Adrift on the Orinoco, or, The treasure of the desert


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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

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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
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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.

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'J ADUIFT ON THE ORINOOO. Will took it under his arm, but found it rather awk ward to handle. Then they trudged ahead again, feeling much refreshed and greatly encouraged after their meal. In fact, they felt like different boys. In this way, and alternating their burdens, they covered another mile, and then the position of the sun showed them that daylight was fast waning, and that darkness would ere long be upon them with the customary suddenness of the tropics. "Let's sit down and rest," said Will. "I'm tired." He threw the cask down on the sand, and Jack followed suit with the package. They were close to a sweep in the shore, and the view ahead was cut off by a dense mass of shrubbery. "No sign of any town or village yet. We'll have to sleep out here in the bushes. It will be my first experience of the kind/' said Will. "It won't hurt you. I'll fluarantee that you won.'t catch cold," replied Jack. "Catch cold in this latitude ( I should imagine not. More likely we'll be moonstruck if there is a moon." "As there was a moon two nights ago in Georgetown, I guess we'll have it here, for the sky is almost clear; only it will rise later." The ocean breeze fanned the heated faces of the hqys. "Hist!" ejaculated Jack suddenly, laying his hand on his com].'anion's arm. ''What's the matter?" asked Will, in surprise. "I hear voices an the other side of that shrubbery." "So do I. I wonder who the persons are." "Wait here and I'll find out I understand Spanish, you know. It is well to be cautious before showing our selves." Thus spea'King, Jack crept forward and peered through the bushes. CHAPTER II. THE TWO SAILORS "I say, are you goin' to drink it all?" cried the other, angrily. "First come first served, Bill," said Griffen, pausing for breath. "My throat is as dry as a chip." "So's mine-as drv as this here sand 'round us. Just cut it short, will "There .you are. Drink hearty," said Sam, passing the flai:;k over. Resuming his search of the chest while Bill Flipper was "wetting his whistle," he presently brought forth a bag of fanc,Y biscuits. "More luck still. Bill. Here's some biscuits," he said. "Do you call them things biscuits?" asked Flipper, eyeing the fancy askance. "That's what they art!. Kind or fancy and sweetish, but they taste good," said Griffen, munching one with much avidity. "Hand over a bunch of 'em," said Flipper. 'T'here was silence between them for a few minutes, while their jaws worked upon the crackers. "Pass the fl.ask," said Griffen, holding out his hand for it. Flipper grinned and put it to his lips. "Avast there-that fl.ask is my property," growled Griffen. "I found it in the chei!t, so hand it over." Fair play, Sam. We're the only two escaped from the wrc1 1-c of the Molly Owen, and it would be precious hard if """ 1on't stand by each other." "That's right, so don't take moi:::!':i. your allowance. We will share and share alike." Flipper turned over the bottle, and Griffen took another long swig. ".That calks up the leaks in a feller's innards," he said, serewingon the top and putting the fl.ask in his pocket. "How do you feel now, with a cargo or rum and biscuit aboard?" "First rate. Well, hei:e we are the oUiy survivors of the bark. She's gone to the bottom, an devery soul aboard of her except you and me, Sam." "Includin' the. owner and his darter, who were returnin' from Rio to their home in New York. She was a blamed On the sands, a few yards away, Jack saw two roughpretty gal, don't you think, Bill ? I wouldn't mind bein' looking men, who were clearly sailors, going through a santied up to such a tidy craft-as trim as one of tl:.em steam dalwood chest that they had evidently dragged out of the yachts that the plutocrats sail about in these days.'' sea. uHaw, haw, haw!" I ughec1 Flipper derisively. "Jest as "Lucky the sea washed our mate's chest ashore, or with if a gal like her would look at a shellba .ck like you.'' a little brownin' by the sun, and a feather or two stuck in "Me a shellback Why, I'm only forty, and when I'm our hair, we might have been taken for native Injuns," spruced up I'm as goocl-lookin' as any man of my age. You ,one of them was saying in English. always were jealous of my figgerhead, Bill Flipper." "Yes, we're in much better trim outside, but our insides "You've had two wives already. How many more d'ye so well furnished. I feel as hollow as a reed," replied want?" the other. "That's my business. However, what's the use of talk"Hello More lu ck! Her&'s fl big fl.ask of whisky. Just in'? The gal is gone, and food for the fishes by this time." what we need to brace us up," said the first speaker, quickly "You'd never got her, anyway. She was only seventeen, unscrewing the metal top and putting the fl.ask to his lips, young enough to be your own darter. You used to act like while his companion sat back on his haunches and looked a fool aboard on her account. If her old man or the skip at him enviously. per snspected what you were thinkin' about when you plas"When you're through, Sam Griffen, I'll take a nip," tcredyour hair up with palm ile, and shaved yourself so he said, balding out hi hand impatiently. often, you'd have got a takin' down, you can take that Sam looked at him while he clupg to the fl.ask as if he I from me.'' never meant to relinquish it. "Look here, Bill Flipper, you and me are friends, but ) j

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ADRIFT : ON THE ORINOCO. there's s u c h a thi::ig as rubbin' it in too far, d'ye under stand? got my knif e and ii I ran it into your gizzard, y ou d ha v e som ethin' to squ e al about," said Griffen in an ugly ton e "I'v e got a knife, too, if it L ) mes to that," returned Flipp e r, with a bad .look in his eye. "Don't you go to thre a t enin me, 'cause I might make a hole in you big enough to shove that chest in." The two men eye d each other in a way that made Jack Garrison in the background, think they might come to blows, but they didn' t. "vVhat's the use of our quarrelin' ?" growled Griffen at length. "Ain' t no use. You started the matter with your threat to open my gizzard. The bark's gone, the crew; 'cept me and you, are g,one, the gal is gone, and so's the officers and her father. What's the use thinkin' any more about 'em? All we 've got to do is to care of ourselves, and who knows, now we're well victualed, we may be able to tramp it till we come to some village or town where we can get afloat ag'in ?" "Right y ou are, Bill Flipper. There's my hand. Let bygones be bygones. If we only had a revolver we might be able to clean out a house or two on our road if it was worth robbin', and that would put us in funds." "Maybe the re's a gun in the chest. Have you been all through it?" Griffen 1nade no reply, but dived again into the !!!n c he s t. Presentl y h e pulled out a brace of shooters and a belt fun of c artridges. W e' re lu c k y again," he said, handing one 0 the re rnlv e r s to his c ompanion, who saw that it was fully charged and the n buckling the belt around his waist. The s ail o r s got up and look e d around. "N othin' in sight," said Flipper. "Come on." They walked off wes tward along the shore, and as Jack and Will for the latter had grown impatient and joined hi s c ompanion, sat up and looked at each other, night descend e d on the face of Nature like the gradual turning down of a bright gas-jet. "\V ell, what do you think of those two chaps?" asked Jack. "I think their room is better than their company," said Will. "That's my opinion. They're bad eggs. I'm glad we didn t run foul of them." "I s hould say so. We' ll camp liere for the night. That will give them a good start of us." Although it was now night the sky was so resplendent with stars and the air a s clear as a bell, that they could e a s ily see around them for a considerable distance. 'fhe wind had fined down to a light breeze, but the waves s till r o lled in with s ome forc e making quite a surf. The boys talked about their chances of reaching a civil ized place on the morrow until the fatigue they had lately been through ovl!rcame them, and they fell asleep j,n the shadow of the bushes. The sun was well up when they awoke in the morning. The sea was nearly calm now, and there was hardly any wind. "Well, old man, how do you feel?" asked Jack. "As good as I can expect to feel under the circum stances," replied Will, not very enthusiastically. "Let's eat and then get a move on." The boys opened up their supplies and proceeded to make a breakfast. "Mighty lucky we are to have anything to eat this morning," said Jack. "Yes, it was fortunate we ran across that boat," replied Will. "If we hadn't I don't know what would have become of us." "If we had gone in the opposite direction we'd have missed it. You see that there's luck after all in leaving things to chance." Fifteen minutes later they were on their way again. Walking in the heat of a tropical sun was very fatiguing to them, for they were not used to such a thing, and so they gladly welcomed the sight 0 what seemed to be a wood in the distance. It took an hour's tramp to reach it, and by that time they were completely done up. Throwing themselves on the ground, they rested for nearly an hour, and then resumed their journey under the leafy covert, keeping within a short distance of the sea so that they would not go astray, since Jack believed that there was more chance of their meeting a village near the water than away from it. When noon came they were still in the long wood They stopped and made a light meal, took a rest, and then went on again. Late in the afternoon they reached the edge of a dea.r ing opening on the sea. Here they saw a rude shanty that looked as if it was deserted. "We'd better stop here for the night What
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ADRIFT ON THE ORIN01CO. Apparently he had done the shooting, and the revolver lay in the middle of the floor. The girl was doing her best to fight the ruffian off, but was like an infant in his muscular grasp. "There ain't no use of you tryin' to stop me, miss. I took a fancy to you from the moment you stepped aboard the bark at Rio, and now that I've got the chance I'm gain' to kiss you. I've been hankerin' for a smack of your red lips, and you might just as well oblige me first as la st, s eein' as I'll get it in the end whether you like it or not," said Griffen, his words interrupted here and there with the hiccups he could not suppress. Without calculating the chances he might be up against, .Tack rushed forward, struck Griffen in the mouth, and tore i.11e girl from his grasp. The rascal staggered back, not so much from the blow as from his general unsteadiness, and then stood glaring at the boy in angry surprise. "Who are you, and where did yon come from?" he demanded, with an imprecation. "You and your friend had better get out of here, for I guess you're not wanted," replied Jack, coolly, as the girl he had reRcucd from the rnffian's clutches sank weeping beside the form she called father. "Why, you young whipperBnapper, do you dare order me about?" roared Griffen. "I'll fix you in about two min utes." He rushed at Jack, but the boy dodged him easily. Seeing the man s revolver on the :floor he snatched it up, c ocked it, and stood ready to defend himself against both men. "Drop that gun!" shouted Griffen. "I'll drop you if you get out of here,'' replied the plucky boy. Seeing that the sailor was about to dash at him again, he raised the weapon and pointed it at him. Griffen started back, for he read determination in the boy's face and attitude. After uttering a string of imprecations he cried to hi8 companion: "Shoot him, Bill. Blow his head off." Flipper reached for his gun, and after some trouble got it out. At that moment Will came to the door and in. Flipper tried to aim at Jack, but made a bungle of it. The boy took deliberate aim at his wavering hand fired. Flipper with a roar of pain and rage dropped the weapon as if it had suddenly become red-hot. "Pick up that gun, Will," said Jack. Will rushed in and snatched it from the floor, then walked over beside his "Now," said Jack, "I'll give you chaps just half a min ute to get out. If you don't obey you'll be carried out." Flipper glared furiously .1t Jack, for two of his fingers had been put out of business by the boy's shot. Griffen realized that everything was against him and his companion The presence of the two boy s was a surprise to him, ai:d his drunken mind told him that they could hardly be alone in that part of the country, and every moment he expected : to see some men walk into the shanty. "All right, my fine chap," he gritted. I'll know you when I see you ag'in, and then I'll get square with you for this piece of business." Taking Flipper by the arm, they staggered out of the house, and the boys watched them go down to the water's edge, where the wounded ruffian his lacer ated fin gers in the sea The fellow would have fallen into the water only Griffen held on to him. Leaving Will to watch them, Jack went over to where the distracted girl was bending over her father. "Is he badly hui:t, miss?" he asked in a sympathetic tone "Oh, I fear he is dead. My poor father!" she moaned in grief-stricken tones. Jack felt of the man's heart, and he found tliat it was beating quite strongly "He isn't dead," he said. "Let me look at his wound." He rubbed the blood away with the discolored handker chief the girl hacl been using for that purpose, and it needed no doctor to see that the wolmd by no means a desperate one. "He's not seriously hurt, miss," said Jack. "The bul let just cut the skin along the side of his head." "Are you sure?" she asked eagerly. "He looks so white snd still." ''He'll come around all right. Will," he said to his friend, "go down fo the shore and bring some wat e r up in that vessel," pointing at a sort of gourd which lay on the floor. Will picked up the gourd and went on his errand. "So this is your father, miss.?" said Jack. "Yes." "How came u both here? Are you the young lady whose father owns the bark Molly Owen, that foundered in the late gale?" "Yes. How did you know?" she asked, looking at him in surpris e "I heard those two rascals talking about you and the loss of the vessel last evening some miles down the shore. From their conversation I judged that everybody aboa,rd was lost but themselves." "My father and I were saved by a spar, and came ashore here during the night." "You were fortunate, both of you. My friend and I were wrecked on this coast, too, by the same gale which caught us way down off Georgetown, and blew us up here. We were out sailing in a small boat, and the wonder is we ever lived through the storm, for the boat was not a good one by any means." "What is your name? I wish to thank you for coming to my assistance." "My name is Jack Garrison. My friend's name is Will Merritt. May I ask y ours ?" "J Gale. My fathe1"s name i s Roger Gale. I am very grateful to you for saving me from that man. He was intoxicated, but still he knew what be was doing. He and his companion were common sailors aboard my father's bark. Their names are Griffen all.cl Flippe.r."

