Striking it rich, or, From office boy to merchant prince

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Striking it rich, or, From office boy to merchant prince
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A self-made man (J. Perkins Tracy)
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"How dare you accuse me of theft?" cried the 'young woman, flashing an indignant look at the boy. "Because you have the goods under your coat, madam," replied Joe Sturgess, coolly. The lady' s escort raised his cane to strike the boy.


' Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY 11necl Weekl11-B11 S ubscription $ 2 .50 per 11e a r. Entered a c cor ding t o Act of Con g re s s i n the t1e a r 1908, in t he oJ!lce of the Librariali of Congres s W

2 STRIKING I'l' RICH. boy with some interest and curiosity. "So :Morse is your stepfather?" Joe nodded as if the fact did not a-fiord him great satisfaction. "Ever hear him speak of Seton Hall?" The boy shook his head. "That's strange," replied the man. "I used to work with your father when he was clerk for Boylston Bank. We are old chums." "Are you Seton Hall?" "That's my name," answered the man, as though he ex pected that Joe would be greatly impressed by the fact. I suppose you wish to be directed to our house?" sa id Joe. "I do." "I will show you the way." "All right," said the man. "How i s my friend Morse getting along?" he continued a s they walked up the street together. ''Not very well,'' replied Joe. "I'm spny to hear it. What's the matter?" "He doesn't car e to work," replied the boy, bluntly. "Why not? I s he living on his money?" "No. H e's living on mother and I." Seton Hall rubbed his chin and l ooked hard at his young companion. "Is he unable to work?" h e asked. "He's able enough, but he can't find a situat i on to suit him." "Oh, I see. He doesn't want to lower himself in the eyes of the world. Well, I can't say that I blame him I shouldn't care to accept a plebeian position myself." "Are you st ill working for the Boylston Bank?" asked Joe, curiou sly. "Ahem o. I resi gned from the bank some time ago. At present I am a gentleman of leisure." Mr. Hall said it in a tone intended to convey the im pres sion that it wasn't neces sa ry for him to work unless he felt like it. Joe was not deceived. He was a pretty shrewd boy. He judged that 1\fr. Hall was s uff e rin g from the same complaint as his stepfather. "How long is it since you saw Mr. Jl.Iorse ?" he a s ked. "I haven't seen him in a considerable time. Why do you call him Mr. Mor se? He's your father, isn't he?" "He's my ste pfather." "Th at's all the same." "No, it isn't." "Don t you and he get along well together?" I didn't say that we didn't." "I should infer so from your manner. Joe remained silent. "Do you rent the house where yo)l live or does yourahem !-stepfather own it?" "We pay rent every month. About all that Mr. Morse mrns is his clothes." "I suppose you help support the house?" "I do." "Where do you work?" '.'At Henderson's department store on Washington street." "What do you do ?" "I'm in th e office." "Do you run errands and sweep out?" "I nm errands and do other work, but we have porters to sweep the place out." "I apprehend that your wages arc not large?" "No, I don't receive as much as the superintendent." "You seem inclined to be witty," replied Seton Hall, dis-approvingly. "I answered your question, didn't I?" "After a fashion you did. How much do you get?" "I don't think you've any right to ask that question." "Does your mother work, too?" "She does dressmaking. If Mr. Morse did his duty she would not be obliged to take in work. I think every man ought to suppor t his family." "I won't say you're not right, young man; but no man should be expected to take a po sition below his natural sta tion in life." "Suppos e he can't get just what suits him, do you think he s hould r e main idle and starve?" "I think hi s family ought to come to his Tescue." "That's all right if a man is sick, or can't work for some physical reason, but Mr. Morse can't fall back; on any such excuse. He's strong and hearty. If I was in his place I'd. be willing to clean the streets till I could find: something better to do," said Joe, sturdily. "My friend Morse is a gentleman, and gentlemen do not s toop to cleaning the street s." "I suppose you consider yourse1 a gentleman, too?" "Undoubtedly, young man. 1\fy family was one of the in Boston at one time,'' said Seton Hall, loftily. "What happened to your family? Had hard luck?" "My family is non su;m qualis cram." "What's that?" asked Joe. "Latin." "What does it mean?" "Freely translated it means we are not what we were." "Why couldn't you have said so in plain English, then I'd have under s tood you?" "It was merely a lapsus linguro, that iR, a slip of the tongue." "Arc you a college graduate?" "Ahem! Not exactly; b:ut I attended one of the most select schools in the State." "I suppose you arc well educated, then?" "Few better, young man," replied Seton Hall, pomp ously. "I ought to be Governor of the State, or even Presi dent of the United States. J flatter myself that I would lend a lustre to either position. Some men, however, never attain the exalted places for which they are peculiarly :fitted." "You have my sympathy," replied Joe, dryly. Mr. Hall looked at him suspiciously, but the boy's face was perfectly sober. "This is rather a shabby street," said Hall, as they turned into a narrow and not over-clear thoroughfare. "Do you reside in this vicinity?" "We liv e in the third house from the corner on this side." Seton Hall viewed the Morse dwelling with evident tokens of disapproval.


STRIKING IT RICH. l '-' He was disappointed "Every man is entitled to a decent roof over his hea d," Being in hard luck himself, owing to circumstances over said mounting his favorite hobby. which he did not care to exercise control, he had sought out "That's right," chuckled Seton Hall, taking his cue fro m his old friend and boon companion, Bentley Morse, under 1 his friend's words. the impression that he might be able to sponge upon him "Every man is entitled to a good living even if circ u m for a few days, or perhaps a couple of weeks, for Seton Hall stances fail to provide him w i t h s ui table work." had no lack of nerve. "Conect," agreed Hall. He thought Mors'e was better fixed than he appeared to "No man ought to be expected to wor k at anyt h i n g h e be. neath his attainments However, he wouldn't back out now. Perhap s he could remain all day and over night with his old :friend at any rate. Even the smallest :favor was never turned down by Mr. Hall. He :found it convenient sometimes to pocket his family pride and submit to the inevitable with the best grace he could muster. CHAPTER II. IN WHICH SETON HALL SHOWS HE IS A GOOD GRAFTER Joe led his companion into the front yard and thence up to the door which he open e d and u s hered Mr Rall into a neat but shabby sitting-room, occupied by Mr. who sat by the window, a Sunda y paper in his hands and his slippered feet elevated against the wall at an angle of forty f\ ve degrees. "Mr. Morse, here is a visitor to see you," said Joe. "A visitor to see me!" ejaculat e d the head of the house in suqirise. "Why, i:f it isn t my old friend Seton Hall." He dropped his feet to the floor, got up hastily and ad vanced with outstretched hand toward his vis itor. Joe didn t stop to hear any more, but went back to the kitchen where his patient little mother was preparing din ner for her 1mworthy spouse and her own bright son." "Yes, it's me all right,' said Hall, quit e pl e ased'with the warm reception he received. "How is the world using you, Bentley?" Mr. Hall helped himself to a chair without waiting to be asked. "Not very well," replied Mor s e sourly. "I've been get ting the short end of everything in the last few years." "How is that?" "Things don't seem to pan out. How are you making out yourself?" "I agree with you." "If I was running this country things woul d b e differ ent." Seton Hall hadn't the least doubt about it. "I wouldn't allow a few men to have all tlle money. "And all the fat jobs," grinned Hall. "Exactly It's an outrage the way th i ngs are. Look a t me." Mr Hall was looking 1>t him. "I am not getting a square deal. A few bloated no n producers are living on the fat of the land, like fat spiders, while I and others have to suffer. There ought to be a change." "I wouldn't object to a change," said Mr. H a ll. "In fact I'd like to have a pocket full of it." "I wonder how long the people are going t o s t a nd for this kind of thing?" "They have the ballot box," suggested Hall. "Bah! What's the ballot box? Who you vote for ? An honest and square man like you or me? Not at aJL Men of our stamina do not get a chance 'to show what is in them. The people are so thick-headed that they pass us by and put up professional politicians, men who suck t he available funds of our cities and country dry. Don't I see them riding in their autos every day? Is that what we pa.y them for? Who provides the autos? I am simply dis gu s ted with the way things are going. The idea that a man of my ability should be compelled to go around with out a decent pair of shoes when the people's money is being squandered like water." "Yes, it' s tough," coincided Seton Hall, sniffing the fragrance of the midday meal from afar and wondering if he would be invited to grace the family board. It was a matter of some anxiety to him as he had enJoyed but a meagre breakfast. At that moment Joe came to the sitting room door and looked in. "Rather under the weather at present, but that's between you and me Understand?" He was wondering how long Mr. Hall expected to rc1 main, and whether his stepfather intended aski n g him to you dinner. "Then we' re in the same boat?" "Not quite. I haven't a family to support like have." "It's a great expense thes e times," replied Morse, just as if he was working like a dray-hor s e to make ends meet. "I should imagin e so," answered Hall, s tifling a grin under hi s hand, for Joe had, as we have seen, given him an idea of how th e land lay. "Provisions and everything are very high." "Very," nodded Morse, as though he were an authority on such matters. "Rent is also high I suppose?" "Simply exorbitant. Landlords ought to be extermin ated." "In which case we'd all live rent free "What do you want?" growled Mr. Morse, on seei ng his stepson. "Nothing,'' replied Joe, turning away. "Hold on,'' cried the head of the house "Tell your mother to put on another plate. You'll remain to din n er, won't you, old man?" Hall could have cackled with joy, but he felt that he must not show undue haste in accepting the invitation. "I should like to, Bentley," he said, scratching his chi n in a reflective kind of way, "but--" "But what?" "I have an engage-" he began, fumb l ing ..,.for his watch, which he didn't produce, as it to be at a


STRIKING rr RICH pawnbroker's. "Well, seeing it's you, and we've been so long parted, I'll let the ftngagement slide and eat with you." "That' s right. Make yourself at home." Seton Hall had no objection to doing that. "Joe," said Morse, "tell your mother we have a guestan old friend of mine-for dinner. Tell her to do things up brown. Do you hear?" Joe heard, but failed to reply as he vanished in the direc tion of the kitchen. "I don't like that boy," continued Mr. Morse. "He's too indep endent for me. His mother has spoiled him com pletely "What's the matter with him?" asked Hall complacently, now assured of a square meal. "He does not show the deference that a son should a father "You can hardly expect a stepson to-" Seton Hall was shrewd enough to see that, and he deter mined to profit by it. He j:iad no real friendship for :Morse. All the interest Hall took in him was to make use 0 him as occasion served Althtrngh Hall had nothing in view just then he took l\forse out for a walk after dinner, and then began to throw out hints about some profitable venture he had und e r con sideration. "Maybe I can let you in on it," he said confidentially. "I wish you would," replied Morse, eagerly. "I'm ter ribly short of funds." "Well, I'll see what I can do. If it is possible to get you in depend on it I'll do it," slapping his .friend familiarly on th e back. H e worked the imaginary game up so well that Morse in sisted that he should stay to supper, which Hall obligi!lgly

STRIKING IT. RICH. 5 would have to pay the regular price or go without for weeks a ftcrward. 8ome goods down, for instance, from $1.50 to 98 cents, or from $1 to 69 and 79 cents, were not such bargains as they appeared to be. But that fact was up to the customer to 'l'he .salesladies had a )Jlethocl of working off slow -selling stuff offered on the bargain tables at an apparent reduction to sharp-eyed bargain hunters that often elicited the ad miration of the floor-walkers. At any rate although hundreds of ladies secured undoubted bargains at Henderson's on Monday, the proprietor of the store did not as a rule lose any money Most of the goods offered at bargain rates had been pur chased by Henderson's astute bu yers particularly for these sales at cut-rate wholesale prices. The public got the benefit of the reduction and H e nder son made a profit as well. Manufacturers in every line of business need ready cash so baL1ly at times that they are forced to make sacrifices to raise it, and Henderson's buyers were always on the look out for such opportunities-that was part of their business. Although Joe Sturgess was only the office boy, and was not expected to know anything outside his actual duties, he was always picking up some fresh bit o f information about how things were nm at the store. He was interested in the department store business, and as he expected to grow up with the it was hi s opinion that he couldn't learn too much about the house. 1. He was a great favorite with the gir ls, and when he occasionally asked them queRtionR on 1 matters connected with their especia l line they always answered him io the best of their knowledge and never put him off with pert replies. Henderson employed quite a muuber of argus-eyecl per sons, mostly women, as detectiveR, and these people had their work cut out fo r them on l\Ionclays especially, for the professional shoplifter, as well aR the kleptomaniac, were always active on that day. Joe knew most of these detecti Yes by sight because they often brought som person caught lifting goods to the superintendent's office. These unhapp,Y people were usually respectable persons who had yielded to impulee Qr a solitary temptation. They were rarely turn'ed oYer to an officer, but, after the gootls had been taken from them, were dismissed with a warning. There was a special room for the reception of the regular female crook, caught in the act, where she was searchea before being handed uver to the police. Weird and wonderful were the means and methods adopted by the shoplifter for "doing" the tore. and more often than not they got away will! the goods undetected. On the Monday morning with which we open this chap ter the store was crowded as usual. About half-past eleYen the superintendent called Joe into his office and gave him a message to deliver to the head floor-walker of. the main floor. He handed the message to the man and started to return to the elevator. As he approached the silk and velvet counter he saw a hanclsomrly ?Oung lady examining some goods. At that moment the saleslady walked about a yard away and turned her back on the customer to pick a bolt of silk off the shelf. Joe saw the handsome young woman give a quick, covert glance around and then snatch part of a bolt of silk from under the pile in front of her and dexterously slip it into a long, secret pocket on the inside of her coat. Only an expert shoplifter could have accomplished the job with suc h neatness and despatch. 'rhe boy was simply paralyzed at the audacious act. He could hardly believe that so aristocratic looking a lady would be guilty of such a deed. Still the evidence of his eyes was before him and his duty to tjie store was plain Ile looked around, but not one of the store detectives was in sight. Neither was tliere a floor walker within hail. He .felt that he had a delicate matter on his hands, and he argued that the easiest way was the best Had he known tLat hr was up Rgainst one of the star shoplifters of the town he might hHc been less particular. "I beg your parclon, madam,'' he eaid, walking up to the young lady, who started s lightl y as he laid bis hand on her arm. "The superintendent would like to see you in his office." "See me!" exclaime d the shoplifter, whose suspicions were at once aroused. "Yes, madam," replied Joe respectfully, who, in his in experience thought he might induce the young lady to ac company him to the office on the second floor. Had she been merely an amatem thief, or if this was her fint essay at lifting a piece of goocls on the sly, he might have suceeedecl, but with the woman in question he was only wasting his words. She jumped to the concl usion that this boy was one of the store detectives, and had caught h e r in the act. She knew what was meant by a visit to the superinten dent's office. Her only course was instant escape in the least con spic uou s way possible. S h e was accompanied by an accomplice, a tall, powerfully built man, with a heavy black moustache, who was stand ing careless l y against a counter a dozen feet away, with his wary eye on th e lookout in her interest. It was his place to interfere in case she was caught by any one of those connected with the sto re, make a rumpus, if Jleed be, so that in the confusion she could get away and lose h erself in the crowd. "I have no business with the superintendent," she replied haughtily, making a sign of ress to her accomplice. He under stood the s ignal and advanced to find out what was the trouble. Her an wer placed Joe in a quandary. Before he had decided wlrnt to do the lady's escort came up. "What's the trouble?" he asked brusquely. Joe looked up, and mistaking him for one of the store de tectives, whom he greatly resembled, blurted out: "I saw this lady take a small bolt of silk off the counter and--" "How dare you accuse me of theft?" cried the young woman, flashing an indignant look at the boy.


