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s1cA1f s OF BOYS The sight of the golden coins aroused all the cupidity in Ezra Stapleton's nature. Swinging aloft the heavy whip handle, he rushed upon the boy. Jack raised his arm to protect himself. "Git!" roared the farmer, pointing to the road.


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF 'BOYS WHO MA.KE MONEY luued Weekl11-B11 Subscription IZ.50 per year. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year Ja07, in the oJJice of the Librarian of Congres.a, Wa1hington, D. C., b11 Frank Touse71, Publis her, 24 Union Squar New York. No. n: NEW YORK, MARCH 22, 1907 PRICE 5 CENTS. The Road to Wealth OB, The Boy Who Found It Out By A SELF-MADE MAN. ,. CHAPTER I. JACK GRANGER AND HIS FRIEND BOB "Hello, Jack, what's the matter? You're looking down in the mouth," said Bob Munson. "I guess I don't look any worse than I feel," replied Jack Granger, soberly. "Been having another run-in with your Uncle Ezra?" "Yes. He's getting worse every day. If it wasn't for Aunt Mary I'd pull up stakes and run away. I'm sick and tired of being pulled over the coals for nothing." "I don't blame you. You're having a hard time of it." ''Be t your life I am. The farm is going to the dogs ever since Mr. Stapleton got into the habit hanging around the tavern talking politics instead of attending to work. Andy McPike, our hired man, is getting disgusted, too. His wages are in arrears, and he has threatened to leave. That's what made Mr. Stapleton mad this morn ing, and as he was afraid to say much to Andy, lest he pack up and quit, he took satisfaction out of me." "What did you have to do with the matter?" "Nothing." "Then why di<;l your uncle go for you?" "Because he wanted to get square on somebody." "And you were the victim," said Bob, "Yes, as usual," growled Jack, witl'i a frown. "It's a blamed shame," replied Bob, indignantly. "That's what it is." "You work harder on the farm than any two boys I' know of." "I. try to do my duty." "I don't see that you get much for doing it." "I get abused right along." "Doesn't your uncle pay you anything?" "Not a cent." "Why, any farmer around here would be glad to hire you and give you a square deal," said Bob. "I guess they would. I had a good offer ,from John Varney, who knows what I'm up against." ''Why don't you take it. Your uncle hasn't any claim on you." "I would take it in two shakes of a lamb's tail only I don't want to leave Aunt Mary. She's been as good as a mother to me ever since my own !JlOther died, and I was thrown on my own resources. She gave me a home when I needed one, sind I wouldn't go back on her for a farm," said Jack, resolutely. Bob couldn't help respecting his friend's loyalty to his aunt, and he wondered how long Jack's patience would hold out against bis uncle's systematic ill-treatment. "You've been living on this farm ever sin.ce I can re member," said Munson. "I've been here eJeven years." "Your uncle wasn't always as hard on you as he is now." "No. He treated me fair enough at first. Sent me to school when school kept, and only expected me to do such chores as I could attend to. As soon as I was strong


,. 2 THE ROAD TO WEALTH. enough he put me to work in the fields with Andy, who was then only a big boy. I was always willing to do my share of work, and he can't say I ever shirked what was laid out for me to do." "You've the reputation of being a hustler," nodded Bob. "Even at play, with the rest of us chaps, you have always taken the lead. We all miss you these days because you don't seem able to get away as often as we could wish. You ought to have more time to amuse yourself." "I ought to have a good many things that I don't get. Look at these clothes. This is my suit." Bob looked, ancl was obliged to admit that;Jack's attire was nothing to brag about. None of the boys in the neighborli'ood were able to sport fine clothes, that is, none but Herbert Gleason, the village lawyer's son, but there was not one but had a better suit than Jack's best. As for his every-day garments, the least said the better -Mr. Stapleton considered them good enough for work about the farm, and he was either unwilling, or unable, to procure better ones for the boy. "If it was me I'd want a better outfit :for Sundays," said Bob. "If 11Ir. Stapleton was your uncle you could take it out in wanting," replied Jack. "I'm glad I've got a father, and am not dependent on any uncle," answered Bob, and he had never appreciated that advantage as he did at that moment. "You're lucky, Bob. If I had a father things would be different with me." "Is Mrs. Stapleton your father's or your mother's sister?" "Father's. She and father thought the world of each other." "I don't wonder then. that she treats you well." "She thinks a lot of me, and does a lot foi me; that's w!Jy I'm willing to stallll a whole lot for her." "I suppose she has her own troubles with Mr. Staple ton." "He doesn't abuse her any, I'll say that for him, but there are other ways a man can make his wife miserable. Her peace of mincl doeRn't seem to count much with him, or he'd quit wasting his time and money at the village tavern. He used to be industrious enough once upon a time, but somelhing changed him, and he's been going from bad to worse by degrees. If he keeps on he'll lose the farm." "Is it mortgaged?" "Not that I know of. I don't believe he could raise much on it. It's the smallest one in this neighborhood, and rather out at the elbows. The fences are dilapidated, a good part of it is stony, and the house is much the worse for \rear. I heard Farmer Jenkins say a little while ago that he wouldn't take the place for a gift, but of course he didn't really mean that." The two boys were i

THE ROAD TO WEALTH. s homeward with no very kind feelings in hiH hcaTt 1.owm, l 'oI lai.c but I don't see w\J.y that should prevent Granger hi s aunt's husband. I coming in swimming." he approached the entrance to the farm Bob l\Iun"Well, if he comes he'll be here, and if he don't corn< son, who was on his way to the village, came along, and, ns a matter of course, the boys stopped to have a talk. "Well," said Bob, "I've got to get on. I've got a note to deliver from my mother to the dressmaker. 1\1iss Prim. When aTe you cpming up to our place?" ot before Sunday, I guess." "IV ell, Grace seems to be dead anxious to see you. Yon appear to be the whole thing with her." Jack flushed, though the color didn't show very plainly through the sun burn. "Your sister is a nice girl," he said, earnestly. "Yes, s he's all right. Coming down swimming after sundown?" "I won't promise, but I'll be there if I can "We'll look for you, anyway. Gooc.l-by." "Good-by, Bob." Jack turned in at the lane, while Bob continued on to the village. CHAPTER II. JACK'S DISCOVERY. At a point along shore tween the Stapleton and wreck of an old scow. opposite 1.he dividing line he :Munson farms there was the It had been there for many months, and it marked the place where the farm and village boys came to bathe dur ing the season when that sport was most inviting. About sundown on the day with which our story opens about a dozen boys were to be seen in various stages of un dress preparing for a swim in the water tinged by the la.,.t rays of the declining sun. "Do you think Jack will be here?" Will Watson asked Bob Munson. "Dunno," replied Bob, kicking off his shoes. "He said he'd come iI he could." "He ought lo be able to come. Ile lives close enough to this place "Ezra Stapleton, his uncle; might take it into his head to prevent hiin. He's mean enough to clo most anything to Jack." "Why should ho want to prevent him coming in swim ming? Isn't it the best t:hing for a fellow's health, espe cially when he's been working all day in the fields, like Jack is doing days?" "Don't ask me why Ezra Stapleton would want to pre vent him coming in swimming, or doing anything else. All I know is that he has a standing grouch against Jack, and it seems to do him good to make his nephew as miserhe won't be here. That's all I can tell you about it," r e plied Bob Two minutes later every boy in the bunch was d i sport ing himself in the water. Nothing but a lot of heads moving this way or that, or a splashing arm, was to be seen on the surface Anybody out of sight on the bluff above would hare known they were there from the shouts and c ries that came up from the in let. After swimming about for a quarter of an hour the boy climbed out on 1he Rco11-, which, as the tide was loll', wa::; wholly exposed, anc.l perched themse lves about in all sort::; of attitudes. At this mqment two newcomers appeared on the scene, each carrying a small hand-satchel. These were Hel'bert Gleason, the best dressetl boy in the village-and the most important one, in his own e:::tirnaiion-am1 his city cousin, George Paul. "Here come the dutles," grinned Will Watson, pointing them out to companions. r "What have they got in those satche l s?" asked Joe Con verse "Bathing-suits, I'll bet," said Bob :Munson. Gleason and Paul made their way down a path to tht' shore, went to a big rJck, took their suits out of thei.r grips, and began to undress. The other boys watched them with some for though Herbert associated with them for companionship sake, he always gave them to understand by his manner that they 11ere not in his class, and the boys rather resent ed his patronizing ways. They were pretty loud-looking suits that Herbert a n d his cousin encased themselves in afte r getting out of thei r regular garments They were made of alternate stripes of r ed and write flannel, and they looked pretty gay "You ought to be able to hear those suits a ll the way to Martha's Vineyard," chuckled Bob Munson "Oh, jealous, Bob," laughed Tom Hitchcock. "Bet you a quarter that we don't get an introduction to thal city chap," said Bob. Herbert and George Paul stood at the water's edge for some moments in 0 rder that the other boys might get a good look at their swimming suits, and then they went in. "You can't say those two chaps aren't in the swim," said 'Will Watson, evidently intending the remark as a joke. Herbert was only an indifferent swimmer, but h1,; cousin soon demonstratetl that he was a crackerjack, :.u:< l the rest of the boys were lost in admiration over his per formances. able as he can." "I've heard that he and Jack are 1 "That fellow can swim circles around some of us," said not pulling very well ,Toe Converse, ratl:er enviously.


. 4 THE ROAD TO WEALTH. ' "lle s all to the good," re):> lied Tom Hitchcock, wagging his head sagaciously. "1'here'::; one of us lie can't swim circles around, I'll bet a hat, and that is Jack Granger." "Here comes Jack now," shouted Will Watson. "Il i, hi, Jack, we've been waiting for you," cried Bob, np and waving his arms. 'fhcn he took a header, and as if that was a signal for the others, a dozen splashes announced that all the boys were in the water once more. By the time Jack was undressed and ready to go in, the whole bunch was up on the scow once m_ore, waiting for him to join them. "Who's that yonder?" he asked Bob, noticing the heads of Herbert and his cousin swimming about by themselves. '.'Herbert Gleason and some city chap that's staying with him. They haven't been near us since they ca'me here. You ought to see their swimming suits. They're peaches for color. Put you in mind of a sunset out on the Sound." "One of them is a dandy swimmer, I can see," said .Jack, ''and that, I know, isnt Gleason." "You can bet your life it isn't. Herbert can't swim worth sour apples, but the other fellow-well, say, he's almost as good as you." "He may be better." ''No: rm ready to bet my money on you." "All right; have it your way. I'll give you four yards flying start, and race you out to that stake," said Jack. "I'rn your huckleberry, though I guess you'll beat me all right," replied Bob. Bob was the next best swimmer to Jack, and the boys hailed the race with much enthusiasm. J\I unson took. a long sliding dive that brought him up about five yards away, and as he r:>truck out for the stake -.Tack went in pursuit with regular and powerful strokes that pulled his body through the water like a fish. Bob was within a yard of the go!V when Jack glided past him and seized the pole with one hand, kickin& the water in his friend's face with his feet. "I knew you'd beat me," puffed Bob, grabbing the pole hiinself. "You didn't know it. You only thought so. I only won by an eye-lash, anyway," returned Jack. "Here come the rest of the bunch," said Bob. "Let 'em come." With Will Watson in the lead, and Tom Hitchcock a close second, the others were rapidly approaching the pole. As they came up Jack let go of the pole, and dived. He stayed under a long time-so long, in fact, that Ms companions began to look a bit anxious. When he came up he was more than thirty feet away, and close to George Paul, Herbert's cousin. "You're a fine swimmer," said Paul, pleasantly, for he recognized Jack as the boy who had won the handicap race to the pole. '"Thanks. I'm pretty fair. you seem to be an expert yourself." "I'll allow that I ain't bad at it. What's your name?" "Jack Granger." "Mine is George Paul. Do you belong to one of the farms around here ?" "Yes, Stapleton farm. My uncle owns it." "I'm glad to know you, and hope I'll see more of yo:u. I'd like to join you fellows, but my cousin doesn't care to no so for some reason." "Is Herbert Gleason your cousin?" asked Jack. "Yes, on my mother's side. By the way, Granger, I'd like to have a brush with you from here to that scow, if you're willing." "I'll go you." "Suppose I give the word?" Raid Paul. "All right." "I'll count one, two, three, go! Underfltanil ?" "I'm on." At the word "Go!" both started off together. and it was a pretty sight to see them fl.ash through the water, neck and neck. As soon as the other lads saw what was in the wind they set up shouts of glee, and hegan to encourage .Tack to do his best. All but Bob had returned to the scow, and he s tarteil for it as soon as he saw the race in progress. "Go it, Jack!" shouted Will WatRon, dancin11: about on the edge of the scow like a monkey on a hot stove. "Put in your best licks." "Get a hustle on, Grange1'!" roared Tom Hitchcock. "Whoop her up!" "Come now, Jack, what's the matter with you?" howled Joe Converse. "You haven't gained an inch." The rest of the crowd yelped and cheered as the swim mers came on head to head as before. As for Herbert Gleason, he was disgusted with hit> cousin for condescending to race with a common farm hand, as he regarded Jack Granger. "I'm astonished at him," he muttered discontentedly, as he stood on the shore a short distance away, and re garded the race with a disapprovingeye. "it's going to be a dead heat as sure as you live," said Will Watson. "Jack can't beat him to save his life." "But look how long Granger was under water," put in Hitchcock. "That chap has the advantage of him." Whether George Paul had any particular advantage or not in the race, certain it is that both he and Jack slap ped their right hands on the end of the scow together. "Shake," said Paul, in a friendly way, extending his hand, which lack took. "There doesn't seem to be much difference betweeJ:l us. I did my best and couldn't beat you." "Same here," laughed Jack. "We're two of a kind in the water, I guess. Come up on the scow and I'll intro duce you to the fellows." George Paul was soon nodding to and shaking hands


THE ROAD TO WEALTH. 5 with the crowd, while Herbert squatted down on the shore, more disgusted than ever. At this moment Bob Munson reached the scow, and was introduced to the stranger. After a short chat Paul remarked that he guessed he'd have to go back to his cousin, as Gleason looked lonesome. The boys voted him the right sort of chap as they began to put on their clothes, preparatory to going home. "You stayed a long time under waler that time you dived, Jack," said Bob, as they walked up the bluff together. "What did you do it for?" "What d id I do it for? Because I made a discovery." "A discovery!" exclaimed Bob. "Yes, I found something." "What did you find?" "The deck of a big ship." CHAPTER III. THE WRECK OF TUE CALIOPE. "The deck of a big ship!" repeated Bob, with a puzzled look. "Yes," nodded Jack. "The rest of the ship is imbedded in the soft mud.' "How do you know it is a big ship?" her width of beam." "It's funny that a big ship should have sunk in the inlet, and lost her masts, and nobody be any the wiser." "That depends." "On what?" "When and under what conditions the ship went down." was discovered along the shore of the inlet, from which indications it was believed that the vessel had s unk." "You've got it down fine, Bob. That's the vessel I'm talking about." "Well, what about her?" "I'm certain that I stood on her deck when I went un der water that time." "What makes you think so?" asked Bob, with undis guised interest. "Beca use I noticed two old-fashioned cannon pointing the remains of a bulwark, in which were evi dences of shot holes." "You don't say!" cried Bob, in some excitement. "And I sa" ; an old-style musket and a boarding-pike jammed against the base of the bulwark "6y one of the guns." "We must get them," said Bob. "They'll be great curiosities." "I'd rather get something else." "What's that?" "The treasure that's in the vessel's cabin." "What treasure?" asked Bob, with bulging eyes. "Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars in English sovereigns." "Two hundred and fifty thou-say, what are you talk ing about, anyway, Jack?" "I'm talking about the chest of money in that vessel's cabin." "How do you know there's any money in her cabin?" "If that's the remains of the British ship Oaliope that was chased into the Sound by the American brig Decatur, in tbe early spring of 1815, there's a box of gold sovereigns worth a quarter of a million in her cabin, if it still exists, or in the mud, if it doesn't." "Supposing that it is. the ship Oaliope that was chased "What should bring a big ship into the inlet?" info the inlet by the Decatur, how could you know that "A storm might bring it there for one thing, if the there was a treasure box in her cabin?" wind blew in the right direction at the time." "That's so," admitted Bob. "But I never heard of any "I know it by an official account I saw printed in a ship being blown into the inlet and then going to the book of English marine disasters. The Caliope was known bottom." to have escaped from the Decatur, but was believed to "Lots of things have happened in this world that you have afterward foundered somewhere along the coast, or,at haven't heard about." sea, from the supposed effect of shot-holes between wind "That's true enough. Same in your case." and water received during the action. At any rate, she "Didn't you ever hear the story of the British ship that never reached any port, nor were her officers or crew heard h d V S d from." was c ase into ineyard oun by one of our cruisers about the close of the war of 1812?" "It seems to me that if she ran into the inlet, and then "Do you mean the Caliope? My father told me about went down, that it would have been an easy matter for her some years ago. She was an armed craft, a kind of everybody on board to reach shore." privateer, I believe, that was discovered somewhere be"That's the only thing that puzzles me," admitted Jack. tween Block Island and Martha's Vineyard one dark night "The only way I can account for it is that owing to the by the gun-brig Decatur. The brig chased her into Vinedense fog the people aboard of her had no idea where they yard's Sound and overhauled her just off this shore. She were, and in the confusion of her going down that they put up a game fight, but would certainly have been captook to the boats and rowed out into Nantucket Sound, tured only that a thick fog came up at the critical mo-when, if they had only known, they had a shore within ment, and the Decatur lost her. Next morning a lot of fifty yards of them on every side but the direction they wreckage and a shattered boat with the name Caliope I had come."


