For fame and fortune, or, The boy who won both

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STORIES OF BOYS WHO ,<1MAKE MONEY. As a smoothly-shaven, elderly man alighted, a long-haired, shabby-looking individual suddenly rushed upon him with uplifted cane from the shadow of a nearby doorway. Quick as a wink Stanley sprang forward and seized both cane and arm.


Fame and Fortune Weekly l S TORIES PF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY l1sued Weekl11-B11 Subscription 1 2.(i() per 11ear. Ente,.ed according to A.ct of Congreso, in the 11ear 1J07, in the oJllce of the Librarian of Congresa, Wiuhington, D. C., b11 Frank Tcuse11, Publishe1, 24 Union Squar New York, 1 No. 75. NEW YORK, MARCH 8, 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS. FOR FAME AND FORTUNE . OR, BOY WHO WON BOTH B y A SELFMADE MAN CHAPTER I. STANLEY HOPE, MESSENGER. Six alert-looking lads, from fourteen to eighteen year!> o:f a g e sat on a long bench against the wall of an American District Telegraph Company's branch office on TWenty third Street, New York, one bright day early in the spring. 'rhe y were all attired in the regulation uniform so fa miliar to the general public since the establishment of this branch of the messenger service. E a ch boy had a nbmber on his cap, and by that number was he addressed by the manager o.:f the office during busi ne s s homs whenever his services were caUed into requisi tion. They were a cheerful lot, those particular six boys, and they seemed to enjoy their strenuous calling. At any rate, they were on their feet, and were so bright and clever that they never-or, at least, very seldom -made a mistake in delivering a message, 11package, a bouquet, or anything, in fact, intrusted to them. The manager of the office took a good deal -O:f pride in those six boys. He often said that there were not ilix boys like them in any other office of the A. D. T. service. He had money to bet on it. This was equivalent to a challenge to the manager of any other office in the city having six or more boys under hi s authority to produce six of his force who could outshine the s ix lads of the Twenty-third Street branch. The challenge was not accepted, although every manager of everv office knew about the matter. The manager of the Twenty-third Street branch went even :further in his boasting. Not only ha d he a bunch of crack messengers who could not be outdone by any similar six in the service, but he said lie had one boy whose ma.tch was not to1 be found in the city. 'llilat was a pretty broad assertion. The messenger in question was No. 44. His name was Stanley Hope. It was an attractive name, and the boy was just as attractive as his name. _, He was a handsome, curly headed youth of eighteen, the oldest of the bunch of six who on this particular morning ornamented the the office while awaiting a call. He had dark, :flashing eyes, a Grecian nose, and a :firm, well-built chin. Energy, resolution and ambition showed in every line of hl,s countenance. He was the popular leader among the six, and what any one of the others would not do for him i:f called upon was not worth mentioning. Stanley Hope had the reputation of being the most gen tlemanly boy in the service. Consequently he was a great :favorite with the ladies who had frequent occasion for the services of the Twenty-third Street branch office. He lived over somewhere on the East Side, in a small


2 FOR F"AME AND FOR'PUNE. and modest fiat, with his widowed mother and crippled sis ter, two years younger than himself. Anybody who knew the Hopes could easily believe that they had seen better clays. There was an indefinable air of refinement a.bout the l ittle widow, and her son and daughteT, that the direst.pov erty could not wipe out. It was the mark of gentle birth. Some people, when luck has them to the wall, are foreyer apologizing for their situation in life. They try to make you understand that they are not ac-customed to their present situation. That once upon a time they were. ever so much better off. The Hopes never made such bids for sympathy. If their path in life had once been among roses they never alluded to the fact. On the day in question Stanley Hope sat in his accus tomed seat at the head of the bench, and his five associates filled the balance of the space. "Say, fellows," spoke up Dick Diamond, "when dicl this happen befo;-e ?" "'When did what happen before?" inquired Bob Blod gett, looking at the other. \ "That we six were all together on this bench at this hour of the day. What's going to happen, anyway?" "What should happen, e::>.cept that one of us will get a call in a moment, and then there'll only be five left," said Bob, with a grin. "Six little messengers very much alive, one got a ca.11 and then there were five," chirped Willie Walker, the yolmgest of the bunch, and who therefore occupied the tailencl seat. ''You can swear that you won't be tlie one called, Wil lie," said Joe Judson; "nnt while any of us rema .in.4; "Is that so ? Don't you :fl.a t\er youl'F)elf that you stand any more chance than me. I can cover as groun(l as you with my eyes shut." "You think you can, Willie," replied Jl: dson; "but you've another think coming." the encl o.f the bench, Stanley Hope sat silent and abst-racted at the head of it, with a far-away look in his fine eyes. ;c What are you thinking about, Stanley?" asked Dick Diamond. "I'm thinking about my play," replied Hope, without changing his position. "Your what?" exclaimed Dick, not grasping the idea at once. "My play." "Your play?" said Dick, in a perplexed tone. "What do you mean by tha.t ?" "Didn't I tell you that I had written a drama?" "Written a clrama The dickens you have! Not aregu lar drama such as they put on at the theaters ?" "Yes, a regular drama." "Gee whiz! Did you hear that, Sam?" nudging his neighbor. "Hear what?" asked Sam, who had been listening to the altercation between Joe and Willie, who were always scrap ping in their way. "Stanley says he's written a play-a real drama for the theater What do you think of that?" Sam was interested at once. "What is it like, Stanley? Tell us about it, will you?" he said. Buz-z-z-z That was an outside call for a messenger. The manager glanced at the indicator and Sl:lW that the call was from the Criterion apa.rtment house-a swell place in the vicinity, where two, three and four rooms, without kitchens, were rented at a high figure to those who could afford the "Forty-four!" he called out. Stanley sprang up and was at the railing in a moment. The manager handed him a ticket with the address of the caller on it, and the boy hurried out a.t the door. He turned down Fifth A venue, walked a blook or two, and then took to a cross street. A few hundred feet west of the he oame to a tall, rarrow building, with a white marble front and an impos ing hallway entrance. "I'll bet you a. nickel I get a call before you>" asserted Walker, aggressively. On either side of the doorway was a metallic shield o!: quaint design, on which in raised letters was the wor l Willie, fishing it out of his "Criterion." "Vi7here's your nickel?" "Here it is," responded pocket. An iron grill-work cloor apparentlv ha:rred admission. ::rs th.a. t tip got?" askerl J jeeringly. It was not locked, however, ancl Stanley was too familiar No., it isn t the last tip I got, sma rty. I 11 bet I get with this kind of a door to lose any time over it. 1 tips you .do." . . He turned the handle and entered the long corridor. One be, at a tune, W1lhe. Heres a mckel to match A colored boy'who was seated before a telephone switchyours that I get a call before you," said .Tudson. hoard directed the vouno-messencrer to the elevator and "I'll be the stakeholder," vohmteerccl Sam Sprague, said: 0 0 holding out his hand. "Seventh floor, front, east." "Nixy," objected Judson. "I'll hold the stakes myself, A mofr1ent or two later Stanley was dropped out on the because I'm going towin." corridor. "You'll hold nothing," said Walker. "Let Sam hold the The rlevator boy pointed out a certain door, and the nickels." messenger glicled over to it and pushed the electric button. While Willie and Joe were bickering over their bet at A prim-looking colored maid admitted him to the inner


' FOR FAME AND FORTUNE. 3 hall, led him a small reception-room, and then disap-1 sir-the vampire who has fed yourself on my talent and peared. paid me not. Where is the money due me for services ren -In a few minutes a stunning-looking lady, attired in an dered and forgotter;t? Tell me that, you old varlet." expensive tea gown, swept into the room with a letter in "I owe you nothing, sir," r.eplied Mr. Bloodgood, 'col dly. her hand. "Nothing! Ha, ha, ha!" with a hollow, sarcastic laugh. This was Mrs. Jack Howard, an actress professionally "Nothing l Ye gods will you listen to that? Did you known as Adele Temple, who was leading woman at one not engage me for the summer season last year to go South of the big theatres. and draw the dollars into your cash-box?" Her husband was a well-known Wall Street man. "I did engage you, it is true, on the strength of your She smiled at the handsome young messenger, who stood, past reputation, to play a small part in 'The Prodigal Son,' cap in hand, awaiting her pleasure. but you were simpJ.y rotten and I had to, let you go." "Take this note to Mr. John Bloodgood's office in the "Me rotten!" roared Torrens, striking an attitude that Empire Theater Building. There is no answer." attracted a crowd. "Me, Talbot Torrens, who has sup "Very. well, ma'am," replied Stanley, politely. ported Booth, Barrett, McCullough, and others too numer With the envelope the lady handed Hope a dollar bill ous to mention? Me-rotten! Shade of William Shake and a quarter additional. speare That llJ: sh011ld live to hear this I I throw the l ie The bill was supposed to cover the service, while the in your teeth, J ohn Blood-why, where has he gone?" quarter was a tip. Manager Bloodgood had taken advantage of the gather Stanley, however, expected to make something out of ing crowd to grasp his rescuer by the arm and drag him the dollar bill as well, for when the time was reckoned up into the vestibule of the Empire Theater Building and into after he returned to the office, the change, if any, the elevator, which speedily whisked them to thee fifth floor. ways handed over to the messenger. ' "I am extremely obliged to you, young man, for yo\U' This was a premium for extra quick delivery of letters, timery interference in my behalf," said Mr. Bloodgo od. packages, etc., which spurred the lads on to save time. "Come with me to my office." Stanley lost no time in reaching the street, and he hus"You're quite welcome, sir," replied Stanley. "You are tll:l9. up to Fifth Avenue, thence up to Twenty-third Street, Mr. John Bloodgood, I believe?" 1 past the Fifth Avenue Hotel, and so on up Broadway in "That's my name." the direction of the Empire Theater Building, boarding a "I have brought a note for you." a car at the cont er of Twenty-fourth Street. "From whom?" asked the manager, taking it. He left the car halfway between Twenty-ninth Street "From Mrs. Howard, of the Criterion Apru:tments." and Fortieth and started up the sidewalk. "Humph!" muttered Mr. Bloodgood. 'I wonder what As he approached the entrnnce to the offices in the Em-she wants." pire Theater Building a cab drew up beside the curb. Stopping before a door on which was lettered, "Office of As a smoothly elderly man alighted, a long-John Blooc1good's Attractions, then, in much smaller let haired, shabby-looking individual rushed upon him with ters, "Old Missouri," "The Golden Calf," "After Dark," uplifted cane fJ.\om the shadows of a nearby doorway. Mr. Bloodgood let himself in with a pass-key. Quick as a wink, Stanley sprang forward and seized both "Come in," he said, drawing i*e young messenger inside cane and arm. "This is my New York office. I have three shows on the CHAPTER II. STANLEY IS OFFERED A NEW POSITION. 'rhe seedy-looking man turned :fiercely upon the young messenger and tried to free his arm. "How dare you lay your hands on me, varlet!" he ex claimed in a tragic tone that savored something of the stage. "Desist, or I will strike you to the earth." "I don't think you will," replied Stanley, coo1ly. "You were going to hit that gentleman with your cane." "What do you mean, Torrens?" demanded the voice of the gentleman who ha d come in, the cab, and who, but for the boy's timely intervention, must have been knocked to the sidewalk. "'Are you mad, sir, that you make this at tack on me P" "Mad!" repeated Torrens, who was undoubtedly an actor, and apparently one of the old school. "Doubtless I am, John Bloodgood. And who has made me so but you. ? You, road, and all reports are sent to me here. I don't travel much myself, as each of my companies has an acting man ager, who is responsible for everything. Take -a. seat. By the way, what is your name?" Hope, sir," replied the sitting down, though he intended to remain but a The manager seemed struck by the name. "Stanley Hope, -eh? Quite euphonious Would make an excellent stage name, upon my word it would. Well, what can I do for you? You've placed me under consider able oblig.e.tions by saving. me from a knock-out at the hancls of that miserable hamfatter, Talbot Torrens I can't let t.J.rn matter pass w ithout making you some suitable com pensation," and the manager's hand sought his pocket ''I beg your pardon, sir. I can't any recompense for wbat I did. Any one would have acted as I did under the circumstances." "Maybe they :would; but you were the only one at hand, and if you hadn't jumped in and caught that fellow's arm ..


FOR F A:JLE AND FORTUNE. ----------------------I should have caught a nasty blow. Come now, let me do something for you. You are a messenger, I see, at a small wage, of course. I like your appearance. I need an as sistant in my office to help my stenographer. The young man I had has just left, and I was abo"\1t to advertise for his successor. How would you like the show business?" "I think I'd like it. very welL I am interested in, the theater. .I have written a play--" "You have done what?" asked Mr. Bloodgood, looking hard at the young messenger "I have writ t en a play." "You have, -eh?" with a faint smile. "Yes, sir," his eyes shining eagerly. ""What kind of a play?" "It's a Western drama, in four acts." "How old are you, young man?" "Eighteen, sir." The manager sat and looked at him with considerable interest. "Have you ever been behind the scenes?" "No, sir.?' ,/"Then you know nothing about the theater back of the curtain?'' ,, "Only what I have seen from the front." "And yet you have written a play. Don't you know, young man, that in order to build a house properly a man should be a carpenter?" "Yes, sir." "And to put a piece of machinery together in the right way a man has got to be a practical machinist?" "Yes, sir." "Now, in order to build a play, the writing of which is a secondary consideration, the author requires a certain familiarity at least with the region in which it must be produced." "I suppose so, sir," answered Stanley, looking somewhat discouraged, for the mdager's word s had greatly damp ened his enthusiasm of a moment before. I "However, you need;n't do-wncast, young man. You're young yet. If it's in you to make a good play, you'll find the way of doing it. If your bent is in that direotion, you can't do better than to come to work for me. In time I may you with one of my road co;rnpanies, on the executive staff, and then you'll have the opportunity to use your eyes and wits and learn the inner workings of the theater What do you say? Will you accept this posi tion in my office? I'll sta .rt you at so much per week," and the manager mentioned a sum tlmt was three dollars in excess of what he was now getting, tips exceRted. "I should like fo speak to my mother a bout it, sir, first, if you have no objection." "None at all. I'll keep the place open for you the rest of the week. Call here some time after twelve not later than Saturday, or you can drop me a letter." "All right, sir,''. replied Stanley, rising. "I am very much ob iged to you for the offei: of the po, sition." on my side. Be s id es, I've t a ken a fancy to you. I li ke your face. I believe you are ju s t the boy I want." Fifteen minutes later Stanley walked into the A. D. T. office, passed the dollar over to the manager, O l l t o f wh ic h he got just a nickel, in addition to his car fare, and then took his seat to wait for another call. Joe Judson and Willie Walker were the only on e s left on the bench, and a moment later Willie wa s call e d up to take a package uptown, and as he passed out of the door he threw a triumphant grin back at Judson, for he had won the nickel bet. OHAPTEn III. FROM MESSENGER BOY TO MANAGER'S OFFICE. That evening Stanley had a consultation with his mother about leaving the district messenger service 8.Ild going to work for John Bloodgood, theatrical manager. "Mother, I think, if you've no objection, I'd like to ma}\e the change. I'm tired of wearing this suit, and of being addressed as 'Forty-four.' There's no future in it, not even of being known as the crack messenger of the A. D. T. Company "Are you sure that your new position will lie steady?" asked his mother anxiqusly, for her son's wages were a serious consideration with her. Bessie, her daughter, who was a smart needleworker for her age, helped out a little with reatherstitching on in fants' garments; but the worl{ was poorly paid, and the most she was able to make when worK was plenfy was two dollars a week. Stanley loved his crippled sistet deiirly, ancrit was one of the ambitions of his life to make enough money to pla.ce her as well as their little mother, on easy street. "I guess it'll be steady, all right, mother. It's office work and I like that much 15etter tnan what I'm doing.'; "Well, my son, you must decide that matter for yourself." "But I want to know if you're willing I should take it,'' persisted the boy. "I am. willing you should make any change that you think is for the better. You ought to be a better judge as to that than I. You are a sensible boy, and full y realize how we are situated. I know you will do nothing to jeopardize our chances of getting on." "Very well, mother. I'll write to Mr. Bloodgood, tell him just how I am fixed, will give him to understand that I will accept the position on the condition that the situation is a steady one." Dick Diamond, who had a call up in the neighborhood of the Empire Theater on the following morning, delivered the letter for Stanley. In the afternoon Mr. Bloodgood sent a reply back by a messenger ass;uring Stanley that the position would b e a permanent one, in one capacity or another. "Don't it, young man. The obHgation is all He said he would like to see the boy' on the following


