## The boy magnate, or, Making baseball pay

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The boy magnate, or, Making baseball pay
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' ST.DRIES a F BDYS WHO MAKE MONEY. . .. . .. ..... With a snort of rage Chester Wells tore the paper from Darrell's hands. "You shall not destroy it, Wells!" cried Jack, seizing him by the wrist and a.rm. J;>allas started to aid his manager, while Bassett and Amy looked as onished .

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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Iuved Weekl11-B11 Subscrii>tion $2.50 per 11ear Ente1ed acco r dino to Act of Conoress, in the 11ea r 1907, i n the oJ!ice o f the Lib rarian of Conoreu, Warhinoton, D. C., b11 Frank Touse11, Publiaher, 2 4 Union Bquar, New York. No. 89. NEW YORK, JUNE 14, 1907 PRICE 5 CENT S Tf1E BOY l\1IHGf4HTE . OB, By A SELF.,,MADE MAN CHAPTER I THE DIS.A.STER ON COFFIN LEDGE "He llo, Jac k! what brought you over to Rockland?" a s kM Fre d Dalla s a well-dres sed lad of eighteen, looking curiou s l y at a hand some well-built lad, attired in a plain J:ius iness s u i t who h a d just boarded the stanch little steam e r S e a b ir d whi c h navi gate d betwee n Rockland, Cinnebar and Mar a thon, on the coas t of Maine "Lookin g for a job,'' repli e d Jack, pleasantly "Looking for a job! In Rockl'and !" exclaimed Dallas, in evident s urpri se. "What is the matter with the on e you have? " Mr. Ri c hards is going out of business in two weeks, and it's up to me to conn e ct with something else in the mean time, for I can't afford to remain idle. You know how w e' r e fixed, Fred." "But why look for work in Rockland? Can't you pick up a n othe r pla c e in Marathon?" "I've been around to all the likely places in town, but the r e's no t hin g ope n that I can tackle. If I knew anything about fa c tory work, of course I could catch on to the job wit hout much troubl e But I don't, and I can't afford to learn now. Beside s it isn't in my line, anyway. I wasn't cut out f b r a factory hand, and should make a mi ghty poor workman." "But how about your folks? If you leave Marathon for good I s uppose your mother and sister will go, too," sai d Dallas, with a glum look, for not only was Jack his particu: lar friend, but Jack's sister, Edith, was an attraction of the first magnitude for Fred. "I suppo s e so, but not right away," replied Jack. "Edith will have to get a position in Rockland before she throws up the ope she has in Marathon." "It's too bad you have to make the change," said Fred "I shall be dead sorry to leave Marathon,'' answered Jack solemnly "You won't be any more sorry than I shall be to see you go. I'll feel lost without you, old chap. We've been churns ever since we got acquainted at school. In fact, it will be like losing a brother to part with you." "Oh, I'll come over and see you occasionally, you must return the compliment, for I shall look for you, and so will Edith It isn t so far." "Do you think she will?" asked Fred, eagerly. "Edith, you mean? Of course. Why not? Haven't you been accustomed to take her around quite a bit? She's bound to miss you after she comes over here "Oh, I'll come over, bet your life," s aid Fred, wagging his head in a positive kind of way. "I couldn't let you get away from me altogether." "I hope not," laughed Jack. "WeU did you strike anything in this town?" "I have the promise of a pretty good place." "What line of business?" "Same as I'm at now-l awyer's office. You' ll never guess who the m an i s PAGE 3 THE BOY MAGNATE. "Who is he?" The wheels began to revolve, with a swashing noise, and "Benjamin Seabury." the steamer slowly pulled out from her wharf. "The man who owns the Rockland ball team and is presiWhen she had cleared all obstructions, the full-speed dent of the Coast League?" bell jangled and the rhythmic pulsations of of the "The same. He says he will want to use me on his team and the jar of the boat, became regular. as he needs another catcher." The wind that blew into the harbor was pretty fresh; and "Is that so?" the speed of the little craft added to its strength on the "Yes. He told me he wished he could sign you, too. In lower deck, so that the boys had to hold on to their hats to his opinion you and I were the crack bqttery in the league keep them from leaving their heads and perhaps going ]ast season. He said that your }litching was about the only overboard. thing there was to the Marathon team. That outside of The boat, as it approached the mouth of the harbor, n;iet I, Bassett and Wickers the team was the rockiest he'd imd rose to the inrolling swell, and began to roll in a way ever seen in a minor league." that rather threatened the serenity of passengers not ac"Y:es, we were a rather tart aggregation, as a whole," customed to the motion. grinned Fred. "We were lucky to win five games out of "Gee! We're going to catch it outside, Jack," said the forty we played. I heard Dan Longworth say that the Fred. "It's come on pretty rough since I came over on strongest crowbar ever made couldn't have pried us out of the morning trip Then the water was comparatively last place from the day we losLthe opening game smooth and the sun was out in a way that promised an un, "If Manager Gibson had opened his purse-strings and usually fine day. We must be getting the tail-end of a hired a few decent players, it would have been money in his gale that's blowing out on the Atlantic." pocket. Why, most of the time we played tb practically "Looks like it. But what's the odds? We don't mind a e!llpty benches, even on Saturday afternoon, and Marathon little shaking up." is a good ball town, too People won't come. to see ate. am "Th"at's right. It's exhilarating." that doesn't seem to have the gho.st of a show: to win a From where they stood they could see the pilot at the game The people who did come were drawn by yolfr pitch wheel peering through the windows of his little house, and ing. When you were on the cards the rooters visited the a few of the more hardy passengers seated on camp-stools grounds occasionally on the bare possibility that, with halfon the hurricane deck. decent support, you might pull the game out, for you were At length they pass e d out into the bay and the steamer a stumbling block to the other three teams. It was seldom swept around to the north, rolling violently for several they could bunch hits on you. That, however, didn't stop minutes in the cross sea till she got on her course. th ,em from winning almost as regularly as clockwork. You The wind now helped the boat along, as it came full on remember that Cinneba:r won a game on a single hit, an,. I her starboard quarter. other on two safeties, and a third on four hits. While Rockland won two games on hits each, and Pimlico To neutralize th13 leeward drift of the steamer, her bows actually beat us one day without a single safe hit was pointed a bit to the northeast. off your delivery. We ought to have had every one of those Thus they steamed along under a threatening sky for games. rt was certainly discouraging for you to go in, three-quarters of an hour, when the course was changed to ., pitch winning ball, and then have ragged fielding do the due north, and then, little by little, to the westward, as team up." Cinnebar came into sight, at which point the steamer made "I should say it was," replied F'red, with a look of disher intermediate landing. gust as the unpleasant recollection forced itself upon him. A mile or more to the east of this town was a dangerous "It's about time this boat started, isn't it?" ledge, which was naturally given a wide berth, especially in As if in answer to his words, the last bell was rung and a strong blow like the present, when the black rocks were the steam whistle three long toots, which was the covered, off and on, by the white spume of the n:impled signal that the gangpla:qk would be hauled in within a waves. mtnute or two. As they this ledge a small sailboat was "Looks kind of squally outside the harbor," said Fred descried close aboard of the rocks. "Those clouds are full of rain and wind.'I "Look yonder, Jack!" cried Fred, in a tone of some 'ex-The boys had taken their stand at the bows of the citement. "That craft is sailing mighty close to Coffin steamer, and they had a clear view out to the great estuary Ledge I'm a pretty good boatman myself, if I do say it, beyond the harbor. but I wouldn't think of taking the chances that fellow is Penobscot Bay was alive with caps, and these rolled into doing. And he's got a girl or a woman aboard, too. He Rockland harbor in a way that suggested a roughish trip must be a fool, or a daredevil:" for the little steamer up to Marathon: "Perhaps a little of both," replied Jack; watching the While the boys were speculating on whether the boat djstant craft that rose like a cork on the surges one mo would run into a rain squall or not when she reached the ment, and disappeared in a trough the next, till only the bay, they heard the gong .sound in the engine-room ; bellying sail was visible to th,e boys. PAGE 4 THE BOY MAGNATE. 3 "The tide is sweeping them right on to the rocks. Why don t he head dead to the windward?" "Maybe he doesn't know enough to. He'll never clear the ledge on the course he's following." "But if that boat strikes any part of the reef it will be all day with her, as well as those ab6ard of her." "I'm afraid it will," replied Darrell, in a tone of some concern. / He was sailor enough himseV, in an amateurish way, to recognize the perilous position of the sailboat, and he feared a cataastrophe. "Do you know that looks like Chester Wells's catboat," said Fred, a moment or two, during which the dis tance between the steamer and the sailboat had been ma terially decreased. "What makes you think it is?" "That blue burgee flying from the peak of the mast. That signifies the Marathon Boat Club, of which he's a member, and I know Chester is such an enthusiast that he's out on the bay more than half his time." "But I've heard that Wells is an Al boatman." "So he is. That's what puzzles me It really can't be him, for he knows better than to go so close to Coffin Ledge." The boys now noticed that the steamer was heading much nearer the ledge than usual, and looking up at the pilot house they saw that the pilot had his eyes on the imperilled sailboat. "Old Bro.WU is looking for trouble," remarked Fred. "He is laying in as close as he dares." At that moment the whistle let off a succession of shrill toots. / This naturally attracted the attention of half the pass engers on board, many of whom began flocking to the port rail, whence they eyed the sailboat. The captain now came to the rail in front of the pilot house and sang out to a couple of deck-hands below. "I the captain thinks he might be called on to send one of the boats away in a hurry. I'll bet he's bless ing that crazy boatman to beat the band," said Fred. T he boys moved over to the port bulwark and leaned upon it. At their feet was a coil of thin line, such as is usually attached to a steamboat's hawsers to haul them on board when cast off from the spile heads of a wharf. Jack stood on this coil to get a better view of the tossing catboat. The steamer Wl\s swinging around so as to pass to the south and leeward of the ledge. This position would enable to lay to without danger, if such a course became necessary, while a boat was sent away. Suddenly, to the utter dismay of all who understood the situation, the catboat swung around and headed right at the ledge. This was courting almost sure destrnction, and could only have been the act oi a m:l.dman, or one who had lost all control over the craft. Fred gave a gasp. "My gracious he cried. "They're lost!" Jack never said a word, but watched the boat's impending doom with compressed lips. "Great Scott!" continued Fred. "What's the matter with the fellow? .Does he want to drown himself and the girl?" \ The captain of the steamer now issued hurried orders to clear away the boat on the port side of the hurricane deck, and four deck-hands sprang to do his bidding, while the steamer rushed down at full speed on the ledge. Unfortunately, the lowering gear had got jammed in some way from non-usuage, and the boat stuck close to her davits. The boys alternately watched the efforts of the deck hands and the sailboat. "What's the matter with the blamed boat up there?" growled Fred. "It's taking them an all-fired time to launch her." "Great Heaven! There she goes on the rocks!" cried Jack, in a fever of excitement, as the catboat disappeared into a cloud of foam that hung around the ledge. When the spume was c:ught by the wind and blown to the leeward, 1 the wreck of the sailboat was seen caugnt between two black rocks, while the girl and her companion were clinging for their lives to the boom, with only their heads showing a .hove the swirling waters. Jack Darrell noted all this, and also that the Meamer's boat was no nearer launching than before. The bell in the engine-room rang to stop the machinery, and the pulsations and' jar of the boat suddenly ceased. Jack saw that if the imperilled ones on the rocks were to be saved at all, something must be done at once. At that moment an inspiration struck him. He threw off his jacket, bent down, seized one end ol. the coil of light rope and began to hurriedly attach it around his waist. -"What are you going to do, Jack?" asked Fred. "I'm going tosave those people, if I can," he replied, kicking off his shoes "When I go overboard, pay o11t the line and keep your eye on me." Fred knew that his