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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAK E MONEY luued Weekl11-B11 Subcription 12.60 per year. Entered according to A.ct of Congrea, i n the year t!l07, in the oj11ce of the Lib r arlatt of OongreH, Wa1hington, D 0., b11 Frank Towe11, Publi1he, 24 Union Squar New York, No. 97. NEW YORK, AUGUST 9, 1907. PRICE 5 CENTS FIRST IN THE FIELD DOING BUSINESS FOR HIMSELF B y A S E LF-MAD E MAN CHAPTER I. THE BOOM AT RIVERDAI>E. "Say, Joe," said Bob Channing, looking up from the copy of the Westgate semi-weekly "Tjmes" he was reading, as his chum, Joe Craig, came walking up the gravel path that led from the shady street to the veranda of the Chan ning cottage, "what do you think? That one-horse little village of Riverdale, ten miles below here, has got a boom. on." "So I heard my father say the other day," replied Joe; "but I didn't take much stock in the report Has the 'Times' got something to say about it this morning?" "Yes ; a whole lot." "Let's hear," said Joe, in a tone of some interest. "Why, Riverdale hasn't even got a bank, I understand." "That's right. The only thing of importance in the whole place is Graham's Mill, employing some sixty people. When the mill was started six months ago my father had an offer to take charge of the engine-room at a slight advance over his present wages, but as he had bought this cottage at a bargain, though he hasn't paid for it yet, he didn't consider he could afford to make any change "I'm g lad of that, old man," replied Joe, "for I wouldn't like to have you move away. We've been chums ever since you came here to live, and I'd feel lost without you." "Same h ere, Joe. Still, now that I'm through school, and have got to get to work, if I had any capital a growing place, such as Riverdale promises to be from this out, is just the spot I'd like to ancho r in and start a business of my own." ''Is that so?" asked Joe, in some surprise. "Why?" "Because the fellow who is first in the field is the one who stands the best chance of getting ahead." "There's something in that, I'll admit." "Of course there)s. But what's the use of talking? I haven't got any capital, so there's na use of my thinking of going into business for myself." "What kind of business would you like to go "I've often thought that I'd like to start a stationery and periodical store, with a soda water attachment, and candy and cigars for a side line "That's a good b11siness, if you can get trade enough to keep the ball rolling." "Sure it is. Charley Brown, on Main Street, has got such a shop, you know, and he tells me that he's doing fine, though he's got several competitors." "Well, Westgate is a live town, and tne re severa l thousand people here to draw upon. N opr, Riverdale is only an obscure irillage, and it will take some before it gets within hailing distance of this burg." "Oh, I don't know. When one of our Western villages takes on a boom, such as Riverdale seems to be started on, it doesn't take long for it to become a place of some im portance." Joe didn't take the same enthusiastiG view of the subject that Bob did, for he was built on different lines from ,his chum He had never thought about going into any business for himself, probably because he was somewhat deficient in ambition Bob, on the contrary, was a pushing, ambitious boy,


2 FIRST IN THE FIELD. always s cheming and planning with an eye to the future. Some day he meant to be his own bos.s, and he didn't intend to permit the grass to grow under his feet just beca use he did not see any immediate prospect of reaching that de irable condition. While it is true that there is a saying that all things come to him who waits, it does not exactly mean that success comes to him who, Wilkins Micawber .. like, waits :for something to turn up. Bob, while obliged by circumstances to wait until things began to come his way, was a boy who was wide awake enough to scent a favorable slant of good luck in the dis tance and then hustle to meet it half way and grab it before it got by him. He was determined when Fortune knocked at his door to be right on hand to tell the capricious dame to walk in and make herself at home. In fact, would have helped her to take her hat and cape off, and pushed a chair forward for her to sit down so that she couldn't find any excuse for leaving. Bo?'s and peI"?everance made him a general favor ite with his comrades, for he took the lead in all sports and made things lrnm when he was around. Whether it was at a game of baseball, or a row on the river that ran by the town, or a spin on the wheel, or a tackle at football, he went at it as though it was the busi ness of his life, and consequently he became a shininO' mark among his school-fellows, and they were proud acknowledge him as their leader. Bob's father and mother were naturally very proud of him, and the former especially said fhat the boy was a comer, and from all indications he seemed to be right. "Well," said Joe, in answer to Bob's last remark "let's hear what the 'Times' has to sav about Riverdale,', "It has .this to say," replied Bob, picking up paper and referrmg to the column in which the news appeared. Then he rE:ad out all the particulars printed about the boom. that the village in question was taking on. enterprising business men from Chicago had out Riverdale as an spot at which to put up a. big bolt and nut. works, a carriage manufactory, a fur mture factory, and one or two other enterprises that would employ a considerable number of people. They bad laid their plans before the directors of the company whose line traversed the country within eight miles of the village, touching at Westgate ten miles to the west, and Chester twenty miles to the east, and the it. advan.tageous to their interests to begin the immediate construction of a branch line from Center ville, the nearest town to Riverdale. Sidney Graham, proprietor of the Graham Mill, and several of the more important residents of the villaO'e had in of the expanding interests of Riverdale, apphed for a charter to establish a bank, and this would be opened for business as soon as the necessary formalities had been gone through with. A printer from Chester was putting in a plant to estab< lish a weekly newspaper, and several other businesses were ilOOn to be introduced into the place. Altogether, Riverdale bade fair to shortly take its place on the map, and in the gazetteers as something better than a mere collection of houses strung for the most part on one shady street. Thl3 .Westgate "Times" did not apprehend that the boom would hurt the growth of that town in the least, and it therefore took the occasion to congratulate the little village on its coming wave of prosperity. "Well, what do you think of Riverdale now, Joe?'" "It to be looking up and taking notice," grinned Joe. "Take my word :for it, that a year from now the oldest inhabitant won't be able to recognize the village. It will be a lively little town that will make even Westgate here get a hustle on to keep in the van." "Ho! Don't you beiieve it. Riverdale will never get mithin hailing distance of this place." "Is that so? Well, don't you be too sure of it. Re member, it's got one advantage over this town: it's prac tically at the head of navigation on the river. The shal lows, two miles this side of Riverdale, where the river narrows out through the woods, cuts off Westgate from the by water. No craft of any depth can pass that point Snake River, so far as this place is concerned, is little better than a long and narrow lake." "What of it? Westgate hasn't much use for the river, anyway. The railroad is good enough for us. River navigation is out of date." "No, it isn't out of crate, by any means. However, I won't argue the matter, as it would only be a Tiaste of time. All I can say is, that if I had a little ca. pital I'd go right to Riverdale now, rent a shop as close to the new railroad station as I could get, and open up a business on the lines I mentioned." "And you think you would succeed, do you?" "It wouldn't be my fault if I didn't. I .rouldn't sit behind the counter and let poople find out that I was there. Not on your life. I ll bet every person in the village would know inside of twenty-four hours aiter I had my stock on my shelves that Bob Channing was prepared to sell them anything in the stationery, periodical, cigar and candy line that they could reasona.bly expect to get within a radius of a hundred miles a.bout. What I didn't carry in stock I'd get for them, so I wouldn't give one of them an excuse for sending either to Chester, or Centerville, or this place for anything in my line. All the new factory hands that are coming to Riverdale will want tobacco, cigars and rea.ding matter, and I'm the boy that would supply them right up to the handle." "Gee! I believe you'd get along all right,'' said Joe, impressed by his chum's earnestness and enthusiasm. "I'd like to be your partner." "I'm afraid the business wouldn't stand a partner for some time, or I'd be glad to have you with me." "You talk just as if you expected to open up there." "I talk just as I fecl, that's all. I wish I was in the position to take advantage of the situation, but I'm not, unfortunately. Some other f e llow will step in and garner the cream, if he's smart enough One of these days, ho:w I'll be on hand somewhere with both feet, and then I'll have the chance to carry out my business ideas as I see fit." "You'll never get left, I'll bet a hat. I wish I had your head."


. FIRST IN THE FIELD. "Oh, your head is all right, I guess, only we're not alike. W e probably wouldn't both succeed at the same thing. Find what you're cut out for and then put your whole soul into making that thing a success, and the chances are you'll come out a winner in the end. Now let's go swimming." CHAPTER II. "It isn't. I searched every pocket thoroughly, though I knew positively I put it in the inside pocket." "Has any stranger been in here since ou returned?" "There's been no one here but Steve Fowler." Bob glanced around the engine-room and observed Fow ler, the fireman, watching them in a furtive manner from under his shaggy, beetling eyebrows. He was not a J?leasa.nt-looking nor an agreeable man, THE STOLEN POCKETBOOK. this Steve Fowler. "What is iM:le matter, father?" asked Bob Channing, as Ife was a surly fellow, who had a standing grouch against he walked into the engine-room of the Westgate Woolen the world because things didn't seem to go as well with :Mills next morning about eleven o'clock and flaw his father him as with other people. sea ted on a stool with his head buried in his hands. In stature he was short and burly, and from the way Richard Channing, whose overalls and checked jumper, he handled the iron coal barrow and shoveled the fuel into stained with grime and oil spots, plainly showed that he the furnace, was evidently very strong. was the engineer of the mills, raised his head and looked Among his other failings was a great liking for drink, at his stalwart, good-looking son. to gratify which at all times be was accustomed to smuggle Bob was alarmed &t the expression he saw on his father's a pocket fl.ask of whisky into the engine-room. features. This was against the rules of the mill, and also against His face was ghastly pale, a look of mute despair shone the express orders of the engineer, but Fowler in out of his eyes, and he was trembling with excitement. fetching the fl.ask and taking surreptitious dr:inkS when his "Matter!" ejaculated the engineer, in hollow tones. superior's back was turned. "I've lost my pocketbook." He seemed to work better after each drink, and at no "Lost your pocketbook?" answered Bob, rather surprised time was he so much under the influence of the stimulant at the. intense em?tion disp_layed by father, for Mr. that he couldn't do his duty right up to the handle. Chanmng was not m the habit of carrymg much more than For that reason and also because Fowler had a large d?llar about him for pocket money. "There wasn't much family dependent him for support, Richard Chani;iing m was, there?". ,, . refrained from reporting his conduct to the superintendent, W asn t much m it! exclaimed Ins father, m a hoarse and thus bringing about his discharge. voice. "There was twelve hundred dollars it." Bob Channin didn't like Steve Fowler's attitude at that "Twelve hundred dollars!" gasped Bob, m amazement. t d g ave su s picion entered his head. "Y E t I h d th b k I d t momen' an a gr es. i very. cen a m e an rew 1 an If hi s father hadn't been out of the engine-room since mtendmg to pa); off the on our cottage, he came back from the bank, and knew that the money winch is due the money is gone-lost. Oh, was in his jack e t when h e hung it on its accustomed hook, Heaven, what shall I do . and nobody had been in the place since except the firemau, Bob was by this unexpecte d revelation. . it struck the boy that it was quite within the bounds of He knew that his father and mother had been prachs mg reason to suppose that .Steve Fowler might know something great economy the past three years in _order to save about the missing pocketbook. the money to wipe out the mortgage on their home. Whether it was that there was something in the boy's He had heard his father say the night before :it supper eye that di s quieted the fireman or because he had some that on the they would own cottage free and other reason for quitting his post, he laid down the o.U clear of any mcumbrance, and both his parents seemed to can he had been usinoup to that moment and sauntered be very over the bright prospect ahead. slowly and doggedly the door. Now, like a thunderbolt out of a clear sky, came this "Look her e Fowler" said Bob stepping up to the fire-announcement that his father had, at the eleventh hour, man "have ;ou seen 'my pocketbook anywhere?" lost the money he had striven so hard to accumulate. "No I haven't" replied Steve in a sulky and defiant It was simply a hirrible and overwhelming misfortune, tone ' and the boy no longer wondered at the despairing, hag. gard look on his father's countenance. "Did you help my ,father hunt for it?" "You say you drew the money from the bank an hour "No. He didn't ask me to." ago, father?" asked Bob. "It was an oblong, black pocketbook, wasn't it, father?" "Y "Yes." es. h. F 1 ?" "Did you lose the money on the street." "What's that sticking out of your s irt now, "No. I had it when I came back to the engine-room, Bob, turning suddenly on the fireman and pomhng for I open e d the pocketbook and looked at it just before at his chest. I took off my coat and hung it up on yonder nail." This was a pure bluff on the boy's part, as he didn't see "Have y ou been out of the engine-room since you came any sign of the pocketbook in question on Fowler, but his back?" suspicion s being aroused, he wanted to see how the fireH i s father shook his1 head gloomily. man would take it. "Then it must be in your pocket still," said Bob, hopeSteve look startled, grabbed his undershirt, which was fully, starting for the jacket, which now ay upon the tool half open at the and pulled it over, and edged toward bench. the door.


4 lnRST IN THE FIELD. Bob's words and the man s action had a rematkable effect on Mr. Channing.. It seemed as if he suddenly woke up to the realization that his :fireman. might have taken advantage of a moment of inattention on his part and have abstracted the wallet from his jacket. It was quite possible that Fowler had seen him look at the pocketbook when he got back, and had noticed that there was considerable money in it, and then had watched his chance to steal it. "Steve Fowler," roared Mr Channing,' springing to his feet and clutching the :fireman by the wrists as he held his shirt closed, "did you take my pocketbook?" "No, I didn't," answered the man, doggedly. "Let me see what you've got inside your shirt," said the engineer, clawing at his assistant's undergarment. Fowler started back with an imprecation and tried to throw Mr. Channing off. This action only made the engineer more persistent to get at the truth. A violent struggle took place between them. Mr. Channing had worked himself into a condition very unusual for a man of his even temperament. Bob was astonished at the sudden display of fury he exhibited. In the mix-up Fowler's shirt was torn and the boy, whose alert eye was watching every move of the struggling men, dis tinctly saw the end of an obloJig, black object thrust down into the :fireman's bosom next his skin. Satisfied that that was the missing wallet, Bob sprang forward to seize and drag it forth into the light. At that moment Fowler, !Yith a desperate effort, hurled the engineer away from him with great force . Mr. Channing staggered against the tool bench and then went down on the floor you arrested," cried the boy, reaching out one hand and grabbing the man by the shoulder. Steve's answer was to turn suddenl y and plant a heavy blow on Bob's forehead, which knocked the daylights out of him for several moments, sending him to the ground. When Bob staggered to his feet and looked around in a dazed way for Fowler, the :fireman had disappeared. CHAPTER III. FIRE!.1 Bob figured that Fowler must have passed up or down the next street, a few yards away, so he began to make in quiries of people in the vicinity. He found a man who had seen the fireman running toward the river which flowed by the town, and the boy resumed his pursuit in that direction. As Steve's home was in this direction, Bob judged that he was making for it, and with that idea in his mind he made a short cut across lots, hoping to overtake him before he could reach shelter When he struck the river road, which was shaded by a great many trees, there was no sign of Fowler in sight. This was a great disappointment to Bob, for he had counted on cutting the :fireman off, and the boy was keyed up for the expected struggle between Looking up and down the road, Bob saw his friend, Joe Craig, seated on a sawed-off tree stump, fishing. Joe observed the approach of his chum and shouted t.o him 1 to come over. Bob dashed across .the road. "Hello! what's the matter!" asked Joe. "You look ex cited." "Have you seen Steve Fowler down this way within the last few minutes?" asked Bob, disregarding Craig's question. Bob, however, reached for wallet, but as his :fingers "No," replied Joe, in surprise. "Why should he be closed around the end of it, Fowler, with a scream of rage, here at this hour?" shoved him away and rushed out of the doorway. "He stole a pocketbook from my father containing Recovering his bala.ifce, the boy darted after him and $1,200, and is trying to get away with it." saw him making for a corner of yard. "He did!" exclaimed Craig, much astonished. "When?" It was close to noon, and the time-keeper was crossing "Half an hour ago. I followed him frpm the enginethe yard toward his post at the closed gate to take the room to the corner of the mill fence near Blank Street, names of the employees who left the premises during din where I overtook him, but when I thought I had him cor ner hour. nered he hit me a blow in the face that knocked me silly "Stop him I Stop that man!" yelled Bob. for a minute or two, and when I got on my feet he was out The clerk heard him, but not seeming to comprehend of sight. Mr. Creswell, who runs a small grocery store the situation he permitted Fowler to pass him. near the corner, told me that he had seen Fowler running Bob then redoubled his efforts to overtake the :fireman. down toward the river, and thinking he was bound home As he could outstrip Steve on a straight course, he overI chased this way to try and head him off. I'm afraid hauled him rapidly. now that he went in the opposite direction." Suddenly the rascal made for the door of the office. "And he has stolen $1,200 of your father's money?l' Fowler reached it a shade ahead of his pursuer, swung said Joe "That's a small fortune." it open, passed through, and then slammed it in Bob's "It's a. fortune to us. It's taken my father over three face years to it." This scarcely delayed the boy more than a moment, but "That's tough! How did he come to get away with nevertheless it gave the :fireman an opportunity to cross it?" the outer end of the office and dart through the main "My father drew it from the bank this morning, inentrance into the street tending to pay off the mortgage on our cottage with it. Bob was soon at his heels again and caught up with him He hung his coat up in the engine-room, with the wallet at the t corner of the mill fence in it. In some way Fowler got wind of the fact that the "Hand over that pocketbook, Steve Fowler, or I'll have pocketbook contained considerable money, so he watched