6 THE ROAD TO WEALTH. "Even so, I should think they might Mve been picked up next day." "The fact that they were never picked up shows that they were lost." 1 "Did the official account say that the Caliope had a treasure chest in her cabin?" "It did. That's how I happened to learn about it." "And if that vessel you located in the inlet a little while ago is the Caliope you think the money must be there?" "I don't see why it wouldn't be. It was probably stowed in an iron chest, and I take it that chest is now .at the bottom of the inlet." Bob was silent for a moment or two. "Supposing it is there, how can it be gbt at?" "That's for you and I, Bob, to figure out. I think it's worth while." "A quarter of a million, you say?" "That's the amount given in the account." "Gee whiz! we were so fortunate as to get hold of all that money-we would be rich boys," said Bob, enthusiastically "We'd be pretty well off." "Do you think of. trying for it?" "I do." "How are you going to do it? Dive for it?" "You mean like I did this afternoon? That's sheer nqni;ense. The only way to find out if the treasure chest is there is to first examine the wreck wlth the aid of a diver;'s outfit. To purchase or lease such an outfit will cost money. I haven't any just now, and I don't bel ieve that you have a superabundance of funds. So the treasure will have to remain at the bottom of the inlet for the present. Even if we had the funds we'd have to learn how tO use the outfit. I propose to learn how when the time comes. There's one satis!action, at any rate, the money is in gold coin, and no amount of sea water will hurt it "I guess it'll be a long time before we get any nearer that money than we are Iiow," said Bob, with a wry look. "Somebody else may get on to the fact that it's there, and get ahead of us." -"I hope not," replied Jack. "As that wreck has lain there unnoticed for over eighty years, I think it stands a good chance of evading attention for a while longer. At any rate, we can't do anything toward recovering the money at present. Of course, you want to keep your mouth shut about what I have told you. If the news got abroad that a wreck, suspected to be the Caliope, lay at the bottom of the inlet, you'd see a diving outfit at work there in a very short time; then it would good-by to the treasure chest as far as we were concerned." "Oh, I won't say a word about it," assured Bob. "I'm not such a fool." "That's right. A still tongue is the sign of a wise head, my aunt says. We will talk this matter over again, and maybe some day we'll find the way to get at that and make ourselves rich. G ood-night.'' "Good-night, Jack/' and the boys separated. CHAPTER IV. WHAT JACK FOUND IN THE FIEI,D. Jack found his supp,er waiting for him in the oven, as he expected, and he ate it at ihe kitchen table. He had almost finished it when Ezra Stapleton, a strap ping man of nearly six feet, with a bunch of grizzly beard on his chin, came in from the barnyard. He stopped aml looked at the boy a forbidding countenance. "Well, where have you been?" he asked, harshly. "Swimming," replied Jack, in a conciliatory tone. "Who told you that you cou ld go swimmin'?" demanded his uncle. "Nobody," answered the boy, eyeing his relative ask ance, and mentally calculating the distance that lay be tween him and the door. "I suppose you think that you can do as you please around this place because your aunt is so soft toward you, eh?" said Mr. Stapleton, disagreeably. "No, sir. I didn't go to the inlet until I had :finished up all the chores." "You drove the cows home, didn't you?" asked his uncle, sarcastically . "No, sir Andy attended to that." "I know he did. But it was your place to clo it. He has somethin' else to do." "Andy said he'd do it." "I don't care what he said I won't have hirri attendin' to your business, d'ye understand?'? Jack made no reply:, which seemed to anger Mr. Staple ton. "Why don't you answer me, you whelp?" he roared. "You have no right to call me such a name as that," flashed Jack. "Oh, I hain't, .eh? By the Lord Harry, things are com in' to a pretty pass w!rnn a young cub like you stari;s in to tell me what I should or should not do. What yo11 want is a gotd lickin' with a rawhide, and I'm goin' to give it to you this minute." He made a swoop at the boy, but Jack slid under the table and eluded him, coming up at the opposite end. Mr. Stapleton, who was not any too sober, made a, mis calculation inJ1is eagerness to Jack, and fell over the chair jusf yacated by the boy. He came down with a crash on the floor, carrying the chair and the table with its small of dishes, with him. To make the matter worse, he struck his forehead against a tin pucket, and cut a nasty gash that bled freely. Jack took advantage of the accident to reach the kit chen door, where he aghast when he saw his uncle sit up with a gory countenance amid the wreckage. The noise naturaUy attracted the attention of Mrs.


THE ROAD TO WEALTH. Stapleton, who was sewing in the next room, anJ she came running to the spot. "Why, Ezra, what is the maller?" she exclaimed in dis may. "What have J'OU been doing to yourself?" Mr. Stapleton paid no attention to her, but glared around in search 0 the boy he fully intended to horsewhip for what he consiqered his insolence. "I s uppose it's my faull, Aunt Mary," said Jack, from the doorway. "Mr. Stapleton," the boy never called the man uncle, "said he was going to whip me with a raw hide. I was finishing mysupper at the table, and he made a grab at me. I slipped out o.r his reach, and he fell over the chair and pulled the table down with him." Jack's explanation drew his uncle's eyes in his direc tion, and the man struggled to get up, muttering incoher ent expressions of anger. Mrs. Stapleton was a small woman, but she !as not afraid of her big husband. In her youth she hacl been very spunky, and her decided ways had enabled her to obtain a considerable influ ence over her husband, which, since he had turned over a crooked leaf, he was not able to wholly shake off. While it was physically possible for him to have knocked her into the middle of next week, so to speak, with bnc hand, he entertained a certain amount of respect for her convictions and attitude, and never courted a clash with her. If he swore in her presence it was under his breath, and the idea of laying a finger on her in anger never occurred to him. Mrs. Stapleton went to her husband and assisted him to his feet, and then planted herself between him and her nephew. Ezra looked at her, and glared at the boy, but maJe no effort to reach him. "Go aml wash your face, Ezra," she said. "You've cut your forehead." Mechanically he put his hand to his temple, and then took it away smeared with his blood. His lips moved, but no sound came forth. The look he cast at Jack, however, told the character of his thoughts. Ile stood for a moment hesitating in the middle of the floor, then he went to the sink, and, turning some water from a bucket into a tin pan, laved hiR face. Mrs. Stapleton made a i::ignificant gesture toward her nephew, and Jack vanished. Going to the barn, the boy found Andy 1\IcPike finishing his last duties for the night. "You look excited, Jack. What's the matter?" asked Andy, a strapping young fellow of twenty-two. "Just had a scrap with 1\fr. Stapleton." I "That'E:> gettin' to be an every-day occurrence," grinned the farmhand. "What's the cause thi.s time?" "He kicked because I went swimming this evening." "Oh, he did? You had a right to go, didn't you?" "I think I had." "0.f course you had. He's gettin' to be a howlin' terror of late." "lt's the tavern and the loafers he meets there and at Mr. Grimsby's store that's making him so." "I believe you. He's altoiether a different man to what he was a couple of years ago." "Are you going to leave ihe farm, Andy?" asked Jack, a bit wistfully. "I haven't decided. I have an offer from Farmer At wood, who wants me bad. I would have no trouble gettin' my wages there. Still, I've been here eight years, ever since I was a boy, and I'm bound to say that I like your aunt first-class." "And yon like me, too, don't you, Andy?" "Sure I do. I!d hate to part company with you. But I'm gettin' tired of 1\fr. Stapleton. It riles me to see the way, he handles you without gloves, when you're worth your weight in gold about ihe place. I've often wondered why you didn't run off after one of your rackets. I should if I'd been in yonr shoes." ""\V ell, you know why I don't." "Yes. H's on your aunt's account. She's the best friend you've got, and you do right to stand by her. Well, how did your scrap turn out?" "Mr. Stapleton got the worst of it this time, but I'm afraid he'll try to get square with me for it." Jack told Andy what occurred in the kitchen, and the hired man thought Ezra Stapleton got nothing more than he deserved. "If he attempts to horsewhip you, Jack, he'll have me to reckon with," said Andy, shaking his head determined ly. "He's bigger and maybe stronger than me, but just ihe same he'll find out somethin' he won't like if he strikes you with anythin' harder than his hand." "You mustn't get yourself into trouble on my Andy," objected Jack. "Don't you worry about me. I can take care of my self." "If you have a scrap with Mr. Stapleton you'll have to leave the farm, anyway." Andy shrugged his shoulders, locked the barn doori and he and Jack returned to the house. The kitchen was empty, the fire banked in the stove for the morning, and all evidences of the recent trouble -re moved. Andy locked and barred the door, and the two went upstairs together. Both were up before sunrise attending to their duties. At seven o'clock they went into the house for breakfast. Mr. Stapleton was at the table. He scowled at Jack, which showed that he hadn't for gotten the unpleasant occurrence of the evening before. "We're goin' to take some 0 the stone out 0 the fielil on the bluff this mornin'," he said, breaking his silenre jor the first tim.e when the meal was nearly over. "I'm goin' to repair the fence along the road." Jack thought it was about time the fence was repaired,


THE HO.\.J) TO WEALTH. but considered it should haYe been done when work about the farm was slack. ") on'll hilc:h Lhe gray mare Lo the waggin, Andy,'' Mr. Stapleton continued, "and take Jack with you. I'll be along to see that you do things right." "l wonder what's started him to fix up the fence at this time," said Andy, as he and Jack walked toward the barn. "Don't ask me, Andy. a freak he's taken, I guess." "If he continues to loaf the afternoons in the village all summer he'll have to hire another hand next month, or take the risk of losin' half his hay." ''Aunt gave him a talking to the other night, but it doesn't seem to have done much good. The village influence has got too strong a hold over him." "I'd like to take those tavern chaps ancl give 'em a good duckin' in the nearest hone pond," said Andy. "I think they need a coolin' off." They hitched the gray mare to the stout wagon, and Andy drove the team into the long, narrow field that bor dered on the bluff overlooking the inlet. This field had never been cultivated, for it was too rocky for raising anything but weeds and wild flowers. They began to fill the wagon with stones suitable for repairing the road fence. By the time the wagon wai; nearly full Mr. Stapleton appeared on the scene. He was in his shirt sleeves, with an old straw hat on his head, and his pants stuck into the tops of his boots. He watched them while they finished loadin!!;. "You stay here and get a pile of stones niady for the next load," he said to Jack. Ile motioned Andy to get up on the seat, then he follow ed, took up the reins, and drove into the lane. Jack, left to himself, obeyed orders, and started in to gather a pile of stones. He worked steadily for half an hour, and by that time had accumulated quite a lot of material for the second load. Then he sat on a rock deeply imbedded in the soil to take a brief rest, for the sun was hot and there wasn't a breath of air stirring. At his feet lay another rock, not very large. The rains of the preceding spring had partially under mined it on the side nearest to Jack, leaving a crevice in the ground. 1 The morning sun shining down into this glistened upon some metallic substance that lay under the stone. "I wonder what that is?" thought Jack. His curiosity was excited, so he knelt down and peered into the crevice. "It looks like a box,'' he muttered. "I'm going to pull that stone up if I can." A. small c!aw-hammer lay close by, which he had taken out of the wagon to loosen the stones with. With the help of this he succeeded in raising the roe from its bed and pushing it to one side. Then he looked into the hole. There lay a rusty oblong japanned tin box. "I wonder what's in it?" Jaok asked himself. "Gee! It's heavy!" he muttered as he took hold of the handle and lifted it out. 'Tilting it up he fancied he heard a jingling sound. "I'll find out what's in it in a c:ouple of i:;haket:i,'' he said, grabbing the hammer and beating the tin e:over in just above the lock. The lock presently snapped, and the cover flew open. "Great Christopher!" exclaimed the boy, devouring his find with bulging eyes. The tin box appeared to be full of tarnished twenty-dol-lar gold pieces. CHAPTER V. CUT OFF BY THE TIDE. "Gee! What a find!" exclaimed Jack, after his :first feeling of astonishment had subsided. "There must be more'n a thousand dollars here.'' He fingered the money over, and as the brighter gold pieces underneath came to the surface they sparkled gayly in the sunshine. "My gracious!" breathed the boy, "this little unproduc tive acre of ground of mine has turned up trumps. This is what I call a golden crop." In order to explain Jack's remark we will say that this particular part of the Stapleton farm never had belonged to his Uncle Ezra. The man who sold the farm to l\1r. Stapleton retained the title to this strip of rocky ground because he wanted to make use of the rock for a certain purpose he had in. mind at the time, and as it was unpTOdnctive, and he made an allowance on the price of the whole Jana to make up for it, Mr. Stapleton agreed to purchase the farm without this section, which amounted in all to only about an acre. The man decided that he didn't want the stone, and he proposed to l\1r. Stapleton that he pay him the amount he had allowed and take the land. Ezra refused to do it, knowing the ground was uselesii to the man, and offered him a mere pittance for the strip. The owner, understanding Mr. Stapleton's object, was so angry that he called the deal off, which didn't particu larly worry Ezra, as he had no use for the ground except as a kind of pasture, ancl it was not of wuch use even for that purpose. Ten years passed away, and the man diecl. When his will was read it was found that he hacl left this acre of ground to young Jack Granger, then twelve years old, to whom lrn had taken a fancy. Ezra Stapleton laughed when the news was communi cated to him, and after that he turned his cattle in there


