From dark to dawn, or, A poor boy's chance

From dark to dawn, or, A poor boy's chance

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From dark to dawn, or, A poor boy's chance
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The long uncoiled rapidly. Switching back and forth, it1!1 snaky folds got entangled 'With Clem Lambert's legs. He had only just time eDOugh to seize the rope with both hands when he was whisked off.. the ground and carrj.ed heavenward.


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE I1111ed Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per 11ea r. Entered according to Act of Congresa, ii the 11ear 190ll, in the ojflce of the Librarian of Congress, JVahington, D. C., b11 Fran/; 1 'oU;;e v Pubtisl1e1, 24 Union Square, New York, No 6 2 NEW YORK, DECEMBER 7, 1906. PRICE 5 CENTS. f ttorn Dattk to Dawn OR, A POOR CHANCE By A SELF-MADE MAN CHAPTER I. TLc u h e 1rcnt up i nto my room anLl pull e d ever ything apart th e r e." THE LAST STRAW. What good did that do him?" "He found a tin. box with some thin g l i k e hrn dollars in "Hello, Clem where arc y ou botlnd this morning?" a s ked s mall change in my old trunk. I picked that .up on e way Will As hmore, a bright looking lad of sixteen. or another doing fa:vors for differ ent p e opl e." "I'm bound f or New Orleans," repli e d Cle ment Lamb ert "Well?" s aid Will Ashmor e in a n inte rest e d tone. in a d o g g e d kind of way. "Hs took th e box and put it in his poc k e t say in g h e "Bound for New Orleans!" e x claimed Will, cle arly would keep it as security till I r eturned him the d ollar a s toni s hed. bill." C'lcim nodd e d g loomily. "That was m e aner than dirt." "Wha t a r e y ou g oin g there for?" "Oh, that i s quite in line with Mr. Fowl e r 's chara c t e r "'T'o l ook for something to do, or ship aboard some replied Clem, bitterly a s th e c ase m a y be." "But he had no right to rob you whe n you didn t take "'T' he d e u ce you say! Then you've cut loo s e from Mr. his money." Fow l e r at la st." "What's right and fair doe sn t cut any figure with Mr. "I h ave, for g ood and all." Fowl e r "We ll I'm not surprised. You stood more from him "Did he rf:lally lose a dollar ?" than I w ould if I' cl been in your place." "Yes. It was mis sing from the till afte r breakfast." "The last straw was dumped on me this morning." "How do you know it was?" Wh a t did h e do to you?" "Because it was the only

2 FROM DARK TO DAWN. "Because he wanted a dollar pretty bad "What for?" "He has his mind set on going to the Lakeport fair gro und where the balloon ascension is to take place this afternoon "Did you tell your s uspi c ions to his father?" "No. .It wouldn't have done any good if I had dona so." "He wouldn't have believed you?" "No, he wouldn't." "I thought Mr. Fowler kept Upton in pocket money?" said Will. "I believe he gives him two bits a week." "Is that all? Upton ; usually has more than that in his clothes 'fwo Pits wouldn't g o very far with him." "I don't know anything about that; but I do know that he was strapped yeste rd ay afte rnoon He tried to borrow a dollar of me, for he found out that I had some money saved. I couldn't see it, because I knew that would be the lai;t of my dollar He one of the r epaying kind." "That's right. He's owed me four bits for six month s Then you think he took the missing dollar?" "I do. He was i n the store when I went to breakfast." "Does he know that his father accused you of taking the bill?" "He does." "And he never sa id a word?" "Not a syllab le; but he seeme d to be greatly tickled over the scrape I was in." "That isn't strange He does n't lik e you for a cent." "I know he doesn't. It isn't my fault for I have often done him a favor If I got right down on my knees to him which isn't my way by a long shot, he wouldn't be a bit more friendly. He hates m e on general principles, and that covers the whole ground The two boys were stand ing in the road not far from Will Ashmore's home Clement Lambert was a poor boy. He was a good looking, sturdy lad, with a bright, honest fa,ce that would hav e in spi red confidence anywhere His n atu r e was self -r e lian t and ambitious, but he was sadly handic apped by an adverse fate. loose from them and seek his o wn fortune out in the wide world. Bu t the crisis always passed without .Jlem carrying hi s resolution into effect. The older he grew the less he liked the treatment handed out to him, until the "last straw," as he called it, was r eached when Mr. Fowler accused him of theft. That proved to be the turning point in his young career, for he had now taken the bit between his teeth and "passed t he Rubicon." "Did you tell lfr Fowler that you intended leaving him?" asked Will Ashmore, who was Clem's one good friend and associate in Gretna. "I did not, for there surely would have been a terrible fl.are-up." "How then dicl you manage the matter?" "When Mr. Fowlerllent me down the road with a package of groceries to the Singleton house I slipped up to my room, made up a hasty bundle of my things, and took them along. B y the time he begins to get wrathy over my absence expect to be some distance from the village." "Then he'll get out his rig, chase after you and try to bring you back." "He'll have a swell time doing the last/' replied Clem, resolutely. "Now look here, Clem, I don't blame you a bit for break in g away from Mr Fowler, for I don't believe there's a meaner man under the sun than he; but I hate to have you go away just the same I like you better than any boy I ever ]mew, and we've been chums as far as circumstances would let us. Now I want you to come up to the house and take dinner with us. Then I want you to go with me over to Lakeport to see the balloon go up, and have one last good time together. I'll stand all the expense--you know I can afford -it-and it can't make much difference with you whether you go to New Orleans to-day or to -morrow. You'll do this, won't you?" "You' r e very kind, Will, and I sha'n't forget y our friendly offer The only regret I have in leaving Gretna i s parti ng with you. If I hadn't met you on the road I was going to stop a.t your house on the chance of seeing yon before I l eft the n eighborhood I'd take you up only I'm L eft an orpha n at a tender age he had been brought up afraid it would l ead to an unpleasant meeting with Mr. and partly educate d at the expense of the county. Fowler." At the age of ten he was turned over to Jeff e r son Fowler, "Don't you worry about Mr. Fowler. He won't disturb storekeeper, of the village of Gretna, who contracted to you at our house. In fact, he'll never know you're there. board, cloth e and educate him in return for his services in As for the chance of meeting him at Lakeport it is a slim the store and around his house. one. He's the last man in Gretna to part with four bits Up to the time this story opens he had been with Mr to see the inside of the fair grounds unless he absolutely Fowler six years. had information tfiat you were there, and he was confident His board had been both plain and scanty; his clothe s of being able to make you return home with him." the cast-off garments of Upton Fowler, the storekeeper's After some further argument Clem permitted himself to son, while his education had been limited to suit Mr Fow-be persuaded to fal l in with Will's and the two l er's convenience boys turned in together at the next l ane. After the first three years there h ad been times when the T en minutes later Jefferson Fowler came tearing r elations between Clem Lambert and the Fowlers had been down the road in a light wagon, keeping a sharp lookout w st r ained that the boy almost made up his mind to cut ahead for Clem Lamb ert, whose non-return to the st ore led


, FROM DARK TO DAWN. 3 him to su s pect that the lad had run away as he had often ground and the two boys saw no more of him for an hour, threatened to do. during which time they wandere'a around the place and saw Mr. Fowl e r felt as an g ry as he look ed. two trotting races between local two-year-olds. Cle m was too valuable an a ssistant to be li g htly los t, and Everybody then gravitated toward the big open spot y e t no one was mor e to blame for his secession from the where the balloon was now being inflat ed for its a e r ia l store than Mr. Fowler him s elf. journey. Ther e prob ably was n t a more tlnrea s onable man in the It was an, interesting sight to watch the great oil ed-s ilk whole Sta t e of Loui s iana. bag swell out as it lay in folds on the ground, g radually His di spositi on had c o s t him many a dollar, and it was ass ume form and finally rise into the air, it receiv e d now about to lose him the s e rvi c e s of the best boy he was its final cargo of gas as it swung above the round bask e t eve r lik e l y to hav e in hi s s tor e car. H e drove all th e wa y to the next village, made many The car itself was secured to the ground, not by its long inquiries for Cle m L ambe rt, but without success. anchor-rope, which lay coiled up close by, but by strong The n feelin g s ur e th e runa w a y boy h a d depart e d in the short ropes a ttached to stake s driven into the ground. oppos ite di rectT on h e hurri e dl y r e traced his w ay, never H b f d h t t l und the t si"de eavy a g s o san ung a m erva s aro ou dr e amin g as h e passed th e l a n e leading to the Ashmore of the bas ket. hou s e that the boy h e sought was there enjoying the last A t last th e balloon was full y inflated, its s ilken sid e s few hours of his s t a y in Gr e tna. bellying out as round and as hard as one of the red toy balCHAPTER II. SNATCHE D QFF T H E EARTH. At two o'clock that afte rnoon Cle m Lambert and Will Ashmor e approached th e g at e of the fair grounds at the town of Lakeport, s i t u a t e d on the s hore of Lake Pont chartrain. Ins tinctively Clem glanced around with a wary eye on the lookout for Mr. Fowler, but that individual at that moment was in hi s s tore at Gretna village several miles away in a ver y bad humor inde e d afte r hi s unavailing sea rch for his runaway assistant...Will took the l e a d for he had the money in hi s hand to pay for their admis s ion. Suddenly he turned around and called Clem's attention to a boy ju s t ahead. It was Upton Fowle r in the act of passing up a brand new dollar bill to the ticket seller. "I guess that's the bill that caused the trouble between you and Mr. Fowler this morning," whi s pered Will.-"You said it was a new one." "That's ri ght, nodded Clem. "I was sure he took it." Upton got his chwge and passed in s ide the grounds. "Will you t e ll me wha t bank that new bill was on you jus t took from tha t boy? Will asked the ticket seller as he passed up two fifty cent pieces. The man looked a bit s urprised. "What do you want to know for, young feller?" he inquir ed, a s h e handed out two bit s of pasteboard. "Jus t curiosity," an s wered Will. The man looked in his money drawer. "First National of New Orlean s," was his reply. "Thanks," r e pli e d Will th e n he and Clem pa s sed on. "It's the bill beyond a dou b t," he s aid to hi s companion. "I never d id fancy Upton, but I ll think less of him after t hi s A boy who will d e l i b e rately steal from his father i s n t to b e d e p ende d on." "I s hould say not repli e d Clem. Upton had vanished in the crowd that thronged the fair loons one sometimes sees f9r sale in the streets of a big city It swung about as a strong puff of wind occas ionally struck it, and tugged at the ropes like a small yacht pulls at its anchor while its mainsail i s b e ing hoi s t ed. Clem and Will stood on the front line of the crowd and cons equently had an unobstructed view of everything that was g oing on. The gas g e n e rator was carried away and _the ground around the balloon cleared of other obstructions. The crowd th e n graduall y e ncroached upon the open space, like crowds will do on such occasions, until the two boy s found th emselves quite close to the basket. The promoters of the exhibition thought the mob too close for safety, and calling on th eir ass i s tants began to harangue the sightseers anq to force them back. This was a difficult job to accomplish, and in the con fusion that ensued Clem and Will got separated. The crowd was finally driven back a few yards all ar6und, and there remained--a dense circle of humanity. Clem looked about for his companion, but could not see him. At length the two men who were slat e d to go up in the balloon were seen forcing their way through the mob with bundles and packages they were going to take up with them. Clem was surprised to see Upton Fowle:r tagging after them with his arms full of packages, too. When they arrived at the balloon, one of the men helped Upton into the basket and then began handing him the bundles to stow away in s ide the car. The men then returned the way they came after motion in g Upton to get out. Ins tead of obeying this order, Upton remained leaning ove r the edge of the basket, seeming to enjoy being the focus of all eyes. At length he spied Will Ashmore in the crowd. "Hey, Will, come here. Come and take a look inside of the balloon."


4 FROM: DARK TO DAWN. A s hmor e overcome with boyis h curiosity walked over to the b alloon. W ant t o g e t in and see how it feels?" g rinned Upton. Will shoo k hi s h e ad dubi o u s l y "Oh com e on," urged Upton. "W11at are you afr a id of? It feel s g reat." H e grabb e d Ashmore by the arm and began to pull him in. "Be quic k," he said. "We can only stay a minute for the m e n ar e coming back. You won't get another chance 1i ke thi s." Will allowed him s elf to be per s uaded and got into the bas k et A s he looked arom ;1d, enjoying the sensation, he saw Clem and yelled at him. "Co m e over a nd get in the basket." Upt o n fr owned. "Wh at d o you w ant to a s k him for?" he growled. "I d o n't w a n t him i n h e r e H e ran off from th e s tor e thi s m01;ni n g aft e r s tealing a doll a r from the till." "Tha t s a li e !" r e torted Will, angrily. "You stole that d ollar y oursel f "Didn't s tea l it replif;ld Upton, growing red in the face. "Da d sai d C l e m s t o le it, and he ought to know." "It was a brand new dollar bill on the First National of N e w Orlean s "Wh at i f it was?" answered Upton, doggedly. W e saw you give that bill to the tic ket s eller at the gate. W e wer e ri g h t b e hind you when you enter e d the ground s."" "You' r e off y our p erch!" s aid Upton, with a guilty flush. N o I'm not off my perch. Here, Clem, Upton says he didn t t a k e that dollar/' H e k nows bette r t h a n th a t r e plied Cle m advancing h alf way towa rd th e bas k e t and standing close to the coiled a n c h o r rope. You ll g e t it when you go back to the store," called out Upt o n wit h a grin. "Dad won't do a thing to you for g oin g off w it h out leave." "He won't clo any thing to me, for I'm not going back," repli e d Clem, coolly. "You r e not going b a ck?" cried Upton, in astonishment. "No, I'm not. You c an tell your fath e r when you return t h a t h e s seen the la s t of m e I've been a s lav e lon g e nough f o r him. Aft e r thi s I'm going to hoe my own row, and keep what's c oming to me." "Whe re are you going?" asked Upton, curiously. "Do n t you worr y about where I'm going." "Dad ll find out and fetch you back. "He'll do nothin g o f the kind. This is a free country. H e can t c hase after m e lik e they used to do years ago after the run away s laves. I'm my own boss now." You ain' t g ot a n y right to leave the store till you're twenty-one r e torted Upton. "Who says so?" "Dad s ays s o "He'll have a sweet time trying to carry his words out," repli e d Clem. Ju t the n the men appe a red forcin g t h eir way thro u g h th e c rowd. O et out o f th a t bas k e t you t w o! r oared t h e for emost one "Gee W e'd bett e r s n e ak c ri e d U pton. He and Will in th eir hurry to g e t out d etac h e d two o f the s andbags. At that moment a bla s t of air swoope d upon th e ba lloon. The inflated b ag gave a s udd e n a n d v iciou s tug at the short rope s B.nd both of the boys t umbl e d back into the bas ket. Snap! Snap I Snap! Three of the rop e s gave way. The crowd shouted a hoarse warning to the two boys who had picked themselves up. Another puff of wind struck the gas bag. The rem a ining rope s were unabl e to resi s t the s udd e n strain and part e d almos t s imult a neou s l y Ins t a ntl y th e balloon r e l e ased from its moorings rose into the atmo sphere. A roar of dismay went up from t h e assembled m ulti t u de This cry was imm e diat e l y changed into o n e of hor r or Th e long an c hor rope uncoil e d r ap i d l y Swit c hin g back and forth, its s naky fold s g ot e ntan gled with Cle m Lamb ert's legs. He had only time enough to seize th e rop e wit h b oth hands when he was whisked off the ground and ca rri ed heavenward. CHAPTER III. WANDERERS THROU G H S PACE. Almos t before Clem realiz e d the gr avity of hi s peril h e was swing in g five hundr e d f eet in the air. Th e big crowd below was dumb wit h cons t e rn a tion. Will and Upton looking over th e edge o f t h e baske t caught a glimpse of Clem clin g in g to th e r o pe, bu t bot h were s o overcome with terror at their s ituation t h at t hey c ould not move a finger to aid th e l ad b elow. Clem recovered his self-possess ion fir s t and h e saw h i s only chance of safety lay in climbing up the rope to the basket. He Jost no time in doin g this, t h e s p e ll-bou n d crowd below watching his effort s with the grea t est o f anx i e t y He presently reached the bottom of the b ask et and called out. "Will-Will Ashmore! Give me a J;i.and !" Th e n hi s chum woke up to Clem's desp e r ate p r edica m e nt. "Great S c o tt, Upton l Don't you know Clem is h anging on to the anchor-rope of the balloon? H e lp m e pull him into the car." Upton, however, made no effort to go to L ambert's assistance so it r e mained for Will to gr a b Clem's extended hand and assist him into the bas k et, w h e r e b e sat down whitefac e d and tre mbling a s the r e a c t i on set in. The balloon was now all of one thousand f eet above t he earth and the fair ground was a mile away.


