On to success, or, The boy who got ahead

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. /(E71. STORlE;SOf BOYS Wno WAKE WONEY Grasping the mother by the elbow and the child around the waist, Jack Haviland leaped down into the swirling waters. Fortunately for the success of the brave boy's efforts, a man swam up and took Mrs. Blake off his hands.


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES' OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY luued Weekl11-B11 Subscription 1 2.50 per year. Entered according to Act of Congreu, in the year 1J01, i n the oJflce of the Librarian of Con111e11, Walliington, D. C., b11 Frank Touse11, Publilhe1", 24 Union Squar New Yo1k. No. 71. NEW YORK, FEB RUARY s . 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS / .. TO S UCCESS CHAPTER I. .. OR, B y A SELF-MADE MAN j of providing for a family which a tremendous and unex 1 pected gale had left fatherless some :fifteen months before: IN WHICH SAM DYKE GETS A PORTION OF WHAT IS COMING He was an expert young :fisherman, and during the sum mer had contracti:l for supplying all the summer hotels and boarding-houses in the neighborhood of the village where TO HIM. "Gee, but this is a heavy load to carry up these cliffs I" he lived-and there were not a few of them. exclaimed Jack Haviland, as he shifted a large basket of For an assistant he had the son of a poor carpenter, fish from one shoulder to the other. "I wish that whom he had trained in the business-a burly, good-nature d was down by the beach instead of hanging on by its eyelids lad, named Tom Oliver, who was as strong as an ox, and to Storm Stone Rock, as it is called. I wonder why so thoroughly devoted to Jack. mf}ny summer visitors flock up Jiere? There are just as So this explains why our hero was tramping up the cliffs good hotels much more convenient to the village and the with a heavy basket of fish on his shoulder this bright mom boat landing. I suppose it's because the air is clearer and ing in ,Tune, which fish were intended for the Storm StQne more bracing up on these cliffs and the view finer You Rock Hotel, that was already beginning to receive guests can see a long distance over the lake from Storm Stone for the season. Rock." When halfway up, Jack paused to rest, dropping the In spite of his burden, Jack strode1 briskly up the cliff basket on a convenient rock. path which led from the little village of Holderness, on the He removed his cap and wiped the moisture from his Wisconsin shore of Lake Michigan, to the summer hotel heated brow that had been erected the year previous on Storm Stone In front of him, a hundred feet below, lay spread out Rock, the highest point of the beetling cliffs that stretched the seemingl bound leRs expanse of the lake, its softly heav for some distance along that part of the State, their base ing wavelets shimmeting in the sunshine. laved or pounded, as the case might be, by the waters of the Along the shor e to his left reposed the village of Holdergreat American lake. ness, with a long stretch of white beach beyond, disappeasJ ack was a strapping fellow of sixteen, with black locks ing around a low headland curling over a brow which constant exposure to all kinds Two or three good sized summer hotels were to be seen of weather rendered as brown as a berry. at various points of vantage, while a number of cottages Although a boy in years, he was a man in strength and and boarding-places peeped out here and there from amid experience, for on his young shoulders rested the burden the foliage on the outskirts of the village. '.


ON TO SUCCESS To the boy's right was the unbroken of cliffs, in the "Shut up, you whinin' little foundlin', or I'll wallop center of which towered Storm Stone Rock, on which, like the stuffin' outer yer," floated down the disagreeable voice an eagle's eiric, perched the new hotel. of Sam Dyke. "Yer ain't got that Haviland feller at yer There were little patches of beach at the foot of the cliffs, back now to pertect yer and I'm goin' ter give it ter yer to but no continuous thoroughfare al o ng that part of the get square for all back scores he cheated me out of, d'ye shore, which formed a nasty lee shore that was carefully understand?" avoided in dirty weather. The words were followed by a blow and a suppressed cry About a mile off shore, in the midst of a patch of dangerfrom the girl. ous reefs which marked the approac:h to Holderness, was White with anger, Jack dashed forward, clearing the anchored the Gull lightship-a small vessel, looked aft er intervening space and, confronting the pair, snatched the by four men, who, in turn, spent one week in every four switch out of Sam Dyke's hand and brought it clown with ashore. no light force upon the 'young rascal's sho uld ers One of these men, a thickset, surly dispo s iti oned man Sam, who was sixteen years ad' age, and burlier l ooking named Levi Dyke, a fisherman by occupation before he than Havihmd, gave a roar of pain and sprang backward. joined the ,crew of the lightship, had been a personal enemy His hee ls caught in a bit of tangled underbrush and he of Jack's father, and was by no means favorably fell on his back. toward the boy himself "Oh, J ack !" cried Gypsy, with a little shriek of delight, The cause of his enmity lay in the fact that he had been laying one hand confidingly on her protector's arm, "I'm so an unsuccessful suitor for the hand of the girl Tom H,aviglad to see you." land married, now Jack's mother. "And I'm g lad I was close at hand to save you from that Levi subsequ ently married a woman who led him a clog's young brute," replied the boy, encircling the girl's waist life while she and left him father of a son,.christcncd with his left a.rm. Sam, who was very like both parents rolled into one, which "Yah, you !" yelled Sam, !'litting up in i:he bushes. isn't saying much in his favor. "Jest you wait till dad run s across yer. He's gain' to The other member of the l;>yke family was a pretty galpay yer :for all ye:\'ve done to me." den haired girl called Gypsy Dyke-a who had "Why don't you stand up l ike a man and try to get b e en picked up somewhere along shore when two years old, square yourself?" retorted Jack, contemptuously. by Levi Dyke after a heavy storm. 'Cause yer don't fight fair-that's why," snarled young She had been lhe drndge of the family ever s ince she was Dyke. "Yer've gait a stick in yer hand." old enough to be useful, and since the death of the un"The re, then," replied Jack, tossing the switch away. lamented Mrs. Dyke, took .full care of the s mall house in "Come on, now, and l e t us see once for all who is the better which Sam Dyke was lord of all he surveyed when his faboy." ther was on duty at the lightship. But Sam showed no di poRition to accept the chall e nge. Any girl with a disposition less sunny than Gypsy's He knew from past experience who was likel y to prove would either have run away or collapsed under the blows the the victor in a. game of and he pn1dently rcand abuse to which she was subjected by Sam especia lly. .frained from accepting a certain whipping. N e ith e r fate happened to her. "Oh, Jack, I don't want you to get into a fight on my She haa one champion, however, who frequently re scue d accolmt,'' beggc r l Gypsy. her from Sam's tyranny. "Ho!" repli r d IIavilanrl. "l'rn jusl aching for a chance This was J a'Ck Haviland, who ha lccl to see lhe s tron g polish that your.g brule olT, and I'll do it or oppress the weak. later." As a consequence Gypsy was intensely gratefu l to the "Yah !" "JJOrled Sam Dyke>, with a venomous look at his sturdy young fisherman, and she thought as much of him foe. "I'll clo ycr up yet, see iC I don't. I hate yer I wish as though he were her brother. you was dead!" As J a(;k was about to pick up the basket of fish preparn -"I dare say you do, you cowardly hound, so you could tory to resuming his climb to the top or the cliff, he heard Jiaye a free swing with this unfortunate girl," said Jack, a gir lish scream in the near distance. advancing on him with flashing eyes. "Get up and defend "That's Gypsy," he exclaimed, turning his face in the yourself. Get up-do you hear?" direction whence the sound had come. "I'll lJct Sam Dyk e Ilavihrnl renched down and yanked the strnggling young is up to some more of his mean tricks. I 'd lik e to punch rascal on his feet. hi s face for him." "Now put up your fists, ot I'll black both your eyes for A frown gathered on the boy's face, and, leaving the you!" basket where it was, he started up a by-path lea.ding to a Jack made a feint to hit him, and Sam quickly put him-leve l spot overgrown with shrubbery. self into a posture of ungainly defense. "Don't, Sam, please don't hit me again I'll go home The young fisherman then made another bluff lead lo if you want me to," Jack heard Gypsy say in pleading acdraw the coward out. ..:, cents Sam, feeling he was in a desperate situati<>f, made a sud -


, ON TO SUCCESS. 3 den rush at Jack and succeeded in landing a blow on ms chest. 'fhis e11couraged him, especiallras his opponent backed away, as if not relishing a close encounter. Sam followed up his seeming advantage by launching out two more blows, one of which landed on Jack's head. "Darn yer, I kin lick yer, after all," grinned young Dyke, triumphantly. "I'll smash yer good for puttin' yer oar into my affairs." Gypsy stood back with clasped hands and anxious face to await the issue between the boys. At that moment Sam made another rush, full of venge ful combativeness. Then something happened that dissipated his vision of victory. Biff His head went as though struck by a small piledriver. Thump! He staggered under a blow on his chest. Swat! That time he got a sockdolager on the jaw, and with a howl that would have put a famished hyena to 1.he blush he went down again into the b;shes, a thoroughly whipped boy. Those three blows did the business for him, and he did not want any more. "Oh, my jaw!" he whined. "You've broken my jaw, you be11st, ananow I can't eat no more. Oh, oh, oh!" "Get up out of that!" roared Jack. "Get up, or I'll thump you again!" The threat of more punching had the desired effect. Sam sprang to his feet, and, with a furious look, darted off down the path by which he had followed Gypsy to brOIW beat her. CHAPTER II. I GYP. "Go it, you lobSter I" shouted Jack after him. "Look out, here I come!" Sam turned a terrified look over his shoulder to see if he was being followed. The move was fatal, for he tripped over a small rock and measured his length on the ground, in which he dug a hole with his nose. The twigs and underbrush scratched his face, too, and he was a sad-looking object when he scrambled to his feet to continue his flight. Jack laughed gleefully at his enemy's mishap, whereupon Sam, seeing that Haviland had not pursued him, turned and shook his fut back at him. "I'll fix yer yet," he shouted. "I'll kill yer some day, darn yer. And I'll wallop the stuffin' outer you, too, Gypsy Dyke, if yer dori't come borne at once." "If you dare to lay a hand on her again, and I hear of it," cried Jack, in a tone which showed he meant business, "I'll break every bone in yo:ur body the first time I meet you again." When Sam reached the Dyke cottage he found that his father had just come ashore for a week's lay-off. He was in the house, drinking with Bill Joyce and Peter Hague, two congenial 8pirits, also members of the lightship crew, who had rowed him ashore. "What's the matter with your face?" demanded the senior Dyke, when his precious son entered the kitchen where the three men were seated. "Fell down and scratched it," replied Sam, sulkily. "What did yon do that for?" roared Lev/Dyke, who was just drunk enough to be ugly. "I've a great .tnind to take a rope's end to you." Sam, who was afraid of his father, retreated nearer the door, which offered an inviting opportunity for him to make a break if his burly parent attempted to carry out his threat. "Couldn't help it," replied the boy, sullenly. "Looks as if he'd been :fightin'," grimied Bill Joyce. "Look at that lump on his jaw." "Have you been :fightin', you young whelp?" howled Levi Dyke, ma.king a move to get up and hunt for the thick rope's end he occasionally applied to his hopeful's back, whereupon Sam sprang for the door and laid his hand on the knob. "Have you been :fightin', I say?" continued the elder Dyke, furiously. "Why don't you open that meat trap of yours and answer me?" "Did you get licked?" snickered Peter Hague. "Yes, I was :fightin'," Sam admitted, slowly. "I was :fightin' with Jack Haviland." "Who, roared Levi Dyke, his eyes blazing like live coals. "Jack Haviland.'' "You was :fightin' him?" "I was." "A;d he licked you, too, didn't he?" said the .n a suppressed tone. "He didn't give me no fair show/' protested Sam, who was ashamed to admit a fair defeat in the presence of his father's associates. "He didn't, eh?" "No, he didn't." "What did he do? Did he hit you when you wasn't lookin' ?" "Yes,'' replied Sam, unblushingly. "The infernal young whelp! So he you off your guard and pounded your face like that, did he? Where is he nciw ?" With a liquOil'-inflamed countenance, Levi Dyke "rose from his chair, as mad as a disturbed hornet. "Up the cliff talkin' to Gyp." "Talkin' to Gyp!" cried Levi, furiously. "Didn't I tell her to have nothin' more to do with that monkey, or I'd skin her alive? Didn't you hear me tell her that?" \


4 ON TO SUCCESS. "Yes, dad; but she don't seem to care what yer say." "She don't, eh? W e'l1 see about that. But, first' I'm gain' to attend to Jack I'll dust his jacket for him, the measly cub! I'll let him know that he can't walk over my son." "That's right, d,ad," said Sam, leaving the vicinity of the door and coming forward again. "I told him you'd fix him for what he done to me, and he only laughed." "He laughed, did he? I'll make him laugh on the other side of his mouth. I'll make him dance to the tune of a. rope's end.'' "He ain't afraid of yer, dad," said Sam, desirous of egging his parent on. "Oh, he ain't! Did he say that?" "He as good as said it," replied Sam, to whom a lie of any color was a matter of no importance. "Look here, Joyce, and you, Hague. Come with me and help give this young monJrny the lickin' of his life." "I'm with yer, Dyke," said Hague, rising with alac r ity. Joyce also expressed his willingness to be one of the party. Io "Get that P,iece of rope, Sam, and fetch it along After we've licked him good and hard we'll dangle him over the cliff and hi:i;n to death. So he said he wasn't afraid of me? We'll see whether he is or not." In the meantime, all uncons c ious of the storm that was brewing ov' er his head, Jack was talking to Gypsy Dyke in the hollow of the cliff where Sam had got his knockout. "Jack,'' said Gypsy, with great earnestness, "what is a foundling?" "A foundling! What do you ask that question for, Gyp?" asked the boy, in some surprise. "Because I want to know what it means." "A foundling is a child who is pick e d up somewhere, without any clue as to who its parents are." "Then that must be me, for Sam calls me a foundling, and so does father.'' "I gues s so. You l'11ow Levi Dyke i sn't y01ur fa.ther, nor i s Sam Dyke your brother. In fact, you're no relation to them at all, I'm glad to say Everybody in Holdernes s knows that you were washed ashore from some wreck dur ing a big storm on the lake about twelve years ago, and th a t Levi Dyke found you in a box attached to a small spax that had been swept into a crevice in the rocks.'' "Yes, so Sam has told me. Ancl one day, when he was very angry with me, he said he had a great mind to fling m e back into the waves whence I came. I knew I was an orphan but I did not know before what he meant when he c all e d me a foundling. I thought he meant something cru e l when he called me that." "Well, it's a mean thing for him to be constantly throw in g your early misfortune in your face; but, then, I don't think there is anything too mean for Sam Dyke to do or s ay "I wish I was your sis ter, Jack," s aid Gyps y wistfully. "I wis h you was, too, replied the boy, with emphasis. "I know I'd be very happy, for you'd be good to me. You wouldn't strike me with a rope's end every little while, like Sam does." "The little villain!" cried Jack, wrathfully. "And you wouldn't make me miserable by taunting and teasing me till I felt like jumping into the wave s that threw me up on shore before I could rememb e r. You wouldn't do anything like that, Jack, would you?" she said, looking up into his handsome and manly face, that seemed to her young eyes the perfection of goodness. "I should say not," he replied, taking her pretty face between his two rough and weather-tanned hands. "The Dykes, father and son, are brutes, and it's a wonder to you don't run away from the m.'' "Why, where could I go?'' s he asked, as if the thought had never presented itself to her mind before. "I know where you could go if the Dykes ever wanted to get rid of you.'' ""Where?" ) ) "Why, to our house, of course. Mother would w e l c ome you just the same as though you were on e of u s and I'd work for you just as I work for mother and my brothers and sisters now. We'd never miss the food you eat, Gyp, for they say there is always enough for one more. I'd lov e you just as though you was my real s i s ter, and so would mother, for she's the dearest little mother in all the world, Gyp.'' "I know she must be, for she's your mother Jack." "Thank you for that, Gyp," he said, bending down and kissing her.' She uttered a little cry of surprise, and looked at the boy with such a queer expression that he had t o laugh. "What's the matter, Gyp? Did you think I was going to bite you?" "No; but no one ever did that before to me. I've seen other people do that when they pleased about some, thing. It never happen e d in our home. even when Mother Dyke was living." "So neith e r Mother Dyke nor Sam ever kissed you, eh?" She s hook her head with solemn earnestne ss. "Well, you haven't lost anything to speak of,'' he said, with a quiet chuckle. "You didn't mind me ki s sing you, did you?" "No; I think I liked it, she answ e red with shy frankness. "Then I'll kiss you again, for I've got to leave you now and carry my bas ket of fis h to the hotel on the rock up yonder." She made no obje ction to the caress when he rep eate d it. He stood and looked at her with a fresh inter e st, running his finger s through the strand s of her s oft, wavy hair, that shimm e r e d in the mornin g sun s hin e like b urni s h e d gold. It s eemed a s if a n e w expressi o n had dawn e d in h e r face which transfor1ned her ipto a different g irl. Then he left her s tanding there and went back to hi s fish, which he Bhouldered and continued his climb to the top of the cliff.


