Brave Billy Bland, or, Hustling up a business

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Brave Billy Bland, or, Hustling up a business
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.. .\::O.' : .. \ .. : .. '',_,:._," .. "Don't take his sass, Sloppy. Shove him off the dock!" said the tough who b .ad Billy' s umbrella. and suitcase. Sloppy dashed at the boy to carry out the suggestion. Billy dropped like a shot, and Sloppy tripped over him into the water.


Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Isnued Weekly-By Subscription 12 .50 per year. Entered according to A ct of Congress, in the year 1911, in the office of the Librarian of Congress Washington, D. C., by Frank '.l'ousey, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 299 NEW YORK, JUNE 23, 19 1 1. Price 5 Cents. I BR.AVE BILLY BLAND OR HUSTLING UP A BUSINESS By A SELF-MADE M A N CHAPTER I. ON THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF. "Gosh! That's an awful climb lilp these rocks," ejacu lated Billy Bland, as, with a sigh of satisfaction, he reached the top of a beetling cliff, three hundred feet high. "A fellow could get a nice all from here," he added, looking down the ticklish, steep path he had just traversed with some difficulty and a gi;eat deal of labor. "When the tide is out' there are a nice lot of hard rocks to land on. It's flood now, and you cnn't see 'em. Now, if I'd taken the cliff road yonder I'd have saved myself all this trouble, but I thought I cou ld get to town by the shorter route. At any rate, I was told l cou ld ; but the party forgot to tip me off to the fact that wheij. the tide is in this projecting cliff cuts you off. Well, such is luck! I'll rest mysel here awhile and then finish my journey by the TOad, which runs down hill from thiF point." Billy sat down in the shadow 0 a huge boulder and mop ped his heated ace. The sea breeze which gently swept that elevated aerie felt pleasant to his senses and helped to cool him off. Before him lay the boundless sl1 immeTing ocean oil' the coast of Maine, streLching to the distant horizon, dotted here and there with the white sai l s 0 a coaFter. Behind, and to his right and left, was a rising plateau, sparsel,Y covered with summer verdure, and thickly sprinkled with stunted pines, firs and cedars Across the plateau a ew hundred yards back, ran the cliff road, like a dirty yellow ribbon, leading to the town of Barclay one of the many -small seaports of the State. The town was not over a mile away, but not slightest eviaence of its presence could be seen from the spot where Bllly Bland sat. Indeed. nothing could be seen but the sea, the air alive with wheeling gulls, the trees and the bald rocks. It was a lonesome spot, although almost in touch with the busy factories and other establishments that kept the majority of the inhabitants of Barclay on the jump from one year's end to the other Wbile Billy sat and rested himself, and perhaps thought of the object which had drawn him to that lo ca lity, two young people of opposite sex, about Billy's age, came walk ing lazil y across. the plateau toward the edge of the cliffs. Their course soon brought them close to the giant boul der, which hid the boy, his suit-case and his umbrella from their ,view, just as it hid them from him. The girl was a lovel y creature of perhaps sixteen years. She was dressed in a stylishly cut white lawn gown, short enough to escape contact with the low grass. Her thick, blpnd hair was piled up under a gypsy straw hat, while a light-colored sunshade protected her from the s un. Tler companion was a well-built, good-looking lad of eighteen, attired in Ii smart summer suit, with a straw hat, tan shoes, cut low, and fancy socks. In his hahd he carried a light rattan, with which he made frequent s la she s at the gwss and stones along his path. HiR face wore a su lky ill-humored look, which inqi cated that he was not in a cheerfu l temper. The girl's face, on the_ contrary, wore an air of happy indifference. The pair had not spoken since shortly after leaving the road, but the young fellow now broke the silence, ftnd thu s Billy sudden l y became aware that he was not alone "I don't see why you persist in treating me with such indifference, Nellie," said the boy, as they came to a stop at the boulder. "Why, I don't see that I'm treating you any differentl3 than I always have, George Thorndike," replied the girl placidly. "Yes, you are. You're not near as nice to me as you


2 BRAVE BILLY B.LAND. once were. Have you found somebody you ltke better? If you have----" He pm1sed with almost a luss. -1 "Well, if I have, what ?" laughed, the girl, tantalizingly. "I won't stand for it, that>s all," he replied, in an ugly tone. "Won't you? Well, I'm s orry. I'm not aware that it is necessary for me to consu]t you as to who I shaU like or not like," .replied the girl, with sudden dignity. 1 "Nellie, you'll make me do something desperate if you keep on this way," said the youth, passionately. The young lady burst int@ a rippling laugh. "Don't be ridiculous, Geo:rge Thorndike," she said "Ridiculous!" cried the .boy, fiercely. "That's right, keep on till someth ing happens that will make you sorry for your attitude towards mfcl.'' "George Thorndike, aren't you ashamed of yourself? If I thought you were going to work yourself into such a dis agreeable humor I'd not have come out walking with you. If you don't want me to like you even less than I do now you'd better change yom dej)Ortment. You are becoming positively unbearable." "Nellie, I can't stand this kind of talk from you. You know I care for you rnol'e than for any other girl in the w o rld. You know it, don't you? You know that I love you dearly, so dearly that the very idea of you smiling at anybody else drives me crazy.'' "George Thorndike, what are you talking about? Are you losing your senses? The idea of you talking about love. Why, you are only a boy at school. What does either of u s know about love? Lef.-11.s talk about something else, please." "Talk about something ela. e Why, I brought you out here on purpose to tell you. how much I cared for you. To tell you that I cannot live. without your love. That you are ab s olutely necessary to my happiness. Who else is better fitted to be your husband than I? Your father and mine have been in business together for years. As soon as I am through with my education I shall be admitted as junior partner in the firm. When, in the course of events, our parents die, I will be tihe whole firm. What better match could any girl desire for herself?" "Do you imagine that all a girl marries for i s wealth and pot:ition? I have both, as it is, through my father and mother. But even if I bad not do you think I would marry you to get them I cared more for you than for what you offered me?-. N"ever When I marry it will be to a man 'I have learned t

BRAVE BILLY BLAND. is nothing about yoi+ that attracts me. It is your own fault if I have to be so frank. I associate with you because you are the son of my father's partner, and to that extent my social equal. Beyond that I have no interest in you. You do not possess the qualities that I believe I shall look for in the man I shall wish for my husband. Under these circumstances you will oblige me by dropping the subject and not bringing it up again." George Thorndike listened to the girl with whitening face. It was impossible that he could misunderstand her mean ing. "This is your answer," he said in a tense tone. "It is all I ha;te to say on the subject," she replied, with dignity. "Then listen to me. I have sworn that you shall marry me or nobody-do you understand?" "George Thorndike, how dare you !" cried the indignant girl. "I have sworn it, I tell you. Now you will promiseyou will swear right here that you will marry me some day or I will fling you over this cliff. I ml')an it, b; Heaven I do I love you as no one else can ever love you, and I am determined to have you. You will promise or you will make a murderer of me I always have had my own way, and I won't be balked in the most important matter I have ever set my heart upon. Think well before you re fuse, Nellie Carter. You have maddened me by your in difference, and I am desperate. Your life hangs on your consent." Thorndike seized the sta rtled girl by the arm and dragged her to the very edge of the cliff before she realized the reality of her peril. Then she opened her mouth to scream "Utter a cry and it will be your last,'' he hissed, gripping her tighter. The girl's face blanched. 10ne false step--a slip or push, would hurl her to certain death. She gazed with distended eyes into his cold and glittering orbs, relentles s in their awful determination. There was murder in his soul at that moment, and she read the fact in his face as clearly as though the brand of Cain were already stamped on his forehead. "Let me go, George Thorndike-let me go. You frighten me. Think what would happen if the edge of this cliff were to give way. We should both bE7--" I care not if I go down myself,'' he said, desperately. "What is life to me without you? Your answer. Is it Yes or No?" "Spare me! Oh, Heaven, you must be mad!" she screamed "Yes or no, do you hear?" he hissed. "It is no, you young scoundrel!" cried Billy step ping forward and teating the fainting girl from his grasp. "And if you don't skip I'll knock the blazes out of you in two shakes of a lamb' s tail." CHAPTER II BILLY MAKES HIMSELF SOLID WITH NELLIE CARTER Nellie Cartel' was saved, and the revulsion of feeling was such that she sank nerveless in Billy's arms. Her head rested on his stalwart shoulder, and a heavy strand of her golden hair brwilied his cheek The picture that met Thol!Ildike's gaze !airly maddened that youth. He recognized the fact that Billy was a stranger in the neighborhood, and that was the only bit of satisfaction he could extract out of the situation. "Who are you?" he cried. "And what do you mean by interfering between me and that young lady?" 1 "My name is Billy Bland, at you service, you cowardly cur, and you ought to thank me for saving you from the possible commission of a cri : tne,'' was the reply. As he Bpoke Nellie Carter, recovered her self-possession and disengaged herself from his half embrace "I thank you for coming to my aid,'' she said, fl.ashing a look at Billy from her glorious eyes that made his heart beat faster. "I am very grateful to you, indeed I am." "I believe you, miss. You must have had an awful scare. This friend of yours took a very unmanly advantage of you, and he deserves to be called to account for it." "He i no longer a friend of mine. From this moment George Thorndike, never dare to approach me. never did think much of you, and now I despise you,'' said the girl, looking at her late esco:rt with the utmost contempt. Thorndike seemed to shrin.k under her scathing glance; but only for a moment. Taking a step forward he his fist at Billy. "I'll get square with you fo:r this if I die for he saic1, hoarsely. "As for you, Nellie Carter, don't think you've heard the last of this. If yoiu do not marry me I will. kill you as surely as there is there is a heaven above us." The girl shuddered at th.e vindictive intensity of hi s speech and manner. Look here, young fellow, if you were not a born idiot you wouldn't make such a tll.reat in the presence of a wit ness," said JSilly. "Don't yO'U know that the young lady's father could have you arresqed for expressing yours elf in such a way?" "I want no advice from you. I can look after myself. The best thing you can do is. to take yourself off. You re not wanted here,'' said Thorndike. "And leave the young lady to your tender mercy, I sup pose," replied Billy. "Not if I know it, or unless the young lady requests me to do .so." "No, no; I want nothing more to do with this boy. If you are willing to do me one more favor I will a s k you to see me a little way on the rood to Barclay." "I am quite at your servi

BRA VE BILLY BLAND. Nellie Carter took her place b y his s ide, and together the y walke d toward the road, followed b y the baleful glare in Thorndike's eyes. Bla s t him! I wonder who he i s ?" he muttered. "A s tran g er I can see. Perhap s a s ummer boarder. Yet why s hould he b e h e re on the cliffs a mile from town with his g rip and umbrella? He must have walked over from East port. A cha p who will walk that di s tance can't amount to mu c h. He s probabl y spme c ommon mechanic bound for Barclay aft e r a job. And to thin)>: that Nellie would lower her s elf s o much as to walk with such a person. So she ha s cut me now! She says s he:Il have nothing more to do with m e V e ry well. We shall see-we shall see." I Thus he moved off toward the road himself with hi s fa c e as dark as a thunder-cloud. Billy movea on ahead with Nellie Carter by his side He was delighted at the honor of having s o lovely a companion. Billy was a s lively a youth a s trod on two fe e t. He had been a rattling good s hort s top on a bush lea gue bas eball t eam of some reputation, and he might have broken into fast company, for a certain major league scout had taken favorable notice of his work, had not fate stepped in and dire c ted his ener gies into another channel. Onl y a wee k b e fore the opening of this story he was s c ooping hot lin e r s and makin g hot throw s to fir s t, with no thou ght of not fini s hing the seas on in uniform on the diamond. Now he was out of it, after parting from a di s gruntl e d manager who felt he would have to square the team 's loss somehow wit h the home fans. It was too soon yet for the a g ile Billy to get rid of sun dry little manneri sms conne c t e d with the ball bu s ines s The way be carried hi s suitc a s e and his umbrella would ha v e .attract e d the attention of a veteran. He was n t cons c ious of the fact, but the kink was there just the same. Billy's ton g ue was as lively as any other part of his 'an atomy. He h a d N e llie going before they reached the road, and long b e fore the angry Thorndike los t sight of the pair they were talkin g tog e ther like old c hums. He had introdu ced him s elf as plain Billy Bland, and declared that nobody, even hi s mother, had called him Wil liam a s far back as he could remember, and he guessed he could recoll e ct one or two things that happened in bis presence when he was three years old, which was going some. Nellie was s impl y charmed Vl'ith him, and s he found her self taking more inte rest in him than she usually did in boys whos e soc ial corniition entitled them to her consid eration. Then her curio s ity induced her to inquire what had brought her escort to that neighborhood. "Are you here to spend a week or two's vacation, Mr. Bland?" she asked. "No, Miss Carter. I am he're in response to a letter from m y uncl e who live s on th.e outskirts of Barclay. He feels that h e' s growing old and he wants me to help him look after business." "Indeed," s he replied, feeling plea sed that he was going to r e main for an indefinite time in town. "Then I may expect to enjoy the pleasure of an oc!asional visit froni you." "It will give me great pleasure to call on you if you care to have me do so," he replied. "Why, of course, I shall be delighted to have you call. Although we have acquainted in a informal way, still the service you 'have rendered me entitles you to the gratitude and consideration of my parents and myself. I believe George Thorndike would have thrown me from the cliff if I had refused to do as h'e wished me to." he wouldn't have gone so far as that-he, the s on of your father's bu s iness partner? Although his words and manner indicated that he was de s perately in earne st, I had no idea that he meant to do more than frighten you into complying with his desires to marry him." "I never before thought he was such a wicked boy," she s aid. "I have known him to be s e lf-willed and overbear ing in his deportment, and not a boy whos e society had any great charm s for lfl.e ; but I did not dre am h e would dare treat me in the way he did thi s afte rnoon. I s hall ne v er notice him agaip., and my parent s will be s urpri ed and angry when I tell them about hi s behavior,'' s aid the girl. "Tlky will feel as grateful to y ou as I do for re s c uing me from a perilou s situation, and if my father can be of any servi c e to you in any way it will afford him muc h plea s ure to r eturn in part the obligation you have placed us all under." "I hope neither you nor your par e nts will worry about the obligation. It was my duty to s tand between y ou and the cowardly a g gression of a fellow who has no b etter principles than to try to bu1ldoze a young lady who trus ted herself to his prote c tion as an e s cort," said Billy. In this w a y the two young people, so s trangely intro duced to each other, pas sed the time that it took them to reach the gate of a handsome re s iden c e s tanding bac k from a shaded stre e t in the mid s t of extensive and well-kept grounds. Here Billy was about to say good-by when Mi s s Carter insisted on his coming in and meeting her mother, who was seated on the wide veranda. After some he s itation be did so. Mrs. Carter was surprised to see her daughter in the compan,y of a stranger, but she acknowledged the introduction with well-bred courtesy. Nellie lost no time in explaining all that badhappened between her and young Thorndike on the cliff s and her mother was horrified at the recital, for the girl did not mince the matter in the lea s t, and insisted that s he be lieved Thorndike would have murdered her but for Billy Eland's intervention, even if he repented the deed the moment after he committed it. Mrs. Carter hardly knew how to express her s elf on the matter, but she did not forget to thank Billy in the mos t grateful way for the service he had rendered b,er daughter. Billy won his way into her good books by his gentl e man ly and viva c ious ways, which had already captured her daughter, and when he said he would have to go, s he seconded Nellie's repeated invitation to call on them soon again, which Billy a ss:ured them he would Finding that to reach his uncle's home he would have to walk all the way around the crescent-shaped harbor on which the town faced, Billy thought he would see if i


