Joe Darcy's treasure hunt, or, The secret of the island cave

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JULY 22n.if 1910. N2 2s1. STORIES DF BOYS WHO MAKE MD NEY. While Joe stood looking at the overturned box of gold coins, a lasso flew out of the cave, and the noose tightened around his body. The next instant he was dragged into the dark opening. His friends uttered cries or alarm.

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fameand Fortune Weekly t STORIES OF BOYS WHO M4KE MONEY ""6ed Wee1d11-B11 Subs cripti on IZ .60 per vear. Ente1ed ac c ording t o Act o f C ongreu, in the vear 1010, ln the olftce of a. LUwarlalt oJ Congr eu, Wa.hinqton, D C., b11 F m n k 7 'ouseu, Publis he r, z' Uni1m Square, New York, No. 251 NEW YORK, JULY 22, 1910. PRICE 5 CENTS Joe Darcy's Treasure OR., The Secret of the Island Cave By A SELF-MADE MAN CHAPTER I. THE DEREJ,ICT. "Well, if that isn't the queerest hooker I ever saw I don't know what I'm talking about," said Joe Darcy to himself as he sat fishing from a rock at the foot of a sweeping piomontory that jutted into the Pacific Ocean, and squinted his eyes toward a mastless hulk that was being towed into the busy liLtle port of Santa Catalina, California. "It was a queer boat, a the boy remarked, of foreign build, and so storm-tossed and weather-beaten that she hardly looked worth the trouble of saving. HO\\' ever the skipper of the big bark that was towing her in must have thought difl'erently, or he wouldn't have picked her up. Outlandish as was the derelict, il had a substantial value, for its bottom was copper-sheathed heavily, and its timbers and planks solidly braced and bolted. Joe 'ms pretty well acquainted with all tl1e yarious craft that ailed Lo and from Catalina, and he recognized the big bark the Star of Hope, Caplain Beardsley. owned by 'l'u ppcr & Co., \\'hose warehouse was close to the 1rntcr front, and not far from the little marine junk shop of which .Joe's uncle, Phelim Darcy, wa the proprietor. Mr. Darcy's shop had more than a local reputation. Tt was known from one end of the Parific Coast to the ot11er. And its reputation was not merely t.hat of a common junk shop, but a repository of rare and curious srticles wrought in metal, blown in glass, and carved in wood Around the entrance were coiled many yards of yellow, rusty and long disused chains, an anchor or two, with their flukes upturned like the tails of di ring sea monster:;; old galley stoves covered with tarnished pieces of sailclotll; piles of iron belaying pins, rusty, bust as good as ever, as weU as a score or two of other ma r ine articles impervious to the weather. rr\ro \YindOWS fill ed with tropical shells, stuffed birds, small, offensirc weapons from the South Sea Islands, and other curiosities too numerou s to mention faced the water front and the bay beyond. 'I'o describe the interior 0 the s hop \roulcl be quite imposf:::ible, for s urely such a collection ms never befor@ gath ered under oue roof. It was over the piled in the corners, and upon shelves that rose from the floor of the ceiling-everything apparently in the greatest confusion, and yet qui t e orderly to the eye of the proprietor, aud to .Joe himself, both of whom cou l d pick out a.La momrnfs notice any ar ticle in the place. Phelim Darcy's priYate office was a little museum, and in it, on top of the old fashioned safe, and overlooking the ilesk, wati a certain bird's-eye maple cabinet, with a silentsliding door, which contained articles that had, in Mr. Durcy's opinion, prospective and contingent val ues. The junk dealer bought all the wa,;tc paper he could get hold of-not only old newspaper, but every kind of paper offered to him.

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2 JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. It was a part of Joe's duty to ,i;ort this stuff out and bun dle it up for transportation to San Francisco. Acting under instructions from his uncle, it was his practice to rescue from the general mass whole and frag mentary documents of ever.y description, such as receipts, memoranda, contracts, cashed checks, ovtlawed notes, and particularly letters, all of which he la-id on Phelim Darcy's desk for that individual's close lVIuch of this stuff, carefully indexed, found a resting place in the little cabinet, and only the junk dealer knew why it went to roost there. when not particularly busy, Joe himself took the liberty of inspecting many of these articles himself as he picked them out. One day he found a letter the contents of which inter ested him greatly. Instead of turning it over to his uncle, he put it into hi s pocket, and subsequently locked it up in his own trunk in his attic room. 'rime and again he took it out and reread it with an eager avidity that indicated the interest he took in it. Then he would sit and gaze out thxough his open win do\v at the rolling Pacific with a wistful expression on his bright and manly countenance, as if his mind conjured up a picture in the distance that was not visible to his ey")s. Joe never told his uncle about that letter nor what was in it. It was the only secret he ever had, but to him it was a momentous one. It followed him into his dreams where he saw a verdure clad island of no great size shimmering in .a sparkling tropical sea, with nothing else in sight but the boundless horizon. The island was as real to him as the miscellaneous contents of the shop, but its latitude and longitude were as a sealed book: Somewhere out in the vast Pacific Ocean he was sure that island existed, but where ?-that was the rub. Ah, if he only knew! was thinking that island when the big brig, with the derelict in tow, showed her nose around the point of the promontory, and steered in for the town. The odd spectacle drove the island from his mind for the time being, and he fell to speculating as to where the skipper of the "Star of Hope" had picked her up. Joe was as curious as the average boy. Here appeared to be one of those mysteries of the sea he had often read about and heard sailors speak of. She was too far off for Joe to make out with his naked eye whether there was anybody aboard of her; he therefore conjectured that she had oeen abandoned by her officers and crew under the impression, probably, that she was about to founder. Yet thatsupposition did not appear to hold good, since the derelict stood well out of the water, an indication that her hull was staunch and sound Joe argued, with common sense, that no matter how badly battered a vessel might be in her upper works from a storm, or succession of heavy gales, skipper and crew were not likely to l eave her for the uncertainty of crowded boats and the continued hardships thereof, if her hull was sound. No, the ship's company must be on board a t that mo ment, or some other reason must be found to a c c ount for their disappearance. "If they're aboard," thought Joe, of a fish that was wriggling on one of his hooks just then, "they are probably nigh starved, for that craft looks as if it has been knocking about the sea for months at the mercy of the elements Why, the iron work is red with rust. I can make that much out from here.11 At that moment the struggling fis h gave such a tug at the line that Joe's attention was attracted to it, and he proceeded to yank it out of its n.atural c lement, and land it in a little pool behind him where s ever a l other fish were swimming around in circles seeking for some avenue of escape. "I guess I won't fi.'sh any more," he Paid, after counting those he had captured. "It won't be long before half the male population of Santa Catalina will be down on the wharves trying to make out what Captain Beardsley has brought into port with a tow-line. The curiosity of some people would knock you silly I can't afford to let the rnob get in ahead of me, seeing that I saw the wreck first. I'm interested in her, and I'm going to take a boat and go off and get a closer view." With that purpose in vi ew, Joe wound up his line, strung nis fish together, and started for the town. He hu stled along, for he had some dis tance to go, and the path was by no means direct. When he finally reached the water front, he saw many idlers congregat e d on the wharves, some with telescopes, looking off toward the incoming "Star of Hope." The arrival of any vessel of size always attracted the attention of those who had nothing better to do than to kill time. He hurried to the shop and an up a ricketty pair of stairs to the second floor, where the housekeeper was em ployed 'With preparations for supper. "Here's a mess of fish for you, Bridget," said Joe, toss ing his catch on the kitchen table. "Su.ire that isn t half a mess, Joe," replied the woman. "Didn't the fish bite to-day?" "Oh, I guess it' ll do for one meal. Maybe I'll get some more to-morrow," answered the boy, turning away and getting downstairs as soon as he could. His uncle was making a sale in the store. Joe waited till the customer went away. "Say, uncle, the Star of Hope is coming into the har bor," he said. Mr. Darcy was not particularly interested in the big brig, and merely nodded as he walked towru:d his office. \ The crew, doubtless, would have curiosities to sell him, for it was a common practice with sailors who went to for eign parts from Santa Catalina.to pick up what they could that struck them as odd and unusual for the purpose of making extra money on their return, as they knew the junk dealer was a ready purchaser, though generally at his own price "She's towing in a derelict," continued Joe. The word "derelict" acted like magic on Phelim Darcy. The vision of an auction sale rose before his mind's eye, and the chances were he would be able to buy it at a figure

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RE IIUST. a that would give him a considerab l e profit when it was He had a spy-alass in his hands nod was surveying the broken up and sold piecemeal. brig and the derelict through it. Ile had orders now for old copper, and ship timbers, as Joe tood by '11 the chance that the gentleman would well as second-hand rope, which he could not fill owing to let him have a peep, too. a dearth in his hop of tho e "Wel1, B r own, what do you make of that wreck the "A derelict, eh?" exclaimed Mr. Darcy, topping short of Ilope has just brought in?" asked 1r. Tupper, and eyeing hi nephew with interest commg up. "Ye., and he'. a peach of a one," said Joe. "The worst ot much, }fr. Tupper,'' replied the ship chandler you ever saw in your Jiie. Been knocking around the lord "She' nothing but a hulk-all her masts gone by the know how long. board, and only a ection of the bow prit left. What I can't The junk dealer's fac fell under tand is the character of her crew 'I hat didn't promise well for the tuff it would turn out. "Then there's people aboard of her?" aid the ship He wasn't looking for rotten timber and decayed rope, o wner. and metal with the liie eaten out of it through corro$iOn. "Ye Quite a number, and all apparently black Thei:e 1 a no market for uch stuff, and Mr. Darcy ncvel' "Black!" burnt hi 'finger with it. "That's what they a,ppear through the gla s Take a << o it's a rotten hull? How do you know? ou look for yourself," and :Mr. Brown handed the glass to the haven't been close to it, have you? I thought you went .fis?i'-bria owner ing," he said. Joe listened to their conver ation with great i nterest. < 'o I did go fishing. Ive just got bnck. But I aw the Re was surprised to hear that the derelict was manned brig Blld the derelict when they tnound the Point. by black men I had a good view of botb, lho\lgh not a close one. I don t Ur. Tupper, whose eyesight seemed to be better than think the wreck is l'Otten. Cnp'n B nrd ley couldn't have the hip chandler' said that tbe men were not negroe., but towed her in ii she wn_. he stands well u which shows were certainly much darker skinned than any of the na-shc ha n t any wat l' to speak of in idc of her. H ,he did tives of the Pacific islands. have any it has been pumped out. Her masts arc all gone. "The wreck i n European-built craft, and I judge th1tt The three stump only remain." he has come iro01 the far Eru t," he said "Got b1ov.-rn out "Then she's the wreck of a. sbjp ?" of her latitude, di masted, a1)d then floated about till she "I don't think ,o. Too small. Mu t be a barque finally got into the t.rack of the tar of Ilopc.' Well, we 'rhere's good tuff in hel' for you to bid on when the time hall have the particulars presently, for the brig is about comes, but for aU that she's a for fail" as she to drop her anchor, and then Cap'n Beardsley will come stands now I'm going to take a poat and go off io her I ashore at once to report to me." "That's right. Oet aboard and look her over a ell as The tar of llope let go he+ ied -painted anchor with you can, and when you get back you can tell me how she a tremendous splash, and then, with a swirl and gurgle, it ize up. Take particular notice of her timber and whatvanished into the dark green water ever rope she's got left Get into the laz rette, if you can, Sbme of her upper sails had already been taken in, and and seo what' there in the way of rope and spare sail. now Joe could see her crew busy furling her lower ones. "'Gnderstand ?" By this time there were a dozen 01 more pe ons at th0 "Ye uncle end of the wharf all of them speculatiug upon the cbarac"'l'hen be off.'' ter of the derelict Joe needed no second bill ding. A boat wa dropped !rom the starboard dnvit of the He, tarted like a shot for the wharf in front of the ware brig, and oon headed !or .the wharf "Where Joe and the hou e of Tuppor & Co. others stood CHAPTER II. Tll.E GERS FRO 'OWHERE. As Joe crossed the roadway, Mr 'l'upper came out of the warehou e nd walked down to the wharf He wa. a pol't1y, w e ll-fed gentleman, and was looked upon a the nabob of anta Cata1ina The wharf wa acant save for a small coasting loop that wa moored on one side and ha, but that i due to the derelit:t I picked up in miy in foghorn tones. "Wliat wreck have you in charge, cap'n?" asked the owner "Don't know, sir." "Don't know? I n't her name---" "Iler name has been raped from the stern and is also mi Eiri froin the 'Low ." "Thal' singular, isn't it?" 'Ye1v." Ancl her log book and other papers?" "Gone. ot a boo1, pap r, chart or in trurnent aboard

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4 -JOE D.\RCY'S TREASURE HUKT. "Your words would indicate that officers nnd crew arn gone, too; but who are those dark-skinned individuals I saw aboard of her through the glass?"' "Don't know that, either." "Is their lingo so unintelligible that you can't get any information out of them?" "Yes, sir. Thefre the worst jabberers I ever heard, and yet not a word of their talk can any of us I thought I'd seen a sample of about every race under the sun, bnt I confess those chaps are new to me. I can't make out to save me where they came from, and certainly their presence aboard the derelict is a mystery. One can see with half an eye that they know nothing about seamanship I suspect that they were carrieJ off from their native place by accident, and yet how such a thing could happen gets me. The wreck has every appearance of having been looted. Tl1at would give one the idea that officers and crew had been done away with." "''' hen did you pick the wreck up?" asked ::\Ir. Tupper. "On the 23d of last month, right after the equinox, in latitude--" "Kever mind the latitud e and longitud e now, cap'n, you can put in your written report, but give me a description of the derelict." "''i\'hen 'Ire found her the masts and what was left of her top-hamper, were hanging over her smashed port bulwarks ot ,:floating alongside We had to cut the wteckage away to right her We found some twenty dark-skinned fellows a board whose identity we couldn't fi;_thom from their gut tural, explo sive la.nguage. They were half stared. Wbat cver eatables they had had aboard they had cleaned upbe fore we met them. The like of their jargon was hea:r:d be.fore. When on talks the wl1.ole of them jabber away the same time. Then they all stop at once, like a c lock run down I'll say one thing for them, though t hr:v'rc a pretty ugly looking lot, they seem to be per frctly harmless, which upsets the theory that they might hare taken po$session of the vessel by force and killed the oOkers and sailors." "You say there are twentr. of them?" "I believe that's the number." "Seems to me the town will have a problem on its hands disposing of them." "I agree with you. rrhey ought to be taken ashore as s oon as possible, for they are decidedly out of place aboard the wreck." mrhe authorities will have to pass on that. Are you snre these people are not of the cannibal stripe?,. "Positive. We couldn't get them to eat salt l1or.e, or even canned meat, but they went wild over pl um duff, sweet crackers and sugar. We caught several dolphin, and when they were cooked they ate plenty of that article with great l'Clish." "Well, come up to the office, cap'n, and we'll consider this singular state of affairs. You'll dine with me, so send your boat back with orders for the men to return around ten o'clock," said Mr. Tupper. Captain Beard sley spoke to the two sailors in the boa .t, and then accompanied the owner to the warehouse. 'rhe crowd of eager liste n ers melted away and left Joe Darcy almost alone on the wharf. "No use of me going aboard of that craft while those natives are in her,'' he lE>ld himself. "They"d probably follow me about wherever I went to see what I waS-up to, and as there are twenty of them, I might get into some scrape. My uncle will have to wait for the information he wants till Jater on." When Bob Smith, one of tl1e boatmen, retmned from hi s vicinity of the derelict,, Joe plied him with questions con cerning it. The answers he got confirmed the impressions he had already formed about the wreck "You saw the live fellows a9oard of her, didn't you?" he asked "I did, and heard them, too." "They make a lot of noise, I hear.d Cap'n Beardsley say." "I should say they do. Sounded like a pack of firecrackers fired off in an empty hogshead." "The cap'n said they all talk at once. They must be a crazy bunch." "You'Ye hit it. They look and act like a crowd of luna tics on the rampage." "They'll have to be landed here. I wonder what the town d uthorities will do with them?" "Put them in s ome building till they can find a way of getting rid of them." "They"ll have to be ied and taken care of in the mean while. How are they dressed.?" "In civilized garments for the most part, which they have picked up somewhere--maybe aboard of the wreck. One chap who seems to be the l eader had on a plug hat, and he looked tremendously funny in it." "The cap'n said thefre harmless. Wliat's your idea?' "Couldn't give you any information on the subject. I didn't go aboard to see how they'd deceive me. In fact, no one was permitted to board the craft. Benson at tempted to do it, but was warned off by the brig's mate." Joe had no more to say, and started for the junk store. "Well, what did yon find out?" asked Mr. Darcy, with an air of expectation. "Nothing that you wanted me to learn,'' replied the boy. "Nothing!" said his uncle, with a frown. "I didn't visit the wreck." "Why didn't you?" asked the juuJc dealer, sharply. "Because I couldn't get a boat, in the first place, and be cause if I had gone out to the wreck I couldn't have got aboard of her." "Why not?" "Because she ha s a crowd of blackamoors aboard of her." "Where did they come from ?" "They were aboard the derelict when waR picked up." "Well,. they'll probably be landed to-morrow, then you must get aboard." "If they are, the town will have somethmg to look nl." "How is that?" "Because they are a strange race-something out of the ordinary." "Who told you that?" "I heard the cap'n tell Mr. Tupper so on the wharf." "Humph! Go out in the shop now-I'm goil)g to i mp-per."

