact I think Jack is going to take the place in the office formerly held by young Dean "Do you reall y think so?" asked the girl, with a lo ok of pleasure "Ro Jac k inti mated to m e." "I am so g lad," rep liecl B ertha. "Ile deserves' to ge t aheacl." "Oh, he'll make his way up in the world all ri ght," said Annt Sue, proudly. "Jack is the smartest boy in town. Look how easily h e rnar l e twenty-one hunclrcr1 with that one thousand dollars the company preRented him with. It was his money that paid for that cottage up the road we're going to move into in a week or two, and he has nineteen hundred dollar s in hank b e ides. H e'll be a rich man one of these clays I hav en't the l east doubt." Whe n Bertha l eft the Frost cottage s h e decided notwith standing that it was a lonesome walk in the darkn ess, to go to the mill, and if she saw a light in the office to wait until Jack c a m e out; for she feared J obkinR an cl of hi s c ronies mi ght be aware of the boy's presence at the mill, in which event it was not improbabl e that they would lie in wait for him on hi s way h o me. It wasn't every girl that would h ave had the courage to undertake that wal k, for the mill was situated in a sect ion


RISING IN THE WORLD. I 17 of the town that was thinly built upon, a.nd, consequently, wore a deserted and gloomy aspect at night. It was a warm June evening, but the sky was overcast, and the lights along h e r way being few and far between, she grew more and more nervous as s he drew nearer and nearer to the mill. Suddenly she stopped. The sound of men' s voices fell on her ear-voices deep and gruff. Whoever the men might be s h e had no wish to meet them. They were following at suc h a rapid rate that she looked around to find a spot where s he could hide and let them pass. She knew the road well, for she passed over it twice a day, and remembered that there was an old shed a little way ahead in which she could conceal herself. It stoo d back a dozen yards or so from the road, and she ha stened h e r steps in that direction. She flew up the wPll worn path that l ed to the shed, and had just time to gain the doorway, when s h e made out the dim outline of ihree figures coming along the road. Ins tead of kc>eping straight on as s h e expected they would, the men, to her g reat di s may, turned into the path and came tol'l arrl the R h e d. "He'll bring the m achine with him, won't he?" "What good would it

18 RISING IN THE WORLD. He spoke with s uch a maliciou s inte n s ity that Bertha s blood chilled with appr e h e n s ion for Jac k 's s afety. She must and would try to sa v e him a t any ha z ard. "Oh, blast the boy!" interject e d Jac k s on "Let' s g e t down to business." "Well," said J obkins; "did you brin g the machine?" "Of course I did. It's under my jacket." "How do you set it off?" "It goes off its elf." ""What!" cried the other three, beginning to back away from him. Jack s on laughed. "Don't be afraid. It w on't g o off n ow. D o y ou ta k e m e for a fool to put my life in cla nger carryin' i t ar ound "IYit h me? It's a s harmless a s a ring -dov e a t the present mo ment and he dr e w it forth from its p lace of conce alm e nt. "It's got to b e wound u p b e for e it b ecomes d a ngerou s." "It goes off by clockwork, e h ? said Bri ggs "That's what it does," re p li e d Jack son "It's my own invention." "Are you sure i t will d o th e business? a s k e d J obkin s "As s ure a s you sta nd t he r e affirm e d the o t h e r. "It will sma s h the e n g ine, will it?" "It will wreck th e e n g in e -room "That's all we want to kn ow. I'll h e lp you place it whil e Clancy and Brig g s look after the w a tchm a n "After you wind it up how lon g before it goes off?" in quired Clancy. "I've got it timed for twenty minu tes That' ll g ive u s time enough to g e t a lon g w a y fro m the mill if we don't la g Did you get some thin g that 'll answer for a jimmy to break into the engine-room?" he ask e d the foreman. "Sure I did." "Where i s it?" "Hid behind the straw in yond e r c orn er." At tho s e words Bertha's heart n e arl y st opp e d b e ating with terror. If the article they wanted was b e h i nd th e fodd er pile, a s soon as J o bkins went to get it h e would be s u re to d iscov e r her conceal ed the r e What then would be th e c onseq ue n c e? CHAPTER X. J AC K I N 'l'IIE 'l' O I L S "Hark!" cri e d Cla ncy in a low ton e a t thi s moment. All li s t e n ed. S oun ds lik e a boy w histl i n','' sa id Bri ggs "I'll L e t it's Jack Cl y d e on hi s way home from the mill," chipped in J aclrnon. "The n we' d b ette r n a b h i m s aid Jobkin s "We c a n tie him a nd leav e h im in this shanty till we've planted the bomb the n I'll come bac k a nd attend to his case." "I'm with you," replied Clancy. "Two of us will be enough to c apture the cub." So Jac kson a nd Bri ggs r e m ai n e d in the shanty while l obkin s and Clancy d eparte d on their errand. Bertha s hiv e r e d with f ear at t he fa te that a wai te d Jac k But she could do nothing to save him, at least not a s thin g s stood. She waited with strain e d attention for further d e velop ment s In a few minutes the foreman and Clancy returned, dra gg ing Jack Cly d e b etwe en them You pair of coward s!" roared the boy. "What ga m e are you up to a n y way?" Y o u ll find out in good tim e," r e pli e d J o b kin s, b etwee n hi s teeth. "Bla m e your fist! You almo s t p u t m y eye 011 t." "Serves you right for attacking me as you did," r e t orted Jack. "It t o ok two of you to down me, though. Wh at ar e y o u goin g to do with m e ?" "Shut up you monkey!" sna rl e d th e for e man. "The r e's a bit o f r o p e han gin' s omewh e r e ag ain s t the wall. Get it d own, Jac kson a nd h e lp m e t i e him up." Jackson found the rope with out str i k in g a li ght, and the t w o m e n s o on b ound Jack secure ly h a nd and foot. "No w put s o;nethin' into his m outh for a gag," sa id Jobkin s Jac kson pulled out the boy's handker c hi e f and tied it ti g h t ly over his mouth. "He's enough now," he said. "Pus h him out of the wa y "Let me make sure of it,'" said the for e m a n, goin g care full y ove r the bonds and making certain that Jac k coul d n t draw his hands out. Satisfi e d that the pris on e r could not escap e by an y exer tions of his own, Jobkins got on his feet, gave the boy a viciou s ki c k in the thig h and l eft him. The ki c k in cowardly reveng e for the heavy blo w Jac;k ha d g iv e n him in the road. Well, I think we mi ght as w ell make a st art," s u gges t e d Jac k s on. "The s ooner we get the job over the b e t te r it'll suit me." A ll i-ight,'' said the foreman. "I'll get that bar now." "You' ll need a light won t you ?" said Clancy. N ot me. I know ju s t wh e r e to put m y h and on it. The r e's too much s traw lyin' around loos e in this s hack for me to s trike a light." A s h e s pok e h e started toward the pile of s traw behind w hich B erth a crouched. The girl' s heart s ank within her whe n s h e beard him moving etraight toward the corn e r whe r e s h e was hi d in g S h e h e ld her breath, and h e r he art beat s o loud and s o fa s t tl1at s he wa s afra id it mi ght b e t ray h e r as i t throbb ed a n d thu mpe d aga in s t h er rib s S h e k e p t moti onless a s death in the h o p e tha t J obkin s m ight L e abl e to ge t wha t h e w a n te d w i thou t no t icing h e r presence; but it w as a forlorn c hance. Whe n h e was withi n a foot or so o f h e r h e st o pp ed, and s h e he ard him, and almost f elt him stoo p down and begin to clear awa y th e stra w from th e g r o uncl. She ro uld hear him b reathe, and m utte r some thin g about th e dar k ness, as h e f elt a bout with hi s hand wilth i n a few in c hes o f her foot.