6 STRIKING IT RICH. "Beca use you have the goods under your coat, madam," the private room and searched while he telephoned to the replied Joe Sturgess, coolly. police. The l ady's escort raised his cane to strike the boy. A whole lot of other stuff was found on the woman, His pu rpose in doing so was to create the necessary exthough it did not all belong to Henderson's store, for she cite m ent t hat woul d give his companion the chance to slip had been working other shops before coming there. aw ay in the confusion She and the man were turned over to a couple of officers, It hap p e n ed, however, that the floor-walker of that section and the detective who had come to Joe's relief went along cam e u pon the scene at that moment. to press the char'ge S eeing trouble ahead he seized the man's uplifted arm The superintendent called Joe into his room. and arre s t e d the blow. "Young man," he said, "you have done the store a reA t the saruc moment the shoplifter started to move hur-markably fine service in detecting that woman and prevent -rie dl y away. ing her escape. She is Nance Goodwin, the queen of theJoe was too quick for her, and grabbed her by the arm. shoplifters One of the 'cutest women in the business H o"' 'j.are you!" she cried, striking at him. She has eluded detection for a long time, though the detecJ

STRIKING IT RICH. Joe hastener1 to gi v e her the full particulars, to which l\Ir. :l\lors c li ste{1e d attenti v ely. The boy wound up by stating that his wages had been raised another dollar, and that Mr. Henderson had given him $100 in money. "One hundred dollars, eh?" exclaimed Mr. Morse, prick ing up his ear s Mrs. Mor s e regretted that Joe had mentioned the matter at the table. That $100 would be a great temptation to her worthless husband, and sh e doubted not that he would leave no s ton e unturne d to g e t hold of it. "You brought the money home, I presume?" went on Mr. Morse, licking his chops. "\Yhy do you ask?" asked Joe, shortly. "Be caus e as your father you will no doubt wish me to take charge of it for you," replied Mr. Morse. "I will b e glad to arcommodate you." "Thank you," replied Joe, dryly; "but I think I'm old enough to look after my own money." "Ahem! I will. not deny you're a smart boy;" r e plied his stepfather suavely; "but as your legal guru: dian--" "You are not my gliardian. My mother is the only o n e I acknowledge as such." Morse bit his lips with some di s appointm e n t. 'l'hen a brilliant idea struck him. He knew he could bulldoze his wife v e ry ea s ily. ';Very well, Joe," he said in a resi g n e d tone, "if you pref e r your mother to keep y our mone y I h ave nothin g to i::ay. ShP i s your moth e r of c our s e and it is natura l you should think of her fir s t. It w o uld g ive m e g r eat to enjoy your confi

8 STHIKING IT RICH. 1 appomted at the result s o.f his hnut. TTc ,,ouldn"t have found that money up h ere if he'd loo:Cecl for it all night. He'd like to have the pleasure of spem1iuc\ lh:1t *100 It would be a regular windfall for him. But l gte:s he' ll have to 1continue to get along on the small amount s he begs from mother. For a healthy, able-bodied man he's mighty small potatoes in my estimation." Thus soliloquizing Joe lay down and went to sleep again. CHAPTER V. DESCRIBES HOW SETON HALL TURNED THE SCREWS ON HOMER CARROLL. Next morning Joe hacl to appear in court at the examina tion oi N ai;ice Goodwin, the shoplifter, and her confederate Both were held for trial-Na.nee on the charge 0 grand larceny and her associate, who gave his name as Howard Sands, as accessory. The man's bail was placed at $1,000, and a lawyer came forward and qualified for that amount, which gave Sands his freedom until he had to appear for his trial. On his way back to the store Joe saw Seton Hall talking to the special messenger 'of Henderson's establishment, a young man by the name of Homer Carroll. EYery morning Carroll carried the preceding day's re ceipts of the store to the Tradesmen's Bank. He also collected the regular running accounts from Henderson's customers at the end of thirty, sixty or ninety days, as the case might be. When one of these customers wa.n.ted to sele ct from a new line 0 goods at her home, Carroll always carried an assortment of the stuff for her to examine, and his services was aJ.ways included in the price charged. Sometimes he carried $200 or $300 worth of small mer chandise in a suit case or two, and on some Occasions even more than that when sterling silver or gold mounted ar ticles were sent for. Only a man who the complete confidence of Mr. Henderson could hold the job; and in addition he had to possess perfect manners, a persuasive tongue ancl other irre proachable qualifications. In all these. respects Homer Carroll filled the bill ancl his outward person corresponded with his talent s as an ex pert salesman. Carroll, however, had drawbacks of which his employer was ignorant. He was a high roller in a small way, and his salary didn't begin to satisfy his numerous wants. The result was he took to gambling to try to make up the deficiency For a long time luck played into his hands, and he had plenty of money to cut a splurge with. Lately the fickle goddess Fortune had turned her back on him, and he found himself in a state of :financial embar rassment He not only owed various amounts to friends, which was not a great matter, but he owed a considerable smn to Howard Sands, the partner of Nance Goodwin, who was a pro fessional gambler. Seton Hall had once been hand in glove with Howard Sands, but when he got completely broke Sands s hook him on account of his persistent efforts to liYe on the gambler. \rlion Sands was arrested with tho shoplifter he sent for :::l ton llall, had a quiet talk with him about Homer Carroll, an

S'rRlKIN G rr RICH. 9 Ile strongly objected to these failings in his employees, and several persons attached to Lhe sLorc had been dis charged for indulging in one or the other or these vices. A gambling debt for so large an amount a8 $600 would be regarded by Mr Henderson as an extreme ly seriou s mat ter, and Carroll felt certain it would cause his instant dis missal from his position. No other responsible house would hhe him without a reference from Henderson, and it would be out of the ques tion to expect the merchant to give him one under the cir cumstances 0 the case: All these facls fl.ashed through Carro ll' s brain in the twinkling 0 an eye after Seton Hall had uttered his veiled threat. "Oh, I say, Mr. Hall, it won't do for :Mr. Sands to do that," he palpitated in a funk. "Why, man, it wouW ruin me." "Well, you ought to know," ret urned Hall, carelessly. "If such a course is going to put you in a bad hole I should imagine that it would be to your interest to make an effort to satisfy Sands's claim." "But it is utterly impo ssible for me to raise s o lar(J'e a 0 sum as $600 in a few days. I must have time." "I have no doubt that Sands wouldn't press you if he wasn't in the deuce of a hole himself He have money to pay a lawyer to defend both Miss Goodwin and himself when their trial comes on. As money i sn't to be picked up at haphazard he is compelled to call upon all his available Tesources, 0 which this I 0 U is one He will giv e you two or three days 1.o turn around in b efore proceeding to ex tremes, which he will regret to have to do in case y ou fail to come to time. You really mustn't blame Sands, my dear fellow. Self-preservation is the first law of nature." I don't know where I could raise over $100 to save my life," almost groaned Carroll. "Well, now, that's strange," replied Hall in a. purring tone. "How i s it strai;ige asked Carroll, with some impa tience. "It seems to me if I was in y our position I shou ld have little difficulty in raising $600 in a case of emergency." "Don't talk nonsense." 1 "I'm not talking nonsense. You're the confidential mes senger for Henderson, aren't you?" "I am." "Very good. Among other duties I believe you told Sands that you carry the day's receipts of the sto r e every morning to the bank?" "Well, what if I do?" "It is almost wholly in ready money, isn't it?" "I believe it is." "I am a trus ted employee, but as the receipts of the store for one da y even amount to many thousands of dollar s Mr : Henderson no doubt considers that some precaution is necessary." "Oh, I see. But what is to prevent you and the person carrying the key coming together by prearrangement-I mean in case you two were that way inclined-and then--" Carroll laughed. "One very important thing prevents such an arrange ment as you mention." "What is it ?H a s ked Seton Hall, curiously. "The cashier doesn t send the key by another messenger." "How does he send it, then?" "He doesn't send it at all." "No? 'rhen how does the receiving teller get at 'the con tents of the bag when you present it at the bank?" "Easily." "Perhaps you don't mind telling me." "I haven t any obj ection. I should think your mind would already have grasped the solution to the problem. The bank has a duplicate key to the bag." "Oh exclaimed Hall, feeling rather "By the way, Mr Hall, I'd like to ask you a question "Ask it." "What were you aiming at when you brought up the subject of the bag?" "I was thinking that it you an easy and con venient way 0 raising $600 in an emergency like the one you're in." "You mean by appropriating that amount from the funds of the s tore, eh? Thank you, I don't care to go to the State prison." "Oh, there are more ways than one of killing a cat," ch uckl e d Set9n Hall. "What do you mean by that?" "What kind of looking bag does the cashier use in wh ich to send the mone y by you to the bank?" "A sma ll l eather one s imilar to that carried by bank mes sengers. I believe the bank furnished this bag originally "It seems to me it would be the simplest thing in the world to find a duplicate of that bag you carry to the bank." "A duplicate?" "Exactly. One that looks so like it that you couldn't tell them apart. It could be filled with cabbage leaves, or any thing in fact that would correspond with the weight of the bag you carry yourself. Now, after you started or the bank with your bag, I could come along with the other bag and meet you. We'd be so glad to see each other that we'd drop our bags and s hake hands. While we were talking a "Don't you know that it is?" "I do not." "Why not? "Because the cashier puts the mo.ney, check s and bank book in a small leathern bag which he locks and b e fore handing to me." "And then he hands you the key?" friend of mine steps up, changes the two bags, and tells me that a man around the corner is anxious to see me. We each grab the exchanged bag and walk away just as if noth ing had happened. You go to the bank with the one con taining the cabbage leaves, while I take the bag with the "He does not. Ile keeps the key himself." "And sends it to the bank by somebod y else, I suppose," said Hall, with a s light sneer. "I thought you was a trusted employee." funds to a safe place and cut it open. The money fs counted and divided into four parts. You get one part and this I 0 U into the bargain. I my friend each get a quar ter, and the fourth quarter goes to Sands. How does the scheme s trike you?" J


1 0 STRIKING IT RICH. "It doesn't strike rue ai. all." "Why not?" B e c a use I'd be sure to get the short end of the deal." Ho w w oul d you?" "When the d u plicate b ag was opened at the bank, and the tell er foun d onl y cabbage leaves or some other rot in it, w hat w ould h appe n to me?" N o thing Nothing "What could happe n ? You could swear that the cashier handed you the bag as usual and you carried it to the bank That's a ll you know, and all you're expected to know. You could n't have opened bag en route and changed the con tents because you didn't have the key. You could swear that you never l et go of the bag from the time the cashier handed it to you locked and strapped until you presented it to the receiv i ng teller. You see there wouldn't be a bit o.f CY idence against you." "Henderson would put a smart detective on the case and he might find the necessary evidence." '"rhe best detective in the world couldn't find a thing against you." ''Well, I'd be fired for carelessness. That's the least that could happen to me," said Carroll. "What need you care? Your share of the spoil would amount to a good sum, I shopld imagine, if the job was pulled off on a Tuesday after the baTgain day sales of the clay before. You could afford to get discharged for that amount of ready money, co'Uldn't you?" "I might, if the job was thoroughly safe," replied Car r o ll, who was interested in the scheme in spite of any qualms of conscience. "Well, if you're willing to stand in with me I'll put the faing through as slick as a greased whistle. It's an easy way for you to sett1e that I 0 U and secure a good haul of money besides Homer Carroll, hemmed and hawed, and seemed ckitLish about embarking in the ticklish enterprise. Finally Seton Hall grew impatient. "Do you know o.f any better way by which you can settle thib I 0 U ?" he asked. Carroll confes sed that he did not. "We ll, it's got to be settled, if Sands has to with Mr. Henderson I've suggested how you can get out of y 0ur hole with money to boot. It' s up to you." Driven into a bad corner Carroll cons ented to stand in with Hall. CHAPTER VI. WHAT J OE OVERHEARD AT TIIE BACK OF TIIE WOODSHED. On the following Sunday afternoon Seton Hall c all e d again on Bentley Morse. lie had a new suit on, with hat and R boes complete, and he looke

