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.. Behold the treasure of the secret caves!" said Titania, as the three natives, in obedience command, removed basket after basket full of golden coin from the stone shelf and displayed them before the astonished eyes of the boy.


( Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY luued Weeld11-B11 Subscription IZ.fiQ per 11ear. E11tered according to d.ct of Congreaa, in the 11ear 1007. in the oJflce of the Librarian of Co11g1esa, Warh i11gton, D. C., 1>11 Frank Tousev, Pub!i1he1, 24 Union Squar, New York, No. 117. NEW-YORK, DECEMBER 27, 1907. PRICE 5 CEN TS. I H Young Gold I\ing OB, THE TREASURE OF THE SECRET CAVES By A SELF-MADE MAN CHAPTER I. BOUND FOR' THE ANTIPODES. ".All hand's aloft! Make sail!" roared the chief mate of the Golden Fleece from the deck. "Shake out those reefs! Be lively, my bullies! Set stu'ns'ls Sheet home!" The jaunty-looking .American clipper, bound from San Francisco to Melbourne, Aqstralia, was well over the bar. 'I1:ie tug had cast off and: was coming around on her retu'rn trip, leaving a creamy-white semicircle of foam in her wake. Captain Rockwell, his daughter Nellie, a bright eyed miss of sixteen, and Richard Savage, sprucely -dressed but sickly-looking youth of eighteen, the only son of one of the owners of the vessel, were at the taffrail waving their adieus to Mr. and Mrs Savage and the men on the tug .Astern lay the "Heads," the entrance to the Gold en Gate, whence they had come, while to the leeward stretched t)le coast of California, a long, shelving beach of white sand. Seaward the ocean lay like a sheet of &parkling gold in the light of the setting sun. .A solitary fis hing smack, an Italiarr era.ft, bound inward, was crossing the yellow pathway, and her sail, flaunting in the sun's 1ace, looked like a blOod-red banner. The peculiar cry of the seagulls, wheeling lazily around the vessel, seemed like a kind of hon-voyage to those bound for the fa.r south Pacific. "Well, Miss Nellie, we're off at l ast, said Richard Sav age, as the tug lengthened her distan'C0 from the sailing craft. "It will be some months before either of us s et our eyes again upon the golden shores of California. Do you feel homesick at le aving San Francisco, the place where you were born and lived all your lif e?" ".A little bit, Mr. Savage," replied the girl. "Oh, don t call m e Mr. Savage. Call me Richard," said the boy, impatiently. "All the girls ca.11 me that, whiile 1'le boys call me Dick." "But I hardly know you well enough yet to call you by r y our first name. Besides, you are the son of one of the owners, and--" "Never mind who I'm the son of. As to not knowing me wQJ.l enough why, we are go1 ing to b e together for months and are soon bound to be very well acquainted." ".Aren't you homesick yourself?" she asked. "Me? Not a bit of it. Frisco is a jolly town, I know, and I'm leaving a whole lot of fellows and girls behind, but the family sawbones said I was li ving at too rapid a pace, burning the midnig.hf oil, after a fashion, and my health was so run down that if my people didn't want to plant me in Lon e Mountain they'd better send me on a lon g sea voy age, so here I am, bound for the antipodes." "You don't look very well, that's true, but papa says you'll soon pick up." "Sure, I will, especially in such charming company as yourself," and Richard Savage cast an adm iring glance at the captain's pretty daughter. Nellie Rockwell blushed a littl e under his ardent and turned her face toward the fast receding tug. Riobard Savage smiled complacently. .Although social l y a considerable distance above Miss ..


2 A YOUNG GOLD IUNG. Rockwell, he admired the girl on account of her good looks "Why, Jack!" cried the girl, in a tone of pleasant surand winning ways. prise, as her eyes rested on the boy who had ju st taken His garments were of the best quality and of a fashioncharge 6f the wheel. "I did not notice you before How able cut. long have you been at the wheel?" He sported a gold watch and chain, with a diamond"Not mor e than a minute, Nellie," he answered, with studde!l pendant, and wore a diamond ornament in his a cheerful smile. necktie. "Well, I'm awfully glad to see you Isn't it funny that In the captain's safe was a draft made out in his name I should be aboard the ship with papa?" for a fat amount on a Melbourne banker, which be was at "It's rather unusual to have a lady passenger, I'll admit, liberty to spend in having a good time while the vessel was but I'm bound to say that you're as welcome as th flowers discharging her cargo and taking aboard another at the in May." colonial capital. "Upon my word, you said that very nicely, Jack," Finally, lie was good-looking, and thought a whole lot of laughed the girl. "You are certainly improving." himself. "Am I?" laughed the boy. "I'm glad to hear it." Such was Richa.rd Savage, the only and rather self-willed "You are, indeed. We'll see a good deal of each other son of the wealthy senior partner of the shipping firm that now, won't we?" owned the Golden Fleece. "I have no doubt we will." Being accustomed fo lord it over the servants of the fam"Aren't you glad?" she asked, coquettishly. ily mansion; over his parents, especially his mother, and "You need .hardly ask that question; but you must reover all his fri1mds and acquaintances who would stand for member that I'm not my own master now, as I was ashore. it, and most of them did,.he expected to boss things aboard We can only meet occasionally as my duties perm,it. I can the Golden Fleece as fa.r as he chose to exercise that privnot come on the poop except when it is my trick at the ilege. wheel, and if you ca.re to see me when I'm off duty you will His fatber practically owned the vessel, eso he expected have to come as far as the waist, at any rate." all hands from the captain down would take their hats off "I'll come At any rate, I'll see you at the wheel. Reto him, so to speak. member,'' she added, laying her shapely hand on his a rm Ii they failed to treat him with the respect and consid e r"you hav e promised to teach me to steer the ship, and I ation he looked for, he made up his mind that there would shall.hold you to your word." be something doing when the ship got back toSan Fran"I shall be glad to do that," he answered; "but I'm cisco. afraid you'll not find mu ch fun in it, nor will you find it an Such were his thoughts when he boarded the vessel in easy job." the stream, with his father and moth e r, before she lifted "I promise to be a patient pupil, anyway," she replied, anchor. .smilingly. Then he was introduced, to Nellie Rockwell. "Supper is waiting for us, Miss Nellie," interposed He was in:nnensely taken with her, and decided that he Richard Savage, impatiently. would monopolize her society during the voyage While she was talking to the young he had been He expected her to appreciate the fact of being on intistand ing with a frown of annoyance on his face, one of mate with a young gentleman of his advantages, and his hancls resting on the brass ra.il of the companion stairs. that she would devote herself wholly to hi s entertainment He could not und erstand how she could waste so much At the same time he found hirnsel making a strong bid iime on a common sailor, and he was jealous because she for her fa.vor, as he was anxiolts to s tand "ell with her, and did so. was prepared to make certain concessions, if necessary, in "l will come in a moment, Mr. Don't wait for order to do it. me." The sky was now aglow with the la st rays of the sun fast "I thought you were going to call me Richard?" he said, vani s hing below the far -off sea lin e in a piqued tone, not ta.king advantage of her permission to 'l1he Golrlen Fleece, every sai l sp r ead to the light retire. breeze, was eating her way, as it were, through the golden "Will you be on duty here some time, Jack?" she asked shaft of fire tha.t shot a.cross the waves. the young not noticing 8avage's last remark. The ship's bell forward slowly struck .four times. "I'll be here two hours 'T'his is the beginning of the The seaman, whose trick at the wheel had now expired, s econd dog-watch. At fom bells, or eight o'clock, I'll be glanced e.."i'.poctantly forwa.rd. relieVetl." In a moment or two a stalwart, fine-looking lad in .the "Well, .I must go to tea now. I'll see you when I'm u s ual rig of a foremast hand at sea, sprang up the ladder through." l eading to the poop, and walked bri skly aft to relieve the "All right, Nellie. I'll be glad to enjoy as much of your old weather-beaten sea.dog at the wheel. company as you may care to honor me with no'Z. that I'm Captain Roc kwell had already gone below. under sea orders." The steward, a mulatto, popp ed his head up the com"Oh, you see enough of me before we reach Melbourne. panion-way fronting the brass-hood e d binnacle and an-It's quite a lon g trip in a sailing vessel." nouncecl. to the young people at. the taffrail that supper was "Yes. I'm thinking you'll find it tiresome long before on the table. you get near our destination." : 'Phis was a sl.gnal for Nellie and Richa.rd to turn around "Do you think so?" she said, as she moved away. "Now, and leave the rail. I don't agree with you. Good-by."


/ ( A YOUNG GOLD KING. :'Good-by, Nellie I a and li ghted the lamp in the binnacle so he could "I don't see what you find about a common sailor to I see the face of the compass. tal k so long to him," said Richard Savage, petulantly, as he This was his gu ide now, the sailor whom he had reliev e d followed her down the brass-bound stairs having given him the course "Don't you?" she rerlied, with a toss of her head. "Jack The breeze had stiffened a bit at s undown, but nQt enough '.Archer and I are old friends. And he isn't a common to careen the vessel to any extent to the leeward sailor, either," with some spirit in her voice. Steering the ship und er the present condit ion s was child's "All sa. i l ors are common,'' persisted the youn g aristocrat, play to him, and did not absorb his whole attention di sda infully. He had time to of va riou s things, and probably the "That's where you're mistaken. This is Jack's last trip fair girl in the cabin, whose si l very lau g h occasionally came before the mast. He will go out as second mate on the next to his ears up the companion -way, occupied her share of his voyage. Papa says competent to do that now, but there thoughts. was no for him this trip. He considered an. old friend, since they had known "Mates are not so much better than sailors," sneered each othe r a.II of six years Savage ['hey had always been good friends, too, though they "Aren't they?" laughed the girl. sometimes h ad their s ham battles just to add spice to their "No. They graduate from the forecastle. You can't friendship. mak e a silk purse out of a sow's ear." In fad, they were very like brother and sister in their "Indeed," cried Nellie, with a scornfu l look at her comattitude to each othe r. panion. "Perhaps I might be allowed to say that all's not At length Nell i e came running up the companion: stairs, gold that glitters, either followed by Richard Savage. "What do you mean by that?" demanded Richard, a.I-The long edge of gray haze which l ay around the eastern most angrily, having an idea that the girl was giving him horizon, on which the dark rim of the sea was defined, as a shot with the sweep of a soft brush dipped in indigo, had been "Nothing more than what you meant by your remark," lightening during the l ast few minutes-at first she replied, sauci ly, taking her seat at the table. with a faint radiance, then a thread of silver ran albng the Ric h ard look ed disgruntled, and began to eat in silence. line of vapor, brighter and brighter at one point, CHAPTER IL I RICHARD SAVAGE HAU'Ls IN HI$ HORNS A BIT. L eft alone at h is post, J Archer attended to hi s duty of keeping the vessel on her course. He kept his eye op. the weather leach of the rnaintopsail yard. When the sail began to flap a bit he knew the ship was falling off, and he rectified the matter by moving the wheel a spoke or two. \ Jack Archer was a fine lad and a protege of Captain Rockwell's He was an orphan. His father had been a warm friend of the master of the Golden Fleece, and when Jack was thrown on his own resources by the death of his surviving parent the skipper had offered to take him to sea and teach him the business. J ack accepted the invitation gratefully, and though the captain played no favorites at sea, he gave the young sailor every opportunity to get ahead in his The boy had chances afforded him to put in hi s spare time studying navigation, and by using his eyes he soon became thoroughly fam iliar with the duties that fall to the lot of a ship's mate He was able to calculate a ship's pos ition at sea by the most approved methods, and knew how to hanclle a vessel in theory under any condition He was familiar with the mysteries of the most complex knots, and knew how to repair damages to any part of a sailing era.ft. In a word, he was a thoroughly practical sailor As da_rkness came over the face of the ocean, and the shadows fell upon the tophamper of the vessel, Jack struck until the arc h of the moon rose s lowly, like the fa.bled Ven u s from her co11 c h in the sea. Nellie struck the deck at that momen t. "Oh, isn't that lovely!" s he cried, rapturou s ly. "Isn't it, Jack?" "Yes," replied the young sailor, without any special en thusiasm, for he had seen the sight so often that it was an old story with him. "It's almost as lovely as somebody I know." The girl easi l y understood th e compliment bis words im plied, and she flashed a swi;ft g lance at him through the darkness, whil e the color mounted in her face and her heart beat a shade quicker. Richard Savage also heard his remark, understood its import, and muttered somet hin g savage l y between hi s teeth "Come, Nellie," he said, catchi n g her by the arm, l et's go ove.r by the rail. This sailor has his work to at tend to." "No," she replied, "I'm going to talk to Jack. Will you permit me to introduce you, and then we can all three chat together?" "You'll have to excuse me," he said, stiffly, walking away iil a huff. "He's mad,'' laughed the girl to Jack. "But I don't care He's too tony for me, anyway. I'm sony he came with us, for I don' t think I shall li ke him a bit "I guess he doesn't want to know an every-clay sai lor like me. Well, just wait till a bit of rough weather hits us. It will take all the sta rch out of that dud e," 'chuckled Jack. "Oh, I sha'n't like rou g h weath e r a bit, at least, not at first. I know I shall be dreadfully seasick. "I'm afraid that's one of the penalties of coming to sea, Nellie. But you won't be under hatches long, that's one con so la ti on


4 A YOUNG GOLD KING. "How do you know I won't? Suppose a storm comes up that lasts a week? Where will I be all that time?" "In your little bunk, probably,') grinned Jack. "At any rate, you ll have my sympathy." "If that would cure me I'd be under lasting obligations to you, but I'm a.fraid that it wouldn't." "I'll tell you what would cure you quicker than anything else." "What( I'd like to know," she said, eagerly. "A piece of nice, fat pork held in front of your nose," laughed Jack. "You horrid fellow!" cried the girl, giving him a playful pinch on the arm. "You know that would make me twice as sick." "Only for a short time, and then you'd come around like a bird. I know, for it was trie d on me." At that moment Ca. ptain Rockwell came on deck and glanced a.t the compass card. Nellie then walked over to the spot where Richard Sav age was gnawing his finger nails in s ullen anger. of the ship. Mr. Richard, let me introduce you to .Jack Archer." Richard bowed rather stiffly, a nd gingerly accepted the hand that Archer ext.ended to him. "Glad to know you, Mr. Savage,;' said Jack breezily. Richard murmured something that Jack could not under stand, and then the three began. to talk togeth er, but the young aristocmt devoted the greater part of his cohversar ti.on to Nellie. At length four bells were struck again, which was the signal of Jack's relief, and the beginning of the first watch, from eight o'clock till midnight. A sailor came forward to take the wheel. Jack gave him the course, and after remaining about five minutes to finish his conversation with ellie and her com panion, he bade them both good-ni ght, a.ncl, greatly to Rich ard's satisfacti on, went forward to turn in. CHAPTER III. "Well,' Mr. Richard, are you very much provoked with BILL BLAINE. me?" she asked him with a merry twinkle in her eyes. The wind held light for nearly a week, and neither N el" I don t see why you want to talk to that fellow in preflie nor Richard Savage experienced even the suspicion of erence to me," he growled, ill-humoredly. seasickness. 1 "Didn't I tell you that Jack and I a.re old friends? I Richard himself began to feel much better physically think as much of him as though he were my, brother. You than he had been for many months pa st, and he also grew ought to l et me introduce you to him. You'd find him one quite cocky over the fact that he was not seasick. of the nicest boys you ever met." Jack Archer sa. w Nellie frequently, but it \>as nearly al" I dare say," replied Richard, sarcastically; "but I'm not ways in the company of Savage, who clung about the accustomed to talking to common boys.'! girl like a leech, and showed a tinge of jealousy every time "Oh, fudge!" replied Nellie. "You'll get over that feel-she approached the young sailor. ing before you reach Melbourne. What's the use of being Finally the sixth morning broke d'fill and threatening. so exclusive on board ship?" added the independent little There was a rough sea on, to which the ship courtesied miss. "It's all very well when you're at home, where you with the grace of a French dancing-master, and then rolled can choose your own associates. But here it is different. to the leeward, her head rising as she aft.erward rolled to Can't you see that? Papa says the sea is the grea.test level er the windwaxd. in the world. That it will bring even a king to his knees. There was nothing unplea sant about this motion to the If you only expect to talk to papa and me I'm afraid you'll people aboard who had acquired their sert legs, but it soon find yourself rath er lonesome." knocked all the pleasures of lif e out of Nellie Rockwell and Young Savage wasn't used to being talked to in that RichaTd Savage, who awoke in their berths feeling very mis fashion, even by his mother, and it went against his grain. erable indeed. Still, he did not feel disposed to quarrel with so charming Jack Archer and his chum, Butch Whitbeck, a jolly, but a creature as the captain 's daughter, especiaUy as she was not over-handsome, boy of about his own age, were sitting the only one aboard be had any disposition to be on friendly together with their backs against the mainmast, conversing. terms with. 1 They were both members of the fiTSt mate's watch, which While lte was provoked with her independent spirit, went on duty this morning at four o'clock. somehow or another he could not help liking her all the It was now after six, and there wasn't the slightest sign more because she didn't kowtow to him. of the sun. He saw that to secure her favor he must make an effort "Looks as if we're going to have a gale, Jack,'' said Whitto propitiate her, and this was rather a new experience for beck, hunching up his knees. him with the girls. "We'll have it, all right,'' replied his companion. "I "Well,'' he said, a bit ungraciously, "you can introduce took the liberty of looking at the baTometer when we turned me to your friend Jack." out, and I looked at it a few minutes ago again. It is fa11"Now you're acting sensibly, Mr. RichaTd!' she replied, ing, and has been falling, the mate told me, since midwith a pleased laugh. night." "I wish you'd drop the mister, Miss Nellie,'' said Rich"That dude we've got aboard, who has been putting on axd, pettishly. airs because he has not been sick, will get all that's coming "Oh, I couldn't, that is, not just yet. Wait till I know to him now,'' chuckled Whitbeck. you better." / "That's w;h.at he will,'' grinned Jack. "I can't say that Nellie led the way to where Jack stood with his weatherI have any sympathy to wast.e on him. Every time he's brown hands on the spokes of the wheel. talked to me he seemed to consider it a kind of condescen"Jack, this is Richard Savage, son of one of the owners sion on his part." i