ON TO SUCCESS. 5 CHAPTER III. WHEREIN JACK IS BESIEGED IN THE OBSERVATORY. When Jack reached the hotel he went around to the stew ard's quarters. That functionary was busy at his desk in a little room adjoining the storage-room. The fish was duly weighed and the boy received an order on the cashier for his pay. As the cashier was at his desk in the rotunda, wherl:) Jack couldn't very well go, the steward sent his assistant to get the order cashed. When he came back he handed the money to the boy. Jack tucked it away in an inner pocket and, taking his basket under his arm, left the hotel yard. On his way back to the downward path by which he had come Jack stopped at a small octagonal building near the edge of the cliff. It was a single little room, octagonal in shape, mounted on eight posts that raised it about nine feet from the ground. A flight of narrow stairs communicated with a door in the side looking directly away from the lake. Each of the other seven sides was provided with a window. The half-diamond-shaped roof rose to a point beneath the spreading limb of a stout tree, which partially shaded it from the afternoon 1:1un. As Jack mounted the steps, three men and a boy hove into sight. The boy was Sam Dyke, and he pointed Jack out to his father and the other two. The young .sherl:nan did not observe the approach of the enemy until they had arrived close to the observatory. Then, happening to glance out through the door, he saw Levi Dyke and the two men with ropes in their hands, and Sam bringing up the rear, with a coil of stout line slung over his shoulder: The who.le aspect of the newcomers was menacing, and the fact that Sam was with them convinced Jack that he was the ob:ject they were after. If he had entertained the slightest doubt of this fact, it was dissipated when l1evi Dyke led the forces to the foot of the stairs and ordered Haviland to come out of the observatory. What do you want with me?" asked Jack, standing in the doorway. Before his faiher could make a reply, Sam yelled out, with a grin of Ratisfaction : "We're goin' to knock the stuffin' out of yer." That was a rather startling intimation of trouble, and, after Jack had calmly surveyed his enemies, he was willing to believe that they meant business. "Are you comin' down. or must we cooue up there and get you?" roared Levi Dyke, in the tone of an officer com manding a : fortress t<1 surrende r or take the consequences. Jack had a strong objection to either o.f the suggestions offered by the elder Dyke, for he easily guessed what he would be up against the moment they laid their hands upon He would be like the common people in the grasp of the trusts. "No," he said ; "I'm not coming down." "Then we'll fetch you down, and we'll lick you twice as hard for givin' us the trouble of goin' after you," said Dyke, senior. "Better keep back," replied Jack, picking up a heavy Malacca cane that stood within his reach. "I'm not going to be whipped if I can help myself. And I warn you that I'll give you all the fight you want." I-fe.looked cool and determined, and the besiegers did nort; like his attitude for a cent. However, they did not dream for a. moment that one boy, though a stout one, would be able to stand them off even a little bit. The width of the stairs would only permit of the to advance in single file, and this was of advantage to Jack, who -figured that he would be able to knock them out as fast as they came up. He did not mean to seriously injure them if he could avoid doing so, but he was determined, at all hazards, to resist capture. Levi Dyke, being sufficiently primed with liquor to make him uncommonly bold, led the assault, with Joyce and Hague close behind, while Sam. prudently remained on the ground, an interested Oibserver of the proceedings. As Levi dashed up the stairs and made a rush for the door; Jack fetched him a rap alongside the head that made him think the observatory had fallen. in and buried him in the debris. He tumbled back upon Joyce, who in turn collided with Hague, and the result was the three besiegers tornbled backward down the stairs and landed in a heap at the bot tom, to their own chagrin and Sam's amazement. Jack felt like laughing when he saw how easily he had upset both their calculati001S and themselves. When they picked themselves up they were a mighty mad trio, and each said things that would not bear repeating. Levi intimated in very forcible terms that what they wouldn't do to Haviland when they laid their hands on him was not worth mentioning. They formed in "line for a second attack, with Joyce in .. the lead, bnt this time they proceeded with more cauti0111. Jack awaited the assault as deliberately as before, and when Joyce got within easy reach he made a feint to strike 11im as he had done Levi Dyke, and the man ducked, as the boy expected he would. Then quirk as a wink he fetched Joyce an awful jab in the stomach, and back he went on Hague, who slipped and fell upon Dyke, senior, and once more they had to extricate themselves from a confused jumble at the foot of the stairs. They held an angry consultation at' to what should be


6 ON TO SUCCESS. done next, for it seemed pl11,in that a direct attack had its disadvantages. The result of the confab was that it was decided to put 8a m in the lead to bear the brunt, on tl{e supposition that Haviland wouldn not hit him as hard as he hacl the men. "I don't want to go up first," strenuously objected Sam. "He'll kill me with that cane." "He wouldn't dare," replied his father, reassuringly. "I wouldn't trust him." "Well, you've got to lead the way, whether you like it or not/' cried Levi Dyke, his son by the ear and march ing him to the foot of the stairs. Sam roared and kicked, and gave the besi ege rs no end af trouble. While the enemy was in a state of temporary conf usion, Jack wondered if he could not play a mar e h on them by leaving the observatory unnoticed. He figured that he could pass out of the front window and climb to the roof of the building, from which the over h ang ing branches o.f the tree close by would afford him the means of reaching the ground. The only difficulty in the way was that the enemy would be able to reach the foot of the tree before he could, and th1:s cut off his retr eat "I'm afraid it won't work," tho u ght J ack, a fter consid ering the matter for a moment or two. "Howeve r I might change my base of operations to the tree, anyway. It would be harder for them to dislodge me from that crotch in the trunk than from this place. H I stay h ere I'll either have to seriously maim one or more of them, or give up the fight. I'd rather not do either." Be.fore Jack was ready to retreat to the shelter of the tree the attacking party had formed once more, with the reluctant and frightened Sam at their he ad. "lle'll give you another chance,''. cried Levi Dyke. "Come down, and we'll only give you half the lickin' we intended to serve out to you." This bait was not alluring enough to catch Jack. He did not want even half a licking, nor did he put any trust in the promis e of Dyke, senior. If he could not retreat to the tree, he proposed to :fight it out on that liy.e, if it took all day. "No," he replied, "I won't surrender." "Then we'll wallop the daylights out of you,'' replied Levi Dyke. "All right. Then I'll have to knock Sam's brains out as soon as he gets within reach,'' answered Jack, determinedly. He said this to demoralize the junior Dyke, and he fully succeeded. 1 "I told yQu he means to kill me, dad he roared, strug g ling in vain to escape from the encircling arms 00: Hague, ; ho was urging him forward with a boost. As Sam was pushed forward step by step, he yelled mur der at the top of his voice. Jack swung his cane to and fro with such a vicious sweep that Hague became fearful that he would scatter Sam's brains over the stairs, and he refused to push the boy within the perilous circle. Levi Dyke stormed and swore, and finally attempted to create a diversion by climbing up the railing of the stairs, so as to get on a lev e l with the besieged.lad. Jack waited till he got close enough, and then pounded his fingers with the stick till he let go and dropped to the ground, at the same time keeping a wary eye on Hague and Sam. By this time the three guests came up and began to inquire into the cause of the rumpus. This took the rascals' attention away from Jack, and the boy decided to b eat a retreat from the observatory. As a preliminary to the venture he slammed the door of the building to and placed the cane against it to hold it shut. Then he climbed out qJ the window overlooking the lake and scrambled to the peaked roof. From the roof he climbed into the branches of the big tree that overshadowed it and moved down to the central crotch. Perching himself securely in his new retreat, Jack paused to examine the situation again. To bis surprise, the enemy gave no sign of having observe d his change of base. Levi Dyke was trying to impress the fact upon the hotel visitors that he and his associates were in the right. As Jack had no voice in the proceedings, the guests were unable to fully decide the question; but, as it was none of their business, they prudently made no effort to interfere. At this stage of the matter a bright idea struck Hague. He suggested that, while he and .Joyce made an assault on the door Dyke, senior, should take his son around to the front and boost him into the window. He calculated that, thus placed between two fires, the besieged would surely be captured. Unfortunately for the success of the scheme, which was not a bad one, the ideas came too late to be of any value, for the bird had flown the coop. They did not lmaw that, however, aud the four, tickled at the prospects of capturing the boy they were after, pro ceeded to carry the plan into operation. Jack watched them with a chuckle of satisfaction. "I got out of that place just in time," he said to himself, as he perceived the strategic move that had been adopted by the enemy. All being ready, the two lightship men rushed up the stairs, while Levi Dyke shoved his son up to the front window. Two or three of the hotel guests heard the uproar and came toward the observatory to find out what the trouble The door yielded to the assault, and Joyce and Hague dashed into the observatory with arms extended to grasp Haviland, just as Sam's face reached above the level of the window sill. Then blank amazement rested on their faces. The observatory was empty. was.


ON TO SUCCESS. CHAPTER IV. DE S CRIBES llOW J.A.OK ELUDES HIS ENEMIES. The moment Joyce and Hague entered the observatory, Jack Haviland decided that the auspicious i:noment had arrived for him to retreat froll). the scene. Even if Levi Dyke discovered him in the act of leaving the shelter of the trees, he was so burdened by the weight of his son that several moments must elapse before he could c ha s e him. So down the tree trunk scrambled Jack, and off he started at full s pe e d for the path down the cliff. Levi saw him dfrectly and let out a yell of warning. He yanked Sam down with so much energy that the boy los t his balance and came tumbling to the ground, striking on his head and s houlders, which brought forth a yell laud e nou g h to wake the dead. Joyce and Hague came dashing out of the observatory in time to see Jack running along the edge of the cliffs. Th e three men started after him in hot pursuit. Althou g h the boy had gOt a good start, he was not out of dan ge r by any means. IIis pursuers were tough seamen, w j ry and active as cats, and e i t h e r of them would have be e n more than a match for him if it came to a hand-to-hand encounter. Jac k looked back as he ran, and saw that the men were clos in g in on him, and that he would have to put his best foot forward if he wished to elude them. He was pretty confid ent in his own running for not a boy in Holderness could compete with him in point of s peed. He s oon found, however, to his great dismay, that Bill Joyce was faster. 'l'he ra s cal was bound to overhaul him before-he could r eac h the path. J a dc pos>'esscc1 one advantage over his purs uent, which was lha t he knew eve ry inch : of the clifl:s which he would have to i.ra v er s e in orclei to place himself out of clang er, anrl h e r a pidly macle up his mind to head foi: a certain poi n t fro m which he coulcl make hi s way down {o a c a v e known a s the "Gull's Ne s t with the lnbyrinths of which v e ry f e w people were As ihe fu g ilirn near e d the point for which he was head in g lie ;:;aw that it would be touch and go with him whether or n o t he could outl'print the agile Joyce. H e s trained every nerve to reach the point, ancl, b y dint of a treme ndou s spurt, managed to achieve bis obj ect whil e t he li ghts hip man was still a dozen yards away from him. A s this point the cliffs w e re fufly a hundred and fifty feet hi g h, and went almol't she e r clown to the water, lay calm and deep b elow, like a great mill-pond. To the cas ual eye it would have seerped an impossibility to d escend the cliff at this point, but Jack, as we saicl befo re was w e ll a c quaint e d with the difficulties of the des cent, and knew that, even if he was followed, if he could get past a certain point s afely, he would be beyond reach of his pursuers. '"' Jack hastily swung himself over the edge of the cliff, and, taking advantage of every root, bush and projection, rapidly placed a considerable distance between himself and the summit. Joyce arrived at the spot the boy had just quitted and came to a pause. \ The idea of following Haviland down that sheer surface did not appeal to him with sufficient weight to induce him to attempt it. Levi Dyke and Ha.gue presently came up, and they gazed down at the nervy boy. "I guess we'll have to give it up as a bad job," remarked Joyce. "I wouldn't go down there after him for a wad of money." "Give up nothin'," growled Levi, swiftly marking the progress of Haviland. "I'm goin' after him myself, and I'll catch him, too." Levi Dyke a good bit about that cliff himself. He knew practically every point of vantage Jacki would have to avail himseH of. And his knowledge showed him how, by the aid of the long rope Sam was bringing up, he could quickly have him self lowered down the face of the cliff to a point where he would be able to intercept the fugitive. He motioned to his to hurry, and Sam came up on the run. Levi hastily proceeded to one ena of the line round his waist. "If I can get a grip on that young cub," he said, "I'll make him smart for them cracks he gave me on the flip pers, and all the trouble he's given the whole of us to over haul him. Now, you, Joyce and Hague, lower away, and mind you hold tight to that line. When I get hold of him, haul for all you're worth, d'ye hear?" "Ay, ay, LeYi," answered both men in a breath. By this time Jack had reached a bro;ld ledge which stood out from the clifl'. Ile had to drop from here to another and narrower ledge, and thenc e proceed with the utmost caution to slide down to a natuni.1 footpath which led to the mouth of the "Gull's N rst." From this footpath the cliff went straight down to the beach-one smooth Rl_ab of rock. When Jack reached the broad ledge already mentioned, he looked up and saw that the burly form of Levi Dyke was being lowered by means of a rope. It took but a slight calculation for him to understand that Dyke would reach him long before he could arrive at the footpath. What could he do now in the face of certain capture? "I'm afraid that rope has cooked my goose," he breathed disconsolately. "It is too bad, when I felt sa sure of giving them the slip." Like a

