A harvest of gold, or, The buried treasure of Coral Island

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A harvest of gold, or, The buried treasure of Coral Island

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A harvest of gold, or, The buried treasure of Coral Island
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Paul and Andy .advanced upon the motionless figure. "Great Scottt'.' uclaimed Prescott, when he got close 'enough to look the grewsome object squarely in tQ.e-face. "It's a skeleton?" "A skeleton!" palpitated Andy, turning pale. "Oh lor\ so it is!"

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Fame and Fortune Weekly ST.OR.JES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY laved Weekl11-B11Subscription12.5() per 11ear. Ente1'ed according to Act of Congre, in the year no7, in the o.fl'lce o f the LibrariorJ of Congreu, Wahinaton, D. C., blf Frank Touse11, Publuher, 24 Union Square, New Yor7'. No. 91. NEW YORK, JUNE 28, 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS. A HARVEST OF 60LD OB, THE BURIED TREASURE OF. CORAL ISLAND B y A SELF-MADE MAN' CHAPTER I. THE DEATH BELL. Boom !-Boo;rn !-Boom The sombre note of a deep-toned bell, thrice repeated, at intervals of exactly seconds, smote upon the bluster ing night air, and the dull sound, caught by the wind, was borne for a mile down the winding, country road to the ears of three persons in a light wagon, two of whom were boys, that was rattling along at a rapid rate in the direction whence the bell note had come. ''What's that, John?" asked the elder of the two boys-a fine, handsome young fellow, of athletic build, known for many miles around in that neighborhood as Paul Prescott, the only son and heir of George Prescott, a retirejl me r chant, of Prescott 's Roost, West Newbury, Mass. The old man, he was a.11 of eighty, but hale and strong for his age, who drove the team of bays, shook h'is head sol emnly, while a shiver ran through his frame, and a look of sadness gathered upon his countenance He seemed instinctively to understand what the sound portended He recognized in it the death knell of Mr. Prescott, the father of the lad who had just spoken, and he believed, as firmly as if the words had been spoken in his ear, that the boy in question was now an orphan. There was a mystery about that bell that no one had ever ; able to fathom. It hung in a small, weather scarred belfry above the roof of Prescott's Roost, between the twin, ivy clad stone towers that formed a picturesque effect to the front of the h o use facing the road That section of the building was said t-0 be over 200 years old, and had a history. When Mr. Prescott came into possession of the property, all but the front part of the ancient structure was in a state of ruin and decay It was surrounded by fifty acres of land, and he got it at a bargain. Instead of razing the whole of the o l d building, the new owner rebuilt it on its former lines, leaving the original front as it was, for the romantic aspect of the ivy covered towers and castellated entrance appealed to his artistic eye. The crumbling bell-tower, with its solid looking iron bell, so rusted to its fastenings that no two men could stir it from its perpendicular position, was permitted to remain was a legend in the neighborhood that when the former owners of the house diecl, one by one, the old bell rang out three times at the moment each breathed their l ast. This creepy tradition was told to Mr. Prescott, but he placed little faith in it till be was startled by the thrice repeated sound of t h e bell at the moment of his wife's death, five years later No natural cause could be assigned to so singu lar a coin cidence, hence from that time the mystery that hung abou t the bell tower deepened, and the conviction was widespread among those of a superstitious turn of mind that the bell

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I 2 A HARVEST OF GOLD. would sur e ly ring again when another member of the famProm that town he lrncl l o change lo a branch line that ily tlietl. s topped at B y field, the n e arest poinL to his home. One summer even _ing at dusk, about three months later, He was astonished to meet his cousin Henry getting out the bell boomed out its three solemn notes once more. of the B. & M. train at Newburyport, and to learn that he It was heard two miles away, for the night was still, and too, was bound for the Roost. g ave ris e to much as to whether Mr. Prescott or At such a time .Henry's company was even less congenial hi s s on Paul, neithe r of whom was known to be ill, had died than usual to him, but lie put the best .face he could <:JD the sudd e nly from some unexpected cause. matter, and tried to be friendly during the short run from The two in question were sitting on the rear porch in Newburyport to Byfield, where they were met by old John perfecL h e alth at the moment the mysteri?us note floated Barnes, the coachman, with a fast team, who had been told out, and when that fact became known it looked as if the by Faber Prescott to look out for his son i he came by that bell ha d rung a false alarm. train. A l ette r re c eiv e d a week later by Mr. Prescott, however, When the fateful bell rang out its death note, the party conveyed the intelligence of his only sister's death at the were within a mile of the Roost. Yery hour that the bell had spoken, and that confirmed the It was a dark, windy night, with the chill of the late fall grue s ome record of the mysterious bell. in the air, and the boys their overcoats very serviceA week before our story opens, Mr. Prescott had been able. tak e n s e riously ill. Although Paul well knew the dread significance of the .At the tim e his son Paul was away from home at a board three mysterious notes of the belfry bell, the sound had not in g -sclio ol in the suburbs of Gloucester. come with sufficient distinctness to his ears to enable him to Fabe r Pres cott Paul's uncle, and the black sheep of the identify them. fa mily, was stopping at the Roost on a brief visit, at his own It was different with John Barnes. invitation. He was very snperstitious, and he seemed to id_entify the He was a man whose inclinations were altogether oppo-warning at once. site to tho s e of his successful brother George. "What do you suppose that sound was, John?" asked He led a rapid, and, to some extent, afquestion&ble life, Paul, again seeing that the old man did not answer when ani c ons e quently was nearly always on the ragged edge of first addressed. fortune. "Nothin' much, Master Palil," he replied, in a choked H e was now a widower, with one son, seventeen years voice, not having the heart to tell the truth, and bring the old n a med Henry. grief of anticipated misfortune to the Jail's heart. The boy was very like his father in many respects, and "Time enough for that when he gets home and learns the tho s e resp e cts were not to his credit. truth, he muttered to himself. no longer takinir an inter-H e occa s ionally visited the Roost at his Uncle George's est in of the te am, which was now bearing them, r e quest, but he and his cousin Paul never got on well toas he believed, to the house of death. geth e r. The team was now drawing near a cross-road, which led They c ould assimilate no better than oil and water. down to the Merrimac River. A s s oon as the owner of the Roost was taken sick, Faber Jus t as they reach e d it shrill scream of a girl broke procee
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It was enough for him that one of the weaker sex st,Ood in t1rgent need of assistance, and he acted at once. Springing to the ground, he ran toward the girl, who, in anoth e r moment, fell, exhausted / into his arms. He caught and held her just as her pursuer came up. "Right ye are, young fellow," said the man, in a tone of satisfaction, advancing to grab the girl. "She gave me the slip from the schooner more'n an hour ago, and led me a pretty dance after her up t he road; but I'll fo her when I get her back, or my old woman will, which is all the same. I'll be bound she won't light out no more after this." ''Hold on," said Pa.;i1l, stepping between him anc1 the girl. "What has she done to you, anc1 why should you be chasing h e r at this hour of the night, along a lonely road?" "Didn't I jest tell ye that she lighted out from my schooner?" retorted the man, angrily. "Don't let him take me back!" cried the girl, recovering her breath and clinging desperately to her young protector. "He's a brute, and so is his wife. They've done nothing beat me since I came to live with them, three months ago." "Oh, I'm a brute, am I?" roared the man, savagely. "Y e'll well for that as soon as ye're back on board." He made a swoop at her, but Paul headed him off . of that, I say!'' cried the plucky boy. "I won't stand by and see any girl ill-treated by a big , fellow like you." "What have ye got to say about it, anyway?" snarled the man. "Ye hain't got no right to interfere in my business." He came closer to Paul, in a threatening wa.y, and then the boy noticed that he wore a green shade over his right eye, and was altogether about as unsatisfactory-looking as one would care to meet alone on a highway. "Well,'' replied Paul, stoutly, "as this girl has claimed my protecti<:Jn, she's going to have it. When she called you a brute, she didn t tell more than the truth, for your talk actions toward her prove it." "Blast yer !" yelled the man, springing at him. But Paul was a stou't boy and fully prepared for this demonstration on his part. While he was no match at all for the man in strength, he outclassed the rascal in alertness and activity. He was fully aroused to the situation, and made no bones about landing a heavy swing on the fellow's jaw as he side stepped to avoid his attack. What would have been the ultim!te result of the we cannot say. Probably it might have gone hard with Paul, for the ruffian was now aroused to a blind kind of fury. But at this point old John Barnes deemed it to be his duty to interfere, and he did it, with the butt of his whip. There were several ounces of lead in it, and when it lighted across the forehead of the rascal he went down in the road, like a stricken ox. He was partially stunned, but Paul saw that he would soon come to. "Come, young lady,'' he said, "let me help you into 3 the wagon. You shall. go to my home with me and stop there to-night. In the morning you can decide what you had best do to keep clear of your The girl uttered no objection, in fact she seemed glad to get as fa.r away from the man who now lay in the dust of the road 11,s possible, and permitted Paul to help her up I on the seat he had vacated to go to her assistance. ''Get on the front seat with John, Henry," asked Paul, "so I can look after this young lady.'> Henry, nothing lo.a.th, changed his seat, and soon the wagon was speeding on again, leaving the ruffian behind to pick himself up and retire from the scene. CHAPTER II. DOL;L Y OURTIS. "What is your name, miss?" asked Paul, regarding the girl he had rescued with much interest ; for despite her shabby attire, he easily saw that she was remarkably pretty, as well as interesting. "Dolly Curtis," she answered, in a low, somewhat re strained tone, as she glanced rather timidly at the stalwart lad by her side, to whom she owed so much. "Thank you," he said. "An. d I suppose you would like to know who I am?" "If you will tell me,'' she replied, with another glance in his face, the Grecian beauty of which apparently impressed her. "Well, my name is Paul Prescott, and,I live at Prescott s Roost, only a short distance from here. I have been at school near Glo'cester, and have just been called home by my father's illness. It was lucky for you, I guess, that we came along when we did." "It was,'' she answered, "and I shall never forget what you have done for me as long as I live." "That's all right," he answered, lightly. "You don't suppose that any decent fellow would have given you up to that ruffian if he could have helped? At any rate, I would not." "How strong and brave you are!" she exclaimed, admir ingly. "Thank you for the compliment, Miss Dolly," he said, ip a pleased tone. "Whatever you may decide on doing to morrow I hope we shall see more of each other than just this brief acquaintap.ce. I should like to be of further ser vice to you if I could. If I can be, don't hesitate to ask me. Now,,won't you?" The girl blushed and looked down, under his ardent gaze, and finally said she did not know what she was going to do, as she was an orphan, without home or friends. "Well, you must let me be your frienQ., Miss Dolly," said Paul. "Then you won't stand in need of one as long as I'm around. As for a home, if you're willing to make your self useful, I guess our housekeeper can find to keep you busy at the Rooit." Dolly expressed her gratitude fo Paul for his offer, and

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A 'HARVEST OF GOLD. said she would be glad i.f the housekeeper would take her tell her that it is my wish that she find something for .her on trial. to do right along, as the girl has no place to go, or no "Then, that is settled," said Paul, in a tone satisfacfriends. Tell her how we rescued her from a brute, who tion. "Now, tell me how came you. to be connected with may possibly try to regain her. His name is Captain Joel that rascal from whom I rescued you. Who is he, anyway? Grinnidge. If he comes to the Roost after her he's to get He spoke about a schooner-is he the skipper of one?" the G. B. Understand?" "Yes. His name is Joel Grinnidge. He is captain of John understood, and promised to see that his young the schooner Li.vely Polly, and makes regular trips between master's wishes were strictly attended to. Glo'ster and Nassau, on the Merrimac River. He lives, Henry Prescott had overheard much of the conversation when on shore, at Glo'ster, and I went to live with Mrs. which had ta ken place between his cousin Paul and Dolly Grinnidge when my aunt died, six month.s ago. Mrs. Curtis, and he sniffed at the idea of so much attention being Grinnidge was not kind to me, and made me work hard. paid to a poor and common girl, as he sized up Dolly. In fact, I was little better than a slave. I told her I meant "She's nothing but a pauper and a servant," he sneered to leave her at the end of the month. Then she locked me to" himself. "Paul must be crazy to treat her as if she was in a room and beat me dreadfully." as good as .himself. I..iow people like her ought to be kept "She did" exclaimed Paul, indignantly. in their place, otherwise they put on airs, and get to think "Yes. She kept me a prisoner until her husband rethey are somebodies. Pall.I is always putting himself out turned from his trip, and then he swore he'd be the death of the way to oblige some Tom, Dick or Harry. If I stood of me if I dared to leave. He said he'd find me wherever in his shoes, with all the property that's coming to him, I went, and would drag me back and half kill me. When you can bet I'd let folks know who I was. They'd take the schooner was ready 'to sail for Nassau again, Mrs. their hats off to me every time, you can gamble on that." Grinnidge decided to go and see some relatives she has in Although he sneered at Dolly on account of her forlorn New Hampshire, and she took me aboard the with and friendless condition, he was rather taken by '(er fresh her yesterday afternoon, just )Jefore she sailed. Captain beauty and engaging manners. Grinnidge struck me this morning for some little thing, and He decided that he would do her the honor ) of being swore at me in a terrible way. This evening, Mrs. Grinfriendly with her in a patronizing way. nidge found fault with rn, e because I accidentally broke a Naturally, she would appreciate his condescension, be plate when removing the dishes to the galley, and attacked proud to be seen talking with him, and that would flatter me with a stick. The schooner happened to be tied to a his own sense of superiority. wharf at the town yonder, and I fled ashore and ran up He felt sure his father wouldn't have sent for him unless the road without knqwing or caring where I wen.t. All I he intended to remain some time at the Roost. wanted was to get away from my persecutors. The captain He hoped it would be a long time, for he never was ac followed me as soon as he found out that I had escaped from customed to live as well, or have so soft a sna-p, as when he the schooner, and I hid from him by the roadside. When he was domiciled at the Prescott home. went up a lane to see if I had gone toward the house nearby, The fact that his uncle was very ill, and might even die, I ran on again. Finally it grew dark and I got confused did not bother him any. and frightened, finding myself alone on a dreary road. He was not at all grateful for past favors from tha,t same While wondering what I was going to do, Captain Grinuncle. nidge came up and almost caught me. I screamed and ran He accepted them more as a right to which he was enahead as fast as I could. Then I saw this wagon and you, titled than anything else. and I begged you to protect me. And you did, and I shall In fact, he reasoned that it would be much to his father's be grateful to you forever." and his own benefit if his uncle did die. "Well, don't worry any more. Captain Grinnidge won't In such an event he figmed that his father would become dare come for you at my father's home. If he does he'll the acting master of the Roost until Paul came of age, a get fired out into the road." matter of three and during that time they would "I never want to see him or Mrs. Grinnidge again. They certainly live on the fat of the land, a,nd he himself would are dreadfully cruel people. I will work very hard to please then enjoy as many privileges, perhaps more, as his <)ousin. your housekeeper if she will let me stay at your home for Yes, on the whole, it would be advantageous to him if awhile at any :tate." George Prescott never got well, and perhaps he hoped that "You'll stay all right. I'll make it plain to Mrs. Gray such would be the outcome. that I want you to remain, and that will settle it. You'll find her all right. Just do your best to help her, and I guess she'll take a liking to you, for she's just lost a daughter about your age that she thought the world of." "I will do iv.y best," answered Dolly, earnestly. "John," said Paul, to the driver, "this is Miss Dolly Curtis. Introduce her to Mrs. Gray when we get home, and CHAPTER III. A SNAKE IN TI-TE GRASS. About the time th::it the two boys left the Byfield station in the wagon, en rontc for Prrscotrs Roost, matters of moment were transpiring Rt Paul's