FIRST IN THE FIELD. his chance when. my father wasn't looking collared it. I never thought much of Steve, but I did not think he was bad enough to rob my father, who, on the whole, has been good to him." "You'll have to put the police on to him right away They should be able to catch him before he can get very far." "I dare say father has done that by this time," replied Bob; "but I'd give a good deal to catch the rascal myself. The worst of it is, he's so strong that I can't handle him myself." "You can count on me to help you if you only lmew where we might be able to find him," said Joe, winding in his line and stowing it _,away in his pocket. "We could follQw the road down the river on the chance of getting on his trail," said Bob, in a tone that was not over-confident of results "Let's do it," replied Joe, jumping to his feet. "Hello! Isn't that him now, coming down the river in a rowboat?" Bob looked in the direction pointed out by Joe, and sure enough he recognized Steve Fowler, in a boat, pulling lust ily at a pair of oars. "I'll bet he's making for his house to get some clothes before skipping out," he said. "We'll get behind the hedge and follow him in that direction. When he lands, and is about to enter his cottage, we'll take him by surprise, and get the wallet away from him." "All right," agreed his companion, and they started off. Occasionally they glanced through the hedge at the river as they went along, and thus kept their quarry in sight. At length they came in sight of the Fowler cottage, which was hardly a presentable kind of habitation after having been in Steve's possession half a rlozen It was a one-story-and-a-half affair, sadly in need of a coat 6f paint, and much out of repair. The Fowler family consiRted oi'. Steve hirr1self, his wife, who found it necessary to go nut was hing for the neighbors about twice a week to make both encls meet, Max Fowler, a disagreeable young bully of seventeen years, and three younger children, all girls. Max was a good-for-nothing boy, who migl1t have helped the family :finances if 11e had been disposed to work regu larly. Why his father didn't compel him to be industrious was a mystery. Certain it is he was idle about three-quarters of his time, and what he made whe: he worked he spent on himself in one way or another. He wouldn't even stay around the cottage when his mother was a.way to look after his sisters, and to prevent the children from wandering down to the river at the risk of falling in and being drowned Mrs. Fowler was accus tomed to lock them in the house when she was absent. "We'd better get a stick apiece to use as a club, hadn't we?" suggested Joe, as they drew near their destination. "Steve Fowler is not an easy proposition to handle." Bob agreed that it would be a good idea to provide them selves with a weapon of some kind before tackling the burly fireman, and the boys looked arotmd for something that woulrl answer for cudgels. While they were thus employed they heard a succession of shrill screams coming from the direction of the cot tage "What's up now?" asked Joe, looking ahead The screams were childish ones, and seemed to be in spired by terror. Evidently something unusual was going on at the Fowle r home "Good gracious!" exclaimed Bob, observing smoke com ing out of the front windows "I do believe the house is on fire." "I guess you're right," replied Joe "The k ids are yell ing to beat the band It's a wonder they don't run out iLio the road." Neither of the boys was aware of Mrs Fow l er's prac tice of locking the little ones in when s h e went off to her day's work. "Steve has heard the racket, and I guess h e sees the smoke, too, for he's working hard at his o ars," said Joe "It will take 11im some little time to reach the nearest point of the shore. It l-0oks as if we'll have to lend a hand io save his home and then settle with him afterward If he's got any gratitude he'll be willing to give up that money in return for our services. If he hasn't we'll make him, if we have to knock the daylights out of him." Even as he spoke the cries of the children grew more shrill and agonizing, while the smoke increased in density. Satisfied that the little ones were in peril of their lives, Bob momentarily dismissed his concern about the pocket book from his mind and, followed by Joe, started at ful l speed for the burning cottage. Bob dashed up to the front door and tried the han dl e It was locked. "Come around to the back,'' he said, making a break for the rear of the building. On trying the kitchen door found that locked, too "No wonder the young ones can't get out,'1 he said, e x citedly. "We've got to break in, Joe." "That's what we have to do," replied his compani o n Fortunately, there was an axe standing against a sm all woodpile, and Joe got it. With one blow he smashed in the lock and t h e door swung open inward Bob rushed inside and made his way to the front room, where he had seen the smoke issuing from the window. A girl of seven lay shrieking on the rag carpet, her dress on pre, while two younger children stood near by crying and terribly frightened at their sister's peril. Bob rushed into an adjoining bedroom, tore the com forter from the bed and, returning to the b l azing room, wrapped the little girl in it, smothering out 1the flames that had already destroyed the greater part of her lower garments. Joe in. the meantime had found a bucket in the kitchen, and had fetched it full of water from the well in the yard Bob removed the comforter so his companion could pou r the water over the smoldering clothes of the little girl, who continued to scream with fright and the pain of her burns, from which she doubtless suffered considerably. Bob tried his best to calm her, but with little success. The whole side of the room, however, was on fire by thi3 time, and the smoke w&s beginning to stifle them


6 FIRST IN THE FIELD. ====================================-=====_-_:__ =--= = -=-=-==--==-=-====================================Bob saw the necessity of removing the children from the danger that threatened. "Run the kids outside, Joe I'll follow with this girl." Craig seized the little ones by a hand and hurried them out into t11e yard, while Bob followed with the suf ferer in his arms. "We've got to. try and save the house, if we can, Joe," said Bob, la}"ing the girl down near the well. "Stay with your sister, little ones, and don't dare move away," he added to the children. They regarded him with a look of awe a.pd huddled around the other girl, whose shrieks were now reduced to pitiful moans. 'rhe boys looked around t:qe kitchen for more pai:ls, but none were to be seen. "Get hold of that pan; it will have to answer. I'll go into the front room for the bucket you had," ordered Bob, assuming command of the situation. "All right," replied Joe, seizing the pan making for the well. Bob entered the burning room, which was now filled with smoke that was pouring out of the two front windows, and grabbed the pail: He could see the lurid flames creeping up the window frames, and all about the wall. The boy was afraid that the fire had got too great a headway for them to cope successfully wit:P. it. "I'm afraid it's a hopeless job," he muttered, his eyes beginning to smart from the smoke1as he retreated to the doorway. "However, we'.ll do the best we can, and that's all we can do." As he left the room the flames seemed to take a fresh hold on the inflammable material at their mercy. Apparently the cottage was doomed. '.--CHAPTER IV. TRAPPED. The boys two or three pails and pans of water into the front room and threw their contents on the flames without materially diminishing the conflagration. A half-consumed toy stove lying against the blazing base board, and a box of matches beside it, suggested the origin of the fire Bob soon saw that it was useless to continue to pour water on the flames in room when he saw that the fire had penetrated the attic. unless the blaze could 1Ye arrested above, the roof was bound tt;i. catch in a few minutes. So, when they filled their pail and pan again, Bob led the way upstairs, and found the fire just coming through the floor. Steve caught sight of his three little ones and rushed over to At that moment his wife, who was working not far away and had at length ca. ught sight of the smoke, came running frantically on the scene, followed by two men. She grabbed the burned girl in her arms and began to cry out for a doctor. Steve, forgetting about the money he had on his person, hurried away to the house of a physician about half a mile away. The two men started in to assist the boys put out the fire. By the time Steve returned with the doctor the exertions of tlrn four had subdued the flames, although they had a strenuous job for a while o: their hands. The front room was badly wrecked, but the house was saved, and that was everything. Bob had suffered the most from the smoke on account of the position he had maintained in the attic so long as there was any danger. When he rejoined Joe below his eyes were red and swollen, and smarted a good bit. As soon as he got the chance, he drew a. bucket of water and began bathing them. The little girl in the meantime had told her mother how Bob had saved her from being burned up, and how Joe had cartied her sisters. outside the house, and thus sa. ved their lives, too. The poor woman was deeply grateful to the boys, and expressed her gratitude as best she could under the cir cumstances. As soon as his cottage was out of danger, Steve suddenly recollected what had brought him home, and he hastened to get a coat and hat and try to steal away. Joe saw him when he started for the river. "Fowler is trying to skip, Bob," he said to his clrnm. "We'd better get after him at once and prevent him from getting afloat in the boat." Bob hurriedly dried his smarting eyes, and with Joe started for the wad. Steve was ma.king tracks for his boat. "Hold on there, Steve Fowler," cried Bob.' "Come back and hand over my father's money." Steve cast a rapid glance over his shoulder and, seeing the tw:o boys in pursuit, broke into a run. Evidently it was his purpose to hold on to the money. "Well, he's an ungrateful beast," growled Joe. "He knows you saved the life of his oldest girl, and this is the way he repaying you. Dern hlm, I could kick him!" Joe stopped, picked up a stone and flung it at the rascal. Turning the contents of the pan carefully into the bla.z1ng hole, he sent Joe back for another supply of water and then continued the good work with the pailful he had It missed him by a foot and fell with a splash into the river. Before Steve could step aboard his boat, which he had moored to an old flat-boat that had stranded at that point, Bob was upon him. ca.rried up himself. The bdys had forgotten all about Steve Fowler in the excitement of the moment, and now that rascal came rush ing on the scene in a badly demoraliied state. Joe met him as he issued from the kitchen. "Get hold of something to carry water and help save your house," said Joe as he hurried past. The rascal turned upon the boy with a snarl of rage. Seizing him by the shoulders and exerting all of his great strength, he fairly flung the lad down the opening / of the little cuddy at the after end of the boat. Bob landed with a jolt that deprived him of consciousness.


FIRST IN THE FIELD. 't Joe was furious at the attack madt upon his companion and flew to his aid. He was equally helpless in the grip of the fireman, who swung him aboard the flatboat as though he were, a child, and tumbled him on top of his chum. Steve then noticing the sliding door to the cuddy, pulled it over and secured it in place by thrusting the stout pin through the ha p. The boys were thus made prisoners in the little 4 x 6 space below deck, and Steve Fowler was master of the situation. With an evil laugh he unloosed the painter. of his own boat, and as he stepped into her the small flatboat rocked under his weight. This seemed to suggest a new idea to him. He worked the rowboat around to the beach, stepped ashore, and while he held the line in his hand he gave the other craft a heavy push, which partially set her afloat. A second push completed his object, and the current catching the flatboat began to carry her off into midstream. Presently she was :floating down with the tide, and Steve, with a grim chnckle, got into his own boat and, shipping the oars, followed her with leisurely strokes. In the meantime Joe had crawled off of Bob and wn.s trying to bring his companion to his senses, which was not a difficult matter, as Bob was already coming to him8elf. With the door of the cuddy shut, the place would have been wrapped in Cimmerian darkness but for two small openings about six inches square on either side of the boat that answered for windows. They admitted light and air, and through one shone the rays of the early afternoon sun. "Well, how are you feeling, Bob?" asked Joe, wl1en his companion sat up and looked around in a bewildered wav. "Kind o.f Tocky,''. replied Channing. "Where are I thought that rascal firec1 me down into a hole." "That's he did. He threw you down into the after hold of a small flatboat that was stranded on the river bank, and when I went for him he treated me to a dose of the same medicine. He's as strong as a horse." "\Ve've got to get out of here as quick as we can I suppose he's off in his boat by this time, and we'll lose him." "He pulled the slide over after he bundled me on top of you," said Joe. "I hope he didn't find a way to secure it, for if he

8 FIRST I:N THE FIELD. the tmm, sneak to 1.he railroad station and board a train for the East. After that one might as well hunt for a needle in a haystack as to expect to overhaul him." "He's a measley scamp, if there ever was one. That money won't do him any good." "Perhaps not, but that will give my father ver" little satisfaction." "I wish we could get out of this hole." "I wish so, too." "How fast do you suppose we're going?'; "We're :floating away from Westgate at the rate of three or four miles an hour, I should think." "What time do -vou. think it is?" '"Around two o' "If nobody boards this derelict, we're likely to float all the way to Chester," said Joe. "Yes, and even beyond "It will be long after dark before reach that tvwn at this rate." "There's no doubt about that." "As we haven't had our dinners, we'll be pretty hungry long before we get there," growled Joe. "I'm feeling peck ish already "I'm not thinking about my stomach-it's the probable loss of the money that worries me." ''I don't blame you. It's a big sum to lose." "If we could only get out of this part of the hold, we might fincl a chance somehow of overtaking that rascal, tho ugh I suppose he's out of sight by this time." "We must keep a bright lookout for people along the bank s-you watch out of that window and I'll look out of this-,1ave our handkerchief and yell when we see any one near the shore. That seems to be our only show "l'.T e'll do that, but these holes are so plagney small that at a hundred yards or so we're not likely to be seen." "They could see the handkerchief all right." "But would the meaning of the signal be understood? The waving of a handkerchief is more of a salute than anything else, and that's the way folks take it." "We could attract their attention first with the handkerchief and then yell for help." "Even if they }mclerstood that we were in a tighl box, how could any one reach us from the bank unless he had I a boat handy?" "That's so," replied Joe, with a glum look. "I didn't think of that." "Well, don't be discomaged. We're not going to give up ihe ship just because things look a bit bad. Never say die, is my motto." 'Let's make an9ther attack on the door," said Joe. They battered away at it with great energy until they saw that it was simply useless work on their part. "Nothing short of a battering-ram will have any effect on that slide," said Bob "I wonder how that rascal ened it?" "Give it up. I guess it's held by a hasp and staple ar rangement. It shakes, you can see." "However it's fastened beats me. Let's take a look at the bulkhead that separates this plaee from the main hold. If we could find a weak board we might be able to batter our way through." "That would be all right if the hatchway is open." An examination failed to disclose an>r 1reak boa wl, n o r was there a knothole through which the y could pe e r into the space beyond. Then they fell to examining the two cupboards in the cuddy. One of them was empty, the other helcl a few broken dishes, a stout gimlet, a fishing line with several hooks attached, a broken knife, and various odds and ends of no value: "If we could bore enough holes in that door in a circle with this gimlet we might be able to knock a piece out large enough to put an arm through and thus reach the staple, if it is a staple that's holding the old thing," said Joe. "Judging from the apparent thickness of the door, that would be an all-day job," replied Bob. "However, you might try one hole and see how thick the wood really is." Joe tackled the job and worked away for a while like a good fellow while Bob kept his eye on the shore through each window alternately. 1 "There's one hole clone," said Joe. "The wood is about an inch thick, but hard giained. I hardly think it will pay to keep on." "We're drifting over toward the north shore," said Bob. "It isn't impossible but we may run aground at one of the turns in the river." Joe put the gimlet in his pocket and stood beside his companion watching the shore as it drew closer. Well-tilled farms were in evidence in this direction, and they could see men at work s ome distance away. Farm houses clotted the landscape here and there, and horses and cattle were to be macle out in the meadows. 0Yer &11 lay the brilliant afternoon sunshine. Under different circumstances the scene would have in terested the two boys. "Suppose this old hulk was to spring a leak and go clown, where :would we be at?" asked Joe, suddenly. "At the bottom of the river," replied Bob, with a faint chuckle At that moment the boat swung around a bend and was swept within ten feet of the banks. "If some boy was only down here fishing or swimming, now," said Joe, "wecould easily attract his notice and get him to free us." "If i s a small word, but oh, my! it does make a great figure in the world. If Steve Fowler hadn't stolen my father's money, we wouldn't be in this fix;" "If Steve hadn't s tolen the money, we wouldn't have been at his cottage to save his children and his home. The wicked reap the reward sometimes while the good get it in the neck." "I only hope he'll get it in the neck before he gets clear off." "No such good luck, I'm afraid." The :flatboat began to recede from the shore again. "We're going back into the middle of the river once more," said Joe. "I see we are. I'll bet if we were on a pleasure jaunt we'd see a dozen boys scattered along the bank. When a fellow wants anything badly, that's the' time he doesn't get it." "I've noticed that fact before," replied Joe. "Say, how