A YOUNG GOLD KING. 5 "Those kind of ohaps make me sick," said Butch "I suppose he thinks because his father owns this ship we ought to get down on our knees to him. Well, you won't catcli me s alaaming to him. Not on your tintype!" At that moment there was a call from the mate for the watch to shorten sail. J a.ck and Butch sprang to their feet and both were soon scrambling up the ratlines like a pair of monkeys. In a few minutes they were :Q.anging out on the foretop sail yard, helping to furl the sail. Some of the canvas was taken in entirely, and reefs were made in the other sails. Then the boys returned to the deck. Half a gale was soon blo wing and the pitch of the vessel increa s ed to a COIJ-si d e rable extent. In the course of an hour breakfast was served out to the crew, and they ate like men to whom the, pains of dyspepsia were as a sealed book. The captain and the first mate brealdasted alone in the cabin that morning, for neither Nellie nor Richard Savage were in a condition to leave their berths. The weather continued about the same all day, and to ward night the barometer began to rise again Next morning there was s till a pretty good sea running, but the sky was clear an.Cl. the sun rose in all his customary glory. On this morning Jack and Butch went on duty in the forenoon watch, which began at eight and lasted till noon. Jack was sent forward to take a spell as lookout. About nine o'clock he saw something dark bobJ:iing up and down on the waves right ahead. It was impos s ible for him to tell what it was, owing to the di s tance that intervened. He kept his eye on it, however, and in the course o f ten minutes made it out to be a large hencoop, with something stretched across the to.p of it. He reported the fact to the first mate, who brought his glass to bear on the object. The offic er soon made out that a man was either clinging to the coop, or was la s hed to it. He, sent word to Captain Rockwell, who was in the cabill' vorably impress Captain Rockwell, and he addre s sed the fellow rather sharply "What' s your name?" was the fir s t question the skipper put to him. "My name," replied the man, slowly, in a hoarse tone that seemed to rome from his boots, "is Bill Bllaine." "Bill Blaine, eh ? How came you to be on that hen coop ?'" "Me and the hencoop is all that' s left of the brig Wellington." "How and when did the brig founder?" "In a corkin' ga.16two nights ago." "Who was the master, where did she hail from, and where bound?" ... "The skipper's name was Jenkins. We was bound from Sidney tO San Franci sco with a load of coal." The captain asked him several other questions and then told the mate to fit him out with a drysuit of tog s from the slop chest, and to take him forward to the galley, wher e the negro cook would give him s mething to eat. "I don't like the chap's looks," s aid the mate, subseq uent ly, to his superior. "Nor I," replied the captain. "He looks for all the world like one of those South Sea I sland beach-combers, and you know what class of men they are. Formerly gradu ates from Botany Bay, and other Britis h penal settlements in Australia, they are now not a whit better than their predecessors. This chap has the face of a rascal in every line, and his eye is the eye of an man not to, be trusted. Take him into your watcli apd keep a sharp lookout on him." Bill Blaine, the newcomer, ate all that the cook set before him and then retired to the forecastle, where a spare bunk was assigned to him. He toosed his dry clothes OD' the foot of the bunk, got rid of his wet ones', and crawling under the blankets, was soon snoring away as though he had been in1the ship since she left port. He woke up late in the afternoon, sat up with his bare l egs dangling out of the bunk and looked around the gloomy sailor's parlor. Thenhe began wsing in a fog-ho rn voice: looking after his sick daughter. "Thirteen dead men 'round' the carpenter's chest The skipper came on deck, took a look at the coop and Yo ho, and a bottle of rum! then ordered a boat lowered to pick up the man, who was 'Old Nick and the sharks have, got the rest, evidently alive, for he was seen to turn his head and look y 0 ho, and a bottle--" at the approaching vessel. The ship was hove to, the boat was sent away, and the un-"Hello, my bully I" he said, breaking off suddenly and fortunate stranger, who proved to be a sailor,. was soon on looking across at Jack Archer, who had been lying with his board. clothes on uponhis bunk and who had started up when the As soon as he was taken from the coop, the mate, who had fellow began his vocal offering. "Hand me a chaw of gone with the boat roduced a flask of brandy and poured 'baccy, will you?" a good dose down man's throat. "Sorry that I cah't oblige you, but I don't chew," replied It put life into tHe 'fellow at once, ailld he sat up without J a.ck. help. "You don't---chew !"replied Blaine, slowly. "You don't After the boat was raised to the davits the rescued chap chew!" he repeated. "Sa.y, what kind of a hybrid aniIIJal stepped down on deck with a little help from the boat's crew are ye anyway?" and looked ore and aft with a seaman's experienced eye. "I'll get you some tobacco," replied Jack, springing out The mate led him aft to give an account of himself to the of his bunk. captain. "That's right, my hearty," cried the fellow. "Now yer He was a pretty hard-looking object, as he stood baretalkin'." headed in his soaked garments before the skipper. Jack seemed part of a plug for the derelict and brought There was a sinister glint in his eyes that did not fait to him.


. 6 A iOUNG GOLD KING. Jte took a big bite of the compressed weed, eyeing Jack all the time from head to foot, as if sizing the lad up, and then put the rest of the plug under his pillow "What's yer name, younker?" he asked. 1 "Jack Aroher, a:t:id yours is Bill Blaine, I believe "You believe right, then," chuckled the fellow. "Say, what's the name of this old hooker?" "The Golden Fleece, George Rockwell, master, seven days from 'Frisco, and bound for Melbourne," said J a.ck. "Bound for where?" exclaimed Bill Blaine, suddenly stopping his jaws. "Melbourne, Australia." The derelict ripped out an imjlrecation and glared sav agely at J a .ck. The boy was startled by the nasty look in his eyes. "So this hooker is bound for Melbourne, is she?" he mut tered, in a hissing tone. "Cuss Melbourne and the hull British-say, my hearty, kin you get me a drink of rum? l m sick, and I need it. Y-0u git it and me and you's friends." Jack thought he'd rather be excused from having such a rascally-looking chap for a friend. However, he didn't let the fellow suspect his sentiments, but told him he'd get the liquo r. Representing that Bill Blaine was not feeling well; he got a glass of stiff spirits from the chief mate and brought it to the derelict. The fellow threw it off at a gi1lp, winked one eye, smacked his lips, and started to get into the garments the mate had given him. CHAPTER IV. SAVED FROM THE SEA. Next morning while Jack was at the wheel Nellie came up the companion s tairs, looking rather seedy. "Good-morning, Nellie. Glail to see you on yoill' pins again. How are you feeling?" "Don't mention it, Jack," she replied, with a little grim ace. "I've been dreadfully ill. I thought I should die." "Die! Nobody dies of seasickness, not unless there's something else the matter with them. Say, how is Sav age?" he added, with a grin. "Papa to.Jd me that he was twice a s sick as I was." "Ho He was the boy that didn't think he was going to get sick this side of Melbourne. I hope it's taken some of the conceit out of him. Isn't he out of his bunk yet?" "I haven t seen him." "If he knew you were talking to me now he'd be up here if he had to crawl," chuckled Jack. "What makes you think so?" "He's deaCl jealous of me talking to you," "What nonsense!" "No nonsense about it. I can read that chap like a book. He's gone ori you." "He is not," protested Nellie, with a blush. "All right. Have it your own way. I'm not going to scrap with you jus t after you've got out of bed. But it's a fact, just the same." "I think you're real mean to tease me about Richard Savage. He doesn t care about an ordinary girl like me." "Ordinary girl like you," repea.ted Jack, with a twinkle in his eye. "Do you call yourself an ordinary girl?" "What else am I? Papa is only a sea captain." "Oh, I see what ,You're getting at. But you're not ordi nary by any means. You're as pretty and as nice as any girl Savage knows in his high-toned circle of acquaintances. H you weren't he wouldn't hang around you as if he was afraid you might get away from him." "Tha.nk you for the compliment," replied Nellie, with a smile, drnpping him a mock courtesy. "Don't mention it, you're welcome." "Say, Jack, papa told me that we picked up a ma n adrift on a hencoop. He said the man clairried to be the only survivor of a brig tha.t went down in the recent gale "That's right. But he's a pretty hard character. He's in my watch, and the worst of it is he's taJcen a fancy to me and Butch, or pretends he has. I don't like him for sour potatoes. Neither does Whitbeck. He's got a bad eye, and goodness, how he can swear! He seems io have a grouch against Australia for some reason He told Butch that he didn't intend going there, but I don't see how he can help himself, he jumps overboa.rd." "Papa isn't o verpleased to have him on board, I s hould judge. What is his name?" "Bill Blaine. He's short, thick-set, and has a wicked eye. You'll see him when he sta nd s his trick at the wheel." "I'm not anxious to see him The re was a shuffiing sound on the companion stairs, and a moment later a chalky-looking countenance rose slowly above the d.fd!>\'. "Hello, Sa.tage," said Jack, "got your sea legs on at last, have you?" / The young aristocrat looked shaky and somewhat lm happy. He had not yet recovered wholly from his indispo s ition, but Captain Rockwell had rout e d him out of his bunk and chased him on deck to get the sea, breeze. "Good-morning, Mr. Richard," said Nellie, pleasantly. "Ho'l-v do you feel ?" "I fe e l all broke up," replied Richard. "Had your breakfast yet?" J a.ck. "I can't eat anything," said Richard, with a rue ful ex pression. "You only think you can't A nice, juicy slice of fat pork now would--" "Oh, lor' l)on't talk about s uch a thing," groaned Richard, putting his hand on hi s stomach. "Aren't you ashamed of yourself, Jack; to suggest such a thing?" said Nellie, trying to maintain a sober face. "That's what the second mate brought me after I had been sick a whole day and night," chuckled the young sailor. you ate it, didn't you?" laugh ed the girl. "I did-like fun. I jupiped out of my bunk and ran on deck, where the sea air soon cured me. You'll feel all right in an hour or so, Savage, especially if you go for'ard and sun yourself on the fok's'le." Richard wobbled as he tried to walk about the quarter deck. Finally he leaned heavily on the rail and looked down at the water, as it rose and fell with the vessel. J ac:Jk and Nellie resumed their conversation and almos t forgot that Richard was near them


' A YOUNG GOLD KING. Suddenly as the vessel rose on the swell they were startled by a cry of terror from Savage. They turned just in time to see his legs disappearing over t.he rail. Richard had been overcome with weakness and dizziness, ancl, leaning too far over the taffrail, had lost his balance. N e llie uttered a scream that attracted the attention not only of the second mate, who stood at the break of the poop wat ching something going on forward, but of all on deck. "My gracious !" ejaculated Jack, releasing the wheel, and springing for one of the life-preservers lashed to the rail. "Grab the wheel, Nellie, and hold it steady." The girl did so, while Jack, finding that he couldn't dis engage the life-preserver quick enough, sprang overboard to the assistance of young Savage. rrhe second mate, seeing Jack go over the stern, roared "Man overboard!" and rushed to the wheel. Captain Rockwell dashed up the stairs and asked what was the matter. The secon d mate pointed astern to where Jack was swim ming, while Nellie tearfully explained that Richard had fallen overboard and Jack had jumped after him. The captain issued hurried orders to bring the ship to, and threw a couple of the life-preservers into the sea. In the meantime Jack was striking out in an effort to reach the ship owner's son, whom he could not yet make out anywhere on the waves. Richard sank like a shot when he first struck the water. He uttered a second cry for help just as the sea closed over nis head. When he came up the vessel was some di stance away, and the frightened boy gave himself up for lost. He could swim pretty well under ordinary circumstances, but unc\er present conditions he was so rattled that he couldn't do anything for himself except waste the lit: le strength he had in beating the water aimlessly. Consequently he went down again until his consciousness almost forsook him. Jack was a fine swimmer, and rode the s urges like a duck. Every time he was swept upward he looked around for some sign 5f Savage, but for a time he saw nothing of the unfortunate boy. He was on 'the point of giving up the quest, thinking that Richard had sunk never to rise again, when he saw the boy's head rise a short distance from him. This was the second time tha.t Richard came to the sur face. Jack at once made a desperate effort to reach hiw before he sank again. He was almost wilhin reach of the almost unQonscious boy when he began to sink for what would have been the final tiine. Jack felt that all depended on the result of the next few seconds. Throwing himself forward he dived at the receding figure. His body cleaved the water like a :fish, and his hands grasped the now senseless youth Kicking out, he came to the surface with Savage. As the surge swept them upward Jack saw the Golden Fleece hove to a qua .rter of a mile away, and a boat working toward them at full speed. The second mate was standing up in her stern scanning the waves for one or both of the boys. At length he made out two heads on the sm.:face of the heaving sea, and directed the boat's head toward them. Jack was treacling water and supporting Sa.vage with one arm. When the boat came up Richard was lifted aboard and then Jack, somewhat exhausted by his plucky exertions, was assisted over the side The boat then put back for the ship. Nellie, leaning anxiously over the taffra il, waved her handkerchief joyously when she saw that both of the boys were in the boat. "Richard is safe, papa," she cried, eager to reassure her father, who had been in a fever of anxious suspense from the moment he heard that the owner's only son and heir bad gone over into the sea. "Jack saved his life." "Thank Heaven!" sa id Captain Rockwell. "Had the boy been lost, I don't know how I ever could nave faced Mr. Savage again. He sent Richard to sea in my care, and I I feel that I am resp onsible for his safe return home." While he was speaking the boat glided up alongside and the hoisting tackle was made fast fore and aft. Most of the boat's crew climbed aboard and then she was raised to the davits, after which Richard was lifted out, carried to his stateroom, and efforts made to bring him to his senses CHAPTER V. NELLIE TAKES A LESSON IN STEERING AND PROVES AN APT PUPIL. Vigorous methods brought Richard Savage around a11 right, but he was a pretty weak boy after his strenuous ex perience with the waves. He learned that his life haq been saved by J a.ck Archer, and he seemed to be grateful to the young sai lor. At l east he so expressed himself to Captain Rockwell. "Savage had a pretty narrow squeak for his life," sai d Jack to Butch Whitbeck in the forecastle, while he was getting into dry clothes after the return of the boat. "He was going down for the last time when I dived and grabbed him. I consider him a mighty lucky boy." "He was that. He ought to be grateful to you as long as he lives," replied Whitbeck. "Whether he's grateful or not I'm satisfied, for I did my duty. It would have been tough on the skipper if Savage had been lost. He's responsible, in a way, for Richard's sa.fety while he's aboard this ship." When Jack went on deck again he encountered Bill Blaine. "Hello, my hearty!" said the hard-looking sailor. ''So yerve been takin' a swim, have ye? Who's the chap yer pulled oui. ?" "He's a pas se nger. A boy of my own age." "Son of the owner of this here hooker, ain't he?" "Yes." "Got lots of money, eh?" and Blaine's eyes winked in a wicked kind of way. "I suppose his father is well .fixed," replied Jack, not anxious to continue the conversation. "What's he goin' to Australia for?" persisted Blaine.


8 A YOUNG GOLD KING. His heal th." Blaine said no more, but walked to the vessel's side and a of tobacco juice over the bulwark to the lee ward. Richard Savage wasn't seen on deck again until next day noon, when Jack and Whitbeck saw him sitting with Nellie, on camp chairs, near the helmsman. After that he rapidly iciproved. Jack met him when he went to :put in his trick at the wheel. "I'm much obliged to you for saving my life," he said, without any great display of enthusiasm, to Archer. "You re welco.me," replied Jack, heartily. "My father will pa.y you well when the ship gets back to 'Frisco." "No, he won't," replied the young sailor, quickly. "I don't accept pay for such things as that." "You don't!" ejaculated Richard, in surprise. "Why not?" "I don't believe in it." "My father can easi ly give you a thousand dollars." "I've no doubt he can, but I don't want it." "You don't want a thousand dollars?" "Not for savi ng your life." "But I don t want to be under obligations to you. I'd r ather pay you." "Well, you can't pay me for risking my life for you." "You didn't take any great tisk, did you? You sailors can swim like ducks. I can swim, too, fast rate, but I was weak and sick at the time." "There isn t any use of our arguing the matter, Savage. I'm glad that I was able to save you. We'll let the matter go a.t that." "So you !VOO't take a thousand dollars?" "No, I won' t.'.' "It's a lot of money-for a poo;r boy like you." "I know it's a lot of money; but that doesn't make any difference." "You don't seem to know the value of money," said Richard, petulantly. "That' s because you never had much, !suppose." That needn't worry you "Maybe you're proud," sneered Richard "P@rhaps I am," replied Jack, shodly. "You aren't like other boys that r'know." "Probably not." \ "I've always had plenty of money to spend, and always to," said Richard, in a complacent tone. "You're lucky "It costs a lot of money to have a good time, but you, being a poor boy, can't understand that, of course," said Richard, swelling out with importance. "My clothes are made by the best tailor in 'Frisco :E attend an academy where only t:Re oons of the best people are taken. I'm going to coliege next yea.r. I intend to study law and become a big corporation lawyer. 'I'hey make lots of money I sup pose I sb.a.11 make more in one year than a poor boy like you will earn in all your life." ( "And yOiU'll spend mo re in one year than I will in all my life, I guess," replied Jack, more amused displeased with the boy's consequential talk. "Of course. A gentleman al ways spends a lot of money. He's got to to maintain his position in society." "If I ever require the services of a lawyer I suppose I can come to you ?" "Oh, I d01J1't expect to talrn small cases. It wouldn't pay me. However, as I owe you a great favor I'll let one of my clerks a.ttend to the matter. I sha'n't charge you a cent, of course," patronizingly. "Thanks, you're very kind," said Jack, with a sly grin. Richard then walked away, fully satisfied that he had impressed the young sailor with a proper idea o f his im portance in the community "Mr. Richard says you refused to accept a thousand dol lars for saving his life, Jack," said Nellie, when she saw Jack, later on. "He told me that his father would pay 'me that sum when we got back to 'Frisco, but I told him very plainly that I wouldn't take a dollar. There are some things that money won't pay for, and that'f one of them." "I guess you are right, Jack," replied Nellie, approving ly, "He thinks you are a queer kind of boy." "He's welcome to think as he chooses." "He advised me not to be too familiar with you," said Nellie, laughi ng ly. "Very kind of him," replied the young sailor, sarcas tically. "He said you'd probably never rise in the world higher th a n a first mate, and of course you'd always be poor." "He seems to know all about it." "He told me that he expected to be governor of Cali fornia some day." "He's aiming hi g h, at any rate." "He expects to live in a grand house on Nob Hill or Van Ness Avenue." "Say, h e's all right, isn't he?" grinned Jack. "He's the most conceited boy I ever met." "When a fellow is brought up on of down, and fed with a golden or a silver spoon and has servants kowtowing fo him all the time, wliat else can you expect?" "I don't believe all rich boys are so conceitM. Some have more sense." "I wouldn't change places with him for all his chances in life," said Jack, with a ,resolute air. "I intend to work my way to the top of the ladder, somehow. I don't intend to stick to the sea all my life. A fellow who ha s to buck against the world has more chance to succeed, in my opin ion, than a chap who depends on his money and his pullthat is, if he's got the right stuff in him." "I thinlk you have the right stuff, as you call it, Jack," replied Nellie, nodding her fair head in a positive way. "I'd sooner bet on your chances than on Mr. Richard's. He isn ( t a man yet; and there is many a slip between the cup and the lip." "'!'that's right, Nellie. If he ever met with a big set back I'd feel for him. You can't tell but he might wind up in the poorhouse yet." "There isn't much likelihood of you going to the poor house, I guess."' "I hope not. My expectatiollfl are not quite as big as Savage 's but still I hope to make my mark in some way. If I fail it won't be for the lack of trying."