FOR FA.ME AND FORTUNE. 5 aft ernoon at two, if possible, so a s to arrange f o r him to come to work on the following Monday. S t anley got p e rmission to go off fo r a n hour on t he next afternoon, which was Friday, and he hurried up to Mr. Bloodgood s office. The manager had a. talk with him, introduced him to his stenographer, who worked in the rec e ption-room of the suite, and then Stanley returned to the telegraph office to notify the manager, later on, that he was going to l eave the district messenger service. The manager was very sorry to learn of his intention, and offered him another dollar raise if he would remain. He declined, however, having made his arrangements to the contrary. -I Saturday evening, when the six were paid off, Stanley announced to his a:ssociates that his career as a mes s enger was over for good. "You don t mean that I" gasped Dick Diamond, who was Stanley's particular chum. "I do, Dick." "Holy smoke!" exclaimed Bob Blodgett, with a rueful face. "What are we going to do without you?" "Where are you going to work?" asked Sam Sprague, with a glum look. "I've got an office position with Theatrical Man1ti:,aer Bloodgood, in the Empire Theater Building." "That's where I took the letter for isn't it?" said Dick. "That's the place." "There's a mighty pretty girl in that office," said Dick, with a grin. "She's the stenographer a.nd general clerk," replied Stanley. "I wouldn't mind working there myself continued Diamond. "You don't mind if I drop in and see you, do you?" "I hope you will, Dick. I don't want to lose you." "I suppose it doesn't matt e r about t he of us. eh?" chipp e d in Willie Walker. "I thought w e were always g oing to stick together "I hope we will, fellows," said Stanle y "Don't be afraid, I'm not going to lose sight of you altogether-not if I can hel p it." "You'll get all the passes that you want now to the dif f erent theat e rs, I suppose," said J o e Juds on e agerly "I hope you won't forget us whell you have any to spare. I like to go to the shows better'n anything else." "I can't say whether I'll get any passes or not replied Stanley; "but if I get any that I can give awa.y you chaps s h all have the first chance." "That's right. I know you won't forget your five pals," s aid Bob, with a nod of his head. "No, boys, I'm not one of the for g etting kind. Shake hands now. We may be parted in a way, but we're comrades just the same, aren't we?" "Sure we are," cried Willie, exuberantly. And th e other four echoed the sentiment. They shook hands over it, swore et ernal friendship, and wished their comrade good luck in his new job. Then they separat e d, each going to his own home. Sta nl e y 's office hour s in his new place were fro m 9.30 to 4.30, and he presented hims elf on time at Mr. Blood good s office on Monday morning. Miss Sanderson, the stenographer, did not arrive until ten that morning, and our hero had to cool his heels in the corridor till she showed up. "Good morning, ...Miss Smderson," said Stanley, pleas antly. "Good morning, Stanley," she said, with a smile, for she had taken an instant liking to the handsome new assistant. "I' m a trifle late, though I don't get here much before ten. You'd better carry the key after this," and she handed it to him as she proceeded to take off her hat and wraps. "Mr. Bloodgood doesn t get here till about noon, does he?" "Seldom before two, unless he has an engagement with some one for an earlier hour. Professional p e ople are not early ris e rs, you know. One of our companies is in Harlem this week." "At what theater?" "The West End. There's some of the pa.per on the wall.'' Stanley look e d in the direction indicated and saw several colored lithographs of "Old Missouri." Close. by were lithos of "The Golden Calf" and "After Dark." There was a stack of small photographs of m e mbers of the several companies on a shelf. Ther e were al s o quite a number of p i ctures of prominent actors and actresses hung about on the walls. Miss Sander s on gave Stanley s omething fo do, and almost befor e he kn e w it noon was' around, and the stenog rapher asked him whe n he wanted to g o to lunch. Sh e sa id she went out about one, and s he thought he'd bet t e r go fir s t. He went over to a cheap quick lunch place on Sixth Avenue, and when he got back the a c ting manager of "Old Mi s souri" was waiting to see Mr. Bloodgood. Th e manager came in about ha.If-pa s t one, and while he was talking to his repre s entative in the private room doo r o p e n e d and Mr. Talbo t Torrens poked his h e ad in at the door of the reception-room, and, seeing nobody but Stanley, he stalked in as if he owne d the place. "Is Mr. Bloodgood in?'' he asked in a deep bass voice. "Ye s sir; but he's engaged at present," replied Stanl ey. "Methinks y oung man, I have seen you before he said, with a deep frown which showed the boy that the actor evidently recognized him 118 the person who had defeated his attempt to get back at Manager Bloodgood for real or fancied injury. "I think you have, too," answered Stanley, rather amused at his manner He had a better opportunity now to size up Mr. Torrens \


6 FOR FA:ilIE AND FORTUNE. than on the afternoon he saw him first under rather e-xcit ing circumstances. He noticed that the actor had dark, piercing eyes, wifr hollows under them; prominent cheek-bones, a beaked nose, and long, wavy hair, upon which perched a shabby Fedora hat of ancient vintage. Beneath a cheap overcoat could be seen his shiny Prince Albert coat, which was tightly buttoned around his body, and his right hand was thrust through it at the His legs were encased in trousers very baggy at the knees. and over his patent-leather shoe', which were all seamed and cracked, were spats which had originally been white, but which the ravages of time and mud had changed to yellow. This man in his time had been an actor of fair ability, but was now out of date and gone to seed. He loved to live over again what he was pleased to call his former triumphs. He continually asserted that he would have been a great actor but or professional jealousy, which had marred his promising career. "Are you working for the vampire?" he asked, uncon sciously striking an attitude. "Who do you mean by the vampire?" inquired Stanley. "Who should I mean but Bloodgood? He, like others of his ilk, is sucking the blood of the profession. Are )'ou aware, young man, that I once played with Booth?" "No, sir. He was a fine actor, I have been told." "Ay, ay, he was passing fair; but there are othersothers from whom the demon jealousy plucked the fair flower, reputation, ere it bad time to bloom in the sunshi n e 0 public approbation. I hav e consecrated a whole lifetime to the drama. What has it clone for me?" gloomily. As the boy could not answer that question, he wisely remained silent. Mr. Talbot Torrens appeared to hav e a grievance against the drama as well as against Manager Bloodgood. "It has done all sorts 0 things, not for me, but to me. But to business. As the vampire is not approachable, may I have a word with you, young man?" "Certainly," replied Stanley, wondering what the actor wanted. "Come hither. It is bes t that we be out 0 earshot of yon door, behind which the vampire .sits like some bloated spider waiting for prey." Stanley was new in the business, or he would not have left his seat to see what mysterious communication Mr. Torrens had to impart to him. The seedy professional caught the boy by the arm and led him down near the outer door, much after the way in some old-time :12lays one actor would l ead another across the stage to 0. P. side in order to communicate some strange secret. '!Young man," he said in a stage whisper, "could I so at impose on your generosity as to negotiate a loan 0 a quarter? H not a quarter a dime? Ev.en the donation of the humble nick e l will be thankfully appreciated, or it will enable me to purchase a draught o.f the brew of Gam brinus." "You mean beer, don't you?" laughed Stanley, handing him a five-cent piece. 4\.t that moment there was a sound at the private door as if some one was about to enter the room. lHr. 'rorrens heard il, ancl nervously grasping the handle oi the outer cloor he away into the corridor with re marlrn ble celerity for one of his years, while Stanley re turned to his desk to continue his work. CHAPTER IV. S.A.VED .A.T TTTE POINT OF DEATH. The first ,-Veck passed away <]Uickly aml pleasantly enough lo Sta nley, llllc1 he told bi s mother when he got home on Naturc1ay at an early hour, wiih his \rages in his pocket, that h e had never earned money easier in his life. "I'm boun d to say that, so far, I l ikr the job first rate," he said, with some enthusiasm. "11iRs s,mderson and I have things pretty much to ourse1ves up to noon, when people who have businci;s with Bloodgood begin to drop in. Quite a number of professionals came in during the week and buzzed Mif':: Sanderson for passes for the West Encl, in Harlem, where one o.f our companies is play ing 'Old Missouri' this week. They didn't always get them, j ust the same, though Mi$s Sanderson had quite a bunch of them signed in blank by Mr. Bloodgood in her desk to dispose of as her judgment dictated. As she saicl they hac1 the 'standing room only' sign up nearly every night, she didn't give many away, except to matinees. She gave me a pass for two, but I gave it to Dick Diamond, as I didn't care to go away up to 125th Street, on the West Side, when the show wiU be at the New Star, on Lexington Avenue, next week, which is much handi e r for me." On Monday evening Stanley took Bob Blodgett to see "Old Missouri," and they both enjoyed the play very much indeed. When they came out Stanley was svrprised to see Mr. Torrens standing near the entrance with a hungry look in his eyes. His famished eyes lighted on the two boys, and, recog ni z ing our h ero, the professional immediately buttonholed him and tried to l ea d him aside. "What is it-another nickel, Mr. Torrens?" he asked, laughingly. "Nay, young man; I fain wouldst borrow fifteen cents, for I have not broken my fast all day. It is a grievous shame that I, who have played with Booth, s hould be re duced to such sor ry straits as to have to ask for the price. Perhaps the time may come when Talb ot Torr ens will be able to r epay with interest the stipend that nature craves to keep soul and body together." "Come up with a nickel, Bob," said Stanley. "Here's ten cents, which is all we can afford, Mr. Torren s We are not as yet millionaires." "A thousand thanks, young man," repli e d the actor, ac-


FOR FAME AND FORTUNE. cept ing the hiimble o:ffe ring. "Perc hance I may be able He the building he was in s e arch of in the stor e -to rais e the oth e r ni c kel from a brother professional. I house and wharf di stric t. will hie my-self to the stage door and wait for the vamA big, argus-eyed watchman sat in a chair at the main pire s hirelings to appear." entrance. "Is that one of your actors, Stanley?" asked Bob, gazing "I want to see Mr. Taylor," said Stanley. with some interest after the retreating form of the heavy Mr. Taylor was the scenic artist and the superintendent man, for such Stanley had learned was that individual's of the studio, and the letter brought by Stanley was atl-line of business. dressed to him. "Oh, no. He's a broken-down professional. Mr. Blood-He was the man who planned all the work, made the good engaged him for a short Southern trip last summer, models and issued the instructions to the various but had to shake him because he couldn't malrn good. Since ments, for scen e -painting was not the only thing doile on then he has been dunning the boss for ten wee.ks' salary, the premii)es. but withoitt much success. He calls Mr. Bloodgood a vamThe costume s of many an elaborate production were pire. I feel sorry for him, and would like to help him, for made there. he really is in need, but I can t a:fford it. My mother needs So also were the mechanical devices, properties and won-every cent of my money to run the house." derful lighting effects. "If you feel sorry for every actor you nm across you'll Looking into a huge, low-ceilinged room, where a dozen feel miserable two-thirds of your tim e," remarked Bob, or more carp ente rs w e re busily at work on the skeleton who lmew something about the dark side of the professi o n. frames of whiti;i pine, preparing them for the set pieces "Professional or not, I don't like to see a man, or a o f s c enery, the watchman called to a boy and told him to woman, eith e r, go hungry." tak e S tanley up it Mr. Taylor's depaJ.tment . "If you could afford it you'd be an easy mark," lau ghe d "Come with me," said the youth, shaking the superfhious his friend. "Every time you left your office you' d fim l s l ; avings : from hi s a.pron, and he led the way through the half a dozen actors out of a job waiting for you to give carpenter shop out into a kind of long driveway running you a touch. I'll bet those two nickels you gave the heavy the eritire leng t h of the building. man will pass ove r the nearest bai.;, for a "couple of b e e r s and Above its entrance were the paint frames that he will try and fill up at the free hmch table." where the scen e ry was painted. "I can t help it,"_ replied Stanley. "He'll get some thing Long avenues ran o:ff from the driveway proper, and to eat, at any rate, and he looks as if he ne eded it." along them Stanley saw piles of finished scenery stored. The two boys hailed a car and were carried downtown. They pas sed a c oupl e of men, one of whom was working When Miss Sanderson arrived at the office n e xt morning a pump-handle attached to a large barrel res ting on a long in tO tell her ho w much he and his trunk, while the other held the nozzle of a hose in his hand, Bob Blodgett enjoyed the show the night before. with which he was s pra y ing a recently painted ''set-piece." "Old Missouri is all right," he said. "The house was "What are they doing that for?" asked Stanley of his packed." conductor. "I am not surprised," replied the young lady. "The company did a record business at the West End la s t week. There was very little paper in the house, outside of Mon day night." "What do you mean by paper in the house, Miss San derson?" "Free admissions." "Oh, I see. I'll get used to the technical expres s ions of the bus iness by and 1'ly." "By the way, Stanley, you'd better this letter over to the LeBrun Sc e nic Studio, on West -Street. The y ar e building the s cenery over there for 'On the Rhine,' the n e w melodrama Mr. Bloodgood will put on the road ne x t s eason." "All right. I'll get over there and back in no time. Don't forget I was an A. D. T. me8senger only a little while ago." "Oh, there's no occasion for hurry. You will probably have to wait fm. an answer." Stanley took the letter, put on his hat and started for the west side of the city. "ij'hey're fireproofing the scenery," replied the boy, care lessly. From the end of the driveway they entered upon what appeared to Stanl e y a s a fully appointed stage, though it was not el e vate d li k e the st a g e of the ordinary theater However, it was e v e ry bit as c omplete in other ways, for it had i ts full equi pment of fly g alleries, a loft, and port able switchbo ard f or elec tric lig hting. A f ter lcaviJ1g the s tage t hey climbed two flights of s tairs up through the fly ga ll erie s anc1 into a storeroom, a.1id thence up another'fli ght into the studio, where Mr Taylor was found. Stanley d e liv e red the letter to him. "Mr. Bloodgood s ent you, eh?" said the sce:oic artist. ''I'm from M r Bloodgood's office," replied the boy, politely. While Mr. Taylor was reading the letter, Stanley looked around the room and saw hu:odreds of photographs of dif ferent plays mounted in frames standing around. The carpent e r lad remained in the background, prepared to pilot the visitor back the way he had brought him.