THE ROAD TO WEALTH. whenever he felt disposed to do so, and looked upon the ground as practically his own. Jack loqked lovingly at the box of gold coin, and con gratulated himself on the fact that he had suddenly become a rich boy. He was so absorbed in the contemplation of his newly acquired wealth that he diilil't see nor hear the return of the wagon. Ezra Stapleton's sharp eyes had seen him loafing at his work, as he regarded it, half way up the lane, and he was madder than a hornet. When the wagon entered the field and still Jack stirred not, Mr. Stapleton grabbed his stout horsewhip, descended from the seat, and started for the boy, fully intending to give him a good taste of the lash. The first knowledge Jack had that he was not alone was when the farmer gave him a vicious swipe on the leg with the whip. The lash cut through to the skin, and the boy sprang to his feet with a cry of pain. "Loafin', are you, your hide!" roared Mr. Staple ton. "I'll teach you to waste my time, you young scamp!" He was about to repeat the blow when his gaze light ed on the box of money. He stopped with whip upraised, rooted to the spot with amazement. For the moment he thought he must be dreaming. Then he advanced a step and looked closer. It was a tin box filled with money, beyond a doubt. He saw the hole and the overturned stone, and instantly he comprehended that his nephew had accidentally un earthed this treasure trove. The sight of the golden coins aroused all the cupidity in Ezra Stapleton's nature. Swinging aloft the heavy whip handle, he rushed upon the boy. Jack raised his arm to protect himself. "Git!" roared the farmer, pointing to the lane. I)espite the threatening attitude of his uncle, Jack had no idea of relinquishing possession of his golden discovery, which by every right belonged to him. "That belongs to me," he replied stu:t>

10 THE ROAD TO WEALTH. to his surprise and consternation he saw a girl seated on a boulder reading a book in blissful unconsciousness of her peril. "Where's that box, you little villain. Tell me at once or I'll be the death of you." He gave a shout to attract her attention. She glanced up in surprise at' the hail, and Jack's heart went cold as he recognized Grace Munson. "Leave me alone," cried Jack, excitedly. "I must get l1ack to the poirit of the bluff at once or Grace Munson will be drowned. She's on the beach below, cut off by the tide." His words mac1e no at all on the farmer. All his thoughts were centered on getting possession of that box of money, and he meant to get ft somehow. CHAPTER VI "Tell me where you've hidden that box, and I'll let you go," he said. I IN DESPERATE STRAITS. "Let me leave the barn, I tell you," cried Jack, in a fever of anxious impatience. "Do you want that girl to The recognition was mutual, and Grace, who had been drown?" particularly attracted to Jack since they first became ac"What do I care about the girl? I want thl!-t box of quainted, smiled up at him and waved her book. money." \ are you doing np there, Jack?" she asked. '"You'll never get it," replied Jack, desperately. But the boy, standing forty feet above her, made no "We'll see about that," replied Ezra, grimly, advancing reply. on the boy. He was casting his eyes along the face of the bluff, wo.nPerceiving that a collision with bis uncle was immidering how he could extricate the girl' from her danger.ems ,nent, and knowrng that if Mr. Stapleton got hold of him predicament he would not be able to get away to Grace's rescue, he "What are you looking at, Jack?" she said, not underlooked around for some weapon with which to defend him' etanding his actions. self. "Don't get frightene(l, Grace, but t1rn tide is coming in A three-pronged fork, used for tossing hay and manure, and you are cut off from the inlet,'' he answered. stood against the wall within reach of his hand. His words woke Grace up to a sense o{ her peril, and He grabbed it up and presented the points toward his looking toward the entrance of the inlet she saw, to her nncle. terror, that she could not return the way she had come. "If you don't leave me alone," he cried resolutely, "I'll "Save me, Jack, save me!" she cried, in frightened ac-pin you against the wall with this fork." cents. "You'll do what?" roared his uncle, furiously. "I'll save you somehow, never fear," he replied, reassur"I'll stick you, and, by ChTistopher, I mean what I ingly. say." "You can't come down, nor can I climb up. Oh, dear, Jack ;tunge"d at Mr. Stapleton in such a threatening I'll be drowned when the water comes in." .way that Ezra started back with an oath of astonishment "NO_, you won't. Climb up on the rocks as fat as. you and some trepidation. can go and sit there until I can run to our barn and get "Get away from that door, do you hear?" cried the boy, a rope." making another demonstration with the pitchfork. "Oh, don't go away and leave me here alone," she wailThe prongs actually came against the farmer's chest. ed. "Are you crazy?" he demanded, retreating before the "I must. There is no way to reach you except with a lad's resolute front, backed by the sharp steel prongs. rope: Keep up your courage until I come back." "Yes, I'm c1'j)zy," retorted Jack, making a final thrust Without waiting to hear the girl's reply, he turned that completely demoralized the farmer, and caused liim around and sped back toward the farmhouse. to jump backward on the floor of the barn. As he leaped the fence into the barnyard he saw Ezra Taking instant advantage of his chance, Jack threw Stapleton coming from the stone field. clown the forlr, sprang out of the door, and ran for the He lqoked like a wreck, or his face was puffed out and point. bleeding. He reached the dead tree out of breath, and looked down As soon as he saw the boy he started for him. at the patch of beach. Jack saw him coming, and made quick time for the It was entirely covered with the water by this time, barn. while the terrified girl was perched on a rock a few feet He knew where a coil of stout rope hung from a peg in above the fl.ow of the tide. the wall, and be seized it, threw it across his shoulder, and "Here I am, Grace,'' said Jack, as he unshipped the started to get out before his uncle blocked his way. coil of rope from his back. He was a trifle too late, for. before he could reach the Grace gave a little cry of joy at seeing him once more, door Mr. Stapleton's six feet of bone and flesh filled the and pointed shudderingly at the fast-rising water. opening. l'I'll have you out of there in a few minutes," said


THE ROAD TO WEALTH. 11 Jack, beginning to tie one end 1 of the rope around the trunk of the tree She watched his motions anxiously. After te s ting the hold of the rope on the tree by pulling on it he threw the balance of the coil down to the girl. with the agility of a monkey, he swung off the bluff gliding down the line, stood by her side. "Put your arms around my neck, Grace, and hold on for your life while I shin up the rope." The girl obeyed, and then Jack grasped the rope and prepared to mount to the top of the bluff. At that moment the face of Ezra Stapleton appeared along s ide the tree above. "So you' re down there, are you," he laughed sardonical ly. "I guess J've got you I want you, you ungrate ful cub. T e ll me where you've hidden that box of money or I'll cut the rope and let you stay there." "Out the rope!" cried Jack. "Can't you see that Grace Mun s on is down here, too, and that I'm trying to save her?" "I don't care who's down there. I want that money, and I'm goin' to have it, or you're goin' to the con s equences/' "For heaven' s s ake, Uncle Stapleton, don't interfere with me now, and I'll give you a part of the money." "No, you won't. You'll give it all to me. :rm y our guardeen, and it's my duty to take charge of all that be to you. Where i s it? Tell me or I'll slash .th e rope," and the farmer flashed out his jack-knife and held H against the rope. Jack was getting desperate. The water was already swirling about the rocks within a few inches of their feet, and the prospect was growing more hazardous every minute. Ezra Stapleton clearly held the lrny to the situation, anc1 he was ugl y enough at that moment to push to the cracking point. Jack hated to reveal the hiding place of the money-box after all the trouble he hac1 been to in s ecuri:iig it, for he knew .that that would be the last he ever would see of the gold. And yet the lif e of Grace Munson was more precious by far than the cont ents of that box For him s elf he was not particularly c;oncernec1. The water was comparatively calm, anc1 he could swim lik e a fis h. If Grace was only out of danger he could laugh at his unc le' s thre at. An idea struc k him how to get out of his dilemma. "Let g o of my neck; G;ace," he said. The girl obeyed. The n he tiec1 the end or the rope securely around her wai s t. "Haul h e r up Uncl e Stapleton." "Tell m e whe re you've hidden the box and I'll do it,,. said the fox y rarn1er. 1 "I won't tell you a thing till yo\! pull he1; up," replied Jack firmly. "Then she don't come up." "Do you want to be responsible.-for her death?" pleaded Jack. "I didn't put her down there, so I ain't responsibl(ll for nothin'," answered Mr. Stapleton. "If you're so anxious to get her up here tell me where you put the box, and up she comes." With the water now splashing about their shoes Jack was more desperate than ever. "Will you pull her up right away if I tell you?" "Yes." "Before you look for the box?" "I'll agree to that." "The box is hidden in--!' Something hard struc;k against Jack's leg at that mo ment, and he turned to see what it was. He uttered a yell or delight, for the object was a small rowboat. CHAPTER VIL .A. DISHEARTENING DISCOVER'\'. Extending hi s foot over the of the boat, Jac. k cad the rope loose from Grace's waist, and then swung her into the little cra!t, following her himself. A howl or disappointment floated down from the far mer on the summit of the bluff, who saw, that he wa3 euchered at the moment when things were apparently coming his way. As Jack seized the pair of oars lying across the seats he gazed triumphantly up at his discomfitted relative. "I'll skin you alive when I catch you!" roared Ezra Stapleton, shaking his fist at his nephe\v. Jack made no reply, but rowed around the point and into the inlet. Grace seemed bewilc1e: red by the sudden transition from imminent peril to actual safety, as well as by the hostile attitude show_ n to them by Mr. Stapleton. -"Oh, Jack, what is the matter with your uncle? He couldn't have meant to leave us on the rocks to be washed off by the water." "No," replied the boy, who wished to shield his aunt's hu s band from the con s equences o! his violent conduct in volving the girl's safety, "he was just trying to bring me to terms." 1 "About what? He spoke about a hidden box of money. What did he mean?" "I'll tell you ir .,you promise not to say a word abOut it, even to Bob." "I'll promise, or course." "I found a tin box full of twenty-dollar gold pieces about an hour ago on that' acre of ground willed to me by Matthew Truesdale." '


THE ROAD TO WEALTH. "You did!" exclaimed Grace, in astonishment. I way, Grace, what brought you away out on the point this "Yes. Mr. Stapleton saw my find and wanted to appromorning?" priate it to his own use. I objeded, because I conside1 I "I was in the humor for taking a long walk, and it the money belongs to me, as I discovered it on my own I occurred to me that it would be delightful to sit out there property What he would have done to me in the field l facing the Sound and read a new book I got yesterday can't say-he looked mad enough to kill me-if Andy Mcfrom the village library.'; Pike hadn't interfered, giving me the chance to run off "Surely you knew that the point is a dangerous place as with the box. I hid it in a safe place, and now l\fr. Sta soon as the tide begins to rise." pleton seems determined to make me tell him where I put "Yes, I've heard about' it often enough, but I got so it. This I am determined not to if I can possibly help interested in the book that I forgot all about the ;flight of myself time When I tell mother what nearly happened to me I "How much money did you find?" guess I'll get a good scolding "I didn't count it; but I am sure there must be more "Well, you'll do me OI).e favor, won't you?" he asked than a thousand dollars." her. "I'm so glad you were so fortunate, Jack," said Grace, earnestly "Thank you, Grace. I am you are my friend." "Of course I am. And I want you to know that I am very grate;ful to you for saving me from being drowned on the point." "I don't think you would actually have been drowned there if you had even been alone as long as you kept your wits about you. The tide would scarcely have risen higher than yo11r knees while you stood un that rock, and as the water was calm you ought not to have been washed off." "Even if I was as fortunate as you say I should have been obliged to stand in the water for hours before the tide went down. Just think how frightened and uncom fortable I would have been. You saved me from all that, arld I shan't forget what you've done for me as long as I live "I am very glad I was able to render you a service, Grace," replied Jack, earnestly. "I would do anything in the world for you, because you're Bob's sister, and because-well, because I like you." "And I like you, too, Jack," with a little blush. "I always have, and I shall like you a hundred times more after this." Her words made the boy very happy. She was a pretty girl, with sapphire-blue eyes and golden hair, a figure, and a manner distinctly charming She never made any secret of her preference for Jack's society, and the boy always felt flattered by her friendly attitude. The pleasure of having her all by himself in a boat that sunshiny morning was a pleasure he had not anticipated I enJoymg As lie rowed up the inlet he forgot for the time being the unpleasant situation he was up against on the farm, the outcome of which was problematical. "Isn't it funny that this boat came along just when we needed it?" said Grace at lengt}:l, after a short silence. "It was mighty lucky for both of us, especially for me, as it pulled me out of a tight corner. I was just about to Teveal the hiding place of that box to Mr. Stapleton when the gunwale of this boat,. struck me on the leg. By the "A hundred if you want, Jack. What is it?" "Don't say a word about Mr. Stapleton If his actions on the bluff got around folks would talk. I have no doubt but your father would be very angry to think that my uncle would hesit1Lte for a moment to pull you out of a dangerous predicament, when it was within his power to do S(), or interfere with my efforts to rescue you." "I won't mention him at all, Jack," Grace assured him. "Thank you." "It's a lovely day on the water, isn't it?" she said, after another pause. "It is," he answered. "I'm afraid I shall have a run-in with Mr: Stapleton when I get back," he added, as the thought recurred to him. ".Oh, I hope not," replied Grace, with a look of concern. "He's bound to keep at me about that box of money. He is rather short of funds because he hasn't attended to the farm as he should have for over a year. Tho s e twenty-dollar gold pieces would put him on his feet again. If I could trust him at all, and that he would put the money to good use for the actual benefit of himself and my aunt, I wouldn't mind letting him have haif of my find; but I feel sure he woold only squander the money to no good purpose. That's why I don't mean to let him have any. I intend to use it to help my aunt, and for another purpose I have in my mind." "I've heard father say that your uncle is letting himself and li.i farm go to the dogs, and that he thinks it will only be a question of time before the farm will have to Le sold." "As long as I have money i won't let it come to that. Aunt likes the place, ancl l\fr. Stapleton's conduct is a great trial to her.'' Jaok rowed up to the landing-place in front of the : i\Iunson property, and helped Grace ashore. "I'll tie this boat here and you can tell Bob how it came into my pof'f\ef'sion. If he can find out who the boat belongs to I'll return it, or the man can come here ancl get it. It is possible that it may have been lost by some coasting vessel, or it loose from some wharf and floated away." Jack left Grace at the gate leading to her home and walked on his own place.