d O.N TO SUCCESS It was as bare and as steep as ihe side of a house. 'fhere was no cbfnce to escape in that direction. Evidently he was cornered, and he pictured to himself the triumph of his enemies after he had been hauled back to the gronnd above. He could easily guess what would follow-a flogging, the like of which he had never expeTienced in his life. The mere idea of his utter helplessness made him set his together and look down in the direction of the beach. It lay over one hundred feet a little to the right. But directly be1ieath and in front of him he knew the water was very deep and without obstnwtions. Instantly he resolved what he would do. He would jump into the lake. Sam Dyke, with a grin of delight, was bending over the edg e of the clifl', intently watching the fugitive, and direct" ing the paying out of the rope that brought his father closer and closer upon his prey. "vVe"ve got him," he shrieked, in a tone of satisfaction, ns he saw his father reach dO!Wn to grasp Jack's collar. he was mistaken, for Haviland jerked himself to one side and leaped straight out into mid-air. Keeping his body perfectly stiff, he shot through the in tervening space, and fell into the lake with a splash that sent all the gulls in the neighborhood screaming away. Spellbound, Sam Dyke and the two men above, as well as Levi himself; gazed at the spot where Jack fell, feeling pretty certain that he had met his P,eath by adopting such means to avoid falling into their clutches. But Jack W!!s a first-rate diver and swimmer, and a few seconds after he disappeared he rose to the surface of the water and struck out for the nearby patch of beach. Levi Dyke was haule d back to the top of the cliff, and vented his disappointment with a string of imprecations not pleasant to listen to. He shook his ponderous fist at the swimming boy, and swore he would yet get even with the daring lad. And while the rascals were lamenting over their van ished revenge, Jack gained the bit of beach and sat down on a rock to regain his breath. He looked up at the ledge from which he had jumped, and now realized tha.t he had taken a pretty desperate chance. The four figures standing on the edge of the cliff fifty feet above looked much further to his eyes. He could imagine they were awfully angry and clisip pointecl, and he chuckled gleefully to think how he had balked them at the very moment they thought their prize was within their grasp. CHAPTER V. TREATS OF A CONVERSATION THAT JACK OVERHEARD. W11en Jack had fully rested himself he got up and pre to make hi s way to Holderness along the base of the cliffs. There were patches of beach at intervals, but, as we have a lread y mentioned, no continuous footway, and Jack was obliged to take J-,o the water several times before he reached the beach proper. This was no great to him, as he was al ready well soaked, a .nd a litqe niore water was a matter of no moment to him. Having reached a shelter.ea nook within half a mile of the village, Jack removed his clothes and spread them out on a big rock at the foot of the cliff to dry. He then buried himself, all but his head, in the soft, warm sand, and began to consider how he should avoid a subsequent encounter with the burly Levi Dyke. While be was thus employed, two men apljlroached the spot and sat down on a rock within earshot of him. One of these Jack recognized as Isaac Naylor, a lawyer, and the richest man in Holderness-. He was president of the Lake Michigin Navigation Com pany, which during the summer ran a boat on alternate days between Milwaukee and Holderness for the special accommodation of the summer traffic. He was a large man, of perhaps forty years, with a cold, calcl-ilating eye and saturnine features. The other man was Amos Flint, his chief clerk and gen eral man of business. He was slight and wiry, and wore his black coat but toned close about him. "Of course you understand, Mr. Flint," Mr. Naylor was saying, "that this new arrangement of the Milwaukee Steam boa.t Company to nm a boot to this place this sum mer is going to interfere with the interests of the Lake l\1ichi gin Navigation Company, of which I am the principal owner." "Certanly, sir," replied his companion; obsequiously; "so I told Mrs. Flint and the little Flints, when I saw that the bills announcing the fact had been posted in. all the public places." "In spite od' my per sistent opposition these people have secured the right to us e the steamboat wharf this season, and this letter, which I have just received from our Mil waukee agent, informs me that their new boat, the Sylph, wlll make her first trip up to-day. She i s clue here at five thirty this afternoon." "Very good, sir-that is, I Il'\ean very bad, sir," replied his clerk. It is intolerable, Mr. Flint, now that Holderness has de veloped into the mast popular resort 0n the lake, that a rival should cut info the business that rightfully belongs to the Lake Mi c hi g an Company." "Exactly wha.t I told Mrs. Flint and the little Flints this morning, sir." "Now, mark vou, sir, I don't propose to allow the Mil Company to ride rou g hshod over me," said Mr.' Naylor, nodding his head in a ,very determined wa.y. right, sir." "It stru ck me that if something were to happ en-some-


ON TO SUCCESS. thing, mind you, that would shake the confidence of the public in this new line-it would be to our advantage." "To our advantage-yes, sir." "Well, I propose that something shall happen." "Ye.s, sir-if somethipg only would, sir." "By the way, Mr. Flint, you have called at the office the Holderness Oil and Gasoline W arks several 1.imes dur ing the last two weeks to renew the contract for carrying their product, haven't you?" "Certainly, sir." "You didn't succeed in getting the manager's signature to our printed form, did you?" "No, sir. I regret--" "Of course J'OU do, Mr. Flint. You regret to say that the company has just signed with the opposition steamboat company, which throws us out in the cold wifo regard to a very considerable amount od' freight that we had counted 'Upon." "Yes, sir." "When the Sylph leaves the whm to-morrow morning on her return trip I understand that she will carry fifty barrels of gasoline and oil. Do you follow me?" "Certainly, sir. I am all attention." "Now, Mr. Flint, if that oil was to catch fire in some mysterious way when the steamboat was well on her way to Milwaukee, what would happen?" "She'd burn up, wouldn't she, sir?" "I think the chances about a hundred to one that she would," replied Mr. Naylor, dryly. "That would be a. most unfortunate catastrophe, sir." "Undoubtedly-fOT the Milwaukee Steamboat Company. They'd lose their new boat, and probably the confidence of the public. "Very true, sir." "And the Lake Michigan Navigation Company would be the gainer." "That's right, sir. But such a 1.hing iR not likely to happen, sir." "Oh, accidents are liable to happen on board any steamer at the most unexpected time. I dare say you remember how the City 00: Chicago took fire in the middle of the lake three years ago and burned to the water's edge?" "Yes, sir; I remember the lamentable occurrence. Over a hundred lives were lost on that occasion." "I believe so," responded the lawyer, carelessly. "Well, Mr. Flint, what happened to the City of Chicago might happen to the Sylph." "Quite tn1e, sir, it might; bnt-" "You think such a catastrophe very remote, eh?" said Mr. Naylor, slyly. "That is what I was about to observe, sir." "Now, Mr. Flint, suppose I were to send you to Mil waukee to-morrow morning on business." "On business, sir "Precisely-on business. And YOIU were to take passage on the Sylph." "On the Sylph Why, sir, you wouldn't have m e p.11.ron ize the opposition--" "Attend to me, Mr. Flint," interrupted Mr. Naylor, im patiently. "I am attending, sir." "I said suppose you were to take passage on the Sylph, because you know that she is a faster and newer boat than the Holderness, and consequently woula land you in Mil waukee sooner than if you went by the old-established line." "Yes, sir; but--" began the clerk, in a puzzl e d way. "Don't intern1pt me, Mr. Flint," went on Mr. Naylor, in a brusque way. "Suppose, I say, you were to do this, and that while on board you casually walked down on to the freight deck, .and your curiosity should induce you to sh;oll to where the gasoline barrels were piled. Do yol}follow me?" "Certainly, sir," hastil:y answered the clerk, who had not a very clear idea what his employer was trying to get at. "I believe you smoke, Mt. Flint?" "Yes, sir; but Mrs. Flint and the little-" "Never mind about your family, sir," sai\ 1 },fr. Xa:ylor, testily. "As you smoke, it would be the most natural thing in the world for you to light a cigar--" "Not near the oil barrels, sir." "Why not?" demanded the lawyer, sharp'.y. "Mr. Flint, it seems to me you are fois morning." "I hope not, sir. Mrs. Flint s':irl--"' "Will you kindly leave Mrs. Fl'.nt out of th i s matter, ?" "Certainly, sir. I was only about to observe that--" "But I don't want to hear what you were about to observe. Attend to me, please. It is my purpose that you do take the Sylph for Milwaukee to-morrow morning; that you do go down to the freight deck; that when you locate the gasoline barrels you light a cigar close to one of them, through the bung of which you had previously bOTed a hole with a large gimlet and inserted a piece of fuse, to the outer end of which you apply the flame of a match with which you had lighted your cigar; and then you walk away and leave the fuse to do the rest. Do you understand me?" "Why, sir, that would be a sir!" gasped the clerk, with a white face. "'\Vhat of it . M1:. Flint?" asked the lawyer, coldly. "You would be working in the interests of the Lake Michigan: Navigation Company; wouldn't you?" "Yes, sir, replied the clerk, faintly; but-" "Will you attend to me? I need scarcely remind you that our interests are to a certain extent identical. If the Mi1waukee Steamboat Company runs the Navigation Com pany out of business, as it threatens to do, you will lose a fat job, Mr. Flint. Therefore you see how necessary it is that we pull together. You are \he only person I dar.e trust with an enterprise 0 this nature, for you are prac tically under my thumb. I can send you to State prison lt any time for that little bit of forg--"


10 ON TO SUCCESS. "Oh, Lor'! don't mention that, sir. I'll do anything you order, sir," agreed i.he clerk, in a fright. "I thought you would, Mr. Flint," replied the lawyer, grimJy. "But, sir, this is a very serious matter for me to under take. If I should be detecMd, what would become of ::\frs. Flint and the little Flints?" "You mustn't be detected, Mr. Flint. That would ruin everything." "It would ruin me, sir," replied the clerk, dolefully. "I should be pretty roughly handled, and put in jail, and tried and convicted, and-ob, Lor' the very idea of it puts me in a cold sweat." "Pshaw! Nothing of the kind will happen -if you are cautious." "But there's another thing that yon haven't considerecl, sir." "What is that?" "Supposing I do set the hoat afire, and Rhe burns and goes to the bottom ?" "Well," impatiently. "How am I going to get a s hore ?" "In one of the boats with the other passengers, of course." "But suppose--" '"I'hat will do, Ur. Flint. Are you going to carry this scheme out for me, or must I produce that paper with the forged--" "I'll do it, sir," replied the clerk, hastily. "I hope you will :lllow me something extra as a compensation :for the ri,,k I'm taking. It would kind of ease my conscience---" 'Your what?" "2\fy conscience, sir. The inward monitor that--" "Humph! If I were you, Mr. Flint, I'd get rid of it. 'Tis only a drawback to a man in yom position. Well, I haYc no oLjec tion lo paying you the sum of two hundred and fifty do1lars as a bonus if you do the job up to the haridle." "Thank you, sir. It will buy 11{rs. Flint and the little Flints-oh, Lm' what was that?" :! ack Haviland, who had been an attentive listener to the diabolical scheme in question, inadvertently sneezed :.-rn1 attracted to him the attention of both Mr. Isaac Naylor and his rascally clerk. CHAPTER VI. THE PRICE OF SILENCE. Mr. Naylor sprang to his feet with an exclamation that did not sound well from the lips of a man a his stanaing in the community Both he and Mr. Flint gazed almost stupefied at the naked figure of Jack Haviland as it emerged from the sand and then squatteQ. within a couple of yards of them. Jack c1ic1 not open his mouth, but coolly waited for some move on the part of the men before him. It was a moment or two .Mr. Naylor spoke, and then his tone was harsh and menacing. "So, young man, you've been listening to our conversa tion, have you?" he said, his hard eyes emitting a steely flash. "I won't deny that fact, sir," answered the boy, calmly. "How long have you been playing the eavesdropper?" continued Mr. Naylor, with an ugly sneer. Jack did not like the way in which he put the question and remained si l ent. "How long have you been here?" demanded Mr. N in a compressed tone. "Ever since you two came and sat on that rock." "Mr. Nay l or took his handkerchief from his pocket and wiped the drops of moisture from his brow. He realized that he was in a very serious position. "Then you heard every word we said?" he remarked hoarsely. "Every word," coolly responded Jack, who fully realized the import of the conversation, and consequently felt little respect or consideration for the man who 11acl planned the llestruction of the new boat of tlie opposition steamboat line. A for Mr. Flint, he simply looked pnralyzecl with terror. In his mind's eye a prison cell rose hefore him and he wanted to fly from the neighborhood as fast as his skinny limb s would carry him. Mr. Naylor did not ask .Tack what hncl brought him to that secluded spot. TTis nnkeflneRR, ancl 11is cloihrs spreac1 out on the rock, seemed to indicate a very natural conclusion-that the boy had been in swimming. The president and principal owner of the Lake Michigan Navigation Company saw i.hat the boy, whom he recognized as Jack Haviland, the young fisherman of Tiolclernrss, har1 him in his power, and could vuin him i f he io Rpeak. Mr. Naylor, however, was a re sourcefu l rascal-the word applied to him in spite of his good c lothes and respectabl e reputation-and he did not for an instant lose hi s head under the ticklish circumstances. "You'd better dress yomself, young man," he saill ca lm ly. "I'd like to have a few words with you." Jack was not particularly desirous of havin g any con versation with the rich 11'lan of IIoldernesR, hut he lJad no objection at all to dressing himself, for he :felt that he placed at considerable disadvantage in hi s unclothed state. While he was dressing himself Mr. Naylor and his man Flint talked together in a low tone and before Jack got hi s jacket on the clerk walked off toward the village at a rapid pace. Mr. Flint strode up and down in front of the rock on which he and his clerk had been sitting. He was carefully considering how he should deal with the boy. He was prepared to offer him a considerable bribe to se cure his and, as he believed almost everybody has


