His last nickel, or, What it did for Jack Rand

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' "rll get square with you!" snarled Steve, shaking his fist at the plucky boy. Jack gave him a de ftant look as he dropped a coin in the newsboy's hand. "Here's last nicJtel," he said; "but you're welcome to it."


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY I l-4 Wee k l11-B11Subscription12.5() pllr uear. Entered acc York No. 129. NEW YO RK, MARCH 20, 1908. PRICE 5 CENT S. f{IS IiAST NIGKEl! OB, .UlflA.T IT 010 JA.C}\ By A SELF-MADE MAN CHAPTER I. JACK RAND AND HIS 1''ATHER J "Not another dollar, do you ?" roared Major Rand, angrily, to his son Jack, a stalwart, good-looking boy of seventeen. "I consider an allowance of five dollars a week more than enough to supply all your wants." "But, sir, Howard Edgerton 's father gives him ten dol lars a week spending money," protested Jack. "I don't care what Howard Edgerton'& father gives his son. He is at liberty to give him $100 a week if he chooses. That's his business. For a boy of your yea rs $260 a year is amply_ sufficient to squander on himse1. At a,.ny rate, that's all you will get from me, said the major decicledly, as he wheeled arrrund in 11is chair, took up the morning paper ancl bei:ran to read. J11ck looked ra ther discontentedly a.t the five-dollar bill which he had just received from his father. This was his regular weekly allowan90 which he had been in receipt of s ince his last birthday. It ought to_ have been enough, as his father said, to supply hi s boyish wants, but for one reason or another Jack found it inadequate. He received the money every Monday morning and before Friday he was broke. His particular friend, Howard Edgerton, son of a prom inent lawyer, having ten dollars a week to spend on him s e lf. made Jack, in bis own estimation, feel like thirty cents. After looking at the bill for a moment or two, at the same time turning the situa.tion over in his mind, Jack said: "You give Florence all the money she wan ts, and yo u don't pin her down to a regular allowance." "She's two years older than you," Teplied his father, without looking up from his paper. "Besides, she's a gir l and needs a lot of things. At any rate, she spends i.he money properly, which I doubt if you "It takes two dollars of this money to pay my dues at the tx>at club," said the boy. "What! Two dollars a week?" "Yes, sir." "Why, that's a prepo s terous sum! You'd better cut it out "All the fellows I know belong to is, almost all. I wouldn't be in the swim at all if I drew out of it." "A dollar a week at the outside ought to be enough for dues. That's fifty-two dollars a year. flow many membe r s have you in the club?" "Fifteen." The major made a rapid mental calculation. "That amounts to $780 a year What do you do with all that money?" "We spend it easily enoug'Q." "I'll wager yolt do," replied his father, grimly. "Then there's our secret society, 'The 'Vhite Owls,' that costs another dollar a week." "Upon my word, young man, you and your associates seem to be going the pace. How many more do you belong to?" asked hi s father, sarcastically. "That's all, sir." "Maybe you're thinking of joining a new one, ahd want me to put up the dues?"


HIS LAST NICKEL. "No, si r "Well, after squ and ering three dollars in dues you still have a coupl e o f dbllars left. Isn' t that enough for you?" "No, sir. It isn't half enough, especia lly as it's vaca tion time. vYe row down to Sa ybrook three times a week, and Howa .rcl Edgerton, or Will Langdon, or Fred Bartling, or some other fellow, treats to lunch That costs more than two doilars itself," Major Hand wheeled around in his chair again and looked a t his son. "It seems to me you're running with a very extravagaut set of boyB," he said, in no very pleasa.nt tone "Who liave I to go with i n my set?" "There are a lot of re speetab le boys in town yon could as' sociate with Your schoo lm ates at the high schoo l for in stance." "The:y're all right, in thelr way, but their pal'ents are not well enough <;>ff for them to make nny kind of s howing alongside of HO\rnrd Edgertqn, \Yill Langdon, and the other fellows I traYel wi lh." "Tl1en drop Hovyard Edgerton, and the reiit of his class, and make friends wit'h the boys whose tastes are not so expensive. "That wouldn't do at all, sir," objected Jack. "My sister and Flora Edgerton are chums. You ancl mot h e r call on the Edgerton s and the Langdons, anr1 the Bartlings, and the r est of the bunch who form the swell se{ l1crc. It would look fine, wouldn't it, fJJr me to cut loose from the fe llow s I'm accustomed to go with, and associate with the boys on the outside? I simply couldn't clo i L You're rich You can a fford to give me ten doll ars a week just as well as Howard 's father. Yon can--" "I don't want to hear any more on the subject, do you understand?" sna pped Major, wrathfully. "Five dol lar s is enough for you, ancl what 's more, it's all you're going to get. If you can't make it do that isn't my fault. Now, I wish you'd go, as I clon't wish t o be annoyed any more this mornin g." The major swung arouncl towarcl tlie window for ij:tc time ancl t urn ed his back on hi son, the'reby intimatmg that out of the cliscus!'.ion. Jack took the hint and walked slowly out of the li brary. He was rather a proud boy, in a way, and would not get down on his knees to anybody, even his father R e had put up the best argument he could brinO' forward d b m or e r to accomplish his obj ect, which was a raise in his week ly allowance. heappealed to his mother and s i ster he could have raised enough to have carried him over for a. couple of weeks or so; but that wasn't his way of doing business. If his father wouldn't give it to him vo l untarily, he 'rnuldn't go around begg ing in other Major Wilford R and was a graduate of West Point Mili t a ry Academy, and had served in t he aTiny a matter of twenty years, c hiefl y in the engineer corps. He finally left the service of Uncle Sam to accept a position as chief engineer for a bompany that was building a railroad in Chili. Afte1 five years' resid e nce in South America he returned to the United States and became chief engi ne e r of a big po litical job in Penns y lvania. Ht) acquired wealth out of his e ngineering operations and finally bought a fine estate on the Connecti c u t shores of the Sound and retired from active work. He hacl two children-Florence ancl John, .and it is with the latter that this story deals. Jack Rand was a fine boy, all things considered, and much more of a man than his fath er s uppo se d him to be. Jack's request for a raise in his allowance might have met with more consideration from his father had he not broughL it forward at a rather unfortunate time major had inve sted a good part of his money in a copper proposition some months previons, from which he expccicd large results, and it happened he had received a letter that morning the secretary of the company whic h greatly disappoinlcd from a financial standpoint, con seque ntl y he something of a grouch on, and that wa:::;' the snag Jack unwittingl y ran up against Jack':; ass9ciates were all sons of ri c h men who liv ed in the neighhorhoocl / Their fathers and mothers formed the aristocratic set of Becchwoocl, on th e suburbs of the town of Fairhaven. The of's age attended the Fairhaven High School, lhei1 s i sters of a like age went to the Fairhaven Seminary Some of the families held sons and daughters at the big colleges at a clista nce, aml one of these institutions was the ultimat e destination TJickcd out for Jack and his friends. vVhcn the maj<>r F

HIS LAST NICKEL. "Same her e," replied tl,J.e other. They looked about them and selected a couple of within ear shot of Jack. "We made a pretty good haul at the lawyer's house last night," said the first speaker. "I tell you, Bill, these suburban residences are the finest kim1 of cribs to-crack." "That's what they are, Jim," replied his companion, with a grin. "The plate I've got in this case is the real stuff-solid every ounce of it," said Jim, whose other name was Coney. "Solomon ougl1t to come up with a handsome price for it, then," remarked the"Other. "If he doesn't he don't get it, or my name isn't Bill Squires." "You bet he won't get it. I'd sooner duinp il into the East River than let him get the cream of everyih ing we take him," answered Jim Conev. Jack Rancl listened to the foiegoing bit of converRation i n bewildered asi.oni-shmcnt. Apparently these two men were burglars, altltongb they appeared io be quite gentlernm1ly lookin g Bnt for the confession they were making he never would have suspectecl them of crooked propensities. He wondered whose house it was that had been robbed during the night. One of t1ie men hacl remnrked that it was a lawyer's. There were two or three lawyers living in the Beechwood district. Howard Edgerton's father was one; Will Langdon's father was another, and there was a third named Daven port, who was a big corporation and lived about midway between the Sound and Fairhaven. No doubt one of these three had suffered a serious loss in property, but up to the time Jack left home the news had not circulated as far as his house. It immediately occurred to Jack that it was his duty to follow these rascals if possible secure their arrest. "We have plenty of time to ca.tch the 10 :15 local for New York," said Coney, "and when we reach the city we'll b e safe." "We're safe enough anyway,'' r e plied Squires. "W five r epresented ourse1ves commercial travelers, and no one would s11spect us to be otherwise." "Open your cMe and take out that diamond pendant," saic1 Coney. ":r want to see bow it looks in the daylight." Bill Squires obligingly consented to let him see it. "Tha t 's a swell ornament, a.U right," remarkey," hissed Coney. "You've been follerin' us / "No, I hav en't," replied Jack, stoutly. "Then what were you doin' hidin' in them bus h es?" "I don't know that it's any of your business," / replied Jack, d e fiantly. "You'll find it is our business. You've been listenin' to what we saicl. Don't deny it, 'cause it won't do you any good. I caught you in the act." .. "I'.m not denyinsr it. I did hear what you both sai d," answered Jack. "Do you hear that, Bill? He admits that he's been playiu' the spy." Bill Squires looked much disturbed "What did you hear, boy?" said, sharp ly. "He's heard everythin'," interjected Jim Coney, taking on himself to answer the question. "Did you hear all we said while we were sittin' on them rocks?" asked Squires. "Yes, I did,'' aclmitted Jack. Bill Squires drew a long breath and looked at Jack in no pleasant way. "Then. you know what we've got in them suit -<:IBses, eh?'' "I can guess," answered the boy. "And I suppose it was your intention to follow u s and have us pinched?" said Squires Jack made no _reply. "Who are yo, u, anywa.y? What's your name?" The boy remained silent. "What are we goin' to do, Bill? We can't let this chap go and blab on us,'' Coney. "What will we do with him? Tie liirn to one of these trees?" "First of all we'll tie up his jaw so he can't holler,'' sai d Squires. "You hold him while I attend to him." Yanking Jack's handkerchief out of his pocket he gagged him by tying it around his mouth and securing t e e nds at the back of his head. "When we came through this wood yesterday there wer e a couple of empty box cars on the siding yonder. If they're there now we'll put this young feller in one of them and shut the door on him. That'l1 give u s time to light ou t by the train. Now, I'll tie his arms behind h is back." Jack, however, was plu cky, and objected to bein g furthe r maltreated. He suddenly wrenched himself free from J i m C o n ey's grasp, gave that rascal a back -hand blow in t he face t h a t staggered him, and made a break to esca p e Squires was after him like a sihot. I


4 HIS JfAST NICKEL. Jack was nimble on his feet and wo:uld have eluded rum, but that Coney picked up a good-sized stone and let it drive at him. It caught Jack in the back of the head, and he didn't re member anything more for hours afterward, when he came to his senses and found himself tied hand and foot and stretched out in the interior of a freight-car which was moving along at a fair rate of speed. CHAPTER III. JACK H.A.S .A. FREE RIDE TO NEW YORK. It was some minutes before the bewildered boy realized where he was and what had happened to him. Then he recollected what had taken place in the wood, and how he had been stricken down by a blow from behind. "This i s evidently the freight-car that fellow Squires spoke about putting me in to give him and his frienu a chance to get away. He said it was standing on the siding beyond the wood. It might have been then, but it's moving either east or west now. While I've been unconscious it was coupled on to some train and I'm getting a free ride to some place where I don't wa.nt to go. I don't see how I ca.n help myself, though, for I'm trussed up a s bad as a pig in a poke. Not much chance of me getting free until the car reache s its journey's end and the railroad men come around to insp ect the ca. r. I \vonder what time it is? I haven't the least idea how long I've been senseless. rt must have been for an hour or two, at any rate." His head felt pretty sore where the stone had raised a good-sized lump. Jack had no idea, however, as to what it was that laid him out. i:re lay still for some time listening to the rackety-rack of the car wheels the rails, then, growing tired of inaction, he sat up and started tO see whether he could release his hands from the small piece of rope with which they were :while working at his bonds he WO'Ildered whether he was being ca. rried toward New York or in the opposite direction. Although the car door was closed tight, the interior was by no means da:i:k, for the sunlight entered through the crack in the top of both of the side doors. Jack was not particularly depressed by his predicament. He regard ed himself as the hero of an ad.venture that would make a fine story to tell his friends when he got back to Beechwood. He was sorry that the burglars had gotten away with their It was up to the police of Ne w Yorki now to catch them, for of course the news of the robbery would be telegraphed to that city. As the burglars had gone to the metropolis it was possible they might be captured. He then began to wonder which, of the three lawyers' rts idences had been looted. Jack found that tfie job of getting his hands out of limbo was not an easy one. He remembered how the hero of many a story book he haq read managed to release himself under similar circum stances without a great deal of trouble, but the reality in his case was not very encouraging. His bonds seemed to hold tighter than wax, which indi cated that the two crook!? had intended him to stay tied until released by somebody other than himself. The car jogged along at a rate of about ten miles an hour for a couple of hours, and then its speed was reduced as the long freight train ran on a siding to get o ut of the way of a passenger following. There was a wait of half an hour, which seemed endless to Jack, and then he heard the noise of an approaching train. It rushed past a few feet away with a roaring and clat tering sound, and was gone. Then the freight moved on its course again. Jack 'now began to realize that he was getting vecy hungry. "It must be aiternoon," he said to himself. "I left the house about nine. I was some time in the wood before the burglars came alO'Ilg. They rested there fully a quarter of an hour before they discovered me, and then-the trouble is, I don't know how long I was uncons cious. It may have been for half an hour, or an hour, or more. Then, since I came to my senses I've been riding for a long time. I usually have my lunch a.t one. Judging froi:,n the hungry feeling I ha .ve I should think that it might easily be three or even four o'clock. I'd give something to know where I'm bound for, and when this car will reach its destina tion. Then maybe someoI).e will come along and let me out of this fix." Another hour passed slowly away and the train pulled into another siding to allow a local passenger to pass. In fact, the freight remained over an h.our a.t rest until three tra.ins had gone by, when to Jack 's great relief it went on again. Judging from the failing light, the boy came to the con clusion that evening was drawing near. He was no.w ravenously hungry, and he began to fear that he would be half-starved before he was released from his une:aviable position. Once more be tried to free his hands from the rope that encircled his wrists. His arms were numb and weary from being held for so many flours in one position. Finally he succeeded in loosening the rope a little, and this encouraged him to persevere During all this time the light faded out of the car, leav ing it in darkness. At length. he managed to work one hand out of the noose, and the other easily followed it; but it seemed as if he never could bring his arms around in front. They felt dead and useless, just as if they were paralyzed. This sensation, however, did not last long, and as soon as he got them into motion they were soon lively enough again. He tore the handkerchief gag from before his mouth, and this afforded him a blessed reli ef. He thrust hand into his trousers pocket, got out his penknife and quickly cut the cord that held his ankles together. Then hestootl up and walked around the empty car, ing like a new boy. 'The next thing he did was to try the sliding doors of the car in rturn. They were fastened.