STRIKING IT RICH. u: "Do you mean to say it's crooked? If it is, I don't know that I could afford to go into it. It would ruin me if I was sent to prison." "I'll admit that it isn't as straight as a die, but it's per fectly safe, or I shouldn't go into it myself. There isn't the slightest danger of either of us going to prison for it." "Let me hear what it is," said Mr. Morse, to whom i.h.e promised $500 was a great temptation. He was not really overburdened with conscientious scru ples, but he had a great respect for the law. He would not hesitate to engage in some things that were not strictly regular provided he had a reasonable assurance of immunity from the consequences c onnected therewith. "I will tell you if you will promise me that I can depend on you," said Hall. "I promise "All right. A. friend of mine, named Howard Sands, is engineering this enterprise," proceeded Hall. Joe, listening at the knothole, started on hearing Hall say that Howard Sands, the confederate of the notorious shoplifter, Nance Goodwin, was a friend of his. Sands had been shown up in the magistrate's court as a gambler and suspected crook, and it did not speak well for Seton Ha.U to be on friendly terms with such a person. The little that Joe had so far overheard impressed him with the idea that Hall was trying to inveigle Mr. Morse into some disreputable enterprise, and the boy felt that it was his duty to learn as much as he could about it so as to save his stepfather from geting himself into serious trouble. "Sands, owing to the position in which he happens to be placed, is unable to take an active part in the job, which re quires the services of two persons, and therefore he left it to me to select an assistant to help me out," went on Hall. Mr. Morse nodded and waited for further particulars. "There's a g6od haul in the monetary to be made on Tuesday morning," said Hall, watching Mr. Morse nar rowly to see how he would take the "A good haul," answered Joe's stepfather slowly and doubtfully. "Do you mean to say that you want me to help y o u steal--" "That's a very vulgar word, Mr. Morse," interrupted Hall glibly. "Just listen to me and I think you'll agree that the affair is rather different from a common theft.1' "Go on," said Mr. Morse, not feeling quite easy in his mind about Hall's proposition. "The matter is just this: Every business morning a young man, named Homer Carroll, carries the previous day's :i:eceipts of Henderson's department store to the Tradesmen's Bank. Are you following me?" said Hall. "Yes," answered Mr. Morse. "Good gracious!" breathed Joe at the knbthole "Is this a scheme to hold up Carroll and rob him on the street?" "He carries the money in a leather bag, locked and strapped," went on Hal. "Now, Howard Sands has a strong hold on Carroll, so strong, in fact, that Carroll has consented to be a party to our little game. That fact makes the enterprise absolutely safe and sure. I have secured a leather bag that is a perfect facsimile of the one carried by Carroll. I have filled it with a few cheap books and newspapers so that its weight corresponds with Carroll's bag when it contains its valuable load of money and othei: items. On Tuesday morning I am to meet Carroll in front of lhe doorway of the Anchor Building, now u n dergoi n g repa i rs on Elm Street a little below Washington. I wish you to b e at the Anchor Building a few minutes before Car roll makes his appearance. I will have my bag and Henderson's mes senger will have his. According to prearrangeme n t bot h of us will drop our bags and shake hands. That will be your cue. You step forward, change the position of !he two bags, then tap me on the arm and say that a man by t h e name of Johnson wishes to 'see me around the corner in Dock Square. Tha,t's all you have to do to earn the $500. I will attend to the rest. What do you say? Are you i n on it?" "Suppose somebody sees me c]iange the said Mr. Morse apprehensively. "You must do it in an off-hand way, as if it ras a joke, and then walk around to the square, where I'll meet you. We'll go around to Sands's room,. and after he has exam ined the bag to see that you've made no mistake he' ll h and you the $500 and then you a1;e through, and may go whei e you choose. Am I not offering you a regular snap? Why, man, if you were not an old chum of mine, and I know t h at you need money badly, I wouldn't think of making you t his offer. Talk about easy money, Bentley, why it's j u st like finding it." "You are sure that the messenger is in with you? sa i d Mr. Morse anxiously. "He is sure to notice me change t h e bags." "He's in all right. We're going to whack up wit h him." "But he'll be arrested when he reaches the ba n k w i t h t h e wrong bag, won't he? Then he would give us away to t ry and save himself." "He'll not be arrested, don't you fear. He doesn't c arry the key of the bag, so that it is utterly impossible for h im to open it and monkey with the contents. That w ill rem ove suspicion from him." "But the people at the bank will be sure to kno w that the bag was o-1. the way from the store." "How can they tell that? The bags are exactly ali k e Carroll and I attended to that during the week. In fact Carroll has been carrying the new bag since T hur s day as a test. Neither Henderson's cashier nor the rece i v ing teller at the bank has noticed any difference. He w ill carry the new bag with the money in it on Tuesday morning, and after you have made the exchange he will actually deliver the original bag at the bank. Carroll will Pe prepared t o swear that the bag never left his hand en route. That will throw the matter up to the cashier of-Henderson's. He w ill be equally liable to suspicion. What is to prevent the im pression from gaining ground that he is the gui l ty ma n hin1self? Carroll will leave a part of the newspapers I have put in the bag in the. cashier's waste paper basket on T uesday morning, and when Henderson calls in a detective to investigate the matter the messenger will manage to convey a hint to him so that he will look into the basket where he will find the tell-tale evidence. Then it will be up to the cashier to explain how the paper got there. You see every thing has been thought of and arranged so as to throw sus picion in the wrong quarter and away from Carroll. As for you and I we won't figure in the affair at all. How can we? Nobody but Carroll and Sands will know that we've had anything to do with it." Seton Hall's specious reasoning had so great an effect on


lJ STRIKING IT RICH. Mr. Morse that he consented to take part in the enterprise, much to his friend's satisfaction. A number of unimportant particu!ars were gone over by Hall, and the scheme finally arranged in all its details. Mr: Morse promised faithfully to meet Seton Hall at a certa .in hour in Dock Square on 'l'uesday morning, and then the two men left. the woodshed and walked off up the street, leaving Joe Sturgess alone to digest the particulars of the well-lad project which he had overheard. "Well, if that thing doesn't beat the Dutch for

STRIKING IT RICH. 13 said Mr. Henderson. "We must take means to catch i He asked the cashier if the bag originally sent to the guilty ones in the act. If Ho,rner Carroll is reaHy a party store to carry its funds in had ever been changed at the to this piece of rascality the fact can be easily proved by bank having him followed and a sharp watch kept on his actions. "Hold the wire and I will try and find out," replied the The scheme is certainly a clever one, and had it not been bank cashier. overheard and reported to us by this boy the chances were In less than five minutes he replied that the bag had all in favor of il going successfully Whether a never been changed by the bank. sharp sleuth would afterward be successfu l in running the "Are you positive of that fact?" asked Harker. schemers down is another matte1: altogether. I shall leave "I have the assurance of the receiving teller, and he is the this affair in your hands, Mr. Harker. Use your own judgonly man who handles your bag." ment, but do not take any chances with the money." "Thank you, that is all," replied the superintendent,r ing"Very well, sir. I will make it my business to get at the ing off. "Well, l\fr Henderson, we now have an added con bottom of the plot. By the way, Joe," turning to the boy, firmation of this boy's story I think we need no longer "I think you said that the substitute bag is now being used doubt that the plot is a real one, and that Homer Carroll by the cashier unknowingly for the.original." is implicated in it. The bag could not very well have been "That is what Seton Hall told my stepfather," answered changed without his knowledge and connivance." Joe. "I agree with you. It is certainly a tremendous s urprise "In which case the original bag is in possession of the to me to find that a young man of excellent family, who rascals. I will have l\Ir. Brown, the cashier, bring the bag seems to have heretofore given us every reason to in here now, examine it thoroughly in our presence to see him above suspicion, should at last yield to temptation hhat if he can detect whether it is the original or a substitute." can only end in his disgrace, if not ultimate ruin. It grieves "Do so," said l\fr. Henderson. me, Mr. Harker, more than I can say. I have always re. The superintendent went into the counting-rooui and in garded him as the brightest and smartest employee in my a :few minutes returned with the cashier and the leather bag. service. Really it shakes one's confidence in human nature. "Mr. Brown,'' said Harker, "will you please examine A man running any large business like this &tore is comthat bag with great care and tell us whether that is the pelled to rely to a considerable extent on the faithfulnest> same bag that you have always been using to send our of his people. It is a sad thing when even one of them money to the bank." abuses the trust reposed in his honor.!' T11e cashier looked surprised, but proceeded to obey in"It is, indeed, sir," replied the superintendent; "but structions. the newspapers are continually reporting instances of men "It must be the same bag unless the bank has returned who have gone wrong and foolishly killed all their chances us a duplicate," he said as he began looking it over. in life. I'm afraid that as long as the world wags these Finally he announced that it was not the original bag. unfortunate things will happen There must be a fatality "How do you know it is not?" asked the superintendent. attaching to some people, for it is a true. saying that 'he "By a mark, a small star, that was on the bottom of the whom the gods would destroy they :first make mad,' and original'. It does not appear on this bag." surely a young man with such talents and prospects as "Perhaps it might have been rubbed out." Homer Carroll bas must be made to sacrifice them on the "I do not believe that it could be removed without some altar of money-lust." evidence remaining of that fact." "Well, make your arrangements, Mr. Harker, for catch "Tben in your opinion this is not the same bag that we ing these conspirators in such a way that there can be no 1originally got from the bank?" question as to their guilt," said Mr. Henderson., rising and "It is not the same bag." putting on his hat. "As for you, Sturgess, I thank you for "And the two bags are so much alike that you never the interest you show in the welfare of +his establishmen t, noticed before that a change had been made in them?" and I assure you that your futl!lre will be well taken care of. "Yes, sir." I have never yet failed to recognize faithfulness and merit "Very well. That is a11. Please do not mention this in my employees." matter to any one, Mr. Brown. Do you understand?" "Thank you, sir. I did what I considered to be my duty. "Yes, sir." Now I hope you will for my mother's sake at least be len.i"You may gQ,'' said the superintendent "Well, Mr. ent with Mr. Morse. If he is arrested and prosecuted for Henderson," he added as soon as the door hacl closed on the this : :natter it will bring trouble on her and disgrace on 'us cashier, "Mr. Brown seems to have confirmed one item at both. I have done.. my duty to you, sir, without reserve. least of Sturgess's story." Please think of my mother." "It would appear so," nodded the propriet(n\. There were tears in Joe's eyes and an earnest appeal in "The next thing in order will be to communicate with his voice that went straight to the hearts of both Mr. Henihe bank. With your permission. I will use your desk telederson and his supe rintend ent. phone." "My boy,'' said the proprietor, "I promise you that he The desk was opened and the superintendent called up shall not be prosecuted See to it, Mr. Harker, that he is the girl at the store switchboard and asked her to call up not arrested with the other two. If they implicate him in the Tradesmen's Bank and connect the private office with court try and square the matter with the detectives You the wire. understand what I mean." In a few minutes the superintendent was ill communica "Yes, sir," replied the superintendent. tion with the bank. "lf absolutely necessary arrang e to have Mr. Morse sent


14 STRIKING IT RICH. out of town till the matter blows over. Spare no expense to save him from the consequences of his foolishness. We must do this at all costs in justice to Sturgess and for his mother." "Thank you, Mr. Henderson," said Joe gratefully. CHAPTER VIII MESSRS. SANDS AND HALL ARE BROUGHT UP WITH A ROUND TURN. Long before the cashier called Homer Carroll to his desk to take the bag as usual to the bank Mr. Harker, the super intendent, ha made his arrangements for protecting the money in transit and for the arrest of the two principals in the conspiracy. He had two lynx-eyed men in his office :for an hour who were given a chance to size up Carroll. one was to proceed to the Anchor Building and he m wait for the meeting between Carroll and Hall to take place as arranged; the business of the other was to shadow the messenger to the rendezvous and assist his brother detectives in making the arrest. They were instructed to pay no attention to the man who changed the bags, but to make a note of his face and person for future use if necessary. The superintendent himself intended to be at the scene of the rascality so as to be able to swear against the guilty ones. At length Carroll was handed the bag containing the previous day's receipts and he started for the bank. One o:f the sleuths was already on the ground, and the other :followed Carroll. Mr. Harker also started for the Anchor Building. As Carroll had no reason to suspect that his duplicity was known and the scheme on the eve of a collapse, he walked along in his usually confident w.ay. In due time he reached Elm Street and walked down to the Anchor Building. Coming toward him he saw Seton Hall, bag in hand. "How d'ye do, old man?" said Hall, dropping his bag and putting out his hand to the prearranged pro gramme. Carroll dropped his bag and shook hands with Hall, and both turning half away :from the bags began to talk. Mr. Morse at this point issued from the door of the An chor Building, and after a cautious glance around ap pro ached them He seized the two bags and changed them in a rather clumsy way, and then tapped Hall on the shoulder. Mr. Hall, a party by the name of Johnson wants to see yon down in Dock Square," he said "That so, Bentley? Well, you go down there and tell him I'll be there right away," replied Hall. Thereupon Joe's stepfather ambled off down Elm Street, glad that he had satisfactorily earned the $500 that he fondly expected to handle soon. A moment later Hall and Carron ehook hands again, each grabbed his changed bag and started in different direc tions. One o:f the detectives followed Hall down Elm Street, with Superintendent Harker close behind, while the other shadowed Carroll to the bank. The original arrangem ents includ e d the arrest of the two men in front of the Anchor Building. This was changed at the requ e st of the chief detective, who wished to capture Howard Sands, who, from Joe's story, appeared to be the originator of the crooked game. Mr. Morse was waiting for Hall in Dock Square. When the men came together they started over toward Faneuil Hall Square, thenc e through to North Market, past the Quincy Market and arolmd the corner into Commercial Street, which they followed to Atlantic A ve.l and entered the South Ferry Building. Here they took a boat for East Boston, landing near the foot of Lewis Street, which they followed into Summer, and along the latter thoroughfare into Liverpool Street, where they e ntered a three-story building. 'rhe detective and Superintendent Harker kept right behind them all this time, the former following them up s tairs to the top floor, where he saw them enter a room. A minute later the officer was joined by the superintendent. / Removing his shoes he asked Harker, who was something of an athl e t e to boos t him up to the fanlight. 'rhe officer, much to his sati s faction, found that the :fanlight was not secured on the insid e and he cautiously optmed it about an inch. Hall and Mr. Morse were standing beside a small table at which Howard Sands was seated in the act of openin g the leather bag with a key that fitt e d the lock. A bank-book, stuffed with checks, was taken out of the bag, and then one bundl e o:f money labeled $500. "Here' s the reward for y our services Mr. Morse," said Sands, tossing the bundle to him. "You never earned money easier in your life, eh ? "That's right," replied Joe s stepfather. "If you have any more jobs like this one I'm on if you can use me." "Then your conscience doesn't worry you a particle, does it?" laughed Sands. "Not a bit. I believe that people who have a lot of money ought to be mad e to divide it with those who are hard up," replied Morse. "Then everybody would be happ y and thing s wouldn t b e like they are now-a few havincr all th e coin and living on the fat of the land, while the 0 m a jority are bustling around to g e t half enough to e at. It's an outrag e and any scheme tending to make the rich she ll out meet s with m y approval every time. Thanks for the $500. It will might y bandy for me. I'll be able to liv e like a gentleman for a while. Good-day, gen. tlemen. You always know whe r e to find me, Hall in case you should n eed my valuable services again." While he w a s spe aking the detective descended from his perch, and aft e r telling Harker to hide in the corridor he slipped down to the landing below where he lay in wait :for Mr. Morse. In a few minutes Mr. Mor s e feeling like a fighting cock, and mentally c ongratulating him s elf on the pmisession of $500, which was a fortun e to him, descend e d the stairs. A s h e turned toward th e lower flight the detectiv e confronted him. "Mr. B e tley Morse, I believe," said the officer, grimly. Joe's stepfather stopped, utterly confounded by being addre ssed by his own name by a stranger 'way over in East Boston.