! ) BRA VE BILLY BLAND. 5 could find a boatman to row him directly across the little harbor. With that purpose in view he'walked down to.the near est wharf. CHAPTER III BILLY'S ACCURATE George Thorndike, while a young gentleman in outward appearance, had shown that he was not one by nature. His parents and friends did not dream, liowever, that he associated on the quiet with a tough element in Bar. As a matter of fact, he had very low tastes for the s o n of one of the town's best and richest citizens. Many a night found him hail-fellow-well-met with a bunch of disreputable men and foys who made their head quarters at a salon close to the waterfront Here he was learning to drink, and play card games, and otherwise deport himself in a way that would have been regarded as. scandalous by those who recognized his real station in Barclay society. Thorndike followed Nellie Carter and Billy Bland at a distance into town, and he saw the young stranger accept the girl s invitation to enter the Carter grounds "So this chap is following up his acquaintance with Nellie," he muttered. "I must hang around and see where he goes after be leaves tb e Carter place. Then when I :know where he can be found I will see about pickling him." As Billy remained nearly an hour with Nellie and her mother, ThorndilCe grew more and more impatient for him to make his appearance. At length he came out on the sidewalk and started for the waterfront. Thorndike followed him, wondering where he 'was bound. Billy's route led him down to the very wharf at the head of 'Yhich stood the saloon where Thorndike met1his tough cronies. He began to look for a boatman, for he saw two or three rowboats floating idly alongside of the wharf. While he was doing this, Thorndike entered the saloon and found, as he expected, three of his friends there play ing cards at a table. He knew they would undertake any dirty trick he of fered to pay for, and so he quickly told the rascals what he wanted them to do for him. "I'll give you :five dollars apiece if you will force a quar rel on that young fellow you see outside with the suit case and umbrella, anq then knock the spots out of him." said Thorndike. "He's clone me an injury an4 I want to get square with him in a way he will remember." I "We'll do it, Thorney, and glad to oblige you," said one of the roughs "Anybody who does you dirt insults us, and we'll wipe the earth with hfr.;:, Abandoning their card game, and with the prospect of a fivedollar bill apiece coming theiT way, men rose from the table ana took a look at the sturdy ex-ballplayer. In their eyes he did not look very formidable, certainly not against three of them, so without loss of time they pro ceeded to hqsiness Sauntering outside they approached Billy The boy soon noticed them, and he did not fancy their looks nor their attitude. They did not allow him any time to :figure on the mat ter. "Hello, young feller, what brings you down here?" said one of them, roughly. "I'm looking for a boatman to put me across op the other side,'' replied Billy "Oh, you are eh? What's the matter with you swimmin' across?" Billy looked the speaker squarely in the eye. "When I want your advice I'll ask for it," he said, brusquely. "Oh, you will, you young mackerel! Maybe you'll s;Hm across whether you like to or not," said the tough, snat c h ing the umbrella and suitcase out of the bGy's hand when his two companions seized the lad by the frms. Billy, quick as a fl.ash, shook himself free and backed away a few steps. "I'c1 like to know why you loafers are trying to make trouble for me. If you think I'm going to let you rob me with impunity, even if there's three of you, you'll :find out you're mistaken," he said, preparing for the scrap he saw ahead. "Don't take his sass, Sloppy. Shove him off the dock," said the tough who had Billy' s umbrella and suitcase. Sloppy dashed at the boy to carry out the suggestion. Billy dropped like a shot, and Sloppy tripped over him into the water. The ex-ball player was accustomed to quick drops and s lides on the base lines, and his agility in that respect proved unfortunate for Sloppy. The rough went under the surface and then came up blowing like a grampus. The fate '\vhich had so quickly and unexpectedly over taken him rather staggered his companions Tney hadn t looked for such a climax. Before they were prepared. to make their next 1 move Billy made his. The exigencies of up-to date baseball had made a quick thinker of him. As he went down, in full expectation of throwing Sloppy overboard, he :figured out his next move. He made it as soon as he jumped on his feet. Just as he hac1 more than once recovered himself on an overthrow to catch him napping at sec ond base am1 made a dash for third. In this case he made bis dash at the nearest tough. Before the rascal sui;;pected his purpo se, Billy s hard fist landecl. on his jaw and down he went on the boards of tlic wharf as flat as a pancake. Then Billy darted at the other fellow The boy-s prowes s cowed him and he dropped the suit case and ran, He forgot to drop the umbrella. As it was a mighty good one, and Billy didn't care to lo s e it, the boy grabbed his suitcase and started a !ter him. Billy soori saw that the tough would get away, for the suitcase embarrassed his speed. Once\ more Billy's rapid brain evolved the ruffian's dis comfiture


6 BRAVE BILLY BLAND. Snapping open the suitcase as he ran, Billy pulled out a I "No; I've given up the game to come to Barclay and baseball which lay on top of hi s clothes, stopped, dropped help my uncle in hi s b\lsiness." the case, and quick as a wink let the ball drive. "You don t say. Given up the game, eh? Maybe you 'll The pellet shot on a line straight for the ruffian's head, join our local team. We are alway s glad to get hold of a a s if that were a fir s t baseman s mit. good player." The tough went down kerchunk, stunned and out, while "No, I don't think it i s at all likely that I'll have any .. the ball rolled a few feet away. thing more to do with baseball." To r e cover both his umbrella .and the ball was but the "Might I a s k your name?" work of a moment or two for the agile Billy. "Billy Bland." The tough he had knocked down with his fist witnessed "Is your uncle s name Bland, too?" the ball-throwing feat and he fairly gasped wtih astonish"No. Cyrus Leggett is my mother's brother." ment. "Cyrus Leggett! Why everybody in Barclay knows So also did George Thorndike from one of the windows him," said the boatman. "So you're his nephew?" of the saloon where he had pos ted himself to witness the "Yes.I' wipirlg up of the lad he was sore on. "Cyrus Leggett has been running a general s tore in this Sloppy also saw it as he pulled himself dripping wet town for the last twenty years or more His place is on over the top of the stringer at the end of the wharf. Mam street, in the heart of the business district. You're And we mat-also add that two approaching boatmen also going to his house now, I take it?" saw the extinguishment of the ruffian who hail tried to get "That's where I'm bound. I thought I'd do that in-away with the umbrella. stead of going to the store. My aunt is looking for me Clearly Billy was a boy out of the common. to come there when I arrive, for that's the address I got-After having been taken at disadvantage by three husky No. 65 Linden street." scoundrels he had, in a very brief space of time, done "Well, here you are at the wharf. Linden street is the the trio up in good shape. next one to Gosport, which runs from this landing. Turn And he had also recovered his property, and stood near to your left. Thank you and good luck to you, young the saloon waiting to see what Sloppy and the other felman said the boatman, as he took the quarter. low intended to do next. Billy started for his uncle's home at a lively gait, feel-As far as appearances went they were not ready to do ing decidedly hungry after his long tramp from Eastport. anything in the aggressive line. "What' s the trouble, young man?" asked one of the boat men when they came up and looked at the senseless rough stretched out on his face. CHAPTER IV Billy explained in a few words. "Well you're a corker," said the boatman. "These fellows are tough character s but I never knew them to at tempt a robbery in broad daylight before. We don't often have s uch business, either by night 0r day, in this town. I s uppose you intend to hand this fellow over to the po lice?" "I might if I saw an officer handy, but otherwise I won't both e r. He can lie there until his companions take charge of him. You are a boatman, I believe?" "Yes." "Will you row me across to the other side?" "Yes It will cost you a quarter. It isn t far, but we have to make a living." "All, rig ht. Where's your boat? One of these alongside the wharf?" "The white one. i'll bring it up to the landing steps a nd then you can get in." G i v ing the toughs no further attention, Billy waited till t h e boat was at the steps and then he got into it, followed b y the boatman, who quickly shoved off. "You mu s t be a baseball player, young man," said the 1 b o a tman, a s he JOWed lei s urely off. "Nobody but an expert c ould throw a ball like you I'll wager you raised a lump on that fellow' s nut that will give him cause to re mem b e r you. Are you a college player?" "No ; I b e long e d to the Portland team of the New Eng land League up to last Wednesday," replied Billy. "Were you released?" A SICK BUSINESS Billy got a royal welcome from hi s aunt Cynthia, when she opened the door in Tesponse to his knock and found him outside. "For the land's sake, Billy!" s he exclaimed. "Why didn't you come by the noon train? Cyru s and me looked for you, and we kept dinner waitin' hali an hour." "I did come by. the noon train but I got off at IDast port by mistake, and had to walk over from there. That's why I didn't show up when you expected me." "Walked from Eastport I Do tell! Why that's all of eight or nine mile," exclaimed:his aunt in a s toni s hment. "I came most of the way by the beach route, which is shorter by a third. I'd have come all the way by the s hore only the tide cut me off at one of the big cliffs about a mile from here. I had to climb UP. the rocks and fini s h by the cliff road. It was a mighty thing for a very nic e young l ady that I came that way. "I want to kno;y Tell me about it, Billy," s aid his aunt, who had all tlie curiosity of her sex to learn every thing that was going on. "I will, but couldn't you give me a glass of milk and a slice of pie to stay my stomach? I'm a s hungry a s a hun ter. "Why, that would sp'ile your appetite for supp e r. It will be ready in an hour or so." "An hour or so I I'll be famished by that time."


, BRAVE BILLY BLAND 7 "Well, I'll give you some cookies and a gla s s of milk if y ou've got to have it. "I'll make that do,'J said Billy. A s s oon as the cookie s and the milk were before him he, began the s tory of his adventure on the cliff. The cookie s and the milk w e re fini s hed long before his s t o ry, whi c h he s upplemented with the encounter he had had with the toughs on the wharf. His aunt was astonished at the account of Miss Carter' s narrow e s cape. "Why, Miss Carter is the darter of Nelson Carter, head of the dry' store of Carter & Thorndike, on Main stre et, about a blo c k from Cyrus' s place. The Carters, and the Thorndikes, and the Peabody s and the Peaseleys, and sich, are the real upper cla s s in town. And you saved the life of Miss Carter!" said the aunt, raising both of her hand s "Well, well; who'd have thought you d 'a' done such a thing as that Why, your name is bound to be in the paper, sure's the world." "I gue s s not. Young Thorndike being the son of Mt. Carter s partner, the affair is suTe to be hushed up, so you mustn't say a word about it," said Billy. "And you actually walked home with Miss Carter and was introduced to Mis' Carter. Well, well, who'd have thought it?" Billy grinned at tl!e importance his aunt attached to what he considered a mere act of courtesy to the young lady. It was at this point he brought in his adventure on the wharf. "For the land's sake!" cried his aunt, with a look of consternation "You were attacked by three men. How did you escape?" He told her. She fairly gasped with astonishment. "And you done all that yourself?" she said. Billy assur e d her that nobody had helped him out. "Well, well ; wonders will never cease. What a boy you are, Billy !" In due time Mrs Leggett got the supper cooked, to which she added extras in honor of her nephew's arrival, and then Leggett made his appearance from the store. He welcomed Billy in a hearty fashion, and told him he was real glad to see him Of course, Billy had to go over his day's adventures again, and his uncle was just as much astonished as his aunt had been. Ile declared that in saving the life of Miss Carter, Billy bad done a big thing for himself, for Mr. Carter would be sure to show his appreciation of his senices in some sub stantial way. "I'm not looking for any favors from him, Uncle Cyrus," repli e d Billy. "I shall be perfectly satisfied if I am re ceived at their home as a visitor "I'm. afraid you ain't got money enough, Billy, to associate with the hig bugs,'' said his uncle. "Oh I don't exp e ct to ass ociate with anybody in that set but Miss Carter. I like her a whole lot She's prettie s t girl I've eve r met." His uncle grinned. "You don't want to get sweet on her, B illy, for it won't do you no good. She's too high up for you t o fly your kite." Billy flushed up and said he wasn't thinking a whole lot about girls anyway. After supper Cyrus Leggett took Billy around to the store whi c h kept open of evenings. What Mr. Leggett didn't keep at his establishment for s ale was hardly worth mentioning He adverti sed that he sold everything from a needl e t o an anchor, and Billy was willing to believe he did, for needle s in every variety could be bought at the notion conn ter, while otltside, on either side of the m a in entran c e a conp:c of anchor s suitable for a large schooner with piles of different-sized iron chains, were on exhibition, with price attarhed v Mr. Leggett had started in busines s something over twenty years since, before Barclay had expanded t o its present iSize, and the methods with which .. he started h e had clung to, although they had gradually become anti quated His trade dwindled by degrees in consequence, and would have alto g ether before the more progressiYe tactics of his busine s s rival s but for the fact that many of his old customers stuck to him because they sympathized with his old-fashioned methods, inasmuch as they were old-fashioned themselves, and were prejudiced against everything that savored of up-to-dateness. Mr. Leggett had made money, and having saved it care fully he could afford to continue his store at what was practicall y a loss, although he figured out a small profit at the end of the year He was g etting old anyway, and did not expect to linger many years longer in thi s world, although he looked good to last another twenty years at least People down don't seem to die with the same celer ity that they hop off elsewhere, probably because they take life ea s ier. At any rate, Mr Leggett never worried over anything. He had seen customer after customer fade from his books and knew they went elsewhere to trade, but the loss didn t make him turn a hair. He took the matter very philosophically. If a customer preferred to deal somewhere else that was his privilege, and Mr. Leggett never went out of his way to argue the matter with him. He could stand it, and things went right along on the same old plan. To Billy s eyes the store looked very countrified. It lacked life and energy, and, therefore, was the very opposite of Billy himself. One clerk was enoug}i to handle all the done during evening s except on Saturdays; while two, with 1\Ir. Leggett's occasional help, sufficed to fill the bill in the daytime. Dne of the two had given notice that he was going to trans fer histalents to another town, and that is why Mr. L e g gett had made hi s nephew an offer of a half intere s t in hi s busine s s if he came to Barcl!ly at once and learned how to run a general store. Mr. Leggett showed him all the e s tabli s hment th a t evening, explaining things in a general way. The celJar was crowded with hardware, agricultural im


BRAVE BILLY BLAND. pl eillen t s of a s mall and mi s cellaneous character, a con i;idcr able portion of whi c h were out of date, and divers other s tuff, more or les s covered with dust. B y the time Billy had s een all that his eyes were able to g rasp h e had reached the conclu s ion that the store was a number, like its owner. W\ien h e retired to bed that night it was with a sense of depression that he was about to begin his business career in a s tore that seemed so far behind the times. The o n ly c on s olation he had the intimation his uncle had given him that as s oon as he had learned the ropes lie inte nded turning the management over to him. "1'11 b e t I'll make a change or two when the s tore comes into my c harge he s aid to him s elf. "As little as I know about bus ines s at this moment, I can see where it will stand improv e ment, and I wouldn t be surprised that by the time I h ave become familiar with the place, and the secrets of the trade that I'll find a good many more changes are necessar y." Thu s thought the wicleawake boy before he was aware how b a dl y hi s uncle's s tore had been run in the ground. F rom the fa c t that Mr. Leggett had been s o long e stabli s hed, a nd because the s tore was on the main bu s ine s s street Billy s uppo sed that bi s uncle was doing as well a s an y one in his line, in spite of its antediluvian aspect. B e ing a boy of up-to-the-minute ideas, he hated to assoc iate him s elf with anything that had a Noah s Ark ap p e aran c e unlees he could see hi s way to cleaning out the cobwe b s and bright e ning up thing s generally It would take tact to bring his uncle around to his views, b u t h e intended to do it or take another whack at organized baseball. With such thoughts uppermo s t in his mind Billy turned in to pas s h i s first night in Barclay. CHAPTER V I BILLY'S FIRS T DAY AT THE STORE Th e re was nothing slow about Barclay, unless it was Mr. Leggett's g e neral s t ore, and perhaps a few other relics that w e r e gr adually losing them s elve s in, the s huffle. Th e town boas t e d two morning dailie s both of which had been st arted s ince Billy s uncle became identified with 1\Iain street. One of these papers was delivered at Mr. Leggett's house, while the oth e r was left at the s tore. Whe n Billy came clown to breakfast next morning his uncle was re a ding the Times between bites. 8 udclenly he s topped eating, and seemed greatly inter e s t e d in s omething that had caught hi s eye. Billy he s aid, a moment later, with a "you have g ot your name in thll news paper, and I reckon that half the folks in town will be talkin' about you afore noon." "Is tha t so, sir?" e x claimed the boy. "You don't mean to say that affair on the c liff i s publi s hed, do you?" "Well, no, not exactly; it' s the t other adventure you hac1 -the one on the wharf. Here, r e ad it for your s elf," anc1 l h e passed th e p a p e r over with hi s thumb on the lengthy paragraph which concerned his nephew. Billy read the story with s ome intere s t. It was headed-"A trip!e play.1 How a clever young ball player made hi s debut in town. Puts three loafer s out of business on Smith s Wharf." Then followed the fact s a s Billy remembered giving them to the boatman. It was evident that the man had seen a reporter and put him wis e to the incident, enlarging on the young s tranger's ability as a ball tosser. Billy s name was printe d as William Bland and the fa c t was stated that he was a nephew of "Cyru s L egge t t one o f our oldest and most e s teem e d c itiz e n s and propri etoT of Le g gett 's gen eTal s tore, No. 56 Main street It was cleaT that the editor of the pap e r had verifi e d Billy's connection with the Portland Club, of the New England League, and obtained s ome fa c t s concernin g the lad's standing on the team he had de s erted. 'rhes e facts, highly eulo g i s tic of Billy 's performan c e on the diamond both at the b a t and in short fie ld w e re duly publish ed, with the idea of impre s sin g the Barclay publi c with a sen s e of the importan c e of the n e w come r to to ,wn. Had the incid ent on the cliff come to the knowl e dge of the editor t h e re is no doubt that th e story would have o c c upi e d a whole column, with a formidabl e scar e h e adin g and Billy would have b een c all e d a hero of the fir s t wat e r "TLe news paper s of this town seem to get the news,'' s aid Billy, as he returned the paper to hi.s un c le. "The boat man who rowe d me a c ross the harbor i s the party who turned that s tor y in. Probably he got a c oupl e of dollar s for it. If he didn't blow the money over some bar I ha v e no fault to !ind with him. I didn t exp e ct to g et into t h e limeli ght so s oon after my arrival in thi s burgh but it was throu g h no fault of mine that s uch i s the c a s e." Mrs. Leggett was curiou s to l e arn what the new s paper printed about Billy, and her hu s band read the story for her benefit. "Well, well,'' she exclaimed; "I remember your ma writ me that you was playin' ball; but, land's sake, I didn t calculate you was doin' it for a business. Be there any money in it ?" "Yes if you are fast enough to get on one of the big team s,'' replied Billy. "You mean you have to run fa st?" s aid his aunt, whos e knowl e dge of ba s eball was confined to fleeting glimp s e s she bad caught of boys playing the game on a town lot "Well, yes, that's one of the requirement s of the g ame. You 've got to be qui c ker than grea sed lig htning with your head, hand s and f e et to hold your encl up these clays. And on top of that you've got to have a good batting eye." "Do tell. And what is a battin' eye?" a s ked the puz zled lady. Bill y explaii;iecl the meaning of it, but his aunt didn t quite comprehend him. By that time breakfa s t was over and Mr. Leggett told his nephew it was time they started for the s tore. "I s hall want you to take the key and open up to-morrow mornin'," s aid hi s uncle. "The boy who ha s been doin it ha s been took clown with the measle s s o you ll have to sweep and tidy things up a bit mornin's till he get s bac k." "All right," replied Billy, who had no objection to c om mencing at the foot of the ladder, though he didn t mean I i


