Citation

## Material Information

Title:
Adrift on the Orinoco, or, The treasure of the desert
Series Title:
Fame and fortune weekly : stories of boys who make money
Creator:
A self-made man (J. Perkins Tracy)
Place of Publication:
New York
Publisher:
Frank Tousey
Publication Date:
Language:
English
Physical Description:
1 online resource (28 pages)

## Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Dime novels -- Periodicals ( lcsh )
Wealth ( lcsh )
Entrepreneurship -- Fiction ( lcsh )
Boys ( lcsh )
Genre:
serial ( sobekcm )

## Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
F18-00147 ( USFLDC DOI )
f18.147 ( USFLDC Handle )
031712398 ( ALEPH )
844051752 ( OCLC )

## USFLDC Membership

Aggregations:
Dime Novel Collection
Fame and Fortune Weekly

## Postcard Information

Format:
serial

Full Text

PAGE 1

STORIES Cr: llQYS Wt-11:2 MAKE MQNETf) bound the two boys to their frail float, the two guachos pushed them out into the stream with long poles. TP,e current of the Orinoco now swept the boys away, and a yeU of glee escaped the crowd. 1

PAGE 2

Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY laued Wee1d11Bt1 S ub scriptio n l:l.liO per year E ntered. according to A.ct of Oongreas, in t he t1eqr 1910, in the oJ!k;e o/ Che Ubra1iaa o f Congreu, W
PAGE 3

ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. "I don't see any me squealing," replied Jack, who had had his shares of downs in the world, and had grown philosophic in consequence. "If we've got to turn up our toes, why, we've got to, that's all." "But I don't want to turn up my toes," protested Will. "I've got everything in the world to live for-home, par ents, and a future-.-" "Your future is a problem as things stand. As for me, I haven't any to lose. Neither have I any home, or par ents, or friends. I had all these 0nce, but-well, what's the use of talking? I'm just a rolling stone that's always rolling into hard luck. I was stranded in Georgetown when I met you-an American, like myself. I told you how the brig I shipped aboard went away and ldt me there. I believe the skipper did it on purpose. You are a young gentleman, by parentage and education, while I'm next door to a tramp, but still somehow we cottonecl to each other. If I've steered you into a fix I'm sorry for it, but I'll stick by you to the last. I guess we'll get out of this somehow. I've been in Mme tough holes, but I always managed to crawl out of them. I feel it in my bones that we'll get out of this, and that you'll see your folks again." "I hope so," replied Will. "I'm not used to roughing it like you, so this thing hits me pretty hard." As they were in a tropical clime the ducking th(}y had received when theii: cTaft went down close inshore did not greatljr inconvenience them. In fact, by this time their clotht)s were fairly drv, that is, their outer ones. As the sun was out again, though low down, after the gale, Jack decided that the best thing they could do was to disrobe and dry their underclothes. He proceeded to do this, and Will followed suit An hour later, during which time they had thoroughly canvassed the situation, their things were as dry as a bone, and they dressed themselves. "I suppose your watch has stopped?" said Jack. "Yes," answered Will, after looking at it. "It is not likely to go again until a jeweleI' has overhauled it." "Got any coin about you?" asked Jack. "Why do you ask?" said Will, in some surprise as he felt in his pockets. "I haven't a red, and I thought if you had a, piece of of any kind-a cent would do as well as any-we'd toss up to see which way we'd head. There doesn't seem to be any choice, as I don't see that it makes any difference at all which way we go, but still I believe in luck. By tossing up we leave our route to fate, and fortune might favor us in that case," said Jack. "I agree with you. I've got half a dozen English sover eigns, and some silver as well as a $10 bill," replied Will. "Toss up the shilling If the queen's head comes up we will go toward yonder point; if the other side shows upper most we'll start down the coast." "All right," said Will, and be tossed the coin. When it struck the sand the boys looked at it. The queen's head met their eyes. "The point it is," said Jack, starting that direction. "Come on." They walked maybe two miles, passing little hillocks of sand, and bits of recent wreckage here and there. "Looks as if some vessel had been wrecked hereabouts," said Will. "Nothing surprising in that. The gale we almost weath. ered was a stiff one," replied Jack. "Look at that broken spar yonder wabbling about in the water near the beach. Must have been a vessel of some size." "She was a square-rigg!lr, for that's a yard." "There's a boat half smashed on the beach. Maybe it has the name of the lost vessel on its "We'll see when we get to it." "I wish something worth eating or drinking had come ashore. My stomach is awfully empty. I'd give that$10 bill for a square meal." "I'd give more than that if I had it," said Jack. "Money is of no value on this shore, while a meal of any kind would go a long way toward us alive. Our very lives might depend on a single meal." When they reached the smashed l?ng boat they :fcmnd 1\o name on its stern. Will was ab0ut to continue on when Jack stopped him. "Wait till I overhaul her," he said "There's a sort of locker in her bows. There might be something in it of value to us." "What do you expect to find?" r "Quite often a skipper keeps his boats provisioned in case of an emergency. We had four boats aboard our bri()" b' and every one carried a breaker of water and a ba()" of ship's biscuits, besides other things, in her locker." 0 "Then let's look into tlrnt locker," replied Will, in excitement. Jack proceeded to do so. He found a small fiat cask full of something which he guessed was water, and a package tightly wrapped up in oilskin and tied with spun yarn. Getting out his jack-kU:ife he dug out the stopper of the cask, and found it was water. "You can take first drink while unwrappincr this bundle, which is almost sure to contain something ;e can eat." Will drank greedily of the water, for he was almost parched. When he put the cask down Jack had the bundle open. It contained a package of crackers and several crocks of potted meat bearing English lab els Will seized one, and got the cover off while Jack was taking a drink. / The way the contents of that crock van,ished down Mer ritt's throat showed how desperately hungry he was. "Help youself to a cracker," said Jack, falling to him self. The two boys made a hearty meal off the two jars of potted tongue, and a portion of the crackers, washed down with the water. 'There were six jars of meat left, and quite a bunch of crackers. Jack made the stuff into a bundle, and slung it over his shoulder. "You carry the water cask, Will, and when it tires you we'll exchange," he said.