FROM DARK TO D A WN. They h a d st ruck a c u r r e n t o f ai r t hat was carrying the m Will and Cl e m had now full y recovere d fro m th eir fri ght, r a pi dly in a s outherly dir e ction. a nd b eing l a d s o f sor_'le n e rve t hey began to e njoy the "We' re in a nice pi ck l e," sa id Will a t last. "'l'he Lord novelt y of their situation . onl y knows wh e r e w e w ill f e t c h up." The y possess e d enougK philosophy in thel.r composition Up t on crou c h e d on o n e s i de of t h e bas k e t frig h te n e d out to fee l that the y might as well malze the best they could out of his sev e n s enses. of a bad predicament. His face was the color of c halk and hi s eyes protruded It was a rare treat for them for the time being like a lobs ter' s The only thing that really troubled their s erenity was Clem got up and l ooke d over the edge of the car. the question whe re the balloon might ultimatel y land. "My g raciou s W e' r e hig h i n the air!" h e said. ''.And Som ehow it did not occur to them that the r e was a cord jus t to think I w as swinging down the r e from that anchor runnin g up to the top of the bag that c ontrolled the quan rop e I don't lik e t o think of i t," h e a dd e d w ith a s hudd e r. tity of g a s in the balloon. "I saw you,'' replie d Will; "but I w a s so upset at fir s t B y pullin g on it they could let out the ga s and thms that I couldn t do a thing to help y ou out." des c end earthward. "I wond e r how hig h we are now ?" said Cl em. "We see m In the course of half an hour they could plainly make to b e getting hig h e r ever y mome n t." out the water of the Gulf of Mexico in the distance, and He l ooke d the car for an in_strum ent h e e x pe c ted t h ere wasn't any doubt about the m being c arri r d s trai ght to find th a t would g ive th e m a n id e a of their alti t ud e towa rd it. H e found it presentl y an d was able t o m a k e out tha t the h a d an instrument in the car which would h a v e balloon wa s already a bout fift e en hundre d fe e t above the measured the velocity 0. f the wind if they had known how ear t h. "W. e mu s t look like a m e r e spec k to those peopl e i n t he fair g round b y this time. W e' r e l e aving the to w n a nd l ake far b e h ind u s." "If we g o on at this r a te w e' ll soon b e over th e gu lf, and then our n ame w ill be mud if the balloon descend s in the wat e r remark e d Will, w ith a ver y sober face. "How far i s it to the nearest l and a f t e r leavin g the State of L o uisi ana? said Clem, lookin g at Will who was well up in g eographi c al di s t a nces. "That's a pretty large question r e plied Will . "If we s hould be blown ri ght across the g ulf to the mos t northern part of Yucatan the di s t a nce i s about s i x hundre d miles. If w e're c arrie d mor e to the west to O a mp e ach y Bay, the i s all of three hundr e d miles furth e r W e may not g o that way a t a ll t h o u g h i t l ooks as if we wer e at present, for i f y ou will look to t h e s outh you w ill see a lon g g li ste nin g white lin e that I'll b et m a rk s the s hor e of the gulf. The wind i s to c h a nge a t an y mom ent an d carr y u s to the s outh ern part of Te x as, or down further in t o Mexico." "I don t want to g o to Mex ico," groaned Upton,. finding his ton g ue for the fir s t time. "I want to go hom e." "It doesn't loo k now as i f y o u n ge t hom e for a week if you ever do," r e pli e d Will. "Oh, lor' l Where are we anywa y?" "We're sixteen hundr e d feet abov e the earth, s ailing to the south." "Sixteen hundre d feet!" g asped Upton, with a shiver. "We're a s good a s d ea d." "Not at all ; laugh e d Clem. "Get up and take a 1ook down. It's the fine s t s i ght you'll ever see if you live to be a hundr ed." "I wouldn't dare look down." "Why not? You 'can't fall out." Upton wouldn't stir from hi s place in the bottom of th e bas ket. to use it and been able to figure out the re s ult. As a m atte r of fact the current they were in was carrying the m to th e s outh at s omething like thirty-fiv e miles nn I Their cours e at present was shap e d toward the most north ern point of Yucatan, and if the wind held a s it did it would take them seventeen hours to cro ss the gulf to Cape Oatoche Clem presently a s certained that their altitude h a d gone to eighteen hundred feet, where it a ppeared to be about stationary. A f t e r a time Upton awoke from his trance and as ked again whe r e the balloon was "We're over the gulf now, replied Will. "Are we as high as ever?" "Ye p And it's a good thing we kee p up, too." "Why ?" "Becau s e we've got a long reach of water to fac e from the present outlook, and I'm not anxiou s to get too near to it." Upton was finally induced to look over the rim of the bas k e t, and the sight of the immensity of spac e b e neath him took his br e ath away, and he drew back in terror. "If we were to fall now we'd be killed-smashed into little bits." "Don't let that worry y o u You'd never know what happen e d to you." "Why wouldn't I?" "Your breath would be gone, and you'd be a dead one befo:re you hit the water." Upton looked as if he would collapse again. BJ'" s undown they were well out ov17r the gulf, s ailin g along at the same rate. "Say Will it's beginning to feel deuced c old .said Cle m, after a time. '.'That's right-it is. And I'm getting hungry, too."


6 FROM DARK TO DAWN. "So am I. I never thought of that fact before. We're which proved to be the coast of Yucatan, though the boys liabl e to starve before this balloon lands us somewhere." did not know what it was. "Maybe something to eat in those bundles, sug gested Will. "Those chaps wouldn't have been such fools as to go off without preparing for a day or two's stay among the clouds." "That sounds reasonable. Let's overhaul them." They lost no time in doing so, and found quite a liberal supply of bread, cakes, pies and canned meats and vege tables, as well as fruits. "Say this is all right, Will," cried Clem, smacking his lips hungrily. "We won't starve for three or four days at any rate." "You can bet we won't," he replied in a tone of satisfac tion. "Let's have supper." The word supper had a magic sound for Upton, and he grew interested at once. There was a keg of water, and a jar of cold coffee, milked but unsweetened. They found a package of sugar, however, and so they soon fixed the coffee to suit their individual tastes. The three made a good meal, with blankets over their shoulders, for the darker it grew the colder the air became. The moisture in the air gathered and clung to the sides of the baloon, and this had the effect of decreasing their altitude, for when Clem next looked at the instrument, he found that it registered sixteen hundred feet, and seemed to be going lower. After talking awhile the three wanderers through space huddled close together for warmth, and ere long fell asleep. And while they slept through the night the balloon kept on its journey southward over the big Gulf of Mexico, a very small object indeed in that immensity of space. CHAPTER IV. IN BRAZIL. It was sun rise when the three boys awoke. The first thing Clem did was to look at the altitude in strument which told him the balloon had sunk to fourteen hundred feet. Then he jumped up and looked over the edge of the basket. There was nothing to be seen below but water-they might have been in the middle of the Atlantic or the Pacific ocean for all the land that was in sight "Come, Will, take a peep," he said. Will came and .so did Upton, too. The latter had got over his panic, and was able to look down without feeling demoralized. The boys hung over the rim of the basket for ten minutes, and then adjourned to breakfast. l As the sun rose higher in the heavens the moisture on the balloon dried and it rose gradually to a height of over seventeen hundred feet. About seven o'clock in the morning they sighted land, At four in the afternoon they struck an immense body of water on their left with land stretching away to their right. They were soon passing over the Gulf of Honduras, wifb. the Caribbean Sea in the distance. The balloon had dropped to a height of :fifteen hundred feet, and striking a different current they were borne to the E S. E., right over the Caribbean Sea. When another night closed in on them there was nothing but water to be seen again, with just a blue streak of coast line in the distance to the west. When they awoke next morning they were still sailing at a:r;i. altitude of :fifteen hundred feet over a limitless watery space. "Where are we at now?" asked Will, anxiously. "You've got me," replied Clem. "We may be over the Caribbean or we may be above the Pacific Ocean." "How are we heading by the compass?" "South-east, but rather more east than south." "That was almost the same course we were on yesterday afternoon You can bet then that we're crossing the Caribbean and not the Pacific." "The balloon must have lost some gas for we're lower by two hundred feet." "You'll find that we'll rise with the sun," said Will, who had observed that phenomena the previous morning. "We ought to strike South America soon on this course," remarked Clem. "Sure we will if the wind don't change around and carry us in a different direction." "We'd better not eat so much today, or first thing we know we won't have any provisions left. Three such healthy appetites as ours are sure to make the commissary department look sick in no time at all unless we put a curb on them." "I agree with you that we'd better go on short allowance, for half a loaf is better than no bread at all," said Will. "Bet your life it is." "How long do you suppose we're going to stay up in the air?" asked Upton, who was extremely anxious to reach the solid ground once more. "You'll have to ask me something easier than that, Upton," replied Will. "If I was a fortune teller I might possibly be able to answer your question, but as I am not it seems a matter of pot-luck when we do come down." "Isn;t there any way of making the old thing descend?" continued Upton. "Why, yes, come to think of it, there must be a cord somewhere communicating with a valve on tl1e top of the balloon. By pulling on the cord you open the valve which lets out the gas and the balloon will then sink." "Where is the cord? ,, cried Upton, eagerly. "Let's pull it and go down." "And land in the water and be drowned, Not much.


FROM DARK TO DAWN. ., . I'm willing to stay up here as long as I see so much 'rater I will come to an end," said Clem, "whether we want it to in sight," said Will. I or not." The balloon gradually rose to sixteen hundred feet as morning grew apace and the sun's rays warmed the oiled silk, and expanded the gas. They saw nothing but water all that day, and the pros pect was decidedly discouraging. At ten o'clock that night, while they were asleep, the balloon struck the northern coas t of South America, pass ing over a narrow strip of Colombian soil into Venezuela. When Cle m looked over the rim of the basket in the morning the re wasn't a sign of wat e r in sight. While he didn't know it they were passing near the Venezuelan town of Truxilla. "Land at last," h e shout e d to hi s companions. They looked over the side of the car to see for them selves. "It's South America for a dollar," Will, "for we are still heading south-east but rather more south this time than east. How high are we?" "Little over thirteen hundred. We seem to drop lower each night." l "The gas i s bound to leak out by degrees anyway," said Will. On the previous day Clem had discovered the position of the valve cord. It was tied to one of the guy ropes of the basket severa l feet beyond their reach. As the balloon leaned in that direction none of the boys had the nerve to climb up and release it. Now that the ground lay spread out below them they cast longing glanc e s a.t the cord. A pull upon it would send them earthbound pretty quick, and the lads w e r e tired of their aerial journey by this time. Their provi s ion s were also alarmingly short Clem finally mad e an attempt to reach the valve cord, and succeeded in detaching it. Letting some of the gas escape they dropped to an alti tude of nine hundr e d feet. The country looked so bare and uninviting that they decid e d not to descend further for the present. When darkness came on they were still over Venezuela. Soon after midnight the balloon crossed the boundary into Brazil, and the boys were awakened by a violent swaying of the ba s ket. The balloon had sunk to s even hundred feet and had been caught in a fie rce windstorm that was whirling them along at the rate of n e arly one hundred miles an hour. At s ix o'clock in the morning they were being carried h e lplessl y a cross the Mad eira River, a tributary of the Amazon, which they had passed over four hours previously. The wind now began to moder a t e but still carried them along at the rate of a mil e a m in ute They found that the bag was l e aking gas from the rough han dlin g it had exp e rienced d urin g the night, and that they w e r e stea dil y dropping ear t hwa r d "It' s only a question of a little while before this trip "That's what it looks like for we're only five hundred feet above sea level now. We barely passed over that line of hills yonder. We must throw over some of the sand. We'd surely starve if we in this Lord-forsalrnn region. We must be somewhere in Brazil." "It's a mighty poor country 1 whatever it is," replied Clem. "Come on, help me dump out some of the s and They got rid of three bags of the stuff and the balloon rose up buoyantly once more to a height of one thousand feet. They had to throw over the re s t of their s a nd at in t erv a l s during the day to keep the balloon at a respectable height un til they reached the neighborhood of a town or village. "We must be journeying through th e worst part of South America from the aspect of the country," said Clem. "We haven t seen a trace of civilization all d a y." "I guess this is the central part of Bra z il," replied Will, "where people are few and far between." "We'll never get out of this valley in the balloon; that' s certain," answered Clem. "You can see w e 're not over three f e et above the ground and are heading for that range yond er. The bag is getting wobbly through of gas, and we cant lighten it any more unless we throw Upton out," grinned the boy. "Throw me out roared Upton "I guess not. n "Then, perhaps, you'll be obli ging enough to jump out so we can g e t over yonder mountains?" chuckled Clem. "Why don't you jump out yourself?" snarl e d Upbn. "We wouldn't miss you." "Thanks for the suggestion I'll consider it." "If we can't pass the ran g e in the ballo o n the n it's a dea d certainty we'll have to continue our journey on foot to the neare s t town," said Will. "That's what," replied Clem "And we've got a few crackers and a littl e water left, with hungry stomachs to boot. This is simply fierce." "That's right. couldn't be much worse} admitted Clem. "Oh, Lor', we'll starve to death in this wilderness," groaned Upton . "Well, you can blame yourself :for our troubles and your own," said Clem. "What have I got to do with it?" growled Upton. "If you'd got out of thE\ balloon when the men told you to at :first, instead of persuading Will to get into the basket, you two would have been at home now, while I'd probably be in New Orleans." "Ho! Who thought this old thing would break loose like it did?" "Nobody thought so; but you took the chances of it doing so just the same. In fift een minutes mor e you can make up your mind that this balloon will be out of busines s so I vote that we finish the crackers and the water; and trust to luck for our next meal," said Clem.