STRIKING IT RIC H. 15 Then he regarded the detective with not a little anxiety "Your name is Morse, I think?" repeated the officer, this time sharply. "Y-e-s," fluttered the owner of that name nervously, "You have just received a bundle of bills amounting to $500 in return for services rendered. Hand it over, please." "Do you mean to rob me?" gasped Mr Morse, in a tone of consternation. "Not at all, Mr. Morse I simply wish to take charge of it in the interest of Mr. William Henderson, whose it is." "Oh, lor' !" gurgled Mr. Morse, who was a coward at heart, and immediately jumped to the conclusion that he had been pinched by the police. "Are you a-a--" "Detective?" chuckled the officer, much amused at the man's evident fright "Yes, you've hit it at the first guess;" and he threw open the flap of his coat, displaying his badge "I'm done for," groaned Morse, grasping the railing for 1mpport. "I knew something would happen. Don't hand cuff me, Mr. Officer. I'll go quietly." "The money, please!" replied the detective curtly. "Here it is. I haven't touched it. I never thought I'd have to go to jai!. I wish I'd never listened to my friend Hall. He has ruined me The officer glance.a. at the package of money and put it into his pocket. "Now, Mr. Morse, you can go," he said. "Go I thought--" "Go home and keep quiet, do you understand? You've been ca. ught with the goods, but my instructions are not to arrest you. Now go and thank your stars that you've got off so easily. If you got what's c oming to you as accessory in this case you'd go up for five years at least.. Now, then, just make yourself scarce." The detective pushed the dazed man toward the lower stairs and returned to the landing above. Once more he mounted on the superintendent's shoulders and glanced into the room. The contents of the leather bag had been dumped on the table and Howard Sands was counting. the packages of hills and loose money, while Seton Hall was keeping tab on the amount. "There, now, how much does it foot up?" asked Sands, in a tone of satisfaction. "Twenty-eight thousand, three hundred and sixty-two dollars and .forty cents," answered Hal1, complacently. "It's a fine haul. How much do I get? Remember I've done the real work and taken an the risk." "I think we agreed on $5,000," replied Sands, suavely "Couldn't you raise it three more, Sands? I think I'm entitled to that much." "A bargain is a bargain, Hall," returned the gambler. "There's your money," and he pushed a pile of bills toward his companion "'l'ell young Carroll to meet me in the Pilgrim Rock Cafe at eight to-night and I will pay him his share." "All right," replied Hall, looking longingly at the pile of money which still remained on the table. "You're mak ing a good thing out of this job, Sands, and you haven't taken any chances at all." "It's the part of wisdom to be on the s afe side," chuckled I Sands. "You see, I need t h e coin ba dl y Na nce is h eld on $5,000 bail, and I promised to get her o ut. I'll never see t hat five thou again." "Why won't you? You ll get i t back w h e n s h e a pp ea r s for trial." "She won't appear, for s h e's s ure to be c onvi cted. They've got he r dead this t ime As soon as s h e' s out on bail she'll skip for parts u nknow n." "And so will you I s u ppose?" "Of course. Where Nance goes I go. The ci ty will make $6,000 out of us, whi l e the State w ill be saved the cost of keeping Na nce for a n u mber of yea rs, a nd ma y b e myself; too." "Well, I guess I'll go. This $5, 0 0 0 w ill keep me in clover for awhi le. I h ope to see you agai n b e for e you quit the town for good." "You'll find me at the Pilgrim Rock for t h e rest of th e week, at any rate," said Sands, rising from hi s chair. "I'll let you out The detective dropped to the floor and whi spered some thing hurriedly into the superintendent's ear. Both drew revolvers and stood at the door. As the l?ey was heard to turn in the lock the detective a n d Harker pushed the door in and r u shed i nto t h e r oom, u pset ting both Hall and Sands "You're pinched, both of you!" cried th e officer in a l o ud voice. u p your hands CHAPTER IX. THE CONSPIRATORS GET WHAT IS COM I NG T O T HEM. The two rascals were paralyzed by the s ud denness of t h e i r capture. It was as if a thunderbolt from a c l ear sky had laid t hem out without the sli'ghtest warning. They sat up \fld gazed at the detective and Supe ri nten dent Harker in the greatest consternatio n The officer stepped forward and with professiona l q u ick ness handcuffed them together. Then he thrust his hand into Hall's pocket a n d too k out the package of $5,000, which he tossed on the table, following it with the $500 he had relieved Mr. Morse of. By that time Sands had recovered his sang froid ':What do you mean by breaking into a man'R office in this way?" he demanded in a tone of aRsnmed indignat ion. "Cut it out, Sands," replied the detective curtly. "Yon and your friend are nailed with the goods. Better rlo8r up, for you may say will be used against yon. Henderson's messenger is in jail by this time, and you will soon be keeping him company. We've got a. clea1 against the three of you." "I'd like to knowwhat you charge us with?" sneered Sands. "You know without me telling you. There's the evidence on that table. It is substantial enough to send yon all to the State prison without the jury leaving the box. You'll find it a pretty serious case of grand larceny." While the detective was talking Harker waR sto"'.ing the money back in the bag. The key was in the lock, so he locked and strapped it. Five minutes later the detective, superintendent and their prisoners were on their way to the ferry l anding.


16 STRIKI.r G rr RICH. In due time they arrived at the central office, where Hall and Sands were charged with grand larceny and locked up. The superintendent learned that Homer Carroll wa.s also under lock and key, having been arrested at the bank as soon as the bag was opened and found to contain only a collection of paper covered books and 018 newspapers. He had put up a big protest and sent word to Mr. Hen derson to come to his relief. No attention, however, was paid to his appeal Then he sent word to his fathe1i who was general man ager of an insurance agency 1\Ir. Carroll responded at once, greatly troubled over his only son's predicament Homer posed as a much injured person, so his father lost no time in calling on Mr Hend e rson. 'l'hc merchant received 1\fr. Carroll, told him the story of his son's faithlessness, and assured him that the evidence against the youn g man was conclusive and could not but result in his conviction. 1\Ir. Carroll would not believe that his boy was guilty, so he hired a first class lawyer to protect his interests. When the superintendent got back to the store he called Joe into his office and told him how the scheme had been permitted to go through and the rascals, with the exceptioh of his stepfather, arrested afterward. "l you find Mr. Morse at home to-night, Joe, tell him to leave the city for a month at l east. Here is $100 to cover his expenses ." "Thank you, sir," replied Joe. When Joe reached home there was no s i gn of his stepfn the1 about the house. f "\\TJ.1ere is Mr. Morse, mother?" he asked. "He's left town for a short time," replied his mother, \rho did not seem to be greatly concerned over her husband 's hast y departure "Left home, did he?" "Y.:is. H e came in about two o'clock and told me a man had offered him work in the country He said he had ac cepted the job and was going away at once. He asked me for $5 to pay his fare, but I could only let him have $2. He took it, packed his valise and left in a great hurry to catch a train, he said. The whole thing took me so b y surprise that I haven't recovered from it yet It's the first time in three years that Mr. Morse ever showed any disposition to work. It must be something astonishingly easy to strike his fancy. At any rate it's a great relief to me to have him doing something, even i you and I get no benefit from it." Joe di4 not think it best to undeceive his mother, for he knew that it would grieve her greatly to l earn that her hu s band had been implicated in a criminal act. 1\fr. Morse had evidently taken time by the forelock in his anxiety to elude the police. The fact that the detective who had taken the money from him in East Boston did not arrest him failed to im press him with a sense of immunity from the consequences of his connection with the leather bag affair. He judged that. the police would be after him as soon as the full facts of the case came to light, so he decided that the best thing. he coN.ld do was to leave town. He got as far as Salem, where he got acq uainted with a section f oreman on the Eastern Railroad. He 'vas offered a job as section hand on the road, and as he had to work in ord er to live he accepted the opening, and was soon earning an hone st living for the first time in years Thus his one guilty act turned out to be a kind of bless ing, for it relieved Joe and his mother of a burden on their s l e nd er resources, and made a lazy loafer get down to hard work and be of some use in the world The st or y of the cr ime was in all the afternoon papers, but Mr. Morse's name did npt appear in print. In fact there was no mention of a fourth man in the case At the examination of the prisoners next morning before a magistrate the charge was pushed by the superintendent of the store He stated that information of the scheme had b'Jen con veyed to Mr. Henderson by a person whose name must re main unknown for good and rea sons, and that measures were at once taken to frustrate the robbery and capture the guilty ones. He told how he and one of the detectives had followed the messenger to the Anchor Building; described what took place in front of that building, and then went on to tell how, after the exchange of leather bags had been effected, he and the detective had followed Hall and his confederate to the building in Liverpool Street, East Boston, where Hall and Sands were arrested with the bag and the money in their possession. The detective who had made the arrest in Liverpool Street corroborated Harke r's story "What about this confederate who changed the bags, and whoi you and Mr. Harker followed to the Liverpool Street house?" asked the magistrate. "He got away somehow," replied the detective "Well, I ll issue a warrant for his arrest. I suppose you have no idea of his id entity?" "Not the s lighte st," replied the detective unblushingly, fingering the $100 bill in his pocket which was the cause of his apparent ignorance. "Make out a warrant in 'the name of John Doe," said ihe magi s trate to hi s clerk. The warrant was duly made out, s ign ed by the mag_is trate and handed to the aetective to execute. The magistrate might have saved himself the trouble, as the officer had not the s lightest intention of hunting .for Mr. Morse, and he woulc1n't have found him if he had. The lawyer retain ed to defend Homer Carroll made a big fight to have his client c11scharged on the ground that there wasn't evidence e nough against the young man to warrant his being held for trial. The magistrate disagreed with the lawyer and Carroll had to go back to jail. Before the case came before one of the criminal courts Nance Goodwin and Sands were brought to trial for the shoplifting affair. They were eas il y convicted. The woman got five years and Sands one year. In due time an indictment was found against Sands, Hall and Carro ll and the tw.o latter were tried, convicted and sente nced to six years in State prison. The indictment against Sands was held over till the gambler served hi s year's sentence, when he was at once rearrested, tried, convicted and sent up for ten years


STRIKI.r G IT RICH. 17' An indictment was found against Mr. Morse, under the name of John Doe, but it was pigeon-holed in the district attorney"s office, and nothing ever came of it. In the meantime, 'on ihe afternoon of the day that Sands, llall and Carroll were examined before the magistrate, ::\1r. Henderson called Joe into his private office and1-::i-fter thanking him again for the service h e had rendered the establishment, presented him with $1,000 as a substlJtial evidence of his appreciation of the boy's conduct in the affair. Joe thanked hlm and said that he would endeavor to prove worthy of his employer's good opinion ext morning the superintendent called him into his office and told him that his wages was raised to $10 a week. "Ten dollars exclaimed Joe, to whom such a sum seemed munificent. "Ten dollars," repeated Mr Harker "You see, you are to assume a more responsible duty in connection with your other work. Hereafter you will carry the day's re ceipts to the bank in Homer Carroll's place. Mr Hender son considers you one of the most trustworthy of his em ployees and well adapted for that job." Joe was overjoyed at this further evidence of his em ployer's appreciation, and told Mr. Harker that he would try and fill the bill right up to the handle. Since Henderson's method of sending the money to the Tradesmen's Bank by a messenger on foot had been adver tised in the newspapers, it was not deemed prudent to con tinue the plan any longer. Accordingly, as soon as Mr. Hend e rson reached the store in the morning his automobile was placed at Joe's service for the trip to the barik. Any morning that Mr. Henderson did not come down town a cab was hired for the same purpose, and the boy was provided with a small revolver as an additional pi'o tection. His higher wages, together with the absence of Mr. Morse, enabled Joe and his mother to live much better than they had heretofore been accustomed to. The little woman was no longer obliged to hustle hard to make ends meet, and it was a great relief to her not to have a worthless man hanging around the house, worrying her for the price of an occasiona l drink, which was the most she had been able to provide him with. Of course she could not tell at what moment he might turn up again, but she felt that she was now better abl e to Rtand the strain of his presence than before. When she mentioned this doubt to Joe he would grin and beg her not to worry about the matter. "I have reason to believe that he won't be back in a hurry, mother," he assured her. Mrs. Morse did not press her son to exp l ain himself, but hoped that bis view of the situation would prove true, which, as a matter of fact, it did. CHAPTER X. IN WHICH JOE PHOVF.S HIMSELF A IIERO. Several months passed dming which Joe Sturgess was advanced from office boy to genera l office assistant. One day a very charming littl e girl of perhaps fifteen came into the office and asked for Mr. Henderson. J oc had seen her once before an

