Making a record, or, The luck of a working boy

Making a record, or, The luck of a working boy

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Making a record, or, The luck of a working boy
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Cautiously the boy thrust his head through the hole in the fence. He was astonished to see Craig on the ground struggling with two masked men. The cashbox lay close by. With a. thrill of satisfaction Bob reached for it. ,,,. i


Fame and Fortune STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY lnued Weekl11-B11 Subscription 12.50 per year. Entered accordino to A.ct of Conoress, in the year 1901, in the office o/ fhe Librarian of Congresa, Waallington, D. C., b11 Frank Touse11, Publuhe1-, U Union Squar, New Yor k. 1 No. 113. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 29, 1907 PRICE 5 CENTS. making a OD, THE PLUCK OF A WORKING BOY By A SELF .. MADE MAN CHAPTER I. IN WIIICH BOB BARRON IS UP AGAINST IT. "Bob Barron!" Andrew Craig, cashier and managing llerk for David Waters, manufacturer of canned goods in the bustling West ern town of Millgate, stood in the doorway of the shipping department and roared out the w ords in a furious tone of voice. He seemed to be angry clea.r through, for his bla,ck eyes snapped fire as he glared at the bright, good-looking boy who was stenciling a name and address on. half a dooen cases that stood ready for the truckman to carry to the freight yard near by. "Yes, sir," replied Bo]>, pausing in his work, brush in one hand wd a stencil letter in the other, and looking up. "This thing has got to be stopped, do you understand?" cried Craig, waving a telegraph blank in the air. "What thing, sir?" asked the boy, in surprise. "You've made another blunder." "Another blunder!" ejaculate d B<>b, with a startled look. "Yes; another blunder. Y oru. shipped a l<>t of canned corn t.o a customer who ordered deviled ham, and of course the man who ordered the corn has received the ham, so we may expect to hear from him at any moment." "I don't .see how that could have happened, sir I am very particular in making the shipments," replied the boy, putting down the stencil and replacing the brush in the pot filled with a black liquid. "Of course you don't see how it happened," s n eered fhe managing clerk; "but it happened, just the same, an d you are responsible for the blunder. I shall, of c<>urse, have to rep<>rt this t.o Mr. Waters as soon as he gets back from Lakeview. We may lose two customers through your care lessness. As Mr. Waters had a whole lot of trouble hying to square himself with Meredith & Co. over the blunder you made two weeks ag<>, I'm thinking that you'll be lucky if you don't get your walking papers for this." There was a gleam of satisfaction in the cashier's eyes that he could not wholly conceal, as if he rejoiced over the prospect of the boy getting bounced, and Bob's quick eye noticed it. He and Craig had never been on good terms, especially since Bob discovered a big error in a shipping order handed to him by the managing clerk and pointed it out to him. Had he not noticed the mistake on that occasion the house would have suffered a big loss and Craig himself would have been in hot water. Instead of being grateful to the boy, the cashier resented his smartness in finding him guilty of a piece of careless ness, of which he was ashamed, and from that moment he determined, by hook or by crook, to get Bob discharged. With this purpose in view he managed to have Bob's as s i stant transf erred to another department, and secure d the place of assistant shipping clerk for hi s nephew, Noel Shat tuck, a freckle faced, red-head e d disagreeable boy, with whom Bob found it hard to get along. Bob boss of the shipping depa1tment, Noel had to take his orders from him, and from the first he did it in a surly, ha lf-d efiant way that made the s hipping clerk feel like kicking him.


2 MAKING A RECORD. He had to remonstrate with Shattuck continually for the ping book to prove to Mr Craig that the blame for the errors he made, and because he could not trust his assist matter surely lay in some other quarter. ant, Bob found that he had a lot more work on his shoulders The managing clerk watched him with a sar d onic smile than he had when Billy Davis was his side partner on his lips. Bob was always particularly careful to see that all ship Apparently he didn't believe that the boy w o uld be able ments went out of the place correctly addressed, both as to square himself. to name and destination, especially in the case of a, rush Berry & Berry, of Buffalo, N. Y., had ordered the devi l ed ord,er, of which the house had many each week. ham; Smith & Co., of Elmira, N. Y., had ordered the corn He gave watchful attention to even the smallest detail in Bob knew that, and he turned to the two stubs, confidentconnection with his department, and the was that Mr. ly expecting to verify the correctness of his shipments Wat ers rarely received any kind of a complaint reflecting To his a tonishment and consternation he found the upon his young shipping clerk. thing reversed, and yet he could swear he had written the Consequently, he had come t of Noel's duty to assist Bob in marking the The boy was too staggered by the evidence that con -cases to be shi pped fronted him to answer directly. Ile did it in such a slip-shod way that Bob had t o call It Reemed to him as if iherc was some hocus-pocus about him down repeatedly. the business, and yet he coulJ not go hack on his own record, Noel didn't like his superior anyway, and this naturally notwithstanding that the same peculiar discrepancy in his increased bis dislike for the sm'art boy in charge of the de-handwriting that had appeared at the time of the former partm ent error showed itself now. When Bob received one or a batch of shipping directions Still, there was no disputing the fact that he-bad made the first thing he did was to copy them off in his shippi ng the entries in the book before detaching the duplicates. receipt book in duplicate. Furthermore, he had compared the duplicates with the The original he retained i n the stub, while the duplicate markings made by Shatt' on the two cases and had found 1 ent to the freight clerk of the railroad company with the them.correct. goods. It was almost the la:;t thing he did bc:fore going home on that afternoon, and the cases were carried off first thing Roel or him self used the duplicates when addressing the next morning. c;,i:aes, and Bob always compared the lettering on the boxes "There's something WTOng here, :Mr. Craig," he said, in kiih the name and address on the shipping blank to make a bewildered tone. "I can swear that--" sure they were identical before he handed the goods over t th t k "I've no doubt you'd be willing i.o swear to anything to 0 e rue crawl out of a hole," replied the ma.naging clerk, sneeringly, weeks srnce Bob slupped an to .walkin g oYcr to Bob's desk and glanci ng at the stubs "But Meredith & o., wholesale grocers ma neighborrng city. here is lhe evidence against you in black and white You .. 'Vilhin of .c1ays Mr. Waters received a can't get away from it, and I reckon there'll be something :from the fo m question because the not ec.. doing in the morning when Mr. Waters calls for this book The complamt was overt? .for mvest1gat10.n. and sees that the blunder is due to your carelessness He looked up the matter m B?b s book dis"BnL I know I sent i.he e

MAKING A RECORD know they do business, and yet the evidence showed that I forwarded it to Toledo. Either my brain-pan is beginning to slip a cog, or else there' s crooked going on in this department. It's up to me lu find out which, and in mighty short order." "Well," said the managing clerk, sha11ily, "what explan ation have you to offrr ?" "Nothing," replied Bob, short ly, going back to the case he was lettering and resuming !tis work, for the trnckmari was waiting for the cases, and Noel was busy in the next room packing some boxes with bonecl chicken on a hurry order. CHAPTER II. IN WHICH BOB FINDS GROUND FOR IIIS SUSPICIONS. He tried every stub back to the one containing the Mere dith & Co. entry-the first blunder of which he was cusecl-and all held fast except that one, which came loose just as the other two did. "I beain to see a light," mused Bob, scratching his chin. "There has been crooked work here." Examining the inner end of each of the three stubs, he saw a thin line of dried mucilage on each. Evidently they had been stuck in to replace the original stubs that had been carefully ren1ovecl. Bob turned to the end of the book and easily detected where several sheets had been cut out. "I think I will be able to make some kind of a defense at any rate, to-morrow morning, when Mr. Waters calls on me for an explanation," said Bob to himself. "This is clearly a conspiracy to do me up. My defeuse won't be As soon as the truckman drove off with his load Bob went complete unless I can put the guilt of this transaction to his desk, and taking the shipping book, turned to the where it belongs. I wonder how I can reach the plotter two stubs where the blunder was recorded and began to or plotters? I believe Noel Shattuck is one, and I am study the writing attentively. satisfied that he is working under the direction of his uncle. "That looks like my work:, and then again it doesn't. I'm if I could get some proof against either or both I'd be confident that I did not make any mistake in those two able to turn the tables on them." shipments, and yet these stubs s ay I did. Has any one been Bob reinserted the three stubs in their respective places monkeying with this book? h so, why? Evidently to get and laid the book aside until it should be called for. me into trouble. Altering the stubs would of itself not Noel walked in at that moment to tell his boss that the count for much without a similar change being effected in bo-xes he had been packing were ready to be marked for i(he duplicates and the markin g on the cases. Now, who shipment. could have done sueh a thing, if it was done? Noel "All right," replied Bob, and lent him a hand to bring tuck? He does not strike me as being clever enough to them into the room. carry such a scheme through successfully. It is quite posHe had the shipping receipt made out banded it to sible that he may be foxier than I have any idea of. One Shattuck to letter the goods by. thing is certain-he doesn't like me a little bit. Neither When the six o'clock whistle blew Noel put on his coat does his uncle, Mr. Craig. This whole thing looks decidedly and hat and disappeared. suspicious to me, There was something in Mr. Craig's Bob had to remain till the truckman came back for the manner when he jumped on me awhile ago that struck me boxes, which he had been instructed to do. as peculiar. He seemed to gloat over the fact that I was Mr. Craig and the office force had departed half an hour caught in a tight place. I have no doubt that he would before, and the hands employed on the four uppeT floors like to see me discharged. These two blunders I am charged were leaving in bunches. with have happened since.Noel Shattuck took Billy Davis' Billy Davis, seeing the doo r of the shipping room open, place as my assistant. Tha t looks significant to begin with. looked in on his way to the gate. I wonder if Mr. Craig had the change made for a pur-"H, ello, Bob," he grinned, "still at it?" pose, and whether he is working hand :ip. glove with his "Yes. I'm waiting for the truckman. Come in nephew to get me out? It is not improbable. Let me ex-Billy entered. amme those stubs in the light and see if my writing was "How are you and Shattuck getting on?" he asked. erased by means of chemicals. The paper ought to show if "Don't mention it," replied Bob. "He's a lobster." it was tampered with." "Sony you lost me, aren't Bob folded the covers and unus e d leaves back, and also "I should say I am. We hitched all right, Billy. Do all the stubs but the first of the two he was about to submit you like it as well upstairs?" to the reflection of the late afternoon sunlight. "Not for a copper sou. I wish I was back here He examined the stub carefully, but there wasn't a single "I wish you were, too. Maybe you will be." indication that any kind of an erasure had been made. "Think so?" asked Billy, eagerly. "It doesn't look-hello!" "Come over here, Billy, I want to talk to you. The was caused by the stub suddenly coming Billy went over. away in his fingers. "You were transferred, Billy, to make room for Noel And it parted from its place in the book without a tear, Shattuck." or even a sign of the binder's stitch holes. "Tell me something I don't know. The latter point attracted Bob's attention particularly. "Mr. Craig wanted his nephew in here and worked the Laying the stub down, he pulled sharp ly on the second I wires with the boos." stub. "Of course. I tumbled to that. Shattuck, having a p-.ill That came away also, ju st as cleanly as the other. and I, having none, the change was easily worked." He laid the second stub down and pulled on the next, but "What do you suppose Noel was put in here for?" it wouldn't budge. "To help you, and work himself up."


MAKING A RECORD. "It's my opinion he was put here for another purpose." "What other purpose?" "To work me out." "Go on How could he? He couldn't hold down your job if he got it, which isn't within reason, for you fill the bill right up to the handle." "I'm not filling it up to the handle since you left me." "Why ain't you?" "Two serious mistakes in the shipment of orders have happened within two weeks." "I o !" cried Billy, in surprise. "Yes The first occurred thirteen days ago. Six cases of assorted canned goods for Meredith & Co., of Cleveland,. went astray and there was the dicken s to pay, as it was a rush order "Fault of the railroad, of course," sa id Billy. "How could you be blamed for that?" "It wasn't the fault of the railroad." "Then how did they happen to go astray?" "The cases were directed to Toledo in stea d of Cleveland "How could that happen? You and me shipped enough goods to Meredith & Co. to know their address with our eyes shut." ''h's a goocl imitation, isn't it?" "Do you mean that Shattuck wrote that?" "I don't know who wrote it, but I didn't." "Isn't it your business to know?" "It is, and that's why I got it in the neck. The goods went wrong. rrhis entry held me responsible. I had no de fense In fact, I couldn't understand how the thing oc curred, so it went against me as a black mark." "But if you were positive that you didn't write it--" "I wasn't so positive then as I am now." "Why are you more positive now?" "Because a double blunder of the same kind hall just happened "A double blunder!" cried Billy, with open mouth. "Yes. What does that say?" asked Bob, pulling a couple of orders off his file and sho wing them one at a time to Davis "Four gross deviled ham-Berry & Berry, Buffalo. Two gross sweet corn, Sunrise & Co., Elmira. Well ?'1 "That's plain enough, isn't it ?" "As the nose on your face," admitted Bill Bob turned up the two stubs in the shipping "4:Jook. "That's right; but, nevertheless, the cases were bill e d and marked Toledo, and were recovered at the freight depot in that city." "What does that say?" Billy whistled. ; "Did you actually mix those orders up? It isn't your "Shattuck's fault "If it was, who is responsible for Shattuck? Who was responsible for your acts when you were in the shipping room?" "You were," replied Billy, promptly "Exactly; and you noticed that nothing went out of here until I had given it a look over "Keyrect." "We pulled together for more than a year and we never heard of a kick,from the trade." "Not a kick," nodded Billy "If I had to watch, in a general way, the work of an experienced young chap like you, who seldom made a slip, I naturally had to keep a sharper oversight on a new as sistant like Shattuck, who might be expected to make many errors until he got the run of things. Isn't that right?" "Sure." "'l'hen I ought to have caught any mistake s uch as the marking of a well-known firm like Meredith & Co. to To ledo instea d of to Cleveland, don't you think?" "I should smile." "The evidence shows not only that I didn't, but that I billed the goods to Toledo myself." "Get out!" "Look here." Bob picked up the shipping book and turned to the stub containing the entry of Meredith & Co. "What does that say?" he asked. Billy read and gasped. "You must have been thinking of something else when you wrote that!" he said. "I never think of anything but what I am doing at the moment "Then how did you do it?" "I didn't "Why, isn't that your writing?" way of doing things." ';Somebody mixed them up for me." "Who? Shattuck?" "Possibly. I'd give something to know the tn1th. I didn't fill in either of those st ubs." "Who did? Must ha .ve bean Shattuck." "That's where the mystery comes in. You never made any entries in the shipping book." "Nary a o;ne. That was your business." "Shattuck has no more right to do it than you. I made the entries in the three cases in question, just as I did in all the others." "Then how is it that--" "I repudiate these three stubs? Because the original stubs were removed and these substituted in their places. Because there's crooked work going on in here under my very nose, and the object of it is to secure my discharge. There, you have the whole thing in a nutshell." "You don't say!" gasped Billy, gazing at Bob in great astonishment CHAPTER III. WORKING UP A CASE. "I am sorry to say that I do say so," replied Bob, with a sober fac e "Say, how could the original stubs be removed and these put in their places?" Bob showed him. "Where did the duplicates come from?" "The back of the book," ancl Bob showed him the evi dence of missing sheets. "But how could such a game be worked under your cyeJ" "It wasn't It was done in each case at night. In both instance s the shipment, after I had checked off the marking on the cases, lay over all night waiting for the truckman.