s FROM DARK TO DAWN. H took littl e ur g in g for th e hung ry la"ds to carry out Clem s s uggestion. 'fhere were two crack e r s and a glass of water a-piece, and they fini s hed the meager provend e r in a few moments. In ten minut e s the anchor at the end of the rnpe struck the ground of the foot hills and began to dra g The balloon floatecl right into a gorge where the anchor caught in the underbrush, and their aerial flight was over for g ood and all. Cle m pull e d on th e rnlve rope and the cm s ank to the ground, the bag collapsing with a puff, and spre adi ng ilself an inert mass of s ilk clo th along the bus hes. "Come, fellow s s tep out," he said, setting the example himself. Suddenly a dozen rough looking Brazilian s da s h e d out of the gorge, armed with Mauser rifles ancl knive s 'l'hey surrounded the basket in a threatening manner, calling on the boy s in Portuguese to sul'r ende r. It was certainly a ticklish situation that the American lads faced. CHAPTER V. PRISONERS. "What's the matter with you chaps?" a s ked Clem of a fierce looking ras cal who appeared to be the leader of the crowd. "Ha! Un Ameri9ano ?" he answered, using th e Spani s h language. "Yes, we're Americans all right," repliecl Clem, as he sat astride of the basket. "Que dice usted? (What do you say?)" Clem shook his head . He didn't understand a word of Spani s h. Neither did his companions. Nor did the Brazilians understand a worc1 of English. Therefore conversation was at a dead lock. Signs became the order of the day, and the hard looking chap motioned the boys to get out of the They obeyed and were immediately seized by the gang. The leader looked into the car and took out the instru ments and blankets, handing them to a couple of his fol lowers to carry. Then he gave some order in Spanish anc1 the party started up the gorge, forcing their captives to accompany them. "It looks as if we are pri1;1oners," said Clem to Will, who was right ahead of him. "This is as tough a lot of rascals as one could expect to run against in the wilds. I wonder what they mean to do with us?" As Will turned to reply the Brazilian who had hold of him yanked him forward in a rough way and mutter e d something in his native lingo. That put a stop to any further communication between ihe two boys. Upton Fowler was the picture of woe a s h e w as drag g ed forward by two of the ra s cals behind Clem. The situation was clearly too s trenuou s for hi s nerves. In this way the parly p rocce u ed over t h e uneven s urfac e of the gor ge until they turned a juttin g ro ck, w h e n they cam e in view o f a c ave befor e whi c h a man full y a s di s reputable as the other s was cooking s omething in a big iron pot over a fire. Wh a tev e r was in the pot an app e tizin g o dor was wafte d to the noses of th e boys, a nd in s p i t e of their unenviable pos ition it mad e their m ouths wat e r. The l e ader made the la d s sit near the mou t h of the cave and plac e d a man to wat c h the m, whil e th e rest s tood their weapon s a ga in s t the ro c k s ancl di sposed t h e mselves at their e ase around on the ground. "We're up again s t it hard, old man," remarked Will, turning to Clem. "Seem s so, doesn't it?" replied his chum. "I guess these f e llow s a re an org anized ga n g of thie vei;, and this s pot i s their r e ndezvous." "You mi ght m ake a wor s e guess." "They've made us pris on e r s for some purpose, on ge n eral principles." "I judge they thougl1t there mi ght b e som e thin g worth s t e alin g in the basket of the balloop." "In whi c h case they've been di sa pp ointe

FROM DARK TO DAWN. 9 joyously, his tongue a lmo st han ging out in anticipat ion of what was coming They were handed the basins, w ith spoons and a hunk of bread each. The Brazilians watched the boys eat. They must have thought the l ads nigh starved from the way they devoured that stew and sour bread. The re wasn't a crumb l ef t. "My gracio u s cr ied Will, with a sigh or content "That tasted good. I haven't h ad such a banquet in a week." "Nor me in a month," replied Clem, thinking of the scanty table that' Mrs. Fowler was accustomed to set. Upton didn't say anything, but he looked as i f he had enjoyed the meal as much as his associates. "I am beginning to feel lik e a new man," said Clem, "When a fellow's breadbasket i s empty he isn't worth much." "That's right. It take s all the ambition out of you," replied 'Will. "Upton looks lik e a different qoy already." "Say, what do you suppose these men are going to do with us?" asked Upton, with an anxious expression. "Why don't you ask them, Uppy ?" snickered Will. "Maybe you can make them understand you." "Oh, you be jig gered!" r etorted Upton, with a look of dis g u st. "It's a wonder you wouldn't give a straight answer when a fellow asks you a question." "That was a silly qu_ estion to ask me," replied Will. "How ca n I tell what these rascals mean to do with u s? If I understood Portuguese--" He <,lidn't get any :further for the l eader of the crowd came up and pointing to the cave ordered the boys to go in s ide. The y did so, and were marched to the extreme back of the place, a nd directed to sit down on the hard floor. Will happenin g to be in the center his right ankle was bound to Clem's left one, and his left ankle to Upton's right one. The blanket s tak e n from the balloon were thrown to them, and they were left to their own reflections. The men g athered around the front of the cave, drank some kind of liquor out of a stone jug that was passed from mouth to mouth, smoked cigarettes, and c hinned together in Portuguese. "They're in no hurry to let u s go," said Clem, when they had been left to themse).ves. "That's evident," answered Will; "but I C8:n't see what use they can make out of u s." "We' ll know in good time. I wish I knew what part of Brazil we're in, if we really are in Brazil. It's suc h a bi g country that we ma y be hundreds of miles in the interior and practically cut off from any available opportunity of escape." "If my people don't hear from me soon they'll think I was lost in the balloon," said Will, soberly. "That's one advantage of being an orphan," remarked Clem; "I have no one to worry about my fate." Upton remained silent and glum. The satisfac tion he had felt at filling hi s s tomach had passed away, and hi s mind was filled with gloomy pictures of the immediate future. He la y back on his blanket, sick at heart, while the other two talked for half an hour more. The Brazilian ruffians grouped about the e ntrance to the cave continued to drink and smoke fo.r time longer then t hey drew off one at a time and wrapping themselves in their poncho s went to sleep. The l eade r was the last to turn in; but previou s to doing so he went to the rear of the cave and looked at the boys, now asleep. With a grunt of satisfaction he too selected a s pot near his s leeping companions, and soon nothing broke the silence of the Brazilian mountain cave but the deep breathing of the sleepers. CHAPTER VI. DIAMOND POACHING. Soon after sunrise the boys were roughly awakened by one of the gang. They found that the ropes had been removed from their ankles. They were ordered in the sign language to go to the front of the cave. The Brazilians were ea.ting their morning meal, which consisted of a tin cup of black coffee and a cake made out of. m aize, with some dried fruit. The boys were given a fair share of the food, and when breakfast was over the men lighted the customary cigarette, grabbe d their rifles, and appeared to be ready to start out. The fellow who officiated as cook appeared with a bag in his hand, and the lad s being placed in front, with the leader on one and one of the gang on the other, the pro cession s tarted down the mountain gorge. Half an hour's walk brought -them to a narrow valley behyeen two spurs of the range. A narrow and shallow river followed the course of the valley. At a certain spot, which showed evidences of recent ex cavation, the Brazilians came to a halt. One man, with his rifle, perched himself on a high rock overlooking the entrance to the valley, while the rest, under the direction of the leader, pulled a number of shovels out of the bushes. A spade ')Vas put into each of the bands and he was ordered to get into the excavation and dig. He was made to understand that he was to dump the dirt in a certain spot, and this dirt was afterward removed to the bank of the river and examined b y some of the men. Several of the rascals joined the boys in the wide hole and did precisely what the lad s had been directed to do. "I wonder if we're helping these fellow s. to di g for s ur face gold?" said Clem to Will, as they paused for a rest. "Almo st as fast as we throw this dirt out it is carried down to the river to be washed, I suppose." "I wouldn't be surprised," replied Will. "There has


10 FROM: DARK TO DAWN. been a great deal of gold, as well as diamonds, found in certain parts of Brazil." '"These chaps are evidently working this place on the sly. Look at that rascal on yonde:r rock. Anybody can see that he' s there on the watch." "Say, I'm sick of this," growled Upton, edging up to ward his companions "It is as hot as blazes in this hole, and digging is hard work. What right have these men to make us free American boys work like slaves for them? And what is it all about? What 's the object of this dig ging? What are we hunting for?" Upton's face wore a dissatisfied expression. He had never been used to hard work, or work of any kind for that matter) except to wait on an occasional cus tomer in his father's store, and this kind of thing jarred on his feelings. "Well, Upton, you have my sympathy," grinned Clem. "There's no use of you kicking, for we're all in the same box. These ruffians have no right, of course, to make free American boys work, but might is right with them, and we've got to knuckle down until we :find a chance to make our escape. As to what we're digging for, I reckon it's gold." "Maybe it's diamonds," interjected Will, as the thought sudden ly struck him. "It's as likely to be diamonds as gold, I suppose," admitted Clem. "Diamonds!" exclaimed Upton, eagerly. "Do you really thit;1k so?" "It isn't ir:pprobable," answered Clem. "Brazil is one> of the countries where diamonds are dug out of the soil." "Gee cried Upton. "I'm going to look for them. If I find any--" "Well, what then?" asked Clem, coolly. "I'll put them in my pocket, bet your life." "You don't imagine these men are going to let you keep them, do you?" "I shan't let any one know I've got them," said Upton, moving off to the spot whete he had been shoveling out the dirt, and starting in again with renewed activity, for bis interest had been aroused. The leader of the crowd, who devoted his time to walking up and down the top edge of the excavation, keeping a sharp eye on the diggers, soon noticed that Upton, instead of throwing out shovelfuls of dirt, as before, was examining the blue clay with great attention. He immediately jumped into the hole, gave the boy a clout alongside the head, and signed to him to continue his work. This rough treatment put a damper on Upton's enthusi asm, and he resumed his labor with a face that looked like three days of rainy weather. "Upton got it in the neck that time," said Clem to Will. "That chap isn't going to puJ; up with any nonense. It is clear we've been brought here to work, and if we don't do it to suit we'll hear from the boss of the job in a way we won't like." At that moment Clem saw an object in the spadefu l of earth he had ,just turned over. He stooped clown, picked it up and looked at iti It presented the appearance of a semi transparent rounded pebble, covered with a thin, brownish opaque crust. Will's attention being attracted, too, he glanced at the stone. "That's a diamond as 911rc as you live," he said "It exactly answer s the description 1 have read in books on the subject. Dl'op it in your pocket on the sly." Clem was a wise boy, and without looking to see if hi s actions had been observed, he made a motion as if casting something aslcle and then went oil with his digging, holding the rough diamond all the time in the palm of his hand. After a time he put his hand in his pocket and drew out his handkerchief, letting the pebble fall into his pocket. The l eader of the ruffianly gang did not hurry the boys, as he saw they were not used to this kind of work, nor to a torrid climate. He was, if anything, harder on Upton than the other two, because Upton shirked his labor and looked ugly and dis contented. At noon a halt was called in the work, and the man who acted as cook served out maize cakes, driecl nut and clear spring water. After which all hands rested for over an hour in the shade . "Are you fellows going to stand for this sort of thing?" said Upton Fowler. "Not any longer than we can help," replied Clem. "This kind of treatment to a free-born American is the biggest kind of an outrage," went on Upton, indignantly. "What are the Stars and Stripes good for if it isn't to pro tect the people of the United States?" "Oh, choke off, Upton. What do you suppose a gang rascals like these chaps care for the Stars and Stripes, or the flag of Brazil for that matter?" replied Clem. "There isn't any use of you or Will and me butting our heads against a stone wall. These scoundrels have goi us dead to rights and we've got to knuckle down till they happen to be off their guard and then we'll cut away. Isn't that so, Will?" "That's so," acquiesced Ashmore, nodding his head. "Well, I'm not going to get sunstruck to oblige a lot of Brazilian bandits, not by a jugful," responded Upton, doggedly. "If you know of any way to get the better of them let us know, and Will and I will stand by you. Otherwise I advise you to grin and bear it as best you can." "What's the matter with sneaking up to the place where their rifles are standing against the rocks, grabbing one apiece, and sta nding the gang off?" said Upton. "Have you got the nerve to attempt such a move as that?" "I've got as much as you I" snorted Upton. "Any fool could see that game wouldn't work," replied Clem. "At present moment every man of them is


FROM DARK TO DAWN . within reach of his gun. When we're in the excavation it would be equally out of the question. Think again, Upton, and try and strike a better idea." "Why don't you think up some scheme yourself, you're so smart?" "I'm on the lookout for an opening, don't you fear; and when it comes I'll be there with both feet. But I'm not going to do anything rash. That would only make a bad job worse." Work was resumed in the excavation at two o'clock, and the boy s labored with more or less persistence until near sundown, when the shovels and other paraphernalia were hidden in the bushes and the march taken up again for the cave. The cook had preceded the party and had another pot full of stew on the :fire and well under way by the time they arrived at the cave. This programme was kept up for several days, during which time the Brazilian diamond poachers took out of the ear t h a couple of bags full of the rough gems, whose value, just a s they might be estimated at between $8 and $15 a carat. By this time the hands, necks and faces of the three boys were blistered and tanned a rich brown. They were gradually getting used to the hard work, though they didn't relish it any better than at first, when somethin g happened that cut short their servitude to the diamond poachers. CHAPTER VII. A BREAK FOR FREEDOM. It was getting on to noon of the fourth day of their work in the excavation when the boys were suddenly startled by the r e port of the lookout's rifle. _istantly every man stopped his labor and ran for his gun. Th e lead e r ordered the boys to leave the hole and pointed to a big roc k b e h i nd which a couple of the diamond poach ers had taken their stand. "Looks a s if there was going to be something doing,'' said Clem. "This ought to be our chance to get clear of these chaps," replied Will. "I hope so," returned Clem. He glanced around the corner of the rock: and saw a number of uniformed men in the distance advancing up th e v a ll ey. Th e diamond poacher s were scattered &t different points among t h e rocks, with their rifles ready to give battle to the invad e r s "Thos e fellows who are coming this way are soldiers, and th ere i s quit e a bunch of them. By the looks of things, somebody i s g oing to be hurt before the scrap is over." "Oh, J.10r !"gas ped Upton. "I wish I was out of this. We ma y be kill e d." He looked kind of white around the gills, and was clearly unea s y over the outcome. The soldiers scattered as they advanced into the valley, and soon the poachers opened fire on them from behind boulders and other spots of vantage. As the shooting on both sides became more lively, Clem told his companions to keep their wits on the alert and be ready to make a break. "There's a gulley just behind us," he said. "If we can reach it we may be able to keep out of harm's way until the soldiers clean these chaps out of the valley. Then we can show ourselves and claim protection of the govern ment men." Clem pointed out the spot where the gulley ran. To reach it, however, they would have to expose themselves to the fire of the military who were now well up the valley. It was also possible that the poachers might interfere with their retreat. The latter was hardly probable as the attention of the rascals was fully occupied with their foes in front. "Well, what do you say, fellows?" asked Clem at last. "Shall we make a dash for the gulley now and risk a bullet or two. I think the chances of our getting hit is small. If we wait here much longer it will be different." "What about these two rascals close by?" asked Will. "They're not paying any attention to u s,'' rep1ied Clem. "It's too risky," objected Upton, who seemed to be shaking in his shoes. "I think it's a deal more risky to stay here. Besides, 'here's a chance to shake these diamond poachers. You want to get away from them, don't you?" "Of course I do, but--" A sudden cry from the rascal on their right interrupted him. The fellow had incautiously exposed himself too much, and became a target for a soldier. A Mauser bullet reached his brain and he tumbled over dead. That incident upset the boys for a moment, and the y crouched closer to the rock and gazed nervously at the dead diamond poacher. Finally Clem pulled himself together and crawled over to the corpse. "Where are you going, Clem?" asked Will, His chum did not answer him. Then Will saw Clem teach out and get possession of the man's rifle. After securing it he unbuckled his cartridge belt and crept back to his companions. "Come along, Will. Let's make for the gulley? This rock will cover our retreat to some extent. Get a move on, Carrying the rifle and cartridge belt with him, Clem started to crawl towardthe gulley. Will followed close behind. Upton hesitated and finally seeing his companions well on the way, started to join them when the other diamond


