## Jack Merry's grit, or, Making a man of himself

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Jack Merry's grit, or, Making a man of himself
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Kirby flashed the light upon the grewsome figure and then the three saw that it was a.skeleton, clothed in a single 1lowing garment,. with its bony arms extended. Jack uttered an e xclamation of astonishment, while D .aisy screamed and fled

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' JACK MERRY'S GRIT. 11 ''Why do you ask that question?" asked the stout man, there, and I judge they intend to remain all night in the sharply. cellar," concluded Merry. "Because I believe you are hunting for some goods that "I think you have spotted both the men and the goods, were stolen from a freight car at W exham siding ." young man," said Detective Wheeler, "and I congratulate "Ha! What do you know about the matter, young man? you on the excellent chance you have of winning the reward Have you seen the wagon?" offered by the railroad company. Come, Mr. Cook, we must "Yes, sir. I've not only seen the wagon that carried the drive to the head constable's house and get him out of bed. goods off, but I know where the goods and the thieves are Then we will make arrangements for going to this haunted at this moment." house with a force sufficient to capfure the two rascals and "You do!" ejaculated the stout man, eagerly. "Let us regain possession of the stoJenproperty You'd better jump know all about it. You shall be rewarded for the informain, Merry, and come with us." tion, and if the goods are recovered you shall be paid $2,000, They were soon at the constable's home and bad him out for that is the amount of the reward which has already been of bed in a jiffy. posted for information leading to the capture of the thieves It took but a brief explanation to get him to fall in with and recovery of their plunder." their plans. "Then you are detectives?" Said Jack. He hitched up his horse to a light wagon and then huntecl "I am one of the Shore Line detectives. My name is up two of the under constables. This gentleman is Mr. Cook, assistant general The whole party then started for the haunted house. freight agent of the same road. We are down here trying It was now about two in the morning. to trace the goods stolen from freight car 2001, at the W ex-They reined in under a big oak tree within a short disham siding, and if possible to arrest the thieves Now we ta nee of the house. will hear your story, if you please. By the way, what is "We ll leave you in charge of the vehicles Merry," said your name?" the stout detective. "Keep your eye on the front of the "Jack Merry." house. When you see one of llS swing a lantern around in "We are ready to listen to you, Merry said Detective the air it will be the signal for you to drive up the light Wheeler, after writing his name in his notebook. wagon. Understand?" Accordingly, Jack told his stoTy, beginning with "Yes, sir," replied Jack. run-in with Sandy Maguire at tlie water trough, when the Then the five men got over into the adjacent field and wagon, heavily loaded and covered with a tarpaulin, first quietly approached the haunted house from the rear. came under his observation. "'l'here'll be something doing in that cellar pretty soon," He said the two men accompanying the wagon at the time s aid the boy to himself, as he watched the constables, detect had attracted his attention by their tough appearance, and .ive and freight agent climb the fence, cross the yard and he did not like their looks. disappear behind the building. After his row with Sandy they had boarded the wagon After that the minutes slipped slowly by to the excited and the outfit drove off down the cross rof!..d. lad, who could only surmise what was going on. "You say fue wagon belongs to Fru:mer Owen Maguire He kept on the alert for the reappearance of the men and and was drivqn by his son.?" said the stout man, making a the expected signal. note of the fact in his book. At length he saw them coming around the corner of the "Yes, sir." building in a bunch, one of them with the lant e rn in his "Very well, go on." hand. Merry then continued his story from the point when Mr. Tho lantern was swung three times in the air. Kirby, Daisy and himself saw the light in the haunted Jack, who was seated in the constable's wagon, with the house on their way back to the roadhouse from Farmer horse and buggy hitched behind staTted hi s horse and drove Stapleton's, and how they 4ad stopped to it. clown to the gate in front of the haunted house. He told about the skeleton that they discovered in the hall, He saw, as he approached, that they had the two men in about his chase of Sandy, about his finding the same wagon custody. standing empty in the yard, and about his being knocke PAGE 13 12 JACK MERRY'S GRIIT'. He was soon in b e d dreaming of his late adventures in i.he haunt e d house. CHAPTER VII. JACK GETS THE REW ARD. "Oh, Jack," exclaimed Daisy next morning, when Merry appeared in the kitchen, "do tell where you went last night. Mr. Kirby waited q1dte a while for you to come back, and when you didn't we had to drive back without you. Did you catch Sandy Maguire?" "I did, but it's too long a story to tell you now. I had quite a lot of adventure before I got back home. You'll hear all about it later on." After breakfast he told Mr. Kirby what had happened during the night, and the old man was greatly astonished. "I've got to appear at the justice's office this morning to tell my story," concluded Jack.' "I suppose you have no objection." Mr. Kirby gave his permjssion, :for he knew the boy would have to go whether he liked it or not. While they wer: talking the constable's light wagon passed the roadhouse with two officers having Sandy Maguire and his father in custody. Jack saw them through the window and he chuckled t o himself. "Sandy will find that he's up again s t it this time for fair," he thought, as the wagon disappeared into the village. At a little a.fter rtine Detective Wheeler drove up in his buggy. He came after Jack. The boy got in the vehicle and was driven to the office of the justice, where quite a crowd was gathered by this time, the news having spread about the village in a remark ably short time. A big wagon, loaded with the stolen property, was drawn up beside the curb. The four prisoners were brought into the room and the examination commenced. A statement of the case, referring mer ely to the discov ery that freight car No. 2001, of the Shore Line Railroad which had been left at the W exham siding consigned to a merchant of that town, had been found by the station agent to have been looted during the night by some parties u v known, who, from the tracks plainly visibl e about the car, had evidently carried the goods off in a large wagon, was first given by Mr. Copk. Then Jack Merry was brought forwand and told his story, which proved an entertaining one for the crowd present. The prisoners scowled upon him during the whole tim e he was in the chair. Detective Wheeler, Mr. Cook, the constable and his assist ants followed in order, and when the evidence against the prisoners was all in they were asked by the justice if they had anything to say. Owen Maguire swore that he knew nothing at all about the robbery, or that his wagon had been used to carry the stolen property from the siding at W exham to the haunt e d house, and defied any one to show that he was in the scheme. Sandy told a story full of contradictions, in which he tried to justify his connection with the matter, but he did himself more harm than good. The two thieves had nothing to say. 1The justice decided that there wasn't sufficient evidence against Owen Maguire to justify his holding him, but the other three were committed for trial, Sandy being held as an accomplice. The wagon-load of goods, which consisted of 200 pack ages of fine silk and velvet dress material, was turned over to the sheriff of the county as evidence to be used against the prisoners at their trial. The stout detective and the freight agent shook hands with Jack whel). the proceedings were over, and assured him that he would hear from the railroad company in a few days. A report of the a.ff air was printed in the weekly village paper, whichcame out that afternoon, and Merry pointed it out -to D aisy for her information. To say that the girl was astonished when she read the story would be putting it quite mildly. "Why, Jack," she said, "if it hadn't been for you they wouldn't have caught the robbers nor got back the stolen property!" "I guess that's right," replied Merry. "At any rate, Mr. Wheeler, the railroad detective, sai d that I was entitled to the reward offered by the company for the recovery of the goods, and that I would get it." "How much will you get?" s he asked, interestedly. "He a id the amount was$2,000." "Two thousand dollars!" ejacu l ated Daisy, to whom such a sum seemed a fortune. "Why, Jack!" "If I get it do you know what I'm going to do?" "No." "To begin with, I'm going to buy some nice, new clothe s for both of u s." "For me?" cried Daisy opening her eyes. "Yes. There's nothing too good for you in my estima tion." "Oh, Jack! You dear, good boy!" and she threw her arms around his neck and kissed him. "I do need a new dress and a hat awfully bad." "You sha ll have all you want. Then I'm goin& to quit Mr. Kirby and start into bus iness for myself." Dai sy's smiles disappeared at once. "What will I do if you g o away, Jack? I'd rather not have the c lothes, or anything, for I'd never take any pleas ure in wearing them. I don't want you to go, Jack. I shou ld be ever so unha ppy, s h e added tearfully. "Don't worry, Dai sy," repli ed Merry, cheerfully. "Pm going to take you with me. Will you go?" "Of course I'd go, but-but--" "But what?" "Mrs. Kirby wouldn't let me." "Oh, a fig for Mrs. Kirby! This is a free country." "No, Jack, I'm not free. The poor farm overseer signe d a paper that gives the Kirbys authority over me till I'm of age. They won't let me go with you, and if I ran away they could send the constable after me and have me brought back." "Is that so, Daisy? Well, we'll go so far away they'll never get track of either of u s." "I'm afraid we co1tldn't, Jack. Mrs. Kirby would beat

