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DCT 7tlJ IBID. STORIES DF The boys sprang forward and gripped the man by the arm. "Pull!" cried W ill to his com panion. "Let go, will you!" cried the fellow, struggling to free himself. "Not much," .replied the boys, in a breath, pulling all the harder.


Fame and 1 STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY laNed Weelll11-Bu Bt&bacriytiOll l!l.50 per 11ear Entered accorclin o to Act of Conoreu, in tTle ttear 191 0 I n t u o/ Me o/ Conareu, Wcullinoton, D 0., b11 Frank T01Ue11, hbliellcr, :U Union Bgvare, Net.0 Yor# N o 262. NEW YORK OCTOBER "I, 1910. PRICE 5 CENTS. THE STOLEN BONDS OR, H o w Wall Street Will Made His Mark By A SELFM l D E CHAPTE R I. THE MISSING BONDS AND CLERK. "That 'but' sticks in your craw, doesn't it?" said Will, half resentfully "I can't help it if it does. Burkett handed him the package of bonds to deliver lo William Hodge, at a house "If anybody had told me that Bob Burton, our junior on Long I s land. That was two day s ago, and he imme clerk, was dishone st, I'd have felt l ike punch i ng him in diately l eft the office on his errand. He didn't deliver the the jaw and calling him a liar;'' said Dick Rogers, a Wa ll bop.rls to Mr. Hodge, but a person answeri n g his descri p Strcct messenger; "but--" tion was seen boarding the Wes t Shore Chicago express an "Now you have your doubts, eh?" replied Will W i thers, hour alter he left the office, and"W ell, go on known among his brother messengers as Wall Street Will. Both boys worked for Broker John Burkett, whose office "That's all; but it'.s enough to throw the strongest kincl in the Eclipse Building No -Wa ll Street. of suspicion on Bob." "How can I help it when the evidence points to the fact "It doesn t seem to have occ urred to you that something. that he has s kipped with that package of D & G bonds?" may have happened to him-something serious." 1 D. l "What could have happened to him in broad daylight rep ied re' t hat would not be kno\\'n by th is time? 1f he met with an "I don't believe he's skipped with the bonds," said Will, l f l t d dl "N tl lc1 k b I' .t B 1 ll accident-knocked down by an auto, or somet u n g o t ia Y 0 1rng wou ma e I?e e reve 1 0 1 kinc1-thc fact woul d have been reported in the pape rs, ton 1 s the squarest chap who steps rn shoe l eat h er to day and the boss would have found him in the hospita l o r the "I c1on't blaD1C you standing up for him, Will. You and I morcrue. h; u:e next to chums, and you' r e sweet on his sis ter "I'm sure something dicl happen to him N e lhe. It 1s nght and p r oper you s h o uld det'nc1 him, "What do you think happened to him?" but--" I don't know "Everybody in the office, excepting me, seems t o have de"There you arc You're just sticking up fo r him b e cided that he's guilty P erhaps it's natu ra l they should cause you don't wan t to that he's really a thief." when the boss sides aga i nst hi m You think U ke the "He isn't a thief, a n d I don't want you t o app l y that others I know you do, t h ough you d on't like to

2 THE STOLEN BONDS. This conversation happened in a quick-lunch house after business hours. The subject of it, Bob Burton, the youngest of Broker Btirkett's clerks, had disappeared in a most mysterious manner two days before, and with him vanished fifty $1,000 D. & G. Railroad first mortgage five per cent. bonds, that sold in the market at a premium, which the broker had intrusted to him to deliver to a customer of the house at his home in Redwood, Long Island. Bob had, prior to his promotion to the counting-room, been one of the messengers of the office, and his reputation was good. During a four years' connection with the office he had often carried thousands' of dollars worth of securities, as well as cash, around the district for his employer, and noth ing had ever happened. Now it was believed that the young fellow had yielded to a sudden temptation to make a considerable sum of money at the cost of his reputation, and the risk of capture and punishment for the l;ionds were coupon ones, and readily negotiable. Why were his associates, as well as the broker, every one, in fact, except Will, who remained loyal to him, so ready to accept his disappearance as of glfilt, when .persons often vanish in a great city owing to cir cumstances over which they have no control?" Because Sam Burkett, the cashier, who was the broker's nephew, had reported in the counting-room that the dectective, hired by his uncle to look Bob up, had found positive evidence that a person, who looked exactly like Burton, had purchased a through ticket for Chi9ago, and left Weehawken on the noon express for the West soon after the young clerk left the office with the packet of bonds Also, because Sam Burkett said that Bob lrnd been seen l)y two or three people who knew him, walking rapidly toward Broadway, above Nassau street, when he ou&J'it to have turned up the latter street, which was the more ex peditious route for him to have taken to reach the Brooklyn Bridge entrance, where he could catch a trolley car that would have taken him direct to the Long Island depot. Also, because Sam Burkett said that Bob had lately re marked to him that if he had a few thousand dollars at -that particular time he knew how he could make his for tune. Those were the three counts against the milising clerk. When brought forward by the cashier, who hinted that there was other evidimce against Bob which he was not permitted to disclose, all hands, with the exception of Will, were satisfied that matters looked very black against Burton. In def ending his friend, Will disposed of the first count as not conclusive. In his opinion it was a case of identity. The second count he dismissed as amounting to nothing, for it was probable that Bob preferred to ride up Broadway to City Hall Park, and then cross over to the Brooklyn Bridge, instead of walking up Nassau street to Park Row. "The latter route is more direct, I admit, but I doubt if you can make the Bridge quicker that way than by taking Broadway car," he said. "In any case it's easier to go by a car than to walk the distance, and if there is any differ ence in time it isn't worth considering." As for the third count, he didn't consider it cut any ice at all. In the first place they only had the cashier's word for it that Bob had made such a remark. In the second place, otiny one who kept in touch with Wall Street affairs might make such a remark a dozen times a year. He had done it himself more than once. Will, however, was only a messenger, and his argument didn't go as far as the word of the cashier, especially as that individual was the boss' nephew. The result was the missing Bob remained under the cloud of suspicion, which nothfog but his reappearance with the bonds and a satisfactory explanation would dissipate. J 0 r course, Will was much concerned over the disappear ance of his friend Bob, and wondered what was the cause of it. Bob lived with his sister Nellie in a four-room :flat on the upper East Side. Nellie was cashier in a big butcher shop, where she put in the day between eight and six. rrhey were orphans and devoted to each other. Will, who livcfl with his married aunt six or eight block; from the Burton flat, called on them on the average of twice a week. Though Bob was his particular friend, Nellie was really the attraction that drew him there. She was a pretty girl, and a good one, and the young messenger was much interested in her. On the evening of the day thaf Bob left the office with the package of bonds to take to Mr. and failed to return in clue time with the receipt for the same, Will went over to his flat, thinking his friend might have been taken ill and gone home. Nellie was home waiting for her brother, and wondering what kept him away. She was greatly alarmed when Will told her that Bob had not returned from his mission, and she became more worried as time passed and he did not come home. On the afternoon of the following day the cashier cir culated his suspicions. That evening Will called at the Burton :flat again and .found Nellie nearly wild with anxiety. She was sure that something had happened to her brofher, and Will did his best to comfort and reassure her. Of course, he did not hint about what was said at the office. ; He told her that the hospitals of Brooklyn and Manhattan had been communicated with, and her brother was not in any of them. He said that Mr. Burkett had employed two detectives to look for him, thinking he had gone astray somehowthat's the way he put it. He assured her that Bob would turn up all right, and begged her to as patient as she could, telling her that worrying wouldn't bring 1iim back any sooner. After his unsatisfactory talk with Dick Rogers, his fel-


THE STOLEN BONDS. low messenger, he went home, and after supper started Will," he said, as he opened up his morning paper. "What over to see Nellie Burton again. do you find so interesting in it?" He felt decidedly uncomfortable, for he could not dis"I like to keep in touch with affairs in the Street," reguise the fact that his friend was more than suspected of plied Will. having stolen the bonds and skipped, and he was afraid "What do you care about what's going on in the that one of the detectives would call on N ellic and tell her Street?" t in what light her brother was regarded at the office. "If I didn't care I wouldn't bother looking things up." He knew that would almost break her heart. "Studying to be a broker?" grinned Dick. He r e ached the flat house and climbed the stairs to the "1 might do worse." Burton apartment. "You've got lots of time to think of that later on." He knocked on the door, but Ne1lie did not come t o "Read your paper and don't bother me." let him in as usual. "All right," replied Dick, ind there was silence for a He looked through the keyhole after trying foe knob, minute or two. "Oh, I say, listen to this," said Dick, presand all was dark inside. ently. "Stolen Bonds. A Trusted Clerk Disappears with "She isn't home," he thought. "I wonder where she 1$50.000 Worth of Securities John Burkett, Broker, of went?" No. Wall Street the Victim. On Monday morning, He walked downstairs, waited around the entrance for Robert Burton, a junior clerk in the employ of John Bur nearly an hour, and then took a stroll down Third avenue. Jn?tt, a stockholder, was intrusted with--" He returned in an hour, but the Burton flat was s till "'rhat will do. I don't want to hear about it,'' interlocked up. ruptccl Will shortly. "I think it's a blamed shameo pubWill was surprised at Nellie's absence, and could not imli s h the story when it hasn't been proved that Bob stole agine where she could have gone. those bonds." He waited for perhaps twenty minutes, and as it was "Oh, if you don't want to hear about it I won't read it; then going on eleven, he gave it up anu went home. but I thought you'd like to learn about further develop ments in the case." "What further developments are there?" asked Will with some interest. CHAPTER II. "The police, acting on instructions from Headquarters, in this city, boarded a Lake Shore train and WILL MAKES A DEAL IN THE MARKET. arrested a young man answering to the description of Bob. He proved that he wasn't Burton at all, but Frank Deer Will Withers was something of a small speculator on the ing, traveling for a Fulton street paint company. He was quiet. allowed to proceed on his way." After accumulating :fifty dollars, he had risked it as a "What did I tell you?" exclaimed Will, triumphantly. marginal deposit on a certain railroad stock. "I said it was a case of mistaken identity." 1 His first deal was successful and he doubled his money. "You were right there, but that doesn't prove that Bob A month later he put up the $100 on ten shares of didn't take the bonds." another stock, and collared a profit of $60. "He ought to be considerea innocent till he's proved After that he speculate d whenever he thought he saw a guilty." good chance to win. "If he was innocent he'd have turned up before this." His luck varied, but now, at the end of a year, he was "You may take my word for it that he would have turned worth $600. up if he could." He had lately been watching L. & M. with a sharp eye. "Which means that you still think something happened It had been going up, a little at a time. to hfm on his way to Hodge's?" After leaving Dick the previous afternoon ha went "I do." around to a little banking and brokerage office on Nassau "I don't see what could have happened to him that the street, where he had been trading, and left an order for newspapers and detectives have failed so far to bring to fifty shares of the stock at the market price of 82. light." This was the biggest deal he had essayed yet, for it took "Some crook might have learned that he :was carrying a $500 of his little capital to swing it. package of bonds, waylaid him on his way between the start was quite a risk for him to take, for he had no tip tion and Mr. Hodge's house, done him up and hid his to encourage him, but depended wholly upon his private body," said Will. judgment. "What, in open daylight! I don't believe it could have Everything pointed to a general rise in the market, and been done without attracting attention." naturally he expected L. & M. would participate in that "Maybe not in this city or in Brooklyn, but out in the rise to an extent that would give him a good profit on his country it's different." investment. "Hodge lives in the village of Redwood. If Bob was atThe :first thing he did when he reached the office next tacked on his way from the station somebody would have morning was to pick up a Wall Street daily and look over seen--" it for the latest :financial news. "They might and they might not. Village houses are Dick came in soon after and wished him good-morning. not built close together like city ones, and the streets are "Seems to me you're reading Wall Street intelligence, generally shaded by trees." r


4 THE STOLEN BONDS. "Well, if lie was strnck down ancl robbed, his body would h ave been found. You can't tell me that his assailant take the risk of. draggin g him off somew h ere when all he had to do was to :l\ip out with the bonds. The discove r y of Bob's dead or unconscious bocty wou lc1 have take n the mystery out of this case." "The fact that no trace has been found of Bob is e nou gh to convince me that his body was put out of the way." Di c k was skept i ca l -about Bob ha, ving been attacked at all, and as the clerks and Sam Burkett, the cas hi er, had arrived by this time, the argument between the two boys came to an encl. Will was called up by the cashier, who handed him sev eral certificates of Reading stock ancl told him to take them across the street to Morgan & Co.'s and have them transferred. .. Will hur}'ied off with the certificates, two of which called for 100 shlc\res each, while the others were for lesser amounts of the stock. He to the transfer clerk's window and handed the certificates to that individual. The clerk looked them over and handed them back to him. Will then wrote on the proper line the name of the man who hai;l bo1rght the shares through Mr. Burkett. In this case he wrote the names of three clifferent per sons, as the stock had not all been ordered by the same man. As soon as he handed the certificates back to the clerk he received receipts for them, and these he carried back to the office. Next day, after half-past Oll'e, either he or Dick would return with the receipts properly :filled in, and then new certificates, properly filled in and signed, would be lrnndecl back. While Will was attending to this matter, Dick had been despatched to a l)roker with stock that had been sold by Mr. Bmkett at the Exchange the afternoon previous. When Dick reached the broker's office he presented the ce rtifi cates and recei,ed a check in payment for them. he returned he took the check to the hank on which it was dram1 and had It certified. Will got back to the office fi.rst, bnt was sent out again almost immediately. This time he carried a note to the office of fl trflcler in the Milh; Bni19ing. rrhe broker was engaged with an important visitor. and the young messenger had to wait. There were two brokers in the room waiting to see the trader also. 'I'hey wer c talking togrther, and the s11bject of their conversation 'was the stolen honcls as printed in that m-0rn ing's paper. In their opinion another trusted employee had gone astray. From that subject they branched off on the market. Both that a sharp rije was in sight, and they seemed particularly interested in L. & 1\1. One said that he had received a tip to get in on that stock, and he had done so to the extent of his available funds. "I bought 1,000 shares myself yesterclay,"said the other. "It looked pretty good to me." "You hold on to them and you'll make a good thing," replied his companion. "I look for a ten or fifteen point rise inside of a week." "On the strength of your tip, eh?" "Yes." At that moment the chance was offered for Will to de liver his note, and he took advantage of it. He received a rep ly to take back, and hurried away. "I guess I made no mistake in risking my money on L. & M.," he thought. "A ten-point rise will double my rrioney, and if it goes higher my deal will pan out st!ll better, if nothing happens to clump me." Mr. Burkett wa down when Will got back, and t]ie broker sent him with a note to a commission merchant on Barclay street "Tell Mr. Burkett all right," said the merchant after reading the note. "By the way, I saw by the pape'r this morning that one of the clerks of. your office has skipped out w.ith a lot of bonds." "It hasn't been proved that he skipped out with the package of bonds. It is true that Bob Burton has disappeared with the bonds in his possession, but he hasn't stole n the securities just the same, for he's as honest as the day is long. It is my opinion he was waylaid and clone up," replied Will. "If his reputation for honesty is so high, why is he cred ited with the theft?" "I can't tell you, sir. Seems to me judgment has been passed too liastily upon him. At any rate, one of th( points against him has fallen through." "What was that?" "That he was seen boarding. a West Shore Chicago ex press an hour after he left the office. The person who was believed to be him was arrested when the train reached Cleveland, but proved to be a traveling salesman." "Yes, T saw that fact mentioned in the pape:r. So you think the missing c lerk is the victim of foul play?" "I am certain of it." "What makes you :f.eel so sure?" "Merely my conviction of his honesty." "Hum If the bonds are sol cl, can they be traceL1 ?" "I believe their numbers and description have been sent to every Exchange in the ,country. The paper will be posted so that all the brokers can make a note of missing securities for their guidance." In that case the thief is not likely lo rralize on hiq r;teal "Bob Burton knows that as well as anybody in Wall Street. That's another reason why he wouldn't thr bonds." 4 "It would seem hardly worth his while unless he knew where he could dispose of them without risk at the start." "That could have been done, of course, but the fact would probably have come to light by this time. So far as I know no trace of the bonds has been found." "You mean they have not been offered for sale, I pose ?" "Apparently they have not." The merchant had nothing more to say on the subject, and so Will took his leave.