18 STRIKING IT RICH. "He believes in encouraging his employees and doing them justice; but I know he regards you with special favor "Well, I try to do the best I can all the time." "I'm sure you do, for uncle says so. Wouldn't you like to call at our house and see me some evening? I should be glad to have you come." "I'm much obliged to you or inviting me, Miss Grant, but I'm afra,id Mr. Henderson won't care for me to do so.'? "vVhy not?" she exclaimed, opening her pretty eyes. "Wep, it wouldn't be just the thing, I'm afraid, for an e mployee of the store to pay a visit at the boss's home. He'd think I had a big nerve." "Why should he when I have invited you ?I! "He might think that you ought not to have invited me." "He never objects to anybody that I invite, and I am sure he wouldn't object to you, anyway." "I'd like to come, for you are very good to invite an ordinary store boy like me, but--" "You are not an ordinary store boy, Mr. Sj;urgess. You are far from that. You are not only a smart boy, but one of the most gentlemanly boys I have ever met." "Thank you for saying so, Miss Grant. I hope you're not trying to spoil me." "I am sure I couldn't do that. You are not one of those kind of boys." I "You seem to have a very good opinion of me," he said laughingly. "I h!).ve," she answered with emphasis. "Now promise me you will call." "If you insist I will." "I don't insist. I have no right to do that. But it would give me a great deal of pleasm"t! if you would call." "Then I will do so." "When?" Whene ver you say.'' "Next Wednesday evening then. Will that be convenient for you?" "Any evening will be convenient for me that suits you." "It's very nice of you to say that. Well, I will look for you next Wednesday evening. Have you our address?" "I haven't the number, but I know Mr. Henderson lives somewhere on Commonwealth Avenue." :Jiiss Grant mentioned the number and Joe made a note or it. "I think I will make a purchase or two on the next floor anu then go home, as I am afraid I can't wait any longer for uncle. Goodbye." "Goodbye, Miss Gra.nt," said Joe, taking the dainty hand cltc e..\'.tended to him. Then she walked out oI the oflke. "You seem to be pretty thick with Mr. Henderson's niece," said the cashier with a pro Yoking smile, as Joe was passing hi s desk. "I was just talking with her for a few minutes, sir." : 1"It seemed to be a very interesting conversation." "She was speaking about the shoplifter I caught, and also about the leather bag affair." "Complimenting you, of course Joe flushed and made no reply. "She's a vf:ry nice young lady, don't you think?" "Yes, sir." "Mr. Henderson thinks there isn't another girl like in the world." "You don't blame him for thinking that, clo you?" "Certainly not. I guess there isn't any doubt but Fhe'll come in for all he's worth when he dies. In that case she's bound to be a wealthy heiress. She'll make a fine catch for some of our young aristocrats." Joe thought the young man who got her for his wife would be uncommonly lucky. "By the way, Joe, you might as well take this check over to the New England Bank and see ii it's all right. I have my doubts about it. It may save time if I can get a line on it right off," said the cashier. "All right, sir It won't take me but a few minutes for the bank is only three blocks away." Joe took the check, got his hat and left the office. He didn't get out of the building as soon as he thought he would. One of the floor-walkers held him to tell him a funny gag. Then two of the pretty salesladies with whom he was a great favorite beckoned him to their c01mtcr for just a minute to tell him a great secret. It took them three minutes to tell it, and he couldn't get away. Then another salesgirl wanted him to take a note to a friend o-f hers at the stationery counter. It was very important, she sai d, and she had been won dering how she could get it to her friend till Rhe sp i ed J oC>_, and of course she knew he'd oblige her just this once. Natmally he couldn't resist her appeal. Altogether he was ten minutes getting to the sidewalk from the office. As eYents proved it was a fortunate thing that he was delayed. Starting to cross the. street he saw ElRie Grant just ahead of him. An electric car was coming up the !'treet while two cabs were coming down. Concealed by them an automobile was following. The girl stepped into an open space to avoid the cabs just as the auto swung around into view at a quick pace. Elsie saw that she was caught in a trap and she utte1cd a scream of terror. Joe. was close behind her and saw her perilous predica ment, too. He jumped forward, caught her in his arms, and was struck and flung a dozen feet by the machine. He landed in an unconscious heap in the sheet with thP girl in his arms right before one of the cabs which the driver barely halted in time to avoid running them down. CHAPTER XL WHEREIN JOE IS OBLIGED TO GO TO A HOSPITAL. Of course great excitement followed the accid!it, which was seen by dozens of people, including Henderson, who had just come to the store. The auto was stopped and the chauffeur, followed by the owner, a 'big capital i st, jumped out and hastened to pick up the unconscious boy and his lovely burden whose life lie had undoubtedly saved, perhaps at the cost of his own. I


( STRIKING IT RICH. l!l Mr. Henderson had recognized both Joe and his niece at the moment they were hurled aside by the machine, and he rushed forward in a fever of anxiety. He was, of course, chiefly concerned about his niece, whom he regarded as his greatest earthly treasure. He reached the spot as the chauffeur was lifting both the victims of the accident together, for Joe's on the girl was so tight that it was only with much difficulty that Elsie Grant could be taken from his convulsive grip. The side of his head was covered with blood where it had struck the hard stones and his face was deathly white. "Uncle," gasped Elsie faintly, a.s the merchant clasped her in his arms. "My darling," he cried tremulously, "are you much hurt?" "I don't know: I don't think so." He placed her on her feet and she stood up without dif ficulty, having really suffered no injury beyond the smash ing of her hat and the partial wrecking of her gown. At that moment her eyes lighted on Joe as he was car ried to the sidewalk and she uttered a suppressed scream "Joe Sturgess!" she cried. "He saved my life. Is he dead?" "I hope not, my dear. Come with me." "Oh, uncle, never mind me. Do look after Mr. Sturgess, please do," she begged with tears in her eyes and deep anxiety in her tones. "I will see that everything i s clone for him, never fear, Elsie. I saw him grab you and swing you away from the automobile, and then the machine him, and you were both hurled many feet away. J sincer e l y trust that he may not be seriously injured. I'd rather lose $50,000 than that he should die." "Oh, he mustn't die, uncle ; indeed, he mustn't," she quivered tearfully. A big crowd gathered about the senseless; and apparently badly injured boy as he was laicl on the edge of the side walk by the chauffeur. A policeman came up and dro,e the curious onlookers back as well as he could. The owner of the machine was deeply agitated and concerned over the accident. There was no doubt that the chauffeur would be arrested, and all kinds of trouble was likely to follow, especially if the boy should die. 1 The capitalist had a vision of heavy damages whether the boy died or not. Elsie wanted to go to .Joe and help him, but Mr. Hender son objected on the ground that she could be of no use. He took her into the store, where the report of the accident was already being circulated, though nobody knew who the victims were. Calling a floor-walker he directed him to take his niece up to his private room, where she was told to wait until he had found out just how serious J ee's injuries were. An ambulance was summoned, and arrived in unusually quick time. The surgeon examined the boy and announced that one of his arms and a rib were broken, and that he had suffei;ed a number of minor injuries. Whether he was internally hurt also he declined to say. The lad would have to be taken to the hospital and subjected to a critical overhauling by the house surgeon bef o re a definite opinion c0uld be passed on his case. So Joe, still unconscious, was put into the ambulance and driven away. Mr. Henderson, as soon as he reached his private room, told Elsie what the ambulance surgeon had said. "Poor boy!" she cried sympathetically. "Oh, uncle, I shall be dreadfully unhappy if he should die. You don't think he will, do you?" "I shouJd feel deeply grieved myself if he did," replied the merchant earnestly. "We must hope for the best. He is a brave, chivalrous lad. I will spend thousands of dol lars, if necessary, to save him." "Of course you will, uncle, for he saved my life," she said, sobbingly. Mr. Henderson called the hospital up on the 'phone and asked for the head surgeon. As soon as he got the doctor on the wire he told him about the accident and requested that everything that his skill could suggest must be done for the boy. "Spare no expense whatever," said the merchant. "The boy must be saved at any cost, for he saved my niece's life and I am deeply grateful to him." "The ambulance hasn't reached here yet, Mr. Hena'.er son," replied the surgeon, "but as soon as it does I will give the case my special attention and let you know just how badly injured the boy is, and what the chances are for his recovery." "I will make you a handsome present if you pull him around all right." "Thank you, sir; but that isn't necessary. As long as you guarantee to meet all extra expenses we will put him in a room by himself, and I will detail special nurses to look after him." \ "I have told you to spare no expense. Don't let money stand in the way. Let him have the very best treatment the hospital can afford and have the bill sent to me. "All right, Mr. Henderson. You may depend every thing will be done for him." An hour later after Elsie had been sent home in a cab, the merchant was called up by the hospital. "I have given the patient a thorough examination and nm glad to report that he has not sustained any vital in juries, Mr. Hender son. He is now conscious and in bed in a priYate room, with a special nurse in attendance. His most. serious hurts are a fractured rib and a broken left arm. He has suffered manv coutusions, worst of which is a deep cut in the skull. There is no fracture, however, and he is bound to come out all right in a short time. There is no occasion for you to worry about him." "I should be glad receive a daily report of hiS' condi tion," i>aid the merchant, feeling greatly relieved. "I will arrange that you shall have it," replied the head surgeon. Elsie awaited her uncle's return home in a fever of anxious impatience. She could not bear the thought that her brave rescuer should die. His fate had become a matter of the utmost importance to her. She watched from the sitting-room window for the approach of her uncle's auto.


, 20 STRIKING IT RICH .. When it hove in sight she flew downstairs and met him in the hall. "I have good news for you, Elsie," Mr. Henderson said, noting her anxious look. "Then Joe Sturgess won't die," she cried Joyfully. "The head surgeon assured me that he would come around all right in a short time." Elsie threw her arnis around her uncle's neck and cried from very joy. "I'm so glad l I'm so glad!" she cried. ""Of course you are, my dear, and so am I. He is a fine lad-a mighty fine lad." Before l\Ir. Henderson left the store he despatched a note to Joe's mother, briefly explaining the ac2ident her son had met with. He told her what hospital he had been taken to and assured her that he would be all right again in due time. He wound up with a flaittering comment on the boy's bravery, and told her that he would take special care of her son's future, not only because he had a fine opinion of Joe as a smart anil faithful employee, but because he was grateful to him for saving the life of his niece. Mrs. Morse was greatly startled by the receipt of this lett er and hurried to the hospital at once. She was not permitted to see her son, as it was after visiting hours, but the attendant who saw her in the office told her that the boy was in no danger of losing his life. She had to be satisfied with this and returned home afte11 ascertaining when she would be allowed to see Joe next day. The papers printed an account of the accident and stated that the chauffeur had been arrested and admitted to bail, which was furnished by his employer. Next day the ca1pitalist called on Mr Henderson and offered to pay all of Joe's expenses while at the hospital and present him with any reasonable sum of money as compen sation in order to save his chauffeur from prosecution and himself from a suit for damages. Mr. Henderson said that he himself had guaranteed the boy's expenses, and that no compromise would be enter tained until an investigation in court had established to what extent the chauffeur was responsible for the accident. Elsie Grant called at the hospital as soon as the rules of the institution permitted her admission. She found Joe's mother by his bedside, and Joe looking and feeling as well as could be expected under the circum stooces. The boy was pleased to see the charming niece of his em ployer show so much interest in his welfare and told her so. "Why shouldn't I take an interest in you?" she asked. "You saved me from being run down by that automobile, and I am very, very grateful to you. How brave you were to risk your life to save me!" "You don't suppose I could stand by and hurt without making an effort to help you, do you?" he said in a weak voice. "You were very good to do it." sJ1e answered, "and I shall never forget what you did for me as long as I live." "All right, we'll let it go at that," replied Joe with a faint smile "Can I do anything for you now?" she asked him. "No, Miss Grant. Mother and the nurse are doing all that is necessary." He then told his mother that Miss Grantwas Mr. Hen derson's niece. Elsie and Mrs. Morse took quite a Iancy to each other, an d Joe was glad to see them on a .friendly footing. Finally Elsie left, saying she would call every day to see him: After she had gone the boy often glanced with pleasure at the bouquet of roses the girl had brought to him. Elsie kept her word and called every day, bringing flowers each time. Mr. Henderson also called several times, assured the boy of his gratitude and warm friend:::hip and promised him a higher position in the office when he was up and doing once more. On the following Wednesday when Elsie calle.d Joe was much better. I "Yes, I'm feeling quite chipper to-day," he told her. "I believe I promised to call on you this evening. I'm afraid you'll have to excuse me," he adcled with a smile. "The doctor wouldn't think of letting me out of bed yet awhile." "Of course he wouldn't," she laughed. "Your excuse is accepted I shall expect to see you at our house when you are fully recovered. I guess you haven't any doubts now about your welcome. I told uncle that' I invited you, ancl he said he will be glad to have you call whenever it is convenient to you. Although his mother called every day, Elsie's vi.sits were just as eagerly looked forward to by Joe. She was like a ray of sunshine corning into the room, and the boy always looked brighter for her coming. He thought her the loveliest girl he had ever met in his life, and he began to think more of her than was really good for him, considering the wide difference of their social standing. He found it far from pleasant to have his body encased in a plaster-of-paris jacket while his fractured rib was knitting, and his broken arm also pained him a good bit at times. The cut in his head gradually heale