8 FOR FAME AND FORTUNE. There were other rooms and intere s ting sights in the building that Stanley did not g e t the opportunity to see. Neither did he get a glimpse of the palnt frames, where several artists were painting a large drop, suspended some forty feet in the air by the thinnest of s teel cables. Mr. Taylor scribbled a reply on the back of the l e tter, put it back in the envelope, and handed it to Stanley with a nod of dismissal. Then two boys started to return to the ground floor. On their way down one of the flights t.hrough the fly galleries they overtook an attache of the pla .ce who had charge of a well-dressed woman and lovely girl of perhaps sixteen years. "Now, Eva, do be careful," said the )ady in a warning tone to the girl, who in exuberant spirij;s was skipping down the stairs rather "Don't mind me, mamma ; I'm all right," rnplied the young lady, turning a mischievous look back at h e r mother That glance was a fatal one, for the girl slipped as she placed her foot on a piece of rope lying1 in her road, and she pitched head forward from the stairs down toward the stage, forty below. She uttered a piercing scream a.s she disappeared over into the void encumbered with a network of ropes. Her mother, with a despairing cry, fainted in the arms of the man with them The carpenter lad gave a gasp of horror and turned Stanley was the only one who had nerve enough to look after the falling little bea. uty, whom he fully expected to see lying a disfigured corpse on the stage below. Such, however, was not the case at that moment, though her position was sufficiently perilous. Her downward flight had been temporarily arrested by a maze of ropes, through which, however, she was surely sinking to a point where nothing could have saved her Had she retained presence of mind herself she might have averted the catastrophe by clinging tightly to any one of a dozen ropes around her. But, unlike a drowning person who will grasp at a straw, she seemed dazed by her tenible situation and made no effort on her own behalf. There was only one way to head her off, and that was a :forlorn chance, seemingly, at the best. But Stanley, wide awake and intrepid, saw the bare chance and essayed it at considerable risk to hims e lf. He sprang out, caught a long hanging rope that swung above the stage, slid down it like a flash, and caught 'the girl around the waist just as she was dropping out of the ropes that had checked her downward plunge. He had grabbed her in the nick of time, and as his arm tighteneP, about her, and the other gripped the rope by which he was suspended, the pair swung out into the air twenty-five feet above the hard boards of the stage, and moved backward and forward like some gigantic pendulum marking time. CHAPTER V. STANLEY AND THE LITTJ, E ACTRESS. Eva s shriek had been heard through the building, and many of the workmen employed in the imm e diate vicinity of the accident rushed to the scene to find out what was the trouble. / They saw the swinging forms of Stanley and his burden in midair, and, without knowing exactly how they came to be in their dangerous situation, set to work at once to r e scue them This was speedily accomplished by several of the men running _up the nanow stairways to the fly galleries_, a.nd, laying hold of the long rope to which the boy was clinging, hauled them np to safety. The girl never made a struggle while in Stanley's arms, but seeme d to have had perfect faith in her deliveran c e through the of the plucky boy. By the tin1e Stanley and Eva had been la.nded in one of the fly galleries the girl's mother came out of her swoon. She called at once for her chilcl in hysterical accents, and was comforted with the intelligence that Eva was safe. "Where-where is she? Where is my darling Eva?" she cried. "Here, mamma," came the ringing voice of the girl, who, with Stanley close behind, was hastening down the stairs to the point where her mother stood anxiously waiting to clasp her in her arms. "My darling, I thought you were surely killed," cried the lady, straining her daughter to her heart. "I would have been mamma, but for this boy. He saved me from falling to the stage below." "A mother's blessing on you, my boy,".said the lady, fer v e ntly and gratefully. "How did you save my Eva?" Stanley explained how he had accomplished the feat. "You are a brave lad," said the lady. "What is your name?" "Stanley Hope, ma'am." "My name is Price-Mrs. George Price. This is my daughter Evangeline." Stanley politely acknowledged the introducti0n "I am very, very grateful to you, Mr. Hope, for saving my life,'t now spoke up the girl, taking his hand in hers. "And so is mamma, of course. You :rnstn't go' until we have talked to you, and till you promise to call on us at qur home in the Elgin, on West Forty-fourth Street." Stanley bowed, and said he was delighted to make Miss Price's acquaintance, even under such strenuous circum stances. He further said that he would be pleased to call at her home if she wished him to. "Of course I wish it," Eva insisted, impulsively "I really couldn't think of not seeing you again, after what you have done for me. You really must call soon." The two youn& people were evidently much taken with each other. \ JVfas Eva was not only s trikingly pretty, but lUlc ommonly chic and vivacio11.S


FOR FAME AND FORTUNE. 9 She talked io Stanley as if she had known him for years. The boy thought she was the most attractive girl by long odds that he ha.d ever met, and secretly he was pleased that it had been his good fortune to render her so signal a favor. Eva and Stanley walked together to the main entrance, her mother and the studio attache following behind her. "Mamma and I have been through the building. Although I've been on the stage ever since I was a little girl I never .was in a play factory before." "What, you an ac'tress ?" asked Stanley, in surprise. "Why, yes. Didn't you know?" ''No, I wasn't aware of the fa.ct." "Then you're not connected with the profession? I thought--" "I was an actor?" laughed Stanley. "Hardly. Do I look like one?" "Very much indeed." "Well, I'm slightly connected with the business. I am working for a theatrical manager who has offices in the Empire Theater Building." "Several managers have offices there. Do you mean Mr. Broughman ?" "No. I mean Mr. Bloodgood." "You don't mean .it I" exclaimed the girl, delightedly. "Why, I have just signed a contract with Mr. Bloodgood for next season. He's going to star me in a new play that is being written expressly for me. Mamma and I are just going to his office now." "Then I shall have the pleasure of accompanying you there." "Why, of course. Mamma, what do you think?" cried Eva, turning around. "What is it, my dear?" "Mr. Hope is connected with Mr. Bloodgood's office." "Indeed? In what capacity?" Eva looked inquiringly at her escort. "I'm a kind of general assistant and messenger," replied Stanley. "And I thought he wai;; an actor, marnma. You cer tainly should be a good one," she added, turning to her rescuer." "Thank you, Miss Price," replied Stanley. "Oh, don't mention it. But I don't want you to call me Miss Price. That's too formal, now that we know each other so well. You must call me Eva, and, if you don't mind, I'll call you Stanley. It would seem so funny to me to call you Mr. Hope." ''I'll call you Eva if you insist on it, Miss Price." "4nd I may call you Stanley, I suppose?" "Of course, if you wish to." "Thank you. After tliis we'll be just like old friends, won't we? You saved my life, you know, which is just too romantic for anything. It will be fa the papers to-mor row," she said, as the three walked in the direction of Broadway. "How will it? There were no reporters--" "Oh, mamma will see thnt the papers get all the facts. It will be a splendid advertisement for me. And we'll see that you get all the credit for your heroic act." I "But I don't want any credit for it, Miss-I. mean Eva," objected Stanley, in some confusion. "I'm fully repaid in knowing that I saved you from a fatal fall. I'm glad to have been of service to you-in fact, there's nothing I wouldn't do to oblige you, but I don't want to get into the papers." "I'm sorry, Mr.-I mean Stanley, but you must know that the papers never let a sensation of that kind get away. from them. Even if mamma and I said nothing, Mr. Tay lor, the superintendent at LeBrun's, as soon as he hears about the narrow escape I had, will telephone the particu lars to each of the big dailies. When we get back to our apartments we are sure to find several reporters waiting to get all the particulars from us. So you see it will be quite impossible for you to avoid getting into print." "Well," replied Stanley, resignedly, "if it must be, it must be. I wonder what Mr. Bloodgood will say?" "Why, he'll be tickled to death. It will bring me' quite prominently before the public, and his press agent will, no doubt, use it next season in advertising me ori the road. Really, he ought to raise your salary." "I shouldn't object to that," laughed Stanley; "though he's paying me very good wages now-several dollars more than I got &a an A. D T. messenger." "Were you once one of those boys who run around in uniforms with a number on their caps, carrying notes and small packages, and always seem to be in a hurry?" "I was until lately." "I never shoul d have thought so. I am glad you're with Mr. Bloodgood, for I'll see you whenever I call upon him "I hope so." "Now you must come and see me in Mademoiselle Bon bon at the Lyric. I'll send you a pass to-morrow. I'm not playing the leading role. I've a good part, though-that of Fanfan, maid-in-waiting to Mam'selle. I introduce a specialty in the second act that is one of the hits of the piece. You must come and see me to-morrow night. You will, won't you?" "I couldn't think of refusing you, Miss-that is, Eva. Are you billed as Eva or Evangeline Price?" "My name appears on the programme as Evangeline Vance. Mamma's name before she married was Vance. She was many years in the profession, and was playing leading parts at McVickers', in Chicago, when papa met and married her. Then she retired. Soon after papa died I made my debut in child parts in repertoire on the road." She then rattled on in her vivacious way about her early experiences in the business, and how she had gradually risen to soubrette parts, and finally made a bit in "The Maid and the Magpie," after which she was engaged to support Miss Dora Bancroft in "Mademoiselle Bonbon," then playing at the Lyric. In this piece her success was so pronounced that Man ager Bloodgood had agreed to star her next season in a play that should be adapted to her special abilities.


10 FOR FAME AND FORTUNE. Stanley listened to her with great jnterest, and was sorry wlien they arrived in front of the Emp:re Theater Build ing, and they took an elevator for the fifth floor, where M r. Bloodgood's offices were. C HAPTER VI. STANLEY TELLS EVA PlUC1' ABOUT HIS PLAY. M:r. Bloodgood was in his private office, :rnd immediately received Eva I'rice and her 1nother on thei t a mi val. The flrst i.hing EYa had to tell him was about her narrow escape from 11 terrible death in the LeBrun Stllllio. The manager was not only astonished to hear her story, but amazed to lean1 that the handsome and cTe;er little actress owed her life to his young assii>tnnt, Hope. M:r. Bloodgood at once called Stanley into the private office and questioned him before the ladies as to his part in t he affair. "You are certainly a plucky lad, Stanley," he said, "and I have no doubt that Miss Prire is very gtatefur to you for the ser v ice you rendered her." I am, indeed-more than I can ever express," cried Eva, impulsively. "I shall never forget it as long as I live--never !'' with a shuilder, as the remembrance of her pe r i l came back to her mote sfrongly than ever. When mother und daughter were ready to leave for their h ome they went out by the reception-room in order to see Stanley and tell him that he must call at their apartments some afternoon that week, as I\fr. Bloodgood had promised to l et him off for that purpose, and the boy promised to do so. Of course, Mr. Bloodgood told Miss Sanderson about Stanley's nervy and thrilling act when he called her inside to give her some dictation, and when she rehtrned to the reception-room she regarded her young assistant with more tespect and admiration than ever. "Why didu't you tell me what you dicl over at the sttidio ?" she asked him at once. "Are you so modest that you don't want to blow your own trumpet?" I thought I'd let you find it out through the papers, Miss Sanderson, as I understand it is bound to be printed," r eplied Stanley, with a flush. "But you really ought to have told me about it when you c ame in, and the ladies went inside to see I'm almost provoked with you for keeping the matter to yourself Didn't you suppose that it would int.crest me very much to learn of your plucky action from your own lips? Why, I consider you a hero of the first magnitude "Don't, Miss Sanderson. It is wry embarrassing to be praised for doing one's clnty," prote.q1.ed Stanley. "But t hink how you saved that girl's life, sliding down that rope at no small risk to yourself," said Miss Sander son. "It was the only way she c6uld have been saved. If I had stopped to consider Urn risk of the venture it would h ave been all 11p with her." "Well, I want you to tell me' all about it. How did the accident happen?" Stanley told her the particulars as he knew them, dwell ing as little as possible on his own share in the affair. "I think you are a remarkable boy," rcpliecl 1\1iss Sander son, decidedly, when he had finished. "You can't receive 1.oo much praise fol' your comiuct Stanley made no reply, and 1.hc young lady went to her machine aml began 1.o typewri le a couple of letters from lter notebook. When Stanley returned from lunch he found a bright young reporter waiting to interview him about the studio afl'air. Before he had finished, another reporter came in who represented a morning newspaper, and th boy had to go oYcr the facts again A third aml a fourth reporter dropped in later, and Stanley good-nahuedly obliged them with the intormation they were in quest of. All the later editions of the afternoon papers had a more or less graphic story in.about the miraculous escape from death of Miss Ernngeline Vance, the charming young actress of the Lyric Theater. Wbile due credit was accorded Stanley, the articles were all written around the popular favorile of i.he stage, making her part in the thrilling episode as prominent rui possible This suited the boy immensely, as he was just as well pleased to play second fiddle in the newspu.pers. The morning editions had fuller accounts, and 1\Iiss Eva certaihly received a good deal of free adyertising out of her perilous adventure. About eleven o'clock Stanley received by messenger boy two orchestra tickets for that evening's performance at the Lyric, inclosed in a dainty note from Miss Eva, in which she thanked him all over again for his gallant con duct in saving her life, and winding up with the hope that he would not fail to be at the performance of "Maclemoi selle Bonbon" that evening. After such a strong invitation Stanley felt that he could not afford to disappoint 1\Iiss Price, so he induced his mother to accompany him to the theater It is probable that the little actress singled him out in the auclicnce, for she knew the location or the seats she bad sent him. At any rate, she never appeared to better advantage than she did that night, and she imparted all the vim that was il1. her into her specialty in the second a.ct, and was a.ccordec1 the most tumultuous applause. Whether l\1iss Bancroft, the star, was pleased or not with the extra prominence Miss Rva got that evening is not on record. Between the second and last act an usher waited on Stan ley with a note from Eva saying that f:he wished he would call around to the door after the performance was over When the show was over, Stanley inquired tl\e way to the stage door, and when he and his mother made their


FOR FAME AND FORTUNE. 11 =======================================================-way there he showed the note to the watchman, who ad1 I may say I'd rather play in one of your dramas than any mitted them to the region behind the curtain. one else's." It was the first time either had ever been in that part of Stanley went home that afternoon feeling that a new a theater, and the boy found sufficient to interest him while future was opening before him. waiting for Eva to appear from her dressingroom, which she did in a short time, accompanied by her mother. Stanley introduced his mother to Eva and Mrs. Price, and then the actress invited them to take supper with her self and her mother. They accepted the invitation. They went to a well-known Sixth Avenue restaurant, where Eva monopolized Stanley, much to the boy's satis. Stanley and his mother left Eva and her mother at the entrance to the Elgin aparlment house, on West Fortyfourth Street, and then took a car home. After that Stanley saw a good deal of the little actress, either at the office or at her own home, and their friendship grew as the days went by. CHAPTER VII. "NUGGET NELL." Stanley brought his play along with him when he came to the office next morning. Ile made no mention of it to Miss Sanderson, however, but kept it hidden in one of thi pockets of his overcoat. About half-past four he was through for the day, ancl he made a bee-line for the Elgin apartment house, where Eva ancl her mother lived. The little beauty was expecting him. "Did you bring your play?" she asked eagerly. "Sure I did," replied Stanley. "Isn't that why I'm here?" One afternoon that Stanley called to see her he told her "Then we'll start in and read it together. I'm just about the play he had written. clyinir to see what it is like, for I've done nothing but think ''Have you really written a play, Stanley?" she exu about that delightful name--'Nugget Nell.' It hits me claimed, in pleased surprise. hard, that title does. If play is only half as good as "Yes; but I suppose it doesn't amount to anything. It its name, I am sure we'll be able to something out is my first attempt in that line." of it." "You must bring it up and let me read it," she said. Stanley got out of his overcoat and brought the manu"I will, if you wish me to; but I'm afraid it will only script of his play to the front. make you laugh." "Whatever induced you to write a play, Stanley?" she "I wouldn't make fun of anything belonging to you," asked, as they sat on the lounge together. "You must have she protested. "What kind of a play is it?" a great liking for the stage." "It's a Western melodrama." d 1 "I have. I've gone to lots of shows, and I've rea ots "That's the kind of play Mr. Bloodgood is having writof play-books. When I got the idea in my head to write a ten for me. I'm to be featured, you know, in a kind of drama I began to notice and study how the harum-scan1m wild Western part that will give me a chance constructed their pieces. I paid particular attention to the to introduce several specialties in the way of songs and ways in which the different characters were introduced dances." and how the plot was developed. I saw how they sand"My play is something on the saine order. It's called wiched in funny business, and I took note of how the 'Nugget Nell.' Nugget Nell is the leading part-a kind of sce nery was con s tructed and arranged on the stage. Now, wild girl of the mines. She does all sorts of thrilling stunts if I had some actual experience behind the scenes I at critical moments. After seeing you as Fanfan at the think that in time I could turn out a pretty good play of Lyric, I think it would just suit you if it was constructed 1'.he kind that 1\Ir. Bloodgood puts on the road. They're properly for the stage." not first class, you know. He only gets time at the second" You interest me very much, Stanley. I am in love with class houses, and caters to the ordinary people, not the the title 'Nugget Nell.' It is quite suggestive of the line Broadway class." of business that I'm to have in the play that Mr. Blood"JT ow long has it taken you to write this?" good is having written for me. Now, I want you to bring "About six months, at nights) and whenever I got a your play here to-morrow, and you and I will go over it chance ancl happened to be in the humor for writing." together, and I'll make suggestions where they may l)e "You must be pretty well educated, Stanley." needed, and if I like your ideas and construction better "I've been through the gra!llmar schoctl, and I went. two than Mr. Bloodgood's play, there is no telling but that I years to the High School. Then father diedunexpeotedly, may be able to find some excuse to turn the other down and and I had to get out and hustle." insist of using yours." "I like your mother very_ much, indeed-and she's so "If you only could, Eva," said Stanley, eagerly. "I'd refined." be tickled to death to have you act in a play of mine. I "Thank you, Eva." know it would be a success." "I should dearly like to meet your sister. I thin:K you "And it would please me very_ much to do so. In fact, said that she was something of a cripple?"