THE STOLEN BONDS. That aHernoon an adyertiserncnt was printed in one of the paper s which stated that Broker Burkett would pay for information leading to the arrest of Bob Bur-. ion and the recovery of the bond s, the d escription o .f. which followed. CH.APTER III. WILT, INVESTIGATES. J Sometimes Will took the clay's deposits to the bank and som eti m es Dick per.formed the errand. On this particular cloy Will was given the job by the cas hier. H e returned a few minutes after three and turned in the book. H e thought that Sam Burkett favored him with a somewhat malicious smi l e "S11y, Will," said Dick, who was doing nothing in par ticular. "There's another clc1 e lopm cnt in the bond ,rob-bery." "What i s it?" a ske d Will, curious ly. '"l'hc cal'hier think& that it clinches the guilt of Bob." "He doe s, e h ? Seems to me he 's doing all h e can to make out that Bob i s a thief." His confidence in Bob had got a rude jolt, hut for all that he wa s jus t as ready to defend him as ever. Sam Burkett knew that \Vill was Bob's only real supporter in the office, and probably -that was the reason he had given the boy that peculiar smi le. Di c k was called up by the bashier and sent out. Will at clown to think. His thoughts were far from pleasant. "There mus t be some mistake," he fignd "Nellie has never gone out West. Bob isn't out lhere. I'll stop in at th eir flat on my way home and sec--" "\Vithers !" It wa s lhe cashier's voice "Yes, sir," replied Will, starting to se c what he wanted. ccrrake this note to the address on Cortlandt street and bring me whal you'll get there," said Sam Burkett. Will hurried away, for it was close on to his qnitting time. The address on Cortlandt street proved to be a trunk 0tore. The young messenger presented the and recei;ed a suitcase, lettered "S. B." He carried it back to the office. Di c k had left for the day ? and had either gone home or to a 1 nn c h-house. "Anything more, Mr. Burkett?" a s ked Will. "Yes. Sit down." Will looked at the clock. '!'h e time wa s a quarter to four. He picked up the marke t r e port, which had been left n f e w rninuiei-; before. Singling ont L. & M., be sa w ihat 118 650 shares had cha n ge d hands that day. t "A detective was in her e while you were ont, and brought some information to i>11e bos. The old man rnllecl l1i s n ep h ew insick '!'h e s lruLh clicln't slay long, ancl h e and the 1ca!"hier arne ont togeilll'r. A ftC'r thr officer went a \\'av, Burkett told .Jones, the RPconcl book keeprr, 1 Bob's sisin hacl disappenrecl, bag ancl baggage, from their flnt. She put her goorls in storage anrl took a train for the West." That was quite a bunch of s tock for one day's operations. Will gaspe d at this piece of in t elligenrr. 'J'ho prirc had gone up a point since morning. H e didn t know what to rn::ikc out of it. HE> had made $50 that clay, on paper. Fifteen minutes pas se d away and then the cashier railed "Thr cas hier s ay,; it's elenr s 1wK g:onr io join her brother." on Will again. "Know where I live?" he asked the boy. Will had nothing to sa.v. "No, sir.'' Knowing how d eYoied brother and s i s t e r w ere l o eac h other, h e wa., snrP Ne lli e wouldn't l eave Nc>w Y ork, with W e ll, there's my address on that slip of paper. Take her brother's fate in 1hP balance. thal suit-case up ihere and leave it with the porter. Here's If s lie ltacl really done a:> reporied, she llrnrr wl1y lrncl R h c Will took the suit-case and left. 1101 110Wirrl the office of !he fad? 'l' w enty minutes of five Jie ascended a short flight of "What do you think rrboul iLr" rrskecl Di ek, l ooking !in rel rnrrrbl e s t e p s to t h e iron-latticed gate in front of the door at Will. of a s well bachelor apartment house on Park avenue. "I've got no opinion to rxprcss on the subject except He rang the bell, and.after an interval a man, in a su b. thai ii doe n't strike me nR nai urnl," ,:nicl Will :;lowly. clued kinrl or uniform, appeared. D on'! you h e li cve it?" Do cs Ur. Samuel Bml

THE STOLEN BONDS. A glance at the letter-box showed him that Bob's name was missing. The detective's report seemed to be true ater all. Will went down in the basement to receive the janitor's confirmation, and any.particulars about the sudden move 0 the Burtons. rriie janitrcss came to the door of her rooms. "Have the Burtons moved?" he asked. "Yes." "Where to?" "Their furniture was taken to a storage house." "Did the young lady give up the key herself?" "No. She sent the key by the storage-house m an." "Then you didn't see her before she left?" "No. I saw her leave the house last evening about seven o'clock in an automobile." "In an automobile?" "Yes." "Did you speak to her then?" "No. She seemed to be in a hurry. Her brother is in tronble, isn't he?" "What makes you think he is?" "There was a story in the paper this morning about-" "Yes, I know. I work in the same office on Wall Street. It hasn't been proved that he stole the bonds intrusted. to him for delivery. He is merely suspected because he has fail ed to turn up, and the bonds were not delivered." "The paper says he's charged with stealing them." "You mustn't believe all you see in the papers. When was the furniture removed?" "About noon to-day." "Did the mover present an order signed by Miss Bur ton?" "He did." "Are you sure it was her signature?" "I suppose it was when she sent it." "Have you got the order?" "Yes. I always save such things." "That's right, becau s e if the order nappened to be a there would be trouble. "I wouldn't haye let the things go without the key was presented, too." off in a cab last evening, a ncl about the furniture having been moved to the Eagle Storage-house. Then he went away." Will guessed the man was the detective who had calied at the office that afternoon a;nd reported the later fact He bade the woman good-afternoon and went home. Next morning Will started downtown uncommonly early. His purpose was to visit the Eagle Storage -house. He reached the place at a qmrrter paRt eight. He found some difficulty in connection with the infor mation he was after, but he finally learned that ihe order to move the Burton's furniture came from Bob himself, not in person, but by letter, enclosing the key of the and a $10 bill. He was familiar with Bob's handwriting and asked to see the letter. H1s request was refused. Then he asked to be permitted to look at the signature on the letter. "Why do you want to see it?" "I would like to see if it's genuine." "What business is that of yours?" "I want to know if he really sent you that order." "I can't oblige you, as our customer's business is confi dential." "Was. there a detective lookin g into the matter yesterday afternoon?" "What right or authority have you for making these inquiries?" "I have no authority. i am acting solely in Bob Bur ton's interest." "Well, we have his furniture on storage here. That's all I can tell vou." The clerk away, and Will, finding that he could learn nothing more, left. CHAPTER IV. WILJ., VISITS REDWOOD. "Did you take notice of the name of the storage com-Next morning Will notic ed that when Jones, the second pany?" book-keeper, came in that he opened the office safe, passed "Yes, it was the Eagle." out the books and papers, and then took possession of the Will knew that the Eagle Company was a lower west cashier's desk. side concern. He called Dick's attention to the fact. As U1ere were a score of storage-houses nearer than that "I guess Sam Burkett must have gone West to follow up one, Will wondered why had been chosen. Bob," said that lad. "Probably a detective went with him. "Well, you hang on to that order, madam. It is possible It's likely they have a line on Bob's route and will bring you may have to produce it. By the way, was there a dehim back with them. He was a fool to send for his sistective here investigating?" ter." "There was a man here said he was a de-Will picked up a Wall Street paper and began to read. i tective. He was here again to-day ater the things were He noticed a paragraph about L. & M., and found that moved. He asked me some questions." it predicted a s ub s tantial rise in the price of that stock "About Bob Burton?" By the time he had finished it he was called on to go "Yes, and about Miss Burton, too." out. "What did he want to know about her?" Nothing of importance to Will happened that day ex-" He wanted to know if she had received a letter in the cept the rise o.f another point in L. & which put him last day or two. I couldn't tell him. He wanted -to know $10 0 ahead on his deal so far. something about her movements, and I told him where she He took a Madison Avenue car uptown that afternoon, worked. I also told him what I told you about her going got off at a certain street, walked over to Park avenue, aod


THE STOLEN BONDS. '1 rang the bell at the apartment house where Sam Burkett lived. "Has Mr. Burkett gone out West?" he asked the porter. "He has left the city to be gone several days," was the reply. "All right," replied Will, who then walked off, pretty well satisfied that the cashier had started on the presumed trail of Bob Burton. evcrtheless Will didn't believe that his friend Bob was out We t at all. To believe that was equivalent to admitting that Bob hacl fled with the bonds. Still he couldn't help feeling puzzled over the disappear ance of Nellie. If she had really gone to join her brother, why had the furniture been stored in place of being sold? It looked queer to Will. Next day was Saturday, ancl the office closed up at one. rrlie messenger shov<>d hi s pay envelope in hi s pocket, went to a restaurant, and had a good lunch. Then he walfed up to the Brooklyn Bridge, jumped on a car and rode to the Long I s land lhilroad depot,. where he bought a ticket to Redwood. An pour later he got out at the village Rtation He .found the agent and asked him if many passengers came there from New York on week clays. "Not over half a dozen commuter s at this season," re plied the agent. "They go to the city in the'inorning and rehtrn late in the afternoon, except on Saturday, wh e n mo R t of them come on the train that brought. you. That train .only runi:; on Saturday. The regular mid-day leaves Brooklyn at 11.45, and reaches h e re at 12.45. It i!oesn't s top if there are no passenger Ior this place." "Do you recollect if it s topped laRt Monc1a:y ?" "Lm;t '.Monday? Yes, I remember it stopped to set down a smooth-faced young man of about twenty-one or two." Will's heart gave a jump. "He wore a check s uit, didn't he, with a derby haL and a red-and -bl ack necktie?" "I guess he did. At any rale, I remember he wore a clcrby, ancl had a reddish tie," replied the agent. '"That wa s Bob," breathed Will to himself. "Did you notice the direction he took when he left the station?" he said aloud "There was an automobile waiting for him." "An automobile!" exclaimed Bob. "Yes. The man who came here in it went up to him, and after a few words they got into it and went off." "In what direction?" "That road there, which leads right into the village." "I suppose you know Mr. Rodge, who lives here?" "Oh, yes. He lives on Llncoln avenue." "In the village?" "Yes." "And that road is the one you take to reach his house from here?" "Yes." "What time does the first afternoon train for Brooklyn on week days pa s here?"_ "Two-ten. It doesn't stop unless I .flag it." "Did the young man we were speaking come back nnd ask you to stop that train for him?" "No." "Did he take the next train?" "Not to my knowledge. I haven't seen him since he left in the auto." "Do you know if that was Mr. Hodge's auto that he got into?" "Mr. Hodge doesn't own an auto, though he's rich; he's rich enough to own several if he wanted to." "You dorrt know who the auto did belong to, I sup pose?" "Haven't the least idea. It was a red machine, and didn't look like any of those I've seen in this neighbor hood." "And the man who came in it was a stranger to you?" "He was. I never saw him before." Will paused and then asked the agent when the next train Brooklyn stopped at the Rtation. "Fonr-foriy. If you want to take that train, let me know when you get here, and I'll flag it for you," the man said "All right, replied Will. "The young man who got off the train on Monday is a friend of mine, and I'm look ing :for him. I'd give something to know where that auto took him. He came here to see Mr. Hoclge, but Mr. Hodge sent worcl that be did not call at his house. The question is, where clicl he go?"' "It would be hard to say if you have no idea.'J "}\fost all the people hereabouts have lived here some time', I suppose?" "Yes. Along abont next month we'll begin lo hare new faces-people who come here for the s ummer and stay till the first of O c tober or so." Judging that he had lrarncd all that the agent coulcl tell him about Bob for he wns i::nti sfied that the young man was his frie nd Will thanked him and walked off up the road toward the village. "So, there was an automobile "ailing for Bob when he got here," thought Will, as he walked along. "That shows he was expected Now, nobocly here but Mr. Hodge could have been looking for Bob, and as Mr. Hodge doesn't own an auto, and has declared that he didn't see him, why, of course, the party who took Bob from the station had no conne c tion with him. Under theRe circumstances I must conclude thaf somebody, who found out that Bob was go ing to bring a package of bonds to Mr. Hodge on the 12.15 train, is at the bottom of this mysterious business. He must have come on from Brooklyn in the auto in time to meet the train. Then aoubtless by representing that he was sent by l\Ir. Hodge to meet him, and bring him to his hou se, Bob was induced to get into the auto. The man then carried him to some lonesome spot or house in the neighborhood, did him up and robbed him of the bonds That seems to be a reasonable deduction from the facts I have picked up from the agent. But the mystery is only partially explained There are other points that I can't fit togelher. One is, if a job was put up on Bob to rob him of the bonds, how did the rascal learn in the first place that he was going to bring a package of bonds to Mr. Hodge? This information must have been known outside of our office some hours ahead in order to give the conspirator