companion was thoroughly at home in the water and did not try to dissuade him from what might have seemed a reckless move. Jack, laying hand on Fred's shoulder, sprang on rail and then dived into the waters of the bay. CHAPTER IL A GALLANT RESCUE. He came up in a moment and struck out for the point of the ledge on which the boat had rested her keel. The pilot had seen him over, and, divining his inten tion, proceeded to work Urn steamer into the most position to second his gallant attempt at rescue. PAGE 5 4 THE BOY MAGNATE. The tide bore Jack in toward the ledge with consiuerable "Chester has been taking a drop too much b e fore he started rapidity, and he had his work cut out to avoid missing the out on his cruise. I could smell it on his breath, in spite point at which he was aiming. of the sea' water. Who is the girl he had along, and whose Nearly all the passengers on the boat, anc1 there happened life you saved? Do you recognize her? I never saw her to be a goodly number, congregated near the port rail and before." watched the daring swimmer. "Nor I, etther,iJ. a:Arered Jack, shaking his head. "Looks At length he vanished amid the spume that every once in as if she might be a stranger in these parts unless she be a while hid the wreck and its clinging survivors from the longs in Cinnebar." sight of those on the steamer. "Well, you've ml)de a hero of yourself all right, .Tack. When the spray blew away, neither Jack nor the girl Your name will be in the Marathon and other papers round could be seen-only the man or boy who was still holding here to-morrow The girl looks like a swell one, too. Preb on to the boom. ably she's got a rich old man, and he'll be certain to want Suddenly Jack came to the surface, several yards from to reward you for rescuing his daughter." the wreck, and a moment after the girl's head appeared a "He can't pay me anything for what I did. I'm per short distance away. fectly satisfied in having been able to save her from a terThe boy saw her at once and struck out for her, reaching rible death." 1 her just as she was sinking. "Then Chester owes you something in the way of gratiHe grabbed her quickly and instantly she made a frantic tude for saving him. He must have perished but for you. effort to seize him just as a drowning person will. Look at him yonder. He 's a complete wreck." He deftly her clutch, caught her again from be"Well, I'm glad I was able to be of ser ,vice to him." hind and signalled to Fred to pull in. "He'll haul in his horns after this, I guess. He's always Dallas was aided by a deck-hand, who had come up behad a disagreeable way of looking down on you. Now it's side him, and soon Jack and his burden were alongside the up to him to shake hands and treat you hand somely heresteamer. after." The deck-hand removed a paH of the bulwark, lay over "I should be glad if he would. I never did like the way and, catching hold of the girl, drew her on deck, amid the he has treated me." cheers of the passengers. The note of the gong in the engine-room above sh owed Jack then started for the wreck again to save the other that the boat was drawing near its wharf at Cinnebar. unfortunate. Finally she was mad e fast and several passengers went He had even more trouble than before in approaching the ashore, while a couple came on board. .i.rocks, but he got there at last, and Fred soon got the signal The boys could hear the rumble of the trucks as the deckto haul away. hands rushed a lot of freight ashore. Rescuer and rescued were drawn caxefully up to the Inside of ten minutes the Seabird p;ulled out into the steamer and assisted on board. bay and started the town of Marathon. "Why, hello l is that you, Chester Wells?" cried Freel, in By the time she had cove red half that distance the surprise, when he recognized the last survivor of the wreck. clothes were dry, and Jack and Chester dressed themselves. Wells smiled in a sickly kind of way, but said nothing. Chester Wells thanked Jack for rescuing him from his He was pretty nearly done up. perilous situation; but there was no great warmth in his "Take them both down in the boiler room," sang out the tones, and he did not offer his hand to the brave lad. captain, from the hurricane deck, as the boat was put on "Who was the girl you had along, Chester?" asked Fred her course toward Oinnebar, taking the inside channel, Dallas. between the ledge and the shore.. "Oh, she's a friend of mine," replied Wells, evasively. The deck-hand motioned Jack to follow him, while he "Her name is H11.IDilton." assisted Chester Wells along. "Is she living in Marathon?" Fred brought up in the rear, and accompanied the pro"Yes. At the Marathon Inn for the season, with her cession down an iron ladder into the hold of the steamer. brother." "Peel off your clothes, both of you," said the deck-hand "I thought she w 'as a stranger," replied Fred. "They've "Squeeze the water out of them and I'll hang 'em up so come down this way uncommonly early for summer they ll dry in a jiffy." itors." Both Jack and Wells were presently reduced to N ;turfs "Her brother is here for his health." undress uniform. "Oh, that's it l She's a mighty pretty girl all right." Chester felt too weak to stand, and 8 place was made for Chester did not seem inclined to discuss the young l8dy's him to recline on. personal charms. Jack, however, felt no qad effe. cts from his bath, nor the "Look-here, Che.ster," said Fred, "I thought you knew exertions he had undergone, and remained standing beside better than to sail down so close to Coffin Ledge. And his chum. why in the name of goodness did you steer the boat right "I've tumbled to the cause of the trouble," said Fred. upon the rocks at a time when you would have been lucky .... PAGE 6 THE BOY MAGNATE. if you had managed to clear them by the skin of your teeth?" Chester looked exceedingly foolish, and mumbled out some reply that neither of the boys could hear. "I guess I'll go up and see how Miss Hamilton is getting on," he said. "I would, if I was you," chuckled Fred; "but after nearly drowning the girl, how do you expect she will receive you?" At that moment a deck-hand thrust his head down the scuttle and called for Jack Darrell. "Here I am," said the boy. "What do you want?" "The captain wants you in his office," was the reply. "All right," replied Jack, starting foT the ladder. "Come on, Fred." The two boys went on deck, and Chester Wells followed them at a distance. When Jack ran up the brass-bound stairs to the cabin deck he was received with a general clapping of hands by the assembled passengers. He stopped for a moment in some confusion, and then made a dash for the captain's office. That gentleman greeted him with words of praise and commendation for his gallant conduct in rescuing the two imperilled occupants of the wrecked sailboat. He said that the young lady, who had been well looked aft e r, and was now in his cabin, was anxious to see the boy who had saved her life therefore it would give him great pleasure to take Jack in there and present him to her. Jack felt kind of diffident about meeting a pretty girl under circumstances that called for an expression of her gratitude for his services. The captain, however, gave him no time to consider the matter, but marched him to his cabin forthwith. "Miss Hamilton," he said, "allow me to present Jack Darrell, the young man to whom you owe your foi:tunate escape from death on Coffin Ledge." : The captain then withdrew, leaving the two young people together. "Mr. Darrell, I hope you will believe me 'v.>hen I say that I am deeply grateful to you for saving my iife, and that I shall never forget what I owe you as long as I live," said Amy Hamilton, holding out her hand to him. Jack looked a bit embarrassed as he took her dainty hand in his, and he hardly knew what to say. He now saw, what he had not taken any notice of in the water, that she certainly was a lovely looking girl. Jack had been inclined to consider his sister about the most charming girl on earth, but now, when he looked at Miss Hamilton, he was prepqred to admit that his sister wasn't in it with her. "I'm very glad that I was able to beof service to you, Miss Hamilton," he managed to say, after some hesitation. "I hope you are feeling all right now." "I think I may say that I have nearly recovered from the effects of the fright and involuntary bath that I was subjected to by the reckless behavior of my escort, Mr. Chester Wells, though I dare say I look very ridiculous in this old wrapper, with' my hair all rumpled. Mr. Wells represented himself to my brother and myself as a thor oughly proficient yachtsman, able to handle a boat skil fully in all weathers. As I just dote on the water, I was persuaded to accept his word and an invitation to go out in his boat this afternoon. I am sorry to say that his de portment, after we got a few i:niles from Marathon, was such as to give me the impression that he had been drinking more than was good for him. At any rate, his of the boi;tt very nearly cost us our lives. I shall never trust myself with him again, either on land or water. In fact, I shall not be surprised if my brother, when he learns the particulars of my adventure, will insist that I have nothing mote to do with him hereafter. Judging from my feelings toward him this moment, I scarcely think I will notice him again." "Chester Wells has the reputation of being a good boatman," replied Jack, feeling as if he ought to say some thing in the other's favor, whether he deserved it of him or not. "But it was odd that he should sail so near such a dangerous spot as the Coffin Ledge, especially when he had a young lady aboard." "Well," she replied, "I don't think I care to discuss Mr. Wells. I am done with him. May I ask if you live in Marathon, Mr. Darrell?" "I do." "Then I may hope to have the pleasure of seeing you often while my brother is in this neighborhood." J a{!k said he would be glad to call on her. "My brother will insist on thanking you himself for what you have done for me, so I would like you to give me your address, that he can call on you; or, if you have no objection to seeing me from the boat-landing to Marathon Inn, where we are stopping, I will introduce to him at once." "I shall consider it a pleasure to escort :you there, Miss Hamilton," replied Jack, greatly pleased with her request. "Very well, then. We ought to be very near Marathon by this time, are we not?" she said. "I should think so," he answered. "Then I shall have to ask you tp tell the captain to send the stewardess to me with my clothes, which I hope are sufficiently dried to be wearable:" "Certainly, Miss Hamilton. I will do so at once." Jack left the cabin and delivered the young lady's message to the captain. Then he rejoined Fred, and they walked forward to see ho.w close the boat was to Marathon. CHAPTER III. JACK MEE'.l.'S AMY'S BROTHER. While Jack was in the captain's cabin with Miss Ham ilton, Chester Wells, in a very nervous and doubtful frame of mind, was hanging around in the main cabin, anxious to tender an humble apology to the young lady for his part in the accident that had nearly cost her her life. PAGE 7 6 THE BOY MAGNATE. He was very much smitten with the )'oung lady's charms, and was anxious to square himself. Finally he approached the captain and stated that he would like to see Miss Hamilton. As she had expressed her sentiments about Chester in no uncertain way to the captain, and as that gentleman had been an eyewitness of the young man's erratic management of his boat, which had rather disgusted him, he curtly told Chester that' he did not think it would be advisable for him to see Miss Hamilton for the present. Chester was not pleased at being turned down in this fashion, as he considered himself a person of no little im portance. His father was president of the Marathon National Bank, the family moved in the highest circle of the town's society, and he was one of the best-dressed fellows in his own par ticular set. He was accustomed to look down on Jack Darrell, and others, whose circumstances compelled them to work for a mete living. He was disgusted to think that he owed his life to Jack, and really regarded that fact in the light of a personal grievance. And what was even worse was the reflection that Miss Hamilton would be sure to regard Darrell as a hero, while her opinion of him he feared to figure on. His feelings were not improved when, after the boat had been made fast to her wharf at Marathon, he saw Jack issue from the captain's cabin, with Miss Hamilton by his side. With a feeling of desperation, he approached them and began to apologize to the girl. She cut him short with the remark that she wished to have nothing further to do with him henceforth, and then turned away from him. Chester felt this cut all the more keenly because it was given in the of the boy for whom he had little or any real gratitude. Jack escorted Miss Hamilton to the Marathon Inn and was introduced by the girl to her brother, Arthur Hamilton, a fine-looking young man of perhaps thirty years, who became very indignant when she told him the story of her experience on the bay with Wells. "He did not make an effort to sustain me on the wreck," said Amy, with flushed countenance. "He only seemed anxious to save himself. If it hadn't been for Mr. Darrell's gallant effort in my behalf I should have been drowned, for I was swept from the boom he was able to reach me, and after making one fruitless dive in the heavy sea about the rocks, he finally grasped me just as I was going down the second time. I hope, Arthur, that you will show