ON TO SUCCESS. 11 =======================================================================-====-his he did not doubt but he could buy a poor fishing the limit. Don't think to deceive a man of my years and lad. experience. I know the world, for I've been up against it There are some things in world that cannot be for over forty yeaxs. We might as well understand each bought, however-an honest, upright heaxt, for instance-other first as last. Name the price of your silence." and Mr. Naylor's confidence in the purchasing power of "' Very well, sir. I will name it." money was about io receive a rude jolt. "I thought we'd come to terms," replied the rich man, At length, Jack, seeing that he could not well avoid what with a gleam of satisfaction in his eyes. he doubted not must prove an unsatisfactory il}terview, "The price of my silence is that you give up this villain approached the magnate o.f Holderness. ous project against the steamboat Sylph." "Well, sir," he said, ru.ther coldly, "what is it you wish Mr. Naylor looked at Jack with unfeigned surprise. to say to me?" "What else?" he asked, almost sharply. Be.fore he opened his mouth, Mr. Naylor studied his face "Nothing else." for a moment through bis half-shut eyes, as though weigh"Nothing else?" ejaculated the magnate of Holderness, ing up every feature of the boy's frank and open counte-as though he could not believe the evidence of his senses. nancc, but found nothing in it to encourage him. "Nothing else,'1 repeated the boy. "I wish to know whether we can come to an understand"Do you mean to say you won't accept five hundred doling with Tefercnce lo what you heard Mr. Flint and myself lars from me as a--ahem !-present?" talking about," said the rich man. "No, sir. You have the only terms by which I am. will "What do yon mean by an understanding?" asked Jack. ing to kee.p my mouth shut." "Well, you overheard the details of a little plan that I Mr. Naylor regarded Jack as a professor might look at contemplated putting into execution, but which, under the some new specimen of the animal kingdom that had unex present circumstances, I will be obliged to abandon. If you pectedly come under his observation. should tell the story about the village I should feel bound "You mean that, do you?" he said, rather doubtingly. to deny and ridicule it, of course, anQ. Mr. Flint would "This is not some trick to cover a subsequent move on your back me up. Our united denials WO'llla. undoubtedly have part?" more weight tlrnn your unsupported testimony. Still, the "I mean just what I have said.You have the reputation story would greatly embarrass me. Th erefore I prefer that of being the wealthiest man in Holderness. Well, you it should not get out. Do you think that two hundred and haven't money enough to bribe me to hold my tongue so fifty dollars would put a seal on your mouth?" that you might safely try to carry out the scheme that you .Jack's lips curled scornfully. proposed to your clerk. The destruction of the Sylph in "No, sir, I do not," he replied propiptly. mid-lake means the possible loss of many lives. Have you Mr. Naylor bits his lips, and the steely hue of his eyes weighed that fact in your calculations? If I told what I grew harder. know, I could block your game, anyway, Mr. Naylor, and "Perhaps if I make it five hundred dollars--" you know it. Well, I have no particulax interest in holding "No, sir," interrupted Jack. "I wish you to understand you up as a mark for suspicion, so I will say nothing if you that J am not for sale." will give me your word that you will drop all plans you "No?" answe red the president of the navigation com-may have against the Milwaukee Steamboat Company." pany, with a palpable sneer. "Very well," replied Mr. Naylor, "I'll take you at your "No," returned the boy, in an earnest tone. word. I'll agree to your terms. It may spell ruin for me, "Indeed," said Mr. Naylor, almost incredulously, "you but I don't see that I can help myself. Is that satisfactory seem to be a model young chap-for a sher boy." to you?" "I do not claim to be better than my associates, Mr. "It is." Naylor," replied Haviland. "I believe every decent boy "Then shah hands on it." would scorn the proposition you have suggested." "No, sir. I prefer not to." "You do, eh? \ Fine words to mask your blackmailing "Proud, are you?" replied the magnate, sneeringly. intentions." "Perhaps so," answered the boy. "But that is my busi"I am no blackmailer, Mr. Naylor." ness." "Do you mean to tell me that you refuse the sum of five If a look could have killed Haviland at that moment, hundred dollars without any idea of bleeding me by degrees the steely :flasb of t.lie rich man's eye would have stretched for many times that sum?" him dead there on the beach. "That is just what I mean." "You can go," he saicf harshly. "Excuse me, young man, if I disbelieve you. It isn't Jack was glad to avail himself of the chance to leave the in keeping with human nature. The principle is inborn man. in every one to get all he can in the easiest way within his "So, you are a boy without price, are you?" grated Mr. reach. You have managed to get me on the }Jip, so to speak. Naylor, watching the r et reating form of the noble boy. To a certain extent I am in your power. There isn't a man, "You have the nerve to dictate terms to me, eh? Well, we or a boy, either, who wouldn't push such an advantage to shall see, my lad. I am not a man to be easily turned from


r 12 ON TO SUCCESS. a purpose The Sylph is a thorn in my side that I intend to pluck out in spite of 11:hundred boys of your caliber. A few snccessfu l trips made by that boat would put the Lake Michigan Navigation Company out of business. I suppose I must stand aside and see the busi ess I have built up go to my rival Not if I know myself, and I think I do. I 'rill have to take measures to ensure your silence in the way that will redounO. best to my advantage. You have made me your enemy, my lad, and it is. the worst day's work for yourself that you ever did in your life." \Yi th tl1.ese words, Isaac Naylor followed the steps of the boy who in every respect save worldly position was infinitely his superior. CHAPTER VII. 0:-1 BOARD THE LAKE BIRD. The arrivm of the Sylph, the new boat of the Milwaukee Ste amboat Company, ocrasioned quite a little excitement in the village of Holderness. She made fast to the main wharf in front of the village at half -past five that afternoon, on time to the minute, and quite a number of summer visitors came on her and scat tered to the various hoMs and boarding-homes in tlie neighborhood. Jack Haviland was among the crowd of natives who gath ered on the dock to admire the steamer, which was thor oughly up to date in every p articular, and rather cast the Holderness, the regular boat, in the shade. The pilot of the boat was an old friend of the Haviland family, anr1 as soon as he saw Jack on lhe wharf he in vi led him ahoanl, and then proceeded to show the boy, for whom he had a consiilerab le fondness, over the craft fore and a.fL "Slie's a fine boat, Mr. :Morgan," said Jack, enthus iasti cally, when they walked ashore. "There's none finer of her size and build on the lake, replied the pilot. '' Sh9 malrns the Holderness look lik e thirty cents." .. Indeed she does." "You brought quite a crowd up with you, and some con siderable freight." "Yes ViTe did uncommonly well for a first trip, and so ear l y in the seaso n. We didn't leave much for the other boat, though she thought to get ahead of us by starting an hour earlier from Milwaukee, As it was, we passed her nfier noon as though she was lying to." "I guess the Holderness isn t in it with the Sylph." "Not even a little bit, Jack." "Then it seems to me that the. only chance the Lake Michi g an Navigation Company has is to run its boat on aHernate clays with the Sylph. That ought to give 1'1:r. aYlor a share, at any rate, of the traffic between here and Mil w1i u kee." "That was the proposition made by the Milwaukee Steamboat Company to its rival, in order to do awa.y with extreme competition, when it first proposed to p'1t a boat on this route. Mr. Naylor, who practically owns all the stock of the other line, wouldn't hear of such a thing. He'll fincl that he'll have to adopt it or suffer the consequences." "I've heard that your company has the con.tract for car rying the products of the Holderness Oil and Gasoline vVorks to Milwaukee," said Jack. don't know anything about that, Jack. I am not spe cia lly curious about anything not within the line of my duty." "I should think the traveling public would object to such hazardous freight." "Oh, I dare say it.. will be well looked after," said the pilot. "The company will not take any chances with such stuff I have no doubt it is profitable to transport, or the steamboat people wouldn't handle it. Well, how1is the fishing business coming on, Jack?" "Ffrst class. This JooJts as if it was going to be a ban ner year for me. There are two new hotels and half a dozen new boarding-houses. I've got them all. As soon as the is well under way T sha ll lrnve my hanfls full keeping np with "my ordern." "I suppose you've got Tom Oliver well broken in by this time?" "Yes; he picked up things fast. We make a good team." "You can depend on him under any c ircum stances, for he told me there wasn't anything he wouldn't do for you." "Tom is all right. I've given him an interest in the businesi::, and will increase it next year. I like Tom first rate." "When do you go ont again, .Tack?" "Early to-morTow morning, if the wind serves." "Well, you mother I'.11 drop in and see her when I get lhe chance." "I will. She'll be glad to see you, Mr. Morgan." They parted at one of the street corners, and Jack turned his steps homeward. Halfway up the street he spied Sam Dyke coming out of a with .a bottle done up in a piece of paper in his hand TlJat worthv, however, i-;aw him, too, and darted back in.lo the drinl,ing-place, where he wailed until Jack had passed by. After an early tea, Haviland went clown to the small pri vate wharf and rowed out to his fishing sloop, the Lake Bird, which wa s about al l the property, outside of the cot tage and a small patch of ground surrounding it, !hat Tom Haviland left his family when !hat unfortunate gale closed his earthly account. He started to put the boat in order for their next cruise Lo lhe fishing grounds in the northern end of the lake. While thus engaged he was hailed from the shore. He recognized his assistant's voice, and, jumping jnto the rowboat, pulled for the wharf. "Hello, Tom," he said cheerily. "I see you're on hand." "Yes,'" grinned Oliver : "I'm a lways turning up, like a bad penny."


. ON TO SUCCESS. 13 "You don't want to compare yourself to a spurious coin, Tom. You've got the ring of true metal, every time." '''I hope there's nothin' mea?about me, at any rate, Jack," replied the husky lad, stepping into the boat. "I'il bet there isn't, Tom. You're all right." "Glad to hear it." "I'm just as well pleased that you came over, though there wasn't any real necessity of you doing so." "There wasn't nothin' doin' at home, so I thought I'd drop over and make myself useful if there was anythin' for me to do." "I guess you can find something to keep you out of mis chief," said Jack, as he pulled in his oars and grabbed the rail c..I the Lake Bird. "Hop aboard." They were soon busy scrubbing up the deck and cleaning out the fish well. Jack had already told his companion about his morning's adventure on the cliffs and his thrilling leap into the lake from the ledge above "Gull's Nest," so about all he had to talk about now was the new steamer which he had in spected through the kindness of Mr. Morgan, the pilot. "How is it you were not at the wharf when the Sylph came in?" he asked Tom. "Half of the village was there to see the new boat." "I was off on an eITand for my father at the time and I couldn't get there." "That was it, eh?" "Yep. I was down at the wharf lookin' at her just be-fore I came over here. She's a scrumptious boat, ain't she?" "That's ":'hat she is. I've been all over her." "No! Is that a act?" asked Tom, enviously. "Yes. Mr. Morgan, the pilot, saw me on the wharf and invited me aboard. If you'd been with me you coUid have gone over her, too." "Gee! I missed it, didn't I?" "You'll have lots of chances to inspect her yet. I'll take you aboard some afternoon when she makes her landing. ii "\Vill you? That's prime. She's a better boat than the Holderness." "I should say she is! I'd like to be pilot of such a boatthat is, if I wasn't doing so well as I am now." "I guess you'd make a good one," said Tom. "You know the l ake all around here like a book. YOU could take the steamer through either the outer or inner passage in the reef without any difiiculty, couldn't you?" "I wouldn't be afraid to do it at any time. The Sylph came in by the outer passage near the lightship this after noon, so I suppm;e that will be l:er regular route. I'll guarante e to take her through there in any kind of weather she'll stand up to." "There goes the light,') said Tom, suddenly. They both paused and gazed toward the lightship. Slowly the lantern, a modest yet all-important luminary of the night, rose from the deck of the anchored vessel on the reef. At last it reached its destination at the head of the thick part of the single mast amidships, but ten feet below the big red and black striped ball. Simultaneous with the ascent of the Gull light there fl.ashed on the distant horizon the gleam from the tubular lighthouse, on the Michigan side of the lake, miles to the south. Ere long the lights of the different hotels, boarding houses and cottages throughout Holderness illum i nated the the darkness of evening, while far up on Storm Stone Rock blazed forth the lights of the new hotel. "This neighborhood looks fine on a summer night, doesn't it?" remarked Jack. "Bet your life it does," replied Tom, enthusiastically. "I can remember when there wasn't any hotels hereabouts, and consequently no lights at night to speak about-not even that there Gull lamp." v "So can I. It isn't so very long ago, either. A few years ago Holderness wasn't much more than a fishing vil lage, for scarcely any one but the fishermen and their fami lies lived here; now it is one of the most popular summer resorts on the lake. Funny how things turn out, isn't it?" "That's so. This year it's goin' to be more popular than ever. And next year more than this. You won't be able to supply the trade next year with this boat. You'll have to get another and put me in charge of her." "I was thinking about that," replied Jack. "I might as well control the Yrhen I've got the chance. The stew ards of the hotels last year were so satisfied with the goods and the promptness with which I delivered them that no other fisherman was able to get my trade, and this year the stewards of the new houses sent for me right off and made a contract with me right off the reel." "And got about all the boarding-houses, and most of the private cottages. There cl,on't seem to be anybody left for the other fellows," grinned Tom. "After the is over we'll take the fish into Mil waukee, same as we did last fall, as long as there are any to catch," said Jack. "You ought to make a good bit of money this year." "I hope to, and every year, if I live,. I mean to try and do better." "You'd do fine with two boats," said Tom, who was grow ing ambitious to have charge of a fishing craft himself, as soon as he fancied :Qimself competent to run her and pro duce the goods. "I am sure I would," replied Jack. "Well, let's get :ishore. We want to catch as much sleep as we can between this and four o'clock, for we start at sunrise." So the boys rowed to the wharf, and thirty minutes later both were in the land of dreams. CHAPTER VIII. IN WHICH THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENS. A little after four in the morning Jack arose, jumped out o f bed and looked at the clock. Then he began to hustle into his clothes