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A HARVEST OF GOLD. 5 Faber Prescott, instead of being at his brother's beside, as to be, is, I fear, unfortunate. His actions during my illness he ought to have been, considering the serious condition of have. not pleased me. Had he sent for my son when I rethat brother, was in the library doing things that he had no quested him to do so my boy would now be with me instead I business to do. of miles away." He was industriously searching the drawers pigeon"Paul will surely be here within the hour, Mr Prescott," holes of his brother's desk, and prying into matters not inTom hastened to assure him. "Indeed, he must already tended for bis eye. be on his ,;ay home from the station." He was hunting for one thing in particular-his brother 's "But for you, Tom, I fear he would yet have remained will. unnotified of my serious state, though it is five days since I In some way he had become aware that it was in the asked my brother to send for him." house, and he was looking into all the most likely places "It is a pity, then, that you did not tell me sooner that where such an article might be expected to be kept you wished to see him," said Tom. "I won]d have taken 'rhere was a strong safe in the house, set in the wall of the responsibilty of sending for him had I suspected that the dining-room, where the silverware and other valuable your illness was going to take such an unexpected turn.' articles were kept, the combination of which was known to "It is useless for us to consider now what might have only one person beside the owner, and that was Tom Haz-been done. What I wish to say to you has far more weight. ard," who performed some of the duties of a butler. You're an old ancl valued employe, Tom. You served me Faber Prescott, of course, knew about this safe, and hacl faithfully in business for twenty-five years, ancl since I a general notion as to its contents, but he did not know bought this place and settled down here, your services have that his brother kept his valuable documents in a small, been none the less valuable I feel I can trust you, Tom." inner compartment of this strong, steel box. "You can, indeed, sir." Had. his business instincts been reasonably developed he "My brother will take charge of this place immediately might J},ave guessed the facts of the case, but Faber was irn-that I am dead, but not for many days, for as soon as pressed with the idea that all men keep their papers either wilI is read it will be seen that Mr. Harrison, my Boston in their desks, or in some secret drawer or box in their Iilawyer, has been appointed my administrator, in conjunc brary or sleeping-room. tion with yourself, and that I have designated you as Had there been a small safe in either of these rooms his guardian of my son until he of age. I wish you to thoughts would have turned to it. become for the time being a second father to my boy. As there was none, he proceeded to make a thorough inPromise me you will." vestigation on the lines that ran in his mind. "I will," replied Tom, in a choked voice. Of course, it was a very high-handed proceeding on his "I know that you will, and trust you fully," said George part to search for his brother's will, but, then, he had a Prescott, his voice growing weaker. "Be careful to guard strong object in doing so. him against my brother, for I fear Faber will be greatly an Evidently, he believed that his brother had not long to gered when he discovers that be has been left out in the live. cold as far as the handling of my property is concerned, While he.was thus employed, his plaee in the sick-room and that he may endeavor to revenge himself in some way was filled by Tom Hazard on my son, notwithstanding the relationship he bears to-Had he known what was transpiring there he certainly ward him.'' would have fO'Und some excuse of getting Tom out of the "Your wishes shall be obeyed to the letter, sir," observed room. Tom, solemnly. "Your brother has already shown his hand "Tom, I am afraid I shan't survive this night,'' George in a way not at all relished by the members of this house Prescott was saying to his faithful attendant; "but if I hold, and I regret to confirm your opinion that it would live long enough to see my dear boy once more I shall die have been an unwise move on your part to have taken him contented." into your confidence with respect to your property and the Tom bowed his head in real grief, for Mr. Prescott had .future of Paul." been a kind and considerate employer during the thirty As Tom spoke, a curtain, which screened an alcove, was years he had worked for the owner of the Roost. moved aside, and a dark; scowling countenance peered in He easily saw that the stamp of death was on Prescott's upon the dying man and his faithful friend. face, and did not doubt but his tenure of life was brief. There was a similarity in looks between the man who "It is a humiliating confession for me to make, but it is lay helpless in b e d and the man behind the curtain, yet a fact that my brother is not a man who can be trusted. the expression of their ace1twas different, for the influ His life has been a misspent one from boyhood up, and ence of good and the influence of evil always leaves its it is too much to expect that he can change at this late day. traces on the human face. I have felt compelled to come to his firnmcial relief more They were brothers, and the man, whom we must call an times than I care to recall in order to save the name of interloper, was Faber Prescott. Prescott from disgrace at his hands. His presence here at "Ah!" he muttered, as he gazed at his dying brother, this time, instead of being the blessing to me that it ought "it is as I supposed You have taken means to defraud

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6 A HARVEST OF GOLD. me of my just right and you have Pven gone so far as to warn this employe of yours against me, your own fies}). and blood. A pretty broth er you are, I must say," he added, sneeringly; "but d not imagine that I will qu:ietly s ubmit to pla y second fiddle, i f by hook or crook I can defeat your amiable purpos e _He laugh s best who laugh s last. We will see who holds the ace." unconscious that his undeserving brother was an unseen listener of their conversa tion, George Prescott went on. ,"My will and other papers of value to my esta.te are de pos ited in the inner compartment of the safe below, of which you hold the combination, Tom. The key to the com partment is on the ring with other keys in the pocket of the trousers I last wore. Get that ring at once and guard that special key well. When Mr arrives-you must telegraph him immediate ly after my death-open the safe and inner box in his presence and let him search among the papers for the will which h e drew up for me s ome months ago. Then all will be well. Do you understand ?" "I do," replied Tom. "It is well that I overheard this part of their confidential talk," muttered Faber Pres-cott in the recess. "So the will is in the safe below, eh? And I never dreamed of that. No wonder I could not find it :in the"1ibracy. Well, per haps, it is not yet too late to contrive some mettsure by which I can get possession of il before that law yer arrives here." "And nOiV you know all I desired to tell you, Tom," con tinued the dying man. "I feel I am growing very weak. My breath and sight seem failing me. Why does not my boy com e ? A few minutes more and he will be too late-.too late Ah!" The eyes of the dying man had suddenly rested on hi s broth e r's face, projected throu g h the folds of the curtain, and a spasm of apprehension l est Faber had overheard their conve r sat ion struck upon his h eart and startled him at a moment when such a could not prove otherwise than fatal. "Tom-Tom!" he gasped. "Look-look-there! My broth--" He half raised himself in bed and pointed at the alcove. Tom Hazard, greatly startled himself, turned around and followed the indication of his a.rm, but saw nothing, for Faber Prescott had taken alarm and retreated from s ight and the curtain hung motionless as before he parted them. "I see no one. You must have been mistaken," he said. Th e n suddenly upon the night air ca.me the measured boom of the bell in the belfry on the roof. Boom !-Boom !-Boom! t "Great heaven!" cried Tom, in a hushed voice. "The death bell!" He turned to look at his old employer, with a glance of apprehension. His worst fears were realized. George Prescott was dead CHAPTER IV. WITHIN AN INCH 01'' HIS GRASP. Paul Prescott was overwl"ielmed with grief when he reached hom e a nd found that hi s father was dead. Tom Hazard did his best to comfort him, but for a l ong time he did not succeed. Faber Pres cott greeted his nephew with a melanchol y countenance, as though his brother's death was a grMt afiliction to him and assumed a particularly friendly atti tude toward the lad. Henry Prescott was very mpch surprised to learn of hi s uncle's death, but he was not particularly grief stricken over that sad event. His father had always misrepresented his brother to him s o that Henr y had come to consider that George Presrott had not the right thing by them. He now felt certain that he and his father would take up their residence for some time to come at the Roost. He also hoped that his uncle had left him in his will. I "I dare say the governor will have charge of J?,aul after this, and I hope he will make him walk a chalk iine until he 's tw e nty-one. H e 's been accus tomed to put on too many airs to suit me. I'd like to see him taken down a peg or two. I hate fellows who think thems elves better than other people because their father is weU off. I guess he'll find it con venient to change hi s tune now that he's an orphan." Such were Henry Prescott's reflections as he sat by him self at a table in the dining-rqom, eating the supper that had been prepared for Paul, for the poor bereaved lad had 'no thought or appetite for the meal. H enry'io spirits were in no wise impaired by the solemn circumstances, and he greedily devoured the good things laid before him. The fact that the cook had not expected him, and that t he viands had been intended for his cousin, did not wo;rry him greatl:Y. Faber Prescott, when he entered the chamber of death immedia te ly after his brother had expired, gave way to many exprcssioos of profound grief, somewhat .to the sur price of Tom Hazard, who was himself deeply moved. Th e faithful employe of the dead man began to wonder if the black sheep of the family didn't have a heart after all. In a short time Faber composed himself and then got Tom out of the room on an errand that was of no great . t I impor ance. As soon as Tom was out of the way, Faber made a quick search for the trousers he had last seen on his brother, and finding them folded on a chair, went through the pockets with uncommon dexterity. With a grunt of satisfaction he pulled out a ring full of keys. "One of these is the key that fits the inner compartment of the safe," he muttered. "Now, which one is it? It won't do for me to take the whole bunch."

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A HARVEST OF GOLD. He carefully examined each one o[ lhe keys and finally came to the conclusion that the small, flat key was the right one. He detached it from the ring, put it in bis vest-pocket and returned the others to the pocket of the trousers, which he carefully replaced as they were before. When Tom returned, after spreading the sad news among the servants, Faber was bending over his brother, with his handkerchief to his eyes. He rose as soon as Tom appeared and walked with dejec ted mien from the room. Going directly to the library, be sat down before his brother's desk and began to consider the situation from every point of vie;w, figuring how he could nullify the ad verse conditions that faced him. "If I could manage to get hold of the will and destroy it, then the law would. give me a certain standing next to the direct heir. I could probably insist on being appointed Paul's guardian because of my close relationship to him. What passed between brothei: and this Tom Hazard would have no weight in court, because it could not be cor roborated, and Lawyer Harrison's statement that he drew up a will for my brothel', while it would be believed, would ''to little if the will was not produced. It is true that in 'the end Paul would succeed to the property as the heir-at-law, but I would be able to claim something, while as his .guardian I should help myself to as much as sharp practice would admit of. The whole of my prospects hangs upon the disappearance of the will. That would be an easy matter to accomplish, now I believe I have the key to the inner compartment of the safe, if I only possessed the combination which opens the door. Tom alone holds that now. If it were possible to bribe hi.m. I fear that is out of the question. 'l'hese faithful employes are too infernaly honest. Perhaps I may be able to think up some scheme for forcing the secret from him-some way in which my agency would not be suspected. He who has the bra.in to contrive, and the will to execute, generally comes out on top." The rattling of the wagon, bearing old John and the two boys, on the gravel carriage path put an end, Ior the time being, to his plotting. Next morning the news was carried about the neighbor hod that George Prescott was dead. Many who h11d heard the three notes of the mysterious death bell the night before, and who knew that the owner of the Roost was very ill, had already discounted the in telligence. During the day the neighbors on terms of intimacy with the Prescotts called to offer their condolence. Faber and his son had had a long interview after break fast, and Henry was brought to view his father in a new light. Whatever confidences passed between them, the boy fell in with his father's views, and having been instrncted to keep a close watch on Tom Hazard's movements, faithfully carried out directions to the letter. Consequently, when Tom started for Byfield at about ten o'clock to telegraph to Lawyer Harrison in Boston, Faber was at once informed of the fact. "Has he gone, Henry?" asked his father. "Just drove away in the light wagon," replied the boy. 'fVery well. Now run and tell old John :Barnes to sad "I believe this is the combination of the safe. If I am right, I shall not need to follow Hazard to Byfield." He hastened down to the dining-room, which \Vas deserted. He turned the key in both doors and then, w:iJ;h the paper in his grasp, he proceeded to test the matter in hand. It was the combination, and inside of a few moments the big steel door swung open on its hinges. The interior was well filled with silverware and other articles of considerable value. Taking the small, flat key from his vest-pocket, Faber found, with a thrill of exultation, that it fitted the inner keyhole. To open the small, steel door and thrust in his hand was the work of but a moment. He grasped a pile of papers of various sizes and llrew them forth. Rushing over to one of the windows he eagerly sorted them out. At that moment the handle of one of the doors was turned sharply by somebody on the other side. Faber started as though stung by a venomous insect, ancl half of the papers dropped to the floor. One of them slid undfrneath a light table standing close at hand. The rascally brother stood trembling for a moment after the sound ceased and then pulled himself together. "Pshaw! What a fool I am to be rattled for nothing," he exclaimed, stooping and picking up the papers, excepting the one that was out of sight.

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A HARVEST OF GOLD. Then he went on quickly but carefully, looking at each of the documents he had taken from the safe. The will was not among them. He rushed back and felt around the inner compartment, but there was nothing left in there. He hurriedly went over the papers again, but without result. "Strange!" he muttered. "I distinctly heard my brother say, with almost his last breath, that. it was in this place. Could he have removed it and then the cir cumstance? It isn't like my brother to do such a thing. Then where can it be?" He searched through the other parts of the safe without finding the paper. At last he was satisfied that the will was not in the safe. "It must be that Tom Hazard has taken it out for some reason. No, he could not get into that compartment without the key, which had been in my possession almost from the moment my brother died. The will must be somewhere else, and I am beaten just when I was sure of success. What shall I do now? What can I do but make the best of an unfortunate situation?" He locked the inner compartment, after restoring the papers that were of no use to him, and then shut the safe door. After that he unlocked both doors and i:etired to the library to brood over his keen disappointment and chagrin. 'I CHAPTER V. HENRY PRESCOTT SHOWS CLOVEN FOOT. While he was thus engaged, Henry appeared and told him that Black Bess was ready. "I have changed my mind," said his father, "I shan't want her after all." ) "May I use her, then, father?" asked the boy, eagerly. "Do you think you can ride her?" "Sure I can," replied Henry, confidently. "Very well, but be careful slie does not throw you." Henry hastened away and was soon galloping down the road. "I must that key to the bunch. It is of no further use to me," mused Faber, when he was alone again. "Its absence would be likely to arouse suspicion, especially if Tom looks in the compartment for the will, as he was di rected to do in the presence of the lawyer, llnd it is not found there, as of course it will not be." He went into the room where his brother had just been laid out by the undertaker from the adjacent village, who had gone to get a suitable coffin for the deceased, and find ing the trousers in the same place, undisturbed, he re placed the key on the ring and left the room. Paul all this time was in the seclusion of his room. He felt his loss keenly, for hehad been very much at tached to his father, particularly since ; the death of his mother. He dicl not feel like showing himself around the house, but left everything to Tom Hazard or his uncle. During the afternoon he spent an hour with his dead father, and then Tom, after his return from Byfield, per him to go out for a short w.alk: Although overwhelmed by the death of his father, Paul clicl not altogether forget the girl he had saved from the persecution of Captain Grinnidge. Meeting the housekeeper in the dining-room, he spoke to her ab011t Dolly Curtis. ''I want you to do all you can for her, Mrs. Grey, for I tnink she is a good girl. You will greatly oblige me by looking after her, for she is an orphan, like myself." His eyes filled with tears as the thought recalled his own loss, and it took a great effort on his part to choke back a sob that came info his throat. "Be assured, Paul, that I will do 'ai1 I can fqr her," said the housekeeper, kindly. "Since you wish it, she shall have a home here with me. I have taken a great fancy to her. She seems gentle, a:ffection!l.te and willing. Per haps she may yet come to fill th'e void left in my heart by the death of my own de.ar child," she added, in a faltering tone. "At any rate, my heart goes out to her, and I shall try to win her confidence and love." "Thank you, Mrs. Gray," replied Paul. "She is very grateful to you, and feels very sorry for you in your affiiption. She cried a good deal when I told her that your father lay dead in his bed on your arrival home last night. Yes, I am sure that she is a good, true girl, and that you made no mistake in offering her the shelter of the Roost." "I am sure I did not," replied the boy, feeling tenderly grateful to Dolly for her sym)lathy in his hour of trouble. Then he left the house for a exercise in the crisp afternoon air. 0 ., While he was away, Henry got back from hi,s ride. He had ridden Black Bess pretty ; hard, and the animal was covered with sweat when he brought her to the stable. Old John, who looked after the was angry at her appearance. i "What have you been doing to ?" he asked, curtly. "I thought it was your father that wanted to ride her, in stead of which it seems that it was yourself." "My father changed his mind when I told him the mare was ready, and he said that I could use her," replied Henry, haughtily. "Well, it isn't likely you'll use her again in a hurry, for you don't seem to know how to treat a valuable animal." "I'll use her whenever I c;hoose, if my father says so," replied Henry, sharply. "You forget, young man, that your father is not master of Prescott's Roost," replied John Barnes, with equal sharpness. "He will be after the funeral," answered the boy, with a confident nod. "Don't be too certairt of that." "Why not? Isn't my'father George Prescott's brother?