THE ROAD TO WEALTH. 13 He walked up the lane, keeping a wary eye out for his uncle, for he was very doubtful as to the reception he might receive at the hands of Mr. Stapleton. He wanted to see Andy first, but as there was no sign of him in sight he concluded that he was either repairing the wall down the road, or had gone back to work in the fields. When he reached the vicinity of the house he looked around for his uncle, 1but he wasn't to be seen, either. Then all once it occurred to him that it was possible that Mr. Stapleton might have discovered the box of money in the tree. The possibility of such a thing gave him a shock. "I shan't feel easy until I make sure that he hasn't," he said to himself. "I'll go out to the point of the bluff anc1 investigate." Accordingly he got over the fence into his long and narrow acre, and made his way to the dead tree. To his great relief the stones were, or seemed to be, in exactly the same position he had left them. Ezra Stapleton had removed the rope from the dead trunk and carried it away. "The box is all right, that's some satisfaction," he said, turning to retrace his steps. After going a few yards he stopped. Something suggested that he had better make sure that the box was still in the ti;ee. So he went back, removed the stones, and thrust in his hand. He uttered a cry of dismay. The box was gone. CHAPTER VIII. JACK DECIDES TO SHADOW HIS UNCLE, There wasn't any doubt in the boy's mind as to who had taken the box. His uncle had evidently felt sure that Jack bad hidden the box somewhere on the point, and as he had failed to worm the secret from him he had looked around 9n his own account to see if he could find it. A's the ground was moist he followed Jack's footprints to the tree where he easily saw how the boy had paused there. The stones lying against the roots of the withered tree no doubt had aroused his curiosity, and he had pulled th e m away. That revealed the hole. Ile had inserted his hand and found the box, of course, to bi s intense satisfaction. The n he had replaced the stones in their former position to deceive Jack, when he came there to look, that the box wai; s till there. It was very like his uncle to do such a trick. The boy was overcome by the sense of his loss. He felt confident that the money was now lost to him forever. He was very much discouraged, for he had intended to use some of that cash to prosecute his investigations with reference to the wreck of the Caliope in the inlet, with its treasure box containing a quarter of a mil lion in English sovereigns. He had persuaded himself that there was little doubt as to the identity of the lost vessel, on account of the brief survey he had obtained of the deck of the wreck. This being so, ?-e was just as confident that the money was there, too, awaiting the lucky person who brought the proper means to bear upon it. Until he had found the box of gold coin be bad been contented to let matters take their course with respect to the recovery of the treasure, because he couldn't help himself; but now, after having had the means of achiev ing that object placed so unexpectedly within his grasp, and then to lose it almost in the same breath, his disap pointment was intense. As he sat on a boulder in a most unhappy frame of mind tis eyes lighted on a glistening object a few feet away. He went over and picked it up. It was a twenty-dollar gold-piece-one which had evi dently slipped out of the box while Ezra Stapleton was carrying it away, and had rolled aside un:r;10ticed by the farmer. Jack g_azed at it mournfully. It was worth twenty good dollars, but that fact afforded the boy very little satisfaction at that moment. He felt that it was the only share of his find that he ever would have the satisfaction of handling. Slipping it into his pocket, he walked sorrowfully away. Jack didn't go near the house till he heard his aunt ring the bell announcing that dinner was on the table. As he ci;-ossed the yard he saw Andy coming up the lane. He sat down on the saw-horse and waited for him to come up, feeling that he would rather go inside with Andy than by himself. As the hired hand entered the yard Jack thought he looked kind of funny. The closer he approached the queerer he looked. Soon Jack saw that Andy had a black eye, and that his face was swollen. "What the dickens is the matter wilh you, Andy?" "N othin' much,'' gri:r;med the hired hand. "You look as if you'd been fighting." "I guess that's about right." "Who were you fighting with?" "I thought you knew." Jack shook his head. "I suppose you remember that I interfered between you and your uncle this', and gave you a chance to get away from him?" "Yes, I remember, and I am much obliged to you for doing so. Do you melJ.n to say that you and Mr. Stapleton came to blows?" "It kind of looked that way for several minutes. When


THE ROAD TO WEALTH . we quit we each had somethin' to remember the other. lie lt was quite patent to the lad that his aunt knew n oth gave me this eye, and bruised me some, and I skinned lll)" ing about the matle{ at all, which was no surprise to him, knuck,les on his hard face. I got :first blood, so I'm he did not suppose that his uncle would take her into :tied." his confidence. , "My gracious! So you actually fought with Mr. StapleHe wondered where Mr. Stapleton haJ conceale the ton:" money-box, but he had no great hopes that his relative "Yes, and I found that he has a pretty hard fist. He would let him get wind of its whereabouts. didn't lick me, though he tried hard enough while the There were a dozen places where his uncle might have scrap lasted. We only :pad one round, but it was a good hidden it with perfect security, as far as he was concerneu, one. When we stopped to breathe he sent me down to the and he had no doubt that Mr. Stapleton would keep a road to repai:r the fence. I haven't seen him since. Have sharp eye upon it. you?" When Jack had :finished his dinner he accompanied "Yes, I have. He caught me in the barn, but I staved Andy to the barn, and there detailed to him the events of him off with a pitchfork. Then-but I'll tell you about it the morning. after dinner, if I get the chance." It was the first intimationlhat Andy had had of Jack's They both washed up at a bucket and then entered the discovery of the box of money, and he was naturally askitchen, where the table was spread. tonished to learn about it. \ JUr. Stapleton and his wife were already eating dinner. The boy told him how he had hidden it in the base of The little woman looked surprised at Andy's bu'nrd-up the .dead tree at the end of the point, and that there was countenance. no doubt Mr. Stapleton had fmu;d it and carried it atvay. "Why, Andy, what happened to you?" "There was over $1,000 in gold in that box," said Jack It was clear that she was wholly in the dark as to the in a discom:aged tone. "It belongs to me by rights, but stirring events of the morn ing. I'll never see it again now." "Oh, I had a little argument with-well, a person on ''If I was you, Jack, I wouldn't do another stroke oI .Tack's land, and I from the effects of work on this place until you have found it again," saicl it." Ancly, nodding his head vigorously. Mrs. Stapleton looked inquiringly at her husband, "How will tlfat help me to find it?" asked the boy. whose not over-prepossessing features bore a number of "What you want to do is to watch Mr. Stapleton wherevidences of a similar kind of argument. ever he goes about the fann. He's bound to go to the He was smiling sardonically, as if something gave him place where he's concealed the box in order to get some of secret satisfaction. the money when he wants it. You must start in right As the smile was largely directed at Jack, and the lad away, before he. suspects your purpose, for he doesn't observed it, he was at no great loss to account for the know that you have missed the box yet. Watch out that reason of it. he doesn't get on to you." Mr. Stapleton was chuckling to himself at having out"I guess he has hidden that box in his room in the witted the boy, and gotten possession. of a valuable prize. house, and I can't shadow hii.n there. He might go in his He had no idea that his nephew had as yet discovered room a dozen times a day, and I never would be able to see his loss. what he did there." As the meal progressed Ezra gave plenty of evidence "I don't believe he took it to his room, as he wouldn't that his anger had melted away, and that he was feeling want his wife to know anything about the money, ancl uncommonly good. he knows she might walk into the room any time when Mrs. Stapleton was rather puzzled to account for her he was there and catch sight o"f the coin. He may have husband's manner, as well as Andy's bruised aspect. taken it up to the garret, or he may have hidden it in the She guessed was her husband and the hired man barn here. Or he may have buried it in a corner of the who had had the argument in question, and she wondered tnlCk patch, or under one of the boulders in your field." that no further results had "come out of it. "Yes, there are lots of places where he may l1ave put As for Jack, she supposed he had been a.t work all mornit." ing. "That's right," admitted Andy "By keeping a close Mr. Sta,pleton' :finished his dinner and left the table eye on his movements you may l;Je able to find ont in time. withbut issuing any orders to his nephew. He will probalJly only take out one or two of the gold He went into the yard, lighted his pipe, walked over pieces at a time, as he needs the money. He will try and to the nearest fence, and leaned upon it, with his eyes make it last a good while." fixed upon the distant spire of the village church "A thousand dollars ought to last him some time, if he Jack could see him through the open kitchen doorway, only means to spend it on himself," replied Jack. and the bgy wondered if his uncle ;was :figuring what he "Well, it's up to you, Jack, to see that he doesn't spend would dd with the box of money he had got possession of it on himself, or in any other way. Juiit you do as. I say 1 in such an underhanded way. -watch him."


THE ROAD TO WEALTII. 15 Thus speaking, Andy went back to his job on the stone wall. Jack thought the hired man's advice good, and deter mined to act on it. He looked out of the barn door and saw his uncle still smoking his pipe by the fence. "I'll go up into the loft and watch him to see what he"ll do next. Usually he goes to the village after dinner. It's a wonder he hasn't gone before this, especially as he prob ably has several twenty-dollar gold pieces in his pocket." So Jack went up the stairs, passed through the open trap-door, and took up his position at one of the small window openings that commanded a view of the spot where Ezra Stapleton was standing. In ten minutes l\Ir. Stapleton knocked out the ashel" from his pipe, put it into his pocket, walked toward the house. Mrs. Stapleton came to the kitchen door with a pan 0 dirty water, and emptied it on the ground. Jack saw his uncle stop and talk to her Then he looked all around the barnyard, and finally walkec\. toward the barn. As soon as Jack saw he was coming into the building he whipped off his shoes, and crept over to the trap-door to take a peep of his movements below. He saw Mr. Stapleton pry into every nook and cor:i; of the floor below, and :finally come toward the stairs. "He's coming up here," breathed the boy. "I must hide quick." On the spur of the moment he burrowed into a pile of loose hay, and lay very still indeed. His uncle came up through the trap, walked aroum1 the loft, peeping behind every box and obstruction that might serve as a place of concealment for anyone, and then Jack saw him turn down th. e trap and place a weight on it. Apparently he was satisfied that he was alone. After going to two of the windows and looking out over the landscape, he walked over to a chest full of grain, groped about for a moment or two, and then pulled out the precious tin box. Jack drew a short, gasping breath, and his eyes spar kled with satisfaction. \\'ith a piece of cord, replaced the box in the bin, taking care to foTce it deep d?wn into the grain, opened the trap, and went down the stairs. In a few mim1te s .Tack left his place of concealment, ran to the window overlooking the barnyard, and saw his uncle walking toward the lane. Ile watched him as long as he remained in sight, and then turned away with a light heart. "'l'hfa is a regular game of hide-and-seek," he chucklerl. "I hid the box and then Mr. Stapleton nosed around till he found it. Then he hid it, and I have discovered it once more. If he gets hold of it again I ought to be kick ed." He walked to the bin and inside of a minute dug 1ip the money-box . "I never thought to see you again," he said, gazing at it fondly. He carried it over to the window where he could keep his eye on the lane. "I guess Mr. Stapleton has gone to the village, all right. It'll be safe for me to waste a few minutes counting the money, for I want to know how much I'm worth." He untied the cord, threw open the cover, and began to count the golden coin. When he had :finished the job he found that there was $2,600 in the box. "That's more than I thought there was," he saicl, in a tone of great satisfacl:ion "It's a regular windfall; I'll bet Mr. Stapleton feels pretty good now. He won't feel quite so happy the next time he looks into that bin." The boy chuckled as he pictmed his uncle's consterna tion when he found out that the box had disappeared. "He'll feel just like I did when I put my hand into the hollo w of the tree and found that the box was not there, and it will serve him right." The next question that concerned him was where should he secrete the box with a reasonable certainty that it would not be disturbed. Not in his room, for that fa where Mr. Stapleton wol!lld be sure to look as soon as he missed the box from the bin. Finally he decided to bury it somewhere. Taking the box under his arm, Jack left the loft and the barn. Going out into a small patch of woods near the point, he selected a certain tree that was different from the others and buried the box at its roots, carefully obliteratCHAPTER IX. ing all traces of the 01mation. Then he left the spot, and went down to the road, where THE ELUSIVE TREASURE BOX. Andy was rebuilding the dilapidated wall. '.\ "Well," said the hired man, "your uncle passed along Mr. Stapleton brushed away the dust from a spot on this way half an hour ago on his way to the village." the floor, and then scatir,ig himself with the box between "That's what I supposed, for I watched him go down his legs, took out a handful of the money and began to the lane." count it. "He didn't you to work this afteronon, did he?" He repeated this operation until he had ascertained the "No." amount the box contained. "I guess he expects you to help nie. You'd better Then he pnt the money back, tied the cover down again in and give me a hand."


16 THE RO_\D TO \YK\LTII. "_\lJ righl," agreed Jack. "You seem to Le .feelin' goo

'l'HE J\O.\D TO WEA'LTH. inteutlc> l l i.o call at the house, anclthe patch of woods was b e hind the house and not in the track of a visitor. While Jack was gazing blankly on the ground he saw an object lying near the hole. 1Ie looked to see what it was. It proved to be an ivory-ha11cllccl penknife. "I'll bet that was dropped by the person who stole my box," muttered Jack, as he examined it. It was an expensive four-bladed knife, and across each side was a silver plate. On one of the plates a name was engraved. Jack easily deciphered it. It was "Herbert Gleason." "It can't be that he was down here on the farm," breathed Jack. "What could bring him here?" 'l'his question was easier asked than answered. Jack could think of no reason to account for Herbert's presence there. He and Herbert were not friends, or even associates. Herbert looked down on him with a species of scorn as being a common farmer's boy. Therefore he wouldn't visit the farm to see him. "Maybe Herbert lost his knife, ancl the person who stole my box .found it awhile ago, and accidentally dropped or left it here." Still that was but pure conjectlfre. After Jack had somewhat recovered his composure he walked about the little wood hunting for some other clew te the thief. He found nothing else that would throw light on the party who had dug up the box. Finally he walked out on the edge of the bluff and look ed down at the beach below. This was not the same patch of beach which Grace Mun&on had been marooned on. It was separated from that spot by an inaccessible spur of rock that jutted out into Vineyard Sound and cut the line of shore into two parts. It was impossible to walk from one to the other, even at low tide. At the base of the said spur of rock on that side was a small marine cavern. It was possible to enter it when the tide was low. When the tide was up it was full of water and the en trance entirely covered. The tide was about two-thirds flood when Jack looked down. The distance between where he stood and the half submerged beach was about twenty-five feet. This section of the bluff was not all rock, but largely an admixture of earth. Any boy or man could climb up and down it by using an ordinary amount of deA-terity. Thence the shore line led around and up another nar row inlet almost to the village. Jack stood, as we have said, on the edge of the bluff, looking down at the water and pondering upon the situa tion. Suddenly something happened. 'I'he section oC earth on which he stood gave away with out warning, and the boy went sprawling down to thP shore with more haste than grace He landed in a heap within a foot of the water's edge. "Gee whizz !"he ejaculated, sitting up in some bewild erment. "Talk about coasting, that was a peach of a slide. And so unexpected, too. It's a mighty good thing for me that I didn't light on a rock, for I should in that case probably have been stunned, and then if I remained unconscious long enough the tide would have put me out o.f business for good and all." He got on his feet and looked up at the top of the bluff. "It won't take me long to get back, at any rate," he saitl to himself. He was about to climb when he saw the setting sun gli&. tening on some object at the water's edge, and near mouth of the marine cavern, which was nearly covered by the tide. He walked over and looked at it. Then he stooped and picked it up. It was a tarnished twenty-dollar gold piece. He stood spellbound. This coin had surely come out of his stolen box. What had brought it here? He looked carefully around and saw a boy's footprints in the sand. They pointed directly at the ca'l"e. From these two clews Jack made the following deduc tions: That the person who had stolen the money box was a boy. That to avoid observation he had gone into the eave to examine the interior of the box, for the tide was low three hours or so before, when Jack buried the box. 'l'hat, having ascerta'ined its valuable contents, he had doubtless carried it off along the shore to his home in the village. If his line of reasoning was correct, and it looked that way, then the money was as good as lost to him. Jack tried to peer into the cave, though why he did so he couldn't have explained, as it was impossible for him to make out anything there. Finally he turned away from it and traced the steps to a point that showed. where the boy had come down from the bluff above. From that point they led direct to the cave. The boy's footsteps in the other direction, that is to ward the village, entirely wiped out under the water. "That settles it," thought Jack. "The only thing I can do now is to go to the village and visit some of the stores, say the bake shop and the candy stores, and ask the owners to make a note of any boy who offers a twenty-do!lar gold piPce in payment for a purchase. I'll tell them that the money, if it has a tar.nished look, is stolen coin,