STRIKI NG I T R I CH. 21 that the fortunate Y,Oung lady was so far above Joe's sta tion that nothing serious was likely in theif opinion, to re sult from it. Mr. Henderson bad decided to advance Joe in the office, so the boy was nt'ade general assistant to the cashier The position was practically created for him, and his wages '\ere advanced to $15 a week. The wages began on the week he was injured and he received back salary for all the time he was away. Many of his former duties were attached to the position, and among other things he continued to carry the leather bag with the day's receipts to the bank 1 The case against the capitalist's chauffeur had been p o stponed until Joe was able to go into court. He and Elsie appeared and concerning the u n expected appearance of the auto from behind the cabs, and both declared that, in their opinion, the man was going faster than he should havEl done in a crowded thoroughfare. The chau.ffem, of course, denied that he had been going fast at aU, and his cmJ?loyer naturally backed him up. A diagram of the street at the point where the accident happened, on which the positions of the car, cabs and auto were s hown, was submitted in evidence. The object of this was to show that had the chauffeur exerci s ed proper caution he would have turned out at so slow a s peed that he could have stopped his machine before reaching Joe and the girl. Each side was represented by a legal luminary of reputa tion, nnd considerable eloquence and argument expended on the As some doubt remained in the judge's mind as to the exact culpability of the chauffeur he simply assessed him $100 fine, which his employer immediately paid and that settled the matter. Joe and Elsie, however, still had the privilege of bringing suit against the capitalist, through their guardia ns, for a considerable amount. The gentleman was advised by his lawyer to compromise the maiter out of court if he could do so. Accordingly he approached Mr Henderson on the sub ject. The merchant safd that he thought Joe was entitled to compensation for the injuries he had suffered in saving Elsie Grant from being run down by the machine "If that boy had not been on hand at the critical moment your auto would in all likelihood have killed or fatally in jured my niece. In that case you would have found your self in a very serious position, Mr Drew. Joe Sturgess saved you from' that, and that act alone, even if he had not been hurt, would have merited yom consideration. As for my niece, although she was not actually hurt, still she suf fered from the shock, and I have been advised by my lawyer that a sufficient cause for an action in a civil colirt exists against you. My niece, however, is willing to waive her rights in the matter if you do tjie right thing by young Sturgess." "What do you consider the right thing, Mr Henderson?" asked the capitalist. "That re s ts entirely with yourself. In behalf of Stur gess I will say that he does not expect you to come ul? heav ily because you arc a rich man. All he is looking fo.r is a fair recognition from you. He nearly lost his life thro u g h no fault of his, and the fact that your chauffeur got off with a $100 :fine would not greatly prejudice his case if he applied to a civil ccpurt for damages, in fact I think it woul d strengthen it." "I am willin,g to give the young man my cheok for $5,0 0 0 It is probably as much as a jury would award him if he were successful," said the capitalist. Mr. Henderson agreed to. settle the matter for that amount, and so after a paper to that effect had been drawn u p and signed by Joe, the money was paid over to him, a n d he deposi ted it in a savings bank. He was now worth $6,000 in his own name, and he f elt pretty independent. The nrst hundred dollars he received from Mr. Hender son he presented to his mother at the time he received tlw $1. ,000 from bis employer in connection with the leather bag affa ir. Joe bought a new uv to-clate suit of clothes, and othet things to match, in order to look as well as he could on the occasion of his :first visit to Elsie Grant at her uncle's swell residence on Commonwealth A venue., We are hound to say that after he had got all tucked out he compared very favorably with any of the young l ady's maJr acquaintances. It was so unusual for Joe to make a call on any gir l l et alone such a wealthy connected miss as Elsie Grant, that the boy felt decidedly nervous over his :first appearance in what might be called Boston society. When he alighted from a car a block below his destinat i o n and started toward Mr Henderson's house he began to be consci ous that a species of stage fright was coming over him 'rhe nearer he drew to the house the worse he got When he :finally reached it he walked right on till he came to the next corner, for he could not muster up enough courage to enter the gate and ring the bell. He turned around, mentally kicked himself, and started back for the house. B,.ut his funk came on again and once more he passed the house. "Hello, Sturgess, where are you going?" called out a voice. Joe stopped and looked at a gentleman who had also stopped and was regarding him intently The boy recognized Mr. Henderson "Just going to your house, sir," he replied "Why, you've passed it. Ymire going out of your way. Come with me and I'll take you there. I was out on a l ittle call and am just going back." ,. He took the boy by the arm, and Joe knew now that he' d have to face the music Mr Henderson entered with his latch key and took Joe up to the sitting room, where they found Elsie, in a stylish gown, waiting for the mai d to announce that Joe had arrived She was surprised to see her uncle lead her visitor into the room unheralded She hastened to welcome Joe and make him feel at home. Although the sitting room was very modestly furnished for a mansion on Commonwealth A venue, Joe hacl seen such a fine The gilt chairs looked so frail that he was afra i d t o sit


" STRIKING IT RICH. on one, while the tete-a-tete, a sort of compound chair shaped like the letter S, looked so unusual to him that he was going to avoid it when Elsie led him to it and indicated that he was to take possession of one of the seats while she racefully sat in the other, which brought the central curve of the letter S between them, across which they carried on their conversation. Joe gradually thawed out under the fascinating influence exercised on him by Miss Elsie, who had the art of winning her way into the hearts of her visitors and friends down to a fine point. of half an hour 3:oe was talking with her as ii he had known her for years, and he was enjoying every mo ment of the tete-a-tete. She got him to talk about himself, and his hopes and ambitio ns, and then she told him about the fashionable school she was attending, and what she was learning there. As the evening wore away she eisked him if he liked music, and finding that he was particularly partial to it she went to a fine upright piano that stqod against one of the walls of the room and played some of her favorite pieces. Then she sang several songs for him in so charming a voice and style that Joe was more taken with her than ever. Finally the clock on the mantel struck ten, and the boy, who was having the time of his life, reluctantly suggested that it was time for him to go. She easily induced him to remain half an hour longer and then accompanied him to the front door. "You must come again soon," she said, in such a bewitch ing way that Joe replied that it would afford him much pleasure to do so. Then he took his leave, feeling assured that Elsie was the finest girl in the world, and conscious that she occupied a very large share of his thoughts. > to a third crook, and the three held a pow-wow .on the subject. "I that boy made a practice of going to the bank every day in a cab we could figure out some way of getting the best of him and making away with the bag," said one of the crooks; "but as it is only about once in two or three weeks that he uses a cab I don't see how we can manage the job. It is simply out of the question to get at the bag in an open auto on a crowded street. If the three of us held up the auto and managed to Ule bag we'd be run down before we got a block away unless we had extraordinary luck." "Why does the messenger take a cab at all if it's his prac tice to use an auto?" asked the new man, whose name was Jim Brady. / "He takes it when he can't get the auto, I guess. I we wanted to reach him and the bag through the cab we'd have to watch the store every day around eleven o'clock and be prepared to act when we saw him take the cab. I don't see that it would be any easier to hold the cab up than the auto. I think we'd get caught in either case if you want to know my opinion." "I don't think so," said Brady. "My idea would be to play off drunk and get in front of the horse so the driver would have to rein in to avoid running me down. As soon as the cab came to a standstill you two chaps could seize the chance to open the cab door, jump in, grab the messenger and choke or drug him Then one could step out and follow the cab and the other could drop the bag out when he saw the best chance while I would cover.the retreat of the man who picked it up." "I know a better way if it could be made to work" "Let's hear it." The crook outlined his plan, and his companions agreed that it was all right if it could be pulled off, but the chances seemed to be rather slim. A week later when the cashier of the department store CHAPTER XIII. HOW JOE FELL A VICTll\I TO THE PLANS OF THREE CROOKS. was ready to send the previous day's receipts to the bank, Mr. Henderson's auto was not available, that gentleman not having reached the store yet. Three months elapsed and Joe became a regular Wednes day night visitor of Elsie Grant's. Although all concerned in the leather bag robbery, Bent ley l\Iorse excepted, were shving time, the episode had not forgotten by two experienced crooks who had read about the matter in the papers, and attended the trial of Seton Hall and Homer Cttrroll. The large of money that was claily sent to the 'l'radesmen''!! l3ank from the Henderson department store excited their cupidity, and they put their heads together for tlie purpose of devising some means of stealing the bag themselves. They proceeded to watch both the store and the bank to discover who the new messenger was, and it wasn't long before they found out that Joe Sturgess was the successor of Carroll, bti.t they were disappointed to find ihat he did not carry the bag on foot, as Carroll had done, but in either an automobile or a cab. Under these circumstances it looked as if there was a poor show of getting away with the bag with any chance of ,success. After some months had passed they mentioned the matter I } The cashier waited for nearly an hour and then told Joe to go and get a cab. He got one without trouble, and told the driver to bring his vehicle around to the employees' entrance on the back street. When the driver did so, a man, who had been standing for over an hour in the neighborhood asked him if he had b(,>en engaged to go to the Tradesmen's Bank. The driver nodded. "Then come with me." The speaker led the cabman upstairs in the building ad joining Henderson's store, and told him to wait on the landing till the young man who had engaged him came out of one of the doors and asked him to help him down with a bag. While the unsuspicious driver watched the door in ques tion the man who had brought him up hurried downstairs and mounted to the cabby's seat. ,Toe presently came out of the store entrance with the bank bag in his hand, saw the waiting cab, and as the bogus driver kept his face averted he thought it was the man he had engaged, especially as the cab was the right one.


STRIKING IT RICH. 23 "Get to the bank as soon as you can," he said to the man on the box, and then entered the cab. The vehicle started off at a smart rate, but slowed up at the first corner and took another man on the box. Two blocks further on it got tangled up with sundry other vehicles and had to stop. The man who had been taken up got down and opened the door of the cab. "What do you want?" asked Joe, placing his hand in his pocket where he carried his revolver The man half stepped in and grabbed his arm just as the opposite door was opened and Jim Brady got in, leaned forward and placed a handker c hief containing some drug over the boy"R fac e The first man then got fully in and slammed the door. Joe made a deRperate struggle against the two men, but the drug was a powerful one :ind he became unconscious about the time the cab started up again. The cab continued on at a hot speed, turning into other s treets until it finally drew up in front of a three-story red brick dwelling much in vogue thirty or mor e years since. One of the men in the cab got out, glanced up and down the street and around in a wary way, and then, walking to the basement door, pulled an old-fashioned bell handle. The tinkle of a bell somewhere at the end of an entry reached his ears, and presently the door was opened by a hard-looking IT)an of perhaps thirty-five. Nothing more repulsive in the shape of a human being could be imagined than this individual. He wa s thin, gaunt and bony, lik e the animated skeleto n 0 a sideshow. His face was long al}ll had very high ch