MAKING l!i. RECORD. I Having no suspicion of foul play I did not consider it Bob was delighted as he smoothed them out on his desk. necessary to look at them again." "We are getting at the bottom 0 this conspiracy by de"Weli, if this doesn't beat the band," ajaculated Billy. grees," he said. "They prove that I made no error in ''What are you going to do? Report the matter to Mr. either case. Waters?" "That's what they do," said Billy. "Now, if you could "Certainly." only prove that Shattuck is the guili.y rooster youd be all "You ought to see the night watchman. I Noel Shatright." tuck had a hand in the business the watchman must have "I may be able to do that. Do you sec that mark?" let him in to the shipping room." "Yes. What :is it ?" "I'm going to ask him, but I don't believe he let Noel in "What does it look like?" at the gate. It is my opinion that if he helped in this "The print 0 a thumb scheme he came in at the front door with Mr. Craig, who "That's right. It's a well-known act in police annals has a key to the door, or he often comes here at night to that no two thumbs are ever alike. Detectives have used pull up on his work." that knowledge often to track down criminals from thumb "But the watchman would know if there was any work marks imprinted on various objects at the scene of a crime. going on in this room." I will call the attention 0 Mr. Waters to this mark aml "I dare say he would, if Ml. Craig didn't send him on s uggest that he get an impression of Noel's thumb. Then, an errand to keep him away from the premises for an hour if he cannot satisfy himself as to the identity of the b10 or so. As soon as he went off Shattuck could have slipped marks by comparison, he can submit them to the judgment in, attended to his part 0 the job under the cashier's eye, of an experienced detective." and then slJpped away before the watchman got back." "Gee! That's a good idea. You may catch Shattuck by "That's so,'' said Billy. "At any rate the watchman that plan." will tell you whether he was absent for a while or not any "I hope so. My chief object is to clear myself of these night." blunders, and my next is to get rid of Noel and have you "Yes. I he was, that will tend to c6nfirm my deduc-put back as my assistant." tion." "That will suit me down to the ground," replied Billy. "It won't prove anything, though." 'At this juncture the truckman entered the room, and "No." Billy helped to lo ad the boxes on his truck. "If the originals and duplicates had only been numbered As soon as the last was out 0 the building, Bob locked up consecutively by a machine before they were bound up it and then, accompanied by Billy, hunted up the night watch would have been impossible for such a scheme to be put man to l et him know they were going, and also to ask him thrnugh without special printing, and that would have cost a few questions something As the watchman went with them to the gate, Bob said : "That's true; but shipping receipts are not us ually num "Mr. Brown, did Mr. Craig come to the office any night bered that way if numbered at al l." this week?" "If you are sure that the addresses on the cases we:re "Yes, on Monday night." right when you examined them, the stenciling would show "Was his nephew, Noel Shattuck, w.ith him?" evidence 0 having been erased for re-m a rking." The watchman shook his head. "0 course. I mean to telegraph Berry & .Berry, and 'iDid Mr Craig send you on an errand that night?" Smith & Co. on my own hook in the morning for informa"Why, yes. Soon after he arrived he called me into the tion on that head," said Bob. "Their replies ought to help office, told me that he had forgotten an important account my statement when I come to make it to Mr. Waters book he had taken to his house, and sent me for it." "I suppose the original stubs and duplicates were de"How long were you away from here?" stroyed when the changes were made." "About an hour and a half. Why do you ask?" "Naturally. It wouldn't do for them to crop up at an "I just wanted to know, because I have reason to believe awkward moment." that some one was doing something in the shipping room "If Shattuck did the job i he might have hid them some -one night this week, and I thought you would have called where about this room Why don't you hunt for them on a my attention to the fact if you had known about it. You chance? I'll help you There are lots 0 corners whe:re didn't see a in the shipping room on Monday night such things could be shoved out 0 sight." when you returned w.ith the book? Bob thought Billy's suggestion a good one to follow out, "No. There has been no one in the shipping room at so the two boys began a careful 0 the shipping room. night at any time to my lmowledge," replied the watchman. They hunted for some time without success, until Billy "Thank you. Good-night," and Bob, with Billy, walked shoved his hand into a big in the floor in one corout at the gate and made their way homeward. "Well,'' he ner. said to his companion, "you see the watchman was away Ile felt something like crumpled paper, grasped it and from the premises an hour and a half on Monday night, pulled it out. and that was the night that the cases directed to Berry & It proved to be two 0 the stubs and duplicates they were 1 Berry, and Smith & Co., lay overnight in the shipping after. room." He gave a shout 0 glee. 1 "That seems to show that the cashier stood in with Shat"Here's two 0 them, Bob. Maybe the other is here, too." tuck on the job. Yo u ought to be able to show them It was, for he pulled it out on the second trial. I both up."


' MAKING A RECORD. "The mere fact that Mr. Craig sent the watchman away on an apparently innoc ent errand doesn't p-rove anything against him. Nor is there any evidence that Noel Shattuck was in the shipping room that night. If they. were que s tioned by Mr. W atcrs, Noel would swear he wasn't here, and his uncle would back him up." "I guess that's right," replied Billy. "But I'll tell you how you might get a pointer on the subject." "How?" "Let's go ound to the station house and find out what policeman was on the beat that Then hunt him up and ask him i he saw a light in the shipping room Mon day night. If he did he might have seen Shattuck in there "That's a good idea, Billy. We'll carry it out." They went to the station house and Bo. b put his inquiry to the officer in charge. He called the round sman m question out of an inner room, where he was getting ready to go on post. "I suppose you pass the Waters canned goods establish ment several times 0 a night!'" a s ked Bop. "Yes. It's on m;y bea.t." "Do you ever walk up the alley or lane where the fence is?" "I do to try the gate." "Do you rememb er what time you went up there Monday night?" "About nine o'clock." "Was there a light in the office at that time?" "Yes. The cashier was working at his books." "You know Mr. Craig by sight, then?" "Sure, I do. "Diq you see a light in any other pa .rt 0 the building at that time?" "Yes. There was a light in a back room overlooking the alley. There was a boy in there let tering a couple of cases." 'You am certain of that?" ask.ed Bob, eagerly. "Yes," replied the policeman, looking at him rather sharply. "Thank you: That is all I want to knmv. By the way, what is your name?" "John Quigley." "Much obliged. Here's a quarter to treat yourself to some cigars." "One moment, young fellow," said the offic er, as he took the money. "What is your object in a s king me all these questions?" "I am the shipping clerk of the Waters canned goods house. I wanted to find out i there was anybody working in my depa.rtnient on Monday night, that's all. The boy you saw in the room is my assistant. I simply wanted to get a line on his movements Monday night." The policeman seemed to be satisfied, and the two boys walked out of the station. "Billy," said Bob, enthusiastically, "you're a brick. You've got a long head. The evidence of Policeman Quig ley is just what I needed to make out a case against Shat tuck. He had no business lettering cases, or doing any thing else in the shipping room on Monday night. I fancy I've got him dead to rights." "Bet your boots you have," chuckled Billy, as they walked u p the street. CHAPTER IV. BOB TURNS 'l'IIE TABLES ON UIS ENEMIES. Bob pa.rted company with Billy Davis about two blocks from his own home, where he lived with his widowed mother and an elder sister, who carried on a millinery store. His father had been a master carpenter, and until his death the family was well provided for, and Bob was abl e to attend the Grammar School regularly. He had been one term in the High School when his fat.her died, then it became necessary for him to get out and hustle. He went to work in the canned goods house as assistant shipping clerk, and did so well that when the head of the department left to accept a better position elsewhere, he was promoted to his place, and Billy Davis was hired to fill the post of his helper. .,. His sister, in the meanwhile, opened up in the millinery business for herself, and now the family was getting along quite comfortably once more. "You're late to-night, Bob,'' said his mother, when the boy walked into the house and kissed her, as wa& his custom. "I suppose you were detained a t your business." "A little while. After that I put in about twenty minutes doing a bit 0 detective business." "For Mr. Waters?" "No, for myself." "For yourself?" said his mother, in some surprise. "Yes. There's been some crooked business going on in my department, and it was necessary for me to get to th<= bottom of it or the blame would rest on my shoulder;;." "Ho.w did you succeed?" "First rate. I fancy my new assistant will get the bounce to-morrow and that my friend Billy will get his old job back." "You have never seemed to be satisfied with your new helper." "No. I've now caught him in a dirty trick to do me up, and when I bring the matter to Mr. Waters' attention in the morning I expect to get rid 0 him for good and all." "But he's a relative 0 the head clerk, isn't he?" "Yes. A nephew. But that fact won't save him. :M:r. Waters won't stand for crooked work in hi s establishment." "Well, your supper is ready. Sit up to the table. Bessie has been home, had hers, and went back to the store." So Bob, with sharpened appetite, sat down and made short work of his supper. Next morning, on his way to work, Bob sent off the tele grams to Berry & Berry, of Buffalo, and Smith & Co., 0 Elmira, requesting an immediate answer, to be addresed to himself He was always among the first of the employees to re port to the time-keeper in the morning at the gate, and this morning was no exception. Noel Shattuck came swaggering fn shortly afterward. "Here's an order for you to begin on, Shattuck," said Bob. "Three gross potted tongue; one gross Lima beans; one-ha.If gross desiccated chicken; ditto boned turkey. Then into the same case you want to put the eight dozen assorted plum pudding and four dozen mincemeat that were


MA.KL G A RECORD. delivered here yest.erday aitcrnoon. You'll find them in that small box near the door. You might as well take this order for Sunrise corn, six gross, at the same time. That will keep you busy for a while." "One would think you were the boss of this establishment by the way you order me about," replied Shattuck, sulki ly. "I'm boss of this room, and t1rnt's all that need worry you," replied Bob, sharply. "You won't be boss long, I hope," muttered Noel, as he walk ed into the packing room. "He's a disagreej>.ble little beast," said Bob to himself, as he started to make out the shipping receipts for the two orders he had given Shattuck. Soon after Craig entered the room with a batch of orders that had come by the early mail. "Here, :fill these, Barron," he said, in no friendly "See that you don't make any mo v e mistakes. How do you to square yourself about the Berry & BerTy and the Smith & Co. blunder,,? We haven't heard from Smith yet but I dare say there'll be a letter raising Cain with us' the next mail." "I'm not worrying about the ma.Her, Mr. Craig," replied Bob, coolly. The managing clerk regarded Bob with surprise and not a liifle anger. "I suppose you think Mr. Waters will overlook it like he did your Meredith & Co error?" he snorted, wrathfully. "You'll find yourself i.nisi.aken, I'm thinking." "I shall try to prove to Mr. Waters that I'm not to blame in the matter." "How are you going to do it?" asked the cashier, curi ously. "I think I shall be able to do it." "How?" "I haven't got all my evidence together yet, sir," replied Bob, evasively. '"Humph! I think the evidence is all arrainst you sneered Craig. "The entries in your book enough to prove your carelessness. "I hope to show that the receipts I made out are all right." "All right!" roared the managing clerk. "How can they be all right when they're all wrong?" At that moment one of the clerks came in and told Bob that there was a messenger boy out ide with a telegmm for him on which there was sixty cents to collect. 1 "All right," said Bob, following him out. He paid the charges, tore open the envelope and read the message. It came :from Berry & Berry, and was perfectly satisfac tory. he returned to the shipping room Crairr was in the k 0 pac mg room talking to his nephew. In a few minutes he returned to the counting room. At eleven o'clock Bob received a C. 0. D. message from Smith & Co., which was also satisfactory Mr. Waters clid not appear till half-past eleven. By that time Craig had received a l etter of complaint :from Smith & Co. Armed with that, and the Berry lelegram, he marched into the private office to make matters hot for Bob. His report surprised and displeased 1'1fr. Waters, who sent at once for Bob. The young shipping clerk immediately responded. As he passed the mnnaging clerk's desk that individual favored him with a sardonic look that meant a whole lot. \ 7ell, Bob," said Ur. \Vaters, gravely, "I receivecl a bad report about yon from ::\Ir. Qraig. It seems you have made another serious blunder in the shipment of our goods. I hope yon may be able to clear yourself." "l anl satisfied that I can, sir." "Yery well. Sit down and let me have your explana tion Bob had brought the shipping book, the original orders from the two :firms, and his own evidence, witnesses ex cepted. "I am going to prnve to you that not only I have made no error in the cases in que.,;Lion, but that the Meredith & Co. ma.Her was not my fault, either," he said. ''I think your shi ppin'g !Joo:, showed conclusively that you sent the ::\Ieredith onler to Toledo instead of to Cle1'e lanc1," replied the head of the house. "It did, sir. .\.ncl the shipping book ill also show that I fonrn rded the Berry & Ber y orcler and the Smith & Co. ordl'r wrong, too.'' "Then how do yon c':pr.'d to 0ar younelf ?" asked the merchant, sernrely._ "By proving that, in the tbrrc imbnf'<\ in question, the 'hipping hook lie s." ''Indeed. And if the book lies, as you say, who is respo n sib le for that? l helirve the honk is in your sole charge; that no one but you ronkr0 an_y entri<'& in it." To one but me has any right to make any entries in it, but I have eviflencc to show that the book ha.-; been tam pered with." '"l'ampered with?" exclairne(l :\Ir. in s0me aston ishment. "Who shmil

8 MAKING A RECORD. "Ur. Craig," said M:r. Waters, "I believe you returned to the office :Monday evening to do some work?" "Y cs, sir." "Was your nephew here, also?" The m,anaging clerk fl.ashed a swift look at Noel before replying, then he said, with emphasis, "No." "What have you done about those two cases-the deviled ham and the corn r" "1 telegraphed both houses to res"hip them to each other at our expense." "Quite right: That is all. You and Shattuck may retire; you, too, Bob Uraig looked at Bob as he passed through the counting room, and he did not like the confident look on his face. He stopped his nephew. \Yhat did the old ma:n want with you?" he asked him. "He asked me if I cam e back here Monday night and did anything in the shipping room." "He did?" said the cashier, a bit startled ''Yrs." "Aull what did you say?" asked his uncle, anxiously. I said no, of course. What else should I say?" "That's right. See that you stick to it if he should ask you again." "Of course I will." After Noel went back to the shipping room Craig did a lot of hard thinking. "Who the deuce could have given the boss a hint that Noel was here night? Can it be that Ba;rron has a suspicion of the real facts and told Mr. Waters? Pshaw What of it? Suspicion amounts to nothing. I took care to get the watchman out of the way long enough for Noel to do the trick, so it is impossible for Barron to prove that he was here, no matter what he suspects I didn't like his look when he l eft the private office. He didn't seem to be the l east cast down. l\Ir. Waters must have let him down again. I can't understand what he sees in that chap. \Yell, if he's escaped this time, Noel and I must lie low for a while and iry again in the near future." With ihat reflection he returned to his work. Mr. Waters remained unusually l ate at the office that afternoon. In fact, he stayed until the six o'clock whistle blew. Then he sent for the night watchman and had a brief talk with him, after which he put on his hat and coat and went to the station house, where he asked for Policeman He had a talk with Quigley and then went home. Next day at four o'clock the policeman ca.lled at the es tablishment and asked for him. He was shown into the private office, and then Mr. Waters sent for Shattuck. "Is this the lad you saw in the shipping room Monday night?" he a kcd Quigley, when oel appeared. The officer said it was, and Noel turned a s i ckly white. "I thought you. told me that you were not in the building Monday night," said the merchant, sternly, turning on the boy. I oel was si lent. "You were here, weren't you?" "Yes, sir," quavered the unJ1appy youth. "Why did you deny the fact, then, yesterday morning?" "I thought you might be angry with me for being here." "Indeed. What were you doing in the shipping room?" ".Amusing myself." "In what way?" "Reading." "What was he doing, officer?" "He seemed to be marking cases, with stencil letters and a brush." "Is that what you were doing?" asked the merchant of Noel. "No, sir; I was only making believe." The merchant stepped to the door and called Craig in. "You told me ye terday that your nephew was not here Monday night. This policeman, whose beat is in this neigh borhood, saw Shattuck in the shipping room Monday night marking cases. Do you mean to tell me that you did not know be was there?" Craig was in an embarrassing predicament. He did not know what to say Finally he reluctantly admitted that he did know that his nephew was in the building. "Then, why did you deny it when I asked you the tion yesterday?" asked Mr. Waters. Craig tried to shuffle out by giving an e\' asiv c answer. "I am very much obliged to you for your evidence, officer. 'l'hat will be all," said the merchant. He handed Quigley a $5 bill, and the policeman departed. Mr. Waters then told a clerk to request Bob to bring the shipping book into his private office. Bob presently appeared with it. "Now, plea s e repeat the story you lold me yesterday morning and show the exhibits in the case, Bob," said the merchant. Bob obeyed, and before be was half done Craig and his nephew were both in a state of consternation. "You accuse Shattuck of this trick, I believe, and my head clerk in aiding and a.belting him?" "Yes, sir." 1 "It's a lie hissed Craig. "I think the evidence, both circumstantial and direct, is sufficient to warrant a grave su s picion of the truth of Bob's charges. At any rate, you will pay your nephew his week's wages and dismiss him at once. Perhaps I will have some thing more to say to you on the subject later on. You may go back to your desk. Bob, send upstairs, for your former assistant, Davis, and put him to work. That is all." Craig waylajd Bob on his way out. "It is evident that you're the old man's favorite, and have lied your way out of trouble. But I'll get square with you for this, mark my words!" he hissed. Bob gave hin1 a glance of contempt and passed on with out saying a wo. rd. CHAPTER V. THE ROBBERY OF TilE AND ITS COMPLICATIONS. "This is like old times, Bob," said Billy, as the shipp i ng clerk handed him an order t? pack a case with Sunrise corn. "So Shattuck got the bounce ?" "Ile got it straight from the shou ld er, and it served him right," replied Bob.