1 4 ON TO SUCCESS. He went down to the kitchen, started a fire in the stove and prepared a simple breakfast for himself and got away with it. By that time it was quite light outside, alth o ugh lhe sun was not yet up He went to the front gate to tal13 a look up the road to see if Tom was in sight. He was not, but a man he did not know was walking rapidly in the direction of the cottage. Jack turned away to go down to the wharf, when he heard a shout. He looked up the road again; and saw the man who was approaching wave his hand at him. "I wonder what he wants with me?" thought the boy, waiting for him to come up. "You're Jack Haviland, aren't you?" asked the man, coming to a pause on the other side of the fence. "Yes, that's my name." "Well, John Morgan, the pilot of the Sylph, has been taken suddenly ill and it will be out of the question for him to take the boat out this morning. He sent word to the company's agent to that effect, and recommended vou as being tlwroughly competent to take the steamer out through the reef. As he said you expected to sail on a :fishing trip early this morning, the agent sent me around to ask you to step up to his house right away." "Where does the agent live?" asked Jack. The man told him "I don't see ho1r I can afford to act as a temporary pilot to the Sylph, supposing that the agent offers me the job, as I can't neglect my own business. I have contracts to supply :fish that must be filled. If I can get the're I must be at the fishing grounds by noon, a considerable distance to the north." "Can't you get son1e one to take your place for the trip?" "I SlJppose I could do that, of course, but I like to attend to my own business, then I know it is done properly." "Do you know any one who is competent to take the Sylph through the reef?" "No, I do not "The boat is advertis e d to leave for Milwaukee at ten o'cldck, and she's got to go, even if she has to steam to the north and east to get around the shoals. I am sure that the agent will make it worth your while to go to Milwaukee and hack," "But my usefulness would cease after the boat had passed through the reef until she has to repal's it on her return to this place I am not a lake pilot." '-"The captain will take of the boat after you have carried her through the eastern passage. It is simply a question of getting her through the reef.'' "I'd like to oblige you if I could do so without hindering :my regular work. Here comes my assistant now, all ready to start. I'll tell you what I'll do. I'll run up and see the agent, anyhow." As oon as Tom Oliver came up, Jack told him to go aboard the Lake Bird and get all ready for sailing . "I'll be back in side of half an hour," he concluded. Then he started for the steamboat agent's house in com pany with the man who had been sent after him. The ag ent was waiting for him. "You ar e Jac k Haviland, I b e lieve?" he said in a busi nesslike way. 11Yes, that's my name," replied the young fisherman. "You have been recommended to me as a person fully competent to take a steamer through the eastern channel of the Gulf Shoals. Are you prepared to undertake the job?" "I can take any vessel of the Sylph's draught safely through eiiher passage in the reef, but I am not looking .for the job, as my time is fully occupied with my fishing business. I am now on the point of sailing for the fishing grounds after to-morrow's supply, which must be delivered at the hotels and other places according to contract." "But you can get some other .fisherman to take your place for one b'ip, can't you?" "I can, of course, but would prefer not to." "But it is necessary that we have a pilot to take the Sylph through the reef this morning. Mr. Morgan says you arc the only one in Holderness that he would trust with the job. I am prepared to make it worth your while to help us out of our dilemma." The agent then named tlie sum he was willing to pay. "You will have nothing to do after carrying the steam boat through the eastern passage until the boat returns to the shoals to-morrow afternoon, when you will be expected to carry her to the Holderness wharf. You will be under no expense at Milwaukee, for you will eat and sleep on board the Rylph I hope you will not tnrn the proposition down, for if we should be unable to :find any one else capable of the work the captain would be obliged to take the boat many miles around to the north and eastward inaorr to clear the reefs wJ1ic h form a regular cul de sac around Holderness." Jack considered the matter for several minutes. He saw that it was a question of obliging the new steam boat company. If he could do this without hurting his regular business he was willing to undertake the job. "I'll tell you what I'll do, Mr. Howard," he said at last. "I'll see if I can get a certain fisherman to take my place on my fishing boat. He is about the only man in the village I can afford to trust, as I have cut out all the others from the bnlk of the trade here, and the y feel kind of sore over it, though I don't believe they would actually try to injure me in any way. If I can secure the man I have in mind I'll engage to go to Milwaukee and back on the Sylph." "When can you let me know?" a s k e d the agent. "Within half an hour.'' "That will be satisfactory I shall then expect you back within that time.'' "I should prefer that you send your messenger with me to bring back my answer, for if I get the man in question


.. I / ON TO SUCCESS. rn have ro take him to my boat an

16 ON TO SUC C ESS. T'1 e s11i.1kL 11ow 11 pollr i n g o u t ; n a s teady stream from the a fter p:ll t or th e ma i n deck, and the prospect began to look despern te to H a 1il am1. A t that m orncnt his eyes caught si ght of the Holderness coming alo ng the wake. H e r c aptain evidently hacl discovered the trouble the Sylph Wtlii in, ancl was steering direclly for her. It was at that juncture that a man suddenly ran out on the forward d e c k with a life-pr e s e rv e r in his hands. As he ha s tily buckl e d it around lris b o dy unJer his armpits he turned his white face up toward the pilot-house. Jack recognized him at once. 1 It was Amos Flint, Mr. Isaac Naylor's confident i al clerk. What until that moment the boy had believed to be a natural accident now took on a very grave a s p e ct. The awful suspicion forced itself on Jack's mind that, in spite of his solemn promis e not to molest the Sylph, Mr. Naylor had actually sent his clerk aboard the steamboat that morning to carry out the very scheme he had planned 1.he previous morning on the beach. Jack had flattered himself that he had blocked the ras c al s game, but it now looked as i the mag n J te of Holder ne s s had broken faith with him. Amos Flint was evidently startled when he saw the face of the young :fisherman staring down at him. That Jack was aboard the Sylph was probably the last thin g that would have o ccuncd 1.o his mind. \ Y ith his hand re s ting on the fonvard r a il he stared at t h e L o y in a stupefied way. Then another loud explosion occurred under the wheel hou se, and a great cloud of smoke enveloped the fore part of the now almost stationary steamer. It shut out the form of Amos Fli.nt from Jac k' s e yes. When it cleared away the clerk had disappeared, but Jack soon made him out in the water trying 1.o swim, with the aid of the live-preserv e r, towa r d the Holderness, which was still some distance off. The flames now began to m ake th eir appearance on the l o wer deck of the Sylph. The smoke increased in volume, pouring out at both ends of the covered deck, and driving Jack away from the rail. The engineer, as well as the two fir e m e n in the hold below, left their posts to help fight 1.he e ncroach i ng fire. But the captain soon saw that it was a hopeless task that' the new steamboat was doomed. He brdered his deck hands to go on t]1e upper deck and cut away the boats secured there. They had hardly thrown clown the two lines of hose and started to carry out his orders before a number of the oil casks burst open, and the blazing oil begarr to flood the deck fore and aft, making a perfect s e a of fire in the center of the steamer 'rhe flames ate their way up into the cabin above and burned through into the e ngin e room in the middle of the lower deck. The heat was now so that ne a rly all the male passengers seized life preservers .anc:f, a.i'Ler ha st il y aJjusl i n g thelI), sprang overboard into the lake. Practically the only passenger s remaining on t lie boat were Mrs. Senator Blake and her little f the open deck, a rift in the clouds of smoke showed him the huddled forms of Mrs. Senator Blake and her child. "My heavens!" he cried "A woman and a little girl still on this boat I must save them. But how? The life preservers He knew exactly where they were kep_t, but a single glance in that direction showed him that they were utterly beyond his reach. He gazed wildly around for something that would serve


ON TO SUCCESS. 17 to bea r the h e lpl ess pair up in ihe water, but not a thing coul J h e s e e that 1rns uvailable in the emergency. then a s tream of burning oil rolled toward the woman and the girl. They saw it clear l y enough, but, instead of trying to a.voi d it, their terror was so great that they never moved an inch -only stared at it as though fascinated by the terrible sight. In another moment they would have been surrounded and set afire, but J dashed forward to their rescue. He seized them both, each by an arm, and tore them away from the peril that menaced them. Rushing the m over to the opposite side of the deck, they fell inert against the rail. Sin g ular to relate, through all this terrible crisis tl1e little g irl n e ver uttered a cry or even a word of any kind. She s im p ly clung to her mother's skirts, as if she e:x; pectecl her would manage to save her. For a moment Jack studied the situation, and then made up bis mind that the three of them must go overboard to gether, and that he must do the best he could to hold them up until assistance came from the Holderness. "Brace up, ma'am," he said to the Senator's wife. "Wiive got to leave the steamboat at once. The heat, sm9ke am'l flames make it impossible for us to remain here many moments longer." "Where can we go?" asked the frenzied mother. "Not the water," she gasped. "We cannot swim. We shall be drowned." "I hope not, ma'am," replied the young fisherman, reas surmgly. "I am a first-rate swimmer. I think I may be a ble to hold you both up, if you don't struggle, until yonder steamer which is coming to our rescue, reaches us. At any rate, it is our only chance. A few minutes more and the fire will be all around us. Come." Seizing Bessie Blake in his arms, Jack sprang upon the rail. Then, steadying himself one of the posts that supported the uppper deck, he assisted the Senator's wife up beside him. The laqy shuddered as she looked down into the deep water of Lake Michigan. "Are you ready, ma'am?" asked Jack, nerving himself for the life-and-death struggle that was before him. "Yes, yes!" she gasped, covering her eyes with her hand to shut out the horror of the scene. "Then jump!" he exclaimed. Grasping the mother by the elbow and the child around the waist, Jack Haviland leaped down into the swirling waters. Fortunately for the success of the brave boy's efforts, a man swam up and took Mrs. Blake off his hands. They had not left the boat a moment too soon. The flames were already encroaching on the very spot they had just quitted. The fire bursting through th e upper deck compelled the captain and his men to shove the two boats they had de tached into the lake any old way. One of them immediately filled and sank. The other -floated, and Captain Winthrop and the deck hands jumped overboard and climbed into her. Getting out the oars, they rowed about picking up many of the passengers, but they were not on the same side of the steamer where Jack and the stranger were supporting Mrs. Blake and her daughter, and four had to wait until the Holderness came along and picked them up. CHAPTER X. WHF.REIN MR. FLINT IS BADLY RATTLED. Jack eflsily held Bessie Blake's head weH above th e water, and the child never made a struggle after the first cr y when the three struck the surface of the lake and went under for the only time. The h

18 ON TO SUCCESS "Do you mean to insin11ate that there was any crooked business about it?" "I haven't so." "Your way of talking would give one that id ea. Wher e were you at the time the fire broke out-near the oil barrels?" "No I was in the pilot-house talking to Captain Win throp." "Then how could you have ai:y idea at all as to what caused the fire?" "I don't care to explain my reasons at present." "Huh!" replied the man, in a huff. "I don't believe you have any You're like all boys-want to make a mountain out of a molehill." Jack laughed. "Well, if it's all the same to you, we'll let it go at that." "I suppose the nfilw boat is a total loss by this time," said the coal peaver, with a grin. "I'm afraid she is." "That squelches the opposition for thi s season, at any rate," replied the man, with evident satis faction. "No danger now of you and me losing our jobs, eh?" he added, turning to his companion. That's right," chuckled the other. "Any of the passengers injured or drowned?" asked the first spokesman. "Not that I have hearcl of," replied Jack. "They all went overboard, but, as they had life-preservers on, I gues s they'll all be accounted for. 'l'here was one woman aboard, with a little girl. They had rather a narrow shave, but they are safe now." "It's lucky we were close at hand to h e lp you people out of your scrape," said the coal heaver. Haviland nodded and felt of his steaming garments. A batch of the Sylph's passeugers were led below by the mate of the Holderne ss, who told them to disrobe and g e t their clothes dry. The boiler-room was now pretty well crowded, ancl every body had something to say about his idea of the di s aster. Most of the people blamed the new steamboat compa;ny for carrying the oil on their steamer, forgetting that it had been carried the Holderness for two without an tccident. All were agreed that the loss of the Sylph would put the opposition line out of Jack listened to the remarks circulating about him, but said nothing on the subj ect whatever. In a short time the jarring of the boat showed that the steamer had got under way again for Milwaukee. and asked if h e w a s n o t t h e young man who had saved the l a d y and little girl .from being burne d up on t h e Sylph "Yes," aurnitt e d J ack. "Well, you're wantecl in the cap'n's cabin. Foll o w m e .': He a c companied the mate to the captain's quarte r s On a short sofa sat Mrs Blake and her dau ghte r cl ot h e d in garments furnished by the stewardess of the boa t. The captain was talking to the lady. "Walk right in, young man," he said, wh e n Jac k a nd his c onductor appeared in the doorway. "This i s the boy yo u wished to see, isn't it?" he added, turning to th e Senator's wife. "Yes," she replied, for she instantly r e cognized Jack "I think I have s een you befor e m y lad, said th e c a p tain. "If I am not mistak e n, you liv e in Hold erne s s?" "Yes, sir." "I don't recall your name, how c v rr." "Jack Ilaviland." "Well, Ha vila nd thi s iR 1\frR Bl a k e wife o ( S enato r Blake, of MiJwauk er w i R llC's to th ank y o u f o r r

ON TO SUCCESS 19 "I dtm't know wha.t you are talking about,'' protested Mr. Flint. "You don't?" "I don't. I don't know you at all, and can't see why you are addressing me "You don't know me, Mr. Flint? What a short m e mory you must have?" replied Jack, sarcastically. "You don't recollect seeing me on the beach at the foot of the cliffs yesterday morning when you and, your employer, Mr. Naylor, were discussing a plan to put the Sylph out of business? The very scheme suggested by Mr Naylor for the destruc tion of the new steamboat seems to have bee n put into execution, after all. You didn't expect to find me on the Sylph, did you? Thought you could do the little job with out your connection with the matter being suspected? Well, you see now that you only put your foot in it." "I don't know what you mean," repli e d Mr Flint, shiv ering as if suffering from an attack of the ague. "I tell you I don't know you at all." "All right, Mr Flint. That's all I've got to say to you. I just thought I'd satisfy myself whether or not yon were guilty. The loss of the Sylph will be investigated, anc1 when it is I ihink you will be called upon to explain yom actions previous to the moment of the :first explosion Maybe you think you weren't watched, Mr. Flint? Perhaps when I give my evidence before the committee you will l earn a thing or two that you won>t like to hea r That's all for the present, Mr. F lint." Amos Flint was guilty, and he showed the fact in his face and actions. It was not that his conscience smote him for the deer1 he had committed, but fea r s were alive for his own persafety. Jack's veiled words terri:fied him He had easily recognized the boy as the one b.e had seen on the beach, and who had overheard the villainous project forced upon him by Mr.' Naylor. He was fully persuaded that Haviland's presence on board of the Sylph was clue t; his1kn0wlec1ge of the con templated plot to destroy the steamboat in mid-lake. He believed that the boy hacl been watching his movements, and when he saw him take passage on the ill-fated steamer had followed to kee p an eye on him. It did not seem to occur to him that ha cl Jack really done this he would have had him taken in hand befpre he couk1 have done any damage. From t he way the boy hac1 just addressed him he believed that Havilanrl had seen him set fire to barrel of gaso line n-hich had calJ.Sed all the r1amage. H e pictured to himself a policeman waitin g at the wharf in Milwaukee with a warrent for his anest. How could he escape the fate that appeared to be in store for him? Leave the boat at the ne x t landing? Would he be permitted to do that? Ancl if he did, where could he go, without any money to speak of, where he might be secure from c apture? __ 'fhe sweat oozed out on the rascal's brow, and he l ooked the very picture 0 terrified .. despair as h e watched Jack walk away. "Oh, Lord he exclaimed to himself, with chatteri n g teeth, "What will become of me? And what will become of Mrs. Flint and the little Flints?" ';f'he boat was just then putting in at her second landing. :fyir. Flint recognized the fact when he heard the sound 0 the gong in the engine-room and felt the stoppage of the paddle-wheels. He jumped to his feet and ran to the opposite side of the boat. Was there any way by which he. c011la get ashore except by the gangway which he was afrai cl_ t o risk? As the boat gradually closed in to the dock he saw that he might possibly step on the wharf from a point near her bows. He watched the deck hands forward throw the heavy hawser to the man on the dock, who caueht the looped encl and placed it over the head of a thick sp1le head N o-w he heard the rumble of the gangway plank aft, and saw the first of the passengers who in t e n ded to go no further clown the lake w:ilk ashore There., was no freight to be taken on or put off at this landing, so the forward gangway plank wa.s n ot p u t i nto use. Mr. Flint looked al l around -fot Haviland_, but coul d not see him. "Now is my chance," he said to himself, as he saw the deckhands seize the ropes attached t o the p l ank to haul it on board again He sprang quickly on to the steamer's forward rail a n d jumped to the wharf. On the 'edge of the pier there was a stor ehouse, the end of which reached nearly to the point where the c l erk steppecl on the wharf, and he took advantage of the fact to dart behind it just as the man threw the big hawser into the water and the steamer's padd l e wheels began to revolve. "I'm safe for a while, at any rate," he whispered to him self, as he hid behind a spile hea.d and watched the H o l d e r ness steam out infu the lake Perhaps he was, but we shall see. CHAPTER XI. JACK SHAncrws MU.: NAYLOR's MAN OF BUSINESS. When Jack left the presence of Mr. Flint he saw that the boat was approaching a small lake town, where it was evi dent she intended to make a landing At first he was interested only in seeing the boat fast to the wharf But suddenly the idea occurred to him that perhaps M r Flint might take advantage of the occasion to make h 1 s escape from the boat.