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JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. -----Joe wenl to the door ;mcl lounged there. There was still plenty of daylight and he could see the \\"reek lying astern of the brig. While he was looking at her the mate of a coaster came up. He waslooking for sundry marine articles that his craft had run short of. Joe sold him a small bill and accepted an order on the captai n in payment. This he handed to hi uncle when he came downstairs, and then he went to s upper himself, and entertained the housekeeper with a description of the derelict and the odd live cargo of her. r CHAPTER III. 1THE SKELETON OF THE WRECK. A consultation was held next morning between Mr. Tup per and the town officials with regard the disposition of the strange natives. 'rhe authorities did not enthuse o>er the responsibility that was practically thrust on them, but coulU not refuse to accept them. 1 Captain Beardsley was ashore, and, bei11g called into the conference, said that, judging from his experie11ce with the odd people, they could safely be trusted not to give much trouble. He received permission to land them, and half an hour later three boat loads of them, comprising the bunch, were landed at the Tupper wharf, where an official was on hand to meet them with several of the police force. A crowd of loungers was on hand to catch a look at them, and ,Toe was among the spectators. They came thronging and chattering up the wharf like a troop of man-monkeys, and peculiar looking beings they were. Short in stature, almost black, with broad shoulders and long, gorilla -lik e arms, that seemed to hint o.f great strength, and each of them had upward nostrils, after the mould of the primal ape. held at which it was decided to ship them off by twos and threes in such outgoing vessels as the captains o.f which1 could be prevailed on to take them. In the meanwhile Joe got permission from Captain Beardsley to go aboard the derelict and inspect her. 'rhis he did after dinner that day. The deck of the wreck had been cleared of all litter by the crew of the "Star of Hope," and there was nothing to see there except the stumps of the three masts, the badly shattered bulwarks, the working part of the two pumps, the capstan forward, and a few other things that the sea could not wash away The galley had disappeared completely, the cabin doors were smashed, the binnacle hood was gone, but the compass was uninjured. The steering -gear was twiste.d out of shape, and the rudder had been torn away. The skylight oit the cabin roof was smashed to bits, leav ing a gaping hole. The cabin and staterooms were as bare almost as the day the craft was built. Everything that could be removed was gone, just as if the vessel had been looted. The lazarette was also bare of the odd s and en ds and extra stuff always to be found there. 'l'he forecastle was in the same condition. As the hatches were all battened down, Joe presumed that the cargo, which from the height of the wreck above the water could not be very weighty, had not been tampered with. Indeed, it was his opinion that she did not carry any cargo, but was simply in ballast. "Uncle will be disappointed, for there isn't a bit of rope worth the taking in the derelict," though Joe, after hi8 unsatisfactory suney. "However, he'll be able to bind on plenty of good timber and planking; and there seems to be some brass plates. The copper sheathing, as far as I've been able to see, looks good, and when the old hooker is broken llp shr'll turn out quite a pile of bolts and other iron material tlrni 1rr can ship to 'Frisco at a goo'd profit." Joe was standing in the lazarette with a lantern in his hand, as he mused on the unsatisfactory condition of the wreck, and was on the point of retreating to the cabin above when his ears were saluted by a sepulchral groan. Though hiueous in appearance, they seemed uncommon happy in their shore freedom, and acted like beings from another planet suddenly put down on earth. Everything astonished them, and their jabbering was "Gooqpess, what's that?" exclaimed the boy, his hair alcontinuous, like the rattle of musketry. most rising on en d for there wasn't a sign of any living They followed the two policemen at the head of the thing in the place, nor a spot where one could have been column in a perfectly docile manner, and the other officers concealed. had no trouble whatever to keep them in order. The groan was repeated, even with more gruesome vehe-There were somr old sal ts in Santa Catalina, but though mence than before. these shellbacks claimed to Ii ave visited evrry island under Joe had heard about haunted and his legs began to the sun, fro m Borneo ancl 1\!fadagascar to Pitcairn or No shake. Man's Land, they reluctantly admitted that these foreigm It did .not seem possible that anything human could chaps were the mystery of the marine world. have given utterance to that blood-curdling sound. 'rhey couldn't place them to save their nor trans-It seemed to echo around the lazarette till the confined late their language. space re-echoed with repetitions. One sailor ventured an opinion that they resembled tho After the lapse of another half a minute came a. third wilcl men of Borneo, but the other salts disagreed with groan, followed by a gurgling sound lik e a death rattle in him, and so the matter could not be sett l ed. a man's throat. 'J'he strangers were ho11sed aud frd, and after they had 'Jlhat completed Joe's fright, and the way he piled up beeu irn:prc!C'cl by the town officers another meeting was into the cabin was a caution. 1

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JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. He didn't pause till he got out on deck into the sun"Gee! I heard him yesterday afternoon when I was shine. aboard. I was down in the lazarette looking around with a Then his coUl'age began to return, and after some refl.eclantern when I heard the most awful s ounds that you can tion he came to the conclusion that the noise he had heard imagine. I won't admit that I'm a coward, but as I must have been made by the shifting about of some heavy couldn' see anything in the place 1 didn't care to stay, so I pieces of cargo against the bulkhead. got out." "Sure, that's what it was," he said "There ain't no "I don't blame you, matey. I'd have done the same such thing as ghosts, even if sailors swear there are." thing under them circumstances. But groans sound differHowever, he didn't return to the lazarette to pursue furent in the light. After the first shock I located the spot, ther investigotions on the subject, but went ash ore to make found the boards rather loose, pried 'em off and found the hh1 report to his uncle. skeleton standin' up, or rather braced up with cleats so he Next morning after the wreck had been surveyed and couldn't fall down in a heap, as I reckon he would have pronounced good for the junk heap, she was towed onto done if it wasn't for them." the beach at high tide, and when the water receded sh e The speaker sprang down into the partly open lazarette, lay on her side with only a small part of her stern keel in and Joe followed. the bay. The poor victim of somebody's tre'a.chery and cruelty The sale had been advertised to take place immediately. couldn't have looked much more like a skeleton if he had It drew a crowd of the idle and curiomi. been dead and buried for months. Phelim Darcy was the only bidder, and he had things T4at he had any life at all in him astonished Joe, .a;nd pretty much his own way. testified to his .wonderful vitality in the face of slow starThe derelict was found to be merely ballasted with vation. stones. He was a forlmast hand beyond a doubt, and so f'ar gone Mr. Darcy got the wreck at a and when the next that Joe lost no time in trying to find out who he was, but flood floated his property, a winch and cable drew the hulk helped the wrecker to get him out on deck, where he was high and dry on the shore. soon surrounded by many of the other wreckers. He lost no time in setting men to work on her under Brandy was administered to him in small doses, and he Joe's superintendence. revived under it. The breaking up of the wreck proceeded rapidly. His rested on Joe, and he stared fixedly at the boy The timbers were stacked up on shore, and the other for awhile. stuff was started at intervals to the shop, whete it was "Bring the wagon up and dump the stuff out of it," said stowed in a shed that had lately been built to accommodate the boy. "We must get this poor fellow to the hospital as Mr. Darcy 's increasing stock. fas-I: asiwe can. While he's got life in him he may be saved." The cabin had been completely demolished, and part of Joe accompanied the living skeleton to the hospital and the deck timbers that had formed its floors, revealing the turned him over to the astonished doctors. lazarette hole to the sunlight, when one of the wreckers It didn t take the head doctor long to diagnose the case who had gone down into the place brought startling news as one o! lingering starvation. to the boy. "Think you can save him?" Joe asked. "Come with me, boss; I've found s omethin' that'd better "I'm afraid not. He's too far gone. We'll do the best be got out right away and sent to the hospital," he said, a we can, but I wouldn't give a cent for his life," replied the look of excitement glewing on his seamed mahogany counsawbones. tenance. That wasn't encouraging, and as Jack had a profound "What's that?" cried Joe. "What did you find?" respect for the opinions expressed by the medical fraterA livin' skeleton." nity, he departed with the conviction that the rescued man "A living what?" cried Joe, in astonishment. was slated for the cemetery. "A skeleton-nothin' but skin and bones. It's alive, for While the doctors had not the slightest hopes of saving it mumbles, rolls its eyes and tries to talk." the man, they believed it to be their duty to give the pa"Where did you find it?" asked the boy, following the tient the best of attention. wrecker. N our}shment was administered to him with admirable "Boarded up with vent holes, 'twee n the lazarette wall discretion, and he was solicitously watched over by the at and the stern of the vessel. Looks like a case of murder, tending nurses and physicians. for no man could have got into thp,t situation of his own Instead of dying, he seemed to take a fresh grip on accord." life. "One of the blackies, I s'pose," said Joe. The doctors were surprised, and redoubled their exer"N he's a white man, and a sailor, by the cut of his tions to save him if they could. jib." In the meanwhile Joe returned to the wreck, where the "Are you sure of that?" asked the boy, excitedly. work of demolition had continued during hie absence. "Positive." The wreckers were still talking about the atktmated re"He's alive, you say?" semb lanc e of a man, and speculating as to how he came to "Yes. I wouldn't have found him so quick, only he let, be walled up in the lazarette. out an awful groan that almost started the hair on my Work stopped at sundown, an old shell back, who had head. If it hadn't been for the sunshine streamin' t!own been hired as watchman, put in his appearance to stay till into the place I'd have cut and run." morning, and Joe went back to the shop.

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JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. 7 When he told his uncle about the living skeleton dis-11 But while strength and substance reclothed his frame: cover e d in the ribs of the wreck, Mr. Darcy was much his m e mor y remained a blank. astoni s h ed. He remembered nothing prior to the moment he came "I took him to the hospital," said Joe, "but if he dies, to himself in the hospital. as no cloubt he will, the town will probably expect you t o The town daily had recorded his progress as a matter of bury him." general interest, for the public expected to learn frQm his "Why so? What have I got to do with him?" asked his lips the mystery of the wreck, and gain the needed infor., uncle, impatiently mation about the queer natives who were still a public "Why, you bought the wreck and everything in her as charge she stood, so of course you bought the skeleton As it's The first tried to learn his but he your property, you'll have to look after it. his head an,d gave understand m good Eng"N onsense I couldn't buy a human bein g That's hsh i:hat he didn t know it himself against the law." Then they asked him about the wreck and the dark"You bought it just the same, and I consider it's yours skinned but he. declared that he no more You could make a good .thing out of it if you wanted to. knowledge of either than if they had never existed There's nothing but skin on that chap's bones After he's When a repol'ter ca1led to intervi e w him he was told at dead you could sell the skeleton for a good price to some the office that his mission was useless, since the man's mind big doctor in 'Frisco." appeared to be a complete blank on all things that had Joe spoke with a sober face, as if he meant what he said, happened to him before he was brought to the hospital and his uncle in great indignation at such a suggestion 'l'he paper printed this and so Joe learned about it. threw an old book at his head, and then went upstairs to When Mr. Darcy heard the news from his nephew, the supper. thought struck him that he could find use for the sailor Ths boy chuckled and walked to the door where he As nobody else was likely to want him, unless it was was presently surrounded by an increasing crowd of curious some sea captain, the junk dealer figured that he could se longshoremen and others who had heard about the discovcure the man's services for little or nothing in addition to ery of the living skeleton in the wreck and came to get the his board. particulars of the strange from Jack. So as soon as he learned that the sailor was about i:o CHAPTER IV. HOW i\IEi\IORY OAi\IE BA C K. Joe dropped in at the hospital next mormng, expecting t<;> hear that the skeleton sailor had departed this life dur ing the night. He was told that the man was still alive, and that the doctors entertained a faint hope of pulling him through. "If they could pull him through I'd like to know why so many other people, not half s o bad, die under their hand s," thought the boy a s he walk e d on to the 'wreck. Next morning he vi s ited the hos pital again, and to his surprise learned that the patient was doing un9ommonly well1 consid e ring his condition When he reached the shop he found his uncle busy with a customer As soon as the man departed, Joe s aid : "I'm afraid you're done out of that skeleton, uncle. The hospital people told me that he has a fighting chance tel recover. What are you going to do with him if he gets be discharged, cured, he sent Joe around to the hospital to bring him to tJrn shop. The sailor looked hard at the boy and asked him if he hadn't seen him before "Yes. I helped get you out of your prison in the laza rette of the wreck," replied Joe. "I don't know nothin' about that there wreck, my hearty," said the sailor. "The chaps here have slung it at me every once in expectin' I'd tell 'em somethin' about it; but though I tried to think what they were talkin' about, I couldn't tell 'em the first thing. I've slipped a cog somewhere in my head, and I can't even re member my name nor where I came from. They told me I came into this here port in a derelict, with a lot of savages, and that I was di sco_ vered nailed up in a small place under the cabin, but lord bless you, that didn't help me out a bit, for I don't remember nothill" about it. I do remember your face somehow, though I can't place you no how "Well, you only Eaw me once, and that was under the cir cumstal}ces I described," said Joe, who then stated his errand, and the man went with him willingly enough, which was not surprising since he had no place else to go, and no money to pay his way. well? You ll have to s upport him, for he belongs to you, you know." Thus the strange sailor became an inmate of the Darcy establishment, and it was soon apparent that he had taken a great fancy to Joe "That's enough about that sailor, young man," said Mr. Darcy, severely "If you open your mouth on the subject again I'll take you out and drop you in the ba.y." Joe grinned and took charge of the shop It took a week to br e ak up the wreck, and by the time the job had been finished, the skeleton sailor was out of danger and on the road to recovery. At length compl8te bodily restoration began to enliven his mind, and bis memory began to reassert in spots Joe was his confidant, and every time he thought of something new, he inlparted the fact to the boy "You're coming around all right, old chap," said Joe, encouragingly to him one day as they sat sunning them selves on the fluke of a big anchor outside. "Now if you