BRA VE BILLY BLAr D. to remain on the lowest rung any longer than it would take him to mount to the next one. Billy spent most \ of the day in posting himself about the merchandise the store contained and the prices at which it was sold. Occasionally he waited on a customer when there hap pened to be more in the place than the two clerks could attend handily, which was not often. "This must be an off day in trade,'' said Billy about three o'clock, to the senior clerk, the one who was going to leave. "Why do you think that?" asked the clerk. I haven't noticed any alarming rush on the part of the people of this town to puy things to-day," he replied. "We never have any rush here. We have made about the average num1'er of sales to-day. Trade isn't what it used to be with us. New stores have cutin on our business, and that has hurt us. Mr. Leggett hasn't half the he had when I first came here." "Is that so?" Billy. "As this is an old estab lished house, I should think it would have held its own against new stores, as the town has grown steadily during the last ten or fifteen years, and that means more buyers. Probably the trouble is that my uncle keeps too many things on sale-like a country general store, which, I im agine, is out of place in a big town like this, and ly on the chief business street." "That has long been my opin!on,'' nodded the clerk, looking around to see if the proprietor was within earshot. "He combines too many kinds of business here, and, us a result, he can't cover any of them well enough to fill the bill. For instance, we sell dry goods. What does our stock amount to alongside even Stack & Merrill, up the block, which is a small establishment beside Carter, Thorn dike & Co. on the corner? Those houses and two or three others do all the business in dry goods and we do nothing to speak of." "Then why doesn't Mr. Leggett cut out dry goods, or cut out two or three other things and Jllake more of a specialty of dry goods?" said Billy. "Because he's set in his ways. He won't ru:ii the store on any different lines than he's always run it." "But he can't fail to see that he's losing money by holding to bygone ideas." "That doesn't seem to make any difference with him." "Oh, shucks! That's no way to do. Conditions are changing right along nowadays, and people in business have got to adapt themselves to the new conditions or they'll soon be put on the shelf. Why, you've only got to look at the difference between baseball to-day and what it was twenty years ago, when Mr. Leggett started this store, to understand how things are changing, and for the better; too." "That's right,'' nodded the clerk. "I'll have to have a heart-to-heart talk with my uncle and see if I.can't make him see matters in the right light.') "I'm afraid you will only waste your breath." "Well, we'll see. I won't make a move until I make my self thoroughly acquainted with the store and the town it self. When I am able to put up a convincing argument I'll tackle :M:r. Leggett, and if he won't listen to reason, I'll pack my suitcase and decamp. Probably I'll go back to Portland, where my mother lives, and take up with the game again Baseball is a sort of second nature with meseems to be grafted in my bones. When I pulled out to come here, the manager of the Portland team put up au awful holler. He said I was a natural player, and was do ing a foolish thing to cut the game when everything pointed to my becoming a star; but what he said made no differ ence to me, when I saw what I considered a better and more permanent thing in sight. A baseball career is limited-ten years would probably see my finish to all intents and purpoies, if I wasn't done up by a serious accident in the meanwhile, and then around thirty I'd have to begin all over again. That wouldn't suit me. I believe in beginning my lifework now, and that's why I'm here, ready to hustle for all I'm worth to establish myself in something solid. My uncle intends me to succeed him. I'm to ,. have a half interest in the business to interest me, and the whole business eventually, if I outlive the Leggetts. But I'm not going to spend my best years in a sleepy business even to become owner of it. If this store isn't running to good advantage, as I suspect, I'm going to liven it up and cut away the dead wood, or I'm going to quit." Billy spoke in a dead earnest tone that showed he business, and the clerk regarded him with new interest and respect. "You're the person who is wanted here, Bland,'' he said. "With your uncle's reputation at your back, and new blood injected according to sound judgment, this store should take on a boom once more." / At that moment a young man entered the store. "What can I do for you?" asked the clerk, stepping for ward. "Can you tell me where I will be able to find vVilliam Bland?" he asked. '11he visitor was a stranger to Billy, and the boy, as he advanced, wondered why he wished to see him. "Are you William Bland?" asked the young man. "Yes, that's my name," replied Billy. "My name is Manson. I am the manager of the Barclay Baseball Ch.1b. I see by the papers that you belong to the Bortland team o'f the New England League." "I did belong to it till last Wednesday; but I am out of organized baseball now for good." "Indeed!" exclaimed Manson, in some surprise "Yes, sir. I have gone into business here with my uncle." "Then you got your release from the Portland people?" "No; the manager wouldn't release me. He wishes to keep a string on m .e, but I told him it wouldn't do any good as I had played my last game "Then you intend to remain here permanently?" "Such is my present intention." "Perhaps I could induce you to play on our local team occasionally. I should be glad to enlist your services." "No, sir. I propose tq devote all my energies to this business." "Our teai. is not a professional one Surely you could devote an occasional Saturday afternoon to a little exer cise. All work and no play, you know the re t," smiled Manson "I might come out_ to your grounds and me your team


1\) BRAVE BILLY BLA.1. D. play some time, but as for taking part in a game, y o u'll have to excJlse me. "Well," replied Manson, looking disappointed, "if that is your de c isi on I must accept it, of c ourse. C o me out on Saturday, if you can. Our grounds are near the stati0n. Here i s my card Ask for me and I will provid e you with a good seat I am glad to have met you and will be pleased to see you again. Good day." "Good day, l\Ir. :Jfanson,'' said Billy, returning to his work of learning the prices in the notion department. Mr. Manson hadn't been gone many minutes before a well dressed, fine looking gentleman entered stor e and asked for Billy .. The boy was again tol d that a visitor wished to see him. "It's Mr Carter, of Carter, Thorndike & Co.,'' said the clerk, who was decidedly surprised that that gentleman should enter the store, something he had never done be fore, and very curious to know what business the big dry' goods man could have with Mr. Leggett's nephew. The affair on the cliff had been kept quiet, as Billy judged it would be, and thus noboQ.y outside of those im mediately interested, and Mr and Mrs Leggett, were aware that a tragedy hatl nearly happened close to the big boulder on the afternoon of Billy' s arrival ill town. "You are William Bland, I believe," said Mr Carter, as the boy came up to him. "Yes, s ir. You are Mr. Carter, the dry goods mer chanf,'' replied Billy. "That is my name. I want to take you by the hand and express to you the deep sense of gratitude I feel toward you for the signal serv ice you rendered daugh_ter yes terday afternoon,'' said the gentleman."That is all right, Mr. Carter,'' replied the boy. "I only did what any one would have done under the circum stances." "'rhe fact that you were the one to save my dear child from perhaps a terrible death places u s all under the deep est obligation. I thank you from my heart, and I trust that if I can ever do you a favor, you will not fail to call upon me. "Thank you, Mr Carter, but I hope it will not be neces sary for me to call on you with t4at object in view." "You are Mr. Leggett's nephew, I understand, and I think you told my daughter that you were going to Temain here permanently, as your uncle had offered you an inter est in his business." "Unless circumstances cause me to change my mind I s hall remain here with Mr. \ Leggett." After some further talk Mr. Carter took his leave, but not without extending an i)J.vitation for Billy to call at his homli when he could find the time to do so. CHAPTER VI I BILLY TRIES HIS HA.ND .A.T COLLECTIONS Two weeks passed away aU:d Billy had, by strict atten tion and the use of his eyes, got pretty well acquainted with his uncle's business The more he learned about it the more dissatisfied he grew with Mr. Leggett's methods. They were the worst ever, in his estimation, and the wonder was that he kept going at all in the face of modern competition. On Monday afternoon of Billy's third week Mr. Leggett came into the store lQ.oking somewhat out of humor. He didn't look well either, for he had contra cted a cold and it appeared to re sist the old-fashioned remedies his wife had always found serviceable heretofore. "You look ill, Uncle Cyrus," said Billy. "You'd bet ter go home." "Go home, and me with bills to collect," snapped Mr. Leggett. "I'll look after your bills Give me a list of the debtors you want to collect from, and I'll call on them." cc'y ou wouldn't get nothin'," said his relative "Why wouldn't I? If their bills are or past due I guess I could get the money from most of them,'' said Billy, confidently. "If I can't get them to pay up how could you?" "Oh, you are referring to those customers who are extra slow pay, eh? Just give me a cha!ice at them and I'll stir them up." "All my customers almost are slow pay. They never seem to have no money any more I ain't gettin' enough in to meet my bills, and goodness knows business ain't ftourishin' nowhow. My cash sales are gettin' wuss every month,'' growled Mr. Leggett, gloomily. Billy looked at his uncle and scratched his ear. "Is there a good deal owing to you?" he asked. "Is there? I should say so. Ilere's a man who owes me $350,'' and the storekeeper exhibited a long statement of account "I'Ye just come from his office. I thought he'd pay something on account becl_l.use he was in here this mornin' and had $15 more stuIT charged on the books." "In addition to the $350 ?" "Yes; in addition to the $350." "Did you let him have the goods ?" "Of course I let him have 'em. How could I help it? When a ll!an owes you a big account like that you can't afford to get him down on you." "But he may never pay you anything He may be just trying to see how much he can get out of you, and when he finally the limit he may drop you like a hot po tato." "No; he's good for the money, and I'll get it when he gets good and ready to pay me. Perhaps if he knew I really needed the money he'd pay up; but you see he's one of my oldest customers, who's always stuck to me, and I can't talk to him as I would like to." "How lon g has that bill been running?" "About eighteen months. You, kin see the date on the head of it." "Well, what other big bills have you?" "Oh, a hull stack on 'em. Come into the office and I'll show you the statements." Billy went in with him Mr. Leggett took out of the safe a bunch of statements that would almost have papered one side of the room He went over them with his nephew, stating which were gilt edge in the long run, which were pretty safe, which were fairly good, and finally those that looked to be hope less and those that he reckoned actually so.


BRAVE BILLY BLAND. 11 Billy made a private mark on each which he would re c ognize again as they proceeded, and when his uncle started to return them to his safe the boy persuaded him to let him make an attempt to collect them. "You want to be keerful, nephew, with the good ones, for I can't afford to queer myself with my customers I ain't got so many now that I kin afford to lose many more on 'em,'' said Mr Leggett, earnestly. "Don't worry, uncle; I'll handle them with gloves," said Billy. "See that you do. If you sp'ile this business, what's left of it, there won't be notbin' for Cynthia and you when I'm gone." "I won't hurt the business, Uncle Cyrus. Now that I've got a good line on it I see where it can be improved aru:l made to pay better. I want to talk with you about it." "Well, I don t feel well enough to talk with you about bus iness matters t

12 BRA VE BILLY BLAND. One reason was that he couldn't leave the store evenings while his uncle was so ill, and on Sundays his aunt wanted him around the house. Now that Mr. Leggett was on the road to recovery, though at a very slow rate, he began to consider the ques tion of paying a visit to the Carter home. He decided that it was the proper thing to notify Miss Nellie in advance that he was coming, so that she would be prepare1d to receive him. Accordingly he wrote her a note one morning and step pe d up to the corner to place it in a mail box To his surprise, as well as pleasure, he face to face with the young lady herself as she was coming out of her father's store. "WhY,, Mr. Bland, this is indeed a pleasant surprise,'' ex claimed Nellie Carter, extending her daintily gloved hand with a sm ile. "Thank you, Miss Carter, the pleasure is mutual,'' said Billy, lifting his hat with one hand and taking hers with the other. "I've been expecting to receive a visit from you," she said. "It is several weeks since we became acquainted un der what the papers might call strenuous circumstances, and I think it is about time you honored us with a call." Billy explained why he had been unable to avail h'im, self of the kind invitation he had received from her and her parents, and concluded by telling her that he had made up his mind to call on the following evening. He produced the letter he was about to mail and handed it to her "There is the evidence bf my intention If you have no \ other engagement, you may look for me,'' he said. "I have no other engagement, and will expect you,'' she said. They talked a few minutes longer together and then parted. George Thorndike stood on the other side of the street, a witness of their. interview, and he ground his teeth sav agely together He had lost track of Billy after the discomfiture of his three myrmidon.s on the wharf that afternoon, though he had walked around town on the lookout for him. Now that he had spotted the boy again, he determined to follow him till he discovered where he hung out. He shadowed Billy to Mr. Leggett's store, and finding that he did not come out within a reasonable time, he look ed in and soon made out that the boy he hated was con nected with the establishment. "So this is where he works?" he thought. '(I must send Sloppy here to keep tab on him, and find out where he lives. Then I'll see what new scheme I can hatch up to get square with him." With this purpose in view, Thorndike started for the saloon at the head of Smith's wharf to put the tough on the I job. That evening when Thorndike appeared at the saloon, Sloppy reported to him that Billy Bland lived with his uncle at No. 65 Linden street, not far from the harbor "Don't you want to get sq uare with him for dumping you into the water?" said Thorndike "Do I?" said Sloppy. "You can bet I do, and so does Doyle, who ain't forgotten the crack on the nut he got from the ball that chap fired at him Now that we know where to find him we re goin' to get hunk, bet yor boots "And I'll help you, for I'm intere sted in having him done up,'' said Thorndike. "All right, governor; we'll figure out how we're to catch him, and what we'll do to him as soon as we get hold of him. I reckon he needs a good dressin' down, and we are the chaps to hand it to him." When Billy went to supper on the following evening he arranged with the clerk to look after the store and close up at nine o'clock as usual. Mr. Leggett's store was the only important on Main street that remained open after eight o'clock, and he caught many a chance customer during that extra hour. Carter, Thorndike & Co. and some of the larger estab lishments, always closed at s i x o'clock, except on Saturday night. Billy put on a few extra frills after supper and started out to call on the Carters As he left the house he noticed a couple of men lounging on the other side of the street, but paid no attention to them. When he turned into the street leading in the direction of the center of the town the two men followed after him. They kept on behind him in a way that would not attract his attention If they had any designs on him they did not dare show them at that early hour, for none of the blocks were wholly without one or more pedestrians, and the nearer they drew to the busine8s part the more people they met. Crossing Main street, Billy went straight on, following the semi-circular trend of the town, from one street to an other, till he drew near the more exclusive residential sec tion Mr. Carter's home was, No 21 Prospect avenue, and be fore Billy got to it he passed the Tesicfence of George Thorn-dike's father. Thorndike and a friend of his own age were coming out at the gate. Billy recognized him and he recognized Billy. 'rhe former had a suspicion of where Billy was bound, and was going to follow him to make s ure, when he saw Sloppy and Doyle coming along With a grin of satisfaction he changed his purpose, and walked away with his friend, for it wasn't politic for him to hold any communication with his tough acquaintances in the presence or' his companion. He was sat i sfied that Sloppy and hU pal were on Billy's trail for the purpose of doing him up if they got the chance, and he guessed they'd find the chance. Billy entered the Carter grounds, went to the front dooT and rang the bell A natty looking maid answered his ring, and when he asked for Miss