your appreciation of the service Mr. Darrell has rendered me, which I never can forget nor be too grateful for." It is unnecessary to repeat what Mr. Hamilton said to Jack, but he made it plain to the boy that he was deeply grateful to him for havin g save d hi s sis t e r 's life, and that he was his fri e nd for life. "I shall not, of cour se, offer you any recompense for your gallant c onduct, for the servi c e you have rendered my sister is beyond all price," he said; "but if I can do any thing for you, no matter what the cos t, I shall be glad to do it. A man of my standing and re s ources can always be of material assistance to a young fellow like you, who '.is just starting out in life. I shall .consider it a favor that you will permit me, when the occasion serves, to do some ihing that will advance you on your road 'to success. It is but fair that you should give me an.opportunity to testify the estimation in which I hold you, if only to partially recognize the obligation I and my si s ter are under to you." Jack thanked him and said that he really didn't know of any way at present that Mr. Hamilton could aid him, but if he saw how be could avail himself of his promised assistance he woulcl do so. "As we shall probably remain in Marathon until early in the fall, we hope to have the pleasure of seeing you often in the meantime," said Mr. Hamilton. "Drop in on us at any time. You will always be welcome." The conversation then turned on Marathon, and Mr. asked Jack a good many questions about the place. Speaking of summer amusements, the boy referred to the Coast Baseball League, which had been formed the previous spring, taking in Rockland, the ra, ilroad terminal, Cinne bar, Marathon and Pimlico-the latter four miles Marathon by trolley. Mr. Hamilton at once showed great interest. Jack told him that each team during the league's first s eason hacl played forty odd games, the Rqckland repre s e ntative winning the pennant by a good margin, Cinnebar comingein second, Pimlico a fair third, while Marathon had e joyed the dis couraging honor of holding down last piace from sta1't to finish. "Will the Coast League continue in business this year?" asked Mr. Hamilton. "Oh; yes!" replied Jack. "The season opens on the 4.th of next month, with Cinnebar at Rockland, and.Mara thon at Pimlico." "What sort of team will Marathon have this year?" "I am sorry to say that Manager Gibson has made no changes for the better, and the outlook is rather discou.r aging for the rooters, who were thoroughly disgusted last season. They made all sorts of protests, and away from the majority of the Marathon games, but Manager Gibson didn't seem to care. He owns the ball park, which is well equipped for the 1nupose, a,nd having a grip on the franchise, no one else can take his place in the league. The managers of the other teams are sore on him, because under his way of doing business there is no money in visiting this place, which is really second to Rockland as a good ball town."' "He must a fool,'' answered Mr. Hamilton. "No, he isn't a fool, but I have heard he has some kind PAGE 8 THE BOY MAGNATE. 'I of a grouch against the town, because the Town Council "I'll bring her around here to morrow night, if you are compelled him to make certain sanitary and other improvewilling." ments in the Opera House, which he owns and runs, and "Do so by all means which cost him considerable money. Ile knew Marathon Jack promised that he would, and then took his l eave, was baseball mad last year, anc1 he thought he would take folly determined to see as much o f Miss Hamilto n as he his revenge against the citizens by giving them a rocky possibly could ball team." "But he only cut off his financial nose to spite his face," replied the gentleman. "Ile was out all the money he might have taken in at the gate had he put a team in the league that made a satisfactory showing." "He certainly lost a bunch of money; but he had the satisfaction of making the people of Marathon hopping mad." "Rather an expensive luxury, I should imagine "Well, he's rich, I believe, and can afford to run the ball .park at a loss, if he chooses to do so." Jack then told the Hamiltons that he was the catcher 0 the team, while his chum, Fred Dallas, was the pitcher. "With decent support, Fred would have landed Mara thon in second place, I am sure, for he is regarded as the crack twirler of the league," said Jack. "But as it was we weTe not in it even a little bit." "']'hat was too barl," remarked Amy, who was more in terested in Jack than e'ver,npw that she had learned that he play e d in the Coast League. "I shall certainly come out to the grounds, with my brother, this summer to see you play ball, whether lhe Marathons win or not." "If I play at all this season it will not be with Mara thon," replied Jack. "Why not?" asked Amy, looking much disappointed. "Because I to leave the town in a few days for Rockland, where I have been promised a position in the law office of Benjamin Seabury." "Then, we shan't see much of you, after all," replied Amy, still more disappointed, for she had already taken a great liking for the good-looking boy. "Oh, you'll see me, I guess," laughed Jack. "My mother and sister do not expect to remove to Rockland until the fall, so I shall be over here pretty often all summer "But I should like to see you play ball so much," said Amy. "You will probably have the opportunity to see me catch '.for the Rocklancls occasionally, as Mr Seabury is manager of the team, as well as president of the league, and he told me to-day that he intcndccl to use me behind the bat, as he needed another catcher." "That will be just splendid," said Amy, brightening up. "We will be able to see you, then, when the Rocklands come to Marathon or Pimlico; and, no doubt, we will sometimes go to Cinnebar, and even to Rockland, when we are sure you are to be in the game." Jack nodded "Now," he said, "I want you to let me introduce you to my sister, Edith. You'll find her a nice girl." "I shall lbe pleased to make her acquaintance. When will Y?U introduce me?" CHAPTER Iv. JACK AND HIS SISTER CALL ON THE HAMILTONS. "Say, Jack," said Fred Dallas, in a tone of eager inter est, when the boys met late on the following afternoon "What do,you suppose I heard a little while ago?" "I give it up. What did you hea.r ?" "That the Marathon franchise is on the ma r ket." "No, you don't mean it!" replied Jack, in great su r prise. "Yes, I do. Manager Gibson has bee n a pretty s i ck ma n for a month, as you know "Yes, I know that. "Well, his doctor has ord&ed him to Europe, so I heard that he's going fo lease the ball park, and the franchise will naturally go with it." "That will be good news for the disgruntled fans." "Bet your liie it will! Whoever steps into Gibson's i;hoes will, no doubt, secure a decent team to represent the to 'wn. It's too bad that you're going over to Rockland I'd rather have you catch for me than anybody else." "And I'd rather catch for you than any other pitcher. There's one thing, however, I'd even to that." "What is it?" "To take the franchise off :Mr. Gibson's hands myself. HI only had the price I'd do it quicker than wink. I.know I could make money out of the venture, and money as well as the honor of managing a winning ba ll team, is what I'm out for." "Do you really think you could make it pay?" "I do. But what's the use of talking? I'm not a. capita l ist, even in a small way." "I wish you could tackle the proposition," said Fred. "You wouldn't need to leave Marathon, then "Of course not. I'd have enough to do t o run my encl of the Coast League. I wonder who will get the fra n chise and the park?" "It's hard to say. We'll no doubt hear in a few days." That evening, Jack, a,ccording to promise, took h i s siste r to the Marathon Inn and introduced her to Amy H am ilto n and her brother. The twp girls took an immediate liking for eacb othe r and were soon as chummy as if they were o l d frie n ds Jack and Arthur Hamilton got to talking together, and after awhile Darrell mentioned that there was a p r ospect that a good team would he placed in Marathon that season, after al1. "Has Manager Gibson come to his senses?" asked M r. Hamilton "I can't answer for that. He's a pretty sick ma n j u st at present; and his doctor has ordered him to Europe. I h eard PAGE 9 J 8 THE BOY M.('\.GNATE. this afternoon that he's going to l ease the ball park, and whoever secures it will want the franchi se, of course." "He ought to have no in getting somebody to take the park off his hands "He won't I wish I coul d do it." '.'You!" ejaculated Arthur Hamilton, in some surprise "Aro you ambitious to b ecome a baseball magnate?" "I'd like to be one I know I colcl make baseball p a y in this town. There's nothing that would suit me better than to manage a ball team. I'm willing to bet that I'd bring the pennant of the Coast League to Marathon thi s year." "You s peak confidently." "I a lways talk as I feel." "But playing baseball is one thing, whil e managing a team is quite another." "I know that, Mr Hamilton, but I'd not be afraid to tackle the prob lem. "Tell me just what you would do in case the Marathon franchise was 6:ffcrec1 to you, ancl the park was at your disposal." J uck, with cons iderable enthusiasm, outlined h i s p l an of action. "In the first place, I'd sign a dozen p l ayers, who, man for man, woul d be able to hold their own with the Rocklan PAGE 10 THE BOY MAGNATE. =====::::::==============.:==----he his team, which he promised to do, but that's all it amounted to. But if Gibson goes out you can take my word for it that the next man will have to show that he can make good or he woi'i't get the franchise." At this point Miss Amy chipped in. "I think you two have been discussing baseball long enough," she said. "It is about time that we received a little attention ourselves." ''That's right," admitted Jack, laughingly, and the con versation became general, until Darrell and his sister took their departure. CHAPTER V. "Yes, sir. I want it for a young man who, I think, is quite capable of holding his end up and working for the best interests of the Coast League "That is the kind of person we are looking for Mr. Ham ilton. We don't\vant a repetition of the Gibson regime, if we can help ourselves. Who is the party?" "I will introduce him to you if I secure the lease of the grounds It ought to be enough at present for you to know that I will hold myself responsible for him in every way."' "Your guarantee will be sufficient, no matter who he is." "I have been over the ball park, sized up its' facilities and possibilities, and will put in my bid as soon as you have given me the information to enable me to act intelligently." "I am prepared to do that now. I have brought over the TIIE LEASE OF MARATHON PARK. record of the business the league did last season." Next morning, Arthur Hamilton, with a purpose in his The two gentlemen sat down to a table and went over the mind, called on Manager Gibson's lawyer. detai'ls of the previous Reason together, and discussed other "I understand, Mr. Appleby, that the ball park, owned mat ters of importance, bearing on the situation. by Mr. Gibson. is for lease. Have I been rightly informed?" "It is quite possible that my bid may not be the highest, "You have." Mr. Seabury," said Hamilton, finally, "but I shall make it "Does the Coast League franchise go with the park?" as low as is consist-ent with probable results. The young "It does, but subject to the approval of the league'& execman I am backing is not going into this thing for fun. utive committee." He cannot afford such a luxury. I will see, however, if "Exactly. Have you received any bids yet?" we get the franchise and park that he secures a lot of "Several." players who will make your own team hustle if you expect "Row long do you expect to keep the matter open?" to win the pennant this season." Until to-morrow afternoon." "That's what I like to hear, Mr. Hamilton," said Mr. "I should like to see the grounds, if you have no objecSeabury; rubbing his hands. "I'd. rather take your word tion." for that than most bonds, for I know you understand "With the view of submitting a bid?" asked the lawyer. what the situation calls for, and your experience in the "Yes, sir." brn;iness yourself is a sufficient guarantee for me to know "Very well. I will send my clerk with you. He will make that Marathon will be well represented if your man takes all necessary explanations. Should you submit a bid, and hold." the award be made to you, as yon are a stranger to me, I "My bid will be made from a business standpoint, Mr. shall require a suitable guarantee that you will carry out eabury." the terms of the lease." "Naturally," replied the Rockport lawyer. "I will furnish you with an acceptable guarantee, Mr. "It will be as high as I think the prospects warrant. In Apleby." fact, I think there is only one person who is likely to outbid Mr. Appleby called his clerk and him to take me. Mr. Hamilton over to the park, show him around and sup"Who is that, if I may ask?" ply him with whatever information he asked for. "Chester Wells, son of the president of the Marathon Arthur Hamilton soon demonstrated that he knew what National Bank." he was about, and when he finally parted from the cierk "Hum!" said Mr. Seabury, with a slight frown. "Is he the young man was of the opinion that the gentleman was, after the franchise?" or had been, a basebaJl manager somewhere. "I understand that he is. And he has the money, I am On his return to the Inn, Hamilton called up Benjamin told, to get it if only for