HIS LAiST NICKEL. I He was doomed to remain a prison e r u ntil somebody let I had tumbled the boy into the car, so that he couldn't 1him out. I when he came to his senses. He was so hungry now that he would have eaten anvthing in the shape of food, eyen if it had been but and of the poorest quality. He had never been so famished before in his life. "This all comes beca use my father' wouldn't raise my allowance, which he could have done just as well as not," g rurribl e d J "The folks have missed me long before thi s I'll bet they are wondering what has becomy of me. The servants have been chasing around among the other house s trying to find some trace of me. They might just as well have save d themselves the trouble for I'm miles away from Beechwood now. If I had something to eat I wouldn t care much whether I got back in a hurry or not. When a fellow can't get enough of pocket-money to hold his end up he might just as well be out on the world hoeing his own row. That's the way Burt Mon-:is did in 'Adrift in a Great City,' and he got along fine. I don t see why I shouldn'ttbe able to do as well as he did. He wasn't any -older than me, and he made hii; way right to the top of the ladder. I'd like to see what I coul!l do, anyway. It would be a -change from what I've been used to. I'd lik e to stay away until school opened again, at any r ate, and not let anybody I know find 01Jt where I was. Then when I turned up the folks would kill the fatted calf and the lows would look upon me as a h ero." The idea was very captivating to Jack, and though he did not relish the extreme and unusual sensations of hunger that gnawed at his vitals, he bega n to feel a certain sat isfaction in trying to grin and bear up against adversity just as did the hero of his favorite story, "Adrift in a Great City." The train continued to run along for a considerable time without another stop, fod Jack began to .. wonder if it ever was going to stop "Seems as if I ought to be near Bosto n by this time, if we're going there," he said to himself. There is an end to everything, liowever, and at last the train ran into tbe :M:ott Haven freight yards in the lower part of the Bron x abovel the Harlem River. The car in which Jack was a prisoner, along with many more, was shunted off on a side and Jett. The boy, however, didn't know: that the car had reached its destination. He waited and wll.ited ftir it tO go on again, but it didn't stir. / He heard the puffing of engines around the neighborhood and the shouting o.f men at intervals, and when an hour gone by he came to the conclusion that hi s journey was over for the time being, at any rate. At l ength he heard several men passing the car and talk ing together. He sprang for the door and shouting and kicking at it. I "Hello!" exclaimed one of the men. "There's somebody in that car." ., "Sounds like a boy's voice," remark!'ld one of the others. The door on that side was not locked in the regular way, but the hasp had been secured with a piece of wood. Bill Squires had done that after he and his companion At the time they put Jack in the freight-car they had no idea that it was going to be picked up in a short time by a freight-train bound for New York. The man who had spoken first climbed up, released the hasp and pushed the door partly open". Jack Rand immediately appeared in the a perture. 1 ''So you've been stea lin g a ride, eh?" chuckled the man, "and spmebody locked you ins ide." "No, I aven't been stealing a ride,'' replied Jack, who resented such a supposition. "I was knocked on the head by a pair of burglars in a wood up near Fairhaven, chucked into this car and locked in. When r came to my senses I found the car in motion, and it's been Qn the move more or less ever since that time." 1 "How long have you been in that car?" asked the man, curiou sly. 1 "Eve; s in c e some tinie this morning." "What's your name?" "Jack Rand." "Do you belong in Fairhaven?" "In that neighborhood." "Well, you're some distance from h6me now." "WheIT am I? In Boston?" "Boston! No, you're in the Mott Haven freight iYards." "Mott Haven!" exclaimed Jack, whO had h'eard the name. "That's in New York, isn't it?" "Yes, in the Bronx, near the Harlem River." "Then I haven't traveled as far as I thought I had." "Well, jump out." Jack sp rang to the ground, mighty glad to get out of the car. "What are you going to do?" asked the man, who that Jack was well dressed and did not lbok at all like a boy who would steal a ride on a freight-car. "Get to a r estaurant as soon as I can Do you know where there's one hand y ? I haven't had a mouthful to eat since I had my breakfa s t at eight o 'clock, and I'm hungry enough to eat two meals at once." "Come along with us; We're going to our supper. There's a small restaura.ut two blocks from here." "I'll go," Teplied Jack, eagerly. "You say a couple of bur g lars knocked you on the head and locked you in that car?" said the man. "That's right," answered Jack. "How do you kno,.w they were burglars?" "I heard them talking about having robbed a house up our way last night, and they had a pair of s uit-cases filled with plunder." "'They caught you watching them, I suppose and did you up to prevent y ou from giving them away to the police; is that it?" "That's about the size of it." "I suppose you'll take a train back home after supper. You can get one at the Mott Haven station by and by." "I ain't sure whether I'll go home right away or not." "No? Want to see some of the sigh.ts now that you're in New York?" "I haven t decided just what I'm going to do. Is there a cheap hotel around this neighborhood? I don't care about going back till morning, a t any rate."


6 HIS LAiS'D NICKEL. "Yes, there 's a house not far from the re staurant where you can get a room for the night for half a dollar." "That will suit me first rate." In a few minutes they entered the cheap restaurant where three m e n were in the habit of taking their meals, and Jack sat down at the table with them. Four plates of rea soup were soon set be-fore them, and the way Jack pilea into his s hare :rpade the men grin. Although the servant s in hi s hom e would have been in clined to turn up their no s e ,at i.he meal Jack' put under his vest that night, the boy thought h e had never tasted anything half so delicious before. It was after ten o'clock when Jack and his new acquain tances l eft the restaurant. They piloted him to the cheap "hotel," much frequented by railroad men who had no homes, an ,!1 the boy hired a room for the night, paying fifty cents in adv.ance, which came out of' his $5 bill. Fifteen minute s later he was sound asleep, although the bed wns hard :md the room not to be compared with that occupied by the lowest servant in his father's hous e CHAPTER IV. me not showing up since yesterday morning? I'll bet father is in a great stew, and mother and sis-" He paused sudden ly and looked out of the restaurant window into the street. For the first time it occurred tohim that his family would be greatl)l worried over his strange disappearance, and that it was wrong for him to let them remain in that stat'E!. I know what I ll do. .L send mother word that I'm in New York, a11d will be back after a time. That will fix things up. I'll write to Howard Edgerton, too, and tell him I'm on the track of the two burglars who robbed the lawyer's house in Beechwood. That will make him and the rest of the fellows wish theywere with me. I'll make 'the strong T e ll them what the rascals did to me in the wood, and all about the free ride I had in the freight-car agains t my will. I'll tell them this is only the beginning of my adventures. Tha.t L expect to go through enough to make a first-class stdry 'The fellows will be ju s t green with envy, ancl I'll have the bulge on them all when I get back home." So when Jack fini shed hi s breakfast he went back to the "hotel," got severa l sheei.s of paper, two envelopes .JACK PICKS UP AN ENTERTAINING COMPANION. and two stamps When Jack woke up next morning his first feeling was that of surprise on beholding hi s strang e and not very aris surroundings. He had taken no particular note of the appearance of th e room the night befor e except to notice that it was very small His own chamber at home would make four such rooms. As to the furniture, the least said about it the better. The bed was a single one that moved with a squeak every time Jack altered his position. There was one plain wooden chair, a small table with nothing on it, an iron washstand that held a metal pitcher and bowl, and a small yellow slop-pail with a cover under ... neath. On the wall there were a couple of cheap framed chro mos, representing country landscape s, a match-safe full of matches, and a wire frame for holding soap in one com partment ancl a comb and bru s h in the other. Both the comb and the brush were attached to thin chains ri.Yeted to the wall so that they wouldn't run away, Jack thought. On the floor a rug that looked as if it had been manu factured in Noah's time and had been subjected to hard times ever s ince. r .rhe only cheerful thing about the room was the sunshine \\ hich came in at the window. "This is a fine hotel-I don't think," chuckled Jack, after taking in hi s surroundings "However, I slept like a top and haven't any kick corning." On this occasion he noticed the poor quality of the food served The steak was tough, the pota.toes greasy and the coffee muddy-a great difference to what he was accustomed to at home. Oh, well, if I'm going to rough it for awhile in New !York I might as well get u sed to things first as last," he said, philosophically. "I wonder what the folks think about He told his mother that h e was all right, and had con cl\ided to stay away from home for awhile, as his father / wouldn't give him enough pocket-money to hold his end up with his more forhmate associates, and he didn't care to look small in their company. He told her not to worry about him, as he intended to make his own way in New York, and that he didn't ask any odds of any one The letter to Howard Edgerton was a lengthy one, and detailed the whole of his adventures since he left his father's library the previous morning Re concluded by saying that Howard could take it over to his house and show it to his mother and sister, and wound up by remarking that he didn't ]mow when he would be home, as he had lo s t track of the burglars and couldn't t ell when he was likel y to mecl them again. J ack had no intention of looking for the two crooks in New York. He was no such fool as to imagine he was detective enough to hunt them down. Besides, the police would attend to them as soon as they got notice to look them up. He s imp1y wished to give his friend Howard and the rest of the boys the idea that the sole reason 11e was away Wl:lS because he expected to catch the rascals and return the sto len property. He mailed the two letters at n, corner mail-box and then took an e levated train downtown to see what New York look ed like. His letters created a small sensation in his family and among the boys of his acquaintance. Major Rand immediately started for New York to find and bring him home. In the meantime Jack spentJhe most of his first day in New York looking around town an,d taking in the sights As the afternoon wore away he began to think a.bout a lodging for the night. As his capital only amounted to $3.50 now, he knew that


HIS LAST NIC]IBL. he could hardly afford to patronize a hotel, so as the hero 0 and I ought to know something,bout it. We're in the Ten a certain story he had lately read had begun by hunting up derloin now, but it's hardly awake yet. It will be an hour a cheap lodging or himself, Jack decided to follow his or two yet before things begin to pick up. It's half-past example. seven now. I would propose that we take in a before While sitting on a/bench down at the Battery he got into going over to my lod gings." conversation with a fairly well dressed young man of twenty "It would be rather late when we got out, wouldn't it? who seemed to be taking the world pretty easy. Too late for me to make any arrangements about a room." After awhile he asked his new acquaintance i he could "Don't you worry about ... hat. You shall share my room direct him to a respectable lodging-house somewhere in the to-night, and you can make your arrangements in the morncity. ing." "Nothing easier. If you're not in a hurry I'll take you Jack that he didn't like to inconvenience "Mr. Jett up to where I stop." to that extent, but his new acquaintance declared that it .Jack thanked him and saic1 he'd go with him when he would be no inconvenience at all. got read,v. J "I owe you a favor anyway for advancing me the little 'Jlhc young man wasn"t ready for awhile, though he diSl monc)lyou have until I can repay yoH at the holfse. Don't not appear lo ham any particular reason for warming fue say ano ther word, but let's go to a show." scat in lhe little park. Jett said they'd better take in one of the Broadway the He was a fluent and fascinating talker, and Jack, in his at<:"s near by, and so they went to the Bijou, Jack pa ying inexperience with strangers, thought him one of the most for the tickets. entertaining chaps he had ever met. After the show Jett asked him if he played billiards or Finally when the shades of the late June cfa.y began to pool. fall upon the city, the young man, who said his name was Jack said that he didn't indulge in those amusements. Curtis Jett, told Jack that he was ready to start. "Do you drink or smoke?" asked Jett. "It's some distance uptown," he said, "so we'd better "No." take the L." "Well, I don't blame you. They are bad habits. I have Jack had no objection to taking any 'kind 0 a conveyto take a snifter myself once in awhile, as my constitution ance that would land them near their d estinatio n. is weak." At the pay window Jett discovered thaL he must ha .ve l eft Jack thought he didn't look very strong for a young mnn his pocketbook home, so Jack bought two tickets, which cost of his years. him a dime. / "I suppose you don't mind loaning me the price of a They got out at the Thirty-third Street station, and Cur -I drink," said Jett. "I don't usually stay out as late as this Lis Jett sugge s ted that they have dinner a.ta Sixth Avenue on account of my health, and do I feel the necessity restaurant before going to bis lodgings. of a bracer. What do you say? Shall we go. in here? You "Ill have to borrow the price of you, Rand," he said, m can take a soda to keep me in countenance." an off-hand way, "but I'll make it all right witl/you when .Jack objected to entering the saloon and said so. we get over to the house." "'We won t be a minute," Jett, persuasively. "That's all right," replied Jack, who was perfectly willFinding that his companion was desirous of getting the ing to ante up. drink solely on account of his health, Jack reluctantly "How much can you stand?" asked Jett, as they walked yielded and went in with him. down the block. "Shall we patronize a first-class restaurant 1The place was on the corner of Sixth A venue and a side or a medium-priced one? I usually dine at M'artin's, or street, and had an entrance on both streets. Burn s', or some such place as that, but if you're not flush Jack handed Jett a dime and declined to drink anything we'll go to a cheaper one." at all himself. Jack asked what it cost to dine at the places Jett said Jett ordered the drink like one accustomed to calling for he was accustomed to. liquid refreshments. When his new acquaintance gave him a general idea he His particular "poison," as he facetiously termed it, was said that he could not the luxury, so Jett took to one a well-known brand of whiskey, and the brrkeeper handed of the ordinary restaurants, where thirty cents would pay him a small glass and the bottle to help himself. for a fairly substantial meal. While his companion was imbibing the boy glanced Although Curtis Jett said that he wasn't used to dining around the room. at common places, be made away with the viands set before There were several customers in the place, two of whom him with all the voraciousness of a hungry man accustomed were seated at a small table a.t the fa r end of the room with to pot 1 uck. their backs to Jack. "Being a stranger to New York," said Jett, after they Jett looked around also and noted the two left the restaurant, "I suppose you never heard of the Tenmen in question. derloin ?" "I'll introduce you to a couple of friends of mine," said "Oh, yes, I've heard of 'it," replied .Tack. Jett, taking Jack by the arm and leading him down the "Then maybe you know that it's the finest place in the room. city for having a bang-up time?" The boy followed him because he couldn't well help him" I've been told that it's pretty lively at night." self. "You can gamble on it that it is. Nothing slow about "Hello, sports!" said Jett, slapping one 0 the men on the Tenderloin. I've traveled about it for the last ten years the shoulder in a familiar way, "when did you get back


8 HIS LAS'l' l\ IUKEL. fromthe country? Let me introduce a new frienc"fl of mine -Jack Rand. Jack, .this is William Squires, an old college chum, this is--" He got no further, .for Squires and his companion started up with an imprecat ion and glared at the boy. Jack himself sta:red at" them with astonishment, for he recognized them: as the two. crooks he had met in the wood, and \{ ho had tr(}Uted him in s uch a rough way. I CHAPTER V.1 JACK'S N.IGHT 1IN TUE TENDE'RLOIN. Curtis Jett was thunderstruck at the effect produced on his friends by his introdtlction of Jack Rand. Before he could recover his customa ry fluency of speech, Bill Squires grabbed Jack by the arm and with an exclama tion more expressive than polite demanded to know wha t he was doing in New York. Jim Coney, who was also on his feet, turned to Jett and asked him where he had picked the boy up. "Why, do you chaps know him?" asked Jett. "Do we know him!" snaded Coney. "Yes, we know him and what's worse he knows u s He mustn't get away till we've fixed matters somehow. Hustle him into the back room, Bill. Something bas got to be done, and done quick, too." Squires, who was alive to the situation, covered Jack's mouth with his hand and pus hed the stn1ggling boy int() a small back room, where they were followed by Coney anc1 Curtis Jett. "Say, chappies," said Jett, "I don't quite understand this matter. You seem to know tlfe bey, and yet he's a stranger in the city." "We didn't meet him in the city," growled Squires, maintaining his hold on Jack, whom he had pusiled into a: ch:tir and threatened with his .eye. ran across him veste.r day mornin' in a wood near Connecticut. He was spyin' on Jim and me, and fixed him ,for' the. time I'd like to know if he came to New York the police identify us, because if he did-well, it wouldn't be good for him Wnere did you meet hiln ?" "Down at the Battery. He told me he was a stranger here and wanted me to tell him where he could rent a room for himself." "Look here, young man," said Squires, taking his hand away from. Jack' s mouth, "I want to know what brought you to the city?" "That freight-car you locked me in," replied Jack, de fiantly. Squires looked at Coney and muttered so mething under his breath "How-do you know we locked you in a freight-car?" sai d Squires. "It wasn't anybody else. One of you knocked me out with a crack on the head. Wben I came to my senses I found myself bound and gagged iri the car, and the car moving along the railroad When the car reached Mott Raven I was let out bj some railroad men." "So that's the way you got here? Wl-,.en did you arrive?'" "Last night." "Why didn't you take a train and go back home?" "Because I didn't feel like it." "What brought yo1i this saloon r" ".i\Ir. J elt brdught me in, a]l