BRAVE BILLY BLAND. 13 =================================:==============================-Both Billy and the girl being l ive l y o f d i sposit ion got on swimmingly together, and enjoyed every minute o f the evening until ten 0 "clock struck, and t he boy s aid he guess ed it was time for him to go Nellie did not try to detain him, but she gav e him a w arm invitation to repeat his visit soon again It was finally decided between them that h e was to call again two wee ks from that evening, then Billy left. On the other side of the street, leaning against a shade tree, Sloppy and Doyle stood wa it ing f o r him to 1 make his app earance The street was deserted at that t ime of t h e n ight a n d everything looked favorable to them. "Here he come s," said Sloppy The two tascal s grasped their short clubs tighter and started to walk in the direction they expected the boy would take. Billy made his exit from the grounds, feel ing as gay as a lark, for Nellie had been exceeding l y nice to him that evening and showed a d ecided liking for his s ociety, whi l e her parents had tre ated him with the greatest consider ation. The boy was already more than half in l ove w ith the charming mis s and the fact that s he was s o greatly his so cial s uperior did not s eem to worry him in the least He noticed the two men walking on the othe;: s ide of the way. Somehow it struc k him that they were the s ame two he had s een in front of hi s uncle's house on J_,inden street. They rea c h e d the corn e r a little ahead of him and stood there, exp e cting he would cro ss. He did, but at an aJ!g le, aimin g for the other corner They s tartecl on a g ain to cut him off Their a c tion s looked su s piciou s to him, and when they were half way over he thought he would tes t the matter by 'suddenly altering his cour s e and making for the corner they had vacated The moment he did so they stopped and turned ba c k Then Billy stopped; sati sfied that they had some bad o b ject in view 'l'hey stopped and con sulted a moment. Then they made a sudden dash at him, waving their cud gels in the ai r. CHAPTER VIII BILLY HAS UIS OWN IDEAS ABOUT ADVERTISING "l\Iy gracious!" exclaimed Billy, "this seems t o be a hold up." He was without means of de.fending himself, and two hus ky looking ruffians with sticks in their 11ands looked a formidable propo s ition to face Billy didn't care to face such odds, so he took t o his heels back down Pros pect Avenue A s he was flee t of foot he gradually widened the dis tance b e tween himsel.f and the -enemy, until it was evident to them that they cou ldn't catch him in a race He turned up a cros s street ancl ran smack i nto a boy of his own age Both went down on the walk, Billy o n top. The other l ad set u p a big kick, as they picked them selves up. I beg your pardon," began Billy. Then he recogn ized the other as Thorndike. "So it's you?" he sa id. Thorndike then saw who it was, and he was furious. Around the corner dashed Sloppy and Doyle Billy saw them cop:iing, and calculating that he had no time to lose, he s houted a w;trning to his enemy t(j) run and took to his own heels Had he dreamed that Thorndike wa s in cahoots w i th the two ruffian s he would have been greatly surprised Not bearing further pursuit, he eased up and look e d around. The two rascal s perceiving the futility of continuin g the chase, bad stopped to their failure to Thorndike Billy, thinking they had nabbed the lad, and w e r e rob bing him, s topp e d and turned back, picking up a s tout stick he s aw in the roadway. Although he had no re s pect or friend s hip for Thorndike, be didn' t feel that he could desert him in a n e m e r genc y, notwith s tanding the odds he would have to fac e The trio saw Billy coming back, and were greatl y s ur pri s ed thereat. The y c ould not unde r stand wh y a fter making his e s / cape, he s houl d have the n e rve to ventur e back. The ruffian s brok e away from Thorndike and s tood awaiting Bill y's approa c h Billy was $ Urprisec1 in b i s turn that Thorndik e did not make a break to get away a s s oon a s he had appar e ntly been rel e ased. The s tore boy s lowed down and finall y s topped. "Why don t you run?" h e shoute d to Thorndike Bill y' s words gave that lad an idea of why the boy h e hated had started back '1 It occurred to him that a little bit of treachery on his part would trap the store boy. He said something to the men in a low tone and then started toward Billy. They made no attempt to follow "What did tho s e chap s do to you?" Billy a s ked Thorn dike, as he came up. "They wer e going to do me up, but you stopped them by coming back," he r e pli e d "Well, you c an a v oid them by going around t h e blo ck." As he started to hurry on hi s way, 'fhornc1ike suddenly threw his arm s around him and gave a s hout Sloppy and Doyle imm e diately started toward them on the run. "What's the matter with you? Let go of me cried B illy, struggling to free hims elf but Thorndike clung on to him. Then Billy realized tflat wanted the men to cat c h him Such a piece of ingratitu de made him fighting mad in a momen t Once the third baseman of an opposing nine had tackled him that way and tried to prevent him s coring from second on a long hit to the outfield Billy wriggled out of his arms and punched him in the jaw. That's the way h e handled Thorndike on this occa sion. H e g o t free not a m o me n t too won.


14 BRA VE BILLY BLAND. As Thorndike reeled back against Sloppy, Billy dodged '"Six inches, double column!" exclaimed the storekeeper, Doyle's swipe of the club, and whirling quickly around paralyzed at such a piece of extravagance, in a pa.per whose tapped the ruffian on the head with hi s own stick. rates were high in Mr. Leggett's estimation, though not in The rascal uttered a fierce imprecation, and before he the opinion of up-to-date advertiser s "What in creation c ould recover, Billy started for the corner, like a runner do you want to advertise in that space. Why, I never run trying to s teal second. more'n two inches, single column, in the Argus." The enemy did not follow, and so the plucky boy !llade "And whoever reads that advertisement of yours? ot his way home without further adventure. two people a week, though it appears every day The Billy had been considering how he could entice a fl.ow of money is s imply wasted. I understand that the same adtrade to his uncle's store. vertisement has been running for years, something after "We have a lot of stuff here thirt the people of this town this fashion-'Leggett's General Store. A fully supply of want, but they either don't kn6w that we've got it, or they dry good, hardware, house-furnishing goods, groceries, no go to some other store that deals specially in that line of tions, farming implements,' etc., etc., with your address. goods," he thou g ht. "The principle on whi c h Mr Leggett What good is it? No good, in my opinion. Let me show runs thi s store is out of plaoo on the main street of such you bow to advertise. If I don't draw trade I'll pay you a big town. What we want is to specialize on a few articles. the pri c e of the advertisement." I doubt, though, if I can get my uncle to agree to do that. "What's them six inches cost once?" asked Mr LegHe couldn't do it without sending about half his old stock gett, cautiou sly. to auction so as to make room for more s alable goods. I "Ten or twelve dollars." wis h I had charge of this establishment for about six The storekeeper nearly had a fit. month s without fear of interference, I'll bet Mr. Leggett "Why, you're crazy, nephew. You d ruin me m no wouldn t know it." time," he ejaculated. Billy looked certain parts of the stoc k o v er at his lei s ure "I haven t done you any harm so far." and mentally determined he would get rid of for "That's because I ain't let you done nothin' preposter-good if be was boss. ous. You ain't tried none of them new-fangled notions "Say, Uncl e Cyrus, you're sati sfied with the way I've you've got ib your head." bee n r u nnin g thing s since yctu've bee n sick, aren't you?" "I've tried one," replied Billy, with a smile. he s aid at supp e r that evening. "You hev? What was it?" asked his uncle, anxiously. His uncle was out of bed, but in no shape to return to "I adopted a brand-new style of making collection s th e s tore. and I padded up your bank account considerably." In fa c t, unknown to Billy, the doctor bad strongly ad"I' ll allow that was all right. There wasn't nothin' 'ised him to go to the Berkshire Hills for a month to rerevolutionary in that. You re a s cholar, which I ain't, and cupe rate and a s his wife seco:nded the sugge s tion, he was I g\rnss you could do what I couldn't. I aiI).'t got no fault consi d e ring it, though rather unwillingly. to find with that. You collected four times as much in a "Yes, Billy, you're doin :firilt-clas s Considerin' the month as I ever did, and none of my cus tomers owe me big l i ttl e bus iness experience you'v had I don t know how you amounts now. Yes, you done that all right." m a n age s o well," replied Mr. Leggett. 1 "Then let me advertise the way I want and maybe you'll "Oh, I've got a business hec:1d. If you were to givE) me find me right there, too? What's ten or twelve dollars if full swing a few weeks I'd make a new store out of it,'' it will draw trade?" s aid the boy. "Do you really think it' s worth it?" said Mr Leggett, The old man shook his head, incredulously. doubtfully. "You' re young and smart, but you lack the real knack "I do." that comes only with long experience,'' he said. "I reckon "What kind of advertisement are you going to put in?" you think you could do wonders, but you d soon find you "You' ll see it in the morning." had bit off more'n you could chew." "Well, I'll let you do it once, but I ain't got great faith Uncle you've got a small sfunding advertisement in the. in it." Argus." So the matter was closed, and when Billy went back to Mr. Leggett nodded the store he carried the advertisement to the Times he had "Do you ever advertise in tlhe Times?" already written out, and its single insertion cost $10. "No. Their rates are too "Probably the circulation the charge. I don't think a whole lot of the Argus as a medium." "It's the oldest paper in town, and I've always adverCHAPTER IX. ti sed in it. The Times ain't been runnin' more'n three years." ":But I ll bet three or four P,eople read the 'rtmes where one take s the Argus." "What makes you think so?!'' "Because it's a live newspaper. It prints twice as much news as the Argus. I'd like y@u to give me permission to put a six-inch advertisement, do:uble column, in the Times to-morrow iJ.S a starter." THE ADVERTISEMENT THAT PULLED THE CUSTOM Next morning the following advertisement appeared in the Times, next to the local news column: EGG-CLOCKS Everybody knows the difficulty of cooking soft-boiled eggs just right. There is only one right way The water ;


BRA VE BILLY BLAND. 15 ( is got a good head for business. You said s0 yourself. You told me he was a wond&." "So he is at collectin', but 11e kin lose it all in no time runnin' sich monkey-doodle adverti s ements in a high priced paper. It ain't comm.on-sense, nohow, that adver tisement. Nobody wants san.a-glasses, and if they did ifs ridiculous to sell 'em at less than half price. I thought that boy could run the but he can't run it nohow. I kin see that now." '\ Mrs. Leggett finally succeeCl.ed in soothing her agitate(] husband, but be couldn t get over the shock of that ad vertisement. He re,ad it over and over again, grumbling to himself. "TheJidea of wastin' all that expensive s pace over sand glasses. And not a single W-ord about the stock we ha Y e for sale. The dry goods, h.ardware, groceries, notions, 'The word "egg-clocks" was printed in bold, black type, agr i cultural implements, ship chandlery and the rest of and the rest of the advertisement in the ordinary reading the stuff on hand. And the idea of callin' them things type of the paper, single leaded. egg-clocks. They ain't clocks at all A clock has a face, must be boiling when you put the egg in, and it should re main just three minutes and a half-no more, no less. You all know that, of course, but the great difficulty is to get the exact time. You say the clock will tell you, but does it? Can you boil an egg three minutes and a half by clock, every time? You've tried it and you know you can't do it to save your life. You 6an't hit it exactly. To-day and during the rest of the week we will place on sale a tiny sand-glass that will empty its sand from one glass to the other in exactly three minutes and a half. It is old, you say, but CAN YOU BEAT IT? The regular price of these glasses are ten cents each in every store dealing in them. OUR PRICE, as long as the supply lasts, is THREE CENTS. Don't fail to get one NOW. CYRUS LEGGETT, 56 Main Street. Leggett's name and address was not extra prominent, with the hours marked on it, and hands to p'int to em, for Leggett's store was known to most everybody, even if and wheels and springs to maJrn it go. Them things a r e they didn't trade there, and a wide band of white space suronly glass thingembobs-two glasses j'ined together in the rounded the print. middle with a stem to let the sand through a little at a Mr. Leggett saw the advertisement shortly after Billy time. All the time they'll tell is three minutes and a halfwent to the store, and when he had fully grasped the evinothin' more nor less That boy is crazy Jest wait till dence of his eyesight he almost had a fit. he comes home to dinner," emd Mr. Leggett nodded his come here!" he cried, in weak, excitable tones head in a determined manner. that brought his better-half on the run, fearful that he Billy, however, diqn't come home to dinner that oked into the w h e n the store finally closed he would have gasped '1ith a F to'l/ ishment to think that it really repre sented one dav' s eale3. He was in bed and asleep, however, when Billy got home


16 BRAVE BILLY BLAND. and found his aunt waiting to learn why he had not been However, they did not expect the rush would continue. home to his meals. evertheless, the store dil). a considerable trade on the "Couldn't leave the store long enough to get home, Aunt following day, and the store windows continued to attract Cynthia," replied Billy. many people. "The land's sake! Why not?" After all, there was nothing extraordinary in seeing "Too much of a rush." eggs boiling away at a great rate, but such a spectacle in "Rush of what?" a store window was novel enough to draw the curious. "Customers. The store has been crowded all day." It doesn't take a whole lot to interest people on the "Do tell! Crowd!Jd all day. Wny, I ain't heard Cyrus street. say in ten years that he had a real crowd What brought Of coursei all the storekeepers iri the neighborhood heard the crowd?" about what was going on at Leggett's, and many of them "My advertisement in the Times this morning. Uncle went personally to see the window show, simple as it was. read it, didn't he?" They had noticed the egg-clock advertisement_ before, Mrs. Leggett looked solemn of a sudden. and laughed at it. "I should say he did, and he most had a fit over it. He It wasn't a bit like Cyrus Leggett to do such a thing as wanted to go right down to the store and do somethin', that, and they wondered who had put the idea in his head. jest as if he could git out of his chair without I held on to Probably half the people who bought the sand-glasrn3 him. Do you mean to say that advertisement about eggwondered, when they got home, why they had purchased drew a crowd to the store?" them. "If it didn't I don't know what did. We made more They didn't really want them, thbugh they would be sales, and cash sales at that, to-day than we hare done in handy for the purpose they were intended for. nearly a week since I've been in the store Three cents was such a small price that they were all "Well, well! Cyrus was awful mad about that adYersatisfied they had got a bargain. tisement. He said it wouldn't ha re been so bad if you 'l'hosc who bought other things at the regulA.r retail had put in about the dry goods, and the hardware, and all price s thought they had got bargains them, too. the rest of the stock he has on hand; but for you to spend The impJ'es s ion began to prevail that Leggett wa go:ng ten dollars advertisin' less than five dollars' worth of sand out of business, and was selling out below e:o< t. glasses, and then sellin' 'em at four cents less than co> t, 'l'lie result was, lots of people who attended tbe store made him think you were downright crazy. 1'11 allow that went back to see what else they could pick up cheap. I didn't understand what you expected to make out of it, Billy cli

BRAVE BILLY BLAND. 17 They had cost Mr. Leggett seventeen cents apiece, and ne used to sell them for a quarter when anybody asked for one. Billy figured that it would be well to get rid of them at any old price, s o he advertised them for five cents as long as they lasted. He had the show-windows dressed in different and at tractive shape again, but left a space in the center of each to put something to attract curiosity. He went to an animal fancier's in town and borrowed the use of two fine Maltese cats. He placed one in each window, and above a s winging sign : "The Original Mouse-trap!" Piled around he placed samples of the five-cent mousetraps he advertised. He drew crowds again all that week and sold a lot o f r egular up-to-!:late goods in all branc hes, and also worked off a lot of stuff that had been a d ead-letter in the s tore. The Times had given a free local paragraph about Leg gett's unique egg clock the previous week. The editor consider ed it as "news," in a way, but doubt less his chief object was to encourage Leggett to put an other $10 advertisement in his paper. As the second adverti ement forthcoming; he put in another paragraph about the two Maltese ca ts, describing them as really fine felines worth looking at; and that was no doubt they beat all modern inventions mou secatchers ellie Carter read the notice. Being fond of cats, she was curious to see these two Maltese specimens. It also offered her an excuse to call on Billy, and to tell the t:Jmth she was more interested in Billy th,an she was in the cats, which was saying a good deal. When she entered the store, after admiring the cats in the window, she found Billy and the two clerks busy wait ing on customers. She waited till Billy was at liberty and then went up to him. He was delighted to see her, and s howed it. "Those are lov ely cats in your windows," she said "Where did you get them?" .. Billy told her, and h e also said it was his idea to put them in the windows to attract attention. "Dear me I how clever you are!" s he exclaimed, with a smile. "Thank you for the compliment," replied Billy. "One has to think up schemes to make business thes e days." Then he told her about the egg-clock idea of the pre vious week. "Father noticed it in the paper and thought it a clever advertisement. He wondered who proposed it to Mr. Leggett." Billy t<:>ld her that the advertisement, like the present week's one, was entirely his own c onception, and in line with his ideas of catchy advertising. A customer were waiting to be served, Nellie said she would not detain him, but would look for him to call on her on the following week, as he had promised to do. Before she left he told about the adventure he had h ad with the two rascals and afterward with on the night he called on her. She was indignant .at Thorndike's conduct, and said that she and her parents had dropp.ed the boy entirely, much to hi s parents r egret, but they couldn't but admit that their son had given good cause for their attitude. No one knew that Mr. 'l'horndike said to his son about his actions on the cliff, but the young man didn't seem to ca re a whole lot for the opinion of his parents. They had sp oiled him, and were now beginning to reap the results their fogli s h fondness for their only child. Mr. Leggett examined the memorandum of cash at the store each day when Billy brought it home to him, and' listened with remarkable patience to the boy's o tate ments of the changes he had made in the sto re, anrl tlie revolutionary methods he p1: oposed to adopt if he was per mitted to go ahead Business was clearly so much more satisfactory under Billy's management that Mrs. Leggett insi s ted that her hus band go to the Berkshires and leave everything to their nephew. "There's no use talkin', Cyrus Leg gett, s he said, "Billy has a bu s ines s head; even i f he ain't more'n a boy, and lacks your experience. I kin see he 's doin' what you ought to have done long ago 'Dhere wasn't no rea s on for you lettin' the s tore run down. I never could under stand why it did, bnt I am beginnin' to see now. You ain't up-to date. The world i s changin' all the time, and you can't do bus iness nowadays, the way it u sed to be done, and make money. That 0boy is up to the times. He ain't got no old fashioned notions to cling to. He sees things as they are now, while y ou look at 'em the way they u sed to be. That's the hull thing in a nutshell. 'Ca use I m a woman you never would listen to me, and I have too much to attend to anyway to look after your business, too but I reckon if I'd been you I'd done a hull lot different than you have.'' Mr. Le ggett made no reply. He hated to admit that anybody knew more than him self how to run a general store. .After all, it wasn't that he didn t know how to run such a store, but that he should have weeded out the general charactel\ of his establishment when he saw the tow? growing and merchants with lon g head s were steppmg rn and takin g business awa y from him. When Bill y said that he was going to keep on tising to suit himself unless he was stopped, his uncle told him to go ahead and do as he pleased. "Your aunt says you're right, and backs you up I'll allow that so far you've made good. If you bust the store up in the end, I can't help it. Cynthia and you'll be the chief losers, for I ain't got long to anyhow," he said. "Not long to live!" s aid Billy, with a grin. "You'll be alive and kicking tep. years from now, perhaps longer HI live as long a s you are likely to do altogether, I'll con sider myself lucky. When you get back from the Berk shires, you'll be as chipper as a colt, and you'll find t ht> store as chipper as yourself.'' CHAPTER XI. THE ATTEMPTED B URGLARY AT THE STORE. Billy hired a stalwart c olor ed man, dressed him like a dude, and had painted on the back of his light coat, "Be fore you buy elsewhete see if Leggett hasn't got it.