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6 ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. "I am glad I was able to be of service to you, 1\liss Gale, and anything further that I and my friend can do for you and your father you can depend we will do." "Thank you. I appreciate your kindness," and she flashed a grateful look at him. At that point Will returned with the gourd full of water. "Where are those two rascals now, Will?" asked ,Jack, as he proceeded to wash Roger Gale's wound and bathe his face and head. "They're walking up the shore," replied Will. "Now that we are armed they'd better keep out of our way," said Jack. In a few minutes the girl's father recovered his senses, and Jack helped him to sit up, propping his back against his knee. "Dear, dear father, how do you feel?" asked Jessie, solicitously. "Not very good, my darling. Am I badly hurt?" "No, sir," put in Jack. "You'll feel all right in a little while. Let me bandage your head up." "Where are those rascals?" asked Mr. Gale. ''They've gone away. Tl)is boy made them go." The gentleman was puzzled to understand how Jack and his friend happened to be on the scene, but he did not feel in shape to ask questions just then. He closed his eyes and rested his head on his daughter's lap. Jack thought it better that he have quiet, so he called Will, and they went outside. "That's the girl we heard those sailors talking about last evening. She and her father escaped the wreck of the bark by floating ashore on a spar. Those rascals evidently dropped in at this hut and found them here. The ruf fians were half seas over from the contents of that whisky flask, which I dare say they have emptied between them. Griffen is clearly sweet on the young lady, who is far above his class, and seeing her here with only her father to pro tect her he thought he could take liberties with impunity. Her father in defending her from him aroused the fellow's anger, and Griffen shot him. Fortunately he made a bad shot, though he came pretty near putting a bullet in the gentleman's brain." "You think he'll recover?" "Sure, unless he should get a fever or something of that kind on account of his wound, which is really not danger ous as it stands." "I suppose we'll have to wait here till he is well enough to go on with us?" "We were going to stay anyway all night. He may be in shape in the morning to make a start." "The small amount of provisions and water we have won't go far among four." "That can't be helped. They have their share, and then we must all trust to luck. We'll come out somehow. We have been quite lucky so far, and I hope good fortune will continue to favor us." The boys returned to the house in half an hour, ;rust as the sun was sinking, and found the girl in the same posi tion, with lrnr father's head on her lap. He was asleep, and breathing easily. "Have you had anything to eat since you came ashore?" asked Jack in a low tone of Jessie. "Yes; we found some rice cakes and a little water in that gourd," she replied. "It was enough for two slight meals." "We have a little potted tongue, some crackers and water. We will divide with you and your father." "Thank you. It is very kind of you to offer to provide for us out of your little store. If you will give me a drink and a cracker now it is all I shall want for the present." Jack brought the water-keg, and held it while she drank from the bung-hole, as that was the only way. When had her thirst he handed her half a dozen of the crackers. The boys then ate sparingly themselves. Later on, when J\Ir. Gale awoke much better and re freshed by his sleep, Jack helped him to the water and a share of the f'rovender. Jack then satisfied his curiosity concerning the presence of himself and his friend in that out-of-the-way spot, and he in turn told the boys something about the voyage of the ill-fated J\Iolly Owen. after she had sailed north from Rio de JaneiTo till she was overtaken and wrecked by the gale. Then they all talked about their prospects of reaching civilization before lack of food knocked them out. All J\lr. Gale knew about their position was that they were on the south shore of the delta of the Orinoco, prob ably at least 100 miles from the mouth of the river. "Do you know of any towns along this shore?" asked Jack. "I know there is a place called Placoa, about twenty-five miles this side of the river, and I know there is a town by the name of Barrancas on the northern side of the river near its mouth, but that is the extent of my knowledge of this part of Yenezuela. There are probably many native villages scattered about in this neighborhood, but we are likely to hit one more by accident than anything else. We must try to reach Placoa, for we can't miss it by going straight on, provided we are able to get that. far. I should imagine that it would take us several days traveling on foot to reach it." "We can't get there then unless we find something more to eat. What we have will not last over to-morrow," said Jack. As matters stood the prospect before them was indeed gloomy. CHAPTER IV. THE VILLAGE INN. Next morning Mr. Gale was feeling all right again, he said, except a natural soreness about his wound which Jack treated again with an application of sea water. The gourd was cleaned out, and the balance of their water emptied into it. Their breakfast consisted of two crackers and some tongue between as a sandwich, and a drink or two of water. After they had finished, lraving them for the time being more hungry than before, they started on their tramp for the town of Placoa. Following a beaten track they gradually lost sight of i

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ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. the ocean in the wood, but supposed they were walking the natives could furnish, and the man and his wife agreed parallel with it. to entertain the party for the night. They rested at. frequent intervals, as the heat oppressed While the woman was preparincr a meal the man brought them very m_uch indeed out a lotion which he told Jack would heal Mr. Gale's exertrnn and the warmth was felt particularly by' woLmd, ancl so tl'le boy applied it and bound the gentlethe girl and her father. Th l tt d mans bead up with fresh rags e a er s was fevensh, and he felt the pain and The party were so hungry that the plain fare set before general effects of it the further -they went. them tast d. ...... 1 At 1 t h h d t e sumpLLlOUS y as e a 0 he down, declaring that he didn't They were encouraged too by the news that' they would know whether he could go any further stnke a large village ten miles or so further on, at which Jessie looked anx10us and worried. they might secure a conveyance to take them to Placoa. Jack, who had taken a fancy to her, which she seemed Jack, on inquiry, lea :rnecl that the two sa.ilors had passed to return, spoke encouragingly to her, and said things there early in the afternoon and had secured a meal and would turn out all right in the encl. directions After an hour's rest Mr. Gale made an effort to go on. It was, therefore, presumed that they had gone on to the walked very slowly, making very little progress, village. on his account. The hut consisted of two room&-the living one, which oon came, and they rested to eat and drink, but Jes-was large, and a sleeping apartment, which was small. s1e s father could only take a little water. When the woman had cleaned up the man brought a While they were lounging about Jack spied something quantity of dry straw into the big room, spread it along hanging in the bushes one of the walls, and tolcl Jack that they must put up with Investigating the object, he found it was the cartridge that for their bed. _,. belt Griff.en had worn. As the party couldn't do any better they lay down on The loss o.I' the revolver had caused him to throw the it just as they were, and slept through the night without belt away wl1en it felt uncomfortable. being disturbed in any way. Jack was glad to get it, for it furnished him and Will After breakfast next morning they were provided with with a surplus of ammunition for their revolvers. some food ancl an earthen bottle of milk to take with them. He Teplacecl the two discharged cartridges with fresh Jack offered the man four shillings, which Will supplied, ones, and divided the rest with Will. and he seemed perfectly satisfied with the remuneration. He kept the belt, thinking it might prove of some use. As a matter or fact, he was well paid. During the afternoon they reached a small stream of The party then started in the direction in which the water, took copious drinks of it refilled their gourd with village lay, along a well-defined trail made by wagon fresh, for the supply they had was warm and not very re-wheels and animals. freshing, and washed their hands and faces They reached the village about two o'clock, ancl Jack Jack bathed Mr. Gale's inflamed wound repeatedly, and learned that there was an inn at the further end of it. Tebanclagecl it. Their presence in the place attracted much attention "I feel almost like a new man after that. said Jessie's and curiosity as tliey passed along, ancl they were followed father. "My blood was so feverish that I felt ill all over. by an increasing mob of children until they reached the You are veTy good to me, my lad, and I won't forget your inn, which was a two-story stone structure, very old in kindness." appearance, and very dirty and unkempt. "Don't mention it, sir. It's our duty to do all "c can fqr each other. We're comrades in luck, you know." As he looked at the girl he Raw her eyes resting on him with a look of gratitude and friendliness that rather thrilled him. The party continued their way, much refreshed, and Mr. Gale was little trol1bkc1 wilh l1is wound clnring the next few miles, when tliey came in Eight of cultivated fields and other evidences or eirilization. Finally they struck a thatched hol\se of one story about The lapdlord was lounging in the doorway, smoking a long cheroot, and he eyecl the party with no great favor. Jack asked for accommodation and information. "How far i.s it to Placoa ?" he asked the boniface. "Over one hundred miles," was the reply. "As far as that, eh? Can we get a wagon to take us there?" The man shook his head. "We will pay good.v "You. have money?" said the landlorc, beginning to show interest at last. sundown A man, a woman, and several nearly naked children "We have some,'' repli e d Jack. came to the doorway to look at them. / "How much?" asked the landlord. cl "Enough to pay you for till to-morrow Their appearance was evi ently a great surprise to the people. morning and the services of a wagon and driver, if we ean Jack tackled the man in Spanish, and managed to make get one, to take us to Placoa their plight understood. _T_he landlord seemed to reflect while he scanned the four He learned that they had been walking from the delta cntJ?ally. and were now about six or seven miles from it Fma1ly he bluntly stated bis charge for the accommoda-He offered to pay for food and such as I tion asked for, and his price was double his customary rates