1 8 THE ROAD TO WEALTH. and that they must give me the name of the boy offering comes a strange boy who digs it up and carries it off. All such a piece of money, but that they must not alarm the this in one clay. Yes, it i remarkable, for a fact." boy by accusing him of theft. Yes, I think by that means "Howev er, I haven't given up all hope of it I may be able to get on the track of iny money. Twentyback again." dollar gold pieces are not a current coin in the village, and "Haven't you? I should after all that. How do you are not often taken from the bank, supposing that the expect to it?" \:Jank has any, which I think is doubtful." Jack told him how he hac1 figured on getting on the As that seemed a pretty good line of action to take in track of it. the matter, and promised results, unless the boy was an "'rhat isn't a bad way. I never should have thought of unusually foxy youth, Jack climbed to the top of the bluff that. You've a great head, Jack. I believe you'r!:J a born and retraced his steps to the farm3'ard, where he found detective." Andy impatiendy waifr::g for him to return and go swim-' "Oh, I "on't know," replied the boy. "It isn't such a ming. great idea. Most anybody would think 0 that. If the CHAPTER XI. WHA'.IJ HAPPENED ON THE SHORE AT MIDNIGHT. "What kept you so long, Jack?" said Andy. "Couldn't you decide how much money you wanted to take out of the box?" "You won't fall in a fit if I tell you something, will money was in bills I couldn't work it quite so well, unless the bills were larger ones. But as it is all in twenty-dollar gold pieces, and a gooc1 many of them are tarnished, it is easier A twenty-dollar piece is not often tendered in payment for a purchase to a storekeeper, especially by a boy. The circumstance is easily remembered, so that's the way I expect to get on to the thief, though the finding of the knife almost establishes his identity already." you?" asked Jack. "What do you mean by that?" asked the wonderingly. "If I was you I'd make it my business to watch Herbert hired man, Gleason to-morrow . You don't think that he hid the box "A very remarkable thing has happened." "Has it? .Let's hear what it is." "That money box has disappeared again." "What!" exclaimed Andj, incredulously. "The box gone again? Come, now, you're j okin', ain't you?" "I wish I was." "Oh, I see. That's what kept you so long. You've for gottfen under which tree you buried it." "It's worse than that. Some boy was sneaking around in the woods when I hid it. He watched me, and when I ;vent away he c1ug it up and carried it off." Andy looked hard at Jack, as i he found the story hard to swallow. "You say it was some boy. How do you know it was a boy if yo\l didn't see him do it?" "In the first place, I found a penknife belonging to Herbert Gleason near the vacant hole. In the next I found ;where a poy had gone down to the beach, walke{l to that marine cavern under the ledge with the box--" "How could you tell that?" "I know it was a boy by his tracks in the sanc1, and I know he carried the box there because I found one of my twenty-dollar gold pieces in the sand near the mouth of the cavern." "This is a straight story, is it?" "Perfectly straight." '\.Well, if that doesn't beat the Dutch. One would think that box was bewitched. Here you find a box full of money in your field this morning and you carry it off and hide it. Your uncle discovers the box where you put it and he hides it in the grain bin in the loft of the barn. Then you watch and find out its place, thus getting it back again. You go and bury it in the woods. Along in the cavern, do you?" "No, I think he's taken it home with him. nothing to prevent him doing so." not," replied Andy thoughtfully. way, is Gleason a foxy kind of boy?" "I'm not sure whether he is or not." There was "By the "What was he doing in our woods anyway?" "You've got me. I'm not certain that the boy who stole the box Gleason." "Isn't the knife evidence enough?" "It is not conclusive, because he might lost the k nife. The thief might have been a village boy who had founcl it." "I don't agree with you. IThe chances are against that supposition. Now it is my idea that whoever found that box hid it in the cavern for a purpose." "What purpose?" "He didn't want to carry it through the village to his home i n daylight, lest somebody should notice it under his arm and a1terwarc1 report the fact if you circulated the news through the village that you had lost such a box. In a small village like Fairdale, where everybody knows everybody else, and the smallest intelligence fl.ys rapidly from mouth to mouth, it's very hard to .keep anything secret. If Gleason is a slick youngster he'd co:usider all the chances before he took any risk. He'd know that thP. box was perfectly safe in the cavem while the tide was up. No one can got into that hole much before midnight. What's to prevent him from going back there at that hour and taking the box homo when everybody is in bed? No one is likely to see him carrying a box under his arm at that time. That's the way I would do it." Andy's argument rather impressed Jack. It was plausible, at any rate.


THE ROAD TO WEALTH. "Well," 11e, after a moment's reflection, "I can test the matter by lying in at the top of the bluff at midnight to see if anyone goes to the cavern." "I would. I'll keep you company ." "But you've got to get up at half-past four. You'll lose half of your sleep." "I don't mind that." "If you don't mind it I shall be glad to have you with me, for it will be a lonesome job." t'Then that's settled Now we'll go in swimmin' I see the boys haven't comeeyet." 'rhey had reached the shore of the inlet by this time, and, taking off their clothes, were soon splashing around in the water. The majority of the village boys went swimming in their own inlet, but a few, who were particularly friendly with the farm laqs in that vicinity, cam1,1 over to that place at sundown. Jack and Andy left about the time the otheis began to put in an appearance, as they had quite a bit of work to do before dark. Mr. Stapleton didn't come home until supper was over. He was in a particularly jolly mood and his breath put one in mind of a distillery. He his wi.fe by throwing her a handful of small bills, amounting in all to about $30, and he accom panied the gift with the remark that she was "a good old girl." He handed Andy $10 on account of his wages and told him he'd give him the balance of his money in a day or two. He even went so far as to hand a dollar to Jack, with a grin and a chuckle-=-something he had never done before. "He evidently considers himself a made man,'' said Andy to J aek; "but he'll change his tune when he finds that box has gone from the bin." "All I'm afraid of is that he'll make the place too hot for me," replied the boy, "and I don't want to leave.'' "You won't have to leave if I can help it,'' answered the hired man in a determined tone, Mr. Stapleton went to bed immediately after supper, and his wife followed at nine o'clo9k. Jack and Andy sat in the kitchen and talked until ten; then they quietly left the house and took theH' way through the wood to the ec1ge of the bluff where Jack ha.d had his tumble. The b ,oy pointed out to his companion the spot where he had taken his involuntary slide, ancl the two had a laugh over it. It was a moonlight night, which rather favored their purpose, for they could see the line of the shore all the way to whern it turned up at the ueigbboring inlet. It might have been eleven o'clock, and the tide was ebbing fast, when Andy thumped Jack on the arm and called his attention to two moving objects approaching from down the beach. "If one oI thot:>e is Herbert Gleason he must have taken his cousin into his confidence," said Jack. "It begins to look as if your idea was the right one-that he hid the money box in the marine cavern with the intention 0 removing it during darkness." "That's just what I said," replied Andy. As the newcomers clrew closer, however, the watchers : lying at full length on the bluff, saw that they were nol boys at all, but a couple of men. They came straight on, passed directly under the spot where Jack and Andy lay and up to the projecting spu of rock. As they couldn't go any further, they came to a stop. By their actions it looked as though they were strangers in that and had expected to find a continuous line of beach around the point. After a coilsultation, during which they looked up at the bluff Reveral times, they sat down in the shadow of a huge boulder, no doubt to rest. Both men produced pipes, lit them and smoked away. "I wonder who they are?" asked Jack. Andy couldn't tell him, so their identity remaiMd a mystery. < Fifteen minutes passed and then another figure ap peared down the beach coming in that direction. There wasn't any doubt about its being a boy. He was walking along close to the water's edge an.a seemed to be in a hurry. "That's Herbert for a dollar,'' said Jack in some excitement. "He's after the box. He'll never go into the cavern with those two men there. I wonder what he'll do when he sees them?" Herbert Gleason, however, kept right on, and it was soon apparent to the watchers that he did not notice the two men who sat smoking in the shadow of the boulder right under the bluff. Herbert went straight up to the spur of outlying rock and looked into the hole that was not yet quite emptiec1 of water. His acti9ns 1mtnrally attracted the attention of the two men, who watched him to seewhat he was up to there at that unusual hour. "Herbert is likely to meet with a surprise when he fetches the tin box out of that cavern," said Jack, "for I'll bet those two men will want to know what's in the box. This is going to matters awkward for us, Andy.'' -_ 'rhe box is yours, Jack, so I reckon we're not going to let it get away from us without a fight. Go into the woods and find a couple of s tout limbs that will answer for cudgels. I'm gain' to sec that we get the box or know the reason why not." Jack agreed with Andy. If the money box was going to figure in the proceed ings, as he felt 5ure it would, he was game for a struggle to possession of it. So he went to the patch of woods and soon returned


20 THE ROAD TO WEALTH. with a couple of sticks that promised to answer for service able weapons. Herbert was still standing near the cavern waiting for the water to subside so he could enter without wetting his feet. The men hadn't moved, and were evidently watching lfim with some interest. At length the water receded enough for Herbert's pur pose, and he disappeared into the hole. After an interval of five minutes the men got up and approached the cavern. "Maybe they think that's an underground road to the other side of the spur of rock," said Jack. "They may think so," replied Andy. Just then Herbert Gleason reappeared with something under his arm. He started back with dismay when he came face to face with the two men. 1 What they said to him LJ.either Jack nor Andy could hear at that distance, but they saw Herbert jump to one and dart off down the beach. The men ran after him, and being swifter on their feet and unencumbered, they overtook the village dude at a point opposite where the watchers lay on the blu.ff. One grabbed the from under Herbert's arm, while the other held .him, and' then the boy uttered a cry :for help. "Come on, Jack, it's time we interfered," cried Andy, springing to his feet. Gripping their cudgels ready for instant action, they slid down side of the Muff 'in the twinkling of an eye. CHAPTER XII. and then the _hired man quiekly picked up the revolver with his left hand. In the meantime Jack and his opponent had closed in a struggle for the mastery. They staggered about, and finally went down on the beach, with the boy on top. The club had fallen from his hand, but for all that Jack was able to hold his own with his antagonist. "What did you chaps attack that boy for?" he demanded of the fellow under him. An imprecation was the only replf he received. "Let him up," said Andy, who had backed up near him, after put the man out of business. Jack got off his adversary and the fellow scrambled on his feet. i After favoring the lad with a vindictive scowl he walked over to his companjon, who was nursing his injured arm, arid muttering hard expressions against Andy. The hired hand paid no furthei attention to him, but picked up the tin box and told Jack to follow him. "Here, I want my gun," said the fellow who had lost his weapon. "Not much. Do you take me for a fool? Wait here till wo reach the top of the bluff and then I'll throw it down to you," said Andy. He and Jack crawled up the. declivity, and when they had reached the top Andy looked down at the pair of dis comfited strangers. "Here's your revolver," he said. But befoae tossing it down he took the precaution to the six chambers into the air. Then he and Jack left the spot and hurried to the farmhouse. "Where are you goin' to hide the box now?" he asked SAVED FROM THE FLAMES. Jack as they walked along. Jack and Andy's sudden unexpeded appearance on "Blessed if I know. I'm afraid to hide it again for the scene took the two men completely by surprise. fear of losing it once more." "Drop that box!" cried Granger, flourishing his stick go in the barn and consider the matter," replied over the head of the fellow who had possession of it. Andy. "Drop that boy!" roared Andy, making for the man As soon as he opened the big door and closed it after who had hold Herbert. them he lighted one of the lanterns that hung from pegs Both the box and the boy were relinquished by the men in an upright post. 1 in order to defend themselves, but they stood their ground Securing the door on the inside, he led the way to the pluckily, ad one of them fl.ashed a revolver from his hip loft. pocket and cocked it. Plaoing the lantern on the floor, he and Jack squatted' Herbert, as soon as he found himself at liberty, made a down on the boards. clash down the beach,_ without thinking any more about Jack undid the string and removed the cover. the box, so frightened was he. The Jight fl.ashed on the gold coins. The glinting of the moonlight on the barrel of the re"They'reall there, thank goodness," said the boy. "At volver attracted Andy's attention to it, and quick as a least I don't miss any." :tiash he sprang at the man and brought the stick down on mrhey look good," remarked Andy. !'So there's $2,600 his arm. there, eh?" The man uttered a sharp cry of pain, and the weapon "Herbert may have taken some out, or he may not. fell to the bt;ach. There's no way to tell e:rnept by recounting them, and I Andy followed up 11is advantage with another fierce guess it isn't worth while. Here's three for y ou Andy. r1emonstration with his cudgel. That squares your wages, with the ten dollars Mr. Staplerrhe fellow sprang back to evade the swing of the stick, ton gave you to-night."


THE ROAD TO WEALTH. 21 "Thanks," said Andy, pocketing the gold pieces. Presently Mr. Munson appeared at a front winuow ?n "Now here are five more for helping me recover the the second :floor, looked out and vanished in short order. box," and J ack held them out to his c ompanion. As and Andy arrived in front of the house anothe r "No," replied Andy. "I'm not going to charge you window was thrown up, right in the blazing part of the anythin' for what I did for you." building, and Grace Munson, in her night dress, thrust "You've got to take theni I make you a present of out her head and screamed for help. them," insisted Jack. "Good gracious!" cried Jack. "Look, Andy, lool ( accepted the $100 with some reluctance There's Grace Munson And the room i s on fire, too. "It's just like rob bin' you," he said. Why don't she make her escape downstairs?" "No, it is:q't. l it hadn't been for you I never woul d "Perhaps she's cut off from the door," he answere d have got the box back." "We'll ha.veto save her somehow. Andy had to acknowledge that there was some truth in "We must get a ladder then.'' said Jack in great excite "Now," said Jack, after putting another $100 in his "The trouble will be to find one in a hurry." a "We've got to fincl one." pocket that he meant to give his aunt., an retying up the box, "where shall I paj; it where it will be safe?" At that moment Bob came rushing out in the greates t "When your uncle misses it from the bin he'll search excitement. high and low to fincl it again, so it won't clo to put it any "You here, Jack," he exclaimed. "For gracious sake, where that he is at all likely to lo. ok," said Andy. help me sav,e my sister. I couldn't reach her room T h e Jack fully agreed with him on that point. hall is burning and thick with smoke. Something must They considered a number of places that they thought be done quick, or she'll be burned to c1eath." likely ones and at length decided to bui-y it in a certain "Where can we get a ladder?'' asked Jack. corner of the truck patch. "There's one at the back of the barn." "Then you two run and get it as as can. Y ou So, armed with a shovel, they went to the designated haven't a moment to lose. I'm going to try and reach spot and put the money box out of sight Grace another way while you're'.bringing it." As they were return. ing to the house a bright glare of The fire had increased i;;o rapidly during the few _light sprang up in the near, distance. minutes that Jack hart some cloubts whether it would be "Great Scott!" exclaimed Jack. "There's a fire It Possible to get the ladder up in time to save the girl, who must be the Munson house." 1 hacl fallen in a swoon across the window sill. ."Or their barn," said Andy "We must run over and The sight of a coil rope hanging from the limb of a tree help them close by had suggested another plan which 'he had resolved They started down the lane on the run, and as they toJut into instant execution, though it was a r isky t h i n g went the glare increased in intensity, and a cl6md of smoke for him to attempt. mounted and hung aloft in the still morning air. He had been in Bob's room on several occasions, and There was a hand engine in the village', operated by a knew how to reach it. Yolunteer company of firemen, but it would probably be I':om one of the windows it was possible to reach the some time before the machine could be brought to the scene of the fire roof by climbing up an iron waste pipe. It would take unco'llimon agility to swing himself up Jack and Andy leaped the gate at the end of the lane there, ancl nothing but the exigency of the moment and started in the direction of the inlet. have induced him to try it. They soon came in sight of the Munson farmhouse and Once up there, he could make his -yvay easily to t h e saw that the kitchen encl of the building was in :flames, blazing roof. wb'ich had by this time caught on to a portion of the The kitchen chimney ran up through the end of that second story and was crawling up toward the roof. section of the house. "I'm afraid they never will be able to save the house," By tying the around the brickwork he could let panted Jack as he ran beside Andy. himself down to within a couple of feet 'Of thP. window The hired man clid not answer except to call on the boy where Grace lay unconscious to make a fresh spurt. The scheme :flashed through his brain in a twinkling As they dashed through the gate, and up the ancl he lost no time in putting it1into e.ffect. driveway, 'the :flames were leaping through the roof at the Seeming coil of rope, he met Mr. and Mrs. Munson, rear of the house, and seemed to be just getting under full the latter only partially robed, coming out at the fro n t lieadway. door. The family had apparently just woke up to a realization "Vifhere are you going?" asked Mr. Munson, of the disaster which faced them, for Jack saw Bob Mun "To save Grace." I son, in shirt and trowsers, throw up his window on the ''Isn't she out of her room?" asked the farmer. "Bob third floor, look out a n d then disappear. went to arouse her and see that she got out."