' 18 BRAVE BILLY BLAND. All the darky had to do was to promenade the business street like a gentleman, and he attracted a lot of notice. The boy yanked his uncle 's old-style advertisement out of the Argus and replaced it with the same legend, nothing more, and paid a little higher price to have it printed next the local news items. He reduced his six-inch advertisei.ent in the Times to three inches, double column, and ran it every other day Every week he had a big bargain printed under the 1egend, which he had adopted as a trade-mark. Already he had changed his original plans to make the store a one or two article shop. He intended to gradually merge it into a five-pid-ten cent store, for there wasn't one in town, and none nearer than Portland. The two anchors and piles of rusty chains he had had removed to the back yard where there already was a lot of simi lar truck, and he intended soon to have the front of the store repainted and the windows remodelled. At length Mr. Leggett was well enough to walk over to the store It happened to be on the afternoon following one of Billy's bargain advertisements. The boy had offered a stove-pipe he found in the cellar at half price. shelves was displayed in baskets, with the prices attached in plain :fignres. The notion counter, too, was covered with samples 0 1 new goods, mixed with old. 'l'he old was all marked down, for Billy believed in getting it out of the way. People floc:ked to Leggett's to buy things that were a cent or two cheaper than at other stores, anti often bought articles that were dearer instead. It would take a page of small type to analyze the old man's thoughts, so we won't attempt it. Billy walked o:ver and asked him what he thought of things. "I've pulled trade, haven't I?" he said His uncle allowed that he had. "I haven't time to talk with you just now. Go in and< see the bookkeeper He will tell you all you want to know," said Billy "Seems to me that there cashier gal i s an extravaganC'e. Mr. Flint," that was the bookkeeper, "alway s took in the cash,'' said the old man. "He couldn't attend to his books if he did that now. The cashier is a necessity or I wouldn t have her said Billy. "What did you do with them anchors, and that chain which was out front?" "They're in the yard." "You'll never sell 'em there." In one window he had a bust of Henry Olay, and in the other a bust of Andrew Jackson, each surmounted by an old-fashioned plug hat. "I'll get rid of them after awhile, and all your ship chandlery stuff that's in the cellar. We dott't want to deal Each bore the words: "The stove-pipe of our daddies." in such merchandise any more." In a semi circle around the busts stood highly polished Billy spoke as if he was the managing partner, instead short length s of stove-pipe marked at the bargain price. of, as yet, merely the old man's represep.tative. Mr. Leggett's eyes bulged when he saw the curious His uncle said nothing. spectators blocking up his windows. He felt as if he was only second fiddle in the business He wondered what was there to attract so much atten -now. tion. When he got home he had a long story to tell his wife He pushed his way forward and soon discovered the He didn't like the way things were going, though he cause. was making money faster than he had done in fifteen years He stared at the picture and was not much impressed. or over, for that matter. Indeed, he felt chagrined to see such monkey-doodle Business at the store was running on a principle he was business in his windows. unfamiliar with. He had a very grou chy look on when he entered the He fell out of place there he told his wife. s tore. "Our nephew is the whole thing, Cynthia," he said He soon forgot his grievance in the sight of so many "He bosEes 'round as if he owned the shop, and everybody people purchasing goods of Billy and his four clerks, for takes their bat off to him, quicker than I ever seen it done the boy had to hire two extra hands to handle his expandto me, and he's only a boy. Cynthia, the world i s runnin' ing trade, besides a young girl at the notion counter, and different these day s When a man begins to get old he a cashier. ain't in it no more." Old Jones, who used to have an easy time makinoMr. Leggett shook his h ead sadly as he thought of the liveries of goods, now had to hu stle around, even boy good old times when boys didn't amount to so much as to help him. they did now. He intended to complain to Mr. Leggett when he got And he disapproved of the idea of girls being employed back. to the store in a store, too He had heen with Legg ett since the old man went in "The place for gals is to home, helpin' their mothers," business, over twenty years since, and he didn't like the he said. "I never expected to see gals workin' in my store, new order of things and now Billy has two on 'em--one at the notion-counter Mr. Leggett walked through to the door of his offic e and one takin' cash. ,Jest think, the money romes and stood there looking on at what he never expected to in so fast we have to have a gal to take it in and make see in his store. change Old Flint used to c1o that for me, but he can't Re was half bewildered at the change which had taken tend to that and the 'books no more." place s ince he had been ill. "Are you goin' to make Billy your partne r hefore you Small hardware that he had kept out of sight on his start for the B erksh ire Hills, Cyrus?" asked his wife.


BRA VE BILLY BLAND. 19 "I s'pose I might as well if you're willin'. He's as good as a partner now. I reckon when I get back I won' t know the store at all. He says he's hardly begun the changes he expects to make." Billy came home to supper, usual, and then went back. At nine o'clock he and the two clerks who were now employed evenings, closed up. When Billy had gone a block he remembered that he had forgotten a package of groceries his aunt had asked him to fetch, so he went back to the store. The only light in the place burned over the safe, and that could not be seen from the street. The grocery department was at the back of the place, and Billy had left the package on the counter. He didn't think it necessary to strike a light, as he knew just where it was. So he made his way back to the rear of the store. The package was just where he left it, and he picked it up. At that moment he heard a suspicious noise at the door, which opened on the yard. He listened. and was soon convinced somebody was trying short, thin saw took the place of the auger and sawed through the space between the boles. A smart tap with the knuckles dislodged the circular piece of wood and it fell in on the floor. A hand was then inserted and the fingers felt for the key. Billy held the noose so that the man unconsciously put his hand through it. The boy then sprung his little trap by pulling the .noos e tight around the man's wrist and hauling his arm p a rtly through the hole. The fellow uttered an exclamation of surprise and con sternation, and tried to jerk his arm free. Billy, however, tied the line fast to the handle of the door and thus made a prisoner of the burglar. CHAPTER XII. BILLY GETS A HALF INTEREST IN THE STORE. to force an entrance. The pinioned rascal struggled violently, but in vain, to Nobody but a thief would try to do such a thing. free himself. The door was both locked and bolted, but as it was only He swore lustily, and from the talk that Billy heard a wooden one it would not long resist the efforts of a inan through the door it was clear the rascals did not sus provided with suitable tools. pect there was any one in the store, but that the chap who Billy went close up to the door and found that the in-was in trouble had been caught by some burgl11-r-preventatruder was boring holes with an auger. 1 tive deviGe placed at the door. After finishing the second he paused, and the boy heard Billy did not waste much time, but started to find a him talking to a companion. policeman. There were evidently two of them. As the chance of finding an officer was rather indefinite, What was he to do? he entered the drug store at the corner and telephoned the At that hour Main street was pretty well deserted. facts to the station -h ouse. Unforhinately, there was no telephone in the store, as He was told that three officers would be sent to the store Mr. Leggett didn't want one. at once. Billy made up his mind then and there to order a tele-So Billy returned there to await their appearance. phone put in next day. A man, who he suspected had been investigating the But that was like closing the barn door after the horse front entrance, slunk away at his approach. had got away. In the course of fifteen minutes the policemen apThe question was how was he to frighten away or cap peared. ture these thieves now? Billy led them !}.round to the yard and there they found the prisoner fast to the door. There were a score of things in the store that would His companion had disappeared. answer for a weapon against the rascals-an axe-handle, A lighted match proved him to be Sloppy, but Billy for imtancc. recognized him as simply one of the toughs who attacked There was a bundle of them close at hand. him on the wharf, and, moreover, he suspected that he Billy lost no time in getting one, then an idea struck was one of the two men who tried to hold him up the night him and he went over to a corner al'ld got a length of he visited the Carters. clothes-line He returned to the store, released the rope and Slopp y He made a slip-noose at the encl, then he got the Ian-was taken charge of by the officers. tern that was used in the cellar and lighted it. After nailng a piece of board over the hole, Billy ac.-He held the light so it would shine from the side. companied the policemen al).d their prisoner to the stationThe auger was at work on the sixth hole made in a circle. house, where he charged the fellow with attempting to enter The thieves intended to make a hole large enough to enthe store to commit a burglary. able one of them to shove his arm through and unlock and When he reached home his aunt had gone to bed, and unbolt the door. it was not till the following morning at breakfast that he Billy softly removed the key as a precaution and waited told her of the attempt made the previous night to rob the with the noose in his hand. store and how he bad frustrated it. The lantern shed a dim light over the spot where the He appeared at the magistrate's court about eleven auger was working, and Billy watched its movements. o'clock and testified against Sloppy. The circle of holes was :finally and then a I The fellow offered no defense and was held for trial.


20 BR A VE BILL Y BL A ND. ================;================Two days later Billy's uncle presented him with a half interest in the business and shortly afterward started for the Berkshire Hills, to remain till he had fully regained his health Before Mr. Leggett left, Billy paid his second visit at the Carter home, and was as cordially received as before. On this occasion no attempt was made to hold h i m up when he left to return to his home, for he had not been followed. Soon after his uncle's departure, Billy introduced the fi\'e-and-ten-cent plan, devoting the front part of the store to it, while he divid e d the back part into grocery, hardware, h o u s e furnishing and fancy goods departments. The latter was an addition l\Ir. Leggett had not dealt in. He pl' aced a clerk in charge of each section, employing a young lady to look after the fancy goods and three small g irl s to 'rait on the customers at the fiv. e-and-ten-cent coun ter$, devoting his own energies to the general supervi sion of the whole store. He put a standing adverti s ement of three double column, in the Times, which he headed with his trade mark-"Before you buy elsewhere see if Leggett ha

BRAVE BILLY BLAND. 21 It bore these words: "Selling Out Below Cost-Fixtures $200 additional for th, e third. If a five-year lease is prefor Sale." ferred, I should want an increase of the same ratio." Billy was so astonished that he went inside to inquire "All right, sir. I'll take the store from you for five the reason of it. years on those terms. Have the lease made out to Leggett It was a drug store, and the corner was one of the best & Bland. Want a deposit?" m the business district for such an establishment or, in "Not from you. I will attend to the lease right away fact, for any kind of a retail business. and notify you when it is ready for you to sign," said the It seemed to him that nobody who knew the least about merchant. running a business could fail to make things go there. "I shall want the privilege of sub-letting it for any He saw one of the partners and learne.d that the lease kind of retail business but dry goods and the kindred lines would expire in a month. that you handle here," said Billy. The firm was going to leave town and again in "Very well," replied Mr. Carter. Portland in a bigger way. Then Billy said good-by and went to his dinner. "What's the rent of the store?" asked Billy. Thedruggist told him. r "Who is the landlord?" CHAPTER XIII. e lson Carter, of Carter, Thorndike & Co., across the street." "Thanks!" replied Billy, who didn't lose a minute in hurrying into the big dry goods s tore ana inquiring for Carter. He, was admitted to hi s private room and received a cord ial greeting. He got down to business at once. "I understand that you own the corner building .. wer the way ?" he said. "I do," replied the merchant. / "You know, I suppose, that the present 'tenants Of the sto re are giving up bu s ine ss?" '"Yes, I have been so advised." 1 "Have you l e ased the store yet to anyother party?" "No. It will not be vacant for a month yet." "Will you lease it for five years at the present rental?" "No. I expect to ask more." "How much more?" "Do you know somebody who wants to lease it for five ,I years?" "Yes; I want to lease it myself." "You do!" exclaimed the merchant, somewhat s urprised. "Are y ou thinking of leaving your uncle and going into business for yourself?" "I am already in business My uncle and I are equal partners in Legg et t's." "Indeed! I was not aware of that." "Yes, sir, but don't say anything about it. I wish the matter kept private for awhile." "Surely you are not thinking of moving the store up to the corner. The place wouldn't accommodate one-half of your business." "No, sir; Leggett's Store is a landmark' in .this town, and it wouldn't pay to move it. I want the corner for another purpose." "Well, Bland, you can hav e it for five years at the pres ent rental, but I wouldn't lease it to anybody else ow those terms," said Mr. Carter. "No, Mr. Carter, I am not asking yqu to do that. I don't want such a favor. It would interfere with the object I have in view. What terms did you propose to ask a new tenant for your corner store?" "I expected to ask $450 more for a three years' leasethat is $100more the first year, $150 for the second and HUSTLING UP .A. BUSINESS. On the following morning a man came into the store and asked for Billy. He was invited into the private office. "I under stand that you have leased the drug store at the corner, which will s hortly be vacated by the present tenants,'" said the caller. "'Yes; sir, though the papers are not signed yet," replied Billy. "Are you going to run a business there?" "I have not yet decided what I will do, sir." "Not decided what you. will do, yet you have leased the store?" "That's right. The lease is a valuable article. I could easily sell it at a good profit." "I'd like to take it off your hands." "What kind of business have you in utilize the store for?" "'I think it would be a good location for a tobacco and cigar store.'-' "I agree with you. You can hav:e a five-year lease of it for $1,000 in addition to the rent." "One thousand dollars! That's a pretty stiff figure." "Not at all. It's worth it." the rent?" Billy told him the terms he had agreed to pay for the store. "The rent is very reasonable for such a prominent cor ner. If I owned it I would ask more. If you h 'ave any doubts about that corner not being one of the best in town for the bu s iness you spoke of I'll lease it to you for one year at $200 premium, with privilege of renewal at $250 per year for the other four," said Billy. "Then it would cost me $1,200." "It would that way." "Won't you' take $900 for the five years?" "No, sir." "But you may not find anybody else willing to sub let the store at such a premium as you ask." "'I'll ris k it. If I don't find a party before the first I'll open a cigar store myself and run it in connection this store." The' man said he'd consider the matter, and went away. He was back in a couple of hours and closed with Billy on his terms. \


J 22 BRA VE BILLY BLAND. Billy grinned as he handed the $100 deposit to his bookkeeper and told him to enter the transaction as a c a s h deal o n the books. The bookkeeper was astonished when the young store keeper explained the little coup. "You're the smartest boy I ever heard tell of," he said. "By the way, how is it that you make a firm transaction of it? You might have made the $1,000 on an inde pendent basi "No, Mr. Flint, I am doing nothing independent of l\1r. Leggett. He presented me with a half interest in this business, and so any outside deal I pull off shall benefit him as well as me,'' replied Billy "He didn't make any mistake in taking you in :for nothing," said Flint. This bu s ines s i s already paying three times as much as i t did under his management And from the looks of things it will do still better." "I expect that it will," said Billy, walking away. It was about this time that Sloppy's trial came on. He sent word to Thorndike that he wanted to see him. The dudi s h lad re s ponded rather unwillingly, but was afrafol to refuse Sloppy told him tljat he mu s t furnish a lawyer to defend him or he'd tell things that Thorndike wouldn't like to be kn own.. The young man realized that he had better do it. The lawyer he hired couldn't save Sloppy, and that tough was sent away for ten years Mr. Carter opened his eyes when Billy told him he had transferred his lease to a man named Brown for $1,000, who intended to run a cigar store ,on the corner. "Upon my word, young man, is nothing slow about you," he said. "I hope not, sir." "No, I've heard about the way you've pulled up your uncle' s business. You seem to have original ideas about advertising that pan out in good style. I'd to have an advertising man as good as you seem to be." Billy had a long talk with Mr. Carter, and he learned s omething he didn t know before, and that was that CaTter, Thorndike & Co. didn't pay more than half as much as he did for space in the 'Times. The r eason was because they used about fifteen times a s much as he did, and they contracted for it by the year. Whe n h e left he went over to the Times office and saw the proprietor. After a talk with him, he made a contract in the name of his firm for a certain amount of space for one year, and g ot it at a reduced rate. It was understood that any additional amount he might need, if he found toward the end of the year he had not bought enough, be was to have at the s ame rate. 'The end of summer was approaching and for the first time Billy dec ided to take an afternoon off and go and see a ball game. He invited Nellie to accompany, him. Re did not ask for MT. Man on, the manager. but a couple of reserved seats in the s:piall. covered stand. The contest was between the BaTc la y team and the nine from Eastport. It was a kind of rocky game a.longside the kind of base l:)all he had been used to Billy enjqyed it, however, for it put him in mind of old times when be cavorted on the diamond. After the game, he escorted Nellie home and remained at her house to dinner On the following day, Mr. Leggett returned fr o m the Berkshires, fully recovered. Billy had kept h i m fully informed concerning business at the store, and he had become quite reconciled to the way matters weTe going. On Monday he turned up at the store, but he found things so systemized that h e had nothing to do but play boss. In a few days he caught on to the run of affairs, and Billy found he could be relied on to forward all plans he proposed. On the first of the ensuing month Billy learned that the store adjoining would be vacant in a month. He proposed to rent it, place the four departments in it and devote the whole of the olcl st ore to the five-and-ten cent business, whi c h he was itc hing to enlarge and make the principal bu s iness of the house. His uncle told him to go ahead and rent the s tore, and he did. During the intervening thirty day s he ordered his addi tional st o ck o f cheap stuff for the fiveand-ten-cent c o un ters. He, timed the arrival of the goods to suit, and when the annex was rea9Jr for the firm to move in, everything was ready in twenty-four hours :for the public. An enlarged advertisement in the Times, and a duplicate in the Argus, informed everybody in town that hereafter Leggett's would carry the largest stock of five-and-ten-cent goods east of Portiand, which was saying a whole lot for a town the size of Barclay. If there was any bluff in Billy's statement he was pre pared to back it up. The five-and-ten-cent idea had appealed to the people of the town from the moment Billy introduced it on a re duced scale. All that ever worried Billy was the fact that some enter prising individual might cut in on hi s idea and go the whole hog on it, as he wanted to do at the but couldn't manage it. No s uch dangerous rival had turned up to upset the plucky boy's plans, and now he felt that Leggett 's had the field coppered. He was able now to make good his trade-mark, for if there was anything in the s mall goods line in B arclay that Leggett's couldn't supply, too, and probably cheaper than elsewhere, be wasn't aware of the fact rrhere were two ship chancllery stores near the water front and to one of them Billy had sacrificed all the ship chancllery the old man had been trying to dispose of for i The rest of the miscellaneous truc k in the cellar he had worked off at bargain rates or sent to an auction-hou se, He now bad a large cellar to use as a s tora ge -room for goods received, and another to use as a packing and s hip ping room. He acceptecl, charge account s only from the respon s ible old customers f'.lcl new ones he knew to be gobd