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A HARVEST OF GOLD. 9 bile a go. You ought to hav e gone with him to c h eer him up. "Oh, I a in t stuc k on him. H e isn t m y s tyl e." "I should s ay h e i s n't. H e's br ave and h a ndsome, and g e n e rous whil e you-you're m e an and di s a g reeable." "Oh, I'm m e an and d is a g reeable, am I?" he s n a rled. "Ye s you are, so the r e !" "Are y ou g oin g to g ive m e a kiss?" "No I woul d n t kiss you for a million aollar s." "The n I'll mak e y ou." He seize d her by the wrist and gave it a s u dde n turn t hat brought a s cre am of pain to h e r lip s "No w will y ou kiss me?" "No s he flashed. He g ave h e r wri s t anoth e r twi s t. Her se c ond scream brought h e lp in the p e r s on of Paul Pre scott. CHAPTER VI. HENRY'S IMPORTAN T DISCOVERY. "What are you doing to Miss Curtis, H enry?" a s ked Paul, sternly. "Le t go of h e r wrist." "What a re y ou chipping in here for where you're not want ed?" s nort e d hi s cousin "Le t g o h e r wrist, do y ou hear?" The r e was that i.n Paul's eye which warned Henry to take h eed, and b e in g a c oward at heart he dropped Doll y's arm and with a dark, r e veng e ful look at his cousin, h e ha s tily l eft the g,rove. "I hop e he didn't hurt you, Miss Dolly," said P a ul, turn in g to th e g irl, whos e flu s h ed face and tearful eye showed that sh e had bee n unde r a strain. "I don' t know," she replied, hesitatingly, looking gratefull y at him. He took 'lP her little hand and s a w.that s he winced. ''He did hurt you, then? Allow me to apologize for him."

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10 A HARVEST OF GOLD. "No, you shan't apologize for him-he isn t worth it. I don't like him, and I never will, even if h e i s your c ou s in. He i R n t at all like you. You v e treate d m e s o ge nerou s l y, while be-he insulted me." "I am sorry," replied Paul. "He shan' t do it again. I won't stand for it." "He told me that if I didn't do what he wanted me to he'd have me sent away." "He told you that?" "Yes. He said that his father in charge of this place now, and that you have anything to say for som e years. He told me that he and his father w ere g oin g to live here." "I don't beli eve my father's will makes his father my guardian. I have under s tood diff e r e ntly. H enry, I think, will find himself mistaken. So he threate n e d you, did h e ? Don't worry, Miss Dolly. I told you I'd stand by you, and I will." "You are very good to me. And, oh, Mr. Paul, I'm so s orry for you in your trouble. I wish-I wish I c ould do something to make you feel le s s unhappy indeed, inde e d I do." She spoke earne stly and Paul, into h e r face, sa w that a great sympath y for him overfl o w e d h er ey e s He was much affect e d b y this exhibiti o n o f feeling on her part. He r e cognized in her a w arm and tTue fri end in that dark hour of his life In fact, lie felt so g rateful f o r h er girli s h sympathy that 1ardl y r e alizin g what lie did h e put his arm around her, drew her toward him and ki sse d h e r. "Oh, Mr. Paul!" sh e exc laim e d sta r ting b a ck in g r e a t confu s ion, whil e her fa c e g re1v scarle t. "I beg your pardon l\Ii ss Doll y,'' h e s aid, hastily, hold in g h e r hand, which she d i d n o t attempt to withdra w fro m his grasp. "I c oulrln t h elp if. Forgive me." "I-Tam not angry wit h you," s h e ans w ered softly, with down cast eyes. 1 "Then I am glad. I ki s s e d y ou because I saw the s ympathy your fac e expre ssed for m e At t h e m om ent you s e emed jus t like a dear sist er who w as try ing to comfort me when I mo s t nee d i t. I thank you for that sympathy, and, believe m e, if yol \ will l e t me, I will be your on e true friend for li fe. l\Iay I?" "I am no t worthy to--" Jot worth y ? Why, you r e th e best and truest g i r l I have ever m e t. I you are an orphan, s o am I now. I have no blood r e lative in the world but H enry and his father, and I do not trust e ither. But I ca n trus t you, Doll y Be a si s te r to me. Let me be a broth e r to you. L e t me always protect you and let me always feel that in you I have some one to care for. Shall thi s be as I wish?" "Do you really wish it?" she asked, shyly. "I clo. Is it yes?" "Yes-Paul." Ju the meantime, H e .nry entere d the house in a very bad humor. e He was furious at his cousin, and yearned for a chance w g e t s quare with him. His ride had made him hungry and he began to think it was time that dinner ought to be nearly ready. When he looked into the dining-room and saw that th e table wasn't even set he got a bigger on than ever. He proceeded to the kitchen and put up a howl to the cook. A s the cook was boss of her own department, and not ac customed to being dictated to, she sat down on Henry in a w ay that did not improve his temper. He r eturned to the dining-room, with a scowl \n his fac e as dark as a thunder-gust. "Jus t wait till father takes charge of this place and I'll b e t I'll have that cook bounced right off the reel. The idea of her talking to me as if I was just nobody at all," h e growled. / He was standing by one of the windows, gazing moodil y out on the lawn, and feeling that he must vent his ill-humor on something, he gave the light table close by a viciom kick. It went over on its side. "What did you want to fall over for and give me the t rouble of picking you up?" he snarled "I've a great mind t o l e ave you lie there." At that mom ent his sharp eyes noticed an oblong document lying on the polished floor where the table had stood. Curiosit y induced him to pick it up and examin.:i it. The word "Will" was printed in large, plain type on the back. "What's this?" he said, in some surprise, gazing at the word. He looked at it closer. What he saw made all his hungry sensations vanish in a moment . "Will of George Prescott. Dated, April 16. Why, can this be my uncle's will? What is it doing here?" H e started to open it, then reconsidered the matter, put i t into his pocket and hastened up to his own room, wher e h e lock e d himself in. T aking the will from his pocket he read it over from the beginning to the end. "Whew! This leaves everything to Paul, except $1,000 to m y .father, and a paltry $500 to me. That bea s t of a T o m Hazard i s appointe d hi::; guardian, ancl is al s o m a d e an associat e administrator of the estate, with the lawy er who drew this up. Why, father is left out in the cold altogeth er. That's a nice way for my uncle to treat us, I must say. The governor won't have a thing to say about anything, and, of course, he and I will be dumped out of this soft snap w e have calculated on. Gee! I inust run and put him wise to the whole thing." Henry got up and started for the door. Suddenly he stopped and a shrewd grin came over his face. "No, I won't. I'll just hold on to this will myself. I the old thing isn't found when it's wanted the provision s won' t go. Then my father will have somet _hing to say, I

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A HARVEST OF GOLD. 11 guess. He's entitled to a good rake-off, and Pll bet he'll crcJ. it. But where do I come in? I won't get the $500 in that case. I know what I'll do. I'll just hold this over the governor's head. If he refuses to cough up when I want money I'll threaten to send the will to Lawyer Harrison, put mrelf in line for the $500. He'll be glad to knuckle down to me, bet your life. Nothing like being able to make one's old man toe the mark when you want him to." Henry grinned in a satisfied way, and returned the will to his pocket. "I tell you, it's a fine thing to be born smart. Paul isn't in it with me, even a little bit. I'll feather my nest with this will. I'll bet I'll get several times $500 out of the gov ernor before I'm through with him. I wish they'd put dinner on the table, for I'm feeling mighty hungry. When my rather takes charge of these diggings the cook will do as I tell her to or there'll be something doing." Evidently, Henry Prescott had inherited some of his father's worst traits. CHAPTER VIT. -l'lIE MISSlNU WlLL. Immediately after the funeral of George Prescott, which was largely altern1cc1 by the best people of West Newbury, Lawyer Harrison, who had arrived in respon se to Tom Hazard's telegram, notified Faber Prescott that his old client's will wouM be read in the library af-ter dinner. The calm assurance oI his tone gave Faber a fit, for he believed that 1.hc legal gentleman had the will in his posses sion. However, he put the best face on the matter that-he could. In accordance with Mr. Harrison's directions, Tom Hazard notified all the household to appear in the library at eight o'clock that eveninO'. In due time dinner was announced and eaten by Faber, who sat at the head of the table, as a matter of courtesy, Lawyer Harrison, Paul, Henry and Tom Hazard. At the conclusion of the meal the first four adjourned fo the library. In the C()urse of half an hour Tom appeared at the door of .that room ahd beckoned to the lawyer. That gentleman immediately joined him. "I am now reany to open the safe, in your presense, as directed by Mr. Prescott. 'l'he will is in the inner com partment, to which I have the key," said Tom. "I am ready to go with you,'' said the lawyer, and ac cordingly they went at once to the dining room. Tom opened the safe, unlocked the inner compartment, took out the papers therein ann handed them to the lawver. Mr. Harrison looked them over, slowiy, one by one, but, of course, did not find the will he had drawn up about six months before. "The will is not among these. Look again,'' he said. 'J'om put his hand in and then declared there was no other paper in there. The lawyer took it .. on himself to look in order to ;cake sure, and saw that the inner compartment was empty. "You say that Mr. Prescott told you distinctly that t11 will was there?" said Mr. Harrison, knitting his brows. "He did. I couldn't have been mistaken, for he particu larly told me to take possession of the key and keep it till you asked for the will." "Which you did, I suppose?" asked the lawyer, looking at the old employe. "Yes, sir, though not immediately, because I was so over come by Mr. Prescott's neath that I fo!got about the mat ter until the next night." "Indeed. Where whs the key in the ?" "In the pocket of a pair of trousers last worn by Mr. Prescott." "Hum! And these trousers were lying around some place in his benroom, eh?" "Yes, sir. Folded, on a chair." "Where anybody-his brother, for instance-could get at them?" rrom gave a start. "Do you think--" he began, then he Rtoppecl. "Had he taken the key he could not have used it." "Why not?" asked Mr. Harrison, sharply. "Because I am the only one now who holds th e comblnati on of the safe lock." "Sure of tha.t, are you?" "Yes, sir." "When you finally looked for the key you fouml it all right, did you?" "I did." "Let us go' through the rest of the safe." This ilhey did, but without result. "It is evident that the will ii;; not here,'' said the lawyer, finally. "Not here!" almost gasped Tom, looking stunned by that announcement. "It is not here," repeated Mr. Harrison, returning th e papers to the inner compartment. "Shut up the safe." Tom mechanically did so. "I'm afraid that Mr. Prescott must have removed that wil'l, to read it over perhaps, and then forgot to return it. "But his directions were most positive," said Tom, nervously. "No doubt he thought he had returned it to the safe, instead of which. he may have left it in a drawer of his desk." Tom made no reply. "It is of the utmost importance that that will be found," said the lawyer. Not that its loss would prevent young Paul from inheriting the bulk of the property, but because its absence would greatly benefit Faber Prescott, who, I have reason to know, is deserving of little consideration at his dead b1:other's hands. 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A HARVEST OF GOLD. for Paul, and I doubt not Mr. Faber Prescott would put that it was not the dead man's desire that his brother should forward his claim to be considered as such in his position become guardian of his son, or good and sufficient reasons of nearest of kin. That would enable him to take up his -reasons which be was prepared to show, by ren residence here, and there are pickings r a man of his dered the said brother unsuitable for so important a trust. character which would amply compensate him. Re would The said objections were then brought forward, and as also be entitled to a much larger share of the estate than Mr. they were grave reflection on Mr. Faber Pre.scott's gen Prescott intended him to have when the final distribution eral character, a bitter legal squabble ensued between the op-was made. Altogether, our dead friend's intentions .would po&ing lawyers. be sadly interfered with. You would lose the legacy left The judge took the papers and reserved his decision. you in the will, as would the servants, and even young In the end he decided the case in favor of Tom Hazard, Henry would be out his $500 if his father didn't make it and Faber Prescott at once appealed to a highr court. up to him. As for the heir-at-law it would make a differ Pending the ultimate outcome, Mr. Harrison was tempo-ence of many thousands to him." rarily appointed Paul's guardian, with full powers to act in "If Mr. Prescott left the will in his desk his brother that capacity. has had every chance to discover it since my was Faber and his son Henry then left the Roost, and the taken ill." servants were all delighted to see them go. "Exactly. And Faber Prescott is not a man to be Paul, in the meantime, had returned to the Gloucester trusted." Academy and resumed his studies, after taking an affectionThey returned to the library, where everybody was gathate leave of Dolly Curtis, whom he left under the house ered by this time, and Mr. Harrison was obliged to ankeeper's motherly wing. nounce that the will had not been found in the place where Although Faber Prescott had failed to win his it was supposed to be. trick, he had more trumps up his sleeve, and was, therefore, At those words, Faber brightened up considerably, but he a dangerous factor in the game. fitill wondered where the will could be. Henry smothered a triumphant grin in his hand and then looked down at the carpet. Paul looked surprised and a bit uneasy at the lawyer's declaration. Mr. Harrison said that he would look through the late Mr. Prescott's desk, which he proceeded to do, but without making any discovery. Other places were searched unsuccessfully, and as the hunt continued to prove fruitless, Faber began to take courage and hope. In the end the lawyer was compelled to dismiss the servants with the statement that a: further and, if possible, ntore thorough search would be made next day. Next day's hunt developed nothing, and the lawyer was at his wit's end. Finally the matter was taken to court. Mr. Harrison, appearing in behalf of Tom Hazard, who made application to ,be appointed guardian of Paul Presc(jtt, submitted an affidavit, signed by himself, which set forth that he had, at his late client's request, drawn up a will, corresponding in all important particulars to the rough draft of same which he produced as evidence, and that Mr George Prescott and the two witnesses, whose affidavits were attached, had signed the said will, now missing, in his presence. The said will was then carried away by the testator, who thereafter held it in his custody. Hazard's application was opposed by Faber Prescott, who, in default of any legal will, urged his own claims for the gual"dianship on the ground that he was the nearest relati;e of the and consequently the one most likely to do the right thing by the boy. Mr. Harrison took. issue against Faber on the ground CHAPTER VIII. STARTLING NEWS FROM THE ROOST. The Gloucester Academy, presided over by Dr. John Watson, was situated on high ground overlooking Glou cester Harbor. About a hundred pupils, from fourteen to eighteen years of age, attended the school, and, as a whole, they were a jolly lot M boys. Paul Prescott was first favorite, not only with his companions but with the teachers as well. He was a leader in all the sports, and held that position against all comers by sheer grit and superior performance. He expected to graduate on the following June and then enter Ha rvard College. It was now about two months his father's death, or within a couple of weeks of the Christmas holidays. The class rooms were emptied for the day, the boys were amusing themselves about the campus, and 'it was growing dark fast. Paul Prescott, accompanied by one of his chums, called Andy Owens, was sitting on a single-rail fence, if it could be called a fence-, close to the academy office, waiting for the factotem, who had gone to town for the evening mail, to return. He1 was looking for his bi-weekly letter from Dolly Curtis. He figured that he ought to have got it the day before, and when it didn't turn up that morning he was greatly dis appointed. However, it was bound to come by the evening's mail, and he was curbing his impatience as best he could. He had only told two of his special friends about his