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JMJK MERRY'S GRIYr. 1 3 me dreadfully when she got me back\ and Mr Kirby would put you in prison for running off with me." "Well, I'm not going to stay here when I get that money, and I'm not going to leave you here to be knocked around by Mrs Kirby the way she has the habit of doing. That's all there is about i(" said Jack, resolutely, turning away to attend to his regular duties. From that moment the boy began to plan how he could manage to take Daisy away with him when he went. But he found tha't he had quite a problem on his hands. Nevertheless, with his usual grit, he determined to solve it satisfactorily. Two days later he received a letter from the Shore Line Railroad Co., enclosing a check for $2,000, payable to his order, and a letter of thanks signed by the general freight agent of the road. He said nothing to Mr. Kirby about it, but at the first opportunity went to the village bank, where he was well known, and asked the cashier to collect it for him. The cashier said he could have the money then if he wanted it, so he took it, receiving three$500 bills, four $100 ones, and some smaller bills When he got back to the roadhouse he hid the money in a corner of his trunk That happened to be Saturday. Towards evening he told MTS. Kirby that he had got some ttnoney from the railroad company, not specifying the amount, as a reward for his services, and that he wanted to take Daisy into the village and make her a present of some new clothes. Mrs. Kirby, who was a penurious woman, and saw a chance to save money for some time by allowing Jack to spend some of his on the girl, readily consented So Jack and Daisy went to the village together, as happy as two turtle doves in each other's company Jack bought Daisy a whole lot of things besides a new ready-made dress, hat and shoes, and then he treated him self in the clothing line with equal liberality. He also purchased two dress-suit cases, one of which was f9r tlie girl. In fact, he used up a good part of a hundred dollars, and considered the money well spent. When they got back to the roadhouse, Mrs Kirby held up her hands in horror at the boy's extravagance, as she con sidered it, and she was rather inquisitive to know why he had bought the two suit-cases. "Everybody has them/' explained Jack, "that's why I bought one for Daisy and another for myself." "They hain't used except when people go travelin'," re plied the lady, tightening her lips, "and I don't calculate that neither you nor Daisy is goin' visitin' for a consider ablo time yet." ''There's no reason why they can't be used to keep things in in the house as well as when one goes traveling. Daisy hasn't got a trunk, so that suit-case will answer for one as she hasn't any too much to put in it." "She don't need no trunk, nor suit-case, either. She's got a chest of drawers, that's good enough:. You've only been and wasted your money." "Well, as long as it's my money, Mrs. Kirby, you needn't worry. I think a good c1eal ot Daisy, alld I didn't suppose you had any objection to me spending a few dollars on her "I hain't no objection, but I hate to see people throw good money away. However, I s'pose I kin make use 0 that suit -case when I visit my sister Hepsibah." "Sure. Daisy will loan it to you any time you go visit ing Mrs. Kirby was of the opinion that she'd take it when she felt disposed without going through the form of borrowing it, but she didn't say so to Jack. That night when Daisy looked her new dress and hat over in the seclusion of her room, she felt that she was the happiest girl in the world, and that Jack was the best boy that ever lived. CHAPTER VIII. AN UNPLEASANT SUR'fRISE. Mr. Kirby never kept his roadhouse open on Sunday, but Jack always made it a point to see that the horse trough in front was full of water so that the summer people at the hotels who went riding on the Sabbath, as many of them did, could water their horses at the trough. Jack attended to this little duty usually after br eakfast, which the Kirbys had late on Sunday n:orning On this particular Sunday Merry was standing by the trough letting the water run into it after having washed it out, when a village l ad, whom he knew very well, came walking up the road with a small basket on his arm. "Hello, Ned," cried Jack, as soop. as he spied the boy, "where are you bound? Fishing off the rocks yonder, I'll bet," he added. "That's right," replied the lad. "Don't you want to. come along?" "Not much. I get all the fishing I want during the weekdays. I was out three times last week, and there was more business than fun in the trips." "Yes, I guess so. You fish for mackerel to sell at the hotels. I s'pose you've heard the news?" "What news?" asked Jack, in some s urprise. Then you haven't heard?" "Heard what?" "That Sandy Maguire and the two thieves you helped to catch a few days ago broke out of the county jail some time night." "You don't mean that, tlo yo11 ?" ejaculated Merry, incredulously "I do mean it. The news is all over the village." "And did they get away?" "Yep. Olean oil'." "How the dickens. did they ma,nage to do it?" "Dnnno. I ain't heard no particulars "You're sure there's no mistake about it?" "Yes It's a fact all right. My dad heard it from one of the constables." "I can hardly believe it, Ned; but as long as you say it's so, it must be." After a short talk on the subject Ned started on agai n for his favorite fishing ground, while Jack ran inside to tell the news to Mr. Kirby. He then carried the intelligence to Daisy, who was wash ing up the breakfast dishes in th'e kitchen "I can't understand how tho s e chaps could have got out of the county jail," said Jack. "Prisoners are supposed PAGE 15 ' 14 JACK MERRY'S GRIT. to be locked up in stout cells with several officials always on the watch. T4ese fellows, however, worked the trick some way, and now they're at large. 1 dare say they'll be caught before they can get out of the State. At any rate, I hope so." The Kirbys had dinner at one o'clock and then announced that they were going to spend the afternoon at the Staple ton farm. They said that they did not expect to rMurn until after dark, and that Merry and Daisy could prepare their own ;ea for themselves. "Well, if Mr. Kirby thinks I'm going to hang around the house all the afternoon and watch the old place for him he's just as mistaken as if he'd lost his shirt," said Jack to Daisy after the boss of the shanty and his wife had departed in the covered buggy. "But he expects us tq, Jack," replied the girl, who was washing the dishes \vhile Merry wiped them. "I don't care what he expects. I'm worth money now, and I feel as independent as a hog on ice. How would you like to take a sail with me, Daisy? It's a glorious after noon, and there's a dandy breeze blowing." "I'd like to go very much, Jack," replied the girl, with a pleased look; "but I'm afoud Mr. and Mrs. Kirby wouldn't like it if we left the house alone." "Ho! Don't you worry about them. We'll soon be away from their authority, or I'm no prophet." As ma.tters turned out their stay with the Kirbys was much shorter thap. even Jack's most sanguine plans contemplated. 'Well, are you going with me?" asked Jack, after the last dish was put away. "Ye-es," replied Daisy, in a wistful, but hesitating way. "All right," replied Merry, "get your hat and we'll go!' He went to his own room, dived down into his trunk and brought up his money. He wasn't going to leave that behind him in the road house for fear some thief might break into the place while they were away and go through his trunk. He knew that the Kirbys were in the habit of taking their money with them wherever they went, and decided that their example was a good one to follow, especially as he had so large a sum in his possession. So he took the money and pinned it securely to his pocket. Being thus assured of its safety, he started with Daisy the little boat landing where the Kirby sailboat was moored. Jack was a first-class boatman, and Daisy felt perfectly safe with him. They sailed away for the mouth of the harbor in great spirits, under the iniluence of a spanking breeze that sent the boat along at a lively rate. "Well, Daisy, where shall we go now?" asked Jack, after they had gotten well out in the offing. "ATe you game to go as far as those islands yonder-the Three Sisters, as they are called?" "I will go anywhere you wish to take me, dear Jack," replied the girl, confidingly, smiling up into his face. "Then you aren't afraid to venture out so far from shore?" "Not with you, Jack." "Well, I wouldn't take you if I thought there was any danger. We won't be able to get back before sundown, but that will