20 ON TO SUCCESS. "If he does that," thought tbe boy, "it will be additional evidence against him. 1 guess I'll go back ancl sec if he's going to make a move." Jack hurried back to the spot where he harl let the clerk seated on the camp chair. The chair was tl'iere, but Mr. Flint had disappeared. "I'll watch the gangway plank," he sa. id to himself, hur rying toward the rear of the boat, where he knew the pas sengers disembarked. Suddenly he paused. "There are two gangway planks, come to think of it. It would be just like that rascal to sneak off by the forward one, where they put the freight off. rd like to watch Loth. He knew he could do that by taking his position on the top of the paddle-wheel box. It is true he had no right to go up there, but he guessed no one would interfere with him. So he started for the roof of the paddle -box. alf that fellow does go ashore I've a great mind to follow him," thou ght J ad:, as he hurried to the upper deck. ''I believe I could frighten him into making a confession If such a thing i s to be accomplished it must be done bMore .Jir. Naylor has an opportunity to stiffeJ.J. his backbone When Jack stepped 011t on 1hc top of the paddle-box the deck hand s \Yer c just i:;hov ing l1ie a itcr gangway plank on to the dock. Then several pas s engers started a.-hore. Jack looked forward, but sa1Y no rnoYe made put the other plank out. "I guess there's nothing d oing in the freight line at this point/' he thought "If Ur. Flint intends lo go ashore he'll have to go by the afte r plank." There was no sig n of Mr. Flint in that direction when the order was given lo take in the gangway plank and cast the hawsers loose. ''He's not going to leave the boat, after all," sa id the bov. Just then, as his eyes wandered forward again, he saw a figure l!pring on to the steamboat's rail and leap on the dock. "By' George! If that isn't .Jir Flint, I'm as blind as a bat. The rascal! He waited until the last moment, so he couldn't be followed \ Yell, he's got the bulge on me, after all. No, he hasn't. I'll risk it." 'The reason for the boy's final exclamat i on was that jm>t as the shore ends of both hanser s fell with a simultaneous splas h into the water, ancl the paddle-wheels stal'ted to re1ohe, he noticed that the top of the paddle-box was nearly on a lev e l with the flat roof of the i;lorehouse, which was built on th e of the dock. The space between where he stood ancl the roof of the building was not more than a yard at that moment, and it was possible for an agile lad like Jack fraviland to leap in safety across the yawning gulf. .. But there was no time to consider the matter, for a full turn of the paddle-wheels would carry the steamboat beyond the line of the buildip.g, and if the thing was to Le done it hacl to be accomplished on the spur of the moment. So Jack, without .calculating the risk he ran, sprang at once for the roof of the storehouse, and fortunately landed there firmly ancl safely As the boat pulled out into the lake the boy ran to the side of the storehouse to try and catch a glimpse of Mr. Flint. With a c huckle of delight he saw the rascal watching the departure of the boat from the shelter of the spile head. "I'll bet he's congratulating himself on his cuteness in giving me the slip," thought Jack. "I'll soon undeceive him. I'll give him the surprise of his life. But first I've got to get down from this roof." Jack looked around him and saw a small scuttle He raised it io obtain a view of the interior of the buildi'.lg. There was. a short flight o f steps leacli:gg clown to a kind of loft, which the boy sa w was filled with rope and tackle', blocks, fenders, and articles of a similar nature. He ran down the steps and closed the scuttle behind him. Then he was rnther puzzled Lo find the way to get down to the grou nd floor. This annoyed him, for unless he was able to make haste there was a strong probability that he would lose track of Ur. Flint altogflther, which, under the circ umstance s, he would have rega rded as a misfortune. He had no matches about his clothes to throw a light on the difficulty, and he was on the point of returning to the roof, to try some other way of getting down, when he stum bled upon a trap door. Raising it, he found a wide flight of stairs before him, and, taking lhese, was soon standing on the ground floor of the building, which was subdivided into small box-like rooms, used for various purposes connected with the lake traffic. The big sliding door a L the front of the building was 'l>ide open, and there was one or more persons in each of the small offices. People :1rere corning in ancl going oui all the time, men in check jump ers were wheeling sunclry small cases of merchandise from the exterior to the interior. No one, however, paid any attention to Jack Haviland, who walked quickly io the rloorway and scanned the wharf for the familiar fignre of ,\mos Flint. 1 The c lerk had left his place of refuge behind the spile head and was not in sight, much to Jack's chagrin. "He must have walk ec111p the wharf," thought the boy, and, under this impression, Haviland started for the head o f the dock. The wharf abutted upon a l ong street, with buildings on one side only Looking first up and then down this thoroughfare, Jack, to his great satisfaction, discovered Mr Flint about half a block away, walking slowly along, with his head bent down as if he was thinking deeply. Present!y he braced up, and Jack saw him stop a man


ON TO SUCCESS. who had just come out of a store, and the boy presumed "I'll bet he's writing to Mr. Naylor," thought Jack; OQ he was asking for some.information. serving him from the doorway. "Now, I'd give considerAt any rate, the man led him to the next corner and able to learn what he's writing about. It must be in rela waved his hand in a certain direction to emphasize his tion to his dastardly work on the lake. If I can gain posw'ords. session of that letter after he has finished it I may secure Mr. Flint immediately started off up the street, and Jack after him. In this way several blocks were traversed by Mr. N aylor's clerk and the young fisherman. Jack had no difficulty in shadowing the object of his pursuit, as the town was a small one and there were not a great many people abroad. At no time did Mr. Flint look back, or show any evidence that he suspected he was being followed. "I wonder where he is aiming for?" Jack asked himself. This question was answered in a few minutes when the boy saw a railroad station right ahead. Evidently Mr. Flint intended to take the first train out of the town. He made straight for the ticket seller's window, which was open, showing that a train was c-xpeoted to arrive in a short time. Jack hastened his steps and came up behind the rascal in time to hear him ask for a ticket to :Milwaukee, 'He paid for it and went out on the platform. Jack decided to go on to Milwaukee also, as he had not yet settled in his own mind how he was going to deal with )fr. Flint. He kept out of the clerk's sight until the train pulled in, thm he boarded the same car that Mr. Flint took, taking :i seat some distance behincl him. The 1ailroad ran along the sl1ore of the lake for the en tire distance to Milw:rnkec, so ihat ihe passengen; had an almost <'ontinuous view of thP water from lhe car windows. Therefore Jack was not surprised inside of aJ,1 hour ,to see the Holderness ploughing her way southward toward her port of i!estination. He calculated that the train would beat her into 1\Iil waukee b:v a couple of hours at leasl, ancl he hoped that before that timr. he would have settled matters wiH1 Mr. :N"aylor's man of business. He was not quite so eon:fidenL of a HUecess:ful issue to the business in hand as he had been at the start, for he judged that Mr. Flint was a pretty foxy person to drive into a corner. Still, being saliAfiecl of the man's guilt, he believed the advantage was on his side. At any rate, he wns determined to bring the clerk to jus tice if it was possible for him to do so. It waR ahout quarter to five when the train rolled into the 1 nion Station aL Milwaukee. i\Ir. Flint got out on the platform and J followed close behind him. The clerk hastened across the street Lo a small hotel anc1 went directly to the where he took possession of a chair in front of one the writing-tables ann, drawing some paper and an envelope toward him, began to write. sufficient evidence on which to cause his arrest. How can I manage it?" Jack :finally decided on the course he would pursue, but he made no move until Mr. Flint, having completed his let ter, drew the envelope toward him to address it. Then the boy walked softly up behind the clerk and looked over his shoulder. Mr. Flint had written "Mr. Isaac Naylor, Holderness," and was putting down the abbreviation of Wisconsin. Jack was sure now that he wanted that letter, so, laying his hand on the clerk's shoulder, he said: "How do you do, Mr. Fli,nt ?" The rascal gave a violent start and looked around A sudden spasm of terror convclsed his features, and the pen fell from his nerveless hand. Jack took advantage of his fright t9 reach over, secure the folded letter and put it in his pocket. CHAPTER XII. IN WHICH lIR. FLINT IS CORNERED. "Well, Mr, Flint," said the boy, pleasantly, drawing a. chair beside the clerk's, "I see we meet again." "You here?" gasped the paralyzed rascal. "Why-why -hqw--" "How did I manage fo get here ahead of the steamer? Is that what you want to know? How did you manage that yourself?" "Wha-what d9 you want?" :faltered the clerk. "I want to talk to you, Mr. Flint." "I don'L want to talk to you. I don't know you." "Oh, you know me, all right. Why did you sneak ashore from the Holr1erness at Lakeview and then come on here by train? Why did you do that, Mr. Flint?" The rascal made no answer, only stared at the young :fisherman in gieat consternation. "Shall I tell you why you did so, Mr. Flint?" said Jack, smiling as pleasantly as before. "You wanted to throw me off your track. You. were afraid that when the Holder ness arrived at this place I would have you arrested "Arrested!" replied the man, with ashen lips. "Exactly. You caused the destruction of the Sylph in mid-lake this forenoon and--" "It's a lie!" cried Mr. Flint, hoarsely. "Not so loud, Mr. Flint, unless you wish everybody in the room to learn what kind of a man you are." The clerk moved uneasily in his chair and gulped down some words that rose to his lips. .. "So you c1eny that you set fire to the Sylph, do you ?n said Jack, looking his man straight in the eye. ,.,..


I ON TO SUCCESS. "I do. I don't know what you arc talking about." Very well, Mr. Flint. I am going to hand you oYcr to the police and let them sifL. the maller oul," r eplied the boy, resolutely "When yon l e ave this room you will do s o in charge of an ofricer." Jack macle a .feint to rise, and as he, Flin[ grasped him b y the arm to detain "Are you going to charge me with i:;el!ing fire lo the Sylph?" he asked in hollow toneR. "I am," answered Jack, firmly The rascal shivered and seemed on the Yerge of a col lapse. Do you want to ruin me?" he gasped. "Think of Flint anrl the little Flints. "It was your business to think of your family befor e you canied out the crime forced on you by Mr. Naylor." "Yes, yes, it was his fault. He's to blame for evcry th ing. l didn't want to do the work, but he has me in power., and if/ I refused to obey him--" 'l'be unhappy man slopped, realizing that he wa:; saying too much. "I understand, Nir. Flint," said Jack. "You Iorgr'l some kind of a document and he holds it over your hcacl." "I never said that," faltered the clerk. Jo; but I heard Mr. Naylor mention the matter to yott yesterday morning on the beach. He said he could send y.ou to State prison any time he chose." Mr. Flint groaned. "You were just writing to Mr. Naylor, L believe,''. went on Jack. The trembling man turned quickly to the desk and grabbed-nothing. The letter he" had written was not there-only the ad dressed envelope him in the face "Why-why, here--" he "Oh, you want to know where the letter is, eh? Well, it's safe." "Safe gurgled the rascal.' "Yes, in my pocket "Give it to me," cried Mr. Flint;in an agitated to11e. "Ypu have no right to the letter. How dare you touch -"I have appropriated it in the interests of justice. I believe it will furnish sufficient evic;lence to connect both :rnu and Mr. Na.ylor with the destruction of the Sylph." "No, no; there is nothing in it--" "\\r ell, if there is nothing in it of an incriminating na ttue, so much the better for Mr. Naylor, especially I shall let the authorities pass upon its contents." "Don't do that," pleaded the trembling clerk. "Why not?" demanded Jack. "You say there's nothing of a damaging nature in the letter. You ought to know, for :vou wrote it. Perhaps you have no objection to me reading it, then?" "Yon have no right--" "Very good; then I shall turn it over to the police, as I it with a good deal of s11spicion." Mr. :Flint was clearly driven into a corner." "What are you going to do?" he asked with a shiver. "l :im going to cause your immeaiate arrest." ''Did you ee--" then he stopped. "See w ha.t ?" Mr. FlinL's eyes rolled about in his head. "vVill you let me go if I tell you everything?" he almost groveled. "You can have Mr. Naylor arrested anif punished.'' "Then you admit that you set fir e to the oil aboa;rd of the Sylph?" "Yes, yes," groaned the rasca.l; "I admit everything. Yo, u must have seen me, or you wouldn't be hounding me in lhis -way." .J !.!'Cl( experienced a thrill of satisfaction at the man's words He had at last accomplished his purpose '"l'ake a sheet of pa.per and pul your aclmfasion in writ ing," said the boy. "Will you promi se to let me go if I do?" he asked. "No," replietl Jack, promptly. "I intencl to have you arrested for the crime. I am not going to compound a felony by helping you to get away "Oh, IJord !" gurgled Mr. Flint. "What'll become of me, and Mrs. Flint and--" "You ought to have tonsidercd all that before you went inlo the villainous affair. You committed a crime with your eyes open, and if you have td pay the piper you can bnt yourself ancl Mr. Isaac Naylor." Jack rose and walked to the door to beckon to a bellboy. Mr. Flint eyed him with in his fac e ITis little beady eyes traveled around the room looking for some avenue by which he might make his escape An open window near at hand caught his attention. Jack's back was for the moment turned toward him. Ile took of that fact to spring to his feet, run to the window and scramble through, to the great surprise of the half-clozen guests in the room Haviland turned just in time to see his head vanish below the s ill outside. CHAPTER XIII. JN WITICU MR. FLINT TURNS THE TABLES ON .JACK HAVILAND. "The slippery rascal!" ejaculated Jack, dashing for the He stuck his head out of the opening and saw Mr. Flint running up the street. To Rpring throug h the window and start after the fugi tiYe was but the work of a moment The reader has already had some evidence to show that ,J Haviland was a fleet nmner. Under ordinary conditions Mr. Flint stood v ery little show of eluding the young fisl1erman.