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8 JOE DARCY'S TREASC"HE Ilu.XT. could only get your name back, that might help you a whole lot." "That's right," nodded the sailor, squinting his eye at Mr. Darcy's sign of "Marine Junk Shop." "Why, there's my name now, up there," he exclaimed in some excitement. "What's it do in' there?" "Where's your name?" asked Joe, somewhat excited, too. "Over the door-Junk. That's my name-Jack Junk.I' "The dickens you say," <:;ried" Joe. "So your name is really Jac k .Junk?" "That's what I was christened, my hearty, and what's more, I remember where I was born, and a lot of other matter besides." 'He immecliately proceeded to tell Joe that he was born in New Bedford, Mass and first went to sea as a boy in a 11 haler. Jr e went orer a whole chapter of his boyhood's days, and his firs t sea voy age. One thin g letl to another, a s his memory umolled itself l1efore him lik e a p anorama, and for an hour reeled off l1is life s io ry t o Joe' s great s ati s faction. ,\pparr ntly r 1er y thing wa s coming back to him, and the Loy listen e d \\"ith great interest. y oyag e after voyage follo1red each other, or rather frag ment s of them h e was rapidly approaching that part oi his li.fe which would unravel the my stery of the wreck, and the identity of her mysteriou s pa s engers when Phelim Darcy appeared at the door and interruptecl, the narrative by calling on Junk to lend him a hand. The sailor g ot up 1rillingly and foll01red his employer ins ide, while Joe impati e ntly await e d his return, for h e felt he would s oon hav e n e11s he ll"as smart enough to un der stand he c ould s e ll to the newspap e r. Five minutes later hi s uncle calktl him in s ide hims elf and started him loading the wagon 1rilh an order to be de liv e red at a schooner moored bes ide one of the wharves I When he got back there was a load of crate d iron junk waiting for him -to take to a s loop to be carried to San Junk helped him get it on the A second load awaint c d him when he r e turned, and for the rest of the afternoon his hands were full. After dark when he and .Tunk had eaten their supper and shut up shop Joe asked the s ailor to g o on with his experiences. To his Junk c ouldn't remember where he had knocked off, nor could he recall a quarter of what he had already narrated. Finally, in de s peration, J oc took the s ailor outside and pointed to the word "Junk" in the moonli0M, but it didn't do much good. 'rhe s ailor hadn't forgotten that his nam e was Junk, nor many other things, but he couldn't t e ll a nything new, o the boy had to forego the 11leas ure o( learning how the s ailor came to be connected with the nativ e s, and got whlled up in the wreck. Things went on in this way for several weeks, during which time the town managed to get rid of the jabbering natives by degrees. About a dozen of them were hired by the Southern Pa-ci.fic Railroad to work on s ection gangs, and here the ir unusual strength mad e quite valuable. They picked up Engli s h words relating to their vocation quite rapidly, though they never ceased to jabber among themselves, and they neve1 gave the foreman any trouble at all. One Sunday oe was reading over his precious letter for perhaps the hundredth time, when Junk came into his room, without any formality, as was his custom. "I s 'pos e you nev e r heard of a lone island somewhere out in the Pacific called the Thimble, have you?" asked Joe, as he up the letter and returned it to its envelope. "The 'l'himble crie d s ailor. "Why, of course I have. I was wrecked on it." "Wrecked on it!" c ried Joe, his heart giving a great jump. "You don't mean it?" "Yes, I do, my hearty; and what' s more, that there name brings everythin' qack to me-my s tay on the island, the strange natives I found there, and the treasure. Say Joe, my lad, you and I must go there by hook or crook. 'rherc's gold enough in a cave there to make us both rich for life." I "I know it," replied the boy, his face aglow with excitement. "Uow did you know it?" a s ked the s ailor, apparently mu c h surpri s ed. "'l'his lette r, writte n by a c hap nam e d N A d Brace, to a fri end of hi s h e re in Santa Catalina, s ay s there's a bidden trc a siuc on Thimble f sland in a big cave. He s ay s he saw it with hi s own e yes ; but he says nothing about any inhab. itants being on the i s land. He sa y s he believ e s that it's a pirate's for gotte n pluncler. He intended to interest some b o dy financiall y abl e to charte r a s chooner to g o the re and r e cover it; but b e fore he could put hif' plan in force he wa s s tabb e d in a >'crap on the street in :M:e lbow-ne and was dying in the ho spital t the time he wrote the l etter. He broke ofI jus t as h e was about to g ive the bearings of the i s land, ancl the p e r s on who mailed the letter signed his name to the unfb1i s h ecl narrative From 1vhic h I conclude he was not able to c ontinue and probably died s oon after." "A blamed g ood tlring he did," said Junk, emphatically, "otherwise you and me would have be e n di s hed out of the g old. But 1 don't ee when that chap could have been t here, for I wa s a pri s oner for fiyc year s on the i sland." "A pri s on er! T e ll me about it," cri e d .Joe eagerly. "Sure I will, and you'll learn what you ve been so anx ious to find out-how me and them natiYe s happened to be afloat on that there wreck which was picked up and brought into this here port by the-what did you say the name of the craft was?" "The Star of Hope." She didn't l)l'OVe no star of hope for .ne, but just the oppo s ite. Now li s ten and I'll spin you the greatest '. y ou ever heard s aid the sailor. .. 'Wait a moment till I lock the
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JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. CHAP'l'ER V 'l'HE SAILOR'S YARN. Junk's yarn began with the moment he was lauded on Thimble lslan
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10 JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. Joe looked and saw it was more than a year old. "A year, eh? How long have I been in this town?" "About two months." "I reckon the wreck was afloat about three months. That makes five months since I left the island. There wasn't no stranger there then. Anyway, I reckon we ain't got no time to lose!' "You haven't told how you and the natives got afloat." "It was by accident. You see that there wreck went ashore in a cove near the cave. About half her stern was in the water all the time, and more of her when the tide was up. The natives used to go aboard of her every day lookin' for somethin' more to get out of her. Sometimes they'd take me with them. They must have noticed that the hulk was workin' loose. At any rate, they tied her fast to one of the trees with a rope they'd taken from her. That held the old thing in place, and so they thought she was as certain to stay there as if she'd taken root. The boss of the crowd, who sported a plug hat he had probably found in the skipper's stateroom, got the idea in his head that she'd make a fine storehouse for food, so he ordered the crowd to fill her up with bananas, yams, and such. As things turned out it was a lucl\y thing he did, but it would have been luckier if he'd started to do this sooner. They brought me out to watch them do the work. I had to sit on the fok's'l under an awnin' of sailcloth they rigged up and look on On the afternoon of the third day a sudden squall came on out of a clear sky. The squall came across the island, tearin' things up generally The whole gang was aboard stowing bananas in the fok's'l when the wind struck us. Before you could whisper Jack Robinson, the rope holdin' the wreck to the island snapped like a pipe stem The tide happened to be in at the time, and the wind shoved us into deep water and away from shore in no time at all. The natives rushed to the side intendin' to jump overboard and rnim for the beach The hulk careened and dumped the crowd into the port scupper, and I narrowly missed goin' overboard myself Then the wreck dipped the other way, and the natives went s l idin' to the starboard. And so she kept on till the squall spent itself and we found ourselves two mile from the island, driftin' further away every minute." "Gee!" exclaimed Joe "There wasn't no escape for the crowd now, and so they had to make the best of the situation. As for me, I welcomed any change that would give me a chance of reachin' a ship that would take me off. That was where I counted my chickens before they were hatched After fl.oatin' about like a chip on a mill stream for several weeks, only catchin' sight of an occasional sail at a distance, our provisions be gan to run short, for half of the bananas sp'iled under the .J heat, and wasn't fit for nothin' but to be tossed overboard to the fishes Then we was caught in a terrible storm which lasted nearly a week, and durin' which I expected every moment we'd turn turtle and go to the bottom. But we didn't, else I wouldn't be sittin' here now tellin' you my yarn The fellow in the plug hat had put me on a diet, only givin' me food every other day. After two days of fine weather we sighted a brig Marin' down on us. I could have hugged myself with joy. I thought my troubles ,over; but they weren't by a long chalk. They were only begin nin', as I s.oon discovered. The people aboard the brig made the wreck out, anll for fear they d haul their wind and make off on another tack, thinkin' there wasn't no one aboard, I pulled off my jacket, tied it to a s tick and began wavin' it to attract their attention. The next thing I knew I was on my back with hall a dozen natives sittin' on my chest, and I was yanked down into the lazarette. Und0r the directions of the scamp in the plug hat I was wallad in as you found me, and there I was le:ft. I had no idea wh::\t happened after that. I got nothin' more to eat, and I'd sooner let my share of that there treasure go, if I had it alongside of me, than go through that experience again. Finally I must have lost my senses, for the next thing I knew was bein' in bed in that hospital, feelin' as weak as a baby." Jack Junk stopped, and, taking the well"chewed quid from his mouth, shied it at a dog outside, after which he bit off another l iberal piece of navy plug and stuck it into his cheek. rU.\P'l'ER \'l. BOUND 1''0R SYDNEY. After that Joe and the sailor had almost daily conf e r ences over tlie subject of the treasure presumed to be still on Thimble Isl and. "My uncle would never l et me go off on what he'd call a wild goose chase," said Joe one evening. "Besides, neither of us has any money to speak of, so how could we charter even a small sloop for such an enterprise?" "I'll admit that's a big difficulty,'' replied Junk. "I don't see but we'll have to take your uncle into our con fidence He1d get plenty of money, I reckon, and he wouldn't miss the expense "He looks at a dollar several times before he spends it, that's why he's well off, though he won't admit that he is," said Joe "He'd have to have a photograph of that treas ure, and the sworn statements of reliable people, before he'd hazard a red on any scheme looking to recover it. Even then he'd want three-quarters of it for his share." "Which I reckon he wouldn't get. If that's the kind of chap he is, and I'm bound to say he looks it, we'll leave him out of the question, and wait till luck comes our way. You've got the latitude and longitude of Thimble Island now marked down all right. "Yes, the mate of the bark Day Dream calculated it fr0m his chart." "Very good. All we've got to do now is to wait." "Wait, yes; but if Bill Herring gets ahead of us our cake will be all dough i "Seein' as we can't make no move at present, we've got to chance it," said the squirting a stream of tobacco juice into the water Morning, noon and night Joe could think of nothing but the gold on Thimble Island. His uncle caught him a dozen times a day standing at his work thinking and looking straight ahead as if he saw something on the wall, or outside, that took up all his attention. "You're getting to be all-fired l azy, young man,'' cried

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r JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. 11 Phel i m Darcy one morning, angrily. "What in thunder has come over you of late?" I was just thinking of something,'' replied Joe, getting a hustle on. Thinking of stlmething You seem to be thinking of something all the time. I ain't paying and supporting you to think but to work. Understand?" ."Yes sir." "Then see that you keep awake after this, or you and me'll have a run-in." That evening after supper Joe and Junk took a boat and went down to the Point to :fish. It was cloudy but comparatively calm, and such nights, Joe knew from experience, the fish always bit readily. They reached the Point, which was quite a row, threw out their lines, and were soon bus y hauling in the fish. While they fished they talk ed, and, of course, their talk was about Thimble Island and its treasure. They seldom t a lked about anything else. Joe was ne v er tired of h e aring in detail the sailor s long drawn-out experience in the marine caverns of the island while a prisoner in the hands of the native s and Junk found a pleasure in recalling his five years of hard luck because the boy wa s so intere s ted in that experience. At length the tide tu.med arid they stopped their sport. They had two or three times as much fish as the house keeper could use, so Joe figured that he would sell the excess in the morning aboard the different craft at the wharves. They had only one pair of oars, but that was enough, as they took turns pulling. Junk took the first spell at them when they started back. The tide was strong against them, and the sailor bent down to his work, taking long, regular pulls. One of the oars, having a weak spot in it, snapped short off, and the boat began to drift back with the current "What are we going to do now?" asked Joe "We can't scull against this tide. We'll be carried out to sea "There's a light yonder. Maybe that craft is headin' in and we' ll get a tow," repli e d the s ailor. They watched the light awhile, but it didn't get any nearer, so they came to the conclusion that the craft was not bound in for Santa Ca.talina. By that time they were a mile off s hore, and the weather seaward was growing hazy. "We're in a nice scrap e," s aid Joe. "Hang that oar! I wonder where my uncle pick e d it up. There was some defect in it or it never would have broken." "Well, there ain't no use kicldn'. We must grin and bear it," said Junk, philosophically. "I s'pose I can bear it as well as you, but I don't feel like grinning over it," growled the boy. "When the tide turns it will take us back." 'tYes, when it does, and then we' re likely to land somewhere down the coast." "As long a s w e land somewhere, what's the diff'rence ?" f'The difference will be that we'll be done out of our night's rest.'' "If you was a sailor you wouldn't think nothin' of that," said Junk, cheerfully, taking a fresh chew. Joe made no answer, but stared at the pile of fish in the bottom of. the boat. The air was growing hazy and damp around them and the outlook was far from plea s ant. The shore line had long since vanished in the darkness, and they were alone on the Pacific. Everything w a s as quiet as a country churchyard, ex c ept when the s ailor e x pector a ted over the s ide at interval s or move d hi s boots on the planking. "If we was onl y a boar().. some craft now makin' for that island, I >vouldn' t mind,'' remarked Junk at length. For once Joe wasn't in a treasure-talking mood, so he said nothing. "Gon e to s leep, my hearty?" asked the sailor: "No." "Why don t you talk, then?" "Don t fee l like it." Jack Junk chu c kled and s aid n o thing more. The fog closed in around the m arrd t he y drifted further and further out to s ea. They buttoned th e i r j acket s a r o un d them and tried to keep warm but the c hill and dampness of the miet was not to be kept out. In the course of an h our t h e y h e ard a vessel's bell pn nouncing ten o'clock. Joe stood up and uttered a loud "halloa !" The stillness was such that his voice carried some dis tance, and he was heard by the watch aboard the nearby craft. A shout came back. "You scull, Jack, while I keep track of the craft," said Joe. The boy kept shouting at intervals, and received re plies. Presently a white light lit up the fog at no great dis tance. It was a combination of sulphur and other inflammable materials manufactured for illuminating purposes at sea. It made an excellent guide for the sailor to steer for. Presently the dark outline of a vessel came into sight. Suddenly the went out and left things darker by contrast than ever. But the boat was now close aboard of the vessel, and there was little chance of passing her. At any rate, a member of the watch called out occasion ally, and Joe answered till the craft was onl, y a few away, hove to waiting for the boat to come up. A lantern. attached to a rope was lowered over the ves-sel's side, and Jack Junk ran the boat up to it. Unshipping the lantern, Joe made the boat fast to it. A rope ladder was dropped down ahd the sailor and the boy presently stood on the vessel's deck and in the presence of the second mate. "How do you do, sir," said Joe. "My name-is Darcy, and my companion is named Junk. We were :fishing at the entrance to Santa Catalina Bay. When we started back one of our oars broke, and the 'llde being on the ebb, we drifted out to sea and into this fog. It's lucky we ran across you, for we are chilled to the bone, and we'd have been in a bad way by morning." "You drifted some distance. We're all of six miles off the coast according to our calculati o ns. C ome into the