12 FROM DARK TO DAWN. poacher discovered his object, and, giving a shout, cov him with his rifle. Young Fowler collapsed and crept back to the shelter of the rock again. The rascal then looked for the other two boys, but they had just vanished from his sight over the edge of the gul ley, and he was unable to make out where they had gone. The fight between the detachment of soldiers and the diamond poacher s had now grown quite hot, and there were a numb e r of casualties on both sides. The latt e r stood their, ground and put up a desperate resi stance, and as the two parties were pretty evenly divided in numbers, the result was a matter of doubt. Clem and Will waited for Upton to appe ar, but .he didn't. "What's the matter with him?" asked Clem. "Didn't he come?" "I don't know. I supposed he was right b e hind me." They glanced cautiously above the edge of the gulley and saw Upton still crouching under the rock. "He's a blamed donkey!" cried Clem, in an impati ent tone. "He ha sn't spunk enough to make an effort to save himself. I don't want to stay here. My ide a was to get. as far away from the gang of diamond dig gers as we could, and then watch :for a chance join the soldiers as soon as they succeeded in clearing th!l e fr;:llows out." "They seem to be having a tough time doing it. These rascals are putting up a stiff fight. You can gamble on it they are not cowards." "So much the more reason why we should take advantage o:f a chance that might not occur soon again if the poachers manage to b e at the military off." "If we wait :for Upton I guess we'll stay h ere some time. He seems to be anchored to that rock." "r. hate to l eave him in the lurch; but it's his own :fault," replied Clem. 1 "Well, he's got a :fair chance of a rescue by the s oldiers if he stays where he is; but if the poacher s beat them off he's bound to remain a prisoner with them." Clem and Will finally decided to sneak dff down the gulley and hide i:ij the bushes somewhere until they discovere d how the fight terminated. It was only inviting a possible recapture to stay where they were. Accordingly, off set, and soon placed a quarter of a mile b e tween the m and the battle-ground. The gulley ended at the mouth of a densely wooded ra vine that ran right into the mountain raillge. A narrow, swiftly flowing stream of water ran through the ravine and connected with the river, half a mile away. "Tkis is a fine spot to hide said Clem, looking around. "Upton ought to b e with us." "I wonder how the fight is getting on?''. !'laid Will. "There's a tree yonder. I'll climb it and take a squ int." H e sta rted :for the tree, Will :following him. C lem hadn t taken more than a doze n steps through the heary vegetation before he suddenly di s appeared right before Will's eyes. "My gracious!" exclaimed Ashmore. "Where did he go?" He walked forward with some caution, parting the bus hes before him, and wondering how on earth it was that his companion had vanished so mysteriously. There was no sign of Clem or how he had gone irom sight "Clem!" call ed out Will. "I sa'J, Clem I Where have you got to?" He received no answer to his hail. The ravine was as silent as a tomb. "This i s deuced strange," Will said to himself. "I can't see where he could have gone to in such a rapid manner. I thought he had tripped over something in the bushes, and looked to see him rise up in a moment or two. I don't like this for a cent." He called out again to hi s companion, but there was no reply. Will now began to grow alarmed. "He certainly went down somewhere near this spot. I don't see a hole of any kind. But, then, the bushes are so thick they might cover--" The ground sudden l y gave away under his feet as he took another step forward, and down he went, out of sight, like a shot. CHAPTER VIII. A FORTUNE IN DIAMONDS. The cry that rose to Will's lips w;s choked off by the dense mass of shrubbery that closed above his head. He struck upon a hard, inclined plane, about six feet below and shot off, feet first, l ike a billiii.rd ball from the cushion. "Wow!" he ejaculated, with a grunt, as he fetched ufi somewhere down in the depths of the hillside. "Hello, is that you, Will?" asked a voice out of the darkness. "My goodness Is that you, Clem?" cried Will, in glad surprise "Bet your life it's me; but I hardly expected to see you following me by the same rout e," with a chuckle. "That was the swiftest s lide I ever made in my life," re plied Will. "Yes, it was pretty swift. It could give card s and spades to some trolley lines that I've been on." "Where do you think we're at?" "I think we'r e at the bottom of a toboggan," answered Clem. "Anybody that took the same ride on the seat of their pants that we did might easily guess that. What I want to know is where are we?" "I shou l d say we are some distance re plied his chum "That isn't any lie, either." "I think you've a match-safe in your pocket," said Clem. "Get it out and li ght a lucifer."


FRO.M DARK TO D A WN. 1 3 W ill quic k l y i gnite d a match and the boys looked around of the big gest in Brazil. It border s on Bolivia on th e west, them. and li e s mostly between the 10th and 2 0th deg rees of la.ti-The toboggan was ri ght b e for e them-an inclined plane tud e It i s bound e d on the eas t by the Provinc e of Goyaz. o f smoot h s l ate disappearing into the darkness above at an Between Goyaz and the coast lie the province s of Bahia angle o f for ty -five degr e e s and Minas Geraes. The s e four provinc e s ma y b e c a ll e d B e h in d a n d a r o und them was a wide, earthy cavern that the diamond district of Brazil. The most diamonds have looked as if it h a d been dug out by the hand of man been found in the l ast two." '"Th is m u s t be a mine," said Will. "A diamond or a "We must be some distance from the coast, then?" gold m in e Whe r e diamonds are found gold almost al"I think we' re in the mountains which form the dividing ways e x i s t s too." line between Matto Grosso and Goyaz. If so, we' re all of Th e r e was a l o t of dried brushwood around the floor and 700 miles from the Atlantic in a direct line." the boys bui l t a s m a ll fir e to b e tter illuminate the place. "Why do you think we're in those particular mountains, It took the m a m atte r of ten minutes to explore the pre Will?" s umed m in e "It is only a guess on my part, because this s eems to I n a far:away corner Cle m fell over some obstacle in be a prolific diamond district, judging by th e content s of hi s path this bag, and more diamonds have been found in Goyaz It was a bag full of some hard stuff. than in Matto Grosso. I don't think the balloon carried B r i ngi n g i t w i t hin the circle of light cast by the fire, he us as far east as Bahia, nor by any means as far south as examined the c onte nts. Minas Geraes." It was f ull of rou g h pebbles similar to the one he had "What puzzles me, Will, i s why, if all th ese pebbles are fou nd i n the excavat ion during the firs t day' s digging, real diamonds, which would make their value cons iderable, and which W ill h a d d ecla r e d to be a diamond in the rough. they should have b e en abandoned in this mine," s a id Clem. C lem dumpe d a p i l e of th e m out on the floor for his "Don't let that fact worry you. I'm r e ady to swear that compan i on's inspec tio n w e ll a s hi s own. the y're diamonds. I'm so certain of it that if the feat were M any o f them showed a r e markably brilliant and iripossible I'd be willing to carry that bag h e avy as it is, des c ent s u rface w hich d e mon s trated their character beyond all the way to Bahia on foot-and that would be a tramp a dou bt as far, I guess, as from New York City to Chicago-on Diamo nds, ever y one of th em!" cried Will, in great ex-the chance of getting $12 a carat for them." citement "The r e must b e a fortune in that big. Gee! "If we had another bag now, Will, we could divide the What a fin d burden between us." W h a t makes you s o s ure they re all diamonds?" asked "We'll have to get one somehow, for that's too heavy to Clem. lug far." Because I've read enough about diamond mining, and "The first thing will be to get out of this mine." the descriptio n s of wha t diamonds in the rough look like. "That oughtn't to be hard. We'll tak e off our shoes Those are the rea l art icle After the y have been cut and and walk up the toboggan to the spot where we tumbled in. poli s hed the y' ll look a ltogeth e r differ ent. "But can we carry all the s e diamonds up with us?" "Most o f them appea r to b e small," s aid Clem. "There "I guess we'll make a pr etty good effort to do it. They're mus t be a t hou sand o r mor e in that bag." worth the trouble, b e t your boots. I'll do my sha re toward "A thousand!" ejacu l ate d W i ll. "You r e a poor gues s er h e lpin g yon get to some place where y ou can realize I ll b e t there's tw o or three thou s and." on their value though I don't expect you to divide up even, "Perhaps you can g uess h o w much the lot is worth, too?" as you found them g rinned Clem. "Non sense, Will. lf w e're able to carry these to a "In their present s t a te they ought to average $12 a carat. mark e t you shall have a squar e hal of what th e y bring." There are a h und red at l east t hat will fet c h a specially "No, Clem; call it a thii;d and I'll be sati sfied. But hi g h price by the msel v e s C uttin g a nd polish i ng will we've got our work cut out for us to get th e m to Bahia gr e at l y reduce their size but w ill proportionately .increase or anywh e re else whe re we' d stand an y show of s e llin g th eir value." them to advantage. W e c an t show ourselves to those sol"You n ever thou ght whe n y ou studied up the diamond diers with these diamonds in our possession for they d that your knowl edge would come in handy one day did confis cate the m so qui c k it would make our h e ads swim. y ou?" "I shouldn t like that for a cent." "That' s right." "I s hould say not It would b e los ing a f ortune." ow, seeing you've rea d s o much on the s ubject you But how are we to get out of thi s n e i g hborhood without ou ght to know wher e the d i am ond di s tricts of Brazil are." a g uid e? . "I do." "How? Trust to luck and th e sun W e mu s t trav e l "Good e nough T h a t will g i v e u s a line on where we toward the eas t to reach B ahia, whic h i s a seaport of imar e now." port a nce, from which we can tak e passag e back to the I imagine we' r e in t h e Pro v ince of Matto Grosso, one United States."


14 FROM DARK TO DAWN. "And how about the important fact of eating? We haven't had a mouthful since breakfast, and I'm rather hungry." "So am I, now that you call my attention to it. That is a rath e r serious problem, I must admit," said Will, making a wry face. "I didn't consider that in my calculations.If "Well, I'd give a considerable s hare of what I hope to get from the sale of these diamonds for a good, square meal at this moment." "So would I." "There must be a town, or a good sized village, not a great way from here; the question is, how are we to find it? It i s like hunting for a needle in a haystack, for at this moment we' re actually lost in a wilderness. In which directi o n shall we strike out to find evidences of civilization?" "You've got me, Clem. It's another case of trusting to luck." "Well, then, let's get out of this place and make a start. 'l'he fight between the soldiers and the diamond poachers must be over by this time. Upton has either been rescued from the rascals, or he is still a prisoner. He'll have to shift for himself as far as I can see, for we have troubles enou g h ahead of our own." "You can b e t y our life we have. By the way, where is that rifle you had?" "I dropped it when I fell into the hole." "I hope is isn't lo st, for we're likely to need it." "It's either at the foot of the hole or somewhere along the toboggan." It was well along in the afternoon when, after infinite diffic ult y the boy s reached the top of the slippery toboggan with t h eir bag of rough diamonds. The rifl e was found stuck in the side of the earthen wall unde r the hole. Clem boosted Will up so he could clamber out into the open air a gai.n. The rifl e and then the bag of diamonds were handed up, the l atte r not being an eas y job. The n catching hold of Will's hands, Clem managed to s crambl e out of the hole himself. The re was no long e r the sound of firing in the airnature had r e sumed her usual quietness in that vicinity. 'I he boys put the bag of diamonds down in a spot where they c o uld :find it again, .and went forward to reconnoiter the vall ey. They adv a nc e d with due caution toward the scene of the recent conflict. Ther e was not a sign either of the soldiers or the diamond poache r s 'fhc v a lley was, in fact, completely deserted. Wh e n t h e y reached the excavation they saw the shovels and othe r to o l s lying around loose, which indicated that the rascally band had been driven away from the place. S e v c rnl of the scoundrels lay stark and stiff in death on the ground. Will quickly picked up one of the rifle s and s e cured a cartridge belt. While he was filling the empty holes with cartridges from other belts, Clem di s covered a bag containing the few dia monds the poach e rs had found that morning. Further on, behind a rock, he also made a most im portant find. It was the provisions brought for the noonday meal of the gang. Under present circumstances this was worth its weight in gold to the hungry boys. Clem could not help announcing the di s covery with a. hurrah, so delighted was' he. Will ran up to see what was the matte r, and h e too, felt like standing on his head out of s heer satisfaction. 'l;'he problem of eating for se veral days to come had been satisfactorily solved. CHAPTER IX. DOWN THE RIVER. "Who says we don't eat, eh?" chuckled Will, gleefully. "Nothing could be more fortunate," said Clem. "It pulls u s out of a mighty tickli s h hol e." "Oh, but I say!" cri e d Will, sudde nly looking glum, "how are we going to carry it all with u s and the dia monds, too ?" "And the rifle s likewise," said Clem, dubiou s l y "That's another one of the diffic ulties we're up again st." "Difficultie s seem to crop up on every s ide I see you 've got hold of another bag. We can divide the diamond s now." "If we didn't have the diamond s to carry there would be no difficulty about the food question." "That's true enou gh; but if w e l eave the diamond s b e hind we'll never see the m a g ain." "If we only could rig up some kind of a raft we could float down the river. That would s ave u s not only the trouble of walking, but of carrying all the s tuff we want to take with us." "That woulc1 be fine," r e plied Will. "The only trouble is that the river runs s outhward and we ought to trav e l eastward." "What's the difference a s lon g as w e ge t away from this plac e ? It might carry u s b y or n ear some town or village where we coulc1 m a ke s u c h arrange m e nts a s would enable us to travel to the coas t in good s h a p e." "It seems to m e tha t w e'll hav e a hig h o l d t i m e makin g arrangement s with peopl e w ho d o n t spea k our language nor we theirs How a rc w e g oin g t o m ak e oursel v e s understood?" "We ought to find some body in a town who can speak Eng lish," said Clem. "We ll, how about t h i s raft matte r ? It suits in e all rig ht. I'd ju s t a s s o o n trav e l fifty or a hundre d miles from h e re without tiring m y s elf out a s not. How can w e build a raft stable enough to carry ours e lves and our posses s ion s ?