RISING IN THE WORLD. 19 A minute or two passed in this way, the only sound being ment, as soon as she had removed the handkerchief from the rnstling caused by the man's movements, and a mutacross his mouth. tered imprecation because he could not readily find what "Yes, yes," she replied. "Oh, these ropes are tied so he sought tightly. What shall I do to get them loose?" "Haven't you found it yet?" asked Jackson, impatiently. "Put your hand in my right trouser's pocket and you "No. I thought I could put my hand on it at once, but will find my jackknife,'' replied Jack, eagerly. this infernal darkness queers me after all,'' replied J obkins She did as he directed, and was soon sawing the rope over his sho ulder that held his arms. "I s'pose we'll have to strike a match for you," said Snap went the strands and Jack's arms were free. Clancy putting hi s hand in his pocket to find one. "Now you can cut the rest yourself better than I can,'' "No," replied the foreman "Wait a moment I'll have she said in a glad tone. it in a moment It didn't take the boy a minute to completely free him -It was a terrible ordeal for Bertha, for J obkins was gropself ing within an inch or two of her, and yet astonishing to "Now, Bertha, tell me how you knew I was a prisoner relate he did not seem at all conscious of her presence. in h e re?" he asked her. "Ah! I've got it,'' he exclaimed at la st, in a tone of satis"I knew it because I was hiding in this shanty when faction. David Jobkins and Patrick Clancy brought you here. I He rose up with the steel bar in his hand, a ctually brush -could tell by their words and from the sound when they ing against Bertha's dress. threw you on the floor and bound you. I could not tell She drew a breath of relief as he moved away from the whethe r I would be able to help you or not, for I was in a corn e r. trembl e le s t they should find me here. I dare not think She knew she had escaped discovery by the narrowest what they might have done to me if they had." pos s ible margin. "But how came you to be here at all, Bertha?" asked "We' d better throw some of the straw o ver that boy," Jack, wonderingly. said Jac kson. "You can't tell but some one might come in "Martha Stebbings brought me word to-night that Mr. h e re while we' re away." Jobkin s had sworn to get even with you for reasons I "What's the use of takin' that trouble?" growled Jobcannot understand unless it is because you stuck to the kins. "Just shove him under it head first. It won' t 1 company I went over to your house to warn you, and strangle him, and if it did it wouldn't make no difference found yo\1 had gone to the mill to see the manager. Fear anyhow, as far as I'm concerned." I in g that "Mr. Jobkins would learn of your whereabouts, as So Clancy and Briggs grabbed Jack by the legs and it seems h e did, and waylay you on your way home, I started pushed him into the pile of straw, his head coming to a for th e mill myself. Wh e n I got as far as this place, three rest within less than an inch of Bertha's foot. men, of whom Ur. Jobkin s was one, came along behind me, "Now h e's safe enough I'll swear,'' chuckled Clancy. and to escape observation I rushed into this s hanty. To "Good e nough," replied Jackson. "Let's be off." my alarm they came here, too." The four men passed out of the door, and the girl heard "What a dear, brav e girl you are, Bertha," interrupted their feet trampling on the path which led to the road. Jack, with some enthusiasm. "And to think you dared She did not make a move until utter silence reigned once venture down in this locality in the gloom of a dark night more about the shanty, then she stepped out from behind on my account! I shall never be able to thank you enoug h," the straw and ran to the door. he added, stealing his arm around her waist. Looking toward the road she saw no signs of the men. "Could I do less for you, Jack, when I knew you were "They are gone,'' she breathed "Thank heaven for that. in danger? Didn't you save me from a frightful injury, if Now to release Jack-dear Jack, how I do love him. I'd not death, a short time ago? Oh, Jack, I could not sit still be willing to suffer anything for his sake. I wonder if he at home and think of what might happen to you thr o u gh cares as much for me?" that man's rev engefu l disposition." She ran lightly back to the pile of straw and began tearJack drew the girl's unresisting form to him and kissed ing it away with a feverish energy that soon accomplished her on the lips. her purpose "011, Jack!" she in blusbing confus ion. In a moment or two she had the boy's face exposed "That's the only way I can truly thank you, Bertha," he She could barely see the outline of his countenance in the said with a cheerful l augh. "But go on. You had some dark as she bent down over him, and she felt for the gag thing more to t e ll me." across his mouth. "Jack, we must do something at on(;e to save the mill," "It is I, Jack, Bertha Garland," she talked to him in a she cried. rapid, almo s t hysterical whi s per, so excited was she at the "Save the mill! What do you mean?" he asked, a bit moment. "I'm going to save you, Jack. I'm going to get s tartled. you loose somehow right away." "Those men intend to blow up the engine-i:oom to' "Bertha, is it really you?" asked Jack, in great astoni shnight."


I 20 RISIN G IN THE WORLD "Good g racious ejacul ated t h e boy "How d o you know that?" "I hear d them talkin g a b o u t it befo r e you c am e up the ro ad. They h a v e some kind o f a c lock-work b omb that two o f the m mean to place in t h e e n gine roo m w hil e the others keep. o n t h e loo k o u t for t h e night watc h ma n. "The n they l eft h e r e t o carry out that t e rrib l e object, di d they?" crie d Jack, e x cit e dl y "Yes." 1 h ave no time to l ose, then They hav e too much start now for m e to head the m off. The bes t I can d o i s to try and fr u s t rate t h eir desi g n som e h o w "You mu st t a ke m e wit h you, Jac k I d a r e not go home alo ne. I heard on e of th e m en s a y the bomb was timed t o g o off in twenty minutes after i t was wound up." "Come t h e n Be rtha W c ca n cut a c ross lot s and save sume time. You s ay tha t it i s the e ngin e room they p r opos e to wr eck? "Yes. " Th a t would be a t errib l e di s a s t e r for the mill. It woul d put i t out of c ommi ssion for s um e time t o c om e We c erta i n l y ml1s t pre v e n t s u c h a thing if w e ca n. 'I'hey h a d run down t h e path and crossed the r o a d w h ile speakin g T hen Jack helped the g irl to climb the fence and on c e over the:y starte d at a rap i d pace for t h e m ill a qu arter of a mil e away CHAPTER XI THE EXPLOSION. All was quiet i n the vicinity of the mill when they reache d th e b lock in which it s tood "You had b e tter s tand in the s hadow o f the office door way whilr I climb the f e nce and get i nto the m ill yard," s aid .Tac k to B erth1l. Sh e r e lu ct antly a g reed to do this when s he s a w t here wa s no o th e r c our s e for h e r t o adopt "Yo u mu s t be v e r y c ar e fu l J ack, s he b egge d o f him Don't l et tho s e m e n catc h you, and look out th a t the b o mb does not exp l o d e whe n you ar e near it. R e m ember it i s t i m e d for t wenty m inutes. If t h e men h ave alre a .dy p l ace d it u nd gone away y ou have not man y minutes to r emove it in." "I will l ook out, don t y ou f e ar, B ertha I am i n no lmrry t o jo i n the ange l s yet / with a reassuring l a ug h. Th e n h e made for a point in the fence whe r e h e thought h e c ould get over, and ins ide of a minute h e was in the yar d of t h e mill. The r e wasn't the s l ight est s i g n of the four men The y::irrl was a s s ilent a s a g raveyard. H e