8 THE S'rOLEN BONDS. time to lay his plans. Nobody outside of Mr. Burkett and his nephew should have known anything about the matter, and Lhey would hardly advertise the fact. That's myst ery number one. Mystery number two is the sudden departure from New York of Nellie. She must have received a note that she supposed came from her brother. Mystery number three is the giving up of their :fiat and storage of their furniture. If the rascal merely intended to get the bonds away from Bob, and succeeded in doing so, as his fairure to reach Mr. Hodge's house would indicate, why should Nellie figure in the subsequent proceedings? If Bob was put out of business, robbed and left in some lonely part of the neighborhood, the fact would have come to light, I should think, and we would have heard of it at the office. Instead of that the detectives on the case have been accu evidence tending to show that he never came to Redwood at all, but deliberately :fled with the bonds out West. Talk about puzzling mysteries, I think this one takes the. cake." Will was fully satisfied that the detectives were on the wrong scent The statement of the station agent seemed to prove that Bob had come to the village on the train he (vas expected to take, and that, so far a s the agent knew, he had not left the ]Jlace again by train. Well, admitting the truth of that, where was he now, and was he alive or dead? If alive, was N cllie with him? Will 'ralkcd about the village at random, unable to think of any way of getting a clue to the whereabouts of his friend. He dropped into a number of business places and in quired if a red automobile had been noticed on the street shortly after noon on the preceding Monday. None of the persons he a s ked had any recollection of such a machine. : Finally it drew near, the time fo1 the train to reach bhe station. Will returned there, asked the agent to flag it for him, got aboard and returned to Brooklyn, whence he made his way home. CHAPTER V. TlW l\IAN IN THE TRANSOM. Will decided to tell no one at lhe office about what he had learned from the station agent at Redwood. It 1ras so indefinite, anyway, that probably no attention would be paid to it. Mr. Burkett would likely declare it a case of mistaken identity, like that of tlie trav.eling on the Lake Shore train who had been taken for Bob. Will was not anxious to be twitted by his fellow clerks about the interest he was taking in the missing Bob, whose guilt seemed to be an established fact. Dick would be sure to guy him not a little, / and they might get into a scrap over the matter. Broker Burkett had paid cash for the $50,000 D. & G. bonds, worth in the market about $61,500, and the withdrawal of that amount of mon ey from his bank account, which he expe c ted to imm e diately r e pla c e with 1\Ir. Hodge's che c k as s con as lhat ge ntl eman received th e sccmities rather cramped the broker s working capital, for he had considerable money invested in a private deal that was hanging fire. Under these circumstance s he wa s pe c id e dly anxiou s to have his guilty clerk capturned and the bonds recovere'd. Satisfied from the reports he had received that Bob Burton had gone West, he sent his nephew, Sam, and a detective to follow up the presumed trail of the young ab sconder. During the week following Will's visit to Redwood no developments transpired in the case, at least no news came lo the ears of the employees Everything they haq heard before came to them through Sam Burkett, and all his statements were confirmed by the story published on the Wednesday morning fol lowing Bob's disappearance. Now that Sam was away, the source of news had dried up. Will had done a lot of thinking, and some planning, but no one knew that but hims elf. The market had gradually s tiffened and L. & l\I. had advanced to 86 by Wedne s day, which put the young me s senger $200 ahead of the game on paper. On Thurs day it took a sudden jump to 90, and became the leading feature on the floor of the board-room. 'rirn general improvement in the markcl had brought a crowd of lambs to the Street and unloosened their purs e strings, consequently busine s s was looking up in the brokerage offices. Ur. Burkett had his share of the rus h, and Will and Dick were kept pretty busy, as were also the clerk s Ins tead of getting off as u s ual at half-pa s t thre e Wi ll wa;i kept on till five, helping out in Hie counting-room. Dick wasn't required to s tay, and gave Will the laugh. Will didn't mind that, for he was now in a po s ition to learn a lot of new wrinkles about the bu s in ess In fact, it wasn't at all certain hut he would be promolecl to Bob's desk, at increas ed wages of course. He wa sn't sure but he was being tes ted to s ee if h e cot,ld make good. As summer was close at hand the change probably would not be made until early fall, s ince business was s ure to slow down shortly. L. & 11. closed at 90 5-8 that day, and opened next morning, which was Friday, l\t 91. When Will visited the Exchange at noon it was up to 95. Inside of another hour it had boomed to par. Will now thought he ought to sell out, for he saw $900 in sight. He found no chance to reach the little bank, so bu s y wa s he kept on the move by his bos s He w ent to the Exchange at two and saw that L. & M. was going at .103, with the :fiodr in an uproar over it. "My gracious!" he exclaimed. "If I only could s ell now I'll clean up $1,000 profit. I've simply got to sneak the time somehow to do it, for this boom is liable to burs t at any moment. It would be a shame to lose so much money -He was so excited over the prospect of making that


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10 TIIE STOLEN BONDS. 1 the shadow of a man mount on it, then rni ; e his foot upon the back of it. Glancing up he saw the wide trans om, hich wa dos ed, swing into a horizontal position, ancl the n saw ancl heard the person inside climb higher. The head, shoulders and arms of a thin, R moothly 8havcn man came out through the narrow spncc nnrl c r the iran frame He wasn't the janitor, that was e crtn in. He was a perfect strnnger, and \Yill clidn "t fan c y his looks any more than he dicl hi s w hi c h rle cideclly suspicious. The moment the man looked dom1 and saw Will for Dick had opened the cloor and e ntered. he r-tartccl get bnck This wa8 not so easily ac c omplishecl for the in ide end of the transom had tilted and caught him in the back and in his efforts to retrent hi s coat crumpled up into a bunch that c au s ed him to stick in the apcrtmc, wh e re he struggled like a cockchafer impal e d on a pin. "Here, Dick, come here-quick!" cried Will. lh.; ins i stent tones brought his fellow messenger back in a hurry. "Look at that fellow. He's got no business in our office when it's closed up He mu s t b e a thief. Grab him before he can get free." The bo) S sprang forward and gripped the man by the arm "Pull !" cried Will to his companion. "Le t go, will : ou ?" c ried the fellow s truggling to free himself. -"Xot much," replied the boys, pulling all the harder. At that moment an A. D. 'r. me s senger came springing up the stairs, and a tenant of one of the adjoining offices appeared in the corridor. They topped and looked in astonibhment at the strange sight. The man in the transom was struggling ancl.,s;wearing at a great rate, while the t" o messengers were pulling away with all their might. It was certainly a curious tngof-war. / CHAPTER VI. WILL 1\1:.A.KES L ASTONil>IfING DISCOVERY "What's the trouble here?" asked the gentleman, com ing closer. "We caught this chap trying to crawl out of our office through the transom," replied Will. "That looked suspi cious enough for us to grab him. He'll have to explain why he was locked inside, and what he was doing in there. Dick, go and find the janitor I'll hold on to this fellow." Dick hurried over to the elevatoi shaft. "It's all a mistake," said the man, glaring down at Will. "Yes, it was a mistake for you to try and get out that way when the door is more convenient and proper," replied the boy. "Who arc you, anyway?" "Let go of my arm and I'll tell you "Coullln t think of it. I've got yon anLl I'm going to--" The man gave a sudden tug and got his arm loo se. Then he gayc Will a shove and tumbled to the floor in s ide 1rith a crash. Will made a dive for the open door, rushed in and )nacle for the door of the private room. Ue .found it locked on the inside. TT e rushed bac k to the corridor, but only in tim e to i:;ee the man open the front door, dart out, upset the district telegraph messenger and spring down the s tairs, two step s at a time Will put after him like a shot. He was just as spry as the boy however, and kept ahend of him When he reached the lwad of the last flight, instead of following it he darted off down ihe corridor like a hare Will followed in hot pursuit The fellow turned into the cross corridor that led to tl10 br,ck of the building, and continued on like a winged Mer cury. Will now began to overhaul him, and was feeling confident that he w ould have the man in another moment or two, when the fugitive slipped on s omething and wen t down like a ack of potatoes. It happened so quick that Will couldn't stop, and h e pitched right over his body, ancl went rolling toward the nearest wall, against which he fetched up with a whack that made him see stars. The fugitive picked himself up, and with a sarcastic laugh ru s hed around into ihe rear corridor that led to the back stair s Down the s e he flew, and was out of the building b e fore Will was able to take up the chase again. Will didn't give up, but hurrie d clown to Pine streE>t. He saw the man nearing the corner of William street. He darted after him as fast a s he could go. Before he had covered thirty feet the fellow vanished around the corner. When Will reached the corner him s elf the fugitive was not in sight. He kept on at a rec1ucE>d pa c e part of the way clown the block and then came to a stop. "He's gone into one of thes e entrances, probably to hide until he thinks the coas t is clear. I'll mount guard here and watch. Maybe I'lJ. catch him napping," said the boy to himself Will waited and watched for some time, but the man did not appear. "If he's in one of these buildings he seems to be in no hurry to leave," muttered Will, impatiently. "Dick must be wondering where I have gone. He was doubtle s s sur; pri:;ed when he got back to find that the situation was g reatly chang e d from what he left it. That messeng e r will tell him what happened. I was a great chump to let that ras cal play a march on me When I heard him fall I thought I would have him dead to rights. I didn't im agine for a moment that he had locked himself into the private room. Hello! By George, here he comes now out of that entrance on the other Ride. I'll have him as sure as beans."


! THE STOLEN BONDS. 11 Will drew back out of sight as he saw the fellow look toward Pine street. When he looked out the fugitive was walking rapidly toward the corner. Will cut across and started to overhaul him. There was a saloon on the corner and the man went in. "Going to have a drink," chuckled Will. When he reached the corner he looked into the !'aloon and saw the man at the bar, and the bar-keeper was drawing a glass of lager. "I won't tackle him in there. I'll wait till he comes out and then lay hold of him. Ii he gets away from me again he'll be clever," thought Will." The young messenger stepped into the doorway adjqin ing the saloon and waited. When the man didn't come out in a reasonable looked into the saloon again. To his surprise and disgust the man was not there. He rushed in nd asked t1ie bar-keeper where the fellow had gone. "The man who just had the beer ?n asked the barkeeper. "Yes." "Oh, lie went out by the side door." "The dickens!" exclaimed Will, making a dash for that exit. He look ed down the street, and he thought he recognized the man at a distance crossing the street diagonally toward the corner of Pearl. He chased after him at a quick walk. The man in question turned up Pearl, and Will lost sight of hirp for the time being. There were quite a number of people on Pearl street, and the stores and warehouses were all open and doing busi ness. Will clo1:;ed in on the suspected party and recognized as the man he was after. The young messenger now began to realize that to stop him so far away from the Eclipse Building and charge him with his conduct at the office was liable to make a dis turbance in the street. The man wquld doubtless deny that he was the person. who had been in the office, and Will had no means of proving that he was without Dick's corroborative backing. "It's a question whether a policeman would do anything on my word alone," thought Will. "Even if a cop be lieved my story, and made him go back to the building, the chances are that Dick has gone off, and I couldn't do anything I guess I'll confine iny efforts to following him. Maybe I can shadow him to some place where he u::m be found at another time if Mr. Burk ett, when he has heard my story, decides to take some action in the matter." So Will kept the man in s,ight a little way ahead. When Pearl street diverted to the left he kept on, fol lowing the line of the elevated road straight to Chatham square. Here he mounted the steps of the elevated station, and Will followed. Both took their seats in the same car and rode uptown. At Thirty-fifth street the chap ldt tl1e train, an.a so did Will. The man walked over to Broadway, and Will followed him on the oth er side of the way. When he turned up Broadway, the young messenger fell ill behind him again. At Forty-second street the fellow turned west and went as far as a certain gilded saloon, which he entered. Will looked inside and saw him take a drink at the bar, after which he sat down at a table, picked up an afternoon paper and began to read. His actions indicated that he expected to meet some one there. Will hesitated what to do next. Finally he decided to go in and make a bluff at waiting for somebody himself. It would be necessary for him to take a drink to keep up appearances, so he called for a soda, drank it, and took possession of the table behind the man he was watching. He picked up a paper, too, and pretended to read. Suddenly he thought about the telegram he had picked out of the waste basket in his boss' office. Now was as good as any time to look at it. He pulled the paper out of his pocket, smoothed it out, and looked at the writing on it. "This is what he read: "JOHN BURKETT, No. "-WALL STREET, NEw YoRK: Traced Burton and sister to boarding-house here. Founcl they had left suddenly. Believe Chicago their destination. Leave for there to-night. Hope to nab him. "SAM." I Will gasped, for here seemed plain evidence that Bob and bis sister were West after all. "Gee! It doesn't seem possible," he thought "I was going to Redwood this afternoon to make further inquiries about that red auto, but it's too late to do that now. Bob certainly went to that village to deliver the boncl!<. He didn't deliver them, but disappeared as if wiped off the earth. Now-it,wO'lihL'lll)Pear that he's actually out West with Nellie. I can't believe it. In fact, I won't believe it unless he's and brought back a prisoner. In that case I'll have to believe that I've been awfully fooled in Bob." As Will pui;'"1}?.e telegram back in his pocket a well dressed, bea1:d:Cd into the saloon, looked around and walked over to tl.c table where the chap Will had fol lowed in the place was seated "Well, Jenkins, I see you've got back. What have you done?" he asked. His voice sounded so familiar to Wiil that the boy, whose back was partially turned. toward him, turned and cast a cautious look at him. He didn't recognize the man as one he had ever seen be fore, though Dick was sure be knew somebody this stranger reminded him of. "Hello, Sam. I didn't see you come in. Sit down, and after you've blown me off I'll let you know the particulars," replied Jenkins. On the first two words of that speech, Will re membered, quick as a fl.ash, who it was the newcomer put him in mind of. It was of the boss' nephew-Sam Burkett.