PAGE 4

PAGE 5

PAGE 6

PAGE 7

PAGE 8

PAGE 9

PAGE 10

ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. g They enjoyed the meal very much, an enough for me to tell what he shall be pable of when it comes to the what you call pinch." "Which of the rooms will he and his pal sleep in?" asked Flippe1'. "That I do not know: When they all are asleep it is easy to find out. There is no lock or bolt on the doors. Sanchez he sometimes wish to pay a visit to his roomers in the night when they are asleep, which he could no do if they locked themselves in." "Then we can count on Sanchez to keep his hands off in this matter of the girl?" said Griffen. "Si, senor. I will tell him what shall happen in the night, and he will keep out of the way." "What time shall we p\111 the job off?" "We will sa:v midnight. It is a goocl time. By day break we will be many miles on our way." "All right. The matter is settled, then?" Domingo nodded and rose from the table with his com panion. "I go now to make the preparations. We will meet a.t the comer of the house in three hours." The two gauchos strolled out by the back door, l eav ing the sailors together. Jack, satised he had heard enough, rejoined Will. As they walked hack to the door of the inn Jack detaileJ the rasca1ly project that was on the tapis for the night. "My gracious!" exclaimed Wm. "How are we going to prevent this? There are four of them, you say." "We must watch for them, and give them such a hot reception that they'll think they were hit by an earth-''Then what difference will it make whether you have to quake," replied Jack.