be some time before the Kirbys return. They needn t know we've been off anyway. I'm not going to vol unteer the information, and I don t imagine you will,$0 this will be where we steal the march them," chuckled Merry. He laid the boat's course for the three islands that lay out on the sparkling bosom of the sea like three gorgeous emeralds The further they drew away from the shore the more de lighted Daisy was with the sail. It was a rare treat for her, because the opportunity was seldom a.fforded her. ''It's nice to be rich, don't you think, Daisy? Just think how those summer visitors at the h otels here enjoy life. Nothing to do but to eat, drink and be merry all the live long day. Maybe some day you'll marry a rich young fellow, and then you'll be able to do the grand yourself at a summer re sort." "No, Jack, that will never happen,'' replied Daisy, shak ing her head "Why not? How can you tell what the future may bring forth? I might get rich and marry you myself for all you can tell, that is, if you liked me well enough." "I'll never like any one else but you, Jack," she said, simply. "How do you know you won't? If you saw some of thos e eludes at the hotels you d fall head over heels in love with them right away. iThey've got more style in five minutes than I have in six months. And it's the style that catches the girls, too." "You're good enQti.gh for me," she answered, laying her head on his shoulder. "That's because you haven't seen any one better in your estimation. However, you're a good little girl, Daisy, and whoever marries you will get a prize." "You will alwa .ys be.my brothe'l', Jack, won't you,, even if you find a girl you like better than me?" "Sure, I will, but I don't think I will ever like any other girl bett e r than you. I hope not, at any rate." "So do I, because--b e caus e I don't want any girl to take you away from me," and she hid her face in her hands. "Oh, come now, what's the matter with you? You aren't crying, are you?" "No, I'm not-oh, Jack, it would break my heart ifif--" "If what?" "If-I-los t you," with a sob. "I'm afraid I'll have to marry you, after all, Daisy, some day, just to keep you from los ing me, and to keep me from losing you, for I don't believe I could get along without you. I'd feel lonesome, that's why, when I leave the Kirbys, as I'm going to mighty s oon, I shall carry you off with me, even if I have to steal you." "I don't care if you do run off with me, if Mr. and Mrs. Kirby are never abl'e to find me," she said, with a wistful smile. "They won't find either of us, you can gamble on that. After we get out of the State they wm have a sweet time getting ns back. Well, here we are now, getting close to the islands. I often fish around here, generally on the seaward

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JACK MERRY'S GRLT. 21 =====-===================;:========-=urday. It is all of thirty miles from here So you've been living there and you say you're on the move. Do you mean to say you have walked all the way to this point, and by the cliff road ? "Well, hardly that. We came by a sloop as far as a chasm in the rocks along the shore, then, as the vessel was wrecked there last night, there was nothing for us to do but climb the cliff and try to find our way to the nearest town or village Perhaps you will be so kind as to direct us. You seem to be a traveling doctor, and probably you know the lay of the land around here. It will be a great favor, as we haven't the slightest idea where we shall be able to find even a farmhouse." The strange man appeared to be greatly interested in Jack's statement "If what you tell me is the truth, you appear to be in hard luck. And you have a girl with you, too. You'd better stop and have breakfast with me. I am bound fo the village of Whitefield, some miles distant, and it will give me pleasure to give you a ride as far as that place, or even further, if you have no settled plans as to your destination." am very much obliged to you for the invitation and promise of a ride, and we will glady accept your hospitality if we do not put you to too much trouble." "Don't mention such a thing, young man. I am a citizen of fJ:ie world-that is, I am always on the move. The wagon represents my home and my business My name is Dr. Edward Branch. To my intimates I an1r known as Doc. You may address me by the latter, but not in public. I hold a diploma from the Philadelphia College of Medicine, so you see I am not absolutely a quack, though doubtless my brother physicians would style me one, owing to the unprof essional method I am taking to relieve the various ills that :flesh is heir to. I have invented a number of nos trums which I compound myself, en route, and sell at first hand among the people. It is my ambition to accumulate a sufficient fund that will enable me to locat e permanently in some large town where I can start a laboratory for the manufacture and sale through the trade of my different preparations. There is a fortune in it, but it takes money to ma1rn money, and therefore I have been obliged to go slow. What is your name, young man?" "My name is Jack Merry, sir. I am an orphan, and so is my girl companion, whose name is Daisy Kent The bqy standing in the road with her is Sandy Maguire, whose father is a farmer near Barmouth. There are good reason s why it would not be well for him to return to hi3 home, which it possible I may mention later. I hope, however, you will not turn him down on that account, for though he has not been a friend to Daisy and myself, we intend to stand by him for the present." "I never meddle with matters that do not concern me, young man Go and bring up your companions. I will have an additional of bacon put on the gridiron, and a fresh pot of coffee made to supply your immediate wants.'' Accordingly, Jack i.o the place where Daisy and Sandy were stancli.ng, and told them that Dr. Edward Branch had invited them all to partake of his al fresco breakfa s t, after which he bad promi sed them a lift as far as the village of Whitefield, or possibly further, if they wished to go on. Sandy was in ecstasy when he heard that he stood a good chance of getting something to eat, and impatiently took the l ead up to the fire. Jack introduced his companions individually to the trav eling physician, and the doctor welcomed them to such hos pitality as he had to offer. .As a preliminary to the feast the doctor distributed three tin cups of hot coffee to his hungry guests, and then pro ceeded to make a fresh supply. He cut some more bread and handed the already cooked bacon to Daisy and Jack. Merry, however, said he would wait and eat with the doc tor, as he knew Sandy was famished, and that it would only be adding to his torture to see the food disappear be fore his eyes. Dr. Branch rega1fc:led Jack's self denial with much favor, and instantly took a great fancy to him The doctor did not spare his provender, and when the meal was finished everybody had eaten as much as they wished. Daisy volunteered to wash up the few dishes that figu.ied in the meal, and the physician accepted her services with an encouraging smile. He a sked both Jack ancl the girl many questions while they were their replies had s uggested a plan to his mind. While Daisy was heating a pan of water over the replen ished fire in which to wash the dishes and gridiron, and Sandy was taking solace in a cigarette, the doctor took Jack aside and laid his idea before him. "Young man, how would you and Miss Daisy like to en ter my for a while? I am in great need of a boy to help me compound my various remedies. The one I had took French leave about a week ago, and his loss has occasioned me considerable inconvenience, and I may say also a loss of trade, for he was an admirable singer and mimic, and always drew a crowd by his inimitable performance Now, I could make use of Miss Daisy, I think, as a drawing card. She has a sweet and attractive face, and if she can sing at all I will be able to develop her talent in that direc tion to a considerable extent, and I have no doubt I shall be able to find some latent ability in yourself. By your own statement neither of you have a home or any settled plan of action as yet. I think you can't do better than take up with my proposition. I will pay you a fair wage, and your expenses will be nil. What do you say?" Jack was taken by surprise, and for a moment remained silent. With the s um of $1,900 in his possession he was in a more independent position than the traveling doctor dreamed of. .At the same time Merry had no very clear idea how he would be able to utilize that money to the best advantage In thinking the matter over he had about concluded that the most sensible thing for him to clo was to find a job first and not risk his money in any business until he had looked the field of enterprise well over and decided what he was b e st fitted for The proposal of Dr. Branch was not so bad under present circumstances, especially as it included Daisy, and would relieve him of her support, as well .as his own. Then there was novelty in it. PAGE 23 J.ACK MERRY'S GRlfT, They would have a chance to see a bit of the world at The doctor drove up in front of the postoffice and came the doctor's expense, and he could pick up a lot of experito a halt. ence that would be of great assistance in the future. A small platform was unshipped from the bottom of the "I'll speak to Daisy al;iout it," he said to the doctor. "If wagon and placed at the rear end of the