FIRST IN THE FIELD. long have we been on the river, anyway? It seems like hours." "Not over an hour, I guess." "I'm getting deuced hungry, do you know." "Are you? Then tighten your belt. I've heard that is a good antidote." "I don t wea1 a belt," powled Joe .. "Then you'll have to grm and hear it." j' Aren't you hungry, too?" "Not so much; but if I had father's money in my pocket now, I'll bet I'd be as hungry as a hunter." Another hour passed and still not a soul did they see within easy distance of the stream, which had now narrowed down to a width of less than a hundred yards across, and seemed to be getting as crooked as .a ram's horn. At one time they'd be within a yard or two of the bank on one side and then the current would sweep them close to the opposite shore. It became a matter of wonder to them that the old boat didn't go aground somewhere at one of the many turns. Several times the boat did strike an obstruction, but its progress was in no way retarded. The position of the sun in the sky plainly showed that the afternoon was drawing to its close, though 1it would still be light for several hours. / Sometimes the shore presented a thickly wooded aspect and then again the :fields and pastures stretched away on both sides. 1 At length the river grew still narrow& and they ap peared to be sailing through a good-sized wood. Suddenly, as they swung around a bend, they saw two men, not over well dressed, seated on a log near the water's edge. Each had a paper bundle on his knee, the contents of which they were eating. They caught sight of the :flatboat as it swept toward the m, and at first they regarded it with some interest; but perceiving that it appeared to be old and abandoned they did not bother fmther with it. 'I'he boys were about to hail them when the nose of the craft hit a projecting bi.t 6f the bank ahead and suddenly came to a stop. The end the bo:vs were in-that i s the after part-slowly sw1mg inward until it :finally rested against the bank right under the spot where the two men sat. "Sing out, Bob," Joe, in some excitement at thei'r anticipated liberation. "These fellow s will let us out in a jiffy." Bob put hi s fa c e against the opening td do so when he heard one of the men say something to the other that s topped him. "Why don't you shout?'' said Joe in his ear. "Hush!" replied Bob turning his h e ad partly around so that his ear was against the opening, and grasping his astonished friend by the arm. "What's the matter?" quivered Joe. Bob merely held up his hand for silence. CHAPTER VI. IN WHICH PERSEVERANCE CONQUERS. "We ought to be able to make a good haul out of Graham's Mill to-night," Bob heard one of the men say. "To-morrow is pay-day, and it's the treasurer's custom to go oyer to Centerville the afterno on befo;e, draw the money, and then keep it in the safe in the office overnight. We've just learned that the regular watchman is sick, and it's more than likely some greenhorn will be on guard. That will make things easier for us. Pay-day every two weeks, there ought to be a good wad in the safe to-night, and wf!ve got the tools that'll whii;itle it open in no time "I agree with you, Jackson," said the other. "The vil lage hain't had a robbery for years, and the people don't expect nothin' of the kind is likely to happen. Although the place has taken a boom on, and seems likely to spread itself to some extent before long, they hain't made no per vision yet for raisin' more constables. two who now attend to the night duty are slower than molasses At the present moment Riverdale is a regular cinch for, a pair of experienced chaps like us." "That's what it is, Billings," replied Jackson, compla cently. "It oughtn't to take us more'n an hour to get intO that safe,' and then with the boodle in our clothes we'll skip out for Chicago and enjoy life while the rhino lasts.11 "With the proceeds of the Chester job in our grips, we'll be able to pawn in Chicago without danger, and $1,000 to $1,500 in bills from the mill safe, we ought to be able to live high for next three or four months "You kin bet we will," said Jackson, taking out his pipe, filling it and striking a light, an example immedi ately followed by his companion. "That there factory couldn't be in a better spot for our purpose," remarked Billings. "It's quite isolated from the regular part of town." "It is at present, but it won't be follong. The rail road is buildin' a branch that will soon be :finished, and six months from now there will be a dozen more manu facturin' establishments all around the Graham Mill." "We kin come back then and make another haul," chuckled his companion. "We'll think about that later on. Say, pard, is that a boat hauled up in them bushes?" "Whereabouts?" "Down there. Don't you see it?" "I see it now. Sure it's a boat." "I wonder what it's doin' there? It should be just the thing for us to take charge of. When we've cracked the crib we could row up to Westlake in it and take the :first train in the mornin' East from there.'' "That will be just the thing. What luck!" replied Bil lings. "We'd bette1 hide it somewheres else, so that if the owner comes back lookin' for it to-night he won't :find it." "All right. You're younger than me, so just you attend to it while I :finish my Billings accordingly got up, and Bob heard him moving away. Ten minutes of silence followed, during which Bob whis the gist of the conversation he had just overheard to Joe, and warned him to remain quite still. When Billings returned he told his companion where he had hidden the boat among some rushes a hundred yardi:i away. At this Bob noticed that the :flatboat was working away from the bank. J


10 FIRST IN THE FIELD. It was only the stern that moved, however, and very slowly at As the leg s of the two crooks came into the l ad's range of vision above on the bu.nk, Bob overheard the man Jack son say : "Hist! There's some one comin' this way. It may be the owner of the boat. We'd better hide." ra sc als rose and concealed themselves among tall bushes near at hand. .'.As the :flatboat swung further off Bob to his great as tonishment, saw Steve Fowler appeax from among the trees with a bundle under his arm. He sat down on a rock within a yard or two of the spot where the crooks had vanished, and without appearing to notice the :flatboat, opened the blmdle and began to eat something that was in it. Bob and Joe watched him furtively from their prison pen. "He stopped here to buy something to eat at the village beyond-Riverdale, one of those ras\)als called it. I'll bet that was. his boat the crook took possession of and hid furthe r away. He'll find him self strnnded here now. If we were only ::ible to out of lhis place, we could take him by surprise ana get the money away from him with out trouble. I'd just as soon lay him out with a, clip over the head with a stone ::is look at him." They watched Steve eat his meal with considerable appe tite, and the operation macle Joe hungrier than ever, though it did not have the same eircct on Bob. Although neither was aware of the fact, two other pair of eyes were on Fowler a t the Qame time. The eyes, as the reader will surmise, belonged to the crooks who had temporarily withdrawn from the scene "If those rascals who just left knew that Steve had $1,200 in his clothe;:;, I guess they wouldn't leave it long in his posseRc;ion," whispNed Joe "I'll bet they wouldn't," returned Bob. "His advantage i s that he doesn't look lik e a capita list. No one to look a,t hi m would imagine he had any money to speak of." "I should say not. He look s like a tramp more than anyi.hing else." Steve cont inu ed to cat until he had satisfied hi s appe tite, then he ro ll ed up the remainde r of his provender and placed the package at his feet After taking a cautious survey of the nei ghborhood he placed his hanc1 inside of his undershirt and d re w out Mr. Channing's black pocketbook. Bob and Joe watched this action on his part with eager inter est "That's my father's wallet," whispered Bob, excitedly. "He's opening it," replied "Going to count the money, I'll bet." 'l'hat was evidently Steve's intention. He 1took the bills out of the wallet and, laying them across his knee, began to go over them one by one, moist. ening his fingers as he proceeded. While he was thus engaged the boys saw the bushes parted behind him and the fac of the two crooks appear. "Great Scott!" gasped Bob. "There's those rascals now watching him. They'll do him upfor that money as sUI'e as fate." Joe wns of the same opinion, though he said nothing in reply. After the crooks had fully satisfied themselves that Fow ler had a bunch of money in his possession, they stealthily advanced upon him from behind and suddenly pounced upon him. He was taken completely hy surprise, and the money and pocketbook fell to the grass. Then the man Jackson struck him on the head with the butt of his revolver, which he bad drawn for the purpo se, anJ was knocked out for fair, dropping like an ox Billings stooped and g r abbed up the scattered notes which, without counting, he crammed into his pocket. The rascals then picked up a pair of large grips, which had been hidden i n the grass, antl, leavin g their victim on the ground, silently took their way through the wood, disappearing from the boys' sight. Bob and Joe turned and look ed at each other. "Your father's money is in worne hands than it was before,:' said Joe. "You've seen the last of it now." "I don't know about that," rep li ed Bob, Jrawing 11 long breath. "'r11ose rascals al'e going Lo remain in thi s vicin ity for some hours yet, for they intend to burglarize the Graham Mill at Riverdale. We must make another strenuous effort to get out of the holcl." "I clon't s e e how we're going to do it. We've already clone our best and failed We can't crawl out of these six inch square windows. I'm ready to try anything you say, but I'm afraid we're cooped up her e for an indefinite stay. The worst of it is, we're anchored in this beastly wood, which makes oul' chances all the slilllmer Bob made no answer, but a l ook of determination came over his features He drew back opposite the slide ru:; far as he could, then rus hed at it and planted hi s foot against the fastened end with all the force he could muster. The door shivered. but dic1 not s how any sign;, of yield in g He repeated this effort several times, and then told Joe to try. Joe made the door quake and rad le, yet in the end it defied his most sturdy attempts to break it open. "This i s the fie rcest proposition I've ever been up against," he saicl, when he finally threw up the sponge "Ii at first you don't slicceecl, try once more,'' said Bob, again making a battering-ram out of his foot. The continuous falling of a drop of wate r in one place on a stone, howcrer hard, will in time wear out a hole. So the steady lambasting the Joor got from the boyt; weakened the lower slide uutil finally one of Joe's kicks demolished the outer edge of it completely and the door yie lded at the corner wliere the force had been mostly applied This success encouraged the boys to keep up the good work, and as it is a known fact thut a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so, strong as this door still was in the main, its ability to hold out rested wholly on the power of resistance offe1ed by the weakened end. The boys went for that end in desperate earnestness, and it soon began to sag outward under every blow, bending and twisting the hasp out of shape


FIRST' IN THE FIELD. 11 With intervals for rest, the boys banged away for more than an hour, for it seemed to be the only avenue 0 esca. pe from the cuddy. At length a tremendous kick from Joe's foot comoleted the demoralization of the slide. It flew upward, snapping the hasp in two. "Eureka!" yelled Joe, seizing the bottom of the door and pushing it outward until the upper slide snapped off. "Now, altogether!" cried Craig. "Push out with all your might, Bob." Their united muscle snapped the door off at the other end, and it fell on to the deck, leaving the way to freedom clear before them Joe sprang out on deck, quickly followed by Bob . "Free at last!" cried the latter, exultantly. CHAPTER VII. TRYING TO PREVENT A QRIM:E. "Gee I It feels good to be out of that hole said Joe expanding his chest and inhaling a deep breath; "but oh' lor', I believe I'm crippled for life," and he limped up and down the deck of the flatboat. Bob was also sensible that his right leg was sore and lame from. the unusual exercise it had been called upon to perform. "Let's go a hore and see what shape Steve Fowler is in. He's been lying like a dead man for more than an hour. I hope they didn't injure him so seriously that he won't recover." Steve beginning to recover his senses when they r eached him, and they concluded to let him complete the operation. It was just sundown and Bob said they had better go on to Riverdale as fast as they could and see about check mating the two crooks. "We'll notify Mr. Graham as soon as we find out where he. lives that an attempt is to be made to:.night to rob the mill office safe Then it wi]l be up to him to figure out the rascals may be captured. If they are coppered, I 11 stand a first-class show of getting my father's money back, and then our afternoon's advQnture will not have been without result." "We can't reach the village any too quick to suit me" r eplied Joe. "I'm almost famished. I could make' a square meal disappear quicker than a conjuror makes a pack of cards vanish. I'm hungry enough to tackle a board mghouse steak, and: they say that's the toughest thing on record." "I think I could do something in the eating line my self," answered Bob, as they started off in the direction of a distant church spire which they believed indicated the village of Riverdale. They soon found that they had a stiff walk before them, for they had to cross several fields before they came tothe road that led to the villarre. By the time they reached the turnpike they had worked their lameness off, and they now made better speed As they drew near a farmhouse close to the road, Joe suggested that they stop th re and buy a few slices of bread and a glass of milk apiece to appease their appetites a little. Bob agreed, as he wanted to make some inquiries. So they marched up tothe farmhouse and stated their wants to the good-natured woman who answered their knock. When she learned that they hadn't eaten anything since morning, she told them to walk right into the kitchen and she would let them have some mea. t and bread, an apple pie, and all the milk they could drink. At her words Joe rolled his eyes in an ecstasy of delight. They were soon seated at the table, and the way the meat and bread disappeared from their plates was a cau tion. "You are hungry, aren't you?" said the woman. "Hungry!" gurgled Joe. "Don't mention it. I'm so hungry I can hardly stop to chew. Pass that milk jug, Bob. Gee! that pie looks good. I'd rather have a slice of that than the deed to a hundred-acre farm." The woman cut the pie in quarters and told the boys to help themselves. Joe got the first slice, and every crumb vanished like the clew on the grass before the morning sun. Then he tackled a second slice. While he was eating it the farmer came into the room, and Bob asked him if the village ahead was Riverdale. The agriculturalist said it was. "Can you tell me where Graham's Mill is?" "It's about a mile from here down the road, and half a mile this side Of the Village," replied the faimer. I "There are no houses near it, are there?" o. It sets off from the l'oad by itself." "Kind of a lonesome spot at night, isn't it?" The farmer nodded. "Where does Mr. Graham, the proprietor of the mill, live?" "You're going on to the village, aren't you?" ''Yes." "Then you're bound to Pfl.SS his house before you get there. He lives in a fine mansion near the junction of the county road ancl Main Street. It's surrounded by a lawn and has an observatory on top." "Thank you," said Bob. "l guess that is all I wish to know." A few minutes afterward the boys took their leave of the hospitable farmer and his wife, who refused to take anr pay for the food they had so generously furnished the lads. "I feel like a fighting cock now," said Joe, when they were on the road once more. "I could have eaten twice as much, but what we had went to the right spot." "That's right. An empty stomach kind of takes aJ.l the enthusiasm out of a fellow." "I should say that it does." "It will be dark before we reach the mill." "Are you going to stop there?" "r o.' I'm going straight on to see Mr. Graham." Dusk was rapidly fading into the darker shades of night "hen they came in sight of the mill, which stood about a hundred yards back from the road. With a line of woods a short distance in the rear and not a house within a radius of a quarter of a mile, it ce1'tain ly clid look lonesome at that hour.