I 24 srrRIKING IT RICH. For the fir s t time Joe thought of the s mall revolver he always carried with him wh e n h e w ent to the bank. H e ins tinctively put his h and in hi s pocket where he kept it during the trip. H e didn t e xpect to find it th. e re, for he s uppo s ed that the thieve s had relieved him of it. it. To hi s s urprise and satis faction his fingers closed upon The rascal s had not eve r take n the trouble to search him. Imme diat e ly a d a ring ide a occurre d to him. The door was p artly ope n and nothing stood between him and the out s ide of the cellar but the hideous rascal with the s kull s head. Wh ethe r the fellow was armed or not Joe believed he could overawe him with his load e d weapon. At any rate the plucky boy determined to make a break for freedom. Perhaps he would not be too late to put the police on the track of the thieve s and th e money, which they had no doubt long s ince taken from the bag. The m e re chance that he might be able to do something to retrieve his r e putation app e al e d thrillingl y to the boy. His interrupte d senten c e and the sudden look in Joe's eyes were not without their effect on the man with the death head. Suspecting that the prisoner was contemplating a sudden move, the man whirl e d about and starte d for the door. "Stop!" cri e d Joe, drawing his revolver and covering the rascal. "Another step and I'll shoot!" Joe stopped in an undecid e d way and glanced over his shoulder. He didn't really expect to see a weapon in the prisoner's hand. When he did see the light of the lantern glistening from the barrel of Joe's revolver he uttered a gasp and stood transfixed. CHAPTER XV. HOW JOE l\f.A.KES AN E FFORT TO RE C OVER THE STOLEN l\f O N E Y "Throw up your hand s and s t e p back h e r e," ordered Joe in a resolute tone. The grotesque looking ras c al h es itated and see med on the point of making a dash out through the door. Had it bee n wid e ope n he mi ght have c hanced it, but the few s econds w,ould n ee d to pull the iron door open so he could pass through would ea s ily giv e time enough for the boy to put a couple of ball s into hi s bod y if he chose. It was true the report of the weapon would attract the atfantion of.his pals who were upstair s at the time, and they would probably be able to pre vent the pri s on er's e s cap a ; but Jud had a whole lot of re s pe c t for his own life and he didn t care to sacrifice it for the ben e fit of his as s ociates. Noting the man's indecision, Joe stepped from behind the packing case and advanc e d near the rascal. "Ge t over on that bed cried Joe in a voice that showed he meant business. "Hang you!" snarled the death' s h e ad. "Where did yer get that gun?" 1 "That's for me to know and you to find out. Are you going to make a move?" "You d a r e n t fire," saicl Jud, doggecll y. "There's three c haps up stairs who'cl h ear the r eport a ncl they'd b e down on y ou lik e a load of bri cks." "I'll chance that. I've got s i x bull ets in this g un. On e i s e nough to settl e you, the ot h e r fLve w ill stand off your I'll b e t. I'll giv e you l w!J a minute to m ake up y our mind wh ethe r y ou ll d o as I h ave to l d you or ta k e the conseque nces. I m going to get out of h e r e i f I h ave to s hoot eve ry man in the h o use. Joe s pok e a s if h e m e an t wha t h e said, and Jud con clud e d it would be wise t o g ive in to what ap p ea r e d to b e the inevitable. He shuffled over to the b e d and sat down on it. "Lie down!" command e d the boy Much again s t his will the d eath's h e ad c ompli ed. "Not l e ngthways but acro s s it," said Joe "What dif--" "Do a s I tell you." Jud obeyed. "Turn ove r on your f ace." The man turned over Joe quickl y seized a piece o f cord h e sa w h a n g i ng from a nail and kn elt on the f e ll o w' s ba ck. Layin g down his revolv e r h e se ize d Jud's wri s t s an d drew them b ehind him. The r asc al b eg an to strugg l e "Stop th a t or I'll s ho o t a h o l e throu g h you!" crie d Joe. The man s ub side d and the bo y tie d hi s w r i s t s t i g htl y to g e th er. A s a further precaution h e tie d his ankles al so. 'rhe m a n w ith the d e ath's h ead wa s n o w h e l p l ess Joe rose, t ook u p his w eapon, afo t ook po. sessio n o f t h e lantern and walked o u t 01' t h e cell a r c losin g and r e boltin g the door afte r him. H e found him self in an o p e n space w ith a s tairway l e ading to t h e fir s t flo or. H e walk e d up with du e ca ution and reach e d an e ntry. The n he paused and li s t e n ed. The man with the clea t h 's h ea d had r e marked tha t the r e were three men up a bove Two of them Joe arg u e d mu s t b e the thie v es who h a d atta ck e d and d o n e him u p If they w e r e in the h o use t hey no d oubt had the m o n ey with the m. Joe wond e r e d wh y they h ad not s kipp e d the town with t h eir illgotte n b o ot y H e didn't know tha t they w e r e w a itin g for dark whi c h was c omin g on b efor e v enturing to t a k e a train for N e w York Cit y The ir fa ces w e re well known to e very d e tective in the city thou g h they h a d sent out and purc h ase d false and whi s k e rs, they d e t e rmin e d t o m ak e their escape doubl y s ure. At the end of the entry wa s the door le:adin g to the side walk and through which the boy had bee n brou ght into the house. -" Joe, h earing no s ounds, mad e his wa y to it and s aw that it was both locked and bolt e d in two places. As the key was in the loc k and the bolt s worked almost noi s ele s sly, the boy soon had the door ope n and w as lookin g out into a quiet, s hady "I wonder what part of Bo s ton this is?" he mused. "It's


STRIKING IT RICH. 2.) evidently a resid entia l sect ion. They brought me here in the cab, of course Well, it 'yon't take me many minutes to find out where I am as soori as I this house, and there's nothing to prevent me cloing that as far as I can see. Still, if Mr. Henderson's money is here I ought to make a try to recover it. With my revolver I think I,,c!ln h.old my own against the three scamps if I can tak e them off their guard It's pretty n ear sundown I see. I'll bet there are severa l detectives out looking for me by this time, and I'll gamble on it that there's been considerable excite ment in the office this afternoon." Leaving the door unlocked Joe li s tened at the door of the front basement room. Hearing nothing inside he ventured to open the door and look inside. The room was furni she d as a dining room on a cheap scale. 1 There was nobody in there. Joe passed on to the bock room, which was a kitchen, and he' found a lot o.f dirty di s he s on a plain deal table waiting to be washed. There was the remains of a fire in the stove, and he gues sed that the man with the death's head looked after the cooking arrangement. Taking off his shoes, Joe walked up to the next floor. Here he heard plenty of evidences of occupation proceed ing from the front room. He distinguished at l east three men laughing and talking in there, and smelt the odor of burning tobacco. He also heard the clinking of glasses1which showed that the men were drinking. .From the littl e he could h ear of their conversation he guessed they were playing cards. There was a door communicating with what he judged to be the back parlor, and he tocrk the ris k of opening it and looking in. The folding doors between the rooms were open a few inches, and through the aperture Joe heard the voices of the men quite plainly. He put on his shoes and glided in, closing the door after him. I Going to the opening between the door s l'te saw three men gathered around a centre table drinking, sm oking and playing cards for money And the stakes were not small either, for each man ap peared to be well supplied with cash As Joe recognized two of Lhe men as those who had entered the cab and overpowered "him, he h,ad no difficulty in rnrmising where the money they were playing for came from. On the floor in one corner lay the leather bag with a great, gaping slit in it made by a knife. "I never seen such luck as you're havin', Jim Brady," said one of the men >vith an imprecation, as the man named Jin1 gathered in the stakes that had been deposited in the center of the table. "I thought I could play poker, and so did Bill here, but e verythin' seems to be goin' your way." "You mustn't mind that," chuck led Brady. ''The ladies all say I have a very taking way abo11t me. In fact I think we've all a taking way about us-it';' our business to take 1rlrntcrn r w e can lay our hands on." \ "How much have you won so far?" asked the stout man, uarned Bill. "Fil'.e thou., more or le ss," replied Brad y carclcs>Jy. "\Yhich means that Chick and me are out that much," said Bill. "T reckon," grinn ed Ju'.n. "\fell, as I want a few thousands to sport on when '"c get there I think I'll quit And I guess if Chick don't want you to cotton on his share of to-day's job he'll drop out, tool" said Bill. "We've got an hour or two to put in before train time s o we might as well keep on," said Brady persuasively. "Luck is liable to turn your way any time, and you may both recover all I've won from you." As Chic k was willing to the game Bill reluct antly took another hand. Joe Sturgess looked at the three men wondered how he was going to get the better of them. At that moment Brady picked up the whiskey bottle and found it "There's \j.nother bottle downsta irs. Who's going for it?" h e said. "What's the matter with makin' Juel fetch it up?" askerl Bill. "Then go out in th e hall and yell for him," said Jim. Bill got up and going to the head of the stairs shouted to Jud; but as the man with the d eath's h ead was bound and locked up in the cellar h e cpuldn't ver y well answer 1 he crook yelled severa l times, and getting no response he grumblingly went down into the basemei;it the whi skey himself. A su dd e n idea occurred to Joe Sturgess, and he slipped out o.f the back parlor a nd followed him. He heard Bill in the dining-room and cautiously lookecl in at that room. Bill was drawing the cork of the whiskey bottle wit4 hi s bac k to the door. Joe grabbed a small rolling pin, slipp ed up behind Bill and with one blow laid hirn out senseless on the floor. "That's one dispo sed of,' breathed the boy. "If Chick or Brady will come down hunting for him I'll give him a dose of the same medicine, and then I'll have only one left to handle With this reflection in his mind Joe, after relieving the crook of all his stealings, "''.hich amounted to several thou sand dollars, retired to the kitchen to await developments. CHAPTER XVI. STRIKING IT RICH. Five minutes passed ; nd then Joe heard one of the men come to the head of th e stairs and yell to Bill, asking what was keeping him so long below. As a matter of course he got no answer, for Bill was not in a condition to reply to the hail. Presently Joe h eard the man, who he recognized as Chick, coming down, and he s lipped behind the kitchen door. As Chick walked into the kitchen somet hing hit him on the head and he ceased to take a ny mor e interest in things. Joe went thr,:ough his pockets a nd got about the same amount from him that he had taken J'rom Bill, then he dragged the rascal into the qinin g -room.


# STRIKING 1'1' RICH. "That's number two," chuckled Joe. "Brady is su,re to come down also when they fail to return, and I guess it's safer to meet him here than upstairs" That rolling-pin is safer and surer than a revolver. I must hunt up a bag to put the money in." He found a clothes bag and had just finished stuffing the notes into it when Jim Brady came to the head of the stairs and roared out : "W1iat in thunder is keeping you chaps downstairs?" Receiving no reply, he yelled again, but with no better result. Then l).e also downstairs, swearing like a trooper. Joe lay in wait for him and laid him out as stiff as the others. "Gee! But this has been easy," he laugh ed. "Always take the e:il.emy in sections and you can beat him every time." He took about $16,000 out o:f Brady'c:; pockets, and with some clothes line he not only tied the crooks hand and foot, but tied them together as well. Returning upstairs he examined the leather bag and :found the bankbook and the checks in it. He decided to put the money back in the bag and tie up the opening with a piece of cloth. After doing that he left the house. He made a note of the number o:f the house. and on reaching the corner saw the name of the street, then lmew that he was in South Boston. He went to a telephone station, found out the number of the nea,rest police station and got the officer in charge on the wire. :ije told him the story of the robbery o:f the leather bag; how he had been carried to a certain house in a certain street in South Boston by the crooks and locked up a pris oner in the cellar, and how he had managed to turn the on the rascals and recover the stolen money. "Send a patrol wagon with officers to this telephone sta tion and I'll guide them to the house where the crooks are tied up," concluded Joe. In a short time the wagon with half a dozen policemen arrived. Joe got in the wagon and it was driven to the house. The three senseless crooks in the dining-room, and the man with the death's head in the cellar were loaded on the wagon, taken to the station and locked up. As the police insisted on retaining the leather bag and its contents Joe had to give it up. Then he took a car for his home, which he reached in good time for supper. He told his surprised mother about his adventure with the crooks and she could hardly believe him, it seemed so strange. Hurriedly dressing himself in his best cfothes he started for Mr. Henderson's home on C'omm.onwealth Avenue. Ile reached there just as the merchant and his niece were finishing dinner. "Why, Sturgess," cried Mr. Henderson, "\vhere have you been since you left the store with tl;i.e money bag? The driver of the cab you engaged came into the store soon after your departure and raised a big :fuss, sayi:cyg that bis cab had been stolen. On 'phoning the bank and finding you had not arrived, foul play was suspected by the superintendent, who immediately notified the police. Several de tectives have been looking for you and the cab all afternoon, and are still on the scent. Let me know what happened to you." Thereupon Joe told his story to the astonished merchant and his niece. 1"Upon my word, you are a wonderful boy," cried Mr. Henderson. "You may have been easy for the thieves at the Rtart because they took you off your guard, but you've more than redeemed yourself by capturing -them and recovering the money." Elsie couldn't compliment Joe enough, and declared he was the greatest boy on earth. The story was in all the papers next day, and Joe was well praised for his courage and &kill in the matter. Eventually the four crooks were tried and sent up for ten years each, except the man with the death's head, and he only got three years. Mr. Henderson insi sted on giving Joe $5,000 as an evi dence of his appreciation. From that tini.e Joe's advancement was rapid until he was finally made assistant superintendent of the store Two years later he was promoted to the post of superin tendent. Before be assumed his duties there was a quiet wedding at the Henderson home, the principals of which were Joe and Elsie. 1 After their wedding tour they took up their home with Mr. H t>nderson. For ten years Joe filled the post of superintendent at the store, and then the death of Mr. Henderson made Mrs. Joe :3turgess, nee Elsie Grant, sol e owner of the establishment, and Joe stepped into the late Mr. Henderson's private office as the general manager of his wife's interests. :Practically h e wa,s the owner of the big store, and was regarded as such by the employees and all he had dealings with. Thus Joe Sturgess rose from the humble capacity o.f office boy in the store to that of rneFchant prince, anothe1 in stance of an ambitious and smart American boy Striking it Rich. THE END. 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FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 27 Fame and Fortune Weekl y NEW YORK, JULY 24, 1908. Terms to Subscribers. Sin g l e C o ples ............................ .... ....... __ ._. gne Copy Thre e Mon th.1 .. ............................. ::: ::: ::::: :: : : ::'.'.: :: : ::: : Postage F ree. How .ro SEND MONEY. .05 Cents .65 $ 1.25 :a.50 send P. 0. Mo ney Order, Check, or Registered Letter; remittances many other way are at your risk. vVe accept Postage Stamps same as cash. vVhen sending silver wrap the coin in a separate piec e ot paper to avoid cutting the envelope. W1'ite vou1 name and address plainlv. .dddress lettel'S to Frank T ou s e y Publis h er, 2 4 Union Sq., New York. GOOD STORIES. From the hawkbill turtle of the Carrlbean Sea comes the tortoise shell of commerce. The great dancing expert, My Fancy, who is doing the Moss & Stoll tour, has danced on gold dust. "When starring with Charles Godfrey's company in Western Australia," she told me, "no sand was procurabl e for my dance, so the people in the place said they would get me some gold dust, and accordingly they brought quite a quantity of the precious stuff along, and 1 found that it answered the purpose very well. I reckon that was about the queerest use gold has ever been put to. Of course it was mixed with quartz, but when I put it in water I could see the gold grains shining ever so prettily." "I have heard a lot of stories about singular happenings in New York," said -0ne who has lived in the metropolis many years, "but nothing more singular than my experience at a funeral last week. It was in a big flathouse. After the ser vice I heard a scream in an adjoining apartment. I learned later t.hat a nervous woman was having a tooth pulled. That was a good mixup for one floor. As we passed to the floor below I heard a woman singing. I W\LS informed that it was her hour for taking a music lesson. Across the hall an after noon reception was under full swing. The invited guests were arriving. When we got to the first floor a bridal couple were just coming out." Acting upon the recommendation of the telegraph committee, the Indian Government has just authorized the employment of women operators. The candidates must be between 18 and 30 years of age, and they must be unmarried or widows. They must undergo a training of twelve months in the telegraph training classes, during which time they will receive $6.65 a month, the same allowance that is drawn by male learners. Se lected candidates on leaving the training classes will be on probation for one year. Upon appointment they will receive salaries varying from $10 to $26.65, which are very large upon the scale of living expenses in India. There will be pensions, with no liability to transfer; but resignation will be compul s ory in the event of marriage. Few people know that. the number of hairs in the human head varies largely according to color. Taking four heads of human hair of different colors, but of equal weight, it has been found that the number of hairs to the head varies as follows: Red, ninety thousand; black, one hundred and three thousand; brown, one hundred and nine thousand; blonde one hundred and forty thousand. Red hair is usually the coarsest. Dark brown hair is found most frequently in England, the propor tions averaging as follows: Red-haired people, thirty; black, sixty-seven; fair, one hundred and eight; light brown. three hundred and thirty-eight, and dark brown, eight hundred and seven. Four hundred and fifty hairs of average thickness, laid side by side, would cover one inch in width. I Consul William Barde!, of Bamberg, advises that about forty artificial precious stones were recen t ly submitted to the Mu seum of Natural History at Berlin by an association which cl:iimed to have made these stones ba se d on the process which recently created so much atte ntion. S e ver a l official experts, among whom was the professor having knowledge of gems in the Museum of Natural History, two practical experts, and the chief master of the gold and silversmiths' guild of Germany, were requested to make a careful examination of the merits of the "so-called" new discoveries The report submitted by this committee of experts read as follows: "Of the variet y o f stones we examined we were favorably impressed only by th<' artificial rubies Among these were some of great beauty anr worthy o f consideration. The white sapphires were of no r count at all; they appeared dull and out. Well imitatN' were the yellow precious s t ones; they really resembled thtl topaz very closely; but this im: ention carries with it only very little value, since the real topaz is found in such large quanti ties that they sell at from two to three marks ( 47.6 to 71.4 cen ts) a gramme. Therefore it would seem of little impor tance to imitate c ommon stones. Of all the stones we e x am ined we can only call the artifi c ial rubies a direct success; but t he imitation of this latter species of precious stones is no new invention. We there fore declare that there is nothing new or sensational in the claimed invention. J OKES AND, JESTS. Mrs. McCall-Have you still got that servant girl you had last week? Miss Hiram Offen-Which day last week? Knicker-I save twenty cents every time I shave myself. Mrs. Knicker-Then why don't you shave five times a day and save more? Mother-in-law-Has the y.oung man who saved my life yes terday called upon you yet? Son-in-law-Yes, indeed. He has already his apologi e s "My husband tells me everything he does." "Do you believe him?" "Certainly." "Well, I would hate to believe that my husband does everything he tells me." Yes, sir," said the man in Cell 711, "time was when I was admitted to the very best houses. "And what brought you here?" "They caught me coming out." Caller-That' s a nice little dog you have,. Tommy. I suppose he has a fancy pedigree? Tommy-No'm; not yet. But I'm goin' to build one for him as soon as paw gives me the lumber. "Hello! Is this the ticket office of the X .. Y. and Z. ? "Yes "When does tofday's overland flyer l e ave for San Francisco?" "Who is it talking?" Mrs. de Trayne "That' s right, ma'am. You miss it. It' s just l)Ulling out. Good by The Kindly Old entleman-Well, my little man, and what' s your name? The Little Man -Please, sir, I dunno The Kindly Old Gentleman-Bless my soul, y ou d on t know? The Little Man-No, sir; please, sir, mother go t married again yesterday "Do you think petroleum will ever be used for killing mos quitoes?" "I don't know," answered the man who always takes a despondent view of things. "If it is it w!ll be regarded as such a necessity that the price will immediately jump several dollars a gallon." -