( 12 THE STOLEN BONDS It was a sing ul ar c o incidence that the s tranger's name The fa c t that Sam Burkett had s ent a man to the office, was Sa m t oo. provided with the combination of hi s uncl e's privat e s af e to "What will you have?" asked the newcomer1 beckoning take from tha t s afe a pa c kage of Government bond s belong to t h e waite r. ing to the brok er, app e are d to be plain e vidence that the Jen ki n s said he d take whisky. ca shie r was e n g a ge d in c rook e d work. The waiter got an o rder for two whi s kies, anu w ont to If h e as c apabl e oE e n g a g in g in o n e pi ece or crooked the ba r t o get t hem. bu s in ess, why not in ano t h er? "We ll, did you get i nto t h e office withou t troub l e? a s ked "I'll b e t a h a t h e's a t t he bottom of the s tol e n bond s aftho new arrival. fair, and to cover up his own tr;ck s from the detective s has \Yby woul dn' t I wheit you gave m e t h e key?" bee n the cause o f t h r o w in g all th e b lam e on Bob. 'rhis man "How i n crea t i on di d that ma n get a key to our office ?" J cn k in s i s c l e arl y hi s accomplice, and ho mu s t have oth ers b rea thed W ill li s t e n i n g w i t h bot h ea r s in wit h him too one of whom he sent o ut Wost to per s onat o A nd

THE STOLEN BONDS 13 of Sam Burkclt. He is a nice rooslcr to rob his. uncle of They had turned on the electric light and taken a 1Jack $50 000 worth of bonds, and then try to pinch a lot of of cards from a drawer of iltc round table. Gov'ernri1ent bonds on top of that. I suppose if I called on While they played a game of pinochle they talked. Mr. Burkett no1r, and told him what I 1rnve found out, Por awhile their conversation had no special interes.tJor he'd think jt too incredible to believe. The telegram he the listener. got, which probably isn't the first he has received from the At length Jenkins said: cashier's accomplice, would convince him that I was talking "How arc you making out with your prisoncrs, Sarn ?" rag-time when I asserted that his was right here "All right,'' replied the cashier. in this town instead of in Cincinnati. Besides, he wouicln't "Are they giving you much trouble?" believe that Sam Burkett is such a big rascal as my story "None at all. They can't get out of the cave to sure would make him out to be. Wel1, I col1ld go to the police their lives, for there is only one way of getting in and out and tell my facts, and they'd arrest the cashier at the of it, and that is through a trap-door at the top under the Empire Parlors to-night when he gets there at nine. That floor of the hut They couldn't reach it without a ladder, would create something of a sensation for Mr. Burkett and and tI1ere is none in the place." Wall Street as well. Sam Burkett, however, deny "But yon visit them, don't you?" everything. He mi/it assert that he left Cincinnati sud"No. denly, after :filing that dispatch, on a new clue that led "How do you feed them, then?" him back to the city. Of course the stolen bonds wouldn't "I let their food down to them in a basket by means of a be found on him, nor would he admit that he knew any rope thing about ..the whereabouts of Bob. Bob and his sister "Does the clerk know you are responsible for the impris are on' that island he spoke about, ae sure as fate. I wish onment of himself and his sister?" I knew where the island was. There are scores of islands "He does not. e thinks they have fallen into the within a short distance of this city. It would be a pretty hands of a gang of c1ooks who are keeping them barb job for even a smart cletective to spot the right one. until they get rid of the stolen bonds Well, I'm going home, and I'll figure out what course "Then if they 1nade their escape by accident the clerk I'd better pursue.'' would have no suspicion that you are mixed'up in the bl1siBy the time he had :finished his dinner that evening he ness ?" had decided to go down to the Empire Parlors and keep a "Not the slightest. No fear, however, of them inaking watch on the disguised cashier. their escape His mind was made up to discover where that island was They talked about the prisoners for awhile, but llothing if it was possible for him to do it. I they said gave Will the least clue to the situation of the As Sam Burkett knew him so well he made a few altera island tions in his dress, and put on a false mustache he had in "The only way l can locate it is by foUowmg Burkett one of his drawers. back," thought the boy. "But he isn't going there till to This made him look older, and he believed it would demorrow morning, so how shall I manage the matter?" ceive the cashier if the man caught sight of him. Will decided that he must not lose sight of the cashier He left the house about a quarter past eight and to"ok until he had traced him to the place where he intended to a Sixth avenue elevated train for the Forty-second street pass the night. station. Then he must resume the watch in the morning, and At nine o'clock he was seated in one of the chairs in the when Burkett made his reappearance, shadow him wber Empire Parlors, watching the players apparently, but ever he went. really keeping his attention on the door, for he had already That was easier figured on than carried out. ascertained that Sam Burkett had not yet reached the Many things might happen to queer his plan. place. However, he saw no better course to pursue. It wasn't long before he saw a man enter whom he recogWhen the men left the Empire Parlors, Will followed nized as Jenkins. them. Fully twenty minutes passed before the disguised cashier They led him a march for several hours, duringwhich made his appearance. they visited many saloons. Jenkins was on the Iookout for him, and the two men Finally about two in the morning they parlcd in front of came together. the Times Square Hotel, Burkett walked to the desk; got They walked over to one of the boxes provided with curhis room key, and took t,}ie elevator upstairs. tains, where some of the customers retired when they Will walked up to the desk. wanted to drink and talk in private "Who is that gentleman who just got his key?" he asked Tho cashier let tho curtains clown after tliey entered, the clerk. an cl presently a waiter went over ancl took their order. "Samuel Walker," replied the clerk, after consulting a When he walked off to the bar, Will sauntered over and ticket. entered the next box on the right. "When did he arrive?" He did not drop either of the curtains, bnt leaned against "There's the book. Yon can look "it up for yournelf." the wall with his ears on the alert. Walker's name was down among day's arrivals. and It happened that two of the partition boards had sprnng from its l:iosition Will juclgcl11.lrnt.,J1c came during the forc leaving a slight aperture through which the conversation noon between the two men easily reached the boy's car. I "That's all I can do now," thought the boy. "l'.11 be o n


THE STOLEN BONDS. hand iii the morning to finish my business with Mr. Sam Burkett." Will left the hotel and went straight home. He judged that after the cashier's all-night splurge he would not make a very early start for the island, so he did not get down to the hotel till nearly ten o'clock. The day clerk was at the desk. "Is Mr. Walker in his room?" Will asked him. "Walker? No. The gentleman has left." "Left!" cried the discomfited young messenger. "Yes. Something over an hour ago." Will knew it was no use asking where "Walker" had gone, for, of course, the clerk didn't know. He just walked out s ide, feeling that he was all at sea so far as the cashier was coneerned. "It would be as easy to find a needle in a haystack as to overtake him now. He's gone back to the i sland and I'm Well, mind, he'll return to the city soon again, for he says he can't keep away from life-the life of upper Broadway, I'll call at the hotel toward the end of the week and see if he has registered. In the meantime poor Bob and his sister have to face another week of their imprisonment. That can't be helped. How glad they would be if they knew I was working to effect their release and bring their jailer to the justice he so richly deserves." CHAPTER VIII. THE NAPHTHA LAUNCH. On Mondhy Will met Dick in the corridor of the office building. ,,.. "Hello, old man," said Dick. "That chap we nabbed got away from you while I was looking for the janitor, and the telegraph boy told me that you chased after him." "That's right," nodded Will. "Did you catch him?" "No, I didn't catch him," replied Will, who did not in tend to tell Dick about all that he had found out on S" turda::x afternoon and evening. "So he got away. Too bad. He must have been a crook. He didn't steal for the janitor and I examined the office thoroughly. We came upon him just in time to queer his little game, whatever it was." "There's no doubt of that,'' replied Will. "You'll tell the boss about it when he comes down?" "Yes." They entered their office, and when the broker mape his appearance about half-past nine Will told him about Sat urday afternoon's incident, concluding his story at the point where Jenkins had first eluded him. Mr. Burkett communicated with the police, and fur nished them with the man's description, as given by Will. All that day the center of interest at the Exchange CPntinued to be L. & M. It went up to 107', and the lambs went crazy over it. A tremendous amount of the stock exchanged hands, and from that fact Will that the insiders were unload ing on the general public, and that a slump was likely to set in soon. "I think I couldn't do better than become a bear from the looks of things," he said to himself more than once that day. When he went to the bank with the day's deposits he rushed into the little bank and asked for his statement It was handed to him, with a check for a little over $1,600. That showed he had cleared $1,100 on the deal. L. & M. was then ruling at 107 3-8. 'l'hat was three points higher than he sold at. He immediately ordered 150 sharefl of the stock sold at the market price. He put up $1,500 to cover the transaction. "One man's meat is another man's poison,'' he said to himself as he left the bank and started for a lunch-house to get a hasty meal-a sandwich and a cup of coffee. "I can't win unless the lambs lqse. I'm betting $1,500 that they hit the toboggan in a day or t\vo. I feel sorry to wish them bad luck, but as Sam Burkett remarked on Saturday, charity begins at home. I need the money.". Will worked till half-past five that afternoon He was doing so well in' the counting-room after his mes senger duties were over that Jones hinted to him that he was pretty sure to land in Bob's job. I Will smiled to himself. "I guess it won't be long before Bob is at his desk again," he said to himself. "I'd like to be promoted all right, but I'm not looking for Bob's job." About noon next day the slump that Will had counted on happened, and a small panic took place at the Exchang e Inside of an hour L. & M. dropped ten points. The bull interest, however, came to the rescue, and it recovered five. The bulls were not equal to the strain, and it closed at pa:r, which was a drop of se-yen points and a fraction .for the day. That gave Will a prospective profit of $1,000, and nat urally be felt good over his luck. Every day after that marked a lower drop for the stock, and by FriQ.ay afternoon it was down to 87. At that figure Will closed out his deal by buying in 150 shares to cover the stock he had sold at 107 3-8. The result was that the slump made the young messen ger $3,000 richer. ,That evening he called at the Times Square Hotel and looked over the register. Samuel Walker's name did not appear on it. "Well, maybe Burkett will be here to-morrow," he mused. "Saturday nights are prob'nbly the nights he to enjoy in town." Twice during the week tel\'lgrams had come to the broker from the West. Will was not in the office either time when the messen ger delivered them, so he didn't know anything about them. The messages were brief and both came from Chicago. They were very unsatisfactory to Mr. Burkett, for the sender, whom he supposed to be his nephew, was always on the point of nabbing Bob Burton, the absconder, but always failed at t):ie crucial moment. The broker wondered why be had not received a letter from Sam, explaining matters in detail.


! THE STOLEN BOND S 1 5 One telegram ended with the words "my letter will ex"I've got some important business on hand, so I can't plain all." go anywhere with you," replied Will. Mr. Burkett hoped it would, but unfortunately the letter "It must be mighty in_yportant if you are going t o de dicln't urrivc. vote a holiday to it." Another thing that bothered the broker was the fact that "It is-the most important business I've ever underhis presumed nephew never mentioned at what hotel he taken in my life was stopping, f!o Mr. Burkett was unable to communicate "All right. I'll count you out. I'm g l ad business doesn't with him, as he was anxious to do. bother me on a day when everybody is enjoying himself. Thus matters Rtood on the Friday evening that Will You hiwc my sympathy." called at the Times Square caravansary and failed to see "Thanks. I hope the rernlt will prove that I don't the name "Walker" on the register. need it." The next morning \\ill came downtown full of hope At that moment Dick was called on to go out, so their that when he visited the hotel that afternoon he would .find ended. 1 am Burkett in town again. It was nearly two o'clock when Will walked into the 'rimes Square Hotel again and l ooked over the list of ar N ot hing more havingbeen J1nblishec1 in the ]JarJers about riyals so far that day the stolen D. & 0. bonds, the brokers who had been interested in the outcome of the affair had forgotten all about it. 'J'o his grent disappointment tlw name of "Walker" was missing 'The city detectives had been called off the case, as it was under toocl that the guilty rlerk hn(J fled to the West yet, or else he's gone to another ho and the broker was employing the police of that section On reftecticn the young messenger d idn't thin k that of the country to capture him. A third telegram for the broker came that morning, aucl Sam Burkett would patronize a different hotel, so he cou l d Will signed for it. only conclude that he hadn't come to the city, or if he had, Vlieu Mr. Burkett opened it he found that his nephe\\, wa" in no hurry to come to the hotel. as he supposed, had just started for San Francisco after Will hardly knew how to put in the afternoon B b B t d 1 te He diun't care to go home, ancl there wasn't any fun o ur on an 11s sis r t 1 h d T' S o um m angmg aroun imes quare. As none of the stolen bonds were. so .Iar as hav-He walked over to the Empire Billiard Parlors and took mg been sold by the absconder, it is possible that the a look around but he found nothing there to interes t himbroker wondered where his missing clerk got the funds l self. to travel on so extensiveljr with. his si tcr. Finally he decided to take a run over to the East R iver, He was not pleased to have hi nephew go so far away as and boarded a cross town car that traversed Fortysec o n d the Pacific slope, but then it was better he should do so street if there was a chance of him recovering the $ 5 0,?00 at the end of the dock was a large naphtha of bonds, the loss of which had made such a b1g hole m launch. his bank account. It was .fitted with a glass-enclosed cabin aft, cap a b l e o f The Stock Exchange had qmetecl down after the slump, !iolding six or eight persons comfortably. and business was slack, as it generally is after the market It was steered by a wheel with brass tipped s pokes. gets a setback In the center of the craft was the eno-ine wh i c h d rove the 0 The disgruntled lambs, at least that part of them who boat. had been up the slump, had retired into their shells, It was protected by a sloping deck which arched o ver it, so to speak, and the Street wore a deserted look as comleaving an open well or cockpit, furnished with a ci r cu la r' parecl with the past ten days. seat for the man who manipulated the apparatus We don't mean to say that, it actually looked deserted, Forward in the bow was a small hatch opening. for it did not. The slide which covered it was now pushed forward, There is always lots of lifejn Wall Street, no matter how probably for the purpose of ventilating the interi or the market is going. Will regarded the. little vessel with some admirat ion, But when stocks are booming there is always a more anifor it sat the water with the buoyancy of a clu ck, a n d mated appearance about the financial district. eemed an ideal craft in which to tour inland waterwa y s Will and Dick thought the board-room looked rather He wondered who it belonged to, and whet her i t was dead that morning, because the excitement of the last few wailing to take a party off somewhere on a short cruise over days was missing. Decoration Day. The former had made $4,000 out or tJi.e boom and the While he was gazing down at it a man, attired in a check succeeding slump, but the satisfaction he felt at such un-blouse, crawled out from under the deck where the engi ne common good fortune was somewhat overshadowed by the was. serious task he had on hand, namely, the rescue of his He had a wrench in his hand, and Will judged he was t he friend Bob Burton, and Nellie Burton, from their island individual who attended to the motive power. impri. onment, and the exposure of Sam Burkett, as the His hands were smeared with oil and d irt, and there w as chief factor of the stolen bonds. a smudge of oil on his face, which he part ially re move d "Well, how about Monday, Will?" asked Dick, as closing with his sleeve. time approached "Have you made up your mind about He glanced up at the young messe n ge r and the n walked you are going to around to t h e c abin and lo o k e d into it. e