12 FIRST IN THE FIELD. It was a three-story frame structure, with numerous windows for the admission of light and air, and a small brick ell that the boys easily judged to be the engine-room, for a tall black smokestack projected through its roof. There was no fence surrounding it like that of the West gate Woolen Mills, where Bob's father was employed, so that one could walk right up to the building from any point of the compass A solitary light shone from a window on the ground floor at one corner. The boys afterward found out that' this was the office. "I guess there is no one on the premises now but the watchman," remarked Bob, as they tramped past. "It ce:tainly strikes as an easy place to rob, provided the thieves have the tools and the experience with which to break into the safe." Joe agreed with him, and said he wondered the owners would keep a large sum of money in what was probably a_n ordinary safe so far outside the village with only a srngle watchman to guard it. "Oh, it's safe enough under the general run of condi tions in village neighborhoods. Professional cracksmen very seldom are attracted to such small places as River dale. Tramps and such scalawags are about the only dan gerous characters that float around here, and they open a safe if they knew there was a million dollars inside of it. It takes tools and expert knowledge to get the best of any kind of a modern safe, and the one at the mill is probably a good one, if it isn't a large one. The two crooks we are trying to run down appear to be professionals provided with the tools that will make short work of any ordinary safe. They drifted to Chester 'somehow, robbed a house or two there, by their own admission, and while in the town learned something about Graham's Mill. Then they came on to the village, reconnoitered the ground, learned further particulars that decided them to make the attempt on the mill to-night. No doubt they were ... in hiding in the wood where we saw them all afternoon." "Now that they've got of that $1,200 belonging to your father, they might give up the mill enterprise and light out." "Don't you believe it. They look upon the mill job as a dead open-and-shut game. They don't expect to lrnve the least trouble in getting away with the money they expect to find in the safe." "Then it's a pretty sure thing that they'll go there tonight." "I'd be willing to gamble on it.'t "At about what time?'" "I didn't hear them mention any time, but I dare say they'll start in early, as the place is so lonesome; for the sooner they get through the more time they'll have to get away before they calculate the discovery of the robbery will lie made." "At that rate there isn't any time to be lost in arranging for their capture." "Well, they probably will not get down to business before ten o'clock. I dare say they figure on taking a couple of hours to do the job It is now 'somewhere around half past seven, I judge. There's the house with the observa tory yonder. That's where Mr. Graham lives. It won't take me long to put him wise to the situation.'t "If you :find him at home." "The chances are he's at home." Five minutes the two boys entered the front gate and walked up the gravel walk to the veranda of the Graham residence. Bob rang the bell, and after an interval a servant opened the door about six inches, or as far as a steel chain would permit, and asked who was there. "Is Mr. Graham at home?" asked Bob. "No," replied the servant, "he is not at home." "Too bad!" said the boy in a tone of great disappoint ment. "I wanted to see him on business of the greatest importance." "Who sent you?" "Nobody sent me. Can you tell me where I can find Mr. Graham? It is positively necessary that I see him as soon as possible." "'Who is thEtre, Maria?" asked a girlish voice at that juncture. "Two boys who want to see your father on. important businesey," replied the servant. "Who are they?" "I don't know, miss. Shall I ask their names?" "Certainly. If we know them let them in, and I will talk to them." "My name is Bob Channing. My friend here is Joe Craig. We live in Westlake." The servant repeated this reply to the young lady, who, full of curiosity as to the mission of the yolmg strangers, came to the door and looked out at them. As it was dark outside she could see little more than their outlines. "What is your business with my father?" asked Miss Graham, looking at the indistinct figure of Bob. "It is very important, miss. It concerns the mill." "The mill!" she exclaimed, with a tremor in her voice. "There is nothing wrong there, I hope?" "Nothing at pr\*lent, I believe, but there will be in a couple of hours or so unless I can see your father and warn him "My gracious t" cried the girl. "Bring a lamp, Maria. Excuse me, Mr. --" "Channing," said Bob. me, Mr. Channing, for not you, but it is necessary that we be cautious at night when my father is away. You say you are from Westlake?" "Yes, miss." "And you came from there to see my father?" "No, miss. I suppose I might as well tell you the truth, though it will probably startle you. The reason I wish to see your father is because I have found out that the mill office is to be broken into to-night and the safe robbed." The young girl uttered a suppressed scream at this startling intelligence. CHAPTER VIII. CAUGHT IN THE ACT. Maria now appeared. with the lamp, and the girl taking it out of her hand held it above her head so that the light would fall full upon the two boys. . \


FIRST 'IN THE FIELD. 13 A s lhry looked to b e thorou g hly respectable and honest, in as few words iS poss ible how father had been robbed l\fo;i:: Gr a ham was r eassureint friend, Joe Craig, to this neighborhood. I'm a.fraid that where the two crooks came on the scene, and told the girl would take more time than we can afford to lose, for there how he had overheard their plans concerning the proposed is no telling when the two rascals, who I can assure you robbery of her father's mill that night. positively are professional crooks, may get to work at the Then he told her how Fowler had appeared and how mill, and I have as much interest in having them captured the rascals had knorked him out and taken the $1,200 as your father can have. They have in their possession away from him $J ,200 belonging to my father, and I am very anxious to After that he detailed the strenuous efforts, finally sucrecover that money." cessful, of Joe and himself to break out of their floating "My father and mother have gone to Chester to visit prison. my aunt, who is very ill. The best thing that I can do "Then we came on here to notify your father, getting will be to telephone the head constable, and have him the location of your home from a farmer along the road, come over here. I will tell him to stop on the way at the who treated us to supper." homes of the two foremen of the mill, and also at Mr "I think you had a most remarkable experience, Mr. Blac!< the treasurer's house, and to bring any other help Channing," said Miss Graham. "My father will feel, when he can pick up," said Gertie Graham, rising from her he comes home M\Q. learns all, that he is under the greatest chair. of obligations to you. From your story I can easily see "That will answer first rate," replied Bob. "If we can that the mill is at the mercy of those thieves, and that but get half a dozen men together, Joe and I will make eight for your promptness in coming here to-night the mill office That ought to be force enough to capture the rascals, would no doubt be found robbed in the morning. It seems particularly if we can them by surprise, as I should strange to me that those men should have been able to learn like to do." that Mr. Black, our treasurer, drew the money to pay off The young lady at once called up the head constable at with from the Centerville Bank this afternoon. I don't his house, which adjoined the village lock up, and got the know how much money is in the office safe, but it is over officer's wife on the wire $1,000 at any rate: I hope when the rascals are caught She said that her husband was out, but she thought she that they will have your father's money on them so that knew where he was and would send for him at once. you will get it back." Gertie replied that the matter was of the utmost impor"There isn't much doubt but they'll have it, Miss ta.nee, and that :ii she was unable to find her husband right Graham," said Bob. "They've also got a lot of stuff in away she must ring up Squire Hogan and tell him that their grips that they stole in Chester This can be returned Miss Graham wanted to talk with him. to the owner if we succeed in rounrling up the scamps." "I can't do anything more till either the constable or At this juncture there came a loud ring at the front the justice rings me up," said the gi:F.J, hanging up the door bell. receiver. Maria, the servant, went to the door and admitted Con"Whilc we are waiting I will tell you as much of my stable Howard, Treasurer Black, the two foremen of thQ story as I can," replied Bob, beginning at once to recount .mill, and one of the night watch.


14 FIRST IN THE FIELD. Bob immediately told them such particula r s as he con sidered necessary, and advised instant action. Constable Howard and Mr: Black agreed that no time should be lost, and so after the boys had bidden Miss G:raham good-night, and Bob particularly had been in by to call back in the morning if he and his remamed overnight in the village, as it was very they would be obliged to do, the party took up its l me of march for the mill. It was now nine o'clock, iiud they lost no time in covering the intervening half mile . The lamp was still burning in the mill office when they came in sight of the place, and a halt was oalled i1nder the shadow of a big oak tree to determine how they ought to proceed . "It qu i te possible that those rascals are hanging around the at this momeut waiting untH they think the time is ripe for them to force their entrance into the mill," said Bob "If they shoulq see us wallr to the build ing in a ]:Jody, that would certainly scare them pff a.mi we should have no chance at all to catoh them. I think tt would be better for us to remain right here and watch. We can't to see them when they approach the mill, and they will be unaware of our prei>ence. My idea is to let them into the 'l'hen two of us cari po13t otir selves m front of the office. an!l two in the rear. That will cut off their retreat Mr }(:award, hi s dep'\fty, and either Mr Black or myself will then enter anQ. overpower them whi l e they are engaged ;:t.t the safe Bob's proposition was voted. the most prudeI\t and effeot1ve p lan for capturing the crooks, and was decided O:Q. The seven stretched themselves out on the groupd and awaited developments. Nothing happened to break the monotony of their watch for nearly two hours, and the party were showina sicrns of impatience when Joe. suddenly called attention fig ures slouching from the wood in the rear of the mill. "Here they come now," he said, ih a tone of suppressed e:x'.citement, and in an instant the seyep. watchers were o:q the a lert ready for business The rascals carried each a good-sized grip in his right hand, and they drew near the mill with so:ie ca"11tion. Finally they and held a consl!itation; then one, l eaving his bag with his companion, advanced and pro ceeded to reconnoiter the office throucrh the windows p . After a time he made so:ie sign to his copfederate anq the other forward. They hal ted at the employees' entranpe t0 the mill, ap.d on e of thpm producing a jimmy proceeded to fo.rqe the door, which he effected without mu ch trouble Taking their grips with them, they disappeareq insiqe tl1e bui l ding "We'd better give them. time enough to capture the watchman and get down to said Bob. "Then we'll creep up and take them by surprise ir at the rear of the building, while the two officers, with drawn revolvers, accompanied by Bob, entered by the em ployees' enhance. With great caution they made their way through the lower floor to the door communicating with the office which was shut. Constable Howard turned the knob, opened the door an inch or two, and looked in. The two crooks were at work on the safe. Throwing the door wide open, the three m s hed in s i c \e, the two officers covering the rascals wjth their revolvers "Throw up yot1r hands or we'll perforate yot1 on the spot!" cried Consi'.'::i,ble F(:owarq, stefllly. Jack s on and Billing13, taken by st1rprise, looked into the frowning mu!lzle13 of the weapons and, realizing that the game was 11p, sllenly yieldeCI. "Take my revolver and cover that scamp nearest the safe," said the chief coi+stable to. Bob. Then the offi()er, who Wf!S a six-footer !llld wore a very determined look, walked forward and handcuffed the qsoals together "Turn out their pockets," said J3qb, "I want :iy fatlter's $1,200." Nearly $990 was fond on each of the prisoners, the con s table took charge of it. Bob then learned that his father would not be able to g et his :ioney 11lltil after the tried &t Chester. "I will turn the morwy and tl:w twp grips over to the court, whe re they will remi+i:P. Ulfti! the oase against these c haps has bee n decided. 'l'hen YPllr fa th er can put in his clairn for his $1; 200, acco:rp.p;mied by your sworn atate rpent of the circm;;tarices. I shoulq also advise you to get an affidayit from the firernan who stole the pocketbook from your father, H he 4.asn t made himself 1>carce to avoid arre s t for the theft. Now, gentlemen, we'll march our prisoners to the loP.k-p. Yo boys cal). spend the night a t the iI\n. YolJ. will have to give your eviitence before the justici:i in mornipg ln order th&t yo-qr p11-rents may learn where yoit are, fop !loubtless they are grei:itly w9rr i ed over your disappear11-nce by this time, J'l1 tele-pho:p.e to the Westgate police an(]. ask them to notify your people that yo u are both s afe hi;ire in Riverdal e ." The watchman was found bound and gagged under a table in the office, and was liberated The n the entire party took up its liI\e of march for the village. CHAPTER I X AN:P JOE RETURN TO WESTLAKE Constable Howard nodded, and no move was rnade fm a l3ob iincl. J O!'l were qullrtereQ. at the E,iverqale lnI\ that night, mid next n:ior:qing the head co+istable palled fer them and piloted them to the office pf Justice F(:ogan, before whom the two crooks were arraigned on the charge of the attempted burglary of Graham's Mill. Tlie boys gave their evi!lence, the consta]:Jl@s testified to catching the rascals at work on the siife, watchman explain'.eQ. how they had come upon hirn U::qawarfls and gagged and bound him, while Treasurer Black and the two mill foremen sfo.ted what they knew about the crime. matter of about minutes . At the end of that time tP,e constable directed the advance to be made Joe and one of the foremen were stationed outside t h e front d o or Treasure r Black and the other t o o k thei r p laces Jackson and Billings refosed to make any staterp.ent in


FIRST THE FIELD. 15 their own behalf, and were remanded by the justice for trial at Chester at tlfe next term of the court. Constable H oward communicated with the Chester polic al'l.d ascerta ined that the home of th e president of the Chester Bank had recently been broken into and $5,000 worth of jewelry anil about $600 in money stolen. A reward of $500 had been ofl'ered by the banker for information leading to1 the aITest and conviction of the thieves A description of the jewelry furnished by the Chester authorities tallied with the contents of the grips taken from Jackson and Billings, and left no doubt in the mind of the constable that the men he had captured were the rascals who har1 robbed the banker's home. He notified the Chester police to that effee:t and claimed the reward in behalf of Bob Channing and his friend, Joe Craig. Miss Gral1am, who attended the examination of the crooks at the justice's office, invited Bob and Joe to return to her father's home with her and take lunch previou's to their departure for Westlake. The invitation was accepted. Miss Gertie paid especial attention to Bob, to whom it was evident she had taken a fancy, and that young man met her advances more than half way. During lunch B-Ob spoke about the boom that appeared to have struck the village, and remarked that Riverdale was likely soon to become a lively place. Gertie coincided with him, and in the course of the con versation mentioned the fact that her father was about to establish a bank in the village. When she learned that B-Ob and Joe, at the end o:f their vacation, were going to look up situations for themselves she said that she was sure her father would be pleased to give them an opening in the bank if they w<>uld come to Riverdale. The boys said they would consider an offer of that kind if Mr. Graham made it to them, but Bob added that he would rather go into business on his own account if it were possible for him to get a start. Gertie wanted to know what kind of. business attracted him, and he told her what his plans were if he was in a position to carry them out. She was immediately interested in his scheme, and said she had no doubt her father would gladly help him to reach the goal of his ambition. At this point a friend of Miss Graham's called to see her, and she was introduced to the boys as Miss Bettie Martin, a niece of Justice Hogan's She was quite an attractive brunette, and Joe Craig was rather smitten with her charms. Miss seemed equally interested in Joe, so the four young people seemed well paired. The boys forgot their intention of returning to West gate right after lunch, and prolonged their stay. At two o'clock Mr. and Mrs. Graham returned from Chester. Gertie introduced Bob and Joe, and told her parents a few general particulars of the attempted robbery at the mill which had been frustrated by Bob's timely interfer ence. Bob then told his story all over again The mill owne r expressed the obligation he felt under to the lads, especially Bob, whom he recognized as the leading spirit of the affair, and assured them that he would testify his appreciation in a substantial way. Bob replied that as far as he was concerned he was not looking for any reward for doing what he regarded as his pluin duty, especially as he had had a strong personal in t e rest on }Jehalf of his father in securing the capture of the crooks. "But I have no doubt you would have been just as cager to warn me last night even if you had had no per onal interest in the arrest of the thieves," said Mr. Graham. "That's quite true, sir," admitted Bob. The boys politely refused an invitation to remain to dinner, and then Mr. Graham had his coachman take them back to Westlake in his automobile. Before they left Bob promised Gertie that he would come over soon and pay her a visit, and Joe told Miss Bettie that he would try and do the same. The parents of both boys, although their anxiety over their unexplained absence had been relieved the preceding night by Constable Howard through the Westlake police department, were much mystified as to the object that had taken their sons to Riverdalei "Why, Bob, what in the name of goodness took you and Joe Craig to Riverdale? exclaimed his mother when he entered the cottage ( f"Important business, mother, although we did not exactly go most of the way of our own free will,'' he answered, smilingly. "We heard that you and Joe saved the cottage of Steve Fowler from 1burning down, and also the lives of his three children." "That's right, mother." "And they say Steve was there himself at the "He was, mother." "And what about your father's money that Steve stole? Cohldn't you get him to give it up after what you did?" "No, mbther. As soon as the fire was out he started to malrn off, before Joe and I could corner him; then-but I'll tell you the whole story from start to finish, and then you'll understand better 'how things stand. Where's fa ther?" "He )lasn't got home yet. I expect he's gone over to the police office to see if any word has been received about Steve." "He can let Steve go now. The rascal hasn't got the money." "Hasn't got the moey What do. you mean? Did you succeed in getting it away from him?" "Not exactly, mother; but I thhlk father will have no trouble in recovering it, for it is now in the hands of the Chester police." "Then Steve has been arrested?" "Not that I know of, mother; but just liste:p. to my story and you will get wise to the situation. It's a bit complicated as far as father's money is concerned, but it will come out all right in end." Bob then began at the beginning, which was at the engine room of the Westlake Mills, and told his mother all that happened to him and Joe the afternoon,