PAGE 11

10 ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO ======= === ====================== = ===========''" "I think :you ought to inform the landlord and demand his protection." "The landlord is as big a rascal the others. W got to rely on our own efforts for protection." "Those native chaps will be armed, I suppose?" said Will. "They are likely to have kniv s, but we can easily hold them off with 0ur revolvers." "Can we hold off four men? That is heavy odds for us, don't you think?" "We'll do the best we can. Let's go up and see how we can stand them off." 'rhey entered the inn and walked up the stairs to the second floor. Investigation showed them that there was a second stair way at the rear the corridor on which the rooms opened. "'l'hey'll come up the back way, most likely," said Jack "And the stairs are so dark we'll never be able to see them as the:y creep up." "Unfortunately that's right. Then two of them could come up the front stairs at the same time the others were a s cending these back ones, and we'd be caught between two fires." "What are we going to do in order to save Miss Gale from being carried o:fl' ?" "There's only one way that I can see that offers any chance." "What is that?" "We must awaken her father, tell him about the situa tion, and have !1im arouse his daughter Then we'll all take refuge in ole room and try and fight the four rascals off. There's bound to be shooting, and that ought to at-r tract attention, though it's my opinion nobody around here will come to our assistance." "'l'his is a pretty state of things," growled Will. "A :fine country where a party of unfortunate travelers can't put up at a country hotel without being set upon by ras cals and done lip." "Foreigners like us have to take chances in the wilds of these South American republics." "I wish to gracious I was back in Georgetown, where British law prevails." "Wishing won't get you there. We are up against a hard proposition, and must take the bull by the horns." "Well, are you going to arouse Mr Gale?" "Not yet. Those chaps are not coming up here till midnight-at least that was the time I heard them set. We'll let Mr. Gale and his daughter sleep as long as pos sible They need rest, while we can stand a little hardship." "I haven't seen a:ay other lodgers up here," said Will. "Let's look at the other rooms, and see if we can find a better one for making a defense than the three the land lord assigned to us. The ones we have taken are too small for fo .... r to huddle in and do much." Jack thought his companion's suggestion a good one, and they proceeded to investigate the other rooms. At the end of the passage, near the back stairs, they found a fair-sized room, but it showed evidences of occu pancy. "This room would be just the place to make a stand in, fl said Will. "Yes It is occupied by somebody, however "What if it is ? We can take possession on the ground that we are menaced by an attack, and therefore have the right to adopt the best means at hand to save ourselves "'11he occupant will probably be on hand before the hour of the attack, and he will doubtless object to letting us in." "Let's stay here now, and hold the fort against all com ers "We'll sit out in the corridor so as to keep an eye on things." "How are we going to keep track of time?" "Guess at it. I judge that it isn't more than nine now The boys found a couple of stools in the room, and took possession of them Time passed slowly with them 'rhe house was quiet except at the kitchen end, whence they could hear loud talking and laughter. Jack .nally got tired of inaction, and crept down the rear stairs and listened to what was going on in the kit chen. It appeared to be occupied by a number of persons, who were evidently drinking as welf as talking, as the judged by the clinking of the glasses. The two -he had seen in there, servants of the house, appeared to have retired and left the room to the men who had come to enjoy themselves The landlord was there, for Jack recognized his voice. There was a door at the end of the passage. Jack opened it and looked out. 'rhe night was bright, and he coulcl see all around the immediate vicin i ty. He didn't see anybody moving. Stepping outside Jack walked aroJind to the front of the house The two sailors were sitting near the front door, talking and smoking. The idea. occurred to the boy that the easiest way out of their difficulty would be for them to leave the inn on the ./. sly while the coast was clear. Accordingly he returned to Will, who had been impa tiently waiting for him in the dark, anq what he proposed doing! "That's a good idea," replied Will. "Let's do it." Jack at once 'fent to the -room occupied by Mr. Gale, aroused him, and in as few words as possible told him what they were up against He was astonish ed and much disturbed. He agreed with the boy's proposition to leave the place on the quiet. Dressing himself, he went to the next room and a .vak ened his daughter. After explaining matters he told her to dress herself as quickly as she coul d, and join them all in the corridor. In ten minutes she came out of the room "Now follow me," said Jack, al).d he led the way toward the rear stairway. -As they abou t to d escend a door opened below, and a man w ith a. cand l e appea red at the foot of the stairs. It :was the l a ndl or d an d he was eviden t ly coming up.

PAGE 12

PAGE 13

PAGE 14

PAGE 15

PAGE 16

ADRIFT .ON THE ORINOCO. 16. assumed surprise. "You must be ma cl. You are strangers to us. W11y should we do you harm?" "You can't deceive me, for I am acquainted with your plans. You and those two sailors conspired together at the inn kept by one Sanchez to kidnap Miss Gale. We left the place in the night to save her. Now that you've followed us here, your object is the same, and we are pre pared to resist you as long as we have a bullet in our re volvers. Advance another step and I'll shoot you dead." "I swear you are wrong." "You'd swear anything, I have no doubt, but we know better than to trust you. Retire or take the conse quences, and remember we shall be on the watch all night." Domingo, clearly much discomfited, turned to his com panions and said something in a low tone. Then he surveyed the landing again, and the formidable front presented by the party above
PAGE 17