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8 ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. Jack said they would pay it. '11he man, however, wanted to see some evidence of their funds before he would accept their custom. "Show him a sovereign, Will," said Jack. Will pulled out the six and displayed them before the landlord's eyes. 'The man's eyes sparkled covetously, and he became all smiles and politeness at once. With a lo;w bow he waved them in. The room they were introduced to was the main one of the inn, but it was not particularly inviting, particularly to a young lady like Jessie Gale. Jack inquired as to the accommodations they could have for the night. The landlord said he could let them have three separate rooms, and the boy said they would like to see them. The man led the way upstairs to the next story, and showed them the rooms. There was a single bed in each, and not much 0 a bed at that. The rest of the furniture consisted 0 a stool and a wash stand. Leaving Mr. Gale and his daughter in one 0 them for the present, the boys returned downstairs with the land lorO.. Jack ordered the best meal the boniface could get up, and then he and Will went outside and sat on a bench. Their surroundings on one side was a wood, on the other the straggling houses of the village. A donkey, loaded with panniers, and driven by a man on foot, was passing along the road that led into the wood. The flock of children which had accompanied the party to the inn had departed, and the boys were mighty glad of it. On the whole the village c1id not seem to be a lively one, their advent seemingly being the most important thing that had happened for some time. "It's a good thing you can speak Spanish, Jack," said Will. "We never could have made our wants known to the boss 0 this alleged hotel." "Yes, for Spanish is spoken, more or less, all through South AmeTica. '' "Where did you pick it up?" "Down in Rio, where I stopped about six months, owing to a game leg." "There is one thing that talks better than any language," grinned Will. "What is that?" rcl\foney. Did you notice how that fellow took his hat off to us as soon as I showed him the six sovereigns?" "You ought not to have displayed all your money. I told you to show him one. Now he'll soak us good for: everything we have." "He named his price before he saw my money." "That doesn't make any difference. He'll charge for extras that we won't get or are not worth what be asks for them." "We won't pay him." "It probably would not be to our interest to scrap with him." "I don't believe in being robbed." "Your objection won't cut much ice.'' "But we'll need all our fonds when we reach Placoa." "That's nothing to the landlord. He'll roast us as well ai:; he can." At that moment two men came around the corner 0 the building. One glauce satisfied the boys as to their identity. They were the sailors, Griffen and Flipper. CHAPTER V. THREATENED TROUBLE. The two sailors saw the boys at the same moment, and they stopped and regarded with black look s Jack returned their stare with one of indifference. The sailors consulted and then retited the way they came. "We'll have to look out or them; they will probably try to do us mischief," said Will. "If they bother us they're likely to encounter a bullet each," replied .Jack. "Unless tlwy take us off our guard." "'l'hey might pounce on us when we're asleep." "One of us will ha \e to keep watch while the other sleeps, turn and turn about." "You must tell Mr. Gale and his daughter that they are here." ''Of course." "We could put the landlord on to them, too." "I wouldn't trust the landlord any further than I can see him." "It's his iluty to protect his guests." "That's all very nice, but I daresay if he thought he could make anything by standing in with those chaps he'd clo it." "Do you think the lanclloid is as bad as that?" "I think he's not to be trusted. -f'm sorry he saw all Rovereigns. I have a general idea what these are. is fish that comes into their nets." Will was much disturbed by Jack's summing up of their situation. He wasn't experienced in the ways of the world, conse quently it wa s a shock to him to learn unpleasant facts ,Tack, on t.he contrary, bad rubbed elbows with world as it i< and he was a sharp observer oi everything that came his way. lf he distrusted a man he kept his weather eye lifting for possible trouble. He was never asleep, so it was harc1 to catch him napping. [n due time they were called to supper, and found a good meal on the table. Jessie and her father came down, and the first thing J ark did was to tell them of the presence of Griffen and Flipper. 'I'he girl looked a bit uneasy, for since her encounter with Griffen she feared the man. Jack assured her that he and Will would protect her. "We each have a revolver, you know, with a supply of cartridges," he ?aic1, ":::o it. won't be safe for anybody to try any monkey shines with you."

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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.

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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.

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ADR FT ON THE ORINOCO. 11 CHAPTER VI. A STROKE OF LUCK. Owing to the darkness above the landlord did not see the party in the act of descending, and they made no noise to attract his attention. Jack was in the lead, and saw the man first. He stepped back and whispered that they must take refuge in the nearest room until the landlord bad got out of the way. The boy guessed that the boniface occupied the large room that showed s igns of being used right along. Opening the first door at hand, Jack pushed the others inside a.ncl then followed himself, closing it to a crack. The landlord reached the landing and entered his room, but did not close his door, somewhat to Ja9k's uneasiness, since they dared not make a move as long as the man was in a position to observe them. 'The boss of the roost moved around his room for a few minutes, then came out into the corridor and listened. All was still. After standing for a short time, as if deliberating over omething, he started along the corridor toward the Tooms allotted to his four guests. Jack opened the door and looked after him. It was so dark that be couldn't see his figure. N evertbeless he suspected the man's object. He believed that his purpose was to go to the room in which he expected to find Will and him asleep by thls timeJ and go through 11is companion's clothes in order to possess himself of the six sovereigns he had seen, and any other money the boy had. .Jack's conjectme was correct, for that was the man's object. His cupidity bacl been excited by the gold, and be had an idea Will had not shown him all he possessed. The fellow was so silent and cautious in his movements tliat Jack cou. ld not teil when he entered oneof the rnoms. He knew that it would only be a question of'a few mo ments when the landlord would discover that they had left their rooms, and that would arouse his suspicions as well as his anger They had little time to lose before there would be a ruc tion in the place that would arouse attention and lead to trouble. Relying on the darkness to obscure their retreat, Jf!ck called on the others to follow him. "Make as little noise as you can, for the landlord is clown the corridor," he said They followed him to the head of the back stairs, and then down to the ground floor. Jack opened the back door and looked out. 'Flverything was silent, and there was no one in sight "Come on," he said, stepping outside, and they followed him. 'There was an outhouse close by, and Jack's object to put that between them and the inn to begin with. It would serve to hide their further retreat to the woods behind. They reached the building without discovery, and then hurried off toward a field that lay between the inn and the woods. They had barely r eache d and entered it when they be came aware of a commotion in the rear. "The landlord has found out that we have dusted out, an.cl he is raising Cain and organizing immediate pursuit ;" said Jack. "Unless we are 8een crossing this field he'll naturally conclude we have gone down the road, that i s unless Gi'iffen and his companion that we have not. That all depends on how long those two rascals have been sitting in the f tont of the hou..se, which commands a view of the road.'' The party got an extra hustle on, a.nc1 ran toward the wood as fast as they could go. They reached it quite out op breath, and stopped while Jack reconnoitered. They could see the inn in the moonlight, and made out nearly a dozen persons moving about there. "We'll go on," said Jack. "The sooner we place some distance between us and the inn the better our chances or escape will be." They were about to start ahead when the rapid gallop of 'horses came to their ears. Two or more mounted persons were approaching them through the wood. made their position awkward. 1 We must hide till the riders go by," said Jack. 'That was an easy matter, and soon they were concealed in a bunch of bushes. Hardly had they disappeared when two horsemen came dashing up, each leading a second animal. 'ro the consternation of the fugitives the men reined in in front of theil' place of concealment, and dismounted. Peering at them the foliage, Jack recognized them as -the two gauchos. They tied all four horses to one of the trees near by, and then rolled and lighted a cigarette each. "We have yet lots of time," said one of them in Spanish. "Why wait till miClnight to carry off the girl? San chez is with us. The sooner we get started the further along our road we'll be by morning," said the fellow whose name was Silvft. "Very good," replied Domingo. "Follow me." The two rascals started for the inn. As soon as they passed out of the wood the fugitives came from tbeir place of concealment. "Here's luck," said Jack. "What do you mean?" asked Will. "Those horses. See them? There art! four 0 them, and four of us. On their backs we'll soon get out of this neighborhood, and can defy pursuit." "That will be great," cried Will, in a tone of animation. "We'll lead them a short distance before we mount so that those rascals won't hear the sound of their hoofs," said Jack. He stepped forward and rapidly detached each of the animals in turn. 1 "Take this one, Will," he said "Mr. Gale, grab the bridle of this one. I'll take the other two myself."