ON TO SUCCESS. What Mr. Flint lacked in s pcccl h e m a de up in craft. Turnin g the .firs t corner h e came to, he macle direct for t he r a ilroad y ard s A n e tw o rk of s t eel tra c k s was s pread out Jess than half a bloc k a .way. He never looked back to see if Jack Haviland was at hi s hee ls or not. His sole object was to hide hims e lf somewhere among th e maze of freight cars that stood along the tracks, and at the :first chance board some train goin g s outh, as was his inten tion before he wrote t hat letter to Mr. Naylor. He never would have su cceede d in accomplishing this plan but for an inte rposition of fate in hi s favor. As h e da s hed into the yards, Jack was close at his heel s and would have had him by the collar in a moment or two more. In fact, the boy was s o certain of catching him that h e at the redi c ulous :figure cut by the fleeing rasc a l and felt almost like giving him mor e rope, so as to add to the excitement of the :final capture. Mr. Flint flew like a daddy-Jon g -legs across the :fir,;t track, and Jack was about to follow, when a man standin g near reached out and caught him by tqe arm. ''Can't you see where you' re running, you fool !" roared the yarclman. As Jack turned angrily upon him, a big freight engine attached to a long line of rarn went lumb e ring by, and so close to 11im that the boy fell the hot breath of the escap ing steam in his face. But for the yardman 11e probahly would have been run down and crushed under the ponderous loc omotive. "Gee whiz!" he exclaimed. "What an escap e !" "Well, I should say it was, young man answered the yardman. "It's lucky I was Jitancling her e I saved you a.ncl the company a heap of tro11ble." "I am much obliged to you," replied Jack, gratefully. "But it's too bad." "Too bad What that I saved yon? You clicln't intend to commit s uicid e did you?" he queri e d imspit::iousl y "No, I clid not mean that. I mean that it was too ball that rascal has escaped me." "What rascal?" "The man who dashed acros::; the tra c k ju,;t ahead of me. It's a great pity you ditln'! R !op him. Now I'll lose him, for by the time this long train g< i s by he'll have had loads of time to get out of sight." And so it proved. The train seemed to Jack's impatient a neve r-ending one. Several minutes elapsed befor e the caboose swung by, and then the b o y dasheCt across the tra,cks, with his cy(!S on the alert for some trace of Mr. Flint. The rascally clerk, however, was not to be seen. Whether he had gone up or down the yard, Jack had no means of knowing. ) That he succeeded in getting off seemed to be quite evi-dent. "It's too bad," growled the young :fisherman, feeling a bit out of humor because the freight train had played such a scurvy trick upon him. "I was so sure I had him dead to rights. I almost had my hands on him. I suppose he's laughing in his sleeve at me now. It's enough to make a chap as mad ns a hornet." But Jack did not intend to abandon his search for Mr. Flint without making a persistent effort to locate him a gain. He inquired of yard men at different points, but none of them had seen anybody answering to the fugitive's des cription. So, after hu.lf an hour's ineffectual hunt, he gave it up and a s ked his way to the police headquarters. Pre vious to going there he took out the letter written by Mr. Flint to his guilty employer and read it. "It was plainly addressed to "Mr. Isaac Naylor," Holder ncRs, Wis and was just as plainly signed "Amos Flint." In it the writer briefly explained that he had carried out his ord e rs to the letter, ancl that the Sylph was now a c h arre d at the bottom of Lake Michigan, off Hal l rtt'R Point. Mr. Flint said that he could not return to Holderness, as he had r e a son to believe that he would be arrested on sus-1>icion, for the boy who had overheard their conversation on the b each had evidently followecl him aboard the Sylph that mornin g and had, he believccl, kept tab on his movements. H e c oncluded by Mr. Naylor to send him one humlrecl dollars addressed to Chicago, where he was go in g by the night express. "Tt im't likely that he'll go by the night express now," mused .Tack. "He wouldn't be such a fool, with this letter in m y possess ion. Well, the police will have to try and c aphir e him now. I v e clone about all I can. Tac k now decided that he would not go to police head q1iart e rs a nd tell his st o ry, for fear he might be detained un !il a matter of such serious import was investigated. Tie had heard a good many stories about the peculiar n wthoclR of the poli c e of large cities, and consequently he rath e r dreaded an interview with them. "I'll try and hunt up the president of the Milwaukee Steamboat Company, tell him about the plot to destroy the S y lph which was so successfully caniecl out by Mr. Flint, and turn over the ietter to him. He'll )mow how to act in the affair much better than I. I dare say he's Iikely to be found at the wharf where the Holderness comes in, as he will want to see Captain Winthrop at once in order to learn all the particulars of the disaster." So Jack inquired how he could reach the wharf of the Lake Michigan Navigation Company. He wus told to take a certain car which would carry him within a couple of_ blocks of his destination When he reached the dock he found a big crowd waiting for the Holderness, which was not yet in sight, though it was after six o'clock. He went to the office on the pier and asked a clerk 'if he knew the president of the opposition line.


24 ON '1'0 SUCCESS. "You mean Mr. Douglas? He's in the back room. Step inside and you'll fincl him." .Jack walked into the rear room, where he found the gen tleman in question talking to severa l reporters of the city dailies, who had come down to gather particulars of the loss of the Sylph as s oon as her passengers and crew were brought in by the Holderness. A :fine-lookii:ig gentleman of stalwart proportions was also in the room. He was pacing up and down in a way that showed he was ill at ease. As Jack approached the group the s talwart man looke d ai him a moment and then said: "Isn't the Holderness in sight yet?" "No, sir," replied the boy resp e ctfully. "She is hardly due yet, Senator Blake," remarked one of the reporters. "She's a slow boat and was late in getting into Centerport, eighteen miles north of here. She lost time, as a matter of course, stopping to pick up the pass engers and crew of the Sylph." "Yes,yes, I know; but you must make anowances for my impatience. My wife and little girl wer e on the burned boat, and though the dispatches say n o one was lost, still they must have suffered." "Your wife and daughter are all right, Senator Blake," said Jack, impulsively. "How can you tell that, youn g man?" asked the Senator, staring at him. "Because I helped res cue them from the burning steamer, and afterward saw them in first-class shape in the cap'n's cabin on board the Holderness." Jack spoke without realizing the consequences that such a speech would necessarily p r oduce on the assembled com parcy. As the words dropp e d from his lips the eye of every man in the room, especially the eyes of the r eporters, were fi:iced upon him. Hardly had he finished before he was snrroundecl by the newspaper men. "How in thunder did you get here ahead d the Holderness ?" asked one. "I went ashore at Lakeview and took a train down." Senator Blake, however, brushed the rep o rters aside "Are you telling the exact truth, young man?" he asked with feverish impati ence "Yes, sir." "And you know that my wife and little girl are all right?" "I am positive of it." "Thank God!" breathed the big politician, fervently. "Did you say you assisted in saving them, young man?" "I did say so." "Then' I want your and address at once. You shall be rewarded for it." "No, sir; you can't reward'. me for doing my duty," re plied Jack, stoutly. "But, young man, I insist--" "If you want my name y o u can get it from y our wife I hope you won't detain me now, a s I have important bus i nes s wiih Mr. Douglas." "With me?" asked the president of the Milwauke:! Steamboat Company. "Yes, sir. I must have a private interview with you at once. It concerns the loss of the Sylph." "Yery well. You shall have it. There is a small office adjoining this room. We will go in there," he said, leading the way. The group of reporters, clamorous for an account of the disaster from the lips of a.n eye-witness, as well as one who had participated in the work of rescue, was much disap pointed as Mr. Douglas s and the boy retired from the room. CHAPTER XIV. WHEREIN JACK TELLS WHAT HE KNOWS ABOUT THE CAUSE OF THE LOSS OF THE SYLPH. "Well, young man, what is it you have to say to me about t he Jo:;s of the Sylph? By, the way, what is your name?., ''My name is Jack Haviland. I was hired early this moP1ing by the agent of your company at Holderness to pilot the S ylph through the Gull Shoals--" "You were?" intenuptecl Mr. Douglas, incredulously. "You were hired by Mr. Howard to pilot the Sylph through the Gull Shoals ?" "Yes, sir. Mr. Morgan, you r regular pilot, was taken suddenly ill during the night, and being unable to report for duty, he recommended me to the agent." "Oh, I see," replied the rwesident of the ste amboat com pany. "Go on." "I may as tell you, sir, that I didn't want the job, for I have a fishing business of my own which requires all my attention. However, I did it to oblige Mr. Morgan, who is an old friend of our family and also to help the company out of a difficulty. I may also say that Mr. Howard agreed to pay me a handsome sum for the work, onl y half of which I have been able to earn, owing to the los s of the steamer." "Well, Haviland, it's about the loss of the steamer that I want to hear," said Mr. Douglas, impatiently. "I will give you the particulars right away, sir." "Thereupon Jack told him how, when the boat was off Hallett's Point, fifteen miles south of Holderness, the ex plosion of a barrel of naphtha. started -the blaze which event ually resulted in the loss of the Sylph. After Jack had given 'the particular of the rescue of the passengers and crew, merely stating in a matter-of-fact way how he had saved the wife and daughter of Senator Blake, he came to the most important part of the interview. "The general opinion is that the los s of the steamboat was due to the accidental explosion of he :first barrel of naphtha," said Jack.


O L TO SUCCESS. 25 "I pre.sume it was so," Douglas; "but a searching w]l hal' c to be made to discover, if possible, why the naphtha exploded. The Holderness has carried oil and naphtha for two years without a single ac cident occnrring. Yet on the first down trip of our new boat an accident happens which has destroyed the boat and placed the lives of all on board in jeopardy. Stringent or ders were is sued to the captain of the boat with reference to that oil, and he will now have to explain, i he can, how the disaster was brought about." "I am sure that he will b e unable to exp lain the matter. I am the only one who can do that." "You I" exclaimed Mr. Doughlas, the boy in tently. "Yes, sir, and you will find my story rather hard to be lie, e. Fortunately I believe I nm able to furnish you with convincing proof to back up my statement." "Proceed," said Mr. Douglas, with cager attention. Jack then proceeclecl to tell the president of the Milwau kee Steamboat Company the substance of the conversation he overheard on the beach at Holderness on the previous morning between Isaac N ayl01-, heacl of the Lake Michigan Navigation Company, and Amos Flint, hi:; man of business. Mr. Douglas sprang to his feet in great excitement. "This can't be possible, young man," he said, with flushed face. "What I Isaac Naylor, the wealthy owner of the Navigation Comp:rny, guilty of crimina l conspiracy against our boat? I can't believe it. It is not reasonable." "I hardly thought you'd believe me without some proof," replied Jack. "Where is it? I must see it b e fore I can believe there is any ground to suspect Mr. Naylor of guilty connivance in the loss of the Sylph." "I will show it to you in a moment, sir; but first it will be necessary for me to tell you how this evidence came into my possession, and the facts leading up to iL" Jack then told Douglas how he had first seen 1\I r. Flint rush o11t from the part of the deck where the fire had started with a life-preseryer in his hand. "He was the .first person on board to go overboard and try to save himself." Then he recounted the brirf interview he har1 had with }[r. Flint on board of the Holc1er11eRs, and sair1 that the clerk had shown every evidence of guilt and fear of detec tion. "He sneal;

26 ON TO SlJCCESS. tually owed their lives to the presence o.f mind anrl courage of Jack Haviland, a young fisherman of Holderness vil lage. Sbe said their rescuer must have gone ashore at Lake view, for he had not been seen on board after tho steamboa t left that towll: "I ,don't know anything about that," replied her hus band "All I lmow is that I was talking to him on the wharf here about half an hour ago. He is a fine, manly looking chap He told me that he saved you and Bes.-i c, but refused to give me his name and address when I pro posed to reward him for the service." "You must do something for him, Benton. I should never be satisfied unless he was reward ed for his unselfi sh :::.ciion at tho moment of our greatest peril." "Don't worry about that, Laura. I'll. take care of the young man.:' Tho Senator had a carriage in waiting, ancl they were prc::;cntly being driven homeward. The reporters did not lose sight of Jack Haviland, and he was interviewed before they allowed him to leave the wharf. Before he went to dinner that evening Jack sent a dis patch to his mother, a13suring ber of his safety and telling her he woulcl no( be able to rctnrn to the village on the Holderness next day, as his presence was required in Mil wa11kee by the new steamboat company. Ho assured he1 that he would gel home as soon as he could, and asked her to arrange with B e n Trawler to mak e another trip to ihe fishing grounds with Tom Oliver. _\ftcr breakfast next morning Jack went to the reacling room of the hotel ancl read the different accounts in the papers of the loss of the Sylph. .\t ten o'clock a messenger from the steamboat IJeoplc c:al led J'nr Jii m and took him to t!te general offices of the compaii)r wh('re he was introduced to the boarcl of direc tors, and before whom he repeated the story he had told to Douglas. I I is s tory wns li:-tcned to \ri th mingled amazement and some i11cretlulity. Tho rmd notion of the let t r by l\Ir. Douglas, and the boy's hone s t and strn i ghtforll'ard manner, however, prodl1cccl a strong impression in the end, and a resolution was adopted looking to the thorough i::irting of t!' c clisal'trom ; affair, and the punishment o[ the gt1illy pcrnons if the c rim e could br brought to their cloor. Up to the moment that .Tack left tlw <'ily, t1ro

ON TO SUCCESS. supply of Holderness, which was a consicl.erable item in its f way. But he did not intend to stop at that. His idea was to acquire by degrees a small fishing fleet and get a corner on the Milwaukee trade as well. In fact, in his mind's eye, he eventually intended to reach out and beco;me the fishing magnate of Lake Michi gan, and in the dominate even the Chicago market. Of comse this would require the of a great deal of money, but would be proportionately ptofitable. He expeeted to make way on to success by degreesslow ancl sure. 'l.'hough il might take yenrs to accomplish the object or his dreams, he intenrle