RISING IN THE WORLD. 21 door, outside of which stood the watchman afraid to enter. Then he dashed for the fence and wiih a iremendous effort he threw the bomb as far over the fence as he could. Hardly had it struck the ground when it exploded with a teITific r eport on the night air, seeming to split the very 1-ieavens with a deafening crash The earth seemed to shake and totter under Jack' s feet, and a section of ihe fence was blown in upon him. He went down in the midst of the debris. The watchman came running forward as he crawled out from under the splintered timbers. "Are you hurt?" asked Harper "No," replied Jack, after he had spit out a mouthful of dust. "That explosion will alarm the town, but I must telephone the police and the manager just the same Let me into the office." The watchman admitted him to the building. The first thing Jack did was to run and throw up one of the windows opening on the st r eet and look out in oruer to l ei B e rtha, who had been teITibly frightened by the force of the explosion, know that lie was safe Then he rn s hed to the telephone and communicated with the police station first, and afterward with Manager Burn side, who said he would come right over. By the time th. e police reached the scene Mr. Burnside came up, and Jack gave them a full explanation of the situation, which was corroborated by Bertha Garland. All hands visited the scene of the exp lo sion A ( big hole had bePn blown in the street near the walk, and a good bit of the fence had been wrecked. The watchman attested the fact that Jack had carried the bomb from the engine -room and thrown it over the fence. The managers and the officers, too, re garded the heroic boy with undisguisec'! admiration. "You've got a wonderful nerve, Jack Clyde," said Mr Burnside. "You certainly saved the eng in e -room and t hat end of the main building, but my heavcDR, lad! You took an awful risk! If that infernal machine had exploded in your hands there wonld not have been enough left of you to make a respectable funeral." "Well, sir it was my duty to save the mill if I could," replied Jack, with the modesty of a true hero, "and I am glad that I succeeded." "Well, you've done the biggest thing that ever happened in this tpwn," replied the manager, "and you may rest assured the company will reward you well for it. I wouldn't have taken the risk you did for a cool million," and the gentleman wiped the perspiration from hi s fore head, for he realized the gravity of the case. "Can you furnish us with the identity of the scoundrels at the bottom of this outrage?" asked one of the officers. "I can," replied Jack. "They are men who worked for some time in the mill before the recent trouble. The ring leader is David J obkins. The others are. Patrick Clancy, Jim Briggs, and Peter Jack son If you get a hustle on you may be able to catch them, but I :fancy they'll get out of town as soon as they can." People attracted by the explosion began to congregate in the neighborhood by this time. Nobody could guess the true cause of the fearful sound which had d i sturbed and frightened many of the in habitants The general impre ssion at first prevailed that the boiler at the mill had blown up. Jack escorted Bertha to her home and then continued on to J1is own, where he hac1 quite an exciting story to tell his aunt and Gertie They w ere both horrified at the narrow escape Jack had had for his life The Northbridge Times had a sensational story about the explosion in next morning's paper, and gave Jack CI_yc1c full credit for the part he played in the affair People all over town praised the boy's courage, anc1 wonc1erec1 at his nerve. The president of the company came to the mill next day, and persona ll y shook the mill boy by the hand and com menrled him in no uncertain terms. The police did not succeed in catching J obkins anc1 his accomp lices anywhere in town, and it was concluded that they had made tracks for Boston. On Friday there was a meeting of the directors of the mill company, when resolutions praising Jack were pas eel unaniiously, and the sum of five thousand dollars was voted him as an evide nce of the company's app r eciation for his s ignal services. CHAPTER XII. JACK PUTS THROUGH ANOTHER REAL ESTATE DEAL. Flora Watson was grievous l y disappointed because o f David J obkin's failure to do up Jack Clyde according to their prearranged programme She was angered by the knowledge that Jack haQ. been installed in the position formerly held by Morris D'ean. Then on top of it all was the reflection that the boy sl1e hated had been presented with two rewards aggregating six thousand dollars by the company, and that Bertha Garland had retained her position at the mill, while s he (Flora) hacl sacrificed hers. 1 She had no sympathy for the ex-foreman, now a fugitive :from ju stice, but she did grieve in secret over the fate that faced Dean, about to be tried for the attempted robbery of the office safe. She had hoped J obkins would be success ful in putting Jack out of the way so he would not be able to appear at the trial to te stify against the ex-cl erk, and now that ex pectation was shattered It seemed as if everything had worked against her, and she was furious at the outlook. To make matters even worse, Morris Dean, who, as we hav e already stated, was out on bail while his less fortunate confederate, Nelson Spavinger, l anguished in jail because nobody who knew him had confidence enough in' him to


2 2 RISING I N THE W ORLD. become re s pon sibl e for hi s ap pea r a nce in court whe n his "That's r i ght, they would I hope you won't breat h e a tria l came on, s tudiou s l y avoided her after t h e fa il ure o. word I have told you about this thing. It wouldn't be t hei r joint pl a n s to g e t the b est of J ack Clyde. fai r," said Le s lie, hastily, beginning to rea l ize that he had In h e r e ndeavor s to recove r lost g r o un d wit h Dean s h e made a mistake in telling Jack about the mailer. d iscover e d that Morris was m aking fresh a t te m pts t o get "Oh, I sha'n't say a word about it, Les lie; but I ca n t in w ith B e r tha Garland. help taking advantage of the chance you have p l aced be.fore Although the re was n't the s li ghtest c h a nce of h is making me to make a little lrau l out of it myself any h eadway at all with the b e autiful mi ll girl, Flora "How do you mean?" asked the young real est ate m a n W atso n, n e v erthe less, became in s an e l y jea lous of B ertha, anxious l y a n d b egan to plot how s h e might do. h e r some d r eadfu l "Why I bought the corner pl ot, lOOxlOO, on the corne r injury of Cambridge Street and R a ilroad Avenue thre e weeks "I' d like to s poi l h e r beaut y for her, the hussy," g r itted ago." t he an g ry g i r l. "I'd be w ill ing to go to j a il t o get squa r e "You bought it?" wit h her." "Well, my a unt bought it or me, but I put up the Finall y s h e decided upon t h e fiendi s h tric k of a ttack in g money B e r t ha "Y ou'TC j oking, I guess S h e bid e d h e r t ime, making guarded inquiries a r ound "No T am not. 'l'hc ground i s p r actica ll y m i ne, for my a m o n g her friend s a nd acquaintances, in a n effort to dis aunt will take titl e next week, that is u n less t h e B. & M coYer where s he coul d find her s upposed rival of an Raihoar1 will pay me a handsome bonu s for my opt i o n evening grinnrcl Jack. P e r h ap s now that s h e was in a pos ition to carry out her I Le s lie was a good dea l taken aback. desperat e proj e ct he r cons cience int e rpo sed, for she h esi "I see l made a mistake in bei n g s o c onfid e n tia l with tated to put her p l an s into execution. you to-night," he said, regretfu lly. She kept gloating over th e fac t th at th e m ea n s was within "()h. T rlon't know," replied Jack. "I bou ght t hat prop h e r r e a c h to do up B ertha whe n e v e r s h e m..a n aged to screw ert,v to hold for a rise. T got it at a compara t ively r eason h e r c oura ge up to the stic kin g point. able fignre. Jn faet it's been i n the mark'et some time with It was abo ut this tim e that Jac k Cly d e carried through no takrrs. l harl r;ixty nine hund red d o ll a r s i n the bank anoth e r s peculation. that T was looking arouncl to inYest in rea l estate, and it He was on v e r y fri e nd l y t e rm s with a cer tain young real haIJprnr<1 I pirked that ont and took it. T had no id e a the estate m a n nam e d Will Le s lie, who h a d onl y l a t e l y estab railroad company intended buying up that ground until l i s h e d himself in Nor t hbrid ge. yon told mr juRt now; bnt even i E you h ad not confided that One e venin g Lesli e m e t Jac k and t o ld h im con fidentia ll y fact to me 1 shou l d have hclc1 out for a good price any way, tha t the B. & M. Railr o ad Compan y was goi ng t o bui l d an as 1 could well afford to hold that g r ound for some years ext e n s ion to i ts fr e i ght yards whic h w o uld take i n a ll the yet to come." ground a s far as t h e end of the block. "Then I suppose I'll ha 1 r e to clicker wit h y ou for it?" sai d "The compa ny ha s e mployed m e to buy up t h e properly Les lie. on the qui e t on the best t e rm s I c an get it for,'' r emarked No There'll be no dickering about it. You go on and Lesli e "It will prov e a g o o d thing for me whe n I send buy the m;[, oI the ground and the n come to me with a in m y bill for commission s." certified check for five thousand dollars, and you can have "I con g ratulat e you on getting s u c h a s n ap. How came the property after my aunt has taken title O r if you you to c onnect? The r e are sev e ral old real est at e men in prefer to take the option off my hands as it sta nds you can town I s hould hav e th o ught the r a ilro a d compan y woul d have it any day this week for three thousand doll ars have g iven one of the m the p r e f e r e nce. "But I didn't expect i.o give over three thousand dollars "We ll y ou see, I h a v e aJittle pull, in a way. An uncle altogether, or thirty-five h undred d o ll a r s at t h e outsid e," o f min e is on very friendly te r m s with on e of t h e d i r ectors protested Le;;lic of th e road, and it was t h roug h hi s e ffort s I was select ed to "TJ1cn I'm doing you a favo r in a w ay ?" do th e busi ness "How arc you?" "Have you star ted in to buy yet?" asked Jack. "The more the company has to pay for the property the "Yes. I've got about a quart e r of th e g r o und secured, more commission you will make, won t you ? and e xpe c t to have optfons on the bal a nce b y the e nd of the "That's true; but ;I am in honor bound to get t he g r o und. week." at the lowest possible p r ice "I s uppo s e you haven't h ad any difficulty about secur ing "Of cours e you arc,'' replied Jack, cheerfu lly, "and I the land at a fair fig ure, h a v e you?" have given you my bed-rock figure. lf the company doesn't "Oh, no. You see not one of th e own e r s i s on t o t he fact care to give i l let them build their fence so as to exclude that th e r ai l road c ompan y i s in t h e mark et for t h e l and my corner. They don't have to have i t to make a yard "If the y wer e wise to the r e al s itu a ti o n th e company But still I think it will pay l hem to make t h e deal." \voul d have to pay more to secure th e g round they w ant." The result o. the maLter was t h at t h e r a il roa d company