PAGE 18

ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. 17' Morning came at last, and about seven o'clock the inn was reached. The prisoners were taken from the horses and marched into the house. Jessie was turned over to one 0 the two women at the place, and was conducted aw;y from her friends. It made Jack wild to see the poor girl's distress, and to realize that it was quite impossible or him or her father to help her in any way. :Jir. Gale and the two boys were placed in a small room at the end of the house. Only one of their arms was bound, but one of the na tives squatted outside on guard This was the first opportunity they had had since their capture to talk together, and they naturally availed them selves of it. ''Say, this is rough," said Will, dejectedly. "I never thought I'd ever have to go through anything like this." "If you think it's hard what must it seem to Miss Gale?" replied Jack. "My poor child!" said the bark owner. one but herself knows how she suffers I" "I wonder what these chaps are going to do with all of us?" said Will. "They will release you, Mr. Gale, of course, otherwise they could not expect to get the ransom they are looking for you to put up for the release of your daughter." "I will willingly give every dollar I'm worth for the safe return of my child to a civilized town whence I can takP her home," said Mr. Gale. If I were you I wouldn't let on that I had nmch, then maybe these fellows will be satisfied with a small sum. Anyway, an American dollar is wo.rth twice its value in South America, and I should think that $1,000 would look like a fortune to these scallawags." "You forget, Will, that Griffen and Flipper regard money in the same way we do, aud$1,000 wouldn't count for much with them. Unfortunately, they appear to know that Mr. Gale is well off, for I heard Griffen tell that natiYe chap who is running things that he owned a house and had a hank account in New York. He also Rpoke about the insurance money clue for the loss of the bark. Altogether it is almost certain that they mean to demand a stiff ran som for l\Iiss Gale," said Jack. ''They don't expect to get a ransom for us, so what dishnbs me is what are their intentions rE'garding us? Do they propose to clo for us when they get us to their destina tion, or what?" said Will. ''It would be useless to :figure on what their purpose is regarding us," answered Jack. "They have us in their power, and they will treat us as they pleaRe." "I wi h we could escape," said Will. "So do I, but there's precious little chance of such luck comjng to us the way matters look." At that point Domingo appeared, and addressing Jack that breakfast was ready, and they must walk out to it. They had no objection to doing that, for the three were very hungry. 'rhey were taken into the main room of the house, their other arm released, and then each was tied to bis cha ir. After the meal they were escorted back to the room, and both of their arms tied. Two mattresses were brought in, anc1 then they were told that t11ey had better go to sleep, as they would have no oppo,rtunity to get any during the night. 'The three took this as an indication that the j o u rney further inland would be resumed at dark. 1 A.s they were tired and used up after their late exper i ence they took advantage of the chance to rest, and slep t nearly all day. Just before sundown they were treated to another fair meal. Jack and Will were led back to the room, but not Gale. He was informed by Griffen that he was to be separated from the party and would be sent to the town of Bar rancas, at the mouth of the Orinoco, where he would be able to secure a passage to Georgetown. : From Georgetown he could get to the United States, where he could set to work to get together the amount of tile ransom, which had been fixed at $10,000. As soon as it was dark he was allowed to bid his daughter a temporary farewell, after which he set off in charge of Silva for tliie Orinoco. The two boys did not learn that the bark owner had parted company with them until they were brought out side to resume the journey westward, then they saw that he and Silva were not with the party any longer. Jack called Domingo over and asked him about the absence of Mr. Gale. "lt is not the young senor's business what has become of the other prisoner," he replied, shortly. "Perhaps you'll tell us where you are taking us to?" asked Jack. "You will learn in good time," was all the satisfaction he got. 'rhe journey was then continued as before, and only one short stop was made during the night. In the morning the boys saw a broad stream of water in the distance. Jack asked Flipper what river it was. "It's the Orinoco, my hearty," he answered, "and if 8am and me has our way you and your pal will be pitched into jt with a stone around your feet." He eyed Jack with a look of malice, and the boy did not feel like asking him any more questions. They lost sight of the river soon after. After severa l days of steady traveling the party entered the mountains through adefile, and finally came to a halt before another inn which stood beside the road that crossed the range It was only a small building, but there were outhouses and a stable attacl1ed to it. All around the immediate neighborhood were pockets of arable land under cultivation, and half a dozen me n were at work in these little fields. The boys noted the fact that Domingo seemed well ac quainted with the people at this house, and when dinner was ready, and all hands, including the :field laborers, sat down to it, he appeare d to be on terms of intimacy