A YOUNG GOLD KING. 9 "I am sure of that, Jack," said the girl, confidently. "Well, when are you going to teach me to steer?" "Now is as good as any time for you to take your first lesson. .Our comse is west-sou'-wcst. Look a.t the card. You'll see I've got that point on a line with that mark on the compass rim. You want to keep it there 'I'ak e hold of the spokes and try." Nellie did so with some diffidence -Jack kept his eye on the weather leach of the topsail yard and saw, as he expected, the sail begin to flap "You're off your course, Nellie. Bring her up a bit." "Why, the wheel hasn't moved any!" replied the girl in surprise. "You only think it hasn't. Look at the ca.rd. You're half a point out of the way." "Why, so it is. The card has moved around." "No, it The card always remains stationary, pointing toward the north. It's the ship that has moved around." Jack moved the wheel a trifle and the card appeared to move around to its former position. After several trials Nellie fount!. that, do her best, slie couldn't keep W. S. W. on a line with the mark:"Suppose you look aloft, Nellie. See that sail?" "Yes. "It looks as smooth as a boa.rd, doesn't it?" "Yes." "The vessel is now dead on her course Now, hold the w.heel aga.in mid ydur eye on the sail." Nellie did so. "It's beginning to ripple Now it's flapping." "Exactly. It's spilling some of the wind because you're off your sailing point. Move the wheel a little to starboard That's right. Now the sail is taut again and you're al} right." "How funny! Now it's shaking again." "Do as you did before." After repeated instructions the girl got the knack of holding the sail s teady. "You're doing fine now, Nellie." Just then Richard came up and lool-ed on with oome curiosity. "Are you steering, Miss N eHie ?" he asked "Yes," she said, with a flushed face and sparkling eye. "I'm doing it all right, too, ain't I, J ack ?" "Sure, you are." "If you can steer, I guess I can," said Richard, confidently. "Lit him .try, J a.ck." "All right. You sho w him how." So Nellie proceeded to repeat J a.ck's instructions to Sav age, and he grabbed the si:}okes before she was half through. "You're off your course," cried the girl, clapping her hands. "How am I? She's going along all right. "No, she isn't. The sail is flapping.'' "vVhat if it is? That little bit doesn't hurt," said Rich ard, doggedly. The sail flapped more and more, and soon the wind began to spill from the larger sails as the ship veered little by little off her course. Jack hastened to rectify the matter, for lie knew the first mate would soon take notice of the falling off of the sJ:rip's head Richard however, insisted on steering as long as he felt like it. He said his father owned the vessel and' he had the right to steer if he wanted to. He snarled at Jack. for constantly interfering, until the young sai lor lost his patience and tobk the wheel away from him. Then he retir. ed, in a sulky way, with Nellie, saying that he had been insulted CHAPTER VI. BILL BLAINE AND RICHARD SAVAGE. Nellie took other les sons in steering when the wind and weather permitted, and finally was abl e to steer by card Richard was too proud to try again while J ack was arond, but one day when B0ill BlaiM was at the wheel he came up and, offering the sailor a dollar bill, asked him to show him how to steer. Blaine grinned, took the money and proceeded: to in struct him. Although the hard-looking sailor was the last person on board that one zyould suppose such a: boy as Richard Savage would notice, yet before Blaine was relieved from the wheel the young aristocrat had become quite chummy with him, much to Nellie's disgust. She took the first occasion to call Richard down about it. "' I should think you'd prefer to cultivate the acquaint ance of a nice boy of your own age, like J ack, than to make with such a man as Blaine," she said. "Oh, he's all right,'' replied Richard, carelessly. "He's only a common sailor, of cou:rse, but he knows his place. He doesn't .try to put on style like Jack Archer. I hate these poor folks who try to make themselves out more than I they are." "You're mistaken about Jack,'' replied Nellie, standing up lo yally for her friend "He doesn't put on airs." "Yes, he does He puts on a whole lot of frills for a .fel-low of his low 0

10 A YOUNG GOLD KING. said Richard, puffing away nonchalantly with one leg few hundred miles of it on her course to Melbourne. I've crossed over the other, as if he was the whole thing got the latitude and longitude of the place, could find "If you were a gentleman you wouldn't talk the way you it if I knowed anythin' about na.vigation. But I don't." do," cried the girl, rising from her seat beside him 3Jld "Wbereabouts on the island is the money?" leaving the deck. "It's hid away in secret caves, undergro1md." "She's a little fool," muttered Richard, angrily. "She "And you know where those caves are?" doesn't know a good thing when she's got it. If she wasn't "Not exactly, but I'll bet I could find 'em. so pretty and fascinating I'd-oh, there's Blaine at the "You said you could put me next to this money?" h "I did." w I'll go over and talk with him He takes his hat off to me because he understands that I'm his superior I "How?" can afford to converse with him. Besides, he said he had "The main thing is to reach the island. Your father something confidential to tell me--sometbing he wouldn't owns this hooker, consequently ye ought to have some in tell anybody else in the ship, even the captain. I wonder fluence with the /;kipper." what it is?" "Well?" He walked over to the wheel. "P'haps ye could git him to visit a certain island I could Blaine saluted him respectfully and they were soon talkof the Fiji I,f he'll ye by

A YOUNG G OLD KING. 11 "What's the name of that island?" "Papua." "How far is it from here." "Dunno. A good way. Get the captain to show it to ye on his chart. Find out from him how near we pass it, and then try and get him to put in there Ships clo stop there often for fresh water. I might manage to get at some pf our hogsheads and start 'em leakin' so we'd have to put in somewhere for water, anyway," he added, with a diabolical grin. "If he bad to have fresh water he'd put in at Papua jest to oblige ye." "I'll see what I can do about it," said Richard, evidently more than half committed to the scheme, "and I'll let you know next time you come to the wheel." "That's right, my hearty," said the rascal, encouraging ly. "You do your part and I'll do mine arterward. Jest remember that there's gold to burn on the is land where the secret caves is "You are sure it's gold money?" "Sartin sure, shipmate Brigh t, shinin' gol d coin." "How did all that money get on that island?" asked Richard, curiously. "That's a story by itself which I'll tell ye some time." "Can't you tell me now?" "No. It'll soon be eight bells, and I'll have to l eave ye. However, I kin say this much : That there gold is mostly Spanis h, and was stored up by the pirates that used to sail ihe South Pacific a Jong time ago. Long before you and me was born. It's waitin' for somebody lo come and take it, and you and me is goin' to be the lucky ones. Hist! There comes the cap'n's gal. Don't say a word to her, nor any body else, mind ye, about what I've told ye. Jest ye work the cap'n to go to that island Eight bells sounded at that moment, and the conference broke up. CHAPTER VII. HOW JACK AND HIS FRIEND BUTCH J,EARN SOMETHING ABOUT TIIE TREASURE OF THE SECRET CAVES "Captain Rockwell, do you know anything about the Fiji Islands?" asked Richard Savage that evening at tea. "Why, yes," replied the skipper of the Golden Fl@ece. "I know something about the group There are more than 200 of the islands in all, and nearly a third of them are inhabited. They are surrounded by shoals and reefs, and access to them is rather dangerous." The last sentence was not particularly pleasing to Rich ard "One of them is called Papua, isn't it?" he sa id "Yes.'' "I've read a good deal about this island," went on Rich ard, "and I should like to visit it if that were possible." "I'm afraid you will not have the opportunity, as the ship does not touch at any point between'Frisco and Melbourne How far off your course is Papua?" asked Richard, somewhat disappointed at the captain's reply, which clearly indicated that he had no intention of putting in at any port th a t side of his destination "About 100 miles." "Couldn't you put in at Papua fo r half a day to oblige me?" Captain Rockwell shook his head "There is nothing on the island to interest you Richar d and it wouldn't pay me to stop there unl ess I needed water, which is unlikely "I am very anxious to taste some of the bread -fruit which I read grows on these islands," said Richard, after a sligh t pause "We may pass close enough tosome is land in the south seas where I can send a boat off and procure some for you to try after it has been cooked Not only bread fruit, but p l antains, bananas, yams and cocoanuts, which are the chief productions of the south sea islands." "It seems to me that if. you go as close to Papua as 10 0 mi les you could afford to st-Op at the is l and My fathe r wants me to see all that is to be' seen during this trip, and Papua is a p l ace I'm very anxious to visit "If a ga l e blew us within sight of that partic ul a r i s l a nd I might accede to you r request, or if we ran short of wate r but neither contingency is likely to happen Richard saw there was no use in pressing the }llatte r further, so he had nothing more to say about Papua that night. Later on he' to l d Bill Blaine that his efforts to persuade Captain Rockwell had been a failure "He said if a storm blew the ship within sight of the island, or if he ran short of water, he might put in there otherwise he wouldn't," said Richard. The hard-looking sailor scratc11ed his head. "We've got to git there somehow if we're goin' after that gold coin," he said "Storms ain't to be depended on to come up jest when we want 'em, or blow the way we want 'em to, but things might be managed so that this hooke r would nm short of water "How?" "Now, look hem, my hearty, the less a chap knows some times the better it is for him," said the sailor, significantly. Richard :vondered what Blaine meant, but did not dare press the matter. The sailor did not appear to be as disappointed as he had expected, which was b e cause the ra s cal more than half ex pected that the young chap would not be able to persuade Captain Rockwell lo put in at Papua. "Well, now, s hipmate, what you wan.t to do is to watch the old man when he marks the hooker's position on his chart da.y by day, and find out when we're close aboard of the Fijis. You do this, and I'll look after the rest. I'll bet we' ll get a sight of Papua yet." Richard agreed to follow -out Bill Blaine's suggestion, and keep ihe sailor accurately posted as to the ship's posi tion day by day after she had passed the equator nuring one of the night watches soon after this conversa tion Blaine told Jack Archer and Butch Whitbeck the same story about the baskets of gold coin in the secret caves of the island of which he claimed to know the latitude and l ongitude. Jack didn't p1tt much faith in the fello w's yarn, but Whitbeck was greatly excited over it. "You say there are baskets full of gold coin stowed awn,y in secret caves on a certain island of which you have the bearings?" asked Jack, incredulously The derelict. from the sea nodded solemnly


A YOUNG GOLD KING. -=====-============= "Hbw did you happen to find that out?" continued the boy. "You didn't see them, did you?" "No, I didn' t see 'em, but I got the story from a chap who did "How do you know he did ? It seems to me a pretty tall story. If he saw the gold why didn't he bring it away with him?" "Because he couldn't." "Why couldn"t he?" "He had all he could do to bring himself away without thinkin' of the gold, 1 replied the sailocr, rather annoyed at Jack's cros s -examination. "'l"hen the island. is inhabited, and the inhabitants object to parting with the money, is that it?" "The secret caves is inhabited by a number of copper-col ored nafoes bossed over by a white girl whom they call their queen," replied Blaine "The chap who saw the money told you that?" The hard-looking sailor nodded. "How do you know your friend wasn't giving you a fake yarn?" "I knowed he was tellin' me the solemn truth, 'cause he happened to be dyin' when he told me, and that ain't no for ringin' in any sea yarns "Then you believe the story?" said Jack. "Of course I do, my hearty I believe it so much that I'm go in' to that there island to get hold o.f the coin "You are, eh?" grinned Jack. "Sartin, and I want ye two to go with me to help me git hold of the stuff. Ye shall have an ekal share of the coin, and ye won't need to work no more the mast nor abaft it, either, arter we git our flukes on to it." This proposit}on took both boys by surprise, and they looked hard at the derelict as if they thought he was off hls balance. "Whereabouts is this island where the secret caves are?" asked Jack, curiously. Bill Blaine fixed Jack with his wicked looking eyes and then winked one of them after a cunning and knowing fashion. "Ye shall know that in good time, my hearty," replied the sailor. "Ye must first agree to stand in with me. I'm puttin' ye on to this ye are a navigator, I've heard. We must go in our own hooker to that there island -we three, and p'r'aps another chap whom I've spoken to about it. Four is a.plenty to divide the gold between Now d'ye understand?" "Well, it's my opinion this thing is a wild goose chase a t the best, and I'm not looking for such things." As Jack's words indicated a practical refusal to engage in the enterprise, Bill Blaine's countenance took on an look. He had set his mind on having Archer to help him out since he could do nothing without someone competent to navigate a vessel to the island in question, and he did not like to ba balked in his plans. "So you think it's a wild goose chase, do ye?" replied 'Blaine. "It looks like it. Where did all this gold coin you speak about come from? What kind of coin is it? And why is it stowed away in secret caves on tbat island?" "Ye are an eddicated lad, and p'r'aps ye've heard about the pirates of the South Pacific-the chaps that used to loot the Spanish and Portuguese vessels that sailed the sea in them days when sailin' vessels carried gold and silver in gots, as well as chests of money, as part of their cargos." "I've read a.bout those rascal s They were put out o. business nearly a hundred years ago," replied Jack. Bill Blaine nodded. "The island with the secr et caves was the headquarters of Vasquez, the rover of the south seas. He hid his steal in 's. in them caves, and it's there now, waitin' for us to git it and put it i11to circulation. That' s the answer ye wanted, ain't it?" It was a plausible one, certainly. The south sea rovers were credited with having accumu lated a large amount of plundor in the course of many years of pillage. While they had found it easy after their fashion to ac quire the booty, the spending of it was a horse of another color. Most of them were marked men, or at least a strong s us picion was likely to attach itself to any individual bearing a nautical and desperate look wh9 took it into his head to appear in a seacoast town with a considerable amount of loose coin in his possession for which he could not satisfac torily a.ccount1 and consequently the spending of the plun der became a dangerous occupation. After a number of examples had been made by the South American authorities of such chaps the rest became cautious of courting a similar fate, therefore the booty, for the major part, remained hidden for better times, which never came. Jack, being familiar with these facts, was willing to ad, mit that a good part pf the pirat es' treasure might still be stored on some out-of-the-way island in the south seas, but for all that Bill Blaine's story and proposition did not ap peal very favorably to his common sense. Besides, he did not see how, even if he was disposed to fall in. with the sailor's views, it was possible for him to en gage in such a quest. He supposed that Blaine's object was to secure a small vessel at Melb()lllrne and s ail off hundreds of miles into the treacherous latitudes of the sout h seas on a precarious hunt for an island that mi ght easily e lud e their search in spite of his assumed knowledg e of its position In order to do this h e and Butc h would have to sacrifice their berths on the Golden Fleece, thereby incurring Cap tain Rockwell 's displea s ure, and if the enterprise proved bootless, when they returned to Austra lia they would find themselves stranded in a foreign port, while his own pros p ects of becoming secon d mate und e r his generous patron would no doubt be sacrificed. All these points passing b efore his mind, he stated them to Blaine as a sufficient excuse to offset his refusal to go into the scheme. Blaine to him with a malevol ent grin. "In the first place, it ain't my intention to go to Mel bourne," said the sailor. "Oh, it isn't?" chuclded Jack. "Going to jump over board and swim somewhere else? The s ailor glared at him. "The Island of Papua, qne of the Fijis, ain't such a great distance from the island of the secret caves, and conse quently we three must go to Papua and start from there."