a plaything." Seabury, of Rockland, on the long-distance wire, and had "He may be able to.lease the park, but he can't secvre the a talk with him. franchise unless the present managers of the league are Wl.rnt he said so impressed the president of the Coast willing to let him have it. In view of your application, I League that he said he would come over to Marathon on the think there is very little chance of his getting it. Of course, Seabird that afternoon anJ see him. if he secures the grounds, that would knock your man out, He kept his word, anc1 appeared at the Inn at about five as no 0th.er available field could be fitted up in time to o'clo9k. be of use, without taking into consideration the large out" Glad to make your acquaintance, Mr. Hamilton. I lay of ready money that would render one or two season's have heard about you frequently. You are looking for the management unprofitable I think I may safely say that Marathon franchise for a friend, I suppose?" was the way if the young man in question gets Marathon Park, sufficient Mr. Seabury opened the interview. pressure will be brought to bear on him to induce him to PAGE 11 10 THE BOY MAGNATE. ---=== give it up, or this town will be cut out of the league and other arrangements made to complete the circuit." Mr. Seabury dined with the Hamiltons, and after the meal both gentlemen visited Manager Gibson's lawyer at his home. Arthur Hamilton submitted his bid for the use of the park for 011e year, with the privilege of renewal for another year on the same terms. "The bids will be opened and vassed on to-morrow after noon at my office, Mr. Hamilton," said the lawyer. "You are invited to call there at two o'clock." ''I will be there." Then Mr. Seabury had something to say. "It will be well for you to let it be known, Mr. Appleby, that the lease of the park does not carry with it the fran chise of the Coast League." "Why not?" asked the surprised lawyer. "I understood that the transfer of the Marathon franchise from Mr. Gib son to his successor would be a mere matter of form." "The executive committee of the league will require a substantial guarantee that there will be no repeiition of last season's tactics in Marathon this year. Such a guaran tee I have had from Mr. Hamilton, who is a baseball man of wide experience, and I have every confidence that his representative will fill the bill. The reason I am making this matter plain is that I under stand that you have re ceived, or will receive ; a bid from young Chester Well s for the park. Should his offer prevail, I think it is more than doubtful that he will be elected a member of the lea gue's executiye committee, in default of which he cannot obtain the Marathon franchise." "But if he controls the park--" Mr Seabury shrugged hi s shoulders. "If Chester Wells persists in leasing Marnthon Park he will either have to 'se ll his lease to some more accepta candidate for the franchise or Marathon will be dropped from the league." :Mr. Appleby looked rather blank at that. "Isn't this like holding a club over }Ir. Gibson?" he asked "It is to his interests to get all he can for his park. By affixing such a string to the ball franchise you are de preciating the value of his property." "You forget, Mr. Appleby, that Mr. Gibson paid nothing for the franchise. In our articles of incorporation it is dis tinctly stated that the four franchises are the property of the league, and that no member thereof has any individual right or title to one or more of them, except on the terms laid down by the by-laws. The executive comrnittee is em powered to dispose of the said franchises as it sees fit, and can at any time, for reasons deemed sufficient by a ma jority of the committee, revoke or transfer any one of the four franchises, and its action shall be considered as final. If Chester Wells's bid is higher than Mr. Hamilton's, I will undertake that the league wiU make up to you the differ ence, provided you will give me your word that no advan tage will be taken of my offer." "Very well, Mr. Seabury, I accept your proposition, provicJeu Chester Wells, if successful, does not sign the lease, and you have my word that you shall have a fair deal," said the manager's lawyer. As the visitors had nothing more to say, they took their departure, and Mr. Seabury put up for the night at the Marathon Inn. Next morning he left by boat for Rockland. At two o'clock Arthur Ilamilton arrived at Mr. Appleby's office, and found there Chester Wells, whom he refused to recognize, and three other men. Wells showed considerable surprise at his appearance as a bidder for the park, and it was clear tnat he didn't like it. Before opening the bids, Mr. Appleby announced that the baseball franchise must not be considered as included in the lease of the park, as it was the property of the Coast League and could not be transferred except with the consent of that organization's executive committee. "But that's a matter of form, isn't it?" asked Chester Wells. "The franchise is worth nothing to any one who does not control ihe park." "That is a question I cannot pass upon. Whoever leases the park must adjust the matter wii.h the league officials," replied the lawyer. "The business in hand simply concerns the park. Any bidder wishing to withdraw his proposal may do so." Chester Wells and Arthur Ilamilton stood pat. The other bidders looked doubtful, and Mr. Appleby allowed tlrnm fifteen minutes to consider the matter. Finally one of them said he guessed he would draw out, so the lawyer returned him his bid and he left the office. The four remaining bids were then openeu, and Chester's was found to be$100 higher than Hamilton's which was the next highest. "The is mine, then," said Chester, triumphantly. "Are you willing to sign the l ease, with your father's guarantee that the rental will be punctually paid each month, when I assure you that you cannot secure the Coast League franchise?" "Who says I can't secure it?" cried Chester, aggressively. "M:r. Benjamin Seabury, president of the league. I be lieve the disposition of the franchise has already been settled on." "He has no right to do me out of it. The franchise should go with the park." "The park fa the property of Mr. Gibson; the franchise belongs to the league." "I will telephone 1Ir. Seabury at once." "I think you had better. I will hold the matter over for one hour so that you can decicle whether to take the park or not." Chester Wells left the office in an angry mood. He clicln't want the park without the franchise, at the same time he didn't see what good the franchise was to any one unless he had control of ihe park. While Arthur Ilamilton returned to the Inn to await the issue, Chester went to his father's bank and called up Mr. Seabmy on the long-distance wire.

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THE BOY MAGNATE. lt" cleYe r at the business or Jack wouldn't indicate his inten tion to hold them. As for Fred Dallas, the president of the New England League had heard enough about him to be satisfied that he was a crack box artist. "You need another pitcher as good as Dallas, Jack," said Hamilton. "The other managers have, no doubt, strengthened their pitching staff after seeing what they were up against in Dallas, and you must be prepared to meet them in this respect, and go a point better, if you can." "I meant to speak to you about that very thing," replied the boy magnate. "Well, I can get you a good man. You'll want.another catcher, too, who can fill in as utility man. I guess twelve players altogether will about fil.l the bill," said Hamilton. "I'll write to the managers of the tea.ms in my league and have them each get me two players. You'll have ab6ut a week to pick the nine new men you want and the rest can be let go." "All right, sir. I shall be much obliged to you for doing that." The matter of the team being settled, Hamilton devoted the balance of the time until the boat reached Marathon in giving the young manager practical advice about running the business. That evening Jack visited the newspaper offices and had a talk with each of the editors who looked after the sporting columns. Next morning the two Marathon dailies printed quite a story about the coming season of the Coast League, an nouncing that Jack Darrell had secured the grounds and the franchise, would make improvements at the park, and get a team together strong enough to make a good bid for the peDJlant. Jack had just finished his breakfast and was about to start over to see Fred Dallas at his home, when that young man made his appearance in a state of considerable excite ment. "Is it really true that you have secured Marathon Park and the Coast League franchise, according to the story in this morning's Mercury?" asked Fred. "Yes, it is true," rep1ied Jack, with a smile. "How, in the name of wonder, did yQ.U manage to get your hooks in? Why, the paper says you were elected a mem?er of the league's executive committee yesterday, in Rockland." "That's right." "How did you do it?" "Perhaps I'll tell you some time, but not now." "Gee whiz I I never was so surprised in my life as when I read that story. I nearly fell off my chair at the break fast-table. Say, you must have found an angel somewhere, because it will take money to put a decent team in this town, and to start the ball rolling in the way it ought to go." "I'll admit that I have a backer. I couldn't have taken hold without one fw, a s you w e ll know, I h'.:-ven't :.rny money." "Who is he? Any one I know?" "No." "I can't for the life of me see how you got the inner track of Chester Wells. He's been giving out all around that he expected to get the park and the franchise. He said he would put a team here that would win the cham pionship hands down. He said he didn't care whether he made anything or not." "Well, he got so far that he had the refusal of the grounds, but Mr. Seabury wouldn't let him have the fran chise under any circumstances, and so he pulled out." "Anc1 yet Seabury 1et you have the franchise?" said Freil, opening his eyes. "He certainly did." "Well, if that doesn't beat the Dutch. Why, if anybody around here could have got it I should think Chester, with bis father to back him, would have secured it. He'll be hopiling mad when he reads that article in the paper." "I can't help that. Now, Fred, yo.u're going to sign to pitch for me this season, aren't you?" "Sure thing Bring on yo11r conkact and I'll put my name to it." "I'll do that as soon as I get them printed. But you don't inquire a.bout your salary." "Oh, I'll play for you at any old salary." "No, you won't. You got $12 a week from Mr. Gibson, and you pitched three-quarters of the games. Now, I'm going to give you$25 a week, and you will alternate in the box with another man." "Do you actually mean that?" asked Fred, in some astonishment. "I do. Now I'm going up to the grounds to begin getting things into shape. You can go with me as far as the Mer cury Job Printing Office. Bassett and Wickers are the only two beside yourself of the team Gibson re-engaged that I expect to keep. I shall want you to practice battery work with Wickers. He's going to be your backstop "Aren t you going to catch?" "Certainly not. I'll have enough to do to look after the business end of my enterprise witheut thinking of playing ball." "I dare say you're right. I didn't think of that. Who will captain the team ?" "I can't tell1yfi)t. Maybe Bassett, or possibly one of the new men, who will be here next week." "Who is getting the players for you?" "That's one Qf my business secrets, Fred." "Well, I don't want to pry into your business, old chap," said Dallas, aa they up the street together. "I hope you'll make a Sl/.CCess of this thing, and that the team will bring the pennant to Marathon." "The boys will have to do their level best in that direction or there'll be something doing. I'm out for both fame and fortune now, and it will be a matter of business with me, from A to Z. I've got the chance of my life, and it's up to