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A O F GOLD. 13 thrill ing introduction to the girl, but in spite of their l)o:nt, whe n a. meeting, it seemed to Paul, c ould pr omises to be mum on the subject the news of his adven-' be more easily arranged, at least so far as he himself .was ture on the night bis father died leaked out, and it wasn't long before the whole school knew about it, and for many days afterwards the boys "joshed" him about the pretty runaway he had rescued from the fangs of a human wolf. He took care however, that none of his companions got on to the fact that she was corresponding with him twice a week. Paul and Andy were talking football, and figuring up the prospects of the academy eleven beating the Manchester High School team on the coming Saturday, when an ugly looking man, with the rolling gait of a sailor, approached the spot. "Beggin' yer pardon, my hearties, but can yer tell me where I can find a lad of this here school named Paul Prescott?" "You'v.e found him already. My name is Paul Prescott," replied Paul, regarding the man with some curiosity and not a little distrust. "And yer live at Prescott Roost when yer at home?" said the man, with a leer, that added to his villainous aspect. "Yes. What do you want with me?" "I was told to give yer this letter," said, eyeing Paul, cunningly, as he took an envelope, which had suffered from contact his dirty hand, from his pocket and tendered it to the boy. "Who is this from?" asked Paul, looking at the super scription, which was scrawled in lead pencil and not over 'ntelligible. "Dunno," replied the sailor, for such he evidently was. "I never seen the gent afore." "You say a gentleman gave you this to hand to me?" said Paul, in some surprise. "I don't know any gentleman in Glo'ster that's likely to send me a note." "Dunno nothin' abot that, my. hearty. I'm only 'beyin' orders, and half a dollar," replied the man. "Yer want to read)t, as I was told to bring back an answer." It was too dark to read the note out there, so Paul told him to wait and went .in.to the office of the school, where there were electric lights. Tearing t)le open, he pulled out an enclosure, which read as follows: "Paul Prescott-I know where the missing will of your late father can be found. If you want information on the subject you must manage to come to the Old Watch Tower, on Gull Point, to-night at eight o'clock. Let bearer know if I can expect you. "(Signed) INCOGNITO." To say that Paul was astonished at the contents of the note would b e to put it quite mildly. Who could this person be who claimed to know the whereabouts of his father's will? Why had he appointed a night meeting at such a lonesome spot as the old Revolutionary watch tower on Gull concerned? It was strictly against the regulations of the academy for a scholar to leave the school after dark, on any pretext whatever, without special permission. If he agreed to keep this and he had more than half a mind to do it, for he was naturally extremely anxious to get a clew to the missing will, would Dr. Wat son, under the circumstances, give him the necessary per mission? "I guess he'll strain a p6int when I have explained matters to him," thought Paul. "Yes, I'll go to the Old Watch Tower at eight o'clock, if it's possible for me to get there." Having come to that determination, he gave the disrep utable-looking sailor an answer to that effect, and he rolled away, like a Dutch fishing smack in a cross sea. "That was a strange kind of a messenger to bring you a lett e r," remarked Andy, after the man had gone. "Yes. And the letter was just as strange as the bearer,'' replied Paul. "What was it about?'' .asked Andy, curiously. "I told you that my father's will was missing," answered Paul. "Yes, and that the question as to who your guardian should be brought into court. What has that to do with this letter?" "The letter is from a man who claims to know where the will is." "You don't say!" "He wants me to -meet him to-night at eight o'clock at the Old Watch Tower on the Point, to drive a bargain for it." "He does?" "He didn't say in so many words that he wanted to be paid for his information, but, of course, that is what he, is trying to get at. If he has the will in his, possession, or knows where to put his hands on it, he will want to be paiu, and isn't impossible but he may ask a stiff price." "Then, he must be a rascal." "It's the way of the world, Andy, to take advantage a good thing." "What are you going to do about it?" "I'm going to ask the Doctor to let me keep the appointment." "What, alone?" "Yes." "'You'd better let me go with you. You ll want a witness." "The party might object to your presence." "Then I can stay outside the tower." "Well, I will be glad to have you come. I'll ask the Doctor to let you accompany me." "That's right. Now, I'd suggest that we go there half an hour before the time appointed and hide." "What for?" "So as to see wha,t kind of man this person is who is

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14 A HARVEST OF GOLD. anxious to do' business with you under cover. You can't be loo careful. lt might be some kind of put-up job, for all you know. I didn't like the looks of that sailor. If more than one man comes to the tower we needn't show CHAPTER IX. CAUGUT. ourselves, and perhaps we might, in that case, get on to their game." At half-past seven lhat evening Paul and .Ancl.v ap" That's a god idea of yours, Andy, and we'll follow it proachcd the Old Watch 'rower, near the extreme end of out. I didn't think of any treachery in connection with the Gull Point, a small promontory projecting into Gloucester note; but, as you sa_y, it is better to be on the safe side." Bay. "Bet your life it is." It was a lonesome and bleak spot, particularly at that At that moment the man v.;ith the mail-bag appeared, enseason of the year tered the office, and Paul was about to follow him in when 'l'he tower itself was in a very fair state of preservation, the supper-bell rang. considering its age, and was reckoned one of the sights of I That was an imperative summons for the boys to take the neighborhood. their places in the ljne that was formed three times daily The external surface of the stone was completely covered outside of the refectory. by moss and ivy during spring, summer anc1 fall; but at the "'l'oo bad," ejaculated Paul, in a disappointed tone, "I'll present time this green ornamentation was dried up and have to wait for the regular distribution of the letters now." bro n, and the gray stone was visible everywhere "What's the odds?" replied Andy. "If there's a letter The two boys kept their eye;; about them as they entered for you, you'll get it all right." the ancient building, for fear of falling into some trap preThe hundred odd boys ,were marched into the diningpared for them. hall and took their places at the different tables that ac-Nothing of the kind happened, however. eommodated twenty-si:ic lads each, two of which officiated as At the moment tJ1e place seemed to be entirely desertefl. "carvers" at either end of each table. "We're lucky," said Andy. "We've got here first. Now. Paul occupied posts, which carried with it let's take a look around and see where we can hide until certain privileges as compensation for the duties of the we're ready to show ourselves." position. 'I'he ground floor was pretty bare, though it was as daT;k One of the professors occupied a low rostrum near the as the ace of spades, so the boys decided to ascend to the general entrance, and while the boys were eating, the lett ers second story. '\Vere delivered to him for distribution, as the schol ars filed "We'll stand by one of these narrow windowS:" said Paul, out. "and then we'll be able to see who comes to this'place." A letter was handed to Paul as he passed out of the room, "That will be fine," replied Andy. "This window over and he hastened to the liprary and reading-room to here looks out on the bay," he added, walking over to it peruse it. and glancing out. soon as he looked at the superscription he was greatly The night was clear as well as cold, so that it was easy disappointed to find that it was in the housekeeper's hand-to make an observation from the second story of the watch writing and not in Dolly's. tower. He immediately jumped to the conclusion that the girl Twenty minutes passed slowly away and Paul saw no sign must be sick, and he tore the envelope open, with a good of any one coming toward the tower. deal of anxiety. "It's pretty near time for that man to show up, don't He was not prepared, however, for the startling news that you think so, Andy?" he said. he read. "It is, if he expects to be on time. Seems as if we've It was to the effect that Captain Grinnic1ge had appearerl been here nearly an hour." at the Roost a few days previously and demanded that Dolly "\Ye haven't been here half thatdime," replied Paul, should leave her new home and go with him. striking a match and looking at his watch. The girl, naturally, refused, and had been sustained by "Waiting is tiresome work," saicl Andy, strolling across Tom Hazard, who was in charge of the property under to the other window. "Hello!" he .exc laimed, after glanc Lawyer Harrison. ing out on the water. "There's a schooner coming to Two days later Dolly was missing, and it was Mrs. anchor close in tt> this point." Gray's opinion that.the captain had iu some way managed "A schooner!" cried Paul. rushing over to the other to abduct her. window. "So there is. A one, carrying a fore Hazard had put the matter in the hands of a Newburytopsail. A coaster; evidently. I wonrler why she's mooring p0rt detective, who had gone to Gloucester to watch for the off this place? I guess come down from Glo'ster." Lively Polly, on board of which it was believed the girl was The boys watched her with some interest. held a prisoner. Her sails were low ered, but not secured, and instead of That was all, but the news was sufficiently disquieting to dropping her anchor a small hawser was eanied asho1e in Paul, who was alarmed for Dolly's safety. a boat and made fast to a big rock on the shore.

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A HARVEST OF. GOLD. 15 It was clear that her presence in that neighborhood was only intended to be temporary. There were five ,men, one of whom was bossing operations, aboard of her, while a sixth man was attending to the I shore end of the cable. This chap, having finished his business, returned to the _,, vessel, after which silence and inaction succeeded. Four of the men lighted their pipes and sprawled off for ward, while the other two remained seated together on the rise of the trunk cabin. "Maybe she's waiting for high tide to pass the bar below," said Paul. "She's a good distance up for that, I should think," re plied Andy. "The fishing vessels all go down and anchor close .to the bar when the tide is at ebb." "Well, it's none of our business," answered Paul, starting back for the other window. "Corne here, Andy," he cried, a moment later. "There's a man and a boy coming this way." r Andy ran over and looked out. "That's right. If he's only got a boy with him we needn't be afraid of meeting him." "Well, we won't be in a hurry about it," replied Paul. When the man, who was heavily bearded and wore a soft, slouched hat, and his companion drew near the entrance, the boy hung back and the man advanced. He entered the ground floor of the building and called out, in a gruff voice : "Paul Prescott, are you here?" No answer being returned to his hail he spoke to his companion, in a somewhat different tone, which sounded familiar to Paul. "He hasn't come yet, Henry." "Is that so, fa:ther ?" replied the boy, coming forward. "My uncle and cousin," gasped Paul, in utter astonishment. "What does this mean?" "Your uncle and cousin?" ejaculated Andy, in surprise. "Yes. And my uncle is disguised by a heavy beard." "Then he's up to some crooked work, depend on it." Father and son both entered the ground fl.qor of the old ruin, and Paul and Andy crept to the opening above the stairs and craned their necks to hear what was said below. "Go outside and see if the schooner has arrived said Faber Prescott. "If she has, give the signal for Grinnidge to come ashore with his mate." "Grinniclge !" again gasped Paul. "Why, that vessel must be the Lively Polly. Maybe Dolly Curtis is at this moment a prisoner aboard of her." "It's a good thing that we are in the background," whis pered Andy. "There is something on the cards against you, old chap. Perhaps we'll be able to find out what it is. The will business seems to be a fake-a bait to draw you here." "It looks like it;" Paul whispered back. Henry Prescott left the room below to carry out his father's instructions, and while he was away lighted a cigar and began to smoke. In a few moments Henry returned. "The schooner is th(!re and the men are coming ashore," he said. "Now, hand me the will and go outside and watch for your cousin." "I'm to have $1,000, remember," replied Henry, as he produced the document. "If you go back on nie, father, I'll blow on you, as sure as I stand here." "Don't talk like a fool," answered Faber, impatiently. "You shall have the thousand, of course." "All right. There you are." "Now let me know the moment you see Paul coming." "Are you sure he'll come?" "He said he would, and I know he's a boy of his word." Faber laid the will on one of the steps near his elbow and waited. Presently Captain Grinnidge and the man who delivered the note to Paul appeared at the doorway. Faber got up and went toward them, and the three en gaged in a low conversation-too low for the boys to catch the drift ot it. It was then that a daring thing occurred to Paul's mind. He had seen his rascally uncle lay the document, pur porting to be his father's will, on the third step of the stairs. Although he couldn't see it in the darkness he was cer tafo it was there. He determined, at any hazard, to creep down and gain possession of it. Although the three men stood right in the doorway, and were plainly visible, he believed that he would not be no ticed in the intense gloom surrounding the stairs. He whispered his purpose to Andy. "Gee!" chuckled his companion . "That will be turning the trick on him in great shape. Go slow and make a sure thing of it." Accordingly, Paul crept cautiously down the stairs until he got to a point near the third step. He now saw the document distinctly? and, reaching out, grasped it. r Then he made his way back to the floor above, without attracting attention. "Got it?" whispered Andy. "Yes," replied Paul. He went over to a corner, struck a match and, shau iiq the light under his overcoat, looked at the paper. It needed but a glance to assure him that he had his father's will in his possession. He felt like executing an Indian war dance, so great was his satisfaction. It slipped from his hand as he was about to put it into his pocket, and he knelt down to for it. His fingers struck it and pushed it into a crack in the stone flooring. Not finding it easily, he struck another match to look around. It wasn't in sight, but the crack was. Looking down into it he saw the precious paper where h.!

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16 A HARVEST OF GOLD. couldn't reach it without a couple oJ' stiff pieces of wire or metal. "How provoking!" muttered, in a tone of vexation. He was angry and disgusted with himself for having been so careless, and yet he soon had reason for being very glad that the l''ill ha.cl got away from him. He got out his knife and tried to reach the paper with the long blade and dig it out. While th. us engaged, Faber happened to. remember that he had left the will on the stairs, and l'eturned for it. Not finding it, he struck a match and looked for it. Andy observed what he was about, and crept over to his chum to tell him. Then he saw what Paul was about. "Let it alone for the present," he said. "It's safe enough. We can come over here to-morrow with some wire and get it out. Your uncle is looking for it now. I'll bet he's astonished at its disappearance." At that moment there was the sound of footsteps on the stairs. "Gee!" cried Andy, in a :flutter, "I believe he's coming up here now. Maybe he suspects something. Where can we hide?" There was no place where they could conceal themselves if a light was thrown on the scene. "Come on, Grinnidge," they heard Mr. Prescott say. "I believe that boy came here ahead of time, got suspicious and is hiding upstairs. If he's here we'll have him cornered. I guess he's smarter than I had any idea of, and I can't waste any time on him now." Faber sprang up the stairs, followed by the captain and his mate. Striking a match, Mr. Prescott looked around. In the glare of the flame Paul and Andy were discovered crouching against one of the walls. There was no escape for them nciw, and they knew it. CHAPTER X. CARRIED OFF. "Why, there's two of them," exclaimed Captain Grin nidge. "So you are there, Paul Prescott?" said Faber, ma liciously. "Yes, I am here, Uncle Fabert replied Paul, coolly. "So you recognize me, do you?" sneered his rascally rela tive, who seemed to have given up the idea of any further deception. "I know you, all right," answered the boy, calmly. The expiring match dropped from Faber's hand, and then the conversation went on in the dark. "You were here when I arrived and called out to you below." "I was." "Why didn't you show yourself, then?" 1I had my reasons." "Did you suspect my intentions?" "I did, the moment I recognized you." "Row could you identify me in this beard and in the "I knew you the moment you spoke to Henry, who came with you." "You were looking throi1gh that window and saw us ap proach, I suppose?" "Yes; though I did not recognize either of you at the time. It's too dark for that." "Did you suspect me as the writer of that note proposing this interview?" "I did not." "Did you entertain any suspicions concerning the alleged object of the note?" "I thought the hour and the place rather singular, but it was not out of keeping with the peculiar purpose of the writer." "You mean you judged that a man making such a pro posal would wish to keep under cover. Is that it?" ''That's about it." "So you decided to keep the appointment, but bring a schoolmate for greater security." "Yes." "Your object was to get possession of your father's miss ing will?" "It was." "And you have succeeded, though in a different way from what you figured on," said his uncle, in a compressed tone. "In what way have I succeeded?" replied Paul, pretend ing surprise. "In what way?" roared Faber, his anger bursting out a:t last. "You know in what way. I laid the document on the stairs leading up here, not suspecting that you, of all others, were watching me. When I went to the door you sneaked down and secured it. But," he added, strikil!g an other match, "you'll oblige me by returning it to me." "If I had the will I should make a strong fight against giving it up, but as I haven't it, why, you'll have to look for it elsewhere." "That bluff doesn't go with me. Search him, Grinnidge." Paul made no resistance while the captain of the lively Polly, who was aching for the chance to get at him, went through his clothes. The skipper was unnecessarily rough, but he did not find anything that even remotely looked like the will. "He has probably giverr it to his companion. SeM"ch him," said Faber. Andy was searched, without result. Paul's uncle then examined the :floor of the room, and the walls, but saw no sign of the will. He was nonplussed. "What did you do with it?" he demanded of his nephew. "I haven't done anything with it," replied Paul. "I say you have: You have hidden it some place." "P'haps he throwed it out of one of the windows," suggested Grinnidge. This idea did not seem unreasonable to Faber.