) FIRS T THE F1ELD. \ growing out o f h is effort i.o overtake Ste 1e Fowler and cover the money he had almost give n up as lost to him get his father s money back. forever. He had about finis hed hi s narration whe n his father "Bob," he said, with emotion, "the n e xt hundred dollars came in, an hour later than his customary time. I save shall be yours as a ne s t e gg for y our futur e." "Well, young man," said Mr. Channing, gloorni1y, "what "Thank you, father. Mr. Graham has promised to gi v e have vou to s a v for y ourself? What took you to Ri.vercla.le, me-and Joe, of course, too-something for savin g the with '.Toe Craig, afternoon, and kept you there mill from being robbed; and Constable Howard, of River' the greater part of to-day?" lla.le, said that we are entitled to the $500 reward offer e d "An effort to recover your money was the cause of it, for the capture of the thi eves who robbed the resid e nce of father," replied Bob. Mr. Baldwin, president of the Chester Bank. He said he "I suppose I needn't ask you what luck you've had? put in a claim for it in our names. So you see, father, The police have not found any trace of Steve Fowler-the I'm likely to have a little capital before long." rascal !-so it's hardly to be supposed that you discovered "You are richly entitled to every cent you get in con any trace of him, after .letting him get away from you at nection with this affair. Don't you think so, Clara?" he the fire where it has been reported that you saved his cot said, turning to his wife. tage and the lives of three of his children." "I do, indeed, Richard," she answered, beaming on her "You needn't worry about Steve any more,'' replied st11.lwart boy. Bob. "Father,'' said Bob, after a pause, "I wish you could "Why not?" asked his father, sharply. see your way to moving to Riverdale. You might be able "Because your money is out of his hands." to get charge of the engine-room of one of the new mills "It is? Explain yourself. Do you know where my at more money than you're getting here money is?" "Why?" asked Mr. Channing, in some surprise. "I do." "Well, father, as I've got to get out and hustle in a "You do!" exclaimed Mr. Channing, growing excited. few weeks, I think there is a better chance for me to get "Where is it?" ahead in Riverdale than here." "In the hands of the Chester police department." "What makes you think so?" "Then Sthe was arrested Chester? Fuhny that the "Several reasons. Mr. Graham is going to start a bank chief of our police told me less than half an hour ago that in the village in a little while, and I'm almost certain of Steve ha.d not'been heard of a position there if I will take it." "Steve was not arrested in Chester." "Did he make you an offer?" "Then what do you mean by saying that the Chester "No, but his daughter Gertie said that she was sure her police have my, money? How could they have it unfather would give me an opening if I asked for it." less--" "A position in a bank would be better than anything "Let me tell you my story and then you'll understand,'' I could get for you here. You had better apply for it. said Bob. You could come home once a week, at any rate." "Go ahead,'' said Mr. Channing, looking hard at his "I don't know that I should like to have Bob away son from us," objected Mrs Channing, with motherly solici" Supper is ready," said Mrs. Channing at this point. tude Bob and his father drew their chairs up to the table, and "My dear, the boy's future must be considered first of between bites Bob went a>ll over his adventures again. all, whatever sacrifice .we may be called on to make for his l\'.Ir. Channing listened with interest and growing exbenefit," said the .engineer. pectation as the nanative developed. "Then you have no objection to my going to Riverdale?" He grew quite excited at the :eoint where Bob described s aid Bob, whose arIJ.bitious thoughts were mingled with a the knocking-out of Steve Fowler by the two crooks, and recollection of Miss Gertie's bright eyes. their taking possession of his money. "Not if it will be to your advantage, my son. It is only From that point on Mr. Channing showed eager attention ten miles from here." right up to the point where Bob detailed the capture of the two rascals at the mill. "You might sell your interest in this cottage, and seThen Bob told him what Constable Howard had said cure a position there as soon as the new mills ar e comabout the disposition of the money and valuables taken pleted. Mr Graham, I guess, co uld secure you the job a s from the two crooks engineer to one of them. He wanted to hire you him s elf "You'd better write to. the Chester authorities a t once once, you told me." and put in your claim. I'll write out a statement, show"Bob's suggestion is a good one, Richard," said hi s wife, ing how the crooks got your money into their hands, and who was evidently in favor of such a change now that it Joe and I will swear to it before a notary you can send seemed likely that her son. might go there. it on with your letter. When the trial comes off, Joe and "I will think about it," replied Mr. Channing, in a non-T will have to go to Chester anyhow to testify, and that committal way. wi11 clinch your right to the $1,200." Bob having finished his supper, put on his hat and ran Mr. Channing regarded Bob with a proud and approvaround the block to call on Joe Craig and tell him about ing look. the possibility of his going to Riverdale to live, and to A great load had been suddenly lifted from his mind. propose that Joe also apply for some kiJ:id of a job in the There was every chance now that he would in time re-new bank.


I FIRST IN THE FIELD. 1'2' CHAPTER X. PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE. "Then you really have macle up your mind to ask Mr. Graham for a job in his bank?" said Joe. "Well, to tell. the truth, Joe, I'd rather go into business for myself; but as I am not sure that I can do that, a po s ition in the Riverdale Bank would be better than any thing else I know of." "I mean to ask my father if he'll let me go to Riverdale, too. If he will, you can put in my application with yours to Mr. Graham. You stand better with him than I, for you were really the whole thing last night." "All right," replied Bob. "It would be fine to have you there, for we could room together and be together after working hours." "Sure. Then we could call on Miss Graham and Miss Martin. They're nice girls, don't yott think?" "Bet your life they are, but I like Miss Gertie best." "I'm glad you do, for Mis takes my eye," grinned Joe. "That settles it. There is no danger of our becoming rivals." ot the slightest, old man." The boys talked. an hour longer about their prospects in Riverdale, and then Bob went home. About a week later Bob received an invitation from Mr. Graham to come to Riverdale and stay overnight. The mill owner said his auto would meet Bob at the Centerville station on the arrival of a train. It was about eleven miles by rail from Westlake to Cen terville, and the local train covered the distance in twenty one minutes. Bob was tickled to death at the chance to meet Gertie Graham, so he told his parents that, with their permission, he was going to Riverdale, at Mr. Graham's invitation, the next afternoon. When he arrived at Centerville he was surprised and delighted to see Miss Graham seated in the auto. She had done him the honor to come 9ver and meet him. Evidently she was taking a great interest in the young Westlaker. The ride from the station to the Graham home was the most enjoyable Bob thought he -had ever taken in his life. Miss Gertie, who looked charming in her best clothes, laid herself out to entertain him, and Bob tried his best to do his share. He was cordially welcomed by Mr. and Mrs. and soon after his arrival dinner was announced. After the meal Mr. Graham took Bob into his library. "Now, Bob," said the mill owner, "first of all I will hand you Mr. Baldwin's check for $500 to your order, cov ering the reward he offered in connection with t{le robbery which was committed at his residence by the two men whose capture you were conspicuous in bringing about." "Thank you, sir. Half of this will go to my friend, Joe Craig; who, I think, is equally entitled to participate in it." "Tbat is for you to decide as you think proper. Now, as far as the saving of my money is concerned, I think you are entitled to the chief recognition. I have therefore decided to give you $500, and your friencl Craig $100. Here are the checks on the Centerville Bank." "I clon't think I am entitled to so much," replied Bob, looking at the check to his order, and feeling a certain clelicacy about accepting it. "Allow me to judge of that, my boy," answered the mill \ owner. "Put them in your pocket." Bob put the tnree checks away. "The next question is, do you want a position in my bank?" said Mr. Graham. "I should like it very much, sir, provided--" "What is the proviso?" "I think I should prefer to start a certain business in this place if, in your opinion, you saw no great obstacles to my ultimate success "My daughter spoke to me about that. Let me have your views on the subject." Bob accordingly submitted his ideas on the matter nearest his heart. He told the mill owner what kind of business he wanted to engage in, where he desired to establish himself, and just how he proposed. to conduct it. "Of course, I'm handicapped by lack of experience, but Charley Brown, who runs a similai and successful busi:O.ess in Westlake, has promised to coach. me as well as he can if I should manage to embark in it. I feel it in my bones that with a fair show I'll make a success of it. Now that Riverdale promises to be a place of no little importance, I want to be the first in the field in my chosen line." Mr. Graham was much impressed by his enthusiasm and the evident energy of his character. He saw that the boy's business ideas were good ones, and that really all he needed was the experience. He decided then and there to help Bob achieve his object. He would give him: the benefit of his influence in the village, and would back him if the little capital he ha, 1 now secured was not sufficient to give him a proper start. 1 "W:ell, Bob," he said, "I think pretty well of your scheme, and I pledge you my support. When do you want to open up ?" "As soon as the railroad is finished and the new station is built." "That will be within about three months, I think, from present indications. In the meantime I suppose you will start in with ynur friend Brown and learn all you can about the business?" "That's just what I mean to do. I'll give him my services in return for his instruction and advice." "An excellent arrangement. Now, the station is to be built on Main Street, in a prominent location. I sold the ground to the company, but I have a ploi alongside of it. I intend to put up a building on it with a double storeone side for the post-office, already spoken for, and the other for the local druggist. Now, instead of the druggist, you shall have the store next to the post-office. So you will have the station on one side and the post-office on the other to draw custom to you." "That will be fine," exclaimed Bob, enthusiastically. '"They will certainly help y-ou, while your store will be in the most prominent si.tuation in Main Street."


18 FIRST IN THE FIELD. ./ "But do you think I'll be able to stand the rent at the start?" "Don't worry about the rent. We will speak of that later. The main point at issue at present is to give you the chance to establish your s elf. There is no regular sta tionery and periodical s tore in Riverdale as yet, so you will be the first in the field, as you desir e Your general ideas for drawing custom are good and I think with your energy and perseverance you will get along. Of cour se, you will have up-hill work at the sta"l:'t. as the village is a small one as yet, but there will be a great change inside of six months. Four manufacturing establi s hments arc going tobe erected and put into operation within that time, and they will emplov, I understand, about 2,000 "people who will have to live here I shall have to enlarge my own mills, and hire more help, to keep abreast of the orders that are co?ling in. All things considered, I don't think yon could start out for yourself under more encouraging auspices." Bob fully agreed with the genial mill owner and thanked him for the interest he was showing in his behalf. "Don't mention it, Bob. I have taken a liking for you, and want to give you a boost." Bob then thought of Joe, and asked Mr. Graham if he would give his friend a position in the bank. "I will, if only to oblige you. Let me have his name and address." Bob gave it to him, and then began to speak about having his parents move to Riverdale from Westlake. "Do you think you could get my father the position as engineer in one of the new mills?" he asked. "I think I made your father an offer myself when I first started my mill,'; said Mr. Graham, "but he did not care to accept it." "That was because he had bought a cottage in Westlake and expected to remain there permanently." "I dare say he would have little trouble in selling his place if he wanted to make a change." "That's what I told him. At any rate, mother wishes to come here if I do, and she can't come unless father does." "Well, Bob, it is possible that I find it necessary to hire another engineer in place of the man I have. If so, I will make your father an offer." "Thank you, sir. I will tell him." After some further conversation they adjourned to the parlor where Mrs. Graham and Miss Gertie awaited them. Gertie played on the piano and sang for Bob, and then Bob was induced to sing some himself. He had a very good voice, and it chimed in well with the girl's. After a very pleasant Bob retired to the guest chamber and slept like a top until morning, notwithstanding that his head was chock full of brilliant anticipations for the future. After breakfast he walked around the village with Gertie. Naturally, he was especially interested in Main Street, ;particularly in that section where the station was to be built, and where he expected his store was to be. After lunch he was driven back to the station, and took a train for home. CHAPTER XI. FIRST IN THE FIELD. Aftm: supper that evening Bob went around to Joe's house. "See what I've brought you," he said his chum, hold ing up the ljllOO check.

FIRST IN THE FIELD. 19 signed to him would be practically landed at his door, thus saving him time and trouble. Bob learned that some periodicals and paper-covered books were returnable if not sold, while others were likely to become dead stock on his hands if not disposed of before the succyeding issue came out to the public. He found that he would have to keep a standing deposit with the wholesaler to cover his standing orders unless he got some one to guarantee a certain margin of credit for him. At the end of IJ. month he visited Riverdale to see how things were coming on there. He found that the railroad station was in the hands of the carp e nters, and that Mr. Graham was up his building as !fist as possible. Both were expected to be completed about the same time. .The foundations for two of the f&.cfories had been startecll while su.;rvey& had been madefor the others. Ground was being cleared and leveled for mo 1q:nall cot that were soon to be erected for th() working people and their families who before long would be attracted or brought to the village. Other cottages were being built in different parts of the village within easy reach of the sites of the new fac tories. A new and larger schoolhouse had been pl;mned for early erection, ap,d many other improvements were under way in the village. Altogether, the place was fo wear a prosper ous look that was encouraging to Bob. On the following week he and Joe had to g o Chester to appear a.t the tria.1 of Jackson and Billings. The had got the rascals' records from Chicago, where they were well known to the c ity d e tectives. Their defence counted for little and conviction was easily secured. They were sentenced to several years in the S.ta.te prison. While in Chester, Bob visited the wholesale agent who supplied Brown, and hq,q Flbusiness talk with him'. The dealer was yery glad to secure another customer, and encouraged Bob in every way he c ould. He handecl him out many new wrinkles about the ness,. and made several su.ggestions that the boy thought woi;ild prove useful to him. Although 4e handlf:ld a line of cigars and tobacco for the trade, Bob discovered thfl,t he could get a better more popular brand of sch goods from a regulitr tobacco dealer1 and decided to p11tronizf:) that mf!Jl. He bought a second-hai+d sodll> fountain a,nd twq show cases, almost as good as new, and was instructed in the manipulation of the soda water app11ratus. These articles were held subject to his order for their transmission to Riverdale. Bob's father had accompanied him to Clfester in to get 4is $1,200 from the authorities after the trial and conviction of the burglars. A certain 11mount of red tape had to be gone through with before Mr. Channing got his money, and then he was once more a happy1man and paid off his mortgage. After the dj.sappeqrance of Steve Fowler, his family begqn to suffer many privations owing to the loss of his income. Max found it necessary to get a hustle on, and he got a steady job; but he had such a dislike for work that it was a problem how long he would keep busy. Two weeks later Bob's store was ready for him to tal}e possession of, so he went to Chester to make his final a11.,. rangements for opening up. J pe, who had accepted, with his parents' consent, a clerk ship in Riverdale Bank, which was chartered but not yet for business, went to the village to help Bob get his store into shape. When his stock and :fixtures arrived they both workecl. like beavers displaying things to the best advantage. While they were thus engaged the post-office was moved in next door. Bob had given an order to the village painter for a pro jecting swinging sign, to go over the door, reading on both sides, "Robert Channing, Stationer and Newsdealer. Ci gars and Tobacco," and the painter and his assistant were putting it in when Gertie Graham and Bettie Martin a ppeared and walked into the new store. The boy s paused long enough to welcome their charmers. "What do y ou think of the store as far as we've gone?" asked Bob, re g arding the half-filleq shelves with a certain degree of pride and satisfaction. "I think it's going to be the i:nost attractive store in Riverdale," repli e d Miss Gertie, enthusiastically, and Miss B e ttie coincided with her. / "I wish I had an interest in it?" said Joe, wistfully, who, now that the establishment was fact, re garded the ent e rp r i s e with differ ent eyes than he did when it had been m e r e ly in cont e mplation. "Well, don t y ou take an interest in it?_ asked Bettie, with dancin g e yes. f "Of cour s e I take an inter e st in it," replied Joe, stoutly; "but I mean I'd like to b e Bob's partner." "Maybe you will be one of these da.ys, old man," spoke up Bob. "When business so that I can't handle it myself, and there's enough in it :for two, we'll talk about comin g tog ether." J "Well, I hope that time will come soon. 'As I'm going to be your general assi stant after I get through at the bank e very day, I'll soon have the business down as fine as yourself." "Which of you arranged those show cases?" asked Gertie "I fixed up this one and Joe spread himself on that. They look all right, don't said Bob. 1 1 Splend!d exclaimed both the girls in a breath. . .. Bettie seemed to take the greater interest in, Joe's dis play, while had eyes only for the ease that Bob ha.a: arranged. ", "You have good taste, Bob," she said, enthusiastically. She had come to call him Bob by this time, while he called her Gertie. The same familiarity existed between Joe and Bettie. "Will you permit us to offer any suggestions?" asked Gertie, with a smile. ,.. \ "I shall be glad to have you to tell u.s where we can improve the appearance of the store," replied Bob. "I want to have it look as attractive as possible.'' The girls then began to point out various chan;es that ..