PROM DARK TO DAWN 15 Wh ere is the wood ? And where the tools to construct it valuabl e of the diamonds to dispose of at the best price with?" they could g e t in order t!J meet their expenses. "\Ye might be able to build a make-shift out of logs By the time they were ready to east off and begin their secured together \\'ith green vines, provided they would voyage it was n e arl y dark, but the sky was brilliant with hold," rep lied Clem. s tars which would enable them to see th eir way down the "Where are we goin g to find the logs? river. "Well, I can see one now down n ear the water." "We won't even have the trouble of rowing said Will. "You' ll want to see. more tha n one \Jc.fore we can talk "The current i s swift and will carry us rapidly along wiihraft. I move that we have something to eat b e fore WC' out the l e ast labor on our part." :figure any more on the subject. We'll go down beside the "All aboard!" s houted Clem, a s he stepped into the boat river and eat, J'or then wen have fresh water all ready at and seated himself by the till e r. h and." "Le t her go," answer e d Will, as he jumped in and took They selected a quantity o.f maize cakes and dried fruits possession o.f the seat facing his companion. from the diamond poachers' c ommi ssa ry d e partm ent and "Get out an oar and push her off into the middle of the marched clown to the river bank. stream," said Clem. It was a simp l e enou g h r epast -for two hungry boys, bnt Will obeyed, and they were soon gliding down the river they were thankful indeed to hav e anything to satisfy their in great shape appetites with f 11 "Upton made the mistake of his life in not o owrng They had finished their meal : rnd were looking idly up u s," r e marked Will, presently. "He'd have had a shar e and down the riv er when Will, pointing to an object a short of the diamonds and been in congenial society. Now h e's di stance away, cr ied out: e ither with a lot of Brazilian soldiers or still in the hands "What do you ca ll that?" of the diamond poachers. In either case I don't envy his Clem l ooked in the direction indicated by hi s compan.ion. H e saw what seemed to be a s mall rowboat tied to the shore. Such a discovery seemed to be too good to be true "W_ hy, I call i t a boat if I can see straight," he said, in some excitement. "But can it r ea lly be a boat?" "The best way to make s ure of the matter is to go and see." That was good logic and so they hurried toward the :floating object. To their intense satisfaction it turned out to be a small boat, partly full of water, which sank it nearly to its gun whale. "Anothe r serious problem solved," said Will "We're in great lu ck." "We are i f it doesn't leak too bad." repli e d Clem. They pulled the boat on to the shore and dumped the water out of h e r. Th e n they found that she did not leak at all. Th e re was a pair of oars fastened und e r the seats "Nothing could be better for a short cruise down the s tream e h Will?" "That's ri g ht. L e t 's put the provi s ions on board and the n row back for the diamonds," sa id hi s companion. They lost no time in doing this, for darkness would soon be upon them. Will s u ggested that the y mi ght ju st as well put all the rifles in sight aboa. rd, as they probably could sell them for provi sions. They gathered together six, besides several knives. The n they pu lled up st r eam to a point n ea r the ravine, where they had l eft the bag of diamonds. They divi ded their treasure between the two bags, keep ing out a number of what they s upposed to be the most situa.tion." The country they were passing through was not a cheerful-looking one. AB far as they could see in the night there wasn't a vestige of life The valley gradually expanded to a desolate plateau through which they :floated for several hours before it took on a fertile look. By that time Will was asleep, while Clem kept watch and guided the little craft. When he guessed it was near midnight he awoke his companion and stretched himself out on the seats for a snooze himself. In this way the night wore away and daylight came They breakfasted on more maize cakes and dried fruit. "This isn't hotel feed, but I guess it will fill the bill under the strenuous circumstances," gr inned Will. "It will fill our stomach s at any rate, and that's a ll that's necessary," replied Clem. "We've been having st range adventures enough to fill a book since that balloon carried us away against our will from Lakeport ten days ago." "'!'hat's what we have," nodded Will. "If any one had told me that eventful morning that I would be in the ,\rilds of South .A:merica in less than a week I should have laughed in his face. And yet that is what has actually taken place It seems like a dream, doesn't it to you, Clem?" "Call it a nightmare and you'll come nearer the mark "It will b e a pleasant nightmare if we can carry the dill. monds to a place where we can sell them at their actual value." "Do you think we'll get for them as they stand?" asked Clem. "Ten thousand dollars! What are you thinking they're


16 FROM DARK TO DAWN. worth? I wouldn't take a cent l e s s than $15,000 for my hall." "There mus t be over 2 000 carats at that rate." "There are ove r 3,000; but half of them won't bring over $8 or $10 a carat, a s they are small. But they are gem diamond s all right; and by the looks of the bag they were all originally in tl:iey mus t have been dug out of the ground many years a.go, when the Brazilian mines were more pro ductiv e than they are to-day." "The South African mine s turn out most of the dia monds to-day, don't th ey, Will?" said Clem. "I read in the n e wspaper about a man over in London who was called the Diamond King because he controlled the business." Will nodded. "That lucky chap is dead now. I believe he committed suicide." "Why? Because he was so rich he didn't know what to clo with hio wealth?" "Maybe so. I think you and I could stand a good deal of that kind of prosperity without going off our base." "What.are the biggest mines in this country?" "The Sierra de Frio, discovered in the early part of the eighteenth century. They supplied the world until the South African diamond fields came to the front." "What was the size of the largest diamond ever found?" "One call e d 'The Mogul,' found in India, and which weighed in the rough 787 1-2 carats." "It must have been a corker. I shouldn't think any one would have had money enough to buy it." Will didn't answer, as he was looking intently down the river. "I think there's a village yonder, for I see smoke," he said. Clem looked where he pointed and saw the smoke, too. "It's around that turn in the river/' he said. "No doubt we shall find a village there. This is where a knowl edge of the native language would come in very handy with us now." Will got the oars out and began to row to increase their speed. They soon swept \ around the curve in the stream. Much to their disappointment there was not the slight est sign of a village. CHAPTER X. IN THE HANDS OF THE MILITARY. The boys saw that the smoke came from an encampment close to the river bank. A number of men having the appearance of soldiers moved about in the vicinity of the fire. "I'll bet that's the detachment that bad the fight with the diamond poachers yesterday," remarked Clem. "I guess you're right," replied Will. Their pre s ence on the riv e r was presently discovered by the campers, one of whom looked at the boat through a field-glass. This person, who seemed to be in command of the detachment, made certain movement s with hi s arm whe r e upon two soldi e r s ran down to the bank rifl e in hand and hailed the boys in Portugue se. As Clem and Will didn't under stanr1 a word the m e n said they paid no attention to th em, but allowed th e boat to drift on. Both men then rai eel their rifle s and fir e d ove r the bo: v s' heads. "That seems to be a signal for i1s to pull a s hore," said Clem. "Very likely," replied Wi1l, "and 1 think we'd b etter do it, for the next time they might put a ball through our bodies. Maybe they take us for a couple of the crowd they fought yesterday. I see the finish of our diamond s as far as we arc concerned." "We've got the bags stowed under the provisions so it i s possible they may escape notice," answe red Clem, though he had little hope of such a happy re s ult. The boys turned the boat toward the s hore and soon reached it. They were ordered to land. Though the words of this command were unintelligible to them, the gestures accompanying it w e re perf e ctly plain, so they got out of the boat and were s eized by the two soldiers who, without paying any attention to the boa t, which drifted off a short distance and then grounded just out of sight, marched them to the encampment. They were brought before the officer, who viewed them with a stern and forbidding countenance. "Who are you?" he demanded in Portugue se. shook his head as an intimation that they did not understand what he said. "Tell him we are Americans," whispered Wil1. Clem did so. "Americans, eh?" replied the officer, looking at t...liem very hard and by no means favorably. "What are you doing out here?" he added, suspiciously. Clem shook his head again. "You do not understand Portugues e ?" he said, in some surprise, but accompanied with a look that seemed to say that he had his doubts on the subject. Another shake of the head from Clem. "Search them!" commanded the officer. The soldiers went through the boy's pockets and pulled out, among the various articles and coins the boys had in their pockets, the half dozen rough diamonds each carried. "Aha!" exclaimed the officer, fiercely. "Diamond s eh? You belong to that band of rascals who are giving me so much trouble. You say you do not s peak Portugues e ? You Americans think to pull the wool over my yes. I am no fool I You shall go to prison, I promise you. Away with them to yonder tent, and one of you stand guard over them." The officer stroked his flowing mustache and placed the diamonds in his pocket, while the two soldiers grabb e d the boys roughly by the arm and pushed them towar.d the tent in question.


FROM DARK TO D A WN. l'l' They were shoved with littl e cer emony in s ide q f th e can"\Yell, to s a y the hon est tru t h Will I h L d stro n g d oubt s vas folds and l eft t o r eflec t upon thi s latest s troke of h ard about our b e in g able t o get those diam o nds t o an y plac e luck. whe r e w e might h ave a c hance to !

18 FROM DARK TO DAWN. ankles free, and after that your bonds would come off as Clem put his hand in his pocket, drew out his knife, easy as winking." and in three minutes both boys stood up, free of their "That's all right, but don't you suppose somebody would bonds. see us the moment we walked out through the flap door?" "Now," said Clem, "go to the flap and peek out while 1 "I don't propose to make the attempt until it is dark slit a l10le in the back of the tent." and the camp is quiet. Furthermore, my plan is not to Will did so, and he saw five soldiers sitting around the go out the front way, as the tents face the open space camp-fire which illumfoated the fronts of all the tents, where a guard probably marches up and down all night. It while a sixth marched up and down, doing sentry duty. will be easy to slit an opening in the back of this tent ancl "It would be impossible for us to escape from the front sneak that way." of this tent unnoticed in the face of that firelight and the "Your scheme is first-class," said Will, in some exsentinel's sharp eyes," breathed Will, as he observed the citement. "I hope it will work." condition of things outside. "Our only chance is to crawl "We must trust to luck." out by the rear way, as Clem proposed. Clem has a great "It is probable we shall find the boa.t clown by the shore, head, blessed if he hasn't." though the diamonds are likely to be missing." At that moment he heard his companion call to him in a "I'm not so sure they were taken from the boat." low tone. "Why not?" "Come on, Will. I've made a hole big enough to let "When we were receiving that jawing in the com-a barrel through. We haven't any time to lose." mancler's tent I looked a.round for the bags, but didn't see Ashmore didn't need to be told twice, lmt hurried over a sign of them. Then, again, you remember he made a and followed Clem into the night air. great about those few stones he got from our Clem got down on his hands and knees and crawled away pockets. It looks to me as if he did not suspect that we into the darkness, followed by Will. had any more in the first place." Lambert led their retreat around toward the qommander's "That's so," said Will, with a hopeful expression. "Still tent, which stood off by itself in the direction of the river. it seems singular that the boat was not examined. There A moment before he had seeii the officer come out of his were six rifles in it besides the cartridge belts, provisions tent and walk toward the fire. and the diamonds." Instantly a daring, and perhaps foolish, idea had oc" These Brazilian soldiers are a slouchy lot, I guess. curred to him. :When we stepped ashore this morning those two soldiers He wanted to regain those dozen diamonds, which were seized and marched us right before their officer, and never among the best of their find, and he had seen the Brazilian looked at the boat, nor made an attempt to secure it. I'll officer place them in the drawer of his ca:rtlp table during bet that boat floated off down the river on its own hook, the interview the boys had with him. and that whether we escape or not we'll never see it again." I they were still there he was going to get them if he "Gee! I hope not," replied Will, blankly. "I want to could. recover those diamonds." "You go on as far as that tree yonder," he whispered to "There are a good many things we all want in this world Will; "I'll be with you in a moment." that we don't get just the same," answered Clem, truthfully. "What ate you going to do?" i:tsked his chutn, in some The boys continued to talk until it grew dark, and then a surprise. soldier with a lantern entered the tent and in a perfunctory "No matter. Do I tell you." manner examined their bonds. "All right," acquiesced Will, moving cautiously away, Apparently satisfied they were all right, he dragged the but nevertheless wondering what purpbse Clem had in view. boys in turn to the bunk that occupied the center of the Clem crawled up to the cbmtnander's tent, slit ilp a big tent, and then left them in the dark. opening itt the ca.nvas and crept inside. CHAPTER XL THE ESCAPE. "It looks as if this is the last visit we'll have to-night," said Clem to his companion. "I guess so. That chap appeared to be satisfied that we would not be able to give them any trouble," replied Will. A light burned on the table, which showed that the officer would no doubt be back soon. Clem didn't lose a second but hurried up to the table, pulfod open the drawer and looked in. Sure enough, to his great satisfaction! there lay the twelve rough diamonds. He couldn't remove them all at the first grab, but as his fingers closed over the balance the officer raised the flap of his tent to re-enter. "Then here is wh(lre we turn the tabl s on them," an swered Clem, drawing one of his hands out of bondage, the other quickly following. "You see my hands are free, don't you?'t he added, seizing Will by the arm. Clem saw the commander's figure, and the commander ;;aw his outline bending over the table, and took the boy for one of his soldiers, who, of course, had no business and then to be there. "You are all to the mustard, Clem!" "The next thing is to cut my ankles loose r!llease you." Seeing that he was caught in the act, Clem, with ad,


FROM DARK TO DAWN. 19 mirable presence of mind, overthrew the table, the lamp opposite bank, but the boys didn't hear the music of th e going with it. bullets. For a moment the interior of the tent was shrouded in The soldiers had simply fired at random, not being abl e darkness, and the boy dashed for the slit in the canva;i to make out the boat. and made his e s cape just as the lamp exploded under the By that time the Brazilian commander 's tent was re -officer's bed. duced to ashes, and soon after a bend in the river shut out The thunderstruck commander roared out a command, the view of the distant campfire from the boys. which drew the attention of the men about the fire to him. There was no further sound of firing or pursuit ana They sprang to their feet and ran toward his tent, where Clem and Will began to breathe easier. the ignited oil from the shattered lamp had set the bed on "Now tell me what you did, Clem, when you left me fire. that time?" asked Will, eagerly. "Whatever it was it By that time Clem dashed up alongside of Will. aroused the camp and was the cause of the officer 's tent "Come," he said, in an excited whisper, "we must cut it taking fire." quick." "Well, I made up my mind to recover those diamonds the He rushed off toward the river, followed by Will. soldi e rs took from us when the commander ordered us to be Behind them there was a great hullaboo around the offi cer's burning canvas habitation. "What's happened?" queried Will, as soon as they paused at the river bank. "Don't bother asking questions now. The fat is in the fire and we'll be lucky to get away in. safety We must try and find our boat." "I don't believe it's here at all," replied Will. "I told you I thought it had floated away long ago." "Maybe it has, but I want to make sure," answered Clem. They ran along the bank, keeping their eyes skinned for some trace of the boat. Behind them a glare of light fl.ashed up the air as the fire caught on the canvas of the commander's tent and rendered all hope of saving it futile. "By George!" cried Will, suddenly: "If there i sn't the boat after all, ashore on that bit of beach." Clem saw it almo s t at the same instant, and the boys made a wild break for it. :\.t that moment their figures were seen in the circle oi light thrown by the fire, and the officer's attention called to them. H e issued a volley of orders ju s t as the fleeing lad s stepped into the boat and pushed out on the riv er A soldier rushed to the tent where the prisoners had been confined, while theothers ran to get their rifles. Clem in the meantime seized the oars and pushed as hard as he could to get over to the other bank and out of range of the firelight cast by the burning tent. A couple of bright fl.ashes, followed by sharp reports and the hum of a pair of bullets close to their heads, showed the boys they were still within the danger zone. Clem pulled like a good fellow, and the boat vanished from the sight of the soldiers just as the:y :fired again. "Gee I" cried Will, "that was a close call. They can't reach us now unless they have a boat, and I don't believe they've got one." "Hark!" exclaimed Clem. "They're running down the other side of the river trying to locate u s for a shot. They may hear the oars, so I'm going to stop rowing and let the boat drift." Presently several spurts of flame lit up the gloom of the searched." "You don't mean it!" gasped Will, amazed at his companion's daring. 1 "I do mean it, and I'vf got them in my pocket now." I "You have?" "I have. Just as I got the last of them in my fist the officer suddenly re-entered his tent and caught me." "And what did you do?" "I overthrew the table with the lamp that stood on it. It exploded and set the tent on fire. In the confusion, we reached the boat and got the start we needed to take us out of sight of the soldiers." "Great Scott! But you've got a cast-iron nerve t o g o into that officer's tent for those diamonds !" Clem laughed a bit nervously now the strai n was over, for he began to realize that he had taken pretty des perate chances to regain those diamonds However, it had turned out all right, !l;nd the two boys ceased to talk about .it, but turned their attention to figu r ing on the future. CHAPTER XII. CAI'TURED AGAIN. Had it l:ieen a bright starlit night, like the evening pre vious, the boys probably wouldn't have got out of their scrape as easily as they did. The Brazilian soldiers woulcl have been able to have seen them clear across the not over-wide river, and would doubtless have made their passage down the stream so warm that the lads would have had to take to the shore to escape their bullets. The darkness of the night in that resp ect favored the boys, but in another it operated against them. They intended to go down the river till they reached the neighborhood of some town, but their intention was for the time being at l east frustrated by the current of the st ream carrying them into a creek. The thick gloom which hung over the face of nature that night prevented them from noticing that they had diverged from th eir course. Had they been in the middle of the river this would not have occurred; but even after they lost track of the pur -