12 FOR FAME AND FOR'rUNE. "Yes; Jennie had a fall when she was v e ry young and I The n Eva clapp e d her hands. it permanently injured her spine." J "Thal's ju s t the right kind of an entrance for me," she "I feel so sorry for her. I will call around some afterexclaimed d e light e dly. "You. heax the music first, you noon at your and make her acquaintance. I am sure know, v e ry low, but gradually rising, until with what they I shall like her, if she is anything lik e you." call a flouri s h of the orchestra I come dashing in and stand "She will be pleased to know you," replied 'Stanley, with for a moment thus:" a flush. "I have talked so much about you, and moth e r Eva s prang up and showed Stanley just how she would has told her that you arc s uch a lovely girl--" come on if she was playing Nugget Nell. "No bouquets, Stanley, please," said Eva, laughingly. "That's right," exclaimed the young playwright. "That's "I am only telling you what motl1e r says about you, and it e x actly. Just my idea." she never says what she doesn't m e an." Then the reading went on until the first act was finished. "Your mother is very nice to have s u c h a i;ood opi nion of "I think that's just splendid said Eva, enthusiastically. poor me," replied the little actress, d e murel y "I had no idea that you could do so well for a beginner. "Oh, mother knows a nice girl when she m e ets one," Now go on with act two." answered Stanley, with an emphali c nod of hi s :fine curly The s econd act was declared to be much better than the head. .first one, as, according i.o all rules of dramatic art, it should "I think it is time we looked at y m1r play,"' F a id Eva, ha v e been. with a sweeping glance at the hands ome boy from under At the finale of the act Nugget Nell's father is accused her long eyelashes. of the murder of : Mulligan, proprietor of the Miners' Re-lt was one of those kind of glanc e s thn t ar c al w a .ys irretre at, by Jacob Garnett, the villain. sistible with man or boy, and it thril \e( l Stan Icy from his _Jell comes forward to defend her father. head to his foot. The villain laughs sHrdonically. We are bound to say that Eva was a pa"t in the "Back, Jacob Garnett," cries Nugget Nell. My father art of feminine fascination, ancl she eville ntly meant to is no murderer. The author of this crime will come to win the boy for her own special se)f. light some clay, and the only witness to it will not judge Stanley opened his manu script at the firs t pag e and bethe guiltless." gan i.o read, Eva laying h e r clasped h n nd'i on his l e.rt shoul"There was no wii.ness/' s neers the villain. der and resting her dimpled c hin on them. "Yes, there was-up thar !"exclaims Nugget Nell, point" Act I-Scene: Inte rior of the Miner s Retreat, at ing upward, "before whom some day you will have to stand Poker Flat. Bar n e ar ri ght upper entrance; door left face to face!" (Picture-curtain.) center of back scene; table w ith three stools down, left cen"That' s splendid," said Eva. "That would win the ter; table with two stools, right center; doors left and house every time." right." Stanley then read the third act, which wound up with "That sounds all right," nodded Eva,"'for the stage setthe main climax of the play. ting of the act. You want a mountainous or landscape The villain has succeeded in getting possession of the backing for the door at back, which is practical, I supPoker Flat claim, which rightfully belongs to Nugget pose-that is, it opens and shuts to admit the different Nell's father. characters, or to permit them to make their exit into the He claims to have won the deed to it through a game of outer air." poker with the old man. "That's right," said Stanley. The miners all doubt his story, but he holds the deed to "Dan Mulligan (that's the proprietor of the place, Eva) prove his statement. discovered wiping glasses behind the bar; Missouri Bill "You say you won it, Jacob Garnett," Nugget Nell, talking to him across bar; Sheriff Bagley and two miners 'rbut you can't make me believe that you done it squar. drinking and playing poker table, left hand. Enter Boys," turning to the men, "lend me a stake and I'll win Jacob Garnett (that's the villain) door in fiat." back dad's claim from this rascal." "That's reads well for an opening,>t said the little acThe miners take up a collection and hand it to her. tress, approvingly. The villain sneeringly accepts her challenge, and they Stanley, having finished describing the stage setting and sit at a table, while the rest crowd a.round. disposition of characters at the rise of the curtain, started "Now, then, Jacob Garnett," exclaims Nugget Nell, "see off with Garnett's opening remark after he made his en-if you can cheat me as easily as you did my poor old dad." trance through the door from the outside. They play and each win a hand. Eva listened with great interest as the scene developed, The cards are dealt for the deciding play. occasionally suggesting corrections, which the young author Garnett raises. her bet two thousand dollars. made a note of on the margin of his manhscript. "A shorf time ago you offered my dad twelve thousand The reading proceeded swimmingly until Stanley came dollars for the claim. I have just that sum by me, and to the place where Nugget Nell enters hurriedly, tQ music>, I raise you that amount-the price you set upon the deed door in _. you hold," says Nugget Nell.


FOR FAME AND FORTUNE. 13 The vinain laughs wickeclly. Tis true, I did offer your father the sum you men tion," he says, "but since the Poker Flat claim has been in my possession mining stocks have gone up. I now value it at sixty thousand dollars. There is the deed. I see your ten-thousand-dollar raise and go fifty thousand better." Nell is in despair, when her lover comes to her rescue. "Boys," says he, "did you ever hear of the Little Nugget claim up in Nevada?" "Certainly, pard," exclaims a miner; "it's the richest mine in the district." "Well, I'm the owner of that bit of property, and here is the dockyment to prove it. I value it at more than the Poker Flat claim, but I give it to my little pard here," handing it to Nugget Nell, "to do with as she likes." "And I place it against that Poker Flat claim and call him," cries Nell. "What have you got?" "Four kings," says the villain. "Boys, I've got him," cries Nell, triumphantly. "Ha! What do you hold?" demands Garnett. "An old Arkansaw hand-four aces!" and Nell holds up her cards. I "Confusion cries the villain, drawing his knife. "And a pair of sixes!" adds Nugget Nell, whipping out a brace of revolvers and covering the villain. (Tableauquick curtain.) The climax pleased and excited Eva so much that she threw her arms around the young author's neck and kissed him. Stanley was nearly paralyzed. CHAPTER VIII. MISS P.itICE's UNSATISFACTORY INTERVIEW WITH HER :MANAGER. "This is the play for me," the little actress exclaimed, with enthusiasm. "Mr. Bloodgood must see it. I'm going to play 'Nugget Nell,' or Fll thro"' up my contract." "You don't mean that, Eva," said Stanley, every nerve in his body tingling alike from. the girl's kiss and her praise qf his play. "I do mean it, Stanley. Now read the last act, and let me see how it winds up." The play ends as aH plays end-with right triumphant and the villain in the hands of the law. "You must leave your manuscript with me, Stanley. I . want mother to read it, and then, after you've altere"B. the dialogue and business where I have made the suggestions, toning down the negro and making more or the Chinaman, I'll take it to Mr. Bloodgood and insist that it is the play I mean to star in. I don't mean to tell him that you wrote it until he's accepted it, had the scenery painted and is about to order the paper,* then I'll have him put your name on every sheet as the author." "Hold on, Eva. You forget that Mr. Bloodgood has *Posters, hangers and printed matter used to advertise a show. made a contract with M1-. Bacon, the well-known play wright, to write the play in which you are to star. He has paid him five hundred dollars down to bind the contract, and Mr. Bllcon is to receive five hundred dollars for each of the four acts as he submits them and they are approved." "I don't care," retorted the little actress. "I'll refund Mr. Bloodgood the .five hundred dollars and tell him to call the deal off. I shall speak to him to-morrow about it." "I'm afraid he won't listen to you. In the contract you made with him he is to supply the play, and you are simply engaged to create the principal part. You are to be fea tured as the star at a stated sum Eer week." "Yes, and if the play is a' frost the company will be dis banded and I will be out of work. Oh, these managers are all right--for themselves," said Eva, sarcastically. "Well, I'm going to kick right now, and kick hard." Accordingly, next day Eva herself alone at Mr. Bloodgood's office and proceeded to lay the law down to her next season's manager. He li5tened to the charming girl with a ha.if-smile until she had had her say, and then he had his. "Mr. Bacon has just sent in the first act of 'Golden Gulch,' and I want you to look it over and see how it strikes you," he said suavely. "But it aoesn't strike me at all," objected the little ac tress, vehemently. "How can you tell that until you have read it?" replied Mr. Bloodgood, calmly. "I don't want to read it." The manager smiled indulgently. "Why not ?'i "Well, I don't like the name, for one thing-so there!" flashed Eva. "Oh, that's immaterial. We can have another :oome, if we can decide on a better one." "The play I have, 'Nugget Nell,' is the play I want," persisted the girl, with emphasis. "You forget, Miss Price, that, according to our contract, you have no voice in the selection of the play. I am pay ing for it; I am furnishing the scenery and other effects; I am selecting the company and putting the show on the road. I have simply engaged you to play the leading part, and have agree\1 to feature you in all the paper. large and small. You will get your money every Mon(lay, whether we pull houses or not,, as long as it holds the road. I hope I have made this quite clear to you, my dear young lady. You must understand that I am not your business manager, but the manager and proprietor of the CQmpa.ny and the play, and you are working for me. Some day, perhaps, when you are of more importance in the profession, you may be able to dictate different terms, but for the present you will please recollect that you will simply be a member of the 'Golden Gulch' company-the most important one, perhaps, but still a member, just the same. Have you any thing elseto say?" "Yes; I think you are real mean and not a bit nice to


14 FOR FA.ME AND FORTUNE. me," replied the little actress, indignantly. "I've set my heart on playing 'Nugget N eJ.l.' "Miight I ask where you got hold of this play you are talking about?" ''Oh, I got hold of it all l'ight," retorted 'Yith a flash of resmitment in her eyes. "Don't think for a mo ment that you can corner all the good in the busi ness." Manager Bloodgood smiled in a paternal kind of way "Who is the author of this production?" "I sha'n't tell you-so there!" she retorted, defiantly. "I'm sorry you're angry, Miss Price," replied Mr. Blood-good, soothingly. "I'm not angry, I'm only disappointed-that s all, I suppose you think tha.t Mr. Bacon is the only man who can fit me with a part, ji1st because he's got a name, and is a member of the Sheep's Club and the Dramatic Authors' Society. Well, let me tell you, Mr. Bloodgood, that the author of 'Nugget Nell' may be young) and perhaps inex perienced, but some da. y he'll make your Mr. Bacon look like thirty cents. When that time comes you'll be sorry that you didn't accept his first play." Miss Evangeline Price, having spoken her mind, rose from her chair and passed out into the reception-room with the air of an injured queeh. As for lVIr. Bloodgood, he smiled softly to himself, turned to his desk, and was soon deeply engaged in business. Eva turned as she neared door leading into the cor ridor and met Stanley's eye. She beckoned to him and he followed her outside. "You look as if you'd had a run-in with Mr. Bloodgood, Eva," said Stanley, sympathetically. "I did," she ans;ered, in an agitated voice. "He's a mean .old bear, that s what he is." "I'm sorry, because I suppose it was all on account of my play." "It was., He wouldn't listen .to my request that 'Nugget Nell' be substituted or Mr. Bacon's piece. He laid the law down to me in a way I didn't like a.t all. You'd think he's the master and I'm his slave. But I won't stand for it. I won't act in Mr. Bacon's play, not if I never act again in my life," a.nd tears of vexation sprang into the beautiful eyes of the little actress. "You mustn't talk this way," said Stanley, soo thingly. "You know that a contract is a contract. Mr. Blooc1good can hold you to the terms of hit=1, and if you refuse to live up to it he can enjoin you in court from acting for any other manager in the country." "I wish I hadn't signed w' him, the old bear!" cried Eva, despondently. "I am just crazy to act in your play, Stanley. I know I should make a hit in it, and I want to do that for-your sake." "Thank you, Eva. You very good to say that. I am greatly obliged to you for the interest you are taking in my drama, but you mustn't inj'q re your:. profoosional outlook for i:ne. I'd sooner destroy the play ancl n e v e r wr1te another, much a.s I love the work and hope one day to sue-, ceed in it, than cause you the least trouble. You b e li eve me, don t you, Eva?" and the boy looked down into h e r glowing fac ,e. "Yes, Stanley, I do," she replied softly. "! hope we may always be friends, because-well, because I like you very much, indeed.' "Of course we will always be friends, the best of friends,'' said the girl, impulsively, laying her dainty gloved hand on his arm. "You are my ideal, and I like to mother, so there She smiled archly through her glistening eyes. "Good-bye," she added, holding out her hand, which he instantly took. "Be sure and call this afternoon or to morrow, for I want tO" talk with you about 'Nugget Nell.' If I can't play the pa:rt next season, because that old ogre won't let me, I will some other time." She started for the elevator, blowing a kiss back at him just as she vanished around the corner into the main cor ridor. "She's a dear, sweet girl,'' breathed Stanley, as he looked after her. "I wish--" Then he opened the door and re-entered the office. CHAPTER IX. STANLEY, THROUGH EV.A., HELPS TALBOT TORRENS GET WORK. When Stanley stepped out of the elevator on his way to lunch that day he ran against Talbot Torrens, the heavy man, standing in the entrance to the building and swinging his cane as though he was the actor on the upper Rialto instead o.f the seediest. Well met," exclaimed the actor, laying his shabbily gloved hand on the boy's arm. "By my halidom, thou art looking uncommorily prosperous. The vampire' 111ust be treating thee well, which methinks is not his habit. Probably he is grateful that thy strong arm shielded him that day from my just vengeance. Ah, boy, that was a s curvy trick which thou played upon me. But for thee I had cracked his nut and let in a little light on hiSi sordid brain. But I hold thee no grudge for it. Prithee, hast thou got a lonesome nickel in thy trousers that thou fain wouldst loan to one who in his palm hast played with Booth?" "Sure, Mr. Tbrrens," replied Stanley, handing him five cents. "I wish I could afford to give you more, for yoi1 appear to be unfortunate." "Odds bods Thou hast a kind heart, and I thank thee. Aye, I am as you have observed-:-unfortunate. My name is up at all the agencies, but the managers will have none of me. Some one-perchance it may be the vampir _e-hast injured me by word of mouth, attacked my reputatfon as an actor. It is hard lines, young man. 'Who steals my pur s e steals trash; but he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him, and makes me poor indeed.' I will now hie to Sixth A venue and