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A HARVEST OF GOLD. "If he did that we'll find it outside. Now, secure that precious nephew of mine and carry out your instructions with respect to him. You'll have to take the other boy, too, to head off discovery." Grinnidge and. his mate drew pieces of rope from their pockets, and throwing themselves on the two boys, soon bound their hands tightly behind them. They seemed to get a good deal of pleasure out of the op eration. "I protest against this outrage, Uncle Faber," said Paul, indignf!ntly. "You ought to be ashamed to permit such a thing 1 to be done to me." Mr. Prescott laughed, in a disagreeable way. "You'll be lucky if you're never up against worse than that. Captain Grinnidge has a bone to pick with you, and is going to take you aboa.rd his schooner to pick it. As it would be a pity to part you and your friend, he'll have to accompany you." Thereupon Paul and Andy were maxched downstairs, out of the watch tower, and thence to the water's. edge, where they were obliged to get into the waiting boat. The mate got out the oars and rowed to the schooner, up the side of which the boys were forced to climb. They were then taken forward and made to step down into a small section of the hold called the fore-peak. The cover of the hatch or scuttle was clapped on and they were left in the darkness. "Gee! We seem to be up against it, Paul," said Andy. "I wonder what they're going to do with us?" "I give it up," replied his chum. Grinnidge won't dare do much to us unless he's rash enough to face a heavy penalty. He's got nothing against you, but he's dead sore on me for getting Miss Curtis away from him that night. The letter I received this evening from the house keeper at the Roost told me that the girl is missing, and it is believed that Grinnidge succeeded in abducting her. It's my that she's somewhere aboard this schooner at the present moment. If I-hello! I believe they're getting the schooner underway." "They are, for a fact," replied Andy, in some excitement. "We'll never get back to the academy to-night, at this rate." "It doesn't look like it, I'm afraid. "I'd like to know where they intend to take us. As Grinnidge is carrying us off against our wills he'll have to answer for our abduction. As for my uncle, Mr. Harrison will make things hot for him when I lay the case before him." "It was a lucky thing, after all, that you dropped the will into that crack in the floor of the watch tower," said Andy. "Otherwise, your uncle would have got it back when you were searched." "That's right; but when Mr. Prescott fails to find it out side of the building, he may make a more thorough search of the second :floor in daylight. In that case he is liable to notice the crack in the floor, and if he examines it with any care at all he is sure to see the document down in it." "I don't see that you can help that. There is still the chance that he will not discover the paper. In any case you can swear that your uncle .. has had possess ion of the docu ment, and that when you succeeded in getting it away from him he tried to rilcover it from you, which, as you had the best right to it, ought to show him up in a bad light. If you find the will gone from the crack in the :flooring when you go to the tower after .it it will be good evidence that your uncle discovered its hiding-place, and either has it in his possession or has destroyed it. He can be made to answer some ticklish questions in court, I should think, and I'd hate to be in his shoes when he's up against it. Altogether, I think his chance o f making anything out of this scheme is a poor one." Paul thought Andy's argument good, and was willing to believe that his uncle had played his last card and lost. Faber Prescott had, however, played a card which he be lieved was going to win-he had arranged with Captain Grinnidge to effect the permanent disappearance of Paul Prescott from the civilized world. In other words, Paul was to be carried to sea and aban doned on some island th!l.t was rarely if ever visited by a vessel. He would then be practically dead to the world without having actually been murdered. Andy Owens, having accompanied Paul to the watch tower, was of necessity included in the same programme, in order to insure the success of the scheme. The two boys, however, were ignorant of the fate that was in store for them, and believed that it was only a ques tion of a short time before they would get back to the school. And while they talked the matter over in the gloom of the forepeak, the Lively Polly slipped down the bay to the bar, and as the tide was sufficiently high, passed over it and headed down Massachusetts Bay. CHAPTER XI. IN THE FOREPEAK OF THE.!JIVELY POLLY. Faber Prescott had known Captain Joel Grinnidge many years, and neither knew anything particularly good of the other. Barring the difference that education and social standing conferred on one of the men, they were to all intents and purposes birds of a feather. They were both out for the mighty dollar, and were will ing to take chances in the accumulation thereof. When Faber Prescott was beaten out of the chance of securing the guardianship of his nephew, his tricky soul de vised this plan of getting the boy out of the way for good. The death or complete vanishment of the heir-at-law would place him in direct line with the ultimate acquire ment of the entire estate as surviving next of kin. This, in his case, was worth taking desperate chances to win. As soon as the idea suggested itself to him he sought out Captain Grinnidge and proposed that he him in carry ing out the project, engaging to pay the skipper a large

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1 8 A HARVEST OF GOLD. s11rn of m o ney a s soon a s he came into possession of the ing trouble is to keep me from communicating with Lawyer p roperty, whic h h e persuaded the captain to believe would Harrison." be soon. "He may be able to do that for a time, but not for long. Captain Grinnidge was not at first inclined to embark in The long e r you're kept a prisoner the harder: it will be for s u c h a hazardous speculation. him when you do show up I think M's acting lik e a, When, however, he learned that Paul Prescott was the chump." boy to whom he owed s uch a big grudge, he reconsidered "I never took him for a chump. He's uncommonly foxy. the matter, and the two rascals came to an agreement. He mie
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A HARVEST OF GOLD. 19 "\Vhere ?" "It do ye any goocl to know, so I don't see no good wastin' my breath tellin' yer." "It seems to me that Captain Grinnidge is laying a lot of trouble up for himself," said Paul. "That's his business, not mine." "You can tell him if he'll let us go now I'll promise not to prosecute him for what he has done so far, for I believe he's cloing it to oblige my uncle. Mr. Prei!cott won't be able to save him when the time comes if he perseveres in his present course." "Ye want me to tell him all that, do yer ?" chuckled the mate. "It will be to his advantage to know it." "I'll tell him, but I don't calkerlatc he'll let yer out of here till to-morrow, anyway. I s'pose yer both hupgry by this time. I'll bring yer somethin' to eat soon." 'l'hus speaking, the mate, whose name the boys subse quently iearned was Steve Cobb, sprang out of the fore peak and slammed down the scuttle after him. From Cobb's words, the boys got the impression that they would probably be let go on the following day, and that was some satisfaction at any rate; nevertheless, neithe:r relished the idea of remaining pri oners in that dark hole for twenty-four or thirty hours longer. Inside of half an hour Cobb brought them each a mess of rations similar to that served out to the three men composing the crew. While they were eating it they heard sounds on the other side of the bulkhe11d that separated them from the hold, which told them that the schooner was taking some kind of cargo on board. As the morning wore away they heard the whistles of tug boats and other marine no'ises so frequently that they soon understood that the schooner was moored at no small sea port. "I'll bet we're in Boston," said Andy at length, and Paul agreed with him. The loading went on all day up to five o'clock, with an hour's jntermission at noon, when Cobb brought them some dinner. "We're in Boston harbor, ain'( we?" Paul as keel him. "What makes yer think yer are?" growled the mate, with a frown. "From the whistles 9f the tugs and the other sounds we have heard." Ye have sharp ears I see." "A person would have to he deaf not to hear what's going on in this neighborhood. Diel you tell the captain what I said?" "I toJJ him." "What did he say?" asked Paul, eagerly. Paul was disappointed, and his face showed it. "Bern expcctin' he'd )el ycr go 1 s'pose ?" chuckled tfie mate. "I thought he'd !'ense enough to get out of a hole when he saw a good opening," replied the boy. "Oh, ye did? I calkerlate the cap'n knows his business "All right," answered Paul. "It's up to him Cobb chuckled sardonically and presently left them alone. Night came at la st, ancl with it their supper. The noisy sounds along the water front gradua lly lulled, and by and by nothing reached their ears but the lap of the water against the schooner's sides. The boys talked together about their prospects of release next day, and finally fell asleep. They were awakened by the reappearance of the mate with their breakfast. Soon afterward the noises of the preceding day were re sumed and the operations of loading the schooner were in full swing again. Her lading was completed about the middle of the after noon then a tug came was made fast, her hawser. were cast off from the wharf, and the imprisoned lads were soon conscious that the vessel was underway once more. "This doesn't look as if we were going to be let go to day," said Andy, in a tone of disgust. "That's right; it doesn't," answered Paul, who now began to wonder when the end of their trouble would come. "We're being towed out of the harbor by a tug," re marked Andy. "That's clear enough. Maybe-Captain Grinnidge intends to carry us back to Glo'ster and then let us go. If he does that I won't be so hard on him, but still he'll have to square himself for his treatment of us. I don't call this a joke by any means, even if he thinks it's one. Perhaps this is his idea of getting square with me. He'll :find it's a poor one in the end." That's the way Paul was :figuring up the situation, but, then, he didn't have the least suspicion of the truth. A great surprise, however, was in store for him, as well a:; for poor Andy. CHAPTER XII. THE ROAD TO THE PACIFIC. In the course of an hour or so the tug cast off and the Lively Polly, with all her canvas set to the smacking breeze hcadeddown the bay toward Boston Light. The boys so far had not suffered from the cold, as tlie weather, since they hi::d been carried off from Gloucester. had been rather mild for that season of the year. As night came on again the cold wind from the broad Atlantic began to make an icebox of the forepeak, and tk chill penetrated through their overcoats, wbiXh they had not had a chance to take off since they put them on, just before leaving the academy for their visit to the Old Watch Tower on Gull Point. "Say, we'll be turned into a pair of icicles before morn ing, I'm thinking," remarked Andy, slapping his legs and swinging his arms about in an effort to a little warmth 'into his body.

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'' A H.ARVEST OF GOLD. "It is getting cold, for a fact," admitted Paul, adopting relish that men aLout to be hanged partake o.f their 1:1s, the same tactics. meal on earth "You can bet your life it is." At that moment the scuttle was removed and Cobb appeared. "The cap'n says yer to come out of this now," he said, I with a chuckle. "We've no objections," replied Paul, glad of any kind of a change. "I calkerlate it wouldn't make no diff'rence whether yer had or not," answered the mate, as.he jumped down and releaSed them from the confinement of the rope!!. "Now, then, my hearties, step lively. On deck with ye!" Paul and Andy scrambled up without delay. The first thing they did was to cast their eyes about the darkening seascape, eager to make out just where they were. The schooner was bowing and rolling on the incoming surges of the big bay, with the dark sea line of the Atlantic \ before them. Boston Light bore a short distance to the northeast. "March aft," ordered Cobb. "Ye'll find the skipper on the break of the poop." The boys walked aft and presently confronted Captain Grinnidge. He greeted them with a sardonic grin that was particu larly malicious when his one uncovered eye rested on Paul Pre scott. "Now, ye lubbers, I want ye to understand that I'm a man of few words, d'ye hear? While ye are aboard of this hooker ye've got to 'arn yer grub. If ye think I'll stand any foolin', just ye try me. Ye'll find that a rope's end or the soft side of a belayin' pin will soon put a clapper on yer jaw-tackle. Now, listen me. This schooner is bound for Rio." "Rio!" gasped Paul. "What do you mean?" "Where's yer school l'arnin', you ignorant monkey? Don't ye know that Rio is in Brazil, South America?" "Brazil America!" :fluttered Paul, while Andy nearly collapsed. "That's what I said," roared Capta.in Grinnidge. "Now, mark me, ye've got to work yer way and stand watch same as the rest of the crew. I've shipped ye both, land by the lord Harry, if ye attempt to skulk ye'll have cause to wish ye had never been born. Now ye know what ye have to expect. Take 'em below, Cobb, and rig 'em out of the slop chest. Then make 'em turn to and do their duty. That's all I've to say." Captain Grinnidge turned on his heel and walked to the wheel, while the stunned boys followed the mate into the small forecastle, where a pair of vacant berths were pointed out to them and they were told to slip out of their over coats and shore-going suits and don the garments more suitable to their new, calling. They obeyed, in a dazed kind of way, and by that time tea was ready. They ate what was put before them .. with about the same All hands were ihen called on deck, when the ceremo::y of dividing the little crew ipto watches was gone through with. Paul and two others formed the captain's watch; while Andy, with the remaining two, constituted the mate's watch. The captain's watch remained on deck, while the others went below until their time came to relieve the others. Thus the boys found themselves separated at a moment when they most desired the comfort of companionship. Clearly, they were up against it hard. We will pass over the severe experience that fell to their lot until the Lively Polly sighted the coast of Brazil, and passing Sugar Loaf Mountain entered the bay of Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautiful, secure and spacious har bors in the world. By this time they had learned, in a hard school, the rudiments of seamanship, and were able to perform their allotted duties as well as any of their companions. Finding that kicking against their fate was of no avail, and only brought blows and abuse to them, they accepted conditions with the best grace they could, and tried to be as cheerful as their circumstances permitted. They took from the fact that it wouldn't last forever, and the experience might in the end prove of some value to them They found many chances to talk together, and being of the opinion that the schooner would return to Boston or Gloucester after discharging her cargo at Rio, which idea the mate had instructed the men to keep before their eyes, they did not entertain any plan for deserting the vessel at the South American port. "When we do get back to Glo'ster there'll be something doing for Captain Grinnidge, all right," Paul told Andy more than once, and Andy guessed there wquld be, and hugged the anticipation to his heart, for he disliked the skipper. It was a fine afternoon when the schooner opened up Rio de Janeiro bay, and all hands were on deck. The passage was about a mile wide and was guarded by granite mountains. On the whole, the boys were delighted at tpe chance thus afforded them to inspect a foreign port. "There's the city, yonder," Andy, who was leaning over the port bulwark beside Paul. "I se.e it," replied his chum. "Looks funny, doesn't ita whole cluster of white houses with vermilion roofs. Just like a painted scene in a play." The houses crowned seven green and mound-like hills, and spread out through the intervening valleys. The Lively Polly came to anchor in the roadstead, and then a boat was lowered and Captain Grinnidge went ashore. Next morning the schooner was taken to a wharf and in the afternoon began discharging her cargo. That operatio n was finished next day, and then Captain

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A HARVEST OF GOLD. 21 Grinnidgc succeeded in securing a consignment of goorls for Montevideo, which would add to the profits of his trip South. Paul and Andy supposed the cargo was intended for the United States, and no one undertook to undeceive them. They were carefully watched while the vessel remained at her wharf, and the skipper was tickled to learn that they showed no disposition to desert the craft. The rest of the crew were given shore leave, and they put in a similar request. Captain Grinnidge finally permitted them to inspect the city under the guidance of the mate, who saw to it that neither got out of his sight. At last the schooner pulled out into the stream, and next morning at daylight sailed for the mouth of the Rio de la Plata. Paul and Andy were unpleasantly surprised when the Lively Polly's head was turned to the southward, .for that course was taking them further than ever from home. "I U10ught we were going back to the United States," said Paul, to Steve Cobb. The mate grinned. "Not yet," he answered. "The cap'n found a profitable cargo for Montevideo, and going their :first." Paul hunted Andy up and told him where they were bound. "What's the odds," replied Andy. "We might as well see a little of the world while we're about it. We'll have some good yarns to tell the fellows when we get back to school. Now that we've got used to roughing it, a little extra ex perience won't do us any harm." So Paul's disappointment wore off, and as Captain Grin nidge had long since got tired of knocking him around for nothing, seeing that the boy had developed into a useful as well as willing hand to whom he had nothing to pay for services rendered, he, as well as Andy, looked forward with much interest to their approaching introduction to the capital of the Republic of Uruguay. In due time the schooner anchored off l\fontevideo, which is situated on a small peninsula on the north shore of the Rio de la Plata, at a point where this estuary is sixty miles wide. The houses composing the town looked rather insignifi cant, for they were mostly of one story, with fiat roofs. "Gee! I don't think much of this place," said Andy. "There's only half a dozen decent-looking buildings in the whole town, as far as we can see from here. One of them seems to be a church." Paul agreed with his chum that the general effect was rather disappointing. On the following day the schooner hauled in to a dock and her cargo was soon out Qf her. Captain Grinnidge was offered a cargo of hides to carry to New York, but declined, because he wasn't bound in that direction. Instead, he took a load of ballast aboard, and then struck out southward once more. /'Where the cl ickcns arc ire b n:1!1cl nmr ?" was Pan l's snrprised inquiry of the male, v:licn he found that the Lively Polly was heading clmrn lhe 8on lh American coast again. "We're bound for the Pacifi c my hearty," chuckled Steve Cobb. "Whereaboute; on the Pacific?" "You'll have tq ask the skipper," replied the male. Paul, however, knew better than to c1o that. That nighl he and Andy held a pow-wow on the subject. and the only conclusion they could arrive at was that it was likely to be a long day before they saw Gloucester again. "I can see my uncle's :fine hand in this, Andy," said Paul. "When he found out that Captain Grinnidge was going on a long voyage, he paif1 the rascal to spirit me away, maybe in the hope that I'd fall overboard some night and thus make an opening for him to succeed to my father's property. Oh, he's foxy all right-about as slick as they come. But he's going to be disappointed. I'm not going to fall overboard if I can help myself. I'll get back some day, and then I won't do a thing to him." "He's a 1big rascal, if he is your uncle," replied Andy. "I'll bet if he was in charge of the Roost at this moment he'd sit up half the night listening for that old bell on the roof to tell him, by its three strokes, that you had passed in your "Not unlikely. Maybe he's arranged with one of our neighbors to let him know if the bell should ring, so he'd have advance information of my death, and be able to put in bis claim for the property all the sooner." "I believe you." "I am sorry, Andy, that it was through me you've got into this hobble; but I'll try to make it all right one of these days when I shall have come into actual possession of the Roost." "Don't say a word, old chap. I'm satisfied as long as I am with you. All I regret is the worry that my unex plained absence is causing my father and mother. I'd have written home from Rio or Montevideo, only the mate gave us such a strong hint not to attempt such a thing, and kept us so closely under his eye, that we couldn't do it any how." "Well, you'd better go below and take your forty winks," said Paul, "for you'll have to come on deck inside of two hours." The schooner hugged the coast all the way down, arn1 about six days later entered the Strait of Magellan. A fair wind carried her through the difficult passage of 300 miles in something like twenty-four hours, and then the Lively Polly's nose was pushed into the blue water s of the broad South Pacific. Paul and Andy were now fast approaching the enu of their jomney in the schooner, though fortunately for their peace of mind .they were unconscious of the fate arran.f'.'.:! 1 for them through the villainy of Faber I'rcscctt anl t'.1e connivance of Qaptain Grinnidge.