IN THE WORLD. agreed to pay Mr s Frn s t five thou s and dollar s for the corn er p l ot, and a s Jac k had purchas e d it for twent y -five hun dred d o llar s he made a good thin g out of the cleal. Morris knew this, too. S o one night while Jack was working at his desk, and thinking it was pretty ne a rly time for B ert ha to show up, a boy came to the door with a m essage whi c h he said he CHAPTER XIII. brou ght from l\Ir s Frost st ating that Gertie had been t ake n FAKE MES SAGE. alarmi n g l y ill an d that he mus t come home directly In spite of the c loncl whic h hun g 01e r Morris Dean, and "What's the matter with my sister?" a s ked J ack the pra c tical c erta inty that h e woulU b e convic t e d when his anxiously case c ame lo tri al, th e young man showe d himself about "I don't know," an swered the boy, in a s hifty way, "but town with consirle rable brav ado. you must go hom e without los ing a moment." He could b e seen e very aft er noon and ni ght at the North -Jac k was great l y alarm e d and di s turbed. bridge Billiard Parlor s pla : ring pool ith boo n companions He loved his cripp l e d s i s t e r dearl y and to have anythin g who hall no obj e ction in th e l e a R t to his s o c i e t y happen to he1 he felt would break his heart Whe r e h e got hiR m o n e y fr om, now that he was not work-Ile mu s t go home at o nce of course_; but what abou t ing, was a mys t e ry no one inquir e d into Bertha? The general impression had br e n at fir s t th a t his father, It might be fifteen or twenty minutes yet befo r e sh e to avoid the disgrace of his t!Ons c onvi ct ion, would e n c oul'reached the mill. age him to jump hi s bail; but s o far the r e was no sign s of He woul d walk part o t h e way toward her house and : Morri s takin g s u c h advanta g e of hi s lib e rty. try to head her off, but to p rovid e against his failure to m eet Morri howe v e r, cl idn t int

24 RISING IN THE WORLD. to call at the mill, as she u s ually does when I s top there afte r dark." "Poor Jack!" cried his sister r eaching out and stroking her brother's hand tenderly, for there was no one in the world like Jack in her opinion. Aunt S u e was very much puzzled over the situation. She couldn't see what object an.Y boy had in carrying such a falsehood to Jack. Suddenl y the boy started to his feet "Somebody put up a job on me, sure as you liv e," h e sa i d "Who ever it was wanted to get me away from the mill. Now why should anybody want to get me away from th e building? It must be th ere has been some new plot h atc h ed against the company, though the strike is over and d one with two week s ago. I mu s t return at once and see what's in t he wind." "Look out, J ack, that you do not run into some danger," warned his a un t. "Yes, do be carefu l brother," put in Gertie, anxious l y "Oh, don't worry yoursehc;; about me. I can take care of myself e Y e ry t im e," replied the courageous boy, stoutly. "I know you're strong and brave, Jack," continued Aunt Sue, "but you must be on your guard that some one does no t s trike you a foul b low in the dark." "I'll l ook out for that, too. I'll run around to Bertha's :first and see whether s he ha s got home yet." With those words Jack c l apped his hat on a.gain, and started for the Garland cottage, about a third of a mile di stant, and away from the mill. Mrs. Garland cam e to the door. "Is B e rtha home?" he asked, eager l y "Why n o," replied Mrs. Garland, "she went to the mill to m eet you. Haven't you seen her?" "No. I w as called home on a hurry message that proved to be false When did Bertha l eave for the mill?" "About an hour ago.." "Then s he should be home by this time," r ep li ed Jack, in some excite ment. "! gave the boy who brought i.ne the bogus message a quarter to wait for Bertha and come home with her. Maybe he didn't stop at all. I must hurry to the mill and s e e where she can be. I may meet h er on the road At any rate, I ought to." Jack, not a little worried over the situation, and anxious for Bertha's safe ty, started hurriedly up the road for the c otton mill. CHAPTER XIV. BERTHA GARJ,AND AT BAY. o sooner had Jack departed from the mill office than the form of a y oun g man steppe d out into the road from behind a board fence oppo site. He had the face and figure of Morris D'ean. "You're all rigl1t P ixy," lie sa id, cl apping the boy on the s hould e r "You managed that fine. Now I'm going into the office," and he took a small jimmy from his pocket and walked up to tiie door. "Oh, I say, you're not going to break into t h e safe again, are you?" asked the boy, nervou s ly. "No, of course not." "Then, what's yer game?" "Never you mind, Pixy. You do what I tell yo u and no harm will come to you. I'm going to light up jus t as if J ack Clyde was still here. When that Bertha Garland comes along, ju s t tell her jack i s doing something on the first floor of the mill, and that he said she was to come in there, see ?" "I ee," replied the boy, with a grin. "How about the watchman? "I fixed him :rn hour ago." "What did you do to him?" "When I got in the yard I hunted up hi s s u pper pail, and there I found, as I expecteJ, hi s bottle of cold coffee I dosed it good and strong. :He a l ways takes a drink of it eve r y hour, and I waited around till he came up anfl took a drink. It knockeJ him s illy in about one minute. He wouldn't wake up now if the mill fell in on top of him." The boy sm iled al l over hi s freckled face. B y this time Morri s Dean haJ effected au entr ance into the office and had reli ghteJ the lamps. "Now, Pixy, as soon as th e gir l goes throu g h that d oor into the mill itself, just you lock it. You see the key i s in the lock. Then turn out all the lamp s and skiddoo. Your work will be over." "All right. Where's me .money you promised ?" "There you are," and Morris handed him a bill, which the boy looked at eagerly and then stowed away in hit> pocket. Morris would not h ave bee n pa1ticu larl y elated to have known that while he was lighting the lamps and talking to the boy, a pair of snapping black eyes were watching his mov ements from behind the board fence he him self had but s hortl y before vac ated They were the jealous eyes of Flora Watson, who had got into the habit of l ate of following Morris wherever he went, because she suspected he was trying to meet Bertha Garland. "Now," said Morris to Pixy, "go out in the road and wait. As soon as you see B ertha Garland coming, whist le s o I'll have time to hide myself in the mill." "All right," grinned the boy; going outs ide. In about five minute s Bertha came tripping down the road. Pixy saw her and gave the whistle agree d on. Flora Wat::on 1ww h er, too, and her thin r ed lips closeti tightly while her eyes fla shed fire. "So," s he hi ssed vindictively, "that hussy has actually come to the mill to meet Morris, has she? I'll fix her She shall never have him. Never I Never! Never!" T : h e furiou s girl stamped her foot on the ground and glared balefully at the l ittle b eauty whom she supposed to be her successfu l rival, but who, all unconscious of her d anger, was walking into the snare sp read for her b y Mor ris Dean.