with every body. PAGE 19 19 ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. Jessie was not present at this meal. In fact, the two boys had not seen her since their arrival at the mountain inn when she was led away by a woman whom Domingo called to take c,:iarge of her. After dinner Jack and Will wer e taken outside and tied to a tree, one on one side and the other on the opposite side of the trunk. In this position they could not see each other, but they could talk by turning their heads "I wonder what is next on the programme?" remarked Will, who had grown resigned to their hard circumstances. "If I was .a mind reader I might be able to tell you, but as I'm not I know no more about their intentions than 1ou do," answered Jack. '"l'he crowd are around the door holding a pow-wow over somethin15,'' said Will, who faced in that direction. "Maybe they are deciding on our fate." "I don't see why they took the trouble to bring us all the way here jf their object was to do us up. A clip on the head after they captured u s at the inn would have put us to sleep for good, and a hole dug by a s pade would have complet e d the work for gooc1." "That was the plan the sailors wanted to adopt with me, at any rate, but it was fanned clown by Domingo. I would like to lmow what they have done with Miss Gale. I dare say they'll treat her all right, as they eipect to make money out of h er ; but it will be some time b efore her father can get the ransom to the rascals. He will probably have to return to New York to raise it, and then he'll h ave to come back to this country with it. Altogether the girl will be a prisoner for some time. I wish we could escape and rescue her." \ "There is no chance of our \:loing either." At that juncture a loud shout rose from the crowd. "What are the rascals doing now?" asked Jack. "They are coming this way, and that's a sign they are going to attend to us." In a few minutes the tree where the werflJ;ie&j,as surrounded by more than a dozen bronzed "find looking rascals. They were smoking cigarettes cheroots, and they amused themselves passing jeering remarks about the two yo1mg prisoners. Their talk was like Greek to Will, but Jack understood all they said This went on for about ten minutes, when Domingo came to the front of the inn and gave a shrill whistle. The crowd at once broke up and the men took their way toward the long stable. Presently a man came around the corner of the inn lead ing a kind of burro. Behind him followed the two sailors, carrying a small barrel between them. It seemed to be empty from the ease with which they handled it. Domingo took the leading rope from the man, and started for the tree. He and the sailors stopped close to the tree, and the latter dropped the barrel. 1 The boys viewed the proceedings with some apprehen sion, wondering what was on the, tapis. Griffen and Flipper released Jack first, and throwing him on the ground, bound him hand and foot Will was then served the same way. Domingo led the burro up and the sailors bound the boys on each side of the animal, as they might a sack of merchandise. The light cask was then placed on the burro's back, be tween the prisoners, and secured there. The animal was then tied to the tree, and the three ras cals returned to the inn. Fifteen minutes passed, during which the burro moved around, nibbling the grass here and there, while the feel ings of the two lads may be better imagined than de scribed. Then the young Americans heard a rush of horses' hoofs, and a crowd of horsemen came up and surrounded tree and burro. One of them dismounted, and .taking the animal's leading rope in his hand remounted, and the whole party started off down the mountain slope. Judging from the way the crowd carried on 'the ras cals seemed 011t on a kind of a holida y expedition Domingo led the advance with the two sailors, and piloted the way along a different route to that by which the prisoners hac1 been brought to the inn. In the conrse of an hour they l eft the range, emerging out on a grassy plain, with a broad river tretching to the left and right as far as one could see in either direction A P.traggling wood grew within a hundred yards of the and Mre the party ltaltec1, dismounted, and ti-eel their ho;rses. 'l'he burro was led clown to tl1e bank of the stream by Domin go, two natives following cl'.tJe behind with spea; tipped poles, and the crowd stretching out in the rear. Tlie boys and the barrel were removed from the animai's Lack by the two gaucho companions of Domingo. Having bound the boys to their frail float, the two gauchos pm !11ed them out into the stream with long poles 'l'he curren t of the Orinoco now swept the boys away, and a yell of glee escaped the crowd. "Oh, Lord!" gasped Will. "We shall be drowned." Jack, whose head was alongside his friend's: made no reply. He realized that their situation was fraught with thE:l gravest peril. They were literally adrift on the mighty Orinoco. CHAPTER X. THE DESE'1:ED FL.AT-BOAT. As the barrel bobbed up and down in the stream the heads of the boys rose and fell with it. Sometimes their faces were a foot above the river, and sometimes the water washed across their mouths and noses, almost strangling them. Often the barrel swung around and gave theni each a full view of their enemies, who had remounted their horses anc1 were keeping pace with their progress along the bank. 'l'he fellows shouted and gesticulated as if they enjoyed the spectacle hugely. "This is our finish," groaned Will. ..- PAGE 20 ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. 