HIS LAST NICKEL 9 starting out to make a h e r o of himself in New York, h e hadn t a friend t o h e lp him in cas e of nece s sity. He w a lk e d s lowly up the street wondering what he should d o Glan c in g down th e next street h e c ame t o he saw a red illumin a t e d s i g n with the word s "Locl g in gs for sing le -25 cents." He was w e ary aft e r hi s clay's e xe rtion s in th e s i g ht-seeing line and lon ge d for anythin g in th e s ha p e o f a b ed. rrh e s i g n su gg e s t e d what h e was aft e r, and h e walked clown to i.he doo rway over which the s ign hun g and lo o k e d up the li ghte d staircase. He W M rath e r doubtful as to what kind of a lodgin g house i.his w as which offe r e d a room, a s h e supposed for a quarter. 1 1The urgent need of a ni ght's re s t decided him to a pply for accommoclatfon s a t tl'ie place, a s h e had no d e sir e t o tramp the street,s all nig ht, s o h e mounted th e s ta .irs He found him s elf in a s mall corridor facing a screened desk with a paJ window. Behind th e screen sat a youn g man dozing in a chair. The night clerk woke un when he came up to the window. "Want a bed ? h e a sked. "Yes," r e plied Jack. "Twe nty-fiv e cent pl e a se." Jac k produced 'his last d v llar bill receive d back the change. '11l1e clerk then cam e out of hi s d e n and l e d Jac k up to the next :floor. He opened a door ancl introcluccd th e boy into a gooclsized room. It was fille d with unpaint e d b oaJ"d partiti o n s a bout six j'eet hi g h, arranged lik e a lot o f s tall s ope ning off of a c e ntral corridor. Each one w as pro v id e d with a c ot, on whi c h was a str a w mattress, a pill o w a s heet and a blank et; some hooks scr e w e d in the w a ll to han g clo thes o n, and a door which could be bolt e d on th e ins ide. Three-quart e r s of the d o or s w e r e closed and from the s ounds which agitat e d th e atmosphe r e 0 the room they ap pear e d t o be occupied b y s leep i n g loclgers. The c l erk pushed ope n a d oor th a t s tood ajar and told Jack th a t was hi s quart e r s for th e ni g ht. "In the morning find th e wash-room yond e r s aid the c lerk with a sweep of his a rm ancl havin g done all that h e felt c all e d on to do h e w a lk e d off, l eav in g the h eir of the Rand famil y to turn in a s s o o n as h e p l ease d: "'l'h e rqom I had la s t ni ght was hacl e nou g h, but it was a palatial apartm ent alon gs ide o f thi s cle n thought Jack, as he vie w e d hi s contracted accommodation s He was too tire d m1d s le e py to fee l like quarreling with his surroundin gs, s o after boltin g hi s doo r, h e r emove d his and popp e d into bed. In five mim1tes h e was s leeping a s s oundly as h e ha.d ever done at home. CHAPTE R VI. HIS J A S T NICKEL. He was aroused at eight o"clock next moroing by some. one pounding on 11is door. What'& the matter? he asked, s itting up in bed. I ''"Get up! Eight o"clock i s the limit," repli e d a fog-horn voice. "All right. I'll be out in three mrnu tes." As soon as he walkecl out 0 his stall he hunted up the wash-room tp make his toilet. He founct..that it was a small room ope ning tiff the large I The greater pa1-t o.f one side was by a trough lined with a dozen faucets. Here was where the lodgers was hed. At one end of the room was a case fitt e d with a b evele

10 lIIS LAST N IUKEL. he gazed a.t it ruefully. "I'm down to hardpan for fair. \Yhat am I going to do now? If something doesn't turn up I'll go without dipner to -night and have to sleep in some park for ihe lack of the price of ai bed. Shall I te1egraph home C. 0. D. for money to return and throw up my hands? I conldeasily go to a hotel, explain the circumstanceR and there till I heard from father. No, I should feel a sh amed of myself if I gave in under the first real stroke of lund luck. I'd be a failure as a herd Anybody can get rlong when he's backed up by his folks. I want to get along ] ;\ my own exertions, if only to convince myself tha.t I cm do it." At that moment Jack heard a disturbance behind him and looked around. A tough-looking boy, somewhat stoutar than himself, harl a small youth of a.bout ten years by the ear, and was cuftlng him about. The little lad was evidently a for h e had a bun dle of papers under his arm. "Le:we me alone, Steve Cox!" he with all the vigor he was able to bring to his aid. "Hm1d over that nickel yer owe me, den," demanded At0ve Cox. "I don't owe you any nickel." 1 1 "Yer a Jim-, Billy Barlow! If yer dont cough up I'll knock de stuffin' ont of yer," giving hi s victim's car a cmel twist. "Oh oh! yo11 hnrt You're tearing my ear off!" cried the little fellow, beginning to cry from pain "Den spit out da t nickel, or I'll give yer another!" "Aw, let up on him, Steve!" chipped in a bootblacfr, fully as big as the aggressor. "Shut up yer trap!" snarled Steye, with a menacing look 'at the bootblack. "Please let me go, Steve," pleaded Billy Barlow. "I haYen't m1y money." / "Oh, yer haven't, eh? Pull out yer pockets ancl let me see whether yc're lyin' .or not Bi1l:v turned all his pockets out. A solita ry penny dropped out of one. Steve swooped after it, like an eag le after a barnyard fowl, grabbed it and put it in his pock et "Is dat all yer have?" he roared at Billy, still holding on to him. "Yes," whimpered Bllly. The Mlly gave the lad's ear another twist, that made him cry out with pain, then he snatched away his bundle of afternoon n ewspapers, tore them in half ancl threw them into -the boy's face "Now yer kin git! Next time I meet yer and yer don't 1)ay clat nicke1, I'll fix yer miss, see if I don t I" He was turning away with a Iook oi':fienc1ish satisfaction .oLl his tough-looking countenance, whc : n a hand was laid on his shou lder, and a resolute voicesa .id: "You big eowarcl What do you rneRn by abusing a little fellow, half your size, and tearing up his papers?" Steve Cox turned around and came face to face with Jack Rand, whos e c lear hazel blazed with anger. Jack had been an observer of the scene until Steve Cox Billy's c111 for the last time and tore up his pa pers, and then his indignation assertell itself. "Wot's de matter wit' youse ?" retorted Steve, looking contemptuously a t the well-dressed boy. "The matter is that yol1've got to pay for those papers you destroyed." "Who says dat I've got to pay for elem?" sneered Steve "I say so," replied Jack, determinedly. '.'Oh, yer does?" replied Steve, sarcastically. "I s'pose yer t'ink yer kin make me pay for elem?" "You'll pay for them, all right." "I will, hey ? Do yer want a bust in de snoot?" asked the bully, doubling up his .sts. "Yer'vc got a nerve but tin' in where yer ain't wanted! I've a good mind tcr--" "Well," said Jack, looking him squal'ely in the eye, "you've a good mind to do what?" "Smash yer !" roared Steve, ra.ising his right arm men acingly. "Are you going to pay for those papers?" asked Jack. "No, I'm not goin' to pa y for dam papers. What yer take me f'or-a stiff?" "You'll pay for those papers or I'll hand you oYer to a policeman," said Jack, seizing the lough by the collar of his jacket, while the bo,_otblack looked on amazed at the young stranger's sand. v\rith a howl of anger Steve wrenched himself free ancl struck 011t at J ack The blow was cleverly warcle8 off, ancl the next moment Jack's harcl fist came in contact with Steve's eye. The young aristocrat never did things by halves. T he moment he saw tl1at a scra p was inevitable ]1e cleteTmined to go in for all he was worth and bring it to a quick conclusion. He was an expert sparrer, having taken lessons from fl. .. noted professor who c ame to Beechwood to instruct the sons of the residents in the manly art of self-defence. Of all the boys of his set h e had prov ed himself the su perior of the bunch, and_ even Howard Edgerton, who was with the gloves, and stronger than Jack, never en tered into a friendly bout with him without using all his caution. Steve Cox was a tough customer in his way, and was cap able of making a. good fight, but he had no and relied wholly on his strength and viciousness. As a eonsequence, he was no match for J aek who gaw him not a moment to recover from the effect of the jab in the eye. Bi:ff Swat! Smash! Jack land'ed on his face three times in such quick suc cession that Steve was dazed, and threw his arms about like a windmill. In the scuffle that followed Jack's clothes w e re torn. The last blow caught Steve on the point of the jaw, and he went clown on the pavement' all in a heap. "Want any more?" demanded Jack, standing o ver him aggressively. Stc-ve glared up at him, utterly disorganized. Never in all the scraps he ha .cl been in hacl he been laid out in such a s trenuous way, and so rapidly. He didn't even have a look-in, and that fact paralyz0c1 11im. Be hadn't considered hi s antagonist in his class, and cxpcctccl an easy victary, and now 1.he boot was on the otlicr leg. 9 I


HIS LA.ST NICKEL. 11 "Yahl" he snarled, rubbing his damaged optic, which hurt him badly, for Jack's first blow had been a corker, as he intended that it should be. Steve showed that he hacl had enough, as he made no ha&te to get up. Jack was satisfied, and leaving him on the ground walked over to Billy Barlow, who was sitting on the doorstep of the wholesale house that occupied lhc corner. Billy arnl the bootblack had watched the brief scrap with eyes that dilated wilh wonder. Jack's prowes s had greatly impressed them, 1rhile Steve Cox's ability as a fighter had taken a slump in their esti mation. "How much did those papers cost you?" asked Jack. "Five cents," replied Billy, with a sniffle, as he looked at his ruined property The bully rose to his :feet, his ill-looking cmmtenanl,e distorted with fury A young lady, with a gentleman escort, and an A D. T-. messenger, had also been witnesses of his humiliation, and that riled him also / ''I'll git square wit' yer snarled Steve, shaking his fist at the plucky boy. Jack gave him a defiant look as he dropped a coin in the newsboy's hand. "Here's my last nickel," he said; "but you're welcome to it." CHAPTER VII. JACK SECURES A SITUATION. The lady and gentleman heard Jack's remark, and they looked at him in surpri. e. The tone of voice in which he had spoken impressed them with its sincerity. Although the sleeve of his jacket had been torn by a Ilflil ho had run against a short time before, he did not at all look like a boy whose :finances were at such a low ebb as his words indicated. The bootblack also regarded him with some curiosity, as though he didn't take much stock in Jack's assertion that the coin he had handed Billy Barlow was actually his last nickel. Bill dried his tears and thanked Jack for. the coin. The gentleman, to wl]om the iady spoken a few words in an earnest ti:>ne, stepped up to Jack and said: "You're a plucky lad, and evidently have a generous na ture. May I ask your name?" "0rtainly, sir. My name is Jack Rand." "The remark you made when you handed this little fel low a coin to replace his torn papers attracted the attention of my sister and myself. Arc we' to understand that is really your last nickel? Haven't you any more money?" "It is really my last cent, sir I'm broke." "But you don't look as if you stood in need of charity," continued the gentleman. "Surely you have parents with whom JOl11\vc, anc)friends." "I'm not looking for charity," replied Jack, with some dignity, not noticing the rest of the gentleman's remark; "what I'm looking for is a situation." "If that is what you stand most in need of I guess I can proyi-tlc you with one," said the gentleman. "Can you, sir?" asked Jack, eagerly. "Yes. I have rather taken a fancy to you, and so has JJJY sister," said the gentleman, nodding at the lady, who had also stepped up. "My name is Kenneth I am a lawyer, with offices at No. Nassau Street, near Wall. I need a smart young clerk. If you would like to accept the position it is yours "Thank you, sir. I accept it thankfully." "Very well. We're on the way to my office now, so you had better accompany us. If there is one thing I admire it is pluck, back(!d up lJy good breeding. I can easily see that you come from good stock. Are your parents dead?" "No, sir." -"Oh, I you were dependent on yourself." ."I am at present, sir My people live out of town. I c ame here to make my own way, and I propose to do it. "Ah, I see. You're from some country town. You have cometo New York to better yourself." I "Yes, sir; I came here to better myself. I arrived the other .night on a freight-car with a $5 bill in my pocket and--" "Is it possible tha.t was all the money you had to begin 1 life on in this city?" asked the lawyer, in surprise. "Yes, sir, and now it's all gone. That was my last nickel rhanded the boy." "Where are you stopping?" "Nowhere. I slept last night 'in a lodging-house in some street o:ff Sixth A venue. T'o-night it looks as if I'll have to try a bench in the park, unless--" "Nonsense!" exclaimed the lady. "You hall come home with us. We have a spare rfnn that you can occupy to night, and to-morrnw my brother will advance you s01;nc money so that you can secure quarters for yourself Y cm have no objection, Kenneth?" "Certainly not, Agnes. He shall dine and sleep at our home to-night. That is satisfactory to you, isn't t Jack?" "I'm afraid, sir, it is imposing on your hndness." "Not at all. We shall be glad to have you. Of course we wouldn't make this offer to any boy promiscuously, but you appear to be a little gentleman, and we have no doubt you are accustomed to a good home where you came from "Yes, sir_ I have a good home; but it's no use to me at present." "I understand. You are not yet acquainted with the city, I suppose?" "No, sir. I know this street we're walking on is Broad way. And I know yonder is City Hall Par:k, and that big building at the further end of it is the post-office. I also know where Batteri Park is. I have been on Wall, Broad, Pearl, and other streets in that direction That's about all I know about the city, except I could tell you where the Tenderloin is." r The lady ancl the gentleman exchanged glances. "How came you to get acquainted with the Tenderloin, Jack?" asked Mr. Ridge. Jack told him how he had gotten acquainted with a young man named Curtis Jett in Battery Park on the previous afternoon, and how he had. spent a large part of his funds on that young man under the impression that he was to have it returned to him when he reached Mr. Jett's lodging house, where he had expected to make arrangements to stay himself.