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H A HARVEST OF GOLD. fog so suddenly that it seernc\(l a if it had sprung right into CHAPTER XIII. being, then and there. The eddying foam abont her c:ut-1rnte'.' testified to her WREOKED ON CORAL ISLA.XO. great speed. And she was bearing straight clown a('ro,;s the port bow of It was now about the middle of March, a matter of three the Lively Polly. months since they left Boston Harbor, and the Lively Polly Ten seconds more and 8hc wouhl have crush e d into the was some distance out on the Pacific. schooner's bows as though 'it 1revc mt:1 1c of c.-:rrlll'iar r l. They had see:q. some rough weather soon:.ater leaving the One of the lookout men sa" h e r at the moment, and Strait behind them, but the schooner hacl rode it out, like he gave a gasp of fear. a cluck. His tongue close to the roof of his mouth una he couldn't Shortly after three o'clock one afternoon the sky grew utter a sound. overcast by a gathering haze, which at last shut the sun Andy, however, pulled himself out of his trance, and with out altogether. a terrible, warning cry yelled : About this time they fell in with shifting banks of fog, "Hard a starboard, Phil! Hard a starboard for your blowing before the wind, the like of which Paul and Andy _life!" had never seen before. Every now and then. the wind would sweep these banks away, rolling them up before it, and for a little while there would be a clear space around the schooner for perhaps a mile or more. Paul was on duty, and was standing his trick at the wheel, while Andy was below, laying off on his bunk. "This is the greatest sight I ever saw," thought the boy. "At one time we're sailing across a stretch of water that looks like a big lake, with duU banks of snow all around, and then, almqst without warning, we plunge headforemost into whirling clouds of mist, so thick that the leaden sea along s ide can barely be seen. Andy is missing all this. Still, I don't like it. Suppose while w.e're en gulfed in the fog a big ship was to run into us, what would happen to us? I'm afraid to tlHnk of it. We'd be run down and sunk so quick that we'd hardly know what struck us. I wis}i the weather would clear up." At that moment Arn.ly came on cleck. The captain, whose turn it was to be on deck, had stepped below to take a drink, for the misty weather made the atmosphere raw and chilly. '11he other two men were supposed to be keeping a sharp lookout ahead, from the bows. The schoner at the moment was sailing across one of the open spaces, but rapidly approaching another fog bank. "Andy," called Paul, "I wish you'd step forward and 1;ee that the men are keeping a bright lookout ahead. We'll Kl rike another fog bank in a few minutes, and I shan't feel ClSY in mind till we've got on the other sirle of it." "AU right," replied Andy, and forward he went. He found the men were wide awake to their job, and then remained looking ahead into the gray curtain they "ere about to plunge into. It seemed to him just as if the schooner was rushing up against an impalpable kincl of wall, and the sensation was rather terrifying. Just as the Polly's bowsprit was about to pierce the mist, Andy happened to glance over the port bow, and ilia he saw a sight that fairly staggered him. A big, full-rigged ship, under all sail, came out of the Paul heard the ringing shout, ancl instantly obeyrcl th e order, and he saw the danger at the same moment. The captain also saw it as he sprang up the companion ladder, and he turned the color of death, grasping tJ1c si11e of the opening to steady himself against the shock that seemed to be coming. The two hands below and the mate came hlmbling up in a panic, for Andy's cry rang fore and aft, like a trumpet call of clanger. The schooner's head wore around, as if she were on a pivot, so easily did she answer her helm, and to this fact was dne her salvation. She came up into the wind without a second to lose, anc1 the monRter ,-;hip passed so close to the schooner that it seemed that one 9f the lookouts might have touched the swell of 11er sicleR with his lrnncl. It was all over in less than fifteen seconds, but those :fifteen seconds had 'held the fate of the Lively Polly and all on board in their grasp. AI).dy's q.uick cry and correct order, backed up by Paul's instant action, had saved the little vessel, and none recog nized the fact better than Captain Grinnidgc. He looked ghastly when he turned and stared at Paul, and then the schooner plunged into the fog bank and every thing became unreal looking aboard the vessel. The schooner fina lly got clear of the fog belt, much to Paul's relief, and to that of all on board as well. Before that lrnppened, however, the watch had been rhanged, but Paul wouldn't go below until a clGar sea opened out before the Polly. "That was a mighty close shave we had, old chap,'! Rai
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A HARVEST OF GOLD. 23 Whatever Captain Grinnidge may have said to his mate about th e ir narrow e c ape, he did not tender either Paul or Andy a word of commendation for their praiseworthy action in that terrible emergency. Nor did Stephen Cobb testify his appreciation of their condu c t, eithe1. Wit h the fom members of the crew it was different. These chaps, not over scn1pulous at the best, who had at first rc garclecl the boys as useless additions to the schooner's complem ent, and had hazed them to a considerable extent, espe c ially on pa s sing the line or equator, had gradually bec ome frietidly with Paul and Andy. Now realizing that the lads had saved the schooner and all on board, they were not slow in giving them due credit for the performance. Thereafter Paul and Andy had no cause to complain of rough treatment at their hands, and all went well on board for the next two \Yeeks. Then tl1e weather changed for the worse, and when Paul came on deck one morning at about half-past six, and joined Andy, who had. been on duty since four o'clock, he found that the wind had increased to half a gale. The sky was heavy and leaden, and the sea was the same color, with the dull, sodden look of molten metal. '"!'he mate says that the barometer indicates a heavy gale, and that this is only the beginning of it," said Andy. "Well, I guess the Polly can ride it out all right," re plied Paul, confidently. "She's already shown what she can do in dirty weather." The gale continued to get more in it as the morn ing advanced, and when Paul was called to relieve the man at the wheel at four bells (ten o'clock) in the forenoon watch the wind was blowing hard and furious, and the seas were running very high. The however, behav'esl splendidly under closely reefed canvas, rising and falling with the action of the water, like a cork. All day long the gale continued and, if anything, getting worse, the schooner being put under bare poles, with noth ing showing but a bit of jib to steady her head. As night fell the storm increased with a sudden and heavy squall. "Things look pretty fierce," said Andy to his chum. "This i the worst we've been up against since we came afloat. If it can blow any harder I'd like to know." "I've read about worse storms than this, but I don't want to see one," replied Paul, with a serious look "l F one of those huge waves following us ever got aboard we'd staml a good show of being swamped." "That's right," admitted Andy. "I don't see how we es cape them." "We escape because we always ride just out of reach on the wave ahead." Every few minutes it seemed as if they were about to be engulfed by a great concave body of water rushed stern on, yet such is the peculiar methodical of the sea that the schooner always escaped the wave behind, with the regularity of clockwork. The roar of the tempest went on all through the night, which was pitch dark. All around the vessel were seas, ten or fifteen feet high, shining with phosphorescent crests, moving forward with their black weight of thousands of tons of solid water. The spectacle was a terrifying one for the boys, who hardly expected to see the morning light again. With the coming of daylight the gale broke, the sky looked clear in patches, and the spirits of all on board revived. "We'll come out of this all ri ght,'' said Andy, breaking into a cheerful grin. "When we get back to school we'll have a whole lot to-.-" "Land close a.board on the port bow!" roared the man who was on the lookout, forward. "Ha.rd a starboard!" The helmsman pushed against the wheel and the schooner began to slowly respond, when a heavy wave struck her bows and threw her back. Another wave came a.board forward, while a third smashed in her starboard bulwark at the waist and for a moment confusion reigned on the little craft. At the same time she was carried forwru:d with resist less speed by the water directly at' the low mass ahead, which the lookout had recognized as land. The mate sprang to assist t h e man at the wheel, but be fore their united strength c ould be brought to bear on the sudder chains a grRting jar the vessel from stem to stern-it wa ths _,::; off of the coral trees which grew below, like io-d:s under water. Again the schooner grated, and mor e harshly, then struck on a higher bunch of the coral, and then as the l waves lifted her over the obstruction she struck with great violence further on and heeled over. All hands were on deck at the moment, the captain on the poop near the mate and steer man. A great wave ca.me aboard diagonally amidships and swept every soul to the leeward into the yeasty foam, while the succeeding wave lifted the doomed PoJly once more and cast her many yards ahead, where she now remained at the mercy of the sea, firmly fixed, fore and aft, upon a bed of coral tocks CHAPTER Xl V. A GRUESOMI!: DISCOVERY Captain, mate and crew of the ill-fated LiYe ly Polly had been cast inlo a whirling sea, bristling with jagged niass e s of coral, against which all but Paul and Andy were hurled inside of a very few moments, and went down, to ri s e no I more. A special Providence, however, seemed to guide the prog ress of the two boys, and, escaping the perils of 1 the coral reef, which surrounded the entire island, with the exception of a narrow break on the opposite side, they were cast. breathless and dazed, on the sandy shore of the island

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A. HARVEST OF GOLD. proper, a quarter of a mile from the spot on which the schooner bad rested her devot e d kee l. For some ten minutes P a ul lay str e t c hed out weak and exhausted on the beach, with the wate r half submerging his body, as each wave rolled up on the s and. Then he slowly pulled himself together, and finally sat up and looked around. The first thing he noticed was Andy lying on his back a couple of yards away. He crawl e d over and shook hini. "Andy, Andy!" he cried, in a husky voice. Hi s chum opened his eyes and looke d at him in a bewilder e d fashion. Then he began to strike out m e chanically, as though J:e thought be was still in the water. The ridiculous figure be cut on the 'sand, like some huge n e w sp ecies of crab, caused Paul to lau g h outright. "Hold on, old chap,.you're not in the water any longer," he said. Andy spit out a mouthful of wet sand and ceased moving his limbs. Then he scrambled to his knees and the two boys gazed into each other's faces. "Where are we, anyway?" asked Andy, spitting out more sand. Then they got on their feet. They saw a long, low, sloping beac1: covered with white sand that hacl been washed up on a coral foundation by the continual beating of the surf. Up and down the length of the shore, :::;,_-.::allowing in a line with th e beach, was a ridge of sand hills. A number of scrub brushes, interspersed with palm trees, gre w along the cr est" of this ridge. The chain of sand hills made a sudden turn in either direction, and not far from where they fell away to the on the level of the beach was a thick growth of underbrush, with half a dozen palms growing in the midst of it. To the seaward lay the outer ring of coral reef, with the wreck of the Lively Polly perched upon it, her bowsprit pointing sky"Ward. "Are we the only ones who came ashore?" asked Andy, looking up and down the shore in a vain attempt.to single out one or more of their late shipmates. "It looks as if we're all that's left of the scl1ooner's complement," replied Paul. "And what shall we do here-starve?" asked Andy, dolefully. "I hope not," answered Paul. "Let's walk down the shore." When they reached the thicket where the palm trees sprang up they found a spring of cool water bubbling up out of the white sand. It flowed away through a stretc;h. of thick grass and sedge, toward the interior of the island. "We shan't want for fresh water, at any rate," said Paul, after taking a long drink, in which he was joined by Andy. "That's lucky," replied his companion. "Now, i f w e onl y can find some fruits or s h e ll fis h w e ma y b e abl e t o worry along until a sail comes in sight and we ar e tak e n off." They followed the course of the stream until they clis coverecl that it emptied into a good-sized circular lake. Then they started to follow the edge 0 the lake. The sun \ was now out in an almost clour11ess sky, and the late storm had fined down to a comparatively gentle breeze. The circular spit of shore they were traversing was quite narrow, bounded by the.lake on one side and th e oce.an, with the re e f betwee n, on the other. It was covered with low vegetation, through which. sprouted many palms. When they a point nearly opposite to where they started from they found further progress cut off by a nar row inl e t, which made in from the sea. "That settles it, we can't go any further in this direc tion," said Paul. "The island s eems to be a ring of sand and coral, with a single break at this Eoint, the whole sur round e d b y an outer reef of lhe same shape. P "There doesn't appear to be any kind of bee but and they haven't any fruit on them," said Andy. "They're all young palms, judging from their height, and I've read that when young the center of the palm is soft, often containing a quantity of starch or sago, which I imagine ought to be good to eat. I dare say the outer reef is covered with barnacles, and they always attract fish." "But we can't reach the outer reef without swimming, and if we swam there, now could we catch the fish?" "A fellow can do lots of things when driven to it by necessity. Now if the schooner holds together for awhile we can swim out to her as soon as the water gets smoother, and then maybe we'll be able to get at some of her stores, though I have no great hopes of such a thing." "S'pose we did-how could we get them ashore if the boats are stove, as I guess they are?" "Why, we could make a rough raft of wreckage held together by rope." "That's so," said Andy. "Hello!". he exclaimed, sud denly. "Look yonaer. Blessed if there isn't a small sail boat making direct for this island, and only one person aboard of her." Paul followed the direction of his outstretched arm, and sure enough there was a cat-rigged her mainsail belly ing out to the breeze, steering right for the entrance in the outer reef. "I wonder who that can be?" asked Andy. "Who the dickens could be navigating the wide ocean in such a cockle-shell. Why, the late storm would have sent her to the bottom in no time at alJ. "I don't care who it is. He's welcome. The more the merrier, for company's sake." They watched the stranger approach with eager interest and anticipation. The littlelioat soon shot through the opening in the reef,