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12 ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. After leading the horses a hundred yards into the woods Jack he! ped Jessie on one of the two he led himself, and mounted the other. Will and Mr. Gale were quickly in the sadd les of theirs. "Now off we go," said Jack. "Miss Gale and I will lead the way." \ "Are you going straight ahead?" asked Will. "For the present, yes." "Where will that take us to?" "I couldn't tell you. :My object just now is to secure our escape. rrhat is the first consideration. we. may go out of our way, but that can't be helped." Off they started, Jack and Jessie riding side by side, and carrying on a conversation together. The girl proved to be a splendid rider, much to Jack's satisfaction. As for Jack himself, he could ride anything in the shape .of a horse. I Will was not an expert, but he could ride good enough to suit all purposes, while Mr. Gale was accustomed to horseback exercise. At the end of half an hour they emerge.cl from the wood into a br<\ad path. This they followed without -figuring where it would take them to. They rode for many miles in the moonlight without The man couldn't say, but intimated that it was at a considerable distance. "Is there a town or village near here?" continued the boy. "Six miles ahead there is a village," was the reply. "This road leads to it, dpes it?" The man nodded. ".Muchas gracias," said Jack. "Give him a emall piece of silver, Will." Will handed the man a sixpence. He looked at it, then, taking off his hat, made the party a low, sweeping bow, grinning all over his face. "How much did you give him, Will?" asked Jack. His friend told him. .'I'll bet that's more than the fellow will earn by work ing all day." They met people frequently after that, who rega-rded them curiously. Foreign-looking strangers were apparently not often seen in that neighborhood. At length they saw the village in the dis \an ce, and has tened toward it. Jack reined in at 1<.me of the first houses, and inquired if i here was an inn in the place. 'l'here was none, but he was told he would find one on the main road a few miles further on. meeting with a soul. 'rhey passed many cottages on the edge of grounds. So they passed through the village, and aimed for the cultivated i it: ll in question. Their inmates had been asleep hours before. At length they slowed down to a walk, feeling fairly safe from being overhauled by their enemies, who could scarcely have found out their line of retreat. i 'l'hey reached it about eight o'clock, and found it to be a fair-looking place. Jack told the landlord that they wanted a good break fast, and their horses looked after. 'J'he party was invited to make themselves at home. "Say, Jack, I guesa we've gone ten miles by this time," 'l'he landlord was curious to learn whence they bad said Will from behind. come, but Jack parried the question. "I wouldn't be s urprised if we have," returned Jack. "Suppose we're riding away from Placoa instead of to ward it." "We'll -find out when we meet one of the inhabitants." ''That swindling old landlord must be in a blue funk over our beating him out of what was coming to him," laughed Will. "He isn't half as mad as the sailors and the two natives who conspired to abduct Miss Gale," returned Jack. "Those sailors are fierce rascals. They ought to try to help Miss Gale and her father, seeing as they were aboard the same vessel, instead of working the other way." "If we catch them in Placoa we may be able to fix them." "That will depend on what kind of place the town fo." "Well, let's get on a little faster." They touched up their horses, and for the next hour made better time. The moon had set by this time, and there were indica tions that day would soon break. Three quarters of an hour later the sun rose, and they saw a couple oi field laborers approaching along the road. Jack stopped them and ask eel them the direction in which Placoa lay. 'l'he man his hand to the right and forward. "How far off is it?" He learned that Placoa was eighty miles to the north west. "We have quite a ride before us," said Jessie. "Yes, but it isn't half as bad as walking," said Jack. After a good wash and a chance to fix themselves up, the four fugitives sat down to a bountiful breakfast, which they enjoyed hugely. Their horses were then brought around in :front of the rnn. The landlord charged a fair price, and after paying him the party set out on i;heir way toward Placoa. All were feeling good now, and anticipated no further trouble from their enemies, whom they thought they had ou. tgeneraled. But that was where they made a mistake. CHAPTER VII. TRACKED DOWN. 'They traveled all day at a rapid rate, for the:v were to rl:'ach their destination as a possible. They haa secured a subf:tantial lunch at the inn to carrv with them, and this they ate about one o'clock in a shady nook along the road. All probably would nave gone well with them but for a luckless turn of fate.

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ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. 13 They came to a junction of two roads about five o'clock, and stopped, puzzled to know which was the proper one for the m to take. While they were deliberating a sinister-looking fellow cam e riding .up with a bag across his saddle behind. Jack hailed him, and asked which of the two roads ought they to follow to go to Placoa. He eyed them sharply 9efore replying, and then said the left. "You can't expect to travel all night," he said, "so I will recommend you to stop 'at the inn I came from. You will get good beds and good fare there. I always patronize the place myself, for you might travel a long way and fare worse." The man rode on and soon disappeared around a turn in the highway. ''I don t like the cut of that fellow's jib," said Jack. ''Nor I," agreed Will. "I wonder if, he directed us right?" "We' ll have to chance it. At any rate, he said we would come across an inn where we would get good beds and en t e rtainment. That is what we are on the lookout for. We all need a good sleep to-night, even if we had to take it in the woods." So they followed the road the man had indicated, and the r e b y laid the foundation of all their subsequent troubles. But as good often comes out of evil it was fol'tunate for th e two boys in the end that the finger of fate beckoned the party o_ut of the right road. Night overtook them before anything in the shape of a ho use showe d up The y remarked that the y no 1onger wet with the culti vat e d field s they had passed s o often before, and that the wa y was more lone s ome and wild than they had hitherto encountered. "I'm. thinking that fellow lied to us," said Will. "I do n o t believe we s hall find any inn to stop at." "I see a light ahead said Jack. "It's close to the road. Perhaps it i s the inn wc are looking for." The y s oon iea c hed the building, and it looked like a hou s e of entertainment. The building was of two stories, long and weather beaten, and before it stood a cart, the horses of which they c ould hear neighing in the stable at the rear. The front door was shut, and there was no sign of busi ness about the place. Jack alighted, and told the others not to dism ount until he had inves t igated. He walked up to a window, the shutters of which stood open. B y standing on tiptoe he could overlook the whole room. The only person inside was a haTd-looking woman, who was seated before a table mending a man's garment. There was another and larger table in the center of the room with a dozen chairs pulled up to it. In a corner was a kind of dresser filled with cheap cro c ke ry. Along one of the walls was a line of pegs for hanging hats and clothe s There were many other things which it is not necessary to particularize. Before Jack had compl e ted his survey a dog barked in the yard at a furious rate, and the party heard his chain rattle as if he was tugging at it. The woman put down h e r work and came toward the door. Jack hastily left the window and went to meet her. "What do you want? she asked i n a surly tone in Spanish. "Is this an inn?" asked the boy. "Yes, but we don't take in everybody." "There are four of us--a gentleman, his daughter, an other boy and myself. We want supper, beds, and break fa st." The woman p e ered at the rest of the party. "Come in," s he said "I will send a man to take charge of your hor s es." Jack helped Jes sie to dismount, and she and her father enter e d the house, while Jack and Will held the animals till a rough-looking fellow came out of the yard and took c harge of them. The boy s then went into the house. The four sat on a settee on one side of the room, feelin g Yery much like cats in a strang e garret. Presently an overgrown, clownish-looking y outh ap p e ared and began setting one end of the big table for four It didn't tak e him long, and then he disapp e ared. In the course of half an hour a rude rep ast was ready for the party, and the woman told them to sit up and eat 'he resumed her occupation, but J a ck noti c ed that she was furtively watching them. When the m e al :finished Jack said they would like to g o to bed, as they were tired. 'l'he woman s ummoned the clownish boy and order e d him to sl1ow the party to the rooms she mentioned on the floor above. The b'oy took three candles and led the way As they were ascending the stairs they heard a clatter of hoofs outside, and that indicated several new arrival s Jessie was shown into a s mall corner room, her father to one adjoining it, while the boys were taken to a room further on. The boy Teft a candle m each room, and then returned downstairs. "I'm fagged out," said Will. "I shall sleep like a top to-night." Jack walked to the window that opened on the road and looked out. The moon was just risii:g above the tree-tops and shone full on the house. The boy beard an excited conversation in Spanish going on below. He looked down and then he got a shock. He saw the two sailors, Griffen and Flipper, and their ra s cally native companions, Domingo and Silva, with two other fellow s of their own br e ed, standing at the door talk ing to the woman and rough-l o oking man. From what Jack heard, the newcomers had learned of their arrival and were in high glee over the discovery. 'l'hut they meant to profit by it there could be no doubt. "Will," whispered Jack.