12 HIS LAST NICKEL. "I'm afraid Curtis Jett is what is popularly kno1m as a beat," said the lawyer. "I'm afraid he's worse than that," replied Jack, recalling Jett's a-cquaini.ance with Bill Squires and Jim Coney, burg lars. "I don't wonder that he introduced you to the Tender loin," said Mr. Ridge. "I should {m agine tihat that was his particular stamping-grounds." They were now crossing City Hall Park in order to reach the head of Nassau Street. l "I suppooe you know that this building," said the law yer, pointing to a flat-looking two-story edifice, painted white; and squatting like a brooding hen in the midst o.f the park, "is the' City Hall?" "Yes, sir," replied Jack. ."I was told that it is quite an oltl building "Yes, it i s It wa;; built a great many years ago. Tha:t block facing us is called. Newspaper Row. That tall struc ture adjoining the Brooklyn Bridge entrance i s the Pulit zer Building, the home of the 'World' newsp aper. That small red building acr9ss that narrow street the 'Sun' ?ffice. That, tall building yonder, with tlw rlock, is the tr'ribune' Building, ancl the skys9raper at the head of N as sau Street is the American Tract Society Building. I call your attention to facts because I ham cli e nts in all these buildings anfl you will probably be sent on errands to them. You will also have to visit the Hall of Records, which is yonder. The street on this side of the past -office is Park ,Row, and extends up past the bridge entrance for several 1blocks to Chatham Square. That wide street on our left is Centre Street. note of it, as the Criminal and other courts are located on it up a few blocks, and yo will o.ften have to go there when I am engaged on some case." "I'll remarnber all you've said, sir," replied Jack, rer spectfully "Now we'll cross over to Nassau Street," said Mr. Ridge. They walked down Nassau almost to Wall Street before they reached the building where l\fr. Ridge's office was lo ca.ted, on the eighth floor. They entered an outer or reception room, the only occu pant of which was a small, reel-headed youth, who acted as office-boy. The middle room was furnished with three desks. A man of thirty was seated at one ousily engaged 'l:ith a number o.f legal documents. There was no one at the second desk, w11ilc at the third was a veTy pretty little gir l working the keys of a type writer with surprising speed. A large alcove room off this apartment was used by Mr. Ridge as his private office. It was lined with bookcases filled with law books The three entered that room Wh en Mr. Ridge seated himself at his desk he proceeded io ask Jack a lot of' questions about his education and one thing or another, all o.f which theT>oy answered truthfully. The lawy er appeared to be quite satisfied with his state ments, and told him what wages he would receive. Remsen, and I expect you to break him into his duties as soon as possible. I am su re you will find him smart alid apt. "I will look after him, sir," said fue clerk, whose name was Arthur Evans. The lawyer then asked his assistant about sundry mat ters that occupied his attention in the courts, aiter which he read several letters that lay on his desk. He caJled his stenographer in a.nd dictated replies to her, and after attending to other matters requiring his atten tion he turned to his sister and said that they would now go uptown. With Jack in their company they took an elevated train to the Eighty-first StreeL station, where they got out and walked to a private house on Eighty-second Street. Jack 1was shown to a room on the thirc1 floor and told to n ake himself at home for the prcscnl. "By the I forgot to ask yon, Jack, where you had lE>ft your trunk. At the depot?" "No, sir. TI1e fact. of th e ma.Uer is, I came away from home in such a sudden manner that I did not bring ap.ything with me." The answer very much a.'LoniRhccl the lawy er, who for the first time began to wonde r if all was right with the boy he and his taken s u ch a great fancy to "Do you object telling me the cause o.f you r sudden de parture .from your home?" he sa.icl. "No, sir I will tell you all about it. I have nothing to conceal." 1 "I am glad to hear it," replied the lawyer, feeling much relieved. Jack, without going inio concerning his fam ily, told Mr. Ridge about his encounter with the burglars in the wood near home, antl how they had served him. He recounted his involuntary trip to Mott Haven in the freight-car, and how he had occupied his time during t_he couple of days he had been in the city. "Upon my word, Jack, you had quite an adventure. Yo sent word to your parentR, I suppose, so that they would not be worried over your 1mexpected disappearance?" "I wrote my mpiher, telling her that I was all right, and that I intended to remain and make my way to the front." 1 "That was right. I will advance you a week's wages in the BlOrning, ancl before ,you go to the office you can look up a boarding-house. 'Then you can write your folks to send on your things by express. which will answer just as well as if you went back afier tbern." Jack made no repl.v, for he had no intention of sending to hi s peopl e for any of 11i.-; things, knowing bhat such a course wou1r1 only -put a spoke in his planR. He did nol know that. his father wasalready in the city looking for him, and that the police department had sent ont a general alarm in the hope of loc:ating him. An exact description of his appearance was posted in every poliC'e R ini.ion in Manhattan, a.nd the officers had been instructed to keep a.n eye for him. Then he called his chief clerk inside and introduced the The policeman who had met him at in the Ten derloin the previous night reported the fact at the Thirtieth Street station as soon as he heard the boy was wanted. boy "to him. "J will start in to-morrow morning," said Mr. Ridge to his clerk. He will use the desk formerly occupied by He also reported what Jack had told him about Bill Squires and Jim Coney, and detect j vcs were now searching the Tenderloin for those crooks, as the boy's statement


HIS LAST NICKEL. 13 identifi e J them as the burgla .rs who had robbed the resi money mighty bad to supply myself with a who l e lot of dence of Lawyer Davenpo1\t, of the Beechwood district. things I require, and I was wondering how I would be able Under thes;/ circumstances the reader might think that to get them, but this will solve the difficulty in great shape. Jack Rand's career in New Yor k City wou l d be of brief I can't touch it for a few days, until I see whether or not duration. it is advertised for. H it isn't I may consider myself a t Such, ho\:ever, was the fa?t.. liberty to appropriate the funds." 1 As an ev1dence of how easy it is for a person who is He secretly hoped that the owner would not worry ove r being looked for to walk the streets of a big city unde-her loss to the extent of advertising for the wallet, for he i.ected, even after his picture and general description have needed i.he money badly; but, nevertheless, he intended to appeared in the daily press, we have only to mention a test watch the "Lost and Found" column of the papers take n case instituted by a prominent paper some months a.go, in at the office, in justice to the owner. which one of its reporters, without any disguise whatever, That night he wrote another letter to his mother, stating paraded the public thoroughfares unnoticed for weeks, that he was getting along fine. though a reward of $100 was offered anybody who woul d Re said he had a swell position in an office, the location step up to hi'm and say, "You are Mr. Raffies and business of whi c h he prudently neglected to mention. CHAPTER VIII. OVERBOAR D. After a good higl 1t's rest and a hearty breakfast, Jack, with a week's wages in his pocket, left the home of his em ployer and started out to find a boarding house for him self. Mr. Ridge's sister -had cut several advertisements of boarding-houses out of the morning paper and handed them to Jack for his guidance, and armed with bhese he had no great difficulty in finding a satisfact place on second Street near the elevated station He paid a week's board in advance, told the landlady that it might be some time before his trunk arrived, and then took a train downtown for the office. He was careful to get off at the same station where he, the lawyer and his sister boarded the train the previous afternoon, and so had no trouble in making his way to No. Nassau Streei, where Mr. Ridge's office was. As soon as he appeared, Mr. Evans, the chief clerk, put him to work, after carefully explaining the detail s of thei job in hand. 1 Jack took hold right off and gave the clerk very little trouble Mr. Ridge came in soon after, remained a few minutes and then departed for one of the courts. At half-past twelve Jacl

14 HIS LAST NICKEL. Jack wrote a fourth lett e r home on Sunday night, and its tenonstiU further reas sured hi s father and reliev e d the anxiety of his mother and sister. Jack's first letter to Howard Edaerton written on the 0 morning after his arrival in the Bronx, and containing a full acount of his adventures up to that date, had created no little surprise and excitement among his companions to whom Howard read it. One and all envied Jack the s pree he was on, as thev called it, and wished they were with him. His second l ette r to Edgerton was also eagerly perused by his Beechwood associa,tes, and all agreed that he was having a s1rell time of it. _They figured that the job he had must be a cinch, oth e r wise they could not understand why he was so pleased to be doing work in vacation time. Certainly-not one of the m really under stood Jack's object i,n remaining in New York. They classed it as a remarkable kind of lark, and let it go at that. They never dreamed that Jack had started out to make his way in the world independent of his wealtFi.y father and the family influences, just as thougl,i he were a poor boy and wholly dependent on his own exertions. The major was the first who got an inkling of hi s son's plans a letter Jack wrot e him during the following week,r and he smiled grimly to himself as he read it, and wondered how long the boy would hold out He forgot that Jack was endowed with the same dogged perse"Vcrance that had marked hi s own successful business career, and Lhat it would be a mighty long time before his son 1rould Yolun tarily return to hi s luxuriou s home. Jack continued to write though briefly, to his mother, so that she might have no cause to worry a.bout him, but he onl y wrote to Howard Edgerton when he had something out of the common to say He had bee n three weeks in Mr. '.Ridge's employ, and was giving the greatest satisfaction, when one afte rnoon he was sent to Elli s Island on business Ellis Island, as probably most of our reader s know, is where all the immigrants reaching New York from foreign parts are first landed, pending examination as to their availability as future citizens of this great republic. Most of them pass the ordeal s uccessfully and are allowed to land upon our shores proper; but a few are turned down for state and other reasons, and have to be deported by the steamship companies that brought them hith er. It happened that a certain immigrant who had fri e nd s in New York was held up on island, and the commis sioner decided that he mu s t go bac'k whence he came. This lecision raised a howl among his friends, and find ing that mere protests amounted to nothing, they hired Mr. Ridg e to put the machinery of the law in motion for the unfortunate one's benefit. The lawyer succeeded in obtaining a stay, pending ad vices from Washington, case having been submitted to the head man there. That was the best that could be done, or the chief's de cision was final. A bit of new evidence favorable to the detained one hav ing cropped up, Mr. Ridge directed J to carrf it to the commissioner at the island. Jack was delighted to be employed on this as it offered him a fine chance to see the immigration depot, of which he had heard a great deal. He reached the island all right, delivered hi s docum ent at the proper place, and then took in the sights of the Gov ernment reservation. After he had seen all he wanted he caught the boat jus t as she was about to return for the city. It was a hot, but gusty, July afternoon, and the wind was kicking up the whitecaps in the bay The little Government boat wobbled along like a tipsy sailor trying to walk a chalk -line. There were quite a number of passengers board, and among them Jack noticed a stylishly -dressecl and ver.v pretty girl, a year younger than himself, who was accom panied b y her mother as he presumed. The motion of the boat seemed to very little effect upon her spirits, which seemed to be at high-water mark. Her mother and the other ladies appeared on the con trary, quite nervous and disturbed. Jack was sitting at the extreJe s tern of th'e boat and he was so taken with the charming girl that he seldom took hi s eyes off her. The boat was about half-way between the island and the Battery when the fair girl' attention was suddenly at tracted by some floating object in the water. She leaned over the r a il to get a better look at it, .and Jack did likewise. At that moment the littlo steamboat rose on a heavy swell and lur c hed smartly to the leeward. Jack had to grab the rail to save himself from going over. It was then that a shrill scream broke upon hi s ears. He recovered himse1f. just in time to see the girl he had been admiring go hurtling from the rail toward tli e waler. She struck the surface of the turbulent bay with a splash and disappear ed. The girl's motner screamed and all the passengers were thrnwn into the greatest dismay and confusion. That i s all hut Jack. Without a moment's delay he ihrew off hi s hat and jacket, kicked off his shoes, and took a header into the water in thet.direction the unfortunate young lady had gone. CHAPTER IX. J .A.CK MAKES .A. GALL.A.NT RESCUE. Jack went into the bay like a torpedo from the tube of a warship, taking the plunge with all the grace of an experienced diver, as indeed he was. In a moment or two h e rose to the s urface, shook the moistur e from his eyes, and struck out for the spot where the girl had di sa ppear ed. Jack could swim like a duck. He was noted among his Beechwood friends for his ex pertness in this respect. It seemed to run in the family, for his sister Florence was a :fine swimmer; while both his father and mother, in their younger days, had been good at it. The imperiled girl came up before Jack was anywhere within reach of her. She was seen the steamer, which had come to a stop


HIS LAST, NICKEL. 15 by this time, to struggle wildly in, ihe water and then sink again. Jack ca. ught a fleeting glimpse of her and put forth all his st r engt h to get to the spot where h() calculated she would come up again. He cut his way through the wa.vcs like a fish, swimming harder than he had ever done before in his life, for he knew a human life depended on his exertions When the girl rose again Jack was close to her. She was s till conscious and thrashed the water frantically with her a11ns. Jack saw that it would take so me skill to grab her right so she would not get hold o{_him with a drowning person' s gnp. He aimed to seize her from behind, and succeeded jnst a s she st arted to sink for the third time. "Stop s truggling and I will you !" he sa. id 'T'he i.errified girl pa id no attent ion to th i s request, and Jack was obliged to s u sta in her anJ 1 t h er exhaust hersel. Jn a few minutes her arms lay motionless in the water and h e r head fell oYer as if she become unconscious. _\.s soon as s he became quiet the pluck:y boy n llcred his posilion somewhat, and holding h e r up wilh one arln, began 10 swim back 1.oward the little steamer with the other boat lrnd come about :rnd was sh'arning toward him, the deckhand s gafoerecl at the rail forward with lines in their hanclR ready lo cast at the young re:", you must be n fin.c swimmer!" said :Miss Page to as was putting on her hat to go home. "And how brave were to jump overboard after that yo1mg lad?,'' she aclrled, wiih !tl1 admiring look at him. "I am n f!OOd s wimmer." rrpli c d the young clerk I'm in the wat e r ever.v day at home clnrin g warm weather All the f ellows T knoll' can swim. Ro can my sister and most of the other girls in our Ret. 'J'hen my mother and father are not so bad 11t it, either. 8wimrning i a hea l t h y am usement, anc11I'm fond of it." "Well, your name will be in the papers now as a young life-saver," smiled ti1e s tenographer "Everyboay will be reading about your cleecl to-morrow morning n Jack didn't like to hear that. He r emembered that he hacl given his name and office address to Mrs. Sanders'. If his address was printed in the newspapers his father and mother, as well as all who knew him i n Beechwood, woul d probably see it, and then he might expect a v i s i t from the major, who woul d c10-i.1btless cut his business career qu ite short Jack was getting along so well on the lines he had marked out for himself that he strongly objected to any i n terfer ence on the part of his folks Consequently he looked the papers over next morning with some eagerness and anxiety, The first pap e r he took up had the story on the first page He learned that the girl he had saved was the da. u g h te r of a dry goods merchant, who was a lso one of the c i ty par k commissioners. His own nam e a.nd the address he had given were printed, but no mention was made of his b u siness or ploy e r, which he now remembered he had not stated to M rs Sanders. "Well, that's some comfort, at any rate," mused Jack. "There are eleven floors and more than 100 offices in ouJ.1 building It wouldn't be easy to locate the particular office where I am employed. Still, my father would probab ly: make a. tour of every office, floor by floor, till he found me I'd be ever so much obliged to him if he wouldn't take all that trouble, but it's just like him to do it. Mothe r would no donut make him, anyway, for I've no doubt s h e wants


lG ) HIS LAST NICKEL. me home. It's too ba. d that a fellow can t be allowed to do as he pleases." That evening Jack called at the Sanders' home on Sixty fifth Street, as he had promised to do. He received a royal welcome from the whole family. Mr. Sanders expressed his own grateful appreciation of his service in suita,ble terms, and told Jack that it would give him great pleasure if he could show his gratitude in some substantial way. Jack assured him that his tha.n ks were sufficient, and re fused to entertain any thought of other reward. Flora looked prettier than ever in a dainty house gown, and she had spent an hour or more bei'ore her glas8 in order to look her best in expectation of meeting him again. She thanked all over again for saving her life, and that he was just too brave \for anything for coming to hEjf rescue. "Y llon't suppose I was going to let you drown if there was a of my preventing :it, do you?" asked Jack, blushing under her praiseg and the glances of her bright "I don't.believe that'inany boys in place would have done as you did," she r eplied. "I shall never forget "Row good you were as long as .I live." "I'll take your word for it," he laughed. "It's just as if you and I were the hero and l heroine of a story-book." "How do you mean?" "Why, for me to fall overboard and you to jump in and rescue me from a wa.tery grave." .Watery grave is good," chuckled Jack. "I'd be willing toldo it all over again for tli.e pleasure of saving such a nice girl as you are." Flora blushed vividly at this compliment. "I am sire you said that very nice, Mr. Rand," she re plied, with a sly glance in his face; "but I don't think I'd care to repeat the experience." "No, I don't think it would pay you to make a practice of it. 1 You might not always find a good swimmer ready to leap in after you." "I agree with you," she laughed. "Once in a lifetime quite enough. I consider myself very fortunate in being saved by such a brave young man as you are." "Now you're throwing me a bouquet." "Oh, no; I mean it." "What difference does it make who saved you 'as long as you were saved ?" I "You went into 1.he W\lter? I couldn't help doing so. I have met a great many very nice girls up my way, but none who can hold a candle to you. I sin1ply couldn't help look ing at you and wishing I were acquainted with you. So you see I am fully repaid for pulling you out of r your watery grave by lmving the pleasure at thi8 moment of sitting alongside of you and listening to the tones of your silvery voice." "Dear me, I'm afraid you'll make too conceited for anything," she replied, with a demure look. "I'm willing to take the risk, for I don't think you're built 1.hat way." "Wait till you know me better," she answered, roguishly. "The better I know you the better an opinion I 1shall have of you .'' 1 "I'm satisfied now that you are trying to spoil me." "You mustn't have that opinion. At any rate, I hope you will permit me to call on you occasionally. I w011lclrr't like to lose sight of you a fterthe strenuous endeavm: I made to get acquainted with you." "You didn't jump in a,fter me just to get acquainted with me, did you?" be asked, flashing another of her bewitching sidelong glances at him. "No. Your life was my fil.\l't consiclerntion. The acquaintance followed as a matter of course." "I shall be very happy to have you call as often as you to do so," she said "Thank you. Don't blame me )f I take advantage of your permission." "I hope you will do so. Do you like music?" "It is one of my weaknesses You play, of course?" 11e said, glancing at the open piano. "A little," she answered, rising and crossing to the instrument. She ,soon showed that she was an artist, and Jack enjoyed her playing immensely. "Do you sing?" she asked "A little," he laughed. He had a good voice, and displayed it to the best ad vantage. She had a very sweet voice herself, 1.oo. They sang separately ,and together, and enjoyed them selves very much indeed. Mrs. Sanders returned to the room to enjoY, the perform ance, and she complimented Jack on his singing. Finally the time came around for him to go, and he took up his hat with some reluctance. "Well, it's ever so much more romantic to be rescued by a nice young m\m, don't you know?" she said, coquettishly .. Flora. accompanied him to the front door, and seemed anxious to know when he would favor her another call. "Next Wednesday, i.f you say so," he said. "You said that very nice yourself. I asRure you I ap preciate the honor of having been favored with the opp0r tunity of doing yot1 such a distinguished service." "After all, when you come to look at it, it seems just a little bit ridiculous on my part to take such an undignified tumble and thus oblige a total stfanger to wet himself through and through all for the benefit of my humble self." "You forget that the total stranger in question had been admiring you for half an honr at a distance, and that fate was very kind to him to put the cha.nee in his way to get acquainted with siich a charming girl as yourself." "Oh!" almost gasped Flora, blushing deeper than b&.. fore. "Did you reaily notice me before--" "Very well. I will expect to see you next Wednesday evening." Then she bade him good-night, and allowed her hand to remain in his while he said "good-night" for the second time. After that he went to his boarding-house. CHAPTER X. AT BEECHWOOD. It was nine o'clock on the following morning The Rand family, minus the presence of Jack, were