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"Well, I don't think you need worry yourself about the matter," replied Jack. "Rats The idea of a boy trying to run the Marathon franchise I'd like to know where you got the money from to attempt such a 1'idiculous thing." "As long as I didn't borrow it from you it needn't con cern you." "Just listen to him, fellows! Did you ever see such a stuck-up rooster before? Some jay is backing him, and that individual will be mighty sick of it before a month is out, bet your life. Come on. We'll go and rais e the deuce with that man Appleby. If he doesn't pay us for the time we've pu.t in practising here we'll sue him." The disgusted six walked away and three more of the old team at the gate. ./ The crowd held a consultation, and then started off toward Main Street "I expected you'd have a run-in with Spindler," said Bassett. "lle's always ready to shoot off that mouth of his. He gave the umpires more trouble last season than any six other players. He must have been put out of about a third of the games, which wasn't any great loss to us, for he's a lobster of a :first baseman." "Well, I hope I'm done with him and the rest of the team for good. It won't do them any good to come here, for I shall give orders to the man in char.ge of the grounds not to admit them inside the fence. Now, Fred, you might pass a tip to some of the High School lads that I shall be glad to. have them come out here and practice for the rest of the week at least." "I'll do it, Jack. By the way, I heard on my way out here that Chester Wells went to Boston yesterday morning, so he won't be likely to learn that you have got the fran chise and the park until he returns. Then I bet he'll be out here with blood in his eye." "Let him come; but if he tries to pick a quarrel with me I'll haYe to send him about his business. I'd prefer not to have a racket with him, but I don't propose to stand any nonsense from him or anyoody else. I'm in business with both feet, and have no time to lose with sore-heads Run ning a baseball park and a salaried. team is not child's play by any means. My payroll for the season will run close to $5,00Q. Then there's the rent of the ground for the whqle year to be considered, besides printing, advertising, and all the incidental expenses connected with the business. I've got to pull the people to make any money out of thc game. But I'm sure that good ball playing will do that. My sister is going to help me out as bookkeeper at night when she's through at her store." "Well, I'll help youout any way I can, too," said Fred. "All you have to do is to call on, me any time you want me." "Same here," said Bassett and Wickers together. "Thank you, fellows. I shall p;robably have occasion to avail myself of :your generous offers. If I do, I shan't for get what I owe you." "That will be all right. We'll stand by you, rain or shine, and clon't make any mistake about it. Y oo're aoing the right thing by us, giving us more money than we ask for, so you can depend that we'll help see you through to the best of our ability. Isn't that right, Bassett, Wickers?" "You can bet it's right,'' replied Bassdt, and Wickers nodded his assent "All right, boys. I'm glad to have three good friends at my back in this enterprise. I'm more than ever sure that I shall pull out at the top of the' heap." "If I can hold the other teams down as well this season as I did last, and have the right kind of support behind me, I guess you'll have a look-in on the pennant, especially if the new pitcher you're going to get will do his share to ward the same result," said Fred, resolutely. "It would give me a whole lot of satisfaction to see you win the cham pionship, Jack." "Well, I'm going to win it if trying hard will do it. I shall offer a bonus to the players if they land the flag, for it will be worth a whole lot to me next season." The four boys walked into the room that was furnished up as an office. "I'm going to make some improvements here right away,'' said Jack. "I'll put up a rack full of highly pol ished bats on the wall outside that railing. Then I'll have the pictures of you three taken, enlarged size, and hung about the room." "How about yourself, Jack?" said Fred. "Don't leave yourself out or we'll feel lonesome. You led the league in batting last season Get yournelf photographed, standing ready to bat, and hang it up here, with a couple of foul line flags draped above it, and underneath it put the silver plated loving cup that the league officials presented you with as champion slugger. That will set the room off better than anything I know of." "It wouldn't be a bad idea, though it might make people think I'm conceited." "NQJlsense As you may not play ball again for some PAGE 19 18 THE BOY MAGNATE. time, if ever, it will be ni c e for you to have s omething that will remind you of old tim e s on the diamond." Jack rather fancied the suggestion, and decided to carry it out. CHAPTER X. CHESTER WELLS HEARS DISAGREEABLE NEWS. Jack was a mighty busy boy during the rest of that week. He re-engaged the ground keeper and watchman at a salary of$10 per week, during the season, and $5 a w eek for the rest of the year, with free apartment s for himself and family over the office and dressing-room s He engaged two of his form e r schoolmates to sell ti c k e ts for him, and two others to tend the gates, on th e days there were games on the home grounds, and they ;vere to b e paid so much for each day that they were emplo yed. Then he had his posters put up in the location s tha t were best suited for them, and they immediately attracted great attention. The hangers were distributed where they were expected to do the most good. Then he had show-card s print e d and put around amon g the drug, music, s tationery, and better-class stores, stating that grandstand tickets for the opening day were on there. saw that he could get more advert i sements than he expect e d and changed his plans to a sixteen-page fold e r, to be printed on heavy paper, taking advertisement s by the week, month or season. # He had no difficulty in disposing of his privileges at p. good price, after rejecting offers which he did not consider as high as the season's prospects warranted. "" So far he had seen or heard nothing from Ches ter Wells. The reason for that was that. Ohester had remained several days in Boston. He returned to Marathon Friday night, and when h e went to the rooms of the Marathon Boat Club, after dinner, where he was accustomed to hob-nob with bis own parti c ular s et, he soon learned all about the baseball s ituation in town. "I thought you were going to get the ball franchise Che ster," said a crony. "Oh, I got done out of it by the president of the New England L e ague. He secured it for a friend of his." "He d)d, eh?" "That's what Mr. Seabury told me over the wire. I had the call on the grounds, but there was no use of my holding it when I couldn't get the franchise. So I let the thing go, and Mr. Hamilton, who is stopping at th e Marathon Inn, signed the lease. He's the presid ent of the New Eng land League, and is staying in this n8ighborhood for his health." The contractor had got the order to enlarge the grand"But I thought you were a friend of his?" stand, and make other alterations on the grounds, and he "Well, I was till I spilled 1his sister, along with mys elf, had a force of men at work hurrying the job ahead.-.. into the bay last week. Since then he's b een s or e on me." Arthur Hamilton and his sister came out to the park "Well, who do you suppose has got the franchise?" to see how things were getting on, and to them Jack ex"How should I know?" plained what he had done and was doing to se"t the ball "A boy. The catcher of last season's team-Jack Darrolling full swing from the opening day on the Marathon rell." grounds. "What I" gasped Chester. Hamilton was much pleased with the energy and good right. And he seems to be a hustler from judgment he was displaying, and told Amy that Jack Dar-Hus tlerville. The papers are predicting a record s e ason rell was a comer and no mistake. under his management. He' s been elected a member of "That boy is going to make the other managers sta re the exeOilltive committee of the Coast League, and is on the before the season is over, mark my words on it, Amy. He' s same footing with the other managers. That man Hamilas smart as chain lightning. He takes hold like a house on ton must be backing him in gr eat shape, for h e 's making a fire. Why, he's got the newspapers worked up in a great number of alterations at the park to increa s e the seating shape. He's covered the field completely. The town will capacity. Then he s billing the town, as if he had a theatri be baseball mad by the opening day. And look how he is c al show at the Opera House. Since he start e d in the re is preparing for the rush. I'll wager he'll fill the enlarged nothing els e talked about in town but bas eball. Every stand the first day, and probably every Saturday afterward body I meet is going to the opening game a week from that the team plays in Marathon." Tuesday, when Rockland come s over to start the ball in Amy was delighted at. the praise her experienced brother this burg. The papers say that Darrell will have a team bestowed on Jack, for the interest she felt in her brave that will bring the Flag to Marathon, or come mighty near rescuer was increasing ev<>ry day. doing it." Jack called for bids on the bar and other privileges, ex. Chest e r Wells was too dazed by the unwelcome intellicept the score-card one: gence to make any reply as his crony rattled on. The latter he intended to run on his own account, and He could scarcely believe that Jack Darrell, the boy to having got out a specimen sheet he hustled around for whom he owed his life, had succeeded where he had failed. season adverti s ements to fill it up. The v e ry id e a of such a thing was gall and wormwood to He had only intended to get out a four-page card, with his soul. advertisements on the top and bottom of the first page, That he, the son of the president of the Marathon N a around the score blanks, and on the back page, but he soon tional Bank, should be turned down to make an openin g PAGE 20 Tf!E BOY MAGNATE. 19 for a poor and unimportant boy like Jack Darrell was something that he couldn't get through his aristocratic head. He regarded it as an insult to the town, perpetrated by Benjamin Seabury, of Rockland, who, no doubt had some ulterior purpose in view. "I'll bet Seabury was afraid I would bring a team here that would make his own look like thirty cents, and that he wouldn't have even a look-in this year' at the flag," he said, wrathfully. "Mark my words, the whole thing is cut and dried that Rockland is to have the championship this year, too," he asserted. "You'll see it will come out true. With the money I can command, Seabury knew I would make things hum in a way that woulc1 take all the credit away from his town. That's why he wouldn't let me into the league. I'm dead sorry now that I didn't hold on to the park when I could have got it That would put a spoke in his wheel. Why, I could have brought two good. teams to this town and given the people :first-class ball all summer, and then the league team wouldn't have been missed." "There wouldn't have been the excitement of the pennant race in that case) and that means a whole lot over here," replied his friend, "Oh, bosh! I'd have offered a trophy to the team that made the best showing, and the people would come to see which was going to win i't." "Well, it' s too late now for you to talk about what you might have done. Jack Darrell is the center of interest now, and if he makes his promises good going to make all kinds of money, for I never saw people so worked up before over the game. Then, when the summer visitors come here he'll have a crowd in the park every day there is a game here. He's liable to draw more cash even than Rockland, bigger town as it is." "Oh, let's talk about something else!" said Chester, impatiently. CHAPTER XI. MARATHON WINS THE OP .ENING GAME AT PIMLICO. Jack, Dallas, Bassett and Wickers in uniform for their pictures on the afternoon of the day Fred had suggested the idea, and enlarged framed copies of them were :. d e livered to Darrell OIJ. Saturday morning. Jack carried them out to the grounds, and he and his friends hung them about the office in conspicuous positions. The rack of highly varnished and polished bats had al ready been affixed on the wall, and the boys, after placing twin foul-line flags over the young magnate's picture, and arranging the attractive trophy Jack had received for his batting record o'n a small table directly under his photo graph, declared that the offi.Gil presented a swell professional appearance. While they were admiring it, Arthur Hamilton and his sister arrived. They also admired the appearance of the office, and Amy went into ecstasies over Jack's picture. "I am so disappointed because I won't have the plea.sure of seE:)ing you play ball this season," she said, with a charm ing little pout. "Couldn't you manage to play in just one game?" "I'm afraid not, Miss Amy." "My brother would look out for yout interests while you were in the game. I to persuade him to talk to you about it." Jack laughed and shook his head, as much as to say she would not be able to persuade her brother to interfere. Hamilton went out into the grounds to see how the con tractor was getting o;n with the grandstand, and Wickers went with him. Just then, who should march into the .office but Wells, looking as if he was mad at something, as indeed he was. Amy retreated to the railing, as she didn't care to run the risk of having him speak to her, if she could avoid it. Chester, much to her satisfaction, paid no attention to her, but walked straight up to Jack, who stood near his desk. I "So you are running the Marathon franchise this year, a.re you?" sa.id Chester, in an ung:i;a.cious tone. "I am." "Didn't you know that I was after it?" "I admit that I told that you were." "Then what did you chip in for?" demanded Chester, angrily. "I thought I had a right to get it if I could. I've got t<> make a living. I don't live on Easy Street, like you." "I should say that you didn't," sneered Wells. "You got the franchise through Arthur Hamilton, didn't you?" "I don't think it makes any difference how I got it." "He got it for you to pay you for saving his sister from possible drowning, I suppose." "That isn't a fair remark for you to make, Chester Wells. I think I did as much for you as for Miss Hamilton on that occasion, and I didn't ask you to pay me for it." "Well, I thanked you, didn't I?" "Yes, you thanked me. And now tell me what I can do for you ? I s'pose you had a reason for coming here this morning." "I would like to look at the lease which gives you control of these grounds." : "I don t see that you have a.ny right to sch a request of me." "Well, I was told that the lea"1e wasn't strictly regular." "Oh, it's regular all right/' answered Jack, with a oon fident smile. "Are you afraid to show it?" sneered Chester. "Not at all; but I don't recognize your right to inspect