vehicle. she's willing to go with you, and you can provide suitable A piece of white canvas, on which was painted the doc accommodations for her, it is likely I'll agree to make ::t tor's name and the nostrums he was offering a suffering trial of it." public, was placed around it s o as to make an enclosed space This was satisfactory to him, and so Jack broached the two feet high, which the do9tor, in a flowing robe and white matter to his fair companion. beard and flowing wig, took possession of with a camp "I'm willing to go wherever you go, Jack," she said, chair and his banjo. trustfu lly. "I know you will protect me, and I could not He played several lively tunes in fine sty le, !l.Ild then sang bear to be separated from you." in a splendid, mellow voice a darky song, that caught the "All right," replied Merry, and he closed arrangements gathering crowd at once. with the doctor. Jack then brought out the table, which was concealed by He then confided to the ihe circumstances sura black cloth covered with stars, crescents and odd hiero rounding Sandy Maguire, and asked him if he would help glyphics in gold, on which was a mahogany box containing him to esca.pe into another S:tate. samples of his stock-in-trade. "I am afraid I should be breaking the law by giving as-Jack was dressed in the oriental garments of his predesistance to an escaped pri s oner," he said; "but as I am not cessor, which set off his good looks so well as to cause a supposed to know his true character I guess I can afford flutter among the village girls who came that way. to stretch a point as a favor to you." "Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear ye! I am the renowned and So it was decided to take Sandy with them for the presonly Dr. Edward Branch, late physician extraordinary to ent. the Sultan of all the T urkies, now making a tour of the The morning was spent by the doctor in trying Daisy's United States of America on a mission of benevolence to voice, which he found to be admirably adapted to his purthe people at large," began the dwtor, following with much pose, and teaching her a couple of songs to the accompanimore to the same effect ment of a banjo, in the playing of which he was an expert. Then he proceeded to call attention to the various remeFinding that Jack was a lso a good singer, he arranged dies he had for sale at the low price of twenty-five cents a a duet for them, which they were to learn and pra.ctice bottle or box but which, h e a ss ured his audience, were com later. pounded of such rare and valuable ingredients, only to be He likewise instructed Merry in a dialogue that he and found in the wilds of Thibet, Hindo st an and Chinese Tarthe boy were to indulge in fo"r the entertainment of a crowd tary, and which he had brought to America with him, as to after it was collected. be absolutely and without contradiction worth their weight Daisy and the doctor prepared the noon-day meal toin solid gold. gether, and after it was eaten Jack and Sandy harnessed The doctor succeeded in disposing of several dolla.rs' up the te11m and the doctor started on the road to Whiteworth of his stuff, and finding that the crowd rwas thinning field. out, he brought Daisy out and exhibited her to the admiring CHAPTER XIII. HOW DR. BRANCH DID BUSINESS. The interior of the roomy wagon was :fitted up with chests of drawers, a couple of bunks, a collapsible table, two camp chairs, a goodsized oil stove on which the doctor usually cooked his meals, though when the opportunity offered he preferred the more primitive out-door style, and also heated the ingredients used in the composition of his nostrums, a mortar and pestle, and various other things. Daisy and Jack sat on the front seat with Dr. Branch, while Sandy was perfectly contented to ride behind with his legs dangling out and his customary cigarette in mouth. As they approached the village Jack advised Sandy to keep under cover during their stay in Whitefield, as a de scription of his person might be in the hands of the con stables, who would be only too glad to arrest him and caTI'y him back to W exham, as they would, no doubt, make some thing by it. Accordingly, as soon as they entered the main street, the young rascal became invisible, and was not seen again for some hours. passers-by. Sitting within the wagon he began an accompaniment and the girl s ang one of her songs with such effect as to attract a fresh crowd Then the doctor went outside, and making a new har angue, sold a couple more dollars' worth of his medicines. '1t happened that a chap on his way to the dentist's came by with his jaw in a sling The doctor spied him at once. "Have you the toothache, my friend?" he inquired. The young fellow admitted that he had a corker. "And you are going to the dentist's, I, suppose?" con tinued the c1octor. The young man said he was, but wished he wasn't. "Come here, and permit me to examine your tooth. I will stop your toothache so quick that you won't know you ever had one. My infallible toothache remedy is a wonder in its way, and I sha'n't charge you a cent for the demonstrar tion. If I do not cure you instantly in tho presence of these intelligent citizens of Whitefield, I will admit that there is something wrnng with my method." The doctor took a bottle of his stuff, a piece of eotton in his :fingers, and jumped to the ground. The patient looked nervous and declared he was suffering great pall. PAGE 24 JACK MERRY'S GRIT. "I hope you won't hurt me," he said "There's no such word as hurt in my dictionary," the doctor. The crowd looked on with intense interest while Dr. Branch app lied the saturated piece of cotw.n to the aching molar. The young chap happened to be well known in to,wn and this fact added to the expectation of the multitude. "Now, press your jaws together and hold them so for one minute," said the doctor. The patient did so, with a convulsion of the face. Inside of fifteen seconds pain began to abate and in exactl y one minute his toothache was gone. He threw up his hat with a cry of satisfaction, and the crowd voiced its approval. "Here's a dollar for curing my tooth," said the grateful chap. "Not a penny," replied the doctor, waving the money away. "You may buy a bottle of the remedy for a quarter, or :five bottles for the dollar to distribute among your friends, if you wish, otherwise you are welcome to the cure." "Give me five bottles," said the young man, eagerly. "Full directions for applying it are on the bottles," said the doctor, handing over the :five phials. Almost everybody in the crowd wanted a bott l e now, and Dr. Branch did a land-office business in the remedy for the next fifteen minutes, for the news of the astonishing cure spread up and down the street with great rapidity, and brought many customers who would not otherwise have joined the crowd. The wagon remained in front of the postoffice a ll the afternoon, the doctor drawing a fresh crowd at intervals, and he added a good many dollars to his excheque r before he pulled up stakes. He afterwards stopped at a general store and at a butcher's and laid in a good supply of food for himself and hi s people, after which they left town by the main turnpike This was the signal for Sandy to reappear once more at the rear of the wagon. Daisy took charge of the culin ary operations, and a.t sundown announced that supper was ready. It was laid out on the folding table, but everybody had to take his plate in his lap to eat, though there was room for the coffee cups on the table. The horses and dog were fed liberally, and then the wagon went on a short distance further till they sighted a farmhouse. Taking Daisy by the hand, Jack, with the doctor's in structions, marched up to the house and asked to hire a ni ght's lodging for the g irl. He readily obtained it for her and, after paying :fifty cents to the lady of the house, retm"Iled to the wagon, which was drawn up in the adjacent lane. The horses were tied to a large oak tree, and the dog, which had already made friends with Jack and Daisy, but regarded Sandy with suspicion, curled himself up under the wagon and went to sleep. Jack found the doctor and Sandy playing dominoes when h e got back, and took a hand at the game himself. ) At ten o'clock the proprietor of the vehicle declared it was time to turn in. To Jack was allotted the bunk formerly occupied by hi s predecessor, and Sandy made his bed near the rear of the wagon on a couple of b l ankets. Before turning in Merry was told to see that the lanterns hanging at the front and rear of the wagon were all right. He found they were, and also that the night was a fine one, and likely to remain so. Apparently there was nothing to disturb the trio but the usual nocturnal sounds of a summer night in the country, and they were soon asleep, as was also Daisy, long before that, in a s nug little bed at the farmhouse. CHAPTER XIV. IN WHICH JACK AND DAISY MAKE A CHANGE OF BASE. Jack was the first up next morning soon after sunrise. He took down the l amps and then looke d after the horses, giving them a rubbing-down and providing them with food and water. By that time Sandy tumbled out, but there was nothing particu l a r for him to do. Dr. Branch appea red at s ix o 'clock and gave Sandy a job with the pestle a n d mortar, which he thought great fun at first, but soon wearied of. "The run on the toothache remedy yesterday cleaned my stock out," said t he doctor to Jack, "so we'll have to make another s upply this morning b efore we go on to_ Windsor, the next village on our .rout e As it i s more than probable that Daisy will get her breakfast at the farmhouse we had better get ours right away. Keep your compan ion Sandy, at the mortar, so that I'll be abl e to get the toothache drops started immediately after breakfast." So Jack made Sandy get a move on, while the doctor was preparing the meal, though the young rascal protested that he had a sore arm "What made it sore? There wasn't anything the matter with it when you first in," said Jack. "I didn't know it was sore then," growled Sandy. "Well, the doctor says you've got to do s omething for your board and lod ging, and for your transportation. You wasn't asked to do a thing yesterday If you make a kick now he's liable to leave you behind at the ne xt village, and in that case you' ll have something of a job getting out of the St.ate." 9 His words scared Sandy, wlio didn't want to be l eft behind, so he got busy, with many grimaces, and fini shed tho job by the time breakfast was ready. Dr. Branch sent Jack to the farmhouse to buy som e milk and to fetch Daisy. He found her at the breakfast table. She h ad made hers.elf s o exceeding l y popular with thn family that they didn't want to lose her in a hurry. So Jack got the milk, f!.D.d a number of other things which were pressed upon him, for nothing, and came back with out the gi rl. The whol e of the morning was passed in manufacturin g a good supp l y of the toothache remedy and bottling it. Sandy was employed in pasting the label s on and wrapping it up in pink slips of paper. Daisy turned up in time to prepare 9inner, and after it was eaten the horses were hitched to the wagon again and they started on for Windsor, PAGE 25 24 JACK : MERRY S G RIT. fl'hey reache d ibat villa g e at Lalf-pas t one and the scenes of the prec e d ing afternoo n wer e re-enacted. In thi s m a nn e r t hey proce e Jed for several clays and were gradually approa c hi ng th e 8Lni.e line b y s hort stag es, when something happen e d i h at gave Jack and Dai s y a rude jar for the tim e b e ing, a nc1 l e d to t h e severa nce of Sandy Ma g u ire's relations with Dr. B ranch's c aravan. 'rhey had ente r e d the town of Corni s h, and the doctor was doing business in fron t of the postoffice as usual, whe n J ack, who was circulatin g bills of "Dr. Branch's preparations in the crowd, noticed a man on the edg-e of the gathering who quite took hi s bre ath away. This man, who had ju s t joined the crowd, and was gaz i ng eagerly at the platfonn whe re Dai s y was singing one of h er songs, was no other than Cyru s Kirby Gee!" breathe(l Jack, watchin g him with a ll eyes. "He g o t a clue to u s somehow anc1 has followed t h e wag on to t his p lace. J ow that hc!s seen Dai sy, and is sure we are with the doctor, he'll g e t an offic er and have us arrested. "Even if he doesn' t both e r with m e h e' ll assert his authority over Dai sy, and tak e h e r ba c k t o Barmouth, and I'll have to follmr, for I n e v e r mean to desert her. Som e thing must be done to thwart his inte ntion s P e rhaps th e doc tor will be abl e to advise m e Wh a t e v e r e do mu s t b e done quick ly, or the game will be in hi s h a nd s ." J ust then Dai s y :finishe d h e r song, amid loud app l ause, an d r etired into the wagon, kissin g her hands to the c rowd. J ack saw Cyru s deta c h himself from the gather in g ancl s tart off down th e street a t a livel y rate "He's g one for a p o liceman and will b e b ack s hortly, pre pa red to enforce his claim. I mu s t get busy!' The doctor was on the pl atfor m haranguing the p eopl e J ack rushed to the front th e w ag on, mounted to the dash board, stepped quickly into the wagon and to l d Dai s y to ptit on h er hat She looked surprised. I've just seen Mr Kirb y,'' h e whi s p e red in her ear "He was in the crowd outside wat c hin g you while you were sing ing. He' s gon e for an office r, I'm sure, to force you .to go away with him." "Oh, Jack! cried the girl turning white. "What shall I do?" "You must come with m e at once I'll outwit him b y c arr y ing you tff myself b e for e h e g ets back. The Kirbys shall n rv cr get you in their clut c hes a.gain if I can h e lp it, you may d e p e nd on that." Dais y began putting on h e r hat in a fl.utt e r of apprehen sion and excitem e nt, while J ack ru s h e d t o the reD;l' of the wagon and interrupted the doc tor at hi s bu s iness "I want to see you a moment on a very important matter. It is urgent,'' s aid the boy. Dr. Branch saw by the expres s ion of M e rry' s f ace and h is perturbed manner that something was up, and he stepped back into the wagon at once. "What's the trouble?" he inquired. "Daisy and I have got to l eave you for a whi le, at least.' said Jack. "Leave me!" exclaimed the doctor, aghast. "Yes. Mr Kirby was in the crowd just now and spotted Drus y while she was singin g Somebody mu s t have put him o n to the fact that she and I are with you, and he's followed tho wagon to make sure. .As soon as Daisy retired he starte d off h ot-foot, and I'll bet h e's g on e for a n officel'. W e ll, we mustn't be here when he g e ts back. I'm goin g to Lah her ou t of town right away. Wh e reabou ts in N e w Hampshire shall we rejoin you?" Dr. Branch was surpri sed and put out by the state o.f matters, but he recognized the neces s ity of an immediat e change of base on the part of Jack and Dai sy. "You'll need money to travel and for your expenses for a few days," he said, drawing several bills from his pbc k e t. "Here, take these. It's fortunate that this town is on the railroad Go to the station and buy tickets for Rochester, .r ew Hampshire. When you reach that town take the north ern division of the Bos ton & Maine for Wake.field. Put up at the Wakefield House and wait there till I call for you. "All right," replied Jack. "Good by till I see you again. So l ong, Sandy, I'll see you l ater Where are you and Daisy goin' ?" a s ked Maguire, who had not heard the conve rsation between the doctor and Merry, for it had been carried on in a low tone "Wc!r e going out of town on bus ines s," replied Jack. "Come, Daisy H e helped her down to the sid e walk and they started up the street at a qui c k pa ce, while the doctor resttm e d busi ness with t h e crowd, which had thinned somewhat during hi s abs ence Hardly h ad they turne d the neare s t corner when Cyrus Kirby and a pol iceman put in their appearance before the wagon. Without paying any atte ntion to Dr. Branch, they mount e d the dashboard, and Kirby, pulling the canvas front a s ide, looked in The onl y occupant of the inte rior was Sand y who was seate d on a camp s tool s moking a cigarette. Kirby didn t recogniz e him at firs t, and not s e ein g Dais y he s t e pped over the seat and e nter e d the wagon to inve s ti gat e Sandy looked up, and whe n he saw Mr. Kirby, he starte d up in d i s may Then Mr Kirby knew him "What, you here?" exclajmed the roadhouse man, m gr eat s urprise. "Don't have me arrest ed, Mr. Kirby," whin e d Sand y "You' re after Daisy and Jack, ain't y ou? W e ll, they ju s t l eft the wag on in a hurry and Jack s aid they w e re goin' out of town on business." "Which way did the y go?" demanded Mr Kirby, impa tiently "Dunno. I didn't take notic e," repli e d Sandy, in shaky tones "How l ong have they been gone?" "About five minutes "Diel they go to the station?" "I guess th e y clid,'' ans w e red Sandy hopin g to get rid of Mr Kirby so that he coul d get a chance to light out. "Offic er," sa i d Mr. Kirby, "do you know when the next train that s tops at this town i s due at the station?" The policeman look e d at his watch "There's an accommodation for Bo s ton, stopping at all way stations, that is due in eight minutes "All right, I must l eave you and try to intercept it, for I b e l ieve the girl and boy I came aiter are on their way to catch it. In the meantim e you can arrest thi s youn g ra s cal PAGE 26 JACK MERRY'S GR1JT. 25 here, and take him to the station house. His name is Sandy Mag uire. Ile e s caped from the Wexham j Sunday morn ing with two pro.fessionaJ crooks." Mr. Kirby sprang out of the wagon and started in a hurry for the stat ion. The policeman stepped into the wagon and told Sandy he'd have to go with him. The young rascal threw up the sponge and yielded as meek as a lamb When Dr. Branch re-entered the wagon a few minutes later he missed Sandy, and wondered where he'd gone to, for the doctor intended to press him into service in Merry's place. Thinking he might be out in front, he went forward and look ed around. There was no sign of him until the doctor casually glanced down the street Then the mystery of his absence was explained. A policeman holding him by the collar was marching him off. Then Dr. Branoh realized, with some vexation, that he was once more thrown on his own resources. CHAPTER XV. MAKING A MAN OF HIMSELF. The train was just pulling in when Jack and Daisy ar rived at the station. Merry had barely time in which to buy two til:kets for Rochester and rush across the platform with the girl to the nearest coach when the conductor gave the signal to the engineer to go ahead. As the cars gathered headway Cyrus Kirby ran into the station, too late to cut off the young people. Jack, lookin g out at the window, saw h im making in quiries among the porters and others, and finally stand and look after the train. "That's where he got left, Dais y," chuckled Merry to his companion, "though we only got the turn on him by the skin of our teeth." I "Do you think we are safe now, Jack?" she asked anxiou sly "We won't be safe till we get out of the State. If he followed and caught u s in New Hampshire he'd have to secure a requisition from the governor before he could make us go back, though he could have us arrested and detained all right." 