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JOE D A RCY'S T R EAS URE HUNT cabin and I'll treat you chaps to a glass of spirits to drive the chill out. If this weather holds during the night we sha'n't make much headway, so you might as well stay all night aboard." "What craft is this?" asked Joe. "Brig Reindeer; Morton, master, from Los Angeles, bound for Sydney "'!'hat's a long voyage,'' said Joe, as they followed the mate into the cabin "Pretty tidy one,'' replied the mate. ,Toe neveT drank anything in the stimulant line, but he was prevailed on to take a dose on this occasion to warm him up. 'l'he mate then sent Junk to the forecastle to occupy a spare bunk there, and after chatting awhile with Joe, whose uncle he knew by reputation, he led the boy to a sma ll stateroom off the passage and told him to turn in. The chief mate took the deck when the watch was changed at midnight, and the second officer reported to him the arrival on board of the sailor and the boy. "How do they expect to get ashore in the morning?" asked the first mate. "'l'hey'rc got a boat, and only need an oar, which we can spare them It's quite calm. and likely to hold that 1rn,y al1 night, so they won't have more than eight or nine miles to pull at the outside." The chief officer walked away without .further remark, and the second mate went to his room to turn in for foUl' hours. Half an hour later the wind came up and the brig began to glide through the water. "I guess those chaps won't row asho_re in the morning," thought the chief mate. "They'll have to stay aboard till we meet some vessel bound in for the coast As we're shoTt Trnncled, they can turn to and help out." 'l'he rapidly increased to a brisk breeze, and by the time eight bells rang again (four A. M.) and the sec ond mate turned out, Santa Catalina bore E N. E. about forty miles away. 'I'he brig was than making about ten knots, and increas ing it every moment. "No use calling those chap at daylight, as you probably intended," said the chief mate "We're too far from land for them to take to their boat. We need hands, and when Captain Morton sees them in the morning he'll propose that they sign for the voyage If they refuse, the only thing we can do is to put them aboard the first craft we meet bound east. That chance may not turn up in a week or more, and in the meantime they'll have to turn to and make themselves useful." Thus speaking, the mate turned on his heel and went down the companion ladder. When Joe came on deck about six o'clock, the brig bad inereai::ed her distance from the coast some twenty-five mileR more T unk was leaning or er the gangway and nuninating orrr the situation Reing a sai l or, he judgrd from the look of things that 1 hrv 11('rr> nol liket :1' to sec 8m1la Catalina again for some d11 ys lo if ihey di cl t.hcn. J oc went up to him. "Say, Jack, we're saili n g away from the coast fast. What are we going to do?" he sa i d. "We'll do whatever the skipper of this b rig says, I reckon," replied the sailor "He won't keep us on board against our wills "Do you.want to put out in a ro\vboat sixty miles from shore?" "Of course not." t ''Then we'll have to stay where. we are." 'Arc we really sixty miles .from Santa Catalina?" "Over that, so the second mate says." "But we've got to get back somehow." "If the skipper speaks a vessel in a day or two, p'raps lic'll send u back, otherwise we'll have to stay aboard and turn in with the crew I've heard the brig is shorthandeJ, so I reckin the cap'n won't be over anxious to lose us." "But the vessel is bound for Sydney." "That don't make no di:ff'rcncc "I'm thinking we made a mistake in not borrowing an oar last night and putting back wb.ilc the weather was calm." ":J'Iaybe this will turn out a piece of good luck for us." "How?" "We're on the road to 'l'himble Island. Who knows but ire may find a chance to get there before we return to Cali fornia? 1'm in favor of shippin' aboard this booker and drawin' pay. I ad\ise you to do the same. I don't think either of u could do better if we expect to hunt for that treasure." "But 1 ain't a sailor." "You'll soon learn the ropes, my hearty. A spell at sea will do you good." "What will my uncle say when we fail io turn up?" "What diffrence does it make what he says? You do as I say and you'll come out all right. We'll have a look in at Thimble Island somehow before we get back The chance of reaching the island where the treasurp was pTevailed with Joe, and so when, later on, the captain of the brig pToposed that he and Junk sign aTticles and make the voyage, he consented alma t as willingly as his companion CHAPTER VII. DOU.A. DE 'I'. For the next three weeks the weather held fair, and the brig made good progress toward her destination, for she was a fast sailer. By that time Joe had learned the ropes and had ac quired a first-class pair of sea legs. The captain was a decent sort of man, and the mates came within the same category, so that the crew had nothing to :find aut with. rrhey attended to their duty in good s hape and required no discipline. Thus Joe's first sea rxpcrirnce waR a who)e lot pleasanter il1:m usuallv fell to i.he lo1 of ;1 nrw beginnrr. 'l'he weather, however, rlrnngrd a r la1
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JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. strained that Captain Morton headed for a port in one of the large s t of the Figi Islands in order to have important r e pair s mad e befor e continuing his voyage. A s s oon a s Jack Junk learned this he took Joe aside and said: "We' re goin' to put in at Papua." (c Are we?" repli e d the boy. "Where's that?" r Jack mention e d the name of the island. "lt' s one of the Fiji group," he said. "And it's just the place we want to reach, so as to be handy to Thimble Island." "Is that s o?" s aid Joe eagerly. "That's so, my hearty. Therefore you and me'll shake the brig there. It' ll be easy for us to do it, as no one will s u spec t our intention s Jus t keep a stiff upper lip, and do wh a t I tell y ou, and me and you ll get that treasure before you r e much old er." "If we lea v e the brig how will we g et along without m o ney on s hore?" -"Dont you woITy, matey. We' ll pull through all right." "All rig ht. I'm w,ith you. I don't care nothing about Sydney Thimble I s land is what I'm after." "Of c our s e you are. When we get hold of that treasure we' r e mad e for the r est of our natural live s." Joe was tickled to d eath to think that the chance to reach Thimble I land come, though how he and Junk were g oing to get there from Papua without the necessary fund s to charter some kind of a craft, was beyond him. The s ailor spoke so confidently of the probability of them reachin g the i s l a nd that h e did not allow the difficul tie s that s tood in the way to worry him any. Next morning the island the y were bound for hove in s ight, and before noon the y were at anchor off Papua. It was the first foreign place Joe had ever visited, and naturally he was inte re sted in it, although it was not much of a town, a s towns go. The Britis h authority was paramount here, as the island s of the. group belong to the English crown. Of course the natives largely outnumbered the whites in the s e ttlement but they were no longer the savage can nibals they had been once qn a time, half a century or so before. That horrible prac tice had practically been s tamped out all over the group. The captain found that it would take the best part or a week to make the repairs needed, so the crew were al lowed s hore leave, about a third of them at a time. Jack Junk and Joe went together on the first day, and in s tead of spendin g their tim e in the dram shops, like s ailors were wont to do, they sep a rated themselves from the two companions who accompanied them, and went around looking at the shippin g in the port. Mos t of the ves els were small craft that pli e d among the i s lands as Junk knew for he had been at Papua be fore and hi s purpose was to find a small vessel that would take them to Tongatabu, the large s t of the Friendly Island s a small gi.oup to the east and south of the Figis. Thi s would bring them within reaching distance, Junk s aid, of Thimble 1sland. A:: luc k would have it there was a small native craft, a hout th e size and build of an ordinary which was on the point of sailing for the place Junk wanted to reach. The skipper was a hang-dog looking rascal, formerly a beach comber, no doubt, in his young days, an escaped convict from Australia. Joe didn't like his looks, and wanted to have nothing to do with him, but Junk said he was just the chap for them, as he would h e lp them to slip their ship when another cap tain might not be inclin,ed to do so. "At any rate my hearty, if we don't mak<:i some kind of a deal with this fello" we might not strike another chance in a month," said the sailor. Joe had nothing more to say so Junk walked up to the s kipper of the craft and began negotiation s They fixed matters up between them, and the skipper told them to r eturn in a couple of hour s ready to embark. Joe and his companion filled in the time strolling around town, and at the e x piration of the two hours appeared on the wharf and s tepped on board of the sloop. Fifteen minutes later the craft cut loo s e from her moor ings and started seaward. As she would pass clos e to the bri g Joe arid the sailor kept out of sight in the little cabin, that their presence aboard would not be noticed. During the trip to the port of 'rongatabu, Joe and Junk made themselve s as useful as they could, and the hard looking skipper treated them first rate. It took a wee k to cover the distance, and they had good weather all the way. Finally the"big island hove in s ight, and about dark the s loop ran in close to the shore and dropp e d h e r an c hor. The agreement Jack Junk h a d made with the skipper in cluded their services in h e lp i n g to unload the sloop, and also to load her for the return trip. This they faithfully carri e d out during the followin g week, and a s s o on a s the s loop was ready to sail back for Papua, Joe and the s ailor started off to look up temporary quarters for themsel ves in the town. This wa s not easy, as they had no funds, but luck came to their assistance. r They were walking along the water front, offering their s ervices her e and there at the different grog shops in retmn for board and lod g ing, without s uccess so far, when Joe spied a pretty white g irl cornin g toward them, follo,rcd by a man, who looked like the mate of a vessel, whom sh e was trying to avoid. The man caught up with h e r ancl addres sed her in a free and easy way. The girl stopped and s<1ic1: "I want nothing to do with y ou, Mr. Price. l you don"t stop a,nnoying m e J will report your conduct to my fath e l'." "Pooh!" returned tbe man, bant e ringly. "You wont do anythin g of the kind. You re like all the women, a s s k1ittish a s a young colt till you'r e broken to lrnrnes You've t a ken m y eye, and a s I'm looking for a wife, you can't do b etter than to ti e up with me. I've got money and can rig you out in a way that'll make you the emy of other wome n, and--" "Marry you ind ee d !"cried the girl, scornfully. ot if there wasn't anoth e r man on earth." "I guess you 'll change your tone, young lady, before I'm throl1g h with y ou." saicl the man, angrily. "T'yr. clr t e rmined to ha Y e you s o there i sn't any u s e of yo :T'ying to shake me. Your father has gone on Lo Kaka, :rnd w o n'f

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JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. be back till late. Before he gets back you'll be Mrs. Price, on a sloop from Papua a few days ago. My name is Joe or I'll know why not." Darcy, and my friend is Jack Junk. We belong in Santa "Never !v cried the gir 1, darting forward. Catalina, California May I ask your name ?n The mate dashed after her, but Joe, who had hear d the "Dora Dent. 'My father is Captain Richard Dent, of conversation, stepped between them as he was about to the schooner Starlight. There she is lying at that wharf. seize her Where are you stopping? My father will want to thank. "Hold on," said th,e boy, grabbing the mate by the arm you for your kind interference in my behalf "Just leave that young lady alone.s. "We are not stopping anywhere, miss. The fact is we "You young sculpin !" roared the furious man. "How haven't any money, and are looking around for a place to dare you interfere? Out of my way!" work for our meals and a bed till we get away from this "What right have you to annoy a girl that wants nothing place," said Joe. to do with you?" returned Joe, pluckily. "You shall stop a board the schooner until you see my With an imprecation the mate aimed a blow at his head father. He will provide for you so you won't suffer. In wis his hairy fist, that had the weight of a sledge-ham fact, if you would like to ship with us, he'll take you, berner. cause we're short one hand, and I guess we can use The boy dodged and escaped it. another, too," she said. The girl had stopped when she saw she had a defender, "Thank you, miss. We'll stop on the schooner to-night, though he was only a boy, and stood watching the troub l e if your father doesn't object when he gets back; but we with a beating heart can't ship with you because we have some business on The mate reached out and seized Joe in a vise-like grip, hand. Our object in coming here was to go to--" and it doubtless would have gone hard with him had not A punch in the ribs from Jack Junk cut him short. Jack Junk stepped. in and caught the man's arm as he was They had reached the schooner by this time. about to slug the lad. "Allow me to help you aboard, miss," said Joe. To have a common sai l or lay hands on him made the "Thank you," she answered laughingly, taking his hand mate twice as furious as before, and he let go of Joe and and jumping on the deck-a. feat she could easily have tried to knock Junk down. accomplished without his assistance. He got in one blow that staggered the sai l or, but the Joe and the sailor followed her aboard. second missed fire because Joe sprang forward and punched The latter hung back while the boy fol1owed Miss Dent him in the jaw. aft to the companionway leading down into the cabin: A crowd bega n to gather around the belligerents to see Dora threw her straw hat on the table and sat down, the scrap motioning Joe to take a chrur. As Price turned on Joe, the sailor smashed him on the "You don't look like a common sailor, Mr. Darcy," she other jaw with his fist and sent him down on the sidewalk, said with a smile. "How came you to go to sea?" ha lf da zed. Joe explained how he and his companion had drifted out "Let's get away," said Junk, grabbing Joe and h a ul ing of the bay of Santa Catalina in the night and got mixed up h i m through the crowd in an off-shore fog. T hey soon came up to the gir l and Joe poli te l y r a ised Then he told her how they had been picked up by the his cap to her. brig Reindeer, and :finding themselves many miles from "I'm ever so much obliged to you,'' she said the coast next morning, had shipped for the voyage to D on't mention it, miss," replied the boy "We' ll p r o Sydney and back. tect yoh if he comes this way. Can we take you any -He explained that a three days' gale had disabled the where?" brig so that her captain was obliged to put in to Papua for "If you will see me down to the wharf where my father'i; repairs, and that he and Junk had deserted the vessel there schooner is moored I will consider it a favor and come on to the islitnd of Tongatabu in order to carry "Certainly Come along with us. Who is that man who out a project they had formed many weeks since in Cata was so rude to you?" lina. His name is Price He's t h e chief mate of the bark "Now you know why we're here," he concluded. Cer e s o u t in the stream. My father bro ught him aboard "I don't approve of you deserti;ng your brig," she said, our vesse l som e days ago and introd uced him to me. Since with a shake of her head then he has been aboard three times ,fl.nd paying me pointed "I admit that it wasn't just right, but if I could explain attentions r o day he came again, but I refused to see our reason I think you'd excuse us," said Joe. him. He evidently hung a r ound and watched me, for as I Knowing that sailors, and particularly green hands, were was coming out of a shop on the next street he came up often harshly handled by brutal skippers and mates, Dora and addressed me. I h urried away without noticing him, immediately concluded that that was the reason why the J but he hastened after me, an d then spoke to me as you hoy and his companion had left the brig so unceremonisaw." ously, and so she was inclined to excuse them. "I guess your father will make him sick when you tell At any rate, she felt under great obligations to Joe, ind, him what the fellow has done to you," said Joe. moreover, was quite taken by his good looking and open "We will be very angry, and will report his conduct to countenance, so she did not feel like chiding the boy even the captain of the bark. You look like a sailor, you and if he was of leaving his vessel without permission. your friend. What vessel do you belon g to?" Wh i le they were talking, the cook, who was also steward, "We don't belong to any vesse l m iss. W e arrived h ere too, came i n to l ay t h e tab l e for tea. \

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JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. 15 Dora told him she had visitor, and to place two plates. She also told him to provide for the sailor, who was on deck. "I do wish you would ship with us," she said to Joe, during the meal. "I'd like to myself," he replied, for he was rather smit ten with the fair girl; "but you see Junk and I have a very important e!."J)edition on hand." you said you had no money, I don't see how you can get along unless you can pick up a job somewhere in town," she said "It's going to be tough sailing, I guess, but if we suc ceed in our venture we'll have more money than we'll know what to do with." "Indeed!" Dora said, re.garding him curipusly. "Yes, if I were to tell you what we are after it would make you open your eyes." "It must be something unusual." "It is. If you promise me not to say a word to any one, not even your father, I'll tell you." "I promise." "Very well, I'll trust you. Jack and I are after a pi rate's treasure." CHAPTER VIII. A SATISFACTORY ARRANGEMENT. the chance of securing a large amount of money is a tre mendous temptation to anybody. However, I disagree with Jack. I have perfect confidence in you, Miss Dent, and I feel sure that you wouldn't go back on me," said Joe, earnestly. "Thank you for saying so, Mr. Darcy," replied the girl. "You may be sure I will never let the knowledge pass my lips without your permission. I think, though, you may confide in my father with perfect safety. After I have told him what you have done for me, and I will make the obli gation as strong as possible, he will be disposed to render you any reasonable service in return. He will probably ask you how he can repay you. That will be your opportu nity. Tell him about the treasure, and ask him to help you get it. I am pretty sure you will have no cause to regret making him the proposition." "Your advice seems good, Miss Dent, and I am disposed to follow it. I will speak to Jack about it, as he is as much interested in this treasure as I am,'' said Joe. They went on deck, and the boy saw Jack Junk for ward and smoking and talking to one of the schooner's crew He called him over to one of the masts and then told him that having rendered a service to the captain's daugh ter, he thought it would be safe to take Captain Dent their confidence with regard to the treasure, and make a deal with him to go to Thimble Island in the schooner and re c over the pirate's gold : from the marine cavern. Jack listened without saying a word, and then slapping "A pirate's treasure!" exclaimed Dorn, in astonishment. Joe on the back, said be was in favor of the idea. "Yes. It's hidden on an island not a great distance "Seein' as we ain't got no money, we couldn't charter from here. I was just thinking that maybe your father no craft ourselves, so we'd have to make a deal with some might take us to the island and help us, secure the treasbody. If the man wasn't honest, he :iuight trick us out ure. If Jack is willing, I'd be in favor of a deal of our own shares altogether, and maybe toss us both over with him that ought to pay him well-better than the board to get us out of the way. Such things have been profits he makes out of one of his voyages. That would done, my hearty, and will be done again. I reckon we solve all our difficulties. We needn't hnng around this can t do no better than to trust that gal's father He's an town for the knows how long waiting for a chance American, at any rate, same as ourselves, and if we agree to get to the island that might never turn up unless we were to pay him well, no doubt he'll stand in with us and then willing to divide up with some skipper, who probably the job will be done, and we can go back to California wouldn't treat us nearly so fairly as your father." right away," said Junk. "Well, if you really could prove to my father that a The matter being thus satisfactorily adjusted between treasure existed on one of these i s lands, I dare s ay he them, Jack returned to Dora's side and impatiently waited would be glad to help you get it for a reasonable compen for her father to turn up. sation, particularly as you have rendered me quite a serCaptain Dent returned from Kaka about nine o'clock, vice, for which he will naturally be grateful," said Dora. and was rather surJ:irised to see his daughter talking to a "I'll tell you the story and.let you judge for yourself," good-looking young sailor. said Joe, who forthwith put the girl in possession of all Dora introduced Joe to her father, and then told the the facts connected with the treasure which he confidently captain what the boy had done for her that afternoon. believed was hidden that moment on Thimble Island. She laid as much strass as she could on Joe's service, He told her Jack's story of hi s five years' sojourn on the saying that but for his timely interposition she really island in the hands of the strange natives who were no lon couldn't say what the mate of the Ceres bark wouldn't ger there to oppose anyone entering the caverns, and all have done to her about the sailor's strenuous experience on the wreck that "The rascal I" cried the indignant captain "He must was brought into Santa Catalina by the Star of Hope. have been drunk." Dora was greatly interested and not a little astonished. He thanked Joe for what he had done for bis daughter, "Now," said Joe, "you know all. I don't know what and asked him to what vessel he belonged. Jack would say to Ifle if he knew I had been making a The boy told him that be and Jack belonged to no vesse l confidant of you. He'd be pretty mad, I guess. He'd say and were practically stranded in town without a cent I put it in the way of your father to go to the island and "Then ship with me," said Captain Dent "I need a get the treasure for himself, leaving us in the lurch He'd man, and I guess I can find work aboard for both of you. never believe you'd keep the story a secret from him, for Before Joe could reply, D o r a said:

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JOE DAHC ys TREASURE HUNT. ============== -----= ============== I ":iUr. Dent has a propositi6n to make to you which he rehim through will always be a m'j'stery to me. To look at 5ards of great importance. He has confided all the parhim now you never collld that he was once a living ticulars to me, and I think you ought to help him out, for skeleton-worse than any circus freak. I know it, for I if things turn out as he believes they will, you will make have the evidence o:f my own eyes to prove it. Then those something out of the matter, too." natives he has spoken about I saw, too, and they are in "I shall be glad to hear your proposition, my lad. If I California at this moment, most of them, and I assure you can square the obligation I feel under to you I will gladly they were a most surprising lot 'of natives. There seems do it," said Captain Dent. no doubt in my mind that the treasure of Thimble Island "All right, sir; I'll tell you all about it. You may think is an actual :fact, and so I hope you will agree to sail there that it is only a wild-goose chase my companion and I are and prove the fact to your satisfaction." on, but I !eel after you have heard Jack Junk tell what Thus spoke Joe, and his earnestness was convincing. saw eyes, you will be convinced that there At any rate, Captain Dent was favorably impressed, and 18 somethmg m it. he said that as rrhimble Island was not greatly out of the Joe then told him all about the treasure on Thimble course he would have to take to rt':'ach Sydney, where he Island. was bound, he had no objection to calling there and helping The skipper listened with an air of interest, and when Joe and his companion get the treasure if it was there. the boy had concluded, asked him what his proposition "After which you both can't do better than go on to was. Sydney with me. Then the chances are I shall sail dirept "To have yon take us to the island so that we can take from there to San Francisco, so it will be to your interest possession of the gold. In return for that service we will to stick b y the schooner whether you :find the treasure or-give you one-fifth of its value." not," said the captain. "One-fifth, eh?" To this suggestion Joe and the sailor both agreed, and "Yes, sir; Jack estimates that there isn't a cent less so the matter was settled. than $100,000 in Spanish money there, and he ought to have some idea since he has seen it. If it amounts to that much, your sh-are will be $20,000. That ought to pay you well, don't you think RO?" "I should RRY "If there be m ore than $100,000, you'll make a larger amount. Shall I call over J nck, and have him tell you his story? It will be more con v incin g for you to hear it from him than from me at second hand." "Call him," said the skippe1. Joe called the sailor aft and introduced him to Captain "Now, Jack, the captain wants to hear your experience on Thimble Island. Then he'll decide whether he'll carry us to the island and help us get hold of the gold." "I've already promised to help you all I can, my lad," said Captain Dent. "I C1on't think your companion's story will influence me greatly. You have practically given me all the facts yourself, ancl I am disposed to help you with your scheme." "Thank you, sir. You wm do llS the biggest favor that w e could receive," repli.ed Joe. The sailor then told his story, and the skip per liste11ed to him attentively; When he had concluded, Joe said: "Now, sir, Jack's yarn might seem too strange to war rant belief, but here is additional evidence that will show that Jack is not the only person who has seen that treas ure," and the boy handed the skipper the letter written by the dying Ben Brace in the Sydney hospital. They adjourned to the cabin so that the captain could read the letter by the lamp there. "Further evidence as to the truthfulness of Jack's story is the fact that the wreck he tells about was actually towed into Santa Catalina bay by the brig Star of Hope, which is a matter of record. I also helped to take him out of the lRzarette of the wreck where he was walled in as he says. He was the worst wreck of a man himself that the hospital .dhorities ever saw alive, and how they managed to pull CHAPTER IX. A STARTLING SURPRISE. Joe was not sent forward_ to roost in the forecastle with the crew, as there was only one vacant berth there, which was taken possession of by Jack Junk. The boy was accommodated with a bunk in a small room at the forward end of the cabin. This room was used to store supplies and various odds and ends, such a spare rope canvas, and S}lCh. The bunk was filled with stuff that .Toe had to toss to one side before he could occupy it, but he didn't find any f ault with his cramped surrounpings, as he was not lik e ly to spend any more tii:nc there than what he needed for rest. The mate of the schooner turned up next mornii.1g, and .Toe was introduced to him as an extra hand who would go on watch and stand his trick at the wheel with the rest of the crew. Joe. llOWCVe r, had thiR ad_vnntage, which he great ly ap preciated, as it would throw him in Dora'R company; be would eat in the cabin. The schooner had nearly all her cargo aboard. All s he was wRiting for was a consignment from t11e in terior town of Kaka, and this arrived two days later. During thos e days the < crew had nothing to do, and Joe ; spent most 0 hi s time in Dora's company. The young people had taken a great fancy to each other .. and though the mate frowned upon the growing intimac y between a foremast hand and the skipper's daughter as not in accordance with his ideas of discipline, and went so far as to call the skipper's attentiorl to it, Captain Dent made no effort to nip it in the bud. He had also taken a liking for the stalwart young lad, and having an idea that he was likely to come into pos-

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JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. session of a fortune through the treasure of Thimble Island, in which he put considerable confidence, after hear ing the sailor's story, and believing that such a slice of good luck would put an end to his connection with the sea, he considered the boy a suitable companion for his daughter. The hatches were battened down at last, the anchor raised, the sails hoisted, and the schooner Starlight slowly slipped out of port into the broad Pacific. Her course, somewhat to the mate's surprise, who was not in the secret, was laid for Thimble Island, and under the light breeze she gradually neared the goal of the hopes of Joe Darcy and his friend, Jack Junk. "What did I tell you, my hearty?" said Jack, as the schooner slipped through the water. "I said that there cruise in the brig might turn out lucky for us, and you see it has. We're on the way to Thimble Island now, and the treasure is as good as in our possession now." "Don't crow, Jack, before you're out of the wood," re pled Joe. "Several months have passed since you and the natives were carried away from the island, and there's no telling what has happened in the meantime. Somebody else may have got in ahead of us-Bill Herring, for in stance." "I hope not," said Jack. "At any rate, the chances are against him. We'd have had no end of trouble ourselvds if luck had not run our wav." "That's true; but h; might have gone differently to work about it. For instance, if he managed to in\erest some man with money to get up an expedition promising him halffof the treasure, his crowd might have reached the island during the interval since you were there, and then--" "I don't want to think about such a thing. I should tear things up generally if I found that gold gone. Seein' as I've lost five years of my life right in them caverns, al most within touch of the treasure, I shou ld feel like jumpin' into the sea if somebody else had got away with it," said the sailor "It would be a pretty rough de11 l for both of us, for I haven't done ml.ich else than think aboui it since I found that letter. and then heard your story confirming its ac rnracy," said Joe. They talked awhfle longer, and then Joe was s1m1moned art to stand a two-hour Hpell at the wheel. On the morning of the third day after leaving Tonga a cloncl-likc object was sighted aheacl which proved to be Thimble Island. As soon as Joe heard the announcement he became ex cited, for his mind was divided between expectation and un certainty. He ventured to approach Dora, who had just come on deck. "Yonder is Thimble Island," he said, pointing ahead. "Before night I shall know whether I'm a rich boy, or that somebody else has got ahead of me." "Why, who could get ahead of you?" she asked in some surprise. "The man to whom that letter was sent by Ben BraceBill Herring is his name." "You never told me before that you feared he would deprive you of the treasure," she said. "Well, I never really thought I had anything to fear from him; but now that the islantl is actually in sight, I'm obli_ged to say that I feel nervous." "I wouldn't worry about the matter,'' she said, encour agingly. "It is natural that you should feel nervous and excited when nearing the goal of your hopes." "I should feel all broke up if the gold had disappeared," he said. "I've built so many hopes on it." "It would certainly be a great disappointment to you," said the girl; "and to your friend as well. Look on the ];>right side. It seems to me the chances are all in your favor." .Dora was called to breakfast at that moment, and she left Joe with his eager gaze fastened on the island ahead, its thimble-shaped formation becoming each moment more distinct a s t4e schooner bore down on it. He wa' s presently joined by Jack. "There's the Thimble rock as plain as the nose on your face, my hearty," said the sailor. "I see it. The marine caverns are underneath it," re plied Jack. "Yes, close to the water-not much over a dozen feet away from the high-tide mark." "Puts you in mind of your stay among the natives to see the island again, doesn't it?" "That's what it does, matey. Seems just like yester day I was here. See that big palm yonder that's just come into sight near the Thimble?" "At the foot of it? Yes." "The wreck was tied to that." Joe gazed at the tree with interest. It was wonderful to him to think that a derelict that had been tied there many thousands of miles west of the coast of California should eventually land in Santa Catalina Bay as sound as when she broke loose from her moorings. As the moments passed, the schooner drew nearer to the island, and Jack pointed out different landmarks that he rem em bereg, "There's the banana grove where the natives got their supp ly of fruit," said Jack, presently. "There's enough of the fruit there to feed an aTmy." "You mean for one meal." "There's enough to fill up the hold of several schooners the size of this one, ancl she's a pretty tidy-sized craft,'' said Jack. "And it all goes to waste." "Of comse, when there ain't nobody to eat it." J oc was now called to his breakfast, as the ski pper and his daughter were done, but he was o excited at the proo, pect ahead that be hacl very little appetite for it. When Captain Dent came on deck he gave orders to his mate to bring the schooner to as close to the island as he thought prudent. "Do you intend to go ashore there, sir?" asked the officer in some surprise. "I do." The mate was somewhat curious to learn the reason, but as the skipper did not volunteer any information, he did not feel that it was his place to ask any questions on the subject. The schooner lay to about half a mile from shote. Captain Dent ordered one of his two boats into the

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18 JOE DARCY'S 'rREASU. HE IIUNT. _.wat e r, a.nd. Joe and Jack Junk w e r e dir ecte d t o get into it.1 ":My gracious \ V hat a l ot oi money exclaimed Dora. Dora was running up out of the c a bin with h e r h a t o n. 'l'o Jack,)1 owever, t h e pr e s e nce o f that golden heap w a s "May I go, too, father?" she asked e a ger l y, as t h e sk i p s o mewhat disq uiet i n g per was in the act of taking his place in the stern s h eets It h a d n o t been the r e whe n h e l ef t the i s l a n d o n h i s "Well," said her father s milin g ly I suppose there i s i n v olu ntary cruise on t h e w rec k with the n ative resi den t s, no harm in you accompan y ing u s if you wan t t o." therefo r e it indicated that s o mebody e lse had been her e He handed her into the boat, and the n ord e r e d Junk to s ince-was t h e r e yet, in a ll p robability. shove off. Who could t hat p e r son, o r person s be? Jo e arid Jack ben t to the oar s with a vim, the ir b.ieas t s Bill H err in g o r some s hipwreck e d sa ilor s heaving with suppressed excitement Th e latte r inf e r e nc e seemed-probable, si nce t h e r e was n o Their backs were toward the island as they rowed, but o t h e r c raft than the sch o oner anchor ed anywhere i n sight -\heir hearts and minds were proj e cted ahead. Tha t didn t s ay that t h e r e mig h t n ot b e a v essel o:IT 'l' he skipper headed for the little c o v e at the foot of s o utheas t ern s hore, for o w ing to the h illy char a cter of t h e Thimble rock, and he and Dora could already make out i s land the y c ould not see coinpl e t e l y across it. the dark opening that afforded entrance to the matin e But a greate r s u;rpri s e w a s in s tor e for them all, esp e caves Jack Junk has spoken about, and in which h e had c iall y for Joe Darcy been kept a prisoner for five year s It c ame with a suddenness that quit e took t he ir br e a t h If Captain D ent ever had any doubts a s to the accuracy away of the sailor's yarn, they were put to flight b y the conWhile Joe stood lookin g at the overturne d b o x of gol d fir matory evidences that his eyes now re s t e d upon, showc oins, a lasso flew out of the cave and the noose tig h te n e d ing beyo nd a n y reasonable doubt that Junk had been here around hi s body. beiore The next inst ant he was dragged into the d ark opening "Cease ro wing," ordered the c aptain at last. H i s friends uttered cri e s of alarm. Joe a n d J ack stopped pulling and allow 7 d their oars to rest on a l evel with the gunwhale. T ake in your oars, my lads. We are close in and under su fficient headway," said Captain Dent. Their oars rattled on the seats, and Joe and J ack turned to Took a t the i sland. The boat was darting into the cove, and high above the h eads o f the pa r ty rose Thimble rock, smooth around the CHAPTER X. IN THE CAVERNS UNDER THE THIMBLE. base, and t h e n corr u gated and full of holes from th e re Joe was never mor e a s toni s hed in his life nor more up t ak e n by s urpris e than w h e n h e f elt hi mself ya n ked_ off N o thing i n nature coul d h ave mor e closely resembl e d a his fe e t with unpleas ant s udd enness, a nd dr agge d out of g i ga n t i c thi mble the bright s unlight into the gloomy r ecess e s of the base I sn' t i t wonderful!" exclainrnd Dora. "It look s jus t of Thimble ro c k l ike a rea l thimble, only trem e ndously bi g He g rabb e d the rope and trie d to sta y hi s progr ess by "Yes l ike a thimbl e with a piece bro k en out of the part digg ing hi s h e el s into the s an d y floor of the n a rrow pa s w h ere it goes on one's finger s aid Joe s age throug h whi c h he w a s b e ing dra wn; but hi s efforts T hat's the entrance to the marine caves, isn t i t ?" she w e re vain said, he r eyes sparkling with almo s t as mu c h anti c ipation as J oe's "Yes miss," replied the sa i lor "I ought to rememb e r that there doorway well, seein' a s I was ma rc h e d in a nd out o f it ofte n enough by them nati ves. They n e ver on c e t r u sted me a lone Jus t as if I could hav e g ot away whe n t h e r e wasn't a boat nowher e at hand for m r to get afloa t i n. Even if there had been, I w asn't fool e n o u g h to think o f facing s low starva ion on the chance of bein' picked up o n the wide oce an The boat shot up on the sand a foot or two and Joe was the first to l and. The captain and Dora follow ed, l e a vi ng Jack to secure the b o a t. Joe had hardly advanc e d mor e than a yard wh e n he ut t ered an exclama t ion of s urprise. Look! Look he cri ed, pointin g "There' s a box full of money upset on the sand near the entranc e to the cave A ll l ooked at the spot and saw the astoni s hing sight The box lay on its side without a cover, and from it flowed a flood o f gittering y e llow coin, like a frozen gol den stream. He was pull e d onw ard, deeper into the rt!cesses of Thim bl e rock, until he found that the had w id e n e d into a ca ve. Who eve r h a d made him a prisoner did not stop ther e but h a ul e d him into s till another pa s age that l e d down ward in a turning way. All was dark around h i m pitch dark, and his body was g rowin g s ore from the bump s it was g etti n g He shouted to his captor, a s king the m e aning o f this s trange and outrageous treatment. He mi ght as well hav e held his peace, f o r n o atte nti o n was paid to his prot e stations. H e was dra g g e d into another cav e rn. At least he judged so, for he was no lon ge r bu mpe d a g ainst the stone walls at immin ent danger of c ra c kin g hi s s ku ll against some projecting s ton e !Iere he was pulled over a smooth, hard and le ve l su r fa ce, jus t as if he was a bag of m e rchandise, and had no feeling The g loom here seemed l e s s intense, wheth e r b e cause his eyes bad grown accustomed t o the darkn e s s or from some other ca u se

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JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. 19 -----. ------A pale, soft light seemed to be r eflected upward against readily suggesting tables, chairs and couches of the hardest the roof. and most durable nature. Joe was in no mood or position to ponder over this fa,.ct, j The only opening in the place was the one through as his progress forward was still unchecked. which he had been dragged. How,,ever, he soon saw that he was passing under an After a last lin gering look at the moving ceiling of the archway into a still lighter cavern. low cavern, he started back to rejoin his friends, The light here was undulating, like the rippling surface "The chap who pulled me down here on. y worked a of the sea, and was of a distinctly greenish tinge. fool trick. What could have been his object? fihat has it Finally he was drawn through another short passage into amounted to? Nothing but subjecting me to a lot of instill another cavern of ample dimensions. convenience, and making my bones ache. I don't see any-Its low, flattened roof was glorious witl;i. a lovely, everthing funny in that even if he did." changing pattern, formed by the reflection of the sunlight He now re-entered the cavern lit by the soft, greenish from the waves outside. light. He was so fascinated by the appearance of the roof, He walked across it in the he. thought paswhich seemed to be all in motion-lights and shadows, sage beyond was, but found himself facmg a solid stone soft as silken weavings, chasing each other, opening, closwall. ing and interlacing in the most wonderful way, till he He followed the wall till he came back to the entrance to grew dazzled-that he failed to notice that he had come the other passage. to a rest. "Where in creation is that opening, anyway? Must be When he did become conscious of the fact he rolled over the other way," he said. and looked to see who the person was who had taken him So he kept on walking with one hand on the wall, but no prisoner. passageway appeared. He looked in vain. The man if men he was had vanHe was greatly puzzled, but kept on till he once more ished in a mysterious way.' reached the passage leading back into the cavern of the He sat up and all the way around, but though wa,:ering he had left. his eyes took in every corner of the place, there was not a Where the to this pla.ce tha.t fellow pulled soul in the curiously lighted marine cavern but himself. me through? Blessed if I can find it. It was a kmd of "Where in thunder hM he gone to?" Joe asked himself, archway, but I don't see any archway here." wonderingly. Thus mused Joe as he started on a fresh survey of the He rose to his feet without difficulty and saw the lariet cavern. trailing o:ff on the sand like a thin, sinuous, lengthy snake. He examined every crevice an d cranny inward, fully exHe pulled it to him, unloosened the loop that was tightly pecting to find some low arch leading into a dark l)assage, drawn under his arm.Pits and released himself from it. but he failed to find an opening of any kind. "What in thunder is the meaning of all this?" h,3 cried. There must be two passages out of the lighted cavern, "Here I've been hauled down into these caverns, which and I've taken the wrong one, and yet I'll swear this is the seem just above the level of the sea, and left here to shift green tinted one I was in before, unless there are two for myself. I must get back to the surface as fast as I alike," thought the boy. can go. Jack and the and Dora must have had a He went back through to the big lighted cavern and. fit when they saw me disappear ill such an unceremonious looked for another passage out of it;' but there was only; way into that yawning black hole. I dare say Jack will the one leading into the green-hued cave. be after me, for he knows the way in this place, and I shall Joe now began to feel somewhat alarmed. meet him on the way out." The sensation of being buried alive under the rock op-As Joe had no doubt about returning tte way he came, pre s sed him. notwithstanding the darkness of the inner and upper r-asHe rushed back into the inner cave and made another sages and caves, he did not hasten his steps, for he was desperate hu;;_t for the way out. quite taken with the peculiar cavern _in which he had come He was no more successful than before. to a stop in. "There's some hocus-pocus in a11 this," he said, scratch-He could not understand how the place was illuminated ing his bead. "Certainly I wasn't dragged through that in such an indescribable way. stone wall. My recollection is of a dark passage beyond That it was a reflection of the sun on the water he was with an archway into this place. Now there is no archway sure, but whence came it? and no evidence of the passage at all. There must be some He could see no opening, and surely openings there must secret to this cave. If there is, I'm up against it hard. -> be to enable the light from without to enter, since it was What the dickens shall I do? If that chap dragged me not possible for it to penetrate solid rock. here to leave me in a living tomb, I suppose I shall starve "This is a truly wonderful cavern It is really worth to death." experience I went through to see. How delightful He returned to the lighted cavern and sat down disconwill be when I bring her down here!" solately on tbe sand. He walked around it, trying to find the opening that ad-He was no longer interested in the incomparable, evermitted the light, but was not successful in his search. changing beauties of the ceiling. All he conld think about Everywhere the place was carpeted with s2ft sand, now was the immediate future, and what l.is fatlil was to through which stood up smooth blocks with flattened tops, be.