MAKING A RECORD. "I should say so, what he did. Did the boss say given up his position in the house a.roused the boy's susanything to the cashier?" picions. "He said he would have something to say to him later "I believe the rascal is robbing the safe to get squaTe on on." Mr Waters. Probably he was discharged, and gave it out "Then he's liable to get it in the neck, too." to the clerks that he had resigned. I must keep my eye on "He's got a bad showing up as it is. Mr. Waters be-him and sto""} him if he starts to walk out the front door lieves that he was aiming to get me discharged." with that He acts as if he was doing something un" Well, I'm glad that you got the better of those two. It derhanded. Just as if he was afraid some one might see was a low down trick that they tried to work on you, and what he is doing. Unless the night watchman has l earned they came mighty near putting you in the soup." that Craig has severed his connection with the house he right, Billy. Now, get a move on. That little would hardly pay much attention to his p'I'esence in the of rascal put me behind in my work. See if you can't help me fice alone, for the cashier has always had full swing around to pull up." the place. Well, I'm sure he's doing something .that he "I'll help you, bet your boots," said Billy, as he started oughtn't to do. A man who is capable of stooping to such for his old stamping-ground-the packing room. a mean trick as the one he engineered against me is not too As the orders came rushing in the boys had all they could good to rob his late employer when the chance is his." do the next few days to hold their own. Craig snapped the spring lock of the box, shut the safe to, On Saturday afternoon the establishment closed down and then, after a cautious look around, started, not for the at five o'clock. front door, but for the entry leading into the yard. Bob and Billy had to work an hour later to get some or"He's going out the back way," breathed Bob. "That ders away that night. isn't a good sign Perhaps he gave up the keys to the front As the office help were putting on their coats to depart door and can't get out that way. In that case he must have one of the junior clerks came out into the shipping room entered either through the hole in the fence or he got the and told Bob that Craig had resigned his job and wouldn't watchman to let mm in. Well, I'm going to stop him, and be at the office any more. demand an explanation If he puts up a fight I'll call on "Is that so?" replied Bob. "I can't say that I feel bad the watchman to help me," over it. He wasn't a friend of mine-quite the other way." Bob hastened to let himself out into the yard. Bob and Billy quit at six and went home. In his hurry, and the gloom of the shipping room, he Bob had hardly. parted from his assistant before he rectripped over a small box and went sprawling on the fl.oo r. oll ected that he had le t his pay envelope on his desk in This delayed him, and it was several minutes before he the shipping room. steppecl outside and hastily turned the key in the lock of the "Gracious! I'll have to go back for it," he exclaimed. door "I don't believe anybody is likely to get at it but the night Then he saw the late managing clerk just vanishing watchman, and I'm sure he wouldn't touch it, but still I through the hole in the fence. need the money in .a way, and a fellow doesn't feel too Unfortuna tely for Craig, a couple of hard-looking rufhappy with his week's wages lying around loose." fians, who had planned to scale the fence and break So he turned about and hastened back to the canning es-the office of the establishment by the rear way, were hold tablishment. ing a final consultation a few yards away. He took a short cut tjiat brought him to the alley where Owing to the dusk of the evening they had not noticed the gate was. He intended to knock there until the watchman came and the break in the fence as yet. let him in. As Craig stepped out into the alley the rascals saw him at once with the tin box, which looked as if it contained When he reached the gate he was surprised to see. that two boards had been r emoved from the fence. something valuable, in his hand. He, on his part, did not notice them until they pounced He looked in at the hole and saw the boards lying on the ground, bent and broken !0 ground, and strik-Then he remembered that the truck had backed against ing a big stone, the spring released the cover and the box, the fence that afternoon and had no doubt damaged it. turning half over, dumped a portion of its contents into "The night watchman is repairing the breach," he said the dirt. to himself, when he spied a nail box with a hammer lying close by. "I'll just slip in here and save him the trouble of opening the gate for me." He did so, and was soon in the shipping room. His pay envelope was where he left it, and he put it in his pocket. Noticing a light in the office, he glanced in and saw Craig at the safe He was taking out several bags of money and placing them in an oblong japanned tin box. Bob also saw him empty the loose change into it from the cash box. Such strange proceedings on the part of a man who had Bob, as he crept after the recreant cashier, heard the sud den disturbance outside and wondered what it meant. Cautiously the boy thrust his head through the hole in the fence. He was astonished to see Craig on the ground struggling with two masked men. The cash box lay close by. With a thrill of satisfaction Bob reached for it. His presence was unnoticed by the rascals, who had their hands full subduing the ex-cashier. Drawing the japanned box to him he riglih1 it and lifted it inside the lrole.


--MAKING A RECORD. Then he felt for an

MAKING A RECORD 11 I'll go along and make the charge. I'm ready to swear that he took the money, for I saw him do it." "You little liar!" hissed Craig "Why, this man is Mr Waters' cashier said Quigley "Not since :Ii ve o'clock to day, he isn't He either resigned or was discharged, Craig made a dart at Bob, but the boy evaded him "If you don't take him in, Mr. Quigley, you may be up against it when Mr. Waters, after he he.arn my story, reports the case to the,'' insisted Bob. The offi.cer was in a quandary. He saw that the boy was thoroughly in earnest, but he c9uld hardly believe that Cru.ig, a man who, to his knowl edge, had been for several years connected with the canning house, could be guilty of such a charge Finally he decided to take Craig with him and let the sergeant at the desk in the station house decide the matter o f holding the excashier. "Well, I'll talrn the three of you a.long, and you can have it out with the officer at the station, young man." Craig objected to accompanying the policeman. ''You've got to come, anyway," said Quigley, "for you're an important witness in this shooting scrape, according t

MAK.ING A RECORD. He decided, however, not to prosecute Craig, and sen.t Bob to the station to withdraw his charge. The late managing clerk was then permitted to go free, but was told that he would be required to appear as a wit ness before the coroner's jury on Monday morning. A temporary night watchman was secured and Bob was enabled to go home. It was nearly ten o'clock before he sat down to his supper, which his mother had kept warm, supposing he hac1 been detained at his place of business. Of course he had an interesting story to tell her aboot what had happened to him through going back for his pay envelope, which he hac1 forgotten. in the shipping room. An account of the matter was printed in the papers next morning. Billy Davis read it and was greatly astonished He rushed over to Bob's house to get fuller particulars. "So the boss isn't going to push the case Craig?" he said. "No. It's lucky for Craig that Mr. Waters was so easy with him, for there was plenty of circumstantial evidence to back up my statemen t, and I think there is little doubt that had he been brought to trial a conviction could have been secured." The coroner's jury on Monday morning found Bro-wn had acted in self-defense in killing the crook, whose death was regarded as a benefit to the public, and the coroner dis charged the watchman from custody. On Monday afternoon Mr. Waters called Bob into hi s private office and presented him with the sum of $200 as evidence of his appreciation of the boy's services on Satur day ni ght Bob told the merchant that he bad not expected to be re warded for doing merely what he regarded as hi s plain duty and thanked him for the present. He opened an account in a savings bank with the money and regarded himself as a smal l capitalist, for he h ad never owned as much as $20 before in his life. Th ere were other canning estab l ishments in Millgate be sides Mr. Waters'. The employees in a.11 of them hac1 been trying for some time back to get a raise in their wages Mr. Waters was the only employer wlio had take n the re quest into consideration, but the best he WO'llld do was to meet his m e n half way. They wanted ten per cent. advance, and he offered them five. The men accepted the compromise with some dissatisfac tion, as it was better than nothing. The other proprietors refused to make any advance what ever, and there was talk of a strike at their establishments. There had been threats of strikes before, but they had amounted to nothing, so the owners of the canning houses were not particularly worried on the present occasion. The increased cost of living, however, made the employees more and more dissatisfied with the state of affajrs, and committees were formed in each of the establishments, Mr. '\\" aters' excepted, to bring their grievances to a head. The Waters people had been invited to join, but as they were now rec eivi ng a five per cent advance they hesita. ted to participate in the movement. This hesitation, however, was not a unit. The re were hot-headed kickers on the different :floors who were eager to take part in anything that promised the full ten per cent. advance they were l ooking for. Although in g reat minority, these men were dangerous, notwithsi.anc1ing, and the ready arguments they put forth swayed the judgment of those who were open to persuasive re ason. If the working forces of all the factories except the Waters plant went on strike it would mean a considerable increase of business for the latter. Thi s fact was appreciated by the other proprietors, and they were much put out with Mr. Waters for yielding the five per cent advance, which they feared might keep his employees in line in case of trouble. They appointed a committee of two to call on their busi ness rival for the purpose of persuading him to cancel the advance and stand in with them on the wage question, but he declined to accede to their wishes on the grou nd that he believed the demands o f the workingmen were in a great measure just, and that he had raised the compensation of his own force to the extent he believed he could afford. This was the sta te of affairs at the time Craig severed his connection with Mr. Waters, and the excashier took ad vantage of it to apply for a position in a rival house, and to suggest that his knowledge of Mr Waters' methods and trade might be useful to the opposition. The man to whom he applied thought so, too, and he had other thoughts in connection with the usefulness of An drew Craig, and so, after consulting with the other canning men, Craig was employed to act in a special capacity by the opposition. CHAPTER VII. I B 'OB ON TIIE SCENT OF TROUBLE. "Say, Bob," said Billy Davis, one morning soon afte r the events just narrated as he was hanging his hat and coat up prepa.ratory to begililling work, I hear that the men at J e11kins & Talbot are going on s trike Monday for an ad vance in pay." "I wouldn't be surprised if they did," replied Bob, who was aware of the rath er strained relation that existed be between the proprietors and the employees of the other can ning houses. "If Jenkins & Talbot's men go out it is almost certain to start a general strike in the other houses. Then we'll be the only estab li shment in our lin e doing business in Mill gate. "In whiah case, Billy you and I are li able to be over worked," lau ghed Bob. "You mean the boss will get a l ot of trade away from the' othe r chaps?" "That's about the size of it." "If we have to work overtime w e' ll get extra pay. So wi.11 all hands." Our people are not thoroughly sali ficd with the five per cent. advance, but I don'L think 1rc'll have any trouble." "I don,t agree with you thCTe, Bob, saicl Billy. McCue, the foreman of the floor where I worked for the shqrt time Shattuck had my place down here, was violently opposed to the hands accepting the compromise offered' by the boss. And he isn't the only one holding the same opin -


MAKING A RECORD. 13 ion. Jim Orchard, on the top floor, several pals, and, "We'll find ont to nif;ht jnst what his game is," conJ ud e Star beam and his cronies on the second floor, are hand tinned i\IcCue "I think it has somethin' to do with t hi s in glove with McCue. Those men are trouble breeders and place, for he's sore on Waters. So are we, that's why we will bear watching want to line up with him if there's anythin' in i t, as he says "They can't do anything, Billy, for the majority r ul es." there is. Well, let's be goin'. Don't forget Beckley's "You can't tell what they may be able to do. R eddy i s saloon by eight, if possible, but not later than nine. The a mighty smooth talker, and can argue l ike a sea l awyer, earlier you get there the more you get to drink." while Orchard and Starbeam are good seconds. I saw the With those words Reddy ll!cCue led the way out of the three the other night standing in front of a saloon ta l king shed, his croniesfollowing at his heels. with a crowd of men who work for J enkins & Talbot I "So those chaps a re to meet Andrew Craig to night at the didn't heax what they said, but I can easi l y guess Our old house down the road for a consultation over some p:oj people wouldn't send a committee to join the ten per cent ect that means no good, I'll bet, for :Mr. Waters," sai.d advance movement, so, I guess, McCue, Orchard and StarBob to himself, as he watched. the three men walk across beam have organized themselves into an independent comthe yard toward the gate. "It may be a good thing that I mittee to push things along overhea rd this arrangement, for I guess it is my duty to "They'd better look out, I'm think ing, o r they may a ll try and find out what the project is. The only way to get get fired from here Mr. Waters isn't a man who w ill stand around that is to go to the old house ahead of these any nonsense," said Bob. men and Craig, there and endeavor to learn all I can "They may get their work in befo r e he can head them about the scheme in view. Y cs, that's what I'll do. I off." know Craig has no good will toward Mr. Waters, notwith"I doubt it. But it's time you got to wor k, B illy We'll standing that the old man refrained from prosecuting him talk about this thing another time for the safe business. Craig being now with an opposition A few minutes before the six o'clock whistle blew that house, will naturally work again s t us, and, lmder the cir night Bob went to the shed where the cases were stored to cumstances, will take great pleasure in hurting us all he pick out a box for an order that Billy was to fill first thing can. It is up to us to stand him off if we can, and I mean in the morning to do my sha re of the good work, for Mr. Waters has treated While he was in there the whistle b lew and t h e men me first-class knocked off work. Bob, having found a case to suit him, carried it over to He had pulled a box to one side and was measuring it the shipping room, where Billy, with his hat and coat on, with a ruler when three men entered the shed. was waiting to go home with him Bob recognized them as Reddy McCue, Jim Orchard and "You were a long time getting that box," remarked Billy. Jude Starbeam. "Yes, but it ha. ppened that I had something else to atThey didn't notice him as they stopped just i nside the tend to at the same time Come on, if you're ready to go," door. said Bob. After what Billy had said about these three Bob regarded "I've been ready since the whistle blew," replied Billy, their presence therC' as suspicious, and he listened to what jumping up and following Bob outside. they said. "Shall I see you at the gym to-night?" asked Billy, "It's understood that we're to meet Andrew C r aig to, as they were about to separate at the usual corner night at the old house down the road," said McCue. "No. I've got some business to attend to that will pre At what hour?" asked Starbeam vent me from being there," answered Bob. "Ten o'clock, sharp. He told me that there was a wad "All right. Be good to yourself till I see JOU in the of dough in it for each of us. morning," said Billy, an@. the boys took different routes to "What's in the wind?" asked Orchard thei r homes. "That will all be explained to-night He wouldn't say "I'm goulg out tonight on special business connected a word to me alone He wants to be sure that we three will with the house, mother," said 'Bob, after he had finished pull together." his supper "I can't tell when I'll be home It may be l ate "Oh, we'll pull together, all rig ht, if there's money in it," At any rate, don't worry about me." said Orchard "Very well, my son Take care of yourself "That's what I to l d h im We'll meet a.t Beckl ey's sa -Bob knew that the expedition he was bou nd on had a n loon and go to the h01Use togethe r. Understand? e lement of peri l a.ttached to it, for Reddy McCue and his "Yes," replied the othe r two with one voice. two cronies were tough citizens, and Andrew Craig enter" Get to the saloon at not later than nine, but t h e ear li er tained no kind l y feelings toward him the better. He gave me the price of a dozen r o und s o f If they caught him spying on them the chances were they drinks, which shows that he means business w o u l d handle him pretty roughly, especially if their busi "I would like to know what Craig wants wit h us," said ness was of a n ature that would not bear the light of public Starbeam "He's a gent, and no t one of u s scrutiny "That's right," interjected Orchard. "He's work in for In fact, there were a who l e lot of things they might d o Jenkins & Talbot now. The hands of that firm are going t o him that he wouldn't like, therefore, he figured that i t on strike Monday, sure. He may be up to some t rick. woul d be well for him to provi d e himself wit h a weapon o f "He'd better not try any funny b u siness wit h u s said some kind for self defense Mc Cue; "not if he knows when he's well off." The onl y thing avai labl e was a short, stout, po li shed l o I should say not," nodded Orchard cust club, l ike an abbrev i ate d po l iceman's b illy, whic h hun g