it." "Then, perhaps, as a favor you'll let me look it over?" Jack turned to his desk and took the lease out of an inner drawer. PAGE 21 20 THE BOY MAGNATE Chester held out his hand for it. "Yon can look at it while I hold it, can't you?" said Jack. With a snort of rage, Chester Wells tore the paper from Darrell's bands. "You shall not destroy it, Well s cr i ed J ack, se i zing him by the wrist and arm. Dallas started aid his manager, whi l e Bassett and Amy looked astonished . At that moment Arthur Hamilton walked into the room. "Hello! what's the meaning of this?" Chester heard Hamilton's voice behind him, and without htrning around he threw the lease, which he had partially torn, on the floor and sullenly walked from the office into the street. Jack p,icked up the demoralized document and ex pl a i ned Chester's c6'.nc1uct 'to Arny's brother Hamilton was very indignant at the high handed way in which young Wells had acted. That afternoon the Seabird brought a tall and l anky young man and a stoch.J' to Marathon They inquired their way to the Marathon Inn, and when they got there tlie tall lad asked for Mr. Hamilton. That gentleman came downstairs and met them It soon developed that this was the battery which the present manager of the Worcester team had forwa.rde d as per Mr. Hamilton's request. Ilamilton sent a messenger for Jack. When the boy magnate arrived he was introduced to the new players. "I think you will find these lads all right. Bob Friskett has a good record as a southpaw twirler, and as I thought a left-hander would be an advantage to your team, I sent for him and his regular catcher, who is a good, all around player, able to fill in on the bases or in the outfield." Jack bad a short talk with them and then to l d them to accompany him over to his home, where they could sign cohtracts. There was no trouble about salary, as both p l ayers under stood the limit and what would be expected of them for the money. After the pape-rs were signed in duplicate, Jack piloted them a round to a boarding-place, where arrangements had been entered into to quarter the new players. On Monday morning, Jack called at the house and took them out to the grounds, where they found Da ll as, Bassett and Wickers1 iu uniform, 'practising. The young manager provided them with a make shift uniform apiece and turned them over to Bassett. That afternoon five more players arrived, who were taken in hand by Jack, on the following day four more came. On Wednesday the last of the bunch sent for appeared In all there were now sixteen players from whom Jack could select the twelve he intended carrying on his payroll. During the greater part of Thu.rsclay and Friday boy magnate put tbem through their paces, and finally, after careful consideration, and a consultation with Hamilton, who had also watched the players with a critical eye, he selected the seven new men, in addition to the battery al ready signed, that 11e wanted The seven were directed to sign contract.s for the s&son, the other four were provided with their fare and money for their expenses back t o the place whence they had come. Jack decided that Bassett would make a good captain and field manager, a n d therefore made the acting appoint ment permanent The players were dfrected to appear at the grounds early next morning for sign practice, and to get into shape for the opening game of the season at Pimlico in the afternoon. That town was so accessible to Marathonites, being only four miles distant by trolley, that the baseball enthusiasts of Jack's burg had determined to be at the game if they broke a leg over it. 'l'hfly were wild for a chance to see what the boy mag nate's new players could do against the Pimlic PAGE 22 .. THE BOY MAGNATE. 21 'l'he Marathon team scored a run in the first, another in The team was put through a hard morning and afternoon the fourth, and a third in the eighth, and that was the sum practice on Monday, as Jack was anxious to defeat Rock total of the scorin g done that afternoon on the grounds, for land next day and take the lead in the race for the cham-' Dallas held the Pimlico boys down to three hits, and not a pionship. man of them goi to third base during the game. Everything, including the grandstand and other imThe Marathonitrs screamed themselves hoarse long before provements, was.now ready for Tuesday's opening in Mara the final result-3 to 0 was chalked up on the score-board, thon and they returned home feeling that nothing was too good The advance sale of grandstand seats all over town anfor Jack Darrell and his little band of pennant chasers. nounced that there would be more spectators under cover The telephone had already announced to the Marathon than the 600 seats would accommodat e newspapers the of th e game hy innings, and a big "My goodness! Where would I have been at if I hadn't crowd gathered in front of the two offices where the figures put in those extra 250 chairs?" said Jack to Arthur Ham were posted up in the windows as they came in, and were ilton. g re eted with intense enthusiasm. Th final result provokr.d prolongcr1 cheering. Besirle it went 11p tlie score of the Rockland game Rockland, 6; Oinnebar, 2. Taken al together, the Coast League had opened in a blaze of glory. CHAPTER XII. THE BOY MAGNATE AND HTS TEAl\! COVER TTIEMSELVES WITH GLORY. Jack rode back on the bus with his players "Well, Jack," cried Dallas, with great enthusiasm, "are we the people or aren't we?" "I should say we were, Fred; and you seem to be the king-pin of us all." "Thanks, old man. I tried to do my best, and as much for your sake as to make a record f()r myself "I believe you. Wick ers supported you finely, and his three-bagger fo the first inning opened up the first run That wo11ld have been i;ufficient to have won the game had we made no more." "Wickers is all right," replied Dallas. so are th e new men, too. Boys, I congratulate you all on the showing you made, but you must remember that you will in all probability be up against a stronger propo sition 1Vhen you tackle Rockland on Tuesday "We won't weaken, don't you fear, Darrell," responded Egan, the doughty left-fielder, whose home run in the eighth had tallied the third run. "You can bet we won't!" chipped in Kendrick, who guarded right-garden. "We'll do better in the next game," said Dwyer, the third baseman. "You can't play any too well to beat Rockland. The president of the league is supposed to have the fastest team in the circuit." The bus was cheered by the passing trolley cars, arid the players ancl manager received an ovation when the vehicle reached Marathon and passed through the streets The Sunday morning editions of the Times and Mer cury printed full and graphic accounts of the "game at Pimlico, and both newspapers agreed that Marathon at last had a team that would do the town proud "You'd have been in trouble, my boy. The people would have put up an awful kick at the lack of accommodations. As it is, I'm afraid you'll have to turn people away from the stand." "There's nothing in the town laws against putting camp chairs in the aisles. I'll get a hundred of them and give them out when all the seats are occupied." "I would, as long as it isn't against the law here. You must do all you can to please your patrons if you expect to make the park popular." "That's my idea, sir I'll build more seats, if necessary. I'm not sure that the bleachers are big enough "They'll do, I guess. I sec you've stretched a rope around from the end of each line of field seats How about police arra.ngements for to-morrow?" "I have been promised six officers-four of them men specially to be sworn in for the occasion. I think two will answer at other times, except on Saturdays." Tuesday morning's papers gave considerable space to the Coast League's openinr. at Marathon park that afternoon, printing the batting order of each team Friskett, the new southpaw, and his own catcher, were down on the bills for Marathon, and that fact encouraged the who feared Dallas, when they began streaming into the grounds shortly after noon, a large dele gation coming over on the reserve steamboat of the Penob scott N Co., which made a special trip for the oc casion, and was to ta.ke them and the Rockland teai back after the game. Of course, Manager Darrell had his grandstand decorated out with bunting, and had hired the Marathon Band to en tertain the growing crowd Seats were reservedfor the town dignitaries, who had ac cepted an invitaticn to attend in a body after their regular weekly meeting, while the private box Jack had had built for himslf and the Hamiltons, was spacious enough to hold Benjamin Seabury, Mrs. Darrell, Edith, who got leave of absence !or the occasion, and Dallas's mother also. A tremendous mob packed the ground and taxed the capacity of the grandstand to the utmost when game was called, with Rockland at bat. Ground rules were put in force, which limited a hit into or over the crowd to two bases, but a clean J:\it over the fence, PAGE 23 22 r THE BOY MAGNATB. or into either left or right bleachers, i n fair ground, was to be counted a home run. With thi s understanding, the game began. R o ckland scored a run in the opening inning, and in the third Marathon, amid a pandemonium of cheers, evened matters up. Thenceforward it like drawing a tooth for either team to get a man around the bases, and the utmost excite ment reigned on the ground. "Your team seems to be making goad, Darrell," remarked Mr. Seabury, when the boy magnate made his way to the box after counting up the day's receipts and settling with Rockland s representative in his office. "I'm glad you think so, Mr. Seabury," replied Jack, glancing at the score-board and noting with satisfaction that the score was not against his side "It is any one's game up to this point. That left-handed pitcher you've got seems to be putting it all over my lads, but if they ever reach him it will be all day with Marathon." "Oh, my fellows can bat some themselves," laughed J The words were hardly out of his mouth before Wickers landed on an outcu.rve and sent it to the far corner of the grounds, over the heads of a tliree-deep fringe of spectators drawn up behind the rope. Ordinarily it would have been good for three bags, if not for a home run, but the ground rules made it a two-bagger. "What's the matter with that hit?" asked Jack, with a pleased laugh, glancing at Amy Hamilton, who, with face flushed with excitement, was clapping her little gloved hands in common with the majority of the Marathon people, who shrieked like mad over the hit. "It was a dandy," replied Mr. Seabury, "but I doubt if it will amount to anything." And he was right, for Wickers was left on second. as the next batter ballooned to short. "-It's too mean for anything that we didn't score this inning," said Amy, wit4 a look of keen disappointment. "Better luck next time," laughed Mr. Seabury. "Here is a record of the day's receipts, 1\fr. Seabury,'' said Jack, "with a memorandum of your share, which I've paid over to Mr. Black." He handed the president of the league a slip of paper. "A very s a'tisfactory showing, Darrell," replied the Rock land magnate, after looking it over. "Nothing more than I expected after sizing this crowd up. I mu.gt congratulate you on the start you've made. I've heard something about your method s and I'm bound to say that they are panning out. It was a good business move of yours to enlarge this stand. Why, you never would have been able to accommodate the people who were willing to pay the extra quarter for a covere d chair if you hadn't done it. How many seats have you got now?" "Six hundred." "There must be more than a hundred standing up back and sitting in the aisles." "There are. Over eight hundred tickets were taken in by the ticket-taker at the grandstand entrance." "And twice that number in the bleachers and on the field." "All of that, sir." "'l'hc league is going to make money this year "I hope so, sir. I'm doing my share toward helping for ward to that end." "You're doing nobly, my boy magnate. You're a sur prise to me. I didn't draw a bigger crawd last Saturday in Rockland, with everything in my favor. Why, Gibson must have lost a wad of money last season through his miserable obstinacy, and of course we all suffered in proportion when we came over here. Under your management it looks as if we shall all share in your good business sagacity." "I have no doubt you will, for the more people I can pull into the park, the more there will be to divide." During the balance of the game, which finally resulted in a victory for Marathon by the score 0 3 to 2, Jack talked with Amy and her brother, particularly Amy. The girl congratulated him on his financial success, and in the end on the success of his team, and Jack never felt happier. There had probably never been anything like such a crowd in Marathon park before, unless at the free fireworks exhibition on the Fourth of July, when the summer hotels and cottages along Marathon beach were :filled to their capacity. It was a hilarious and delighted crowd, with the possible exception of several hundred disappointed Rocklanders who had fondly expected to see their team win. The general-admission people crowded around Bassett and his players as they started for the qressing room, and cheered them lustily. Bob Friskett had made good, in thci?