A YOUNG GOLD KING. 13 "That's all very pretty," replied Jack; "but even sup posing we agreed to go with you, which isn't likely, how would we get to Papua? Captain Rockwell is not going to put in at that island and wait for us to go in search of your treasure." "Don't ye worry about how we're goin' to git there," replied the derelict, slyly. "You kin leave that to me. All I want to know is, will ye jine with me if we get to Papua, or some other island near it?" As the chances of the Golden Fleece corning to anchor off Papua, or any other island in the South Pacific, was exceedingly remote, Jack jokingly agreed that in that case they would go with Blaine in search of the treasure of the secret caves. \ "Enough said," replied Blaine, his wicked eyes gleaming with satisfaction; "then the matter is settled." "It's settled, all right," said Jack, with a chuckle; but he meant in a different sense than Bill Blaine did. Just the same Jack and Butch were ticketed for the isl and of the secret caves, though they didn't dream of such a thing. That it was even remotely possible for Bill Blaine to exercise any influence at all over the course of the Golden Fleece struck the boys as something ridiculously funny; and yet the wicked-looking sailor was figuring on just such a thing, and expected r to bring the matter to pass. CHAPTER VIII. San Francisco. I cannot understand what intere sts him in that sailor." "Nor I," replied her father, evidently annoyed. "I shall have to speak to him about it." He did at the first opportunity, but Richard receive d hi s remonstrance in a sulky way. He maintained his right to speak to anybody he chos e on the ship, and as an excuse for talking to Blaine in par ticular, said that the sailor told very intere s ting stories, and he liked to listen to them. The Fiji group lay in longitude 180; latitude about 18 S. This fact Richard had communicated to Blaine. One morning when the ship was bowling along within 300 miles of Papua Island the discovery was made that all the water casks were nearly empty. The captain received the intelligence in some astonishment. An investigation was ordered. The chief mate and the carpenter conducted it. They found that all the big casks, whit!h were securely lashed on deck, had been punctured at the bottom by hole s made by a larg e gimlet, and that the water had leaked out of the barrels into the scuppers unnoticed. Clearly someone aboard had donr this; but who the guilty party was, or what his object could be, it was im. possible to d ete rmine, although Bill Blaine was suspected. Hi s bunk was quietly searched on the chance of finding the gimlet, but nothing came of it. The captain was duly informed of the state of affairs, HOW rHINGS BEGIN TO COME BILL BLAINE'S WAY. while the carpenter pro ceeded to plug_ up the holes in order Fine weather was the rule, and the Pacific Ocean mainto save the water that still remained in the casks. tained its reputation as a comparatively tranquil body of Every member of the crew, including Blaine, was inter water, as the Golden Fleece sailed west and soutl1 toward -viewed separately, and asked if h e had seen any one hm.iging the antipodes. around the barrels during the night watches. In due time she crossed the equator without being bc>Butch Whi.tbeck and Jack had both seen Blaine lying apcalmed, and e ntered the South Pacific. iparently asleep the barrels on different nights, ancl The hot weather they encountered rather took the starch told the captain so. out of both Nellie and Richard Savage, who had all their othe r members of the chief mate's watch, to whic h lives been accustomed to the even climate of the middle PaBlain e belonged, had also noticed thederelict hugging the ci:fic slope. barrels at night. The girl endured the sultry latitudes philosophically, but As a result of this testimony Blaine was beli0ved tO be Richard was continually putting up a kick, which, however, the guilty man. didn't do him any good. The chief mate tried to frighten a confession from him, Soon after getting below the line Richard began to show but failed. an interest in the wlj.ereabouts of the ship. The rascal admitted that he had stowed hiinself arouncl Every day a'.t noon the captain took his bearings by the the casks frequ en tly during the time he was on watch, but sun, and then marked the posit ion of the Golden Fleece on denied that he had tampered with the barrels. the chart. As no proof could be brought against him nothing could Richard managed to be present when he did it, and the be done to punish him. boy showed an interest as the vessel drew nearer Aftei Captain took his sights that day at noon, and nearer to the vicinity of Islands. and had worked out the vessel's position and marked it on He reported the ship's progress and her position day by the chart, he ordered her course changed for the Island of day to Bill Blaine, either when he was at the wheel, or on Papua. some part of the deck. He might have selected one of the other islands for the His intimacy with that individual was remarked by the purpose of taking water aboard, but as Richard Savage had chief mate, who spoke to the captain about it. expressed a wish to visit Pap11a he thought h e would oblige Nellie had long since noticed it and mentioned its singuhim. larity to her father. Art; dinner that day he told Richard that, owing to the un" He won't have anything to do with Jack, who saved his accountable leakage of their water casks, he would anchor life, and is a boy of his own age," she said "Yet with all close in to the I s land of Papua to take a fresh supply !his ideas he has made fr.lends with that Blaine, aboard. whom you saved from the sea when we were a week out from Richard heard this with great joy, and subseque ntly


1 4 A YOUNG GOLD KING. passed the information on to' Blaine, who stuck his tongue in his cheek and winked his wicked eye aitcr a knowing manner. On the afternoon of the following day the island showed on the horizon and the ship approached its shores rapidly. At sund01m the Golden Fleece was within a mile of the i sland, and then the last of the breeze left her. Her sails hung motionless from the yards, while the vast ocean around her gradually subsided into a surface un broken by a single ripple. With the i s land close aboard, and the red face of the sun just vanishing behind the far-off water-line, the vessel looked lik e "a painted ship upon a painted ocean." If it had been hot before, while the ship was bowling a long tmcler the influence of a steady wind, was seemingly twice as hot with the air stagnant, even though the sun had gone to rest. Darlmess fell suddenly, with very little intervening twi li ght, in that lajitude, but the unclouded sky was so bril liant with stars, that one could see a considerable distance. The island stood well defined before the gaze of all on board, and no one seemed to take such interest in it as Richard Savage. Orders were given to unship the water casks in readiness for their transportation to the shore at sunrise, and this work was soon accomplished. Short as the job was, the men perspired freely at it. The boats were also cleared away, and now htm g from their davits in readiness to be lowered at a. moment's notice. While the captain, chief mate and his passengers were at supper, Jack and Butch hung lazily over the bulwark, gaz ing at the island. "So that's Papua," said Whitbeck. "One of the cannibal islands?" "Yes, but the missionaries have about don e away with those human banquets that used to be a reg1dar feature of the Fiji group." "That's right, I guess; hut many a missionary, I've heard, has bee n served up as a choice morsel for the chiefs befo.reo the practice was practically abolished." "That's no lie, Butch. Twenty years and more ago ship wrecked sailors had every chance of going to pot here, as the saying is." "Don't let's talk about it. You make my flesh creep," said Butch. "Well, my hearties," sa id a voice behind them at that moment, "how d0s the island strike you?" They did not need to turn around to recognize the 2peaker. It was Bill Blaine. "In this light it looks like any other island of a roimilar size," replied Jack. "Are ye thinkin' of the cruise ye,promised to make with me t<> the island of the secret caves?" chuckled Blaine. "No, we are not thinking about anything so absurd," replied Jack, impatientry. "Oh, ye ain't? Ye've not forgotten yer promise, have ye, that ye'd go if we got to Papua, or some other island near it? Ye remember makin' it, don't ye, that night I told ye the story of them bushel baskets of gold coin stowed away in the caves?" Like a flash the promise came to them at that moment-a promise they never expected to be in a position to fulfill. IA.nd now, aiter all, here they were at' Papua., and tp.e r ascal was making it plain ihat be intended to hold them clown to their word. 'l'he boys were confounded, and gazed at each other in the dusk in a kind o.f dismay, for though there might be a million in gold at the island o.f the secret caves they were nut infatuated with the idea of going after it. "Well, supposing we did promise, and admitting that we have gone to Papua, where's the craft to be found to take us to your i sland ?" "Leave that to me, my hearties," said Blaine. "The craft ain't sich a great way off that'll do trick in ship shape fashion. Jest remember that there's several bushel baskets of shinin' gold waitin' for each of u s in that there island of the caves That ought to make ye lick yer chops. Think of what ye kin buy with it? Ye won't need to work 'board an old hooker like this no more. Ye'll never want for nothin' as long as ye live." The picture the artful rascal drew of the advantages of wealth quickened the boys' blood. Where is there a man or boy who can re sist the call of the yellow metal, or the silver metal, either? Money, even though it be le ga liz ed paper, has a magnet ism second to nothing ell\e. Jack and Butch now began to think with some serious ness about the alleged baskets of c oin on the island of the secret caves. Bill Blaine, perceiving that he had aroused their interest at last, moved away to consider his plans for the morrow. CHAPTER IX. TRAPPED. Jack and Butch talked the situation over after Blain e left. I believe there's something in this thing, after all," said Whitbeck. "Tha. t chap wouldn t be so bent on going to the island if he wasn't almost cock-sure that there's gold there. And why shouldn t there be loads of it there if it once was the hannt of the south sea pirates? Those chaps didn't have much chance to spend their plunder. Well, if they didn't spend it, and it was not recovered by somebody long ago, it's there yet The more I think about the matter the more I'm in favor of taking a shy at it. Here I'm working for a mea s ly $20 a month and my keep. So are you. Talk about basketsful of gold, .why, if I was sure of getting a tin pail full of yellow boys I'd be satisfied to make the trip I tell you, Jack, this matter is well worth considering." "Yes, that's all right. It wouldn't.make so much cli.ffer ence to you if you did q1jt the ship right hre. Yon'Ye merely got your wages at stake, which you'd probably lose for breaking your contract with the vessel It's different with me. Captain Rockwell is my friend and backer. He's taken an interest in me from the start. He would consider it base in gratitude on my part to skip away with you and Blaine, and perhaps another hand, for Blaine hinted that a fourth person was likely to go on this trip, and leave him short-handed in mid-Pacific. I tell you, Butch, money ha s as much attraction for me as for any one else; bili there's something more valuable even than money." "What'sthat?" asked Butch.


A YOUNG GOJ_,D KING. "A fellow's honor." tion of Blaine, Jack and Whitbeck, set off in two boats for Four bell sounded the end of the first dog-watch, and the shore, toiwing an empty cask each the watch on dec k was called to s upper The working gang was in charge of the second mate, arnl After Jack finished hi s meal he got pennission from the they were soon ashore and occupied with the b u siness in caproin to join Nellie and Richard on the poop hand. 'I'he latter hn.d scarcely spoken to him since the Clay he After bre a kfa s t was over in the cab-in, Richard came on claimed that Jack had insulted him at the wheel, now .he deck. prepared to accompany Blaine and the two sailor l ads surprised Archer by addressing him in a very friendly to the shore manner. Nellie, having gotten permission: from her father to go, Both Jack and Nellie regarcletl. his sudden c h ange of too, a lso appeared with a wiCte straw hat on her shapely front with some surprise, but nevertheless they were pi.eased head. that he had shaken off his distant ways. Jack hel ped her into the boat a s it hung at the davit s Of course they could"not be expected to knmv. that RichRichard also got in and sat; down near her ard was acting in conformity with instructions he had re-Then tho boat was lowered to the water. c.eived from Bill Blaine., who had directed him td get on J ack and Butch slid down the falls, and Blaine came last. pl easant tenns with J atk Archer for politic reasons. 'l'hey shoved off and headed s horeward Richard talked eagerly about the v i sit h o expected to p::iy The island was a good-size d one and the Goiden to the island next morning. while the crew were fillin g the lay off the uninhabited part o.f it. water casks, which was expected to. take them at least half As they n eared the shore a most remarkable spectacle of a day i sland scenery. was presented fo their eyes. Nellie said she'd be delighted to go ash01'e with him; but The g r ound rose abruptly from a wide, sandy beach in somehow oc anothe r Richard objected to her company conica l hill s, 'rith abrupt precipices, and crags of rock "It will be i:Dq hot fo:i; you in the sun, Miss Nellie," 11e .frowni n g down lik e olden battlements sa.id "Bes.ides Ben Blaine is going with me, and yoo don?t Down a deep ra:vine-like indentation ran a stl'eam or lik e his company, you kno.w.'> water, which was divided into a score of streams hy shat "! n't believe papa will l et you go with pouted tered rocks h ere and there the gir:l.. On e o f these branches empti.ecl near the beach, and there "Yes, he will, for I'm go.ing to have Jack and his chum 'the the was filling: one of. the ?arrels. Whitb eck to help row.the boat." 1 Bill Blame duectecl, the boat to tlus pomt and beached "We ll, if Jack is going with you I want to go too," she her nose persisted "I sha ll ask papa to let me I can stand the At a nod from the sa ilor RicharJ s tepped ashore and assun as well a::. yo.u. I haven't made half. the foss over the sisted the girl out. tropical weather that you have ever since we got near the They walked up to where the men were ho1ding the cask equato.r. If you don?t want my company, Jack will take under the stream me off yoor hands when we land, won't J ack?" The rocks cast a d e lightful shade, and Nellie was hel ped "Sure, I will," replietl Jack. to a sErcJ..t b y the mate. In the face of the gir l 's parsistency .. he tlidn't lrnoMT what After the lapse of five minutes Bl ai ne called out to Rich -to do, and decided that he woul.a: have to-sea maine about ard, and he went down fo the boat. it the firs t thing in the morning, "Get aboa.rd and we'll go along the s hore a b it," said the ACCOtclingly, h e got up earlier than was his custom and sailo:i.. / sought Bill Blaine, who had just finished uoing hissh are of "Oall Nellie," sai d Jac k washing down the deck. "Oh, nevei: mind her, said Richard. "We'll be back in He told the sai l o r that the captaii:i's danghter insisted on a little while." going ashore with them to see the island. Blaine pushed off and directed the course of the boat "She does, eh?" growled Blaine. "Well, we can't ha:ve along close to th e s ho re her, d'ye understand?" After proceeding about a: quarter o:fl a mile the aspect of "I don t see how I can shake her off if hei father giveis the i s land began to change. her p ennissicm to go with us," replied Richard. The barr e n rocks and fantastic h e ights melted away gracl"Ye've arranged with the skipper to have me, Archer and ually into p;i.ctUTesque cocoanut clump s of dark Whitbeck in the boat, ha.ven't ye?" c h estnuts, stately palms and hreacl-frnit trees, and patches "That's all right, and we're to leavethe ship. right aiter of gracefu l bananas, a.11 forming, with the wild reef scene r y breakf ast is over in the cabin." of the s hore, and the farstretching ocean beyond, pictures "If the gal says she's comin' wi'eh us we'll take her over of s ur,prising beauty. to where the men are filling the casks We'll get her ashore They had already lost sight o f the watering party, and there and then give her the slip I'll hatch up some yarn. soon. a deep indentation in the shOie carried them out of to induce her to wait with the mate in charge till we get view of the ship as well. back. Then we won't come back," grinned Blaine. "We'll Blaine, who was pulling the forward oars and guiding the keep on rowin till we reach the cove w her e the native vilboat to suit hims e lf, aimed for a wide cleft in the rocks. lage is, and where I expect to find the schooner we're go.in' As they approoched the place it was seen to form ::i passto take to sai l to the island where the gol d is." age deep e nough to fl.oat a but barely wide enough Th e crew had their and then, with the excepfor them to pu s h the boa.t through


16 A YOUNG GOLD KING. Once in it there was no space to turn around, and they had to keep straight on. It wound in a serpentine way through a high point of the ground, which entirely cut off their view. Jack and Butch were wondering when the long passage was going to end, and why Blaine had entered it; when the boat sl1ddenly sho t out into a small harbor at the end of the island opposite to that where the ship was anchored. The shore a nd immediate vicinity was covered with rude huts occupied by natives, while in tha center of a large open space stood the house of the missionary, who appeared to be the boss of the village. A number of native craft were tied to the beach or an chored close by. In their midst was a small, shapely schooner, with a cut water as sha1'P as a knife, while her two short masts had a decided ralrn. She looked as if she had been built for speed. Blaine headed the rowboat directly for this craft, and a s they drew near to her a man, whose face, if anything, was more villainous-looking than Blaine's, came up out of her small trunk cabin and looked over the side at the boat. "Hello, shipmate}' he sung out to Blaine;" where in thunder have you been all this time? I thought you'd given me the shake for good, and gone aite r that treasure on your own hook. But it wouldn't have done you no good, for you neYer could have found the secret caves without my help." "Me shake you, Williams!" replied Blaine. "What d'ye think I am? I was carried north toi the neighborhood of the Sandwich Islands by a brig I boarded." "You was, eh?" "I was, shipmate Then the brig foundered and I would have gone to Davy Jones' lock er if it hadn't been that I floated out'r danger on a hencoop, the only survivor of the brig. I was picked up by an Arrnerican hooker bound for Melbourne." "And where did you leave her?" "On the oth e r side of the island, where they are takin' aboard fresh water." "You don't sa. y Step aboard, for I want to talk to you." "I'm go in' to." Blai'ne boarded the schooner and entered the cabin with the man, who appeared to belong to the vessel. 'rhey were below a good twenty minutes, during which in terval the three boys amused themselves looiking at the na tive village When Blaine finally reappeared with the other chap he told the boys to get on board the schooner. Richard obeyed at once, but Jack and Butch objected. "Ye needn't remain but a minute, my 1iearties," said Blaine, with a neacherous gleam in his eye. As Richard was on the schooner the other two were finally persuaded W leave the rowboat. "How d'ye li'ke this craft, anyway?" Blaine asked Jack. "Slj.e looks to be a fast sai lor," replied the boy, who had figured that fact up in his mind when he first saw her. "Ye kin lM she is. This here is the hooker I told ye that I had ready te1 carry us to the island of the secret caves." "Is that so?" asked Jack. "Well, just cut me out, will you?" "Cut ye out!" replied Blaine, with a wicked laugh. "I should say not. We've got to have a navigator, and ye are the boy for our money." "I tell you I'm not going," replied J a.ck, resolutely. "Ye are not go in', eh? I Sl!.Y ye are goin' ," said Blaine, in a threatening tone !"Come on, Butch," said J a.ck, coolly.. "Let's get out of this. Come along, Richard Wfire going back to the ship." Blaine grinned in an ugly way While he had been speaking to Jack, Williams, the other chap, had moved over to the side of the vessel, the rope which held the rowboat and cast it off, thus letting the small craft go adrift. Consequently, when Jack and Butch reached the spot they saw the boat out of their reach "What does this mean?" demanded Jack, angrily. "Do you expect to detain us against our will?" "If ye two won't go willin'ly, ye'll go unwillin'ly. But go ye will, as sare as my name is Bill Blaine." "We'll see abqut that," replied Jack, with a det e rmined air. "I'll let DO man, or rascal like you, waik on my neck if I can help myself. Follow me, Butch. We'll have to swim for that boat." Hemade a dash to spring overboard when Williams, who had been: watching him like a haW!k, flung a heavy -wooden belaying-pin at his head The blow took effect, and Jack went down on the deck stunned At the same time Bill Blaine sprang at Whitbeck and knocked him down Before the dazed young sailor could recover his faculties Blaine and Williams were tying his hands behind his back They treated the insensible Jack the same way. Then they lifted each in turn and carried them down into tbe small forecastle forward, which was a dingy hole not much lar ger than a good-siz ed drygoods case Slamming the scuttle down over their head s the rascals secured it by means of a ha s p and staple. Having thus obtained the upper hand of their victims, they proceeded to cast loose the stops of the mainsail. They hoisted this sail t-0 the light breeze, and set the single jib. Then they raised the anchor by means of a small horizontal drum windlass. As soon as the anchor left the bottom the schooner began to drift with the tide toward the entrance of the little harbor .. The last thing the rascals did was to set the spanker, or aftermost sail, by hauling up the gaff as far as it would go. Bill Blaine took charge: of the wheel and steered the schoone r out on the bosom of the broad Pacific, pointing her nose to the southeast. The rascal was now in great good.humor, for all his plans had succeeded to the letter, and he began to tell Williams about his adventures since the two parted company several weeks before. CHAPTER X. SAILING FOR TIIE ISLAND OF THE SECRET CAVES. No attention was paid to Richard Savage, who, left to himself, walked aimlessly about the deck and finally seated himself on the rise of the cabin roof, with his back against the skylight.