MAKING A RECORD. on the wall near the head o.f his bed by means of a leath er thong passing through a hole in the handle Bob took this club with him when he set out for the old house down the road He also carried a piece of candle and a box of matches. The house in question stood about a mile outside of town, on a lonesome stretch of the turnpike, and well back from the road. The nearest habitation to it was a roadhouse, half a mile away. It had long been without a tenant, and was falling into ruin, for it was involved in a complicated lawsuit. A na1Tow creek, connecting with a distant river, ran within a hundred feet of the building, crossing under the road, which was bridged at that point. No one ever visited the house, but an occasional tramp, perhaps, therefore it was a good place in which to hold a secret meeting. Bob proceeded toward it by a short cut across the fields, and the walk was not particularly exciting, for the night was overcast and dark, and the wind blew in chilly puffs across the open country, and the prospect generally was r ather depressing than otherwise. Anticipation about what he expected to discover pre vented Bob from noticing the unfavorable conditions at tending his walk. When he reached the road opposite the house he cast a wary glance up and down the turnpike, but it was deserted as far as he could see. Then he looked over at the grim old house, standing dark and silent in the midst of rank vegetation, which had blotted out thti path to the front door and usurped the larger part of the yard. It was surrounded by a fence that had tumbled down in a dozen places. Thinking it the part of a wise general to make his ap proach from the rear, he made a detour by way of the bank of the creek, at one point of which he saw a small boat, half full of water, tied to a stake, and walked up to the kitchen annex of the building. Trying the door, he found it locked. He then transfeITed his attentirsi to a side door, but that was locked, too. "If the front door is also locked, as I should imagine it is, how are Craig and the others to get in unless they have a key?" Bob said to himself. "Maybe they don't intend to enter the house, but hold their C()IIlsultation on the front stoop, which is well enough adapted for purposes of secrecy on such a dark night as this." The front door was locked, and all the windows appeared to be nailed or otherwise secured. Bob returned to the rear again and studied the house. There was a tall water-butt at the back of the annex. By mounting this one could reach the roof of the kitchen. Bob proceeded to do this, as his object was to reach one of the windows of the upper floor, and see if he could enter the building that way. On reaching the roof of the annex he tried one of two windows, now within his reach, and, much to his satisfac tion, found that he could raise the sash. He did so, and scrambled into a vacant room. As a matter of caution, though he did not believe there was any one in the house then, he removed his shoes and in vestigated the three rooms on that floor. The rooms were alike bare, and the floors covered with a fine dust in which his stockinged feet l eft tracks, though he didn't notice that fact in the dark. Having seen all he wanted to, and looked into the spacious closets, he descended the front stairs and examined each o.f the rooms on the ground floor, of which there were four, two on either side of the wide hall. They were also bare and carpeted with dust. He completed his survey with a visit to the kitchen and a glance down the dark stairs that led to the cellar. Nothing remained for him to do but await the arrival of Craig and the men he had arranged to meet there An examination of the front door showed him that it was bolted, so it was quite impossible for them to enter that way, even if they had a key. Bob decided to return to the upper floor a.nd keep a. watch from the windows that overlooked the road. Striking a match and consulting his silver watch, he saw that it was half-past nine o'clock. "Craig and the men ought to show up soon," he thought. Presently he saw a horseman approaching from the direc tion of Millgate. "I wouldn't be surprised if that was Craig now," mut tered the young shipping clerk, keeping his eye on the horse man. Bob was satisfied he had made no mistake in liis surmise when the man drew rein in the road fronting the house dismou nted, and led his animal in tl:ll'ough the open and broken-down gate. As man and horse passed around the building toward the rear Bob recognized Craig without any great difficulty. He rushed to one of the rear windows just in time to see Craig tying his animal to the fence. The ex-cashier then returned to the front of the house and stood near the veranda, evidently on the lookout for Reddy McCue and his companions. It wasn't long before Bob made out three indistinct :fig-ures walking along the road toward the house. "There are the chaps, for a dollar," he said. And he was right. The three men turned in at the gate and joined Craig. After a brief converse the party started for the back of the building. Looking down from one of the rear windows, Bob saw that Craig had a key to the kitchen door. A moment later the party entered the house. CHAPTER VIII. ROB DISCOVERS .A PLOT TO WRECK THE C.ANNING ESTABLISHMENT. Bob hurried to the head of the stairs and listened. He heard footfalls in the back, which, however, soon died away into complete silence. "Where the dickens are they now?" Bob asked himself, aHer straining his ears for some moments. "I'll bet they've gone into tlrn cellar They can how a light down there and no one will see it. This meeting must be mighty important. Too bad I "didn't think o.f hiding down there on a chance of them holding their confab there, as they are going to do.


MAKING A RECORD. Now I m afraid I sha'n't b e able to ge t wit hin earshot of ment, owing to the fact that he has given his hands a five them. No good of my sta y ing up h ero. I mus t see if I per cent. raise." c an' t get aro1md' the difficulty "Don' t you be t-Oo sme there won't be a strike there," With his shoes in his hand, Bob s lipp e d quietly down s aid McCue, significantly. stai r s and n:ade his way cautiou sly to th e back of the house. "I have canvassed the situation and I don t see any indiThere was no one in sight, s o there was no doubt but that cation of it." the men were in the cellar. "You know what'& goin' on under the surface. The door leading to the stairs was shut. There's plenty of kickin' bein' done." Bob opened it carefu lly and listened. "Not by the r eliab l e hands, McCue. Most of the dis-He heard voices proceeding from the fore part of the sa tisfaction is shown by yourself, Orchard, Starbeam and a place. Iew others; but there isn't enough to coilllt." From where he stood he could see no li ght. "How do yo u know?" snar led McCue. "You ain' t He was too. :far away from the men to hear what they workin' at our place a ny more." were saying "No matter how I kno w. That's my business. I know a The only way to o vercome that difficulty was to get into veat deal more abou t the inside workings of Waters' place the cellar himself. than you think I do. I know, for instance, that you three This loo ked like a ticklish job for him to undertake. chaps are not over-loyal to your associates. That you are Still, he might as well be a thousand miles away as where trying to engineer a walk out in your factory, not simply he stood, for all the good it did him. to win the additiona l five per cent. advance, but because "I've got to enter the cellar," he breathed. "That's all you hope to make a deal with Waters and: then kill the there i s to it." project To carry his shoes in his hand wouJ.d embarrass him, so McCue sprang to his feet with an impr eca tion and thrust he stowed them away in the corner of a close t his hand toward his hip pocket, while Orchard and StarThen, grasping his locust club tightly, he began the debeam looked as black a s the ten of clubs. scent of the steps .,. We will not attempt to. repeat what hEt said, it was Half way down he was able to look into the cellar more forcible than polite In the front part of the pla.ce, seated in a circle on boxes His manner was extremely mena:cing, and Bob thought a roo.nd a keg on which stood a candle in a bed of melted there was going to be serious trouble, but Craig never turned a hair. tallow, were the four men. He coolly smoked a Turkish cigarette, and eyed McCue Craig was addressing McCue and his cronies, and they with the utmost indifference, not to say disdain. were paying close attention to him. Much as Bob despised Craig, he could not help admiring Slowly, step by step, Bob made his wa. y to the bottom in his nerve. the dense g loom which hid that part of the cellar Although McCue was a ruffian at heart, and was strong Getting down on his hands and knees, he c rawled to the e n o ugh to have crushed the excashie r with one hand, he nearest wall, and then advanced tow ard them was nevertheless, intimidated by the man's attitude. H e saw a pile of debris allead, behind which he proposed Craig was one of those men who, under given circum to hide if he could reach it without discovery. s tance s could overawe a mob of desperate and armed me11 He had almost gained his goal when his foot hit a bottle by his eyes and the mere power of his will. "What's that?" cried McCue, who was bless ed with un-In this case he did not open his mouth again until after commonly sharp ears McCue, w ith many unpleasant expressions, resumed his "What's the matter?" asked Craig. s eat Bob stopped with his heart in his mouth and hugged the Then he to.ssed the butt of his cigarette away and calmly ground as close as he could. lit another "I heard a noise just now." After all, there was nothing to commend in Craig's courNone of the others had heard it, but Orchard suggested age. that it might have been a rat. H e was s imply a ool d-blooded rasca l whose education and "I guess that's what it was," said McCue, much to Bob's associations gave him a power over ordinary scamps, and relief. who, if put to the test, could give even such scoundrels as Craig continued his lin e of a.r\ument and Bob pushed Jl.IcCue cards and spades in pure villa iny. forward till he put the pile of dirt and odd s and ends be"Well," said Craig; coolly, "ain't I right?'r tween him and the men. "No, you ain't right," snar led McCue, in an ugly tone. "Now you see," Craig was saying, "a gen e ral strike A ll right. We won't argue the matter. You know my among all the canning houses is counted on, for the pro_ opinion." prietors simply do not intend to yield to the men's de"Hang your opinion. What me and my friends want to mands know i s wha t do you want with us? What's your game, any" They'll wish. they did before the strike i s over," said way?" McCue, darkly. "l\Iy game, as you call it, is this: I don't believe that "That bas nothing to do wit h me," replied Craig. "The you and your crowd can bring about a strike in Waters'." mom ent the strike goe s into effe c t Water s is g oing to hook "I say we can!" roared McCue in on the trade of th e other fellows, for th e re does n t seem "Nonsens e! You only think you can. Even if you suc-to b e any immediate pro s p ect or a s trike in his e s tablish

18 MAKING A RECORD. better than you do. Now, as the.ase stands, next week every canning house in Millgate will have to shut down but Waters'. His place will continue to do business-more business than, ever-unless---" "Unless wha.t?" gro wled McCue. "Something happens to prevent him." "A strike will happen." "I can't take the chances on tha L Something else must iha.ppen. Do you understand?'' "What else must happen?" asked UcCue, curiously. "That's what l invited you here to consider." "What do you mean?" asked McCue, while his cronies looked surprised and intere:ted. "What have we got to do with happenin' to Mr. Waters?" "That's for you to say,'' replied Craig, with a shrug of the shoulders as he lit another cigatette. "You have your price, haven't you?" "My price?" "Yes, your price. You three are willing to take some chances if you'l'e paid well enough, aren't you?" "What chances have we got to take?" "The chances of detection, and detection means the State prison." '11he men looked at one another, and McCue drew a long breath. "What do you want us to do, and wliat am we to be paid for doin' it?" he said. Craig studied faces a moment before he spoke. He was about to throw the dice, and he was calculating the chances. "Look here, McCue, I've got to have some guarantee that, if you fellows don't want to go into the job, you won't squeal on me. There are three of you and I am only one "What guarantee do you want?" "This," said Craig, taking a papor from his pocket. "I want each to sign it with me. 'rhat will put us all in the same Loa.t. Then it wouldn't be safe for you to open your mouths." "Supposin' we won't sign that paper?" replied McCue "'l'hen we quit right here, and you'll each lose the chance to make $1,0QO." "One thousand dollars! Do we get one thou and apiece if-if we jine in with you?" "Tha.t's the :fi,gure, but you've got to sign the pa .per be fore this thing goes any further." "B11t if we clo sign it, and then don't want to go into the game, maybe you kin put us in a hole with that paper," saicl :\IcCue, suspiciously "Ro. The object of the paper is merely to protect me against you chaps blowing the gaff, as the saying is "Read it to us." Craig did so. The paper implicated the undersigned in a certain un named conspirac a space being left blank for the scheme which Craig intended to fill in as soon as he had secured the signatures to it. "\Yell,'' said McCue, turning to Orchard and Starbeam, "do we sign or don't we? If we do we'll get in line to pocket a thousand, if we don't, we kin go home, I s'pose Neither Orchard nor Starbeam relished the idea of sign ing the paper It looked dangerous to them Still, $1,000 was a great temptation to them. They talked the matter over between themselves and finally decided to sign the paper. Craig produced a stylographic pen, spread the paper out on top of the box he had been sitting on, and handed the pen to McOue Reddy signed his name where the ex cashier pointed. The others followed suit. Lastly Craig signed tihe document himself. "There, now, I've put my name to it. That puts us all in the same boat." McCue and his comrades were satisfied. "Now," said McCue, "what's your scheme?" "The scheme is this : The moment the strike is on in the canning trade, Waters' establishment must be put out of business." "How?" "By you three men "What are we to do?" "When the time comes I will provide each of you with a powerful dynamite cartridge. After the whistle blows to shut down for the day you will each lag behind on his floor-you, Orchard, on the top; you, McCue, on the third, and you, Starbeam, on the second. As soon as all hands are gone you will start the clock attachment connected with the bomb and place it in a spot where it will clo the most damage when it explodes. They will be timed for thirty minutes Then you will leave for home as usual. That's all." "Do we get a thousand apiece for doin' that?" "You do." "When do we get it?" "Five hundred .clown when I hand you the cartridge, and five hundred next morning after the job is done." "It's a bargain as far as I'm concerned. What do you say, pards ?" "We're in on it," they answered. "I thought I could depend on you," said Craig, in a tone of satisfaction Bob was so excited by what he had heard that he made an involunta.ry movement with one of his arms. His hand struck a small, empty box on top of the pile of refuse. Dislodged from its position, it rolled down and landed with a light crash on the floor. No rat could make that noise, and the J'om rascaJs sprang to their feet in consternation, while poor Bob thought he saw his finish CHAPTER IX. BOB EXPOSES THE PLOT AND IS REWARDED. For a moment there was a death-like silence m the cellar. Then Craig said, in a low, repressed voice: "It looks as if we had a listener; that some one besides ourselves is down here." "Then he'J better say his prayers," said McCue, draw ing his revolver, "for he's not likely to leave the place alive." "If there's any one here he's hidin' behind that pile of dirt," said Orc h ard


MAKING A RECORD. 17 "That's my opinion," replied Craig. "We must rout him out." Bob, conscious that he was in a desperate fix, took a sudden and desperate means to try and save himself. One of his hands rested on the la;rger half of a brick. As the men started to close in on his hiding place he grabbed the brick and threw it at Craig. The ex-cashier saw it hurtling toward him and dodged, but not soon enough to wholly escape. 'The missile struck him on the side of the head, stunning him partiy, and then, glancing off, flew straight at the candle. In a moment the cellar was ill complete darkness and the rascals were placed at an unexpected disadvantage. Bob, quick to perceive his opportunity, sprang to his feet and dashed lightly for the stairs. He reached them and flew up into the entry before the candle was relighted and the rascals were ready to proceed to business once more. When they looked behind the dirt there was no one there. "He's gone, whoever he was," cried McCue, with an imprecation. "We must follow him at once." "You and Orchard start at once, while Starbeam and myself make a thorough search of the cellar," said Craig, wiping the blood from his face with his handkerchief. By that time Bob, in hand, was darting into the kitchen. The outside door was locked, but the key was in the lock. The boy let him s elf out in a twinkling, then he took the key out and locked the door from the outside. "I've got them caged for awhile," he sa. id, gleefully, as he pulled on his shoes. "Now for Millgate and Mr Waters. I'll take Craig's horse and make an easier and quicker job of it." Untying the animal, he jumped on his back and started for the gate. He heard a crash of glass behind. "They've discovered they are locked in and are making a break for liberty," chuckled Bob. "They'll have a pretty job trying to catch me." Pushing through the gate, he put spurs to his horse and galloped off down the road toward Millgate. Three-quarters of an hour later he was ringing the bell at Mr. Waters' home. It was close on to midnight, and the family had retired. Bob's summons, however, awakened the merchant, who opened his window and asked what was wanted. "I'm Bob Barron, Mr Waters. I want to see you right away on a matter o.f the greatest importance." The rihg of the boy's voice, not to mention his visit at that unseemly hour, told Mr. Waters that something de cidealy unusual was in the wind. "I'll be down in a few minutes, Bob," he said. Then he shut the window, and partially dressing hurried downstairs and admitted the boy. "Come into my library, 1 he said, leading the way. Turning up 'the gas, and pointing to a chair, he said: "I a m ready to hear what you have to say." Then Bob told his story, beginning with the brief meet ing o f the three men-McCue, Orchard and the box shed, and then explaining how he had visited the old hcuse down the road in advance of the hour arranged for the meeting; how he had entered the cellar after the arrival of Craig and the McCue crowd; what he had over heard while down and the sensational finish that he had inadvertently brought about. "I made my escape on Craig's home, and came direct here to tell you the particulars," concluded Bqb. "You're an uncommon boy, Bob," said the merchant, in a heaa:ty tone that showed he meant it. "You have nipped a dangerous conspiracy in the bud, and no doubt saved n1y factory. Such zeal as you have voluntarily shown in my interest shall not pass unrecognized, I can promise you. I shall send for a detective at once and see wha.t can be done about punishing these four rascals. The trouble will be that their absolute denial will offset your unsupported tes timony. I judge that it will do no good to cause their ar rest unless the detective I will put on the case finds enough circumstantial evidence to in a measure conoborate your statement." Mr. Waters went to his telephone and called up the sta tiora house. He asked that a sharp sleuth be sent to his house at once to attend to a difficult case. In half an hour one of the best detectives in Millgate responded. Bob told his story all over again, the officer asked him many pertinent questions, and then he was allowed to go home, the detective taking possession of the saddle horse. It was after two when the young shipping clerk turned in, and three o'clock struck before he got to sleep. When he reached the factory next morning he went to work just as if nothing had happened. Reddy McOue, Orchard and Starbeam also app2ared and went to work as usual, Craig having convinced them that such would be the wisest course. The four conspirators were at first unaware of the iden tity of the person who had o verheard their conversation in the cellar of the old house and, in making his escape, had locked them in the building, but on the following evening McCue learn ed from a friend that he had seen Bob Ban-on at about half-past eleven o'clock the night before riding a"t breakneck speed out of the road into the town. Tlhat fact convinced McCue that Bob was the spy, and he hastened to tell his companions, as well as Craig. The four held a consultation, and it was decided to get square with the young shipping clerk at the first chance. Had McCue and his companions been left to their own devices it is probable that they would have'skipped the town to avoid anticipated arrest. Craig, however, calmed their fears by assuring them that Bob's unsupported testimony amounted to nothing. That if they were arrested they could put up an indig nant and absolute denial, which, in the absence of any proof against them, was bound to see them through. "As far as I'm concerned," he said, "I can prove a n alibi, and as an additional measure of protection I advise you to arrange with some of your friends tQ swear that you were in town all la st evening." "We will," replied McCue, taking the hint. "But I'd give somethin' to know how that boy discovered that we were goin' to meet at the old house. I can't understand it." "Neither can I," answered Craig. "However, we'll settle his hash before long. He's altogether too smart to be al-