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) 20 JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. llow long he sat there, the picture of dejection, he never afterward remembered. It was some time, however, and while that time passed away his friends above were hunting for him. Hardly had Joe been dragged into the cavern than Jack, recovering from his surprise, started after him to find out the meaning of the strange happening. He followed the same course that Joe was being dragged, and heard the boy's voice ahead, but he couldn't overtake him, as he had to proceed cautiously, knowing from expe rience that pieces of rock hung down from the ceiling in places, which he could not see owing to the. darkness. Dora and her father awaited his return with Joe, whom they confidently expected he would bring back. They a.mused themselves handling the gold coins, and speculating on the probable volume of what was still in the box, together with the spilled portion on the s and. With Dora's help the captai n righted the box, and then both started to return the loose gold back into it. "There's a fortune here, without talking about the rest, if there is any more, as I judge there must be from Junk's statement," said Captain Dent. "How much do you think it is worth?" asked Dora. "Forty or fifty thousand dollars, I should imagine." "Joe will be entitled to $20,000 of that. That will make birn quite well off. If they give you a fifth, as they prom ised, you will make $10,000 with very little trouble. It was lucky we met them at Tongatabu/' said the girl. The skipper agreed with her. The sum of $10,000 was more than he could make out of severa l voyages. 'The captain stepped to the boat to see where the box of crold could be best placed aboard of it. Hardly was Iris back turned than Dora uttered a thrilling scream. Captain Dent spr;mg around just in time to see her vanish into the opening, clasped in the arms of a ragged looking object, whose identity he could not distinguish. CHAPTEH XT. COMPANIO:S-S l.N UISFOR'l'U.SJ' \Yith an exclamation of consternation, Dent dashed after his screaming daughter. Her cries soon ceased, while he rus hed on iA tM direc tion whence they had come. .\11 was dense darkness, but he push e d ahead regardless of anything. As a consequence his head came in contact with a rock with such force that he dropped senseless in hi. tracks, and there he was found by Jack Junk, who tumbled over him as he was returning from his unsuccessful hunt for Joe. The sai lor, after exploring all the passages ana caves with 'rhirh he was familiar, as well as hr could in the dark ness, tlccitlcd that a more extended hunt would have to be pro scrnt-ed with lantern light He began to suspect that, though he had &pent five years in that place, there were other ca>erns into which he had never been introduced by the natives. He was right, for he had ne>er been in the green-tinted cave, nor .the wondeFfully illuminated one where Joe was a prisonei: at that moment. When he fell over the unconscious body of C.aptain Dent his first impression was that he had come upon Joe, after all. He soon made out that he hadn't, and the next moment discovered that it was the skipper. He felt blood on his forehead, so he was at no loss to un derstand how Captain Dent came to be in the condition he had found him. Lifting the skipper in his arms he bore him out into the sunlight. He :looked around for Dora, but she was gone, and that was another surprise to him, for he couldn't imagine where she had gone to. "Maybe s lte's strayed away behind them trees to take a look at the island," he thought. "She'll be back in a moment or two." He carried the captain down to the water and began bathing his head. In a few moments the s kipper opened 1 his eyes and looked around in a dazed way. Then his thoughts collected themselves. "Dora, have you got her?" he cried. "Me got her? What d'ye mean, cap'n? She's s ome where around here, ain't she?" "No, no," cried Captain Dent, getting on his feet and speaking with feverish eagerness "She was carried off into the entrance, and through the pas sage beyond, just like Joe. I must follow and sav e her." "Hold on, cap'n. You can't go without a light. You'll get another knock like the clip that laid you out. The ceiling of that there passage is full of projections. A man can't walk upright in it nohow." "But my daugliter-1 can'' clesert her. Some scoundrel has carried her down inU:> those caYes. "We must return to the schooner for lanterns and some of the ere'' to help us tackle the chap or chaps who a .re in possession of the secrets of the caverns. We had better provide ourselves with weapons too, for there's no tellin what we may run up against." The captain was averse to leaving his child on the island, but was :finally overruled by the sailor's logic. So they pushed off for the schooner after Jack had taken the precaution to shove the box of gold coins out of sight into the shrubbery close at hand. In the meantime, how fared matters with Joe? ,,. He had grown tired of sitting in the sand, and had started to see if there was some exit from the big cave. He argued that there must be, s ince the person who had dragged him in. there had not returned by way of the pas sage. Had he done so the bo:v would have seen him pa s in that direction. He had vanished f:Omc other way, and as it po s sible for a human being to pass through a wall of solid rock, of course it was reasonable to conclude that there was another exit from the place. Therefore Joe hunted for this avenue of esca1Je,

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JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. 21 Although he had looked the cavern over pretty well before, and seen no opening, be was, nevertheless, confident that there must be an opening, probably a very narrow one, which had escaped his casual survey. He had reached the far end of the cavern when he thought he heard a faint succession of sounds behind him He turned quickly and caught sight of a shadow van ishing into the passage. He dashed after it, for he was a plucky but had hardly traversed half of the cavern before he came to a stop with an exclamation of profound amazement. Stretched upon one of the stone couches, if they could so be called, he beheld the unconscious form of Dora Dent "My gracious!" exc laimed Joe. "Dorn J.icrc I sa\v a s hadow steal off through that pa::;sage. :\Iust hav e been the person >rllo brought her in h ere Ho\1 could he have got hold of her with her father to protect h er? I i:!Uppose that's the same rascal who me. 11c're both prisoners-she and I. This is getting to be pretty serious. Maybe we'll have Jac k in heTe n ext. Ko, l hardly think so. He is too tough a propo s ition to be handled with im punity." At that juncture Dora opened her eyes and sat up. "Why, where am I?" she s aid looking around her in wonderment. "Is that you, Joe?" she asked as her eyes rested O)l him. "Yes, Miss Dora How came you to be here? Who brought you down into this cavern?" The girl shud dered and hid her face in her hands "I don't know whether he was a man or an animal," she sa id, looking up. "His face was so hairy that he hardly looked like a human being; but he was half clothed in rngged garments, so I s uppose h e must have bee n a man." "1 guess he was a rnan, all right; probably the same chap.who capt ured me with the lariat, and dragged me all the way here on my hack. H e may be s ome shipwrecked sailo r who has gone out of his head. At any rate, his actions are very curious, for T cant see what h e expects to gain by such busfness. Your father will pull these under ground passages to pieces to fin.cl you, and it will go hard with any one who tries to oppose him," said J oc. Dora, after briefly explaining how s he had b een seized off her guard by the hard looking object, and carried into the passage, screaming, said she had lost her senses through fright on finding herself being borne along under ground, and remembered nothing rttore till s he came to in Joe 's presence. She then asked the boy to tell his experience, which he did. The worst of it, I couldn't find the way out the fellow left me. 1 have hunted for the archway through which I remember being dragged, but the place appeared to have vanished, a1> if it had been walled up. I was just trying to find another exit when you w ere brought in here Come, we will look for it together." He took her by the hand. "Isn't this a wonderful place? Where doe s that light come from?" she asked, pointing ai. i.110 cei ling "Blessed if T ran tell," rrplird ,Tor. "It seems to lie !be re.8ectioi1 oft.he so T conclude there mu s t be a hole of some e.xtent hPre somcw hcir." Dora watched the changing sunlight in a kind of en tranced way. "That must be the water in motion, and the sun light shining through it, or on it," she said. "I never saw any thing half as beautiful as that before." "Come, Miss Dora; we are wasting time," said Joe, whose thoughts were centered on escaping from the marin e cavern "Some of the most beautiful things in this world are tlie most dangerous." Re led her over to the extreme end of the cavern and looked for a crevice in the wall wide enough for them to pass through There was none there; but right over their heads he could make out a long slit in the top of the rock just under the ceiling It was inches wide, and through it the light came. They could hear the splashing oI the wavelets against the rocky barrier beYond. and that told them there was an opening on the sea beyond their sight. "There's no escape for u s in this direction," said Joe. "What s hall w e do? There must be a way of getting out, since we both in here," she said. "'rhat's common sense, but just the same we can't find it." He took her into the cavern with the green reflection on the ceiling. "The entrance i s somewhere here," he said; "but the person who brought me here must have means for stop ping it up, for you see there isn't a sign of any exit." The gloominess of thi s cavern rather depressed their spirits, so they returned to the larger one The light didn't seem as bright as it was before, while the reflection had assumed a greenish tinge. This was due to the ri s ing of the tide, but neither Joe nor his fair companion s uspected the cause of it. They sat down an the s and and 1rat c b ed the fading of the bright colors on the ceiling until the waverings assumed the sa me pale green hue as that of the other cavern. Had they returned to the other ca1 e rn the-y would have found it dark, for the shivering green tint had departed from it. Dora laid her head on Joe 's shoulder and began to cry softly. She was frightened at their s ituation, which tried even the lad' s plucky nature The silence, the sense of entombment, and the general mystery surrounding their prison in the foundation of Thimble rock, all conspired to depress their minds. Joe would hav e felt murh had he been alone,but he found a kind of melancholy r e l i ef i1, 1 trying to cheer the girl up. He s poke to her encouragingly about the certainty of their ultimate escape through the efforts of her father and the schooner's crew, who would smcly leave not a st one unturned in their efforts to find !h e m both. Finally between the heat a11c1 the and the sil ence they went to sleep. About four houri" later Jnr wokt\ 11p nnd at liiF frri. he found a bunch of ripe bananas ntJcl a \'Nsel fi.Jlcd with water.

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.22 JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. That showed the cavern had been visited by their tor while they slept. Clearly, slow starvation was not part of the programme. Joe was hungry, and he ate several of the bananas with great relish, and washed them down with a drink of water, which was cool and invigorating. His courage returned, and he waited for Dora to wake up. He did not wish to disturb her, for forgetfulness was a boon to her undei the circumstances. A deeper gloom than ever enshrowded the cavern, and Joe wondered what caused the change from tlie brilliant dancing reflection of the sunlight. At l ength the true reason, the rising of the tide outside, occurred to him. When the sea fell again the sunshine would return, but it would then be late in the afternoon. They ought to be rescued before that. It would -be mighty funny if tlie whole crew of the schooner couldn't :find them before that, with Jack and the captain to spur them on. So he sat there and thought as the moments fleeted by. CHAPTER XII. TWO HEARTS THA1' BEAT AS 01\E Dora woke up presently and see.med frightened to :find herself still in the und e r g round caverns. Joe calmed her apprehensions somewhat, and pointing to the bananas and water, asked her if she didn't want some I "Where did they come from?" she asked in surprise. "I found them there when I woke up, so, of course, the party that brought us here brought them, too,'' replied Joe. Dora was too anxious to feel much like eating, but the boy prevailed on her to sample the fruit, and she liked it so well that she ate two. "How long have we been asleep?" she asked. "It looks
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JOE DARCY-'S TREASURE HUN'r. 23 throw n p r otectingl y around her, and hers encircling the neck of her boy lover. Their t h oughts were c entered entirely in each other. Suddenly Joe's eye s > ere attracted to the far end of the cavern. It struc k him he saw som ething in mo t ion there. H e look e d, his se n ses all at on c e on t he alert, and he saw a small narro w o p ening a pp ea r i n th e wall of ro ck. A s hadow y figure ente r e d Lear i n g wha t seem e d to be a box in hi s arm s He p l ace d hi s burd en on on e of the s mooth stones scatter e d around the cav ern and retir ed with out clo s in g t h e ap erture In a fe w m o m ents h e r eturned \l'ith a secon d b ox, whi c h he plac e d beside the fir s t. Pre s ently h e came back with a third box, and t hen a fourth and fifth. Joe observ e d the obj e ct carefully and saw that it was a wild looking man, with a hairy fac e long hair, and dre s s e d in rags Having placed the fifth box beside the others, the strange b e in g ad v anced with a cat-lik e tre ad toward the spot where Joe sat. cla sping the girl in his arms. In a fraction of a minute i.he boy run.de up his mind to attack this man and overcorne1 him ii the thing were pos sible. He gradually released his hold of Dora so as to free his arms for action, and was gathering hi s e nergies for a spring when the girl sat up and uttered a cry: "Joe, Joe, there it is-the--" pointing her arm at the approaching fig ure. The intruder turned like a flash, darted for the end of the cave, and was gon e before Joe could get on his feet. Joe rushed over to s ee if he could find the place through which he had vani s hed, but he couldn t. "There's a secr e t entrance here," he said to himself. "If I only had s ome matche s I might mak e it out." He had no matches s o he had to give it up. Then he walk e d over to the box e s and looked into them. He was astoni s hed to find that they were full of gold coins. "Come here, Dora, and look at all this money," he said. She went over and gazed in wonder at the five boxes full of it. It is true that the boxes were not large ones, but they held $20,000 ea c h ea s ily enou g h. "That is evidently a portion of the treas ure, of which the box full we saw at the entrance was a sample," said Joe. "If we only could make our e s ca p e we'd s oon bring Jack and some of the men here and get thes e boxes aboard of the schooner." "Don' t you know where that man came in?" asked the girl. "He came in through a secret entrance which I can't make out. If we had a light here we might find it. I! must have been v ery cunnin g ly contrived by some onepos s ibly the pirates who are supposed to have used the cav erns as a hidden rendezvous." "The appearance of that man makes me nervous," saitl Dora. Don t be afraid. I'll protect you," said Joe reassur ingly. "But if we had been asleep he )Jilight have taken nie a\:u y to some other place He was coming right up to us." '\Ye wer e both a s l e ep when h e brought the fruit and wat er and he diJ n o t touch you," replied the boy. That fa d pa c ifi e d Dora. After looki n g at the money for awhile, and :figuring on how m u c h i t amounte d to they sat down again in the old ::;pot n n J passe d a w ay the time in building air castles for t he future. 1 'rh c y :itc m ore o f the bananas, and soon afterward the bega n t o gro w light again as th e tid e slowly ebbed. .\.n hom m o r e elaps ed and the b r ight r e flections of the un t i s,:cd \ 1 nycs comm e nc e d to s hi ne at the far end of the c eiling, ra p i d l y ad v a nci.ng till the entire ce iling aglow ag ain a s tli e y h ac.l :firs t seen it. They had n t h eard t h e fainte s t s ound t o indi c ate that the r e s c u e r s t hey wer e l o okin g for w e r e a nywhere near them. The y mi g h t ha1 e bee n in some p ass a ge close at hand, but their prese n c e \lflf! hicllle n b y th!':! s t o ne wall qf the cavern. Joe was growing irnp a ti cnt over the d e lay. He was sati sfie d th a t he had been in i.he cave over eight hour s and Dora n e arly a s long. Neither of th e m had any d e si! e to s pend the coming night there. Joe felt that s o mething must be done, and yet he didn't know what he could do. He wished he could see over the top of the wall where the narrow crevice admitted the brilliant light. He was sure that from there he would be able to catch sight of the sea. Yet the crevice appeared to be to' narrow for him to see over, even if he could haul him s elf up to it. The ceiling ran flush with the top of it, and would not permit of hi s h ead rising high enou g h to bring his eyes on a level with it. However, he determined to try, so he got up, and run ning over, gave a spring up and caught the smooth top with his fingers. His wei ght came a gain s t the wall with som e force. A small s ection of it gave way, like a door turning out ward, and he dis app e ared from Dora's sight, still hanging to the ledge of the section. CHAPTER XIII. B!LL HERRING. Dora started up in alarm, feeling sure that somethllig terrible had happened to him. Then she h eard him give a shout, and presently he re appeared in the crevice, whi c h admitte d a narrow :flood of light. "Quick, Dora, come!" h e called t o her. She ran toward him and he drag ged her through a t>hort narrow passage into a smail cave opening on the sea. Dora clasped her hands with joy. "We are saved!" she cried.