20 FROl\I DARK TO DAWN. s uing s oldi e r s the y kept close to t he opposite bank, and s o the current that s wept into th e c reek carrie d the boat in with it, ancl until the y had gon e n e arly half a mile, and got entan g l e d in the shallows, they supposed they were s till floating clown th e ri v er. "Say, where are we a t an yway ?" a s k e d Will, at last. "We must have g ot s wit c h e d off th e riv e r som e how." "Looks like it, doesn t it?" replied Cle m. "'J'here isn't two feet of water here," he added, feeling around with an o ar. "Seems to be a lot of rank vegetation around us, too," said Will. "We'll either to turn around and try to get back to the river a g a i n or s ta y h e re till morning, when we'll be able to get a true lin e on our position once more." "How far do you think we're below that camp?" in quired Will. "I haven't any idea ; but it mu s t be several miles." "Do you think those chaps will pursue us in the morning?" "I wouldn't be at a ll surpris e d but they will." "Then if we kep t t o th e riv e r they would probably head us off in the c ourse of th e day." "If the y foll o w ed u s lon g e nough I think they would." ."Then we'd b ette r s tay where we are, don't you think?" "I think w e Imel until

FROM DARK TO DAWN. 21 Will began to entertain Upton with an account of the ad ventures Clem and himself had experienced since they parted company with him during the fight between the soldiers and the diamond poachers. For reasons, he suppressed the fact of their discovery of the bag of rough diamonds in the deserted mine, merely stating how they had slipped down the slate toboggan and afterward made their exit from the hole by the way they had got in. Clem, in the meanwhile, proceeded on to the distant house, wondering how he would be able to make his wants known. The necessity of procuring a fresh supply of provisions_, however, urged him to make the best effort he could to ac complish that end. He approached the rear of the house as being the most likely place where he might expect to find some member of the family at that hour. Smoke was ascending from the chimney of a one-story addition, which he judged to be the kitchen, and conse quently he guessed that breakfast was under way. He was within a few yards of the door whim suddenly the shrill scream of a woman broke upon the still air. The i:;cream was repeated in suc h a tone as seemed to in dicat e that the person was in trouble. "Good gracious!" exclaimed Clem. "What can be the matter?" He dashed forward with the intention of lending his aid if that was necessary. The scream was a third time repeated, and it came from a ro 'om just ahead of the kitchen annex. Clem didn't stand on ceremony about entering the house under the circumstances. He sp rang through the kitchen door, crossed the room at a bound, and, clearing the adjoining entry in no time, at all, appeared at the door of the room beyond. Here a table was spread with dishes and eatables at which two men were seated, while a third was struggling with a young and pretty girl, who was trying to beat him off. He had his arms around her and was trying to kiss her against her will, his companions looking on and enjoying the contest. The girl was strong and active, but no match for the fellow who had hold of her, and whose actions showed that he was somewhat tipsy. It was clear that she didn't intend to be kissed by her ass ailant if she could help herself, but the chances were all in his favor. Clem, who was a natural champion of any woman dis playing signals of di s tress, without thinking of the conse quences of butting in where one party at least objected, jumped across the room and struck the man a stagge ring blow in the face. He relea sed hi s hold on the girl and fell back, while she, taking advantage of the moment, fled out of his reach into the kitchen, an d thence to the yard. Clem's cyclonic entry and vigorous pro duced something of a sensation in the room, and the three men stared at him in angry astonishment. It was then for the first time that the boy noticed they were attired in the garb of soldiers "What do you mean, you rascal, by abusing that girl?" cried Clem, forgetting in his excitement that he was addressing people to whom the English language was as intelligible as the Chinese jargon. His voice broke the spell. "By 1thunder !" exclaimed one of the soldiers, in Porti.1guese, springing to his feet, "this is one of those boys after." Grab him!" Before Clem had quite grasped the situation the three men were upon him, and, in spite of a vigorous resistance on his part, he was overthrown and his hands bound with a leather strap. CHAPTER XIII. TRICKING THE ENEMY. Clem was pulled on his feet and forced into a chair in a corne r, while the men returned to the table to finish their interrupted meal. The boy now had an opportunity to realize that he had inu.dvertantly placed himself in the hands of his enemiessoldiers who he guessed had been sent out to cut off tba escape of himself and his companion. He noticed that they occasionally bestowed triumphant and malicious glances on him as they hurried down their food in their eagerness to start out after the other escaped prisoner, whom they naturally judged to be hiding in that vicinity. The girl did not show up near the house again while the soldiers were eating. As far as Clem could see, no other member of the family that lived there was about the place. The men at length rose from the table and prepared to go in search of their prisoner's companion-at l east two of them were to undertake that cheerful duty while the third, the half tipsy chap, was to remain and guard Clem. In order to make sure of their prisoner, they got a rope and tied him to the chair. Then the sober pair took up their rifles and departed on their mission . The partly intoxicated soldier sat in front of Clem with his rifle across his knee, and amused himself telling the boy in Portuguese what he might expect in the way of punishment for his escape of the night before. As Clem didn't understand a wqrd he the terrors of his conversation were quite lost on the boy. Fifteen minutes passed in this way and then Clem, who was facing the open window, saw the girl's face appear aL the opening. The soldier's back was toward her, and consequen uy he did 'not know she was there. .. .Olem looked at her, and she at Clem, but the boy made no move to betray her presence.


FROM DARK TO DAWN. Finally she appeared to understand the situation in the room, and then placin g her finge r on her lip s and s miling at the boy she di s appeared. Ten minutes pa s s e d away, during which Clem wondered whether th e girl reall y intended to help him out of hi s scrape, and then she suddenly appeared at the door of the room. Tiptoeing toward the Brazilian who appeared to be unconscious of her presence, she reached the back of hi a chair. / Raisin g her arm quickly she dashed a handful of :fine cin namon du s t into hi s face. The s oldier screamed out with pain and staggered to his feet. His rifle clattered to the floor, the chair fell over, while the s tri c k e n man, swearing and crying out in Portuguese, groped for the door. The girl without a word seized a knife from the table, qui ckly cut Clem's bond s and pointed at the window. Th e boy seiz e d both her hands gratefully in his and pressed them f e rvently. Then he started for the window. But h e made no att e mpt to get out, for at that moment he hear d the sound of voice s and approaching feet a nd a rapid glance showe d him the two soldiers returning to th e hou s e with Will and Upton in their cus tody. Th e two boys had been discovered a n d ca u ght off t h eir guard at th e creek, anc1 b ecame eas y victim s The men had onl y e x pect e d to :find one boy, and the pre s -ence of two rather astoni s hed them. H owever they wast e d no time :figuring the m atte r out, but took char g e of both. Clem, perc e iving that escape by the window seem e d to be out of the ques tion, looked hurriedly around for some oth e r m e ans of making him s elf scarce. The gi rl, who had a l s o become aware of the return o f the tip s y s oldi e r 's companion s showed by her coimt e nan c e that she w a s not a little alarmed th e reat. Sh e motioned to a closed door on one side o f the room, and th en ran into the entry, from which s h e e s caped by a doo r ope nin g on the oppos ite s ide of the hous e Clem under s tood the g irl 's pantomime. H e jump e d for the door, open e d it and found him s elf in a bro\td h a llway with a stairway b e fore him The s tair s in s tantly s uggested to him a method of op eration s It i s true h e did not have time to elaborate the plan, and full y det er mine what h e s hould do whe n he wen t up stairs ; but the gen e ral id e a that he could dro p out of a w i nd o w and escape fro m the other s ide of th e hou s e struc k him for c ibly, and he impu sive ly embraced th e opportuni ty thu s presented. Th e building he found was a ver y ordinary rural dwe ll ing of two stories, wit h a s lopin g r6of. 1t was rudel y construc t e d and v e r y imp er fectl y :finished On ascendin g the stairs, Clem reach e d a l a rge, unfinished apartment, which was u sed as a storeroom. From it opened other rooms, the doors of which were closed. As Cle m c autiously threw up one of the window s he heard t he v o ices of the returned s oldiers rai sed in great excite ment. They had di s covered their comrad e washing out his e y e s at the kitchen sink, and showing every evidence of extreme pa in. They could g et no intelligible e x planation from him, and f ear in g t h eir pri s oner was at the bottom of it, and had in some way m a n age d to free him s elf one of t hem rus hed into the eating -roo m to find t h eir susp i cions re a lized. A fr aid tha t he m i ght be seen b y th e s oldier s from one of the window s b elow d e t erre d Cle m from adopting his first idea of escape, a nd he looked around the room for some noo k in w hich to hid e No p lace of concealment, which was apparently suitable for hi s purp o s e presente d itself; and without loss of time, he mount e d a l a r g e chest and ascended to the loft above, for th e beam s w e r e not fl.oare d in the middle of the house. Th e ascept of the loft was not at all hopeful. Th e r e w ere none of those conveni ent cubby holes which A m e rican houses contain, whe r e in b e could squeeze himself w i th a n y hope o f escap in g notic e from the w atchful eyes o f a sear cher w h o might ta k e it upon himself to investigate tha t part of the buil ding Ther e were two sma ll windows i n t h e l of t, both without sashes, which h ad bee n boarded up to e x clude the wind and t h e r a in. T his j o b on the one neare s t to where Clem stood ha d been d o n e by a bunglin g ha nd, and had n ever bee n more than h alf done. The wood w a s as ro t t e n a s punk, and wit hout difficulty, and wit hout much noise, the boy s ucceeded in removin g the board whi c h h ad cover e d the l o w e r part of the ope nin g Clem st uck h i s h ead out t o reconnoit e r the roo f and foun d his nose with i n a f e w in c hes of a wide chimney which was bui lt on t h e o uts ide of t he dwellin g T he idea a t o nce str u c k him th a t if h e could g et t o the top of t h at c hi mney h e c ould lower himself in s ide, out of sight, and t hu s effectually outwit t h e ene m y The onl y o b j ect ion 'to this course w a s t h a t h e mi g h t slip th e way dow n ins ide the chimney and reappear in an ope n :fireplace b elow b e for e th e coas t w a s c lear T o reach t he top o f the c hi m ney from t he s mall window was, he saw, r at h e r a difficult piece of gymn astics Still the t hin g was and the urgenc y of t h e o c c asion f u ll y war r anted t h e ri s k h e would have t o face. Whi l e he was conside r ing t h e p roblem h e h ear d s ound s on t he stai r s b e low which c on v inced hi m that a sear c h of the house h ad been begun, a n d the r e fore i t behoove d h i m t o get a m ove on if he expected to save him s lf. C lem was as agi l e as a y oun g mon key and hi s mu scles w er e strong as stee l. He c l imbed ou t of the w indow and) s upporting himself by a nar row sto n e p rojectio n th a t r a n a ll the way around the house, h e c a ught h o ld of the rim of the roof.


FROM DARK 'l'O DAWN 2 3 Testing the stability of this, and judging that it would easily bear his weight, he pulled himsel up by his arms alone, and then by a quick and succes sful cast of one leg, secured a precarious hold on the roof. Then he moved slowly and cal1tiously till he reached the chimney, against which he braced his left elbow and scrambled wholly upon the roof The manceuver so far was successful-all that now re mained was to insert himself into the chimney, and he pro ceeded to do this without loss of time. CHAPTER XIV., A FIRE ALARM. As Clem sat for a moment or two on the top of the chim ney, with his legs down the flue, he glanced about upon the sunshiny landscape. Nearly a mile away he could detect the serpentine course o f the river . T he creek, too, up which they had blundered during the night, was Tight under his eye, with their boat tied at the head 0 it. There were fields aTOlmd the house in va.rious degrees of cultivation, and outhouses, several horses in a pasture, and other evidences that this was a small Brazilian farm, but singular to say there was no sign of men folks about the place. Around the c o rner of a nearby outhouse he saw the girl standing Whether she saw him in that airy height or not he could not say, butshe seemed to be looking directly at him. Clem allowed his body to slide clown into the chimnev as far as his arm pits, and with his head exposed he waited calmly for his enemies to get tired of looking for him. He wished he could think of some plan by which he ;:rcould rescue Will and Upton from the soldiers below, as well as get off himself, but he could hit upon nothing that promised the slightest degree of success. While he was pondering upon their critical situation he heard sounds close by just below him. "Can it be that one of the soldiers has surmised how I made my escape from the inside of the building, and is trying to trap me in the chimney?" he asked himself. He pulled himsel up a little and looked cautiously down at the window through which he had gained the roof. His suspicions proved true. The Brazilian had noticed the removal of the board from the window, and had seen the boy's track in the dust, and he' believed their prisoner was somewhere on the roo. The noise Clem noticed was his efforts to swing himself u p on the coping so that he could see if the boy was on top of the house. Discovery appeared to be certain unless Clem dodged en tirely out of sight, and descendec). far enough in the dark ness of the chimney to prevent his being seen. He essayed to do this before it became too late. brace his knees in such a scientific manner as to m aint ain a secure hold on the b r icks which were wholl y free o f soot, or any projections that might have aided him The result was that as soon as he released his g rip on the top 0 the chimney he began to s l ip right down, and it was only by the most desperate efforts tha t h e pre v e nted his descent from becoming an absolut e all. Down he went, s ometimes a foot at a t ime a nd some times a whole yard or more His jacket and trouse r s suffered great l y rom cont act with the bricks. It was dark as pitch in the narrow verticle tunne l and only by glancing up at the opening at the top coul d h e orm any idea 0 how f ar down h e was. Final l y his feet came i n contact with the b ot tom, and then he wondered where the fireplace was. By tapp i ng a r ound with his fist h e oun d t h a t the ope n ing was closed by a board screen He pushed on it and one side gave away. Glancing through the crack he ound himsel lo o kin g into a fairly well f u rnished room, probably the best th e house. Exerting some strength h e moved the screen fa r e nou g h to enable him to step out 0 the wide chimney. He walked over to one 0 the doors, opened it cautious l y and saw the ha ll and the stairway up which he had b ea t hi s retreat at the first alarm "I might get the best of these r ascals by a b o l d move," he thought. "There are only three of them a ll told One I guess is out of business the chap that ca ught t h e r e d dust in his eyes. A .secon d is n o w on the roo, o r t ryi n g to reach it. That leaves only one able-bodied fellow to be reckoned with Nothing ventured nothing gained. I' H see what I can do to help both my companio n s and my s elf to give these fellows the slip." He crossed the hall and li ste n ed at the door opening upon the eating-room He Will and Upt o n t a l king togethe r Slowly he opened the door and poked his hea d in. There sat his companions each tied to a c hai r with their backs to him. He heard the voices o f the tw o soldiers i n the kitch e n, the entry door being wide o pen. Making up his mind what to d o he walked i n to the room and showed himsel f s u d d e nl y t o W ill and Up ton holding up his hand or s il e nce. With the same knife that t h e g i r l ha d u sed to liberate him he cut the boys loose. The soldiers' rifles stood p il e d aga in s t a c ha i r. Clem silent l y pointed at t hem, a n d eac h to o k possession 0 one. Then he led the way to the o p en window and lowered himself outside. Will and Upton allowed in turn. But chimney locomotion had not been a part of Clem's 1 education, and he found it an extremely difficult matter to Clem led them a r ound to the fro n t o f the hou se. "Where have you b een hiding, C l e m ?" asked Will.