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A HARVEST OF GOLD. crossing the intervening ring of water, and drew close to the l inlet. I "Why, it's a boy!" cried Andy, ii:\. astonishment. As soon as the sailboat entered the lagoon her occupant perceived them, waved his hand several time's and headed the craft for the beach. Paul and Andy walked down to the water's edge to greet the newcomer. "Hello!" cried Paul. "Glad to see you." "Same here," came back tl1e reply. Fie dropped the sail and the hoat ran her nose up on the beach. The new boy Rtepped ashore and grasped Paul's extended hand, and then Andy's. "My name is Jeff Waldron,,'' he said. "Jeff is short for Jefferson. What's your names?" "Mine is Paul Prescott, and this is my chum, Andy Owens. We were wrecked this morning on the other side of the island. Our schooner, hailing from Boston, Mass., went onto the outer reef, and all but us were lost. We were just exploring the place when we saw you coming this way. Where did you spring from, anyway, in that little boat?" "From another island to the southeast. Got there from another island still further east. There's a whole string of these islands running for many miles. I was blown off shore from a big island to the northwest-one of the Fiji group-where my father is located as a missionary. I was trying to find my way back by easy stages, but ain't sure if I can do it. I'm real glad to meet you fellows, for it's lonesome work sailing around all by one's self." "Well, let's cross in your boat to the other side of this lake," said Paul. "There's nothing doing on this side." "All right. Hop aboard." Paul and Andy stepped into the sailboat, Waldron followed, hauled up the sail and away they shot for the other side, to a point about midway of the lagoon, where a thick clump of bushes and palm trees attracted their attention, for Andy said he saw what looked to be the roof of a house there. It didn't take them long to cross, and while Jeff Waldron was securing the ,boat so.she wouldn't fl.oat away, Paul and Andy started for the thicket. "There is a house there for sure," said Andy, in some ex citement. "Can't you sec the wall through the trees ?" "I do," replied his chum. J?:ello That looks like a man, with his hand "So it does. Some shipwrecked chap like ourselves. And maybe there are more of them in the house." "I don't like the looks of that fellow. I wonder what he's pointing at so steadily. If there are more like him they may make trouble for us. I'm going back to get Waldron's that I saw in the bottom of the boat. Nothing like putting up a bold front." Andy waited till Paul got gun. "He's still pointing," said Andy. "I've watched him ever since you were away and I'm willing to swear that he hasn't stirred an inch." "That's strange. MaYbe it isn't a man after all." "Yes, it is. Don"t see his hat and cloak flying in the wind?" "I do. He's holding something in his fist. He cer tainly is acting mighty strange. Just like a cigar store sign. Come on. We'll soon see what's the matter with him." Paul and Andy advanced upon the motionless figure. "Great Scott!" exclaimed Paul, when he got close enough to look the gruesome object squarely in the face. "It's a skeleton "A skeleton!" palpitated Andy, turning pale. "Oh, Lor', so it is!" CHAPTER XV. THE HOUSE OF DEATH. It was certainly a horrible-looking object, and what \YaS stranger still was the tfact that its gloved hand held a rusted revolver, pointed straight ahead. It looked menacing enough in good truth, but as there was no life in it the teuifying aspect of the figure was soon lost on the boys. As Paul walked up to it his attention was attracted to an open box on the ground. It was half full of tarnished coins, through which sprouted the noses of several fat-looking bags. "What's this?" he ejaculated. "Money?" At that moment Andy srepped up beside him and was equally amazed at what he saw in the box. While they were gazing at what appeared to be a kincl of treasure trove they were joined by Jeff Waldron, who, like themselves, had been momentarily by the skeleton figure. "I wonder what that scarecrow is doing here?" he asked. Then he said: "What are you looking at?" "A box of money, apparently," replied Paul. "My goodness!" exclaimed Waldron. "So it is." "Hello!" cried Andy at that moment. "Just look at what's painted on the door of that house. 'A House oi Death. Do Not Enter Here.' Now, wouldn't that jar you?" "With a skull and cross-bones on top," said Paul "Some big bluff, I guess." "This money is no bluff, at any rate," said Andy, wno was examining a handful of it. "They're foreig11 gold coin. I wonder how nmch is here? A good many thoLtsanc1 dollars, I'll bet. We're lucky." "What good is it to us in our present fix?" remarked Paul. "Every good We don't expect to remain here all our lives. When we get back to the good old United States it will come in mighty handy." "When we do, correct. But when will we?" "Why can't we sail away in Waldron's boat?" "We can, ot' course, if Waldron lets us. It's h!s boat, and we can't force ourselves on him."

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I 21 A HARVEST OF 90LD. "Ho!" exclaimed Waldron. "You're more than welcome to go with me; but the boat isn't large enough to more than carry us three and a supply of provisions, if we can find any on the island." "We could manage to carry that much gold along. There isn't over $15,000 worth in that box." "That's $5,000 apiece," said Andy. "I never saw that much in my life before." "Well, let's investigate this house of death," said Pau_l. "We want a covered place to sleep .. That ought to be just the thing." "I'm not stuck on sleeping in a morgue," chuckled Andy. '"'How do you know it's a morgue?" said Paul, advanc ing to the door and striking it a heavy blow with the of the rifle. The door swung inward and the three boys gathered around the entrance. A ghastly spectacle met their eyes. No less than eight skeletos lay sprawled about in every c onceivable attitude. 'J'heir garments were nearly all rotted away, the bones with grisly effect. Clearly, they had been there for many years, showing, with the presence of the uncovered gold in the box outside, that the island had not been visited by any one in a very long time. The boys had tumbled upon a strange and horrible mys tery that betokened either murder or starvation; but pre s umedly the latter. The pr esence of the propped-up skeleton without, and the warning sign on the door didn't seem to jibe exactly with the starvation theory. yet if one or more companions of the dead men had escaped from the island, after doing up their companions, why hadn't they carried the gold off with them. No matter how one tried to figure up the case the ele ment of mystery still remained. And the chances were it would always remain a mystery. "We can't sleep here, that's sure," said Andy, with a look of disgust. "Oh, I don't know," replied Paul. "There's a spade .over in the corner. We'll perform a Christian duty to these poor relics and bury their bones outside, then, as a recQmpence for the labor, we'll take possession of tb.e house." "I ain't stuck on handling those bones," said Andy, with a shiver. "Nonsense! They're entitled to a decent burial. If you don' twant to help, Waldron and I'll do it, or I'll do it alone." ., "Oh, if you mean to do it I won't back out of lending a hand, but I don't like the job for a cent." Waldron showed no reluctance to assisting in the funeral operations, ;md so Paul got the spade and told Andy he would appoint him chief grave-digger, while Waldron and himself performed the office of undertakers. The skeletons all went to pieces, and Paul shoveled their remains into the hole. rrhe grave was th e n filled in and a mound raised above it. Two big piece s of coral form e d the h e ad and foo t s tone:>, and the ceremony was over. "I wish I had something to eat about this time," said Andy, wiping his forehead. "So do I," coincided Waldron. "And I wouldn't object to a porterhouse steak, wit h frieud potatoes, bread and hot coffee, myself," grinned Paul. "Hold on, Paul, you make me twice as hungry as I was," objected Andy. "Sorry, old chap, and also that there isn't any restau rant in sight I think we had better sail out and see what',: left of the schooner. It is possible we may be able to find something in the galley to eat. That part of her, I guess is still hanging to the reef." "I second the motion," said Andy, with alacrity. So the boys adjo1\rned tQ the sailboat, her mainsail wa s hoisted and she was headed out o:fl the lagoon into the now comparatively calm water between the island and the outer reef. With Paul at the helm, she flew along until they sighted the wreck of the Lively Polly, just as they had last observed her. They were able to get close alongside of her and board. The stern of the schooner as far as the break of the trunk cabin was entirely submerged, but the balance of the craft was above' the present reach of the sea. One of her boats was still intact. "We'll cut that loose by and by," said Paul. The three boys then entered the small7' forecastle and galley. Here, to their great satisfaction, they found more than enough to satisfy their appetites for several days. They sat around on the bunks and made a good meal, afte r which they felt a great deal better. They carried everything of an edible order on board the sai lboat. Then they cut loose and launched the quarter-boat, and filled her with such odds and ends of marine stuff as they thought worth while bringing ashore. Tying the painter of the rowboat to the stern of the sail boat, they returned to the place in the lagoon whence they had set out. Andy had thought to bring an old broom from the schooner and he used it to sweep out the top layer of sand in the house, after which they reiuoved everything from the boats to the building. Paul had also brought a small, empty meal-bag, and in th is he tied up, all the loose coin in the box. During the afternoon Andy and Waldron went to the outer reef'in the sai lboat to try and catch a mess of fish for supper. While they were away, Paul carried a. small keg they had brought from the wreck to thtl spring in the thicket, and filled it with cold water. On his return he canied it into the hut a.nd threw it clown in a corner. /

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I A HARVEST OF GOLD. 27 J t was heavy, now that it was with water, and when it skuck the sand something happened that brought a gasp of surprise to the boy's lips. I11de11d of making a dent in the soft flooring and lying there. it crashed the sand, as through paper, and disappeared, leaving a gaping hole exposed. CHA.PTER XVI. CON CL USl,ON. "Well, if that doe,;n't beat anything I ever saw before," ejac ulated Paul, looking at the hole. "I wonder what other mystQry is connected with this house?" Na-turally he decided to inyestigatc the matter. So he struck a match and flashed it down into the hole. The barrel lay less than a foot below the surface of the floor. It was resting on an ordinary sailor's chest. Paul stepped down into the hole and lifted the bacrel out, then he examined the lid of the chest. He found that it was not secured, and raised it without trouble. The inside of the chest was literally packed with bags of what seemed to be mJ)lley, for they were counterparts of the bags of coin lying in the open box outside. Paul took one of them out, undid the string that secured the mouth an.P. poured its contents out on the sandy flpor. It was gold money of a Spaniioh coinage of seventy-five years since. "Whew! There must be a mint of money in that chest. A regular harvest of gold. This must be some piratical treasure trove for fair. Supposing each of these bags to contain $4,000 or $'5,000, the top layer alone would amount to over $1.00,000. At that '!'ate there is more than half a million in gold coin h.ere. Won't Andy and Waldron be surprised? If we can manage to get this mone.y back to civilization the three of us will be independently rich. I suppose I'm entitled to a full half by right of discovery. That would give Andy and Waldron over $100,000 apiece as their snare. Those dead chaps, we found in here must have had some connection with this money. Probably that sign was pnt on the door by one or more of the men who got away after perhaps murdering the others. No doubt they could not carry the money off at tlie time, not having the mean s of doing so. But they intended to come back after it later on, and put that sign on the door, and that scare crow outside, to frighten away any chance visitor to the island. Still, why should they have left that partly filled box of money outside, exposed to any one's view? That fact seems to upset my theory of the matter. Well, I'm not going to puzzle my head over it. The question we'll have to solve is how to get away from the island and carry this treasure with us. As far as I ct1n figure up the situation we'll be lueky if we can get safely away ourselves without trying to carry the money." Paul returned the coins to the bag and sat down out&ide to await the return of his companions. They got back in the of an hom, with quite a bunch of fish. "Who says we haren t been lucky?" sa id Andy, in high glee, exhibiting the fish. "Yes, you've been quite lucky in your way; but for real downright good b.lCk you are not in it even a little bit with me." "What do you mean?" asked Andy, in a perplexed ton e "Well, you two have spent a couple of hours capturin g a dozen moderate-sized fish, while I didn't spend any time t0 speak of capturing half a million dollars in gold." "What are you talking about?" "You heard what I said, didn't you?" "Sure I heard it, and it is a pretty good tom-fooi stor: for you." "If it was a tom-fool story I couldn't prove it. Now T can prove my words. Just come into the hut, both of you, with me and see what lies down in a hole which I found in a corner." He led the way a nd they followed, wonderingly. When Paul showed them the contents of the bag he had taken from th e chest, and then the chest itself, the two lads nearly had the blind staggers. Andy executed a kind of Indian war dance. "What are you getting so excited about, said Walnron. "We don t come in on this. Prescott found the stuff, and, by rights, it all belongs to nim." Then Andy"looked glum. "No," answered Paul. "J'm going to divide up. Say, one-half for me and a quart er each for you two. Is tliat satisfactory?" Andy and Waldron both declared that Paul was too generous, seeing that h e had found the chest of money without any help from them. ''.That don't make difference. The money in the box outside is to be divided in even thirds; that in the chest in the hole i just as I told you. Now theb, we've got to put our heads together in ord er to see how we can manage to get the money away with us from the i s land. Remember that half a million in gold weighs pretty considerably. Why, that $15,000 outside is a pretty good weight of itself for one man to carry any distance." The boys postponed further consideration of the subject until they had cooked and eaten their supper, then they took the ma.tter up again. The result of their deliberation failed to produce any practical results, and matter was abandoned for the time being. Next day, under Paul's directions, they visited the wreck and brought away a lot of boards, together with the carpen ter kit. During the afternooo they employed themselve s making a lot of small boxes to hold .four bags each of the coin. Altogether, it took fifty boxes to hold all the money. Next morning, to their surprise and delight, a brig a n chored off the island and a boat came ashore, with the sec ond mate of the brig, to look for fresh water.