28 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. THE CAPTAIN'S SURPRISE like clockwork. I was doing some rattling in the main rig ging. "You're off your course there!" I heard the captain sing out By Horace Appleton. from the cabin, where he used to lie on a lounge and watch the "tell-tale' compass that was hung in the skylight overlie shipped on boarq the brig Psyche as ''John. Smith," head. when he signed the shipping papers he wrote the name in a "No, sir," Jack answered respectfully. "She's exactly on hand like copper-plate. Of course, we fellows in the forecastlti the point S.S.E." knew that the name didn't belong to him by right, but it was Captain Granger came flying up the companionway steps, none of our business, anyway, and so. we simply called him his face fairly purple with rage-and whisky. "Jack," an,si let it go at that. "Do you dare contradict me, you--" A splendid shipmate was Jack-every inch a sailor, a.nd And he added an epithet which no true man can hear and ready to do any of us a favor. not resent, in any place, excepting on shipboard. And to do Before we had got up with Hatteras he had given away it there is called mutiny. half the underclothing in his sea-chest to three or four of Jack's face was perfectly white. I noticed that he set his the fellows, who, with the usual reckless improvidence of the teeth together pretty firmly, and his small, muscular hands sailor, had squandered their money in "riotou s living," and gripped the spokes of the wheel a little harder, but he said come away from port with empty clothes-bags, or nearly so. Of course we all liked him-that is, we who were his ship mates. But from the very first Captain Granger got. down on him, though it was impossible to say why. nothing. "Why don't you answer?" roared Captain Granger, with an oath, and at the same time he struck the young man a heavy blow full in the face. Well, he got his answer, for Jack sent his arm and fist out Jack w ,as the first man on deck when the watch was called. very suddenly, and Captain Granger went down as though a He was active, obedient, and respectful. I never remember cannon ball had struck him. hearing either the first or second officer find the slightest fault Then there was a how-do-you-do! Of course the second mate with his seamanship, and they were both Tartars, I can tell rushed aft; and wlten the captain picked himself up he began you. We used to say, however, that Captain Granger didn't like any one but himself. He was a youngish man-somewhere about thirty, I thinkvery good-looking, and tremendously self-important. He even held himself aloof from the mate and second mate, seldom having anything to say to them, except in the direct way of duty. There was something else that was peculiar about him-a very unpleasant peculiarity, too. We had not besn at sea three days before it began to be talked about in the forecastle. He drank far mor-.han was shouting to Mr. Barrett to put the mutinous scoundrel in irons. Oh, how wild Captain Grange!! was, as he held on to his nose, and began to dance round the deck! But all the same, he kept at a proper distance from the man at the wheel. The second mate got the irons, and was coming along' the gangway with them in his hand, the mate, Mr. Marline, who had just turned out, following him, rubbing his eyes. All at on ce Jack sang out, short and sharp: "There's an 'ox-eye!' You'd better shorten sail pretty quick, Mr. Marline!" ( Mr. Marline gave one look to windward. There was a round, good for him, and used to come on deck when it was very vaporish-looking cloud, the on\Y one in the clear sky, but it evident .that he had been indulging pretty freely, though he was coming toward us at a of speed almost incredible was shrewd enough not to attempt to give any orders, except to any one who has never witnessed an "ox-eye" squall, and when actually necessary, and then in the briefest possible man-increasing as it advanced. ner, the second mate being, of course, his mouthpiece. Oh, then there was "hurrying in hot haste!" The watch Jack used to watch the captain rather curiously; but he came tumbling out, half dressed; everything was lef\ go fore was a very reticent sort of fellow, and said but little about and aft; but before the sails were half clewed up the squall the matter, except to me, for whom he seemed to have rather was on us. a liking; perhaps for the reason that we were nearly the same I really thought the staunch little brig was gone, for one age, and he also knew that I was before the mast simply as a brief moment. The force of the wind pressed her over, and prelimii;iary to some day reaching the quarter-deck. held her there, with her lee rail buried under the foaming He himself was a thorough navigator, as I soon discovered, surge, the terrible wind went rushing through the rig and having an old "Epitome" in my Jack began ging with a roaring sound which can be compared to nothing helping me study out the more difficult questions, over which, that I ever heard before or since, though I have witnessed unaided, I had puzzled in many a watch below. three typhoons-two in the South Pacific, and one in the China So matters went on till we go t fairly past Hatteras, and with Seas. a stiff westerly breeze were bowling merrily to the south'ard, The mainsail blew out of the bolt-ropes before one could every stitch of drawing canvas being set: say ".Tack Robinson!" and the jib and staysail were torn into We made a quick run to the Florida Straits, with a continua-a thousand strips. tion-of fair weather, and Captain Granger seemed to think this Then the brig began to rise to her bearing, and was put an excuse for still further indulgence in liquor. And when off before the wind till we could get her under short canvas. he came on deck in this condition somebody was sure tp And by the time this was done the squall was over, and it, for he had a most fearful temper. I the sun shining again; so, of course, the next order was to One day Jack was at the wheel, steering, as he always did,'' make sail.


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. i9 Well, we bent the new mainsail and a couple of jibs, Jack He was perfectly sober, and though adorned with a black being all the time at the wheel, while Captain Granger was eye, looked quite gentlemanly, as he was expecting the 1brig"s mopping his eye in the cabin. Whether he thought that it would hardly do to lessen the watch by one 'man in a squapy latitude, or whether he had some other punishment in view, I cannot now say, out cert!).in It was that nothing more was said about putting Jack in irons. On the following morning we sighted the Island of Cuba, and nearly a ll that day were running, down the eastern shore, Cuban agent and consignee on board. Three gentlemen came down the quay just 11s we, the crew, were getting ready to put our things over .the rail. Two of them were strangers; the other was our shipmate, Jack. Of course, we Ji.ngered a little, to see what would be the result. The party came directly on board. Captain Granger scowled at Jack, who, rather to our sur-in company with the usual fieet of fishermen, sponge hunters, prise, wore a remarkably nice suit of white flannel, and an turtle catchers, wreckers, and small merchant vessels, with expensive Panama hat. which the Caribbean Sea abounds. Jack smiled, but said nothing. Captain Granger extended Jack was sent up to the foreroyal yard to make up a gasket. his hand to Senor Pepito, the agent, who coolly declined 1 it. While thus employed, Captain Granger came on deck with a "Captain Granger," said the senor, turning to Jack, "I s'all musket in his hand. have the honor to you introduce my very good friend, Captain Supposing that he was going to toss a bottle overboard, to John Radford, whose father it is that does own the Psyche." use as a floating target, as he often aid, no one paid any atten-Talk of a man being completely taken aback! Why, Cap tion to him. tain Granger was literally paralyzed, and before hecould I was at the wheel, and as I glanced up from the compass command himself to speak, Captain John Radford stepped card I remember thinking to myself that Captain Granger forwatd. looked like a shipmate of mine who went C!:azy from being "I will trouble you to take your things ashore as soon as exposed to the hot sun in an open uoat in which five of us, possible, Captain Granger," he said, very quietly, but in the from the foundered schooner A. B. Williams, drifted about coldest, iciest way imaginable, "for I propose relieving you of on the line for nearly a week, with just enough food, and command and taking the brig back to Boston myself." water to keep us alive. /Captain Granger's florid face changed to an unhealthy white. His face was swollen and distorted, his lips dry and livid, Twice he tried to speak, but no words came from his livid while his eyes-well, they had a sort of glare in them that lips. _,. one never sees in a perfectly sane person. "The old man will be mad pretty soon, at this rate," I thought to myself, when all at once Captain Granger, after looking about him a, sang out: "Where's that fellow Jack?" Turning on his heel, he disappeared in the cabin, and an hour later the Psyche knew Captain Samuel Granger no more. I need hardly say that the Psyche's crew stayed by her. And that evening "Captain Jack"-as we termed him among ourselves-called me aft, where, under the awning spread "Aloft on the foreroyal yard, sir," answered the second over the quarter, he told me the whole story. mate. He himself had been away at sea, master of the ship ShakeAnd then what does Captain Granger do but clap the cocked speare, for .three years, when Captain Granger took charge of musket to his shoulder, and take as steady an aim at Jack his father's brig, and, by artful misrepresentations, contrived as his trembling hands would allow! to win the affections of old Mr. Radford's daughter, a young If I knew that he would have shot me the next moment, a .nd confiding girl. should have done the same thing. On his return, Captain Radford, who had heard intimations Jack!" I shouted. "Jump for your life!" that Captain private habits were not above r e proach, He glanced round like lightning, and eve n as the musket though h e knew nothing personally of the man himself, found cracked sprang straight from the dizzy height. that both his father and sister would listen to nothing that he Down through the air he came, as straight as a die, and in could say, and therefore Captain Jack resolved to see for him another moment the water closed over his head. But he reself what sort of a shipmaster Captain Granger could be. appeared directly, and we saw him strike out for a little So it was that he shipped before the mast in the Psyche, lateen-sailed boat that was spinning thrQugh the water like a with the results that I h!!ve narrated, and it is to his friend racer. ship that I owe my own advancement in the merchant ser-They hauled him aboard, and Captain Granger shook his vice. fist at the retreating boat, and then at me, after which he dived into his cabin, muttering: "r haven't done with you yet, my fine fellow!'' while the second mate stood staring after .him, aghast. And he hadn't. That evening we took a pilot off the mouth of the harbor, and by midnight we were alongside the Rial quay. In the morning all hands got ready to leave, though the yellow fever was raging terribly on shore. We preferred run ning the risk of being carried off by this terrible scourge to being shot at by a half-crazy captain. Captain Granger came on deck, smoothly shaved, and neatly dressed in an irreproachable suit of white duck. It is said that the largest gold coin now in circulation is the gold ingot, or "loo!," of Anam, a French colony in Eastern Asia. It is a flat, round gold piece, and on it is written in Indian ink its value, which is about forty-five pounds. The next sized coin to this valuable but extremel y awkward one i s the "obang," of Japan, which is worth about ten pounds. and next comes the "benda," o.f Ashantee, which represents a value of about nine pounds. The California fifty-dollar gold piece is worth about the same as the "benda." The heaviest silver coin in the world also belongs to Anam, where the silver ingot is worth about three pounds; then co.mes the Chinese "tael," and then the Austrian double thaler.


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