16 THE STOI,EN BONDS. After that he kaped on the

f Tl:IE STOLEN BONDS. =============================================-::======::=============================== 1 I wm; covered with brush and ireeR i hnl were puiting forth their foliage. ear the head of the cove into which the boat was shoot ing was a descried looking hut of a story and a half. Its boards were disclosed arnl weather beaten, as i it had stood there a long time When Will felt the propeller stop he g ucsRecl that the launch was near its destination. That meant the criRis for himself was at hand. Ile cleeidecl U1at as soon as the boat stopped liei would s pring ont of the hole and gel ashore before he coul d be held up by the people on board. He did not clou bt but thiR could be easily n s the men would be taken by surpr ise. Of courRe he expectell to be immediately pur sued, and on the Rize ancl formation of tlw islan

TTIE STOI1EN BONDS. "Hold on to him, Patterson," he said. "Don't let him get away from you. I'll decide in a moment what disposi tion to make of him. Come this way, Jenkins; I want to talk with you." The two rascals retired out of earshot to consult, as Will guessed, upon his fate. It was probable that the cashier suspected that Will bad a purpose in sto wing himself aboard the launch, for he was not a boy who would be likely to take such meam; as he did f or the mere pleasure of a sail. It struck him that Will mjght have penetr[1tec1 his iden tity, and was following him to see why he was disguised. Doubtless the boy thought it extremely odcl that he should be in this vicinity when he was s upposed to be out \\est looking for the clerk charged with the theft of the D. & G. bonds. Of course, Burkett didn't know for certain that Will had recognized him, but he feared he had. At any rate, he couldn't afford to take any chances The result of the conference between him and Jenkins was that it was decided to hold Will a ]Jrisoner on the island with the other two. It was one more mouth to feed, but that didn't greatly matter. ,., Will would be missed, and the police would no doubt be asked to look for him, but there wasn't one chance in a thousand that he would be traced to the island. To Jenkins was delegated the job of dealing with him. So Burkett walked off toward the hut, and Jenkins returned to the beach. "Well, young man," ne said, addressing Will, "I guess you know me." "I have seen you before under rather strenuous circum stances," replied the young messenger, coolly. Jenkins grinned in an unpleasant way. "I you piped me off on the pier and followed me with the idea of seeing if you could do what you failed to do last Saturday?" Will guesse

f THE STOLE:N BONDS. 19 =================--::-::::::=::--= =He started away with this idea in view, making a:; little J Will was pretly hungry himself by that t ime, for he noise as possible. !tad eaten only a light lunch before he went uptown. He roamed around for a matter oi fifteen minutes, and Seeing the three men making merry over a very comthen he heard sounds which indicated that his enemies fortable meal made him all the more hungry. were after him again. .. But there was nothing for him to do but grin and bear it. At that moment he stepped into a little gully that ran At la s t fa() men finished their meal, then Burkett went down to the shore. to a corner of the room, opened a trap in the floor, and The upper end was clogged up with brush. taking hold of a line that was attached to the under part He concluded to squeeze himself into it and let his pur-of tLe trap pulled up a basket. I suers do all the hustling. He took several empty pfates out of it and replaced them He followed this plan ap.d was soon out of flight. with other plates filled with food. After a time Jenkins, who had joined the other two, To these he added two cups of hot coffee. came to the gully. Then be lowered the basket down and called out to some He looked at the dense brush and concluded. that it of-one below. fered a fine place of concealment. After leaning over the open trap a few minutes he shut "I'll take a look at it. Maybe that lad is hiding there," it down and returned to the table, which had been cleared he said to himself. off by Patte,rson. Will couldn't see him from where he sat crouched, and The cashier produced a box of cigars, out of which 1re the first intimation he had that one of the enemy was near and Jenkins helped themselves. was when Jenkins started to bore his way into the place. Then they walked outside and went down to the l aunch, The boy couldn't get out, so he had to run the risk of which they boarded, and took their seats in the glassbeing caught there framed cabin. Jenkins came on slowly, but fortunately he diverged Will had observed all that happened inside the hut, a n d somewhat from the direct course, because he couldn't tell he knew that Bob and his sister were confined in the cell a r where he was going. or cave beneath the house He found the job so disagreeable that he finally stopped How he was going to rescue them was a prob lem. and decided to go back. Another problem was the question of grub for himself. He couldn't subsist on air. One o-f his feet came within an inch of the boy's leg. He could. manage to pull through till next m orning, but On the spur of the moment Will reached down gave as he wasn't accustomed to wi.thout his dinner in t h e his ankle a sharp pinch. evening, he felt a decided craving for a square meal right Jenkins let out a roar and kicked out, narrowly missing then. Will's body. If Patterson took himself off, Will intended to stea l "Oh, I'm bitten by a snake," cried the rascal, beating a into the hut and make a raid on the larder. retreat as quick as he could. At that moment the man was washing up the dishes and Will chuckled at the success of his device. taking the job easy. He heard the voices of Burkett and Patterson calling to Will watched him through the winiow, wondering when Jenkins, as they hurried up, thinking he had caught the he would get through. fugitive. Everything comes to an end some time, and so after When the three came together, Jenkins swore he had awhile Patterson :finished up. been bitten by a snake, or some Yenomous insect, and he He filled and lighted his pipe and walked outside for a went down to the shore to examine his ankle and bathe it, smoke. the others following him. The candle was left burning on the table. It was getting dark fast now, so they gave up the purPatterson walked slowly down to the shore. suit. "Now is my time," thought Will; "I may not get such "He'll be starved out and then we'll have no trouble a chance again:" catching him," said the cashier. He crawled up to the half open door and sneaked into So the party returned to the hut, got their boxes of the hut. stores and liquor from the beach, and proceeded to get snpThe food had been put away in a closet in a corner of per for themselves. the room. Besides what they brought from New York there was the Will made straight for that, opened the door and looked remains of a leg of mutton, which Patterson had got from to see what he could get away with. the nearby village on the Connecticut shore, and the The remains of the mutton, part of a loaf of bread and greater part of a large cooked ham. a package of crackers attracted his attention There was a small stove in the hut, and they had no He grabbed them pretty quick. difficulty in frying some -eggs and making a large pot of There were several quart bottles of root beer on the floor, coffee. probably intended for the prisoners. It was dark when they sat down to their meal, with a Will toook one of them candle stuck in the neck of a bottle for illumination With his arms full the boy started for the door. They ate and talked, UJJ.conscious that they were being He was about to make his exit when he hear d t h e voices observed through the window by the boy who had eluded of the cashier and Jenkins close at hand outside them. As things stood it was impossible for h i m to m a k e h is


THE STpLEN BONDS. escape without being seen, and 'rith his arms'full of food he would be at a great disadvantage. nabbed this time sure," he ,breathed. after squaring up "ith yon and ihc other b ro t,nk.e a steamer for Europe and lo e myi;clI iu lhe giddy 1rhirl of the Continent." Will looked at the bunch of s e cmities the ca s hier exhib ited to Jen kins. These 1rerc the stolen bomlo. CHAPTER XJ. l he could only recorcr them for hi s employer, as well I as rescue Bob ancl his sii;tcr, it 'rnulcl make him pretty CAUGHT UNAWARE solid with Mr. Burkett, and give him something of a repu tation in the Street. At that critical moment, just as the two men were about He watched the cashier wrap them up again and put to enter, the candle gave an expiring fl.ash and suddenly them away under the loose board in the corner of the hut. went out. "I know now where they are hidden, and it won't take Nothing could have been more fortunate for Will. me but a few moments to get hold of them when the. chance Burkett and Jenkins walked inside in the dark, and as comes my way," thought Will. soon as they were a few feet from the door, Will whipped Burkett got out a bottle of liquor and a couple of glassc", out dodged around the hut and made for the urthest and the two men helped themselves to a fresh cigar. point in the wood. Patterson came in and was invited to have a drink ancl Here he sat down ancl made a hearty meal, washing the take a hand in the card game food down with copious draughts of the ginger beer. Will saw that he wouldn't gain anything by remaining "I tell you that tasted as good as a banquet. I feel like at the window, so he retired to the wood again. a fighting cock now. I've got enough left over, besitles the He sat clown within sight of the shore and began formcrackers; for another meal. I mu t wrap it up in my handing plans for the immediate future. kerchief and put it where I can find it. I guess under the He was satisfied that the men would make a determined bushes in the gulley is as good a place as I know of." hunt for him in the morning, and as the island was so Having disposed of the :food, Will started back for the small, he teared they woulil be successful. hut to see what was going on there. "I mnst do something to-night if I can," he figured. J.;ooking through the window he found that a fresh can"I'm afraid they'll keep a watch because I'm on the island. dle the neck of the bottle, and that the 'two Sam Burkett has too much at stake to take any chances. men were playing cards. If one of them remains awake I won't be able to do anyPatterson was still outside somewhere. thing." Fearing that that individual might come upon him unaWhen Will judged that an hour had gone by, he went wares, Will abandoned the window and went looking for back to the hut' to see how things were going on there. him. The three men were still at the table playing, drinking He saw the glow of a pipe aboard of the launch, and and smoking, so' he returned to the wood to pass away then he knew where the man was. another hour. H e returned to window and tried to hear what the The silence of the place, and the monoton9us lap of the cashier and his pal were talking about. water on the beach, made him drowsy, ancl it required an Finally Burkett got up, went to the door and looked effort to keep hi s eyes open. out. He got up and walked entir ely around the iRland by way "He's aboard the launch," he said. "While he's out of of the beach. .) the way I'll show you the bonds He saw the dark smudge of the Connecticut shore not He went to a. corner of the room, removed a board and such a great distance away, where many light$ s h o ne fe e bly pulled out a package. through the gloom of the not over clear ni g ht. "There's the bonds," he said "They're worth, as As the night advanced the air grew chillier, and WU! hacl I've told you, something over $51,000. The Government to keep on the move in order to feel comfortable. bonds you fa il ed to get, on account of those boys, have a He visited the hut again, but there was no change Yalue of over $10,000. It's a pity you missed the trick, for "I wonder .1'11en they intend to turn in?" he thonght. ten thousand is not to be sneezed at." As far as matters looked there seemed to be no imrnedi"T wouldn't mind havin g half of it now,'' replied Jen-ate prospect of them doing so. kins. "I don't think I'd be out hero on the Sound. Life Burkett ancl. J onkins were accusiQrnecl to keeping late has rather a sugary attraction for me as well as for yourhours self. Wben are you going to turn up at the office again?'' They never went to bed in the city until after midnight, "Not for awhile yet. I found a letter .from my associate and often i.hree o'clocl<1in tho morning founc1 them playing out West awaiting me at the hotel. He said that, following cards together in a back room of s ome resort that at that my instructions, he was about to telegraph my uncle that hour was closed to the general public. the trail of the bond thief was l eading him lo San FranWill, on the contrary, wRs in bed at eleven, except on cisco However, he is not really going there. That's only some special occasion, consequently he found it difficult to a bluff to give me a little more time away from the office. keep awake. When I'm ready I'll telegraph him to come back. Then Ile had no idea of the hour, but af: the lights gradually I'.11 report my non-success to my uncle, get rid of the went out on the shore of Connecticut, he figured that it bonds, clean up as much. as I can of my uncle' s cash, and was getting late.