tl.8 MAKING A RECORD. lowed to run at large. It w(k! through him I had to leave NV a ters', and he nearly got me into a bad scrape last Saturday afternoon. Now he's spoiled this scheme I had engineered to put the Waters factory out of business Alto geth e r I've got quite an account to settle with him." "And we'll help you settle it," said McCue, in a tone that m eant no good to Bob Barron. During the rest of the week tho detccti ve held several conferences with :Thir. Waters, but suffi cient corroborative evi dence was not forthcoming to waITa.nt the a .rrest of the consp i rators, and so nothing was done. The canned goods manufacturer, howeYer, decided t o Orchard and-Starbeam from his employ, on the genera l ground that they were trying to incite a feeling of discontent on the wage que s tion among the other employees So on Satu rday afternoon when they received their pay e n velopes they also received a pink slip notifying them that their services were no longer required at the factory. U n der o r dinary circumstances they would have put up a b i g howl a t their discharge, but on this occa s ion they did not consider it prudent to do so J ust before the hands were paid off that day Mr. Waters ca ll ed Bob into his office and presented him with his check for $50 0 in consideration of the special service he had ren dered in detecting and exposing the scheme to destroy the fa cto r y Bob was de l ighte d at this evidence of his employer's appreciati o n, and he was still more pleased when Mr Waters t o l d him that his wages would be raised from the $12 he :was r ece i ving to $15. H e was now worth $700 in his own right, and felt more of a small capitalist than ever. On Sunday afternoon the people connected with the other canning houses in Millgate met at a small hall and deci ded to vote to send their employers a.n ultimatum on the w age question-the ten per cent advance must be gra n ted or they would quit work in a body. Next morning a committee wajted on the head of each est ablishment and notified him o f the resofotion adopted by the men. In r:very instance they were turned down T he result was that on Tuesday morning the Waters cann ing house was the only factory of the six in town that was in o p eration CHAPTER X B O B AND BILLY AID BEAUTY IN DISTRESS Bob and Billy heard on their way to work that the an t i cipated strike had ju s t gone into effect The maj or ii : of the other employees also knew about the matter when reached the factory that rn,prning, and little eh:e "lrns talkcu about on the three upper floors for the whol e day There was m uch speculation indulg e d in as to the out come of the trike, but the general impression prevail ed that the men would lose. At noon Billy went to the corner to get bis lunch He did this because he wanted to find out how things w ere going on at the rival canning houses-the whole gToup b eing within a rac1ius of three blocks. \Ylten he returnel1 he brought Bob a budget of new B "There's almost a riot over at Jenkins & Talbot," he said, in some excitement "Is that so? replie

M AKING A R EC ORD. couldn't see anything from their windows, whic h opened on the alley. "Gee!" ejac ul ated Billy "Some of the strikers are pay ing us a visit They're dead sore on our people for r e fus ing to join them-just as if the men and girls would be such chumps I hope there won't be a riot down here "The police will be a r ound preLty SOOJ'.l. and will ch a se them away," replied Bob At that moment there was a rattle of gravel against o n e of the shipping room windows. "Hello!" crie d B ill y "Some of those chaps have come into the alley." They both wen t to the window and l ooked out In the alley was a sma ll crowd of tough boys headed by Noel S h a ttuck A s soon as Bob a n d B ill y appeared at the window the y oun g rasc als set up a yell of derision and began a fusillade o f pebbles and dirt. if Shattuck i sn't at the h e ad of that gang," sai d Billy "I'd like to go out and punch hi s head." You know better Billy The whole c rowd would jump you, and you'd be roughly handl e d." I guess they would," coin c ided hi s compan ion. "They're too cowardly to face a f e llow s in g ly. S ha ttuc k seems to t hink he's some pumpkins now." At this point the whistle blew, and all ha nus re turned to The boys in the a1ley continued to p elt th e windows of the shipping room, and to y ell like a pack o.f w ild Indians. Pres ently the man who did Mr Wa te r s trucking drove into the lane and scatt e r e d them. But they al l came ba c k and roos t e d the m se lves on the top timbers of the fence which separate d t he lane from a farge vacant lot First they amused themselve s b y pelting the truck driver, b u t stopped when be took his whi p to them. They took refuge on the o t her s ide of the fence in the l o t and contented them selves with t a untin g him as a scab. T he strikers in front, aiter sa t isf yin g t heir r ese ntment, retired before the police turne d up, an d there was no further disturbance that afternoon. When the whistle ble w to shut d o wn for the day s cat tered groups of strikers had gathere d all al o n g th e They were there io in te rcept Mr. W aien;' work e rs and try to persuade them to join the gene ral move m eD;t. They wore also pos t e d at eith e r end of t h e lan e Mr Waters foreseen s u c h a probabili ty and had re q u ested the services of sev eral policemen to prevent his hands from being interfer e d with. Half a dozen officers kept the s trikers on the move in .fr ont, while oth e r s patrolled ihe r ear street 'This did not pre vent the strikers fr o m approaching many of the workers, but they gained nothing by it, for the waters people w er e not takin g an y c hances. Bob and Billy were, as u s ual, among the la s t to leave They always walked up the alley to ihe r ear s treet. A bunch of girls employ e d in the labeling department preceded them One of these was a protty, dark-eyed girl named J essic Wiseman She was tho daughter of the engineer, and was very ular among her companions She was abou t the onl y girl emp loyed in the factory tha.ll Bob paid any attentio n to, and h e ap p ea r e d not a little in terested in her. 'On her part, she seemed to be equ ally interested in the sta l wart, good-looking you ng shippi n g cle rk. Sometimes Bob was able to see h er part of the way home, b u t be seldom got away when she did as the r e was n e arly al 1rnys something for him to do after the w h ist l e blew. On this occasion Bob and Billy l eft s o o n afte r J e nnic a nd several of he r i ntimates passed out a t the ga te an d the shipping clerk spied her i n the m i dst of the bunch half way up the alley "Let's h urry a f ter the gir ls, B ill y," h e said Billy grinned, for h e knew that B o b was sweet on Jessie Wiseman. The girls, h o wever, gained t h e stree t a head of t h em, and t)1e bunch broke u p, Jessie and a s i ng l e compa.nion turn ing to the l eft, the others to the right Bob and Billy reached the s treet just in time to see the two g irls held u p by Noel Shattuck and severa l o f h is c r owd. 'Dheir object was to tea s e and frighten Jessie an d h e r friend, for the stre et w a s almo s t dese r t.eel by lhi s time Jessie's companion was a timid girl, and her e vid ent l re pidation enc'Ouraged their persecutors to take g reater lib e rties with them At this stage of the game Shattuck grabbed Jessie by the arms and insiste d on st e aling a ki ss. "Ilow dare you! she cried, indignantly, tryi n g t o r e lease herself. t "Ho! ejac ulated Noel. "That's all put o n You re just aching to be kiss ed." His compa nions stopped to see the ftm, whi l e J essie, with flu s hed counten ance s ucceeded in snatching away one of h e r aTms and strik ing Sh a ttuck a smart blow in the face "You littl e w11L1cat," cried Noel, angri l y "I'll kiss you a dozen times for tha t H e grabbed her around the wais t and attempte d to put his thre at i nto e x ecution No doubt he w o uld hav e succe e d e d in spite o f the g i r l 's strugg les, but for the opportune arrival o f B o b an d Bill y on the scene. Bob was hot und e r th e c ollar when h e saw how rough l y S hattu c k was handlin g the girl of hi s heart, and he spr ang a t h i m in a way th a t showe d h e meant bus iness. Ile fairly tore N o d awa y from the gii;l, and then jabbed him a s o ckclolag er und e r the jav" which s ent Shattuck reel ing bac k a g ain s t his fri e nd s He followed Noel up and gave him a n othe r t hu mp tha.t land e d him on the s idewalk. T hen he stood 01e r him with fl.ashin g eyes "You little beast!" h e cried. "Ilow dare you attac k Miss Wiseman!" Shattu c k pic ked himself up and glowered at Bob. "He lp me .felle rs, ancl we' ll knock the stuffing out of him," he said to his c omprLilions. 'The young toughs began to line up for business Bob Faw there was trouble ah e ad and he dete r m ined to for c e i.he fig hting ''Come on, Billy," he said, and he sai led r ight in at Noel and his crowd. Billy followed at his heels, and he was as tou g h as any in i.he crowd himself


' 10 MAKING A RECORD. Both he and Bob had taken a course of s parring lessons of the professor at the public gymnasium, and they knew how to use their :fists with good effect. The boys had practiced at a punching-bag till they had developed hard hitting qualities that now stood them in good stead against the half-dozen young ruffians opposed to them. The two watched the scra.p that en s ued with fear and not a little anxiety for the safety of their gallant defenders. Their trepidation soon turned into hope and admiration for the prowess of the two boys, Bob especially. For a moment or two Bob and Billy seemed to be lost in the midst of a small forest of swinging arms, that landed blows all over them, and then the tide of battle changed in their favor. Wiliack'! Bob slugged Shattuck in the eye, tumbling him into the street Biff Bi:ff Biff Two others went down under rapid cuts from his and Billy 's fists. Smash Biff Thud Straight on the point o.f another chap's jaw landed Bob' s mauler, and he fell back like an overturned ninepin. That settled the battle. All tha t could get away took to their heels, leaving tuck and two of the crowd hors du combat. Those three had all they wanted, and made no attempt to continue the scrap. One held his jaw in hi s hand, ano ther was caressing his eye, that would be black in an hour or so, while Noel, with a damaged eye and a puffed upper lip, glared at Bob in an impotent, vindictive way. '!Aren't you brave!" cried Jessie, regarding the ruffied Bob with intense admiration and respect. "It was awfully good of you and Billy Davis to help us. I am sure we can't thank either of you enough." "Then don't try, Jessie," responded Bob, wiping a little blood from his cut lip. "You don t s uppose we were going to let those young ruffians impose on you, do you?" "I should -say not!" chipped in Billy. "Well, you were very kind to get into trouble on our account," said the girl. "We only did our duty. I wouldn't let any one hurt you, Jessie, if 1he was as big as a mountain. You ought to know that," saicl Bob, resolutely. The girl blushed and smiled. "I think a whole lot of you, Jessie, and I won't stand to ha .ve you annoyed." "Thank you, Bob," she replied, blushing more vividly than before, and :flashing a grateful look in his face. "Well, come along. Billy and I will see you girls all the way home, if you will permit us to," said Bob, taking Jes sie by the arm and starting off, followed by the valiant Billy and the timid Miss Carter. CHAPTER XL BOB IN A TIGHT BOX. The boys took the girls to their homes, and next morning when they met in the shipping room Billy referred to the scrap in high glee. "Gee! But we did put it all over that crowd to beat the band I'll b e t they'll steer clear of us in the future. If they don't, well, say We won' t do a thing to them, bet your life!" "I didn't care so much about what I did to the others, but it did me a whole lot of good to punch Noel Shattuck," s aid Bob. "He deserved all he got, and more on top of it. The idea of him trying to kiss Jes s ie Wisema11 It makes me hot to think about it." "You'd rather kiss her yourself," chuckled Billy. "Don't get gay, Billy," :flushed Bob. "Get gay! Wiliy, isn't it a fact? I'll bet you're just r1ying to put your arms around her and steal the swee tness from her lips. Yum, yum, yum!" grinned the little tor mentor. "If you don't shut up I'll use you for a punching-bag," said Bob, somewhat annoyed. "You will-I don't think," laughed Billy. "What'll I be doing?" "You'll be fondling a sore jaw in about two shakes of a lamb's tail." "Pooh! Forget it! Wait till we g e t to the gym and get the gloves on. I'll make you look six wa.ys for Sunday," and Billy danced a bout the room, making passe s at an imaginary opponent. Billy, however, was only bluffing, for he had a whole lot of respect for Bob with th e glove s on. The whis tle blew and they w ent to work. The strikers paid an othe r vis i t t o i.he factory during the noon hour, but confin e d themselve s to invitations to the factory workers to come out and join them. Probably this was because there were s everal policemen on hand to keep order. They turned up again at six o'clock to persuade or in timidate Waters' people to desert the factory. Their own cause was not g e tting on very well. All other factories had s tarted up again in part and the outlook was not to their liking. Many of the girls had gone back to their jobs, too, while a few of the men had appli e d for their old jobs and had been taken on. The better element of the strikers that took no part in the disturbances were already discouraged at the determined front presented by the proprietors. The rougher chaps, however, tried to make the m b e lieve that in the end they would win Reddy McCue was discharged after Craig had paid his fine, and now he, Orchard and Sta.rbeam were concerting measures to make Rome howl. Their attention, however, was not dire c ted against the five establishments tha.t were in trouble, but, egg e d on 1 by Craig, they were figuring on doing up the W a ters establi s h ment Several days passed and then, as every one had foreseen, orders began to in c rea s e at the Wat e rs canning house. Customers of the rival hou s e s not b e ing able to get the goods they wanted when they n e eded them, rushed to the only factory in Millgate that seemed able to s upply them. The available quantity or corn, e s pecially, that was i n stock, soon melted away before the incr e a sed. demand, a n d orders were issued for night work to keep pac e with th e present emergency.