HIS LA.ST NICKEL. seated at the table in the large and handsomely. nThen you'll go to New York and bring him home at furnished dining-room which commanded a :fine view of once, won't you?" said the fond mother, eagerly Island Sound "I don t ln1ow about tha.t, Clara. The boy seems able to The butler, a solemn -vi saged, imoothly -sh.aven man of look after himself. I feel dispo sed now to let him hoe his portl y and dignified bearing, entered the toom noiselessly own row till he{gets tired and voluntaril y returns, as l pre as was his 'custom and deposited the mai l and sev01;al New sume he will when the high school term opens. I admire York and Boston morning papers at the major's elbow his independence, my clear. He's just like I was at hi s The head of the house took up the l etters one by one and age. It won't clo him any harm to pick up a little knowl-inspected them. edge of the world for himself. He's built of the right stuff, "Here are two letters for you, Fiorence," he said, moand suc h boys don't of ten go wrong, so I ha .ve no fear for tionin g to the butler. him." That functionary walked slowly over, received the let-"But, Wilf'orcl, he is losing all his vacation," protested ters and conveyed them to the young lady who was seated his wife not over tlmi e feet away. "That's his I assume that he knows his own "And here is another l ette r from that young scamp of mind. It he prefers work to play, the experience won't hurt ours," went on the major, balancing it on his fingers him any. It may, on the contra ry, do him a whole lot of "Is it for me?" asked hi s wife, eagerly, fr'om her seat at good. Don't you worry about him, Clara. Jack will come the opposite end of the table out at the top 0f the heap. And to think it has all come "Of course it's for you," chuck led the major, handing about I wouldn't raise the.ant e with him," chucklecl it to the butler to carry to his mistress. "He doesn't conthe major. "There'll be quite. a little sum of spending sider me worth the price of a postage-stamp money accumulated by tihe time he gets back. That will Ther e was also a letter Major Rand himself, and for probably. extricate him from his financial predicament." some moments the family were busily engaged wit11 their "I shoul d like to go to New York and see him at any correi;pondence, -while the butler stood solemn ly aloof, as rate," said his wife. stiff as fl. l'a1irod, gazing into vacancy. "Very well, Clara. We'll the afternoon train, and After reading hi." letter. which was brief, the major took I'll look him up in the morning. It's funny that the police New York daily, unfolded it and began to read. of Manhattan have never identified him on the street. I As his practiced glanced ra pidly over the new& on was told that evety officer on the force would be on the the first page they sudden l y stopped at one spot, as if his l ookout for him. And that remind s me that the New York attention wa.s riveted by what he saw there. police department have not yet c0ai1ght those two rascals Presently he gave utterance to a prolonged whistle. who robbed Mr. Davenport's place. It seems they gave His wife and daughter looked llp and glai;i.ced at him J ack a hard rub, and were .the primary cause of his journey to New York "Well, upon my word, if that precious runaway hasn't "The poor boy must have s uffered in that freight-car," been making a hero of himself!" exclaimed the major, in a said Mrs. Rancl. tone that showed he was evidently--pleased. "I dare sa. y he looked 'Upon it as a first -Glass adventure, "What do you mean, Wilford?" asked his wife in some judging from the tone of his first letter to Howa rd Edgersurprise. ton. It is s ingular how he met them afterward in a saloon "What do you s uppo se Jack did yesterday?" in the Tenderloin. That is the only part of Jack's exper i" Jack I Not our Jack?" I don't like. He did not explain how he came to enter "Yes, our Jack. Jack Rand." t_hat saloon. Possibly he went in to find out where )le was, "You don't mean to say that h e' s got himself in trouble?" for it was only his second night in the city, and he was all asked Mrs. Rand, anxiously. astray "One can't always say as to that where a woman is co. n"He wrote Howard that he slept that night in a cheap cerned," chuckled the major. / lodging--house," said Mrs. Rand, with a shudder: "T!1e "Don't keep me in suspense, Wilford. What has hap-dea. r boy, how could he go to such a place when there are pened to Jack?" so many good hotels in the city?" ''He jumped overboard into New -iY ork ,harbor from the "A,ccording to his lett e r lie didn't. have the price." Ellis Island boat and sa:ved the life of Flora Sanders "But h e could have explained who. he was, as well as his dau ghter of Park Commissioner Sanders predicament, aBd' then telegraphed liome for money," sa id "Let me read about it, father?" asked Florence, eagerJy, the l ady reaching out her hand for the paper. "He could, but evidently he didn't want to do that. In The butler stepired forward to get it for her, but wa.o;; a the one letter he wrote me he said that he wan.t to mile behincl time, for Florence rose and got it herself. 1 be under obligations to me. Thin of that, tlie young "The paper gives him a great deal of credit for his scapegrace!" again chuckled the major. pluch.-y action/' continued Major Rand, addrel3sing his wife. "Mother, do read what the paper says about Jack," cried "Whatever Quixotic notions Jack has got in !ts head of Florence at this juncture, passing the to her late I'm bound to sit,y tha.t he's Jt credit to the family,'\ mother added the major; proudly. ''.By the way, the paper gives Mrs. Rand read the article and smi led and then she and us a jline on him at la st. His business address was secmecl her daughter began talking about the absen t one of the / .by the reporter, a .nd is printed in connection with his household. name." The Rands were not the only ones in the Beechwood dis-


. HIS LAS'I' NlOKEL. trict who read about Jack Rand's in the morning papers. Howard Edgerton read it and he nearly off his chair at the breakfast table with astonishment. Will Langdon and Fred Bartling also read the story and were just as much surprised. The three boys met immediately after breakfast and Jack was the sole topic of their conversation. "Gee! He's a peach said Will. "I should say he is,"agreed Fred "A whole basket of peaches," coincided Howard "He has clone as much as the hero of any book I've ever read. Just th,ink of him jumping into the middle of New York harbor and saving that girl's life, the daughter of one of the park commissioners, too! I suppose he'll many her day and live happily ever afterward," he grinned "I wonder if she's pretty?" said Will. "Of course she's pretty,'' replied Howard. "Did you ever hear of a fellow saving a girl that wasn't pretty." "The newspaper doesn't say whether she's pretty or noi," said Fred. \ "The paper doesn't say everything," answered Howard. "I've got a dollar to bet that Flora Sander:; is prettier thm any girl in Beechwood." "I'll take you," said Will. was sweet on Cassie Dav enport, and thought her the finest-looking girl going. "I'll hold the stakes,'' laughed Fred. No bet materialized, however, though there was a good deal of bluffing over it. "The paper gives business address," said Howard. "Let the three of us hike it to New York and surprise him?" I \ That su ited the others so it ./as agreed to start for New York in the morning. "He'll have a fit when he sees the three of us marching into hi s P.lace,'' grinned Will., "So miich the better," Howard. "He deserves it for not letting us know where he was hangipg out so we could write him." "What do you s'pOlle he's doing?" asked Fred. "'How should I know? He never said a word about i t in his l etters,'' replied Howard. "I guess he was afraid you'd give him a .way to his father." "I can't understand what he's up to in the city," said Will. "He's losing the whole of his vacation. You wouldn't catch me doing that." "He's got a fat snap of some kind, you can bet your life. He's a sly rooster, not to let us know anything about.what it is," said Howard. "We ought to give hiI{l a roast when WEl' see him." "Well, we'll find out to-morrow what he's doing, all right, and then we'll have the bu1ge on him." The three then walked down to the boat -h ouse to tell the rest of the boys.. CHAPTER XI. STRANDED. It was about eleven o'clock on the following morning that the head clerk told Jack to take a certain legal docu ment to a client in ilhe Tribun e Building. He put on his hat, caught a clc::;cemling elevato1:, and was soon on the ground floor walking tow!ml the main en trance of tho building. As he started through the doorway, a fine-1ooking man of military bearing came in from the street The eyes of both rested on the other at the same moment "li'ather !" ejaculated the boy, starting forward joyfully iu spi te of a sense of chagrin that he felt at being caught at last. "J-ack I My dear boy!" exclaimed the major, seizing his son "I'm g l ad to see you, father. How is mother and sis?" "They are quite well, and nre waiting to see you a t the Waldorf Hotel." "Then they came to town with you?"' "Yes. Your mother insisted on coming, and aR Florence wanted to con:e, too, why here we are Xow you will come up right away, won't you?" "I would like to, father but I have business to attend to. I IN!TI on my wey to the 'Pribune Building now with a legaJ rlocunrent for a clieni." "Are you in a lawyer' office?" \ "Yes. I am working for Kenneth Ritlgr, on the eighth floor." "I cannot unaerstancl your idea of Sta)1 ng in New York and working in preference to enjoying your .-egu lar sum mer vacation at home, where you ha.Ye luxury arnl convenience yom heart ca1i wish for,'' said : Major Rand, us he ancl Jack walkerl up Nassau Street together. "Well, father, I -don't believe I could ex )lain the matter to your satisfaction, so I wont attempt to tlo it. I hope you won't insist on my going home right away, for I s hould prefer not to do ]t'. I mn getting on all right, and neither you noi: moth e r has any cause to b e worried about me. I'm living at a Tery nice boarding-house on Seventy-second Street, and feel very comfortable there. New York suits me all right, anc1 I don't. want to quit it just yet." "\Yell, Jack, I have decided to let you have your own way until it is time for you to go back to school, then I shall insist on your coming home "Very well, father, we'll let it go at that." "As I did not come on to take you back, your mother accompanied me, as she is yery anxious to see you. When can you come to the hotel?" ":nlr Ridge is at the Supreme Court chambers now, but he'll be back between twelve and one. I'll ask him to let me off this aiternoon, and then I'll go right up to the Waldorf." "All right, Jack, I'll go back and tell your mother she may look for you about two o'clock," said the major, as he bade his son good-bye a.t the entrance of the Tribune Build ing. _, When JI.Ir. Ridge returned to the office at about half .Past twelve, Jack told him that his pa:(ents had come to the city to see him anc1 that he'd like to get o:ff for the afternoon. "You may go, Jack," said the lawyer, and accordingly the boy hlAried uptown as fast as he could get th. ere by a Broadway car. When he reached tl'Le W a1dorf Hotel he exp lained to the clerk that he was Major Rand's son, anc1 asked to be shown up to h:is room. A bellboy was sent to show him the way, and a few min -


J HIS LAST IOKEL. utes later he was in his mother's arms, with his sister's "Not a cent." embrace to follow. "Then I'll give you a quarter so Y?U can get yourself We will not describe the interview, which was cut short a square meal." by Major Rand suggesting that they should adjourn to the "Wnat is one square meal to a starving groaned dining-room for lurrch. the old man. "I'm a stranger in the city. I'm stopping At the tahle Mrs. Rand tried to induce Jack to give np at the Mills Hotel, but my room runs out to-night and I his position and r eturn with them that afternoon to Beech-know not whem to go, nor what will become of me." wood. "You're in a pretty bad .fix," said Jack, feeling very Jack, declined to fall in with his mother's views for the man, who seemed to be on a par with the dcrelirts She wanted to know how he was living and enjoying who drift to the poorhoul'e on the i s lana. "Haven't Ytm himself, and Jack made no secret of anything. any property at an that you could raise some money on ?11 Mrs. Rand was astonished that her son could be contented "Nothing but this," replied the stranger, taking a long to remain at a boarding house and go to work every day enYelope from his pocket. "I've been trying to sen it among when he had a fine home and all the pleasures !>f vacation the brokers, but no one tvants it. They tell me it is not life at his disposal. worth the paper it's written on." "Never mind, mother," he lau ghed, "what's the differ''What is it?" asked .Tack, curiously ence so long as I'm satisfied? When I come home by and "A certificate of mining stock." h:v you'll l earn all my reasons for what seems to you a The old man took a document out of the envelope and strange proceeding on my part. : handed it to the boy. He remained with his folks till it was time for them to Jack opened it and saw that it was a certificate for 10 ,000 leave for home by the five o'clock train, and then he acshares of the Echo Valley Gold Mining Company, Echo companied them to the Grand Central Station Valley, Colorado, with offices at Denver. As they bid hirn good-bye his father tendered him a $5 0 The certificate was made out in the name of John Grant. bill, but Jack refused to accept it. "Is your name Jorn Grant/" aske d Jack. "You can't give me a cent this trip, father. I'm making "It is." my own way wi'thout help from anybody, and I'm not going ''You say this stock is worthless?" to spoil matters now. I've got all the money I require, any "It f'eems so, for qo broker will buy it at any priee. The,y way, so it's no use to me." tolc1 me the mine was as goocl as dead, although it is not 'I"he major shrugged his shoulders and returned the bill so long ago it was quoted on the Goldfield Exchange at ten to his pocket cents a share I paid 2.9 cents a s1rnrc for it two ? ago A minute later Jack was walking out o.f the depot on his \Yhen it was li sted at that price, and advertised as a com way to his boarding house ing producer." On the following afternoon, about five o'clock, as Jack "Is it a real mine, or only a 'jildcat?" was preparing to lock up the office, the head clerk and the "It's a real mine." stenographe r having just gone, there came a knock at the "'I'hen why aren't theRcked "I feel bad," replied the man. "It's weakness, for I've the office, assisted him to the elevato1, and when they got eaten scarcely anything for tw or three daJS. downstairs he went with him to a nearby restau rant. "Why? Haven't you any money with which to buy 'To gua r d against accidents Jack had the bill changed for food?" him, and left him eating a plate of hot soup.