! THE STOLEN BONDS. 21 Occm;ionally he saw moving lighh; on the Sound, and Will was dragged from the friendly o.f the brush knew they were attached io vessels going cast or west. into the gully, and thence along the shore to the hut. He visited the launch once. By that time he was folly awake. "1 I knew how to run a boat o.f this kind it would be How it came about that his enemies had started out to easy for me io over to the shore, get assistance and cap1rnnt for him in the darkness, after he had seen them re ture these three rascals. Then it would be easy .for me to tire, as he though, for the night, was a iliystery to him; recover the stolen bonds and set Bob and his sister free," and it was also an astonisl1ing thing to him that they had he said found his retreat, unless it was through lhe merer;t aeci-He wondered that Burkett wasn't afraid he would run dent. off 1rith the boat; but the fact was Patterson had fixed the The fact o.f the matter was that Burkett and Jenkins, moti, : e power so that it couldn't be started even if Will while undressing, got to talking about Lhe best plan to knell' how to mahagc the boat. adopt in the morning for the capture of the fugitive. It was after midnight when Will paid another visit to Jenkins remarked" that the brush at the head of the gul -the back window of the hut. ly was a likely spot for the boy to crawl into. When he looked in he found that the card game had "I thought it was a snake or some insect that bit me un broken up and Burkett, with Jenkins, were going up to the til I look ed at my ankle and saw that there was no trace loft to turn in. of a bite," he said. "It must have been a sharp twig that Patterson closed and secured the door. stuck me. If I had pushed well around in tlte place I'll Then he drew a mattress in front of it, which he un-bet I'd have routed him out, and then we'd have caught rolled and spread out. him. However, we can go there in the morning a11d beat He straightened out a couple of blankets on it, and after the whole place over." removing his outer garments, put out the light and turned "Your suggestion is a good one, but I've got a better in. idea. Dress yourself and we'll put it into practice." "I guess they're not going to keep any watch," thought "What's your idea?" the boy. "It isn't necessary for them to do so, for the "We'll go to that brush now." only entrance to the house is through the door, and that is "What, in J;he dark?" now effectually blocked up. I might as well go to roost "The lantern will give us light enough. It has just oc somewhere, for I can't do anything to-night." curred to me that the boy will go in there to sleep to-night. So Will retired to the wood much disappointed, and It's nearly one o'clock now, so we can calculate he is as somewhat fearful that the morning would see his iinish. I s ound as a bell by this time, and wont hear us moving He burrowed his way into the brush at the head of the around. If he is there we'll nab him, and that will save us gully, which afforded the best place for concealment on all the trouble of hunting through the wood for him in the the island, and inside of ten minutes was sound asleep. morning," said Burkett. He may have been dreaming of the reputation he ex-Jenkins agreed with him. pected to make by recovering the stolen bonds, and the I They went downstairs, aroused Patterson, and soon af satisfaction of demonstrating that he alone of all the office tcrwards the three le.ft the hut en route for the force was right in asserting that Bob Burton was innocent brnsh at the head of the gulley. 1 of the theft that was charged to him, when a crashing 'l'he result of their enterprise proYed the cashier had sound in the brush awakened him. guessed correctly, and, as we have seen, Will was captured He opened his to the flashing light of a lantern without any trouble at all. that made him blink. ,. 1 He was marched in'to the hut and securely tied to one of Then a hand gripped him by the arm and he was un-the chairs. ceremoniously to his feet by Patterson, while right "Now, young man, you will stay there till morning-, and before him in the brush stood Sam Burkett and bis asso-then we'll decide what we will do with you," said Burkett. ciate, Jenkins, looking at him with great satisfaction. "Pretty rough way to treat a fellow for taking a ride CHAP'rER XII. HOIST BY HIS OWN PB1'ARD. "So we've nabbed you at last," chuckled the cashier. Will saicl nothing. Ile was not thoroughly awake, but was conscious that he was in the hands of his enemies. aboard your launch without your said Will. as a feeler. "Oh, we don't care anything about that, though ire didn't want you aboard. The fact is, I am doing thi:; 1o oblige my friend Jenkins. You handled him without gloves, you and your companion, a week ago, in the Eclipse Building, and he feels that he won't be satisfied unless he gets square with you." "Perhaps he'll explain why he was in Broker Burkelt's office after it wa shut up for the afternoon, and 1Yhal he was doing there. If J think his explanation satisfactory, I'll apologize for my C()nduct,'' replied Will. Still it might be an unpleasant turn of his dream. "Fetch him along, Pattcns not giYc you lhc s lip again." "You've got a pretty good nerve, young fello1r," see JcnkinK, "b11t it won't 11elp you irny. Towe you so111rthing ior knocking me inlo 01e i rater 1hi::; aflcrnoon. Yl'hnl die! you do lhat for?" "1f he doc:; you can throw rne into llte Sound," replied the grimly. "Because you inlende

22 rrHE STOLEN BONDS. "You might have J_rnt up with that, then, for you're In a little while he worked one arm loose. tir

! THE STOLE BONDS. The shock of Will' weigh coming suddenly on it pulled it over frontward, and it fell into its plare over the lrole 11ith a loud bang that shook the hut) letting the boy clown with a rnn. CHAPTER XIII. UNDERGROU r n Will narrowly missed colliding with the lantern in his de scent, his feet striking the ground on either side of it. The boy realized at once how unfortunate was the fall of the trap. He had not only accidentally made himself a prisoner, but cut oil' all hope of escape for Bob and Nellie. That the noise had aroused the sleepers above was soon apparent. He heard Patterson up and tramp over to the table. There he s topped, and Will judged he1 was feeling for the lantern to light it. As the lantern was down with him, Patterson, of course, could not find it, and was naturally surprised. .At that moment Burkett put his head down and asked what the trouble was. "I don't know," replied Patterson. "I'm trying to find the lantern. I left it on the table, but it doesn't appear to be there now "It's fallen on the :floor, perhaps. The boy must have fallen over on the floor in the chair. I suppose tlfat's what made the noi e "Maybe so," replied Patterson. "I'll see as soon as I strike a light." The man found a matqh and struck it, lighting the can dle in the neck of the bottle which stood on the table. When he looked around he was staggered to see the broken chair near the wall, the pieces of cord beside it, but no sign of the prisoner anywhere. "He's escaped,'' he cried out. "Escaped.!" roared Burkett. He rushed down the ladder in hi s undressed state and looked around. "Where has he gone?" he cried. "I couldn't tell you, but I know he didn't get out through the door. "He couldn't have got out through the window without smashing the whole sash, and it hasn't been touched "It's blamed funny where he has gone then," said Pat terson, looking under the table on the chance of finding the boy there. Then he into the closet, though he knew there was no room there for the boy to hide himself. "Maybe he ran up into the loft an

'J'HE STOLEN BONDS. 'rhe ccll<11' or cnYc bcncalh thr liul ron1mnniealcd with smaller caves, ai-; Will soon f'ound ont. IIli raised lhe lantern above hrad and looked around. Right ahead of him he nn opening in lhe wall of cnrth. As lhcre was no sign of liis :friends in i.hat room, he judged he should find them by pnssing Lhrongh tl1e open i n g. lle lost no time in doing 1his, and fonnc1 hi1nself in a rude passage from which two similar openings opened off ou either side. fTe entererl the one on the right s ide and flnshecl the lantern around. Qn a cheap cot on one sirlc lay nob Rnrion, fast asleep. 'Phe only other thing in tile case was n fohling stool with a back to it. Bob looked pale and thin, n,; fhc rrRult of his imprison rncn t in i.he poorly ventilated umlcrgr01111d plare. Will flashed the lantern into the other cnsc On a similar cot Nellie lay aHleep. She alRo showed the effbctR of.her surroundings. Will then examined two other caves beyond One of them was littered with broken and empty boxes, stamped with tobacco wording in Spanish. The other was empty Apparently there was no exit from the undergromid re gion except by way of the hut. \ Under such circumstances Will saw that he had cooped himself up with his two friends, and must remain a pris oner with them until it suited Sam Burkett's interest to let them go. When that would happen was something of a problem matters stood Will decided not to awaken Bob. "When morning comes he and Nellie will awake of their own accord, and then they will ftnc1 me here I'll move a few of those boxes to the main cave and take a snooze on t h em. 'l'here is nothing else for me to clo, but for fear t hat Burkett should :find out that the bonds are gone, ancl suspect I have taken them, I'll hmy the package where he's n o t likely to :find it," said Will. -He did this first, anrl i.hen spent the next ten minutes pri:>paring a rude bunk for himself. on which he lay down, and deRpite the strangeness ancl unplea s antness of his sur roundings, was soon asleep with an old bag, that smelt of .. '-acco, under his head for n pillow. 1 CH APTER XIV. WILL EX PLAT 1 S. Will slept like a top and did not wake up till he was

THE STOLEN BONDS. I "Great ScotL! Do y o u mean that?" c ried Bob aghast. "I do." W hy d o t hey believe tha t-becaw; e I have di s appeared with the scc urHie s in my pos session? Why do they not tthink I mi ght ha v e been robbed and clone awav with? H aven't I proved m y honest y on a s c ore of ?" "You c e rtainl y have, Bob. 'rhe r e a s on is because you are the v i c tim of manufa c tured evidence." "What do you mean?" "I mean that I know the identity of the man who put t h e job up on yon-who stole the bonds from you.. The s cheme was cl e arly planned before you left the office that Monday morning. You walked into a trap prepared for y ou." "I know I did though I have bee n unable to understand the matter. When I reach e d the s tation at Redwood--" "You w e re m e t by a man who came there in a red auto mdbile," s aid Will. "How did you l earn that?" have been very hand s." successful bnt that luck played into my Will then told about Jenkins' visit to the office, a11cl how it led to his finding out the identity of the man who s tole the bonds. I "Who is this man?" asked Bob. "I'm afraid you won't believe me when 1 tell you. "Why not?" asked Bob, in some surprise. "Because he's the last person you would suspect o f b e ing concerned in such a dastardly outrage, not only on you but on his own relative and friend." "I don't understand you." "The man who put up this job on you is none other than the boss' nephew-Sam Burkett, and he's in the hut at this m oment." "Impossible! You are mad, Will to say that." "I expected you to say that. It does look preposterou s but nevertheless it is the solemn truth. You and your sister are the victims of Sam Burkett's scheme to fleec e his "I vis ited Redwood and l e arned the fact from the station uncle, and I have pos itive knowl e dge of the fact." agent." Bob stared at Will as if he c ouldn't believe hi s ears. "The man t o ld m c that Mr. Hod ge sent him for me, and s uppo s ing he was that gentle man' s c hauffeur, I got into the XV. CONCLUSION. a uto He drove m e lo a house som ewhere on the s uburb s It dicl'n' t loo k lik e the residence of a wealthy man, and I began to s u s pect all was not right. When I obje c ted to e nterin g th e pla c e the man s aid it was all right. 'rhat Mr. Hodg e was the r e vi s iting hi s cous in. I was lrn s ll e d to the d oor, whi c h ope n ed, and I had jus t time to see that the "I think I had b e tter t e ll m y s tory s traight ahead and building was a vacant on e when I wa s atta c k e d b y the man th e n you' ll unde r s tand thin gs mor e c l e arly," s aid Will, who who ope ned th e door an d dra g ged me in s ide. A cloth was starte d in and told B o b e v e r y thin g that the reader knows. })r esse d over m y fac e and I r e m e mb el' nothin g more till I Wh e n he had fini s h e a ri ght up to th e point that he had found myself h e r e a nd the bond s g one, s aid Bob. accid e ntally made a pri s on e r of himself'. in hi s eagerness to W e ll Bob, whe n you d idn t return with th e chec:k for save Bob and e lli e Bob seized him by the hand. th e b onds, a d e tective was sent out to look you up. Next "Will, you have proved y ours elf a true friend, and I am clay i.he c a s lii c r told all hand s that you had R tolen th e bond s frulv sorr y Lha t you are eaug)1t in the trap with u s." and g one West. 'rho d e t e ctive had rep orte d that a young "You ar c th e best boy in the world, Will cried Nellie, m a n an s w e rin g y our deseripf ion had been seen boarding a "am1 w e'll n e v e r be able to thank you e nough C hi cag o e xpr ess on the We8t hor e road at Weehawk en. "I hav e bee n c aught, yes, but l liav e not entir e ly fail ed. 'fhis youn g man was h e l d up at Cle v e land and pro v e d to be I hav e found th e s tolen bond s in the pla c e where th e y w e re 80me bod y e l se, s o tha t point a g ain s t y ou f e ll throu gh." b y Burk ett, a nd the y are now clown here with n s," "I s h o uld think it would." s aid Wil ,l. "The real thi ef. howe ver was wid e awak e It was not to "You don t m e an it," cri e d Bob in some excitement. hi s inte re s t to luive the d e t e ctives looking around near N c w "I do. If we c ould o nly make our escape everything York for you. It was ne c essary to show that you r e ally had would be all ri ght with you, and Sam Burkett would see g on e West :;o 1 hav e :figure d the matter out yom s i s t e r hi s fini s h pretty quick." was enticed a way, yom flat g i v c n up and your furniture "You have th e bond s in your poc ke t then?" put in s tornge in order to make it app ear that you had sent "No, I have hidden them in th e cave where the box e s for h e r to join you. Sec the point?" arc. I'll show you where. Come with me." "M:y g raciou s!" cried Bob. Bob and N e llie w ent with Will, and the young messenger "The thi e f sent an accomplice out W est to keep up the p o inted ou t the i;;pot where he had buried the securities. illu s ion, and h e ha s managed to do it up to this moment." On th eir r eturn to the main cave Nellie told Will how "Say, W,ll, how did y ou find all thi s out?" s he had been tricked. "To b eg in with, I had perfect confid e n c e in your innoA man had c all e d in a r e d automobile with word that her ccnce. I s tood out for you when the re s t belie v ed you brother was lyin g criti c ally ill at a hoJ.Js e in Redwood. g uilty. I fir s t went to Redwood to m ake inquiries Nellie s aid s he a c comp a nied the man readily to the vil I found out what I told you. That s atisfied me that the lage and was introduced into a vacant house where she was detectives were working on the wrong s c e nt. My word, grabbed and clruggecl with a cloth pres s ed over her :face. however, wa s n t worth much against the strong evidence 'rhe next thing she knew was finding herself down there that bad been built up again s t yon, so I determined to do. with brother, who was not ill at all, but a prisoner, and a little detective work on the quiet. I doubt if I would since that time she had shared his fate.