/ 22 THE ROAD TO WEALTH. "He couldn't reach her, as the hallway is on fire and her room is cut off by the flames." "My heaven!" gasped Mr. Munson. Jack didn t wait to exchange another word, but dashed i nto the house and up the smoky stairs to Bob's room. Ouf of the w i ndow he c l imbed and grasped the iron pipe. Up this he shinned like a monkey, for the boy was as active a s a cat. Testing the stability of the gutterand finding it to be firm, Jack gave his body a swi.Q.g and threw on.e leg up .. ward. It caught on the coping of the roof 'fhen he threw up one hand and grasped the edge of the roof with that. It was a difficult job, though, to swing the rest of his body up and at the same time make sure of maintaining his equilibrium at the critical moment. If he failed the chances were in favor of his falling three stories and a half to the ground below. Jack, however, did no"t hesitate to make the attempt, and he was so fortunate a s to succeed to a nicety The n he scrambled to his feet, ran along the top of the front pa,rt of the housl,J and jumped on to the blazing.roof, where his situation was not a little precariou s A brief glance in the c1irecti9n of the barn showed Andy and Bob hurrying up with the ladder. But time was exceedingly precious now. The smoke was pouring out of the window above and around the unconscious girl, while the fire was blazin g right back of her. Jack hurriedly tied one encl of the rope around the chimney and threw the coil over the eave s From the elevated position, almo s t s urround e d b y the smoke and the flames that were fa s t enveloping the e ntire roof, the boy saw a dozen men from adjacent farms run ning toward the conflagration. Down the road he also saw the Fairdale fire engine com. ing on, drawn by a score of men. He took all this in at a quick glan ce, for h e had no tim e to ling e r in that dangerous pos ition, and the n h e c rawl e d the care s and slid down to the level of the window -of Grace s room Swinging forwarc\, he land e d in the mid s t of a B tifling smok e tha t nearly caused him to los e his presence of inind and hi s hold on the sa s h. Stracldiin g the s ill, h e lilted Grace up until h e got a firm hold of h e r around the body, then, turning the several times around his arm, he pu s hed himself his precious bmden out of the window. He swung back on a line with the chimney, and the strain that came on his one arm was terrible for a moment and dragged him downward faster than he had antici pated }fr. Mun s on, however, was on to break his fall and catch his daughter in his aTmS, but for all that Jack coll apsed in a heap r on the grass. But what of that? He had accomplished ills heroic object and saved the life of Grace. CHAPTER XII1. 1\IR. STAPLETON FINDS HIMSELF BLOOKED. Mr Munson carried the limp form of Grace to his wife t o revive 'B y thi s time the flames were s eemingly carrying ever y thing b e for e them, and there looked to be little hope of saving an y part of the Munson home. In the absence of any wind, the fire burned straight upward, while the s moke hung like a pall immedfa tely above the conflagration ,,,. With a jingling of bells the Fairdale fire eompany dash ed up to the farmhous e and b e fore many minutes a couple of stream s wer e turned on the fire, pumped from the well and the cis tern. Jack, Andy and Bob bu s i e d the mselves carrying the mos t valuable part of the Mun s on property from the burn in g buildin g The volunt e er firemen worked good effect, assi s t e d a s they wer e b y the utter absence of wind, that in a v er y s hort time they had the unqe r control. 'It was c onfin e d to the r e ar s ection of the hou s e, wheTe ii brok e out but a s a matter of course other part s of the buil d in g w e r e damaged b y the smoke and water. B y three o 'cloc k the fir e was pra c tically out and twenty minu tes late r afte r a sear c hin g examination, the foreman of the fire compa ny declar e d that it was all out and the firemen to o k up their march ba'ck for the village. Mr s Mun son, Grace and the hired girl had taken up tempora ry quart e r s at the barn, whe re they clothed them. selves in s u c h g arment s a s Bob got from his mother' s closet s i n the front room. W hen t h e t was all over Jack and Andy s aid they w e r e g oing h o m e Jack however 0was not p ermitted to leave until he bad recei ved the g r a t e ful thank s for hi s plu c ky and s ucces s ful efforts i n Gr ace's b-ehalf from father, mother and the girl h e rself. B o b h a d alread y thank e d his chum for the rescue of hi s s i s t er, a nd h a d assure d Jac k that he would never forget h i s s ervices a s lon g as h e liv e d "We've had a night of it for fair,'' And y s aid, a s the pair walk e d bac k to the Stapl e ton farm. "No use of turn in g in now, for the sun will b e up in less than a hour." "Oh, I don t fe e l a bit s leep y,'' r eturne d Jack. "The onl y thi n g that tTOubles m o i s m y a rm,_ whic h i s s or e and lam e from the wre n c hin g it got." "You' r e a p lu c k y boy, J ack," s ai d And y admirin g ly. "You took a good ma11y c h a nces goin up on tha t burnin' roof. But if it hadn t b e en for your effo r ts I am afraid that i t mi ght h ave gone hard wit h :Munson daught e r ." "I did wliat I thought was the ri ght thing und e r the


THE ROAD TO WEALTH. 23 circumslauces. ] knew was in great peril, and I "Tell me this instant what you did with it." couldn"t tell how long it woukl lake to bring up that "I'd rather not. It's my money, and I'd prefer to have ladder, so when I saw the coil of rope on the tree charge of it myself." the scheme which I put into execution flashed through "You're under age, and I'm your guardeen. The law my mind." says that I must take charge of any property belongin' to When they reached the house neither Mr. nor Mrs. you, do you hear?" Stapleton was stirring yet, so they opened up the barn and "Yes, sir." started their usual morning labor s "Then go and get that money and hand it o ver to me." At five o'clock smoke issued from the kitchen chimney, "I have a special use :for that money myself," protested which showed that Mrs. Stapleton was up and doing. Jack. Jack entered the kitchen with a pail of water and then "I don't care what use you have for it, you haven't no surprised her with the news o.f the partial destruction of right to use it.. I'm responsible to the law for that money the Munson farmhouse. and I'm goin' to take charge of it" While they were talking Ezra Stapleton made his apJack was silent. pearance. "Did you hear what I said?" bellowed Ezra Stapleton. He had slept off his boozy condition, and was in fairly "I heard you, sir." good humor for him. "Then do as I tell you." Jack had to repeat the story of the fire for his Jack turned on bis heel and walked back to the farm-It gave Mr. Stapleton a good deal of satisfaction, for yard, followed by his uncle. he did not like farmer Munson, on account of that man's "Where did you bide it?" asked the farmer as the boy criticisms of his shift less conduct. walked into the kitchen. bet I'm as_ well off as Munson now," he "Aunt Mary," said Jack, "I want to tell you someof the tm box full of twenty dollar gold pieces thing." lying, as he in the grain bin. "Y d 't t t" t 11" her about that . ou nee n was e no une e m Mr. Stapleton did_ not discover for severa l days, money," said Mr. Stapleton, who bad a decided objection as he had no occasion to replemsh his store of pocket t h h' 'f 1 ht d th b"ect 0 avmg ia wi e en ig ene on e su J money. When he did find out that the money box had vanished he acted like a wild man. He made a beeline f.or .Tack the first thing and accused him of taking it. Jack paid no attention to him. "Aunt Mary, I found a tin box full of money in my field yesterday morning." "My gracious!" exclaimed Mrs. Stapleton in great astonishment. "Here's $100 of it that I want you to have to buy your self some clothes and things that you need," and he placed five twenty-dollar gold pieces in her hand. "I paid Andy "You did, eh? Show me the tree this instant, yon the balance due him for wages to date, so that squares his young cub." account with the farm. The rest of the money I think I The boy did not deny the fact. "What did you do with it?" demanded his uncle fiercely. "I buried it at the foot of a tree in the woods." Jack piloted him to the spot where the open hole still have a right to do with u s 1 choose." remained as evidence. "No, you ain't got no right to do anythin' with it," in"What's this?" exclaimed Mr. Stapleton, gazing at the hole at the root of the tree. terjected :Mr. Stapleton, angrily. "Mr. Stapleton wants to take that money away from "That's the hole I c1i;g to hide the box," replied Jack. "But you've dug it up again." "No, I didn't." "I say you did. Can't I see?" "One of the village boys was sneaking around here when I buried the box; then when I went away he dug it up and carried it off." "That's a lie," roared Ezra, in a passion. "No, it isn't a lie. I can prove it by Andy McPike." "Do you mean to say that one of the boys of the village me," continued the boy. "I've a right to take it away from him," insisted the farmer. "He'll spend it foolishly, and it's my duty to see that he doesn't. I'm his guardeen, and the law says I must take charge of all that belongs to him." "If I could trust -you, Mr. Stapleton, I wouldn't mind giving you the money provided I had no use :for it right away.;' "How dare you talk to me that way, you young mon key?" roared the farmer, angrily. has that money now?" howled the irate farmer. "No. He did have it; but I discovered he had hidden it in the marine cavern on the shore, so Andy and I got it "You know that you would spend that money in the village," said Jack, not in the least intimidated by his uncle's attitude. "So if I gave it to anybody to keep for an air of me I'd give it to aunt." back." "Oh, you did," replied Mr. Stapleton with relief. "Well, where is it now?" "It's safe, I hope." "You'll give me that money now o r I'll flog the back o _ff you," shouted Ezra Stapleton, striding forward.


24 THE ROAD TO WEALTH. Jack s pran g out of his w a y and put the kitchen table The farmer h adn't a word to s a y to the boy one way or between him and the furious man. t h e oth e r except with r e f e r e nce to farm work. "Rzra," s aid hi s wife, firmly, "let Jack alone." Jack was p e rfe c tly s ati sfie d with the changed order of "You ain't got no right to interfere in this matter," things retorted the farmer, sulkily. One evening, in s t e ad ofgoing home to hi s s upper he "Yes, I have," she ans wered, a bit s harply. "Jack is a accompanied Bob to l1is house, the burnt part of whic h had good boy, He's my own fle sh and blood, and I wqn't have just been rebuilt. him whipped for nothing." "I've brought Jack to take supper with u s thi s even"He's no right to keep that money," persisted Mr. in g," said Bob to his mother. S\apleton, glowering at Jack. "I'm very glad you have," said Mrs. Mun s on. "He i s a "He found it, didn't he?" she asked. very welcome visitor." "That don't make no manner of difference." "Thank you, Mr s Munson," said Jack, politely. "I "Yes it If he found it it is his mon ey." appreciate your kindness in saying so." "I didn t say it wasn't bis moiiey; but he's under age, "You forget how much we owe you, Jack," replied the and the law--" lady, gratefully. "Never mind the law, Ezra. You do what is right by "I hope you won't let that worry you, Mrs Mun s on," the '' _laughed Jack. "That's what I want to do. I want to tak e c harg e of it "I trust you understand that we are all very grateful to for him." you for what you did for Grac e ." His wife had no more confid e nce in hi ability to "I am s ure you are, Mr s Mun son. But you couldn't charge of the money than Jac k had, and s h e intimated as think that I would stand by and see her burn up without much. trying to save her. I don't think I did more than my "I didn't think you'd go back on me that way, Mary duty." said her husband, pretending to be d e eply gri e ved at h e r "It i sn't every boy, or man either who would have taken attitude. the risk you did to rescue our child. None of us will 1 ever "If I've lost confidence in you, Ezra, it's your own forget your heroic conduct." fault," repli e d hi s wife. "You are wasting your time and Mrs. Munson turned to the s tove and Bob piloted Jack substance at the village tavern and elsewhere. The farm into the s itting-room, where his sister was reading. has been going to ruin thi s la s t year, and y ou hav e n t paid "Why Jack Granger cried Grace, in a pleased tone, any attention to anything I said about it. H you keep on holding out her hand to him, "I'm ever so glad to see this way I don t know what you e xpect to come to.. I 've you." done all I can to bring you to your s en s e s but it doesn't "Same here," said Jack, s haking hands with her. seem to do any good. You re determined to have your "You' re looking quite well, and as pretty as ever." own way. I suppose in the end we'll have to go to the "Thank you for the compliment," replied Grace, with poorhouse." a blush. "No, you won't, Aunt Mary," put in Jack. "Not as "Come on upstairs," said Bob. long a s I can help it. H Mr. Stapleton would only turn It is possible that Jack would have preferred to remain oYer a new leaf and look after the farm a s he used to do, in the room and talk to his friend's sister, but he did not I'll give you money enough to straighten things up." indicate s uch a preference. "Do yon hear that, Ezra?" said his wife. "Have you "What are you going to do with yourself on the Fourth, the conscience to beat a boy that's willing to do his best Jack?" a s ked Bob, after he had shown his friend a curious for us? You ought to apologiz e to him for your conduct, looking beetl e he had impri s oned under a tumbler. and you ought to take advantag e of his kindness." The Fourth of July was then two days off. l\fr. Stapleton certainly did look a bit ashame

'l'H] ROAD 'rO WEALTH. ==========:.:::======================== = : _-_---=.:.:.-\ "Do you think +1e object?" I don't imagine he will. He's behaving pretty de cent to me of late." "Glad to hear it. It's about time be quit sitting on your neck." "Look here, Bob, I've got a ::;ecrct to tell you." "What is it?" asked Bob, curiously. "It'll surprise you." "Will it? I'm ready to be su!prised then," grinned Bob. "You know that long and narrow strip of ground on the edge of the bluff that old Matthew Truesdale left to me in his will?" "Sure I do. What about it?" "I found a tin box under a stone in that field the other day." "Did you? What was in it?" "Money." "Money!" cried Bob, in surprise. "How much?" "There was so;mething over $2,600 in twenty-dollar gold pieces." "How much?" gasped Bob. Jack repeated his statement. "Is this one of your jokes, Jack?" "No, it's the solemn truth:' "You actuaHy found a tin box under a stone in that :fiell with $2,600 in gold in it?" "I did." Jack then gave his friend a full account or the adven tures 0: the money box from the time it came into his bands until he. and Andy buried it in the corner of the truck patch just before they discovered that. the Munson farmhouse was on fire. "Geewillilcins You had the deuce of a time with it, didn't you?" "I should say that I did," replied Jack. "Are you sure it's safe now?" "I hope it is.,1' "Did you look to see if it was?" "No. I'm willing to take the chances sooner than let Mr. Stapleton get wise to its hiding place. He keeps a sharp watt;h on my actions in the hope that he may find out where I have bidden it." "Y.ou' cl never see it again if he got hold of it once more." "I'm afraid not." "Does your aunt know where it is?" "No.. No one but Andy besides myself." "Andy can be trusted, I suppose." "I'm willing to trust him, at any rate. He's all right." "Tha. t money ought to be in a bank where it would be earning interest foT you,'' said Bob. "It's a shame to let it lie there to no purpose." "Well, fm going to use some Of it soon." "In what way?" "You cou1dn't guess, I suppose?" Bob shook his head. "I was thinking of going to Bo ston foT the purpo::-:e of buying a diving suit, and air-pump and other parapher nalia for exploring the wreck of the ship }n the inlet, which I believe to be the Caliope." "You don't mean it." "I do mean it. Of couTse I would have to take prnc tical lessons in the use of the suit and the apparatus. Now I thought if you would go along, and your father would let you remain in Boston with me for awhile, I'll foot all the bills, you could take lessons, too; that is, in working the pump, for I expect to do the under-water work myself, and when we both were judged to be compe tent to use the outfit that we would bring it down here, ;md then we'd try to find out if that treasure box was in the cabin of the vessel, or in the mud if the cabin has \ rotted away." "Say, that will be great. I'm with you, bet your life, ad I don't ask you to divide any of your :findings with me either. I'm willing to go into it for the fun of the thing." "No, I'm going to give you the fifth of anything I find. If we should uncover tlie treasure chest, with its quarter of a million English gold, that will mean all of $50,000 for you .1 "Fifty thousand dollars!" ejaculated Bob. "Why, that i.:; five times what my father is worth." "What's the odds? It will be handy to have one of these days." "Bet your life it will." Accordingly the two boys arranged a little programme between them which included a couple of weeks or' longer stay in Boston, if. Mr. Munson had no objection. CHAPTER XV. JACK LEkRNS. SOMETI;rING ABOUT THE DIVING BUSINESS. At the supper table it was duly arranged that Jack was tu go to Boston with Mr. Munson and Bob on the morn ing of the Fofilth. Subsequently Jack interviewed Mr. Munson on the lnore important subject that was uppermost in his mind, which involved at least a fortnight's stay in Boston of himself and Bob. "I have business in the city that I think will take tllo weeks, and I want Bob with me for company. I have the money io pay his expenses and my own," he said. Mr. Munson at first was inclined to object to the ar rangement and questioned Jack as to the character of the business that would cletain him in the capital. Jack then saw that it would be necessary to take Bob's father to a certain extent into his confidence, so he frankly exp lained the whole matter, without revealing the part of the inlet where the wreck lay buried in the mud. He also told Mr. Munson about his :finding the money box. He said he intended to take it with him to the city when they went and depo sit the money in a savings bank. Mr. Munson listene d to Jack's story in some astonish ment. I