19 "It looks like it," admitted J'lck, though he tried to keep his spiri t s up. "Another duck or two and it will be all up with me.'' "Hold your breath when you feel the barrel sinking." "It bobs d?wn too quick." "Keep cool and watch out." "What's the use? It's only t:t question of time when the water will finish us." "Don't get discouraged. Hang on to your life for all you are worth. Who knows but something will happen to pull us out of this." "No such I uck." The conversation was carried on und e r difficulties, and to Will's last remark Jack made no reply. They were floating further and further out from the shore where their enemies were gloating over their hard lot, and going down with the stream at a moderate pace, For nearly an hour ibe rasc als on the bank watched them, and then tiring of the amusement the whore bunch turned their horses and rode off toward the range, leaving their victims to their fate. The rope that held the boys to the bai1el, as well as the ropes that bound their arms and legs, had now become so water soaked that Jack, in an effort to shift his position, "' found he could draw one of his out of the loop that confined it. "Here, what are you doing?" cried Will, as the barrel bobbed about in the water under Jack's movements, "I've got one arm fre e and I'tn trying to release the other/' replied Jack. "The ropes al'e loose. Why don't you try and get your arms out, too?" Will did try, and succeeded quite as well a s his friend. "We're not a whole lot better off," said Will. "Our legs are still tie d, anct we are bound to the barrel." "If we could get :free from the barrel we could swim a eh ore." "You might be able to, but 1 couldn't." ''\.Vhy not? You can swim, can't you?" "Not much. At any rate, not as far as the shore." "Well, I'm going to try' and work this barrel shoreward with my arms," .said Jack. He began to carry that plan into effect, but the current worked agajnst him, handicapped as he was with the barrel to pull, and his friend's weight, too. The boys were now being swept around a bend in the river, and right before them they saw a large object floating directly in their Jpath ahead. It was bulky and unwieldy and went along much slower than they did. "What's that ahea.d ?" asked Will. "Looks like a house." Jack worked around so as to look. "It's a kind of flat boat with a low house built on it," he said. "It is l'ight in our way, and we are overtaking it :fas t." "We must try and get hold 0 it," said Will. "Maybe we c ould manage to get on board. I'd sooner float down the river on that than on this barrel." "Leltve it to me and 1'11 see what I can do. It lies so low in the water that we ought to have no great difficulty in connecting with it," said Jack. The trend of the current kept them rigbt 'in the track of the flat-boat, and they came up with it fast. I 'fhey had seen from tie first that the boat appeared to be desel'tecl, for there was no one. looking after it; that didn't p1ove that there might not be several persons asleep inside lhe hou se; which appeared to bo a kind 0 double-decked cabin. At length the tide carried barrel and boys right up against the stern of the strange native craft, and Jack, reaching out his hands, caught hold on top of the woodwork. Will wai:; able to hold with one hand, and by working around got hi s oth e r hand on the boat. "Let's try and &cramble up," said Jack. "Now then, both together." The effort was a total ailurej handicapped as they were by their tied eet an,d the barrel at their back. 'fhe latter, though light, clung to the water somewhat, and greatly impeded their movements. "\Vhat are we going to do, Jack?" asked Will. "Unless one of us can get loose from this barrel I don't see how we are going to get aboard." "We'll both get loose in a moment," replied Jack. "How will we?" "Easily. I've just remembered that I hav e a jack-knife in my pocket. I don't see why I uidn t think of it You hold cin. tight and steatly the barrel and give me a chance to fish out the knife," replied Jack. "Got a knife, have you? That's lucky. I'll hold on fot all I'm worth." Jack felt for his knife, but the effort carried his face un d e 1 'the water. He didn't mind that a bit, for he was accustomed to div ing, and could remain beneath the surface as lonp as any good swimmer. He got hold of his knife, drew it out and opened the big blade with his teeth. 'l'hen he proceeded to separate .himse1 from the ban;el. '11his was not alS eas y as it seeme d to be, for the water soaked strands resisted the blade a lot more than if they had been dry. It took him fully ten minutes to cut through the two loops, and as the same loop s als o held Will, he told his not to let go his hold under any consideration. While cutting i.he rope he held on to the flat-boat with his left hand 80 as to support him s elf out of the water. At last he was free 0 the barrel, and throwing the knife on the crat he pulled himself up and rolled aboard. "Hold on, Will, I'll pull you in ju&t as soon as I cut my legs free," he said. This job took '1im about five minutes, and then grabbing his companion by the arms, hauled him up and over the stern of th'e boat. The barrel let to itself did not float away but clung close to the steam of the flatboat, held there by the pressure of i:he current. In a few minutes Will's legs were free, and both boys s tood up. "Shake, old man," said Will, in a tone 0 satisfaction. "We are ont of that peril at any rate." They shook hands in a hearty way. "I was afraid all the time we were tied to that barrel that it mi$.t fill with water by degrees and drag us under. Just