0 h Jack, I was afraid there'd be a fot of trouble if I ran away from the Kirbys." "You didn't run away from them. Neither did I. We were carried off by those rascals against our will." "But we might have gone back after we got a.Shore." "Why, are you sorry that we didn't?" "No-o; but if Mr. Kirby catches us--" "He's not going fo catch us, so don't worry." As the cars sped on Jack began to consider the chances of 1\fr. Kirby telegraphing to the next town and having Daisy and himself arrested on the train. That was something he had not counted on before, and which had not o c curred to Dr. Branch. The more Jack considered lhe matter the more he thought that it would be the part of wisdom to provide against such a contingency. It was nfore than lik ely that Mr. Kirby would adopt such a course He had the law on his side, and woul'd have no difficulty in carrying out such a plan. "Let's go into the last car, Daisy," said Merry, suddenly. The girl had no obje c tion; and they went, taking seats near the rear door. The next stopping place was Fairfield, tw e lve miles from Windsor. When the train began to slack up at this place Jack went out on the rear platform and looked ahead. He sa w quite a number of people on the sta.tion platform. To be on the safe side he decided to leave the train with Daisy on the off side of the car and wait over for another train. Accordingly, as soo:q. as the cars came to a stop he hurried the girl off and walked h e r up. a shady street that lay before them". The train r e mained several minutes at the station, which rather confirmed Jack's notion that officers were searching the cars for them. "Well, they won't find us," he chuckled, as they turned into the next street They walked a round for an hour or more and then r e turned to the vicinity of the stat ion. Leaving Daisy at the end of the platform, Merry saun tered into the waiting-room and looked at the time-table. He found that another train bound westward stopped th ere at 8 :10 p. m. Returning to the girl, they went to a restaurant and had their supper, after which they walked back to the station again. The tr_flin came in on time, they boarded the last car and duly arrive d at Rochester in thirty minutes Fifteen minutes lat e r they were speeding northward to ward Wakefield. 'l'hey reached that town at a little after nine, took a 'bus for the Wakefield House, where Jack registered as John Merry and sister, and they were given adjoining rooms. Here they remained undisturbed for two days, when Dr. Branch appeared and they r e joined the wagon, with much satisfac tion. Th e doctor told Jack that Sandy Maguire ha.d been ar rested at Windsor about the time he and Da.isy left the wagon. "Did you see Mr. Kirby?" asked Merry.. "No," replied Dr. Branch, "nor I wasn't aware of Ma guire's arrest until afte-i; the policeman took him out of the wagon and was marching him down the street'. I was busy with the crowd in front, trying to hold them, and did not know what happened inside the caravan." Jack told the doctor how he and Daisy had left the train at Fairfield for fear that Mr. Kirby might have telegraphed ahead to have them taken off and detained pending his ar rival. l "That was a move on your part," replied Dr. Branch, admiringly. "If he did that, which is not unlikely, you outwitted him an.d saved yourselves." From W akefielc1 the wagon moved north from town to town and village to village for severa l weeks, then when PAGE 27 JACK MERRY'S GRIT. the doctor thought he had gone far enough in that they moved westward and returned south by a different route. J ack and Daisy proved to be of great service to Dr. Br anch, and they were s uch nice young persons that the physician became q ui te attached to them. D aisy improved great l y in her singing and ma d e a hit everywhere along the r oute. Jack also proved a winning card, and freq u ently har angued the crowds an'd sol d tM doctor's nostrums alter nately with the proprietor of the caravan. He al s o got to be quite expert in helping Dr. Bran c h concoct his various preparations, which Daisy labe l ed and wrapped up ready for sale The young peop l e liked the free and easy life they were l eading, and things went on swimmingl y with them and the doctor, until the o utfit r eached Springfield, Mass., l ate i n the fall. i-=J:ere the doctor went into winter quarters at a small hous e he owned, presided by his widowed sister. Jac k and Dai s y were easily to r e m a in with him during the winter, free of all expen se, with the under s tanding that the y were to continue with the caravan whe n the weather permitted a resumption of the tour. As soon as the wagon and horses were stabl e d Dr. Bran c h r esumed h i s prope r name of Dr. William Smith, and hun g out his shin gle in one of the windows of his house. J ack, having found that their" new friend was a man of ho nor, confided to him the fact that he was worth$1,900. T he doctor was greatly s urprised and not a little pl e a sed. He had a l ong talk wit h t h e boy and a s k e d him if h e would like to g o into partnership wit h him in the manufacture and sale of his prepar a tion s the arra n ge m ent to g o i nto effect at the close of their next tour. J ack said he thought he would. "There's a fortune in it, m y boy," s aid D:r. Smith. "You can put your money and services in and I will give you a third interest in the business. I will als o make a will pro v id ing t hat i n the event of my d e ath after w e get s t a .rted you shall have a controllin g inte rest in the business, the balance to go to my sister, and a s m a ll share to Daisy, whom I look upon almo s t a s a dau ghter." Of course this arrangement was perfectly satisfactory to J ack and it was carried into effect a t the close of their next traveling campaign, which prov e d to be themost succes s ful one the doctor ever undertook. During the next winter a laboratory was started in Springfield under the name of the Smith Pharmac eutic a l Co., and al l of Dr. Edward Branch's preparations were put on the market The doctor, however, decid e d not to give up hi s tours Leaving Jack in charge of the business, a pos ition h e proved well qualified to assume, the physician, with Daisy and another ass istant, started out in a brand new and en larged caravan and toured New York State for seven months, doing a large s m s iness. Nothing was manufactured en route as of o l d, Jack s end i ng on s upplies b y express at i nterva l s as per the doctor s r equisitions Dr. Smith made it an i mportan t point to thorough l y ad v ertise h is preparations by distributing printed matte r e n route, and putting u p signs and posters by the wayside that remained for the instruction of the passer by long after the doctor returned to Springfield The succe.ss of the medicines was so great that Jack had. been obliged to hire several ass i stants, and take fresh quar ters in the city. By this time Dai sy Kent had d evelope d i nto a still more lovely girl of seventeen, and D r Smith had beco me exceed ingly fond of her, and she of him. The affection between her and Jack, now a fine-looking y oung f ellow of nineteen, had ripened into. real love that was stronger than that betw e en brother and sister, and Jack one day a s ked her to become his wife. She had only one answer for the plucky boy who had dood by her when she needed a protector the w orst way, a.nd that was a favorable one Finally Dr. Smith incorporated the pharmaceutical I c ompany It was a close corporation, of c o urse, the doct o r holding lO shares, his s ister 15 shares, Jack 35 shares, and Daisy 10 shares. The divid e nds, declared semi annua ll y, were very sati s fac tory to all concerned, and the business continued to grow from month to month. To day the Dr. Branch preparations are known l\ll ove r t h e United States, and are s old in every drug store of any importance. Jack Merry is general mana g er of the business, which oc c upies six floors of a larg e buildin g in Springfield, and w h e re several hundred peopl e arc e mployed in the different department s Dr. Smith is the president and general adviser of the c ompan y but has ver y little to d o wit h the conduct of the g reat bu siness, which i s sole l y look e d after by Jack himself, in an e legant office on the second floor. O ver his desk han g s a picture of Daisy, as she looked whe n they returned from that memorable first trip to :Maine. In the par l or of his home hang s a s plendid oil painting of Dai s y as s he looks to da y as hi s happy wife and the mother o f thre e charmin g children. In the public room of a roadhous e way down in Main e hangs a hand some cal e ndar adv e rti s ing the Branch prepar a tions, but n e i the r Cyru s Kirby, the proprietor nor his w ife know that the man b e hind that company is the boy who u s ed to be his boy of a ll work-a l a d who, through pure grit and business sagacity, mad e A MAN OF HIMSELF. THE END. R e ad "A GOLJ)EN SHOWER; OR, THE BOY BROKER OF WALL STREET," w hi c h will be the next numb e r (112) of "Fame and Fortun e Weekly." I SPECIAL N OTICE: All back numbers o f this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mai l.