RISING IN THE WORLD 2 5 "You're Bertha Garland, aren't you?" asked Pixy, when she came up. "Yes," she answered, in some s urprise at his greeting. "Jack Clyae tol d me to watch or you ;ut here, and when you came alon g I was to tell you h e's in the mill, on the fir s t floor, doin' somet hin', and that he wants you to come in there." "Thank you," replied the unsuspecting girl, walking into the office. "Go ri ght through that door," said Pixy, pointing "Yes, I know the way,') she answerea, with a smile As soon as she passed through Pixy whi s tled again, closed the door and softly locked it .. Then he proceeded to put out the lamps As soon as the office was dark he s tepped out into the road, closed the door behind him, and started :for the town proper. Hardl y had ho disappeared than Flora Watson darted across the road, tried the door, and finding that it was not locked, entered the offibe. She list e ned intently. "They must be in the mill," s he muttered, :feeling her way toward tho door which Pixy hacl locked. She ound it fast, 0 course, but she elt the key in the lock and she quietly turned it and let herself into the entry b e tween the office and the mill In the meantime B ertha Garl a nd passed across the entry and into the fir st floor 0 the mill. There was a room on one side where packets 0 cotton were temporarily stored A light shone through the partly open doorway. As the rest 0 the mill was dark she surmised that Jack was in this room. She crossed quickly to the door and entered One 0 the standard oil lamps stood on a small table, but ihere was no one in the room. "Jack, s he said, "where are you?" "Here 1 am," replied a voice not at all like Jack's. She turned around in surprise, and there, framed in the doorway, sto od the last person she expected to seeMouis De a n. "Aren't you glad to see me?" ho asked, with a slight grin, pulling the door to and turning the key in the lock. "What arc you doing here?" she inquired as soon as her s urpri s e would permit her to s peak. "What am I doing here? Oh, I came here to see you," h e r eplied "To see me?" s h e cried, wonderingly. "Yes . I am g oing to leave town right away, :for," with a wicked lal1g h, "it isn't healthy or me to stay in N or th bridge much lon ger." "I have nothing to do with your goin g or stay ing, Morri s Dean," s h e replied, impatiently "I came h e re to see Jack Clyde. Where is he?" "He is not in the building," l aug hed Morris, maliciou s l y "Not-in-the-building!" gasped Bertha "Why, that bpy said--" "He said what I told him to say -that Jack Cly d e was in h e re, but he i sn't. That was only a ruse on my part to get you in here whe re I could talk to you a l one "Talk to me alone! What do you mean?" she cried, a s hadow of fca1 for the firs t time crossing h er thoughts. Rhe rralizrcl that she was a l one with him in that g reat lmilrling, in the room, shut awny in ihe very heart 0 mill, where not even a sound coulc1 possibly reach the out s ide. "I mean that I have seized the firt:!t chance I have ever got to tell you that I love you. I am going to leave North bridge to-night, anc1 I want you to go with me." "Are you mad, Morri s D ean?" exclaimed the girl, des perate l y "Not that I'm aware 0," he r epl ied, coolly I wan t you to understand that you are in my power. I knew you were coming h e re to-ni ght to meet Jack Clyde I dete r mined that you shoulcl not-that I would meet you instead I sent a fake me ssage to Jack, while he was in the office, by that boy you spoke to outside. I said his cripp l e d sister was desperat e l y ill. I knew that woul d etch him. It clicl for he sta rted hot foot or hi s home That put t h e game in my hands, see? "You coward!" cried the m ill girl, i n con te mp t uou s anger. He start0d as i st ung, then he laughed harsh ly. "It doesn't matter what I am. I love you and I'm going to have you go with me to-night, by fair means or foul. Understand me? will you go voluntarily?" "No!" she answere d as sha rp as a pisto l shot "The n I shall make you," he said, rushing forward to seize h e r in his arms For a moment Bertha was panic-stricken, but the next her ryes .fc-ll on a bar 0 stee l sta nding against the wall. She s n atchrrl it n p and held it aloft, threatening l y "Stancl back!'" she cried "I you dare come a foot nearer to me I ll kill you! She faced him defiantly, with panting breast an d flas h ing eye, like a hunted animal a.t bay It was evident she was qll 0 fight from her f eet -q.p. CHAPTER X V NEMESIS. Morris Dean quailed before tho dangcron s light w hich flashed from the girl's eyes, and for a moment he hesitated Then he darted forward, and, wiih a qnick, cunning movement, wrested the bar from B e rtha' s hand and tosse d it to the other encl of the room. "Now," he said, triumphantly, "what can you do?" She mad e no reply, but drawing back aced him as da un t lessl y as ever "You're a spunky little thing, aren't you?" he sai d s neeringly "But it won't do you any good. I am boss 0 thi s ranch now, and you've got to knuckle to me. You have got to go away with me to-night, whether y ou like it o r not


2G RISIN G I N T H E WORLD "I don t see how y ou r e g oing to m ak e me d o it," she 1 It was a brilliant night, and the rays 0 the full moon repli e d, s cornfull y flooded through the many windows of the place, bathing Don t y ou? Look h e re the whole in a gleaming white l ight H e dre w from an in s id e pocket a s m all bottl e a n d a But this light macle her flying figure perfeclly clear to handk e r c hief. Morris, and enabled him to avoid contact with the ma" Thi s i s c hloroform A f e w drop s on t h i s handkerchief chinery that might otherwise have confused him. pressed a ga in s t y our mouth and nos tril s w ill q uiet you for And while this mad race was in progress, another figure, h o ur s Whe n y ou wake up y ou 'll b e miles from No rththat of Flora Watson, who httcl been crouching and listen bri dge ing at the door of the small room during that momenh1ous A r,hudd e r of honor went B e rtha' s body. interview between Bertha and 1\rorris, followed them Was th e r e no way of e s c ape for h er? quickly by another path close to one of the walls. Sh e ran h e r eye qui c kl y but ste al t hil y over the door beAll the tiger in her nature was now aroused. hind Morri s-the onl y exit from the room Her eyes had at last been opened to the fact that Bertha S he remembe r e d now he had loc k e d i t on entering but Garland did not care the l east bit for Morris Dean-that t he key was in the lock. she was doing her best to C.'cape from his undesirable at-If s h e could o nl y that door a mom ent a h ead of h im tentions-ancl the jealousy she hacl so long felt against but h o w c o uld s he do it? the girl dropped away from her like a garment aside. H e himself removed part of the difficulty In place of it was substituted a feeling of ungovernable H e s tepp e d to the t able whe r e the l a m p stood, r emoved rage against Morris Dean the cork from the bot tle and c ooll y proceed e d to wet t h e He had promised i.o take her with him when he left han g k e r c hie wi t h the chloroform Northbridge, and now here he was trying to carry away Th e c ri s i s was at h a nd. another in her place Sh e mu st do some thing n o w if eve r. The love she hacl felt for him seemed suddenly turned Suddenl y a plan full y form e d, rus h e d into h er m ind. to bitter hate, and her outraged sou l cried aloud for Close b e h i n d h e r w e re sever a l p ackets of cotton and near revenge it a large bundle 0 was t e . As she followed the young man and the girl he was fast Sh e se ize d tll'o l arge handful s o f the waste, and, darting overtaking, she clutched in her right hand a bott l e which b e hin d the table, h eape d the m o n t h e l amp, which lighted she had snatched from a shelf in the dark factory t he room, thus sha t t e ring the g lobe and ext i n guishing the "You cannot escape me!" cried Morris, reaching forlight. ward and seizing Bertha by the arm before she could gain Morri s was tak e n c o mpl e t e l y b y s u rpr ise. the coveted window Whi l e h e stood i rresol u te l y b y t h e tab l e she grabbed a The girl uttered a piercing scream that echoed through c oupl e o f pa ckets of cott on a n d threw t hem against the the big room like the. wail of a lost soul. :furt h e r w a ll, so a s to mak e Morri s think s h e h a d r u n the r e "Scream as much as you want, you little vixen, there's to hid e no one to hear you," sai.d Morris, gleefully "I've got The rus e was successful. you now and you shall not again escape me. "You lit tle vixen!" h e crie d, "yo u shan' t escape me that But tl1ere was lots of fight l eft in Bertha yet. w a y." She was strong, too, and lithe as a panther for her age. H e ru s h ed at the spot h e s up p osed she was crouching in She struck Morris full in the face with her fists, and She took instant advantage 0 thi s move on h is part to he staggered back with a snarl of anger, only to recover in da s h or the door. a moment and come for her again. Morri s saw at the s ame mom ent t h a t h e h ad been deBertha tried to escape him by dodging around a mac e ived and h e start e d af t er h e r. chine .. She turne d the key and flung the door wide open. As she was light on her feet, she might have s u cceeded Just a s s h e was ru s hing out of the ro o m she felt his but she tripped in her haste and fell to the floor a rm on h e r s houl d er Before she could rise he had his hand on her arm But s h e to e lud e h i m a nd fled down the long Then he seized her h<.>ad, bent it back and taking the room fill e d with spinn i n g ma c hines. hankerchief saturated with chloroform from his pocket he H e tripped ove r some thing and m eas ured h is length on tried to press it over her mouth and nostrils. th e floor. Bertha, recognizing .;its pungent a.roma, :fought desW i t h a s li ght e xclamation of pa i n he p i cked himself up peratcly to keep his hand away and w a s h e r. Standing over her, however, he had every advantage of Berth a a im e d to r e ach on e of the win dows a t the extreme the situation e n d o f t h e room whi c h o v erlooked the yard. She inte nded to t hro w u p the sas h a n d scream for the watchma n not dre aming that the man w a s l ying senseless in a s h e d n ear by. "Do you mean to murder me?" wailed the gi:t:l. o. I only want to quiet you, that's a ll," he replied, g r imly "Have you no mercy, Morr i s Dea n?"