2-1. DARK TO DAWN. "I went to the roof, and dis cove ring that I was followed I came down through the big chimn e y," he answered. "Yon don't sa y Well, your clothe s look as if you'd been through a mill," s aid Will. "You' re a regular wreck." "What's th e odds so lon g a s w e get off." "We ought to b e able to do that for we have their rifles." "Ob, we'll g e t away all right, but I d like to do so without attracting their atte ntion. One of,., the s oldier s is on the roof at thi s mome nt. He d see u s the moment we walked away from the hou s e." "Thank you, a nd m y n a m e i s Cle m L a mbert. Thi s i s my Will. A s hmor e a nd thi s i s Upton Fowler." I The girl 11elmowle dged the intro du c tion s with a smile. Th e n she tripp e d to the corn e r of the s hed and peered around at th e hou se. A d e nse volum e of smoke was rollin g out of the kitchen window. "Oh, my she cri e d in gr eat alarm, "I believe they've set fir e to our hou s e." The boys looked and saw the smoke which s uggested dire ful results for the Whee ler hom e "Well, he couldn't stop us," said Will. "Wait h e re till I take a look." "Come on, fellows!" cried Clem, in great excitement, Clem backed away from the building, with his eyes cast "we must save the .house if it i s poss ible for u s to do so." aloft. He saw the soldier lowering himself back to the window in the loft. He watched him till he saw him disappear inside, and then motioning to his companions to follow he made a break for the outhouse where he had s een the girl standing a short time before. As he turned the corner he saw her peering around the other corner. He called out to her, and she s prang around with a stifled scream, which turned to a glad cry when she recognized him. "Ah !" she cried, running toward him with outstretched hands. Then she stopped and blushed. At that moment Will and Upton joined Clem. "Gee!" exclaimed Will. "A girl! Isn't she a beaut?" "You are Americans, are you not?': cried the girl, in perfect English, h e r eyes lighting up with pleasure, for she had caught Will s words. "That' s what we ar e," replied Clem, with a thrill of joy on hearing his native language spoken by an inhabitant of that wild district. "I am so glad that you succeeded in making your escape from the house," she r e plied, earnestly. "I saw you climb to the roof and get in the chimney. Then I saw one of the soldiers come to the attic window, and from the way he acted I was sure he suspected where you were. You must have let yo_urself down th e c himney." "I look like it, don t I?" grinned Clem. "You do, indeed," she answered with a smile. "But I wonder what tho s e m e n ar e doin g now? I do wish they'd leave the place. When my father learns of their conduct he will certainly report them to their commander. They behaved with the utmost rudeness to me because I happened to be alone here thi s morning, and if yon had n ot appeared when you did, I believe that nasty brute would have kissed me. I am deeply grateful to you, and sorry that you ha:ve suffered for your courage and gallantry." "Don't m e nti o n it," s aid Olel)J. "I am g lad I was able to do you a service Miss-" he paused and looked at her inquiringly. "My name is Estelle Wheeler." CHAPTER XV. A SQUARE MEAI, AT LAST. The three boys, followed by E s t e ll e Wheeler, left the shel ter of the outhou s e and start e d for th e dwe lling on the run. They held their rifle s in r e adiness t o mak e a d e mon s tra tion against the uniformed ras cal s who had been acting in s uch a high-hand e d mann e r. The fellows however, wer e seen r etreatin g up th e r o ad in the direction of the encampm e nt, whi c h they expect e d to regain by means of a boat they had l eft some where along the river bank. They had b een greatl y e nraged on discove ring that their two prisoners had been relea sed from their bonds and that their gun s had disappe a r e d too. They believed the girl of th e hou s e re s pon s ible for the loss of their pris oners, and their rifles, and in revenge they set fire to the kitchen. Casting the guns a s id e the boys formed themselves into a volunteer fire department. Buckets wer e seized, carried to a bubbling s pring close at hand, and ru s hed to the burning kitchen on the while the girl watched their exertions with the deepest anx iety. Fortunately, the s oldi e rs in their hurry had not made a very good job of their incendiary attempt. They had i g nited a lot of bru s hwood, over which a bucket of water had been accidentall y spilled that morni.lllg, and the greater part of the wood was damp, and produced more smoke than flame. For all that, however, the re would have soon accom plished its purpose but for the prompt action of and his companions. They worked like Trojan s for fifte e n minute s and suc ceeded in subduin g the flames before they h a d done any very serious damage. As soon as the fire was out they cleaned up the kitchen so that nothing remained to indicate the peril the house had been in, but a f e w charr e d beams. Miss Wheel e r expressed her g ratitud e in profuse terms. "You mustn't go a w a y until you see m y father she said. "He will return b e fore dark. He is over s eer of the Rio Esmeralda diamond mine, twelve miles to the north." "We'll be very glad to meet your father, who is an Ameri-


FRO M DARK TO DAWN. 2 5 can, I s hould judge, from his nam e," said Cle m, while they w ere a ll res t ing fro m t hei r r ecen t l abors "Yes, my fath e r i s a C al i forni a n though my moth e r is a nativ e of Brazil, an s w e r e d Miss Wheeler. I was born in San Fra n c i sco myself, s o I m a y claim to b e a s much of a n Amer i c a n a s my f ather "How i s it that you h ap p e n t o be alone on thi s p l ace?" asked Cle m with some c urio si t y "We ll m y fa th e r went to tH. e m in e a s u s u a l at s i x o'clock. My moth e r i s a way on a vi sit to h e r r e lative s in Rio de J a neiro, a n d our t w o h a nd s w ent to the town of Juarrez, nin e miles away, for some s up p li es." "But are not y ou afra id to remain h e r e all b y your self?" No t in the leao:t for I expect our m e n back b y no o n, a nd we s e ldo m have u ndes irabl e vistorn, notwith s tanding the fact tha t the mounta i ns yondei; hat'b o r m a n y lawless m e n. 'l' his i s the fir s t t ime since we have liv e d h e r e that soldi e r s have in trndcd upon us Those three came soon afte r our m e n star ted for town. They d e m a nded br e akfa s t and I pre par e d it for t h em. I ga th e red from their con v e r s ation, for I und e r stan d t he P o rtugue s e l ang u age per fectly that they wer e hu n tin g for two pris on e rs wh o es cape d l ast ni ght from t h e i r camp on the o th e r s id e of the riv er." "That's right, sai d C l e m with a grin; "they were l o o k ing for me and my fri e n d Will A s hmore." "Lookin g for you!" crie d the girl, in astoni s hment. "You do n o t m ean-" "That w e a r e the pri s oner s who escaped from their camp? That 's ju st w h at I do m ea n Miss Wheel e r But I will t e ll you our story a f te r I h ea r t h e r e st of y our s O u r s i s a mos t e xtraordin a r y n a rra t ive, as y ou will have to ad mit wh e n y ou h e ar it. Go on." "We ll, I am sur e I s h a ll be g lad to l earn what errand y ou s o f a r into Brazil as the Province of Goyaz. "Oh, the n that's wlie r e we a r e i s it?" "Why don t you know tha t ? s h e asked, opening her pretty eyes I am s orry to sa y we d i d not until you to l d us '." Mis s Wheel e r seem e d to think hi s professed i g norance mos t e xtraor dinary, and b u t for their honest app e arance a n d the obli gat ion s she was und e r t o Cle m and hi s comp a nion s she would hav e had strange s uspicions concerni n g them "We ll," s h e continu ed, "as s oon a s those s o l diers di s covered that I was q uite a lon e in the house the y began to ge t v e r y ru d e tow ard me I resen te d their rou g h jests, and told t hem they ought t o b e thankfu l that I put myself out to get br e akfa s t for h em. The reupon they all l au g hed v e r y b o i s t erous l y and t h e one who was not quite sober decl a red I ought t o c o n s ider t h e i r visit an h o nor. Then he rose to h is feet and grabbed me, say i ng h e m a d e it a point o:f honor t o k iss every p r etty g i r l h e m e t. Findi n g I could not e s cap e I scr e am e d thou g h I d i d pot expect an y one t-0 come to m y aid. Fortunat e l y for me yon w e r e near :Mr. L ambert, an d I never c a n thank you t o o mu c h f o r interferin g in m y b e h alf," s h e said, blu s hin g l y .. "I a lso owe you t h a nk s for rescuing me from the clut c h e s of those rascal s when they h ad me b o und a nd und e r guard in your dinin g -room," sa id Clem. "Cou l d I do less whe n I was the c au s e of your misfortune?" she repli ed. "Only the p a rti a l cause ".\Iiss Wheeler As I s aid b e f or e those c h a p s w e r e after me and my comp an i o n Now tha t you h ave fini s h e d I will t ell you o ur s t o r y W e three boys didn t come to South Ameri ca because we wan t e d to, we came h e re b e cause we couldn't h e lp o urselves." a why, how wa:; that?" she as ked, i n som e wond er "Lis ten and you will hear." Th e r e upon Clem r e l a t e d t h eir aclvenhrres fro m the ment the b a llo on c arri e d them off fro m L a k e p o rt, Loui s i ana, unti l t hey reach e d the c reek hC'low the h o use on the p recedin g nig ht, omittin g, h owever, t h cfr di scovery of the tli a m o nd s in the mine. The g irl :freque ntly interrup l e d hi s n a rrative with ex clam a tion s of a s toni s hment. "We ll s h e almo s t g a s ped when he had finished h is stor y, "this soimd s mor e wond e rful tha n anything I evet r e ad in a book. A nd you boys haven t had a rea l good m e al s inc e y o u l eit home, two weeks ago?" "i r egre t to say w e have not I'll wager we thre e clean out a s mall restaurant at this moment "Then you s h a ll have a good mea l a'nd a s much as you c a n eat, jus t a s soon a s I can cook it for you!" s h e cried, sprin g in g to h e r f e et. "Thank you, Miss Wheeler," repli e d Clem, "we coul d n 'i: refu s e so g e nerou s an offe r on your part. If there is any t h ing we c a n do to h e lp th e good work along let us know." Y ou can draw some wat e r a nd brin g in some wood f o r t h e fire Then you may pe e l a few potatoes and-I g uess t hat will b e all." "I'll g o for the wat e r You g et the w o od, W ill. Auel y o u t ack le the pot atoes, Upto n and b e s ure you don't forget your s elf and gobbl e one or two of them down raw." As soon as the wood a nd wat e r was brought int o the kit c h e n Cle m proposed t o Will t o p ay a v i sit to the boat and remove the b ag s of di a mond s t o the hou se. His companion 'was onl y too eage r to do thi s and they brought up also the discard e d stone s thinking they mi ght .be able to save them aft e r all. "I'll t e ll y o u wha t w e' ll do wit h them," s aid Wil l. "We'll give them to U p ton. I'll b e t they're worth over $1,000. "All ri ght," a g reed Clem. "He ought to have a sma ll s hare in our prosp erity, thou g h he i s not really enti tl e d t o anything b y any right." They carrie d the b ags to the hous e and put them, for the t ime b e ing, in on e of the di nin g room closets The boys g a th e r e d i n the k i tche n a nd watch e d the broi l ing of a pair o:f chick e n s with e ager in te rest and anti c ipa tion. They k ept up a c ontinual fl.o w o:f talk a nd among other things l ea rn e d t h a t th e Wheel e r s h a d onl y been in the provinc e for about a y ear


<' r /.U FROM D.ARK TO D.A WN. The house was the best one they had been able to obtain within a reasonable distance of the Rio Esmeralda mine. .At the best it was but a poor habitation, much out of repair and run to seed, but it answered their for the time Mr. Wheeler expected to remain in the diamond diggings of Goyaz. The boys' appetites were on edge by the time Estelle sum moned them to the table, and the way they sailed into that meal almost made her die laughing. "Don't mind me," she said. "Eat all you want, for you certainly are half sta rved." .And they didn't mind her in the least, for when they de clared themselves satisfied there wasn't enough left to feed a canary bird. CH.APTER XVI. BESIEGED. About the time the boys had finished their dinner the two men belonging to the farm returned with a wagon load of various boxes and packages. Half an hour later a boat came up the creek and landed a corporal with six soldiers, who immediately marched toward the house. Miss Wheeler was entertaining her young guests on the front veranda when Clem noticed the approach of the military. "Hello!" he exclaimed, j\lmpingio his feet, "Here comes a file of soldiers. I guess there's no doubt but they're after u" Will looked anxious and Upton frightened. "No use trjing to beat those chaps off," remarked Will. "I guess we'd better take to the woods." He used the expression in its figurative sense, for there was no woods within sight of the Wheeler home. "I think you boys had better get out of sight until I can explain matters to the officer in charge of these me. n," said Estelle. "If my father was here there would be no trouble, for be is well acquainted with the commandant of the soldiers who patrol this district." "Well, we don't propose to be taken back to that camp up river if we can help ourselves," said Clem in a determined t0ne. "We can't speak a word of Portu guese, and would only be in the same bole we were before, and a good deal worse, if anything, for no doubt that officer will try to get square with us for the burning of his tent. If you can't stand them off with fair words, Miss Wheeler, we'll try and stand them off with our rifles until your father gets back." The boys, with a rifl e and cartridge belt apiece, retreated to a small stone outbuilding about five hundred yards away, and securing the door mounted to the left where they ensconced themselves beside a single small window that commanded the approach from the house. "Those chaps will get all that's corning to them if they try to capture us," said Clem, with fight exhibited in every line of his manly face. "We haven't broken any laws, or done anything at all to be treated in the rough way we have. Somebody is going to get into trouble over this matter and it won't be us if I have anything to say." "That's right," agreed Will. "I'm with you every ti bet your boots." "I hope there won't be any shooting," said Upton, ne ously. "We're not looking for trouble," answered Clem; "but I it comes I hope you'll do your share to see us through." ".Are you going to fire on these men?" asked Upton, apprehensively. "I hope there'll be no necessity for such a thing," replied Clem. "But I've stood all the nonsense I'm going to from these Brazilian soldiers, and I guess Will has, too. If they try to capture us I shall resist to the last, even if I have to shoot one or two of them." Will nodded approval of his chum's remarks, and Upton saw that they meant business. Through the window they saw the file of soldiers drawn up in front of the house and the corporal talking to Miss Wheeler. The conversation wa carried on for fully fifteen minutes, at the end of which the officer and two men entered the building while the rest took up positions that commanded all exits from the dwelling. "They're going to search the house," said Clem. "Miss Wheeler's arguments evidently had no effect. Well, I reckon they'll have their trouble for nothing." "There goes Miss Wheeler towards the barn," said Will. ,; And one of the soldiers is watching her," interjected Upton. "She has called out one of the hands and is speaking to him," remarked Clem. The girl was soon seen returning to the house while the farmhand went into the barn, got a short noosed rope and went into the pasture where the horses were grazing. 'He caught one, brought it to the barn, saddled it, and jumping on its back rode off at top speed for the distant mountains. "I'll bet Miss Wheeler has sent for her father," said Clem, as they watched the rider disappear up the road. The boys agreed that that was what the girl had done. Fifteen minutes later the corporal and his satellites came out of the house, apparently satisfied the lads they were after were not hidden in the building. Leaving two men near the house he marched the other four over to the barn, which he surrounded, and taking one man with him entered to search it. The search, as a matter of course, amounted to nothing From the barn the corporal and his men visited the other outhouses, and finally directed their steps toward the one in which the boys were concealed. "We're in for it now," said Clem, picking up his rifle and cocking it. Will followed his example, and so did Upton, though it was clear that he had no heart in the prospect of a scrim mage.