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28 A HARVEST OF GOLD. The newcomers were surprised to find the three boys on the island. Paul explained their presence there and pointed out the fre s h water spring to the mate. The boys learned that the brig was en route from Sidney, Australia, to. San Francisco, with a cargo of coal. Paul, after a conference with the mate, went on board the brig to see the captain and try to arrange for their passage to California. He had no great trouble in coming to an agreement when he stated that he and Andy were willing, and fairly compe tent, to work their passage before the mast, while it was agreed that Waldron should act as cabin boy, without pay. Then came the question of securing transportation of the fifty sm all, heavy boxes, the character of whose con tents Paul would not state. The captain agreeing to take them along, they were car ried off in four trips of the sailboat. The quarter-boat and the sailboat were then turned over to the captain, and as soon as her water-casks had been re plenished the brig hauled up her anchor and continued on her voyage to the Pacific Coast of the United States, where .she duly arrived, without encountering any particularly rough weather. The thing that Paul did was to telegraph to Lawyer Harrison, while Andy wired his parents. The next thing was to dispose of the old Spanish gold coin, which they succeeded in getting rid of to the sub treasury of the United States at its current value of old gold. It netted them a little over half a million, of which Paul took an order on Boston for $250,000; Andy an for $125,000, while Jeff Waldron received his s hare in government notes. Paul and his chum parted from Waldron, who wanted to rejoin his father as soon as possible, and took 1a train for the East. Lawyer Harrison and Andy's father were on hand at the Boston & Albany depot at Boston to meet the boys on their arrival in that city. Almost Paul's first eager inquiry was about Dolly Curtis. Mr. Harrison made Paul feel good by telling him that Dolly had returned to the Roost a month after hel' pea ranee. Paul and Lawyer Harrison, with Andy and his father, took a train for Gloucester on the afternoon of the day pf their arrival in Boston. The former two lost no time in going out to the Old Watch Tower to see if the missing will still reposed inside of the crack in the stone flooring of the second story of the tower. To their intense satisfaction the will was there and was easily recovered. Mr. Harrison recognized it as. the one he had drawn up for Paul's father. "I guess my uncle will be rather surprised to see me turn up safe and sound, when he probably imagines that I am many thousands of miles away on board the late schooner Lively Polly," chuckled Paul. "He has laid himself liable to arrest and prosecution for aiding and abetting in your abduction," said the lawyer; "as well as conspiracy in the matter of your father's will. It remains with you to say whether I shall proceed against him at once. He is almost certain to be convicted and sent to State prison." "No," replied Paul, "it would be against my dead father's wishes to bring this disgrace on the family name. Call on him and tell him that his treachery has been brought to light and that his game is up for good and all." "Very well," replied Mr. Harrison. Faber Prescott was located by the lawyer in Boston. We will not refer to the interview that took place between them. It is enough to know that Faber and his son, after re ceiving their legacies under will, disappeared and were not again heard of by Paul or Mr. Harrison. They confessed that they had hired a man to ring the bell in tpe tower on the night Paul's father died, and it was concluded that the former ringing of the bell had been done by human hands. Paul duly entered Harvard College a year later than the time originally set, and Andy Owe. ns went with him. Both graduated together at the end of the four years' course, at the age of twenty-three. Immediately afterward there was a wedding at the Roost, when Dolly Curtis became mistress of the place, much to the satisfaction of the old housekeeper, who had come to regard her as an adopted and much-loved daughter. Paul retained all the old servants, as a matter of course, over whom Tom Hazard reigned as majordomo or steward, an
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THE-LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American RevolutionJ By I HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of Amer ican youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 297 The Lib erty Boys With Putnam; or, Good Work In the Nutmeg State. 261 Tiie Liberty Boye at New London; or, The Fort Griswold Mas-298 The Lil)erty Boys' Revenge ; or, Punishing the Tories. sacre. 299 The Liberty Boys at Dunderberg; or, 'l'he Fall of the Highland Forte. 262 The Liberty Boys and Thom.u Jelferson; or, How They Saved the 300 The Liberty Boys witll Wayne; or, Daring Deeds at Stony Point. Governor. 30 1 The Liberty Boys as Cavalry Scouts; or, The Charge of Washington's 263 The Liberty Boys Banished; or, Sent Away by General Howe. Brigade. 264 The Liberty Boys at the liltate Line; or, Desperate Doings on the 302 The Liberty Boys on Island 6; or, The Patriot of the Delaware. Dan River. 303 The Liberty Boys Gallant Stand; or, Rounding up the Redcoats. 265 The Liberty Boys' Terrible Trip ; or, On Time In Spite of Every304 The Liberty Boys Outtlanked ; or, The Battle of Fort Miffiin. thing. 305 The Liberty Boys' Hot Fight; or, Cutting Their Way to Freedom. 266 Tile Lfberty Boye' Setback; or, Beset by Redcoats, Redskins, and 306 The Liberty Boys' Night Attack; or, Fighting the Johnson Tories. I Greens. 267 The Liberty Boys and the Swede; or, The Scandinavian Recruit. 307 ?'he Liberty Boys and Brave Jane M'Crea; or, After the Spy of 268 The Liberty Boys' "Best Licks"; or, Working Hard to Win. 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B esi d e s the various methods of ha_r.dkerchief,_ fan, glove, parasol window and hat flirtation, it con a _full hst of the langua ge and sentiment of flowers, which i m.terestmg to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happJ without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and haIJdsome little book just is s u e d by l!"'rank Tous e y It contains full instruc tions in the art of d a n c ing, etiquette in the b a ll-room and at parties, how to dress, and full directions for calling olf in all popula1 square dan c es. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to love, cour t ehip and marriage, giving s e nsibl e advice rules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and intetesting things not gen erally known. No 17. .ro DRESS.-Containing full instruction In the art of dressmg and appearing w ell at h ome and abroad giving the sele c tions of colors, material and how to have them made up. No. 18. 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HOW TO KEEP AND MANAQE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeping( _breeding, an_d managing all kinds of also giving ful mstruct1ons for makmg cages, etc. Fully explamed b y twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind eV1r published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW 'l'O BECOME A S CIENTIST.-:!. useful and In structive book giving a complete tre atise on chemistry; also ex periments in a c oustics me c hanics, mat hematics, chemistry, and di ENTERTAINMENT. rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thi8 No. 9. HOW TO BECO;\IE A VENTRif,OQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equaled. Kennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book for this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multimak:inr all kinds of candX etc. tudes every night with his lmitations), can master the No. 84. HOW TO B.lliCOME At'I AUTHOR.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the u s e of word s and the createst book <'Ver publish e d and there's millions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submi t ti n g m an u sc ript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to t be neatne ss, l e gibility a n d gen eral com very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium pos ition of manu s cript, essential to a successful author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, c omic recita t ions, etc., suitable Hiland. for parlor or drawing room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won money than any book published. derful book. containing useful and prac tical information in the No. 85. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelfe, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com ba<'kgammon, croquet. dominoes, etc plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COI,LECT STAMPS AND COINS:-Con the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curio.us catches taining valuable information r e g a rdin g the collecting and arranging and witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsom e l y illustrated. No. 52. HOW TO PI,AY C;\RDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King book, giving the rules and f\. ''rections for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known detective. In wh ic h he lay s d o wn som e valuable b >1ge, Casino, ll:--,. ce, Pedro Sanc ho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventure Auction Pitch. All Fours, and mli.ny other popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known d e tectives. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bunNo. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PIIOTOGRAPHER.-Contain d:e
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:P x... '1J"' c A. JXr :0 I... T.J' c CON'.rAINS ALL SORTS OF STORIES. EVERY STORY COMPLE'l'E. 32 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 CENTS. LATEST ISSUES: 439 'l he Spy of Spuyte n Duyvll; or, The Boy With a Charmed Life. By G e n Jas. A. Gordon. 405 Dick, the Apprentice Boy; or, Bound to be an Engineer. (A 440 Two Yankee Boys Among the Kaflirs; or, The Search for Kin& Story of Railroad Life. ) By Jas. C Merritt. Solomon's Mines. By Allyn Draper. 406 'f{lt Carson, Jr., In the Wild Southwest; or, The Searcll for a 441 The Arctic Crusoes; or, Lost at the World' s End. By Boward Lost Claim. By An Old Scout. Austin. 407 The Rivals of Round Top Academy; or, Missing from School. 442 Rob Ralston's Run; or, The Perilous Career of a Boy Engineer. By Allyn Draper. By Jas. c. Merritt. 408 Jack Mason's MiJllon; or, A Boy Broker's Luck In Wall Street. 443 Jack Dacre' s Dollar, And Bow Be Made It BJ B. K. By H. K Shackleford. Shackleford. 409 The Lost City of the Andes; or, The Treasure of the Volcano. 444 The Boy Fire King; or, Barnum's Brightest Star. By Berton (A Story of Adventures in a Strange Land. ) By Richard R. Mont-Bertrew. 410 ltangers . or, General Washington's Boy Guard. (A 445 Fearless Frank, The Brave Boy Fireman, And Bow Be Won Bl Fame. By Ex-Fire-Chief Warden. Story of the American Revolution.) By Gen'!. James A. Gor-446 Under the Black Flag; or, Tbe Burled Treasure of the Seven don. Isles. By Capt. Thoe. H. Wilson. 411 "Old Put"; or, The Fire Boys of Brandon. By Ex-Fire Chief War-447 The Rise of Eddie Dunn; or, The Boy With a Sliver Tongue. 412 or, Davy Crockett's Double. By An Old Scout. By Allan Arnold. 413 Barnum's Young Sandow; or, The Strongest Boy in the World. 448 Little Lariat, The Boy Wild-Horse Hunter; or, The Dashing By Berton Bertrew. Rider of the Staked Plains. By An Old Scout. 414 Halsey & Co.; or, The Young Bankers and Speculators. By H. K. 449 The Boy Railroad King; or, Working His to the Top. By Shackleford. Jas. C. Merritt. 411) Alow and Aloft; or, The Dashing Boy Harpooner. By Capt. 450 Loyal to the Last; or, Fighting for the Stars and Stripes. By Thoe. H. Wilson. G e n'!. .Tltme R A. Gordon 416 The Meteor Express; or, The Perilous Run of a Boy Elngineer. By 451 Dick Decker, the Brave Young Fireman. B;r Ex-Fire-Chief War-Jas. C. Merritt. den. 1 417 Buttons; or, Climbing to the Top. (A Story of a Bootblack's 452 Buffalo Charlle,1. the Young Hunter. (A True Story of the West. ) Luck and Pluck.) By Allyn Draper. By An Old ;:,scout. 418 The Iron Grays; or, The Boy Riders of the Rapidan. By Gen'!. 453 The Two Boy Brokers; or, From Messenger Boyl to Mllllonalrea. Jas. A. Gordon. By A Retired Banker. 419 Money and Mystery; or, Hal Hallerton's Tips in Wall Street. 454 Under the Turban; or, A Yankee Boy's Trip to Mecca. BJ By H K. Shackleford. Allyn Draper. 420 The Boy Sultan; or, Searching for a Lost Diamond Mine. By 455 Little Lou, the Pride of the Continental Army. By Gen'!. Ju. A, .Allan Arnold. Gordon. 421 Edgewood No 2; or, The Only Boy In the Fire Company. By 456 The Boy Merchant; or, The Pluck and Luck of Harry Graham. Ex-Fire-Chief Warden. By H. K. Shackleford. 422 Lost on a Raft; or, Driven from Sea to Sea. By Captain Thos. 457 Railroad Ralph, the Boy Engineer. By Jas. C. Merritt. H Wilson. 458 The Boy Pilot of Lake Michlgan. By Capt. Tbos. H. Wll1on. 423 True as steel; or, Ben Bright, the Boy Engineer. By Jas. C. 459 That Boy of Barton's: or, The Luck of a Lad In Wall Street. Merritt. By H. K. Shackleford. 424 Ed, the Errand Boy; or, Working His Way in the World. By 460 Lost in the Blizzard; or, The Snow-Bound School Boys. BJ Howard Austin. Howard Austin. 425 Pawnee Bill in Oklahoma; or, Fighting with the White Chief. By 461 Driven Ashore in Lost Latitudes; or, The Strange Story of the An Old Scout. Skeleton Island. By Capt. Thoe. H. Wilson. 426 Percy Greville, the Scout of Valley Forge. By Gen 'I. Jas. A Gor-462 The Boss of the Messenger Boys; or, Born to Good Luck. By don. (A Story of the American Revolution. ) Richard Montgomery. 427 Bulls and Bears; or, A Bright Boy s Fight With the Brokers of 463 The. Irish Rip van Winkle; or, The Wild Man of the Bound Wall Street. By H. K. Shackleford. B D '628 'il'he Dead Shot Rangers: or, The Boy Captain of tbe Home De-Tower. Y "' yn raper. fenders. (A Story of the American Revolution.) By Gen 'I. Jas. 464 Lost at the Pole; or, The Secret of the .Arctic Circle. By Berton A Gordon. Bertrew. 429 Lost In the Grassy Sea; or, Three Years in the Sargasso. By 465 Rupert of Roanoke; or, The Boy Rangers of the American RevoCapt. Thos H. Wilson lution. By Gen'!. James A. Gordon. 430 Tom Porter' s Search; or, The Treasure of the Mountains. By 466 Castaway Castle: or, The Home of the Lost Explorers. By Allan Richa rd R. Montgomery. Arnold. 431 Through Smoke and 'Flame; or, The Rival Firemen of Irvington. 467 The Boy Prospectors; or, The Trail of the Club-Foot Bear. BJ By Ex-Fire-Chief Warden. An Old Scout. 432 Exile No. 707; or, The Boys of the Forgotten Mine. (A Story or 468 The Wreck of the "Columbus"; or, Abandoned In the Ice. BJ Russia and Siberia.) By Allan Arnold. Howard Austin. 433 Steel Blade, The Boy Scout of Fort Ridgely; or, Tbe War Trail 469 Among the Gauchos; ol', A Yankee Boy In South .America. BJ of the Sioux. By An Old S cout. Richard R. Montgomery. 434 to President: or, Working Bis Wny Up. By Jas. 470 The Quaker Boy Spy; or, General Washington's Best Aide. A 435 Lucky Luke; or, A Bright Boy's Career In Wall Street. By H,. K Story of the American Revolution. By Gen '!. Jas. A GotdoD. Sb.ackleford. 471 Cal Carter, the Boy Lawyer; or, A Fee or One Million Dollu. 436 The Prince of the Prairie; or, The Boy Who Owned It All. By By Allan Arnold. An Old Scout. 472 The Board of Trade Boys; or, The Young Grain Speculatore or 437 Berman, the Boy Magician; or, On the Road With a Variety Chicago. By A Retired Broker. Show. By Berton Bertrew. 473 Haunted; or, The Curse of Gold. B;r H K. Shackleford. 438 Tom Barry of Barrington; or, The Hero of No. 4. By Ex-Fire-474 .A Sawdust Prince; or, .The Boy Bareback Rider. By Berton Chief Warden. Bertrew. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure the:n from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office 'direct. Cut out and fUJ In the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. 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Fame and Fortune Weekl_ y STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A S E L F-MA D E MAN I j l C OLORED C OVERS PRICE 5 Ots ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY 32 PAGES This Weekly contains inteiesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advanta""e of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of eur most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become fam-' If ous and wealthy. I A. LREADY PUBLISHED. 8 The Wheel of Fortune; 01-. The Record of a Self-'.\lade Boy. 9 Nip and 'l'uck; or, The Young BL"okers of Wall Street. 10 A Copper Hal'vest; Ol'. The Boys \\'ho Wol'ked a Deserted Mine. 11 A Lucky Penny; or, 1'he Fol'tunes of a Boston Boy. 12 A Diamond in the Rough ; or, A Brnve Boy s Start in Life. 13 Baiting the Bears; or, The Nerviest Boy in Wall Street. 14 A Gold Brick; or, The Boy \\'bo Could Not be Downed. 15 A Streak of Luck ; or, The Boy Who Feathered His :'\est. 16 A Good Thing; or, l'he Boy \Yho Made a Fortune. 17 King of the Market; or, The Youug 'l'rader in Wall Street. 18 Pure Grit; or, One Boy in a 1'housand. 19 A Rise in Life; or, '.l'he Careel' of a Factory Boy. 20 A Barrel of :Money; 01" A Bright Boy in \\'all Street. 21 All to the Good ; or, From Call Boy to Manager. 22 How He Got There; or, 'l'he Pluckiest Boy of Them All. 23 Bound to Win; or, 'l'he Boy Who Got Rich. 24 Pushing It 'l'brough; or, 1'he Fate of a Lucky Boy. 25 A Born Speculator; or, The Young Sphinx of Wall Street. 26 'l'he Way to Success ; or, 1'be Boy Wbo Got There. 27 Struck Oil; or. 'l'he Boy Who a '.\iii lion. 28 A Go lden Risk; or, The Young '.\liners of Della Cruz. 29 A Sure Winner; or. The Boy \Yho 'Yent Out With a Circus. 30 Golden Fleece: or, The Bov Bl'okers of \\a11 Street. 31 A Mad Cap Scheme: or, The Boy Treasure Hunters of Cocos Isl and. 32 Adl'ift on the World: ol'. \\'ol'king His to Fol'tune. 33 Playing to Win; or, The Boy iu Wail Street. 34 Tatters; or, A Boy from the Slums. 35 A Young Monte Cristo: or, 1'he Richest Boy in the World. 86 Wou by Pluck i or, Tbe Boys Who Ran a Railroad. a ; Beating the Brokers; or, The Boy Wbo "Couldn't be Done." A Rolling Stone; or, The Brightest Boy on Hecord. 39 .:\'ever Say Die; or. 1'be Young S\1rveyor of Happy Vall e y. 40 Almost a lllan; or, \Vinning Ills Way to the Top. Hoss of the Market: or, The Greatest Boy in Wall Street. 42 The Chance of His Life; OL', The Young Pilot of Crystal Lake. 43 Striving for Fortune: or, From Bell-Doy to i\iillionaire. 44 Out for Business; Ot', The Smartest Hoy in Town. 45 A Favorite of Fortune: or', Striking it Rich in Wall Street. 46 Through 'l'hick and Thin; or. The Adventuies oC a Smart Boy. 47 Doing His Level Best: or, Working His Way Up. 48 Always on Deck: or, The Boy Who i\lade His Mark. 4!J A Mint of Money; or, The Young Wall Street Broker. 50 The Ladder of Fame; or. !Prom Office Boy to Senator. 51 On the Square; or, The Success of an Honest Boy. 52 After a Fortune; or, The Pluckiest Boy in the West. 53 Winning the Dollars; or, The Young Wonder of Wall Street. 54 J\Iaking His J\Iark; or, The Boy \\'ho Became President. 55 Heir to a )lillion: or, 'l'he Boy \ Yho Was Born Lucky. 56 Lost in the Andes: 01. The Treasure of t he Buried City. 57 On His Mettle; or, A Plucky Boy in Wall Stree t 58 A Lucky Chance; or, raking l'ortune on the Wing. 59 The Road to Success; or, 'l'he Career of a li'ortunate Boy. 60 Chasing Pointers; or, The Luckiest Boy in \\'all Street. 61 Rising in the World; or, !J'rom Factory Boy to Manager. 62 From Dark to Dawn; or, A Poor Boy's Chance. 63 Out for Himself; or, Paving His Way to li'ortune. 64 Diamond Cut Diamond; or, The Boy Brokers of Wall Street 65 A Start in Life; or, A Bright Boy's Ambition. 66 Out for a Million: or, 'l'he Young Midas of Wall Street. 67 Inch a Boy; or, Doing His Level Best. 68 Money to Burn; 01" 'l'he Shrewdest Doy in Wall Street. 69 An Eye to Business; or, 'l'hc Boy Who Was Not Asleep. 70 Tipped by the Ticker; or, An Ambitious Boy in Wall Street. 71 On to Success; 01" The Boy Who Got Ahead. 72 A Bid for a Fortune: or, A Country Boy in Wall Street. 73 Bound to Rise : ot", Fighting His \\'ay to Suc<'ess. 74 Out for the Dollars; or, A Smart Boy in Wall Street. 75 I'or Fame and Fortune; or, The Boy Who Won Both. 76 A Wall Street Winner; or, Making a i\Iint of 77 1'he Road to Wealth : or, The Boy Who Found It Out. 78 On the Wing; OL', The Young of Wall Street. 79 A Chase for a Fortune; or, The Boy Who Hustle d. 80 Juggling \Yi th the Market; or, The Boy \Ylio .\lade it Pay. 81 Cast Adrift; or, The Luc k of a Homeless Boy. 82 P laying the Market; or, A Keen Boy in Wall Street. 83 A Pot of Money; or, The Legacy of a Luclney. 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