THE STOLEN BONDS. I At that juncture the trap was opened above and th e diE1It was dark now, and the prospects favorable to getting guised cashier called down to them : posses s ion of the launch. "So you are there, Will Wither s," he s aid. "You Will went forward to investigate trapped yourself nic ely. You will stay there with your H e learned that Patter son was going to take Jenkin s friend s till further notice up to a nearby Connecticut town where he could get a train Then he lowered down breakfast or three and closed the or New York. trap aga in. That gave the boy an idea. "Whi l e there's life there's hop e," chuckled Will, who was Whil e the att e ntion of the men was otherwi s e e mploy e d in good humor in spite of hi s unfortunat e pr e di c ament. Will l e d Bob and his s i s ter to the l:wnch, and the three o f The three prisoners ate their breakfa s t and then began them hid them s elves in the forward compartment of the to cons ider their situation boat which Will had occupied during the trip from New "I'm g oing to dig out and i you will lend me a hand, York. Bob, we' ll g e t on so much qui c ker." Fifteen minute s l ater Jenkin s and Patterson s tepped "What will we dig with our hand s ? ask_rd Bob. aboard while th e cas hier unmoor e d tlrn craft "Our hand s when th e r e are s o m a n y broken pieces of The run to the town was made in a short time, and as wood lying around? I should say not. Look at that pi ece s oon a s the powe r was shut off, Will and Bob cam e piling of box cover. That will make a first-cla s s shovel. Now out of the hole and jumped on Patters on, whom they I'll start in firs t a nd see how it goes When I g e t tired s peedil y put out of business. you can r e lieve m e." The y then attac k e d the a s toni s}le d Jenkin s and c aptur e d He s tarted with a small hole at firs t to te::;t tli c g round, him and fin ding that there was g o i n g to be no gre at diffic ulty 'l'he laun c h was th e n clos e in to the whar.f an c l was soon in borin g a way to the s urface, h e e nlarged th e ope ninO' to made :fas t a w.itlth sufficient to admit th e passa ge of a s in g l e p e r son. While Bob k ept g uard over the pri sone r s Will up "We'll come up into the wood like three mole s," s aid the polic e s tation Will t o Nellie. He told his s tor y to the officer in c h a rge, ancl a coupl e of "But how c an w e leave the i s land?" s he a s k e d policement were sent to tak e charge o f the pri sone r s "They've got a motor launch We'll ge t away wit h that. A man who under s tood how to run th e l a unch w a s f'C -I we can t run it we can float around in the Sound until cured and Dick anc1 an officer r e turn e d to the i s land and some craft pi c k s u s up." captur e d th e discomfit e d Sam Burk ett. Will and Bob had made pretty fair progres s by the time Will a n d his fri e nd s returned to the cit y that ni ght and din n er was sent down to them went straight to Broker Burkett 's house A n hour after t h e mea l the boys re s um e d work on their To say that the brok e r was a s toni s h e d at th e in s ide dei n c lined tunnel. tail of the s tolen bond s cons piracy e n g ine e red b y hi s T hey did not a c compli sh a whole lot that aft e rnoon, but tru s t e d neph e w will give but a faint id e a o f his feelings. after s u pp @ r they got bu s y again and made tbe di r t fly H e wouldn t hav e b elie v e d th e fact s if they ha d nt been In o rder to give Will the c hanc e to have a R l eep on the ba c k e d u p b y s u c h s ub s tanti a l evide nce of th e cas hi e r 's duC0t i t was arranged that they should work and ref>t alterpli city nately, a!W this method was carried out tl 1 ro ug h thu nig ht. 'rhe r e s l tl t w a s that h e l e t the law tak e its c our R e and Earl y next morning breakfa s t was sent dow n to the m s o Sam Burkett and his two ass ociate s who had been cap an d as soon aio it was dispo sed of th e y r eturne d t o work on hnccl w ere dul y tried ancl sent to Sin g Sin g for g lon g 'the tun nel with r e newed vigor. t er m of' year s They put in the whole day on th e job, ancl it was close A s for Will. h e rece ived f'ull c r e dit for recove rin g th e on to s u nd own when Will jabbed his impromptu s hovel stol e n bonds, Mr Burk ett paid him the of $fl, 000 th r o u g h the s u rface and saw the l ight of afternoon s hinin g a s R r e w a r d for hi s s ervices, whic h with the $4, 700 he had through the wood made out o f th e market mad e him wor t h near l y $10,000 He did riot r u sh back t o tell the others, but k ept right a t The n e w s pap e r s p r inted Will 's s tory in foll with his picw o rk until h e had made a hole large enough to creep hue and a pl10tor e prodn c tion of th e hut on the i s land, and out at. all Wall Stre e t agreed that the hoy h a d undoubtedly mad e He p u lled h i mself out and started to look around. hi s mark by recov e ring the stol e n bond s The h u t was close by, of course. He saw n o th in g of the i r enemie s but h e knew they were still on the isl and, because the launch lay moored in the cove. W ill ventured to look in at the and saw the three men at their sup p e r. He then retu rned to his friends and told them that the tunne l was finished and the way to freedom clear. "We must not make a move till theylve sent llB down our supper," he said I nside of half an hour their supper came down. They ate it, and then Will d u g up the bonds and l ed t h e way to the surface. THE END. Read "A FAVORITE OF FATE; OR, AFTER THE HEAD HUN:TERS' TREASURE which will be the ne x t number (263) "of Fame Fortune Weekly.' i SPECIAL NOTICE :-All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. J you cannot obtain the ones you want from any newsdealer, s end the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK T OUSEY, PUB L I SHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, New York City, and you w ill rece ive the copies you order by return ma il.


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. Fame and Fortune Weekly NEW YORK, OC'rOBER 'I, 1910. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Copies ............................................... One Copy Three Months .................. .............. .. One Copy Six Months ..................................... One Copy One Year ....................................... Poatage Free. .05 Cents .65 Cents $1.25 $2.50 HOW TO SEND MONBY-Atourrieksend P.O.MoneyOrder,Check, or Registered Letter: remittances in any other way are at your We accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. When sending silver wrap the Uoin In a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envel ope. Write 11ou1 name and address plainly. Address lette1s to 81NOL.t.1B TOtJ8EY, Preeldeni f N. H.uTurn1, Trauurer Oe.u. E. NTLAln>, Secretary \, Frank Tousey, Publisher 24 Union .Sq., New York GOOD STORIES. Shamokin, Pa., comes to the front with an entirely original story. Two young eagles were hatched out under a hen. Two months ago, Roman Ukleski, of Shamokin, received from his brother in Germany two eagle's eggs. He placed them under a hen and awaited results. Recently the eggs, having ripened, fore forth fruit and two tiny little eagles are being cared for by the proud mother hen. There will be further doings when the lords of the air attain their full growth. The inhabitants of Breslau, Germany, have started a fund for the erection of a monument to Josef von Eichendorff, who wrote many German songs of great popularity. At an entertainment for the benefit of the fund recently held at Breslau, Paul Keller related some anecdotes of the writer. He said that the wellknown song, "In Einem Kuhlen Grunde," was sent in its original form in 1812 to Justinius Korner by the poet, who was then only 24 years old. Korner recognized the beauty of the composition, laid the manuscript on the table and the next moment a gust of wind carried it out and upon the fields. Korner hastened to find it and enlisted the services of every one he could find near his home, but the search was in vain, and the manuscript was given up for lost until weeks later, when it was found serving as a wrapper for a toy in a pedler's basket. Recently a New York judge had before him a tramp who had been mobbed because he persisted in trampling an American flag under foot. "Why did you do that?" the judge askell1 "Because it's all it's good for," was the astonishing reply. The judge sent the tramp into retreat for a few months, to give him an opportunity for a change of heart. One instance is known in which Old Glory's shame is the crown of a family's prestige. At the battle of Bladensburg the American troops were defeated by the British under the command of an Irish officer named Ross. In recognition of his services in winning this victory, his sovereign granted him the title of Ross of Bladensburg, and to his crest added an American flag, reversed, with the shaft broken. The title is hereditary. In our generation the possessor is a colonel of the Irish Fusileers who won some fame. in the Boer war. And this will contract under the electric current, and how, finally, it grows tired and contracts no longer? with a strip of platinum it is the same thing. The platinum, too, grows tire d and refuses to contract. And metals can be stimulated, depressed, poisoned. Thus: Platinum wire;'immersed in wa ter, gives off an electric current that may easily be measured. If you put bicarbonate of soda in the water the stimulated wire gives off a stronger current. Put in bromide of potas sium, and the depressed wire gives off a weaker current. Finally put in .oxalic acid and the poi!loned wire gives off no current at all. It will never again give off any current. It is dead. Now I leave it to you. If you can tire a metal, depress it, exhilarate it, and finally administer to it a fatal dose of poison, have you not the right to say that the metal has life? JOKES AND JESTS. "A tree, you know, gets new clothes every spring-hat parasol, everything." "Yes, darling-and makes them all it self." "I thought you'd got a job?" "So I 'ave, putting on the dots in a domino factory." "Then why arlnt you working?" "They're making double blanks to-day." Johnny-May I borrow your specs to go blackberrying with, grandpa? Grandpa-What for? Johnny-Why, yesterday, I made a mistake and picked a bumblebee for a blackberry and I don't want to make a mistake like that again to-day. "I think we shall like our new neighbors." "That so? Have you met any of them?" "No; but 1 watched their furni ture being carried in yesterday, and there wasn't a graph or music box in the outfit." "Sarah, I really wish you would be more careful; I do not like to hear your mistress scolding you so often," said the master of the house to the parlor-maid. "Oh, don't mind me, sir,'' replied Sarah, simply, "I take no notice." "Answer me, Clara," he said in a moment of passion. "I can bear this suspense no longer!" "Answer him, Clara!' echoed the old man in the hall, thinking of the coal and gas bills. "I can't bear this expense much longer." Nine-year-old Lizzie was taken to her first classical con cert the other night. "How did you like it, Dot?" inquired papa, who had been too busy to attend. "Most of it was tire some," said the child, "but there was one lady who gargled just beautifully." Teacher-;-What is a person called who steals? No answer Teacher-Now, Tommy, suppose I were to put my hand in your pocket and take out a penny, what would yeu call me?' Tommy (fully conscious of a scarcity of coin)-"Please, sir you would be a conjurer." Ross of Bladensburg uses as his crest to-day our Stars and Standing by the entrance of a large mansion in the su Stripes turned. upside down, and with the shaft broken in two. burbs of Edinburgh are two big d >gs carved out of granite An English visitor, being driven 'past, thought he would take Metals have life, said a metallurgist. Not much life, but a "a rise" out of the Scottish "jarvey," whose trap he had hired little. As plants' lives are to ours, so arc metals' lives to "How often," he asked, "do you feed those two big dogs?' plants. Here's the proof: You kno. w how a strip of muscle "Whenever they bark, sir," was the quick reply.


2 8 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. I A BLOW FOR A RIV AL By John Sherman. "Gentlemen," said the captain of the British sloop-of-war, Sea Lion, as his lieutenants came' up at his bidding, forming a semi-circ le near him, with the midshipmen .bringing up the nmr. "There are the heights, and there is the fort. We fltorm and take that fort to-morrow or perish in the attempt! I need not say that I expect you will do your duty, for I know you will!" Every officer bowed and saluted. All eyes were then turned upon the fort. F'ar up on the heights by the Chagres river, Panama, it stood, and seemed an impregnable work. 1'he height was steep and difficult, and the fort was well provided with guns, huge, dark muzzles could be seen frowning through the embrasures. "Ay, gentlemen, look at it-there it is," continued the cap tain; "the stronghold of San Lorenzo! The admiral's order to me, ere we left Jamaica, was to take it at all hazards. Bolt upright stood the lieutenant of marines. "You hear, men?" he said, turning toward his corps of fine soldiers. "\Ve are'o take that Spanish fort." Then from each marine, standing with his chin well up in his collar, and his tanned, freckled face immovable as a rock, came the simultaneous: Yes, sir," like the grinding sound of a clock ere it strikes. 'l'he midi:ihipmen looked at each other. The captaln now stepped toward them and said: "Young gentlemen, here will be a chance for one of you to distinguish himself by leading a party of sailors in the a s sau lt. Which shall it be?" How can you, with your views?" "What do you mean?'' "I will not accuse you of medita'-ing treachery," said Felton, .. but you cannot have the same heart in fighting for the Eng lish cause as the rest of us would. "Explain yourself." ":Oid you not tell me that you thought the passage of the Stamp Act, which there is a rumor of, in the British Par liament, as we heard at Jamaica, would be unjust and wrong to the American Colonies?" .. I said so, and I repeat it. Taxation of that kind would be tyrannical." "You further said that, should the colonies rebel, you would join the Americans against Great Britain the your term of enlistment should expire." "I said so, and I say so again," answered Manning, boldly. "Such views are unbecoming an officer in his majesty's ser vice." "They are not, sir. We all have a right to our own opin i.ons." "And I think they are. Were I the captain, I would not trust one with such views to lead British sailors." "Once for all, Felton,'' said Manning, "I inform you that you are mistaken. To-morrow shall prove how I mean to do my part." I would not trust you. Your heart will not be in the undertaking." .. "I'is false!" "Do you ti>ll me I lie, sir?" "I do .. "I expect satisfaction for this." You shall have it whenever you like-whenever we have the chance." "By --! said Felton, and it shall not merely be with the fist. It shall be a combat to the death-with swords. "1-1-I!" cried every boyish voice. am the challenged party, and a rigbt to a choice. "I require only one." But be it so, swords, if you wish." "Let me be that one, Captain Wai' lo ck," said George Felton. The other mids endeavored to make peace between their two a fine looking British youth of seventeen. hot-headed messmates. Another yc:mth, Herbert Manning, of the same age, stepped But Felton was firm. forth and requested the honor of leading the pal'ty. He insisted he would have the satisfaction he required. He, too, was a fine, handsome fellow but he was a native All the talking of these young officers was done in the of York, who had shipped aboarrl the vesse l after she waist, and they took care to speak in low voices, so that had touched at that port. neither the captain nor the lleutrnants could overhear what Mr. Felton darted an envious, angry glance toward him, was said. when the captain said: Mr Manning," cried the raptain. "lake a cutter's crew J will i::hoose you, Mr. Manning." and make soundings yonder," pointing to a bea c h at the base ThP !ialuted, and his dark eyes flashed with sat"is facof some rocks, off which the sloop-of-war now was lying bet ion as he answered: 1 calmed. "See how near WP ran approach the coast, and also. J thank you for the honor, Captain Warlock." look if there is a good pla ce lherp for landing our m e n, anrl As lhe captain turned away to converse with his lieutenants, also make a ('areful in spection of 1he ground further inl a nd, llie mids c rowded about Manning. leading toward San Lorenzo." "Better make your will, old fellow," said one. "Ay, ay, sir!" "Ay," remarked another, "you'll never get inside that fort, "Better take another of t.he young gentlemen with you to my boy." assist. You will go wit.h him, sir," he added, turning to "He may go in, lmt he'll never come out again," said a third. Felton. Nevertheless, it' could be seen that each of Manning's com Ay, ay, sir," answered the latter, with flerre, inward joy. was disappointed because he had not been chosen, "Be sure and go armed-take your swords," continued the instead of the American youth. captain. "I don't see why the captain should favor an American, when Again Felton's pulse bounded with fierce pleasure. all the rest of us are British midshipmen, from whom he "If I can prevent it, that American shall not have a com-might better have made his selection," said George Felton, mand in the assaulting party to-morrow!" he reflected. Jouu enough for Manning to bear. Soon shrilly rang the boatswain's pipe, followed by the "Why better?" quickly inquired Manning. hoarse, rasping voice of the boatswain's mate, as he iiawleli "Because an Englishman should be chosen to lead English-out: men," answered Felton. 'You do not mean to imply that I will not do my duty, I hope?'' said Manning, hotly. '"Third cutters away!" Down went the boat, and into it bundled the crew as lively as crickets.


'FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 _______ -"A peacefu l h'expedition," remarked one of the tars, in a Manning, sword in hand led on e of the adva nce parties low voice, as he win k e d to another. "H'it wm be different With a roar like that of many thunders, the guns of the to-morrow." fort belched forth their contents, while volleys of musketry "Ay, Jack," was the reply. "That H'ameri ca n reefer'll git were poured from the parapets. 'is jacket scorched some 'fore 'e's through. 'E'll sme ll powder The howling, wh izzing mesi;;engers of death came thick and h'if 'e never did before.': fast. "Stow that! said the coxwain, sternly. The two midshipmen, with their swG>rds buckled to their belts, now entered the boat. "Give way, lads!" ordered Manning. Away went the boat, and, as the beach was but two mil es off, the party was soon mal<.ing s oundings. This having been finally done, Manning walked off toward the interior to take a look at t he country betwe en this place and the fort which was to be attacked on the morrow. Mr. Felton accompanied him. The two had reached a secluded valley bordered by rocks and shrubbery when Felton paused and drew his sword. "Retract what you said t o me, Mr. Manning, or we must fight!" "What I ,said to you?" "Yes, you called me a liar!" "Not until you accused me almost of intended treason." "Granted. Well, draw and look to yourself'!' "See here, Felton ," answered Manning, I am not going to fight you now." Deterfnined, howev e r, to bring matters to an is s u e, Felton was abo!t striking Manning acro ss the breast with the fiat of his sword, when the crash of musketry was heard from the s hrubbery, followed by the whizzing of bull ets. Down went Manning, falling lif e l ess, and ere his companion, who had not been hit, cou ld strike a single blow. he was s ur rounded and disarmed by half a dozen Spanish soldiers. The soldiers made g ood speed with their prisoners through l\arrow paths known to themselves, for t h ey h a d heard the shouts of the sailors, who guessing what had happened from the report of musketry, had hastened in the direction of the noise. An examination of Manning's injury showed that he had not been pierced by the bullet which had struck him. It had g l anced over his skull, though, with sufficient force to deprive him of his se n ses. A little brandy so on brought him to. In a: few moments he seemed as we ll as eve r. Mj'!anwh!le, it was perceived that there was no hope of overtaking the fugitive soldiers with their prisoner They could presently be see n afar off, ascending the h e ight with Felton, l eading to the slronghold of San Lorenzo. The cutter was rowed back to the Sea Lion. Manning reported the attack by the ambus h of so ldi ers, but he made no mention of Felton's having been, by d elayi11g the two in the vall ey, the probable cause of it. A few hours later, a breeze having sprung(up, the captai n resolved to make his attack on that day, instead of waiting for the morrow. The soundings having shown him how near he could ap proach the coast, he headed along parallel to it, until in a small bay within a quarter of mile of the fort. The commander of the latter rightly judged that the English captain would not try to bring his guns to bear upon the rocks, with one of his own officers a prisoner there. "It does not matter much ," said Captain Warlo ck, grimly. "Our shot could do no e x ecution upon that loft y stronghold. Now boys!" he shoute d waving his swor d from the ship's quarter-deck, "advance, and let every man do his duty!" "Come, lads!" cried Manning, in a ringing vo ic e There was a loud hurrah and the sailors and marines com menced to scale the height. Many a poor fellow was sent tumbling h e adlong down the height. S t ill, ho wever, the survivors presse d up the steep as ce nt. And as t h e guns s till 'roared and heavy shot and whist ling bullets still flew, there was the gallant y oung Manning, ever in the van, c h eering hi s party. "On, boys, on!" came his ringing voice, again and again, while the fla s h of his sword was seen through the rolling sm oke. "; lads, press on! W e must take that fort and rescue Mr. Felton!" shouted, when still higher, with his men closely following him. Little did they know that. blended with hi s desire fol\ victory was also an earnest wish to fre e his brother midshipman, in order that, on the first oppor tunity, he might c ross swords with him a nd give him the satisfaction he craved. Pressing on like a veritable y oung tiger, Manning was soon within a fe:w feet of one of the e mbrasures. A tall soldier aimed a thrust at him with his bayonet. At the same mo1:1ent, another would have c loven his skull with a sword had not a sailor shot this second assailant with a pis tol. Manning ca ught the bayonet of the soldier who had made the thrust, with his l eft h an d and, raising his sword with the otber, sprang forward and cut him do wn just as another of hi s foes had raised a hu ge bowlder a bov e his head. Down came the bow Ider, but Manning a void e d it by dodging and thrust hi s sword l .into the Spaniard wh o had h!1rled the fragment of rock With a c h eer he sprang into t h e fort. followed by his m e n. Cutting down their foes right and 1l eft, t h e sai lors now drove their opponents before them. One, however was about to bayonet the bound prison er. young Felton. He wo uld have succeeded had not Mannin g forward and passe d hi s sword throu g h the man' s body, at the imminent peril of his own life. for a small field-piece had been s l ewe d rou nd by some Spaniards and was poin te d straight toward him as he made bis leap. Fortunately the fallen soldier c lutch ed the youth by hi s jacket and drew him d own as he dropp e d, ca using the ball from th e field--piece, a s il was di sc harged to just graze hi s l e fl sho uld er. thus narrowly missing his heart Manning releasing him sf' l f from the dying man;s clutch, soon on his feet. And now there was a loud huzza, as the English took pos sess ion of th e fort and their dusky flag wa ve d from the para p e ts. "Feltou," said Ma11ning as he freed the prisoner from his cords, "I have save d your lif e that we may have a chance to meet as y ou desire!" "Neve r!" cried the grateful midshipman. "I see that I mad e a mistake, and I retract a ll that I said! Mine shallnever be the sword to cross yours after suc h gallant conduct on your part! Henceforth we are chums!" Then and there the t wo young officers grasped hands and were ever a fter \he firmest of fri e nds aboard the ship. Manning was highly complimented for his good conduct 'by a ll the office rs of the Sea Lion, and non e w ere more enthusias tic in his praise than Midshipman Felton, who h a d p\ofited by hi s lesson taught him b y his American messmate in the very jaws of death.


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Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in a t r uctions on swimming and riding, c ompanion sports to boa.ting N o 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.:A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for b usiness, the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for diseases peculiar to the horse. No. 4 8. HOW 'l'O BUILD AND SAIL eANOES.-A handy book f o r boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. By O S tansfiel d Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. N APOLE0N'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.t!lont a i ning the great oracle of human destiny; also the true mean Ing o f a lmost any kind of dreams, togetber witb charms, ceremoni.., and curious games of cards. A complete book. N o 23. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man a'nd woman. This little book rives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlu cky Jays, and "Napoleon s Oraculum," the book of fate. N o 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or m isery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little boo k. Buy one and be convinced Tell your own fortune. Tell the for t une of your friends. N o 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THID HAND.Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of lines of the band, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events bJ, a i d of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustra ted By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6 HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full intruction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, hori zontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can becom e strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained in this little book. N o. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the ditfer ,mt position s of a good boxer. Every boy ehould obtain one of thes e useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box witho u t 11.ll instructor. N o 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full Ins t r uctions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Profjlssor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW ro FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencin g and the use of the broadsworJ; also instruction in archery. Desc r i b ed with t:wenty-<>ne practical illustrations, giving the best D09it io n a in fencing. A complete book. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Contlaining tsplanations of t'he general principles o.f..isleigbt-of-hand applicable to card t ricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring llelghtof-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-band, or the use of .-uy pre pared cards, Bo Professor Haffner. Illustrated. =*"' ...... No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW '.l.'O DO FORTY TltICKS WITH CARDS. Containing deceptive Card Tricks as perfor111ed by leading conjurora and magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGI C No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great boo& 'ot magic and card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks of the also most popular magical illusions aa performed by our_ magicians; every boy should obtain a copy of this book aa 1t will both 11.muse llild instruct. No. 22. HOW TO DO SE<'lOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sight explained by his former assisfant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43 HOW TO BECOMEJ A MAGICIAN.-Containing the gran?est <_if i\lusions ever placed before the public. A)s o tricks with cards. rncantations, etc. No. 68. HOW ,TO DO CHEMICAL '1.'RICKS .-Containing over one hundI."ed highly amusing and instructive tricks wibh chemicala. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrate.I. No. 69. HOW 'l'O DO SLEIGHT OF HAND over of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also oontain mg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. -By A. Anderson. No .. 70. HOW '.'0 MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for makmg Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. BJ A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 73 HOW. TO J:?O TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showinr many cur10us with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. .N o. 7_5. HO\Y TO A CONJUROR. Containinr tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Ball, Hats, etc. Elmbracin1 thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. TO DO THE .BLACK ART.-Containing a com, plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together with many wonderful experiments. By A. .Anderson. Illustrated. MEC H ANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy bow o_ri_rinated. This book explains them all, examples m electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. The most instructive book published. No. 5?. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstruct10ns how to proceed m order to become a locomotive engi?eer; also for building a model locomotive; together with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSl!CAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, 1Eoli11.n Harp, Xylo 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 MAGIC 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 A lien No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containinc complete instructions for performing over sixty Mecha n ical Trick1. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTEJRS.-A mMt com.. plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-lette111, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for J>Oung and old. No. 12. 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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY By A SELF-MADE MAN COLORED COVERS PRICE 5 Ots. ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY 32 PAGES This Weekly contains interesting stories of smart boys who win fame and fortune by their ability to take advantage of passing opportunities. Som e of these stories are founded on true incidents in the li ves of our most successful self-made men, and show how a boy of pluck, perseverance and brains can become famous and wealthy. ALREADY PUBLISHED. l!l8 Digging Up Dollars; or, The Nerve of a Young "Bull" Oper,ator. 199 A Hunaway Roy; or, The Burled 'J'reasur e of the Incas. 200 The Old Broker's Heir; or, The Boy Who Won In Wall Street. 201 l i'ro m l'arm to Fortune; or, '!'be Boy Who Made 1\loney in Land. 202 Ragged Rob of Wall Street; or, $50,000 From a Dime. 203 The Boy Railroad Magnate; or, The Contract 'J'bat Brought a l\11 II ion. 204 Dandy D i ck, The Boss Boy Broker; or, Hustling for Gold in Wall Street. 20;; Caught By Cannibals; or, The Treasure of the Land of Fire. 206 'J'be Little Operatol:; or, Cornering the nears of Wall Street. 207 Air Line Ed: or, Building a T e legraph Liue. 208 A Boy of the Curb; or, The Secret of a Treasure Note. 209 l'l'Om Foundry Boy to Steel King; or, The Rise of a Young Bridge Builder. 210 The Missing Box of Bullion; or, The Boy Who Solved a Wall Street Mystery. 211 Claim Ko. 7 ; or, A Fortune From a Gold l\Iine. 212 Out For Big Money; or, Touching Up the Wall Street Traders. 213 'l'he Boy Ice King; or, Coining Money from the IUv e r 214 Four of a Kind; or, The Combination that Made Wall Street Hum. 215 Bob lJrandon, Contractor; or, The Treasure that Led to Fame. :llO A Boy From the South; or, Cleaning Out n Wall Street Crowd. 217 Ila! the Hustler; or, '.l"be Feat '.l'hat l\lade Him Famous. 218 A l\Iad Broker's Scheme; or, The Coruer That Couldn"t Be Worked 21!l Dollars li'rom Dust: or, The Boy Who Worked a Silver Mine. 220 Billy Black, the Broker's Son ; or, The Worst Boy in Wall Street. 221 Adtift in tbe Sea; o r .The Treasure of Lone Reef. 222 '.l'he Yonng Wall Street Jonah; or, The Boy "'ho Pnzzled the Brokers. 223 Wireless Will ; or, The Success of a Young Telegraph Operator. 22-l Wall Street Jones: or. 'J'l'imming the Tricky 'J'raders. 22;; l'red the Faker; or, 'l'he Success of il Young Street J\Iercban!:. 226 The Lad From 'Frisco; or, l'usbing the '"Big Bonanza."' A Wall Street Story. 227 The Lure of Gold; or, The Treasure of Coffin Rock. 228 Money Mack; or, 'l'he lJoy \Yho Smashed a Wall Street '"Hing." 22!) ::llissing for a Year; or, a Fortune in Diamonds. 280 Phil the Plunger; or, A .'\ervy Boy's Game of Chance. A Wall Street Story. 231 Samson, the Boy Blacksmith; or, From Anvil to Fortune. 232 Bob's l31g Risk: or, The Chance That Came But O n ce. 233 In the Gold Fields; or, The 'J'reasure of Van Diemen's 234 "Old Mystery," the Broker; or, Playing a Darlng Gam e. (A Wall Street Story. ) 235 Capital-One Dime; or, Boring His Way to Fortune. 236 l:p Against a Hot Game; o r, Two College Chums in Wall Street. 237 A Big Contract; or, The Poor Boy Who Won. 238 Benson's New Boy; or, Whooping U p the Wall Street Marke t 239 Driven to Work; or, A Fortune from a Shoe String. 240 The Way to Make Money; ot, 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 Plucky Boy Got Rieb. 244 Dick, the Wall Street Waif; or, From Newsboy to Stock Broker. 245 Adrift on the Orinoco; or, The Treasure of tbe Desert. 246 Silent Sam of Wall Street; or, A Wonderful Run or Luc k 247 Always on the Move: or, Tbe Luc k of Messenger 99. 248 Happy Go Lucky Jack; or, Tbe Boy Who Fool e d the Wall Street Brokers. 240 Learning a Trade; or, On the Road to Fortune. 230 Buying on Margin; or, The Boy Who Won .the 1\loney. (A Wall Street Story.) 251 Joe Darcys Treasure Hunt; or, The Secret 'Of the Island Cave. 2G2 A "Live'' Boy; or, Quick to Get the Dollars. (A Story of Wall Street.) 2;;3 A Barrel of Coi n ; or, The Luck of a Boy Trader. 2;;4 Driven to the Wall: or, The Nerve of a W a ll Street Boy. 235 Johnny, the Parcel Boy; or, 'J'be Lad Who Saved the Firm. 25G Going the Limit; or, A Big Risk for Big )loney. (A Wall Street Story.) 2 5 7 Up to Him; or, Running Hie Father's Bnsi11ess. 258 "Back Nnmberllixhy"; or, The Boy Who \Vas Up to the Minute. (A 11 all Street Story) 259 A Young Bamum; or. Striking It Rich in the Show Business. 260 'J'h e Brotherhood of Gold: or, A Daring \Yall St.reet G ame. 2 61 Ed, the Express Boy; or, His Own Ronl. e t o lrort,une. 262 The SLolen Bonds; or, How W a ll Street Will Made His Mark. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on r ecelpt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. 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