A YOUNG GOL D KING. 17 Alth o ugh h e had been a witness to the treatment J ack and B u tc h Whi tbeck h ad received from the two rascals, he had not put u p t h e slightest r e mon s trance. It w ouldn t h ave made any diff e r e nce if he had done so. However, h e h a d n o inte rest in eithe r of the young sail ors, and in additio n h e ent e rtained a persona l g r ouch ag ainst Jack, so it d i dn t worry him in the leas t how the two rasCB:ls trea t e d the boys. H e und e r s too d that Bl ai n e was u s ing them onl y for hl,s o w n purpose, and t h a t they wer e not to get any of the gol d that h e impli c itly b e li e v e d was hidden away in t h e secr et caves of the i s l and they were now boun d f o r H e con g r atula t e d him s elf over the fact that he woul d get a third o f the treasure a t any rate, and he began to bui l d air cas tles about t he money If he h a d onl y kno w n that he was practically in the sam e boat with Jack a nd Butc h, and that E l aine an d W ill iams h a d n o t the s li g h tes t inte ntion of dividing any of the gol d with hi m it w o u ld have g r eatly chang e d his views of the s i tuation They simpl y meant to use him to str e ngthen their own s i de aga i nst J ack and But c h and wh e n the job had been put thro u g h t hey in te nd e d to abandon him to his own re sources, the same as t hey p r o p osed to trea t the oth e r two. In othe r words, o nce they h a d t h e gold aboard the schoone r they wer e go in g to maroon the three boys on the is l and o f the secr et caves t o sl;rift for th e mselves, and the n sa il back for one of the Fiji i s lands, take aboard a supp l y of provisions a n d set sail for New Zeal a nd. In t h e meanw hil e W hit b eck came aro und s oon after he and his companio n h a d been pu t und e r hatc hes. The b low Bl a i ne gave him was a h eavy one, and his head ached from t h e effects of it. "The blamed rascal s h ave got u s d e ad t o rights," he mut tered, angri l y "I can h ea r the m get t in g the sc hooner under way. Once t hey get off s h o r e t h a t w ill settle our chances of getting ha.ck i n a hu rry. I d o n't see but J a.ck an d me had better make the best of things, h e l p t hese cha p s ru n the schoo n er to that treasure i s l a nd and if t here's any gold there take o u r share, accor di ng to agreement ." The sunshine, stealing i nto the contracted forecast le, if such a hole coul d be cal l ed by t hat n ame, showed him the unconscious form of his fri end "It's hot as b lazes down her'e," h e m u t t ered, as he set about the tasl,r of rev i v i ng Jack. "If they keep u s very lon g down here we'll be baked as if we wer e i n an oven." In a little while Jack recove r ed h is senses and sa t up. "Well, old man," said B u tc h "you 've woke u p at last "Woke up l" repeated J ack, in a dazed kind of w a y "Have I b e en a.sleep?" "Kind of. You w e r e l aid out by a wooden belayin g -p in." It was some moments before Jack compre h e nded the s it uati o n, then everything came back to him. "Where the deuce are we, Butch?" "Why, ab o ard the schooner, of course. They put us down in thirs hole for'ard, to give us to unde r stand that our nauie is Mud, and that we've got to knock l e down to them. The y 've got the vess el under way. Don't you fee l th e motion?" It didn't take Jack but a momen t to und e r stand that he and Butch were at t h e mercy of Bill :\3la in e a nd his r ascally companion, and the ass u rance was not a p leasant one. "What did t hey d o to Savage?" "Blessed if I know He didn t put up any fight, so may be they didn t do anything to him "If they re carrying him off as .well as us he mus t h ave a fit," .said Jack, ignorant of the fact that Richard had been standing i n with Blaine right along. At this po i n t the scuttle was u nfastened and thrcwn o p e n. The b oys looked .u p and saw the wicked coun tenan c e of B ill Bl aine looking down at them in triumph. "Well my h ea r ties, h o w a r e ye fee l in ? n o w ?" h e ask e d with a grin. "Are you goi ng to l et u s ou t, or r oast u s for dinner?" growled Bu tch "That depl:lnds o n whether ye a r e ready to li s t e n t o rea son or n ot," rep l ied t h e sai l o r. Wh a t do you want?" d emande d J ack, i n a very b a d hu mo r. "Ye :know what I .want -.vithout me te ll in' ye a g'in. I want ye to navigate this schooner to the i s l and whe re the gold is Ye might as well agree, 'cau s e ye ca.n't get bac k to y e r ship now till the job i s over. Be s ides, ye are goin' to git a fair share of the coin that's on the is l and "If the r e' s an y there." "It' s ther e my hearty, or we wouldn't be goin' after it. Now, then, are y e goin' to jine with us and take yer share or are y e goin' to ride rusty and force u s to keep yer u nde r hat c hes till ye di s kiver there ain'.t no us e buttin' ag'i n a stone wall ? If yer s ensible I know what yer answer'll be." "I don t see that we can h e lp ourselves," replied Jack. "You' r e some di s tanc e off s hor e b y thi s time, I s ppose, an d we can t lea v e the schoon e r "We re about two mile from the i s land headin' sou 'ea s t." "All right," said Jack. "We' ll g ive in." "Ye'll navigate the craf t will ye? W e've got a cha r t a nd a quadrant in the cabin, Y er' ll d o yer best, will ye?" Yes," r e pli e d Jack. "Now y e r talkin', m y hearty," replied Bfaine, in a tone of satis faction. "Ye are one of us and shar e ekally with t h e other s." "What oth e r s ? Your pal?" "Him a nd Ri c h ard S avage." "So Sav age will come i n, too, e h ?" sai d J ack, i n s urpris e "He' ll have to work for i t H e ain' t a sailo r but h e kin help c arry the s tuff aboard the sch ooner arte r we find i t. I reckon yer s hip w ill w ait a t the i sland now till he gits back. T hat 's a p 'int I guess ye d idn't figge r on. As he's the own e r 's son t h e c ap'n ai n t likel y to abandon h im. So ye ther e 's no d an ge r o f ye losin yer s h ip arte r a ll." T hat was c ertai nl y a comforting reflec tion for J ac:k and But c h, and went a long w ay t o ward reconc ili ng them to the s ituation. Blain e cut their arm s loose and t hey came on deck. The fir s t thing they did was to look for t h e island and. the s hip Both w e r e in s i ght, the Golden F leece being all o f two an d a hal f miles d istan t. into t h e cabin a nd l et's g i t d o wn t o b u s ine s s," s aid Blaine. Jack, to w hom the word s w e r e addressed followed him below.


18 A YOUNG GOLD KING. Bla.ine pulled a chart out of a locker and opened it out on the table. "This h er e is a chart of this part of the ocean," he said "That there island i s Papua. That black mark represent s about where the island is we're goin' to. It's only a small island, and if me and Williams tried to find it off-hand like, we'd be more'n lik e ly to miss it. Now here's the l atitude and longitude of it. Ye, with yer knowledge of nav i gation, ought to be able to take the schooner right to it." "How far to the sou'east of Papua is it in a general way?" asked J ack "About a hundre d miles or so." "With this light bTeeze we're not likely to cover that dis tance before this time to-morrow, so we won't pass it in the night. All we can do now i s to keep right on as we're head ing, as long as the i s land lies, in a general way, to the sou' eas t. ro-morrnw noon I'll take a s i gh t and determine our position, and after that we'll work the schooner to the exact iutitude and lon gitude you 've marked down h ere." "That's the ticket," said Blaine, nodding his head. "I know'd that ye could do it. It's a fine thing to be able to navigate a craft and make her go right where ye want her to." The chart w as pu t away, and shortly afterward the rascal Williams can1e below and laid out the tab l e for dinner. The repa s t was a very simple one consisting of some rich yams, bread-fruit bananas, and a r efreshing, but intoxicat ing, native beverag e c all ed yugena J ack and Butch drank spar in g l y of the l atter stuff, but Richard and the two men got away with a good bit of it. Blaine and Willi ams were not much affected by thei r tations, because they were used to it, but Richa:rd did not fare so well. It took so much effect on him that in half an hour h e was stupidly drunk, and he did not fully recover his norm al senses until the n ext morning. Jack, Butch, Blaine and his associate took two-hour spells at the wheel i n turn, whi l e the schooner sailed ipward her destination at the ra te of somethi.11g less than ten miles an hour on the average Next day at noon Jack calculated the position of the schooner after u sing the quadrant, and marked it on the c hart. He found that the little craft was about thirty nautical from the point where the island wM supposed to be. He altered the schooner's course to conform to the new conditi ons, and told Blaine that they ought to sight the island. about four o'clock at th eir present r ate of sailing The ra sca l was well satisfied with this information H:e slapped Jack on the back, told him that he was all :-ight, and th e n went to the wheel to communicate the good news to Williams. CHAPTER XI. A OF LOVELIXESS. :S-::c:.a:-2 continued on friendly terms with Jack and Bu tcn, and the three boys kept to themselves, having li ttle to say to the two rascals. Jack, when he put the chart away after making his cal culations at noon, di scovered a loaded revolver in the l ocker Although he judged that it belonged to Williams, he took po ssession of it on general principles, for he had very little confidence in the professions of friendship made by the men since he had yielded to their demands. "It's always well to be on the safe side, if possible, and this gun may come in quite handy before this adventure is over," he said to himself. As the afternoon passed away Blaine and Williams to<>k turns in sweeping the distant sea-line with a ship's glass for a sign of the i s land. At l ength, about three o'clock, Blaine, who was using the telescope, saw a small, cloud like object lying upon the hor izon. Thereafter he and Williams cli.d not lose sight of it for more than half a minute at a time. It wasn't long before they made it out to be an island and they had littl e doubt but that it was the one they were in quest of. The boys were naturally much interested in the distant isle, but their interest was chiefly centered in the treasure they expected to :find there. Richard grinned to himself as he li stene d to J ack and Butch :figure up what was likely to be the size of their shares. I give much for what you'll get out of the treasure,'.' he thought, with much satisfaction, for it pleased him to feel that the young sailors were going to get badly l eft, according to Blaine's programme, as he understood it. At five o'clock they could see the island quite plainly. It was hilly and rugged-looking, but the low ground was covered with rich vegetation, amid which plantain and co coanut trees predominated. The sun was setting by the time they were close aboard of the tropical isle, and it was almost dark when they made their way through an opening in the reef surrounding it and cast anchor in a little cove with a wide, sandy beach. "We can't do nothin' to-night," said Blaine, "so we'll pipe +,o supper. We'll have to set a regular watch, because this here island is inhabited, and as thern ain't no mission ary here to boss the natives there ain't no sayin' wha.t kind of a reception we ,.might get if they took it into their ugly heads to pay us a visit." This piece <>f information was not very palatable to the boys. They had not figured on having a clash with the inhab itants of the island, having been impressed with the idea that the natives were friendly toward whites. "I wonder how Blaine and Williams expect to bring that gold off, provided they find their way into the secre t caves, without the natives getting wind of the operation?" re. marked Jack. "Give it u p," replied Whitbeck, rather s olemnly. "I'm thinking this job isn't going to be so easy as Blaine cracked it up to be. He ought to have brought a small arsenal along so that we could defend ours elves if attacked To tell you the truth, I'm beginning to wish that I was out of this scheme If a fellow has got to risk his life for the mere chance of getting rich, I hardly think it's a paying risk." Richard didn't say anything, but he was decidedl y uneasy at the prospect ahead. He kept cas ting anxious glances shoreward through the gloom, and his excited fancy populated the unuerbrush


A YOUNG GOL D KING with a crowd of copper-skinne'd rascals cannibalistically in clined, watching the schooner and making plans to capture all on board. Butch Whitbeck remained on deok while the rest went to supper All meals were alike on board the schooner, the on l y dif ference being in the name applied to them, for tllere was no change in the food The breeze, which had almost died out with the sun, came on again from another quarter about an hour after dark, .and made the sultry air fairly bearable. The sky was bright with stars, as usual, and their radi ance made the island stand out in relief. Not a sound could beheard other than the 1ow beat of the surf upon the reefs, which almost s urrounded the isle. "Well, Richard, how do you suppose you'll feel if the in habitants of this place ca.pture us on om gold-hunting ex pedition to-morrow?" said Jack, noticing how nervous the young aristocrat appeared to be. "Would you sooner be roasted, boiled or fricasseed?" he added, with a chuckle. "I don't see anything funny about the matter," grumbled Richard "I wish I was back on board the Golden Fleece "You aren't the only one who wishes that, old man. Butch has been shaking in his shoes ever since Blaine said that he wasn't sure what k ind of a reception we might get from the natives if they discovered us "Oh, you go bag your head," growled Whitoock. I ain't shaking any more than you are I'm ready to take my chances with Uie re t. I wish I had a good gun, though I'd feel a little more secure." think a Gatling rapid firer wouldn't be out of place," said Jack "It would make a crowd of warlike cannibals look like thirty cents inside of a couple of minutes "Do you think these islanders are cannibals?" asked Richard, in shaky tones. "I thought the natives of these islands were all converted "You'd better ask Blaine He can tell you more about this part of the world than I can. If he really thought the inhabitants of this island were very dangerous I don't think he'd have taken the chances of ooming here for a gold mine. I know I wouldn't. Money is all very well, but a fellow's life is more valuable," said Jack. "Those are my sentiments, to'o," interjected Butch, with a nod of his head The boys talked till they grew s leepy, and then they turned in after Jack was told that he would have to sta,nd watch from midnight till three, and Butch was informed i.Jrnt :tie would have to hold the deck from three until re lieved Soon after sunris(j Blaine and Williams turned out of their bunk s Aft er b,reakfast both appeared on deck with rifles in their hands. A third rifle was handed to Richard. "\Ve're goin' to leave ye in charge of the schooner," said Blaine. "If any of the natives try to board the vessel you must wave 'em off. If they won't obey ye, jest shoot 'em, d'ye understand?" Richard said he understood, but h e didn't look very for midable even with the gun in his hande, and Jack thought the re s istance he would put up if attacked wauld not amount to a whole lot. The rowboat that t h e schoone r carrie d on her deck was lowered into the water and the pa .rty of four rowed away, leaving Savage lord of all he surveyed When the boat touched the beach al l j umped out a nd s h e was secured to a stake driven into the sand Blaine and Williams took the l ead w ith their g un s re ady for business at a moment's notice J aok and Butch trailed on close behind. In that order they walked up the shore, a n u penetr ating the underbrush, started inland The rascals seemed to have a welldefined idea of wher e they Were heading for They talked together in low tones, but neither Jack n o r Butch coul d catch what they said In fact, their attention as taken u p by a con stan t look out for the appearance of any stray inhab i tants of the i s l and. Not a sign of life, other than birds of variegate d plu mage, was to be seen, however. They proceeded in this manner th r ough a compa r at iv e l y level district covered with a luxuriant growth of tropical vegetation for a distance of perhaps half a mile. Then they drew near to a circle of hills, rising in a larly abrupt fashion, not unlike t h e wall s o f some hu ge fortress To climb these e l evations l ooked to be s i mp l y imp o ssible. Blaine and his companion evident l y had n o inte ntion of attempting such a thing, but, they began to advan ce along their base with some caution, peering i n to ever y bunch of underbrnsh they came to, and aro un d every pro jection they encountered in their path. "I'll bet they're looking for the opening to t he s ecr e t caves,11 said Jack, after tah.ing note of the act i o n s of t h e two rascals. 1 "Of course that's what they're doing," rep l ied Whi t beck "If this island is inhabited it seems fu nn y t hat we haven't met with a single specimen o f t h e n atives," s aid Jack. "Their village may be on t h e oth e r s id e o f the i s l a nd." "It certainly does not a ppear to be on t his s i de," ad mitted Jack, "els e we must have seen some indicat i o ns of the fact." "These hilly elevations run clear across the i s l an d an d baJ." approach to the other end, except by of the beach." "That's what they do. I should hate to have to climb them. In fact, I doubt very much if we could do such a thing without a regular mou ntain-climber's outfit." At that moment Blaine and Williams came to a sUL1den stop before a clump of trop i ca l bushes They pa. rted the fo l iage w i t h evident c a u tio n an d l ooked through Then, motioning to "the boys to keep close beh i nd, t hey pu s hed their way through Jack and Butch followed. Suddenly they appeared t o be walking str aigh t into the hill. In another moment they found themse lves in a tv.nne l which was as dark as the ace of spades They followed tlie win:.lings of this fo r some li t tle dis tance and then they saw light a.head That indicated the end of the tunnel. When they came to the p oint of exit t hey found the m ,.