FOR. FAME AND FORTUNE. invest thy largess in a plate of. kid:o.ey stew, which my stomach stands much in need of." Thus speaking, the heavy man walked off with head erect; a.a though he was the popular favorite, and not an actor whose fortunes were at a very low ebb, indeed. "Poor fellow," said Stanley to himself. "It's hard, at his age, to be a cast-off professional. It's a wonder he couldn t get into the Actors' Home." Then the boy hurried away in a thoughtful mood to his own lunch. At half-past three, Mr. Bloodgood, with his hat and coat on, stepped into the reception-room and paused before Stanley's desk. He dropped a package on the top of the desk, saying: "'l'hat's the .first act of 'Golden Gulch! When yon are through with what you are doing, provided Miss Sanderson doesn t need you, take it up to Miss Price, and tell her that it is my wish ihat slw look it over carefully and return it to me as soon as possible, with her criticism, if any, or any suggestions for its improvement." "Very well, ,<;ir, '' replied the boy; and the,, manager passed out, after a wora. or two with his stenographer. At half-past four Stanley pushed the electric button at the door of _the Price apartments at the Elgin and was ad mitted by Eva. herself. ':I'm so glad you've come," she said, and she looked as if she meant it. "I've brought you the first act of 'Golden Gulch,' he said, handing her the pack e t which Mr. Bloodgood laid on his desk an hour before. Sl1e macle a wry face as she accepted it. Then he d e livered the manager's message. "I suppose I'll have to obey orders," she said reluctantly, "but I know I sha'n't like it a bit." "I guess you'll find it a great deal better than my crude play Mr. Bacon is an experienced writer for the stage and knows what he's about." "I don't care how experienced he is,'' pouteQ. Eva. "I lik e your play, and I can do much better in what I like than in what I don't like." "Well, there's no use arguing against Mr. Bloodgood. He's the boss. When he says that 'Golden Gulch' goes, it goes, and that's all there is to it. He's the man that's backing the show with the money, and I suppose it's right he should have the whole say." Eva, afte r a talk with her mother, had come to the sen sible that she would be foolish to kick against a swne wall. She was held by her contr::ict, and had to accept Mr. Bloodgood's dictation. 1 ":Mother has read your play, Stanley, and likes it very mych, indeed. She says it hows much promise, and thinks that with more experience you ought to make an opening for yourseH in th::it line. Sl1e agr ees with me that it wonld jus t suit my talents; but as 'Golden Gulch' seems 1.o be the play I'll have to star in, why, I must give up all idea of appearing in 'Nugget Nell' for the present. "That's the way I look at it," said Stanley, regretfully "But I inJend to play in it yet, Stanley," said the little actress, with a decided nod of her golden head. "So I want you to rewrite it for me in accordance with my sugges tions." "I'll do that," replied Stanley, eagerly. She brought out his manusctipt and together they went over it, and she pointed out the changes she wanted; and which she said would make it go better She also.indicated where a lot of dialogue could be ma terially redueed without hurling the scene. When the boy took up his ha.t to go she said: "Now, Stanley, I want you to go on the road with me m:::xt season." "I'd. like to," he replied wistfully, "but I don't see how I can." "Why not? Mr. Bloodgood will have to provide a new executive staff with the 'Golden Gulch' company. Now, you ask him to let you go out in some capacity, as you are anxious to learn the practical side of the show business." "He told me that he intendetl to send me out some time with one of his companies, but I guess he meant after a y ear or so." "N eV"er m:i.nd what you think he meant; just strike him I for a position with 'Golden Gulch,' and I will put in a good word for you, too.l' "Will you?". "! will, and he'll be willing to oblige me that much, I guess. If he objects there'll be something doing," she said spiritedly. "What a little fighter you are, Eva," la ughed Stanley. "Don't you know that it won't do the least bit of good to have another run-in with Mr. Bloodgood. If he wants me in New York I ll have to stay here., However, he owes me a favor for saving his head from getting broken, and per haps he'll agree to let me go out with the company which you will heacl." "How did you save Mr. Bloodgood from getting a broken hr' ad ?'l asked the girl, who had not heard about the inci dent. Stanley told her of the attack made upon the manager by Talbot Torrens, th\') heavy mn.n, and how he happened to be on the scene in time to save Mr. Bloodgood. "If it hadn't been for tha.t affair I still would be an A. D. T. messenger, and should not have the pleasure of knowing you," he conclnclecl. "And I would p.robabJy be dead and buried now, for you wouldn't have bee n at the LeBrun studio that morning when I fell from the stairs into the flies of the stage." "Tha.t's right," nodded Stanley. "Indirectly, Talbot Torrens saved your life by being the cause of Mr. good hiring me." "It's fupny how things come out in world, fon't it ;n she said thoughtfully "Yes. Poor old Torrens is on his last legs as an actor." "How is that?" asked Eva.


16 FOR FAME AND FORTUNE. "He hasn't a cent o.f money and can'l get an engagement." "Why can't he?" "Because I guess hes out or date. :N'obody wants him." "How does he live, then ?'i "How do lots of people live who haven't a cent? By begging from their friends, if they have any, or from anybody a.tall. Mr. Torrens lives on the nickels he manages to pick up." "If you say he indirectly saved my life I must help him," said Eva, generously. "I know Mrs. Brown, the theatrical agent, well. I'll beg her to get Mr. Torrens something to do. What's his line of business?" "Heavies; but I dare say he'll take anything that comes along." "Have you his address?" "No; but I see 1 m every clay or two about lunch time. He's discovered that I'm good for a nickel, and I find him waiting at the door." Eva was as good as her word. She spoke to Mrs. Brown, with the result that Talbot Torrens got an opening with ::t chea. p repertoire company that wanted a heavy man. Eva paid Mrs. Brown her commission, and gave Mr. Torrens a ten-dollar bill to help him get intt) shape. 'Ihe actor seemed to be grateful to both her and Stanley for the boost, and swore he'd make it all right some' day. At any rate, it was a kindly act on tlie little actress's part, and kind acts are never lost. CHAPTER X. A. PIECE OF VILLAINY WHICH RESULTS IN A REAL SENS.ATION. The theatrical sea.son came to an end in New York about the last of May. The run of "Mademoiselle Bonbon" at the Lyric closed on the first of June, and Eva Price was at liberty. Then she and her mother went to the Catskills for a Stanley continued at Mr. Bloodgood's, but he and Miss Sanderson had a snap during the summer. Mr. Bloodgood oogaged the company that was to support Eva Price in "Golden Gulch," and by the :fil'st of August the LeBrun studio had completed and packed ready for shipment all the scenery, properties and mechanical effects necessary for the proper production of the play. The manager had agreed to send Stanley out as a.ssistant to the acting manager of the company, and after a conference with that gentleman the boy found that he w0uld be expected to lend a hand wherever his services could be found available, even to giving the property man a lift. A "call" was printed in a theatrical weekly notifying the members ol the four a.ttra.ctions controlled by Mr. Bloodgood to report at the Broadway office for inshuctions re garding rehearsals that were fo be begun at once on the stage of a city theater, the temporary use of which Mr. Bloodgood had secured for that purpose. =============.:.-=-----Of course, on the, day jn question Eva Price was a moug those present. The rehearsals of "Golden Gulch" were to be l 1ek1 eve ry other clay, under the personal direction of the author. Stanley managed to be present at a number of these, and picked up a great many vall}-able points. Eva's part was somewhat similar to Bret Harte's "M'liss/' ancl in many re. pects not unlike Stanley's own "Nugget Nell." Its situations were not so broad and melodramatic as the boy's play, though there was one uncommon "thriller" at the close of the third a.ct. Stanley thought it was lacking in the humorous element, as the one low comedy part was not especially prominent. The play, however, had been written to make everything subservient to "Miggles," part, and Stanley thought it ought to have been named "Miggles." In view of the fact that her son was going on the road, Mrs. Hope had saved up a little fund to tide Jennie and herself over until Stanley began weekly remittances from the different towns on his route. Eva's mother, who had taken a great liking to Mrs. Hope ancl her invalid mother, however, proposed that the three take a small, genteel fiat uptown and share the living expenses, Mrs. Price agreeing to contribute the larger part of the rent. This arrangement greatly plea!"ed Stanley, and it was carried into effect. Rehearsals of "Golden Gulch" progressed without the .occurrence of anything of a remarkable nature, considered, and gradually the members of the company familiarized themselves with the lines and business of their respective parts. The company was to open at Hornellsville, N. Y., on Monday, September 1, for one night, and then work its way west over the route selected.' The advance agents of the organization in due time departed for that town, and two days later Miss Sanderson showed Stanley the following telegram, which came into the office while he was there : "Hornellsville, N. Y., Aug. 27. "Mr. John Bloodgood,. "No. --Broadway, New York. "Town worked up in good shape. House (theater) dark all week. Ought to play to S. R. 0. (standing room only). "WILLIAM L. SINGER." "That looks encouraging," remarked Stanley. "Very," responded the stenographet. From Mr. Singer there came by mail a few days later a bulky letter of advices for the benefit of all concerned with the company. This letter, which contained useful information relating to the hotels in Hornellsville, the arrivals and departures of the trains they were to use, was posted up conspic uously in the theater where the company was rehearsing.


FOR FAME AND FORTUNE. 17 On Sunda y rnorn111g the m embers of the company me( gles near the great flume hich crosses a, lonesome defile at the Eri e s tation in J e rsey City to take a certain trajn in the mguntains, and the confederate brings back for Horn e ll s vill e word that the lover wHl keep the appointment. Stanley and Eva arrived together ancl took a sea.t side two scoundrels then start for the defile to trap the by s ide in the car. unsuspecting man. The train reached the company s destination at about six Miggles hear s of thi s pie c e of treachery too late to warn a'elock, and, as members of the profession usually put up her lover, and then decide s that the only way she can reach a t the DeSota. House, all hands got -into the hotel's1ree the place of 1112 eting in time, perhaps, to foil the rascals 'bus and reached the caravansary in time for dinner. is by :floating down the swifL current of the flume on a log. At ten o clock next morning the company went to the In this case the flume, which is an artificial channel for Opera Hou s e for the final rehearsal. co:nyeying water, consisted of a long, sect'io nal wooden Two hours before that tjme Stanley accompanied the trough, elevated on stills, and was supposed to extend fut property man to the depot, where the car containing the several miles down the mountains to the place where the scene ry, baggage and other effects of the organization had gold washing was going on. been switched to a. siding, and helped the transfer people A section of this flume was. shown in the second, or great, get the s tuff on their big wagon. scene of act three of the drama, which represented a runOn arriving at the theater, Stanley saw that the trunks ning stream and waterfall, which was one of the inechani of the membe rs of the company were placed in the prope1: cal effects of the P.iece. dressing-rooms, according to a list furnished by thB stage The scene was short but sensational. manager, which he helped the prnperty man and the The :flume ran from the exfreme right upper entrance electrician. diagonally across stage to second entrance, right hand, and The business manager then gave him a list, forwa.rded Eva Price, in the character of Miggles, was to traverse its by the advance agent, of all the stores where a free ticket entire length on an imitation log a t the critical part of had been l eft to billboard privileges, and told him the drama, arrivi11g at the point where there was a "run," to go around and see that the company's lithographs and or inclined pla'ne, to the stage, in time to save her lover and other small printing was properly displayed, and to make defeat the villafo. a note of any delinquencies. The flume, which was set befo1;e the curWn went up on This job took him some time, and then he was through the act, was supported by stout pieces of wood kept in place for the day. by iron braces fastened by small bolts to. the stage. The fact that there had been no attraction at the Opera When in pla,ce each upright was examined by the carHouse during the preceding ga .ve a good boost to the penter to make sure that it was secure, for any mishap advance sale of seats, and Stanley learned that about half might prove a serious matter to Eva. the house was sold. J list before the front cloth (scene) was lifted to reveal He carried this news to Eva, and naturally she was dethe defile and canyon, Stanley, who was standing near the lighted to hear it. upper ent;ance waiting for Eva to climb up to her log, held "We're to have a good house to-night," she said, in position for her by a stage hand, noticed one of the local "as th e indications all point that way." stage hands, an ill-looking fellow named Smi th, whose "That' s right," nodded Stanley. "Mr. Singer wired Mr. nephew had been thrown out of the thea.ter during rehearsal Bloodgood last Wednesday that he expected we would play that afternoon by the stage mal!-ager of the company, apto the capacity of the Opera House." proach the center uprights in a somewhat stealthy manner After dinner the members of the company started for the and try them. Opera House to dress. The man had no call to do this, as the carpenter had As Stanley had nothing to do in the front of the house, already tested the stilts, and Stanley was about to call him which was looked after by the business manager, he had away, w'hen the stage manager shouted for the boy, and he been pressed into a small part, one of the miners, by the hurried off to see what was wanted. stage manager, and his name appeared in the programme. The moment he wasgone the man Smith took a small At eight o'clock the theater was practically full, and the wrench from under his vest, stooped down and dexterously play began. removed the bolts from the clamps at the base of two of Eva Price or Evangeline Vance, as she appeared in the the upiights, tilting them just sufficiently so that when bills, was received with enthusiasm, and she proved to be 'Eva in her downward flight struck that section of the flume the whole show. the jar would cause it to topple over and precipitate the'' H e r s pecialti e s were vociferously encored, and by the girl to the stage. time the curtain rose on the tl;iird act it was admitted she When Stanley returned a few minutes later his sharp had made a big hit. eyes noticed that the flume looked a bit out of plumb, and There wera two scene s in this act. he would have called the carpenter's attention to the fact In the first the villain arranges to do up the leading man, but that at that moment the drop in front was raised and Miggles's lover, by sending him a decoy letter to meet Migthe scene was on. f


FOR FAME AND FORTUNE. Eva was already seated on the log at the elevated end of the flume in readiness for her cue i.o come on. Stanley was anxious for her safety in this act, for he felt that there was an element of danger in her flight downward across the stage. Therefore the longer he looked at the tampered uprights the mol'e nervous he became as the moment for her descent He detennined not to leave the spot until she had accomplished her sensational entrance. At last Eva got her cue, the stage hand pushed her forward, and Bhe shot into view of the audience. 1 The feelings of the spectators had been wonnu up to the highest pitch by the unfortunate position of Miggles's lover, who had been captured by the villains, bound hand and foot, and \vas about to be thrown into the canyon. When Eva appeared, coming to the rescue, the audience burst into applause, for they scented the discomfiture of the villains. Stanley's anxious eyes followed Eva's downwa rd flight, and he saw the unsupported section of the flume tremble, then \vobble, then-" Great Scott! It will be down!" he cried excitedly. .it tha.t moment there was a splintering of wood, a lurch of the structure, a snap, then a crash. The two suppnrts fell to the stage, the flume split asun and Eva., with a thrilling scream, pitched head first straight for the edge of one of the tree wings. But Stanley was equal to the emergency. He sprang forward, caught her in his arms, and all would have been well but for the fact that the fractured flume in falling caught the boy above the pemple, and he wet down, with Eva clasped in his arms, like a shot, rolled or!. his side, and lay there motionless like one dead. CHAPTER XL The stage manager sent a messenger across the back street for a physician who lived nearly opposite the stage door, and the doctor was soon on the spot. He examined Stanley and pronounced him merely stunned and not seriously hmt. was nearly beside herself with delight when she heard the physician's verdict, but she woulc1 not allow any one,to touch Stanley lmtil the doctor requested that he be removed to a loung behind the wings. While the man of physic was restoring the lad to con sciousness the stage manager went before the curtain and reassured the audience. Then the orchestra started in to fill in time, a.nd the stage manager began an investigation of the accident. "There's been some crooked business at work here," said the master carpenter, pointing to the wrecked Section of the flume. "What do you mean?" demanded the stage manager, sharply "Do you see those two uprights?" "I do." "Well, do you see any sign of the bolts that held the clamps to 1;he stage?" "I do not." '"When that flume was set every bolt was in its place, and the uprights were as firm as so many rocks. I tested them myself to make sure that no accident could take place." ''But it seems an accident has taken place. How do you account for it?" "Since I examined the structnre the bolts of those two uprights were surreptitiously removed by some scoundrel for the purpose of bringing about the very catastrophe which has happened." "Good heavens, man, you can't inean that I" fairly gasped the stage manager. '-"I do mean it, for everything points in that direction. THE ACClDENT ACCOUNTED FOR, AND EVA A,ND STANLEY If the bolt s h a d in some una.ccountuble way worked loose CALLED BEFORE THE CURTAIN. they would be lying around in the debris. Instead of which, The unexpec ted accident which hac1 happened to the I haven't been able to find one of i.he eight that 1 know "star'' of the play created great excitement both before and were put through the clamps. It is the work of some inbehind the curtain. fernal rascal on the stage." The net came to a sudden termination in a manner not ''Who could be guilty of snc h a diabolical act? Why, the d<>Wn in the bills, and the stage manager ordered the girl might have been killed." prompter to ring dQwn the proscenium drop as he ran on "Sl1c would have been seriously injured but for young to the stage to find out the extent of the ca.tastrophe. Stanley When I heard the snappi11g of the trough I It was found that Eva Price was not ,injmed in the least. rushcc1 in this direction and saw Miss Price pitching Stanley ba.d caught her in the nfok of time. straight for the c orner of that wing. Then the flashed The boy, however, lay white and bleeding on the stage, before my eyes A.s she landed in his arms the l;iroken still clasping the little actress in a vice-like grip. .. ilume struck him on the head, ancl Jown he wept like an Eva was released from his embracr, but before any one ox stricken in the shambles. 'That boy deserves a meclal eould congratulate her upon her wonderful escape she from the manager, for he savecl lhe Rtar of the show from threw her arms around Stanley, raised his blood-stained a knock-out." head on her lap and burst into a passiona.te expression pf t that moment the comedian of the organization stepped grief. up to the stage manager and said that Stanley wanted to "Oh, he is dead! He is dead!" she cried vehemenUy. see him. "Get a doctor. Do something to bring him back to life." The man went at once to the place where the boy sat