f v 20 HIS LAST NICKEL. "That's $10 gone to pot," Jack to himself, as he 1 walked towa:r:d the Sixth Ave nue elevated station; "but I guess it's spent in a good cause." "There he is now, just coming out of the e levator!" The other s looked, and sur e enough the r e wa s Jack starting_ to cross the corridor toward the e ntrance Jack .forgot that bread thrown on the waters often returns tenfold after many days, and it proved so in his case. CHAPTER XII. JACK IIAS VISITORS FROM: BEECHWOOD. They swoope d d!)wn on him in a bunch and him on all s id es. "How are you, old man?" cried Howard. "You' re looking as fine a s s ilk, Jack!" cried Will. "A1 : en t you glad to see u s ? e jpculated Fred. Jack was tak e n comple t ely b y s urprise. Y Howa rd Edgerton, Will Langdon and FredlllBartling did He hadn t the lea s t notion of s e e ing his three particular not take the nine o'clock train for New York on that parfriend s in New York. 1 ticular mornip.g they had to do so, owing to the "Gee whiz!" he exclaim ed; "wher e did you all spring fact that the other lioys had decided to row a cross the fr: c::. Sountl in their club-boat if the weather permitted, and it c c::'l1e on from Fair:haven thi s to s e e you, was necessary.'that Howard, Will an d Fred should not ab-. : out how you w e1e g ettin g on." sent themselves from their places. "Well I'm g lad to s e e you, fellows Co.we and have So J.ack Rand escaped the surprise intended for him on lunch with m e ." tliat occasion. "Sure," laugh e d HowaTd, ";ve coi1ldn' t think of r e fu s On the following Saturday, however, Howard Will and ing such an invitation." Fred connected with the nine o 'cloc k tracin and landed at "Don't ima g in e I'rn g oin g to take you up to D e lmonthe Grand Central about two hours later. ico's. I'm not drawin g a priv a t e in come from m y fathe r Howard was well acquainted with the city, and he led just nd\v. I'm d e pend e r 1 .t on wha t I a m e apiing." the way to a car that would taJrn them to the post-office. "Say, who are you workin g for and what kind of a bu s iWhen they got out at the l.oop in front of the post-office, ness i s it?" asked H o ward Howard told his companion s to follow him and marched "I'm working for K e nn eth Riclge; on th e e i ghth floor of straight for the co ner of Ann Street. that buiJdin g, and h e's a lawyer. I'm g l a d you c'liaps made One short block down that na.rrow thoroughfare brought jt S a turday, fu r I'm off for the r est o f th e day All the them to Nassau Stre e t and then all they had to do was to offices shut down for half a dav 'at thi s tim e of the year." walk straight ahead till 1Jhey came to the office building mThat's tip-top. W e 'll hav e a s w e ll tim e thi s afternoon where Jack wa_s employed. though we can;t stay in town lon g er tha n five o'c1oc!k." Then they discovered that they were up again s t it. "Come now, Jack, why are you sta:yin g .in N e w York and Here was an eleven-stou building, the dire c tory of which working, an y way?" a s ked Fre d "W1rnt' s the attraction?" 1ihowed more than 100 offices, all occupied. "I'm trying to make my own wa. y in the world." In which of these offioe's they.,to find Jack? "You're trying to do what?" gasp e d the three boys, m "Say, who does he work for?" !:lsked Will. astonishment. "Blest if I know," replied Howa rd, saratching his head "I'm trying to get ahead in life on my own hook. Is in a puzzled way. "I never thought we'd bump up against that any clearer?" repli e d Jack, anrnsed at their anything like this." ment. "There's a chap o ver there with a cap and uniform. "Sufferin g s andpiper s !" eja c ulated Howard. "What d d Let's ask him. He may know Jack." you want to do that for? Ain't y our fath e r w e althy?" So they walked over to the man and Howard asked him "Suppose he is / He earn e d hi s mon e y him s elf. il'm if he knew in what office Jack Rand was' working. going to earn mine." ../ The man shook his head, "Say, J.OU don't n1ean that," s aid wm. "You're just -"It's enough for me to keep track o{ the people wlwrent us a jolly." offices in this building, without figuring on the folks who "Neve r more earnest in my life repli e d Jack, s olemnl y work for them. There are probably all of 500 employees "What put s u c h an id e a into your head?" asked Fred. in this building. How d'O you expect me to know who they ".Ju s t my way of doing business that's all." are?" "'I'his beats all T ever hea.rd of s aid Howard. "Are The boys admitted the reasonableness of his argifment you for wages ?" p.nd wen: turning away disappointed whe n the man said: "Wlrn t do you suppose I'm working for? Did you im" Do you know what of business he i s in?" agino I was a partner in th e bt1s iness ?" I ''No, we. don't even know that," replied Howard. "I thought you had ome kind of a bt where you 'Then I'm afrai

HIS LAST NICKEL. my name got in the paper the other day, with my office ad"You' re awfully funny, aren t you?" said Jack. dress. That brought father, mother and sis down here look"I wish you'd take us up and introduce us. I., wanted to ing for m e." bet Will the other day that she s pretti:er than any girl in "And t hey found you, eh?" chuckled Howard. Beechwood but he backed out, though he does think< there "Fa th e r did He came to the office and I ran agaimt' isn t another girl in the world like Oassie Davenport him comin g in a s .. I was going out. I was glad to see him, "You mean you backed out yourself. I was willing to thou g h 1 hat e d t o be caught in s uch a way." bet," put in Will. "Wha t clicl they say about you staying in New York?" "I 1.o 4old the stakes, but it was only a bluff all a n d s i s wanted me to come home right off, but roul).d," said Fred. fath e r sa i d 1 could do as I chos e until school opened." "Is Flora Sander s better-looking {-han Cassie" asked "'11l1e n you inte nd to stay h e re?" said Howard. Howard. "I d o," r e plied Jack, :iif a decided tone. "I'm not saying anything about it," returned Jack. "If "Jus t think what you' re mis sing" chipped in Will. it' s all the same to you we'lh s witch off on to something else. "I'm not worr y in g about what I'm missing. I'm enjo y Howard took the hint and nothing more was said about ing IllJ S elf in m y own way. Here's the restaurant, fellows. Miss Sanders. This is whe re I e a t at noontime these days, and what's good After the meal they went down to the Battery and took enou g h for m e you'll have to put up with if you are going in the Aquarium: to enjoy my hospitality." Then they boaJ:decl a Sixth Avenue elevated train for The y found a vacant tabl e and took po ssess ion of it. Central Park, where they spent the rest of the afternoon, A :fine, h e althy-looking girl wailer came up to take their aft e r which Jack saw them to the Grand Central depot and qrder s bade them goo,ci-bye. ... CHAPTER XIII. "There's th e bill-of-fare," s aid Jack. "Pick out what y ou w ant and g ive your ord e r s You "11,find nearly every thing but s t y l e in this place." T he vi s itor s had h e althy appetites and were not :finding JACK SHOWS THE STUFF HE'S MADE OF. fault with an y thing that came their way. Jack paid his second visit to Flora. Sanders on the fo llow" Say, old man," grinned Howard, while they were eat ing y.r ednesday evening, to arrangement, and h e ing, "what about that g irl you saved from the bay?" found her dressed up to the queen's taste ready to receive "You mean Mis s Sander s ?" asked innocently him. "Yes, l!-.lora Sand e r s rrhat's the name I saw in the He spent a ver y pleasant evening, chiefly with the girl paper. She's the daughter of of the park commissionherself, and promi s ed to call again a week from that night. e;:s, i s n t sh e ?" On the following evening he took in a show. at one of "Yes. She's a fine girl." > the Forty second Stre et th e aters, and when the performance "I'll bet s he i s," chuckled Howard. "You wouldn t reswii,s over he left the theat e r on the Forty -first Street side. cue any other kind of a girl." He s tarted westward to take an elevated train uptown on "Do you s 'pose I considered her good looks when I the Ninth Avenue line. jumped in after her?" As he approach e d the corner of Seventh Avenue he saw "No, I don t mean 'ihat." t t d. d th l f 1 t l ht h u wo men s an mg un er e g are o an e ee pc ig w o "What do you mean, then?" looked familiar to him "I mean tha t homely gi1;ls are not in the habit of tum' A closer inspection proved theni to be Bill and bling into the water to be saved by wealthy young chaps like Jim Coney. you. J aek knew that the rascal s had not been captured by the "What has a g irl 's looks got to do with her falling into police for the robber)') of Lawy e r Davenport' s residence, the w a t e r or ge tting into an y \ other kind of desperate and it struck him that 'it would be a feather in his cap if scrap e ? Miss S ande r s didn t fall into the bay because she he could hav e them arrested. was pre tfy, and becau s e s h e expect e d to be saved by a His intention was to follow th e m till h e saw a policeman, wealth y f e ll ow. Sh e fell in because she c ouldn't help herand then point them out to the officer. s elf, and the aceid ent nearl y scared a y e ar' s growth out So he retired into a eonveni e n t doorway and waited for her.'" : them to make a move. \ 'Diel y ou fall in love with 11er and :;h e wi lh you?" laughed In a few minutes t]rny s tarted across the avenue and H o ward. J a e k followed at a distan c e not likely, he thought, to attract "You want to know too mw::h a ll at o u c e flushed Jack. their suspicions. Lo o k at him blush, f ellows chu c kl e d Howard. They went down Street ju the direction he "Who's blu s hing?" g r owle d Jack. 1 was bound himself. ou ar e You reas r e d as a boil e d lob t e r. I 'll leav e' it 'J'l1e block was desert e d and not over well-lighted. to Will and Freel" Jack crossed to the oth e r s id e iicl kept them well in The boy s h a d the lau g h on Jac k anyway. sight. f "One of the s e days we'll all get c ard s for a wedding in When they came to Eighth Avenue they crossed it and New York town. 'Mr. and Mr s Sande r s request tM pleas; kept on, and so did J ure of at the marriag e of their aaughter Ninth Avenue cros sed lu1 th e same way, and Tel\th Flora to Mr. J'ohn Rand, of Beechwood.' and so forth, and A venue also, and then Jack : found himself penetrating a s o forth," Howard. / low kind of neighborhoo4,.


I 22 HIS LAST NICKEL. I But the plucky boy was not familiar with its reputation, nor with the sinister character of its denizens. No policeman coming in sight, Jack concluded that the best he would be able to do would be to track the two burg lars to their desfo.1.ation. This accomplished, he intended to walk all the way back to Broadway, if necessary, in order to find an offi(\er, when he intended to offer to guide the poJiceman to the house where ,he had seen the men go in. Few boys would have taken the chances Jack was doing in order to secure the arrest of a pair of criminals Jack, however, believed it to b his duty t.o have the bul'.g lars brought to justice, especially as the police had so far failed to a1wrehend them Besides, he them a grudge for treating him as they had done on the occasion of their accidental encounter in the wood a t home He elt that it would give him a whole lot of satisfaction to get square with them, and, if possible, assist in recover ing a part at least of their booty. Half-way between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues the men entered a low saloon. Jack wondered if this was their destination. There were. several true.ks standing along the block, and the boy sat on the end of one and watched the saloon door for awhile Men of all colors and conditions below the respectable standard entered and left the gin mill, but Squires and Coney did not rea.ppear. Finally Jack slipped across the street and peered in through the swinging blinds that cut off the view of the bar-room from the sidewalk. While he was watching them a young man down the street. / "What are you fookin' at, young fellow?" he asked, as he pushed Jack to one side and his hands on one of the blinds as if about to enter. Jack glanced up in a startled way and their eyes met. He knew tlie young man at once. It was Cu.rtis Jett. The recognition was mutual, and .[ ett uttered an excla mation of surprise ''.So it's you, is it?" he said, with a malicious grin. "Found your way to this place, eh? Ta.kin' in the sights of the city after dark? Let me be your guide." With those words he pushed Jack into the saloon The boy tried to slip asi c1e and escape, but Curtis J etli grabbed him by the arm and led him well for1ward. This attracted general attention to both of the new comers. :f ett was well known to the habitues of the saloon, as he lodged in one of the houses of the block. Bill Squires recognized Jack right away, for his sharp eyes were never asleep. The same might be said of Jim Coney, but he didn't see the boy, as his back was turned to him. With both of t]:iem eternal vigilance was the price of safety. As soon as Jett saw Squ:ires and Coney '1e pushed Jack toward them. this young chap again, my bucks I caught him squintin' in through the door at you both. I guess he wa-s tryin' to get a line on you so as to blow the gaff to the cops. You'd better attend to him, as it's none of my funeTai." Squires uttered a fierce malediction "So you're followin' us, you young monkey, are you?" he said, seizing Jack by the collar "Been tryin' to get on our track again since you met us at the saloon that night Achin' to do what the cops have failed to do, eh? You must be a fool to come after us here. Well, I reckon we'll fix you so you won't follow us any more." Thus speaking, Squires yanked Jack down on a seat. Then he made a significant gesture to Coney. That worthy got up, walked to the bar and said some thing to the barkeeper in a ]ow tone. The man nodded after casting a Jook at the boy, and tak ing a glass began to prepare a drink. vVhen it was ready he handed it to Coney, who carried it over to the table where Squires was holding Jack down. "Now, then, my yoimg butter-in, you've got to drink our healths, d'ye understand?" said Squires, glowering down at the boy. "You "IYOn't make me clrink anything," replied Jack, de fiantly. "Won't I? We'll see about that. Come here, Jim, and pry open his jaw with your knuckles." Jack started in to make a good fight against his perse cutors, and one of the first things he did was to give Squires a heavy kick in the shins which caused that rascal to give a yell and let go of .his victim. He had injured ,his shin that morning and Jack's boot hit the tender part. As Coney made a grab :for the boy, Jack slipped clown and crawled under the table, bobbing up on the othcw side. Jett made a rush for him for fear he inight get away, Jack dropped to the floor, tackled him .football fashion and fairly threw him over his head. The young man landed with a crash against a chair and partially demolished it. He rolled over, dazed by the shock. Thc other frequenters of the saloon c1}c1 not interfere, but they looked u_[Xm the fracas with a great deal of interco;t. Bill Squires was furious with pain and rage, and starter1 for Jack with blood in his eye. The boy was. now fully aroused to the peril of his situa tion, and all the pluck of his nature came to the front. Ncrer before was he aware of what he was capable in the face of real peril. With compressed lips and fire in his boyish eyes, 11e snatched up the broken chair, swung it around his head and brought it down on Squire's heacl and shoulders with all the force of his seasoned muscles. The ruffian threw up his arm to ward the blow off, but the chair beat down his guard if it had been paper, and Squires sank to the ft.oar half stunned and bleeding. Then, without waiting for the astonished Coney to interfere, Jack threw the chair at his head. \ The barkeeper came around from behind the ba. r with a club in his hand. As he made a dash at Jack, the boy snatched up the glass of drugged liquor and fired glass a.nd all at his face. It went as true as Jack ever sent a baseba ll from short to first base, striking the man in the mout}l,' cutting his lip and blinding him with the contents.