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FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 27 I Fame and Fortune Weekly NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 15, 1907. Terms to Subscribers. Single Coples ............................................ .. One Copy Three nonth.s ................................. One Copy Six nonths ................................... .. One Copy One Year ..................................... Postage Free. How To SEND MONEY. .05 Cents .65 $1.25 2.50 At our risk send P. 0. Money Order, Check, or Registered Letter; re mitLances in any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. When sending silver wrap the coin in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envelope. W1ite your name and address plainly. Address lette1s to Frank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Sq., New York. GOOD STORIES. The expression, "a in a teapot," is one of great an tiquity. Its first historic appearance is in the "De Legibus" of Cicero, who quotes it as a common saying, "Gratidius raised a tempest in a ladle," as the saying is. The French form, "Une tempete clans une verre d'eau" (a tempest in a glass of water), was first applied to the disturbances in the Geneva Republic near the end of the seventeenth century. In England the word "teapot" was substituted for the sake of alliteration. It is said to have been popularized by Lord North, who employed it to characterize the outbreak of the American colonists against the tax on tea. When Commander Peary went on his first trip in search of the Pole, he won the gratitude of an Esquimau by presenting him with an ancient Prince Albert coat and an extensively creased sombrero. Years afterward, when again in the North, the explorer received a ceremonial visit from a native, and, to his surprise, set eyes once more on the discarded vest ments. On the occasion of the Commander's latest dash for the Pole, the aborigines took him aside and pointed to a rude mausoleum. By its side stood the disused sledge. Its six dogs had been strangled, to make an appropriate funeral. On the pile of stones lay what was left of the Prince Albert coat and the sombrero. One of Colorado's greatest curiosities is the petrified stump of a gigantic redwood tree. This stump, which is in an al most perfect,_state of petrification, is located at Florissant, not far from the great gold-producing regions of Cripple Creek, Colorado. Although ever since the first exploration of Colo rado numberless people have taken specimens from this stump, aggregating many tons, it is still estimated to weigh forty-four tons. To give a better idea of its size, it may be well to state that it is 20 feet in diameter and 10 feet high. There have been many attempts to dig it up and place it on exhibition, the last being a scheme to exhibit it at the great Exposition at St. Louis in 1904. Owing to its great weight, however, this had to be abandoned, and it still lies half-buried in the ground at Florissant, as there are no railway cars ca pable of carrying anything near its weight. What perhaps makes it more of a curiosity is the fact that this Rocky Moun tain region is a country of small trees, and that there are no giant redwoods within a thousand miles of this stump-which goes to show that nature has changed the entire vegetable growth of this section, as nothing requiring the semi-tropical heat of a redwood tree would grow at this altitude now. Samuel Seager, of Bolivar, N. Y., has a tame crow, named Jim, that can talk as plainly as some parrots. Jim is only sixteen months old, but few children of that age can excel him in making remarks. Jim was caught in a hollow tree on top of a hill near Bolivar. With him was his sister, and both of them were sold into bondage. Mr. Seager bought Jim. Now he is so tame that he sits on the piano and criti cises when Mr. Seager's daughter plays coon songs. Every one who knows him wishes he could meet Ernest Thompson Seton. The crow first began to talk last winter. He started in by calling "Dad" and "Boo-booh." Later "papa" ana "mamma" were distinctly made out. Now he has advanced so far that when Mr. Seager asks him if he wants his breakfast Jim re plies, "Well, I should smile ." He also says, quite distinctly, "Good-morning" and "Good-night." He will fiy straight to a person who asks him if he wants his head scratched, if the person has been formally introduced to him, otherwise Jim will cut him dead. He is an impersonator, and can make any schoolboy answ9i his whistle. With which eye do you wink? This is a question which Sir James Crichton-Browne, of London, has asked in a circular sent out to many hundred persons, in an effort to learn whether ambidexterity is prevalent. Sir James announced, the other day, that about 60 per cent. of the replies were from persons who can wink with the left eye only, 30 per cent. from those who can wink with either eye, and 9 per cent. from those who cannot wink at all. This is printed purely as a matter of scientific information, for it is written that "a naughty person winketh with his eyes." JOKES AND JESTS. "Well," demanded the stern-visaged woman at the back door, "what do yoa want?" "Why," replied the tramp, "I seen you advertised 'table board' in dis mornin's papers--" "Well?" "Well, I t'ought mebbe yer wuz givin' out some sample!?." Sam, a negro servant of a Harrisburg family, is very ambi tious to appear well informed on all subjects. His master had installed electric lights throughout the house and was explaining the workings of the fluid to Sam as follows: "You see, the whole thing comes from the dynamo and goes into the wires, and then into the lights. Now, do you understand?" "Yes, sah," said Sam. "I understand all 'bout dem dynamos and other things, but what I wants to know is how do the kerosene squirt throo dem wicks?" When the train that conveyed President Roosevelt through Virginia on his last trip South stopped at Charlottesville a negro approached the President's car and passed aboard a big basketful of fine fruit, to which was attached the card oJ a prominent grower. In cour:ie of time the orchardist received a letter of acknowledgment from the White House expressing the President's appreciation of the gift and complimenting the donor upon his fruit. The recipient of the letter was, of course, greatly pleased, and feeling sure that his head gar dener would be much interested in the letter, he read it to him. The darky who served in the capacity mentioned listened gravely, but his only comment was: "He doan' say nuthin' 'bout e.endin' back de basket, do he?" "And you are proud of the dragon as your national emblem?" said the Orientalist. "Immensely proud of it," answered the learned Chinaman. "It shows that, as in everything else, our country was centuries ahead of the rest of the world in nature faking." Mr. Fastset (with Extra!!! )-"Sensational :1opement!" Well, what do you think of that? Y66.ng Galey 1'as run oft with his father's stenographer! Mrs. Fastset-Heavens! Why, it'll break the poor old man's heart. Mr. Fastset-Oh, I don't know. There are just as pretty stenographers in the employ lllent agency as ever were hired. PAGE 29 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. A DEATH DIVE OR, A SWifl FOR LIFE By D. W. Stevens. "Like a sheer, dead hulk, sir!" roared the old quartermaster at the wheel, in answer Ao the first lieutenant's query as to ho w the frigate headed. She was the big American ship, the Guerriere. For just ten seconds all her canvas, even to her royals, rattled, and he' r long yards sent forth a sort of ghostly !reak. Then she lay in a dead calm-there off the Central Archipelago, Pacific Ocean, with an island and rocks a mile ahead of her. She was directly on the line and, of course, it was stifling hot weather there. Most of the jacks had their shoes off, and the decks and rigging almost blistered their feet. At the quartermaster's remark one of the boatswain's mates -a dark, evil-looking fellow, With a cast in his eye-muttered to himself, unheard by those about him: "Something besides the frigate will be a dead hulk 'fore long, if I have the chance I hope for to carry out my plan." Black and full of hatred was the sidelong gaze which he directed toward the handsome first lieutenant, Mr. Jack Winthrop, as he spoke. "Ay!" he continued, as a beautiful young girl, the daughter of Lieutenant Hall, of the marines, now standing near the starboard quarter-rail, directed a soft, shy glance at the young first officer, "look your last upon him! There will be no wed ding aboard here between you and him when the ship reache s J ava "Down-down-fathoms down at the bottom of the ocean, the mermaids-if there are such creatures-shall claim him for their own, and weave his shroud of green sea plants and weeds! Curses upon him! He will have me broken, will he, and put into the after-guard-me, B e n Wright, simply be cause I flogged that rasca l, Tom Dalton, so hard with the 'cat' as to nearly drive the breath. out of his body! He deserved it for striking me. Never cou ld I forget the blow he gave m e True, I called him hard names-insulted him, per haps, for spilling the drops of tar on my brand-new jacket hanging up theTe on the fore-stay to dry. Well, he ought to have been insulte d for so lubberly a triclr. He said it was an accident, but I believe it was done a-purpose, I .do. The rules is against a common sailor's raisin' a hand to strlke his superior o'fficer, and so he was tied up and I did the floggin' accordin' to duty. I had a right, when I thought of my jacket and the blow he struck me, to use the 'cat' with more'n usual vim. But along comes that first luff, Jack Winthrop, and blows me. up like-for layin' on so hard, and I know that he's a goin' to have me broke, if he can. We'll see about that!" he added, fumbling at something round in the breast pocket of h _is shirt. This was a slungshot-a rough piece of lead, with a net-work woven about it, and a lanyard attached. Suddenly all the young fellows in the tops, and some of the little midshipmen lounging about the decks, pricked up their ears, while a triumphant smile lighted up the dark visage of Ben Wright. Mr. Winthrop went up to the captain, saluted, and said: "Some of us have 'bee n talking about a swim, sir. With your permission, we would like to go in the water to cool off." "Oh, certainly, sir, certainly," answered Captain Smith, good-naturedly. The forecastle men and others crowded around the boat swain. His mates also appealed to him. It was all about the" swimming, and aft went the boatswain to the captain, to soon return with the required permission for the watch to take an "ocean bath." The booms were rigged out forward, with a netting, for the accommodation of the playful youngsters who woulli like to frolic in and out of the water, and the seamen all got ready for their swim Lieut. Winthrop, or L i eut. Jack, as he was usually termed by the men, was a bold, daring swimmer. Ben Wright, as he swam to and fro, kept his evil eyes upon him. Concealed under his waistband he carried a life-belt to save him in case of a storm or other emergency. At last the lieutenant struck away from the frigate. "Don't go too far, sir!" cried the captain, pointing to wind ward. A mist was gathering in that quarter, and was beginning to spre'ad to l eeward "Ay, ay, sir, I'll not go far!" answered Jack. Bella Hall, the marine lieutenant's daughter, to whom he was betrothed, watched him a !itl!e anxiously as he disap peared in the mist. "Is there not danger from sharks?" she inquired of her father. "I think not. But even i f there was, Jack would not come to harm with Tom Dalton, who has the reputation of being a sort of shark fighter, watching him. But he forgot that Tom, a fine, robust young topman, who was now striking out in the direction where the first lieutenant had vanished, had