MAKIN G A RECORD. 21 Bob and Billy were included in because they .coul dn't do the p a cking and s hipping of the extra stuff in the r egu lar hours Now every night the factory was ablaze with gas j ets from ground floor to roof, and the sight was not a p l easing one for the proprietors o.f the riva l estab l ishmen t s to l oo k at, for it m eant that M r. Waters was coini n g mon e y at their ex p e n se They had only been abl e to half1 fill t h e vac anci es left by the s trik e r s so far, and con s equent l y their o u tput was scarc e ly half as much as in norma l times Still they preferred to face this condit i on, and lose mon ey, r a ther than knuckle down to their emp loyees. They held a meeting, at which Andrew Craig was pres ent, and he was offered a handsome s um if h e c ould put a spoke in the Waters whee l. After the meeting Craig hunted u p McCue, Or chard and Starb e am, and arranged for a meeting betwee n the four t hat night in a rear room of the Beckley saloo n. It happened that a newsboy overheard the arr angement, and also learned enough to give him an i dea t hat t h e r e was trouble in store for the Waters factory He was a particular friend of Billy Davis, so h e tho u g h t B illy ought to know that the re was trouble ahead. When Billy and Bob went to the corner restaurant f or s u pper that night between six and seven, the newsboy was waiting at the gate to se e Billy "Hello, Mickey," said Billy when he spie d him, wha t you han g ing around the alley for?" "I wanted to see you about somethin' important." "All right. Y ou're lookin g at me. What i s it? B y t h e way, this i s my frie nd, Bob Barron Bob, this i s Mickey Fee n ey. Go on, Mickey "I came 'round to tell you dat you want to lo o k out for trouble "Trouble! What kind of troub l e ?" Mickey then told how he had overhear d arra n gements made between four men, one of whom, he said, was a w e ll dressed gent, for a m e eting in a back room at B eck l ey's sa loon that night at eleven o'clock, to conside r some way o f putting the Waters canning house out of b usiness "I thought you ought to know w hat was in t h e wind" said Mickey, "so I come 'round to post you." "Four m e n, and one of them a well dressed man," said Bob. "I'll b e t the y were Craig, McCue, Orchard and Sta.r beam They re going to hatch up a new p l ot, or I'm a poo r guesser. Billy, wfive got to take a hand in this thi ng, and try and find out what kind of a game they decide to work," said Bob as he and Billy took seats in the restaurant "How can w e find out?" "By going to Beckl e y' s s aloon, spotting t h e room t h ey' r e i n, and trying to hear what they s ay." "That's a r::i.the r tough proposition, Bob "You're not oblige d to tac kle it, Billy I can go a l one, only I thou ght 1.hat if bYo of u s were on hand 1.hcre'cl be doubl e t h e c han c e of cat c hing on These fe llows a r e l iable to do an y desperate thin g to s top our factory It i s o n l y a week ago 1.hat they conspired to place a dynam 'it e cart r idge on each floor for the purpo s c of bl owing up the building But you mu stn't m e ntion it to any one." "Is that a fact?" a s ked B illy, i n su r prise "I didn t h ear an ything a b out that before There was nothing in the p apers about suc h an attempt." "It isn't known to anybody outsid e the -rascals themselves bu t me, Mr Waters and a detective." How did you come to hear abo11t it?" Ne ve r min d how I l earned about it, Billy but I d id, a ll right. That is the real reason why :Uc Cue and the othe r t w o wer e discharged T hey w e re too clangerou t o h ave a.sound the factory But, r e memb e r, you must keep t hat to you rself "Sure I w on t say anything about it." "Well Billy, qhaps who won t stop at using cly n arn ile to c arry out a scheme will bear a whole lot of wat c hing." I s h o ul d say so." Afte r we get throug h eating you can go back to work I'm goin g to the station house to see if I can find the de tect ive w h o has bee n watching these men. I want him t o know w h at's on tap to night, and the three 0 us w ill try and c atc h them A ll right," said B illy T h e waiter now brought their ord e r and they fell to wit h thei r knives and Afte r they had finished their m e al Bill y r et urned to the factory, while Bob went to the station hous e He inquir ed fo r D etective Wat s on, but was told he was o u t "Too bad," sa id B ob, I wanted to see h im abou t an im portan t m atte r.II "He'll be bac k he r e between this and midnight," said t h e man at the desk. I might write a note and you can give it to him when he comes in," said Bob T he officer handed the boy a s h ee t of notep a p e r anc1 an envelope, and to l d h i m he could writ e his n o t e on the end o f t h e desk. B o b d id so, and h anded the sealed and addressed envelope to t h e man when h e h a d :finis h ed. The n h e went b a ck to the fac fory. T he whist l e blew at ten o'clock'. to shut down. "Billy," said Bob, "the r e' s some old clothes in the clos et. W e' ll p u t them on, tear a few more holes in the m, and plaste r our faces and h a nd s with dirt. That will an s w e r for a kind of disguise As tho se chap s know m e w e ll I'll band age my face u p as though I'd jus t come out of a ho s pita l a n d the n I guess they won't recogniz e me v e ry e asily." Bill y agreed to his companion's s u gges tion, and when t hey left the shipping room tog e ther they were both pretty h a r d l ooki n g objects "You're a p i cture of hard luck Bob," grinned Bill y "You o ught to have your photo taken in that get-up. You'd take t h e l eather m e d a l at a beauty show The two boys took their way to Beckley's saloon, whic h was not a great way off. When they reach e d it Billy remained outside, "hile Bob entered and l ooked around the barro om. There was a erowd o.f men drinking at th e bar, and at the tables M any of them were strikers, and amon g them Bob note d H eddy McCue, O rchard and Starbeam. They wer e waiting for Craig to show up. Bob saw a vaca n t tab l e in a corner, and he took possess ion


MAKING A RECORD. of it, dropping his head cm his arms and pretending to fall asleep. In about :fifteell. Craig entered the saloon. McCue and his cronies separated themselves from the crowd and joined him. The four then retired to a back room, which they reached through a passage. Bob got up, and watching his chance, followed them. He found himself in a narrOJW passage with a door that communicated with the back yard. A light shone through some cracks, and in a moment he had his eye applied to one of them. He found himself looking into a small room furnished with a plain, round table and four chairs. The chairs were occupied by Craig and his fellow con spirators. By placing his ear to the crack Bob could hear quite dis tinctly what was spoken in the room. He 1istened intently to the details of a plot that Craig unfolded to the three rascals, and which they agreed to take a hand in. The plan was to climb the fence in'"the rear of the canning house, lay for the watchman, overcome and sOOUie him, and then :fire the building from the cellar. 'I'he scheme was to be put int.o effect some time during the early hours of morning by McCue and his pals, and they were to receive $1,000 apiece if the scheme succeeded. Bob was so deepl y interested in the piece of rasca.lity that was being hatched in the room that he didn't notice the opening of the passage door leading into the barroom Craig had pushed an electric bell fo.r the barkeeper to send his assistapt to the room to take their orders for drinks. It was this ma.Ii who entered the passage in his shirt sleeves. Of course he saw Bob and what he was doing. He grabbed the boy at once, exclaiming: "What in thunder you doin' here? Spyin' on the guests in the room?" Bob looked up in a startled way. The man knocked at the doe>r. McCue opened it after drawing a be>lt. Then the barkeeper's assistant pushed Bob into the room. "I found this chap looking through a crack into this room. He must have been listening to what you were sayMcCue, with an imprecation, seized Bob roughly by the a.rm. "Who are you and what are you spyin' 'round here for? Answer me, or I'll maJke a worse lookin' object of you than you are." Craig and McCue's friends looked at the apparently wretehed-looking boy in surprise and ill-concealed anger. "I wasn't doin' nuffin'," mumbled Bob, huskily, holding down his head. "What did you hear, you young villain?" roared McCue> shaking him violently. Bob's hat fell off, his bandage became loo se ned, and dropped a way from his face, and then Craig recognized him at once. With a howl of rage he sprang to his feet. "It's. Bob BaITon, spying on us again,'' he cried, furi ously. "By the Lord Harry, it is!" snarled McCue, pushing the lad into a corner and glaring at him with a murderous look. Jim Orchard and Jude Starbearn now identified Bob, and also jumped up with cries of anger. Bob was clearly in a tight fix. CHAPTER XII. AN EXCITING TIME AT BEOKLEY'S SALOON. "So, we've caught you this time, Bob Barron, eh?" said Craig, deliberately. "Well, I reckon we'll fix you for keeps. You've heard too much for our good, I've no doubt, and in self-defense we've got to silence you. Get something to tie him with, Starbearn." Craig was showing the cool, heartless side of his natureshowing the kind of man he was, and Bob realized that he was up against a hard proposition when he was up against the ex-cashier. The boy, however, was plucky to a degree. He didn't intend to yield without a desperate struggle. Like a fl.ash he sprang at McCue, before tha. t powerful rascal even suspected what was coming, and dealt him a staggering blow in the fa.ce. It landed straight from the s houlder, and McCue went spinning back against the table, which went over and car ried the rascal with it to the floor. In a moment the little room was a scene of intense con fusion. "Don't let him escape!" roared Craig, as Bob sprang for the doe>r. The barkeeper's assistant, who was a burly fellow, opened his arms to catch and detain Bob. Biff The boy f etc hed him an uppercut under the jaw that made his teeth rattle like a pair of castanets. He staggered back against Orchard, who was also trying to get at Bob Craig, see ing that Bob had a chance to get away, made a rush at him,. but Bob, who was thoroughly aroused, met him with a jab in the chest, such as he was accustomed to deal out to the punching-bag at the gymnasium, and Craig Wfls stopped with a grunt. Bob took advantage of his temporary victory to reach the door and swing it open. He got no further, for Starbeam's hand gripped his shoulder like a vi s e, and Orchard reached out and grabbed him, too. This gave the others time to reco ver themselves. The s crimmage, however, had attracted notice in the barroom, and one of the persons who was in there a dash for the passage. This was Billy, who, according to instructions, had fol lowed Craig inside and then, seeing his side paitner enter the passage after the four men, had waited for develop ments. Billy knew that Bob was in trouble, and he meant to help him out at any cost. He was right in his element when there was excitement in the air, and he dearly loved to take a hand in a scrap when the cause was a good one.


MAKING A RECORD. Billy reached the door jus t as the men in the room were piling on Bob and bearing him to the :floor. One glance was enough .for the young packer, and then he plunged into the melee. Ile swung his tough fists right and left into the faces of the ruffians that had hold of Bob. Swat! Biff Whack l First Starbeam caught it, then Orchard, and then the barkeeper. And each thought a pile-driver had landed on their COUJl. tenances. In the confusion that ensued Bob managed to release himself and staggered to his feet. Then, shoulder to shoulder, he and Billy stood the men off long enough to back away through the doorway. The passage was now filling with excited customers of the saloon, who couldn't tell what was on the cards, other than a free fight. Craig was furious at the success of Bob in eluding them thus far, and when he recognized Billy Davis he felt the ground giving away under himself and his associates in guilt. McCue now had his revolver out, but a small spark of prudence prevented him from u s ing it. To kill Bob before so many witnesses, even if he could, was taking more chances than even that ruffian cared to do. "Make for the back door,'' breathed Bob in Billy's ear, as he S1:Ilashed Starbeam a stunning jab in the nose. Billy did so. The door was not locked, and the boy flung it open. "Come, Bob," he shouted. They started to dash out, only to land in the arms of a stout, shabbily-dressed man. 1 "Not so fast, young fellows," said the man, holding them tight. "Where are you going in suoh a hurry, and what's the row?" At that moment the doorway was filled by Starbeam and Orchard, with McCue and Craig behind. The man who held the boys suddenly released his grip on them and turnea his attention to the others, whom he recognized in the dim light To Bob and Billy's surprise, he whipped out a revolver and said in as swift tone: "Throw up your hands, the four of you. You're under arrest." The man in the yard was Detective Watson. With his left hand he pulled a whistle from his vest pocket and blew a shrill blast. Craig and his associates were aghast, wliJle the rest of the crowd fell back in dismay, piling over one another in their eagerness to regain the barroom. Two policemen vaulting over the fence to the de tective's assistance, while two others appeared at the front cloor of the saloon and prevented any one from leaving. Craig and McCue took of their position behind Starbeam and Orchard to clart back into the saloon and try to escape that way. They soon found that such a move was useless. Wat son paid no further attention to the boys, but Bob, reco g nizing him as the detective in disguise, spoke to him. .Mr. Watson, I am Bob Barron, ancl this is my assistant" "I wouldn't have known you, young man," said the de tective, lowering his revolver as the two policemen slipped handcuffs on the unresi s ting wrists of Starbeam and Or chard, who, recognizing that the game was up, yielded with out a struggle. "We'll look after these men whi l e you chase Craig and McCue," said Bob "They can't get away," replied Watso n. I have men in front "Gee That's fine cried Bill y, enthus i astical ly. "You'll bag the whole four "I expect to," rep l ied the detective "It was a lucky thing you left that note for me at the station, Barron You put me on to a hot scent, and one I've been looking for since I got on the case I guess we've got these c h aps dead to rights this time." "I've overheard enough to send them to State's prison, if I could only prove it," said Bob "We'll prove it somehow, if we have to work the third clegree on them to makfj) one of them turn State's evidence. Stay here with one of the officers while I get the other two The detective and the other policeman entered the now deserted passage and madetheir way to the barroom, whe r e the crowd was huddled together, unable to get out at the front door. While the patrolman remained at the entrance to the passage, Watson pushed his way through the mob, looking for Craig ancl McCue Neither was in the room. The d e tective spoke to one of the officers at the door and was asstuecl that no one had passed out. The d etect ive then looked around the saloon, and saw the door leading off it. He found that it communicated with a narrow ha ll a,n.d a staircase running up to the floor above. Calling two of the policemen to his aid, they rushed u p sta irs and searched the rooms. An open window leading on a low roof suggested how Craig and hi s companion had made their escape. The detective sent one of the policemen to tell the officer in charge o.f the prisoners, in the back yard, to take them to the station house. The other policemen were &dered to follow the detective Bob and Billy thus learned that Craig and McCue had escaped. "Gee! That' s too bad," said Billy. "It's to be hoped that they w on't get clear off," said Bob, in a tone of disappointment "What are we going to do now?" "There's nothing more for us to do but go bac k to the factory, wash up, put o n our clothes and go h o me. Come on So back to the canning establishment they wenii and were admitted by the watchman, whom Bob had pre viou sly n oti fied to be on the l ookout for them CHAPTER XIII. WHAT HAPPENED AT THE FACTORY. "We had quite a strenuous time o.f it to-night. you, es pecially," remarked Billy, whi l e they were resuming their ordinary garments.


24 MAKING A RECORD. "That's what we did." "So those chaps were planning to bmn this place down be.fore daylight, eh?" "Yes, that was their purpose; but it's knocked in the head now." "Craig and McCue will have to leave town now to avbid a.rrest." "They will, of course, H they can get away." "Craig seems to be the biggest rascal of the three, though I don't see much choice." "He's got as muoh nerve as the three put together, if not more. I believe he intended to put me out of the way for good the way I heard him speak in that little room when McCue had me cornered." "I turned up just in time to help you out, didn't I?" "You did, Billy, and I'm mighty thankful you were so prompt. Well, are you ready?" "AU ready." "Then put out the gas." The gas was put out and they were preparing to leave when Billy found that he had dropped his pack of ciga;rettes in the closet or somewhere else. "I'll look up the watchman and you'll find me near the gate, Billy," said Bob. "All right. I'll lock the door," and Billy continued to grope for the missing cigarettes. Bob walked into the yard to find the watchman to let them out. He found him sitting on the steps of the engine house, and they walkerl together io the gate. While Bob was giving him a rapid sketch of what had happened that night at the saloon, two forms crept toward them in the gloom. Suddenly eaoh received a heavy blow on the head that stretched them on the ground. Bob was dazed by the crack, while the watchman was knocked out completely. "Who is this chap with the watchman?" asked the voice of McCue. Craig flaslied a match and then uttered an exclamation of satisfadion. "It's Bob Barron;" he said. "So it is," said McCue. "Then Billy Davis can't be a great way off." "Never mind. Drag the watchman away from the gate. I'll attend to this lad," said Craig, grabbing Bob and rais ing him in his a.rms. As soon as M cCue rejoined him he said to Craig: "What will we do to this fellow, now thait we've got him in our power?" "Take him into the cellar and let him go up with the building." "I'm willin'. It will serve him right for queerin' us, as he has done. But for him me and the boys would be a thousand dollars in pocket, and nary a soul be the wiser or how we earned it. Now, Jim and Jude are in jail, and all we've got to look for is revenge." "There is something more than revenge, Mc Cue. You will get your thousand if the others don't. The men who are backing me will have to ante up when the time comes, or I'd squeal on them, and tlJat would spell ruin for them." "But how am I goin' to get my share wlrnn we'll have to slip out of town the we've set the factory afire?" "There'll be enough money senL on to me for me to square with you and have a good wacl over. Then we can part company, going his own way." "That suits me," replied McCue. While they were speaking they were crossing the yard to ward the engine house, wh"re there 'NUS a side door that afforded entrance to the employees of the factory. Bob was recovering his senses, and he heard every word they said. As a matter of prudence he gave no indication that he had recovered from the e:fl'ects of the cowardly blow he had received, for he was fast in Craig's grip and could not help himself with any hope of success McCue had a key for the door, which he had no doubt obtained for a purpose before his discharge, and he opened up and they passed into the building with their prisoner. "If we could only break into the office safe now," said the rascal, "we could hook all the ready cash on hand." "Don't talk nonsense," replied Craig, impatiently. "We couldn't open the safe to save our lives. There's probably not muoh money in it, anyway, as it was always my custom to deposit all of the receipts but the petty cash in the bank every afternoon, and the new cashier no doubt follows the same plan. "Well, follow me. This is the way to the cellar The sooner we get the work over the better." The cellar was soon reached, and Craig laid Bob down. Flashing a match, he looked at the boy. Bob continued to simulate insensibility, and the ex cashier was deceived. "He's good for an hour or more," he said. "And long before that he'll be burned to a crisp.'' "We'd better tie him to one of these posts to make sure of him," said Mt!Cue. "It isn't necessary If his body was found tied it would look like a murder, and if we were caught, and the firing of this building brought home to us, we'd be up against the hangman, and I'm not anxious to take that risk." Neither was McCue, and Craig's argument silenced him. They proceeded to gather materials, in which the cellar abounded, to start bpnfires in different parts of the place. The factory was a large wooden structure, the floor beams of which rested on the stone walls of the cellar. Two or three good fires started down there would soon communicate with the floor above, and by the time the blaze came to be noticed from the outside, and the alarm brought the fire department to the spot, the interior of the building would be a glowing mass of fire. That's the way the two rascals :figured it out, and there was good ground for their belief. They worked under the light of a gas-jet turned low, and took occasional glances at Bob, who was considering how he could defeat their project and at the same time get away himself. He wondered what Billy would do when he didn't find him at the gate No doubt ,he would wait a reasonable time and then go on a hunt for him and the watchman. Bob lmew fuat Brown had been knocked out, and if Billy