28 ON TO SUCCESS. Senator Blake bought up th e franchis e steamer Holderness and other property belonging to the company, and turne d the whole over to the management of Jac k Haviland, and it nominally bec ame part of the ass ets of the :fishing com pany, of wh, i c h Jack was president and gen e ral manag e r. Just before Senator Blake closed his cottage, in the last days of September, brother Senator and bosom friend, named George Matthews, came down to Holderness to spend a week at the Blake cottage. lake and all on board were pre s umed to have perished. I have mourned my dear ones as d ea d ever s ince. But this child, whom you say was cast ashore in this State about that date, is the livin g ima g e of my wife. Can it be that l he is my daughter-the only soul saved from that awful wreck?" Jack was introduced to him aID.d they seemed to take an immediate liking to each other. One afternoon the young :fisherman took Senator Mat thews up the cliffs to show him the spot from which he made his thrilling leap to escape from Levi Dyke and his a.ssocia tes. On their return down the cliff they suddenly came face to face with Gyps y Dyke. Senator Matthews came to a sudden stop and gazed at her as if fascinated, while his face turned deathly pale. Great heaven!" he e jaculated in that at once at tracted Jack's attention. "Who is this girl?" "That's Gypsy' Dyke." "Gyp s y Dyk e !" repeat e d the Senator, mechanically. "Heaven above, how like-!" Haviland misinterpreted the politician s emotion. "Come here, Gyp," he said, holding out his hand to the girl. She ran toward our hero with a glad cry, and as he put his arm around her she ne stle d close to his side. "Gyp," said Jack, "let me introduce you to Senator Matthews." The girl gazed shyly at the handsomely dressed and dig nified gentleman. The Senator returned the l ook with a strange, wistful yearning that surprised Havilar:.d. "Senator Matthews, this is one of the wild flowers of our :fishing village," he said. "She's the best littl e girl in all the wide world. It's too bad that she is under the control of as big a ras c al as is out of jail-he and hi s son. She is no relative of theirs at all. Only a little foundling who, 'twelve years ago, -came ashore in a box attached to a bit of wreckage, after a big storm on the lake, and Levi Dyke found her cast up among the rocks near his cottage." "What!" ga s p e d th e Senator in a voic e that trembled with emotion. "This child, you sa y was picked up along the shore after a wreck twelve years ago?" "Tha,fs right," r e plied Jack, astortished at his com panion's agitation. "My heav e n s Can it be that this ip-is--" He could g e t no furth e r, wMle great t e ars cours e d down his cheeks. "Good gracious, Senator! What is thf:l matter?" a s ked Jack, while Gyps y regarded the g entleman with wond er. "Great Scott, Senator! Who knows but she is!" cried Jack, greatly excited. "Perhaps Levi Dyk e may be able and willing, if you pay him, to give you some clue--" At that moment the sunlight fla s hed upon the thin golden chain attached to a locket worn by Gypsy. With a stifled cry the Senator pounced upon it and dre w forth the locket from the nut-brown neck of the little girl. He pressed a spring and the locket flew open, revealing the face of a lovely woman. Senator Matthews gazed at it s pellbound, then he seized the astonished Gypsy and folded her to hi s heart. "My child-my little Jes s ie! You h ave ba c k to me at last. Heaven be thanked!" It is unneoessary to dwell on thi s scene. Theereader's imagination will supply all the detail s as well as what necessarily followed. Needless to say that L evi Drke had to giv e up G y psy, though he made a fight against it, and was only :finally mol lified by a sum of money which he did not in the least deserve. Jack was sony to lose Gypsy, but he was pleased beyond mea s ure to know that the child was remo v ed from the evil influences of the Dyke family and transplanted to a posi tion of happiness and affluence. But Jack did not lose Gypsy altogether. Five years afte rward, when at the head of the great :fis h ing monopoly of L a k e Michi g an he visit e d th e h ome of Senator Matthews, at that gentlem an's spec ial r e quest, h e found that Jes sie Matthew s once littl e Gypsy D y k e had never for a moment forgotten the young :fis h e rman of Holderness. Then and the re was born a new lov e betwe e n them that resulted in their maniage a year later. And thu s with their marriage bells ringing in our ea r s w e bring to a clos e the story of THE Boy WHO GoT AHEAD. THE END. 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Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in; structions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boatin g. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A IIORSEl.A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for oiseases pecaliar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM: BOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny; also the true mean ing of almost any kind of drel\ms, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW '1'0 EXPLAIN DREAl\IS.-IDverybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Eve ryone is desirous of what his future life will bring forth, whether happine ss or misery, w ealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. now TO 'J:ELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND. Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOl\fE AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in struction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizonta l bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can be come strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained in this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing ov e r thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the dirfer ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructiw books, as it will teac h you bow to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Contain!ng full instructions for all kind<> of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Elml:>mcing illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. !3-!. HOW ro FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsworJ; also instruction in archery. Descri br d w::h twenty-one practic!ll illustrations, giving the best positions iu ( e ncing. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. Gl. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explri.n ation'i of the general principles of sleight-of-hand a pplicab le to card tricks; of card tricks -with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of 1Pially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracmg all of the latest and most deceptive catd tricks, with ii lu.strations. By A. Anderson. No . 7.7. HOW TO DO I'ORTY TRICKS WITH CA.RDS. deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjuro and mag1c1ans. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrate MAGIC. No. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-'.rhe great book of magic and card t1cks, containing full instruction on all the leading card trick of the d!!-Y also most popular magical illusions as performed by our: magicians; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as 1t will both amuse and instruct. No'. 22. TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamed by_ bis former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the irecret dialogues were carried on between the magician add the boy on _the stage; _also giving .all the codes and signals. The only 1 authentic explanat10n of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A l\fAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the public. Al s o tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. GS. HOW 1'0 DO CHE:\IICAL TRICKS.-Ccmtaining over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A, Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 6!.l. HOW 1'0 DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over of the lates t and best tricks used by magicians. Also oontain mg the _!lecret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No .. 10. IIO\V ';1-'0 i'IIA;KE l\IAGIC TOYS.-Containing full d1rect10ns for makmg l\Iat1c 1 'oy s and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. Fully 11lust1ated. No. 73 .. HOW. 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No 6:i. 1\1 ULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original joke boo ks ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor It contaivs a large collection of .songs, jokes, con11ndrums, e tc:, o f T erren c e 1\Iu the g1eat wit, humoris t, and practical joker of t h e day l!Jvery boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should o btain a copy immediately. No .. W. HQW TO BECOl\IE AN ACTOR.-Containing com plete rnstructions how to make up for various characters on the s tage; together with the duties of the S t age Manager Prompter l:lcenic Artist.and rroperty l\fan By a prominent Stage l\Ianager'. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the late2t Jokes, anecdotes ann funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular lierman comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome colored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions fo1 constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising bea\ltiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books Ion cooking e v e r Ptblished. It. contains. recip e s for cooking m eats, fish, game, and oy sters; also pies, pudd10gs, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks No. 37. HOW 'l'O KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for e verybody, b oys girls, men and women; it will teach y o u how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornament s, brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. IlOW TO MAKE AND USEJ ELECTRICITY.-A description of the wonderful uses of e lectricity and electro magnetism; t ogether with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. 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HOW 'fO DRESS.-Contaiuing full instructi on in the art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving the selection s of colors, material. and how to have them made u p. No. 18. HO\V 'l'O HECOl\IE BEAUTIFUL.-One o f the brighte s t and most valuable little books ever given to the wo rld. Eve rybod y wishes to know how to b e come beautiful, both male and f e mal e The secret is simple, and almost costless Ilead t his book and be convinced bow to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mockingbirad, bobolink. blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. l\"o 3D. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive boo k. Hand s o me ly illus trate d. B y Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Includi n g hinta on how to cat\!h moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and b i rds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. 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HOW TO l\IAKID CANDY.-A comp l ete hand-book for this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi-making all kinds of candy, etc. tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 8-1. llOW 'l'O BECOME AN AUTttOR.-Containing fu ll art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the info1mation regarding choice of subjects, the use of words aud the g reat es t book ever published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing i No. 20. HOW '1'0 ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neat ne s s, legibility and gen eral com very valuable little book just published A complete compendium positi o n of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince o f games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, e tc., suitable Hiland. for parlor 01 entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A WOU m oney than any book published d e r f ul b o ok. containing useful and practical information in the No. 35. HO'V TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every 1 book, containing the rule s and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general combackgammon, croquet. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW 'l'O SOLVE CONUNDRUl\IR-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COT'.\:R.-Contbe leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information r egarding the 'Collecting anJ a1Tr.n,;i113 and witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsome ly illustrated. No 52. HOW TO PLAY 01\.RDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETEC:TIVEJ .-By Old King B r a d y, book, giving the rules and 1\. 'irections for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known detective In which he lays down som e rn:11abl\J b age, Casino, Forty-Five, ce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for and also relates some adv e \\tu re;, A uction Pitch, All Fours, and many othe r popular games of cards. and exp e rien c es of well-known aetectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over thre e bun-No. 60. IIOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Conta ind red interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A ing u s eful information regarding the Camera and how to w o r k it; complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photographic l\fagic Lantern Slides n od otl1er ETIQUETTE. Ilandsomely illustrated. By Captain w. D e W. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It No. 62. now TO BECOl\IE A WEST POINT,rTARY la a great li fe secre t and one that every young man desires to know full expianations how to gain admit ta nce. all about. 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I WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY A COMPLETE S'l'ORY EVERY "WEEK Price 5 Cents BY THE BEST AUTHORS Price 5 Cents or HANDSOME ILLUSTRATED COVERS 32-PAGES OF READING MATTER ISSUED EVERY Interesting of Adventure in All Parts of the World .,TAKE NOTICE! ,_ This handsome weekly contains intensely interesting stories of adventure on a great variety of subjects. Each number is re plete with rousing situations and lively incidents. The heroes are bright, manly fellows, who overcome all obstacles by shf'er force of brains and grit an.d win well-merited success. We have secured a staff of new authors, who write these stories in a manner which will be a source of pleasure and profit to the reader. Each number has a; handsome colored illustration made by the most expert artists. Large sums of money are being spent to make this one of the best weeklies ever published. ALREADY PUBLISHED: 1 the Auto Record ; or, Bart Wilson at the Speed Lever. 20 On the Lobster Shift; or, The Herald's liltar Reporter. By A. liv Edward N. Fox. Howard De Witt. 2 Oft the Ticker; or, Fate at a Moment's Notice. B'/ Tom Dawson. 21 Under the Vendetta' s Steel; or, A Yankee Boy in Corsica. By 3 From Cadet to Captain; or, Dick Danford's West Point Nerve. By Lieut. J. J. Barry. L' t J J B 22 Too Green to Burn; or. The Luck of Being a Boy. By Rob Roy. ieu arry. 23 In Fool's Paradise; or, The Boy Who Had Things Easy. By FrecJ 4 'l'he Doys; or, Making Things Hum in Honduras. By Warburton. 15 The Skein Jack Barry Unravelled. By Prof. 24 One Boy in a Mllllon; or, The Trick That Paid. By Edward N. Oliver Owens. 25 I t Hi t 6 The No-Good Boys; or, Downing a Tough Name. By A. Howard n oflvir ; or, Serving the Russian Police. By Prot. De Witt. 26 Kicked into Luck; or, The Way Nate Got There. By Rob Roy 7 Kicked off the Earth; or, Ted Trim's Hard Luck Cure. By Rob 27 The Prince of Opals; or, The Man-Trap of Death Valley. By A. Roy. Howard De Witt. 8 Doing it Quick; or, Ike Brown's Hustle at Panama. By Captain 28 Living In His Hat; or, The Wide World His Home. By EdwarcJ Hawthorn, U. S. N. N. Fo:t. 9 Jn the 'Frisco Earthquake; or, Bob Brng's Day of Terror. By 29 All for President Diaz; or, A Hot Time In Mexico. By Lieut. J. J. Prof. Oliver Owens. Barry. 10 We, Us & Co.; or, Seeing Life with a Vaudeville Show. By Ed30 The Easiest Ever; or, How Tom Fllled a Money Barrel. By Capt. ward N. Fox. Hawthorn, U. S. N. 11 Cut Out for an Officer; or, Corporal Ted In tb2 Philippines. By 31 In the Sultan's Eye; or, Beating the Porte's Game. By Tom Lieut. J. J. Barry. Dawson. 12 A Fool tor Luck; or, The Boy Who Turned Boss. By Fred War-32 The Crater of Gold; or, Dick Hope's Find In the Philippines. By' burton. Fred Warburton. 18 The Great Gaul "Beat" ; or, Phil Winston's Start In Reporting. 33 At the Top of the Heap; or, Daring to Call ms Soul His Own. By Rob By A. Howard De Witt. Roy. 14 Out for Gold; or, The Boy Who Knew the Difference. By Tom 3' A Lemon for His; or. 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Fame and Fortune Weeki STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN 32 Pages of Reading Matter Handsome Colored Cover A new one issued every Friday Price 5 cents 'l copy This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their to take of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-iad men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. Every one of this !leries contains a good moral tone which makes "Fame and For'tune Weekly" a magazine for the home, although each number is replete with exciting adventures. The stories are the very best obtainable, the illustrations are by expe1'f artists. and every effort is constantly being made to make it the best weekly on the news stands. Tell your friends about it. '. ALREADY PUBLISHED. i : 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy in Wall Street. 37 Beating the Brokers; or, The Boy Who Dbne." 2 Born to Good Luck; or, 'l'he Boy Who Succeede d. 38 A. Rolling Stone; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 3 A Corner in Corn; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick. 39 :-y's hance. r 27 Struck Oil ; or. 'l'he Boy Who lllade a ;\1illion. 63 Out for Himself; or, Paving His Way to l<'ortune. 28 A Golden Risk ; or, The Young :\liners of Della Cruz. 64 Diamond Cut Diamond; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 29 A Sure Winner; or, 'l'he Boy "-ho v.-ent Out With a Circus. 65 A Start In Life: or. A Bright Boy's Ambition. 30 Golden Fleece: or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 66 Ont tor a Million: or, The Young Midas of \\'all Street. 31 A Mad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Island. 67 Inch a Boy: or, Doing Ilia Level Best 32 Adrift on the World; or, v.-orking His Way to Fortune. 68 MonPy to Hurn: or, The Shrewdest Boy in \\'all Street. 33 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Boy in Wall Street. 69 An Eye to Bnsi11ess; or. 'l'h e Boy who was Not Asleep. 34 Tatters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 70 'l'ipperl by the Ticker; or, An Ambiti1m lloy In V.'nll Street, 35 A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy in the World. 7 I On to Success; or, The Boy who Got Ahend. 86 Won by Pluck; or, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. 72 A Bid tor a Fortune; or, A Coun1 .ry Buy i11 \\"all Street. For sale by all newsdealers, or will lJe sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our libraries, and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by rtr turn mail. POSTAGE STA.MPS '.l'AU:EN '.l'HE SAME AS .MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FHANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. .......................... 190 DBAR SrnEnclosed find ...... cents :for whic h please s end me: .... copies o:f FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ............................... " " " '' VVIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos ..................................................... '' WORK AND WIN. Nos ..... ....................................... WILD WEST VEEKLY, Nos ....................................................... 'PT.TTC'K AND T,TTCK. Nos ...................................... SECRET SERVICE. Nos .................................................. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ......................................... .......... " Ten-Cent Hand Nos ..................................... .......... Name .......................... Street and No .................... Town ...... ... State ................