1 FOR F Al\lE AND FORTUNE. 19 h his head bound up, and Eva besid e on t h e lounge, h the members of the company a round t h e m both. "Have you discovered any caus e to ac count for the leaking of the flume, sir?" ask e d S ta nley. "I am sorry to say that the carpenter a ss erts that there s been foul play at the bottom of it." "Foul play!" cried Eva, in dismay. "Foul play!" echoed the members of the c o mpany, ghast. "The screws that were put into the clam1)s to hold down ;hose two particular uprights are not to be found. It looks IS though they had been drawn by some unknown person with malicious intent. If I find out the guilty person, by the eternal I'll make an example of him!" "Well, sir," said Stanley, "I don't want to make an ac cusation, but just before the front scene was pulled up I 'saw one of the local stage hands walk over to one of those uprights and try it." "He did?" "Yes, sir." "Can you identify the man?" "I can." The stage manager started off to round up the stage assistants connected with the Opera House. He found one of them missing-the fellow named Smith. The others were brought before Stanley but the boy said none of them was the man he had reference to. ''Then it must be that man Smith," exclaimed the sta g e manager, with a dark look. "That fellow has a look, anyway, and his nephew, whom I fired out this after noon for intoxication, isn't a whit better. The man must be found." The stage manager went away to inquire of the w11.tch man when Smith had left the build ing. In the meantime the carpenter was having the stage set ting of the late act removed and the scenery for the last act, a plain interior, put in place so that the drama could be finished. Smith was located in a corner dramshop b y th e s t ag e and bus iness managers and was s harply He was surly and defiant, and his ans wers so su s picious that an officer was called in to help sift the m a tter. It was decided to s e arch him on the chance that the mis s ing bolt s might be on hi s person. H e s howed fight at this suggestion, but when the police man threatened to club him if he lifted his fists he sullenly s ubmitt e d to the s earch. The eight missing bolts were found in on 2 of his pockets. The s tage manager was so furiou s at the discovery of the rascal's guilt that he was with some difficulty re s trained from pmnm e lin g jjmith on the spot 'Taxed with his crime, the fellow reluctantly admitted his guilt, and said that he did it out of revenge for the ej e ction of his nephew from the Opera House that afte r noon. He was removed to the station-hou s e; the business man ager going along to make the charge against him. When the stage manager r eturned to the theater he or d ered t h e p e r.formance to pro ceecl, but prior to the rise t h e curtain he told Eva ancl Stanley to go before the cur tain, a s th e s pectators had made repeated calls for the liLlle a c tress and the young man who had saved her. Accordingl y Eva' led Stanley before the .:footlights, much a g ainst his will. They were received with a storm of applause, a.nd Eowed ihcir a c knowledgments. Afte r all, it was probably the proudest moment in the boy' s life. CHAPTER XII. "GOJ,DEN GULCTI." GOES UP IN SMOKE. The Hornellsville papers next morning had a review of the show and a full account of the accident at the Opera House . Stanley received great praise :for his gallant rescue of the s tar, and referen c e was also made, on information fur ni s hed by the business manager to his plucky conduct in s avin g Eva's life months before at the LeBrun scenic studio i n N e w York. Altogether he was boosteP, before the public as a hero Of t h e fir s t magnitude, and shared with Eva, when they both c a m e into court that morning, the attention of a pack;ed mob of s p e ctators. The boy' s evidence, but mainly the fact that the bolts w e r e found on Smith's per s on, caused the magistrate to hold the rascal for trial. D e po s itions w ere made a notary, to be used at the trail, by Stanley, the stage and business managers, as it would not be convenient for them to appear in person when want ed. Smith was tried in due time, convicted, and sent to State's pri s on for two years: The c ompany started for the next town on their rol!te at o n e o'clock, but the train was delayed owing to a washout caus ed b y a big thunder7storm of the preceding night, and t h ey a rrive d at their only in time to go to the t heater without dinner. They had a big hou s e for the news of the accident at the H o rnell s ville Opera House had been republished in the paper s and lots of people, in consequence, came to see the heroine of the disaster. The performance passed off without a hitch, and next morning the show mo;ved on again. There was mor e trouble in store for them, however, for o n aniving in the town where they were billed to appear that ev( the business manager found that-the local authorities had just closed the Opera House on the ground that it was unsafe. No performance was permitted, and the company had to remain idle that night. Ne x t day a sma s h-up aldng the Tailroad caused several hours' delay, and by the time the wreck was cleared away and their train proceeded on its way so many hours had


FOR !<'AME AND FORTUNE. been that the local manager had dismissed a large audibulk of the 'Golden Gulch' dates w ith 'N uggct N e11,' ence and the hm'!se was dark when they reached the town. wouldn't it?" The performers began to look glum now and declare "It would be just splendid," replied Eva, enthusiasti-that there was a hoodoo on the organization. cally. This impression was stl\engthened next day, which was "Mr. Singer knows the whole route. I've a great mind Frida3r, by a thirtl hold-ur on the railroad, and they barely 1 to speak to him about the matter and ask him what the connected with the theater in time to give the performance. chance is of getting a backer to put my play on the road, Even the sprightly Eva expressed a conviction that the with you as the star." was doomed to misfortune in some shape or an"I would. It would be a good thing for him, too, as other, and might go to pieces. he's been unexpectedly thrown out of work with the rest "That's all nonsense!" laughed Stanley. "There's no of us." such thing as a hoodoo." So Stanley hunted up the advance agent a.this hotel next "But there is," persisted the girl, with a positive nod of day and broached his and Eva's plan. her head. "Why don't you two go back to New York next week "What makes you think so?" and put it up to Mr. Bloodgood? You've g?t your railroad ''Lots of things." tickets. H Bloodgood intends to shelve 'Golden Gulch' "Name some of them." until next season, he may, perha ps, consider your scheme." "Look at the trouble we've been up against right from "\Vell, come up this afternoon and talk to Eva about it. the start." Whatever she says goes with me." All except the rascality of that man Smith Mr: Singer agreed to call at their hotel and they parted. wer.e unavoidable accid. ents, liable to happen any time." Stanley strolled clown to the lake to pass an hour. However, they showed in Toledo all right Saturday night He went out on a steamboat dock and sat down on a a,nd drew a big house. spilehead in the sun . They reached Chicago Sunday afternoon, where they had While he was there a crowd gathered on the wharf to a stand. take a steamer up the lake. The scenery and baggage were removed to the theater be-Among them Stanley nnticed a handsomely dressed lady, dark, and the business manager announced that the accompanied by a little boy. prospect that they would play to big business during the The boy had the usually exuberant spirits of a healthy week was good. child, and he persisted in breaking away from mother But the culminating calamity of their short tour time and again to pick up stones and chips of wood to penecl that night. throw out into the water. The theater was destroyed by fire, and everything conAffer exhausting all the ammunition in his immediate nectetl with the show, except the performers' personal eflocality he was quiet until he spied a stone lying on a fects, which they had carried to their hotel, went up in stringpiece, and, snatching his hand away from his mother's smpke. detaining grasp, he darted for the stone. A dispatch announcing this disaster was wired to Man-It happened that a piece of rope was stretched across the ager Bloodgood in New York, and he ordered the company clock a t this point close to the boards. disbanded ancl the people to be furnished with transportaThe boy in his eagerness did not observe it, 'and the contion to the metropolis. sequence was he tripped over it, struck his head on the Eva, however, received a vaudeville offer for a week in low stringer and rolled into the water. Chicago, and decided to accept it and remain over. It all happened like a h under Stanley's eye, and the She persuaded Stanley to remain as her protector, as she mother's t e rrified scream had hardly awakened the echoes called it, insisting on paying his expenses for the favor. of the dock and startled crowd before he was ready for During the week Eva's thoughts reverted to Stanley's action. play of "Nugget Nell," the manuscript of which he had He rushed to the point whence the child had fallen, and brought along, at her request, to polish up. a moment later saw his body rise slowly to the surface a "If we only could get an 'angel,'* Stanley, we might be dozen feet out in the lake. able to bring out JOUr play," said Eva, one day during the There was no boat within immediate reach, and Stanley week. did the onlv thing he could do under the circumstances to save the child's life-he threw off coat and sprang into "Well, I wish we could run across one; then. I think it would be a good investment for him. You made a big hit in Miggles, as far as you went, and "Nugget Nell" offers you the same opportunities to repeat your success. By the way, I ran across Mr. Singer tbis morning. He's in town. It would be a great thing if we could fill in the *A moneyed individual who backs a show. the water after him. CHAPTER XIII. STANLEY SA.YES A LIFE AND FINDS AN ANGEL. Great excitement and some confu s ion ensued on the dock.


FOR F A.1\IE .AND FORTUNE. 31 Fifty pair of eyes followed the cfl'orts of Sta nley Hope "Maybe I'm what you call a hoodoo," laughed Stanley, save the imperiled child. "and I cause these to happen." IThe frantic mother had to be firmly held to prevent her "Well, if' you do, you have all the trouble of saving ihe pm leaping overboard als' unfortunates," she smiled .As soon as possjblc some of the longshoremen in the Mr. Singer did not call that afternoon to talk things .cinity procured a boat and started out to pick up Stanley over with Eva and Stanley, as he had promised to do, :id the boy, if he succeeded in preventing the child from though they waited for him w ith some impatience. oing to the bottom for good. "I guess he isn't interested very much in us,'' remarked In the meantime, Stanley, who was an excellent swimthe boy, in a tone of disgust. "He probably finds more ner, was doing his level best to reach the little boy. amusement in some billiard hall." In spite of his best efforts the child went down a second "Never mind," replied Eva. "Mr. Singer isn't the time, and he came up so slowly that Stanley was afraid he advance man in the business." was gone for good. "But he's got a record of the late 'Golden Gulch' route However, he finally reappeared close by, and our hero, "in his trunk, for he told me so this morning. If we can after one vigorous stroke, seized him by the jacket. form a compa. ny to put 'Nugget Nell' on the road, it would Turning around to retrace his way to the wharf, he saw save us lots of trouble if we could annex the dates on the the boat comint, and by treading water waited for it io said routes." come up and take them aboard. "We'll have to do that pretty soon, or it won't amount The child was unconscious and looked to be a goner. to much. Mr. Bloodgood has probably notified the local Vigorous methods, however, brought back animation, managers all along the route to fill his time with some after rescuer and rescued had been landed at the head of other attraction, and they are bound to do it if they can.'1 the dock. "Well, it can't be helped. How long do you suppose it A physician happened to be present, and he helped the would take us to engage a company and have scenery painted, and props and effects macle up, if I advertised so proviand caught a man willing to take charge of the venture?" good work along. The mother was overjoyed to have her child "Not so long in an emergency. You see, 'Nugget Nell' only needs four scenes, and they are easy ones to paint. dentially restored to her . She could not thank Stanley enough. "Y t d add ,, h 'No complicated effects are required like the flume in the ou mus give me your name an ress, s e ID, t d h th 1 d a th t h sed h 'd b t canyon scene Of Golden Gulch. I guess I can come pretty sis e w en e a sa I a e gues e e ter go . 1 1 h t h h k d. 1 th d d near givmg the show myself, for Nugget Ne l Is constant y somew ere o ave IS soa e co es ne . ho1dmg the stage. Under those circumstances we could '(My name is Stanley Hope, ma'am, and I am stopping for the rest of the week at the St. 'tlharles Hotel." The lady wrote it down, and then handed Stanley one of her cards, on which her address, Pacific A venue, was printed. "My husband will call and see you this evening,'' she said. "He will never be satisfied until he has thanked you for saving the life of 9ur little boy." '"It isn't necessary for him to thank me, ma'am. You have already expressed your gratitude in unmistakable terms. I did the best thing I could under the circum stances, and I am glad that I was able to save your child." Stanley then got away from the crowd, and going to a small nearby hotel made arrangements to have his apparel dried out, while he was permitted to occupy a room during the interval. He got back to his hotel in time to go down to lunch -with Eva, and he entertained her with an account of his adventure along the lakeside. "My gracious, Stanley!" exclaimed the little actress. "You axe getting to be a professional life-saver." "It isn't my fault," replied the boy. "Things just hap pen when I'm fil'ound, and I have to jump in and pull the victims out of the fire." "It's funny how so many accidents have happened in a few months in your presence." hire a company, for that matter. If the show made money we could gradually weed them out !or better ones." Just then there came a knock at the door. "Come in," sang out Stanley. To their great surprise who should walk in but Talbot 'rorrens, looking a couple of hundred per cent. improved over what he was in New York some months since. do you do, Mr. Tonens?" said Stanley "Glad to see you. Please come in and shut the door." "Marry and well met; this is indeed a glad surprise," said Torrens, walking toward them and gallantly kiss ing the tip of his gloved h1md at Miss Price. "How did you happen to locate us . Mr. Torrens, and what are you doing in Chicago?" asked Stanley. "rt were easily done," said the actor, taking possession of a convenient chair. "I clid perceive upon the billboards in front of the Ga'iety Theater the name I have cherished in my heart even as a benefactor-Miss Evangeline Vance. Forsooth, to me it waS' a great surprise to perceive that this lady had gone into vaudeville. I hied me at once to the box office, got your address, sweet one, and came hither on the wings of the wind." "Well, I ain glad to see you, Mr. Torrens,'' said Eva, with a gracious smile. "How happens it that you are in Chicago? Are you playing here?" "Nay, I am not playing, Miss Vance/' addressing the


22 FOR FAME AND FORTUNE. little act ress by her stage name. "The company I was o u t with closed two weeks since, and my name is again on t h e books "I am glad to see that you appear to be more prosperous than when in New York," saicl Stanley, with a smile. "Odds bodkins! Be not deceived by my external habili ments. I have barely the price of a week's board in my purse It is passing strange, but money and I a ; re not close acquaintances." The old actor remained for an hour with the young peo p le, and harclly had he departed before a bellboy brought u p the card o.f a gentleman who wished to sec Stanley. The boy went downstairs, and the caller, a fine-looking and handsomely dressed man, was pointed out to him. "You wished to see me, sir?" asked Stanley, going up to h im. "Are you Stanl ey Hope, the l ad who jumped off the Rosedale excursion pier this morning and save the life of a little boy?" asked the gentleman, turning to him "l e.s, Sil\" The call er seized him by the hand and shook it warmly. "That was my littl e son you rescued, and I have called to express to you my heartfelt gratitude, and to make you some sort of a substantial acknowledgment for a service w h ich mere money can never wholly repay. My name is Geor ge Clarke." I am glad to know you, Mr. Cla rke I a.m also glad I was able to render you a service. But I didn't jump overboard after your l ittle boy with any expectations of being r ewarded for it. " I am sure you didn't, young man; but nevertheless, as I'm a prosperous broke r it is only right that I should make you a present. I should like to give you my check for five t housand dollars as--" I hope you won't do any such thing as that, for I should cer tain l y r efuse it. I am quite satisfied with your thanks, for I only did my duty in trying to save your son " I honor your scn1ples, young man, about accepting thing in the nature of pay, but you ought to permit me to make you a present." "Well, sir, as the water did not improve my clothes, and these are the best I have this side of N cw York, you can present me with a new suit if you like "You shall have the best suit that a Chicago tailor can produce," said the grateful gentleman "That, however, is but a small matter. What else can I do for you? Think, for I am. anxious to show my gratitude. "Ther e is nothing else you can do for .me-that is," added Stanley, as the thought suddenl.)1 struck him, "unless-" "Speak out. If I can help you in any way I will do it with pleasure Stanley, after briefly telling the Chicago broker of his connection with 1\Ir. John the New York theatrical manager, and about his short experience with the "Golden Gulch" company on the road, explained to Mr. Clarke that he had written a Western drama which he was very anxious to bring before the public. "The star part just fits one of the brightest little actresses on i.he stage to day, who is the clearest friend I have, next to my mother and sister. I refer to Miss Eva Price, who is doing a turn in vaudeville this week at the Gaiety under her stage naie of Evangeline Vance." "Why, a party of us saw her last night," said the broker. "She's uncommonly pretty and undoubtedly remarkably clever." "Well, Mr. Clarke, if you'll loan me t.h' money to put my play on the road, I'll accept it, with the understanding that it is to be returned if the play proves to be a winner. That's the only favor yott can do for me. ''I'll do it. How much do you want?'; "I couldn't say, sir, without consulting with an experi enced advance man I propose to engage if the project goes through; but it will probably be as much as a couple of thousands "Stanley Hope," said the broker_, "I will back you up in this ambitious effort of yours to any reasonable amount, whether it be two thousand dollars or twenty thousand dol lars. Start right ahead, and call on me for the cash as you need it. As an earnest of my purpose I'll give you my check for the two thousand dollars you have suggested right here," and the gentl illl an produced his check book, "As a loan, sir," said Stanley. "Of course, as a loan, if you insist on having it that way He wrote the check and handed it to the boy "Thank you, Mr. Clarke." "Don't mention it, and remember when you want more call for it at my office in the .Anchor Building, LaSalle Street. Here is my card." 'rhat terminated the interview, and Stanley dashed up stairs to MiRs Price's rotim. "Congratulate me, Eva," he cried, rushing to her side, flushed and breathless. "On what?" she asked, with a smile. "On my i;ood luck. I'm to put 'Nugget Nell' on the road at once. I've found all; 'angel.' CHAPTER XIV. "Unless what?" asked Mr. Clarke, eagerly, as the boy hesitated. STARTING TUE SHOW. "Will you come into the reading room, and I will tell you ?" he said "Certainly," said the broker, and {hey adjourned to that room, which bad but a single occupant at the time. "Now wha t is it ?n he continued, as they seated themselves 'rhat evening, after Stanley had taken Eva around to the stage door of the Gaiety Theater, he started off to hunt up ?.Ir. Singer, the advance agent. He found him in a billiard and pool parlor near the cheap hotel where he was stopping