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JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. "Not quite; but thank we are no l onger descending luminary shot through the crevice and sho n e cooped cip in that cavern." on the inner wall of the cave. 'rhe cave faced upon the sparkling sea, but not in the Joe looked around the place and saw the hairy man direction of the schooner which was now anchored close in stretched out on a rude pallet asleep s ho re In one corner of the cave stood two chests. 'l'he \rater, however, half filled the entrance at that moWhen Joe's eyes rested on them he judged that they m ent, and ran up the ::;tcep floor of sand were the receptacles that had held all the gold J a.ck had The top and sides of the arch were covered with glisten referred to in his story. ing green ::iea11eed, hanging all a.round like lace, and pre'l'liis, then, must be the inner cave to which the native i:e oui. of s i ght, and were too smooth for Joe \rondcred how much money was still in the chests .. l imbing He didn't care to take the 1 time or the chances of inves-J oe saw that it 1rould be necessary to swim out beyond gating now. these projections before lte could discover the position of He looked for an exit from the cave other than the hole schoouer through which he had entered-the way by which Jack "It' s funny how such a place as this was formed," said had been brought there Dora 1 He saw an opening behind the sleeper Xot half as smprising as the way caverns and passages \rith great caution he made his way to it and found a \\'Cre brought inio existence by nature,'' he answered passage ahead. "This cal'r 1raf' doubtless scooped ont by the ceaseless acHe hurried forwaru to see where it led to. tion of the sea. It was dense1y dark, but he did not care or that. "\Yhat a l0t of beautifo l shells are lying about. I must Suddenly he came up againf\t an obstruction. haYe omc." Feeling aronuc1 he found that it was a huge pile of debri s "Not no\L W c have got to escape first Then we can that seemed to have fallen 'iii from the roof. come here in a boat and carry off that money, and a::i many lt did not take him long to conclude that the road was shel l s as you want." blocked here, and that he had no choice but to return the "How arc ire io escape?" asked Dora, realizing for the way he came. first time that tlH'Y had mere l y changed an inner prison He turned around and retraced his steps for an onter and more glorious one. \Vhen he reached the cave where he had left the hairy "I can out and take a look for the schooner,'' man he found him gone said Joe. He thought of Dora being uddenly confronted by that "Isn't there some other ''a}? That hairy inan came hideous being, and he started back through the hole. here from some place He had gone but a short distance before he heard her "That's right. Let's sec if w e can find his tracks shrill scream They looked about the c .. 1vc and soon saw a dark hol e He hmriecl forward as fast as he coulrl to her rescue, his leading off sorneffhere. heart beating furiously at the thought of what sbe was up Dora hung back .loc started to enter it. against, and he upbraided himself for haring left her. r don't like to go in there," she said. It seemed an age before he regained the opening into the '"l'licn wait here while l explore th e p l ace.'' he f'aid. outer cave, during which time Rhe had screamer! several "Somci Ii ing rn ight happen i o mu," ,;he saiil, l
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JOE D .\.HC \ .. S HUNT. 20 '\\'hat's your name?1 lily name? Bill Herring. I own the island-I own a mill i on in gold-I own you, too, and the gal. By and by l'll own the earth, h e ,' he, he!" So you re Bill Herring? How long have you been here?" t "How long?"' The man seemed to be trying to think. '!'hen he shook his head. "Don't know. I've bee n here alway s I guess. I'm king o f the island, and worth a million in gold. I'm the great e s t man in the world. Now I've got two subjects, 1 won t be lone s ome any more. Maybe I'll marry the girl and make her queen of the island. Why didn t 1 think of that before? It is just the thing Now g o in and keep her com pany till the ves sel s ail s away." He toward Joe with the evident intention of forcing the boy to do bidding The young sailor d e cided lhat this was the best chance he might ha ve to s ettle matte r s with their captor. So the moment the derang e d Bill H erring c ame within reach he raised his fis t and sma s hed him in the jaw with such force that the hairy man fell back on the s and. If Joe, for the moment, imagined the victory won, he was soon undeceived. The crazy inhabitant of Thimble ro c k was on his feet in a moment. With a howl he sprang at the boy, and the two grappled. The wild man li f t e d him off his feet and flung him on the sand. The n h e seize d a bi g stone and rais e d it above the boy's h ead with the evident purpose of cru s hing him. CHAPTER XIV. CONCLUSION. At that thrilling moment in c areer, Dora s udd e nly appeared at the apertur e in th r wall. She saw her young lover'H danger and with a s cr e am s he threw h e rself on the crazy hair y man and grabb e d on e o f hi s raised arm s The s hock c ause d the s tone to drop at his feet in s tead o f on the boy's head. The girl' s interposition gave Joe time to iecover him self. His experience having that he was no match for the lunatic, he s eized thr s tone and flun g it against the man' s head just as he. with a rry of wrath, se ized Dora. 'l'he blow took effect and he fell, stunned, drugging the down with him. .Toe helped her up. "You saved my life Dora," he said, throwing hi s arms around her and ki s sing her. s obbed hysterically on his breast, but he soothed h e r in a few mi.mites. "There. there, I'm all right. Now thi s chap 11111s l lie sec ured before h e re c over s He's as s tron g afl an o x aocl I would doubtless kill us if he got the chance. I mu o t get the lariat inside and tie him." Joe darted into the inner cavern, picked up the where he had cast it down on the sand when fast left in the cave, and hast e ned back. He put the noo s e over Herring' s head and drew it tight around his arm s and body. He wound the whole length of it around his limbs and tied it, so that the man mi s now quite h c lpless, and they bad nothing more to :f:ear from him. By that time the s un was low down on the distant horizon. "Dora, I see no way of our e s capin g from here but for me to wi1i1 out and try to r e a c h the Now that our enemy i s no longer abl e to clo a n y injury, you wont mind s taying h e r e hll [ com e b u ck with a boat and your father. It take m e mor e than half an hour at the out s ide. I'll drag that chap in irle out o{ yom sight, ancl you can sit here and 'rnit for u s Th r re i s no clanger, for the tide is going out, as you see. and it won't rise for s ome hours." Dora agr e ed to do a s Joe s u g ge sted, nn(l :ifte r a fond em bra c e and several kisses, Joe aded J own the slope till 11ie water rose boYe hi s waist the n he strud: out for the point of the projecting l e dge on his left. Reachiuo it h e found t e m1Jorarv foothold there so that e he could ri s e up aucl get a ie11 of the surrounding wat er. He saw the schooner an c hored not far off the i s land, with her sails furled. He ba c k the inte lli ge nce to Dora and then s inking into the water again, 'ras s oon los t to her sight around the led ge Joe followed the contou r o[ Thimble rock and soon came in sight of the cove, whe re they had landed. Two boats were there now, ancl on e s ailor standing on the s hore. J The sailor gave a shout whe n he saw him and ran to mee t him. "Where's the cap 'n?" a s ke d ,Toe. "In the caves with most of th e c r e1r. T'hey't: been di g g in g for hours through a o f e arth and ro c k s that fell a nd blocked up one of th e pas sages 1rhcr e y ou and the s kipper 's dau ghter were t o b e impri soned. Wher e dill you come from, and do you know an y lhing aboui the g irl?" "I came from a marin e cavern o n the ofoe r of tha rock, where T left the yonn g lady R afe. and 1raiting for me to g o back with a u o at to tak e h e r oli'. rn take one of the boats and gb afte r her whil e you g o down into the caves and tell th e c ap'n that hiS daught e r i s all right, and there is no need or doing tmy more tligging." The sailor hastened away and th e n ,Toe s prang into the sma ll e r of the br0 b oah and pDt ofl' for 1.lte cavern. H e s oon came in s ight o f it and saw Dora with her gaze s eaward watching for him. As soon as she saw him she sprang up and ran down to the receding water's edge. It didn't take him long to reach and take her into the boat. "Where ii:; m y fathrr ?" was her first question. "i)o1n1 in tli c irying io find us. He'll be out by the i ime 1 get you around to the cove."

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JOE DARCY'S TREASURE HUNT. Captain Dent, with a grateful heart, was waiting for Joe and sailors of the schooner for their help in securing the to return with his daughter. treasure of Thimble Island. As soon as the boy reached the boat, Dora sprang into One morning not long afterward, Joe and Jack, arher father's arms rayed in swell clothes, stepped out of the stage which had Jack and the crew welcomed Joe vociferously. b:i;ought them to Santa Catalina from the railroad station. "How did you escape, Joe?" asked Junk. "I didn't They themselves were so altered as to pass along the know there was an exit in that direction." streets without recognition. While Dora was telling her day's experience to her Reaching the water front, they headed for the junk shop fatheri Joe explained to Jack and the other sailors what he of Phelim Darcy. and the girl had been through. Entering, they found Mr. Darcy in his office, while two Jack was astonished to learn of the thre e caverns leading new assistants w'ere around to wait on customers to the sea. "Hello, uncle!" cried Joe, walking into the office. "So that chap who stole you two was Bill Herring, and Phelim Darcy jumped out of the chair as if he had been you say he's crazy?" he said. propelled by a spring "Ye he's as crazy as he can be. He's in one of the "Joe, is it really you?" he exclaimed. "Why, it was caverns tied so tight he can't get free tilJ somebody goes supposed you and Junk had drifted out to sea and to his aid!' lost." -"The way to the cave where the balance of the treasure "We did drift out to sea, but we weren't lost by any lies is blocked up," said Jack. "That's where we've been means. We were picked up by an outward-bound brig and digging for most of the day. I suppose the skipper w ill carried to the South Seas," said Joe. be willin' to finish the job to-morrow in order to get at the "Where is Junk?" money." / "Outside. Come in, Jack," said the boy, going to the "It isn't necessary. I know another way of the door. cave where the two chests are." The junk dealer nearly had a fit when he &aw the sailor's "Is that so?" said Jack. dandified appearance. "Yes Most, if not all, the gold has bceu taken from "You two appear to have struck luck," he sa id. them by Bill Herring. There are five s mall boxes full in "Nothing surer, uncle. W e'r worth sixty thousand the cavern where Miss Dent and I put in most of our time apiece." to-day," said Joe. Bridget was overjoyed to see Jo<:; alive and hearty, for she "Good!" cried Jack, in a tone of great satisfaction had supposed him food for the fishes long since. Captain Dent now ordered all hands into the boats, and Jack and Joe ate supper with Mr. Darcy, and then went they were presently on their way back to the schooner, to the Catalina Hotel to spend the night. which had been left in charge of the mate and the cook. They spent a week in town, and then took their deparN ext morning the captain, Joe, Jack and two other ture for San Francisco. sailors went to the marine cavern, found the tide out, and They went into the ship chandlery business in that city landed. soon after, and in time picked up a f}ourishing trade. Bill Herring was carried above to the schooner and fed, At the end of a twelvemonth Joe and Dora were mar-but proved so unrnanagable that nothing could be done ried, and Jack was master of the ceremonies at the wedwith him. ding. There was no available place aboard in which to confine him, so after the treasure had been remov e d to the cabin he was taken ashore and t1,1rned loose. The schooner then left en route for Sydney, where she arrived in goocl time Here during h e r stay Captain Dent disposed of the Spanish gold for bills of exchange on a San Francisco bank, the total sum footing up $150,000, of which his share amounted to $30,000. He decided that he would give up the sea and settle down ashore, as he now had enough money to spend the rest of his life in comfort with his daughter. Joe and Jack each received a draft for $60,000. The schooner took aboard a ca. rgo for San Francisco and sailed for that port. Long before she arrived there Dora had told her father that Joe was the dearest boy in all the world and she had made up her mind to marry him. Captain Dent offered no objection to hEl( choice He gave his consent On reaching San Francisco, the captain, Joe and Jack made up a handsom1} purse and presented it to the mate THE END. Read A "LIVE" BOY; OR, QUICK TO GET THE DOLLARS (A Story of Wall Street), which will be the next number (252) 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 price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.