20 FIRST IN THE FIELD. in their opinion would add to lhc general effect, and Bob was quick to s e e how muc h better their judgment was in matters of display than either his or Joe's. "I shall expect you to drop in quite often and lend me the aid of your critical eye, Gertie said Bob, as he made an alteration she had pointed out which made quite a dif ference in the look of one shelf "I sha'n't fail to call when I'm down town," she replied, laughingly. "It will be so nice to stop for a glass of soda when the weather is warm." "I'm sorry the fountain isn't in cmnmission yet, or I'd tre::at you to all you could drink." "You're very good, but I'll take the will for the deed When are you going to dress your window?" "As soon, as the painter has put my name and business on the glass." "What are you going to put in it?" "A general display of what I have in stock so that folks can get an insight into what I have on hand by looking the window over." At that moment Joe opened up a big package and Bettie, who was standing beside him, uttered an exclamation of delight. "Gertie," she cried, "do come here and look at these lovely picture post-cards. I never saw such a nice assort ment before. Can't I buy a few of them now?" she added to Joe, in an eager tone. "The store isn't open for business yet, but I guess Bob will be. glad to accommodate you," replied Craig. Gertie walked over and admired the selection of cards greatly. She wanted some herself, too. Both girls then asked Bob the of the prettiest, and he said five cents each. "You'll let me make the first purchase, won't you?" said Gertie. "'Sure I will," replied Bob. give me twenty of those cards, assorted," she said, openmg her wallet and tendering the young storekeeper a dollar bill. "Pick them out yourself, Gertie," he said. "Do you know what I'm going to do with this bill?" "Put it in your cash drawer, of course," she answered, lau ghinglv "Not a bit of it. This is the very first money I've taken in. I mean to frame it, and keep it always as a remem brance." "Dear me, do storekeepers always do that for luck?" she asked. "Not to my knowledge, but I'm going to dci it just the same. I want you to be my mascot. Will you?" "Why, of course I will, I hope I'll bring you good fortune "I'm sure you will," he said, with a look that cause : l her to blush and look down. Miss Bettie purchased ten of the five-cent cards and ten of the penny cards, and Bob said he'd enroll her on his memory as hi\> second customer. The girls made some other purchases of things they needed in the stationery line, and both said they d come back later in the clay, when the store would be open for business, and buy some of the current paper s and magazines which the boys hadn't yet got out .of their packages. Before the young ladie s took their departure, Bob showed them the two rooms in the rear of the store which had al ready been fitted up as a bedroom and sitting-room for the accommodation of Joe and himself. "This is where we're going to live. We've got an oil stove and a supply of dishe1:1 and cooking utensils in this closet," and he opened the door and showed girls. "When we don't care to go out to a restaurant we'll cook our own meals. I'll have to get up my lunch here anyway, as I won't be able to get away in the middle of the day.''. "You boys will have a :fine time together," said Gertie. "I wish I was a boy." "I'm glad you're not," replied Bob. "I shouldn't like you half so much if you were." Gertie blushed and laughed and then the two girls left. At three o'clock that afternoon the store was all ready or the public, so Bob opened the door, and to thebottom of the swinging sign that projected from over the door he attached a temporary cloth banner on which were painted the words : "OPEN FOR BUSINESS-Walk In and Look Around." Out at the edge of the curb Joe placed a wooden sign, painted alike on both sides as follows: "Soda W Flavors. Ginger Ale, Sarsaparilla, Cream Soda. Five Cents a Glass." "Now I'm ready to do business for myself," said Bob, with supreme satisfaction. \ CHAPTER xn. BOUNCED. Bob did quite a littl e business the opening afternoon and evening, and Joe remained with him till noon the next day, when he had to return to Westlake. Mr. Graham came in, looked his place over with an ap proving eye, and bought some papers and magazines. People who came to the post-office for their mall dropped in, and most of them made purchases. A new thing always attracts attention at fir s t, and this accounted for the rush of trade on the first day. People hung around and talked with him, as is the cus tom in a country village, and he took advantage of the fact to advertise his stock in trade, and to let the callers understand that he had about what they wanted, and if he didn't he would get it for them at short notice. The druggist, who carried a line of stationery, didn't like his advent in the village a little bit, for it threatened to hurt his business in this side line. But as the pharmacist couldn't very well interfere with the new shop, he was obliged to make the best of the situ ation. Bob put a standing advertisement in the new pa.per which had just started, and he got out a lot of neat circu lars which he hired a small boy to distribute at the doors of all the people in the place. He also mailed these to ,.the farmers round about, and the effect was soon apparent in increased and steady trade that came :flocking to his store. Mr. Graham, his daughter, and _Bettie Martin solicited I


FIRST IN THE FIELD. 21 custom for him among their friend s and they knew every body in Riverdal e worth mentioning. Bob distributed a batch of his circulars in Graham's Mill, and c all e d espe cial attention among the men to his to bacco s tock. In the m e autime the railro a d station was completed and a mornin g and evening train con s isting of a locomotive, a ba ggag e car, and o n e coac h was inaugurated between Riv e rdal e and C ente rvill e on the main line. Work was pu s h e d on the new factories and on the other buildings, and Bob wat c h e d their progress toward compl e tion wit h g r eat inte re s t. About this time the bank ope n e d up, the building having been complet e d within a short di s tance of Bob's store, and then Joe came to stay with him permanently. F0urth of July was now at hand and Bob got in a good stock of firecracker s and other articles of a like nature so dear to the av e rage boy's heart, and soon had all the village boys travelin g in the dire c tion of his store. Mr. Graham gave him a commission to purchase a con siderable quantity of fireworks which he wanted to let off at his grounds and he got similar though less liberal, or ders from other important re s idents of the village The re sult was that Riverdale promised to do itself proud in the way of fiery display in honor of Independence Day. Soon after the Glorious Fourth passed into oblivion Mr. Graham d e cided that he must have a new engineer, so he made another offer to Mr. Channing, which was accepted this tim e and h e and hi s wife moved to one of the new cottages that had b e en erected in the village. He found little trouble in disposing of his interest in propert y for an advance on what he gave for it, and this mone y with his s avings, e nabled him to buy outright the Ri v erdale cotta ge. One afternoon, when Joe walked into 'the store after he was through for the day at the bank, he said: "Who do you s uppose have come to the village to live?" "I don't know," replied Bob. "Who?" "The Fowlers." "Is that so?" s aid Bob, in surprise. "Yes. I met little Nannie Fowler, the girl you saved from being burnt to death, outside the bank a few minutes ago. She said that her moth e r has come to work for Mr. Graham at hi s hou se, and that he's given them rooms over the carriage house." "Well, I'm glad to hear that they'll be able to get along now, for they couldn't put much dependence in Max as a provider." "I should say they couldn't." "What about him? Has he come to live here, too? I shouldn't imagine that Mr. Graham would want him around." "Nannie told m e that Mr. Graham got him apprenticed to Mr. Jones the carp e nter, but he hasn't started in yet." "I never saw any one that had such a grouch against work as he. He'll grow up to be a lazy bum if he doesn't look out." "Jones will make him get a move on, if anybody can," laugh e d Joe "Say, Joe," said Bob, "do you mind delivering that bundle of tobacco up at the mill?" asked Bob. "The liEt is on the outside." "Sure I'll deliver it," said Joe. "You can go around and get any additional orders the men want to send. There are two late magazines in the bundle also--one for Foreman Jinks and the other goes to Mr. Richards, the head bookkkeeper." "All right," said Joe, grabbing the bundle and s tarting off with it on his bicycle, which he got from the rear of the store. 1 He hadn't been gone ten minute s before Gertie Graham and her chum Bettie came in. "Good afternoon, Gertie and Mis s B e ttie," said Bob, coming from behind the counter. "Good afternoon, Bob," said both young ladies "Lovely day for a stroll up Main Street," grinned Bob. "Charming, but rather warm," replied Gertie. "I owe Bettie a treat, and so we have come in here to get a cream soda each." "It will give me a great deal of pleasure to wail on you," saia Bob, going over to the little soda water counter. "I kee p a good supply of ice on hand, so I can promise you a nice cool drink." He prepared them two glas ses of the beverage They stood and talked a while and then Bettie said her aunt wanted another box of initialed stationery like the la s t she had got from him. "I guess I've got another box with the letter H," said Bob, starting for the counter, Gertie's aunt's name being Hogan, wife of the justice. At that moment a newcomer entered the store. It was Max Fowler. Bob wasn't at all pleased to see him, but that fact didn t bother Ma..'\:. "So this is your old store, is it?" grinned Max, in a disagreeable way. "Gone into business for yourself, eh? Don't you want a clerk?" "No, I don t want a clerk, Max Fowler; and if I did, I shouldn't hire you." "Why wouldn t you?" snarled the son of Steve. "Because I wouldn't." "You're puttin' on a lot of airs, ain't you, 'cause you are your own boss. Well, you o much." "I don't want to talk to you, Max Fowler. You didn't come in here to buy anything, so you might as w e ll get out." "How do you know I didn't come fo buy somethin'? Here, give me a couple of cigarettes for a penny, and look sharp about it." "I don't sell cigarettes to boys," replied Bob, coldly. '"Oh, you don't," sneered. Max "What are you yourself but a boy, and a pretty stuck-up one at that? Are you goin' to wait on me or ain't you?" "I'm not anxious to sell you anything." "Think you kin insult me before your customers. I 've a good mind to punch your head for you," said :\fax, aggressively. "You'd better leave the store. I won't permit such lan guage here "I'll leave when I get ready, and I'll talk as I want to. This is a free country, and you don't run this village by a long shot."


FIRST IN THE FIELD "Look here, Max Fowler, I don't want any trouble with you," said Bob, suddenly turning on his unwelcome visitor with a resolute air that meant business, "but if you don't go peacefully, I'll have to put you out." "Put me out, will you?" cried Max, defiantly. "I don't t h ink you will. If you give me any of your sass, I'll clean you and your old store out together." He began to roll up his sleeves, and the girls looked frightened "Are you going to get out?" asked the young store keeper, determinetlly 1'N o, I'm not, till I've licked you, 0see ?" Bob suddenly grabbed Max Fowler by the neck and back and exclaimed: "Now, then, twenty-three for you Ma.rch -one, two, three!" The third step landed Fowler on the thresho l d of the shop, and a push completed his ignominious exit. He slid out on to the sidewalk and, to the great amuse ment of several village boys who had been looking in at the window, he came down on the hard flagging with !L thump that rattled his teeth and shook hirp. up to a considerable extent He got up, shook his fist back at Bob, and witho1lt mak ing any effort to return, slouched off down the street as mad as a hornet, and swearing vengeance against the boy who had only handed him what he deserved "That's the way I treat of his stamp," said Bob, walking behind the c o unter a n d reaching for the boxes pf initialed stationery. \ C HA PTER XIII. IN THE HANDS OF 1 HIS ENEMY. "Here is a letter H box," said Bob, opening it f!lld showing Bettie that the paper apd envelope$ were j1lst what she wanted "No w come over to the fou ntain !llld let we treitt yqu to a s o da," said Bob. "Oh, dear, you mustn't be giving ayvity your prntits in that way," said Gertie. "Never mind the profits, Gertie. Tf!e pleasure of you young ladies' compi:iny is worth more than the soda." "You say that real nice, Bob," la'tlghed Gertie, "After that, I suppose we'll have to accept the treat." They adjourned to the soda fountain just .as J o e back. "Step up, Joe, and have a said l3op. "I don' t care if I do," replied Craig, greeting the gir-ls in his usual cheery style, and smiling his sweetest at Bettie, who reciprocated. Two ladies came in for a soda at that mom1mt a.nd Joe and the gi r ls moved away to let Bob vitit on thei. "You keep fine soda, young man," s1tid one pf the litdies, after drinking hers. Thank you, ma' am ; I try to keep tlle best." I like it ever so much better than what I'ye been ac customed to get at the drugstore. I shall certainly come h e r e in the f uture." "Would you like to look over the magazines, ladies? You will find them yonder You are not obliged to buy un less you find something that attracts you. I have several of t h e l atest novel s itn paper cover, price ten cents, that came in this morning You are welcome to examine them. I will show them to you." Bob also called their attention to his stationery and other things that he thought might interest them, with the result that the ladies, who had only come in to get the soda, made several purchasei:;, and departed quite charmed by his po liteness and obliging manner. He had done even better, for in a J:Jmall place like Riverdale these litdies were bound to advertise him and his store among their friends, though by this time about every boay in the village knew that there first class sta tionery and news shop next to the post -office at the station. Soon after the ladies left, Gertie and Bettie went away, and then other customers dropped in and were waited on by Joe while Bpb took his wheel and went on a spin up the road to take a look at the new faotories that were al most ready by this time to begin businass. D1lring the next few weeks Riverdale made a consider able addition to its population, for the factories one by one opened up for business. One morning, when Bob opened 11p his store at seven o'clock, he was surprised to see a shoot of paper plastered against the door It contained the following words, rudely scrawled, half printed, half writte11 ; "Bob Channing BEW AIRE l You're goin to git HURT, and WORSE1 before tomorrer night. You're NO GOOD. You've got A BUM SHOP and will have to GO. We don't want you in this pla o e no more, SEE So SKE DADDLE or TAiKE THE OONSEQUENOES "The 'Vigilance committee." Bob read the strange "w1.1-rning" and than carried it in to show it to Joe. "What do you thi'1k of thiit? I found it stuck on the door outside." Joe read and grinned. "There's only one chap in the village who would be guilty of such a piece of tomfoolery, &nd that's Max Fowler," said Bo'Q. "That's right," no.dded Jpe. "It's just like him.)' "He's down on me like a oarload Qf bricks since 1 bounced him from the store." 'f S'pose he is. Hi:: wouldn't dare try to injure you." "lt's irppossible to say what he might uot try to do if he worked himself up to it," replied Joe, thoughtfully "Do you really think he means n1ischie.f?" asked Joe. "It's hiird to tell, but it would pe well for us to keep our weather eyes lifting in case he should be plotting some rascality." That eveni11g Joe went to call on Bettie Martin, and he remained at her house until quarter-past ten. Bob closed up the store at half past eight and went for a ride on his wheel. He stopp:d at Mr. Graham's and spent an hour or more with Gertie. On way baok his wheel struck an invisible obstruc tion, which happened to be a stout cord stret c hed acro s s the road, and he took a header that landed him half stunned a couple of yards ahead. When he came to he found himself surrounded by four


FIRST IN THE FIELD. 23 boys with bl'ack cloths, pierced with eye holes, over their faces. He also discovered that his hands were bound. "What the dickens this mean?" he demanded, angrily. "It means that you are in the hands of the vigilance committee," said one of his captors. Those words recalled to Bob the warning he had found on the door of his store that morning. He immediately recognized the speaker as Max Fowler. "I know you, Fowler," he said, in an aggressive tone. "You'd better release me at once or there'll be something doing you won't like." "Huh!" sneered the spokesman of the party. "You can't swear I'm Fowler. I'm the leader of the vigilance committee, that's who I am. We're goin' to run you out of the village 'cause you hain't wanted here. The warnip' you got s aid you'd git hurt and worse. You're goin' to be treat e d to a noo soot and rid on a rail, see? If you come back, more'll happen to you. The vigilance com mittee hain't to be fooled with." "Don't imagine you can hoodwink me, Fowler," replied Bob, in a determined tone. "I know it's you. If you try on any funny business with me, I'll make things so hot for you that you ll wish you'd behaved yourself." "Talk is cheap, Bob Ohannin'," retorted the masked boy. "You'll feel diff rent pretty soon or I'm a liar. Take hold of him, fellers, and carry him into the woods." The four grabbed Bob by the legs and arms, him, and then the procession moved away toward the near-by woods, into which they soon disappeared. Half an hour later Joe returned to the store and, finding Bob away, guessed that he had gone up the road to call on Gertie. Half an hour aIJ.d his chum did not show up. "It's eleven o'cloek. I wond e r where the dickens he can be keeping himself. I think I'll take a spin up the road. Maybe I'll meet him." Joe got his wheel and started in the direction of the Graham home. As he reached the suburbs he almost ran into an object sprawled out in the middle of.the highway. Dismounting, he looked at it closely. "Why, it's a bicycle. What is it doing here? Ap.d who does it belong to? Ca.n it be Bob's, and he has m'et with an accident?" He recognized it at once as his chum's Thinking Bob had had a tumble and was lying uncon scious somewhere near, Joe looked carefully around, but could see no sign of him. He found a memorandum book.I however, that he knew to be his friend's. "Something has happened to him, that's clear," muttered Joe. "But what? Where is he?" Suddenly that warning paper of the morning occurred to his mind. "My gracious! Can it be that he was taken off his guard and attacked by that young rascal, Max Fowler? If so, Fowler must have had assistance. And they've carried Bob off somewhere. Now, in what direction would they be likely to have taken him? Probably the woods yonder Well, it's me for the woods at once, on the chance of running across them." He stood both wheels up against the fence and then climbed it. As he straddled the top rail a bright light suddenly sprang up in the woods. Momentarily it grew brighter, as if a big fire had been started there. Joe could see the flames mounting above the tops of the trees, mingled with a volume of thick, black smoke. "There's something unusual doing yonder," he brea.thed, springing into the open space beyond the road and run ning rapidly toward the wood. CHAPTER XIV. A THRILLING RESCUE. The four masked boys carried their prisoner through the woods to an open space where an old one-story and attic house, long since abandoned, stood. They marched straight into tlie open doorway of the building and deposited their burden on the floor. Then the boy Bob suspected to be Max Fowler struck a match and lighted a candle stuck in the neck of a oottle he picked up from one corner. Bob, looking straight before him, saw a wide, old-fash ioned fireplace. An iron crane swung out from one side of the brick: wall of the fireplace. On this hung a big, ancient-looking iron pot. Underneath the pot was a pile of brush and wood ready for starting a blaze. In a far corner Bob saw a rude ladder that led up to a hole in the ceiling and furnished communication with the attic above. "Fellers," said the spokesman of the party, "there hain't no use wastin' time holdin' a trial over the prisoner. He's guilty, and that's all there is to it." "If you say he's guilty, he is," said one of the masked boys. "You're bossin' the job "That's the way to talk. The vigilance committee hav in' found him guilty, and decided that a coat of tar and feathers is the proper kind of punishment for him, we will now proceed to carry the sentence into effect. Afterwards we'll ride him on a rail to the other end of the woods, and leave him with the warnin' to skedaddle. Barney, light fire and start the tar to b'iiin'. While it's heatin' we'll have a smoke. The prisoner kin say his prayers, or do the next thing." The masked boy alluded to as Barney started the fire under the pot, while the spokesman went to a closet and yanked out a pillowcase full of feathers. The others squatted on the floor in front of the pot, produced cigarettes and.started to smoke. "How is the tar?" asked the leader by and by. "Is it bubblin' yet?" Barney looked into the pot and then shook his head. "While you're doin' nothin' you'd better get the brush out of the closet," said the presiding spirit of the vigi lance committee. Barney produced the bnsh and laid it on the floor.