RISING IN THE. WORLD. "Not an ounce. You must go away with me to Boston sobbing on his shoulder. "I've--l've had such a narrow to-ni g ht. I think more of you in one minute than any. escape other girl in N orthbriclge in a ye-ar. Do you know that?" "From what, Bertha?" he asked, putting his arm Then came the sound of l ight feet moving rapidly across her, reassuringly. the room. "From Morris Dean." A tall, lithe, girlish form sprang toward the :struggling "l\forris Dean!" ejaculated the boy, looking around. pair. "Where is h e? "You villain You lying, perjured vil,lain !" screamed "Behind that machine," she pointed, shudderingly. Flora Watson, passionately. "Is yo-tu love for me? Jack now noticed the plaintive cries of the young exTake that!" c1erk, and h e walked to the spot where he lay and looked She raised her hand and dashed the bottle at Morris down at him in astonishment. / Dean's face "What is the matter with him? He seems to be in great It broke on his cheek and scattered its contents over pain." his countenance: "Ask Flora," r et urned Bertha. "She knows best." He uttered a terrible cry, released Bertha and staggered "Well," said Jack, turning on the handsome brunette, back, tripping over the same obstacle which-had downed "what i s the matter with him?" the girl, and l ay squirming in agony on the floor. "I injured him," she answered, doggedly. "I flung a "Help! Help!" h e shrieked "I am burning a live! bottle a nd it hit him." Help for heaven's sake !" "Injured him !" exclaimed Jack, somewhat puzzled . 'Bertha got on her feet, but so bewildered was she b y "Yes. I threw a bottle which I just picked from a shelf the appearance of Flora Watson, whom she recognized, as in the dark." well as by the agonizing cries of the prostrate Morris, t hat. "Great Scott! You never did that!" cried Jack, aghast. instead of fleeing she remained rooted to the spot "I did, and I'm glad of it. I'm ready to go to jail, "It serves him right," said Flora, coldly. "He deceived but I have had the satisfaction of getting square with }l.im. me, played with me, and I have revenged myself upon him." "What did he do to you?" "Great heavens, Flora!" excl aimed the frightened "No matter what he did," replied Flora, bluntly. "He "What have you done to him?" did enou g h to deserve all he got. He deceived me into The girl la1Jghed an unpleasant, sardonical lau gh believing that he eared for me--that's what he did if you "I haven't killed him, don't fear. He has only got what want to know." I meant for you." Jack knelt over the suffering youth. "Meant for me?" gasped Bertha. H e saw he could do nothing to relieve Dean's pain. "Yes," cried Flora, fiercely, grasping her by the wrist. The only thing he could do was to lift 1'.im in his arms "For you, had you cared for him as I th9ught you did. and drag him out into the office, where he telephoned for I'd have spoi led your pretty face for you. I'd have made a physicia n exp laining what had happened to Morris Dean, you so hideous that even Jack Clyde would have given and begging him to hasten to the mill office to r e lieve his you up. But I l earned the truth in time You hav e agony. nothing now to fear from me-neither has Jack. Come, While waiting for the doctor to come, Jack listened to let us go from here." Bertha' s recital of what she had gone through from the And leave him that way?" replied the sympat hetic moment she had fallen into the trap set for her by Morris. B ertha. As for Flora, she walk e d away from the place, calm and "Why not? What do y ou care? Was he not about to defiant, and Jack made no effort to h er. drug you a moment ago? Didn't I save you from that? Th e physician brou ght remedies with him that partially An hour ago he was all the world to me," her voice broke eased De. an's sufferings. in a dry sob; "but now," fiercely, "the dream is shattered The bottle had contained an acid, which burnt the boy's and I hate him !" skin. She turned away, drawing Bertha with her. He and ,Jack, by Bertha then assisted J'.IIorAt that moment the rapid tread of a manly foot was ri s to his home. heard on the floor and iri another moment Jack Clyde con"I. feel sorry for him," said Jack as h e and Bertha fronted the two girls. walked home in th e moonli g ht, "but sti ll if it haclnt been CHAPTER XVI. RISING IN THE WORLD "Bertha!" exclaimed Jack. "How came you in the mill?" He flashe d a suspicious glance at Flora, for he knew the for Flora's action h e would probably have succeeded in drugging you before I r eached the mill, though I don't sec how he expected to carry you away." This part of Dean's scheme was expl ained next morn ing when a horse and buggy was found standi ng a : short distance from the mill. girls were not friends. "Oh, Jack, Jack!" cried A stable keeper recognized the rig as one he had rented Bertha, running to him and to Morris Dean.