I HIS LA.ST NICKEL. 23 ".rhe uproar had aroused the jmmediate neighborhood, ing for the cards. "Don't get so I want all a,nd people came flocking inii> and around the saloon. that's comin' to me As Jack turned to escape he saw that the entrance was "You'll get all that's comin' to you some day," grinneCI blocked up by a hardlooking crowd, capa.Jle of doing hi_m Squires, sardonicatly. "Wait till you get up before one of up if they took a notion to the judges again. You'll get the full limit." 1 He couldn't get through unless they permitted him "And what'll you get if you're pinched? They'll have to, ioo he did not dare chance it. lf a dozen or more indictments against you and Jim. -He sprang ove: Squi:es' prostrate body, a voided Coney's When you get up the river you're liable to. stay there if outstretched grasp, and darted for a rear side doot1. somethin' ain't found to send you to the electric chair." Passing through it he found himself in a dimlp-lit hall, "We ain't pinched yet. Jim and me are goin' West in :i. the front end of which opened on the street, while a rear day or two, after we get rid of the balance of the stuff he door communicated with a filthy yard. lifted out in Connecticut. You can come with us if you He made a dash for the ,front door, which stood open want to. Before )rn could reach it the opening was blocked by the "I'll come if you11 stand the expense. I haven't a blameil mob' outside. cent." / He turned 'to retrace his steps, thinking to try the rear "You never have anythin'. If you want to come I'll pay door, but was blocked in tLis quarter by the furious Squires, your way to Chicago." revolver in hand, his face bleeding from contact with the "I'm your hairpin. I'd like to get out of town. I've an broken chair. 1 idea that the cops are beginnin' to talrn too much interest Behind him his companion Coney, with a nastv -in me lately, which isn't good for I never wa'\ looking knife in his ha:i;id. ambitious get l:nto the limelight I ieave tha t honor to He was followed by the angry barJrnei)er with his club. you and your pard, Jim." \ Jack's only hope was to reach the stairs and try to out "Talkin' is dry business. Take the can and go down SJWint his pursuer.s to the roof, if need be. stairs. It's after one; but I guess you'll find tlie bar As he 1!1acle a jump, for them Squires uttered a howl of keeper up yet." triumph, raiRcd his reYolver and fireil. No sooner had Jett left the room with the beer can The ball ba.rely grazed Jack's head, but with the sensaSquires got up and dragged a suit-case forwa rd. that the house hac1 fallen in upon him he staggered "iYe'll have to let Solomon have this stuff, Jim," he forward, tJ1rew up his hands and foll unconscious to the said "T'he town is gettin' too hot for us, and we .must floor of the hallway. light out." "Have it your way, Bill," replied his pal. "The dia monds and" such we'll take with us, I reckon." CHAPTER XIV. FIRE! When J back to his senses he found lying on a rude bed in a miserable room. He was not bound in any way, nor even gagged. He was not alone, however. Qf course. We can do better with them in Chicago than here Less chance of detection the further we're from himself the neighborhood where they were lifted. I've got 'em in the bag under theJ:>ed. The silver is in this. You'd better take it to Solomon in the mornin' and see what you can Seated at a table in the middle of the apartment were Bill Squires, Jim Co'ney and Curtis Jett. They were playing cards and drinking occasionally. Jack's face was turned in their direction and he saw them plainly. "What are you goin' to do with the boy?" asked Jett, dealing the cards around. "Coney and me will ::fix him, don't you fepr ," replied Squires "I guess you know how to do the trick.if you want to" said Jett, with a. short laugh "I'll bet we do "He's a spunky chap, all right," said Jett. "And strong-why, he fired me over his head as if I was a baby, though it was done by a trick when I was off my guard. I don't see how he lnicl you and Ji1n out so neatly, and stopped the barkeep .Seems to be a holy tenor when his monkey's up." "Well, it won't get 11p any more, not if Jim and me know it," said Squires, dark l y; "Do you mean to hush him for good and all?" "You'll never find out from us. Jim and me never tell what we do." "Rold on, that's my i:rjck you took in," said Jett, reachraise on it." "I'll do it." The two rascals carefully inspected the contents of the bag, Squires a note of every piece on a slip of paper, which he put in his pocket. They had just locked the bag again when Jett reappeared with the can full of foaming lager. "The bar-room was closed, but I didn't mind that a bit.:, I've got a key that fits the door. I filleq the can from the barrel myself, aJ1d got good "Wbat time is it?" asked Squires. "About two. "After you have a fair share of the beer you'd be.tter go. Jim and me have a little job to attend to before we turn in." "You mean the boy, eh?" ask;ed Jett, nodding at the bed. "Don't get too inquisitive, Jett. That's your great fault. Never butt into other people's bu.siness. It's a bad ;prac 1 tice." The young man grinned and helped himself to a glass of the lager. At that moment a sudden racket arose somewhere do wn stairs. "Hello What's that?" ejaculated Curtis Jett, the door anil looking out. I 'l'hc sounds now came up much plamer.


2 4 ,. HIS LAST NICKEL. A >yoman was shrieking and the muffled sound of blows seemed to show what gave rise to ,her lamentations. "Hickey bas come home drunk again and is beatin' his wife, as usual," remarked Squires. "It's a wonder she doesn't brain him with a poker." The blows ceased, and the woman's cries stoppecl but a moment later the sound of a crash came up. "He's fallen over a.chair or table," chuckled Jett. He was about to close the door when n fresh racket took p l ace "Smash i t in!" gritted Cone. "We must get the grips The whol e of our plunder is in 'em." Bang! Smash.! Ba .ng Both the men kicked away at the panels of the door, and whil e they exerted themselves with desperate earnestness the :fire rapid l y inc r eased below, Md the thick smoke floated upstairs and enve l oped them in a dense haze CHAPTER XV. JACK TRIES TO S.AVl" I,AWYJ'R DAVENPORT'S PR.OPERTY The woman who had been shrieking before now started up her toot again. When Curtis Jett stepped out o.f the room to investigate But it was a different kind of one. the cry of "Fire!" that came up from below, and Bill fled from the room out ou 'the landing Squires and Jim Coney followed him, Jack Rand sat up "Fire!" and listened to the growing excitement downstairs. That ill the kind of cry that always attracts notice. There were two window8 in the room, aml both the sashes The woman might have yelled "murder!" till s h e grc>w were thrown up ha1f -\vay on account of tie heat of the black in the face, as her husband walloped the life out of night. her, and no one in that house would have thought of inter-Jack slipped o\er to one and looked out. .fering; but the nirnent R1rn commenced to howl "fire!" He saw a b right glare from i.he window almost undereverybocly within earshot began to sit up and take notice. neath, and puffs of smoke floating out on the night air. In the stillness of the night, in a crowded tenement, the "'rhe house is on fire for fair," he said, excitedly. "It cry carries terror to every soul. won't do for me to stay here if I can help myself. The The woman fled shrieking ":fire!'' down the three flights question is, how shall I get out? I can't fly, and I can't o f stairs, and before two minutes hacl elapsed the house was pass those rascals outside on the landing," he added, with i n confusion. an anxious glance over his shoulder in the direction of the C u rt)sJett rushed out on the landing and peered door o ver the rail ing. Looking up he saw tha t the room he was in was at the. top Bill Squires an d Jim Coney also woke lip to the possib l e of. the building, and that a gutter pipe ran along under the seriousness of the situation ancl h}rn. eaves close to the top of the window All three hung over the rickety balusters an:cl l "I wonder if I dare trust to that to qury me to the cor As the peop l e in the house flocked from their rooms iler of the building?" he asked himself, with a fearful the excitement grew to fever pitch glance at the dark void below where the yard lay "Any-" I don't see any :fire," said Curtis Jett. thing is better than letting those villains do me up in their I smell smoke, though," replied Squires. own way, which they have been figuring on "So do I," coincided Coney. "Go down on the' next floor Finally he resol\:ed to venture to try t110 air-line, for, as J ett, and see what's wrong we have already seen, he was a boy of gooq. nerve Jett rQn down just in time to see a door flung open and Curtis Jett had just run downstairs and the other two a man come reeling 01-rt followed by a cloud of smoke. men were still leaning over the railing. The room behind him was all ablaze. I( Jack tiptoed to the door, closed it softly and shot the That was enough for Jett. heavy bol t He made no attempt to retur, but, rushing to the foot At that moment his eyes lighted on the suitcase filled o f the stairs, yelled up to his friends: with the silver plate stolen from the house of Lawye r "Say, B'ill and Jim, you'd better sneak at once! / I'm Davenport. goin' to turn in an alarm!" There was the other case under the bed, containing the This was merely his excuse to make tracks for the street jewels and diamonds. as quick as he could. He rushed to the window again to see where he could The smoke, rolled up toward Squires and Cone.1', arnl they throw the s11itcases without smashing them all to pieces. decided to get away. If he could throw them On to the l'OOf 0 the hou s e which "Come on, Jim," sa.i.d Squires, hastily. "\Yc'll get the stooc1 at right angles with the one ,he was in, and which was grips and scoot." a story and a half lower, he might be abl e to get away wit h "How about the boy?" them "Let him go up with the house, if it goes. It will save The only way to do that was to get a good swing on them u s t h e trouble of husbin' him." At that moment Squires and Coney discovered that they They turned around and made for the door of the room. were shut out of the room and commenced to kick furiously T hen they met with a great surp risc. on the panels Tliey found it shut ancl bolted on the inside J ack paid n o attfoition to them. "What does this mean?" roared Squires, giving the door He ran to the oed; grapbecl a blanket from it, tied one a .ki ck. "W fire shu t out! end to the handle of the suit case containing the jewels, let S hut out!" gasped Coney. t h e bag out of the w i ndow and began to swing it to and fro "Yes. That boy must have come to h is senses and bolted li ke a t h e door agains t u s Whil e h o was d0ing thi1:-the fire rapidly increased below,


I HIS LAST NlyKEL. the smoke ascen d in g i-9volumes, partl y sight. obscuring Jack's f After some he s itation Coney followed his examp1e, and At th e Squires a nd Coney succeede d in smashing in one o4' the bottom pan e l s Cone y s hoved hi s arm in a nd .tri ecl io r e ach the bolt, but it was too far away At l e n g th the b o y got a good :;wing o n the s uitc a s e and now the s pectators hacl a s ight of three lives depending on the stability of the gutter pipe under the eaves of the burn ing ?nilding. CHAPTER XVI. let go. WHAT HIS J,AST NICKEL DID FOR JACK RAND. It s w e pt, blank e t and all, throu g h th e air and land e d By this time Jack had covered more than half the diss a f e l y on th e roof of the building aim e d for. tance to safety. Outsid e of the door Squire:; a nd hi s pal were still making All his energies of mind and body were concentrated on the moot desper a t e effort s to get. into th e room the nervous grip tha.t kept him from falling, and carried TI1e y w e r e beating away at an upp e r panel to get at him along foot by foot toward s the waste-pipe at the en d of the bolt, and Jack could not tdl what moment th e y might the building, down which he proposed to slide to reach the g et in. roof on top of which he had flung the hvo suit-case8. \ H e tie d the second s nitc a se to abther blank e t and At thebest, it was a, desperate joumey for the boy. s t arte d it oscillating as b e for e In .addition to the possibilities of failing muscles, dizziA s it was he a vi e r than th e oth e r h e s oon g ot a good swing ness, .and an uncertain grip, was the still more probable on it and l e t it go. contingency of mechanical defects in the structure he It landed furthe r ove r on th e roof of the hou s e where the trusted to. o t hec case stood. A sin g lefaulty screw, a single flaw anywher e in the whole A t that moment the upper pan e l of th e doo r gave way. length of gutte r, was likely to precipitate him to certain Jack sa w tha t the r a sca ls would be in the room in another d e ath. '\ an d wha t t hey wouldn t do to him when they laid And the-peril s that fac e d Jack also confronted Squires their h a nds o n h im was hardl y worth considering. and Coney as soon as they s tar't e d a.fter him. SO' 'h e lost n o tim e getting out on the window-sill, reach-In fact their perils w e r e g reater, for they were many in g up and g r abbing a t the gutte r. pound s heavier than the boy, and the iron gutter that bore A s soon as h e go t a firm h e swung off over the dizzy his weight might yield under theirs. h e i ght and began making his 0w a y about half a foot at a And this is just what happ e ned. time along the gutter. Barel y had Jack rellch e d the corner of the building, and, H e had hardl y l ef t th e win dow before &]uires anrl Coney with an intense feelin g of thankfulness seized the wasterush e d into the room, n o w pretty w ell fille d with smoke pipe to slide down than he heard a cra s h behind They cared nothing about their l a te prison e r at that A section of the gutter had giv e n way under Squires' mom e nt. weim e thin g :fie rce. Coney could only hang shivering in the air, holding on Finall y they b ot h h ad to g ive up and ru s h to the windows for dear life to the gutter. for air. For a e,; moments he hung, like Mahomet's coffin, be"I can't find anythin' und e r th e bed ," s mirled Squires. tween the earth and the sky, not knowing what to do to save "Whe r e in thund e r ha s that case gone ?" himself. "I can't find the o t her one, either!" howled Coney. Then he recovered his fa c ulties, retraced his way a yard, The p e opl e saw Squires and Coney at the window s and kicketl in the n e a rest window, swung into the room; they al s o saw Jack making his perilou s trip along the thick with smoke, and disappeared. gutt e r pip e He was never seen again until the firemen found his "The kid is workin' himself along the gutter!" hissed smothered body in the room after the fire, which destroyed Squires. more than half the building, had been put out. I see he is," replied Coney. In the meantime, Jack reached the roof where the suit Th e n h e utter e d ?terrible imprecation. cases were in sa.fety / "Look y ond e r on the roof of tha.t Bill!" he gritted 'There was a scuttle in the center of it, and his first ob" Th e r e's our s uit-ca ses with the plunder. The boy must ject was '-o see if it was open. have th rown th e m th ern." The fire was now under great headway in the building he "We mu s t follow that kid," said Squire s suiting the ac-had left. tion to the word by getting out on the window-si_ll and The street in front was resonant with the clang of the reaching for the gutter fire-engines, hose-carts, hook-and-ladder trucks, and patrol In anoth e r moment he swun g off and began working his wagon that had answered the first alarm. way along the same as Jack doing. Jack found the scuttle was not secured.


26 HIS LAST NICKEL. He fl.ung it open, and saw the dim outlines of a ladder underneath He disengaged the suit-cases from the blankets and car ried them down into the upper floor of the building, where h e ran foul of many excited people. No one paid much attention to him, and he made his way to the street, which was around the corner from the burn-ing building His purpose now was to reach his boarding-house with lhe suit-cases without any unnecessary It was about half-past two o'clock, and he had never been out so late since he came to N cw York. He walked up to Forty-second Street, through a small crowd of people running to the .fire. 'l"'urning eastward along that str eet he hurrie d forward, with occasional stops for r est, for one of the caRes was very heavy, until at l ength h e reached tho JinLh Avenue s tation of the elevated road. Mounting the stairs of the uptown side he caught a train that was jus t rolling in, was soon on his way uptown. Now that h e had time to think he began to :feel sick ancl faint after the terrible experiences he had been through. At any rate, h e look ed lik e a wreck, and the. conducto r came down lo where he sat ancl looked at him The blood that had flowed from the wouncl on his head, made by the bullet fir ed by Squires in i:he lower hallway, had dried on his collar, n eck and and h(s face looked ghastly. The conductor spoke to him and he told the man a por tion of his story, which made his eyes bulge with wonder. Jack reach ed his boarding-house at last, and entered without any one being the wiser He wash ed him self, dusted his clothes and then went to bed. He didn't get up until l ate, and ale hi s breakfast by himself The morning papers harl an acc01mt of the fire, but of course Jack's name was not mentioned, as his connection with the place was not known. He saw that both Squires ancl Coney were reported

FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. Fame and Fortune Weekly NEw YoHK. MARorr 20, mos. Terms to Subscribers. .Single Coples.............................................. .05 Cents One Copy Three non tbs............................. .. .65 One Copy Six rtontbs ..................................... 0$1.25 One Copy One Year.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 2.50 Postage Free. How ro S1rnn 111oNEY. rle.k send P. 0 Money Order, Chiick, or Registered Letter; m1ttancee many other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stampe the same as cash. When sending silver wrap the coin in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envelope. JV?'ite 11our name and address plainl11. .tlddres.< letters to Frank Tousey, Publisher, ::14 Union Sq., New York. OOOD STORIES. t W1lliarn John Watson emigrated a half century ago from Portadown, County Armagh, to Australia, where he made a fortune of over $50,0QO. A few years ago he returned to his native town. and has since Jived the life of a miser in a small thre&roomed house, wliere he was found dead some time ago. By his will he leaves the whole of his property to Portadown for the purpose of providing healthy recreation for the people, but he bars football or race -rowing. The will further provides that the urban council shall, out .of the interest have a din ner every five years, the expenses not to exceed $5 per head. At each of these dinners the will is to be read publicly. "There's a queer and nasty kind of criminal that we call the barber thief," said the detective. "He is a journeyman barber who 'lifts' your scarfpin while shaving you. These ras cals have learned someho w or other to shave and hair-cut fairly well. They go everywhere in the rush season-Califor nia or Florida in winter, Atlantic City in the summer, and so on-and there 1lhe overworked boss barber, with hands scarce, is only too glad to take them on, and to take them on with out references. It doesn't take a clever barber thief long to make a good haul. In a day in Saratoga one of these men 'lifted' out of millionaires' and sports' neckties diamonds and pearls t o the value of $4,000." The recent establishing of the Los Angeles Ostrich Farm within the city limits of Los Angeles gives Ca!iforrl.ia four os trich enterprises-the others being in San Diego, South Pasa den a and San Jose. The South African farms do not manu facture and retail their product, but in California, says Sun set, the feathers are grown, manufactured and retailed by the same concern. The initiative in the ostrich industry was taken about thirty years ago by Dr. Sketchley, who established a farm at Anaheim. Later on other men imported birds and assisted in establishing the business. The greatest develop ment of the busines!f has been in Arizona, where there are at present over 2,000 birds. Their product of feathers has been sold principally to New York manufacturers. The life of a picture film is limited. They constantly are wound and unwound on the machines, and this in time wears them so full of holes and scratches that they become value l ess. Only by the best of care can a string of films be made to last through one season. When the films are rented\ from the Paris manufacturers it costs the managers in this coun try all the way from $10 to $50 a week to get them. The rental price depends on the quality of the films and the scenes which they portray. In the 5-cent theatres,, where there is a change of pictures every day, the same films can be used only two or three times at most. After that they are sent to the next vaudeville or 5-cent theatrn in the circuit, thus going the rounds much after the manner of tlrn acters and actresses themselves. We shall all be glad if the reported discovery of go,/d in Scotland should "pan out" into a payable prospect, says the London Chronicle. Wales had a little gold boom a few years ago, o:tiginatecl by Mr. Pritchard Morgan, sometime Liberal M. P. for Merthyr, a Welshman who had spent seventeen years on the Australian goldfields and had a thorough acquaintance with every department of the industry. Mr. Morgan com plained bitterly of the obstacles thrown in his V(aY by tbe laws and officials of this country-difficulties unknown in Aus tralia. It is likely enough that if we had a minister of mines. as in Australia, at the head of a well-equipped departme nt, our mineral resources would be more sympathetically and ef fectively investigated and developed. Then there is the sis, ter isle. Ireland once produced gold in considerable quanti ties. Some big nuggets were unearthed in the Count.yWicklow, and if some enterprising capitalist started afresh in the old workings that may still be seen there h e might be richly re warded for his pains. Durin&\' recent years old goldfields in Australia, too hastily abandoned in the feverish fifties and sixties of the last century, have been very profitably reworked. The late Mr. Parnell, whose home was in Wicklow, and who took ,an interest in mining, had at one time a scheme for re viving the gold industry, but nothing practical was done. JOKES AND JESTS. Mrs. Avenoo-You sa he .detests his wife cordially? Mrs. de Scussit-Yes, he hates the very ground she sued for divorce on. Visitor-Well, Ethel, are you going to pain,,t pictures like your father when you grow up? should like to, but mother says one artist in the family is quite enough for any poor woman to put up with. ./ "Don't you suppose," said a member of the police force, "that a policeman knows a rogue when he sees him?" "No doubt," was the reply; "but the trouble is that he does not seize a rogue when he knows hi.m ." At a teachers' confere nce lately held in Berlin one of the sc hool principals ro se to propose the :toast "Long live the teachers!'" "On what?" a meager, pallld, young as sistant instructor, in a hollow voice Mr. Hans--Doc, I ain'd got much money. Vill you dake my bill out in drade? 1)1'. Gans-Why, I might. What's your business? "I'm cler leader off cler licldle Cherman band. Ve' ll blay in front off your house effry efening." "I've got a little straight," said the man who had called. "What have you got?" "Three affinities and a pair of artists," answered the other, raking in the pot. Later when the man saw three queens and two jacks realized that he was play ing poker with one who reads the papers. A New Englander recentJy had occasion to engage a gar dener. One morning two applicants appeared-<>ne a dec id edly decent looking man, and the other of much less prepos sessing appearance and manner. After very little hesitat1on the man of the house chose the latter applicant. A friend who was present evinced surprise at the selection, asking: "Has that man worked for you before?" "No," replied the other, "in fact, I never saw either of them until to-day." "Then why did you choose the shorter man? The other had a much bet tei; face." "Face!" exclaimed the proprietor of the place, in disgust. "Let me tell you that when you pick out a gardener, you want to go by his overalls. If they're patched on the knees you want him. If the patch is on the seat of his trousers, you don't.


) FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. THE TENERLEY CASE By flexander 1 Armstrong. "Here is something stirring for' you," my chief sail to me when he sent me t<> investigate the Tenerley case. / My duties had been the reverse of "stirring" for some time, and I was not sorry to be detailed for something spiced with an animating element. / And I was not long in ascertaining that the Tenerley case was all it had foretokened to be, and a good deal besides. The deceased, Mr. Tenerley, was a retired commission merchant of considerable wealth, and he had lived in a commo dious residence in Thirteenth street. He was rather aged and somewhat feeble; but he had gone to his bed-chamber in his ordinary health on that fatal night. At the usual b1eakfast hour he did not appear, and after a little delay a servant went into hls rooi:n through his always unle>cked d oor, and found him lying lifeless. He slept in a large apartment w-ith windows almost on a levjll with the grounds; one <>f these windows had been b.roken open; a small safe had been opened and its content& ran sacked; and there were indications that the old gentleman had been strangled or suffocated, to prevent his outcries. When I arrived on the scene of the tragedy the dead man was lying as when first discovered, and nothing about the room had been altered or disturbed. It needed but a glance to satisfy my experienced eyes that the foul work was not the doing of a professional burglar, and that plunder had not been the motive of the crime. Firstly, the safe had been unlocked in the regular method, and several thousand dollars in banknotes were m;1.touched in one of the ransacked compartments. Secondly, the window which fastened by the simplest sort of catch had b8en broken open from the inside; and, of course, such a procedure could have been only a de.vice---and a glar stupid one---to divert suspicion from the rightful track. His. household consisted of a young niece who was the mistress Of the house, a young n,ephew as his pri_,_Nate secretary, and two servants I of whose guiltlessness there ,., could be .n<> question. "!,infer Miss Felix, the.niece, and Mr. De Le.tto, the nephew, are his heirs," I said to the lawyer who had been Mr. TenerIey's adviser and life-rong friend. /'TIJ.ere was a will to that effect, J think," was answer. he ,!JO:Q.templated canc;ieling it. and dictating another. In deed, it wasbY his appointmen t and for the purpose of draw ing up such a document I came here to-day-only to find h .im this-poor Tenerley! he added with emotion. "Had he confided to you the dispositie>n he intended mak, ing of his property-and was any other person aware of his intentions?" I inquired. It had to me that there might be some person ,w1:io would have desired to prevent the canceling of the old will and the making of a new. "Well, yes," the lawyer replied, candidly. "Poor Tenerley was never reticent about his affairs. We all kaew Miss Felix ''was to have the larger bulk of his property; but it was his wish for her to become the wife of his nephew, who is ar dently attached to her." "And' she had attached her own affections elsewhere, perhaps," I remarked at random. "She had a girlish fancy 'at one time, I believe, for Wal lace Irving-a young man of excellent birth and education who 'acted as private secretary. to my friend until Mr. Latto cl).ose to undertake the responsibility. But she would have yielded to her uncle's wishes evegtually, I think; she would ,have realized the folly of her preference for a lover who was held in disfavor." 1 "So there was enmity between Mr. Irving and your deceased friend?" said I. "I hope you do not regard the servants' gossi'p as of any importance," the lawyer said, dissentingly. "There were hard words-even threatening words between them, perhaps; but so there were between Miss Felix and her uncle. It was only a little domestic unpleasantness, of no consequence in the C!J.Se whatever. I hoire you do not purpose dragging the mem bers of the family into your inve stigations of a crime which was undoubtedly perpetrated by some prowling vagrant." "I should i:egret any necessity of doing so," I said laconi cally. But that Mr Tenerley had met his death at the hands of some one familiar with the house I was convinced. And I thought I had the whole case in a nutshell. Some person had determined to possess himself of some thing kept in the safe; he had himself in the house, and perhaps in the r oom. After the old gentleman had fallen asleep he had taken the bunch of key s Mr. Tenerley always placed at night, with watch and wallet; beneath a pillow of the bed. He had unlocked the safe and secured the article-whatever it was-he wanted at the Mr. Tenerley had awakened. Startlep, fearmg recogmt10n, or perhaps already recognized, the noc turnal marauder had sprung upon the helpless victim, clutched him by the throat, and smothered' his outcries by the heavy pillow. 'Then, wl).ile the old gentleman had ceased. tostruggle, the assailant had fled through the broken' window. In his flight he had dropped a glove upon the sod beneath the casement, and that i;,love I deemed no kivial clew. It was of pale yellow kid, stitched down .the back in black ribbing, and it bad certainly fitted the hand of somebody other than a prowling vagrant. My suspiCion was. directing itself against Wallace Irving; and yet I could not help believing the will was the article for which the contents of the safe had been ram; acked. And I could not uu_derstand how his interests could be affected .by either the ofcl. will or the new one. My investigations had consumed the greater part of the afternoon, and it was nearly dark when I left the house. There was a short cut through the grounds to the "L" sta tion, and after a moment of deliberation I concluded to take the shorter paJ;h, rough as it was and leading, as it did, across a disagreeably located common. I had reached the edge of the grounds, and was passing a clump of outlying when I 'heard a suppressed groan; and as I stopped I saw the figure of a man, dark and distinct, against. the light of the early moon just then rising. He was sitting on a fragment of timber, his hood bowed upon his hands, his attitude that of misery, abject and agonizing I think I have said that a detective is often guided by his instincts; anyhow, it was instinct which impelled me just then. I drew from an inner pocket the glove I had picked up beneath the bro : lrnn windo Wi and, advancing, I extended it toward him. "Is not this yours?" said I. "Yes, it is mine," said he, lifting his head and mechanically putting out a hand to take it. But I drew it back. "'Can you explain how it came beneath the window of the old gentleman who was murdered last night?" I demanded abruptly. "Yes, I can if I choose," he admitted, wearily rather than defiantly, I gazed at him for a moment in silence. "You are Wallace Irving. I am convinced ye>u know some thing of this crime. I am afraid I shall have to take you in custody," I said, at a venture. a 111ovement which was more of dignity than of fear he readily arose to 'his feet. "I am prepared to go with you," he said, slowly. "I shall not attempt to refute any charge which may be brought against me." His stoical manner and the bitter despair of his voice amazed me. All at once it struck me that this man was as as myself, that he h'.1-d sealed his lips to shiel d another, and that


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 he would m aintain his stubborn r etice n ce to the end, even if r death. You heard what was said by my uncle and by. me. h e s hould gO' to t h e e l ectric c h a i r b y s o doing. You did not witness 'the end You did not behold the con And i t struc k m e, t oo the p e r s on fo r whom he would be summation of the d ee d, but you believe it was aecomplished most likel y to sac ri fice r eputation and perha ps life c ould onl y by me. And your lips shall not be sealed to shield me, W,al be the w o m a n h e loved, and t h a t woman was l'v{attie Felix. lace Irving." "It I c ould onl y b ring the t wo face to fa ce une xp e ctedly I h a d arise n from my seat. To say that I was excited an unguarde d wo r d f rom eithe r of the m might e xpl ain the would be but to fe e bly p3rtray the. b ewildering sensations I enigma and put me on t h e t r ac k of the criminal," .J pondered experie n ce d A de t ective is not u s u ally d eficie n t in the w a y of manufacDe Latto came toward me. There an indefinable ex .. turing e xp e di ents and I was not long in projecting how I pre ssion of consternation on his none too agre eable counte-should effec t a m eeting betw ee n the two. n a n c e, and h e gaz e d almost imploringly toward me. That night I h a d W a ll ace Irving detaine d in the prison a s "She is raving; she has become a maniac; we must get her an importa n t wi t ness i n t li e T e n erley case; and the next away he s aid. morning I p resente d myse lf a t the hou se in Thirteenth stre et. He took a ste p toward her and put an arm perfuasively A s erva n t u s h e r ed m e into a c oz y s itting -room of whic h about her w a i s t both Miss F e li x and h e r c ousin h a pp e ned at the moment to "Cousin Mattle he began entreatingly. be o ccupan t s. But she only flung back her head with a gesture of pas-"I trus t I a m no t e x ceeding .the strict d emands o f duty," I sionate res entmentand violently wrenched herself from bis began b oldly to Mr. D e L a tto. "But if Mis s F elix and yoor restraining clasp. / self can s p a r e m e an hour or t wo y ou will b e furthering the A s she did so be Latto uttered some incoherent ejaculation ends of justice. I t o ok into custody last night an i ndividua l and starte d backward, with one hand pressed to his throat. whom I d e t ec t ed l oitering just outs id e t h e g rounds. I am w hi c h was red de n e d with swiftly trickling blood. satisfi e d h e is connec t e d w i t h this m e l a n c holy affair; and if "What is it? Are you hurt?" I asked as I went to him. you will c om e with me. perhaps you may be able to identify H e trie d to s p eak, but his words were choked in a curious him." gurgle,. and his f eatures h a d be.,come of an ashen-purple hue. Mr. D e Latto look e d rathe r surprise d and hi-s cousin indif-In an instant more I saw what had happened. ferent; but n eithe r seemed to regard such a m e a sure as e x -The pretty h a t Miss F elix wore had been fastened by an traordinary. ornamental pin, abnormally long, and sharp almost as a sur And so i t h a pp e ned that an hour late r Mis s F e lix, her cou sin geon's lance and myself w e r e admitte d into a corridor of the prison whe r e Wallace Irvin g was detaine d As she flung back her h ead and wrenched herself from his I whis pered a word of instruction to the officer in charge embracing arm the point had penetrated and gashed deeply and then seate d m yself 'jhere I could best witness the mee t-into the veins of his throat, and the seemingly trivial acci-ing I had arranged. d ent was more s erious than might be supposed. 'We must hav e a doctor before I drive you home," said I. Miss F elix preferred to remain standing; she still main-tained h e r look Of indiff erence; but t h e r e was something in But he only shook his head and turned impatiently to de the changing curve s of h e r coral mouth and in the smoulders cend to the carriage ing flame of h e r large black eyes which belied her passive Miss Felix, with one last, long look at the prisoner, fol. calm. lowed her cousin away, and we immediately drove back to De Latto hovere d near her, and his air impressed me a s the T enerley residence. being singularly for ce d and uneasy The drive was a silent one After her extraordinary decla ration Miss F elix had relapsed into a tragic reserve; and her Presently a spiritless tread echoed upon the stone floor o f an intersecting corridor. cousin was b ee omi ng more and more incapable of speech. 1 At the sound Miss F elix turned and confronted the young "This hurt is hot as slight as he thinks," I said to myself prisoner, w ho h a d halte d b e iiind t h e double gr,ating. a s I anxiously watc hed him totter from the carriage and make Each look ed straight int o the e y e s of the othe r Reproach, his way' weakly int o the house. "He ought to look out for aversion a nd the agony of, d-espalring love were upon the face s himsei f; for ev e n so trivial a wound may prove fatal." of both. And such It proved in fact. Oh Wallie, how could you do anything so desperate-so Sometime the n ext day I was again to the fate-dastardly?" was the girl' s impetuous, wailing cry. ful house. Watson De Latto was dying, and he had map, e a written confession he wished to submit to me. "Well, Ma ttie, have y ou come to see how bravely I have shouldered your sin?" was the young man's scornful, simul-For, despite the contradictory declarations of' the lovers in taneous int e rrogation. that memorable prison scene, the nephew was the real crimiAnd thep. followed a prison scene never, perhaps, equaled nal. 1 in pris on annals. He determined to possess of the nPSt will; he Instantly both became mindful that they were not alone, believed if the second

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Embracingthirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book No. 34. HOW .ro FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fen cing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in D escribed with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions in fencing. A complete book. G TRICKS WITH CARDS. ..No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CAR'DS.-Containing :EI>lanations of ehe general principles of s lei g1it-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks witb ordinary cards, and not requiring aleight-of-hand; of tricks ,involving sleight-of-ban'd, or the use of ll*!ially prepar,ed cards, Bl Professor Haffner. Illustrated. \ Nracmg all of the latest and most deceptive card trick11, with il lustrations. By A. Anuerson. No. 17. HOW TO DO FORTY '1'1HCKS WITH CARDS. deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurors and mag1c1ans. Arianged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. 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