no knife or other weapon with him. Close in the officer's wake was Ben Wright, the boatswain's mate. Glancing behind him, and seeing Tom Dalton, he scowled, but he thought he would be able to carry out his murderous intention ere the topman came up. He qui ckened his movements, and was in a short time close upon Lieut. Jack, with the mist hiding him from Tom's gaze. "I think it's about time we swam back," remarked the young officer to Wright, as he suddenly turned. "I hear a hum off there to windward. There's a squall coming up. "Ay, ay, sir," answered Wright. Then he commenced apparently to tread water, though this was unnecessary on account of his concealed life-belt. "Go on, man, go on for the ship!" cried Jack. do you stop?" A devilish sort of grin convulsed the ugly face of the boatswain's mate. Now he thought was his time. Quickly the villain's hand sought the pocket behind in his swimming t rous ers. As Lieut. Jack was about repeating his question, up rose the scoundrel's hand, and whiz went the slungshot through the air. Had -it not chanced that Jack turned his h ead at the moment, t he leaden missile would have killed him. As it' was, it struck him a slanting but very hard blow on the side of his skull. It instantly drove all sense from his brain. His head went down with a jerk, and in this position, with his knees bent under him, he sank. The water was as clear as crystal. Wright saw the lieutenant sinking toward a broad rock, a few fathoms under the surface, the top of which was covered with those pink weeds ca ll e d corallines. "It will n ever do for the frigate's people to find his body," reflect ed the wretch. "They would see the mark on his head, and I would be suspected. It is not likely they will ever find it, but to make a sure thing of it, I'll go down and twist my lif e-belt about his throat and the weeds about his body, so as to keep him to the rock and hide him." He unwound his belt, and holding it, dove for this purpose, when, to his dismay, Tom Dalton, who, being a wonderful swimmer, was much nearer to him than he thought, went darting down past him, and seizing the lieutenant by the hair, was the next moment rising with the lifeless man to the sur face. Wright, letting go his belt, rose quickly, also, and bal anced his terrible slungshot. Whiz! went the deadly instrument again. But Tom was prepared for it. In fact, he had been near enough, having very sharp eyes, to see through the thin cloud of sunlighted mist between him and the villain when the latter hurled the slungshot at the lieutenant. Dimly, and only partly, had he seen the movement but he had guessed what it meant. Now, as the leaden ball came PAGE 30 FAME FO RTUNE WEEKLY. 29 toward him he ducked his head, thus av oi di n g the mi ssile The n his rig h t a r m s ho t str a i g h t ou t li ke a veritable b atte r ing-r a m, wi t h its huge m u sc l es, and hi s fis t caught Wright betw ee n the eyes. T he brute howe ve r h a d a head li ke fli n t. He was onl y partially stunned, and h e dre w back the slungshot for anothe r flin g Still holding to the se n se l ess lieutenant with his le f t hand, Tom was c e r tainly a t a d isa d vantage for combat. He realized that he mus t a c t q u i ckly He w a s determined to save Lieut. Jack, who was a great favorite with most of the sailors, owing to his kind, manly treatment of them. "Ay," he reflect e d, I will either save him or die in the at tempt. As Wright was about to hurl his deadly missile, Tom, without quitting his hold of the young officer, gave a forward sort of leap from the water, something like a dolphin, and struck his opponent s upraise d arm with his fist, directly in the hollow fronting the elbow. This brougtit the arm down sideways. Dalton had intended to send the slungshot flying sideways and then wrest it from Wright' s grasp. Instead of this, howev e r the lanyard swung round, and the hard ball of lead crashed upon the villain' s own skull. His head dropped instantly, and down he went, heels up, shooting into the clear depths of the sea. Evidently it was the spasmodic contraction of the muscles of the spine, on his receiving the blow, that sent him thus spe eding on what proved to be a veritable death dive. Down among the c ralline w e eds, on the under-water rock, did his body des c end. And as Tom watc hed him he suddenly beheld, to his amazement and horror, a huge green form not less than ten fe e t long, emerge from the we e ds and fasten itself to the senseless man. This form resembled a gigantic sea plant, was shaped like a prickly cucumber with sharp spines proj ecting from the upper part of it. In fact, it ap peared to be a species of that singular creature, the sea cucumb.er, or trepa ng, muc h sought after for food by the Chinese and others. But this was e vidently a large, vora cious monste r, diff ering in that respect as well as in size from the small, harmless bec he de mer just m e ntioned. Dalton could se e the legs of the doomed man double up and shrink as the terrible fish drew the life from him wi t h its numer ous suckers or s pines. H e tupned his gaze from the awful spectacl e The n e r e he could look again, the squall whi c h had been fast a ppro aching came howling and roaring around him, driving the mist before it and whitening the sea with foam and spray. A great, shadowy form w ent flying past him, at the distance of many fathoms It was the frigate, with all her sail in exc ept a clo se -re e fed m a intopsail. She was driving along with the spe e d of a thunde rbolt. The i sland previously mentioned, fronted by numerous rocks, was about half a mile from the struggling sailor. Still holding to the lieutenant, Tom s trove to keep his head as much as po s sible above the wate r while he swam with one hand, and with his unusually powerful legs working like a windmill. Fortunately, he was in a current which drew him along, helped b y the gale, toward the island. But the white breakers were now leaping high off the shore, and Tom feared he and his companion would be dashed to death upon the rocks. D e t ermine d to sav e Lieut. Jack, the brave topman strained every nerve. But the spray flying thickly, almost suffocated him. He was presently close to the breakers, and exhausted and half drowned as he was, he could not hope to obtain a footing on one of those jagg e d ro cks ahead ere he would be thrown against the m wi t h for ce enough to drive the life out of his body. .A,nd y et h e still held on to his burden-still battled to save his life. In front of the senseless man did he place himself, th!t when the shock came his own form might shield his officer's from concussion with the rocks. But now a great mass of white water rolled upon him. 1 It see m ed to hoLl t!.;.o s PAGE 31 Tr1ese Books Tell You !. COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Each book consists o f sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly1 bound in .]n attractive, illustrated cover. of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the s ubjects treated upOB' 'are expl ained in such. a simple mannet that any 1!111ld can thoroughly understand t1lem. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything aoout the subjec_, t.nention e d. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO 'ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY 'l'HREJE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE flENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY Address J!'RANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. Neh, A.C.S. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full instructions about gL'ns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of g ame and fis h. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, togeth e r with in structions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE. A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, thebest horses for the road; alsi> valuable recipee for diseases pecaliar to the horse. -No. 48. HOW '1'0 BUILD AND SAIL eANOES.-A bandy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes end the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. BY C. Stansfield Hicks. i FORTUNE TELLING. NO. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH BECOM.E. AN INV-!'DNTOR.-Every boy gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky )'now bow m ventions or1grnated. This book explains them and unlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. all, givu'.!g examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of pneumatics, mechanics, etc. 'l'he most instructive book published. knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or No. HOW TO AN ENGINEJER.-C-Ontaining full misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little mstructions how to proceed m order to become a locomotive en book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell giLJ.eer; also direction s for building a mod e l locomotive together the fortune of your friends. with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND.-No. 57 HOW 'l.'O MAKE MUSlfCAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lin e s of the hand, directions how to maki: a B:i-njo, Violin, Zither, lEolian Harp, Xylo or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events ph.,ne and other musical mstruments; togetker with a brief del>y, aid Qf moles, marks, scars, etc. lllustrl).ted. By, A. Anderson. sc ription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, ATHLETIC. for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No .. 6. IIOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Uiving full inNo. .. HOW TO MAKE A :i;,AN'.fERN.-Containing IBtruction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, a d escr1pt10u of tl!e lantern, together w1th its history and in ve ntion. borizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely \healthy muscle; containing ovev sixty illustrations. Every boy can illustrated By John Allen. become strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained No. 71. HOW 'l.'0 DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containinc in this little book. complete instructions for performing over 1iicty Mechanical !'L'rick1. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of Mlf-defense made easy. By A. Amlerson. Fully illustrated. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the diff e r-LETTER WRITING. ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to oox No. 11. HOW TO WRlTE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most :without an instructor. plete little book, containing full directions for writing love--ietters, No. 25. HOW TO BECOMEJ A GYMNAST.-Clontain!ng full and when to u s e them, g i v in g specimen letters for young and old. instructions for all kinds of g ymnastic sports and athletic exercises. No. 12. HOW TO WRI'l'E LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. 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Every young man and every young lxplanations of t'he general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable llldy in the land should have this book. to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.--Oonmeirht-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight of-hand, or the use of taining full instructions for writing letters on almost lllllY subject 111Cial1Yi prepared cards. B11. Fi:ofessoi: Hal!ner. Illustrated. also rules for punctqation and composition, with 111:geclmen letters'. PAGE 32 THE STAGE. No. 4.1. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK ENl> MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a g1!flat variety of the latest jokes used by the ID LOVE. A guide to love, anrl marriage, g1vmg sensible advice, rul es and etiquett e to be observ ed, with many curious and interesting things not gen erally known. No. li. 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