24 FIRST IN THE FIELD. "When things is ready," said the head boy, "I'll do the tarrin', see? You fellers kin get busy with the feath ers "Are you goin' to take his c l othes off?" asked one of t h e boys. "Some of 'em. It won't do to put it ag'in h i s skin, fo.r it might kill him, and that hain't the purpose of this here vigilance committee." "I should say not," spoke up one of the boys. "A lark is a lark, but it mu8tn't be carried. too far, or I'm out of it." "Don't worry, Jim. I know how far to go and be on the safe side." Twenty minutes elapsed. "How's the ta.r now, Barney?" asked the leade r at the end of that interval. Barney stirred the liquid mass and announced that it was in good shape. "Then take it off the fire and let it stand on the stones to cool a bit During all this time Bob had watched the proceedings without saying a word. He made a furtive but persistent effort to free his hands, but the cords held him firmly At length the leader of the party went to the pot, stirred the tar and lifted the stick up to see how it ran. Apparently satisfied that i t was of the right consistency he said: "Barney, you and Jim strip the prisoner of his ttousers and jacket and then. we'll proceed to make a guy of him." The two boys seized Bob and lifted him to his feet. Bob, however, didn't propose to tamely submit to the proposed indignity without a strong effort in his own behalf. To remove his jacket they would have to loosen his han.ds, and Barney called attention to that fact. "Pull his jacket down and let it hang over his hands. That'll do," replied the leader. When Barney started to do this, Bob wrenched himself away from Jim's grasp, made a dart forward and kicked the kettle over The tar ran over into the fire and blazed up at once The vigilance committee were staggered by this unex1 pected happening, and at the same time unnerved by the spreading fire, which soon caught on to the woodwork of che shanty and began to climb the wall toward the ceiling The old building was dry and highly inflammable, and the flames made such rapid headwa y that the four young rascals became panic-stricken and fled for the outer air as fast as they could go. Bob followed them out and took refuge among the trees. In a few minutes t11e fire had penetrated the attic and the dull glow of the blaze could be seen through the one upper window, from which the thick smoke came rolling f orth At that moment, as Bob looked at the doomed building, an awful cry broke the silence of the night air, and the gure of a man in a shirt and trousers appeared in the smoke limned window and fell limply across the sill, as if he had been overpowered by the heat and smoke Bob ran out into the opening, bound and he l p less as he was, and shouted loudly in an effort to arouse the imperiled man The poor :fellow, however, seemed to be utterly oblivious to his danger. Bob tugged frantically at the bonds, but the exertion he made only served to tighten .the strands around his wrists and make them cut into his flesh. At that moment he spied the boy called Barney, who had torn the mask from his face, and was gazing at the man in the window in a helpless, fascinated way. Bob dashed up to him "Here, you," he cried, excitedly, "cut me loose, for heaven's sake, and let me do something to save him." I haven't any knife," palpitated the young rascal. "Put your hand in my pocket and take out mine. Quick!" Barney obeyed, but it seemed an endless time before the boy had managed to cut him free. By that time the flames had caught on the roof and burst through, while the whole interior of the loft, as well as the ground floor, was now a blazing mass, so rapidty had the :fire seized upon the flimsy structure. The thick, suffocating, black smoke made by the tar rolled heavenward with the tongues of flame, and poured out of the door below and the window where the victim lay across the sill like a log. Throwing aside his jacket, Bob ran up to the building and l ooked for some means of reaching the low window from the outside. There was none, so far as he could make out. The man seemed to be doomed. It was then that Bob spied a long, stout piece of timber half buried in the grass and earth near by. Turning around and seeing Barney still watching the burning building and the man, whose clothes were already smoking from the heat, he yelled to him : "Come here and help me get this piece of wood. Bob's frantic energy infused some activity into the boy, and between them they succeeded in dislodging the piece of timber As soon as the piece of timber was in place the boy drew 'off, while Bob shinned up the inclined surface like a mon key, regardless of the fierce heat that assailed him. The man's clothes were now on fire, and his fate rested in the balance. Bob reached out and grabbed his arms, which hung limply out of the window, with his head bent down be tween them. He pulled hard, but the victim was too firmly anchored on the other side. There was nothing for Bob to do but climb higher. He did so, until he reached the window. Then, clinging with his knees to the timber, and facing the raging blaze before him that seemed to shrivel up his skin and burn his very eyeballs, he seized the man and drew him over the sill. It was impossible for him to hold the man's weight as it came upon his arms, and both tumbled to the grass to gether with a force that rendered Bob more than half dazed At that moment the flames burst through the entire


FIR3T IN THE FIELD. 25 '==-===================:-=========-:=====.===========-==================== roo f anrl "ent curling upward lighting up the clearing I to bed, the doctor leaYing medicine anc1 directions for his a s cle arl y as if it were noonday. J care, and promising to call in the morning. Rescu e r and rescued lay in a position of grave peril, and B0b was to bed in the guest chamber, and Joe what would have been the ultimate result we cannot say agreed to stay with him during the night to see that he but that Mr Graham and his coachman appeared upon the wanted for nothing. scene at the moment Bob made his final effort at the winThe store remained closed for two days, at the end of dow to save the apparently doomed man. which time Bob reappea red behind hi5 counter, looking They stood for a moment aghast at the sight before their rather the worse for his late experience. eyes. Steve by that time was declared to be out of danger, but Both recognized that the attempted rescue was a daring was unable to leave his bed yet a while. and almost foolhardy one. When he learned Bob had saved his life, he appeared Then a s Bob, whom neither recognized at the moment, to be grateful. and the man tumbled to the grass, they rushed forward, Bob had told his night's adventure to Mr. Graham and seized the two, and dragged them out of the danger zone. Joe. "Why, it's Bob Channing!" gasped the mill owner, as he The mill owner notified the head constable to hunt for looked down at the boy. and arrest the boys implicated in the outrage, especially Bob made an effort to rise, partly succeeded, then with Max Fowler. a moan fell back and rolled over unconscious. Barney was caught and gave his pals /away, that the CHAPTER XV. CONCLUSION. At that moment Joe Craig appeared and joined the mill owner and hi s employee. :M:r. Graham hurriedly explained what had happened, so far a s he and his man had seen the incident. "Why that man is Steve Fowler, the fireman of the W cstlake Mills, who robbed Bob's father of $1,200," said Joe, in cons iderable astonishment "What is he doing around here?" I\Jr. Graham was surprised at this piece of news, but the urgent need of medical attendance for the two unfor tunates was too pressing to permit him to waste any time asking Joe ques tions about Steve. "We must get them both over to my house at once, and have a doctor attend them. Bob took the most desperate chances to save thi s man an cl there is no telling how badly he may b e hurt." Barney hacl skipped out of sight with the advent of the mill owne r and h is coachman and s o it remained for the three t o c arry the victim s of the conflagration to the Graham h ome. A physi c ian was s ummon e d by t e lephone and while wait in g hi s arri val, effort s w e re mad e to r e vive Bob. Mr s Graham and Gertie, who had retired anc1 were a s leep g ot up and dressed a R soon a s they learned that Bob C hanning had b e en brought to the house in a seem in g l y dangerous state. G e rti e was particularly disturbed anc1 excited, and cried 'v,hil e h e r mother anrl father wer.e working over Bob. At l e ngth he was brought to his senses, but his face and hand s w e re in a terrible state. He a s serted, much to the relief of all present, that he was n ot b a dl y hurt. The doc tor as soon as he arrived and had examined him declar e d that his injuries were not at all serious Steve F owle r's c ondition, on the contrary, was very seri ous, and the physician could not say with any degree of certainty at this s tage whether he woulc1 recover or not. His wife was arou s ed and Steve was convcyec l to her rooms in the second flonr of the carriage house and put other two were soon in the lock-up, where they were kept a month on prison diet and then discharged. Max, however, had taken time by the forelock and out of the neighborhood. It was years before he was heard from again, after he had served several in the reformatory of an adjacent State for theft. When the particulars of Bob's heroic conduct were cir culated throughout the village, he became a very popular local personage, and his store received a big boom. Gertie was very proud to be seen in his company after this, and made no secret of her partiality for him. A fourth factory was openec1 up in Riverdale about this time, and it was reported that other interests were coming to locate in the village which soon expected to be rated as a small town. Bob having secured a monopoly in his line of business, there was little danger that a business rival would

2G FIRST Il\ THE FIELD. "I am glad you think so, Gertie," he responded, in a Jow tone, '"for I value your good opinion more than any thing else in the world." His words thrilled her, but the presence of Bettie pre vented the two from indulging in any moonshine at that moment. They were presently at the pond, where a score or more of the Yillage lads and lassies were-'spinning over its glassy surface. Bo!.> assisted the girls to put on their skates, and then adju s ted his own. Fr:r an hour they enjoyed themselves as only healthy an 1 :iappy young people can. 'One more spin around and then we'll go home," said "I'll give you girls ten yards start and then I'll try to catch one of you." Gertie and Bettie agreed to this, and then, fully deter minerl that he should not catch them, for they were both splendid skaters, they staxted for the opposite side of the pond. Bob started after them at what he considered the proper moment, and away flew the three skaters, as fleet as birds on the wing. The boy, however, could not overcome the handicap he had given them, and as they started to round the other encl of ihe big pond they had, if anything, gained a yard or more on him. Gertie looked over her shoulder and flung a little laugh at 4im, then something happened. The strap of one of her skates parted and she diverged from :Per course, slipped down, and glided straight into an air-hole in the ice. A cry of terror burst from her lips when she perceived her peril, but it was impossible for her to avoid it. Crack I-Splash! She fell into the opening and disappeared. Bob, with a gasp of alarm, flew to her rescue. The ice was thin where she had gone in, and that made the girl's rescue hazardous. But Bob didn't care for that. He intended to save her if he lost his own life in the attempt. As her head appeared above the qhill water he was crawling over the cracked surface, looking for her to rise. The moment he saw her face appear he jumped in and seized her, supporting her with one arm while he struck out with the other. A'.rrived at the end of the pond, he tore off her skates, and got rid of his own in a twinkling, by which time Bettie had hers off. "Now we must run all the way to your house to keep up our circulation," he said to Gertie, anq off they started, the two girls laughing heartily at the figure they cut. It was a three-quarter-of-a-mile run, and the two girls were breathless when they arrived. Bob rushed Gertie into the house and handed her over to her mother, \and then started for the, store post haste, leaving the girls to make all the explanations. Gertie declared to her mother that Bob had saved her life, and Mr. and Mrs. Graham overwhelmed him with their gratitude when he called that evening to see how their daughter was. Gertie herself thanked Bob feelingly for his courage and presence of mind. "That's all Tight, Gertie," he said, putting his arm around her waist. "You know I couldn't afford to lose you. You know I think you are the dearest, sweetest girl in all the world. You've been my mascot since I opened my stoTc, and I feel that you've brought me luck. Will you be my mascot always, dear? Will you pTomise to be my wife some day?" "Yes," :fluttered the girl, hiding her face on his shoul der. Ancl she kept her wOTd, as a marTiage notice in the Riverdale "Argus" two years lateT testified to. When that interesting event happened, Riverdale had become a fair-sized town, and Bob the most prosperous of all the torekeepers in the place. Joe didn t go into partnership with him because he pre ferred to work for the cashiership of the bank, which he eventually succeeded to and then married the girl of his heart-Bettie Martin. Bob now employs three assistants, two of them girls, and has recently built a handsome cottage neax the mansion of his father-in-law. His success was almost wholly due to those qualities which we mentioned in the opening chapter as being in herent in him; but the fact must not be overlooked that he was FIRST IN THE FIELD. THE END. The ice crumbled away as he advanced, and it looked Read" A BROKER AT EIGHTEEN; OR, ROY GIL-as if he would be chilled to death before he could save BER'r' S WALL STREE'l' CAREER," which will be the her. Help, however, came at that moment. Two level-headed boys ran up and pushed the end of a log to Bob. "Lay hold of it, Gertie, and I'll have you out in no time." She obeyed with chattering teeth. next number (98) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any Relieved of her weight, he managed to scrambl e on to the more solid part of the ice, and then reaching out and nr wsclealer, send the price in money or postage stamps hy grasping her hand he hauled her out of the hole to safety. mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION "Now, skate for the other side with all your might, :-lQUARR, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies Gertie," he said, catching her by the hand and leadin g off. you order by return mail.