BRAVE BILLY BLAND. 23 The house, however, was now understood to be a cash store. Old Jones and his wagon had to be supplemented with two others, for the accommodation of which a barn and stable was built in the yard behind the original store. These three wagons were up-to-date covered ones and bore the words on both sides-"Leggett's Before you buy elsewhere see if Leggett hasn't got it." Leggett's was cutting into the trade of many stores that had started and thrived on the old man's back-number methods. in force before Billy turned things inside out. Billy had collared a big grocery trade from the working people by giving away premiums. He advertised that every person who bought groceries from the store would get a ticket for each ten-cent pur chase, two tickets for a twenty-cent purchase, and so on, upward liest of terms with Bland, and he was wildly jealous of Billy. He felt that if he could do up his successful rival it would be a matter of intense satisfaction to him, but he didn't know how to accomplish it. He had not the courage to attempt anything h i mself, for he feared the consequences if he was detected. He made overtures to Doyle, but that ruffian, while will ing to tackle Billy if he saw a good chance, was not anx ious to take chances after the fate which had overtaken Sl6ppy, and from which he had narrowly escaped himseE. One day, Thorndike learned that Billy was going to take Nellie to a birthday party to which he also had been invited. The idea that Billy was about to be introduced amo g the first people of the town, and the probability that hi s rival would escort Nellie around all winter while he wa,; away, if he succeeded in entering college, made him half frantic These tickets were redeemed according to a premium li t, and the plan made a hit among the working people par ticularly. Billy's force of clerks had doubled, and with the addition He didn't know that Billy was half owner of the thriv-of the annex he had tohire more. ing Leggett store. Girls were in the majority, but :Mr. Leggett had become :Much less did he dream that the boy was the chief factor reconciled to it. in building that well-known establishment up to its present efficiency. Even wN:h double floor space the young storekeeper began to feel cramped again before the fa]l was over. .rn, fact, only a number, of persons qid know The grocery department occupied half of the annex, Billy s actual stanclmg m Leggett s and as Billy wanted to expand his other oepartments someThorndike supposed he was merely a clerk there, so it what he engineered until he succeeded in securinothe made him mad to think that a common clerk ,should be floor above the annex to which a stairway built in admitted to the exclusive set to which Nellie and he him-the store. self belonged. He removed the housefurnishing,goods department there _He hurried to the _house of one of _his toady and laid in a laTge and varied stock of moderate-priced friends and told lum that .r e111e Carter was cornrng to the goods, for he catered to the ordinary people principally in _question, with a common clerk. "'iLh two dozen clerks and saleso-irls on his pav-roll lbs friend appeared to be astomshed at the news. ao-ainst two men when he took hold of the "How do you know that?" he said. "Yo.u must be mi s three bookkeepers ancl five girls in his as taken :Miss Carter's people wouldn't let her associate with against :M:r. ,Flint, formerly, things were sure ly booming

24 BRA VE BILLY BLAND. "Who says he's a common store clerk?" demanded ellie, Thorndike, seeing how things were going, strove to indignantly. counteract the favorable sentiment that was now setting "All the girls I have seen say so. They say if he comes in in Billy's favor. they will not accept an introduction to him, or notice him Billy was beginning to enjoy himself 11t last when the in any way at all." fire-alarm bells sounded, and when the young people ran "Who has circulated the story among the girls?" to the windows they saw that a residence up the block was "Tommy Dorrington told it to Edith Cook, and ;Elsie on fire. Smith heard the same thing from Frank Carr. All the There was an imm ediate rush by the boys up the street girls seem to know about it, and they are mad over it." and Billy went with them. "The story is a malicious falsehood," said Nellie, with The upper .story of the building was burning, the flames flushed face and sparkling eyes. "Mr. Bland is a yet being chiefly confined to the front. man, and even if he were a clerk I should respect him As it was after midnight, only two or three pe11>ons had just the same. But he isn't a clerk at Leggett's. He is so far been attracted to the scene, one of whom had the managing partner of the firm, and the smartest boy turned in the alarm from a corner box. in Barclay." If any one was in the house they had not awoke to the "Then I don't under stand why that story was started realization of their peril. about him, nor who started it," said Bessie Brown. The two men the boJs found on the lawn said they had "I can guess who started it." rung the bell furiously and pounded on the front and side "Who?" doors for some minutes, but no one inside had responded, "George Thorndike." so they guessed everybody was away. "Why should he?" Under the circumstances this conclusion seemed reason" For reasons I do not care to explain." able. "Perhaps he is jealous because you are not coming to As gathered headway above, Billy thought it adthe party with him." visable to try and make sure nobody was in the house. "He spread"the story to make trouble for me. You He rushed to the side door but found it locke d, and then know I.have dropped his acquaintance for good and suffi-he tried the kitchen door with no better success. cient reasons. If the rest of our set knew him as well as The windows were all fast, too, so he could find no I do they'd drop him, too." avenue of entrance. As the party was coming off the following evening, Nellie A shade tree close to the house threw a thick branch deemed it her duty to visit some of her young lady friends within reach of the upper story where the fire was, but and disabuse their minds of the report they had heard about Billy didn't think of going up there. Billy. What he wanted to do was to reach the windows of the -She sent Bessie around to other houses on the same ersecond floor. rand. Without a ladder this did not seem to be possible. Their mission was only partially successful. While he was considering the matter he heard a sudFinally, at half-past eight ne..\'.t evening, -an auto dropped den childish shriek above, and heard numerous ejacula Billy and Nellie at the house where the party was to take Lions from the gathering crowd. place. Looking up he saw a little white-robed girl of ten years Billy was. duly introduced, to the assembled company. leaning out amidst the smoke that was i ssuing from the He was received with a cold stare by the boys and by burning room. half the girls. Behind her all was red and glowing, while the flames Nobody offered him a friendly hand, except the young were licking at the woodwork or the other window near hostess and her mother. her. Billy, in spite of bis natural liveliness, felt lik e a cat She was screaming in terror, looking down at the crowd in a strange garret until Nellie rejoined him and "took him with staring eyes. around and began to introduce him, personally. Apparently there was no way of reachitlg her and her The boys hardly acknowledged the presentation, while fate seemed sealed. many of the girls slipped out to avoid meeting him. At l east such was the opinion of the crowd. Those girls who accepted an introdu ction found Billy The greatest excitement ensued. as nice as they could wish, and just as polite and gentleThen it was that Billy thought of the tree. manly as any of the boys of their set This, however, pointed toward the blazing window and By degrees he made good progTess with the gir ls, who not the one at which the child stood couldn't help liking him; but the boys held aloof. On the spur of the moment he made a jump for the trunk; They continued to give him the cold shoulder, and Billy and was up in the lower crotch in a moment or two, then couldn't understand why the sentiment against him among he began mounting the overlapping branch as nimbly as a the boys was so general. young monkey. So the evening wore on until a later comer arrived. The crowd perceived his purpose and cheered him on, He had met Billy at Mr. Carter's house and, moreover, though they saw his course was taking him to the burning he knew the boy's actual standing in the business com"indow. munity. "I'm going to save you, little girl," he said, encourHe took Billy in tow at once, and as he was a leader in agingly to the imperiled child, as he drew near the win the set he soon began to set right among the boys. dow, a couple of yards away from her.


BRAVE BILLY BLAND. 25 By this time all the girls from the party, with hoods and divers arLicles thrown across their shoulders, had reached a point 0 vantage across the street. The tree being bereft of leaves at that season of the year they could plainly see the figure 0 brave Billy Bland climbing to the rescue 0 the little child, but though the 4re threw a fitf'ul glare upon him, he was not recognized by Nellie until one of the boys rushed up to the group and said that ihe boy in the tree was Bland. "Oh, my gracious!" exclaimed ellie, her heart beatin&' quicker when she realized the dangerous feat her escort was attempting "Is it really Mr. Bland?" "Yes," replied the boy, all right. "Isn't he brave?" cried the hostess 0 the party, and all the girls agreedthat he certainly was. But Billy was only just reaching the point where his pluck was to be put to the test. Climbing the tree was a simple matter, though it was an inspiring sight under the circumstances to the behold ers-the difficult part was to reach the girl, and that could not be done without forcing a passage through the blazing window. Putting one foot on the coping, and holding himself in position with one hand on the branch, Billy forced the window-sash up its full length. Flame and smoke rushed into his ace and hid him for a moment from the crowd When the smoke lifted a bit there was no sign 0 the brave boy. CHAPTER XV. CONCLUSION. Nellie uttered a half shriek, or she thought Billy had fallen into the blazing room. Never till that thrilling moment had she realized how much she had lea:ned to care or him. Her young heart went right out to him at that moment. "Save him, oh, save him!" she cried, half-hysterically, and burst into tears. "There he is!" cried the girls around her, in a chorus 0 excitement. Billy had suddenly appeared beside the dazed and terrified child. At that moment the clang, clang of the first fire-engine was heard coming around the corner a short distance away. Toot toot toot sounded another from the opposite direction, two blocks away. Billy grabbed the child in his arms. The crowd cheered vociferously. Then he disappeared with her from the window. To return to the window through which he had entered was impos ible now. The flame and smoke were belching from it in great volumes. The smoke was also pouring out 0 the window from which he had snatched the child Escape could only be made, if at all, through the burn ing room to the entry 0 the third floor. As the room was almost a sea of fire by this time, this lookefl well-nigh impossible, but it had to be attempted, and at once. Getting down on h1s hands and knees, Billy dragged him self and the child to the burning door he saw ahead. It was not locked, and reaching up he opened it with a desperate effort, as the fire and blistering heat enveloped Ont into the entry he crawled with his hat and clothes ablaze, and his face blistered all over. He dashed as far as the stairs &nd ell. He beat out the fire which had caught the child's night gown. He tore off his hat and, rolling over, put out the fire on his own clothes. Then he grabbed the unconscious little girl again and started to rise to descend the stairs. The effort was beyond him. He had gone the limit and fell across the bead 0 the stairs, unconscious. '!'here the two were found a few minutes later in the glare 0 the fire by the firemen, who had bee_:n. apprised 0 his heroic act, and beat their way into the house through one 0 the ground-floor windows. They were carried down and outside, and thence to the adjacent house. The firemen in the meanwhile searched the back rooms on the third floor, and found a maid unconscious on the floor 0 her sleeping apartment. There was no one else in the house. The engines soon got busy and several streams were turned on the which had reached the roof and lighted up the neighborhood. Inside 0 :fifteen minutes the firemen got the blaze under control, and the safety 0 the lower part 0 the house was assured. In the meantime, Nellie was wild over Billy's fate. She had seen him C'arried senseless and motionless from the building with the little girl and she imagined he was dead. Her grief astonished the girls around her and they tried to comfort her. It wasn't Mr. Bland now, but "Billy," she repeated over and over until one 0 the boys brought news that Bland had come to his senses, and while seriously burned ,was in no danger 0 his life. Thorndike heard about the scene Nellie had created. "What a fuss she's making over that fellow!" he sneered. "He's nobody." But he found only one or twe of his special toadies who agreed with him Bow. All the rest of the boys were lelld in their praises of Billy's heroic act. Most 0 them had learned, too, that Billy wasn't a common clerk, but a paitner in the much-talked-abollt "Leg gett' s" store They were ashamed now because they had treated him in such an ungentlemanly way that evening and were eager to make amends for it. Billy was taken to the hospital, after being treated by the ambulance smgeon, and there he passed the night and several days in addition, suffering considerably from his burns, but bearing the pain like a true hero. On the morning after the fire the Times came out with