2 0 A YOUNG GOLD KING. gazing into a sma ll amphitheater -like s pace o pe n to the sky. Plantain trees were giowin g aro u nd it at suc h r egular in terva l as seem1ngly to in d i cate t hat ihey ha d been set t h e re b y hu man h a nds. The giound was thickly carp e t e d with verdure, but inste a d of growin g wild as in the other part of th 0 island they h ad t r averse d it was cut close like a well-kept lawn around a gentle man' s h o use. A strea m o f water of s mall volume leaped from crag to crag a t one sid e of the enclos ure until it reached a kind of bas in, partly natur al and pa rtly formed by man. Sitting on a roc k beside this cry s tal pool and arranging h e r l o ng, golden locks was a young, slender girl of uncom mon b e auty. Sh e was dressed in soft flowing, white garments, caught H e spran g forward to h e r as sistance as though s he were h i s dearest frien d and not an absolute stran g er. A t that moment B l ain e s eized her roughly with a s trangle hold around t he neck w hil e W ill iams started to tear the ornam ent from h e r hair. His fingers had bare l y t o u c h ed it wh e n J ack struck him a swinging blow in th e j a w that s ent him ree lin g to t h e grass. Then h e tore Blain e's clu t ch from around the g i rl's throat, and s ma s hed him, too, a stunning blow i n the face Thro wing one arm prot e ctin g l y a roun d the d azed and astoni s hed girl, Jack dre w hi s revolv e r and put h imself in a posture to defend her fro m further agg ressi on CHAPTE R XII. TIT.A.NI.A.. a t the waist by a 'girdle of pure gold, which glittered with Williams sprang to his feet wit h a fierc e i mp r ecati on, a myriad of diamonds. w hic h was echoed b y Bill Bl aine a s t hat rasca l also reA pair of white sandal s protected her exqui s itely-formed cove r e d from t h e smas h h e h ad received from the plucky feet b oy. Around her neck and hanging down nearly to her wai s t The s i ght of the revolver in J ack's h a n d al one deterred was a pendant chain form e d of a com bination of large diat h e m from thro win g t hems e lves upon him and (\oing him monds, rubies, emeralds, and o t h e r precious stones. up in their rag e A sort of t i ar a in the center of which s hone an immense "Ye blamed y oun g m onkey, what do ye mean by sluggin' ruby, was affixed in the top of h e r hair, while rings of great us?" roared Blaine, in a fu riou s passion, hi s w i cked eyes value glittered on her taper finge r s sparkling with fury. She was entir e ly alone to all appearances, and the in"Blame you!" snarl e d William s "We' ll kill y ou for truders regarded her with surpri s e and not a little wond e r that!" Blai ne and Williams not impressed by her artles s "Stand back!" cried Jack, reso l ute l y "If you move a lovelin ess, but by the imm e n s e valu e of her ornaments s t e p nearer I'll fire, andyour b l ood w ill be on you r own which clearly loo ked to be worth s e veral larg e fortunes. heads." The boys, on the contrary, while sensible of the glittering His mann e r and w o rds showed that be meant bu s ine ss, of h e r gems, w e r e s p e ll-bound a t the presence of and the ra s cal s w e r e loath to take the risk that seem e d to be such a beautiful white girl in th a t rugged, garden like spot. certain Jack was especially tak e n with her. How dar e ye inte rfer e with us?" d e manded Blaine, As she sat the re in grac e ful unconsciousness that. her fie rc ely. "Ye are one of us What do ye mean by ba1kin' privacy was invaded by strangers, two of whom were as big our plans?" a pair of rascals as the sun ever shone upon, she presented "Your plans have noth i n g to do with this gir l. I did a picture that captivated the young sailor.not a g ree to bac k y ou up a n y such outrage again s t a d e -It might almost be called a c ase of love at first sight on fe nseless woma n a s you have ju s t attempt e d You came his part. t o t hi s i s l and to se a rc h for h idden gold, not to assault and Blaine and his companion vi ewed her, as we have said, rob on e of t h e inhab i tants with merel y m e r c enary emotions. "We' r e n o t taldn' any instru c tion s from ye," hissed Wil The wealth she carri e d on h e r person drove from their l iarns "Give t h a t girl up to us or w e 'll carve ye into thou g hts for the tim e b e ing the money whose hiding place stri p s they w er e trying to l o cat e The r asc al d r e w his s h eath knife, and Blain e immediately T hey sa w with i n their gras p the value in a very port able followed hi s e..1'ampl e form o f man y thous ands of g old e n c oins, and with one a c Y ou 'll reac h this gir l on l y over m y d e ad body, y ou cord t hey dec id ed to s e i z e the g irl chok e her into helplesss c oundr e l s," r e pli e d J ack, determin e dly. "And b e for e I ness, and strip h e r of every ornam e nt. g o d own on e or bot h of you w ill get a ball into you that may T his p urpose was decided b etween t h e m in w hi s p er s and settle your f a te." stand i ng their rifles ag ain s t the wa ll o f the tunne l they The d i scomfite d r asca l s recogniz e d the fac t tha t l e ad cr ept out o f the ope n ing and ca u t iou s ly approached the t r avels q u icke r tha n steel, and they did not dar e for c e the beautifu l cr e a ture. matte r to a n issu e Jack was so absorb e d in the c on te mplation of the girl 's At thi s p oint Whi tbeck, recoYering from hi s s urp rise over ravishing bea u ty, bot h o f face an d for m, that he did not pay w hat bad happened, grabbed up on e of the rifles l eft by the any a tten tio n to the actions of the two sailo rs until they scoundrel s at the mouth of the tunne l, and c ame forwa r d came i n to h i s l ine o f vis i o n behind the gi rl. to t he a i d of his chum Then inst in ctively he unde r stood their object. "Dro p those knives, both of you h e sa id covering Forgetfu l o f t he circ u mstances surro unding him-con-B la ine and W illi ams with his weapon "Drop the m q u ick, sci ous onl y of the pe ril that faced t h is lovel y girl-all the or t here' ll be somethin g doing you w o n t lik e n atu r a l chivalry of hi s m anl y n atu r e a t once a sserte d i tse lf. The ras c als, p erceiving themselv e s m enaced from ano t h e r


A YOUNG GOLD KING. 21 and unexpected quarter, gave utterance to a string of fierce' at the Island of Papua, rescued from the sea more than a invectives, and swore to be tenibly revenged on both of thousand no.rtheast from here, told my chum here the young sailors and I the storj of this gold. He induced us, by force, backed Their oaths and threats had no effect whatever on either I by his promise to give us an equal share of whatever trcasJ ack or Butch. ure was secured, to accompany him on a schoone r from The villains, however, s ullenly refused to give up their Papua to this island. We anchored off the eastern of knives, returning them to their sheaths in a dogged manthe island last evening, and this morning the four of us ner. came ashore to search for the hidden caves." During all this time the girl had stoo d a passive partici "Your search would have been in vain. You could not pant in the thrilling scene. have passed these natural barriers of our dwelling place Recognizing Jack as one who had saved her from the rufwithout discovery, and discovery might perhaps have meant :fianly assa ul t, and whose presence.and weapon protected her a quiok and sudden death. I alone, w'ho could have saved from further ha. rm at the hands of the scoundrels, she did you, would probably never have heard of your fate." not seek to withdraw herself from his encircling arm., everr "Then I suppose there is nothing for us do hut to after she had fully rec overed her self-possession. return to the schooner by the way we came," replied Jack; When Jack saw that Blaine and Williams were effectually with a wistful and admiring look into h e r lovely face, which subdued for the time being, at any rate, he took his arm brought a heightened color to h e r cheeks. "I am afraid from around the girl 's waist and turned to her. that will not be w e ll for my companion and myself, par You are quite safe now, miss," he said, without consid ticularly for me. I hav e foiled these two rascals in their ering whether she understood his words or not. attempt to rob you of your gems and ornaments. They will "I thank you for saving me from those men," she replied, also hold me re spo n s ible for the failure of the enterprise as in perfect English, flashi ng a look of gra titude and interest a whole. They are desper ate rascals, a s you may judge by in his face that thrilled him, for her eyes were beautiful arl.d'. their appearance and their actions. It is not improbable expressive ones, and their glances went straight to his heart. that my life, as well as that of my chum, may be sac rificed "You are weloome, miss. I am very glad to have been of to their fury as soon as they get u s in their power aboard service to you." the schooner. Under these circumstances I would ask your "What is your name, and whence do you come,?" she protection, as I have given you mine when you stood in asked, in her si lvery tones. need of it. I ask that we may be permitted to remain with "My name is Jack ATcher. I am an American, from San your people until some passing vessel can be signalled to Francisco." take us off." "I, too, am an American," she replied, sweetly; "but "Your request is granted," (lhe said, softly, taking his this is my home. My name is Titania I am queen of the hand in hers "My gratitude would not permit me to exTitanians, who inh abit this island." pose you to danger, and when I havetold my people what "Titania!" exclaimed Jack. "And what is your other I owe you they also will welcome you. You shall both rename?" main as long as you wish, or as long as circumstances may "That I may not tell you. What brought you to this compel you." i sland? It is not often that any one comes hither. Was Jack brightened up at her words. it to get water for your ship ?" 1 In a few short minutes this girl had produced such an "No," replied Jack. "We did not come ')n a ship, but impression on him that he would have regarded it as a in a small schooner from the Island of Papua, about 100 mi sfort une to be obliged to l eave h e r. miles to the northwest." At that moment a young nativ e gir l appeared suddenly "What brought you to this i s land? TbeTe is nothing from behind a screen of tropical foliage which hid an in.per h ere to repay your visit. My. people do not encourage the passage. presence of strange rs. How came you to find the passage &he uttered a startled exclamation as her eyes lighted on that leads to our dwelling place? Only once before did a the four str:;ingers. stranger penetrate to this spot, a;qd he did not well repay Titania turned and spoke some words to her in a strange, the hospitality which I, c.ontrary to my people's wis hes, exbut musical, language. t e nded to him." She turned about in stantly and disappeared. "We came here for--" "I thank you very much, Miss Titania," replied Jack in Then Jack stopped, for it flashed across his mind that it answer to the girl's "My chum and I will gratefully might be unwise to admit the real obiect which had brought accept your hospitality until such time as an opportunity the party to the is land. for us to get away. As for those rascals, the sooner The girl seemed to read his thoughts and smiled. you get rid of them the better." "Perhaps I can guess," she said "The stranger who As he spoke several co, pper-colored natives, a tired in abused our hospitality has told that there is a treasure on short trousers and a kind of loose frock, very simi lar to the this island, concealed in our se.cret caves, and you and these undress of an Americ an nav al officer, appeared from the men came here to try and take it away. Am I not right?" inn er passage. will not deny it," r eplied Jack, flushing guiltily. "We They arranged themselves in line near Titania and bowecl did come here to obtain the treasure, which we understand their heads respectfully to her. consists of many thousand pieces of gold coin. That rascal She addressed theni in the native language, pointing 1.o there, whom we, that is, the officers and crew of the ship Blaine and Williams, and finally to Butch Whitbeck. Golden Fleece, bound from 'Frisco to Melbourne, and now They bowed their heads again when she had :finished.


22 A YOUNG GOLD lnNG. .. Blaine and his companion, not liking the outlook, started for the mouth of the tunnel. "Stop!" cried Titania, authoritatively, tothem. They paid no attention. "Hold them up with your rifle, Butch," said Jack. Whitbeck called on the rascals to stop, covering them with his weapon. They did so, with very bad grace. "Better get that other rifle in your possession,'Butch," Ga id Jack. "It's too dangerous a weapon for those rascals .to have." Whitbeck took the hint, moved over to the tunnel and secured it. He brought it back and tossed it to Jack. The queen of the Titanians then turned to Butch aml told him to go with the party that would escort Blaine and Williams back to the beach near where the schooner lay at anchor, and after seeing that the rascals returned to their Yessel he was to come back with the natives. "All right," replied Whitbeck, glancing at J aek. "Why not come with me, old man?" Titania shook her head and ordered the escort to proceed 'at once. One of the natives, who appeared to have command of the others, spoke to his companions. They marched toward the tunnel. Two entered and disappeared. The native looked at Blaine and Williams and motioned them to enter the passage. Blaine turned a ferocious look on Jack. "Ye've got the best of us, my hearty," he hissed; "but we're not done with ye yet," by a long chalk! We'll git ye yet, and when we do ye'll wish ye'd never been born!" With this parting salute the tw0 sailors walked off, accom panied by Butch Whitbeck and the copper-colored escort. CHAPTER XIII. THE DAWN OF LOVE. Left together, Titania turned to Jack, took his hand once more in hers and carried it to her lips. "You are my guest, Jack Archer," she said, with a look that quickened the blood in bis veins, and caused him to seize her hand and carry it to his own lips. She smiled almost coyly and said, "Come." He followed willingly enough as. she leq the way to the inner passage. Her movements were graceful and supple as she preceded him along the natural passage open above until they entered a second winding tunnel which terminated in a large cave facing upon a valley completely enclosed by the inaccessible hills. Several natives were sittting around the cave. All sprang to their feet on the appearance of their queen, and saluted her with the most profound Tespect. She passed on out of the cave with Jack at her side. "This is the home of the Titanians," she said, waving her fair, undraped arm at a large collection of small thatched huts scattered about the tropical valley. A part of the valley was under spccinl cultivation, a species of maize being grown there, as Jack subsequently ascertained. There were bread-fruit, plantain, banana and cocoanut trees on all sides. Birds of brilliant plumage flew hither and thither, and seemed to be extremely tame. The hillsides were resplendent with tropical vegetation of every description. Everything spoke of peace, plenty and contentment. Jack was delighted with the scene thus unfolded before his eyes. It seemed to be a fitting setting for the lovely girl who reigned queen of that little community, cut off as it were from the rest of the world. "My gracious!" exclaimed the young sailor. "I believe I could live here forever and be perfectly satisfied." She turned a look of sweetness on the boy and smiled. A soft light shone from her eyes as they rested with an eager longing on his handsome face, and strong, well-pro portioned figure. The color came and went in her cheeks and her bosom rose and fell like the undulations of the great ocean with out. Jack's eyes were at that moment taking in all the beauties of the valley, and he was not conscious of the emotions re flected in this innocent maiden's person, as she gazed at him with an admiring and newly-born interest. "Come," she said at length, "I will take you to my house. There I hope you will find yourself at home until--" She hesitated and her voice. trembled a bit "Until you tire of us here," she added, "and long to return to those you love and who love "There is no one that I love," he said, turning to her, "and no one who loves me. I am an orphan." A bright light sprang into her eyes as he uttered those words. "Then were you to remain with us no one would miss you?" she asked, eagerly. "Yes, there are friends who would miss me in a way. Captain Rockwell, who has been almost a father to me, and his daughter Nellie, who has been almost a sister to mr." "Ah!" exclaimed Titania, her face going pale. "They would miss you, you say, and you-you would miss them. This Nellie, who is like a sister to you-you care for her, no doubt? It would grieve you to see her no more, per haps?" "S nre, I care for her. She is the best, the truest-hearted little girl in all the world," be said, enthusiastically. "I should not like tq lose her' altogether. She is the best friend I have. But she is not like-you." Titania stood with averted face and sinking heart as Jack spoke with such fervor of Nellie Rockwell. Her disappointment was keen until he said, "But she is not like--you." At those words she raised her head and shot an indescrib able glance at him. "Come," she said, once more, "follow me." She led him, an object of wondering curiosity to the men, women and children of the Titanians, along a wide lane through the village to a large thatched structure of a singl e story, which stood in the center of an extensive green space, well shaded by spreading palms. There was no lack of ventilation in the building, a neces sary requirement of that hot latitude.