FROM DARK TO DAWN. 27 The corporal found the door fastened on the inside, an d he ordered his soldiers to force it in they did Then after glancing around below they came up the heavy steps that communicated with the loft. Here they found their progress barred by the hap-door over which the boys had drawn a heavy feed chest. The s oldier s banged away on the trap with the butts of their rifles, but could make no impression on it. The corporal was now satisfied that he hacl discovered the hiding place of the boys. Finding that the trap-door was impregnable they re treated outside. Then one of the sold i e rs, mounting on the shoulders of another, essayed to enter the loft by the single narrow window . Finding that he couldn't scrambl e up, a third soldie r wa9 sent to the barn for a ladder, while the rest awaited his return. "They're going to storm our fortress with a scaling ladder," said Clem. "As only one can come up at a time, and the window is too narrow to let him through, I don't think they'll accomplish much. That officer is a chump." The ladder was brought up and a soldi er ordered up. The boys lined up on either side of the window, hugging the thick stone wall closely. The soldier stuck his head in throu gh the aperture, but he couldn t get it far enough in to see more than twothirds of the interior of the loft. He saw the grain chest on top of the trapdoor, but he couldn't see the boys. He tried in every way to squirm his s houlder s in, but it was no go. Then he retired to the ground to report to the corporal. }:'he officer then essaye d the feat himself, but was not a ""frit more successful. He threatened the fu g itives in Portuguese with various penalties if they did not surrender, but received ;io reply. He retired discomfited and began to consider what he should do next to accomplish his purpose. At this point Miss Wheeler appeared on the s cene and renewed her expostulations without success. The corporal was very polite to her1 but refused to listen to her objections. Finally he thought of a scheme to dri-ye the boys from their retreat-he would smoke them out. So he sent to the barn for a quantity of hay and a couple of buckets of water. "What are they going to do? Burn us out?" asked Will, anxiously, when they saw the men coming back with the hay. "They' ll have a good time trying to burn this stone building down," sa id Upton. "They can set fire to the stai r s, and the :fl,oor of this loft; but it's my opinion he intends to smoke us out," replied Clem, who thought he saw through the corporal' s scheme "Then we can see our fini s h, I guess,'' repl ied Will, glumly. "And some of them are likely to see their fini sh, a n swered C lem:.J "Wha t are you going to do? Shoot?" "Yes. We'll move the chest and open the trap: c hap who attempts to fire that hay will get a bullet." Matters seemed to be getting serious Miss Wheeler put up another stiff kick when she saw the preparations that the so, ldi e rs were making, but it didn't do any good. Will had been casting his eyes around the loft to see Lf there wasn't some way of getting out besides the and the trap. He spied a big hinged fla. p in the side of the roof which s loped to the rear. "Say,1' he said" eagerly "Look at that trap in the roof Couldn't we give the soldiers the slip through that? They are all e ngaged in front. We might s neak out that way, drop to the g round and escape before they got on." "A good scheme,'' agreed Clem. He went and examined the flap He saw there was a pole for pushing it up and keeping it open to admit the sunshine to the loft He pushed it up and looked out. The rear of the building was not watched "Come on f e llows we'll risk it." Silently they passed through the opening and dropped noiselessly to the ground, carrying their rifles with them. The :fire had been started inside the outhouse; and as the soldi e r s threw wet straw on the flames a dense smoke a rose and began to work through the cracks into the l oft The corporal grinned and rubbed his hands togethe r . H e was s ure the boys would have to give i n n o w But that was where h e got badly l eft CHA PTER XVI I CONCLUSION Pretty soon the smoke bega n to rise above the roof in suspic iously large proportions, and still no move had been made by the boys to give in The corporal went around to the rear to see why so much smoke came out there, and the wide open flap greeted hi9 astonis hed eyes. This trap had been shut when he first reconnoitered the o uthouse. He immediately jumped to the conclusion that the boys had opened the trap to let the smoke escape He ordered the fire to be put out at once and the ladd er to be brought around to the rear As soon as the smoke began to die away, he and h o s oldiers mounted the ladder and sprang down into the l oft To the corporal's astonishment and chagrin there no sign of the boys. Then it occurred to hi s dull brain that the fugitive s had made their escape through the flap whi l e he and his men were engaged in fFont.


28 FROM DARK TO DAWN. I. He took possession of the boat the boys had usecl, and then rowed back to can'ip to report fl,:i failure of the expedition. And 1Jhile the corporal and his men were boarding their boat, Clem and his comrades returned to the Wheeler house, to Estelle's great delight. the day without firing a shot," laughed Clem. "I see you did," she smiled. "You boys are pretty smart A couple of hours later Mr. Wheeler rode up in compan:i with the man Estelle had despatched for him. She introduced their young American visitors to heP father, and the situation was explained to him. He was glad to meet the boys, and extended the hospital ity of hi s home to them as long as they chose to stay. Naturally their balloon trip to Brazil and Louisiana astonished him. "We should like to reach Bahia, where we can get a steamer for the States," said Clem. "Rio de Janeiro is about as near for you, and you can connect with a steamer even better than at Bahia," replied Mr. Wheeler. "I am going for my wife next week. She's at Rio. You can go with me in my conveyance, and .I will -see that you get off all right. I will purchase tickets for you all, as I presume you have no funds." "We have a few rough diamonds that we found, which perhaps you can turn into money for us," replied Clem. He hauled out the dozen big stones from his pocket and showed to their host. "Why, where did you find these?" asked Mr. Wheeler, in great astonishment, after examining each of the stones attentively. Clem told 11irn how he and Will had found them in an old fleserted mine in a ravine just off the valley where the soldi ers lad attackd the diamond poachers. "vVhy, boys, these are uncommonly fine specimens. They'll pay your way to the United States fifty times over." The boys sbiyed six days at the Wheeler home, and en joyed themselves immensely. Clem and Estelle took a decided fancy to each other, and to her, the day before the one set for their departure :for Rio de Janeiro, he confided the secret of the contents of the bags. "If I was you, Clem," she said. "I'd take a hundred of the best ones out and have them cut and polished on your own account and get the full value for them. The balance you can sell in the rough. You had better not attempt to sell them at Rio, for the Government would be :i.lmost cer tain to find out what you were about, and seize them pend ing settlement of their claim for royalty." "Then I guess I had better box them up and carry them to the United States with me. I don't know what the duty on rough diamonds is, but it can't be near as much as on the finished article. We'll have to pay it whatever it is." Clem and Estelle promised to correspond, and parted with evident regret. Mr. Wheeler carried the boys to Rio .in good shape and \ put them up at a first-class hotel in that city while they waited for the arrival of a steamer to carry them north. A cable message was forwarded to Mr. Ashmore at Gretna village, Louisiana, informing him that his son was safe and would soon be home once more. A similar message was sent to Mr. Jefferson Fowler with respect to his son. No message was necessary in Clem's case, as he had not to his knowledge a relative in the world. In due time the boys reached New York. The diamonds were held in bond by the custom house authorities, and arrangements were soon made for their sale in various lots at their appraised value. The hundred best diamonds were held out, and for the rest the total amount received was fifty-five thousand dollars, :from which the duty was deducted. Clem had a dozen of the big diamonds cut and polished and afterward sold them for fifteen thousand dollars, half of which, after deducting the cost of putting them into shape, he forwarded to Will, who had already received about twenty thousand dollars, as his share of the rough. The balance of the large diamonds went to Clem as finder of the treasure. Clem had a set of diamond earrings made and expressed to Estelle. He told her in a letter which accompanied the gift that he was keeping the very finest diamond of them all for an engagemeqt ring his future wife, and he said he hoped the ring in question would go to some one he knew Jn the Province o:f Goyaz, Brazil, which, as a matter of fact, he did after a year. And Clem carried it there himself, and was formally betrothed to Estelle in the house where he had had the most stirring adventure in his young life. A year later Clem returned to Brazil and married tTi,, girl of his heart. / He was worth about sixty thousand dollars, and had estab li shed a wholesale diamond business for himself in Maiden Lane, New York. He o:ften refers to his remarkable balloon adventure. "It carried me not only from Louisiana to Brazil," he told his friends, "but practically from the darkness of pov erty to the dawn of a bright and successful career in life." THE END. Read "OUT FOR HIMSELF; OR, PAVING HIS WAY TO FORTUNE," which will be the next number ( 63) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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UJ Burn m8 The Bradys' Diamond Syndicate; or, The Case of the "Marquis" Chinatown. of Wall Street. 139 The Bradys and the Seven Masks ; or, Strange Doings Doctors' Club at the 376 The Bradys' Lost Claim ; or, The Mystery of Kill Buck Canycin. 377 The Bradys and the Broker' s Double; or, Trapping a Wall Street Trickster. 140 'l'he Bradys and the President's Special ; or, The Plot of the 1-2-3. 841 ll'he Bradys and the Russian Duke; or, lrhe Case of the Woman From Wall Street. 378 The Bradys at Hud&on's Bay;. or, The Search for a Lost Explorer. 379 The Bradys and the Kansas "Come-Ons" ; or, Hot Work on a Green Goods Case. 142 lrhe Bradys and the Money Makers; or, After the "Queen of the Queer." 380 The Bradys' '.!'en-Trunk Mystery; or, Working for the Wabash Road. 143 The Bradys and the Butte Boys ; or, The lrrall of the Ten "Ter-rors." 381 The Bradys and Dr. Ding; or, Dealing With a Chinese Magician. 382 The Bradys and "Old King Copper" ; or, Probing a Wall Street Mystery. 344 The Bradys and the Wall Street "Widow"; or, lrhe Flurry in F. F. V. 845 The Bradys' Chinese Mystery ; or, Called by the "King" of Mott Street. 383 The Bradys and the "Twenty Terrors" ; or, After the Grasshopper Gang. 384 The Bradys and Towerman "10" ; or, The Fate of the Comet Flyer. 346 The Bradys and "Brazos Bill"; or, Hot Work on the Texas Bor 385 The Bradys and Judge Jump; or, The "Badman" From Up the der. River. 847 lrhe Bradys and Broker Black; or, Trapping the Tappers of Wall 386 The Bradys and Prince Hi-Tl-LI ; or, The Trall of the Fakir or Street. 'Frisco. 848 'l'he Bradys at Big Boom City ; or, Out for the Oregon Land 387 The Bradys and "Badman Bill" ; or, Hunting the Hermit or Bang-Thieves. town. 349 The Bradys and Corporal Tim ; or, The Mystery of the Fort. 388 The Bradys and "Old l\Ian Money" ; or, Bustling tor Wall llltreet 850 lrhe Bradys' Banner Raid; or, The White Boys of Whlrlwlna Mllliont. 351 and the Safe Blowers; or, Chasing the King of the 389 and the Green Lady; or, The of the MaaYeggmen. 390 The Bradys' Stock Yards Mystery ; or, A Queer Case from Chl352 The Bradys at Gold Lake; or, Solving a Klondike Mystery. cago. The Bradys and "Dr. Doo-Da-Day"; or, The Man Who was Lost 391 '.l.'he Bradys and the 'Frisco Fire Fiends; or, Working for lllarthon Mott Street. quake Millions. 354 The Bradys' Tombstone "Terror"; or, After the Arizona Mine 392 The Bradys' Hace With Death ; or, Dealings With Dr. Duval. Wreckers. Mysterious Work in New 393 ThCeleBwr.adys and Dr. Sam-Suey-Soy; or, Hot Work on a Chinese 355 The Bradys and the Witch Doctor ; or, Orleans. 394 The Bradys and "Black;foot Bill" ; or, The Trail of the Tonopah 856 The Bradys and Alderman Brown ; or, After the Grafters of Terror. Greenville. 395 The Bradys and the "Lamb League"; or, After the Five Fakirs 357 The Bradys In "Little Pekin" ; or, The Case of the Chinese Gold of WaH Stree t. King. 396 The Bradys' Black Hand Mystery ; or, Running Down tile Coal 858 lrhe Bradys and the Boston Special ; or, The Man Who was MissMine Gang. Ing from Wall Street. 397 The Bradys and the "Klug of Clubs"; or, The Clew Found on the 859 ll'he Bradys and the Death Club ; or, The Secret Band of Seven. Corner. 360 lrhe Bradys' Chinese Raid; or, After the Man-Hunters of Mon-398 'l'\!e Bradys and the Chinese Banker; or, Fighting for Dupont tana. Street Diamonds. 861 The Bradys and the Bankers' League; or, Dark Doings In Wall 399 'l'he Bradys and the Bond Forgers; or, A Dark Wall Street Mystery. Street. {Q O The Bradys' Mexican Trail: or, Chasing the "King of the Mesa." 862 The Bradr,s' Call to Goldftelds ; or, Downing the "Knights of 4 0 l 1'he Bradys and the Demon Doctor; or, The House of Many Mysteries. Nevada.' 402 The Bradys and "Joss House Jim"; or, Trailing a Chinese Opium Gang 863 The Bradys and the Pit of Death ; or, Trapped by a Fiend. '0 3 The Bradys and the Girl in Blue: or, After the Maiden Lane Diamonds, 364 The Bradys and the Bost9n Broker; or, The Man Who Woke up 4,0;i The Bradys Among the "Hlll Billies''.; or, A Case From Old Kentucky. 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No. 73., HOW: TO J:?O TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing s many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers By A. t Anderson. Fully illustrated. e .No. 7.5. HO\Y TO A CONJUROR. Containing 1 tr1.cks Domm!JS, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing th1rty-s1x 11lustrations By A. Anderson. t No. 78. HOW TO DO THEJ BLACK ART.-Containing a com c plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together with ma."'y wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson Illustrated. 11 MECHANfCAL. t No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every bo y how originated. This book explains them all, m electricity, hydi:aulics, magnetism,-opE pneumatics, mechanics, etc The most instructive book published. t No. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstructions how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en gineer ; also directions for building a model locomotive togethe r with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No 57. 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No .. 79. m;>W TO BECOl\IE AN ACT9R.-Containing com l ete rnstruct1ons how to make up for vanous characters on the tage; together with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter cenic Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager'. No 80 GUS WILLIAl\IS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat t jokes, anecdotes funny stories of thjs wprld-renowned and ver popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsom e olored cover containing a halftone photo of the author HOUSEKEEPIN G N o. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing teen illustrations, g i ving tlle different posit i ons requisite t o a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containin g g em s fro-. a!l the popular ?-uthors of prose and poetry, arrang e d in the molt simple and conc1s.? manner possible. No. 49. :1JOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving rules fo r co n d ucting d .. bates, outlines for debatell, questions for discussion and the bell sources for procuring info tmation on the questions giv en. SOCIETY. No. 3. 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TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in the art of dressmg and appearing well at home anrl abroad, giving the selections of colors, material. and how to have tbem made up. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containin g lJ instructions for constructing a window garden either in town nl 6 er country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful 0 Y flowers at homo The most complete book of the kind ever pubNo. 18. HOW TO BECOl\IE BEAUTIFUL.One of the brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to b ec ome beautiful, both male and female. '.rhe secret is simple, and almost costless Read t his book and be convinced how to become beautifu l l ished BIRDS A N D A N I M A L S the No. 30. 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Containing ove r fifty iiplete information as to the manner and method of r aising, Ing l usk-ations. n g No. 64 HOW TO MAKEJ ELECTRICAL M:ACHINES.Contaming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; a ls o gi vi ng fu l t aining full Jirections for making electrical machines, induction instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty -eight D m coils, dynamos. and many nove l toys to be worked by elect r icity illustrations, making it the most complete b o o k of the kind ever rd, B y R. A R. Bennett. Fully illstrated. published. n. No. 67 HOW 'l'O DO EJLEOTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a M ISCELLANEOUS. l arge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, No. 8. HOW TO BECO:\IE A SCIENTIST._.A u s eful and in t ogether wit4 illustrations. 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HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55 HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con t he leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arranging and witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomel y illustrated. No. 52 HOW 1'0 PLAY Ct!RDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old1King Brady, b ook, giving the rules and r....,_ -\rection& for _playing Euchre, Cribthe world known detective. In which he lays down some valuable b age, Casino, Forty-Five, It:'-. ce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventure A uction Pitch, All Fours, and trtll.ny other popular games of cards. and experiences of v.iell-known detectives No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three h u nNo 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contain dr ed interesting puzzles and conundrums. with key to s a m e. 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