1 FOR FAl\IE AND FORTUNE. 23 ;:==================;=-=-==-=-=-=--======---====-----Hello, Stanley," said Singer. "I couldn't come around afternoon, as I was busy." What at? Playing pool?" 'No. I had a date with a manager who's going to sencl epertory company on the roacl." I 'That so P" repliecl Stanley, doubtingly. "Diel you con ct ?" Singer shook his head and went on playing pool. "Well, do you want a job?" asked Stanley. Singer pausecl and looked at him. "Heard of something in my line?" "How much do you want?" "Fifty and expenses," replied Singer, "'roo much," replied Stanley. "Make it forty and pay own, and ma .ybe--" "Who's the gent that wants an advance man? Is he I good for the money?" "I'll guarantee is;'' laughed Stanley. "I saw a two thousand -dollaJ. check in his hand an hour ago, and I .know there's more where that came from." "The deuce you say. I'm your man. Take me arouncy and introduce me to him," and Singer droppM his cue. "Finish your game, and then we'll talk business," said the boy, coolly. Singer finished the game and then took a seat alongside of Stanley. "Who is this manager, and how did you run across him? Are you and Miss Price going out with him?" "I'll answer your last question first, Mr . Singer. Miss Price is going out with him as star in a new Western drama on the lines of 'Golden Gulch.' It is called 'Nugget Nell.' "That isn't half bad. Has he got his paper ready?" "He's got nothing ready-yet; but he'll everything soon-don't you worry "Can we go around and see him now?" asked Singer, eagerly. "It isn't necessary. I represent him." "You!" exclaimed the advance agent, in astonishment. "Yes. I've got the whole thing in "The deuce you say. Look here, Stanle} r what's this you're giving me?" "Straight goods." "But I can't make arrangements with you. I want to know who I'm dealing with." "Well, you're dealing with me." "That won't do. I want some definite agreement about my money." "You shall have it. Now listen: I'll offer you a con tract at forty dollars per week, you to pay your own ex penses, transportation, of course, excepted. You're to re main here and act as manager until the,show is about ready to go out. You're to start in at once and se cure as much of the open time of the la.te 'GoJ.den Gulch' company as you can get. Where dates have been filled by another attraction, try some other town with a short jump, You'll help me arrange for the paper ancl the scenery ancl lJrops. 1 we can get hold of some fairly good drops tht will answer the purpose of the drama until new scenery is painted, so rnucl1 the better-we'll get out all the sooner.;' "Say, Stanley, you are telling this story pretty well, but I've got to have a guarantee that I will get my salary." get it for you. I'll have your contract made out and your salary guaranteed by a member of the Chicago Board of Trade." Singer whistled. "Say, Stanley, has Miss Price ound an "No, she hasn't," replied the boy, shortly. "Then why is this broker backing the show?'1 "Tufr. Singer, that needn't concern you at all. H you want this job, say so, ancl the contract will be ready for you to sign this afternoon." "I'll take it." "All right. Call around at the St. Charles 1-Iotel at two o'clock." "I'll do so. By the way, Stanley, ho\\7 clid you. catch on to such a ggod thing? You seem to be managing the enterprise." "I am; but I expect you to help me out. I want to give you a tip that you mustn't fool yourself into the idea that I'm an easy proposition. I know what !'m about. I may not be up in the business just yet, but I )mow enough about it to tell whether you are doing the right thing or not. I wasn't six months in Mr Bloodgood's office for nothing j Singer grinned. "H Miss Price didn't find the angel it is evident that you did. Take the advice of an old stager in the businessnurse him When he;s in the humor pull his leg good anc1 hard. Let him understand that backing a show is an ex pensive luxury. l I was you !'cl steer him alongside of Miss Price without loss of time She'll be able to hold him in line much better than you." "Mr. Singer, please omit Miss Pricels name from our business arrangements except in a professional way. You may as well understand first, last and for all time that Eva Price is one of the best little women in the world, and I don't propose to use her as a decoy-an entirely unnecessary proceeding in this case, anyway." Singer looked surprised, but said nothing Stanley's alert manner and straight -tothe-point talk was something of a revelation to him as coming from a boy. Clearly there was a reserve force in the lad that he had not calcul i ted o n. "Now, Mr. Singer, I'd take it as a favor i you'd try al}d hunt up a suitable hall this morning for the company io rehearse in, and to me at the hotel." "I'll do it. In fact, I know of two or three places that will suit "Then secure the best one, and. I'll see the proprietor later and close with him.;; "All right," agreed the advance man, and the interview ended. Stanley, who had consulted with Eva as to the peopl e needed, went to a booking agency and had a talk with the agent


24 FOR FAME AND FOR'TUNE. 'The man had enough talent on his books to make up the company, but he could not say tha t he could reach all of them. "Several h11.ven't showed up lately,. and may have got work," he said, "but I'll be able to get all you want in a few days." Stanley paid him his retainer and promised to be on hand on the following afternoon to meet the people and si them for a season of thirty weeks. The boy then went to a big show printing house and ordered his paper, the copy for which he and Eva had got up between them. He also furnished the printer with rough sketches for his artist to make poster cuts .for three of the most telling situations in the drama. He paid a suitable deposit on the work, an. d arranged to have it delivered by express 0. 0. D. at the different towns along the comp11.ny's route. A list of these, with dates for delivery, 11.lld quantity required at each town, he agreed to furnish later. The printer had blank contract forms standing in type, and in. half m hour furnished Stanley with all he needed, with his name inserted as the manager. He filled out one with Mr. Singer's name, and took it down to Mr. Clarke's office and asked him as a favor to guarantee the salary, which the broker immediately did by indorsing it to that effect on the back. At two o'clock Singer at the Hotel St. Charles, and the contract was handed to him, with a duplic11.te, whic1' he signed and which Stanley retained. "I've got the hall for you," the advance man said, and he gave Stanley its name, location, and where the pro prietor could be seen. Stanley then furnished hi:r with a list of the scenes and properties that were required, an.d told him to see about the matter without loss of time. "Make, the best prices you can, and get second -hand stuff that is available, if possible. First of all, however, go down to the Chicago Printing Company and get some of my letter-hM.ds, which will be ready by four o'clock, and send out at once your applications for dates along the '@olden Gulch' route. As soon as the company gets into harness you will arrange with the railroad company for transportation for twelve people at the usual professional rates. That's all for the present. You had better attend to the routing of the show at once-it will take a little time." Singer left the hotel with the consciousness that Stanley meant business from his head down, and that John Blood good could not have started things off much better. CHAPTER XV. STANLEy'S PLAY STARTS WITII A PACKED HOUSE. After Singer left the hotel Stanley took the manuscript of his play to the office of a public stenographer accustomed to dramatic copying, and left it with directions that he must have all the parts typewritten by noon on the follow ing day. This being guaranteed, he paid a deposit on the j0b and left. He then returned to the hotel and spent the balance of the afternoon talking over the situation with Eva. "I :feel it in my bones, Stanley, that this play of yours will be 11. go," she said, "and th11.t you'll make both fame and fortune out of it." "Well, if things turn out the way you think, I shall owe it all to you, Eva." "What makes you think so?" she asked smilingly. "Because you'll be the whole show. People will go to see you-the pla.y will be only a side issue," he answered. "Nonsense!" she replied, laying her hand almost caress ingly on his arm. "Your play has all the elements of success. It will attract the masses, while I will only cater to them after you them into the house. If I make a hit as Nugget Ne11, it will be because you have furnished the means for me to display my ability." "You are bound to make a hit, Eva. You did that in Miggles, and I believe that the part of Nugget Nell fits you much better." "I'm sure that it does, and I'm going to play it for all I am worth, not only because I like the part, but for your sake, Stanley." "Why particularly for my sake? Why not say for the sake of your professional reputation?" "No, for your sake," she replied, looking at him with eyes that shone like diamonds. "Do you think that I ever can forget that it was to your pluck and strong arm I owe my life? What have I yet done to repay you for the risk you took that day in my behalf? Nothing. But now I see a chance to repay you by putting my very best efforts into Nugget Nell. I'll pfay that as I never played a part before. I'll make the play a winner from the start-off, and I'll do it :for you, and you only, Stanley." "Eva," said the boy, taking her two hands in his and looking her str\ight in the eyes, "if anybody can make my play go it is you. You are very good to interest yourself so much in me. There now, don't attempt to deny it. You say you've done nothing as yet for me. Why, haven't you helped and encouraged me with my drama? Haven't you assisted me in building it up from the first crude form in which I submitted it to you to something worth while? If I should happen by good luck to win fame and fortune out of it, is it not through you all this will come to me? Yes, through you, little girl. Then will not you promise to share with me that good luck? Fame and fortune is nothing to me, Eva, without you. If I only can win you, all the rest aJJe but side issues. I lov e you, Eva. I've loved you ever since the moment I held you in my arms as we wung back and forth at the end of that rope in LeBrun's studio. I want you to be my wife some day when I'm able to take care of you. When that time comes will you marry me?" "Yes, Stanley, I will," replied the actress, throwing her arms around his neck and looking her boy lover in


lfOR FAME AND FORTUNE. 25 !ace, "for I love you with aJl my heart, wiih every of my nature." b.en Stanley drew her to him and sealed their betrothal 1 the kiss of love. hat evening Stanley went to Mr. Torrens's boarding ge. apping on the heavy man's door, he was bidden to enter :Marry, but you are welcome, Stanley," said the actor, ) was reading a torn copy of "Hamlet." "I was reading 1r my old part that I played with Booth. Prithee, is ything in the wind? You have the look o. one that areth intelligence." "Do you want a job?" asked the boy, smiling. "Do I want a job?" repeated the actor, dropping the jay-book on the floor. "By my halidom, that is exactly rhat I do want. Dost lmow of any opening?" "What salary do you want?" "Don't ask me that. I'll go out for twenty dollars and tny expenses, or I'll pay my own, transportation excepted, for twenty-five dollars." Stanley took a contract from his pooket, laid it on the table and :filled in twenty-five dollars. "Sign that, Mr. Torrens, and here is a tenner on ac count." "Is it for the heavy leads, Stanley?" he asked, as he hastily took down an almost dried-out ink bottle and an antiquated pen from a shelf. "Well, hardly. You're cast for first old man in the four act Western melodrama of 'Nugget Nell.' I want you to do your best, Mr. Torrens, as I am the author of the play and manager of the company." "You're what?" almost gasped the actor, pausing as he was about to affix his signature to the contract. Stanley repeated his statement. 'l'he heavy man expressed his astonishment, and then timidly asked the boy where the cash was coming from to put the venture on the road. "One of Chicago's big grain brokers is backing me." "Ha! Thou hast secured a rnoRt excellent angel. I con gratulate thee, boy. It is a comforting reflection to perceive that the 'ghost'* is likely to walk with some regu larity." "It will walk all right, Mr. Torrens, unless business gets uncommonly bad, which I hope won't happen.'' "G adzooks I hope not. Thero is your contract, and thanks, most reverend and noble signio:i;, for the bill. Let us adjourn to the corner and quaff a cup of mead in honor of this momentous occasion. I hope that fame and fortune await thee on the road. Depend on it, I will do my best "At l\Jichigan Hall, on Blank Street, Monday morning at ten." "It is well," and the actor ro e and put on his hat. Stanley excused himself from accompanying him to the corner, and walked back to the Gaiety Theater to wait for Eva. On the following day Stanley went to the theab:ical agent'soffice, where he met and signed most of the profrs sional people he wanted for his company. Ile distributed the parts and told them to report at Michigan Hall for rehearsal on Monday morning. Several struck him for advances, and he gave up a small sum to the needy ones. That afternoon Mr. Singer reported that he had found four sets of second-hand scenery that with slight altera tions would :fill the bill. One or two set pieces would have to be built and painted, but the outfit would be ready for delivery at the close of the next week. He had also secured all the necessary properties. Stanley accompanied him to the storage-house and put up the money demanded. He was assured that everything would be ready at the time stated. Mr. Singer said that he had written for all the dates made vacant by the stoppage of "Golden Gulch," and he cxpectrd that things would pan out all right so that they could take the road il!l a fortnight This suited Stanley all right. On Monday morning the company gathered at Michigan Hall and Stanley read his play to them. They all declared it to be a winner. The man engaged to play the villain was an old stage manager, and Stanley gave him charge of the stage 'The rehearsals were conducted on the dancing floor of the hall, chairs and a table or two being made to represent certain set pieces that were in i.he play. The leader of the Gaiety Theater arranged the music for Eva's songs and dances, and appeared at two of the rehear sals to put her through her paces, as well as to familiarize the company with the music cues. He wrote out the necessary orchestra parts for all the incidental music, well as Eva's music. Singer got most all the dates of the late 'Golden Gulch' company, and left Chicago for the first town on their route on Thursday of the second week. On Friday evening Stanley got the following telegram from him: "Geneva, Ill., Sept. 28. to reflect honor on my part. Where are the lines?" "Mr. Stanlev Hope . "Call to-morrow at five at my hotel and you shall have St. Charles Hotel, Chicago, 111. the part." "Town well billed. You're ;n great luck. Political con "I will be there to the minute," replied Mr. Torrens. vention here on ;Monday afternoon. Town will be full of "When and where do we begin rehearsals?" strangers. They'll want to go somewhere. Even a dog show will pack them to 1.he doom. *Among theatrical people the "ghost walks" when salaries are "WILLIAM L. SINGER." paid.