26 BRAVE BILL'lt BLAND. a graphic ac count of the fire; under the caption of "Brave Bill y Bland,'' and other sub-titles. The whole town had Billy on the brain that morning. When Mrs. L e ggett called her neph e w as u s ual that morning, and h e did not re s pond, she went up to hi s room and was surprised to see that he had not come in all night. She suppo s ed, however, that he had been per s uaded to pass the night at tlrn Carter hom e for s he knew the Car t e r s thought a great deal of Billy rrhe first intimation she had that any thin g wa s wrong with her nephew was when her hu s band unfold e d the morn in g paper and saw the caption ofthe fire sto1:y staring him in the face. He c alled her from the kitchen in great exc itement, and li s tened while he read the account of the blaz e breakfast, Mr. Legg ett starte d for the hospital and on his arrival was admitted to sec hi s nephew, who s e face was wholly hidden by bandage s except where his eyes, nose and mouth peered forth Mr. Carter, at bis daughter's express reque s t and al s o because he liked the brave boy, called at the hospital later, on his way to business, and whe n he reached the store he telephoned home that Billy was doing nicely. Nellie, accompanied by her mother called at the hospital in the afternoon and saw the bandaged hero. The girl brought a bouquet of flowers, and s he told Billy how s orry she was to see him suffering, and how the whole town w a s talking about hi s gallant act. Later on the parents of the rescued child called to see him and express their gratitude. Tpey had been to Belfast at th e wedding of a relative and only returned that afternoon, but had learned of the fire from the papers the gentleman, whose name was Pea body, purc hased on the train. Ur. Peabody was president of the Firs t National Bank of Barp lay, and one of the solid men of the town. Be declared that Billy was a hero and that neither he, his wife or little girl would forget what they owed him. Two days later little Edna Peabody wa s brought to see her re s cuer, and she kissed one of his bandaged hands and told him how much she thou ght o:f him Not a day passed while Billy was at the hospital that Nellie didn't call and bring flowers, and her pre s ence greatly cheer e d the brave boy At the end of a week Billy l eft the ho spita l, but he still bore numerous marks as evidenc e of hi!' heroi sm. The store had gone on all right durin g his absen ce, for Ur. Leggett saw to it that things went on alon g their acc u s tomed l ines ll'he customary special adverti s ement, however, did not appear, as the old man was unable to wre stle with it, and h e decided that it was better to omit it than make a bull of it. That made no difference in the trade that week, though. he n ews had been published that Billy was the man a g ing partner of Leggett's, and that excited considerable interest and brought not a little custom to the store. Billy called on Nellie on the evening of the day he left the hospital and received a great w e lcome. During the evening he told her that he was greatly touched by her kindness in visiting him and bringing the :flowers. She blushed and said it was nothing, in an embarrassed way, bct:anse he was a brave hoy and de s erved it. Billy was smart enough to perceive that there was an unde r('urrent to her feelings, and the strong love his young heart felt for the lovely girl betrayed him into a confes sion o:f the fact. She blu s hed redder than ever and looked away. "Ha vo I offended you, N cllic, by my frank de claration? H I ha vc I am s orry, and I protni s e never to mention the s ubj ect again, he s aid, earne s tly. "No, no,'' s he fiu(tor cd. "You could not oilend me." "Then may I hope tbat you arc not wholly indifferent to my regard for yon?" he continu e d, eagerly. She remained s ilent, while her heart beat like a triphamm e r and her bos om heaved under her excess of emo-' tion. "Do you love me, dear?" he whispered, in a tone that thrilled her. "Yes, yes, with all my heart. I clo love you very dearly Then-we ll, maybe he ki s sed her. At any rate, they were supremely happy the rest of that evening, and when he finally tore himself away their lips met in a long rapturous kiss, at the front door. It was fortunate perhap s for Thorndike that he man aged to s kin into college on the fir s t of the year, for he got the icy mitt from the girls and boys of his set when they came to under stand a few things. Nellie confessed to her mother that she loved Billy, and Mrs Carter did not chicle her for it. She told her husband, and he said that Billy was all right, and would make his way to the topmo s t round of the ladder of succes s so that it wa s probable he would make an excellent match for their dau g hter. Nothing more was s aid on the subject by Nellie's parents. Billy was bli s sfully unc onsciou s that they knew all about hi s love for their daughter, for Nellie did not tell him she had told her mother, as a good and dutiful girl ought to do. A year later, however, Billy mustered enough courage one day to approach the dry goods merchant on the sub j ect, and the answer he got made hi s heart glad. Late r h e asked Mrs. Carte r for her daughter and was told he could have her when they were both older. At la s t when Billy was twe nty-two and N e1lie was tw e nty, the y were married in s t y le at the church her par ent s attended and went away on their honeymoon. That is all, reader Brave Billy Bland was now the recognized head of the much-expanded "Leggett's," which occupied three stores c ornbinerl on Main stre et, anrl two of the floors above them -the business he had hus tled up. Next week's is sue will contain "TAKING A BIG RISK; OR, TITE DIME rrHAT LED rro RICHES. SPECIAL NOTICE :-All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain the one s you want from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postagr s tamps by mail to FRANK '}'OURRY. PUB I;I8HER, 2J UNION -SQUARE, New York Ciiy, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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28 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. Fame and Fortune Weekly NEW YORK, JUNE 23, 1911. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Copies ............... ." ........................... .. One Copy Three Months ............................... One Copy Six Months ..................................... One Copy One Year ....................................... Postage Free. .05 Cents .65 Cents $1.25 $2.50 HOW TO SBND MONBY-Atourrisksend P.O. Money Order,Cheok, or_ Registe1ed Letter; remittances in any other way are at your risk. \ e accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. When sending ail ver wrap the Coin in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envel I ope. 1'Vrite you1 name and address plainly. Address letters to s,.oLAIR Toueu,Pre11den1 Frank Tousey, Publisher N. HABTISGB, Treal'urer cuu. E. NTLDsa,Becreler7 :J.f Union Sq., New York I GOOD STORIES. In the province of Alberta, Canada, insurance companies insure farms against hail. In the year 1909 246,999 acres of farming land were fully covered by this form of insurance, and 48,732 acres were partially insured. The rate varies from thirty to forty cents an acre. Toothless saws have been in use cutting armor plate for a number of years. The theory of the action is abrasion by local fusion, due to the very high speed of tQ.e disk, causing so many thousand inches of surface to impinge on the metal undercut that the material acted upon is heated at the point of contact to / a temperature approaching if not equal to the fusing point. It appears as if a very small portion of the metal being cut immediately in the neighborhood of the point of contact is first melted and at once rubbed off, thus exposing a fresh surface to the frictional action, and that this process goes on continu ously while the disk is working. The temperature of the disk must necessarily be much lower than the work in contact with it owing to its large surface area, and when it is considered that all the frictional energy of the rotating disk is concen trated on an extremely small area of contact in the materia subjected to its action the results obtained are not so sur prising as appear at first sight. JOKES AND JESTS Mr. De Seiner (on. being introduced to adored one's mother) -Pardon me, madam, but have we not met before? Your face seems str:angely familiar. Adored One's Mother-Yes; I am the woman who stood up before you for fourteen blocks A little girl in Tiverton, England, lately entered a fruit in a street car the other day while you sat reading a paper. store, and said to the shopkeeper: "Will you please give mother a nut to put a spider In, as baby's got the whooping"Uncle Mose," said a drummer addressing an old colored cough?" 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The primitive process consists in making a hollow in the ground, and filling the bottom with dry straw,over which is placed a layer of clay. On a clear night the clay cools very rapidly, and the dew is condensed into the water in the basin. The pond is improved by putting a layer of asphalt or Portland cement under the straw. At Gibraltar the present practice is to use wood instead of straw and sheet iron instead of clay. ,, Many persons are of the impression that wireless telegraphy is particularly subject to "tapping," but, as has been pointed out by Marconi and others, no telegraph system is absolutely secret. Any one familiar with the Morse code can read ordinary messages entering any telegraph office. At Poldhu, on a telephone .connected to a long horizontal wire, the messages passing on a governmerit 'telegraph line a quarter of a mile away can be distinctly read. has been shown that it is pos sible to pick up a distance, on another circuit, which m ay be passing through a telephone, or telegraph, wire. On one occasion an investigator was able to interfere, from a distance, with the working of the ordinary telephones in Liverpool. 'member seein' him, but I done fo'got sence I jined de church. The Sunday-school lesson had been about Elijah's ascent in a cloud, and the children could not remember the name of the prophet. "Who was it went up to the sky in a cloud? asked little Robert. ,Father, who had been paying little attention to the conversation, vouchsafed the information, "I think the man was Wilbur Wright." I Mike, having been sent by his master to deliver a hare in a hamper, set out on a long journey. Feeling tired and inquisi tive, he sat down and opened the hamper to see the hare. In an instant the hare was running down the road. Mike was veryupset at this, but suddenly he shouted after it: "It's no good; you don't know where to go. I 'ave the h'address on this 'ere 'amper." Rastus had been caught red-handed. "Poaching again, Ras tus? l' said the colonel, gravely. "I am afraid, Rastus, that you're a bad egg." "Yassuh, dass what I is fo' sho', cunnel, said the old man. "l's jest a plain bad aig, cunnel." "So you admit it, do you?" demanded the colonel. "Yassuh-I admits it, cunnel, becuz ye know, cunnel, dem bad aigs nebbah poaches, suh," "said the old man. Little Augustus Johnson hap learned some things about the face of a clock, but not quite all there is to know. "What time is it, 'Gustus?" asked his employer one night, to test him. It's jes' 8 o'clock," said the boy, after a careful survey of the 1 clock. "No, you're wrong," said his employer. "It won't be 8 o'clock for quite a while yet, not for twenty minutftS. "Bofe hands is p'inting to eight, 'jes' as straight as dey can p'int," said the boy stubbornly. "If dey ain' telling de truf, I cyant help it."


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 IN THE TOILS By Alexander Armstrong It was in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hun dred and eighty, and in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia, that the following events took place, though the true names of the actors have been suppressed for obvious reasons. Percy Dunham was a young American gentleman connected with the diplomatic corps at the capital of the Czar's domin ions, and was as well informed concerning the movements of that terrible order-the Nihilists-as an outsider could well be. He had met a young lady, the daughter of a Russian noble man, by the name of Paulina, and, with the ardor of youth, had fallen madly In love with her at Jlrst sight, his passion being returned with a fervor quite equal to his own. There was a man, a Russian, connected with the newspapers of the city, whom Percy had met several times at balls and receptions, whom he could not but regard with distrust, not withstanding that the latter always treated him with the utmost apparent consideration and respect. This man was called Julian Ivanhoff, and was considered a shrewd journalist and a perfect man of the world, possessing, with his other accomplishments, a liberal supply of that assurance which makes the good newspaper writer. P ercy distrusted this man, as we have said, partly because he was not above suspicion of being connected with the Nihil istic movement, but principally on of his attentions to the beautrful young Russian. Our hero could have stood the man's other faults, but this one was too much for him, and he fretted under it like a man in torture. 'l'hat Paulina was true to him gave him considerable com fort, but he was uneasy, nevertheless, for in a city like St. Petersburg, there were means enough at band for a man of evil purpose to carry out any base designs he might have conceived. Percy's suspicions were only too well founded, for not only had the man arranged a plot to carry off the young lady, but had also planned to cause his young rival's ruin. He increased his attentions to the latter, and for a time completely disarmed his suspicions, and made him think for a brief spell that he had misjudged the man. One night Julian approached Percy, and after indulging in The young men were standing at the entrance of a large banqueting hall, 'whence came .. the sound of clinking glasses and noisJ'. laughter. "I hear no sounds indicating the presence of ladies," said our hero, as Julian drew aside the heavy hangings. "No, nor I. They must have departed. That's too bad." Percy was not altogether sorry that was not present, though he did not then distrust that had never been in the place at all, and followed his companion into the room. A long table, covered with a snowy cloth,, on which were placed numerous decanters and glasses, stood in one corner of the room, surrounded by a party of gentlemen. There was a shout of welcome when Julian entered, and every glass was raised aloft, whiie 1all united in pledging him. He put up his hand, and there was an instant silence, which he broke by saying: '"This is my friend; he is an American, and you therefote know how to receive him." There was another shout at this, and a further drinking of healths, though the sanitary conditions of ma,ny of the revelers would have been improved had they drank several glasses less than. they had already indulged in. During the confusion, Julian pushed :f:'ercy into an unoccu pied chair at the head of the table, taking one further down for himself. Several songs, flavoring strongly of revolutionary tendencies, w ere sung, the whole party roaring out the choruses, and be tween times toasts w ere given, which were not altogether pleasant to Percy's ears. He drank with the rest, except when the distasteful toasts were given, at such occasions merely raising his glass to his lips, but uot touching the contents. At last one man, more intoxicated apparently than the rest, arcse, and, filling his glass, said: "Our friend at the head of the table does not seem to relish our sentiments, and I therefore propose to give him a toast which he cannot refuse to drink." "Let us have it then," cried Percy, raising his glass with the rest. Our hero glanced at Julian, but the man was apparently very busy with one of his friends and did not observe the look which was directed toward him. "This is the toast," continued the man, "death to all tyrants and rulers, be they kings, emperors, presidents or czars." Every man there with the exception of Percy drained his glass to the bottom and uttered a shout when the toast had a few pleasantries, said carelessly: been drunk. "By the way, Percy, my boy, what do you say to Sp.ending Percy grew red in the face, and, setting down his wine un-an evening with me at a certain club which I occasionally tasted, said fiercely: visit?" "I shall drink to no such sentiment as that, gentlemen. "Where is it?" "Not if we leave out the president." "Right down the grand avenue there, near the bridge. It's "No." / quite a 'tony' place, lots of wine you know, plenty of wit "You will never drink destruction to the czar!" circulating; all the best people go there. "Never!" cried Percy, .springing to his feet. "I know n o w "It is a political club, is it not?" asked our hero. where I am-in a den of Nihi1ists !" "No, no, certainly not. Old Petrowsky goes there some "From which you can never escape!" hissed Julian, rising times. This is a ladies' night, and I shouldn't wonder if you from his seat. should see a certain--" "I will go with you," answered Percy quickly, understandig from the man's hint that Paulina would be there, and not caring to have Ivanhoff the only man to pay her his 11.ttentions. "That's right, let us be off so as not to miss the best fun. The ladies retire early, you know." "Traitor!" cried Percy, "I see your purpose now, but it shall avail you nothing, I will denounce you to_ the police." "Upon him, friends, and cut the braggart to the earth!" shrieked the spy. "The Nihilists, for such they were, made a rush at Percy but the latter, with his back against the wall, stood .confront"Is full dress necessary?" ing the crowd, with a brace of revolvers in his hands and "Not absolutely. Come along as you are. You look hand-glaring at them with defiance in his eye. some enough to pass anywhere, not excepting a loyal recep-"The first man that comes a step nearer, dies!" he said, in tion itself." low, determined tones. ...


30 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. The assailants paused for an instant, but Julian cried out in angry voice: "Upon him, I say, he is a spy of the police." The enraged crowd dashed forward muttering curses, and fnany a keen dagger fl.ashed in the light of the countless wax candles on the walls. A flash and a report followed the attack, a scream of agony being heard at the next instant. "Klll him," replied Julian, "the.,. rascal has shot me." Percy braced himself more firmly against the wall, and fired into the crowd. As he fired the second shot, however, he felt the wall behind him suddenly give way, and before he could recover his balance he was falling through space, all around being inky darkness. His fall was considerabie, but he alighted, contrary to his expectations, upon some soft substance lik e hay, which yielded to the weight of his body. Then he heard the sound as of a heavy door slammed, and p1esently be felt himself seized in the strong grasp of two or three powerful men and was hurried away, the darkness still being impenetrable. He was dragged along to a considerate distance, when he waa suddenly manacled, band and foot, and cast into small cell, lighted by a single lamp, the heavy doors closing upon him with a harsh, grating sound, the turning of a key in the lock and the shooting of great bolts following in quick SlJCCession. The beautiful Paulina Petrowsky W!\S one of the many attractions at a state ball that evening, and in the pauses of the dance she was sitting in a secluded corner fanning herself and listening to the music, which at that distance sounded most soft and melodious. Suddenly a page approached and dropped a paper into lap, departing upon the instant. "Percy Dunham is in great personal danger, but he may yet be saved. A guide will conduct you to his prison. Follow the messenger who leaves this note." The billet was unsigned, but Paulina, never distrusting but that her lover was in imminent peril, arose hastily, and wrapping a thick c loak about her slender form, left the ball-room. She had no difficulty in finding the page who had delivered the message, the boy being at the entrance when she arrived there. He pointed to her own carriage, and getting in, she was driven rapidly away in the direction of the river. After passing the grand bridge, the vehicle suddenly stopped, and a man opening the door, requested the lady to alight. She did so, when she was quicldy seized and hurried away before she could raise an alarm. Her abductors, for there were two of them, carried her into :i. house close at hand, being admitted by a rough, heavily bearded man, who spoke German and looked like a butcher. "Have you seen him?" he asked of the men. No, have you?" "Not I; what are your orders?" "Behold!" The stranger extended one band, upon the forefinger of which was a large seal ring, the device being a skull and cross-bones, with a word engraved beneath. That word was a significant one, and was "NIHIL." ''Enough," said the two villains. "You will find her yonder," pointing to a door. The m_an quickly entered, and, whispering a few hurried words into Paulina's ear, bore her away without resistance to the carriage. He had barely driven out of sight before five or six other men rushed in in great haste and addressed the German. "l!'Iy for your life !" they cried. "Our band bas been broken up and the leader killed. The police have made several arrests, and the Czar is once more safe." .. Julian is killed, you say?" said the two abductors in great surprise. "Yes, shot down by the young diplomat." "Death and destruction! We have just delivered the young lady into the hands m' a man wearing his ring and giving the pass-word." "He is an impostor, for our leader is dead. He is the police spy, Ruloffsky. After him, we may yet be in time." They 'hastily Iert the house, taking the direction the carriage had followed, but they had hardly gone twenty paces, before they ran into a party of soldiery. The German was luekier than the rest, and escaped, but the 1.wo of Julian Ivanh9ff were cut down while resisting capture, and the others were seized. Percy Dunham had been in his dungeon about ten minutes, when he heard the bolts withdrawn and two men entered, knocked off his manacles and hurried him outside They took him along a corridor dimly lighted by gas, and had proceeded about thirty feet, when one of them suddenly called to him to look back. / He did so, when the man raised his hand and was about to sink a dagger in his nee!{, the point just touching his fiesb, when there came a :sudden fl.ash. With a shriek the man fell to the stone floor, the weapon dropping from his nervous grasp, and clattering upon the hard stones. The other man was about to finish the work himself, when a third party appeareu and struck him to the earth. "Fear not," said the newcomer, "I am Rulol'l'sky the police spy. Your newspaper friend is dead, but I have bis secret and must hasten. Quick! Follow me, and I will lead you safely out." Ten minutes later Percy was at his hotel, his conductor having suddenly disappeared. Half an hor thereafter, he was summoned to Paulina's residence, where he learned of her dnnger and her miraculous rescue by the agent of the police. 'To awaithim here. He was to meet us upon our arrival." "He is not here yet, and they has been an arrest up lt seems that the latter had wormed himself into the secret conclave of the Nihllists, having set in motion a plan by which to cause the arrest of all the memberii of that branch of the order-not the main one however. the street." At this moment a man wrapped in a cloak hurriedly entered the house. "Have you done my commands?" he asked. ''What is the countersign?" "Neva." "Right. The lady is here." "Give her to me. My carriage is without." "One moment; the ring." The journalist's plans were to have Percy murdered and Paulina abducted, but be had met bis own death at a time when success seemed assured. Percy did not long reI?ain In Russia, but bearing away his lovely bride, returned, early last month, to the land of his birth, where he now lives to tell the tale of how be happily escaped when "In the '1.'olls of the Niblllst, Jullan Ivanhoff."