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14 ADI\IFT ON THE ORINOCO. "What do you want?" asked .friend with a yawn, and half undressed. "\\' cre trapped." 'Trapped! What do you mean?" cr i ed Will, startled into :wakefulness. "Six men have just reached this inn." "What of it?" "Two of them are the sailors." "What!" gasped Will. "Jot Griffen and Flipper?" "That's who tbey are. The other four are South Americans, two o.f whom are Domingo and Silva, the rascals we done out o.f the horses.'' "Great Scott! don't say that!" "They have just learned from the landlady of this inn that we are here.,; "Oh, Jupiter!" "And they are going to make sure of us thia time." "Good gl'acious l" "Put on your clothes again and get ready for a scl'ap.'1 "I say, this is tough." "It certainly is. I'm going to warn Mr. Gale." Jack slipped out of the room, and made his way along the corridor to the room occupied by Jessie's father. The door was not locked so he walked in. "Who's there?" asked the gentleman, who was already in bed. "Me--J ack." "Oh Well, you have something to tell me?" "I have bad news." ''Bad news!" cried the gentleman, sitting up. "Yes. We have been tracked to this place by our en emies, whom we thought we had eluded." "You don't mean it." ".1 do. I have seen them. The sailors, the rascals they conspired with to help them abduct yottr da11ghter, and two others in league with them." "What shall we do ?i' "Get up and dress yourself, and arouse the young lady. we'll haw lo fight the thing out this time." Mr. Gale hurried into bis clothes, and then rushed into the toom occupied by his daughter. .Tack returned to Will, and found his friend dressed again. Seizing the candle, Jack examined the corridor_. and found that there was only one flight of stairs leading to it. "They'll have to come u)_:> that way, and we must head them off," he said to Will. "Head off six -.nen." "Yes. Miss Gale must b e protected at any cost." "I see our finish." ''Perhaps, but there will be other in the same boat. I intend that those rascals shall pay dearly for theit triumph if they win it." He took out his revolver and looked at it. l\fr. Gale now joined them. He held in his hand a kind of club he had found in tbii corner of the room. "We mttst make the best stand we can against those rascals," he said. "They shall reach my daughter only over my dead body." "And ours," replied Jack, with a resolute look. A few minutes afterwards Jessie appeared with a fright ened face. 'Let us go to the head of the stairs," said Mr. Gale. "Two or three of these villains shall die before we are overpowered." "Oh, father!" cried the girl, throwing her arms around his neck." "There, there, my dear, don't be frightened; we will protect you." 11 But if you should be killed, father?" she sobbed. "DonJt think of such a thing; daughter, before it has happened. Go into one of the rooms :further back; and keep out of harm's way." "Yes, go into the one we occupied at the end of this passage. The door is open, and you will find 11 candle in jt," said Jack. Jessie was loath to leave her father, hut whett he insisted that he should retire from the danger point she reluct antly yielded. Mr. Gale and the two boys placed themselves at the head of the stairs and awaited tho outcome of the situation with tl!Jgged determination. CHAPTER VIII. OAPTURED. r othing happened !or hal an hour, hut the time seemed nnwh longer to the three. At length they heard the op.:nlug of u door below, and the sound or i:;everal feet. 'l'hcn came the glint of a candle home along the pai: s age. 'l'he stall's were short and straight, and Mr. Gale and the boys p1'esently saw six persons, among whom they rC'cog nized the two sailors, appear at the foot of the' flight. Domingo was in the lead, Silva hehind him, the other two sinisterlooking Sollth Americans next, while Grif!en anil Flipper biought up in the rear. They loe.t no time in coming up, and they trod as lightly as they cot1lcl. Bending over the balustrade the pal't,v above watched Lhrm af:cend. When the ia cals reached the middle of t11e stairs Jack :rncldenly shottied in Spanish: "Halt!" Ir a Llmnderbolt had truck the> house at that moment tl1e coundreh! could not have been taken more by t:1tuprise. Domingo stopped, and the rest had to. The gat1cho 1aised the camllc and all lo oked up. They saw .Tack ancl \Yill R tancling on the landing point ing thrit revolvets do rn into thrir fr.ret4, antl the figure oi the bark ownel', loo .ming inclistinctl.v hehincl the boys Domingo uttered a native imprecation, and the sailors said something under their breaths. 'rhen Domingo said: "What is What do you mean, senors? We are going to bed." "That's a lie," replied Jack. ''You are coming up here to attack us and try to the young lady who is under our protection.'' "We attack you, senors!" cried Domingo in a tone of

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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
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16 ADRIFT ON THE The next minute he was in the grasp oi t\lat scoundrel, and a desperate tussle took place between them, with the chances all against the bo:y, who was no match for the brawny sailor. Griff en recovered himsell', and with the blood running clown his face Jrom the wound inflicted by the bark owner, tackled that gentleman savagely. '11he appearance of Jack, however, was likely to turn the scale of battle against the two sailers. The chief trouble was it was too dark to friend from foe. He got hold of Flipper, however, and struck him a staggering blow in the face with the butt of bis revolver. At that exciting moment a shrill scream from Jessie rang out from the room at the encl of the passage. It showed that something unexpected had happened to her. Jack \Vas the only one in a position to rush to her aid. He did so at once. Reaching the door of the room, he saw the girl strug gling in the grasp of Domingo and the other two natives. They were forcing her toward an open door in the wall which neither Jack nor Wil1 had noticed when they were in the room. I The reason why they had not was because it was a secret one, without anything fo show that it existed there. "Drop that girl!" cried Jack, leveling his revolver. He was afraid to .fire lest he hit Jessie, and before he could find a fair show the girl was pulled through the opening. He rushed up to the door, intending to save Jessie at every hazard. As he reached it he suddenly received a blow in the face from Domingo, who expected this move on his part, and was lying in wait for him. As he staggered back the gaucho sprang upon him, bore him to the ground, and pulfd the revolver from his grasp. Calling back one of his friends, they secured the boy be tween them, binding his arms to his side. Then they tossed him on the bed, and grabbing up the light rushed out in the corridor, where the scrap was sti1l going on between JI.Ir. Gale, Will and the sailors. The arrival of Domingo and his companion on the scene reRnltecl in the complete defeat of the boy and the bark owner, and they were soon bound like Jack. Both Griff en and Flipper looked badly handled, Jack's lilo>1; having tom a great gash in the latter's cheek, and they wanted to take revenge on the two boys; but Domingo prevailed on them to postpone the matter for the present, telling them that the girl was now in their power, and it was adviRable to lose no time in carrying her and their other pri,;oners away from the inn. Jessie was secured downstairs, and gagged to keep her quiet. The rascals then repaired damages as well as they could, and after a drink a11 around, their own horses, and those used by the fugitives, were brought around to the front of the house, the prisoners were bound on the animals they had ridden, and then the party set off at a rapid pace up the road. 'CHAPTEH. IX. .A.DRIFT ON nm ORINOCO. The prisoners were separated from each other during the ride. Jack's horse was led by Flipper, who followed after Domingo, the leader, leading the animal bestrode by J e. sie. Behind Jack came ::\fr Gale, convoyed by one of the natives, and behind him Will, in charge of Griffen. Last of an rode the wounded Silva, his arm done up in a sling, and with him was the other native. The party reeled off many miles at a brisk pace before daylight disclosed a bare and lonesome landscape ahead. There was no path or road over this sterile stretch of land which seemed to be of considerable extent, with few ii any trees to break the monotony. As the sun rose in the sky the prisoners began to experi ence the heat more and more, and the sailors were somewhat affected, too. The South Americans alone did not appear to be incommoded. At length the landscape began to change for the better, and aftf:r about an eight -hour steady ride since leaving the inn a halt was ca lled under a large spreading tree, the thick leaves of which afforded a welcome relief from the bmning rays of the sm1. The prisoners were lifted to the ground and propped against the trunk. Then rice rakes, with a slice of meat, were passed around, which with water formed the meal. The right arm of each of the prisoners was released so they could feed themselves. After the lapse of an hom the party started on again. Their way was mostly shaded by trees, which offered some relief, as the sun was hotter than during the morn ing. Will had felt so fagged out that he slept during more than half of the first stage of the journey, while Jack nodded more or less during the trip. From the time of leaYing the> tree both boys dozed most of tlie time 11ntil the sun ,;et ancl darkness came on. By this ti me the party l1ad covered about seventy miles, an cl werr fifteen miles or so south of Placoa. The 'Ccond glop was made for rest and another frugal meal. 'l'he th i rel stop was not made till midnight, after they had ridden thirty miles more, ancl ugain food was distrib-11ted. It at this point that Jack heard Griffen suggest that they camp there for the night. Both sailors were tired of the long ride, and they wanted a chance to stretch and take a sleep Domingo said that no stop for sleep would be made till time next morning, when the party connected with the inn kept hy a man to the robber bani!. "We will stay there all clay," he said to the sailor, "and go on again after dark." The night seemed an endless and fatiguing one to the who felt very glum over the uncertain ahead for ;

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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.

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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. ..-

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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