26 FOR FAME AND FORTUNE. Stanley showed the dispatch to Eva. "That's a good omen, Stanley," she said, with a happy smile. "It will be S. R. 0.1 without a doubt." "I hope so," he answered, with a pleased smile, tahng her lovely face between his tw o hands and kissing her pout ing lips "Nugget Nell, you are the gold e n nugget ont of which my fame and fortune will spring." "You mean our fame filld fortune, Stanley," she said softly. The final reheaJ'sal was held on Sunclay at the hall, ancl 011 Monday the eompany started for Geneva. No special car was required. for the scenery, properties and baggage of "Nugget Nell." It was loaded aboard of the regular baggage car, and cluly put off on the platform at Geneva when the train reached the static>n1 where a transfer wagon was in waiting to carry it to the Opera House. The company all went to the same hotel, and after dinner a rehearsal was called at the theater to familiarize the people with thescenery a .nd appointments of the play. The leader of the orchestra had been sent for to take charge of the music and make himself acquainted with his p11rt of the show. Stanley founcl the most encouraging prospects at the box office, for two thircls of the house had been sold, and the local manager assured him that the theater would be packed to the doors. And i.'i it proved. Evr,n standing room was at a premium when the curtain rose on the first act of "Nugget Nell" on its opening night. CHAPTER XVI. EVA SCORES A TRIUMPH IN NUGGET NELL. The interior of the theater that night presented an en couraging and exhilaJ'ating sight not only to the perform ers, but to the young author whose first play was about to receive its initial performance. Eva Price was bubbling over with delight ancl enthusi Mm, for she was as much interested in the success of the play as was Stanley. Although the front of the house required the boy's presence as manager of the show in orcler to prot ect his interests, he managed to go inside and witness Eva's whirl wind entrance soon after the curtain went up After the first act was well under way, and Eva was carrying the audience with. her as Nugget Nell, Stanley accompanied the local manager to the box office to count up the receipts. "I haven't had such a hous e since last Christmas night, when the 'Wizard of Oz' was here," said the manager, beamingly. "The paid admissions amount to eigp.t hundred ru1d ninety-eight dollars," he said, when the statement had b e en prepared and footed up. "Of which I get sixty-five per cent., replied Stanley. "Exactly, less, of course, my billboard charges, and an. I. 0. U. from Mr. Singer for ten dollars. The other bills will ue in about nine o'clock. Your advance man contracted for a special advertisement in to-day's paper, and for a wagon and transpaJ'ency to parade the town this after noon." After all bills had been settled, Stanley tucked away something like five hundred and fifly dollars in his clothes, and then went back on the stage. The first act was over and the men .folks were coming out to "see a man Eva assured Stanley that the first act had gone off as smooth as silk, while the stage manager and other perform ers gathered around and congratulated him on his auspi cious start. "Gadzooks !" exclaimed Mr. Torrens, who was made up as an old miner-the father of Nugget Nell. "This puts me in mind of when I played with Booth. Ah, he could draw a house. The drama is not whB.t it was." "I'm sorry that I couldn't give you a better part, Mr. Torrens, but--" "Say no more, Stanley. I am quite satisfied ti, do my best in anything for you. I mean to do thee full justice for my five-and-twenty per. Once, you will remember, the vampire called me rotten. Methinks H was an unkind re mark," said the old actor, shaking his head in a melanch oly way. "Thou shalt have no cause to repeat the expression to my disadvantage. To-night I feel the old fire in my bones. Perchance were the vampire here he might regret casting me off like an old shoe." Stanley wormed his way into the crowded audito1 ium to catch a glimpse of the second act. It was in this act that Eva introduced .her most attractive specialty, and it caught on like wildfire. The audience, two-thirds of which was composed of men, went into ecstasies over her singing and dancing. She was recalled again and again, until she had to beg off. Every time she appeared on the stage she was applauded, and there was not any doubt but she was the show. "Why, that soubrette of yours has every other one I've seen skinned to death," remarked the local manager to Stanley. "Where did you get her?" "In New York," he replied. "She was one of the hits of 'Mademoiselle Bonbon' at the Lyric. "You must pay her big money, oth e rwi se I don't see how you can hold "I can hold her, all right," answered Stanley, with a confident smile. "Then you're lucky. It pays, I guess, to carry a goocl thing along. It pulls the business every time. I'd like to give you a return date." "Not this season, Mr. Bradley." The play went on with great satisfaction to the specta tors. All the other p e rformer s a cquitt e d themselves fairly well for a first night in a new piece; even the ancient Mr. Tor-


FOR FAME AND 27 rens was distinctly good as the poor old drunk e n fathe r of to adtl a few bottles of champagne to the mitlnight lunch the h e roine. on such an auspicious oceasion as this was. Eva made her biggest hit, as Stanley expected she would, So he gave the order to the hotel man an

28 FOR FAME AND FORTUNE. hit in a first-class theat er should b e out with a melodrama, even though she was the star of the play. "Therefore, ladies and gentlemen," w ent on Stanley, "I ask you all to drink to the health of Eva Price." This was done with much enthusiasm. Soon afterward the supply of wine gave out and the sup per party broke up. The next night the company played at Aurora to a fair sized house, which waxed enthusiastic over the star and the piece. Wednesday night they showed in York fu a satisfactory house, after which came Ottawa and Streator, and on Sat urday night "Nugget Nell" drew a r e cord crowd at P e oria. The last three nights of the suc c eeding week they dr e w big houses at Springfield, the capital of the State, and :from there went straight to St. Louis, where they had a week s tand. H e re, with the single exception of Monday night, they played to the capaci t y of the theater, and the manager of the house assured Stanley that he had an uncommonly fine dual attraction-in the piece and in Evangeline Vance. With a cheap company, Eva e x c e pted, and all playing well tog e ther, Stanley was making money. At the end of the eighth w ee k the boy, who had sent en couraging reports of his tour to l\'Ir. Clarke, the Chicago broker, forwarded to that gentleman every cent he had re ceiv e d from him in backing the company at the outset. After that good htck continued to follow the "Nugget Nell" company wher e ver it showedi and Stanley's money barrel filled rapidly. The company worked all through the Middle We s t, mo stly playing one-night stands, exc ept wh ere the y held time in a big city. The "Golden Gulch" organiz a tion had secured time a t both the West E ncl and New Sta r theaters in N e w York to wind up the seas on. J\fr. Singer, how e v e r failed to recover i t for the "Nugget Nell" compan y s o it looked a s i f t h e or gan iza t ion would have to at the end of the twent y -eighth week, unless he could fill in s omewhere e lse. It happened that the day h e r e a c hed New York he heard that an attraction holding four weeks at the Fourteenth Street The ater had come to grie f, and h e lost no time in bracing the New York manage r for an op e ning. He probably would not have succeeded, a s the m a nager had his eye on anoth e r attraction but for the fa c t that he mentioned the great success Evangeline Vance was makin g in his own s how. The fact that this metropolitan fa v orite of the previous season was heading the "Nugg et N ell" company brought the New York manager to terms at once and Singer got the time. He immediately wired the news to Stanley, and there was great joy in the "Nugg et Nell" c ombination. The company duly r e ached York and a pp e ared a t the Fourteenth Street Theater on Monday night. Stanley and Eva were, of course joyfully welcomed at the little flat in Harlem, whe re the y were bot h at home once more. Tuesday morning's papers pra ised Eva to the skies, and spoke v e ry hand s om e l y about "Nugget Nell." The favorable notices brought a rush of business to the house, and night after night the theater was jammed to t h e doors to s e e Mi s s Vance. On Wednesday, Stanley astonished Mr. Bloodgood, as well as Miss Sanderson, by walking into the office looking like a young aristocrat. "Well, Mr. Bloodgood, I've made a barrel of money out of the play you turned down. 'Nugget Nell' and Eva Price just pulled the people in ever since we left Chicago. Now we're playing to S. R. 0. e.t the Fourteenth Street, and I'm willing to bet that we'll have the biggest four weeks' receipts of the season there." "Nugget Nell" was such a success that the four weeks were e x tended to eight, and the company the house both closed the season together With one or two changes Stanley took out the sam e company, with brand-new scenery and splendid paper, the next I s eason, and his success was more pronounced, for he secured time at leading cities from the Atl&n.tic to the Missouri River. He made a raft of money on this tour, and when he got back tO New York at the close of the season he was be s ieged several managers to write a play for them, but declined with thanks. One of the s e managers was John Bloodgood. 'Before Stanley and Eva went on their vacation they were quietly married at the Little Church Around the Corner and th1'ee days later left for a. trip to Europe on one of the big line rs. Althou g h only tw enty, Stanle y had practically won fame a s a dramatist a nd actually won a fortune M the manager of his own company. 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N?. 72. l!lOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Embracmg all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lustrations. By A. Anderson. i ,., No .. 7.7. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-c deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurors and mag1c1a.ns. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. 1 MAGIC. I No. ? HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks of the also most popular magical illusions as performed by our: mag1c1ans; every boy should obtain a. copy of this book, as 1t will both amuse and instruct. No: 22. IIO!V TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight explamed his former Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the sec1et dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the ?f illusions ever placed before the pubhc. Also tricks with cards. rncantations, etc. No. 68. TO DO CHEMICAL TRICKS.-Containing one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGH'r OF HAND.-Oontaining over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also oontainmg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No .. 70. IIOW llI.c\KE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full d1rect10ns for makmg l1Iag1c 'l' oys anli devices of many kinds By A. Anderson. Fully illusti ated No. 73 .. HOW. TO DO TIUOKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showlng many curious with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. .No. 7.5. HO\y TO A CONJUROR. -Containing tr1.cks "_'1t"1?-Domm?s, Dice, Cups anJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracinc th1rty-s1x illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. TO DO THE .BLACK ART,_:Containlng a. com plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together with many wonderful experiment&. By A. Anderson. Illustrated. MECHAN ICAL, No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR-Every bo y how inventions o.ri.ginated. This book-explains them all, g1v11'.!g examples. in electr1c1ty, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechamcs, etc. The most instructive book published . No. 59. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER-Containing fu ll mstruct;ons how to proceed in order to become a locomotive en also for a model locomotive ; togethe r with a full desci;1pt1on of everythmg an engineer should know. No .. 57. IIOW TO MAKE MUSl!"CAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full d1rect10Jis how to a B_!lnjo, Violin, Zither, .2Eolian Harp, Xylo ph.,ne and oth e r musical rnstruments; together with a brief de of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. .. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a descr1pt1on of the lantern, toge

THE STAGE. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing foQfo No. 41, THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE teeu illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to bec'1t BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems fro m9st famous men. No amateur minstrels is complete without all the PoVular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the "1'* this wonderful little book. simple and concis3 manner possible. No .. THE OF NEW YOltK STUl\lP SPEAKER.No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conductin( deC ontni!lmg a varied of :;tump speeches, Negro, Dutch bates, outlines for debatee, questions for discussion, nd tbe bed and Insh. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amusesources for procuring information on the questions aiven. ment and amateur shows No 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE SOCIETY, AND 10KlJJ Bth old and young. You cannot be happy contaws a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums etc. of without one. T errence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical' of No. 4. IIOW TO DANCE ts the title of a new and handsome the l!Jve1y boy who cil.n enjoy a good substantial joke should little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instrucobta1n a copy 1mmedial e ly. t ions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and 11i: parties, No .. 79. H9W TO BECOME .AN ACTOR.-Containing comhow to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular sqtlar plete rnstruct1ons bow to make up for various characters on the dances. stage; together with the duties of the Stage Manager Prompter No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to Jove, Scenic Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager'. courtship anrl marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquettl! 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Qontaining the latto be observed, with many curious and interesting things not "en est Jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and erally known. ever popular comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction In tile colored cover conta1nmg a half-tone photo of the author. art of rlressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving the selections of colors, material. and how to have them mad e up. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 18. HOW BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the No . 16. HO. W TO KEEP A:..'WIND.OW GARDEN.-Containing brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the worldt f II t f Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male ana u ms ructions or constructmg a wrndow garden.either in town female. 'l'he secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this book or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful and be convinced how to become flowers at home. 'fhe most complete book of the kind ever pub.,. lished. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 30. HOW 'l'O COOK.-One of the most instructive books No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated nc! on cooking ever published. It. contains. recipes for cooking meats, containing full instructions for the management and training of the fish, game, and oysters; also p i es, puddmgs, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most populai canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackl.iird, paroquet, yarrot, etc. cooks. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, P GEONS A.ND No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-lt contains information for RABBl'l'S.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely lllu11 b d b I trated. By Ira Drofraw. every o y, oys, gir s, men and women; it will teach you how to No. 40. HOW 'l'O i\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-lncluding '-In make almost auything around tbe house, such as parlor ornaments LI ..., bra ckets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' on how to cakh moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington ELECTRICAL. Keene. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A deNo. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A: scription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism. valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountlnf together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries,' and preserving birds, animals aud insects. t B G T b J A l\1 M D C No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com eorge re e ' ., ontammg over fifty iiplete information as to the manner and method of raising, keepinr, No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Contaming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving full ta!ning fu lJ uirections for making electrical machines, induction instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eiiiht coils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated published. No. 67. HOW 'l'O DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a MISCELLANEOUS. lar ge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks No. 8. HOW TO BECOi\fE A SCIEJNTIST.--'.A: useful and In together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di ENTERTAINMENT. rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thi1 No. 9. HOW TO BEC01\1El A VEN'l'RILOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equaled. K ennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading No. 14: HOW ro i\IAKE CANDY.-A complete for this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi-making all kinds of candy. ice-C'rean.!t .. etc. tud es every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 84. HOW. '1'0 BECOl\fE Al'I AU'l'.t:1.0R.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the rreatest book <'Ver published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. A l so containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatness, legibility and general com ver y valuable little book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable Hiland. for parlor Ol' drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won money than any book published. derful book. containing useful and practical information in the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments commo n to every book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general combackgammon. croq11et. dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. IIOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arranging and witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 52. HOW TO Pf,AY OARDS.-A complete and handy little Ko. 58. HOW BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, book, giving the rule s and f\, for playing FJuchre, Cribthe world-known detective. In which he lays down some valuable bage, Casino, Forty-Five, n, _ce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventurea Auction Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. antl experiences of well-known detectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bunNo. GO. HOW TO BECOME A PIIOTOGRAPHER.-Contain dr ed interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photographic l\Iagic Lantern Slides and other ETIQUETTE. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. Dew. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY Is a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know CADET.-Containing fulJ explanations how to gain admittance, all about. There's happiness in it. course of Study, FJxaminations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post No. 33. 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Vlgilants. 177 Young Wild West as a Cavalry Scout; or, Saving the Settlers. 208 Young Wild West's Royal Flush; or, Arletta and the Gamblers. 178 Young Wild West Beating the Bandits; or, Arletta' s Best Shot. 209 Young Wild West and the Prairie Pirates; or, The Fliht for the 179 :Young Wild West and "Crazy Hawk"; or, The Redskins' Last Box of Gold. 180 Wild West Chasing the Cowboys; or, Arletta the Lariat 210 Young Wild West Daring Death; or, How the Sorrel Saved AriQueen. etta. 181 Young Wild West and the Treacherous Trapper, or, Lost in the 211 Young Wild West Corrallng the Coman ches; or, Arletta and the Silver Tomahawk. Great North Woods. 212 Young Wild West at Spangle Springs; or, The Toughest Town In 182 Young Wild West's Dash to Deadwood; or, Arletta and the Texas. Kidnappers. 183 Young Wild West's Silver Scoop; or, Cleaning Up a Hundred 213 Young Wild West and the Renegade Ranchman; or, Arletta In a Thousand. 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Pass. 100 Young Wild West's Branding Bee; or, Arletta and "the Cow 221 Young Wild West's Cowboy Charm; or, Arletta and the Border Punchers. Bandits. 101 Young Wild West and His Partners' Pile, and How Arletta 222 Young Wild. West's Lucky Lode; or, Making a Thousand Doi -Saved It. Jars a Minute. 192 Young Wild West at Diamond Dip; or, Ar!etta's Secret Foe. 193 Young Wild West's Buckhorn Bowie, and How It saved His 223 Young Wild W est and the Calltornla Coiner.a; or, Arletta at Bay Partners. 224 Young Wild W est Raking In Ri ches; or. Arletta' s Great Pan-Out: 194 Young Wild West in the Haunted Hills; or, Arletta and the Aztec 225 Young Wild West Marked for Death; or, A Tough Time at TombArrow. stone. 195 Young Wild West's Cowboy Dance; or, Arletta's Annoying Ad-226 Young ?;>'lld West Trall!ng a Traitor; or, Arletta' s Triple Danger. mtrer. 227 Young Wild West's Clever Cowboys; or, The Rough Riders of the 196 Young Wild West's Double Shot; or, Cheyenne CJfarlle's Ll!e Ranch. 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