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The mo ment the 1lre reacbes this fountain hundreds of sparks ot fire burst forth In every direction, to the asltonlsbment of the smoker. The tire I s stage tire, and '\"'Ill not burn the skin or clothing. After the fireworks tb,e victim can continue smoking the cigar to the end. Price, 10 cents; 8 for 25 cents; 1 so cents, mailed, postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26tb. St., N. Y. JAPANESE TRICK KNIFE.-You can show the knife and Instantly draw It across your finger, apparently cutting deep Into the fiesh. The red blood appears on the blade of the knife, giving a startling effect to the spectators. The knife Is removed and the finger Is found In good condition. Quite an effective Illusion. Price by mail, lOc. each. WOLFF NOVELTY CO ., 29 W. 26th 'St., N. Y Good Luck Banks Pric(l 10 Cents Ornamental as well as ueful. Madeof highly nickeled It holds just One Dollar When filled it opens itsell. Remains locked until refil!ed. Ca)'.l be used !I.Sa watchbharm. llloney refunded if not satisfied. L SEN.A.RENl!I 8*'1 WINTHBOP ST., ]IROOKLTN, N. T. ELECTRIC PUSH BUT TON.-The base Is made of ma.pie, and the center piece of black walnut, the whole thing about 114 inches in diameter, with a metl.I hook on the back so th.i.t It may be slipped over edge of the vest pocket. Expose to view your New Electric Bell, when your friend will push the button expecting to hear It ring. As soon as he touches it, you will see some of the liveliest dancing you ever witnessed. The Electric Button Is heavily charged and will give a smart shock when the button is pushed. Price lOc., by mall, postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. THE GREAT PmE EATER. A (J't'eat Sensational T't'iok oj' the Da11I With the FireEater in bl1 possession any person can become a perfect salaman der, apparently breathing flreanQ.ejecting thousand ot brilliant sparks from his mouth, to the horror and consternation of all beholders. Harmless fun tor all times, seasons and places. If yon wish to produce a dtcidtd atn8a tion in your neighborhood don't fall to procure one. We send the Fire with all the materials, in a handsoll!'J bcx, the eenr or which is highly ornamented with In various colors. P.rice of aU complete only 1 o eent1, or 4 boxes for 50 cents, malled postpaid; ene dozen by express (!! 1.20. N. B.-Fnll printed instructions for pertormlns the trick accompany each box, which also contaiu '1111icien$ material for giving several exhibltlona. FRANK ROBINSON, 311 W. Uth' St., N. Y. THE SURPRISE BOUQUET .. The best practical joke of the season. Thia beantiful button hole bouqnet Is made of artificial fi<'wers and leaves which so closely r esemble nat ural 1lowers that not one person In a thonsand would detect the dlffe.rence. After placing the bouquet m your button-hole yon call the att.ention of a friend to its beanty and fragrance. He will very natnrally step forward and smell of it, when, to his utter astonishment, a tine stream of water will be thrown Into his face. Where the water comes from is a mystery, aa you can have your hands at your aide or behind you, and not tonch the bouquet in any manner. Yon can give one dozen or more persons a shower bath wltliont removing the boo qnet from yonr bnttou-hole and after the water 11 exhauste d It can be immediately refilled removing it from yonr coat. Cologne can be used in place of water when desired. We have many funny things in oar stock, but nothing that excela this. Price, complete in a beantlful box, with fnll !Jrlnted instructions, 25 cents,. OJ: three for 80 by maili>ost paid. Obas. Uacer, HG Vll10D St., iferae;r Olt;r, N. ,;


llF" LOOK HERE!-SPLENDID PREMIUMS GIVEN AWAY FREE i' Save the front cover page headings of this weekly, beginning with the Issue dated March 10th, 1911, and ending with the issue of July 21st, 1911. No headings. dated before ,March 10 or after July 21 will be accepted. Send us 25 headings within these 20 weeks and w e will give y ou a valuable gift for them. The numbers n ee d not be consecutive. This i s not a comp<'titio n. Any reader can get a premium. We will describe the premium L (' in a later issue. 1 Each 25 headings will get you something you will like. Each 50 headings will bring you something much bette r! And eac h 100 headings-Oh, my! L,:RANK TOUSEY, Publi1sher, Il\llTATI.ON GOLD TEETH. -Gold plated to th, shape made so that lt will fit any tooth. .1 Price, 5c., postpaid. WOLY.l!' NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y SNAKES IN THE GRASS. Something entirely n ew, consisting of si x larg;! c ones, e ach one nearly one inch i n heig ht. Upon lighting one of these cones with a match, you something s!mllar to a 4th of July exhibition of llrewor ks. Sparks fly in e very direction, and as the con e burns down it throws out and i s surrounded with what appears to be grass; at the same time a large snake uneoils himself from the burning cone, fllld lazil y stretc h es ont in the grass, which at burns to asheshbnt the snake r emains as a curiosity unharm e d T ey are not at all d angero u s, and can be s e t otr In the parl o r if plac e d on s ome metal But" face that wlJI not bum. An ordina ry dust pan answ e rs the purpose nice ly .Price of the six cones, packed In sawdust, In a strong wood e n box, only 10 cents, a b oxes for 25 c ents J. doz e n boxes 7 5 cents, sent by mail posl paid. M. O'NEJl,U, 425 W. 56th St., N. Y. COMICAL RUBBER STAMPS. ; A com plete set of fiv e grotesque littl e people madeof in destructl ble rubber -mounted 24 UNION SQ., N, Y. 0 0 THE BEST YET! RIGHT FROlll THE MINT.-We sell you for lOc., postpaid, a real mysterious trick that can be d one without practice. The outfit consists of 2 metal i:lngs, a cover on which to do the trick, and the pic ture board which seemingly does It all. Tako any coin, just place the ring over it, say "Go!" and it goes without touching it; say "Come!" and it comes back. R eally clever and your money back 1! you want It. Send !or who le sale price. WOLFF NO_VELTY CO., 29 W. 21Jth St., N. Y. Il\llTATION CUT FINGER A cardboard finger, carefully bandaged w!th linen, and the side and end are bl oo d stained. When you sli_p it on your finger a n d sho it to your friends, just give a groan or two, nurse it up, and pull a look of pain. You will get nothing but sympathy until you give them the laugh. Then duck! Price lOc., postpaid. FRANK ROBINSON, 311 W 44th St., N. Y THE MAGIC CARD One of the b es t and c h e ap e t tri cks 11:ivlng parlor or stage exhibi tions. 'l'be trick is p!lrformea LATEST ISSUES "WORK AND WIN" 647 Fred Fearnots Boy Life Savers; or, Brave Work at the Beach. 648 Fred Fearnot at Loue Pine : or, The Mystery of the llloonshine Camp. 649 !<'red Fearnot Playing the Game; or, Out With His New Nine. 650 Fred Fcarnot's Road Riders; or, Rust ilng With Roughs. 651 Fre d Fearnot a.nd the Battery Boys; or, After the Wharf Rats. 652 Fred l<'rarnot's Clever Curves; or. Beating Out the Batsmen. ,653 Fred Fearnot's Island Mystery; or, Camping in Canada. 654 Fred Fearnot's Boy Marvel; or, Bring ing Out a YoungPltcher. 655 Frrd Fearnot's Jlard Pull; or, Winning 'the Si ogle Skulls. ------------------"THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76" 538 The Liberty Boys in Old Virginia; or, The Fight at Great Bridge. 539 The L iberty Boys Accused; or, Defend ing Their Honor. 540 The Liberty Boys' Best Battle; or, The Surrender of Cornwall is. 541 The Boys and Lightfoot; or, Dick Slater's Indian Friend. 542 The Liberty Boys' Hot Hunt; or, Running Down a Traitor. 543 The Liberty Boys and the "Old Sow" ; or, The Signal Gun o n Bottle Bill. 5H The J,ibert y Boys Driving Out the Bandits; or. Warm Work in Monmouth. 545 The Liberty Boys at Fraunces' Tavern; or, Ferreting Out a Wicked P lot 546 The Liberty Boys and the Backwoodsmen; or, Joined with Brave Allies. 547 The Liberty Boys' Hiding-Place; or, Barnin g Burgoyne. 'SECRET SERVICE" 639 'The f:!radys After the Gold Brick Men; or, Chnsipg a Gang of Swindlers. 640 The Bradys and the Diamond Heart ; or, l'he Mystery of a Mummy. 641 The Bradys' Red Glove Clue; or, The Secret Band of Seven 642 The Braf thetwowbohnve sele cted cards to pince b is or h e r 448 card inside the box, which b e ing done, the lid i s abut, and the box placed on the t a hle. You then 449 state that you will ca us e the cards t o disappear and Young Wild West on a Puzzling Trail; or, Arietta's Nugget Clew. 4 l!gure Is mounted on a s eparate block, any boy can eet up a regular parade or circna by prmting the figures i u different positions. With each se t of figu r es we send a bottle or colored Ink, an ink p ad and full instrnctions Childre n can stamp these p!cturr s on their toys, picture b o oks, writing pape r and enve lop es, and they are without donbt Jl\OSt amuaing; nndentertninfag novelty gotten y ears Price o f the co m pl ete set of Rubber w ith ink and iuk pad, only 10 cents, 3 sets tor 2 .. cents, one dozen 90 cents, by mail post-paid. L. Senarens, 347 \Vlnthrop St., Brooklyn; N, Y. npo n opening the box the card b as vauighedand the 450 box f ound e m pty. The other card is now place d in thebox t the lid ls again closed and when the hex 451 is openea the first card appears as strangely as ii went. Other tricks can be p e rformed in various 452 Yon may cause several cards to disappeat after the y are placed in the box, and then you can cause them all to appear at once. You may tear a 4 53 card up, pince it in the box, and on lifting the covet It will be f o u nd whol e and entire. In fact, nearly Young Wild West's Fight in the Sage brnsh: or, 'J'be Ric hest Spot in Nevada. Young Wild West and Little 111occasin; o r Arietta's Pawnee Peril. Young Wi ld West Stopping a "SbootUp" ; or, The Grudge that Never Was Paid. Young Wild West on the Frontier; or, Arietta and t h e lllexlcan Outlaws. every trick of appearance and disappearance can be "'ane with the Ma g ic Card Box. F o r sa le b y all n ewsdealers, o r will be sent to Full p.rin te d instructions by which anyone CU any addr ess on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, perform the differ ent tricks sent with each box. Price 20 cen"ts, by mail postpaid, 1n money or postai;c stamps, by WOLFF NOVELTll CO., 29 w. 28th St .. N. y,FrankTousey,Pub.,24 UnionSq.,N. Y. J


P.A.:lWE .A.1'TI> FC>:R.T"'D"l.VE LATEST ISSUES273 Adrift In the City; or, The Fate of a Waif. 274 A Little Stock Broker; or, The Boy with Money to Burn. (A 243 Seven Bags of Gold; or, How a Plucky Boy Got Rich. Wall Street Story.) 244 Dick, the Wall Street Waif: or, From Newsboy to Stock Broker. 275 Island No. 10; or, The Secret of the Sunken Gold Ship. :!4 5 Adrift on the Orinoco; o r The Treasure of the Desert. 276 A Wall Street Errand Boy, and How He Made llloney In Stocks. 246 Silent Sam of Wall Street; or, A Wonderful Run of Luck. 277 Newsboy Partners; or, The Little llloney-Makers of the Battery. 247 Always on the Move; or, The Luck of Messenger 99. 278 A Box of Coln; or, The Old Broker's Secret. (A Wall Street Story.) 248 Happy-Go-Lucky Jack; or, The Boy Who Fooled the Wall Street 279 Ralph, the Runaway; or, From Farm to Fortune. Brokers. 280 A Winning Tip; or, Beating the Tricky Brokers. (A Wall Street 249 Learning a Trade; or, On the Road to Fortune. Story.) 250 Buy.Ing on Margin; or, The Boy Who Won t.he Money. (A Wall 281 An Orphan Boy's Pluck; or, Winning Against Odds. Street Story.) 282 Long & Co., Boy Brokers; or, The Lucky Wall Street Firm. 251 Joe Darcy's Treasure Hunt; or, The Secret of the Island Cave. 283 In the Diamond Fields; or, 'he Boy Who Made a Great !<'Ind. 252 A "Live" Boy; or, Quick to Get the Dollars. {A Story of Wall 284 A Boy With Ginger; or, The Lad Who Won the Dollars. (A Street.) Story of Wall Street.) 253 A Barrel of Coln; or, The Luck of a Boy Trader. 285 Dick and His Chum; or, Making a Fortune for the Firm. 254 Driven to the Wall; or, 'he N erve of a Wall Street Boy. 286 Out to Win; or, The Mystery of Safe Deposit Box No. 666. (A 255 Johnny, the Parcel Boy; or, The Lad Who Saved the Firm. Wall Street Story.) 256 Going the Limit; or, A Big Risk for Big Mtmey. (A Wall Street 287 Cast Away In Iceland; or, The T1 :easure of the Crater. Story. ) s 257 Up to Him; or, Running His Father's Business.. 288 A Wall treet Hero; or, A Winning Tip on the Market. 258 "Back-Number Bixby"; or, The Boy Who Was U p to the Minute. 289 Winning a Fortune; or, The Boy Ilero of the Mill. (A Wall Street Story.-) 290 Stoc k Broker Dick; or, '.l.'he Boy \Yho Broke the Wall Street 259 A Young Barnum; or, Striking It Rich In the Show Business. Market. 260 The Brotherhood of Gold; or, A Daring Wall Street Game. 291 on the Job; or, '.l.'om Taylor's Lucky Venture. 26-1 Ed, the Express Boy ; or, His Own Route to Fortune. 262 The Stolen Bonds; or, How Wall Street Will Made His Mark. 292 The Lucky Seven; or, The Boys Who Won the llloney. (A 'Yall 263 A Favorite of Fate; or, After the Head Hunters' Treasure. Street Story.) 264 Master of the Market; or, The Boy Who Cornered the Stock. (A fl93 Will, the Waif; or, From Bootblack to M erchant. Story of Wall Street.) 294 Prince of the Curb; or, A College Boy In Wall Street. 265 Landing on His Feet; or, The Pluckiest Boy In the World. 295 w k d I th G If Th G id th Old B 266 $50,000 from a Nickel ; or, The Boy Who Wa1:1 Lucky in Stocks. rec e n e u ; or, e 0 0 e uccaneers. 267 Born Lucky; or. From Miner to Millionaire. 296 Tke Rival Boy Brokers; or, Out for Every Deal In Sight. (A 268 Hai Holman's Tip; or, Scooping the Wall Street :Market. Wall Street Story.) 269 A Boy of Business; or, Hustling for the Dollars. 297 Under the "Big Top" ; or, From Acrobat to Manager. 270 Smart as The y Come; or, The Boss o f the Wall Street Messengers. 298 A Pair of Jacks; or, The Smartest lllessengers In Wall Street. 271 A Pirate's Treas .re ; or, The Secret of the Three Wrecks. 272 Johnny Jones & Co. ; or, The Firm that Kept the Brokers Guess-299 Brave Billy Bland; or, Hustling Up a Business. Ing. (A Wall Street Story.) 300 Taking a Big Risk; or, The Dime that Led to Riches. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by F RANK TOUSE Y P ublishe r 24 UNION SQUARE, N Y I F Y O U WAl l T ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Write out an(l fill in your Order and send it to us with the price of the weeklies you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 24 UNION SQUARE, N Y TEN'-CEN'T No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUJll AND DREA)I BOOK.-Contalnlng the great oracle of human d estiny; also the true n1eantng of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies. and cul'ious games of cards. No. 2. HOW TO DO great bool< of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction o n all the leading card tricks of the day, also the most popular magical Illu sions as performed by our leading n1agicians; every boy should obtain a copy or tl'lis book. No. 3. HO\V TO FLffiT.-The arts and wiles of filrtation are fully explained by thl little book. Beside s the various methods of handkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat fttrtatlon, it contains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers. No. HOW TO DANCE ts the title of this little book. It contains full instructions tn the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball room and at parties, how to dress, and full directions for calling off. in all popular square dances. No. Ii. UOW TO JllAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to Jove, courtship and marriage, giving sensible acl vice, rules and etiquette to be obs erved, with many curious and interesting things not generally known. No. 6. HOW TO BECOJllE AN ATHJ.ETE. -Gtvh:>g full instruction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a ,good, healthy musc le; containing over sixty illustrations. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BffiDS.-Hand somely illustrated and containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 8. HOW TO BECO!lm A SCIBNTIST. -A useful and Instructive book, giving a complete treatise o n chemistry; also experiments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and directions for making firework, c olored fires, and gas ba:lloons. No. 9 HOW TO BECO!lm A VENTRILO QUJST.-By Harry Kennedy. Every tntelll 'geat boy readig this book of instructions can master the art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It Is the greatest book ever publtshed. No. 10. JIOW TO BOX.-The art of self defense made easy. Containing ov. e r thirty Illustrations of guards. blows, and the en t post tions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of these useful and Instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 11. llOW TO WRITB LOVE-J,ETTERS. -A most complete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them, giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS T O J.ADIES.-Gtvlng complete instructions tor writing letters to ladles on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes 8.nd requests. No. 13. HOW 'l.'0 DO IT; OR, BOOK O F ETIQUETTE.-It ts a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know all about. There's happiness In tt. Ne. 14. HOW TO JllAKE CANDY.-A com plete hand-book for making all kinds of candy, ice-cream, syrups, essences, etc., e t c. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Contalnlng full instructions for con structing a window garden eithe r in town or country, and the most approved methods tor raising beautiful flowers at home. No. 17 HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in the art of dressing and appear ing well at home and abroad, giving the selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOJllE BEAUTIFUL. One of the brightest and moot valuable little books ever given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male and female. The secret Is simple, and almost costless. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN ING most complete compendium of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable for parlor or drawingroom entertainment. It contains more for the money than any book published. No. 21 HOW TO HUNT AND FJSH.-T!le most complete hunting and :fishing guide ever published. It contains full instructions about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fish Ing, together with description or game and fish. No. 22. HOW TO D O SECOND SIGHT. Heller's second sight explained by his former assistant, Fre d Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the aecret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage ; lalso giving all the codes and signals. No. 23 HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.This Jlttle book gives the explanation to all I kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky days. No. H. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEl\IEN.-Contalntng full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A Gl'MNAST. Contatntng full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Em bracing thirty-five 111ustratlons. By Professor w. Macdonald. No. 26. HOW T O R O W ,' SAIL AND BUILD A B OAT.-Fully 111ustrated. Full instructions are given In this little book, together with in 1tructlons on swimming and riding, companion oports to boating. No. 27 HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS.-Containlng the most popular s elections in use, comprising Dutc h dialect, Frenc h dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together with many standard readings. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTU:N.ES.-Every one Is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance a.t this little book. Buy one and be convinced. No. 29. HOW TO BECO!lm AN INVENTOR. -Every boy should know how inventions origi nated. This book explains them all, giving examples In electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. No. SO. HO\ V TO COOK.-One of the moat instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes tor cooking meats,, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all k Inds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes. No. 31. HOW T O BECOME A SPEAKER. Containing fourteen Illustrations, giving the dtfl'.erent positions requisite to become a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from all the popular authors of prose and poetry. No. SS. JIOW TO BEHAVE.-Contatning the rules and etiquette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of appear ing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and in the drawing-room. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containlng full Instruction tor fencing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. De scribed with twenty-one practical 111ustratlons, giving the best positions in fencing. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 10 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publish e r 24 UNION SQUARE, N. Y. i


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