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20 ADRIPr O N TH E ORIN O C O think if the bung came out of it. We'd have gone to the bottom in no time "The bung didn't come out, and con sequently we didn.'t go to the bottom. That shows we have luck with us, and with luck in our favor we'll get out of our scrape in the course of time." "We were lucky to run foul of this boat. Let's look at her: She seems to be floating aimless l y down the river without any one on board The house, which occupied the. greater part o f the odd craft, was about twelve feet high. The encl facing the boys hacl a low door, whl.ch was i1artly open, and some feet above it a small, s quare window with out any sash-just an opening left there to admit light and air to the interior. Jack push eel the door open and looked inside 'rhere was another door at the other end, which !:tood open, ancl a window on either sicle. 'l'he height of the room was not over seven feet, and there stood a ladder near by communicating through a good sized hole with a lo f t which was lighted by the opening above the door, and by anoter opening at the other r.ncl which the boys, of course, could not see. 'l'here was a table in tl:ie room, and shelves around1 the wall, and rough stools, evidently of native manufacture, as well as barrels and hampers ranged about, which Jack was tlle cargo the craft carried. There was no sign of any human beings, howeve r and the boy wondered if they were asleep in the loft. Before venturing to see what was there the boys insp(cted the lower part :first To their great satisfaction they found a cask full of fresh water, and a hamp e r full of provisions, such as rice cakes, a brown looking bread, part of a roasted pig, and a plenti ful supply of fruit, some of it not yet quite ripe. "Here's luck!" cried Will. "We won't starve with all this to feed on. He sampled a slice of p i g and ate a rice cake, an example followed by Jack. They were not very hungry, having had a good meal at the inn before their enemies started in to dispose of them i n the manner already described. Hanging on the wall they saw an old cut l as, whic h h ad come from some arship. Un o ne of ihe shelves lay a navy revo l ver in its l eather holster or sheath, and beside it a box heaping full o f ca r t Jack took possession o f the revo l ver and fil led his pockets with cartridges ,_\iJ. examination of the weapo n showed that ever y cham ber was loaded "Say, I'll bet the peop l e who belong to this craft are asleep up::;tairs," said Wili. ''This boat wouldn't be dese1:ted in this s hape, with cargo and provjsions enough for a crui s e aboard. It doesn't look reasonable "I agree with you. Well, if the people are aboard they are c e rtainly taking things easy One of them ought to be a\\ ake looking out for the boat," said Jack. "It migM go aBhorc somewhere if it wasn't kept in the middle of the stream." "I
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ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. glided to the edge of the trap and Jack found himself lookhastening to take down the cutlas, which had a fairly keen ing into a pair of scintillating eyes. edge. 1 'l'he head in which the eyes were im.bedded, like a pair of ''The craft -must have been moored up some sheam close glittering diamonds, slipped forward and hung down, to a woods, and probably being hungry it came aboard on a swinging to and .fro with a si nuous motion. foraging expedition." It was a good thing for the plucky boy that he did not "Do you think it's eaten the crew?" 1 rose his presence of mind under the baleful glare of the un"Eaten your grandmother-no. If it had eaten one of '. canny live thing above or it would have been all up with him them that would have been a full meal, and then it would 1 in short order. have been comatose for some time. rrhe fact that it's so Ho saw at once that the object was the head of a huge lively shows that it is ready for a meal i:f it can get it." snake, such as inhabit the wilds of certain parts of Ve:nezu-"I don t intend to offer myself as a choice morsel," said ela, and be knew if the reptile reached him it would mean Will, with a shudder. his finish. ''This snake furnishes the s olution of the cause of thiB He jumped back from the ladder as quickly as he could craft being deserted. lt is clear to me that its presence was -' and retired as far as the table. discovered by the people after they got afloat, and they were / Will, by this time, was perched as far forward as he could so frightened that they all jumped overboard and swam go, shivering at the recollection of what he had just seen in ashore, leaving the boat and the snake to take care of themthe loft. selves." The snake was clearly bent on following Jack 's move"You've s truck it," nodded Will. "Now look here, what men ts, for it l owered its neck and a sect ion of its round are we going to do with it on board? If it's hungry it is body tl1rough the hole, and turning its eyes toward the boy, s ur e to try and reach us. You could swim ashore if you had began to swing to and fro lik e the pendulum of a clock. to, but I couldn't. If I went overboard I'd' be drowned as ,Jack watched the smike for a moment or two and hen I s ure as fate." he recollected the reYolver h e had strapped about his waist. "With that cutlas and this revolver I think we ought to Drawing the weapon from it holster he cocked it, took be able to do up Mr. Snake," said Jack. aim as well as he cou ld at Lhe swing ing object, and blazed "You wouldn't catch me going .near enough to him to away. stick him,') said Will. "I know what snakes are. They get A loud, horrible hiss followed the report, and when arou nd you in no time and squeeze you into a jelly. I mean the smoke cleared from beforn Jack's eyes the snake had as big as this one." disappeared, but the boy could h ear it thumping about "They can't do much squeezing unless they can their overhead. tail anchored around a tree, or something else that will give "I hit it," he muttered, cocking the revolver again in them the chance to brace themselves." readiness for a second encounter with the enormous reptile. "How do you know they can't?" Tt didn't reappear, but it was carrying on at a fierce rate "I've heard so." in the loft, which seemed to indicate that it had been badly "They can poison you with their stinger, can't they?" wounded. Small snakes of a venomous kind do, but whether the The hiss it gave out at intervals was something awful to big ones do I can't say." listen to, and it made the boys s hiver. "Are you going to tJ!:y and shoot this one?" By degrees it grew quiet and ceased hissing. "I certainly will do my best if he comes down here." Jack, however, did not care to venture up the ladder to "I think we'd better roost on the roof of the house toinvestigate matters, for h e had an idea that the reptile was night." lying in wait for him. "The s nake could crawl out of one of those small winHe Lo the door and beckoned to Will. dows and get up there a s well as it could come clown here." "Diel you kill it?" asked Will tremulously, as he came "Suppose it comes down in the dark, how are you going reluctantly forward. to see it to kill it? I guess a snake can see better at night '' o, but I wounded it badly I think. Did you hear it?" than it can in the daytime, while we can't see at all in the "Did I? Do you think I'm deaf?"' dark." "It's a fierce monster." "There's a lant e rn inside here which we can light as soon "I sho uld say so. It came out from under two of the as it gets dark. That will illuminate the room." straw beds, raised its head and looked at me. The moment "That's something, but stiH I don't like the idea of passI saw what it was I got away from that hole as soon as I ing the night on thi s boat in company with that snake." could." "I don't see how we can avoid it and better ourselves. I should say you dicl. You came down with a ru a h and Here is a good boat with plenty of provisions on board on knocked me spinn ing, for I was stand ing right underneath which we can float clown to civilization. We are a long dis you. It's a good thing you didn't fall far or you would tance out in the wilderness, and if we should leave the boat probably have knocked me out, and then the s nake would 11e'd surely s tarve. Between two evils I think the snake is ha1, e come down and maclc a meal off me." the lesser one since we are armed and able to protect our" It's mighty lucky you found that revoh er." sel\'e8." "I should say so. You had bettcT take that cutlas, for The boys got a couple of stools and sat clown near the the snake migbL come do\Yn at any moment, and I might door inside of the room. miss it." \\'bile they continued to converse they kept their eyes on "I wonder how it came aboard this craft?" said Will, the opening at the top of the ladder.

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22 ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. They also watched the two doors, for it was not unlikely Will was clearly afraid of tackling the snake even when that the snake might let itself out by way of one of the small it was in his power. windows at either end of the house. He seized hold of a heavy crate and shoved it against the Jack was cool and collected, but Will was manifestly nerend of the door, thinking to crush the snake between the vous. edge of the door and the jamb, but it didn't work. The boys talked over what they had gone through since It held the snaki however, a"nd gave Jack a chance they started out of Georgetown harbor on that unlucky to get busy. sail which had enaed in their being cast away on the Veue-He drew his revolver and put five bullets into the reptile's zuelan shore. brain, which settled its hash for good "I feel sorry for my father," said Will. "Re has surely "That's the end of Mr. Snake,'! said Jack in a tone of concluded long before this that I am at the bottom of the satisfaction sea, and I don't know how he will be able to write the news Its head was reduced to a mere bleeding pulp, held by tbe home to my mother. The chances are he will not send her closed door word, but leave her in ignorance of my fate until he reaches "Lord, how glad I am!" cried Will. "I'll never forget home and breaks it to her himself." this experience as long as I live." "When did he expect to sail for the States?" asked Jack. 'rhey waited for an hour, and as the sun was setting Jack "Not for some little time, as his business is by no means pulled the crate away and opened the door. completed in Georgetown." 'l'he snake was limp and lieless. "If that is so you may turn up before he leaves, and that It was all out of the window and was a monster, capable will save your mother an unnecessary shock." of squeezing a bullock to death easily "I hope so. I'd give a whole lot to be able to jump in on With the aid .of one of the poles they managed to push the my dad and surprise him. Heid kill the fatted calf fo1 me, body over into the river, and when it disappeared beneath as the sayfug is." the with a splash the boys felt that an incubus had "You're lucky to have somebody ready to do that for you. been lifted from their minds. 'l'here is no fatted calf awaiting me if r shauld be so lucky 'l'cn minutrs afterward datkness fell over the landscape, as to turn up in Georgetown or anywhere else," said Jack. bnt the sky was so brillian1with stars that they could see "Well, we won't whistle till we're out of the woods. Our some distance ahead. down the river. pro1'pects at present look kind of dubious." 1 The lantern :vas a1:1d then they had their supp:r. "I don't agree with you. I think they are quite bright, sat awhile, chiefly unfortunate E1tleaving the snake out of the matter.'' u<1tto11 of J ess1: (Talc, who a pnsoner m the hands of the "B t 't 1 th 'l t W t t t: rascally band m the mountarn range to the west, and fig-_ u we can cave e sna rn ou 'rhe ve lgo o count I uring on schemes .for her rescue, and then they tumed.in on on him giving us a lot of-oh, Lord! ere 1e is now a b d 1 e f h 1 b' d l the back door." twa of the e s m the oit o t e og ca 1Il an sept until morning, Jetting the fiai-boat navigate itself down the Will nearly fell off his stool as he spoke river, as it had done since they came aboard. Jack saw the snake hanging down, evidently from tho lit-tle window astern, and poking its head in at the open door. "Don't. run, Will," he said. "If yqu've got ihe nerve'we can trap him now before he gets in here.,, CHAPTER XII. WILL .A.Ll\IOST HAS .A Fl'.r. "How?" asked Will. Several uneventful days passed, anc1 during that time ihe "I'm going to run over quick and slam the door to on his neck. 'l'hat will leave his head inside. Then you can cut it .fl.at-boat made but slow headway dciwn the Orinoco. Evidently speed was of small impor tance to the to pieces with the cutlas." tors who owned it. Jack saw that no time was to be lost if that maneuver Will declared that they could walk aster if they were was to be carried out successfully ashore. He made a quick dash for the door before the snake had "Possibly we might," said Jack, ''but it is inch more slid any further out of the window, and as the reptile made comfortable to ride in the 8hacle of the cabin than to walk a dart at him he pushed the door against its neck and held in the hot sun. Then think of the trouble of carrying pro it with all his strength. visions along with us, with the probability 0: them giving "Quick, Will, now i s your time, before it gets away from out before we reached a town. Slow and sure is a good me he shouted. motto io .follow. 'l'hcre arc towns somewhere on this river, '\Yill advanced gingerly and made a cut at the snake's and we are bound to rearh one in time. I consider that we head:. struck luck when we hit this boat." He missed it. At this time the Orinoco was passing through a broad and ''Get closer. Don't be afraid. Work quick or be may get level tract t1'at looked more like a desert than anything elset away," said Jack, who waRn't sure he could hold the door Thus far they had not seen a ht1man being on the river, tight against the slippery and squirming reptile. though they had seen horsemen on the shore at long interWill made another blow at the snake anrl this time infiicted a bad cut on its head. 'l'hat afternoon a sailboat manned by three natives passed lt so aiid shot out its forked tongue that Will fen them going west. bac;k. I They took that as a sign that they were drawing toward "Get at it again or come here and hold the door." civilization.