THE ROAD TO WEALTH. He congratulated the boy on finding so much money in One of the farmer's hired hands went along to bring tho the stony field and told him that as they would remain in rig back. Boston until the fifth he would go with him to a good bank They reached Boston about noon, .and went to a ruodand see his money was deposited to his credit. crate priced hotel for dinner, after which the three went As for the supposed treasure in the wreck in the inlet, out to see the sights and enjoy themselves. he was inclined to regard the project of hunting for it as After supper took in the fireworks at a big enclosed somewhat visionary; still if Jack was absolutely bent on park, and went to bed around midnight. undertaking the scheme he said he would give it his coun Next morning Mr. Munson hunted up a savings bank, tenance provided the matter was put through in a sensible and Jack was duly accepted as a depositor. and safe way. Then they obtained the address of a wrecking company He proposed that while they were in Boston to consult and made a call on the president. with a wrecking company, and to have a competent man Mr. Munson explained the object o.f their visit. sent down to supervise the work with the necessary ap-He wanted a diving plant sent clown to his farm in paratus. charge of a man experienced in Hs operation. If the manager of the company thought that Jack, with The wreck that was to be explored was only a few some instruction, could safely undertake the diving part yards the surface a: low water. oI the affair, well good; if not, then a professional Indicatmg Jack, be boy. would do the under diver would have to ue engaged or the scheme abandoned. water work if properly mstructed rn the use of the div J ack agreed to Mr. 1\Iunson's propos ition and thanked ing-suit. J1im for his encom:agement. Then he asked what the company's terms would be un. Next morning at breakfast Jack said that he had been cler the conditions suggested. invited to go to Boston with Mr. Munson and Bob to spend The president asked a number of questions, many of the Fourth in the city, and he presumed there was no them addressed to Jack. objection to his going He said the arrangement was an unusual one, but he guessed it could be put thr011gh. Mr. Stapleton looked rather pleased than otherwise and he had no obj edion to Jack's trip to Boston. 'I'he fact of the matter was he was secretly glad to be rid of his nephew for a day, so that he could make a search of tiie barn and other outhouses for the money hox. When his uncle was out of earshot Jack told his aunt that he expected to be away several days at least. He also told her that he intended to take his }TIOI1ey to the city and deposit it in a Boston savings ],Jank. He further told her that the money was always at her E;ervice. when she it for any whatsoever. "You've always stood up for me, Aunt Mary," he said, "and I mean to stand by you." "Thank you, Jack,'' she replie'd, kissing him in a moth erly way. "You're a good boy, and I hope you will always be happy and prosperous." That night Jack told Andy to dig up the box for him the first thing in the morning, wrap it up in paper and hide it at some spot down the lane where he could get on his way to Mr, Munson's Andy promised to do so. When Jack turned out at half-past five Andy told him on the quiet where he would find the box. After breakfast he bade his uncle and aunt good-by, and started for the Munson farm. He found the box all right, and taking it under his arm walked along the short stretch of road as blithe as a bird. Mr. Munson and Bob were waiting for him with the light wagon already hitched to a fast mare which was to take them several miles across the country to the railroad station. One of his experts would give the boy tHe requisite in structions, and would put him through a practical test at a certain point in the harbor where the company was doing some diving work for the city. Then he stated that the company's terms would be so much per day from the time the man and the outfit left Boston until both were returned to the city. This being agreed on, the president wrote a to the diver in charge o.f the work in Boston harbor, and instructed him to nt the lad for the work in contemplation. dinner Mr. Munson and the two boys set out for the spot where the company was at work. On arriving at the place they founa that Jack was expected, as the president had communicated with the expert by phone. A diving suit that was just about the boy's size had been 8ent to the float, and after the diver had fully explained things to .Jack he was told to put the suit on, which he did. The boy felt as if he never could get around with the weighted boot attachment, for each foot felt as if it weighed a ton. The diver told him that he wouldn't notice this impedi-ment under the water_ .._ Finally the metallic headpiece was screwed on his shoul ders, and then Jack looked like a very curious object in deed. A ladder extended from the float down into the water .. As soon as the diver had adjusted his own headpiece he descended this ladder and disappeared from sight. Then Jack, according to previous directio11s, followed him.


THE ROAD TO WEALTH. His sensations were peculiar as he slowly descendci.l inLo the shallow depths of that part of the harbor. He found the diver at the bottom waiting for him "ith a portable hand electric light arrangement that illumi nated the water well enough for all practical purposes. The boy took his first practical lesson in the divers' business, and before he returned to the float and the light of clay again he had acquired considerable confidence and skill in underwater operations He was told to co'!ne again on the following morning, wi1en he would receive his final instructions and another practical lesson which the diver said ought to fit him to undertake the business he had in view. CHAPTER XVI. \ THE ROAD TO WEALTH. On the seventh of July the party, accompanied by one of the wrecking company's employees and the diving out fit, arrived at the railroad station nearest to the village 0 Fairdale. Mr. Munson had telegraphed for a suitable wagon to meet them, and they found it waiting the arrival of the train. The apparatus was loaded on the vehicle, the party got in with it, and the trip was made back to the Munson arm The locality of the wreck was inspected, and tlien, while the construction of a good-sized anc1 solid raft was begun under direction of the company's man, Jack re turned to his uncle'p, farm. Mr. Stapleton looked rather sour and unforbidding, having, as a matter 0 course, failed t.o find the money box, though he had hunted hard for it during the three days Jack was away He didn't say anything, however, but the boy got a hint of what had transpired from Andy, who had noticed what the :farmer was up to, and had been secretly laughing in his sleeve at him. Jack stated at the supper table that he would be over at the Munson farm probably all of next day. Mr. Stapleton was curious learn what business was taking him there. As Jack wouldn't gratify his curiosity, he refused to let the boy go. Jack said he had to go, and appealed to his aunt, who supported him in the matter, so that in the encl he had his own way. After attending to his morning chores and helping Andy at the barn, Jack started for the Munson farm fully prepared to make his first essay as a diver on his own account. Mr. Munson, Bob, the man from the wrecking c o m pany, and the outfit, were waiting for him tci put in his appearance. All hands immediately jumped into the wagon, and were driven to the point along the inlet where the com pleted raft was' moored. This raft will answer first class for a swimming-stage when we are through with it,'' remarked Bob "That's what it will," replied Jack. The diving outfit was carried aboard the float, and t!w air-pump placed in position. Then the raft was pulled out to a spot almos t above the wreck. By that time Jack was inside of his diving-dress. Aft()r receiving some words of advice from the man in charge, the helmet was secured over his head, a n d Jack started to descend the l adder which had been wei ghted a.nc1 placed in position. In a few moments he was under water, and a dozen steps downward landed him on the deck of the derelict. With the portable electric illuminator in his hand the boy looked around him "\Vhile it was true that the deck of the wreck was thick with mud, the bulwarks, with the old-time caronnades thrust through damaged port-holes, easi l y demonstr a ted I that be was treading above the planks of what had once been a good-Aized craft. In front of him Was the high poop cabin .section, still ii:i a fair state of preservation. The doo1 stood wide open, just as it had bee n pus h e d back by the water, and the interior looked as b l ack as the ace of spades. This was the lad's objective point, and he hoped that his investigations therein would be attended with success. He had not noticed this part of the vessel during his brief dive that afternoon when he made his discovery o f the existence of the wreck . Not having a very accurate idea 0 the constructi o n 0 vessels with poop decks, especially the high poops of a century previous, he had entertained the belief that the way to the cabin, as well as to the hold, was through a kind of hole or hatchway cut in the deck. He was therefore surprised, as well as pleased, to find that all he had to do was to walk straight in through the open doorway, without even the necessity of goi n g down a number of brass-bound stairs, as he had seen in yachts ancl brigs. Accordingly; he lost no time in entering the cabin of the vessel, without even noticing the word Caliope in large and partially obliterated letters under the break of 1 ho poop. The electric light threw a sufficient radiance around lhe place for him to easily make ont the outlines of the cabin. The stump of the mizzenmast rose through the muc1covered deck, and pierced the roof Abaft of this was a long table littered with the tured remains of the skylight that once covered the obl ong hole above. A careful inspection of the sides of the cabin shmrnd the tarnished evidences of numerous gilt moldings, and pictured panels. Six doors opened off into as many staterooms, and Jack examined each in turn, finding nothing therein that 'looked


.THE ROAD TO WEALTH. like a trea s ure-chest, but m an y thin gs that he meant to bring up later on as curiosities. An open doorway facing the rudder post ushered the boy into the more spaciou s of the rooms, which had evi dently been the captain' s private cabin. He saw many things here that intere s ted him as h e flashed his electric light around the place. At la s t he noticed an object like a chest standing in one corner. Going up to it he saw that it was a bras s -bound oak box imbedded in a. thick layer of s lime that hid half of proportions. "This must be the treasure box," he breathed excitedly "I have had much less trouble getting at it than I expected. But ho' w can we get it out of this place? It be heavy, and it certainly is well anchored. The onl y way will be to break it open and bring the money up piecemeal." With one la s t glance around the cabin he returned to the deck by the way he came, and soon reappeared up the ladder, like some mon s ter emerging from the s ea . A s soon a s he s tepped on to the fl.oat he was relieved of the bulky helmet and breathed again the fre s h pure morn ing air of the inlet. He hastened to tell Mr. Munson and Bob what he had seen below. Half an hour later Jack went down again, this time armed with a sharp hatchet. He splintered the cover, and tearing the broken woo d away the electric light revealed numerou s small bags, filling the che st almo s t level with the top. Jack took a couple and returned to the float. Mr. Mun s on cut open one of the bag s and a fl.ow of Eng lish sovereigns rolled out in hi s hand. Bob and his father at onc e rowed to the s hore to get a number of stout meal bag s to hold the recovered treasure and a bucket and a line to rais e it to the surface with. When they returned the bucket was weighed with a stone to carry it down, and Jack accompanied it. Noon came before they had all the tre a s ur e bag s on the raft, but they did not pau se, except to give Jack interval s for rest above water. The treasure, which on being s ubsequently counted found to foot up a little over 50,000 pounds sterling, or a quarter of a million in American money, was carried to the Munson house and carefully stowed away for the time being. Toward the close of the afternoon, Jack paid a final visit to the wreck, sendin g up numerou s trophie s that h e found in the cabin, including pik es, cutlasses,, and pistols, that he discovered banging from a rack. The float was then toward to the beach and secured for the use of bathers, the diving outfit loaded on the farm wagon once more, and the wreck abandoned for good. Next day the employee of the wrecking company was driven with the apparatus to the station, and took the train back to Boston. He c arried in his pocket a sub s tantial present from Jack that made him fe e l that the two day s he had spent down near Vineyard Sound were the mos t profitable ones in hi s life. A few days afterward Mr. Mun s on, Ja,ck, and Bob con veyed the 50,000 pounds Engli s h money to Bos ton, where it was di spos ed of at the current rate of exchang e to the sub-tr e a s ury to be remelted into Ame rican money. Jac k kept hi s promi s e and presented Bob with $50,000 thou g h hi s lriend d e clared that h e was not entitled to it, as his part of the job had been cut out. Mr. Stapleton was a much astoni s hed man when he learned of the wealth that had fallen to hi s nephew and be g an to put in hi s claim to tak e charge of it for Jack's benefit. His efforts came to nau ght, a s Jack applied to the courts to have Mr. Mun s on appointed to be his le g al guar dian on the ground that Mr. Stapleton 's re c ord was not s ufficientl y s atisfactory. A s Jack's aunt side d with him, Mr Munson dul y appointed and gave bond s for the proper di s charge of hi s trus t. Jac k, however told Mr. Stapleton if he would a reef in hi s bac1 habits he would put him on hi s feet a g ain and the farmer, after hi s cha grin had subsided, accepted hi s offer, and made hi s wife liappY. a g ain by resuming hi s former position as a re s pectable member of the community Tac k quit -farm work and prepared himself for college. Both he and Bob s ub s equ e ntl y entered Harvard, and in four y ear s graduated with the average honors. Jac k then bought from hi s uncle enough of the point to e nable him to e rect a fine res idence c ommanding an unobs tru c ted vi e w of Vineyard and Nantucket So1;1nds. The hou s e was furni s h e d throu g hout in accordance with Grace Munson's tas te s for s oon after its equipment that now charming young lad y became Mr s Jack Granger. While they were awa y on their honeymoon the poor lookin g Stapl e ton farmhou s e was demoli s hed and a cosy and s ub s tantial home for the boy s uncle and aunt to pass the re s t of their lives in was built down near the road that led to the village. And now, reader having told my story, I leave in the full posse s sion of health happiness and abundant pro s perity th e grown boy who through his own exertions found the road to wealth. THE END. R e ad "ON THE WING: OR, THE YOUNG MER CURY OF WALL STREET," which will be the next number (78) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. Jf you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive tlte copie& you order by return mail.