A YOUNG GOLD KING. 23 '-. The house consisted of one large central room, and three others that led off from it, life the pips of the ace of spades r'he furniture consisted of rustic-looking cha irs tables, lounges, and other civi lized adjuncts, probably secured from wrecked ships The floor was constr u cted of the deck timbers of a larg e vessel, which had been as closely lmit together as when they were in their original position. The doorways were hidden by portieres of some s oft, clinging s ilk-a fabric simi lar to that worn by the girl h er self. Coming out of the blazing sun, Jack was astonished at the comparative coolness of the big room to which Titania had introduced him. Pointing to a couch made of interwoven cane, s h e called two of a half-dozen young female attendants and bade bring refreshments. Then she seated herself beside Jack and asked him to tell her something about himself, and of his voyage from San Froocisco to the Island of Pap1ia. He complied at once, and while he was talking the two girls waited on them, one with golden and si lver plates and dishes filled with tropical fruits, the other with an antique looking flagon filled with a rich amber-colored liquid which she served in a couple of silve r gobl ets o.f exquisite work manship to Titania and h er visitor. Jack was astonishe d at the display of plate until an explanation of their presence this out-of-th e-way island occurred to him. Without doubt they were a pa.rt of tlie pirate booty of a hundred years since, which the girlish queen had turned to practical use Jack gave Titania an outline of hi s lif e history, and she li stened to him with rapt attention When he spoke about Nellie Rockwell, and the warm friendship that existed between them, the gir l watched his face narrowly, and weighed every word as it fell from his lips, as if to determine in her own mind just what p lace Nellie occupied in the boy's heart. Sometimes her hand was wessed upon her bosom as though to stifle her emoti on, and again her eyes spaDkled with a dawning hope. While they were thus engaged the escort of uatives that had accompanied Blaine and Williams to the beach marched up to the house with Butch vYhitbeck in their midst. "Hello, Butch," exclaimed Jack, as soon as h e saw his chum, "come in and make yourself at home." "Draw up a chair, old man," continued Jack, as i h e was the boss of the house, "and te ll us how you got rid of those rasca l s." "Oh, we got rid of them all rigP,t, don't you worry," laughed Butch, with an admiring g lance at Titania. "We marched them back to the beach as if we were taking them to execution They didn't say a thing about you-oh, no, 0 course not! l'd hate to have you meet either 0 those chaps of a dark night on a lon esome road. What they >rnuldn't do to you isn't worth mentioning. They call eel yon every name in the cal endar, and swore they'd kill you at the first chance they get. And I guess they wouldn't be bashful about treating me in the same way." "Say, o l d man," continued Butch, "thi s is the finest place I've ever seen. I wouldn't mind living here indefinitely. "Wouldn't you? I feel kind of that way myself, only I'm afraid Miss Titania wouldn't sta nd for it." "I s hould be very happy i you would remain here for ever," s h e answered The look that accompanied her words thrilled Jack. Butch saw it, too, and winked to himself "She 0looks as if she was sweet on Jack," he thought. "I'll bet i he says the word that he could have himself e l ected king of this i s land. Then I would have no difficult y in getting myself appointed chief cabinet minister, and I could boss it over these copper inhabitants to beat the band. They' cl kowtow to Jack and the queen and salaam to me. Gee! 'fhat would be great, bet your life!" Then Jack turned to Titania. "I can't answer for my chum He must speak for himself. As far as I'm concerned, I would be glad to stay here forever, und er certain conditions." "Under certain conditions?" muril)ured the girl, her color comin g and going. "Yes," replied Jack. "Under certain condition s I can't very well tell you what those conditions are just now, but I may t ell you later." "I wonder if I hadn't better sneak?" thought Butch, feeling as if he was in the way. He got on his feet, remarking that it was uncommonly warm, and started for the doorway, but Jack called him "Don't go, old man," he said. "It's much cooler in this room than out under those trees Be siaes, Miss Titania is going to tell us how she came to be queen of the Titan i ans, as well as other matters conn ecte d with the island So Butch sa t down again and Titania began her story. CHAPTER XIV. THE STORY THAT TITANIA TOLD. Titania's sto r y was quite a lon g one as she related it, but a few 'rords will p lace the substance of it be:f'O.re our reader s Her father and mother were 'Americans, aud s he herself was born in California. While yet a very littl e g irl her father met with bus iness reverses that reduced the littl e family to unpleasant straits. A good position h a v in g been offered h er father in Sidney, Australia, he set sail for the antipodes on an American ship, with his wife and child. All went well until the vessel reached the neighborhoor1 of the Fiji Islands, when she was caught in one of the periodica l hurri canes that sweep those seas. Driven southwar d in the grasp of the tempes t the ve.>sd went ashore on the ree:f,s s urrounding the I s land of Titania. Strange to relate, all on board peri s hed except Titania a nd her father and mother, who,were washed up on the beach more dead than alive There they were discovered by the natives 0 the islancl, who carried thern into their secluded village and treated them wit h great kindness, :for the islanders were a s imple and inoffensive race of aboriginals who had set tled there 80on after the extinction of the pirate Vasquez and his vil l ainous associates a hundred years before. The Island of 'l'itania being out of the beaten track of ve3sels sailing between America and Australia, the girl's


A YOUNG GOLD KING. father waited long and anxiously for some craft to draw near enough to take them off. As weeks passed into months few ships came within :;,ig nalling distance, and none of these paid any attention or understood the signs made Gradually as time passed Titania's father and mother grew attached to the natives and contented with the s impl e and happy life led by those on the island, and imperceptibly the y lost all desire to mingle again with the busy and sinful world of which they had once beeil a part. Her father ceased to watch for vessels in the offing and both he and his wife devoted their l ives from that time to teaching the inhabitants the Christian faith, and instruct ing them in such civilized pursuits as their l imited facilities enabled them to put into practice They picked up the language of the Titanians., a n d taught the head peopl e something of the English tongue Finally at the annual festival held by the natives Titan ia's father was made king of the island, her mother queen, a:p.d she herself declared the heir appa rent. A few years after this a brig was blown into the neighbor hood by a gale and came to anchor within the reef The captain and crew of this craft were a rascally set. It developed that they had been looking for thi s island, which they iknew had once been the headquarters of the pirate Vasquez T hey believed that some of the booty of that f amous rover might still be concealed on the island, and their pur pose was to discover it and carry it away. In searching the place they accidentally discovered the secret entrance to the valley and forced their way into the village In doing this they killed several of the islanders w ho J:.ad approached them with peaceful intentions. Titania's father, while remonstrating with the invaders, was shot down in cold blood by the captain of the brig. This wanton act naturally enraged the natives, a pitched battle ensued and the intruders were wiped out to a man. The brig was taken possession of by the islanders, broken u p and removed with her furnishings and such cargo as she had to the village, where the various articles were put to such use as the inhabitants could manage to employ them Titania 's mother only survived her husband a short time, and the little girl, thus left an orphan, was duly proclaimed queen of the island under the name of Titania. An old custom of the natives forbade her, on accession to the digpity of queen', from ever mentioning the name of her father and mother, and this custom she felt bound to re spect, and consequently she could not impart that infohna tion to her guests, to whom, she said, she must ever be known simply as Titania. All right, Titania," said Jack, when she had concluded her story, "we'll let it go at that. Now, if you will favor us so much, will you tell us if there really is a large amount of gold coin concealed in secret caves on this island?" "There is," she replied. "That, as well as all these gems you wear, together with the gold and silver dishes, cups, flagons and othel' valuable articles we have seen, was once the plunder of that renowned rover of the seas, Vasquez, the Tenibl e "It was," she answered. "And where arc these secret caves loca.ted, if 1 may be 1 permitted to ask?" "That no stranger i s allowed to know. Even the natives, save six, who night and .id ing my choice. Probably this is because I am the first maiden queen who ever reigned on the island." Jack made no reply He sat silently gazing out through the doorway at the native children playing at a distance among the buts, thinking of the girl's strange and eventful story, and per haps more of the girl herself-the most fascinating creature he had ever seen in his life, and whose personality had maue a great impression on his heart. And while the boy was occupied with his thoughts Titania rose and ordered dinner to be prepared for herself and her guests. Then she sent for the three old and wise men of the vil lage, who formed her council of state, as it were, according to the regulati()llls governing the colony. When they appeared she met them just outside the door, for they never entered her house. To them she described how Jack Archer had .saved her from being despoiled of her ornaments by Blaine and Wil liams, and how bis chum, Butch Whitbeck, had backed him up. She explained that the four had come to the island to search for the trea s ur e of the secret caves. Then she introduced her guests to the old men, indicat ing J aok as especially entitled to all honor and respect on the part of the inhabitants. The old men departed and by the time Titania and her guests sat down to dinner the whole village knew what their queen owed to Jack, and incidentally his friend. It is not too much to say that when, in the cool of the evening, the boys made a tour of the valley in company with Titania, Jack found himself a person.age of no little im portance, while Butch also came in for a gooclly share of popular consideration. Titania had been inforrnecl of the sailing of the schooner late in the afternoon, but lest this might be a mere ruse, a guard had been placed in the little amphitheater where the intruders had first seen the queen, with orders that would have brought strenuous consequences to Blaine and Wil liams had they dared to venture a second time upon their search for the secret caves.


A YOUNG GOLD KING. 25 One of the three rooms abutting upon the main apa:iI If I were in your shoes I wouldn't hesitate a moment in ment of the queen's house was allotted to Jack and Butch, taking up "'with a good thing and as it was the custom to go to rest soon after dark, the Jack made no reply, and soon afterward they returned to boys turned in immediately after Titania bade them. goodthe house to :find Titania watching for them. night and retired to her own quarters. She smiled sweetly on Jack, as she wished him goodmorning, and gave him every evidence of her fa.vor. CHAPTER XV. After breakfast Titania asked Jack if he would like to accompany her on her morning walk to the pool in the A YOUNG GOLD KING. amphitheater, where he had :first seen her. The boys turned out early next morning just as the sun He said he would be glad to go, and so they set off to-was rising. gcther. The natives were just beginning to stir around as they Passing through the cave and the winding passage they cai;ne out of the house. were presently seated on a smooth rock beside the pool. "I don't suppose breakfast will be ready for a coupl e of "Tell me something about the great world beyond the hours yet, so I move that we climb up the hill yonder and seas-the country where I was born and yet left too early take a squint at the ocean," said Butch. to have any remembrance of," said Titania, taking one of "I'm with you," replied Jack, and they started for the his hands in hers; "and about the other countries you ha .ve nearest point of the verdure-clad hills surrounding the vi lvisited. What are they li ke? How do the people dress, lage. and live, and amuse themselves? All I know about the The s lope was easy to climb and it did not take them world is what my father and mother told me, and I was long to reach the ridge. then too young to understand fully what they said." From there they could see the Pacific rippling in the So Jack gave her a of the world as he knew early sunshine spread out all around them clear to the enit-its sunshine and its shadows. circling horizon. He told her that the main object to mankind seemed to "Seems as if we were on a great, big ship sailing along, be the accumulation of money, to which they made everydoesn't it?" said Butch. thing else subservient "Somewhat," replied Jack. "Just look down the shee r "The majority stn1gg l e hard for a bare living," went on sides of these hills on the outside. It is just as if we were Jack. "Captain Rockwell has followed the sea for forty standing on the ramparts of an imm ense fort These are years, :::nd yet to-day he is only moderately well off. All the most extraordinarily formed hills I ever heard ::if. the money he has ever made would prbbably not be sufficient Precipitous and bare on the seaward side, like an iro:::to purc hase a jewel similar to the one you are wearing above bound coast, while on the inside they are easy of ascent and yJu r forehead. Yet I am bound to say that he is about as covered with the most luxuriant of tropical vegetation. Nacontented with his lot as the average successf ul man. Some ture does things in a fashion exclusive ly her own." people, though they be worth the price of every gem you "Not a sail in sight I suppose the schooner we came have on your person, and T should say their value represents here on is half way back to Pap.ua by this time. I wonder a king's ransom, would not be satisfied-not if to them you what kind of a time Savage is having with those rascal s? added the treasure of the secret caves. Oh, this is a great They're in a pretty ugly humor, I'll warrant, because they world, Titania, and the more I see of its boasted civiliza had all their trouble for nothing Savage will no doubt retion the less I lik'e a larg e part of it. Here on this port to Cap'n Rockwell that we were captured and detained where money plays no part at all in your affairs, I find the by the inhabitants of this island and then we may expect simplicity positively refreshing. The natives seem to be the Golden Fleece down this way BiiJ.1 Blaine will hardly content to get along without intercourse with outsiders To g o back to the ship after what has happened. Probably he all appearance s they ar e happy, and what more can one wouldnt return anyway, as I guess he and Williams hang wish for in life but happin ess? fui I said yesterday, I be-around the Fiji group most of their time lieve I coul d live here forev er and be satisfied." "I wouldn't care to be in Richard's shoes at the prei'ent "And I sai d that I would be very happy if you would remoment," replied Jack. "Those scoundrels are probably main h ere forever," she replied, looking at him with eyes making life hideous for him for want of something better that spoke the eage r desire of her soul. to vent their di sappo intment on." "Yes, I know you did, Titania," replied Jack, yielding to "Well, Jack, when our ship turns up, as I suppose she the infatuation that her personality threw around him with will, are you going back to sailoring again? s ubtl e power. "You wish me to remain, then?" "Why do you ask that?" "Yes." "I didn't know but you might prefer to re ma in here, "Why?" marry Titania, and become king of the island It would be Her limpid eyes dropped to the verdure-clad ground, and a dead easy life, and you'd come into possession of the her bosom heaved with an emotion she could not repress. tn,asure of the secret caves." "Can you not g uess?" she a sked, at length, raising her "How do you know she would marry me, or that the nalovely eyes s hyl y to his face. tives would accept me as their king?" "I think I can," h e said, stealing his arm around her "Oh, she'll have you fast enough," replied Bufoh, nodwaist "You love me. Is it not so?" ding his head as if the matter was a foregone conclusion. "Yes," she answered, softly "We're the firl't young white chaps s he' s ever seen, and as "And it would you happy to become my wife-the you

26 A YOUNG GOLD KING. "Yes. "Then, Titania, I will stay. I will give up all the world and everybody in it for your sake," he said, drawing her to him "Everybody?" she mulmured "Even this girl who bas been as a sister to you?" "You mean Nellie Rockwell? Of course, sweetheart. She has never been anything to mo other than as a sister, nor does she care for me more than as a brotheT." "Then I am yours, and I am Yery happy Their lips met in a long, sweet kiss, the first she had ever given to any one save her dead parents, and it sealed a love tha! to her, at least, was everything in the little world of which she was the chief part. They passecl an hour in their newly-born happiness, and then Titania said : "Come, my husband and my king. You have acquired the right to enter and view the secret caves of my domin ion '" She led the way behind the rocks aroun( the pool and presently they stood before a low, entrance Entering, they soon came to an inner cave, lighted by several torches and 11eoplel by six natives, who bowed pro foundly before Titania She said something to them in the native tongue. Three immediately seized torches from the walls and walked into a tunnel-like gallery. Titania and J a.ck followed, while tbe other three-natives came on behind They passed on from one cave to another until they reached one where the torch bearers drew up in line, stand ing motionless as bronze statues. The flickering light from the fl.a.mbeaux only partly dis pelled the darkness, but J ask could make out a stone shelf along two sides of the cave, and on thi s shelf he saw many bushel baskets lined up at regular intervals. "Behold the treasure of the sec!"et caves!" said Titania, as the three natives, in obedience to her command, removed basket after basket, full of golden coin, from the shelf and displayed them before the astonished eyes of the boy. Half an hour later Jack was telling Butch of the wonder ful wealth of the secret caves. "So you'rn going to marry Titania and become a :young gold king?" sajd chum. "I am. It is decided, and Titania is now informing the three '\Vise men of the village of her selection of a husband." "Well, old man, I congratula.te you, but will you tell me where do I come in in all this?" "You! If you will agree to remain here with me, for a time, at any rate, I'll make you my prime minister and secretary of state "How much salary do I get? If I should leave la.ter on I want to be well fixed Money ma 1kes the mare go in the outside world." "Never mind the salary. You can't spend any of it here. When you leave, if you ever do, I'll see that you ca. rry a fortune away with you." "It's a go, Jack, and there's my hand on it. Three days later J a.ck Archer and Titania were married according to the simple ceremonies of the Titanians, and a feast was held at which there was great rejoicing. Butch constituted himself a kind of master-of-the ceremonies, and though he couldn't make himself very un derstood, he managed to acquire considerable popularity, and made quite an impression on several copper-faced beauties. The young gol d king and his prime minister contimiecl to watch for the coming of the Golden but they were disappointed, and as time went by they gave her up entirely, and settled down to a peaceful and easy existence on the island. It was not until a year later that the boys learned why the ship did not hunt for them. A vessel en route for San Francisco put in at Titania Island for water. Jack Archer invited captain and crew to a special feast. Then it was arranged that Butch Whitbeck should go to the United States, with a box full of gold, and purchase a whole lot of things for the island colony, including a library of choice books, fine female apparel, a big American flag, and other articles too numerous to mention. Almost the first person Butch met in San Francisco was Captfiln Rockwell. The commander of the Golden Fleece was astonished to see him, for he thought he and Jack were dead. Butch then learned that Richard Savage and the two sail ors had not re t urned to Papua, as he and Jack had supposed they did, although Nellie was brought back. In fact, they never were heard of again, from which it was concluded that the scho

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Sambon, in the Journal of 'l'ropieal Medicine and Hygiene, has been adopted in Imitation of native custom, and no doubt it is wise to follow the dictates of a long experienre; but those who borrowed tllis custom overlooked tlle a ll-important fact that the native is already protectea by a natural armor of pigment which is Impervious to tlle harmful actinic rays. Having no reason to fea1' the chemiral rays of the sm, the native dons au ample white r obe, which, by reflecting the long heat rays, keeps him comfortabl y cool. White i8 for comfort, but health demands a lining of pigment. To avoid the additional weight and thickness of several layers of cloth, Dr. Sa.mbon conceived the idea. of a tabric composed of white and colorect threaa woven in such a way as to produce a warp o r outer eurface of white and a woof or iuner surface of black, red, or orange. Such a cloth, with a heat-reflecting outer surface und an opaque inner layer, w.m. he thinks,. meet all the requirements of comfort and protection for tropical use. Experiments conducted by a German surgeon prove that blood poisoning may easily result from allowing conversation around an operation. He found that tlle minute drops of saliva expelled in the act of speaking contained on au average 4,373 bacteria, many of which are disease produ cers. 'l'he force of exa,mp l e had a very striking exemplification in the case of two pernons, a man and a woman, seen walking through Central Purk, New York. Apparently the-y were husband and wife. He was painfull y inching along, as though suffering from rheumatism, taking very short. spasmodic s t e ps, and leaning heavily on the woman's arm, and she, although having every appearance of health and strength, moved her feet in exactly the same way. One comparatively long step and then a short jerk with the other foot. And thus they made their way a l ong, keeping exact time, as though moved by an eccentric piece of machinery. Loudon is solving the transit problem of a great city by tile use of motor omnibuses. Last year 800 of these 'lmses, operated by twenty-five companies, rarried 184,000.000 pas sengers-400,000 a day-for an average fare of a littl e more than a cent a mile. The strc!ct railways of London carried 4,000,000 fewer passengers during the same period, and the best record of the New York subway is only about 540,000 passengers carried in one day. And this new and simple cleYice for relieving traffic has earned from 7 to 10 per cent. a year on an investment of $5,000,000 No American city has such a sen sible system, says Harry \V. Perry, in the World's \Vork but the facts seem to show that the exampl e of London and Paris could be followed by New York and Chicago and other congested cities to the great convenience and comfort of the public and to the pi:ofit of the promoters. The advantages of the system are being increasingly appreciate d. The owners hae no heavy investment to make in. rails or holleys The pub!i{! convenience is better served, because the routes of the 'buses may be altered in an emergenC:!J to go around a blocked street or to meet the exceptional demand for transit over new routes on holidays. Ordinarily, these 'buses run over r egular routes on schedules that in some cases assure a passenger that he will not have to wait more than ten minutes for a. 'bus at any time of the day. And the city traffic problem is simplified by the fact that the motor 'buses occupy less space and carry more passengers than 'buses drawn by horses. The example of one company will show the financiaol success of the system and its service to the public. The gross receipts of t he London Jl.Iotor Omnibus Company, Ltd., the largest of the companies, for the eighteen months ending .June HO, 1906, were $624,690. This company alone carried con sitlerably more tllan a million passengers a month for twentyone mo:iths, without a single loss of life. At the first annual meeting of the company, h e ld on October 22, 19e6, a dividend of 10 per cent. was declared on theordinary shares, after placing $30,000 to reserve, allowing 2G per cent. for deprecia tion, and putting $2,000 back into the business. RIB TICKLERS. A mistress said to her maid one day: "You must absolutely stop that perfectly awful habit, Sarah, of always trying to have the last word." "But how am I to know when you have nothing more to say?" answered Sarah. It clear that be was from the country. For several minutes h e stood on the sidewalk, oblivious to the smiles and comments ,pf passersby, gaping up at the top story of a tall trust company building across the way. Then he scratched his head and stroked his chin. "Waa l ," he muttered, "it may be all right, 1 suppc se, but I might as well find out for sartin." He cro ssed the street, pushed his way into the trust company offices and approached the nearest window. The brass plate over it was inscribed "New Accounts." "Well?" asked the man behind the window without looking up from his "\\a-al ," drawled the man from the country, "it may lie all right an' correct, uv course; but while I wuz lookin' over--" '"The bookk

FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. T .HE EBONY CASKET By Paul Braddon. Glancing over the record of the various cases t have "piped," I find one case note d as that of the ebony casket. The incidents of this case were brought to my notice at a time when hou s e robberies were of almost nightly occurrence in the suburbs or the outlying villages. The plunder consisted mostly of money, costly persona! ornaments, and sometimes rich articles of clothing-in fact, of everything which was valuable and which the robbers could carry away easily and with the least chance of detection. In sev eral instances suspicion 1 had been directed against diff erent persons. These person s had been shadowed, but without result; the p e rp etrators as yet l:emain e d undetected and unknown. In vi e w of these repeated raids, I was not surprised when a fresh theft was reported. The latest reported victim was known as Mrs. Colonel Waldron, or the "Duchess Dollie," as she was sometimes called by her admirers. She was a woman of magnificent appearance-large and queenly of figure, with handsome and haughty features, and was suppo sed to be a foreigner. She dressed superbly, was reputed to be enormously wealthy, and r e sided In an elegantly appointed house at the upper end of the city. But little more than that was known about her. The eventful ebony casket was her property, and she bad reported it missing with its contents of almost priceless jewels. It was not the Duchess Dollie, however, who enlisted me in the case; it was a young gentleman whom rumor whis pered was matrimonially engaged to the magnificent widow -for &uch she was declared to be. Ray Rosbry-for so we shall speak of this young gentleman -presented himself in my office the day of the casket's dis appearance. "The lady bas no doubts as to the thief; but I am sure she is mistaken; and it is to save two innocent persons from life-long disgrace that I wish you to take bold of the case," be said to me. It was evident Ray Rosbry was in the deepest distress and uncertainty, and my interest was excited at once. "I infe r the Duchess Dollie accuses these two persons. Who are they?" ...;:The name is Maynard; they are brother and sister. He is but a mere youth and has been the lady's footman; Kate has been employe d in the house as sewing girl." "So they are no long e r in the house?" '".rbey were both informed y esterday that their services were no longer required. It was a'.fter they bad gone, after Katie's trunk was taken away this morning, that madamethe Duchess Dollie-discovered the ebony casket was mi.ss ing." "What was the cause of discharge?" The question seemed to disconcert Ray Rosbry. His good looking face colored, and he stirred uneasily. "The lady takes unaccountable likes and. dislikes sometimes," be answered evasively. "What steps bas she taken to recover the missing ebony casket?" Rosbry's flushed face paled before he replied: "She bas 'sent a warrant-a warrant for search and arrestafter Katie." "If nothing is found the girl can't be held." "But the sba'me and terror of having h('f effects searched will distract the poor girl. Can i you not prevent, or at least delay, that measure?" "What interest have you in the matter-in this girl, Rosbry?" I "I know she is guiltless-I would stake my life on it. And, I am not unwilling to admit, I love her," was his manly reply. "Rumor has engage d you to Duc h ess D o llie." "Rumor lies. the n. I wou}d as soon think of engaging mys elf to Jezebel." After a little furthe r conv e r s ation, I promis e d to investi gate the case. And as I had no urgent bus iness at hand, I started at once. My first mov e was to call upon Duc hes s Dolli e ; but the lady happene d not to b e at home, and in som e disappoint, ment, I l eft the elegant house. There was a small park directly place whic h had once bee n a pi c nic r e sort, but whic h was now abandone d to whoever might choo se to s troll throu g h it. To cross it would m a t e rially shorte n the d i s t a n ce to the car which I proposed taking to the home of the Maynards, farthe r down town, and I naturally took that way. Half way across I heard low tones cautiously s p eaking, and saw through the trees two dark forms-those of a man and a woman. It was already late dusk, and I could di stinguish nothing of their features nor dress; but I detected at onc e that they were no ordinary passers-by. They bad met there for some s ecret interview, and their subject of discussion even then was their own safet y '"We can't be too cautious. But it was a s m art dodge, if it works," the man was saying with a co a r s e chuckl e "He wanted to know too much. I h a d to g et rid o f him. He is far too cunning to make a stir which might bring s u s picion upon himself," was the woman's answer. in harsh though wary tones. "But what of the other?" "With the other it is for revenge." "Then there will b e a stir anyhow. Revenge don't pay when there are secrets to be kept." As he spoke the woman threw out her hands with a gesture of fierce impatience. The movement displac e d the long cloak she wore, and I bad a fleeting glimpse of costly satin and of glittering jewels. At the same instant her companion turned with a sweeping glance about the m. Instinctively I stepped from within the range of his search ing eyes. A twig snapped beneath my f eet, and with a m enacing snarl he started toward the spot whe r e I had halte d. The single step I had taken from the s:pot possibly saved my life. Tl\e snarl bad scarcely brolten from the man's lips before be sent a bullet whizzing through the air, and the missile of death pierced the trunk of a tre e a gainst which I had a second before been leaning. I was totally unprepared for any bravado of that sort, and I lost a precious half minute before I had recovered from my astonishment sufficiently to draw my own revolver and make myself ready for the threatened encounter. But no encounter occmTed. ,, AfJ I waited watchfully on the defensive I beard the woihan's imperative remonstrance. I saw the fellow wheel abruptly, and then their rapid footsteps sounded in the scramble of a hasty retreat. To pursue them I C'onsider e d but a waste of importanttime; therefore I went my way, boarded a down-town car, and twenty minutes later rang the b e ll of the humble Maynard residence. No one seemed to notice my ring, and as I waited for ad mittance the door was pulled suddenly and hurriedly open 'by a young man, in whom I recognized a court officer. The fatal warrants had been served. I had no authority to interfere if I had arrived earlier, but nevertheless i felt keenly disappointed. I should have liked to get Katie's and her brother's version of the difficulty before they bad been terrified possibly into damaging admissions. Our recognition was mutual. "Hello!" exclaimed the young man, looking relieved as well as surprised, "I am glad you happened along. I am


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. having a job I can't manage stngle-banded-a girl in hysterics, and a boy raging like a Comanche." "You didn't find any stolen property?" "Didn' t I? I found twenty V's in the boy's valise, and Duchess Dollie's ebony casket was in the girl's trunk." He had stepped back into the lighted hall. As I followed him I noticed he had the casket-an oblong box of rather common manufacture-under one arm. He held it toward me as if to convince me of what I seemed to doubt. As I opened it and glanced at the contents I could not restrain an exclamation: "By all that is wonderful; look at this watch, will you? Look at this ruby necklace! Do you think Duchess Dollie will claim the ownership of these trinkets?" "By Jove! she will be a fool if she does!" For a moment we stared at each other in silence. The watch and the ruby necklace were beyond the possi bility of a doubt part of the described plunder taken from a suburban mansion in one of the recent myste\ious house robberies. ; You can defer the arrest of Katie Maynard and her brother." "I should be hauled up before the commissioners for neglect of duty." "I will take the responsibility. I want you to go after the owners of these articles. They must be brought down to identify their prop erty." I While we were discussing the situation In low vt:Jices we could hear Katie's bitter weeping in an adjoining room, and see the youth, Johnny, eyeing us with considerable boyish defiance, mingled with manly indignation. "You'll have to carry me or take me dead, if you take me at all," he declared from behind a broad table where he had barricaded himself. "I don't know nothing about the things." "How did the money get in your valise, Johnny?" The youth shrugged his strong well-m&de shoulders. "Somebody wants to get rid of us, I reckon. I saw too much and heard too much, maybe." I started. The words were almost Identical with those I had beard spoken in the little park a short time before. ''Vho was the woman who played a "smart dodge" to rid herself of a party wanting to know too much? And who was that woman's companion-the reckless scoun drel who had sent a bullet flying after me in the dark? What was the secret between them?-was It robbery? Was the man one of the mysterious house-breakers :wd the woman his accomplice? While I was pondering over these questions, we had settled the present unpleasant matter. The arrest of the Maynards was to be deferred until I had made a few further Investigations of the case. It was necessary I should consult Duchess Dollie; if the Maynards were not guilty there was no reason why she would not cheerfully withdraw the charge. And besides, if she could explain the mystery of the watch and necklace, I might obtain an,important clue to the perpetrators of the recent daring robberies. My investigations the next day resulted in fixing the identity of the fellow who had sent a bullet after me in the park. I traced him step by step to his lodgings in an obscure quarter, by means which are familiar to all detectives. I succeeded in learning what his resorts and who his companions were. He was a genteel sport known as Jem Holburne, and had long been regarded by the police as a suspicious character. In the meantime the watch and necklace had been identified by the rightful owners. It was about the dinner hour when I presented myself at Duchess Dollie's elegant house. The untrained servant who had been jnstalled in Johnny Maynard's place admitted me to drawing-room. The mistress would be down presently, he said. But the lady was already down, and so close that I could have touched her as she stood just beyond a partly drawn portlere. She was not alone. Ray Rosbry was with her, and the two were engaged in an extremely conversation. 'l.'he magnificent widow was obviously in a terrible passion. "I can't understand why you wish to press such a charge without giving the poor girl a chance to prove her inno cence," Rosl.Jry was saying. The young gentleman was visibly distressed, and was pleading for poor Katie right manfully. "To prove her a thief is my revenge. It is my vengeance upon her for coming between :v,ou and me," Duchess Dollie almost shrieked, her handsome features distorted by jealous fury. "My dear madam," Rosbry began. But I quietly interrupted the discussion. "Pardon the intrusion," I said, as I pushed aside the hangings and stepped into view. "Will the lady inform me if she bas, or had, two ebony caskets?" The Duchess Dollie stepped back haughtily. "I decline to answer," she said, with lips as suddenly white as ashes. "You need not do so then. Are you ready to state that the contents of the caSket you claim as stolen was your own property?" "Certainly. It contained a diamond set I had only recently bought at Setters & Gravers." "You are laboring under a mistake madam. The diamond set is in the casket you have in your possession. The ebony (:asket you plflced in Katie Maynard's trunk contained stolen property, 'vhich has been identified bv the rightful owners." The woman tottered back as if fainting. "The bills you placed in Johnny Maynard's valise were also stolen money. They were marked, and have also been identified. Your 'smart dodge' didn't work, madam; it no t only failed, but led to the detection of Jem Holburne as a burglar without a loophole to escape conviction. And now it Is my duty to arrest you as his accomplice-a receiver of stolen goods." The woman staggered and reached a shaking hand among the '\"arious articles on a table near her. Before Rosbry or myself could divine her purpqse, she bad snatched a. vial from a little gilded box and swallowed the contents to the last drop. / "You are cheated of your prisoner; all the doctoFs in the city can't save me," she said, with a horrible smil e as she dropped convu l sively into her chair. An hour later the woman was dead. Jem Holburne was tried and convicted as the perpetrato r of the mysterious burglaries, and is now serving out his sen tence. The Maynards were exonerated of all suspicion, and Katie is now the wife of Ray Rosbry, who is a young merchant ot good position. But it might have fared less pleasantly for Katie, if her enemy had not made the fatal mistake of the Wrong Ebony Casket. Austrian schools cultivate 8,000 gardens. The students re ceive practical ini;tructlon In horticulture and tree growing. There is no such as pure white sugar. All white sugar, whether granulated, powdered, or in loaves, has been bleached by a chemical process There is a vast difference, tween wishing and winning. because he had his wishbone have been. says a wise philosopher, be Many a good man bas failed where his backbone ought to Submarine explosions in the war in the Far East are sup posed to have driven sharks to European waters. The s1'arks have passed through the Suez Canal into the Adriatic, and may even invade the Black Sea.


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l!F Latest. Issues -.a "WILD WEST WEEKLY" A MAGAZINE CONTAINING STORIES, SKETCHES, ETC., OF WESTERN LIFE COLORE D COVERS 32 p AGES PRICE 5 CENTS Young Wild West as a Prairie Pilot; or, Arietta and the Broncho Queen. Young Wild West Laying Down the Law; or, The "Bad" Men of Black Ball. Young Wild West's Paying, Placer; or, Arietta's Lucky Shot. 265 Young Wild West's Double Trap; or, Downing a Dangerous Gang. 266 Young Wild West after the Mexican Raiders; or, Arietta on a Hot Trail. 267 Young Wild West and the Navajo Chief; or, Fierce Times on the Plains. _, 268 Young Wild West Chasing the Horse Thieves; or, Arietta and the Corral Mystery. 269 Young Wild West and the Mine Girl; or, The Secret Band of Silver Shaft. 270 Young Wild West Exposing the Express Robbers; or, With Arletta in Golddust City. 271 Young Wild West and the Cowboy Trailer; or, The Ranchman's Revenge. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76" CONTAINING REVOLUTIONARY STORIES COLORED COVERS 32 PAGES PmcE 5 CENTS 356 The Liberty Boys' Crack Shots; or, The Capture of Phila delphia. 357 The Liberty Boys' Gun Squad; or, Hot Work on the Hills. 358 The Liberty Boys' War Trail; or, Hunting Down the Redskins. 359 The Liberty Boys and Captain Talbot; or, The Fire Brig of the Hudson. 360 The Liberty Boys in Winter Quarters; or, Skirmishing in the Snow. SECRET 361 The Liberty Boys and the "Terror"; or, The Masked Spy of Harlem Heights. 362 The Liberty Boys on the Rapid Anna; or, The Fight at Raccoon Ford. 363 The Liberty Boys' Fierce Retreat; or, Driven Out of Manhattan. 364 The Liberty Boys with Hand's Riflemen; or, The Fight of of the Hessians. 365 The Liberty Boys at Tarrant's Tavern; or, Surprised by Tarleton. SERVICE COLORED COVERS OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DETECTIVES 32 PAGES PRICE 5 CENTS 457 The Bradys and the Queen of the Highbinders; or, The War of the Tongs and L eongs. 458 The Bradys and the Floating Head; or, The Clew Found in the River. 459 The Bradys After Captain Death; or, Saving a Million il,l Rubies. 460 The Bradys and the Witch Woman; or, The Mystery of Mulberry Bend. 461 The Bradys and the 0Blind Peddler; or, Working in the Dark. 462 The Bradys Chasing the "Queer" Makers; or, The Missing Secret Service Man. 463 The Brad.r's and the Hop or, The Hidden of Chinatown. 464 The Bradys' Double Death Trap; or, After the St. Louis Seven. 465 'l'he Brad;rs and the Trunk Tappers; or, So lving a Railroad Mystery. 466 The Bradys' Church Clock C lew; or, The Man ill the Steel Cage For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt or price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRAl\TX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N. Y IF YOTJ .. WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Weekli"S and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill Jn the following Ord e r Blank and send it to us with the price of the weeklies you want and we will send them to you by r eturn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY FilAKK TOUSEY, Publi she r, 24 Union Squa.re, New York. ....................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed :find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copi'q s of WORK AND WIN, Nos ........................................... WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos ................................ : .................. \VILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ......................... .. '' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ''1'6, Nos ................................ .. PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos ........................... SECRE T SERVICE, Nos ............................. ..:. FAME AND FO-RTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ...................... .. Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ............................. "ll Name .......................... Street and No .................. Town .......... State ...............


Fame and Fortune WeeK y STOR/ OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-M A D E MAN COLORED COVERS PRICE 5 Cts. ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY 32 PAGES This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys, who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful se l f-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become fam o us and wea l t h y. ALREADY PUBLISHED. 3 2 Adrift on the World; or, Working His Way to Fortune. 33 Playing to Win; or, The Foxiest Boy in Wall Street. 34 Tatters; or, A 13.oy from the Slums. 77 The Road to Wealth; or, The Boy Who Found It Out. 78 On the Wing; or, The Young Mercury of Wall Street. 79 A Chase f9r a Fortune; or, 'l'he Boy Who Hustled. I' ., 35 A Young Monte Cristo; or, The Richest Boy in the World. 8 6 Won by Pluck; or, The Boys Who Ran a Railroad. 3o the Brokers ; or, 'l'he Boy Who "Couldn' t be Done." 38 A Rolhng Stone; or, The Brightest Boy on Record. 80 Juggling With the Market; or, The Boy Who Made It Pay. 81 Cast Adrift; or, The Luck or a Homeless Boy. 82 Playing the Market; or, A Keen Boy In Wall Street. 83 A Pot of Money; or, The Legacy of a Lucky Boy. 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