PAGE 21

PAGE 22

PAGE 23

PAGE 24

PAGE 25

PAGE 26

ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO 25 do b etter, now that I possessed the means of go ing up anc down in safety, than to return to the hole below and stay there till the storm was over." "You did right. It was the fiercest storm I've eve r seen in my life. I was scared badly, I am willing to admit, but probably I wouldn t have felt s o you been with but y ou s ee I
PAGE 27

PAGE 28

FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 2'(. -----:_:_-:::=: :.:::._-:=.;Fame and Fortune weekly diamonds in any quantity or quality, that being the Transvaal, which oontains the famous Kimberly mines. Meanwhile, a =--======================== tremendous boom is going on in rubber stocks, most of which are owned in. England. Speculation is rife, as many new comNEW YORK, JUNE 10, 1910. =-========================__ panies, wildcat and otherwise, are springing up all over the I TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Coples ............................................... gne Copy Three Month .................................. 0 ne Copy Six Months ..................................... ne Copy One Year ....................................... Postage Free. 05 Cents .65 Cents $1.25 h.50 HOW TO SEND MONEY-At our risk send P. 0 Money Order, Check, or Registered Letter; remittances in any other wr.y are at your risk. \Ve accept Posta.ge Stamps the same as cash. When sending silver wrap the Coin in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envel ope. W1ite 71ou1 name and address plainl71. .Address letters to 8rNC"L41B TOUHY, Prestden t GEO, o. HAITINGll, Trea1Jurer Oe E. Nn,A.NDltB, Becretny Prank Tousey, Publisher :.a4 Union Sq., New York GOOD STORIES. A thirty-pound chinook salmon was literally caught by hand 1.he other day at tl'le Oregon Railway and Navigation by a man who saw it floundering in the mud after the tide had gone out. It had evidently been caught in one of the holes on the inside of the wharf and as the tide receded was left in the mud. Its captor took the string from his shoe and, slipping it through the gills of the salmon, brought it ashore. Although most of the writing in the conducting of a railway is done on typewriters, it still takes 1,000,000 pen points a year to help keep the trains running on the Northern Pacific ...aud Great Northern roads. This is at the rate of sixty-six for every mile of the two roads. The employees of the two roads also require about 18,000 penholders and 320,000 pencils in a year. This means that for each mile of track thirty pencils are needed in a twelvemonth. Guy Fawkes was the most notorious of the Gunpowder Plot conspirators. He was born in Kent, England, in 1570, and died on January 31, 1606. In 1604 he became associated with Robert Catesby, Thomas Percy, Thomas Winter, John Wright, and others, in the plot to blow up the Parliament House. The conspirators succeeded tn filling a cellar of the Parlia ment House with barrels of gunpowder, which were to have been exploded by Guy Fawkes on the opening of Parliament on November 5, 1605. He was arrested as he was entering the cellar on the night preceding the day set for the culmina tion of the plot, and was, after trial, executed, with several of his fellow conspirators. t The enormous demands made upon the worlc1.'s rubber sup ply by the ever-increasing needs of the automobile, has brought about an extraordinary condition in the financial affairs of two continents. The source of perhaps three-fourths of the world's supply of first-class rubber is Brazil, more than one thousand miles up the Amazon River. The rest comes from smaller acreages in Panama, the Malay States, the Congo district on the west coast of Africa and India. Ceylon is going into the cultivation of rubber trees, and a good deal of the future supply is expected to come from there and other