-" estimation, for he had held the Rockland team down to six scattered hits. Two of his four free passes had developed into runs, it is true; but as Marathon had won out nobody cared for that now. Wickers and Egan had carried off the batting honors for their side, the former getting three hi-ts and the latter two, both two-baggers. Bassett, at short, had accepted every chance offered, and his throwing to :first was as accurate as a rifle shot. Altogether, the Marathon team was the idol of the hour, for it was now in the lead, with two games won and none lost. But, then, the season was young yet. CHAPTER XIII. MARATHON'& FIRST DEFEAT. On Thursday morning the Pimlico ball-tossers came over to Marathon to take the morning boat for Rockland, where the team was scheduled to play that afternoon. The Marathon players, accompanied by their manager, Arthur Hamilton, and Amy, took the same boat as far as Cinnebar, where they got off and went to one of the hotels for luneh. PAGE 24 THE BOY MAGNATE two o clock they boarded a bus for the grounds. A big crowd was wending its way in the same direction. The showing that Marathon had made in its first two games had wh7 tted public curiosity to see how the new team would fare at the hands of the Cinnebars. If Cinnebar won, she would be tied with Marathon for first place, and if Rockland also won, as was expected, the three teams would be even up As Fred Dallas was on the cards to pitch, the Cinnebar fans were not at all sure which way the cat would jump. Baseball being a very uncertain game, it witS quite possi ble that the Cinnebar players might do Dallas up, for they were putting up a great game. The park was almost crowded when the game began, and it soon developed into a pitchers' battle between Dallas and Waldron. In the seventh inning the tide turned. Fred lost his grip, somehow, and when the smoke of the inning had passed away, five of the Cinnebar sluggers had dented the home plate, and that number of large and juicy runs went up on the score-board. Bassett sent Friskett in to pitch in the eighth, but the game was alr e ady lost, and when it was over there were nine goose-eggs up against Marathon and their rivals had six runs to their credit. The real surprise of the day, however, was the defeat of Roc>kland by Pimlico to the tune of 8 to 1. Jack was disappointed because his team had lost, but he was pleased to death with the size of his share of the after noon s receipts. He took his players and the small contingent of MaratHbn fans back to town in a steam launch, as the Seabirfl Had touched at Cinnebar two hours before. "We can't win all the time," said Jack to his captain, while the launch was en route for hcune. "But I counted on keeping in the lead, with Dallas in the box," replied Bassett, with a glum expression. "Don't worry, old man. When the Cinnebars come to Marathon next Tuesday you can -try and get your revenge. They put up a mighty fine game to-day. Good enough to make a big league team hustle." "Did you see Chester Wells ? He was rooting hard against us, and he went into hysterics of satisfaction when Dallas got his medicine." "Oh, he's sore on me because I got the franchise. He hasn't noticed me since the he came into the office and tried to destro:y the lease of the park." "Well, you aren t worrying, are you?" "Not a bit." "You must have got a boodle out of to-day's game, judg ing from the size of cro wd." "I'm satisfied with my share of the receipts. I wish I could always count on as much, but, of course, I can't, for after the first excitement the attendance on Tuesdays and Thursdays will dwindle a bit." "I think as soon as the summer people begin to come, Marathon will make the best showing of any of the towns on those days." "I have based my calculations on that." At this point Fred Dallas came up. "Well, what do you think of me, J acl{ ? Disgusted ? I got a horrible jolting in the seventh for fair. This is the first time I ever was taken out of the box/' "That isn't anything. The best pitchers in the world have their spots of hard luck and have to step down and out." "I was so sure I had those fellows safe that all I lo o ked for was a batting spurt on our side to win out." "And all we got were three measely hits," growled Cap tain Bassett. "Wickers couldn't have hit a balloon, while my bat and Egan's seemed to be full of holes "Give the boys a course of batting practice to morrow, for you want to do up Pimlico on Saturday," said Jack, leaving them, and walking over to where Amy sat "Isn't it too mean for anything," said the girl, "that we lost to-day?" "It wast simply the fortune of war, Miss Amy," he re plied "By the way, there's a good show at the Opera House to-night. Would you do me the honor of accompanying me there?" "Why certainly, if you would like me to." "I sh'ould consider it a great pleasnre." "Then, of course, I will go with you, Jack-I mean Mr. Darrell," she said, plushing vividly at the slip of the tongue. "Why not call me Jack, Miss Amy? Everybody does, even your brother. It sounds more natural to me. She looked down on the deck and didn't answer for a moment or two. "Don't you think it would be just a little bit too familiar on my part," she said at length, with a sly glance into his face. "Not at all. I'd like to call you Amy, if I dared. Edith is over head and ears in love with you, and says you're the sweetest girl in the world, and I perfectly agree with her." "Now, Mr. Dar--" "No-Jack." "Well-Jack, then. Are you satisfied?" with a smile and a blush. "Yes, if you won't forget to call me Jack a.11 the time." "I'll try and not forget "And may I call you Amy wl:ren Wf're together?" "Yes," she softly. "Thank 'you. I'll be at the Inn for you at a quarter to eight." "I will be ready." At this point Arthur Hamilton strolledup. "Say, Jack, I hear you're going to have a rival," he said.,, with a smile. "A rival What do you mean?" "Chester Wells has leased a plot of ground within a block of the park. He's going to fence it in, lay out a diamond, and run an independent baseball eterprise." "He is?" replied Jack, somewhat astonished. PAGE 25 24 THE BOY MAGNATE. "Yes. He's hired most of Gibson's last seaso 's team, They got a jolt in the fifth inning, however, that changed and is in correspondence with many of the G_ollege men their views a bit. who summer down here His idea is to get those lads to With two men on bases, Kendrick, the doughty right organize a college team and play his organization three fielder, put the ball over the fence for a home run, evening times a week in an effort to do you out of some of your up the score. patronage That hit arol1sed the first real enthusiasm of the day, and "I'm not afraid of him hurting me much He may cap the Marathonites made Rome howl for a few minutes ture a few of the summer visitors at odd times, but if he's As the first batter for Pimlico opened up with a three going to rely the Marathon cast-offs to make a showing, bagger, and Dallas gave the next man a pass, and hit the I guess he'll play to empty benches." third, things began to look dark again for the f10me "That's my opinion He's got a head, and thinks about as dark as the sky that threaten ed a renewal of the he'll be able to injure you-the man, too, who saved his shower life He ought to be ashamed of himselt. It doesn t spea k With the bases full, none out, and Pimlico's crack slugwell for the blue blood he claims is in his veins. A gentleger up, the crowd began to root for rain. man is a gentleman always. Good clo.thes and good And they got it, too-a good soaking most of them. do not always make one, and I think he's a good example of But they didn t care, for the game ended then and there a round peg in a square hole." a tie, and Pimlico los t what looked to be. certain victory. "Well, he's welcome to run opposition to me if he thinks Oinnebar, however, won from Rockland on their own it will do him. any good. I'm afraid he'H find it an exgrounds and took the l ead, pushing Marathon into second pen s ive luxury By the way, Mr Hamilton, I have invited place. your sister to go with me to the Opera House tonight. Jack, however, was pleased, because he wouldn't have to Have you any objection?" r edeem the rain-checks, and the balance to hi s credit looked "None at all You're welcome to take Amy anywhere big and fat as the result of the first four games of the is willing to go '1th you. season. "Thank you, Mr Hamilton. I will take the best of care "I gues.s I'll make basebaJ.l pay in this burg," he told his of her." sister, as they sat in the office, after the had left the The boat was now approaching the Marathon landing grounds. The team received no demonstration this time on their "That will be just grand, Jack. Mother will be so happy arrival in town. to know that you're making money." As they rode up Main Street in the bus to their boarding "'It's about time I made some, don't you think? I'm place they passed the newspaper offices, where the scores nineteen years old, and the head of the family. I ought to were posted up in the windows lliake a showing, and you can bet on it, sis, I'm going to That six runs to nothing looked mighty bad to the playdb it." ers, but they cheered themselves up with the reflection that ".Amy didn't come to the game to day, did she?" said his they would get square with Pimlico on Saturday sister Perhaps they would, but as Pimlico had beaten the "No. The weather looked too bad Besides, she didn't strong Rockland nine on its own grounds that afternoon by want to leave h e r brother. He couldn't stir out a day like the score of 8 to 1, it wasn't at all certain that Marathon this. He's been a good friend to me, Edith, and I never will would do them up in the next game forget him. He 's given me the oppottunity of my life." C HAPTER XIV. A D.AETARDI,y PROJECT A large and enthusiastic crowd gathered at Marathon Park, Saturday afterneon, notwithstanding that the weather looked somewhat threatening, and the ducats that rolled into the box-office made Jack's heart glad It began to rain in the fourth inning and game had to be suspended for ten minutes, : with the score 3 to 1 in Pimlico's favor. It began to look as if the rain c hecks that had been given out would reduce the young manager's profits at the next game on the home ground, for four and onehalf innings had to be played to make the game .a legal one. However, it cleared up a bit, much to Jack's re l ief, and no doubt to the satisfaction of the Pimlico pl ayers, who saw victory before them. "I think he didn t do more than he ought, for you risked your life to save his sister from death." "I'd risk my life any day for her, without a thought of getting anything for it. "I guess Amy occupies more of your thoughts than any thing ell3e," laughed his sister, slyly. '"Oh, nonsense!" flushed Jack. "Why, what are you blushing for?" "I'm not blushing," replied Jack, getting up and walking to the window. But Edith had her own opinion on the subject. She got up, went to her brother and put her a rms about his neck. "Amy is a dear, good girl, and I like her better than any girl I ever met," she said. "I'd like nothing better than to have her for a sister. I am almost sure that you love her, Jack, and I know she thinks an awful lot of you-she has tol d me so." PAGE 26 I THE BOY MAGNA T E. 25 "Has she?" asked Jack, very much interested. "Do you a game between the Marathon "Misfits," as Bassett calle d think I really stand any show with her?" them, and a college nine of summer visitors. "I am sure you do. If you really care for her, let her The diamond was not enclosed, as Chester found that see it in the way that girls like, and then maybe---" such a plan would be too costly, so that a nybody could walk "Maybe what?" up and view the game nothing. "Some day she really may become my sister." He had erected a grandstand, with a small bar under "If I can make her yom' sister, Edi.i.h, you can bet your neath it, and to select place he charged a qua rter for a liie I will," replied the young magnate, kissing her. seat. Shortly afterward the weather cleared up and Jack and He took in less than$10, for only the personal his si!'ter went home, with the proceeds of the day's game and relatives of the college boys could be induced to rem aiu in hi.s pocket. away from the league game at the park Marathon won from Cinnebar on Tuesday, and that was The free crowd was made of sma11 boys, and a few others balm to the hearts of Jack's team; but from that to Decora-who couldn't get into the park tion Day it was a sort of seesaw experience with them, Altogether, Chester didn't do Jack Darrell much damwhich left the standing of the clubs on the morning of May age that day. 30 as folows: Jack took Amy, and Fred Dallas escorted Edith to an Cinnebar, 8 won, 3 lost; Marathon, 6 won, 4 lost; Rockexhibition of fireworks near one of the big hotels that night. land, 4 won, 7 lost; Pimlico 3 won, 7 lost. Chester was there, too, and it. made him furious to see On Decoration Day, Marathon played at Pimlico in the how thick the boy magnate was getting with the pretty morning and drew a good crowd, winning the game by the sif'ter of Arthur Hamilton. score of 3 to 2. Before he had been so unfortunate as to nearly drown the In the afternoon Pimlico came to Park rlnc1, girl, he had been figuring on having her all to himself that before a crowd as big as that of the opening day, defeated s nrnmcr; but Coffin Ledge had done him out of both his Jack's team by the score of 3 to 1. sailboat and the girl, and he had never forgiven Jack for Rockland won both games from Cinnebar, and jumped saving her and thus getting the inner track of him in more up the scale. ways than one From a pecuniary point of view, Jack was 'way ahead He followed Jack and Amy, as they strolled through the on the Decoration Day receipts, and as his team was only a