WILD. WEST WEEKLY A magazine Containing Stotties, Sketehes, ete., of Westettn hif e, ::B-Y-.A.N'" C>X...J:> SCC>"UT 32 PAGES PBICE 5 CENTS. 32 PAGES. EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED COVER. All of these exciting stories are founded on facts. Young Wild West is a hero with whom the author was acquainted. His daring deeds and thrilling adventures have never ):Jeen surpassed. They form the base of the most dashing stories ever publiiihed. Read the following numbers of this most interesting mag'lzine and be convinced: LATEST ISSUES : 201 Young Wild West and the Silver Queen; or, The Fate of the Mystic Ten. 172 Young Wild West of Death. and, "Montana Mose" ; or, Arletta's Messenger 202 Young Wild West Striking It. Rieb; or, Arletta and the Cave ot Gold. 173 Young Wild West at Grizzly Gulch; or, The Shot that Saved the Camp. 174 Young Wild West on the Warpath; or, Arietta Among the Ara pahoes. 175 Young Wild West and "Nebraska Nick": or, 'l'he Cattle Thieves ot the Platte. 176 Young Wild West and the Magic Mine; or, How Arletta Solved a Mystery. 177 Young Wlld West as a Cavalry Scout: or, Saving the Settlers. 178 Young Wild West Beating the Bandits; or, Arietta's Best Shot. 179 Young Wild West and "Crazy Hawk"; or, The Redskins' Last Raid. 180 Young Wild West Chasing the Cowboys; or, Al"letta the Lariat Queen. 181 Young Wild West and the Treacherous Trapper; or, Lost In the Great North Woods. 182 Young Wild West' s Dash to Deadwood; or, Arletta and the Kidnappers. 183 Young Wild West's 8ilver Scoop; or, Cleaning Up a Hundred Thousand. 184 Young Wild West and the Oregon Outlaws; or, Arletta as a "Judge." 185 Young Wild West and "Mexican Matt"; or, Routing the !lawhide Rangers. 186 Young Wild West and the Comanche Queen; or, Arletta as an Archer. 187 Young Wild West and the "Gold Ring"; or, The Flashy Five or Four Flush. 188 Young Wild West's Double Rescue; or, Arletta's Race With Death. 189 Young Wild West and the Texas Rangers; or, Crooked Work on the Rio Grande. 190 Young Wild West"s Branding Bee; or, Arletta and the Cow Punchers. 191 West and His Partners' Pile, and How Arletta 192 Young Wild West at Diamond Dip; or, Arletta's Secret Foe. 193 Young Wild West's Buckhorn Bowle, and How I'.: Saved His Partners. 194 Young Wild West In the Haunted Hllls; or, Arletta and the Azti.c Arrow. 195 Young Wild West's Cowboy Dance; or, Arletta's Annoying Ad mlrer. Young Wild West's Double Shot: or, Cheyenne Charlie's Lite Line. 197 West at Gold Gorge: or, Arletta and the Drop or 198 Young Wild West and the Gulf Gang; or, Arletta's Three Shots. 199 Young Wild West's Treasure Trove; or, '!'he Wonderful Luck ot the Girls. 200 Young Wild West's Leap In the Dark; or, Arletta and the Under ground Stream. 203 Young Wild West' s Relay Race; or, The Fight at Fort Feather. 204 Young Wild West and th2 "Crooked Cowboys" ; or, Arletta and the Cattle Stampede. 205 Young Wild West at Sizzling Fork; or, A Hot Time With the Claim Jumpers. 206 Yoong Wild West and "Big Buffalo"; or, Arletta at the Stakt. 207 Young Wild West Raiding the Raiders; or, The Vengeance of tha Vigilante. 208 Young Wild West's Royal Flush; or, Arletta and the Gamblers. 209 Young Wild West and the Prairie Pirates; or, The Fight for th" Box of Gold. 210 Young Wild West Daring Death; or, How the Sorrel Saved Arl etta. 211 Young Wild West Corrallng the Comanches; or, Arletta and the Sliver Tomahawk. 212 Young Wild West at Spangle Springs; or, Tbe Toughest Town ID Texas. 213 Young Wild West and the Renegade Ranchman; or, Arletta ID a Trap. 214 Young Wild West's Gold Dust Drift; or, Losing a Cool Million. 215 Young Wild West and the Overland Outlaws; or, Arletta'& Deatla Charm. 216 Young Wild West and the Ace of or, A Human Pack or Carda. 217 Young Wild West at Death Valley; or, Arletta and the Clltr or Qold. 218 Young Wild West and the Bowle Band; or, A Hot Hunt tn the Horse Hllls. 219 Young Wild West and the Apache Princess; or, Arletta' Fierce Foe. 220 Young Wild West's Bucking Bronchos; or, The Picnic at Panther Pass. 221 Young Wild West's Cowboy Charm; or, Arletta and the Border Bandits. 222 Young Wild West's Lucky Lode; or, Making a Thousand Doi Iara a Minute. 223 Young Wild West and the California Coiners; or, Arletta at Bay. 224 Young Wild West Raking In Riches; or, Arletta's Great Pan-Out. 225 Young Wild West Marked for Death; or, A Tough Time at Tomb stone. 226 Young Wild West Tralllng a 'l'raltor; or, Arletta's Triple Danger. 227 Young Wild West's Clever Cowboys: or, The Rough Riders ot the Ranc h 228 West and Geronimo: or, Arletta and the Apacha 229 Young Wild West Standing Pat; or, Cheyenne Charlie's Call. 230 Young Wjld_ West Hemmed In: or, Arlett11's Last Shot. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of th e American Revolution. By HARRY MOOR E. These st o ries ar e based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will comist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beauti ful colored cover. L A T E ST ISS UE S : 285 The Liberty Boye' Gallant Charge; or, The Bayonet Fight at Old Tappan. 250 The Liberty Boye "Stumped" ; or, The Big_gest Puzzle of All. 286 The Liberty Boye' Daring Raid; or, Hot Times at Verplanck' s 251 The Liberty Boys In New York Bay ; or, D1tllcult and Dangerous Point. 2;;2 Boys' Ow n Mark; or, Trouble for the Tories. 287 Thoen and Simon Kenton; or, Jl'lghtlng the British :i;;3 The Liberty Boye at Newport ; or, The Rhode Island Campaign. 288 The Liberty Boys Beaten ; or, Fighting at "Cock Hlll" Fort. :J;J4 'l'he Libe rty Boye and "Black Joe"; or, The Negro Who Helped. 289 The Liberty Boye and Major Kelly; or, The Brave Bridge-Cutte r :,!;;;) '!'be Liberty Boys Hard at Work; or, After the Marauders. 290 The Liberty Boye' Deadehot Band; or, General Wayne and the 2:i6 The Liberty Boys and the "Shirtmen" ; or, Helping the Virginia Mutineers. Ritlemen. 25 7 The Liberty Boys at Fort Nelson ; or, The Elizabeth River Cam291 The Liberty Boys at Fort Schuyler ; or, The Idiot of German palgn. Flats. 258 The Liberty Boye and Captain Betts; or, Trying to Down Tryon. 292 The Liberty Boys Out With Herkimer; or, Fighting the Battle 259 T h e Liberty Boys at Bemis Heights; or, Helping to Beat Bur of Oriskany. goyne 293 The Liberty Boys and Moll Pitcher; or, The Brave Woman Gun260 The Liberty Boys and t h e "Little Rebels" ; or, The Boys Who ner. Bothered the British. l 294 The Liberty Boye' Bold Dash; or, The Skirmish at Peekeklll Bay. 2 61 The Liberty Boys at New London ; or, The Fort Griswold Mas-295 The Liberty Boys and Rochambeau ; or, Fighting with French Alli es s acre. 296 The Liberty Boys at Staten Island; or, Spying Upon the British. 2 62 The Liberty I!oye and Thomd..l Jetrereon; or, How They Saved the 297 The J,lberty Boys With Putnam; or, Good Work In the Nutmeg Governo r State. 2 6 3 The Liberty Boys Banished; or, Sent Away by General Howe. 298 The Liberty Boys' Revenge ; or, Punishing the Tories. 264 The Liberty Boys at the State Line; or, Desperate Doings on the 299 The Liberty Boys at Dunderberg; or, The Fall of the Highland Forts. Dan River. 300 The Liberty Boys with Wayne; or, Daring Deeds at Stony Point. 265 T h e Libe rty Boys' Terrible Trip; or, On Time in Spite of Every 301 The Lib erty B ors as Cavalry Scouts; or, The Charge of Wasr.t h inl(. lngton's Brigade. 26 6 Boys' Setback; or, BeS'Ct by Redcoats, Redskins, and 302 The Liberty Boys on Ieland 6; or, The Patriot of the Delaware. 267 The Li berty Boys and the Swede; or, The Scandinavian Recruit. 803 The Liberty Boys' Gallant Stand; or. Rounding up the Redcoats. 268 The Liberty noys' Best Licks"; or, Working Hard to Win. 304 The Liberty Boys Outtlanked; or,\ The Battle of Fort MlfHln 269 The Liberty Boys at Rocky Mount; or, Helping General Sumter. 305 The Liberty Boys' Hot Fight; or, Cutting Their Way to Freedom. 27 0 The Liberty Boys and the Regulators; or, Running the Royalists 306 The Lll:lerty Boys' Night Attack; or, Fighting the Johnson to Cover. Greens. 2 71 The Liberty Bo : s after Fenton; or, The Tory Desperado. 307 The Liberty Boys and Brave Jane M'Crea; or, After the Spy of 2 7 2 The Liberty Boys and Captain Falls ; or, The Battle of Ram-Hubbardton. sour's Mills. 308 The Liberty Boy s at Wetzell'e Mill ; or, Cheated by the Britis h 27 3 The Liberty Boys at Brier Creek; or, Chasing the Enemy. 309 The Filberty Boys With Daniel Boone; or, The Battle of Blue 274 T h e Liberty Boys and the 111-ysterlous Frenchman; or, The Secret Licks. Messenger of King Louis. 310 The Liberty Boys' Girl Allies; or, The Patriot Sisters of '76. 27 5 The Llbe1ty Boys after the "Pine Robbers" ; or, The Monmouth 311 The Liberty Boys Hot Rally; or, Changing Defeat Into Vi ctory. County Maraudets. 312 The Liberty Boys Disappointed; or, Routed by the Redcoats. 2 7 6 T h e Liberty Boys and General Pickens; or, Chastising the Chero313 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, G etting out of New York kees. 314 The Liberty Boys at Sag Harbor; or, The Liveliest Day on Rec-277 T h e Liberty Boys at Blackstock's; or, '.rhe Battle of Tyger River. ord. 278 T h e Liberty Boys and the "Busy Bees" ; or, Lively Work all 315 The Liberty Boys in Danger; or, Warned In the Nick ot Time. Roun d 316 The Liberty Boys' Failure; or, Trying to Catch a Traitor. 2 7 9 The Liberty Boys and Emily Gelger; or, After the Tory Scouts. 317 The Liberty Boys at Fort Herkimer; or, Out Against the R e d 28 0 T h e Liberty Boys' 200-Mile Retreat; or, Chased from Catawba to skins. Virginia. 318 The Liberty Boys' Dark Day; or, In the Face of Defeat. 2 8 1 The Liberty Boys' Secret Orders; or, The Treason of Lee. 319 The Liberty Boys at Quaker Hill; or, Lively Times In Little 2 8 2 The Liberty Boys and the Hidden Avenger ; or, The Masked Man Rhode Island. o f Kipp's Bay. 320 The Liberty Boys' 283 The Liberty Boys at Spring Hlil; or, After Cluny the Traitor. 321 The Liberty Boys' 2 84 The Liberty Boys and Rebecca Mottes ; or, Fighting With Fire 322 The Liberty Boys' AttFierce Charge; or, Drlvl,ng Out the Tories. Hidden Foe; or, Working In the Dark. Run of Luck ; or, Making the Best of Every-For s a l e by a ll ne ws de alers, or will be sent t o any address o n receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union S q u a r e, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS o f our Librari es and cannot p rocure themfrom newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. 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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN Handsome C o l ored Covers 32 Pages of Reading Matter ================================================== =============================================.=\ .. A new one issued every Friday Price 5 cents a copy : This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win f ame and fortune by their ability to advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 1 A Lucky Deal; or, The Cutest Boy In Wall Street. 2 Born to Good Luck ; or, The Boy Who Succeeded. 3 A Corner in Corn ; or, How a Chicago Boy Did the Trick. 4 A Game of Chance; or, The Boy Who Won Out. 5 Hard to Beat; or, The Cleverest Boy in Wall Street. 6 Building a Railroad; or, The Young Contractors of Lakeview. 7 Winning His Way; or, 'l'he Youngest Editor in Green River. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; or, The Record of a S elf-Mad e Boy. 9 Nip and Tuck; or, The Young Brokers of Wail Street. 10 A Copper Harvest; or, The Boys Who Worked a Deserted Mine. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, The Fortunes of a Boston Boy. 12 A Diamond lo the Rough; or, A Brave Boy's Start lo Life. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy Who Could Not be Downed. 15 A Streak of Luck; or, The Boy Who Feathered His Nest. 16 A Good Thing; or, The Boy Who Made a: Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Young Trader in Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a Thousand. i9 A Rise in Life; or, The Career of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of Money; or, A Bright Boy in Wail Street. 21 All to the Good; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 22 Ilow He Got There; or, The Pluckiest Boy of Them All. 23 Bound to Win; or, The Boy Who Got Rich. 24 Pushing It Through; or, The Fate of a Lucky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, The Young Sphinx :>f Wall Street. 26 'l'he Way to Success; or, The Boy Who Got There. 27 Struck Oil ; or. 'l'he Boy Who Made a Million. 28 A Golden Risk; or, 'l'he Young Miners of Delia Cruz. 29 A Sure Winner; or, The Boy Who Went Out With a Circus. 30 Golden Fleece; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 31 A Mad Cap Scheme; or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Island 32 Adrift on the World; or, Working His Way to Fortune. 33 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Hoy in Wall Street. 34 Tatters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 35 A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy In the World. 86 Won by Pluck ; or, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. 37 Beating the Brokers; or, The Boy Who "Couldn't be Done." 38 A Rolling Stone ; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 39 Never Say Die; or, The Young Surveyor of Happy Valley. 40 Almost a Man; or, Winning His Way to the Top. 41 Boss of the Market; or, The Greatest Boy in Wall Street. 42 Th.i Chance of His Life; o r The Young l'ilot of Crystal Lake. 43 Striving for Fortune; o r, From Bell-Boy to Millionaire. 44 Out tor Business; or, The Smartest Boy In Town. 45 A Favorite of Fortune; or, Striking It ltlch In Wall Street. 46 Through 'l'hick and Thin; or, The Adventures of a Smart Boy. 47 Doing His Level Best; or, Working His Way Up. 48 Always on Deck ; or, The Boy Who Made His Mark. 49 A Mint of llloney; or, The Young Wall Street Broker. 50 The Ladde r of Fame ; or From Office Boy to Senator. 51 On the i::iquare; or, 'l'he Success of an Houest Boy. 52 After a Fortune; or, The Pluckiest Boy in the West. 53 Winning the Doilars; or, The Young Wonder of Wall Street. 54 Making His Mark; or, The Boy Who Became !'resident. 55 Heir to a Million; or, The Boy Who Was Born Lucky. 56 Lost in the Andes: or. The Treasure of the Buried City. 57 On His Mettle; or, A Plucky Boy in Wall Street. 58 A Lucky Chance ; or, Taking Fortune on the Wing. 59 The Road to Success ; or, The Career of a Fortunate Boy. 60 Chasing Pointers; or, The Luckiest Boy lo Wall Street. 61 Rising in the World; or, From Factory Boy to Manager. 62 From Dark to Dawn; or, A Poor Boy's Chance. 63 Out for Himself; or, Paving His Way to Fortune. 64 Dlamcmd Cut Diamond; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street. 65 A Start in Life; or, A Bright Boy's Ambition. 66 Out for a Million: or, The Young l\Ildas of Wall Street. 67 J!Jvery Inch a Boy ; or, Doing His r,evel Best. 68 Money to Burn: 0r, 'l'he Shrewdest Boy in Wall Street. 69 An Eye to Business; or, The Boy Who Was Not Asleep. 70 Tipped by t h e Ticker: or, An Ambitious Boy In Wall Street. 71 On to Success: o r The Boy Who Got Ahead. 72 A Bid for a Fortune; or, A Country Boy in Wall Street. 73 Bound lo Rise; or. Fighting Hie Way to Success. H Out for the Dollars; or, A Smart Boy in Wall Street. 7 5 For Fame and Fortune; or, ThA Boy Who Won Both. 76 A Wall Street Winner; or, Making a Mint of Money. 7 7 The Road to Wealth; or, 'l'he Boy Who Found it Out. 78 On the Wing: or, The Young Mercury of Wall Street. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt o f price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union S quare, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our libraries, and cannot procure them from newsdealers, thiiy can be obtained from this ottl:ce direct. Cut out and fiU in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to :you by rbturn mail. P O STAGE STAMPS TAKEN 'HE SAME AS M ONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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