places where similar scientific methods are adopted. So precious is the commodity becoming that the Brazilian Government, with canny prudence, has virtually cornered the sup ply by subsidizing the planters in the district of Para, where the Brazilian rubber comes from. The situation is almost parallel with the diamond market-only one country supplies land. In some respects, it is said, the excitement is not unlike that which culminated in the bursting of the historic South Sea bubble. The price has gone up by leaps and bounds, and to-day stands at$1.25 per pound wholesale for the best quality, which is used by tire manufacturers JOKES AND JESTS. "The gfrl I marry will have to be possessed of a lot of common sense." "But the girl you marry won't be." Ted-Does Gayboy believe in the absent treatment? NedHe must. It costs him a pretty penny to keep his wife away in the country all summer. Miss Sweet-It is just .the sort of engagement ring I pre ferred. None of my others were nearly so pretty. How thoughtful of you! George-Not at all, dear. This is the ring I have always used. Gladys_:"Oh, mamma! Here's a note from that long-haired pianist. He says it will be impossible for him to play at our reception to-night." Mamma-"What's the trouble?" Gladys -"Some one stole his wig." She-->No, Jack, I'm afraid it's impossible. We should never get on well together. You know I always want my way so much. He-Well, that's all right. You could go on want ing it after we wern married. He had proposed by telegraph and asked her to telegraph her reply. The regulation tax allows ten words for the mini mum fee, and her am> .ver ran: "Yes, gladly, willingly, joy fully, delightedly, gratefully, lovingly, yes, y.es, yes." "Mamma, is the old black hen going to be sent away for the summer?" "No, Tommy. But why do ycm ask?" "'Well, I heard papa tell the new governess that he would take her out riding when he sent the old hen away for the summer." "Did yez notice about th' joke me brother Tim played on wan av thim chauffeurs?" "I heard a turrible thing happened to him. Poor Tim!" "'Poor Tim' th' divvle! He had a shtick av dinnamite in his pocket whin he war run over." "Do you know who that old man is talking to our hostess?" asked Mrs. Blunderer of the lady sitting beside her. "That," answered the woi:nan coldly, "is my son." "Oh! gasped Mrs. Blunderer, in confusion, "he's a good deal older than you are, is he not?" Mrs. Marble, after the death of her husband, went to Mr. Stone (a dealer in headstones) and consulted him in ence to an inscription. She said: "Put on it: 'To my dearest husband,' and if there be any room left, 'we shall meet in Heaven.' Entering the cemetery and going to her hus band's grave, she noticed the headstone, and quickly rushed to see how he had engraved it. The poor old widow's heart beat with pain when she read the following on the headstone: "To my dearest husband, and if there be any room left, we shall meet in Heaven."

PAGE 29

PAGE 30

PAGE 31

PAGE 32

PAGE 33

PAGE 34

close
Choose Size
Choose file type
Cite this item close

## APA

Cras ut cursus ante, a fringilla nunc. Mauris lorem nunc, cursus sit amet enim ac, vehicula vestibulum mi. Mauris viverra nisl vel enim faucibus porta. Praesent sit amet ornare diam, non finibus nulla.

## MLA

Cras efficitur magna et sapien varius, luctus ullamcorper dolor convallis. Orci varius natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Fusce sit amet justo ut erat laoreet congue sed a ante.

## CHICAGO

Phasellus ornare in augue eu imperdiet. Donec malesuada sapien ante, at vehicula orci tempor molestie. Proin vitae urna elit. Pellentesque vitae nisi et diam euismod malesuada aliquet non erat.

## WIKIPEDIA

Nunc fringilla dolor ut dictum placerat. Proin ac neque rutrum, consectetur ligula id, laoreet ligula. Nulla lorem massa, consectetur vitae consequat in, lobortis at dolor. Nunc sed leo odio.