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ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. 23, On the following day they were still in the midst of the I every corner of the loft : for a moment, and another awful them through it. Will, however, was not aware that the boat was no longer desert tract, their progress not being fast enough to carry I shook the stranded boat from stem to stern. about noon the breeze which had somewhat ternmoving down the Orinoco, but ashore on the bank of a, pered the heat died out and the heat became so intense that branch stream a quarter of a mile from its mouth. tl1cy grew drowsy and retired to the loft to sleep till night 'l'he glare of the lightning showed Will that he was alone. oome on. "The storm must have aroused Jack, and he has gone While they slept the sky grew dark and threatening, and down tairs," he thought. "It's a corking heavy one. Gee! a terrific thunder storm came up. what a flash!'' It was preceded by a furfous wind which came diagonally rrhe fl.ash was followed as before by a tremendous peal. across the river, and forced the fl.at-boat over toward the "I thought the roof was falling in that time. I'll go opposite shore. down and see what Jack is doing." It did more than that. He crawled over to the ladder and looked down through It forced the boat up a tributary of the Orinoco which the opening. emptied into it at this point, and finally landed the boat For the moment he could see nothing, though both doors on a shoal, for the tide was low at the time. were partially open, so intense was the darkness, then the 'rhe shock of the boat striking the (lhore awakened Jack lightning lit up the room and he saw every corner of it. and he poked his head out of the window to see what was To his surprise Jack was not there. up. '"Why where could he hr,ve gone?" he asked himself. "He He was surprised at the g loom in the air, and roaring of is not up here, and if he isn't below he must be out on the wind, for everything had been as still as death when they deck. He wouldn't walk out in such a s torm as this-not went to sleep. unless he was crazy, and it isn't likely there is anything the 'He was more surprised to notice that the boat was ashore. mattr,r with his brains. Then what in thunder has become He went down the la dder and out on the forward deck, of him?" and saw that the boat had grounded harcl and fast on the Will s lipped down the ladd er, went t-o the door and looked shore. out "Here's a stroke of hard luck again. We're stranded in He was fairly staggered by what the lightning revealed lo the desert. This stream doesn't look like the Orinoco. It his eyes. must be one of its branches we have run into somehow. I'm "Good Lord, we are ashore!" he gasped. afraid we're a fixture, and will have to tramp it the rest of I What was even worse, Jack was nowhere in sight. ..J.he way to the nearest town!' The clouds above were like thick masses of soot, working Looking out over the landscape Jack saw a curioua look-I like the surface of the ocean in a storm, only reversed, and ing tree, withered and dead, standing like a lone sentinel a w close to the earth that it seemed to the almost terrified short distance from the water, and not far from a great rock that rose, like a sunken dome, out of the ground. Something bright and shiny hung on the tree, and .J curiosity \Vas aroused as he gazed at it through the gloom, and he wondered what it was. It looked so weird in the red glare of the lightning that he determined to run over and take a look at it. The distalce was not far, and he felt sure that he could get back before the st orm burst upon them. Accordingly he jumped ashore and started for the tree. As he approached it he saw that it was but a hollow shell, the whole interior having decayed after the trunk had been split open, in all probability by a thunderbolt. 'l1he shiny object proved to be merely tli0 bleached inte rior which had been worn smooth and white by the weather, giving it a spectra l effect in the gloom, and under the lurid gleam of the lightning. Hardly had Jack ascertained that fact than the s torm swooped down with such terrific force that he dared not return to the boat, but decided to take shelter inside the great hollow tree? so he stepped inside. # It was at that moment that Will was aroused by a tre endous crash. He sat up ancl looked around him, and was astonished to find the loft wrapped in darkness. A tremendous pounding sound came from the roof which the boy soon realized was made by a fearful downpour of rain. As he rubbed his eyes a vivid flash of lightning lit up Will, who had never seen anything iIJ. his life approaching it, as if they were descending in a heavy mass to suffocate the landscape below. The tremendous sound of the thunder was due to its near ness. It tore things up generally. Will was greatly alanned over Jack's disappearance, particularly at 1rnch a time as that. It was impossible for him to account for it. He was frightened, too at the fierceness of the storm, for he feared that a thunderbolt might strike the boat and destroy it, in which case he would surely perish himself. Re retired to a corner and huddled up like an animal -Overcome by terror. There he remained for a whole hour while the otorm raged lik e legions of fiends on the rampage. Gradually it worked off t9 th e northwest, and the aky lightened up. 'rhe worst over, wm got up feeling like a wreck, and went to the door again. "I don'it see where he could have gone to," said Will, more uneasy than ever. "Surely he couldn't have fallen into the river an cl been borne away. If he were anywhere within half a mile I am sure I could see him. I can't im agine any r eason that would have taken him off the boat in that storm. I never felt so lonesome in all my life. If any thing has happened to him I see my finish, too. I couldn't go on alone to save my life. The boat i s stranded anyway, and that settles the trip down the river The Orinoco seems ,J

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24! ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. to haYe got mighty narrow all nt once. It doesn't look like the same river." He walked dispiritedly back into the cabin, and seating himself on one of the stoo l s, gave hin1self up to gloomy fore bodings about the future. Fifteen minutes passed away and then there came the sound of steps outside. He looked up and saw Jack stepping up to the door. He sprang up and rushed to meet him. 'Vh ere in creation have you been, Jack?" he cried. "I have been :worried to death almost over your mysterious ab sence I couldnt make out where you had gone." "Oh, I woke up a couple of hours ago, just before the storm came on, and discovered that we had gone ashoTe up on a branch stream of the Orinoco." "Where were you during the storm?" On sh ore." "And didn't you get wet?" "I don't look as if I did, clo I?" ":'\o Where did you find shelter? I only saw one dead tree in flight, and that wouldn't shelter a person as thin as a walking stick from rnch a tempest." r was in the s nuggest place in the world, when the s torm didn't me at all. When I tell you everything, yon"ll open your eyes pretty wide. I left this boat a. poor a;; ,Job's turkey; now I'm a sort of :Monte Cristo. I'm worth enough coin to Qt.art a couple of national ban.ks.'' "What are you talking about?" "Think J've suddenly tum eel lightheaded?" grinned Jack. I "l think you're talking rag-time. yourself. Whcl ncarl v a dozen feet below the surface all in a heap. firo.t idea was that I was in a bad scrape. Yon were asleep in the boat here and therefore I could expect no help from you. I was in thick darkness and could not tell how deep I hacl. fallen. T knew that i:f I couldn't get out I could see my finish by slow The thought wasn't a pleasant one T can assure you." ''I should sa.y not," said Will. ''I eonld hear the crash of the storm outside. That, how ever, did not bother me. The storm would be over in time, but no amount lof time might help me ont of my predica ment." "Row did you get out?" asked Will, much i.nterestecl.. "'l'he first thing I did was to feel around tl1e hole. You, no doubt, would have done the same had you been in my shors.'' "I guess I would." ''At first I could feel nothh1g but a great void. Moving around I clutched a mo s t extraordinary thing." "What was that?" "A rope ladder." "1on don't sav!" hanging down alrnoqf directly under the hole ilirong h whieh I had fallen. I wns astonished that I l'rlt it moments beJ'or(' I got the f
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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
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26 ADRIFT ON THE ORINOCO. The boys could form no clear idea of llici r val ne as tl1ey He proposccl to organize an expedition sufficiently strong s tood, though they estimated each at ahonl lliirly pounds lo cop successfully with the rascals, and head it hime:elf. of bullion. :\Ir. :JJerritl objected io this, particularly as Will wanted On that basi.,, after counting the ingots, they judged Lo accompany Jack. there was over half a ton of silver in the lot. When be found Jack dclerminecl to do it anyway, he After they had &atisfied their curiosli:y concerning the agreed to il, and salcl he would go with the expedition too. treasure they found a hatchet and a box of nails. He advancetl the necessary founds to charter a large "These will come in handy in building the raft," said schooner, and secure about thirty well-armed men, and one Jack. morning the vessel sailed out of Georgetown harbor, and on After a good breakfast next morning they set to work on the second day thereafter was working her way up the Ori the raft without delay. noco River. ,.. Thus they put in several days, without seeing a soul in The boys had the landmarks clown pretty :fine and pointed all that time, and then they had the raft completed, though out the spot for landing. they were not sure it would sustain all the weight they The expcditi1m started for the mountains at dark, and wis hed to trust to it. came in sight of the lone inn before daybreak. Nothing remained now but to pack the faeasure securely The building was surrounded, and as most of the rascals anno time in going ashore lo find his father. turned to school. When he entered the hotel at which he had been a guest While Will was finhhing his education Jack started in with his father, the clerk.nearly had a fit on recognizing and dicl well from the tart. him. When Jack marrifd Je sic, Will was best man at the wed" Good Lord, young man, where have you been?" he ding, and after that was the most welcome visitor at the ejaculated. "Your father is about wild over your disap home of the young couple, where he and Jack often talked pearance." over the time when they were sent adrift on the Orinoco. "I've been up in Venezuela," replied Will. "Venezuela!" exclaimed the clerk. "Then the boat in you and your friend went off sailing that day escaped the gale?" "No, it didn't. It held out as far as the delta of the Orinoco; and then went ashore, but we both escaped, luckily. Say, will you break the news of my return to my father? It wouldn't do for me to meet him unexpectedly." Five minutes later Will was in his father's arms. That afternoon Mr. Mcnitt, after having heard the story told by both lads, which, of course, greatly astonished him, had the unloaded from the schooner and deposited in the vaults of one of the banks. Jack then brought up the subject of the rescue of Jessie Gale from the robber band, and insisted that no time ought to be lost. THE END. Read "SILENT SAM OF WALT, STREET; OR, A WO DERFUL RU :r OF LUCK," which will be the next number (246) of "Fame and Fortune Weekly." ; SPECIAL"NOTICE. All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from your newsdealer, send the pTice in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQU .\.RE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.

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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."