crowd, and the l onger he watched their confidential com single game behind the leaders, he was feeling prei.ty good, p::mionship the more jealous and angry he became at the especially as Amy and her brother honored his mother's young baseball manager . humble home at dinner, and spent an enjoyable evening "The beggar is getting a. swelled head over his success there. with the franchise I'd give a thousand dollars to get him During the month of June, Cinnebar continued to play in a hole. I wonder how I could do it? I wish some of a strong game, and maintained its lead a small margin these fireworks would only travel up toward the park ancl over Rockland, which hatil pushed Marathon :into third set his grandstand on fire. That would bust him up for .or place, while Pimlico seemed destined to finish as a tail fair, for it would take double his season's profits to put up ender, though it always proved a stu,mbling-block to Jack's a new one, besides the loss of time ball-tossers Chester's vindictive feelings were perhaps l argely due The race was very close among the three first named to the fact that he was not thoroughly sober, or he had teams, and no one could hazard a reliable guess as to which patronized his own bar pretty freely during the progress would win the pennant. of the game between his team, captained by Jake Spindler, The result was that all the games drew good crowds,. es-i.he first baseman, and the college lads, who, by the way, pecially in Marathon, where Jack was piling up a good hacl easily done up the "Mis:fi,ts," and he had drank more bank account as the days went by. since, so that he was in a pretty rocky condition. On Fourth of July, Marathon was taken on a special It happened that while trying to keep track of Jack and boat to Rockland and whipped Mr. Seabury's team in the Amy he encountered Jake Spindler, who was also sornemorning game. what mellowed by utinking. After a lunch provided by the president of the league, the Spindler hated Darrell worse, if anything, than Chester two teams were carried up the bay to Marathon, where, did, and was just aching for a chance to get back at the \ before a record crowd, Jack's players won a second time, young magnate. amid the wildest enthusiasm. He was satisfied that he had been treated in a lowdown As Jack had calculated on an unusual crowd that day, manner by Jack, because our hero had not signed him to he added another hundred seats to his grandstand, and explay first base on the new team. tended both of the bleachers, but even at that the grounds In his own mind, although in no one else's, he co"'-1ld liold were snowed under by the people, hundrds of Pimlico fans down the first cushion in a style worthy of an expert in his corning over, as their own team was playing in Cinnebar palmiest clays, and it grated on his feelings to feel that he Cheste:r: Wells started his ball-ground on the Fourth, with had been cast aside like an old shoe

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26 THE BOY MAGNATE. As a matter of fact, he had given a "rotten" exhibition during the previous season, being unable to 11andle half of Bassett's swift passes from short, and had not a little to many of the clefeats Marathon had sustained. As soon as Spindler saw Chester he caught him by the arm and persuaded him to ta.kc nother drink, and their conversation soon came around to Jack :J?arrell. Chester foolishly confided to him his wish that Jack's baseba ll aspirations might be nipped .in the hud if the fire works were only nearer to his grandstand. Spindler thought he saw an opening to get square with Jack and make some money at the same time, for he knew that Chester Wells could command a lot of cash. He was also drunk enough to dangerous. "Give me $500, old man," he said, familiarly, to the young aristocrat, "and if that grandstand doesn't catch fire to-night, I'm a liar." "How will$500 make it catch fire?" hiccoughed Chester. "Never you mind. Cough up the $500 and you'll see what you'll see." Chester tried to get the problem through his head, but couldn't. Spindler paid for another drink and egged on by telling him he was afraid to pui. up so much money' r That made W e ll s angry, and he said he'd give him$500 next day if the park. stand was destroyed that night. Spindler made him put it clown on paper, and when he had the signed document in his hand h e tolL1 Chester that he might consider the job as good as done, for he was going to see about it right away. The rascally ball player at once stmlc d off lo put the dastardly plan in execution, while Chester walked off, un steadily towards his home. CHAPTER XV. THE PJ,OT THAT FAILED. It happened, however, that this conversation between Chester Wells and Jake Spindler wa. overheard by Frank Bassett and Tom Wickers, who wore standing not far from the spot where the 'two were incautiously giving expression to their thoughts. When Spindler started off, Bassett gripped Wickers .by the arm. "I believe that rascal means to try and carry out that' design of hi s You follow him and if you find an officer, give him in charge, if not, keep on his track. I'm going to hunt up Jack. He's around here somewhere with Miss Hamilton. Dallas is with him, too, with Jack's sister, whom he is sweet on. I'll put Jack wise to this crooked scheme, and the chances are we'll go right out to the park to head that scalawag off. Chase yourself, now, and don't, on your life, lose sight of Spindler." Bassei-4 was lucky enough to run across Jack, Fred and the girls inside of five ai:id he startled the quar t e t with the infermation :i.e brought. "I must go out there at ORce with you, Fred, wiil you lake charge 0 1\1iss Hamilton? Amy, will yon excuse me under the circumstances?" Dallas promised to take Amy home, and the young lady said that of course she would excuse Jack in such an emergency. So the boy magnate and the captain of his team started for Main Street and boarded a car that ran to a point be yond the ball grounds. All was dark around the park when the boys arrived there. The keeper and his family had turned in some time be fore and were fast saleep. After carefully inspecting the immediate neighborhood, Jack aroused his employee and told him to bring his revolver down with him. When the man appeared, the young manager told him that he had information, which he considered reliable, that an enemy of his intended to try and fire the grandstand that night, and he proposed to keep watch for awhile for the purpose of preventing such a disaster, as well as to try and catch the villain in the act. The three then held a consultation and decided to hide in different parts of the foundation of the stand A hour went by, and then Jack saw a figure crossing the diamond in the dim moonlight, with a bundle under hi s arm. He came directly toward the grandstand, and as soon as he got clos e to it the boy magnate recognized him as Jake Spindler There was no sign of at his heels, so Jack came to the conclusion that his clever catcher had missed the fellow somewhere on the road. Spindler soon :i;cached the foundation of the stand, and, striking a match, looked around. He hit upon a suitable spot to start the blaze, uncon scious that his every movement was being watched. The package under his arm consisted of a bag of ex celsior. He pushed the inflammable .-f;uff under the boards of the :floori!fg of the bar, and then taking a bottle or naphtha from his pocket he soaked the bunch of excelsior well with it. Then, with a grunt of satisfaction, he struck a match and started to set the mass on fire. Had he been permitted to start a blaze in that naphtha soaked excelsior the grandstand, as well as all the adjacent buildings, w ould have been utterly destroyed in a short time. But his Nemesis was upon him in the person of Jack Dar rell, who sprang upon him and bore him to the ground. "You rascal, what are you about to do? He:i::e Bassett and Andr ews, come quick and help me secure this fellow." Spindler struggled desperately to release himself, but Jack held on to him with a vice-like grip until his com panions ran up, and ihen it was all night with the con temptible and villainous baseball player. Andrews had brought a cord in his pocket and Spindler was soon helpless.

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THE BOY MAGNATE. They march e d him into th e where Jack telephoned to the police station for an officer, explaining the circum stances over the wire. He was told that a policeman w o uld b e sent to the grounds at once to take char g e of the pri sone r. The officer r e a c h e d the place in half an hour Jack took him out to the g rand s tand an d showe d him the evidence of Spindler's atte mpted c rim e In !he meantime, Spindler awoke to the s eriou s nes s of the situation he found liim s elf in, and knowing that the only person he could apply to in this emergency was his wealthy accomplice, whose soc ial position he thought would protect them both, he sent a message to Ches t e r, e x plaining his predicament, and a s king him to q all arid see him, which W e lls, in some trepidation, did. "You had a narrow escape, Darre11," said the policeman Spindler didn't mince his words in Chester's presence. "You're just as guilty, or even more so 'tha I am. "Why in an hour's time the whole place would have b e en beyond saving. I'll put the handcuffs on that chap and take him back with me." You put me up to do it." As s oon as Spindler was manacled, Bassett placed his hand in his pocket, drew out a piece of paper and handed it to Jack. "Read that. It will give you the name of this fellow's aider and abettor." Jack glanced over the paper, which ran as follows: "I promise to pay Jake Spindler $500 for services ren dered on the night of July 4, provided I am satisfied that he has carried them out. "(Signed) CHESTER WELLS. "That's a lie l" replied Chester, furiously "Is it?" sneered Jake "You promised me$ 500 if I succeeded in destroying the park grand s tand last night. You know you did. At any rate, you gave me your I. 0. U. for that a.mount." Chester Wells was fairly staggered and not a little alarmed. "What shall I do?" he gasped "Do? Why, go and see your father at once, and get him to take means to save the both of us." "Oh, Lord! He'll never forgive me!" groaned Ches ter "Never mind that. He won' t see you sent to prison, if he can lielp it. But remember, he's got to save me, too, or it will be worse for you." That W!J;S all, but it was enough to show that the son Chester Wells hurried 'away, terribly upset. of the foremost citizen of Marathon was both reckless and As he was entering his home he was arrested by a police unprincipled. man on the magistrate's warrant and brought back to the The :first thing Jack did next morning after breakfast was jail. to call at the Marathon Inn and have an interview with An hour later he and Spindler were arraigned in court, Arthur Hamilton. and the charge against them created a sensation for the After Darrell had explained the facts, and handed Hamnewspapers and the whole town of Marathon. ilton Chester's I. 0. U., the pre s ident of the f'J"ew England Jack Darrell, Frank Tom Wickers, Anderson, League expressed his sentiments right from the should er. the ground-keeP,e:c. and the offic er who had ocrested Spind He was justly indignant at the outrage which had bee n ler, were in court and testifi e d, and Jack handed .Chester attempted on the energetic young manager, and was anx Wells's note to the magistrate as aE exhibit in the case. ious to see the guilty ones punished. Arthur Hamilton was aiso present to see that justice was "Chester Wells is a young scoundrel," he said "The meted out to the offendel's. of Bassett and Wickers, backed up this I. 0 U., The prisoners were held on heavy bail, which Banker and the subsequent capture of Spindler in the act of :firing Wells furni s hed for his son, but refused to Spindler the grandstand, warrants the immediate arre s t of Wells as Subsequently, both were brought to trial, and, in spite -the prime mover in the affair. The fact that he was someof the efforts of eminent counsel, furni s hed by Mr. Well!, what intoxicated at the time is no e xcuse. It si"mply in an effort to save his son, w e re convicted and sentenced brought to the surface what the rascal had in his heart to ten years each in the State pri son. against you. There is no reason why his re s pectable connections should shield him from the consequences of his villainy, and the other fellow be sent up because he has no influ e ntial friends. What's sauce for the goos e i s sauce for the gander. I insist that yott act at once in this mat ter, and have a warrant i s sued for Wells's arre st. If their scheme had succeeded you would have been left without a ball park right in the middle of the seas on, and the loss m11st have been fatal to your success. I promised not to interfere in your business arrangements, but this is too serious a matter me to l e t you overlook. You must prosecute Chester Wells." "Very well, sir I will apply to the magistrate at once," replied Jack. CHAPTER XVI. HOW THE BOY MAGNATE WON THE PENNANT. On September 14th the season closed, with Marathon and Rockland tied for :first place, and of c ourse, this tie had to be played off. Accordingly, the elate for ihe cru c ial game w a s set for the following Saturday afternoon. Jack and Mr. Seabury tossed up for choice of grounds, and the boy magnate won. The day turned out an ideal one for the contest, and the navigation company's two boats were pressed into service

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