MAKING A RECORD. 25 found his senseless body he would suspect foul play at once and do something. Just what Billy would do in such an emergenc y he couldn't say They worked steadily at their dastarclly employment, and in twenty minutes had collected three b i g piles of i nflam mable material such as they calcula ted would answer their purpose. All being ready to apply a light, McCue rolled up an old newspaper in the form of a torch and approached the gas jet. He stood with his back to Bob, and the boy realized that the moment had come when he rnusi act., and act with li ght ning quickness 'fhe butt of a revolver protruded from McCue's pocket and Bob s eyo caught sight of it. Springing to his feet as li ghtly as a cat, he darted at the rascal, seized and possessed himself of the weapon, and then grasping it by the barrel, struck the ruffian a terrible blow on the forehead as he turned around McCue went dO'WD. like a stricken ox in the shamb les, and never moved a muscle afterward, while the ignited torch slowly burned ioward his hand. Craig heard the crash of his compani on 's fall, turned around and faced Bob. For a momint he stood petrified with surprise and con sternation, then, not noticing the weapon in the boy's hand, he sprang at him with a terrible imprecation. To save himself, Bob raised the revolver and fired. Craig fell forward on his face and lay quite sti ll. CHAPTER XIV. CONCLUSION. "I hope I haven't killed him," mut.lcrcd Bob, with a thrill. "I had io shoot, for in another moment he'd h ave been on me He turned the excashier o ver. His face was bathed in blood, flowing from an ugly wound across the scalp Bob examined the course of the bullet and w as satisfied that the wound was hardly a dangero us one, though Craig might not recover consciousness for hours "They're both in my power now, and I've sa;ed the fac tory," he breathed, with a feeling of great satisfaction "Now to notify the police, or perhaps it would be bette r for me to telephone JHr. Waters first and ask for instruc tions." He decided to do the latter, ancl l eaving things as they were, he rushed upstairs and maclc his way to the office. He got connection with Mr. Waters after some delay, for it was now after midnight, and he recognized his employer's voice at the other encl of the wire inquiring who was there. "It is I, B o b Barron." Mr. Waters 11ttercd an exclamatio n o.f s urprise "What's the trouble, Bob?" "An attempt bas been made io fire the factory by Craig and McCue I spoiled their game I am now at the office. You had better dress m1d come down right away I sup pose I'd better notify the police. Or sha ll I wait for you?" "Wait for me. I'll come down right away." Bob hung up the r eceiver and then retumed to che c ellar to take a look at the two rascals. H e knew it would be some little time befor e l\1r. Water s could reach the office. McCue and Craig l ay where they had fallen. There was a lump o ver the farmer's eye as big almost as a hen 's egg. "I must have hit him a terribl e blow," thought Bob. "I meant business when I struck at him, for my only hope lay in doing him up at the first crack. Well, he deserves all he got, and I hope he'll get all that's coming to him, and the same applies to Craig, whose proper home is in the State prison. By the way, I wonder what Billy is doing? I for got all about him." Bob l eft the cellar and went into the ya.rd. There was no sign of Billy anywhere Bob called to him, without result. Then he looked about for the watchman. He found him stretched out uncons c ious near a pile 0 l umber At that moment he heard a noise in the alley Then a figure followed by others, came scrambling over the fence They came toward him a.ncl h e saw three policemen headed by Billy "That you, Billy?" he said "Why, hello Bob, whert< the dickens have you been?" e jacul ated Billy, in surprise "In the soup-almost "What do you mean?" "Wait till we see if ;Brown can be brought to his senses then I'll explain all." The policemen canied the night watchman -over to a pump and put his h ead under it, while one of them poured som e brandy down his throat. This treatment presently resulted in the man's return to consciousness. Brown could not tell what had knocked him out, but Bob was able to furnish that information He further stated all the facts connected with the attempt to burn the building that the reader is already acquainted. with. Then he l ed all hands to the cellar and showed them the wounded and senseless ra scals, and the three piles of broken wood, and paper, and excelsior that' would have made a fine beginning for a conflagration had they once been i g nited. One of the policemen went upstairs to the office, com municated with the station by telephone, and asked that a patrol wa.gon be sent to the factory at once. Before the wagon got there Mr. Waters arrived,,and he was not a little startled at the sight which the cellar pre sented After Bob bad repeated his story to him, including t he adventure he and Billy had met with at Beckley's saloon, the manufacturer seized his young sh; pping clerk by the hand and thanked him warmly. "You have saved the factory this night by your pluck, Bob," he said, "just as you saved it from being blown up last week by your nerve in venturing out to that old house in order to discover what game Craig and my three em -


26 MAKING A RECORD. ployees were up to. You are certainly an uncommon boy, Ii.ion, under an agreement that they were to be sent to jail and you are making a great record for yourself." for a nominal time. The patrol wagon now came up and the unconscious Craig and l\IcCue were easily convicted and received the prisoners were carried away to the station house, where t hey foll penalty for their offenses, which was tw enty years' were revived and locked up in cells. imprisonment at hard labor in the penitentiary. Bob, Billy and Mr. W atcrs then returned to their homes. Although the striking employees of' the canning houses Bob had hardly gotten into there was a loud eventually had to give up the fight, and as many of them ring at the front door bell. went back to work as the proprietors could employ, for He slipped on bis trousers and went down to see who under no circumstances would the bosses discharge the new the late caller was, for it was now half-past one in the mornhands, the rival establishments lost a great deal of trade. ing. and money as well, before they got into full running shape He found it was a bright young report e r from the "Mill gate Journal" who, having picked up such facts of the at tempted firing of the Waters factory as appeared on the police blotter, had called to get a fuller story from Bob him self. The boy obligingly narrat ed all the particulars of the case, ancl also tolcl him about what had occurred at Be ckley's saloon before and after the detective and the policemen a.rrivecl. Next morning the "Journal" had a graphic story of the night 's events ski llfully written up by the young reporter, who gave Bob full credit for saving the factory, and GOrn plimentecl him on his r emarkab le pluck. Of course this story was read by all the employees of the canning establishment before they reached the factory, and Bob found himself quite a h er o that d ay Bob was the chief witness at the examinatign of the four prisoners in the police court, and though all naturally pleaded not guilty, the evid ence against them was easily sufficient to cause the magistrate to hold them-Craig and McCue as principals and Orchard and Starbeam as accomplices Mr. Waters figured up that Bob had saved not only his building, but his business, which would have been badly disrupted had the establishment been destroyed. As this was the second time the boy had rendered so signal a service to him and as he had almost lost his life in defense of his employer's inter ests the manufacturer determined to reward him handsom e ly. So he called Bob into his office, and after thanking him again for what he had done, presented him with a check for $5,000. The amount nearly took the young shipping clerk's breath away. It looked like a small fortune to him, as indeed it was. Mr Waters also assured him that he regarded him as one of his most valued employees, and would take to advance him in the business as fast as possible. Before the trial of the conspirators came on, both Or chard and Starbeam made a clean breast of the whole busi ness, and they were accepted as witnesses by the prosecu again. During the continuance of the st rike Mr. Waters had to work his people nearly every night, and he got so much new trade, which he was able to hold on to, that he put up an addition to the factory, and hired most of the lat e strik ers at a five per cent. adva nce as were left out in the cold Bob moved into an en larg ed shipping and packing de partment, with two additiona l assistants, and his pay was raised to $20 a week. Subsequent ly he was made ass i stant to the managing clerk, while Billy was promoted lo the post of shipping cler i c The demands of his increasing business compelled Mr. Waters to create the position of genera l superintendent of the manufacturing end of the concern, and Bob got the job at $30 per week. By this time he was Jessie Wiseman's most devoted ad mirer and steady company, and though they were not actually engaged, it look ed as if they would make a match of it. At any rate, h e r paJ:ents looked on him as a remarkably good catch, for he was not only making good money, and saving a large part of his earnings for the future, but there appeared to be some probability that he would get an in terest in the business after a time, for Mr. Waters had come I to look upon him as his right-hand man-a boy who was making a splendid r ecord for himself. THE END. Read" A FIGHT FOR MONEY; OR, FROM SCHOOL TO WALL STREET," which will be the next number (114) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back of 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 mail.


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The great star, Sirius, excites the most admiration when, near the hori zon, it coruscates with rainbow hues. But the astronomer wouHl be glad if he could put a stop to the scintillation of the stars. That unsteadiness of their light is one of the chief obstacles he has to overcome in studying them with the tele scope. Scintillation has generally been regarded as due only to slight disturbances in the atmosphere. But, as recent obser vations have shown that red stars scintillate less than white ones, it has been suggested that the causes for some of the essential differences in the scintillations of different stars may be in the stars themselves. There is no doubt, however, that the main cause of scintillation depends upon the condi tion of the air. Most people suppose that when the stars appear to lose their liveliness of light, and without twinkling, as mi nute, bright points in the sky, fair weather is in prospect. Studies lately made in this country seem to contradict this popular belief. It has been found that when the stars are feeble in their scintillations, foul weather is at hand. The night before a most violent storm in the south, for instance, the stars hung so quietly in the sky that they seemed to have entirely lost their scintillating power. This is said to be only one instance among many which show that an unusual steadiness in the light of the stars pre cedes the appearance of storms. King Meneiik has caused a start to be made on the second section of the Abyssinian Railway, and a host of men are en gaged in preparing the track for the rails, says the Glasgow Herald. No one European Power claims, at present, a privi leged position in the Ethiopian kingdom, and all protest their respect for its indepedence and the open door of commerce. Germany, which is sending over a remarkable expedition to Abyssinia, says that equality of commercial opportunity is all that she desires, while King Menelik is prepared to welcome the attention of all the Powers, concludes the Herald. A Paris newspaper announces the departure of a commer cial mission to Abyssinia, organized by the French Govern ment and carrying a collection of samples forwarded by the various French chambers of commerce. Some interesting experiments with reference to the nutri tive value of foods containing sugar were recently made at the instance of the War Office at Berlin. It is \lo fact, well known to Alpine tourists, that on difficult climbing excursions an increased desire is felt for sweets and sweetened foods, and many who never touch such things at home devour large quantities of them on these tours. It is also frequently remarked that the guides eagerly appropriate any sugar that may be left over, and consume it on the jour ney. Whether the sugar afforded real benefit to the mountain climber was the subject of the German investigation; that is, did the consumption of sugar render the tired muscles capable of renewed exertion? To answer the question conclusively, the subject of the ex periment was not allowed to know that a test was being made. One clay a sweet liquid, containing thirty grams of sugar, was administered; on the next a similar liquid, sweet ened by saccharin to render it indistinguishable from the other, as far as taste was concerned, took the place of the sugar. The result was a complete triumph for the sugar. It was found that a greater amount of work could be accomplished on the days when the sugar was given than on those when saccharin tool{ its place. This serves, as far as it goes, to prove that sugar is food in a true sense, and that it is, in particular, food for the muscles. In the wide central window of a doctor's office which is lo cated on 1.he second floor of a building in a Western city the reflection of two tall tombstones may )le seen regularly for several hours each afternoon. The doctor's name appears prominently in white letters across the pane, and at each end of it rises a tall, white stone just as they stand beside the doorway of a stonecutter's shop half a block away. JOKES AND JESTS. The record of a man who swallowed a fork years ago has been beaten by an exhibitor at French fairs, who was in the habit of putting down bits of glass and metal for the bewilder ment of the spectators. This marvellous regimen seemed to agree with him until lately, when he became morose and lost hisappetite for the sort of food with which his fellow creatures are wont to regale themselves. So he went one day to the hospital, and Prof. Paul Berger, having no difficulty in guess ing the cause of the trouble, was very much interested in the case, but hesitated to operate, as he feared that this might make matters worse. As a crisis was evidently impending, however, the professor decided on running the risk. An in cision was made in the patient's stomach, and from it were removed a fork, bent in twain, a buttonhook, three gimlets, 140 nails, an enormous number of pins, and last, not least, a couple of steel chains, the whole Jot weighing 330 grammes, and showing by their condition that they had sojourned long in the interior of the exhibitor at fairs, who bore the operation extremely well and has rapidly mended ever since. Representative Lorimer, of Chicago, who is a great walker, was recently out for a tramp along the conduit road leading from Washington, when after going a few miles he sat down to rest. "Want a lift, mister?" asked a good-natured Maryland farmer driving that way. "Thank you," responded Mr. Lori mer, "I will avail myself. of your kind offer." The two rode in silence for a while. Presently the teamster asked: "Profes sional man?" "Yes," answered Lorimer, who was thinking of a bill he had pending before the House. After another long pause the farmer observed: "Say, you ain't a lawyer or you'd be talking; you ain't a doctor, 'cause you ain't got no satchel. and you shore ain't a preacher, from the looks of you. What is your profession, anyhow?" "lam a politician," replied Lori mer. The Marylander gave a snort of disgust. "Politics ain't no profession; politics is a disorder." "Now," said Miss Yerner, "you'd better go up and speak to papa." "Oh!" exclaimed Mr. Slokoche, who had finally pro posed, he up yet?" "Yes, he's waiting for you in the sit ting-room, unless he's got tired and gone to bed."