FAl\IE .?ORT0KE Yi-EEKLY. 27 Fame and Fortune Weekly NEW YORK, AUGUST 9, 1907. Terms to Subscribers. Single Coples ................. ........................... One Copy Three nonths ........... ................... :: :::: Postage F=ree. How 'Io Sli:ND MONEY. .05 Cents .65 $1.25 2.50 At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Registered Letter; remittances In any other way are at lour risk. \.\ e accept Postage S Lamps same as cash. \.Vheri sending silver wrap the coin iu a s cparnte piece ot paper to avoid cutting the envelope. JVrite vour name and address plainlv. Address lette1's to Fra11k Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Sq., New York. GOOD STORIES. In 1864, at City Point, Va., while the general of the army was strolling along the wharf one day he saw a big raw boned teamster belaboring one of his wheel mules with re billet of wood and cursing him roundly. Grant quietly said, "My man, stop beating that mule." Rawny looked round at the little, unostentatious-looking person in a plain blouse, "Say, be you driving these here mules, or be I?" and crack again went the cudgel. "Well," said the general, "I think I have sufficient authority here to stop your cruelty to that animal;" and, turning to the officer in charge of the train, he ordered him to have the teamster "tied up" for twenty-fom hours whe. n he returned to camp, and report the fact to head quarters when done. The news spread rapidly from camp to camp, and there was much less mule-mauling after that. Try the following simple experiment if you desire to obtain a vivid idea of the force of atmospheric pressure: Place an ordinary wooden ruler on a table in_ such a manner that half of it will project beyond the table, t!:ien over the table and the portion of the ruler thereon, lay a smooth sheet of paper. Now, if you strike the exposed part of the ruler, it will, in nine cases out of ten, break in half, and yet the sheet of paper on the table will neither be raised nor moved in the slightest from its position. The reason is that the atmospheric pressure on the paper is more than sufficient to counterbalance the force of the blow which is struck at the ruler. By means of simple experiments like this, one can learn a great deal of science. "Can I get a dollar on this?" asked a well-dressed man, as he tendered a handsome, fur-lined overcoat to the pawn broker. "Well, I should say so," replied the money-lender, visibly surprised, "and a lot more if you want it." "No, one dollar's enough," was the man's answer, as he took the ticket, after the usual preliminaries had been gone through with. Later in the day, the owner of the coat came back, paid the pawnbroker the dollar with the legal charge of three cents, and took his property back. "Say," said the man of loans, handing over the coat regretfully, "you're a queer customer. Don't you know you might have left the garment here for a month and it would only have cost you three cents, just what you've paid for the use of the dollar for one day?" "Oh, I didn't need the dollar," answered the customer, and in proof of this assertion, he pulled out a roll of bills "large enough to choke a cow," as a sporting man would say. "That beats me, said the pawnbroker, now thoroughly in terested. "What did you pawn it for, then?" "Simply for safekeeping," coolly replied the customer. "You see, it's like this: It's a warm day, and I didn't want to lug the coat around with m;). I am not stopping n.t a hotel, be en.use I am only in town between trains. At the depot parcel room, the boy in charge wanted ten cen t s for checking it, so I concluded to make seven cents by letting you take care of it for me." It has long been the custom of tourists to tos s silver pieces iiito the harbor waters at Honolulu f o r the enjoyment of watching the half naked Hawaiian boys div e for them. Not a tithe of the coins are ever caught by the deft little water dogs, and after many a year they formed a part of the newly made lands near the railway wharf. The harbor has yielded up much of the money that has been sent to the bottom in this manner, through the medium of the big suction dredger which is now at work. The mud and silt on the harbor bottom is sucke

FA.ME A.ND FORTUNE WEEKLY. A BARREL OF TREASURE ) OR, A fiALLANT YOUNfi SAILOR BOY By Paul Braddon. 'I'he ship Jumping-Jenny was a craft of 1,500 tons burden, laden with a mixed cargo, in coii)mand of Captain Ralph Ripley, with a crew of fifteen men, one passenger, and was bound from New York to Melbourne. Dick Fairday was the captain's cabin boy-a stalwart lad of eighteen. with a handsome race-the penniless orphan of a sea captain, who had been in the service of the company which owned the Jumping-Jenny. One dark; gloomy night, as the boy stood leaning his elbows upon the weather bulwarks gazing thoughtfully out over the dismal waters, the passenger referred to strode up to the boy and tapped him on the back. He was a tall, thin man, wearing spectacles and side whis kers, and was known as Dr. Hiram Pike, who had served many years as a ship's surgeon, but now was on his way to Australia to take a position as head of a medical institute. "Dick," he said, in his quiet, grave way, "you seem to be abstracted, if not melancholy. I hope you feel well, my boy?" Young Fairday gave a violent start, wheeled around, and glancing up at the kindly face of the questioner, he answered presently "Oh, I'm all right. Just was thinki;ng." "Upon a momentous subject, apparently?" "You can bet it was. It's about a barrel of gold." "Surprising! I hope you are not building air-castles?" "Not a bit of it. Reckonin& on a certainty, doctor." "Do you mind gratifying my curiosity about the matter?" "Certainly I will. My father was wrecked among the Pacific island's, about ten years ago. His ship, the Sea Robin, went to pieces on an island in the Society group which we're now passing, but which one it was, I really don't know." "The Sea Robin-ten years ago?" queried Dr. Pike, with a look of great agitation upon his face. "Good Heaven! What is your name?" "Fairday," replied the boy, in some surprise. "But why are you. so excited all of a sudden, doctor?" "'i)'hY," gasped the physician, "I was your father's ship surgeon on the Sea Robin when she was lost! At the time of the wreck, your father and I were the only ones who escaped alive. In fact, I was swept ashore senseless, and remained so for a space of several hours. When revived I found Captain Fairday with me." "Then you know that my father saved a barrel of virgin gold, which he purchased of an Australian native for a mere trifle? He told my mother, ere he died, that he brought it ashore from the wreck and buried it on the island. He left it there when a passing ship picked him up. He feared being robbed, and intended to return and 'get it later on. But he died at home before he could carry out this plan. He failed to tel! my mother which island he was on. But we knew he had a companion." "And that companion was me," said Dr. Pike, emphatically. "Then you know upon which island this gold lies buried!" the boy cried, delightedly. "I never expected to find this out. It seems as if Providence brought us together this way. I beseech you to tell me where, that island is. I had it explained to me where I can put my hands upon the treasure, if I could only locate the island." "Hold on, my boy," interposed the doctor, gravely, as he shook his head and held up his hand. "I am dreadfully sorry to dash your hofles, but the fact is, we did not have our bear ings, and I cqnsequently haven't the remotest idea which one of the islands it was, excepting by the appearance, which I might be able to identify if I should ever again happen to be near it." Dick uttered. a cry of bitter di ,sappointment. He had been feverishly expecting to clear up the mystery, and enrich himself by ultimately securing the gold; but now his bright hopes were rudely crushed, and he felt that his last expectations of ever being anything but a miserable poor sailor were gone forever. As the boy turned away he was startled to see Captain Ripley standing near by, intently listening to all that was said. He was a short, burly man, with a sandy beard and a red face, a fiery temper, and an ugly disposition. To all appearances he was as much disappointed the boy upon learning Dr. Pike disclaiming a knowledge of which one of the islands the gold was burled on, and ripping out an oath, he cried: "I wouldn't be surprised if yer a-lyin' about that, .so's ye kin go thar some day au' git ther gold fer ye r self, Dr. Pike. "Sir! You insult me!" cried the doctor, indignantly. "Oh, I don't keer a blame how yer takes it," sneeringly said Ripley, and then he added, with a dark scowl, his tones low and hissing: "An' by ther arch fiend, man, if yer do know whar it is, I'll have it outen yer afore this 'ere v 'yage is over, an' don't yer fergit it!" "It is very evident," said the doctor, with dignity, "that you forget that you are threatening a passenger, and not one of your crew. It is, moreover, very apparent that you are anx ious to learn where the treasure lies buried, in order to get it .yourself. "You lie!" exclaimed Ripley, but he gave a guilty start. "Captain-stop! Don't degrade yourself by becoming loaferish!" "What! D'ye dare ter call me names?" yelled Ripley, his ugly temper bridling up, and his tyrannical, overbearing na ture asserting itself, and he picked up a capstan bar, and swinging it around, he dealt the physician a stunning blow that knocked him down. Dr. Pike uttered a cry of pain, and tried to get up, but the furious captain sprang at him like a tiger, and was just about to deal him a second blow, when Dick interfered. The boy's eyes flashed fire when he witnessed the cap tain's brutality, and unable to restrain himself, he doubled up his fists, sprang between Pike and Ripley, and dealt the captain such a tel'rific blow in the face that he was knqcked sprawling. "You coward!" the boy cried, in clear, ringing tones. "To strike a defenseless man that way, for t elling the truth!" "'l'hunder an' lightnin' yelled the infuriated officer, scrambling to his feet, with one of his e yes blackened. "This is m 'utiny, you dog. I'll kill yer fere that welt, cuss yer! I'll tear yer ter pieces!" He made a rush for the gallant cabin boy but Di c k picked up the capstan ba' and pluckily faced the brute. All the watch on d eck had seen what transpired, and were then surrounding the trio, all their sympathies with the boy. The captain gnashed his teeth with impotent fury and paused. "Seize that lubber!" he yelled to his men. "Put him in irons!" "No, sir!" defiantly cried several of the crew. They surrounded the plucky boy, to defenP. rather than hurt him. A volley of maledictions pealed from the captain's lips upon seeing this, and pulling a revolver from his pocket he aimed it at Dick. "I'll put yer down!" he screamed, wildly. "I'll kill yer!" The boy sprang forward just as he fired, and the ball missed him, and on, struck one of the sailors, wound ing him. A cry of rage escaped the crew as the sailor fell groaning to the deck, and the captain was .about to fire again when Dick reached him and with one blow knocked him senseless. "You saw what happened, didn't you?" cried Dick to the crew. "Ay, ay!" resounded on all sides. "Served him right." "You acted justly. We will protect you, Dick,'' said the mate.


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. "He is a brute!" remarked Dick. "I'm sorry I shipped under him." Every one of the men heartily indorsed this sentiment, and they might have said more had not the lookout' yelled that the storm which had been impending was then coming upon them. Locking the captain in his cabin, every one hastened to his post, and when the tempest swept down they were ready for it. The gale was a severe one, lasted all night and through the next day, driving the Jumping-Jenny along under bare poles. When night fell on the sea again there came a terrible crash. The ship had struck a rock, a hole was stove In her hull close to the garboards, and she began to sink. By this time the storm was abating. Two of the boats were launched when it was seen that the ship was going to pieces and bound to sink, and the crew em barked and rode away in the gloom. Dick and Dr. Pike had been left on the wreck, for there was no room for them with the crew. Another boat remained for them. They hastily equipped it with water, provisions, oars, an anchor, sails, and some arms, and were on the point of launching her from the davits, when they heard the captain in his cabin, yelling for help, and trying to burst down the door. "I will release him and give him a chance for his life," said Dick, and he hastened over to' the cabin door. But the key was gone. To leave Captain Ripley there meant certain death for him. "Save me!" he yelled, frantically, from within the cabin. "Swear you will behave, and I'll burst the door down," replied Dick. "As Heaven hears me I'll do right." Dick procured an axe, and raining a shower of heavy blows upon the door, he splintered the wood and burst it in. the three they got the boat launched, embarked, and casting off the davits, pulled away on the dark, toi:\Sing sea. Thunder was booming and lightning flashing overhead, and as a roaring billow lifted the boat over its crest and. a blind ing flash lit up the sea, they saw that they were near to land. It was an awful struggle to reach it, but they finally man aged to get the boat into a sheltered lagoon, where they were out of the fury of the storm, and made a landing. Before the night was over they saw the ship go to pieces on the outlying reef upon which she had run. With the dawn o f day the storm cleared away entirely, and they partook of a frugal breakfast, rigged up a jury mast, set a sail, and proceeded out on the sea to explore the coast and try to find the rest of the crew. The captain looked ugly and morose, but he didn't offer to renew his fight, but sat in the stern sheets steering without saying a wocd to the boy and the doctor. In this manner they proceeded along the coast, and they saw that the land was a small island, covered with tropical vegetation and lined with surf. The doctor examined it eagerly, and as they came in sight of a cone-shaped hill rising up in the center, upon the top of which. grew a solitary and enormously' high palm tree, he sprang .to his feet excitedly, and pointing to the tree, he cried: "By heavens, Dick, this is the very island upon which your father and I were wrecked ten years ago! "There's the landmark by which I distinguish it," the doc tor continued. "That lone paJ.m on the hill." "And according to the story recited to me by my mother," said the boy, triumphantly, "the barrel of gold nuggets lies buried close to that tree, at a spot which I can easily distinguish." The captain's eyes gleamed greedily as he listened to these remarks, and ,he picked up a r'i.fle nervously, when the doctor nudged the boy, cautioning him to be careful of how he spoke. The boat now turned a jutting strip of land, when a series of wild yells on the shore attracted the castaways' attention, and they were startled to see that the island was inhabited by a tribe of jet black savages, wearing loin clothes and feathered head dresses, while they were armed with spears. With one arm around the mast, Dick watched the savages rush from their thatched huts, and uttering loud shouts, they ran down into the water and began to hurl their spears at the three occupants of the boat. The captain hastily steered the craft away from land, and soon sailed her out of reach of the missiles. "I don't see how we are going to get the treasure from the isle while those aborigines are there to prevent us landing," said the doctor in disgusted tones. "When I was h ere last the island was not inhabited. These blacks m1IBt have come from one of the neighboring isles since then and s ettled here." "There must be over a hundred of them!" remarked Dick. "Yet I am willing to venture up on the hill, under cover of the darkness, and' make an attempt to capture the treasure." "An' I'll go along ter help yer!" said the captain, for the first time breaking his moody silence. They sent the boat straight out to sea, to deceive the sav ages of their intention, until they were out of sight, then making a half circuit of the island, they beat about until night fall. The boat was then steered in to the island, and they brought her to a pause in a tiny sheltered cove, and went ashore. Here an idea occurred to the captain to steal the boat, leave them to their fate, and return when the savages killed them, to get the treasure for himself; and he thereupon refused to go with them. Unsuspicious of his scheme, the boy and the doctor stole away armed, and carrying several implements to dig with. They reached the top of the hill, and the boy located the south side of the tree, by a compass, and measured off five paces. Four feet below the surface they encountered a water bar rel in a good sound state, and finally succeeded in r111ing the heavy thing out upon the side of the hill. It contained the treasure! The delight of the two was intense upon finding it intact, but before they could start to roll it down to the shore, the moon burst from behind a cloud bank and revealed to their startled gaze a band of half a hundred natives creeping up the hill on all sid e s to attac k them. A yell pealed from lhe blacks, and they rushed forward. Surrounded on all sides, the two castaways seized their weapons and fired shot after shot at the blacks. Wounded in many places, the boy and his friend resolved to sell their lives dearly. Before their -enemies could reach the castaways, however, a volley of rifle shots in back of them pealed out, and several savages fell. "Our crew!" cried Dick, pointing down the hill. The doctor saw the sailors who had escaped from the Jumping-Jenny, armed with pistols and rifles, charging up the hill. It was evident that they had made a safe landing on this isle, and, having seen the jeopardy of Dick and Pike, came to the rescue. Demoralized, the savages abandoned the attack and fled Pursued by the sailors, every one on the island took to their canoes, and made off for a neighboring isle. Dick and the doctor rolled the barrel down the hill to the boat, and to their horror found the captain lying on his back upon the shore, pinned to the ground by a native's spear. He was dead. The barrel of treasure. was put in the boat. On the following morning the boy and his friend met the crew, told them all that had befallen them, and learned in re turn that the isle was then in their possession. Every one voted that they were glad that Ripley wai: dead, and agreed that as Dick's father had owned the gold it now rightfully belonged to the boy. They made themselves as comfortable as possible in the savages' huts, and a month afterward were picked up by a ship home bound. Carried back to New York Dick sold the treasure a n d real ized a large fortune, while the. doptor 'returned to Aus tralia, and the crew of the Jumping-Jenny embarked on another ship. The boy made good use of his money, you may be sure, for it had nearly cost him. his life to get it.


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HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CA.RDS.-Em bracmg all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lu;;trations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CA.RDS. deceptive Card '.rricks as performed by leading conjurors and mag1C1ans. for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. ? HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction on all the l eading card tricks of the also most popular magic&.; Illusions as performed by our: mag1cians; every boy should obtain a copy of this book. as It will both amuse and instruct. No., 22. TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explmned bJ'. bis former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on .the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A M.AGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of magical illu si ons ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. TO DO CHEMICAL TH.ICKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69 HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also oontain m g _the secret of second sight. illustrated. By A. Anderson. No .. 70. HOW '.f'O l\IAKE l\IAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for makmg Magic 'l'oys and devices of many kinds By A. Anderson. Fully illustiated. No. 73._ HOW: TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showinc many curious with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully .No. 7_5. HO\y TO A CONJUROR. Containing tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls Hats etc. Embracing thirty-si x illustrations. By A .Anderson. ' No. 78. TO DO THE BLACK ART.-Containing a com. plete descr1pt1on of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. BOW '.J.'O AN boy should how mventu>ns Tlus book explains them all, in electr1c1ty, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechamcs, etc. The mos( instructive book published. No. 5?. HOW TO A.N ENGINEJER.-Containlngfull u;istructions how to proceed m order to become a locomotive engmeer; also dii;ections for building a model locomotive together with a full description of everything an engineer shoulcL know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE INSTRUMEN'l'S.-Full directions how to makt; a B!lnjo, Violin, Zither, 1Elolian Harp, Xylc:r pb.,ne and other musical mstruments; together with a brief description1 of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. Ily John Allen. No. 71. 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