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# t8 FAME .. AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. THE BROTHERS JIACLURE By Alexander Armstrong. Five of tl'S there were altogether in that pleasant month's tour in the Hebrides. Five of us, and all University men, except bluff Captain Joliffe. What a jolly sailor he was, to be s m:e, with his weather-beaten face and those brave blue Pyes that his heart looked through, eyes that seemed twinkling with mirth and good nature. Where in this wide 1i orld of ours, I wonder, lay the sea in which he had not s ailed, land he had not lived in? HEY was uncle to one of our party-little Tom Wright-and se emed like a father to the lot of us. And he it was who had proposed this highly promising expedition. We'll get our guns and fishing-tackle and things here in Aberdeen," he had said, "then go right away to Portree in Skye and hire a herring-boat, and I'll sail her f-0r you, lftdS. Fun? Yes, any amount of it. So here you find us, sitting after supper around our log fire near the beach. Our tent is pitched close by, and out yonder rides our big boat. The everlasting hills rise over us, the waves are lisping on the sands, and the sea is alive with phosphorescent light, while the stars look so near that we feel as if could stretch out our hands and catch them. There isn't a sound to break the stillness, except now and then the tu-whit-to-whoo of a great white owl, or, away in the offing ) onder, the sullen, booming plash of a whale. "What am I going to tell you to-night, eb?" said Captai n Joliffe, in answer to a query o f Gordon's. "Why, lads, I'll need to be a kind of Arabian knight to please you But neve r mind. Well, you'know, I've been thinking--' "Thinking what?" "Thinking that if I were going to write a book for young men or boys there should be some sens e in it. I wouldn't s e nd my heroes skipping across the salt seas for no end or purpose, 0:ftghting with wild beasts or wild men, without a cause, and merely for skins or scalps Bother it, no! I.et young men, I say, who love adventure unite pleasure with profit, and try to advance themselves in life in an honest way, while they enjoy sport with a spice of danger in it to their heart's contnt." But how?" queried Gordon. "Give us a hint, cap." "Well, I'll tell about the brothers Maclure. Three of them there were, and they weren't rich, I assure you. The eldest about twenty, the youngest barely seventeen. Heigho! it me a young man again when I look back to the dear old days when these boys were childre n. No matter where I had been, or in what distant lands I might have sojourned, or how long I'd been away I was always at home wben I got to Maclure's fireside. Let me recall one scen e It is in one of the long forenights of winter, and we are all seated in a big semi-circle round a cheerful fire that is burning on the low hearth. The fire is peat and wood so I need hardly tell you that Captain Maclure's house was in the far north of bonnie Scotland. There is no lamp; we don't require it. The flicker ing blaze is light and warmth too, and we care little for the wind that goes roaring around the chimney in 'howthering' gusts that shakes the doors and rattles the windows. The mother-fragile and fair and English she is-is knitting by the light; the father, a half-pay captain, is telling a story to which the boys and pretty Effie the sister-Effie with eyes of blue and hair like golden sunbeams-are listening. "He is telling them a wild story of La Plata, where, when a free lance, he had served and fought the Indians on the borMH. .. H e little kn e w th e n what a de e p and iastin g impres s ion his story wa s making on the hearts of the lads. By and by I m y s elf tell a story, then Mrs. Maclure sings, and s o does Effi e And thus t h e e v ening wears away, an!l the lamp is lit at last, that a chapte r from man' s great 'life -guide the Book of Books may be reacl. The n to bed M aclure had retire d and taken a small farm-a mere croft only it was enough to k ee p his boys busy whe n not at s chool, and to teach them the value of a ctivity So the lads were all as hard and t ough as a mainstay. 'But grief came a t la s t, for the father was borne away to hi s long home in t h e a uld kirkyard. And some time after the boys formed a resolution to go in searc h of fortunes. They had been left a few pounds each, and theiY determined to make it more. With the help of Sister Effie and one ,man servant the l lttle farm would be manage d till the boys had settled in the new land. And where were they bound to? To Australia or to Canada, think you? No, for the old Scotch blood was playing danc e through their veins, and their father's lol'e of adventure was their heirloom. "'rhey chose a border land, a land hardly yet reclaimed from nature, still overrun with wild beasts and wilder men-the Pampas. 'We'll pay you for taking us out, Captain Joliff e ,' they said to me one day. 'I won't have a penny,' I answered. 'I'm going that wayI'm going to Buenos Ayres, and never a farthing of your money will I tou c h, a s sure as you a ll are standing there.' 'Then,' said the y oung est, 'as sure as we all three stand here, we won't go in your ship unless ::i'OU let us handle the ropes and work our passage ou t. B rothers, am I right?' 'Right you are, Willie.' "So I gave in, for I loved their independence. It spoke well for their future welfare. r went with the lads to g e t their outfit and guns and tools and things, and I'm sure we bought nothing that wasn't use ful and som e rare bargains we made, too. "Buenos A yres was not then the big town it i s now, nor was Rosario very mu c h of a place. But the boys' claim lay far to the wes t of this, and to the s outh bf Frayle Muerto, 'the town of the dead friar.' "They w e r e full of life and a s happy as birds in spring, for weren' t the y like the birds in one way ? -they were begin ning house k e eping, so there was a real pleasure in roaming about the strange semi-deserted streets of Ro sario, finding shops and purchasing household utensils. "We hired servant s too and ,bought an extra dog or two, c ross-breds they were, bu t suited to the country. We had brought from Scotland two beautiful c ollies and one young gigantic mastiff. The animal s tood thirty and two inches at the shoulder, was as gentle a s a Iamb, but could almost have pulled down a lion when aroused, or in his master' s defense "Our servants were five in all, and their united wages cam e to very little; three were natives, or Guachos the other two, Donald and Ronald. were, like ourse lves wiry, sturdy but alas! for them, though good for us, the y were sadly out
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FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. ful dogs. After this Donald and Ronald rod& on ahead, armed, to make sure of ou:r safety. "We arrived all right after many days of roughish travel, and were a little disappointed at finding the country so flat; but it was fertile. It looked a cattle country-ay, and it looked something else, lads! It looked as if gold was buried there, and only wanted sturdy arms and the plow to get it out." "Gold!" we exclaimed. "I think that the brothers Maclure looked somewhat sad dened by the sight of the c-0untry, and that they turned their eyes wistfully to the far-off sierras. Never mind, they were not disheartened. I lived with them for a month, entirely under canvas, a wild, free life, for to rod and gun we were indebted for nearly all our provisions. Then I went away, and ere long,was once more following my avocations on the salt sea wave. "Years passed by-one, two, three, four-and I'd never heard from my young friends, and could not tell whether they were dead or alive. "Once only about the end of the third year, I had gone out to the little Aberdeenshire farm, but found the nest 'forhuit.' Nobody there, the windows boarded up, and weeds growing rank and wild all over the garden. I got no satisfactory iU:for mation from the neighbors; they could only say. that the bad time had come, and Mrs. Maclure and her daughter had gone to the city to live. "Some months afterward I found myself once more back in Buenos Ayres, where, however, I had been several times since leaving our boys. To my joy, on going into my office one day on shore, I found a letter and a pressing invitation from the young brothers Maclure, to come 1and see them. "It was in early summer;. it would be four months yet before I could complete my cargo, and as I could trust my mate to do everything, I determined to start off at once and spend all my spare time the lads I loved so well. "They met me with a team at Frayle Muerto, the whole three of them. I wouldn't have known them; even the young est now was a brown-faced, broad-shouldered man, and the oldest, though only twenty-four, had a beard like our friend Gordon Cumming. But when theY spoke and laughed-ah! then I could see they were my after all. "The team was a crack one as far as 11-orses went, and Don ald, who looked younger, was the driver. My friends were dressed in loose Garibaldi shirts, with knives and revolvers in their belts, and broad straw hats with ostrich feathers. They looked like a trio of romantic brigands. "Well, boys, I was glad and surprised to see them, but when I came to the land where I had left them under canvas, I had far greater reason to be surJ?rised. Fortune, they say, favors the brave; it had favored these boys and no mistake, "Why, I said; as I looked abroad and saw smiiing fields where erst the woods had waved-the nandubay, the a!garoba, the tall and yellow-flowered chanyar, were to a large extent cut d-0wn, except round certain fields, which, mu.ch to my sur prise, were green with risjng wheat and maize, and these fields were also surrounded with snake fencing. Beyond were droves of sheep and cattle and horses, pasturing out with Guacho herd-boys and dogs innumerable. The roads were good every where, but rough, and the principal and broadest of these conducted us to the house. "This house was indeed a thing of beauty, and strong enough in appearance to be a joy forever. It was almost entirely surrounded by verandas, &nd these in beauty could only be compared to gardens in the sky. No words of mine-uncouth old sailor that I am-could convey to you any idea of the gorgeous beauty of trailing, climbing flowers and plants. "I had to turn round and shake hands once more with my young friends, just to relieve my feelings. 'Dear lads,' I exclaimed; 'you must be already wealthy!' 'Not said Jack; the eldest, 'we are only just getting our heads above water. We've had to work lik'e New Hol landers, and make bricks without straw, so to speak, and fight only too often.' 'Fight?' I said. 'Yes. The Indians-thieving scoundrels-sweep down on us every now and then, but we have many servants now, besides Donald and Ronald, and they are mostly faithful.' 'And your mother and sister?' "Jack's e!es shone a gladder light now. 'Yes,' he said, 'they have been roughing it at home, the dear old inum and Effie, but it is over, a!fd they'll be o'!t here before you go.' "Well, lads, I settled down now seriously to enjoy my su'm mer in the Pampas. Meanwhile the lads, at every spare mo ment, were devouring the newspapers I had brought from Buenos Ayres and from England with me. "But the more I walked abo1,1.t over th
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These Everything I !. COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Books Tell You Each boe>k consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, In clear type and neatly bound in !III attractive, illustrated cOftl'. of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that aJjJ' Aild. can t'horoug'hly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know any-thing about bhe subjectl eentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO '.ANY :ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON REOEIP'l' OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR A.NY 'l'HREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE eENTS. POSTAGE STA.MPS TAKEN '.!;HE SA.MEJ A.S MON!DY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24.tUnlon Square, N.Y. M .ESMERfSM. No. 81. HOW TO MEJSMERIZE.-Containing the most ap proved methods of ,mesmerism; also how to cure all kinds of diseases by animal magnetism, or, magnetic 'healing. By Prof, Leo Hugo Koch, A. Q. S., author of "How to Hypnotize," etc. PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PA.Ll\HS'l'RY.-Containing the moat approved methods of reading the lines on tile band, together with a full explanation of their meaning. Also explaining phrenology, and the key for telling character by the bumps on the bead. B7 Leo Hugo K:och, A.. O. S. Fully illustrated. HYPNOTISM. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and in 9tructive information. regarding the science of hypnotism. Also explaining the most approved methods which are employed by the leading hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo K9cb, SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT A.ND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full inatructions about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL A.ND BUILD A BOA.T.-Fully illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little 'book, together with in tructions on swimming and riding, companion spdrts to boo.ting. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE A.ND DRIVE A HORSE.A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the mos t useful horses for business, the best horses for the road; alSQ valuable recipea for diaeaseil pectlliar to the borse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illuatrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM A.ND DREAM BOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny; also the true m e aning of almost any kind of dreams, togetber witb charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman This little book aives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky days, and"'Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HA.ND.Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the hand, or the secret of .palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events b;r. aid of moles, marks, scars, eti! Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME A.N A.THLETE.-niving full in atruction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrl).tions. Every boy can become strong and healthy by following the instructions contained in this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guardiil, blows, and the dirferent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you bow to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A. GYMNAST.-Contain!ng full Instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A bandy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions in fencing. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Conta.inlng ttEplanations of the general principles of sleignt-of-hand applicable to card tricks i of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring llelght-ofhana; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of lfldally prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated. No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH OARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and tnost deceptive card trickil, with il 1W1trations. By A. Ande1'80n. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TltICKS WITH f illusions ever placed before the pubhc. Also tricks with cards, mcantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TUICKS.-Oontaining over one hundred highly amusing and instructive trick11 with chemicals. By A.. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW TQ DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Oontaining over fifty of the latest allfi best tricks used by magicians. Also containmg the secret of second sight. Fully illgstrated. By A.. Anderson. No .. 70. HOW TO M.A:KE MAGIC. TOYS.-Containing full d1rect1ons for making Magic '.l.'oys and devices of many kinds. By A.. Ande1son. FIJ!ly illustrated. No. 73 .. HOW_ TO J?O TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious with figurea a.nd the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. _No. 7.5. HO\Y TO A CONJtJROR. Containing tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Ha.ts etc Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By A.. Anderson. No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART.-Containing a com. plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand. together w _ith many :wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW '.[I() BEJCOMEl AN !NVENTOR.-Every boy how This book explains them all, g1v11'.!g examples 1n electr1c1ty, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. The most instructive book published. No. 5?. HOW '.l.'O A.N ENGINEER.-Oontaining full mstructions how to proceed Ill order to become a locomotive en gineer; also directions for building a. model locomotive together with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUS"CAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to inake a Banjo, Violin, Zither, .Eolian Harp, Xylcr ph.,ne and other musical instruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MA.GIO LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANIOAL TRICKS.-Contalninc complete instructions for performing over aixty Mechanical Tricb. By A.. Anderson. JJ'ully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A com. plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letter-, ; and when to use them, giving Specimen letters for young and 014-' No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Givinc complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN,Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE JJETTERS.-A. wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybotiy and any body you wisb to write to. Every young man and every youllg lady in the land s'honld lrnve this hook. ,,. No. 74 HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions. for writing letters on almoet an7 subject; alao rulea for punctuation ancl compultloa, wltll auaciJ>len letters.

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TH STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK ElNU MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the Dlf?t famous men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wo n d e r f u l little book. No '!.'HE J?OYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.Contat?mg a v al'l e d a s so,rtI'.lent of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Iris h. Also end m ens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse ment an.d amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE 1.ND JOKl!J BQOK.;--Something new and ve1y instructive. Every boy. ob t a m this as it contains full instructions for or an amateur mmstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-'l'his is one of the joke ever and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contams a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums etc. of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical' of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial j oke should obtain a copy imm e diately. No .. 79. HQW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com J>lete 111struct101111 hew to 'raake up for various characters on the atage: together with the duties of the Stege Manager Prompter Scenic Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager'. N?. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the latest Joke!!, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular German comedian. Sb:ty-four pages ; handsome Cofored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Oonta.ininr full instruction for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most a pproved methods for raising beautiful ftowe r11 at home. The most complete book of the kind ever publishe d. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of 'the most instructive books on cookini ever publi s hed. It contains r e cipes for cooking meats fish game and o ysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of pur most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contain11 information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, su c h as parlor ornaments brackets, cements, ,A.eolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE 4Nb U8E ELECTRICITY.--A de 1cription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il llliltrati o ns. No. 6 4 HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL taining full ,Ere c t ions for making electrical machines, induction coi ls, d yn a m o s and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. B y R A R B ennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67 HOW 'l'O DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large c ollection of instructive and highly amusin' electrical tricks, togethe: with illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. Sl. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.--Oonfaining teen illustrations, giving I he diffe1ent positions requisite to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems froa a!l the popular <1'1 prose anlt po ,etry, -arranged in the mod simple and manner possible No. HOW TO DEB.A'fE.-Oiving rules for CJ;>pduct!ng ... bates, outlines for debater;, questions for discussion, '1ind tbe lltll source11 for procuring info::-mation on the questions civeD. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-'fhe arts anct wiles ot' flirtatlun-tR fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods ef hai:-d!\erchief, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it COD tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which i to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happJ without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsome little book just i s sued by l!'rank Tousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art .of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partie .. how to dre s s, and full directions for calling off in all popular square dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to love, courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquette to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not it'D erally known. No. li. HOW TO full instruction in the art of drnssing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving the selectiop.s of colors; material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the, brightest and most valuable little books ev e r given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become bf!antiful, both male and female. 'fhe se cret is simtile, and almo s t costless Read this boOt and be convinced how to become< beauti ful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated am! containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink. blackbird, paroquet+...parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POUL'l'RY rlGEONS AND RABBITS.-'A u se ful and instructive book. Handsomely illus trate d. Hy Ira Drofra w No. 40. HOW '.fO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hintra on Jiow to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and birde. 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, mountint and preserving bird s animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeping, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds Of pets; also giving ful instruc tions for making cages, etc. E'ully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever published. MI SC ELLAN EOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-'!: useful and in structive book giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemist ry, and di ENTERTAINMENT. rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thia No. 9. HOW '\'O BECOME A VEN'.fRILOQUIST.-ay Harry book cannot be equaled. Kenne dy. The secret a:iven away. Every intelligent boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book for this b o ok of instructions, by a practical profe ssor (delighting multi maJi:ing .all kinds of candJ: etc .. etc. tudes e very night with his wonde1ful imitations), can master the No. 8-. HOW TO Bn;COME AN' AUTnOR.-Containing full art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the greatest book ever published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. of preparing and subm 'itting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable information as to the neatness, legibility and general com very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium position of manuscript, essential to a successful a,uthor. By Prince of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable Hiland. for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won money than anv book published. derful book. containing useful and practical information in the No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary di s eases and ailments common to ever)' book, containing the rules. and r13gulations of billiards, bagatelle, fall!ily. Abounding in useful and e(l'ective recipes for general com backgammon, croqu e t, dommo e s, e t c. plamts. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. 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I .. h ,, I Fame and Fortune;" Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN COLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 Ots ISSUED EVER Y FRIDAY 32 PAGES This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys w ho win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities Some of these stories are founded on true incidents in the lives of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, persever,ance and brains ca n become fam ous and wealthy. A LilEADY PUBLISHED. 187 Jack Jasper's or, A Canal Route to Fortune. 188 After Big Money; or, 'l'urning the Tables on the Wall Street Brokers. 18!1 A Yonng Lumber King: or, The Boy Who Worked His Way Up. 190 Ralph Roy s Riches; or, A Smart Boy s Run on Wall Luck. 191 A Castaway's Fortune; or, The Hunt for a Pirate's Gold. 192 The Little 'Money Maker; or, The W.all Street Boy Who Saved the Market. 193 Rough and Ready Dick; or, A Young Express Agent' s Luck. 194 Tipped Off by Telegraph; or Shaking Up the Wall Street "Bears." 195 The Roy .Builder; or, 'l'he lt1se of a Young Mason. 196 Marty the Messenger: or, Capturing Co111 in \\"all Street. 197 The Stolen Bank Note; or, The Career of a Boy Merchant. 198 Digging Up Dollars; or, The Nerve of a Young '"Bull Operator. 199 A Run1tway Roy; or, The Buried 'l'reasure of the Incas. 200 The Old Broker's Heir; or, The Boy Who Won in Wall Street. 201 From Farm to Fortune ; or, 1'be Boy Who Made i\loney in Land. 202 Ragged Rob of Wall Street; or, $50,000 From a Dime. 203 The Boy Railroad Magnate; or, The Contract 'l'bat Brought a lllillion. 204 Dandy Dick, The Boss Boy Broker; ot-. Hustling for Gold in Wall Street 20::; Caught By Cannibals; or, The 'l'reasure of the Land of Fire. 2U6 'l'b e Little Operator; or, Co\nering the Rears'" of Wall Street. 207 Ai1 Line Ed: or, Building a Telegrnpb Line. 2\ A Boy of the Curb; or, The Secret ot a 'l'reasure Note. 2u\J From l<'oundry Boy to Steel King; or, The Rise of a Young Bridge tinilder. 210 The Missing Box of Bullion; oc, The Boy Who Solved a Wall 8treet Mystery 211 Claim No 7; or, A Fortune l i'rom a Go ld Mine. 212 Out For Big Money; o r Touching Up the \Vall Street Traders. 21;; The Boy Ice King; or, Coining Money trom t h e Hiver. 2H Four of a Kind; or, The Combination that i\lade Wall Street Hum. 21;:; Bob Brandon, Contractor ; or, The Treasure that L ed to Fame. 216 A Boy From the South; o r Cleaning Out u \\"all Stt ee t Crowd 217 Hal the Hustler; or, The Feat 'l'hat llfade Him Famous. 218 A Mad Broke1"s Scheme; or, The Corner That Couldn't Be W erked. 21!l Dollars From Dust; or, The Boy Who Worked a Sliver l\1ine. 220 Billy Black, the Broker's Son; or, The Worst Boy in Wall Street. 2:11 Adrift in the Sea; or, The 'l'reasure of Lone Reef. 222 'l'he Young Wall Street Jonah; or, The Boy Who Puzzled the Brokers. 223 Wireless Will; or, The Success of a Young Operator. 224 Wall Street Jones; or. Trimming the Tricky rraders. 225 Fred the 01, The Success of a Young Street Merchant. 226 The Lad From 'Frisco; or, Pushing the "Big Bonanza." A Wall Street Story. 227 The Lure of Gold; or, The Treasure of Coffin Rock. 228 Money Maker Mack; or, 'l'be Bov Who Smashed a Wall Street "Ring." 229 Missing for a Year; or, Making a Fortune in Diamonds. 230 Phil the Plunger; or, A Nervy Boy's Game of Chance. A Wall Street Story. 231 Samson, the Boy Blacksmith ; or, From Anvil to Fortune. 232 Bob s Big Risk; or, The Chance 'l' bat Came But Once 233 Stranded in the Gold Fields; o+, The Treasure of Van Diemen's Land. 234 "Old Mystery," the Broker; or, Playing a Daring Game. (A 'Yall Street Story.) 235 Capital-One Dime; or, Boring" His Way to Fortune. 236 Up Against a Hot Game; or, Two College Chums in Wall 237 A Big Contract; or, The Poor Bby Who Won. 238 Benson' s New Boy; or, Whooping Up the Wall Street Market. 239 Driven to Work; or, A Fo1tune from a Shoe String. 240 'l'be Way to Make Money: or, Taking Chances in Wall Street. 241 Making His Fortune; or, The Deal of a Lucky Boy. 242 The Stock-Exchange Boys; or, The Young Speculators of Wall Street. 243 Seven Bags of Gold; or How a P lucky Boy Got Rieb. 244 Dick, the Wall Street Waif; or, From Newsboy to Stock Brolcer. 245 Adrift on the Orinoco; or, The 1'reasure of the Desert. 246 Silent Sam of Wall Street; or, A Wonderful Run of Luck. 247 Always on the Move: or, The Luck of Messenger 99. 248 Happy Go Lucky Jac k ; or, The Boy Who Fooled the Wall Street Brokers. 24 9 Leaming a Trade; or. On the Road to Fortune. 250 Buying on Margin; or, 'l'be Lad Who Won the Money. (A Wall Street Story) 251 JoeD

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