28 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. THE GREEN JASPER RING By John Sherman. The oblong of jasper was carved in an intaglio-a miniature pine with a serpent's head for the trunk. At sight of the ring, a triumphant ejaculation burst from Mr. Bolton's lips. "I place the clue and the case in your hands," said he. "That "What business have you striking a man old enough to be ring is an heirloom in the Malloy family. The older Malloy is your grandfather? Take that, and let him alone!" X>ne of my trusted accountants. He bas a. son-Mort-who as The was low rather than loud, and it was evidently a penman is a marvel." that of a youth suddenly aroused to unresti:ainable indigna"What am I to infer from that?" tion. "The inference is plain enough. It was not my money the The word" were followed by the'noise of a blow, quick as scoundrel who assaulted me wanted; it was the forged check." thought, and by no means light. "Ah, I see." Then there were an apparently smothered execration, hurry"Young Mort Malloy is the forger. He had discovered in ing feet, followed by a slower and firmer tread, and immediately some way th'at I have taken up the check. He knew if he could afterward only the ordinary sounds of a commonly quiet get hold of it and destroy it, he need not fear much of a case locality. being made out against him." Harlem bridge was but a few blocks behind me, and I was on "Why should he have leagued himself with an accomplice? the point of turning from Third avenue into a cross street It strikes me he would be too clever to do that if he is as cun-when I heard what I have just recorded. ning a villain as you suppose." It was a still, moonlight evening, and as I rounded the cor "I am so certain my suspicions are right, that I shall make ner I saw three figures. a charge against him at once." The first was scudding along like a dark phantom in the As the old gentleman spoke, he had halted under a street shadow of the trees which bordered one sidewalk; and be was lamp to inspect more minutely his rifled pockets. rapidly disappearing. "The young scamp has taken with the rest a letter which I The second was on the opposite side, and he was vanishing had not yet read. It was important, too. It was from the head more swiftly in the obscurity of the shaded pavement. of our branch house in London, and contained information in Neither was clearly distinguishable. regard to the financial standing of the gentleman whom I The third was a very elderly gentleman, bent and gray, and should wish to see 'my daughter's husband. The writer was he was obviously in a state of dazed perturbation; he was on the eve of starting for Australia, and I may not hear from coming, step by step, more closely toward me. him again in some time." As we approached each other, I stopped; at the same time I How important a part that letter was to play in the evidence could not help giving utterance to an exclamation of surprise for and against young Mort Malloy, neither of us guessed at and curiosity. the moment. I recognized him as a Mr. Simon Bolton-a wholesale mer chant with a larg(; downtown establishment. He lived in a fine, old-fashioned house a few doors away, and was just returning home from business I "What's up, Mr. Bolton?" I inquired, with a fam1liarlty war ranted by several years' acquaintance. "By all that's lucky! is that you?" he returned, more in remark to the evidence of his eyes than ears, for the old gen tleman was extremely deaf. "It is myself, and none other." "You have happened along in the nick of time. I have just been assaulted and robbed." "Who were your assailants?" The old gentleman had no suspicion as to his or their identity., He had been walking leisurely along when he felt an' arm about his neck and a hand like a vise clutching his throat. The vise-like clutch deprived him of any power to move or think clearly. He knew some other person ran hurriedly across the street, and that a blow had been dealt. But he was under the impression that the two were confed erates, and that the blow was but a pretense designed to con fuse his mind and render pursuit i;nore ineffec tual. An yway, his pockets had been rifled in la lightning flash. A roll of bills had been taken, and also a forged check. The forged check bore what purported to be his signature, had been duly cashed at the bank for a considerable amount, and he had secured it by assuming the responsibility of the deficit. At my suggestion we walked back to the spot where the assault and robbery had been committed. It was at a point midway between two distant street lamps, and, being in the shadow of the bordering trees, was gloomy in the extreme. The light of my ready bull's-eye lantern, however, obviated the difficulty of darkness. I hoped that in the struggle the assailant or assailants might have dropped something which would afford a clue, however slight. My hopes were not disappointed. Our thorough search of the spot was rewarded by finding a seal ring-a small oblong of green jasper set in solid gold. I had no difficulty in finding the young man. In fact, I met him the very next morning before the entrance of a large book-binding establishment where he was employed. He was just going to work, and he looked rather impatient when I stopped him. "I shall be docked if I am late. Can you not let your busi ness wait until the dinner hour?" he said. He was scarcely more than a youth; he had a round, beard less face; his brown eyes had a merry, honest look; his man ner was frank and manly. "Is this ring yours?" I asked, as I held the green jasper in taglio before him. He admitted readily that it was. "Do you remember where you lost it?" "Of course I do; I lost it last evening in a cross street near Harlem Bridge. A tall young chap was choking an old gen tleman, and I interfered. In the scuffie the ring must have been torn from my finger." "You knew the old gentlem\i.n was Mr. Bolton?" "At the moment of the attack I did not. In an instant after ward, though, I saw he was the father of--of--" The young fellow hesitated, and his boyish face colored like that of a school girl. "The father of a very pretty young lady with whom you had been walking a few momei;i.ts before," said I. "I don't know what business you have to catechise me, nor where you got your information, but I am not afraid to admit the latter is correct." I had made a few investigations the previous evening, and I had ascertained that a romantic attachment existed between the accused young book-binder and Mr. Bolton's only daughter. I had learned, too, that the father had no suspicion of the existing state of affairs. But I let the subject drop, and returned to that of the as sault. I "I should think you would have collared Mr. Bolton's as sailant, and handed him over to the police." "He was too much for me; he stopped the scuffle by running away. I pursued him, but it was no use." "What was he like?" "He was very tall and muscular; he was dark as a mulatto; his eyebrows were so dark and heavy, I had a notion they were


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 false. He wore a broad felt hat, and a short cape over his coat." "How far did you follow him?" "Until he jumped into a ligj:J.t buggy and drove away. I knew the horse." "You did?" "It was a little spotted brown and white beast, kept for hire in a livery stable up the Boulevard." At this crisis of our conversation, I had decided that Mort Malloy was innocent of the crime imputed to him by his father's employer. I agreed with Mr. Bolton, however, in his opinion that the forged check had been the object of the assault. As I ceased questioning Mort he thrust his hands in his pockets and turned as it to hurry inside to his work. As he did so, it would seem one hand must have come in contact with an unfamiliar article. For at the instant he suddenly jerked something forth, stared at it, and then whirled abruptly back to me. He looked the picture of dumb amazement. What he had jerked forth were a letter and a small roll of bills. I reached for them, and he handed them over without the slightest hesitation. The letter bore the London post-mark, and was addressed to Mr. Simon Bolton. The bills bore a certain mark, which the old gentleman had mentioned to me, and which stamped them unmistakably as the stolen money. "The mulatto-looking chap must have stuffed them in my pocket during the scuffle," said Mort, looking the picture of consternation. What I thought did not matter. Under the circumstances it was my duty to take the young fellow into custody. My next move was to start for the livery stable up the Boule vard, where a certain brown and white-spotted horse was kept. for hire. I had turned into a parallel avenue a block away, when I noticed an elegantly attired young gentleman walking some distance ahead of me. I recognized him as the young Englishman whom Mr. Bolton had selected as the future husband of the pretty only daughter. He had been welcomed in society as the younger son of a titled family; he was known as the Marquis Clarence St. Clair; and he was reputed to be enormously wealthy. I siniled as I thought of the letter which had been found so strangely in the young book-binder's pocket that very morn ing, and which was now reposing snugly in one of my own. I had delivered that letter to Mr. Bolton about three hours befor e; and the old gentleman had nearly strangled with wrath when he read it. But I was not shadowing the Marquis St. Clair at the mo ment. I was on the trail of the mulatto-looking chap whom Mr. Bol ton believed to be the young book-binder's accomplice. I had already learned that the forged check had been pre sented at the bank by an individual of his description-dark, tall, muscular, and wearing a broad felt hat, with a short cape over his coat. This man without a doubt was the real forger. To track him to his hiding-place, to unmask his identity, was the only way to save young Mort Malloy. As I walked on, carelessly eyeing the elegant marquis just ahead, he sauntered up to the stabl e yard connected with one of the small hotels which abound in that locality. A groom appeared and took his order for a sadd le horse; evidently it was his intention to enjoy a canter down the ave nue which was just beginning to fill with equestrians and brilliant equipages. At that moment a coarse l y-dressed man who had been loiter ing across the street, turned and walked up to him: I had approached so closely that as I stood sheltered by an angle of the building, I could hear their words and see the expression of their countenances. As the man spoke I

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Every boy should know how to row a.nd sail a boat Full instructions are given in this little bo-0k, together with instructions on swimm ing and ridiug, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.A comp lete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for d iseases pec.iliar to the horse. No. 48. HOW 'l'O BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy b ook for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them': Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1 NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK. Conta ining the great orade of human destiny; also the true mean ing of alm ost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23 HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Ever ybody dreams, from the litt l e ch ild to the aged man and w-0man. This little book gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, t-0gether with lucky a n d u n l ucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW '.rO TELL FORTUNES.-Ever yone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or m i sery wealt'h or poverty You can tell by a glance at this little book Buy one and be convinced Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 7t1. HOW TO '.rELL FORTUNES BY THID HAND.Containing rul es for telling fortunes by the aid -0f lin es -0f thehand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles marks, scars, etc. Illustrated, By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6 HOW TO BECm.JE AN ATHLETE.-Giving full instrncdon for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs parallel bars, h orizontal bars and various other methods of developing a go-0d, llenlthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrat ion s Every boy can b<'C''me strnng anJ healthy by following the instructions contained in I his little book 1 'o. 10. IIOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. C011tai11ing oYcr thirty illustrations of guard8, blows, and the ditfer ent pos i tions -0f a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive b-0oks, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25 HOW TO BECOl\flll A GYl\INAST.-Containlng full instructions for all kind'3 of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Eimt-tacing thirty-five illustrations By Professor W Maedonald. A h andy and useful book. N-0. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for f encing ancl the use of the br-0adsw-0rd; also instruction in archery. Described with t7>'enty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions in fencing. A complete bo-0k. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 5 1. R0W '.rO DO '.rRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing exp !:mations of t'he general principles of sleight-of-baud applicable t:.o card tricks; of card tricks with -0tdinary cards, ancl not requiring ;{eight-of-band; of tricks involving s l eight-of-hand, or the use of prepared cards. By P rofe ss-Or Haffner. Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TllICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lustrations. By A. Anderson. No, 77. HOW .ro DO l !'ORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS. Containinl,'f deceptive Card 'l'ri<:ks as performed by l eading conjurora and mag1c1u.ns. Arranged for home amusement. E'ully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great b-Ook of magic and card tricks, containing fu ll instruction -0n all the l eadi ng card tricks of the clay, also most popu lar magical illusions as performed by mag1c1ans ; every boy should obtain a copy of this b-Ook, as 1t Will both amuse and instruct. No .. 22. HO!V TO DO SECOND SIGH'.r.-Heller's second sight explamed b.l'. his former Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried -0n between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanalion of second sight:' No. 43. HOW 'IO BECOl\IE A MAGICIAN.-Containing the gran!1est of magical illu sions eve1 placed before the public Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEl\IICAL 'I'ltICKS.-Containing over hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with ch emicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomel y illustrated. No. 69, HOW 'l'O DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over fifty of the latest and best tricks u sed by magicians. Also oontai nmg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A Anders-0n. No .. 70. HOW '.1'0 1\lAKEJ MAGIC TOYS.-C-0ntaining full d1rect1ons for makmg l\lagic 'I'oys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. E'ully 1llust1ated. No. 73 HOW. 'l'O J?O 'I'IUCKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many cunous with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. .No 7.5. IIO\y TO A CONJUROR. Containing tn. cks "'.1t1?-Domm?s, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing tb1rty-s1x illustrations. By A. Anderrn n No. 78, TO DO TIIE _BLACK ART.-Containing a e-0m. plete descnpt10n of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together with many wonderfu l experiments. By A. Anderson. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW '.fO AN INVENTOR.-Every Q.oy should h-0w o_r1_gmated. This bo-0k explains the m all, g1vmg examples_ m hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pueumat,1cs, mechanics, etc. 'lhe m-0st instructive book p ubli she d. No. HOW TO AN ENGINEJER.-Containing full 1i:istructions how to proceed m -0rder to become a l oc-0motive en g1!1eer; also for buildi_ng a model loc-0motive; together with a full description of everytlung an engineer should kn-0w. No. 57. HOW TO MAKEJ MUS'()AL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions h-0w to make a B31njo, Violin, Zither, .lE-0lian Harp, Xyloph,,ne and other musical mstruments; t-0gether with a brief de scription -0f nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 50. HOW '1'0 MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the la11tcrn, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomel y illustrated. By J obn Allen. No. 71. HOW '1'0 DO 1\IECHANICAL TRICKS.-C-Ontaining c-0mplete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. l!'ully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LET'.PERS.-A most c om plete little bo-0k, containing full directions for writing love -letters, .and when to them, giving specimen letters for y-0ung and old. No. 12. IlOW 'l'O WRI'l'E LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instru<'t.ions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters pf inir-0duction. notes and requests. No. 24 HOW 'l'O WRITE LET'l'ERS .ro GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for wriling to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instrurtion. No. 53. IIOW TO WRITE LID'l''.rERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father mother, siste r, br-0ther, employer; and, in fact, everybodv and any:' body you wish to write to. Every young man and eVery y-0ung lady in the land sb-0uld hav<> this book. No. 74. HOW 'l'O WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions writing letters on alm-0st any subject also rules for punctuation and composition, with sperimen letters'.


THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.--Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderfn I lit tic book. No .. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUl\IP SPEAKER. Co!!tan11ng a vaned of 1:1tump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing fo r home amuse ment and amateur shows. No. 45. 'l'IIID BOY8 OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE :AND JOKI!) BOOK.-:-Sometbing new and very instructive. Every boy. obtam this as it coutains full instructions for 19rcamzmg an amatcnr mmstrel troupe. No. 65 i\l ULDOON'S JOKES.-'l'his is one of the most original JOke ever and it is bri!Ilful of wit and humor. It contarns a large collection of songs, Jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the Ever;Y boy _who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain a copy 1mmecl1ately. No .. 79 HQW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com plete mstruct1ons how to make up for various characters on the stage_; togl".tber with the duties of the Stege Manager, Prompter, S cemc Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. 80. GUR WILLIAllIS' JOKE BOOK-Containing the latest JOkes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowped and ev e r popular comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome color e d cover contammg a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. 16. H9W TO KEEP A, WIND.OW GARDEN.-Containing full mstructions fo1 constructmg a wmdow garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The t!!lost complete book of the kind ever pub li shed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-Ooe of the most instructive books o n cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats fish, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular c ooks No. 37. HOW 'l'O KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for e verybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will tcaeh you how to make almost auything around the house, such as parlor ornaments b r a ckets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. N o. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de scription of tile wonuerful uses of electricity and electro magnetism together with full instruction s for making Electric 'l'oys, Batteries' e tc. By George Trebel, A. 111., M. D. Conlaining over fifty ii: lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO l\IAKE ELECTRICAL l\IACHINES.-Con taining fnll uirections for making electrical machines, induction c oils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. B y R A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67 HOW '1'0 DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks together with illustrations. By A; .Anderson. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fo !'" teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from a!l the popular :iuthors of prose and poe try, arranged in the m o nt simple and conc1s3 manner possible. No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Glvi'ng rul es for con d u ct!ng d'" bates, outlines for debater, questions for discussion, and tbe bNt sources fo r procuriug on t h e gi ven. SOCIET Y No. 3. HOW T O FLIR'l'.-The arts anct w il es ot fli rtation an fully explai ned by this little book Besides the various meth o ds of li:u:.dkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window and bat flirtation, it co n tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowe rs, w h i ch i i in.teresting to everybody, both o ld a n d young. Yo u cannot be bappJ Without one No. 4 HOW TO DANCE is the title of a n ew and han dsome little book just i ss ued by !<'rank Tousey. It contains full inst ruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room a nd at partie1, h'v to dress, and full directions for calling off i n a ll popular square dances. No. 5. IIOW TO MAKE LOVE.A complete g u i d e to love, and marriage, giving sensib l e advi ce, r ules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and interestin g t hi n gs not g en i,rally known. No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction i n the art of dressing and appearing well at home and ab road gi ving the selections of <'olors, material, and how to h ave them mad e u p. No. 18. IIOW TO BECOlllE BEAUTIFUL.-On e of the brightest and most valuable little books ever give n to. the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beantiful, both male a n d female. The secret is simple, and almost costle s s R ead this boek and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS No. 7. BOW T O KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomel y illustrated and containing Cull instructions for the management and training of the canary. mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 31). HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY. PrnEONS AND RABBl'l'S.-A u sefu l and instructive book. Hands omely illus trated. By Ira Dl'OCraw. No. 40. HOW TO i'.IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Inclnding h i n t1 on bow to cakh moles, weasels, otte r rats, squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harring ton Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANillIALS.-:A. valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountinr and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Gi ving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, k eeping, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also givi n g full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book o f the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIEJNTIST.-:A useful and in structive book, givipg a complete treatise on chemistry; als o ex periments in acoustics, mechanics. mathematics, chemistry, a n d di ENTERTAINMENT. rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thi No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VE;\;Tlt!LOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equa l ed. K ennedy The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete band-bo ok for thi s book of instructions. by a practical professor (delighting multimaldng all kinds of candv. e tc. t udes every night with bis wonderful \milations). can master the No. 8-1. IIOW TO BECOME A1'1 AU'l'tiOR.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the greatest book published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. manne1 of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20 HOW ro ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatness, legibility aud general com v ery valuable little book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successC ul author. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions. comic recitations, etc., suitable Hiland. for parlor or n Square, New Voris.


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