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28 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. A. W A.RLIKE WINNING By W. Stevens. On the evening of the 13th of February, 1862, the rain and hail came down in torrents. Within Mrs. Sylvester's long, bright-lighted drawing-room her daughter Edith paced up and down impatiently. Every now and then she paused before one of the long windows, and, drawing aside the curtain, gazed eagerly. out into the impenetrable darkness of the night. A rtep sounded behind her; she turned with a bright smile of welcome u pon her face. This turned to a look of disappoint ment, however, when she saw it was only her sister-in-law, Ethel Sylvester. "Well, Edith, what are you doing? Are you expecting Cap tain Miller? Ah, I see you are! That blush tells quite a little story." "Don't be foolish, Ethel. I--" She paused and laughed gently, Ethel came over to her quickly, and putting her hand upon Miss Sylvester's arm said: "Edith, dear, don't you think you are doing wrong in en couraging this Northern officer this way? You know your brother John would not approve of this. Had you not better wait until this dreadful war is over? Until--" She was here interrupted by the appearance of Captl\in Mille'r, who came smiling into the room. He was a Northern officer who had been stationed about a mile from the Syl vesters,_ further up the Cumberland river. He had met Edith quite by accident one day, and on his part it had been a case of love at sight, while she had at first hated him with all her passionate nature, and with all the strong hatred that the South then felt toward the North. Gradually she had grown to like him better and better, until now-well, now her hatred was diminished, and secretly she had begun to be indifferent to the fact that the South might not win in the great war then progressing so furiously all around her. She greeted Captain Miller with an outstretched hand of welcome. Mrs. John Sylvester merely bowed coldly and re tired to the furthest corner of the room, while Edith and the captain drew up their chairs before the fire "I brought you the music you desired," he said. "I am sorry I could not get it sooner, but it is difficult to get any thing by mail in these war times." "You are very good, Captain Miller. I am sorry to have troubled you. It really was not worth the striving for." "You were, though," he said gently. She half rose from her chair. "I do not understand you," she began, but he interrupted her before she had time to go any further, saying: "Don't be angry with me, Miss Sylvester. I know I am not worthy of you, but I can't keep silent aw longer. I love you. There, it is out! Though you despise me for a Northernerstill I cannot help it-I Jove you. I truly--" "Both," he answered, smiling. "But what is he like?" asked Captain Miller. "Most like myself-he is my twin," answered Miss Sylvester. "Then I shall Jove him for your sake and his own," an swered the captain. "Mis' Ethel-Mis' Ethel, where are you?" cried a young mulatto girl, hurrying breathlessly into the room. "Here I am. What is it, Debby?" asked Mrs. John Syl vester, coming forward to meet the girl. "Mrs. Taylor sent you this yer apple wif 'er love," said the girl, holding out a large, rosy-cheeked apple toward Mrs. John Sylvester. Ethel reached out her hand to take it, but through some awkwardness on Debby's part it fell to the floor-almost at Captain Miller's feet. As the fruit struck the ground it burst open, disclosing a carefully folded piece of paper of a brown ish color. With a cry of alarm Ethel started forward. But Captain Miller, anticipating her, seized the note from its hiding-place and held it tightly in his closed fist. "Give it to me, Captain Miller," she demanded, haughtily. "No, not quite so fast, madam. It may be of interest to General Grant. This looks like a secret message of impor__. tance." "But it is my letter," she pleaded, growing pale. "My country's cause comes before all else," he said, unfold ing the';note slowly. "Please-please give it to me," she entreated, most earn estly. cl, I would-truly I would-but I cannot." As he began to read the letter Ethel sank pale and faint upon a chair-Edith had not spoken a word, but her countenance displayed the torture through which she was going. "By Jove!" cried the captain, "I find it is of great interest. It is from your husband. I must be off at once I grieve 1 to pain you in this matter, but it is my duty. Here, you may read it, but I must keep it." \ He held it up for her inspection. Tremblingly the two women read the few lines written upon the crumpled bit of brown paper: "I will be home to-night at ten o'clock. Leave the door open. Don't tell any one. I have a message of great impor tance which I must bear to General Floyd at Fort DonelsoU: I will see you only for a moment. With love, "JOHN SYLVESTER." "What will you do, Captain Miller?" Edith asked calmly, looking up into his face. "Take him prisoner," he answered. "Have pity!.!! cried Ethel, sinking on her knees before him. "You cannot be so cruel. Had you not been here-indeed, n one will know. Oh, sir! It is so much to us, so little to you. "Little? Why, it is my honor," he cried sternly. "B1Jlt no one will know," Ethel argued. "I would," was his answer. "Do not tempt me, Mrs. S, 1 vester. I am but doing my duty. Would you make a traitor of me? Your husband would do as I am doing, was he In a, like position, and you would praise him for it. A traitor4 I "Hush!" she whispered. "You must not speak like this. I-I-I do not despise you." could not be." "I may hope?" he began impulsively. The captain put the letter in his pocket. "When you or I are victorious-when the war is over-you "Oh, Edith," cried Ethel in despair. "Down-down on your may hope," she' said gently. "Do not speak of this?" she knees and entreat for mercy." added, "not to any one; if it should conre to Brother John's She paused. Something in Edith's face checked her. ears he would be so angry with me-be patient." "Your brother is a brave man. I would he were on our side," said the captain. "In his loyalty or in our love?" she asked. "No," was the quiet answer, "I will not. He is only doing his duty." "But he will kill John-my husband-your brother. Don't you understand, Edith? He will kill your brother."

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FAME AXD FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 As Ethel ceased she stagger ed t o her feet and seized Edith's m "I understand, dear. But i t is the fortune of war," said dith, coldly. Ethel s ank we e ping upon the s o f a The. c aptain hurried from the room. Edith, unm indful, stood for a fe w minute s as if turned to ton'The c lock on the mantle struc k nine. She shivered l.tghtly then turned and hurr ied from the room Ethel lay where she had fall e n f o r a long time, tpen she arted up with a cry as s h e heard s ome one moving in the ounds o f the house She l'stened There was no sound sav e the ticking of the lock, which was upon the s t roke o f ten. Finally, unable onger t o b e a r t h e s u s p e n se, she se iz e d a candl e from the abl e and passed out into the hall He r heart beat quickly s she opened the great door and stepp e d out onto the porch. "Halt! Who goes there ? crie d a gruff voice from the hrubbe ry. She dropp e d her candle as s he s u d denly realized that the hou s e was surrounded by C aptain 1dlller's men. Faintly she answered: elson. A storm of heavy missiles poured down upon the boat containing Captain Miller and his prisoner. The Confederate guns, mounted at an elevation of thirty feet above them, had an easy vantage over the fleet. Miller's vessel was perforated with fifty-nine shots. For a long distance the iron hail, strik ing the metal armed vessel, could be heard. The fleet was greatly disabled, Commodore Foote, wounded but undaunted, was compelled to withdraw his fleet from the engagement afte r it had done most excellent work. Miller s boat commanded by --, had proceeded but a short way from the fort, when flames poured from the companion and the greatest excitement prevailed, as it was not an iron-clad, and likely to burn as tinder almost. Captain Miller plunged through the clouds of flame and smoke and rescued Col6nel S r lvester from the smoke-filled cabin He bore him to the shore in a rowboat under cover of the rapidly descending night. Then he placed him in a deserted hut by tht> river bank closely guarded, and returned to the vessel with the remark that he would return again to the c olonel in the morning and await further orders from General Gr a nt. I t i s Mr s John Sylvester I want to see Captain Mil The cold was intense, the temperature of the hut below ler--" \ Vait a m inute," said t he voice. After a long d e l a y t h e a pproached, priv a t e bearing a lantern. zero, and Sylvester weak and unstrung by the excitement of the last two days was almost exhausted when Captain Miller followed by a r eturned in the morning. "How is the prisoner? he asked of the sentinel. Sleepin ', sir," was the answer. Oh, capta in, is there no esc ape-no alternativ e? she a s ked, the hut. Captain Miller pushed open the door and entered anxiously. N 1 t h d 1 t ,, In the growing light of dawn he saw Sylvester lying on a one-es e e ay or doe s no c ome. A th d 1 d b h d h 1..., r ud0 couch in the corner-a blanket was thrown over hims e o o r c ose e in e r a man c ame runnmg up e i h f ste s f 1l n b J t h i t hi h di 1 ed t h cov e r n g e ven is a ce. P u 1 ,., 0 "' 11 e an e:n, w c sc os 0 c t::: 1 M i lle r a p proa c h ed, drew down the blanket and started back l th\ well-know ft> tm >, fair hair and peculiar I in surprise, for there he saw not a man 'hut Edith Sylvester--a Y v es e r her hair falling in wavy masses ov e r her shoulders. H e His c a p was gone and his head bound around with a great called to her-but she neither moved nor stirred-he felt her handkerchief He was instantly seized and led away into the shadowy shrubbery. "It griev es me, said Captain'. Miller, as they walked on 'it griev e s me very much to have to treat you thus rudely. "It is nothing," s aid his prisoner. You are only doing your dut y. A very unpl easant duty, considering my liking for your people Mr Sylvester." Colonel Sylvester ," said the latte r. "How did you know m y name, c olonel?" The prisoner was silent f;r a few moments, then he said: "I heard one of your men address you as Captain Miller." "Where are you going t o take m e Captain Miller?" To one of t he gunboats just' ou t here on the river," was he answer. "But we may be fired upon from Fort Donelson," suggested Surely colonel that won't annoy so brave a soldier as ourself, will It?" Of cours e not, s aid Colonel S y lvester. I believe h e is a c oward, thought Captain Miller, but he said no mo re. When they reached the boat he led the prisoner b e low whe r e he left him secur e l y guarded, to amuse himself until orders should .ie received concerning the ultimate fate of Colonel S y l v e s ter. Captain Miller then sought Commodore Foo t e and had a long talk with him about his captive and t he s torming o f Fort Donelson The next day was even colder !tnd more depressing than its predecessor. B y three o 'c lo c k in the afternoon the six gunboat attacked the fort. They ran up to within four hundred yards of Don forehead, it was cold. Help! Help! h e cried, then moaned-"my goodness, she ls d e ad, and I have kill e d her! The sentry ran in. Captain Miller dispatched him for a surgeon. The man hurried away. Captain Miller placed his flask to Edith's lips to try and revive her. Finally she moved, her eyes opened and a bright flush dyed her cheeks Forgive me," she murmured, "all's fair in war. I have saved my brother-you captured me the other night instead of him. He Is in the fort. We were so alike, I knew I could do it. Forgive me sweetheart will you?" "With all my heart!" cried her captor. Then I die happy for I do love you," she whisJlered, sm il ing. She closed her eyes. He called wildly upon her, but she neither moved nor answered He gave a great cry of pain as he rea1ized that the woman he loved was freezing to death before his eyes. He took off his overcoat and threw it over her. He chaffed her hands wildly Finally the surgeon came. She was borne back to her mother's house. She did not die but was quite well enough a month later to marry Captain Mill e r for though the war was not over still she had to acknowledge that his vi c tory over her was as complete as Grant's at Fort Donelson. For he had won her in love and war, and having captu:ced her truly, had exchanged the Miss Sylvester for Mrs. Miller-so you see it was all quits in keep1ng with the war c ode. \

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HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-lncluding hints on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS 'AND '.ANIMALS .-A valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mounting and preserving birds, arimals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeping, .breeding, an.d managing all kinds of also giving full for cages, etc. Fully eXJ>lamed by twent,y-eight 1llustrat1on!j, making 1t the most complete book of the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. Nd. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-:!: useful !ind in structive book, giving a treatise on chemistry; also ex peri!llents in aco_ustics, mathematics, chemistry, and di rect10ns for makmg fireworks, cmored fires, and gas balloons. This book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book for making all kinds of candy, etc. No. 84. 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