28 RISING IN THE WORLD. Jack and Bertha expected that Flora Watson would be sent to Chicago to bring them Ea s t as soon as their ten arrested next day. clays' detention had expired. Nothing of the kind occurred, as Morris refused to ex-They were dutly tried, convicted on tlrn evidence given plain how he had come by the burns, except that he inti-by Bertha and Jack Clyde, and sentenced to a ten-year term mated it was an accident. In fact, Flor11. did not know what in the penitentiary. was in the bottle. On the first of the year Jack, having given such evidence His face was badly disfigured. of proficiency in 11is minor clerkship, was promoted to a This misfortune prevented him from making his escape higher position in the office. from the trial, which came on a week afterward. He was in high feather, as the saying is, with the comConsiderable pressure was brought to bear on Jack, es-pany and management, and his future seemed to be assured. pecially to induce him to make his evidence against Morris During the spring of the following year he purchased, as favorable to th11.t youth as possible. through his aunt, a new business building on Main Street, He consented to this, and in p-qrsuance thereof when he on which he paid $9,000 cash and gave a mortgage for went on the stand he put strong stress on the interview $7,000. between Morris and Nelson Spavinger he had <>verheard The property was easily worth $20,000, but Jack got it at in the old shanty on the Northbridge road that rainy night. a fair bargain because of business reverses to the owner. He showed that the sport had clearly victimized the exTwo years afterward, just before he married Bertha Garclerk, and then hounded him into doing some desperate act land, he sold the property for $25,000, making.a clear profit to save the knowledge of his foolishness reaching his on it of $9,000, besides a certain profit on his rentals. father's ears. At any rate, when Jack was married his capital had inMorr s h" d f b t d J k' d creased to nearly $30,000, all but the $e ,000 he had re-1 in is own e ence, corro ora e ac s wor s, and Swore h th ct f 1 th f ft taki ceived from the mill company having been accumulated e was m e a o c osmg e sa e a er ng the single package of $100, when the mill boy trapped him. through clever real estate deals. Th t d d" t f t l d "th He had also been advanced to the post of cashier in the e Jury re urne a ver ic o gm y, coup e w1 a d t t th f th C t mill office .. recommen a ion o e mercy o e our The prosecutor, in view of the facts that had been Of course, after her marriage, Bertha did not work in the brought out during the trial, and out of consideration for mill any more. the prisoner's youthfulness, and his respectable connections, She became the proud mistress of a brand new house that Jack built for her. put a plea before the judge in his favor. The result was that the judge, after several days' delay, suspended sentence, and Morris was allowed to go free. The penalty hung over his head, however, like the Sword of Damocles in the fable, as a warning to him for the future, for should he ever be convicted of another serious charge it would go especially hard with him, as the sus pended sentence would, in that case, become operative, 'in addition to the se,cond punishment. Nelson Spavinger was tried for his connection with the affair, was convicted by Morris Dean's testimony, and was sentenced for one year in prison. ' Shortly after Dean's trial, Bertha Garland had an inter view with Manager Burnsi .de, and succeeded in getting Flora Watson back in the mill, for which favor Flora ex pressed her gratitude to Bertha, and ever after maintained a friendly attitude toward her. A :few weeks later David J obkins and Peter Jackson were a.rrested in Chicago on the ordinary charge of "drunk and disorderly." At the most their sentence was ten days in the city jail. Unfortunately for them, however, they were identified in court by a visitor from Northbridge who had come west on business. He notified the police authorities that the men were wanted in Northbridge on a very serious charge, and he also telegraphed the facts to the town police. Extradition papers were secured and two officers. were At her husband's desire, Aunt Sue and his sister Gertie came to live with them, and no family jars ever disturbed the happiness of the Clyde home. Soon after little Jack, Jr., was born to complete the joy of the young couple, Mr. Burnside resigned.his position as manager of the mill. At a special meeting of the directors of the company, Jack, much to bis surprise, was offered the post with an expression of confidence in hisability to fill it. Of course he accepted it, for he knew he was quite cap able of running the mill as it ought-to1be run. His wife and his friends, too, were proud of his success, for had not he in a few years risen FROM FACTORY BOY TO MANAGER? THE END. Read "FROM DARK TO DAWN; OR, A POOR BOY'S CHANCE," which will be the next number (62) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers o:f tliis weekly are always in print. 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IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our libraries, and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out an d fill In the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by re-turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN '.rHE SAME AS MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. j 190 DEAR SrnEnclosed find. . cents for which 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 . : SECRET SERVICE, NOS .. : " ,THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos . " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ..... . : < Name .. ............ . Street and No Town ... State .


These Books Tell You Everythingr _\ COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Eac'h book co n s i s t s o f s ix ty-four pages printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover. of the books a r e also p r ofusel y illustrate d, and all ?f the subj ects treatet1 u p on are e xplain e d in s u c h a s impl e manne r that any c bihl can thoroug hly undetstand t h e m Look over the hst as classifi e d and see if you want to know anything about the subjecll8 mentio ned. THESTIJ BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS F R OM TilIS OFFICE ON RECEIP T OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS E'OR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. P O STAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. No 81. HOW TO MESMERIZE.-C on t aining the most ap p rov e d met h ods o f m es meri s m ; als o h o w to cure a ll kind s of es by a ni mal m ag n e ti sm, or, m ag neti c h ealing. By Prof. Leo liugo Koc h, A C. S author o f "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTU.Y.-Containing the most ap p r oved meth o ds of re a ding the Jin e s on the band, tog ethe r with a. full ex pl a n a ti o n o f their m ea ning. A l so e x plaining phrenology, 11. n d t h e k ey for t e lling charac t e r by the bump s on the head. By Leo Hugo Koc h, A. C. S. Fully illu s trat e d. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and in .;;tructive information regarding the s c i e n ce of hypnotism. Also explaini n g the most approve d meth o, scars e tc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECO?IJE AN A THLETE.-Giving full instruc ti o n for the u s e o f du m b b ells I ndian clubs, paralle l bars, borizoutal b ars a nd va rious o ther methods of developing a good, h e al t h y m u scle; containi ng ov e r s ixty ill ustrati ons. Every boy can become stro:.ig anJ he al t h y by following the instructions contained in t h i s little book. :t\o. 10 HOW T O BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containi ng ove r thirty illu strations o f guards blows, and t he dirf e rent p os i t i on s o f a good b ox e r E very b oy should obtain one of these u se ful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box wi thout an instruc tor. No. 2 5 HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containfng full instruct\o ns for all kind s o f gymnastic and a t hl etic e x e rcis es. thirty-fi v e illu strat ion s B y Professor W. Macdonald. A ham'y a nd us eful boo k No :H. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for f en c in g and th e u s e of the broadsw orJ; als o instruction in archery. D e s c ribed wi t h twentyone prac tical illustrations, giving the best JilOSitions in f e ncing A complete book. TR!CKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WIT H CARDS.-Contnining explanation s of rh e gen eral princ i p l es of sle i g l 1tof h a nd a pplica ble to ca rd t ri c k s ; of card tric ks with o rdinary c a r ds and not requiri n g sleigh t-of-hand; of tricks inv o lv ing s l e i g h t-of -hand, or the u s e of mpecially prepared cards. By Professor H a ffner. Illustrated. N?. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracmg all of the lates t und most de ceptive card trickti, with il lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO l!'ORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Containing deceptive Card '.rricks as perform e d by leading conjurors and magicians. Ar1anged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. ?-HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card trick s containing full instruction on all t he l e ading card tric ks of the also most popular magical illu s ions as p erforme d by oui: magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as 1t will both amuse and instrnct. No .. 22. '.rO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamed bJ'. bis form e r F1 ed Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dmlogues were. c .arried on between the magi cian and the boy on _the stage; _also g1vmg all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of sec ond sight. No. 43. HOW 1'0 BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the c;if magical illusions ev e r placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations etc. No. 68. HOW 'l' O DO CHEMICAL 1 'l{ICKS.-Containing oTI?r one hundre d highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. And e rson. Handsomely illu strate J No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over fifty of the latest and best tric ks u s ed by m a gicians. Also oontain mg _the secre t of se cond sight. Fully illustrated. B y A. Anderson. No._ 70. HOW '.l' O M;\KE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full direc tions for makmg Magic Toys and de vices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrnte d. No. 73 .. HOW. TO J?O TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Sbowing many cur10us with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. IJ' ully illustrated. _No. 7.5. HO\y TO A CONJUROR. -Containing tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats etc Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anders on. No. 78. HOW TO DO 'rHE BLACK ART.-Containing a com. plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand to g ether with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL4 No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy how inventio,ns originate d. This bock explains them all, examples_ in el e ctricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, p ne um nt,1c s, mechanics etc. The mo s t instructiv e book publish ed. No. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER.-Containingfull mstructions how to proc eed in order to become a locomotive en ginee1; also directions for building a model locomotive together with a full d escription of everythin!i an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW 1 0 MAKE MUS.CAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to a B_anjo, Violin, Zither, JEolian Harp,. Xylo and o t h e r mu s ical mstrumen.ts; together with a brief de of nearly ev ery musical instrument used in anc ient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald for tw enty years bandmaste r of the Roy al Bengal Mari n e s No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Oontaining a d escription of the lantern, tog ether with its history and inven t ion. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrate d. By "!rohn Allen. No. 7t. HOW 1'0 DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for p erforming over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVID-LET1 'ERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full dire ctions for writing love-letters, a nd wh e n to u s e them, 11:iv ing specime n l ette rs for youn g and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITFJ LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving compl e te in struc tion s for writing letter s to ladies on all subjects; also l e t ters of introducti o n. no t es a11d requ est$ No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LET'rERS TO GENTLEMEN. Con taining full di rections for writin g \to g e ntlemen on all subjects; al s o givin g sa mpl e l e t ters for in struc tion No. 53. HOW 1'0 WRITE LE'..M.'ERS.-A wonderful little book, t e lling you how to write to your sweetheart, your fat her, m othe r, s ister, broth e r employer ; and, in fact, ever y bod y and a n y bod y y ou wi s h to wri t e t o lilve r y young man and e very young lad y in t h e land s hould h aVf this book. No. 74 HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instruc ti o ns for writing letters on a l m ost any subject al s o rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen letters'.


THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YOHK EJND l\IEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the late s t joke s used by the m?st famous men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderfnl little book. No._ THE OF NEW YORr STUMP SPEAKER.C ontai!1mg a varied asso,rtn:ent of stump speech es Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amusement and amateur shows. No. 45. THEJ BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKl!J B to be observed, with many curious and interesting things n'ot gl n-erally known. No. li. HOW .ro DRESS.-Containing full instruction in tho art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving th3 selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. Ht. HOW .ro BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male and female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this book and be convin ce d how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7 HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and containing full instructions for tb,e management and training of the canary. mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illus trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TIM.PS.-Including hints on how to cakh moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keeqe. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountin1 and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEJP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com p!ete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeping, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever published. MI SC ELLAN EOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful and In structive hook, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di ENTERTAINMENT. rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. This No 9. HOW TO BECOME A VEJNTIULOQUIS'I'.-By Harry book cannot be equal e d. Kennedy. The sec ret give n away. Every inte lligent boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book for this book of instructions. by a practical professor (delighting multi-making all kind s of candy. etc. tudes every night with bis wonderful imitations) can master the No. 8'1. HOW .ro BECOME AN' AU'.1:.t1.0R.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends It is the information regarding cho i ce of subjects, the use of words and the greatest book !'ver published. and th c r r'3 millions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW 'I'O ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable informati on as to the neatness, legibility and genera l com very valuable little hook just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations etc., suitable Hiland. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won money than an;v hook published. derful book. containing useful and practical information in the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GA:\!ES.-A complete and usefu l little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to ever y book, containing the rules and rl!gulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com ba r kgamm on. croqu e t. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUl\fS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT S .TAMPS AND COINS.-Con the leading conun

> WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY A COMPLETE STORY EVERY 'WEEK Price 5 Cents BY THE BEST AUTHORS l!.llr HANDSOME ILLUSTRATED COVERS 32-PAGES OF READING MATTER Price 5 Cents ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY -.a Interesting Stories of Adventure in All Parts of the World TAKE NOTICE! .._ This handsome weekly contains intensely interesting stories of adventure on a great variety of subj.ects. Each number is replete with rousing situations and lively incidents. The heroes are br i ght m an l y fellows, who overcome all obstacles by sheer force of brains and grit and win well m e rited success. We have secured a staff of new authors, who write these stories in a manner which will be a source of pleasure and profit to the reader. Each number has a hand s ome col ored illu s tration 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 Speed Lever. 17 The Keg of Diamonds; or, After the Treasure of the Caliphs. By By Edward N. Fox. Tom Dawson. 2 Oil'. the Tic k e r ; or, Fate at a Moment' s Noti ce. By Tom Dawson. 18 Sandow, Junior; or, The Boy Who Looked Puny. By Prof. Oliver 3 From Cade t to Captain; or, Di c k Dan!ord' s West Point Nerve. By Owen6. Lieut. J J. Barry. 19 Won by Blulr; or, Jack Mason' s Marble Face. By Frank Irving. 4 The Get-Th e r e Boys; or, Making Things Hum In Honduras. By 20 On the Lobster Shift; or, The Herald' s i!tar Reporte r. By A Fred Warburton. Howard De Witt. 5 Written In Ciph er; or, The Skein Jack Barry Unravelled. By Prof. 21 Under the Vendetta's iiteel; or, A Yankee Boy In Corsica. By Oliver Ow ens. Lieut. J J. Barry. 6 Boys; or, Downing a Tough Name. By A. Howard 2 2 Too Green to Burn; or. The Luc k of Being a B o y By Rob Ro y. 7 Kick e d oil'. the Earth; or, Ted Trim' s Hard Luck Cure. By Rob 113 In Fpol's Paradise; or, The Boy Who Had '.L' h lngs Easy. By Fred Warburton. 8 Doing it Quick ; or, Ike Brown's Hustle at Panama. By Captain 24 One Boy In a Million; or, The Trick That Paid. By Edward N Hawthorn, U S N Fo:t. 9 In the 'Frisc o Earthqu ake ; or, Bob Brag' s Day of Terror. By 25 In Spite o f Himself; or, Serving the Russian Polic e. By Prof. Prof. Oliv e r Ow ens. Oliver Owens. 10 w u & c s Llf "th v d Ill Sh B Ed 2 6 Kicked Into Luck; or, The Way Nate Got There. By R o b Roy. N e WI a au ev e ow. y 27 '.!.' h e Princ e of Opals; or, The Man-Trap o f D eath Vall e y By A 11 Cut Out for an Officer; or, Corporal T e d In the Philippines. By Howard De Witt. Li e ut. J. J Barry. 28 Living In' His Hat; or, The Wide W orld H i s Hom e. By Edward 12 A Fool for Luc k ; o r The Boy Who Turned Boss. By Fred War-N. Fox. burton. 29 All for President Diaz; or, A Hot T i m e In Mexico By Lieut. J J 18 The Great Gaul "Beat" ; or, Phil Winston's Start In Reporting. Barry. By A H oward De Witt. 30 The Easiest Eve r ; or, How Tom Fille d a Money Barrel. By Capt. 14 Out f o r G o ld ; or, '.rh e Boy Who Kn e w the Dl!l'erence By Tom Hawthorn, U S. N. Dawso n. 31 In the Sultan' s Eye; or, Beating the Porte' s Game. By Tom 15 The B o y Who Balke d ; or, Bob Brisbane' s Big Ki ck. By Frank Dawson. Irving. 32 The Crater of Gold ; or, Dick Hope' s Find In the Phlllpplnes. By 16 Sli c k e r tnan Silk; or, The Smoothest Boy Alive. By Rob Roy. Fred Warburton. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price 5 cents per copy in money or postage stamps, b y FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our libraries, and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this offic e direct Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of tlie books you want and we will send them to 7ou by return mail. POS'l'AGE STAMPS TAKEN 'HE SAME AS MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. 190 DEAR SrnEnclosed find ...... cents for whieh please send me: .... copies of FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ................. , " WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos .......... ,. ................ " WORK AND WIN, Nos ........................... : ............. " WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ........................................ " PJ, 1 J CK 'AND LUCK, Nos ..................... " SECRET SERVICE, Nos ................................................................. u THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ............................. " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos .......................................... ., Na.me ................ , . Street an'd No . . . . .......... Town .......... State .. , . c


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ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal ; or, Tbe C utest Boy In Wall Stree t. 2 Born to Good Luck ; or, Tbe Boy Wbo Succee ded. $4 A Corner in Corn; or, How a Cbicalfo Boy Did tbe Trick. A Game of Cbance: or, Tbe Boy "bo 'Von Out. 5 Hard to Beat; or, Tbe C leverest I:oy in Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, Tbe Young Contractors of Lakev iew 7 Winning His Way; or, Tbe Youngest Editor in Green Rive r 8 '.l'he Wbeel of Fortune: or, The Record of a Self-Made Boy. 9 Nip and 'l'uck; or, 'he Young Brokers of Wall Street. 10 A Copper Harvest; or. 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